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What in India lasts for 52 seconds? The National Anthem What relation is R.K.Laxman(cartoonist) to R.K.Narayan(novelist)? They are brothers With which Indian state the (colourful) art form pipli? Orissa Which Mughul emperor issued gold and silver coins bearing the signs of the Zodiac? Jahangir The Sansakar Kendra(Museum) in Ahmedabad is the only one of its kind in India. What is it? A kite museum The Nathula Pass connects Tibet with which Indian state? Sikkim What is common to Uni, Broad, Metre and Narrow? Railway track(gauges) sizes What fruit comes in the following varieties: Ratna, Neelam, Sindhu, Fernandin and Enugu Dutta? Mangoes During Worldwar II, which was the only part of India to be occupied by Japanese troops? Andaman and Nicobar Islands Which late Indian Prime Minister's birthday is celebrated on December 23 as Kisan Diwas? Charan Singh The largest fair in the world for the sale of which animal is held in Pushkar, Rajasthan? Camel

Events 2010

EVENT NAME MONTH & DATE ICC Under - 19 World Cup 2009/10 January15th to 30th Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games February12th to 28th Indian Premier League March 12th to April 25th Vancouver 2010 Paralympic March 12th to 21st FIFA World Cup at South Africa June 11th to July 11th Wimbledon 2010 June 21st to July 4th XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 October 3rd to October 14th

2009 - A rewind

Slumdog Millionaire wins 8(eight) Oscars Satyam scam surfaces amounting to Rs.7,136 crore Tech Mahindra acquires Satyam for $578million, renames Mahindra Satyam Barack Obama becomes US President India born V.Ramakrishnan shares Nobel Prize in Chemistry Homosexuality is legalized in India Tendulkar completes 20 years of international cricket World leaders pledge $1.1 trillion help for emerging economies at the G20 London summit CBI raids the Department of Telecom, alleging a Rs.20,000 crore fraud in spectrum allocation Suzlon Energy acquires Hansen Group for $565 million Bharti Wal-Mart opens its first Indian cash and carry outlet in Amritsar Bandra-Worli sea link, a 5.6km road across the Arabian Sea opens in Mumbai Telecom subscriber base crosses 500 million mark Facebook becomes the biggest social networking site with more than 300 million users H1N1 flu makes its ground in March in Mexico, (WHO)World Health Organisation declares it as a pandemic Parliament gets largest

One-word Subsitute - 2

One who looks up the world as his - Cognomen Not bearing upon the matter in hand - Irrelevant Murder of one man by another - Homicide Incapable of being heard - Illegible Incapable of being read - Inaudible A decision upon which one cannot go back - Irrevocable A speech delivered on the spur of the moment - Somnambulist A round-about way of expressing oneself - Circumlocution Words having the opposite meaning - Antonyms A general pardon granted to criminals - Amnesty

Famous Name

Chinese scholar who studied in Nalanda University - Hiuen Tsang First President of the Indian National Congress - W.C.Banerjee Author of Gitanjali - Rabindranath Tagore First Indian woman to cross the English Channel - Arati (Saha) Gupta First person to be awarded Bharat Ratna posthumously - Lal Bahadur Shastri First recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalike Award - Devika Rani Roerich India's first cosmonaut - Rakesh Sharma Sarvodaya leader popularly known as Loknayak - Jayaprakash Narayan First lady of the Indian screen - Nargis Dutt Nghtingale of India - Sarojini Naidu

Famous Books - Famous Authors

A Passage to India E.M.Foster A Week with Gandhi Louis Fischer Ain-i-Akbari Abdul Fazal Anand Math Bankin Chandra Arthashastra Kautilya Bhagvad Gita Ved Vyas Broken Wing Sarojini Naidu Coolie Mulk Raj Anand Discovery of India Jawaharlal Nehru Ganadevata Tara Shanker Bandopodhyaya

Famous Indians

M.S.Subbulakshmi Carnatic Vocalist who won Magassassy Award 1974 Dr.Salim Ali Ornithologist Swami Vivekananda Established Ramakrishna Mission Hargobind Khurana Indian-born scientist, winner of Nobel Prize JagdishChandraBose Scientist who worked on the responses of plants Baba Amte Created 'Anandvan' for lepers Bachendri Pal First Indian woman to climb Mt.Everest Vijayapat Singhania Broke a world record in flying microlight aircraft Sir Jamsetji Tata Built the first modern steel plant Rakesh Sharma India's only astronaut M.N.Roy Great Revolutionary and a Leninist Todar Mal One of the 'nine gems' of Akbar's court MaqboolFidaHussain Painter of world repute AcharyaVinodaBhave Social Crusader

Interesting Facts - 4

Dogs sweat through their paws Cat gut comes from sheep Ants and termites have been known to burrow to a depth of 80 feet in search of water Turtles have no teeth The African elephant always sleeps standing up The gestation period of a rhinoceros is 560 days There are more than 600 muscles in our muscular system The complete skin covering of our body measures about 20 square feet There is no soda in soda water There are atleast 100,000 stars in the milky way The entire contents of the first gramophone record was : Mary had a little lamb

Top 12 CEO exisits of the year 2009

Subramaniam Ramadorai TCS Deepak Parekh HDFC (will be stepping down Jan 2010) Ramani Ayer Hartford Financial Services Rick Wagoner General Motors Alvaro de Molina GMAC Edward Liddy AIG David Moffet Freddie Mac Herbert Allison Freddie Mac's partnering company Fannie Mae Bernard Poussot Wyeth Fred Hassan Merck and Co John Thain Merril Lynch Harry Styli Sequenom

Numerical Ability

If 12 girls can earn Rs.2,400 in 5 days, then how many girls can earn Rs.4,200 in 21 days? i) 105 girls ii) 101 girls iii) 12 girls iv) 5 girls The least perfect square number which is divisible by 3,4,5,6 and 8 is i) 700 ii) 1100 iii) 3600 iv) 1500 A woman has Rs.480 in the denomination of one-rupee notes, five-rupee notes and ten-rupee notes. The number of notes are equal. What is the total number of notes? i) 50 ii) 70 iii) 90 iv) 60 In an organisation, 40% of the employees are matriculates, 50% of the remaining are graduates and remaining 180 are post-graduates. How many employees are graduates? i) 360 ii) 120 iii) 180 iv) 240 By selling an article for Rs.240, a woman incurs a loss of 10%. At what price should she sell it so as to make a profit of 20% i) 320 ii) 288 iii) 262 iv) 310 The cost price of two dozen bananas is Rs.32. After selling 18 bananas at the rate of Rs.12 per dozen, the shopkeeper reduced the rate as Rs.4 per dozen. The percentage loss is i) 21.2%

Unknown Facts

A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out A snail can sleep for three years All polar bears are left handed Butterflies taste with their feet Elephants are the only animals that can't jump In the last 4000 years , no new animals have been domesticated On average, people fear spiders more than they do death The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over million descendants It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky Horse Statue in a Park If a statue of a person in the park on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes

Interesting Facts - 3

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history Spades - King David Clubs - Alexander the Great Hearts – Charlemagne Diamonds - Julius Caesar Shakespeare invented the word 'assassination' and 'bump' The name of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language The most common name in the world is Mohammed

Interesting Facts - 2

Q: What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers all have in common? A: All invented by women The electric chair was invented by a dentist Coca-Cola was originally green The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue Women blink nearly twice as much as men!! You can't kill yourself by holding your breath It is impossible to lick your elbow The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in one's ear by 700 times Like fingerprints , everyone's tongue print is different Most lipstick contains fish scales People say "Bless you" when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your heart stops for a millisecond Sneezing too hard could result a rib fracture . If one tries to suppress a sneeze it can rupture a blood vessel in the head or neck and die

Interesting Facts

MOPED is the short term for 'Motorized Pedaling' POP MUSIC is 'Popular Music' shortened BUS is the short term for 'Omnibus' that means everybody FORTNIGHT comes from 'Fourteen Nights' (Two Weeks) DRAWING ROOM was actually a 'withdrawing room' where people withdrew after Dinner. Later the prefix 'with' was dropped NEWS refers to information from Four directions N, E, W and S AG-MARK , which some products bear, stems from 'Agricultural Marketing' JOURNAL is a diary that tells about 'Journey for a day' during each Day's business QUEUE comes from 'Queen's Quest'. Long back a long row of people as waiting to see the Queen. Someone made the comment Queen's Quest TIPS come from 'To Insure Prompt Service'. In olden days to get Prompt service from servants in an inn, travelers used to drop coins in a Box on which was written 'To Insure Prompt Service'. This gave rise to the cust

One-word Substitutes

Alias A name taken by a person, which is not his/her real name Versatile Easily able to tackle new tasks or occupations Recipe Directions for preparing certain dishes, sweetmeats, etc. Memorise To commit to memory Sinecure A job for which one is paid, but which has no duties attached to it Playwright One who writes plays or dramas Dialogue A conversation between two persons or a piece of written work in conversational form Inimitable That which cannot be imitated Inaudible That which cannot be heard Patriotism Love of one's own country Invigilator One who watches over students taking an examination Post-mortem The examination of a dead body to determine the cause of death Panacea A cure for all diseases Plutocracy A government by the wealthy Politics The science and art of government Teetotaller One who abstains from alcoholic drinks Ambidexterous One who can use both hands equally well Somnambulist One who walks in sleep Novice One new to anything

Abbreviations -3

AIIMS - All India Institute of Medical Sciences APPLE - Ariane Paasenger Payload Experiment B.Com - Bachelor of Commerce BDO - Block Development Officer B.Pharm - Bachelor of Pharmacy C-in-C - Commander-in-Chief EEC - European Economic Community etc. - et cetera (and the rest) SPCA - Society for Prevention of Cruelty of Animals IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency SAI - Sports Authority of India NSS - National Service Scheme OIGS - On India Government Service SSC - Staff Selection Commission VCR - Video Cassette Recorder

Chemical Symbols

Ag Silver Al Aluminium Ar Argon Au Gold B Boron Br Bromine C Carbon Ca Calcium Cl Chlorine Co Cobalt Cu Copper F Fluorine Fe Iron He Helium Hg Mercury I Iodine K Potassium Mg Magnesium N Nitrogen Na Sodium Ne Neon O Oxygen P Phosphorus Pb Lead S Sulphur

Old Names and New Names (India)

Bombay Province Maharashtra Conjeevaram Kanchipuram Cocanada Kakinada Darjeeling Darjiling Gulf of Cambay Gulf of Khambat Gulf of Manar Gulf of Mannar Kistna River Krishna River Laccadive Islands Lakshadweep Masulipatnam Machiliptnam Nander Nanded Pygmalion Point Indria Point River Jumna River Jamuna Tanjore Thanjavur Travancore (State) Kerala The Rann of Cutch The Rann of Kachchh United Provinces Uttar Pradesh

Abbreviations -2

ASEAN - Association of Souteast Asian Nations ECGC - Export Credit Guarantee Corporation DFSA - Dubai Financial Services Authority FTA - Free Trade Agreement IMD - India Meteorological Department IPL - Indian Premier League RINL - Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited AMFI - Association of Mutual Funds in India ITIR - Information Technology Investment Region SIMA - Southern India Mills Association KIADB - Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board DGCA - Directorate-General of Civil Aviation BPO - Business Process Outsourcing KPO - Knowledge Process Outsourcing LPO - Legal Process outsourcing RPO - Recruitment Process Outsourcing CCEA - Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs KSITI - Kerala State Information Technology Infrastructure STPI - Software Technology Park of India FIEO - Federation of Indian Export Organisations CII - Confederation of Indian Industry APEC - Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation IICT - Indian Institute of Chemical Technology FCI - Food Corporation of India CII - Confed

Abbreviations -1

AAPSO - Afro-Asian People's Solidarity Organization ACC - Associated Cement Companies AHQ - Air Headquarters or Army Headquarters ARC - Administrative Reforms Commission ARDC - Agricultural Refinance and Development Corporation ASCI - Administrative Staff College of India BCG - Bacillus Calmette Guerine BIFR - Board for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction CARE - Co-operative for American Relief Everywhere CDP - Community Development Programme CORE - Congress of Racial Equality ESIS - Employees State Insurance Scheme FRCP - Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians FRCS - Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons FRS - Fellow of the Royal Society GMT - Greenwich Mean Time HMI - Himalayan Mountaineering Institute IARI - Indian Agricultural Research Institute IAMC - Indian Army Medical Corps IATA - International Air Transport Association LPG - Liquid Petroleum Gas NRSA - National Remote Sensing Agency NIRD - National Institute of Rural Development OIGS - On Indian Government Servic


Rearest of Indian birds Megapodes Largest Indian bird Sarus Crane Fastest Flying bird Alpine Spine Tailed Swift Smallest bird of all Bee Humming bird Fastest running bird Ostrich Heaviest flying bird Kori Bustard Bird making the largest nest Bald Eagle Living bird with largest wing-soan measurement Wandering Albatross Largest domesticated bird Plumed Guineafowl Bird with longest feathers Long Tailed Fowl Largest bird of prey in the world Andean Condor Longest living bird European Eagle owl

Hill Stations across India

Kurseong West Bengal Matheran Maharastra Nandi Hills Karnataka Horsley Hill Andra Pradesh Panchmarhi Madhya Pradesh Mount Abu Rajasthan Chakrata Uttar Pradesh Manali Himachal Pradesh Yercaud Tamil Nadu Haflong Assam

Lakes in India

1. Where is Lake Chilka? i) near bhopal in madhya pradesh ii) near pune in maharashtra iii) near srinagar in kashmir iv) near puri in orissa 2. Around which lake is the famous hill station Nainital built? i) Naina ii) Bhimtal iii) Naini iv) Naukuchiatal 3. Which is the famous fresh water lake formed by the river Jhelum? i) Wular ii) Dal iii) Fateh Sagar iv) Mool Sagar 4. In which state is the famous Loktak Lake? i) Nagaland ii) Tripura iii) Manipur iv) West Bengal 5. Name the lake which the Bakra Dam has created. i) Gobind Sagar ii) Badhkal iii) Koilana iv) Nakki 6. Where is the famous Pichola Lake situated? i) Jaipur ii) Imphal iii) Udaipur iv) Simla 7. Which is the largest artifical lake in India? i) Rajamanda ii) Anna Sagar iii) Nagarjunasagar iv) Chilka 8. Which lake in India is famous for its floating island? i) Loktak Lake ii) Siliserh iii) Karnal Lake iv) Sukhna Lake 9. Where is the ward Lake? i) Kodaikanal ii) Udagaman

Branches of Science

Argyrothecology moneyboxes Alogology seaweeds Cartology maps Colepterology beetles Desmology ligaments Exobiology life on other planets Herpotology reptiles Ktenology putting to death Pedology soils Pomology fruits Oology birds eggs Nephology clouds Nephrology kidneys Otology ears Metrology weights&measures Xylology structure of wood

Mental Ability

1. What is 40% of 1800 i) 720 ii) 810 iii) 900 iv) 780 2. 2/3 of 270 is i) 50 ii) 70 iii) 120 iv) 180 3. How is 1/3 expressed in percentage i) 33.33% ii) 53.33% iii) 33.35% iv) 35.66% 4. Square root of 729 is i) 25 ii) 27 iii) 28 iv) 29 5. 16% of 6000 is i) 880 ii) 930 iii) 960 iv) 941 6. 5/8 of 720 is i) 440 ii) 400 iii) 500 iv) 450 7. 7.5% of Rs.40.00 is i) 2.35 ii) 2.75 iii) 3.00 iv) 2.85 8. 3/18 of 900 is i) 100 ii) 75 iii) 145 iv) 150 9. If 3*2=94; 5*3=259 then wht will 5*5 be equal to i) 2520 ii) 2526 iii) 2525 iv) none of these 10. If a+b=12; a-b=6 what is a*b? i) 25 ii) 27 iii) value unknown iv) 21

Human Biology

Fruit and Vegetable provide i) mineral salts and vitamins ii) protiens and carbohydrates iii) protien, minerals salts and vitamins iv) carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins Which of the following has the highest percentage of carbohydrates? i) sugar ii) rice iii) wheat flour iv) green gram Which one of the following dals is the most nutritious? i) mash ii) moong iii) massur iv) chana Tetanus is caused by i) a parasite ii) a virus iii) bacillus iv) microbes Leukaemia is i) whitening of skin ii) a form of leprosy iii) turnour in intestines iv) blood cancer What generally is the duration of smallpox? i) 21 days ii) 17 days iii) 11 days iv) 6 days How does bread become spongy? i) escape of water vapour ii) escape of carbon dioxide iii) decomposition of flour iv) fermentation of yeast Pasteurization of milk is done to i) increase the fat content ii) decrease the fat content iii) detect adulteration iv) destroy micro-organism To correct myopic vision, one should use i


1. If hair on the human head is not kept clean and dry, one of the following can occur: i) Pimples ii) Boils iii) Ring Worm iv) Eczema 2. Which vitamin is found in green chillies? i) Vitamin A ii) Vitamin B iii) Vitamin C iv) Vitamin D 3. Common Cold is caused by i) bacteria ii) a virus iii) rhino viruses and those which cause influenza and infect glands iv) 30 different viruses called rhino viruses 4. Which vitamin is useful for healthy gums? i) Vitamin K ii) Vitamin C iii) Vitamin B1 iv) Vitamin B2 5. Deficiency of iron in the human diet causes i) goitre ii) rickets iii) scurvy iv) anaemia 6. Which vitamin is known as 'Sunshine' Vitamin? i) Vitamin A ii) Vitamin B iii) Vitamin C iv) Vitamin D 7. Which is most harmful to human life? i) Worms ii) Parasites iii) Virus iv) Fungi 8. The most important item in our diet is i) Proteins ii) Vitamins iii) Carbohydrates iv) Water 9. The food for building tissues in the body is i) Carbohydrates ii) Proteins iii)

Top 10 Dividend Payers in India

Rank Company Dividend Paid (Rs. Cr) 1 ONGC 6,844 2 NTPC 2,968 3 Reliance Industries 1,897 4 State Bank of India 1,841 5 Hindustan Unilever 1,635 6 ITC 1,397 7 TCS 1,370 8 Infosys Technologies 1,346 9 ICICI Bank 1,225 10 Tata Steel 1,169

India's Biggest Companies - Overall Ranking(Top 10)

Rank '09 Rank '08 Company/City Revenues Industry 1 1 Indian Oil, Delhi/NCR 290,946 Oil&Gas 2 2 Reliance Industries Mumbai 153,138 Oil&Gas 3 3 Tata Steel, Kolkata 147,595 Steel 4 4 BPCL, Mumbai 137,993 Oil&Gas 5 5 HPCL, Mumbai 129,979 Oil&Gas 6 7 State Bank of India, Mumbai 113,093 Banking 7 6 ONGC, Delhi/NCR 109,669 Oil&Gas 8 12 Tata Motors, Mumbai 71,738 Automobile 9 8 Hindalco Industries, Mumbai 63,313 Non-ferrous metals 10 9 ICICI Bank, Mumbai 64,153 Banking

Known Your Legal Terms

Affidavit - A statement on oath for use as evidence in judicial proceedings Power of Attorney - A document under seal authorising the person to whom it is given to act in all respects as the agent of the granter of the power in relation to matters specified in the documents Bail - The security given to affect the release of one arrested or imprisoned, on the understanding that he/she shall appear for trail at a fixed time and place. Certiorari - A writ to transfer a law suit from lower court to a higher court Code - A body of classified laws of regulations Court Martial - A military court to try persons under military laws Copyright - The exclusive right of an author on his literary or artistic work. It is vested with the author for a specific period of time Decree - The award or decision of court Exhibit - A legal document or an object presented as proof Forgery - The act of falsely making or materially altering any writing with the intention to defraud. Also the act of cou