[Misc.GK] Persons in News (2012-13), Sports, Books, Awards for SSC-CGL, SBI-PO, UPSC-CSAT


  1. Introduction
  2. Drawing the line
  3. International (Political)
  4. International (Non political)
  5. Indian in India (Non political)
  6. Indian Diaspora abroad
  7. Sports
  8. Tennis
  9. Sports Mascots
  10. Books/Literature
  11. Nobel-2012
  12. Nobel winners associated with India
  13. Astro
  14. Beauty
  15. Clichéd


  • The previous list of [PIN] Persons in News (2011-12) was given in separate article, click me (some names will overlap here).
  • Now this new article, is for [PIN] 2012-13, mainly keeping the upcoming SBI-PO, SSC-CGL exams in mind. It contains list of PIN + Sports + Books + awards.
  • This list is not exhaustive. This is just “minimum essential system requirement”, otherwise Government gave more than 6 dozen Padma Shris in 2012, but time is not a luxury we cannot afford right now.
  • This is list is subject to revision (based on your additions via comments.)

Drawing the line

  • As the exam date comes near, people start making more and more ambitious plans (like I’ll finish all Pratiyogita Darpan issues of last 2 years. I’ll cover all The Hindu newspapers of last 12 months from its website and so on…).
  • But, Ambitious studyplans =often unrealistic studyplans= #EPICFAIL.
  • So, when it comes to Persons in News (PIN), Sports, Books and Misc.GK , you’ve to draw a line somewhere otherwise book market is flooded with “current affairs” material worth 10000 pages (and more will come, as the March-April floods approach.).
  • But beyond a point it starts giving “diminishing rate of return”.
  • The “core” areas for GK/GS for the upcoming exams are following:
NCERT+NIOS+Laxmi+YearbookCurrent Affairs (Polity, Economics, Enb, Sci-Tech.)
  1. SSC-CGL
Static+Science+Crap (already explained in separate article. Click me)
  1. SBI PO
Economics (Current + theory) + International Affairs + Marketing + Computer. (elaborate plan coming soon).

International Leaders




BhutanJigme Khesar Namgyel WangchuckKing of Bhutan. Chief guest for 26th Jan. 2013.
BrazilDilma RousseffFirst woman President of Brazil. She replaced Lula Desilva. (Lula got Indira Gandhi peace prize.)
ChinaXi JingpingReplaced Hu Jintao, China. He is expected to become President, in March 2013.
ChinaLi KequiangNew PM of China. Replaced Wen Jiabao.
ChinaBo Xilaicorrupt leader in Chinese politbureu. Expelled
CubaRaul CastroPresident of Cuba. Replaced Fidel Castro
EgyptMohd. MorsyPresident of Egypt.
EuHerman Van RompuyPM of Belgium. President of European Council
FranceFrancois HollandePresident of France. He defeated Sarkozi. Belongs to Socialist party
GreeceAtonis SamrasPM Greece. Name is important only because Greece=#EPICFAIL economy.
IranAytollah KhameneiSupreme leader of Iran
IranAhmedijadPresident of Iran.
IsraelPresident Shimon Peres.
PM Benjamin Netanyahu.
Their parliament =Knesset.
JapanShinzo AbePM japan. Defeated Yoshiko Noda. Their parliament =Diet.
LiberiaEllen SirleafPresident of Liberia, got Indira Gandhi peace price. (2012)
Maldives -CoupNasheed N Waheedafter coup, Nasheed was replaced by Waheed
Mali-coupDiarra N TraoreAfter coup, Diarra was replaced by Traore
MauritiusRajkeshwur PurryagPresident of Mauratius. He was chief guest @Pravasi bharatiya Divas 2013. Click me for more details
MexicoEnrique NietoMexico new President
MyanmarThein SeinMyanmar president
MyanmarAung San Suu KiNobel peace 91. Opposition  leader in Myanmar. Party National league for democracy. Visited India in Nov 12
N.KoreaKim Jong-UnNorth Korea President. After his father King Jong-il Died
PakRaja ParvezPM of Pakistan, SC ordered his arrested.
GermanyAngela MarkelGerman Chancellor
PalestineMohd.AbbasPresident of Palestine Authority
S.KoreaPark Geun-hyefirst female President of S.Korea. She replaced Lee Myung-bak
SrilankaGen.Sarath FonsecaEx-General of Sri Lankan army. Was jailed after power struggle with President.
SrilankaMahinda RajpaksheSri lankan President. He threw out CJI  Shiran Bandaranyake.
SyriaWael HalqiPM of Syria.
SyriaBashar Al AssadPresident of Syria
ThailandYingluck ShinawatraFirst female PM of Thailand. She was chief guest of 26th Jan parade in 2012.
UkDavid CameronPM of UK. (Conservative party) He replaced Gordon Brown.
UkNick CleggDeputy PM of UK. (liberal democrats)
UkMargaret ThatcherEx PM of UK. (Conservative Party). First lady PM of England. Died recently.
UsaObama (Democrat)won second time Presidential election. His VP candidate was Joe Biden.
UsaMitt Romney (Republican)Contested against Obama. His VP candidate was   Paul Ryan.
VenNicholas MaduroPresident Venezuela. He replaced Hugo Chavez, who had died because of cancer.

International Org (non political)

Ban-Ki-MoonUN General Secretary
Jim Yong KimWorld Bank
Justice Dalveer BhandariIndian. became Judge of International court of Justice.
Christine LagardeChief of IMF
Pascal LamyChief of WTO. (update: Roberto Azevedo, a top Brazilian trade diplomat, will replace Pascal Lamy as the head of the WTO in September 2013)
Jacques RoggePresident IOC, olympic Committee.
SK Jainfirst Indian to become chairman of World Assco. Of Nuke operators.
Nkosazana ZumaHead of African Union (AU): First woman

Indian in India (Non political)



Admiral Devendra Joshireplaced Admiral Nirmal Verma
Air Marshal N.A.K. BrowneHe replaced Pradeep Vasant Naik
Ashok ChawlaCCI. Competition Commission of India
Brajesh MishraIndia’s first National Security Advisor. During Vajpayee Government. Dead
Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabirreplaced SH Kapadia.
Duvvuri SubbaraoRBI Governor.
Urjit Patelrecently appointed deputy RBI Governor.
Ela Ramesh BhattFounder of SEWA. Got Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace. (actually won in 2011, but was awarded that prize in 2013).
GadgilCommittee on Western Ghat ecology.
Gen. Bikram Singhhe replaced Gen.VK Singh
Gopi Chand Narangassociated with Urdu litt. Got Pakistani award Sitara-i-Imtiaz. The highest civilian award in Pakistan is Nishan-i-Imtiaz, earlier Morariji Desai and Dilip Kumar got it
GulzarIndira gandhi award for national integration.
JS VermaCommittee on women safety after Delhi gangrape
Justice DK Jain20th law commission
Kaushik BasuWorld bank Chief economist
KC ChakrabaryCommittee : financial inclusion. Deputy Governor RBI ,
Major Abup J. ManjaliKirti Chakra.
Mrinal GoreNoted socialist. Dead.
Naina Kidwaichief of HSBC India. Became first woman President of FICCI.
Parthsarthi ShomeCommittee GAAR . General anti avoidance rules.
Raghuram RajanPreviously with IMF. Now Chief Economic Advisor to Finance ministry
Rahul KhullarTRAI
RangachariCommittee Taxation in IT sector
RangarajanDomestic gas price. Rangarajan is also the Chairman of Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council.
Ranjit SinhaCBI
Sam PitrodaNational Knowledge Commission.
Satyanand MishraCIC. He replaced Wajahat Habibullah.
Shivshankar MenonNational Security Advisor (current). He replaced MK Narayan. First NSA was Brajesh Mishra who recently died.
Tessy ThomasDefense scientist, making India self reliant in missile tech. Won Lal Bahdur Shashtri national award.
Vergheze kurienAmul. NDDB. Father of white revolution. Norman Barlung was father of green revolution.
Vijay KelkarCommittee on Fiscal deficit. Ex-Chairman of Finance Commission
Vinod RaiCAG. Also Enemy #1 of Kapil Sibbal, Manish Tewari, A.Raja and countless others in UPA. hahaha.
VS SampathChief election Commissioner (CEC). He replaced SY Quraishi.
YV ReddyHe is chairman of 14th Finance Commission. (period: 2015-2020) And Chairman of 13th Finance Commission was Vijay Kelkar.

Indian Diaspora abroad

Ami BeraCalifornia, House of representative.
Bobby JindaLouisiana Governer, USA, Indian origin, Republican party
Fareed Zakariaworked for CNN and TIME. Suspended for plagarism.
Halimah YacobSingapore’s first woman speaker, of Indian origin.
Jacintha Saldanashe was a nurse in London, treating Kate William. She committed suicide after two Australian radio DJ mocked her.
Kamla Persad BissessarPM of Trinidad and Tobago. Chief Guest of PBD-2012.
Nikky HaleyS.Carolina Governer, USA, Indian origin, Republican party
Patricia Maria RozarioUK Musician. Won PBD 2013.
Rajat GuptaJailed for insider trading in USA. Was associated with Goldman Sachs
Rajkeswur PurryagPresident of Mauritius. Chief guest of PBD-2013
Rasik JoshiSanskrit Litt. Mexico. Won PBD-2013 award
Tulsi Gabbard1st Hindu in US House of Representatives (their Lok Sabha). Elected from Hawai State.
Party:Democrat.She took oath on Gita, Served in US army, was deployed in Iraq.
Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard


AthleticsFauja Singhworld’s oldest marathon runner.
AthleticsUsain BoltIAAF award. Got 3 gold in London Olympic
AthleticsAllyson FelixIAAF award. Got 3 gold in London Olympic
BadmintonPV SindhuAsia under 19
BilliardsPankaj Advaniwon the world cup
Chess World CupV.Ananddefeated Boris Gelfand
CricketCpt. Unmukt chandIndia cricket under 19 cpt, won world cup. defeated Aussies.
CyclingLance armstrongCyclist, banned for drugs.
FootballLionel Messeimost goals in a calendar year. got Golden boot.
FootballSunil ChhetriAIFF player of the year.(2011). For 2012 It is Syed Rahim Nabi
HockeyLeslie ClaudiusIndia’s triple olympic gold medalist. Hockey. Dead.
London OlympicSushilSilver Wrestle 66kg. He was flag-bearer. He got bronze in 2008 Beijing.
London OlympicVijay KumarSilver. 25 rapid fire pistol. Rajiv G.Khel ratna
London OlympicMary KomBronze. Women flywt. Boxing
London OlympicGagan NarangBronze. 10 air-rifle
London OlympicYogeshwar duttBronze. 60kg wrestle. Rajiv G.Khel ratna.
London OlympicSaina NehwalBronze. Single badminton
London OlympicKrishna Pooniadiscus throw. Did not win
ShootingRonjan SodhiISSF shooting world cup: .(silver, double trap).
SquashDipika Pilliadid not win but only Indian woman to enter semifinals
London OlympicMichael PhelpsSwimming. four golds and two silver medals


Aus.OpenDjkovik, SerbiaAzarenka, Belarus
French OpenNadal, SpainSharapova, Rus
US OpenAnde Murray, UKSerena Williams, US
WimbledonFederer,SwizSerena Williams,US
  • Bhupathi Sania won French open doubles.
  • Andy Roddick, Tennis retired.

Sports Mascots

Beijing Olympics 2008Fuwa (good-luck dolls)
Cricket World Cup 2011Stumpy, the elephant.
CWG, 2011Shera, the tiger.
Kabbadi world cup 2012, IndiaJAANBAZ, the eagel.
London Olympics 2012Wenlock + Mandeville. They symbolize Britain’s industrial revolution.
FIFA 2014Armadillo.
London Olympic Mascots

London Olympic Mascots (click to enlarge)


Hilary MantelWon two man booker prizes. This time for book “Bring up the bodies”.
Shashi tharoorPax indica. It details India’s international relations.
Jeet ThayilNarcopolis.  Tale of mumbai’s opimioum addiction. Booker price shortlisted but did not win. Another book is “These errors are correct”
Ruskin BondMaharani
JK RowlingThe Casual Vacancy  (Harry Potter author)
N.VittalEnding corruption: how to clean up Iondia
Kushwant Singh.Free thinker’s prayer book
Amitav GhoshRiver of smoke
Sudheendra KulkarniMusic of spinning wheel
Salman RushdieJoseph Anton.
APJ KalamTurning Points
Aravind AdigaLast man in tower
Tarun TejpalThe Valley of Masks
Taslima NasreenNirbasan
Kuldeep NayarBeyond the lines
Kushwant singhTurbaned Tornado: The Oldest Marathon Runner Fauja Singh
Verghese KurienAn Unfinished Dream
Verghese KurienThe Man Who Made The Elephant Dance
Hamid AnsariMuslim in Indian cities
I K GUJRALMatters of Discretion: An Autobiography
Pt. ravi shankarLiving to Tell It All
Vikram ChandraRed Earth and Pouring Rain
Syed Mustafa SirajAleek Manush – 1994

Authors Dead

Sunil GangopadhyayaBengali writer. Sahitya Acadamy chief.
Kamla SadgopanTamil novelist
Eric HobsbawmNoted Marxist Historian from UK


  1. Medicine
Gurdon, YamanakaRegenerative medicine. Cure disease by growing tissues in lab.
  1. Physics
Haroche, WinelandMeasure quantum particles, without destroying them.
  1. Chemistry
Lefkowitz, KobilkaProtein receptors that let body cell respond to signals.
  1. Litt.
Mo YanFirst Chinese writer to get this award.
  1. Economics
Roth, Shapley.Stable allocation + market design.
  1. Peace

Nobel winners associated with India

  1. Dr. Hargobind Khorana
  1. S. Chandrasekhar
  1. Venkatarama Ramakrishnan
  1. Mother Teresa
  1. Tagore
  1. Amartya Sen
  1. Rudyard Kipling
  1. VS Naipaul


Cpt. Nivedita BhasinFirst Indian woman to command boeing 787
Liu Yangfirst Chinese woman astro.
Neil ArmstrongApollo 11. 1969. First man to land on moon. Dead.
Sally RideFirst American woman astro. Dead. A Moon crate named after her.
Sunita WilliamsTake a command of international space station. second Indian woman, first kalpana chawala.


  1. Olivia Culpo
Miss Universe, USA.
  1. Tereza Fajksova
Miss Earth 2012. from czech.
  1. wen xia yu
Miss World 2012 (China). Last Indian to win was Priyanka Chopra.


following names have become so clichéd in current affairs related books, magazines and sites that they can be simply ignored for the exam:

Homai VyarawalaIndia’s first woman photojournalist. Dead.
Chanda KochharICICI
Malala YousufzaiPakistani girl, shot by Talibans, survived.
Indra NooyiPepsi
Pandit Ravi ShankarSitar Maestro. Will get Grammy award posthumously.

ok so that’s it for the moment, if you feel any important names/terms have been left out or if there is any correction in the tables, do post it in comments and I’ll update the article accordingly.

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