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Saturday, December 4, 2010

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March 2010

1.      Nokia to acquire mobile browser Novarra
2.      Sri Lanka to host 11th International Indian Film Academy awards and Twenty20 match between Bollywood stars and Asian cricketers during 3day event.
3.      IIFA Award function to be held at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium between June 2nd and 4th  2010
4.      Two new IPL teams announced for next season. Sahara won the Pune team for Rs.1702 crore and Rendezvous Sports won the Kochi team for Rs.1533 crore
5.      TCS wins Malaysia Airlines contract
6.      Google sure to shut China search engine
7.      Manmohan Singh to be presented Appeal of Conscience Foundation 2010 World Statesman Award in September in New York
8.      China wants high-speed rail link to India
9.      Invitational World Archery: Indian's grab 2 gold
10.  Hero Honda to set up second plant in Rajasthan
11.  S Ramadorai is set to become non-executive Chairman of the Bombay Stock Exchange
12.  Sachin named most influential Indian Sportsperson
13.  Kapil Dev inducted into ICC Hall of Fame
14.  Chandrayaan-I finds ice near moon's north pole
15.  ANZ - Australia and New Zealand Bank gets nod to open branches in India
16.  Muralitharan to retire from Test cricket and quit from all forms of game after 2011 World Cup
17.  Brij Mohan Bansal to take over as IndianOil Chairman
18.  First International tourism police station opened in Kerala
19.  3 Idiots wins BEST FILM at Filmfare Awards 2010
20.  Murali Vijay and Abhimanyu Mithun debuts for India in One Day International cricket
21.  BSNL to launch money transfers on Mobile
22.  M.F. Hussain gets Qatar nationality
23.  Ernst and Young selected as consultant for UIDAI
24.  RBI fines Bank of Rajasthan for violation of directions with regard to acquisition of immovable properties and deletion of records in bank's IT systems
25.  Air India to get first Boeing 787 in April 2011

May 2010
1.      Jennifer Lopez named style icon of the decade
2.      Atul Khare, former Indian Foreign Service Officer, as Assistant Secretary-General for
Peacekeeping Operations
3.      Biswadip Mitra takes charge as ISA Chairman for 2010-11
4.      Reliance launches India's first Mobile Jockey Portal
5.      World's smallest and lightest telemedicine microscope, of the size of a large egg has been developed to improve healthcare
6.      RBI approves Nokia mobile money transfer in India
7.      Bharti Airtel appoints Drew Kelton as President - Enterprise Services(India and South Asia)
8.      Abhay Singavi has been appointed as CEO of Narayana Hrudayalaya
9.      State Bank of India to tie up with Elavon and Visa for merchant acquiring business(facilitation of payment through debit or credit card at retail outlets)
10.  FlyDubai to launch India operations
11.  Bill Gates to adopt Gularia village in Khagaria from the state of Bihar
12.  David Cameron has been elected as British Prime Minster
13.  Microsoft launches Office 2010
14.  Rajasthan launches e-Speech Application(data migration, text-to-speech conversion in local languages and voice message transmission) to the under-privileged using mobile phones
15.  World champion Viswanathan Anand retained his crown winning the World Chess Championship title against Veselin Topalov of Russia
16.  World's first gold-dispensing ATM, now at Dubai's Emirates Palace
17.  Shriram Transport to enter into construction equipment finance
18.  Bharti Retail has appointed Mr.Andrew Levermore as Chief Operating Officer who will lead operations starting July 2010 for Easyday and Easyday market stores across India
19.  Former Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat suffering from lung infection, died of cardiac arrest
20.  Ratan Tata honoured with the 2010 CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award for his outstanding leadership, vision and professional excellence
21.  Somdev Devvarman becomes first Indian in 13years to qualify for the men's singles event of French Open 2010
22.  Mark Webber wins Monaco Grand Prix
23.  Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer to win the Madrid title
24.  England wins first-ever world title - World Twenty20 Cup
25.  India, South Korea declared joint winners in Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament as the match was called off due to rain
26.  Indian-origin Kamla Persad-Bissessar has been elected the first woman Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago
27.  Punjab National Bank ties up with Oriental Insurance Company Limited to offer a floater Health Insurance Policy
 June 2010
1.    Mr.M.R.Bhat General Manager of Corporation Bank has been awarded Dun and Bardstreet's CTO(Chief Technology Officer) Award 2009
2.    Tata Motors inaugurated the world's cheapest car the Nano's manufacturing facility at Sanand, Gujarat
3.          Mr.Soiles Bhattacharya Director(Finance), will take charge as the Interim Chairman of SAIL as Mr.S.K.Roongta completed his term on May 31st 2010
4.    Orchid Pharma acquires US company Karalex
5.       Reliance Industries acquires ISP Infotel for Rs.4,800crore
6.       Bharti Airtel completes $10.7 billion Zain Africa deal
7.       IDBI opened its first overseas branch in Dubai, at the Dubai International Finance Centre
8.       Indian Depository Receipts(IDR) of UK based bank Standard Chartered lists in BSE and NSE
9.       FIFA World Cup 2010 kicks off in South Africa on June 10th 2010
10.  Cactus plant(Cereus peruvianus), grown near SDM College of Dental Sciences near Sattur,Dharwad,India enters Guinness Book of world Records as the tallest Plant measuring a height of 78.8 feet
11.  Facebook to open first centre in Hyderabad
12.  Country's first 3-MW solar photo volatic plant opens at Kolar in Bangarpet taluk, Karnataka
13.  Prithvi-II successfully test-fired off Orissa coast
14.  Vijay Malya wins Rajya Sabha polls from Karnataka
15.  Paswan,Pratap Rudy have won Rajya Sabha seats from Bihar
16.   Sachin Tendulkar to become Indian Air Force's honorary rank of Group Captain
17.   Australia gets Julia Gillard as first female Prime Minister
18.   Former union minister Digvijay Singh dies in London
19.   Rupee all set to join elite currency club
20.  World's largest gold coin sold for $4.02 million
21.   Saina Nehwal beat Taiwan's Tzu Ying Tai to win the Singapore Super Series Title and moves upto World No.3
22.   Longest match record smashed at Wimbledon 2010: Nicolas Mahut and John Isner 59-59 at 5th set yet unfinished, play was suspended as they ran out of daylight. John Isner won the match at 70-68 on the following day.
23.   India wins Asia Cup 2010
24.  Vijaya Bank launches online trading services
25.   First electric locomotive with head-on-generation, manufactured by Chittaranjan Locomotive Works launched for Indian Railways
26.   Punjab National Bank opens its first bio-metric ATM at Thrikkakara in Ernakulam  (Bio-metric ATM: Recognises fingerprints of the card holder and eliminating the need of entering PIN number. Denominations of Rs.50, Rs.100, Rs.500 and Rs.1,000 could be withdrawn from the same)
27.   Saina Nehwal clinches Indonesian Open Title, third in a row
July 2010
1.      Sharad Pawar becomes 2nd Indian and 7th International Cricket Council President to succeed David Morgan
2.      Muralitharan to retire from Test Cricket (after Galle Test against India)
3.      Mr.Neil Mills will be the new Chief Executive Officer of SpiceJet Airways
4.      An ATM to dispense pasteurised milk packets and curd by inserting a smart card in Kochi, Kerala Solar-powered plane completes its first 24-hour test run(flying on solar power during nighttime)
5.      Federer out of Wimbledon 2010 after defeat to Berdych
6.      Nadal wins the Wimbledon 2010 men's Single title
7.      Serena Williams wins the Wimbledon 2010 woman's single title
8.      Cara Black and Leander Paes wins the Wimbledon 2010 mixed doubles title
9.      MS Dhoni signs Rs.200 crore deal with Rhiti Sports
10.  Imran Khan becomes fourth Pakistani to be inducted into ICC Hall of Fame
11.  Spain beat Holland 1-0 to win maiden FIFA World Cup
12.  P.T.Usha(to head panel for Khel Ratna and Arjuna awards) has been named chairperson of the selection committee for 2010's National Sports award
13.  Hockey icon Ashok Kumar to head the panel to pick the Dronacharya Awards
14.  Samta Kumari, a 28 year old of Uttar Pradesh becomes 5th woman train engine driver in India
15.  Rudi Koertzen (108 Tests, 209 ODI's and 14 T20I's) to officiate in final Test match where Pakistan take on Australia in the MCC Spirit of Cricket Test match at Headingley, Leeds
16.  Former captain Pragat Singh of Indian hockey team files nomination for Hockey India President post
17.  Pune to host 2010 World Billiards Chamionship
18.  Mir Ranjan Negi former goal keeping coach of India's Women's Hockey team to Coach Indian Women Hockey Team
19.  Ponting becomes 2nd batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to score 12,000 Test runs against Pakistan
20.  South African Cricketer of the Year Award :- Hashim Amla named Test Cricketer and South African Cricketer of the year
21.  AB de Villiers was named 'ODI Cricketer of the Year'
22.  Charl Langeveldt received 'International Pro20 Cricketer of the Year' award
23.  Ryan McLaren received Newcomer of the Year Award
24.  Mumbaikar Akanksha Sarda becomes first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the International
25.  UIDAI has selected Accenture, Mahindra Satyam-Morpho and L1 Identity Solutions to implement the core biometric identification system in for the 'Aadhaar' programme
26.  India successfully tests ballistic missile interceptor from a defence base in Orissa at Chandipur on sea shore of Balasore
27.  Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit to be awarded Lokmanya Tilak award for her contribution to the progress of people and the country
28.  India's ace shuttler Saina Nehwal has been selected from the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award which will be given on August 29th 2010 by the President Pratibha Patil
29.  Suresh Raina becomes 12th Indian to get Test hundred on debut


August 2010
1.      The Central Provincial Council in Kandy, Colombo has decided to name the 2010 World Cup venue as the Muttaih Muralitharan International Cricket Stadium
2.      Somdev Devvarman becomes 2nd Indian after Leander paes to break into the top-100 of ATP rankings, reaching a career-high 96th with total points of 540 as on 2nd August 2010
3.      Eric Tindill was the oldest surviving New Zealand International Rugby and Test cricketer died at the age of 99 and 226 days. The only New Zealander to be capped in both Rugby and Cricket
4.      Stephane Rousson designs World's 1st (pedal-boat) Scubster submarine, unveiled in France
5.      Singapore Youth Olympic Games to he held between 14th to 26th August 2010
6.      3rd Edition of the Chennai Marathon, organised in the aid of Givelife charity to be held on 29th August 2010. The theme of the very event to be 'My city, My pride'
7.      Viktor Rothlin has won men's marathon for Switzerland's first gold at the European Championships
8.      India finishes 2-1 to clinch the bronze medal in the inaugural Asian Women Champions Trophy hockey tournament at Busan, South Korea
9.      India's 7th fastest supercomputer at a computation(HPC) cluster 1.5 Tera Byte memory and 30TB storage space cluster capacity 'Annapurna' was unveiled at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences(IMSc) in Chennai
10.  Sharath Kamal became 1st Indian to breach the top-50 of the World ranking to be placed at 45th, after winning US Open and Egypt Open Table Tennis Tournament
11.  Vidya Stokes has been elected Hockey India President defeating former national captain Pargat Singh
12.  Nokia adopts 5 villages(Pure Rajaram, Pure Tilak Ram, Bhalbhara Khera, Baletha and Poore Chamaar) in the Raebareli area of Uttar Pradesh to distribute free mobile handsets and to give Rs.200 worth prepaid top-up every month. Nokia has partnered with Idea Cellular and Datamation Foundation, an NGO for implementation
13.  'Solar tsunami' may hit Earth anytime, Scientists
14.  Mobile phone now can be used as credit card, global credit card giant Visa has collaborated with Turkey's Akbank to bring out the technology called 'payWave', developed by DeviceFidelity. (payWave: Technology to be used to store bank information in memory cards placed in mobile phone)
15.  Ratan Tata conferred as 'Businessman of the Decade Award' on behalf of Indo-Israeli Chambers of Commerce
16.  Priyanka Chopra has been appointed as the National Ambassador of UNICEF and would support in promoting child rights
17.  Tejaswini Sawant becomes first Indian woman shooter to win a gold medal at World Championships
18.  Iran's first atomic power plant gets ready for activation outside the port city of Bushehr
19.  Woman wrestler Pooja Dhanda becomes the first Indian medalist (Silver) at the Youth Olympic Games
20.  AR Rahman launches Commonwealth Games(CWG) 2010 theme song
21.  Bangalore to host ICC awards ceremony on October 6th 2010
22.  Miss Mexico Jimena Navarrete has been crowned Miss Universe 2010
23.  MPEDA - Marine Products Export Development Authority
24.  Arjun Atwal becomes first Indian-born player to win USPGA Tour
25.  Mother Teresa's birth centenary celebrations begins in Kolkata
26.  Russian tennis star Sharapova has been named world's highest paid athlete
27.  Commonwealth Games(October 3rd to 14th 2010) theme song 'Jiyo Utho Badho Jeeto' has been unveiled by Oscar-winning composer A.R.Rahman.

September 2010
1.      SBI's Branch at Kohinoor Banjara Premium banking Centre takes Rs.1 crore to open an account and that too on an invitation only.
2.      2011 edition of the International Indian Film Academy Awards(IIFA) would be held in the North American city of Toronto
3.      M.S.Swaminathan, one of the pioneers of the Green Revolution in India, will receive an honorary doctorate from Canadian's University of Alberta for his contribution to food security in the world
4.      Indian Broadcasting Foundation, the apex of television channels has appointed Star India CEO Uday Shankar as President
5.      China-based ZTE bags $64 million WiMax deal from BSNL
6.      Vettori named New Zealand player of the year
7.      India test fired BrahMos cruise missile from the Integrated Test Range(ITR) at Chandipur off Orissa coast
8.      India wins gold in Archery World cup
9.      Now, get SMS alerts on tax dues
10.  Telugu film maker, D.Ramanaidu has been honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke award
11.  Eco-friendly Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation bags 'Earth Care Award for Excellence 2010 in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation'
12.  Mani Ratnam was awarded 'Jaeger-Le Coultre Glory to the Fimlmaker Award' at the 67th Venice Film Festival
13.  Employee's Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) interest rate has been increased to 9.5 percent
14.  RBI hikes repo rate and reverse repo rate by 25 bps from 5.75% to 6.0% and 50 bps from 4.5% to 5.0% respectively
15.  Bank of Maharashtra surpasses (Platinum) 75 years of Banking service
16.  Chennai-girl Divya Ajith becomes first woman to raise 'Sword of Honour' winning the Best All-Round Cadet award, beats 244 fellow gentlemen and women cadets.
17.  South Indian playback singer and National award winner Swarnalatha is dead, following lung infection
18.  Sunil Sanghai has been appointed as Managing Director and Head of Global Banking in India by HSBC
19.  Clijsters wins 3rd U.S Open title
20.  Wrestler Sushil Kumar wins gold in World Wrestling Championship
21.  Nadal wins U.S.Open, completes grand slam collection
22.  England's Andrew Flintoff retires from international cricket (all forms of the game)
23.  England and Wales Cricket Board has handed a 2-week ban, to all-rounder Dmitri
24.  Mascarenhas for his Twitter outburst against national selector Geoff Miller
25.  Sensex ends above 20,000 points, the last before today(21st September 2010) was on January 15th 2008
26.  India's first Super Hercules plane C-130J, considered to be world's most advancedtransport aircraft is being prepared for its maiden flight early October 2010
27.  M.C.Mary Kom claims a historic 5th successive World Championship title, beating Steluta Duta of Romania 16-6
28.  Anysha Panesar, a 16-year-old Indian-origin teenager has been crowned USA's Perfect Teen
29.  Nilsson has been appointed as Executive Director, International Operations by Ashok Leyland
30.  Indian teams, including Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran, P.Harikrishna and Surya Shekar Ganguly secure 3rd round victory of the 29th Chess Olympiad held at Khanty Mansiysk in Russia
31.  Unique Identification(UID) :- Ranjana Sonawne. 782474317884, with this number becomes the first Indian to get UID
32.  Mukesh Ambani tops India rich list for 3rd consecutive time
33.  Sanjay Aggarwal has been appointed as CEO of Kingfisher Airlines
34.  Ranbir Singh Butola to head Indian Oil Corporation.


 October 2010

1.      Scientists of Indian Institute of Chemical Technology(IICT) has received awards fromthe Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India(OPPI).
2.      Dr.G.V.M.Sharma has been awarded OPPI Scientist of the Year award - 2010
3.      Dr.K.Suresh Babu and Dr.N.Shankariah has been awarded the Young Scientist Award2010
4.      NABARD has launched a SMS-based crop advisory and information service (SMS Service: to farmers providing personalised and customised agricultural information covering crop advisory services, market prices and weather forecast to maximise the productivity and income of farmers)
5.      Singapore Mercantile Exchange(SMX) to launch world's first international black pepper futures contract
6.      Leo Apotheker replaces Mark Hurd as HP's CEO
7.      Rohit Kapoor(EXL President and CEO) would hold additional role of Executive Chairman of Board
8.      A.R.Rahman to receive Indira Gandhi award for National Integration for the year 2009
9.      India's (EXIM)Export-Import Bank has secured a $150 million International loan to help expand Indian exports to Africa
10.  Tata-DoCoMo to launch 3G services in November across 9 cities - Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh(West), Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh
11.  Vikram Singh Mehta, Chairman of Shell Companies in India to receive the Asian Business Leader Award(leadership and contribution of business in Asia) in London. Other recipients of the awards are Stephen Green, Britain's trade minister and exchairman of HSBC and Jack Ma, Chairman and CEO of Alibaba group
12.  Tamim Iqbal named Wisden Test Player of the year
13.  Vijay Mallya has been awarded the International Business Leader of the Year by the GG2 Leadership and Diversity Awards
14.  London-based hotelier and Philanthropist Joginder Sanger has been given Incredible India Travel Personality of the Year award
15.  Western Union, has tied-up with State Bank of India to enable international direct cashto-account transfer(SBI account holders will be able to route overseas money transfers directly in their bank accounts using mobile phones)
16.  Indian jet deal to could create 27,000 jobs in US
17.  India gets 5 nominations, including 3 for Marathi cinema, in 4th Asia Pacific Screen Awards to be held in Australia on December 2nd 2010
18.  Oana Lungescu has been hired for top press job(as spokeswoman) for the first time in NATO's 61-year history
19.  Ravi Uppal has been appointed by Larsen and Tourbo as whole-time director for a period of 5 years
20.  Delhi's Ashok Kumar wins 2nd successive PGTI title, bagging the Global Green Bangalore Open
21.  Books :- Manju Kapur's 'The Immigrant', Neel Mukherjee's 'A Life Apart' and Amit Chaudhuri's
22.  Indian archery coach Cherukuri Lenin has been killed and 2 Delhi Commonwealth Games silver medalists, Ritul Chatterjee and Chittibomma Jignesh were injured in a road accident near Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh
23.  Ted Turner, the chairman of United Nation's Foundation and the founder of Cable New Network(CNN) has donated $1 billion towards the eradication of polio in Nigeria
24.  Baldev Raj has been elected president of the International Institute of Welding(IIW). Baldev becomes the 1st Indian and 2nd Asian to be elected to Head IIW. Welding societies from 55 countries are its members. Baldev to hold office for 3 years from 2011- 2014
25.  Emirates to offer packages for the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011. The tournament is
 scheduled to take place in Doha from January 7-29, 2011, 16 of Asia's top national teams to compete for the AFC Asian Cup 2011
26.  Former Indian seamer Venkatesh Prasad has emerged as a candidate to replace Troy
 Cooley as Australia's pace bowling coach after the 2011 World Cup
27.  India bags 2 golds, 1 silver medal at the 15th International Astronomy Olympiad held in
 Ukraine
28.  India moves up to 2nd place in ICC's Championship table after 1-0 win over Australia
29.  Somdev Devvarman achieves career high rank of 94 with 568 points

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