The growth of the Indian cotton industry was spurred by the American Civil
War. Before the War, the mills of England imported only 20% of their cotton
from India. With the blockade of the Confederate ports, Indian cotton prices
rose. By 1865, when General Lee's army surrendered, the industry had earned
70 million pounds sterling in the cotton trade.
Premchand, a merchant in those days made significant profits from this cotton
boom which lasted till 1865. Due to his influence in the business arena, he was
known as the "Cotton King" or "Bullion King". He lost a lot of fortune in the
reclamation schemes and other such ventures. He subsequently earned a
portion of it back and turned to philanthropic ventures.
What is the extremely famous venture for which Premchand is known as the
National Film award winner Naman Jain, who won hearts with his acting
skills in popular Bollywood movies like Chillar Party, Jai Ho and
Raanjhanaa, is all set for his television debut as Ramkishan in Discovery
Jeet’s launch show ______ ______: Ek Sangharsh. The show also marks Ajay
Devgn’s foray into TV as a producer.
Speaking on his association with the show, Naman said, “It is an honor to
play ______ ______’s childhood in his biopic. The task was not easy as
______ ______ faced multiple challenges as a child and it was important for
me to understand the social tensions that prevailed in a small village. It
was also a challenge for me to adopt his style and portray the character.”
Who was Naman Jain portraying in the TV show ?
During X’s visit to Bangalore, it was claimed that the sect to which X
belongs shares a strong connection with Adichunchungiri
Balagangadharanatha Swami’s traditions and practices. Thus during the
visit X stayed at the Mutt’s centre at Kengeri which allowed X to follow
his/her daily routine as per traditions. The visit culminated with a public
gathering at the BGS grounds in Vijayanagar where X again underscored
the similarity in traditions by explaining that X’s mentor and
Balagangadharanatha were very close due to their training in similar
places of worship.
The following slide contains pictures of London’s crystal palace which
was inaugurated in 1854 and was destroyed by fire in 1936.
Which famous structure based in Bangalore is modeled after the crystal
The Gold Control act of 1968(now repealed) was an act which prohibited
Indians from possessing or controlling sale of gold or gold associated goods.
Licensed Goldsmiths were not allowed to own more than 2kg of gold.
In a peculiar case published by Indian Committee For Scientific Investigation Of
Claims Of The Paranormal, 1986, an accusation was carried out against a
certain X for manufacturing of gold jewelry without a license. Y listed 89 items
that X claimed to have “manufactured” from ‘68-’78 alone. X defended himself
claiming ________. The case was rejected as the method of jewelry
manufacturing that X followed was not recognized by the law. Following this, Y
appealed on the ground that _______ is not recognized by the law which also
was unfortunately rejected.
Sanjaya, the advisor of Dhritarashtra, narrated the Mahabharata to him.
During the course of realtime narration, he achieved a distinction only
one other has ever had. Inspite of this, Dhritarashtra did not attain any
What is this distinction?
Recited the Bhagvad Gita at the same time as Krishna
A character from the movie, Rangitaranga - Gautam, an author, writes
under the name ‘An.ash.ku’. In a scene from the movie, when asked
about reason for choosing that particular name. He says - “I recognize
myself just like how the Indian government recognizes every other
Anamadeya Ashok Kumar is the name given to dead people who’s
identity is not known
The shape of this growth is compared to that of a ‘pot’ which gives this
species its name. It is present only among the males and this makes
them the only visibly sexually dimorphic in its order.
Which is the animal being talked about ?
_____ Farsi is a secret language spoken by South-Asian _____
communities. The language is spoken by the _____ community
throughout Pakistan and North India. The language is based on
Hindustani and not Farsi, and is considered by native Hindi and Farsi
speakers to be highly “impure”. Even though the language is not actually
based on Farsi, the community considers the language to be related to
the language of the Mughal Empire, which they associate with the origin
of their identity. Though _____ Farsi is similar to Hindi, it is not intelligible
to Hindi speakers due to distinctive intonation and a large amount of
FITB or ID the community
A report by the Karnataka government stated this in its analysis of the
occurrence of a substance in a particular area:
X is formed in _____ due to sustained inflow of waste (rich in phosphates).
Decomposition of algae and macrophytes occurs releasing a variety of organic
compounds into it. These organic compounds act as surfactants that have a
hydrophilic end and hydrocarbon chain at the other end. Also, surface-active
agents in the waste include synthetic detergents, fats, oils, greases and bio
surfactants. These agents rise to the top and interact with molecules thus,
reducing the surface tension. When the surface tension decreases, air mixes
with the molecules and surfactants. All these aggregate together to form X. The
incendiary nature of X is due to the hydrocarbons and organic polymers
present in it.
On what specific occurrence was this report drafted ?
Vinod Kothari clicked one of the last photos of X when the latter was in
the twilight of his life due to complications from an enlarged prostate
gland. It was said that his creative nature was not diminished at that age
and X always maintained a calm demeanour smiling through all his pain.
(Bigger Pic on Next slide)
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) is a project of UNESCO
launched in 2004 to promote cooperation among cities which
recognized creativity as a major factor in their urban development.
Currently there are 180 cities from 72 countries in the network. The
Network recognizes 7 creative fields : Crafts and Folk Arts, Media Arts,
Film, Design, Gastronomy, Literature and Music.
Jaipur and Chennai are 2 of the 3 Indian Cities present in the Network.
Which is the third city?
Sadahalli (aka Sadarahalli) — a nondescript village near the
Kempegowda International Airport in Devanahalli, may soon disappear
according to the locals, thanks to continuous quarrying of grey granite
reserves. This is due to the fact that the government has leased out new
mining leases to various stakeholders. However the locals are happy that
the government has not opened the precious Koira rock nearby for
One local says, “Sadahalli granite is in great demand as it is widely used
in flooring. But Koira rock near Koira village is more precious as it is used
to make idols and structures. Currently, only one block has been leased
out to make the statue of Vishwakarma.”
Where is the rock from Koira is most famously seen ?
The value of this saw a 4.7 percent jump in its valuation in December
2016, a little over a month after a “disruptive” event occurred in the
country. Its founder sold 1 percent stake in the parent company, for
about Rs 325 crore then, which translates to an enterprise valuation of
Rs 32,500 crore. The company also saw its turnover increase drastically
to 120 crore per day from a few crores earlier.
Which was the company and what was the “disruptive” event ?
Disruptive Event: Demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes
_______ is actually a traditional Bhil tribe folk dance, originally performed for
worshipping goddess Saraswati. Originating in Marwar, it is traditionally performed
during auspicious occasions, including the onset of rains, Diwali, Holi and on a bride's
arrival at her marital home.
Interestingly, ________ is not only an act of singing and dancing but this folk dance is
also a symbol of womanhood--a rite of passage in which young girls participate,
declaring that they are entering womanhood. Traditionally performed by women in
general, their ghagharas along with colourful chunaris and heavy embroidery or mirror
work on the blouses, add the vibrant touch to the performance.
The skirts are wide enough for easy twirling, flowing and allowing easy pirouettes.
Women cover their heads with a veil, which is adorned with spectacular mirror and
X and Y both worked at _________, an American multinational technology
corporation, in the late 2000’s. X had applied for a greencard to the US in
the 1990’s and succeeded in getting one a few months later. However
since he could not bring his newly wedded bride to the US due to the
greencard rules existing at the time, he chose to continue working at
_________ through H1B, which allowed spouses to be employed in the US.
X went on to become the CEO of _________.
Y on the other hand was denied a greencard before his H1B tenure
ended. He chose not to renew the visa and returned to India to start the
initially successful but now troubled ecommerce firm Z.
ID X (0.5 points),Y & Z (0.25 each)
______ tower is a landmark monument in the city of Guntur in Andhra
Pradesh. This was built on Mahatma Gandhi Road and this monument
was established as a symbol of peace and harmony. The tower was
erected on six pillars which open to a dome. About its origins, one story
is that a representative of ______, visited Guntur in the pre-Independence
era. Khan was felicitated by Lal Jan Basha, the grandfather of the present
Telugu Desam Party Rajya Sabha member, S. M. Laljan Basha and he got
a tower built in ______’s honour.
Who is this monument named after?
X, then a struggling bollywood actor, met Y, then a clapper boy on the
sets of Sarhad Lootera (1965). The pair immediately hit it off. Over the
next few years, X decided make the transition from acting to writing, and
convinced Y, who was then working as an assistant to Kaifi Azmi, to join
him. The duo formed a script-writing team where X formed the stories
and plots and Y wrote the dialogue and screenplay.
The duo are often credited with introducing a graver, a more aggressive
hue into Bollywood cinema as well as establishing Amitabh Bachchan’s
‘Angry Young Man’ image.
X-Y produced hits such as Zanjeer, Sholay, Seeta Aur Geeta and Mr India
ID the duo.
“People ask me what is this ______? And if I am left or right? That is why I
kept the name ‘______’, which means centre. Six hands in my party
symbol represent six states, star in the middle represents people.”
Who’s words ?
Yelan was born in Tianjin, and is a grand-daughter of a Gandhian named
Tseng. Yelan first came to India in 1977 with her grandfather to visit the
Sevagram ashram, where she translated Gandhi's autobiography and
other works into Chinese language.
She married Kranti, who hailed from a family of freedom fighters and
leftists from Peddapuliveru in Andhra Pradesh's Guntur district.
Their child went on to win the bronze medal in the World
Championships as well gold in the Commonwealth Games.
Who is this decorated sportsperson ?
When this Indian company used this tune in their ads, there was much
debate as to whether the company was violating any Intellectual
Property rights in doing so. However the tune was composed in 1773
whereas the music was used for the ad only in the 2000’s when the IP
rights over the tune had lapsed.
ID the company being talked about
In the following video, the structure shown is the X fort in Rajasthan
which is nicknamed as the “_____ ____ __ _____” for its sheer size and
similarity to a famous structure in the East.
ID X and FITB
X studied at Don Bosco School in Egmore, Chennai. He went on to study
business management at the University of Texas at Austin and law at the
University of Cambridge. After his graduation, he returned to Tamil Nadu
where a political upheaval had taken place when his father had broken
away from the Congress and formed his own political party. X became a
member of this political party and served as his father's election
Indian long jump champion Anju Bobby George has complained to the
Sports Ministry about the misuse of athletes' training grounds. She says
that due to the growing popularity and size of X in India, athletes do not
have round the clock access to the best grounds in the country. They are
now forced to practice in places with mediocre facilities instead.
Why are the athletes complaining about this non-availability of grounds
for training ?
The stadiums are used by ISL for football matches
This Google Doodle was released on 21st March 2018 in the memory of
which famous musician ?
The Great Indian Novel is a satirical novel by Shashi Tharoor. It is a
fictional work that takes the story of the Mahabharata and recasts and
resets it in the context of the Indian Independence Movement and the
first three decades post-independence. Figures from Indian history are
transformed into characters from mythology, and the mythical story of
India is retold as a history of Indian independence and subsequent
history, up through the 1980s.
If the characters named after and based on Yudhishthira, Bhima, Arjuna,
Nakula and Sahadeva represent the Judiciary, Army, News Media, Civil
Service and Foreign Service of India respectively, what does the
character based on Draupadi, named Draupadi Mokrasi represent?