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Books in News
More important for exam
- The Dramatic Decade: The Indira Gandhi Years
- Book stores have decided to delay its launch because Publisher gave first preference to e-commerce site amazon.
- In this book, Pranab criticized both Indira and JP Narayan for their misadventures.
|Rudrangshu Mukherjee||Nehru & Bose — Parallel Lives |
|Anita Nair||Idris: Keeper of the Light |
- Winner of Man Booker prize 2013 for her book The Luminaries
- Visited India for Hindulit festival.
|YV Reddy||Financial and Fiscal policies- Crisis and New realities. He is the Ex-RBI Governor.|
|S.Y. Quraishi||Launched third edition of his book: An Undocumented Wonder: The Making of the Great Indian Election. He is the ex-Chief election commissioner.|
|J.K.Rowling||Will release new stories on Harry Potter during Christmas festival season. But later retracted her promise saying she was “misquoted” just like Indian politicians.|
|Upamanyu Chatterjee||Fairy tales at 50.|
|Virender Mehra||“Why I Assassinated Gandhi” revised edition. Contains statements of Nathuram Godse.|
Less important for exam
|Aatish Taseer||The Way Things Were.|
|Ashish Vikram||The House with the Green Roof|
|Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil.|
- E-rupee to Reinvent India.
- This catholic priest recommends moving to virtual rupee currency and online transaction- it’ll stop all black money and corruption.
|David Mitchell||Bone Clocks|
|Deborah Baker||The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism|
|Deepika Shetty||The Red Helmet. It’s her first novel on 90s era women of India.|
|Dr. Umanath Nayak||Fatal Margin. Fictional Book on cancer.|
|Francis Fukuyama||Political Order and Political Decay|
|M.N. Krish||Steradian trail|
|M.S. Nagarajan||Views and Reviews;|
|Indian Chess History (570AD to 2010AD)|
- Cowboys and East Indians
- This Short story collection won the 2014 PEN Open Book Award.
- Tamil novel Madhorubhagan. English version One part woman.
- Hindu outfits demanding its ban due to portrayal of women-devotees in bad light
|Pt. Prabodh Kumar Mishra||Vande Bharatam: collection of patriotic poems in Sanskrit.|
|R. Sreeram||debut novel Kalyug. (Genre: political thriller)|
|Saad Bin Jung||Matabele Dawn|
|Usha Rajagopalan||Tracking Purnima (Crime Novel)|
|Vishwas Mudagal||Losing my Religion. His first novel.|
|Wing Commander Nitin Sathe|
- A few good men and the angry sea.
- Book about Indian ocean tsunami.
Cinema and Television
|Matt Groening||His cartoon series The Simpsons completed 25 years|
- Protests against Amir Khan’s movie PK, for hurting Hindu sentiments.
- Declared Tax Free in UP and Bihar.
- Director: Raj Kumar Hiran’s other movies: Munnabhai MBBS, 3-Idiots.
|Sangharsh Yatra||Biopic film on life of BJP leader Gopinath Munde. Still under production.|
- Sony’s Movie depicting assassination of N.Korean dictator Kim Jong un.
- Stars: James Franco, Seth Rogen.
- North Korea (allegedly) hacked Sony’s database and threatened USA theatres not to release this movie.
- In retaliation USA (allegedly) shut down North Korea’s internet.
|Mrunalini Bhosale||She directed “Kapus Kondyachi Goshta (The Unending Story)”, about plight of Vidarbha farmers. Incorporated in 87th Oscar’s “best picture list”. This list has 323 movies across world.|
2014: Most searched words in online dictionaries
|Vape||Abbreviation for Vaporise- as in electronic cigarettes.|
|Photobomb||to intrude into the background of a photograph without the subject’s knowledge|
|Overshare||to be unacceptably forthcoming with information about one’s personal life, particularly on social media.|
Sports in News
- Indian blind cricket team defeated Pakistanis in 4th World cup at Cape Town, S.Africa. Captain Shekar Naik.
- Retired from Test matches, after 3rd Test between India and Australia, at Melbourne.
- He has won 27 out of 60 Test matches where he was the captain.
- Dhoni’s test match career: total matches played: 90, total runs: 4876, catches: 256, stumpings 38. Highest Test score 224 against Australia at Chennai stadium (2013).
- Highest: Dhoni- 134 in 460 innings (last one at Melbourne, 2014, December)
- 2nd highest: Kumar Sangakkara: 133 stumpings in 485 innings.
|Vijay Hazare trophy||Karnataka defeated Punjab in this tournament.|
|ACIS helmets||With airbags- to save batsmen from bouncers, prevent deaths like Philip Hughes.|
|Gurinder Singh Sandhu||Indian origin bowler. May be included in Australian team for next World cup.|
|Shooting||Abhinav Bindra wins 10m rifle gold at 58th National shooting championship|
|Viswanathan Anand||Won London Classic chess for the first time.|
|Hockey||After winning Champions Trophy semi-final against India, the Pakistani hockey players removed their t-shirts and made obscene gestures at crowd. International Hockey federation has suspended them after strong protests by Indian side.|
|Snooker||China’s 14 years old Yan Bing became youngest champion at IBSF world tournament.|
|boxing||International boxing association (AIBA) gave 1 year ban to L.Sarita Devi, for refusing to accept bronze medal in Asian games.|
Places in News
|Dec,26||Indian Ocean Tsunami’s 10 years completed since 2004.|
- Last year, Typhoon Haiyan.
- Philippines President Benigno Aquino III
|Fukushima||2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster. But wants to host some events for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.|
- State government launched ‘Karnataka MobileOne’ to provide all services through one app.
- Will re-introduce Rs.1 revenue stamp.
- Bengluru: National children’s science congress. Main focus: climate change.
- Varthur, Bengluru: National Archery competition for tribal youth.
- Government school children to get notebooks at concessional rates. Brand names “Lekhak” and “Vidhya”.
- Bengaluru: pipe bomb blast kills a lady. Later Police introduced Drone-cameras to monitor new year celebrations.
- State planning to introduce free wi-fi in all districts.
- Siddalingaiah- first Dalit writer to become chairman of Kannada Sahitya Parishat.
- Mangaluru: tulu festival organized.
- Nagarhole tiger reserve installs camera traps to check on poaching
- NTCA wants two new tiger reserves at Cauvery and MM Hills, But Karnataka Government says nope, because too much human population will be displaced.
- Annual Hampi Utsav 2015 held at Bangluru
- Land pooling exercise starts on right bank of Krishna river, at Thullur and Mangalagiri mandals. This land will be used for setting up new capital.
- Red sanderwood smugglers will not be given ration cards, LPG or Government welfare schemes.
- Jan.9-11: Flamingo festival at Pulicat Lake to boost tourism from January 9 to 11.
- Jan 6-7: Star Turtle festival at Srikurmam to create awareness about protecting these turtles.
- Ongole: Antique Hero idols from 12th and 13th century unearthed.
- Amarawati given UNESCO world heritage city tag.
- MV Subramanyam: won Central Sahitya Akademi Award for 2014
- CM Chandrababu Naidu went to google hangout to interact with people. Promises e-file system in all Department by 31st March.
- Pati: prehistoric site found near Pazzur in Nalgonda.
- Google launched Telugu fonts named after NT Ramarao.
- Plans to develop Pulicat lake and Nelapattu sanctuary as eco-tourism hubs.
- Nuzvid: some politicians suggesting this should be made capital of Andhra Pradesh.
- Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah of Kakatiya dynasty had emphasis on irrigation. Telangana Government has launched Mission Kakatiya to improve irrigation in the state.
- Hyderabad HC bans cockfights during Sankranti under Prevention of Animal cruelty act 1960.
- TSPSC public service commission: 1st chairman is Ghanta Chakrapani.
- Tribal devotees flocking the Cave Temples of Jangubai
- Deverakonda Fort in Nalgonda district.
- Municipal Corporation of Karimnagar (MCK) to be come first in India to have “zero hour” discussion in corporates meetings.
- Hyderabad planning “Food security cards” (FSC) from 2015
Other states/UT in News
- Sonitput and Kokrajhar districts- NDFB (Songbijit group) massacring tribals.
|Bengal||Bhorsagar deep sea port planned at Sundarban islands.|
|Chhattisgarh||Sukma: CRPF lost 14 men in Maoist ambush|
- AAP party launches “Selfi with Mufflerman (Kejriwal)” to raise funds for assembly election
- Uber taxi app banned after driver with past criminal record, raped a passenger.
- Ahmedabad: IMA NATCON 2014 conference by Indian Medical association
- January 2015: Vibrant Gujarat summit and Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas at Gandhinagar
- Dharmaj village near Vadodara has 1000 crore rupees in bank deposits because NRIs
|Haryana||Dead bird carrying H5N1 virus @Sukhna lake.|
- Their “Jail-vaarta” project to facilitate prisoners meet relatives using video conferencing. This project won best e-governance award.
- Buon Natale’ Christmas procession with over 18,000 people. Event recorded in Guinness book.
- Government planning NRI-proxy voting in local body elections.
- Bird flu contained and restrictions lifted.
- Kochi: India-US energy conference held.
- Vidisha Government school will be named after Nobel 2014 winner Kailash Satyarthi because he studied there.
- Vidhan Parishad (upper house) passed bill to give 16% reservation to Maratha.
- Mumbai: 102nd Indian science congress from Jan3-7, 2015.
- Pune: Gyan Sangam meet of PM, FM and PSB-Bank CMDs for bank-revival strategy.
|Puducherry||Rockpainting discovered at “Rattapparai” rock near Kilvalai.|
- Ordinance issued to bar people below class8 education from contesting Panchayat elections.
- CRZ permission given for Marina coast’s beautification.
- Musician Ilya Raja’s borther Gangai Amaran joins BJP.
- 3rd Indian biodiversity congress @Chennai.
- State Government launched a new site upnri.com to boost NRI investment
- Meerut: Hindu Mahasabha wants to construct a Godse temple here.
- Agra: 350 muslims converted to Hinduism under “Ghar Vapsi” program, causing disruption in parliament.
- DGP has banned low-waist, tight fitting pants like Devgun’s “Singham”
- Governor Aziz Qureshi transferred to Mizoram
- Feb5: Uttarakhand Spring Bird Festival at Pawalgarh reserve.
|Bank of America||Its chief Brian Moynihan met Modi.|
|ICICI||From 1st January the ATM charges increased (after the free limit of first 5 transactions)|
- Rs.20 for financial transaction
- Rs.8.50 for non-financial transaction (e.g. statement slip)
|Muthoot Finance||Acquired Sri Lanka’s Asia Asset Finance PLC.|
|TRUFIXED||HDFC’s fixed interest rate loan products, with period of 2 to 10 years. Then they’ll automatically switch back to its adjustable rate home loans.|
|KYC||Rajanbhai imposed penalty on ICICI and BoB for violating KYC norms, and warned SBI, Axis and State bank of Patiyala.|
IT/Mobile related companies
|Aircel||Was given highest penalty for customer-non-verification, among all mobile companies of India.|
|Airtel||Customer will have to pay additional money for using VoIP services like skype, viber etc. although later cancelled this decision.|
|Flipkart||Salem steel tied up with flipkart to sell utensils online.|
|Google||Organized Great Online Shopping Festival (GSOF) in December.|
|Instagram||Has more users than twitter.|
|Junglee.com||Launched new category for used-car sales. Junglee is owned by Amazon.com|
- Launched “Agristore” – an online store to help farmers buy seeds, fertiliser and irrigation tools.
- Tied up with Indian post to sell products of Varanasi weavers.
|Uber Radio taxi App||Banned in Delhi after its driver raped a passenger.|
|Xiomi||Ericsson made patent complaints against Xiomi, so its sale has been banned till 5th Feb in India.|
- It’s the online brand of micromax- first 4G handset called Yureka at 8999/- using
CyanogenMod – an open source variant of Android OS. Customer free to “root” its device without nulling the warranty.
- Company founder: Rahul Sharma.
Travel and Transport
|Automobile||Deadline is over for excise duty relief given till 31st December on SUVs. Likely to reduce sales for 2015.|
|EcoDemonstrator 787||Boeing designed World’s first aeroplane using green diesel (85% jet fuel + 15% green diesel).|
|Book My Meal|
- Jet airways service to allow posh-passengers to choose meal before flight
- Move seen as a counter to marketing strategy of Tata-Singapore Airlines’s “Vistara”
- Stopped operations because of financial problems.
- Aviation minister even asked the banks to give working capital loan to the company but banks reluctant given “Mallya” experience.
- Name of Tata-SIA airline. CEO is Phee Teik Yeoh. Will begin operations from January 2015.
|Maruti Suzuki||Highest ever sales in 2014.|
|Habitrol||Nicotine patch by Novartis. Dr. Reddy bought this brand.|
- Got USFDA permission to sell Valganciclovir tablets, an anti-viral drug. It is generic version of Roche’s Valcyte.
|Lupin||anti-HIV drugs: Lamivudine tablets and Presista tables got USFDA approval.|
|Cadila||New drug “Humira”. Its biosimilar version of anti-inflammatory drug adalimumab.|
|RINL||Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited. Steel ministry postponed its disinvestment because cheap Chinese steel import hurting local players.|
|Tata Coffee||Sanjiv Sareen to become CEO.|
|Titan & Fastrack||Tied up with Singapore’s Cloudcherry company for customer feedback analysis.|
|Ultratech||Aditya Birla’s Ultratech cement will purchase Madhya Pradesh units of JP Cement.|
- Decided to relinquish KG-D3 block due to defense ministry restrictions.
- Signed agreement with Mitsui shipping company to transport Liquefied ethane from USA to India.
|El Gordo||Spain’s official lottery game. Considered to be world’s largest (2.5 billion Euros)|
|Kei Perenaa||This 24 year old Chinese lady became Youngest billionaire in world. She owns a reality estate company called “Logan property”.|
- Biggest financial gainer of 2014: Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba e-commerce site
- 2nd biggest gainer: Warren Buffet.
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