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Monday, 25 February 2013


1.    Former Minister of Gujarat who has been sentenced to 28 years imprisonment for her role in the 2002 Naroda patiya Massacre?
Maya Kodnani
Maya Kodnani is a Member of Legislative assembly from Naroda constituency in Gujarat for its 12th legislative assembly and a former Minister for Women and Child Development of Gujarat. She is the first female and first MLA to be convicted in a post-Godhra riots case. Kodnani has been accused of involvement in the massacre of 95 people during the Naroda Gam and Naroda Patia riots that followed the Godhra train burning in February of 2002. She was tried and, on August 31, 2012, convicted of murder and conspiracy to commit murder by a court in Ahmedabad and was sentenced to 28 years in prison.

2.    A Tokyo court recently ruled in favour of the South Korean Firm after it lost a landmark patent case against Apple Inc in the United States. Name of that firm?
Samsung Electronics.
A Tokyo court ruled on August 30, 2012 that Samsung Electronics' mobile devices did not violate an Apple Inc patent. Earlier, the US jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages and it is now seeking speedy bans on the sale of eight Samsung phones in the US market.

3.    Who won the UEFA European Player of the Year award-2012?
Andres Iniesta.
He is a Spanish footballer who plays as a central midfielder for La Liga club FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team.

4.    Man of the match winners of 2 T20 cricket matches played between New Zealand and England held in India in September, 2012:
First T20 abandoned.
Second T20 Cricket match played between New Zealand and England in Chennai on September11, 2012:
Man of the Match: Brendon McCullum. He scored 91 runs from 55 balls.

5.    Who won the Player of the Series award in the two T20 Cricket matches played between New Zealand and England held in India in September, 2012?

Brendon McCullum. (New Zealand).

6.    Former Union Minister and dissident BJP leader who recently joined Keshubhai Patel's Gujarat Parivartan Party, passed away on August 31, 2012?
Kashiram Rana.
In 1989, Kashiram Rana was elected to the 9th Lok Sabha from Surat constituency in Gujarat. He was re-elected to the Lok Sabha in 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004 from the same constituency. He served as a union cabinet minister
in the department of textiles, twice, in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee led NDA Govt during 1998-2004.

7.    Gangster-turned-politician who is sentenced to life imprisonment by a special MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act) court for the 2007 killing of Shiv Sena corporator Kamlakar Jamsandekar.?
Arun Gawli.

8.    An Indian American founder of several software and IT companies who has been appointed by U.S.President Barack Obama as one of the board of trustees to John F Kennedy Centre?
 Romesh Wadhwani.
    He did his B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in Electrical Engineering and founded Symphony Technology Group.

9.    Who won the Man of the Match award in the 3rd ODI Cricket played between Pakistan and Australia held in Sharja on September 3, 2012?
  Michael Hussey.

10.    Who won the Player of the series in the 3 ODI cricket series between Pakistan and Australia held in UAE in 2012?
    Mitchell Starc. (Australia).
    Australia wins the 3 ODI series 2-1
11.    Man of the match winners of 2 ODI cricket matches played between South Africa and England held in England in September, 2012:
Fourth ODI between South Africa and England held in Lords on September 2, 2012:
Man of the Match: Ian Bell (England).
Result: England beat South Africa by 6 wickets.
Fifth ODI between South Africa and England held in Nottingham on September 5, 2012:
Man of the Match: Hashim Amla (South Africa).
Result: South Africa beat England by 7 wickets.

12.    Who won the Player of the Series award in the 5 ODI Cricket series played between South Africa and England held in England in 2012?
Hashim Amla. (South Africa).
Series: South Africa in England, 5 ODI Series, 2012.

13.    Spanish football club which won the 2012 UEFA Super Cup?
Atletico Madrid.

14.    Which country won the Nehru Cup Football Title 2012?
India won the Nehru Cup after defeating a Cameroon B team 5–4 on penalties after the match ended 2–2 after 120 minutes. The 2012 Nehru Cup was the 15th edition of the Nehru Cup and 3rd Nehru Cup since it was revived in 2007.

15.    Name the co-founder of popular file sharing website “The Pirate Bay” who was arrested in Cambodia at the request of Sweden, where he faces a one-year prison term for violating copyright laws?
Gottfrid Svartholm Warg.

16.     Which party won the 2012 general elections in Angola?
Angola's long-serving President Jose Eduardo dos Santos and his MPLA party scored a landslide win in the general elections. The People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola – Labour Party is a political party that has ruled Angola since the country's independence from Portugal in 1975.

17.     Who has been appointed director of the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai, replacing Dennis Lillee, who has held the post since its inception in 1987?
Glenn McGrath.

18.    Indian Scientist and the assistant Professor of University of Central Florida who has developed Nanoclusters that diffuse laser beam or create 3D telepresence?
Jayan Thomas.
Jayan Thomas, in collaboration with Cernegie Mellon University Associate Professor Rongchao Jin, has developed a new material based on gold nano particles smaller than 2 nanometers, in a regime between atoms and nanoparticles called Nanoclusters. The new nanomaterial has the potential to safeguard sensitive equipment and pilots from destructive lasers.

19.     Korean religious leader best known as the founder of the Unification Church who died on September 3, 2012?
Sun Myung Moon.
He was also known as a media mogul and an anti-communist activist. He claimed that he was a messiah. The Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity, or Unificationism, is a new religious movement founded in South Korea in 1954 by Sun Myung Moon. It is more commonly known as the Unification Church. Since its inception, the church has expanded to most nations of the world, with an uncertain number of members.

20.    The fourteenth Summer Paralympic Games were held in?
             London 2012 Paralympic Games was a major international multi-sport event for the disabled governed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) that took place in London, United Kingdom, from 29 August to 9 September.

21.    Renowned dance maestro who devoted his life for dance forms like Kerala Natanam died recently?
Guru Gopalakrishnan.
He created and popularised Kerala Natanam, the simplified version and adaptation of Kathakali,
‘Neelakuyil’ was his debut Malayalam movie as a choreographer. In 1956, he established his own troupe named Bharatiya Ballet Troupe with M B Sreenivasan as music director. Renowned musician R K Shekhar, father of A R Rahman, was a harmonium player in his orchestra during that time.

22.    The 65th World Newspaper Congress will be held in?
Bangkok, Thailand.
The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), decided to conduct the 65th World Newspaper Congress, 20th World Editors Forum and 23rd World Newspaper Advertising Forum in Bangkok, Thailand, from 2 to 5 June 2013.
The World Association of Newspapers (WAN) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization made up of 76 national newspaper associations, 12 news agencies, 10 regional press organisations and individual newspaper executives in 100 countries. In July 2009 WAN merged with IFRA, the research and service organisation for the news publishing industry, to become the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).

23.    Who have been jointly awarded Spain’s most prestigious sports prize, ‘the Prince of Asturias Prize’?
Iker Casillas and Xavi Hernandez.
Spain captain Iker Casillas and team mate Xavi have been jointly awarded Spain’s most prestigious sports prize, the Premio Principe de Asturias de los Deportes.

24.    Libya’s former intelligence chief who has been extradited to Libya from Mauritania on September 5, 2012?
 Abdullah al-Senussi.
Abdullah Senussi is Muammar Gaddafi’s brother-in-law. During the 1980s he was in charge of the internal security of Libya, and currently leads the military intelligence. In 1999 he was convicted in absentia in France for his role in a 1998 bombing of a passenger plane flying over Niger that resulted in the deaths of 170 people.

25.    Who is the new Chief Economist of the World Bank?
Kaushik Basu.
He is an Indian economist and academic who is Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank. Till July 2012 he served as the Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India.

26.    FIFA started its Regional developmental office in India at?
 Dwarka in New Delhi.
FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke inaugurated the world body's regional developmental office at Dwarka in New Delhi and the regional office has been shifted to Delhi from Colombo.

27.    Indian American astronaut who has set a world record for the maximum number of spacewalks by a woman astronaut?
Sunita Williams.
She holds the record for longest space flight by a woman. She was assigned to the International Space Station as a member of Expedition 14 and Expedition 15. In 2012, she served as a flight engineer on Expedition 32 and then commander of Expedition 33. Williams surpassed Peggy Whitson whose space walks totaled 39 hours and 46 minutes. Sunita notched up 44 hours and 2 minutes, the total number of spacewalks being six.

28.    U.S.Open -2012 Winners:
U.S.Open Men's Singles Winner-2012: Andy Murray (U.S.A).
He defeated Novak Djokovic in the final. Murray became the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win a Grand Slam singles title and the first man to win both the US Open and the Olympic men's singles gold medal in the same year.

U.S.Open Women's Singles Winner-2012: Serena Williams (U.S.A).
She won her fourth US Open title, and first since 2008, by defeating Victoria Azarenka in the final.

U.S.Open Men's Doubles Winners-2012:
Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan. (U.S.A). They defeated Leander Paes (India) and Radek Stepanek (Czech Republic) in the final.

U.S.Open Women's Doubles Winners-2012:
Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci (Italy). They defeated Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka (Czech Republic) in the final.

U.S.Open Mixed Doubles Winners-2012:
Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) and Bruno Soares (Brazil). They defeated Kveta Peschke (Czech Republic) and Marcin Matkowski (Poland) in the final.

U.S.Open Boys’ Singles Winner-2012: Filip Peliwo (Canada).
U.S.Open Girls’ Singles Winner-2012: Samantha Crawford (U.S.A).
U.S.Open Boys’ Doubles Winners-2012: Kyle Edmund (United Kingdom) and Frederico Ferreira Silva (Portugal).
U.S.Open Girls’ Doubles Winners-2012: Gabrielle Andrews (U.S.A) and Taylor Townsend (U.S.A).

29.     First woman detective novelist of Malayalam who passed away recently?
 Bhadra N Menon.

30.    The 38th Men and 30th Women Senior National Power lifting Championship-2012 held at?
Kozhikkode, Kerala.
Railways won the Men’s title of National Power lifting Championship-2012.

31.    Which countries signed liberalized visa agreement on September 8, 2012?
India and Pakistan.
As per the agreement, for the first time group tourist and pilgrim visas are introduced; separate visa for businessmen and visa on arrival for those over 65 years of age.

32.    Which country successfully launched its 100th space mission on September 9, 2012?
 The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) made history as it launched its 100th indigenous mission with the indigenous PSLV-C21 rocket putting in orbit two foreign satellites.
33.    Indian engineer and renowned social entrepreneur who is best known as the "Father of the White Revolution" passed away on September 9, 2012?
Dr. Verghese Kurien.
Kurien, founder chairman of the National Dairy Development Board, is known as the architect of "Operation Flood" which heralded a new era for milk cooperatives in the country. He is fondly referred to as the ‘Milkman of India’. He founded around 30 institutions of excellence (like AMUL, GCMMF, IRMA, NDDB) which are owned, managed by farmers and run by professionals. He was responsible for the creation and success of the Amul brand of dairy products. A key achievement at Amul was the invention of milk powder processed from buffalo milk, as opposed to that made from cow-milk, in the then major milk producing nations.  Kurien won several awards including the Padma Vibhushan (1999), the World Food Prize (1989) and the Magsaysay Award (1963) for community leadership.

34.    Who won the Italian Grand Prix 2012?
 Lewis Hamilton (McLaren driver)

35.    Iraq's fugitive vice-president who has been sentenced to death in absentia after a court found him guilty of running death squads?
Tariq al-Hashemi.
On 9 September 2012, Tariq al-Hashemi and his son-in-law were sentenced to death based on the verdict of the Central Criminal Court of Iraq that found him guilty of two murders.

36.    Which film was given the Golden Lion award in the 69th Venice Film Festival?
The South Korean ultra-violent film "Pieta" is directed by Kim Ki-duk
    Other winners of Venice Film Festival 2012
•    The Golden Lion Award: "Pieta" (South Korea)
•    The Silver Lion Award: "The Master" (U.S.)
•    Special Jury Prize: "Ulrich Seidl for Paradies: Glaube" (Austria)
•    Best First Feature: "Kuf" (Mold) (Turkey)
•    Best Actress: Hadas Yaron for "Fill the Void" (Israel)
•    Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman for "The Master" (U.S.)
•    Best Screenplay: "Apres Mai" (France)
•    Best Cinematography: "E Stato Il Figlio" (It Was the Son) (Italy)
37.    Which country topped the medal table of 2012 summer Paralympics held in London, United Kingdom, from 29 August to 9 September 2012?
The 2012 Paralympics was the fourteenth Games to be held, a quadrennial competition open to athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities.

38.     Who has been appointed as the chairman of National Book Trust (NBT)?
A Sethumadhavan.
He is a veteran Malayalam fictional writer and it is the first time a Malayalam writer is given the post after late Sukumar Azhikode.

39.    Man of the match winners of the 3 T20 Cricket matches between Australia and Pakistan held in UAE in September 2012:
First T20 between Australia and Pakistan held in UAE on September 5, 2012:
Man of the match: Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan).
Result: Pakistan won by 7 wickets.
Second T20 between Australia and Pakistan held in UAE on September 7, 2012:
Man of the match: Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan).
Result: Match tied (Pakistan won the one-over eliminator).
Third T20 between Australia and Pakistan held in UAE on September 10, 2012:
Man of the match: David Warner (Australia).
Result: Australia won by 94 runs.
Series: Pakistan won the 3-match series 2-1.

40.    Who won the Player of the series award in the 3 T20 cricket series between Australia and Pakistan held in UAE in September 2012?
Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan).

41.    The U.S. Ambassador to Libya who was killed in an attack on the US consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012?
J. Christopher Stevens.
He was an American diplomat and lawyer who served as the U.S. Ambassador to Libya from June 2012 to September 11, 2012.

42.    Name the Ten scientists who are honoured with the India Citation Awards instituted by Thomson Reuters on 12 September.
Thanu Padmanabhan (Theoretical physicist), Varun Sahni (Theoretical physicist), Vinod Kumar Garg (environmental scientist), Anunay Samanta (physical chemistry and photochemistry), Murali Sastry (nanobiotechnology), Rabin Banerjee and Sandip Trivedi (both theoretical physics and cosmology), Umesh Waghmare (applied physics and materials science, computational methods). Sarit Kumar Das (mechanical engineering, heat transfer) Velayutham Murugesan (physical, organic and environmental chemistry).

43.    On September 12, 2012, who became the first elected Prime Minister-designate in the modern history of Libya?
Mustafa A.G. Abushagur.
He served as interim Deputy Prime Minister of Libya from November 22, 2011 to November 14, 2012 in Abdurrahim El-Keib’s cabinet and was briefly elected to succeed El-Keib as Prime Minister in 2012, before failing to receive congressional approval for his cabinet nominees and being removed from office.

44.    Egyptian sports ministry representative who has been fined for insulting a 21-year-old woman's at the Paralympic Games in London?
Ibrahim Ahmed Khalil.

45.    The personal bodyguard and driver of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose, during his warring days in the jungles of Burma in 1943 who died recently?
Krishna Bahdur Mukhia.
He is the driver of Netaji between 1943-44, passed away on September 11, 2012. On August 15, 1972, he was honoured with Tamralipta.

46.    Man of the match winners of 3 T20 cricket matches between South Africa and England held in England in September, 2012:
First T20 between South Africa and England held in England on September 8, 2012:
Man of the Match: Dale Steyn (South Africa)
Result: South Africa won by 7 wickets.
Second T20 between South Africa and England held in England on September 10, 2012:
No Result.
Third T20 between South Africa and England held in England on September 12, 2012:
Man of the Match: Jos Buttler (England).
Result: England won by 28 runs.

47.    Who won the Player of the Series Award in the 3 T20 cricket matches between South Africa and England held in England in September, 2012?
Craig Kieswetter (England)

48.    Who is the current Chief Justice of India?

Altamas Kabir.
He is the 39th Chief Justice of India.

49.    Who has been elected president of The Indian Newspaper Society for the year 2012-13 at the Society’s 73rd Annual General Meeting held in New Delhi?
K N Tilak Kumar.
He is the editor of “Deccan Herald”. Ravindra Kumar (The Statesman) is the Deputy President, Kiran B Vadodaria (Sambhaav Metro) is the Vice President and Sanjay Gupta (Dainik Jagran, Varanasi) is the Honorary Treasurer of the Society for the year 2012-13. V Shankaran is the Secretary General of the Society.

50.    World's smallest bodybuilder from India who has passed away after collapsing from a brain aneurysm?

Aditya Dev.
He was an Indian body builder, entertainer and dancer with dwarfism made famous by being reported in the British press in February 2008. Romeo could shoulder press custom made 2 kg dumbbells, a notable feat given his 9 kg (20 lbs.) body weight and 84 cm (2' 9") stature. Although it has not been published in a Guinness World Records book, in 2006 they recognized him to be the "world's smallest bodybuilder" In summer of 2008, Dev was diagnosed with aneurysms which, if left untreated, are a serious threat to his life. Aneurysms and Moyamoya are common symptoms of the syndrome MOPD II, which was the cause of Dev's small stature.

51.    Former Prime Minister of Egypt who has been sentenced to 3 years in prison for corruption?
Ahmed Nazif.
An Egyptian court on September13. 2012 sentenced former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif to three years in prison and to pay a fine of nine million Egyptian pounds ($1.5 million) for illegal enrichment.

52.    The inventor of first laptop who died on September 8, 2012?

Bill Moggridge.
                 He is a British designer, author and educator who cofounded the design company IDEO and was director of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York. He designed the first laptop computer, theGRiD Compass, was honoured for Lifetime Achievement from the National Design Awards, and given the Prince Philip Designers Prize.
 IDEO is an international design firm and innovation consultancy founded in Palo Alto, California, United States. The company helps design products, services, environments, and digital experiences.

53.     An Indian-American environmental expert at Columbia University who has been elected as the lone foreign fellow of the Royal Society of Canada for his ground-breaking contributions?

Ponisseril Somasundaran.

The ninth ICC awards ceremony was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 15 September 2012. Award winners were:
Cricketer of the Year: Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)
Test player of the year: Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)
ODI player of the year: Virat Kohli (India)
ICC Emerging player of the year: Sunil Narine (West Indies)
Best T20 performance of the year: Richard Levi (South Africa)
Spirit of Cricket award: Daniel Vettori (New Zealand)
ICC Associate player of the year: George Dockrell (Ireland)
Umpire of the year: Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka)
Women's Cricketer of the Year: Stafanie Taylor (West Indies)
LG people's choice award: Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka).

55.    Former chief of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), who died recently in Raipur in Chhattisgarh?
      He was the fifth Sarsanghachalak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a Hindu nationalist organisation from 2000 to 2009.

56.    Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell in London is now known as?
Elizabeth Tower.
The Elizabeth Tower (previously called the Clock Tower) named in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II in her Diamond Jubilee year.

57.     Name the sail training ship of Indian Navy which started its first nine nation voyage of ASEAN countries on 15 September 2012 to trace the ancient route taken by Indian mariners to South East Asia?
INS Sudarshini.
The ship is built by Goa Shipyard Limited for the Indian Navy. During the course of the 12,000 mile expedition of INS Sudarshini, it will visit 13 ports in 9 countries in South East Asia.

58.    Who is the director of the controversial film “Innocence of Muslims”?
 Nakoula Basseley Nakoula.
The movie is reported to have been written and produced by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, using the pseudonym of "Sam Bacile".Nakoula uploaded the film's 14-minute trailer on in September (12), sparking violent clashes and anti-American hostilities in the Middle East due to its use of anti-Islam imagery. The Obama administration asked You Tube to review whether to continue hosting the video at all under the company's policies. You Tube said the video fell within its guidelines as the video is against Islam, but not against Muslim people, and thus not considered "hate speech".

59.    Indian Tennis stars who have been banned by All India Tennis Association (AITA) from representing the country for two years after they refused to partner Leander Paes at the London Olympics.?
Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna.

60.    Veteran Tamil comedy actor who had acted in over 1000 films died on September 16, 2012?
Loose Mohan.
Well-known for his dialogue delivery in Madras Tamil, Mohan, whose real name was A. Mohanasundaram. His breakthrough movie as a comedian was the 1979 film Rosapoo Ravikaikari. In 2000, Mohan was awarded the Kalaimamani award by the Government of Tamil Nadu. 

61.    Veteran Telugu Actor who regaled audiences with his comedy in over 250 Telugu films, died on September 16,2012 in Chennai?
Sutti Velu.
Kuru Maddali Lakshmi Narasimha Rao , known by his screen name Sutti Velu won Nandi award in 1985 for his best supporting role  for the film “Vandematharam”.

62.    Who is appointed as the new chairman of the Advertising Standards Council of India(ASCI)?
Arvind Sharma.
Leo Burnett is elected as the chairman of the board of ASCI.

63.    Which country recently decided to lift a ban on people who have had serious mental health issues from becoming MPs, company directors or serving on juries?
United Kingdom.

64.    Indian American Astronaut who has taken over the command of the International Space Station and became the second woman in history to do so?
Sunitha Williams.

65.    Name of the nuclear capable cruise missile successfully test fired by Pakistan on September 17, 2012?

66.    The former Editor of “The Hindu” newspaper who served as its editor from 1965 to 1991, died on September 21, 2012?
Gopalan Kasturi.
He is the longest serving editor of the newspaper “The Hindu”. Kasturi became the Editor of The Hindu in 1965 on the early death of its editor, S. Parthasarathy. Kasturi served as its editor from 1965 to 1991. Kasturi retired in 1991 and was succeeded by N. Ravi.

67.    Who is appointed as the new Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court?
Manjula Chellur.

68.    Which countries signed three agreements on September 21, 2012, including a trade grievances agreement, a mutual recognition agreement and a customs cooperation agreement, to bolster existing bilateral trade mechanisms?
India and Pakistan.

69.    Which countries signed a new Visa Agreement on September 8, 2012?
India and Pakistan.
The agreement will exempt travelers over 65, children under 12 and businessmen from reporting to the police during their travels.

70.    Which country recently banned all newspapers from Pakistan saying they are "a propaganda resource" for Taliban militants?

71.    Indian recurve archer who won silver in women's recurve event at the final of the Archery World Cup held  in Tokyo on Sep 23,2012?
Deepika Kumari.

72.    Soldiers of which country  lauded in Israeli Text books for their contribution in liberating the city Haifa in 1918?
The Indian army commemorates September 23rd every year as Haifa Day, to pay its respects to the two brave Indian Cavalry Regiments that helped liberate the city in 1918 following a dashing cavalry action by the 15th Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade.

73.    Renowned Malayalam film and stage actor who had starred in over 200 Malayalam films who died on September 24, 2012?
He starred in over 200 Malayalam films in a career spanning over four decades (1972-2012). Thilakan is regarded as one of the finest actors in Indian cinema, and popularly mentioned as the Perumthachan (master craftsman) of Malayalam Cinema. He is known for his excellence in character, antagonist, and protagonist roles. He has won 2 National Film Awards and 9 Kerala State Film Awards. The Government of India awarded him with the Padma Shri in 2009 for his contributions towards the arts.
National Film Awards:
1988 - Best Supporting Actor - Hrithubhedam
2007 - Special Jury Award (Actor) - Eakantham
Kerala State Film Awards:
•    1982 - Second Best Actor - Yavanika
•    1985 - Second Best Actor - Yathra
•    1986 - Second Best Actor - Panchagni
•    1987 - Second Best Actor - Thaniyavarthanam
•    1988 - Second Best Actor - Mukthi, Dhwani
•    1989 - Special Jury Award - Various films
•    1990 - Best Actor - Perumthachan
•    1994 - Best Actor - Gamanam, Santhanagopalam
•    1998 - Second Best Actor - Kaattathoru Pen Poovu.

74.    Who is elected as the new chairman of Press Trust of India?

R Lakshmipathy, publisher of Tamil daily Dinamalar, was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of Press Trust of India (PTI) after the company's Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in New Delhi. He succeeds M P Veerendrakumar, Chairman and Managing Director of Mathrubhoomi group of newspapers. K N Shanth Kumar of Deccan Herald was elected Vice Chairman of the Board.

75.    Which team won the Irani Cup 2012 defeating Rajasthan in the final?
Rest of India.
The Irani Cup (earlier called Irani Trophy) tournament was conceived during the 1959-60 season to mark the completion of 25 years of the Ranji Trophy championship and was named after the late Z.R. Irani, who was associated with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) from its inception in 1928, till his death in 1970. The fixture is always played between the previous year's Ranji Trophy winners and the Rest of India Team.

76.    Indian actress who was appointed as the new international Goodwill Ambassador for UNAIDS, the joint UN programme on AIDS and HIV?
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

77.    Name the first aircraft carrier of China, which entered service with the People's Liberation Army Navy on September 25, 2012?
Liaoning (16), is the first aircraft carrier commissioned into the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). Liaoning (Varyag) was originally developed as an Admiral Kuznetsov Class multirole aircraft carrier by the Soviet Union. She was launched on December 4, 1988 and renamed Varyag in 1990. After being completely rebuilt and sea trials, the ship was commissioned into the PLAN as Liaoning on September 25, 2012.

78.    Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra who resigned from his post over allegations of irrigation scam?
Ajit Pawar.

79.    Who has been appointed the new Secretary General of Rajya Sabha?
Shumsher K Sheriff.

80.    The first open prison for women in South India is opened in?
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
This jail is the first open jail for women in Kerala and the second one India.
The first open jail for women in India was opened in Yerwada Pune, Maharashtra in 2010.

81.    Former Indian cricketer who was appointed the Chairman of the selection committee of BCCI?

Sandeep Patil.
Patel was appointed as the new chief of the BCCI Selection Committee on 27 September 2012.He has been appointed chairman of the senior selection committee for a maximum term of four years to be renewed each year by the BCCI.  Patil replaces K Srikkanth as chief BCCI selector.

82.    Who has been appointed as the chairman of the Global Steering Committee of its newly-formed Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technologies (SIGHT) of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)? 
Satish Babu.
He is the Director of the International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS), an autonomous academic/research institution of the Government of Kerala, India. He took charge as the first Director of ICFOSS on 1 March 2011.Satish Babu is also the President of the Computer Society of India, assuming office for a year from 1 April 2012
IEEE is a professional association headquartered in New York City and is dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence.

83.    Chinese politician who has been expelled from the Chinese Communist Party recently in connection with crimes related to the death of British businessman Neil Heywood?
Bo Xilai.
State media service Xinhua reported that Bo has been accused of taking "massive bribes", engaging in sexual relations with numerous women and is "culpable for error" in the death of Heywood, a UK citizen who was doing businesses with Bo's family in Chongqing, city where Bo was the head of the local communist party.

84.    Czech-born, London-based actor, best known for playing Charles Dreyfus in the Pink Panther films who died on September 27, 2012?
Herbert Lom.
He was a Czech-born film and television actor who moved to the United Kingdom in 1939. He is best known for his roles in The Ladykillers and The Pink Panther film series. He also appeared in Spartacus (1960), The Phantom of the Opera (1962), and as Napoleon Bonaparte in the 1956 film adaptation of Tolstoy's War and Peace.

85.    India’s advanced communication satellite which was successfully launched by Ariane-5ECA carrier rocket from Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana?
It was ISRO’s 101st space mission. At 3,400 kg at lift-off, GSAT-10 is the heaviest built by the Bangalore-headquartered Indian Space Research Organisation. GSAT-10 is fitted with 30 transponders. It has 24 KU Band, 12 C Band and 6 c band transponders, and included a navigation payload to augment GAGAN capacity. Following its launch and on-orbit testing, it was placed in Geosynchronous orbit at 83.0° east, from where it will to provide communication services in India. The satellite and launch fee cost the agency Rs.750 crores.

86.    Indian wrestler who has won a Bronze Medal in the 55 kilogram category of the World Women's wrestling championships held in Edmonton, Canada?
Geeta Kumari.

87.    Renowned poet and film-maker who has been nominated for the 27th Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration?

88.    Indian theatre director who has been conferred France’s highest cultural award (the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) for his contribution to modern theatre and making it accessible to a wider audience?

Ebrahim Alkazi.
He has directed over 50 plays, including famous productions of: Girish Karnad's Tughlaq, Mohan Rakesh's Ashadh Ka Ek Din, Dharamvir Bharati's Andha Yug and numerous Shakespeare and Greek plays. He was the first recipient of Roopwedh Pratishtan's the Tanvir Award (2004) for lifetime contribution to the theatre. He has received awards including the Padma Shri (1966), the Padma Bhushan (1991), and India's second highest civilian award the Padma Vibhushan in 2010.

89.    The Afghan doctor who has won the Right Livelihood Award, 2012?

Sima Samar.
She is a politician in Afghanistan, who served as Minister of Women's Affairs of Afghanistan from December 2001 to 2003. She is the first woman minister of Afghanistan. She is currently the Chairperson of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) and, since 2005, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Sudan. In 2011, she was part of the newly founded Truth and Justice party.
The Right Livelihood Award, also referred to as the "Alternative Nobel Prize", is a prestigious international award to honour those "working on practical and exemplary solutions to the most urgent challenges facing the world today".

90.    Former New York Times publisher who guided the newspaper to unprecedented influence and profit during his three-decade tenure, died on September 29, 2012?
Arthur Ochs Sulzberger,
He was an American publisher and businessman. Born into a prominent media and publishing family, he became publisher of The New York Times and chairman of the board of The New York Times Company in 1963.

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