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Oscar Awards 2011

CatergoryWinner
Actor in a Leading RoleColin Firth(The King's Speech)
Actor in a Supporting RoleChristian Bale(The Fighter)
Actress in a Leading RoleNatalie Portman(Black Swan)
Actress in a Supporting RoleMelissa Leo(The Fighter)
Animated Feature FilmToy Story 3(Lee Unkrich)
Art DirectionAlice in Wonderland(Robert Stromberg,Karen O'Hara)
CinematographyInception(Wally Pfister)
Costume DesignColleen Atwood(Alice in Wonderland)
DirectingThe King's Speech(Tom Hooper)
Documentary (Feature)Inside Job(Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs)
Documentary (Short Subject)Strangers No More(Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon)
Film EditingThe Social Network(Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter)
Foreign Language FilmIn a Better World( Denmark)
MakeupRick Baker and Dave Elsey(The Wolfman)
Music (Original Score)The Social Network(Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross)
Music (Original Song)We Belong Together(Randy Newman)
Best PictureThe King's Speech(Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin)
Short Film (Animated)The Lost Thing(Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann)
Short Film (Live Action)God of Love(Luke Matheny)
Sound EditingRichard King(Inception)
Sound MixingInception(Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick)
Visual EffectsInception(Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb)
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)Aaron Sorkin(The Social Network)
Writing (Original Screenplay)David Seidler(The King's Speech)

Current Affairs February 2011 - 3

Automobile

Maruti Suzuki launches SX4's diesel variant, VDI and ZDI version

Luxury car maker Rolls Royce to launch its first electric car at the Geneva Motor Show on March 1st 2011


Business

Reliance Communications becomes first private 3G provider in Kashmir

Tata Industries to invest Rs.100 crore in integrated learning soultions(Tata Interactive Services), named CLASSEDGE, for Indian school education sector

Mukesh Ambani, chairman of RIL joins Intel Capital's investment programme

TCS has been appointed as the official technology partner to pro-cycling team 'Team Garmin-Cervelo' for the racing season 2011

India's forex reserves 4th largest in world, it touches $297.3 billion in December

Togetherville, a Facebook-like social networking site about 6 to 10 years old developed by Indian-origin entrepreneur Mandeep Singh Dhillon has been acquired by Walt Disney

Google to launch as unlimited subscription service for movies in the UK via, YouTube

Tally Solutions has unveiled upgraded version of Tally ERP9 series 'A' Release 3.0.
Tally ERP9 series 'A' Release 3.0: Designed for flawless business execution which has new features and enhanced functionalities, including the incorporation of the new Rupee symbol

Telecom provider Bharti Airtel along with 16 other global telcos has launched the Europe India Gateway (EIG) cable system that will enhance diversity and capacity between Europe and India
EIG: With USD 700 million and a capacity of 3.84 terabits per second 15,000km cable has been laid


Education

Texas Instruments announces the launch of a Analog System Lab Starter Kit. The lab course to provide students an exposure to analog and mixed-signal processing

Abu Dhabi University to provide all course materials and topic updates on BlackBerry smartphones


Music

Composer and Singer Shankar Mahadevan launches online music academy for the Indian Americans


People

Michael Benz has been appointed as Head Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, a subsidiary of Bank of America


Technology

iPad 2, to be thinner than iPad 1 with front-facing camera and Facetime video chat support to be launched in March 2011

Nokia launches Ovi Store with RComm in India

Kochi-based mobile products development company Dexetra launched what it claims to be the world's first life database application named, 'Friday'

SAP unveils Business Objects 4.0 of United Business Intelligence (BI) and Enterprise Information Management (EIM) Solutions, a portfolio which makes the real-time enterprise a reality

Google Docs Viewer supports 12 more file formats

Mirosoft Excel
.xls and .xlsx
Microsoft Powerpoint 2007/2010
.pptx
Apple Pages
.pages
Adobe Illustrator
.ai
Adobe Photoshop
.psd
Autodesk Auto Cad
.dxf
Scalable Vector Graphics
.svg
Postscript
.eps .ps
TrueType
.ttf
XML Paper Specification
.xps

India Semiconductor Association Awards 2011

Consumer Electronics, 
Smart Box family of products
Suphalaam Technologies Ltd.
Energy/Solar
Su-Kam Power Systems Ltd.
Medical
Phonenix Medical Systems Pvt. Ltd.
(On device for detection of diabetic neuropathy)
Telecommunications
Tejas Networks Ltd.
High Voltage Relay Driver ASCI 
for space applications
Bharat Electronics Ltd.
Student Category
Vikas Singh, IIT Madras 
for Low Power wide band A/D convertor
UKIT Techno Visionary Award
Prof. Rao R Tummala of 
Georgia Institute of Technology, 
Atlanta
ISA-Webel Techno Mentor Award
Prof. Vikram Kumar, IIT Delhi
The Start-up to watch
E-Parisaraa, India's first 
government authorised  
electronic waste recycling company
Other Categories include
REVOLO Hybrid Electric Motor Solution, 
KPIT Cummins Infosystems Ltd.
 and Bhart Forge Ltd.

World's most expensive city for Office

City
USD per Square feet
Hong Kong
241
London
233
Tokyo
166
Rio de Janerio
120
New York
115
Mumbai
114

Mobile phone companies Taglines

Nokia - Connecting People

LG - Life's Good

Samsung - Next is What

Micromax - Nothing like anything

Motorola - Hello Moto

Sony Ericsson - make.believe




Punchlines or Taglines quiz (Airlines companies)

Kingfisher Airlines - Fly the Goodtimes

Air India - Your Palace in the sky

Jet Airways - The Joy of Flying

Indigo Airlines - Go Indigo

Spicejet - Flying for all


Current Affairs February 2011 - 2

People

U K Sinha takes over as Sebi chairman on feb 18 2011 replacing C B Bhave

Sunil Kakar has been appointed as CFO for Infrastructure finance firm IDFC

Joseph Ho has been appointed as MD and Head of Exchange Traded Funds

Vasant Krishnan has been appointed as CFO of Mahindra Satyam


Education

Computer education firm Aptech and IT firm Microsoft to launch embedded courses and certification to its students


Entertainment

First ever 3-day(18th to 20th February 2011) Film Festival kicks-off at Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Dhobi Ghat to be commercially released in Germany


Business

Anand Mahindra-led Mahindra Satyam is looking to re-list on the NYSE in 2011-12

Hinduja Gobal Solutions to set up 2 centres - 1 each in China and Latin America in next fiscal(FY 12)

Facebook Inc, now in Hong Kong

Aircel to launch 3G services in all 13 telecom cirlces as Cricket World Cup kicks of on 19th February 2011

Networking and Storage solutions provider Buffalo opens its first retail shop, Brand Store in India

HAL hints at possible IPO plans

Vodafone to stream cricket World Cup matches via ESPN Mobile TV


SBI to launch Rs.2000 crore retail bond issue on Feb 21 2011


Technology


Intel tests 'Sandy Bridge' for laptops

Lost your TV remote, now a Samsung app on your Galaxy phone or Tab

Oracle to offer File Management Package for Cloud

Opera to roll out iPad browser

Microsoft sends first service pack for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to original equipment manufacturers. Consumers would be updated later part of February

Bangalore base Myriad, a mobile technology company, announced new software Alien Dalvik that will allow Android Application to run on other phones

NVIDIA announces 1st quad-core mobile processor, (Kal-El) Tegra 3

Sony to launch 9.4 inch tablet named S1, to run on Android 3.0 Honeycomb

Now, Robot chefs at the Wishdoing restaurant on Shanghai's Nanjing road which could cook delicious Chinese cuisine within 3 minutes

Marvell launches 'Mobile MIMO', the Avastar 88W8797, an 802.11n 2*2 dual-band WiFi system on Chip (SoC)
MIMO: Multiple Inputs Multiple Output

Now a website to act as answer engine, trueknowledge.com

Ozonetel Systems has launched free 'Voice Buzz' application on Facebook through which users can update their Facebook status in their own voice from their landline or mobile number


SNIPPETS

India's Drug Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) has decided to ban 2 controversial drugs — Gatifloxacine and Tegaserod — because of their side-effects.
Gatifloxacine is used as an antibiotic and its side effect is it shoot up and also dip blood sugar levels.
Tegaserod is used in India for irritable bowel syndrome and chronic constipation and its side effect is showed a 10-fold increased risk of heart attacks and stroke.

NDTV's Indian of the Year

NDTV Indian of the Year
Sachin Tendulkar
NDTV Entertainer of the Decade
Rajinikanth
NDTV Politician of the Year
Nitish Kumar
NDTV Actor of the Year - Male
AjayDevgan
NDTV Actor of the Year - Female
Vidya Balan
NDTV Entertainer of the Year
Kartina Kaif
NDTV Sportsperson of the Year
Leander Peas

Bafta Awards 2011

Outstanding British Film
The King’s Speech
Oustanding debut by a 
British Writer, Director or Producer
Chris Morris, Four Lions
Best Director
David Fincher, The Social Network
Original Screenplay
The King's Speech, David Seidler
Adapted Screenplay
The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin
Film Not in the 
English Language
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 
Søren Stærmose and Niels Arden Oplev
Animated Film
Toy Story 3, Lee Unkrich
Leading Actor
Colin Firth, The King's Speech
Leading Actress
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Supporting Actor
Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech
Supporting Actress
Helena Bonham Carter, The King's Speech
Original Music
Alexandre Desplat, The King's Speech
Cinematography
True Grit, Roger Deakins
Editing
The Social Network, Angus Wall and 
Kirk Baxter
Production Design
Inception, Guy Hendrix Dyas, 
Larry Dias and Doug Mowat
Costume Design
Alice in Wonderland, Colleen Atwood
Sound
Inception, Richard King, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A Rizzo and Ed Novick
Special Visual Effects
Inception, Chris Corbould, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Peter Bebb
Make up and Hair
Alice in Wonderland, Valli O'Reilly, 
Paul Gooch
Short Animation
The Eagleman Stag, Michael Please
Short Film
Until the River Runs Red, 
Paul Wright, Poss Kondeatis
Orange Wednesday's 
Rising Star Award
Tom Hardy, Inception

Entertainment Quiz - 4 (bollywood quiz,hollywood quiz)

Who flew F-16 at Aero India show 2011 held at Bangalore?
Shahid Kapoor

Which India-born Canadian filmmaker is all set to direct Hollywood legend Al Pacino in ''Masterpiece'', a biopic on French artist Henri Matisse?
Deepa Mehta

In whose 2nd album 'Paisa Paisa', has 14-year-old Patiala girl featured as Bollywood-fame violinist?
Surindra Singh

Which singer is all set to perform at the 2011 Glastonbury Festival?
Beyonce Knowles

At what price tag did painting by Francis Bacon of his friend and fellow artist Lucian Freud is being sold at auction?
£23m ($37m) - three times the pre-sale estimate

What is the name of the album released by Lady Gaga on 11th Feb 2011?
Born This Way

Sports Illustrated Awards

Ramakanth AchrekarLifetime Achievement Award
Vinod KambliLifetime Achievement Award
Arman JafferSports Kid of the Year
4*400 Relay women's TeamBest Sporting Moment of the year
Gary KirstenCoach of the year
Indian Test TeamTeam of the Year
Sachin TendulkarSports Person of the year
Somdev DevvarmanAthlete of the Year
Rajasthan Ranji TeamSurprise Package of the year
Ashish KumarCoach of the year(Gymnastics)
Col P K M RajaOutstanding Contribution to Sport
Vikas KrishanYoung Player of the Year
VVS LaxmanGame Changer of the Year
Sushil KumarEditor's choice award for excellence

Cricket World Cup 2011: Indian Team Squad and World cup 2011 fixtures

Indian Team Squad

Mahinder Singh Dhoni (Captain/Wicket Keeper)

Virender Sehwag (Vice-Captain)

Sachin Tendulkar

Gautham Gambhir

Yuvraj Singh

Virat Kohli

Suresh Raina

Yusuf Pathan

Harbhajan Singh

Ravichandran Ashwin

Ashish Nehra

Piyush Chawla

Zaheer Khan

Munaf Patel

Shanthakumaran Sreesanth


Warm-up Matches Schedule World Cup 2011
Complete Schedule of World Cup 2011
Fixture Group A of World Cup 2011
Fixture Group B of World Cup 2011
Channels Telecasting CWC 2011
Radio Channels Broadcasting CWC 2011

Watch LIVE Cricket World Cup 2011 on your MOBILE PHONE

7th Annual Global Leadership Awards

Global Indian
Prof. Raghuram G Rajan, 
Eric J Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Finance, University of Chicago
Global Strategist
Vishwanathan Anand, World Chess Champion
Global Business Leader
Louis Chenevert, CEO & Chairman, UTC
Global Innovator
Shantanu Narayen, President and CEO, Adobe Systems Incorporated

Entertainment Quiz - 3 (bollywood quiz,holly wood quiz)


For which movie has A.R.Rahman bagged 2 Oscar nominations?
127 Hours

Who is the favourite to land the top job as Censor Board chief as Sharmila Tagore's tenure is about to end?
Shabana Azmi

Which singer has been sued by adopted daughter's family?
Madonna

Which bollywood actress has adjudged herself as No.1 Actress?
Priyanka Chopra

Which Yester Year actress would be honoured to have postal stamps issued in her name?
Meena Kumari

What is the name of the movie which has 8 nominations for Academy Award and set to re-release in India?
'The Social Network'

Which popular Canadian singer is all set to perform at the opening ceremony of 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup to be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh?
Bryan Adams

Which Bollywood singer recorded a track with Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias?
Sunidhi Chauhan

Current Affairs February 2011

Award

Who has been named as the best CFO in the financial sector for 2010 by ICAI?
V.S.Rangan

Which prize did Karnataka win at National Level for its tableau featuring Bidari Carvings, an intrinsic art of engraving pictures on metals at the 62nd Republic Day Parade at New Delhi?
2nd prize


Business

Which Kochi-based company signed a deal with Los Angeles Potmax LLC to facilitate joint production and marketing activities?
Vines Visual and Media Pvt. Ltd.

Which electronic major is to open product support centre at the KINFRA Hi-Tech Park at Kalamassery in Kochi, Kerala?
BEL - Bharat Electronics Limited

Which firm has Nestle acquired through its subsidiary Nestle Health Science?
CM&D Pharma

Which bank has decided to open subsidiary for financial services, to enter into investment banking, wealth and asset management?
IOB - Indian Overseas Bank


People

Who has been appointed as acting Chairman of ONGC and S.V.Narasimhan as interim head of IOC?
A.K.Hazarika

Who has been elected as Prime Minister of Nepal?
Jhalanath Khanal

Who has been appointed 8th chairman of SEBI?
U.K.Sinha

After whose name is Pune cricket stadium named?
Subrata Roy Sahara


Technology

Ericsson launches mobile money services to offer mobile financial services

Facebook and Twitter to be used to make people aware of the importance of Census 2011

'The Daily', a newspaper for iPad launched

Olive Telecom to launch India's first HSPA (High Speed Packet Access and technically 4G) phone powered by Android OS

Hearsay, San Francisco based company announces a cloud-hosted social media management application called 'Hearsay Social' to monitor company's presence on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

Reliance Communication launches 'job search on voice' service that would enable its customers to connect to the recruiters directly on phone line at a subscription of Rs.30 per month. To avail the service dail 58010


Sports

Monisha Kaltenborn becomes the 1st female CEO of a Formula One Team Sauber Motorsport

German driver Adrian Sutil to continue with Force India Team for 2011 season

Pakistan won the ODI series against New Zealand, 3-2

Australia won the ODI series against England, 6-1



SNIPPETS

Singapore's Olam to acquire Britannia Food

ADB to provide $7.4billion to develop India's infrastructure

HCL has bagged Rs.250 crore order from BSNL

IBM to offer $1000 stock to Indian staff

Maruti launches luxury model 'Kizashi'

Bangalore Water Supply and Sewage Board has bagged the 2nd prize for 'best practices-initiatives under urban sector', has been recognized for computerization of its billing process

Times Magazine's world top 25 political icons

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Alexander the Great
Mao Zedong
Winston Churchill
Genghis Khan
Nelson Mandela
Abraham Lincoln
Adolf Hitler
Ernesto Guevara
Ronald Reagan
Cleopatra
Franklin Rossevelt
Dalai Lama
Queen Victoria
Benito Mussolini
Akbar
Lenin
Margarte Thathacher
Simon Bolivar
Qin Shi Huang
Kim Il-Sung
Charles de Gaulle
Louis XIV
Haile Selassie
King Richard the Lionheart and Saladin

Kannada Sahitya Sammelana(Kannada Literature Conference)

Kannada Sahitya Sammelana(Kannada Literature Conference) is a gathering of writers and poets of and for Kannadigas. It will not be false to say, it is one of the state festival held once in a year at various places across Karnataka.

Kannada Sahitya Sammelana is held with the aim to preserve and develop Kannada language, literature, art, culture and music. It was started in 1915 which was held at Bangalore.

Held at Bangalore, the event entered 77th Year. The celebration was spread for 3-days to promote and preserve culture of the language 'Kannada'

HOST: Kannada Sahitya Parishat

DOWNLOAD: PRESIDENT and EVENT LIST

Current World News

Global food price hit record high, as the Food and Agriculture Organisation Food Price Index rose for 7th month in a row to reach 231

Cyclone Yasi hampers flood hit Aussie relief

New York City Council bans smoking in parks, beaches, Times Square

Winter storm cripples 2/3rd of US

Obama announces clean energy plan for buildings in Pennsylvania

US, Russia launch nuclear arms reduction pact

John F.Kennedy Centre to hold mega festival "Maximum India", showcasing Indian arts and culture in all its wonderful diversity from March 1st to March 20th 2011

Elementary Level(Class I to VII/VIII) Educational Development Index

Rank
State
1
Puducherry
2
Lakshadweep
3
Kerala
4
Andaman and Nicobar Island
5
Tamil Nadu

Science Quiz - 10

Starch is digested by
i) hormones ii) blood iii) ptyalin iv) none of these

When iron rusts, its weight
i) remains same ii) increases iii) decreases iv) none of these

When water freezes, its volume
i) decreases ii) remains same iii) increases iv) none of these

'Rock Salt' mainly consist of
i) Sodium ii) Iron iii) Aluminium iv) None of these

Dialysis is used when a patient has serious trouble with
i) Lungs ii) Kidney iii) Liver iv) None of these

'Calorie' is the unit of
i) heat ii) light iii) electricity iv) none of these

Which one is absent in air?
i) Hydrogen ii) Oxygen iii) Nitrogen iv) none of these

Which of the following elements is found in proteins?
i) Hydrogen ii) Nitrogen iii) Carbon dioxide iv) none of these

Australian Open 2011 results

CategoryWinner
Men's SinglesNovak Djokovic
Women's SinglesKim Clijsters
Men's DoublesMike and Bob Bryan
Women's DoublesGisela Dulka and Flavia Pennatta
Mixed DoublesKatarina Srebontnik and Daniel Nestor