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Saturday, 27 April 2013


1.    Who has won the Commonwealth International Open Chess title-2012?
Sergei Tiviakov.

2.    Who became the first Indian batsman and only the eighth in the first-class history to hit three triple-centuries?
Ravindra Jadeja.
He became the first Indian batsman to make three triple hundreds in first-class cricket during his unbeaten knock of 320 against Railways in Rajkot. On November 12, 2012 he made 303 not out against Gujarat. His first triple ton (314) came in November 2011 against Orissa.

3.    Who has won the 2012 London Chess Classic title?
Magnus Carlsen.

4.    Who was crowned the Commonwealth Chess Champion 2012?
Lalith Babu.

5.    SMS (Short Message Service) celebrated its 21st Birth Day on?
December 3, 2012.
World's first SMS was “Merry Christmas" which was sent from a personal computer to a mobile phone on December 3, 1992

6.    Who is the new President of Mexico?

Enrique Pena Nieto.
He is the 57th President of Mexico. He is a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and was Governor of the State of Mexico from 2005 to 2011. He assumed the office on 1 December 2012, succeeding Felipe Calderon as President, thereby marking the return to power of the party that ruled Mexican politics for 71 consecutive years.

7.    Which American professional soccer team won the Major League Soccer Cup-2012?
The Los Angeles Galaxy.
Los Angeles defeated Houston 3–1 giving the Galaxy their second-straight league title and their fourth overall. With that match, star player David Beckham ended his five-year stint in America’s pro soccer league.

8.    Former Australia captain who announced his retirement from International Cricket on 3 December 2012?
Ricky Ponting.
He was the captain of the Australia national cricket team between 2004 and 2011 in Test cricket and 2002 and 2011 in One Day International cricket. After being involved in over 160 Tests and 370 ODIs, Ponting is Australia's leading run-scorer in Test and ODI cricket. He is one of only four players (along with Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Jacques Kallis) in history to have scored 13,000 Test runs. Statistically, he is one of the most successful captains of all time, with 48 victories in 77 Tests between 2004 and 31 December 2010, while as a player he is also the only cricketer in history to be involved in 100 Test victories. Nickname of Ponting is Punter. He made his international debut in one day cricket on 15 February 1995 against South Africa and in Test on 3 December 1995 against Sri Lanka.  He played his last one day match against India on 19 February 2012 and test match on 3 December 2012 against South Africa. Ponting guided Australia to back-to-back World Cup titles in 2003 and 2007, having won the trophy as a player in 1999.

9.    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) banned the Olympic Association of an Asian Country on December4, 2012 over elections that could result in a tainted official taking over as the only candidate for secretary-general. Which is that country?
The ban means an effective end to funding from the IOC to the national Olympic committee (IOA), no Indian officials attending Olympic meetings and Indian athletes banned from competing at the Olympics under their country's flag. Lalit Bhanot, who spent 11 months in custody last year following corruption charges that plagued the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and who is out on bail, was confirmed for the post of Secretary General of Indian Olympic Association.

10.    Which country has sentenced an Indian couple to jail on December 4, 2012 for abusing their seven-year-old son?
Chandrasekhar Vallabhaneni and his wife Anupama, who were sentenced by Oslo District Court to jail terms for 18 months and 15 months respectively for child abuse. The couple were charged with "gross or repeated maltreatment" of their son and found guilty of burning and hitting the child with a belt.

11.    Which city was rated as the world's best city to live in, according to Mercer’s 2012 Quality of Living Survey?
Vienna. (Austria).

12.    Which city has been ranked the best Indian city to live in according to a latest worldwide survey of cities by global HR consultancy Mercer?

13.    Name the woman who was listed as the world's oldest person, died on December 4, 2012 in a Georgia nursing home?
  Besse Cooper.
    She was an American supercentenarian who was the world's oldest living person from June 21, 2011 until her death.  She died on December 4, 2012 at the age of 116 years. (Aged 116 years, 100 days).

14.    Name the powerful Typhoon which hit the southern Philippines on December 4, 2012, killing more than 500 people and ruined many houses?
Typhoon Bopha.

15.    Who is the new Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra?
Ajit Pawar.
He is popularly known as Dada (Big Brother). He is the nephew of Sharad Pawar, the Union Cabinet Minister of Agriculture and the chief of Nationalist Congress Party.

16.    Who tops the 2012 Forbes list of the world's most powerful people?
Barack Obama.
Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel got the second place while Russia's President Vladimir Putin has to satisfy with the 3rd position. Here is the top5 in the Forbes list:
1. Barack Obama 2.Angela Merkel 3.Vladimir Putin 4.Bill Gates
5.Pope Benedict XV

17.    Indians who have been named among the top 20 most powerful persons in the world by Forbes magazine in its annual power rankings of 2012?
Manmohan Singh(Prime Minister of India) and Sonia Gandhi (Congress President).

18.    Name the Indian-origin mother who was sentenced to life for beating her 7-year-old son to death "like a dog" for failing to memorise the Quran ?
Sara Ege.
She has been found guilty by a British court of murdering him and setting his body on fire to hide evidence.

19.    Amateur Boxing Federation of which country has been suspended  on 6 December 2012 by the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) for possible manipulation during elections?
Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) has been suspended by AIBA. The IABF amended its constitution ahead of its September election to create the chairman's post to accommodate Abhay Singh Chautala at the end of his 12-year reign as the federation president.

20.    Man of the match winners of 2 Test cricket matches played between India and England held in India in December 2012:
Third test between India and England held in Kolkata from December 5, 2012:
Man of the Match: Alastair Cook (England). He scored 190 runs in first innings.
Result: England won by 7 wickets.
Fourth  test between India and England held in Nagpur from December 13, 2012:
Man of the Match: James Anderson (England). He took 4 wickets in first innings.
Result: Match drawn
Series Result: England won the 4-match series 2-1.

21.    Who won the Player of the series award in the 3 Test cricket matches played between India and England held in India in 2012?
Alastair Cook (England).

22.    Parliament of which country has allowed 51% Foreign Direct Investment(FDI) in the country's multi-brand retail sector on December 7, 2012?

23.    The 2012 United Nations Climate Change Conference was  held in?
Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha.
The 2012 United Nations Climate Change Conference was the 18th yearly session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 8th session of the Meeting of the Parties (CMP) to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol (the protocol having been developed under the UNFCCC's charter). The conference took place from Monday 26 November to Saturday 8 December 2012. The conference reached an agreement to extend the life of the Kyoto Protocol, which had been due to expire at the end of 2012, until 2020, and to reify the 2011 Durban Platform, meaning that a successor to the Protocol is set to be developed by 2015 and implemented by 2020.

24.    Name the Indian origin nurse who committed suicide after a hoax call from two Australian DJs about the condition of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, while she was being treated at King Edward VII Hospital?
Jacintha Saldanha
Jacintha Saldanha took her own life after she was tricked by 2DayFM hosts Mel Grieg and Michael Christian, who were impersonating the Queen and Prince Charles.
25.    Which country opposed a renewal of Kyoto Treaty beyond its 2012 end date?

26.    Which footballer holds the World record for most number of goals in a calendar year?
Lionel Messi.

27.    Interim Prime Minister of Mali who has resigned, just hours after he was arrested by soldiers as he was allegedly trying to leave the country?
Cheikh Modibo Diarra.

28.    The cricketer who created history in 1948-49 by scoring the highest individual score in the Ranji Trophy (443 not out), died on December 11,2012?

Bhausaheb Babasaheb Nimbalkar.
He hit the only quadruple century in Indian first-class cricket. His score remains the highest by a cricketer not to have played in Test Cricket. During the 1948–49 Ranji Trophy, playing for Maharashtra against Kathiawar at Pune, he made 443 not out, at the time second only to Don Bradman's 452 not out as the record first-class innings and currently fourth-highest of all-time. He was unable to break the record because, with the total standing at 826 for 4 at the lunch interval, Kathiawar's captain, Pradyumansinhji Lakhajirajsinhji, conceded the match to prevent embarrassment on the part of his team; however, Bradman sent a personal note to Nimbalkar saying that he considered Nimbalkar's innings better than his own.

29.    The master sitar player from India who earned three Grammys, died on December 11, 2012?
Ravi Sankar.
He created the music for the Apu Trilogy by Satyajit Ray, and was music director of All India Radio, New Delhi, from 1949 to 1956. From 1986 to 1992 he served as a nominated member of Rajya Sabha, the upper chamber of the Parliament of India. Shankar was awarded India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1999, and received three Grammy Awards. He was posthumously awarded two Grammy awards in 2013, one for lifetime achievement, and another for The Living Room Sessions Part 1 in the world music category. In the 1960s, his association with violinist Yehudi Menuhin and rock artiste George Harrison of The Beatles brought him international fame.

    Ravisankar is survived by his wife Sukanya and musician daughters, sitar player Anushka Shankar and singer Norah Jones. His first marriage was with Annapurna Devi, the daughter of his teacher, Allauddin Khan. They soon separated after Ravi Shankar had a relationship with dancer, Kamala Shastri, which also folded up. Celebrated singer-actress, Norah Jones, was born to Ravi Shankar and Sue Jones, a New York concert producer.

30.    Pakistani microbiologist who was serving a life sentence in an Ajmer jail in connection with a 1992 murder case has been released recently after he was granted bail by the Supreme Court of India on humanitarian grounds. Name that microbiologist?
Mohammad Khalil Chisti.

31.    The speaker of Singapore Parliament who has resigned over an extramarital affair with a staff member of the People's Association, a statutory body leading efforts to reach out to members of the public.?
Michael Palmer.

32.    Name the  long-range rocket which is successfully launched by North Korea on December 12, 2012?
Unha-3 is the second version of satellite Kwangmyongsong-3 which is successfully lifted off from the Sohae Space Center by carrier rocket. The Unha or Eunha is a North Korean expendable carrier rocket, which partially utilizes the same delivery system as the Taepodong-2 long-range ballistic missile.

33.    The nuclear-capable, surface-to-surface ballistic missile which is successfully test fired by India on December 12, 2012 from the Wheeler Island of Odisha?
The 12-metre-long Agni missile can carry a nuclear warhead weighing one tonne to a distance of 700 km. Agni-1 was developed in 15 months by the DRDO after the defence services perceived the need for such a missile following the Kargil conflict. The missile has already been inducted into the Army.

34.    Which chess player is officially the highest rated player in the history of chess?  
Magnus Carlsen.
         On December 8, 2012, the Norwegian Chess player Carlsen broke Garry Kasparov's record rating of 2851 by drawing with Hikaru Nakamura at the London Chess Classic. He has a new official rating of 2861 points.

35.    Electricity board of which state has lost the right to develop the Baitarani west coal block in Odisha?
This coal block, with reserves of 600 million tonnes, was jointly allocated in 2007 to the Odisha Hydro Power Corporation(OHPC), Gujarat Power Corporation and Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB). The coal block was deallocated on the recommendation of the inter-ministerial group (IMG)  which found negligible progress in the mining of coal.

36.    Which country won the inaugural T20 World Cup for the Blind held in Bangalore?
India beat Pakistan by 29 runs in the final.

37.    Indian sitar legend who has been awarded with double Grammy Awards including the life time achievement Grammy award?
Ravi Sankar.
He was awarded best world music album Grammy for - The Living Room Sessions Part 1 and Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award. He has been awarded with double Grammy Awards after two months of his death.

38.    Foreign minister of Israel who resigned recently following his indictment of breach of trust and fraud?
Avigdor Lieberman.

39.    Award winners of International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK)-2012:
IFFK is a film festival held annually in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), the capital city of Kerala, India. This film festival was started in 1996 and is hosted by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy on behalf of Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala. The festival is held in November/December every year.
Winners of IFFK -2012:
The Golden Crow Pheasant Award for Best Feature Film – Sta. Nina (Emmanuel Quindo Palo)
The Silver Crow Pheasant Award for Best Debut Film – Filmistaan (Nitin Kakkar)
The Silver Crow Pheasant Award for Best Director – Francisca Silva (Ivan's Woman)
The Silver Crow Pheasant Award for Best Feature Film (Audience Prize) – Shutter (Joy Mathew)
FIPRESCI Award for Best Asian Film – The Repentant (Merzak Allouache)
FIPRESCI Award for Best Malayalam Film – Ithra Mathram (K. Gopinath)
NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film – I. D. (K. D. Kamal)
NETPAC Award for Best Malayalam Film – Ee Adutha Kalathu (Arun Kumar)
Hassan Kutty Award for Best Debut Indian Film – Chayiliam (Manoj Kana).

40.    American swimmer who break his own world record in the 200-meter individual medley at the short-course world championships held in December-2012?
Ryan Lochte.
He is an American competitive swimmer and an eleven-time Olympic medalist (five gold, three silver, three bronze). His seven individual Olympic medals rank as second all-time in men's swimming. As part of the American team, he holds the world record in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay (long course). Individually, he currently holds the world record in the 100-meter individual medley, 200-meter individual medley (long and short course), and the 400-meter individual medley (short course).

41.    Man of the match winners of 2 Test Series (Warne-Muralitharan Trophy) between Australia and Srilanka held in Australia in December 2012:
First test between Australia and Srilanka held in Hobart from December 14, 2012:
Man of the Match: Peter Siddle (Australia).
He took 5 wickets in first innings and 4 wickets in second innings.
Result: Australia won by 137 runs.
Second test between Australia and Srilanka held in Melbourne from December 26, 2012:
Man of the Match: Mitchell Johnson (Australia).
He took 4 wickets in first innings and scored unbeaten 92 runs.
Result: Australia won by an innings and 201 runs.

42.    Which club won the FIFA Club World Cup-2012 held in Japan?
Brazilian club Corinthians defeated English side Chelsea 1–0 in the final. The championship was first contested as the FIFA Club World Championship in 2000. It was not held between 2001 and 2004 due to a combination of factors, most importantly the collapse of FIFA's marketing partner International Sport and Leisure. Since 2005, the competition has been held every year, hosted so far by Japan and the United Arab Emirates. Morocco is due to host the 2013 and 2014 editions.

43.    Who won the Tata Open Badminton Men’s title -2012?
RMV Gurusaidutt (India).
He defeated B. Sai Praneeth (India) to grab the title of the Tata Open India International Challenge 2012 in the Men’s Singles category.

44.    Who won the Tata Open Badminton Women’s title -2012?
P C Thulasi (India) .
She defeated Febby Angguni (Indonesia) in the final.

45.    Which country won the Men’s Kabaddi World Cup -2012?
India won the World Cup Kabaddi for the third consecutive time. India defeated Pakistan (59-22) in the final. The Kabaddi World Cup was first played in 2004 and then in 2007 and 2010. So far India is the unbeaten champion in Kabaddi World Cup. All World Cup tournaments are held in India.

46.    Which country won the Women’s Kabaddi World Cup-2012?
Indian women thrashed Malaysia 72-12 in the final. The Women's Kabaddi World Cup was first played in 2012 in Patna, Bihar, India.

47.    The South African president who is re-elected as the leader for the ruling African National Congress(ANC)?
Jacob Suma. He is elected as the president of African National Congress.
Cyril Ramaphosa is elected as deputy president of ANC.

48.    Who was declared the winner of presidential election of Ghana?
John Dramani Mahama.
He is the current president of Ghana.

49.    Parliament on December 20, 2012 gave its nod to an amendment bill, paving the way for issuance of new bank licenses and consolidation in the sector. Name that amendment bill related to banking sector?
The Banking Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2012.
The bill seeks to increase voting rights of investors in the private sector banks to 26 percent from the existing 10 percent. Shareholders' voting rights in the public sector banks is capped at 10 percent.

50.    Who is appointed as the new Secretary of State of USA?
John Kerry.
He is the 68th United States Secretary of State. He will succeed Hillary Clinton as US Secretary of state.

51.    Who is appointed as the Chairman of Tata Sons by the board of directors after Ratan N Tata retired on December 28, 2012?
Cyrus Mistry.

52.    Former Indian Volleyball player who captained the India national team at the 1966 Asian Games, died recently in Hyderabad after prolonged illness?
Tilakam Gopal.

53.    FIFA Executive Committee member and Asian Football Confederation (AFC). President who has resigned from all his positions in football due to corruption allegations?
Mohamed Bin Hammam.
He had been fighting a life ban imposed by Fifa following allegations that he offered bribes to voters when running against incumbent Sepp Blatter in the governing body's presidential election.

54.    What is the new name of IPL franchise “Deccan Chargers”?
Sun Risers.
The team is owned by Kalanithi Maran of the Sun TV Network. Cameron White is the captain of the team. Tom Moody is the head coach and Simon Helmot is the assistant coach of the team.

55.    South Indian movie actor who played the lead role in the Telugu film Ullasanga Utsahanga, was killed in a road accident in Karnataka on December 19, 2012?
Yasho Sagar.

56.    Who won the Man of the Match award in the first ODI between Pakistan and India held in Chennai on December 30, 2012?
M.S. Dhoni (India).
He scored unbeaten 113 runs.
Result: Pakistan beat India by 6 wickets.

57.    Which party won simple majority in the legislative assembly elections of Himachal Pradesh held in 2012?
Indian National Congress.
Total-68 seats. Congress-36, BJP-26, Others-6.

58.    Winners of Kendra Sahitya Akademi Awards 2012
            Chandana Goswami (Assamese) “Patkair Ioare More Desh” (Novel)
            Subrata Mukhopadhyaya (Bengali) Birasan (Novel)
            Guneswar Musahary (Bodo) Boro Khonthai (Poetry)
            Late Bal Krishna 'Bhaura' (Dogri) Tim-Tim Karde Tare (Poetry)  
            Jeet Thayil (English) These Errors are Correct (Poetry)  
            Chandrakant Topiwala (Gujarati) Sakshibhasya (Criticism)
            Chandrakant Devtale (Hindi) Pathar Fenk Raha Hoon (Poetry)  
            H. S. Shivaprakash (Kannada) Mabbina Haage Kaniveyassi (Poetry)  
            Makhan Lal Kanwal (Kashmiri) Yath Aangnaz Manz (Poetry)  
            Kashinath Shamba Lolienkar (Konkani) Kavyasutra (Poetry)
            Shefalika Verma (Maithili) Kist-Kist Jeewan (Autobiography)
            K. Satchidanandan (Malayalam) Marannu Vecha Vasthukkal (Poetry)
            Jodha C Sanasam (Manipuri) Mathou Kanba DNA (Novel)
            Jayant Pawar (Marathi) Phoenixchya Rakhetun Uthala Mor (Short Stories))  
            Uday Thulung (Nepali) Ekantvas (Short Stories)
            Gourahari Das (Odia) Kanta O' Anyanya Galpa (Short Stories)
            Darshan Buttar (Punjabi) Maha Kambani (Poetry)
            Aaidan Singh Bhatti (Rajasthani)Aankh Hinye Ra Hariyal Sapana (Poetry)  
            Ramji Thakur (Sanskrit) Laghupadyahprabandhatrayi (Poetry)
            Gangadhar Hansda (Santhali) Banchaw Akan Goj Hor (Short Stories)
            Late Indra Vaswani (Sindhi) Miteea Khaan Miteea Taaeen (Short Stories)  
            D.Selvaraj (Tamil) Thol (Novel)
            Peddibhotla Subbaramaiah (Telugu) Peddibhotia Subbaramaiah Kathalu Vol.1 (Short Stories)  
            Krishna Kumar Toor (Urdu) Ghurfa-i-Ghalib (Poetry)  

59.    Indian footballer who has been voted the AIFF (All India Football Federation) Player-of-the-Year, 2012?
Syed Rahim Nabi.

60.    Miss Universe-2012 is?
Olivia Culpo. (U.S.A).
Miss Universe 2012 is the 61st Miss Universe pageant, and was held on December 19, 2012, at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. 89 countries and territories participated in the 2012 pageant. Miss World -2012 is Yu Wenxia. (China)

61.    Parliament of which Asian country on December 20, 2012, passed a controversial legislative bill which if signed into law, will authorize the state to intercept private communications in order to catch terrorists.

62.    Name the indigenously developed nuclear capable surface-to-surface missile with a strike range of 350 km successfully test fired by India from a test range at Chandipur near Balasore?

63.    Man of the match winners of 2 T20 cricket matches played between India and England held in India in December 2012:
First T20 between India and England held in Pune on December 20, 2012:
Man of the Match: Yuvraj Singh (India). He scored 38 runs and took 3 wickets.
Result: India won by 5 wickets.
Second T20 between India and England held in Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on December 22, 2012:
Man of the Match: Eoin Morgan (England). He scored unbeaten 49 runs.
Result: England won by 6 wickets.
Series 2-match series drew 1-1.

64.    Who won the player of the series award in the 2 T20 cricket matches played between India and England held in India in December 2012?
Yuvraj Singh (India).

65.    Legendary hockey player and one of India’s greatest Olympians who passed away on 20 December 2012?
Leslie Claudius.
Claudius was a member of India's generation of hockey that won the Olympic gold in 1948, 1952 and 1956. He was the first hockey player who played over one hundred games for India. In 1971 he was awarded the Padma Shri.  Mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records along with Udham Singh for having won the most number of Olympic medals in field hockey.

66.    The Ivory Coast midfielder who has been named the 2012 African Player of the Year for the second year in succession?
Yaya Toure.

67.    Indigenously developed air-to-air interceptor missile of India which is successfully test fired from a defence base in Odisha on December 24, 2012?
68.    Name of the caecilian amphibian rediscovered by scientists from Western Ghats, India after 30years?
Ichthyophis longicephalus.

69.    Which TV channels have been imposed with a fine of Rs. 1 lakh for airing a factually incorrect report about the Haryana Government flouting laws to allot land to the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust?
CNN-IBN and IBN-7.

70.    Name the minister in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan who is killed in a suicide attack claimed by the Pakistani Taliban on December 22, 2012?
Bashir Ahmad Bilour.

71.    Man of the match winners of 3 T20 cricket matches played between New Zealand and South Africa held in South Africa in December 2012:
First T20 between New Zealand and South Africa held in Durban on December 21, 2012:
Man of the Match: Rory Kleinveldt (South Africa).He took 3 wickets.
Result: South Africa won by 8 wickets.
Second T20 between New Zealand and South Africa held in East London on December 23, 2012:
Man of the Match: Martin Guptill (New Zealand) He scored unbeaten 101 runs.
Result: New Zealand won by 8 wickets.
Third T20 between New Zealand and South Africa held in Port Elizabeth on December 26, 2012:
Man of the Match: Henry Davids (South Africa). He scored 68 runs.
Result: South Africa won by 33 runs.  
Series South Africa won the 3-match series 2-1

72.    Indian-American and a renowned inventor at IBM who has been nominated by the US President Barack Obama for the prestigious National Medal of Technology for Innovation for his contributions to laser eye surgery?
Rangaswamy Srinivasan.

73.    Indian- American who has been appointed as member of the President's Global Development Council of U.SA?
Smita Singh.

74.    South Korean dance track which has become the first video to clock up more than one billion views on YouTube?
“Gangnam Style”.
The dance track was posted online in July, propelling pop star Psy to worldwide fame. It overtook the previous record holder — Justin Bieber’s music video “Baby”.

75.    Prime Minister of Italy who resigned on December 2012, ending a 13-month tenure and clearing the way for elections?
Mario Monti.

76.    Cricket superstar who announced his retirement from one-day International cricket on December 23, 2012?
Sachin Tendulkar.
He made his ODI Debut against Pakistan on 18 December 1989.He scored his first ODI century on 9 September 1994 against Australia in Sri Lanka at Colombo. It had taken him 79 ODIs to score a century. His last ODI is against Pakistan on March 18, 2012.
His records in ODI cricket are listed below.
Longest ODI career - 22 years and 91 days (from December 18, 1989 to March 18, 2012)
Most number of runs - 18,426
Most hundreds - 49
Most fifties - 96
Most matches - 463
Most balls faced - 21,392
Most fours - 2,016 (only batsman to hit more than 2,000 boundaries)
Most runs in World Cup history - 2,278
Most hundreds in World Cup - 6
Most fifties in World Cup - 15
Most runs in a single edition of World Cup - 673 in 11 matches (2003)
Youngest Indian to make ODI debut - 16 years, 238 days
Most Man-of-the-match awards - 62
Most Man-of-the-series awards - 15
Most consecutive ODIs for India - 185 (from April 25, 1990 to April 24, 1998) Most centuries in a calendar year - 9 (1998)
Fastest to reach 10,000 ODI runs and onwards (11,000 to 18,000)
Most hundreds against one team - 9 Vs Australia Most times in nineties - 18
Joint record holder of most World Cup appearances - 6 (1992 to 2011) Javed Miandad 6 (1975 to 1996).
Second highest number of World Cup matches played - 45 (Highest 46 by Ricky Ponting)

77.    Who is assumed as charge as chief minister of Himachal Pradesh on December 25, 2012?
Virbhadra Singh.
He previously served as Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh from 1983 to 1990, from 1993 to 1998, and from 2003 to 2007.

78.    Which countries signed defence agreement worth Rs.25,0000 crore on December 24, 2012?
India and Russia.
The agreement including ones for 42 more Sukhoi-30MKI fighters and 71 additional Mi-17 V5 helicopters.

79.    Name the commission which has been setup to enquire into various aspects of the shocking incident of rape and brutal assault of a young woman in Delhi on 16.12.2012?
Justice (Retd.) Ms. Usha Mehra Commission.
On 26 December 2012, a one-person commission of inquiry headed by a former Delhi High Court judge, Usha Mehra, was set up to identify lapses and determine responsibility in relation to the incident. It will also suggest measures to make Delhi and the wider National Capital Region safer for women.

80.    Who has become only the 11th batsman and the second Sri Lankan to score 10000 Test runs?
Kumar Sangakkara.
He achieved this milestone on the opening day of the Boxing Day Test against Australia at the MCG.

81.    Senior IFS officer who is appointed as Secretary (West) in Ministry of External Affairs of India?
Sudhir Vyas.

82.    Which country opened the world's longest high-speed rail route in December, 2012?
China opened the world’s longest high-speed rail route linking the capital Beijing with the southern commercial hub of Guangzhou. Trains will initially travel at 300km/h (187mph), more than halving travel time.

83.    The Constitution of an Arab Republic was signed into law by its President on 26 December 2012. Which is that country?
The constitution was signed into law by President Mohamed Morsi on 26 December 2012, after it was approved by the Constituent Assembly on 30 November 2012 and passed in a referendum held 15–22 December 2012 with 64% support, but with only 33% electorate participation. It replaced the 2011 Provisional Constitution of Egypt, adopted in 2011 following the Egyptian revolution.

84.    Who is appointed as the Prime Minister of Japan on 26 December 2012?
Shinzo Abe.
He won a majority in the 2012 general election defeating Yoshihiko Noda.

85.    Oscar nominated composer who won the BAFTA award in 1974 for his score for Sidney Lumet's Murder on the Orient Express, died on December 24, 2012?
Richard Rodney Bennett.

86.    Leading Oriya novelist and academician who won the prestigious Jnanpith Award for the year 2011?
Pratibha Ray.
The award carries a cash prize of Rs 7 lakh, a citation and a public felicitation.

87.    The biggest Hanuman statue in South India with 70 feet height was unveiled in?
The statue situates at Ganapathi Sachithananda ashram near Kozhikode-Mysore NH. The statue, which weights 200 tones, was constructed in 10 months time with a cost of Rs 2 crore.

88.    Noted painter who has been selected for Kerala government's prestigious Raja Ravi Varma award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to art?
Yusuf Arakkal.
The award carries Rs 1.50 lakh and citation.

89.    Man of the match winners of 2 T20 cricket matches played between India and Pakistan held in India in December 2012:
First T20 between India and Pakistan held in Bangalore on December 25, 2012:
Man of the Match: Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan).He scored 61 runs.
Result: Pakistan won by 5 wickets.
Second T20 between India and Pakistan held in Ahmedabad on December 28, 2012:
Man of the Match: Yuvraj Singh (India).He scored 72 runs and took 1 wicket.
Result: India won by 11 runs.
Series 2-match series drawn 1-1.

90.    Who won the Player of the series award in the two T20 cricket series played between India and Pakistan held in India in December 2012?
Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan).

91.    Which is the debut bollywood film of tennis ace ‘Leander Paes’?
Rajadhani Express.
The film is directed by Ashok Kohli. Paes acts in the lead role as “Keshav” in that film.

92.    Iran's Minister of Health and Medical Education who was sacked by the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on December 27, 2012?
Marzieh Vahid-Dastjerdi.
Ms Dastjerdi was the first woman minister since the Islamic Republic was established in 1979. She is dismissed from the post for criticizing her colleagues for failing to provide funds to import vital medicines.

93.    Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill banning people of which country from adopting Russian children?
It is seen as a tit-for-tat response to U.S. bill that will freeze assets of Russians accused of human rights abuse

94.    United States Army general who commanded coalition forces during the Gulf War, died on December 27, 2012?
H. Norman Schwarzkopf.
While serving as Commander-in-Chief, United States Central Command, he led all coalition forces in the Persian Gulf War.

95.    Former England captain and cricket commentator who died on 29 December 2012?
Tony Greig.
Greig was captain of England from 1975 to 1977, and also captained Sussex.
He played 58 tests for England and scored 3,599 runs at an average of 40.43 and took 141 wickets at 32.20. In the 1980s Greig became a high-profile member of the commentary team for Australia’s Nine Network.

96.    Who became the first batsman to pass the 9000-run mark in the history of the Ranji Trophy?
Amol Muzumdar.

97.    Australian cricketer who announced his retirement from international cricket on 29 December 2012, motivated by the desire to spend more time with his family?
Michael Hussey.
Hussey is also widely known by his nickname Mr Cricket. Hussey debuted for the Australian One-day team against India on 1 February 2004 at his home WACA ground in Perth. He has 6235 runs in 79 Tests at an average of 51.52 which include 19 centuries. Hussey has also scored 5442 runs at an average of 48.15 in 185 one-day international matches and was also part of Australia's 2007 World Cup winning side.
98.    Iconic football club which was handed a two-year ban from the I-League by the All India Football Federation for abandoning the violence-marred derby match against East Bengal on December 9?
Mohun Bagan.

99.    Which country has recently passed a new law stipulating that family members should pay regular visits to their elderly relatives?
The ruling, approved by China's National People's Congress on December 28,2012, is part of a package of amendments to the Protection of the Rights and Interests of the Elderly legislation and will come into force on July 1, 2013.

100.    Career diplomat who has been appointed on 30 December 2012 as Australia's next High Commissioner to India?
Patrick Suckling.

101.    Who is the new Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu?
Sheela Balakrishnan.
She is an officer of Indian Administrative Service belonging to the 1976 batch.

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