Current Affairs December 2010 - 5


'Jal Hans', India's first seaplane service launched at Juhu aerodrome


South Indian Bank bags India's Best bank-2010 award of the 'Businessworld-PricewaterhouseCoopers Best Banks Survey'


Japanese government approves nation's largest ever budget draft at 92.4 trillion yen ($1.11 trillion) for next fiscal year aimed to boost economic growth and increase jobs

Bridgestone invests Rs.170 crore to make truck, bus tyres in India

IGate, Apax set to buy 63% stake Patni Computer

Fujitsu Ltd. to release smartphones in India and China in 2011 and 2012 respectively

Direct-To-Home (DTH) service provider Dish TV to increase SD channel capacity to 320 and HD channel capacity to over 30 and also to increase total transmission banwidth capacity to 684 megahertz from the exisiting 432 megahertz

Sun Pharma's subsidiary, Surya Pharmaceutical(Singapore) has acquired US-based ActivOn for $22 million

BHEL bags 2 orders from Indian Railways for the development, manufacture and supply of 3-Phase IGBT-based propulsion systems for Electric Locomotives and AC Electric Multiple Units(EMUs)

Sahara acquires the iconic Grosvernor House hotel having 420 rooms, 74 suites and 27 meeting rooms in London for 470 million pounds (apprx.3,250 crore) from Royal Bank of Scotland

Etisalat DB opens 2nd contact centre in India


Walter D'Souza, Managing Partner, Fernandes Brothers, Mangalore has been elected as Chairman of FIEO(Federation of Indian Export Organisations) Southern Region

Soundara Kumar has been appointed as Chief General Manager of State Bank of India, Bangalore Circle

S.K.Tripathi has been appointed as the chief of Research and Analysis Wing(RAW)

Sachin Tendulkar is Deccan Hearld Sportsperson of the Year 2010


Vishwanathan Anand, the chess champion anchored Ahmedabad to a Guinness record as 20,480 chess players gathered to play the game off which 140 were blind players

Over 3,000 people gathered on 26th December 2010 in Istanbul's historic GrandBazaar to celebrate its 550th anniversary


Dravid becomes first player to take 200 Test catches

England beat Australia in Australia to retain Ashes

India beat South Africa in 2nd Test at Durban, 3 match series level 1-1


iTwin has launched the USB data sharing dongles in US at a cost of $99 with $10 shaipping charges

Skype launches Wi-Fi, 3G video calling to iPhone app

2010 Mobile Excellence Awards

Best Mobile Innovator
Ubidyne for Antenna Embedded Radio
Best Mobile International
July Systems for Indian Premiere League
Best Mobile Technology
Mindspeed Technologies, Inc.
for Transcede
Best Mobile 
Social Network
Tap11, Inc. for Tap11 Mobile App
Best Mobile Games
Rovio Mobile Ltd. for Angry Birds
Best Mobile Music
Mercedes-Benz R&D North America, Inc.
for Smart Drive App for iPhone
Best Mobile 
Campaign for
Consumer Brand
Best Buy for Best Buy Holiday
Best Mobile 
Marketing Campaign
NBC Universal for Sprint & NBC Heroes
"Slow Burn"
Best Community
Fan Content
Bravo for Bravo Mobile Communities
Best Content Extension
made for Mobile
Initiative for Lionsgate,
Expandables Foursquare
Best Original Content
made for Mobile
AEG Network LIVE for
"We are the World 25 for Haiti"
Best Mobile Product
Kempler & Strauss for W PhoneWatch
Best Mobile Service
Opera for Opera Mini
Best Mobile Application
for Utility or Business
USA Today for USA Today iPad App
Best Mobile Application
for Entertainment
NeuLion for NHL Icetime 2010
Best user Interface

Mercedes-Benz R&D North America, Inc.
for Smart Drive App for iPhone

Best Delivery Platform
AirKast for AirKast/TuneKast

Constitutional Terms

Bill (Law):
Bill means proposed law introduced in the legislature for discussion. When passed it becomes law.
A statement of annual income and expenditure submitted to the legislature for its approval
First rank members of the council or Ministers 
appointed by the President on the recommendations of the Prime Minister
A body of fundamental laws and principles 
according to which a country is governed. 
It is a frame work within which a government works
A body of voters that elect its representative 
to a legislative body  
i.e. for Lok Sabha or the Vidhan Sabha
Civil Cases
Cases concerning property, contracts and damage to goods in transit etc.
Criminal Cases
Cases dealing with theft, robbery, physical injury or murder
A citizen is one who lives in a country and participates in the working of the government. 
An individual cannot be a citizen of more than one country

Current Affairs December 2010 - 4


Mahindra launches 4*4 of-roader the 'Thar'

BMW launches 'X1' SUV priced at around Rs.29.9 lakh


IISc to setup synchrotron and R&D centre at Chitradurga, Karnataka

Solar energy major Mosear Bear to invest $500 to 600 million over next 3-4 years to expand its manufacturing capacity of crystalline cells and crystalline silicon modules in India

Accenture bags 42-month contract from Nagaland government for implementing the state's public service portal

Gazprombank agrees to lend USD 200 million loan to Sistema Shyam Teleservices

Johnson and Johnson Ltd. launches nicotine gum brand Nicorette in India

Tata Chemicals arm, Bruner Mond, to acquire 100 per cent stake in British Salt for GBP 93 million (Rs.650 crore)

Central Bank celebrates 100 years, to open branches overseas

AT&T to acquire Qualcomm spectrum for $1.93 billion

Ebay buys Germany's largest online shopping club, brands4friends for $200 million (150 million pound)

Confederation of Indian Industry to set up an entertainment task force to bring commerce and creativity on a single platform for the growth of Bengali film industry

Nokia bags 3G services order from Idea for UP(east), UP(west), Kerala and Haryana

Reliance MediaWorks ties up with Russian firm, Russian World Studios (RWS) to outsource film restoration

ING Vysya Bank ties up with Angel Broking to offer online trading

Suzuki to supply small cars for Mitsubishi Motors in Japan

Universal Power Transformers Private Limited signed a MoU with China's Shandong Power Equipment Works (Speco) for manufacture of high voltage 220 kV transformers used in power generation and distribution


Rajnikanth's 'Robot' to be part of IIM-A course


Natasha Arora from Texas has been declared Miss India USA 2010 at a function at Royal Albert's Palace in Fords in New Jersey who also bagged Miss Beautiful Skin and Best Talent titles

Congress leader, freedom fighter and 4-time chief minister of Kerala K Karunakaran dies at 92

Nicole Faria wins Miss Earth 2010 at Vietnam


Infosys Technologies Ltd. has been ranked number one among retail IT services provider worldwide, for 2010 in a global evaluation


A total lunar eclipse on December 21st 2010 will be the last eclipse of 2010. It was visible in the region covering Europe, West Africa, America, the Pacific Ocean, Eastern Australia, the Philippines and Eastern and Northern Asia

Scientists identify proteins that can check 130 illnesses


John Wright named New Zealand cricket coach

Sachin Tendulkar becomes first batsman in Test cricket's history to score 50 centuries, dedicates to his father

RK Shetty has been appointed as the president of the Indian Hockey Federation, replaces KPS Gill

Singapore-based business firm Podar Holdings International Pte Ltd. and Top Bloom Corporation Ltd. has inked a deal jointly with the USACA, NZC and Australian Sports marketing firm Insite to start a franchise-based Twenty20 League in the US in 2012 with the backing of International Cricket Council


Google introduces digital book database, a huge database of words and short phrases collected from nearly 5.2 million digitized books

Apple is all set to launch its Mac App Store, an online store on January 6th 2011

Nimbuzz after announcing HD voice calls on Google Andriod phones now, extends it for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

Motorola has unveiled Android-powered QUENCH XT5 smartphone in India, priced at Rs.15,990

BenQ unveils 23.6-inch 3D LED Gaming Monitor XL2410T. First 3D LED backlit Full HD monitor to be launched in India

RIM to introduce Blackberry Messenger Services in India

EPSON launches all-in-one photo printer at Rs.13,999

Samsung Wave II S8530 is available in India priced at Rs.19,000

LG has announced world's first dual-core chip smart phone, Optimus 2X

HP to launch PalmPad to take on Apple iPad

Logitech launches rechargeable, wireless illuminated keyboard, K800

Bose launches AE2 headphones priced at Rs.8,000

Symbolein Technologies, a product design and development company has designed a palm sized printer that allows to print pictures on any surface with ease. The printer weighs about 350gms and is compatible with smartphones, laptops and personal computers

Microsoft has launched HTML5 labs

AnimGraphix has launched an integrated electronic device 3D Edumagic aimed at instructing pre-school students through interactive classroom videos

Designed by Nitin Mane as part of the LG Cube Competition 2010, Mouse for Men has touch controls, flexible touchscreen with OLED display and pressure sensitive controls to boot and also has separable tail to ease usability

Panda Security launches 'Global Protection 2011' for India, to be available in 23 Indian languages

Mark the correct meaning - 6

i) love ii) faithfulness iii) sincerity iv) mental keenness

i) having an underlying purpose ii) combative iii) worldly iv) brief

i) love making ii) ringing sound iii) too much patriotism iv) alliteration

i) greedy eater ii) connoisseur of good food iii) teacher iv) vegetarian

i) mercy ii) peace iii) cowardice iv) entreaty

i) expensive ii) strong iii) clear iv) sheer and gauzy

i) dishonest ii) warning iii) foolish iv) mistaken

i) disinclined to conversation ii) stingy iii) gloomy iv) stingy

i) bootlicking ii) sneering iii) surprising iv) unbelieving

i) elongate ii) amplify iii) widen iv) shorten

Business Quiz - 9

Profession is much more than a:
i) Career ii) Trade iii) Occupation iv) None of these

Size of business unit is determined by:
i) Technical factors ii) Financial factors iii) Managerial factors iv) All of the above

Hindrances of risk are removed by
i) Traders ii) Banks iii) Transport iv) Insurance

Location of shop is not important for:
i) Multiple shops ii) Super bazaars iii) Mail orders business houses iv) Departmental stores

What is largely required for the longer period of manufacture?
i) Current Assets ii) Inventory iii) Current Liabilities iv) All of these

The first document sent by a supplier of goods is:
i) A Quotation ii) A debit note iii) An Invoice iv) A Statement

The written record of the business done at a meeting is called:
i) Minutes ii) Resolutions iii) Point of order iv) Motions

_____ is the method of payment (for the amount of work produced)
i) Piece rate ii) Time rate iii) Bonus payment system iv) Salary

Bicycles, Television, Watches and Automobiles are example of:
i) Processing industry ii) Synthetical industry iii) Assembling industry iv) None of these

Computations is an electronic exchange are performed by:
i) Logical unit ii) Memory unit iii) Output unit iv) Control unit

Current Affairs December 2010 - 3


Lenin Raghuvanshi, an Indian human-rights activist to receive an award in the city of Weimar, Germany for aid to untouchables, prize money worth 2,500 euros($3,300) was awarded on International Human Rights Day

Rajveer Singh and Hukum Chand, two forest guards in Rathambore risked their own lives to save the life of their senior from a tiger an their brave act has made them award winners in the NDTV-Aircel's "Save our Tigers" Campaign

Infosys has been recognised as a winner of the Global, Asian and Indian Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises (MAKE) Awards for 2010, by Teleos in association with KNOW Network


Yamaha launches superbike FZ1

Ducati to launch Diavel model in India by April 2011

Mahindra Reva Eletric vehicles launches its Revai priced at around Rs.3.10 lakh

Nissan launches diesel-powered Micra


India to set up 19 training institutes in Africa including foreign trade institute in Uganda and a diamond centre in Botswana

Civil Aviation Security Council to be set up to deliberate and recommend measures to step up aviation security

Banks told to cap cash deposit charges at Rs.5

Airtel launches its IMEWE (India-Middle East-Western Europe) ultra high capacity submarine cable system to deliver better connectivity requirements of Middle East and European countries to Asia transiting through India

Wipro signs 5-year IT outsourcing deal with Vasan Eye Care

Reckitt to acquire Paras Pharma for Rs.3,260 crore

Ashok Leyland bags Rs.125 crore order from VRL

Munjals to buy Honda stake in JV for $1 billion

Wipro Technologies opens development centre in Budapest, Hungary

PNB bought 63.64% stake in Kazakhstan's JSC Dana Bank

Punjab plans to setup a permanent convention centre in Amritsar on the lines of Delhi's Pragati Maidan

Juniper networks, California based network solution vendor to hire 750 people for its India Excellence Center (IEC)

France to introduced so-called 'Google tax' on online advertisements on January 1st 2011
Google Tax: The tax on companies based in France would be amount to one% of the net amount spent on online advertising

Kingston appoints DIGICARE to manage the after-sales support and service programs for all consumers in India

Kerala government's 'e-District' project, which would make various government services available online to be launched at Kannur and Palakkad

Jordan has sealed $10 million agreement with Google allowing it to use the world's largest Internet search engine advertising

Harley-Davidson bikes from India plant at Bawal, Haryana in 2011 to be priced Rs.6.5 lakh

TCS signs deal with Deutsche Bank worth $100 million

Amkette launches ATOM - Laptop Mouse under the "Colors-on-the-go" range

Emerson launches Liebert CRV cooling unit in India

Ashok Leyland to open assembly plant in UAE's Ras al Khaimah investment Authority (RAKIA)

FIAT to invest $1.7 billion to build a second car factory in Brazil

ING Life launches ULIP

Lanco Infratech buys Australia's coal mine Griffin

Siemens sells IT unit to France's Atos Origin for 850 million pounds ($1.14 billion)

Nocartis seals $41 billion Alcon deal

Nokia, IBM collaborate to deliver (e-mail)mobile solution

YouTube in talks to buy Next New Networks, Web Video production company

Siemens to sell its Solutions in Services (SIS) to Atos Origin

ArcelorMittal to buy Canadian iron ore company Baffinland for $433 Million

DIAL partners with IBM India to create smarter air terminal

Bajaj allianz launches instant tax-calculator for mobile phone users

India inks USD 123 million loan with ADB

KFC opens 100th store in Bangalore

Bangalore to get piped gas supply to domestic consumers starting 2012

TCS bags Rs.85 crore 3 year deal for implementing smart card-based Financial Inclusion Solution (FIS) for Indian Bank


On the occasion of Emperor Akihito's birthday on December 14th 2010, Mayayuki Tsuchikawa, consul and head of the consulate has revealed tht Japanese scholarships are to be offered in 3 courses - undergraduate, diploma and professional training via. Tokyo University, office to be setup in Bangalore in 2011


Canonical, which provides engineering, online and professional services to Ubuntu partners and customers has announced Ubuntu Developer Day on January 27th 2011


Unilever's John Cooper, head of corporate occupational health, set to retire in December 2010, the organisation has chosen Thirumala Rajgopal to head and operate from India staring 1st January 2011. It is the first time for a FMCG industry to have global functional head posted in India

Deepak Kapoor has been appointed as chairman of PricewaterCoopers India

Sheik Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum has been named Dubai World chairman

Nitin Seth has been appointed as the executive director of Ashok Leyland's LCV's division

US diplomat Richard Holbrooke,69, the US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan passes away

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been named Time magazine's 'Person of the Year' for 2010


India ranks 4th in Asia and 10th in world in plant diversity


NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spotted an ice volcano on Saturn's moon Titan


Saina Nehwal wins Hong Kong Super Series

Caroline Wozniacki became the first Danish player to win the International Tennis Federation's World Champion award. Rafael Nadal won the men's award for the 2nd time after winning 3 of the 4 Grand slams

Rahul Dravid becomes 3rd highest run-getter in the history of Test cricket with 11,943 runs


Lenovo to launch LePad tablet PC

Intel Atom processor E600 series has been launched in India

Panasonic unveils world's largest (152-inch) 3D full high definition plasma TV in India, priced at around Rs.3.5 crore

Sony unveils NEX-5 and NEX-3 cameras in India

Karnataka Olympic Association Awardees 2010

Vandana B.M
Nirupama Sunderaj
Nitya Sosale
Roshan P Thankachan
Geetanjali Joteppanavar
Shankar. S
Lokesh. N
Arjun Halappa
Kavita Yadav
Shubha Chittaranjan
John Victor.G
Mohammed Rafiq Holi
Coach: Swimming
Nihar Ameen
Media Photographer
Sridhara.K.S (Vijaya Karnataka)

Uday K.Prabhu
Prakash Padukone


Pushpa Kuttanna

Table Tennis

SiliconIndia Mentor Graphics Leadership Awards for Embedded/VLSI industry

Best VLSI/Embedded Design

MNC Company


Best VLSI/Embedded Design

Indian Company


Best VLSI/Embedded Design

Startup Company

Cosmic Circuits

Best Electronic System Design

MNC Company


Best Electronic System Design

Indian Company

Tejas Networks

Best Electronic System Design

Startup Company

Redpine Signals

Award for Youngest Entrepreneur

in Semiconductor space

Notion Ink Team

(Rohan Shravan, Rohit Rathi and

Sachin Ralhan)

Outstanding contribution to

VLSI/Embedded Design Industry



Outstanding contribution to

VLSI Embedded Design Industry

(Academic Institution)

IIT Kharagpur

Outstanding contribution to

VLSI/Embedded Design Industry


Dr.Bobby Mitra, President and

Managing Director of

Texas Instruments India

Current Affairs December 2010 - 2


Consultancy firm KPMG bags the financial advisor award from Asia Venture Capital Journal

Krishna Poonia, India's first woman to win gold medal at Commonwealth Games was conferred the Dayawati Modi Stree Shakti Award

Scientist Carusita Chakravarty was presented with the Stree Shakti Science Award

Sudha Rani Pandey, the first woman vice-chancellor of the Uttarakhand Sanskrit University was honoured with the Vidushi Vidyottama Stree Shakti Samman

Indian origin, Akash Krishnan and Matthew Fernandez of Portland, Oregon have developed a computer algorithm that can detect a speaker's emotions better than current technology which has won them a $100,000 grand prize


Sterlite Industries buys zinc mine in Namibia

The Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) has signed as agreement with London School of Economics (LSE) to help policy makers conduct research in formulating strategies to ensure long-term sustainable growth

Blackberry maker RIM is buying Sweden's The Astonishing Tribe (TAT) which specializes in developing software that lets smart phone users customize as per the need

Honda to exit Hero Honda, to sell 26% stake

Infosys to spend Rs.75 crore to setup base in Kolkata

Toyota Etios launched at Rs.4.96 lakh

SBI launches 3 new products
Saral Life, Child ULIP - Smart Scholar and HNI(High Networth Individual) - Smart Elite

Volvo, Swedish based bus maker has bagged its single largest order of 100 multiaxle buses from hubli-based VRL Logistics

Google to acquire anti-piracy firm Widevine

Wipro bags $50 million, 3-year order from Vodafone Essar

Spice acquires Thailand's NewTel for $22 Million

Walmart to set up its Information Systems Division in India

Master Card Worldwide, a global payments company has developed a payment solution for 'Aadhaar' the Unique Identification Number

World Bank chief to launch carbon market fund

Shreyas inks pact with Tata Motors to acquire GPS trailers

ZTE bags USD 85 million contract from Aircel to deploy 3G network

Wipro to set up a 2nd campus in West Bengal at a cost of Rs.1000 crore, to provide 20,000 job

Mercedes Benz to invest Rs.200 crore to set up paint shop

TRAI releases "National Broadband Plan 2010" costing Rs.60,000 crore. 100% central public sector units - National Optical Fiber Agency (NOFA) will be setup which will hold 51% equity and remaining 49% will be held by the state government. Optical fiber agencies will also be set up in every state

Micromax, a domestic mobile handset major, plans to set up a manufacturing unit in Hyderabad and also plans solar-cell manufacturing unit

Future Group plans fruits, vegetables store 'farm fresh'

Tata launches 7-seater Winger platinum

Russia's largest steel maker NMDC plans to setup 5 million tonne steel plant in Karnataka, to invest Rs.25,000 crore


'Black Ducks', by Bangalore-based artist Panduranga Rao was showcased at the 12th Porto International Cartoon Contest and World Festival held recently at Portugal


IIM-Bangalore has been ranked 24th and IIM-Ahmedabad ranked 55th in a worldwide survey of 'Universal Business Schools with major international influence

HP in partnership with International Institute of Informational Technology, Bangalore (IIT-B) has launched the HP Network University which would allow IT Professionals to advance their IT knowledge


Mentor Graphics hosted 6th Annual User2User 2010 India conference in Bangalore on 10th December 2010 at Taj Vivanta, M.G.Road, Trinity Circle

BICSI in association with Manufacturers Association of Information Technology hosted an International Technology Conference and Exhibition on 7th December 2010 in Bangalore


Hemant Contractor has been promoted as CFO of SBI, replaces SS Rajana who is set to retire in 2012

2 Indian Americans, Chandrika Krishnamurthy Tandon, a Sanskrit chant vocalist and Vijay Iyer, jazz pianist-cum-composer have been nominated for awards at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, to be held in February in Los Angeles

R.K.Singh has been appointed as BPCL chairman

Soon H Kwon replaces Moon B Shin as MD of LG Electronics India


"Birds of America", the world's most expensive illustrated book, has been sold for a record price of 7.3 million pounds($11.5 million) at an auction in London


Kundankulam N-reactor to be operational by early next year

Indian American Nikku Madhusudhan have discovered a giant planet with an atmosphere and core dominated by carbon, diamond-studded stars foreseen. The planet named WASP-12b, orbits a star about 1200 light-years from earth, and appears to have temperatures of nearly 2300 degree Celsius - hot enough to melt stainless steel


Serbia win maiden Davis Cup title

India wins the 5-match series, 5-0 against New Zealand


Google launches mapping tool to monitor climate

Adobe's Flash player 10.2 beta promises HD video playback

Huawei to plant cyber security evaluation centre in India

Google unveils new smart phone Nexus S

Airtel to launch IPTV in Bangalore

Advanced Micro Devices has released 3 new processors in its Phenom II and Athlon II line-ups

Google's Chrome OS to be free software

Top 20 rankings of Fortune 500 Indian companies

Indian Oil Corporation
Reliance Industries
State Bank of India
Bharat Petroleum
Hindustan Petroleum
Oil and Natural Gas Corporation
Tata Steel
Tata Motors
Hindalco Industries
Coal India
Larsen and Toubro
Bharti Airtel
Essar Oil
Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd.
Mangalore Refinery
Mahindra and Mahindra
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.

Numerical Ability - 13

Which of the following is the same as 40/15?
i) 5/15 * 8 ii) 40/5 * 3 iii) 5(10/3) iv) (30/15)3

The number of prime factors of the composite number 100 is
i) 4 ii) 3 iii) 5 iv) 6

1/2 / 1/2 * 1/2 + 1/2 = ?
i) 1/4 ii) 1/8 iii) 1 iv) 1/2

x : 6 :: 32 : 24. What is the value of x?
i) 7 ii) 8 iii) 5 iv) 6

Square root of 12321 = ?
i) 221 ii) 121 iii) 111 iv) 211

24/x = 4/5 implies that x equals
i) 30 ii) 96 iii) 20 iv) 48

10% of 60 + 60% of 100 = ?
i) 46 ii) 70 iii) 90 iv) 66

63 / square root of 0.0049
i) 12.85 ii) 90 iii) 1.285 iv) 900

By which number should 1497375 be multiplied to make it a perfect cube?
i) 5 ii) 3 iii) 9 iv) None of these

Sum of squares of 2 numbers is 145. If the square root of one number is 3, then find the square of the other number.
i) 8 ii) 64 iii) 9 iv) 136

Choose the appropriate word - 9

The more your action and thought are allied and _____ the happier you grow
i) integrated ii) invincible iii) divergent iv) unravelled

It is not what you say that ____ but what you do
i) moves ii) implies iii) matters iv) matches

Most of today's workaholics are real cases of _____
i) wreck ii) experts iii) burnouts iv) frustration

At present, all over the world, moral standards _____ to have fallen
i) appear ii) started iii) intend iv) look

A fool's tongue is ____ enough to cut over his own throat
i) loud ii) sharp iii) long iv) quick

The insects are a great nuisance ____ us
i) upon ii) to iii) for iv) with

The dress was guaranteed not to _______
i) shrink ii) diminish iii) shorten iv) shrink

Who is the man ____ asked the questions?
i) why ii) which iii) whom iv) who

I hate sitting ____ him as he always smells of garlic
i) at ii) along iii) beside iv) besides

His conduct is bad, and his honesty is not ____ suspicion
i) in ii) beyond iii) under iv) above

Current Affairs December 2010


Bopanna-Qureshi, with their message 'Stop War Start Tennis'. fetches the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year award during the ATP World Tour Finals at London

Lata Mangeshkar has been presented lifetime achievement award at the Global Indian Music Awards(GIMA) 2010

Kumar Raman from Syntel has won QAI's software testing award at the 10th Annual Software Testing Conference 2010 for his paper titled 'Healthcare Testing for the Compliance Era'


At 96, Khushwant Singh pens a book 'The Sunset Club', that will be released on November 30th 2010 by Gurcharan Kaur


Motorola to split into 2 companies on January 4th 2011. The split will result in Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions and businesses to focus on cellphones and Internet and other equipments

Tata Motors has launched its mini-truck 'Ace Super City' in Thailand, to enter the Thai car market soon

Qualcomm India to launch Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) services in 2nd half of 2011

HCL signs a multi-year IT infrastructure management deal with Prudue Pharma

Google to launch e-book store venture in Jan-Mar 2011

TCS opens BPO center in Phillippines

Lubrizol opens Applications and Business Center in Mumbai

Mastek acquires assets of American firm SEG Software

Hughes Communications India to provide broadband satellite and managed network services, has bagged two contracts from public sector banks worth about $12 million


The Society of Indian American Engineers and Architects (SIAEA) held an annual gala at the Grand Hyatt in New York Ciy. The theme for 2010 was "Helping Rebuild America" keeping in the view the slowdown of the economy

Indian Trade Fair to be held in Poland on December 4th 2010, to focus on B2B meets and showcase a range of products

9th Agro Tech 2010 to be held in Chandigarh between December 3rd to December 6th


Jaigopal Tiwari aged 64, ex-IAF serviceman goes back to college to spread awareness of basic laws among poor people. Tiwari has enrolled at Deena Ram Public Law College, Robertsganj, in Sonbhadra district

Kiran Kumar Reddy is the 16th Chief minister of Andhra Pradesh

LIC has appointed VK Sharma as the chief executive officer of LIC Housing Finance with effect from November 25

Vishal Bali appointed CEO of Fortis Global Healthcare

Kamalkar Kaul has been appointed as Chief Strategy Officer for EMC's government business

Sabrina Bachai aged 23 of Long Island has been crowned Mazza Miss India New York 2010

Jace Johnson, former Chief of staff of Sen. Orrin G.Hatch(R-Utah) has been appointed as the Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy with Adobe Systems

Dr.Arogyaswami Paulraj, co-founder of Beceem Communications Inc. has been named the recipient of the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal


Gulmarg rated Asia's 7th best ski resort


Peter Siddle becomes the 10th Australian and 38th player to get a hat-trick in test match cricket on 25th Nov 2010

Zaheer Khan ranked 3rd in the ICC Test Rankings

ICC ODI league to commence after World Cup 2011

Russia and Qatar to host FIFA World Cup 2018 and 2022 respectively


Acer is set to launch 5, 7 and 10 inch tablets in April 2011

Google Earth has launched the newer version, 6

Hewlett-Packard unveils its latest range of large-format printers priced at Rs.5,50,000(T2300), Rs.6,50,000(T7100) and Rs.9,00,000(Z6200)

Indian History - 7

Who invented paper by using tree, bamboo and rags?
i) The Babylonians ii) The Aryans iii) The ancient Chinese iv) None of these

Which of the following played a very important role in the evolution of Civilization?
i) Bronze ii) Gold iii) Silver iv) Iron

The great tank now called "the Great Bath" was found in
i) Lothal ii) Harappa iii) Mohenjodaro iv) Egypt

The main occupation in the paleolithic age was:
i) farming ii) hunting and gathering food iii) agriculture iv) none of these

Harappan seals were made of
i) Terracota ii) Iron iii) Lead iv) Copper

Where did Lord Buddha preach his first sermon?
i) Vaishali ii) Kushinagar iii) Sarnath iv) None of these

Buddhist literature was written in the language
i) Pali ii) Tamil iii) Sanskrit iv) Prakrit

The Chinese Pilgrim Hieun Tsang visited
i) Pandyas ii) Pallavas iii) Chalukyas iv) Harsha

Asian Games 2010

India finished 6th in the Asian Games 2010 held at Guangzhou in China, with total medal tally of 64 including 14 Gold, 17 Silver and 33 Bronze

ASIAN GAMES 2010: Medal Tally

Current Affairs November 2010 - 4


Post Zain's acquisition, Bharti launches brand 'airtel' across Africa in 16 countries

GM India to invest USD 30 million in 2 years

Taj Gateway rated best 5 star hotel in Kerala

Financial Stability Development Council(FSDC) to be setup to sort out inter-regulatory issues

Apalya has tied up with Discovery Networks Asia Pacific (DNAP) to broadcast the bouquet of Discovery channels on Apalaya's mobile TV platform

Canadian telecom giant Bell Canada, a subsidiary of Bell Canada Enterprises(BCE) to outsource voice-based projects for its internet, Solo Mobility, Bell Mobility and satellite TV divisions to India

BMW to increase investment in India to $1.8 billion($4 million) by the end of 2012 and to start rolling out the X1-model from its plant in Chennai

India signs $416 million deal for railway track in Sri Lanka


Video game legend Mario turns 25


Raghavan Thirumulpad, eminent Ayurvedic and Naturopathy exponent aged 90 dies in Kerala


Wipro tops Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) list. CDLI has been introduced in India for the first time (2010) by the Carbon Disclosure Project

Ashrita Furman, an American holds the world record for setting the maximum number of 122 Guinness world records


Nuclear-capable Agni I missile test-fired

Radiation form Wi-Fi networks may be killing off magnificent tress, says a Dutch study


Google has launched an online interactive book on the eve of 20th anniversary of Tim Berners-Lee's proposal for the World Wide Web

Motorola to make Indian maps available for free, for Android-powered handset

iBall, a company known for its computer peripherals has now launched 7 new models of cellphone(Shaan, Waterproof, Sleec, Flip, Posh, Touch and Senior)

Essay: Accident do not happen, but are made

In this modern world of Internet and newspaper, the front pages are covered with news of accidents and death. A car is squashed in half there and a motorcyclist killed here. There are accidents everywhere these days. In land, air and even underwater accidents are very frequent. Accidents are caused by people's negligence towards rules and regulations. If everything is done in a proper sequence and order, most of the accidents can be avoided. Accidents caused due to natural calamities are negligible when compared to accidents caused by humans. Sometimes accidents are caused by emotions too. People drive too fast with bursts of anger, sadness and happiness overflowing in their minds and blocking the train of thoughts between their brain and eyes and hence they loose their sense of road and meet with accidents.

Main cause of road accidents is the conditions of road themselves. A lot of holes destroy the beauty of an otherwise beautiful road. Lots of pits and humps and sudden animals grazing on the road create unwanted obstacles for cyclist and pedestrians. People swerve hard and fast to avoid obstacles and sometimes it becomes life-threatening.

Another aspect is drunk drivers. Drivers drink and drive and when drunk drivers and our Indian roads shake hands, accidents are caused. Accidents can be considerably reduced if drivers control the intake of booze its good for both the person and the people around him.

Another cause of accidents is cell phones. People do circus tricks balancing cell phone in one hand, the other hand on steering wheel and eyes on the road and ears listening to the conversation thus the concentration is diverted in a thousand different directions. If the matter is something serious, momentary lack of concentration results in danger yet again.

Pedestrians are sometimes not only victims but also the main cause of road accidents. Some pedestrians walk as if they rule the roads. Continuous honking does not inflict any change in the behaviour of the people on the road. They do not move or budge. Finally the bottom line comes to the size of the vehicle. If the automobile is bigger, the damages become big. Sometimes it might even lead to the death of innocent lives.

If there is one thing in India that's hindering the fast development of the nation, is MONEY. Everywhere we go now, there's no work without money. Even basic needs such as food and water have become pricey. And when it comes to the streets, money takes the upper hand. If a traffic policeman is given additional money the person is allowed to forgo all traffic rules and are allowed to take a head start making all the other people waiting for the light to change. A little additional cash and the whole respect-level with which people look at us are changed in a jiffy.

There is lot of rules in India governing traffic but only a fewer of them are being implemented. It should be forced with full fledged determination. People should follow them without any crooked ideas and thoughts and actions. It should become the right of every Indian. The roads should be properly paved and made and the pedestrian crossings and walk ways should be made clear and visible. People should stick to the pavements and not waver out of the walkway.


Essay by: 
Ms.Shakti, Oman, Muscat

Current Affairs November 2010 - 3


Paradip Port Trust Chairman Biplav Kumar received the trophy, as the Trust has been adjudged 'Major Port of the Year' for 2009-10 at the Annual Indian Maritime Gateway Awards 2010

Ela Bhatt has been honoured with Global Fairness Initiative Award for helping over a million women in India gain access to opportunities for themselves and their families via., Self-Employed Women's Association

M.G.Venkatesh Mannar, who fabricated the idea to fortify salt with iron, won a $50,000 cash prize at the 10th annual Tech Awards in California

Oberoi Group chairman P.R.S.Oberoi has been awarded the '2010 Corporate Hotelier of the World' award by HOTELS magazine in New York

Asia Society New York has presented its Global Vision Award to Mukesh Ambani at an event honouring global leaders who help promote understanding between Asians and Americans


SBI to acquire the 2nd Indonesian Bank

Deloitte to invest $100 million in Indian market

Jindal Power likely to launch Rs.7,000 crore IPO in 6 months

TCS plans to recruit 50,000 employees in 2011

L&T led consortium bags $764 million order to develop Oman airport

USD 41 million worth Facebook, surpasses eBay

Dabur acquires Namaste Group for $100 million

Skoda launches SUV Yeti

EMC acquires Indian founded Isilon Systems, a storage solution provider for $2.25 billion

Brila Sun Life Mutual Fund launches 'Mobile Investment Manager' in association with MCHEK India Payment Systems(mChek) which enables existing investors of BSLMF to manage their investments through mobile

DHL Global Forwarding to set up facilities in 5 free trade warehousing zones(FTWZ) in India by 2013

Honda to invest Rs.1,000 crore for new facility, likely to be in Andra Pradesh

NEC to launch 3G Femtocell solution in India

Kharif output rise 10% to 114 million tonne in the 2010 Kharif season

Gujarat Times, a New-York based weekly newspaper joined the Indian Languages Newspaper Association(ILNA), to promote journalism in regional languages

3rd Prosche Center in India, opens at Hyderabad


Coimbatore to host 2-day International textile fair on December 4th and 5th 2010


K.G.Subramanian has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer of Nexus Venture Partners

Kalanithi Maran takes over as Spicejet chief

Fillon reappointed as Prime Minister in France cabinet reshuffle

P.Rameshan, from IIM Kozhikode took over as director of the newly established IIM-Rohtak in Haryana

1998 French Open champ Carlos Moya retires from tennis


Astronomers have identified a young black hole formed from an exploding star witnessed in 1979 (30 years ago)


Kumar Sarna, an Indian origin batsman representing Wonga Park in Australia sets a new record of scoring the highest ever score in Twenty20 cricket. Kumar scored 228 runs(not out) off 65 balls with 22 sixes and 17 fours in a district level match in Melbourne


'anti-Iphone', a mobile phone that just makes calls and does nothing else has been developed by Dutch advertising agency John Doe. Costing about 59 to 67 pounds(approx.4,300 to 4,500INR) No MP3, no apps and not even texts can be operated on it

Tata Communications has launched its next generation Ethernet network in 24 locations around the world by moving towards PBB(Packet Burst Broadband)

Google unveils Hotpot, a recommendation engine for Google Maps on Android

Buffalo, a storage solutions provider, has launched the MediaStation 6x Portable Blu-Ray Writer priced at Rs.18,000 and comes with a warranty of 2 years

Samsung India has launched the world's smallest laser printer, the SCX 3201. With a warranty of 1-year, it is priced at Rs.8,999

Asus EeePad to be launched as the ASUS Eee Note or Digital Note at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in early 2011

Optinno Mobitech, a Pune-based company has launched an application 'smsBlocker' to block spam SMSes sets up next-generation movie studio

Google launches online boutique,

Sony launches world's first tilting tv

World Current Affairs - November 2010

French bill to raise retirement age to 62, becomes law

Saudi implements smoking ban, smokers nabbed

Cost of Nasa JWST to replace Hubble telescope balloon

Cadbury shuts its Chocolate Division in Kenya, moves production to South Africa

Indian President Pratibha Patil to inaugurate new venue of Indian Islamic Centre on November 23rd 2010 in Abu Dhabi

GM's IPO to create history

Morocco imports 1.72 million metric tonnes of cereals

Delta Air Lines to expand its international schedule with new and expanded service in Asia and Europe for spring and summer 2011

Australia approves Shell's giant floating LNG plant

China to provide poorer households with subsidies in response to double-digit food price inflation

Computer - 7

Intranet: A private computer network that uses Internet protocols and network connectivity to securely share a part of an organisation's information or operations with its employees

Extranet: A network or internetwork that is limited in scope to a single organisation or entity but which also has limited connections to the networks of one or more trusted organisations

Personal Area Network(PAN): A computer network used for communication among computer devices close to one person

Local Area Network(LAN): A network covering small geographic area, like a office or a building

Wide Area Network(WAN): A network covering relatively broad geographic area(i.e one city to another, one country to another)

Network Topology: Signifies the way in which intelligent devices in the network see their logical relations to one another

Ethics: Core values essential to acceptable online behaviour

Copyright: Exclusive right to produce or reproduce, to perform in public, or to publish an original literary or artistic work

Hacking: An act of penetrating computer systems to gain the knowledge about the system and how it works

Crackers: People who try to gain unauthorised access to computers

Economic Terms and their Meaning


According to Prof.Benham "Demand for anything, at a given price is the amount of it which will bought per unit of time at that price"

Kinds of Demand
Price Demand, Income Demand and Cross Demand
Demand Schedule
A tabular statement of price-quantity relationship
Demand Curves
Graphical representation of demand schedules
Law of Demand

According to Dr.Marshall, "the amount demanded increases

with a fall in price and decreases with a rise in price"

The quantity which a seller is prepared to sell at a given price and at a given time
Supply Curve
The relationship between market prices and the amount which producers are prepared to bring to the market
Law of Supply
The relationship between the price of a commodity and its supply
The process of creating various goods and services, which are consumed by the people of the country
Main Factors of production
Land, Labour, Capital and Entrepreneur

Geography - 6

Mixed farming is mainly practiced in
i) North America ii) Africa iii) Europe iv) Asia

The Prime Meridian passes through:
i) 180 degree longitude ii) 0 degree longitude iii) 90 degree longitude iv) none of these

Which of the following is the warmest month in the northern hemisphere
i) September ii) April iii) July iv) May

The most important crop of Europe is
i) Cotton ii) Wheat iii) Rice iv) Barley

Which continent is known as the Industrialised continent?
i) South America ii) Europe iii) Africa iv) Asia

A narrow strip of land which connects two land masses is called:
i) Isthumus ii) plateau iii) strait iv) pass

What kind of soil is ideal for rice cultivation?
i) Sandy ii) Loamy iii) Alluvial iv) Clayey

The Himalayas in Asia is what kind of Mountain?
i) The Fold ii) The Block iii) The Residual iv) The Volcanic

Books and Authors - 3

Gandhiji lived on a farm named after a famous Russian novelist, What is his name.
Leo Tolstoy (Tolstoy Farm)

Which series of Enid Blyton's stories features Kirrin Island?
The Famous Five

Who translated Rabindranath Tagore's Gitanjali into English?
He himself

'All for one and one for all', was the motto of which famous fictional trio?
The three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas.
Their names were Porthos, Athos and Aramis

Which great work was written by the dacoit Ratnakar?
Ramayan (Ratnakar was the original name of the sage Valmiki)

Which American writer was the first author to use a typewriter?
Mark Twain

Name 3 books written by Akbar.
He was illiterate (He wrote nothing)

How did Captain Hook get his name in the story Peter Pan?
His left arm was bitten off by a crocodile, so he attached a hook instead

The classic Satyajit Ray film Ghare Baire was based on a novel by which great Indian?
Rabindranath Tagore

Which story begins with the words: "Call me Ishmael"?
Moby Dick by Herman Melville

India Power Awards 2010

Life Time Achievement AwardsDr.D.V.Kapur,NTPC
Jury AwardA.K.Bajaj(CWC),Gurdial Singh(CEA),
Jean Kowal(CIGRE),
Alison Bartle(Hydro Power & Dams),
Alessandro.Palmeiri(Lead Dam Specialist),
F Lempeiere(Hydro Corporation),
S.Padmanaban,Senior Energy Advisor(USAID),
Larry Stephens,Executive Director USCOLD(USSD)
Overall Utility PerformanceM/s Mercados,EMI & Dr.H.R.Sharma(Thermal & Hydro),
Power Grid Corporation of India (Transmission),
BSES(Urban Area Distribution),
MGVCL(Non-Urban Area Distribution)
Research & TechnologyCrompton Greaves Ltd,
North Delhi Power Limited
Energy Efficiency,
Conservation & DSM
Energy Management Center Kerala,
Uttar Gujarat Vij Company Ltd
Social & Community ImpactNational Hydro Power Corporation,
Enzen Global Solutions Pvt. Ltd
Making a Difference
at the grassroots
Dasari Koteswara Rao(APTRANsCO)
Innovative FinancingSorabji Godrej Green Business Centre(CII)
Innovative IT
& Metering Application
Infosys, Reliance Infrastructure
Innovative initiatives in the use of new
& renewable energy sources
Prathama Bank
International SegmentIBM
Special AwardsAPTRANSCO,RAMCO Systems,PFC,REC,
POWER LINK,BHEL(Overall Performance)

Current Affairs November 2010 - 2


Nissan launches its 1st gasoline-electric(hybrid) with Fuga/Infiniti M in Japan, predicted mileage at 19kms/ltr


Manu Joesph has bagged 'The Hindu Best Fiction Award 2010' for his debut novel Serious men

Ashok Vyas, Indian American Journalist and program director with ITV has been honoured with the community award for his long community services and cultural and religious guidance. Vyas was honourned during the 20th Conference and 11th Annual meeting of National Indo-American Association for Senior Citizens at the Indian American Kerala Center in Newyork


Tata unveils first Sirkosky-92 helicopter cabin manufactured at its facility at the aerospace and precision engineering Special Economic Zone(SEZ) at Hyderabad

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation has been ranked the world's top oil and gas exploration and production(E&P) firm by global energy research agency Platts

Yahoo has partnered with Samsung for Internet connected TVs

Audi's sales vault 208 percent in October

India signs $10billion worth deals with U.S

Hinduja Group flagship firm Ashok Leyland ties up with Himachal Gramin Bank to provide its customers with finance options to buy commercial vehicles

Nikon India has setup its first call centre in India at Gurgaon

Michigan Law School and Jindal Global Law School(JGLS) have come together to develop collaborations in faculty and student exchange programs

Tata's 3G calls at 0.66 paise per second

NSE starts mobile trading, to provide facility free of cost via the software 'NOW'

Air India starts operating flights from Terminal-3 from November 3rd 2010

GE to invest $2billion in China, to create over 1000 jobs

Chevron to buy Atlas Energy for $4.3billion

ICICI bank raises $1billion from overseas bonds

Boeing to begin deliveries of 787s to Air India starting 2011

Ruias-owned Essar Africa Holdings has acquired 60% equity interest of the government of Zimbabwe in the struggling Zimbabwe Iron and Steel Company(Zisco)

Thermax acquires European boiler maker for euro 29.5million

Bharti may list tower subsidiary Bharti Infratel

Dell enters India smartphone market, launches two 3G handsets

Power Grid Corp to diversify in telecommunication field

Mahindra Satyam has bagged a contract from insurance sector regulator, IRDA for implementing SAP ERP package

Global Internet search giant Google plans to hire 300 people to double its engineering headcount in India and strengthen Hyderabad as its largest cloud computing research and development centre in the world


Watch and jewellery maker Titan has decided to gold plate 1 Nano, the wonder car from Tata, as a part of its campaign to celebrate 5,000 years of Indian jewellery


Organised by Siliconindia, Software Testing Conference (SofTec 2010) a leading event for the Software Test and QA Community to be held on November 13th, 2010 (Saturday) in New Delhi

16th Asian games kicks-off with unique opening ceremony in China


Kamal Hassan turns 56

Karnataka beauty Subha has been crowned Miss South India(gold plated crown and a cash prize of Rs.1lakh). Geethu Christy and Nikitha Narayanan from Kerala and Andhra Pradesh respectively were first and second runner up

Hired by British Prime Minister David Cameron, young Indian-origin internet wizard Rishi Saha to head the new media section of 10, Downing Street on a salary of 50,000 pounds

RBI Deputy Governor Usha Thorat retires, after nearly 38 years of service. An executive director of RBI, Anand Sinha to replace

Prithviraj Chavan becomes Chief Minister of Maharashtra


World record holder Haile Gebrselassie(37-year-old Ethiopian) announced his retirement, to drop out of the New York City Marathon

Harbhajan Singh scores maiden test century in India vs New Zealand Test, match ends in a draw

Chirag United wins Durand Cup

Vettel wins Brazilian Grand Prix
Sania-Hsieh end runners-up in ITF tournament at Taipei

Kenyan David Rudisha and American sprint star Tyson Gay are in a 5-man shortlist for the World Athlete of the Year award


Marc Andreessen, Co-founder of Netscape and Owner of Andreeseen Horowitz, the venture capital firm to unveil RockMelt browser

Toshibha launches 'tough laptop', the satellite L630

Samsung unveils first 70 Inch HD TV

Yahoo launches mobile friendly mail, messenger

Reliance Broadcast Network's Big Digital launches talk internet radio, names it Big Net Radio which will air only talk shows. It is designed to appeal to audiences who seek quick and brief entertainment updates
Logon to listen:

Mark the correct meaning - 5

i) assured ii) unintelligible iii) immediate iv) terse and meaningful

i) negligent ii) incomplete iii) high-handed iv) courteous

i) to confirm ii) to scatter iii) to treat with contempt iv) to disbelieve

i) base ii) push iii) exalt iv) debase

i) vicious ii) untrustworthy iii) calm iv) company-loving

i) shaking ii) senile iii) feverish iv) weak

i) musician ii) dabble iii) serious student iv) beginner

i) secret ii) prearranged iii) important iv) hurried

i) to disclaim ii) apologise iii) to swear to iv) to denouce

i) slander ii) disbelief iii) help financially iv)accuse

World Current Affairs

Cholera spreads to Haitian capital

After India, Barack Obama heads to Indonesia on Asia tour

Liberian President Sirleaf dismisses cabinet

Dilma Rousseff becomes Brazil's first president and has promised to fight for women's rights with the battle cry: "Yes, women can"

Barclays sets aside 1.6 billion pound for bonuses

Indonesia volcano death toll jumps to 191

Obama arrives in Seoul ahead of a Group of 20(G20) summit

Krishnan Parthasarathy, an Indian national based in Chennai, has become the lucky winner of a USD 2 million lottery held at the Dubai International Airport

Google to give 10% salary hike to employees worldwide

Reasoning - 11

A is B's wife and C is A's sister. D is the father of C, while E is D's son.
What is the relation of E to B?
i) Cousin ii) Brother iii) Father-in-law iv) Brother-in-law

I am 10th in the queue from either end. How many people are there in the queue?
i) 13 ii) 10 iii) 12 iv) 19

Find the odd man out:
i) East ii) West iii) North iv) Best

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

Find out the number, which when divided by 4 and added by 9 gives the answer 15?
i) 22 ii) 24 iii) 26 iv) 21

Find two numbers whose sum is 26 and difference 4. Mark the lower of them.
i) 11 ii) 10 iii) 24 iv) 4

Insert the missing letter A, D, G, J .....
i) M ii) L iii) L iv) K

If 2 = 5, 4 = 18, 6 = 39, 8 = 68, then 10 = ?
i) 81 ii) 54 iii) 105 iv) 95

MTV EMA 2010 Awards

Best New Act
Best Pop
Lady Gaga
Best Alternative
Best Rocks
Thirty Seconds to Mars
Best Male
Justin Bieber
Best Video

Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg

'California Gurls'

Best Hip Hop
Best Live Act
Linkin Park
Best Female
Lady Gaga
Best Song
Lady Gaga 'Bad Romance'
Best European
Marco Mengoni
Best Push Act
Justin Bieber

Best World Stage


Tokio Hotel