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Do it Yourself : Geography

Fauna is the
i) plant life of a region ii) study of Physics iii) study of Oceanography iv) animal life of a region

Light year is used to measure the
i) Distance between stellar bodies ii) Speed of rockets iii) Speed of aeroplanes iii) None of these

The "girdle of fire" refers to the ring of volcanoes around the
i) Atlantic ii) Mediterranean iii) Indian Ocean iv) Pacific

Echo-sounding is
i) method of measuring the depth of the sea ii) branch of study in Botany iii) a game iv) None of these

Arctic region is full of
i) water ii) land iii) rocks iv) ice

Chemical weathering results from
i) solution of carbonic acid ii) action of winds iii) effects of frost iv) expansion and contraction of rocks

Savannas are
i) vast plains ii) mountains iii) tracks full of tress iv) tropical grass lands

The term 'Ecliptic' is used for the
i) path of Earth around the Sun ii) Moon when eclipsed iii) Sun when eclipsed iv) None of these

A traveller is thirsty in a desert at 15 degree East and 25 degree South. The desert in question is
i) Patagonia ii) Mohave iii) Sahara iv) Kalahari

Pampas are
i) vast plains ii) tropical grass lands iii) mountains iv) tracks full of tress


Answers Hint: (last and first alternatively)

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Awards 2010

Biological Sciences
Dr Sanjeev
Galande
National Center for Cell Science, Pune
Dr Shubha Tole
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
Chemical Sciences
Dr Swapan K Pati
Jawarhalal Nehru Center for Scientific Research, Bangalore
Dr Sandeep Verma
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
Engineering Sciences
Dr G K
Anathasuresh
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Dr Shangamitra
Bandyopadhyay
Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
Medical Sciences
Dr Mitali Mukerji
Institute of Genomics and Interactive Biology (CSIR), Delhi
Physical Sciences
Dr Umesh Vasudeo
Wagmare
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore
Dr Kalobaran Maiti
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai

CSIR Young Scientist Awards 2010

CSIR - Council of Scientific and Industrial Research

Biological Sciences

Dr.M.Mohammad Idris
Dr.Sudesh Kumar Yadav


Chemical Sciences


Dr.Kamlesh Parasad


Engineering Sciences


Dr.Sanjay Panduranga Kamble


Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Sciences


Dr.Ravi Prakash Srivastava
Dr.Samir Ravikant Damare


CSIR Diamond Jubilee Invention Award for School Children 2009


Second Price(Rs,25,000/-): Ms.Neha Lalit Sharma Class XII,Swami Vivekanand Junior College, Chembur, Mumbai

Invention - A method of dyeing cotton fabric using natural colorant from tobacco

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Awards 2010

Biological Sciences
Dr Sanjeev
Galande
National Center for Cell Science, Pune
Dr Shubha Tole
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
Chemical Sciences
Dr Swapan K Pati
Jawarhalal Nehru Center for Scientific Research, Bangalore
Dr Sandeep Verma
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
Engineering Sciences
Dr G K
Anathasuresh
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Dr Shangamitra
Bandyopadhyay
Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
Medical Sciences
Dr Mitali Mukerji
Institute of Genomics and Interactive Biology (CSIR), Delhi
Physical Sciences
Dr Umesh Vasudeo
Wagmare
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore
Dr Kalobaran Maiti
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai

Current Affairs September 2010 - 4

Business

Bharti enters mobile phone business, as group firm beetle launches 8 triple SIM phones priced between Rs.1,750 to Rs.7,000

Nokia Siemens, Ericsson and Huawei has been awarded the contracts of 3G network infrastructure by Bharti Airtel

Sensex ends above 20,000 points, the last before today was on January 15th 2008

India's first Super Hercules plane C-130J, considered to be world's most advanced transport aircraft is being prepared for its maiden flight early October 2010

STAR India PLUS has been launched on America's Verizon FiOS TV

Dell Streak, now made available on company's online store

MTS partners with Reebok, to offer a pair of sports shoes on purchase of its data card

Jet Airways to fly to Milan from December


Education

Indira Gandhi National Open University(IGNOU) to provide a certificate program English course through Nokia phone's Ovi Life Tools


People

M.C.Mary Kom claims a historic 5th successive World Championship title, beating Steluta Duta of Romania 16-6

Anysha Panesar, a 16-year-old Indian-origin teenager has been crowned USA's Perfect Teen

Nilsson has been appointed as Executive Director, International Operations by Ashok Leyland

Actor Manoj Kumar to get lifetime achievement honour at the Mumbai Academy of Moving IMage(MAMI), to be held between 21st to 28th of October 2010


Sports

Indian teams, including Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran, P.Harikrishna and Surya Shekar Ganguly secure 3rd round victory of the 29th Chess Olympiad held at Khanty Mansiysk in Russia

Business Quiz - 6

Which one of the following is not a white good?
i) Computer ii) Micro Oven iii) Refrigerator iv) Washing Machine

Identify the odd one out from the following:
i) ICI ii) BOB iii) SBI iv) BOI

Which one of the following car models is not from Maruti Suzuki?
i) Swift ii) i20 iii) A-Star iv) SX4

Pick the odd one out:
i) Honda ii) BMW iii) Suzuki iv) Toyota

Which one of the following firms/group is not associated with textiles?
i) Ambani ii) Kirloskar iii) Birla iv) Singhania

Find the odd one out:
i) Ponds ii) Peter England iii) Color Plus iv) Arrow

Which one of the following is not a Japanese company?
i) Honda ii) Nokia iii) Suzuki iv) Totyota

All of the following products belong to Hindustan Unilever except:
i) Lakme ii) Lux iii) Fa iv) Sunsilk

Reasoning - 9

I am sixth in the queue from either end. How many people are there in the queue?
i) 10 ii) 11 iii) 12 iv) 13

A Shepherd had 17 sheep. All but nine died. How many did he have left?
i) 7 ii) 8 iii) 9 iv) 12

ECLLOEG
Write the middle(alphabet) of the rearranged word.
i) L ii) C iii) O iv) K

If A=1, B = 3, C = 5 and so on. What do the numbers 3, 9, 7 stand for?
i) CAR ii) BAD iii) BID iv) BED

If HKUJ means FISH, what does UVCD mean?
i) STAL ii) STAB iii) STAK iv) STAR

If water is called food, food is called tree, tree is called sky, sky is called wall, then which of the following bears fruit?
i) Wall ii) Tree iii) Water iv) Sky

Which of the following is not desert?
i) IBOG ii) ATHR ii) ALKHARIA iv) PASIACN

Woman : Womanly :: Child : ____
i) Childwise ii) Childlike iii) Childly iv) Childish

No man is good, but some men are not bad. Therefore
i) All men are not bad ii) All men are not good iii) No man is not bad iv) None of the above

0, 6, 24, 60, 120, ?
i) 210 ii) 180 iii) 156 iv) 160

Observation

Which person has to stand throughout the day the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi?
The President

Name the two rivers mentioned in our National Anthem?
Ganga and Yamuna

Which rank in the Indian Air Force(IAF) is equivalent to that of an Army major?
Squadron Leader

What is common to these: coffee, dessert, soup, salt, tea and table?
Spoons: tablespoons, teaspoons etc.

Where would you find these: down, across, clues and square?
In a crossword puzzle

What pledge (starting with the word "I") would you find on Indian currency notes?
"I promise to the bearer the sum of...."

If you received a note from a friend with the letters I. O. U. written, what would it mean?
An informal written promise to pay (I Owe you)

What illuminated signs are lit from time to time in the cabin of an aircraft?
'No Smoking' and 'Fasten Seat Belt'

Current Affairs September 2010 - 3

Award

Telugu film maker, D.Ramanaidu has been honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke award

Eco-friendly Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation bags 'Earth Care Award for Excellence 2010 in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation'

Mani Ratnam was awarded 'Jaeger-Le Coultre Glory to the Fimlmaker Award' at the 67th Venice Film Festival


Business

Employee's Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) interest rate has been increased to 9.5 percent

RBI hikes repo rate and reverse repo rate by 25 bps from 5.75% to 6.0% and 50 bps from 4.5% to 5.0% respectively

Ipomo Communications has launched 'mobile learning' campus called Interactive Platform On Mobile Campus(IPOMO CAMPUS) in Karnataka


Celebration


Bank of Maharashtra surpasses (Platinum) 75 years of Banking service


Entertainment

Hollywood studio Warner Bros picks up distribution right of animated feature film 'Ramayana - The Epic', slated for a Dasara release in 3 languages(Hindi, Tamil and Telugu) simultaneously across India


Honour

Chennai-girl Divya Ajith becomes first woman to raise 'Sword of Honour' winning the Best All-Round Cadet award, beats 244 fellow gentlemen and women cadets.


People

South Indian playback singer and National award winner Swarnalatha is dead, following lung infection

Internet inventor Breners-Lee has urged that everyone across the world should have access to the web for free

Sunil Sanghai has been appointed as Managing Director and Head of Global Banking in India by HSBC


Science

Scientists make artificial (eletronic) skin that can sense touch


Sports

Clijsters wins 3rd U.S Open title

Wrestler Sushil Kumar wins gold in World Wrestling Championship

Nadal wins U.S.Open, completes grand slam collection

England's Andrew Flintoff retires from international cricket (all forms of the game)

England and Wales Cricket Board has handed a 2-week ban, to all-rounder Dmitri Mascarenhas for his Twitter outburst against national selector Geoff Miller


Technology

Samsung launches iPad named, Tab


Gramateller, a low-cost ATM priced at Rs.1,75,000 which consumes less than 100 watts of power, functions during power cuts with a back-up power supply and has the option of running on solar power has been launched by Vortex Engineering
Vortex Engineering: L.Kannan a mechanical engineer from IIT Madras. The founder, started the company in the year 2001 to develop innovative technologies to transform rural India

Termed to be the concept device, Nokia U has been revealed

Internet Explorer 9 Beta launched

Business Quiz - 5

'Louis Philippe' is a brand of designer's men's wear from:
i) UK ii) Australia iii) India iv) USA

DIGJAM is a product of:
i) Oswal Enterprise ii) Tata Enterprise iii) Reliance Enterprise iv) Birla Enterprise

The brand 'Park Avenue' of cosmetic is produced by:
i) Ponds India ii) Hindustan Unilever Ltd. iii) Lakme Ltd. iv) J.K.Helena Curtis Ltd.

'Eno' is produced by which company?
i) Ranbaxy Ltd. ii) Glaxo SmithKline iii) Cadlia iv) Johnson and Johnson

The cookies 'Hide and seek' is manufactured by which company?
i) ITC ii) Nestle iii) Parle iv) Britania

'Real' juice are products of which company?
i) Dabur ii) Hamdard iii) Pepsico iv) Parle

'Fair and Lovely' range of products was launched by:
i) ITC ii) Hindustan Unilever iii) Procter & Gamble iv) Emami

The Odonil belongs to:
i) Dabur ii) Zandu iii) ITC iv) Emami

The 'Beta' range of pens belongs to:
i) Cello ii) Luxor iii) Pilot iv) Parker

'Close-up' owns the popular toothpaste brand:
i) P & G ii) HUL iii) Johnson & Johnson iv) ITC Ltd.

General Knowledge for School Kids - 9

Which water bird can carry more than it can eat in its huge beak?
Pelican

Which animals are also known as 'ponies in pyjamas'?
Zebras

How does a Hummingbird makes its humming sound?
By flapping its wings

After which land animal is the largest species of seal named?
The elephant(seal)

The Indian name for this snake is the Ajgar; what is its English name?
Python

In a colony of bees, what are male bees called?
Drones

What is the main purpose of the tail of a kangaroo?
Keep its balance

What material do cuckoos use to make nests?
They don't. They lay their eggs in other bird's nests

Which is the only snake to build a nest?
King Cobra

The height of which animal is measured in 'hands'?
Horses

Current Affairs September - 2

Business

Akai enters Indian mobile market with 10 mobile phone models

China-based ZTE bags $64 million WiMax deal from BSNL

Skill development firm TalentSprint and financial software testing company Thinksoft Global, tie up to launch professional programs in structured testing of financial software

SpiceJet to begin international operations from October 9th 2010


People

Bob Diamond to head Barclays, as its next chief executive

Legendar Singer, Asha Bhosle turns 77

Tamil actor murali dies of heart attack

Vettori named New Zealand player of the year

Microsoft's Stephen Elop is Nokia's new CEO


Science

India test fired BrahMos cruise missile from the Integrated Test Range(ITR) at Chandipur off Orissa coast


Sourabh Siyal and Tushar Agarwal, students of Chirst College have designed a washing machine with junk material which includes discarded plastic bottle, runs without power


Sports

India wins gold in Archery World cup

Japanese rider Shpya Tomizawa dies at the San Marino Grand Prix (Moto2 race) which was held in Italy

India will see its inaugural Formula One Grand Prix on October 30th 2011

Chennai Sports City of 1,500 acres to be established in the Kancheepuram district

24-hour helpline website launched for tourists ahead of Common Wealth Games 2010


Tax

Now, get SMS alerts on tax dues


Technology

Google to play live interpreter(conversations between 2 people who do not speak the same language) using smartphones

SanDisk launches world's smallest stamp sized 64-bit solid-state drive

Independent Film and Television Alliance(IFTA)

Most significant films by decade

1980's
Amadeus, Blue Velvet, Dances with Wolves,
Das Boot, Gandhi, My Left Foot,
A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon,
Sex Lies and Videotape, The Terminator
1990's
Braveheart, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,
Fargo, Four Weddings and Funeral, Life is Beautiful,
Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, The Silence of the Lambs,
The Usual Suspects, Where the Day Takes You
2000's
Brokeback Mountain, Crash, The Hurt Locker,
Inglourious Basterds, Juno,
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring,
Million Dollar Baby, Monster, The Pianist and
Slumdog Millionaire

Geography - 4

What is the correct term used to describe any town above 5000 feet above sea level?
Hill Station

Which is the highest mountain in the world south of Delhi?
Mount Everest

Which is the longest of five rivers in Punjab?
Sutlej

On which river does the city of Baghdad lie?
Tigris

What unusual weapon appears on the flag of Mozambique?
An AK-47 semi-automatic rifle

Which river in Europe is sometimes referred to as "The Blue"?
The Danube

To which city would your father be flying if his baggage had the label 'CCU'?
Kolkata(Calcutta)

The Opera House in which city is shaped like a giant lotus?
Sydney

Which city was the first capital of the U.S.A?
New York, in 1788

By what name was the city of Volgograd formerly known?
Stanlingrad(and before that, Tsaritsyn)

Reasoning - 8

Which of the following relates to FLOWER in the same way as RTERBN relates to SECTOR?
i) RWLGPF ii) EOFKUQ iii) EOFMXS iv) RWLEND

0, 7, 26, 65, 124, 215, ?
i) 342 ii) 323 iii) 295 iv) 303

If the following words are arranged in natural sequence, which word would be the first.
i) Negative ii) Night iii) Near iv) Neighbour

Reaching a place of appointment on Friday I found that I was two day earlier than the scheduled day. If I had reached on the following Wednesday how many days late would I have been.
i) 4 days ii) 3 days iii) 2 days iv) 1 day

7, 12, 19, 28, 39, ?
i) 49 ii) 50 iii) 51 iv) 52

In an office having 55 employees men out number the women by 15. How many women are working in that office.
i) 20 ii) 30 iii) 40 iv) 50

If the position of Raj is 15th from one end and 13th from the other end in his class, What is the total number of students in his class?
i) 29 ii) 27 iii) 25 iv) 21

2, 11, 47, 191, 767, ?
i) 2981 ii) 3081 iii) 3058 iv) None of these

Entertainment - 2

From what creatures was the DNA of dinosaurs extracted in the film Jurassic Park?
Mosquitoes

Which film is believed to have had largest number of 'extras'?
Gandhi - there were over 3 lakh 'extras' in the funeral procession

What did Charlie Chaplin always carry in his hand?
A stick

Which Indian classical instrument normally has one hundred strings?
The Santoor

Who knocked out Amitabh Bachchan and seriously injured him on the sets of Coolie?
Puneet Issar

Which film star has had the maximum number of books written about him?
Charlie Chaplin

The first Tamil film ever made was the live story of a poet. The name of the poet was also the name of the film. Who was he?
Kalidas

Who was the first actor to appear on the cover of Time magazine?
Charlie Chaplin

What is the common term used to describe a scene in a film set in a time earlier than the main action?
Flashback

The film Enter the Dragon was the story about which martial art?
Kung Fu

Mark the correct meaning - 4

Precarious
i) dangerous ii) unusually clever iii) nervous iv) none of these

Apex
i) hub ii) top iii) bottom iv) turn

Warren
i) small bird ii) gully iii) tenement iv) judicial order

Naive
i) friendly ii) hostile iii) unwise iv) unsophisticated

Elite
i) choicest part ii) speed iii) abrasive iv) deficient

Vacillate
i) inject ii) tear iii) waver mentally iv) avoid

Retrospect
i) acceptance ii) back view iii) leisure iv) freedom

Addiction
i) slave-like habit ii) total sum iii) reminder iv) long discourse

Warrant
i) arrest ii) long for iii) argue iv) to justify

Intrepid
i) popular ii) fearless iii) experienced iv) eloquent

Current Affairs September 2010

Business

SBI's Branch at Kohinoor Banjara Premium banking Centre takes Rs.1 crore to open an account and that too on an invitation only.

Videocon Telecommunications offers a low tariff for international prepaid calls for countries including America at 1 paisa per second, Singapore and Malaysia at Rs.1.69 per minute

Air India to operate daily Mumbai-Abu Dhabi flights from November 1st 2010


Entertainment

2011 edition of the International Indian Film Academy Awards(IIFA) would be held in the North American city of Toronto


People

Former Argentina footballer Francisco Varallo, last surviving player from the 1st football World Cup dies at 100

Rishad, Premji's son is Wipro's Chief Strategy Officer of its IT business

Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal slips to No.3 in world ranking

M.S.Swaminathan, one fo the pioneers of the Green Revolution in India, will receive an honorary doctorate from Canadian's University of Alberta for his contribution to food security in the world

Indian Broadcasting Foundation, the apex of television channels has appointed Star India CEO Uday Shankar as President


Technology

Samsung unveils Galaxy to challenge Apple's iPad

Symbian 3 run Nokia N8 with 3.5 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with scratch resistant Gorilla glass to reach India by mid-September

NDTV Business Leadership Special Awards 2010

Business Leader of the year
Mukesh Ambani
Most Inspiring Business Leader
Deepak Parekh
Global Indian of the year
Anshu Jain, Deutsche Bank
Lifetime Achievement
N.R.Narayan Murthy
Creative Entrepreneur of the year
Aamir Khan
Young Business Leaders
Malvinder Singh and
Shivinder Singh
Business Leader of the year:
Building India
AM Naik
Excellence in International
Governance
Farah Pandith and
Vivek Kundra
Global Business Leader of the year
Vikram Pandit
Business Innovator of the year
Sunil Bharti Mittal

NDTV Business Leadership Awards 2010

Automobile
(Four Wheelers)
Mahindra and Mahindra
Automobile
(Two Wheelers)
Bajaj Auto Ltd.
Aviation
Indigo
Banking(Private)
HDFC Bank
Banking(Public)
State Bank of India
Consumer Durables
Samsung India Ltd.
Consumer Product goods
Godrej Consumer Products Ltd.
CSR Award
Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd.
Engineering
Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd.
Hospitality
Indian Hotels Ltd.
Inclusion and Diversity Award
Mphasis
Insurance Life
SBI Life Insurance
Insurance Non-Life
United India Insurance
Infrastructure
Larsen and Toubro Ltd.
IT - Software
Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.
Most Trusted Service Brand
of the year
Life Insurance of India
Oil and Gas
Reliance Industries
Pharmaceuticals
Dr.Reddy's Laboratories Ltd.
Power
JSW Energy Ltd.
Telecom
Bharti Airtel Ltd.

Inventions - 4

Ball point pen
John J Loud
Car (petrol)
Karl Benz
Crossword Puzzle
Arther Wynne
Helicopter
Etienne Oehmichen
Loudspeaker
Horace short
Safety Pin
Walter Hunt
Telescope
Hans Lippershey
Velcro
Georges de Mestral
Yo Yo
Donald F Duncan
Zip Fastener
W L Judosn

Computer - 6

Buying and selling products and services on the internet is referred to as
i) Internetworking ii) Internet relay iii) E-commerce iv) Internet marketing

Which one of the following is the odd one out in the list?
i) Lotus SmartSuite ii) Star Office iii) Microsoft Office iv) Adobe writer

Which of the following is a component of presentation graphics software?
i) Worksheet ii) Page iii) Slide iv) All of these

Which of the following is not a magnetic disk storage device?
i) Hard Disk Drive ii) Magnetic tape iii) Floppy disk iv) CD ROM

Passwords, security codes, error messages etc. are examples of
i) Input control ii) Output control iii) Processing control iv) Biometric control

The process of error rectification is called
i) Fixation ii) Debugging iii) Decrypting iv) Decoding

Instructions to start the computer are stored in
i) ROM ii) Cached memory iii) CD ROM iv) RAM

Which of the following is a benefit of the Internet?
i) E-commerce ii) One stop source for information iii) Virtual offices iv) All of the above

Which of the following fields is an example of a primary key?
i) Employee Name ii) Employee ID iii) Employee address iv) Employee designation

E-commerce helps overcome
i) Cost barriers ii) Time barriers iii) Geographical barriers iv) All of these