Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Current Affairs - 24 February 2015 - Latest

Government accepts recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission

14th Finance Commission, which was headed by former RBI Governor Y.V. Reddy, recommended that the share of states in the centre's tax revenue be increased from 32 percent to 42 percent. The recommendation is for the five-year period 2015-16 to 2019-20. 

Chris Gayle Hits First-Ever World Cup Double Hundred

West Indies cricketer, Chris Gayle  today creates a history in World Cup by smashing fastest double century against Zimbabwe at Manuka Oval, Canberra. He became the first batsman to hit double century in the history of Cricket World Cup.

R.K. Pachauri Resigns as IPCC Chief

Dr Rajendra K Pachauri has stepped down as Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) with effect from 24 February. Pachauri is suspected to be involved in a sexual harassment case with a woman employee of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), the environmental-think tank that he heads as its Director General.

Ex-Pakistan Chief Justice Bhagwandas Died

On 23rd February 2015, Rana Bhagwandas, the former acting Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan died in Karachi, Pakistan at the age of 72. He was the first Hindu and second non-Muslim to head the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Alvin Robert Cornelius (a Christian) was the first non-Muslim Chief Justice.

TRAI issued Regulation on domestic carriage charges

The telecom Regulatory Authority of India on 24 February 2015 issued the regulation on Telecommunication interconnection usage charges. The regulation prescribed a revised domestic carriage charges. The regulation will particularly benefit users of fixed-line phones.

SBI inked an agreement with Indian Army on Defence Salary Package

The agreement is tailor-made to suit the requirements of serving soldiers, pensioners and families. Earlier SBi has signed an agreement with Indian Army in 2011, which was valid for a three years.

Ranchi Rays lifted Hero Hockey India League trophy 2015

Ranchi Rays emerged the Champions of Hero Hockey India League 2015. Ranchi Rays defeated Jaypee Punjab Warriors by 3-2 in the final at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi. Ranchi Rays, which was earlier called Ranchi Rhinos was also lifted the inaugural title in 2013.

Hitachi to buy Italian railways firms for over $2 billion

Hitachi Limited on 23 February 2015 announced to acquire Finmeccanica Rail Businesses for 2 billion US dollar. An Italy based company Finmeccanica has agreed to sold its rail car unit AnsaldoBreda and Ansaldo STS to the vast Japanese conglomerate.  It holds a roughly 40 percent stake in Ansaldo STS.

Mysuru Royal family adopts Yaduveer Gopal Raj Urs as new heir

Yaduveer Gopal Raj Urs was formally adopted as the heir to the Mysuru royal family in Mysuru. Yaduveer is the grandson of Princess Gayatri Devi, the eldest daughter of the last Maharaja Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar.

National Green Tribunal banned plying of Vintage cars on Delhi roads

National Green Tribunal (NGT) on 23 February 2015 directed that no Vintage cars will be permitted to ply on the roads of Delhi. This order was issued by bench of NGT headed by Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Current Affairs - 23 February 2015 - Latest

Tamil director R.C Sakthi dies at 75

Popular Tamil director R.C Sakthi, who launched Kamal Haasan in a lead role, breathed his last at a private hospital in Chennai on 23 February 2015. He was 75. He began his directorial career as an assistant director for the Tamil films Porsilai (1969) and Annai Velankanni (1970).

Union Ministry of Youth Affairs revised the National Sports Awards Schemes

The Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports on 23 February 2015 revised the National Sports Awards Schemes. The ministry revamped the Schemes of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Arjuna Award, Dhyan Chand Award and Dronacharya Awards.

AAP's Ram Niwas Goyal appointed Delhi Assembly Speaker

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Ram Niwas Goel was unanimously elected Speaker of the Delhi Assembly on the first day of the two-day session of the House. It was announced by pro-tem Speaker Fateh Singh who presided the session of assembly for electing Speaker and Deputy Speaker of House.

Tata Power signs MoU with Siberian Coal Energy Company

India's second largest private power producer Tata Power has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Russia's largest coal producer Siberian Coal Energy Company (SUEK).

Takahiro Hachigo appointed as President and CEO of Honda Motor Co Limited

Takahiro Hachigo was on 23 February 2015 appointed as the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co. Limited with effect from June 2015.

Adya Sharma, a cultural icon and an eminent pioneer of mobile theatre in Assam passes away

Adya Sharma a cultural icon and an eminent pioneer of mobile theatre in Assam passed away on February 22, 2015 at an age of 86. He breathed his last in a private hospital situated in Nalbari town.

Anirban Lahiri Wins Second European Tour Title At The Indian Open

Local favourite Anirban Lahiri won a playoff against compatriot SSP Chawrasia to claim his second European Tour title in two weeks at the Indian Open on February 22, 2015. Chawrasia slumped to a 76 and watched helplessly as Lahiri denied him his third European Tour title by rolling in a 15-foot birdie to clinch the playoff.

Somdev Devvarman retains title with win over Yuki Bhambri

Somdev Devvarman on 22 February 2015 retained the Delhi Open title of tennis. The Delhi Open was held in New Delhi. He won the title by defeating Yuki Bhambri by 3-6, 6-4, 6-0. With this, he won the 100000 US dollar ATP Challenger Delhi Open title for second time in a row.

Centre for Science and Environment released a report titled Heat on Power

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on 22 February 2015 released a report titled Heat on Power. The report claims that Indian coal-based thermal power plants are one of the most inefficient in the world.

10th Aero India show concluded in Bengaluru

10th Aero India show concluded on 22 February 2015 at the Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The five-day long show had started on 18 February 2015 and was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Current Affairs - 22 February 2015 - Latest

Sri Lanka Enacts Witness Protection Law Before War Crimes Probe

Sri Lanka has adopted a witness protection law ahead of an  investigation into suspected human rights abuses in a 26-year civil war which foreign governments have said is necessary for a reconciliation with ethnic minority Tamils.

Purnendu Dasgupta wins American Chemical Society award 2015

Indian-American Purnendu Dasgupta won 2015 American Chemical Society (ACSs) Division of Analytical Chemistry J. Calvin Giddings Award for his special contribution in the field of analytical chemistry.

Nitish Kumar takes oath as Bihar CM for 4th time

JDU leader Nitish Kumar was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Bihar for the fourth time. Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi administered the oath of office and secrecy. Twenty two JDU legislators, including three women, were also sworn in as Cabinet Ministers.

Maldives Arrested Ex-President Mohammad Nasheed

Former President of Maldives arrested under anti-terrorism laws for allegedly ordering the arrest of a senior judge Abdulla Mohamed in 2012 that triggered violence in the Indian Ocean island nation.

India thrash South Africa by 130 runs for second win

India defeated South Africa by 130 runs in a Pool - B match played in Melbourne. Shikhar Dhawan's dazzling century 137 runs off 146 balls and Ajinkya Rahane's 79 runs off 60-balls set the target of 308 to the Proteas.

Simona Halep Wins 2nd WTA Title of Year at Dubai Championships

Simona Halep lifted WTA championship title after defeating Karolina Pliskova in the final in Dubai. She defeated Pliskova in a straight sets 6-4, 7-6 to win the 10th trophy of her career.

Odisha Government Announces Monthly Pension for Construction Workers

The Odisha Government announced monthly pension and housing grants for registered construction workers. Construction workers having registration for a minimum period of five years will be eligible to get a monthly pension of Rs 500 on attaining the age of 60 years.

Uruguay defends big tobacco challenge

Uruguay is the second-smallest country in South America, with a population of just 3.4 million. It's in a David and Goliath fight against tobacco giant Philip Morris, based in Switzerland and maker of the famous Malboro brand, over cigarette packaging.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Current Affairs - 21 February 2015 - Latest

Sri Lanka Appointed Chrishantha de Silva as new Army chief

Major general Chrishantha de Silva has appointed as the 21st Commander of the Sri Lankan Army by Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena. He will succeed Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake with effect from 22 February 2015.

Kotak gets CCI Nod to Buy ING Vysya Bank

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has given its approval to proposed Rs 15,000-crore merger deal between Kotak Mahindra Bank and ING Vysya Bank. CCI in its approval mentioned that this merger is not likely to have an appreciable adverse effect on competition in India.

Government Launches Portal Madad to Redress Consular Grievances

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi launched an online grievances monitoring system called MADAD to redress consular grievances. MADAD will enable Indian citizens living abroad to file consular grievances online on the services offered by the Indian Missions, Posts, Consulates and Embassy abroad.

Drug-Resistant Malaria has been Detected at Myanmar-India border

India faces an imminent danger from drug-resistant malaria parasites detected near the Myanmar-India border, threatening to repeat history and rendering the frontline anti-malaria treatment useless while putting millions of lives at risk.

India Signs Loan Agreement with ADB for $50 Million

India has signed loan agreement with Asian Development Bank (ADB) for 50 Million dollars to boost power generation capacity in Assam for the second Assam power sector investment programme. This programme will be completed by 31 December 2018.

International Mother Language Day observed on February 21

International Mother Language Day 2015 was celebrated across the world on 21 February 2015. The theme for the year 2015 is Inclusive Education through and with Language - Language Matters. The year 2015 is the 15th anniversary of International Mother Language Day.

Women Officers Now in Sarang Team

For the first time, two women are part of the Sarang team of the Indian Air Force, a show-stopping helicopter-formation team that is performing at the Aero India show where they would be flying heavy lift helicopters. eepika Misra is the Squadron Leader and Sandeep Singh is the Flight Lieutenant.

SBI to Finance Small Tea Growers in North East

State Bank of India(SBI) will provide finance totaling Rs 100 crore benefiting 3,000 small tea growers in the North East. The benefit is for Assam, and other states such as Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Meghalaya.

Singapore's GOVIN Capital to Incubate 100 Startups in Visakhapatnam

Singapore-based GOVIN Capital intends to incubate 100 startup companies at an Andhra Pradesh government-constructed centre in Visakhapatnam. It aims to help out 1,000 students as first generation entrepreneurs over the span of next five years.

Limpet teeth found to be strongest natural material

Limpet teeth are stronger than titanium and even spider silk. It grows in a tiny vegetarian sea snail as discovered by the University of Portsmouth in England. Limpet teeth are the toughest biological substance ever produced.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Current Affairs - 20 February 2015 - Latest

Jitan Ram Manjhi Resigned as Bihar Chief Minister

The 23rd Chief Minister of Bihar Jitan Ram Manjhi resigned from his post on 20 February 2015. He resigned without seeking a vote on confidence motion. He was appointed as CM of Bihar after Nitish Kumar's resignation due to his party's poor show in Lok Sabha Elections 2014.

CCEA Approves Highway Projects worth Rs 8,600 crore

Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved four highway projects in states of Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Chhattisgarh worth over Rs 8,600 crore.

Ex-IAS Officer Maheshwar Sahu Appointed as Independent Director on Board by RIL

Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) appointed retired IAS officer Maheshwar Sahu from Gujarat as one of the eight independent directors on its 14-member board. He played a lead role in popularising the state government-sponsored Vibrant Gujarat investors summit on a global scale.

Scientist Tapan Misra Appointed as Director of ISRO's Space Application Centre

Odia Scientist Tapan Misra has been appointed as the head of Space Applications Centre (SAC) of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). Misra has been given this responsibility due to his experience for more than three decades. ISRO's Space Applications Centre(SAC) was earlier headed by A S Kiran Kumar.

US, Turkey Sign Deal to Train, Arm Syrian Rebels

An agreement have been signed by United States (US) and Turkey to train and arm moderate Syrian opposition forces taking on Islamic State (IS) militants. Turkey's foreign ministry undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu and US ambassador to Ankara John Bass signed the deal.

MoU Signed Between KVIC and RSETIs to Provide Vocational Training to Unemployed Youth

The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) and Rural Self Employment Training Institute (RSETI) joined hands to provide vocational training to unemployed youth. MoU also aims at providing loan linkages to deserving beneficiaries linked to the Prime Minister's Employment Guarantee Programme (PMEGP).

Thailand Passes Law Banning Surrogacy for Foreigners

Thailand bans surrogacy for foreigners with new law which prohibits the act of hiring women commercially to carry fetuses to term, aims to stop Thailand from being a surrogacy hub for foreign couples, or from becoming "the wombs of the world."

Two tropical cyclones Marcia and Lam hit Australia

For the first time, two tropical cyclones Marcia and Lam hit Australia at one time on 20 February 2015. Tropical cyclone Marcia is a category five storm which made the landfall at central Queensland and Lam is a category four storm which made landfall in the Northern Territory.

Appointment of Rashad Hussain as US Special Envoy for Strategic 
Counterterrorism Communications 

Indian-American Rashad Hussain appointed as United States Special Envoy for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications on 18 february 2015. Hussain will also serve as coordinator of the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches Soil Health Card Scheme in Rajasthan

The nationwide Soil Health Card Scheme has been launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 19 February 2015 in Suratgarh town of Sriganganagar district, Rajasthan. Soil Health Card Scheme will help farmers to scientifically analyse the soil of farms in the country.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Current Affairs - 19 February 2015 - Latest

BJD Vice-President Kalindi Charan Behera dies at 71

Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Vice-President Kalindi Charan Behera passes away on 18 february 2015 due to multi-organ failure in private hospital at Bhuvaneshwar.

Bharat FC Appointed Barry Knowles as Head of Youth Development Programme

55-year-old English coach Barry Knowles as the head of Youth Development Programme by the Pune-based football club Bharat FC in order to bulid its own training facility at Manjri and to bulid squads in the under 9, 11, 13, 15, 17 and 19 age groups.

Bihar granted 35% reservation for women in Non-Gazetted jobs

Bihar government has decided to grant 35 percent reservation to women in Non-Gazetted government jobs on 18 february 2015.

Producer Daggubati Ramanaidu Passes Away

Producer and Dada Saheb Phalke award winner Daggubati Ramanaidu died on 18 february 2015 due to prostate cancer at the age of 78 in a hospital of hyderabad.

Guidelines Issued by RBI on Import of Gold by Nominated Banks and Agencies

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued guidelines on Import of Gold by Nominated Banks and Agencies under the 20:80 gold import scheme on 18 February 2015. Nominated banks were now permitted to import gold on consignment basis.

India, Bangladesh to step up Joint Border Patrolling

India and Bangladesh have decided to step up joint patrolling along the boundary to act against criminals and smugglers and enhance cooperation through a coordinated border management plan.

India test-fires N-capable Prithvi-II missile successfully

India successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable Prithvi-II surface-to-surface missile on 19 February 2015 from a military base at Chandipur in Odisha. The missile test was carried out from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at about 0920 hrs. 

Odisha film maker Nirad Mahapatra dies in Mumbai

Odisha film maker and director Nirad Mahapatra passes away at an age of 67 on 19 February 2015 at a private hospital in Mumbai. He was undergoing treatment and had undergone surgery twice.

Anil Kumble to be inducted in ICC Cricket Hall of Fame

Anil Kumble has been choosen to be inducted as the 77th inductee into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. He will be inducted during the ICC Cricket World Cup match between India and South Africa in Melbourne on 22 February 2015.

Bharti Airtel Ltd tied-up with UNICEF to provide education content in 17 African countries

Bharti Airtel Ltd and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) partnership is aimed at improving African population’s access to health and education-related information from various innovative projects supported by UNICEF.

India Launched its First Mobile App 'SAFAR-Air' to Check Air Quality

Ministry of earth sciences (MoES) launched mobile app 'SAFAR-Air' to provide data related to real-time air quality in certain parts of Delhi and Pune. This app will help people to forecast for the next two days and a health advisory along with a colour-coded grading.

EPFO launches Online Help Desk to Trace Inoperative Accounts

The Employees' Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) has launched a special online help desk to help over eight crore account holders withdraw funds lying in inoperative accounts, which are estimated to have a combined balance of at least Rs 27,000 crore.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Current Affairs -14 February 2015 - Latest

RBI decided to bring back one rupee notes

The notes printed by the Government of India will carry the bilingual signature of Rajiv Mehrishi, Finance Secretary.

BrahMos missile successfully test-fired from INS Kolkata

It was test-fired from INS Kolkata which was commissioned in Indian Navy in August 2014.  BrahMos supersonic cruise missile is one of the fastest cruise missiles in the world with top speed of Mach 2.8.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiated Cricket diplomacy, called four SAARC leaders

Prime Minister Narendra Modi used Cricket Diplomacy to bridge gap between the five cricket playing SAARC nations. This would help India to better diplomatic relations with SAARC nations mainly with Pakistan.

Tintu Luka won gold in 800m in 35th National Games

In 800m race, she broke the 18 years old record of Rosa Kutty of Kerala.  Tintu finished the distance with a time of 2:01.86 sec to win gold.

Religious decrees cannot override the written code of law: SC

The PIL asked the Bench to put its law of stamp on the decrees of divorce and other such decrees issued by an ecclesiastical court or tribunal.

Arvind Kejriwal sworn-in as Chief Minister of Delhi

The oath of office and secrecy was administered by Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung at Ramlila Ground, Delhi.

The United Arab Emirates closed its embassy in Yemen

The UAE followed Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, Britain, France and Italy in shutting their missions in the Yemeni capital Sanaa.

Union Government approved revised Guidelines for Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana

The guidelines were revised to accord priority in the selection of roads for new connectivity as well as upgradation, leading to the eligible habitations in the Gram Panchayats identified by the Members of Parliament (MP) under Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY).

Researchers found new 3D vaccine for cancer and infectious diseases

The vaccine is able to self-assemble into a 3D structure and manipulate immune cells, teaching them to attack cancer as well as infectious disease.

Parle Products launched nationwide Litter Free Campaign

The campaign aimed at setting the course for community and raise awareness with its positive messaging, across the country through a series of Television Commercials.

SC directed CBI to probe RBI and SEBI in multi-crore chit-fund scam

CBI was directed to investigate the role of market regulator SEBI and the RBI for effecting a mechanism.

Chhetri and Devi presented with 2014 AIFF Player of the Year award

Earlier, Chhetri was named as the Player of the Year having in 2007, 2011 and 2013 and with this he surpassed the legendary IM Vijayan who won the award thrice.