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.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Current Affairs - 1 April 2015 - Latest

Andhra Pradesh Govt Approves Amaravathi As New State Capital

The Andhra Pradesh Government on 1 April approved Amaravathi town, the ancient seat of power of Satavahana rulers, as its new capital coming up in the Vijayawada-Guntur region, which is also known for its historical and spiritual significance.

RBI Approves The Collaboration Of ING Vysya Bank With Kotak Mahindra Bank

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 1 April 2015 approved the scheme of amalgamation of ING Vysya Bank Ltd. with Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. The Scheme would gain momentum from 1 April 2015.

Odisha Government Launches Aahar Scheme

Odisha Government on 1 April 2015 launched 'Aahar'- cheap meal scheme for providing subsidised food to urban poor. It was launched by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar on the occasion the foundation day of the state i.e. Utkala Dibasa.

Sunita Tomar, The Face Of India's Anti-Tobacco Campaign, Died

Sunita Tomar, the face of India's anti-tobacco campaign, died on 1 April 2015 at her native village in Bhind district of Madhya Pradesh. She was 28. In 2014, she shot a 30-second video titled Sunita highlighting the devastating effect of smokeless tobacco.

Worlds Oldest Person Misao Okawa Died

Misao Okawa, a Japanese woman who was recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest person, died on 1 April. She was 117. Okawa was born in a kimono shop on March 5, 1898. She was awarded the Guinness World Records title of oldest living person as well as the oldest living woman on 27 February 2013, a few days before her 115th birthday.

Mustafa Kamal Resigns From The Post Of President Of International Cricket Council

Mustafa Kamal on 1 April 2015 stepped down as the President of the International Cricket Council (ICC). The Bangladeshi cricket administrator had succeeded Alan Isaac as the 11th President of the ICC in June 2014.

Union Government Launches FAME-India Scheme To Boost Electric, Hybrid Vehicle Sales

Union Government on 1 April 2015 launched Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles (FAME) - India Scheme. The scheme was launched as part of the National Mission for Electric Mobility to boost eco-friendly vehicles sales in the country.

Satishchandra Doreswamy Resigned As Chief Business Officer Of Wipro

Satishchandra Doreswamy, the Chief Business Officer (CBO) of Wipro, resigned on 1 April 2015. As a CBO at Wipro, he had responsibilities for Business Operations Group, Delivery Leadership and Global Transformation charter.

Gulshan Rai Takes Charge As India's First Cyber Security Chief

Gulshan Rai, the Director General of Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (Cert-In), on 1 April took charge as India's first cyber security chief under the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) as Special Secretary for cyber security. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March 2015 had created this new post in PMO and had appointed Rai as its head.

Renowned Hindi Poet Kailash Vajpeyi Died

Renowned Hindi poet Kailash Vajpeyi died on 1 April 2015 due to cardiac arrest in a private hospital of Saket in New Delhi. He was 79. He is survived by his wife and daughter Ananya Vajpeyi. Kailash Vajpeyi was born in 1936 at Hamirpur of Uttar Pradesh and began his career as a journalist and subsequently started teaching at Delhi University.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Current Affairs - 31 March 2015 - Latest

RBI Imposed 5 Lakh Rupees Fine On 16 Central Co-operative Banks For Violation Of Norms

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 31 March 2015 imposed a monetary penalty of five lakh rupees on 16 Central Co-operative Banks (CCBs). The penalty was imposed for non-adherence of the Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering guidelines.

RINL Launches First Of Its Kind Green Project To Generate 120 MW Power

Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL) the corporate entity of Vizag Steel Plant (VSP) on 31 March 2015 launched novel green project that can generate 120 MW power. It is first of its kind green project launched in Indian Steel Industry that can generate pollution free captive power using 100 per cent Blast Furnace Gas and Coke Oven Gas.

IBM Plans To Invest $3 Billion In 'Internet Of Things' Unit

IBM is investing $3 billion to build an "Internet of Things" division aimed at harnessing the massive collection of data collected by smartphones, tablets, connected vehicles and appliances and using it to help companies better manage their resources.

Vice Admiral SPS Cheema Takes Over As New Chief Of Western Naval Command

Vice Admiral Surinder Pal Singh Cheema took over the reins of the Western Naval Command as Flag Officer Commanding-in-chief (FOC-in-C). He took charge from Vice Admiral Anil Chopra at a ceremonial parade held at INS Shikra in Mumbai on 31 March.

Myanmar Government And 16 Ethnic Rebel Groups Signed Draft Cease-Fire Agreement

Myanmar Government and 16 ethnic rebel groups on 31 March 2015 signed a draft nationwide cease-fire agreement. The draft is aimed at ending more than 65 years of civil unrest and armed conflict in the country. 

Union Government Amends Guidelines For Financial Support To PPP In Infrastructure

Union Government on 31 March 2015 approved amendments to the Public Private Partnerships (PPP) guidelines. The approved amendments seek to enhance financial support to projects in infrastructure sector. Decision in this regard was taken by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

God's Bankers Written By Gerald Posner Gets Released

Book titled God's Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican authored by Gerald Posner was released on 3 February 2015. Posner, an American journalist and an author, presents through this book the secret side of the 200-year history of Vatican finances and the Vatican Bank, the Catholic Church's completely independent financial institution.

Gujarat Legislative Assembly Passes Anti-Terror Bill

The Gujarat Legislative Assembly on 31 March 2015 passed Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organized Crime (GUJCOC) Bill, 2015. The Gujarat Control of Organized Crime Bill (GUJCOC), which was introduced in the Gujarat Assembly by Chief Minister Anandiben Patel-led state government, was earlier returned by the President of India thrice to the state government for reconsideration.

Andhra Pradesh, University Of Singapore Ink MoU To Promote Ease Of Doing Business

Andhra Pradesh government, National University of Singapore (NUS) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) have signed MoU to work on Ease of Doing Business in the state. It was signed for cooperation in relation to 'Masterplan on Ease of Doing Business in Andhra Pradesh (MEDBAP): Vision 2020′.

India Makes First Crude Oil Purchase For Strategic Reserve

India has bought the first oil for its strategic petroleum reserve (SPR), marking the start of a round of purchases by the world's fourth-biggest oil consumer to build up emergency stockpiles. Oil prices have almost halved in the past year due to excess global production, leaving traders looking for any signs of new demand to help absorb the surplus.

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.