2015: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • May 18, 2015
  • 1 World Economic Forum released The Human Capital Report 2015 [ None ]

    The World Economic Forum (WEF) released the Human Capital Report 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland by Mercer, an American global human resource and related financial services consulting firm. Human Capital Index provides key inputs for policy makers to augment capacities of human capit

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  • 2 Disinvestment: Cabinet nod for IOC (10%), NTPC (5%) stake sale [ None ]

    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) gave its approval for 10 per cent stake in blue-chip Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and 5 per cent in power producer NTPC (National Thermal Power Corporation Limited) to mop up about Rs 13,600 crore in this fiscal’s first disinvestme

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  • May 15, 2015
  • 1 Eminent Bengali Writer Suchitra Bhattacharya passed away [ None ]

    Eminent Bengali literature Suchitra Bhattacharya passed away on 12 May 2015 following a cardiac arrest in Kolkata, West Bengal at the age 65 years and four months. Suchitra Bhattacharya always highlighted the pains and sufferings of women in contemporary society of her writing an

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  • 2 Deepak Iyer appointed as CEO and MD of Bharti AXA General Insurance [ None ]

    Deepak Iyer was selected for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director (MD) of Bharti AXA General Insurance company. Deepak Iyer succeeds the CEO and MD Milind Chalisgaonkar and he will join the board of company by end of June 2015.

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    CEO and MD of Bharti AXA General Insurance

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  • 3 Writer Neel Mukherjee wins 10,000 Encore Award for year 2015 [ Awards ]

    Eminent writer Neel Mukherjee’s novel “The Lives of Others” has won the United Kingdom’s Encore Award 2015 for the best second novel. The novel The Lives of Others based upon story of one family living in Calcutta in 1960s and this novel reflect the political and social convulsio

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  • 4 Indian President Pranab Mukherjee appoints new Governors in six states [ None ]

    Indian President Pranab Mukherjee appointed Governors for six states, bringing down the number of governors who had been holding the additional charge of more than two sates for the past few months. According to the constitutional provisions of Governor Article 153, it says that

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  • 5 Telangana Government inks MoU with Google to build biggest campus outside US in Hyderabad [ None ]

    Telangana Government K. Chandrasekhar Rao has inked a Memorandum of understanding (MoU) with tech giant Google Inc to build biggest campus outside US in Hyderabad. Telangana Secretary of IT Jayesh Ranjan and Google’s global head David Redcliffe signed between MoU in Google headqu

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  • May 14, 2015
  • 1 Indian-American professor Dr. Sivanadane Mandjiny, wins UNC’s 2015 Award for Teaching Excellence [ Awards ]

    An Indian-American Professor Dr. Sivanadane Mandjiny won UNC Board of Governors 2015 Award for Excellence in Teaching and the award carries commemorative bronze and US $ 12,500 cash prize. DR. Sivanadane Mandjiny is native of Tamil Nadu. At present, Dr. Sivanadane Mandjiny is a C

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  • 2 Justice Cyriac Joseph appointed as acting Chairman of NHRC [ None ]

    Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed Justice Cyriac Joseph as acting Chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). Justice Cyriac Joseph succeeds Justice K.G. Balakrishnan who completed his tenure and He will remain in office till new Chairman is appointed.

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  • 3 MIDC inks MoU with SIDBI to raise Rs 200-crore fund for MSMEs [ None ]

    MIDC (Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation) was signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) with state-run SIDBI (Small Industries Development Bank of India) to provide easy finance to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) for their growth. MD and CEO of SIDBI Ananta

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  • 4 K Satish Reddy appointed as Chairman of National Safety Council [ None ]

    Bandaru Dattatreya, Union Ministry of Labour & Employment has appointed K Satish Reddy as the chairman of the National Safety Council (NSC). K Satish Reddy will replace Venu Srinivasan, who was appointed in July 2011. At present, Mr. Reddy is Chairman of Dr Reddy’s Laboratories L

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  • 5 President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurates Namaste Russia festival in Moscow [ None ]

    Indian President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated Namaste Russia which based on Indian culture in Moscow during the last leg of his tour in Russia. Namaste Russia will be started from May and ended from November 2015 i.e. six month long festival. The purpose of festival, it seeks to

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  • 6 KV Thomas renominated as Chairman of Public Accounts Committee [ Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Prof. Kuruppassery Varkey Thomas (KV Thomas) renominated as Chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for a second term of one year. KV Thomas was first nominated as Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in August 2014 and he is the senior Congress P

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  • 7 Winners of 2015 Mutua Madrid Open [ None ]

    Men’s singles Title- Ace tennis player Andy Murray of Britain (Andy Murray’s first) has won the Mutua Madrid Open 2015 Men’s Singles Title. In the final match Murray defeated defending champion Rafael Nadal of Spain by 6-3, 6-2 score.

    Women’s singles Title-

    • Petra Kvitova of Czech

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  • 8 PM Narendra Modi inaugurates IISCO’s plant at Burnpur [ None ]

    PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the expanded part of the IISCO Steel Plant in Burnpur near Asansol district of West Bengal. Steel Authority of India (SAIL) provides fully-owned subsidiary of IISCO Steel Plant and newly expanded plant is built by Union Government at a cost of 16000 c

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  • 9 KV Kamath elected as first President of New Development Bank of BRICS nations [ None ]

    Eminent economist of banker Kundapur Vaman Kamath (KV Kamath) was appointed as first President New Development Bank (NDB) of BRICS nations. KV Kamath was born on 2 December 1947 in Mangalore, Karnataka.

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  • May 14, 2015
  • 1 BrahMos land-attack cruise missile successfully test-fired from Car Nicobar Islands [ None ]

    BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was successfully test-fired from the Car Nicobar Islands which based on Land-to-land configuration. BrahMos Block–III version of full-range is 290-km test and it was launched from a Mobile Autonomous Launcher (MAL).

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  • 2 Indian Army and BOI ink MoU on Defence Salary Package [ Defense ]

    Indian Army and commercial Bank of India (BOI) signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Defence Salary Package. The signed MoU is a revised version of previous and first MoU which was signed in 2011 between both parties and was valid for a period of three years.

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  • 3 Arvind Saxena, becomes first RAW officer to be appointed as member of UPSC [ None ]

    Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed as first RAW officer Mr. Arvind Saxena has as Member of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in first time in history at the age of 65 years. The Chairman and members of UPSC has term of six years or until he attains the age of 65

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  • 4 British PM David Cameron who swept back in power [ None ]

    Conservative Party led by British Prime Minister David Cameron who swept back in power to govern the United Kingdom for another five years with a convincing majority. Conservative Party by winning 331 seats out of total 650 seats in House of Commons has emerged single largest par

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  • 5 SBI launches RuPay Platinum debit card [ None ]

    India’s largest commercial bank State Bank of India (SBI) has launched a RuPay Platinum debit card with the help of National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI). The RuPay Platinum debit card initially would be issued free to customers maintaining a quarterly balance of 50,000 ru

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  • 6 US President Obama nominates IIT alumni Sanjita Pradhan to his advisory commission on AAPIs [ None ]

    US President Barack Obama has nominated an IIT alumnus Sanjita Pradhan to his advisory commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). At present, Pradhan is serving as an Executive Officer of the Office of Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs at the Iowa Department of

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  • 7 WHO declares Liberia Ebola-free [ None ]

    U.N. health agency, World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Liberia free from Ebola Virus and this virus has killed more than 4,800 people in the country alone. Guinea and Sierra Leone are the neighbors of Liberia and only these two countries fighting to stop Ebola outbreak

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  • 8 India & Iran signed inter-Governmental MoU for development of Chabahar Port [ None ]

    India and Iran signed an inter-Governmental Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development of the important Chabahar Port in Iran and this will be used to ship crude oil and urea, saving India transportation costs. Shipping and Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari and

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  • 9 Kumar Jyoti appointed as Election Commissioner [ None ]

    Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed Retired IAS officer Achal Kumar Jyoti as the Election Commissioner for a period of three years. Achal Kumar Jyoti is Former Gujarat chief secretary and he has been appointed as Election Commissioner, filling one of the two vacant po

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  • May 14, 2015
  • 1 French magazine Charlie Hebdo presented with Freedom of Expression Courage Award 2015 [ Awards ]

    The French magazine Charlie Hebdo was presented with the 2015 Freedom of Expression Courage Award (for the advancement of human rights) of the PEN American Centre at the American Museum of Natural History. Freedom of Expression Courage Award was accepted by Charlie Hebdo’s Editor

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  • 2 Union Cabinet gave nod for revised DTAA with South Korea [ None ]

    The Union Cabinet gave its approval for the revised Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) with South Korea. In 1985, DTAA (Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement) was signed for the avoidance of double taxation and for the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on i

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  • 3 PM Modi releases commemorative coin on Swami Chinmayananda Saraswati [ None ]

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a commemorative coin to mark the birth centenary of Swami Chinmayananda Saraswati in New Delhi. Chinmaya Mission founder of Swami Chinmayananda who was a renowned Hindu spiritual leader and teacher who had inspired the formation of a global n

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  • 4 PM Narendra Modi launches three social security schemes [ None ]

    PM Narendra Modi launched three mega social security schemes in Kolkata, West Bengal. Three schemes intend to widen the process of financial inclusion in the country. These are: Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Yojana (PMJJBY), Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) and Atal Pens

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  • 5 Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor conferred with Dadasaheb Phalke Award 2014 [ Awards ]

    Veteran actor- film producer Shashi Kapoor who received the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Award 2014 from Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley at a special function held in Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Shashi Kapoor is the 46th film personality to r

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