Monday, September 7, 2015

Current Affairs - 7 September 2015 - Latest

Maharashtra Government To Abolish LBT On Petrol And Diesel Within 15 Days

Maharashtra government on 7 September 2015 decided to abolish the Local Body Tax (LBT) within 15 days on petrol and diesel. The decision was taken to end the disparity between fuel dealers and other traders. 

Reliance Defence Ltd Inks MoU With Abu Dhabi Ship Building

Reliance Defence Ltd (RDL) led by Anil Ambani has inked memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) to set up a strategic partnership for construction of naval ships.

BSNL To Upgrade Broadband Speed To Minimum 2 Mbps At No Additional Cost

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) on 7 September 2015 decided to upgrade Broadband speed to minimum 2 Mbps at no additional cost for all its Broadband customers. The service will be effective from 1 October 2015. 

GSAT-6 Satellite Successfully Positioned In Orbital Slot Of 83 Degree East

ndian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has successfully positioned India’s latest communication satellite GSAT-6 into its orbital slot. It was positioned in its orbital slot 83 Degree east after carrying out four drift arresting maneuvers.

Andhra Pradesh Government Launched e-Pragati Project To Provide Integrated One Governance

The Andhra Pradesh government on 5 September 2015 launched the AP State Enterprise Architecture (APSEA) e-Pragati project to bring all the government services under one roof. The APSEA is a comprehensive architecture to leverage the latest advances in e-governance tools.

Qatar Deploys Troops In Yemen For First Time

For the first time, Qatar has deployed ground troops in Yemen to counter the Shia Houthi rebels who have taken over the country. In this regard, Qatar has deployed around one thousand ground troops, supported by armoured vehicles and military helicopters in Marib province of Yemen.

First-Ever Census On India's Leopard Presented

Lead scientist of the tiger census Yadvendradev V Jhala in first week of September 2015 presented first ever data on India’s leopard. The team shows availability of around 7910 of leopards across India, except the northeastern region of India. 

Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix Title 2015 Won By Lewis Hamilton

Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix title 2015 won by Lewis Hamilton for the Britain on. 06th September 2015. It is his 3rd Monza Circuit victory & 7th title in the year 2015.

To The Brink And Back: India's 1991 Story By Jairam Ramesh

The book titled To the Brink and Back: India's 1991 Story was in news in the first week of September 2015. It was written by former Union Environment and Forest Minister (Independent Charge) Jairam Ramesh.

Brij Raj Sharma Appointed As Chief Secretary Of Jammu And Kashmir

Brij Raj Sharma, a 1984- IAS officer was on 7 September appointed as Chief Secretary of Jammu  & Kashmir ending the week-long suspense over the issue. Sharma succeedes Iqbal Khanday, who volunteered for retirement three months before reaching the age of superannuation.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Current Affairs - 9 July 2015 - Latest

RBI Released Final Guidelines On PPI For Mass Transit System (PPI-MTS)

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 9 July 2015 released the final guidelines on Prepaid Payment Instruments for Mass Transit System (PPI-MTS). The issued guidelines enable the issuance of a separate category of semi-closed prepaid payment instruments for mass transit systems.

India And The United States Sign Agreement To Share Tax Information

India and the United States signed an inter governmental agreement to implement the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) with a view to promote transparency between the two countries on tax matters. The agreement was signed by Revenue Secretary Shaktikanta Das from India and US Ambassador to India Richard Verma, on July 9.

Dus Kadam: 10 Steps For The Future Proposed By PM Narendra Modi For BRICS Countries

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 9 July 2015 proposed a 10 point initiative named as ‘Dus Kadam: 10 Steps for the Future’ to boost cooperation within the members of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). 

Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan Launched By Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam

Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, former President of India launched the Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan (RAA) on 9 July in New Delhi. "Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan" (RAA) primarily seeks to develop a natural sense of passion towards learning of Science and Maths in school students of the country.

MPEDA Launched Mobile-Based Applications To Help Farmers Capture Data Through Mobile

The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) on 9 July 2015 launched two mobile based applications to help farmers get prices on shrimp and capture data on aquaculture through mobile. Moreover, MPEDA also revamped its website and launched an online registration portal for exporters.

India, US Ink Inter-Governmental Agreement To Implement FATCA

India and United States have signed inter-governmental agreement to implement the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). It was signed by Revenue Secretary Shaktikanta Das and US Ambassador to India Richard Verma in New Delhi.

Ashok Kumar Lahiri To Be Bandhan Bank Chairman

Ashok Kumar Lahiri, former chief economic adviser to the Indian government, will be the chairman of the upcoming Kolkata-based Bandhan Bank.The bank will start its operations from 23 August 2015 and will be inaugurated by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee.

Renowned Urdu Poet Bashar Navaaz Passed Away

Noted Urdu poet and critic Bashar Navaaz passed away on 9 July 2015 following a brief illness in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. He was 80. He was known as an Indo Pak shayar as his poetry is popular in India as well as in Pakistan.

Uttarakhand Gets India's First Earthquake Early Warning System

Uttarakhand became first Indian state to install a system to detect earthquakes and disseminate warnings. The first system has been installed in its capital Dehradun which will issue warnings 1-40 seconds before earthquakes of magnitude 5 or more occur.

7th BRICS Summit Held In Ufa, Russia

The seventh BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit was held from 8 to 9 July 2015 in the Russian city of Ufa in Bashkortostan. It was held under the theme BRICS Partnership – a Powerful Factor of Global Development.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Current Affairs - 8 July 2015 - Latest

Union Government Appoints Sriram Kalyanaraman As MD And CEO Of NHB

Union government has appointed Sriram Kalyanaraman as the Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Housing Bank (NHB) for a period of five years. With this he became the first person from private sector to be appointed as head of a public sector financial institution.

Lord Kamlesh Patel Becomes First British-Asian Appointee To ECB Director

Professor Lord Kamlesh Patel has become the first British Asian to be appointed as Director of England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). He succeeds Lord Morris of Handsworth, who had stepped down after 11 years as an ECB Director.

Inderjeet Singh Became First Indian To win A Gold Medal At World University Games In Gwangju

Indian shot-putter Inderjit Singh on 8 July 2015 came up with a best throw of 20.27 meter in the final attempt to win the Gold medal of men's shot put event at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea. With this, he created history to become the first Indian to win a gold medal at the World University Games.

Railway Minister Launches Paperless Mobile Ticket System 

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu launched the paperless mobile ticket system on Mumbai's Western Railway suburban system on July 8. The passengers can take advantage of the facility by using unreserved ticketing service or the UTS App available on Windows and Android mobile platforms and maintain a balance in their R-wallet.

Union Government Declares Whole Of Nagaland As 'Disturbed Area'

The Union home ministry has declared whole of Nagaland as a “disturbed area” for a further period of one year from June 30, 2015. The state was declared as “disturbed” area under Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958. With this declaration the armed forces get powers to search, raid and arrest anyone without a warrant.

Indian Army Dedicated Prerna Sthal At Hussainiwala To The Nation

Indian Army on 8 July 2015 dedicated the monument named Prerna Sthal at Hussainiwala to the nation. The commemorative monument was built to honour the sacrifice of soldiers of India. 

Rahul Bhatnagar Is New MD And CFO Of Bharti Enterprises

Rahul Bhatnagar was appointed as the Managing Director (MD) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Bharti Enterprises. Bhatnagar succeeded Manoj Kohli, who has assumed the role of Executive Chairman of SBG Cleantech, a Joint Venture between SoftBank, Bharti and Foxconn for renewable energy.

India, Kazakhstan Sign Five Key Pacts Including Deal On Uranium Supply

India and Kazakhstan have signed five agreements in various sectors focusing on strategic, economic and trade cooperation between both nations. The agreements were signed in Astana after delegation level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart Kazakh President Nur Sultan Nazar.

SN Sahai Appointed As Home Secretary Of Delhi

Senior IAS officer Sanjeev Nandan (SN)Sahai has been appointed as the Home Secretary of Delhi. Sahai is a 1986 batch Union Territory cadre officer. Sahai succeeded senior IAS officer Dharam Pal, who was removed as Home Secretary in June 2015 by the AAP government.

Union Sports Ministry Constituted Ashwini Nachappa Committee To Study Status Of SAI Training Centers

The Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports on 8 July 2015 constituted an eight member committee to study status of Sports Authority of India (SAI) training centers across the country. The committee will be headed by former athlete Ashwini Nachappa and includes Pullela Gopi Chand as a member among others.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Current Affairs - 13 June 2015 - Latest

"Mee Bhoomi", A Digital Depository Of Land Records Was Launched By Andhra Pradesh Government

The portal , makes all land details along with Adangal/Pahani and 1-B details available to the people. People can see the details of land owners, area, assessment, water source, soil type, nature of possession of the land, liabilities, tenancy, and crops grown.

US Becomes World's Largest Oil Producer, Surpasses Saudi Arabia

The United States has overtaken Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest oil producer in 2014 while India has recorded the highest growth in energy consumption among major economies.

Penalty Of Rs.50 Lakh Imposed On Future Generali Life Insurance Company By IRDA

Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDA) examined around 34 charges related to aspects of business, company violated many norms. Company was asked to oay the penalty within 15 days according to an order issued by IRDAI chairman TS Vijayan.

Egypt's New Suez Canal To Open On August 6

Egypt's New Suez Canal will open on August 6, the canal authority chairman said on Saturday, a project that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hopes will stimulate an economy suffering double-digit unemployment.

RBI Approved The Utility Bills As Valid Address Proof To Open Account

Bills for postpaid mobile service, piped gas and water supply can now be submitted as address proof for opening of bank account or with any financial institution.

Haryana Village Launches 'Selfie With Daughter' Contest To Save Girl Child

Haryana's Bibipur village, which wants The Women's World' added to its name, has now come out with a unique idea to continue its efforts to create gender-neutral atmosphere in the state.

China Launches Freight Train Service Connecting Europe By Linking Harbin And Hamburg

China has launched a freight train service between its northeastern city of Harbin and Europe. The 9,820-km-long distance rail route will open new trade options for Chinese goods in the European Market. It was launched by HAO Logistics Co. Ltd which is a joint venture company that runs the freight service.

RBI Allows FII Buying In Kaveri Seed

The stock of Kaveri Seed Company will see some buying interest on Monday, as the Reserve Bank of India on Friday said foreign portfolio investors could now invest up to 49 per cent of the company's equity base. The RBI decision follows foreign investor shareholding falling below the revised threshold limit. 

V K Singh Inaugurates First India-China Yoga College At Yunnan Minzu University, China

Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs V K Singh inaugurated first India-China Yoga College at Yunnan Minzu University in Kunming, China. This is first Indian government institution related Indian spiritual art form i.e. Yoga in China inaugurated ahead of the first UN Yoga Day to be observed on June 21.

Devendra Chaudhary Appointed Secretary To Dept. Of Administrative Reforms

Senior IAS officer Devendra Chaudhary has been appointed as Secretary in the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG). Mr.Chaudhary, a 1981-batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, is presently working as Special Secretary in the Power Ministry.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Current Affairs - 12 June 2015 - Latest

RBI Issued Final Guidelines For 6-year And 13-year Interest Rate Futures

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 12 June 2015 issued the final guidelines for the 6-year and 13-year cash settled Interest Rate Futures (IRF) on government securities with residual maturity of 4-8 years and 11-15 years respectively under the Interest Rate Futures (Reserve Bank) (Amendment) Directions, 2015.

World Day Against Child Labour Observed On 12 June

World Day Against Child Labour was observed across the world on 12 June 2015. For the year 2014 the theme is NO to child labour – YES to quality education!. The day is the United Nations observance to bring awareness against child labour.

Telangana Government Unveiled Telangana Industrial Policy 2015

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on 12 June 2015 unveiled the Telangana Industrial Policy 2015 in Hyderabad. The policy is intended to boost industrial activity and employment opportunities in the state.

Musicians, Film-Maker Chosen For Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships And Akademi Puraskar For Year 2014

Sangeet Natak Akademi has announced the names of recipients of Sangeet Natak Akademi fellowships (Akademi Ratna) 2014 and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards (Akademi Puraskar) 2014. The names of the recipients were finalized in the meeting of General Council of the Sangeet Natak Akademi which is also known as the National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama.

Department Of Atomic Energy (DAE) Launched India Nuclear Insurance Pool (INIP)

The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) on 12 June 2015 launched the India Nuclear Insurance Pool (INIP). The INIP has become the 27th such insurance pool in the world as countries such as France, Russia, South Africa and the U.S. have put in place such similar risk transfer mechanisms.

US Opens Probe Against Indian IT Giants TCS, Infosys For H1B Visa Violations

United States (US) government has opened an investigation against two of the biggest Indian Information Technology (IT) outsourcing companies for possible violations of H1-B visa rules. The two IT giants are Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Infosys.

Railway Ministry Decided To Run Suvidha Trains

Ministry of Railways on 12 June 2015 decided to run Suvidha trains with dynamic fares from July 2015. The decision to run Suvidha trains was taken to address the rush during peak travel seasons. These trains will have dynamic fare system and there will not be any downward movement of the fare.

Legendary West Indies Fast Bowler Sir Wesley Hall Inducted Into The ICC Cricket Hall Of Fame

Former West Indies paceman Sir Wesley Winfield Hall has been inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. He is 80th cricketer to be inducted in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame and 18th from West Indies. He is the 4th cricketer to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2015 after Betty Wilson, Anil Kumble and Martin Crowe.

Moldova's Prime Minister Chiril Gaburuci Resigned

Moldova's Prime Minister Chiril Gaburuci on 12 June 2015 resigned from his post after he was questioned about the authenticity of his high school and university degrees. Gaburuci became the Prime Minister of Moldova in February 2015.

Bibek Debroy Committee On Railway Restructuring Submitted Report To Union Ministry Of Railways

The High Level Committee (HLC) on railway restructuring headed by Dr Bibek Debroy on 12 June 2015 submitted its final report to the Union Ministry of Railways. The HLC known as the Committee for Mobilization of Resources for Major Railway Projects

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Current Affairs - 11 June 2015 - Latest

Union Government Launched Migrant Resource Centre In Chennai

The Union Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) along with the Tamil Nadu Government on 11 June 2015 launched the Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) in Chennai. The MRC in Chennai is the fourth such MRC in India set-up by MOIA.

Indian-Origin Vivek Murthy Presented With Pride Of Community Award

Indian-origin US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has been presented with the Pride of the Community Award by a prominent Hindu advocacy group. Receiving the award by the Hindu American Foundation at its 12th Annual Day reception at Capitol Hill.

Nek Chand Saini, Creator Of Chandigarh's Rock Garden Passes Away

Nek Chand Saini, creator of Chandigarh’s iconic Rock Garden passed away on 11 June 2015 in Chandigarh. He was 90. He was born in Berian Kalan village in Shakargarh region (now in Pakistan).  He was as a self-taught Indian artist.

Dick Costolo Resigned As CEO Of Twitter Inc

Dick Costolo on 11 June 2015 resigned as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Twitter Inc after serving the company for five years. Costolo will demit the office of CEO on 1 July 2015. Twitter co-founder and Square Inc's CEO Jack Dorsey will take over as the Interim CEO of the company on 1 July 2015 and will stay until a replacement is found.

MS Dhoni 23rd On Forbes List Of Highest Paid Athletes

Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni is among Forbes magazine's 100 highest-paid athletes in the world, the only Indian sportsman on the list that has been topped again by American boxer Floyd Mayweather and includes golfer Tiger Woods, tennis star Roger Federer and Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.

Google Launches Special Search Mode For Slower 2G Phone Network For India, Brazil

World's largest search engine giant Google Inc has launched a new lite mode of Google search engine for India and Brazil on 2 Generation (2G) network. This lite mode has been developed by keeping the 2G network speed in mind.

Ravi Garikipati Appointed As Entrepreneur In Residence Of Flipkart

Ravi Garikipati was on 11 June 2015 appointed as Entrepreneur in Residence of online portal In this position, he will work closely with Flipkart founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal and head of Flipkart’s e-commerce platform Mukesh Bansal on new business projects.

Para-Athlete Devika Won Queen's Young Leaders Award

Multiple-medal winner para-athlete, Devika Malik has been selected as one of the Queen's Young Leaders Award winners from across all the Commonwealth Nations. She has received this award for the efforts made by the Wheeling Happiness foundation to build a more inclusive society for persons with physical, emotional and social challenges in India.

Union Government Scraps Import Duties On AIDS Drugs And Test Kits

Union Government has scrapped customs import duties for drugs and test kits used to treat Human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS). In this regard Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has issued a notice that will remain in effect till March 2016.

England's Cricketer Matt Prior Retired From All Forms Of Cricket

Matt Prior, the English cricketer, on 11 June 2015 retired from all forms of cricket. The 33-year-old, wicketkeeper-batsman helped England to win three Ashes series between 2009 and 2013. He was the first English wicketkeeper to score a century on debut match against West Indies in 2007.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Current Affairs - 10 June 2015 - Latest

Indian-Origin Scientist Manu Prakash Developed World's First Water-Based Computer

Indian-origin scientist Manu Prakash along with his team on 10 June 2015 developed World's first water-based computer. The results were published in the journal Nature Physics. Manu Prakash is an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Stanford University.

Kapil Mishra Named As Delhi Law Minister

Delhi Jal Board vice-chairman Kapil Mishra was on 10 June named as the new Law Minister of Delhi.Mishra, who represents Karawal Nagar Assembly seat, will succeed Jitendra Singh Tomar who resigned on 9 June 2015 following his arrest in fake degree case.

HDFC Bank Launched PayZapp

HDFC Bank on 10 June 2015 launched PayZapp, a complete digital payment and purchase solution. The mobile app will allow customers to manage credit or debit card details, recharge and pay bills, use virtual card, send money through a wallet and shop.

26 African Countries Create TFTA: Cape Town To Cairo Free-Trade Zone

African countries have signed a historic The Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) that facilitates creation of Africa's largest free-trade zone. This free-trade zone will cover 26 countries in an area from southernmost tip of African continent i.e. Cape Town (South Africa) to Cairo (Egypt) in the north.

Amazon Opened Its Biggest Fulfilment Centre In Hyderabad

Amazon, the global e-commerce and cloud services firm, on 10 June 2015 opened a Fulfilment Centre near Hyderabad in Telangana. It is the biggest such facility for Amazon in the country having previously established 10 Fulfilment Centres across seven states.

Parkash Singh Badal Conferred With 2015 Sant Namdev National Award

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal was on 10 June conferred with the prestigious 14th Sant Namdev National Award- 2015 at a function in Pune, Maharashtra. He was awarded for promoting peace, communal harmony and universal brotherhood.

CCEA Approved 4721 Crore Rupees Road Projects In Madhya Pradesh, Telangana

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on 10 June 2015 approved two road projects worth 4721 crore rupees, one in Madhya Pradesh and another in Telangana. The projects will be executed under the flagship road building programme National Highways Development Project (NHDP).

Union Government Gives Nod To Promulgation Of Ordinance To Amend Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881

Union Government has given nod for promulgation of Ordinance to amend Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881. Decision in this regard was Union Cabinet meet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. The ordinance paves way for filing of cheque bounce cases in place where the cheque was issued. 

NASA Scientist Developed Tool To Predict Destructive Solar Storms

NASA scientists on 10 June 2015 developed tool to predict destructive solar storms. The model will help predict solar geomagnetic storms 24 hours in advance. The storm can cause telecommunication disruptions and power outages. 

India's First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier INS Vikrant Undocked

India on 10 June undocked its first indigenously-built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant at Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) in Cochin district of Kerala. The ship will undergo a series of fitment and trial processes along with series of static and dynamic trials before inducting it into the Indian Navy in end-2018.