- Books in News
- Movies in News
- Olympic Agenda 2020
- Business GK (November 2014)
- Tech giants
- Mobile companies
- Mineral companies
- Finance / investment
Books in News
- Autobiography: Playing it my way
- Boria Majumdar is the co-authored (Noted sports journalist and Sports historian)
- Publisher Hodder & Stoughton(Hachette India in India)
- Sachin’s autobiography has broken the record set by Steve Jobs’ biography by Walter Isaacson.
- Latest novel Half Girlfriend
- In controversy for alleged poor portrayal of Dumraon’s royal family.
- Dumraon state was founded by a branch of Parmar rulers of Jagdishpur (Bhojpur).
|Rudranshu Mukherjee||Nehru and Bose: parallel Lives|
- Hindi poet Kedarnath Singh for his outstanding contribution towards Indian literature.
- The Jnanpith award was setup by philanthropist couple Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain and Late Rama Jain, commemorates Indian authors for their contribution to Indian literature.
- Owner of feminist press Kali for Women.
- She wrote biography of Nayantara Sahgal, niece to India’s first Prime Minister Jawharlal Nehru, and cousin to Indira Gandhi.
|Timeri N. Murari||Political thriller: Chanakya Returns|
|Naseeruddin shah||Bollywood actor’s Autobiography: And then One Day: A memoir|
|Rajdip Saardesai||TV Journalist. His new book: 2014 The Election That Changed India.|
- Travelogue: An Area of Darkness
- Portrayed India in negative light, hence banned for last 50 years, since 1964. (Hindu says its banned, flipkart is still selling it!?)
Similar books by Naipaul
- India: A Wounded Civilization
- India: A Million Mutinies
|George W. Bush|
- Book: The Lost Gospel
- They cited an ancient Syrian manuscript to claim that Jesus was married to Mary the Magdalene and that they had children together.
- She was a British detective novel writer
- Famous character Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard.
- “Redeployment”: Stories about Iraq war
- won US National Book Award for fiction
Movies in News
- crowd-sourced animation movie in Sanskrit
- Based on a Kannada folk song about man-animal conflict
- Marathi play “Mee Nathuram Godse Boltoy” (This is Nathuram Godse Speaking)
- Written by Pradeep Dalvi, portraying Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse in a soft light.
- Maharashtra and Kerala governments have banned it for many years.
- Declared Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year.
- Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Minister of State, Information and Broadcasting announced this award.
- Award was given during IFFI film festival in Goa in November 2014.
- 45th International film Festival of India .
- Russian film “Leviathan” by Andrey Zvyagintsev won the best film award = Golden Peacock + Rs.40 lakhs
- Director Wong Kar-Wai given lifetime achievement award. His latest movie: The Grandmaster.
- Hindi movie based on renowned painter Raja Ravi Varma’s life.
- His granddaughter complained that film marker has wrongly showed the painter in a “playboy” image.
- Director Ketan Mehta.
- Science-adventure fiction novels By Suzanne Collons.
- Latest Hollywood movie: Hunger games: Mockingjay Part1
- In hunger games, rebels use 3-finger salute.
- Thai-protestors using the same to protest against coup. Hence Military junta has outlawed 3 finger salute.
Mascot for Rio Olympics 2016
|Oba and Eba||Brazilian slang words to express surprise, happiness and celebration.|
|Tiba Tuque and Esquindim||Desire to dance|
|Vinicius and Tom||legendary Bossa Nova musicians Vinicius de Moraes and Tom Jobim.|
Public Voting was done in November 2014. Final mascots are following:
|Tom||Green figure. Paralympic 2016|
|Vinicius||Yellow colored feline. Summer Olympic 2016 (August).|
Olympic Agenda 2020
- IOC contemplating following reforms:
- Instead of one city – give hosting to multiple cities / countries. (Earlier this was done in 1952- regular games in Melbourne but equestrian games in Stockholm, due to disease quarantine laws in Australia)
plans to remove following ceilings
|Mitchell Johnson (Aus. Fast bowler)|
- ICC Cricketer of the Year
- ICC Test cricketer of the Year.
|AB Devilliers (S.Africa)||ODI cricketer|
|Garry Balance (UK)||ICC emerging player of the year|
|Meg Lanning (Aus.)||ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year|
|Katherine Brunt (UK)||ICC Spirit of Cricket award|
|Richard Kettleborough (Emirates)||ICC Umpire of the year- for second consecutive.|
- CEO David Richardson Tied up with Australian and Newzeland law enforcement agencies, to prevent match fixing in World cup 2015.
- Luxury watch brand Hublot designated as “official timekeeper” for World cup 2015.
|Women Cricket||Captain Mithali Raj’s Indian women’s cricket team defeated South Africa at T-20 in Banglore.|
- former Captain of Hockey team. New Bollywood movie planned on his life.
- He was the flag-bearer at 17th Asian games held at Incheon(South Korea)
- National hockey federation will be launching ‘Hockey India Annual Awards’
- Top male and female players will get Rs.25 lakhs each.
- Male team coach Terry Walsh left.
- Women’s team coach Neil Hawgood decided not to renew contract for next year with SAI.
- Hosted in France.
- Roger Federer defeats Richard Gasquet
- Vijay Amritraj promoted Champions Tennis League (CTL).
- First season held from Nov. 17th to Nov. 26th 2014
- Pune Marathas defeated Delhi Dreams.
- David Ferrer did not come citing health problem.
|Sania Mirza||Became United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for the South Asian region.|
|Macau Grand prix||PV Sindhu won gold,Defeated Korea’s Kim Hyo Min.|
- Saina Nehwal won.
- Saina was also a bronze medallist at London Olympics 2012.
- K.Srikanth won man’s gold
- Price: 7 lakh $, held at Fuzhou
|Doping||Badminton Men’s no.1 player Lee Chong Wei has failed a doping test. (Malaysia)|
- International Boxing Association
- Banned Sarita Devi for a year (in Dec. 2014). Refer to old PIN series for reason.
|Suresh Raina||Became co-owner of UP Wizards for Hockey India league (HIL)|
- Earlier Kapil Dev selection Committee had nominated boxed Jai Bhagwan’s name, but then Manoj went to court.
- Finally Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal gave Arjun Award to Boxer Manoj Kumar
- He has won gold at CWG 2010 and Bronze in Asian boxing championship 2013.
- AIBA Technical Rules require women boxers to submit “non-pregnancy” declaration.
- Controversy because a doctor claimed SAI performing pregnancy tests even on unmarried and underage Indian boxer girls.
- 8th World Women’s Boxing Championships held at Jeju, South Korea
- Silver won by Indian pugilists S Sarjubala (48kg) and Saweety (81kg)
|Snooker||China’s Yan Bingtao defeated Pakistan’s Muhammad Sajjad at IBSF World snooker championship.|
|Junior Chess||Telangana boy M. Chakravarthi Reddy wins Asian Youth Chess Championship U-18 open category title in Delhi|
Business GK (November 2014)
Mainly for MBA and private job interviews. Others need not bother with this data.
- Google is the world’s most sought after employer. No.2: Apple, No.3: Uniliver. (Linkedin Report)
- Spanish government passed new copyright law, requiring google news to pay taxes for displaying post links of Spanish newpaper sites. Otherwise, fine of up to €600,000.
- To protest against this “google tax”, company began removing Spanish site links in google news.
- Added ebola donation button
- Added “say thanks” video feature for users.
|Cognizant||Bought Odecee, a NZ company dealing with digital content solutions.|
|SAP & Oracle||Business software maker SAP is paying rival Oracle ~$360 million to settle a copyright case.|
- Its founder Mr.Jack Ma will finance startup companies in India.
- Alibaba e-commerce site sold $2 billion worth of goods within first hour of its annual online shopping festival.
- Earlier had 5 year contract with Google, to keep it as default search engine in firefox’s browser
- But now contract made with Yahoo- to make it Firefox’s default search engine.
|Quick Heal 16.00|
- New Antivirus has “safe banking” feature.
- Although I wonder how is that a news? Kaspersky Internet Security etc. already got this since ages.
But Hindu reported it. and whatever comes in Hindu is “automatically” important for exam hahaha.
- Google’s android one phone:contract with three companies-Micromax, Karbonn & Spice.
- Priced at ~6000.
- Until now, sold through e-commerce sites like flipkart only.
- But now google wants physical retailers to sell them as well. but Retailers unhappy and unwilling to put it on display, due Google’s first preference to online shopping sites.
- Google Nexus 6 smartphone launched (6″ display)
- Contains Lollipop android update
- Turbo-charger: only in 15 minutes.
|Lumia 535||Microsoft’s first smartphone without “Nokia” prefix. Dual SIM, price around 9,000/-|
|Loop Mobile||Airtel planning it buy it, but Department of telecom is delaying permission.|
- launched a new internet services, ‘One Touch Internet’, to allow first-time users to discover the power of Internet on phone.
- Until now, TRAI had fixed “interconnect charge” at 20 paise per minute for all local and national long-distance.
- Means a telecom company has to pay 20 paise per minute to other company on whose network call has been made.
- TRAI now reviewing this charge.
- Bought Pizza corner.
- By 2015, they’ll have 90 stores in India
|Coca Cola||Bought “Monster beverage”, to increase penetration in energy-drink market of India and world.|
|Essar Oil Ltd’s||Wants to delist shares from stock-exchange but SEBI clearance awaited.|
|Cement||CCI worried about monopoly arising from the merger of world’s two Cement giants: France’s Lafarge and Switzerland’s Holcim.|
|Hindustan Zinc||CEO Akhilesh Joshi has been appointed as the vice-chairman of the Brussels-based International Zinc Association.|
Finance / investment
|L&T finance||Sought RBI permission to buy ING Vysya bank.|
|Kotak Mahidra||will purchase ING Vyasa bank.|
|FTIL & ODIN|
- Jignesh Sha=>FTIL=>NSEL.
- This FTIL had designed a trading software ODIN.
- FTIL aiming to shift ODIN to another company to prevent any legal repercussion from NSEL scam.
|Air China||will fly the Boeing 747-8, the world’s longest aircraft.|
|Safety test fail|
- Global NCAP- car safety-crash tests.
- Maruti Suzuki’s Swift and Nissan’s Datsun Go failed this test.
|Lupin||Anti-arthritis medicine Celecoxib Capsules got approved by USFDA.|
|Johnson & Johnson|
- Will acquire ORSL brand from Jagdale Industries, Bangalore.
- ORSL is a fruit-based electrolyte drink for mild dehydration and general disability
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