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Possible Essay topics April 2013 for various competitive exams

Maharashtra chess League 2013

Bihar's women only cooperative banks

IPL, tailor-made for Chris Gyale

India's e-Pathshala

India Centenary film festival 2013

International Shooting Sport Federation 2013

Tesco's exit from America and its impact on retail business

Singapore's Indian Heritage Centre

Introduction of CBSE board's legal studies

Gujarat's Lokayukta Aayog Bill 2013

Down-turn of Cyprus economy

Odisha's Youth Policy-2013

Free Trade Agreement: India and Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus

April 2013 current affairs quiz full collection

Which exchange launched trading in F&O on SX40 from 15th May 2013?
MCX-SX

Expand OCB. (Hint: corporate)
Overseas corporate body

How many South African Indians were conferred with National Orders - South Africa's highest civilian awards?
Seven

Who became the 3rd person to be named Player of the year and Young player of the year in the same season by English Professional Footballer's Association?
Gareth Bale

Which school will make it to the 2014 edition of the Limca Book of Records for admitting over 4,800 students in one day?
Delhi University's School of Open Learning

Expand NEN. (Hint: Entrepreneurship)
National Entrepreneurship Network

Name the British exam board that has outsourced marking to MeritTrac as a part of cost-cutting project aimed at speeding up the assessment process.
City and Guide

Which company began sales of world's first curved OLED TV at Rs.7.33 lakh?
LG

100 years of Indian cinema celebration - The journey since 1913

Who is considered as Father of Indian Cinema?
Dadasaheb Phalke

Who directed the first short films in India, The Flower of Persia?
Hiralal Sen (1898)

Name the first movie released in India by Dadasaheb Torne on 18th May 1912.
Shree Pundalik

In which language was Raja Harishchandra, a silent film produced?
Marathi

Which film city in India hold Guinness World Record as the world's largest integrated film studio?
Ramoji Film City

Who owned the first Indian chain of cinema theatres in India?
Jamshedji Framji Madan

Which film became the first Indian film to be screened at the Venice Film Festival in 1937?
Sant Tukaram

Which movie depicted civilian resistance offered to Japanese occupation by the British and Indians in Myanmar?
Burma Rani

April month end current affairs 2013

Who won the Barcelona Open title 2013 for 8th time?
Rafael Nadal

Who won the inaugural Maharashtra Chess League 2013?
Pune Attackers

Expand VoA. (Hint: Visa)
Visa on arrival

Which city in India organised India power energy conclave - 2013?
Ahmedabad

Which Indian state was conferred with Prime Minister's award for excellence in public administration?
Sikkim for extraordinary and innovative work done for rural development

Which Indian state is set to open women only cooperative banks?
Bihar

Name the Guinness record holder who pulled the heritage Darjeeling Himalayan toy train in September 2012 died of cardiac arrest while performing a stunt.
Sailen Nath Roy

Whom did Ratchanok Intaton defeat to win $200,000 India Open title 2013?
Juliane Schenk

Who will be honoured by Bank of England as the personality's image would appear on 5-pound note to be issued in 2016?
Winston Churchill

Expand NULM. (Hint: Livelihood)
National Urban Livelihood Mission

Full list of conferences held across India in April 2013

SANS forensics training, New Delhi

3rd International Conference on Advanced Computing and Communication Technology, Rohtak, Harayana

2nd Annual Pharma IPR India 2013, Mumbai

Leveraging Innovative Security Solutions for Banks and Financial Institutions, Mumbai

Next-Gen legal and Legal Counsel Congress 2013, Delhi

Crystallization 2013, Mumbai

Telematics India and South Asia 2013, Bengaluru

The Great India Startup Business Development Conference Show 2013, Bengaluru

People Combine Education System in India - Players in Education Sector, Hyderabad

Defcon Kerala 2013, Bevoori Bekal, Kerala

AyuHerb 2013, New Delhi

International Conference on Operations and IT for Sustainable Development, Yeshwantpur, Bengaluru

ProAV Events Technology Summit 2013, Hyderabad

Important general awareness questions april 2013

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Which automobile company introduced R8 USB memory stick priced at Rs.3,299 in India?
Audi

Which company will launch Polo GT TSI in India on 29th April 2013?
Volkswagen

Which airlines became the first carrier to restore Dreamliner flights - Boeing 787?
Ethiopian Airlines

Who was conferred with lifetime achievement award by the International Association of Women in Radio and Television?
Jai Chandiram, former Deputy Director-General of Doordarshan

How was Fred Amoroso known to the world?
Former Yahoo Chairman

Who became 5th overseas player to sign up for the first Caribbean Premier League 2013?
Herschelle Gibbs

For which county will Chris Gayle play in the domestic Twenty20 subject to availability?
Somerset

Name the former Prime Minister of Nepal who visited India on 27th April 2013.
Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda

What was the theme of World Veterinary Day 2013?
Vaccination to prevent and protect

 

Current Affairs India and world 2013 on mobile

Which company became partner of FC Barcelona team in April 2013?
Head and Shoulders

Who is appointed as officer on special duty and will take charge as home secretary from 1st July 2013?
Anil Goswami

Which Indian state will reduce VAT on automobile sector from 14.5% to 5%?
Andhra Pradesh

Expand IEM. (Hint: Memorandum)
Industrial Entrepreneurs Memorandum

With which bank Surat Nagrik Sahkari bank merged post RBI approval in April 2013?
Mehsana Urban Cooperative Bank

Galaxy S4 was launched by which mobile maker?
Samsung

Name the female actor from India who joined the jury panel of 66th edition of Cannes International Film Festival, 2013.
Vidya Balan

Which country will host World team badminton championship 2014 (Thomas Cup and Uber Cup)?
India

Where in India Business Line investment fair will be held on 3rd and 4th May 2013?
Chennai

Which Swedish group company plans to invest over 100 million euros to setup 50 stores across India?
Hennes and Muritz

Who is appointed as Managing Director of Castrol India with effect from 1st May 2013?
Ravi Kirpalani

Puma plans to enhance its retail presence across which country?
India

13th Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards 2013

Phalke Ratna Award Asha Bhosale

Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award Late Yash Chopra

Saraswatibai Phalke Award Pamela

Phalke Ever Memorable actor award Dimple Kapadia


Best Actor Akshay Kumar for Rowdy Rathore

Phalke Excellent Performance award Manoj Bajpai for Gangs for Wasseyur

Phalke Memorable Performance award Irrfan Khan for Paan Singh Tomar

Phalke Versatile Actor award Govinda

Best Supporting actor award Himesh Reshmiya for Khiladi 786

Phalke senior actor (negative role) award Prem Chopra

Phalke Icon Cine Artist award Mala Sinha


Best TV actor and actress in small screen Disha Vakani and Dilip Joshi for their performances in 'Tarak mehta Ka Ulta Chashma'

Full list of general knowledge questions for April 2013 SBI exam

Which airways will sell 24% stake worth Rs.2,050 crore?
Jet airways

Expand DBO. (Hint: Oldie)
Daulat Beg Oldie

Who is named as Prime minister of Italy from president Giorgio Napolitano?
Enrico Letta

LIC sold shares worth Rs.8,800 crore for the quarter ending 31st March 2013 from how many companies?
17

How was Shamshad Begum known in the world of entertainment?
Playback singer

Tech Mahindra acquired which Sweden-based company to strengthen lab presence in Europe, Middle East and Africa?
Type Approval Lab

Expand ED. (Hint: Directorate)
Enforcement Directorate

How was Saleem Pervez known in the world of sports?
Cricket player

Who won gold medal at the Senior Asian Wrestling Championship 2013 under the freestyle category?
Amit Dhankar

Who is made a vice-captain of Australia for upcoming Ashes 2013 series?
Brad Haddin

Who is appointed as Chairman and Managing Director of United Bank of India?
Archana Bhargava

Which company launched world's fastest printer in India which can deliver 70 pages per minute?
HP - Officejet Pro X 500

23rd April 2013 general knowledge updates on mobile

Name the player who scored fastest century in Indian Premier League 2013, 6th edition.
Chris Gayle

Expand IRB. (Hint: Battalion)
Indian Reserve Battalion

Expand RBI. (Hint: Rubber)
Rubber Board of India

Which company in Uganda did Bharti Airtel acquire giving a combined market share of almost 40% in the African nation?
Warid Telecom

Expand IMGC. (Hint: Mortgage)
India Mortgage Guarantee Corporation

Which bank announced senior unsecured bond issue of 3.625% due in 2018 viz., its Hong Kong branch?
Union Bank of India

Name the Olympic gold medal winner whose autobiography will be adapted into a film by US-based production house.
Abhinav Bindra

Cuba signed sports agreement with which country to enhance bilateral cooperation in the sports sector?
China

Expand DWDM.(Hint: Wavelength)
Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing

Which bank launched Smart Payout Card for students, employees, workers and contract labourers wherein customers need not open bank account to subscribe to the cards?
State Bank of India

Chris Gayle records in IPL 2013 - 6th edition

Chris Gayle records in Indian Premier League


Fastest individual 50 in IPL - 17 balls

Fastest individual 100 in T20 cricket - 30 balls

Longest 6 in IPL 6 - 119 meters

Most 6 hit by a batsman in an innings in T20 cricket - 17

Highest individual score in Twenty 20 - 175 not out

Highest Total in Twenty 20 cricket 263/5

International general awareness updates april 2013

Where in Africa did Videocon industries discovered natural gas in April 2013?
Mozambique

How many power projects worth Rs.33,000 crore were approved by Cabinet Committee on Investment in India during April 2013?
13 projects (10 transmission, 1 hydro and 2 thermal)

Who won the English Premier League 2013 title, being its 20th title win?
Manchester United

Where in India Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2013 will be held?
Siri Fort Sports Complex, New Delhi

Who served as 27th Chief Justice of India and was the first chairperson of News Broadcasting Standards Authority of India?
JS Verma

Expand PBGs. (Hint: Bank)
Performance Bank Guarantees

Who was elected unopposed as the president of Bangladesh in April 2013?
Abdul Hamid

Which team won the 3rd Hockey India Sub-Junior girls National Championship (South Zone)?
Karnataka

Who became the 3rd person from India to be appointed as Vice-Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce?
Sunil Bharti Mittal

Expand NFSB. (Hint: Food)
National Food Security Bill

Which online shopping portal launched marketplace allowing 3rd party sellers on its website (by invitation only)?
Flipkart

Sports, Business current affairs quiz april 2013

Who quoted Sachin Tendulkar as India's Don Bradman in 2013?
Matthew Hayden

Who is elected as president of Paraguay?
Horacio Cartes

Who is appointed as CEO of AirAsia India?
Tony Fernandes

How many subjects will be made available by the HRD ministry approved e-Pathshala in India?
77 open online courses

Who won the 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix?
Sebastian Vettel

Who won the 2013 Monte Carlo Masters men's title?
Novak Djokovic

Who won the Chennai ITF women's tennis championship 2013 singles title?
Ankita Raina

Where does the combined cash balance of HCL Technologies, Infosys, TCS and Wipro stand as on 31st March 2013?
Rs.43,200 crore i.e. $8 billion

Which country celebrated record win against Bangladesh in Test cricket held at Harare Sports Club in April 2013?
Zimbabwe (335-run victory)

What is the new goal set by World Bank global finance officials aiming to achieve by 2030?
To end extreme global poverty

Shakuntala Devi

Shakuntala Devi - 4th November 1929 to 21st April 2013, Bangalore, Karnataka

Popularly known as human computer, am Indian Mathematician

 

Books written by Shakuntala Devi

Puzzles to puzzle you, More puzzles to puzzle you, Book of numbers, Perfect murder, Figuring: The joy of numbers, In the Wonderland of numbers, Super memory: It can be yours, Mathability: Awaken the Math Genuis in your child, Astrology for you

 

More Books: http://www.amazon.com/Shakuntala-Devi/e/B001ICGPLW

2013 IPL 6 points table

Chennai Super Kings  22

Mumbai Indians   22

Rajasthan Royals   20

Sunrises Hyderabad  18

Royal Challengers Bangalore 16

Kings IX Punjab 14

Kolkata Knight Riders  12

Pune Warriors   6

Delhi Daredevils   6

IPL 6 - Highest totals, Most runs, Most sixes, Most wickets, Most catches

Mumbai Indians - 209/5

Most runs - Virat Kholi - 322 with highest score of 93 not out (33 fours and 11 six's)

Most Sixes - Chris Gayle - 17

Most Wickets - Vinay Kumar - 12

Most Catches - Dwayne Bravo - 8

Sample quantitative question and answers for competitive exams 2013

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A merchant sells an item at a 20 percent discount. but still makes a gross profit of 20 percent of the cost. What percent of cost would be gross profit on the item have been if it had been sold without the discount?
50%

A millionaire bought a job lot of hats 1/4 of which were brown. The millionaire sold 2/3 of the hats including 4/5 of the brown hats. What fraction of the unsold hats were brown?
3/20

How many integers 'n' greater than and less than 100 are there such that, if the digits of 'n' are reversed, the resulting integer is n+9 ?
8

An investor purchased a shares of stock at a certain price. If the stock increased in price Rs.0.25 per share and the total increase for the x shares was Rs 12.50, how many shares of stock had been purchased?
50

At a special sale, 5 tickets can be purchased for the price of 3 tickets. If 5 tickets are purchased at the sale, the amount saved will be what percent of the original price of the 5 tickets?
40%

Working independently, Tina can do a certain job in 12 hours. Working independently, Ann can do the same job in 9 hours. If Tina works independently at the job for 8 hours and then Ann works independently, how many hours will it take Ann to complete the remaining job?
3

HCL prototyping machine can make 10 copies every 4 seconds. At this rate, How many copies can the machine make in 6 min.?
900

If q <> 0 and k = qr/2 -s, then what is r in terms of k,q,s?
2(k+s) q

How many of the integers between 25 and 45 are even?
10

If taxi fares were Rs 1.00 for the first 1/5 mile and Rs 0.20 for each 1/5 miles thereafter. The taxi fare for a 3-mile ride was?
Rs.3.80

List of april 2013 world current affairs

Expand ARC. (Hint: Administrative)
Administrative Reforms Commission

What is the theme of 3rd edition of European film festival organised by Entertainment Society of Goa in India?
Celebrating women

Which Indian state will provide free leukemia drugs (Imatinib tablets)?
Rajasthan

Which Indian city opened over 5,000 BharatNirman Rajiv Gandhi SevaKendras to improve delivery of government services to people in rural areas?
Jaipur

Who was re-elected as Italy's president for second term?
Giorgio Napolitano

What was the significance of a startup reality show called Shark Tank held in Bangalore on 20th April 2013?
To fund the start ups across Bangalore as NASSCOM aims to create and grow 10,000 start ups across India in 10 years

Expand IPAB. (Hint: Property)
Intellectual Property Appellate Board

Which mobile operator plans to shift few of its businesses from Germany to its shared services unit in India?
Vodafone

Who won the girl's singles title at the Asian Junior Close tennis tournament 2013?
Snehadevi S Reddy

Where in China Auto show will be held from 21st to 29th April 2013?
Shanghai New International Expo Center

Sachin Tendulkar wax statue revealed in Australia 2013

Sachin Tendulkar wax statue unveiled at Sydney Cricket Ground ahead of his birthday 24th of April.

Waxwork, a replica of the Madame Tussauds in London.

Statue to be placed at Darling Harbour museum along with Donald Bradman and Shane Warne

April 2013 India centenary film festival, New keyboard format app for android

Where in India Centenary film festival will be held for 6 days in April 2013?
New Delhi

Name the Chinese Nobel literature laureate who released a book by name Grand Ceremony.
Mo Yan

Which country launched orbital Noah's Ark, a bio-satellite bundled with mice and other small creatures?
Russia

Which newspaper was owned by Padmashree award recipient B.Sinathi Adityan who died after prolonged illness?
Dina Thanthi

Which company launched Aurus 2 smartphone priced at Rs.6,490?
Idea

Name the new keyboard format which will be available as a free app for Android-based smartphones.
KALQ

Expand KNOMAD. (Hint: Migration)
Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development

31,351 companies were shut down during the first quarter of which city in Rome?
Italy

Amazon is set to open representative office in which country?
Russia

Maruti Suzuki's Swift Dzire and Ertiga cars bagged which award in 2013?
India Design Mark award

Vodafone India launched M-Pesa, mobile money transfer and payment service in collaboration with which bank?
ICICI bank

To which countries Delhi-based basmati rice Radikal Overseas plans to export with a turnover target of Rs.1,000 crore during 2013-14?
Africa and Middle East countries such as Iran, Iraq and so on.

ROBOKID 2013, a Robot competition

Eligibility: Class 6 to 12 can register through their respective schools or individually

Last date for registration: May 10

Registration fee for each student: Rs.850


Website: http://www.jayrobotix.co.in

General awareness for SBI exam April 2013

To which pattern the world's first smartphone for blind converts the text messages and emails?
Braille

Which company is set to launch 3D phone priced below Rs.15,000 in India?
Micromax

Which Indian state's special grant was raised to Rs.12,000 crore during the 12th 5-year plan?
Bihar

Expand NRO. (Hint: Ordinary)
Non-Resident Ordinary

What are the aims of recently announced National policy for children in India?
Develop, Educate and Protect children below the age of 18 years

What is the revival package announced for watch and tractor maker HMT to modernise, meet working capital and wage revision?
Rs.1.083 crore

Expand EPCG. (Hint: Export)
Export Promotion Capital Goods

Expand EO. (Hint: Export)
Export Obligation

Who is chosen for the Malcolm Adiseshiah Award for his contribution of Development Studies for 2013-14?
Jawaharlal Nehru University professor Gopal Narayan Guru

Uptodate current affairs quiz april 2013

Post title Sponsor: Corp Info Box


Name the motorcycle launched by Honda priced at Rs.43,150.
Dream Neo

To which country did India airlift military hospital to increase the geo-strategic presence in Central Asia?
Tajikistan

Which one-year postgraduate diploma program did Times School of Journalism launch for 2013-14?
Hindi Journalism

Which retail business firm crossed Rs.10,000 crore sales mark for 2012-13 fiscal in India?
Reliance retail

Which retail company quits its loss making business from America?
Tesco

Where is the International Shooting Sport Federation 2013 held?
Al Ain, UAE

How was T.K.Ramamurthy known in the world of entertainment?
Music composer and a violinist

Name the Ex-Chief Election Commissioner and former Governor of Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh who died following heart attack.
Ms.Ramadevi

ICC allocated $422,000 for the development of National Cricket Academy to which country?
Afghanistan

Expand TAPP. (Hint: Performance)
Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme

Where in India Hindustan Coca-Cola will invest Rs.600 crore to setup a facility to make juice and fruit drinks?
Uttarakhand

Expand SIDCUL. (Hint: Infrastructure)
State Infrastructure and Industrial Development Corporation of Uttarakhand Ltd.

 

Constitution of India quiz, preamble, attorney general, money bill

The state reorganisation commission in India was framed during the year 1953
True

Half an hour is the duration of zero hour in the Lok Sabha.
False, The duration of zero hour in the Lok Sabha is not specified.

Union ministers in India are collectively responsible to Rajya Sabha only.
False, Union ministers in India are collectively responsible to Lok Sabha only.

Preamble of the Indian Constitution reflects the mind and ideals of its farmers.
True

The President of India cannot withhold his assent to a bill until it is passed once again by Parliament.
False, The President of India can withhold his assent to a bill until it is passed once again by Parliament.

The provisions relating to the Supreme Court can be amended by two thirds majority and ratification by not less than half of the states.
True

Attorney General cannot participate in the business of Parliament without being a member.
False, Attorney General can participate in the business of Parliament without being a member.

Finance Minister decides whether a bill is a 'Money bill'.
False, The Speaker of Lok Sabha decides whether a bill is a 'Money bill'.

Prohibition is a state subject.
True

Auditor conducts public debt operations of the Government of India.
False, Union Ministry of Finance conducts public debt operations of the Government of India.

April 2013 World gk quiz

Name the PSY's song released in 2013 which hit 70 million hits.
Gentleman

Who won the John Bates Clark medal often termed as the 'Baby Nobel' for 2013?
Raj Chetty, a professor in the Department of Economy at the Harvard University

Which company launched mobile visual search platform, Ocutag?
Ricoh Innovations Corporation

What is the cumulative value of P-Note investments in Indian markets for the month ending February 2013?
Rs.1,64,271 crore

Which country overtook China to become 3rd largest economy as per the Asian Competitiveness Annual Report 2013?
UAE

Who is appointed as MD of (CRIS) Centre for Railway Information Systems?
Sunil Kumar

Which company created Guinness world record by opening a record 315 Q shops in 10 states across India on 1st April 2013?
Sahara

To which country India offered assistance in drafting its democratic constitution?
Libya

Which investment banker is set to have been chosen for setting up PSU Exchange Traded Fund in India?
Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Name the Japanese ISP which launched 2Gbps broadband to homes, apartments and small businesses.
So-net Entertainment

Channels telecasting Champions trophy 2013

Television

India - Star Cricket, ESPN
Pakistan - Geo Super, PTV Sports, Star Cricket, ESPN
South Africa - Supersport 2 and 5

Radio

South Africa - Radio 2000


Grounds: Cardiff, Edgbaston and The Oval

Total Matches: 15

Participating countries: 8

List of corporate roles or titles

Chairman
Creative director
Executive director
General counsel
Managing director
Non-executive director
Manager
Supervisor
Team leader

Chief Accounting Officer
Chief Administrative officer
Chief Analytics Officer
Chief Audit executive
Chief Brand officer
Chief Business officer
Chief Channel officer
Chief Commercial officer
Chief Communications officer
Chief Compliance officer
Chief Creative officer
Chief Data officer
Chief Digital Officer
Chief Executive officer
Chief Experience Officer
Chief Financial officer
Chief Human resources officer
Chief Information officer
Chief Information security officer
Chief Innovation officer
Chief Knowledge officer
Chief Learning office
Chief Legal officer
Chief Marketing officer
Chief Merchandising Officer
Chief Networking officer
Chief Operating officer
Chief Procurement officer
Chief Product officer
Chief Risk officer
Chief Restructuring officer
Chief Science officer
Chief Stores Officer
Chief Strategy officer
Chief Technology officer
Chief Visionary officer
Chief Web officer

Monster India 3D virtual career fair 2013

Monster India 3D virtual career fair

Interview: Via web-cameras

Dates: 15th to 19th April 2013

Total participating companies: 11

Note: Monster already implemented this concept in Gulf countries, Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore

Website: http://vcf.monsterindia.com/

160th anniversary of India's first passenger train

How many years ago a passenger train set out its maiden journey in India?
160 years

Where was the first rail line in India built?
Chintadripet Bridge (in today's Chennai)

Where was the first 5.6km long rail line laid in India?
Red Hills and the stone quarries near St.Thomas Mount

When were the Great Indian Peninsular Railway and East Indian Railway created?
1853-54

What materials did the first train in India to become operational on 22nd December 1851?
Canal construction material in Roorkee

When did India's first passanger train journey take place between Bori Bunder in Mumbai and Thane?
16th April 1853

Name the locomatives that covered a distance of 34 kilometer run of first passanger train in India.
Sahib, Sindh and Sultan

Pulitzer Prize winners 2013 under journalism category

Public Service - Sun Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Breaking News Reporting - Staff of The Denver Post

Investigative Reporting - David Barstow and Alejandra Xanic von Bertrab of The New York Times

Explanatory Reporting - Staff of The New York Times

Local Reporting - Brad Schrade, Jeremy Olson and Glenn Howatt of Star Tribune, Minneapolis

National Reporting - Lisa Song, Elizabeth McGowan and David Hasemyer of InsideClimate News, Brooklyn, New York

International Reporting - David Barboza of The New York Times

Feature Writing - John Branch of The New York Times

Commentary - Bret Stephens of The Wall Street Journal

Criticism - Philip Kennicott of The Washington Post

Editorial Writing - Tim Nickens and Daniel Ruth of Tampa Bay Times

Editorial Cartooning - Steve Sack of Star Tribune, Minneapolis

Breaking News Photography - Rodrigo Abd, Manu Brabo, Narciso Contreras, Khalil Hamra and Muhammed Muheisen of Associated Press

Feature Photography - Javier Manzano, free-lance photographer

Pulitzer prizes 2013 - Letters, Drama, and Music

Fiction - The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson (Random House)

Drama - Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar

History - Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam by Fredrik Logevall (Random House)

Biography or Autobiography - The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss (Crown)

Poetry - Stag's Leap by Sharon Olds (Alfred A. Knopf)

General Nonfiction - Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys by Gilbert King (Harper)

Music - Partita for 8 Voices by Caroline Shaw (New Amsterdam Records)

April 15th 2013 gk updates on mobile

Who became the 1st Australian to win the 77th version of Augusta Masters golf tournament held in 2013?
Adam Scott

Who won the Venezuela presidential elections 2013?
Nicolas Maduro

Which country celebrated Kim II-sung's 101st birth anniversary?
North Korea

Which Indian city will post weather information on facebook for the public to stay updated?
Chandigarh

Name the director who is set to direct a movie on Bhupen Hazarika.
Pooja Bhatt

Which status was granted to North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (Neepco) by President Pranab Mukherjee in India?
Miniratna - Category 1

For which district in India Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Nabam Tuki launched e-PDS?
Papum Pare

Who launched National People's Party in Chhattisgarh, India?
P.A.Sangma

Name the researcher who developed first successful oral vaccination for polio who died at his Philadelphia home.
Dr.Hilary Koprowski

Name the female actor who entered realty sector with Groupco Developers.
Shilpa Shetty

Which automobile company launched Regal, a new variant of Dzire?
Maruti Suzuki

As per Finance Ministry in India what is the net NPA set for public sector banks in India by the end of 2013-14 fiscal?
1% of total advances

Name the Kolkata-based scientist who has come up with solar summer shirt which would store enough power to charge cellphones, tablets or other digital devices.
Santipada GonChaudhury

April 11, 2013 general knowledge updates

Post title sponsor: Tech Info Store


How many stocks will BSE shift to trade-to-trade segment or the 'T' category effective 12th April 2013?
104 stocks

Who was ranked World No.7 in the Badminton World Federation's latest ranking list?
Parupalli Kashyap

Which stock exchange is set to launch first debt trading platform in India?
National Stock Exchange

Which city in India will BSNL launch 4G-enabled internet services by May 2013?
Indore

Which were the key areas of 6 deals signed by India and Germany in 2013?
Agriculture, Education, Green energy and Science and technology

Name the Chittagong's 1930 youth hero who died at the age of 102.
Benod Behari Choudhury

Which Hong Kong-based hedge fund will invest $15 million in e-retailing firm HomeShop 18?
OCP Asia

Which education company's credit rating was downgraded to default by CARE in India?
Everonn Education

Expand NCRMP. (Hint: Cyclone)
National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project

Which company received NDTV Profit Business Leadership Award 2012 under the category Corporate Social Responsibility?
Jubliant Life Sciences Ltd.

April 2013 world-wide current affairs quiz

Who was named Creative Entrepreneur of the Year at the 7th edition of NDTV Profit's Business Leadership Awards?
John Abraham

Which CDMA operator shuts its operations in Uttar Pradesh East circle effective April 10th, 2013?
MTS India

Which company launched colour screen phone priced at Rs.1,249 in India?
Nokia, Nokia - 105

Expand ATGMs. (Hint: Missiles)
Anti-tank guided missiles

Which country has shown interest in cooperating and coordinating Arunachal Pradesh in various sectors including education, tourism, power and agriculture?
Germany

Which Indian state will exempt entertainment tax on tickets of Indian Premier League cricket tournament?
Chhattisgarh

Which Indian state will conduct SagarKavach drill on 11th and 12th April 2013?
Goa

Expand IVF. (Hint: fertilisation)
In-vitro fertilisation

Which country is building an Indian Heritage Centre and will showcase trades and culture of early Indian settlers?
Singapore

Which fashion retailer website acquired San Francisco-based FITIQUETTE, a technology solution which enables visitors to try clothes online at virtual trial rooms?
Myntra

Name the premium motorcycle launched by Bajaj Auto from its partner Kawasaki priced at Rs.3,50,000 (ex-showroom in Delhi)?
Kawasaki Ninja 300

Name the service which Mahindra Reva will implement on Mahindra e2o after entering into partnership with Vodafone.
Machine-to-machine communication services

Computer online quiz april 2013

What is the bar next to start button called in computer?
Task bar

From where is the deleted file or folder restored on a computer?
Recycle bin

Once the computer loads and start button is visible what is the screen called?
Desktop

Which computer application is having an option called vlookup?
Microsoft Excel

Which hardware acts as output device through which softcopy of a document can be obtained?
Printer

What is the keyboard shortcut for finding a word or pharse in Microsoft Word?
Cntrl + F

Mailmerge is a feature of which computer application?
Microsoft Word

Slideshow is a feature of which computer application?
Power point

Expand CSV. (Hint: File type used in MS-Excel)
Comma-separated values

What is the keyboard shortcut to insert hyperlink in Microsoft Word document?
Cntrl + K

Can header and footer be inserted in the same page of a Microsoft Word document?
Yes

Can a powerpoint file be copied from any computer to pendrive?
Yes

Top 12 current affairs quiz april 2013

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Which company launched Optimus L-Series II smartphones launched in India?
LG

Name the official remake of 1983 movie collection of which was Rs.19 crore for opening weekend.
Chashme Baddor

Who was sworn in as Kenya's 4th president?
Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta

Who plans to break world record for the Tube Challenge by visiting all 270 London Underground stations to break the current record of 16 hours, 29 minutes and 13 seconds?
Geoff Marshall and team

Name the website which aims to keep people aged over 50 connected across United Kingdom.
Gransnet

Who suggested P-4 model in the place of PPP model for better state governance?
Narendra Modi, Gujarat Chief Minister

What is the approved annual plan budget for West Bengal by Planning Commission for 2013-14?
Rs.30,314 crores

Which company will TCS acquire in all-cash transaction of 75 million euros i.e. Rs.530 crore?
Alti SA, a French technology services company

Who got 1 year extension as India's cricket coach?
Duncan Fletcher

How many scripts or stocks would be shifted to restricted trade category from April 12th 2013 by NSE in India?
51 scripts (at 5% price band)

Name the website launched by ICC with archives of videos of Cricket World Cup.
www.iccarchive.com

Which company made the 26th oil discovery in its Rajasthan block?
Cairn India

 

World's cheapest motorcycle by Yamaha at around Rs.30,000

Yamaha to role out the world's cheapest motorcycle priced at around Rs.30,000)

Yamaha setup 5th global research and development centre, Yamaha Motor Research and Development India Pvt. Ltd. at Surajpur in Uttar Pradesh, India.

Low cost motor cycle to be launched in India and export to Africa and Latin America.

Aims to sell 10 lakh units in 2015 including exports, with a target of 28 lakh units by 2018.

General awareness for upcoming LIC AAO exam May 2013

Name the 2 Indians among 2013 Yale World Fellows.
Prodyut Bora and Abhik Sen

Which bank offered $252 billion loan for the development of rural roads in Assam, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and WestBengal?
Asian Development Bank

Which organisation came up with the report of nearly 1.5 million people's death every year in south-east Asia due to high blood pressure?
World Health Organisation

Under which scheme Indian government relaxed permission for appointment of teachers to 13 states?
Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan

Where in Manipur Edu-Xpo 2013 was held on 8th and 9th April 2013?
Organised by LRSINDIA at Nupilal Complex, Imphal

Under which scheme former President Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam did inaugurate 24-hour power supply to Bhopal district in Madhya Pradesh?
Atal Jyoti Abhiyan

What is the total revenue targets for direct and indirect taxes achieved for 2012-13 in India?
Rs.10,38,037 crore

Name the "Iron Lady" of British 20th century politician who died suffering stroke.
Margaret Thatcher

BMW and TVS Motor signed an agreement to develop which product?
Motorcycles below 500cc

Which education board has introduced legal studies in 200 schools in India and abroad in classes XI and XII from academic year 2013-14?
CBSE

Which country could receive $958 million in a span of 4 years to overcome its debt?
Jamaica

Which telecom equipment maker has struck a deal to buy Microsoft's Mediaroom IPTV business?
Ericsson

Indian current affairs quiz april 2013

Post title sponsor: Corp Info Box


Expand EICC. (Hint: Europe)
The Europe India Chamber of Commerce

Where in Israel archaeologists have unearthed 1,500 year old wine factory?
Hamei Yoav

Who is appointed as coach of India's junior men's hockey team ahead of world cup later in 2013?
Gregg Clark, former South African Olympian

Which place did Heena Sindhu finish at the ISSF World Cup in Changwon, Korea?
8th spot

Expand ZSI. (Hint: Zoological)
Zoological Survey of India

Which Indian state get Rs.2,842 crore support from NABARD during the financial year 2012-13?
Bihar

Where is the HORASIS Global Business Meet scheduled to be held on 23rd and 24th June 2013?
Belfast, Ireland

Expand GYA. (Hint: Goa)
Goa Yachting Association

Haryana's which district became the first to launch the Village Integrated Monitoring Software?
Kurukshetra

Who was sworn in as Rajasthan's Lokayukta after the retirement of GL Gupta?
Sajjan Singh Kothari, former judge, Rajasthan High Court

Which Indian state approved Youth Policy-2013 categorising boys and girls in the age group of 13-35 years?
Odisha

From which facility was Agni-2 missile was fired in India on 7th April 2013?
Wheelers Island, off the Odisha coast

Which Indian sate was adjudged best state for outstanding performance under Hunar Se Rozgar Yojana for 2011-12?
Odisha

April 2013 events across India

India Restaurant week - from 1st to 10th April 2013 across Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai

More info: http://restaurantweekindia.com/


Tulip festival - first two weeks of April each year at Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip garden, Srinagar, Kashmir (foothills of Zabarwan range).

Cost: Adults Rs.50/- and Children Rs.20/-

More info: http://jktourism.org/


Mewar festival, welcomes the arrival of spring, held from 13th to 15th April 2013, Udaipur Rajasthan


Baisakhi is a harvest festival, Punjabi new year, held from 13th to 14th April 2013, Punjab state


Chithirai Festival celebrated across tamil nadu and particularly in Madurai from 13th to 25th April 2013 and it is believed that Lord Vishnu came to witness the wedding of Lord Shiva and Goddess Meenakshi and mounted a golden horse.


Ram Navami, marks the birthday of Lord Rama and is celebrated all over India on 20th April 2013


Thrissur Pooram, the grandest Kerala temple festivals featuring around 30 colorfully decorated elephants held on 21st April 2013 at Vadakkumnathan temple, Thrssur, Kerala, India

More info: http://www.keralatourism.org/event/festival/thrissur-pooram-2144963864218.php

Is young zovi too powerful for myntra

Is Young Zovi Too Powerful For Myntra?

 

It is really interesting to note the increasing contribution of online shoppers to fellow shoppers and future shoppers in the forms of reviews on online stores and their products. Be it there enthusiasm or their frustration, they seek the online platform to let out their feelings. Such is the online world and hence, the responsibility is on online stores to do their best to make use of the trend of the buyers. If an online store does its best and keeps the customers satisfied, it is going to gain popularity sooner than expected. Getting famous or becoming notorious is easy in the online world. After all, purchasing power of the buyer alone does not count to succeed. Let us see how well Zovi and Myntra do to win the credibility and favor of online shoppers.

Zovi And Myntra – An Introduction

 

For the benefit of would-be online shoppers, Myntra made an entry into online business in the year 2007. It deals with apparels, footwear and accessories. It has above 30000 styles and deals with over 500 brands. Zovi was founded in the year 2010. It is an Indian online store dealing with apparels, footwear and accessories. Zovi is not just a seller or dealer. Right from designing the products to selling them, Zovi does it all.

Product Range – Myntra Miles Ahead

 

Customers love variety and they look for options when purchasing from an online store. Myntra offers stunning varieties across various categories. Be it apparels or footwear, the collections are huge in Myntra. While Zovi’s collections are unique, they are limited. Being a designer of its products, Zovi may be running short of collections. Hence, it is way behind Myntra in product range.

Quality – Zovi Shines

 

Zovi is a clear winner as far as quality is concerned. All products are of excellent quality. The designs are unique and the products are of great quality. Myntra does well but not as good as Zovi. It deals with popular brands as well but if you go by the reviews, you would place Myntra behind Zovi.

Price – Great Offers From Myntra And Zovi

 

The price tags are quite impressive and the product range in Myntra makes it possible to have products for various price ranges and suit the cross section of buyers. While Zovi is limited on product range, the prices are reasonable as Zovi sells the products it designs without intermediaries. Hence, it could be said that both offer low prices for their products. Moreover, customers can avail Myntra coupons and Zovi coupons to gain more while buying. Both the online stores introduce fresh offers and hence just look out for coupons if you want to have a perfect deal.

Delivery Tales – Zovi Is The Hero But Myntra Is Not Far Behind

 

Customers who make their purchases through Zovi are impressed by Zovi’s packaging of products. The products are beautifully packed and delivered on time. However, you could not underscore Myntra here. Myntra does well by sticking on to time schedule most of the time but Zovi leads with a thin margin here.

Customer Service – Zovi Attempts Better

 

Customer service plays a crucial role in the success of any business. If Zovi was not convincing enough in product range, it seals the future deal in its favor with excellent customer service. We can find that Zovi makes sincere efforts to address customers’ complaints. While Myntra too obliges where return of products are concerned, the time taken is too long for comfort.

Growing Powerful

 

Zovi is young but it is getting powerful everyday. Hence, the competition is going to be tough. Though Myntra has a wide range of products, which cannot be seen in Zovi, it could only be a matter of time before Zovi equals and excels Myntra. Both being in the same line of activities, it is essential that Myntra uses all available resources and more to face the challenges of the younger generation in online business.

 

Guest post by: Himanshu Agarwal

List of current affairs april 2013

For what reason World Bank sanctioned Rs.1,100 crore loan to Himachal Pradesh in April 2013?
Inclusive Green growth

Expand IWWP. (Hint: Watershed)
Integrated Watershed Management Programme

Expand GAT. (Hint: Tobacco)
Global Adult Tobacco

Which Indian state craftsmen are experimenting ever-changing fashion and market demand through IT?
Madhya Pradesh

Who was re-elected as president of the National Rifle Association of India for a 4 year term?
Raninder Singh

Who retained to win the title of 11th Maruti Suzuki Desert Strom 2013?
Suresh Rana

Expand IOR. (Hint: Ocean)
Indian Ocean Region

Who is appointed as Prime Minister of Lebanon?
Tamam Salam

Which country will host ICC World T20 2014?
Bangladesh

RPSC current affairs april 2013

Who is elected as president of CII for 2013-14?
Kris Gopalakrishnan, co-founder and executive co-chairman of Infosys Technologies

Which country's index broke 13,000 levels since 1st September 2008 after the announcement of stimulus by its central bank?
Japan

Which Indian state would distribute very high frequency radio communication equipment at subsidized rates to fishermen to be installed in boats?
Tamil Nadu

How does the world know Iain Banks?
A Scottish author

Expand IDSA. (Hint: Selling)
Indian Direct Selling Association

How was Padma Shri award winner, Bratindra Nath Mukherjee known to the world?
A historian and author of 700 national and international journals

Expand ToF. (Hint: flight)
Time-of-flight

Expand WLA. (Hint: ATM)
White Label ATM

Which company launched MintAsia, a weekly business paper in Singapore from 5th April 2013?
HT Media Ltd.

Which mobile company closed its biggest store in the world located in Shanghai, China?
Nokia

Which company completed acquisition of UK-based media firm Aegis?
Dentsu Inc

Who is set to open an investment office named Vulcan Capital in America?
Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft

Worldwide april 2013 current affairs

Name the 94 year old woman who became the first person to request for a nomination form in Malaysia's Terengganu state and intends to stand as an independent MP for Kuala Terenggau.
Maimun Yusuf

Who is named the Venuve Clicquot 2013's Best Female Chef?
Nadia Santini, an Italian

In which hills of Meghalaya were 19 caves discovered adding to total to 1,350?
Jaintia Hills

Where in India 3-day UN World Tourism Organisation conference on sustainable tourism will be held?
Hyderabad (12th to 14th April 2013)

Which division of BSNL launched a Wi-Fi technology module for cars with 3.5Mbps speed in India?
Indore

Which country researchers have developed human dream-reading machine and what is the technology used in it?
Japan, Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Expand SPE. (Hint: Police)
Special Police Establishment

Where do India's coffee exports stand for 2012-13 fiscal year?
3,10,612 tonnes, 10% lesser than 2011-12

Which industry was decontrolled in India to abolish monthly release mechanism?
Sugar

Where is the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup 2013 held?
Changwon, Korea (2nd to 10th April 2013)

Johnson Tiles Maharashtra Chess League 2013

Pune Attackers, owned by the Goel Ganga Group won the inaugural Maharashtra Chess League.

 

Inaugural Maharashtra Chess League

Dates: 24th to 29th April

Total Teams: 6

 

List of Maharashtra Chess League 2013 teams and owner names

Pune Attackers (Goel Ganaga Developers)

Jalgaon Battlers (Jain Irrigations)

Mumbai Movers (Rishi Gupta–Shel Extrusion Pvt Ltd)

Ahmednagar Checkers (RBS Sports Ethix)

Thane Combaters (MEP Infra Developers)

Nagpur Royals (Gaikwad-Patil Group)

 

Rules for Maharashtra Chess League 2013

Minimum of 6 players

All 6 match begins simultaneously

Each team will have 1 International Master

1 Grandmaster

1 Woman grandmaster

April 2013 general awareness for ias prelims

Who gave the approval for the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 on April 2nd, 2013 in India?
President, Pranab Mukherjee

Which company is set to launch 60-inch iTV in 2013?
Apple

Alarm was raised by WHO on which chronic medical condition ahead of World Health Day?
Hypertension

Expand NPS. (Hint: Pension)
National Pension Scheme

Expand FTP. (Hint: Trade)
Foreign Trade Policy

Cadbury India is a subsidiary of which company that was formerly known as Kraft Foods?
Mondelez International

Expand LLPD. (Hint: Litres)
Lakh litres per day

Expand CLI. (Hint: Line)
Calling Line Identity

Which country launched BRAIN initiative as a part of job creating discoveries?
United States of America

Expand FSA. (Hint: Fuel)
Fuel Supply Agreement

Expand CECA. (Hint: Economic)
Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement

Who is appointed as CFO of Allahabad Bank along with existing role of General Manager (F&A) and Compliance Officer?
K.S.Venkataraman

Expand CRAR. (Hint: Risk)
Capital to Risk Assets Ratio

April 2013 general awareness for IBPS exams

Who is appointed as finance minister of Cyprus replacing Michael Sarris?
Harris Goergiades

Where does 17 European Union countries unemployment rate stood in February 2013 for the first time since the currency launch in 1999?
12%

Which Indian state passed Lokayukta Aayog Bill in April 2013?
Gujarat

Who has opened a school in Afghanistan through her foundation The Education Partnership for Children of Conflict?
Angelina Jolie

Which airways introduced cancellation charges from Rs.200 to Rs.2,000 from a flat amount of Rs.1,050 in India?
Jet Airways

Expand RWEST. (Hint: Supply)
RWE Supply and Trading

Which sector is Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Ltd. plans to enter by investing Rs.805 crore?
Eco-tourism sector

What is the total amount collected by 10 companies through IPO's during the fiscal year ended 31st March 2013 in India?
Rs.6,059 crore

Along with Pepsi which other companies have sponsored Indian Premier League 6th edition?
Vodafone, Star Plus and Yes bank

Which company got approval from SEBI to sell Rs.95.5 lakh equity shares of face value Rs.10 each through IPO?
Just Dial Ltd.

Which company launched 32gb tablet with 3G version at Rs.21,999 and Wi-Fi version priced at Rs.18,999?
Asus

Which bank launched a home loan product "Empower Home Loan" for self-employed individuals with floating rate of interest to resident Indians?
Axis Bank

Sample essay topics march 2013 for UPSC exams

Bihar's All India Street Food Festival 2013

Nitaqat programme by Saudi Arabia

Gujarat's Irrigation and Drainage Bill 2013

Celebrity Cricket League 2013, an extravaganza

India Mauritius Tax Treaty 2013

1st International Football summit - GIFT

New Zealand's drought and its impact on economy

China's 1-child policy and economic growth

Benetton - a revolution in India's fashion industry

1st April 2013 current affairs quiz

List the core sectors or industries which shrank 2.5% in February 2013 in India.
Coal, Crude oil, Natural gas, Petroleum refinery products, Fertilizers, Steel, Cement and Electricity

How does the world know Kartar Singh who celebrated his 100th birthday on 1st April 2013?
Retired lieutenant colonel of Indian Army (oldest surviving officer)

Which grade officers are eligible for flexible work timings introduced by Reserve Bank of India?
Grade B, the base rung to Grade F

Name the countries where 1st phase of Mozilla mobile operating system is expected to be launched in July 2013.
Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Spain and Venezuela

Which stock exchange of Kerala has opted for de-recognition in April 2013?
Cochin Stock Exchange

Who is appointed as CEO of Dr.Reddy's Laboratories after the founder K.Anji Reddy's death?
GV Prasad

What is the total assets value of Infrastructure Mutual funds as of February 2013?
Rs.7,600 crore (lowest level in 6 years)

Expand LET. (Hint: European)
Ladies European Tour

Name the 6 companies whose price band (circuit breakers) were removed by NSE with effect from 2nd April 2013.
Engineers India, Oil India, Bharat Electronics Ltd, Container Corporation of India, Shipping Corporation of India and Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation Ltd.

Who is chosen as North Korea's premier and will play key role in economic policymaking?
Pak Pong Ju

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31st March 2013 current affairs quiz

Name the 14-time Grammy winner, musician who died due to an aortic aneurysm.
Phil Ramone

Which bird flu type led to the death of two Shanghai men in February and March 2013?
H7N9

Expand SMW4. (Hint: Middle East)
South East Asia-Middle East-West Europe 4

Expand IMEWE. (Hint: India)
India-Middle East-Western Europe

Expand EIG. (Hint: Europe)
Europe India Gateway

Who advocated the term 'Abenomics'?
Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan

Who won the gold medal in the men's triple jump in the season-opening Indian Grand Prix?
Renjith Maheswary

Which company acquired 31.49% stake in Gujarat NRE Coking Coal at the end of its open offer?
Jindal Steel and Power's Ltd.

Who is appointed as President of International Chamber of Commerce?
Rajan Bharti Mittal

Which bank will issue Rs.85 lakh equity shares to mobilise Rs.51 crore?
Dhanlaxmi bank

HDFC Bank InstaAlert SMS service charges from 1st April 2013

InstaAlert service SMS delivery charges for HDFC Bank account holders

Salary or Savings Account Rs.15 per quarter

Current Account Rs.25 per quarter


InstaAlerts delivered through Email is FREE


Note: Account holders of HDFC bank who are not registered for InstaAlert service to continue to get sms alerts for FREE.

Punjab property tax slab from 1st April 2013

Self-occupied houses - 1%

Residential properties (rented) - 2%

Flat owners - 0.75%


Owners depositing property tax by 30th June each year to get 10% early payment rebate

Defaulters to be fined 25% of tax payable and 15% annual interest for the period of delay