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55th Filmfare Awards 2010

Best Film
3 Idiots
Best Director
Rajkumar Hirani
3 Idiots
Best Actor(Male)
Amitabh Bachchan
Paa
Best Actor(Female)
Vidya Balan
Paa
Best Supporting Actor(Male)
Boman Irani
3 Idiots
Best Supporting Actor(Female)
Kalki Koechlin
Dev D
Best Music
A.R.Rahman
Delhi 6
Best Lyrics
Irshad Kamil
Aaj din chadya, Love Aaj Kal
Best Playback(Male)
Mohit Chauhan
Masakali, Delhi 6
Best Playback(Female)
Kavitha Seth
Iktara,Wake Up Sid

Rekha Bhardwaj
Genda phool, Delhi 6
Critics award for Best Director
Nandita Das
Firaaq
Critics award for Best Actor(Male)
Ranbir Kapoor
Wake Up Sid, Ajab Prem, Rocket Singh
Critics award for Best Actor(Female)
Mahiee Gill
Dev D
Best Story
Abhijat Joshi, Raj Kumar Hirani
3 Idiots
Best Screenplay
Abhijat Joshi, Raj Mukar Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra
3 Idiots
Best Dialogue
Raj Kumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi
3 Idiots
Best Production&Art Direction
Helen Jones, Sukanta Panigrahi
Dev D
Best Editing
Sreekar Prasad
Firaaq
Best Cinematography
Rajeev Ravi
Dev D
Best Visual Effects
Govardhan Vigharan, Vinay Singh Chupal
Kaminey
Best Action
Vi…

Indian History - 2(Gandhian Era)

Non-violent Non-cooperation Movement
1920-22
The Khilafat Movement
1920
Chauri Chaura Incident
1922
The Swarajist Party
1923
Anti-Imperialist League
1927
Simon Commission
1928
Nehru Report
1928
Meerut Conspiracy Case
1929
Lahore Conspiracy Case
1929
Poorna Swaraj Day
1930
Civil disobedience Day
1930
First Round Table Conference
1930
Gandhi-Irwin Pact
1931
Second Round Table Conference
1931
Arrest of Mahatma Gandhi
1932

Countries/Cities Names - Old and Name(World - 3)

New Names
Old Names

Holland
The Netherlands
Sri Lanka
Ceylon
St.Petersburg
Leningrad
Taiwan
Formosa
Thailand
Siam
Arab Republic of Egypt
United Arab Republic
Yangon
Rangoon
Democratic Republic of Congo
Zaire
Zambia
Northern Rhodesia
Zimbabwe
Southern Rhodesia

Number of players in some Games/Sports

Sports
No. of Players
Badminton
1 or 2
Baseball
9
Basketball
5
Billiards(Snooker)
1
Boxing
1
Chess
2
Cricket
11
Croquest
13 or 15
Football(Soccer)
11
Hockey
11
Lacrosse
12
Netball
7
Polo
4Rugby Football
15
Table Tennis
1 or 2
Lawn Tennis
1 or 2
Volleyball
6
Water Polo
7

Name of playing Arena/Compound of different games

Name of the Arena/Compound
Related Sports

Court
Lawn Tennis, Badminton, Netball, Hand Ball, Volley-ball, Squash, Kho-Kho and Kabaddi
Diamond
Baseball
Ring
Boxing, Skating, Wrestling, Circus and Riding display
Course
Golf
Board
Table Tennis
Pool
Swimming
Alley
Bowling
Mat
Judo, Karate
Arena
Horse Riding
Vellodrum
Cycling
Field
Polo, Football and Hockey
Track
Athletics
Pitch
Cricket and Rugby
Rink
Ice Hockey

Miss Universe Title Holders

Miss Universe - A brief

A competition was established in 1952 under the guidance of and by 'Miss Universe Corporation'.
Selection Procedure

Most beautiful girl is selected in this competition on the basis of her beauty and multiple talent.

Winner's Reward

The winner gets 2,51,000 pounds as prize.



YearNameCountry1952Armi KuuselaFinland1953Christiane MartelFrance1954Miriam StevensonUSA1955Hillevi RombinSweden1956Carol MorrisUSA1957Gladys ZenderPeru1958Luz Marina ZuluagaColombia1959Akiko KojimaJapan1960Linda BementUSA1961Marlene SchmidtGermany1962Norma NolanArgentina1963Ieda Maria VargasBrazil1964Corinna TsopeiGreece1965Apasra HongsakulaThailand1966Margareta ArvidssonSweden1967Sylvia HitchcockUSA1968Martha VasconcellosBrazil1969Gloria Maria DiazPhilippines1970Marisol MalaretPuerto Rico1971Georgina RizkLebanon1972Kerry Anne WellsAustralia1973Maria Margarita MoranPhilippines1974Amparo MunozSpain1975Anne Marie PohtamoFinland1976Rina MessingerIsrael1977Janelle CommissiongTrinidad and T…

Dieases and the parts of the body they affect

Disease
Part of the body affected

AIDS
Immune system of body
Asthma
Lungs
Cataract
Eyes
Conjunctivitis
Eyes
Diabetes
Pancreas
Diphtheria
Throat
Glaucoma
Eyes
Eczema
Skin
Goitre
Front of the neck(due to enlargement of thyroid gland)
Gout
Joints of bone
Meningitis
Brain or spinal cord
Polio
Molor neurons
Pneumonia
Lungs
Typhoid
Intestine
Malaria
Spleen
Leukaemia
Blood
Rickets
Bones

Geographical Explorations/Discoveries

PlaceExplorer/DiscoverersNationalityYear
America
Christopher Columbus
Italy
1492
Hawaii Islands
Captain James Cook
England
1778
Newfoundland
John Cabot
England
1497
New Zealand
Abel Janszoon Tasman
Holland
1642
Sea Route to India
(via Cape of Good Hope)
Vasco da Gama
Portugal
1498
North Pole
Robert Peary
USA
1909
South Pole
Roald Amundsen
Norway
1911

Interesting Facts - 6

The planets Mercury and Venus have no moons

Tides are caused by the gravitational pull of the Sun and the Moon

The Earth is slightly flattened at the poles. It bulges near the equator, the greatest bulge being just south of the equator

Shooting stars are not stars. They are meteors.

Petrol is such a powerful fuel that a small cup of it contains enough energy to raise a person to the top of Mt.Everest

Arabic numbers were not invented by Arabs. these originated in India. Arab traders learned the numbers from India and introduced them to Europe

A blood donor can give about half a litre of blood, once in about two months

The tomato is called the 'most popular vegetable fruit'

The world's largest grown vegetable crop is the potato

The most dangerous creature in the world is the common housefly. It transmits germs of maximum number of diseases to the food it sits on, thus, causing death of many people

Chief Crops producing States in India - 2

Turmeric
Kerala, Tamil Nadu
Tea
Assam, West Bengal
Sugarcane
Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
Sandalwood
Karnataka
Rice
West Bengal, Tamil Nadu
Ragi
Karnataka
Opium
Uttar Pradesh
Mustard
Uttar Pradesh
Mango
Uttar Pradesh
Jute
West Bengal, Bihar

Australian Open 2010 Results

Men's Singles
Roger Federer
Women's Singles
Serena Williams
Men's Double
Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan
Women's Double
Serena Williams and Venus Williams
Mixed Doubles
Cara Black and Leander Peas

Chief Crops producing States in India

Wheat
Uttar Pradesh, Punjab
Tobacco
Maharastra, Tamil Nadu
Tapioca
Kerala, Tamil Nadu
Silk
Karnataka, Tamil Nadu
Rubber
Kerala, Tamil Nadu
Rapeseed
Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh
Pepper
Kerala
Onion
Gujarat, Maharastra
Maize
Karnataka, Andra Pradesh
Linseed
Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh

Numerical Ability - 4

Convert 0.05 into percentage
i) 1/2% ii) 0.05% iii) 5% iv) 50%

What percent of 5/8 is 8/5?
i) 8 ii) 128 iii) 5 iv) 256

3/4th of a certain number is 60. Half of that number is
i) 40 ii) 30 iii) 80 iv) 20

A number when divided by 3, is reduced by 20. The number is
i) 30 ii) 60 iii) 33 iv) 21

If a:b = 2:3 and b:c = 3:4. Find a:b:c and a:c
i) 2:1 ii) 1:3 iii) 1:2 iv) 3:1

The difference of two numbers is 11 and 1/3 of their sum is 7. Then one number 1s
i) 7 ii) 10 iii) 11 iv) 16

Find the square root of: 0.000943
i) 0.03037 ii) 0.30 iii) 0.308 iv) 0.3030708

Three numbers are in the ratio 3:4:5 and their average is 24. The largest number is
i) 45 ii) 15 iii) 30 iv) 10

Find the area of a triangle whose sides measures 15cm, 16cm, 17cm.
i) 99.98 ii) 109.98 iii) 110 iv) 111

Find the value of: 12*12+2*12*15+15*15
i) 745 ii) 987 iii) 729 iv) 725

Choose the appropriate word - 3

"Mind your own business". He said ____
i) heavily ii) hardly iii) sharply iv) loudly

"I can speak six languages fluently". He ____
i) suggested ii) boasted iii) proposed iv) exclaimed

She ___ if she would be able to attend the party.
i) wondered ii) thought iii) surprised iv) conveyed

Salt ___ in water but wax doesn't.
i) dissolves ii) melts iii) drowns iv) floats

The leaves ___ as the wind blew.
i) hissed ii) cracked iii) rustled iv) none of these

It was difficult to see through the ___ of the headlights.
i) dazzle ii) shine iii) glare iv) zoom

The victorious army ___ through the conquered city.
i) strayed ii) marched iii) loitered iv) walked

We ___ when we are out of breath.
i) blow ii) pant iii) sigh iv) wheeze

The drunken man ___ out of the room.
i) strolled ii) strode iii) staggered iv) stood

The murderers ___ in the dark, waiting for their victim.
i) roamed ii) lurked iii) loitered iv) none of these

Instrument and their use

Anemometer
Velocity of wind
Cardiogram
Heart movements
Encephalograph
Brain movements
Crescograph
Plant growth
Gravimeter
Oil deposits under water
Fathometer
The depth of the ocean
Hygrometer
The humidity in air
Lactometer
Purity in milk
Pyrometer
High temperature of distant objects

Choose the Appropriate Word - 2

Illiteracy is said to be a great ____ to progress
i) impediment ii) distraction iii) obstruction iv) objection

Marriages are talked about openly, but not the ____
i) engagements ii) courtships iii) affairs iv) divorces

Be your own body guard when you are offered ____ help.
i) solicited ii) grudging iii) unsolicited iv) friendly

Although you are honest, you lack ____
i) craftiness ii) fear iii) intrigue iv) caution

The atmosphere was ____ when I walked into the court room.
i) heavy ii) burdensome iii) weighty iv) big

Vineetha was not ____ of his suitability for the job.
i) convinced ii) convincing iii) convincingly iv) convince

Will you play with me ___ a while?
i) over ii) within iii) in iv) for

He disposed of his bicycle practically ____ a song.
i) for ii) to iii) with iv) on

A wise man lives within his income, but a fool lives ____ his means.
i) without ii) beyond iii) besides iv) above

The invention of steam engine by James Watt was an ____ idea
i) original ii) obscure iii) off-hand iv) actual

Reasoning - 3

Pointing to a man in a Photograph, a woman said, "His brother's father is the only son of my grandfather". How is the woman related to the man in the Photograph?
i) Daughter ii) Aunt iii) Sister iv) Mother

Which of the following is the same as Liver, Heart, Kidney?
i) Urine ii) Blood iii) Nose iv) Lung

Find the odd one out:
i) Tomato ii) Carrot iii) Potato iv) Onion

Sam was traveling in a railway compartment. There he met a man and 5 women. Each woman had a child in her arms. How many were there in the compartment?
i) 10 ii) 12 iii) 9 iv) 11

If the 25th of August in a year is Thursday, then the number of Mondays in that month is
i) 3 ii) 4 iii) 5 iv) 6

E is elder to F and is younger to G. H is elder to both E and G. Who is the Eldest?
i) E ii) F iii) G iv) H

If 1/4th of a number is 72, then what will be its 2/3rd?
i) 54 ii) 64 ii) 96 iv) 192

January, June, July
i) Summer ii) March iii) Month iv) Rainy Season

Insert the missing letter A, E, I, _, U
i) B ii) O iii) Z iv) W

Find the odd man …

Epithets - 2

City of Dreaming Spires
Oxford(UK)
City of Sky Scrapers
New York
City of Palaces
Kolkata
Eternal City
Rome
Empire City
New York
Garden City
Chicago
Pink City
Jaipur
Windy City
Chicago, U.S.A

Epithets

Forbidden CityLhasa, TibetGranite CityAberdeen, ScotlandCity of the Golden TempleAmritsarCity of Magnificent DistanceWashington, D.CCity of Seven HillsRomeQuaker CityPhiladelphia, U.S.AWhite CityBelgrade, YugoslaviaCity of Golden GateSan Francisco

Books and Authors

In Line of Fire
Pervez MusharrafOrhan PamukMy Name is Red Orhan PamukThe Heart of India
Mark tullySpeed Post
Shobha deCall of Hanour
Jaswanth SinghBlind Faith
Sagarika Ghose God's Little Soldier
Kiran Nagarkar
What is the 'Book of Life' related to?
i) Book which received Booker Prize, 2006 ii) A book on zoology iii) The Human Genome Project iv) Peace efforts in various nations

Abbreviations - 8

ADB - Asian Development Bank
BOA - Bank of America
BOB - Bank of Baroda
BOI - Bank of India
CBI - Central Bank of India
DCB - Development Credit Bank
HSBC - HongKong Shanghai Banking Corporation
OBC - Oriental Bank of Commerce
PNB - Punjab National Bank
SBI - State Bank of India
SBM - State Bank of Mysore
WB - World Bank


ESIC - Employee State Insurance Corporation
HDFC - Housing Development Finance Corporation
HUDCO - Housing and Urban Development Corporation
ICICI - Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India
IDBI - Industrial Development Bank of India
IDFC - Industrial Development Finance Corporation
IFCI - Industrial Finance Corporation of India
IMF - International Monetary Fund
LIC - Life Insurance Corporation of India
NABARD - National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development

Abbreviations - 7

AMEX - American Stock Exchange
ASX - Australian Stock Exchange
BOVESPA - Sao Paulo Stock Exchange
DJIA - Dow Jones Industrial Average
KLSE - Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange
NASDAQ - National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations
NYSE - New York Stock Exchange

Abbreviations - 6

FDI - Foreign Direct InvestmentSIP - Systematic Investment PlanULIP - Unit Linked Insurance PolicyIRDA - Insurance Regulatory Development AuthorityREIT - Real Estate Investment TrustLIBOR- London Interbank Offered RateNSC - National Savings CertificateADB - Asian Development Bank
ILO - International Labour Organization ADR - American Depository Receipt GDR - Global Depository Receipt IMF - International Monetary Fund ECB - European Central Bank EU - European Union FII - Foreign Institutional Investors DII - Domestic Institutional Investors MFI - Mutual Fund Institutions AMC - Asset Management CompanyGDP - Gross Domestic Product
GNP - Gross National Product GNI - Gross National Income WPI - Wholesale Price Index CPI - Consumer Price Index

Abbreviations - 5

SEBI - Securities Exchange Board of IndiaAMFI - Associated Mutual Funds in India
NSDL - National Securities Depository LimitedCDSL - Central Depository Services LimitedCBOE - Chicago Board options ExchangeCFTC - Commodity Futures Trading CommissionMCX - Multi Commodity ExchangeNCDEX - National Commodity ExchangeNASDAQ - National Association of Securities Dealers Automated QuotationsCME - Chicago Mercantile Exchange CBOT - Chicago Board of TradeLSE - London Stock ExchangeLME - London Metal ExchangeBSE - Bombay Stock ExchangeNSE - National Stock ExchangeJIT - Just In Time (Japanese concept)IPO - Initial Public OfferingFPO - Follow on Public OfferingEPS - Earning Per ShareESOP - Employee Stock OptionSEC - Securities and Exchange CommissionPMS - Portfolio Management Service

Abbreviations - 4

CEO - Chief Executive Officer
CIO - Chief Investment Officer
CFO - Chief Financial Officer
COO - Chief Operating Officer SSN - Social Security Number FD - Fixed Deposit RD - Recurring DepositOTC - Over the CounterNCD - Non-Convertible DebenturesCP - Commercial Papers
CD - Certificate of DepositCRR - Cash Reserve RatioSLR - Statutory Liquidity RatioREPO - RepurchaseIRR - Internal Rate of ReturnROI - Return on InvestmentL/C - Letter of CreditROE - Return on EquityRTGS - Real Time Gross Settlement
EPF - Employee Provident FundVAT - Value Added TaxFIFO - First In First OutLIFO - Last in First OutATM - Automated Teller MachineROCE - Return on Capital EmployedEBITDA - Earning Before Interest,Tax, Depreciation and AmortisationT Bills - Treasury BillsGAAP - Generally Accepted Accounting Principles

General Secretaries of UNO

Name
Country and Term in Office

Trygve Lie
Norway, 1946-53
Dag HammarsKjoeld
Sweden, 1953-61
U Thant
Myanmar, 1962-71
Kurt Waldheim
Austria, 1971-81
Javier Perez de Cuellar
Peru, 1982-92
Dr.Boutros Boutros Ghali
Egypt, 1992-97
Kofi Annan
Ghana, 1997-2002
Kofi Annan
Ghana, 2002-2006
Ban-ki-Moon
South Korea, 2007 - Continuing

Five Year Plans

Year
Objective

1st Plan(1951-56)
Development of Agriculture
2nd Plan(1956-61)
Industrialisation
3rd Plan(1961-66)
To achieve self-sufficiency in food grains
Annual Plans(1966-69)
Situation created by Indo-Pakistan conflict in 1965 resulted in framing an interim plan
4th Plan(1969-74)
To promote equality and justice
5th Plan(1974-79)
To achieve self-reliance
6th Plan(1980-85)
Eradication of poverty
7th Plan(1985-90)
To reduce unemployment and the incidence of poverty
Annual Plans(1990-91, 1991-92)
New Government assumed power at the Centre by June 1991 and decided 8th Plan would commence from 1st April 1992
8th Plan(1992-97)
Plan aimed at an average annual growth rate of 5.6% and an average industrial growth rate of about 7.5%
9th Plan(1997-2002)
Prioritised agriculture and rural development.
Ensuring food and nutritional security for all.
Providing minimum basic services.
10th Plan(2002-07)
Attainment of State-wise growth
Target for 11th Plan(2007-12)
Aims to attain a growth rate of 9.5% in the final year