CURRENT AFFAIRS JUNE – 2010

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1. Who designed new symbol of Indian Rupee ?


Bombay IIT post-graduate Udaya Kumar Dharmalingam(Native of TAMIL NADU).
Udaya Kumar Dharmalingam is the designer of the Indian rupee symbol. He is an assistant professor at IIT Guwahati. His design was selected from among five short listed symbols. Udaya Kumar explained that the design is based on the Indian tricolour.
D.Udaya Kumar was born on 10 October 1978 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Age:
31 in 2010
Alma mater:
IDC, IIT Bombay (PhD)
IDC, IIT Bombay (MDes)
Anna University (B.Arch.)
Occupation: Assistant professor, IIT Guwahati
Known for: The designer of Indian rupee symbol (2010)
2. Who is honored with Top Photography award 2010 ?
Karnataka Forest officer M N Jayakumar honored with Top photography award by the UNESCO-affiliated International Federation of Photographic Art.
3. Which Indian cricketer honored with rank of Honorary Group by Indian Air Force (IAF) ?
Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar
4. Who is Current director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) ?
Ashwani Kumar (since August 2, 2008)
5. Name of the super computer developed by China that runs at more than one quadrillion (one thousand million million) calculations per second, making it the fastest one in the country?
Xingyun.
Xingyun”, has been developed in Tianjin, and works at double the speed of “Tianhe-1″, the previous fastest machine in China.
6. Which country attacked a flotilla of ships in international waters carrying food, medicine and other aid to Gaza, killing at least 10 civilians on board?
Israel
A flotilla of ships is a formation of small warships that may be part of a larger fleet.
7. Name of the powerful tropical storm hit in Central America which killed more than 100 people in floods and mudslides?
Agatha.
Tropical Storm Agatha was a weak, but catastrophic tropical cyclone that brought widespread floods to much of Central America.
8. Court of which country has ordered the authorities to restore the Facebook, social networking site?
Pakistan
9. Which Indian cricketer got married on July 4, 2010 with his childhood girlfriend?
Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Dhoni ties knot with longtime friend Sakshi Rawat on Sunday July 4, 2010 in a private ceremony attended only by family members and close friends, including a few of his team-mates at Dehradun.
10. German President who unexpectedly resigned on 31 May due to a storm over comments he made about military action abroad?
Horst Koehler.
It was the first time in German history that a president has resigned.
11. India recently signed three MoUs with an Asian country to expand cooperation, under which leading Indian firms Infosys and Wipro committed to undertake projects in that country. Which is that country?
China.
Under the agreement, Wipro will set up a plant that will manufacture high pressure precision hydraulic cylinders, and an R&D facility will be established to enable this centre. Infosys will set up an education centre at Jiaxing to develop software talent in huge numbers to meet its growing business demand.
12. Top financial chief of Al Qaeda, and was considered by American intelligence officials to be the organization’s No. 3 leader, behind Osama bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, who was killed in an American missile strike in Pakistan’s tribal areas in the last two weeks?
Mustafa Abu al-Yazid.
13. Which country recently filed a lawsuit with the International Court of Justice to halt Japanese whaling for ‘‘scientific research’’ in Antarctic waters?
Australia.
14. Man of the match winners of Triangular ODI Cricket Series (India-Sri Lanka-Zimbabwe) held in Zimbabwe.
Third ODI between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka played on June 1, 2010:
Man of the match: Suraj Randiv (Sri Lanka). He took 3 wickets for 23 runs.
Result: Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by 9 wickets.
Fourth ODI between Zimbabwe and India played on June 3, 2010:
Man of the match: Brendan Taylor (Zimbabwe). He scored 74 runs.
Result: Zimbabwe beat India by 7 wickets.
Fifth ODI between India and Sri Lanka played on June 5, 2010:
Man of the match: Dinesh Chandimal (Sri Lanka). He scored 111 runs.
Result: Sri Lanka beat India by 6 wickets.
Sixth ODI between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka played on June 7, 2010:
Man of the match: Brendan Taylor (Zimbabwe). He scored 119 runs.
Result: Zimbabwe beat Sri Lanka by 8 wickets.
Final of the Triangular Series between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka played on June 9, 2010.
Man of the match: Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka). He scored 108 runs.
Result: Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by 9 wickets.
15. Who won the Man of the series award in the triangular series held in Zimbabwe (India-Zimbabwe-Sri Lanka)?
Brendan Taylor (Zimbabwe).
He has already received 3 Man of the Match awards in this tournament, has been named as the Man of the Series
16. President’s rule was imposed in a state in eastern India on 01-06-2010 two days after resignation of its chief minister and none of the three major political parties in that state showing willingness to form an alternate government. Which is that state?
Jharkhand.
Jharkhand was placed under president’s rule for the second time less than six months after Shibu Soren’s second stint as Chief Minister. The Centre imposed President’s rule in Jharkhand for the first time on 19 Jan 2009, when Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) chief Shibu Soren resigned as CM after he lost the Tamar Assembly by-election to Gopal Krishna Patar (Jharkhand Party) by more than 9,200 votes.
17. Tata Motors recently inaugurated the world’s cheapest car, the Nano’s, manufacturing facility in Gujarat. Where is it located?
Sanand.
18. Who has been appointed as chairman of National Human Rights Commission?
K.G. Balakrishnan, former chief justice of India.
19. Who is appointed as new Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Petronet LNG, the nation’s largest liquefied natural gas importer?
Ashok Kumar Balyan.
20. Who has been appointed as Head of Audi India (car) effective July 1st, 2010?
Michael Perschke.
21. France’s most prestigious newspaper which is likely to put on sale its group operations, which include the newspaper, its website and its television listings?
Le Monde.
22. Which airline has apologized for a picture in a company magazine that showed a boarding pass in the name of Osama bin Laden?
British Airways
The image of the fake boarding pass in the name of Osama bin Laden appeared in LHR News, a biweekly publication for British Airways employees at London Heathrow airport.
23. Who is Japan’s new Prime Minister?
Naoto Kan.
24. The government declared an organisation which is believed to be a shadow outfit of banned “Students Islamic Movement of India” and Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayiba as a terrorist organisation on June 4, 2010. Which is that organisation?
Indian Mujahideen.
25. Man of the Match winners of ODI Cricket Series between West Indies and South Africa held in West Indies.
Fifth ODI played on 3 June 2010:
Man of the match: Jacques Kallis. (South Africa) He scored 57 runs and took 1 wicket.
Result: South Africa beat West Indies by 1 wicket
Series Result: South Africa won the series 5-0.
26. Who won the Man of the series award in the 5 match ODI cricket series between West Indies and South Africa held in West Indies?
Hashim Amla.
He scored 402 runs in the series.
27. The 3rd International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala were held at?
Thiruvananthapuram. (From June 11 to 15)
28. Indian American technocrat who has been nominated by the Obama administration for the post of Director of the National Science Foundation?
Subra Suresh.
He is an IIT graduate, currently the dean of the School of Engineering and the Vannevar Bush Professor of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
29. Who became the first Italian woman to win a Grand Slam title, beating Samantha Stosur in the French Open-2010 final?
Francesca Schiavone.
30. Goa Tourism Minister who recently resigned from the Cabinet over allegations about involvement in the death of a woman friend?
Fransisco Pacheco
31. Indian- American who won the 83rd Scripps National Spelling Bee Contest held in Washington?
Anamika Veeramani.
32. Who won French Open Men’s title-2010, defeating Robin Soderling in the final?
Rafael Nadal.
He beats Robin Soderling 6-4, 6-2 and 6-4 to win his fifth French Open title at Roland Garros.
33. Which building has been certified as the world’s ‘furthest leaning manmade tower’ by the Guinness World Records?
The Capital Gate tower in Abu Dhabi.
34. Who has been sworn in as the 15th president of the Philippines?
Benigno Aquino III
35. Which states won the 27th National Youth Basketball Championships held in Tamil Nadu from June 1-8?
Punjab, Kerala.
Punjab and Kerala won the competition in the boys’ and girls’ divisions respectively. In the final, Kerala beat Utharpradesh. Punjab beat Chhatisgarh in the boy’s event.
36. Which countries signed seven agreements covering spheres of legal, women’s affairs, cultural, power and electricity on June 9, 2010?
India and Sri Lanka.
The signed agreements are listed below.
First agreement is the renewal of Memorandum of Understanding on small scale enterprises. The second and third agreements were on Transfer of Sentenced Prisoners and on Mutual Legal Assistance on Criminal Matters.
Other agreements are
The MOU on Setting up of a Women’s Trade Facilitation Centre and Community Learning Centre, Renewal of Cultural Exchange Programmes and Interconnection of Electricity Grids .
The Memorandum of Understanding on Talaimannar-Madhu Railway Line.
37. The UN Security Council voted recently to impose a fourth round of sanctions on an Islamic nation over a nuclear program the West suspects is aimed at developing the means to build atom bombs. Which is that country?
Iran.
38. Which country decided to freeze a contract to sell S-300 missile systems to Iran after the United Nations Security Council imposed a fourth round of sanctions on the Islamic Republic?
Russia
39. Which country recently decided to ban people under 18 years of age from climbing Mount Everest?
China.
40. The rocket of which country carrying a satellite for studying Global Climatic Change and Greenhouse Effect exploded in flight after the successful take-off on June 10,2010?
South Korea
41. The managing director of Rs 8,000-crore Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) that owns country’s largest food brand Amul, resigned recently amid a controversy over cancellation of two board meetings?
B.M. Vyas.
42. Which country has successfully designed, developed & carried out the user trials of laser guided bomb kits on June, 2010?
India.
The Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), a laboratory of India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Bangalore has successfully tested the user trials of laser guided bomb kits at Pokhran with the participation of the IAF (Indian Air Force).
43. Which company bought Infotel Broadband, the only company to win a national license in the broadband wireless spectrum auction of India?
Reliance Industries.
Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries agreed to pay Rs 4,800 crore ($1.02 billion) to buy 95% stake in Infotel.
44. Who has been appointed the new Chief Justice of the Madras High Court in Chennai?
M.Y. Iqbal
45. U.S.President Barack Obama recently has agreed to write the foreword for a book named “Conversations with Myself”. The book is written by?
Nelson Mandela.
The book draws on Mr. Mandela’s journals from the early 1960s, his diaries written while in prison, speeches and recorded conversations.
46. Former minister of New Zealand who used his official credit card for watching pornographic movies while he stayed in hotels during his tenure as minister for building and construction in 2007-08?
Shane Jones.
He admitted using his ministerial credit card to charter a plane and buy wine, magazines and books and pornographic movies when he stayed at hotels. Jones had spent about USD 5,000 on his credit card.
47. Which country decided to introduce a Mother Teresa commemorative coin to mark the nun’s birth centenary in August, 2010?
India
48. Man of the match winners of Twenty-20 Cricket series between India and Zimbabwe held in Zimbabwe:
First 20-20 played at Harare sports club on 12 June 2010:
Man of the match: Pragyan Ojha. (He took 2 wickets for 11 runs (4overs))
Result: India won by 6 wickets.
Second 20-20 played at Harare sports club on 13 June 2010:
Man of the match: Suresh Raina. (He scored 72 runs)
Result: India won by 7 wickets.
Man of the series: Suresh Raina
Series Results: India won the series 2-0.
49. Former President of Switzerland who is elected as President of the United Nations General Assembly for its 65th session in 2010?
Joseph Deiss.
50. Which Indian origin painter’s painting named “Saurashtra” on 10th June, 2010 obtained a record amount of USD 3,486,965 at the famous auction house Christie’s in London, United Kingdom?
Syed Haider Raza
51. Which country signed an agreement with Iran on June 13, 2010 to go ahead with a $US7.6 billion gas pipeline between the two countries?
Pakistan.
The deal was signed between the two countries in Turkey. Under the terms of the deal, Iran will provide 750m cubic feet of gas per day to Pakistan. The line should become operational by 2015.
52. Who won the Yonex-Sunrise India Open Grand Prix badminton tournament held in India beating Wong Mew Choo of Malaysia in the final?
Saina Nehwal (India)
53. Who is India’s youngest IIT professor ?

Dr. Tathagat Tulsi (born 9 September 1987 in Patna) has taken up a job as youngest professor at Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay at the age of 22 Year.
He completed high school at the age of 9, had a B.Sc at 10, an M.Sc in Physics at 12, and a PhD in Quantum Computing from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, at 21. In 2003, Time named him among the world’s seven most gifted youngsters. Now, at age 22, Patna-born prodigy Tathagat Avtar Tulsi has become possibly the youngest assistant professor at IIT.
Tulsi will teach Physics at IIT Bombay from July 19, having chosen the institute over Waterloo University, Canada, and the Indian Institute of Science Education & Research (IISER), Bhopal, both of which had offered him jobs.
54. Man of the Match winners of Asia Cup ODI Cricket series held in Sri Lanka.
First ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka on June 15, 2010.
Man of the match: Shahid Afridi (He scored 109 runs from 76 balls and took 1 wicket)
Result: Sri Lanka won by 16 runs
Second ODI between Bangladesh and India on June 16, 2010.
Man of the match: Gautham Gambhir (He scored 82 runs)
Result: India won by 6 wickets
Third ODI between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka on June 18, 2010.
Man of the match: Tilakaratne Dilshan (He scored 71 runs from 76 balls and took 3 wickets)
Result: Sri Lanka won by 126 runs
Fourth ODI between Pakistan and India on June 19, 2010.
Man of the match: Gautham Gambhir (He scored 83 runs)
Result: India won by 3 wickets
Fifth ODI between Pakistan and Bangladesh on June 21, 2010.
Man of the match: Shahid Afridi (He scored 124 runs from 60 balls and took 1 wicket)
Result: Pakistan won by 139 runs
Sixth ODI between India and Sri Lanka on June 22, 2010.
Man of the match: Farveez Maharoof (Sri Lanka)
(He took 5 wickets)
Result: Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets
Seventh ODI (FINAL) between India and Sri Lanka on June 24, 2010.
Man of the match: Dinesh Karthik (India)
(He scored 66 runs)
Result: India won by 81 runs
India won the Asia Cup -2010 beating Sri Lanka in the final.
55. Who won the Man of the series award in the Asia Cup-2010 held in Sri Lanka?
Shahid Afridi.
He got this award for his 2 centuries in the series.
56. Despite voices of protest in India, a set of 12 paintings by an Indian Nobel laureate, sold off for a whopping 1.6 million pounds at an auction house in London recently. Name of that Nobel laureate?
Rabindranath Tagore.
57. Which country decided to investigate the alleged misuse of funds in the Indian government’s flagship program called Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA)?
Britain.
The United Kingdom., through its Department for International Development, funds 2 percent of SSA. It has provided 1,500 crore Indian rupees out of the total budget of 50,000 crore Indian rupees. The inquiry initiated following reports in the British media about “millions of pounds of aid for education and the ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’ that has disappeared into the depths of corruption without any benefit to the poor children”.
58. Who tops in the Forbes’ list of the world’s self-made female billionaires?
Wu Yajun,
This Chinese lady stands as the first richest self-made woman in the world with a wealth of $3.9 billion, according to Forbes. .
Others in the list, compiled by Forbes magazine, are as follows, depicted by the name, nationality, industry, and net worth in dollars:
1. Rosalie Mera, Spanish, Clothing, 3.5 billion
2. Elena Baturina, Russian, Construction, 2.9 billion
3. Doris Fisher, American, Clothing, 2.4 billion
4. Xiu Li Hawken, UK citizen, property development, 2.4 billion
5. Oprah Winfrey, American, Media, 2.4 billion
6. Giulana Benetton, Italian, Clothing, 2.1 billion
7. Chu Lam Yiu, Chinese, Flavourings and fragrances, 2.1 billion
8. Zhang Xin, Chinese, property development, 2 billion
9. Yan Cheung, Chinese, Waste paper, 1.7 billion
10. Meg Whitman, American, Internet commerce, 1.3 billion
11. Chan Laiwa, Chinese, property development, 1.1 billion
12. Lei Jufang, Chinese, Medicines, 1.1 billion
13. J.K. Rowling, British, Books, 1 billion (ANI)
59. European Union recently has imposed new sanctions on an Islamic nation, including curbs on equipment sales for its vital oil and gas industries, in protest at its disputed nuclear programme. Which is that country?
Iran.
60. Which country has won an interim ruling over the United States ban on its poultry exports from World Trade Organisation?
China.
The WTO interim ruling said the US import ban on China’s poultry violates Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures.


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