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1. X is an Indian Song from the
soundtrack of the
upcoming Tamil film 3, which is due to
be released in 2012. Written and sung
by Dhanush, the song was composed by
debutante music director Anirudh
Ravichander. Id X.
3. ESPN Star is promoting their coverage of the
upcoming India-Australia cricket series by
prefixing a Hindi word to the series, which is also
the title of a film due to release on Jan 26, 2012
(coincidentally or otherwise, National Days in
both India and Australia). Naturally, this led to
speculation about a possible tie-up between the
channel and the film-maker’s. So in promotional
videos for the series, you have former Aussie
captain Stephen Waugh delivering lines amidst
fire. Which word or what film?
4. In November, the Guinness Book of World
Records noted that it was considering a Pakistani
entry in a particular category for a world record.
Three months ago, a group of almost 6000
people gathered in Karachi to sing something, in
an attempt to break the previous record held by
a group in the Phillipines. In November, perhaps
spurred on by competitiveness and
patriotism, an Indian group, made up mostly of
school-children, attempted to go past the
Pakistani numbers as well. Its status is still not
What record are all these people trying to
Ans 4. Record for most number of
people singing their country’s
National Anthem together.
5. Microsoft has evolved a new "design language" i.e.
a set of principles for signs, typography, and user
interfaces, which is especially in use for its Windows
Phone 7 product. The company also plans to apply to
this to other existing products and upcoming ones
like Windows 8 OS. The design aims to emphasize
data and its readability while de-emphasizing UI
elements such as frames. The inspiration for this
design system was partly derived from signage seen
in public transport systems, especially in the Seattle
area, which no doubt also influenced the name for
this design language. What is this system called?
6. Put Funda:
“The soft innocence of nature rests in my
arms, oblivious of what else happens around
her. Occasionally she opens her large and
what looks now to be eyes of the lighter
hue, which those that have dealt with
similar, know shall change with time. Often
the gentlest of smiles quiver across her
pouted upper lip, the shut eyes bringing
expression through the brows and the settling
down to that dream she must dream.”
Ans 6. This is an Excerpt from
Amitabh Bachchan’s Blog. He’s
telling us about Baby B.
7. This scholarship is awarded to students from
fourteen regions including the likes of
India, Pakistan, Australia, Canada, Southern Africa
(which covers South
Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and
Swaziland) and also the US. These students can
pursue post-graduate education at the University of
Oxford under this award, which was established in
1902. How is this award better known?
8. On Halloween’s day in 2011, Bing, Microsoft's
search engine, that has a background image each
day, had the darkest of the lot.
8. What you saw on the right is a wellknown architectural figure, seen in many
cultures. Apart from their decorative
animal shapes, these figures also helped
in the draining of water away from
building walls. The name of these figures
comes from a French word for "throat".
What are they called?
9. In October 2011, the Chief Minister of
Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati, inagurated a park
called the "Rashtriya Dalit Prerna Sthal and
Green Garden" in Noida. Befitting its
name, the 30-plus acre park has lots of trees
and lawns, but what made the headlines
were the many statues.The park has statues
of leaders such as B.R.Ambedkar, Kanshi
Ram, and Mayawati herself. In addition, there
are twenty four statues of what other
12. X joined Bishop Cotton School in Shimla in
1971. X is noted to have been a brilliant sportsman
and used to play a number of sports, including
cricket. Having scored well in the SAT, he travelled
to the United States where he studied Electrical
Engineering and Business Administration at Pace
and Duke University. On March 1, 1985, X was
arrested on charges of conspiracy to traffic
cocaine, assault and second-degree kidnapping. X
pleaded guilty to the crime when the case was
heard in the Durham County court and later
entered a plea bargain, which resulted in a
suspended two year prison sentence. ID X.
14. Orianthi Panagaris is a 26-year old guitarist and
singer-songwriter from Australia. In addition to
recording and releasing her own music, she's played
with a number of well-known artists. Most recently,
she has received a lot of attention in India due to her
work with A.R.Rahman on the song "Saadda Haq"
from "Rockstar".In 2009, she was chosen by another
famous artist to be stage guitarist for his musical tour
(marking his musical return) which got canceled by
his untimely death.
15. This place in Delhi used to be a large pond
in the old walled city area. Some time during
the decade of the 1930s, the pond was filled
up so that an annual event could be shifted to
that place Over the decades, the place has
also been used for other reasons; the
Municipal Corporation of Delhi isn't very
happy about all this and wants to turn it into
a green area where people can relax, instead
of being agitated.
16. Train number 17303/4, an express of the
Indian Railways, plies between Yeshwantpur
(Bangalore) and Mysore in Karnataka. This comes
under the South Western Railway.Recently, this
train was given a more endearing
name, something fitting to that particular section
of the country. What name?
17. Opened to the public on the 12th of Sept this
year, this has 2983 names. These are carved on
bronze parapets around two pools (North and South).
Each name is associated with a code, the code
consisting of a letter and a number. The letter is
either N or S, indicating the associated pool, while
the number indicates the panel where the name is to
be found. Names are grouped, usually by affiliation.
But based on some requests, certain names have
been grouped together by family or friendship.
What is this describing?
18. This year, it was the representative from
Angola who won it. South Africa was the first
country from Africa to win this (in 1978), while
Namibia and Botswana have also had a triumph
each. This competition began in 1952, and the top
three countries in order of number of victories are
the USA, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico.
19. Sitaram Yechury, Ahmed Patel, Smriti
Irani, Dileep Pandey, Debabrata
Bandhopadhyay, Derek O’ Brien, Sukhendu
Shekhar Roy, Srinjoy Bose, and Pradip
Bhattacharya have recently joined this body.
This group can have a maximum of two
hundred and fifty members. Which Group?
21. This office has been in the news recently for
several pronouncements and is currently headed
by Vinod Rai. Articles 148 to 151 of the
Constitution of India provide it its duties and
powers. In Hindi, it is termed as “Bharat Ke
Niyantrak-Mahaalekhaapariikshak". The English
term is equally heavy sounding. The first part of
this term is derived from the French word for
"account" and a term for a professional who
checks a scroll's copy.
Ans 21. The Comptroller And Auditor
General Of India
In Pic: Mr. Vinod Rai,present CAG of India.
22. Justice N. Venkatachala was the predecessor
(served until August 2006). Justice Shivaraj Patil is
the successor (from August 2011). The specific
post that is being referred to was instituted in the
mid-80s.Who is the person who demitted office?
24. Only a few guitarists have been done the
honour of having a Fender Signature Guitar
Series named after them (the likes of Jimi
Hendrix, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Mark
Knopfler, and Eddie Van Halen are in this list).
Recently, this Bollywood music composer and
expert guitarist joined the pack, with a
Fender Squier Signature Series Electric Guitar
being created in his name. Who?
Ans 24. Ehsaan Noorani,
of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy fame.
29. The incident that you see here
prompted a similar incident a year
later after an Indian victory against
England at Lords. What happened at
Ans 29. Flintoff ran round Mumbai's
Wankhede Stadium waving his shirt after
England victory in the final One-Dayer against
India in 2001-02, ...
A favour which Indian Sourav Ganguly gladly
returned in 2002..Enjoy..