2015: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Jul 14, 2015
  • 1 UNESCO names 24 new world heritage sites [ None ]

    39th session of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has inscribed 24 new sites into the World Heritage List by World Heritage Committee (WHC) held in Bonn, Germany. Total 36 sites were examined and 24 sites were granted world heritage status

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  • 2 Urdu poet Bashar Navaaz passed away July 9, 2015 [ None ]

    Bashar Navaaz was Urdu poet, critic & orator who passed away in Aurangabad, Maharashtra at the age of 80 years old. Bashar Navaaz was known as an Indo Pak shayar as his gazals are popular in India as well as Pakistan.

    Image of Bashar Navaaz

    Image of Bashar Navaaz

    Urdu poet Bashar Navaaz

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  • 3 Rahul Bhatnagar named as new MD and CFO of Bharti Enterprises [ None ]

    Rahul Bhatnagar was named as new Managing Director (MD) and chief financial officer (CFO) of Bharti Enterprises. Rahul Bhatnagar replaces Manoj Kohli who was recently appointed as executive chairman of SBG Cleantech a Joint Venture (JV) between Bharti Enterprises, Japan’s telecom

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  • 4 Uttarakhand gets India’s first earthquake early warning system [ None ]

    Uttarakhand became first Indian state to install a system to detect earthquakes and disseminate warnings. Italian firm, Space Dynamics is designed and manufactured the system which already has installed it in Japan, Italy and US.

    • The first system has been installed first in its

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  • 5 Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka sets record for spending longest time in space [ None ]

    Gennady Padalka who is Russian cosmonaut has set a Guinness World Record for spending longest time in space with a total of 804 days or around 2.5 years in space as on July 2015. Gennady Padalka broke the previous record of 803 days, nine hours and 41 minutes set by Russian cosmo

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  • 6 Indigenously developed surface-to-air Akash Missile inducted in IAF [ None ]

    Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar inducted the Akash missile at a function held at Maharajpur Airbase in Gwalior after Parrikar ji handed over the symbolic key of Akash defence system (ADS) to Air chief Marshal Arup Raha.

    Image of Akash Missile

    Image of Akash Missile

    Indigenously developed surface-to-air missile

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  • 7 Legendary Egyptian actor Omar Sharif passed away on 10 July 2015 [ None ]

    Egyptian actor Omar Sharif passed away due to a heart attack in Cairo at the age of 83. Omar Sharif was best known for his roles in classic films Lawrence of Arabia in1962 and Doctor Zhivago role in 1965.

    Image of Omar Sharif

    Image of Omar Sharif

    Legendary Egyptian actor

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  • 8 Prince Saud al-Faisal, World’s longest serving Foreign Minister passed away [ None ]

    Prince Saud al-Faisal who was former foreign minister of Saudi Arabia passed away in United States at the age of 75. Saud al-Faisal had retired in April 2015. He was succeeded by Adel al-Jubeir. Saud al-Faisal was the foreign minister of Saudi kingdom for 4 decades from 1975 to 2

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  • 9 ISRO successfully launches PSLV-C28 carrying 5 UK satellites [ None ]

    ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C-28 has successfully put five satellites of United Kingdom into designated orbits. They launched successfully after its lift off from first launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikotta in Andhra Pradesh.

    ISRO had used high

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  • Jul 14, 2015
  • 1 India accorded full membership of SCO at Ufa summit 2015 [ None ]

    India has been accorded the full membership of the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) at its Ufa summit held in Russia which it will help India to work with the six members grouping to enhance connectivity, combat terror and create an environment for boosting trade by easing

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  • Jul 10, 2015
  • 1 Kamal Bawa elected as Fellow to Royal Society [ None ]

    Kamal Bawa who is Eminent Ecologist has been elected as Fellow to the London based prestigious Royal Society. Kamal Bawa joins former and current eminent fellows of Royal Society such as Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking etc. He was chosen in recognit

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  • 2 India, Uzbekistan ink pacts to boost cooperation [ None ]

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uzbekistan premier Karimov were signed agreement to boost cooperation between their foreign offices and in the field of culture and tourism.

    This visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was part of his first leg of strategic tour among five C

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  • 3 Meiji Period Sites of Japan gets UNESCO World Heritage Site Status [ None ]

    Japan’s Meiji-era is called from 1868 to 1912. In this era, industrial revolution sites have received World Cultural Heritage status from United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

    • In 1972, the list of these heritage sites is part of the Convention

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  • 4 Floyd Mayweather stripped of Welterweight World title 2015 [ None ]

    World Boxing Organization (WBO) has stripped of the Welterweight World title 2015 won by Floyd Mayweather in May 2015. Decision in this regard was taken by WBO after Mayweather failed to pay the 200,000 dollar sanctioning fee to WBO prior to the deadline of 3 July 2015.

    • As per WBO

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  • 5 SC issue notices to Centre, ECI to bring political parties under RTI Act [ None ]

    Supreme Court of India issued notices to the Union Government, Election Commission of India (ECI) on a plea to bring all political parties under the ambit of Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005. Supreme Court of India was also issued notice to include six National Political Part

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  • 6 Telangana government, ICRISAT ink MoU to promote IT-based information for farmers [ None ]

    Telangana government and ICRISAT (International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics) inked MoU (memorandum of Understanding) to promote IT-based information for farmers. According to the MoU, ICRISAT seeks to provide Information and Communication Technology (ICT)-b

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  • 7 Pune’s Fergusson College wins heritage status of UGC [ None ]

    Prestigious Fergusson College of Pune has been accorded the special heritage status by the University Grants Commission (UGC). UGC (University Grants Commission) will provide financial assistance for its upkeep. Now the college is among the 19 institutions in the country to get t

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  • 8 ONGC MoEFCC holds meeting with 6 states to review ESA demarcation progess in Western Ghats [ None ]

    Prakash Javadekar who is Union Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MoEFCC) held a meeting with 6 states in New Delhi to review the progress of demarcation of Ecologically Sensitive Areas (ESA) along the Western Ghats region.

    • The crucial MoEFCC meeting was chaired b

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  • 9 India & Kazakhstan launch first drilling at Satpayev oil block of OVL [ None ]

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Kazakhstan premier Karim Massimov launched the first exploratory drilling at Satpayev oil block owned by India’s ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL) and Kazakhstan Company KazMunaiGaz in Astana, Kazakh capital.

    • Satpayev oil block is an offshore field

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  • Jul 10, 2015
  • 1 MGNREGA world’s largest public works programme: World Bank Report [ None ]

    World Bank has ranked the MNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) as the world’s largest public works programme. It was released data by World Bank Group’s report titled ‘The State of Social Safety Nets 2015‘.

    • This serve is need to improve the efficiency o

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  • Jul 9, 2015
  • 1 Pakistani Urdu novelist Abdullah Hussain passed away [ None ]

    Abdullah Hussain who was Pakistani Urdu novelist passed away in Lahore due to blood cancer at the age of 84 on 6th July 2015. Abdullah Hussain had received worldwide fame after the publication of his masterpiece Urdu novel and greatest contemporary works of Urdu fiction Udas Nasl

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  • 2 Lewis Hamilton wins 2015 British Grand Prix of F1 [ None ]

    Lewis Hamilton who is Mercedes driver of Britain won 2015 Birtish Grand Prix of Formula One (F1). Birtish Grand Prix of F1 held at the Silverstone Circuit near the village of Silverstone in Northamptonshire in England.

    With this victory Hamilton became second British F1 driver to

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  • 3 US actress Diana Douglas passed away on 6th July 2015 [ None ]

    Renowned US actress and model Diana Douglas passed away in Los Angeles due to cancer at the age of 92.Diana Douglas was married to Kirk Douglas who was famous US actor in 1943 and is mother of Oscar winning actor Michael Douglas and Joel Douglas.

    Diana Douglas was born as Diana Lo

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  • 4 India retains South Asian Basketball Championship [ None ]

    India has retained the South Asian Basketball Championship (SABA) title. It was the 4th edition of the Championships. They defeated Sri Lanka by 93-44 score in the final match which played at Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

    With this win, India qualified for the FIBA A

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  • 5 The US wins Women’s FIFA World Cup for 3rd time [ None ]

    United States (US) won the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup which US defeated Japan by 5-2 goals score in the World Cup final match played at Vancouver Canada. It is overall third world cup title of US.

    US captain and skipper Carli Lloyd scored three goals. Lauren Holiday and Tobin He

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  • Jul 7, 2015
  • 1 Microsoft agreed to set up Digital Village in Maharashtra [ None ]

    Major Software IT Company Microsoft agreed to develop Smart MIDC (industrial colony) and support Digital Village in Maharashtra. In this regard, the information was given by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis (week-long visit to the US) after his meet with India-born Mi

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  • 2 Union Government released the Socio Economic and Caste Census 2011 for Rural India [ None ]

    Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Chaudhary Birendra Singh who is Union Minister of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation released the provisional data from the Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) 2011 for Rural India.

    Socio Economic

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  • 3 NASA successfully flight tested Prandtl-d, prototype of first Mars airplane [ None ]

    The NASA (Naional Aeronautics and Space Administration) announced that it successfully flight tested Prandtl-d aircraft. Prandtl was developed by NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Centre and it stands for the Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars.

    • It is a prototyp

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  • 4 Chile wins Copa America title 2015 of football for first time [ None ]

    Chile won Copa America title 2015 (South America’s most prestigious football trophy) for the first time which played at Santiago de Chile. First ever international trophy of Chile in Football trophy.

    1. The hosts defeated 14 times champion Argentina by 4-1 goals in the penalty shoot

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  • 5 BSNL rolls out pre-paid card linked mobile wallet [ None ]

    BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited) launches pre-paid card linked mobile wallet service ‘Speed Pay’ by Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in New Delhi. BSNL has launched the service in partnership with IT company Pyro which allows customers to transfer cash, pay for servi

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