Monday, March 29, 2010

Persons in News

1. Saina Nehwal: - Ace woman shuttler came into news recently as she become the first Indian to win a super series tournament after she clinched the Indonesian Open title.

2. Bill Gates: - Founder of Microsoft Company, came into news recently, as he has been awarded with Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and International Understanding for the year 2007

3. Swaraj Paul: - First asian to preside over the House of Lords has been recently awarded with the prize “Pride of India’.

4. Meira Kumar: - She came into news recently as she became the first woman to occupy the high office of Lok Sabha Speaker. She is a Lok Sabha M.P. from Sasaram in Bihar.

5. Nandan Nilekani: - Co-founder of Infosys, he has been recently elected as the chairperson of the Unique Identification Authority of India.

6. Nirmal Kumar Verma: - He has been recently appointed as the new chief of Indian Navy.

7. T-20 World Cup: - The T-20 world cup held in England. Pakistan won the cup at Lord’s by beating Srilanka in the final by 8 wicket.

8. G.K.Pillai: - He has recently appointed as the new home secretary.

9. Rahul Khuller: - He has recently been appointed as the new commerce secretary,.

10. Gopal Subramaniyam: - He has recently been appointed as the new solicitor General of India.

11. Gulam E. Vahanvati: - He has recently been appointed as Attorney General of India for a period of three years. He succeeded Millon Kumar Banerjee and is the first Muslim to occupy the top law officer’s post.

12. Karia Munda; - Seven times BJP MP from Jharkhand, Karia Munda was unanimously elected as the new Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha.

13. Peter Varghese: - Indian origin person came into news as he has recently been appointed as the envoy to India by Australian PM Kevin Rud.

14. P.K.Barbora: - He came into new recently as he has been appointed as the new Vice Chief of Air Staff. He blamed politician for stalling defence projects just to hit out at political opponents.
15. K.C. Chakraborty: - Chairman and M.D. of PNB has recently been selected as the deputy governor of the RBI.

16. M.V.Nair: - Union Bank of India Chairman & MD has recently been appointed as the chairman of India’s Bank Association.

17. Michael Martin: - He came into news recently as he became the first speaker of the house of Commons in 300 years to be forced to step down because of his handling of the scandal.

18. Binita Thakur: - An IPS Officer from Rajasthan came into news recently as she becomes the first woman IPS officer of the elite SPG guarding the PM.

19. Ajay Banga: - He came into news recently as he has been appointed as the new president and chief operating officer by Global payment firm Mater Card.

20. Farah Pandit: - She is Kashmiri Origin Indian women. She came into news recently as she has been appointed as a special Representative to Islamic Communities by the Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.

21. Kavya Shankar: - Indian American Speller came into news recently as she won the National Spelling Bee Championship in Washington.

22. Thomas Beatie: - The trans gendered man who created history last year by giving birth to a baby girl, came into news recently as he has done it again. He gave birth to a son in Oregon US. H.A.S. Exam. (H.P.P.S.C.)

23. Atul Khana: - A leading biologist of India has recently been conferred with one of the highest awards of Finland for promoting Collaboration between the two countries in the areas of science and business.

24. Azim Premji: - Chiarman of Wipro Ltd. has recently been awarded the US- India Business Council’s 34th Anniversary Global Vision award in Washington.

25. Antony Thachuparambil: - He came into news recently as the Catholic Church has declared Father Antony as ‘servant of God’.

26. Amartya Sen: - Nobel laureate came into news recently as he has been conferred the honorary Doctor of Letters degree by the University of Cambridge.

27. Rajiv Motwani: - Standford University professor from India who mentored and backed such sparkling Silicon Companies as Google and Paypal found dead at his residence.

28. Ali Akbar Khan: - Legendary Sarod player died recently at his residence in California.

29. Habib Tanvir: - Noted playwright and theater director Habib Tanvir died recently after a brief illness.

30. Omar Bongo: - He was longest serving ruler of African country Gabon who died recently.

31. Mohamed Nasheed: - Maldives President won recently 2009 Anna Lindah Prize. This prize has been awarded to him for his efforts to fight climate change and for peacefully bringing democracy to the island nations.

32. Mohamoud Ahmadinejad: - He is president of Iran. He came into news recently as he has been re-elected to the post.

33. R.K. Pachauri: - Chairman of IPCC, was once again re-elected as its chairman.

34. Pushap Kumar Dahal: - The leader of Maoist revolution and PM of Nepal resigned from his post.

35. C.P.Chandrasekhar : - He is professor at the centre for Economic Studies and Planning in JNU. He came into news recently as he has been awarded Dr. Malcom Adiseshiah Award.

36. Nirpum Sen: - The former Indian Ambassador to the UN has recently been appointed as Special Senior Advisor to the President of UN General Assembly.

37. Sonal Shah: - The Indian American lady has been appointed head of the new office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in the Obama administration.

38. Shikha Sharma; - She came into news recently as she has been appointed as the next MD & CEO by private sector lender Axis Bank.

39. Pt. Jasraj: - The noted Hindustani Classical vocalist came into news recently as he has been felicitated with Sarswati Samman.

40. Timothy Roemer: - He has recently been appointed as the new US ambassador to India. He succeeds Mr. Davil Mulford.

41. V.S.Sampath: - He came into news recently as he has been appointed as new election commissioner, in the vacancy caused by the retirement of Mr. N. Gopalswami as C.E.C.

42. Navin Chawla: - He came into news recently as he has been appointed as the CEC of India after the retirement of Mr. N. Gopalswami.

43. Rajdeep Sardesai: - Editor in chief of IBN network came into news recently as he has recently been elected as President of the Editors Guild of India.

44. M.C. Marykom: - Manipuri girl and four times world’s women boxing champions came into news recently as she has been conferred with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the highest in the field of sports in the country.

45. Bindeshwar Pathak: - The founder of the Sulabh Sanitation Movement and inventor of a toilet system credited with improving sanitation all over India came into news recently as he has been awarded Stockholm Water Prize.

46. Mikhail L. Gromov: - The Russian French mathematician came into news recently as he was named for the Abel Prize for 2009 by the Norwegion Academy of Science and letters.

47. Radha Vinod Raju: - A senior IPS officer of J&K came into news recently as he has been appointed as the first Director General of the National Investigative Agency.

48. Muammar Quddafi: - Libyan President came into news recently as he has been appointed as the chairman of African Union.

49. Suman Sharma: - She came into news recently as she became the world first woman to fly mighty Russian MIG-35 fighter at the Aero India International show in Banglore. She also become the first civilian woman to co-pilot the American strike fighter F-16.

50. N.P.S.Aulakh: - Punjab D.G.P. came into news recently as he has been appointed as Director General of NSG.

51. Gurbax Rai Majitha: - He came into news recently as he has been appointed by centre as the new chairman of the National Wage Board for working Journalists and non-journalists.

52. Najib Tun Razaq: - He came into news recently as he has been elected as the PM of Malaysia.

53. P.V.Naik: - Air Marshall came into news recently as he has been appointed as the new chief of Air staff. Prior to his present position he headed IAF’s Allahabad based Centre Air Command.

54. Ashok Nayak: - He came into news recently as he has been appointed as the chairman of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.

55. Vineet Nayar : - He is Tech-Mahindra top honcho, who has recently been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer.

56. Justice Arijit Pasayat: - Retd. SC judge came into news recently as he has been appointed as the Chariman of the Competition Appellate Tribunal for a tenure of three years.

57. Horst Koehler: - The former of IMF came into news recently as he has been re-elected as the German President.

58. J.S.Sharma: - He came into news recently as he has been appointed as the chairman of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India..

59. Ashok Chawla: - Economic Affair Secretary came into news recently as he has been appointed as the new Finance Secretary in the Union Finance Ministry.

60. Alice Munro:- Acclaimed Canadian short story writer came into news recently as she bagged Man Booker International Prize 2009. The prize different from the annual Booker Prize for Fiction, is awarded once every two years to a living author for his or her lifetime contribution to literature.

61. P. Sabita Indira Reddy: - She is adopted sister of former Andhra Pradesh CM Y.S.Rajasekhar Reddy. She came into news recently as she became the first woman Home Minister of A.P.

62. Muhammad Hamdulla Sayyed: - He came into news recently as he became the youngest Member of Parliament (26years). He has been elected to the 15th Lok Sabha from the Union Territory of Lakshadweep.

63. Agatha Sangma: - She is 28 years old daughter of former Lok Sabha speaker P.A.Sangma. She came into news recently as she became the youngest Minister in the Manmohan Singh Cabinet.

64. Prem Das Rai: - He is member of Parliament elected from Sikkim. He came into news recently for his unique distinction of being the first ever IIT-IIMer in the Lok Sabha.

65. Prakash Mehra: - He was a bollywood producer –director who gave Amitabh Bachchan his first success with Zanzir. He passed away recently.

66. D.D.Lapang: - He is senior Congress leader, who has been recently sworn in as the chief minister of Meghalaya for fifth time.

67. Apa Sherpa: - He came into news recently as he has conquered the peak of Mt. Everest for record 19th times.

68. J.B.Patnaik: - Former Chief Minister of Orissa came into news recently as he has been appointed as the Governor of Assam.

69. D.Y.Patil: - He is noted educationist from Maharashtra. He came into news recently as he has been appointed as Governor of Tirpura.

70. Faisal al –Trad: - He is Saudi-Arabia ambassador to India, he came into news recently for his walkout from the international conference of Jurists for the remarks made by Ram Jethmalani against Wahabi sect.

71. Lakshim Nandan Bora: - He is famous Assamese writer. He came into news recently as he has been selected for the presitigous18th Saraswati Samman for his novel ‘Kaya Kalap’.

72. Zakir Hussain: - He is famous Tabla maestro. He came into news recently as he won the Grammy Award in the contemporary world music album category for his collaborative album Global Drum Project.

73. Joe Biden: - He came into news in 2009 as he has been elected as 47th Vice President of USA.

74. Andry Rajoelina: - A former disc jockey came into news recently as he has been elected as the new President of Madagascar.

75. Chaitanya Datla: - She is HR executive from Banglore. She came into news recently as she was declared winner of National Geographic Channel Mission Navy; Lahron ke Sartaz.

76. Yukiya Amano: - He is a Japanese diplomat who has been recently as the next chief of IAEA, the UN atomic watchdog.

77. Indira Jaisangh: - She is SC lawyer and human right activist. She has recently been appointed as an Additional Solicitor General. She become the first woman to hold the post.

78. Harish Khare: - He is a senior journalist, who has recently been appointed as the new Media Advisor to PM Manmohan Singh.

79. Cristiano Ronaldo: - He is the current foodball world’s player of the year. He recently become the most expensive player in the football history by accepting 94million euro bid from Real Madrid.

80. Dr. K. Radhakrishnan; - He is senior Space Scientist. He has recently been appointed as next ISRO Chief. He replaces G. Madhvan Nair.

81. Rukhsana Kausar: - A brave girl from J & K. She shot into fame by killing a self styled commander of the Lashkar e- Taiba. She was recently awarded – ‘Jhansi ki Rani’ award instituted by N.G.O.

82. Elliyayudin: - Russian pilot who had come to Bir Billing area to participate in a paragliding even lost his life. His body was recovered from the high reaches of mountain near Himadri Chamunda Temple.

83. Balraj Puri: - Noted journalist, writer and human right activists came into news recently as he has been honoured with the prestigious Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration.

84. Nandita Das: - She is famous actress of Bollywood. She came into news recently as she took over as the Chief of he Children’s Film Society of India.

85. Irom Sharmila: - An activist from Manipur, she has been on fast unto death for last nine years. She came into news as she has been repeatedly demanding repeal of Armed Force Special Power Act.

86. Rahul Bhatt: - He is son of film director Mahesh Bhatt. His name came into news recently in connection with David Headly the suspected American terrorist who was arrested for plotting terror attack in India.

87. Leon E Panetta: - He is CIA chief, who recently visited India in connection of David Headly terror probe. He held discussion with top security experts of the country on issue ranging from co-operation on terror, sharing of intelligence and other issues of mutual interest.

88. Stephen Harper: - He is PM of Canada. He recently visited India to boost economic ties between the two countries apart from ironing out differences on a civil nuclear co-operation.

89. Francis Gurry: - He is director of UN World Intellectual Property Organisation. He recently visited India and praised India for its pioneering role in protection of traditional knowledge.

90. H.K.Dua: - He is editor in chief of the Tribune group of news paper. He came into news recently as he has been nominated by the President of India to the Rajya Sabha.

91. Dr. A.K.Ganguly: - He is currently the Chairman of First Source Solutions Limited as well as a member of National Knowledge Commission. He came into news recently as he has been nominated by the President of India to the Rajya Sabha.

92. Sheikh Mujibur Rehman: - He was the founding father of Bangladesh who was killed in a coup. His name came into news recently as Bangladesh Supreme court rejected the appeals of five army officer and confirmed death sentence along with seven others for killing the country’s founding father.

93. Mukesh Ambani: - He came into news recently as US business magazine Forbes has declared him the richest Indian with a fortune of $32 billion.

94. John Boehner: - He is top Republican law maker of US. He came into news recently as he has turned down much coveted invitation from the White House to dine with PM ManMohan Singh.

95. Jose Brasa: - He is currently holding the post of coach of India’s Hockey. He came into news recently as news of revolt against him by some senior members of team appeared in the news paper.

96. Hamid Karzai: - He is President of Afganistan. He came into news recently as he has been re-elected to the post of President after his lone rival withdraw from the contest.

97. Omar Bongo Ondimba: - He was president of Gabon and was world’s longest serving leader, who died away recently .

98. Avtar Singh Makkar: - He is president of SGPC. He came into news recently as he has been re-elected for the post fifth times in a row.

99. Pritibha Devi Singh Patil: - She is president of India. She came into news recently as she has created history by becoming the first women head of state to fly in a fighter jet.

100. Angela Merkel: - She came into news recently as she has been re-elected for four year tenure as Chancellor of Germany.

101. Nelson Mandela; - He was President of South Africa, and came into news recently as in recognition to his contribution to peace UN General Assembly has declared July 18, Mandela birthday as ‘Nelson Mandela International Day.

102. David Coleman Headly : - He is US national who was arrested recently along with Canadian citizen of Pakistan origin Tahawhur Hussain Rana on charges of plotting terror attacks in India at the behest of the LeT.

103. Dr. Rajiv Shah: - A young Indian American who has been recently appointed by Pr. Obama as administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

104. Just. P.D.Dinakaran: - He is the Chief Justice of the Karnataka High court. He came into news recently as his elevation to the Supreme Court came under controversies following charges of land grabbing, acquisition of wealth beyond known means.

105. Hans Raj Bhardwaj: - The former Law minister came into news recently as he has been appointed as the new Governor of Karnataka.

106. Gopal Krishan Pillai: - He came into news recently as he has been appointed as new Home Secretary. He had earlier served as a joint secretary in the Home Ministry.

107. Ramesh Pokhriyal: - The health Minister in the Khanduri Ministry, was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Uttrakhand.

108. Devanand Konwar: - The former Assam Finance Minister was appointed as the governor of Bihar.

109. Nirpuma Rao: - She came into news recently as she has succeeded Mr. Shiv Shankar Menon as the new Foreign Secretary. Ms. Rao is the second woman Foreign Secretary after Ms. Cholika Iyer.

110. Sunil MIttal: -He is chairman and CEO of Bharti Enterprises. He came into news recently as he has been conferred the Global Economy Prize 2009 by the Kiel Institute Germany.

111. Charles Coventry: - He is a cricketer from Zimbabwe. He came into news recently as he has equaled the highest one day international score hitting 194 not out in a match against Bangladesh.

112. Just. K. Kanan: - He is a Judge in Punjab and Haryana High court. He came into news recently as he become the first judge in the country to voluntarily declare his asset public.

113. Somdeve Devaraman: - He is a tennis player. He came into news recently as he become the only player after Leander Paes to qualify for a single match draw in Wimbledon.

114. Avtar Tulsi: - He came into news recently as he had earned a place in Guinese Book of world Records as the youngest post graduate. He earns his doctorate degree in Indian Institute of Science in Physics at an age of 21.

115. Just B. Sudershan Reddy: - He came into news recently as he has been appointed by Rajya Sabha Chairman as the head of the committee for initiating impeachment proceeding against Culcutta High Court Judge Soumitra Sen, accused of corruption and misconduct.

116. Rudi Koertzen: - He came into news recently as he become the first umpire to stand in 200 ODI by officiating in the 2nd ODI between Kenya and Ireland.

117. Geeta Chandran: - She is famous Bhartnatayam dancer. She came into news recently as she was facilitated with Kishor Kumar Kala Ratan Award.

118. Carol Bartz: - She came into news recently as she has been appointed as the next Chief Executive of one of the biggest internet companies.

119. Seema Rai Sharma: - She came into news recently as she along with Ambica Sood became the first women navigators of Indian navy.

120. Prabhash Joshi: - Noted Hindi journalist and founder editor of ‘Jansatta’ passed away recently. He is particularly known for championing the cause of freedom of the press and his work for perfecting professional standards.

121. General Sarath Fonseka: - He came into news recently as he resigned from the post of Chief of Defence staff of Srilanka army and he fight for the president post unsuccessfully.

122. Mohinder Amarnath: - He was one of the india’s greatest all rounders . He came into news recently as he was selected for the C.K.Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award by Cricket Board.

123. Sanya Richard: - US athlete came into news recently as she has been honoured recently with the Female Athlete of the year award 2009.

124. Prof. C.P.Chandrasekhar: - He is JNU professor who came into news recently as he has been presented the Malcolm Adiseshiah Award 2009.

125. Satinder Kumar: - He recently become the first Indian hockey umpire to receive international Hockey Federation Golden Whistle Award for officiating in 100 international matches.

126. Sujata Koirala: - She is daughter of Nepali congress president and former PM G.P. Koirala. She came into news recently as she has been appointed as Deputy PM of Nepal by PM Madhav Kumar Nepal.

127. Yash Pal: - Renowned scientist came into news recently as he has been awarded the UNESCO’s prestigious prize- Kalinga Prize for popularization of science.

128. Hilary Mental : - Britain novelist came into news recently as she has won this year Man Booker Prize for her novel ‘Wolf Hall’.

129. L.K.Advani: - BJP leader came into news recently as he has resigned from the post of leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha and has been elected as the chairman of BJP’s Parliamentary wing.

130. N.D. Tiwari: - He came into news recently as he resigned from the post of Governor Andhra Pradesh after a television channel showed him allegedly in compromising position with women.

131. Stephen Harper: - He is Canadian PM, who visits India recently. He has described India as a safe and reliable country and said that Canada had no reservation in negotiating a civilian nuclear deal with it.

132. V.K.Chopra:- Editor in chief of the Hind Samachar Group came into news recently as he has been elected as the chairman of the Board of Directors of the PTI.

133. Indira Jai Singh:- She came into news recently as she has been appointed as the additional Solicitor General of India. She will be the first women ASG of India.

134. Irina Bokova:- Bulgaria’s former foreign minister came into news recently when she was elected as the first woman to head the UNESCO.

135. Pulela Gopi Chand: - He came into news recently as he become the first person in sports history to have won Arjun Award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratan Award and now Dronacharya award.
136. Richard Holbrooke:- He has been appointed by the Pr. Barak Obama as a special envoy to Pakistan and Afganistan.

137. Martin Luther King III:- The son of Martin Luther King junior, the US civil right leader came into news recently in connection with the his recent visit to India.

138. R.C.Deka: - He came into news in 2009 as he has been appointed as the new director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

139. Nirupum Sen : - The former Indian Ambassador to the UN came into news as she has been appointed Special Senior Advisor to the President of General Assembly.

Places in News

1. Dusit Thain Hua Hin: - It is a famous city in Thailand. It came into news recently in connection with 14th ASEAN Summit

2. IPL-II: - Deccan Chargers beat Royal Challengers Banglore to win the IPL-II at the Wanderers in South Africa.

3. RS-24: - It is a new Russian inter-continental ballistic missile that can defeat America’s missile defence system.

4. Iron Dome: - it is a newly developed anti-rocket system by Israel to protect its civilians from attacks by militant groups Hamas and Hizbullah.

5. i-MiEV: - It is the name of recently developed world first mass-produced zero emission minicar.

6. LCROSS:- Lunar Crater Observation and sensing Satellite of NASA came into news recently as it has found significant amounts of water ice on its surface two month after India’s maiden Chandrayan- I mission discovered traces of water on the moon.

7. AWACS:- AWACS stands for Airborne Warning and Control System. It came into news recently as the first of three AWACS platforms purchased from Israel was formally conducted into the Indian Air Force. AWACS can collect information about troop movements and missile launches.

8. RISAT-2: - Radar Imaging Satellite-2 is primarily a surveillance satellite. It was placed recently in the desired orbit by PSLV-12 along the ANUSAT.

9. ANUSAT:- The ANUSAT which traveled as a co-passanger in the launch of RISAT-2, is India’s first university built satellite by the Anna University, Chennai. It will facilitates the sue of technologies related to message store and forward operations.

10. Maitree Express: - A train service, resumed after a gap of 43 years between Kokkatta and Dhaka. Train service was suspended during the 1965 Indo – Pak war and when Bangladesh was East Pakistan.

11. Auriga Leader: - Auriga Leader is the world’s first green ship. It would use solar power partially. The Ship was unveiled recently at a shipyard in Kobe, Japan.

12. JADOO:- It is the name of 3G service launched by MTNL recently. MTNL has become first telecom operator in the country to launch 3G mobile service.

13. Project snow leapord: - It is an initiative launched recently for strengthening wildlife conservation in the Himalayan High altitude. It will cover J & K, H.P., Uttrakhand, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim.

14. Omid: - It is the name of first domestically made satellite of Iran launched recently. The launch of Omid was hailed as a major step in its space technology.

15. Ibuki: - It is the name of world’s first satellite dedicated recently to monitor greenhouse gas emission by Japan.

16. Change- I: - Change-1 is the name of Chinese’s first lunar probe Satellite impacted on the moon recently.

17. Kepler Telesceope: - was recently launched by NASA to survey a corner of the galaxy in the hope of learning if other planets like earth exist.

18. Belgaum: - The place in Karnataka was in news recently as aerospace and engineering major QuEST Globar has launched here the country’s first aerospace Special Economic Zone.

19. Goyang: - It is a place in South Korea and came into news recently in connection with the world weightlifting Championship. It is for the first time in the history of sports that blood testing has been introduced here.

20. Sharm-el-Sheikh: - It is city in the Egyptian Red sea. It came into news recently in connection with 15th NAM summit.

21. Arihant: - It is the name of recently commissioned indigenous built nuclear powered submarine of India.

22. Gorav: - It is the tentative name given to India’s third permanent research station in Antarctica. It has been recently declared that station will become operational by 2012.

23. Kerry Lugar Bill: - Kerry Lugar bill is related to US aid to Pakistan. US senate recently passed bill aiming at trebling US aid to Pakistan from $50million to $1.5 billion per annum till

24. Port of Spain: - It is the capital city of Trinad and Tobago. It came into news recently in connection with the CHOGM meet.

25. Urmi: - It is the capital of Xinjiang region in China. It came into news recently in connection with the eruption of ethnic riots that left hundreds of peoples dead.

26. Ningxia: - It is a province in China. It came into news recently as India is funding a poverty alleviation project ther.

27. Yekaterinberg: - It is city in Russia, It came into news recently in connection with the first ever official summits of BRIC nations.

28. Pattanam: - It is place in Kerala. It came into news recently as archaeological excavations undertaken here have yielded rich historical dividends.

29. Faridabad: - It is city in Haryana. It came into news recently in connection with UNESCO regional centre for training and education in Biotechnology would be set up here.

30. Lima: - It is the capital city of Peru. It came into news recently in connection with the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.

31. Sasaram: - It is a town in Bihar. It came into news when the Patna High court directed the ASI to initiate measure to protect the 16th century tomb of emperor Sher Shah Suri.

32. Santiago de Cuba: - It was in news recently for the Caricom Summit. Caribian bloc called for end of economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the US against the Republic of Cuba.

33. Poznam: - It is a city in Poland. It was in news in connection with UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

34. Himadri: - It is the country first research station in Arctic. The station is equipped with the state of art facilities and will conduct round the year scientific research in contemporary fields of Arctic science with special emphasis on climatic change.

35. INS Parundu: - It is the name of recently commissioned air station of the Navy. It will take care of the security concerns arising out of Sethusamudram Ship Channel Project.

36. Bandra Worli Sea Link: - The longest sea bridge in the country was recently inaugurated by the UPA Chairperson Ms. Sonia Gandhi. 5.6km long bridge overtook Kolkatta’s VidyaSagar sethu to become the longest bridge in the nation.

37. Solar Guru: - It is the world’s first solar powered mobile phone launched by Samsung India. It allows users to charge battery by using solar energy, once the phone battery runs out of normal electric charge.

38. Bhuvan: - It is the name of new web-based 3D mapping tool launched recently by ISRO. N.T. Exam - 2011 H.P.P.S.C.

39. Orangi Township: - It is a part of Karachi city in Pakistan. It came into news recently as it has surpassed Dharavi to become Asia’s largest slum.

40. Liberhan Commission: - The commission was set up to probe the sequence of events that lead to the Babri Masjid demolition on Dec. 6, 1992. It came into news recently as commission has submitted its report to PM.

41. Raiganj: - It is place in West Bengal. It came into news recently as Government of India has decided to establish AIIMS like institution here.

42. Davos: - It is a city in Switzerland. It came into news in connection with the World Economic Forum.

43. BelemDo Para: - It is a city in Brazil. It was in news in connection with World Social Forum.

44. Ahmedabad: - It is a city in Gujrat. It came into news recently as Chief justice of India has inaugurated the first model e-court in the country here.

45. Colombo: - It is capital city of Srilanka. It came into news recently in connection with SAARC summit here.

46. London: - It is the capital city of England. It came into news recently in connection with G-20 summit. The issue of global economic down turn dominated the proceeding of the summit.

47. Istanbul: - It is a city in Turky. It was in news in connection with the fifth edition of the World Water Forum.

48. Doha: - The capital of Quatar. The city was in news recently in connection with Arab League Summit.

49. Salboni: - It is place in west Bengal. It came into news recently as Rs. 35,000crores J SW Steel plant project was inaugurated here.

50. Unique Identification Authority: - It is a new agency recently set up to provide unique identification numbers to all citizens for accessing various government services. Mr. Nandan Nilekani is appointed as the chairman of UID authority of India.

51. W2M: - It is the first satellite build by Indian Space Research Organisation recently for a foreign customer. With its successful launching India’s space commerce gets a big boost.

52. Ezhimulla: - It is place in Kerala. It came into news recently as PM Dr. Manmohan Sing inaugurates the Indian Naval Academy – Asia’s largest facility in Kannur Disticts here.

53. Wheeler Island: - The island off the Orissa coast came into news recently as India has successfully tested an interceptor missile here for third time. The interceptor shot down a Dhanush missile heading towards the island.

54. Santiago de Cuba:- The place came into news in connection with the 15 nations Caribbean Bloc summit.

55. Lalgarh:- The place in West Bengal came into news when Maoist captured huge swathes and declare it a liberated zones.

56. Waziristan:- Pakistani army recently launched attacks in Waziristan considered as sanctuary of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda and killed a number of militants there.

57. Strasbourg:- French city came into news in connection with NATO summit marred by violent protests.

58. Desert National Parks: - The desert national park in Jodhpur,Rajasthan came into news recently as UNESCO’s world heritage committee place it in the latest tentative list of national heritage properties.

59. Shirdi: - Shirdi came into news recently when Union Minister for new and renewable energy Farooq Abdullah inaugurated the World’s largest Solar Steam which has been installed at Sri Sai Baba Sasthan to cook food for the devotees.

60. Urumqi: - The capital city of china’s Muslim majority Xinjiang region witness the biggest ethnic unrest in China’s recent ethnic history.

61. Rio de Janerio: - The city in Brazil came into news recently as it has been selected to host the 2016 Olympic games after beating Chicago, Tokyo and Madrid.

62. Padang: - The place is situated in Indonesia’s Sumatra island came into news recently as it experienced a powerful earthquake which killed a large number of people.

63. Copenhagen: - Capital of Denmark came into news recently in connection with the UN Climate Change convention held here.

64. Panji: - Capital of Goa came into news recently in connection with the International Film Festival of India held here.

65. Hallargi: - The place in Karnataka came into news recently as India’s first special economic zone dedicated to Aerospace industry was inaugurated here.

66. Kalapattar Plateau: - At an altitudes of 5262m Kalapattar plateau came into news recently as Nepalese Govt. held a cabinet meeting here to highlight the impact of global warming on the Himalayas.

67. Awan Village: - The village in Punjab came into news recently as country’s first commercial 2 MW solar power plant was inaugurated here.

68. INS Arihant: - India’s first indigenously built nuclear powered submarine was recently launched at the ship building center in Visakhapatnam by the PM.

69. Banihal: - The place in J & K came into news as India’s longest rail tunnel, 11km long Pir Panjal tunnel between Bahihal and Quazigund is coming up here. It will connect Kashmir valley with rest of the country.

70. Atlantis Paradise Island: - in Bahamas came into news in connection with Miss Universe contest in which Stefania Fernadez of Venezuela was crowned Miss Universe 2009.

71. National Mission for female Literacy :- It is a renewed effort to make 70 million people – 60 million of them women- functionally literate by 2012 and plug the gender gap that has persisted despite the two decades old literacy drive in mission mode. It was launched recently on September 8, 2009 to mark the international literacy day.

72. PSLV C14: - The ISRO-PSLVC-14 put the country’s 16th remote sensing satellite into the intended orbit. It is the heaviest satellite launched by India so far.

International Organisation

1. FAO: - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is a specialised agency of the UN leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Its Lattin motto, fiat panis, translates into English as "let there be bread". FAO was established on 16 October 1945. In 1951 its headquarters were moved from Washington to Rome.

2. UNESCO: - The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is a specialized agency of the UN on 16 November 1945. Headquarters Paris, France . Its stated purpose is to contribute to PEACE & SECURITY by promoting international collaboration through education, science and culture in order to further universal respect for justice, the rule of law and the human rights and fundamental freedoms proclaimed in the UN charter.

3. WHO: - The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the UN that acts as a coordinating authority on international PUBLIC HEALTH . Established on 7 April 1948, and headquartered in Geneva. The Yellow Card is an international certificate of vaccination (ICV) issued by the WHO.

4. Group of 77: - The Group 77 at the UN is a loose coalition of developing nations , designed to promote its members' collective economic interests and create an enhanced joint negotiating capacity in the United Nations. There were 77 founding members of the organization, but the organization has since expanded to 130 member countries. The group was founded on 15 June 1964 by the "Joint Declaration of the Seventy-Seven Countries" issued at the UNCTAD. The first major meeting was in Algiers in 1967, where the Charter of Algiers was adopted and the basis for permanent institutional structures was begun.

5. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a declaration adopted by the UNGA on 10 December 1948 at Paris. The purpose of the United Nations Human Rights Council, established in 2006, is to address human rights violations.

6. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UNs global development network. The UNDP is an executive board within the UNGA. The UNDP Administrator is the third highest ranking member of the United Nations after the UN Secretary General and Deputy Secretary-General. Headquartered in New York city , the UNDP is funded entirely by voluntary contributions from member nations.

7. Amnesty International was founded in London in July 1961 by English labour lawyer Peter Benenson . It is an international NGO which defines its mission as "to conduct research and generate action to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights & to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated." AIl draws its attention to human rights abuses and campaigns for compliance with international standards.

8. ASEAN: is a geo- political and economic organization of 10 countries located in South East Asia, which was formed on 8 August 1967 by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Since then, membership has expanded to include Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. Its aims include the acceleration of economic growth, social progress, cultural development among its members, the protection of the peace and stability of the region, and to provide opportunities for member countries to discuss differences peacefully.

9. The European Space Agency (ESA), established in 1975, is an intergovernmental organisation dedicated to the exploration of space, currently with 18 member states. Headquartered in Paris,

10. The European Union (EU) is an economic and political union of 27
member states, located primarily in Europe. It was established by the Treaty of Maastricht on 1 November 1993. A common currency, the euro, has been adopted by 17 member states constituting the Eurozone.

11. Human Rights Watch is one of the world's leading international non-governmental organizations that conduct research and advocacy on human rights. Its headquarters are in New York City

12. Interpol, whose full name is the International Criminal Police Organization – INTERPOL, is an organization facilitating international police cooperation. It was established as the International Criminal Police Commission in 1923 .
Headquarters Lyon, France.

13. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an
international organization that oversees the global financial system by following the macroeconomic policies of its member countries, in particular those with an impact on exchange rates and the balance of payments. Its headquarters are located in Washington, D.C., USA.

14. The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is an
international organization of states considering themselves not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc. The movement is largely the brainchild of the first Gamal Abdul Nasser, former president of Egypt, Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito. It was founded in April 1955; as of 2007, it has 118 members. The term "Non-Alignment’ itself was coined by Indian Prime Minister Nehru during his speech in 1954 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. In this speech, Nehru described the five pillars to be used as a guide for Sino-Indian relations, which were first put forth by Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai. Called Panchsheel (five restraints), these principles would later serve as the basis of the Non-Aligned Movement. The five principles were: Mutual respect for each other's territorial integrity and sovereignty. Mutual non-aggression, Mutual non-interference in domestic affairs, Equality and mutual benefit, Peaceful co-existence. The founding leaders of the Non-Aligned states meet in New York in October 1960. Jawaharlal Nehru of India, Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt, Sukarno of Indonesia and Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia. A significant milestone in the development of the Non-aligned movement was the 1955 Bandung Conference, a conference of Asian and African states hosted by Indonesian president Sukarno.

15. UNCTAD: - The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) was established in 1964 as a permanent intergovernmental body. It is the principal organ of the
United Nations General Assembly dealing with trade, investment and development issues.

16. The Commonwealth : The Commonwealth , originally called the British Commonwealth of Nations , is an association of 53 nations and dependencies joined by a common link based on having been parts of the old british empire . The British monarch is the symbolic head of the Commonwealth.The main principle of Commonwealth is to influence international society for the benefits of mankind . The Commonwealth heads of Governments meet (CHOGM) has now acquired international significanceHeadquarter :- London

17. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ( NATO) :- NATO was created on April 4, 1949 , in a treaty signed in Washington by Belgium , France , Canada , Denmark , Iceland , Italy , Luxembourg , Netherland , Norway , Portugal , U.K. and the United states of America. Greece , Spain , Turkey , and West Germany have also joined later 1999 in ; the Czech Republic , Hungary , and polland. In 2004 the NATO welcomed seven new members into its fold . The expension increase the alliance’s membership from 19 to 26 the new members are : Bulgaria , Estonia , Latevia , Lithuania . Romania . Slovakia and slovenia. The members agreed to settle disputes by peaceful means ; to develop there individul and collective capacity to resist armed attack , to regard an attack on one as an attack .Headquarters : Brussels(Belgium)

18. European Economic Community ( EEC) : Established on january 1, 1958 , there ultimate goal is a complete customs union with free flow of goods ,services and labour among all members . Its member are 27 : Belgium , France , Germany , Italy , Luxembourg , Netherlands , Britain , Denmark , Ireland , Greece , Sweden , Finland , Portgual , Spain , Austria . Estonia , Latvia , Lithunia , Slovakia , Solvenia , Polland , Hungry , Check - Republic cyprus , Malta , Bulgeria ,and Romenia .Headquarter : Brussels ( Belgium)

19. Organisation of American States(OAS) :- Established On april 14,1890,posseses 34 member countries. It aims at strengthening peace and security and The continent by promoting cooperation among the member states in human right education, economic and social development and scientific exchanges.Headquarters: Washington

20. The League of Arab states(The Arab League):-The arab league was created on march 22,1945 to strengthen member ties and further promote Arab aspirations there are 21 member countries.Headquqrters :- Cairo, Egypt

21. African Union(AU) :The african Union came in to existence on may 26,2001following its ratification by the required two-third of Organisation of african unity (OAU) member states. The OAU dissolved itself on may 25,2001 to allow for the creation of the african union.The union will be aiming to the 52, african members states politically, socially and economically.Headquarters:Ethopia.

22. Association of South East Asian Nation ( ASEAN) : The ASEAN was formed on August 8, 1967 by Indonesia Thailand , Philipines , Malayasia and Singapore to promote active collaboration and mutual assistance in matters of common interest in the economic , social, cultural , technical , scientific and administrative fields . Later Brunei , Laos , Cambodia , Vietman and Mayanmar joined the organisation .Headquarter : Jakarta (Indonesia)

23. Organiisation Petroleum Exporting countries(OPEC) : The organisation was formed on December 14, 1960 , to control production and pricing of crude oil . Its members are 11 : Algeria , Indonesia , Iran , Iraq , Kuwat , libya , Nigeria , Qatar , Saudi Arabia , United Arab Emirates , and Venuezala .Headquarters : Vienna ( Austria )

24. International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) : Formed in 1923 and reconstituted in 1956 , composed of 181 members countries . it aims at ensuring maximum cooperation between police authorities with the strict exclusion of political , military , religious and racial matter

25. Non Aligned Movement ( NAM) : NAM was formed in 1961 . it has 118 members. The movement is based on the presumption that existance of power bloc is not conducive to world peace . Therefore its members have joned any power bloc.

26. South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) : It was formed on December 8, 1985 by the leaders of the seven countries . at present there are eight members of SAARC namely India , Bangaldesh , Pakistan , Srilanka , Bhutan , Nepal , Maldieves and Afghanistan . Its main objective is to promote the welfare of the peoples of South Asia , to accelerate economic growth , social progress and cultural develoment of the region and to promote collective self-reliance .Headquarter : Kathmandu(Nepal)

27. Asian Development Bank : It is an international financing institution set up in 1966 primarily with the sole object of helping underdeveloped countries in their development plans . It has 44 regional memebers and 17 non regional members .Headquarter : Manila (Phillipines)

28. European Free Trade Association ( EFTA ) : EFTA was formed in May 3 ,1960 , with its main goal of gradual reduvtion of customs duties and quantitative restriction on industrial goods among members . Its members nation are Iceland , Liechtenstein , Norway and Switzerland . Two members of the UK and Denmark left EEFTA in 1973.Head quarter : Geneva ( Switzerland)

29. European Space Agency ( ESA ) : The ESA is an organisation of European countries that engages in space research and technology it was founded in 1975 and the members are Austria , Belgium , Denmark , Finland , France , Germany , Ireland , Italy , Netherlands , Norway , Potugal , Spain , Sweden , Switzerland and the UK .Headquarter : Paris

30. International Committee Of the Red Cross (ICRC ) : Established in 1863 , the ICRC organises care for the victims of war and enforces the various conventions on wartime practices . the ICRC constitutes , with the League of Red Cross Society , the International Red Cross.It has 179 members countries .Headquarter ; Geneva ( Switzerland )

31. Group of Eight : G-8 consist of the eight weathlist nations of the world : the United States of America , Japan , Germanyy , France , the UK , Italy , Cnanada and Russia . The heads of the governments of these eight countries meet annually at different cenues to discuss economic matters and world plitical problems .

32. Group of 77 : The ‘ Group of 77’ is an economic gtoup of Third World countries which was founeder under the auspices of the UNO in 1964 to protect and defend the economic and trade interest of the developing countries . it comprises 135 developing countries from Asia , Africa , and Latin America .

33. Group of Fifteen : G-15 , an economic groupibg of developing countries of Asia African and Latin America countries , was formed in Malaysia in 1990 . The number of G-15 member countries has now swelled to 19 : these are : Algeria , Argrntina , Brazil , Colombia , Egypt , India, Iran Jamacia , Indonesia , Srilanka , Kenya , Malaysia ,Mexico , Nigeria , Peru , Senegal , Venezulea , Serbia and Montenegro and Zimbambwe .

34. Group of Twenty : It is a newly-constituted group of 20 countries including 8 members of G-8 which will deliberate worlds major economic problems . India has been admitted into the Group in view of its economic strength urugue is 21st member of the group.

35. South Commision : Initially known as south-south commission, the south commission, set up by the Non-aligned movement,seeks to safeguard the intrests of the member countries against the discriminatory practies and policies imposed by the international financial institutions and the creditor governments. It has 28 members.Headquarters: Geneva (switzerland). :

36. Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD):- Established on sep. 30, 1961, its aim at encouraging world trade and economic progress and aid under developed nation . it has 30 members countries and headquarters are at france .

37. Asia-Pecific Economic Co-operation ( APEC ) : Founeded on nov. 7, 1989 , in response to the growing inter dependence among Asia-Pecific economies. It promote multilateral trade and economic co-operation between member states . It has 21 member countries and headquarter at Singhapore .

38. NAFTA: - Canada, Mexico, USA formed the North America Free Trade Agreement in Jan, 1994.

39. Collective security Treaty Organisation: in June 2005, Russia and some of its ex allies for CSTO.

40. Shanghai Cooperation Organisation SCO: - came into existence in 1996.

United Nations

1. The UN was founded as a successor to the League of Nations.
2. The term "United Nations" was first used by Winston Churchill & Franklin D. Roosevelt , in the 1942 .
3. On 25 April 1945, the UN Conference on International Organization began in San Francisco, by 50 governments and a number of NGOs in drafting the Charter of the United Nations . The UN officially came into existence on 24 October 1945 upon ratification of the Charter by the five permanent members of the Security Council - France, the Republic of China, the Soviet Union, The U.K. and the USA & by a majority of the other 46 signatories. The first meetings of the General Assembly, and the Security Council, took place in Westminster Central Hall in London in January 1946.
4. With the addition of Montengro on 28 June 2006, there are currently 192 UN Members States including all fully recognized independent States apart from Vatican City which has observer status.
5. The United Nations system is based on six principal organs - the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the Secretariat, and the International Court of Justice & Trusteeship Council (suspended operation in 1994).
6. The six official languages the United Nations, used in intergovernmental meetings and documents, are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish, while the Secretariat uses two working languages, English and French. Five of official languages were chosen when the UN was founded; Arabic was added later in 1973.
7. In 1971 the UN representation of China was changed from the Republic of China to People's Republic of China. The Republic of China is now commonly known as "Taiwan".
8. The first session was convened on 10 January 1946 in the Westminster Central Hall in London and included representatives of 51 nations.
9. The UN SC is charged with maintaining peace and security among countries.
10. The Security Council is made up of 15 member states, consisting of 5 permanent members & 10 non-permanent members.
11. The ten temporary seats are held for two-year terms with member states voted in by the General Assembly on a regional basis. The presidency of the Security Council is rotated alphabetically each month.
12. The Secretariat is headed by the Secretary General, acts as the de facto spokesman and leader of the UN. Envisioned by Franklin D. Roosevelt a "world moderator", the position is defined in the UN Charter the organization's "chief administrative officer"
13. The Secretary-General is appointed by the General Assemby being recommended by the Security Council. The selection can be vetoed any member of the Security Council, and the General Assembly can theoretically override the Security Council's recommendation if a majority vote is not achieved, although this has not happened so far.
14. There are no specific criteria for the post, but over the years it has become accepted that the post shall be held for one or two terms five years, that the post shall be appointed based on geographical rotation, and that the Secretary-General shall not originate from one of the five permanent Security Council member states.
15. The International Court of Justice (ICJ), located in The Hague, Netherlands , the primary judicial organ of the United Nations. Established in 1945 by the United Nations Charter, the Court began work in 1946.
16. The International Criminal Court , began operating in 2002.
17. The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) assists the General Assembly in promoting international economic and social cooperation and development. ECOSOC has 54 members, all of whom are elected by the General Assembly for a three-year term. The president is elected for a one-year term. ECOSOC meets once a year in July for a four-week session.
18. UN does not maintain its own military, peacekeeping forces are voluntarily provided by member states of the UN. The forces, also called the "Blue Helmets", who enforce UN accords are awarded UN Medals . The peacekeeping force as a whole received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1988.
19. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by General Assembly on December 10, 1948.
20. UN Human Rights Council was established in 2006.
21. The MDG are eight goals that all 192 United Nations member states have agreed to try to achieve by the year 2015. This was declared in the UN Milenium Declaration, signed in Sept. 2000.
22. The UN is financed from assessed and voluntary contributions from member states.
25. The Oil-for-Food Programme was established by the UN in 1996 to allow Iraq to sell oil on the world market in exchange for food, medicine and other humanitarian needs of ordinary Iraqi citizens.

conventional G.K.

1. The first Olympic Games were held in 776B.C. The Modern OG were started in 1896.Next OG will be held in Bejing (China) & 2012 Olympic Games will held in London. OG symbols – five rings. OG flag created by Pierre de Coubertin in 1914.
2. World cup Cricket final held at Mumbai . India won the cup by beating Srilanka in final.
3. Largest delta: - Suderbans – 8000sq. miles
4. Highest rainfall- Mawsynram near Cherrapunji in Meghalaya
5. Busiest Bridge:- Howarh Bridge across the river Hoogly.
6. Largest Employer:- Indian railways.
7. Longest railway platform:- Kharagpur, West Bengal.
8. First Woman minister in state:- Vijaylakshmi Pandit.
9. Oldest living language:- Tamil
10. India’s first post office was opened in 1727 KolKata by East India Company.
11. First telegraphic line b/w Kolkata and Diamond Harbour in 1851.
12. India’s telecommunication services started in 1870.
13. Radio broadcasting in India started from Bombay and Kolkatta in the year 1927.
14. The first railway service in India between Bombay and Thana in 1853.
15. India’s first Doordarshan Kendra was established in Delhi on 1959.
16. India’s first silent film is Raja Harish Chandra. It was made by Dada Saheb Phalke in 1913.
17. India’s first talkie is Alam Ara. It was made by Adhesir Irani in 1931.
18. India’s first cinemascope film is ‘Kagaz Ke Phool’. It was made by Guru Dutt in 1959.
19. India’s first regular oilwell was unearthed in Digboi – Assam in 1890.
20. R.N.Tagore became the first noble laureate of India when he won the internationally coveted prize in 1913.
21. Annie Besant became the first woman Pr. Of INC in 1917.
22. Vijay Lakshmi Pandit was the first woman Ambassador of India in 1947-49- U.S.S.R.
23. Omana Abraham of Kottyam is the first women Pr. Of a national Stock Exchange. She was the Pr. Of Cochin stock exchange.
24. Kiran Bedi is the first woman I.P.S. officer of India – 1972.
25. Mother Terasa became the first Indian woman to win Nobel Prize in 1979.
26. First Indian woman to scale Mt. Everest is Bachendri Pal- 1984.
27. Santosh Yadav became the first Indian woman to scale Mt. Everest twice.
28. Rakesh Sharma became the first man to go to the space in 1984.
29. Kalpana Chawala became the first woman and only the third Indian to go to the space. Now Sunita William also joins the list as fourth Indian.
30. First Field Marshall of India:- S.F.F.J. Manek Shah – 1971.
31. First Commander in chief;- General Cariappa.
32. First Indian woman foreign secretary of India: - Chokila Iyer.