Friday, March 27, 2015

Current Affairs - 27 March 2015 - Latest

Gandhi Peace Price For 2014 Goes To ISRO

India's space agency, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has been selected for the Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2014. The ISRO is engaged in making space technology a catalyst of development to bring about societal transformation.

Union Government Gives Nod To AWACS Project

Union Government on 27 March 2015 gave its approval to build crore strategic project of next-generation Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS). Decision in this regard was taken by Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) headed by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Delhi Government Launched India's First E-Ration Card Service

Delhi Government on 27 March 2015 launched India's first e-ration card service. The service was launched by the Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal. In this service, E-ration card will be linked with Aadhaar cards and it would enable the beneficiaries of Public Distribution System (PDS) to get the cards online from the government’s web portal without hassles.

First Goods Train Flagged Off From Lumding To Silchar In Assam

The Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu flagged off the first goods train from Lumding to Silchar in Assam, through video conferencing at a function in New Delhi. Union government had floated other rail projects to provide rail connectivity in the NE states of Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura which are expected to be completed by March 2016.

Rajasthan Passes Bill To Ban Camel Slaughter

Rajasthan Government on 27 March 2015 passed the Rajasthan Camel (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Bill, 2015. It was passed in state legislative assembly by a voice vote. The bill bans the slaughter, trading and unauthorised transportation of camels in the state.

President Presented Bharat Ratna Award To Atal Bihari Vajpayee

President of India Pranab Mukherjii on 27 March 2015 presented Bharat Ratna award to Former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his home. Bharat Ratna is India's highest civilian honour. He is the seventh prime minister to receive the award after Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Morarji Desai, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Gulzarilal Nanda.

Former Mizoram Chief Minister Brig Sailo Died

Former Mizoram Chief Minister Brig Thenphunga Sailo was died on 27 March in Aizawl. He was 93. Born on January 1, 1922, Sailo had joined the British Indian army in 1942 as a junior officer. He was promoted to the rank of brigadier of Indian army in 1966, the year the erstwhile Mizo National Front (MNF) declared independence from the Union.

RBI Bars Pioneer Urban Cooperative Bank From Doing Business

The Reserve Bank of India has barred Lucknow-based Pioneer Urban Cooperative Bank from lending and accepting deposits for the next six months as the bank has turned weak. The sector regulator did not cancel the banking licence as yet but directed it to take prior written clearance for doing normal banking business.

Rajasthan Becomes First State To Pass Bill On Eligibility For Panchayat Polls

Rajasthan government on 27 March 2015 passed Rajasthan Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill, 2015 in state assembly. With this Rajasthan has become first Indian state to fix a minimum educational qualification for contesting elections to the Panchayati Raj Institutions.

Former Union Minister And Veteran Congress Party Leader Paty Ripple Kyndiah Died

Former Union Minister and veteran Congress Party leader Paty Ripple Kyndiah died on 26 March 2015 due to cardiac arrest. He was 87. He had served as the Union Minister for Tribal Affairs and Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) in 2004 under the UPA-I government led by Manmohan Singh.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Current Affairs - 26 March 2015 - Latest

Ashok Bhooshan Became New Chief Justice Of Kerala HC

Justice Ashok Bhooshan has assumed office as Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court. He was administered the oath of office and secrecy at Raj Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram today by Kerala Governor Justice P Sathasivam.

Nobel Laureate John Nash Won Abel Prize 2015 For Work On Partial Differential Equations

Nobel Laureate John F Nash Jr. won the Abel Prize 2015 for his work on partial differential equations. The prize was announced on 25 March 2015 by the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters. They will receive the Abel Prize from His Majesty King Harald at a ceremony in Oslo on 19 May 2015.

India And Qatar Ink Six Pacts To Boost Trade And Investment

India and Qatar have signed six pacts including agreements and Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) to increase commercial and economic exchanges between both nations. These pacts were signed after Emir of Qatar Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani had held extensive talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Vikas Swarup Chosen As The New Spokesperson Of External Affairs Ministry

Senior Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer and noted novelist Vikas Swarup is to be the new spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs. Slumdog Millionaire movie which won eight Oscar’s was based on Mr. Swarup's successful debut novel "Q&A".

Australia Beat India By 95 Runs, Enter Into WC Final

Australia defeated India by 95 runs to enter into final of ICC World Cup 2015. Australia will play New Zealand in the World Cup final. Chasing 329, India faltered after a strong start, losing wickets at regular intervals and folding for 233.

ADB Sanctioned 300 Million US Dollars Under SCRIP For Road Construction In NBNE Region

The abbreviation SCRIP (SASEC Road Connectivity Investment Program) was in news as a loan agreement of 300 million US dollars under the programme was signed between the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Union Ministry of Finance on 26 March 2015.

Ministry Of Railways Constitutes Ajay Shankar Committee To Review PPP Cell Functioning

Union Ministry of Railways has constituted a Committee to review the existing Public Private Partnership (PPP) Cell in the Railway Board with former IAS officer Ajay Shankar as its head. The Committee will recommend measures needed to make the PPP Cell more customer friendly, effective and result oriented.

Vice President Released Book Title Faces And Places Written By Prof. Deepak Nayyar

The Vice President of India M Hamid Ansari on 25 March 2015 has released a book titled Faces and Places which is written by Prof. Deepak Nayyar. Deepak Nayyar is a Professor of Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Renowned Assamese Actor Indra Bania Passes Away

Indra Bania renowned Assamese actor passed away last night in a hospital in Guwahati after prolonged illness. He was born in Lakhimpur district. He won several awards and laurels including Special prize in Locarno International Film Festival for Assamese movie Halodhia Choraye Baodhan Khai.

Union Ministry Of Coal Launched Electronic Coal Projects Monitoring Portal (e-CPMP)

The Union Coal Minister Piyush Goyal launched the e-CPMP (Electronic Coal Projects Monitoring Portal) on 26 March 2015 for tracking projects that entail an investment related to coal. The portal has been developed by National Informatics Centre (NIC).

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Current Affairs - 25 March 2015 - Latest

PM Narendra Modi Launches PRAGATI Platform For Redressal Of Grievances

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25 March 2015 launched Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation (PRAGATI) platform. PRAGATI is a multi-purpose and multi-modal platform aimed at addressing grievances of common man. It also aims at simultaneously monitoring and reviewing important Union government programmes and projects as well as projects flagged by State Governments.

CCEA Approves Rs. 4,500-Crore National Supercomputing Mission

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on 25 March approved the launch of the visionary Rs. 4,500-crore National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) aimed to steer India into the league of world class computing power nations.

India's First Polar Remotely Operated Vehicle Operationalised In North Antarctica

India's first Polar Remotely Operated Vehicle (PROVe) was successfully operationalised for research in North Antarctica on 25 March 2015. PROVe has been indigenously built by National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) under the Union Ministry of Earth Sciences.

Akhil Sharma Won The Folio Prize 2015 For Novel Family Life

Akhil Sharma an Indian-American author, won The Folio Prize 2015 for his novel Family Life. His novel Family Life was one among the eight books shortlisted from 80 works of fiction and was chosen as the best fiction published in the UK in 2014 by the 235 writers and critics who constitute the Folio Academy.

Spectrum Auction Fetches Rs.1.10 Lakh Crore To Union Government

The Union government has fetched about 1.10 lakh crore rupees after the auctioning of a telecom spectrum. The spectrum auction concluded on 25 March 2015 after 19 days and 115 rounds of rigorous bidding. However the 11 percent airwaves were not sold in this auction.

KM Mani Appointed As Chairman Of GST Committee

Kerala Finance Minister KM Mani was appointed as the chairman of Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers, a key person for the Centre to roll out Goods and Services Tax (GST) from the targeted date of April 1, 2016.

Google Inc Appointed Ruth Porat As Chief Financial Officer

Google Inc on 24 March 2015 appointed Ruth Porat as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). She will take the charge on 26 May 2015. She will report to Google CEO and Co-Founder Larry Page. She succeeded Patrick Pichette who announced his retirement on 10 March 2015. Currently, she is working as Chief Financial Officer at Morgan Stanley.

Bangladesh Wins Women In Parliaments Award

Bangladesh has won the prestigious Women in Parliaments (WIP) Award for regional leadership in closing the gender gap in politics. Bangladesh has been placed among the top 10 countries in the world in reducing gender gap by the World Economic Forum.

RBI Signs $400 Million Currency Swap Pact With Sri Lanka

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has signed a US $400 million currency swap agreement with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. The currency swap agreement will allow central banks of both nations to make withdrawals of US Dollar or Euro in multiple tranches up to a maximum of USD 400 million or its equivalent.

Vikramjit Singh Oberoi Appointed As Managing Director Of EIH Limited

Vikramjit Singh Oberoi on 24 March 2015 was appointed as the Managing Director (MD) of the EIH Limited which runs the Oberoi hotels under the aegis of The Oberoi Group. He will take the charge from 1 April 2015. He was appointed as the MD following the resignation of Shib Sanker Mukherji as Chief Executive.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Current Affairs - 24 March 2015 - Latest

World Tuberculosis Day Is Being Observed Today

World Tuberculosis Day is observed every year on 24th March. The day is observed to create awareness on the global epidemic and on efforts to eliminate the disease. The day is an opportunity to educate the general public about the prevention and treatment of Tuberculosis.

Dolly Shivani Cherukuri Became The Youngest Archer To Enter India Book Of Records 

Three-year-old archer Dolly Shivani Cherukuri of Andhra Pradesh on 24 March 2015 entered the India Book of Records. She entered the list of records by scoring 388 points in the recurve segment in two distances, seven and five meters, at the Volga Archery Academy in Vijayawada.

Veteran Poet Gopaldas Neeraj Awarded Inaugural National Kavi Pradeep Samman

Noted Hindi poet Gopaldas Neeraj on 24 March 2015 was awarded with first National Kavi Pradeep Samman. He was presented the award by Madhya Pradesh Culture Minister Surendra Patwa at a function held in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

Andhra Pradesh To Name Capital Amaravati

Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu-led Andhra Pradesh government is all set to declare the heritage city, Amaravati, 35 kms from Guntur district,as its new capital. According to reports, nearly 33,000 acres of land have been procured by the TDP government for the new capital and it is spread over 29 villages in Thulluru, Mangalagiri and Tadikonda mandals of Guntur district.

New Zealand Beat South Africa, Enter Into WC Final For 1st Time

New Zealand enters into the Cricket World Cup final for the first time, after beating South Africa by 4 wickets in a thrilling semi-final at Auckland today. Opting to bat first, South Africa posted 281, after rain reduced the game to 43 overs a side.

China Announced To Shut Down Last Coal-Fired Power Plant In Beijing By 2016 To Cut Pollution

China on 24 March 2015 announced to shut down the last major coal-fired 845 megawatt (MW) power plant China Huaneng Group in Beijing by 2016. The aim of shutting down the plant is to cut pollution and replace it with gas-fired power plants.

Union Government Launches Twitter Samvad For Direct Communication Between Government And Citizens

Union Government has launched a new digital platform 'Twitter Samvad' in association with social networking giant Twitter. The digital platform was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on 24 March 2015 during his meeting with Twitter Chief Executive Dick Costolo.

Railways Launched RuPay Pre-Paid Debit Card Service

Railway passengers can now book their tickets, do shopping and pay service bills using RuPay pre-paid cards, as the IRCTC launched the debit card service on 23 March 2015. The service was launched by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) in collaboration with the Union Bank of India and the National Payment Corporation of India.

SC Crushed Down Section 66A Of IT Act

The Supreme Court on Tuesday crushed down one of the provisions of the Information Technology Act which gives power to arrest a person for posting offensive contents on web & Social Network. The Apex Court said that Public's right to know is directly affected by Section 66A of Information Technology Act.

Amitav Ghosh Among The 10 Finalists Shortlisted For 2015 Man Booker International Prize

Indian author Amitav Ghosh on 24 March 2015 was shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize. He is the only Indian among the 10 finalists shortlisted for the prize. 58-year-old, Ghosh was chosen for his contribution to the English language writing. Earlier in 2008, he was shortlisted for the prize his work Sea of Poppies but he missed the prize narrowly. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Current Affairs - 23 March 2015 - Latest

World Meteorological Day Was Observed Across The World

The World Meteorological Day 2015 was observed across the world on 23 March 2015. The theme of World Meteorological Day 2015 wa Climate Knowledge for Climate Action. The theme assumes significance in the backdrop of necessity to disseminate Climate Change related knowledge to take up appropriate mitigation and adaptation actions.

Indian Ecologist, Madhav Gadgil Selected For 2015 Tyler Prize

Renowned ecologist Madhav Gadgil has been selected for the prestigious 2015 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. He will share the $200,000 cash prize with noted American marine ecologist Dr. Jane Lubchenco. The prize, instituted in 1973, is awarded by the international Tyler Prize Executive Committee with the administrative support of the University of Southern California.

Union Ministry Of Health And Welfare Launched Media Campaign For Mission Indradhanush

Union Ministry of Health and Welfare on 23 March 2015 launched Media Campaign for Mission Indradhanush. The media campaign includes a song composed by Bollywood lyricist and scriptwriter Javed Akhtar.

SEBI Sets Norms To Govern International Financial Centres

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) approved guidelines to govern international financial services centres (IFSC). These guidelines were approved by SEBI board meeting on 22 March 2015. The news guidelines relax the norms for Stock exchanges and clearing corporations to set up IFSC.

Shashi Kapoor Selected For Dada Saheb Phalke Award 2014

Dada Saheb Phalke Award for the year 2014 will be given to Legendary actor Shashi Kapoor. He is the 46th Dada Saheb Phalke Award Winner.The award is conferred by the Government of India for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema.

First PM Of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew Passed Away

First Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan, also known as the founding father of Singapore passed away on Monday at the age of 91. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has declared a period of National Mourning from March 23 to 29. He was a member of parliament until his death.

Maharashtra Government Makes Sale Of Gutka To Be Non-Bailable Offence

Maharashtra Government has made the sale of Gutka in the state a non-bailable offence under Section 328 of Indian Penal Code (IPC). It was announced by state government in state assembly in order to strictly enforce the ban of these products.

President's Award For Sanskrit, Pali/Prakrit, Arabic And Persian Language Conferred

The President of India Pranab Mukherjee on 23 March 2015 awarded Certificate of Honour to eminent scholars of Sanskrit, Pali/Prakrit, Arabic and Persian. He also conferred the Maharishi Badrayan Vyas Samman to young scholars for the year 2014.

Sania Ranked Number Three In Doubles

Sania Mirza with 6885 points ranked to umber three in the doubles Tennis ranking. She followed Italians Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani, who share the top spot with 7640 points each. Courtesy her win at the Indian Wells, Sania earned 1000 points and gained two places on the WTA chart.

Sania-Martina Wins Indian Wells Open

Sania Mirza and Swiss legend Martina Hingis have won the Indian Wells Open title by defeating Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina  by 6-3, 6-4 in the final. It was Sania's 24th career title, and the second doubles trophy this year.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Current Affairs - 22 March 2015 - Latest

World Water Day Observed Across The World

World Water Day was observed on 22 March 2015 with the theme "Water and Sustainable Development". World Water Day is observed to preserve and ration consumption of water. The United Nation is observed annually on 22 March to draw attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of fresh water resources.

Former Army Chief Sarath Fonseka Became First Field Marshal Of Sri Lanka

Sarath Fonseka, the former Army Chief of Sri Lanka, on 22 March 2015 was conferred with the country's highest military rank of Field Marshal. He was awarded the honorary title by President Maithripala Sirisena for achieving victory over terrorism. 

India Becomes 3rd Biggest Steel Producer Overtakes US

India has become the third-largest steel producer in the world by overtaking United States (US) in first two months of year 2015. It was revealed in the Data compiled by World Steel Association (WSA).

Basel-III Is Reinforcement Of Present Basel-II Norms: RN Kar

Basel-III norms, that may come into impact in India by March 31, 2019, is a reinforcement of the present Basel-II ones, based on RN Kar, the regional director (East) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The Basel accords focus on threat administration elements of the banking sector.

Novak Djokovic Won Indian Wells Open Tennis Men's Singles Title

Novak Djokovic of Serbia on 22 March 2015 won his fourth Indian Wells Open Tennis Men’s Singles title. In the final clash, Djokovic defeated Roger Federer of Switzerland 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2.

Mithivirdi Nuclear Plant Gets CRZ Nod From Union Government

Union Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MoEFCC) has given coastal regulatory zone (CRZ) nod to the 6,000-MW Mithivirdi Nuclear Power Plant of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat.

Bharti Airtel Partners With Amazon For Cloud Services 

Major Telecom,  Bharti Airtel inked a partnership with Amazon Web Services with an aim to offer its cloud computing services to customers in India. Amazon Web Services is a big name if we talk about website hosting, data storage and other software required to run or manage businesses.

WWF Joins With eBay India To Light Up Sundarbans

WWF- India, along with eBay India, have come together to work on a project that aims to light-up 1,000-odd households in the Sundarbans region. This is a part of the "India Unplugged – the WWF-India Earth Hour 2015" campaign. Called ‘Sahasra Jyoti’, the project plans to use solar power to light up the households of 4,000-6,000 odd people living on the island of Satjelia in the Sundarbans.

India To Become First Country To Have No Duplicacy In Voter's List

India is set to become the first country in the world to have biometric data and no duplicacy in the voter's list after linking of Aadhar card with voter identity card. Chief Election Commissioner HS Brahma said once the Aadhar number is mentioned in the electoral rolls then individual voters can also change their address online because Aadhar will be the basic identity.

World's First Hydrogen-Powered Tramcar

China rolls out world's first hydrogen-powered tramcarThis tramcar has rolled off the assembly line in China’s eastern Shandong Province.The new tram is the only hydrogen powered vehicle in the field and makes China the only country to have mastered the technology.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Current Affairs - 21 March 2015 - Latest

President Pranab Mukherjee Gives Away Chakra Awards To Defence Personnel

Pranab Mukherjee on 21 March 2015 conferred one Kirti Chakra awards and 11 Shaurya Chakra awards on armed forces personnel. Among these 11 awardees three were conferred posthumously for gallantry.

21 March Is Observed As International Day Of Forests

This year the theme for the day has been set as 'Forest and Climate Change'. This theme highlights forest-based solution to address climate change mitigation and adaptation and more broadly forest and sustainable development. The day was first time observed on 21 March 2013.

National Action Plan For Skill Training Of Persons With Disabilities Launched In New Delhi

National Action Plan for Skill Training of Persons with Disabilities was launched in New Delhi on 21 March 2015. The National Action Plan is a partnership between the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disability for skilling 2.5 million Persons with Disability (PwD) over seven years between 2015 and 2022.

Katherine Viner Appointed As Editor-In-Chief Of The Guardian Newspaper

Katherine Viner has been appointed as editor-in-chief of The Guardian newspaper. She will be 12th editor-in-chief and the first woman to run the newspaper in its 194-year history. Viner will succeed Alan Rusbridger who is stepping down after 20 years and taking over as Chair of the Scott Trust which owns the Guardian.

Martin Guptill Scored Record 237 Runs Against West Indies In ICC World Cup History

New Zealand's player Martin Guptill scored 237 not out runs in his 163-ball innings in Wellington that featured 11 sixes and 24 fours. His record break runs help New Zealand team to score 393 runs and beat West Indies in ICC World Cup quarter final. West Indies lost this match by 143 runs.

1st Counter-Terrorism Conference 2015 Held In Jaipur

The 1st Counter-Terrorism Conference 2015 was held in Jaipur for three days from 19 March 2015 to 21 March 2015. It was organised by India Foundation in association with the Sardar Patel University of Police Security and Criminal Justice, Jodhpur at Jaipur in Rajasthan.

Renowned Malayalam Poet Yusuf Ali Kechery Passes Away

Renowned Malayalam poet Yusuf Ali Kechery passed away on 21 March 2015 in Kochi, Kerala. He was 81 and had been suffering from bronchial pneumonia.
Kechery was one of the leading poets of the modern era Malayalam poetry and was known for his mystic lyrics on Hindu gods.

Rajendra Singh Conferred With Prestigious Stockholm Water Prize 2015

Environmental activist Rajendra Singh who is popularly known as Water Man  has been conferred the prestigious Stockholm Water prize. An Indian campaigner from Alwar district in Rajasthan has used a modern version of ancient Indian technique of rainwater harvesting in order to bring water to 1000 villages.

Actor Amitabh Bachchan Chosen As The Brand Ambassador For Campaign Against Hepatitis B

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has been chosen as the brand ambassador for Union Government's campaign against Hepatitis B. Bachchan was appreciated for his role as UNICEF's goodwill brand ambassador of pulse polio campaign in India and hence he was roped in as the representative. The campaign against Hepatitis B is to be launched in April 2015.

Delhi High Court Restrained Glenmark From Manufacturing Its Anti-Diabetes Drugs Zita And Zita-Met

The Delhi High Court on 20 March 2015 restrained Indian firm Glenmark Pharmaceuticals from manufacturing, marketing or selling its anti-diabetes drugs Zita and Zita-Met. A bench of justices S Ravindra Bhat and Najmi Waziri said company has prima facie infringed the patent of the US drug major Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD).