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OSCAR Winners 2013 (85th Academy Awards Winners)

17. Which film won this year's Best Picture Oscar ?

Answer: Argo

18. Which actor won this year's Best Actor (in a Leading Role) Oscar ?

Answer: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)

19. Which actress won this year's Best Actress (in a Leading Role) Oscar ?

Answer: Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)

20. Who won this year's Best Director Oscar ?

Answer: Ang Lee (Life of Pi)

21. Who is the first person to win Best Actor Oscar thrice ?

Answer: Daniel Day-Lewis

22. What is the theme of 2013 International Women’s Day

Answer: A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women

29. What is the name of India's first regional navigational satellite ? Answer: IRNSS-1

32. What is the theme of 2013 world water day (march 22) ?

Answer: Water Cooperation

33. Which year is declared by UN as International Year of Water Cooperation ?

Answer: 2013

34. Who is the winner of 2013 miss India ?

answer: Navneet Kaur Dhillon

35. who is the winner of 2013 Saraswati Samman ?

Answer: Sugathakumari (Manalezhuthu)

37. Who is the new Prime Minister of Nepal ?

Answer: Khil Raj Regmi

38. Who is the first female Prime minister of UK who recently passed away ?

Answer: Margaret Thatcher

42. What is the theme of 2013 World Earth day (April 22) ?

Answer: The face of climate change

* 43. Who is the new Governor of Jammu and Kashmir ?

answer: Narinder Nath Vohra

* 44. Who is the new president of ADB

Answer: Takehiko Nakao



Sports Current Affairs march,2013

Tiger Woods won the third PGA Tour title 2013, regained the world number one spot.

India won ‘Border- Gavaskar Trophy’ 2013 by Beating Australia 4-0.

New Zealand businessman ‘Ralph Waters’ selected as New chairman of 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.

Manorama and Deborah won Bronze for India in Hero Asian Cycling Championships on 10 March 2013.

On 10 March 2013 Neha Tripathi won BT Pro Am of Champions golf tournament 2013



in Manesar.

The 33-year-old Tine Baun won the women’s singles title in the All England Open Badminton Championships 2013.

On 2 March 2013 World Number one Novak Djokovic won the ATP Dubai Open Tennis title 2013.

Sahmim Khan won the PGTI Players Championship Title on 1 March 2013 .

on 1 March 2013 Vijitha Bandara of Sri Lanka won Eighth NCR Cup Golf Tournament at Delhi Golf Club .

Personalities Current Affairs march,2013

Veteran actress and Padma Shri award winner, Sukumari passed away in a private hospital in Chennai

'Anthony Lewis’ Two-time Pulitzer winner died at age of 85

The President of Bangladesh, Zillur Rahman passed away at age of 84

“Argentine Jorge Bergoglio” was elected as the new 266 pope and chose the papal name ‘Francis’, becoming the first pontiff from the Americas and the first from outside Europe .

Prof Veer Bhadra Mishra the Former Professor of Hydraulic Engineering and the Noted Environmentalist died at the age of 75.

Celebrated painter Ganesh Pyne died of cardiac arrest At the Age of 97 Years.

At the 5th CIDC Vishwakarma Award 2013 “Tapas Kumar Lahiry” won the Achievement award for Public Officer on 7 March 2013.

The Foreign Minister of Portugal ,Paulo de Sacadura Cabral Portas visited India officially for the first time.

'Misao Okawa', world's oldest woman, turned 115 on 5 March 2013 celebrating her birthday with proud family members.

Italian musician Armando Trovajoli died aged 95.

Books And Authors Current Affairs march,2013

The Vice President of India, Hamid Ansari released a book titled 'The First Woman President of India' on 19 March 2013

The Union Minister for Steel, Beni Prasad Verma released a Coffee Table Book titled “Indian Saga of Steel.

On 1 March 2013 The Vice President of India released a book titled Walking with Lions: Tales from a Diplomatic Past



Economics Current Affairs march,2013

The Government of Rajasthan and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at Jaipur for setting up a Refinery.

The Union Government decided to provide a financial assistance of 41.21 crore rupees to protect Pashmina goat which produces world-famous fine luxury fibre.

The Union Government and RBI to launch 10 Rupees Plastic Notes in 5 Cities.

World Bank forecasted the growth of over 6 percent for the Indian Economy during 2013-14.

On 7 March 2013 The Union Government of India approved export of extra five million tonnes of Wheat.

‘AUDI’ German luxury car maker reported in India upto 29% growth in sales in February.

Honours And Awards Current Affairs march,2013

Navneet Kaur Dhillon was crowned Pond’s Femina Miss India 2013.

The London based Indian origin writer,'Anil Ananthaswamy' won inaugural Physics Journalism Prize for the article ‘Hip Hip Array’

S. Venkata Mohan a scientist of the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology won the National Bioscience Award for 2012

The 60th National Film Awards were announced ‘Irrfan Khan’ Won Best Actor Award for ‘Paan Singh Tomar’

79-year-old Sugathakumari the Malayalam poetess was chosen for the Saraswati Samman 2012

Tan Twan Eng was announced as a winner of the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize on 14 March 2013.

On 14 March 2013 Rajiv Gandhi National Quality Awards for the year 2011 announced.

Jessica Ennis named Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year at Laureus World Sports Awards 2013.

On 10 March 2013 five writers honoured with the prestigious SAARC Literature Award.

According ABP News-IPSOS Best City Survey and Awards 2013 -Nagpur won the award for most liveable Indian city & Nashik for Best Tourist-Friendly City.

Deborah from India won a Bronze medal in the women's juniors of 500m cycle event in Asian Cycling Championship on 7 March 2013.

The Parliamentary Award Committee announces Arun Jaitley, Karan Singh and Sharad Yadav For Outstanding Parliamentarian Award.

The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee was conferred with the ‘Liberation War Honour Award’ by the President of Bangladesh, Zillur Rahman on 4 March 2013.



World Organisations Current Affairs march,2013

On 8 March 2013 India and Bhutan signed a currency swap agreement worth 100 million US dollars to strengthen economic co-operation between countries.

In the month of March 2013 Japan and US agreed on free trade auto Exception.

Current Affairs Current Affairs march,2013

India approves AirAsia’s tie-up with Tata Group

For the First Time ‘The Competition Commission of India’ (CCI) was nominated for the Global Competition Review (GCR) Awards 2013

Dr Pablo Venegas from Cordillera Azul National Park Discovered Two New Wood lizard species called 'Enyalioides'

The Union government approved 1500 crore Rupees proposal for production of more than 2000 rockets for the Pinaka multi- barrel weapons system.

The United Nations declared 20 March as the International Day of Happiness.

World Water Day is celebrated across the world with the new theme "Water Cooperation"

Jeff Bezos, chief executive of Amazon, recovered two Saturn V rocket engines from beneath the Atlantic Ocean.

The Gold Medal Winner ‘Pietro Mennea’ , the Italian athletics died at the age of 60 years

Indian Army Got First indigenously-developed chopper called Rudra on 8 February 2013

‘India’ spotted fifth on the list High Net worth Individuals (HNIs) According to the Knight Frank Wealth Report 2013.

The President of India, released a commemorative postal stamp at XXXIII Convocation of Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER) on 15 March 2013.

China has become the World's Fifth-Largest Arms Exporter

On 14 March 2013 The Union Cabinet cleared Bill to Tackle Crimes against Women.

Xi Jinping appointed as China's new president.

On 12 March 2013 Airports Council International (ACI), declared Three Indian Airports among the Top Five of the World.

On 11 March 2013 Iran and Pakistan launched a 7.5 billion dollar gas pipeline project.

The US and South Korea started their annual military drills on 11 March 2013 .

On 8 March 2013 The President of India released the Commemorative Postage Stamp on Sahir Ludhianvi.

On 6 March 2013 The Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) cleared the investment proposal of AirAsia to Enter India’s Aviation Sector.

On 6 March 2013 Union Minister Kapil Sibal launched the Electronics Project Proposal System (e-PPS).

ESPN-Star Sports Decided to launch new channel –star sport2 on march 11 2013.

On 6 March 2013 Union Public Service Commission changed the Scheme of Civil Services (MAIN) Examination pattern 2013.

Environment Current Affairs march,2013

The New Zealand Government declared the worst-ever drought in 30 years in the entire North Island of the country.

According to the Study of lion biologists of University of Minnesota: Half of Africa’s Lions Facing Extinction Threat.

Astronomy Current Affairs march,2013

NASA's Swift satellite discovered one of the youngest-known supernova ‘remnants’


APRIL 2013

3) Which are the three new high courts constitute in India?

Answer: Meghalaya, Manipur & Tripura

5) Which is the highest gallantry award in India?

Answer: Param Vir Chakra

1. Which team won the Vijay Hazare trophy 2013? Answer. Delhi

3. Who won the Celebrity Cricket League 2013? Answer. Karnataka Bulldozers

12. Which are the two elements that added to the Periodic Table recently?

Answer. Flerovium and Livermorium



14. Who won the Miss India International 2013? Answer. Zoya Arfoz

15. Who is the Chairman of National Innovation Council in India?

Answer. Sam Pitroda



19. Who is chosen for Saraswati Samman award 2013? Answer. Sugathakumari

20. Which Indian state made Malayalam must for its government jobs?

Answer. Kerala



23. Who was named „Sportsperson of the year by Tata Steel for her achievements on the occasion of 174th birth anniversary of Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata?

Answer. Deepika Kumari



24. Who won the inaugural Physics Journalism Prize sponsored by the Institute of Physics and Science and Technology Facilities Council?

Anil Ananthaswamy



25. Who was sworn in as Kenyas 4th president?

Answer. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta 3



28. Which country will host ICC World T20 2014? Answer. Bangladesh

30. Who is appointed as President of International Chamber of commerce?

Answer. Rajan Bharti Mittal



32. Who is the lady popularly known as "Human Computer", she died on 21st April 2013? Answer. Shakuntala Devi

34. Who won the Prestigious Templeton Prize 2013? Answer. Desmond Tutu.

Note: South Africa‟s Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has won “2013 Templeton Prize” for his lifelong work in promoting love and forgiveness.



37. Who got the Dada Saheb Phalke Award 2012?

_Answer. Hindi film actor Pran Krishan Sikand got the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2012. The 93 year old actor, popularly known as Pran, will be the 44th recipient of the top most film award in India. 4

38. Who is elected as the President of Venezuela recently?

Answer. Nicolas Maduro



39. Indias first and only Women Chief Election Commissioner ……………. passed away recently?

Answer. Ramadevi



40. The 2013 SAARC literature festival was hosted by which place?

Answer. Agra



48. The president of Egypt who visited India recently?

Answer. Mohamed Morsi



49. The renowned African novelist and author of „Things Fall Apart who passed away recently?

_Answer. Chinua Achebe

50. Who is appointed as Indias new permanent representative to the United Nations?

Answer. Asoke Kumar Mukerji



54. The famous Kathakali artist and Padmabhushan recipient who passed away recently?

Answer. Kalamandalam Ramankutty Nair



55. Which team won the recently held Santosh Trophy Football tournament?

Answer. Services



58. The newly released Book, “Walking With Lions, Tales from a Diplomatic Past” is written by:

Answer. K. Natwar Singh



59. The president of India was the Chief Guest at the Independence Day celebrations of …………….. on March 2012.

Answer. Mauritius



60. Who has been elected as the new Pope of the Catholic Church?

Answer. Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina. He has chosen the name „Francis‟.



61. Indias first indigenously developed subsonic cruise missile:

Answer. Nirbhay. The test firing of the missile on March 12 achieved partial success.



63. Which state assembly has started year long celebrations to mark 50 years of its inception? Answer. Goa

65. Who has been elected as the new chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)?

Answer. S. Gopalakrishnan



66. The Indian who has been appointed as the World Editor of the Time Magazine?

Answer. Bobby Ghosh, He is the first non American World Editor in TIME‟s history.



67. The current winners of Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament?

Answer. Australia



69. Which Malayalam film bagged the National award for the best film on social issues?

Answer. Spirit, directed by Renjith 6



70. The worlds largest biogas plant has been inaugurated in?

Answer. Finland, It has a capacity of 140 MW.



71. Which state celebrated its foundation day as Utkal Divas on April 1?

Answer. Odisha.

Note: It was established as a province in the British India on April 1, 1936.

72. The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) commissioned its first solar power plant in:

Answer. Dadri, Uttar Pradesh



73. 5th BRICS summit was recently held at:

Answer. Durban, South Africa (March 26-27).

Note: The member states of BRICS are Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

74. The Indian space scientist who has been inducted into the prestigious Satellite Hall of Fame, Washington:

Answer. U.R Rao, He is the first Indian to get this rare honour.



75. The Supreme Court of India rejected the plea of the Swiss based drug company …………… to patent the cancer drug called Glivec. Answer. Novartis

80. In which state has the NTPC decided to set up Indias first geothermal plant?

Answer. Chhattisgarh



84. …………… has been declared as the first e-district in Kerala? Answer. Ernakulam

90. The Special Olympics World Winter Games was held from Jan 29 to Feb 5 in:

Answer. Pyeong Chang, South Korea.



91. Worlds tallest Mahatma Gandhi statue was unveiled on Feb 15 in:

Answer. Patna, Bihar



92. Which Indian economist has recently received Frances highest civilian award, „Commandeur de la Legion dHonneur (Legion of Honour)?

Answer. Amartya Sen



95. Who has taken over as the new Chairman of NASSCOM (National Association of Software Services Companies)?

Answer. Krishnakumar Natarajan



97. India started Visa on Arrival (VoA) facility from April 1 for the senior citizens of which neighboring country?

Answer. Pakistan



98. NPHCE, the newly launched programme by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare stands for:

Answer. National Programme for the Health Care of the Elderly.



99. Which Booker prize winning novelist and screenwriter known for the novel „Heat and Dust

passed away recently?

Answer. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.



100. Who has created history by becoming the first Indian on a solo non-stop trip across the world in a sail boat?

Answer. Lieutenant Commander Abhilash Tomy



102. The recipient of Bharath Muni Samman 2012 is: Ans. Hema Malini

103. Pranab Mukherjee: The All Season Man was written by whom?

Answer. Sukhendu Sekar Ray



105. The Director of Film „Life of Pi?

Answer. Ang Lee



106. The new Director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is:

Answer. Ranjit Sinha



107. The new Director General of the Border Security Force (BSF) is:

Answer. Subash Joshi



108. „Controversially Yours was written by:

Answer. Shuhaib Aktar



109. „Broken Republic was written by: Answer. Arundhati Roy

110. I.K Gujrals autobiography is:

Answer. Matters of Discretion



113. Which was the theme for „International Womens Day 2013?

Answer. „A Promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.‟ 9



114. Which Indian was awarded SAARC Literature Award in 2013?

Answer. Abhay. K



115. Recently, which state government has announced a new scheme called Kanyasri Prakalpa, to encourage girls towards higher education?

Answer. West Bengal



118. Who is selected for the prestigious Jnanpith award for the year 2012?

Answer. Ravuri Bharadhwaja for his contributions to Telugu literature



1. Who has been elected as the chairman of Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD)?

Answer: P.J Kurien



2. .........., the developer of the first successful oral vaccination for Polio passed away recently?

Answer: Hilary Koprowski



3. The international Monetary Fund has recently recognized the Government of .......... After 22 years? Answer: Somalia

4. The Indian-American economist who won the John Bates Clark Medal 2013?

Answer: Raj Chetty John Bates Clark Medal is awarded by the American EconomicAssociation. The award often described as the

‘Baby Nobel’, is considered by many economists to be second only to the Nobel Prize.

5. What is the full form of NOFN?

Answer: National Optical Fibre Network. 6. Which power generation company has recently been conferred with the ‘Mini Ratna Category 1’ status by the Government of India?

Answer: North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO)

7. Who wrote the novel ‘The Orphan Master’s Son’, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2013?

Answer: Adam Johnson



8. The veteran play back singer .......... who had sung around 3000 songs in Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam and Tulu passed away on 14th April?

Answer: P.B Srinivas



9. World Earth Day was observed on:

Answer: April 22



10. What was the theme of 2013 World Earth day (April 22)?

Answer: The face of climate change



11. Who has been elected as the President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB)?

Answer: Takehiko Nakao (Japan)



12. Who has been appointed as the Chairperson of the State Child Rights Commission, Kerala?

Answer: Neela Gangadharan



13. The 200th birth anniversary of .........., the ruler of the erstwhile kingdom of Travancore is being celebrated now?

Answer: Swati Tirunal



14. Which Indian has been appointed as the Vice Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce?

Answer: Sunil Bharti Mittal



15. The famous Indian Violinist who passed away on April 22?

Answer: Lalgudi Jayaraman



16. Who is sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Italy?

Answer: Enrico Letta



17. The space observatory of the European Space Agency which stopped functioning recently?

Answer: Herschel. It is the largest infrared space telescope ever built.



18. National Civil Services Day was observed on: Answer: April 21

23. Where in Haryana India’s first defence university is to be setup?

Answer: Gurgaon



24. Who is the new Prime Minister of Nepal?

Answer: Khil Raj Regmi



25. Who is the new Prime Minister of North Korea?

Answer: Pak Pong-ju



26. Who is the new president of Bangladesh?

Answer: Abdul Hamid



28. Who is the new Comptroller and Auditor General of India?

Answer: Shashi Kant Sharma



29. Who become the first Pakistani women to scale the Everest?

Answer: Samina Baig



30. What was the theme of 2013 International Biological diversity Day (May 22)?

Answer: Water and Biodiversity



33. Who was honoured by this year’s UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Award?

Answer: Reeyot Alemu (Ethiopia). She has been imprisoned for more than a year branded as Terrorist.



34. The movie named …… produced by IBM Research, has been recognized as the World’s smallest movie ever created?

Answer: A Boy and His Atom. The one minute movie was made by moving carbon monoxide atoms viewed through a Scanning Tunneling Microscope, magnifying them 100 million times.



35. Najib Razak has been sworn in for a second term as the Prime Minister of:

Answer: Malaysia



37. .......... and .......... Are nominated by India for World Heritage Site status in 2013.

Answer: Hill Forts in Rajasthan and the Great Himalayan National Park.



38. The Indian discus thrower who clinched gold in the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) Challenge Meet held in Kingston? Answer: Vikas Gowda

39. Who got the ISRO Young Scientist Award 2013?

Answer: Jenita Mary Nongkynrih from Meghalaya



41. Government of India will observe Year 2013 as:

Answer: Water Conservation Year



42. Who becomes the first Indian amputee to conquer Mt Everest?

Answer: Arunima Sinha



43. Which country signed new constitution into law on 22nd May 2013?

Answer: Zimbabwe



44. Who won the 5th Man Booker International Prize? Answer: Lydia Davis

45. Who is crowned as the Miss India Worldwide 2013?

Answer: Nehal Bhogaita. Britain’s Nehal Bhogaita has won the title of Miss India Worldwide, making her the first deaf to win the beauty pageant.




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