Sunday, August 17, 2014

Latest Awards 2014

• Abhishikta S Shetty – Miss South India 2014
• Ahmet Sik (Turkish journalist) – UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2014
• Amitabh Bachchan – India’s Global Icon of the Year
• Amul (Milk Product Brand) – High Performance Brand Award 2013
• Anand Kumar – Ramanujan Mathematics Award 2014
• Anees Salim – The Hindu Prize for Best Fiction 2013
• Angela Merkel – Israel’s highest civilian honour (the “Medal of Distinction”)
• APJ Abdul Kalam – honorary degree from University of Edinburgh
• Arogya Swami Joseph Paulraj – 2014 Marconi Society Prize
• Assamese Film Ekhon Nedekha Nadir Xipaare (As River Flows) – Audience choice award in North Carolina film festival
• Bharat Gupta – Youth Achievers Award
• Bipan Chandra – Itihas Ratna Award 2014
• Caparo Group – International Business of the Year award 2014
• Chandi Prasad Bhatt – Gandhi Peace Prize (2013)
• Cristiano Ronaldo – world’s best soccer player for the 2012/2013 season (FIFA)
• Cyrus Mistry – DSC prize for South Asian literature
• Donna Tartt (for the book Goldfinch) – Pulitzer Prize 2014 (Fiction)
• Dr Sumeet Chugh – Simon Dack Award
• Dr. Tej Vir Singh – UNWTO Ulysses Prize for Excellence 2013 in the Creation and Dissemination of Knowledge
• Gabriela Isler – Miss Universe 2013
• Govind Mishra (for the book Dhool Paudho Par) – Sarawasti Samman (2013)
• Gulzar – Dadasaheb Phalke Award 2013
• Gyan Correa – Gollapudi Srinivas National Award 2013
• Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) – Navaratna award
• ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund – Morningstar India‘s best fund house award in the debt
• Iwao Hakamada – WBC honorary Championship Belt
• Javed Aktar – Sahitya Akademi Award 2013
• Jeev Milkha Singh (for the book Lava) – Asian Tour‘s Player of the Decade
• Jhumpa Lahiri (for the book Lowland) – Baileys Prize 2014(Shortlisted)
• Kapil Dev – C. K. Naidu Award
• Kathy Cross – First woman to be inducted in an ICC umpires’ panel
• Kerala Tourism – United Nations Award
• Killa (a Marathi film) – Crystal Bear (Glasernen Bar)Award at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.
• Koyal Rana – 51st Femina Miss India
• Laxmi (an acid attack victim) – International Women of Courage Award, US
• Lewis Hamilton – Chinese F1 Grand Prix
• Lingaiah Nagarapu – STF Best Scientist Award
• Luis Suarez – PFA Player of the year
• Madan Babu – Protein Science Young Investigator Award 2014
• Malala Yousafzai – Children’s Nobel Prize (Nominated)
• Mathangi Sathyamurthy – M S Subbulakshmi Award
• Meb Keflezighi – First US male athlete to win the Boston Marathon
• Meera Chandrasekhar – Robert Foster Cherry Award for Teaching 2014
• Mitchell Johnson – Allan Border medal
• Mitul Kadakia – Gregory Braden Memorial Fellow of the Year Award 2014
• MS Dhoni – UK’s 2014 Asian Award
• N R Narayana Murthy (Infosys) – Canada India Foundation Chanchalani Global Indian Award 2014
• Nadine Angerer – Best women’s football player in the world (2013)
• Nirendranath Chakraborty – Sunil Gangopadhyay Memorial Award (2012)
• Pankaj Mishra – Windham Campbell Literature Prize 2014 (Non-Fiction)
• Pope Francis – Time Person of the year 2013
• Pranab Mukherjee – Award of Honor from Rotary International
• Prof C N R Rao – Bharat Ratna
• Prof Stuart Parkin – Millennium technology Prize 2014
• Queen Latifah – 2014 Matrix Award
• Rajesh Gopakumar – 23rd G D Birla Award for scientific research (2013)
• Rajiv Gandhi International Airport – Sword of Honour award
• Ramesh Agrawal – Goldman Prize
• Ratan Tata – UK’s highest civilian award (Knight Grand Cross)
• Richard Quest – UNWTO Award for Lifetime Achievement 2013
• Sachin Tendulkar – Bharat Ratna
• Sachin Tendulkar – Cricketer of Generation Award
• Sankha Ghosh – Sunil Gangopadhyay Memorial Award (2013)
• Shigeru Ban – Pritzker Architecture Prize 2014
• Shikhar Dhawan – Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year
• Shubhranshu Choudhary – Digital activism award
• Sikkim – National Tourism Award
• Silent Screams : India’s Fight Against Rape (documentary) – New York Festivals TV & Film Awards 2014
• Sourav Ganguly – Honorary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) degree by BESU
• Sriprakash KS – Asia Pacific Academy Award
• Stanislas Wawrinka – Monte Carlo Masters Title
• Swraj Paul – International Business of the Year award 2014
• TCS – Top Employer in Europe
• Tomas Halik – Templeton Prize 2014
• Vijay Seshadri – Pulitzer Prize 2014 (Poetry)
• Vishwanath Tripathi – Vyas Samman 2013
• Yakov Grigorevich Sinai – Abel Prize 2014
• Yushi (Taiwanese poet) – Thiruvalluvar award

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Important Battles And Wars In India

Battle of Hydaspes 326 B.C.—Alexander the Great, defeated Porus, the Paurava king. Impressed
by the valour of Porus, ultimately Alexander returned his kingdom to him.

Battle of Kalinga 261 B.C.—Ashoka defeated the king of Kalinga. Ashoka embraced Buddhism
and preached it during the rest of his life after this war.

First Battle of Tarain or Thaneswar A.D. 1191 Prithvi Raj Chauhan defeated Mohammed

Ghori. Second Battle of Tarain A.D. 1192—Mohammed Ghori defeated Prithvi Raj Chauhan. Ghori’s victory paved the way for the establishment of Muslim rule in India.

First Battle of Panipat 1526—Babur defeated Ibrahim Lodhi. This laid the foundation of the Mughal rule in India.

Battle of Khanwah 1527—Babar defeated Rana Sanga of Mewar. This battle resulted in the
defeat of the powerful Rajput confederacy.

Second Battle of Panipat 1556—Bairam Khan (Akbar’s General) defeated Hemu (the Hindu
General and right-hand man of Mohd. Adil Shah). It also ended the Afghan Rule and Mughal Rule
began instead.

Battle of Talikota 1564- 65—United alliance between Bijapur, Bidar, Ahmednagar and Golkonda
under Hussain Nizam Shah defeated Ram Raja of Vijayanagar. It destroyed the Hindu Kingdom of

Battle of Haldighati 1576—Akbar’s forces headed by Raja Man Singh defeated Rana Pratap, the
brave Rajput king. Though defeated, Rana Pratap refused to accept Mughal authority and carried on
warfare till his death.

Battle of Plassey 1757—The English under Lord Clive defeated Siraj-ud-Daulah.It brought
Muslim Rule in Bengal to an end and laid foundations of the British Rule in India.

Battle of Wandiwash 1760—The English defeated the French. The battle sealed the fate of the
French in India and paved the way for English rule in India.

Third Battle of Panipat 1761—Ahmed Shah Abdali defeated Marathas. It gave a terrible blow to
the Maratha power. It made the field clear for the English.

Battle of Buxar 1764—Fought in 1764 between the forces of the English and the combined
forces of Mir Qasim, Shuja-ud-Daulah (Nawab of Oudh) and the Mughal Emperor Shah Alam. The
English victory at Buxar finally riveted the shackles of the Company’s rule upon Bengal.

First Mysore War (1767- 68)—In 1768, Haider Ali was defeated by the English relinquishing all
his rights over Mysore in favour of the English.

Second Mysore War 1780— A grand alliance between Haider Ali, the Nizam and the Marathas
was formed and Haider Ali. He defeated the English and took possession of Arcot and became the
undisputed master of the Carnatic.

Third Mysore War 1790- 92—Fought between the English and Tipu Sultan. Tipu Sultan had to
submit and was compelled to sign the Treaty of Seringapattam stripped him of half his territory.

Fourth Mysore War 1799—The British forces under Arthur Wellesley defeated Tipu Sultan, which brought the end of the Tipu Sultan. Maratha War 1803-05—It weakened the Maratha power. The
English annexed Tanjore, Surat and Carnatic.

Fourth Maratha War 1817- 18—The British forces defeated Marathas and this campaign finally extinguished the Maratha Empire.

Battle of Cheelianwala 1849—Forces of the East India Company under Lord Hugh Gough defeated the Sikhs under Sher Singh.

Burmese War 1885—As a result of this War, the whole of Burma was occupied by the English and
made a part of India.

Afghan War III 1919—As a result of this War, Treaty of Rawalpindi was signed by which Afghanistan was recognised as an independent State.

lndo-Pak War 1965—This was Pakistan’s second attack on India. While India had the upper hand, the fighting was brought to a stop by a call for ceasefire issued by the Security Council. Later on, Tashkent accord was signed between the two nations.

lndoPak War Dec 1971—Pakistan started the war attacking India on Dec 3. India defeated Pakistan
on all fronts. Pakistani occupation forces, numbering about one lakh, in East Bengal (Bangladesh) surrendered. Bangladesh emerged as an independent nation.

First in India - Men

First Indian to swim across the English Channel ----Mihir Sen
First to Climb Mount Everest ------Tenzing Norgay
First to climb Mount Everest without Oxygen -----------Phy Dorjee
First Indian to join I.C.S. (I.C.S. now IAS) ---------Satyendra Nath Tagore
First Indian to get Nobel Prize ----------Rabindra Nath Tagore
First Indian in Space (first Indian cosmonaut) -------------Sqn. Ldr. Rakesh Sharma
First British Governor General ----------Warren Hastings
First Governor General of Free India ------------Lord Mountbatten
First and the last Governor General of free India -----------C. Rajagopalachari
First President of India ------------Dr. Rajendra Prasad
First Vice-President of India ------------Dr. S. Radhakrishnan
First Muslim President of India ------------Dr. Zakir Hussain
First Sikh President of India ------------Giani Zail Singh
First Prime Minister ------------Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru
First Speaker of Lok Sabha ------------G.V. Mavlankar
First Chief Justice of India Justice ------------H.L. Kania
First President of Indian National Congress ------------W.C. Bannerjee
First Indian to become member of Viceroy's Executive Council ------------Lord S.P. Sinha
First Indian to become President of International Court of Justice ------------Dr. Nagendra Singh
First Emperor of Moghul Dynasty ------------Babar
First Field Marshal ------------S.H.F.J. Manekshaw
First Indian Commander-in-Chief of India ------------Gen. K.M. Cariappa
First Chief of the Army Staff (Indian) ------------Sinhji
First Chief of the Naval Staff (Indian) ------------Vice Admiral R.D. Katari
First Chief of the Air Force Staff (India) ------------Subroto Mukherjee
First Indian in British Parliament ------------Dada Bhai Nauroji
First Indian recipient of Victoria Cross (highest award before independence)------------Khudada Khan
First Indian to circumnavigate the globe ------------Lt. Col K.S. Rao
First Indian to reach the South Pole ------------Col J.K. Bajaj (1989)
First Indian to make a solo air flight ------------JRD Tata
First Indian to visit England ------------Raja Rammohan Roy (1832)
First Indian Member of House of Lords (British) ------------Lord S.P. Sinha
First Bar-at-Law ------------J.M. Tagore
First Chairman of Rajya Sabha ------------Dr. S. Radhakrishnan (1952 - 62)
First Indian Test Cricketer ------------K.S. Ranjitsingh
First Air Marshall ------------Arjan Singh
First Judge to face impeachment in the Lock Sabha Justice ------------V.Ramaswami (1993)
Fastest Shorthand writer ------------Dr. G.D. Bhist (250 wpm)

Books and Authors – Updates

1. Wedding Album : Girish Karnad
2. Where are You Going, You Monkeys : Ki Rajanarayanan
3. Street Singers of Lucknow and Other Stories : Qurratulain Hyder
4. The Value of Kashmir : John Isaac
5. Swami Vivekananda in America - New Findings : Asim Chaudhuri
6. Termites in The Trading System – How Preferential Agreements Undermine Free Trade :
Jagdish Bhagwati
7. Indian Memsahib :  Sachita Malik
8. Falling through The Roof :  Thubten Samphel
9. Multiple City - Writings on Bangalore :  Aditi de
10. Imagining India – Ideas for the Now Century :  Nandan Nilekant
11. The Rozabal Line :  Ashwin Sanghi
12. Indian Theatre in 21stCentury :  Utpal K Banerjee
13. Daughters of Shame :  Jasvinder Sanghera
14. Delhi: India in One City :  Utpal K Banerjee
15. Divya :  Yashpal
16. Life is Perfect :  Hamani Dalmia
17. The Inheritance :  David Sengar
18. The Associate :  John Grisham
19. Cutting for Stone :  Abraham Verghese
20. 3 Zakia Mansion :  Gouri Dange
21. Recovering the Frontier State :  Rasul Bakhsh Rais
22. Batman RIP :  Grant Morrison and Tony S Daniel
23. Next Door :  Jahnavi Barua
24. In Other Rooms, Other Wonders :  Moni Mohsin and Daniyal Mueenuddin
25. Michelle Obama : First Lady of Hope :  Elizabeth Lightfoot
26. My China Diary 1956-88 :  K Natwar Singh
27. The Lost Flamingos of Bombay :  Siddharth Dhavant Shanghvi
28. From Poverty to Power :  Duncan Green
29. Women of Pride : The Devadasi Heriage :  Lakshmi Vishwanathan
30. Our Story Begins :  Tobias Wolff
31. Unaccustomed Earth :  Jhumpa Lahiri
32. Demons in the Spring :  Joe Meno
33. Obama : The Historic Journey :  Jill Abramson and Bill Killer
34. Politics of Inclusion : Castes, Minorities and Affirmative Action :  Zoya Hasan
35. Sonia – A Biography :  Rasheed Kidwai
36. Revolt : A Left Appraisal – Edited By :  Sitaran Yechuri
37. A Better India : A Better World :  N R Narayana Murthy
38. The Wasted Vigil : Nadeem Aslam
39. Madhavrao Scindia : A Life : Vir Sanghvi and Namita Bhandare
40. Burnt Shadows :  Kamila Shamsie
41. Piercing the Heart : Unheard Voices of 26/11 :  Simran Sodhi
42. Solo :  Rana Dasgupta
43. Cappuccino Dusk : Kankana Basu
44. Getting a Grip on My Body, My Mind, My Self :  Monica Seles
45. Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi :  Geoff Dyer
46. The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun :  JRR Tolkien
47. India and the Global Financial Crisis : Managing Money and finance :  Y V Reddy
48. The Story of My Assassins :  Tarun J Tejpal
49. Indian by Choice :  Amit Dasgupta
50. Kapoors : The First Family of Indian Cinema :  Madhu Jain
51. Certain Girls :  Jennifer Weiner
52. Fidali’s Way :  George Mastras
53. In Other Rooms, Other Wonders :  Daniyal Mueenuddin
54. Little Man From the East :  Major General (Retd) MK Paul
55. Monster : Allan Hall
56. Baulsphere : Mimlu Sen
57. Notes from a Small Room : Ruskin Bond
58. Boys will be Boys :  Ruskin Bond
59. Unleashing India :  Veerappa Desai
60. Six Graves to Munich :  Mario Puzo
61. SMG : A Biography of Sunil Manohar Gavaskar :  Devendra Prabhudesai
62. The Winner Stands Alone : Paulo Coelho
63. Listening to Grasshoppers Field : Notes on Democracy :  Arundhati Roy
64. Solo :  Rana Dasgupta
65. The Wasted Vigil :  Nadeem Aslam
66. Cappuccino Dusk :  Kankana Basu
67. Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi :  Geoff Dyer
68. The Future of Cricket : The Rise of Twenty 20 :  John Buchanan
69. Musharraf – The Years in Power :  Murtaza Razvi
70. India and the Global Financial Crisis :  Y V Reddy
71. Widows, Renunciation and Social Self :  Bandana Majumdar
72. The Zigzag Way :  Anita Desai
73. The Judge Speaks :  Justice AR Lakshmanan
74. Shadow Across the Playing Field :  Shaharyar Khan and Shashi Tharoor
75. I Am Another You : Priya Kumar
76. Radical Trust :  Joe Healey
77. Straight Drive : Sunil Gavaskar
78. Jinnah : India, Partition, Independence :  Jaswant Singh
79. Glenn Mc Grath : Line and Strength :  GlennMc Grath and Daniel Lane
80. New Delhi : Making of a Capital :  Malvika Singh and Rudrangshu Mukherjee


1. Google — Larry Page & Sergey Brin
2. Facebook— Mark Zuckerberg
3. Yahoo— David Filo & Jerry Yang
4. Twitter— Jack Dorsey & Dick Costolo
5. Internet— Tim Berners Lee
6. Linkdin— Reid Hoffman, Allen Blue& Koonstantin Guericke
7. Email— Shiva Ayyadurai
8. Gtalk— Richard Wah kan
9. Whatsapp — Laurel Kirtz
10. Hotmail— Sabeer Bhatia
11. Orkut— Buyukkokten
12. Wikipedia— Jimmy Wales
13. You tube— Steve Chen, Chad Hurley & JawedKarim
14. Rediffmail— Ajit Balakrishnan
15. Nimbuzz— Martin Smink & Evert Jaap Lugt
16. Myspace— Chris Dewolfe & Tom Anderson
17. Ibibo — Ashish Kashyap
18. OLX— Alec Oxenford & Fabrice Grinda
19. Skype— Niklas Zennstrom,Janus Friis & Reid Hoffman
20. Opera— Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner & Geir lvarsoy
21. Mozilla Firefox— Dave Hyatt & Blake Ross
22. Blogger— Evan Willam Belli


Andhra Kesari - T. Prakasam
Akbar of Kashmir- Jainul Abdin
Anna - C. N. Annadurai
Bapu, Mahatma, Father of Nation -Mohan Das Karam Chand Gandhi
Bangabandu - Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Babu Ji - Jag Jeevan Ram
Badshah Khan, Frontier Gandhi- Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan
Bihar Kesari- Dr. Srikrishna Singh
Bengal Kesari - Ashutosh Mukherji
Bengali Tiger - Bipin Chandra Pal
Bird man of India - Salim Ali
Bard of Avon- William Shakespeare
Chacha, Pandit ji- Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru
C. R. / Rajaji - C. Rajagopalachari
Deen Bandhu - C.F Andrews
Desh Bandhu - C. R. Das
Desh Ratna, Ajatshatru - Dr. Rajendra Prasad
Enlightened One - Lord Buddha
Father of Indian Unrest, Maratha Kesari - Bal Gangadhar Tilak
Father of the Local Self-Government Lord Rippon
Father of Medicine - Hippocrates
Grand Old Man of India- Dadabhai Naoroji
Grandfather of Indian Films - Dhundiraj Govind Phalke
Gurudev, Kaviguru, Vishwa Kavi - Rabindranath Tagore
Guru Ji- M. S. Golvalkar
Grand old man of Indian Journalism- Tushar Kanti Ghosh
Indian Bismarck, Laoh Purush- Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel
Indian Einstein - Nagarjuna
Indian Shakespeare- Kalidasa
Indian Machiavelli- Chanakya
Indian Napoleon- Samudragupta
JP, Lok Nayak - Jayaprkash Narayan
Jana nayak- Karpuri Thakur
Lion of Punjab, Punjab Kesari- Lala Lajpat Rai
Lion of Kashmir- Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah
Lady with the lamp- Florence Nightingale
Lokmanya- Bal Gangadhar Tilak
Mahamana, Prince of Beggars- Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya
Man of Destiny - Napoleon Bonaparte
Martin Luther of India - Dayanand Saraswati
Man of Iron, Strong Man of India- Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel
Man of Peace - Lal Bahadur Shastri
Mysore Tiger - Tippu Sultan
Neta Ji, Patriot of Patriots- Subhas Chandra Bose
Nightingale of India- Sarojani Naidu
Parrot of India, Tota-e-hind- Amir Khusrau
Prince of Martyrs, Sahid-e-Azam- Bhagat Singh
Prince of Builders- Shahjahan
Prince of Autobiography -Babur
Prince of Money Makers - Muhammad bin Tughlaq
Poet's Poet - Edmund Spencer
Rajashree - Purushottam Das Tandon
Scourage of God - Chengiz khan
Sage of Kanchi - Sankaracharya
Sparrow - Major General Rajinder Singh
Tau- Chaudhury Devi Lal
Young Turk - Chandra Sekhar