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A seven-member expert committee was constituted by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on 26 July 2016 for exploring possible alternatives to pellet guns as non-lethal weapons. Who will head this committee? TVSN Prasad
Who on 29 June 2016 resigned as the Chairman of National Dairy Development Board? T Nanda Kumar
The Union government on 28 July 2016 formed a District Development Coordination and Monitoring Committee (DDCMC) in place of the District Vigilance and Monitoring Committee (DVMC) for effective implementation and coordination of Central government schemes, whether it is for infrastructure development or Social and human resource development. In short this committee will be known as? DISHA
Name the former Governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) who authored the book 'Who Moved My Interest Rate'? Duvvuri Subbarao
For which state Parliament recently passed a bill to establish a National Institute of Technology (NIT)? Andhra Pradesh
At which place the Union Cabinet on 27 July 2016 gave approval for the establishment of a All India Institute Of Medical Science (AIIMS) under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY)? Bhatinda, Punjab
With which country India recently signed $1 billion deal for procuring four long-range maritime surveillance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft, Poseidon-8I? United States
Name the Indian social activist who won Ramon Magsaysay Award 2016 on 26 July 2016 for "asserting the inalienable right to a life of human dignity"? Bezwada Wilson
Name the Indian musician who won Ramon Magsaysay Award 2016 on 26 July 2016 for "ensuring social inclusiveness in culture"? Thodur Madabusi (TM) Krishna
What is the name of Kolkata's football club which on 26 July 2016 announced that the 2016 Bharat Gaurav Award, also known as Pride of India Award, will be conferred on legendary athlete Milkha Singh? East Bengal
Name the eminent writer and social activist who passes away recently at Kolkata at the age of 90?
(She won the Sahitya Akademi award (1979), the Padma Shree (1986), the Jnanpith (1997), the Magsaysay award (1997) and the Deshikottam award in 1999.)
Mahasweta Devi
Name the violinist from andhra Pradesh who became the first female violinist to be awarded the Sangeetha Kalanidhi Award of the Madras Music Academy for the year 2016? A Kanyakumari
Name the Director General of UIDAI who has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of UIDAI? Ajay Bhushan Pandey
Name the online fashion portal which was acquired by Flipkart Ltd on 26 July 2016 through its unit Myntra in a move to maintain its position as the market leader? Jabong
The 114-km long ............. to ............ stretch of Southern Railway in Tamil Nadu on 24 July 2016 became India's first Green Rail Corridor.
(This corridor ensure zero toilet discharge on rail tracks. Trains in the section are equipped with bio-toilets to ensure zero discharge of human waste on the rail tracks.)
Rameswaram, Manamadurai
Name the noted archaeologist who was on 25 July 2016 appointed as Director General of National Museum for three years? Buddha Rashmi Mani
Name the Indian wrestler qualifier for Rio Olympics who failed in dope test conducted by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) recently? Narsingh Yadav
Name the javelin thrower from India who on 23 July 2016 won gold in the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland?
(His 86.48m effort also helped India in bringing its first world record as well as the country's first-ever gold in any World athletics championships.)
Neeraj Chopra
Name the Indian test team captain who on 22 July 2016 became the first Indian captain to score a double century outside India?
(He scored 200 runs against West Indies on day two of the first Test at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium in North Sound.)
Virat Kohli
With a user base of more than 335 million globally which Indian telecom service provider is currently world's 3rd largest telecom company? Bharti Airtel
Whom did India defeated by an innings and 92 runs on day 4 of the first Test match to register their biggest Test win outside Asia? West Indies
Name the Indian batsman who is the only batsman to average 50 plus across all the three international formats, T20, ODI and Test? Virat Kohli
Name the modern Indian artist (painter) who passed away recently at the age of 94?
(He was honoured with the Padma Shri in 1981 and was elected a Fellow of the Lalit Kala Academy in 1983.)
Syed Haider Raza
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has made it mandatory for applicants to provide their ........... number while applying for any UGC fellowship or scholarship.
(From now on UGC will disburse all fellowships and scholarships under the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode only.)
Which ministry was created by the Union Government by bifurcating the erstwhile Ministry of Communications and Information Technology?
(This new ministry will deal with matters related to Aadhar, promotion of internet, IT-enabled services and National Informatics Centre (NIC), among others.)
Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology
Who was appointed as the new Chairperson of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for a period of 5 years? Rakesh Kumar Chaturvedi
Name the Spanish made train which has become India's fastest train after clocking a speed of 180 km/hour and covering 84 km in 38 minutes during a trial run on the Mathura-Palwal route?
(It broke the record of Gatiman Express which has a highest speed of 160 km/hour.)
Which bill was recently passed by the Union Cabinet which seeks to evolved a mechanism for social, economic and educational empowerment of the transgenders? Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill 2016
Name the 26-year old Indian model and actor who has become the first Asian to win the Mr World title? Rohit Khandelwal
According to a Brand Finance report which company topped the India's most valuable brand in 2015-16 with a valuation of $13.7 billion?
(LIC, Airtel and SBI were placed 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively.)
Tata Group
High Court of which State opened India's first e-court/paperless court (formally known as Integrated Criminal Justice System (ICJS) project) has been inaugurated by Justice Madan B Lokur who heads the Supreme Court's e-Committee? Hyderabad
What is the name of National Park of Sikkim which has been designated as India's first "Mixed" site on the UNESCO World Heritage List by fulfilling the criteria under both natural and cultural heritage? Khangchendzonga National Park
In which place National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered an immediate ban on all diesel vehicles plying for over 10 years? Delhi
What is the name of recently launched autobiography of Sania Mirza? Ace Against Odds
Name the Congress leader who was appointed as the new Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh replacing Nabam Tuki?
(At the age of 37 he also became the youngest Chief Minister of India.)
Pema Khandu
Which three Indian sites has been included by UNESCO in the World Heritage Sites list? Nalanda Mahavihara or old Nalanda University of Bihar,
Chandigarh's Capitol Complex and Sikkim's Khangchendzonga National Park
With the inclusion of 3 new Indian sites what is the total number of Indian sites listed in the UNESCO's World Heritage Sites? 35
At which place in Uttar Pradesh the Union Cabinet has approved establishment of new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY)? Gorakhpur
What is the name of 3 indigenously-developed 155 mm artillery guns that has been handed over to the Indian Army for user trial by the Jabalpur based Gun Carriage Factory? Dhanush
Name the Indian professional boxer and Olympic medallist who became the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight champion after defeating Austrlia's Kerry Hope in New Delhi? Vijender Singh
What is the name of special train recently launched by Indian Railways for car freight which runs from Gurgaon to Nidvanda? Auto Express
According to recent RBI directives to banks, how many pieces of soiled currency notes with a maximum value of Rs 5,000 can be exchanged at banks free of charge? 20
Name the 56 year old hockey legend and former captain of Indian Hockey Team who passed away recently at Gurgaon?
(He was part of the Indian team that won gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. He was awarded Arjuna award in 1981 and Padma Shri in 1986 for his achievements in sports.)
Mohammad Shahid
Name the squash player who won the 73rd National Squash Championship women's title defeating Joshna Chinappa in the finals? Dipika Pallikal
Name the squash player who won the 73rd National Squash Championship men's title defeating Harinderpal Singh Sandhu in the finals? Saurav Ghosal
What is the name of dedicated base for its Special Operation Forces – MARCOS (Marine Commandos) which was recently commissioned in Visakhapatnam by Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba? INS Karna
Name the Gujarati writer and poet who has been recently conferred the 51st Jnanpith Award by the President Shri Pranab Mukherjee? Raghuveer Chaudhari
At which place Hemis festival will be held between July 14 and July 15 to honour Lord Padmasambhava, an 8th-century Buddhist master venerated as the 'second Buddha' in some places? Ladakh
Name the first woman captain of the Indian Merchant Navy who became the first woman in the world to receive the Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)? Radhika Menon
Name the Nuclear Power Project located at Tamil Nadu, the second reactor of which attained criticality on 10th July 2016? Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP)
Who sworn-in as the 18th Governor of Arunachal Pradesh recently? Tathagata Roy
In which state newly-elected Left Democratic Front government has imposed a 'fat tax' of 14.5% on branded restaurants that sell junk food like burgers, pizzas and pasta? Kerala
Who became the first Indian gymnast to receive 'World Class Gymnast' award by the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG)? Dipa Karmakar
At which place in New Delhi world's largest Charkha (9 ft wide, 17 ft tall and 30 ft long) was recently inaugurated by Shri Kalraj Mishra, Union Minister for MSME to commemorate the centenary year of Mahatma Gandhi's return from South Africa? Terminal-3 of Indira Gandhi International Airport
The Union Government has approved short-term loans of upto Rs ............ at a subsidised interest rate of 4% per annum in the 2016-17 fiscal if repayments are made on time. Rs 3 lakh
Who was appointed as the new Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports replacing Sarbananda Sonowal, the new Chief Minister of Assam? Vijay Goel
Who was appointed as the new Human Resource Development Minister replacing Smriti Irani who was shifted to Ministry of Textiles? Prakash Javadekar


United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons 2016 was observed across the world on? 30 July 2016
Name the American author who passed away on 27 July 2016 at the age of 72?
(He was the first black author to receive the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1978 for his short story collection Elbow Room.)
James Alan McPherson
International Tiger Day was observed across the world on?
(It was founded in 2010 at the St. Petersburg Tiger Summit, with the aim to double the tiger population by 2022.)
29 July 2016
On which day World Hepatitis Day was observed across the world with the theme Elimination? 28 July 2016
The first round-the-world solar powered flight by .................... was completed on 26 July 2016 after the aircraft landed successfully in Abu Dhabi. Solar Impulse 2
Name the Nepal's Prime Minister who on 24 July 2016 resigned from his office? Khadga Prasad Oli
Name the American telecommunication company who recently announced the acquisition of Yahoo's core internet business for $4.83 billion? Verizon
What is the name of world's largest amphibious aircraft recently launched by China, which can land on both water and land? AG600
Which game has become the biggest ever mobile game in the US history by beating Candy Crush with nearly 21 million daily active users? Pokemon Go
Who became the new Prime Minister of United Kingdom (UK)? Theresa May
Name the English cricketer who recently surpassed former Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar to become the highest run-scorer as an opener in Test Cricket's history?
(He overtook Gavaskar's 9607 run record as an opener, during Lord's Test against Pakistan.)
Alastair Cook
World Population Day 2016 with the theme "Investing in teenage girls" was observed across the world on? 11 July 2016
Name the Portuguese footballer who according to Forbes' Celeb 100 list is the world's highest earning sportsman with $88 million yearly earnings? Cristiano Ronaldo
Name the French footballer who won the Player of the Tournament award in the recently concluded Euro 2016 football tournament? Antoine Griezmann
Name the French footballer who won the Golden Boot award after scoring 6 goals at the recently concluded EURO 2016 football tournament? Antoine Griezmann
Name the Portuguese player who won the Silver Boot Award in Euro 2016 Championship? Christiano Ronaldo
Which country won the EURO 2016 football tournament after defeating France 1-0 in the final? Portugal
Who won the Wimbledon men's single title after defeating Canadian Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6, 7-6 in the final? Andy Murray
Who won the Wimbledon women's single title after defeating Germany's Angelique Kerber in straight sets 7-5, 6-3 in the final?
(It was her 22nd Grand Slam title equalling the record of Steffi Graf.)
Serena Williams
At which place 27th NATO summit with the theme / tagline - "NATO in Defence of Peace: 2016 and Beyond" was held recently? Warsaw, Poland
Who is the current Secretary General of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)? Jens Stoltenberg
Who created record for most number of wins (307) in Grand Slam singles matches breaking record of Martina Navratilova?
(He also equalled Jimmy Connor record for most number of wins at Wimbledon in the Open Era.)
Roger Federer

Highlights of Wimbledon 2016

Men's SinglesAndy Murray (Britain)Milas Raonic (Canada)
Women's SinglesSerena Williams (USA)Angelique Kerber (Germany)
Men's DoublesPierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut (France)Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasseli (France)
Women's DoublesSerena Williams and Venus Williams (USA)Timea Babos (Hungary) and Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan)
Mixed DoublesHenri Kontinen (Finland) and Heather Watson (UK)Robert Farah (Columbia) and Anna-Lena Gronefeld (Germany)

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on 12 July 2016 released the official ICC men's Team Rankings from Test, One Day International (ODI) and T20I cricket.

Top 3 teams in ICC Test Rankings

Top 3 teams in ICC ODI Rankings
2New Zealand4631113

Top 3 teams in ICC T20 Rankings
1New Zealand2635132
3West Indies2192122