National Current Affairs : August 2012

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 National Current Affairs : August 2012

N.K. Gupta, 55, took over as Director (Finance) Railtel recently. He is a fellow member of Institute of Cost and Management Accounts of India. He was a member of India Financial Advisor and Chief Account Officer, West Central Railway, Jabalpur (M.P).

Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID) has been conferred the 3rd Rajeev Gandhi Excellence Award 2011 under the ‘Best Power Company of the Year’ Category organized by an NGO ‘Pehchan’ to commemorate Late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s birthday.

Central Bank of India has won the prestigious ‘Golden Peacock HR Excellence Award’ for the year 2012 instituted by Institute of Directors (IoD), a nonprofit professional organization.

Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin’s match haul of 12 for 85 against New Zealand in the first Test in Hyderabad has helped him vault 19 places to a career-best 25th position in the ICC rankings for Test bowlers.

Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) is going ahead with the 24-hour hunger strike by its executive committee as planned,despite the university threatening that their pay will be cut and that it would affect their service record

The Reserve Bank of India in its annual report released on 23 August 2012 mentioned that it transferred a surplus of Rs 16010 crore to the union government during 2011-12 which is 6.7% more than Rs 15,009 crore transferred in 2010-11.The central bank’s gross income increased by 43.4% to Rs 53176 crore in 2011-12.

Delhi Police issues a look-out notice against former Haryana Minister Gopal Kanda in the Geetika Sharma suicide case.

The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) has given its approval for loading fuel at the 1000-MW Unit 1 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant.

Abu Jundal, one of the handlers of the 26/11 terrorists on Friday expressed his desire before a metropolitan court in Mumbai to confess his complicity in the brazen attack. It can a day after he was confronted with Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving assassin in the case.

Ex-Army man behind Wisconsin shooting

Stage set to elect new Vice-Prez

Keshubhai Patel launches Gujarat Parivartan Party

3rd commission soon to form new law to protect tribal land

The second medal winner for India, Vijay Kumar, seems to be the man of the moment, with his picture splashed across the front pages of most dailies. ‘Vijay Kumar gives India a silver lining’ is the headline in the Tribune. ‘Vijay diwas for India at London’ is how the Pioneer puts it.

‘Saina runs into China wall’ writes the Indian Express of her losing in the semi-finals. ‘Golden hopes dashed, Saina targets bronze’ says the Hindustan Times.

The cabinet fixing 14000 crore rupees as base price for spectrum auction has not been received well ‘Leaves operators fuming’ says the Business Standard. ‘Mobile companies disappointed, say high price will lead to increase in tariffs’ writes the Business line of the Hindu.

Many dailies show Anna Hazare with former Army Chief Gen. V.K. Singh, as the social activist called off his ann-shan. ‘Fast ends, politics begins’ is the Hindu headline. ‘Team Anna to float political party, draws 2014 battle lines’ writes the Hindustan Times.

With scanty rainfall, ‘a third of the country faces drought like scenario’ says the Business Standard. ‘Deficient rains lower growth forecast to 6 per cent’ writes the Asian Age.

Sanjeev Nanda, of the in famous BMW hit-and-run case getting reprieve figures in most dailies. He now has to pay 50 lakh rupees and do community service for two years, report the papers.

Two fully grown teeth in an eye tumour? Sounds impossible – but it’s true. Doctors in Chennai have successfully operated a lady, for this rare disease called orbital teratoma, writes the Times of India.

And finally, call it emancipation of women, or whatever you want to. The Times of India on its front-page reports of 800 requests in just 2-years, from the fairer sex, for arms licences. A cartoon shows a trigger happy woman saying ‘Now I’ll be calling the shots.’!

Cabinet sets minimum price of 14,000 crore rupees for spectrum auction.

Planning Commission says deficient monsoon likely to pull down economic growth to six percent.

Union Cabinet approves launching of satellite to Mars next year.

A Pakistan military court convicts five senior officers, including a Brigradier, for having links with a banned organisation.

Vijay Kumar shoots a silver for India.

Krishna Poonia qualifies for the women’s discus throw final round.

Saina Nehwal to play for a Bronze in women’s Singles badminton on 4 August.

Last ODI of 5 match series between India and Sri Lanka to be played at Pallekele today.

The power crisis which hit north, east and north east India is the lead in most dailies. ’21 states plunge into darkness as 3 grids collapse on day two’ is the Hindu headline. ’60 crore people affected by outages’ says the Statesman. ’300 trains stranded writes the Indian Express. ‘Miners trapped, doctors hassled and commuters stranded’ says Mail Today.

The next big story of the day is Shinde becoming the new Home Minister and Chidambaram going to Finance. ‘Shinde’s reward on day of worst blackout – Home’ is the Hindustan Times headline; ‘Shinde delivers a big shock, gets Home as reward’ writes the Economics Times. A cartoon in the same paper shows Shinde with a lantern, and Chidambaram telling him ‘Come home, to no power’!

The Reserve Bank of India leaving key interest rates unchanged figures prominently in the business dailies. ‘RBI douses hopes of rate cut in near future’ says the Business Standard. Quoting RBI, the Hindustan Times writes ‘Prices to stay high’.

Indian boxer Devendro Singh’s and shuttler P. Kashyap’s pictures find place in many papers, as they made it to the pre quarter finals at the London Olympics.

Many papers show a jubilant Virat Kohli on their sports pages, celebrating his century. ‘Virat hits another ton, gives India the series’ writes the Hindustan Times.

A brief mention in the Hindustan Times says that Anna plans to return his Padma Bhushan if the government does not take the Lokpal bill seriouslyand his team is not willing to talk even to the PM.

Dr. Ashoke Sen, an Allahabad physicist, winning the biggest prize in academics – the 3 million dollar Yuri Milner award, is reported by the Indian Express.

The CBI filing a closure report on case against Lalli, former CEO, Prasar Bharati, finds place in the Asian Age.

And finally, don’t under estimate social networking sites. The Times of India writes ‘Going to fall ill? Twitter can tell. It uses tracker to predict flu 8 days in advance’!.

August 2012 Multiple choice questions with answers

1. According to the data provided by the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) in August 2012, India’s marine exports are expected to grow by what per cent year-on-year to USD 4.5 billion in 2012-13 fiscal?
a. 28%
b. 17.2%
c. 13%
d. 23%
Answer: (a)

2. In a move aimed at encouraging investment sentiment in the country, the Union Finance Ministry approved what per cent of foreign direct investment in insurance and pension sector in August 2012?
a. 29%
b. 49%
c. 39%
d. 19%
Answer: (b)

3. Extending the guidelines of securitisation of loan from banks to non-banking finance companies (NBFC), India’s Central Bank Reserve Bank of India on 21 August 2012 tightened the securitisation norms for NBFCs. Which of the following facts are not true with regards to the statement?
1. RBI instructed that a non-banking finance company will have to retain at least 5 per cent of the loan being sold to another entity.
2. RBI in its revised guidelines also stipulated that NBFC cannot sell or securitise a loan unless five
monthly installments have been paid by the borrower
3. The latest directives from the RBI are aimed at checking unhealthy practices and distributing risk to a wide spectrum of investors
4. These guidelines have to implemented by NBFCs in two phases by the end of October 2012.
a. 1 & 3
b. Only 1
c. Only 2
d. Only 4
Answer: (c)

4. As per the data revealed by the Union Aviation Ministry in the Parliament in August 2012, the loss incurred by Air India following its merger with Indian Airlines between 2007-08 and 2011-12 has been pegged at what amount?
a. 21146 crore rupees
b. 23535 crore rupees
c. 32971 crore rupees
d. 28046 crore rupees
Answer: (d)

5. The high-level committee on external commercial borrowings (ECB),chaired by secretary, department of economic affairs Arvind Mayaram decided to further liberalise the foreign borrowing norms. Which of the following with respect to the liberalization norms are not true?
1. It was decided to permitted non-resident entities to provide rating enhancement facility to Indian borrower
2. The government permitted foreign entities to provide credit enhancement to rupee bonds of Indian companies. The minimum maturity period of such rupee bonds was reduced from seven years to three years.
3. The panel also decided to increase the maturity of such buyers credit to maximum seven years thereby allowing companies flexibility in payment
4. Infrastructure and manufacturing companies can re-finance a higher proportion of their rupee borrowings via cheaper overseas debt. These infrastructure and manufacturing companies can now tap overseas loans up to 75% of their average forex earnings
a. Only 2
b. Only 1
c. Only 3
d. 2 & 3
Answer: (c)

6. Which of the following statement/statements is/are not true in relation to United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution on Syria
(a). Those who opposed the UN resolution including China, Iran, North Korea, Belarus, Cuba argued that putting pressure only on one party would not help resolve the Syrian issue and would instead derail the issue from the track of a political settlement.
(b). The United Nations General Assembly on 5 August 2012 adopted a non-binding resolution that condemns Syria’s use of heavy weapons in the fight against rebel forces
(c). The resolution got 133 votes in favour in the 193-member body, while 12 voted against the resolution.
(d). India abstained from voting after it found some of the provisions of the resolution contrary to its long held stance on the Syrian crisis.
Answer: (b)

7. Which two countries signed Agreement for the Modernisation of Indian Railways
(a) United States and India
(b) India and Belgium
(c) India and Afghanistan
(d) Russia and China
Answer. (b) India and Belgium

8. PRI Leader Enrique Peña Nieto elected the New President of ………………………
(a) Britain
(b) Iran
(c) Mexico
(d) Russia
Answer: (c)

9. Which are the two countries signed an signed Collaborative Academic Research Programme Agreement
a. China and United Kingdom
b. India and Israel
c. France and United States
d. China and France
Answer: (b)

10. Romania’s President ……….. survived the impeachment
a) Traian Basescu
b) Ion Iliescu
c) Nicolae Văcăroiu
d) Crin Antonescu
Answer: (a) Traian Basescu

April-2012

1. Name the yesteryear actress who featured in the popular song ‘Ae Meri Zohra Jabeen’ from the film ‘Waqt’who passed away recently.

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2. Where in India, largest solar power plant with an installed capacity of 40 MW started producing electricity?
Pokhran in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan

3. Which department in India plans to set up 1000 ATM’s across 6 states?
Postal department

4. Who created history by becoming the first Indian female wrestler to have qualified for the London Olympics 2012?
Geeta

5. Who has been appointed next Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission?

Ratan Kumar Sinha

6. In which part of India, Indo Tibetan Border Police headquarters is to be opened?
Bihar

7. Which state’s High Court has insisted that banks cannot freeze accounts nor stop services of issuing cheque book or ATM facility where the account holder has not supplied KYC (Know Your Customers) documents?
Gujarat

8. Name the former Haryana chief secretary who took oath as state information commissioner ?
Urvashi Gulati

9. Which State becames the 3rd state in India to launch State Portal (SP) and State Service Delivery Gateway (SSDG) project?
Nagaland

10. Who won the World Series Hockey 2012 title?
Sher-E-Punjab

11. In which state Urdu medium Government schools would be setup as announced by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav?
Uttar Pradesh

12. Where is the World’s first Virtual shopping store opened?
Korea

13. Who is named as HSBC’s India CEO?
Stuart Milne

14. Which Indian state bans guthka from 1st of April 2012 to curb the increasing number of mouth cancer cases?
Madhya Pradesh

15. Which Indian state chief minister has urged union Finance Minister to bail it out of its huge burden?
West Bengal

16. Name the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Chief Justice who was sworn in as Supreme court judge ?
F.M.Ibrahim Kalifulla

17. Name the Gujarati techie whose name has emerged for India’s President as the nation has to elect 16th President in July 2012 ?
Sam Pitroda

18. At what value Air India’s restructuring plan was approved by a group of 19 banks led by SBI?
18,000 crore

19. Which services Airtel is planning to launch in Kolkata in April 2012?
4G services

20. Name the nuclear submarine which joined Indian Navy.
INS Chakra

21. Which education company bagged Rs.209 crore order from Assam Government?
Educomp

22. Which 2 north Indian states will have pipeline connected oil terminals for supply of diesel, petrol and kerosene?
Jammu and Himachal Pradesh

23. Which Asian country has issued tender to buy minimum of 30,000 tonnes of basmati rice from India and Pakistan?
Iraq

24. NSE founder who passes away Recently?
RH Patil
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25. Who donated 1 million Singapore Dollars to Indian Heritage Centre?
Founder of Singapore-based IT company Si2i Mobility B.K.Modi

26. Name the world’s highest and longest bridge that was officially opened to motorists in China.
Anzhaite Long-span Suspension Bridge in Jishou

27. Which bank has opened 16 Ultra Small branches in 16 locations in villages to cater to financial needs of the rural populace?
IDBI Bank

28. Who has been conferred with Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal?
Narayana Murthy

29. In which city in Kerala will Infosys setup its 2nd campus?
Thiruvananthapuram

30. Which bank will set up 1-person micro branches to serve remote areas of the northeastern region financially?
Indian Overseas Bank

31. Which act does not allow to prosecute (no wife can claim compensation or maintenance) husband’s girlfriend?
Protection of Women from Domestic Vilonce Act, 2005

32. Name the 3 Indian hockey players after whom tube stations in London has been renamed.
Dhyan Chand, Roop Singh and Leslie Claudius

33. Who has been signed up as brand ambassador of Toyota Kirloskar Motors?
Virat Kohli

34. When was 63rd Rajasthan Day celebrated?
30th March 2012

35. Where in Rajasthan Spices Board’s first Spices Park is setup?
Jodhpur

36. Which Asian country recently became member of Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP)?
India

37. Who won her 6th world sprint title at the world track cycling championships 2012?
Victoria Pendleton

38. Name the Malawi President who died after heart attack.
Bingu wa Mutharika

39. Who was sworn in as Malawi’s President following the death of Bingu wa Mutharika?
Joyce Banda

40. Which Asian country made Hindu marriage registration a must by bringing the law in lines with India?
Bangladesh

41. Israel has decided to setup its consulate office in which part of India?
Bangalore

42. Which Indian city is likely to get water taxis and air-conditioned trams?
Kolkata

43. Name the young doctor who is set to become the first foreign national of Indian origin to walk across Antarctica carrying the Indian Flag.
Dr.Alexander Kumar

44. Name the youngest Indian boxer who qualified for London Olympics 2012.
Shiva Thapa

45. What percentage hike was allocated for Karnataka by Planning Commission for current fiscal 2012-13 in the 12th Plan?
10%

46. Who will be the sports ambassador for the state of Haryana?
Leander Paes

47. Which category of women will be allowed to participate in the Miss Universe beauty pageant from next year?
Transgender women

48. Which rank does Bangalore hold as preferred entrepreneurial locations worldwide?
9th rank

49. Which TV has become the first Indian television channel to enter the Chinese market?
Zee TV

50. Which act was amended to include compulsory registration of marriages in India?
Registration of Births and Deaths Act, 1969

51. Where in Himachal Pradesh Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) would be opened?
Una district

52. What denominations of currency note will RBI introduce bearing rupee symbol?
Rs.20 and Rs.50 currency notes

53. Name the index on which NSE is set to launch derivative trade.
FTSE 100 index

54. What percentage and value of US based Max New York Life Insurance was sold to Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance (MSI)?
26% and Rs.2,731 crore

55. Which country replaced China as Iran’s top oil client?
India

56. India has recently decided to allow Foreign Direct Investment from which Asian country?
Pakistan

57. What value of equity infusion did Air India get spread over a period of 9 years?
Rs. 30,000 crore

58. Where in India Integrated Check Post was inaugurated on the occasion of Baisakhi to enhance trade between India-Pakistan?
Attari

59. Which education council in India would have its own job portal for the students of technical and professional institutions?
All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)

60. Which 2 countries have agreed to resume dialogue on disarmament and non-proliferation after a gap of 9 years?
India and China

61. Which repayment transaction is now allowed by RBI electronically i.e. NEFT?
Repayment of Loan EMI’s

62. How many co-sponsors are against the Bill of outsourcing call centers in USA?
106 co-sponsors

63. How much basis point did RBI cut key rates after 3 years?
50 basis points

64. Name the Master Card’s President and CEO who has been elected next chairman of the US-India Business Council?
Ajay Banga

65. Which Indian FMCG company crossed $1 billion mark in 2011-12?
Dabur India

66. Which 14 year old ICC cricket tournament would end after 2013?
ICC Champions Trophy

67. Which state has included services of the petroleum industry, including that provided by tanker operations as essential services under the state’s Essential Services Maintenance Act 1971, (Act 20 of 1971)?
Andhra Pradesh

68. Which Indian state’s 100th anniversary was celebrated recently?
Bihar

69. Who replaces Simon Leung chief executive of the greater China region of Microsoft?
Ralph Haupter

70. Bill to include children with disabilities under which Act was recently passed by Rajya Sabha recently?
Right to Education Act

71. Name the spy satellite launched by ISRO recently.
RISAT-1

72. Which cricket player and lady actor were recommended for Rajya Sabha membership in India?
Sachin Tendulkar and Rekha

73. Name the Indian origin entrepreneur and educator who is named as the Goodwill Ambassador for Education Partnerships for UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
Sunny-Varkey

74. Who has been appointed as Governor of Goa, Rajasthan and Uttarkhand?
B.V.Wanchoo, Margaret Alva and Aziz Qureshi

75. Who were given fresh terms as Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra?
E.S.L.Narasimhan and K.Sankaranarayanan

76. Which Indian state will be showcased at the Cannes Film Festival?
Gujarat

77. Which 2 Asian countries will hold 1st ever economic dialogue on 30th April 2012?
India and Japan

78. Name the first of the four Dreamliner aircraft that Air India got from Nikki Haley’s state.
Boeing 787

79. Who won the Asian Snooker Championship 2012?
Aditya Mehta

80. Who retained the crown as Britain’s richest man?
Lakshmi Mittal

81. Where was the India Investrade 2012 organised by Indian Chamber of Commerce, Kolkata held?
Colombo, Sri Lanka

82. Name the mango variety named after the youngest Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.
‘Akhilesh aam’, named after Akhilesh Yadav

83. Which Indian state is planning to make 100 the common number to dial in any emergency?
Tamil Nadu

84. Who became the 1st player to cross 2000 runs in cricket tournament IPL?
Suresh Raina

85. Which country is keen to boost trade ties with Kerala?
Singapore

86. Who became the 1st player to win Barcelona title for 7 times?
Rafael Nadal

87. Name the former BCCI president who passed away recently after whom the challenger trophy was named.
N.K.P.Salve

May-2012

1. Who won her first World Cup individual recurve gold medal in Archery?
Deepika Kumari

2. Who took over as 28th chief secretary of Madhya Pradesh succeeding Avani Vaish?
R.Parasuram

3. Which state’s Chief Minister has demanded law to deal with cases of discrimination against northeastern students?
Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma

4. ISRO recently gave clearance for using which frequency band from satellite for internet on trains?
KU band

5. Which company bagged the contract for deploying Bharti Airtel’s 4G network in Karnataka?
Huawei

6. Who became the first cricketer to hit 5 consecutive T20 fifties?
Virender Sehwag

7. Who won the award in the best Actress category at the London Asian Film Festival (LAFF) 2012 for her film ‘Bol’?
Humaima Malick

8. Which type of SIM cards are Switzerland based Geo Communications AG, launching in
India?
International Mobile Subscriber Identity(IMSI) SIM cards which will allow multiple
mobile numbers from different operators on a single SIM card

9. To help clear cane arrears of over Rs.10,000 crore which commodities exports has been
let free by Government of India recently?
Sugar

10. Which industry in India will celebrate 100 years of its existence in May 2013?
Indian Film Industry (May 3rd 1913 to May 3rd 2013)

11. When is Facebook (IPO) set to go public?
May 18th 2012

12. When will the phased Basel III capital regulation in India be implemented as per RBI
guidelines?
January 1st, 2013 (to be fully implemented by March 31st, 2018)

13. Name the multifaceted personality (a poet, an author or a painter) whose 150th birth
anniversary would be celebrated on May 8th 2012.
Rabindranath Tagore

14. Which sport in Goa will benefit from the Government’s decision as it will be declared
state sport?
Football

15. Where in India Archeological Survey of India is planning gallery on Harappan
civilization?
Vadodara, Gujarat

16. Where in India the 49th Raising Day of the Central Command was celebrated on 3rd May
2012?
Cantonment, Lucknow

17. Where in Tamil Nadu, Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (Tidco) is
planning to establish aerospace park?
Chennai

18. Where in Coimbatore, Government has planned to setup cold storage facility for
tomatoes?
Kinnathukkadavu

19. Which German sportswear maker has planned to shut down 1/3rd of its 900 Reebok stores in India?
Adidas

20. Which Kolhapur-based bank is looking at an IPO in 2 years?
Ratnakar bank

21. Which resource in nuclear reactors will be used for power generation as the Government has decided to start construction of 300MW reactor by 2016-17?
Thorium

22. As Indian Parliament holds special sitting on Sunday to celebrate 60th anniversary, when was India’s first Parliament session held?
May 13th, 1952

23. Which country slapped a fine of $80,000 fine on Air India recently?
US Transportation Department

24. Which Finance company recently deferred its Rs.1,665 crore IPO, which opened on May
2nd 2012?
Samvardhana Motherson

25. Name the firm which is planning to build mud cottages in Gir area of Junagadh district.
Swati Infratech Pvt. Ltd.

26. In which glacier have geologists discovered hot water from geothermal sources which is nearly 15 degrees arm in plunging -40 degree Celsius weather?
Siachen

27. Name the Indian who became first Asian-origin UK councilor.
Philip Abraham

28. Name the ‘Big Bang’ scientist whom France jailed for terror plot.
Adlene Hicheur

29. What value of fund will Asian Development Bank provide to India for 2012-2014 for the development of various projects?
$6.25 billion

30. Name the West Indian cricketer who has set an eye on bollywood after IPL.
Chris Gayle

31. Who is elected as Chair of the ADB’s Board of Governors?
Pranab Mukherjee

32. Which country will host the 46th annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank in 2013?
India in New Delhi

33. Name the Indian-origin doctor who won the London Assembly (Ealing and Hillingdon) seat?
Dr.Onkar Singh Sahota

34. Who is elected as President of France?
Francois Hollande

35. Which mobile operator is the biggest gainer of mobile number portability (MPN) service in India?
Idea Cellular

36. Which 2 Indian women won the 16th Asian Team Squash Championship?
Joshna Chinnappa and Dipika Pallikal

37. Name the US secretary who is India on a 3-day visit asking to reduce oil imports from Iran on the agenda.
Hillary Clinton

38. Which series of bollywood actor’s TV debut got a thumbs up from the Hindi film industry?
Satyamev Jayate

40. Which popular comic is featuring members of Delhi Daredevils players like Virender Sehwag, Irfan Pathan and Kevin Pietersen?
Chacha Chaudhary in Sabu new comic series

41. Who was sworn in as Russian president for 2nd time?
Vladimir Putin

42. Who won the silver medal at the 3rd International ‘Republic of Kazakhstan President’s Cup’ held in Almaty, kazakhstan?
Devendro Singh

43. Name the hockey player who died after being hit in the head by the ball during a game in Perth recently.
Elizabeth Watkins

44. Which movie team is set to open 4-day Children’s Film Festival to be held in Goa from May 11th 2012?
Gattu

45. Which state’s first marine training institute will be operational from August 2012?
Gujarat

46. Which state of Jaipur will host first edition of 3-day Fashion Week from May 24th 2012?
Rajasthan

47. After completing a year post acquisition of Patni Computer which company dropped Patni from its brand name?
iGate Corporation

48. India’s Finance minister recently scrapped a ‘draconian’ clause under which law?
Customs law

49. Red Hat recently setup its R&D centres in which locality outside North America?
Pune and Bangalore in India

50. Which PSU acquired 51% stake in Bharti Axa Mutual Fund?
Bank of India

51. Who created national record by winning silver medal at the Altius Track Crew Threwdown meet in maui Island, Hawaii?
Krishna Poonia

52. Who is appointed as Russian Prime Minister?
Dmitry Medvedev

53. Name the aircraft carrier and nuclear submarine India is set to get in 2013.
Admiral Gorshkov and INS Arihant

54. What was rolled back on realty as excise on gold jewellery?
Tax Deducted at Source

55. Where in London a centre dedicated to the life and work of Rabindranath Tagore has been launched?
Edinburgh

56. Name the former chairman of ICICI bank and billionaire investor who are re-appointed to the Arcelor Mittal board?
N.Vaghul and Wilbur Ross

57. When was the World Red Cross day celebrated?
May 8th

58. Which street is renamed after Roger Federer in Germany?
Weststrasse renamed as Roger-Federer-Allee

59. Which cricketer is likely to make an appearance in filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s ‘Ferrari Ki Sawari’?
Sachin Tendulkar

60. Lahore based Ajoka has planned for 4-day theatre festival to pay tribute to which birth centenarian as on May 2012?
Saadat Hassan Manto

61. NSG base will be setup in which part of India?
Gujarat

Which Oscar-winning musician has been conferred with his first American Honorary Doctorate by the Miami University?
A.R.Rahman

62. Name the Russian plane which went missing on a demonstration over Indonesia in the area of Mount Salak recently.
Sukhoi Superjet 100

63. Name the former Ukraine Prime Minister who ended her 20-day hunger strike after claiming that her guards handled her roughly while in prison.
Yulia Tymoshenko

64. Which sector is likely to get electronic development fund to promote its R&D activities?
Information Development sector

65. Denominations above what value should now be machine processed for authenticity by bank branches as per RBI notification?
Rs.100 and above

66. Which singer is awarded America’s highest civilian honour “The Medal of Freedom”?
Bob Dylan

67. Who won the Google Photography Prize 2012?
Viktor Johansson (A Swedish Student)

68. What is the name of the Carrie Underwood’s album released on May 1st 2012?
Blown away

69. Which singers were awarded 2012′s Sweden highest music honour “The Polar Music Prize”?
Paul Simon and Yo-Yo Ma

70.Which bollywood actor is starring in the Hollywood movie “The Amazing Spider-man”?
Irrfan Khan

71. Name the bill passed by Rajya Sabha in India to protect children against sexual abuse.
Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences Bill

72. Name the bill approved by the Union Cabinet in India to regulate the micro finance industry and bring the micro lenders under the purview of RBI.
Micro Finance Sector Development and Regulation Bill, 2011

73. Which city in India leads household penetration of the internet as per Census 2011?
Gurgaon

74. Which sporting tournament will be held in Orissa from 11th May to 28th May 2012?
66th National Football Championship for Santosh Trophy 2012

75. How many districts of the border state of Punjab will get clusters of food processing industry post United Nation’s Industrial Development Organisation’s survey?
2 districts

76. AICTE has allowed private engineering colleges to run dual degree programme for bachelor of engineering and master of technology courses in which state recently?
Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

77. In which year MotoGP set to make its debut in India?
2013

78. WHO in its ‘International Travel and Health Bulletin 2012′ issued a malaria alert to which country recently?
India

79. Which society in Goa is organising children’s film festival from May 11th to 13th 2012 at Maquinez Palace, Panaji?
Entertainment Society of Goa

80. Which state in India has made ID proof mandatory for pregnant women who undergo ultrasound?
Haryana

81. WHO has urged which country to act on Palestinian hunger-strike?
Israel

82. Which state announced 500MW gas-fired power plant in its budget session recently?
Tamil Nadu

83. Who has been named EPL manager of the year?
Alan Pardew

84. Which country recently honoured over 150 peacekeepers?
Haiti

85. Which football sporting event will India bid to host at the FIFA Congress in Budapest scheduled for May 24th and 25th 2012?
Under-17 World Cup in 2017

86. Punjab has recently achieved a record wheat crop produce of what value?
120 lakh tones

87. Which 3 northeastern Indian states will have its own high courts?
Tripura, Manipur and Meghalaya

88. Jammu and Kashmir Government will set up Development and Management Authority to promote which sport in the state?
Golf

89. Where in Kozhikode UL Cyber Park with Special Economic Zone status is built?
Malabar

90. Which airline will become first to provide in-flight mobile access in UK?
Virgin Atlantic

91. Which country has BCCI allowed to play in Champions League T20 in India?
Pakistan

92. Which country’s president visited India recently?
Maldivian President, Mohammed Waheed

93. Where and at what cost was The Arcelor Mittal Orbit has been built?
London, amounting to 22.7million pounds

94. Name the Indian American who has been named as Chancellor of California.
Pradeep Khosla

95. Where in India “Veer Bharat Premises”, a unique museum dedicated to Indian heroes will be setup?
Bhopal

96. Name the Venezuelan who won his maiden Formula One Spanish Grand Prix 2012.
Pastor Maldonado

97. Who won the woman single’s Madrid Masters title 2012?
Serena Williams

98. Who won the men single’s Madrid Masters title 2012?
Roger Federer

99. Name the companies that Nigeria’s telecom authority fined a total of 7.3 million dollars for providing poor services to customers.
Bharti Airtel, MTN, Etisalat and Globacom

100. Which bank has is ranked 2nd most profitable public sector bank in terms of annual profit for the fiscal year ended March, 2012?
Bank of Baroda

101. Who has been appointed as TRAI chairman for a 3 year term?
Rahul Khullar

102. Where in India first 2MW solar power plant started functioning?
Uttar Pradesh

103. Where was the British World War II fighter plan found recently?
Egypt desert

104. Which 3 countries have warned North Korea on further Nuclear tests?
China, Japan and South Korea

105. Who will temporarily replace Yahoo Chief Executive Scott Thompson?
Ross Levinsohn

106. Which 3 India’s bank and Insurance Company did Credit ratings agency Moody’s downgrade recently?
ICICI bank, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank and Life Insurance Corporation

107. Which automobile maker is planning Rs.1,500 crore plant in Tamil Nadu?
Yamaha

108. Which Chennai-based hospital became the first in India to receive the ‘halal’ certification from the Halal Development Authority?
Global Health City

109. Which company signed a deed with the National Apprenticeship Scheme of Britain to impart software skills training for about 100 youths in Britain?
Infosys

110. What is the theme of World Economic Forum which is to be held in India between 6th and 8th November 2012?
From Deliberation to Transformation

111. Name the Indian who became the youngest to win Asian Chess Championship.
Primarjan Negi

112. Which Asian country was invited by NATO to Chicago summit 2nd day of which will focus on Afghanistan?
Pakistan

113. Name the child actor who acted in movie ‘Paa’ died in the Nepal plane crash recently.
Taruni Sachdev

114. Name the mass segment vehicle launched by Honda targeting Indian market.
Dream Yuga

115. Who won the top player in the English Premier League’s history?
Ryan Giggs

116. Who won the top manager award for the past 20 years in EPL?
Alex Ferguson

117. Which 3 North Eastern states will have planetarium by 2013?
Nagaland, Manipur and Jorhat in Assam

118. Which state will introduce a bill to protect heritage buildings which are not protected by the Archaeological Survey of India or the state archeological department?
Tamil Nadu (Tamil Nadu Heritage Commission Bill 2012)

119. Which country’s President has been fined $17,000 by its electoral authorities for urging his Facebook followers on polling day to vote for him?
Taiwan (President Ma Ying-jeou)

120. In which Junior Asia Cup tournament did India bag Bronze medal recently?
Hockey

121. Who will help bring the Olympic flame to Britain along with 5 young Britons as a formal handover ceremony in Athens, London 2012 on 18th May 2012?
David Beckham

122. Which company is planning to open ‘Motherwood Maternity’, ‘A pea in the Pod’ and ‘Destination Maternity’ brands in India?
Mahindra Retail

123. Where in India the first store of ‘Destination Maternity’ is opened by Mahindra Retail?
Gurgaon

124. Which town in Odisha touched 45 degree Celsius on 16th May 2012?
Sambalpur, Hirakud, Titilagarh, Jharsuguda and Sonepur

125. Which company was allowed by Indian cabinet to sign a gas purchase agreement with Turkmenistan national oil firm?
GAIL India Ltd.

126. Bharti Airtel tied-up for mobile banking services with which bank recently?
Axis Bank

127. Nomura downgraded which company from ‘buy’ to ‘reduce’?
Larsen and Toubro

128. Nomura downgraded which company from ‘buy’ to ‘neutral’?
Ashok Leyland

129. What did Rajya Sabha approve in the Copyright Amendment Bill seeking to remove operational difficulties?
Address newer issues related to the digital world and worldwide web

130. Demand for which language in the 8th Schedule of Indian constitution could be accepted soon?
Bhojpuri

131. Expand LAAR Bill.
Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill

132. Name the Grammy-winning, nicknamed the Queen of Disco who passed away after a battle with cancer.
Donna Summer

133. What value of swap facility has RBI set up for SAARC nations?
$2 billion

134. At what value did Facebook IPO open at Nasdaq?
$42.05

135. Who rang the opening bell remotely of Nasdaq as Facebook made its public debut on 18th May 2012?
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg

136. Name the NRI who became the first Lord Mayor of Leicester town in UK.
Abdul Razak Osman

137. Name the Indian-American who was elected to Sugar Land City of Texas in US.
Himesh Gandhi

138. Death due to which insect is an accident and is covered under accidental death insurance as per the North District Consumer Forum in India?
Mosquito

139. Kerala investor meet was held as a part of build-up towards which event in September 2012?
Emerging Kerala Conclave

140. Which rating agency has downgraded Greek banks ratings from B- to CCC?
Fitch rating agency

141. How many Spanish banks debt ratings have been cut by Moody’s, citing the effects of recession?
16 Spanish banks

142. Name the 73 year old Japanese oldest woman to scale Mt.Everest.
Tamae Watanabe

143. Which Mobile E-commerce App was acquired by Facebook recently?
Karma

144. What is the name of the new version of Android Operating System called?
Android 5 “Jelly bean”

145. What is the name of new tool launched by yahoo for online advertisers for their data analytics?
Genome

146. Who won the Football Champions League 2012 final match against Bayern Munich?
Chelesa

147. Which state Government in the west of India completed 1 year at office?
West Bengal

148. Which state Government in South India completed 1 year at office?
Tamil Nadu

149. Which Indian state is now center of spiritual tourism?
Gujarat

150. Cyber Defence Research Centre came into operation recently in which Indian state?
Jharkhand

151. Name the 1st Bangladeshi woman who scaled Mt.Everest.
Nishat Majumder

152. Name the Indian origin British civil servant who was chosen as president of European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Suma Chakrabarti

153. Which country will become biggest IT consumer in Asia-Pacific surpassing Japan?
China

154. Name the 12 years and 9 months old child prodigy from Bhojpur district in Bihar who created history by cracking IIT-JEE 2012.
Satyam Kumar of Bakhorapur

155. Who won the French MotoGP 2012?
Jorge Lorenzo

156. One-year of rural posting is made compulsory for which medical course in India?
MMBS

157. Name the Indian player who won his first ever ATP Challenger singles title 2012.
Yuki Bhambri

158. Name the asteroid which could come near to earth on 15 February 2013 leading to disruption of geosynchronous satellites.
DA14

159. Name the 12 year old who has lectured at harvard and co-written a book in America.
Blake Kernen

160. Name the card that would popularise after Chief General Manager D.V.Deshpande for NABARD urged commercial banks to promote it in Bihar.
Kisan Credit Card

161. Name the former Prime Minister who’s 21st death anniversary was observed in India on 21st May 2012.
Rajiv Gandhi

162. Which browser over took Internet Explorer to become top browser in the world?
Google Chrome

163. Which country is pressing for global internet governance to the UN committee?
India

164. As per the Delhi Registration of Marriages Bill 2012, marriage registration is made compulsory in Delhi within how many days of tying the knot?
60 days. If exceeds, one has to pay a fine of Rs.10,000

165. Which Indian state with over 6 lakh unemployed youths could get an Information and Technology park?
Jammu and Kashmir

66. Name the tower in Dubai, UAE which is 413.4 metres (1,356 feet) high and has 101 storeys, the world’s tallest residential building.
Princess Tower

167. Who won the men’s Rome Masters 2012 for a record 6th time?
Rafael Nadal

168. Which act was passed for Sikh organisations recently?
Anand Marriage Act

169. What is the changed brand name of West Assam Milk Producer’s Cooperative Union Ltd. (Wamul) milk in the market?
Purabi Smart

170. Name one among the Bee Gees who died recently fighting against cancer.
Robin Gibb

171. Which city in Rajasthan will be made smoking free?
Jaipur

172. Expand ADaRSH.
Association for Development and Research of Sustainable

173. Expand GRIHA.
Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment

174. Name the former chief minister of Meghalaya who passed away recently.
Flinder Anderson Khonglam

175. Which state Government in India announced a pension of Rs.1,000 per month post retirement and housing scheme for homeless journalists?
Tripura

176. Name the deputy Prime Minister who quit from Nepal cabinet recently.
Krishna Sitaula

177. Expand PAC.
Public Accounts Committee

178. Name the Indian who became the first Prime Minister to visit Myanmar after 25 years.
Dr.Manmohan Singh

179. Who won the 66th Santosh Trophy?
Services against Tamil Nadu (3-2)

180. Which company has warned of internet blackout on July 9th 2012?
Google

181. Which company has invested Rs.21,000 crore to setup railway wagon and component factory in West Bengal?
SAIL

182. Name the tennis player who played his 50th Grand Slam tournament at the French Open 2012.
Roger Federer

183. Who won the Monaco Grand Prix 2012?
Mark Webber

184. Who won the Chennai Open 2012 at the Indian Squash Academy?
Joshna Chinappa (6th title of her career)

185. Who won the Thomas Cup 2012 title?
Lin Dan

186. Which countries recently signed 12 agreements, including a $500 million credit line, border area development and air services?
India and Mayanmar

187. Where in India 3-day international student’s film festival will be held from 1st June 2012?
Kolkata

188. Which film of Raj Kapoor has been added to All-Time 100 list of the greatest films made since 1923 by Time magazine?
Awaara

189. Who has been appointed as commerce secretary in India?
S.R.Rao

190. Who has been appointed as director general of Jammu and Kashmir police?
Ashok Prasad

191. Which football team has been identified as the world’s most popular football club by a survey carried out by market research agency, Kantar?
Manchester United

192. Expand SFIO.
Serious Fraud Investigation Office

193. Which Northeast state got Software Technology Park recently?
Tripura

194. Ritesh Idnani was Chief Operating Officer of which BPO company?
Infosys

June-2012

1. Who took over as Vice-Chief of Indian Air Force?
Air Marshal D.C. Kumaria

2. Who took charge of command of the Western Air Command (WAC)?
Air Marshal Arup Raha

3. Name the Indian American girl who won the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee crown.
Snigdha Nandipati

4. Name the spacecraft which returned to earth to end historic trip.
SpaceX Dragon

5. Global rating agency Fitch downgraded which banks credit rating outlook to negative from stable?
Indian Bank

6. Which 2 countries signed a Tax Information Exchange Agreement to promote economic cooperation and joint investment to boost bilateral trade?
India and Bahrain

7. Name the Taiwanese bank which is set to open its 2nd branch in India at Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu.
Chinatrust Commercial Bank

8. To save which ailing company, proposal is being made by 2 oil sector PSU’s IOC and MRPL to take charge of running it?
Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd. (HPL)

9. Name the Sikh leader from BJP, who won his 2nd term as MLA from Dasuya in Punjab assembly elections and died recently.
Amarjit Singh Sahi

10. Which country celebrated Queen’s 60 year reign recently?
United Kingdom

11. Irish voters recently backed which pact by large majority by exhibiting final memorandum results?
European Union fiscal pact

12. Who won the 73rd PGA Tour Title 2012?
Tiger Woods

13. Who won the Catalunya MotoGP 2012?
Jorge Lorenzo

14. Who won the Copenhagen International sand sculpture championship 2012 held in Denmark?
Sudarsan Patnaik for “Save the Ocean” sand sculpture of 20-feet high

15. Name the Australia’s largest beef producer.
Australia Agriculture Co. (AAco)

16. Name the Indian cricketer who took oath as Rajya Sabha MP.
Sachin Tendulkar

17. Which electronic giant’s stock dipped below 1,000 yen for first time since 1980?
Sony

18. Name the oldest American men’s clothier chain Reliance inked pact with to hold 49% stake in it.
Brooks Brothers

19. Which Asian stock market hit 28-year low on 4th June 2012?
Tokyo

20. Name the Pakistan Interior Minister who was suspended for dual nationality.
Rehman Malik

21. Who won the 21st Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament 2012?
New Zealand

22. Which medal did India bag at the 21st Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament 2012?
Bronze

23. What is the importance of June 5th?
World Environment Day

24. Which shrubs are turning into trees as Arctic region warms?
Tundra shrubs

25. Music Academy in Chennai has been granted the status of research centre by which Karnataka-based University?
Tumkur University

26. For which summit Russian President Vladimir Putin is in Beijing, China?
Regional Security summit

27. Where did the Boeing Phanton Eye drone made its ground?
Edwards Air Force Base

28. Which scam-hit bank’s license was cancelled by Reserve Bank of India recently?
Madhavpura Mercantile Cooperative Bank (MMCB)

29. Who is named as Navy chief as Admiral Nirmal Verma retires on August 31st 2012?
D.K.Joshi

30. Which country has approved world’s first ‘healthy cola’ for being beneficial to health?
Japan

31. Which country marked 23rd anniversary of the military crackdown in Tiananmen Square?
China

32. Which cricketer was recalled by West Indies Cricket Board into One-day squad after 14 month long stand-off?
Chris Gayle

33. Name the psychiatrist and balloonist who took off on the world’s first intercontinental flight in solar-powered plane.
Bertrand Piccard

34. Name the India’s London bound discus thrower who bagged silver medal at the Post Pre Elite Women’s event at Portland, US.
Krishna Poonia

35. Who was named captain of 18-member Indian hockey team for the 6th Junior Women’s Asia Cup to be held in Thailand from June 27th 2012?
Mid-fielder, Ritu Rani

36. Which planet crossed the sun on 5th June 2012 making one complete orbiter rotation?
Venus

37. Name the Wisconsin governor in USA who survived recall.
Scott Walker

38. How many gold did India win on 1st day of Commonwealth Weightlifting?
11 gold

39. Name the author of ‘The Twilight Zone’ who passed away recently.
Ray Bradbury

40. Where in India talking ATM is launched by Union Bank of India?
Ahmedabad

41. Name the boxer who ended his 19 year boxing career which earned him 5 world titles and 3 weight classes.
Shane Mosley

42. Which 2 cricketer of India’s World Cup winning squad were conferred with Eklavya award by Gujarat Government recently?
Yusuf Pathan and Munaf Patel

43. Who has been appointed as Chief Election Commissioner to take over S.Y.Quraishi from June 10th 2012?

V.S.Sampath

44. International Olympic Committee has announced to live stream free London Olympic Games on which medium to fans in 64 territories across Asia and Africa including India?
Youtube

45. Which state’s rice exporters demand abolition of cess on paddy?
Punjab

46.How many positive list services will be taxed from July 1st 2012?
119

47. Name the company which has developed a vaccine for dengue.
Paris-based Sanofi

48. What value is the allocated by Planning Commission for sanitation in the 12th Five Year Plan?
36,000 crore

49. Who won the South African Cricketer, Test Cricketer and CSA Fan’s Cricketer of the Year award?
Vernon Philander

50. Name the writer who has been felicitated with an Assamese Japi.
Chetan Bhagat

51. What value of investment proposal did Karnataka get across 14 sectors on the 1st day of 2nd Global Investors Meet (GIM 2012)?
Rs.5 trillion (Rs.5 lakh crore)

52. What rate of interest did European Central Bank retain?
1%

53. Based on which film has Titan’s children watch brand ZOOP launched new watch collection?
Madagascar 3 : Europe’s Most Wanted

54. Who won the mixed doubles title at the French Open 2012?
Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza

55. Which section of Income Tax Act lets Assesses minor children eligible for separate tax exemption?
Section 54 EC

56. Who is named as CEO of Samsung?
Kwon Oh-hyun

57. Which social bookmarking site unveiled new logo, 6 years since its launch?
Twitter

58. What value of compensation has Nasdaq offered for clients who were hit by technical problems that arose during the Facebook IPO on May 18th 2012?
$40 million

59. Which Asian country’s central bank cut its interest rates by 25 basis points, being its first cut since the 2008-09 financial crisis?
China

60. Who is named as Event Ambassador for 2012 World Twenty20?
Malinga

61. Name the 250 MW unit thermal power project commissioned by BHEL recently.
Harduaganj thermal power project in Uttar Pradesh

62. Name the Lebanese journalist who headed Arab’s newspaper An-Nahar and died recently.
Ghassan Tueni

63. Name the football tournament kick started at Warsaw on 8th June 2012.
UEFA Euro 2012

64. What value of money will be pumped in the market on June 12th 2012 by buying Government securities to ease the liquidity situation by RBI?
12,000 crore

65. Quote the reason why RBI recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Central Bank of Bahrain?
To promote greater co-operation and sharing of supervisory information between the 2 regulators

67. Which Indian company’s Rs.1,000 IPO in 1977 is now worth Rs.7.7lakh?
Reliance Industries Limited

68. What value of capital infusion was made in Regional Rural Bank’s to improve their capital adequacy and lending capacity to the agriculture sector?
Rs.632 crore

69. Expand FLCC (Hint: Credit).
Financial Literacy and Credit Counselling

70. Expand FLC (Hint: Literacy).
Financial Literacy Centres

71. What is the jobless rate in Greece as of March 2012?
21.9%

72. What material is used by Israeli scientists to develop strong plastic to replace steel and other materials used in pipelines and machinery?
Polypropylene

73. Which 2 models of smartphones launched by Motorola are water-resistant, scratchresistant and dust-proof?
Motorola DEFY XT and DEFY MINI

74. Name the south Indian filmmaker-editor who passed away recently.
K.S.R.Doss

75. Where in the world forced marriage is set to become crime?
Britain

76. Which 2 disease has been identified as top killers around the world by UNICEF?
Pneumonia and Diarrhea

77. Who was sworn in as cabinet minister in the Vijay Bahuguna Government in Uttarakhand?
Harak Singh Rawat

78. Who won the Dutch MotoGP?Casey Stoner

79. Who became the 10th woman in tennis history to win all 4 Grand Slam titles after defeating Italy’s Sara Errani in the French Open 2012?
Maria Sharapova

80. From which country India is set to buy 8 warships?
South Korea

81. Which country is set to launch manned spacecraft in June 2012?
China

82. To which Eurogroup the Eurozone finance ministers were willing to respond favourably to the need of 100 billion euros to a bailout request from its troubled banks?
Spain

83. How many medals did India bag at the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships?
45 medals, including 29 gold

84. Where in Chennai first phase of 50 acre ‘Logistics Park’, a facility comprising warehouses and commercial complex has been completed by Shri Kailash Logistics Ltd.?
Oragadam

85. Who won the Thailand Open 2012?

Saina Nehwal

86. Who won the Canadian Grand Prix 2012?
Lewis Hamilton

87. What value of bailout did Spain receive recently from European finance ministers?
$125 billion

88. Which housing arm of India launched its first low-cost housing project targeting 366 Tier-II and Tier-III cities and costing between Rs.5.5 lakh and Rs.12 lakh?
Sahara Infrastructure and Housing

89. Name the Ex-industry secretary who is to be appointed as NHAI chief.
R.P.Singh

90. Name the Indian actor who is set to make hollywood debut with ‘The Lord of the Rings’ producer Barrie Osborne.
Kamal Haasan

91. Who won the French Open 2012 men’s title?
Rafael Nadal

92. Who was presented with Wisden India Outstanding Achievement award?
Sachin Tendulkar for completing a century of 100 international hundreds

93. Who will lead Indian hockey team in Olympics 2012?
Bharat Chetri

94. Which university signed MoU with Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) to establish a Hindi Chair in South China?
Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS)

95. Where have scientists discovered the largest ever under-ice bloom of phytoplankton?
Under the Arctic ice

96. USA exempted India from which country’s sanctions?
Iran

97. Name the 5-day film festival that is to be organised by Entertainment Society of Goa in collaboration with Directorate of Film Festivals and National Film Archive of India.
Cinema Out of the Box

98. Name the Operating system and mobile Operating system version that Apple announced at the 23rd annual developers conference WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference).
Mountain Lion and iOS6

99. Which Qatar-based bank is expected to start India operations?
Doha Bank

100. Which search engine has signed a deal with Encyclopedia Britannica to bring richer content to its search results?
Microsoft search engine Bing

101. Who is appointed as Brand Ambassador of TVS Motor?

Anushka Sharma

102. Which company exported 100 ‘Falcon’ buses to Ghana?
Ashok Leyland

103. Name the SVB Financial Group’s banking unit which is set to open its first international branch in London.
Silicon Valley Bank

104. Which Indian company is set to enter dairy business from 2013?
Sahara India

105. Where does inflation stand as of May 2012?
7.55%

106. In which movie actor Sridevi is set to make a comeback?
English Vinglish

107. Which state Government recently awarded Indian hockey team for qualifying to London Olympics 2012?
Haryana

108. Which states will ‘Gandhi Peace Bus’ tour, to conclude at Mangalore in July 2012?
Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka

109. What is the importance of June 14th?
World Blood Donor Day

110. In which year Government of Orissa declared filmmaking as an industry?
1974

111.Which traditional sport of Sikkim is set to get an academy?
Archery

112. Name the first Northeast state to have IIIT (Indian Institute of Information Technology).
Tripura

113. Which global financial services firm has termed Indian economy is facing stagflation?
Moody’s

114. Name the Tagore literary awardees for the different genres of novels, poetry, short stories and drama between 2007-2009.
Sheel Kolambkar for Geera (Konkani)
Jagdish Prasad Mandal for Gaamak Jingi (Maithili)
Akkitham Achyutham Nambudiri for Anthimahakaalam
(Malayalam)N.Kunjamohan Singh for Eina Kenge Kenba Natte (Manipuri)
Indramani Darnal for Krishna Krishna (Nepali) and
Arjan Hasid for Na Ien Na (Sindhi)
Amitav Ghosh for Sea of Poppies (English)

115. Where in Madhya Pradesh first tissue culture lab has been set up and developed 25 lakh saplings mainly of G – 9 variety of banana by a farmer, Subhas Mohan Pandey?
Hamalapur Somvari, near to Betul district

116. Name the former McKinsey chief and Goldman Sachs director who is convicted of insider trading.
Rajat Gupta

117. Name the feature that Facebook is set to launch which will allow advertisers to participate in real-time bidding to show ads on its website.
Facebook Exchange

118. Which country is set to create world’s largest marine park network?
Australia

119. Which country expects 5.5% growth in tourist arrivals from India?
Hong Kong

120. Name the China’s space mission whose crew included its first woman astronaut, Liu Yang.
Shenzhou-9 spacecraft

121. Which state got India’s 4th Buddhist centre?
Arunachal Pradesh

122. Who becomes 4th Prime Minister of Greece in 8 months time?
Antonis Samaras

123. Which 2 country’s home ministers are set to meet on yearly basis?
India and Bangladesh

124. Which payment mode a must for public sector banks from July 1st 2012?
e-Payment

125. Who will take on Spain in Euro 2012 finals?
Italy

126. What is the importance of June 30th 2012?
The last minute of 30th June 2012 will be 1 second longer and will be known as ‘leap second’

127. What percentage of additional service tax would be levied on all bollywood actors and those perform on television serials?
12%

128. Who took over as the director of ISRO Satellite Centre?
S.K.Shivakumar replaces T.K.Alex

129. T.P.Sudhindra was recently in news, which sport did he play?
Cricket

130. Name the list of 6 states which will raise 32.8 billion rupees via 10 year loans according to RBI.
Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Punjab and Rajasthan

131. Which agricultural arm would setup over 20 rural gurukuls across Indian states including Jharkhand?
NABARD

132. Who is appointed as Andhra Pradesh chief secretary?

Minnie Mathew

133. Which state will setup film promotion board to promote its films and culture?
Haryana

134. Which country is to setup auto component and Engineering Park in Gujarat?
Japan

135. Which application of Microsoft is available for educational institutes free of cost?
Microsoft Office 365

March -2012
1. Who is crowned Miss India World 2012?
– Vanya Mishra
Chandigarh girl Vanya Mishra is crowned the Pantaloons Femina Miss India World 2012 in a glittering grand finale of the 49th edition of the beauty pageant. The Miss India Earth title went to 24-year-old Prachi Mishra of Pune, while Chennai girl Rochelle Maria Rao, 23, is crowned as the Miss India International. Read More

2. Name the cricket personality called ‘The Wall’ who retired from International cricket recently.

– Rahul Dravid

The 39-year-old Batting great Rahul Dravid, the second most prolific batsman in the game’s history and India’s middle order bulwark for years, on Friday bid adieu to Test cricket, bringing down the curtain on a glorious 16-year career. Read More

3. Which country has India agreed ‘in-principle’ to the participation in hydro power-projects in the North-East?

Bangladesh

4. Name the Tech-savvy state which set a record by winning the National Tourism Award for its website for 5th time in last 10 years.

Kerala

5. Which Malayalam language daily has tied up with Yahoo India to deliver premium digital content in Malayalam?

Malayala Manorama

6. Name the Delhi-based group which has been nominated in the best international brand/group award at the British Reggae Industry Awards.

Reggar Rajahs

7. Which movie of Indian filmmaker Mani Ratnam is now part of the permanent collection at the Austrian Film Museum?

Raavanan

8. Who has been awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize considered as Nobel prize in Architecture?

Wang Shu

9. Which railway station became the first railway network to offer BluFi, a combination of Bluetooth and WiFi to provide information to passengers?

Bangalore City Railway Station

10. Which state bagged the second best national award in the Comprehensive Development Of Tourism category?

Rajasthan

11. Name the Kerala-based UAE business magnate who was awarded with Interfaith Harmony Award at Kuala Lumpur.

M.A.Yusuf Ali

12. Name the men’s mixed doubles winner of the ATP Dubai Open 2012.

Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna

13. When was the World’s oldest post office opened as it celebrates its 300th anniversary?

1712 in Sanquhar, London

14. Name the Indian American filmmaker who won the ’2012 Rising Star Award’ for his feature film ’9 Eleven’ at the Canada International Film Festival.

Manan Singh Katohora

15. Who won the women’s Kabaddi World Cup championship?

India

16. Who is expected to visit India with export of gas and investment on agenda?

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani

17. Who has been elected as Russian President?

Vladimir Putin

18. Name the West Indian cricketer who died in a car accident recently.

– Runako Morton aged 33 Read More

19. Name India’s first 3D dance film.

ABCD (Any Body Can Dance)

20. Which 4 financial institutions have agreed to form country’s first $2 billion (about Rs.10,000 crore) Infrastructure Development Fund to finance infrastructure projects in India?

Bank of Baroda, ICICI Bank, LIC and Citi Financial

21. Who has been appointed as MD of Hyundai Motor India Ltd.?

Bo Shin Seo

22. Which Chinese Electric company has started office in India?

Shangai Electric

23. Which university conferred honoris causa(as honorary academic degree) during its 12th convocation to the finance minister Pranab Mukherjee?

Assam University

24. Which India’s leading commodity exchange would be listed on the BSE making it India’s first exchange to be listed?

Multi Commodity Exchange

25. Which western India university will start the Institute of International Studies?

M S University

26. HSBC will sell its general insurance for US $914 million to which 2 companies?

AXA Group and QBE Insurance Group

27. Against which team India will play one-off Twenty20 International cricket on March 30th 2012 to commemorate the 150 years of settlement of Indians in that country?

South Africa

28. Who retained his title of being the world’s richest Indian in Forbes magazine’s annual list of the world’s richest people?

Mukesh Ambani

29. Name the music director – king of soft melodies who passed away recently.

Ravi Shankar Sharma

30. Who has been appointed as head coach of the Pakistan cricket team?

Dav Whatmore

31. Name the bank that has entered into a partnership with Remit2home to offer Sri Lankans to transfer money back home.

Nations Trust Bank

32. Where is Kerala a film city is to be built?

Varikkassery Mana at Ottapalam

33. Who will be appointed as CEO of L&T?

K Venkataraman

34. Name the chocolate boy of Hindi cinema during 1960′s who passed away recently.

Joy Mukherjee

35. Who is appointed as ISI chief of Pakistan Government?

Lt. Gen. Zaheerul Islam

36. Which Indian NGO has been chosen for America’s first Innovation Award for the Empowerment of Women and Girls, for training and organising wastepickers and eliminating child labour from recycling?

Chintan

37. What is the reduced CRR of scheduled banks as revised by RBI at 75 basis points?

4.75%

38. At what value did Euro zone finance ministers release 2nd bailout package for debt-hit Greece?

$46.9 billion

39. Where was the International Financial Hub inaugurated in India recently?

New Town, Kolkata

40. What is the extended number of days for advance reservation of Indian railway tickets?

120

41. Which state has recorded an increase in foodgrains production that touched 50.22 lakh tonnes during Kharif 2011 season?

Haryana

42. Name the ambulance launched for farmers in Andhra Pradesh by Srihari Kotela, a Charterted Accountant.

Rythu Ratham (Tollfree – 18002666208)

43. Which non-banking finance arm of Tata Sons have decided to ramp up its travel business and focus on the retail segment?

Tata Capital

44. Which financial service will Nokia close in India?

Nokia Money

45. Which rank does India hold as per U5MR rates by UNICEF?

46th rank

46. Who will take over the rein of Deutsche Bank CEO at the end of May 2012?

Anshu Jain

47. Who was sworn in as Uttarkhand’s Chief Minister?

– Vijay Bahuguna

48. Name the Indian railway minister who will present Railway Budget 2012-13.

Dinesh Trivedi

49. Who has been appointed as Director General of Police for Punjab?

Sumedh Singh Saini

50. Who and at what age became 5th time Chief Minister of Punjab?

Parkash Singh Badal

51. Where was FICCI FRAMES 2012 – Asia’s largest global convention on film media and entertainment inaugurated?

Kolhapur, Maharashtra

52. Who is sworn as youngest Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh?

– Akhilesh Yadav at the age of 38 years.

53. What is the proposed capital support to be infused to PSU’s and financial institutions during the next fiscal year as per Budget 2012-13?

Rs.15,888 crore

54. Who has been appointed as Additional Advocate General of Tamil Nadu?

P.H.Arvindh Pandian

55. From which tax will RBI be spared?

Wealth Tax

56. Who won the Australian Grand Prix 2012?

Jenson Button

57. Who won the Swiss Open 2012 title against China’s Shixian Wang?

Saina Nehwal

58. Who will replace Dinesh Trivedi as Railway Minister?

Mukul Roy

59. The indoor hall built at Orissa Cricket Association is named of which cricket personality?

Sachin Tendulkar Indoor Hall

60. Who has been elected as German President?

Joachim Gauck

61. Which bank recently celebrated its 75th anniversary?

Indian Overseas Bank

62. As Jet Airways discontinues JetLite, which company it is set to merge?

JetKonnect

63. Name the hockey player who was declared the winner of ‘Survivor India’.

Raj Rani

64. Expand – NPCI

National Payment Corporation of India

65. Which Indian city has been selected as city of focus at the Toronto International Film Festival 2012?

Mumbai

66. Who has been named for Dada Saheb Phalke award?

Soumitra Chatterjee

67. Which European nation has tied up with the Indian Railways to renovate 14 railway stations in India?

Belgium

68. Name the Goa Tourism minister who died of heart attack recently?

Matanhy Saldanha

69. Which team won the cricket Asia Cup 2012?

Pakistan

70. Expand – NBFC

Non-Banking Finance Companies

71. Which British newspaper won the annual Press Awards – the Oscars of British Journalism?

Daily Mail (Newspaper and Website of the year)

72. What amount of loan for education has been offered to India by World Bank?

$500 million

73. 64 years after Independence which Indian state saw a locomotive train for the first time?

Manipur (12km from Jiribam to Dholakhal)

74. Longding became the 17th district of which Indian state?

Arunachal Pradesh

75. Israeli Government is planning to setup 3 agricultural excellence centres in which Indian state?

Gujarat

76. Who has been nominated for World bank President post by US President?

Korean-American Physician-Anthropologist Jim Yong Kim

77. Who will be appointed as Army chief to succeed Gen.V.K.Singh?

– Lt. Gen. Bikram Singh

78. Who won 2nd silver medal in the men’s 50m rifle three position at the Amir of Kuwait International Shooting Grand Prix?

Gagan Narang

79. Name the new tax norms which will come into effect from April 1st 2012.

GAAR – General Anti-Avoidance Rules

80. Which 2 banking facilities would not require signature attestation instead only thumb impression as per RBI?

Fixed deposits and Opening a bank locker

81. Which state will get its first commercial dairy for processing of camel milk into various products in Kutch district once the provision is made in its 2012-13 budget?

Gujarat

82. Who is appointed as chairman of Haldia Petrochemicals?

Kolkata’s industry minister Partha Chatterjee

83. Who is named as Peace ambassador of world religious Parliament?

Pt.Arjun Prasad Bastola

84. Who is appointed as Wipro’s banking head?

Rajan Kohli

85. Who was named as the winner of the Templeton Prize 2012 for his contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension?

Dalai Lama

86. Name the bill passed against conduct of any constitutional authority in India.

Judicial Accountability Bill

87. Where in India Guru Gobind Singh refinery will be inaugurated in April 2012?

Bathinda, Southwest Punjab

88. Where in Chennai is the 2nd airport is to be setup?

Sriperumbudur

89. Where in Arunachal Pradesh Reserve Bank of India is planning to open its office?

Itanagar

90. Which Indian state passed Rs.201.05 crore deficit budget for the financial year 2012-13?

Arunachal Pradesh

91. Which IPL cricket team signed up with UNICEF in a bid to support the adolescent girls in India?

Delhi Daredevils

92. Who has replaced Shankar Bidari as DGP and IG in Karnataka?

A.R.Infant

93. Which Indian state would celebrate 77th foundation day on 1st April 2012?

Odisha or Orissa

94. Name the 26/11 Mumbai terror survivor who has been selected as a flag bearer at the London 2012 Olympics.

Harnish Patel

95. Name the PSU bank whose 108 branches were inaugurated electronically by Union Minister of State for Finance Namo Narain Meena.

Syndicate Bank

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