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1)   Which author has been awarded the title Companion of Honour on Dec 12, 2017?
- Published on 13 Dec 17

a. JK Rowling
b. Roald Dahl
c. Charlotte Bronte
d. Jane Austen
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ANSWER: JK Rowling

"Harry Potter" scribe J.K. Rowling has added another title to her globally recognized name: Companion of Honor.

The 52-year-old bestselling author and Lumos charity founder was awarded the British prize by Prince William for her services to literature and philanthropy, during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Dec 12, 2017.

Add that to the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) title Prince Charles gave her in 2001, as well as her French Legion of Honor prize and her Hans Christian Andersen Award.

The prize is limited to 65 people "of distinction," according to the Associated Press, and has also been bestowed upon scientist Stephen Hawking, artist David Hockney, music icon Paul McCartney and Oscar winner Maggie Smith.

Rowling's beloved series about a boy wizard and the whimsical world he's immersed in has sold more than 450 million copies and has been translated into 80 languages.

The tomes have been been adapted into eight blockbuster films, and one of her companion books has been spun off into the five-film "Fantastic Beasts" franchise, giving Rowling a chance to flex her screenwriting muscles.

Just as her debut novel, "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" celebrated its 20th anniversary over the summer, the billionaire was also named Europe's highest-paid celebrity and the world's highest-paid author by Forbes.

2)   Who has won the Ballon d'Or award 5 times among the following soccer aces?
- Published on 08 Dec 17

a. Cristiano Ronaldo
b. Lionel Messi
c. Luka Modric
d. Both a and b
e. Both b and c
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ANSWER: Both a and b

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d'Or award as soccer's best player of the year for a record-equaling fifth time, moving him level with Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo won the trophy awarded by France Football magazine at a ceremony held at the Eiffel Tower on Dec 7, 2017.

He finished ahead of contenders Messi and Neymar, who left Barcelona in the offseason to join Paris Saint-Germain for a world record transfer fee of 222 million Euros ($262 million).

Ronaldo was shown on television receiving the award while making the sign of five with his left hand as held the trophy in his right. Messi was runner-up behind him and Neymar was third.

The 32-year-old Portugal forward also took home the Ballon d'Or prize in 2013 and 2014, and in 2008 when playing for Manchester United.

Messi won it from 2009-12 and again in 2015.

Ronaldo claimed it back last year after helping Portugal win the European Championship and starring for Madrid as it won the Champions League.

Last season he won the Champions League once again and played a key role as Madrid won the Spanish league title for the first time since 2012.

Ronaldo is the all-time leading scorer in the history of the Champions League with 115 goals.

He set another competition record on Wednesday, scoring in Real Madrid's 3-2 win over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday to become the first player to find the net in all six group-stage matches.

3)   Who has been named Time's Person of the Year?
- Published on 07 Dec 17

a. The Silence Breakers
b. President Donald Trump
c. President Xi Jinping
d. Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: The Silence Breakers

"The Silence Breakers" - those who have shared their stories about sexual assault and harassment have been collectively named Time magazine's Person of the Year.

Numerous women have spoken out since October about sexual misconduct by dozens of high-profile men in entertainment, media, business and sports.

Time praised those who have given "voice to open secrets, for moving whisper networks onto social networks, for pushing us all to stop accepting the unacceptable."

The magazine's cover features Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift and others who said they have been harassed.

Women who spoke out, initially against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and then others, helped to spawn the #MeToo movement, with millions of people telling stories of sexual misconduct on social media.

The tweets, Instagram and Facebook posts began after actor-activist Alyssa Milano followed on a suggestion from a friend of a friend on Facebook and tweeted: "If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write 'me too' as a reply to this tweet."

The hashtag was tweeted nearly a million times in 48 hours.

#MeToo was actually founded by activist Tarana Burke a decade ago to raise awareness about sexual violence.

The two runners-up for Time person of the year were Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump.

4)   SAIL-ASP has won which award on 29th Nov, 2017?
- Published on 30 Nov 17

a. Best Performance Vendor 2017
b. Best Steel Products 2017
c. Most Profitable Vendor 2017
d. Most Progressive Vendor 2017
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ANSWER: Best Performance Vendor 2017

Alloy Steels Plant (ASP) of the Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) today received the "BEST PERFORMANCE VENDOR - 2017" award from Ordnance Factory, Medak (OF-M) for indigenization, development and supply of import substitute steel plates.

The steel plates in two categories, for which SAIL received the award, were supplied by Durgapur-based ASP, the special steels plant of SAIL. The award was received by Shri AK Patra, DGM I/c (Research & Control Lab.)/ SAIL-ASP, at the Ordnance Factory's Vendors' meet held in Medak.

Plates made with two special-grade varieties of low- and medium-carbon steels developed at SAIL-ASP as import substitutes were supplied to OF-M for meeting the specific property requirements of defence applications, such as muzzle brake for cannons/barrels installed in infantry fighting amphibious vehicles and their bottom parts.

Muzzle brake is a component that is fitted on top of the cannon or barrel that redirects propellant gases to counter recoil and unwanted rising of the barrel/cannon during rapid fire.

Apart from meeting stringent chemical properties, the plates developed by SAIL-ASP also excel in matching physical attributes of plates like excellent surface finish and formability along with meeting the specified properties as stipulated in heat-treated conditions.

SAIL-ASP: Know More

  • SAIL-ASP has a diverse product portfolio of over 400 grades catering to critical end-use by strategic sectors such as Defence, Railways, Automobiles, Power plants and heavy engineering & manufacturing industries.
  • For Defence applications, the plant manufactures high impact-resistant steels (armour-grade steels) and customized steels for naval applications.
  • SAIL-ASP also has capability for manufacturing a variety of stainless steels products also.
  • SAIL is pioneering the 'Make in India' campaign by producing world-class steel products in various categories and partnering the Make in Steel - Make in India vision of the Ministry of Steel.
  • SAIL steel has been used in various prestigious national projects like the Dhola-Sadiya bridge, Sardar Sarovar Dam, Metro projects in various cities, Chenani-Nashri tunnel, Pamban railway sea bridge, Bandra-Worli sea link, etc.
  • The company is increasing the share of value-added products in its product-mix to meet specific requirements of customers.

5)   The third Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Distinguished Indologist Award for the year 2017 was awarded to Japanese professor __________.
- Published on 29 Nov 17

a. Hiroshi Marui
b. Hiroshima Marui
c. Nagasaki Marui
d. Toyota Marui
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Hiroshi Marui

The third Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Distinguished Indologist Award for the year 2017 was awarded to Professor Hiroshi Marui of Japan.

He was presented with this award by President Ram Nath Kovind at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.

Indology is academic study of history, cultures, languages and literature of India and is a subset of Asian studies.

Professor Marui had spent over 40 years working on Indian philosophy and Buddhist studies.

His many acclaimed publications and research papers are considered a final authority on several subjects the world over.

As President of the Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies, he has made a significant contribution to Indology in Japan.

6)   Which Former PM was selected Indira Gandhi Prize for peace, disarmament and development for his leadership of the country between 2004 and 2014?
- Published on 21 Nov 17

a. Pranab Mukherjee
b. Sonia Gandhi
c. Atal Behari Vajpayee
d. Manmohan Singh
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Manmohan Singh

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (85) was selected Indira Gandhi Prize for peace, disarmament and development for his leadership of the country between 2004 and 2014 and for enhancing India's stature globally.

He was unanimously chosen for the award by an international jury chaired by former President Pranab Mukherjee.

Manmohan Singh: Know More

  • Manmohan Singh born 26 September 1932

  • The first Sikh in office, Singh was also the first prime minister since Jawaharlal Nehru to be re-elected after completing a full five-year term.

  • Born in Gah (now in Punjab, Pakistan), Singh's family migrated to India during its partition in 1947. After obtaining his doctorate in economics from Oxford, Singh worked for the United Nations during 1966-69.

  • He subsequently began his bureaucratic career when Lalit Narayan Mishra hired him as an advisor in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

  • Over the 70s, 80s and 90s, Singh held several key posts in the Government of India, such as Chief Economic Advisor (1972-76), Reserve Bank governor (1982-85) and Planning Commission head (1985-87) besides FM and Leader of Opposition.

7)   Who has been awarded the Infosys award in the category of engineering and computer science?
- Published on 16 Nov 17

a. Sanghamitra Bandopadhyaya
b. Ananya J. Kabir
c. Ritabrata Munshi
d. Upinder Singh Bhalla
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ANSWER: Sanghamitra Bandopadhyaya

The ninth edition of the Infosys prizes was announced on 15th Nov in Bengaluru. Scientists and professionals from the research field were named by a jury which included Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, former Chief Economist Kaushik Basu and geneticist Inder Verma.

Among the winners was Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay, director, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata for engineering and computer science.

Her discoveries include genetic marking for breast cancer and the role of white blood cells in Alzheimer's disease.

Ananya J. Kabir, Professor of English at Kings College, London was awarded the prize for humanities.

Upinder Singh Bhalla from National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) got it for life sciences. His contribution includes research on the brain's computational machinery.

Ritabrata Munshi from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai, was named for mathematical sciences, and Yamuna Krishnan, from the Department of Chemistry at University of Chicago was chosen for physical sciences for her work in the fledgling field of DNA architecture.

In the category of social sciences, Lawrence Liang, from School of Law, Ambedkar University in Delhi and the co-founder of Alternative Law Forum was named for "creative scholarship" on law and society. The prizes will be given to the six winners on January 10, 2018 in Bengaluru.

Nobel laureate Kip Thorne will felicitate the awardees with prize money worth INR 65 lakh each and a 22-Carat gold medallion.

The Infosys Science Foundation was formed by the trustees of the software company, Infosys, in 2009 to encourage "basic science research."

8)   How many cities from 44 nations have joined UNESCO Creative Cities Network?
- Published on 09 Nov 17

a. 74
b. 54
c. 64
d. 84
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It's a feature the city has always flaunted with pride, but now, it has got international recognition. Chennai has been included in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network for its rich musical tradition.

A total of 64 cities from 44 countries have joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, the organisation's website said.

They join a network at the frontline of UNESCO's efforts to foster innovation and creativity as key drivers for a more sustainable and inclusive urban development.

Gastronomy, music, crafts and folk art, media arts, design, film and literature are the seven fields of creativity highlighted by the network, which now has a total of 180 cities in 72 countries.

Jaipur and Varanasi are the other Indian cities that feature on the list.

9)   Where is the famous Sri Ranganathanaswamy temple located?
- Published on 06 Nov 17

a. Kerala
b. Karnataka
c. Tamil Nadu
d. Andhra Pradesh
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ANSWER: Tamil Nadu

The Sri Ranganathaswamy temple at Srirangam has bagged an award of merit from Unesco for protecting and conserving cultural heritage, thus becoming the first temple from Tamil Nadu to grab the prestigious honour from the UN body.

The traditional method of renovating temple premises as well as re-establishment of rainwater harvesting and the historic drainage system in preventing flooding are the two key parameters that earned the temple the award.

Launched in 2000, Unesco Asia-Pacific awards for cultural heritage conservation programme is aimed at acknowledging the efforts taken to restore and conserve historical structures without affecting their heritage value in the region comprising 48 countries.

Unesco had invited applications earlier this year to submit conservation projects either taken up by individuals or in public-private partnership model in the last 10 years for the awards.

HR&CE sources said that the temple had received the international recognition for the INR 20 crore (from HR&CE and donors) renovation project taken up prior to a consecration ceremony in November 2015, especially without affecting its centuries' old architectural design.

There were 43 applications from 10 countries for the 2017 Unesco Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. Mumbai's Christ Church and Royal Bombay Opera House were the other monuments in India that received the Award of Merit this year.

UNESCO merit awards: Know More

  • The awards are classified under four categories -- Award of Excellence, Awards of Distinction, Awards of Merit and Award for New Design in Heritage Context.
  • They are being given to encourage the efforts of all stakeholders and the public in conserving and promoting monuments and religious institutes with rich heritage in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • A jury comprising nine international heritage conservation experts reviewed the documentation of the conservation project taken up by Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple management.

10)   Which Indian veteran actor, playwright is to be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest?
- Published on 03 Nov 17

a. Amol Palekar
b. Naseeruddin Shah
c. Girish Karnad
d. Anupam Kher
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Girish Karnad

Famous Indian playwright and veteran actor Girish Karnad will be honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest which is stated to begin from November 16.

A recipient of Jnanpith, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri awards, Karnad left his acting impact on several films and theatre shows. Some of his critically acclaimed Bollywood movies are "Nishaant", "Manthan", "Swami", "Pukar", "Iqbal" and "Dor".

Karnad made his screen debut in Kannada movie "Samskara" that won the first President's Golden Lotus Award for Kannada cinema.

He is also remembered for his role of Swami's father in the TV series "Malgudi Days" based on R.K.Narayan's books.

He also served as director of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and chairman of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, the National Academy of the Performing Arts.

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