2015: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • May 14, 2015
  • 1 E-commerce Myntra.com acquired startup mobile app development platform Native5 [ None ]

    Myntra.com is online fashion and lifestyle retailer. It acquired startup firm Native5 Software Solutions Pvt Ltd (Bengaluru-based Company) for the transformational change in the online shopping space. With this acquisition, founders of Native 5 will join Flipkart, parent company

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  • May 7, 2015
  • 1 Save the Children released 16th annual State of the World’s Mothers (SOWM) report [ None ]

    Union Minister for Minority Affairs Najma Heptulla released the report on Save the Children’s 16th annual State of the World’s Mothers (SOWM) report titled in NEW DELHI and the report’s special focus is on the struggle of poorest mothers and children in rapidly urbanizing world a

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  • 2 Lok Sabha passed the Goods and Services Tax Bill, 2014 [ None ]

    The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, 2014 was passed in Lok Sabha on 6 May 2015 and this bill also called Constitution (122nd Amendment) Bill seeks to introduce GST regime in India. GST Bill, 2014 will allow India into a common market, harmonizing myriads of state and central l

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  • 3 NASAs develop Ten-Engine Electric Plane GL-10 Prototype [ None ]

    American Space Centre NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) successfully developed and flight tested the prototype of a ten-engine electric plane Greased Lightning (GL)-10. Greased Lightning (GL)-10 was developed by the NASA in order to enhance its capabilities in

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  • 4 Microsoft launches Edu-Cloud with aim to Make Learning Fun [ None ]

    Microsoft has launched a cloud computing-based offering Edu-Cloud with an aim to Make Learning Fun. Edu-Cloud is launching aim to enhance digital learning and teaching in schools and higher education institutions in India through virtual learning platforms.

    1. Through cloud computin

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  • 5 India’s top shooters win 3 gold, 2 bronze medals at International Shooting Competition [ None ]

    India’s top rifle shooters have won three gold and two bronze medals at the International Shooting Competition of Hannover in Germany. In this shooting event, Abhinav Bindra is Beijing Olympics Games gold medalist who won both the individual and team gold in his pet 10 metre air

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  • 6 Michael Blake, Oscar-winning ‘Dances With Wolves’ writer passed away [ None ]

    Michael Blake was the Oscar-winning writer of ‘Dances with Wolves’ novel passed away in Tucson, Arizona, after a long battle with cancer in the age of 69. In 1990, the novel” Dances with Wolves” after adapted into movie and it was a major hit and had earned Blake an Academy Award

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  • 7 BHEL commissions Bijlee Utpadan’s 195-MW thermal unit in Bihar [ None ]

    Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) has commissioned a 195-MW thermal unit in Muzzafarpur district in Bihar. BHEL is State-owned electrical equipment maker PSU (public sector undertaking) company. KBUNL (Kanti Bijlee Utpadan Nigam) is a joint venture (JV) of NTPC and Bihar State Powe

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  • 8 Rajasthan Government inks MoU with NHM, UNICEF and GAIN to counter malnourishment [ None ]

    Rajasthan Government has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NHM (National Health Mission), UNICEF (United nation international child fund) and GAIN (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition) to tackle the severe problem malnourishment in the state.

    • According to the MoU,

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  • 9 NTPC signed MoA with Jharkhand Government for maintaining Patratu Thermal Power Station [ None ]

    National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Ltd signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Jharkhand Government for forming a Joint Venture Company for managing Patratu Thermal Power Station (PTPS). According to the MoA, Company will be promoted by NTPC and Jharkhand Bidyut Vitara

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  • May 7, 2015
  • 1 Microsoft named its next Web Browser as Edge [ None ]

    American multinational Microsoft Company announced Edge as its next Web Browser’s name at the Build Developer Conference held at San Francisco in California, USA. Earlier, Microsoft had called it as Project Spartan that is a code name given by the company. Internet Explorer (IE)

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  • 2 India home to 48 species of bumblebees [ None ]

    Indian Bumblebees book has released that India is home to 48 of the 250 known species of bumblebees. Indian Bumblebees book is written by entomologist M.S. Saini and co-authors Rifat H. Raina and Harpeet Singh Ghator.

    • These are 48 species of bumblebees native to India and are the

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  • May 6, 2015
  • 1 Chinese diplomat Lu Ping who oversaw Hong Kong handover passes away [ None ]

    Chinese diplomat Lu Ping who oversaw Hong Kong’s transition from British to Chinese sovereignty in 1997 passed away in Beijing in the age of 87 years old. Lu Ping was known for his hard-line stance for this transition and he was the China’s Chief negotiator in the years before ha

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  • May 5, 2015
  • 1 China’s NDRC released new action plan One Belt, One Road initiative [ None ]

    According to the, China’s top economic planning agency, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) released a new action plan One Belt, One Road initiative. The initiative will establish new routes linking Asia, Europe and Africa.

    Two Parts of One Belt, One Road initia

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  • 2 Tennis player Rafael Nadal received Golden Medal for Merit in Work of Spain [ None ]

    Ace tennis player Rafael Nadal received the Golden Medal for Merit in Work by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Brey at the PM’s official residence Moncloa Palace in Madrid. Golden Medal is one of the top civilian honours of Spain which aims to highlight an exemplary performan

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  • 3 Nitin Gadkari dedicated two Major Highway Projects in the North East to the Nation [ None ]

    Nitin Gadkari is a union Road Transport and Highways minister who dedicated Shillong Bypass Highway Project and four lanes Jorabat-Barapani Section of NH-40 to the nation in Shillong, Meghalaya. These two projects are intended to improve connectivity between Guwahati and Shillong

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  • 4 Crime writer Ruth Rendell is no more [ None ]

    Eminent crime writer Ruth Rendell passed away on 2 May 2015 in London, United Kingdom in the age of 85. Ruth Rendell was best-known for creation of fictional character Inspector Wexford, which was turned into a highly successful TV series in Britain.

    1. Ruth Rendell was born on 17 Fe

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  • 5 World’s largest solar photovoltaic plant of 750 MW to be built in Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh [ None ]

    Madhya Pradesh Cabinet gave its approval to build 750 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (SPV) plant at Gurh tehsil in Rewa district. Solar photovoltaic plant to be developed in three phases of 250 MW, once completed will become the largest solar power plant in the world. Presently

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  • 6 Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport adjudged best in the world [ None ]

    Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) has been adjudged the world’s best airport in 25-40 million passengers per annum category of handling for the year 2014. Airports Council International (ACI) presented the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) award to IGIA at a ceremony

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  • 7 Floyd Mayweather Jr defeats Manny Pacquiao to win World Welterweight title of Boxing [ None ]

    American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. has won the unified World Welterweight title of World Boxing Council, World Boxing Organisation and World Boxing Association. Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao from Philippines on a unanimous decision with Judges Scores of 118-110, 116-112 and

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  • 8 Nepal earthquake damages world’s oldest Buddhist shrine Swayambhunath Stupa [ None ]

    A Nepal earthquake damage (7.9-magnitude) has partially damaged Swayambhunath Stupa located in Kathmandu which is believed to be the world’s oldest Buddhist shrine. Swayambhunath Stupa is one of the main Buddhist shrine and most visited tourist sites in Nepal. It is also known as

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  • 9 Rajasthan Government allocates 12 crore rupees for Project Great Indian Bustard [ None ]

    Government of Rajasthan has allotted more than twelve crore rupees for a bird conservation programme in Forest department. This program name is Great Indian Bustard (GIB). Japan Bank is going to provide financial support of 3 crore rupees under the project. The Great Indian Busta

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  • May 5, 2015
  • 1  Ex-Union minister Baleshwar Ram is no more [ None ]

    Eminent Congress leader and Former Union minister Baleshwar Ram passed away due to kidney-related ailments in Patna, Bihar in the age of 87. Baleshwar Ram is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters. A five-term MLA from various assembly constituencies.

    • Baleshwar Ram had b

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  • 2 Mazen Darwish honoured with UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2015 [ None ]

    Mazen Darwish is a Syrian journalist and rights activist. He was honoured with UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2015. Darwish received this award by the UN’s Cultural body for recognition of his work carried out in Syria for more than 10 years at great personal sac

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  • May 1, 2015
  • 1 RBI imposed a fine of 1.5 crore rupees each on three Public Sector Banks for violating KYC norms [ None ]

    Reserve Bank of India imposed a fine of 1.5 crore rupees each on three Public Sector Banks (PSBs) for violating Know Your Customer (KYC)/Anti Money Laundering (AML) norms. These bank names are Bank of Maharashtra, Dena Bank and Oriental Bank of Commerce.

    It under the provisions o

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  • 2 Seychelles became 161st Member of WTO [ None ]

    Seychelles became the 161st member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) which headquarters in Geneva. Seychelles archipelago of 90000 inhabitants became one of its smallest members. WTO (World Trade Organization) was established on 1 January 1995.Besides, Seychelles is also the

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  • 3 Ananda Kumar, Pramod Patil won Whitley Awards for wildlife conservation [ Awards ]

    Dr. Ananda Kumar and Dr. Pramod Patil of India won the prestigious Whitley Awards (also known as Green Oscar) for their contribution to wildlife conservation in Royal Geographical Society, London and it award given by the Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN).

    Dr. Ananda Kumar was honour

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  • 4 India ranks 13th in generating electricity from nuclear source [ None ]

    India ranks at 13th position among the thirty one countries in the world which are generating electricity from nuclear source. India’s current installed nuclear power capacity is 5780 MW. It is expected to increase to 10080 MW by 2019 on progressive completion of projects.

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  • 5 India, Japan ink action agenda to boost trade, investment [ None ]

    India and Japan have signed a Five-point action agenda to increase bilateral trade and investment between the two nations. It was signed between Japan’s Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry Yoichi Miyazawa and Minister of State (independent charge) for Commerce and Industry N

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  • 6 Raja Rajeswari, first Indian-American woman judge of New York [ None ]

    Ms. Raja Rajeswari became the first Indian-born woman to be appointed a judge in New York City. Rajeswari was sworn-in as a criminal court judge in New York by Mayor Bill de Blasio along with 27 other judges. Earlier, Rajeswari had worked for her entire career with the Richmond C

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