Friday, May 22, 2015

Current Affairs - 22 May 2015 - Latest

International Day For Biological Diversity 2015 Observed Across The World

International Day for Biological Diversity was observed across the world on 22 May 2015. The theme of International Day for Biological Diversity 2015 is "Biodiversity for Sustainable Development". The day was celebrated with the aim of spreading awareness on biodiversity and the importance of preserving it in villages and islands.

SAIL And ArcelorMittal Signed MoU To Set Up Automotive Steel Plant In India

Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) and ArcelorMittal on 22 May 2015 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to set up an automotive steel manufacturing facility under a Joint Venture (JV) arrangement in India.

Parvinder Singh Batth, Becomes First Sikh Mayor In United Kingdom's Wokingham Borough Council

Parvinder Singh Batth, an Indian-origin Conservative party councillor was chosen as the mayor of United Kingdom's Wokingham Borough Council. With this, he became the first Sikh to hold the Mayor’s position in UK. He succeeds Councillor UllaKarin Clark for this post and will serve till 2016.

Pawan Goenka Appointed As Honorary Ambassador For Korea

Mahindra & Mahindra's (M&M) Executive Director Pawan Goenka was appointed Honorary Ambassador of Foreign Investment Promotion for Korea on 22 May at a ceremony held at Mumbai. As Honorary Ambassador for Korea, he will promote economic ties between India and Korea and advise corporate India on potential investment opportunities in South Korea.

A Vellayan Stepped Aside As Chairman Of Murugappa Group Corporate Board

A Vellayan was on 22 May 2015 stepped aside from the chairmanship of the Murugappa Group Corporate Board. He also relinquished the post of Chairman in the Coromandel International Ltd. and the EID Parry India Ltd.

Tanishq Abraham, 11-Year-Old Indian-American Creates Record By Graduating From California College

Tanishq Abraham, 11-year-old Indian-American child prodigy created a record by graduating from California College with three associate degrees in science, maths and foreign language studies. He is native of Sacramento, California and youngest to graduate from the American River College (ARC), in Sacramento, California.

Appointments Committee Of The Cabinet (ACC) Appointed G Mohan Kumar As Defence Secretary

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) on 22 May 2015 gave its nod for appointing G Mohan Kumar as the Secretary of the Ministry of Defence (MoD). The decision was taken by the committee in a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Union Government Relaxes FDI Norms For NRIs, PIOs, OCI

Union Government has decided to amend Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) norms for NRIs, Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) to increase capital flows into the country. Decision in this regard was taken at Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

20th Law Commission Submitted Report On Guardianship And Custody Laws To The Union Law Ministry

The 20th Law Commission of India on 22 May 2015 submitted the 257th report titled Reforms in Guardianship and Custody Laws in India to DV Sadananda Gowda, the Union Minister of Law and Justice.

Pethia Striata, A New Species Of Fish Discovered In Western Ghats

A new species of fish called Pethia striata was discovered by ecologists in Tunga River in the Kudremukh National Park, Karnataka. This finding was published in the journal- American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists by researchers from Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE).

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Current Affairs - 21 May 2015 - Latest

O Panneerselvam Resigned As Chief Minister Of Tamil Nadu

Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu O Panneerselvam resigned on 21 May 2015. He tendered his resignation to the Governor Konijeti Rosaiah. He resigned minutes after Jayalalithaa was elected as the legislature party leader at a meeting in Chennai.

New Ammonia-Urea Complex To Be Set Up At Namrup In Assam

Union Cabinet today its nod for setting up of a new Ammonia-Urea Complex at Namrup in Assam on Public Private Partnership mode with an estimated investment of Rs 4500 crore. The new Complex will have an annual capacity of 8.64 Lakh Metric Tonnes.

Anti-Terrorism Day Observed Across India On 21 May

Anti-Terrorism Day observed Across India on 21 May 2015. The day is celebrated as 24th Death Anniversary of former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi.The day is marked by a pledge taking ceremony among other activities. Every Year Union Home Ministry administers the Anti-Terror pledge to Government employees.

Andaman & Nicobar Police Proposed To Reserve 33% Seats For Women

Andaman & Nicobar Police on 21 May 2015 proposed to reserve 33 percent of the seats for the posts of constable and sub-inspector for women. The decision to keep 33 percent women in police will help the vulnerable sections like women, children and the old to voice their grievances without fear and help resolve many problems in a significant way.

Yamuna Expressway Becomes India's first Road Runway After IAF Mirage 2000 Jet Successfully Lands

Yamuna Expressway in Uttar Pradesh had become India's first road runway after Indian Air Force (IAF) Mirage 2000 fighter jet successfully landed as part of trials to use national highways for emergency landing. The first of its kind initiative in India's aviation history took place on Yamuna Expressway near Mathura with active support from Uttar Pradesh government, Yamuna Expressway Authority.

India Reached 6th Position In Terms Of Scientific Publications

Department of Science and Technology on 21 May 2015 said that India reached sixth position in terms of scientific publications. Earlier, India stood at the tenth position in terms of publishing scientific research papers in different journals.

Saina Nehwal Regains No.1 Spot In World Badminton Rankings

Top Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal regained the number one spot in the latest BWF world rankings released today. Saina secured the numero uno spot for the first time early last month. She however, climbed to the number one ranking today once again ahead of the Australian Open, starting on May 26.

India Ranks 24th In Environmental Democracy Index

India has ranked 24th out of 70 countries in the first Environmental Democracy Index (EDI).The list launched by Washington-based World Resources Institute (WRI) and Access Initiative. In the first edition of this index, Lithuania has topped among the 70 countries.

Akhil Amar Appointed To Key Administration Post By US President Barack Obama

Akhil Amar, an Indian-American professor from Yale University has been appointed as a member of the prestigious National Council on Humanities of US by President Barack Obama. Presently, he is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at the Yale University.

US Army Developed Blast Proof Wallpaper To Protect Soldiers From Explosions

The United States (US) Army developed Blast proof wallpaper to protect soldiers from explosions. A prototype was displayed at an exhibition of army innovations held at the Pentagon on 21 May 2015. The ballistic wallpaper was displayed at the Department of Defense Lab Day among 100 innovations from US Army engineers.

Union Cabinet Approved Continuation Of PSLV Programme

The union cabinet on 21 May gave its approval for the continuation of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) programme for 15 operational flights (PSLV-C36 to PSLV-C50). All the fifteen operational flights under this programme will be completed during the period 2017-2020.

Nelong Valley In Uttarakhand Opened First Time For Tourists After Closure In 1962

Authorities of the Gangotri National Park in Uttarakhand on 21 May 2015 opened the Nelong Valley for tourists for the first time since its closure in 1962. However, foreign tourists are still not allowed into the valley.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Current Affairs - 20 May 2015 - Latest

Tathagata Roy Takes Oath As Tripura Governor

Tathagata Roy took oath as the Governor of Tripura in Agartala. He has replaced Padmanabh Balkrishna Acharya, the Governor of Nagaland, who held the additional charge of Tripura. He is the 16th Governor of the North-eastern State.

Eminent Economist Mrinal Datta Chaudhuri Passes Away

Eminent economist, policy advisor and noted academic Mrinal Datta Chaudhuri passed away in Pune, Maharashtra 19 May 2015. He had served as Director of Delhi School of Economics (DSE) and was a visiting professor of economics at the Universities of Harvard and Minnesota. He was popularly and affectionately called as 'MDC' among his circles.

Mumbai's Siddhivinayak Temple Received ISO 9001-2008 Certification

Siddhivinayak temple of Mumbai on 20 May 2015 received International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001-2008 certification for best quality practices. The temple facilitates darshan and also funds various activities of public interest like education, drought management in state and others. 

Laszlo Krasznahorkai Won Man Booker International Prize 2015

Hungarian writer Laszlo Krasznahorkai has been announced as the winner of the sixth Man Booker International Prize 2015. Krasznahorkai, who writes in Hungarian, was chosen from a list of 10 contenders from around the world. The prize, worth £60,000, is awarded every two years for an achievement in fiction on the world stage.

Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Serial Actress Sudha Shivpuri Passes Away

Veteran TV actress Sudha Shivpuri passed away in Mumbai today due to multiple organ failure. She was 77. Sudha Shivpuri, became a household name after essaying the role of 'Baa' in TV show Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi.

SEBI Notified The Securities And Exchange Board Of India (Mutual Funds) Regulations, 2015

The Security and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on 20 March 2015 notified the SEBI (Mutual Funds) Regulations, 2015. The notified  regulations dropped the 20-25 rule requiring a minimum of 20 investors and a cap of 25 percent investment by an individual investor in a particular scheme, for certain foreign entities.

President Pranab Mukherjee Inaugurates 50th Anniversary Of India's First Historic Climb Of Mt. Everest In 1965

President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the 50th Anniversary of India's first historic climb of Mt. Everest in 1965 at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. This function was organized by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) to celebrate the historic climb of Mt. Everest in 1965 by an Indian team led by Captain Mohan Singh Kohli.

TP Senkumar Appointed As DGP Of Kerala

A 1983 batch IPS officer TP Senkumar was on 20 May 2015 appointed as the Director General of Police (DGP) of Kerala. The decision was taken by the State Cabinet in a meeting held under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. He will succeed KS Balasubramanian, who is retiring on 31 May 2015.

V Shanmuganathan Sworn In As Meghalaya Governor

V Shanmuganthan was on 20 May sworn in as the Governor of Meghalaya. He will succeed Keshari Nath Tripathi, governor of West Bengal who was given additional charge of Meghalaya since January 2015.

Maharashtra Decided To Amend Factories Act, 1948 To Allow Women To Work In Night Shifts

State Government of Maharashtra on 20 May 2015 decided to make amend Section 66(1)(c) of the Factories Act, 1948, so that women employees can work in night shifts. Section 66(1)(c) of the Factories Act, 1948 restricted women from working at a factory between 7 PM and 6 AM.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Current Affairs - 19 May 2015 - Latest

Delhi Government Decided To Launch Pay & Play Scheme To Promote Sports

The state government of Delhi on 19 May 2015 decided to launch Pay & Play Scheme at the designated stadiums or sports complexes. The scheme is planned to promote sports for all age groups in the national capital. The scheme would begin from 1 July 2015 in the morning session from 6 am to 9.30 am.

Harvard University Names Two Indians For Prestigious Radcliffe Fellowship

Two Indians from Indian Institute of Science, and University of Delhi have been named for Harvard University's prestigious Radcliffe fellowship. Shivani Agarwal from Indian Institute of Science and Maharaja Pandit from University of Delhi are among 50 scholars, scientists, and artists who will begin their one-year fellowships along with 48 at the Radcliffe Institute in September 2015.

Maria Elena South, Driest Place On Earth Discovered In Atacama Desert, Chile

Researchers have discovered the driest location on Earth in the Atacama Desert in Chile. The site discovered is called as Maria Elena South (MES).
It was discovered by team of research scientist at the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science in Seattle, United States.

PM Narendra Modi Concluded His Three-Nation Tour To China, Mongolia And South Korea

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 19 May 2015 returned to India after completing his tour to three nations namely China, Mongolia and South Korea. During his six-day visit between 14 May and 19 May 2015 as part of Act East Policy, he met leaders of the three nations.

Joe Root And Charlotte Edwards Named England Cricketers Of The Year

Joe Root and Charlotte Edwards have been named England men's and women's cricketers of the year for 2014-15. Root who was recently appointed vice-captain of England’s Test team was named as the cricketer of the year for scoring 1135 test runs at an average of 95 including four scores of 149 and above.

INS Kavaratti, Anti-Submarine Warfare Ship Launched In Kolkata

INS Kavaratti, Indian Navy's latest anti-submarine warfare class stealth corvette was launched on 19 May 2015 in Kolkata. Kavaratti is the last of the four anti-submarine warfare class stealth corvettes being built for India under Project 28.

HDFC Bank Launched HDFC Bank Apollo Medical Benefits Card

HDFC Bank in partnership with Apollo Hospitals on 18 May 2015 launched HDFC Bank Apollo Medical Benefits Card, a co-branded medical benefits card which allows corporates to disburse medical allowances to their employees and has insurance cover for accidents.

'Biryani', 'Selfie' Enter French Dictionary For First Time

The words 'biryani' and 'selfie' have been included in the latest edition of one of the most famous French dictionaries, Le Petit Larousse, for the first time. The authors of the dictionary define 'selfie' as a photographic self portrait, generally taken with a smartphone and destined to be published on social media.

Apple Acquires GPS Firm Coherent Navigations

Tech giant Apple has acquired Global Position System (GPS) firm Coherent Navigation to improve its mapping capabilities. Coherent Navigation's technology will be used by Apple to significantly enhance its Apple Maps product which is struggling to provide accurate location information.

Six Indian-Americans Received 2015 Ellis Island Medals Of Honor

Six Indian-Americans and a British-Indian were among nearly 100 individuals who were presented prestigious 2015 Ellis Island Medals of Honor in the US for their contributions to America. Indian-American winners include Meera Gandhi, founder of The Giving Back Foundation, Rajdeep K Dhami, Chad P Gehani, Rahul M Jindal, S Mona Sinha, chairperson of the Asian Women's Leadership University (AWLU) Project, and K V Kumar.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Current Affairs - 18 May 2015 - Latest

Seven Agreements Signed Between India And South Korea

India and South Korea today inked seven agreements, including on avoidance of double taxation and formalising consultations between National Security Councils of the two nations, to boost bilateral ties. The agreements were signed after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

Union Government Sanctioned 30 New Cold Storage Projects

Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries on 18 May 2015 sanctioned proposals for setting up 30 new cold storage chains in the country. The total expected grant-in-aid to be released by the Ministry is 274.9 crore rupees which would attract an investment of 470 crore rupees.

Reliance Jio Signs Pact With Chinese Telecom Giant Huawei For 4G Devices

Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJio), a telecom arm of Reliance Industries (RIL) has signed a pact with Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer firm Huawei for sourcing various 4th Generation (4G) devices. As per agreement, Huawei will supply RJio with 4G devices which include smartphones, tablets and mifi dongles.

Indian-American Harkeert Singh Saini Won Prestigious Police Award

Harkeert Singh Saini, an Indian-American policeman has been awarded the prestigious "Top Civilian Supervisor of the Year" award for his efficient services to the Houston Police department in the US state of Texas.  Saini hails from Hoshiarpur district of Punjab and is a graduate from Deshbandu College in New Delhi.

Nurse Aruna Shanbaug Passes Away

Aruna Shanbaug, a nurse who was in a unconsciousness state for 42 years after being sexually assaulted, passed away this morning. She was put on ventilator after suffering a serious bout of pneumonia last week. She was in coma at King Edward Memorial hospital in Mumbai where she was brutally assaulted by a sweeper in 1973.

India Meteorological Department Signed MoU With POSOCO Ltd To Increase Efficiency Of Power Sector

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) under the Union Ministry of Earth Sciences on 18 May 2015 signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Power System Operation Corporation Ltd (POSOCO) for optimum use of weather information/forecast in the power sector.

Draupadi Murmu Sworn In As First Woman Governor Of Jharkhand

Ms. Draupadi Murmu was sworn in as the first woman and overall ninth Governor of Jharkhand since the state was granted statehood status after bifurcating from Bihar on 15 November 2000. Jharkhand High Court Chief Justice Virendra Singh administered oath of office under the provisions of Article 159 of Constitution to her.

India Assumes Presidency Of 68th World Health Assembly

India assumed the presidency of the 68th World Health Assembly (WHA) held in Geneva after a gap of 19 years. WHA is the world's highest health policy setting body and the top decision-making body of the World Health Organisation (WHO). It is governed by WHO's 194 member state and generally composed of health ministers from member states.

Union Government Launched Official Website Of NITI Aayog With Blog Section

Union Government on 18 May 2015 launched official website of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog. The website is launched by Dr Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog. The website can be accessed on http://www.Niti.Gov.In.

Federal Bank - SBI Co-Branded Credit Card Launched

Federal Bank, one of India's premier private sector banks, and SBI Card, one of India's leading Credit Card issuer announced their collaboration to launch Federal Bank-SBI co-branded credit cards on 18 May. This is for the first time that Federal Bank has entered into credit card segment.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Current Affairs - 17 May 2015 - Latest

India And Mongolia Signed 13 Agreements To Enhance Bilateral Relations

India and Mongolia on 17 May 2015 signed 13 agreements to further enhance bilateral ties and co-operation between the two countries. India also announced to provide one billion US dollar credit to Mongolia. The agreements were inked during the Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit to Mongolia.

Pope Francis Canonises Two Palestinian Nuns

Pope Francis has canonized Sister Marie-Alphonsine Danil Ghattas and Mariam Bawardy from Palestine. The canonization ceremony was held in Vatican's St Peter's Square and was attended by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and over 2,000 Christian pilgrims from the region.

Union Government Allocates Rs 5000 cr For Development Of AYUSH

Union Government has allocated 5,000 crore rupees for the growth of Department of AYUSH, that comprises Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy. It was announced by Union Minister of State (MoS) for AYUSH Sripad Naik at a function in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Brad Haddin, The Australia Wicketkeeper Retired From ODI Cricket

Brad Haddin, the Australian wicketkeeper batsman on 17 May 2015 retired from One Day International (ODI) cricket. His final ODI appearance was the seven-wicket victory over New Zealand in World Cup final in Melbourne on 29 March 2015. He will continue to represent Australian side in Test and Twenty20 international cricket.

Vikas Gowda Won Bronze Medal In Shanghai IAAF Diamond League

Ace India discus thrower Vikas Gowda won a bronze medal in the second leg of the prestigious International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Diamond League series in Shanghai, China. In his fifth and penultimate attempt, Gowda hurled the disc to a distance of 63.90 metres to settle at third position.

Ethiopian Runners Win Both Men's & Women's Titles In TCS World 10000m Run

Ethiopian runners won both the Men's and Women's titles in the eighth edition of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) World 10 Thousand metre run in Bengaluru, Karnataka. In Men's category, Mosinet Geremew bagged the title by clocking 28 minutes and 16 seconds, while his teammate Fikadu settled at second place clocking 28 minutes and 14 seconds.

Novak Djokovic Won 4th Rome Masters Tennis Title

Novak Djokovic of Serbia on 17 May 2015 won his fourth Rome Masters Tennis title. In the summit clash, Djokovic defeated Roger Federer of Switzerland 6-4, 6-3. With this win, Djokovic earned prize money of 628100 US dollar and 1000 Emirates ATP Rankings points.

Syed Ahmed Sworn In As Manipur Governor

Former Jharkhand Governor Syed Ahmed was formally sworn in as the 16th Governor of Manipur at the Banquet Hall of Raj Bhavan in Imphal. Chief Justice of Manipur High Court, Justice Laxmi Kanta Mohapatra administered the oath of office and secrecy to the new Governor.

ICICI Bank's First Chinese Branch Inaugurated In Shanghai

ICICI Bank's first branch in China was inaugurated in Shanghai, a major global financial hub. It was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the presence of ICICI Bank's MD and CEO Chanda Kochhar. The new branch will begin its operation with 17 banking professionals handling different functions including finance, operations, corporate banking and treasury.

Airtel Seal $2.5 Billion Deals From Two Chinese Bank

Leading global telecommunication company, Bharti Airtel has sealed 2.5 billion deals from China Development Bank and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, with an average maturity of about nine years. The deal was signed in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is currently on an official visit to China.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Current Affairs - 2 April 2015 - Latest

Tata Steel Won Prime Minister's Trophy For 8th Time

Tata Steel was conferred with the Prime Minister's Trophy on 2 April at Rourkela for being the 'Best Performing Integrated Steel Plant' in the country during the performance year 2010 – 2011.

Captain Anoop Kumar Sharma Takes Over As CEO Of Essar Shipping

Captain Anoop Kumar Sharma has taken over as whole-time director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Essar Shipping Ltd (ESL). He replaced Ramakrishnan A. R. who had retired from service on 31 March 2015. Sharma has been associated with ESL since August 2008.

Indian-Origin Nurse Subadhra Devi Rai Named For 2015 International Achievement Award

Dr Subadhra Devi Rai, an Indian-origin Singaporean nurse, on 2 April 2015 was named for the 2015 International Achievement Award by the Florence Nightingale International Foundation (FNIF) of the International Council of Nurses.

India Ranks 119 On FM Global Resilience Index

India has been ranked at 119 out of 130 countries in the FM Global Resilience Index 2015. Norway has topped the Resilience Index for being the country best suited for companies seeking to avoid disruptions in their global supply chain operations. Venezuela is ranked last on the list.

McCullum Received Sir Richard Hadlee Medal

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has been named the winner of the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal for 2014-15. McCullum won the award for his remarkable performance both as a player and the captain during the 2014-15 season.

Union Cabinet Approves Amendments To The Homoeopathy Central Council Act, 1973

Union Cabinet gave its approval for the amendment of the Homoeopathy Central Council Act, 1973. Decision in this regard was taken by Union Cabinet meeting chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Sports Ministry Signs MoU With IIFCL For Supporting Badminton Sport

Sports Ministry Signs MoU with IIFCL for supporting Badminton sport. The Department of Sports, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports (MYAS), Government of India and India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (IIFCL), a company under Ministry of Finance have signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

General Muhammadu Buhari Gained Presidential Election Of Nigeria

General Muhammadu Buhari gained the Presidential Election of Nigeria. Election fee of Nigeria declared the end result. Muhammadu Buhari defeated Goodluck Jonathan. His occasion All Progressives Congress(APC) secured 15424921 votes and Goodluck Jonathan's People's Democratic Party(PDP) secured 12853162 votes.

Mumbai To Host Global Homoeo Meet

India is going to host a global homoeopathy meet this month. Practicing homoeopaths, researchers and scientists from basic streams of physics and chemistry would attend the two-day meet beginning April 11 in Mumbai.

Harvard University Set To Open Office In Mumbai

The US' prestigious Harvard University is set to open its international offices in India. Harvard is awaiting approval from the Indian government for its School of Public Health to open an office in Mumbai, a report in the college newspaper The Harvard Crimson said.