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1)   Former state health minister of Rajasthan Digambar Singh held which important post?
- Published on 01 Nov 17

a. Vice Chairman of Rajasthan's Twenty Point Programme
b. Vice Chairman of Rajasthan's Mission Indradhanush
c. Vice Chairman of Rajasthan's Clean India Mission
d. Both a and b
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Vice Chairman of Rajasthan's Twenty Point Programme

Former state health minister Dr Digamber Singh, who was fighting a battle against a fatal aliment for the past three years, passed away in Oct 2017.

Demise of the 67-year-old leader from Bharatpur sent shock waves within the state BJP.

A former health and industry minister; he was the vice-chairman of the state government's Twenty Point Programme since June 2015.

Senior members of the state BJP including CM Vasundhara Raje and cabinet members rushed to the hospital on the news of his demise.

The state cabinet, which in a meeting expressed grief on his death, also announced a day-long official mourning in Bharatpur, where Singh will be cremated.

Digambar Singh: Know More

  • Singh represented the Deeg-Kumher constituency for two terms between 2003 and 2013.
  • However, he lost the 2013 assembly on the same seat at a time when the state BJP went to create a history winning 162 of the 200 seats in the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly.
  • The second-blow to his political career came within a year to that when he contested and lost the by-poll on Surajgarh seat in September 2014.
  • Singh, a former state health minister, was a two-time MLA from Deeg-Kumher Assembly constituency in Bharatpur.
  • He was appointed as the vice chairman of the 20-point programme in June 2015 and was given the status of a cabinet rank minister.
  • The government’s 20-point programme, which is under the planning department, is aimed at eradicating poverty and bringing improvement in the life of the common man.
  • He was born in Barkheda Faujdar village in Bhartpur and was a practising doctor before joining politics in 1993.

2)   Which renowned Malayalam Filmmaker received the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration for Aaroodam?
- Published on 25 Oct 17

a. Santosh Sivan
b. Sreenivasan
c. Gautham Menon
d. IV Sasi
Answer  Explanation 


Renowned Malayalam filmmaker I.V. Sasi passed away on 24th Oct 2017 in Chennai where he was undergoing treatment.

With over 150 films to his credit, Sasi was known for his work in between 1970-2000. He has directed a few Hindi films as well.

The veteran director won the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration in the year 1982 for his movie ‘Aaroodam’. He has also received multiple state awards for his work.

He was also the recipient of the JC Daniel Award in 2015.

Born in 1948, Sasi married yesteryear actor Seema whom he met on the sets of his movie ‘Avalude Raavukkal’. The couple has worked together in several movies. They have two children, a daughter and a son.

Incidentally, Sasi began his career as an art director with ‘Kaliyalla Kalyanam’ in 1968. His first directorial venture was ‘Ulsavam’ which released in the year 1975.

Some of his best known films are ‘Avalude Raavukal’, ‘Devaasuram’, ‘Guru’, ‘Eeta’, ‘Angaadi’, ‘Anubhavam’, ‘Ayalkari’, ‘Inspector Balram’, ‘1921’, ‘Vellathooval’, ‘Balram vs Tharadas’, ‘Sradha’, amid others.

One of the most successful director in Malayalam industry, Sasi was instrumental in establishing stars like Mammootty and Mohanlal.

3)   Which industrialist and CMD was associated with the innovation of chewable tobacco in India?
- Published on 25 Oct 17

a. Jagdish Joshi
b. Rasiklal Dhariwal
c. Om Gupta
d. Ratanlal Jain
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Rasiklal Dhariwal

Industrialist and CMD of Manikchand Group Rasiklal Manikchand Dhariwal passed away due to multi-organ failure this evening in a private hospital.

He was 79 and is survived by wife Shobha, a son and four daughters.

According to the hospital, where Dhariwal breathed his last, he was admitted on September 4 and was suffering from cancer.

Born in Shirur in Pune district of Maharashtra, Dhariwal inherited a bidi factory with 20 workers from his father and went on to become a gutkha baron.

He spotted potential in tobacco products and further diversified his business and ventured into gutkha business, where he made a name for himself.

Not limiting his business to gutkha, whose manufacturing and sale was banned in Maharashtra a few years ago, Dhariwal forayed into newer domains such as packaging, roller flour mills, real estate, wind energy, packaged drinking water and pet preforms (for water and edible oil).

From tobacco products, Dhariwal diversified into pan masala, mouth-fresheners, packaged water, electrical switches, and even flour mills. He is survived by his wife Shobha and five children.

Through his philanthropic entity the Rasiklal M Dhariwal Foundation, the industrialist launched projects in the areas of healthcare, education, environment and disaster management, among others.

4)   Which Indian classical singer also known as Queen of Thumri won all 3 Padma awards?
- Published on 25 Oct 17

a. Shubha Mudgal
b. S. Janaki
c. Kaushaki Chakraborty
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: None of the above

Distinguished classical singer and Padma Vibhushan awardee Girija Devi passed away on 24th Oct 2017 evening at a hospital in Kolkata following a cardiac arrest.

Girija was 88, and is survived by a daughter.

Fondly called Appa ji, the queen of Thumri was taken to the city's BM Birla Heart Research Centre on Tuesday afternoon with cardiovascular ailments.

A legendary singer of the "Benaras gharana" had received Padma Shri in 1972, Padma Bhushan in 1989 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2016.

Known as the "thumri queen", Girija Devi popularised the genre of semi-classical Indian music. She was conferred with all three Padma awards, and was honoured with the Padma Vibhushan in 2016.

Tributes from stalwarts in the Indian music industry began pouring in soon after news of the singer's demise broke.

Born in a zamindar family at a village near Banaras on May 8, 1929, music was a part of Girija Devi's life from a very early age.

5)   Who was the founder of Filmalaya Studios in Mumbai?
- Published on 23 Oct 17

a. Ram Mukherjee
b. Krishna Mukherjee
c. Gopal Mukherjee
d. Ganesh Mukherjee
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Ram Mukherjee

Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji's father Ram Mukherjee passed away at 5am on 22nd Oct 2017. He was 84.

According to sources close to the family, his blood pressure decreased drastically following which he was taken to a hospital.

The veteran filmmaker has directed several movies such as Raktanadir Dhara, Tomar Rakte Amar Sohag, Raktalekha and Ek Bar Mooskura Do to name a few.

He is survived by wife Krishna Mukherjee, daughter Rani and son Raja.

Ram Mukherjee was one of the founders of Filmalaya Studios in Mumbai.

His most famous works are Hum Hindustani and Leader. In fact, Ram had launched Rani Mukherjee in the Bengali film Biyer Phool (1996).

6)   Who was the country’s first swimmer to participate in an Olympics game?
- Published on 23 Oct 17

a. Shamsher Khan
b. Saloni Dalal
c. Sajjan Prakash
d. Richa Mishra
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Shamsher Khan

Shamsher Khan, the country’s first swimmer who had participated in the 1956 Summer Olympics, died at his native village Repalle on 15th Oct 2017.

Mr. Khan, 92, died of heart attack.

Mr. Khan had enrolled himself in the Indian Army in 1949.

He had taken part in various national swimming competitions.

He won a place in the Indian Olympics contingent that had visited Australia in 1956.

He, however, secured fourth place in the competition.

He continued to serve in the Army till he retired in 1973. After retirement, he settled at Repalle.

He lived a life of penury till his death. In July 2016, the Andhra Pradesh Government awarded him INR 25 lakh.

Shamsher Khan: Know More

  • Shamsher Khan was an Indian swimmer who represented India in the 1956 Summer Olympics.
  • In 1954, he made a national record in the 200-meter butterfly event.
  • He broke the existing national record at the national meet in Bangalore in 1955.
  • Born: 1931, Guntur
  • Died: 15 October 2017

7)   Which veteran filmmaker directed the iconic film Amrapali?
- Published on 18 Oct 17

a. Kundan Shah
b. Lekh Tandon
c. Ashoke Pandit
d. Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Lekh Tandon

Veteran filmmaker Lekh Tandon, who directed iconic film like "Amrapali", has died, it was announced on Oct 15 2017. He was 88.

Tandon passed away at his residence on Oct 14.

Born in Lahore in 1929, Tandon directed many Bollywood stalwarts like Shammi Kapoor ("Professor", 1962; "Prince", 1969), Rajender Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Hema Malini, Shabana Azmi, Rekha, Rajesh Khanna to name a few.

His "Amrapali" (1966), featuring Sunil Dutt and Vyjayanthimala, that was selected as Indian entry for the best foreign language film at 39th Academy awards.

He also bagged Filmfare Best Screenplay Award for his movie "Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaye", along with Vrajendra Gaur and Madhusudan Kalekar in 1978.

He directed his first television serial "Dil Dariya" in 1988 through which he was also credited for discovering Shah Rukh Khan.

Tandon also acted in films like "Swadesa, "Chennai Express", "Rang De Basanti" among others.

8)   Which Maltese investigative journalist was at the helm of the Panama Papers?
- Published on 18 Oct 17

a. Daphne Caruana Gazilia
b. Adrian Delia
c. Will Fitzgibbon
d. Bastian Obermayer
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Daphne Caruana Gazilia

Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who exposed her island nation’s links to offshore tax havens through the leaked Panama Papers was killed on Oct 17, 2017 in a bomb explosion in her car.

Ms. Galizia, 53, had just driven away from her home in Mosta, a town outside Malta’s capital of Valletta, when the bomb went off, sending the vehicle’s wreckage spiraling over a wall and into a field.

Mr. Muscat says Galizia’s death resulted from a “barbaric attack” that also amounted to an assault on the freedom of expression.

Politico magazine named Ms. Galizia as one of 28 Europeans who are “shaping, shaking and stirring” Europe.

She revealed that Mr. Muscat’s wife, Michelle, as well as Muscat’s Energy Minister and the government’s chief-of-staff held companies in Panama by looking into the 2016 document leak.

Mr. Muscat and his wife have denied that they held such companies.

Opposition leader Adrian Delia called the killing a “political murder.”

Ms. Galizia was sued for libel because of various articles she wrote on her blog “Running Commentary,” and she had filed a report with the police two weeks ago that she was receiving threats.

The Oct 17 evening’s Parliament session was scrapped, except for briefings about the bombing scheduled to be given by Mr. Muscat and Mr. Delia.

In June, Mr. Muscat was sworn in for a second term as Prime Minister following snap elections he had called to reinforce his government as the Panama Papers’ leak indicated his wife owned an offshore company.

9)   Which national award winning director was known for his dark satire Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro?
- Published on 09 Oct 17

a. Adoor Gopalkrishnan
b. Satyajit Ray
c. Amitabh Parashar
d. Kundan Shah
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Kundan Shah

National award winning director Kundan Shah dies

National Award-winning director Kundan Shah, best known for his dark satire Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro and coming-of-age comedy Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, passed away at his residence.

He was 69. Shah died of a heart attack.

His last rites were performed at Shivaji Park crematorium here by his daughter Shilpa with close family members and friends from the film fraternity in attendance.

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro actors Naseeruddin Shah, Satish Shah and writer Sudhir Mishra came to pay tributes to Shah at his residence and were also present at the crematorium.

Born on October 19, 1947, Shah studied direction at the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune and made his directorial debut with Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro in 1983.

The movie, featuring Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapur, Satish Shah, Satish Kaushik, Bhakti Barve and Neena Gupta, went on to achieve cult status despite a poor box office showing.

More than three decades later, the film - revolving around two bumbling photographers, a canny newspaper editor and corrupt civic officials - continues to be relevant as a scathing commentary on contemporary India.

He received the Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director.

10)   Jalal Talabani was Iraq's first ________ president.
- Published on 05 Oct 17

a. Kurdish
b. Baghdadi
c. Shia
d. Sunni
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Kurdish

Jalal Talabani, the first Kurdish president of Iraq died on 3rd Oct 2017.

Only a week earlier, Kurds voted overwhelmingly in a referendum in support of breaking away from Iraq to form an independent state, sending tensions spiralling with the central government in Baghdad and with Iraq’s neighbours, who fear similar Kurdish separatist sentiment on their soil.

At the time of the vote, Talabani had been out of politics for nearly five years after a 2012 stroke left him debilitated and permanently hospitalized.

The referendum vote, which was led by his long-time Kurdish rival, regional President Masoud Barzani, is not expected to lead to a Kurdish state anytime soon and has further isolated the small land-locked region. Iraq and its neighbours have rejected the vote, and Baghdad has banned international flights and threatened to take control of the autonomous Kurdish region’s borders.

Talabani came from a generation of Kurdish leaders, who spent decades fighting for self-rule and whose people were often brutally repressed by the central government.

Born in a tiny village north of the city of Irbil on November 12, 1933, Talabani was in his early teens when he joined the Kurdistan Democratic Party, or KDP, the main Kurdish political force at the time trying to carve out an autonomous homeland for Iraq’s Kurds.

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