Monday, March 30, 2015

Current Affairs - 30 March 2015 - Latest

Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba Took Over As Commanding-in-Chief Of Southern Naval Command

Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba on 30 March 2015 took over charge as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Southern Naval Command. He took the charge from Vice Admiral SPS Cheema at a ceremonial parade held at the Naval base in Kochi.

Bharat Ratna Conferred Posthumously On Madan Mohan Malviya

Noted educationist and freedom fighter Madan Mohan Malviya posthumously conferred Bharat Ratna, country's highest civilian award, by President Pranab Mukherjee. His family members received the award from President Pranab Mukherjee. Malaviya is the founder of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) at Varanasi in 1916.

Union Ministry Of Finance Approved 1500 Crore Rupees For AP Capital Construction

Union Ministry of Finance on 30 March 2015 allocated 1500 crore rupees to Andhra Pradesh (AP) for the construction of necessary infrastructure in the new capital. Out of the 1500 crore rupees sanctioned 1000 crore rupees are meant for essential amenities and 500 crore rupees for administrative buildings.

Himachal Pradesh Assembly Launches India's First E-Vidhan Mobile Apps

Himachal Pradesh Government on 30 March 2015 launched part one of E-Vidhan Mobile apps. E-Vidhan Mobile apps will enable all 68 members of state assembly to get the entire House business on their smartphones and tablets, laid in the House 45 minutes before the beginning of the daily proceedings.

Port Blair Magnetic Observatory Inaugurated To Monitor Seismic Activities

The Union Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Dr. Harsh Vardhan on 30 March 2015 inaugurated Port Blair Magnetic Observatory (PBMO) at Shoal Bay No. 8 in Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Katsushi Inoue Is Honda Cars India's New President & CEO

Katsushi Inoue was on 30 March appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Honda Cars India Limited (HCIL). He will assume charge on 1 April 2015 and succeed Hironori Kanayama who is due to retire.

Daniel Vettori Retired From All Forms Of International Cricket

Daniel Vettori, the cricketer of New Zealand on 30 March 2015 retired from all forms of International Cricket. The veteran spinner officially announced his retirement after the final match of the 2015 Cricket World Cup. In his final match against Australia, he scored nine runs and took 0-25 from five overs.

Delhi Government Bans All Forms Of Chewable Tobacco

Delhi Government on 30 March 2015 banned sale, purchase, storage and manufacturing of all forms of chewable tobacco including guktha and pan masala containing tobacco. In this regard, Delhi Government led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has issued notification banning all products of chewable tobacco in all forms.

Japan Organised World's First Otaku Expo

Japan organised the world's first Otaku Expo from 28 March 2015 to 29 March 2015 at Makuhari Messe Convention Center in Chiba Prefecture. The Expo was organized as a part of a special comic book fair held every five years, which attracts about half a million visitors.

9 agricultural Products From North-East India Accorded GI Registration Tag

Nine organic and exotic agricultural products from Northeast India were accorded geographical indication (GI) registration tag. GI tag will help to protect these exclusive special local crops and pave way for better branding and marketing of these products both in domestic and international Market.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Current Affairs - 29 March 2015 - Latest

Poonam Mahajan Becomes First Woman President Of BF

Poonam Mahajan was unanimously elected as the President of Basketball Federation. She became the first woman President of BF, since it came into existence in 1950. The 34-year-old Poonam is the youngest president of any national federation in India.

Sebastian Vettel Won The Malaysian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel (Germany) won the Malaysian Grand Prix, the second F1 GP race of 2015 season on 29 March. Ferrari team's Sebastian Vettel ended Mercedes' long Formula One winning streak by winning the Malaysian Grand Prix held at the Sepang International Circuit.

Two Interceptor Boats, FPV Commissioned Into Indian Coast Guard's Eastern Fleet

Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) named Anagh and Two Interceptor Boats named C-430 and C-417 on 29 March 2015 were commissioned into Indian Coast Guard's Eastern Fleet. They were commissioned by Lieutenant General Ajay Kumar Singh (retd), Lt Governor of Puducherry in a traditional ceremony with full military honours in Chennai.

Australia Defeated New Zealand To Win ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Australia on 29 March 2015 won the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. In the final, Australia defeated New Zealand by seven wickets at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Australia. New Zealand batting first was bowled out at a score of 183 in 45 over and in reply to the target Australia scored 186 at the loss of 3 wickets in 33.1 over. 

Saina Won India Open Super Series Badminton Women's Title

Saina won the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold in Lucknow in January, before becoming the first Indian woman to reach the final of the All England Championships. She achieved her dream of becoming the world number one after Carolina Marin lost in the semi-finals.

Adoor Gopalakrishnan Honoured With Bishwaratna Dr Bhupen Hazarika International Solidarity Award

Acclaimed filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan on 29 March 2015 was honoured with Bishwaratna Dr Bhupen Hazarika International Solidarity Award. He was presented the award by Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at the function held at Guwahati, Assam.

Michael Clarke Retired From ODI Cricket

Michael Clarke, the Australian cricketer, on 29 March 2015 retired from One Day Internationals (ODI) after final match of 2015 Cricket World Cup. He will continue to represent Australian cricket team in the Test matches. Clarke in his final ODI appearance against New Zealand scored 74 and helped Australia win the 2015 World Cup by 7 wickets. 

Srikant Lift India Open Super Series Badminton Men's Singles Title

K. Srikanth defeated Viktor Axelsen of Denmark in three games 18-21, 21-13, 21-12 and won the India Open Super Series Badminton Men's Singles title. He won the second Super Series title of his career.

Great Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros' Population Rises In Kaziranga: 2015 Census

As per the latest census, the Great Indian one-horned Rhinoceros population in Assam's Kaziranga National Park (KNP) – world heritage site has increased to over 2041. The census was conducted by Assam's forest department in association with several wildlife NGOs as a regular exercise in the park for four days from 24 to 28 March 2015.

Reliance Power's Sasan UMPP Fully Operational

Anil Ambani controlled Reliance Power Ltd has announced the commissioning of the sixth and last 660 MW unit of the 3,960 MW Sasan Ultra Mega Power Project (UMPP). The Sasan UMPP is the largest integrated power plant cum coal mining project at a single location involving investment of over Rs. 27,000 crore.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Current Affairs - 28 March 2015 - Latest

Delhi's Aditi Arya Crowned Miss India 2015

Delhi girl Aditi Arya has been crowned FBB Femina Miss India World 2015 at a ceremony held at Yashraj Studios on 28 March.Aditi Arya was declared FBB Femina Miss India World 2015 while Aafreen Rachel Vaz walked away with the fbb Femina Miss India 2015 first runner-up crown and Vartika Singh was fbb Femina Miss India 2015 second runner-up.

ISRO Launches 4th Navigation Satellite IRNSS-1D

India today successfully launched its fourth navigation satellite IRNSS-1D from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. With this success, India moved closer towards joining a select group of nations possessing its own satellite navigation system.

Earth Hour 2015 Observed Across The World

Ninth edition of Earth Hour was observed on 28 March 2015 across the World. Earth Hour 2015 encouraged people to explore and adopt a cleaner and more sustainable lifestyle by embracing renewable energy solutions. In this edition of Earth Hour, millions of people around the world took part in the event for the global climate change awareness campaign.

Balbir Singh Senior Conferred With Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award Of Hockey India

Hockey India on 28 March 2015 conferred Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award on legendary Balbir Singh Senior. As an award, he received a trophy and a cash prize of 30 lakh rupees.

Mizoram Governor Aziz Qureshi Sacked

Mizoram Governor Aziz Qureshi was sacked on 28 March after serving only three months in office. Qureshi's tenure was to end in 2017. West Bengal Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi was given the additional charge of the state, making him its seventh Governor in eight months.

Saina Nehwal Scales Historic World No.1 Ranking

Saina Nehwal created history today as she became the first Indian woman shuttler to attain the world No.1 ranking after her closest challenger for the spot, Spain's Carolina Marin, lost in the India Open Super Series semi-final.

Indian American Scientist Murty Kambhampati Chosen For US Presidential Award

An Indian-American scientist and biology professor Murty Kambhampati is chosen for prestigious US Presidential award.   He is among 15 scientists who have been chosen for US Presidential award for excellence in the field of science, mathematics and engineering mentoring (PAESMEM).

Hockey India Conferred Inaugural Hockey India Annual Awards

Hockey India on 28 March 2015 conferred the inaugural Hockey India Annual Awards. The awards were conferred to recognise the dedication and hard work of hockey players, coaches and administrators on the field to build the sport on the national and international arena.

Kailash Satyarthi Features In The Fortune List Of 2015 Roster Of Greatest Leaders

Fortune Magazine has released the list of 2015 roster of the World's 50 Greatest Leaders and feature Nobel Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi at the 28th rank. The list included Prime Minister of India at 5th rank, which was topped by Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Cyrus Vandrevala And Jasminder Singh Win The Asian Business Award

Investor Cyrus Vandrevala and hotelier Jasminder Singh were the winners at an Asian Business Awards ceremony in London. Mr. Vandrevala, Mumbai resident and co-founder of investment company Intrepid Capital Partners (ICP), received the Global Investor of the Year Award at the ceremony.

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.