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Monday, 15 October 2012


1.    Name of the indigenously developed Air Launched Cruise Missile successfully test fired by Pakistan on May 31, 2012?
Hatf-VIII (Ra'ad). The Ra'ad Missile, with a range of over 35q km, has been developed exclusively for launch from Aerial Platforms.

2.    England's star batsman who announced his retirement from all forms of one-day international cricket on May 31, 2012?
Kevin Pietersen.
South African born batsman Pietersen has scored 4,184 runs at an average of 42 in one-day internationals and averages 38 in international T20 cricket.

3.    Indian American who has been declared the winner of 85th Scripps National Spelling Bee contest on May 31, 2012?
Snigdha Nandipati.
She is a 14-year-old Indian American girl who correctly spelled "guetapens", French for ambush, to win the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee crown.

4.    The chief of Bihar's outlawed private militia of landlords ‘Ranvir Sena’ who was shot dead by six unidentified gunmen on June 1, 2012?
Brahmeshwar Singh.

5.    Former Egyptian President who was sentenced to life in prison on 02-06-2012, after convicting him of involvement in the murder of protesters during the uprising that ousted him last year?
Hosni Mubarak.

6.    Man of the Match winners of two T20cricket matches played between Sri Lanka and Pakistan held in Sri Lanka in June 2012:
First T20 between Sri Lanka and Pakistan held in Hambantota on June 1, 2012:
Man of the Match: Thisara Perera. (Sri Lanka). He scored 32 runs and took one wicket.
Result: Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 37 runs.
Second T20 between Sri Lanka and Pakistan held in Hambantota on June 3, 2012:
Man of the Match: Shahid Afridi. (Pakistan). He scored unbeaten 52 runs and took 2 wickets.
Result: Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 23 runs.
Series Status: 2 T20I series level 1-1.

7.    Who won the Player of the series award in the two T20cricket matches played between Sri Lanka and Pakistan held in Sri Lanka in June 2012?
Sohail Tanvir. (Pakistan).

8.    Man of the Match winners of 5  ODI cricket matches played between Sri Lanka and Pakistan held in Sri Lanka in June 2012:
First ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan held in Kandy on June 7, 2012:
Man of the Match: Umar Gul. (Pakistan). He took 3 wickets conceding just 24 runs in 9 overs.
Result: Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets (D/L method)
Second ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan held in Kandy on June 9, 2012:
Man of the Match: Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka). He scored 24 runs and took 6 wickets.
Result: Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 76 runs.
Third ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan: Match Abandoned
Fourth ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan held in Colombo on June 16, 2012:
Man of the Match: Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka). He took 4 wickets.
Result: Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 44 runs.
Fifth ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan held in Colombo on June 18, 2012:
Man of the Match: Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka). He scored unbeaten 80 runs.
Result: Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 2 wickets.
Series Status: Sri Lanka wins the 5 ODI series against Pakistan 3-1.

9.    Who won the Player of the Series award in the 5 ODI cricket matches played between Sri Lanka and Pakistan held in Sri Lanka in June 2012?
Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka).

10.    Man of the Match winners of two Test cricket matches played between Sri Lanka and Pakistan held in Sri Lanka in June 2012:
First Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan held in Galle from June 22-26, 2012:
Man of the Match: Kumar Sangakkara. (Sri Lanka). He scored unbeaten 199 runs in first innings.
Result: Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 209 runs
Second Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan held in Galle from June 30 to July 4, 2012:
Man of the Match: Junaid Khan. (Pakistan). He took 5 wickets in first innings.
Result: Sri Lanka drew with Pakistan.

11.    Which country won their maiden Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Hockey title-2012 defeating Argentina in the final?
New Zealand.
New Zealand has won the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament in Malaysia for the first time in the competition's 21-year history. Andy Hayward scored the only goal for New Zealand in the summit clash. India defeated Great Britain and won the third place (Bronze Medal). The tournament is named after the ninth Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King) of Malaysia, Sultan Azlan Shah, and an avid fan of field hockey.

12.    India's economic growth slowed down to how much percentage during the January-March quarter of 2011-12 as against a 6.1 per cent growth rate logged in the October-December quarter?

13.    Name of the multi-tube, indigenously developed Cruise Missile successfully test fired by Pakistan on June 5, 2012?
Hatf-VII (Babur).
The missile having a range of 700 kms can carry both nuclear and conventional warheads and has stealth capabilities.

14.    Who is appointed as the new chief of Indian Navy?

Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi.
He is the 21st Chief of Naval Staff of independent India and the 19th Indian to command the Indian Navy.

15.    Saddam's personal secretary and chief bodyguard who was hanged for crimes of genocide relating to the suppression of Iraqi Shia Muslims during the 1980s?
Abid Hamid Mahmud al-Tikriti.
When he was captured in 2003 by US-led coalition forces, he was number 4 on a list of most-wanted Iraqi officials. Saddam Hussein himself was executed in December 2006.

16.    Who is the new Prime Minister of Syria?
Riad Farid Hijab.
He was Prime Minister of Syria from June to August 2012, serving under President Bashar al-Assad. From 2011 to 2012, he was Minister of Agriculture.

17.    West Indies umpire who announced his retirement from the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Elite Panel on June 7, 2012?

Billy Doctrove.
Doctrove, born July 3, 1955 in Marigot, Dominica, made his ODI debut April 4, 1998 in a match between the West Indies and England in Kingstown. He was promoted to the International Panel of ICC Umpires in 2004 before being elevated to the elite panel in April 2006.

18.    Which country will host the international conference on Investment in Afghanistan?
India will host a conference on Afghanistan to discuss ways to boost international private sector investment in the war-torn country. The conference is to be held on 28th June in New Delhi.

19.    French Open 2012 Winners:

French Open Men’s Single -2012 Winner: Rafael Nadal (Spain).
Rafael Nadal claimed his seventh French Open championship and 11th Grand Slam title by defeating the world’s top player, Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
French Open Women’s Single -2012 Winner: Maria Sharapova (Russia).
    She defeated Sara Errani (Italy) in the final.
French Open Men’s Doubles -2012 Winners - Max Mirnyl (Belgium) and Daniel Nestor (Canada).
They defeated Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in the final.
French Open Women’s Doubles -2012 Winners - Sara Errani (Italy) and Roberta Vinci (Italy).
    Sara Errani & Roberta Vinci defeated Maria Kirilenko & Nadia Petrova in the final.
French Open Mixed Doubles-2012 Winners- Sania Mirza (India) and Mahesh Bhupati (India).
They defeated Klaudia Jans-Ignacik (Poland) & Santiago Gonzalez (Mexico).

20.    Ace Indian shuttler who won the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold title-2012 defeating Thailand's Ratchanok Inthanon in the final held in Bangkok?
Saina Nehwal.

21.    The OFC Nations Cup -2012 (Oceania Cup -2012) won by?
Tahiti became the first team other than Australia and New Zealand to be crowned Oceania champions. Tahiti is the largest island in the Windward group of French Polynesia, located in the archipelago of the Society Islands in the southern Pacific Ocean. The OFC Nations Cup is an international association football tournament held among the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) member nations. It was held every two years from 1996 to 2004; before 1996 there were two other tournaments held at irregular intervals, under the name Oceania Nations Cup.

22.    Who won the Player of the Match award in the third test cricket match between West Indies and England held in England from June7, 2012?
Tino Best. (West Indies).
He scored 95 runs in first innings and took 2 wickets in second innings.
Result: England drew with West Indies.
Series Result: England wins the 3 Test series 2-0

23.    Which players shared the Player of the series award in the third test cricket match played between West Indies and England held in England in June 2012?
Marlon Samuels (West Indies) and Andrew Strauss (England).

24.    Man of the Match winners of 3  ODI cricket matches played between West Indies and England held in England in June 2012:
First ODI between West Indies and England held in Southampton on June 16, 2012:
Man of the Match: Ian Bell (England). He scored 126 runs.
Result: England beat West Indies by 114 runs (D/L method).
Second ODI between West Indies and England held in Oval on June 19, 2012:
Man of the Match: Alastair Cook (England). He scored 112 runs.
Result: England beat West Indies by 8 wickets.
Third ODI between West Indies and England: Match abandoned.
Series Result: England won the three match series 2-0.

25.    Who won the Player of the Match award in the only T20 cricket match between West Indies and England held in England in June 2012?
Alex Hales. (England). He scored 99 run from 68 balls
Result: England beat West Indies by 7 wickets.

26.    Who won the Man of the Match award in the first ODI Cricket between England and Australia held in Lords on June 29, 2012?
Eoin Morgan. (England).He scored 89 runs.
Result: England beat Australia by 15 runs.

27.    Kenyan Internal Security Minister who has been killed in a helicopter crash on June 10, 2012?
George Saitoti.
He was a Kenyan politician, businessman and American- and British-trained economist, mathematician and development policy thinker. As an economist, Saitoti served as the Executive Chairman of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 1990–91, and as President of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States in 1999-2000. His book, The Challenges of Economic and Institutional Reforms in Africa influenced practical policy directions on an array of areas during the turbulent 1980s and 1990s.He became minister for Finance in 1983, rising to become Kenya’s longest serving Vice-President, a proficient Minister for education, Internal Security and Provincial Administration and Foreign Affairs.

28.    Renowned Malayalam poet who won the Tagore Literature Award -2012?
Akkitham Achuthan Namboodiri.
He is a recipient of Kendra Sahithya Academy Award, Ezhuthachan Award and Moorti Devi award of Jnanpith Award Committee.
Among those who received the Tagore Literature award were Sheela Kolambkar (Konkani), Jagadish Prasad Mandal (Maithili), N. Kunjamohan Singh (Manipuri), Indramani Darnal (Nepali) and Arjan Hasad (Sindhi).

29.    The winner of three Olympic gold medals for Cub who died on June 11, 2012?

Teofilo Stevenson.
Stevenson won the heavyweight title at the 1972 Games in Munich, the 1976 Games in Montreal and the 1980 Games in Moscow, which were boycotted by the United States to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. He became the first Olympic boxer to capture three gold medals in the same division. Stevenson was awarded the Val Barker Trophy for Outstanding Boxer at the 1972 Olympic Games. In 1972, Teofilo Stevenson became the Honoured Master of Sports of the USSR, one of a few foreign athletes to be awarded the title in its history.

30.    Who has been named the 18th Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India?
V.S.Sampat. (Veeravalli Sundaram Sampat)
He joined the Election Commission of India as election commissioner in April 2009. He succeeds S.Y. Quraishi as the CEC.

31.    French philosopher and communist best known for his controversial views on the Holocaust and his anti-Zionist work “The Founding Myths of Israeli Politics”, died on June 13, 2012?

Roger Garaudy.
He is a French communist intellectual who denied that the Nazis used gas chambers to kill Jews during World War II. He was fined 120,000 francs (18,000 dollars) by a Paris court in 1998 for his anti-Zionist work "The Founding Myths of Israeli Politics". He was expelled from the Communist Party in 1970 after he criticised the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.

32.    2006 Asian Games gold medalist of India who was arrested on charges of 'rape' and allegations that she was actually a 'male'?
Pinki Pramanik.

33.    Former Dutch international who is appointed as the new coach of Indian football team for a two-year term?
Wim Koevermans.

34.    Who is the first female astronaut of China?  
Liu Yang.
She served as a crew member on the space mission Shenzhou 9. On 16 June 2012, Liu became the first Chinese woman in space.

35.    The 2012 G-20 Summit was held in?
It was the seventh meeting of the G-20 heads of government which was held in the Los Cabos Convention Center, Los Cabos, from June 18–19, 2012.

36.    Who was unanimously elected president of the All India Tennis Association?
Anil Khanna.

37.    India’s ace shuttler who won Indonesia Open title -2012, beating Xuerui Li of China in the final held in Jakarta?
Saina Nehwal.
This is her third Indonesian open title. She won the title back-to-back in 2009 and 2010.

38.    Who becomes the first Sri Lankan Player to register a hat-trick against Pakistan?
Thisara Perera.
Thisara Perera's hat-trick was the seventh by a Sri Lankan bowler and the first by a Sri Lankan against Pakistan. Lasith Malinga and Chaminda Vaas have taken three and two hat-tricks respectively.

39.    As per the latest data disclosed by Swiss National Bank (SNB), Switzerland's central bank, which country is now ranked 55th in terms of funds belonging to overseas clients in Swiss banks?
While India accounted for only 0.14 per cent of total foreign money in Swiss banks, the United Kingdom accounted for the largest share of little over 20 per cent, followed closely by the United States with about 18 per cent.

40.    Denmark soccer star who has been banned for one match and fined €100,000 ($126,200) for showing the logo of a betting firm on his underwear during his celebration of a goal at the Euro 2012 soccer championship?

Nicklas Bendtner.

41.    Pakistan’s popular female singer who has been shot dead along with her father in the north-western city of Peshawar on June 18, 2012?

 Ghazala Javed
She was a Pakistani female singer of Pashto music from Swat Valley. She began singing since 2004 and was "popular with young, progressive ethnic Pashtuns in northwest Pakistan."
Pashto also known as Afghani is the native language of the Pashtun people of South-Central Asia. Pashto is spoken in Afghanistan, Pakistan as well as by the Pashtun diaspora around the world. (Pashtun diaspora are an ethnic group with populations in Afghanistan and Pakistan).

42.     Which Asian country has been ranked 13th in an index of failed States, compiled annually by the Washington-based Foreign Policy magazine?
The list is dominated by a host of African countries, led by Somalia, Congo and Sudan.

43.    Prime Minister of Pakistan who was disqualified as an MP by the Supreme Court on June 19, 2012, two months after he was convicted for contempt of court proceedings?
Yousuf Raza Gilani.
Gilani was convicted and sentenced for not obeying court orders to reopen graft charges in Switzerland against President Asif Ali Zardari.

44.    Burmese democracy campaigner and opposition leader who has accepted the Nobel peace prize more than 20 years after it was awarded to her?
Aung San Suu Kyi.
She has spent a quarter of a century under house arrest, accepted the peace prize on June 16, 2012   awarded to her in 1991.

45.    India-born Pakistani Ghazal singing legend who died on 13 June 2012 after a protracted illness, in a private hospital in Karachi?

Mehdi Hasan.
He is famously known as the "King of Ghazal", and is one of the most successful singers of South Asia. In 1983, in the court of King Mahendra he was awarded Gorkha Dakshina Bahu. In 1979, he was awarded K. L. Saigal Sangeet Shehenshah Award by the Government of India. He was honoured with Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Pride of Performance and Hilal-e-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan, and Gorkha Dakshina Bahu by the Government of Nepal.

46.    Which Cricketer topped the list of the highest-paid cricketer, as well as the highest-paid athlete in India for the period from June 2011 to June 2012 according to Forbes magazine?
Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

47.    Which athlete topped the Forbes magazine's list of the 100 highest-paid sports personalities over the year 2012?
Floyd Mayweather.
Boxer Mayweather, currently serving a three-month jail sentence for domestic assault, made $85m (£54.25m). Golfing legend Tiger Woods dropped to third having received $59.4m (£37.92m) with boxer Manny Pacquiao rising to second on earnings of $62m (£39.57m)..

48.    Which country won the Asian Beach Games Women’s Basket Ball title defeating China in the final?
India won the gold medal at the third Asian Beach Games held in east China’s Shandong province.

49.    Rio+20 or Rio Earth Summit 2012 was held in?
Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city of Brazil. The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as the Rio Summit, Rio Conference, Earth Summit was a major United Nations conference held in Rio de Janeiro from 3 June to 14 June 1992. In 2012, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development was also held in Rio, and is also commonly called Rio+20 or Rio Earth Summit 2012, was held June 20-22nd.

50.    Founding Director-General of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and key member of the special investigation team which probed Rajiv Gandhi assassination, who died in Kochi (Kerala) on 21 June 2012?

Radhavinod Raju.
In 19 January 2009, Radhavinod Raju was appointed as the first chief of India's National Investigation Agency. He headed the operational wing of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) which found the killers of Rajiv Gandhi in 1991. His service history also includes important cases like the Kandahar flight hijacking, Purulia arms drop case etc.

51.    Which country is the best G20 nation for women, according to a Trustlaw/Thomson Reuters Foundation survey of 370 gender specialists?
Trustlaw is a legal news service run by Thomson Reuters Foundation.

52.    Which country is the worst G20 nation for women, according to a Trustlaw/Thomson Reuters Foundation survey of 370 gender specialists?
Saudi Arabia - where women are well educated but are banned from driving and only won the right to vote in 2011 – polled second-worst after India, followed by Indonesia, South Africa and Mexico.

53.    Who became the second Indian woman archer to achieve the World No. 1 rank in archery? 
Deepika Kumari .She is the second woman archer from India after Dola Banerjee to achieve this feat. Deepika won her first World Cup individual recurve gold medal in May in Antalya.

54.    The mother of world’s first test tube baby ”Louis Brown” , who has died at the age of 64 in Britain?
Lesley Brown.
Brown made history July 25, 1978, when her daughter Louise was born after undergoing pioneering IVF (In-vitro fertilization) treatments by Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards. She and her husband tried to have a baby for nine years previously, but her Fallopian tubes were blocked. Brown later delivered another daughter, Natalie, who was also conceived through IVF. In October 2010, Edwards won the Nobel Prize for Medicine for the development of in-vitro fertilization.

55.    Indonesian Muslim Militant who was convicted of murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in making the explosives used in the October 2002 bombings on the resort island of Bali that killed 202 people?
Umar Patek.
Umar Patek, known as "Demolition Man, has been convicted of helping to build the massive car bomb used in the deadly 2002 Bali nightclub attacks. Patek was found guilty on all charges by the West Jakarta district court for his role in the attack on a Bali resort on 12 October 2002 that killed 202 people, including 88 Australians and seven Americans. The U.S. had offered a reward of $1 million for Patek, who was arrested last year in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad, where U.S. commandos killed Osama bin Laden.

56.    Who is the 17th and current Prime Minister of Pakistan?
Raja Pervaiz Ashraf.
Previously, he served as the federal Minister for Water and Power in the Yousaf Raza Gillani-led cabinet from March 2008 to February 2011. Ashraf assumed premiership on 22 June 2012, after Yousaf Raza Gillani was disqualified over contempt of court charges.

57.    Who was awarded the Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology by the Inamori Foundation for his contributions to the field?
Ivan Sutherland.
Sutherland, widely considered to be the father of computer graphics, was awarded the Kyoto Prize-2012. The Kyoto Prize honors significant contributors in the scientific, cultural and spiritual fields, and is awarded in the categories of advanced technology, basic sciences, and arts and philosophy. Winners of this year also include Japanese scientist Yoshinori Ohsumi, a molecular cell biologist and professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, and literary critic Gayatri Spivak, a professor at Columbia University.

58.    Which country has set a new record for consecutive wins in competitive international football with their 4-2 Euro 2012 quarter-final victory over Greece in Gdansk?
Germany set a new World Record with 15 consecutive wins.

59.    Who was declared President of Egypt on 24 June 2012?
Mohammed Morsi.
He became the first democratically elected president in the history of Germany.

60.    Who was sworn-in as the new president of Paraguay?
Federico Franco.
He is the President of Paraguay since June 22, 2012. A member of the Authentic Radical Liberal Party (PLRA), he was elected as Vice President of Paraguay in the 2008 presidential election as the running mate of Fernando Lugo; he took office in August 2008.  Following Lugo's impeachment by the Senate on 22 June 2012, he succeeded Lugo as President to complete the presidential mandate until 15 August 2013.

61.    Srinagar's 200-year-old, historical shrine, which was gutted in a fire on 25 June 2012?

Dastgeer Sahib. It is also known as the Ghaus-e-Azam.
Dastgeer Sahib is a Sufi shrine of Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jelani (Gous E Azam) located in Khaniyar, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. It has the old Quran written by Hazrat Abu Bakr Sidiqqi R.A, Hazrat Ali R.A, and the Mouia Pak, a piece of hair from Gous E Azam. It was constructed in 1806 and expanded in 1877 by Khwaja Sanaullah Shawl.

62.    Which country won the Tri-Nations Twenty20 Series held in Harare in June 2012?
Zimbabwe beat South Africa by nine wickets with 17 balls in the final.  The other team of the tournament is Bangladesh.

63.    Which countries signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 25-06-2012 to improve bilateral ties in tourism?
India and Israel.
Israel, under this pact, will set up a tourism office in Mumbai and amplify the frequency of flights to India. Israel will invest $ 660000 to attract more Indian tourists to the country. The agreement also laid the foundation to create a tourism development forum, which will invite advice from various stakeholders including travel agents, hoteliers, tour operators and from the media, to enlarge tourism market in both the countries.

64.    Name the last surviving Pinta Island giant tortoise that has died at his home in the Galapagos Islands?

Lonesome George.
George became a symbol of the Galapagos Islands after he was found on Pinta Island by biologist Joseph Vagvolgyi in 1971. The giant tortoises of the Galapagos helped Charles Darwin formulate his theory of evolution after he visited the islands in the 1830s, on his five year voyage aboard HMS Beagle.

65.    Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises of India who is resigned recently in the wake of a Himachal Pradesh court framing corruption charges against him?
Virbhadra Singh.

66.    The 2012 Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) will be held in?
South Africa.
It is the fourth edition of the Champions League Twenty20 which is being held in South Africa from 9 to 28 October 2012. This edition is significant for being the first to feature a Pakistani team.

67.    Which state emerged overall winners in the National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships held in Hyderabad?

68.    Who is the new Prime Minister of Greece?
Antonis Samaras.

69.    The iconic Clock Tower of Britain's Parliament “Big Ben “is officially renamed as?
Elizabeth Tower.
The Elizabeth Tower (previously called the Clock Tower) named in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II in her Diamond Jubilee year. Elizabeth Tower is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London. Elizabeth Tower holds the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world and is the third-tallest free-standing clock tower. The tower was completed in 1858.

70.    An Italian sports newspaper which has offered a half-hearted apology after publishing an editorial cartoon depicting Mario Balotelli as King Kong on the top of Big Ben?
Gazzetta dello Sport.
Balotelli — a star Italian striker with African roots — has been the victim of racism for years.

71.    The legendary Hollywood writer who penned the screenplays for "Sleepless in Seattle" and "When Harry Met Sally" -- died on June 26, 2012 after a battle with leukemia?
Nora Ephron.
She was an American journalist, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, novelist, producer, director, and blogger. Ephron is best known for her romantic comedies and was nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay): for Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally..., and Sleepless in Seattle. She won a BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay for When Harry Met Sally.

72.    Indian prisoner, who has served a life term following his arrest on charges of spying in the 1980s, has been released from Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore in Pakistan on 28-06-2012?
    Surjeet Singh.

73.    The former chairman of New Zealand Cricket who has taken over as president of ICC (International Cricket Council) for a two-year term?
Alan Isaac.
He will succeed Sharad Pawar. Former South Africa wicketkeeper Dave Richardson has been confirmed as the ICC's chief executive, taking over from Haroon Lorgat.

74.    The last minute of which date of 2012 is destined to be 61 seconds long?
June 30, 2012
The last minute of June 30, 2012 have 61 seconds to correct a gap in time between the rotation of the earth and universal time counted by atomic clocks.

75.    Israeli scientist who was named the winner of the 2012 World Food Prize?
Dr. Daniel Hillel.
Dr. Hillel was given the prestigious award, established in 1987 by Nobel Peace Prize winner and Green Revolution champion Norman Borlaug, for pioneering a “radically innovative way of bringing water to crops in arid and dry-land regions.”

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