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Current Affairs December 2010 - 4

Automobile

Mahindra launches 4*4 of-roader the 'Thar'

BMW launches 'X1' SUV priced at around Rs.29.9 lakh


Business

IISc to setup synchrotron and R&D centre at Chitradurga, Karnataka

Solar energy major Mosear Bear to invest $500 to 600 million over next 3-4 years to expand its manufacturing capacity of crystalline cells and crystalline silicon modules in India

Accenture bags 42-month contract from Nagaland government for implementing the state's public service portal

Gazprombank agrees to lend USD 200 million loan to Sistema Shyam Teleservices

Johnson and Johnson Ltd. launches nicotine gum brand Nicorette in India

Tata Chemicals arm, Bruner Mond, to acquire 100 per cent stake in British Salt for GBP 93 million (Rs.650 crore)

Central Bank celebrates 100 years, to open branches overseas

AT&T to acquire Qualcomm spectrum for $1.93 billion

Ebay buys Germany's largest online shopping club, brands4friends for $200 million (150 million pound)

Confederation of Indian Industry to set up an entertainment task force to bring commerce and creativity on a single platform for the growth of Bengali film industry

Nokia bags 3G services order from Idea for UP(east), UP(west), Kerala and Haryana

Reliance MediaWorks ties up with Russian firm, Russian World Studios (RWS) to outsource film restoration

ING Vysya Bank ties up with Angel Broking to offer online trading

Suzuki to supply small cars for Mitsubishi Motors in Japan

Universal Power Transformers Private Limited signed a MoU with China's Shandong Power Equipment Works (Speco) for manufacture of high voltage 220 kV transformers used in power generation and distribution


Education

Rajnikanth's 'Robot' to be part of IIM-A course


People

Natasha Arora from Texas has been declared Miss India USA 2010 at a function at Royal Albert's Palace in Fords in New Jersey who also bagged Miss Beautiful Skin and Best Talent titles

Congress leader, freedom fighter and 4-time chief minister of Kerala K Karunakaran dies at 92

Nicole Faria wins Miss Earth 2010 at Vietnam


Rank

Infosys Technologies Ltd. has been ranked number one among retail IT services provider worldwide, for 2010 in a global evaluation


Science

A total lunar eclipse on December 21st 2010 will be the last eclipse of 2010. It was visible in the region covering Europe, West Africa, America, the Pacific Ocean, Eastern Australia, the Philippines and Eastern and Northern Asia

Scientists identify proteins that can check 130 illnesses


Sports

John Wright named New Zealand cricket coach

Sachin Tendulkar becomes first batsman in Test cricket's history to score 50 centuries, dedicates to his father

RK Shetty has been appointed as the president of the Indian Hockey Federation, replaces KPS Gill

Singapore-based business firm Podar Holdings International Pte Ltd. and Top Bloom Corporation Ltd. has inked a deal jointly with the USACA, NZC and Australian Sports marketing firm Insite to start a franchise-based Twenty20 League in the US in 2012 with the backing of International Cricket Council


Technology

Google introduces digital book database, a huge database of words and short phrases collected from nearly 5.2 million digitized books

Apple is all set to launch its Mac App Store, an online store on January 6th 2011

Nimbuzz after announcing HD voice calls on Google Andriod phones now, extends it for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

Motorola has unveiled Android-powered QUENCH XT5 smartphone in India, priced at Rs.15,990

BenQ unveils 23.6-inch 3D LED Gaming Monitor XL2410T. First 3D LED backlit Full HD monitor to be launched in India

RIM to introduce Blackberry Messenger Services in India

EPSON launches all-in-one photo printer at Rs.13,999

Samsung Wave II S8530 is available in India priced at Rs.19,000

LG has announced world's first dual-core chip smart phone, Optimus 2X

HP to launch PalmPad to take on Apple iPad

Logitech launches rechargeable, wireless illuminated keyboard, K800

Bose launches AE2 headphones priced at Rs.8,000

Symbolein Technologies, a product design and development company has designed a palm sized printer that allows to print pictures on any surface with ease. The printer weighs about 350gms and is compatible with smartphones, laptops and personal computers

Microsoft has launched HTML5 labs

AnimGraphix has launched an integrated electronic device 3D Edumagic aimed at instructing pre-school students through interactive classroom videos

Designed by Nitin Mane as part of the LG Cube Competition 2010, Mouse for Men has touch controls, flexible touchscreen with OLED display and pressure sensitive controls to boot and also has separable tail to ease usability

Panda Security launches 'Global Protection 2011' for India, to be available in 23 Indian languages

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