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July to August 2012

Global News Headlines The 2012 London Olympic Games were held from 27th July to 12th August 2012. There were 204 participating nations and USA topped the medals tally

Special one

Pranab Mukherjee

Hamid Ansari

Became the new President of India

Was re-elected as the Vice President of India

US politician and writer, Gore Vidal, died on July 31 2012 He was well known for his caustic wit

Rajesh film actor Khanna died on 18th July 2012 He is considered the first ‘superstar’ of Indian cinema


Shootout at Denver, USA

Floods in Beijing, China

A mass shooting occurred on 20th July’12, at the screening of the movie, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

On 21st July’12, flash floods caused extensive damage, killed over 75 people and destroyed over 8000 homes

12 people were killed and over 50 injured

Shootout at Sikh Gurdwara in Wisconsin, USA

Former Indian freedom fighter and officer in Subhash Chandra A white supremacist, Wade Michael Page, Bose’s INA, Lakshmi Sahgal, opened fire in a Sikh temple on 5th Aug’12, died on 23rd July 2012 killing six people

Violence in Assam state, India

Power blackouts in India

In July 2012, there were violent clashes between Bodos and Bangladeshi Muslim immigrants in Assam state

On 30th and 31st July 2012, India suffered the largest power blackout in history Almost half of India’s population, about 600 million people, were impacted

Over 75 people were killed and over 400,000 displaced from their homes


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On 25th July 2012, Anna Hazare, began another fast demanding the Lokpal Bill and fighting political corruption On 3rd August 2012, Team Anna broke their fast and announced that they would form a political party

MittRomney,thepresumptive US Republican presidential candidate announced his Vice-Presidential candidate, Paul Ryan, from Wisconsin

The Syrian uprising which started from early 2011 continues with heavy civilian casualties reported regularly Neil Armstrong dead The first man to walk on the Moon – Neil Armstrong, died on 25th August 2012

Julian Assange, the foundereditor of ‘WikiLeaks’ given political asylum in Ecuador

He was the mission commander of the Apollo 11 moon landing mission in July 1969

Miss China won the Miss World 2012 title and followed by Miss Wales and Miss Australia

Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway in 2011, is sentenced to 21 years

Science & Tech News Higgs Boson observed

Google Nexus 7 tablet launched

On 4th July 2012, scientists at CERN observed a boson consistent with the ‘Higgs Boson’

Google launched the 7-inch tablet, called Google Nexus 7

The Higgs Boson is an elementary particle in physics

It runs Android 4.1 and was developed in partnership with Asus Corporation

Doctors, chemical engineers and scientists from Boston Children's hospital have designed a way to inject oxygen into your bloodstream if one is unable to breathe


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July to August 2012

Smart Suit for soldiers in future?

Self driven Audi TTS hits 120 mph speeds

Researchers at Harvard University will develop a smart suit for soldiers This suit will improve physical endurance delaying the onset of fatigue and reduce injuries

This is a collaboration between Stanford’s Dynamic Design Lab, and the Volkswagen Electronics Research Lab

UK’s first hydrogen powered car takes passengers

The Curiosity rover landed on Mars on 6th of August, 2012

10,000 year old aquifer found in one of the driest areas of sub-Saharan desert It can supply water for next 400 years

A drunk Norwegian tourist fell asleep on a baggage belt and travelled 160 feet and 15 minutes at Rome's airport

Titanic menu was sold for GBP 46K This was the dinner menu for the first class passengers on April 10, 1912

Blood sucking parasite named after singer ‘Bob Marley’

11 year old boy, a stowaway on an international flight

This species is as uniquely Caribbean as Marley

A 11 year schoolboy flew without passport, ticket or boarding

The new species belongs to a family of parasites called ‘gnathiids’

pass from Manchester to Rome There is an investigation on to find out how the boy was able to clear three security checkpoints

These are ocean based analogs of blood sucking ticks and disease carrying mosquitos.


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July to August 2012

World mobile throwing contest A cow climbed up a five storey building in Siberia to escape the advances of a bull Firefighters had rescue the cow later


Finland won the world ‘mobile throwing’ contest held in Savonlinna, Finland Ere Karjalainen, of Finland, won the title with a record breaking 332 feet throw

Sports Roundup CRICKET NEWS

India's tour of Sri Lank

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India beat Srilanka 4 - 1 in the one day series India won the T20 match New Zealand in WestIndies west indies won the Test 2 - 0, one dayers 4 - 1 and the T20 series 2-0 South Africa in England south Africa won the test series 2 - 0 India defected Australia to win the U-19 Cricket world cup Brett Lee and VVS Laxman retired from international Cricket

• Jeev Milkha Singh of India 2012 Scottish open golf • Ernie Els of South Africa Won the 2012 British Open golf tournament


Wimbledon Roger Federer won the men's singles and Serna Williams the women's singles titles

Motor Sports Formula one

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Marc Webber won the British Grandprix Fernando Alonso won the German Gp Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Gp

Bradley Wiggins, of the UK, won the 2012 Tour de France


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Did you know The USA, Liberia and Myanmar (former Burma) are the only countries who haven’t officially adopted the metric system for measurements

Koalas sleep up to 19 hours a day

Sean Connery was originally offered the role of Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings, but turned it down because he didn’t understand the story!

Stephen King, the legendary writer of horror stories, taught high school English in Hampden, Maine, in his early career He wrote during the weekends and in the evenings

The Tokyo Zoo, located in Japan, closes down for two months every year to give the animals a little break from the people.

One cannot catch cold in the North Pole in winter. The temperature is so low that its difficult for disease causing micro-organisms to survive there

The ‘can opener’ was invented 48 years after cans were introduced! Only one McDonald’s in the world has turquoise arches

In Singapore, a law states “If you are convicted of littering three times, you will have to clean the streets on Sundays with a bib on saying, ‘I am a litterer’” The pattern of stripes on a tiger’s fur is unique. No two tigers have the same pattern

The folks in Sedona, Arizona, thought yellow would clash with the natural red rock

The Olympic Games Collection of interesting & fun facts The Medals • Each Medals must be at least three millimeter thick and 60 millimeters in diameter. • The gold and silver Olympic medals must be made out of 92.5 percent silver, with the gold medal • The last Olympic gold medals that were made entirely out of gold were awarded in 1912

Official Flag

• The flag was designed by Baron Pierre de Coubertin in 1914 • The five rings symbolize the five significant continent and are interconnected to symbolize the friendship to be gained from these international competitions • The rings, from left to right are blue, yellow, black, green, and red. The colors were chosen because at least one of them appeared on the flag of every country in the world


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• women were first allowed to participate in 1900 at second modern Olympic games. Because of world war l and world war ll, there were no Olympic games in 1916, 1940, or 1944. • The first winter Olympic games were held in Chamonix , France in 1924 http:// • up until 1994 the Olympics were held every four years. since then the winter and summer games have alternated every two years.

Ancient Olympics

• Only men, boys and unmarried girls were allowed to attend the Olympic Games • Married women were not allowed into the Olympic games. • All the competitors in the ancient Olympics were naked

The Nastiest Event? The Pankratian or free for all wrestling was probably the nastiest event. • Biting and poking people’s eyes were officially banned, but some competitors did both!

Hitler only attended one football match at the 1936 Berlin Olympics that Germany lost 2-0 to Norway • Bad wheather meant the final two events in the London 1948 London Olympics were held at dusk, with athletes illuminated by Car headlights • Australia’s Henry Pearce stopped rowing in the 1928 Amsterdam games quarter- final to allow a family of dusk to pass safely in front of his boat. He still won the race and took gold in the final. • The great boxer, Muhammad Ali, was so nervous about flying to rome for the 1960 games that he bought a parachute from an army surplus store and wore it throughout the flight, often getting up to prey in the aisle • The first olymipc games to be televised were the 1936 Berlin games For the first time in Olympic history Romania’s Nadia Comaneci scored a maximum 10.0 in the uneven bars event in gymnastics at Montreal 1976 Olympics. Scoreboards were unable to cope and so displayed the score as 1.0.

• The 1912 Greco - Roman wrestling match in • Cricket was included in the 1900 Paris Stockholm between Finn Alfred Asikainen games. Only two teams entered: Great and Russian Martin klein lasted more than Britain and French team 11 hours. Klein eventually won but was too entirely comprised of british exhausted to participate in the championship embassy staff. Britain won match so he settled for the silver. the gold • Stella the Fella - Poland’s Stella Walsh (Stanislawa Walasiewiz) won the women’s 100-meter race at 1932 Olympics in Los Angels, becoming the first woman to break the 12- second barrier. When she was killed in 1980. an autopsy declard her to be a male

• The Organizers of the Marathon event at the 1908 London Games, discovered that the British Royal box was 385 yards further down route the 26 mile finishing mark. The route was extended to finish exactly in front of king Edward Vll and has been 6 miles and 385 yards ever since.

Sources: • • • • • “Infoplease Articles” Fact Monster. copyrights 2000 - 2007 Pearson Education, publishing as fact Monster 16 aug 2012 <http://www.>.


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GK mart

Some useful termsâ&#x20AC;Ś

Philology Study of languages, mostly historical

Antitode A remedy or other agent used to counteract the effects of a poison

Fourth Estate Daily press or Newspapers


Person or Corporate body who starts a new business venture or company

Coup D'Etat Sudden change of government by force

Some famous people known by one name Bono


Paul Hewson, of Irish Band U2

Argentine politician, Eva Peron



Rock singer, Gordon Sumner

US magician, Erich Weiss


Georges Remi, author of Tintin series


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GK mart Top 5 airports of the world 2012 Incheon International Airport, Korea Singapore Changi Airport Hong Kong International Airport Amsterdam Schiphol Beijing Capital International Airport

Mythological figures Venus

Roman God of beauty


Egyptian God of war


Chinese God of arts


Norse God of sunlight


Greek God of wisdom


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Our World Petra is an ancient archaeological city about 260 km south of Jordan’s capital, Amman It was unknown to the West till 1812

Petra, Jordan

Petra is a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans The Nabataeans, were an industrious Arab people who settled Jordan more than 2000 years ago

In Petra

It has more than 800 monuments — including tombs, buildings, funerary halls, temples, colonnaded streets, arched gateways, and even baths The El-Khazneh or Treasury is one of the famous places

It has been listed in the ‘28 Places to visit before you die’

Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage site

Slice of History Attila, was the ruler of the Huns, from AD 434 to 453 The Huns were fierce warriors and lived in the Hungarian plains

the Hun

Attila was one of the most feared enemies of the Eastern and Western Roman Empires He became known as the ‘Scourge of God’ Attila led his tribe in wars across Greece, Southern Russia, Germany, Italy and France By conquering neighboring kingdoms, he built up a large empire He died in AD 453, after drinking heavily on the night of his wedding and suffering a massive nosebleed


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Places & Nicknames

Jaipur - Pink City Jaipur was painted pink to welcome the prince of Wales in 1876

Finland - Land of Thousand Lakes Finland has been ranked as one of the world's most peaceful and livable countries

New Orleans - The Big Easy New Orleans, is so called, probably because it was easy for musicians in the early 20th century to find work there

Aberdeen, Scotland - The Granite City Because most of the buildings were built of granite which was quarried locally at Rubislaw Quarry

Chicago - The Windy City In 1920's, scandal after scandal in Chicago suggested that politcians can be bought, making their promises nothing but air


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General Knowledge Crossword Across


4. The first Summer Paralympics were held in 1988 and hosted in this city 6. The ancient games were held in Greece. What was the name of the place that gives the Games its name? 7. The ancient Olympics were banned by which Roman Emperor? 10. The first Winter Olympics were held in this French town in 1924 11. Which summer Olympics was boycotted by the majority of African nations? 12. The 2008 Olympics were held in

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general knowledge 1. Where was Napolean exiled in 1815? (a) Hawaii (b) St. Helena (c) Tristan Da Cumba (d) Elba

2. Which Roman emperor is regarded as the founder of the Christian Empire? (a) Julius Caesar (b) Augustus Caesar (c) Constantine (d) Tiberius

3. From which country, was the Statue of Liberty a gift to the USA? (a) France (b) England (c) Germany (d) Japan

4.Which was India's first 3D movie? (a) Shiva Ka Insaf (b) Mera Naam Joker (c) Chota Chetan (d) Shalimar

5. Who was the first actor to play James Bond? (a) Daniel Craig (b) Roger Moore (c) Timothy Dalton (d) Sean Connery

6.Who starred in the popular comedy movies, The Kid, The Gold Rush and The Great Dictator? (a) Charlie Chaplin (b) Laural and Hardy (c) Bod Hope (d) Frank Sinatra

7. Which team won the American Football SuperBowl 2012? (a) New York Giants (b) New England Patriots (c) Kansas city Chiefs (d) Dallas Cowboys

8. Which club won the 2011 FIFA World Club Cup soccer tournament? (a) Manchester United (b) Real Madrid (c) Barcelona (d) Chelsea

9. Who won the first F1 race in the Indian track at Noida in 2011? (a) Jenson Button (b) Michael Suhumacher (c) Alonso Fernando (d) Sebastian Vettel

10. Who is the famous mystery author, who created characters like Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple? (a) Agatha Christie (b) Alfred Hitchcock (c) Edgar Alan Poe (d) Barbara Cartland

11. What was the first PM and well-known statesman of Singapore? (a) Lee Hsien Loong (b) Lee Kuan Yew (C) Goh Chok Tong

12. Who was the famous Soviet leader and Nobel Prize winner who followed the policies of 'glasnost' and 'perestroika'? (a) Josef Stalin (b) Loenid Brezynev (c) Michael Gorbachev (d) Boris Yeltsin

13. From which country did India procure its latest nuclear submarine, Nerpa? (a) Israel (b) Russia (c) USA (d) UK


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14. Which Pacific islands jumped west of the International Date Line last year end? (a) Marshall Islands (b) Tahiti (c) Samoa and Tokelau (d) Vanatu

15. Which Nobel Peace Prize winner was recently elected to the country's Parliament? (a) Nelson Mandela (b) Aug San Sui Kyi (c) Kofi Annan

16.What is the capital of Peru? (a) Trujillo (b) Lima (c) Ica

(d) Piura

17.The Mughal emperor who was in power at the age of 14 was.. (a) Shah Jahan (b) Humayun (c) Jahangir (d) Akbar

18. Which hormone maintains the blood sugar level in the body? (a) Insulin (b) Histamine (c) Gastrin (d) Renin

19. A fire temple is the place of worship of which religion? (a) Sikhs (b) Buddhists (c) Parsis (d) Jains

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For answers, Check the Quiz section at 20. Who is the current president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)? (a) juan Antonio Samaranch (b) Suresh Kalmadi (c) Jacques Rogge (d) Sebastian Coe

21. The first country to elect an animal rights party to Parliament was.. (a) Sweden (b) India (c) Singapore (d) Holland

22. Which ocean is also known as Herring Pond (a) Pacific Ocean (b) Indian Ocean (c) Atlantic Ocean (d) Arctic Ocean

23. The book 'Descent of Man' was written by (a) William Shakespear (b) Charles Darwin (c) Thomas Haedy (d) George Bernard Shaw

24. Its considered to be the driest region in the world (a) Atacama Desert (b) Sahara Desert (c) Death Valley (d) Thar Desert

25. Which country had banned use of all foreign money in Jan 2010? (a) China (b) North Korea (c) Cuba (d) Mongolia


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