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The Italian author of best-selling novels, including The Name of the Rose who died recently – Umberto Eco
● The world’s largest arm importer in the 2011-15 timeline as per SIPRI – India
● The place in Madhya Pradesh where India’s longest railway bridge (14 km in length) will come up – Katni
 ● The state where ONGC has approved an investment of `5,050 cr recently – Tripura
 ● The PSU in which govt offloaded stake worth `5,000 cr through offer for sale (OFS) recently – NTPC
● The country whose Parliament has become the first in world to run on solar power – Pakistan
● The Kiwi batsman who scored the fastest Test century coming in just 54 balls recently against Australia – Brendon McCullum
● The Malayalam film named as best feature-length and best short film in the children’s category at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival – Ottal
● The new Chief Justice of Orissa High Court – Justice Vineet Saran
 ● The Nepalese PM who visited India in his first foreign trip recently – KP Sharma Oli
● Sachin Tendulkar’s autobiography which entered the Limca Book of Records recently – Playing It My Way
● Winner of the Hockey India League (HIL) 2016 – Punjab Warriors
● Winner of the women’s singles title of the WTA Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 2016 – Sara Errani
 ● The renowned classical and playback singer who died recently – Bhubaneshwari Mishra
● The percentage share of manufacturing in the gross domestic product (GDP) – 17 per cent
● The new president of Central African Republic – Faustin Archange Touadera
 ● The state from which the ambitious Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban (rural-urban) Mission was launched recently – Chhattisgarh
● The cumulative gross NPAs of 24 listed public sector banks as on Dec 31, 2015 – `4 lakh cr (approx)
● The professor selected for prestigious Israel Prize – David Shulman
● The percentage reduction by the Govt in interest rates on short-term post office deposits, Kisan Vikas Patra and other small saving schemes below five years – 0.25 per cent
● The new Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh – Kalikho Pul
● The lyricist who has made into the Guinness Book of World Records for writing the most number of songs for Bollywood films – Sameer Anjaan
The US novelist and author of the masterpiece To Kill a Mockingbird, who passed away recently – Harper Lee
● The finance minister of West Bengal who is the new chairman of the GST Panel – Amit Mitra
● The new vice-chancellor of Delhi University – Yogesh Kumar Tyagi
● The person who has been conferred the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour), France’s highest civilian honour – Manish Arora
● Winner of the men’s singles title of the Argentina Open 2016 – Dominic Thiem
● India’s lightest revolver ever which weighs as less as 250 grams – Nidar
● The first missile to be developed by the DRDO under India’s Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme – Prithvi-II
● The cleanest city of the country in Swachh Sarvekshan- 2016 – Mysuru
 ● The present MD and CEO of Bank of Baroda – PS Jayakumar
● The country funding 80% of the `17,750-cr trans-harbour project connecting Mumbai and Navi Mumbai – Japan
● The Jnanpith winner and most celebrated contemporary poet of Malayalam who died recently – ONV Kurup
● The size of the electronic development fund (EDF) launched by the govt – `10,000-cr
 ● The SEBI chairman who was given an extension till 2017 – UK Sinha
 ● The central university which turned 100 years on 13 Feb 2016 – Banaras Hindu University (BHU)
● The firm named manufacturing innovator of the year at the inaugural TIME India awards – Hero MotoCorp ● India’s present ambassador to Tajikistan who died recently – Biraja Prasad
● The newly appointed Prime Minister of Chad – Albert Pahimi Padacke
● The joint military exercise held between India and Seychelles recently – Lamitye 2016
 ● Winner of the Best Film award at the 69th BAFTA Awards 2016 – The Revenant
 ● The new President of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) – M Devaraja Reddy
 ● The person awarded with the Pride of Kerala Award from the World Malayalee Council recently – Vidya Balan
● The venue of the first Mega Food Park (MFP) in Madhya Pradesh – Panwa village (Khargone district)
● The new Director of Indian Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad – Vilas Tonapi
● The venue of the Make in India week – Mumbai
The next secretary of Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) – Ramesh Abhishek
● The PSB which posted highest-ever quarterly loss by an Indian bank of `3, 342 cr in the quarter ended Dec 2015 – Bank of Baroda
● Winner of the ICC U-19 World Cup 2016 final – West Indies
 ● The present Director General of IMF – Christine Lagarde
● India’s ranking among the top five most disaster-hit countries in 2015 – Third
● The British daily newspaper which transformed it to online only recently – Independent
● The state whose MobileOne application bagged the Gold award at the World Governance Summit in Dubai recently – Karnataka
 ● The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER) – Jitendra Singh
 ● The Oracle CEO who visited India recently – Safra Catz
● The country that topped the US Chamber of CommerceInternational Intellectual Property Index 2016 – US
 ● India’s third largest trading partner globally after the US and China – UAE
● The comet lander to which the European Space Agency (ESA) announced to bid final good bye recently – Philae
● The Pakistani umpire whom the BCCI banned for five years recently – Asad Rauf
 ● India’s ranking on US Chamber of Commerce-International Intellectual Property Index 2016 – 37th
● The headquarters of NATO – Brussels, Belgium
● The venue of the 47th Conference of Governors held recently – New Delhi
● The amount sanctioned by India recently for a vital rail link connecting it with Bangladesh – `580 cr
● The next ambassador of Australia to India – Harinder Sidhu
● The Israeli who has been appointed as the Director of the UN Information Centre (UNIC) – Tamar Hahn ● The city where the Translational Research Unit of Excellence (TRUE) was inaugurated recently – Kolkata
● Country’s first-ever aviation park has been planned to be set up in – Gujarat
 ● The venue of the 6th National Science Film Festival and Competition (NSFF) – Mumbai

Winner of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy cricket tournament – New Zealand
● The new Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court – Dhirendra Hiralal Waghela
● The new secretary to the Railway Board – RK Verma
 ● The host of the 2017 Women’s World Cup – England
● The aircraft carrier which is set to retire in Jun 2016 – INS Viraat
● The new name of the ambitious national optical fibre network project of India – BharatNet
 ● The former Prime Minister of Nepal who passed away recently – Sushil Koirala
 The artist officially named as the best-selling artist worldwide in 2015 – Taylor Swift
● The new president of the South Asian Wrestling Federation – Brijbhushan Sharan Singh
● The state which has topped the ‘Index of Internet Readiness of Indian States’ – Maharashtra
 ● The combined military exercise was held between the Indian and the Nepalese army recently – Nepal ● The venue of the India’s International Fleet Review held recently – Visakhapatnam
● The state where the border troops of India and China recently held their first joint tactical exercise – Jammu & Kashmir
● The head of the SEBI’s newly set up commodity advisory committee – Ramesh Chand
● The noted Urdu poet who passed away recently – Nida Fazli
● The new incentive structure launched by Infosys for its employees – iCount
● The crown prince of Abu Dhabi who visited India recently – Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
 ● The state where the Union Govt is setting up the National Organic Farming Research Institute – Sikkim ● The project launched for prevention of AIDS in NorthEastern states – Project Sunrise
 ● The famous political cartoonist who died recently – Sudhir Tailang
● PM Narendra Modi has stressed on cutting crude oil imports by 2022 by – 10 per cent
 ● The present High Commissioner for Human Rights – Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein
● India’s GDP growth for 2014-15 as per CSO – 7.2 per cent

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