Dr. Kirit Parikh

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May 1-2, 2014

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1) The Expert Committee to help develop a low-carbon growth strategy for India presented its report to the Union Govt. on 1 May 2014. Who is heading this 26-member committee? – Dr. Kirit Parikh, former member of Planning Commission (This committee was constituted in January 2010 by Prime Manmohan Singh to suggest a national low-carbon growth strategy for India)

2) The Supreme Court on 1 May 2014 reconstituted a panel (Special Investigation Team – SIT) to monitor the Union government’s probe on black money. Who will head this SIT? – MB Shah, former judge(Constitution of this SIT was ordered by the apex court a day after Centre relented and disclosed names of 18 people it was investigating for tax evasion to the Supreme Court. The Centre had on 30 April disclosed names of 18 persons who had stashed black money in LGT Bank in Liechtenstein. This was done as per information furnished by the German government to India in 2009)

3) A woman was killed and at least 18 others were injured in twin blasts in an express train stationed at Chennai Central railway station on 1 May 2014. Which train was this? – Bangalore-Guwahati Superfast Express (Train No. 12509) – The explosions were reported shortly after the train pulled into platform no. 9 at the railway station. The blasts damaged three coaches (S3, S4 and S5). A multi-agency probe was launched to investigate the source and nature of the bombs.

4) According to the latest data released by World Bank Group’s International Comparison Program (ICP), India became the third largest economy in the world. This was a rapid climb for India as it was ranked at 10th spot in 2005. However, this ICP study was not based on evaluation of actual GDPs of countries. On which basis was this ranking done by ICP? – On Purchasing Power Parity – PPP (The GDP of various countries was evaluated on PPP and it was evaluated that the purchasing power parities -based world GDP amounted to $90,647 billion)

5) Which Afro-Arabian country on 1 May 2014 adopted a landmark new electoral law, which requires party lists for legislative elections to be half women and half men? – Tunisia (The newly adopted law also allows members of the authoritarian regime ousted in 2011 to run for office. The law paves the way for general elections later this year. Tunisia’s path to democracy has been rocky but is seen as a model for other countries, after street protests overthrew a dictator and unleashed uprisings across the region known as the Arab Spring)

6) Which university is the only Indian university from India to have been listed among the top 100 young universities in the world for 2014 in the recently released study by London-based Times Higher Education Magazine? – Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati(The magazine mentions IIT Guwahati at 87th place, marking India’s debut on the rankings. It is placed alongside the New University of Lisbon and the University of Western Sydney. IIT Guwahati campus came up in 1994. JNU, however, missed the bus by a small margin, with IIT Guwahati beating it on the strength of its citation record. For the third year in a row, the ranking was headed by South Korea’s Pohang University of Science and Technology)

7) Who was recently appointed as the new Vice Chancellor of Delhi-based Jamia Milia Islamia? – Prof. Talat Ahmad (Prof. Talat Ahmad was appointed by President Pranab Mukherjee. This post had been vacant since former Jamia vice-chancellor Najeeb Jung was made Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor. Till now Ahmad was Vice-Chancellor of University of Kashmir and had previously served at the Department of Geology, University of Delhi)

May 3-5, 2014

1) A high-level committee recommended recasting of the Index of Industrial Production and (IIP) Wholesale Price Index (WPI) with an objective to present a more realistic picture of the economy. Who is heading this high-level committee which recently submitted its report? – Saumitra Chaudhuri, Member, Planning Commission and Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council (The committee submitted its report on the IIP and WPI during last week of April 2014. The whole exercise of recasting these indexes was aimed at making the indices reflect each other)

2) Which Islamist militant group claimed responsibility for the bomb explosion attack that rocked the outskirts of the Nigerian capital, Abuja on 2 May 2014? – ‘Boko Haram’ (The explosion killed at least 19 people and injured over 60. This was the second explosion in less than a month to have rocked Abuja. The blast struck the same Nyanya district that was hit by a car bomb on April 14 which killed at least 75 people. Boko Haram, which means “western education is a sin” in the Hausa language, has been waging a violent campaign for the past five years to impose Shariah, or Islamic law, in Africa’s biggest economy)

3) Which passenger train derailed in Maharashtra’s Raigad district on 4 May 2014 killing more than 18 passengers and injuring over 150? –Diva-Sawantwadi Road Passenger (This passenger train derailed between Nagothane and Roha stations in Raigad district. Services on the Konkan Railways line were suspended until evening causing a lot of inconvenience to passengers)

4) Who was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Libya on 3 May 2014? – Ahmed Matiq (He was sworn in by the interim Libyan Parliament despite a disputed vote. Initially, only 113 lawmakers voted for Ahmed Matiq, falling short of the 120 votes necessary to secure his win)

5) A California jury on 2 May 2014 awarded Apple $119 million in a patent battle with Samsung over alleged copying of smart phone features. This award was far less than what Apple had demanded and the jury made the victory even smaller by finding that Apple illegally used one of Samsung’s patents. How much award was sought by Apple? – $2.2 billion (During the month-long trial, Apple argued that many of the key functions and vital features of Samsung phones were invented by Apple. Samsung countered that its phones operate on the Google Android software system and that any legal complaint Apple has is with the search giant. The jury found that Apple had infringed one of Samsung’s patents in creating the iPhone 4 and

6) 30 people were killed within 36 hours in attack by Bodo militants in lower districts of Assam on 2 and 3 May 2014. Which were the two most-affected districts? – Kokrajhar and Baksa (Four districts – Kokrajhar, Baksa, Udalgiri and Chirang come under the proposed Bodoland region in Assam. The killings took place mainly in Kokrajhar and Baksa districts. After these killings curfew was imposed in Kokrajhar, Baksa and Chirang. The state government accused the Songbijit faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) of carrying out these killings)

May 6-7, 2014


1) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 6 May 2014 issued the guidelines allowing minors to operate bank accounts independently with a view to promote financial inclusion and bring uniformity in opening of such accounts in banks. What is the prescribed age for minors to operate bank accounts, as announced by the RBI in this guideline? – Above 10 years(According to the guidelines issued by the RBI, minors above 10 years of age can open and operate independently savings bank account and use other facilities like ATM and cheque books)

2) The Supreme Court on 6 May 2014 held that the government cannot impose mother tongue on linguistic minority for imparting primary education. A bench of the apex court gave this order while hearing the government orders of which state pertaining to this issue? – Karnataka (The bench comprising of Chief Justice R.M. Lodha and justices A.K. Patnaik, S.J. Mukhopadhaya, Dipak Misra and F.M. Ibrahim Kalifulla, was hearing the issue which had come before the apex court as two Karnataka government orders of 1994 making mother tongue or regional language compulsory for imparting education from class I to IV, had come under challenge)

3) India’s first aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, which was headed for the scrap yard, got another breather from the Supreme Court on 5 May 2014 as it blocked the vessel’s journey to ignominy. This order was passed by the apex court on a petition filed by a petitioner-activist. Who is he? – Kiran Paigankar (Through the ‘Save Vikrant Committee’, Paigankar and other activists last month moved the apex court in a bid to save the vessel which saw action in the 1971 India-Pakistan war. The ship was due at the scrapyard on 17 May after it was sold for Rs.60 crore through an e-auction to the Mumbai-based IB Commercials Pvt Ltd.)

4) Who was declared the winner of Panama’s presidential election held on 4 May 2014? – Juan Carlos Varela, who is country’s Vice President (Varela will assume office on 1 July 2014. His win thwarted an attempt by former ally President Ricardo Martinelli to extend his grip on power by electing a handpicked successor)

5) Who was declared the President of the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) on 6 May 2014, hours after which RCA was indefinitely suspended by the BCCI? – Lalit Modi (After suspending RCA the BCCI also appointed an ad-hoc body to run its cricket affairs. The election for RCA was conducted in December last year but the results were sealed following a Supreme Court directive. After much deliberation, the result was finally announced by a court-appointed observer on 6 May. Modi won by a landslide margin, polling in 24 out of 33 votes, while his opponent Rampal Sharma earned just five)

6) Who defeated five-time world snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan to win the World Snooker Championship on 6 April 2014? – Mark Selby (Selby defeated O’Sullivan 18-14 to win the World Championship for the first time. O’Sullivan, bidding for a third consecutive victory, crumbled under pressure and failed to hold on to his 10-7 overnight lead as Selby won five of the six frames in the third session)

7) Pakistan’s National Assembly on 6 May 2014 approved a resolution to lift a ban on video-sharing website YouTube. YouTube has been banned in Pakistan for how many times? – Three times (YouTube was first banned in Pakistan on 22 February 2008, by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) because of the number of “non-Islamic objectionable videos”. The ban was lifted on 26 February 2008, after the website removed the objectionable content from its servers.  YouTube was banned for the second time in 2010 in a bid to contain “blasphemous” material, but the ban was lifted after removal of the contents May 27, 2010. PTA banned YouTube for the third time after the website did not remove the trailer the film “Innocence of Muslims” which ostensibly insulted Islam)

May 8, 2014


1) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has put on hold its decision to make Aadhaar-based biometric authentication for transactions mandatory. The Supreme Court had earlier asked the government not to link Aadhaar with any social benefit schemes and subsidies. What was the main reason for this decision of the RBI? – Huge time taken for Aadhaar’s biometric authentication and high set up costs (In the testing phase, biometric authentication took up to 30 seconds even on 3G connections, as opposed to 5 seconds otherwise. Banks were also worried about huge set-up costs needed to enable the required infrastructure for biometric authentication)

2) Thailand went into a new phase of uncertainty on 7 May 2014 as country’s Constitutional Court ordered Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and several cabinet ministers to step down. What was the reason given by the court for this harsh order? – Yingluck Shinawatra acted illegally while transferring her national security head (Yingluck had been accused of abuse of power in improperly transferring Thawil Pliensri, her national security chief appointed by the opposition-led administration, in 2011. The court felt that this transfer benefitted a close relative of Shinawatra)

3) What major relief was announced by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 7 May 2014 for takers of housing, auto and personal loans? –It directed all the commercial banks not to levy any penalty on pre-payment of loans under floating rate scheme that cover housing, auto as well as personal loans (The RBI advised that banks will not be permitted to charge foreclosure charges/ pre-payment penalties on all floating rate term loans sanctioned to individual borrowers, with immediate effect. Floating loan products include housing, corporate, vehicle and personal loans. Two years ago, RBI had barred banks from levying foreclosure charges or pre-payment penalties on home loans on floating interest rate basis)

4) Indian Naval Chief Admiral RK Dhowan on 7 May 2014 announced that India’s largest warship – aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya is now operationally deployed. The 44,500-tonne aircraft carrier procured from Russia at a cost of $2.33 billion had arrived in India in January this year. Where is the home-base of this aircraft carrier situated? –Karwar, Karnataka (The aircraft carrier, which does not have air defence guns, is expected to get its weaponry for protection against aerial attacks at its scheduled first refit)

5) What is the name of the founder and former director of the scam-ridden National Spot Exchange Limited (NSEL), who was arrested by the Mumbai police on 7 May 2014? – Jignesh Shah (Shah was arrested for his connection with the nearly Rs. 5,600 crore payment crisis. The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Mumbai police also arrested the Chief Financial Officer of Financial Technologies India Ltd. (FTIL), Srikant Javlekar. NSEL is owned by FTIL)

6) Which airline became the newest to have won an operating permit for airline services in India? – AirAsia India (The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issued the air operator permit, the last approval required to launch an airline, to AirAsia India on 7 May 2014. AirAsia India is a three-way venture between the Malaysia-based low-cost airline, the Tata Group and investment firm Telestra Tradeplace. Earlier plans to start the airline in the last quarter of 2013 were delayed, pending DGCA’s air operator permit. India presently has five operational national carriers and one regional airline. Competition had eased after the grounding of cash-and-debt-strapped Kingfisher Airlines in October 2012)

May 9-10, 2014


1) What is the name of the first-ever woman Additional Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), who was restrained from discharging her duties by the Supreme Court on 9 May 2014? – Archana Ramasundaram(Archana Ramasundaram is a senior IPS officer. On May 7 2014, she received a letter from the Union Government’s Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT), asking her to take charge immediately, as high-level supervisory rank post in the CBI could not be kept vacant for long. Following which, Ramasundaram took charge as additional director in CBI without in receipt of state government’s clearance but she was consequently suspended by the Tamil Nadu government on charges of “deserting office”. The apex court’s order came on a petition filed by senior journalist Vineet Narain, challenging her selection to the CBI)

2) N. Janardhana Reddy, who passed away on 9 May 2014, was a former Chief Minister of which state? – Andhra Pradesh (Janardhana Reddy was Chief Minister of AP between 1990 and 1992. He was also a member of the Lok Sabha for three terms. He was a senior member of Congress and ban on Naxalite-outfit People’s War Group (PWG) was imposed during his tenure)

3) The Supreme Court on 9 May 2014 order a CBI probe into the Saradha Chit Fund scam case of West Bengal. This order was seen as a major set-back for Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) government, as many of her party colleagues are allegedly involved in the multi-crore scam. Which TMC MP is being bars and is awaiting trial in this multi-crore scam? – Kunal Ghosh (Saradha Group raised money from lakhs of small investors through agents over last several years in West Bengal and adjoining states. Later, when the company failed to return the money, the scam came to fore and eventually the company owners and the top politicians were arrested. Trinamool MP Ghosh is alleged to share cordial relationship with Sudipta Sen, the owner of the tainted group)

4) The UN Security Council voted unanimously on 8 May 2014 to establish a U.N. medal for “exceptional courage” in the name of an unarmed U.N. peacekeeper from Senegal, who lost his life after saving hundreds of Rwandans from death in the 1994 genocide. What was the name of this peacekeeper from Senegal? – Captain Mbaye Diagne (Mbaye Diagne went against orders to save lives during the 100-day slaughter. The resolution, sponsored by Jordan, created “The Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage” to be awarded to U.N. military, police, civilians and associated personnel, who demonstrate exceptional courage, in the face of extreme danger)

5) African National Congress (ANC) won the elections held on 7 May 2014 for the National Assembly. Results for the same were announced on 9 May 2014. ANC won 62.2% votes, which is nearly the same share it won in 1994, the year it assumed power under Nelson Mandela in the nation’s first truly democratic election. This victory is ANC’s ………….consecutive win in national elections? –5th

6) India’s Adani Group got approval for a $15.46 billion coal mine development project in which state of Australia recently? –Queensland (This approval would enable Gautam Adani led Adani Group to move to the next stage of project, the final environmental approval of the Federal Government of Australia. The Queensland Government approved the Adani mining project, worth $15.46 billion, in the Galilee Basin)

7) IPL franchisee Delhi Daredevils recently launched a co-branded cricket credit card in partnership with which commercial bank? – The Ratnakar Bank Ltd (This was the first time that a commercial bank and a leading cricket franchise came together to launch a co-branded cricket credit card. The card brings to its cardholders exclusive privileges like meeting and greeting the Delhi Daredevils team, personal and original memorabilia, coaching camps, free match tickets, talk shows, etc.)

May 11-12, 2014

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1) A referendum for independence was held in which two pro-Russian eastern Ukrainian regions on 11 May 2014? – Donetsk and Luhansk(These two pro-Russian regions held referendum for self-rule, a move deemed illegal by the Ukrainian government and the West. According to the results announced on 12 May, at least 89% of the voters in Donetsk region cast ballots in favour of independence in the referendum. Despite Russian President Vladimir Putin’s constant urging to postpone the referendum, the activists went ahead with it and also hinted that they intended to hold a second round later to join Russia)

2) An important ceasefire agreement was reached in war-ridden African country South Sudan on 9 May 2014. This agreement was reached between President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar to end five months of hostilities. Which country’s Prime Minister hosted and facilitated these peace talks? – Ethiopia (Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn also signed this ceasefire agreement which was signed at Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa)

3) West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy announced his retirement from Test cricket, in a stunning development after he was sacked as the West Indies captain on 9 May 2014. Who replaced Sammy as the new West Indian cricket captain? – Denesh Ramdin (Sammy led West Indies in 30 of his 38 Tests, winning eight, losing 12 and drawing ten matches, and was credited for returning discipline and stability to the team. However, West Indies have remained eighth in the Test rankings and heavy defeats on the tours of India and New Zealand last year, placed Sammy’s 4-year long stint as captain under fresh scrutiny)

4) Caparo Group won the International Business of the Year award 2014 at the Asian Business Awards Midlands in Birmingham on 9 May 2014. This group is founded by which industrialist of Indian origin? – Lord Swaraj Paul (Lord Paul arrived in London in 1966 in search of a cure for his fourth child Ambika, who was suffering from leukaemia. As he emerged from the trauma of her death, Lord Paul set up Caparo, which is today the largest family-owned business in Britain)

5) Who won the Spanish F1 Grand Prix 2014 on 11 May 2014? –Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain (This was Lewis Hamilton’s fourth consecutive victory in 2014 F1 season for his team Mercedes. His team-mate Nico Rosberg (Germany) was second and third spot was claimed by French driver Romain Grosjean of Lotus team. It was also the fourth consecutive one-two finish for Mercedes)

6)  According to the Sunday Times Rich List published on 11 May 2014, who edged out steel-baron Lakshmi Niwas Mittal to emerge the richest people in the United Kingdom? – Hinduja Brothers (London-based Srichand and Gopichand Hinduja’s fortune stood at 11.9 billion pounds and they moved up from third position last year to top the UK’s billionaire charts this year. The Hinduja brothers run the multinational Hinduja Group conglomerate with interests across automotive, real estate and oil sectors)

May 13, 2014


1) What is the aggregate polling percentage for General Elections of 2014 which concluded on 12 May 2014 with the completion of ninth and final phase of voting? –66.38% (The General Elections 2014 for the constitution of 16th Lok Sabha recorded a poll percentage of 66.38%, which is the highest ever polling percentage for Lok Sabha elections. The last highest record of poll percentage was 64.01% seen in 1984 general elections when Congress leader Rajiv Gandhi rode a sympathy wave to come to power after the assassination of his mother and then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi)

2) Whose name was proposed by the Union Governmentas the next chief of the Indian Army on 12 May 2014? – Lt. General Dalbir Singh Suhag (The Union Government proposed name of Lt. Gen. Suhag after getting the approval of the Election Commission due to the Model Code of Conduct being imposed due to General Elections. Present Army chief General Bikram Singh is due to retire on 31 July 2014)

3) What is the name of Mahatma Gandhi University Vice-Chancellor, who was dismissed from service on 12 May 2014 and thus became the first Vice-Chancellor in Kerala to be so removed by the Chancellor? – Dr. A.V. George (He was sacked from service by Governor Sheila Dixit, who is also the Chancellor of the university. He was sacked for allegedly misrepresentation of information regarding his qualifications to the selection and search committee)

4) Which country was ranked as the cheapest among the major world economies in a latest report by Germany’s Deutsche Bank? – India(According to this recently released report India is the cheapest major economy on the basis of prices of products comparable across countries. The report claimed that a weaker rupee has allowed India to remain the cheapest major economy despite the highest inflation. Australia was ranked as the most expensive major economy while the United States was ranked as the cheapest developed country. Brazil was again listed as the most expensive among developing countries)

5) According to a report by Prime Database, the quantum of funds raised by Indian companies from the retail issuance of debt securities or bonds hit a 10-year high of over Rs. 42,000 crore in 2013-14. This is the highest amount of funds raised by companies through retail issuance of debt securities since 2003-04. What was the main reason for this spurt in fund raising through debt securities? – On account of huge amount of tax-free bond garnered by financial institutions and PSUs (Around 86% of total amount was collected through tax-free bonds)

May 14, 2014

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1) Shares of state-run banks rose as much as 5% after an RBI panel report said that the Government should reduce the holdings in PSU lenders to below 50%. Who headed this panel? – PJ Nayak, ex-Chairman of Axis Bank (The report was released on 13 May 2014 and had mainly stated that Government should cut its holding in public sector banks to below 50%, criticising the way in which the lenders are being governed)

2) What is the name of World’s first ever electric aircraft that has successfully taken its maiden voyage recently? – E-Fan (This electric aircraft is the latest creation of Toulouse (France) based Airbus. The fact that its engines are powered by electricity provides it a low-noise, eco-friendly profile. This successful voyage carves a new path for the technology’s potential in aircrafts. The cost amounts to 16 dollars per hour to power providing decent height of 220km/h with a cruising speed of 160km/h on its 30kW engines)

3) Which car belonging to Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) became the second to reach the milestone of 2.5 million units sale recently? –Alto (MSI announced on 13 May 2014 that sale of Alto has crossed 25 lakh units and it became the second car after Maruti 800 to achieve this mark)

4) Mukul Sinha, a Gujarat High Court lawyer who had made a name for himself fighting cases on behalf of the victims of riots that tore through the state in 2002, passed away in Ahmedabad on 12 May 2014. What is the name of the NGO founded by him which championed the cause of riot victims and other harassed people of the society? – Jan Sangharsh Manch (Sinha was a very fierce critic of Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP Prime Minister candidate Narendra Modi and his governance model)

5) Only two institutes from India made it to the prestigious Top 50 in the QS Asian University rankings that were released during May 2014. Which institutes are these? – IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay (These rankings are based on criteria such as academic reputation (30%); reputation of university among employers (10%), student/ faculty ratio (20%); research by faculty (15%), citations per paper (15%) and proportion of international faculty and students (5%) and exchange programme students (5%))

6) Which residence was ranked as the most expensive billionaire home in the world in Forbes list of the most expensive homes in the world? – ‘Antilia’, Mukesh Ambani’s 27-story, 400,000-square-foot skyscraper home in Mumbai (Antilia named after a mythical island in the Atlantic, tops the Forbes list of the most expensive homes in the world for 2014. The house has six stories of underground parking, three helicopter pads, and reportedly requires a staff of 600 to keep it running. In second place on the list is ‘Villa Leopolda’, the home of Brazilian philanthropist and social figure Lily Safra in France. The third-most expensive billionaire home-and the most expensive in the United States, is the home of American investor and businessman Ira Rennert in Sagaponack, New York)

May 15-19, 2014

1) Who was elected as the first Chief Minister of the newly-formed state of Telangana? – K Chandrasekhara Rao (He is the president and founder of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and TRS had won 63 of the 119 Assembly seats in the assembly elections, results for which were announced on 16 May 2014. The Legislature party of the TRS elected him as the first Chief Minister of Telangana on 17 May 2014)

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2) Who would take over as the first Chief Minister of Seemandhra, the residual state after carving out of Telangana from Andhra Pradesh? –N. Chandra Babu Naidu (Naidu led Telugu Desham Party (TDP) won 103 assembly seats from a total of 175 seats. Jagan Mohan Reddy-led YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) won 67 seats while TDP’s alliance partner BJP won 2 seats. Congress, which ruled for over four decades in the 57 years of existence of Andhra Pradesh, drew a blank in the elections and the party would not even have representation in the Legislative Assembly of residuary Andhra Pradesh)

3) Navin Patnaik led Biju Janata Dal (BJD) led Odisha state government returned to power yet again by winning the assembly elections of 2014. The results for the elections were announced on 16 May 2014 in which BJD claimed more than two-third majority by winning 117 of the total 147 seats. Navin Patnaik would be Chief Minister of the state for ………….which term? – Fourth (Patnaik had been the Chief Minister of Odisha since 5 March 2000. BJD has now won assembly elections under his helm in 2000, 2004, 2009 and now in 2014. He was unanimously elected the BJD legislature party leader on 18 May 2014)

4) Who was sworn in as the 8th Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh on 18 May 2014? – Nabam Tuki (Nabam Tuki is the veteran Congress leader from the state and this is his second consecutive term. Congress had won a clear majority in the Assembly elections by winning 42 of the total 60 seats. BJP won 11 seats and was followed by People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) with 5 seats. Remaining seats were shared by independent candidates. The results for state’s Assembly elections were announced on 16 May 2014)

5) C.P. Krishnan Nair, who passed away on 17 May 2014, was founder of which famous hotel and resort chain in India? – Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts (C.P. Krishnan Nair started to build the Leela group of hotels at the age of 65 by setting up Hotel Leela Venture Ltd in 1983. He had in 1987 launched the iconic Leela Kempinski Hotel in Mumbai, his first hotel. In a short span of 25 years, the Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts has eight luxury properties in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Gurgaon, Udaipur, Goa, Chennai and Kovalam with new hotels opening in Noida, Agra, Jaipur and Lake Ashtamudi in Kerala. On 7 February 2014, Nair stepped down as chairman of his company and his elder son Vivek Nair was elevated to the position of chairman and managing director, while younger son Dinesh Nair was appointed co-chairman and managing director)

6) Russi Mody, who passed away on 16 May 2014 at the age of 96, headed which famous corporate company of the country? – Tata Steel Ltd. (Tata Steel Ltd. was then known as Tata Iron and Steel Co. (TISCO). Russi Mody joined TISCO in 1939 and rose through the ranks to become its Chairman. He retired in 1993 leaving behind a legacy of 53 years, which won him and the company international acclaim in various fields especially in industrial relations)

7) Which place of Turkey came to limelight for country’s worst-ever mine disaster of 13 May 2014 in which more than 300 mine workers were killed? – Soma (The accident took place at coal mines of Soma, a town situated 480 km Southwest of Istanbul. The mines were managed by Soma Holdings. The accident took place when an explosion sent carbon monoxide gas into the mine’s tunnels while 787 miners were underground. This accident resulted in fierce anti-government protests starting at numerous places of Turkey in which the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was criticized for appearing insensitive in his reaction to the disaster. At least 25 people were arrested by Turkish police till 18 May 2014 for their negligence)

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