2015: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • May 25, 2015
  • 1 Tathagata Roy sworn-in as 16th Governor of Tripura [ None ]

    Tathagata Roy was sworn in as the 16th Governor of Tripura in Agartala. According to the provisions of Article 159 of Constitution of India, Chief Justice of the Tripura High Court Mr. Jc. Deepak Gupta administered the oath of office to him.

    Image of Tathagata Roy

    Image of Tathagata Roy

    16th Governor of Tripura

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  • 2 Hungarian writer Laszlo Krasznahorkai wins Man Booker International Prize 2015 [ None ]

    Laszlo Krasznahorkai from Hungarian who has won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for 2015. Krasznahorkai (61) won the prestigious 60,000 pound ($90,000) prize for works that include “The Melancholy of Resistance (1989),” Seiobo There Below (1999)” and “Satantango”

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  • 3 Yamuna Expressway becomes India’s first road runway after IAF Mirage 2000 jet successfully lands [ None ]

    The IAF (Indian Air Force) displayed its ability to use national highways for emergency landing of fighter jets, when a Mirage-2000 landed on the Yamuna Expressway near Mathura with active support from Uttar Pradesh government, Yamuna Expressway Authority. Yamuna Expressway in Ut

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  • 4 SBI inks MoU with Amazon for payment, commerce solutions [ None ]

    State Bank of India (SBI) is the India’s largest public sector lender which has signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) with e-commerce giant Amazon. According to the MoU, both signatory parties seek to identify and tap the potential areas of collaboration for payments and comme

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  • 5 Akhil Amar appointed to key administration post by US President Barack Obama [ None ]

    Indian-American professor Akhil Amar who has been appointed as a member of the prestigious National Council on Humanities of US by President Barack Obama from Yale University. At present, Akhil Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at the Yale University and he

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  • 6 Apple acquires GPS firm Coherent Navigations [ None ]

    Apple Tech giant Apple has acquired Global Position System (GPS) firm Coherent Navigation to improve its mapping capabilities. GPS firm Coherent Navigation’s technology will be used by Apple to significantly enhance its Apple Maps product which is struggling to provide accurate l

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  • 7 Harvard University Names Two Indians for Prestigious Radcliffe Fellowship by Harvard University [ None ]

    Indian eminent Shivani Agarwal & Maharaja Pandit are two Indians who have been selected for the prestigious Radcliffe Fellowship by Harvard University among the 50 scholars, scientists and artists. Maharaja Pandit from University of Delhi has been selected as Hardy Fellow for his

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  • 8 INS Kavaratti, anti-submarine warfare ship launched in Kolkata [ None ]

    Indian Navy’s latest anti-submarine; INS Kavaratti warfare class stealth corvette was launched in Kolkata at presence of defence ministry Manohar Parrikar. Kavaratti is the last of the four anti-submarine warfare class stealth corvettes being built for India under Project 28. The

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  • 9 PMJDY logo Meghalaya has achieved 100 percent [ None ]

    Tripura is the capital of Meghalaya state and this state achieves 100% financial inclusion under PMJDY success in implementing Union Government’s flagship scheme for financial inclusion PMJDY (Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna). All eleven districts of Meghalaya state have been able

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  • May 21, 2015
  • 1 Centre Government allocates Rs 5,000 crore for development of AYUSH [ None ]

    The central government has allocated Rs 5,000 crore for the growth of Department of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy). It was announced by Union Minister of State (MoS) for AYUSH Sripad Naik at a function in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

    • Independent National AYUSH Miss

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  • May 20, 2015
  • 1 Discus thrower Vikas Gowda won a bronze medal in Shanghai IAAF Diamond League [ None ]

    Indian ace discus thrower Vikas Gowda won a bronze medal in the second leg of the prestigious International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Diamond League series in Shanghai, China. Robert Urbanek of Poland won the Gold with a throw of 64.47 metres. Piotr Malachowski

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  • 2 Reliance Jio signs pact with Chinese telecom giant Huawei for 4G devices [ None ]

    Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJio) is the part of Reliance Industries (RIL) and it has signed a pact with Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer firm Huawei for sourcing various 4th Generation (4G) devices. According to the agreement, Huawei will supply RJio with 4G devices which inclu

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  • 3 BJP MP S.S. Ahluwalia to head joint panel on Land Acquisition Amendment bill [ None ]

    Surendrajeet Singh Ahluwalia is the MP of Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) who has been appointed chairman of a Joint Committee of Parliament that will look into the provisions of the Land Acquisition Amendment Bill, 2015. This committee consists of 30-members- 20 members from Lok Sabh

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  • 4 Draupadi Murmu sworn in as first woman Governor of Jharkhand [ None ]

    Ms. Draupadi Murmu was the first woman and tribal leader from Odisha to be appointed as a Governor in an Indian State. Ms. Murmu was sworn in as the first woman and 9th Governor of Jharkhand since the state was granted statehood status after bifurcating from Bihar on 15 November

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  • 5 India and South Korea sign 7 agreements to enhance bilateral relations [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    Indian PM Narendra Modi and South Korea have signed 7 memorandums of mutual understanding (MoUs) to enhance bilateral relations, economic and trade cooperation. The agreements were signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s last leg of three nation tour viz China, Mongolia and

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  • 6 India and Mongolia signed 13 agreements to further strengthen bilateral tie [ None ]

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Mongolian counterpart Saikhanbileg signed 13 agreements to further strengthen bilateral ties in different sectors and they will elevate their ties to the level of Strategic partnership. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is first Indian PM to

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  • 7 HDFC Bank launches medical benefits prepaid card [ None ]

    Second largest private bank HDFC Bank has launched ‘HDFC Bank Apollo Medical Benefits Card’ with partnership of Apollo Hospitals for this prepaid product. This prepaid card allows corporate to easily disburse medical allowance to their employees, saving time and cost.

    1. The card off

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  • 8 Askme acquired BestAtLowest.com for 10 million US dollar [ None ]

    Gurgaon-based Internet Company Askme (Ask MetaFilter) acquired grocery marketplace BestAtLowest.com (Delhi-based Company) for about 10 million US dollar. According to the agreement, BestAtLowest.com will become part of Askme and the acquisition will further expand the company’s s

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  • 9 RBI allowed Tap And Pay without PIN for transactions up to 2000 rupees [ None ]

    Public & Private bank regulator RBI allowed “Tap And Pay” without PIN for transactions up to 2000 rupees. Customer need for additional factor authentication (AFA) for small value card present transactions only using contact-less cards. In case, higher amount than 2100 then used t

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  • May 20, 2015
  • 1 6th National Conference on Nuclear Energy held in New Delhi [ None ]

    6th National Conference on Nuclear Energy was held in New Delhi on 15 May 2015.The theme of this edition was Nuclear Energy: A Clean Energy option by ASSOCHAM (Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India).

    • The conference discussed the issue related to the status of Nucl

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  • 2 India, China ink 24 key agreements to boost ties in trade, economy, education [ None ]

    Indian PM Narendra Modi and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang signed 24 key agreements to strengthen their bilateral relationship in several fields including trade and commerce, skill development, railways, education, human resource and other areas in Beijing. According to the Mo

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  • 3 Prasar Bharati CEO welcomes Doordarshan-CCTV pac for exchange of art, culture programmes [ None ]

    Indian channel Doordarshan and China Central Television (CCTV) have signed an agreement for exchange of art, culture and development television programmes. The agreement was signed between India Doordarshan, CEO of Prasar Bharathi Jawahar Sircar and China television during the fi

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  • 4 SBI launches sbiINTOUCH, NFC-enabled Contactless Debit and Credit Cards [ None ]

    India’s largest commercial lender bank, State Bank of India (SBI) has launched contact-less credit and debit cards sbiINTOUCH. sbiINTOUCH is usefull to transact the card by just tapping or waving it against the reader of the point-of-sale machine. This card associated with NFC (n

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  • 5 Opah world’s first fully warm-blooded fish [ None ]

    Opah, World’s first fully warm-blooded fish was discovered recently and it was discovered by scientists at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Opah or moonfish fish has identified by rusty reddish color with white spots and bright red fins and this fish

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  • May 18, 2015
  • 1 Gagan Narang wins bronze medal at ISSF World Cup in the 50m Rifle Prone Event [ None ]

    Indian shooter Gagan Narang won the bronze medal in the 50m Rifle Prone Event of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup at Fort Benning in US. Ace Gagan Narang qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics by wining ISSF World Cup. Narang is third Indian shooter to ma

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  • 2 Union Government appoints M J Joseph as Controller General of Accounts [ None ]

    Union Ministry of Finance Arun Jetli has appointed M J Joseph as the Controller General of Accounts (CGA). M J Joseph will succeed Jawahar Thakur. M J Joseph was recently appointed as OSD (Accounting Reforms) in the office of CGA and he is a 1979 batch Indian Civil Accounts Servi

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  • 3 Vice President Hamid Ansari confers Pt. Haridutt Sharma Award to Anurradha Prasad [ Awards ]

    Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari announced the Pt. Haridutt Sharma Award to senior journalist Anurradha Prasad in New Delhi. Haridutt Sharma was selected for her contribution in the field of Journalism, Writing and Social Services. She is wife of former Minister of State (MoS

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  • 4 Canada plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 % by 2030 [ None ]

    Canadian Minister Stephen Harper’s has formally announced its plans to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by 2030 in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) summit 2015. In Paris conference 2015, a new international framework replacing t

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  • 5 Punjab becomes first state to issue Soil Health Cards to farmers [ None ]

    State government of Punjab declared that Punjab has become the first state in India to issue Soil Health Cards (SHCs), a Union Government initiative to all farmers in the state. At present, state government of Punjab has 66 such laboratories and has capability to test 3.5 lakh so

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  • 6 Peter Gay Eminent American historian on European Thought passed away [ None ]

    Eminent American historians of European, Peter Gay passed away at Manhattan in New York City, USA at the age 91. Peter Gay known for his groundbreaking books on Enlightenment, the Victorian middle classes, Sigmund Freud, Weimar culture and the cultural situation of Jews in German

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