[PIN-Sept] Part 2/3: Books, Authors, Business GK

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  1. Books and Authors
  2. Movies
  3. Stamps of 8 musicians
  4. BusinessGK
  5. Android One
  6. Pharmaceutical

Books and Authors

only those in news for Sep-2014. For the bigger list, check earlier article under [PIN-2014] click me.

A. Sivathanu PillaiThe path unexplored – success mantra of BrahMos. He is the ex-CEO of this org.
 Air Commodore Jasjit Singh:India’s Sentinel
Barack ObamaDream, Big dreams. Book about Constitutional amendments in USA
BR AmbedkarThe Annihilation of caste. Its new edition was released.
Chetan BhagatHalf girlfriend.
Former CAG  Vinod RaiThe Dairy of the Nation’s Conscience Keeper — Not Just An Accountant’
Gaiutra Bahadur Coolie Woman. Book about plight of indentured Indian woman labourers in West Indies.
Kapil Dev (cricketer) and Vivek Atray (IAS)Dubey ji Bounces Back
Liza WeinsteinDurable slum-Dharavi
Mohan’s daughter Daman SinghStrictly Personal: Manmohan and Gursharan.
Nazeem BegumMy mother did not go bald.
Neel mukherjeeKolkata born british author. “A lives of others”- shortlisted for 2014 booker.
Patrick BrysonThe Sad Demise of Manpreet Singh. About visa fraud in New Delhi and Punjab.
Ravi SubramanianGod Is A Gamer. About bitcoins and online gambling.
Robert KiyosakiWriter of “Rich Dad Poor Dad“. Recently visited India
Saurav MohapatraMumbai Confidential
Simar Malhotra,17-year-oldThere is a Tide. Book about Geo-political drama
Taslima NasreennHer controversial novel Lajja’s new English translation is made.
TendulkarPlaying It My Way — My Autobiography
Vivek KaulEasy money
Wangari MaathaiNobel winner Kenyan environmental activist. her autobiography- Unbowed: A Memoir


Book related awards
Ojas Art awardNew award included in Jaipur literature festival. Will be given to two indian artists.
Bharatendu Harishchandra Awardsaward for books in Hindi on journalism, women’s issues, national integration and children.


Earlier awards covered under PIN-2014, click me

IFFI 2014Goa became its permanent venue. Bachchan will be chief guest. Launch November 2014
  • India’s entry: Hindi road drama Liar’s Dice
  • No Indian film has won this award so far
  • 3 reached finals: Lagaan, Salaam Bombay and Mother India

Stamps of 8 musicians

PIN-8 musician stamps

Govt. launched stamps of eight renowned classical musicians.

Ustad Ali Akbar KhanSaroda Maestro. Popularized classical music in India, Europe, USA
Pt. Bhimsen Joshideveloped the khayal form of singing. Known for Devotional music
Smt. D. K. PattammalMaster of Ragam Tanam Pallavi.

Along Smt. M S Subbalakshmi and Smt. M L Vasanthakumari, she was considered one of the “Female Trinity of Carnatic Music”.

Smt. Gangubai HangalPerformed in 1924 session of INC, in presence of Gandhi, Nehru et al
Pt.Kumar GandharvaNirguni Bhajan, Folk songs, Madhya Pradesh.
Pt. Mallikarjun MansurJaipur-Atrauli Gharana
Pundit Ravi ShankarHindustani classical music.
Ustad Vilayat Ali Khanintroduced Indian music to the world along with Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan


Mainly for MBA and private job interviews. Others need not bother

Android One

  • Google’s $100 phone. India is the first country where they’re launched.
  • Although Google itself is not manufacturing it.
  • These phones are manufactured by three different companies in India: Karbonn, Micromax and Spice.
  • Price range: below 6500/-
  • India’s largest software exporter Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
  • It has opened Saudi Arabia’s first all-female business process centre, to employ 3000 women.
  • Google’s digital literacy initiative for women ‘Helping Women get online’ (HWGO). collaboration with Axis Bank, Intel and Hindustan Unilever
  • Google has tied up MARD, an initiative started by Bollywood actor-cum-director Farhan Akhtar.
AppleCEO Tim Cook launched Iphone 6 and Apple watch.
IntelXeon processor E5 v3. Made for heavy workloads like data analytics, high performance computing, telecom and cloud-based services etc.
VodafoneIndia CEO Marten Pieters said the telecom industry in India is in a mess.


Arvind’sGarment company. Chief Sanjay Lalbhai
BandhejArchana Shah’s handicraft business


Network 18
  • Mukesh Ambani bought it. (and thereby he now controls CNN-IBN, Firstpost.com, Colors and many other channels and websites)
  • Rajdeep Sardesai earlier worked with CNN-IBN but after Mukeshbhai’s purchase, he has quit and joined India Today / Aaj Tak. He was recently roughed up by Modi supporters at Madison square.
India TodayChairman Aroon Purie.


MarutiSiaz model launched.
MahindraArjun Novo tractor with AC cabin, potato planting machine.
HondaAcura RLX : Sedan Honda car that can safely drive itself on the freeway while the driver’s hands are off the wheel.
General MotorsCEO Mary Barra, visited India and modi.
Mahindra Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) has partnered online shopping site Snapdeal for booking the Scorpio sport utility vehicle. This is first such deal in e-commerce.


IIPMArindam Chodhry. Delhi HC ordered him not to use  “management” term for its courses.
Mukesh AmbaniForbes richest 100 tycoons in India
AdaniGot permission for australian coal mining in Galilee basin.
UniqloJapanese retailer. Interested in setting up malls in India.
  • Tata-Singapore Airlines venture Vistara
  • HQ: Delhi.
Coca colaLaunched “Coca Cola zero”- Low calorie drink, available at same price as regular coca cola.
Boya lifeChinese compamny, managed to clone Pure-blood Tibetan mastiff puppies.


  • Fertilizers and Chemicals Travancore (FACT), one of India’s largest fertilizer makers. But making losses.
  • It has been referred to Board for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction (BIFR)
BrahmosLoss making due to hefty salary packages, not finishing product delivery on time. This is also referred to BIFR.
HALT.Suvarna Raju will be next Chairman of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.


  • Chinese e-commerce site by former teacher Jack Ma from Shanghai
  • Launched the largest IPO in New York.
  • Got permission to open private bank in China.
Walmartwill open its B2B e-commerce platform (www.bestprice.in) to members of Best Price Modern Wholesale stores in Guntur and Vijayawada
AmazonCEO Jeff Bezos visited India
Confidential CoutureIndia’s first online portal for buying used luxury fashion items.


ApotexCanadian generics.  Controversy because bogus quality drugs imported from its indian plant to Canada.
InfliximabJonhson and Johnson’s anti-inflamatory drug. Ranbaxy got license to sell copy version
LupinTied up with Merce Serono
  • for treatment of chronic plaque psoriasis, a skin ailment.Sun Pharma, Merck signed pact for its production.
GlaxoSmithKlineFined ~500 million$ in China for bribing doctors to recommend its drugs.

For other parts visit Mrunal.org/PIN.

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3 Comments on “[PIN-Sept] Part 2/3: Books, Authors, Business GK”

  1. hi sir, i am preparing for gate exam. please guide me in this matter, how to prepare and what to prepare.

  2. Sir please check in automobile. Maruti’s model is ‘Ciaz’ and not ‘Siaz’.

  3. dear mrunal where will i find IBPS centric Current affairs for july & august ?
    as u have covered till june and then from september onwards i believe…

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