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Awards

Award Name
24th Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development- 2009 Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development- 2010 Sydney Peace Prize Anuvrat Ahimsa International Peace Award 18th Rajiv Gandhi National Sadhbhavana Award INFOSYS PRIZE Balraj Puri

Recipient

Sheikh Hasina Wajed Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva Vandana Shiva S. N. Subba Rao Maulana Wahiduddin Khan Scientific Research which Impacts the country

The 2010 Raman Magsaysay Awards
• For Mobilizing the Global Community against the Perils of Nuclear Proliferation • • For Creating Hope for Communities and Their Dying River For Crafting New paths toward quality basic education for the poor • For Addressing disability as a community concern and a development • For Harmonizing economic growth and environmental protection challenge Rabindranath Tagore Award -2010 Irom Sharmila Pan Yue and Fu Qiping (China) Huo Daishan (China) Christopher Bernido and Ma. Victoria Carpio Bernido ( Philippines) A.H.M. Noman Khan (Bangladesh) Tadatoshi Akiba (Japan)

Nobel Prizes -2010
• • • • Medicine Literature Peace Physics Robert Edwards Mario Vargas Llosa Liu Xiabo Konstantin Novoselov and Andrei Geim • Chemistry Akira Suzuki, Ei-ichi Negishi and Richard F. Heck • Economics Christopher Pissarides, Peter Diamond and Dale Martensen

57th National Film Awards

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Best Actor Best Actress Best Feature Film Best Director Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress

Amitabh Bachchan (Paa) Ananya Chatterji (Abohoman) Kutty Srank (Malayalam) Rituparno Gosh (Abohoman) Farooque Sheikh (Lahore) Arundhati Naag (Paa) Dev Anand D. Ramanaidu Jimena Navarrete (Mexico) Alexandria Mills (USA) Surjit Patar (For his poetry collection “Lafzan Di Dargah”)

Phalke Ratna Award Dada Saheb Phalke Award -2009 Miss Universe -2010 Miss World -2010 Saraswati Samman 2009

Jnanpith Award 2007 Jnanpith Award 2008 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award -2010 Next Step Foundation Award -2010 World Statesman Award-2010

ONV Kurup (Malayalam) Akhlaq Shaharyar Khan (Urdu) Howard Jacobson Saina Nehwal Veerappa Moily Dr. Manmohan Singh

Books and Authors

Book
In Defence of Globalization Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics My Other Two Daughters From My Jail It Happened in India Science sustainability and Indian National Resurgence I Witness : Partial Observations My Life The Elephant, The Tiger and The Cellphone The Tales of Beedle the Bard The Three Mistakes of My Life Wedding Album

Author
Jagdish Bhagwati Joe Biden Surjeet Singh Barnala Taslima Nasreen Kishore Biyani Murli Manohar Joshi Kapil Sibal Fidel Castro Shashi Tharoor J. K. Rowling Chetan Bhagat Girish Karnad

A better India, A better World My Album The Two Lolitas The Score of My life The Immortals The Calcutta Chromosome Musharraf : The Years in Power India : From Midnight to Millennium and Beyond Jinnah : India, Partition, Independence The Lost Symbol Yours Sincerely The Rediscovery of India Invisible Before Memory Fades: An Autobiography Keeping the Faith : Memoirs of a Parliamentarian The Mosque of Africa A Journey : An Autobiography Law of Attraction Trust Me 2 States : The Story of My Marriage The Grand Design

N R Narayana Murthy Praveen Mahajan Michael Maar Zubin Mehta Amit Choudhary Amitav Ghosh Murtaza Razvi Shashi Tharoor Jaswant Singh Dan Brown Natwar Singh Meghnad Desai Paul Austre Fali s. Nariman Somnath Chatterji V S Naipaul Tony Blair Michael J. Losier Peter Leonard Chetan Bhagat Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow

Conversation in the Cathedral The Time of the Hero The Green House Harmony The Finkler Question Kalooki Nights Who’s Sorry Now? Lafzan Di Dargah Ghame-Hayat Ne Mara Shikara Surya Inhin Hathiyoron Se The Idea of Justice

Mario Vargas Llosa Mario Vargas Llosa Mario Vargas Llosa Prince Charles Howard Jacobson Howard Jacobson Howard Jacobson Surjit Patar Rajee Seth Chandrashekhar Kambar Amar Kant Amartya Sen

Sports

Commonwealth Games -2010
• • • • • • • • It was XIX CWGs Host City – New Delhi, India Mascot – Shera Alicia Coutts (Australia) and Gagan Narang (India) were “Queen and King” of the Games respectively Most Successful Commonwealth Games Association (CGA) in New Delhi – Australia Number of countries which participated in CWG-2010 – 71 Number of sports organized in CWG-2010 17

Number and Name of Commonwealth Games Associations (CGA ) or countries that won their First CWG Gold Medals – 4 ( St. Vincent and the Grenadines , Botswana, Samoa and Cayman Islands)

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Sport that was included for the first time in this CWGs – Tennis Top three countries at CWGs -2010 in their respective order – Australia ( 74 Gold), India ( 38 Gold) , England (37 Gold) The player who won the last (38th) Gold medal for India that took it to the 2nd position in the medal tally ahead of England – Saina Nehwal ( Badminton)

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First Asian Country to host any CWGs – Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur ) in 1998 City to host next (XX) CWGs in 2014 – Glasgow (Scotland) Motto of the XIX CWG-2010 - Come out and play Original name of CWG - British Empire Games Anthem of CWG 2010 - Jeeyo, Utho, Bado ,Jeeto

Asian Games 2010 (XVI Asiad)

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Host City – Guangzhou (Haixinsha Islands), China Motto of 2010 Asian Games - Thrilling Games, Harmonious Asia Rank of India in Medal Table in Asian Games 2010 – 6th Theme Song – Chongfeng (Reunion) Number of Participating Nations – 45 Number of total Sports -42 Mascot – Le Yangyang Top three countries in their respective order – China (199 Gold), South Korea (76 Gold) , Japan (48 Gold)

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Countries that won their first ever Asian Gold Medal – Bangladesh and Macao of China City to host 17th Asian Games – Incheon ( South Korea) Winner of Singapore Open Title, Indonesian Open Title and Indian Open Grand Prix – Saina Nehwal Country to Soccer World Cup for 2014, 2018 and 2022 respectively - Brazil, Russia and Qatar Champion and runner-up of the Soccer World Cup-2010 – Spain and Netherlands respectively Winner of Italian Grand Prix, Singapore Grand Prix and Korean Grand Prix - Fernando Alonso

Wimbledon Tennis Championship -2010 Men’s Singles Women’s Singles Men’s Doubles Rafael Nadal (Spain) Serena Williams (USA) Jurgen Melzer (Austria) and Phillip Petzschner (Germany) Women’s Doubles Vania King (USA) and Yarolova Shvadova (Kazakhstan) Mixed Doubles Leander Paes (India) and Cara Black (Zimbabwe) Thomas Berdych (Czech Rep) Vera Zvonareva (Russia) Robert Lindstedt (Sweden) and Horia Tecau (Romania) Elena Vesnina( Russia) and Vera Zvonareva (Russia) Wesley Moodie (South Africa) and Lisa Raymond ( USA)

US Open Tennis Championship -2010 Men’s Singles Women’s Singles Men’s Doubles Rafael Nadal (Spain) Kim Clijsters (Belgium) Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan (USA) Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Vera Zvonareva (Russia) Rohan Bopanna (India ) and Aisamul Haq Qureshi (Pakistan) Women’s Doubles Vania King (USA) and Yarolova Shvadova (Kazakhstan) Mixed Doubles Liezel Huber (USA) and Bob Bryan (USA) Liezel Huber (USA) and Nadia Petrova (Russia) Kveta Peschke (Czech Rep.) and Aisamul Haq Qureshi (Pakistan)

New elected President of Hockey India– Vidya Stokes 2010 Summer Youth Olympic Games were organized in – Singapore Asian World Champion in Boxing (2010 - held in Bridgetown, Barbados) – Mary Kom (India) Wrestling Champion of the World (2010, held in Moscow, Russia) –Sushil Kumar (India) BCCI new President-Elect – N. Srinivas Economy

Second largest economy in the world in terms of GDP(PPP) –China Income Tax Day – July 24 According to Asian Development Bank Report on Urbanization, India’s urbanization ranking in Asia– 34th A new Index called Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) is proposed to be included - Human Development Report Among various projections, forecasts for Highest GDP growth for India for 2010 is projected by – IMF (9.7%) Ranking of India, Pakistan and China in Global Hunger Index – 67th, 52nd and 9th respectively Black Revolution refers to – Self dependence in petroleum and crude oil by the India Call of “Evergreen Revolution” is given by – M.S. Swaminathan Project “Sankalp” is associated with – elimination of “HIV/AIDS” Committee which recommended religion and caste as new BPL criteria – N.C. Saxena Committee First Gold refinery was established at – Shirpur (Maharashtra ) HDI Rank of India in Human Development Report 2010 – 119th Concept of Zero based budgeting was given by – Peter A. Payer Kandla Export Processing Zone (EPZ) is – Asia’s First EPZ Asia’s First Stock Exchange – Bombay Stock Exchange (1875) Reliance Power’s Sasan Ultra Mega Power Plant is located in – Madhya Pradesh 16th SAARC summit was held at – Thimpu, Bhutan Rural marketing network “e-Chaupal” was started by – ITC World Population Day – 11th July ( last child of mob of 5 billion population was born on July 11, 1987, in Yugoslavia) Indian Population Density (Census 2001) -324 persons per square km Literacy rate in India – 64.84 % (Male -75.26 %, Female- 53.67%) 11th EU-India Summit held at - Brussels The First ranked country in Global Gender Gap-2010 - Iceland India’s ranking in the Global Gender Gap-2010 – 112th Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is renamed as – Aadhaar First Registrar for UIDAI – State Bank of India (SBI) According to 13th Finance Commission , percentage of divisible pool that may be transferred as grants to local bodies – up to 2.5 % Second Green Revolution strategy for taking agriculture to a higher trajectory of 4 percent annual growth is adopted in – 11th Five Year Plan Theme of 20th Human Development report released by UNDP on November 04, 2010 – The Real Wealth of Nations : Pathways to Human Development

Country with First and Last rankings in HDI Report -2010 – Norway and Zimbabwe respectively 20th Public Sector Enterprise to join the club of Navratna status – Oil India Ltd(OIL) The key rate which has not been modified for approximately last 6 year – Bank rate (6.0% w.e.f. April 30,2003) Country (Central Bank of country) holding largest amount of gold in the world – United States India’s rank in gold holding in the world – 10th The 4th commodity exchange of the country – Indian Commodity Exchange (ICEX) India –ASEAN Free Trade Agreement becomes operative w.e.f. – January 01, 2010 Phase VII of National Highway Development Project is for – Construction of Ring Roads, Flyovers and Bypasses on selected stretches Multidimensional project to infuse a new life into the some of the neglected sectors of water transport – Sagar Mala 3G Spectrum Allocation by Government of India takes/took place on – September 01,2010

Environment Affairs

First major effort of global community towards Environment protection – UN Conference on Human Environment at Stockholm in June, 1972. United Nations Environment Programme was created by UN General Assembly in – 1972 UNFCCC stands for – United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties -1 (UNFCCC: CoP-1 ) was held in 1995 at – Bonn, Germany UNFCCC: CoP-16 was recently held at – Cancun , Mexico UNFCCC: CoP-17 is scheduled to be held at – Durban, South Africa UN Conference on Environment and Development held in June 1992 is popularly known as - Earth Summit Conference of Properties-10 Convention on Biological diversity ( 10th CoP to CBD) was held at – Nagoya, Japan Namaskar is a magazine on Biological Diversity published by – Air India Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was created by two UN bodies. These are – United Nations Environment Programme and World Meteorological Organization India’s National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) was announced on June 30, 2008 Total number of National Missions under NAPCC – Eight The Kyoto Protocol is slated to end in – 2012 ( Kyoto Protocol Time Period is 2008 -2012) Some major Green House Gases (GHGs) are – Carbon-di- Oxide (CO2), Methane, Nitrous Oxide, Hydroflourocarbons, Water Vapours etc.

Business News

Managing Director and CEO of the Federal Bank - Shyam Srinivasan Economic Times Corporate Excellency Awards 2010 for “Company of the Year” Award recipient - L&T Chairman and Managing Director of National Housing Bank – R V Verma IRDA stands for – Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority “World Investment Report” is annually prepared by – UNCTAD The biggest employer in India among all private companies – TCS Indian Company that bagged the top position among Indian Companies included in Forbes -500 list for the year 2010 - Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award -2010 of Indian Chamber of Commerce - R. P. Goenka First Food testing Laboratory of National Meat and Poultry Processing Board was inaugurated by – Subodh kant Sahai Company which bagged Rs 1,449 crore order for a Chhattisgarh Power plant – L & T Bank which launches Mobile Banking Service in Madhya Pradesh in collaboration with City based organization AISECT – State Bank of India (SBI) Asia’s Number 1 oil Company – ONGC The second largest car manufacturer and largest passenger car exporter of the Country – Hyundai Motor India Ltd. Organization which bagged CII-Thompson Reuters Innovation Award 2010 – BHEL US- based personal care firm Namaste Group is acquired by – FMCG major Dabur India Canada based start up CongoVision is acquired by – Intel Corporation Name the Indian Company which has been selected for as one of the six 2010 Investing in People Awards by Workforce One Investment Board of Southwest Ohio – Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)

Miscellaneous

Name given to the Joint Military Exercise between India and Singapore – Bold Kurukshetra Youngest person to cross the Atlantic Alone (Solo) – Katie Spotz SIMBEX-10 is a joint naval exercise between– India and Singapore The youngest in the world to scale the Everest, highest peak of the world – 13 year old American boy Jordon Romero The Planning commission constituted panel on Low-Carbon Economy is headed by – Kirit Parikh National Innovation Council to be set up will be headed by – Sam Pitroda

Committee too formulate Job Plans in Jammu and Kashmir is headed by – Dr. C. Rangarajan “ Decade of Innovation” in India – 2010-2020 High level panel on Global sustainability , set up by UN secretary –General Ban Ki Moon, is headed by – the Presidents of South Africa and Finland Committee which suggested Many changes in Merger and Acquisition Rules of the Enterprises – Takeover Regulatory Advisory Committee (TRAC) Takeover Regulatory Advisory Committee (TRAC) is better known as – Achuthan Committee( Chaired by C. Achuthan) Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has signed a MoU with – Mongolia State that announced “Indira Bal Swasthya Yojana” – Haryana Anil Ambani’s Rosa Thermal Power Project that started production recently is situated at – Shahjahanpur , Uttar Pradesh In order to Conserve the mount Kailash, a trans-boundary project has been jointly launched by – India , China and Nepal Desh Nayak title to S.C. Bose was given by – Rabindranath Tagore World’s Fastest Train – China, Between Shanghai & Hangzhou – 350 km/hr India – Russia Joint Military Exercise (To Combat Terrorism) – ‘INDIRA’ conducted in Kumaon Hill

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