[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 Pillai The path unexplored – success mantra of BrahMos. He is the ex-CEO of this org.
 Air Commodore Jasjit Singh: India’s Sentinel
Barack Obama Dream, Big dreams. Book about Constitutional amendments in USA
BR Ambedkar The Annihilation of caste. Its new edition was released.
Chetan Bhagat Half girlfriend.
Former CAG  Vinod Rai The 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 Weinstein Durable slum-Dharavi
Mohan’s daughter Daman Singh Strictly Personal: Manmohan and Gursharan.
Nazeem Begum My mother did not go bald.
Neel mukherjee Kolkata born british author. “A lives of others”- shortlisted for 2014 booker.
Patrick Bryson The Sad Demise of Manpreet Singh. About visa fraud in New Delhi and Punjab.
Ravi Subramanian God Is A Gamer. About bitcoins and online gambling.
Robert Kiyosaki Writer of “Rich Dad Poor Dad“. Recently visited India
Saurav Mohapatra Mumbai Confidential
Simar Malhotra,17-year-old There is a Tide. Book about Geo-political drama
Taslima Nasreenn Her controversial novel Lajja’s new English translation is made.
Tendulkar Playing It My Way — My Autobiography
Vivek Kaul Easy money
Wangari Maathai Nobel winner Kenyan environmental activist. her autobiography- Unbowed: A Memoir

 

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

Movies

Earlier awards covered under PIN-2014, click me

IFFI 2014 Goa became its permanent venue. Bachchan will be chief guest. Launch November 2014
Oscar
  • 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.

Musician Contribution
Ustad Ali Akbar Khan Saroda Maestro. Popularized classical music in India, Europe, USA
Pt. Bhimsen Joshi developed the khayal form of singing. Known for Devotional music
Smt. D. K. Pattammal Master 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 Hangal Performed in 1924 session of INC, in presence of Gandhi, Nehru et al
Pt.Kumar Gandharva Nirguni Bhajan, Folk songs, Madhya Pradesh.
Pt. Mallikarjun Mansur Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana
Pundit Ravi Shankar Hindustani classical music.
Ustad Vilayat Ali Khan introduced Indian music to the world along with Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan

BusinessGK

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/-
TCS
  • 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
  • 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.
Apple CEO Tim Cook launched Iphone 6 and Apple watch.
Intel Xeon processor E5 v3. Made for heavy workloads like data analytics, high performance computing, telecom and cloud-based services etc.
Vodafone India CEO Marten Pieters said the telecom industry in India is in a mess.

 

Textile
Arvind’s Garment company. Chief Sanjay Lalbhai
Bandhej Archana Shah’s handicraft business

 

Media
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 Today Chairman Aroon Purie.

 

Automobile
Maruti Siaz model launched.
Mahindra Arjun Novo tractor with AC cabin, potato planting machine.
Honda Acura RLX : Sedan Honda car that can safely drive itself on the freeway while the driver’s hands are off the wheel.
General Motors CEO 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.

 

Misc.
IIPM Arindam Chodhry. Delhi HC ordered him not to use  “management” term for its courses.
Mukesh Ambani Forbes richest 100 tycoons in India
Adani Got permission for australian coal mining in Galilee basin.
Uniqlo Japanese retailer. Interested in setting up malls in India.
vistara
  • Tata-Singapore Airlines venture Vistara
  • HQ: Delhi.
Coca cola Launched “Coca Cola zero”- Low calorie drink, available at same price as regular coca cola.
Boya life Chinese compamny, managed to clone Pure-blood Tibetan mastiff puppies.

 

PSUs
FACT
  • 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)
Brahmos Loss making due to hefty salary packages, not finishing product delivery on time. This is also referred to BIFR.
HAL T.Suvarna Raju will be next Chairman of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.

E-Commerce

Alibaba
  • 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.
Walmart will open its B2B e-commerce platform (www.bestprice.in) to members of Best Price Modern Wholesale stores in Guntur and Vijayawada
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos visited India
Confidential Couture India’s first online portal for buying used luxury fashion items.

Pharmaceutical

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

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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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