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  • 1. GENERAL KNOWLEDGELATEST STUDY MATERIALS WITH KEY POINTSSOLAR SYSTEM – STATISTICSThe solar system consists of the Sun and 9 planetsRevolving around it in different orbits. The statistics ofThe sun and the planets are given below:SUNAge: About 5 Billion yearsDistance: 149.8 Million KmsDiameter: 1, 38,400 Kms.Photosphere temperature: 5,770 KCore temperature: 150,000,000 KAbsolute visual magnitude: 4.75Rotation (as seen from theEarth at the equator): 25.38 daysRotation (near the poles): 33 daysThe sun consists of 71% of Hydrogen, 26.5% Helium and2.5% of other elements.The rays of the Sun take about 8 minutes to reach theEarth.PLANETS(1) MERCURY: It is the planet nearest toThe earth.Average distanceTo the Sun: 57.6 Million Kms.Diameter: 4,849.6 Kms.Period of revolution: 88 daysPeriod of rotation: 58 days 15 hrs 30 mts. 34sec.(2) VENUS: It is also known as theMorning Star or theEvening Star. It is thebrightest of all theplanets.Diameter : 12,032 Kms.Period of revolution : 225 daysPeriod of rotation : 243 days 14mts.(3) EARTHEquatorial diameter : 12,756 Kms.Polar diameter : 12,714 Kms.Distance from the Sun : 149,597,900 Kms.Period of revolution : 365 days 5 hrs, 48 mts,45.51 sec. Period of rotation : 23 hrs 56 mts. 4.09 sec.
  • 2. (4) MARSDiameter : 6,755.2 Kms.Distance from the Sun : 225.6 Million Kms.Period of revolution : 687 daysPeriod of rotation : 24 hrs 37 mts. 22.663 sec.(5) JUPITER : This is the largest planetin the solar system.Diameter : 141,968 Kms.Distance from the Sun : 772.8 Million Kms.Period of revolution : 11.9 yearsPeriod of rotation : 9 hrs 50 mts. 30 sec.(6) SATURN : It was discovered byGalileo.Diameter : 119,296 Kms.Distance from the Sun : 1,417.6 Million Kms.Period of revolution : 29.5 yearsPeriod of rotation : 10 hrs 14 mts.(7) URANUSDiameter : 52,096 Kms.Distance from the Sun : 2,852.8 Million Kms.Period of revolution : 84 yearsPeriod of rotation : 16 hrs 10 mts.(8) NEPTUNEDiameter : 49,000 Kms.Distance from the Sun : 4,497 Million Kms.Period of revolution : 165 yearsPeriod of rotation : 18 hrs 26 mts.(9) PLUTO : This is the coldest andsmallest of all planets. Itis also the most distant one.Diameter : 3,040 KmsDistance from the Sun : 5,865.6 Million Kms.Period of revolution : 248 yearsPeriod of rotation : 6 days 9 hrs and 18 mts.MOON : Moon is earths satellite.Its period of rotation andPeriod of Revolution areThe same. I.e.29 1/9days.THE EARTH DATASurface Area : 510,100,500 Sq.Kms.Land Surface : 148,950,800 Sq.Kms.(29.08%)Water Surface : 361,149,700 Sq.Kms.(70.92%)Equatorial circumference : 40,075 Kms.Polar circumference : 40,008 KmsEquatorial radius : 6,377 Kms.
  • 3. Equatorial Diameter : 1,22,756 Kms.Polar radius : 6,357 Kms.Polar Diameter : 12,714 Kms.Mean distance from theSun : 14,95,97,900 Kms.Period of revolution : 365 days 5 hours 48 mts.45.51 Sec.Period of rotation : 23 hrs. 56 mts. 4.091 Sec.Escape Velocity fromthe earth : 11 Km per Sec. (minimum)THE WORLDThe seasons are due to the change of the Earth‘sposition in the course of its revolution about the Sun,and to the inclination of its axis. The Equator is animaginary line drawn round the Earth midway betweenthe Poles. There are two other lines, namely, Tropic ofCancer (23½O N) and the Tropic of Capricon (23½O S).The word tropic means, ‗turning place‘. The inclinationof the Earth‘s axis together with its revolution round theSun is the cause of the varying length of day and night indifferent parts of the world. On March 21 (Vernal Equinox)and September 23 (Autumnal Equinox) the Sun is overheadat the Equator. On these dates, except at the Poles,(a) days and nights are equal all over the world; and (b)the Sun rises exactly due east and set exactly due west atall places on the Earth‘s surface. At the Equator itselfdays and nights are equal throughout the year. BetweenMarch 21 and September 23, when the North Pole is tiltedtowards the Sun, the days are longer than the nightsthroughout the Northern Hemisphere and there iscontinuous daylight at the North Pole. Similar conditionsare experienced in the Southern Hemisphere and theSouth Pole between September 25 and March 21.Latitude and Longitude:Latitude is distance, measured in degrees, north orsouth of the Equator. Longitude is distance, measured indegrees, east or west of any fixed meridian. The meridianpassing through Greenwich is numbered 0O. On a globethe meridians are numbered from 0O to 180O E (East) or W(West). At the equator the degrees are 69 to 70 milesapart (25000÷360). Since earth completes one rotation onits axis in 24 hours, 360 meridians pass under the Sun inthat time. Therefore, 1 degree passes under the Sun every4 minutes.International Date Line:If we travelled westward to a place X on longitude180o W, the time there would be 12 hours behindGreenwich time (180 x 4 minutes = 720 minutes = 12 hours).If we journeyed eastward to a place Y on longitude 180oE, the time there would be 12 hours ahead of Greenwichtime. Thus X and Y both on 180o have the same time but
  • 4. The Earth and the Solar System :The Earth is a member of the Solar System. It is oneof nine major planets revolving round the Sun. Of these,Mercury and Venus are nearer, and Mars, Jupiter, Saturn,Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are farther away from theSun than the Earth.The planets radiate no light of their own, but shinewith that reflected from the Sun. The Sun has a diameterof 864,000 miles (1,390,000 Kms) and it is 93,000,000 miles(150,000,000 Kms) from the Earth. The Sun is a star. Thestars, unlike the planets, are self-luminous bodies. Theother stars appear small because they are so far away;the nearest star, Proxima Centauri, is 200,000 times moredistant from us than the Sun.The Moon is a dead planet. It is about 240,000 miles(386,000 Kms) from the Earth. The Moon revolves roundthe Earth taking approximately 29 days to complete oneround. The phases of the Moon are the result of itsposition in relation to the Earth and the Sun.The Moon‘s orbit is ecliptical and inclined at anangle of 5o to the plane of the Earth‘s orbit. This explainswhy we do not have a total eclipse of the Sun every timethere is a new moon.The Earth:The Earth is a sphere but it is not a perfect sphere.It is slightly flattened at the poles and bulges at theequator. The circumference of the earth is approximately25,000 miles (40,000 Kms).It rotates on its axis once in every 24 hours, spinningfrom west to east. Besides spinning on its axis, it alsomoves round the Sun, called the revolution.Its orbit round the Sun is oval or ecliptical. Thetime taken to complete one revolution is approximately365¼ days or one year. For convenience, one year istaken as 365 days and the shortfall of ¼ day eachyear is made good in the Leap Year which consists of366 days. The Earth‘s axis inclined to the plane of itsorbit at an angle of 66½O.differ in date by a day (12 hours + 12 hours = 24 hours).To overcome the confusion that would otherwise arise,the International Date Line has been established. It runsalong 180o E or W. Westward-bound vessels crossingthe Date Line drop a day from the calendar, while thosegoing eastward add a day by giving the same date to twoconsecutive days. Instead of changing the time exactlyaccording to change in degrees at the rate of 4 minutesper degree, certain time zones have been established. Allplaces in the same area or time zone or time belt, usewhat is called Standard Time. Thus we have theGreenwich Mean Time (G.M.T) and the Indian StandardTime (I.S.T). There are five time-belts in Canada and fourin United States.The Lithosphere:The mass of the Earth is generally divided into three
  • 5. layers, namely, Crust, Mantle and Core. The Lithosphereis the name given to the outer Crust which is not morethan 10 miles thick. It is made up of a great variety ofrocks, soils, etc.Rocks:1. Sedimentary Rocks:These rocks are made up ofdeposits laid down on the floor of river beds, lakesand seas.Examples:Sand and sandstone, clay, lime stone,chalk and carbonaceous rocks, such as lignite, coaland anthracite.2. Igneous Rocks:These are primary rocks which areformed by cooling and solidification of molten lava.When such rocks are poured out on the surfacethey are known as Volcanic rocks, e.g. basalt. Whenthe molten material solidifies at considerable depth,plutonic rocks are formed, e.g. granite.3. Metamorphic Rocks:These rocks are formed as aresult of alteration by extreme heat and or pressureof igneous or sedimentary rocks. Example, slate,gneiss, schist etc.Soil:The upper layers of rocks weather to form the soil.There are three distinct layers of soil. The uppermostlayer forms the top soil. The second layer is called thesubsoil. The third layer is made up of decomposing andmuch-broken rock, known as mantle- rock. The type ofsoil depends on a number of factors, namely, climaticconditions, the nature of the parent rock, relief, vegetationand the period over which it has been worked by man.Soils may by broadly classified as (a) Forest, (b) Grasslandand (c) Desert types.Mountains:In past geological ages disturbances in the Earth‘sinterior have caused crumpling and cracking of the crust.This has resulted in great upholds forming Fold-Mountains which are mainly made up of folded strata ofsedimentary rocks, e.g. the Alps, the Rockies, the Andes,and the Himalayas. The mountain structures worn downby prolonged denudation are known as ResidualMountains, e.g. Highlands of Scotland and Scandinavia.Denudation:The process known as denudation or the wearingaway of the land is continually going on. The chief causesof such erosion are (a) changes in temperature; (b) frost;(c) winds; (d) water, including rivers; (e) ice; and (f) theaction of the sea. Steps to combat soil erosion include (i)terracing; (ii) contour ploughing; (iii) strip cropping (iv)
  • 6. planting shelter belts of trees; and (v) plugging the gulliesby building small dams etc.The Atmosphere:The air is composed mainly of nitrogen (78%) andoxygen (21%) with small proportions of carbon dioxide,water vapour and rarer gases like argon and neon.Atmosphere is 200 miles thick, but nine-tenths of the aircomposing it is found within 12 miles, and half within 3½miles of the earth‘s surface. We are concerned mainlywith the lower layer of troposphere. The upper layers inthe ascending order are Stratosphere, Mesosphere andIonosphere. Troposphere extends to a distance of aboutten kilometres. Stratosphere is a region extending froman altitude of about 11 Km to 50 Km above the earth. Theupper part of stratosphere has plenty of ozone whichprotects us from the fatal effects of Sun‘s ultravioletradiation. Mesosphere is the next layer extending from 50to 80 Kms above the earth. It is a very cold region.Ionosphere extends from about 60 Kms upwards. Itincludes Thermosphere and Exosphere which marks theouter limits of the earth‘s atmosphere.Wind is air in motion:The chief cause of wind is difference in atmospherepressure. One of the main reasons for differences inpressure is unequal heating of the air. From the highpressure belts the air flows outwards to the regions oflow pressure. Owing to the rotation of the earth, the windsdo not blow due north and south, but are deflected. Inthis deflection they obey Ferrel‟s Law which states, ―Anymoving body on the earth surface including a current ofair, tends to be deflected, the deflection being to the rightin the northern hemisphere and to the left in southernhemisphere.‖ Land and seabreezed are local winds causedby the unequal heating of land and water. During the daythe land becomes very much hotter than the sea, with theresult that there is marked low pressure over the land.Thus the air over the sea flows rapidly loses heat, but thesea remains warm for a longer time. Thus at night, heavycool air blows from the land to take the place of warm airrising over the sea. The monsoon or seasonal winds maybe regarded as land and sea breezes on a large scale, inwhich the time-frame is a year instead of a day. Thisphenomenon is to be found in south-east Asia, but isespecially marked in the subcontinent of India. A cycloneis a portion of the atmosphere in which the pressure islowest in the centre. The winds blow inwards in anticlockwisedirection in the Northern Hemisphere. In theSouthern Hemisphere cyclonic winds blow in a clockwisedirection in accordance with Ferrel‘s Law. An anticycloneis a portion of the atmosphere in which the pressure ishighest in the centre. The winds blow outwards in aclockwise direction in the Northern Hemisphere and inan anti-clockwise direction in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • 7. The Oceans:It is estimated that 72% of the surface of the globeis covered with water. The Pacific, which is the greatestof all oceans, covers a third of the earth‘s surface, itstotal area being greater than that of all the dry land.Atlantic is slightly less than half the size of the Pacific,yet so many great rivers flow into it that it receives halfthe drainage of the world. The other oceans are Indian,Mediterranean, Antarctic and Arctic. The average depthof the ocean is 12,500 feet, compared with the averageheight of the land which is about 2,500 feet. The greatestknown depth is that of the Marianas Trench in the Pacific,where a depth of 35,800 feet has been recorded.Tides:Tides are caused by the gravitational attraction -the ‗pull‘ of the moon on the earth, sometimes assistedby and sometimes hindered by the Sun.At new and fullmoon, when the Sun, Moon and Earth are practically in astraight line the attractive force of the Sun increases thatof the Moon. Such high tides are called spring tides.Weather and Climates:Weather may be defined as the condition of theatmosphere at any place at a particular time. The averageweather conditions determine the climate. Humidity,temperature, elevation, distance from the sea, oceancurrents, atmosphere pressure and prevailing windscombine to affect the climate of a region.Humidity:Humidity, the term used to express the dampnessof the atmosphere, is due to the pressure of water vapour.Evaporation is the mean by which water is drawn off asinvisible water vapour from oceans, lakes, rivers, etc.,when the air contains as much water vapour as it canhold is said to be saturated. When saturated air is cooled,condensation takes place and some of the water whichform the clouds grow larger, they precipitate i.e., fall tothe earth as rain. The proportion of water vapour in theair, compared with the maximum it can hold at the sametemperature, is known as Relative Humidity. Dew iscaused by the condensation of water vapour on the coldground during the night. The temperature at which suchcondensation takes place is called the Dew Point. Whencondensation takes place near the surface (and not onthe ground) the result is usually mist or fog. Whencondensation takes place at some distance from theground, clouds are formed. When water vapour iscondensed at a temperature below freezing point it formssnow. There are various kinds of clouds. The layer likeclouds often seen on the horizon at sunrise and sunsetare called stratus clouds. The light wispy clouds formedhigh in the sky are called cirrus clouds. The heaped upclouds, looking rather like masses of cotton wool are called
  • 8. cumulus clouds. The black rain clouds are known asnimbus.Temperature:Of all climatic factors, temperature is the mostimportant. It affects man‘s food, crops, dress and thetype of dwelling he builds. Temperature decreases 1oFfor every 300 feet above the sea-level. This decreaseis largely due to the fact that the rarified air, foundin elevated regions, absorbs less heat than the denserair at lower levels.SEVEN NATURAL WONDERSOF THE WORLD1. Mount Everest, on the border of Tibet and Nepal.2. The Nile River, Egypt.3. Rio de Janeiro Harbour.4. Iguassu Falls, Argentina.5. Yosemite Valley and the Giant Sequioas of California.6. The Grand Canyon, Colorado River, Arizona.7. The Northern Lights, especially from NorthernCanada and Alaska.SEVEN WONDERS OF TODAY1. The Taj Mahal of Agra, India.2. The Great Pyramid of Egypt and the adjacent GreatSphinx of Gizeh.3. Hagia Sophia, 6th Century, in present day Istanbul.4. Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy.5. The Eiffel Tower, Paris.6. The Washington Monument, Washington.7. The Empire State Building, New York City.SEVEN WONDERSOF THE ANCIENT WORLD1. The Pyramids of Khufu2. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon3. The Temple of Artem is at Ephesus4. The Statue of Zeus at Olympia5. The Mausolus at Halicarnassus6. The Colossus of Rhodes7. The Pharos (Lighthouse) at AlexandriaSEVEN WONDERSOF THE MEDIEVAL WORLD1. The Colosseum of Rome2. The Great Wall of China3. The Porcelain Tower of Nanking, Cahina4. The Mosque at St.Sophia (Constantinople)5. The Stonehenge of England6. The Catacombs of Alexandria7. The Leaning Tower of PisaGEOGRAPHICAL EPITHETS-WORLD
  • 9. America‟s Motor City DetroitBritain of the South New ZealandChina‟s Sorrow River Hwang HoCity of Dreaming Spires Oxford (England)City of Eternal Springs Quito (S.America)City of Flowers Cape Town (S.Africa)City of Golden Gate San Francisco (USA)City of Magnificient Buildings Washington (USA)City of Quiet thoroughfares VeniceCity of Seven Hills Rome (Italy)City of Skyscrapers New York (USA)Cockpit of Europe BelgiumDark Continent AfricaEmerald Isle IrelandEmpire City New YorkEternal City of Hopes Rome, ItalyForbidden City Lhasa (Tibet)Garden City ChicagoGarden in the desert EthiopiaGarden of England Kent (England)Gate of tears Strait of bab-el-MandebGolden City JohannesburgGibraltar of Indian Ocean AdenGift of Nile EgyptGranite City AberdeenHanging Valleys Valley of SwitzerlandHermit Kingdom KoreaHerring Pond Atlantic OceanHoly Land PalestineHuman Equator of the Earth HimalayasIsland Continent AustraliaIsland of Cloves ZanzibarIsland of Pearls Bahrain (Persian Gulf)Islands of Sunshine West IndiesKashmir of Europe SwitzerlandKey to Mediterranean GibraltarLand of Five Seas South West AsiaLand of Lakes ScotlandLand of Golden Pagoda MyanmarLand of Kangaroo AustraliaLand of Golden Fleece AustraliaLand of Lilies CanadaLand of Maple CanadaLand of Midnight Sun NorwayLand of Morning Calm KoreaLand of Rising Sun JapanLand of Setting Sun United KingdomLand of Thousand Elephants LaosLand of Thousand Lakes FinlandLand of Thunderbolt BhutanLand of White Elephant ThailandLoneliest Island Tristan De Gumha(Mid. Atlantic)Manchester of Japan Osaka (Japan)
  • 10. Pillars of Hercules Straits of GibraltarPlay Ground of Europe SwitzerlandQuaker City PhiladelphiaQueen of the Adriatic VeniceRoof of the World The pamirs (Tibet)River in the Sea Gulf StreamSickman of Europe TurkeySugar Bowl of the world CubaVenice of the East BangkokVenice of the North StockholmWhite City BelgradeWindy City ChicagoWorkshop of Europe BelgiumWorld‟s Loneliest Island Tristan Da CunhaYellow River River Hwang Ho(China)Durand Line Pakistan and AfghanistanHindenburg Line Germany and Poland.Mac Mohan Line India and ChinaMaginot Line France and Germany.Oder Neisse Line East Germany and Poland.Radcliffe Line India and PakistanSiegfried Line Germany and France.17th Parallel North and South Vietnam24th Parallel India and Pakistan38th Parallel North and South Korea49th Parallel U.S.A. and CanadaWORLD - MINERALSGEOGRAPHICAL DISOVERIESAmerica Chiristopher ColumbusSea-route to India Vasco-da-GamaNorth Pole Robert PearySouth Pole AmundsenSuez Canal Designed by Ferdinand deLessepsAluminium USA, France & IndiaAsbestos Canada, ZimbabweBauxite Australia, GuineaChromium Zimbabwe, IndiaCoal U.S.A., England, Russia andGermanyCopper Ore CIS, U.S.A.Crude Oil CIS, Saudi ArabiaDiamonds CIS, ZaireGold South Africa, South America,AustraliaGraphite Ore CIS, BrazilFAMOUS LINES, FRONTIERSIlmenite IndiaIron Ore U.S.A., RussiaLignite East Germany, CISManganese Ore CIS, South Africa
  • 11. Mercury Italy, SpainMica, Monazite IndiaNatural Gas U.S.A., CISNickel Ore Canada, CISPetroleum U.S.A., Russia & Middle EastCountriesPhosphate U.S.A., CISSilver Mexico, U.S.A., and IndiaSteel U.S.A., Russia, U.K. & GermanyTin Malaysia, IndonesiaUranium U.S.A., CanadaZinc Ore Canada, CISWORLD - INDUSTRIESBaku (Russia) PetroleumBangkok (Thailand) ShippingBelfast (Ireland) Ship buildings, LinengoodsBuenos Aires (Argentina) Dairy ProductsCadiz (Spain) CorkChicago (U.S.A.) GramophoneDetroit (U.S.A.) AutomobilesDresden Optical andP h o t o g r a p h i capparatusGlasgow (Scotland) Machinery, TextilesHavana (Cuba) CigarHollywood (U.S.A.) FilmsJohannesburg (South Africa) Gold MinesKimberley (South Africa) Diamond MiningLeeds (England) Woollen GoodsLos Angeles (U.S.A.) Film, OilLyons (France) SilkMorocco (North America) LeatherMunich (Germany) LensesNew Orleans (U.S.A.) CottonPitsburg (U.S.A.) Iron and SteelPlymouth (England) Ship buildingSheffield CutleryVenice (Italy) GlassVienna (Austria) GlassWellington (New Zealand) Dairy ProductsCOUNTRIES AND ALTERNATIVE NAMESBechuanaland BotswanaBurma MyanmarCeylon Sri LankaDutch Guiana SurinamFormosa TaiwanIndia BharatJapan NipponNorth Borneo SabahKampuchea CambodiaRhodesia ZimbabweSiam Thailand
  • 12. South-West Africa NamibiaNATIONAL EMBLEMSNAME OF PARLIAMENTAfghanistan ShoraBritain ParliamentDenmark FolketingGermany BundestagIndia ParliamentIran MajlisIsrael KnessetJapan DietMalaysia MajlisNepal PanchayatNetherlands States GeneralNorway StortingPoland SeymRussia Supreme SovietSpain CrotesSweden RiksdagTaiwan YuanU.S.A. CongressAustralia KangarooCanada White LilyFrance LilyIndia Lioned CapitolItaly White LilyJapan ChrysanthemumPakistan CrescentSpain EagleU.K. RoseU.S.A. Golden RodSIGNS AND SYMBOLSSun Air IndiaWheel (Chakra) ProgressRed Triangle Family PlanningBlack Flag Protest (or Flag flown at half mastNational Mourning)Red Cross Hospital Medical AidRed Light Traffic Sign ―Stop‖Lotus Culture & CivilizationWhite Flag TruceOlive Branch PeaceStars and Stripes National Flag of U.S.A.Tricolour National Flag of IndiaJustice A Blind-folded woman holding abalanced scale.Union Jack National flag of U.K.Hammer & Sickle National Flag of RussiaARCHIPELAGOLargest Indonesia
  • 13. AREASmallest State in Area (India) GoaSmallest Union Territory LakshadweepLargest State in Area (India) Madhya PradeshLargest City in Area (World) LondonANIMALTallest Animal GiraffeFastest Animal at short run CheetahFastest Animal The PeregerineFalconLargest existing Land animal ElephantMost Intelligent Animal ChimpanzeeMost Cunning Animal FoxLargest Sea Animal Blue WhaleBELLLargest Bell (World) Greatest Bell ofMoscow (Russia)BIRDLargest Bird OstrichLargest Sea-bird AlbatrossFastest Bird SwiftFlightless Bird SwiftSmallest Bird Humming BirdSinging Bird NightingaleBRIDGELongest Railway Bridge (India) Sone Bridge (Bihar)Longest Steel Arch Bridge New River GorgeBridge, 518.2 m long(West Virginia, USA)Longest combined Highway The Yangtse RiverBridgeand Railway Bridge 6,772 m rail deck and4,589 road deck(Nanking, China)Longest Railway Bridge Huey P. Long Bridge,7009 m (Metairie,Louisiana, USA)Highest Road Bridge Bailey Bridge builtby the Indian Army,30 m long at analtitude of 5600 m( K h a r d u n g i a ,Ladakh)Highest River Bridge Royal Gorge, 321 mabove sea level onthe river Arkansas,268 m long, Colorado.Highest Railway Bridge Fades Bridge on riverSioule 144 m long and132.5 m above theriver. (ClermontFerrand, France)
  • 14. BUILDINGTallest Bank Building Bank of Montreal, 72,Storeys, 284.98 mhigh (Toronto,Canada)CANALLongest Canal (India) Saradha Canal (UttarPradesh)Longest Big Ship Canal (World) Suez Canal (Egypt)160 kmLongest Small Ship Canal Beloye (White Sea)Baltic Canal (CIS) 226km long.CAVE TEMPLELargest Cave Temple (India) Ellora (Maharashtra)CHURCHLargest Church (World) St. Peter‘s Church,Vatican City (Italy)CITYHighly Populated City (India) M u m b a i(Maharashtra)Oldest City (India) KolkataHigest City (World) Wenchuan (China)5,100 metres abovesea levelHighest Capital Lhasa (3,684 metresabove sea level)Largest City in Population (World) Shangai (China)Costliest City (World) LondonCLOCKBiggest Clock (World) Big Ben (London)CONTINENTLargest Continent AsiaSmallest Continent AustraliaCORRIDORLargest Corridor (World) Rameswaram TempleCOUNTRYLargest in Population China followed byIndiaLargest in Area RussiaLargest Electorate IndiaCREATURELargest Creature Blue Whale. It cangrow upto a weightof 150 tonnes.Highest - Biggest - Longest - Deepest - Largest- SmallestDAMLongest Dam (India) Hirakud Dam on theriver Mahanadi -OrissaHighest Dam (World) The Grande
  • 15. (Switzerland)Highest Straight Bhakra Nangal onriver SutlejDAYLongest Day June 21 (in NorthernHemisphere)Shortest Day December 22 (inN o r t h e r nHemisphere)DELTALargest Delta (Sunderbans). TheWorlds largest deltais that created by theGanges and Brahmaputra in Bangladeshand West Bengal,India. It covers anarea of 30,000 sq.miles.DESERTLargest Desert (World) Sahara (Africa)Coldest Desert AntarcticaLargest Desert (India) Thar Desert(Rajasthan)Largest Desert in Asia Gobi (Mongolia)DOMELargest and Biggest (India) Gol GumbazLargest Dome (World) Astrodome inHousten, Texas(USA) outsidediameter 216 metresand inside 196metres.EPICLongest Epic MahabharathaFILLING STATIONHighest Filling Station Petrol pump at Leh at3658 m. It is operatedby Indian OilCorporation.FORESTLargest Forest (India) AssamGATEWAYHighest Gateway (India) Buland DarwazaGULFLargest Gulf Gulf of MexicoHARBOURLargest Natural Harbour (India) VisakhapatnamHILL STATIONHighest Hill Station (India) Gulmarg (Kashmir)HOTELBiggest Hotel (India) Oberoi-Sheraton(Mumbai)ISLANDLargest Island GreenlandLargest Group of Islands Malaya Archipelago
  • 16. LAKELargest Salt Water Lake Caspian SeaLargest Fresh Water Lake Superior (31,200sq.miles) (India)Deepest Lake Lake Baikal (Siberia)701 mtsHighest Lake Titicaca (Bolivia)3854 metres abovesea level.Largest Lake (India) Wular LakeLIBRARYLargest Library (World) United States Libraryof Congress(Washington)The Lenin StateLibrary (Moscow-Russia)LIGHT HOUSELargest Light House (World) Bishop Rock(England)MEMORIALMost Beautiful Memorial Taj Mahal (Agra)MINESLargest Diamond Mines (World) Kimberley (SouthAfrica)Deepest Mines (India) Kolar Gold Fields(Karnataka)MOUNTAINSLongest Mountain Range (World) Mt. Andes (SouthAmerica) (8,800 km)Highest Peak (World) Everest NepalHighest Peak (India) Godwin AustenHighest Mountain Range HimalayasHighest Peak (South India) Anaimudi (2,720 m)AnaimalaiMOSQUE, CATHEDRAL, TEMPLEBiggest Mosque (India) Jama Masjid (Delhi)Largest Mosque Umayyad Mosque157 m × 97 mcovering an area of3.76 acres.Damascus, Syria.For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSLargest Cathedral Diocese of New York11,240 sq.m.Largest Temple Angkor Vat. 162.6 haarea, built for LordVishnu by KhmerKing Suryavarman-IIduring 1113-50 A.D.(Cambodia)MUSEUMLargest Museum (India) Indian Museum(Kolkata)
  • 17. Largest Museum (World) American Museumof Natural History,New York city. Itcomprises 19 interconnectedbuildingswith 23 acres of floorspace.OCEANDeepest, Largest & Biggest The Pacific OceanPALACEBiggest Palace (World) Vatican Palace, Rome(Italy)PENINSULALargest Peninsula (World) ArabiaPLACEHottest Place (India) Barmer (Rajasthan)Hottest Place (World) Azizia (Libya) 58OCColdest Place (World) Ve r k h o y a n s k(Siberia) –85ODriest Place Death Valley(California)Heaviest Rain Fall (World) M a w s y n r a m(Meghalaya)PLATEAUHighest Plateau Pamir (Tibet)Largest Park Wood BuffaloNational ParkinAlberta, Canada(17,560 Sq.miles)PLANETSLargest, Biggest & heaviest JupiterPlanetSmallest Planet MercuryBrightest Planet VenusColdest Planet PlutoPlanet Farthest (from the Sun) PlutoPlanet Nearest (to the Sun) MercuryDustiest Planet Mars (Red Planet)PLAYThe Longest Play The Mouse-Trap(Agatha Christie‘sNovel)POEMLongest Poem of the World MahabarathaPOPULATIONLargest Country in ChinaPopulation (World)Largest State in Uttar Pradesh (India)Population (India)Densiest State in Population West Bengal (India)Smallest State in Population Sikkim (India)Smallest Union Territory Lakshadweep (India)in PopulationRAILWAYSLongest Railway (World) T r a n - S i b e r i a nRailway from
  • 18. Moscow toNakhodka, 9438 km.Longest Railway (Asia) IndiaFastest Train (World) French T.G.V.Longest Railway Station (India) Kharagpur (W.B.)Longest Railway Platform Sonepur (Bihar)(India)Longest Railway Route Himsagar ExpressRIVERLongest River The Nile (Egypt)Largest River in Volume Amazon (Brazil,South America)Largest River (India) The Ganges (6,679km)ROADSLargest Road (India) Grand Trunk RoadHighest Road (World) Le Narba Road -LadhakLongest Road P a n - A m e r i c a nHighway 27387 km(North West Alaskato Southern mostChile)SCHOOLLargest School South Point HighSchool, Kolkata,India.SEALargest Sea South China SeaSTATESmallest Independent Vatican (Italy)State (World)Biggest State (India) Madhya PradeshSmallest State (India) GoaSTADIUMLargest Stadium Strahov Stadium. Itcan accommodatearound 240,000people in Prague,CzechFor more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSSTATUETallest Statue (World) Statue of Liberty,New YorkTallest Statue (India) Statue of―Panduranga Vittala‖(Karnataka State)STARBiggest and Brightest ‗Sirius‘ also calledDog StarSTREETBroadest Street (World) Broadway St. (USA)SHIPGreatest Ship (World) Queen Elizabeth
  • 19. 2,83,000 tonsTOWERHighest Tower (World) 1. Tokyo TelevisionTower (Japan)2. Eiffel Tower(Paris, France)Highest Leaning Tower (World) Leaning Tower, Pisa(Italy)Highest Tower (India) Qutub Minar (Delhi)88.4 mTUNNELLargest Tunnel (India) Jawahar Tunnel(Jammu & Kashmir)Longest Rail Tunnel Bombay-Pune routeLongest Highway Tunnel Norway 24.5 km(Laerdal Tunnel) (Oslo-Bergen)UNIVERSITYOldest University University ofKarueein founded inAD 859, MoroccoLargest University Building University ofRiyadh., SaudiArabia.Largest Open University Indira GandhiNational OpenUniversity, NewDelhi.VOLCANOESHighest Volcano (World) Cotopoxi (Andes,Eucador)Largest Volcano (World) Mauna Lea (Hawai)WALLLongest Wall (World) Great Wall of China2400 kmWATERFALLSHighest Waterfall (World) Angel Waterfalls inVenezuela, SouthAmericaHighest Water fall (India) Gersoppa Waterfall(Karnataka)ZOOLargest Zoo (India) Zoological Gardens,Alipur, CalcuttaCOUNTRIES AND CAPITALSAfghanistan KabulAlbania TiranaAlgeria AlgiersAngola LuandaAndorra Andorre-la-VieilleAntigua & Barbuda St.John‘sArgentina Buenos AiresArmenia YerevanAustralia CanberraAustria ViennaAzerbaijan Baku
  • 20. Bahamas NassauBahrain ManamaBangladesh DhakaBarbados BridgetownBelgium BrusselsBelize BelmopanBenin Porto NovoBermuda HamiltonBhutan ThimphuBolivia La PazBosniaherzegovina SarajevoBotswana GaboroneBrazil BrasilliaBrunei Bander Seri begawanBulgaria SofiaBurkina faso OuagadougouBurundi BujumburaByelorussia MinskCambodia Phnom-PenhCameroon YaoundeCanada OttawaCape Verde PraiaCentral African Republic BanguiChad N‘ DjamenaChile SantiagoChina BeijingColombia BogotaComoros MoroniCongo (Formerly French) BrazzavilleKorea (North) PyongyangKorea (South) SeoulKuwait Kuwait CityLao s.P.D.R. VientianeLatria RigaLebanon BeirutLesotho MaseruLiberia MonroviaLibya TripoliLithuania VilniusLuxembourg LuxembourgMacao MacaoMacedonia SkopjeMadagascar AntananarivoMalawi LilongweMalaysia Kuala LumpurMaldives MaleMali BamakoMalta VallettaMauritania NouakchottMauritius Port LouisMexico Mexico CityMonaco MonacoMongolia Ulam BatorMontserrat PlymouthMorocco RabatMozambique Maputo
  • 21. Myanmar (Burma) YangonNamibia WindhoekNauru Yaren NauruNepal KathmanduNetherlands AmsterdamNew Zealand WellingtonNicaragua ManaguaNiger NiameyNigeria AbujaNorthern Ireland BelfastNorway OsloOman MuscatPakistan IslamabadPanama Panama CityPapua New Guinea Port MoresbyParaguay AsuncionPeru LimaPhilippines Manila (Quezon City)Poland WarsawPortugal LisbonPuerto Rico San JuanQatar DohaRourkina Fasso (Upper Volta) QuagadougonRomania BucharestRussia MascowCosta Rica San JoseCoted‟ ivoira AbidjanCroatia ZagrabCuba HavanaCyprus NicosiaCzechoslovakia Prague (Praha)Denmark CopenhagenDjibouti DjiboutiDominica RoseauDominican Republic Santo DomingoEcuador QuitoEgypt CairoEl Salvador San SalvadorEquatorial Guinea MalaboEritrea AsmaraEstonia TallinnEthiopia (or Abyssinia) Addis AbabaFalkland Islands StanleyFiji SuvaFinland HelsinkiFrance ParisGabon LibrevilleGambia BanjulGermany (United) BerlinGeorgia TbilisiGhana AccraGreece AthensGrenada St.George‘sGuatemala Guatemala CityGuinea ConakryGuinea-Bissau Bissau
  • 22. Guyana GeorgetownHaiti Port-au-PrinceHonduras TegucigalpaHong Kong VictoriaHungary BudapestIceland ReykjavikIndia New DelhiIndonesia JakartaIran TeheranIraq BaghdadIreland (or Eire) DublinIsrael JerusalemItaly RomeIvory Coast AbidjanJamaica KingstonJapan TokyoJordan AmmanKazakhstan Alma-ataKenya NairobiKirghizia FrunzeKiribati TarawaRwanda KigaliSan Marino San MarinoSao Tome and Principle Sao TomeSaudi Arabia RiyadhSenegal DakarSeychelles VictoriaSierra Leone FreetownSingapore Singapore CitySolomon Islands HoniaraSomalia MagadishuSouth Africa PretoriaSpain MadridSri Lanka ColomboSt.Kitts-Nevis BasseterreSt.Lucia CastriesSt.Vincent & The Grenadines KingstownSudan KhartoumSuriname ParamariboSwaziland MbabaneSweden StockholmSwitzerland BerneSyria DamascusTadzhikistan DushanbeTaiwan TaipeiTanzania Do domaThailand BangkokTimor DiliTogo LomeTonga Nuku‘alofaTrinidad and Tobago Port-of-SpainTunisia TunisTurkey AnkaraTurkmenistan AshkhabadTuvalu FunafutiUganda Kampala
  • 23. Ukraine KievUnited Arab Emirates Abu DhabiUnited Kingdom LondonU.S.A. Washington D.C.Uruguay MontivideoUzbekistan TashkentVanuatu VilaVatican City State Vatican CityVenezuela CaracasVietnam HanoiWestern Samoa ApiaYemen (North) SaniaYugoslavia BelgradeZaire KinshasaZambia LusakaZimbabwe HarareCOUNTRIES AND CURRENCIESAfganistan AfghaniAlbania LekAlgeria DinarAndorra French Franc,Spanish PesetaAngola New KwanzaAntigua & Eastern CaribbeanBarbuda DollarArgentina PesoArmenia RubieAustralia Australian DollarAustria SchillingBahamas Bahamian DollarBahrain Bahrain DinarBangladesh TakaBarbados DollarBelgium FrancBrazil New CruzadoBritain PoundBritish DollarHondurasBulgaria LevCanada DollarCentral African France CFARepublicChile PesoChina (Peoples) YuanColumbia PesoCongo France CFACosta Rica ColoneCuba PesoCyprus Cyprus PoundCzechoslovakia KorunaDenmark KroneEcuador SucreEgypt PoundEl Salvador Colon
  • 24. Ethiopia BirrFiji DollarFinland MarkFrance FrancGambia DalasiGermany Deutsche Mark(United)Ghana CediGreece DrachmaGuatemala QuetzalGuinea-Bissau PesoGuyana Guyana DollarHaiti GourdeHolland FlorinHonduras LempiraHong Kong Hong Kong DollarHungary ForintIceland KronaIreland Irish PoundIndia RupeeIndonesia RupiahIran RialIraq DinarIsrael New ShekelItaly LiraIvory Coast Franc CFAJamaica Jamaican PoundJapan YenJordan Jordan DinarKenya Kenyan ShillingKorea WonKuwait Kuwait DinarAbu, Mt. : (Rajasthan) hill station on the Aravalli Range;sacred centre of Jain worshippers, Dilwara temples.Abu Simbal : (Egypt) famous ancient temple cut-out ofrock by Rameses II.Adam‟s Bridge : Very nearly joined to India betweenMannar Pennsula and Danushkodi by a line of sand banksand rocks called ‗Adam‘s Bridge‘.Aga Khan Palace : In Pune where Mahatma Gandhi waskept interned with his wife Kasturba Gandhi. Kasturbadied in this palace.Ajantha Caves : Located near Aurangabad, famous forwonderful Buddhist cave temples richly ornamented withsculpture and carved with paintings.Ajmer: (Rajasthan) Pilgrim centre for Muslims; tomb ofKhwaja Muin-ud-din chisti.Alexandria : City and sea-port of Egypt founded byAlexander the Great.
  • 25. Allahabad : (Prayag) is a city in Uttar Pradesh situated atthe confulence of the Ganga and the Jamuna. KumbhaMela (religious fair of the Hindus) is held here once inevery 12 years.Amarnath : Situated at a height of about 4054 metres inKashmir. It is a place of pilgrimage for the Hindus.Amber Palace : Deserted capital near Jaipur (Rajasthan)containing the finest specimens of Rajput architecture.Amritsar : (Punjab) on the north-west border or India;Golden Temple; Jallianwala Bagh tragedy on April 13, 1919.Angkor Vat : A ruined city in Cambodia where beautifulspecimens of ancient Indian art and culture are found.Athens : The International Olympic Committee (IOC) onSeptember 5, 1997, awarded the 2004 Summer Olympicsto Athens, the Greek capital which was the birth place ofthe Games. Athens hosted the first modern Olympics in1896 but lost out to Atlanta in 1996 Centennial Games.Aurangabad : One of the important towns of MaharashtraState; tomb of Emperor Aurangzeb and of his wife. Elloraand Ajanta Caves are reached from here.Auroville : It is an international township constructed inPondicherry with the help of UNESCO.Avadi : Near Chennai in Tamil Nadu. Government ownedHeavy vehicles factory. ‗Vijayanta‘ and ‗Ajit‘ tanks aremanufactured here.Badrinath : Himalayas; Place of pilgrimage for the Hindusnear Gangortri Glacier.Baroda : Capital of the former Baroda State is known forLaxmi Vilas Palace which is one of the most beautifulpalaces in India.Laos KipLebanon PoundLiberia Liberian DollarLibya Libya DinarLuxembourg Luxembourg FrancMadagascar Malagasy FrancMalaysia Malaysian DollarMaldives Maldivian Rupee(Rufiyaa)Malta Lira MaltijaMauritius RupeeMexico PesoMonaco French FrancMongolia TugrikMorocco DirhamMozambique Metical
  • 26. Myanmar Kyat(Burma)Nepal Nepalese RupeeNetherlands GuilderNew Zealand New ZealandDollarNicaragua New CordobaNigeria NairaNorway KronerLANDMARKSARCHITECTURES, MONUMENTS, BUILDINGS, TOWNS AND PLACESOman Omani RialPakistan RupeePanama BalboaPapua KinaNew GuineaParaguay GuaraniPeru Inti SolPhilippines PesoPoland ZlotyPortugal EscudoQatar Qatari RiyalRomania LeuRussia RoubleSalvador ColonSan Marino Italian LiraSaudi Arabia RiyalSingapore Singapore DollarSomalia Somali ShillingSouth Africa RandSpain PesetaSri Lanka RupeeSudan Sudanese PoundSweden KronaSwitzerland Swiss FrancSyria Syrian Pound DinarTanzania ShillingThailand BahtTogo France CFATonga Pa‘ AngaTrinidad Trinidad DollarTobago Tobago DollarTunisia DinarTurkey Turkish LiraUnited Arab Pound DirhamEmirates RepublicUganda Ugandan ShillingU.K. Pound (Sterling)Uruguay Nuero PesoU.S.A. DollarVatican City LiraStateVenezuela BolivarVietnam Dong
  • 27. Yemen RialYemen Arab DinarRepublic DinarYugoslaviaZaire ZaireZambia KwachaZimbabwe Zimbabwean DollarBelur Math : It is monastery near Calcutta in West Bengalfounded by Swami Vivekananda. A beautiful templededicated to Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.Bethlehem : Palestine; about 9 km South of Jeruselam;birth-place of Jesus and Kind David; Church of Nativity.Buckingham Palace : In London; residence of the Royalfamily of England.Buddha-Gaya : It is situated 10 km south of Gaya in BiharState on the river bank of Lilajan and famous as the placewhere Buddha got enlightenment. There are modernmonasteries, rest houses and museum.Calcutta : West Bengal Government re-christenedCalcutta as Kolkata with effect from January 1, 2001.Siliguri has been renamed as Shilliguri.Cape Comorin : also called Kanya Kumari in Tamil Nadu,where Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal meet the IndianOcean. It gives a beautiful view of sun-set and sun-rise.Chennai : Capital of Tamil Nadu is the third largest city inIndia. Known for Fort St.George, Light House, St.ThomasMount, Integral Coach Factory, Adyar (the headquartersof the Theosophical Society).Chidambaram : Famous for its great Hindu Siva temple,dedicated to Nataraja or Siva in his aspect of ‗Cosmicdance‘. Annamalai University is located here.Chittorgarh : Ancient capital and fortress of Udaipur;known for Tower of Victory and Mira Bai‘s Temple.Dakshineswar : 8 Kns from Calcutta where Vivekanandawas initiated into religious life by Sri RamakrishnaParamahamsa.Dandi : famous for Salt Satyagraha (Dandi March) byMahatma Gandhi in 1930.Digboi : (Assam) is known for rich oil-fields.Dilwara Temples : near Mount Abu (Rajasthan) are fiveHindu Temples constructed here between 11th and 13thcentury A.D.
  • 28. Downing Street : No.10 Downing Street is the officialresidence of the Prime Minister of England in London.Durand Line : the line demarcating the limits of neutralterritory between Pakistan and Afghanistan.Eagle‟s Nest : Name given to the historic fort at Raigarhin Kolaba district of Maharashtra where 300 years ago,Chatrapati Shivaji, the great warrior-statesman, wascrowned.Eiffel Tower : In Paris (France) 300 m high and built at acost of 200,000 pounds. It is now being used as aMeteorological Wireless Station.Elephanta : an Island in Mumbai harbour - famous forrock-cut temples.Ellor and Ajantha : famous for wonderful Buddhist cavetemples richly ornamented with sulpture and carved withpaintings.Empire State Building : (U.S.A.) is one of the loftiestbuildings in the world; height about 365 metres; it has102 storeys.Ernakulam : in Kerala State is famous for its backwaters.Fatehpur Sikri : 32 km from Agra; city built by EmperorAkbar in 1569, now deserted.Fleet Street : A street in London running from Templefar east wards to Ludgate Circus. The area (with adjoiningstreets) houses the offices, and printing establishmentsof many of the leading British newspapers and pressagencies.Gateway of India : in Mumbai harbour erected in 1911 onGeorge V‘s visit to India.Gaya : (Bihar) the place where Lord Buddha gotenlightenment; famous for pilgrimage.Gibraltar : British fortress and naval base on west endof the Mediterranean (extreme south of Spain) key to theMediterranean.Golden Temple : in Amritsar (Punjab), sacred to the Sikhs.Gol Gumbaz : largest Dome in Bijapur (Karnataka).Gomateswara : (Karnataka) famous for the 2000 year oldstatue of Jain Sage carved out of a single stone.Great Wall of China : 2400 km long wall; its constructionwas started by Chinese King Emperor Shih Hwang.Gwalior : in Madhhya Pradesh famous for its Fort,Tansen‘s Tomb, Rani Laxmi Bai‘s Chhatri.
  • 29. Hague, The : (The Netherlands) Seat of InternationalCourt of Justice; Art galleries.Hampi : site ruins of Vijayanagar - ancient capital ofVijayanagar empire. It is in Karnataka.Hanging Gardens of Babylon : one of the Seven Wondersof the World; planted near the Euphrates in 603 B.C.Hiroshima : in Central Honshu (Japan) close to the‗Island of Light‘ with the famous Shinto temples; firstcity destroyed by atom bomb in the Second World War.Howrah Bridge : a cantilever span bridge constructedover the river Hooghly connecting Howrah RailwayStation with Kolkata.Hyderabad-Secunderabad : Twin city-capital of AndhraPradesh.It stands on the river Musi, known for Charminar,Osmania University, Salarjung Museum - one of therichest and most varied collections in Asia.India Gate : A memorial in New Delhi facing theRashtrapati Bhavan.Jaipur : capital of Rajasthan is famous for pottery,brassware, sculpture, ivory and sandalwood work andjewellery. Famous for Maharaja‘s palace; Jai Singh‘sobservatory. Amber (ancient capital) Hawa Mahal.Jallianwala Bagh : a garden in Amritsar; scene ofmassacre of innocent Indians by the British on 13thApril 1919.Jama Masjid : (Delhi) built by Shah Jehan, India‘s biggestmosque.Jamshedpur : (Bihar) centre of iron and steeel industry;Tata Iron and Steel Factory is located here.Jantar Mantar : in Delhi, is an Observatory constructedin 1724 during the days of Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber.Jerusalem : ancient city and capital of Palestine knownas ‗Holy City‘. Christ was crucified here.Jog Falls : also called Gersoppa Falls in Karnataka areone of the highest warerfalls in the world. These falls areformed by the river Sharasvati which takes a big leapdown a steep rock from a height of 253 metres.Juma Masjid, Mandu : is in Madhya Pradesh; it depicts asynthesis of Hindu and Muslim styles in architecture.Kailasha Temple : rock-cut temple in Ellora caves.Kalpakkam : near Chennai in Tamil Nadu is known forChennai Atomic Power Project (MAPP).
  • 30. Kanchi or Kancheepuram : Near Chennai was the ancientcapital of ancient Pallavas; famous for ancient temples.Kandahar : This is a town in Afghanistan where Pakistanbacked 5 terrorists and forced the hijacked Indian Airlinesplane IC 814 with 155 passengers and crew aboard toland at Kandahar Airport on December 25, 1999, keepingthem hostage for seven days.Kanya Kumari : in Tamil Nadu, famous temple (the VirginGoddess) situated at Cape Comorin on the extremesouthern tip of India where the Bay of Bengal, ArabianSea, and the Indian Ocean meet; a picturesque spot.Vivekananda Rock Memorial Buddha.Kapilavastu : small kingdomin the north of India;associated with Mahatma Buddha.Kaziranga : is a Game Sanctuary in Assam. It is the centreof the great Indian one-horned rhinos.Khajuraho : in Madhya Pradesh famous for the group ofhighly ornate medieval Hindu temples.Kodaikanal : is a town in Tamil Nadu famous for itsObservatory for the study of Solar Physics.Konarak : small town 16 km north of Puri (Orissa) famousfor its Black Pagods; Sun Temple.Kovalam : is a sea-beach about 16 km from Trivandrum inKerala. Developed as a Tourist Resort by India TourismCorporation.Kremlin : Large fortified citadel in Moscow, now theheadquarters of Russia. The Kremlin, originally built in1156 by Yuri, (George) Dolgoruki, price of Suzdal becamethe centre around which Moscow has grown.Qutub Minar : in Delhi (88.4 m high) is one of the master- pieces of Indian architecture and art. It is the biggestminaret in the world. Completed by Altamash in 1232 A.D.Leaning Tower : (Pisa, Italy) 55 metres high.Lumbini : birth place of Buddha. It is in Nepal. TheNepalese Government have plans to develop the placewith the U.N. assistance as an Internatinal Tourist Resort.Madurai : in Tamil Nadu, famous for Meenakshi Temple,dedicated to Lord Siva.Mahabalipuram : in Tamil Nadu on the Eastern Ghats,famous for temples and monumental architectures. Anatomic power station is being set up near here atKalpakkam.Mathura : a holy city in Uttar Pradesh; Birth-place of
  • 31. Lord Krishna, Hindu temples; oil refinery.Mecca : the holiest cityof the Mohammedan world inArabia, where the Prophet was born. It stands in thedesert. It is a place of pilgrimage and Muslims from allparts of the world visit the place it for Haj in every year.Mount Blanc : highest mountain peak in Europe. It is inthe Alps on the confines of Italy and France, longestroad tunnel in the world.Munich : (West Germany) scene of Munich pact; artgalleries; The 20th Olympic Games (1972) were held here.Nilgiris : mountain range in Tamil Nadu, teaplantations.Panna : in M.P. Panna district is known for diamond mines.Panna town has several buildings of historical interestincluding Shri Baldeoji temple.Pearl Harbour : in Hawaii Island (USA) Naval Base;scene of Japanese attack in World War II.Pentagon : in Washington. It houses many Governmentoffices of the War Department of the USA.Petronas Twin Towers : Located in Kuala Lumpur with88 storeys high, these are the tallest buildings in theWorld.Philadelphia : (USA) place where Americans framedtheir Constitution and declared their Independenceson 4th July, 1776.Plassey : a village on the Ganges (West Bengal) Battleof Plassey was fought here in 1757 in which Clivedefeated Siraj-ud-Daulah and laid the foundation ofBritish Rule in India.Pokhran : The Nuclear test site in Rajasthan, 600 kmsfrom Jaipur. The first nuclear test was conduted on May18, 1974 and five more on May 11 and 13 1998.Pondicherry : formerly a French possession, sincetaken by the India Govenement and now specified asa Union Territory. Aurobindo Ashram is establishedhere. ‗Auroville‘, an international township inmemoryof Sri Aurobindo has been built here.Pyramids of Egypt : are vast stone or brick-builtstructures on west bank of the Nile. They date back toabout 300 B.C. The largest is called the Great Pyramidwhich is 146 metres high and is one of the SevenWonders of the World. Three lakh men were employedfor 20 years to build it. These Pyramids have innerchambers and subterranean entrances built bypharaohs as oval tombs.Raj Ghat : On the bank of Jamuna in Delhi, Samadhi ofMahatma Gandhi.
  • 32. Rashtrapati Bhavan : official residence of the Presidentof India in New Delhi; known as Viceragal Lodge duringBritish reign.Red Fort : Red-stone Fort built by Shah Jehan in Delhinear the Jamuna.Red Square : It is a famous open space in Moscowlinked with the Kremlin by three gates used forpolitical demonstrations and processions. Lenin‘smausoleum is in the Red SquareRome : capital of Italy; on the River Tiber; one of themost famous cities of the world also known asEternal City.Sabarmati : in Gujarat State near Ahmedabad; HarijanAshram founded by Mahatma Gandhi.Sarnath : situated 8 km outside Varanasi. Saranath is thefamous place of Buddhist pilgrimage in India. In the ‗DeerPark‘ of Sarnath, Gautama Buddha preached his FirstSemon. Also located here is the famous Ashoka Pillar ofpolished sand-stone whose lion capital was adopted bythe new Republic of India as the State Emblem.Scotland Yard : the Metropoliton Police Headquarters inLondon from which the force is administered CIDheadquarters.Seringapatnam : Seringapatnam was the capital ofKarnataka during the rule of Tipu Sultan. The fourth andthe last Mysore war was fought here. Tipu Sultan diedhere fighting bravely against the British forces.Sriharikota : in the Nellore district on the Andhra coastis India‘s Satellite Launching Centre. The SriharikotaRange (SHAR) comprises the Sriharikota LaunchComplex, Rocket Shed Facility, Static Test and EvaluationComplex, Solid Propellant Space Booster Plant andSriharikota Common Facilities.Suez Canal : Ship canal (Egypt) it connects theMediterranean (Port Said) with the Red Sea (Suez).Sunderbands : is a tract of forests and swamps - 264 kmlong and 129 km wide fringing the delta of the Ganges.Taj Mahal : the white marble mausoleum built at Agra byShah Jehan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.Tanjore : (Tamil Nadu) famous for museum, temples andlibrary. Brihadeeswara temple.Taxila : in West Pakistan; site of excavation, old seat ofBuddhist culture and famous for ancient Taxila University.Tel Aviv : magnificent city in Palestine built by the Jews;capital of Israel.Thumba : near Trivandrum in Kerala State is known asrocket launching station.Tirupati : in Andhra State about 160 km to the northwestof Chennai is one of the holiest places in SouthIndia. This hill temple of Sri Venkateshwara is an exampleof early Dravidian architecture and is one of the finest inthe south.
  • 33. Trafalgar : Cape Trafalgar is famous for the navalbattle fought between the British led by AdmiralNelson and an allied naval force of France and Spain in1805. Admiral Nelson won the battle though he washimself killed in action.Triveni : in Allahabad (UP) Confluence of the Ganges,the Jamuna and the mythical Saraswati; a place ofpilgrimage for the Hindus.Varanasi : or Banares is a town in UP very sacred to theHindus. It is known as the religious capital of Hindu India.Famous for Banares Hindu University, VishwanathTemple, Manmandir with Jaisingh‘s Observatory,Ramnagar Fort etc.,Vatican : the Papal State of Italy; an independentterritory; the palace of Pope in Rome. It includes theChurch of St. Peter.Victoria Falls : on the River Zambesi, Zambia-CentralAfrica. These Falls, the greatest in the world are 1700metres wide.Victoria Memorial : a magnificent building inCalcutta having an art gallery and a well-laid out gardenattached to it.Vijay Ghat : On the banks of the Yamuna in Delhi isSamadhi of Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri, former PrimeMinister of India.Visakhapatnam : big harbour on the eastern coast ofIndia; ship building yard.Viswa Shanti Stupa : (World Peace Pagoda) 45 m highstupa raised a top, the picturesque Ratnagiri hill, it is thefirst stupa of its kind in India.Vivekananda Rock : is situated near Kanyakumari at thesouthern tip of India‘s coastline. It has been so named inmemory of Swami Vivekananda.Wagah Border : This is a border between India andPakistan. Indian Prime Minister Mr. Atal BehariVajpayee crossed the border to enter Pakistan by busas part of his peace initiative with Indias neighbour onFebruary 20, 1999.Wall Street : a street in New York, centre of US Bankingand Finance.Wardha : (Maharashtra State) Mahatma Gandhi lived herefor several years; centre of cotton trade.Waterloo : Belgium; famous for the battle of Waterloowhich marked the end of Napoleon‘s power.Wellington : in the Nilgiris hills (Tamil Nadu) is knownfor Defence Services Staff College.White Hall : London, Government Offices.White House : is the Official Residence of the Presidentof the USA. It is located at 600. Pennsylvania Avenuein Washington D.C.Wimbledon : in London, famous for Lawn Tennis Court.Yellow Sea : Sea between northern China and Korea.Zambesi : River in South East Africa. It flows east toMozambique Channel, Indian Ocean.Zojila : a pass in the way from Srinagar (Kashmir) to Lehand then to Yerkand in Tibet.
  • 34. For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSINDIA - AT A GLANCEIndia lies at the north of the equator between8° 4 and 37° 6 north latitude and 68° 7 and 97°25 east longitude.It is bounded on the South West by the ArabianSea & on the South East by the Bay of Bengal.On the North, North East & North West lie theHimalayan ranges. The southern tip, Kanyakumariis washed by the Indian Ocean.India measures 3214 km from North to South &2933 km from east to west with a total land area of3,287,263 It has a land frontier of 15,200 km& a coastline of 7516.5 km. Andaman & NicobarIslands in the Bay of Bengal & Lakshadweep inthe Arabian Sea are parts of India.India shares its political borders with Pakistanand Afghanistan on the West and Bangladeshand Burma on the East. The Northern boundaryis made up of the Sinkiang province of China,Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan.India has Seven major PhysiographicRegions1. Northern Mountains including the Himalayasand mountain ranges in the North-East.2. The Indo-Gangetic plain3. Central Highlands4. Peninsular plateau5. East Coast6. West Coast7. Bordering seas and islands.India has Seven principal MountainRanges1. the Himalayas2. the Patkai and other ranges bordering Indiain the North & North East3. the Vindhyas, which separate the Indo-Gangetic plain from the Deccan Plateau4. the Satpura5. the Aravalli6. the Sahayadri, which covers the Easternfringe of the West Coast plains and7. the Eastern Ghats, irregularly scattered onthe East Coast and, forming the boundaryof the East Coast plains.Himalayas, the highest mountain - system in theworld, is also one of the worlds youngest mountainranges.
  • 35. National EMBLEMThe State Emblem of India is an adaptation fromthe Sarnath Lion Capital of Asoka as preserved in theSarnath Museum. The Government adopted the emblemon 26th January, 1950, the day when India became aRepublic.In the State Emblem adopted by the Government,only three lions are visible, the fourth being hiddenfrom view. The wheel appears in relief in the centre ofthe abacus with a bull on the right and a horse on theleft and the outlines of the other wheels on the extremeright and left.The bell-shaped lotus has been omitted. TheWords, Saytameva Jayate from the Mundaka Upanishadmeaning ‗Truth alone triumphs‘ are inscribed below theabacus in Devanagari script.National FLAGThe National Flag is a horizontal tri-colour ofdeep saffron (Kesari) at the top, white in the middleand dark green at the bottom in equal proportion. Theratio of the width of the flag to its length is two tothree. In the centre of white band is a wheel, in navyblue, which represents the Charkha (Khadi SpinningWheel). Its design is that of the wheel (Chakra) whichappears on the abacus of the Sarnath Lion Capital ofAsoka. Its diameter approximates the width of thewhite band. It has 24 spokes.The design of the National Flag was adopted bythe Constituent Assembly of India on 22nd July, 1947.Its use and display are regulated by a code.Rabindranath Tagore‘s song, Jana-gana-mana wasadopted by the Constituent Assembly as the NationalAnthem of India on 24th January 1950. The first stanza(out of 5 stanzas) of the song, forms the NationalAnthem.National CalendarThe Saka year has the normal 365 days andbegins with Chaitra as its first month. The days of theSaka calendar have permanent correspondence withthe dates of the Gregorian Calendar, Chaitra 1 falling onMarch 22 in a normal year and on March 21 in a LeapYear. The National Calendar commenced on Chaitra1 Saka, 1879 corresponding to March 22, 1957 A.D.NATIONAL ANIMAL : TIGERNATIONAL GAME : HOCKEYNATIONAL FLOWER: LOTUSNATIONAL BIRD : PEACOCKNational SongBankim Chandra Chatterjee‘s Vande Mataramwhich was a source of inspiration to the people in theirstruggle for freedom, has an equal status with Janagana-mana. The first political occasion on which it was
  • 36. sung was the 1896 session of the Indian NationalCongress.India-Religious CommunitiesThe major religious communities of India are theHindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jainsand Parsis.RELIGIOUS BOOKSHindus Four Vedas, The Bhagwad Gita, TheRamayana, The Puranas, TheMahabharat, The Upanishads, TheRamcharitmanasMuslims The Holy QuranSikhs Guru Granth SahibChristians The BibleParsis Zend AvestaIndia - Principal LanguagesIndia has 18 officially recognised languages(Konkani, Manipuri and Nepali were added to theofficial list of 15 in 1992). The 1961 and 1971 censushad listed 1652 languages as mother tongues spoken inIndia. The Indian languages of today have evolvedfrom different language families.They may be grouped into 6 groups asunder :1. Negroid 4. Dravidian2. Austric 5. Indo-Aryan3. Sino-Tibetan 6. Other Speeches.These languages have interacted on one anotherthrough the centuries and have produced the majorlinguistic divisions of modern India. Among the majorgroups, the Aryan and the Dravidan are the dominatingfamilies. Indo-Aryan, the Indic branch of the Indo-European family, came into India with the Aryans. It isthe biggest of the language groups in India, accountingfor about 74 % of the entire Indian population. Theimportant languages in this group are : WesternPunjabi, Sindhi, Eastern Punjabi, Hindi, Bihari,Rajasthani, Gujarati, Marathi, Assamese, Bengali, Oriya,Pahari, Kashmiri and Sanskrit. Sankrit, the classicallanguage of India, represents the highest achievementof the Indo-Aryan languages. Although hardly spokennow-a-days, Sanskrit has been listed a nationallyaccepted language in the VIII Schedule to theConstitution. Dravidian languages form a group bythemselves, and unlike the Aryan, Austric or Sino-Tibetan speeches, have no relations outside theIndian subcontinent, that is, India, Pakistan andBangladesh. The Dravidian family is the secondlargest group in India, covering about 25% of the totalIndian population. The Dravidian language came intoIndia centuries before the Indo-Aryan.The outstanding languages of the
  • 37. Dravidian groups are :(a) Telugu, the State language of Andhra Pradesh,numerically the biggest of the Dravidian languages(b) Tamil, the State language of Tamil Nadu, apparentlythe oldest and purest branch of the Dravidianfamily(c) Kannada, the State language of Karnataka, anotherancient Dravidian language that has developedindividually(d) Malayalam, the State language of Kerala, thesmallest and the youngest of the Dravidianfamily.Of the 1652 mother tongues listed in the census,33 are spoken by people numbering over a lakh. Withindependence, the question of a common languagenaturally came up.The Constituent Assembly could not arrive at aconsensus in the matter. The question was put to voteand Hindi won on a single vote-the casting vote of thePresident. Hindi however was only one of the manyregional languages of India.The Indian National Congress had advocated theformation of linguistic provinces. The acceptance ofthis policy involved the statutory recognition of all themajor regional languages. The Constitution thereforerecognised Hindi in Devanagari script as the officiallanguage of the Union (Art.343) and the regionallanguages as the official langugaes of the Statesconcerned (Art.345).English was recognised as the authoritativelegislative and judicial language (Art 348). The 8thSchedule was added to the Constitution to indicate allregional languages statutarily recognised.The Schedule originally contained 15languages as follows :1. Assamese 6. Kashmiri 11. Sanskrit2. Bengali 7. Malayalam 12. Tamil3. Gujarati 8. Marathi 13. Telugu4. Hindi 9. Oriya 14. Urdu5. Kannada 10. Punjabi 15. Sindhi.By the 71st Amendment to the Constitution,Konkani, Manipuri and Nepali were added to thelist in 1992. Hindi, numerically the biggest of theIndo-Aryan family is the official language of theGovernment of India. This was originally spokenin Delhi and some Western UP districts. OfficialHindi is written in Devanagiri script.Tamil, the oldest of the Dravidian languages, isthe State language of Tamil Nadu. Tamil literaturegoes back to centuries before the Christian era.The language is spoken by 74 million or more andjudging by its modern publications, it is advancingat a faster pace.
  • 38. Kannada, the official language of the State ofKarnataka, belongs to the Dravidian family.Kannada, as an independent language, datesfrom the 9th century. It has rich literarytraditions.Malayalam, a branch of the Dravidian family, isthe official language of the State of Kerala.It is one of the most developed languages ofIndia.Telugu, numerically the biggest of the Dravidianlanguages is the State language of AndhraPradesh. Next to Hindi, it is the biggest linguisticunit in India.TRIBES AND RACESBhils Primitive race inhabiting Central India Santhals Aboriginal natives of OrissaMoplas Muslim Tribe of Malabar (Kerala) Todas Aboriginal Tribe of NilgirisNagas Hill Tribe of NagalandINDIA - Key Facts - 2001 CENSUSArea : 3,287,263 States : 28.Population : 1,027,015,247 (2001). Capital : New Delhi.Males : 531,277,078. Female-Male ratio : 933 females per 1000 males.Females : 495,738,169. National income : Rs.4,73,246 crore (1991-96)Literacy : Persons 566, 714, 995 (65.38%). Per Capita GNP : Rs.5528.6 (1991-92)Males : 339,969,048 (75.85%). Life Expectancy : 61.1 (1991-96).Females : 226,745,947 (54.16%). Infant Mortality Rate : 80 (1990).CAPITAL CITIES OF STATES AND UNION TERRITORIESSTATES CAPITALS1. Andhra Pradesh Hyderabad2. Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar3. Assam Dispur4. Bihar Patna5. Chhattisgarh Raipur6. Gujarat Gandhinagar7. Goa Panaji8. Haryana Chandigarh9. Himachal Pradesh Shimla10. Jammu & Kashmir Srinagar11. Jharkhand Ranchi12. Karnataka Bangalore13. Kerala Thiruvananthapuram14. Madhya Pradesh Bhopal15. Maharashtra Mumbai16. Manipur Imphal17. Meghalaya Shillong18. Mizoram Aizawl19. Nagaland Kohima20. Orissa Bhubaneshwar
  • 39. 21. Punjab Chandigarh22. Rajasthan Jaipur23. Sikkim Gangtok24. Tamil Nadu Chennai25. Tripura Agartala26. Uttar Pradesh Lucknow27. Uttaranchal Dehradun28. West Bengal KolkataNational Capital TerritoryNew Delhi New DelhiUnion Territories Headquarters1. Andaman & Nicobar Islands Port Blair2. Chandigarh Chandigarh3. Dadra & Nagar Haveli Silvassa4. Daman & Diu Daman5. Lakshadweep Kavaratti6. Pondicherry PondicherryPLACES ASSOCIATED WITH INDUSTRIES IN INDIAPlace Name of IndustriesAhmedabad Cotton TextilesAligarh LocksAlwaye (Kerala) Rare Earths Factory,AluminiumAmbattur (Chennai) Cycle, Enfield MotorCyclesAmbarnath Machine Tools PrototypeAmritsar (Punjab) Printing MachinesAnand Amul ButterAnkleshwar (Gujarat) OilAvadi (Chennai) Tank FactoryBangalore AircraftBhilai (M.P) Steel PlantBhadravati Iron and SteelBhopal Heavy ElectricalsBokaro Steel PlantMumbai Atomic ReactorsNomba High OilChittaranjan LocomotiveCochin Ship-buildingCoimbatore Pulp & TextilesDindigul LocksDurgapur (W.B) Steel PlantEnnore Thermal PowerGuntur CottonHaldia Oil RefineryJharia CoalKagithapuram (T.N) PaperKalpakkam Atomic PowerKanpur LeatherKollegal (Karnataka) SilkKolar (Karnataka) Gold MinesLucknow Sugar
  • 40. Ludhiana HosieryMoradabad UtensilsPlace Name of IndustriesMysore SilkNandambakkam (Chennai) Surgical InstrumentsNangal FertilizersNepanagar (M.P) NewsprintNeyveli LigniteOoty (Nilgiris) (T.N) Film ManufacturePerambur (Chennai) Integral Coach FactoryPimpri (Poona) Pencillin FactoryPinjore (Haryana) Machine ToolsRana Pratap Sagar Atomic Power PlantRaniganj Coal MiningRenukoot AluminiumRupnarainpur (W.B) CablesSindri FertilizerSinghbhum Copper, Iron oreSirpur PaperSivakasi Match IndustrySriharikota (A.P) Satellite StationSurat Gold laceTarapur (Maharashtra) Nuclear PowerThumba (Kerala) Rocket Launching CentreTiruchirappalli CigarTiruverumbur (T.N) Heavy ElectricalsTitagarh Paper MillsTrombay (Maharashtra) Atomic ReactorsTuticorin (Tamil Nadu) Thermal, Pearl fishingUdaipur (Rajasthan) Zinc ProjectUdhana (Gujarat) RayonUrkunta (Karnataka) CementUttapara (W.B) Ambassador carsVadodara (Gujarat) Nylon filament yarnVandalur (Chennai) AutomobileVisakhapatnam Ship, SubmarineWorli (Mumbai) Baby FoodZaina Kot (J&K) HMT Watch FactoryMINERALSMinerals PlacesMica Koderma (Bihar), Nellore (AndhraPradesh)Petroleum Digboi, Mumbai High, CauveryBasinRed stone Jodhpur (Rajasthan)Salt Sambhar Lake (Rajasthan),Vedaranyam, KovalamTin Hazaribagh (Bihar)Thorium Trivandrum (Kerala)Tungsten Nagpur, Maharashtra and MarwarUranium BiharZinc Zawar mines (Udaipur)Zircon Kerala sea shores & Cape ComorinMinerals Places
  • 41. Aluminium KeralaBauxite Rajasthan, Jammu & KashmirCoal RaniganjCobalt Rajasthan and KeralaCopper Khetri (Rajasthan)Carborundum Salem, Khasi HillsDiamond Panna (Madhya Pradesh)Gold Kolar (Karnataka)Gypsum Tiruchy, Bikaner & JodhpurHeavy Water Tuticorin, KotaIron ore Singhbhum (Bihar)Lignite Neyveli (Tamil Nadu)Marble Jaipur (Rajasthan)NATIONAL PARKS AND SANCTUARIESAnna Zoological Sanctuary Vandalur (T.N.)Anamalai Sanctuary Coimbatore, (T.N.)Bandipur National Park Mysore (Karnataka)Corbett National Park Nainital (Uttaranchal)Crocodile Farm Kovalam (Chennai)Dachigam Santuary Srinagar (J & K)Ghana Bird Sanctuary Bharatpur (Rajasthan)Ghatprabha Bird Sanctuary Belgaum (Karnataka)Gir National Park Junagarh (Gujarat)Guindy Deer Sanctuary Guindy (Chennai)Guindy Snake Park Guindy (Chennai)Hazaribagh National Park Hazaribagh (Jharkhand)Kanha National Park Mandla (M.P.)Kaziranga Natinoal Park Jorhat (Assam)Manas Tiger Sanctuary Barbeta (Assam)Mudumalai Sanctuary NilgrisPeriyar Sanctuary Idukki (Kerala)Pichavaram Bird Sanctuary Chidambaram (T.N.)Rangathitto Bird Sanctuary Mysore (Karnataka)Ranthanbor Tiger Sanctuary Sawai (Rajasthan)Sivpuri National Park Sivpurai (M.P.)Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary KancheepuramWILD ANIMALSBlack Bear Kashmir and parts of HimalayasDeer (Spotted) Many parts in IndiaElephants Western Ghats, Karnataka, TamilNadu & OrissaLions and Panther All Over India(Gir Forest, Gujarat)Rhinoceros AssamTiger Many Parts in IndiaGEOGRAPHICAL EPITHETSBengal‟s Sorrow Damodar RiverBlue Mountains Nilgiris HillsCity Beautiful ChandigarhCity of Ghats & Temples VaranasiCity of Golden Temple Amritsar
  • 42. City of Palaces Kolkata &ChandigarhGarden City of India BangaloreGateway of India MumbaiLand of Five Rivers PunjabLand of Sunrise Arunachal PradeshASSOCIATION OF PLACESBardoli Sardar PatelBelur Ramakrishna ParamahamsaChittor Rana PratapCorsica Napoleon BonaparteDandi Mahatma GandhiFatehpur Sikri Akbar the GreatHaldighat Rana PratapHiroshima (Japan) Ist Atom Bomb droppedJallianwala-Bagh Massacre of IndiansJerusalem Jesus ChristKapilvastu BuddhaLumbini BuddhaMacedonia Alexander the GreatMecca Prophet MohammedNagasaki (Japan) IInd Atom Bomb droppedPearl Harbour Japans attack during WorldWar IIPondicherry Aurobindo GhoshPorbunder, Rajghat Mahatma GandhiSabarmati Mahatma GandhiSeringapatnam Tipu SultanShakti Sthal (New Delhi) Mrs. Indira GandhiShantivana Jawaharlal NehruShantiniketan R.N. TagoreTalwandi Guru NanakTrafalgar NelsonUjjain MahaviraVijay Ghat (Delhi) L.B. ShastriVrindaban (U.P.) Lord KrishnaWaterloo NapoleonLand of Setting Sun KanyakumariManchester of India MumbaiManchester of South India CoimbatorePoorman‟s Ooty YercaudQueen of Arabian Sea CochinQueen of Hills Mussoorie (U.P.)Rose Pink City JaipurScotland of the East MeghalayaSpice Garden of India KeralaSwitzerland of India Jammu & KashmirVenice of East CochinINDIA - STATESANDHRA PRADESHArea : 275,045 : Hyderabad
  • 43. No.of Districts : 23Population : 75,727,541 (2001)Growth rate : 13.86% (1991-2000)Density per : 275Sex ratio : 978 (per 1000 males)Literacy rate : 61.11%Males : 70.85%Females : 51.17%Principal languages : Telugu & Urdu.Legislature : Unicameral.Location : Located in South India, Andhra Pradesh isbounded by Tamil Nadu in the South-Orissa in the NorthEast, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh in the North EasternMaharashtra and Karnataka in the West and by the Bayof Bengal in the East.ARUNACHAL PRADESHArea : 83,743 : ItanagarNo.of Districts : 13Population : 1,091,117 (2001)Growth rate : 26.21% (1991-2001)Density per sq. km : 13Sex ratio : 901 (per 1000 males)Literacy rate : 54.74%Males : 64.07%Females : 44.24%Principal languages : Nyishi, Dafla, Miji, Adi Gallong,Wancho, Tagin Hill Miri, Mishmi, Monpa, Nocte, Alka,Tangsa and KhamptiLegislature : Unicameral.Location : Bounded by Bhutan to the West, China to theNorth and North-East. Myanmar (Burma) to the East andthe plains of Assam to the South. Arunachal Pradesh isthe home of more than 20 major tribes and acknowledgedto be one of the most splendid, variegated andmultilingual tribal areas of the world.ASSAMArea : 78,438 : DispurNo.of Districts : 23Population : 26,638,407 (2001)Growth rate : 18.85% (1991-2001)Density per : 340Sex ratio : 932 (per 1000 males)Literacy rate : 64.28%Males : 71.93%Females : 56.03%Principal Language : AssameseLegislature : UnicameralLocation : Located in Eastern India, Assam is almostseparated from Central India by Bangladesh.It is boundedWest by West Bengal, North by Bhutan and ArunachalPradesh, East by Nagaland, Manipur and Burma, South
  • 44. by Meghalaya, Bangladesh, Tripura and Mizoram.BIHARArea : 94,163 : PatnaNo. of Districts : 37Population : 82,878,796 (2001)Growth rate : 28.43% (1991-2001)Desnity per : 880Sex ratio : 921 (per 1000 males)Literacy rate : 47.53%Males : 60.32%Females : 33.57%Principal Language : HindiLegislature : Bicameral.Location : Located in North India, Bihar is bounded byNepal in North, Jharkhand in South, West Bengal inEast and Uttar Pradesh in West.CHHATTISGARHArea : 1,35,133 : RaipurNo. of Districts : 16Population : 20,795,956 (2001)Growth rate : 18.06% (1991-2001)Density per : 154Sex ratio : 990 (per 1000 males)Literacy rate : 65.18%Males : 77.86%Females : 52.40%Principal Language : HindiLegislature : Unicameral.Location : Chhattisgarh is bounded by SouthernJharkhand and Orissa in the East, Madhya Pradesh andMaharashtra in the West, Uttar Pradesh and WesternJharkhand in the North & Andhra Pradesh in the South.GOAArea : 3,702 : PanajiNo. of Districts : 2Population : 1,343,998 (2001)Growth rate : 14.89% (1991-2001)Density per : 363Sex ratio : 960 (per 1000 males)Literacy rate : 82.32%Males : 88.88%Females : 75.51%Principal Language : Marathi and KonkaniLegislature : Unicameral.Location : Goa is bounded on the North byMaharashtra and on the East and South by Karnatakaand has a coastline of 105 km, opening upto Arabian Seain the West.
  • 45. GUJARATArea : 1,96,024 : GandhinagarNo. of Districts : 25Population : 50, 596, 992 (2001)Growth rate : 22.548% (1991-2001)Density per : 258Sex ratio : 921 (per 1000 males)Literacy rate : 69.97%Males : 80.50%Females : 58.60%Principal Language : GujaratiLegislature : UnicameralLocation : Located in Western India, Gujarat is boundedin North by Pakistan & Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh inthe East, Maharashtra in the South-East and ArabianSea in the West.HARYANAArea : 44,212 : ChandigarhNo. of Districts : 19Population : 21,082,989 (2001)Growth rate : 28.06% (1991-2001)Density per : 477Sex ratio : 861 (per 1000 males)Literacy rate : 68.59%Males : 79.25%Females : 56.31%Principal Language : HindiLegislature : Unicameral.Location : Haryana is bounded by Uttar Pradesh & Delhiin the East, Punjab & Himachal Pradesh in the North &Rajasthan in the South & the West.HIMACHAL PRADESHArea : 55,673 : ShimlaNo. of Districts : 12Population : 6,077,248 (2001)Growth rate : 17.53% (1991-2001)Density per : 109Sex ratio : 970 (per 1000 males)Literacy rate : 77.13%Males : 86.02%Females : 68.08%Principal Languages : Hindi and Pahari.Legislature : Unicameral.Location : Himachal Pradesh is bounded North by Jammuand Kashmir, South by Uttaranchal & Uttar Pradesh, Tibet(China)in the East and Punjab in the West.JAMMU AND KASHMIRArea : 2,22,236
  • 46. Capital : Srinagar (Summer)Jammu (Winter)No. of Districts : 14Population : 10,069,917Growth rate : 29.04% (1991-2001)Density per : 99Sex ratio : 900 (per 1000 males)Literacy rate : 54.46%Males : 65.75%Females : 41.82%Principal Language : Kashmiri, Dogri, Gujri, Punjabi,Urdu, Balti, Dadri, Pahari and Ladakhi;Legislature : BicameralLocation : Located in the extreme North, the State isbounded North by China, East by Tibet (China), Southby Himachal Pradesh and Punjab and West by Pakistan.JHARKHANDArea : 79, 714 : RanchiNo. of Districts : 18Population : 26,909,428 (2001)Growth rate : 23.19% (1991-2001)Density per : 338Sex ratio : 941 (per 1000 males)For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSLiteracy rate : 54.13%Males : 67.94%Females : 39.38%Principal Language : HindiLegislature : BicameralLocation : Jharkhand is bounded by West Bengal in theEast, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in the West, Biharin North and Orissa in South.KARNATAKAArea : 1,91,791 : BangaloreNo. of Districts : 27Population : 52,733,958 (2001)Growth rate : 17.25% (1991-2001)Density per : 275Sex ratio : 964 (per 1000 males)Literacy rate : 67.04%Males : 76.29%Females : 57.45%Principal Language : KannadaLegislature : BicameralLocation : Located in South India, Karnataka is boundedNorth by Maharashtra, East by Andhra Pradesh, Southby Tamil Nadu and Kerala, West by the Arabian Sea.KERALA
  • 47. Area : 38,863 : ThiruvananthapuramNo. of Districts : 14Population : 31,838,619 (2001)Growth rate : 9.42% (1991-2001)Density per : 819Sex ratio : 1,058 (per 1000 males)Literacy rate : 90.92%Males : 94.20%Females : 87.86%Principal Language : MalayalamLegialature : Unicameral.Location : Located in South India, Kerala is boundedNorth by Karnataka, East and South-East by Tamil Nadu,South-West by the Indian Ocean & the Arabian Sea inthe West.MADHYA PRADESHArea : 308,313 : 60,385,118 (2001)Capital : BhopalGrowth rate : 24.34% (1991-2001)No. of Districts : 45Density per : 196Sex ratio : 920 (per 1000 males)Literacy rate : 64.11%Males : 76.80%Females : 50.28%Principal Language : HindiLegislature : Unicameral.Location : Madhya Pradesh is bounded by Chhattisgarhin the East, Rajasthan & Gujarat in the West, Uttar Pradeshin the North & Maharashtra in the South.MAHARASHTRAArea : 3,07,713 : MumbaiNo. of Districts : 35Population : 96,752,247 (2001)Growth rate : 22.57% (1991-2001)Density per : 314Sex ratio : 922 (per 1000 males)Literacy rate : 77.27%Males : 86.27%Females : 67.51%Principal Language : MaratiLegislature : BicameralLocation : Located in Central India, Maharashtra isbounded North by Madhya Pradesh East byChhattisgarh, South by Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka andGoa, West by the Arabian Sea and North-West by Damanand Gujarat.MANIPURArea : 22,327
  • 48. Capital : ImphalNo. of Districts : 9Population : 2,388,634 (2001)Growth rate : 30.02% (1991-2001)Density per : 107Sex ratio : 978 (per 1000 males)Literacy rate : 68.87%Males : 77.87%Females : 59.70%Principal Language : ManipuriLegislature : UnicameralLocation : Located in North-East India, Manipur isbounded North by Nagaland, East by Myanmar (Burma),South by Mizoram and West by Assam.MEGHALAYAArea : 22,429 : ShillongNo. of Districts : 7Population : 2,306,069 (2001)For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSGrowth rate : 29.94% (1991-2001)Density per : 103Sex ratio : 975 (per 1000 males)Literacy rate : 63.31%Males : 66.14%Females : 60.41%Principal Languages : Khasi, Garo & English.Legislature : Unicameral.Location : A landlocked territory of lovely hills withabounding sylvan beauty, Meghalaya (meaning ―theabode of clouds‖) is bounded on the North byGoalpara, Kamrup and Karbi-Anglong districts ofAssam State, and on the East by the districts of Cacharand North Cachar Hills, also of the State of Assam. Onthe South and West is Bangladesh.MIZORAMArea : 21,081 : AizawlNo. of Districts : 8Population : 891,058 (2001)Growth rate : 29.18% (1991-2001)Density per : 42Sex ratio : 938 (per 1000 males)Literacy rate : 88.49%Males : 90. 69%Females : 86.13%Principal Languages : Mizo and English.Legislature : UnicameralLocation : One of the Eastern-most States, Mizoram liesbetween Bangladesh and Myanmar (Burma), Tripura,Assam and Manipur border is on the North.
  • 49. NAGALANDArea : 16,579 : KohimaNo. of Districts : 8Population : 1,988,636 (2001)Growth rate : 64.41% (1991-2001)Density per : 120Sex ratio : 909 (per 1000 males)Literacy rate : 67.11%Males : 71.77%Females : 61.92%Principal Languages : Ao, Chang, Chakhesang, Konyak,Sangtam, Angami, Sema & LothaLegislature : Unicameral.Location: Situated in the extreme North-East of thecountry, Nagaland is bounded by Arunachal Pradesh inthe North, Manipur in the South, Myanmar in the Eastand Assam in the West.ORISSAArea : 1,55,707 : BhubaneswarNo. of Districts : 30Population : 36,706,920 (2001)Growth rate : 15.94% (1991-2001)Density per : 236Sex ratio : 972 (per 1000 males)Literacy rate : 63.61%Males : 75.95%Females : 50.97%Principal Language : OriyaLegislature : Unicameral.Location : Located in Eastern India, Orissa is boundedNorth by Jharkhand, North-East by West Bengal, Eastby the Bay of Bengal, South by Andhra Pradesh & Westby Chhattisgarh.PUNJABArea : 50,362 : ChandigarhNo. of Districts : 17Population : 24,289,296 (2001)Growth rate : 19.76% (1991-2001)Density per : 482Sex ratio : 874 (per 1000 males)Literacy rate : 69.95%Males : 75.63%Females : 63.55%Principal Language : PunjabiLegislature : Unicameral.Location : Punjab is bound by Jammu and Kashmir in theNorth, Rajasthan & Haryana in the South, HimachalPradesh in the East & Pakistan in the West.
  • 50. RAJASTHANArea : 3,42,239 : JaipurNo. of Districts : 32Population : 56,473,122 (2001)Growth rate : 28.33% (1991-2001)Density per : 165Sex ratio : 922 (per 1000 males)Literacy rate : 61.03%Males : 76.46%Females : 44.34%Principal Languages : Hindi and RajasthaniLegislature : Unicameral.Location : Located in North-West India, Rajasthan isbounded North by Punjab, North-East by Haryana andUttar Pradesh, East by Madhya Pradesh, South by Gujaratand West by Pakistan.Rajasthan is the largest State ofthe Indian union in terms of its size.SIKKIMArea : 7,096 : GangtokNo. of Districts : 4Population : 540,493 (2001)Growth rate : 32.98% (1991-2001)Density per : 76Sex ratio : 875 (per 1000 males)Literacy rate : 69.68%Males : 76.73%Females : 61.46%Principal Languages : Bhutia, Nepali, Lepchaand LimbuLegislature : Unicameral.Location : Located in the Eastern Himalayas, Sikkim isbounded North by Tibet (China), East by Tibet andBhutan, South by West Bengal and West by Nepal.It isthe least populated State of the Indian Union.TAMIL NADUArea : 1,30,058 : ChennaiNo. of Districts : 30Population : 62,110,839 (2001)Growth rate : 11.19% (1991-2001)Density per : 478Sex ratio : 986 (per 1000 males)Literacy rate : 73.47%Males : 82.33%Females : 64.55%Principal Language : TamilLegislature : UnicameralLocation : Located in South India, Tamil Nadu isbounded North by Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, Eastby the Bay of Bengal, South by the Indian Ocean andWest by Kerala.
  • 51. TRIPURAArea : 10,492 : AgartalaNo. of Districts : 4Population : 3,191,168 (2001)Growth rate : 15.74% (1991-2001)Density per : 304Sex ratio : 950 (per 1000 males)Literacy rate : 73.66%Males : 81.47%Females : 65.41%Principal Languages : Bengali, Kakborak andManipuriLegislature : Unicameral.Location : Tripura is bounded on the North, West andSouth by Bangladesh and on the North-East by Assamand Mizoram.UTTAR PRADESHArea : 2,38,566 : LucknowNo. of Districts : 70Population : 166,052,859 (2001)Growth rate : 25.80% (1991-2001)Density per : 689Sex ratio : 898 (per 1000 males)Literacy rate : 57.36%Males : 70.23%Females : 42.98%Principal Languages : Hindi & Urdu.Legislature : Bicameral.Location : Uttar Pradesh is bounded by Uttaranchal andNepal in North, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh inSouth, Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi in West & Bihar &Jharkhand in East.UTTARANCHALArea : 55,845 : DehradunNo. of Districts : 13Population : 8,479,562 (2001)Growth rate : 19.20% (1991-2001)Density per : 159Sex ratio : 964 (per 1000 males)Literacy rate : 72.28%Males : 84.01%Females : 60.26%Principal Language : HindiLegislature : Unicameral.Location : Uttaranchal is bounded by Tibet (China)in theNorth and Uttar Pradesh in the South, Nepal in the East& Himachal Pradesh in the West.WEST BENGAL
  • 52. Area : 88,752 : 80,221,171 (2001)Capital : KolkataGrowth rate : 17.84% (1991-2001)No. of Districts : 18Density per : 904Sex ratio : 934 (per 1000 males)Literacy rate : 69.22%Males : 77.58%Females : 60.22%Principal Language : BengaliLegislature : Unicameral.Location : Located in North-East India, West Bengal isbounded North by Sikkim and Bhutan, East by Assamand Bangladesh, South by the Bay of Bengal and Orissa,West by Bihar and Jharkhand and North-West by Nepal.UNION TERRITORIESNATIONALCAPITAL TERRITORY- DELHIArea : 1,483 : DelhiNo. of Districts : 9Population : 13,782,976 (2001)Growth rate : 46.31% (1991-2001)Density per : 9,294Sex ratio : 821 (per 1000 males)Literacy rate : 81.82%Males : 87.37%Females : 75.00%Principal Languages : Hindi, Punjabi & Urdu.Legislature : UnicameralLocation : Delhi lying in the Northern part of the country,is surrounded by Haryana on all sides except the Eastwhere it borders with Uttar Pradesh. It has become theNational Capital Territory in 1991.ANDAMAN AND NICOBARISLANDSArea : 8,249 : Port BlairNo. of Districts : 2Population : 356,256 (2001)Growth rate : 26.94% (1991-2001)Density per : 43Sex ratio : 846 (per 1000 males)Literacy rate : 81.18%Males : 86.07%Females : 75.29%Principal Languages : Nicobarese, Hindi, Bengali, Tamil,Telugu & Malayalam.Legislature : None
  • 53. Location : The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a groupof more than 3000 islands out of which 265 areuninhabited. The Andaman Islands lie in the Bay ofBengal 1,255 km from Kolkata & 1,190 km from Chennai.The islands are 193 km from Cape Negrais in Burma. Fivelarge islands grouped together are called the GreatAndamans & to the South is the Island of Little Andaman.There are some 204 islets, the 2 principal groups beingthe Ritchie Archipelago and the Labyrinth Islands. Thetotal area is about 6,408 sq km. The Great Andaman groupis about 467 km long & at the widest, 51 km broad. TheNicobar Islands are situated to the South of theAndamans, 121 km from Little Andaman. There are 19islands, 7 uninhabited, with a total area of 1, 841 sq km.The islands are usually divided into three sub-groups(southern, central and northern), the chief islands in eachbeing. respectively, Great Nicobar, Camotra withNancowrie & Car Nicobar. There is a fine landlockedharbour between the islands of Camotra & Nancowrie,known as Nancowrie Harbour.CHANDIGARHArea : 114 : ChandigarhGrowth rate : 40.33% (1991-2001)Density per : 7,903Population : 900,914 (2001)Sex ratio : 773 (per 1000 males)Literacy rate : 81.76%Males : 85.65%Females : 76.65%Principal Languages : Hindi, Punjabi andEnglishLegislature : NoneLocation : Chandigarh is in the Foot hills of Shivalik hillsand is the most beautiful city in India. The city was createdby French architect, Le Corbusier. Chandigarh is thecapital of both Punjab & Haryana states. It is boundedon North and West by Punjab and on the East and Southby Haryana.DADRA AND NAGAR HAVELIArea : 491 : SilvassaGrowth rate : 59.20% (1991-2001)Density per : 449Population : 220,451 (2001)Sex ratio : 811 (per 1000 males)Literacy rate : 60.03%Males : 73.32%Females : 42.99%Principal Languages : Gujarati and Hindi.Legislature : NoneLocation : The Union Territory is located between Gujaratand Maharashtra. Vapi, located 15 km away from Silvassa,
  • 54. is the nearest railway station.DAMAN AND DIUArea : 112 : DamanNo. of Districts : 2Population : 158,059 (2001)Growth rate : 55.59% (1991-2001)Density per : 1,411Sex ratio : 709 (per 1000 males)Literacy rate : 81.09%Males : 88.40%Females : 70.37%Principal Language : GujaratiLocation : Daman lies on the Gujarat Coast, 193 km Northof Mumbai, while Diu lies off the South-East coast ofKathiawar in Gujarat. The two are located on the Westcoast of India in the Arabian Sea.LAKSHADWEEPArea : 32 sq km.Growth rate : 17.19% (1991-2001)Capital : KavarattiDensity per : 1,894Population : 60,595 (2001)Sex ratio : 947 (per 1000 males)Literacy rate : 87.52%Males : 93.15%Females : 81.56%Principal Language : Malayalam & English.Legislature : NoneLocation : Lakshadweep lies about 220 to 440 kms fromthe coastal city of Cochin inKerala. It is an archipelagoconsisting of 12 atolls, three reefs and five sub mergedbanks. Out of its 36 Islands covering an area of 32 sq.kms.only 10 are inhabited.PONDICHERRYArea : 492 sq km.Population : 973,829 (2001)Capital : PondicherryGrowth rate : 20.56% (1991-2001)No. of Districts : 4Density per : 2,029Sex ratio : 1,001 (per 1000 males)Literacy rate : 81.49%Males : 88.89%Females : 74.13%Legislature : Unicameral;Principal Languages : Tamil,French, Telugu, Malayalamand English.Location : The Union Territory of Pondicherryencompasses an area of only 492 with Pondicherrytown and its villages covering 293 surrounded bythe South Arcot District, Karaikal town and its villages
  • 55. covering 160 surrounded by Thanjavur District,Mahe and its villages covering 9 surrounded bythe Kerala State and Yanam covering 30 within theEast Godavari District in Andhra Pradesh. Pondicherrylies 162 km Wouth of Chennai and 22 km North ofCuddalore. Karaikal is 150 km of South of Pondicherry.Yanam is 840 kms North-East of Pondicherry Mahe is 653kms away on the West Coast.IMPORTANT DAYSJANUARY12 National Youth Day21 Army Day26 Republic Day30 Martyrs’ DayFEBRUARY28 National Science DayMARCH8 International Women’s Day11 Commonwealth Day15 World Consumers Rights Day15 World Disabled Day21 World Forestry Day22 World Day for Water23 World Meteorological DayAPRIL5 National Maritime Day7 World Health Day10-16 Railway Week13 Jallianwala Day18 World Heritage Day22 Earth Day23 World Book Day8 International Literacy Day16 World Ozone Day27 World Tourism DayOCTOBER1 International Day for the Elderly2 World Vegetarian Day2 World Animal Day4 National Integration Day8 Air Force Day16 World Food Day21 Police Commemoration Day24 UN Day30 World Thrift Day31 National Integration DayNOVEMBER14 Children’s Day19 Citizens DayDECEMBER1 World AIDS Day4 Navy Day7 Flag Day10 Human Rights Day (UN)20 Kisan’s DayMAY1 May Day, Workers’ Day, InternationalLabour Day8 World Red Cross Day17 World Tele-communication Day21 Anti-terrorism Day24 Commonwealth Day31 No-Tobacco DayJUNE5 World Environment DayJULY
  • 56. 1 Doctors’ Day11 World Population DayAUGUST1-7 Breast Feeding Week6 Hiroshima Day9 Nagasaki Day9 Quit India Day15 Independence Day29 National Sports DaySEPTEMBER5 Teachers’ DayMULTIPURPOSE RIVER-VALLEY PROJECTSBeas Project : It is a joint venture of the government ofPunjab; Haryana and Rajasthan. It consists of two units:(i) Beas - Sutlej link and (ii) Beas Dam at Pong.Beas-Sutlej Link : The Project links the Beas and theSutlej rivers in Punjab through 38.4 km of hill and valleys.The project is shared by Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthanwhich will benefit from its irrigation and power potential.The biggest beneficiary will be Haryana.Bhadra Reservoir Project is across the river Bhadra inKarnataka.Bhakara - Nangal Project (Himachal Pradesh) : It is thelargest multipurpose project in India and the higheststraight-gravity dam in the world (225.5 m high) ont theriver Sutlej.Chambal Project is a joint undertaking by the Rajasthanand Madhya Pradesh governments. The Rana Pratap Damat Bhata, 488 km from Kotah, was inaugurted on Fed 9,1970. The project comprises construction of two otherdams : Gandhi Sagar Dam in Madhya Pradesh and JawaharSagar (Kotah) Dam in Rajasthan.Chamera Hydro-Electric Project : The 540 MW ChameraHydroelectric project on the river in Himachal Pradeshwas implemented with Canadian credit offer about Rs.335 crore.Chukha Project : The 336 MW project is the mostprestigious and largest in Bhutan. It has beencompletely built by India. The dam has been constructedon Wang Chu river. The project costed Rs.244 crore.Damodar Velley Project (West Bengal and Bihar) :Principal object of this multipurpose scheme is to controlthe flowing of the Damodar which is notorious for itsvagaries and destrutiveness. It is designed on the linesof the Tennesses Valley Authority (T.V.A.) in U.S.A.Dul-Hasti Hydro-electric Project : The 1263 crore projecthas been built on river Chenab in Jammu and Kashmir.The foundation of the project was laid in September 1984.The project consists of a power plant of 390 MW capacity.The power house will be located underground.Farakka Barrage : The basic aim of the Farakka Barrageis to preserve and maintain Calcutta port and to improvethe navigability of the Hooghly river. It consists of abarrage across the Ganga at Farakka. Another barrage atJangipur across the Bhagirathi, a 39-km long feeder canaltaking off from the right bank of the Ganga at Farakka
  • 57. and tailing into the Bhagirathi below the Jangipur barrage,and a road-cum-rail bridge have already been completed.Especially, the object of Farakka is to use about 40,000cusecs of water out of the water stored in the dam toflush the Calcutta port which is getting silted up.Gandak Project (Bihar and UP) : This is a joint ventureof India and Nepal as per agreement signed between thetwo governments on Dec. 4, 1959. Bihar and UP are theparticipating Indian States. Nepal would also deriveirrigation and power benefits from this project.Hirakud Project (Orissa) : is the first of a chain of threeDams planned for harvesting the Mahanadi.Idduki Hydro-Electric Project : It is a giant hydro-electricproject of Kerala and one of the biggest in the countryconstructed with Canadian assistance with an installedcapacity of 390 MW in the first stage and 780 MW on thesecond stage. The project envisages to harness Periyarwater and it has three major dams, the 160 m high Iddukkiarch dam across Periyar river, 138 m high Cheruthoni Damacross the tributary of Cheruthoni river and 99.9 m highKulmavu Dam.Jayakwadi Dam (Maharashtra): The 10-km longJayakwadi dam on the Godavari is Maharashtra‘s largestpower project located near Paithan.Kakarapara Project is on the river Tapti near Kakarapara,80 km upstream of Surat. The project is financed by theGujarat government.Koel Karo Project : The project envisages constructionof eastern dam across river south Koel at Basia in Biharand another dam over north Karo at Lohajimi. Thecapacity will be 710 MW.Kol Project : The 600 MW project is to be located on theSutlej, 6 km upstream of the Dehar House on the Beas-Sutlej link project in Mandi districts, Himachal Pradesh.Beas generting power, the dam will also serve as a checkdam for the 1,050-MW Bhara Dam to prolong its life by atleast 10 years.Kosi Project (Bihar) : This project will serve Bihar andNepal. The Kosi rises in Nepal, passes through Biharand it joins the Ganges. The river is subject to heavyflood. Two are to be built across it.Nagarjuna Sagar Project : is a venture of AndhraPradesh for utilising water from the Krishna river. TheNagarjuna Sagar Dam was inaugurated on Aug. 4, 1967.It is situated near Nadikonad village in Mriyalguda talukof Nalgonda district.Nathpa-Jhakri Hydel Project : 1500 MW Nathpa-JhakriProject is to be built over river Sutlej in Kinnaurdistrict of Himachal Pradesh at a cost of about Rs.2216.34 crore. The project will be Asia‘s biggest Hydroelectricproject.Parambikulam Aliyar Project : is a joint venture of TamilNadu and Kerala States. It envisages construction ofFor more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKS
  • 58. seven inter-connected reservoirs by harnessing riverincluding 2 major rivers viz., Parambikulam on the westernslopes of Anamalai hills and Aliyar on the eastern slopes.Parappalar Dam : The Rs.1-Crore Parappalar Dam with astorage capacity of 1677 million cubic feet nearOddenchatram about 75 km from Madurai in Palani taluk(Tamil Nadu), was inaugurated on August 30, 1976.Periyar Valley Scheme (Kerala) : The scheme envisagesthe construction of a masonary barrage 210.92 meterslong across the river Periyar near Alwaye, inErnakulam district.Pong Dam : Also called the Beas Dam on the river Beas,near Talwara in Himachal Pradesh, is the highest (132 mhigh) rockfill dam in the country. The project is a jointventure of Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana. The dam hasbeen designed to store 6.6 million cu. feet of water.Rajasthan Canal Project : It is a bold venture of irrigationto a desert area. The project, which uses water from thePong Dam, consists of 215-km long Rajasthan feedercanal with the first 178 km in Punjab and Haryana and theremaining 37 km in Rajasthan and the 467-km longRajasthan main canal lying entirely in Rajasthan.Ramganga River Project : UP envisages constructionof a dam across the river Ramganga, one of the majortributaries of the Ganges at 3.2 km upstreams of Kalagarhin Garhwal district.Rihand Project : (Mirzapur District - U.P.) This projecthas been completed by the U.P. government andcomprises construction of a concrete gravity dam acrossthe Rihand river in Mirzapur District (UP) and a PowerHouse at Pimpri and necessary transmission lines.Rongtong - World‟s Highest Hydro Power Project : TheRongtong project is situated in Kaza in the Spiti Valley inHimachal Pradesh. The project will help transform theentire cold mountain desert into a lush green belt.Salal Project : It has been built on River Chenab in Jammuand Kashmir. The first stage was completed on February9, 1989 and marked the beginning of the harnessing ofhydro-power potential of the river Chenab. At presentthe capacity of the power house is 345 MW. With thecompletion of Second stage the capacity will be doubled.Sanja Vidyut (Hydel) Project : It is Asia‘s first fullyunderground Hydel Project. The 120 MW project islocated near Bhaba Nagar in Kinnur district of HimachalPradesh. It harnesses the water of the Bhaba khud, atributary of Sutlej.Sardar Sarovar Project : This is one of the largest rivervalley schemes in the country. The project envisagesconstruction of 163-meter-high cement concrete dam atNavagam in Gujarat. This will create irrigation potentialof 1.79 million hectares and generate 1450 MW of power.On completion of the project more than 40 per cent of thedrought-affected areas of Gujarat would be ensuredagainst the calamity.Sharavati Project (Karnataka) : Located about 400 kmfrom Bangalore near the Gersoppa falls, the Sharavati
  • 59. project is one of the world‘s major power projects, builtby Indian Engineers with American collaboration.Subarnarekha Project : It is Rs. 130-crore multipurposeproject which would, when completed, provide assuredirrigation to 7,06,000 acres to the chronically droughtproneareas of Orissa and Bihar.Ranjit Sagar Dam : In view of the situation thatdeveloped after the expiry of the Indus water treaty (withPakistan) on March 31, 1970, the Punjab Government drewup plans to utilize water of the Ravi. It is proposed toconstruct a 131.6 m high dam at Thein village across theRavi 25 km upstream, of Madhopur headworks at anestimate cost of Rs.92 crore. The project was earlierknown as Thein Dam Project.Tehri Dam Project : The project is to be built by theSoviet Union on a turnkey basis. This dam beingconstructed will be the third highest dam in the world.The total capacity will be increased to 2000 MW in thesecond stage of the project.Telugu Ganga Project : Inaugurated in May 1983 thisproject will consist of 400 km long canal named TeluguGanga which starts from the Srisailam reservoir of Krishnariver in Kurnool district. The canal will join four morereservoirs on way before joining the Poondi reservoir inTamil Nadu. The Poondi reservoir is to meet the drinkingwater needs of Chennai.Tunghabhadra Project (Andhra and Karnataka) : It is ajoint undertaking by the governments of Andhra Pradeshand Karnataka. The project comprises a dam across theTungabhadra river near Mallapuram.Ukai Project : The Ukai power project of Gujaratequipped with power generating sets manufactured byBharat Heavy Electricals Limited was inaugurated onOctober 12, 1977. It has added 540,00 MW of installedcapacity to the State‘s existing power network.Upper Krishna (Karnataka) : A Project consisting ofNarayanpur dam across the Krishna river and a dam atAlmatti.Upper Penganga (Maharashtra) : Two reservoirs onpenganga river at Isapur is Yavalmal district and the otheron Rayadhu river at Sapli in Parbhani district.Uri Power Project : It is located on the river Jhelum inthe Uri Tehsil of Baramulla district in Jammu and Kashmir.It is a 480 mw hydroelectric project which was dedicatedto the nation on February 13, 1997.For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSINDIAN POLITYCONSTITUENT ASSEMBLYThe election to the Constituent Assembly basedon the Cabinet Mission‘s Plan took place in July 1946.The sets in each Province were distributed among thethree main communities, Muslims, Sikh and General, inproportion to their respective populations. The election
  • 60. was indirect in that members of each community in theProvincial Assemblies elected their own representativesby the method of proportional representation withsingle transferable vote. The Constituent Assemblyfirst met on 9th December 1946, without the membersof the Muslim League. Dr.Rajendra Prasad was electedPresident and various committees were appointed todraft the different parts of the Constitution. As a resultof the Partition and the Indian Independence Act of1947, which provided for separate ConstituentAssemblies for India Pakistan, separate ConstituentAssembly was set up for Pakistan. The ConstituentAssembly of India reassembled on 14 August 1947, asthe Sovereign Constituent Assembly for the Dominionof India. The membership of the Assembly wasreduced to 299 when it met again on 31 October 1947with some members ceasing to be so after theirProvinces opted to join Pakistan.ACCEPTANCEThe Constituent Assembly appointed a DraftingCommittee on 29 August 1947 under the Chairmanshipof Dr.B.R.Ambedkar. The members includedN.Gopalaswamy Ayyangar, Alladi Krishnaswamy Ayyar,K.M.Munshi Mohammad Sadullah, B.L.Mitter andDr.D.P.Khaitan. The last two were replaced byN.Madhava Rao and T.T.Krishnamachari respectively.A draft Constitution of India was published in February1948. The Assembly met in November 1948 to considerthe draft clause by clause. The second reading wascompleted by 17 October 1949. On 14 November theAssembly sat for the third reading and finished it on26 November 1949. On that date the constitutionreceived the signature of the President of the Assembly,Dr.Rajendra Prasad, and was declared as passed. TheProvisions relating to citizenship, elections, provisionalParliament, etc. came into effect immediately. i.e. from26 November 1949.The rest of the Constitution came into force on 26January 1950 the date which is referred to in theConstitution as the date of its commencement. Thedate was specifically chosen for the inaguration of theIndian Republic as it was on 26 January 1930 that thehistoric call for ―Purna Swaraj‖ as a goal was passedat the Lahore Session of the Congress. The finalsession of the Constituent Assembly was held on 24January 1950 when it unanimously elected Dr.RajendraPrasad as the First President of the Republic of Indiaunder the new Constitution.CONSTITUTION OF INDIAThe Constitution of a country is a very importantdocument. No Government can be run without a clearset of laws. This set of laws is commonly known asConstitution.Our Constitution was framed by an elected body
  • 61. called “The Constituent Assembly”. This assemblystarted its work on 9 December 1946 in the Central Hallof our Parliament House in New Delhi. Dr.RajendraPrasad, who was elected the first President of India in1952, was the Chairman of the Constituent Assembly.Among other important members of the assembly wereJawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, MaulanaAbul Kalam Azad, Dr.Shyama Prasad Mukherji,Dr.B.R.Ambedkar, Dr.K.M.Munshi, Dr.S.Radha Krishnan,Alladi Krishnaswami, Mrs. Sarojini Naidu and Mrs.Vijayalakshmi Pandit. Dr.B.R. Ambedkar was theChairman of the Drafting Committee which prepared thedraft of the Constitution.The Drafting Committee studied the Constitutionof many Countries such as U.K., U.S.A., Ireland,U.S.S.R., France and Switzerland. The draft wasdiscussed and debated in detail by the Assembly. TheConstitution was finally signed by the members on 26November, 1949. The Constitution came into force on26th January 1950. On this day India became a―Sovereign Democratic Republic‖.SALIENT FEATURESPreamble:Our Constitution has a Preamble or astatement of the Constitution. The Preamble openswith the words, “We the People of India”. The peopleresolve to secure to all the citizens of India Justice,Liberty, Equality and Fraternity.SOVEREIGN DEMOCRATICREPUBLICThe most important feature of our Constitution isthat the supreme political power belongs to the people.The people drafted the constitution through theirrepresentatives. It is the people of India who governthe country through their elected representatives. Thepeople are the real masters with whom the ultimateauthority rests.India is a Sovereign Democratic Republic. It isSovereign because it is supreme and free in all mattersgoverning the country. No outside nation can interferewith its affairs. It is Democratic because the peoplegovern the country through their electedrepresentatives. It is a Republic because the Head ofthe State, The President of India, is elected for a limitedperiod of five years. He may seek re-election on theexpire of his term.A Secular State : The Preamble of the Constitution wasmodified in 1976. India is now a Sovereign SocialistSecular Democratic Republic. It is secular because thestate does not favour or propagate or finance anyparticular religion. It does not discriminate amongpeople of different religions or faiths.A Socialist State : Our Constitution stands for asociety based on economic and social equality. Ours
  • 62. is a Socialist Republic. It exists for the welfare of themasses.Written Constitution : Ours is a written Constitution.It is the lengthiest in the World. It originally contained395 Articles.Single Citizenship : Our Constitution provides forsingle citizenship for all Indians. A citizen of ourcountry can freely move to any part of the country forthe sake of employment. He can purchase property orstart a business in almost all parts of the country.Union of State : Our motherland, India or ―BHARAT‖,isa Union of States. There are 26 states and 6 UnionTerritories in the Union.Universal Adult Franchise : The Constitution gives―the right to vote‖ to all the people of India who arenot less than21 years (now reduced to 18 years) of age,whether they are educated or uneducated, rich or poor,men or women. This is known as Universal AdultFranchise.Fundamental Rights and Duties : An important featureof our Constitution is that it guarantees some basicrights to the people and also prescribes some basicduties. These rights are essential rights and providehelp and safeguards to the citizens in many ways. Tenfundamental duties of citizen were included in theConstitution in 1976. It is the duty of a citizen to paytaxes, to vote wisely and to serve the country in peaceand war. Rights and duties help society to achieve itsgoals.Directive Principles : Our Constitution states in clearterms that the Governments should make all efforts toremove poverty, ignorance, economic disparities andsocial inequalities in the country. These directionshave been mentioned in what we call Directive Principlesof State Policy.Parliamentary Form of Government : Our Constitutionprovides a precise outline of the framework of theGovernment. All policies and programmes of theGovernment must be approved by a majority of theelected representative in the legislature. No tax can beimposed nor any amount of money be spent withoutthe sanction of the parliament or the State Legislature.Independent Judiciary : The Constitution provides fora uniform pattern of judiciary. The Supreme Court isthe highest court in India. The judiciary in India isindependent of the executive control.An Instrument of Social Change : To sum up, ourConstitution aims at fulfilling the hopes and aspirationsof the people. It resolves to secure to all its citizensJustice, Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. It aims atestablishing a democratic secular, Socialist Society in apeaceful manner and is an instrument of social change.Union list, State list and Concurrent list : The UnionGoverment and the state Governments have exclusivepowers to make laws on the subjects.Union list : The main subjects are defence, external
  • 63. affairs, railways, shipping, airways, post and telegraph,currency and coinage, banking, insurance, RBI etc.,State list : Agriculture, health, irrigation, electricity, lawand order in the state, entertainment etc.,Concurrent List : Both the Union Parliament and theState Legislature have power to legislate. Someimportant subjects under the list are: criminal law,criminal procedure, marriage, divorce, labour welfare,factories, newspaper books, priniting, social welfare,education price control etc.,President of IndiaPresident of India is the executive head of theUnion of India. Citizens of India take no direct part inelection of their President. Instead he is elected bymembers of the Parliament and the State legislatures,i.e., by representatives of the people. The legislatorselect the President by secret ballot.The name of a candidate for the office of thePresident of India may be proposed by any onemember of the electoral college. The electoral collegeshall consist of (a) the elected members of bothHouses of Parliament, and (b) elected members of theLegislative Assembly of the States. (Elected membersof the Legislative Council, however, do not constitutethe electoral college for election of the President ofIndia. The Chief Minister of a State of India is NOTeligible to vote in the Presidential election if he is amember of Upper House of the State Legislature). ThePresident can be removed from office if he goes againstthe Constitution. When he does that, not less thanone-fourth of the total membership of both the Housesof Parliament should give 14 days‘ notice that theypropose bringing a motion of ―impeachment‖ againstthe President. The motion can be introduced in eitherHouse i.e., in the Lok Sabha or in the Rajya Sabha. Ifa two-thirds majority of the total membership of theParliament votes that the charges against the Presidentstand proved, the latter is removed forthwith.Powers of the President with respect to Parliament :The President can summon, prorogue, address andsend messages to the two Houses of Parliament. Hegives assent to bills passed by the Parliament. He canissue ordinances when Parliament is not in session. Hehas the power to declare war or make peace. He candeclare a state of emergency arising due to war,external aggression, internal disturbances, failure ofconstitutional machinery in any State or threat to thefinancial stability or credit of India.Indian Parliament can invade the State List if(1) a subject in the State List assumes nationalimportance, and(2) a proclamation of emergency has been issued bythe President of India.Oath of office : The oath of office by the President ofIndia is conducted by the Chief Justice of India. ThePresident is not a member of Parliament (or any State
  • 64. Legislature). The President holds an office of profit inthe Government of India, thus he cannot be a memberof Parliament.Qualifications to become President : A Candidate forthe office of the President should have the followingqualifications : (1) He should be an Indian citizen; (2)He should not be less than 35 years of age; (3) Heshould have qualifications for elections as a member ofthe House of the people; (4) He should not be holdingany office of profit under any government for localbody; (5) He should not be a member of Parliament orany State Legislature. A government servant or aservant of a local authority is, however, ineligible forelection as President.Election of the President : The election of thePresident is made by secret ballot in accordance withthe system of proportional representation by a singletransferable vote i.e., by indirect direction. The Presidentis thus elected by an electroral college consisting ofelected members of Parliament and of the LegislativeAssemblies of the States i.e., by representatives of thepeople. The citizens have no direct part in this election.A candidate for the office of the President should notbe a member of Parliament or any State Legislature. Inthe case of a conflict between the Centre and a Statein respect of a subject included in the Concurrent Listin the Constitution, the matter is to be resolved by theSupreme Court of India. The President of India canpreside in the proceedings of either House of Parliamentwithout having a right to vote. The disputes regardingelection of the President are referred to the SupremeCourt of India.Amendment of election procedure of the President :For this purpose, a Bill is required to be passed inParliament by the required majority and to be ratifiedby the legislatures of atleast half of the States.Tenure : Elected for five years but is eligible forimmediate re-election and can serve any number ofterms.Emoluments : Rs.50,000 per month.Powers : (i) Executive and Administrative Powers : Heappoints the senior officials of the state including thePrime Minister. All Union Territories are under thePresident of India. (ii) Legislative Powers : (a) Appoints12 members to the Rajya Sabha and two Anglo-Indianmembers to the Lok Sabha; (b) Dissolves the House ofPeople; (c) Assents or withholds his assent to any Billpassed by the Parliament; (d) Issues ordinances. (iii)Financial Powers : (a) Causes the budget to be laidbefore the Parliament; (b) Sanctions introduction ofmoney bills; (c) Apportions revenue between theCentre and the States. (iv) Judicial Powers : Empoweredto grant pardons, reprieve, remit the sentences, orsuspend, remit or commute punishments. (v) EmergencyPowers : Article 352 empowers the President toproclaim an emergency and take under his direct charge
  • 65. the administration of any State. The President cannotbe questioned by any court for the action taken by himin the discharge of his duties. No criminal proceedingscan be launched against him. He may be removed fromoffice for violation of the Constitution by impeachment(Article 61).Vice-PresidentElection : The Vice-President is elected by members ofan electoral college consisting of the members of bothHouses of Parliament. However, his election is differentfrom that of the President as the state legislatures haveno part in it.Tenure : Five years and is eligible for immediate reelection.Functions : (1) Acts as ex-officio Chairman of the RajyaSabha. (2) Officiates as President in case of death,resignation or removal of the latter. (3) Functions as thePresident when the President is unable to discharge hisfunctions due to illness, absence or any other cause.Emoluments : Vice-President is entitled to a salary ofRs.40,000 per month in his capacity as the Chairman ofRajya Sabha.The Prime MinisterThe Prime Minister of India heads the council ofministers. He is the leader of the party that enjoys amajority in the Lok Sabha. He is appointed by thePresident.Tenure : Five years, and holds the office with theconsent of the President till a new Lok Sabha is formed.Resignation : If the government is defeated in theLok Sabha (not in Rajya Sabha), the cabinet as wellas the Prime Minister have to resign.Union Council of MinistersThe President appoints such person as PrimeMinister whose leadership in the House (Lok Sabha)is explicitly recognised. The other Ministers areappointed by the President on the advice of the PrimeMinister and thus the Union Council of Ministers isformed to aid and advise the President in the exerciseof his functions. The Prime Minister is a link betweenthe President and the Cabinet. The term ordinarily isfor 5 years.ParliamentParliament or the Central Legislature consists of thePresident and the two Houses :(i) The Rajya Sabha (Council of State) and(ii) the Lok Sabha (House of the People). ThePresident is an integral part of Parliament and allbills passed by Parliament must have his assentbefore they become law. Parliament is to meet atleast twice a year and at an interval of not morethan six months between one session and another.The maximum strength of the two Houses is fixedat 545 for the Lok Sabha (not more than 525 fromthe States and 20 from the Union Territories) and250 (12 nominated) for the Rajya Sabha.
  • 66. Qualifications to become a member of Parliament :(1) A person should be a citizen of India.(2) He should not be less than 30 years of age inorder to fill a seat in Rajya Sabha and not lessthan 25 years of age to fill a seat in the LokSabha.(3) He should possess such other qualifications asmay be prescribed under any law made byParliament. He is also required to make andsubscribe an oath or affirmation to bear the truefaith and allegiance to the Constitution of India.A person is disqualified both for being chosenas, and for being, a member of Parliament if he :(i) holds an office of profit under anyGovernment in India, other than an officedeclared by Parliament by law not todisqualify its holder,(ii) is of unsound mind,(iii) is an undischarged insolvent,(iv) has voluntarily acquired the citizenship of aforeign State or(v) is disqualified by or under any law made byParliament.Powers and Functions of Parliament : Parliament hasvast legislative powers :(1) It can make laws on the subjects contained in theUnion and Concurrent Lists.(2) In certain cases, Parliament can also make laws onthe subjects mentioned in the State List.(3) It has vast financial powers. It passes the budgetand authorises all the income and expenditure.(4) It exercises control over the executive.(5) The Lok Sabha or the House of the People hasalso a share in the election of the President andthe Vice-President.Rajya Sabha and Lok SabhaRajya Sabha (Council of State) : The elected membersare representatives of the States and the nominatedmembers are eminent men in art, literature, science andsocial services etc. The Rajya Sabha is a permanentbody, i.e., it is not subject to dissolution. One third ofits members retire after every two years. The electionsto the Rajya Sabha are indirect. The alloted quota ofevery State is elected by the elected members of theLegislative Assembly of that State. The election isconducted in accordance with the system ofproportional representation by a single transferablevote. The Vice-President is the ex-officio Chairman ofthe Rajya Sabha.Lok Sabha (House of the People) : The number of seatsto each State is allotted in such a way that the ratiobetween the number and the population of the State is,as far as practicable, the same for all States. Eachmember represents not less than 500,000 citizens. Theterm ordinarily does not exceed 5 years.
  • 67. Anglo-Indians : The President may, if he is of theopinion that the Anglo-Indian community is notadequately represented in the Lok Sabha, nominate notmore than two members of that community to theHouse of People (Lok Sabha). The Lok SabhaSecretariat comes under the direct supervision ofthe Speaker of the Lok Sabha. The Secretary Generalof the Lok Sabha, who is chief of the Secretariat,is appointed by the President of India as per Article98 of the Constitution. Except in the case of MoneyBills, the Constitution provides equality of status ofthe two Houses. The Speaker is elected by members ofthe Lok Sabha for a period of 5 years. The term of theLok Sabha can be extended for one year at a time. TheLok Sabha can be dissolved before the expiry of itsnormal term of five years by the President.SpeakerThe House of the People elects a Speaker and aDeputy Speaker from among its members. Theprincipal function of the Speaker is to preside overthe meetings of the House in addition to other dutiesin connection with the internal affairs of the House ofthe People.Money Bill :A Money Bill is not introduced in the RajyaSabha which has no power over Money Bills. It canoriginate only in the Lok Sabha. In financial matters,the Lok Sabha is more powerful than the Rajya Sabha.After a Money Bill has been passed by the Lok Sabha,it is to be sent to the Rajya Sabha for itsrecommendations. The Rajya Sabha cannot reject oramend a Money Bill by virtue of its own powers. If theRajya Sabha does not return the Bill within fourteendays, it shall be deemed to have been passed by bothHouses.Elections :Election held to elect members of Parliament andState Legislative Assemblies as also to the office of thePresident and Vice-President is termed as ―GeneralElection‖. General Elections are normally held everyfive years in India. But mid-term elections can be heldif the circumstances so demand. General Elections arecontrolled by the Election Commission consisting ofone Chief Election Commissioner and a number ofElection Commissioners appointed by the President.The Election Commission conducts the election of thePresident and Vice-President of India as well.Main Duties of the Election Commission : The mainduties of the Election Commission are :1. to superintend, direct, control and conduct allelections to Parliament and State Legislatures asalso to the office of the President and Vice-President of India;2. to lay down general rules for election;3. to determine constituencies and to prepare
  • 68. electoral rolls;4. to give recognition to the political parties;5. to allot election symbols to different politicalparties and individual contestants, and6. to appoint tribunals for the decision of doubtsand disputes arising out of or in connection withelection to Parliament and State Legislatures.Powers of the Election Commission are given inArticle 324.Minimum age prescribed for election is : (i) Presidentof India - 35 years (ii) Member of Lok Sabha - 25 years(iii) Member of Rajya Sabha - 30 years.Mid-term election : is an election held out of scheduleas a result of the dissolution of Parliament or a Statelegislature before it has been in existence for its normalterm of five years.By-election : is held in respect of a seat renderedvacant during the running term of an elected person,which might occur on resignation, death or due to anyother subsequent disqualification of the already electedMember. Every person who is a citizen of India andwho is not less than 18 years of age and who is nototherwise disqualified, is entitled to vote at theelections of the House of the People (and also of theLegislative Assembly of the States). A member ofeither House of Parliament will be disqualified frombeing a member if he has voluntarily given upmembership of the party on whose ticket he waselected. Democracy in India rests on the fact thatpeople have the right to choose and change thegovernment.REMEDIES FOR ENFORCEMENTArticles 32 of the Constitution provides aguaranteed remedy for the enforcement of fundamentalrights. The remedy is in the form of specific writsmentioned in the Article or any other appropriate orderby the Supreme Court. A writ is a written court orderby which one is summoned or required to do something.The writs mentioned in the Constitution are thefollowing:1. Habeas Corpus, 4. Certiorari,2. Mandamus, 5. Quo Warranto.3. Prohibition,Let us now see the nature and significance of each ofthem.Habeas CorpusHabeas Corpus is a Latin term which literallymeans ―you should have the body‖. The writ wasregarded in England as a foundation of human freedomand the British citizen insisted upon this privilegewherever he went whether for business or colonisation.This is how it found place in the Constitution of theUnited States when the British colonies in Americawon their independence and established a new stateunder that Constitution. In India the power to issue a
  • 69. writ of habeas corpus is vested only in the SupremeCourt and the High Court. The writ is a direction of thecourt to a person who is detaining another, commandinghim to bring the body of the person in his custody ata specified time to a specified place for a specifiedpurpose. The writ has only one purpose; to set atliberty, a person who is confined without legaljustification; to secure release from confinement of aperson unlawfully detained. The writ is issued notonly against the State and its authorities but also toprivate individuals or organisation, if necessary.MandamusThe Latin word Mandamus means „we order‟.The writ of Mandamus is an order of the SupremeCourt or the High Court commanding a person or abody to do that which is his or its duty to do. Forinstance, a licensing officer is obliged to issue a licenceto an appicant if he fulfills all the conditions laid downfor the issue of such licence. Similarly, an appointingauthority should issue a letter of appointment to acandidate if all the formalities of selection are over andif the candidate is declared fit for appointment or theauthority concerned refuses or fails to issue the licenceor the appointment letter, the aggrieved person has aright to seek the remedy through a writ of Mandamus.CertiorariCertiorari is a writ which orders the removal of asuit from an inferior court to a superior court. It maybe used before a trial take place to prevent an excessor abuse of jurisdiction and to move the case for trialto a higher court. It is invoked also after trial to quashan order which has been made without jurisdiction orin difiance of the rules of natural justice.ProhibitionA writ of prohibition is issued primarily toprevent an inferior court from exceeding its jurisdictionor acting contrary to the rules of natural justice. ForFor more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSexample, a Judge may be restrained from hearing a casein which he is personally interested. The writ ofprohibition is a counterpart of the writ of certiorari andan aggrieved person may make an application for theissue of both the writs.Quo-WarrantoAn application for a writ of quo-warranto seeksan order from the Supreme Court or High Court torestrain a person from acting in an office to which heis not entitled. It may also seek the office to bedeclared as vacant. What the court has to do is todetermine whether there has been surpation of anoffice of a public nature. For example, a member of aMunicipal Corporation may through an application ofwrit of quo-warranto challenge the authority of theMayor if he is of opinion that the Mayor was not
  • 70. properly elected.INDIAN JUDICIARYThe Supreme Court of IndiaThe highest court of Justice in the country is theSupreme Court. It now consists of the Chief Justiceand 25 other Judges.The Chief Justice is appointed by the President ofIndia in consultation with the Judges of the SupremeCourt.The President appoints the other Judges of theSupreme Court in consultation with the Chief Justice.Qualifications of the JudgesIn order to be a judge of the Supreme Court, aperson must be;(a) a citizen of India(b) a judge of a High Court of not less than fiveyears‘ standing or an advocate of ten years‘standing in a High Court or an eminent jurist.Term : The Judge of the Supreme Court holds office tillthe age of 65 years. He can be removed only on theground of proven misbehaviour.Both the Houses ofParliament will pass a motion to that effect by a twothird majority of the members present and voting. Butthis cannot be less than a majority of the totalmembership of the House. After this, the Presidentissues an order for the removal of the judge.Salary and Allowances : The Chief Justice draws asalary of Rs.33,000/- per month. The salary of otherJudges is Rs.30,000/- per month. Every Judge is givena rent free official residence. The pay and allownces ofjudges are charged on the Consolidated Fund ofIndia. A retired Judge of the Supreme Court is debarredfrom practising in any Court of law or before any otherauthority in India.Location : The Supreme Court of India is located inNew Delhi.INDEPENDENCE OF SUPREMECOURT JUDGESThe independence of the Judges of the SupremeCourt is ensured by the following:1. The salaries of the Judges have been fixed underthe Second Schedule and these shall not bevaried to their disadvantages after theirappointment.2. The administrative expenses of the SupremeCourt, including pay and allowances of theJudges and their staff, are charged on theConsolidated Fund of India. These expenses arenot subject to Parliamentary Vote.3. The President has to consult, among others, theChief Justice or the Judges of the SupremeCourt while appointing the Judges or the chiefJustice of India, as the case may be. This ensures
  • 71. appointment of Judges with independent bent ofmind.4. A Supreme Court Judge cannot be removed bythe President except on a joint address by bothHouses of Parliament on ground of provedmisbehaviour or incapacity of Judge in question.5. Discussion of the conduct of a Judge of theSupreme Court (or a High Court) in Parliament isforbidden except in a case when a motion hasalready been introduced to remove the Judge.6. After retirement, a Supreme Court Judge shall notplead or act in any Court or before any authorityin the country.There are analogous provision in the case ofHigh Court Judges.JurisdictionThe Supreme Court has three kinds of jurisdiction,namely (i) Original; (ii) Appellate, and (iii) Advisory.Original Jurisdiction(i) The Supreme Court is empowered to decide alldisputes between the Union and one or moreStates.(ii) Under Article 32 of the Constitution, the SupremeCourt can enforce fundamental rights guaranteedunder Part III of the Constitution.(iii) It is empowered to issue directions or orders ofwrits including those in the nature of writs ofhabeas corpus, mandamus, prohibition, quowarrantoand certiorari, whichever may beappropriate, to enforce the fundamental rights.Appellate Jurisdiction(i) The Supreme Court hears appeals from anyjudgement passed by a High Court and whichinvolves a substantial question of law as to theinterpretation of the Constitution.For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKS(ii) The appeals for civil and criminal cases arisingfrom the judgements of High Courts lie with theSupreme Court. However in case of a civil suitappeal, the case must involve a substantialquestion of law of general importance.(iii) It has jurisdiction over all courts and tribunals inIndia and can grant special leave to appeal againstany judgement made by these courts and tribunals.Advisory JurisdictionThe President can seek the opinion of SupremeCourt on important questions of law and fact. TheSupreme Court shall have the power to make rules forits working, subject to the laws made by the parliamentin this regard. The minimum number of Judges todecide an issue involving the interpretation of theconstitution or any Presidential reference is five.Doctrine of Judicial ReviewJudicial Review, as emphasised in the Indian
  • 72. Constitution, reprensents the competence of theSupreme Court to act as the guardian and protector offundamental rights as also the institutions which areset up under the Constitution. The Judiciary, in otherwords, has been assigned the role of preventing theexecutive and the legislature from violating the rightsand freedoms guaranteed to the citizen. It has thepower to nullify an executive order or an Act passedby the Parliament or by a State legislature, by declaringin ultra vires of the Constitution or an act as notauthorized by law.Attorney General of IndiaThe Constitution provides for the appointmentby the President of a person who is qualified to beappointed a Judge of the Supreme Court to beAttorney-General for India. The Attorney-Genral holdsoffice during the pleasure of the President. He givesexpert legal advice to the Government of India andperforms such duties of legal character as are assignedto him. He has right of audience in all courts in Indiaand can take part in the proceedings of either Houseof Parliament but he is not entitled to vote.HIGH COURTSA High Court is the highest court of justice in thestate. A High Court consists of the chief Justice andsome other judges. The Chief Justice of a High Courtis appointed by the President in consultation with theChief Justice of India and the Governor of the Stateconcerned. The other Judges are appointed by thePresident of India in consultation with the Chief Justiceof India, the Chief Justice of the High court and theGovernor of the State concerned. The Judges canserve upto the age of 62 years, unless they resign orare removed by the President of India on arepresentation by both the Houses of Parliament in theprescribed constitutional manner. It is the same as thecase of a judge of Supreme Court.QualificationsTo be a judge of a High Court a person must1. be a citizen of India2. have been a judge of a civil and sessioncourt in India for atleast ten years3. an advocate in a High court for atleast tenyearsThe Chief Justice draws a salary of Rs.30,000/-permonth and other judges draw a salary of Rs.26,000/-per month. They also get pension and other retirementbenefits. The pay and allowances of High Court Judgesare changed on the Consolidated Fund of the State.Powers of High CourtsThe High court is mainly a Court of Appeal. Itcan hear appeals in both civil and criminal cases. Aperson can appeal to the High Court to protect his
  • 73. Fundamental Rights. The High Court controls andsupervises the working of the lower courts. The Highcourts is empowered to issue to any person or theGovernment within its jurisdiction, orders or writs,including writs which are in the nature of habeascorpus, mandamus, prohibition, quo-warranto andcertorari. The High Courts have powers ofsuperintendence over all subordinate courts andtribunals within their jurisdiction. The Advoate Generalis appointed by the Governor.Transfer of Chief JusticeThe President after consultation with the ChiefJustice of India, transfers a Chief Justice from one HighCourt to another High Court.Appointment of officers and staffOfficers and servants of the High court are to beappointed by the Chief Justice. The expenses of Highcourt will be charged on the Consolidated Fund of thestate.Subordinate CourtsSubject to minor local variations, the structureand functions of the subordinate courts are more orless uniform throughout the country. Each State isdivided into a number of districts, each under thejurisdiction of the principal civil court provided over bya district judge. Subordinate to him is a hierarchy ofdifferent grades of civil judicial authorities. The courtof the District Judge is the highest Civil Court in adistrict. When a Judge decides a civil cases, he iscalled the District Judge and when he deals withcriminal cases he is called the Sessions Judge, appointedby the Governor in consultation with the Chief Justiceof the state. Besides the district court there are Courtsof Sub-Judges, Munisif Courts and Courts of SmallCauses. For criminal cases, District Magistrate andSub Magistrates in the districs and taluk centersrespectively. In cities they are called MetropolitanMagistrates.HIGH COURTS AND THEIRJURISDICTIONName of High Court Territorial jurisdiction1. Allahabad State of Uttar Pradesh2. Andhra Pradesh State of Andhra Pradesh3. Gawahati States of Assam, ArunachalPradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya,Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura.4. Mumbai States of Maharashtra & Goaand Union Territories of Daman& Diu and Dadra & NagarHaveli.5. Kolkata State of West Bengal & UnionTerritory of Andaman &Nicobar Islands6. Delhi Delhi7. Gujarat State of Gujarat
  • 74. 8. Himachal Pradesh State of Himachal Pradesh9. Jammu & Kashmir State of Jammu and Kashmir andLadakh10. Kerala (Ernakulam) State of Kerala and UnionTerritory of Lakshadweep11. Madhya Pradesh State of Madhya Pradesh12. Chennai State of Tamil Nadu and UnionTerritory of Pondicherry.13. Karnataka State of Karnataka14. Orissa State of Orissa15. Patna State of Bihar16. Punjab & Haryana States of Punjab and Haryana& Union Territory ofChandigarh.17. Rajasthan State of Rajasthan18. Sikkim State of Sikkim19. Bilaspur State of Chhattisgarh20. Nainital State of Uttaranchal21. Ranchi State of JharkhandPOLITICAL PARTIES IN INDIAAccording to one estimate, there have been over200 political parties in India since Independence. Butthe country has experienced single-party dominance. Alarge number of regional parties exist in India. ThePolitical parties in the country may be classified intothree major groups:-(A) Rightist, (B) Leftist and (C) Centrist and Left ofCentre.A recognised political party has been classifiedeither as a ‗national party‘ or a ‗state party‘, the normbeing: If a political party is recognised in four or moreStates, it is deemed a ‗national party‘ and onerecognised in less than four States, is a ‗State Party‘in the State/s in which it is recognised as such. A partywhich state/s in which it is recognised as such. A partywhich secures atlest 4 percent of the votes polled inthe State can be recognised as a state or regional part.NATIONAL PARTIES1. Bharatiya Janata Party2. Communist Party of India3. Communist Party of India (Marxist)4. Indian Congress (Socialist - S.C. Sinha)5. Indian National Congress6. Janata Party (JP)7. Samajvadi Janata Party8. Lok Dal (B)9. Lok Dal (Ajit)10. Janata DalSTATE PARTIES1. All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam2. All India Forward Bloc3. All India Muslim League4. All Parties‘ Hill Leaders‘ Conference
  • 75. 5. Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam6. Goa Congress7. Hill State Peoples‘ Democratic Party8. Indian Congress (J)9. Jammu & Kashmir National Conference10. Jammu & Kashmir People‘s Conference11. Jammu and Kashmir Panthers‘ Party12. Kerala Congress13. Kerala Congress (J)14. Kuki National Assembly15. Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party16. Manipur People‘s Party17. Muslim League18. Naga National Democratic Party19. Pattali Makkal Katchi20. Peasants‘ and Workers‘ Party of India21. People‘s Conference22. People‘s Party of Arunachal23. Plains Tribal Council of Assam24. Public Demands Implementation Convention25. Revolutionary Socialist Party26. Shiromani Akali Dal27. Sikkim Prajatantra Congress28. Sikkim Congress (R)29. Sikkim Sangram Parishad30. Tripura Upajati Juba Samiti31. Telugu Desam32. Bhaushab Bandodkar Gomantak33. Asom Gana Parishad, Assam34. United Minorities Front, Assam35. United Democratic Party, Manipur36. Hill People Union37. Mizo National Front38. Shiv Sena39. Shiv Sena (B)40. Forward Bloc41. Jharkhand Mukti Morcha42. National Conference43. Rising Sun Party44. Indian Congress (J)45. Nagaland People‘s Council46. Nagaland People‘s Party47. Marrumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam48. Tamil Maanila Congress (Moopanar)SCHEDULES TO THE CONSTITUTIONConstitution of India contains Ten Schedules, which are an integral part of the Constitution. A briefsummary is given below:First Schedule : It contains the list of the States andthe Union Territories comprising the Indian Union.2nd Schedule : It has Five Parts.Part (a) fixes the remuneration and emoluments payableto the President of India and Governors of the States.Part (b) was deleted from the Constitution (7thAmendment) Act 1956)
  • 76. Part (c) contains provisions as of the Speaker andDeputy Speaker of the House of people, Chairman andDeputy Chairman of the council of States and theSpeaker of the Legislative Assemblies and Chairmanand Deputy Chairman of the Legislative Councils.Part (d) fixes the emoluments of the Judges of theSupreme Court and High Courts.Part (e) contains provision of the Comptroller andAuditor - General of India.3rd Schedule : It contains the allocation of seats ofeach States and Union Territories in the Council ofStates.4th Schedule : It provides for the administration andcontrol of scheduled areas. It can be amended by asimple majority of theParliament.6th Schedule : It provides for the administration oftribal areas in Assam, Meghalaya, and Mizopram andgoes into details of the administration in these areas.It can be amended by a simple majority of theParliament.7th Schedule : It gives the allocation of powers andfunctions between the Union & the States. It containsthree lists: (1) Union list of 97 subjects over which theUnion government has an exclusive authority, (2) Statelist of 66 subjects over which States have exclusiveauthority and (3) Concurrent list of 47 subjects overwhich the Union and the States have concurrentpowers.8th Schedule : It contains a list of eighteen languagesof India recognised in the Constitution. They are :(1) Assamese (7) Konkani (13) Punjabi(2) Bengali (8) Malayalam (14) Sanskrit(3) Gujarati (9) Manipuri (15) Sindhi(4) Hindi (10) Marati (16) Tamil(5) Kannada (11) Nepali (17) Telugu(6) Kashmiri (12) Oriya (18) Urdu.9th Schedule : It was added by the Constitution 1stAmendment Act 1951. It contains Acts and Ordersrelating to Land tenure, Land tax, Railways, Industries,etc., possessed by the Union government and Stategovernments (including Jammu & Kashmir), which arebeyond the jurisdiction of the Civil Courts.Tenth Schedule : (Fifty Second Amendments) Act1985. It contains anti-defection Acts.EMOLUMENTS OF VVIPsSecond Schedule Salary per monthPresident Rs.50,000(20,000)Vice-President Rs.40,000(14,500)State Governor Rs.36,000(11,000)Member of the Parliaments Rs.15,000(14,000)Chief Justice of Supreme Court Rs.33,000(10,000)Judges of the Supreme Court Rs.30,000(9000)Chief Justice of State High Court Rs.30,000(9000)Judges of the High Court Rs.26,000(8000)
  • 77. CONSTITUTION REVIEW PANELA 11-member Constitution Review Commissionchaired by Mr. Justice M.N. Venkatachaliah was set upby the government on February 13, 2000. A gazettenotification formally setting up the Commission wasissued on February 23, 2000.The Commission will suggest changes, if any,within the framework of parliamentary democracy, bysubmitting a report within a year ending on February21, 2001.On 14-1-2001 the Union Cabinet formally decidedto extend the term by eight months, upto October 31,2001.The Commission set up with a mandate to examinehow best the Constitution could respond to thechanging needs of the country in the limelight of theexperience for the past 50 years.The other 10 members of the Commission are :Mr. Justice B.P. Jeewan Reddy, Chairman, LawCommission and former Supreme Court Judge.Mr. Justice R.S. Sarkaria, former Supreme CourtJudge and Chairperson, Sarkaria Commission onCentre-State relations.Mr. Justice Kandapalli Punniah, Former AndhraHigh Court JudgeMr. Soli Sorabjee, Attorney-GeneralMr. Parasaran, former Attorney-GeneralMr. P.A. Sangma, former Speaker, Lok Sabha,Mr. Subhash Kashyap, former Secretary General,Lok SabhaMr. C.R. Irani, Chief Editor, The StatesmanMr. Abid Hussain, former Indian Ambassador tothe United StatesMrs. Sumitra Kulkarni, former M.P.Amendments to the ConstitutionProcedure (Article 368) : The methods of Amendment are three - according to the subject matter of the Articleconcerned. : 1. Articles that may be amended by a simple majority. 2. Articles that may be amended by a twothirdsmajority of both Houses of Parliament - these are comparatively important matters. 3. Articles that requirenot only a two-thirds majority of the Parliament but also ratification by at least one-half of the State Legislatures.Some important recent Constitutional Amendments are :Constitution (Forty-second Amendment) Act, 1976 : Itis a piece of comprehensive legislation containing 39clauses, the main features of which may be summarisedas follows :(a) The Preamble has been altered from sovereign,democratic republic to sovereign, socialist, seculardemocratic republic and unity of the nation hasbeen modified to unity and integrity of thenation.(b) Provision of Fundamental Duties.(c) Directive Principles brought under legal purviewand given precedence over Fundamental Rights.(d) Division of jurisdiction between the SupremeCourt and the High Courts in the matter ofdetermination of the constitutional validity of
  • 78. central and state laws.(e) Limitation of the jurisdiction of High Courts incertain respects and provision, or for creation ofAdministrative Tribunals for adjudication forservice matters.(f) Duration of the Lok Sabha and the StateAssemblies increased from 5 to 6 years.(g) Provision for dealing with anti-national andcommunal activities.(h) Proclamation of Emergency may be madeapplicable to any part of the country (instead ofthe whole country), and emergency could belifted from any part of the county while itremained in force in other parts.The Constitution (Forty-third Amendment) Act, 1978: This amendment repealed the obnoxious provisions ofthe Contitution (Forty-Second Amendment) Act passedduring the emergency. The duration of the Lok Sabhaand State Assemblies was restored to five years. Thespecial privileges for the Prime Minister and theSpeaker in disputes pretaining to their elections to theLok Sabha were annulled.The Constitution (Forty-fourth Amendment) Act, 1979: This amendment reversed many of the provisions ofthe Constitution (Forty-second Amendment) Act andalso made far-reaching changes in many of theprovisions of the Constitution.(i) The right to property has been deleted from thelist of Fundamental Rights. Now it becomes anordinary legal right.(ii) The amendment provides that the fundamentalright to life and liberty cannot be demolishedeven during the operation of emergency.(iii) The right of information, media, and especiallythe press, has been guaranteed, to freely reportwithout censorship, the proceedings in Parliamentand State Legislatures.(iv) Restored the jurisdiction and powers of theSupreme Court and High Courts as they existedbefore the forty-second Amendment Act.(v) Term of the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies wasagain reduced from 6 years to 5 years.The Constitution (Fifty-second Amendment) Act, 1985: Defection has been prohibited by this amendment. Ifan elected representative changes his party, he wouldlose his seat in the State / Central legislature. However,in case at least one-third of the members of the partychange affiliation, it shall not be termed as defection.A nominated or an independent representative cannotjoin any party for 6 months after nomination or election.The Constitution (Fifty-fourth Amendment) Act,1986: This amendment increased salaries of the ChiefJustice, Judges.The Constitution (Fifty-eighth Amendment) Act, 1987:Hindi version of the Constitution accepted asauthoritative and that the translation of this Constitution
  • 79. shall have the same meaning as the original text inEnglish.The Constitution (Fifty-ninth Amendment) Act, 1988:To facilitate proclamation of emergency by the President,the phrase armed rebellion in the Article 39 has beenreplaced by internal disturbance.The Constitution (Sixty-first Amendment) Act, 1989 :It has reduced the voting age from 21 years to 18 yearsfor the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.The Constitution (Sixty-second Amendment) Act,1989 : It extended reservation of seats for ScheduledCastes and Scheduled Tribes for a further period of 10years, i.e, upto 2000.The Constitution (Seventy-first Amendment) Act, 1992: It included Konkani, Manipuri and Nepali in theEighth Schedule of the Consitution. The EighthSchedule now has 18 languages.For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSThe Constitution (Seventy-third Amendment) Act,1993 : Article 40 of the Constitution which enshrinesone of the Directive Principles of the State Policy laysdown that the state shall take steps to organise villagePanchayats and endow them with such powers andauthorities as may be necessary to enable them tofunction as a unit of self-government.The Constitution (Seventy-fourth Amendment) Act,1993 : A new part IX-A relating to the Municipalitieshas been incorporated in the Constitution to provide,among other things, constitution of three types ofMunicipalities, i.e, Nagar Panchayats for areas intransition from a rural area to urban area, MunicipalCouncils for smaller urban area, and MunicipalCorporations for larger urban areas.The Constitution (Seventy-eighth Amendment) Act,1995 : Article 31B of the Constitution confers onthe enactment included in the Ninth Schedule tothe Constitution, immunity from legal challenge ofthe ground that it violates the fundamental rightsenshrined in Part III of the Constitution. The Scheduleconsists of list of laws enacted by the centralgovernments and various state governments which,inter alia, affect rights and interest in propertyincluding land.The Constitution (79th Amendment Act) 2000 : Itextends reservation to SCs & STs in Lok Sabha andState Legislative Assemblies for 10 years beyond 2000.The Eightieth Amendment, 2000 : It relates to therevenue sharing between the Centre and the Stateswhereby States over-all share was increased to 29% asper the Tenth Finance Commissions recommendation.The Eighty First Amendment,2000 : It relates tocarrying forward backlog vacancies of SCs and STs.The Eighty Second Amendment,2000 : It relates torelaxation in qualifying marks and reservation of posts
  • 80. in super speciality course in Medical and Engg. etc.,for SCs and STs.The Eighty Third Amendment,2000 : It exemptsArunachal Pradesh from reserving seats for scheduledcastes in Panchayati Raj institutions as there are noScheduled Castes.The Eighty Fourth Amendment,2000 : It relates to thecreation of new states of Chhattisgarh, Uttaranchal andJharkhand.The Eighty Fifth Amendment, 2000 : It provides forthe benefit of reservation in promotions in governmentservice to the members of Scheduled Castes(SC)/Scheduled Tribes (ST).The Eighty Ninth Amendment, 2000 : The bill passedby Parliament on May, 2000, provides for the transferof 25% share of net tax proceeds to States for a fiveyearperiod and seeks to bring several Central taxesand duties like Corporation Tax and Customs Duty atpar with personal income-tax for the purpose of sharingwith the States.The Ninety Third Amendment, 2001 : Union Cabinetapproved the Constitution (93rd Amendment) Bill, 2001on 20th September 2001. It seeks to provide free andcompulsory education for the children aged 6 to 14across the country.The Ninety Sixth Amendment, 2003 : The Lok Sabhaunanimously approved it on 6th May 2003. It seeks toprovide for readjustment of electoral constituencies,including those reserved for Scheduled Castes andScheduled Tribes on the basis of the populationcensus for the year 2001 without affecting the numberof seats allocated to States in the Legislative bodies.OFFICIAL BOOKS AND PAPERSBlue Book : Official report of the Government of U.K.White Paper : Short Phamplet giving authoritative recital offacts given by the Government.Red Book : Book banished in a country.Green Book : Official Publications of Italy and Iran.Grey Book : Official Publications of Japan and Belgium.Orange Book : Official Publications of Netherlands.White Book : Official Publications of Germany, China andPortugal.Yellow Book : Official Publications of France.HISTORY OF INDIAHistory of India—Dates and events relating to Indus valley Civilization, Vedic, Aryan and Sangam age,Maurya Dynasty, Buddhism and Jainism, Guptas and Vardhanas, Pallavas, Cholas and Pandias, Sultanate andMughal Period, Advent of European powers specially the British and other related, topics.The name “India” is derived from Sindhu (Indus)the name of the great river in the North-West.THE INDUS VALLEY CIVILISATION :The approximate period of Indus Valley Civilisation
  • 81. appears to have flourished between 2000 to 1700 B.C.The first known civilisation in India is called theIndus Valley Civilisation because the important siteswhich were excavated first are located in the valley ofIndus. The civiliasation appears to have spread overPunjab, Sindh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Baluchistan. Themost significant feature of the Indus Valley Civilisationis burnt brick buildings. The “Great Bath” was foundin Mohen-jo-Daro. Mohen-jo-Daro is also known as“Mound of the Dead”. The Indus people were probablyruled by merchants. The script used by the IndusValley people has not yet been deciphered. The firstmetal to be discovered and used for making tools wascopper. Iron was not known to the people of IndusValley Civilisation. Rice cultivation is associated withthe Harappan site of Lothal. Mohen-jo-Daro andHarappa are not in India. According to the historians,there were close commercial and cultural contactsbetween Indus Valley and the Sumerian Civilisation.The Indus Valley people had not learnt to domesticatehorses but those who lived in the Vedic age did makeuse of the horse. Wheat was the staple food of theIndus people. The Indus Valley people worshippedPasupathi. The Indus Valley people venerated the bull.It was non-Aryan because it had a pictographic script.THE VEDIC CULTURE :The Aryans came to India from Central Asia. TheRig Vedic Aryans were largely urban people. The firsthome of the Aryans was Punjab. The Rig Vedic Aryanswere generally under a monarchical Government. Copperwas first used by the Vedic people. Upanishads arebooks in Philosophy. They were translated into Persian,during the reign of Shah Jahan. The Aryans wereskilful farmers. They knew the art of domesticatinganimals. They were engaged in trade and knew maritimenavigation. The religious books of the Aryans are fourin number (1) the Rig Veda, the oldest (2) the YajurVeda (3) the Sama Veda (4) the Atharvana Veda. TheEpics - the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.Mahabharata is the longest epic in the world, thePuranas - 18 in number; the Shastras or the Darshanas- six in number and the Manu.BUDDHISM :Buddhism was founded by a Kshatriya Prince,Siddhartha born in 1567 B.C. at Lumbini. Siddharthawas afterwards known as the Buddha, ―the enlightenedone‖. Buddha laid stress on the Four Noble Truths andthe pursuit of the Noble Eight-fold path. To attainnirvana, Buddha prescribed the Eight-fold path. TheBuddhist section which started worshipping the Buddhaas a God is known as Mahayana. Buddha preached hisfirst sermon at Saranath. Tripitacas are the sacredbooks of the Buddhists.JAINISM :The founder of Jainism is unknown. Mahavira, acontemporary of Buddha was the preceptor of Jainism.
  • 82. He was the last of the Jain teachers called Tirthankaras.ALEXANDER’S INVASION:Alexander, son of Philip, King of Macedonia(Greece)crossed the Indus in 327 B.C. After defeatingPorus, he retreated as his army refused to proceedfurther. He returned by the way of Indus and diedon his way to Babylon in 323 B.C. Alexander‘sinvasion opened the land route from Europe to Indiaand it paved the way for the political unity of India.SANGAM AGE :It is stated that there were three Sangams,Agasthiar presided over the two Sangams. The thirdSangam was held in Madurai. It was the age for thebirth of art and literature. The Cholas, the Cheras andthe Pandyas ruled the ancient Tamil Kingdom. Theemblems were the tiger, bow and the fish respectively.They were the flower garlands of Aathi, Palm and Neemrespectively. The Tamils were the first to build damsacross rivers. They were the first experts in shipbuilding.The people of Sangam age divided their landsinto Kurinji, Mullai, Marudham, Neithal and Palai.They worshipped Murugar, Thirumal, Indra, Varunaand Kottravai.MAURYA DYNASTY :Chandra Gupta Maurya was the founder of theMaurya Dynasty and also the founder of the firsthistorical empire in India. With the help of his wiseand able minister Kautilya or Chanakya - he drove theGreeks out of punjab and conquered Magadha.Megasthenes, the Greek Ambassador sent by Seleucuscame to his court and wrote the book “Indica” -Kautilya‟s book Arhtasastra deals with principles andpractice of state crafts. Ashoka the Great, the mostfamous king of the Maurya Dynasty and one of thegreatest kings in history, conquered Kalinga in 261B.C., but the battle turned his warlike attitude and heembraced Buddhism. Ashoka spread his Dharmathrough edicts by using Prakrit language and sendingbikshus to the foreign countries. The core of Asoka‘sFor more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSand musician; known as the ―Indian Napoleon‖ onaccount of his great conquests. He had very cordialrelations with Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), also performedAsvamedha Yajna (horse sacrifice). His achievementsare inscribed in Allahabad Prasasti. Chandra Gupta IIor Vikramaditya was the second great king of Guptadynasty. Fahien, the first Chinese pilgrim visited hiskingdom. Art and literature flourished. Kalidasa - poetand dramatist; known as the “Shakespeare of India”.and “Prince of Indian Poets” lived during his period.Aryabhatta, Varahimihira and Brahma Gupta- thegreatest mathematicians and astronomers of their time;Kumarila Bhatta and Shankaracharya - the greatpreachers of Hinduism and Dhanwantri, Nagarjuna -
  • 83. great physicians. The nine scholars who adorned thecourt of Gupta were called the Navratnas. The Ajantacave paintings mostly belong to the period of Gupta.The paintings of Ajanta depict stories of the Jatakas.Kumara Gupta founded the Nalanda University. TheDelhi Iron Pillar belonging to the Gupta period stillremains rustless.VARDHANA DYNASTY :Harsha Vardhana was the king of Thaneshwarand established a strong empire. He was the last greatHindu king of Northern India. Hieun-Tsnag, a Chinesepilgrim visited. Harshacharita - a biography of Harshawas written by Banabhatta. Kanauj became the importantcity of Northern India under Harsha. Bana was thecourt poet of Harsha.CHALUKYA DYNASTY :Pulakesin II was the most powerful ruler ofChalukya dynasty in the Deccan. He came into conflictwith both Harsha in the North and the Pallavas in theSouth. In the Battle of Narmada, Harsha was defeatedby Pulakesin II. Finally, Pulakesin II was defeated andkilled in battle with the Pallavas.PALLAVA DYNASTY :Pallava dynasty was great from cultural as well aspolitical point of view. Sivaskanda Varman was the firstgreat ruler of Pallava dynasty. Narasimha Varman I wasregarded as the greatest king of the Pallavadynasty. He defeated Pulakesin II, the Chalukya rulerat Vatapi and so he was called “Vatapi Kondan”. Hewas also a poet and Kudumianmalai inscriptionsreveal his mastery in music. During this periodHieun-Tsang visited Kanchi. Narsimha Varman II goterected a beautiful temple of Kailasnath near Kanchiand one at Mahabalipuram. He sent an ambassador toChina. Dandin lived in his period. Nandi Varman II goterected the Mukteswar temple at Kanchi. He alsoperformed the famous horse ceremony called“Asvamedha”.CHOLA DYNASTY :The Chola dynasty was an ancient Tamil Kingdomon the lower coast of India along the banks of the riverCauvery. The real founder of the Chola dynasty ofDharma was peace and non-violence. DharmaMahamatras were appointed to preach Dharma. Theeffects of the Kalinga war are described on rock edicts.He stressed the principles of Ahimsa and Tolerationthrough these edicts. Ashoka believed in paternalkingship, “All men are my children” he said, and feltthat he should care of them in the same way.KUSHAN DYNASTY :The Kushanas are important rulers of India andamong them is Kanishka. The coins of the Kanishkakings help us to know the history of this dynasty.Kanishka is undoubtedly the most striking figureamong the Kushana Kings of India. ―A great conquerorand a patron of Buddhism, he combined in himself the
  • 84. military ability of Chandra Gupta Maurya and thereligious zeal of Ashoka‖. Kanishka conquered andannexed Kashmir to his empire. Kanishka used tospend his summer time in Kashmir. Kanishkapura, acity after the name of Kanishka was also founded byhim in Kashmir. After his conversion to Buddhism,Kanishka channelized his indefatigable energies to thepropagatin of Buddhism. The crowning service whichhe rendered to Buddhism was convened at Jalandharaaccording to certian authorities, while others hold theview that it met at Kashmir. The chief aim of the councilwas the compilation of the doctrines of Buddhism andthe writing of commentaries on them. According toKalhana‟s Rajatarangini, Kanishka founded variousmonasteries and stupas. He also sent missions abroadto propagate Buddhism. Kanishka‘s reign also witnesseda remarkable change in the fundamental doctrines ofBuddhism. Buddhist creed was now divided into twobig camps - Hinayan and Mahayana. The latter wasaccepted as the State religon by the Kushanas. DuringKushana period, two schools of art flourished in Indiacalled Gandhara School of Art and Mathura School ofArt. Gandhara Art remained in existence from the firstcentrury B.C. to fifth century A.D. Gandhara Art wasthe combination of the Indian and Greek styles ofsculpture. Geographically this region was so situatedthat it lay exposed to all sorts of foreign contacts andinfluences - Persian, Greek, Roman, Saka and Kushana.In the Gandhara art sculptures representing the storiesand legends of Lord Buddha‘s Life were made, as theywere in great demand. These sculptures were producedalmost in a mechanical manner. Kanishka was succeededby his younger son Huvishka who was also a followerof Buddhism. Huvishka was succeeded by his sonVasudeva who was a weak ruler. He believed inSaivism. After him, the Kushana dynasty practicallycame to an end.GUPTA DYNASTY :Chandra Gupta I founded the powerful kingdomand started the Gupta Era. The Gupta rule was theGolden period of the Hindus. Samudra Gupta, son ofChandra Gupta - I was the most powerful and ablest ofthe Hindu Kings, a great military genius, scholar, poetThanjavur was Vijayalaya. Woriur was the capital ofthe Cholas of Sangam age. The ascendancy of Rajarajasgave Chola the paramount power in India. With apowerful naval fleet at his disposal he was able tobring under his control the Arabian Sea and the IndianOcean. Rajaraja was an expert architect. His SivaTemple Brihadeeswara in Thanjavur is a masterpieceof art of his rule.Rajaraja was succeeded by his son, Rajendra. Healso established authority over the islands of Andaman,Nicobar and Malaya. The Cholas had a democraticsystem of administration. The village assemblies
  • 85. collected the land revenue and dispensed justice.Village was the smallest unit of administration. Landrevenue was their main source of income. The villagecommunity got a lot of power during the reign of theCholas. The Chola age was the most famous forvillage assemblies and Kudavolai system. TheUttiramerur inscription of Parantak I is the main sourceof village government under the Cholas.PANDYA DYNASTY :Pandya dynasty is the oldest. Pandyas hadcommercial contacts with Rome in 20 B.C.Jatlivarman was the greatest imperialist of hisdynasty. The invasion of Malik Kafur shattered thePandya empire.DELHI SULTANATES :The Arabs were the first Muslims to come toIndia. Sultan Mohammed of Ghazni led a series ofplundering raids, about 17 in number. He attacked andplundered Somnath Temple in Kathiawar. The scholarwho accompanied Mohammed of Ghazni in India wasAlbaruni. In 1191, Mohd. Ghori was defeated byPrithvi Raj Chohan at the Battle of Tarain nearThaneswar. The dynasty which ruled from Delhitill the coming of the Mughals in the 16th centurywere the Slaves, the Khiljis, the Tughlaqs, the Sayidsand the Lodhis. This phase of Indian History isknown as the ―Sultanate Period‖. Under Altmash andBalban, they extended their sway over practically thewhole of North India.SLAVE DYNASTY :Qutub-ud-Din Aibak was first a slave of QaziFakha-ud-Din and later on purchased by MohammedGhori.Aibak was a great general and was very generousand called ―Lakh Bakhsha‖. He started the constructionof the “Qutub Minar” in Delhi and the same wascompleted by Iltutmish; Iltutmish was also a slave andso he was called “slave of a slave”.Razia Begum was the daughter of Iltutmish. Shewas the first and the only Muslim lady who ever saton the throne of Delhi.Balban is considered to be one of the greatestmonarchs of Delhi Sultanate. He was the patron of thelearned people and scholars. Amir Khusro, called ―TheParrot of India‖ was the well-known Poet flourished inhis court. Amir Hasan was another poet of his time.KHILJI DYNASTY :Alad-ud-Din Khilji was the first Muslim Sultan.He was not only a great warrior and conqueror but alsoan excellent administrative genius and economist. Hewas the first to bring control of prices of essentialcommodities. Amir Khusro also flourished in the timeof Ala-ud Din Khilji. He wrote mainly in Persian.TUGHLAQ DYNASTY :Muhammad bin Tughlaq : The first great politicalexperiment was the transfer of capital from Delhi to
  • 86. Devgiri which was rechristened ―Daulatabad‖. Secondly,he introduced copper coins as the legal tender andputting them at par with gold and silver coins. Thesystem failed and resulted in heavy loss and trade withforeign countries came to a standstill. He was no doubta gifted Sultan with extraordinary powers but hisschemes were far advance of his time.SANGAM DYNASTY :Harihara and Bukka founded the kingdom ofVijayanagar. The two foreign travellers Nicoli Conti,an Italian and Abdur Razzaq, a Persian visited duringthe reign of Deva Raya II.TULUVA DYNASTY :Krishna Deva Raya was the greatest and themost famous of the Kings of Tuluva dynasty. Hehimself was an accomplished scholar and did, a lot forlearning. He had eight celebrated poets known as“Astadiggajas” at his court.His poet laureate, Alasani-Peddanna is regardedas an author of the first rank. Domingos Paes, aPortuguese traveller visited his court. Sadasiva was thelast ruler of the dynasty. His powerful minister Ramarayawas very ambitious. Battle of Talikota (1565) Muslimkingdoms joined and defeated the Vijayanagar king.Ramaraya was killed, Vijayanagar was ruined. The ruinsof the Vijayanagar empire can be found in Hampi.THE MUGHALS :Babar : The foundation of the Mughal rule in Indiawas laid by Babar in 1526. He defeated Ibrahim Lodiin the First Battle of Panipat.Akbar : He was the greatest of the Mughals. He wasthe real founder of the Mughal empire and the firstMuslim ruler who divorced religion from politics. Hecreated a new religion called “Din-i-Ilahi or DivineFaith”. Ibadat Khana was constructed by Akbar toprovide religious leaders an opportunity to expresstheir view point. He was considered ―National Monarch‖.The new system introduced by Akbar in militaryorganisation is called ―mansabdari system‖. Akbarmade the Buland Darwaza to commemorate his conquestover Gujarat.Shah Jahan : called “Engineer King” built Taj Mahal.Shah Jahan‘s reign is regarded as a “Glorious Epoch”in the histrory of the empire in architecture. Thefamous peacock throne originally belonged to ShahJahan. Mosque building reached its peak during hisreign. European paintings were introduced in the courtof Jahangir.THE MARATHAS :The most powerful of the Maratha chiefs wasShivaji. Shivaji visited Aurangzeb‘s court in Agra in1666 where he was made a prisoner but escaped. Hedeclared himself independent ruler of the MarathaKingdom and was crowned, "Chatrapathi" in 1674 inRajgarh.The Maratha State was governed by the King,
  • 87. advised and assisted by a; council of eight ministers -the Ashtapradhan. The Maratha Government leviedtwo taxes. One was called the Chauth, one fourth ofthe total revenue paid to the Mughal Government orthe Deccan Kingdoms which was taken in return forpromising not to plunder and raid their territory.The other one was Sardeshmukhi, which was anadditional, one tenth. Shivaji‘s successors were weakand the government gradually moved into the hands ofPeshawas and later on by the Mughal king Aurangzebcalled ―Alamgir‖.Downfall of Mughal Rule :Aurangzeb captured and executed Sambhaji, sonof Shivaji. Internally, Aurangzeb had to deal with therebellion of the Jats in the Mathura region. The Rajputswere also a source of trouble. The Sikhs were thefollowers of Guru Nanak. Nine Gurus succeeded GuruNanak. In order to curtail their power, Aurangzebordered the execution of Tegh Bahadur. This naturallyenraged the Sikhs. So, the tenth and the last guru, GuruGovind Sing founded the military brotherhood orthe Khasla meaning ―the pure‖. Apart from this,Aurangzeb destroyed many temples and reimposedJazia. Aurangzeb‘s death set off the rapid decline of theMughal empire.THE SIKHS :The Sikh community was founded as a religioussection by Guru Nanak. Guru Govind Singh, the tenthand the last guru of the Sikhs transformed the religioussect into a military brotherhood. Maharaj Ranjit Singhwas the greatest Indian ruler of his time and founder ofthe Sikh rule in the Punjab. Guru Tegh Bahadur was theninth guru of the Sikhs. He was ordered by EmperorAurangzeb to embrace Islam, he refused and wasexecuted.THE COMING OF THE EUROPEANS :The Portuguese were the first among the Europeannations to trade with India. In 1498, Vasco da Gamadiscovered the sea route to India and reached Calicut.Alfonso Albuqurque laid the real foundation of thePortuguese power in India. Following them were theDutch, the English, the Danish and the French.THE ENGLISH EAST INDIA COMPANY :The East India Company was incorporated in1600 to trade with India by a charter given to it byQueen Elizabeth I. In 1615, the company built the firstfactory at Surat with the permission of Jahangir, securedthrough Sir Thomas Roe, the ambassador to James I.Dupleix, the last Governor General of the Frenchpossession in India, wanted to drive the English out ofIndia but the arrival of Robert Clive on the scene dashedall hopes. The French challenge to the British supremacyin India came to an end with the Battle of Wandiwash.The crowning achievement of Clive was in the Battleof Plassey in 1757 in which he defeated Siraj-ud-
  • 88. Daulah, the Nawab of Bengal and laid the foundation ofthe company‘s power in Bengal. The conquest wascomplete in the Battle of Buxar in 1764. Bengal was thefirst province in India to be conquered by the English.Robert Clive was the first Governor of Bengal.BRITISH GOVERNOR GENERALSand VICEROYS :Warren Hastings : (1772-85) First Governor Generalof Bengal of East India Company. Appointment ofBoard of Revenue - Interference in Rohilla War, NandaKumar‘s murder, the case of Chet Singh and acceptanceof bribes. Impeachment proceedings in Londonprolonged for seven years.Lord Cornwallis : (1786-93) Permanent Settlement ofBengal. Reorganisation of the Revenue Courts -Criminal Courts - compilation of Cornwallis Code.Sir John Shore : (1793-98) Non-intervention policy.Lord Wellesley : (1798-1805) Subsidiary Alliance - ascheme to keep British forces under the Indian rulers- opened a college to train the Company‘s servants inCalcutta. He is called the ―Father of the Civil Servicein India‖.Sir George Barlow : (1805-1807) Mutiny in Vellore.Lord Minto I : (1807-1813) Treaty of Amritsar.Marquess of Hastings : (1813-1823) He was the first toappoint Indians to high posts. The first venacularnewspaper Samachar Patrika began to be published.Passed the Tenancy Act to protect the cultivators.Lord Amherst : (1823-1828) Mutiny of Barrackpur.The Indians refused to be carried away by shipsto Burma and it led to mutiny.Lord William Bentinck : (1829-1835) English acceptedas the medium of instruction after the famousMacaulays recommendations-Medical College ofCalcutta was started. Abolition of Sati, suppression ofFor more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSthugee, banning of female infanticide, abolition ofhuman sacrifice, reform in the Hindu Law of inheritance.First Governor of India under East India Company.Sir Charles Metcalfe : (1835-1836) He removed therestrictions on the vernacular press.Lord Auckland : (1836-1842) Grand Trunk Road fromCalcutta to Delhi.Lord Hardinge : (1844-1848) The First Sikh War (1845-1846 AD) started in his period. The success in this warextended the British Empire upto the Doab of Jallunder.Lord Dalhousie : (1848-1856) Doctrine of Lapse -annexing the princely states whose ruler died withouta natural heir. Accordingly, Satara, Jaipur, Sambalpur,Baghat, Udaipur, Jhansi and Nagpur annexed. Simlamade summer capital. First Railway Line was laid fromBombay to Thana in 1853. Competitive examination forthe I.C.S. began.
  • 89. Viceroys of India :Lord Canning : (1856 -1858) Hindu Widow re-marriageAct. First Universities in India were established atCalcutta, Madras and Bombay. On May 10, 1857, theSepoy Mutiny called First War of Indiependencebegan. Mutiny was suppressed. Queen Victoria‘sProclamation called Magna Carta of India wasannounced. East India Company Rule ended. Canningwas appointed the first Viceroy of India. He had givenamnesty to persons who took part in mutiny. LordCanning is therefore called “Canning the Clemency”.Penal Code was prepared. High Courts were set up atCalcutta, Bombay and Madras.Lord Lawrence : (1864-1869) Telegraphy System wasopened between India and Europe.Lord Mayo: (1869-1872) First Census was taken in 1871Lord Northbrook : (1872-1876) Suez Canal was openedand trade between India and England greatly flourished.Lord Lytton : (1876-1880) Famine Fund was created.Vernacular Press Act was passed. Indian Arms Actforbade Indians from keeping or dealing in armswithout the permission of the Government.Lord Ripon : (1880-1884) The Vernacular Press Act wasrepealed. Formed Local self-Government, was called the“Father of Local Self-Government”. Factory Act waspassed. 1881 census was taken and it would berepeated after every 10 years.Lord Dufferin : (1884-1888) In his period Burma (nowMyanmar) was invaded in 1895 and then was annexedto the British empire in 1889. Indian National Congresswas formed during this time. Public Service Commissionwas appointed in 1886.Lord Lansdowne : (1888-1894) A weekly holiday wasawarded to all factory workers.Lord Curzon : (1899-1905) Agricultural Banks wereestablished. He founded the Agricultural ResearchInstitute at Pusa in Bengal. Ancient MonumentsProtection Act passed. Archaeological Department wasestablished. Partition of Bengal in 1905 createdtrouble. Emperor George cancelled the partition.Lord Minto II : (1905-1910) Minto-Morley Reforms.Lord Hardinge II : (1910-1916) Capital shifted fromCalcutta to Delhi in 1911. Foundation of the BanarasHindu University, Banaras, Pandit Madan MohanMalaviya was the founder-Chancellor of this University.Lord Chelmsford : (1916-1921) Rowlatt Act calledBlack Act was passed. Under the Act Governmentarmed itself with unlimited rights even to detain a personand arrest him without producing him before a Court.The Jallianwala Bagh Tragedy took place in April 13,1919 under the command of Gen. Dyer. KhilafatMovement, Non co-ooperation movement took place.Lord Reading : (1921-1926) Visit of Prince of Wales.Moplah Rebellion (1921) on the South Western coastof India.
  • 90. Lord Irwin : (1926-31) Simon Commission. Demand forcomplete Independence. Civil Disobedience Movement(1930) First Round Table conference-Gandhi-Irwin Pact.Lord Wellington : (1931-1936) Second and ThirdRound Table Conferences - Communcal Award - PoonaPact - Government of India Act 1935 passed. CrippsMission. Quit India Movement (1942).Lord Linlithgow : (1936-1943) During his viceroyalty,provincial autonomy was established. The State of Pakistanfor the Muslims was demanded by Muslim League leader,Jinnah. Second World War broke out in 1939.Lord Wavell : (1943-1947) Simla Conference. MuslimLeague launched ―Direct Action Day‖.Lord Mountbatten : (1947-48) Deputed by the BritishPrime Minister Lord Atlee. Indian Independence Act1947 passed-India and Pakistan created under theMountbatten Plan - Lord Mountbatten became the firstGovernor General of Free India and the lastViceroy of India. India attained Independence onAugust 15, 1947.C.Rajagopalachari was the first & the last Indian Governor-General of free India. Dr.B.R. Ambedkar was theChairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee. The Constitution of India was adopted on the November26, 1949 and it came into force on January 26, 1950. Dr. Rajendra Prasad - the first President of India andJawaharlal Nehru - the First Prime Minister of India. Dr. S.Radhakrishnan-the first Vice-President of India.Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel-first Deputy Prime Minister of India.INDIAN NATIONAL MOVEMENTIndian National Movement— National freedom movement and attainment of independence-contribution ofnational leaders like Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Gopalakrishna Gokhale, Dada Bhai Naorji, M.K. Gandhi, JawaharlalNehruand others-role of Tamil Nadu in freedom movement, Bharathiyar, V.O.C., Subramaniya Siva, Rajaji and others.The National Movement or the movement forIndependence from the British Rule nearly started in1857 which the British historians have called “SepoyMutiny” and the Indian historians, as the “First Warof Independence”. Previously Indian soldiers havebroken out in open mutiny against British Officers atVellore in 1806, in 1842 in Bengal, in 1844 in Sind, thenin Bihar and Punjab.The immediate cause which precipitated theSepoy Mutiny of 1857 was due to the introduction ofcartridges greased into cow‘s and pig‘s fat. The revoltstarted from Meerut and the first sepoy who refused touse the greased cartridge was Mangal Pandey. MangalPandey was killed by the British Army. The Indiansoldiers have massacred the British personnel marchedto Delhi in May 1857. The revolt of 1857 started fromMeerut.The Indian Soldiers proclaimed the MughalEmperor Bahadur Shah II as the Emperor of India. Theheroine of this first war of Independence for India wasRani Lakshmi Bai of Jhansi, one of the most courageousand capable leaders of the mutiny. She fought theBritish forces strongly but fell. Among others who fellfighting were Nana Saheb and Tantya Tope, the brave
  • 91. commander of Nana Saheb‘s forces. The leaders lostthe war mainly because of lack of unity of purposeeffective organisation, and a unified system ofleadership.One of the immediate results of the mutiny wasthat it led to the assumption of direct responsibility foradministration of India by the British Crown. QueenVictoria‘s Proclamation was issued in 1858. QueenVictoria was proclaimed the Empress of India and theGovernor - General was designated the Viceroy and theGovernor-General Lord Canning became the first Viceroyof India.BIRTH OF INDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESSThe birth of Indian National Congress was a greatachievement for the unity of India. The Indian NationalCongress was founded by A.O.Hume in 1885, duringthe Governor-General ship of Lord Dufferin. The firstsession of the Indian National Congress was thetraining and organisation of public opinion in thecountry. The outbreak of the First World War in 1914gave a new lease of life to the nationalist movement.On the outbreak of World War I, some of the Indianrevolutionaries thought of alliance into Germany againstEngland. A young Tamil named Champakraman Pillai,President of a body in Zurich, called the InternationalPro-India Committee, went to Berlin to work under theGerman Foreign Office. He started the Indian NationalParty which was attached to the German General Staff.In early 1915, Mrs.Annie Besant launched a campaignthrough her two papers.New India and Commonweal and organisedpublic meetings and conferences to demand that Indiabe granted self-government. In April 1916, Tilak set upthe Home Rule League. Annie Besant announced theformation of her Home Rule League, with GeorgeArundale, as the organising secretary. She alsoorganised Theosophical Society at Adyar.The two leagues worked in co-operationdemarcating their area of activity, at belgaum meeting,Tilak declared “Swaraj is my birthright and I will haveit”. At another meeting he told the people : “Do notask for crumbs; ask for the whole bread”. JawaharlalNehru joined both the Home Rule Leagues, but workedmostly for Annie Besants Home Rule League. Tilakjoined the Lucknow Session of the Congress in 1916and with the co-operation of Annie Besant and BipinChandra Paul secured control of the Congress.GANDHIAN ERA :During the war years, 1914-1918, Nationalismgathered its forces, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhiwas born on October 2, 1869 at Porbandar in Saurashtra.He proceeded to England in 1888 and returned to Indiaas Barrister-at-Law. He proceeded to Natal in SouthAfrica and fought for the Indian Congress and also anewspaper called ―Indian Opinion‖ with a view to
  • 92. educating Indians in political matters. Gandhiji returnedto India in January 1915, and was warmly welcomed.His first involvement was in Champaaran in Bihar andthe second in Kheda (Kaira). Gandhiji organisedSatyagraha and asked the cultivators not to pay theland revenue. The Government yielded and acompromise was reached.The Jallianwala Bagh Massacre :On the afternoon of April 13, 1919 a publicmeeting was held in Jallianwala Bagh in Amristsar,despite a ban on meetings. Sir Michael O Dyer, the Lt.Governor took command of the troops and ordered fire.Many innocent people died on the spot. RabindranathTagore renounced his Knighthood as a measure ofprotest. Gandhiji returned the Kaiser-i-Hind medalgiven to him for his work during the Boer War.Non-Co-operation Movement :The Non Co-operation Movement was launchedby Gandhiji on August 1920. Tilak died on the sameday. Tilak‘s last message to the nation was UnlessFor more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSSwaraj is achieved, India shall not prosper. It isrequired for our existence. Gandhiji withdrew the NonCo-operation Movement when an angry crowd burntthe police station at Chauri Chaura (U.P.).Lahore Congress “Purna Swaraj” :The Congress assembled at Lahore towards theend of December 1929. The Lahore Congress declaredthat the agreement to Dominion Status in the NehruReport had lapsed and committed the Congress to fullSwaraj. At midnight on December 31, 1929. JawaharlalNehru unfurled the tri-colour national flag on the banksof the Ravi.Civil Disobedience Movement :The Civil Disobedience Movement of 1930-31marked a critically important stage in the progress ofthe anti-imperialist struggle. Gandhi launched CivilDisobedience Movement by organising the DandiMarch with a view to break the salt law. Organisationof country-wide demonstrations and hartals, boycott ofthe foreign goods and refusal to pay taxes were stagesof Civil Disobedience Movement. As a result of Gandhi- Irwin Pact of 1931, Congress agreed to withdraw theCivil Disobedience Movement and took part in theRound Table Conference.Bardoli Satyagraha :In Gujarat, a conflict developed between thepeasantry and the Government. The Governmentattempted to increase revenue, Vallabhbhai Patel tookup the cause of the peasants and the struggle was knownas the Bardoli Satyagraha. The Struggle met with successand Vallabhbhai Patel came to be called Sardar.Quit India Movement :In 1942, the Congress decided to launch the Quit
  • 93. India Movement with a view to compel the BritishGovernment to offer more favourable terms.Cabinet Mission :The Cabinet Mission came to India to evolve aconsensus on the constitutional question. In 1945,when Mr. Atlee of the Labour Party became the PrimeMinister of Britain, he took a realistic view for thefulfilment of India‘s dream for freedom.Mountbatten Plan :The Mountbatten Plan of June 3, 1947 containeda solution for the political and constitutional deadlockcreated by teh refusal for the Muslim League to jointhe Constituent Assembly, formed to frame theConstitution of India.It laid down detailed principles for the partition ofIndia and the speedy transfer of political power in theform of Dominion Status to the newly born Dominionsof India and Pakistan.A Bill containing the main provisions of theMountbatten Plan of June 3, 1947 was introduced inthe British Parliament and passed as the IndianIndependence Act of 1947.Lord Atlee was the Prime Minister of Englandwhen India got Independence. India thus obtainedIndependence on the 15th of August 1947 and becamea Sovereign, Secular, Democratic and Republic Stateon the 26th January 1950.TOWNS ON RIVER BANKSNew Orleans MississippiNew York HudsonParis SeinePatna GangesPrague VitavaQuebec St.LawrenceRangoon IrrawadiRome TiberSaikowaghat BrahmaputraSambalpur MahanadiShanghai Yangtse-KiangSrinagar JhelumSrirangapatnam CauveryStalingrad VolgaSt.Louis MississippiSurat TaptiSydney DarlingTokyo ArakawaVaranasi GangesVienna DanubeVijayawada KrishnaWarsaw VistulaWashington PotomacOttawa OttawaPandharpur BhimaHyderabad MusiJabalpur NarmadaKabul KabulKanpur Ganges
  • 94. Karachi SindhKhartoun Confluence of Blue& White NileKotah ChambalKurnool TungbhadraLahore RaviLeh IndusLeningrad NevaLiverpool MerseyLisbon TagusLondon ThamesLucknow GomatiLudhiana SutlejMadrid ManzaneresMontreal St.LawrenceMoscow MoskvaNasik GodavariAgra JamunaAllahabad Confluence of theGanges & the JamunaAyodhya SaryuBadrinath GangesBaghdad TigrisBelgrade DanubeBerlin SpreeBudapest DanubeBuenos Aires La PlataCairo NileKolkata HooghlyChittagong MaiyaniCologne RhineCuttack MahanadiDelhi YamunaDibrugarh BrahmaputraDublin LiffeyFerozepur SutlejGuwahati BrahmaputraHamburg ElbeHankow Yangtse-KiangHardwar GangesFor more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSGENERAL SCIENCEGeneral Science will cover general appreciation and understanding of science including matters of everydayobservations and experience as may be expected of a well educated person who has not made any special studyof any scientific discipline. The questions shall be from topics, in Physics, Chemistry and Biology, viz., Scientificlaws, Scientific Instruments, Inventions and Discoveries, Scientists and their contributions, Human Physiology,Diseases their cause, cure and prevention, diet-balanced diet, human Genetics, Animals Mammals and Birds,Environment and Ecology elements and compounds, acids, Bases and salts and allied subjects, Motion, Newton‘sLaws, Matter—Properties of Matters Electricity, National Laboratories and other related topics.VARIOUS SCIENCESAcoustics : The study of sound and soundwavesAgrostology : The study of grassesAnatomy : The science of the structurestudy of the animal / humanbody learnt by dissectionAstronautics : A science dealing with space
  • 95. travel & space vehiclesAstronomy : The science of heavenly bodies(planets)Biology : The science of living organismsBotany : The science of the plantkingdomBryology : The study of mossesCardiology : A branch of medicine dealingwith heartChemistry : The study of elements, theirbehaviour and laws of theircombination, etc.Cosmetology : The study of cosmetics andtheir useDactylogy : The study of fingerprintsDietetics : The science of diet andnutritionEndocrinology : The study of glandsLithology : The study of the characteristicsof rocksMycology : Concerned with fungi andfungal diseasesNephrology : A branch of medicine dealingwith kidney diseasesOncology : Study dealing with tumoursOrology : The study of mountainsPaediatrics : A branch of medicine dealingwith child diseasesPathology : A branch of medicine that dealswith etiologies, mechanisms andmanifestation of diseasesPsychiatry : The study & treatment of mental& emotional disordersRadiology : A branch of medical sciencedealing with the use of x-raysfor diagnosis and treatmentRheumatology : The study of small joints inhuman bodySeismology : The study of earthquakes &related phenomenaTheology : The study of religionsVirology : The science that deals withvirusesZoology : A branch of biology that dealswith animal lifeZymology : A study that deals with theprocess of fermentation.SCIENTIFIC LAWS ETC.,Archimedes‟ Principle:It states that a body, whenimmersed in a liquid, experiences an upward thrustequal to the weight of the liquid displaced by it.Avogadro‟s Hypothesis:It is a modification of Berzelius‘hypothesis. It states that equal volumes of all gases
  • 96. under similar conditions of temperature and pressurecontain equal number of molecules.Boyle‟s Law:States that the volume of certain gas isinversely proportional to the pressure at a constanttemperature. In other words, the product of pressureand volume remains constant provided the temperatureis kept constant i.e., P x V = a constant, if T remainsthe same.Charles‟s Law:It states that at constant pressure allgases expand by of their volume at 0oC i.e., thevolume of a given mass of gas at constant pressure isdirectly proportional to the absolute temperature.Dulong and Petit‟s Law:States that the product ofatomic weight and specific heat of solid elements isnearly equal to 6.4 i.e., At. wt. sp. heat = 6.4 approx.Gay-lussac‟s Law of Combining Volumes:Gases reacttogether in Volumes which bear simple whole numberFor more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSratios to one another and also to the volumes of theproducts, if gaseous - all the volumes being measuredunder similar conditions of temperature and pressure.Graham‟s Law of Diffusion : States that the rates ofdiffusion of gases are inversely proportional to thesquare roots of their densities under similar conditionsof temperature and pressure.Law of Definite Proportions : A chemical compound isalways found to be made up of the same elementscombined together in the same ratio by weight.Law of Floatation : For a body to float, the followingconditions must be fulfilled: (1)The weight of the bodyshould be equal to the weight of the water displaced.(2) The centre of gravity of the body and that of theliquid displaced should be in the same straight line.Newton‟s Law of Universal Gravitation : States that―Every portion of matter attracts or tends to approachevery other portion of matter in the universe with aforce proportional to the masses and inversely as thesquare of the distance‖.Newton‟s First Law of Motion : A body continues inits state of rest or of uniform motion in a straight lineunless compelled by an external force to change that state.Newton‟s Second Law of Motion : The rate of changeof momentum is proportional to the impressed forceand takes place in the direction of the force.Newton‟s Third Law of Motion : To every action, thereis an equal and opposite reaction, e.g. Rockets, recoilof a gun.Newton‟s Law of Cooling : States that the rate ofloss of heat of a hot body is directly proportional tothe difference of temperature between the body andthe surrounding and is independent of the nature ofthe body.Ohm‟s Law : States that the ratio of the potentialdifference between the ends of a conductor and the
  • 97. current flowing in the conductor is constant. e.g., fora potential difference of E volts and a current/amperes,the resistance R, in Ohms is equal to E/I.Principle of Conservation of Energy : It statesthat, in any system, energy cannot be created ordestroyed; the sum of mass and energy remainsconstant.Specific heat of substance : The quantity of heatrequired to rise the temperature of 1 gm. of a substancethrough 1oC.MEASUREMENT UNITSAngstrom : For measuring length of light wavesBarrel : For measuring liquids. One barrel is equal to31½ gallons or 7,326.5 cubic inchesCable: For measuring length of cables. It is about 183m. in lengthCarat : Used for measuring precious stones. It is alsoa measure for the purity of gold alloyFathom : It is used for measuring depth of water. Onefathom is equal to 4 inchesKnot: For measuring speed of shipsHorse Power : Used for measuring the power of petrolor steam engineLight Year : A light year is the distance light travelsin one year at a speed of 2,97,600 km per secondNautical Mile : A unit of distance used in navigation- one minute of longitude measured along the equator.A Nautical Mile is approximately equal to 1853 metresOhm : The unit of electrical resistance of a conductorQuintal : Metric measure of weight, 100 kilograms = 1Quintal.SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTSAccumulator : Electrical energy is storedAltimeter : Used in aircraft for measuring altitudesAmmeter : Measuring the electrical current in amperesAnemometer : Measuring the strength of windsAudiometer : Measuring intensity of windBarometer : Measuring atmospheric pressureBinocular : An optical instrument designed formagnified view of distant objects by both eyessimultaneouslyCardiogram : For recording the heart movementsCalorimeter : Measuring of quantities of heatChronometer : A clock that keeps very accurate timeas the one that is used to determine longitude at sea.Clinical Thermometer : A thermometer for measuringthe temperature of human body.Colorimeter : An instrument for comparing intensitiesof colour.Commutator : An instrument to change or removethe direction of an electric current, in dynamoused to convert alternating current into directcurrent.
  • 98. Computer : A technical device designed to findinstantaneous solutions of huge complex calculationsbased on the information already fed.Crescograph : For recording the growth of plantsCyclotron : Studying the properties of atoms bysmashing themDrinker‟s Apparatus : To help breathing in infantileparalysisDynamo : A device for converting mechanical energyinto electrical energyDynamometer : An instrument for measuring theelectrical power.E.C.G. : Device to diagnose heart disfunctioningE.E.G. : To diagnose disorder in the human brainElectroscope : An instrument for detecting the presenceof electric charge.Eudiometer : Measuring volume changes in chemicalreaction between gasesFathometer : Measuring depth of the oceanGalvanometer : For detecting and measuring electriccurrentGeiger Muller Counter (GM Counter) : An instrumentfor detecting and counting atomic particles andradiationsHydrometer: For determining the specific gravity of liquidsHygrometer: For measuring the amount of water vapoursIron Lung : For artificial respirationLactometer : For determining the purity of milkManometer : To measure gas pressureMicrometer : For accurately measuring small distanceor anglesMicroscope : An instrument for magnified view of verysmall objects.Odometer : The distance covered by a wheeled vehicleis recordedOscillograph : For recording electrical or mechanicalvibrationsPeriscope : It is used in submarine to survey the shipsetc., on the sea while the submarine is under waterPhonograph : For reproducing soundPhotometer : An instrument for comparing the luminousintensity of the sources of lightPlantimeter : A mechanical integrating instrument tomeasure area of a plane surface.Pyrometer : For measuring high temperature from adistancePyknometer : An instrument used to measure thedensity and coefficient of expansion of a liquidQuadrant : An instrument for measuring altitudes andangles in navigation and astronomyQuartz Clock : A highly accurate clock used inastronomical observations and other precision workRadar : Radio, angle, detection and range is used todetect the direction and range of an approachingaeroplane by means of radio micro wavesRadiometer : An instrument for measuring the emission
  • 99. of radiant energyRadio Micrometer : An instrument for measuringheat radiationsRain Guage : An instrument for measuring rainfallRectifier : An instrument used for the conversion ofAC into DC.Refractometer : An instrument used to measure therefractive index of a substanceResistance Thermometer : Used for determiningthe electrical resistance of conductorsSalinometer : A type of hydrometer used to determinethe concentration of salt solutions by measuring theirdensitiesSeismometer (Seismograph) : An Apparatus formeasuring and recording earthquake shockSextant : For guiding ships or surveying land.Spectroscope: An instrument used for spectrum analysisSpeedometer : It registers the speed at which thevehicle is movingSpherometer : For measuring curvature of surfacesSphygmomanometer : An instrument used to detectblood pressure in a human body. It is also calledB.P.ApparatusSphygmophone : Instrument with the help of which, apulse beat makes a soundSpring Balance : Useful for measuring weightStethoscope : To hear and analyse movements of heartand lungsStop Watch : Recording small intervals of time in the racesStroboscope : An instrument used for viewing theobjects moving rapidly with a periodic motion and tosee them as if they were at rest.Tachometer : For measuring speed of aeroplanes andmotor boatsTangent Galvanometer : An instrument for measuringthe strength of direct current.Telemeter : For recording physical events happeningat a distanceTeleprinter : A machine which records automaticallymessages received on telephone wiresTelescope : For viewing distant objectsTelevision (T.V.) : For transmitting the visible movingimages by means of wireless waves.Theodolite : Measuring distances on the surface of theearthThermometer : For recording temperature of a humanbodyThermocouple : Measuring temperatureThermostat : Automatically controlling the temperatureto a particular degreeTransformer : To convert high voltage to low and viceversaTransistor : A small device which may be used toamplify currents and perform other functions usuallyperformed by a thermionic valveVernier : An adjustable scale for measuring small sub
  • 100. divisions of scaleViscometer : For measuring viscosityVoltmeter : To measure potential difference betweentwo pointsZETA : Zero Energy Thermometer Assembly fordeveloping thermonuclear Assembly.INVENTIONS AND SCIENTISTSAAdding Machine Blaise Pascal &WilliamBurroughsAir Conditioning CarrierAir Plane (Jet Engine) WhittleAir-brake G e o r g eWestinghouseAirplane with motor Orville and WrightAirship GiffardAirship (Non-rigid) ZeppelinAniline Dyes HoffmanAnimal Classification Aristotle (Father ofZoology)Anti-polio Vaccine Jonas E.SalkAntiseptic Surgery Joseph ListerArc Lamp C.F.BrushArtificial heart Michael de BaxeyArt of Printing GuttenburgAtomic Physics Ernest RutherfordAtomic Theory John DaltonAtom-breaking up the nucleus RutherfordAtomic Numbers MoseleyAtomic Structure Bohr & RutherfordAtomic bomb Otto HahnAutomobile (Self Starter) KetteringAutomobile (gasoline) DaimlerAutomobile (gears) BenzAutomobile (magneto) DaimlerAutomobile (Steam) Nicolas CugnotAvogradra‟s Hypothesis AvogadroAyurveda AtreyaBBacteria LeeuwenhockBall Point Pen John LoudBalloon MontgolfierBarometer TorricelliBattery & Current Electricity VoltaBeriberi (cause) EijkmanBicycle MacmillanBicycle tyre DunlopBifocal lens FranklinBlood Circulation HarveyBlood Transfusion LandsteneirBlood grouping Dr.Costella andDr.Moss
  • 101. Brownian Movements Robert BrownBurglar Alarm Edwin T.HolmesCCamera ZeissCarburettor DaimlerCash Register James KittyCells in the plants Robert HookeCell Theory Schleiden &SchwannCement Joseph AspdinChain Drive Leonardoda VinciChloroform James YoungSimpsonCholera bacillus Robert KochChronometer John HarrisonCinema Nicolas Lumiere &EdisonCinematography Thomas EdisonClock Pendulum HuygensComputer (Original Model) Charles BabbageComputer (electronic) J . G . B r a i n e r dJ.P.Eckert &J.W.ManchlyCosmic Rays R.A.MillikanCrystal Dynamics C.V.RamanDD.D.T. D. Paul MullerDNA (model) Watson and CrickDiesel Oil Engine Rudolf DieselDisc Brake LanchesterDynamite Alfred NobelDynamo Michael FaradayEElectric Attraction CoulombElectric Battery VoltaElectric Current, Induction of Michael FaradayElectric Energy Joule, JamesElectric Lamp EdisonElectric Motor (DC) Zenobe GrammeElectric Motor (AC) Nikola TeslaElectrical Resistance OhmElectricity, Current VoltaElectrons J.J.ThomsonElevator brake (lift) OtisEvolution, Theory Charles DarwinFFilm (Musical) Lee de ForestFilm (talking) Warner Bros.Fountain Pen WatermanFour Stroke Engine Nikolaus LottoFlying Shuttle John KayGGalvanometer SweiggerGas Engine Diamler
  • 102. Gas Lighting William MurdockGeiger counter GeigerGeometry EuclidGenetic Code (deciphering) Hargobind KhoranaGramophone Thomas EdisonGravitation, Laws of NewtonGunpowder Roger BaconHHeavy Hydrogen H.C.UreyHelicopter BroquetHelium Janssen & LockyerHomoeopathy HahnemannHydrogen Henry CavendishIInert Gases (Argon, Neon, RamsayHelium etc)Insulin F.BantingJJet Propulsion Frank WhittleJet Engine Frank WhittleKKala-a-zar Fever U.N.BramachariKidney Machine KolfLLaughing Gas PriestleyLaser Charles TownesLever, Principle of ArchimedesLift (power elevator) OtisLightning Conductor Benjamin FranklinLogarithms John NapierLocomotive Richard TravithickMMalaria Parasite Dr.Ronald RossMachine gun James PuckleMalaria germs LaveranMalaria Parasite Dr.Ronald RossMatch (safety) J.E.LandstormMathematics (India) Ramanujan.S.Microphone BerlinerMicroscope Jansen (improved byGalileo)Microscope (electron) Vladimir KosmeSworykinMotor Car AustinMotion, Law of NewtonMotor cycle Edward ButlerMotor Scooter Greville BradshawMitochondria C.BendaNNatural Selection, Laws of DarwinNeon-gas W.RamsayNeon Lamp George ClandeNeutron ChadwickNuclear Fission Otto Hahn
  • 103. Nuclear Physics John CrockfortNylon W.CarothersOOrigin of Life (artificial) Stanley MillarOxygen J.B.PriestleyPPaints ShalimarParachute Andre-JacquesPenicillin Alexander FlemingPeriodic Law MendeleevPhonograph EdisonPhotography L.DaguerrePhotography (Coloured) Gabriel LippmanPneumatic Tyre DunlopPoliomyelitis (vaccine) Jonas SalkPolythene FawcettPressure Cooker Dennis Papin RobertBoylePrinting Press CaxtonPrinting for the Blind Louis BrailleQQuantum Theory Max PlanckRRadar Robert Watson WattRadio Telephone Lee De ForestRadio Transmitter AlexandersonRadio signals G.MarconiRailway Engine StephensonRaman Effect C.V.RamanRazor (Safety) GilletteRazor (Electric) Jacob SchickRayon Joseph SwannRefrigerator Harrison & CatlinRelativity, theory of A.EinsteinReplacing human heart Christian BarnardRevolver Samuel ColtRh-factor Karl LandsteinerRubber (latex foam) Dunlop Co.Rubber (tyres) Thomas HancockRubber (vulcanised) GoodyearRubber (waterproof) MacintoshSSafety Lamp Humphrey DavySafety Matches J.E.LandstormSafety Pin William HuntSafety Razor GilletteSalk Vaccine (Anti Polio) Dr.Jonas E.SalkSeismograph Robert MalletSewing Machine Issac SingerShip (Steam) J.C.PierierShip (turbine) Charles ParsonsShorthand PitmanSkyscraper Baron JennySolar system Copernicus
  • 104. Spectacles Venice (Italy)Stethoscope Rene Lainnec &William StockesSteel (Stainless) Henry BearleySpace Flying Wernher VonSubmarine BushellTT.N.T. (high explosive) Will BrandTank (Military) SwintonTelegraph William CookTelegraph Code Samuel MorseTelephone Graham BellTelescope GalileoTelescope (Reflecting) NewtonTelevision J.L.BairdThermometer FahrenheitTorpedo Rabert WhiteheadTransformer William StanleyTransistor W.Shockley &BardeenTuberculosis bacilli Robert KochTungsten CoolidgeTurbine Engine Charles ParsonsTypewriter SholesTyre (Cycle) DunlopTyre (Pneumatic) DunlopUUmbrella Samuel FoxUranium Henry BecquerelUranus (planet) William HerchelVVacuum Flask James DewarVaccination (Small Pox) Edward JennerVitamin D F.C. HopkinsVitamins FunkVulcanisation GoodyearWWashing Machine Hurley Machine Co.Washing Soda LablancWatch (winding) GreguetWeaving Machine KayWelding (Electric) ThomsonWireless Telegraphy G.MarconiXX-ray RoentgenX-ray tube CoolidgeXenon W.Ramsay & M.TraversXerography Chester CarisonXerox Haloid-XeroxYYellow fever, cause of ReedZZETA (Zero Energy Thermo Harwell
  • 105. nuclear Assembly)Zip Fastener W.L.JudsonVITAMINSHUMAN PHYSIOLOGY, DISEASESWATERAbout 60% of the weight of the body is due towater. Water plays such a vital role in the physiologyof living beings which no material can serve. Theimportance of water in our body is so great that even10% of the water loss may prove fatal.BALANCED DIETA diet which contains of all the essential foodconstituents viz. protein, carbohydrates, fats, minerals,vitamins, water in correct proportion is called BalancedDiet. A balanced diet has following composition: (i)Carbohydrates 60%; (ii) Proteins 25%; (iii) Fats 15%.Individual Caloric Requirements: People doing differenttypes of work need different calories of energy in aday. The energy requirement depends on the age, sex,nature of work and climate.DEFICIENCY DISEASESCalcium, iron, iodine, sodium, potassium,magnesium, phosphorous, chloride, are some of thecommon minerals essential for the normal physiologicalfunctioning of the body. Deficiency of these mineralsresults in the diseases. Few of them are discussed below:Anaemia : It is caused by the deficiency of iron in thediet. Since iron is an important constituent ofhaemoglobin therefore there is deficiency ofhaemoglobin in the red blood corpuscles. Sincehaemoglobin plays a vital role in the transport ofoxygen, enough oxygen is not made available to cellsto oxidise the nutrients and production of energy. It isbecause of this reason anaemic patients look pale andget exhausted soon with little amount of work. The richsource of iron is liver, meat, green leafy vegetables(such as spinach) and fruits (guava, apple, banana,etc.).These sources of iron if taken in diet can recoverthe patient from this ailment. The reason for higherincidence of anaemia in women than in men ismenstrual loss, loss of blood during child birth etc.Goitre : It is caused due to deficiency of Iodine. Dueto iodine deficiency, the thyroid fails to synthesizeenough amount of thyroxine. The low amount ofthyroxine stimulates anterior lobe of pituitary to releaseThyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH). The increasingamount of TSH in turn stimulates thyroid gland toenlarge. This enlargement of thyroid gland so as tosecrete more of thyroxine is known as goitre.Cure:Those who live in areas where iodine content in wateris low are advised to use iodized salt containing 0.01%
  • 106. Potassium Iodine.Hypokalemia : It is caused due to deficiency ofpotassium. The body experiences deficiency ofpotassium due to (i) severe vomitting (ii)acutediarrhoea (iii)excessive secretion of the hormones ofadrenal cortex.Hyponatremia : It is caused due to deficiency ofsodium. The body experiences deficiency of sodiumdue to (i) intense vomitting (ii) acute diarrhoea.Diabetes Mellitus : This disease is characterised bythe presence of excess quantity of sugar in the bloodand urine. It is caused due to defective functioning ofthe Beta cells of islet of langer-hans in the pancreaswhich fail to secrete insulin hormone. Due to theabsence of insulin, the tissues are unable to utilizeglucose. This results in the increase in the quantity ofglucose in the blood. The sufficient oxidation ofglucose affects the metabolism of fats. During fatmetabolism, the ketones are produced as intermediateproducts. These ketones accumulate in the blood andresult in the ketosis. This disease can be controlled byrestricting sugar in the diet. The injections of insulincan also help to check the level of glucose in blood.ObesityIt is a nutritional disorder. If any person takesmore food than the body needs, then the surplus foodturns into fat and accumulates in the body. This isknown as obesity. In man, obesity means body fatsmore than 20% of his total weight whereas in woman,obesity results when body fats are more than 30% ofher total body weight.Lathyrism : This disease is caused by eating largequantities of ‗Khesari Dal‘ (Lathyrus sativus) by thepoor people. It is a disease of the nervous system andthat cripples man. Common symptom of the disease arelesions on the lower spinal segments followed byparalysis of legs.Xeropthalmia or dry eye disease : It is caused due todeficiency of vitamin A. In this disease lacahrymalglands stop producing tears, a condition conduciveto subsequent bacterial infection and eventualblindness.Pernicious Anaemia : It is caused due to deficiency ofVitamin B12 and in this disease, formation of R.B.C. isreduced in the bone marrow. It is also calledMegaloblastic anaemia.. Vitamin B was first recognisedby Japanese sea men.Rickets : It is caused in children due to deficiency ofcalcium and phosphorous.Ariboflavinosis : Insufficient amount of riboflavin(Vitamin B2) results in a disorder called ariboflavinosis.The symptoms of this disease are: cracking of skin atangles of mouth, dermatosis, blurred vision, burningand soreness of eye and tongue.Pellagra : Insufficient amount of niacin results in adisease called Pellagra. The symptoms of this
  • 107. disease are: tip and lateral margins of the tongue,mouth and gums become red and swollen and laterdevelop ulcers.For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSDisorders due to sex chromosomalgenes:Colour Blindness : In this disease, a person cannotdistinguish between red, green and blue colours. Thegene determining colour blindness is carried on the Xchromosome.The Y-chromosome does not carry anygene connected with colour perception. Strangelyenough, woman rarely suffers from this defect and yet,a man always inherit this defect from his mother.Haemophilia (Bleeder‟s disease) : In this disease,blood lacks the capacity to coagulate. Under normalconditions if a person gets some external injury or cutin the body, the blood starts oozing out and getsclotted in 2 to 8 minutes. But if a person is sufferingfrom haemophilia, a small cut may lead ultimately todeath due to lack of ability of blood to clot. Like colourblindness this disease is also found in males and rarelyin females.COMMUNICABLE DISEASESA. Diseases caused by Viruses :Following are some of the important viral diseasesin man:1. Chicken Pox 5. Small Pox2. Measles 6. Trachoma3. Poliomyelitis 7. Influenza.4. RabiesChicken Pox - Causal Organism: Varialla-ZosterMode of spread:1. By direct contact with diseased person.2. By indirect contact i.e., by clothings, bed andother articles used by patient might spread thediseases to a healthy person.Symptoms:1. Occurrence of moderate fever in the beginning.2. Appearance of rashes or eruptions within 24hours from the time of infection. These rashespass through several stages.3. Appearance of crusts or scabs finally. Thesecrusts or scabs fall off within 14 days after therash begins.Prevention and control:1. The patient suffering from this disease should beisolated from public places until all crusts orscabs are fallen off.2. Bed and clothing of patient should be kept clean.3. Calamine lotion should be applied on the rashes.Measles or Rubeola - Causal organism: MyxovirusMode of spread:1. By direct contact with patient.2. By coughing or sneezing.
  • 108. Symptoms :Since the incubation period of this virus is 10days, therefore first symptom appears after 10 days.The symptoms are:1. Fever, dry cough and running nose.2. Inflammation of the respiratory mucous membrane.3. Loss of appetite.4. Pink or red rashes or eruption appear on the face,neck and trunk. These rashes last for 4-7 daysand the marks of dark pigmentation left thereafterdisappear after a few days.5. Vomitting.6. Eyes become sensitive to light.7. Contract pneumonia as a secondary infection.Prevention and Control :1. Passive immunity can be attained by injecting ofgamma globulin. This immunity thus developedlasts for only three to four weeks.2. Isolation of patient and personal hygiene areimportant to prevent the spread of infection.3. Use of glycerine or carbolized oil prevents itsfurther spread.Poliomyelitis or Polio-Causal organism : Entero- virusMode of spread:1. By contaminated food and water.2. By intestinal discharge of diseased person.3. Insects and flies play an important role in thetransmission of viruses.Site of infection :The virus enters the intestine throughcontaminated food. It multiplies in the intestinethrough contaminated food. It multiplies in theintestine from where it reaches the nervoussystem through the blood stream i.e., circulatorysystem. In the spinal cord it causes inflammationof motor cells which control the movement ofvoluntary muscles. In the absence of nervouscontrol, the muscles wither away and getparalysed.Symptoms:1. The initial symptoms of the disease are occurrenceof fever and stiffness of neck. Due to stiffness ofneck, the head cannot bend forward anddownward.2. Skeletal muscles get weakened and paralysed.3. Movement of limbs becomes weak and finallystops as the muscles fail to contract.Prevention and Control :1. Poliomyelitis vaccine is quite safe and effectiveagainst this disease.For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKS2. All children should be immunised in the beginningof infancy to ensure complete safety against thedisease.
  • 109. 3. The immunity can be maintained if booster doseis given every few years. Other viral diseases areRabies, Small Pox, Trachoma, Influenza etc.B. Diseases Caused by Bacteria:Following are some of the important Bacterialdiseases in man.Cholera - Causal organism : Vibrio choleraeMode of spread:1. By contaminated food and water.2. By inhalation of droplets expelled by diseasedperson through coughing, speaking, sneezing orsputum.3. Flies are the main carrier of these bacteria andspread the disease.4. Epidemic of cholera usually occur during fairsand after flood and other such natural calamities.Symptoms :Since the incubation period of this bacteria is 2-3 days, therefore symptoms will appear after 2-3 daysof infection. The various symptoms of this disease are:1. Vomitting and acute diarrhoea with rice waterstools resulting in dehydration and loss ofminerals from body. In acute cases death mayalso occur.2. Muscular cramps.3. Suppression of urine.Typhoid - Causal organism : Salmonella typhiMode of spread:1. By contaminated food and water.2. By faeces and urine of the patient.3. By direct contact with patient.Symptoms :Since the incubation period of the bacteria is 10-14 days therefore symptoms of disease will appearafter 10-14 days of infection. Various symptoms ofdisease are:1. High fever.2. Slow pulse.3. Tender and distended abdomen.4. Eruption of rose coloured rashes on body.5. Diarrhoea with water-green stools.Tuberculosis - Causal organism : MycobacteriumtuberculosisTuberculosis is most common in crowded cityslums. Bacterium which causes tuberculosis can infectany organ of body but the most favourite site is lung.It can also attack lymph nodes, bones and joints.Mode of spread:1. By inhalation of droplets of infected sputumexpelled by patient during coughing, sneezing orspeaking.2. By contaminated food, water or milk.3. By inoculation of bacteria into the skin or mucusmembrane.Symptoms:1. Constant fever.
  • 110. 2. Pain in chest.3. Cough and blood in sputum.4. Loss in body weight.5. Gradual weakening of body.Prevention and control:1. Isolation of patient.2. The B.C.G. vaccine against tuberculosis givesconsiderable protection against disease.Leprosy - Causal organism : Microbacterium lepraeMode of spread :By prolonged contact with diseased parts ofpatient.Symptoms:1. Appearance of light coloured patches on theskin.2. In acute cases the organs are deformed and partsof body are lost.3. Perpheral nerves are damaged therefore affectedorgan becomes senseless.4. Ulcers, nodules, scaly scabs and deformities oftoes and fingers may also be caused.Meningitis - Causal organism : Neisseria meningitMode of spread:By coughing and sneezing the germs spread frominfected person to healthy person.Symptoms :1. Sore throat, fever, severe headache.2. Vomitting.3. Difficulty in bending the head to forward due tostiffness of neck.4. Occasional appearance of red spots all over thebody surface.5. The clear cerebrospinal fluid becomes turbid dueto inflammation of meninges (membranes coveringthe brain and spinal cord) also called meningitis.Syphilis - It is called veneral disease.Mode of spread :1. Through intercourse with an infected man.2. They enter the body through any crack or cut inthe skin.3. Through contaminated objects.For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSSymptoms :1. Occurrence of fever and skin eruptions.2. After 3-4 weeks of infection, the primary sore orpimple appears on external genitals (the penis inmale and labia minora and majora in female) whichgradually becomes big and hard and later onbecomes more prominent.3. Enlargement of lymph nodes in groin takes place.4. After 2-3 months, white shiny patches appearinside the mouth.5. Eruption appears on the skin particularly on face,palms, soles and scalp.
  • 111. 6. Destructive changes in the internal organs of thebody take place even after many years.7. Cardio vascular system may be badly affected.8. The infection can pass from infected pregnantmother to developing foetus through placentaand may result in the premature death of thefoetus.GonorrhoeaMode of spread :1. through intercourse with infected man2. through indirect way like cloths, bedding.Symptoms :1. urine passes out with difficulty and there is anurge for frequent urination.2. infection may pass into foetus through placentaif the infected female is pregnant.3. eruptions appear on the skin. Other commondiseases caused by bacteria are: Plague, Botulism,Pneumonia etc.C. Diseases caused by Protozoa :Amoebic dysentry or AmoebiasisMode of spread :1. indirectly through flies which may pollute humanfood with cysts.2. through contaminated water, vegetables, fruitsand other food stuffs.Symptoms:1. frequent loose stools or diarrhoea.2. the blood stained mucous passes along withstool.Prevention and Control:1. Proper disposal of faecal matter of the patient.2. Vegetables and fruits when used raw, should bethoroughly washed preferably with potassiumpermanganate.Malaria : PlasmodiumMode of spread :By the bite of an infected female anophelesmosquito which acts as a carrier.Symptoms :1. sudden onset of fever and sensation of extremecold.2. signs of shivering and intense headache alsofollow.3. fall in temperature is accompanied by profusesweating.4. the symptoms are repeated after every fixed hoursdepending upon the species of Plasmodium.Prevention and control :1. Destruction of breeding places (stagnated water)of mosquito by spreading an oil film on the water.2. Use of mosquito nets.3. Use of mosquito repellents like odomos.4. Spraying of D.D.T. or malathion in residentialareas and other places.5. Use of various drugs like Quinine, Atebrine,
  • 112. Isopenta-quine is quite effective in control ofmalaria.6. By fumigation i.e., certain chemicals are burnt soas to produce fumes that either kill mosquitoes ordrive them away from their dwelling places.D. Diseases caused by Fungi Ringworm:Mode of spread :Ringworm of foot spreads on the skin peripherallyand heals centrally and the pathogen gains entrythrough foot if the person moves bare-footed.Symptoms:1. the early lesion which appears on body is ringlike-with a scaly border.2. in case if the ringworm appears on nail, the freeedges of nails become grey or brown, rough, dulland sometimes nails are shed.Prevention and control :1. Personal hygiene is the best method of preventionof disease.2. The infected body parts should be washed withdilute potassium permanganate and kept clean.NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASESThese diseases do not spread by contact with thediseased person or any other agency.1. Coronary heart disease : The blood is suppliedto the heart muscles by coronary arteries. If thesearteries become hardened and narrowed due todeposition of fatty materials, the heart does notreceive enough amount of blood and as a resultthe person feels severe pain in the chest.Sometimes the blood vessels (arteries) may ruptureor a clot may be formed in them. This stops thesupply of blood to heart and the patient has aheart attack which is also called as coronarythrombosis.For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKS2. Hypertenison : This disease is caused due toemotional stress such as fear, worry, anxiety andexcessive joy and nervous tension. In thisdisease the walls of the arteries contractpersistantly resulting in the rise of blood pressure.This rise of blood pressure is known as Hypertension.Destruction of the arteries of kidney‘s,condition is known as ‗chronic nephritis‘ is acommon result of hypertension.3. Arterosclerosis : In this disease, the arteries andarterioles become narrow due to the deposition ofcholestrol or fibrous tissue and lose their elasticity.In advanced stages of arterosclerosis the rise inblood pressure may cause the arteries to ruptureand let out the blood. If arteries rupture in brain,partial paralysis occurs and the person is said tohave had a ‗cerebral haemorrhage‘.Prevention and control :
  • 113. 1. the diet having low fat should be used.2. during hypertension, use of salt should beavoided.3. use of tea, coffee and alcohol should be avoided.4. avoid smoking.5. the nitroglycerine tablets relax the coronaryarteries and reduce pain in the chest.6. Anticoagulant like heparin prevent the clotting ofblood and promote its flow.Cancer :This disease results due to uncontrolled divisionsof cells in any part of the body. Due to uncontrolledand repeated mitotic divisions a lump or tumour isformed. Parts of tumour often break off, move throughthe blood stream of lymph to other parts of the bodyand start a new or secondary tumour. This stage isknown as Metastatia and proves fatal.Leukemia :It is a type of blood cancer in which the whiteblood corpuscles increase in number enormously.These W.B.C. infiltrate into other tissues such as thebone marrow, the spleen, the lymph nodes etc. Thisdisease is mostly found in young children (below fiveyears) and no remedy is known for it.Danger signals or symptoms of cancer :1. Any wound that does not heal.2. A thickening or lump in the breast or elsewhere.3. Difficulty in swallowing.4. Persistent indigestion.5. Unusual discharge or bleeding.6. Persistent cough or harshness.Allergy :Hypertension or supersensitivity of the body ormind to some chemical or physical agent is known asallergy. The common allergents (Substances or agentswhich cause allergy) are plant pollents, dust, certainfood stuffs, animal hair, heat, cold,drugs, chemicals,certain fabrics and pathogens. These allergents whencome in contact with body of an allergic person,physiological disturbances start within the body andmany allergic reactions take place.AIDS disease :A virus has been identified to be responsible foracquired immuno deficiency syndrome disease knownas AIDS which has been termed as the disease of thecentury. This disease is more dreadful than Cancer.Causal organism : AIDS virus.Mode of spread:1. Through sexual intercourse.2. Through blood transfusion.3. Through contaminated injection needles.General account :In the host, virus attacks W.B.C. which areresponsible for immunity. The rate at which virusmultiplies in W.B.C. of host is thousand times higherthan that of a virus. As a result of fast multiplication,
  • 114. the immunity system of the body (due to W.B.C.) isdevasted. Such persons become highly susceptible tovarious types of pathogens due to decrease ofimmunity.Symptoms :1. Damage to brain.2. Loss of memory.3. he ability to speak and think is impaired.Till today no suitable drug is known for treatmentof the disease. No vaccine has been developed so farto prevent the disease. Thus it is a serious threat to lifefor years to come.SOCIAL DISEASESAlcoholism :It is a social disease. It ruins the health of thepeople and causes a loss of manpower and hamperseconomic progress. It may lead to increased accidents,social crimes and other illegal activities. People startwith small quantities out of curiosity and pleasure andsoon become addict to it and take to heavy drinking.Drug addiction :Primarily drugs are meant for treatment of adisease. But sometimes people start taking drugs eventhough they don‘t have any disease. They do so forexcitement or pleasure or to relieve themselves of mentaltension. Constant and regular use of these drugs formsa habit and once acquired, it becomes very difficult toget rid off this habit. This condition is called DrugAddiction. Like alcoholism it is also a social disease.For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSSCIENTIFIC PHENOMENAHow do you convert Centigrade reading to Fahrenheit?With the help of the following formula:-C F10032180The sky appears blue, Give reasons, why?The blue colour of the sky is due to the scatteringof light by dust particles or air molecules. Thisscattering is inversely proportional to the fourthpower of wavelength. Consequently the shorterwavelengths are profusely scattered and when welook at a portion of the sky away from sun, we receivethis scattered and re-scattered light which is rich inblue (short wavelength).An electric bulb makes a bang when it is brokenThe bulb has a partial vaccum. When it is brokenthe air rushes in to fill the vaccum and thus a noise isproduced.How is it that food gets cooked quicker in a pressure
  • 115. cooker than in an ordinary vessel?In a pressure cooker, on account of the increaseof pressure, the boiling point is raised, so the food getscooked quicker than in an ordinary vessel. A pressurecooker is very useful in high mountains where, onaccount of low pressure and hence low boiling point,the vegetables cannot be cooked properly.A burning candle gets extinguished when covered witha tumbler. Why?The tumbler cuts off the oxygen supply which isnecessary for its burning.Why rain water is soft but river water is hard?River water during its course in the mountainousterrain dissolve the calcareous matter or limecompounds and thus becomes hard. While duringevaporation only the molecules of water go up andminerals are left behind; hence the rain water is soft.Why is water from hand pump warm in winter and coldin summer?In winter, the temperature outside is low and theunexposed water underground is at a highertemperature. In summer, the outside temperture ishigher than the temperature inside. Hence water iswarm in winter and cool in summer.An iron nail floats on mercury but sinks in water.Give reasons, why?An iron nail floats on mercury, because theweight of mercury displaced by it and hence theupward thrust is more than its weight, the density ofmercury and iron being respectively 13.6 gm per c.c.Why is rainbow seen after rain?After a rainfall, the clouds break and lie hangingin the sky and the sun is also visible. The Sun‘s rays,falling on the water drops, are dispersed, totallyreflected at the back of the drops and then againrefracted into the eye of the observer with his backtowards the sun. These dispersed rays which havesuffered deviation give rise to a concentrated beam oflight indicating all the colours of light.Ice wrapped in a blanket or packed with saw dust doesnot melt away quickly. Why?Ice wrapped in blanket does not melt, becauseblanket being bad conductor, cut off heat rays. Sawdust is also a bad conductor of heat. It protectsthe ice from the external heat and prevents it frommelting away.Petrol fire cannot be put with wamter. Why?Petrol has less density than water. So when wateris poured the petrol floats on it and keeps on burning.The temperature of the burning petrol is so high thanthe water and it would be evaporated before it canextinguish the fire.Fuse wires are always provided in electricalinstallations.Fuse wire is a high resistance wire and when it isput in the series of electrical installations under strong
  • 116. currents, the wire melts away avoiding damage to maininstallations.Copper wire cannot be used as heating element inelectric heaters.Copper melts at 1083°C and also reacts with air toform a black powder.Glass when heated cracks while metal does not.Glass is a bad conductor of heat. On heating,only the upper layers of the glass expand while lowerones remain unaffected, hence it cracks due to unequalexpansion. Metal is a good conductor of heat and soall its bulk gets uniformly heated up. Thus the expansionalso has uniform surface strain, hence no cracking.Why a cyclist has to apply a greater force at the startthan when the cycle is in motion?A cyclist has to apply a greater force at the startin order to produce momentum, but once a suitablemomentum has been gained only then a smaller forceis required to balance the frictional forces.Why sea-water is saline?Because the rivers falling into the sea, bringdeposits of salt along with them during their journeyfrom mountains and plains and this process has beengoing on for ages.For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSand 7.6 gm. per c.c. The density of water being 1 gm./c.c., the upward thrust is much less and hence the ironnail sinks.A flash of lightning is seen before the sound ofthunder heard. Why?It is because of the fact that light travels fasterthan sound.One leans forward while climbing a hill.While leaning forward, the centre of gravity ofthe body also shifts forward and this helps climbing.A dead body floats in water after some time.A body weighs less when weighed in waterbecause of the apparent loss in weight being equal tothe weight of the water displaced. There is an upwardthrust exerted upon a body immersed in a fluid calledbuoyancy, equal to the weight of the fluid displacedand thus the dead body floats in water after some time.Why are we advised to empty the ink from our fountainpen before going up in an aeroplane?As we go up in an aeroplane the air becomes rarerand the pressure of the atmosphere therefore falls, sothat the volume of the air inside the fountain pen willalso increase and the ink will be pushed out thusspoiling the clothes and hence the advice.Wet clothes dry slowly on a rainy day. Why?On a rainy day the air in the atmospherecontains more water vapour than on a dry day.As a result evaporation is slower.Why it does not hurt when we cut our nails?
  • 117. Nails are the parts of the body which have noconnection with either the blood vessels or thecartilage and hence the nerve system is unaffected.Consequently cutting them will not injure us.It takes more time to cook meat and vegetables at hillstations. Give reasons, why?Meat and vegetables can be cooked properly andquickly at a temperature of 100°C. Since at hill stations,the pressure is decreased and hence the boiling pointis lowered thus causing a serious drawback in cookingwhich will therefore take a much longer time.A blotting paper absorbs ink. Why?A blotting paper contains minute pores. Thesepores will be filled with ink. Thus the ink will beretained by the paper.How a ball which falls down, bounces up?A ball on falling to the ground is slightlydeformed. On account of the elastic force coming intoexistence due to the deformation the ball tries torecover its original size. In doing so it presses theground and in accordance with Newton‘s third law ofmotion it receives a reaction upwards and hence itbounces up.Why a needle sinks in water, whereas an iron shipfloats on it?The specific gravity of a needle which is a solidpiece of steel, is decidedly greater than water and it,therefore, sinks in water; whereas an iron ship is sodesigned that the total weight of water displaced by itis greater than the weight of the ship itself. The ship,therefore, floats by the upward thrust of water.Why a convex mirror is used by the motorist to see theroad behind him?Due to the formation of miniature size images, aconvex mirror has a large field of view. Consequently,the motorist sees a large number of objects behind thecar simultaneously. It also avoids reflection of the sunrays which are diverged and scattered.Why is it dangerous to allow extra passengers on theupper deck of a double-decker bus?There are chances of the double-decker bustilting, if the upper deck gets over-loaded withpassengers. In fact, the upper deck and lower deck actas a counter-balance to each other and secondly, theupper deck has no support on top of it. With extraload on the upper deck, the centre of gravity of thebus is raised and the resulting instability can makethe vehicle tilt.A hydrogen balloon rises. Why?Hydrogen is lighter than air. The weight ofhydrogen in the balloon is less than the weight of theair displaced by it.Why an iron nail gains weight on rusting?Rusting is nothing but iron oxide. If fact, iron inthe presence of moisture absorbs oxygen to form ironoxide. Hence on absorption, iron gains a weight equal
  • 118. to the amount of oxygen consumed.Give scientific reasons as to why a clinicalthermometer should not be dipped in boiling water?A clinical thermometer is an ordinary Fahrenheitthermometer, calibrated from 95°F to 110°F, whereasboiling water usually acquires a temperature of morethan 100°C or 212°F in water. It is, therefore dangerousto dip a clinical thermometer in boiling water becauseit is difficult for it to accommodate such hightemperature, as a result of which it might burst.Why is it more difficult to breathe on mountains thanon plains?On the mountains the density of air is much lessthan in the plains and so the oxygen content forvolume is reduced considerably. During the act ofbreathing a definite supply of oxygen is needed perbreathe which being deficient, breathing becomesdifficult.For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSWhy cloudly nights are warmer than clear nights?Cloudy nights are warmer than clear nightsbecause clouds prevent radiation of heat from theground and air.A green leaf appears green in daylight but looks darkin red light. Why is it so?During daylight, a green leaf appears greenbecause out of all the constituents of white light, itreflects green only, all other colours being absorbed.But when red light falls on it, it is all absorbed andhence the green leaf reflects none and looks dark.Why the outer surface of a glass containing icedwater becomes wet?A tumbler containing cold water cools the air nearit so that a film of moisture is deposited on the outsideof the tumbler by the condensation of water vapourspresent in the air.A solar eclipse can occur only on a new moonday. Why?Soloar eclipse is due to the full moon coming inbetween the sun and the earth, and hence it is naturalthat it should be a new moon day.Why the lunar eclipse occurs only at full moon but notevery full moon?The lunar eclipse occurs only when the moon isfull and is near to one of its nodes which does notoccur every full moon.Where days and nights are equal throughout the yearand why?Day and nights are equal throughout the yearat the Equator. During the course of the earth‘srevolution round the sun, one half of the Equator isalways in the light and the other half is in the dark. i.e.,the circle of illumination always cuts the Equator intoequal parts.
  • 119. What is the difference between a star and a planet?Star is the name given to a fixed celestial bodywhich has its own light whereas Planet is the namegiven to a celestial body which revolves round the sunin elliptical (regular oval shape) orbit. A planet has nolight of its own but it reflects light of the sun.Where days and nights are longer in the year?Longest day : 21st June. Longest night 22ndDecember (in Northern hemisphere).Why are mountains cooler than plains?Because (i) the air of the mountains is rarer thanthat of the plains and contains fewer dust particles.The air on the mountains absorbs less heat thanthe air on the plains, (ii) the heat absorbed during theday on the mountains radiates very quickly at nightowing to the rarity of the air and nights on themountains are cooler, (iii) due to uneven surface of themountains, the major portion always remains in theshade. The sun does not heat much of the land whichmay heat the air.Animals, Mammals and BirdsAlbatross: Sea birds, North Pacific, off the Americancoast. Also found in AntarcticaAlpaca: Animal found in Chile (South America)Apes: These are four kinds of apes in the world, twoin Africa: Gorilla and the Chimpanzee, and two in Asia:Gibbon and the Orang - Utan.Beaver: Found in Europe (Russia and Poland) andNorth America. It is a genus of mammals of theRodentia order with short scaly ears and webbed hindfeet and broad flat muscular tail. Its skin is ofconsiderable commercial value. It is noted for ingenuityand industry in building houses and damming shallowstreams. It is also valued for its reddish brown fur anda secretion costoreum (Caster oil) used in medicinesand perfumes.Camel: Found in deserts of Arabia and India. It haslong legs with padded feet, a long neck with a humpon its back. Its hump is made up of fat and is a storehousefor food. It can also store water in the stomachand can go for days without a drink. It is also called“Ship of the Desert”.Chameleon: It is a family of lizards. The commonchameleon is a native of Africa. Chameleon isremarkable for its power of changing colour to resembleits surroundings when surprised a power that is due tothe presence of pigment bearing cells beneath the skin.It is slow in movement.Cheetah: Found in India and Africa. Fastest landanimal at short runCorals: Small marine animals closely related to seaanemone,found mainly in the Mediterranean; alsofound in the Indian Ocean.Crocodiles: can be recognised by their narrow snoutswhich have a notch near the front on both sides. They
  • 120. live mostly in the tropics along the sides of rivers andlakes. Alligators also resemble the crocodile but havebroader snouts.Dinosaurs: They are great reptiles flourished about150 million years ago in the Jurassic period. It was over24 m long and must have weighed some 30,000kilograms. Its tiny head contained a brain no largerthan a hen‘s egg. It was clumsy and slow-moving andprobably quite harmless.For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSElephant: Found in Africa and India. It is the largestexisting quadruped. Both males and females have largeivory tusk of considerable commercial value. TheIndian elephant is domesticated and can carry up to2,000 lbs. on long journeys maintaining a pace of about6 km per hour.Emu: Running bird of Australia. It is the largest ofliving birds after the Ostrich.Giraffe : Found in Africa and South Sahara exceptin the Congo forests. It is the tallest of existinganimals.Ilama: A dwarf camel-like animal found in SouthAmerica. It has no hump, but has a long neck and isused as a beast of burden.Kangaroo: Is a pouched (Marsupial) mammal ofAustralia. It can reach a height of over 6 ft. It is thenational animal of Australia.Kiwi: Flightless bird, found in New Zealand, now veryrare. It is little larger than a domestic hen and laysastonishingly large eggs for their size. Its feathers arehair-like and it has rudimentary wings concealed by theplumage.Koala: Animal found in Australia.Ladybird: It is an insect usually of a red or yellowcolour with small coloured or black spots.Lion: Among the big cats, the lions live in open grassland,its tawny coat blending with the dry bush. It islazy in habit, Gir forest is familiar in India.Mustang: Animal found in American prairiesNightingale: A singing bird found in IndiaOctopus: A genus of marine mollusc with eighttentacles that bear suckers.Ostrich : Largest living bird now found only onthe sandy plains of Africa and parts of South WestAsia. The male has beautiful white plumes on wingsand tails. The wings are useless for flight, but thebirds have a fleetness of foot exceeding that of theswiftest horse.Oyster: is a bivalve molluscs which is eaten as adelicacy, the pearl oyster may grow a pearl underits shell. This is due to an initation probably a tinyspect of sand, which the oyster covers withmother-of-pearl.Penguin: is a genus of large birds with small wings and
  • 121. webbed feet. They exist in enormous numbers in theSouthern Ocean and Antarctica Sea. They are facileswimmers, and live on fish.Plover: Bird, common in all continents except Africaand South America.Puma: A carnivorous quadruped of North America. Itis called ―American Lion‖. It is smaller than lion.Reindeer: A genus of deer horned in both sexes;Siberia.Rhinoceros: Found in swamps of Assam andSunderbans; South-East Asia; Africa.Seal: fish found in Northern Russia.Sea Lions: One of the families of Seal found in thePacific.Shark: A large and powerful ocean fish, mostly foundin tropical seas. Oil is obtained from its liver.Swifts: are birds of the air with extraordinary ability andspeed in flight. The world‘s tiniest humming birds oftropical America. They dart about with dazzling speed,hovering moving up & down sideways and evenbackwards.Tiger: India is the home land of Tiger which rangesacross the Far East to the Indonesia. National animal ofIndia, its stripes help to blend with the tall grassand bamboo thickets in which it hides.Trout: a fresh water fish of the Salmonidae family;found in Kashmir.Walrus: A very large marine mammal related to theSeals; Arctic Sea.Whales: The magnificient blue Whale is the greatestanimal on earth, reaching a length of 30 m andweighing upto 18,000 kilograms. No other animal hasreached this. Although a mammal, the Whale looks fish- like only because it lives in water and has astreamlined body.Yak: A curious long-haired ox, found in Tibet.Yeti: Or the abominable snow-man of the high Himalayasis variously being from 6 to 12 ft. tall half- Gorilla-like,with shaggy body and hairless face. His foot-printshave been seen and photographed many times.Zebra: African quadruped of whitish-grey colour withregular black stripes.
  • 122. G.K.POWER READ CURRENT AFFAIRSENGLISH MONTHLY :WHOs WHO CURRENT AFFAIRS G.K. DIARYFor more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSDISEASES OF DOMESTIC ANIMALSBACTERIAL DISEASESAnthrax CattlesKomari CattlesVIRAL DISEASESFoot and Mouth Diseases CattlesBlue Tongue CattlesRinderpest & Cattle Plague CattlesRabbies or Hydrophobia Dogs,, JackalsDISEASES OF POULTRYRanikhet,, Foulfox and Tick FeverDEFICIENCY, DEFECTIVE PARTS OF THE& GENERAL DISEASES BODY AFFECTEDAppendicitis IntestineArthritis Inflammation of jointsAsthma ChestAstigmatism EyesBeriberi Body growthBronchitis WindpipeCataract EyesCoronary Thrombosis Heart vascular musclesDiabetes PancreasDiptheria ThroatDysentery BowelsEczema SkinElephantiasis Swelling of tissuesparticularly lower parts ofthe bodyFilaria Lympth vesselsGoitre Thyroid glandGlaucoma EyesHypermetropia or Longsight EyesInfantile paralysis Limbs(Arms & Legs)Jaundice Eyes; liver
  • 123. Leprosy Skin and nervesLeukaemia Blood cellsMeningitis Spinal glandsMyopia or Shortsight EyesNeuralgia NervesNight Blindness EyesPellagra SkinPleurisy Chest wallPneumonia LungsPolio Spinal cord nervesPyorrhoea GumsRabies Hydrophobia Mental systemsRheumatism JointsRickets BonesScurvy GumsThrombosis BloodTrachoma EyesTuberculosis Any part of the bodyexcept hair and nailTyphoid Intestine, whole bodyFunction of National Laboratories : The NationalLaboratories undertake basic and applied research withspecial reference to the problems of industries failingwithin their spheres. These refer to the problems withthe work of industrial development and each having itsown detailed programme of work drawn up by expertcommittees.Birla Industrial and Technological Museum : Kolkata(West Bengal)Central Building Research Institute : Roorkee (U.P.)Central Drug Research Institute : Lucknow (U.P.).Central Electro - Chemical Research Institute : Karaikudi(Tamil Nadu).Central Electronic Engineering Research Institute :Pilani (Rajasthan).Central Food Technological Research Institute :Mysore (Karnataka).Central Fuel Research Institute : Dhanbad (Bihar).Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute : Kolkata(West Bengal).Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants :Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh).Central Leather Research Institute : Chennai (TamilNadu).Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute :Durgapur (West Bengal).Central Mining Research Station : Dhanbad (Bihar).Central Road Research Institute : New Delhi (Delhi).Central Salt and Marine Chemical Research Institute :Bhavnagar (Gujarat).Central Scientific Instruments Organisation : Chandigarh(Chandigarh).Indian Institute of Chemical Biology : Kolkata (WestBengal).Indian Institute of Petroleum : Dehra Dun (UttarPradesh)
  • 124. Indian Toxicology Research Centre : Lucknow (UttarPradesh).National Aeronautical Laboratory : Bangalore(Karnataka).(Including Scientific Research Institute and Industrial Undertakings etc.,)NATIONAL LABORATORIESFor more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSNational Biological Laboratory (in Planning) : Palampur,Kangra Dist. (Himachal Pradesh).National Botanical Research Institute : Lucknow, (U.P.)National Chemical Laboratory : Pune, (Maharashtra).National Environmental Engineering Institute :Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh).National Institute of Oceanography : Panaji (Goa).National Metallurgical Laboratory : Jamshedpur(Bihar).National Physical Laboratory : New Delhi (Delhi).Pulsars Research Laboratory : New Delhi (Delhi).Regional Research Laboratory : Bhuvaneshwar(Cuttack), Jorhant (Assam), Jammu and Kashmir andHyderabad (Andhra Pradesh).Structural Engineering Research Centre : Roorkee(U.P.). and Chennai.Visveswarayya Industrial and Technological Museum:Bangalore, (Karnataka).Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (Formerly the AtomicEnergy Establishment) : Trombay near Mumbai(Maharashtra).Centre for Advanced Technology (CAT) : Indore.High Altitude research Laboratory : Gulmarg(Kashmir)Indian Cancer Research Centre : Mumbai.Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research : Kalpakkam.Physical Research Laboratory : Ahmedabad (Gujarat).Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics : Kolkata (West Bengal)Seismic Research Centre : Gaurividanur nearBangalore (Karnataka).Tata Institute of Fundamental Research : Mumbai(Maharashtra)Bharat Ophthalmic Glass Limited : Kolkata, (WestBengal).Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaecobotany : Lucknow(Uttar Pradesh)Bose Research Institute : Kolkata (W.Bengal).Central Arid Zoo Research Institute : Jodhpur(Rajasthan).Central Coconut Research Institute : Kaserkode (Kerala)Central Glass and Ceramic Research Station : NewDelhiCentral Inland Fisheries Research Station : Barrackpore(W.Bengal)Central Institute of Fisheries Technology : Ernakulam(Kerala).Central Jute Technological Research Institute : Kolkata
  • 125. (W.Bengal).Central Marine Research Station : Chennai (TamilNadu).Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute :Durgapur (West Bengal).Central Mining Research Station : Dhanbad (Bihar).Central Research Laboratory : Chepauk, Chennai(Tamil Nadu)Central State Farm : Suratgarh (Rajasthan).Central Tobacco Research Station : Rajamundry (AndhraPradesh).Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology : HyderabadCouncil of Scientific and Industrial Research Institute:New Delhi.Fluid Control Research Institute : Kanjikode (Kerala).Forest Research Institute : Dehra Dun (Uttar Pradesh)Indian Institute of Agricultural Research Institute :New Delhi.Indian Institute of Science : Bangalore.Indian Institute of Sugar Technology : Kanpur, (U.P).Indian Lac Research Institute : Ranchi (Bihar).Indian Space Research Organisation : Bangalore(Karnataka)Institute of Microbial Technology : Hyderabad.National Dairy Research Institute : Karnal (Haryana).National Environmental Engineering Institute : Nagpur.National Sugar Research Institute : Kanpur (U.P.)SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH INSTITUTESMEDICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTESAll India Institute fo Hygiene and Public Health :Kolkata (W.Bengal).All India Institute of Medical Science : New Delhi(Delhi).All India Malaria Institute : Delhi.Central Research Institute : Kasauli (HimachalPradesh).Haftkine Institute : Mumbai.Indian Institute of Experimental Medicine : Kolkata(W.Bengal)Indian Vetrinary Research Institute : Mukteshwar andIzatnagar (Gujarat).National Institute of Communicable Disease : Delhi.Nutrition Research Laboratory : Coonoor (TamilNadu)Tuberculosis Institute : Delhi.NUCLEAR RESEARCH AND ATOMIC ENERGYFor more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSAshoka Hotel Ltd. : New Delhi.Atomic Power Project : (1) Rana Prtap Sagar nearKotah (Rajasthan), (2) Tarapur near Mumbai(Maharashtra) and (3) Kalpakkam near Mahabalipuram(Tamil Nadu).Bharat Electronics Ltd. : Jalahalli Bangalore
  • 126. (Karnataka).Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. : (1) Ranipur, Haridwar(Uttar Pradesh) Ramachandrapuram, Hyderabad(Andhra Pradesh) and (3) Tiruverumbur,Tiruchirappalli (Tamil Nadu).Bharat Heavy Plates and Vessels Ltd. : (1)Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh, Bokaro Steel Ltd.,Bokaro, District Hazaribagh (Bihar).Chittaranjan Locomotive Works : Chittaranjan, DistrictBurdwan (West Bengal) Cochin Refineries Ltd., Cochin(Kerala).Diesel Locomotie Works : Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)Engineers India Ltd. : New Delhi.The Fertilizer and Chemicals Travancore Ltd., : Alwaye(Kerala).Garden Research Workship Ltd. : Kolkata (W.Bengal).Heavy Electricals India Ltd. : Piplani, Bhopal (MadhyaPradesh)Heavy Engineering Corporation Ltd. : P.O.Dhurwa,Ranchi (Bihar).Heavy Machine Building Plant : Ranchi (Bihar).Heavy Vehicles Factory : Avadi, Chennai (Tamil Nadu).Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. : Bangalore (Karnataka).Hindustan Cables Ltd. : Rupnarampur, Dist. Burdwan(West Bengal).Hindustan Housing Factory Ltd. : New Delhi.Hindustan Insecticides Ltd. : (1) New Delhi (2) Alwaye(Kerala).D.D.T. Factories are at New Delhi and Alwaye.Hindustan Latex Ltd. : Peroorkada, Trivandrum(Kerala).GOVERNMENT INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGSHindustan Machine Tools Ltd. : (1) Bangalore(Karnataka), (2) Pinjore, Haryana, (3) Kalamassery(Kerala), (4) Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh).H.M.T. Watch Factory is at Bangalore. A SecondWatch Factory has been set up at Srinagar (Kashmir).Hindustan Photo Fims Manufacturing Co., Ltd., :Ottacamund (Tamil Nadu).Hindustan Salt Ltd. : Jaipur (Rajasthan).Hindustan Shipyard Ltd. : (1) Visakhapatnam (AndhraPradesh) and (2) Cochin (Kerala).Hindustan Steel Ltd. : Ranchi (Bihar).Hindustan Teleprinters Ltd. : Chennai (Tamil Nadu).Hindustan Zinc Ltd. : Udaipur (Rajasthan).India Government Silver Refinery : Kolkata (W.Bengal).Indian Drug and Pharmaceuticals Ltd. : New Delhi.Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. : Mumbai (Maharashtra).Indian Rare Earth Ltd. : Alwaye (Kerala).Indian Telephone Industries Ltd. : Bangalore(Karnataka)Instrumentation Ltd. : Kotah (Rajasthan).Integral Coach Factory : Perambur, Chennai (TamilNadu).Janpath Hotels Ltd. : New Delhi.
  • 127. Kolar Gold Mining Undertakings : Kolar Field, OoragumP.O. (Karnataka).Machine Tool Prototype Factory : Ambernath(Maharashtra).Mazagon Dock Ltd. : Mumbai (Maharashtra).Nahan Foundry Ltd. : Nahan (Himachal Pradesh).National Instruments Ltd. : Jadavpur, Kolkata (WestBengal).Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd.: Neyveli (Tamil Nadu).Optical Glass (Centre Glass and Ceramic ResearchInstitute) : Kolkata (West Bengal).Pyrites and Chemical Development Co., Ltd., : Dehrion-Sone District, Shahabad (Bihar).Administrative Staff College : Hyderabad (AndhraPradesh).Air Defence and Guided Missiles School : Gopalpur(Orissa).Air Force Administrative Staff College : Coimbatore(Tamil Nadu)Air Force Flying College : Jodhpur (Rajasthan)Armoured Corps Centre and School : Ahmadnagar.Armed Force Medical College : Pune (Maharashtra).Central Institute of Languages : Mysore(Karnataka).ACADEMIES AND INSTITUTIESCentral Sanskrit Institute : Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh)College of Military Engineering : Kirkee, Pune(Maharashtra).College of Satellite Communication Technology :Ahmedabad (Gujarat).Defence Service Staff College : Wellington, NilgiriHills (Tamil Nadu).Film and Television Institute of India : Pune(Maharashtra)Himalayan Mountaineering Institute : Darjeeling(West Bengal)For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSIndian Institute of Management : Ahmedabad, Kolkata,Bangalore, Lucknow, Indore and Kozhikode.Indian Institute of Mass Communication : New Delhi.Indian Institute of Public Administration : New Delhi.Indian Institute of Technology : (1) Kharagpur, (2)Kanpur, (3) Chennai, (4) Mumbai and (5) Delhi (6)Guwahati, (7) University of Roorkee.Indian Military Academy : Dehra Dun, (Uttar Pradesh).Indian Cochin Academy : Cochin (Kerala).Indian School of Mines and Applies Geology :Dhanbad (Bihar).Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Urban academic : Rai Bareli(Uttar Pradesh).Laxhmibai National College of Physical Education:Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh).Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy ofAdministration : Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh).
  • 128. National Defence College : New Delhi.National Defence Academy : Khadakvasla near Pune .National Industrial Academy : Hyderabad.National Institute of Community Development :Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh).National Institute of Fashion Technology : New Delhi.Nehru University : New Delhi.National Police Academy : Abu Road (Rajasthan).National School of Drama of Asian Theatre : NewDelhi.Numismatology Institute : Nasik.Paratroop Training College : Agra (Uttar Pradesh).Rashtriya Indian Military College: Dehra Dun (UttarPradesh).Sangeet Natak Academy : New Delhi.School of Foreign Languages : New Delhi.School of Tropical Medicines : Kolkata (West Bengal).Water Management Engineering Laboratory : NewDelhi.Wildlife Institute of India : Chandrasvani (UttarPradesh)Arey Milk Colony : Mumbai (Maharashtra).Agro Industries Corporation : Chandigarh.Archaeological Survey of India : Indian Museum,Calcutta (West Bengal).Artificial Limb Centre : Pune (Maharashtra).Atomic Reactors : (1) Aprasara (2) Cirus and (3)Zerlina at Trombay near Mumbai (Maharashtra) (4)Purnima at Kalpakkam near Chennai, (5) Dhruva atTrombay, near Mumbai, (6) Kamini at Kalpakkam,near Chennai.Bhaba Auditorium : MumbaiBirla Planetarium : Kolkata (West Bengal) andChennai (Tamil Nadu).Central Board of Film Censors : Mumbai (Maharashtra).Central Board of Geophysics : Hyderabad (AndhraPradesh).Central Tractor Organisation : New Delhi.Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) :New Delhi.Currency Printing Press (or) Indian Security Press :Nasik.Directorate of Scientific and Technological Personnel :New Delhi.High Altitude Cosmic Ray Laboratory : Gulmarg(Kashmir).Hindustan Aluminium Corporation : Renkoot (UttarPradesh).Indian National Scientific Documentation Centre :New Delhi.Indian Security Press : Nasik Road (Maharashtra)Indo-Australian Sheep Farm : Hissar (Haryana).Inter University Centre on Astronomy andAstrophysics (IUCAA) : Poona University.Mafatlal Scientific and Technical Museum : Mumbai.Meterological Observatory : Pune (Maharashtra) and
  • 129. Delhi.National Archives of India : New Delhi.National Atlas Organisation : Kolkata (West Bengal).National Coal Development Corporations : Ranchi(Bihar)National Dairy Development Board : Anand (Gujarat).National Gallery of Modern Art : New Delhi.National Library : Kolkata (West Bengal).National Museum : New Delhi.Nehru Planetorium : New Delhi, Mumbai and Ludhiana.Nuclear Science Centre : Jawaharlal Nehru University,Delhi.Publication and Information Directorate (IncludingIndian Languages Unit) : New Delhi.Rabindar Rangshala Open-air theatre : New Delhi.Rangapur Observatory : Rangapur near Hyderabad(Andhra Pradesh).Research Survey & Planning Organisation : New Delhi.Rocket Launching Station : (1) Thumba nearTrivandrum (Kerala) and (2) Sriharikota Island(Andhra Pradesh).Security Paper Mill : Houshangabad (Madhya Pradesh).Seismological Observatory : Shillong (Assam).Solar Physics Observatory : Kodaikanal (Tamil Nadu).T.V. Reception Centre (India‘s First) : Pune (Maharashtra)World Diary : Mumbai (Maharashtra).MISCELLANEOUS INSTALLATIONS CENTRES ETC.For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSCURRENT EVENTS�ABBREVIATIONS �SPORTS �UNO �BOOKS & AUTHORS �ECONOMY�TERMINOLOGY �FIRST AND LAST �DEFENCE �PERSONALITIESABBREVIATIONSAAAFI Amateur Athletic Federation of IndiaABC Atomic, Biological and Chemical (warfare);American Broad-casting Company; AustralianBroadcasting Company.ABM Anti Ballistic MissilesABVP Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi ParishadACC Auxiliary Cadet Corps; Air CoordinatingCommitteeADB Asian Development BankADC Aide-de-CampAEC Atomic Energy CommissionAICTE All India Council for Technical EducationAIDS Acquired Immuno Deficiency SyndromeAIMS All India Institute of Medical SciencesAITUC All India Trade Union CongressALCMS Air Launched Nuclear Armed Cruise MissilesAMC Army Medical CorpsANCA Alternative Nuclear Command Authority
  • 130. ANN Asian News NetworkAPPEAL Asia-Pacific Programme of Education for ALLAPPLE Ariane Passenger Payload ExperimentASAT Anti-Satellite WeaponASEAN Association of South-East Asian NationsASLV Augmented Satellite Launch VehicleASPAC Asian and Pacific CouncilASROCK Anti-Submarine Rocket LaunchersASSOCHAM Associated Chambers of Commerce andIndustryATS Anti-Tetanus Serum (injection)AWACS Airborne Warning and Control SystemBBARC Bhabha Atomic Research CentreBBC British Broadcasting CorporationBEL Bharat Electronics LimitedBCG Bacillus Calmette Guerin - Anti- TuberculosisVaccineBHEL Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd.BIMSTEC Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka,Thailand, Economic Co-operationBLT Bado Liberation TigerBMR Basal Metabolic RateBP Blood PressureBRO Border Road OrganisationBSF Border Security ForceCCA Chartered AccountantCAG Comptroller & Auditor GeneralCARE Co-operation for American Relief EverywhereCAT Centre for Advanced TechnologyCBI Central Bureau of InvestigationCCI Cricket Club of IndiaCDAC Centre for Development of AdvancedComputingCDP Community Development ProgrammeCHOGM Commonwealth Heads of GovernmentMeetingCIA Central Intelligence Agency (of U.S.A)CIS Commonwealth of Independent StatesCISF Central Industrial Security ForceCMC Computer Maintenance CorporationCMIE Centre for Monitoring Indian EconomyCNS Chief of the Naval StaffCOD Central Ordinance DepotCOFEPOSA Conservation of Foreign Exchange andPrevention of Smuggling Activities ActCPCSEA Committee for the Purpose of Control andSupervision of Experiments on AnimalsCRPF Central Reserve Police ForceCRR Cash Reserve RatioCSCAP Council For Security Co-operation for AsiaPacificCSIR Council of Scientific and Industrial ResearchCSIRO Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial
  • 131. Research OrganisationCSO Central Statistical OrganisationCTBT Comprehensing Test Ban TreatyCWC Central Warehouse CorporationDDAVP Directorate of Advertising and VisualPublicityDDT Dichloro-Diphenyl Trichloro-ethane(disinfectant)DNA Deoxy ribo-Nuchie-AcidDOD Department of Ocean DevelopmentDRDO Defence Research & DevelopmentOrganisationDRES Department of Renewable Energy SourcesEECG Electro CardiogramECGC Export Credit and Guarantee Corporation ofIndiaECIL Electronic Corporation of India LimitedECT Electro-convulsat Therapy (electric shocktreatment)ECU European Currency UnitEEC European Economic Community (CommonMarket)EEG Electro-encephalographye.g. exampli gratia; for exampleEIL Engineers India LimitedE-MAIL Electronic MailingE & OE Errors and Omissions ExceptedFor more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSERDA Energy Research and DevelopmentAdministrationESA European Space AgencyESCAP Economic and Social Commission for Asia andthe PacificESI Employee State InsuranceESMA Essential Services Maintenance ActEST Eastern Standard Timeetc. ett cetera (and other things)EU European UnionEVM Electronic Voting MachineEWS Economically Weaker SectionFFACT Fertilizers & Chemicals Travancore Ltd.FAO Food and Agriculture OrganisationFBI Federal Bureau of Investigation (of the U.S.A.)FCI Food Corporation of IndiaFDR Flight Data RecorderFERA Foreign Exchange Regulation ActFICCI Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerceand IndustryFTII Film & Television Institute of IndiaG
  • 132. GAIL Gas Authority of India LimitedGATE Graduate Aptitude Test in EngineeringGATT General Agreement of Tariffs and TradeGDR German Democratic RepublicGIC General Insurance CorporationGIST Graphics & Intelligence based ScriptTechnologyGMDSS Global Maritime Distress and Safety SystemGM Grand Master (Chess)GMT Greenwich Mean TimeGNP Gross National ProductGOC General Officer CommandingGOP Grand Old PartyGSI Geological Survey of IndiaGSLV Geo Synchronous Launch VehicleGTB Global Trust Bank Ltd.,HHAL Hindustan Aeronautics LimitedHBV Hepatitis - B - VirusHFDC Housing Finance Development CorporationHIV Human Immunodeficiency VirusHUDCO Housing and Urban Development CorporationIIAAI International Airport Authority of IndiaIAC Indian Airlines CorporationIADF International Agricultural Development FundIAEA International Atomic Energy AgencyIAMC Indian Army Medical CorpsIATA International Air Transport AssociationIBRD International Bank for Reconstruction andDevelopmentICAO International Civil Aviation OrganisationICAR Indian Council of Agricultural ResearchICBL International Campaign to Ban LandminesICC International Cricket ConferenceICF International Court of JusticeICCR Indian Council of Cultural RelationsICCW Indian Council for Child WelfareICHR Indian Council for Historical ResearchICJ International Court of JusticeICICI Industrial Credit and Investment Corporationof IndiaICMR Indian Council of Medical ResearchICRC International Committee of the Red CrossIDA International Development AssociationIDBI Industrial Development Bank of IndiaIDPL Indian Drugs & Pharmaceuticals Ltd.,i.e. id est; that isIEA International Energy AgencyIFAD International Fund for AgriculturalDevelopmentIFCI Industrial Finance Corporation of India Ltd.IFFCO Indian Formers Fertilizers Co-operativesIFTU International Federations of Trade UnionsIGMOP Integrated guided Missile Development
  • 133. ProgrammeIGNCA Indira Gandhi National Centre for ArtsIGNOU Indira Gandhi National Open UniversityIIT Indian Institute of TechnologyILO International Labour OrganisationILY International Literacy YearIMA Indian Military AcademyIMF International Monetary FundIMO International Maritime OrganisationINCOSPAR Indian National Committee on SpaceResearchINMARSAT International Maritime SatelliteOrganisationINMAS Institute of Nuclear Medicines & AlliedScienceINS Indian Naval Ship; Indian Newspaper SocietyINSA Indian National Science AcademyINSAT Indian National SatelliteINTELEX International Teleprinter ExchangeINTERPOL International Police OrganisationIOC International Olympic CommitteeIORARC Indian Ocean Rim Association for RegionalCo-operationIRBM Intermediate Range Ballistic MissileISE Inter-connected Stock ExchangeISO International Standards OrganisationISRO Indian Space Research OrganisationISP Internet Service ProviderISS International Space StationsISSP Indian Scientific Satellite ProjectITDC Indian Tourism Development CorporationITO International Trade Organisation; Income-TaxOfficerJJCO Junior Commissioned OfficerJNU Jawaharlal Nehru UniversityJP Janata Party; Justice of PeaceKKG KindergartenKg KilogrammeFor more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSKPMF Kothari Pioneer Mutual FundKRC Konkan Railway CorporationKw KilowattLLASER Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission ofRadiationLCA Light Combat AircraftLED Light-Emitting DiodeLIC Life Insurance Corporations (of India)LPG Liquid Petroleum GasLTC Leave Travel ConcessionLTTE Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
  • 134. MMAPP Madras Atomic Power ProjectMISA Maintenance of InternalSecurity ActMASER Micro-wave Amplification by StimulatedEmission of RadiationMAT Minimum Alternate TaxMODVAT Modified Value Added TaxMRTPC Monopolies and Restrictive Trade PracticesCommissionNNAA National Airport AuthorityNABARD National Bank for Agriculture & RuralDevelopmentNAEP National Adult Education ProgrammeNAG National Air GuardNAM Non-aligned MovementNASA National Aeronautics and SpaceAdministration (of the U.S.A.)NASSCOM National Association of Software andService CompaniesNATO North Atlantic Treaty OrganisationNCC National Cadet CorpsNCEP National Committee on Environment PlanningNCERT National Council of Education Research andTrainingNCM National Commission of MinoritiesNCRPB National Capital Region Planning BoardNCSC & ST National Commission for Scheduled Castesand Scheduled TribesNDA National Defence AcademyNDC National Development CouncilNDPS Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic SubstancesNEP National Education PolicyNEPA National Environment Protection AuthorityNFC Nuclear Fuel ComplexNFDC National Film Development CorporationNIB National Internet BackboneNIC National Integration CouncilNICSAT National Informatics Centre SatelliteNIFT National Institute of Fashion TechnologyNIO National Institute of OceanographyNIS National Institute of SportsNLM National Literacy MissionNLMA National Literacy Mission AuthorityNMDC National Mineral Development CorporationNNPT Nuclear Non- Proliferation TreatyNPC National Productivity CouncilNPP National Population PolicyNPTC National Power Transmission CorporationNREP National Rural Employment ProgrammeNRI Non-resident IndianNRSA National Remote Sensing AgencyNSA National Securities ActNSC National Statistical CommissionNSC National Security Council
  • 135. NSS National Savings SchemeN.S.C. National Service Corps, National SecurityCouncilNSG National Security GuardsNSO National Sports OrganisationNTC National Textile CorporationNTPC National Thermal Power CorporationOOAU Organisation of African UnityOCS Overseas Communication ServiceOECD Organisation Economic Co-operation andDevelopmentOGL Open General LicenceOIL Oil India LimitedOM Order of MeritONGC Oil and Natural Gas CommissionOPEC Organisation of Petroleum Exporting CountriesOSCE Organisation for Security and Co-operation inEuropeOTS Officers Training AcademyPPAC Political Affairs Committee; Public AccountsCommitteePDA Preventive Detention ActPERC Political & Economic Risk Consultancy Ltd.,PETA People for the Ethical Treatment of AnimalsPIB Press Information BureauPIL Public Interest LitigationPIN Code Postal Index Number CodePIO Persons of Indian OriginPLO Palestine Liberations OrganisationPROM Programmable Read Only MemoryPSLV Polar Satellite Launch VehiclePTA Preferential Trade AreaPTI Press Trust of IndiaPVC Param Vir ChakraPVSM Param Vishisht Sewa MedalQQMC Quarter Master GeneralRRADAR Radio Detecting and RangingRAM Random Access MemoryRAW Research and Analysis WingRBI Reserve Bank of IndiaRCI Rehabilitation Council of IndiaREC Rural Electrification CorporationRLO Returned Letter OfficeRPF Railway Protection ForceRPM Revolution Per MinuteRRB Railway Recruitment BoardRSS Rashtriya Swyamsevak SanghFor more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKS
  • 136. SSAARC South Asian Association for Regional CooperationSAI Sports Authority of IndiaSAIDC South African Industrial DevelopmentCorporationSAIL Steel Authority of India LimitedSALT Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (or Treaty)SAPTA South Asian Preferential Trade AgreementSARS Severe Acute Respiratory SyndromeSARSAT Search and Rescue Satellite - Aided TrackingSystemSAVE SAARC Audio Visual ExchangeSEATO South East Asia Treaty OrganisationSEBI Securities and Exchange Board of IndiaSENSEX Sensitivity Index of Share PriceSEMIBOMBLA Scheme of the Economists forMonetary Immobilisation through BondMedallions and Blocked AccountsSFC Strotegic Forces CommandSHCIL Stock Holding Corporation of India LtdSIDBI Small Industries Development Bank of IndiaSIEMA Southern India Engineering Manufacturers‘AssociationSINP Saha Institute of Nuclear PhysicsSIT Special Investigation TeamSOS Save Our Souls - distress signalSPCA Society for the Prevention of Cruelty toAnimalsSPG Special Protection GroupSPIC Southern Petro-Chemical IndustrialCorporationSROSS Stretched Rohini Satellite SeriesSSI Small Scale IndustrySTARS Satellite Trecking and Ranging StationSTART Strategic Arms Reduction TreatySTC State Trading CorporationSTD Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Subcriber‘sTrunk DiallingSWAPO South-West African People‘s OrganisationTTAAI Travel Agents Association of IndiaTADA Terrorist and Disruptive Activities(Prevention) ActTANSI Tamil Nadu Small Industries CorporationTAPS Tarapur Atomic Power StationTCAS Tactical Collision Avoidance SystemTDA Trade Development AuthorityTELEX Teleprinter ExchangeTIFAC Technology Information, Forecasting andAssessment CouncilTISCO Tata Iron and Steel CompanyTNAU Tamil Nadu Agricultural UniversityTNCSC Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies CorporationTNT Tri-nitro-toluene (high explosive)TNV Tripura National Volunteers
  • 137. TRYSEM Training of Rural Youth for Self EmploymentUUGC University Grants CommissionUNCTAD United Nations Conference on Trade andDevelopmentUNDCP United Nations International Drug ControlProgrammeUNDP United Nations Development ProgrammeUNEF United Nations Emergency ForceUNFPA United Nations Population FundUNEP United Nations Environment ProgrammeUNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific andCultural OrganisationUNFPA UN Fund for Population ActivitiesUNHCR United Nations High Commissioner forRefugeesUNI United News of IndiaUNIC United Nations Information CentreUNICEF United Nations International Children‘s(Emergency) FundUNIDO United Nations Industrial DevelopmentOrganisationUNMOGIP United Nations Observer Group in Indiaand PakistanUNSCOM United National Special CommissionUSAID United States Agency for InternationalDevelopmentUSIS United States Information ServiceUTI Unit Trust of IndiaVVAT Value Added TaxVCR Video Cassette RecorderVHD Vishwa Hindu ParishadVHRR Very High Resolution RadiometerVOA Voice of AmericaVPP Value Payable PostVRDE Vehicle Research & DevelopmentEstablishmentWWAY World Assembly of YouthWBF World Book FairWCD World Commission of DamsWEF World Economic ForumWFP World Food ProgrammeWFTU World Federation of Trade UnionsWHO World Health Organisation (of the U.N.)WMO World Meteorological OrganisationWPI Wholesale Price IndexWTO World Tourism OrganisationWWF World Wildlife FundXX-mas ChristmasYYMCA Young Men‘s Christian Association
  • 138. YWCA Young Women‘s Christian AssociationZZETA Zero Energy Thermo-nuclear Assembly orApparatusZOPFAN Zone of Peace, Freedom and NeutralityZS Zoological SocietyFor more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSTHE FIRST AND THE LASTSFirst Visitors, Invaders, Heads of State, Expeditions, Sports, Etc.,First British Governor - : Lord MountbattenGeneral of the newDominion of IndiaFirst and the Last Indian : C. RajagopalachariGovernor - Generalof Free IndiaLast Governor-General of : Lord CanningIndia who also becamethe first Viceroyof IndiaLast Viceroy of India : Lord MountbattenFirst British : Warren HastingsGovernor-General in IndiaFirst Commander-in-Chief : General Cariappaof free IndiaTenth and the last Guru : Guru Gobind Singhof the SikhsFirst Chinese pilgrim to : Fa-Heinvisit IndiaFirst European to : Marco Polovisit ChinaFirst European invader : Alexander the Greaton Indian soilFirst U.S.A. President : D. Eisenhoverto visit IndiaFirst Russian : V.I.BulganinPrime Minister to visit IndiaFirst British Prime Minister : Harold Macmillanto visit IndiaFirst President of the USA : George WashingtonFirst President of the : Sun Yat-Sen (1912)Chinese RepublicFirst Prime Minister : Robert Walpoleof Great BritainFirst Women : Mrs. S. BandaranaikePrime Minister (twice) (Sri Lanka)of a Country in the WorldFirst India‘s Spaceman : Sqn. Ldr. Rakesh SharmaFirst Indian to scale : Phu DorjeeMount EverestFirst President of : Dr. Rajendra PrasadIndian RepublicFirst Woman : Mrs. Indira GandhiPrime Minister of IndiaFirst Indian to win : Dr. Rabindranath Tagore
  • 139. Nobel PrizeFirst President of Indian : W.C.BonerjeeNational CongressFirst person to conquer : Serpa Tenzing and HillaryMount EverestFirst man who climbed : Nawang GombuMount Everest (twice)First woman who climbed : Mrs. Junko Tabei, JapanMount EverestFirst Indian to swim across : (Men) Mihir Sen,the English Channel (Women) Mrs.Arati Gupta(Prodigy) Kutraleeswaran,Chennai.First woman to sail : Kay Cotteenon-stop around the world, aloneFirst Woman to reach the : Ann BancroffNorth PoleFirst Indian woman to : Bachendri Palscale Mount EverestFirst person to reach the : AmundsenSouth PoleFirst woman to walk in : Svetlana Savitskaya spacespace (Russia)First person in the world : Neil A. Armstrong andto land on the moon Edwin E. Aldrin Jr of USAFirst woman cosmanaut of : Valentina Tereskhova, theworld RussianFirst country to launch a : Russiacosmic space rockettowards moonFirst Chief Justice of a : Justice H.L.Kania (Men),High Court Ms. Leila Seth (Women)First Judge, First Judge : Justice Syed Mehmoodof a High Court (Men), Anna ChandiFirst Judge of : Camelia SorabjiSupreme CourtFirst Magistrate : Mrs. Omana KunjammaFirst Indian to become : Dr. Nagendra SinghPresident of InternationalCourt of JusticeFirst Bar-at-Law : J.M.TagoreFirst Woman : Chokila IyerForeign SecretaryFirst Women Grandmaster : Ms. Vijayalakshmi(India) SubburamanFirst Indian Woman to : Karnam Malleswariwin an Olympic MedalFirst Asian to claim : Viswanathan AnandChess World TitleFirst Indian Woman : Ms.P.BandhobathyaiAir-CommodreFor more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSFirst Indian girl to win the : Joshna Chinappa (17 yrs)British Junior Squash title
  • 140. First Indian Muslim : Aneesha MirzaWoman Mayor (Ahmedabad)First Test Tube Baby : Louise Joy BrownFirst Place where atom : Hiroshimabomb was droppedFirst man to reach : Robert PearyNorth PoleFirst man to climb : Sherpa Sungau (Nepal)Mount EverestFirst man to walk in space : Alexi Leonov (USSR)First Governor General : Mohammed Ali Jinnahof PakistanFirst oldest man to scale : Mario CurrisMount EverestFirst Commander-in-Chief : General Roy Bucherof Free IndiaFirst Emperor of : BabarMoghul DynastyFirst Field Marshal : S.H.F.J.Manekshawof IndiaFirst Indian ICS Officer : Satyendra nath TagoreFirst Indian Member : Sir S.P. Sinhaof Viceroys ExecutiveCouncilFirst man to climb : Phu DorjeeMount Everest without OxygenFirst Tolkie Film : Alam Ara (1931)First Test Tube Baby : Indira(Documented)First Woman Minister : Rajkumar Amrit Kaurof Indian UnionFirst Woman : Sucheta KriplaniChief Minister of StateFirst Woman Governor : Sarojini NaiduFirst Woman President of : Dr. Annie BesantIndian National CongressFirst Woman Speaker of a : Shanno DeviState AssemblyFirst Prime Minister of : Pandit Jawaharlal NehruIndiaFirst Muslim President of : Dr. Zakir HussainIndian UnionFirst Speaker of : G.V. MavlankarLok SabhaFirst Woman Judge in : Fathima BeeviSupreme CourtFirst Woman Chief Justice : Leela Sethof a High CourtFirst Indian Woman to go : Kalpana Chawlain spaceFirst Indian Woman : Sonali BanerjeeMerchant Navy OfficerFirst Dalit Speaker of the : G.M.C. BalayokiLok SabhaPOSTAL SERVICE IN INDIAFirst Postal Service was started in - 1837
  • 141. First All-India Postal Stamp was issued - 1854First Postal Department was opened - 1854First Money Order was started in - 1880First Air-Mail Service was first operatedat Allahabad & Nainital - 1911Total No.of Postal Zones - 8PINCODE was started in the year - 1972PINCODE ZONES AND THEIR JURISDICTIONPincode Zone JurisdictionZone No.1 Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh,Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & KashmirZone No.2 Uttar PradeshZone No.3 Rajasthan, Gujarat, Daman & Diu, Dadra &Nagar HaveliZone No.4 Maharashtra, Goa & Madhya PradeshZone No.5 Andra Pradesh and KarnatakaZone No.6 Tamil Nadu, Kerala & LakshadweepZone No.7 West Bengal, Orissa, Arunachal Pradesh,Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland,Tripura and Andaman & Nicobar IslandsZone No.8 BiharTELECOMMUNICATIONFirst Telephone line was started - 1851between Kolkata and Diamond HarbourFirst Telephone service was started - 1881at KolkataFirst Telephone exchange was opened - 1881at Kolkata with 50 linesFirst International Telephone line was - 1870started between Mumbai and LondonFirst Automatic Telephone exchange in - 1913Simla was opened atPost and Telecommunication started - 1984Total Post Offices (2000) - 1,55,000Quick Mail Service was started in - 1975Speed Post was started in - 1986E-Post was started in - 2002INDIAN RAILWAYSThe Indian Railways system is the largest in Asiaand third in the world after U.S., and Canada, it is thebiggest employer in the world and largest public sectorundertaking in India and it has the second biggestelectrified system in the world after Russia . On April 16,1853 first train in India was opened between Bombay andCOMMUNICATION AND TRANSPORTFor more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSThana covering a distance of 34 km. Shatabdi Express isthe latest super-fast train introduced in the IndianRailways. Deccan Queen is the first Electric trainintroduced in 1929. Life Line Express or Jeevan Rekha isthe world‘s first hospital on wheels opened in Mumbaion 16th July 1991 to cater the medical needs of people inrural areas. For every financial year Railway Budget ispresented by the Union Railway Minister in the
  • 142. Parliament.Rail Tracks :Type Distance between rails(a) Metre Gauge 1.00 metre(b) Broad Gauge 1.69 metre(c) Narrow Gauge 0.77 metresRailway Zones :There are nine zones in Indian Railways :Zones Opened on Headquarters1. Central Railway Nov. 05, 1958 Mumbai2. Eastern Railway Aug. 01, 1955 Kolkata3. Northern Railway April 14, 1952 New Delhi4. North-Eastern Railway April 14, 1952 Gorakpur5. North-East Frontier Jan. 15, 1958 Maligaon,Guwahati6. Southern Railway April 14, 1951 Chennai7. South-Central Oct. 02, 1966 Secunderabad8. South-Eastern Aug. 01, 1955 Kolkata9. Western Railway Nov. 05, 1955 Mumbai(Church Gate)The following seven additional zonal offices werecreated out of existing zones.New Zones Opened on Headquarters1. East-Coast Railway Aug. 08, 1996 Bhubaneshwar2. North-Central Railway Aug. 28, 1996 Allahabad3. East-Central Railway Sep. 08, 1996 Hajipur4. North-Western RailwayOct. 10, 1996 Jaipur5. South-Western RailwayNov. 01, 1996 Bangalore6. West-Central Railway Dec. 12, 1996 Jabalpur7. South-East Central Rly. Sep. 09, 1998 BilaspurRailway Manufacturing Units :Estd in Name Location Itemsmanufactured1950 Chittaranjan Chittaranjan LocomotivesLocomotive Works1955 Integral Coach Perambur CoachesFactory1964 Diesel Locomotive Varanasi LocomotivesWorks1983 Wheel & Axle Plant Yelahanka Wheels & axesDiesel Component Patiala Components ofWorks diesel engines1988 Rail Coach Kapurthala Coaches,Factory wagons & spl.containersROADWAYSRoad Network : With a network of 2.7 million kilometresof road length, India has the Third largest roadnetwork in the world. From a road length of about 4 lakhkilometres in 1950-51. The road network has expandednearly Seven-Fold.National Highways : The National Highway System isthe primary road grid of the Country. The constructionand maintenance of National Highways is the directresponsibility of the Central Government. NationalHighways have a total length of 34,258 kilometres.
  • 143. National Highways carry nearly 40% of the totaltraffic.Highways Authority : The main task of the authority is totakeover in a phased manner, the construction,maintenance and operation of the national highways.Before the constitution ofthe authority the maintenanceof the roads was done by the State PWDs.Twelve of the principal highways are :1. Delhi-Amritsar2. Delhi-Kolkanda3. Agra-Mumbai4. Jalandhar-Srinagar-Uri5. Delhi-Ahmedabad-Mumbai6. Chandigarh-Manali7. Ambala-Shimla-Tibet8. Jorhat-Shillong-Bangladesh9. Manali-Leh10. Pathankot-Mandi11. Cochin-Madurai12. Beawar-Sirohi-Kandla.AIR TRANSPORTThe International Airport Authority of India (IAAI)was set up in 1972 manages the international airports.J.R.D. Tata was the first to make a solo flight from Mumbaito Karachi, (Now in Pakistan) in 1931.Following are the important International Airports :1. Anna International Airport, Chennai.2. Jawaharlal Nehru Airport (Santa-Cruz), Mumbai.3. Indira Gandhi International Airport at New Delhi.4. Subash Chandra Bose Airport (Dum-Dum) atKolkata.5. Rajasansi Airport at Amritsar, Punjab.The National Airport Authority manages 88domestic aerodromes and nearly 28 civil enclaves in which23 are classified as major airport, 43minor and 22 asintermediate airports.Following are some of the Inland Aerodromes :1. Kamaraj Domestic-Chennai2. Safdarganj-New Delhi3. Juhu-Mumbai4. Begumpet-Hyderabad5. Thiruvananthapuram-.KeralaFor more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSDEFENCE AND SECURITYSupreme Commander - President of IndiaAdministrative control - Ministry of DefenceARMY : is headed by the Chief of Army Staff and itsheadquarters is at New Delhi.India‟s Battle Tanks: (1) Vijayanta battle tank; (2) Arjun :Indigenously built Main Battle Tank (MBT) inducted in1993; (3) T-55 and T-72 purchased from Russia.AIR FORCE : is headed by the Chief of Air Staff and itsheadquarters is at New Delhi.Aircrafts : MIG-29 aircraft were acquired from Russia
  • 144. and have been named Baaz. MIG-23, MIG-25 and MIG-27are the other types of MIG aircrafts. MIG-21 is beingmanufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)to serve as jet training aircraft.The Defence Research & Development Organisation(DRDO) has developed a Pilotless Target Aircraft whichhas been named Lakshya.India also acquired the Mirage-2000 from France, whichhas been named Vajra.NAVY : is headed by the Chief of Naval Staff and itsheadquarters is at New Delhi.No. of Fleets: (a) Western Fleet (b) Eastern FleetAircraft Carriers:(a) INS Vikrant: India‘s first aircraft carrier(b) INS Viraat : India‘s largest aircraft carrierIMPORTANT SUBMARINES/MISSILEBOATS/WAR SHIPS(a) INS Vibhuti: Country‘s first indigenously builtmissile boat.(b) INS Chakra : India‘s first nuclear poweredsubmarine. It has now been decommissioned andreturned to Russia.(c) INS Vipul : Second indigenously built missile boat.(d) INS Savitri: India‘s first warship.(e) INS Shalki : India‘s first indigenously builtsubmarine.(f) INS Delhi : India‘s largest, most sophistiated,indigenously built warship.(g) INS Nashak : Third indigenously built missile boatjoined the Navy in 1994.INDIA’S MISSILE PROGRAMMEDefence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO) has started India‘s Integrated MissileDevelopment Programme (IGMDP) in 1982-1983 underthe chairmanship of Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. viz.Prithvi : is a Surface-to-surface battlefield missile andhas a range of 150km-250km. It was first launched onFebruary 25, 1988 from Rocket Launching Centre,Sriharikota. It was successfully test fired from the InteriemTest Range at Chandipur-on-sea, March 27, 2003.Agni : is a Surface-to-surface ballistic missile. It has arange of 1200km-2000km. On May 22,1989 it was firstlaunched from Chandipur (Orissa).Agni-1 : was successfully test fired from the launchcomplex at the Wheelers island located in the Bay ofBengal of the Orissa coast.Trishul : is a low-level and quick reaction surface-tosurfacemissile and has a range of 500 m to 9 km (shortrange). It is developed for all the three defenceservices namely army, navy and air force. It was firstlaunched in 1985.Nag : is a Anti-tank guided missile. Its range is 4 km. Itsfirst test flight was made in 1988.Anti-Missile System : India has embarked upon thedevelopmnt of an anti-missile system capable of detectingand destroying enemy‘s long-range missiles similar to
  • 145. the US made ‗Patriot‘ which was effectively used againstIraqi scud missiles in the 1991 gulf war.Nag Fire and Target System : Indian defence Scientists,in a technological breakthrough, have successfully testedthe "fire and forget guidance system" using imaginginfra-red seeker for mounting on Nag, making it the firstthird generation anti-tank missile in the world.Akash : Akash was successfully test fired fromChandipur-on-Sea, in Balasore district, Orissa onSeptember 19, 2000. It is a medium range surface-to airmissile. It has a range of 25 km. It was again successfullytest fired on January 21, 2003.BrahMos : The supersonic anti-ship cruise missileBrahMos, jointly developed by India and Russia, wassuccessfully test fired for the 2nd time in February 12,2003. For the first time missile was the test fired from theship (INS-Rajput) stationed in the Bay of Bengal.The Arjun Tank : The state of the art flagship of Indianarmour and can move in a battlefield at 72 kmph. It haslaser range finder, computer-based firing system, 12.7 mmmachine gun and thermal sighting equipment.Pinaka : Pinaka is a multi-barrel rocket systemcharacterised by the capability to deliver saturation fireover targets not engagable by guns. It has a range of 40km and can deliver a variety of warheads.LCA : LCA is an eight tonne state of the art multi-rolecombat aircraft. It would be capable of engaging air battlein a 600 km combat zone. It would carry laser-guidedbombs, IR and radar guided missiles, anti-ship missiles,cluster bomb dispensers etc.INDIA’S ATOMIC RESEARCHFirst Nuclear Implosion was carried out on May18,1974 at Pokharan in Rajasthan (Thar) desert. The mainobjective was the use of atomic energy for peacefulpurposes, i.e.digging canals, reservoirs, oil exploration,as well as to study rock dynamics. This successfulimplosion made India the sixth nuclear nation in theworld. In Pokhran (Rajasthan) three tests wereconducted on May 11, 1998 and two on May 13, 1998.Code named "Operation Shakti". India declared itself anuclear weapon state capable of deterring a nuclearattack on its territory.For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSATOMIC POWER PLANTSName Location1. Tarapur Atomic Power Station Tarapur(TAPS) (Maharashtra)2. Rajasthan Atomic Power Starion Rawabhata(RAPS)3. Madras Atomic Power Station Kalpakkam(MAPS) (Tamil Nadu)4. Narora Atomic Power Station Narora(NAPS) (Uttar Pradesh)5. Kakrapara Atomic Power Station Kakrapara
  • 146. (KAPP) (Gujarat)6. Koodangulam Atomic KoodangulamPower Station (KNPP) (Tamil Nadu)7. Kaiga Power Project (KPP) Kaiga(Karnataka)Atomic Energy Commission: was established in 1948,with Dr H.J. Bhabha as its first Chairman, to look afterIndia‘s atomic energy programmes.Department of Atomic Energy (DAE): was set up inAugust 1954 for implementation of atomic energyprogrammes and headed by the Prime Minister of India.It has several centres/laboratories:1. Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research: is locatedat Kalpakkam (Chennai) , it was established in 1971.2. Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC): wasestablished in1957, it is located in Trombay(Maharashtra) and is India‘s largest atomic researchcentre.3. Centre for Advanced Technology (CAT):is locatedat Indore, it was established in 1984.NUCLEAR POWER PROJECTSThe Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPC),set up in 1987, is responsible for the design, constructionand operation of nuclear power plants in the country. Itis envisaged that by 2000 AD, India‘s atomic powergeneration would be in the vicinity of 10,000 MW.INDIAS SPACE PROGRAMMEThe Indian Space Programme began in 1962. In 1969,the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was setup with headquarters in Bangalore. The SpaceCommission was established in 1972. In 1975, Indialaunched its first satellite, Aryabhata, and thus enteredthe space age.SPACE MISSIONS :Aryabhatta : India launched its first experimental satelliteon April 19, 1975 from a Soviet cosmodrome to performscientific x-ray experiments in space and send back datato earth.Bhaskara-I : Indias second 436 kg satellite was launchedon June 7, 1979 to collect information on Indias land,water, forest and ocean resources.SLV Mission (Satellite Launch Vehicle) : Indias firstsatellite launch vehicle SLV-3 was successfullylaunched on July 18, 1980 from Sriharikota.Rohini satellite was put into orbit on April 17, 1983 usingSLV-3 and this completed the planned developmentalflights of the SLV-3.1984 : Rakesh Sharma became the first Indian totravel in space.ASLV : First develomental launch of ASLV butunsuccessful.Apple (Ariane Passenger Payload Experiment) : Indiasfirst experimental, geostationary satellite weighing 673kg was launched on June 19, 1981.Bhaskara-II : Indias second satellite for earthobservation was launched on November 20, 1981.
  • 147. IRS Mission (Indian Remote Sensing Satellite) :IRS-1A Indias first IRS was launched on March 17, 1988for monitoring and management of natural resources.IRS-1B Indias second remote sensing satellite waslaunched on August 29, 1991 to replace IRS-1A whichwas nearing the end of its life.1992 : ASLV (Augmented Satellite Launch Vehicle)successfully launched from Sriharikota on May 20. It isdesigned to augment indigenous satellite launchingcapability and put 150 kg class satellite into near earthorbit. Insat-2A was hurled into space from Kourou onJuly 10.1993 : Insat-2B second indigenously fabricatedmultipurpose satellite placed in sapce, by Ariane rocketfrom Kourou on July 23.IRSIC : The worlds most advanced remote sensingsatellite, IRS-1C, built by Indian Scientists, was putinto orbit successfully by a Russian rocket from theBaikonur cosmodrome on December 28, 1995.ASLV is the forerunner of the more powerful Polar SatelliteLaunch Vehicle (PSLV) and the GeosynchronousLaunch Vehicle (GSLV). The first development flightof the PSLV, called PSLV-D1, on September 20, 1993,failed. However, according to ISRO it was a partialsuccess which established Indias capabilities in liquidpropulsion system.SROSS-III (Stretched Rohini Satellite Series) : Afterfailure of two ASLV launches, SROSS-III, a 105 kg satellitewas successfully placed in a 450 km high orbit via thelaunching of ASLV-D3, on May 20, 1992 though thelifespan of the satellite was only 55 days. The fourthdevelopment flight was made on May 4, 1994 and SROSSC4was successfully placed into the near earth orbitsfrom Sriharikota.PSLV-D3 was successfully launched in 1996 fromSriharikota, placing the 922-kg. Indian remote sensingsatellite, IRS-P3, into orbit. With this, India has enteredthe US-dominated global market for satellite launchvehicles.For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSINSAT Mission (Indian National Satellite System) : Fordomestic telecommunication, earth observation andnationwide radio and TV broadcasting, India launchedfour satellites in the INSAT-1 series, viz.INSAT-1A On April 10, 1982-it failed prematurely.INSAT-1B On August 30, 1983-it was successful.INSAT-1C On July 22, 1988-it became redundant in 1989.INSAT-1D On July 17, 1990-it was successful andcompleted the mission.INSAT-2 Project :INSAT-2A Indias first indigenously built secondgeneration satellite, it was launched on July 10, 1992. It isequipped with 50 per cent more capacity than the INSATIseries.
  • 148. INSAT-2B Indias second indigenously built satellite. Itwas launched by the European Space Agency fromKourou, French Guiena on July 23, 1993. INSAT-2B hastaken the place of INSAT-1B whose functioning endedfollowing the completion of its ten-year life. The fourthdevelopment flight of ASLV-4 was made on May 4, 1994and the SROSS-C4 was successfully placed into the nearearth orbit from Sriharikota.Insat-2D launched Ariane Rocket from Kourou on June4, 1997 only four months later failed - disruptedcommunication had been abandoned in October 97 afterefforts to solvage the satellite.IRS-1D satellite launched in 1997 incorporate advancedfeatures such as teh LISS-III camera, a PanchromaticCamera (PAN) and a wide field (wifs) enabling betterspectrol resolutions - enhancing the application pottentialof the satellite.PSLV-D4 placed IRS-1D in orbit on October 7, 1997. Thefirst developmental launch of the GSLV was scheduled in1997-98, using a Russian Cryogenic Engine.Insat-2E : Satellite was placed in space on April 3,1999. PSLVC2 was launched on May 26 with 3 satelliteson board.Insat-3B was launched on March 22, 2000.ISRO Launched Cryogenic Engine : On February 16,2000, the first cryogenic engine was ignited at theLiquid propulsino Systems Centre at Mahendragiri isTamil Nadu.GSLV-D1 : This was successfully launched on April 18,2001 from Sriharikota.PSLV-C3 : This was launched from Sriharikota on October22, 2001. Three satellites were put into the orbit of theearth namely (a) TES (India); (b) BIRD (Germany); (c)PROBA (Belgium).INSAT-3C : ISRO built Satellite was launched byARIANE-4 from Kourou, French Guyana on January24, 2002.KALPANA-1 : To honour the memory of Kalpana Chawla,Prime Minister Mr.Vajpayee renamed METSAT, Indiasfirst metorological research satellite launched by ISROon September 22, 2002.GSAT-2 : The Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) successfully launched Indias second Geo-Stationary Satellite (GSAT-2) on May 8, 2003, from SatishDhawan Space Centre - SHAR (SDSC - SHAR) atSriharikota, 100 kms from Chennai.Astronaut/Spacecraft Total Eva.* Mission DatesHr. Min1. Neil A. Armstrong, Apollo-11 2:32 Jul. 16-24, 19692. Edwin E. ("Buzz") Aldrin; 2:15 Jul. 16-24, 1969Apollo-113. Charles Conrad, Jr., Apollo-12 7:45 Nov. 14-24, 19694. Allan L. Bean, Apollo-12 7:45 Nov. 14-24, 19695. Alan B. Shepard, Apollo-14 9:23 Jan. 31 - Feb. 9, 19716. Egar D. Mitchell, Apollo-14 9:23 Jan. 31 - Feb. 9, 19717. David R. Scott, Apollo-15 19:08 July 26 - Aug. 7, 1971
  • 149. 8. James B. Irwin, Apollo-15 18:35 July 26 - Aug. 7, 19719. John W. Young, Apollo-16 20:14 Apr. 16-27, 197210. Charles M. Duke, Apollo-16 20:14 Apr. 16-27, 1972* Extra Vehicular activityFIRST MOON WALKERSKalpana ChawlaThe girl from Karnal in Haryanais the First Indian or IndianAmerican woman to go on a spacelaunch (November 19, 1997) asMission Specialist of 6 membercrew on the fourth USmicrogravity payload flight onboard Columbia on Mission "STS-87" to study the outer atmosphereof Sun.She took up on her secondvoyage on January 16, 2003, theUS space shuttle, Columbiablasted off from the KennedySpace Center, Cape Canaveral(USA) on a 16 day scientificresearch mission led bycommander Rick Husband. All theseven members were killed whenthe space shuttle exploded mid-airminutes before landing on1.2.2003.Their main intention was todevelop medicines to treat severaldiseases including cancer.For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSART AND CULTURE‡ Lalit Kala Academy was set up in 1954 at NewDelhi.‡ Sangeet natak Academy was established in 1953 atNew Delhi. Its function is to conduct surveyresearch of different art forms in India.‡ Sahitya Academy was established in 1954 at NewDelhi. Its aim is to encourage production of highclass literature in several languages of India.‡ The National Book Trust of India was set up in1957.‡ ASI - Archaeological Survey of India - wasestablished in 1861. Its headquarters is in NewDelhi.‡ Indian Council for Cultural Relations was establishedin 1950, and it strives to promote and to strengthencultural relations and mutual understanding betweenIndia and other countries. The Council administersthe Jawaharlal Nehru Award for the promotion ofpeace and international understanding.‡ NSD - National School of Drama - was set up in 1959in Delhi.
  • 150. ‡ Dances : There are two main branches of Indiandance, namely classical and folk. Classical dancesare those which are based on ancient dancedisciplines and have rigid rules for presentation.Classical dances of India :‡ Bharatnatyam (Tamilnadu) - follows the principal ofNatya Shastra. Rukminidevi Arundale revived it byestablishing ‗Kalakshetra‘ at Adayar, Chennai.Famous dancers are Yamini Krishnamurthy, SonalMansingh, Padma Subramanyam, Mrinalini Sarabhai.‡ Kathakali & Mohiniyattam (Kerala) - the poetVallathol revived Kathakali and Mohiniyattam byestablishing Kerala Kalamandalam at Cheruthuruthi,Thrissur, in 1930.‡ Kathak - North Indian classical dance form. BirjiMaharaj, Gopi Krishna and Shambu Maharaj are thefamous exponents of this dance form.‡ Odissi (Orissa) - Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra is atthe forefront of the greatest of Odissi exponents.‡ Kuchipudi (Andhra Pradesh) - a variation ofBharatnatyam.‡ Mohiniattom (Kerala) - Swathi Thirunal encouragedthis dance form.‡ Manipuri (Manipur) - a delicate lyrical style ofdance.Folk Dance of India :‡ Bihu (Assam) - a post - harvest folk dance.‡ Ottam Thullal (Kerala) - performed inside temples.‡ Chakiar Koothu (Kerala) - performed inside temples.‡ Yakshagana (Karnataka) - about 400 years old -revived by Dr. Shivaaram Karanth.FINE ARTS‡ Bhangra (Punjab) - folk dance of harvest season,coinciding with the festival of Baisakhi.‡ Tamasha (Maharashtra) - Nautanki (U.P.), Garba(Gujarat), Chhow (Orissa, Bihar).‡ There are two forms of music in India - Carnatic andHindustani.‡ Sama Veda deals with music.‡ Purandaradas gave shape and form to Carnaticmusic.‡ The trinity of Carnatic music is Thyagaraja, SyamaShastri and Muthuswami Dikshitar.Names Associated with Indian Music:‡ Ustad Alla Rakha - A master of the Tabla.‡ Bala Murali Krishna - A singer of Carnatic music.‡ Bhim Sen Joshi - A Hindustani singer.‡ Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasya - Flute player.‡ Pt. Jasraj - Famous singer of Hindustani music.‡ Parveen Sulthana - Hindustan style singer.‡ Neralathu Ramapothuval - Sopanam.‡ M.S.Subha Lakshmi - Carnatic music. (1998 BharatRatna).‡ Swathi Thirunal - Maharaja of Travancore whocomposed many ‗varnas and kritis‘.
  • 151. ‡ Ustad Zakir Hussain - Tabla.‡ Ustad Amjad Ali Khan - Sarod‡ Begum Akhtar - Gazal singer‡ Bismillah Khan - Shennai player‡ Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma - Santhoor‡ Lalgudi Jayaraman - Violin‡ Pt. Ravi Shankar - Sitar player of world fame.Personalities Associated with Indian Dance‡ Rukmini Devi Arundale - Associated withBharatnatyam; founded Kalakshetra.‡ T. Balasaraswathi - Bharatanatyam.‡ Yamini Krishnamurthy - Famous exponent ofBharatnatyam and Kuchipudi.‡ Birju Maharaj - One of the best known Kathakdancers and a choreographer.‡ Sonal Mansingh - A notable Odissi andBharatnatyam dancer.‡ Rabindranath Tagore helped Manipuri dance gainprominence in the early 20th century by introducingit in his Shantiniketan.‡ Prominent Indian artists associated with paintingare Amrita Shergil, M.F.Hussain, Jamini Roy, NandalalBose etc.INDIAN CINEMA‡ Dadasaheb Phalke, the producer of India‘s firstindigenous feature film ‗Raja Harishchandra‘ (1913)For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSNEWSPAPERS AND PERIODICALS‡ The first newspaper in India was James A. Hickey‘sBengal Gazette published in 1780 in Calcutta.‡ The largest number of newspapers are published inthe State of Uttar Pradesh and the language inwhich the maximum number of newspapers arepublished is Hindi.‡ The oldest existing newspaper in India isBombay Samachar published in 1822 in Gujarati.The oldest existing English daily is the Times ofIndia (1838).‡ Malayala Manorama enjoys the distinction ofbeing the newspaper with the highest circulationand the Times of India is the largest selling Englishdaily.‡ There are four main news agencies in India. Theyare (1) Press Trust of India (PTI) (2) United Newsof India (UNI) (3) Samachar Bharati and (4)Hindustan Samachar. PTI and UNI supply news inEnglish and the other two are operating through themedium of Hindi and other Indian languages.‡ The Press Trust of India was the first news agencyin India.Some Important Newspapers and places ofpublication :The Statesman Calcutta; New DelhiThe Times of India Mumbai‘ New Delhi etc.
  • 152. The Hindustan Times New DelhiThe Pioneer LucknowThe Bombay Samachar MumbaiDawn KarachiIzvestia MoscowPravda MoscowPeoples Daily BeijingThe Hindu Chennai, Coimbatore, Etc.,The Amrita bazar Patrika CalcuttaThe Indian Express Chennai-Madurai etc.,Daily Thanthi Chennai-Madurai etc.,The Patriot New DelhiThe Tribune ChandigarhThe Times LondonAl Ahram CairoThe Daily News New YorkMerdeka JakartaLe Monde Parisis considered to be the Father of Indian Cinema.‡ The first talkie film ‗Alam Ara‘ was produced in 1931by Ardeshir Irani.‡ India tops in the world in respect of production offeature films.‡ The film producing centre in Mumbai (Bombay) isknown as Bollywood.‡ The most prestigious award in the Indian film worldis Dada Saheb Phalke Award instituted by theGovernment of India.‡ The name of the award given to male actors in Indiais the Bharat Award and the award given toactresses is the Urvasi Award.‡ Swarna Kamal (Golden Kamal) is the name of theaward given to the best film of the year by theGovernment of India.‡ Adi Shankara directed by G.V. Iyer is the firstSanskrit film in India.‡ Satyajit Ray was the world renowned Indian director.His first film was Pathar Panjali. He won a specialOscar Award.‡ The first Indian to win an Oscar was Bhanu Athiya.‡ The first cinemascope film in India was Kagaz kiPhool.‡ The National Film Archieves of India is locatedat Pune.‡ The first actress of the Indian cinema to win aPadmashri Award was Nurgis Dutt (1958).‡ Sivaji Ganesan was the first Indian to win theChevalier award instituted by the FrenchGovernment.‡ The first winner of the Dada Saheb Phalke Awardwas Devika Rani Roerich (1969). She is known asthe ‗Lady of Indian Film‘.‡ M.G. Ramachandran was the first film star tobecome the Chief Minister of an Indian State.‡ The first International Film Festival of India washeld in 1952.
  • 153. ‡ The 2002 International Film Festival of India tookplace in New Delhi.RADIO AND TELEVISION‡ Radio broadcasting started in India in 1927 withprivately owned transmitters at Mumbai andCalcutta. It was named All India Radio (AIR) in1936 and later became to be known as Akashvanisince 1957.‡ The experimental telecast of Doordarshan started inDelhi in 1959. The national programme and othertransmissions started in 1982. DoordarshanCommercial Service started in 1986.PIB - Press Information BureauABC - Audit Bureau of Circulation�No newspapers are published from Arunachal Pradesh and Lakshadweep.�Anand Bazar Patrika has the largest circulation among single edition dailies.For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSBOOKS, AUTHORS & LITERARY WORKSAA Dangerous Place Daniel PatrickMoynihanA Midsummer Night‟s Dream ShakespeareA Million Mutinies Now V.S. NaipaulA Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas HardyA Passage to India E.M.ForsterA Passage to England Nirad C.ChowdhuryA Study of History Arnold ToynbeeA View from Delhi Chester BowlesA Tale of Two Cities Charles DickensA Week with Gandhi Louis FischerAdventures of Arthur Conan DoyleSherlock HolmesAffluent Society J.K.GalbraithAfter the Dark Night S.M.AliAge of Reason Jean Paul SartreAgni Pariksha Acharya TulsiAgni Veena Kazi Nazrul IslamA Judge‟s Miscellany M.HidayathullahAkbarnama Abul FazalAin-i-Akbari Abul FazalAlice in Wonderland Lewis CarolAll‟s Well that Ends Well William ShakespeareAmar Kosha Amar SinghAmbassador‟s Journal J.K.GalbraithAmbassador‟s Report Chester BowlesAnand Math Bankim ChandraChatterjiAn Area of Darkness V.S. NaipaulAncient Mariner ColeridgeAndrocles and the Lion George BernardShawAnimal Farm George OrwellAnna Karenina Tolstoy
  • 154. Antony and Cleopatra ShakespeareApe and Essence A.HuxleyA Prisoner‟s Scrapbook L.K.AdvaniApple Cart G.B.ShawArabian Nights Sir Richard BurtonArea of Darkness V.S.NaipalArms & The Man G.B.ShawAround the World Jules Vernein Eighty DaysArthashastra KautilyaAscent of the Everest Sir John HuntAshtadhyayi PaniniAsian Drama Gunnar MyrdalAs You Like It ShakespeareAutobiography of an Nirad C.ChowdhuryUnknown IndianAutumn Leaves O.Pulla ReddiA Voice of Freedom Nayantara SahgalBBabarnama BabarBang-e-dara Mohd. IqbalBeast and Man Murry MidgleyBeginning of the Beginning Bhagwan SriRajneeshBeauty and Revolution K.A.AbbasBen Hur Lewis WallaceBetween the Lines Kuldip NayarBhagwat Gita Ved VyasBirth and Death of the Sun George GamowBisarjan R.N.TagoreBitter Sweet Noel CowardBlind Beauty Boris PasternakBliss was it in that Dawn Minoo MasaniBlue Bird Maurice MaeterlinkBroken Wing Sarojini NaiduBuddha Charitam AshvaghoshaBunch of Old Letters Jawaharlal NehruCCaesar and Cleopatra G.B.ShawCanterbury Tales ChaucerChandalika Rabindranath TagoreChanging Liv UllmaanChemmeen T.S.PillaiChidambra Sumitranandan PantChinese Betrayal, The B.N.MullickChitra R.N.TagoreChittrappavai P.V.AkilandamChilde Harold Lord ByronComedy of Erros ShakespeareConfessions of a Lover Mulk Raj AnandConfessions of a Thug TaylorConfidential Clerk T.S.EliotCoolie Mulk Raj AnandConquest of self Mahatma GandhiCourt Dancer, The Rabindranath Tagore
  • 155. Count of Monte Cristo Alexander DumasCrime and Punishment DostoevskyCrisis of India, The Ronald SegalDDas Kapital Karl MarxDaughter of the East Mrs.Benazir BhuttoDavid Copperfield Charles DickensDay in Shadow, The Nayantara SehgalDays of His Grace Eyvind JohnsonDeath of a President William ManchesterDecline and Fall of the Edward GibbonRoman EmpireDecline of the West,The O.SpengierDefence Without Drift P.V.R.RaoDemocracy Redeemed V.K.NarasimhanDeserted Village Oliver GoldsmithDescent of Man Charles DarwinDevdas Sarat ChanderDiscovery of India Jawaharlal NehruDivine Life SivanandaDoctor‟s Dilemma G.B.ShawDon Juan Lord ByronDon Quixote CervantesDoll‟s House IbsenDr.Zhivago Boris PasternakFor more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSEEast of Aden John SteinbeckEconomic Planning of India Ashok MehtaElimination of Child Labour;Whose responsibility Pramilla H. BhargavaEnd of an Era C.S.PanditEnds and Means A.HuxleyEssays on Gita Aurobindo GhoshExpanding Universe EddingtonExperiments with Untruth Michael AndersonEternal Himalayas H.P.S.AhluwaliaEye of the Storm,The Patrick WhiteFFace to Face Lasse and Lisa BergFacts and Facts Khan Abdul WaliKhanFaces of Everest M a j o rH.P.S.AhluwaliaFatal Cart, Reconciliation C.RajagopalachariWhy and HowFlames from the Ashes P.D.TandonFreedom Song Amit ChaudhuriFriends and Foes Mujibur RehmanFrench Revolution Thomas CarlyleFrom India to America S.ChandrasekarFrench Mystic Romain RollandFairie Queene Edmund Spenser
  • 156. Far from the Madding Crowd Thomas HardyFarewell The Trumpets James MorrisFasana-i-Azad Ratan Nath SarsharFather and Sons Ivan TurgenevFirst Among Equals Jeffrey ArcherFirst Circle A l e x a n d e rSolzhenitsynFor Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest HemingwayFreedom at Midnight Lapierre and LarryCollinsDominiqueFriends, Not Masters Ayub KhanFuture Shock Alan TofflerGGanadevata Tara ShankarBandyopadhyayaGandhi and Stalin Louis FisherGandhis Murder and After Gopal GodseGardener Rabindranath TagoreGathering Storm Winston ChurchillGeeta Govind Jaya DevGift of Wings Shanthi GopalaGitanjali Rabindranath TagoreGita Rahasya Bal Gangadhar TilakGlimpses of World History Jawaharlal NehruGolden Gate, The Vikram SethGolden Threshold Sarojini NaiduGone with the Wind Margaret MitchelGood Earth Pearl S.BuckGora Rabindranath TagoreGrammar of Politics Harold LaskiGreat Expectations Charles DickensGreat Illusion Normal AngellGreat Tragedy Z.A.BhuttoGuide, The R.K.NarayanGulliver‟s Travels Jonathan SwiftHHalf a Life V.S. NaipaulHamlet ShakespeareHarsha Charita Bana BhattHeat and Dust Ruth P. JhabwalaHenry Esmond ThackerayHero of Our Time Richard HoughHimalayan Blunder Brig. J.P.DalviHindu Civilization J.M.BarrieHindu View of Life RadhakrishnanHistory of the Congress Party Dr.Shankar GhoseHome and World Rabindranath TagoreHungry Stones Rabindranath TagoreIInsider, The Narasimha RaoI am not an Island Khwaja AhmedAbbasIdeas for Action N. WittalIdols Sunil Gavaskar
  • 157. Idylls of the King TennysonI Follow the Mahatma K.M.MunshiIf I am assassinated Z.A.BhuttoIgnited Mind A.P.J. Abdul KalamIlliad HomerIndia 2020 A.P.J. Abdul KalamIndia Discovered John KeayIndia of our Dreams M.V. KamathIndia Divided Rajendra PrasadIndia Unbound Gurucharan DasIndia We Left H u m p h r e yTrevelyanIndia Wins Freedom Maulana Abul KalamAzadIndian Home Rule M.K.GandhiIndian Philosophy Dr.S.RadhakrishnanIndian Muslims Prof.Mohd.MujeebIndian Struggle Subash ChandraBoseIndian War of Independence V.D.SavarkarIndo-Pakistani Conflict, The Russell BrinesIn Memoriam TennysonIn Search of Gandhi R i c h a r dAttenboroughInside Asia John GuntherInside Europe John GuntherInside the Third Reich Albert SpeerInvisible Man H.G.WellsInvitation to the White House Hillary ClintonIsabella John KeatsIvan Hoe Walter ScottJJai Somnath K.M. MunshiJane Eyre Charlotte BronteJobs for Millions V.V.GiriJulius Caesar William ShakespeareJungle Book Rudyard KiplingFor more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSKKadambari Bana BhattKali Andhi KamleshwarKamasutra VatsyayanaKamayani Jai Shankar PrasadKanthapura Raja RaoKargil - A Soldiers Diary Harvinder BawejaKayar T.S.PillaiKennilworth Sir Walter ScottKidnapped R.L.StevensonKing‟s Clothes AndersonKing of Dark Chamber Rabindranath TagoreKing Lear William ShakespeareKubla Khan ColeridgeKipps H.G.WellsKumarasambhava Kalidas
  • 158. LLady of the Lake Sir Walter ScottL‟Allegro John MiltonLajja Nasreen TaslimaLast Days of Pompeii Bulwar LyttonLast Face, The Pyare LalLaws Versus Justice V.R.Krishna IyerLead Kindly Light Vincent SheanLe Contrat Social Rousseau(The Social Contract)Leaves of Grass Walt WhitmanLes Miserables Victor HugoLife Divine Aurobindo GhoshLife of Pi Yann MartelLipika Rabindranath TagoreLong Walk to Freedom Nelson MandelaLord of the Flies William GoldingLove Story Eric SegalMMacbeth William ShakespeareMagic Mountain Thomas MannMahabharata Veda VyasMajor Barbara G.B.ShawMalgudi Days R.K. NarayanMan of Destiny George BernardShawMan, the Unknown CarrolMan and Superman G.B.ShawMan Eaters of Kumaon Jim CorbettMan from Moscow, The Greville WynneManvini Bhavai Pannalal PatelMany Worlds K.P.S.MenonMarriage and Morals Bertrand RussellMartyr Kuldip NayarMati Mahal Gopinath MohantyMeghdoot KalidasMein Kampf HitlerMemoirs of the Second ChurchillWorld WarMen Who Kept Secrets Thomas PowersMerchant of Venice ShakespeareMidnight‟s Children Salmon RushdieMiser, The MoliereMidsummer Night‟s Dream William ShakespeareModern Painters John RuskinMother Maxim GorkyMother India Katherine MayoMountbatten Philip ZieglerMrs.Warren‟s Profession G.B.ShawMuch Ado About Nothing ShakespeareMudra Rakshasa VishakhadattaMurder in the Cathedral T.S.EliotMuslim Dilemma in India, The M.R.A.BaigMy Childhood Days Taslima NasreenMy Days R.K. Narayan
  • 159. My Experiments With Truth Mahatma GandhiMy Life and Times V.V.GiriMy Presedential Years R. VenkatramanMy Truth Indira GandhiMy Music, My Life Ravi ShankarMysterious Universe James JeansNNaganandan King Sri HarshaNana Emile ZolaNational Anthem Rabindranath TagoreNetaji Dead or Alive Samar GuhaNehru Family and Sikhs Harbans SinghNew Dimensions of IndiasForeign Policy A.B.VajpayeeNilambari SachchidanandaVatsyayanNine Days Wonder John MasefieldNineteen Eightyfour George OrwellNon-violence of Peace and War M.K.GandhiNuclear Weapons B.S.GuptaOOdakkuzhal G.Shankar KurupOdyssey HomerOh,Calcutta Kenneth TynanOliver Twist Charles DickensOn Contradiction Mao Tse-tungOne World Wendell WilkieOne Life Christian BernardOnly one Year SvetlanaOrdeal to Love Huge TinkerOrigin of Species Charles DarwinOthello ShakespeareOur India Minoo MasaniOur Films, Their Films Satyajit RayOur Presidents M.A.NaiduPPainter Signs T.K.NarayanPanchali Sapatham Subramania BharatiPanchatantra Vishnu SharmaParadise Lost John MiltonPhilosophy of Right Hegel G.W.E.Pickwick Papers Charles DickensPilgrim‟s Progress John BunyanPompei of the Great John MasefieldPost Office, The (Dak Ghar) Rabindranath TagorePrathama Pratishruti Ashapurna DeviPrice of Power Seymour HershPrince, The MachiavelliFor more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSSunny Days Sunil GavaskarSursagar SurdasSursatia Bimal MitraSurviving Doomsday Bruce Sibley
  • 160. Swapnavasavdatta BhasaSwami and Friends R.K.NarayanSwords and the Sickle Mulk Raj AnandTTales from Shakespeare Charles LambTalisman Walter ScottTess of the D‟Urbervilles Thomas HardyTestament of Beauty Robert BridgesThank You Jeeves P.G.WodehouseThe Adventures of Angle March Saul BellowThe Interpretors Whole SoyinkaThe God of Small Things Arundathi RoyThe Great Depression of 1990 Ravi BatraThe Mousetrap Agatha ChristieThe Old Devils Kingsley AmissThe struggle in My Life Nelson MandelaThe Tempest ShakespeareThe Third World in theAge of Globalisation Ash Narain RoyThirukkural ThiruvalluvarTholkappiya Poonga M. KarunanidhiThree Musketeers Alexander DumasThieves in the Night Arthur KoestlerTime of Hope C.P.SnowTime Machine H.G.WellsTo Light a Candle Welthy FisherTom Jones Henry FieldingTom Sawyer Mark TwainTowards Total Revolution J a y a p r a k a s hNarayanTowards New Horizons Dinesh SinghTravels with a Donkey R.L.StevensonTreasure Island R.L.StevensonTrial of Jesus John MasefieldTriumph, The J.K.GalbraithTropic of Cancer Henry MillerThe True History of Kelley Gang Peter CareyTo Live or not to Live Nirad C.ChowdhuryThe Fall of a Sparrow Salim AliThe Power and The Glory Graham GreeneThe Sound and the Fury Faulkner WilliamThe Round Table Hazlitt WilliamTamerlaine the Great M a r l o w sChristopherTrinity Leon UrisTrumpet Major, The Thomas HardyTulsi Sat Sai TulsidasTwelfth Night ShakespeareTwo Leaves and a Bud Mulk Raj AnandTwo Women Alberto MoraviaTryst with Destiny S.GopalanTyagpatra JainendraUUlysses James JoyceUnknown Man, The Lewis Carrol
  • 161. Unhappy India Lajpat RaiPrison Diary J a y a p r a k a s hNarayanPrithvi Raj Raso Chand BardaiPride and Prejudice Jane AustenProfessor, the Charlotte BrontePrinciple of Mathematics Bertrand RusselRRabbit at Rest John UpdikeRaghuvamsa KalidasRains Came Louis BromfieldRajpath Se Lokpath Par A.B.VajpayeeRajtarangini KalhanaRamayana Valmiki (in Sanskrit)Ramayana Darshanam K.V.PuttappaRam Charit Manas TulsidasRam Rahim Raja Radhika PrasadRape of Bangladesh A n t h o n yMascrenhasRape of the Lock Alexander PopeRatnavali King Sri HarshaRediscovering Dharavi Kalpana SharmaRed Star Over China Edger SnowRed Tap and White Cap P.V.R.RaoReminiscences of Nehru Age M.O.MathaiReprieve Jean Paul SartreRepublic PlatoRescue Democracy from C.RajagopalachariMoney PowerRobinson Crusoe Daniel DefoeRomeo and Juliet William ShakespeareSSad dans Bomb Shyam Bhatia andDaniel Mc GronySakharam Binder Vijay TendulkarSatanic Verses Salman RushdieSatyarath Prakash Swami DayanandSavitri Aurobindo GhoshSceptred Flute Sarojini NaiduScope of Happiness, The Vijayalakshmi PanditSeven Pillars of Wisdom Lawrence T.E.Seven Lamps of Architecture John RuskinSeven Summer Mulk Raj AnandShadow from Ladakh B h a b a n iBhattacharyaShakuntala KalidasShah Nama FirdausiShame Salman RushdieShape of Things to Come H.G.WellsShe Stoops to Conquer GoldsmithShivaji, The Great Patriot Lala Lajpat RaiSilent Woman Ben JohnsonSocial Contract RousseauSongs of India,The Sarojini NaiduSons and Lovers D.H.Lawrence
  • 162. Sorrow is Knowledge Arabinda RaySpirit of the Age William HazlittSpycatcher Peter WrightSt.John G.B.ShawStrangers and Brothers C.P.SnowStory of My life, The Morarji DesaiFor more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSUtopia Thomas MoreUniverse Around Us James JeansUnto This Last John RuskinUntold Story B.M.KaulUpturned Soil, The Mikhail SholokhovUttara-Rama Charita Bhava BhutiUtopia Thomas MooreVVande Mataram Bankim ChandraVanity Fair William ThackerayVenisamhar Narayana BhattViceroy‟s Journal Penderal MoonVikar of Wakefield Oliver GoldsmithVinaypatrika TulsidasViswambhara Dr.C.N.ReddyVanity of Human Wishes Samuel JohnsonVillage, The Mulk Raj AnandVendor of Sweets R.K.NarayanVoice of Conscience V.V.GiriWWaiting for Godot Thomas BecketWake Up India Annie BesantWalls of Glass K.A.AbbasWar and Peace TolstoyWar of Indian Independence Vir SavarkarWaste Land T.S.ElliotWay of All Flesh Samuel ButlerWealth of Nations Adam SmithWhat Went Wrong? Kiran Bedi... and continuesWilhelm Meister GoetheWings of Fire A.P.J. Abdul KalamWitness to an Era Frank MoraesWreck, The Rabindranath TagoreWuthering Heights Emily BronteYYama Mahadevi VermaYashodara M a i t h a l i s h a r a nGuptaYayati Vishnu SakharamKhandekarYear of the Vulture Amita MalikYesterday and Today K.P.S.MenonYogi and the Bear S.Nihal SinghZZakir Hussain B.B.Ahluwalia
  • 163. Zhivago, Dr. Boris PasternakZulfi, My Friend Philoo ModyAintree (U.K.) Grand National HorseRaceBisley ShootingBlackhealth London Rugby FootballChepauk Ground (Chennai) CricketDonchester (England) St.Ledger Horse RaceEden Gardens (Kolkata) CricketEpsom (England) Derby Horse RacesFeroze Shah Kotla Ground(Delhi) CricketFlorence Chadwik SkiingForest HIlls (New York) TennisHenley (U.K.) Regatta (Boat Race)Hurlingham (England) PoloLeeds (England) CricketLords(England) CricketMortlake (England) SwimmingNehru Stadium (Chennai) CricketOval (England) CricketPutney Boat-rowingTrent Bridge (England) CricketTwinkenhem (England) RugbyWembley Stadium (England) Association FootballWimbledon (England) Lawn TennisYankee Stadium (New York) BoxingSPORTSPLACES ASSOCIATED WITH SPORTSTROPHIES ASSOCIATED WITH SPORTS INTERNATIONALMerdeka Football (Asian)MRF World Cup Cricket & BoxingPrince of Wales Cup Golf (England)Schneider Cup Seaplane Race (U.K.)Swaythling Cup World Table Tennis (Men)Thomas Cup World BadmintionTunku Abdul-Rahman Cup Badminton (Asian)U Thant Cup TennisUber Cup World Badminton (Women)Walker Cup Golf (England)Westchester Cup Polo (England)Wightman Cup Lawn Tennis (Women ofU.S.A. and England).Wimbledon Trophy Lawn TennisWorld Cup CricketWorld Cup HockeyAmerican Cup Yatch RacingAshes Cricket (Australia England)Asia Cup CricketAsia Oceanic TennisCanada Cup Golf(World Championship)Colombo Cup Golf (World Championship)Colombo Cup Foot ball (India, Pakistan, SriLanka and Myanmar)Corbillion Cup World Table Tennis (Women)
  • 164. Davis Cup Tennis / Lawn TennisDerby Horse Race (England)Eisenhower Trophy Golf (Amateurs - World)Grand National Horse Steeple Chase Race(England)Jules Rimet Trophy World Soccer CupKing‟s Cup Air Races (England)For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSNATIONALAga Khan Cup HockeyAll-India Women‟s Guru HockeyNanak ChampionshipBangalore Blues BasketballChallenge CupBarna-Bellack Cup Table Tennis (Men)Beighton Cup Hockey (Calcutta)Bombay Gold Cup HockeyBurdwan Trophy WeightliftingChakola Gold Trophy FootballCock of the Fleet Trophy RegattaD.C.M. Trophy FootballDhyan Chand Trophy HockeyDr. B.C. Roy Trophy National Football (Junior)Duleep Trophy CricketDurand Cup FootballEzra Cup PoloF.A. Cup FootballG.V. Raja Memorial Trophy FootballGurmit Trophy HockeyI.F.A. Shield Football (Calcutta)Indira Gold Cup HockeyIrani Cup CricketJaswant Singh Trophy Best Services SportsmanJayalakshmi Cup National Table TennisChampionship (Women)Kuppuswamy Naidu Trophy HockeyLady Rattan Tata Trophy HockeyMaharaja Ranjit Singh HockeyGold CupMaulana Azad Trophy Inter-University Sports &AthleticsMCC Trophy HockeyMoinuddowla Gold Cup CricketMurugappa Gold Cup HockeyNagjeeTrophy FootballNehru Trophy HockeyNizam Gold Cup FootballObaidullah Gold Cup HockeyPrithi Singh Cup PoloRadha Mohan Cup PoloRaghbir Singh Memorial FootballCupRajkumari Challenge Cup Table Tennis (Junior Girls)Ramanujam Trophy Table Tennis (Junior Boys)
  • 165. Ramnivas Ruia Challenge BridgeGold TrophyRangaswamy Cup National HockeyChampionshipRanji Trophy National CricketChampionshipRene Frank Trophy HockeyRohinton Baria Trophy Cricket (Inter-University)Rovers Cup FootballSahni Trophy HockeySantosh Trophy National FootballChampionshipScindia Gold Cup HockeySethu Cup AquaticsSheesh Mahal Trophy CricketSivanthi AdithanGold Cup KabbadiSri Krishna Gold Cup FootballSubroto Mukerji Cup Football (Inter-School)Todd Memorial Trophy FootballTommy Emar Gold Cup Hockey (Women)Vijay Hazare Trophy CricketVittal Trophy FootballVizzy Trophy CricketWellington Trophy RowingYear Venue Country Winners Runners-up1930 Uruguay Uruguay Argentina1934 Italy Italy Czechoslovakia1938 France Italy Hungary1950 Brazil Uruguay Brazil1954 Switzerland West Germany Hungary1958 Sweden Brazil Sweden1962 Chile Brazil Czechoslovakia1962 Chile Brazil Czechoslovakia1966 England England West Germany1970 Mexico Brazil Italy1974 West Germany West Germany Poland1978 Argentina Argentina Holland1982 Spain Italy West Germany1986 Mexico Argentina West Germany1990 Italy West Germany Argentina1994 USA Brazil Italy1998 France France Brazil2002 Japan/Korea Brazil Germany2006 Germany (scheduled)2010 South Africa (scheduled)Year Venue Country Winners Runners-upWORLD CUP FOOTBALLThe most popular tournament the World Cup Foot Ball was started in 1930 and is held once in four years.In 1998 these games were held in France.Note: In 1942 & 1946 games were not played.For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSINDIAN ECONOMYIn recent years the Indian economy has been characterised as an underdeveloped but developing economy.Indian economy is the ideal model of a ‗mixed economy‘. India‘s economy is more than three times as large aspreviously measured, making it the sixth largest behind the U.S.,Japan,Germany and France according to theInternational
  • 166. Monetary Fund‘s latest calculation.ECONOMICS AND COMMERCEPlanning CommissionEconomic planning is a conscious and judiciallycarried out process for optimum utilisation of existingresources in order to fulfil some well-defined objectiveslaid down by the state. Perhaps the first attempt to initiateeconomic planning in India was made by M.Visvesvarayain 1934. After Independence, the Planning Commissionwas setup in 1950 under the chairmanship of JawaharlalNehru and India ushered in the era of economic planningwith the beginning of the First Five Year Plan in 1951.Objectives of PlanningThe long-term objectives of planning in India havebeen more or less the same in almost all the Five-YearPlans. These objectives are interconnected with oneanother1. Economic Growth to raise the level of national percapita income in real term2. Self-Reliance implies reduction in the dependenceon foreign aid and concessional foreign capitalsthe donors can have political influence on thedecison-making process of the country.3. Promoting Social Justice has two sub objectivesnamely (a) removal of poverty and (b) reduction ininequalities of income and wealth.National Development CouncilThe National Development Council is presided bythe Prime Minister of India. It is constituted with themembers of the Planning Commission together with theChief Ministers of the states.National Planning CouncilThe National Planning Council was established in1965,it is an advisory board attached to the planningcommission. It includes experts representing a crosssectionof the Indian Economy.Five-Year PlansThe five-year plans are the developmental plansdrawn by the Planning Commission to establish India‘seconomy on a socialistic pattern in regular phases offive-year periods.The organisation set up to formulate basiceconomic policies,draft plans and watch its progress andimplementation consist of:1. Planning Commission of India2. National Development Council and State PlanningCommissions, and3. National Planning Council.FIVE-YEAR PLANSPlan Period RemarksFirst Five-Year Plan 1951-52 to 1955-56 Priority given to irrigation and agriculture.Second Five-Year Plan 1956-57 to 1960-61 Develoment of basic and heavy industries.Third Five-Year Plan 1961-62 to 1965-66 Long-term development of India‘s economy.Annual Five-Year Plan 1967-68 to 1968-69 Plan holiday period.Pakistan and Chinese wars.
  • 167. Fourth Five-Year Plan 1969-70 to 1973-74 It brought in a scientific temper to Indian agriculture.Fifth Five-Year Plan 1974-75 to 1977-78 Janata Government terminated a year earlier and introducedthe Rolling-Plan.Annual Five-Year Plan 1978-79 to 1979-80 Introduced by the Janata Government.Sixth Five-Year Plan 1980-81 to 1984-85 New Government revised plan for 1981-85 and approvedsubsequently.Seventh Five-Year Plan 1985-86 to 1989-90 Productivity,work and food were given basic priorities.Eighth Five-Year Plan 1992-93 to 1996-97 was designed to tackle the twin problems of unemploymentand povertyNinth Five-Year Plan 1997-98 to 2001-2002 Ensuring the implementation of Common Minimum Programmeand boosting agricultural investmentTenth Five-Year Plan 2002-2003 to 2006-2007 Funds will be allocated especially towards poverty alleviationprogrammes.For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSTENTH FIVE-YEAR PLAN : 2002 TO 2007 - AT A GLANCETenth Five Year Plan : Planning Commission finalisedthe Approach Paper to Tenth Five-Year Plan. It aims toincrease annual growth target of 8 per cent and lowersthe annual Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) target to $7.5 billion against $ 8 billion set in the Approach Paper,which would be less than 1 per cent of the GrossDomestic Product (GDP). It also lays emphasis onsocial sector along with economic growth while givingprojection to the planned development of the countryduring 2002-07.Highlights of the Tenth Five-Year Plan :1. Annual 8 per cent GDP growth during 2002-072. Annual FDI flows of US $ 7.6 billion3. Disinvestment target of Rs.78,000 crore in fiveyears4. 50 million jobs in five years5. Reduction in poverty ratio to 21 from 26 per centby 20076. Children to complete at least 5 years of schoolingby 20077. Literacy rate to be raised from 65 to 75 per cent;8. Potable drinking water in all villages9. Infant mortality rate to be 45 out of 100010. Domestic savings to be 26.8 per cent of GDP; and11. Investment rate pegged at 28.4 per cent of GDP.Reform Measures :The Tenth Five-Year Plan also includes the followingreform measures :1. Agriculture reforms2. Go ahead with labour reforms3. Abolish restrictions on road transport passengerservices4. Involve private sector in road maintenance5. Early adoption of Civil Aviation Policy6/ Remove Infrastructure constraints in energy,transport and water sectors7. Undertake tax reform measures; and8. Funds to be mobilised through savings anddomestic sources.
  • 168. Poverty Line:The Planning Commission in 1980 defined povertyline in the sixth five-year plan document on the basis ofnutritional standards as : Per capita expenditure belowRs.152/-per month(Rural Population) and Rs.133/= permonth(Urban Population). Percent of population livingbelow the poverty line is 25.8%(75% of which is tribalpopulation). Therefore total number of people below thepoverty line is estimated at 211 million.Currency System in IndiaIt was first introduced during the reign of theGupta‘s in Gold coins (390 AD - 550 AD). During theperiod of Sher Shah Suri (1542 AD) introduce the Rupee,itwas a silver coin weighing around 179 grams and itreplaced the gold coins. In 1882 Paper Currency wasintroduced by the British government in India. Presentlydenominations of Re.5,10,20,100 and 500 are in circulation.The currency note of Rs.500 bearing portrait of MahatmaGandhiji and the Ashoka Pillar emblem was issued onOctober 3, 1987. All notes above one rupee denominationare issued by the Reserve Bank of India, bearing thesignature of Governor,Reserve Bank of India. One Rupeenote bears the signature of the Secretary, Ministry ofFinance. Reserve Bank of India manages distribution andadministration of all currency denominations.Banking System in IndiaReserve Bank of India (RBI) became state ownedbank on 1st January 1949. Functions of Reserve Bank ofIndia are : �The RBI regulates issue of bank notes aboveone rupee denomination. �Acts as the banker to theGovernment of India and the state governmentsCommercial and Cooperative banks. �Represents Indiaat the International Monetary Fund (IMF) �Maintainsexchange value of rupee. �Formulates and administersthe monetary policy. �Undertakes distribution of allcurrency notes and coins on behalf of the government.* No individual accounts are maintained.State Bank of IndiaSBI is the largest public sector bank of India andwas created after nationalisation of Imperial Bank of Indiain 1955. It is the largest in the world with nearly 10,840branches.Nationalisation of BanksThe Government of India nationalised 14 banks onJuly 19, 1969 and six more on April 15, 1980.First 14 Nationalised banks are:-1. Bank of Baroda 8. Bank of India2. Union Bank of India 9. Canara Bank3. Bank of Maharashtra 10. Dena Bank4. Central Bank of India 11. United Bank of India5. Indian Bank 12. Allahabad Bank6. Indian Overseas Bank 13. United Commercial Bank7. Punjab National Bank 14. Syndicate BankSecond Nationalisation1. Vijaya Bank2. Orient Bank of Commerce
  • 169. 3. Punjab & Sind Bank4. Corporation Bank5. Andhra Bank6. New Bank of IndiaThe New Bank of India was merged with the PunjabNational Bank,leaving only 19 Nationalised banks.For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSUNITED NATIONS ORGANISATIONOrigin of U.N.O. :When the world war II was going on the Alliedpowers had felt the necessity for forming a United NationsOrganisation. The talks were held at Dumbarton Oaks,Washington D.C.from August 21 to October7, 1944,which was finally put to concrete shape by the delegatesof 50 Allied Nations assembled at San Francisco fromApril 26 to June 26, 1945. At this place the representativesof 50 nations signed the United Nations Charter andthe United Nations officially came into existence onOctober 26, 1945, after the Charter has been ratified by anumber of countries. This meant the end of the Leagueof Nations.Non-members : The nations that are non-members of theUNO are (a) Switzerland (b) Taiwan. Switzerland andVatican are permanent observers.Official languages : They are Arabic, Chinese, English,French, Russian and Spanish.Flag of the UN : On the flag is the UN emblem in whitesuperimposed on a light blue ground. The emblemconsists of the global map projected from the North Poleand embraced in twin olive branches. (Symbol of Peace).Objectives: The U.N as an organisation of nationswho have voluntarily joined together to work for worldpeace, the objectives and purposes of the U.N.1. To maintain peace and security in the world.2. To develop friendly relations among nations.3. To work together to remove poverty, disease andilliteracy in the world and to encourage respectfor each others rights and freedom.4. To be a centre for helping the nations to achievethese goalsCharter of the U.N.:The Charter of the U.N contains aims and purposesof organisation. It gives direction to achieve these aimswithin the rules and regulations, set by U.N. U.N. GeneralAssembly proclaimed the historic declaration of UniversalHuman Rights on December 10, 1948.Admission into U.N.O.:1. A country must get the support of the two-thirdmembers of the General Assembly.2. Country must be peace-loving3. Country must accept the rules and regulations,aims and objectives of the U.N.O.4. It is necessary for a new member to get therecommendation of Security Council.
  • 170. Power of veto:If any one of the five permanent members casts anegative vote on the resolution, it falls. This is knownas ‗Veto‘. Every member has got one vote. To pass aresolution, all the five Big Powers Plus two others mustcast their votes in favour of the resolution.Principal Organs of the U.N:Headquarters: U.N Plaza, New York City, U.S.A.General Assembly, Secretariat, Security Council,Trusteeship council, Economic and Social Counciland International Court of Justice.The General Assembly:The General Assembly is the largest of all theorgans of the United Nations. The Assembly consistsof the representatives of all the member States. EachState has one vote. The General Assembly meets atleast once in a year. Special sessions may be convenedby the secretary-General, on a request by the SecurityCouncil. The General Assembly determines thecontribution payable by each member. It receives andconsider the reports of the special committees includingthe Security Council. It passess the annual budget ofthe U.N. The General Assembly elects the nonpermanentmembers of the Security Council, the membersof the Economic and Social Council and elected membersof the Trusteeship Council.The Secretariat:It is composed of the Secretary-General who is theChief Administrative Officer of the organization and anInternational Staff appointed by him under regulationsestablished by the General Assembly. The Secretary-General is appointed by the General Assembly on therecommendation of the Security Council.Secretary - General of the U.N.O:1. Mr. Trgve Lie (of Norway) the First SecretaryGeneral of the UNO (1946-52)2. Mr. Dag Hammarkjoeld (of Sweden) (1953-61)3. Mr. U.Thant (Myanmar) (1962-71)4. Mr. Kurt Waldeim (of Austria) (1972-81)5. Mr. Javier Perez de Cuellar, (Peru) (1982-91)6. Dr. Boutros Boutros Ghali, (Egypt) (1992-96)7. Mr. Kofi Annan (of Ghana) appointed on Jan 1,1997-20018. Mr. Kofi Annan (of Ghana) appointed on Jan 1,2001 till dateSecurity Council:The member states of the United Nations havedelegated the Primary reponsibilities for maintainingworld peace, Security to the Security Council. It consistsof 15 members, each of which has one vote. There are5 permanent and 10 non-permanent members elected foa 2 year term by a two-thirds majority of the GeneralAssembly. The permanent members have the power toveto any move. Retiring members are not eligible forimmediate re-election. Permanent Members: China,France, Russia, U.K., and USA. Non-permanent
  • 171. Members : Bangladesh, Mali, Tunisia, Jamaica andUkraine (until Dec. 31, 2001), Malaysia, Namibia, Canada,Netherlands and Argentina (until Dec. 31, 2000)For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSNon-permanent Members:Cape Verde, Hungary, Japan, Morocco,Venezuela (until Dec.31,1993) Brazil, Djiboute, NewZealand, Pakistan and Spain (until Dec.31, 1994). ThePresidency of the Security Council is held for onemonth in rotation by the member states in the Englishalphabetical order of their names. The expansion of theSecurity Council to include ‗new powers‘ such asIndia, Germany and Japan as permanent members hasbeen suggested. India has formally stakes its claim to apermanent seat on the council as and when it is expanded.Trusteeship Council:The Charter Provides for an internationaltrusteeship system to safeguard the interests of theinhabitants of territories which are not yet fully selfgoverningand which may be placed there under byindividual trusteeship agreements. These are called trustterritories. All of the original 11 trust territories exceptone, the republic of Belau (palau) administrated by theUSA, have become independent or joined independentcountries. Members : China, France, Russia, UK, USA.Economic and Social Council:Economic and Social Council is responsible underthe General Assembly for carrying out the functions toachieve cooperation of the United Nations with regardto international economic, social cultural, educationaland health to promote and encourage respect for humanrights and fundamental freedom without distinction ofrace or sex, language or religions. It consists of 54 memberstates elected by a two-thirds majority of the GeneralAssembly.The Council has the following regional EconomicCommissions :1. ECE (Economic Commission of Europe) with itsH.Q. at Geneva.2. ESCAP (Economic and Social Commission forAsia) with its H.Q. at Bangkok.3. ECIA (Economic Commission for Latin America)with its H.Q. at Santiago (Chile).4. ECA (Economic Commission for Africa) with itsH.Q. at Addis Ababa.5. ECWA (Economic Commission for Western Asia)with its H.Q. at Baghdad.International Court of Justice:It was Created by an International Treaty, the Statueof the Court, which forms an integral part of the UnitedNations Charter. There are 15 Judges. President isGulbert Guillaume (France). The Court has its seat at TheHague. The expenses of the Court are borne by the U.N.The Purpose of the Inter-national Court of Justice is to
  • 172. adjust and settle international disputes in confirmity withjustice and international law. There is no appeal againstthe decision of the Couurt. The Judges of the Court areelected for nine years and may be re-elected.Languages : French, English.Universal Declaration of Human RightsIt was adopted by the U.N. Assembly on December10, 1948. It is a statement of normal standards to befollowed by all nations.It guarantees international peace and prosperity.It stresses the fact that everyone has the rights to life,liberty and security, equality before law, freedom ofmovement etc. Irrespective of race, religion, sex orlanguage.International Maritime Organisation (IMO)Headquarters : London.It was established as a specialised agency of theUN by the UN Maritime Conference at Geneva in 1948.International Labour Organisation (ILO)Headquarters : Geneva.It was established in 1919 as an autonomous partof the League of Nations. It is an intergovermental agencywith a tripartite structure, in which representatives ofgovernments, employers and workers participate. In 1969it won the Nobel Peace Prize.Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO)Headquarters : Rome.The UN Conference on Food and Agriculture heldin May 1943, at Hot springs, Virginia, set up an InterimCommission in Washington in July 1943 to plan the Foodand Agricultural Organisation, which came into being on16th October 1945. FAO sponsers the World FoodProgramme.United Nations, Educational, Scientificand Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)Headquarters : Paris.A Conference for the establishment of anEducational, Scientific and Cultural Organization of theUnited Nations was convened by the Goverment ofFrance, and met in London, 1 to 16 Nov. 1945. UNESCOcame into being on 4th November 1946.The main purpose of UNESCO is to promote peaceand security in the world by promoting collaborationamong the nations through education, science andculture in order that people may have respect for justice,for the rule of law, for human rights and fundamentalfreedoms irrespective of race, sex, language and religion.United Nations International Children’sEmergency Fund (UNICEF)Headquarters : USA.It was founded in 1946 by the General Assembly. Itwas established to deliver post-war relief to children andit aims at improving the quality of life for children andmother in developing countries. UNICEF is not financedby the U.N. budget but by voluntary contributions fromgovernments and individuals.
  • 173. For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSInternational Civil Aviation Organisation(ICAO)It was formed in the International Civil AviationConference held in Chicago from 1 Nov. to 7 Dec. 1994.Its aims and objectives are to develop international airnavigation and foster the planning and development ofinternational transport. Headquarters: Lebanon.International Bank of Reconstruction andDevelopment (IBRD)It was established at Bretton Woods Conference inJuly 1994. Its object is to assist the member nations in theeconomic reconstruction and development of theterritories. The bank advances loans to the membernations for development purposes and encouragesprivate foreign investment and also arranges loans toits own security. It guarantees loans by Private Investors.Headquarters : Washington.International Monetary Fund (IMF)It was established on 27th December 1945 and itoperates from 1st March 1947. It works for the promotionof International Trade. It helps those countries withforeign exchange whose balance of trade is inunfavourable position. Headquarters: Washington.World Health Organisation (WHO)WHO came into existence on April 7, 1948. It aimsto assist the Governments to raise the standard of publichealth and impart information of health research. It alsopromotes in improvement of nutrition, housing, sanitationand recreation. Headquarters : Geneva.Universal Postal Union (UPU)It was formally established on 1st July 1875. It hasbeen established to alleviate uncertainty. Confusion andexcessive cost of international postal communicationsby writing its member countries in a single postal territoryfor the reciprocal exchange of mail. The postal conventionhas been extended and improved by the various PostalCongress. Headquarters : Switzerland.International Telecommunications Union(I.T.U.)The International Telegraph Union founded in Parisin 1865 and the International Radio Telegraph Union,founded in Berlin in 1906 by the Madrid Conventionof 1932 to form the ITU. Its main purpose is to bringthe improvement and rational use of telecommunicationsand increase the efficiency of the telecommunicationservices by maintaining and extending international cooperation.Headquarters : Geneva, Switzerland.International Finance Corporation (IFC)It was established in July 1956. It is affiliated toWorld Bank. The basic object of the Corporation is tosupplement the activities of the World Bank. It will seekto bring together investment opportunities, domestic andforeign private capital and experienced management. The
  • 174. membership of the Corporation will be open to thosecountries which are members of the World Bank.Headquarters : Washington.International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA)It was set up under the U.N. to makerecommendations for the use of atomic energy forpeaceful purposes. All the nations are to pay a part offissionable material and also Uranium at the disposal ofthe Agency. The Agency was established at meeting of82 nations held in New York in September, 1956.Headquarters : Vienna.The General Agreement on Tariffs andTrade (GATT):It was negotiated in 1947 and came into force onJanuary 1, 1948. It is the only treaty setting rules forworld trade. Its functions are to ease trade barriers andestablish rules of fair trade. In recent years, GATT madespecial efforts to develop international trade and has alsogiven particular emphasis on increasing the export tradeof developing countries. GATT was replaced by theWorld Trade Organisation (WTO) on January 1, 1995.Headquarters : Geneva.World Meteorological Organisation (WMO)Conference of Directors of the InternationalMeteorological Organisation meeting in Washington in1947, adopted a convention creating the W.M.O. It aims atimproving weather observations and to adopt commonmeasures for weather reporting in order to prevent-disastercaused by natural calamities like cyclones, typhoons etc.Headquarter : Geneva, Switzerland.World Intellectual Property Organisation(WIPO)The convention establishing WIPO was signedat Stockholm in 1967 by 51 countries and came intoforce in April 1970. In Dec. 1974 WIPO became aspecialized agency of the U.N. Headquarters : Geneva,Switzerland.International Fund for AgriculturalDevelopment (IFAD)The establishment of IFAD was one of the majoractions proposed by 1974 World Food Conference. Theagreement for IFAD came into force on 30 Nov. 1977following attainment of initial pledges of $ 1,000 and theagency began its operations. Headquarters : Rome, Italy.United Nations Industrial DevelopmentOrganisation (UNIDO):It provides developing and underdevelopedcountries with advice on all aspects of industrial policyconverted into a specialized agency by U.N. in 1985.Headquarters : Vienna.UN MEMBERS50. Yugoslavia ‖ ‖51. Afghanistan 194652. Iceland ‖ ‖
  • 175. 53. Sweden ‖ ‖54. Thailand ‖ ‖55. Pakistan 194756. Myanmar 194857. Israel 194958. Indonesia 195059. Albania 195560. Austria ‖ ‖61. Bulgaria ‖ ‖62. Cambodia ‖ ‖63. Finland ‖ ‖64. Hungary ‖ ‖65. Ireland ‖ ‖66. Italy ‖ ‖67. Jordan ‖ ‖68. Laos ‖ ‖69. Libya ‖ ‖70. Nepal 195571. Portugal ‖ ‖72. Romania ‖ ‖73. Spain ‖ ‖74. Sri Lanka ‖ ‖75. Japan 195676. Morocco ‖ ‖77. Sudan ‖ ‖78. Tunisia ‖ ‖79. Ghana 195780. Malaysia ‖ ‖81. Guinea 195882. Benin 196083. Burkina Faso ‖ ‖84. Cameroon ‖ ‖85. Central AfricanRepublic ‖ ‖86. Chad 196087. Congo ‖ ‖88. Congo, Dem. ‖ ‖89. Cote d-Ivoire ‖ ‖90. Cyprus ‖ ‖91. Gabon ‖ ‖92. Madagascar ‖ ‖93. Mali ‖ ‖94. Niger ‖ ‖95. Nigeria ‖ ‖96. Senegal ‖ ‖97. Somalia ‖ ‖98. Togo ‖ ‖99. Mauritania 1961100. Mongolia ‖ ‖101. Sierra Leone ‖ ‖102. Tanzania ‖ ‖103. Algeria 1962104. Burundi 1962105. Jamaica ‖ ‖106. Rwanda ‖ ‖107. Trinidad & Tobago
  • 176. 108. Uganda ‖ ‖109. Kenya 1963110. Kuwait ‖ ‖111. Malawi 1964112. Malta ‖ ‖113. Zambia ‖ ‖114. Gambia 1965115. Maldives ‖ ‖116. Singapore ‖ ‖117. Barbados 1966118. Botswana ‖ ‖119. Guyana ‖ ‖120. Lesotho ‖ ‖121. EquatorialGuinea 1968122. Mauritius ‖ ‖123. Swaziland ‖ ‖124. Fiji 1970125. Bahrain 1971126. Bhutan ‖ ‖127. Oman ‖ ‖128. Qatar ‖ ‖129. United ArabEmirates ‖ ‖130. Bahamas 1973131. Bangladesh 1974132. Grenada ‖ ‖133. Guinea-Bissau ‖ ‖134. Cape Verde 1975135. Comoros ‖ ‖136. Mozambique ‖ ‖137. Papua New Guinea138. Sao Tome &Principe ‖ ‖139. Suriname ‖ ‖140. Angola 1976141. Samoa ‖ ‖142. Seychelles ‖ ‖143. Djibouti 1977144. Vietnam ‖ ‖145. Dominica 19781. Argentina 19452. Australia ‖ ‖3. Belarus ‖ ‖4. Belgium ‖ ‖5. Bolivia ‖ ‖6. Brazil ‖ ‖7. Canada ‖ ‖8. Chile ‖ ‖9. China ‖ ‖10. Colombia ‖ ‖11. Costa Rica ‖ ‖12. Cuba ‖ ‖13. Denmark ‖ ‖14. DominicanRepublic ‖ ‖
  • 177. 15. Ecuador ‖ ‖16. Egypt ‖ ‖17. El Salvador ‖ ‖18. Ethiopia ‖ ‖19. France ‖ ‖20. Greece ‖ ‖21. Guatemala ‖ ‖22. Haiti ‖ ‖23. Honduras ‖ ‖24. India ‖ ‖25. Iran ‖ ‖26. Iraq ‖ ‖27. Lebanon ‖ ‖28. Liberia ‖ ‖29. Luxembourg ‖ ‖30. Mexico ‖ ‖31. Netherlands ‖ ‖32. New Zealand ‖ ‖33. Nicaragua ‖ ‖34. Norway ‖ ‖35. Panama 194536. Paraguay ‖ ‖37. Peru ‖ ‖38. Philippines ‖ ‖39. Poland ‖ ‖40. Russia ‖ ‖41. Saudi Arabia ‖ ‖42. South Africa ‖ ‖43. Syria ‖ ‖44. Turkey ‖ ‖45. Ukraine ‖ ‖46. UK ‖ ‖47. USA ‖ ‖48. Uruguay ‖ ‖49. Venezuela ‖ ‖In 1973 East and West Germany became the members of UN Germany as such became the member in1990.Czech Republic (previously Czechoslovakia became the member of UN as early as 1945).146. Solomon Islands147. St. Lucia 1979148. St. Vincent &Grenadines 1980149. Zimbabwe ‖ ‖150. Antigua andBarbuda 1981151. Belize ‖ ‖152. Vanuatu ‖ ‖153. St.Kitts andNevis 1983154. Brunei 1984155. * Germany 1990156. Liechtenstein ‖ ‖157. Namibia ‖ ‖158. Yemen ‖ ‖159. Estonia 1991160. Korea (North) ‖ ‖
  • 178. 161. Korea (South) ‖ ‖162. Latvia 1991163. Lithuania ‖ ‖164. Marshall Islands165. Micronesia ‖ ‖166. Armenia 1992167. Azerbaijan ‖ ‖168. Bosnia-Herzegovina ‖ ‖169. Croatia ‖ ‖170. Georgia ‖ ‖171. Kazakhstan ‖ ‖172. Kyrgyzstan ‖ ‖173. Moldova ‖ ‖174. San Marino ‖ ‖175. Slovenia ‖ ‖176. Tajikistan ‖ ‖177. Turkmenistan ‖ ‖178. Uzbekistan ‖ ‖179. Andorra 1993180. * Czech Republic181. Eritrea ‖ ‖182. Macedonia ‖ ‖183. Monaco ‖ ‖184. Slovakia ‖ ‖185. Palau 1994186. Kiribati 1999187. Nauru ‖ ‖188. Tonga ‖ ‖189. Tuvalu 2000190. Switzerland 2002191. East Timor 2002For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSIMPORTANT PERSONALITIESAAbul Fazal : Abul Fazal was the oldest ofAkbar‘s Nine Jewels. He as the brother of Faizi.He was a profound scholar of his time androse to Akbar‘s Prime Minister. He wrote Ain-i-Akbari.Abraham Lincoln : He was the son of a woodcutter,rose to be the 16th President of the United States whowanted to abolish slavery and on account of this therewas a civil war between the southern and northernStates of America. He won the civil war and abolishedslavery.Abdul Kalam A.P.J. : Dr. Aavul Pakkiri JainulabidinAbdul Kalam was born in 1931 at Rameswaram inRamanathapuram, Tamilnadu. He was familiarly knownas the "Missile Man of India". He became the eleventhPresident of India on July 25, 2002. He was awardedBharat Ratna in 1998. He wrote books like "Wings of
  • 179. Fire" "India 2020", and "Ignited Mind".Adolf Hitler : Adolf Hitler is a German Dictator whowas born in Austria. He led the Nazi party and becameGerman Chancellor in the year 1933. He ordered theinvasion of Austria and Czechoslovakia. His invasionof Poland in 1939 started the Second World War. Hecommitted suicide in Berlin in 1945. He was the authorof Mein Kampf. He is also called ―Fuehrer‖.Ahalyabai : Born in 1735 and daughter of ManakojiShinde of Chante, Ahalyabai did her elementaryeducation and married Khanduji, the son of MalharraoHolkar in 1744. Her husband was killed in siege ofKhanduji in 1754. Malharrao appointed her for theadministration of his territories. Her son Maleraosucceeded after the death of Holkar but actual reignsof office were in the hands of Ahalyabai. Sheadministered the territory astutely and renovated manytemples. She died on August 13, 1795.Akbar : Akbar succeeded his father Humayun at theage of 14. Bairam Khan, a distinguished General,became his regent. Bairam Khan defeated Hemu at theSecond Battle of Panipat (1556) and secured the throneof Akbar. He followed a policy of conciliation with theRajputs and the Hindus.He constructed ―Ibadat Khana‖, or the House ofWorship at Fatehpur Sikri. With the help of Abul Fazal,Akbar founded a religion called the Din-i-Ilahi or theDivine Faith. He built the beautiful city of FatehpurSikri in red sandstone near Agra. He abolished thehated Jazia and pilgrim tax and allowed full religiousfreedom to all his subjects. He is therefore called aNational Monarch. The Mansabdari System was themain essence of his Government. Akbar‘s tomb is atSikandra near Agra. Historians say that it was Akbarthe real founder of the Mughal Empire in India.Akbar Nama : In which the chief events of Akbar‘sreign are recorded.Ala-ud-dinKhilji : Ala-ud-dinKhilji was the founder ofKhilji dynasty. Brought almost the whole of Indiaunder his rule. He was a great administrator. He strictlyforbade drinking. He introduced a system of pricecontrol and rationing.Albert Einstein : A world famous scientist of GermanSwiss origin who settled down in the U.S.A. after hewas driven out by the Nazis from Germany in 1933. Heis the author of the Theory of Relativity.Alexander Cunningham : (1814-1893 A.D.) He was thefather of Indian Archaeology and first Director-Generalof the Indian Archaeology Survey 1879-1885. Throughhis efforts a beginning was made in translating anddating ancient inscriptions and in describingarchaeological sites.Alexander Fleming : He is the discoverer of penicillin.He received in 1945 Nobel Prize for Medicine.Alexander, the Great : Alexander, son of Philip, Kingof Macedonia, North of Greece. He was one of the
  • 180. greatest conquerors of the world. He was bornin 356 B. C. The famous philosopher, Aristotle washis tutor, Alexander made his object to conquerthe world. In 326 B. C. he invaded India.He was the first European invader on the Indiansoil. In the Battle with Porus, Alexander wasvictorious. Alexander lost his famous horse,Bucephalecus in the Battle. His army felt homesick andinsisted to return. Alexander died in 323 B.C. inBabylonia. The result of Alexander invasion promotedthe political unification of India.Almeida : Almeida was the first Portuguese Governor.He strengthened the Portuguese sea power.Alfonso Albuquerque : Alfonso Albuquerqueconsidered to be the ablest Portuguese Viceroy inIndia. His policy was to destroy the Muslim tradersand to establish a Portuguese Empire in the East. Heconquered Goa from the Sultan of Bijapur and made ithis Capital.He founded many Portuguese settlements allalong the West Coast of India e.g. Diu, Daman,Bassein, Bombay, etc. He was the founder of thePortuguese Empire in the East. The Portuguese powerlasted a century and a half and then it began to decline.Goa, Daman and Diu have been taken over by theIndian Government.Alan Octavian Hume (A.O.Hume) : A retired Englishcivilian founded the Indian National Congress in 1885with the help of educated Indians and a few Englishmen.In the beginning, it was an association to discussmatters concerning the welfare of the Indians.Gradually it became a political body in opposition tothe British Government.For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSAmbedkar B.R. : Dr.Ambedkar is a well known IndianJurist Statesman, soical reformer and scheduled castesleader. He was the Chairman of the ConstitutionDrafting Body and played a significant role in draftingthe Indian Constitution after India attainedindependence. He was posthumously awarded 1990Bharat Ratna.Amir Khusro : Amir Khusro called the ―Parrot ofIndia‖ patronised by Alaudin Khilji. His literary worksare Laila Majnu, Tuglaq Nama etc. Amir Khusroflourished during the reign of Alaudin Khilji.Amitabh Bachchan : The film star, who is makingwaves with Star Plus "Kaun Banega Crorepati"unveiled his life like wax figure in MadameTussauds wax Museum in London on December 20,2000.Annadurai C.N. : Born in Kancheepuram, foundedDMK party. He was the first Chief Minister of DMKparty in Tamil Nadu. A great writer and orator in Tamiland English, he is affectionately called ―Anna‖.
  • 181. Antony : He was supporter of Julius Caesar andfought Brutus after the death of Caesar. He also fell inlove with Cleopatra.Arundhati Roy : This Indian writer has bagged theprestigious Booker Prize (1997) for her very first novel"The God of Small Things". Arundhati Roy is the firstresident Indian recipient of the literary honour.Aryabhatta : Aryabhatta is a celebrated Indianastronomer and mathematician who adorned the courtof Chandra Gupta Vikramaditya. India‘s first satellitewas christened after him. He laid the foundation ofAlgebra and was responsible for pointing out theimportance of ―zero‖.Asvagosha : He was a great Buddhist scholar. Headorned the court of Kanishka. A great council wasconvened about 102 A.D. by Kanishka for codifyingthe new doctrines of Mahayanism. Asvagosha was thePresident of the Council. The commentary known as―Mahavibasha‖ was inscribed in copper plates andenclosed in stone boxes.Asoka the Great : Asoka, the most famous king of theMaurya Dynasty, was one of the greatest kings of theworld. He was generally known as ―Devanampriya‖which means Beloved of the Gods and ―Priyadasi‖which means of pleasing appearance. The mostimportant event of his reign was the war with Kalinga.The horrors of Kalinga War moved him deeply. He gaveup military conquests. Thereafter, he evolved a policyof Dharmavijaya, conquest by pity. Asoka was aBuddhist by faith and wanted to make Buddhism aworld religion. He got the principles of Buddhisminscribed on rocks and pillars, these pillars, one atSarnath was the most magnificient. The NationalEmblem of our Government is taken from this design.The late historian, H.G.Wells regards Asoka as thegreatest Monarch in history.Atal Behari Vajpayee : The first Indian Prime Ministerto reach Wagah border by bus in a bold initiative ofpeace with Pakistan. The bus ride to Wagah and hishistoric visit to Lahore was hailed all over the world asa new chapter in the relations between India andPakistan.Attlee, Clement Richard : He was the Labour PrimeMinister of England between 1945-51. His worksinclude an autobiography. During his period, hedeputed Lord Louis Mountbatten to India for thesettlement of Indian Independence.Aurangzeb : Aurangzeb was the last of the greatMughal emperors. He ascended the throne with thetitle of Alamgir, conqueror of the world. The FrenchPhysician Bernier visited the court of Aurangzeb.During his reign, the Marathas became strong in theDeccan. Shivaji the Maratha Chief defeated ShaistaKhan sent by Aurangzeb. Jats proved a menace to theMughal Empire. The Sikhs under the Guru TeghBahadur, the ninth Guru protested against the anti-
  • 182. Hindu policy of Aurangzeb, so Guru Tegh Bahadur hadto suffer martyrdom. Aurangzeb imposed Jaziya tax onHindus. The Rajputs also became enemies to Aurangzeb.Aurangzeb‘s private life was ideally simple. He thoughtit a sin to use a pie for his own use out of theGovernment Treasury, and earned his living by makingcaps and copies of the Quaran. He simply hated musicand banished it from his court. Aurangzeb could notcrush the supremacy of the Marathas, Tarabai, a veryintelligent and gallant lady took the leadership andcontinued the struggle successfully. Aurangzebcompletely reversed the religious policy of Akbar andincurred the downfall of Mughal Rule.Aurobindo Ghosh : He was a brilliant scholar and arevolutionary member of the Congress. He spread thespirit of Nationalism through his forceful writings andspeeches. He was the editor of ―Vande Mataram‖. Hetook active part in the agitations held against thepartition of Bengal in 1905 introduced by LordCurzon. The British Government involved him in thefamous Alipore Conspiracy Case. Later, he gave upPolitics and came away to Pondicherry to lead aspiritual life. He established Ashram in Pondicherry. Hewrote essays on Gita and Savitiri, Life Divine, etc. BBabar: He was the first of the great MughalEmperors of Hindustan. His full name wasZahir-ud-din Muhammed Babar. Babar wasdescended from Timur on his father‘s side and fromChanghis Khan on his mother‘s side. The first Battle ofPanipat 1526 fought between Babar and Ibrahim Lodimade Babar the master of the Empire of Delhi. TheBattle of Kanwaha (1527), the Battle of Gogra (1529)made the master of nearly the whole of North India.Babar wrote his own autobiography entitled ―Tuzk-i-Babri‖. He laid the foundation of the Mughal Empire.Baba Amte : Indian social worker known for his workamong leprosy patients. Established Anand Van, aFor more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKScolony for leprosy patients, near Nagpur. Founder ofKnit India Movement. Receipient of first G.D. BirlaInternational Award for outstanding contributions tohumanity. Also winner of Templeton, Ramon Magsaysayand UN Right Livelihood Awards. Awarded 1999Gandhi Peace Prize for his exemplary work for treatmentand rehabilitation of leprosy patients and his conceptof the "Shramik Vidyapeeth".Bairam Khan : He was Akbar‘s uncle, also served ashis tutor and guardian. He also won the Delhi thronefor Akbar.Balasaraswathi T. : The noted exponent ofBharatanatyam and Choreographer, she was the firstrecipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademy Award for
  • 183. Bharatanatyam in 1955.Bal Gangadhar Tilak : Bal Gangadhar Tilak called„Lokmanya‟ was one of the great leaders of India‘sstruggle for freedom. He was born in Maharashtra. Hefounded the Deccan Education Society to spreadeducation and national spirit among the people. Hestarted the “Maratha” a Marathi daily. Through thisnews paper, he spread patriotism and nationalism.He strongly protested against the partition ofBengal in 1905. He was the leader of the extremists inthe Indian National Congress. He was sentenced tosix years imprisonment and kept at Mandalay. It wasTilak who uttered “Swarajya is my birthright, I and Iwill have it”.Benito Mussolini : He was a dictator and leader of theItalian Fascists. He seized Abyssinia and helped theSpanish Fascists in the Spanish Civil War. He foughtwith Germany in the Second World War from June 1940.Italy was invaded by an Anglo-American army and hesurrendered in 1943. Mussolini was shot by his owncountrymen.Benjamin Franklin : He was an American Politicianwho helped to write the American Declaration ofIndependence. As a scientist he made discoveries ofelectricity and invented the lightning conductor.Bertrand Russell : A distinguished English Philosopherand mathematician,who won the Nobel Prize forLiterature in 1950. He advocated world peace andhuman approach to international problems. His bookscover diverse subjects and some among them are“Marriage of Mathematics and Problems ofPhilosophy”.Besant, Annie : An Irish woman by birth, she becamea staunch supporter of India‘s freedom movement. Shefounded the Theosophical Society of India. She isassociated with the Home Rule League. She is the firstwoman President of the Indian National Congress.Bhagat Singh : Bhagat Singh is known as Shabid-e-Azam. His name is synonymous with patriotism andrevolution. He along with two other revolutionariesSukh Dev and Raj Guru was hanged on March 23, 1931for participation in the Lahore Conspiracy.Bhaskara : Bhaskara was the astronomer of the 7thCentury and was a contemporary of Brahmagupta,another famous astronomer. India‘s second satellite forearth observation, Bhaskara is associated with his name.Bhaskaracharya : Bhaskaracharya, is a great IndianMathematician and astronomer of the 12th century AD.His famous Sidhanta Shironmani consists of twomathematical and two astronomical volumes. His nameis associated with India‘s second satellite.Bhave, Acharya Vinoba : The Sarvodaya andBhoodan Movements leader. He was awarded BharatRatna for 1983.Bill Gates : Worlds richest private individual for thesixth consecutive year with a $90b, fortune. President
  • 184. and CEO of Microsoft Corp., He revolutionised thecomputer industry. Philanthropist who has made recorddonations.Bipin Chandra Pal : He is called ―Bengal Danton‖. Hestarted the Journals “New India”, “Swarajya”, “IndianStudent” and assistant editor of Bengal Public Opinionand Tribune.Birla, G.D. : The doyen of Indian Industry died onJuly 11, 1983 at the age of 86.Buddha : Gautam Buddha was a Kshatriya prince andwas the son of Shudhodana. He was born in 623 Lumbini a few miles from Kapilavastu on the NepalBorder. At the age of 28 he left his home and retired tothe forests. This event is known as the GreatRenunciation. He sat down in meditation under a pipaltree near Gaya. He gave his first Sermon in the DeerPark at Sarnath, near Banaras. This event is knownas Dharma Chakra Pravartan. He founded a powerfulSangha or order of Bhikshus. His chief teachings werefour Noble truths. The Eightfold Path of Middle Path,Karma, Ahimsa, Good Morals, No caste system andsilence about God. Buddha died at Dushinaar (U.P.) Hewas indeed the “Light of Asia”.CChaitanya : Chaitanya was born in Nadia(Bengal). His original name was Bishaber. Hewas an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna andpreached the doctrine of love and devotion to Krishna.He sang songs in praise of God and held Kirtana. Helaid the foundation of Vaishnavism in Bengal.Chanakya or Kautilya : Chanakya was Chandragupta‘sminister and wrote a book “Arthashastra” in Sanskritwhich tells us about the reign of ChandraguptaMaurya. Chanakya was also known as Vishnu Gupta.Kautilya has fully discussed the duties andresponsibilities of an ideal King. He says: “Whateverpleases himself, he (king) shall not consider as goodbut whatever pleases his subjects he shall consider asgood”. Arthashastra is regarded to be the greatesttreatise in politics. Some writers compare Arthashastrawith Machiavelli‟s Prince, because Kautilya likeMachiavelli tried to separate ethics from politics. He isalso called “Aristotle of the East”.For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSChandragupta-I : Chandragupta-I was the founder ofthe Gupta Dynasty. The Gupta era is called the Goldenage of Hinduism. Chandragupta assumed the title ofMaharajadhiraja.Chandragupta Maurya : He was the founder of theMaurya dynasty. He was the first historical emperor ofIndia. Magasthenes, the Greek ambassador sent bySeleucus, visited the court of Chandragupta and wrote
  • 185. a very interesting book “Indica” giving a mostvaluable account of the reign of Chandragupta.Chandragupta Vikramaditya : ChandraguptaVikramaditya was the son of Samudragupta was asbrave and powerful as his father. In some of his coinshe was shown a live lion which shows that hepossessed great physical strength. Vikramaditya means“Sun of Valour”. His court was adorned by `Ninegems‟. Kalidas, the Shakespeare of India flourishedduring his reign. The famous iron pillar standing nearQutab Minar was erected in his reign as a kind ofvictory Pillar. His reign was the Golden age of art andliterature. Fahien was the first Chinese Pilgrim to visitIndia during his reign.Chaplin, Charlie : The British born comedian, whosesilent films gave delight to millions.Charlemagne : Also known as Charles the greatRoman emperor and Frankish King. He founded theHoly Roman Empire in the year 800 and was the rest ofhis life the champion of the Christian faith and the mostpowerful figure in Europe.Chavan Y.B. : The former Deputy Prime Minister diedon Nov. 25, 1985.Chidambaram Pillai : (VOC) Chidambaram Pillai,immortalised under the famous initials VOC (Va Oo Si)was a lawyer in Tuticorin. He was the first to float acorporate enterprise ―The Swadeshi Steam NavigationCompany Limited‖. The native company attracted agood deal of the sea traffic between Tuticorin andColombo, which was dominated by the British IndianSteam Navigation Company and naturally VOC came tobe seen as an opponent of English business interestsin India in general.Chittaranjan Dass : A famous Indian Patriot andfreedom fighter who founded the Swarajist party in 1923.Chittaranjan Singh Ranawat : The World renownedOrthopaedic Surgeon who flew into Mumbai from NewYork, successfully operated upon Mr. Atal BehariVajpayee replacing his left knee-joint by an artificialone at the Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai onOctober 10, 2000. The surgery lasted for 65 minutes. Dr.Ranawat has performed close to 3000 such operations.He also replaced the right knee-joint of Mr.Soli.J.Sorabjee, Indias Attorney General at the sameHospital the same day.Chola, Rajaraja : The great Siva temple of Thanjavur(Tanjore) was built by him. Suryankoil or Surya‘stemple built by him is at Thanjavur. Here Surya isshown on a par with Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.Columbus, Christopher : Famous Italian Navigatorwho discovered America in 1498.DDadabhai Naoroji : Was the First President of
  • 186. the Indian National Congress. He served asPresident for three times. He presided overthe Indian National Congress of 1906 at Surat. He wasthe first Indian to be elected as a member of the BritishHouse of Commons from London. He is known as the“Grand Old Man of India”. Dadabhai Naoroji presentedhis Drain of Wealth Theory in his book Poverty and UnBritish Rule in India.Dalai Lama : (Tenzing Gyatso) Spiritual Leader ofTibet. Fled to India after Tibetan uprising andestablished Govt. in-exile at Dharamsala in HimachalPradesh, India (1959). Nobel Laureate (1989).Dr.David Livingstone : A Scottish missionary who isremembered for spreading Christianity and carrying outexploration in the contingent of Africa. He explored theZambesi river and discovered Lake Nyasa (now LakeMalawi) and the Victoria Falls.Dayanand Saraswathi : A great Hindu social reformerand founder of the Arya Samaj School. He fought forremoval of untouchability, widow remarriage and forthe abolition of other evils of the Hindu society. Hismotto was ―Go back to the Vedas‖.Dhanvantari : Dhanvantari is a famous Indian Physicianwho adorned the Court of Chandragupta Vikramaditya.Diana : Britains Princess Diana, who had beenstruggling to build a new life after her turbulent divorcewith Prince Charles, died on August 31, 1997 in a carcrash in Paris after being pursued at high speed bypaparazzi on motorcycles. Her companion, Dodi Fayed,and their chauffer also died when thier Mercedescrashed in a tunnel along the Seine river at Pond deLAlma bridge in Paris.Diya Mirza : The 18 year old Femina Miss India AsiaPacific created history on December 2, 2000 becomingthe first ever Indian to be crowned as Miss Asia Pacificat the beauty Pageant in Manila (Philippines).Dorjee Phu : The first Indian to climb Mount Everestwithout oxygen, a seasoned mountaineer and instructorat the Sonamgyastso Mountaineiring institute ofGangtok was, along with two of his team mates,overtaken by a fierce blizzard in May 1987. He scaledKanchenjunga, world‘s third highest peak. He scaledMount Everest twice. He is a Padma Shri and Arjunaaward winner.Dupleix : French statesman; appointed Governor ofFrench East Indian possessions in 1742.EEisenhower:He became the President oftheUnited States. Commander of Allied Forcesin Europe. The first President of the U.S.A. tovisit India.For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKS
  • 187. Elizabeth I, Queen : Daughter of Henry VIII, she wasqueen of England, under whose rule England becamea great power. Shakespeare lived during her time.Epicurus : (342-270 BC) A Greek Philosopher whofounded the Epicurus philosophy. He advised selfnegation, subdued life and the practice of virtues.Eva Morris : The Worlds oldest woman died inLondon on November 3, 2000 six days short of her115th birthday. She was officially recognised in March2000 as the oldest woman in the world by the GuinnessBook of World Records. Ms. Morris took the titlebecause her date of birth could be fully authenticated. F Ferdinand Magellan: A Portuguese Sailorwho commanded the first expedition to sailround the world. He discovered the MagellanStrait and gave the Pacific Ocean his name. He diedbefore the completion of the first voyage round theworld.FlorenceGGallileo : He was an Italian Scientist andprofessor of Mathematics. He invented thetelescope and devoted his life to the study ofastronomy.George Washington : An American General who ledthe revolt against the British and declared American‘sIndependence. He became the first President of theUnited States.Giri, V.V. : The fourth President of India died inMadras on June 23, 1980. He was Vice-President from1967 to 1969. A recipient of the Bharat Ratna, he haddistinguished himself as a pioneer in the field oforganised labour, legislator, parliamentarian, diplomatand statesman. He is the author of “Job for OurMillions”. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna for theyear 1975.Gopal Krishna Gokhale : An able Indian statesmanwhom Gandhi regarded as his politician Guru. Heserved as the President of the Indian National Congressin 1907. Servants of India Society was founded by him.Guglielmo Marconi : Italian Electrical Engineer whoinvented wireless telegraphy and radio. He receivedNobel Prize for physics for 1909 jointly with FerdinandBraun of Germany for development wireless.Gunnar Myrdal : The renowned economist who usedhis background in Sweden‘s welfare state to uniteclassic works about the poor in America and indeveloping countries. The author of “An AmericanDilemma” he shared in 1974 Nobel Prize in Economics.He was a widower of Alvar Myrdal, a Nobel Peace Prizelaureate. Author of “Asian Drama”.Guru Gobind Singh : He was the real founder of the
  • 188. Sikh power. He is the tenth and last Guru of the Sikhs.He was a great warrior and writer. He re-organised thesect at Anandpur Sahib and called as “the Khaslas”.This Guru Gobind Singh transformed the religious sectof the Sikhs into an army of warrior-saints. For thisreason the day of Baisakhi is very important in Sikhhistory.Guru Nanak : Guru Nanak was born in 1469 atTalwandi now called Nankana Sahib in the WestPakistan. He was opposed to caste system, idolworship and untouchability. He founded the Sikhreligion.Guru Tegh Bahadur : The nineth Guru of the Sikhs,lived in Anandpur Sahib. He protested against theanti-Hindi policy of Aurangzeb. He was summoned toDelhi and asked to embrace Islam, which he refused. Sohe had to suffer martyrdom in 1675. His son GuruGobind Singh therefore organised Sikhs into a militaryorganisation and fought against Mughals all throughhis life.HHarsha Vardhana:Harsha Vardhana was thelast great Hindu King of Northern India. Oneof the noblest and most accomplished kingsknown to history. He combined in himself the qualitiesof both Ashoka and Samudragupta. Harsha was agreat poet and dramatist. He wrote three drama‘s inSanskrit namely Ratnavali, Nagananda andPriyadershika. Banabhatta wrote Harshacharitawhich is a valuable source of information about hisreign. Hieun Tsang has given vivid description aboutHarsha‘s reign. Nalanda University founded by KumaraGupta I was at the height of its fame.Hillary Rodham Clinton : The wife of former USPresident, Mr. Bill Clinton, scored a historic victory inthe American history by winning the US Senate seatfrom New York on November 7, 2000 becoming the firstwife of a President ever elected as a Senator. Shedefeated Republican Congressman, Mr. Rick Lazio.Humayun : He was the ill-fated king among the Mughalrulers of India. In the battle of Kanauj he was defeatedby Sher Shah Suri. While he was coming down thestairs of his storey at Delhi, he fell down and diedshortly. The word `Humayun‘ means `fortunate‘ but itis an irony of fate that Humayun proved a mostunfortunate king. “He tumbled through life andtumbled out of it”.I Indira Gandhi : The daughter of JawarharlalNehru was the Prime Minister for 15 years. Shewas shot dead by her own security man on Oct.
  • 189. 31, 1984. She was the recipient of Bharat Ratna in 1971.Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar : A great social andreligious reformer, a great Sanskrit scholar with aheartful of sympathy for the poor, fought for theupliftment of Indian women and helped in the passingof Widow Remarriage Act,1856.JJagjivan Ram:The former Deputy Prime Ministerof Janata regime and Congress President. One ofthe country‘s ablest political administrators.Jai Dev : The first great reformer and advocate ofBhakti movement in northern India was Jai Dev. HeFor more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSbelonged to Bengal. His great work is “Git Govind”.Krishna and Radha are subject of his Sanskrit work.Jawaharlal Nehru : The great Indian leader andmaker of modern India. He was the first PrimeMinister of free India from 1947 and remained in theoffice till his death. He pronounced the doctrine ofPancha sheel which advocated peaceful co-existence,non-alignment and non-interference in internationalrelations. The Discovery of India, Autobiography andGlimpses of World History are some among his famousliterary works.Jayaprakash Narayan : The Sarvodaya leader wasinstrumental in the formation of Janata Party whichdefeated the Congress Party in 1977 general electionsto Lok Sabha. Popularly known as Loknayak, he wasconferred the Rashtra Bhushan Award in April 1977.Jean Jacques Rousseau : A great political philosopherand thinker of France, who became famous for hissocial contract theory. His teachings and writings ledto the French Revolution and the establishment ofrepublics in different parts of the world. He uttered“Man is born free but everywhere he is in chains”.Jehangir (Salim) : He came into power after the deathof Akbar. He took keen interest in art and painting andlaying out gardens and was a lover of nature. Thegreat painter Goverdhana was in his court. He laid outthe Shalimar and Nishat gardens near Srinagar. Akbar‘sTomb at Sikandar was built by him. He was anaccomplished scholar too and wrote his autobiographycalled Tuzh- i-Jehagiri. But he was addicted to drinkand opium. He is therefore called a “talenteddrunkard”. During his reign Captain William Hawkinswas sent to India to obtain some trade concession forthe English East India Company. Sir Thomas Roe cameto the court of Jehangir and obtained permission toconstruct a factory at Surat.Joan of Arc : The girl whose heroism inspired theFrench to drive the English out of Orleans. She wasburnt as a heretic at Rouen. She is called “Maid of
  • 190. Orleans”.John Milton : A well known epic poet of English. Hispoetical works are Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained.Joseph Stalin : He was a leader of the 1917 RussianRevolution. He became head of the government in 1924after the death of Lenin. He helped to make Russia agreat power.Jyoti Basu : The 87 year old longest serving ChiefMinister of a state (24 years) since the first Left FrontGovernment swept to power in 1977 in West Bengalannounced his retirement from active politics andresigned as Chief Minister on October 27, 2000 onhealth grounds. He has been in the Communist partysince 1940. KKabir : Indian saint and poet of NirgunaBhakti Movement. He believed in the unity ofGod and equality of all religions.Kalpana Chawla : Dr. Kalpana Chawla was the first(Indo-American) woman to go into space. Her firstmission was on 19.11.97. Her second mission 0n 16.1.03ended with a tragic explosion minutes before landingon 1.2.03. In a way to honour her, Indias firstmeterological research statellite has been named asKalpana-I.Kamaraj Nadar, K : One of the leading freedomfighters and Congress Party leaders. He was ChiefMinister of Tamil Nadu and introduced several measuresfor the welfare of downtrodden in Tamil Nadu. He wasawarded Bharat Ratna posthumously in 1976.Kamban : A great Tamil poet and author of greatKambaramayanam lived in the 9th Century A.D. Hewas a native of Tiruvalandur in Tamil Nadu. He washailed as “Kavi Chakravarthi”. Kamban has givenfull- fledged artistic expression to the grandeur andvigour of this cultural upsurge in the greatest literaryepic of India.Kanishka : He was the third and greatest King of theKushan dynasty. He was a great conqueror. He was aBuddhist, and his reign witnessed the division ofBuddhism into two sects namely Hinayana andMahayana. Kanishka was a follower of the Mahayanasect. Kanishka was a great patron of art and literature.The well known Ayurvedic physician Charaka was hiscourt physician. He was the author of CharakaShastra, Nagarjuna, Ashvagosha, and Vasumitra.Buddhist scholar flourished in his reign. Ashvagoshawrote “Buddha Charita”. The Gandhara school ofarchitecture flourished during his reign. He foundeda town Kanishkapura.Karnam Malleswari : Indian weightlifter fromAndhra Pradesh, became First Indian woman everto win an Olympic medal.Kennedy, John : He was the youngest and the first
  • 191. Catholic President of United States. He wasassassinated in Dallas on 22.11.1963. KhanKhan Abdul Ghaffar Khan : A stalwart of India‘sfreedom struggle who personified Gandhiji‘s ideals andideas, died in Peshawar on January 20, 1988 at the ageof 98 after battling for life for more than 6 months. Hewas buried as per his will in Jalalabad in Afghanistan,86 k.m. from the Pakistan border on January 22, 1988.A recipient of the Jawaharlal Nehru Award forInternational Understanding for 1967, he was honouredwith India‘s highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna in theyear 1987. He was also associated with Red ShirtMovement. He is also called “Frontier Gandhi”.Kishore Kumar : The King of melody, who held swayover the music world for the past three decades diedon 13.10.1987 at the age of 58.Kofi Annan : The seventh UN Secretary General whois credited with the achievement of averting a possiblemilitary strike by Anglo-American forces on Iraq overFor more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSweapons inspection issue. Recipient of the Seoul PeacePrize 1998 for his contribution to world peace.Krishna Deva Raya : The Vijayanagar Kingdom foundedby Harihara and Bukka rose to prominence by KrishnaDeva Raya, the last great Hindu ruler of Southern Indiabelonging to Tuluva dynasty. His reign was remarkablefor the encouragement and development of art andculture. Tradition mentions that “Ashtadiggajas”flourished in his court. The Telugu poet “AllasaliPeddanna” was a famous poet. His reign constitutesa golden age in South Indian History. He opined “Acrowned king should always rule with an eye towardsDharma”.Krishnamurthy, Jiddu : A renowned philosopher ofIndia. His patrons, Annie Besant and C.W.Leadbeatherwanted to make him the world teacher after Christ andKrishna and created the order of the star in the East in1911. In 1929, he dissolved the order of the Star of theEast as he felt that spiritual organisations were ahindrance to the discovery of the truth.LLal Bahadur Shastri : The Prime Minister ofIndia who succeeded Jawaharlal Nehru in1964. His courageous decision to meetPakistani invasion to Kashmir by Indian Armed forcesput an end to Pakistani aggression and taught them alesson. He concluded the Tashkent Agreement andafter signing the declaration, he died in Tashkent itselfon January 10, 1966. He is associated with the slogan“Jai Jawan Jai Kisan”. He is called “Man of Peace”.He was awarded Bharat Ratna posthumously in 1966.Lala Lajpatrai : He was the Congress leader of the
  • 192. United Punjab. He is well known for his contribution tofreedom movement and social reforms. He died ofinjuries caused by lathi-charge by the police while hewas leading a demonstration against the SimonCommission in the year 1928. He was called “Lion ofPunjap” (Punjap Kesari). He is the author of “UnhappyIndia”.Lara Dutta : The 21 year old Miss. India Universe wascrowned Miss. Universe 2000 beating 78 othercontestants at the Beauty Pageant in Nicosia (Cyprus)on May 13, 2000.Leonardo da Vinci : He was a great Italian painter,architect, sculptor, scientist, engineer and musicianrolled into one. Last Supper and Mona Lisa are two ofhis most important paintings.Leo Tolstoy : The great novelist and dramatist ofRussia. His famous novels are War and Peace, AnnaKarenina, Resurrection. Mahatma Gandhi had greatadmiration for him and drew inspiration from hiswritings.Lord Chelmsford : The Rowlatt Act was passed in1919. Under this Act of Government armed itself withunlimited rights, even to detain a person and arrest himwithout producing him before a court. To oppose theRowlatt Act, Mahatma Gandhi introduced the uniqueweapon of Satyagraha, but he was imprisoned onApril 6, 1919. The Jalianwala Bagh tragedy took placeon April 13, 1919. The Khilafat Movement, Non cooperationMovement and the Third Afghan War tookplace.Lord Dalhousie (1848-1856) : He introduced Doctrineof Lapse and Satara, Jhansi, Nagpur and Jaipur wereannexed. Cudh was taken on grounds of misgovernment.He opened the first Indian Railway in1853 between Bombay and Thane. Telegraph offices,post offices were opened.Lord Mayo (1869-1872) : A college was set up atAjmer to impart suitable education to the sons of theIndian princes. Subsequently, this college was calledas the ―Mayo College‖. Lord Mayo went to Andamanislands to inspect the conditions of the convicts, SherAli stabbed him to death at Port Blair.Lord Mountbatten : On February 20, 1947 Mr.Attlee,British Prime Minister declared that the BritishGovernment had decided to withdraw from India byJune 1948. To prepare plans for the transfer of power,Lord Louis Mountbatten was sent to India in the placeof Lord Wavell.Lord Mountbatten was able to persuade the Congressto agree to the partition of India into two parts - Indiaand Pakistan. The Indian Independence Act of 1947was passed in British Parliament. India attainedindependence on 15th August 1947. Lord Mountbattenwas the first British Governor General of free Indiaand last Viceroy of India. C.Rajagopalachari was thefirst and last Indian Governor-General of free India.
  • 193. Mountbatten was Britain‘s supreme Allied Commanderin South-East Asia in World War II. He was killed in anexplosion on a boat while holidaying in the IrishRepublic.Lord Ripon : The only British Viceroy who becameimmensely popular with the Indian people. TheVernacular Press Act was repealed in 1882. The mostimportant measure of Lord Ripon was to encourage theinstitution of Local Self Government in India. He istherefore called the Father of Local Self Government.The Hunter Commission recommended that the primaryand secondary education be transferred in the hands oflocal bodies subject to the supervision of EducationalOfficer of the government. The government acceptedmost of the recommendations. The Punjab Universitywas established in 1882. The first Factory Act waspassed. The first census of the Indian people in 1881was taken and it was resolved that it would berepeated after every 10 years. The Ilbert Bill IndianJudges to hear cases against Europeans could notbe passed.Lord William Bentinck (1828-1835) : He is known formany reforms viz., suppression of thuggee (Plunderersof North India), prohibition of ―Sati, the evil systemfollowed by Rajputs, female infanticide and humansacrifices. Lord William Bentinck received the heartyFor more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSsupport of Raja Ram Mohan Roy. He introducedEnglish Education in India. The first Indian MedicalCollege was opened at Calcutta and the ElphinstoneCollege was founded at Bombay. He was the first GovernorGeneral to act on the principle that the first duty ofBritish Government was to govern India for the benefitof Indians and not simply to extend the territory.Louis Braille : He was the inventor of embossed dotsystem of reading and writing for the blind.MMahatma Gandhi : Indian leader who foughtagainst the British rule. He believed in nonviolenceand led India to achieveindependence. He is called the `Father of IndianNation‟. Gandhiji founded the Sabarmati Ashram atAhmedabad. Gandhiji made his first experiment ofSatyagraha in Champaran. In 1919 Gandhiji led anagitation against the Rowlatt Act and made Satyagrahahis instrument of struggle. Gandhiji gave to thecountry the slogan, “Do or Die”. On January 30, 1948he was assassinated at the prayer meeting. JawaharlalNehru declared “The light has gone out of our lives”.The world dignitaries visit his Samadhi at Rajghatwhenever they visit India.Mahavira : Vardhaman Mahavira is considered to be
  • 194. the founder of Jainism. He was born as Kundagramnear Vaisali. He was called Mahavira or the GreatHero and Jina or the Conqueror. He first preached inMaghada. His teachings were Karma andTransmigration and Nirvana. The object of life is toattain Nirvana, which can be achieved by following thethree fold path namely (1) Right Faith, (2) RightKnowledge and (3) Right Conduct. These threeprinciples are called “Three Jewels” or “Tri Ratna”.The Jains worship Tirthankaras. Mahavira died at theage of 72 at Pawa. (Patna district).Mahmud of Ghazani : A brilliant General and a mightyconqueror. He led as many as 17 expeditions intoIndia. He attacked the most celebrated temple ofSomnath. He entered the temple, broke the idol andtook vast booty. He would rather like to be known asMahmud the idol-breaker than Mahmud the idolseller.The frequent invasions and conquest of India.He was a patron of art and letters. Alberuni, Firdausiand Ansari adorned his court. He also erectedmosques and one of the mosques was called the―Celestial bride‖.Major Yuri Gagarin : This Russian cosmonaut was thefirst spaceman of the world at the age of 27. Helaunched into space on April 12, 1961 in Vostok I andreturned to earth safely. He died in an aircrash.Manu : Famous Hindu Law giver and author of ManuSmiriti.Margaret Atwood : One of Canadas most prolific andwell known authors bagged the prestigious BookerPrize for 2000 in London on November 7, 2000 for hernovel "The Blind Assassin". The 60 year old authorhas written some 10 novels and various critical worksand poetry collections.Maria Montessori : Founder of the Montessorysystem of child education, who hailed from Italy. Hersystem enables the child to learn naturally and easily.Martin Luther : A celebrated German reformer whofought against the dogmas of the Catholic Church andgot himself excommunicated on that account. Hismovement of reformation eventually led to theemergence of Protestantism.Masti Venkatesh Iyengar : The grand old man ofKannada literature, popularly known as `Masti‘ andalso `Srinivasa‟, he won the Jnanpith Award in 1983 forhis novel `Chikkaveera Rajendra‟.Megasthanese : Megasthanese was a Greek scholarwho was sent by Seleucus as an ambassador to thecourt of Chandra Gupta Maurya. He lived in Pataliputra,the capital of Chandragupta for about a period of 5years. During his stay whatever he heard and saw withhis own eyes he jotted down in a book called "Indica".Indica throws a flood of light on the personality of theking, his capital and also his system of administration.Michael Faraday : He was an English Scientist whomade important discoveries in electricity and magnetism
  • 195. which laid the foundation of the modern electricalindustry. At first, he was assistant to Sri HumphreyDavy at the Royal Institution.Mother Teresa : The angel of mercy who conqueredthe world by serving the poorest of the poor. RomanCatholic nun born to Albanian parents in Yugoslavia,and baptized Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhin. Came to Indiaand was a teacher at Kolkata. Founded "Missionariesof Charity", devoted to working for destitutes. Becamea citizen of India in 1962. Set up about 570 homes forthe poor, spread in about 125 countries. Nobel PeacePrize 1979, Magsaysay Award 1962, Bharat Ratna 1980,and many other awards. Mother Teresa died onSeptember 5, 1997 due to cardiac arrest. She wasconferred with Saint hood on October 19, 2003 atSt.Peters Square in Vatican by Pope John Paul II.Motilal Nehru : A great patriot, famous lawyer andleader of Swaraj Party, was father of Jawaharlal Nehru.Muhammad Tughlak : The real name of MuhammadTughlak was Jauna Khan. He made Devagiri his capitaland named it Daulatabad. This hasty project of theSultan has caused immense suffering to the people. Heissued copper coins and ordered that they should beconsidered equal in value to the gold and silver coins.But the people began to make counterfeit coins. Theresult was that the government suffered heavily andthe trade and industry came to a standstill. The Sultanwas a man of able ideals which were far in advance bythe age in which he lived. Ibn Batuta, the celebratedArabian traveller visited his court and wrote a veryinteresting account of his experiences.For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSMunshi, K.M. : A great writer, educationalist andexpert on constitutional law. He played an active rolefor India‘s freedom. He is associated with`Vanamahotsava‟.Muthulakshmi : Dr. Muthulakshmi was a pearl amongwomen and a champion among social reformers. Shewas the first Indian woman to take MB & C.M.Degree in Medicine. She campaigned against the evilcustom of the Devadasi system. By this, young girlswere dedicated to the temple and subjected tomoral indignities in the name of God. She is thefounder of Adyar Cancer Institute. NNagarjuna : He was the famous scholarduring the period of Kanishka. His workshave been found in China and Tibet.Nand Lal Bose : A famous Indian Artist, was theDirector of Kala Bhavan, Shantiniketan. He died in theyear 1966.Napolean Bonaparte : French military leader nicknamed“Little corporal” became emperor of France from 1804
  • 196. to 1815. He was victorious in various battles againstEngland, Russia and Austria but was finally defeatedat Waterloo in 1815 and was exiled to St.Helena wherehe died.Narayana Guru, Sri : He was a great social reformer,saint and philosopher of Kerala who had a place nextto Adi Sankara. He flourished in the first half of thetwentieth century and worked for eradication ofuntouchability and social equality based on caste. Hewas the first to propagate “One caste, one religionand one God” for man.Nelson Mandela : The Former South African Presidentand Nobel Prize Laureate (1993) was on November 29,2000, selected to share the Gandhi Peace Prize with theGrameen Bank of Bangladesh for his "exemplary workresulting in social economic and political transformationthrough non-violence and Gandhian means". Theaward which carries an amount of Rs.1 crore and acitation has for the first time been jointly awarded totwo persons or institutions. Dr. Nelson Mandela, whodedicated his life to fight against apartheid in SouthAfrica and spent 27 years in prison to bring down anunjust political order, is also the second foreignrecipient of Bharat Ratna (1990).Niccolo Machiavelli : An Italian statesman, diplomatand historian who advocated that the ends justified themeans. The Prince and Discourses are two of hispolitical treatises.Nicolas Copernicus : He was a Polish priest andastronomer. He made the great discovery that the earthis a planet moving round the Sun, with other planetsand that the earth was not the centre of the Universe.Nightingale : A famous English Nurse who organisedthe nursing service in aid of soldiers who werewounded in the Crimean War. She came to be called“The Lady with the Lamp”.P Pandita Ramabai: She started the SaradaSadan, a school for widows. She alsostarted Krupa Sadan. It was a rescue homefor girls who were forced into prostitute homes underdire circumstances. She also founded Mukti Missionwhich bacame a shelter for the downtrodden womenand girls. In the complex of Mukti Mission at Poonathere are schools for the blind and for the mentallyretarded.Pottekkatt S.K. : The renowned writer was the secondMalayalam writer to get the 1981 Jnanapith Award, thefirst being the late Mahakavi G.Sankara Kurup.Prithvi Raj Chauhan : Prithvi Raj Chauhan also knownas Rai Pithora was the last Hindu ruler of Delhi andAjmer. He waged many wars. It is said that he carriedoff Samyukta, the beautiful daughter of Jai Chand, ruler
  • 197. of Kanauj from her Swayamvar. This caused bad bloodbetween Prithvi Raj and Jai Chand. In 1191, hedefeated Muhammed Ghori, but in 1192, he wasdefeated by the latter and put to death. This courtpoet Chand Bardai, wrote an account of Prithvi Rajin Prithvi Raj Rasau.Priyanka Chopra : The Femina Miss. India (World)from Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh) was crowned Miss. World2000 at the 50th Miss World beauty Pageant in Londonon November 30, 2000. The 18 year old PriyankaChopra is the Fifth Indian to win the Miss. World titleafter Rita Faria (1966), Aishwarya Rai (1994), DianaHayden (1997) and Yukta Mookhey (1999).Pythagoras : He was a Greek philosopher andastronomer. Took keen interest in geometry.QQuab-ud-din Aibak : Qutab-ud-din was verybrave, best and generous and proved a goodruler of Slave dynasty . On account of hisgenerosity he was called Lakh Bakhsh or LakhData. He was a great builder. He began the constructionof Qutub Minar and Qutub-Mosque after the name ofKhwaja Qutab-ud-din, a Muslim saint. Both of thesebuildings were completed by Altamash. Qutab-ud-dinwhile playing Chaugan (polo) at Lahore, he fell off hishorse and died of injuries.RRabindranath Tagore : The famous Indianpoet, patriot, novelist and philosopher, inBengal. He was awarded Nobel Prize for hiswork Gitanjali in 1913. He is the first Asian to receivethis honour. He founded Vishwabharati which is aworld university Shantiniketan in Bengal. He isalso called ―Gurudev‖. The National Anthem ―JanaGana Mana‖ was composed by him. Rabindranathrenounced his knighthood in protest against JallianwalaBagh Massacre.Radhakrishnan, Dr.S. : A great Indian Scholar, thinkerand second President of the Indian Republic. He wasalso the first Vice- President of India. His great worksinclude Bhagwat Gita., The Hindu View of Life, IndianPhilosophy. He was awarded Templeton Award forFor more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKS1975 for special contribution to Hinduism. He wasawarded Bharat Ratna posthumously.Rajagopalachari, C. : Popularly known as “Rajaji” and“CR” was the first and last Governor General of freeIndia. C. Rajagopalachari is one of the ableststatesmen of India. In July 1948, the Kashmir
  • 198. Commission arrived in India and at once set about itsbusiness in right earnest. The Razakars in Hyderabadwere committing inhuman atrocities and the Nizam wasasked to disband the Razakars. But he refused. So thepolice action was taken against him. Major GeneralJ.N.Chaudhuri was appointed Military Governor whorestored law and order in the State. Rajagopalachariwas the founder of Swatantra Party. As a ChiefMinister of Tamil Nadu he introduced prohibition. Hewas also responsible for the Nuclear Test Ban. He alsoled the historical salt march from Tiruchi to Vedaranyam,a distance of 241 km. He was awarded the first BharatRatna Award in 1954.Raja Rammohan Roy : A well known social reformer ofIndia who dedicated his life for eradication of evils likeSati, Child marriage and Purdah. Founder of BrahmoSamaj. He is called ―Father of Modern India‖.Rajendra Prasad, Dr. : He is the first unanimouslyelected President of the Republic of India. He was theChairman of the Constituent Assembly while Dr. B.R.Ambedkar was the Chairman of the Indian ConstitutionDrafting Committee. He was the true apostle ofGandhism and a symbol of ―Simple living and highthinking. He was the author of “India Divided”.Rajiv Gandhi : son of Late Prime Minister IndiraGandhi and former Prime Minister of India wasassassinated on May 21, 1991. He is also a recipient ofBharat Ratna award for the year 1991 posthumous.Ramabai Ranade : Born in Satara district of Maharashtra.She wrote several books of which Reminiscences andRecollections written in Marathi, are considered classics.She established Poona Seva Sadan for education ofwomen to make them economically independent. Shealso established Seva Sadan Nursing and MedicalAssociations.Ramachandran, Dr. M.G. : The late Tamil Nadu ChiefMinister was on Jan.25,1988 posthumously awardedBharat Ratna the highest civilian honour by the nation.He was the founder leader of the All India AnnaDravida Munnetra Kazhagam.Ramakrishna Paramahamsa : A great Saint of Indiaand guru of Swami Vivekananda. He hailed fromBengal and the Ramakrishna Mission has been foundedafter his name.Ramanand : Ramanand was born at Allahabad. It wasthrough him that the Bhakti movement became popularin North India. He was the first Hindu reformer whopreached in the language of the people in Hindi. Hepreached the worship of Rama and Sita. He alsostrongly condemned caste system.Ramanuja : Ramanuja preached Vaishnavism in thesouth and declared Bhakti to be the sole of Salvation.His doctrine is called Visishtadvaita. He is consideredto be the first great exponent of Bhakti movement.Ramaswami, E. V. : E. V. Ramaswami popularlyknown as ―Periyar‖ was born in Erode. He fought
  • 199. against irrational beliefs, outmoded customs andsuperstitious practices of all kinds. He also foughtfor the progress of the backward classes. Heparticipated in the struggle for securing for theHarijans the right to go into the temple and earned forhimself the title of “the hero of Vaikam Satyagraha”.(Vaikam is a temple at Kerala).Rana Pratap : The most illustrious figure in the historyof Rajasthan. He was a great patriot. He refused tosubmit to Akbar, the greatest monarch of his time, andmake marriage alliance with him. He also made a vowthat as long as he did not recover Chitor he wouldsleep on the ground, would eat out leaves instead ofdishes, and would not twist his moustaches. Akbarsent Raja Mansingh against him. Rana Pratap wasdefeated. He was in fact, a true son of the motherlandand a noble patriot.Ranjit Singh : His title Sher-e-Punjab (Lion of Punjab).He united all the Sikhs to form into a powerful SikhState in 1783 AD. He was a successful administratorand organised the central and provincial administration.He reformed the revenue and provincial systems.Robert Clive (1725-1774) : He came to India as a clerkin the East India Company. He showed such remarkablemilitary genius that he became Commander-in-Chief.He defeated Siraj-ud-Daulah supported by the Frenchin the Battle of Plassey in 1757. Returned to Englandin 1760; his later years were marked by mentaldisturbance and ultimately he committed suicide.Robert Walpole : He was opposed to war and hispolicy of peace gave England a much needed rest fromwar and led the country to economic prosperity duringhis 21 years of office as first Prime Minister of England.Roosevelt, F.D. : The only American to be elected fourtimes to the highest office in the United States. Duringhis presidentship, America entered World War II andtitle the scales in favour of the allies. His name is alsoremembered for his New Deala Reform in America.President Roosevelt defined the ―four essential humanfreedoms‖as (1) Freedom of speech and expression, (2)Freedom to worship God in one‘s own way, (3) Freedomfrom want, (4) Freedom from fear.SSalim Ali : The eminent Ornithologist knownas “the Birdman of India” watched birds formost of his life, is a winner of severalinternational and national honours including PadmaVibhushan in 1976.Samudragupta : Samudragupta one of the oldest andmost powerful of Hindu Kings. He was a great generaland had passion for war. He is called the IndianFor more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKS
  • 200. Napolean by historians. He conquered a very largepart of India. He was also an accomplished scholar,poet and musician. He got that title of “Kaviraja”. Incommomeration of his brilliant conquests, Samudraguptacelebrated the Ashwamedha Yajna (horse sacrifice) andassumed the title of Maharajadhiraj. He was a skilledmusician and an expert player of Veena. He alsopatronised poets and chief among them was Harisena,his court poet. Harisena‘s poem in Sanskrit inscribedon a pillar of Asoka which stands at Allahabad is thechief source of information of his reign.Sankaracharya : Sankara was born at Kaladi in Keralain 1788. He learnt the four Vedas. He preached thebasic ideas of the Vedas, Upanishads and BhagvatGita. He preached the philosophy of Advaita. He callsGod “The Paramathma”. The soul in our body iscalled “Jeevathma”. The body is the temple wherejeevathma lives. Hence the body should be keptpure. He taught `Mukti‟, a stage when Jeevathma(man) realises the Paramathma (God) within himself. Hefounded mutts to propagate the philosophy of Advaita.Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel : Sardar Patel was the firstDeputy Prime Minister of India. He is called the “Ironman of India”, “Bismarc of India” who played aunique part in the unification of India. He wasresponsible for the annexation of Princely States toIndian Union. The two enclaves Dadra and NagarHaveli which were under the Portuguese dominationwere merged in the Indian Union on 17, August 1961.InGujarat a conflict developed between the peasantryand the British Government when the latter attemptedto increase Revenue. Vallabhbhai Patel took up thecause of the peasants and the struggle was knownas the Bardoli Satyagraha. The struggle met with aconsiderable success. It was because of this successfulagitation that Vallabhbhai Patel came to be called“Sardar”.Mrs. Sarojini Naidu : Gifted Indian poetess of Englishlanguage who came to be known as “Nightingale ofIndia” and also “Indian Torudatt”. She took part inIndia‘s freedom struggle and was the second womanPresident of Indian National Congress (Mrs.AnnieBesant was the First woman President of IndianNational Congress). In free India she became the firstwoman Governor of an Indian State (Uttar Pradesh).Her outstanding works are “The Golden Threshold”,“The Broken Wing”, “The Bird of Time”, “TheSceptered Flute”, “The Song of India” etc.Satyamurti : He was an eminent freedom fighter and animportant leader of the Indian National Congress. Hetook a leading part in the Civil Disobedience Movement(1930) and in the Quit India Movement (1942). He wasarrested and imprisoned four times and died on March28, 1943 in captivity.Savarkar, V.D. : He was the founder of AbinavaBharatha, secret society of revolutionaries. It preached
  • 201. the gospel of freedom. His book “India‟n War ofIndependence” in 1906 at London about the greatuprising of 1857 helped both to put the record straightand infuse a spirit of nationalism and rebellion amongthe youth of the country.Sawai Jai Singh II : Founder of Jaipur City (calledRose Pink City) was a astronomer King. The king hadgot constructed huge stone observatories (JanterMantars) for astronomical observations in variousparts of Northern India including Delhi and Jaipur. His500th Birth Anniversary was celebrated onNovember 3, 1989.Shah Jahan : He was the most magnificent of theMughal emperors. His reign was the golden age ofMughal architecture. He built Taj Mahal, a magnificentmarble tomb in memory of his wife Mumtaz. TajMahal is at Agra. The pearl mosque, Red Fort, Jama-Masjid, Shalimar Gardens, Jehangir‘s Tomb etc., arebeautiful work constructed by him. He is thereforecalled the ―Engineer King‖. The Peacock Thronebuilt by him was taken away by Nadir Shah to Iran.Shakespeare : The greatest English poet and dramatist.He was born at Stratford-on-Avon. He first appearedbefore the public as a poet in 1593 with his Venus andAdonis. His famous plays are Macbeth, Merchant ofVenice, Julious Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra etc. Hedied at the age of 52.Sher Shah Suri : Sher Shah‘s original name was FaridKhan. He defeated Humayun at Kanauj. During thebrief period of his rule he attempted to set up a nationalstate and initiated those reforms which brought him thetitle of the “Forenunner of Akbar”. He introducedpostal system and constructed the Grand TrunkRoad from Peshawar to Calcutta. Sher Shah killed atiger and came to be called “Sher Khan”. His famoustomb at Sasaram (Bihar) is one of the finestmonuments in India.Shivaji : Shivaji organised the Marathas into a nation.His contact with Guru Ramdas, a renowned religiouspreacher inspired Shivaji with boundless zeal for Hindureligion and love for motherland. He levied Mughlaithe surrounding territory from which he collectedChauth and Sardeshmukhi taxes. The guerilla warfarewas introduced by him. He assumed the title of“Chatrapathi” at Raigarh coronation.Sigmund Freud : He is considered to be father ofmodern psychological school. The interpretation ofDreams, Psychopathology of Everyday Life, The Egoand the Id are some of his famous works.Sister Subbalakshmi : Sister Subbalakshmi ofChennai was one of the social reformers of thepresent century. She worked for the progress ofwoman. She advocated equality of sex, widowremarriage, higher education for women and employmentopportunities for women. She started a Widow‘s Homeand gave craft training to the widows so that they
  • 202. could earn their livelihood.For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSSirimavo Bandaranaike : Former Sri Lankan PrimeMinister (three times) and mother of President Ms.Chandrika Kumaratunga died of heart attack in Colomboon October 10, 2000, soon after casting her vote inOctober Parliamentary elections. Earlier, Mrs. SirimavoBandaranaike resigned from the Prime Ministership inAugust 2000 on health grounds. She entered politicsafter her husband, S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike wasassassinated by a Buddhist monk in 1959. In July 1960Parliamentary elections, she led the Sri Lanka FreedomParty (SLFP) to a landslide victory to become the worldsfirst elected woman Prime Minister on 22-7-1960.Stalin Joseph : He was a leader of 1917 RussianRevolution. He helped to make Russia a great power.Subash Chandra Bose : Called “Nethaji”, was a truepatriot of India. The British Government interned him inhis own house at Calcutta.On 26th January, 1941, it wasfound that he had mysteriously disappeared. Duringthe World War II, he organised a regular army andcalled in the Indian National Army (INA) or Azad HindFauz in Singapore. They gave good fight to the Britishforces in Assam Hill. Their war song was - “Advancestep by step, sing the song of joy, your life belongs tothe nation, sacrifice it for the sake of the nation”.After the surrender of Japanese, he is said to havebeen killed in an air crash accident. He was the founderof Forward Bloc Party. His slogans “Jai Hind” and“Dilli Chalo” are inspirations of our nationalism.Subramania Bharati : Subramania Bharati born inEttayapuram is a poet, journalist, patriot andphilosopher. His birth centenary year was observed in1981. He had a dramatic impact in Tamil literature. Hehad spotlighted the unbroken evolution of Indianculture from the ancient times to the 20th century.Subramaniam. C : The father of Indias Green Revolutionand elder statesman died in Chennai on November 7,2000 at the age of 90. A recipient of Bharat Ratna, C.Subramaniam was one of the members of ConstitutentAssembly. He played a significant role as Ministerin the erstwhile cabinets of C.Rajagopalachari and K.Kamaraj in Tamil Nadu. He later served as UnionMinister handling various portpolios under four PrimeMinisters, Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri,Indira Gandhi and Charan Singh, besides being aDeputy Chairman of the Planning Commission. He wasappointed Governor of Maharashtra in 1992.Sun Yat-sen : The founder and first President ofChinese Republic played a prominent part in the 1911Revolution of China.Surendranath Banerjee : A great Indian Patriot ofBengal who held the Presidentship of the IndianNational Congress twice. The pioneer of the Nationalist
  • 203. agitation in India. He founded the “Indian Association”aiming to make it the centre of the Indian NationalCongress. Eminent leader in the agitation against thepartition of Bengal.Swami Vivekananda : A great Hindu saint and religiousleader, born in Calcutta on January 12, 1863 and hisoriginal name was Narendranath Datta. A disciple ofRamakrishna Paramahamsa, he championed thegreatness of Vedantic philosophy. He founded theRamakrishna Mission to carry on his humanitarian andsocial work. He represented Hinduism in the Parliamentof Religions in Chicago (U.S.A.).TTata, Jamshedji: The Indian industrialistfounded the Tata Iron & Steel Co. in Bihar andthus started the industrial progress of India.Tenzing Norgay : Nicknamed the “Tiger of Snows”, theace mountaineer, who with Edmund Hillary was the firstto climb Mount Everest (8,848 metre-high) was awardedPadma Bushan.Thomas Alva Edison : A great American inventor. Hebegan life as a newsboy and then served as a telegraphoperator. He has more than 1,000 inventions to hiscredit including motion pictures, gramophone, electricbulb, etc.Thyagaraja : He was saint of South India and a greatcomposer of South Indian Music and devotionalsongs.Tipu Sultan : He was an able ruler of Mysore. He wasnot only a valiant soldier but also a General. He got thetitle “Tiger of Mysore”. He waged three wars againstthe rulers of East India Company.Todar Mal : He was Akbar‘s Revenue Minister and oneof the nine gems of Akbar‘s courts. He was famous forhis land revenue reforms.Tulsidas : He was a great Hindu religious preacher andwrote famous Ramacharitamanas in which he hasdescribed life story of Lord Rama.UUday Shankar : He was the famous artist andexponent of Indian dance. He was the elderbrother of the famed sitarist Ravi Shankar.Usha P.T. : The Sprint Queen and Golden Girl, who isalso known as Payyoli Express of Indian athletics witha long span of 23 years as a sports career, was namedas female sports person of the Century by IndianOlympic Association (IOA) on December 28, 1999.She was conferred Arjuna Award in 1983 and PadmaShri in 1985.
  • 204. VValmiki : A celebrated Sanskrit poetof Ancient India. He wrote the Famous―Ramayana‖.Varahmihira : A distinguished astronomer,mathematician and philosopher of early India. He wasone of the nine gems who adorned the Court of KingVikramaditya (Chandragupta II).Veerasalingam Pantulu : Kandekeeri VeerasalingamPantulu was a great social reformer of Andhra Pradesh.He started a monthy journal in Telugu, Vivekavardhaniand expressed his enlightened views on widow re-For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSmarriage. The Widow‘s Home in Rajamundry wasfounded by him.Mrs. Vijayalakshmi Pandit : She was born on August18, 1900. She was younger to Jawaharlal Nehru. Mrs.Pandit had several firsts to her credit. She was the firstIndian woman to become a Cabinet Minister, whenappointed as the Minister of Local Government &Health in the Congress Ministry of U.P. from 1937-1939.She was the first woman Ambassador, the first womanto lead a delegation to the U.N. General Assembly(1946-51) as well as first President (1953-54). Also ledthe first Indian delegation to China after the Communistregime was established. Also the first woman to heada London diplomatic mission in 1954 when she becamethe High Commissioner for India in London.She servedas the Governor of Maharashtra for two years from1962. The first woman to be accorded the uniquehonour in international diplomacy, she treated herelection as President of the U.N. General Assemblymore as an honour to India.Her autobiography ―TheScope of Happiness‖ and ―Selection of Speeches‖ aretwo of her well-known books. [She was awarded the―Padma Vibushan‖ by the Government of India and the―One world award‖ and medal for services to humanityin the U.S.]Her death on December 1, 1990 symbolisesthe fading of an era, a powerful voice that had ledIndia‘s prestige soaring in international diplomacy.Visvesvarayya, M. : A great engineer of Mysore whodistinguished himself by building the dam acrossCauvery in Mysore. He was also a recipient of theBharat Ratna Award.Viswanathan Anand : The Grandmaster became theFirst Indian as also Asian Chess Player to clinch theworld chess title winning the FIDE World ChessChampionship in Teheran on December 24, 2000 bydefeating Alexei Shirov of Spain (3.5-0.5). He wasformally crowned 15th World Chess Champion.Vladimir Lenin : Founder of modern CommunistRussia who was responsible for the successful Soviet
  • 205. revolution of October- November 1917. He wrote ―Nota single problem of a class struggle has ever beensolved in history except by violence‖. Lenin‘smausoleum is in Red Square, Moscow.WWomesh Chandra Bonnerjee : (W. C.Bonnerjee) He was the first President ofthe Indian National Congress, and a notablepart in the setting up of the League of Nations.YYukta Mookhey : The 20 year old Miss Indiawas crowned Miss. World at the last MissWorld Beauty Pageant of the Millinneum(1999) held in London. She is the third Indian beautyto bag the title in a decade, after Aishwarya Raj (1994)and Diana Hayden (1997).ZZakir Hussain.Dr: Dr. Zakir Hussain wasIndia‘s second Vice President. He was electedas President after a hot contest with formerChief Justice K. Subba Rao. Dr. Zakir Hussain wasa great educationist. He was the founder of JamiaMillia, an institution which has done a lot in thepromotion of education in India. As President, Dr.Zakir Hussain pledged to serve the peoplewholeheartedly and impartially. He said ―The whole ofBharat is my home and its people my family‖. He diedin office on 3-5-1969. He was awarded ―Bharat Ratna‖for the year 1963.GENERAL TERMINOLOGYAd Hoe Committee : is a committee constituted for aspecial purpose.Adult Franchise : The right of voting in electiongranted to every adult male or female having completed18 years, without distinctin of caste, creed or colour.Also called Adult Suffrage.Aggression : The act of attacking. It occurs whenforces of one country enter the territory of anothercountry. This can happen after declaration of war by orboth or them, or even without any such decalration.Agricultural Revolution : The transition from feudal tomodern farming practices is referred to as agriculturalrevolution. It does not mean some suden or rapidchanges. It may be revolutionary in character. Like thewell-known industrial revolution, some countries haveexperienced ―agricultural revolution‖. Recently, the―Green Revolution‖ witnessed in India.Air Pollution : means fouling up of the atmosphere as
  • 206. a result of discharge into it of noxious and evenpoisonous fumes, produced by automotivetransportation, industries, nuclear explosions, etc. Theproblem has recently assumed alarming proportionsand nuclear explosions, etc., The problem has recentlyassumed alarming proportions and is presently engagingthe attention of scientists all over the world.Ambassador : a diplomatic envoy of the highest ordersent by one State to another.High Commissioner : is the designation given to thehighest diplomatic representative of one Commonwealthcountry to another.Apartheid : The language is spoken in South Africa.Its literal meaning is ―apart-hood‖. The word is used todescribe the policy of keeping the white and the blackpeople separate from each other. It also means favouringone race at the cost of another. South Africa andRhodesia follow this policy.Asylum : means a place of refuge or protection.Automation : Automation means use of such machinesin industry as can run automatically, replacing the workFor more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSof human beings. With automation, machines are usedto control other machines and the process is virtuallyendless.Autonomy : power or right of self-governing.Balance of Power : Some believe that rival Statesshould build up equal military strength. According tothem, it is necessary for keeping the peace. It is calledthe theory of ―balance of power‖.Balance of Trade : The difference between the visibleexports and visible imports of two countries in tradewith each other is called balance of trade. If thedifference is positive, the balance of trade (or ofpayment) is called favourable balance of trade andif negative, it is called unfavourable balance of trade(or payment).Bank Nationalisation : Some major Indian Banks havebeen nationalised with the object (i) to remove controlby the few over the commanding heights of economy,(ii) to provide for adequate credit for agriculture andsmall industry, (iii) to widen ownership base in order toend concentration of economic and industrial power inselected few hands.Bank Rate : It is the rate of interest charged by theReserve Bank of India for lending money tocommercial banks.Black Market : Selling goods at a higher price with aprofiteering motive by creating artificial scarcity bymeans of hoarding, etc.Black Money : means unaccounted money, concealedincome and undisclosed wealth. In order to evadetaxes, some people falsify their accounts and do notrecord all transactions in their account books.
  • 207. Blood Bank : It is a storing place of reserve blood keptfor emergency transfusion. Persons donating blood aregenerally between 21 and 50 years of age, withnegative history of syphilis, chronic alcoholism andrecent illness.Blue Chip : This is the common stock of a large,reputed corporation which has a stable and least riskygrowth path. The stocks of such a corporation, typicalblue-chip, stocks, are high-priced.Blue revolution : Refers to fish-farming.Brain Drain : When the best talents of one countryare attracted to another because of salary, living andworking conditions etc., in the latter are moreattractive, and a one way traffic in talent starts, it iscalled brain drain.Budget : It is the statement of the receipts andexpenditures of a country during a year. It is presentedto the Assembly for voting. It is a sort of balance sheetof a country requiring the sanction of the legislature.Bulls and Bears : are terms used on the StockExchange. Bull refers to one who seeks to raise theprice of stock and speculate on a rise, whereas Bearsmeans one who sells stock for delivery at a future dateanticipating fall in prices.Cabinet : a committee of ministers holding the mostimportant portfolios. They are responsible for thelegislature and they also work under a system of jointresponsibility.CD-ROM - It is a computer peripheral device thatemploys compact disk technology to store largeamounts of digitized data for later retrieval.Census : an official enumeration of inhabitants withstatistics relating to them. The last census operationsin India were held in 1991.Cellular Phone : This phone allows you to make atelephone while on the move. It can be installedin vehicles or can be carried along.Coalition : combination of political parties. When asingle political party has not won an overall majority ofseats in a legislature, two or more political partiescombine together form a government. Such a govt. iscalled a coalition government.Communism : is a political system. It believes in aclassless society in which there will be no privateproperty. Pure communism has not been achievedanywhere in the world so far.Computer : (1) An electronic device that can storerecall, or process information. A computer performsthese tasks according to instructions which can easilybe changed so it is able to do many different kinds ofwork. Computers keep files, solve mathematicalproblems, play games, and control the operations ofother machines. (2) Person skilled or trained incomputing. This was invented by Charles Babbage.Consumer Durable : Consumer Durable means anycommodity for personal use that has a long life, such
  • 208. as furniture and electrical goods, as opposed to foodand drink, which are perishable and have to bereplenished frequently.Customs Duty : is a tax levied on foreign goodsimported into the home country or home-made goodsexported to foreign countries. (Excise Duty is a taxlevied on certain commodities produced and consumedwithin the country).Direct Taxes : refer to income-tax levied directlyonindividuals on their total world income. (Taxescollected in the shape of excise duties levied on goodsof daily use or consumption are called ―indirect taxes‖).E-Mail : E-mail or Electronic mail is more cheaper, fasterand flexible than most other means of communication.It involves transporting a computer file that containsthe e-mail message from one computer to another.E-Commerce : This refers to the application of theInternet in conducting commerce of any kind. Itincludes buying and selling of goods, services orinformation, between individuals and betweenFor more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKScorporations. E-commerce has been categorised intothree. Business-to-Business (B2B), Business-to-Consumer (B2C) and Consumer-to-Consumer (C2C).Estate Duty : is a duty levied on the estate or propertywhich changes hands on the death of a person, andhas to be paid by his or her inheritors or successors.Excise Duty and Customs Duty : Excise Duty is a taxlevied on certain commodities produced and consumedat home. Customs duty is levied on imports & exports.Fax : Short for Facsimile, it is a device that transmitspictures, drawings, text to a similar device at thereceiving end, using telephone lines.Floor Crossing : When a member of the legislatureleaves the opposition to join the party inpower or viceversa, he or she is said to have crossed the floor. Thisis also called ―defection‖ of legislators from theirparent parties.Free Port : a port where no duties are levied on articlesof commerce.Gherao : These are tactics of coercion and intimidationby wrongful confinement adopted by agitating workmen.―Gheraos‖ have been termed illegal and banned.Gift Tax : In order to plug th eleakage of taxes throughthe offerings made by way of gifts by a relative toanother of his kin, the Central Government introducedthe Gift Tax.Gold Bonds : These were introduced on October 27,1965. The main feature of these bonds was that goldwill be returned for gold after a period of 15 years andno enquiries would be made as to how the gold hadbeen acquired. Investment in gold bonds is exemptedfrom wealth tax and any gift of the bonds up to5 kgs is exempt from levy of gift tax.
  • 209. Green Revolution : refers to alleged elements ofchange brought about in Indian agriculture by the useof better seeds, improved implements and modern farmpractices in order to quicken th eprogress in agriculture.Hartal : voluntary closure of all business or work toexpress protest for redress of grievances.Income-tax : Direct tax levied on total world income ofa person in a year. It was levied for the first time in theworld in Britain in 1799 by William Pitt to help financea war against France.Internet : Internet is a network of computers that offeraccess to people and informations.Laser - Light Amplicatoin by Stimulated Emission ofRadiation. It is a device which is capable of producinga powerful, monochromatic and coherent beam of light.Laser beams are used to cut or melt hard materials,remove diseased body tissues, transmit televisionsignals etc.,May Day : the day of workers of the world celebratedthroughout the world on the 1st May every year withthe slogan ―Workers of the World, Unite‖.Mid-term Poll : A mid-term poll is an election held outof schedule as a result of the dissoluton of a Statelegislature before it has been in existence for its normalspan of life.Mixed Economy : Signifies the middle path betweencapitalism and socialism. India has a mixed economy -economic activity being mainly divided into twosectors - public sector and the private sector. India hadaccepted the ideal of a mixed economy as itsnational polity.Modvat : Modified Value Added Tax-the new scheme ofindirect taxes - was introduced in India from March 1,1986. It allows a manufacturer to obtain instant andcomplete reimbursement of the excise duty paid on thecomponents and raw materials.National Income : The World ―net‖ is of specialsignificance, because from the total gross produce acertain amount is to be deducted as charges fordepreciation and wearing out of the plant and othercapital equipments, while the net income from foreigninvestments must be added.Octroi : It is a form of tax levied on goods entering amunicipal town. The tax thus collected is generallyused for the maintenance of the town.Open University : is an University wherein studentsare free to join, leave and rejoin at any stage in theireducaiton which is organized as a continuing process.One such University has been functioning in the U.K.for some time now.Panchayati Raj : While capitalism entails exploitation,concentration of wealth in a few hands and denial ofthe requisite resources to the masses, Panchayati Rajmeans the exercise of power by the villagers themselvesand local self-government at the grass-roots.Per Capita Income : The term defines national income
  • 210. per head or coefficient resulting from the division ofthe national income by the size of the population.Planned Economy : An economic system in whichsome or all of the decisions on allocation, production,investment and distribution are made by government oran agency delegated to such an authority.Poverty Line : is to be found at the level of income atwhich a person or a family can barely subsist. Anyonehaving an income below that level is said to be belowthe poverty line.Prohibition : a measure barring the sale andconsumption of alcoholic drinks.Quorum : minimum essential of members to be presentin order to constitute a house to transact proceedings.Snap Polls : A snap poll means a sudden election toa legislature held at short notice before the expiry of itsfull term. A mid-term poll also means the same thing,even if an election is ordered many months after themiddle of a legislature‘s usual five-year span.For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSSocialistic Pattern of Society : even-distribution ofeconomic power or reduction of inequalities in incomeand wealth in a country. The Resolution for a ―SocialisticPattern of Society‖ was adopted at the Avadi Sessionof the Indian National Congress.Tax : A tax is a compulsory payment made by a personor a body or persons to a public authority for whichthere is no quid pro quo. It is an important source ofrevenue for the modern governments. Sales tax, inIndia is a case in point.Territorial Waters : Although attempts have beenmade to c odify international law on territorialwaters, it has not been found possible to enforcea universally acceptable limit.Third World : The world is divided into (i) the Westernbloc led by the U.S.A., the U.K., West Germany, Japanetc., (ii) the Communist bloc led by the Soviet Unionincluding the East Euripean countries, and (iii) theThird World which generally means the developingcountries.Time Capsule : The term is used to describe metalliccylinders filled with memorabilia and buried deep in theearth so that after a few thousand years, if somebodydiscovers such a capsule, he should be reminded ofwhat life and times were like when the ‗time capsule‘had been initially buries.Trade Mark : a distinctive mark or sign, or a namegiven to a product which is registered in order tosafeguard the manufacturer‘s rights. Trade mark canotbe copied by anyone under the law.Two - nation Theory : Before India had won freedom,leaders of the Muslim League (which was one of theimportant political parties in India) put forward thetheory that the Hindus and the Muslims living in India
  • 211. constituted two separate nations with different religious,cultural and linguistic patterns, and that India should,therefore, be divided in two parts, one of which shouldbe a separate Muslim state to be named Pakistan. Thisthesis came to be described as the ‗two-nation‘ theory.Value-Added Tax (VAT) : A tax on the value added istermed VAT. The principle governing this tax is that theperson paying for goods or services pays a tax thereonand also collects tax on his sales. The net effect of thistax is that the tax paid is credited against tax collectedand only the balance is payable to the taxing authority.Veto : right of executive head to refuse to approve anylegislation.Wealth-tax : It is a tax levied on wealth possessed byan individual or by a Hindu Undivided Family in excessof certain prescribed limits. The object is to keep evendistributionof wealth in society.White revolution refer to vast production of milkachieved in India. Operation Flood-II programme hasbeen set up for the expansion of the existing plants.A vast network of Milk producers Co-operativeSocieties is operating under a three-tier system, milkunions at district level and primary milk societies at thevillage level.Zero-base Budgeting : It is improvement over thetraditional budgeting and not a substitute of it. Itexamines critically, regularly and systematically theassumptions of the traditional budget. The budgeteditems are treated each year at the Zero-base level as ifit was non-existent in the past. Its input is related tothe output to decide upon its inclusion in or exclusionfrom the annual budget.LEGAL TERMSAccord : an informal agreement as between nations ormutual agreement.Accused : a person formally charged with committinga crime.Adjournment Motion : a motion moved by a member ina legislature when it is desired to draw the attention ofthe executive to a matter of urgent public importance orinterest.Administrative Law : The rules and regulations framedby the executive.Adult Suffrage : is the right of voting in politicalelections granted to every adult persons male or femalewithout distinction of caste, creed, colour or holding ofany property or qualification etc.Advalorem : means according to the value. It iscalculated according to value. A duty the amount ofwhich depends upon the value of the property taxed iscalled an advalorem duty.Affidavit : a statement on oath for use as evidence inJudicial process.Alibi : elsewhere a legal plea that the accused was notpresented at the time and place of occurrence.
  • 212. All Rights Reserved : Printed intimation in any bookor literacy work notifying that the owner of the copyright was legally protected his rights againstinfringement.Amnesty : a general pardon that is granted to theprisoners generally during a major national celebration.Anticipatory bail : it is a bail granted by a court to aperson who apprehends that he might be arrested fornon-bailable offences.Approval : an accomplice giving evidence against hiscompanions.Arbitration : settlement of a dispute by someonechosen to hear both sides and come to a decision.Award : the decision of a law court or arbitrartor.For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSAmicus Curiae : He is a member of the Bar or otherstand-by who informs the court when it is doubtful ormistaken of any fact or decided case.Bail : the security given to effect the release of onearrested or imprisoned, on the understanding that heshall appear for trail at a fixed time and place.Bicameral : having or consisting of two legislativechambers.Bigamy : an offence a husband or wife marrying againduring the life of the spouse.Bonafide : in good faithBye Laws : are special rules and regulations made byany company or corporation for carrying on its affairs,but they must neither contrivance the powers conferredby the parliament nor the laws of the land.Censure Motion : means a motion of no-confidence ina government or a gruop in power.Certiorari : a writ to transfer a law suit from a lowercourt to a higher one.Circumstantial evidence : evidence based on thecircumstances of a case and sufficiently strong toestablish the guilt.Coalition : combinations of political parties. When twoor more parties combine and form a government, it iscalled a coalition government.Cognizable offence : Offence which can be dealt withby the court.Contempt of Court : disobedience or disregrad of thejudgement or orders of the court.Convict : one found guilty of a crime and sentenced bya court.Code : a body of classified laws or regulations, e.g.Criminal Procedure Code.Coup d‟etat : is a violent and sudden change ofGovernment usually by the force of arms.Copy right : the exclusive right of an author in hisliterary or artistic work. It is vested in the author fora period of fifty years.Court martial : a court of military or naval officers to
  • 213. try persons for breach of military discipline accordingto military law.C.P.C. : Civil Procedure Code.Cr.P.C.: Criminal Procedure Code.Curfew : an order under which people have to beindoors within certain hours.Decree : The award or decision of a court or arbitrator.Defendant : a person required to answer in a court.Defacto : actually : which actually functions though itmay not have any legal sanction.Defamation : to attack the reputation of-slanderor libel.Dejure : by right of aw, lawful, rightful.Detenue : a person who has been detained bythe State.Division Bench : refes to a Bench of two judges.Double jeopardy : means prosecuting a person morethan once for the same offence.Estoppel : a bar to prevent a person from admitting ordenying because of statements made by him previously.Exhibit : a legal document presented as proof ofthe facts.Extradition : delivering a national of another countryfor trial or offences.Ex.gratia : by way of grace : it is used to denotepayment or grant made on humanitarian consideration.Ex officio : by virtue of holding any office.Exparte : something done or said by one person in theabsence of his opponent.Facsimile : an exact copy of a document.F.I.R.: first information report refers to informationrelating to the commission of congnizable offence.Forgery : the act of counterfeiting handwriting ofanother with the intention of defrauding him.Free Legal aid : legal aid provided to the poor at theexpense of the government.Full Bench : refers to a bench of three or more judges.Genocide : the willful extermination of a minority or areligious community or race by mass killing or bypassing repressive measures.Habeas Corpus : a writ refers to the right of an arrestedperson to be produced before the court of law for trial.Indemnity : security against damage or loss.Indictment : document containing charges against aprisoner.INTERPOL : International Police Headquarters.Lyons (Paris).Inquest : legal or judicial enquiry to find out factsusually concerning the death of a person.In camera : in secret.I.P.C.: Indian Penal Code.Lease : contract by which a lessor, usually inconsideration or rent, conveys land or tenement to alessee for a specified time.Legacy : money or property left to a person by will.Letters Patent : A document under seal of the
  • 214. government authorising an individual or body to dosome act or enjoy some privilege.Levirate : means marriage of a woman with heryounger brother in law after her husband‘s death.For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSLibel : any publication or statement calculated to injureone‘s reputation or character.Life imprisonment : means imprisonment forfourteen years.Limited Company : is one in which theshareholdes‘ responsibility is limited to the extent oftheir shares in it.Limited liability : liability of the shareholders of acompany is limited to the extent of the value oftheir shares.Locus stand : right to interfere.Mandamus : writ issue by a superior court diecting theState or lower court, to whom it is issued, to performspecified act pertaining to its office.Malafide : with bad faith.Minor : every person domiciled in India and below theage of eighteen years is a minor.Modus operandi : mode of working.Monogamy : the practice or state of being married toonly one person at a time.Mortgage : a deed transferring property to creditor assecurity for the payment of a debt.Moratorium : an order authorising postponement ofpayment of dues without imposition of punishment.Natural Justice : means justice founded on fairness,equity and good conscience.Naturalisation : is the grant of nationality or citizenshipto an alien.Negotiable Instruments : are documents (such as banknotes, cheque, promissory note etc.) which on transferfrom one person to another convey the legal right tothe property they represent.Notry Public : an official, usually a lawyer, appointedto attest or certify documents and deeds.Official Receiver : a person properly authorised tocarry out duties in connection with the winding up ofan insolvent‘s estate.Ordinance : is an act promulgated by the Head of aState in case of emergency without undergoing theformalities of the regular procedure of the legislature ofthe country. It cannot remain in force beyond aspecified period.Parole : the release of a prisoner before the sentencehas expired, on condition of future good behaviour.Perjury : making false statement on oath.Plaintiff : one who brings a suit in a court of law.Penology : is that branch of riminology which dealswith the study of punishments for crimes and reform orreclamation of criminals.
  • 215. Polygamy : practice or condition of being married tomore than one husband at the same time.Postmortam examination : refers to meical examinationof a corpse (dead body) in order to discover the causeof death.Power of Attorney : a document under seal authorisingthe person to whom it is given to act in all respects asthe agent of the granter of the power in relation tomatters specified in the documents.Preventive Detention : imprisonment without trialbefore the actual commission of a specified crime.Promissory Note : an undertaking in writing to repaythe sum on demand.Prohibition : is a measure banning the sale orconsumption of alcoholic drinks and narcotics.Prohibitory Order : It is an order issued by acompetentauthority prohibiting meetings, processions,demonstrations etc., without prior permission.Proxy : One who acts for another or the writtenauthorisation for such action.Prima facie : at the first sight.Probono Publico : for the public good.Quo Warranto : is the writ issued to person holding animportant office of the State to establish his claim tohold that post.Quorum : the minimum number to form meeting atwhich any official business can be transacted.Rule of Law : means that all persons are equal in theeye of law without any distinction of status, colour,caste and sex, and that the government cannot exerciseany arbitary powers.Sedition : conduct or speech tending to rebellion orbreach of public order.Sine die : without date, indefinitely.Status quo ante : the previous positon.Summons : a writ of a court commanding theattendance of a witness at a specified time andplace.Sub judice : under judicial consideration.Ultravires : beyond one‘s power etc.,Unicameral : having only one house in a lawmaking body.Vakalat : a written authority by a litigant to hislawyer.Vox populi : the voice of the people.Warrant : a legal document, issued by a competentauthority given power of arrest and detention beforetrial, seizure of property or search of houses adbuildings.Writ : a written command by the High Court or theSupreme Court directing the State or the court to act orabstain from acting in some way.For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSCONSTITUTIONAL TERMS
  • 216. Appellate Jurisdiction : The authority to hear theappeal against the law courts.Bill (Law) : Bill means proposed law introduced in thelegislature for discussion. When passed, it becomes alaw. A Bill may be introduced in either house oflegislature by a minister. It is then called an ‗OfficialBill‘. A Bill may be introduced by a member in eitherhouse of legislature after giving due notice. Such a billis called a „Non-Official Bill‟.Budget : A Statement of annual income and expenditureis submitted to the legislature for its approval.Cabinet : First rank members of the Council ofMinisters appointed by the President on therecommendations of the Prime Minister.Collective Responsibility : It means that the Council ofMinisters take decisions collectively and all ministersactively support that decision. The whole Council ofMinisters resigns if a vote of no-confidence is passedagainst a minister.Constitution : A body of Fundamental laws andprinciples according to which a country is governmed.It is a frame wok within which a governmen works.Constitutency : A body of voters that elect itsrepresentative to a legislative body like the Lok Sabha,or the Vidhan Sabha.Civil Cases : Cases oncerning property, contracts anddamage to goods in transit, etc.Crimnal cases : Cases dealing with left, robbery,physical injury or murder.Citizen : A citizen is one who lives in a country andparticipates in the working of the government. Anindividual cannot be a citizen of more than one country.Constitutional Remedy : Our Constitution providesthat, in case an individual feels that he has been deniedhis fundamental rights, he can demand justice from theCourt according to a procedure set by law.Democratic Republic : A government through electedrepresentatives where the Head of the government iselected for a fixed term.Directive Principles : These principles areconstitutional guidelines and directives to thegovernment for the achievement of national goals.Executive : A branch of government which implementsand executes or administers law. The Cabinet, theCouncil of Ministers and the Public Services are a partof the Executive.Exploitation : To make use of the services of others forselfish purposes.Economic Justice : It implies removal of economicinequalities. All citizens are guaranteed a decentstandard of living.Fraternity : Spirit or brotherhood among the citizens.Fundamental Rights : Rights fundamental or essentialto good living; six fundamental rights are guaranteedby our constitution.Impeachment : It means accusing a high official like
  • 217. President of India, Supreme Court Judge, etc. ofdisloyally to the country and corruption and trying himin the Parliament according to a procedure set by law.Judiciary : A branch of government which decidesdisputes among individuals, between individuals andthe government or between parts of governments; forexample, Supreme Court, High Court and SubordinateCourts.Magna Carta : The great Charter of England, grantedby King John is called Magna Carta. ―It providesthat‖no man shall be taken or imprisoned nor will hepass upon him or condemn him but by lawful judgement.President‟s Rule : A situation may rise when theGovernor feels that no party in the State Vidhan Sabhahas a clear majority or that the state ministry has lostthe confidence of the Legislature and it is not possibleto form an alternative ministry. There may be asituation when he feels it is not possible to carry onthe administration of the state in a constitutionalmanner. In such a case, the President, on the report ofthe Governor, may dissolve the Assembly and dismissthe Council of Ministers. The State then comes underwhat is popularly known as the Governor‘s Rule orPresident‘s Rule.Preamble : A Statement of the spirit and meaning ofthe Constitution. It is the introduction in which thepurpose of the Constitution is given.Prorogue : An act of ending of a session. It is thediscretion of the President and the Governor.Laissez faire : A general principle of non-interference.Legislature : A law-making body of electedrepresentatives who make law for a country or a state;for example. Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, Vidhan Sabha.Question Hour : The list of the business before theHouse of Legislature is given to the members inadvance. Generally, the first hour of each sitting is―Question Hour‖. The Government give replies to thequestion aleady sent by the members. The membersare entitled to get more information through―supplementary Question‖. The main purpose of the―Question Hour‖ is to seek information and draw theattention of the Government to issues of publicimportance. After the ―Question Hour, the agenda istaken up".Recess : The term is used for the period between theprerogation of parliament and its reassembly in a newsession.Secular State : A state which gives every individual aright to practise his religion and worship in his ownway. It treats all religions alike. It neither favours anyreligion nor discriminates against any religion. India isa Secular State.Snap General Election : Means a general electionwhich is called for suddenly. This happens in ademocratic regime when a duly installed majorityFor more papers visit and
  • 218. 111© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSgovernment finds it difficult to deal with an extraordinarysituation and wants the electorate to give a freshverdict on its programmes and policies.Snap Poll : A snap poll means a sudden election to alegislature held at short notice before the expiry of itsfull term. A midterm poll also means the same thing,even if an election is ordered many months after themiddle of a legislature‘s usual five-year span. But itwas the surprise dissolution of the Lok Sabha in 1971and the election ordered soon afterwards that hasgiven wide currency to the expression ―snap poll‖.Socialistic Pattern of Society : Means distribution ofeconomic power or reduction of inequalities in incomeand wealth in a country. The Resolution for a―Socialistic Pattern of Society‖ was adopted at theAvadi Session of the Indian National Congress.Splinter Group : Quite often parties have within themcertain groups which can be reffered to as splintergroups. They are groups of people who differ from themain body in their approach views or strategy.Starred and Unstarred Questions : When askingquestions members of Parliament may ask for eitheroral or written answers. Questions to which oralanswers are required are marked with an asterisk, andare known as Starred Question. Questions requiringwritten replies are Unstarred Questions.Socialist State : A state which tries to bring abouteconomic and social equality in the country. India aimsat establishing such a socialist state.Sovereign Government : A government that is supremeand free and does not take directions from any outsideauthority.Social Justice : It implies that all citizens are treatedequal and none can be discriminated against on basisof caste, creed, religion or status.State of Emergency : The President can declare a stateof emergency in the country in an emergency causedby way, of foreign attack or internal disturbances andthe armed rebellion in the country on an expressrequest of the cabinet.Simple Majority Vote : Usually a candidate whosecures the highest percentage of votes is declaredelected by a simple majority vote. He may actually notget even fifty percentage of votes.Sine die : It is an adjournment of a meeting to a datewhich is not fixed specifically at that time.Single Transferable Vote : Under the system, thevoters cast their votes for candidates in order ofpreference. If a candidate does not secure more thanfifty percent votes, the second preference votes arealso counted and a candidate is elected on the basis oftotal votes polled, first preference and secondpreference.Single Citizenship : India has single citizenship. It
  • 219. means that all the citizens of India. They are not thecitizens of state i.e. Punjab, Rajasthan, West Bengal. InU.S.A., the citizens have double citizenship. They arethe cities of U.S.A. and also of a particular state.Ultimatum : Final terms before a certain course ofaction vis-a- vis another party is adopted.Untouchability : Due to caste distinctions prevailing inIndian society, certain castes were considered low andsuffered from many social and economic injustices.Universal Adult Franchise : It means that every adultcitizens enjoys the right to vote. In India a citizen whois not less than 18 years of age enjoys this right.Ultravires : An invalid act done in excess of theauthority conferred by law, acts beyond the scope ofthe powers of a corporation as defined by itsmemorandum and articles of association. In fact, it isan act done beyond powers or lack of power.Veto : Right of executive head to refuse to approveany legislation.Vote : Right of executive head to refuse to approveany legislation.Vote on account : Usually, Vote on account is taken fora sum equivalent to one-sixth of the expenditure for theentire year in respect of demands for grants. As aconvention, it is passed by the Lok Sabha without anydiscussion.Vote of Credit : During a national emergency, thehouse might grant a lump sum through a vote of credit.Likewise, exceptional grants are given for specialpurposes.Vote of no-Confidence : It implies that the legislaturefeels that the Council of Ministers is not workingproperly and deserves to be removed from office. Ithas lost the confidence of the legislature. If such aproposal is passed, the Council of Ministers resigns.Waiver : The act of abandoning or refraining fromasserting a legal right is called waiver. It is a defenceagainst subsequent enforcement.Weaker Sections : Classes of people who are sociallyand economically backward.Weightage : Allowing a community (or group) morerepresentation that it can claim on the basis of itspopulation.Whip : An important party official, entrusted with theresponsibility of organising disciplined voting accordingto the party directions and ensuring attendance of theparty members on a specific occasion.White Paper : A detailed policy statement issued bya government with regard to a matter of considerablepublic importance.Zero-based Budgeting : It is an improvement over thetraditional budgeting and not a substitute of it. Itexamines critically regularly and systematically theassumptions of the traditional budget. The budgeteditem is treated at each year at the Zero- base level asif it was non-existent in the past.
  • 220. Zero Hour : The period following the question hour. Ifgenerally begins at 12.00 noon and lasts till 1.00 p.m.Officially, it is used to raise various issues of publicimportance without priorly notifying the minister.For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSCHRONOLOGICAL EVENTSBC3000 Indus Valley Civilization, Mohen-jo-Daro &Harappa563 Birth of Buddha, founder of Buddhism326-327 AD Alexander‘s invasion of India1191 First Battle of Tarain (Thaneshwar)1192 Second Battle of Tarain (Thaneshwar)1498 Discovery of sea-route to India by Vasco-da-Gama1526 First Battle of Panipat1556 Second Battle of Panipat1561 Battle of Talikota between Delhi Sultanate andVijayanagar ruler Ramaraja. Ramaraja was killed.1600 East India Company established1757 Battle of Plassey1760 Battle of Wandiwash. French power ended.1761 Third Battle of Panipat.1764 Battle of Buxar.1853 First Railway line opened in India betweenThana and Bombay1857 First War of Independence (Sepoy Mutiny)1869 2.10.1869, Birth of Mahatma Gandhi at Porbander1881 First Census taken1885 Indian National Congress was founded by A.O.Hume.1900 Australian Commonwealth proclaimed.1901 Russian and Britain, agrees of the partition ofChina.1902 First partition of Bengal under Lord Curzon.1906 Foundation of Muslim League.1909 Minto-Morley Reforms.1910 Mother Teresa born in Albania.1911 Delhi becomes the capital - Partition of Bengalrevoked - King George V crowned King of theUnited Kingdom and Emperor or India - FirstBritish King and Queen land in Bombay.1912 Titanic, Worlds biggest ship, sinks in NorthAtlantic, Killing 1513 people - The 5th OlympicGames held in Stockholm.1913 The first Asian, Rabindranath Tagore is awardedthe Nobel Prize for Literature.1914 World War I declared.1918 World War I ends.1919 ―Satyagraha Movement‖ started by Gandhiji.Jallianwala Bagh Massacre on 13th April 1919 atAmritsar.1930 ―Civil Disobedience Movement‖ started by
  • 221. Gandhiji. ―Dandi March‖ by Gandhiji on 6.4.1930.Burma separated from India.1939 Death of Rabindranath Tagore (The firstIndian to win the Nobel Prize for his work―Gitanjali‖).1942 ―Quit India Resolution‖.1947 15.8.1947 India attained Independence.1948 30.1.1948 Assassination of Gandhiji.1949 26.11.1949 Indian Constitution passed.1950 26.1.1950 India became a Sovereign DemocraticRepublic.1952 Free India holds her First General Elections.1956 State Reorganisation Act came into force on1.11.1956.1957 Decimal system of coinage introduced.1966 January 4th Indo-Pak Summit, TashkentDeclaration signed on January 10. Death of LalBahadur Shastri.1972 Simla Agreement between India and Pakistan(July 3)1974 India‘s first Satellite "Äryabhatta" launchedfrom Cosmodrome in Soviet Union on April 19.1975 ―Aryabhatta‖. Sikkim becomes 22nd State of theIndian Union. State of Emergency declared.1976 India - China re-establishes diplomatic relations.1977 Sixth General Elections, Morarji Desai sworn inas the first non-Congress Prime Minister. NeelamSanjiva Reddy elected Sixth President of India.1979 ―Bhaskara‖, India‘s second Satellite launchedinto space. India‘s first coalition Governmentbetween Janata (S) and the Congress sworn inwith Mr. Charan Singh as P.M.1980 Seventh General Elections held, Indira Gandhisworn in as Prime Minister.1982 Giani Zail Singh elected as Seventh President ofIndia. IX Asian Games opened in New Delhi.1984 Bachendri Pal, first Indian woman to scale theMount Everest. Mrs. Indira Gandhi assassinated.Rajiv Gandhi becomes the Prime Minister.1985 Congress completes 100 years.1987 Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh becomes 23rdand 24th States. Goa becomes 25th State. Mr. R.Venkataraman sworn in as Eleventh President.1988 M.G.Ramachandran (MGR.) was given BharatRatna Award posthumously.1989 Ninth Lok Sabha constituted. National FrontLeader V.P.Singh sworn in as 10th Prime Minister.For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKS1990 Nelson Mandela, leader of the African NationalCongress was set free after 27 years ofimprisonment by the South African Government.-Iraq captured Kuwait.1991 Tenth Lok Sabha constituted. P.V.NarasimhaRao becomes the Twelfth Prime Minister of
  • 222. India. Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi,assassinated at Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu.1992 India‘s First indigenous multi-purpose Satellite―INSAT 2A‖ was launched successfully fromKourou in French Guyana. - Festival of Indiawas held in China. The disputed Babri Masjid inAyodhya (UP) was demolished by Kar-sevaks.1993 The world‘s biggest ever trade deal GeneralAgreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) wassigned on 15th December at Geneva, nearly 117nations participated.1994 Sushmita Sen (18) first Indian selected for Miss.Universe held at Manila, Philippines. Brazil wonthe World Cup Football held at United States,Shoemaker-Levy Comet collided with theGaseous Planet Jupiter on July 17, 19, 20 & 31.1995 Jan.26 : Nelson Mandela, was the Chief Gueston the Republic Day celebrations at New Delhi.1996 Jan. 10-21 : 27th International Film Festivalheld at New Delhi. July 19 - Aug. 4 : AtlantaOlympics held - India won 1 bronze medal.1997 Jan 10 : The 28th International Film Festival ofIndia held at Thiruvananthapuram. July 25 : Mr.K. R. Narayan sworn in as 13th President ofIndia. Aug 15 : India celebrates Golden Jubileeof Indian Independence.1998 Jan 10-20 : The 29th International Film Festivalof India held at New Delhi. Jan 26 : Indiacelebrates its 49th Republic Day, Chief Guest :French President Mr. Jacques Chirac. Mar 01 :Bharat Ratna conferred on Dr.A.P.J. AbdulKalam, Mar 19 : Mr.A.B. Vajpayee becomes16th Prime Minister of India. May 11 : Indiaconducts three Nuclear tests at Pokhran. May13 : India conducts two more tests at Pokhran.May 28 : Pakistan conducts nuclear atom bombtest. July 12 : France won World Cup-1998.1999 May 26-July 17 India - Pakistan Kargil War.;Oct.10 : 13th Lok Sabha Elections - Mr.Vajpayeesworn in as Prime Minister.; Dec.5 : Mumbai girlYukta Mookhey becomes Miss World. - Dec.24-31 : Indian Airlines(IC-814) hijacked by terroristsand hostages released at Khandhar.2000 Mar.22 : Indias INSAT-3B launched - Aug.28 :President gives his assent to the Bills relating tothe creation of the new states of Uttaranchal,Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. Sep.30 :Gen.S.Padmanabhan takes over as the newChief of Army Staff from Gen.V.P. Malik. Dec.24: Vishwanathan Anand becomes World ChessChampion.2001 Jan.12 : First genetically engineered monkeycreated (Andy) by scientists in US. March.1:The nation‘s population touches 1.02 billioncomprising 531,277,078 men and 495,738,169women. Sep.11: Terrorists attack the World
  • 223. Trade Centre in New York-the 110-storey twintowers.2002 Jan.6 : Indias 21st Antartica expedition leaves- team headed by Dr. Prem Chand Pandey.Feb.27-28 Attack on Sabarmati Express bymilitants - Ram Sevaks from Ayodhya torched atGadhra railway station.; April.2 : POTO(Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance) gets assentfrom the President after a joint sitting of the LokSabha and Rajya Sabha. May.10 : Mr. Joshi, isthe new speaker of Lok Sabha2003 TO 2008 REFER G.K. POWERFor more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSMohandas Karamchand Gandhi, called Mahatma,is the Father of the Nation.He was born on October 2, 1869 at Porbandar inGujarat as, the son of Karamchand and Putilibai.Gandhiji proceeded to England in 1888 andreturned to India as a Barrister-at-law in 1891.Gandhiji went to Natal in South Africa in 1893 topractise law. There he was subjected to colourdiscrimination and he organized Natal IndianCongress. He started the journal ‗IndianOpinion‘ and built Phoenix Colony and TolstoyFarm here. He experimented the weaponSatyagraha for the first time in South Africa in1906. So South Aftica is often called his politicallaboratory. The period between 1893 and 1914,he engaged in a struggle against the racistauthorities of South Africa. It was then that heevolved the teaching of Satyagraha based ontruth and non-violence.He returned to India in 1915, leaving South Africafor ever.Gandhiji built his ashram on the banks ofSabarmati in Gujarat on January 29, 1916.Gandhiji‘s first Satyagraha in India was for therights of indigo workers in Champaran (Bihar) in1917.Gandhiji‘s first fast was in 1918 in connectionwith the strike of mill workers in Ahmedabad.Gandhiji had organised in February 1919 aSatyagraha Committee, the members of whichwere to take a pledge to refuse to obey the lawsof Rowlatt Act.The Bills were enacted on March 18, 1919. TheRowlatt Satyagraha was a failure but this projectedGandhiji as "an all India leader of immensepotential".The Jallianwala Bagh Tragedy on April 13, 1919had a great impact on Mahatma Gandhi. Hereturned the "Kaiser-i-Hind" medal given to him.On November 23, 1919, Gandhiji was elected
  • 224. president of the All India Khilafat Conference,which met at Delhi.First Non-Co-operation Movement was launchedon 1st August 1920. The Non-Co-operationMovement spread to rural areas between 1921and 1922.Non-Co-operation Movement came to an end onFebruary 12, 1922 in response to the violence atChauri Chaura.Gandhiji came back to active politics and attendedthe Calcutta session of the Congress in December1928.The Civil Disobedience Movement was startedby Gandhiji on 12th March 1930.Gandhiji along with 78 companions which includedSarojini Naidu, marched nearly 375 km fromSabarmati Ashram to Dandi and broke the law bymaking salt from sea water.The Congress boycotted the First Round TableConference which was held in London onNovember 12, 1930.Gandhiji attended the Second Round TableConference held in London on September 7, 1931as the sole representative of Congress."A half naked fakir from India" - WinstonChurchill‘s comment about Gandhiji when hewent to attend the Second Round TableConference in London in 1931.Gandhiji was the editor of the English weekly"Young India" and the Gujarati weekly"Navajivan". Later he started the weekly"Harijan" on January 8th, 1933 and this wasobserved as "Temple Entry Day".Gandhiji retired from Congress in October 1934.One of the great dreams of Gandhiji was theestablishment of "Grama Swaraj". He said, "Indialives in villages". He started Sewagram Ashramon 30 April 1936.The Congress started "Individual CivilDisobedience" in October 1940 and the MahatmaGandhi.Meanwhile Gandhiji was again arrested and onMay 6, 1944, Mahatma Gandhi made earnestefforts for communal harmony with Jinnah. Butthe talks failed.In 1945, a Conference was held at Simla, underLord Wavell, the then Viceroy. Jinnah argued thatonly the League should nominate Muslims to theCouncil. The Congress refused to accept andSimla Conference broke down.In the elections to the Central and provincialLegislatures held in 1945-46, Congress won theGeneral seats. New Constituent Assembly startedto function from December 9, 1946. Dr. BabuRajendra Prasad was elected the chairman of theAssembly on January 1947.
  • 225. The British parliament passed the IndianIndependence Act based on the Mountbattenplan in July 18, 1947.All about Father of the Nation...For more papers visit and© THE RAMAN’S BOOKSOn January 30, 1948 while he was holding aprayer meeting at Birla House, Delhi, he wasshot dead by a Hindu fanatic, NathuramVinatak Godse. His last words were „Hai Ram,Ram, Ram‟.Gandhijis slogans were "Quit India", "Do orDie", "Bharat Charo".Gandhiji spent altogether 2338 days in prison inhis lifetime, Most of the time spent in YervadaJail In Poona.Gandhi also worked for eliminating untouchabilityand bring harmony between Hindus and Muslims.He set up a Harijan Sevak Sangh to uplift theHarijan.Gandhiji said, "Non violence is not one form, itis the only form of direct action".Rajghat is the name of the Gandhi Samadhi atDelhi.Kenneth Kaunda is known African Gandhi.Gandhiji Birthday (October 2) is observed asNational Day in USA.His political guru was Gopalakrishna Gokhale.His autobiography „The Story of My ExperimentsWith Truth‟ was first published in Gujarati.Leo Tolstoy was his favourite novelist. But thebook which greatly influenced Gandhiji was„Unto the Last‟ by John Ruskin. The essay „CivilDisobedience‟ by Henry Thoreau also influencedhim.The title Father of the Nation was given toGandhiji by Subhash Chandra Bose and in returnGandhiji called him Netaji.The title „Mahatma‟ was given to Gandhiji byTagore.Gandhiji once sarcastically (humorously) calledjail as "His Majesty‟s hostel"."Generations to come, it may scarce believe,that such a one as this ever in flesh andblood walked upon this earth" - Einstein aboutGandhiji."Truth and non-violence are my God" - Gandhiji."Untouchability is a crime against God andmankind" - Gandhiji."Swaraj for me means freedom for the meanest ofour countrymen" - Gandhiji."The light has gone out of our lives and there isdarkness everywhere", Nehru about the death ofGandhiji.For more papers visit and