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Current Affairs January for bank po exams, civil service exams (4)

Award

Which Music-director received the World Economic Forum Crystal Award?
A.R.Rahman

Which directorate has been adjudged the best contingent at the Republic Day camp as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh presented the trophy to Cadet Saddam Hussain of Doda on the behalf of the contingent?
Jammu and Kashmir National Cadet Crops(NCC)


Business

Where is SAIL planning to set up a 3-million tonne per annum (MPTA) plant with an investment of up to Rs.15,000 crore?
Central Kalimantan province, Indonesia

Which company has bagged an order worth about $1.28 billion for 1,000 megawatts of wind power projects with Caparo Energy India?
Suzlon


People

Which Indo-American became Senior Advisor to Ohio Governor John Kasich?
Jai Chabria

On whose name did Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shiraj Singh Chouhan inaugurated a 3.55km four-lane road?
Sachin Tendulkar

Who has been appointed as the Economic Affairs Secretary in the Finance Ministry?
R.Gopalan, 1976 batch IAS officer of the Tamil Nadu cadre


Technology

Motorola launches dual-SIM Android phone for Rs.31,999

Nokia launches X2-01 targeting youngsters at affordable price

LG launches glasses-free 3D display for mobiles

Akai Trio, first triple GSM SIM handset priced at Rs.3,295 has been launched in India

Priced at Rs.8,499, Huawei launches Ideos U8150 smartphone in India


SNIPPETS

World's highest restaurant situated 442 metres on the 122nd floor of world's tallest building Burj Khalifa opens in Dubai

India has launched year-long activities and programmes for its 'Year of India in Canada' to showcase the country's rich art and culture

'Clocking-on machines', a Mobile app has been developed to track misuse of company cars

Apple iPad to be launched officially on January 28th 2011 in India

Motorola's Android smartphone XT800 Glam supporting dual-SIM(GSM+CDMA) has been launched in India

Castrol Cricketer of the Year

Castrol Indian Cricketer of the Year
Sachin Tendulkar
ODI Cricketer of the Year
M.S.Dhoni
Test Cricketer of the Year
Sachin Tendulkar
Batsman of the Year
Virender Sehwag
Bowler of the Year
Harbhajan Singh
Special achievement award 
for Highest number of catches in Tests
Rahul Dravid
Impact Cricketer
Yusuf Pathan
Lifetime Achievement in cricket award
Mohinder Amarnath
Junior Cricketer of the Year
Jaydev Unadkat

English Quiz for school kids

Find out the Synonyms for the following:

1. Macabre

2. Machination

3. Malleable

4. Moribund

5. Morose

6. Mundane

7. Millennium

8. Minion


ANSWERS:
1.gruesome2.evil plot3.flexible4.dying
5.gloomy6.worldly7.1000 years8.favoured person

Books and Authors - 4

In Custody
Anita Desai
India Wins Freedom
Maulana Azad
The Man who knew Infinity
Robert Kanigel
The Judgement
Kuldip Nayar
The Future of Freedom
Fareed Zalaria
We Indians
Khushwant Singh
India of our Dreams
M.V.Kamath
No Full Stops in India
Mark Tully
The Daughter of the East
Benazir Bhutto
Swamy and Friends
R.K.Narayan

India Today Woman Summit and Awards 2010

India Today 
Woman in Business
Priya Paul, Chairperson, 
Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels
India Today 
Woman in Science
Geeta Varadan, Director, 
Advanced Data research Institute, 
Hyderabad
India Today 
woman in the 
Corporate World
Sangeeta Talwar, Executive Director, 
Tata Tea
India Today 
Woman in Public Affairs
Amita Sharma, Joint Secretary, 
Ministry of Rural Development
India Today 
Woman in Public Service
Sangita Jindal, Philanthropist, 
Founder Chairperson of 
Jindal South West Foundation
India Today 
Woman as Story Teller
Zoya Akhtar, Film Director
India Today 
Woman on the field
Jwala Gutta
National Badminton Player
India Today 
Woman in the Arts
Loveleen Tandan
Co-director, Slumdog Millionaire
Amway India Today 
Woman Emerging Entrepreneur
Richa Pandey Mishra
Founder, eJeevika HR
India Today Woman-Amway 
Woman of the Year
Rukhsana Kausar
Constable, Jammu and Kashmir Police
India Today Woman for 
Global Achievement
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Actor

Interesting Facts - 9 (Human Blood)

2.5 trillion number of blood cells are present in blood

2.5 billion number of times the heart beats without resting during a 70 year lifetime

1 billion number of oxygen molecules of hemoglobin are present in a red blood cell

250 million number of molecules of hemoglobin are present inside a red blood cell

1,50,000 km is the total length of the body's blood vessels

120 days is a lifespan of a red blood cell

99% is the proportion of all blood cells that are red blood cells

5 litres of blood is present in an average adult's body

Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri awards 2010

As India celebrated its 62nd Republic Day, Padma awards namely Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri were given for exceptional and distinguished service rendered in various field


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Current Affairs January for bank exams, civil service exams (3)

Award

Which Indian- American has been presented with the 'Excellence in Global Friendship Award', in recognition of his outstanding contribution in promoting Indian culture in the US and strengthening India-US relationship?
Ashok Mago


Business

Which company did VMware acquire to enhance the next generation of IT era of cloud computing?
NeoAccel

Which subsidiary of HCL Infosystems is to be sold to internet service provider Tikona Digital Networks?
HCL Infinet

Which technology product has Mediaone Global Entertainment and Avon Global Solutions have planned to invest at about Rs.110 crore?
'SecureDuct' which would help in reducing the cost of acquiring a film print and also curb piracy


People

Who will take over from Eric Schmidt as Google CEO on April 4th 2011?
Co-founder, 'Larry Page'

Who has been appointed as Managing Director and co-chairman for India's operations by Accenture?
Avinash Vashistha

Who has been appointed as CEO of Wipro for its global IT business?
T.K.Kurien

Who has been promoted as executive vice-chairman(starting April 1st 2011) of Commercial vehical maker Ashok Leyland?
R.Seshasayee


Sports

Which insurance company is to provide Rs.600 crore terror and weather insurance cover for the Cricket World Cup to international sports broadcaster ESPN?
General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC Re)


Technology

What is the name of a free Web development tool that allows to create, customize and publish websites to the Internet launched by Microsoft?
WebMatrix

What version of Mozilla Firefox is to arrive while Internet Explorer 9 is scheduled to launch later January 2011?
Mozilla Firefox 4 Beta 9

Which company launched Opera Mini enabled handsets in India?
Sharp Corporation

Which company did Facebook tie-up to introduce low-tech mobile site?
Snaptu

What is the new feature launched by IMImobile on its Ring Tone(RBT) platform?
Make My Tunes
Make My Tunes: The service enable users to listen to a full sing and choose any part of the song as their RBT


SNIPPETS

ICT policy 2011 to give importance to tier II and III cities of Karnataka

Coal India to start operation of a underground mine having reserve of 20 million tonnes at Muraidih near Dhanbad in Jharkand which is likely to begin production within 3 years

Dell launches Latitude 2120 netbook at CES in Las Vegas, priced at $474

Fujitsu showcased world's first glasses free 3D desktop computer
Configuration: 23 inch FullHD monitor is powered by Intel's Sandy Bridge processor(i7-2630QM), Intel motherboard, 2TB HDD and 4GB DDR3 RAM, Gigabit ethernet, USB 3.0 and 3D Blu-ray support with a Blu-ray drive

European Union to launch 'Blue Card' on the pattern of American's Green Card to allow professionals from one country to another within the EU

National Bravery Awards 2010

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh honoured 23 children with bravery awards at Indian Council of Children Welfare, National Bravery Awards 2010 function

'Geeta Chopra Award' was bagged by 14-year-old Kum.Jismi.P.M of Kerala who displayed outstanding courage by saving two children from drowning

'Sanjay Chopra Award' was bagged by 11-year-old Master Priyanshu Joshi of Uttarakhand who saved his sister from a leopard

Choose the appropriate word - 11

The President's _____ lasted 3 hours
i) address ii) journey iii) speech iv) devote

A chemist in the older days was called a/an
i) alchemist ii) egoist iii) scientist iv) physicist

The box is too ____ for you to lift by yourself
i) big ii) burdensome iii) weighty iv) heavy

If you always ____ how can you know what others think?
i) block ii) interrupt iii) boast iv) oppose

Our first impression of the ____ is most lasting
i) rejects ii) projects iii) subjects iv) objects

It is human weakness to make ____
i) mistakes ii) noises iii) speeches iv) discoveries

It is very dangerous to ____ your boss.
i) better ii) call iii) displease iv) please

The sun is shining brightly please ____ the light
i) take off ii) put out iii) put off iv) put on

Computer - 8 (Top Domain Names and their grouping)

.aero
aviation industry
.biz
business
.com
commercial
.edu
educational(US)
.gov
government
.info
international organisation
.mil
US military
.net
major service provider
.org
non-profit organisation

Golden Globes Awards 2010

Best Motion Picture - Drama
The Social Network
Best Performance by an Actress
in a Motion Picture - Drama
Baralie Portman - 
Black Swan
Best Performance by an Actor
in a Motion Picture - Drama
Colin Firth - 
The King's Speech
Best Motion Picture - 
Comedy or Musical
The Kids Are All Right
Best Performance by an Actress
in a Motion Picture - 
Comedy or Musical 
Annette Bening -
The Kids Are All Right
Best Performance by an Actor
in a Motion Picture - 
Comedy or Musical
Paul Giamatti -
Barney's Version
Best Performance by an Actress
in a Supporting role in
Motion Picture
Melissa Leo -
The Fighter
Best Performance by an Actor
in a Supporting role in
Motion Picture
Chirstian Bale -
The Fighter
Best Animated Feature Film
Toy Story 3
Best Foreign Language Film
In A Better World 
(Denmark)
Best Director - Motion Picture
David Fincher -
The Social Network
Best Screenplay - 
Motion Picture
Aaron Sorkin - 
 The Social Network
Best Original Score - 
Motion Score
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
- The Social Network
Best Original Song - 
Motion Score
You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me
- Burlesque
Best Television Series - Drama
Broadwalk Empire (HBO)
Best Performance by an Actress 
in a Television Series - Drama
Katey Sagal - Sons of Anarchy
Best Performance by an Actor
in a Television Series - Drama
Steve Buscemi - 
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Best Television Series -
Comedy or Musical
Glee (FOX)
Best Performance by an Actress 
in a Television Series - 
Comedy or Musical
The Big C (Showtime)
Best Performance by an Actor 
in a Television Series - 
Comedy or Musical
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Best Mini-Series or 
Motion Picture 
 made for Television
Carlos (Sundance C)
Best Performance by an Actress
in a Mini-Series or 
Motion Picture 
made for Television
Temple Grandin (HBO)
Best Performance by an Actor
in a Mini-Series or 
Motion Picture 
made for Television
You Don't Know Jack (HBO)
Best Performance by an Actress
in a Supporting role in a Series,
Mini-Series or Motion Picture 
made for Television
Jane Lynch - Glee(FOX)
Best Performance by an Actor
in a Supporting role in a Series,
Mini-Series or Motion Picture 
made for Television
Chris Colfer - Glee (FOX)

List of Indian Cricketers Nick Name

The Harayana Hurricane
Kapil Dev
The Wall
Rahul Dravid
Gauti
Gautam Gambhir
Dada, Prince of Kolkata
Sourav Ganguly
The Turbanator, Bhajji
Harbhajan Singh
Jumbo
Anil Kumble
Very Very Special
VVS Laxman
Bachcha
Parthiv Patel
Muscles
Venkatapathy Raju
Venu
Venugopal Rao
Sanu
Suresh Raina
Viru, Prince of Najafgarh
Virendra Sehwag
Ishu, Lambu
Ishant Sharma
Shaz
Ravi Shastri
Sherry, Jonty Singh, 
Sixer Sidhu
Navjot Singh Sidhu
Babu, Mysore Express
Javagal Srinath
Dada, The Bengal Tiger, 
The Prince of Kolkata
Sourav Ganguly
Master Blaster, God of Cricket
Sachin Tendulkar
Robbie
Robin Uthappa
Colonel
Dilip Vengsarkar
Venkat
Venkataraghavan
Vishy
Gundappa Viswanath
J.P
Jai Yadav
Yuvi, 
Maharaja of Indian Cricket
Yuvraj Singh

Current Affairs January - 2 (for bank po exams, civil service exams)

Business

What new feature has Tata DOCOMO rolled out?
T24 mobile services

Which company has signed a MoU with Indian School of Business to set up retail academy?
Coca-Cola

Which telecom major has launched ad campaign on mobile number portability?
Vodafone

Which automobile industry posted its highest ever annual sales in India in the year 2010, during which it sold 5819 vehicles?
Mercedes Benz

Which Indian carrier bought 180 A320s Airbus for $16.4Billion?
Indigo

On what occasion did Hexaware announced 1:1 bonus share issue and 50% special interim dividend?
On celebrating its 20th anniversary


Event

When and where India's largest Coir Expo would be held?
4th to 7th February 2011 in Alappuzha, Kerala


People

Who joined Google India as Vice President Sales and Operations?
Rajan Anandan, ex-microsoft MD

Who has been appointed as Country Executive for Singapore at Royal Bank of Scotland?
Madan Menon


Record

At what speed the Solar car designed by Australian students of the University of New South Wales runs?
88 kmph


Sports

Who won FIFA's (Ballon d'Or) world player award?
Lionel Messi


Technology

Which Middle East country has launched single e-ID(electronic identity) card that could be used for Government services?
Baharain

Which feature of Nokia service goes desi to offer tailor-made mobile applications through its Ovi Music, free of cost?
Nokia Ovi Music



SNIPPETS

Indian Railways sign MoU with Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited for setting up modern rail axle manufacturing factory at the New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal


Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance Company launches unit linked child protection plan, "Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance Future Smart Plan"
Tax Benefit: Under Section 80C and Section 10(10D), respectively of the IT Act, 1961
Share ratio: Canara Bank(holding 51%), Oriental Bank of Commerce (23%) and HSBC Insurance - APAC holds 26%


Dell to launch printers priced between Rs.6,500 and Rs.30,000 and 16 cities to have service centres across India


Google has launched a global online science fair for students aged 13 to 18. Google is in search for the brightest young scientist from around the world to submit interesting, creative projects relevant to the world today.
Last date for submission of project is: April 4th 2011


MindHelix Technologies, a Kochi-based firm has launched India's first multi-platform auto fare that calculates the distance travelled using GPS called as the "Tuk Tuk" meter
Download the App for FREE: tuktuk.mindhelix.com

Critics Choice Awards for the year 2011 (16th Critic Choice Awards)

2011 Critics choice awards has been announced.

1. Best Actor - Colin Firth (The King's Speech )

2. Best Actress - Natalie Portman (Black Swan)

3. Best Picture - The Social Network

4. Best Supporting Actor - Christian Bale (The Fighter)

5. Best Supporting Actress - Melissa Leo (The Fighter)

6. Best Director - David Fincher (The Social Network)

7. Best Acting Ensemble - The Fighter

8. Best Original Screenplay - David Seidler (The King's Speech)

9. Best Adapted Screenplay - Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network)

10. Best Animated Feature - Toy Story 3

11. Best Young Actor/Actress - Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit)

12. Best Action Movie - Inception

13. Best Comedy Movie- Easy A

14. Best Cinematography - Wally Pfister, Inception

15.  Best Sound - Inception

16. Best Score - Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (The Social Network)

17. Best Song - "If I Rise" (Dido and AR Rahman) (127 Hours)

18. Best Documentary Feature - Waiting for Superman

19. Best Foreign Language Film - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

20. Best Picture Made for Television - The Pacific

21. Best Visual Effects - Inception

22. Best Makeup - Alice in Wonderland

23. Best Costume Design - Colleen Atwood (Alice in Wonderland)

24. Best Editing - Lee Smith (Inception)

25. Best Art Direction - Guy Hendrix Dyas (Inception)

Numerical Ability - 14

A wall of 9m long, 7m high and 26 cm thick is made up of bricks each measuring (25cm*13cm*6cm). The number of bricks required is _____
i) 8000 ii) 8400 iii) 7500 iv) 8100

The breadth of the room is thrice its height and half its length.The volume of the room is 4116 cubic meter. The breadth of the room is ____
i) 12m ii) 15m iii) 16m iv) 21m

The surface area of a cube is 450 square cm. The length of its diagonal is ____
i) 5cm ii) 10cm iii) 15cm iv) 20cm

The area of the base of the rectangle tank is 6000 square cm and the volume of the water contained in it is 2.4 cubic meter. The depth of the water in the tank is ___
i) 6m ii) 4m iii) 3.8m iv) 4.5m

7cms of rain, falls on 1.8 hectares of land. The volume of water that falls on the land is ___
i) 1000 cubic meter ii) 1100 cubic meter iii) 1260 cubic meter iv) none of these

If each edge of the cube is tripled, then its volume ____
i) becomes 27 times ii) becomes 10 times iii) becomes 15 times iv) triples

A river 1.8m deep and 27m wide is flowing at the rate of 2 km per hour. The amount of water that runs into the sea per minute is _______
i) 1500 cubic meter ii) 2000 cubic meter iii) 1810 cubic meter iv) 1620 cubic meter

The copper sphere of radius 1.2cm is beaten and made as wire of radius 0.1cm. The length of the sphere is ____
i) 2.5m ii) 2.3m iii) 2m iv) 1.8m

General Knowledge for School Kids - 12

What is the total surface area of an adult's skin?
2 sq m(21 sq ft)

How heavy is an adult man's skin?
3.2 kg

How many number of cells are present in the skin?
300 million

What is the thickness of the thickest skin (on the soles of feet)?
4.7 mm (0.2 inch)

What is the thickness of the thinest skin (on the eyelids)?
0.12 mm (0.005 inch)

How many number of sweat pores does a person poses?
2.5 million

How many number of skin flakes are lost every minute?
50,000

What is the total number of hairs present on a person's head?
1,00,000

What is the average number of head hairs lost and replaced daily?
80

Why don't haircuts hurt?
Hairs are made of dead cells that are filed with a tough, waterproof protein called keratin

4th Annual Mashable Awards 2010

Best Location Based Service
Foursquare
Best Mobile Device
iPhone
Best Mobile Game
Angry Birds
Best Mobile Platform
Android
Best Mobile User Experience
eBuddy
Best Music Discovery Service
Fizy
Best New Gadget
iPad
Best Online Game
Farmerama
Best Social Management Tool
HootSuite
Best Social Media Services
for Small Business
ReachCast
Best Use of an API
Qwitter Client
Best Web Video
Jay Burn Park
Best Website User Experience
Gaia Online
Breakthrough Website Design
Twitter
Best Entrepreneur of the Year
Doug Walker
Most Creative Social
Good Campaign
@Twitchange
Most Creative
Social Media Campaign
Stand Up for WWE
Most promising New Company
PSGive.org
Must Follow Brand
AIIKPop
Must Follow Non-Profit
@TWLOHA
Must-Follow Personality
Super Junior
Best Internet MEME
Bed Intruder
Best Mobile App
DriveSafe.ly
Best Social Media
Customer Service
Eurail.com
Most Influential
Social Good Champion
John Cena

Economic Times awards for Corporate Excellence in 2009

Business Leader of the year
Anand Mahindra
Company of the year
Hero Honda
Global Indian of the year
Ram Charan
Business Reformer of the year
Nitish Kumar
Corporate Citizen of the year
TERI
Policy change agent of the year
Jean Dreze
Lifetime Achievement Award
Keshub Mahindra
Entrepreneur of the year
G.V.Krishna Reddy
Emerging company of the year
Idea Cellular
Businesswoman of the year
Vinita Bali

Current Affairs January 2011

Awards

Which bank has been presented with Skoch Financial Inclusion Award 2011 for "SHG Initiatives - Urban Financial Inclusion"?
Indian Bank


Business

In which Social Networking site did Goldman, Digital Sky Technologies invest USD 500 million?
Facebook

How many more banks has RBI allowed to import gold and silver?
7 (State Bank of Mysore, Karur Vysya Bank, Punjab and Sind Bank,
South Indian Bank, State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Hyderabad
and State Bank of Travancore)

What system did BSE launch recently?
Index-based circuit breaker system

Which Public sector bank is planning to setup 600 financial inclusion centres, 300 by March-end 2011 and another 300 by March-end 2012?
SBI

Where the world's first Art Exchange was launched to offer opportunity for individuals and institutions to buy and sell shares of famous artworks?
In Paris, A&F Markets


People

At which class has Utkarsh Tripathi, student of the Brij Bihari Sahai (BBS) Inter College in Allahabad is Jagriti newspaper turns editor, reporter and publisher?
Class 8

Who has been appointed as CIO of Allianz Investment Management?
Nikhil Srinivasan

What has been setup in Haryana in the memory of astronaut Kalpana Chawla in her home town Karnal?
Medical College

Who has been appointed as part-time Chairman and Managing Director of HMT Machine Tools Ltd.?
G.K.Pillai


Event

Where a 4-day World Sanskrit Book Fair(sanskritbookfair.org) has been organised from January 7th 2011?
National College Basavanagudi, Bangalore, India

Which 5-day event was inaugurated by Prime Minster Manmohan Singh and held at the SRM University in Kattankulathur near Chennai?
98th Indian Science Congress (ISC)


Science

What has been commissioned to the country by Prime Minister, Dr.Manmohan Singh at Tarapur, around 100km north of Mumbai?
2nd Power Reactor Reprocessing Plant


Sports

Who won the 5-match series 3-1, to retain Ashes?
England


Who retired from all form of cricket including IPL, becomes Sports administrator of Karnataka State Cricket Association and an entrepreneur to launch sports edu outfit Tenvic?
Anil Kumble

Which England all-rounder retired from Test cricket in 2011?
Paul Collingwood

Which company sponsored Formula 1 rider Narain Karthikeyan on his re-entry?
Tata's Hispania Racing Team


Technology

What are the unique features of Intel's 2nd generation intel core processors?
Built-in visual capabilities to deliver superior audio-visual experience, faster downloading ability and improved battery life

What is the USB version of Transcend's JetFlash 700?
USB 3.0

17th Star Screen Awards 2011

Best Actor(Male)
Salman Khan(Dabangg)
Best Actor(Female)
Vidya Balan(Ishqiya)
Best Film
Udaan
Best Director
Vikramaditya Motwane - Udaan


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17th Star Screen Awards 2011

Choose the appropriate word - 10

I wish I ____ a King.
i) should be ii) were iii) was iv) am

Can you pay ____ all these articles?
i) off ii) of iii) out iv) for

The student ____ that book from the library to study at home.
i) lent ii) hired iii) borrowed iv) issued

His new shoes ___ as he walked along the corridor.
i) creaked ii) squeaked iii) squealed iv) none of these

I ___ you to be at the party this evening.
i) desire ii) expect iii) hope iv) look forward to

He is greatly admired for his ____ behaviour.
i) decadent ii) decorous iii) decorative iv) decrepit

You haven't had your lunch ____ you?
i) are ii) haven't iii) have iv)aren't

He ____ to listen to my arguments and walked away.
i) disliked ii) denied iii) refused iv) objected

Although the two sisters are twins, they look somewhat ___
i) different ii) alike iii) unique iv) similar

The city was plunged ___ darkness due to a sudden power failure
i) through ii) into iii) at iv) under

Mythology - 4

Friendship in the Mahabharatha was defined by?
Duryodhana and Karna

Who is the goddess of prayer and devotion?
Ida

Who is the goddess of speech, wisdom and learning?
Saraswati

Who is the god of the sun and brother of Varuna?
Mitra

Who is the king of wealth?
Kubera

Who is the goddess of the sacred Ganges river in India?
Ganga

Who is the female half of Brahma?
Satrap

Around whose life if 'The Ramayana' centered?
Rama

Who is the god of fertility, wealth and cattle?
Pushan

What animal is Ganapathi's vehicle?
Mouse