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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Who was the first deputy chairman of Planning Commission of India

Gulzarilal Nanda
Gulzarilal Nanda was the first deputy chairman of Planning Commission. He was deputy chairman of Planning Commission from 17th Feb, 1953 to 21st Sept, 1963.

Gulzarilal Nanda has also held various important ministries of Home affairs, External affairs, irrigation, power and planning. He was also acting Prime-minister twice after the sudden demise of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Lal Bahadur Shastri. He was awarded Bharat Ratna by Government of India in 1997.

First Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission
Gulzarilal Nanda
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Important years of his life:-
1898 - Born on 4th of July.
1922 - Became Ahmedabad Textile Labour Organization secretary.
1937 - Elected in Bombay Legislative Assembly.
1946 - Became Labour Minister of Bombay.
1947 - Attended International Labour Conference in Switzerland.
1951 - Planning Minister of India.
1952 - Minister of Planning, Power and Irrigation.
1953 - Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission.
1957 - Union Minister for Labour, Planning and Employment.
1962 - Union Minister for Labour and Employment.
1963 - Union Minister for Home Affairs.
1964 - Acting Prime Minister (Death of Pandit Nehru).
1966 - Acting Prime Minister (Death of Lal Bahadur Shastri).
1997 - Bharat Ratna.
1998 - Death on 15th July.
1999 - Stamp released.

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Who is Romila Thapar

Romila Thapar
Romila Thapar is one of the most celebrated historian of India with specialization in Ancient India.

Awards and Recognition

Romila Thapar has received many awards and recognition which includes honorary fellow, Oxford and University of London. She has also received many honorary doctorates. Besides many other recognitions, the top 3 awards of her are:-
  • Ø  First holder – Kluge Chair in Countries and Culture of South – U.S. Library of Congress (2004)
  • Ø  Padma Bhushan (She honourarily declined the award twice in 1992 and 2005 stating she only accepted academic awards or awards for her work and not state awards)
  • Ø  Kluge Prize for study in humanities (2008 along with Peter Brown)
Romila Thapar
Romila Thapar
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Ancient Indian Social History: Some Interpretations, 1978
Cultural Pasts: Essays in Early Indian History, 2003; Oxford University Press
Cultural Transaction and Early India: Tradition and Patronage1994 Art patronage
Dissent in the Early Indian Tradition 1979 Indian Renaissance Institute
Early India: From Origins to AD 1300, 2002; Penguin
Exile and the Kingdom: Some Thoughts on the Rāmāyana 1978 Original from the University of California
From Lineage to State: Social Formations of the Mid-First Millennium B.C. in the Ganges Valley, 1985; Oxford University Press (OUP)
History and Beyond 2000 OUP
Interpreting Early India, 1993 (2nd edition 1999); Oxford University Press 1999
India: Another Millennium? 2000, Viking
India: Historical Beginnings and the Concept of the Aryan 2006 National Book Trust
Sakuntala: Texts, Readings, Histories, 2002; Anthem
Somanatha: The Many Voices of History, 2005; Verso
The Past and Prejudice (Patel Memorial Lectures), 1971

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Who is the owner of

Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal

Flipkart is India’s most popular e-commerce website started by Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal in 2007. Started with the seed funding of Rs. 4 Lakh by owners themselves, flipkart has reached the total value of more than USD 10 million.

Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal both are IIT Delhi graduates and worked for

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Who is the winner of Roadies 8?

Anchal Khurana

It was in 2005 that Parul Shahi, a girl won roadies – and after 5 years roadies finally broke the jinx and Delhi girl Anchal Khurana emerged as the winner of roadies season 8 defeating Mohit in the final. The winner was decided by voting and Anchal won by 9 votes to 1 against Mohit. Anchal won Rs. 4,00,000 and Hero Honda Karizma ZMR bike.

To an interview after winning she said she wanted to win to prove to her family, friends and world not to underestimate girl.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Who is Anna Hazare?

Anna Hazare
Anna Hazare (Kisan Baburao Hazare) was born on 15th June, 1937 in Bhingar town of Ahmedabadnagar district of Maharashtra.

Anna Hazare
Anna Hazare
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He studied in Bombay (now Mumbai) upto the age of 7 and then started selling flowers due to financial problems. In 1962, he joined Indian Army and was posted in Khem Karan sector in 1965 Indo-Pak war. He voluntarily retired from army in 1978.

Anna Hazare Ralegan Siddhi
Anna Hazare Ralegan Siddhi
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Ralegan Siddhi
After retirement, he went back to his village Ralegan Siddhi, and undertook various measures for the upliftment of the village. With his tremendous efforts the evils of tobacco, cigarettes, beedies and alcohol were removed from the village. He also started Grain Bank in the village with the objective of providing food security to needful farmers. He also undertook the development of Watershed development in the village and converted the land under irrigation from 70 acre in 1975 to 2500 acres.
He also worked tremendously in the development of milk production in the village, education improvement, collective marriages, removal of untouchability and gram sabha of the village.

Anna Hazare Fast unto death
Anna Hazare - Lokpal Movement - Fast unto Death
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Other Activities
1991 – Launched Brashtachar Virodhi Jan Andolan against corruption in Ralegan Siddhi
1997 – Protest against malpractices of power loom purchase
2003 – Fast unto death against corruption against 4 NCP ministers
He is also credited to making development of strong RTI Act in Maharashtra which was further used by union government for central act.
2006 – Efforts in creation of “The Prevention of Delay in Discharge of Official Duties Act, 2006”
2007 – Campaign against liquor from food grains
2011 – Movement for development of Jan Lokpal Bill

Awards & Recognition:-
Anna Hazare has been honoured with many awards and recognition which includes Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri, Priy Darshini Vriksha Mitra Award, Krushi Bhusahan, Young India, Man of the year, Paul mittal National Award and Transparency international integrity award.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

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