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Daily Current Affairs Updates: 15 December 2014

1) Gunman, 2 hostages killed as cops storm Sydney cafe to end 16-hour siege: Amid a barrage of gunfire, police stormed a cafe in the heart of Sydney early on 15 December 2014 to end a 16-hour hostage siege by an Iranian-born gunman. Police said three people were killed — the gunman and two of the hostages — and four others were wounded. Police raided the Lindt Chocolat Cafe after they heard a number of gunshots from inside, said New South Wales state police commissioner Andrew Scipione. The gunman was identified as Man Haron Monis, who once was prosecuted for sending offensive letters to families of Australian troops killed in Afghanistan.

2) IOC is India's biggest company: Fortune 500 list: State-run Indian Oil Corporation is the country's largest company in terms of revenue, followed by Reliance Industries and Bharat Petroleum in the second and third place respectively, according to the Fortune 500 list of Indian companies for 2014. Indian Oil Corp (IOC) tops the chart with an annual revenue of Rs 5,00,973 crore, while Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Ltd's (RIL) full-year revenue is Rs 4,44,021 crore.

3) Steven Smith appointed new Australian Cricket Captain: Twenty-five-year-old Steven Smith will captain Australia against India at the Gabba from Wednesday in Michael Clarke's absence, Cricket Australia announced on 15 December 2014. With regular skipper Clarke expected to miss the rest of the four-match Test series due to injury, Smith was handed the job after Australia's first Test victory in Adelaide on Saturday.

4) Viswanathan Anand beats Michael Adams to win London Classic: Five-time chess world champion Viswanathan Anand won his maiden London Classic title after defeating British Grandmaster Michael Adams in the fifth and final round on 15 December 2014.

5) Lewis Hamilton won BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014: Lewis Hamilton has been voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014. The 29-year-old Mercedes driver won his second Formula 1 world title this season and joined an exclusive club by becoming the fourth Briton to win the drivers' championship at least twice. Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy was runner-up, with athlete Jo Pavey third. 

6) Vistara received flying licence, to start operations soon: Air travellers will soon have more choice. The Tata Sons-Singapore Airlines (SIA) joint venture full service airline, Vistara, is all set to take the skies next month. The directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) on 15 December 2014 gave Vistara the air operator permit (AOP, read licence) which now paves the way for what will be India's third full service airline after Air India and Jet, to take off.

7) Inflation hits a zero, lowest in over 5 years: Wholesale price inflation hit a zero level in November, the lowest in about five and half years, on account of decline in prices of food, fuel and manufactured items. The Wholesale Price Index (WPI) based inflation was at 1.77 per cent in October and 7.52 per cent in November 2013.

8) Reliance MediaWorks sold Big Cinemas to Carnival Films: Carnival Films Pvt. Ltd, backed by a Kochi-based commodity trader, has agreed to acquire a 100% stake in multiplex operator Big Cinemas, a division of tycoon Anil Ambani’s Reliance MediaWorks Ltd, for around Rs.700 crore in a deal that will further consolidate the movie exhibition industry.

9) Petrol, diesel rates cut by Rs 2 per litre: State-run oil marketing companies (OMCs) slashed fuel rates by Rs 2 per litre effective 16 December 2014, sending pump prices of petrol to a 45-month low and diesel to the least in the last 17 months. This is the eighth consecutive reduction in petrol prices in the last four months and the fourth in diesel since October 18, when the Cabinet deregulated the fuel, oil company executives said.

10) Nation paid homage to Sardar Patel on his 64th death anniversary: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15 Dec 2014 paid tribute to independent India's first home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his 64th death anniversary. "On his Punya Tithi, I pay my respects to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. India will forever be indebted to Sardar Patel for his tireless efforts to unite the nation", the prime minister said in a statement.
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Current Affairs Questions 16 December 2014

Daily Current Affairs Questions

1. Arunima SinhaPrime Minister Narendra Modi on 12 December 2014 launched a book titled "Born Again on the Mountain" by __________.

A. Krushnaa Patil
B. Arunima Sinha
C. Kalpana Dash
D. Bachendri Pal

B. Arunima Sinha

She is the first Indian amputee and first female amputee to climb Mount Everest.
2. Recently who became longest serving Chief Minister of India ?

A. Pawan Chamling (Sikkim)
B. N. Chandrababu Naidu(Andhra Pradesh)
C. Omar Abdullah(Jammu and Kashmir)
D. Tarun Gogoi (Assam)

A. Pawan Chamling (Sikkim)
He completed his 20 years in the office on 12 December 2014. He has been chief minister of Sikkim since 12 December 1994.
3. Rolene Strauss has been named the winner of the Miss World 2014. She is from _____________.

A. Indonesia
B. Kenya
C. South Africa
D. Peru
C. South Africa
4. Anerood Jugnauth was appointed as Prime Minister of ___________by the President for the sixth time.

A. Fiji
B. Mauritius
C. Malaysia
D. Maldives

B. Mauritius

Previously Jugnauth served as President of Mauritius from 2003 to 2012. He has also severed as Prime Minister of Mauritius from 1982 to 1995 and again between 2000 and 2003.
5. Which Indian film was nominated for Oscar contenders of 2014 in two categories namely Best Picture and Best Original Score ?

A. Jal
B. Kochadaiiyaan
C. Mary Kom
D. Daawat-E-Ishq

A. Jal

The other Indian film nominated for the Best Original score is Kochadaiiyaan starring Rajnikant. The music composition by A.R. Rahman.
6. India set a new world record for the world’s largest human formation of a national by creating Tricolour by participation of 50000 volunteers in _____________.

A. New Delhi
B. Pune
C. Chennai
D. Bhubaneswar

C. Chennai
7. Grihanandan Singh died recently. He was a well-known player of _____________.

A. Cricket
B. Badminton
C. Hockey
D. Athlete

C. Hockey

He won two Olympic gold medals with the Indian team.
8. National Energy Conservation Day observed on ________________.

A. 15 December
B. 14 December
C. 11 December
D. 3 December

B. 14 December
9. Which Indian businessman was awarded Swiss Ambassador Award for inspirational and socially responsible leadership ?

A. Azim Premji
B. Venugopal Dhoot
C. Anand Mahindra
D. Shiv Nadar

A. Azim Premji
10. Indian Communication Satellite GSAT-16 was on 7 December 2014 launched successfully from Kourou space port in __________.

A. Russia
B. French Guiana
C. India
D. West Indies
B. French Guiana
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15 December 2014 Current Affairs Latest Questions

1) Rolene Strauss, who won the Miss World 2014 is from which country?
(A) Hungary
(C) Honduras
(D) South Africa

2) Which country won the Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 on 14 December 2014?
(A) Germany
(B) Pakistan
(C) Australia
(D) India

3) Shinzo Abe was on 14 December 2014 re-elected as the Prime Minister of?
(A) Taiwan
(B) Malaysia
(C) Japan
(D) South Korea

4) Aishwarya Rai was on 14 December 2014 felicitated at Miss World 2014for her commitment to "beauty with a purpose". In which year did Aishwarya Rai won the Miss World title?
(A) 1991
(B) 1994
(C) 1996
(D) 1999

5) Anerood Jugnauth was named as the Prime Minister of which country on 14 December 2014?
(A) Nepal
(B) Vietnam
(C) Mauritius
(D) Uganda

6) UN Climate Talks held at which city on 14 December 2014 reached an agreement to fight global warming?
(A) Lima, Peru
(B) Paris, France
(C) New Delhi, India
(D) Phnom Penh, Cambodia 

7) Name the Indian-origin who has been appointed as chairman of Santander UK, becoming the first woman to head a major British bank recently?
(A) Nadasha Kriti
(B) Shriti Vadera
(C) Priyanka Agnik
(D) Krishna Kripa

8) National Energy Conservation Day was observed on?
(A) December 11
(B) December 2
(C) December 23
(D) December 14

9) Name the former Union minister who has been appointed as a member of a board providing policy advice to United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on 14 December 2014?
(A) Kamal Nath
(B) Shashi Tharoor
(C) Jairam Ramesh
(D) Ambika Sony

10) In his third 'Mann Ki Baat' programme on radio on 14 December 2014 PM Narendra Modi talked about the menace of which among the following?
(A) Terrorism
(B) Drugs
(C) Cyber Attack
(D) Female Foeticide


1) Ans. (D) South Africa
2) Ans. (A) Germany
3) Ans. (C) Japan
4) Ans. (B) 1994
5) Ans. (C) Mauritius
6) Ans. (A) Lima, Peru
7) Ans. (B) Shriti Vadera
8) Ans. (D) December 14
9) Ans. (C) Jairam Ramesh
10) Ans. (B) Drugs
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Current Affairs December 2014 - First Week

1) Who was appointed as the new CBI Director on 2 December 2014?
Ans. Anil Kumar Sinha

2) 26th World AIDS Day was observed across the world on 1 December 2014 with the theme?
Ans. Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free generation

3) Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi was on 5 December 2014 named as the Asian of the Year 2014 by The Straits Times. 'The Straits Times' is the leading newspaper in which country?
Ans. Singapore

4) Mahaparinirwan Diwas was observed across India on 6 December 2014 on the death anniversary of?
Ans. Dr B R Ambedkar

5) Who became the first Indian Footballer to be conferred with Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Hall of Fame Award on 30 November 2014?
Ans. Baichung Bhutia

6) Which film won the Golden Peacock Award at the 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) which concluded in Goa recently?
Ans. Leviathan, Russian Film

7) Name the mascot for the 2016 European football championship announced recently?
Ans. Super Victor

8) As decided recently, the birthday of the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on the 25 December will be observed as?
Ans. National Good Governance Day

9) United Nations General Assembly on 5 December 2014 declared which year as the International Year of Soils?
Ans. 2015

10) Who was nominated as the next defence secretary of US Department of Defence by the President Barack Obama on 5 December 2014?
Ans. Ashton Carter
Note: He will replace Chuck Hagel as US Defence Secretary, who resigned in November 2014.

11) Recently American geologists discovered the most abundant mineral on earth's lower mantle known as?
Ans. Bridgmanite

12) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 29 November 2014 flagged off first passenger train to which north-eastern state?
Ans. Meghalaya
Note: The move has put Meghalaya on India's railway map for the first time.

13) Which country on 30 November 2014 launched National Day song in Tamil language to celebrate 50 years of its independence in 2015?
Ans. Singapore
Note: Tamil is the fourth official language of Singapore.

14) Who became the oldest player to score a century in the One-Day International (ODI) on 30 November 2014?
Ans. Khurram Khan, United Arab Emirates (UAE) captain
Note: He scored the century against Afghanistan in Dubai. He achieved the feat at an age of 43 years and 162 days thus breaking the record held in the name of Sanath Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka.

15) Which country launched the new generation navigation satellite GLONASS-K on 30 November 2014?
Ans. Russia

16) Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 2 December 2014 announced ...... bi-Monthly Monetary Policy Statement?
Ans. fifth
Note: The rates have been kept unchanged. (Repo rate: 8 percent, Reverse repo rate: 7 percent)

17) Nuclear capable missile Agni-IV was test fired on 2 December 2014 from?
Ans. Integrated Test Range in Wheeler Island, Odisha.

18) Nation on 3 December 2014 remembered the Bhopal gas tragedy that happened 30 years back on?
Ans. 3 December 1984

19) UN observed International Volunteer Day (IVD) on?
Ans. 5 December

20) International Criminal Court (ICC) on 5 December 2014 withdrew the case against President of which African country?
Ans. Kenya President, Uhuru Kenyatta

21) Which state government on 5 December 2014 decided to ban health camps without prior approval of district civil surgeons?
Ans. Punjab

22) Name the multi-level global campaign to highlight importance of girls’ education  launched by Bollywood actresses Priyanka Chopra and Freida Pinto in New Delhi on 29 November 2014?
Ans. Girl Rising

23) Who won the 2014 presidential elections of Uruguay on 30 November 2014?
Ans. Tabare Ramon Vazquez Rosas

24) Maoists killed more than dozen CRPF personnel in an attack in Chintagufa area of Sukma district of which state on 1 December 2014?
Ans. Chhattisgarh

25) Border Security Force (BSF) celebrated its Raising day on 1 December 2014?
Ans. 49th

26) State Government of Gujarat on 5 December 2014 declared 353 villages of which district as completely or partially scarcity-affected?
Ans. Kutch

27) Who won the 2014 US Player of the Year award on 5 December 2014?
Ans. US football team goalkeeper Tim Howard

28) Who was appointed as the Director General of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) on 1 December 2014?
Ans. OP Singh

29) Credit Rating Agency ICRA Limited on 5 December 2014 appointed whom as non-executive Chairman after he was elected unilaterally by the ICRA Board?
Ans. Arun Duggal

30) First World Soil Day was observed by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on?
Ans. 5 December 2014

31) Egypt court on 29 November 2014 dropped charges against its former President?
Ans. Hosni Mubarak

32) The book "2014: The Election That Changed India" that was released on 1 November 2014 was penned by?
Ans. Rajdeep Sardesai

33) India recently joined the elite group of countries to build the largest telescope in the world at?
Ans. Mauna Kea in Hawaii.

34) International Day for the Abolition of Slavery was observed by the United Nations on?
Ans. December 2

35) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 30 November 2014 coined the acronym SMART for police forces across the country in the 49th annual conference of India DGPs and IGPs. What does SMART stands for?
Ans. S for strict but sensitive, M for modern and mobile, A for alert and accountable, R for reliable and responsive, T for techno-savvy and trained

36) Researchers led by Professor Gene K Beare recently developed world’s fastest 2D camera at which University?
Ans. National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, Washington University.
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Daily Current Affairs 14th December 2014

1) Germany beat Pakistan 2-0 to win Champions Trophy Hockey 2014: Germany emerged victorious in the Hockey Champions Trophy, beating Pakistan 2-0 in a pulsating final at a packed Kalinga stadium, Bhubaneswar on 14 December 2014. Christopher Wesley (18th minute) and Florian Fuchs (56th) scored for Germany to lift the trophy for the 10th time. Germany had won the title for the last time in 2007. Earlier, a tired and lacklustre India was beaten 2-1 by World champion Australia in the battle for third place.

2) Shinzo Abe re-elected as Japan Prime Minister: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a comfortable re-election on 14 December 2014 in a snap poll that he had billed as a referendum on his economic policies. But a low turnout from unenthusiastic voters beset by a heavy snowfall across much of the country could cast doubt on the endorsement he will claim for “Abenomics” — his signature plan to fix the country’s flaccid economy. Media exit polls shortly after voting showed his ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its junior partner Komeito had swept the ballot, with an unassailable two-thirds majority in the lower house of parliament that will give them the power to override the upper house.

3) South African woman wins Miss World beauty pageant 2014: A 22-year-old South African woman, Rolene Strauss, won the Miss World 2014 beauty pageant in London on 14 December 2014. Hungary's Edina Kulcsrr came second and Elizabeth Safrit, representing the United States, came third. This year's pageant, the 64th, was marred by tragedy after a Honduran beauty queen was found shot dead in a suspected crime of passion days before she was due to take part.

4) Aishwarya Rai Bachchan felicitated at Miss World 2014: Aishwarya Rai was on 14 December 2014 felicitated by the Miss World Organisation at the 64th edition of the international beauty pageant for her commitment to "beauty with a purpose" since winning the crown two decades ago. Described as an embodiment of beauty with purpose, Aishwarya is also seen as the most successful Miss World so far, a title that she won in 1994. "I stand here overwhelmed by this honour. I thank Miss World Organization for such an incredible honour that I have received..." she said in her acceptance speech.

5) Lima climate change talks reach global warming agreement: International negotiators at the Lima climate change talks have agreed on a plan to fight global warming that would for the first time commit all countries to cutting their greenhouse gas emissions. The plan, agreed at United Nations talks on 14 Dec 2014, was hailed as an important first step towards a climate change deal due to be finalised in Paris next year. The proposals call on countries to reveal how they will cut carbon pollution, ideally by March next year.

6) Shriti Vadera set to become first woman to head major British Bank: Indian-origin Shriti Vadera has been appointed as chairman of Santander UK, becoming the first woman to head a major British bank. 52-year-old Vadera, former minister in the UK's finance ministry, will join the board of Santander UK as joint deputy chairman in January, before succeeding Terence Burns in March next year.

7) National Energy Conservation Day observed: National Energy Conservation Day was observed on 14 December 2014. The National Energy Conservation Day was celebrated every year in India by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). The celebrations were marked by giving out of National Energy Conservation Award by the Ministry of Power, Government of India. The award was given to companies from different industry groups for creating benchmarks in energy conservation.

8) Government calendar to have mobile app version: For the first time, the new government calendar, brought out every year by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, may come in a mobile phone app avatar also. The calendar which has 'Clean Green India' as its theme and will highlight the government's flagship schemes and initiatives will be launched in the coming days.

9) Jairam Ramesh named member of board providing policy advice to UNEP: Former Union minister Jairam Ramesh has been appointed as a member of a board which provides strategic policy advice to a key UN agency on environmentally-sound technologies for developing nations. Ramesh said he has accepted the offer to serve as a member of the International Advisory Board (IAB) which gives strategic policy advice to the Executive Director of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

10) A R Rahman, Hindi film 'Jal' in Oscars' probable list: India's music maestro A R Rahman may end up getting his third Oscar nomination in the best original score category after making it to the list of 114 probables, while Hindi film 'Jal' also features in the long list of best picture Oscar hopefuls. Rahman, who has previously been nominated for '127 Hours' and 'Slumdog Millionaire, for which he won two Oscars.

11) Anerood Jugnauth is Mauritius PM: Mauritius President named veteran politician Sir Anerood Jugnauth as Prime Minister, after the 84-year-old won a landslide taking nearly three-quarters of the seats in Parliament. Mr. Jugnauth, a former President and Prime Minister, was handed his letter of appointment at a meeting at State House, a statement from the office of President Kailash Purryag said.

12) Drug menace a national pain, says PM Modi in 'Mann ki Baat': Voicing concern over the "devastating" drug addiction menace, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said society as well as the government will have to work together to fight this problem and that a helpline would be set up soon to assist those seeking solutions. In his third 'Mann Ki Baat' programme on radio, he said the menace is a "national pain" but instead of the youth mired in the problem, drugs should be shunned.

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Rolene Strauss is Miss World 2014

* Miss South Africa, 22-year-old Rolene Strauss, was crowned Miss World 2014 at the pageant's final in London on 14 December 2014, with an estimated billion viewers watching on television around the globe. 

* Miss Hungary, Edina Kulcsar, was the runner-up and Miss United States, Elizabeth Safrit, came third in the 64th annual competition, contested by women from 121 countries.

* Strauss clasped her hands together in surprise and was presented with the sash by the outgoing Miss World, Megan Young of the Philippines.

* The medical student sat in the winner's throne as the 2013 champion put the glittering crown on her head before a fireworks finale at the ExCeL exhibition centre in east London.

* "South Africa this is for you," Strauss said afterwards. "I think I will brace myself for what's about to happen. It's a huge responsibility."

* Koyal Rana, India's contender to Miss World 2014 couldn't make it to the top 5.
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General Awareness about Recent Appointments

Recent Appointments

  Designation Person
1 Minority Affairs Secretary Arvind Mayaram
2 Head of Future Earth Engagement Committee Jayram Ramesh
3 Maharashtra Chief Minister  Devendra Fadnavis
4 Chairperson of Prasar Bharati  Surya Prakash
5 MD, Adidas group India  Dave Thomas
6 US ambassador to Sweden Ajitha Raji
7 CEO of TATA-AIA life insurance company Naveen Tahilyani
8 COO, WALMART India  Murali Lanka
9 Chairman of the Central Board of Excise and Custom (CBEC) Kaushal Srivastava
10 Chief of core Google products Sundar Pichai
11 President of Hockey India  Narinder Batra
12 MD, Nissan India Arun Malhotra
13 Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Paneerselvam
14 MD of CPCL Gautham Roy
15 Secretary General of Independent Commission on Multilateralism  HardeepSingh Puri
16 Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) Pakistan Rizwan Akhtar
17 Economic affairs secretary  Rajiv Mehershi
18 Coal Secretary  Anil Swaroop
19 Chief Economic Advisor of India Arvind Subramanian
20 Chairman of Audit Bureau of Circulation  Amit Mathew
21 Haryana Chief Minister  Manohar Lal Khattar
22 First woman director of HUL  Kalpana Morparia
23 President of Indonesia Joko Widodo
24 PFRDA(Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority) Chairman  Hemant Contractor
25 CEO, Jet Airways  Cramer Ball
26 MD and CEO of Kerala based South Indian Bank  V.G. Mathew
27 Prime Minister of Yemen  Khaled Bahah
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