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GENERAL AWARENESS BRIEFLY--NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2016

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·         The venue of the recent meet of the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Foreign Ministers — Tashkent
·         The central force which celebrates its raising day on 24 Oct — ITBP
·         The venue of the first National Tribal Carnival held recently — New Delhi
·         The present chief minister of Manipur who was attacked by the militants recently — Okram Ibobi Singh
·         The chairman ofTata Group who was removed recently — Cyrus Mistry
·         The present Prime Minister of New Zealand who visited India recently —John Key
·         The city where PM Narendra Modi recently launched a 1,500-km-long gas pipeline costing 251,000 cr, called "Urja Ganga" — Varanasi
·         The country India defeated to win the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup final — Iran
·         Winner of the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World cup — North Korea
·         The venue of the recently held first ever global conference to strengthen Arbitration and Enforcement — New Delhi
·         Gujarat's first green airport and second green airport in the country after Kochi — Vadodara International Airport
·         The mascot for the 2018 FIFA World Cup being hosted by Russia — Zabivaka (a wolf)
·         The new high-value currency note the RBI is going to issue – Rs. 2,000
·         The govt's initiative in which the fares will be capped at Rs.2500 for one-hour flights on unserved and under-served routes — UDAN (Ude Desh .ka. Aam Naagrik)
·         The SBI's 5th zone in North East announced recently — Silchar
·         The country to which the World Bank has pledged USD 2-bn aid package to tackle climate change — Bangladesh
·         The state which has declared `Bathukamma' as a state festival — Telangana
·         The new political party launched by Irom Sharmila in Manipur — People's Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA)
·         The first Indian city to be officially declared as one of the venues for hosting the U-17 World Cup 2017 by FIFA — Kochi
·         The state which has launched `Kaushalya Setu' scheme, a skill development programme for students — Maharashtra
·         The first indigenously made nuclear submarine operationalised recently —INS Arihant
·         The place where PM Narendra Mod i recently launched the National SC/ST Hub — Ludhiana
·         The Indian sportsperson appointed as a member of the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Athletes' Commission — Saina Nehwal
·         The eminent writer selected for Matrubhumi Literary Award recently C Radhakrishnan • India's next Ambassador/PR of India to the UN Conference on Disarmament, Geneva — Amandeep Singh
·         The country which commissioned its most advanced stealth guided missile destroyer Zumwalt recently — US
·         The year in which the International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to organise the first ever ICC Women's World T20 event - 2020
·         The country with which Cipla has signed an MoU for setting up the first biosimilars manufacturing facility -South Africa
·         The present chairman of the BRICS Bank or the New Development Bank - KV Kamath
·         Winner of men's singles title at the Chinese Taipei Open - Sourabh Verma
·         Winner of the 1st BRICS U-17 Football Tournament 2016 held at Goa - Brazil
·         The safest place in world as per a recent report carried out by the World Economic Forum (WEE) - Finland
·         The total deposits (highest till date) reported by the Indian banking system in Sep 2016 as per the data released by the RBI – Rs.100 lakh cr
·         The new Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) - Ajay Kumar Bhalla
·         The Indian scientist who has been awarded the prestigious [AFT Young scientist scholarship award in the US - Kirtiraj Kundlik Gaikwad
·         The country-to which China recently offered about $24 billion dollar credit line - Bangladesh
·         The city where PM Narendra Modi recently (on 14 Oct) inaugurated "Shaurya Smarak" - Bhopal
·         The brand ambassador of Valvoline Cummins India Virat Kohli
·         The RBI's Executive Director who was recently appointed as a Whole-Time Member of market regulator SEBI - Gurumoorthy Mahalingam
·         The present chairman of SEBI - UK Sinha
·         The king of Thailand and the world's longest-serving monarch who died recently aged 88 - Bhumibol Adulyadej
·         The former Director-General of CSIR who has been conferred the V Krishnamurthy Award for excellence by Centre for Organisation Development - RA Mashelkar
·         The 9th UN Secretary-General who will take over from Ban Ki-moon -Antonio Guterres
·         India's new ambassador to Eritrea — Amrit Lugun
·         The high-altitude glacial lab of India located in Spiti Valley in the Himalayas which started functioning recently — Himansh
·         The country with which the Indian Navy conducted the 28th Coordinated Patrol and Second Bilateral Maritime Exercise in the Andaman Sea recently — Indonesia
·         The first Indian lender to complete a banking transaction using Blockchain technology — ICICI Bank
·         The country which has announced to quit commonwealth group after the grouping's decision to penalise the island nation, over the ouster of its previous President in 2012 —Maldives
·         The public sector lender which recently sealed a principal sponsorship contract with badminton Olympians PV Sindhu and K Srikanth — Bank of Baroda
·         The former CM of Uttarakhand who has been conferred with a prestigious award by the Ugandan govt for promoting human values through his literature — Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank
·         India's ranking among the highest US security holding countries — 12th
·         The person reappointed as the PM by the king Mohammed VI in Morocco — Abdelilah Benkirane
·         India's current ranking on the International Food Policy Research Institute's (IFPRI) Global Hunger Index (GI-II), 2016 — 97th
·         The day to be observed as the First World Tsunami Awareness Day — 05 Nov
·         The city where the Kabaddi World Cup was held at the Arena by TransStadia, India's first convertible stadium — Ahmedabad
·         Winner of the women's singles title of China Open 2016 — Agnieszka Radwanska
·         The day on which the Paris Agreement on climate change entered into force recently — 4 Nov
·         Winner of the Martin Ennals Award 2016 — Ilham Tohti, China
·         Winner of the Japanese Grand Prix Fl championship — Nico Rosberg
·         Winner of the men's singles title of China Open 2016 — Andy Murray
·         The Indian shooter awarded by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) awarded as the `Champion of Champions' title for pistol shooting in 2016 — Jitu Rai
·         The Indian scheme the International Energy Agency (IAE) is going to implement globally — UJALA
·         Winner of the women's singles title of the Russian Open Grand Prix — Ruthvika Shivani Gadde
·         The state which has added 21 new districts recently and now there are 31 districts — Telangana
·         The joint military exercise conducted between India and China in Punc in Maharashtra recently — Hand-in-Hand
·         The amount the govt will receive by selling 964.80 MHz of spectrum — Rs.65,789 cr
·         Winner of the 24th Ekalavya Award for the year 2016 — Srabani Nanda.
·         China's new ambassador to India — Luo Zhaohui
·         The state whose traditional state festival "Bathlikamma" found a place in the Guinness Book of World Records recently — Telangana
·         The city where India's first international arbitration centre was inaugurated recently - Mumbai
·         The scheme launched by Madhya Pradesh to make the state anaemia-free - Lalima Abhiyan
·         India's next Ambassador to Austria - Renu Pall
·         The Sikkim CM awarded with prestigious "Sustainable Development Leadership Award" by President Prartab Mukherjee - Pawan Chamling
·         The head of the RBI Internal Working Group (IWG) on Rationalisation of Branch Authorisation Policy - Lily Vadera
·         The host country for the 2016 Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) - India
·         India's communication satellite launched recently from the spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana- GSAT-18
·         The new Chairman and CEO of the Jammu and Kashmir Bank - Parvez Ahmed
·         Winner of the first BRICS Under-17 football tournament held in Goa -Brazil
·         The former Portugal PM who has been elected as the next Secretary-General of the United Natiobs - Antonio Guterres
·         The present Prime Minister of Sri Lanka who visited New Delhi recently - Ranil Wickramasinghe
·         The new reverse repo rate after the 4 Oct monetary policy review by the RBI - 5.75 per cent
·         The city where the country's first Medipark is going to be set by public sector undertaking HLL Lifecare - Chennai
·         The present statutory liquidity ratio (SLR) -  20.75 per cent

PART B
- Certificate of Honour, which is awarded to Sanskrit, Pali, Prakerit, Arabic and Persian Scholars is – Maharshi Badrayan
- The head of Boachasanvasi Akshar Purushottam Sanstha (BAPS) who died recently is – Swami Maharaj
- Rank of India in latest Bank index of World Bank 2016 is – 130th
- The state in which Hindustan Copper Limited (HCL) launched India’s first facility to produce nickel is - Jharkhand
- The country which has launched the world’s first quantum communication satellite is - China
- Service which was launched by Indian Railways in Tripura is - RORO
- The state with which famous writer B.P. Kesri belongs to - Jharkhand
- The first ‘Arunachal Ratna Award’ has been conferred to – Bomto Kamdak
- The IIT which has adopted five villages in Uttar Pradesh under the Namami Gange programme is – IIT Kanpur
- Freestyle wrestler Sakshi Malik (23) won India’s first medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games by clinching the bronze in the _____ category. – 58kg
- The ministry which has launched a mobile app that integrates various social media handles of over 170 Indian missions on a common platform is – Ministry of External Affairs
- Gobind Tej related to – Film industry
- The player who became the first Indian player to reach the Rio Olympic badminton women’s singles final is – P.V. Sindhu
- Technology major IBM announced the opening of the first Open Power Research Facility (OPRF) in – IIT Bombay
- How many members are there in NSG (Nuclear Supplier Group), 2016 - 48
- UDAY stands for – Uttkrisht Double Decker Air Conditioned Yatri Express
- Number of Indian companies who have been named in Fortune magazine’s “Change the World” list of top 50 companies is - 2
- Recently, the person who has been appointed as an advisor in Prasar Bharti is – Sunil Arora
- The country from where Usian Bolt hails from - Jamaica
- Noted politician Ram Charit died. The party with which he belongs to - BJP
- The 1st Indian Governor of RBI was – C D Deshmukh
- The present chairman of TRAI is – R S Sharma
- The title of “Father of India’s booming IT sector” by Times Magazine is given to –
N R Narayana Murthy
- Fortune’s 2016 “Change the World” list is topped by – GlaxoSmithKline
- First woman who hold the position in the Canadian parliament is – Bardish Chaggar
- The country which defeated Germany to win their first gold medal in the men’s football at Rio Olympics is - Brazil
- Dr. Najma Heptulla was sworn-in as the 18th Governor of - Manipur
- Recently Scientists discovered Gymnothorax indicus in the Bay of Bengal, which is a new species of – EEL
- President Pranab Mukherjee launched ______ channel, an initiative which will provide a platform for blending content both from India and Bangladesh and preserving Bengali culture. – Akashvani Maitree
- The country from which the noted director Abbas Kiarostami hails from - Iran
- The International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) announced that the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup will be hosted in - Ahmedabad
- Recently, a mobile app “Kisan Suvidha” for farmers is launched by – Prakash Singh Badal
- The state which became the first state in the country to launch DNA Index System (DIS) for DNA profiling of criminals is – Andhra Pradesh
- The prestigious 25th Vyas Samman 2015 is conferred to – Sunita Jain
- The Brand Ambassador of Haryana state for ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ initiative is – Sakshi Malik
- The company on which, the National Green Tribunal imposed a  100 crore fine over environmental damages in a 2011 oil spill case is – Adani Enterprises
- The Brand Ambassador of the Indian Psychiatric Society is – Deepika Padukone
- “Genome Savior Award” is given in the field of - Agriculture
- The first state which have a child friendly court is - Goa
- The newly appointed Group President & Country Head for Mid-Corporate Banking of Yes Bank is – Amit Sanan
- The book “Patriots, Poets and Prisoners: Selections from Ramananda Chatterjee’s The Modern Review, 1907-1947” is released by – Hamid Ansari
- The bank which has been declared as D-SIB by RBI – ICICI Bank
- Forbes list of “Highest paid actors of 2016” is topped by – Dwayne Johnson
- Number of banks, for which the NPCI’s Unified Payments Interface (UPI) has started is - 21
- The person who was awarded with the first IEI-IEEE Award for Engineering Excellence – 2015 is – G. Satheesh Reddy
- With regards to T.V. Content, the full form of BCCC is – Broadcasting Content Complaints Council
- The prestigious “Young Scientist Medal” Award 2016 is won by – Askandar Iqbal
- The ‘POCSO e-box’ in New Delhi for the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses is launched by – Maneka Gandhi
- Founder of Amazon company is – Jeff Bezos
- The cash prize which is given in Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award 2016 is – 7.5 Lakh
- The pair which was defeated by Sania Mirza with Monica Niculescu of Romania in women’s double to won the Connecticut Open doubles title is – Kateryna Bondarenko & Chuang Chiajung
- The 3rd position in Belgium Grand Prix Formula-1 Race 2016 was secured by – Lewis Hamilton
- India has been ranked _____ according to the World Risk Report 2016 released by the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security. – 77th
- Jammu-based poetess and novelist Padma Sachdev has been awarded with the prestigious Saraswati Samman for the year 2015 for her autobiography _____. - Chitt-Chete
- The UN Women’s Advocate for Gender Equality and Women Empowerment in India is – Aishwaryaa Rajinikanth
- The prestigious Biju Patnaik Sports Award has been conferred to – Purnima Hembram
- The US and India signed an important agreement which will allow both the countries to use each other’s bases as well as assets for replenishment of supplies and refueling The agreement called as – Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA)
- SBI Mutual Fund has appointed _____ as its Managing Director and Chief Executive. – Anuradha Rao
- The state which became the first state to distribute 2 crore LED bulbs under the Government of India’s Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for all (UJALA) scheme is - Gujarat
- The minimum entry age for plan ‘Max Life Future Genius Education Plan’ which is runned by Max Life Insurance is – 21 years
- The international organization with which “Connecting to complete” report is related to – World Bank
- Kishore Kumar Mohanty and ______ will be honoured with the prestigious Nalco Guru Kelucharan Award for 2016. – Jharana Das
- The ministry which has signed MoU with Amar Chitra Katha to publish and distribute a special edition of the comic book, focusing on Swachh Bharat Mission is – Ministry of Urban Development
- The first regular commercial flight in more than _____ years from the US to Cuba has been started. - 50
- Renowned artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has won people’s choice award for his _____ sand sculpture made during an international championship in Russia. – Mahatma Gandhi
- The country with which NSDC has entered into a cooperation agreement for skill development in India’s aviation sector is - USA
- The unanimously elected National President of the Indian Medical Association for the year 2016-17 is – K. K. Aggarwal
- According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the lifetime achievement award in Oscar 2016, is awarded to – Jackie Chan
- BRICS group Film Festival of five countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) was held in - Delhi
- The Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) for effectively monitoring of environmental related issues signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with - CIL
- The party with which West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee belongs to - TMC
- The bank which has launched a card-less mobile-based payment solution ‘mVisa’, to make a payments at retail outlets easier is – DCB Bank
- The company which has built the world’s largest OLED tunnel in Berlin to mark the 50th anniversary of the first TV it produced is - LG
- The first Asian who awarded with the prestigious Heritage Heroes Award by the IUCN is – Bibhuti Lahkar
- Urjit Patel has assumed charge as the ____ Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. 24th
- According to the wealth research firm New World Wealth, the country which is the most ‘unequal’ country in the world is - Russia
- The country who won the Brazil Open badminton tournament of the year – 2016 is - India
- The country which was declared as malaria-free by the World Health Organisation which called it a ‘remarkable public health achievement’ is – Sri Lanka
- The chairman of ISRO is – A S Kiran Kumar
- “Bharatshree Alankaran” 2016 is awarded to – Gyan Sudha Mishra
- According to the latest QS World University Rankings 2016-17, the global ranking of the Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore is - 152
- The first Indian woman cricketer who get the prestigious life membership of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) IS – Anjum Chopra
- The film which has been awarded with the best film at the 1st BRICS film festival is - Thithi
- The campaign which was launched by Union Minister of State (Independence Charge) for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan which aimed at promoting the use of gas in the country is – Gas4India
- The 14th ASEAN-India Summit was held at - Laos
- The NGO which received the prestigious UNESCO Confucius Prize of this year was – Jan Sikshan Sansthan
- “Bharat Bharti Samman” is the biggest literature prize of state – Uttar Pradesh
- The company which is among the top 10 of the 250 global energy businesses, according to the ‘Platts Top 250 Global Energy Company Rankings’ 2016 is – Reliance Industries
- Recently appointed Chairman and Managing Director of Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) is – C.K. Asnani
- According to the ‘Swachh Survekshan’ for rural India, the district which bagged the cleanest districts in India is - Mandi
- The only Indian origin woman in Fortune 51 Most Powerful Women list 2016 is – Indira Nooyi
- For online redressal of taxpayers’ grievances, the facility which was launched by Central Board Direct Taxes is – e-nivaran
- The Bank which became the first bank in India to deploy “software robots” is – ICICI bank
- The country in which world’s first daily driverless bus service has started is - France
- The Union Government has launched Urja Mitra Helpline through which customers can get information on power outages from distribution companies by dialing - 14401
- The state which has won ‘Best Horticulture State’ award of the Indian Council of Food and Agriculture (ICFA) is - Haryana
- The launch of ‘Paridhaan’, an apparel brand that’ll include jeans and office wear in the market is announced by – Baba Ramdev
- Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston awarded ______ with the ‘Young Professional of the Year’ award. – Malisha Patel
- The Murugappa Gold Cup Hockey Tournament of this year is won by – Indian Railways
- ‘Friendship-2016’ is a joint military exercise between – Pakistan and Russia


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