KBC 13 contestant Samiksha couldn’t answer this Rs 12.5 lakh question. Can you?

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Amitabh Bachchan began the Thursday episode (September 2) with Samiksha Shrivastava. The 35-year-old contestant from Kota had won Rs 10,000 in the previous episode. Samiksha works as an Assistant Vice President in an MNC that makes Power Conductors for Transmission lines.


Samiksha took a lifeline for 40,000 and gave the correct answer with the help of the Audience Poll. She used her third lifeline, Flip The Question for the eighth question and won Rs 80,000. Samiksha used her last lifeline for the ninth question. She gave the correct answer with help of Ask The Expert and won Rs 1.6 lakh. With no lifelines in hand, Samiksha won Rs 6.4 lakh. However, she decided to quit the game after looking at the 12th question for Rs 12.5 lakh, as she was not sure about the answer.

Here’s the question that stumped Samiksha Shrivastava:

Who, among these, is India’s first woman mining engineer?

The four options were: Chandrani Prasad Verma, Mohana Singh, Rajeshwari Chatterjee and A Lalitha

The correct answer was: Chandrani Prasad Verma

Here are some of the questions faced by Samiksha:

Which of these nations is entirely north of the equator?

The four options were Indonesia, Papua Guinea, Sri Lanka and Argentina

The correct answer was: Sri Lanka

Which of these former chief ministers of Maharashtra studied aerospace engineering?

The four options were: Sushilkumar Shinde, Prithviraj Chavan, Abdul Rehman Antylay and Yashwantrao Chavan.

The correct answer was: Prithviraj Chavan

Who was the founder-president of the FICCI Ladies Organisation and also served as the chairperson of the Times Group from 1999 to 2021?

The four options were: Savitri Jindal, Priyamvada Birla, Meera Sanyal and Indu Jain

The correct answer was: Indu Jain

Dr S Radhakrishnan was the Indian ambassador to which country before becoming the vice president in 1952?

The four options were: USSR, USA, China and Japan

The correct answer was: USSR

Who, among these, is India’s first woman mining engineer?

Chandrani Prasad Verma, Mohana Singh, Rajeshwari Chatterjee and A Lalitha

The correct answer was: Chandrani Prasad Verma


Samiksha was followed by Aaysha on the hot seat. The 34-year-old is a primary school teacher from Bharatpur, Rajasthan. She used her first lifeline for the seventh question, which was related to Ranbir Kapoor and won Rs 20,000. Later, Aaysha revealed it took 17 years for her to get married to the love of her life, Dhiraj. She shared that they were of different religions, which caused the delay, as their families weren’t okay with their union.

Aaysha used her second lifeline, The Audience Poll, in the next question, and won Rs 40,000. She was not sure about the answer for the next one. Hence, opted for Flip The Question and won Rs 80,000. She used her last lifeline for the alternated question and gave the correct answer. Aaysha went on to win Rs 6.4 lakh and decided to quit the game after having a look at the question for Rs 12.5 lakh.

This is the 12.5 lakh question faced by Aaysha:

Who became the first cabinet minister of Industry and Supply of independent India?

The four options were: RR Diwakar, Syama Prasad Mookerjee, C Rajagopalchari, Harekrushna Mahtab

The correct answer was: Syama Prasad Mookerjee

Here are the questions answered by Aaysha:

In July, 2021, who became only the second Indian-born woman to fly to space?

The four options were: Shawna Pandya, Avani Chaturvedi, Sirisha Bandla and Mawya Sudan

The correct answer was: Sirisha Bandla

Which of these sobriquets does not refer to a city located in Rajasthan?

Blue City, Orange City, Golden City and Pink City

The correct answer was: Orange City

Who appoints the Chief Election Commissioner of India?

The four options were: President of India, Chief Justice of India, Lok Sabha Speaker, Prime Minister of India

The correct answer was: President of India

Where is the longest bone in the human body?

The four options were: Thigh, Lower Leg, Back and Hand

The correct answer was: Thigh

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Teachers’ Day 2020: All About Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, The Man Who Started This Day

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Teachers’ Day 2020: People across India celebrate Teachers’ Day on September 5. The day is dedicated to teachers, mentors, and gurus who guide us to be a better human being as well as make us a learned student. But did you know, why do we celebrate this day? It is the birth anniversary of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, an exemplary teacher and former President of India.Also Read - Oxford Says Testing Ivermectin as Possible Medicine For Treating Covid-19. What we Know

Dr Sarvepalli dedicated his life to education and the youth of the country. “Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if September 5 is observed as Teachers’ Day,” he had said, and henceforth, the tradition to celebrate Teachers’ Day started from 1962 and to honour him and the teachers across the country. Also Read - Delhi University to Reopen For Final Year Students With Full Staff Strength From Feb 1

On Teachers’ Day, celebrations are held in schools and colleges, thanking them for firming the academic grounds of children. Various educational institutions give teachers a day’s rest while students arrange various events for them. Usually, teachers are presented with cards and flowers on this day. Also Read - Sputnik V and AstraZeneca Collaboration Beneficial For India

Born on September 5, 1888, in a middle-class family in Tirutani, Sarvepalli was an incredible student who studied philosophy at Christian College in Madras. Born into a Telegu family, he held a stark record in academics ever since he was young. Radhakrishnan played into almost all fields of social sciences.

He was a passionate teacher and his teaching career spanned for many years. He taught at Chennai’s Presidency College and Calcutta University; then he became the Vice-Chancellor of Andhra Pradesh University, Delhi University as well as the Banaras Hindu University. In 1936, he was called by Oxford to teach the subject ‘Eastern Religions and Ethics’. He taught there for about 16 years.

In 1947, when India achieved its independence, Dr Sarvepalli represented India at UNESCO (1946–52) and was later declared Ambassador of India to the Soviet Union, from 1949 to 1952. He was also elected to the Constituent Assembly of India. He was awarded Bharat Ratna in 1952. In 1954, he received the German ‘Order pour le Merite for Arts and Science’ and in 1961, the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade.

In 1952, Dr Sarvepalli was appointed as the first Vice President of India. Then, in 1962, he was appointed as the President of free India. He is touted to be one of the most distinguished twentieth-century scholars of comparative religion and philosophy. He passed away on April 16, 1975, in Chennai.

We wish our readers a very happy teachers’ day!

Teachers Day 2020: List of Awards and Honours conferred to Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

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Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s birthday is celebrated as Teachers Day on 5 September in India. He was a prominent scholar and academician. He was one of India’s best and most influential twentieth-century scholars of comparative religion and philosophy. In 1936, he was named as Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics at the University of Oxford.

From 1918-21, he served as professor of philosophy at Mysore and from 1921-31 then 1937-42 at Calcutta universities. From 1931-36, he was vice-chancellor of Andhra University. From 1939-48, he was vice-chancellor of Benaras Hindu University in India and from 1953-1962, he was chancellor of the University of Delhi.

He also led the Indian delegation to the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and was also elected as the chairman of UNESCO’s executive board. He also served as Indian ambassador to the Soviet Union. When he returned to India in 1952, he was elected as Vice President and in 1962, he was elected as President and became the second President of Independent India succeeding Rajendra Prasad.

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan: 13 Interesting Facts about first Vice-President and second President of independent India

List of Awards and Honours conferred to Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

  1. In 1931, he was appointed as Knight Bachelor. He ceased to use the title “Sir” after India attained independence and preferred to continue his academic title “Doctor”.

  2. In 1938, he was elected Fellow of the British Academy.

  3. In 1954, he was awarded the country’s highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna.

  4. In 1954, he was awarded as German “Order pour le Merit for Arts and Science”.

  5. In 1962, he received the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade.

  6. In 1962, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s honour on his birthday that is on 5 September, Teachers Day in India is celebrated. He believed that “teachers should be the best minds in the country”.

  7. In 1963, he received the British Order of Merit.

  8. In 1968, he became the first person to receive the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship, the highest honour conferred by the Sahitya Akademi on a writer.

  9. In 1975, he received the Templeton Prize, a few months before his death. He received for advocating non-aggression and conveying “a universal reality of God that embraced love and wisdom for all people”. The entire amount of the prize was donated by him to Oxford University.

  10. In 1989, the institution of the Radhakrishnan Scholarships by Oxford University in the memory of Radhakrishnan. Later, the scholarships were renamed as the “Radhakrishnan Chevening Scholarships”.

When Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan became the second President of India the well-known philosopher Bert Russel of the world reacted “It is an honour for the philosophy of the world that the great Indian Republic elected Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan as President and I am particularly happy to be a philosopher. Plato said that philosophers should be kings and the great Indian Republic paid a true tribute to Plato by making a philosopher a president.”

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