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Marquee Collection#64 October 31, 2010

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Q. Identify the duo and how are they special as a couple.

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Ans.: Joachim and Violet Alva. They were the first couple to be elected to Parliament under adult franchise and are the in laws of Margaret Alva.

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AR Rahman to vroom Toyota Etios October 31, 2010

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Toyota Etios AR Rahman

Toyota Etios AR Rahman

Toyota has signed up two-time Oscar winner A R Rahman as its brand ambassador for its upcoming small car Etios, which will be launched in India in December’2010.

On his association with Toyota, Rahman said: “I believe real quality is created when skill meets dedication, when insight meets inspiration, when passion meets perfection. This is why I am happy to be associated with Toyota. The same values drive Toyota in whatever they do.”

Miss USA Alexandria Mills is Miss World 2010 October 31, 2010

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Miss world 2010

A young 18 years old Alexandria Mills Miss USA has been crowned Miss World 2010 at the 60th Miss World pageant was held on October 30, 2010, in Sanya, People’s Republic of China. The First runner up was Miss Emma Wareus of Botswana and Miss Adriana Vasini of Venezuela was placed third in the beauty pageant.

Saina Nehwal dials Airtel October 31, 2010

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Saina nehwal airtel brand ambassador

Saina nehwal airtel brand ambassador

After endorsing Deccan Chronicle, Herbalife and Adani Wilmar’s Fortune plus edible oil, the commonwealth badminton gold medal winner has signed up with India’s largest telecom company Airtel to be their brand ambassador.

Olympic tennis champion Elena Dementieva retires October 31, 2010

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Elena Dementieva

Elena Dementieva

Olympic champion Elena Dementieva unexpectedly announced her retirement after losing her last group match at the year-end WTA Tour Championships in Doha.

About her:

Elena Viatcheslavovna Dementieva is best known for winning the singles gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. She won 16 WTA singles titles and reached the finals of the 2004 French Open and 2004 US Open. She achieved a career high ranking of World No. 3 which was accomplished on April 6, 2009, at the time of her retirement she was World No.9.

India’s first BASE Jump October 31, 2010

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First Base Jump India

First Base Jump India

India witnessed its first BASE jumping when Army Signals officer Lt Col Satyendra Verma dived from the 475-ft Pitampura television tower creating a history.

BASE JUMPING:

It is an activity that employs an initially packed parachute to jump from fixed objects, as with paragliding. “B.A.S.E.” is an acronym that stands for four categories of fixed objects from which one can jump: buildings, antennae, spans (bridge), and earth (cliff).

Base Jumping

Base Jumping

The acronym “B.A.S.E.” was coined by film-maker Carl Boenish, his wife Jean Boenish, Phil Smith, and Phil Mayfield. Carl was the real catalyst behind modern BASE jumping, and in 1978 he filmed the first BASE jumps to be made using ram-air parachutes and the freefall tracking technique (from El Capitan, in Yosemite National Park). While BASE jumps had been made prior to that time, the El Capitan activity was the effective birth of what is now called BASE jumping. BASE jumping is significantly more dangerous than similar sports such as skydiving from aircraft, and is currently regarded by many as a fringe extreme sport or stunt.

KFC T20 Big Bash League emulating Indian Premier League October 31, 2010

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KFC T20 Bigh Bash league

KFC T20 Bigh Bash league

Cricket Australia announced plans to restructure the KFC T20 league which was started in 2005 by including privately owned-teams and instead of state teams the teams will be city teams and will therefore produce a more entertaining extravaganza. Cricket Australia confirmed that Private investors will be allowed to buy a 33% stake in the eight-city teams that are planned from the 2011-12 Big Bash season. Though the CA feels that it will not be able to match the IPL in terms of revenues, but will provide a wholesome entertainment to match IPL bonanza.

Movies Now :The Hollywood channel from Times Group October 31, 2010

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movies now-times tv network

movies now-times tv network

The latest movie channel to hit the block MOVIES NOW will give its viewers a whole new experience with pictures in 1080i and 5.1 surround sound. The viewers will get to watch the best of ‘Hollywood in High Definition’.

India’s costliest car Bugatti Veyron October 31, 2010

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Bugatti_veyron india

The Bugatti Veyron was officially launched in New Delhi, India, on 28 October 2010, despite the 110% import tax which raises its price tag to an astonishing $3.6 million (about 16 cr rupees), thus making it the most expensive car on sale in the country. Till now, Mercedes Maybach, which was sold at $1.3 million was the costliest car. The first Bugatti Veyron has been sold to a realtor based out of Mumbai.

Paul the predictor octopus is dead October 31, 2010

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Paul octopus

Paul octopus

The English–born Paul died of natural causes in his tank Tuesday at the aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany. He gained fame by predicting all seven of Germany’s World Cup wins and Spain’s victory over the Netherlands in the final. Paul made his predictions by opening the lid of one of two clear plastic boxes, each containing a mussel and bearing a team flag. His successor is also named as Paul, and was born in France.