2015: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Jun 1, 2015
  • 1 Finance minister Arun Jaitley announces setting up of NIIF [ None ]

    Arun Jaitley who is Finance minister of India had announced the setting up of the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) in the Union Budget 2015-16. The note is likely to be taken up by the Cabinet within a month’s time. The north block has now issued a draft Cabinet

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  • 2 Nirbhay Sharma sworn-in as governor of Mizoram [ None ]

    Retired Lt General; Nirbhay Sharma was appointed as the governor of Mizoram at the Durbar Hall of Raj Bhavan. Justice T Vaiphei, judge of the Gauhati high court, administered the oath of office to general Sharma. Earlier, Lt. Gen Nirbhay Sharma was the Governor of Arunachal Prade

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  • 3 ANZ Bank to open 2 India branches by early 2016 [ None ]

    ANZ Bank will open two more branches in India by early 2016 and it would be opened at Gurgaon and Bangalore city. Subhash DeGamia who is executive Director of ANZ (International banking) and the bank opened its first branch in India at Mumbai four years ago.

    • Australia New Zealand

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  • 4 DD Kisan, India’s first television channel dedicated to farmers launched by PM Narendra Modi [ None ]

    PM Narendra Modi was launched India’s first television channel DD Kisan dedicated to farmers in New Delhi. It is a 24X7 hours channel. DD Kisan channel is dedicated to agriculture and allied sectors and owned by public service broadcaster Doordarshan (DD).

    • DD Kisan will provide re

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  • 5 State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015 report released [ None ]

    State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015 was released by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) by UN hunger report titled annually.

    • According to the report, th

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  • 6 Four Indians women among Forbes world’s 100 most powerful women [ None ]

    Four Indians women have been named in Forbes magazine’s 12th annual list of World’s 100 most powerful women. They are- Arundhati Bhattacharya – she is Chairperson of State Bank of India (SBI) was placed at 30th position. She is First &youngest Women.

    Chanda Kochhar- she is Manag

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  • 7 Union Government constitutes Committee headed by Vijay Kelkar to revisit PPP infra model [ Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Union government of India appointed Vijay Kelkar who headed a 10-member committee to review and revitalise public private partnership (PPP) mode of infrastructure development which appointed by the Union government. C.S. Rajan, Dr. Shekhar Shah, S.B. Nayar, Pradeep Kumar, Vikram

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  • 8 NASSCOM launches Cyber Security Task Force [ None ]

    Cyber Security Task Force launched by National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) and Data Security Council of India (DSCI). B.V.R. Mohan Reddy is the chairman of Nasscom. Rajendra Pawar is the Chairman of NIIT who will chair this task force and its members

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  • 9 RBI allow FIIS and RFPIs can invest up to 49 percent in Gammon Infrastructure Projects Limited [ None ]

    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) allowed that the Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) or the Registered Foreign Portfolios Investors (RFPIs) can now invest up to 49 % of the paid up capital in the Gammon Infrastructure Projects Limited under the Portfolio Investment Scheme (PIS

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  • Jun 1, 2015
  • 1  Manabi Bandopadhyay, first transgender principal of Krishnagar Women’s College [ None ]

    Manabi Bandopadhyay has been appointed the first transgender principal of Krishnagar Women’s College at a college in West Bengal for first time in Indian history. At present, she is an associate professor in Bengali at Vivekananda Satobarshiki Mahavidyalaya and this decision was

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  • May 28, 2015
  • 1 Mumbai KEM Nightingale Aruna Shanbaug died after 42-years in coma [ None ]

    Aruna Shanbaug was the nurse of Mumbai’s King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital who died after 42 years in coma. Shanbaug was brutally raped on the night of November 27, 1973 by a ward boy-cum-sweeper of the hospital and after throttling her with a dog chain. Since then, she was hos

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  • 2 Ranjit Singh Baxi appointed as Head of Bureau of International Recycling [ None ]

    Indian-origin entrepreneur Ranjit Singh Baxi was appointed as the Head of the Bureau of International Recycling, a global organisation that facilitates free and fair trade of recyclables in a sustainable and competitive world economy. Ranjit Singh Baxi replaced Bjorn Grufman. He

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  • 3 On day one Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa clears five welfare schemes [ Important Days ]

    After being sworn in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for the fifth time, J Jayalalithaa signed in five files for development and welfare schemes worth over Rs 1,800 crore. Jayalalithaa announced several schemes, including those for improvement of roads, drinking water facilities

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  • 4 ICICI Launches Voice Password Facility for Phone Banking [ None ]

    Largest private sector bank, ICICI Bank launched voice recognition service which authenticates customers based on their speech patterns and allows them to execute banking transactions through the bank’s call centre in a quick, secure and convenient manner. This is the-first kind

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  • May 26, 2015
  • 1 Manoj Mishra appointed as CMD of National Fertilizers Limited [ None ]

    Manoj Mishra was appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of state-run National Fertilizers Limited (NFL). In February 2014, the post of National Fertilizers Limited’s CMD fell vacant after the retirement of Neeru Abrol.

    Image of Manoj Mishra

    Image of Manoj Mishra

    Appointed CMD of National Fertilizer Limited

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  • 2 Mumbai Indians defeat Chennai Super Kings to win IPL 2015 for second time [ None ]

    Second time winner, Mumbai Indians won the 8th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 by defeating Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. In the final match, they defeated CSK (Chennai super king) by 41 runs. MS Dhoni who captain of Chennai super king had won th

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  • 3 Indian boxers won three Gold at World Junior Women’s boxing Championship [ None ]

    Indian boxers won three Gold medals and two silver medals at World Junior Women’s boxing Championship at Taipei in Taiwan. Gold medal winners are- Savita won gold medal in 50kg- She defeated her Ukrainian rival, Kateryna Rohova 2-1 to clinch gold for India. Mandeep Sandhu won (52

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  • 4 American mathematician and Nobel Laureate John Nash passed away [ None ]

    American mathematician and Nobel laureate John Nash passed away on 24 May 2015 at the age 86 who died in a car crash along with his wife Alicia Nash. John Forbes Nash was born on June 13, 1928 in West Virginia State of United States. John Forbes Nash was renowned for works in gam

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  • 5 Indian boxers clinch 4 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze medals in Doha Boxing Tournament [ Sports ]

    Indian boxers Heroes have rounded off a brilliant performance at the Doha International Tournament by winning four gold, one silver and two bronze medals. In Doha International Tournament, Gold medal winners are -

    • L Devendro Singh won in 49 kg category by defeating Aldren Moreno

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  • 6 China sets up largest gold sector fund for nations along ancient Silk Road [ None ]

    Republic of China has set up a gold sector fund involving 65 countries along the ancient Silk Road. This Silk Road has been set up in China’s northwest Xi’an city during ongoing forum on investment and trade. Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) will be financed and is expected to raise

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  • 7 Indian film Masaan wins critics prize at 68th Cannes film festival [ None ]

    Indian film Masaan has won the prestigious critics prize in the Un Certain Regard category at the 68th Cannes Film Festival. Director of this film is Neeraj Ghaywan and a joint production of Manish Mundra, Macassar Productions, Arte France Cinema, Sikhya Entertainment & Phantom F

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  • 8 Indo-Singapore bilateral naval exercise SIMBEX-15 commences in Singapore [ None ]

    India and Singapore commenced bilateral naval exercise SIMBEX-15 on 23 May 2015 in Singapore and concluding on May 26, 2015. SIMBEX-15 of naval exercise will give traditional emphasis on anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and more complex maritime exercises.

    Image of SIMBEX -15 team

    Image of SIMBEX -15 Team

    Naval Exercise in Singapore

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  • May 25, 2015
  • 1 Parvinder Singh first Sikh mayor of Wokingham in England [ None ]

    Indian-origin Parvinder Singh Batth of Conservative party councillor who was chosen as the mayor of United Kingdom’s Wokingham Borough Council. Parvinder Singh Batth became the first Sikh to hold the Mayor’s position in UK. He replaced Councillor UllaKarin Clark for this post and

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  • 2 India ranks 24th in Environmental Democracy Index 2015 [ None ]

    Environmental Democracy Index India has ranked 24th out of 70 countries in the first Environmental Democracy Index (EDI) 2015 which released by Washington-based World Resources Institute (WRI) and Access Initiative. In the first edition of Environmental Democracy Index (EDI) inde

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  • 3 Union Cabinet approves PSLV Continuation Programme [ None ]

    Union Cabinet of India has approved continuation of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) programme for another fifteen operational flights of PSLV-C36 to PSLV-C50. The decision was taken at Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. Total fifteen

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  • 4 SAIL, ArcelorMittal ink MoU to set up steel plant in India [ None ]

    World’s largest steelmaker, ArcelorMittal and SAIL Steel Authority of India (SAIL) signed a MoU to set up an automotive steel manufacturing facility in India. According to the MoU, ArcelorMittal Chairman & Chief Executive Lakshmi Niwas Mittal and SAIL Chairman CS Verma were signe

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  • 5 Indian Shuttler Saina Nehwal ranked No.1 in single rankings released by BWF [ None ]

    Indian Shuttler Ace Saina Nehwal ranked No.1 in single rankings released by BWF (Badminton World Federation) and second place hold chinies shuttler Li Xuerui. Ace shuttler star Saina Nehwal regained the top position ahead of the Australian Open. Nehwal secured the number one posi

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  • 6 ACC appointed G Mohan Kumar as Defence Secretary [ Defense ]

    G Mohan Kumar appointed as the Secretary of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) by The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). This decision was taken by the committee in a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    Image of G Mohan Kumar

    Image of G Mohan Kumar

    Defence Secretary of India

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  • 7 Huawei launched LiteOS, world’s most lightweight IoT Operating System (OS) [ None ]

    China-based Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd launched LiteOS operating sytem meant for Internet of Things (IoT) based devices. Huawei, a multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company, launched the technology at the Huawei Network Congress (HNC) 2015 he

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  • 8 J Jayalalithaa sworn-in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for fifth time [ None ]

    AIADMK General Secretary J Jayalalithaa was oath in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for fifth time (thrice after an election victory and twice following her acquittal in court case). Along with her, 28 others were sworn in as ministers in her Cabinet.

    Image of J Jayalalithaa

    Image of J Jayalalithaa

    CM of Tamil Nadu State India

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