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The News Minute | December 18, 2014 | 1.15 pm IST “Just Google it” – A synonym for finding answers on the internet, used extensively in conversation but is it really practiced in reality? On Wednesday, Google released a list of the most searched topics and people on their website. India’s top searches showed that adult-film star Sunny Leone beat Narendra Modi to the top post and the evergreen bachelor actor Salman Khan came in third place. It’s hardly any surprise that Sunny Leone topped the list as this is the third consecutive year that she has held the top spot. Needless to say, the findings say a lot about why Indians use Google. So instead of perhaps searching for Sunny Leone, here’s a list of people, initiatives or organizations could / should have looked up in the universe of information out there: Who is Kailash Satyarthi?Yes, everyone knows he was recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Satyarthi is a child rights activists fighting against child labour since the year 1980 also the year when he founded Bachpan Bachao Andolan. He was born in Vidisha where he studied at the Government Engineering College and gave up his career as an electrical engineer three decades ago to be involved in various child welfare organizations and programs. Today his organization ‘Bachpan Bachao Andolan’ is paving the way for the struggle against social issues like child trafficking and child labour in India. What’s the difference between Mars Orbiter Mission, MOM, and Mangalyaan? (Hint: Trick question) The spacecraft which is now orbiting Martian airspace was launched on 5 November 2013 from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh and entered Mars atmosphere on the 24th September 2014 almost a year later. Apart from being the cheapest spacecraft ever sent in space it is India’s first interplanetary mission making ISRO the fourth space agency to send a spacecraft to Mars after Soviet space program, NASA and European Space Agency. The prime purpose of this spacecraft is to showcase India’s capability of sending a spacecraft in to space to the world in terms design, planning and management. The secondary objective is to explore Mars’ surface, morphology, mineralogy and Martian atmosphere. What is Swach Bharat Abhiyan? Other than being a photo opportunity for a lot of celebrities and ministers it is probably one of the most meaningful initiatives launched by the newly elected government. Launched on October 2, 2014 the Swach Bharat Abhiyan is a national level campaign covering 4041 towns that need immediate attention in terms of cleanliness. The campaign is India's biggest ever cleanliness drive with participation from over 3 million government employees, schools and college students of India. What are SAARC countries? The 18th SAARC summit was recently concluded on November 27 where the eight nations signed an agreement on energy cooperation or known as SAARC Framework Agreement for Energy Cooperation. South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation or SAARC is a collection of eight countries specifically belonging to the South Asian region. The members include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The primary objective of this association is to promote quality life and economic growth in the South Asian region. The collective economies of the SAARC nations makes it’s the largest in terms of GDP after the United States and China. India is the most prominent member among the SAARC nations as it hosts larger area, population and military strength. India is also the only country in the association which has common land or maritime borders with all the countries belonging to SAARC.So instead of perhaps searching for Sunny Leone, here’s a list of people, initiatives or organizations we could / should have looked up in the universe of information out there: Tweet Also read: Who we "googled" in 2014 says a lot about who we are
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