Permanent Account Number

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers (FAQs)

1. What Is PAN?

Permanent Account Number (PAN) is a ten-digit alphanumeric number, issued in the form of a laminated card, by the Income Tax Department.

A typical PAN is AABPS1205E.                                         {Section 139A(7) Expln (b) and (c)}

2. Why Is It Necessary To Have PAN?

It is mandatory to quote PAN on return of income, all correspondence with any income tax authority. From 1 January 2005 it will be mandatory to quote PAN on challans for any payments due to Income Tax Department.                                                                       {Section 139A (5) (a) and (b)}

It is also compulsory to quote PAN in all documents pertaining to financial transactions notified from time-to-time by the Central Board of Direct Taxes. Some such transactions are sale and purchase of immovable property or motor vehicle or payments in cash, of amounts exceeding Rs. 25,000/-to hotels and restaurants or in connection with travel to any foreign country. It is also mandatory to mention PAN for obtaining a telephone or cellular telephone connection. Likewise, PAN has to be mentioned for making a time deposit exceeding Rs. 50,000/- with a Bank or Post Office or depositing cash of Rs. 50,000/- or more in a Bank.
                                                                                           {Section 139A (5) (c) read with Rule 114B}

3. How does Income Tax Department ensure that PAN is quoted on transactions mentioned above?

It is statutory responsibility of a person receiving document relating to economic or financial transactions notified by the CBDT to ensure that PAN has been duly quoted in the document.    {Section139A (6)}

4. Is it compulsory to quote PAN on return of income?

Yes, it is compulsory to quote PAN on return of income.

5. How will these authorities verify PAN?

A facility for verifying PAN is available on the website of the Income Tax department.

6. Who must have a PAN?

i. All existing assesses or taxpayers or persons who are required to furnish a return of income, even on behalf of others, must obtain PAN.                                                                           {Section 139A (1) and (1A)}

ii. Any person, who intends to enter into financial transaction where quoting PAN is mandatory, must also obtain PAN.                                                                           { Section 139A (5) (c) read with Rule 114B}

iii. The Assessing Officer may allot PAN to any person either on his own or on a specific request from such person.                                                                                                          {Section 139A (2) and (3)}

7. Can a person obtain or use more than one PAN?

Obtaining or possessing more than one PAN is against the law.                                   {Section 139A (7)}

8. Where to apply for PAN?

In order to improve PAN related services, the Income Tax department has authorized UTI Investor Services Ltd (UTIISL) to set up and manage IT PAN Service Centers in all cities or towns where there is an Income Tax office and National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL) to dispense PAN services from TIN Facilitation Centers. For convenience of PAN applicants in big cities, UTIISL has set up more than one IT PAN Service Center and likewise there are more than one TIN Facilitation Centers.

9. How to apply for a PAN? Can an application for PAN be made on plain paper?

PAN application should be made only on Form 49A. A PAN application (Form 49A) can be downloaded from the website of Income Tax department or UTIISL or NSDL (, or or printed by local printers or photocopied (on A4 size 70 GSM paper) or obtained from any other source. The form is also available at IT PAN Service centers and TIN Facilitation centers.

10. Can an application for PAN be made in Form 49A obtained from anywhere?

Yes, PAN application may be made on Form 49A obtained from any source other than IT PAN Service Centers or TIN Facilitation Centers. For instance, a PAN application may be made on form downloaded from the website of Income Tax department or UTIISL or NSDL; or on form printed by local printers or a photocopy of downloaded or printed form.

11. Can an application for PAN be made through Internet?

Yes, application for fresh allotment of PAN can be made through Internet. Further, requests for changes or correction in PAN data or request for new PAN card (for an existing PAN) may also be made through Internet. For more details visit (

12. How do I get a PAN allotted quickly (TATKAL)?

If an application for allotment of PAN is submitted through Internet and payment made through a 'nominated' credit card, the PAN is allotted on priority and communicated through email.

13. How to find an IT PAN Service Center or TIN Facilitation Center?

Location of IT PAN Service Centers or TIN Facilitation Centers in any city may be obtained from local Income Tax Office or any office of UTI/UTIISL or NSDL in that city or from websites of the Income Tax department ( or UTIISL( or NSDL (

14. What services are provided by these IT PAN Service Centers or TIN Facilitation Centers?

IT PAN Service Centers or TIN Facilitation Centers will supply PAN application forms (Form 49A) and forms for 'Request For New PAN Card Or/ And Changes In PAN Data', assist the applicant in filling up the form, collect filled form and issue acknowledgement slip. After obtaining PAN from the Income Tax department, UTIISL or NSDL as the case may be, will print the PAN card and deliver it to the applicant.

15. What if I submit incomplete Form 49A?

IT PAN Service Centers or TIN Facilitation Centers shall not receive any incomplete and deficient PAN application. However, these centers will assist applicants to correctly fill up form 49A or 'Request For New PAN Card Or/ And Changes In PAN Data', as the case may be.

16. What documents and information have to be submitted along with the application for Form 49A?

a. Individual applicants will have to affix one recent, coloured photograph (Stamp Size: 3.5 cms x 2.5 cms) on Form 49A;

b. Any one document listed in Rule 114 must be supplied as proof of 'Identity' and 'Address'; and

c. Designation and code of the concerned Assessing Officer of Income Tax department will have to be mentioned in Form 49A.

17. Which documents will serve as proof of 'Identity' in case of Individual applicants, including minors and HUF applicants?

Copy of school leaving certificate or matriculation certificate or degree of a recognized educational institution or depository account or credit card or bank account or water bill or ration card or property tax assessment order or passport or voter identity card or driving license or certificate of identity signed by a MP or an MLA or a Municipal Councilor or a Gazetted Officer;

In case the PAN applicant is a minor, any of above documents of any of the parents or guardian of such minor shall serve as proof of Identity;

In case PAN application is made on behalf of a HUF, any of above documents in respect of Karta of the HUF will serve as proof of Identity.

18. What is proof of 'Address' for Individual applicants, including minors and HUF applicants?

Copy of electricity bill or telephone bill or depository account or credit card or bank account or ration card or employer certificate or passport or voter identity card or property tax assessment order or driving license or rent receipt or certificate of address signed by a MP/ MLA/Municipal Councilor / a Gazetted Officer;

In case the PAN applicant is a minor, any of above documents of any of the parents or guardian of such minor shall serve as proof of Address;

In case PAN application is made on behalf of a HUF, any of above documents in respect of Karta of the HUF will serve as proof of Address.

19. What documents will serve as proof of Identity and Address for other applicants?

Copy of Certificate of Registration issued by the Registrar of Companies or Copy of Certificate of Registration issued by the Registrar of Firms or Copy of Partnership Deed or Copy of Trust deed or Copy of Certificate of Registration Number issued by Charity Commissioner or Copy of Agreement or Copy of Certificate of Registration Number issued by Charity Commissioner or Registrar of Co-operative Society or any other Competent Authority or any other document originating from any Central or State Government Department establishing Identity and Address of such person.

20. How to find 'Assessing Officer code'?

Assessing Officer code may be obtained from Income Tax Office where you submit your return of income. Applicants who have never filed return of income may find out Assessing Officer code with the help of IT PAN Service Center or TIN Facilitation Center or jurisdictional Income Tax Office.

21. Is a photograph compulsory for making an application for PAN?

A photograph is compulsory only in case of 'Individual' applicants.

22. What is the procedure for applicants who cannot sign?

In such cases, Left Hand Thumb impression of the applicant should be affixed on Form 49A or 'Request For New PAN Card Or/ And Changes In PAN Data' at the place meant for signatures and got attested by a Magistrate or a Notary Public or a Gazetted Officer, under official seal and stamp.

23. Is father's name compulsory for female (including married/divorced/widow) applicants?

Only father's name is required to be filled in the PAN application (Form 49A). Female applicants, irrespective of marital status, should write only father's name in the PAN application

24. Is it compulsory to mention telephone numbers on Form 49A?

Telephone number is not compulsory, but if provided it may help in faster communication.

25. Who can apply on behalf of non-resident, minor, lunatic, idiot, and court of wards?

Section 160 of IT Act, 1961 provides that a non-resident, a minor, lunatic, idiot, and court of wards and such other persons may be represented through a Representative Assessee. In such cases, application for PAN will be made by the Representative Assessee.

26. I had applied to the department but I do not know my PAN?

Please contact the Aaykar Sampark Kendra (ASK) at 0124-2438000 (or 95124-2438000 from NCR) or visit the and go to 'know your PAN'.

27. Are there any charges to be paid at IT PAN Service Centers or TIN Facilitation Centers?

UTIISL and NSDL have been authorized to collect Rs.85 + Service Tax as applicable, per PAN application and this includes cost of a tamper proof PAN card. This amount will have to be paid in cash at IT PAN Service Center or the TIN Facilitation Center.

28. Do you need to apply for a PAN when you move or transfer from one city to another?

Permanent Account Number (PAN), as the name suggests, is a permanent number and does not change during lifetime of PAN holder. Changing the address or city, though, may change the Assessing Officer. Such changes must, therefore, be intimated to nearest IT PAN Service Center or TIN Facilitation Center for required correction in PAN databases of the Income Tax department. These requests will have to be made in a form for 'Request For New PAN Card Or/ And Changes In PAN Data'

29. I had applied to UTITSL/ NSDL a month ago but I have not received my PAN card and I have to file my return of income.

Please contact Aaykar Sampark Kendra (0124-2438000 or 95124-2438000 from NCR) or or send an email to

30. Will the existing PAN cards issued by the Department remain valid?

All PAN allotted and PAN card issued by the Department will remain valid. All persons who have been allotted a PAN need not apply again.

31. Income Tax Department has issued me a PAN card; can I obtain a new tamper proof PAN card?

For obtaining the tamper proof PAN card an application will have to be made in the form for 'Request For New PAN Card Or/ And Changes In PAN Data' to IT PAN Service Center or TIN Facilitation Center, in which existing PAN will have to be indicated and old PAN card surrendered. The payment of Rs.60 + Service Tax as applicable, will also have to be made.

32. I had applied for PAN and received PAN number but have not received the PAN Card?

Apply in the form for 'Request For New PAN Card Or/ And Changes In PAN Data' at any IT PAN Service Center or TIN Facilitation Center quoting the PAN allotted to you.

33. How will the new PAN card be delivered to me?

The UTIISL or NSDL, as the case may be, will ensure delivery of new PAN card at the address indicated by you in the PAN application form or form for 'Request For New PAN Card Or/ And Changes In PAN Data'

34. I want to pay taxes today but I do not have a PAN?

It takes about 15 days to get a new PAN allotted. However, PAN can be obtained in around 5 days if application is made through Internet and processing fee paid through credit card. It is advisable to initiate action for obtaining PAN will in time.

35. Who should be contacted for inquiries regarding PAN applications?

All such inquiries should be addressed to:


The Vice President

IT PAN Processing Centre,

UTI Investor Services Ltd

Plot No. 3, Sector - 11

CBD_ Belapur

Navi Mumbai-400 614


Tel No. 022-27561690

Fax No. 022-27561706 For NSDL

The Vice President

Income Tax PAN Services Unit, NSDL

4th Floor, Trade World, A Wing

Kamala Mills Compound,

S. B. Marg, Lower Parel,

Mumbai-400 013


Tel No. 022-2499 4650

Fax No. 022-2495 0664

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Bhopal Gas Tragedy

The Bhopal disaster or Bhopal Gas Tragedy is the world's worst ever industrial catastrophe and occurred on the night of December 2-3, 1984 at the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) pesticide plant in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India. At that time, UCIL was the Indian subsidiary of the U.S. company Union Carbide Corporation (UCC), which is now a subsidiary of Dow Chemical Company. Around midnight on December 2–3, 1984, there was a leak of methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas and other toxins from the plant, resulting in the exposure of over 500,000 people. Estimates vary on the death toll. The official immediate death toll was 2,259 and the government of Madhya Pradesh has confirmed a total of 3,787 deaths related to the gas release. Other government agencies estimate 15,000 deaths. Others estimate that 8,000 died within the first weeks and that another 8,000 have since died from gas-related diseases.

Some 25 years after the gas leak, 390 tons of toxic chemicals abandoned at the UCIL plant continue to leak and pollute the groundwater in the region and affect thousands of Bhopal residents who depend on it, though there is some dispute as to whether the chemicals still stored at the site pose any continuing health hazard.

Over two decades since the tragedy, certain civil and criminal cases remain pending in the United States District Court, Manhattan and the District Court of Bhopal, India, against Union Carbide, (now owned by Dow Chemical Company), with an Indian arrest warrant also pending against Warren Anderson, CEO of Union Carbide at the time of the disaster. Greenpeace asserts that as the Union Carbide CEO, Anderson knew about a 1982 safety audit of the Bhopal plant, which identified 30 major hazards and that they were not fixed in Bhopal but were fixed at the company's identical plant in the US. In June 2010, seven ex-employees, including the former chairman of UCIL, were convicted in Bhopal of causing death by negligence and sentenced to two years imprisonment and a fine of about $2,000 each, the maximum punishment allowed by law. An eighth former employee was also convicted but had died before judgment was passed.

Saina Nehwal

Saina Nehwal (born March 17, 1990) is an Indian badminton player. Currently ranked number 6 in the world by Badminton World Federation, Saina is the first Indian woman to reach the singles quarterfinals at the Olympics and the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championships. Saina Nehwal scripted history on June 21, 2009, becoming the first Indian to win a Super Series tournament after clinching the Indonesia Open with a stunning victory over higher-ranked Chinese Lin Wang in Jakarta. Saina wins Singapore Super series title on June 20, 2010 Her highest career ranking is 5.
She is first Indian woman to win the Indonesian Open Super Series.
Previously coached by S. M. Arif, a Dronacharya Award winner, Saina is the reigning Indian national junior champion and is currently coached by Indonesian badminton legend Atik Jauhari since August 2008.
Her professional career is managed by GloboSport.
Saina was born in Hisar, Haryana, India and spent her complete life in city of Hyderabad. Her foray into the world of badminton was influenced by her father Dr. Harvir Singh, a scientist at the Directorate of Oilseeds Research, Hyderabad and her mother Usha Nehwal, both of whom were former badminton champions in Haryana.

ContentsSee Also:

1 Childhood and early training
2 Career summary
3 Career Record - Best Results
4 2008 Summer Olympics
5 2010 Updates (Her Path Breaking Year)
6 2011 updates
7 Record Against Top ranked Chinese Opponents
8 Record Against other top rated Opponents
9 Miscellaneous
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Sachin tendulkar
Viswanathan anand
MK Gandhi
Anna Hazare
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Father's Day

Father's Day is a day honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. It is celebrated on the third Sunday of June in 55 countries and on other days elsewhere. It complements Mother's Day, the celebration honoring mothers. It is a widely known celebration.


Father's Day is a celebration inaugurated in the early twentieth century to complement Mother's Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting. It is also celebrated to honor and commemorate our forefathers. Father's Day is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide and typically involves gift-giving, special dinners to fathers, and family-oriented activities. The first observance of Father's Day is believed to have been held on June 19, 1910 through the efforts of Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington


The Associated Men's Wear Retailers formed a National Father's Day Committee in New York City in the 1930s, which was renamed in 1938 to National Council for the Promotion of Father's Day and incorporated several other trade groups.[6] This council had the goals of legitimizing the holiday in the mind of the people and managing the holiday as a commercial event in a more systematic way, in order to boost the sales during the holiday.[6] This council always had the support of Dodd, who had no problem with the commercialization of the holiday and endorsed several promotions to increase the amount of gifts.[7] In this aspect she can be considered the opposite of Anna Jarvis, who actively opposed all commercialization of Mother's Day.[7]

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How to Apply for a Passport

1. Get the Passport Application Form: One can apply for Passport through Online Registration, (after doing online registration, get print outs of the application form) click here for details for Online Registration. Apart from this applicant can submit directly in the respective passport office/ DPCs/Speed post centers, get the relevant application form from here.

2. How to fill the Form: The Passport Application Form is Machine Readable. Please follow the instructions as follows:

• Use capital letters only. Particulars given in the form will be printed in the passport. Therefore, please be careful in filling up the form and avoid any mistakes.

• Use black/blue ball pen only

• Do not fill the form with pencils or ink-pen.

• While filling up the boxes, kindly leave one box blank after each completed word.

• Write clearly within the box without touching the boundaries.

• Adjust the information to fit within the number of given boxes.

• Do not write anything outside the box. Avoid over-writing

• Incomplete application will not be accepted.

Columnwise Guidelines for filling the application form can be had from here.

Note: All original documents are to be shown at the time of submission of the passport application form. With the Original Passport Application Form, self-attested copies of all required documents need to be attached. Illiterate applicants should put only thumb impression in the box meant for thumb impression/signature. In case an applicant has stayed at more than one address during the last one year, he/she should furnish two additional photocopies of the PP form for each additional place of stay.

3. Where to Apply : For Online Registration, the applicant has to submit the print outs of the application form along with required documents to the respective passport office in the appointment date and time printed. Apart from this Passport Applications can be submitted at

1. The counter of the Passport office

2. The Speed Post centers

3. District Passport Cells

4. Passport Collection Centers

An application for a passport may be submitted personally OR through a representative carrying an authority letter

4. Urgent Passport: Refer Tatkaal Scheme in case if applicant needs the passport urgently.

5. Fee Structure: Refer Fee Structure for the fees to be submitted.

6. Check List: Refer Check List for the required documents to be submitted along with the application form.

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Blood banks at bangalore

Rotary TTK Blood Bank

Hal 2nd Stage, Near Post Office,
New Thippasandra, Bangalore – 560075
080 - 25271356

Balaji Blood Bank

No.14/1, Mesa Complex, 1st Floor,
Old Tollgate Bus Stop, Magadi Road,
Bangalore, Karnataka – 560023
080 – 23103524

Raktadan Dot Org

No.84, Ranoiji Road, Basavanagudi,
Bangalore, Karnataka - 560004
080 - 26620404, 65972200


No.551, 5th cross, 7th main,
HAL 2nd stage,
Indranagar, Karnataka 560038.

Rotary emergency oxygen service

Vittal mallya Road, Bangalore-56001

Jayanagar voluntary blood bank

No 1897/1, South end c road, Gular tower,
Near ragigudda temple,Jayanagar 9th block,
Bangalore - 560069.
9342171911, 9844001095.

Rotary emergency oxygen service

No 94,3rd main, dollars colony,
Indranagar, Bangalore – 560038.
080-25297991, 25297992,

Sindhi banker’s seva samiti

No 10/7, Kumara krupa road,
Bangalore - 560001.
080 – 23637543, 23637544.

Navarang blood bank

No 2953, 1st Floor, MKK Road,
Near Navaranga Circle, Rajajinagar,
Bangalore – 560010.
080-23521233, 23470867,

National Blood Bank

Fair Field Road,
Bangalore – 560001.
080 – 25301384.

Blood donation is safe

World Blood Donor Day is celebrated every year on June 14 to show appreciation for the people who have donated blood and helped save peoples’ lives. On this occasion we tell you all that you should know before you decide to donate and accept blood

Any special instructions I could follow before I donate whole blood?

Before you leave for blood donation you should eat a good meal that consists of iron-rich foods – like red meat, green leafy vegetables, oats etc. also you should consume plenty of fluids one to two hours before donating blood.

Will donating hurt?

You will go through very little discomfort while donating blood. The sensation is simliar to pinching your skin.

Will I feel dizzy after blood donation?

Most probably you will not. Those helping you with the donation take precautions before, during, and after the donation to ensure that you are safe. They will monitor your condition through the entire donation process for any signs of dizziness or giddiness. All donors are also asked to remain seated after the donation to rest and have some biscuits before they leave.

Should I eat before donating blood?

You should have a healthy preferably low fat meal within two to three hours of donating blood. You should also have refreshments after you have donated blood

How long does it take my body to replace the blood I donated?

The body immediately works on restoring the lost blood. The fluid that was stored in the tissues returns to the blood stream. Red blood cell production speeds up. A donor's blood volume is more or less restored within a few hours after donation. Red blood cells replace themselves more slowly.

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Category:  Indian Cinema
Instituted: 1969
First Awarded: 1969
Total Awarded: 42
Awarded by: Govt. of India
Description: Lifetime Achievement award
First Awardee: Devika Rani 1969
                             The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is an annual award given by the Indian government for lifetime contribution to Indian cinema. It was instituted in 1969, the birth centenary year of Dadasaheb Phalke, considered the father of Indian cinema.
                             The award for a particular year is given during the end of the following year along with the National Film Awards. The Bombay High Court had directed the Directorate of Film Festivals of India (DFFI) to consider uncensored films for the competition, a case which DFFI contested and won in the Supreme Court in late 2006. The case had delayed announcement of the award for 2006, which was announced in the middle of 2008. The 2007 award which had to be announced at the end of 2008 was announced in September 2009. The 2008 award was announced on 19 January, 2010.

Awards     Year     Winner                  Occupation               State                
17th          1969      Devika Rani            actress                       Andhra Pradesh
18             1970      B. N. Sircar            producer                    West Bengal
19             1971      Prithviraj Kapoor    actor (posthumous)     Punjab
20             1972      Pankaj Mullick        composer                 West Bengal
21             1973      Ruby Myers            actress                       Maharashtra
22             1974      Bomireddi               director                  Andhra Pradesh
                               Narasimha Reddy
23             1975      Dhirendranath         actor, director             West Bengal
24             1976      Kanan Devi            actress                        West Bengal
25             1977      Nitin Bose              cinematographer          West Bengal
                                                             director, writer,
26              1978     Rai Chand Boral     composer, director      West Bengal
27              1979     Sohrab Modi     actor, director, producer   Maharashtra
28              1980     Paidi Jairaj              actor, director           Andhra Pradesh
29              1981     Naushad Ali        composer(music director) Uttar Pradesh
30              1982     L. V. Prasad       actor, director, producer   Andhra Pradesh
31              1983     Durga Khote           actress                          Maharashtra
32              1984     Satyajit Ray             director                        West Bengal
33              1985     V. Shantaram       actor, director, producer  Maharashtra
34              1986     B. Nagi Reddy         producer                    Andhra Pradesh
35              1987     Raj Kapoor              actor, director              Maharashtra
36              1988     Ashok Kumar           actor                            Bihar
37              1989     Lata Mangeshkar      singer                           Maharashtra
38              1990     Akkineni                   actor                        Andhra Pradesh
                               Nageswara Rao
39              1991     Bhalji Pendharkar director, producer, writer Maharashtra
40              1992     Bhupen Hazarika  composer(music director)  Assam
41              1993     Majrooh Sultanpuri    lyricist                         Uttar Pradesh
42              1994     Dilip Kumar               actor                           Maharashtra
43              1995     Rajkumar                   actor                           Karnataka
44              1996     Sivaji Ganesan            actor                           Tamil Nadu
45              1997     Pradeep                     lyricist                      Madhya Pradesh
46              1998     B.R. Chopra              director, producer        Punjab
47              1999     Hrishikesh Mukherjee director                       West Bengal
48              2000     Asha Bhosle               singer                          Maharashtra
49              2001     Yash Chopra              director, producer       Punjab
50              2002     Dev Anand             actor,director,producer   Punjab
51              2003     Mrinal Sen                  director                      West Bengal
52              2004     Adoor Gopalakrishnan   director                   Kerala
53              2005     Shyam Benegal           director                  Andhra Pradesh
54              2006     Tapan Sinha                director                      West Bengal
55              2007     Manna Dey                 singer                         West Bengal
56              2008     VK Murthy                 cinematographer         Karnataka
57              2009     D.Ramanaidu               Producer             Andhra Pradesh   
58              2010     K. Balachander            Director
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World Cup Football Winners List

Year                 Host              Country                  Winner          Score          V/s

1930              Uruguay           Uruguay                 Uruguay           4-2        Argentina

1934                Italy                  Italy                       Italy              2-1     Czechoslovakia

1938              France                Italy                       Italy               4-2         Hungary

1942                                                     not held

1946                                                     not held

1950               Brazil              Uruguay                   Uruguay         2-1         Brazil

1954             Switzerland       Germany                  Germany         3-2       Hungary

1958                Sweden           Brazil                        Brazil           5-2         Sweden

1962                  Chile             Brazil                        Brazil           3-1     Czechoslovakia

1966                 England          England                     England       4-2         Germany

1970                  Mexico          Brazil                         Brazil          4-1         Italy

1974                Germany        Germany                   Germany       2-1       Holland

1978                Argentina        Argentina                  Argentina       3-1       Holland

1982                Spain                 Italy                         Italy           3-1       Germany

1986               Mexico             Argentina                 Argentina       3-2       Germany

1990                 Italy               Germany                 Germany        1-0       Argentina

1994                  US                  Brazil                      Brazil           3-2         Italy

1998              France                 France                     France         3-0        Brazil

2002           Japan / S. Korea      Brazil                      Brazil          2-0       Germany

2006              Germany              Italy                         Italy          1-1 (5-3)  France

2010 South Africa

Nadal regains French Open crown and No.1 spot

Rafael Nadal recaptured the French Open crown on Sunday, gaining revenge over Robin Soderling with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 win and, in so doing, he also retook the world number one spot from Roger Federer.

Nadal was simply too powerful on clay for the Swede who 12 months ago ended the Spaniard's 31-match, four titles win streak in Paris in stunning fashion with a four sets, fourth round triumph.

The win, Nadal's fifth here since 2005, put him second on the all-time list of French Open winners, one behind Bjorn Borg whose last title here came in 1981. He is now 38-1 in matches played at Roland Garros.

It was also the second time he had won the French Open title without dropping a set, having first achieved that feat in 2008.

For Soderling it was another cruel finish to the tournament having defeated top seed and title-holder Roger Federer in the quarter-finals. Last year he beat top seed and title-holder Nadal, but lost to Federer in the final.

With a morning storm having chased away the sweltering temperatures that marked Saturday's women's final, cool, overcast conditions greeted the two men as they stepped out onto the Philippe Chatrier centre court.

Fifth seed Soderling opened confidently with three big serves at around 220 kilometres an hour and it was the Swede who procured the first break point of the match in the third game.

He failed to convert that though, hitting a backhand long and was made to pay the price in the following game.

Soderling was in control of the rally with a second break point against him, but he mistakenly left alone a Nadal crosscourt backhand, thinking it was going out. Instead it dipped at the last second and landed just inside the baseline.

The Swede was going for broke with his sledgehammer forehand, while Nadal was content to soak up the pressure and destablize his opponent with his high-bouncing, top spin shots down both flanks.

Soderling saved a further break point to close to 3-4 before Nadal also needed to save one in the following game as he stretched his lead to 5-3.

The fifth seed saved three set points from 0-40 down in the following game, but Nadal wrapped up the set in 55 minutes on serve in the following game.

With dark clouds gathering over Roland Garros, Soderling had a total of four break points for a 2-0 lead early in the second set but, despite having Nadal on the ropes on three of those occasions, he failed to take his chances.

Once again the man from Mallorca made him pay a heavy price as he broke the Swede's serve to love in the fifth game to lead 3-2.

The match was starting to slip away from Soderling and his confidence took another blow when Nadal broke again two games later to lead 5-2. He comfortably served out for a two sets to nil lead.

A relentless front-runner, Nadal scented victory and he moved in for the kill by capturing Soderling's serve to open the third set.

Soderling's last glimpse of a chance came when he had break point in the following game, but a big Nadal first serve slammed shut the door.

The Spaniard simply needed to hold serve four times to win the tournament and that he did comfortably before falling onto his back in triumph.

At 24, Nadal had won his seventh Grand Slam title joining the likes of John McEnroe, Mats Wilander and 1920s French legend Rene Lacoste.


Schiavone clinches historic French Open triumph

Francesca Schiavone became the first Italian woman to win a Grand Slam singles title on Saturday after defeating Australian favourite Samantha Stosur 6-4, 7-6 (7/2) in the French Open final.

Victory made the 29-year-old the second oldest first-time Grand Slam women's champion.

It also shattered Stosur's aim of ending Australia's 30-year wait for a women's champion at one of the four majors, a streak stretching back to Evonne Goolagong's 1980 Wimbledon win.

Schiavone, who had lost to Stosur in the first round here last year, got her tactics spot on, trumping the seventh seed's power game with clever variations of pace and movement.

She took the ball early, stepped inside and utilised her greater confidence at the net and with her volley to ensure the 26-year-old Stosur was kept on the defensive.

"I didn't prepare anything to say, because I thought that if I did then this would never happen," said Schiavone, who follows compatriot Adriano Panatta, who was men's champion here in 1976, into the Italian record books.

"I felt amazing today. I feel like a champion.

"But I want to say to Samantha that she is a great person. You deserve to be here next time. You are young, you can still do it."

Stosur paid tribute to world number 17 Schiavone, only the fourth player from outside the top 10 to win the Roland Garros title.

"Well done Francesca. You played a great tournament," said the Australian.

Schiavone, one of the few women to still employ a one-handed backhand, carved out the only break of the first set in the ninth game before claiming the opener in the 10th when an unsettled Stosur netted a backhand return.

The Australian, who had reached the semifinals in 2009, made it to the final the hard way, having to defeat former world number ones Justine Henin, Serena Williams, against whom she saved a match point, and Jelena Jankovic.

But unlike her fellow Grand Slam final debutant, she was struggling to make any impression until her fortunes briefly turned.

Having fought off two break points in the third game of the second set, Stosur finally got the measure of her opponent to break and hold for a 4-1 advantage.

However, 17th-seeded Schiavone bravely regained the break in the seventh game when Stosur went dramatically off the boil and backed it up with a hold for 4-4.

The set was decided by a tiebreak and Schiavone went to four match points with a sweet drop volley which she converted into the title when Stosur unleashed the last of many untidy returns which ballooned into the stands.

The emotional Italian collapsed to the ground in joy before, covered in the red dirt of Paris, she clambered up into the crowd to spark a wild celebration with family and friends.

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