2015: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Jun 30, 2015
  • 1 Transcendence: My Spiritual Experiences with Pramukh Swamiji written by Abdul Kalam [ None ]

    Transcendence: My Spiritual Experiences with Pramukh Swamiji: authored by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam & Arun Tiwari this was released on 15 June 2015. In Transcendence, the authors Dr Kalam and Arun Tiwari have mapped a journey of self-realization reflected in the eyes of Pramukh Swamiji

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  • 2 GFH Financial Group signed pact with Adani Group for developing Mumbai Economic Zone [ None ]

    Bahrain-based GFH Financial Group signed an agreement with Indian conglomerate Adani Group for developing a MEDZ (Mumbai Economic Development Zone). According to the agreement, the GFH’s unit Energy City Navi Mumbai (ECNM) and Adani Group will work together in creating the master

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  • 3 J Jayalalithaa launches first phase of Chennai Metro [ None ]

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was inaugurated first phase of Chennai Metro service after she flagged off inaugural train. The first phase of Metro service covers the 10-km overhead (elevated) stretch which connects Alandur in south Chennai to Koyabedu in the north.

    Image of J Jayalalithaa

    Image of J Jayalalithaa

    Launching first phase of Chennai Metro

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  • 4 Veselin Topalov won the Norway Chess Tournament 2015 [ Sports ]

    Veselin Topalov won the Norway Chess tournament 2015 and he secured 6 points. Indian chess player Anand ended the tournament in second place with 6 points. Winner of Norway Chess tournament 2015- Hikaru Nakamura showed excellent technique and won by 6 points and stood at third pl

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  • 5 Australia to join China led AIIB [ None ]

    Australia has decided to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as a founding member. With this investment it will become sixth largest shareholder in AIIB (Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank).

    • Australia will contribute paid-in capital of 718.5 million U

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  • 6 Satnam Singh Bhamara becomes first Indian to be drafted by a NBA team [ None ]

    Satnam Singh Bhamara became the first Indian born basketball player to be drafted in the National Basketball Association (NBA) among 60 young men who will play in the next season of NBA. Satnam Singh Bhamara was chosen by the Dallas Mavericks team as the 52nd pick in the NBA Draf

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  • 7 India Fourth Largest Carbon Emitter WRI Analysis [ None ]

    India is 4th largest carbon emitter in the world in terms of per capita emission accounting for 6.6 % of global emissions for the year 2012. Top 10 emitters are which released by WRI- China (25.26%), US (14.4%), European Union (10.16%), India (6.69%), Russia (5.36%), Japan (3.11%

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  • 8 Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to Receive Colombia’s Highest Civilian Award [ Awards ]

    Indian spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has been conferred with Colombia’s highest civilian award, Orden de la Democracia Simon Bolivar en el grado de cruz Caballero for spreading the message of peace in society, reducing stress, inter-mediation in war and combating violence

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  • 9 India leads FDI in South Asia with 34 billion investments in 2014: UNCTAD [ None ]

    According to United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD’s) World Investment Report 2015, India has topped in the regional inflow of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in South Asia region during year 2014 for 34 billion US dollars investments.

    • According to the repo

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  • Jun 30, 2015
  • 1 RBI extends deadline for exchanging pre-2005 currency notes till December 2015 [ None ]

    RBI (Reserve Bank of India) has extended the date to exchange pre-2005 bank notes till December 31, 2015 for third time. RBI has allowed people to deposit the old design notes in the bank accounts or exchange them at a bank branch.

    The apex bank also has stated that the notes can

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  • 2 India, US ink pacts to enhance cooperation in health sector June 26, 2015 [ None ]

    India & the US have signed a series of agreements on health in order to enhance cooperation in health sector include cancer research, medical infrastructure development and application of new diagnostic technologies.

    According to Agreements are:

    • To develop collaborative research p

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  • 3 Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar voted best Test player of 21st century [ None ]

    Sachin Tendulkar who is India’s legendary batsman and Bharat Ratna recipient has been voted the ‘Best Test player’ of the 21st century in an online poll. Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara received the second highest votes. The online poll was conducted by Cricket Australia’s website f

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  • Jun 29, 2015
  • 1 Union Cabinet approved setting up of six Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) [ None ]

    The Union Cabinet meet was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Union cabinet announced setting up of six new Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) in the country. These new IIMs will be located at Amritsar (Punjab), Bodh Gaya (Bihar), Nagpur (Maharashtra), Sambalpur (Odisha

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  • 2 Sahitya Akademi announced Bal Sahitya Puraskar for the year 2015 [ None ]

    Sahitya Akademi awards announced Bal Sahitya Puraskar for the year 2015. The awards were recommended by Jury members representing 24 Indian languages and approved by the Executive Board of Sahitya Akademi that met under the chairmanship of President of Sahitya Akademi Dr. Vishwan

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  • 3 Veteran Journalist Praful Bidwai passed away [ None ]

    Praful Bidwai who was veteran journalist, columnist and peace activist passed away in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He was 65 years old. Praful Bidwai was born in Nagpur. Praful Bidwai worked in the Times of India for many years as a Senior Assistant Editor before embarking on a freela

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  • 4 Tennis Icon Steffanie Graf appointed as brand ambassador of Kerala’s Ayurveda [ None ]

    Tennis Icon Steffanie Graf was appointed as Ayurveda brand ambassador by cabinet meeting presided by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in Thiruvananthapuram. Steffanie Graf will promote Ayurveda tourism of state in North America and Europe with theme Visit Kerala Destination as an Ayu

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  • 5 Rajasthan becomes No. 1 state in solar energy in India [ None ]

    Rajasthan has become first state in the country in terms of total installed capacity of solar energy. The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy were released data. Rajasthan with total 1,167 megawatt (MW) installed capacity has surpassed Gujarat (1000 MW) which was previous

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  • Jun 25, 2015
  • 1 Titanic composer James Horner is no more [ None ]

    James Horner who was the two-time Oscar-winning composer and concert hall composer died on 23 June 2015 in a plane crash in California, United States at the age 61. James Horner was performed first major movie score in Star Trek II i.e.”The Wrath of Khan” (1982) film. He had also

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  • 2 Lucknow zoo renamed after last Nawab Wajid Ali Shah [ None ]

    Uttar Pradesh Government Akhilesh Yadav renamed the Lucknow Prani Udyan which is popularly known as Lucknow zoo, as Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Prani Udyan, Lucknow. Nawab Wajid Ali Shah was the last Nawab of Oudh under whom the province was annexed by the British government under the p

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  • 3 EPFO makes UAN mandatory for all employers under its purview [ None ]

    Employee Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has notified an order to make Universal Account Number (UAN) mandatory for all its employers. Employee Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) is a statutory body of Union Government under the aegis of Ministry of Labour and Employment. Empl

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  • 4 Bhuvan Ganga Mobile Application launched to aid National Mission for Clean Ganga [ None ]

    The Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti launched Bhuvan Ganga mobile application and a web portal to aid National Mission for Clean Ganga. Bhuvan Ganga app and web portal was launched after a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the National Mission for Clea

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  • 5 India to be the Partner Country for Russian Industrial Trade Fair Innoprom 2016 [ None ]

    India decided to be a partner country in the major Industrial Fair named INNOPROM-2016 to be held at Yekaterinburg, Russia in July 2016. Indian government accepted the invitation extended by the Russian Government in December 2014.

    Minister of Industry and Trade of Russian Federa

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  • 6 Russia won European Team Athletics Championships 2015 [ None ]

    Russia won the European Team Athletics Championships by winning 10 of the 40 events on the program which held in Cheboksary, Russia. Since 2009, Russia won the title since the inception of games. This is the fourth time won European Team Athletics Championships.

    Russia won the 368

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  • 7 Maharashtra topped the list of States and UTs in IPR filing in 2013-14 [ None ]

    India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF) released a report on Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) filing in India during 2013-14. Maharashtra topped the list of states and Union Territories (UTs) while Bengaluru was the top city in IPR filing.

    1. The top five states and UTs (Union Territ

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  • 8 Sister Nirmala Joshi successor of Mother Teresa passed away June 23, 2015 [ None ]

    Sister Nirmala Joshi who is former Superior General of Missionaries of Charity passed away in Kolkata after brief illness at the age 81. Since 1997, she had taken over as Superior General after the death of Mother Teresa. Sister Nirmala Joshi was born in 1934 in Ranchi (now the c

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  • Jun 24, 2015
  • 1 India sets two Guinness world records on International Yoga Day June 22, 2015 [ Important Days ]

    India has set two Guinness world records (GWR) in Rajpath yoga event held on 21 June, the eve of first International Yoga Day led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Union AYUSH Minister Shripad Yesso Naik was received award from representatives of Guinness World Records. This recor

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  • 2 Narendra Modi Vocalist Sanjay Subrahmanyam selected for ‘Sangita Kalanidhi’ award 2015 [ Awards ]

    A South Indian classical vocalist, Sanjay Subrahmanyam has been selected for the ‘Sangita Kalanidhi’ award 2015. It will be bestowed upon him when he will preside over the 89th annual conference of the Academy which will be held between December 15, 2015 and January 1, 2016.

    1. Sanja

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  • 3 Nico Rossberg of Mercedes wins Austrian Grand Prix of F1 [ None ]

    Nico Rosberg who is Mercedes driver from Germany has won the Austrian Grand Prix Formula One (F1) World Championship title 2015. His eleventh overall championship title and the third win in the 2015 season. First was the Spanish Formula 1 World Championship title won on May 10, 2

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  • 4 IEP (Institute for Economics and Peace) released Global Peace Index 2015 [ None ]

    Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) released the Global Peace Index (GPI) 2015. The GPI 2015 measured peace, its causes and its economic value during 2014. India was placed at the 143rd position among 162 countries, the same as 2014.Rankings of India’s neighbours: Bhutan (18)

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  • 5 Sangai deer found in Manipur to be translocated [ None ]

    Sangai Deer was found in Manipur. Manipur State Forest Department has decided to translocate a section of critically endangered species of Brow Antlered (Sangai) deer with an aim to save it from extinction. The deer is endemic to Keibul Lamjao National Park (KLNP) will be translo

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