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).

Friday, March 20, 2015

Current Affairs - 20 March 2015 - Latest

Narendra Modi Became New Chancellor Of Viswa Bharati University

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been appointed as the new chancellor of Visva Bharati University for the next three years. He replaces former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who stepped down recently. Visva-Bharati was declared a central university and an institution of national importance by an Act of Parliament in 1951.

Lata Mangeshkar Won The Laadli Voice Of The Century Award

Legendary Singer Lata Mangeshkar on 20 March 2015 was presented with the Laadli Voice of the Century award. She was awarded at the sixth edition of the National Media and Advertising Awards for Gender Sensitivity held at Mumbai, Maharashtra.

World Sparrow Day Was Observed Across The World

World Sparrow Day was observed on 20 March 2015. The theme for World Sparrow Day 2015 is "I LOVE Sparrows".  The theme has been inspired by the hope that more and more of us will celebrate the relationship between People and Sparrows. The day is observed to create awareness about the House Sparrow and other common birds and the need for their protection.

Bard Of Maharashtra Shahir Krishnarao Sable Passes Away

Bard and Marathi folk legend Krishnarao Ganpatrao Sable passed away on 20 March 2015 in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He was 92. He had brought Maharashtra's folk singing and theatre traditions to the centre stage and his songs enriched Maharashtra's culture.

Australia Beat Pakistan, To Clash With India In Semis

Australia defeated Pakistan by 6 wickets in the third quarter-final of the ICC cricket World Cup, in Adelaide on 20 March 2015. Australia will now take on defending champions India for a place in the final. Brief Scores of Pakistan are 213 all out in 49.5 overs and of Australia are 216/4 in 33.5 overs.

Pakistani Cricketers Misbah-Ul-Haq, Shaid Afridi Retired From ODI Cricket

Pakistani cricketers, Misbah-ul-Haq and Shaid Afridi on 20 March 2015 retired from the One Day International (ODI) format of cricket. They retired after the World Cup quarter-final match against Australia played at Adelaide, Australia. In the quarter-final, they lost to Australia by six-wickets.

Colin Macdonald Appointed As Managing Director Of Renault Nissan Automotive India

Colin Macdonald has been appointed as Managing Director (MD) of Renault Nissan Automotive India (RNAIPL). He will assume charge on 1 April 2015.
Macdonald will succeed Toshihiko Sano who has been appointed as Senior Vice President of Nissan's key supplier, Calsonic Kansei in Japan.

Malcolm Fraser, Former Australian PM Passed Away

Malcolm Fraser, the former Australian Prime Minister passed away. He was 84. He was active in public life until the end and his death shocked the nation. His life after politics was dominated by human rights issues.

Union Cabinet Approved Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) To Impart Skill Training To Youth

The Union Cabinet approved the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) on 19 March 2015 with an outlay of 1500 crore rupees. The programme aims to impart skill training to youth with focus on first time entrants to the labour market and class 10 and class 12 drop outs.

Union Cabinet Approves 33% Reservation For Women In Police Forces Of UTs, Delhi

Union Cabinet on 20 March 2015 approved 33 percent reservation for women in police forces of all seven Union Territories (UTs) including Delhi Police.
This decision was taken at the Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Current Affairs - 19 March 2015 - Latest

Former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar's Book Released

Former Lok Sabha Meira Kumar's book entitled "Indian Parliamentary Diplomacy - Speaker's Perspective" was released on 19 March 2015. The book was released by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and its first copy was presented to the President Pranab Mukherjee at a function held in Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.

Ratan Tata To Head Railways 'Kayakalp Council'

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on 19 March constituted 'Kayakalp' Council and appointed noted industrialist Ratan Tata as its head. The council also seeks to re-engineer business and introduce a spirit of innovation in Indian Railways.

Union Ministry Of Environment To Launch National Air Quality Index In April 2015

Union Ministry of Environment on 19 March 2015 announced to launch National Air Quality Index in April 2015. The National Air Quality Index is a simple, composite, and easy to understand measure of air quality.

India Beat Bangladesh, Enters Into WC Semi-Final

India entered into the World Cup semi-finals by defeating Bangladesh by 109 runs in Melbourne today. With the help of Rohit Sharma century 137 off 126 balls and Suresh Raina's half century 65 off 57 balls India set the target of 302/6 against Bangladesh.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni Becomes First Indian Captain To Register 100 ODI Wins

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has become first Indian Cricket team Captain to register the 100 One Day International (ODI) match wins. He was able to achieve this feat after Indian team defeated Bangladesh in the 2015 ICC World Cup quarter-final match by 109-run in Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Australia.

Ramachandran Appointed As Vice-Chair Of International Relations Commission Of ANOC

Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President N. Ramachandran has been appointed vice-chair of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) international relations commission. He will serve as a vice-chair of ANOC International Relations Commission for 2015.

NYU Announced Prison Education Programme To Educate US Prisoners

New York University (NYU) on 19 March 2015 announced Prison Education Programme (PEP) to Educate US Prisoners. Indian-American New York University (NYU) Professor Nikhil Pal Singh will heads programme. The programme is a new initiative of New York University to bring college education to the inmates of a medium-security prison in New York State.

Suresh Krishna Appointed TVS Chairman

Suresh Krishna has been appointed Chairman of TV Sundram Iyengar & Sons Ltd, the holding company of the TVS group. Krishna, who turned 78 in December, is the grandson of TV Sundaram Iyengar, the founder of the group and is the eldest member in his generation.

Indigenously Developed Astra Successfully Test-Fired From Sukhoi-30 MKI Fighter Aircraft

India's indigenously developed Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missile Astra was successfully tested on 18 March 2015 from a Sukhoi-30 fighter aircraft.  The test was undertaken at the Integrated Test Range located at Chandipur in Odisha.

Yahoo To Shut Its Office In China

Yahoo has decided to shut down its operations and research center in Beijing, China. According to The San Francisco-based website quoted Yahoo as saying in a statement: Today we informed our employees based in Beijing that we will be closing our office there." Alibaba manages Yahoo's operations in China, but the Beijing office was notable for being Yahoo-controlled.