[PIN-November-2014] Part-2/2: Books, Authors, Sports & Business GK for Non-UPSC exams

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  1. Books in News
  2. Movies in News
  3. Sports
    1. Olympics
    2. Olympic Agenda 2020
    3. Cricket
    4. Hockey
    5. Tennis
    6. Badminton
    7. Boxing
    8. Misc.
  4. Business GK (November 2014)
    1. Tech giants
    2. IT/softwares
    3. Mobile companies
    4. Food/beverages
    5. Mineral companies
    6. Finance / investment
    7. Transport
    8. Pharmaceutical

Books in News

Sachin
Tendulkar
  • 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.
Chetan
Bhagat
  • 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 MukherjeeNehru and Bose: parallel Lives
49th Jnanpith
Award
  • 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.
Ritu Menon
  • 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. MurariPolitical thriller: Chanakya Returns
Cyrus Mistry
Naseeruddin shahBollywood actor’s Autobiography: And then One Day: A memoir
Rajdip SaardesaiTV Journalist. His new book: 2014 The Election That Changed India.
VS Naipaul’s
  • 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
Simcha Jacobovici
Barrie Wilson
  • 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.
Jeremy Seabrook
P.D. James
  • She was a British detective novel writer
  • Famous character Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard.
Phil Klay
  • “Redeployment”: Stories about Iraq war
  • won US National Book Award for fiction
Christopher
Doyle
Bilal Tanweer

Books in News 2014_11

Movies in News

Punyakoti
  • crowd-sourced animation movie in Sanskrit
  • Based on a Kannada folk song about man-animal conflict
Godse
  • 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.
Rajnikanth
  • 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.
IFFI Goa
  • 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.
Rang Rasiya
  • 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.
Hunger games
  • 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.

Sports

Olympics

Mascot for Rio Olympics 2016
Contendersmeaning
Oba and EbaBrazilian slang words to express surprise, happiness and celebration.
Tiba Tuque and EsquindimDesire to dance
Vinicius and Tomlegendary Bossa Nova musicians Vinicius de Moraes and Tom Jobim.

Public Voting was done in November 2014. Final mascots are following:

 

Final MASCOTS
TomGreen figure. Paralympic 2016
ViniciusYellow 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
OlympicsAthletesMetals
Winter games2900100
Summer games10,500310

Cricket

ICC Awards
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.

More cricket

ICC
  • 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 CricketCaptain Mithali Raj’s Indian women’s cricket team defeated South Africa at T-20 in Banglore.

 

Hockey
Sandeep Singh
  • former Captain of Hockey team. New Bollywood movie planned on his life.
Sardar Singh
  • He was the flag-bearer at 17th Asian games held at Incheon(South Korea)
Awards
  • National hockey federation will be launching ‘Hockey India Annual Awards’
  • Top male and female players will get Rs.25 lakhs each.
Coach
  • Male team coach Terry Walsh left.
  • Women’s team coach Neil Hawgood decided not to renew contract for next year with SAI.

 

Tennis
Davis cup
  • Hosted in France.
  • Roger Federer defeats Richard Gasquet
CTL
  • 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 MirzaBecame United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for the South Asian region.

 

Badminton
Macau Grand prixPV Sindhu won gold,Defeated Korea’s Kim Hyo Min.
China Open
  • 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
DopingBadminton Men’s no.1 player Lee Chong Wei has failed a doping test. (Malaysia)

 

Boxing
AIBA
  • International Boxing Association
  • Banned Sarita Devi for a year (in Dec. 2014). Refer to old PIN series for reason.
Suresh RainaBecame co-owner of UP Wizards for Hockey India league (HIL)
Arjun Award
  • 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.
Preg.test
  • 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.
Women’s boxing
  • 8th World Women’s Boxing Championships held at Jeju, South Korea
  • Silver won by Indian pugilists S Sarjubala (48kg) and Saweety (81kg)

 

Misc.
SnookerChina’s Yan Bingtao defeated Pakistan’s Muhammad Sajjad at IBSF World snooker championship.
Junior ChessTelangana 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.

Tech giants

Google

  • 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.
Facebook
  • Added ebola donation button
  • Added “say thanks” video feature for users.
CognizantBought Odecee, a NZ company dealing with digital content solutions.
SAP & OracleBusiness software maker SAP is paying rival Oracle ~$360 million to settle a copyright case.
Alibaba
  • 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.

 

IT/softwares
Firefox
  • 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.

 

Mobile companies
Android phone
  • 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.
Nexus 6
  • Google Nexus 6 smartphone launched (6″ display)
  • Contains Lollipop android update
  • Turbo-charger: only in 15 minutes.
Lumia 535Microsoft’s first smartphone without “Nokia” prefix. Dual SIM, price around 9,000/-
Loop MobileAirtel planning it buy it, but Department of telecom is delaying permission.
Airtel
  • launched a new internet services, ‘One Touch Internet’, to allow first-time users to discover the power of Internet on phone.
TRAI
  • 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.

 

Food/beverages
Papa John
  • Bought Pizza corner.
  • By 2015, they’ll have 90 stores in India
Coca ColaBought “Monster beverage”, to increase penetration in energy-drink market of India and world.

 

Mineral companies
Essar Oil Ltd’sWants to delist shares from stock-exchange but SEBI clearance awaited.
CementCCI worried about monopoly arising from the merger of world’s two Cement giants:  France’s Lafarge and Switzerland’s Holcim.
Hindustan ZincCEO Akhilesh Joshi has been appointed as the vice-chairman of the Brussels-based International Zinc Association.

 

Finance / investment
L&T financeSought RBI permission to buy ING Vysya bank.
Kotak Mahidrawill 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.

 

Transport
Air Chinawill 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.

 

Pharmaceutical
LupinAnti-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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12 Comments on “[PIN-November-2014] Part-2/2: Books, Authors, Sports & Business GK for Non-UPSC exams”

  1. Dear mrunal sir,do upsc ias aspirants need to mug up most /all of the facts given above.. Or just reading them once is sufficient?
    Btw very nice consolidation of PIN thanx a lot sir!

    1. @Mrunal G
      Tussi Great ho..

    2. @Prateek Above article only for non-upsc exam like ssc, LIC, bank PO etc…

      For UPSC you can skip the PIN series

      1. Thanx for ur response Sanket!

  2. Great collection but spotted an error .indian hockey team captain is Sardarf Singh not sandeep singh n he was the flag bearer in Asian Games,so kindly rectify it.

  3. sir really your effort is great….

  4. i think HOCKEY TEAM CAPTAIN IS SARDAR SINGH NOT SANDEEP SINGH …pls check it out sir ..n correct the eror ..thanku

  5. Hockey india Captain is Sardara singh…. pls correct it……

  6. today there os no ban on marathi play based on nathuram godse in maharashtra but why is it in news.?

  7. waiting for your detailed strategy that we should follow for 2015 mains as well as prelim

  8. Thank u sir for putting vast n imporant knwldge at one place.

  9. Sir,the name of the two mascots of the 2016 Rio games that you have mentioned is the opposite
    Vicinius is the mascot for the summer olympics whereas Tom is the mascot for the paralympics.

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