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General Awareness for IBPS Exams and Interviews : Series 58

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New RAW and IB Chiefs: Alok Joshi, senior IPS officer of 1976 batch from Haryana cadre is scheduled to be appointed as the new Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) chief and Syed Asif Ibrahim is cleared to be the next Intelligence Bureau director.
New MD and CEO of NSE: Chitra Ramkrishna on 26 November 2012 was appointed as the Managing Director and CEO of the National Stock Exchange (NSE).
Joint Military Exercise: The fourth Joint Military Training Exercises between the Indian Army and the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) - EKUVERIN 2012 was held in Belgaum, India from 12 to 25 November 2012
Anand Pawar: Anand Pawar, Mumbai shuttler won Scottish International Challenge tournament at the Emirates Arena in Scotland on 25 November 2012.
New Constitution in Egypt: The Parliament of Egypt passed draft of their new constitution in which the duties, responsibilities and roles of the legislature, judiciary and executive have been defined.
India - Sweden Agreement: India and Sweden signed a social security agreement in New Delhi on 26 November 2012. This agreement will help both the countries in more investment and work opportunities.
Bilateral Swap Arrangement (BSA): The Reserve Bank of India on 4 December 2012 signed a three year Bilateral Swap Arrangement (BSA) with the Bank of Japan for swapping of the local currencies to address short-term liquidity problems.
Suspension of Indian Olympic Association: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended the India Olympic Association (IOA) on 4 December 2012.
IOC suspended IOA because India was following the Sports Code of government in the IOA elections, which is against the Olympic Charter. IOC declared that following of Sports Code of government is actually the interference of the government in the Olympic Movement.
Ravindra Jadeja: Ravindra Jadeja became first Indian and only eighth batsman in the first-class cricket history of world to score three triple-centuries.
Ranjit Sinha: Ranjit Sinha, IPS officer of 1974-batch Bihar cadre on 3 December 2012 acquired the office as new CBI director.
Anna Ushenina: Anna Ushenina of Ukraine on 1 December 2012 won the Women’s World Championship Crown of Chess at Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia after defeating Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria in first set of tie-break game.
Supreme Court verdict on Cheques: Supreme Court set aside the verdict of Gujarat High Court in which it said that the criminal proceedings for dishonouring cheque would start off only in case the cheque is dishonoured because of insufficient amount in the account. 
The Supreme Court said that the criminal proceedings would also be initiated in case the cheque issued by a person gets dishonoured on the basis that signature is not matching with the specimen signature that bank has.
Alastair Cook: England Cricket team captain Alastair Cook on 6 December 2012 claimed his place among the cricketing greats when he set an England record for the most Test centuries and became the youngest player in the long history of the game to pass 7000 runs.
Most Powerful People: Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were named in the list of top 20 most powerful people in the world by the Forbes Magazine in annual power rankings which were declared on 5 December 2012. Enjoying the first position for the second year consecutively is the US President Barrack Obama. 
Prime Minister Manmohan Sign was ranked at number 19. Sonia Gandhi dropped from the rankings of 2011 to number 12 in 2012.
Kobe Bryant: Kobe Bryant, 34, achieved the title of youngest ever player to reach the milestone of 30000 career points in NBA (basketball) on 5 December 2012.
Transparency International’s 2012 Corruption Perception Index (CPI): India was ranked 94th out of 176 countries in Transparency International’s 2012 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) released on 5 December 2012. In 2011, India was ranked 95 out of 183 countries. Denmark, Switzerland and Finland topped the index with a score of 90 followed by Sweden which scored 88 points. North Korea, Afghanistan and Somalia scored a lowly 8, ranking at the bottom of the index.
What is CPI (Corruption Perception Index):
The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) has been developed since 1995 by Transparency International as a composite indicator that measures perceptions of corruption in the public sector in different countries around the world.
Besse Cooper: Besse Cooper, the woman listed as the oldest person of the world died on 4 December 2012 in Georgia nursing home at 116 years of age.
Global Terrorism Index: GTI was released by Australia-based Institute for Economics & Peace and it ranked various countries based on the data collected from Global Terrorism Database.
Out of 159 countries that were surveyed, India ranked number 4. Iraq was at the first position followed by Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Yemen respectively.
Lionel Messi: Lionel Messi, the renowned soccer player on 9 December 2012 set the record for most goals in a calendar year by scoring his 86th goal of 2012.
India - Ukraine Agreements: India and Ukraine on 10 December 2012 signed five agreements in New Delhi to enhance cooperation including in areas of defence, Nuclear, Science and Technology and also to remove barriers in trade and commerce.
Bopha: Typhoon Bopha is the strongest ever tropical cyclone which hit Philippines in the first week of December 2012.
Pandit Ravi Shankar: Renowned Indian sitarist Pandit Ravi Shankar passed away in San Diego city of California on 11 December 2012. He was 92 years old.
The Nobel Peace Prize 2012: The Nobel Peace Prize 2012 was awarded to the European Union (EU) on 10 December 2012 at Oslo, Norway.
Champions Trophy 2012: Champions Trophy 2012, Australia won once again, adding to fifth victory consecutively after it earned a 2-1 win in a match against Netherlands in Melbourne.
Sachin Retired from ODI: One of the game's all-time greats, Sachin Tendulkar, announced his retirement from one-day cricket, bringing to an end a glorious 23-year-old career.
Tendulkar goes out after amassing 18,426 runs in 463 one-dayers at an average of 44.83. The diminutive right-hander has an astonishing 49 hundreds in the format, including a double hundred.
Tony Greig: Famous commentator and the former England cricket captain Tony Greig has died in Sydney after suffering a heart attack.
He played 58 Tests for England from 1972-77, before giving up the captaincy to join Australian media magnate Kerry Packer's breakaway World Series.
Silver Icon Web Ratna Award 2012: Bihar's public grievance redressal website received the Silver Icon Web Ratna Award 2012 on 10 December 2012.
BB Nimbalkar: Bhausaheb Babasaheb Nimbalkar, a giant of Indian domestic cricket who came close to breaking Sir Don Bradman's first-class score in the Ranji Trophy, passed away.
Nimbalkar, holds the record for the highest individual first-class score by an Indian - 443 not out for Maharashtra against Kathiawar at Poona Club in December 1948.
Bharat Muni Samman 2012: Famous Bollywood actress and Bharatanatyam exponent Hema Malini had been selected for the prestigious Bharat Muni Samman of year 2012 for her outstanding contribution to the field of art and culture.
Vinod Rai: United Nations gave Vinod Rai, the comptroller and auditor general of India a second term as the designation of chairman of UN Panel of External Auditors for 2013.
SBI T20 World Cup for the Blind: India won the inaugural SBI T20 World Cup for the Blind on 13 December 2012 after beating Pakistan in the finals at Central College grounds in Bangalore.
Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award: Organisers of the Recording Academy announced on 13 December 2012 that Pandit Ravi Shankar, the sitar maestro would be honoured with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously.
Bhanu Athiya: Bhanu Athaiya, the first Indian to win an Oscar for costume design in the movie Gandhi decided to return her award to the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in December 2012. Bhanu Athaiya fears that she might lose her trophy as the government might not be able to protect it.
Athaiya had won the most prestigious Oscar award for costume design for classic film Gandhi in 1982.
Naina Lal Kidwai: Naina Lal Kidwai on 15 December 2012 took over as President of FICCI, becoming the first woman to head the leading industry body.
3rd World Cup Kabaddi Tournament: India on 15 December 2012 won the 3rd World Cup Kabaddi Tournament for the third consecutive time in the Men’s category and second consecutive time in the Women’s category.
BrandLaureate Legendary Award: 47 Years old Bollywood Actor Shah Rukh Khan on 13 December 2012 awarded with the prestigious BrandLaureate Legendary Award in Malaysia.
World Junior Table Tennis Championship: China got the clean sweep of titles at Volkswagen 2012 World Junior Table Tennis Championship after it won girls as well as boys trophies on 16 December 2012.
Sardar Singh: In the Hockey India League Auction held at New Delhi on 16 December 2012 the Indian Skipper Sardar Singh became the highest marquee player after commanding for the best price of 78000 dollar.
Now quota in Government Promotions: The Constitution Amendment Bill that provides quotas for SCs and STs in Government Job Promotions was approved in Rajya Sabha on 17 December 2012 by an overwhelming majority.
Jiroemon Kimura: Jiroemon Kimura (115 years) became the world’s oldest person after the death of his predecessor, an American woman named Dina Manfredini who died two weeks after receiving the title of oldest person of the world.
Samsung now the top mobile brand: As per the research firm IHS iSuppli Samsung displaced Nokia to become the world’s leading top mobile brand for the year 2012.
Cyrus Pallonji Mistry: Cyrus Pallonji Mistry was appointed as the chairman of Tata Sons, the firm that holds more than 100 billion dollar Tata Group, on 18 December 2012.
Roger Federer: Roger Federer, 31, the No. 2 of the world and 17 times Grand Slam champion was named Swiss Male Athlete of the Year on 16 December 2012.
P Chidambaram: Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on 20 December 2012 awarded with the Best Administrator in India Award instituted by K. Karunakaran Foundation.
Park Geun-hye: Park Geun-hye was elected as the president of South Korea on 19 December 2012, the first woman who acquired this post.
TIME's Person of the Year for 2012: US President Barack Obama was named TIME's Person of the Year for 2012, because of his historic win over the re-election in November 2012.
Prithvi - II: India on 20 December 2012 successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile with a strike range of 350 km from a test range at Chandipur near Balasore.
Praful Patel: Praful Patel on 20 December 2012 was re-elected as the President of All India Football Federation (AIFF) during the annual general body meet that was held at Football House at New Delhi.
Leslie Claudius: The legendary hockey player Leslie Claudius, India’s triple Olympic Gold Medallist died after a prolonged illness on 20 December 2012.
Astra: India on 21 December 2012 test launched its indigenously developed beyond visual range (BVR) air-to-air interceptor missile Astra at the interim test range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha.
India- Russia: India and Russia on 24 December 2012 signed a pact for strengthening their economic ties with a Kremlin-backed 2 billion dollar investment fund.
Virbhadra Singh: Former Union Minister of India and Veteran Congress leader Virbhadra Singh on 25 December 2012 was sworn-in as Chief Minister of Himachal for a record sixth term in Shimla.
Narendra Modi: Narendra Modi on 26 December 2012 was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Gujarat for the fourth consecutive term.
Tagore Peace Prize: Emirati poet and translator Shihab Ghanem became the first Emirati and Arab to win the Tagore Peace Prize.
Bihar Shining: As per the data released by the Planning Commission of India, Bihar became the fastest growing state in India at 10.9 per cent between 2006 and 2010.
Pratibha Ray: Renowned Oriya novelist, Pratibha Ray on 27 December 2012 selected for the prestigious Jnanpith award for the year 2011 for her contribution to the field of Indian literature.
4th World Telugu Conference: President Pranab Mukherjee on 27 December 2012 declared open the 4th World Telugu Conference in the presence of thousands of Telugu-speaking people from across the world in the temple town of Tirupati of Andhra Pradesh.
Hussy bid adieu: Australian veteran cricketer Michael Hussey on 29 December 2012 announced that he would retire from Test cricket after playing the final match of the series against Sri Lanka at Sydney.
Novak Djokovic: Novak Djokovic on 29 December 2012 won World Tennis Championship final against Spanish tennis player Nicolas Almagro.
V. Putin: Russian President V. Putin visited India on 24 Dec. 2012 to attend 13th India-Russia Annual Summit on invitation from the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

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