2015: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Jul 21, 2015
  • 1 India inks $250-million loan pact with World Bank for Andhra Pradesh Disaster Recovery project [ None ]

    Union Government, Andhra Pradesh government from India has inked a financing agreement with World Bank (WB) to raise US 250 million dollars financial assistance for Andhra Pradesh Disaster Recovery Project (APDRP) in New Delhi.

    Objective of Andhra Pradesh Disaster Recovery Proj

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  • 2 INSTC, India’s strategic gateway to Central Asia and Eurasia [ None ]

    The INSTC (International North-South Transport Corridor) is considered as gateway for India to expand trade and investment links with Central Asia and Eurasia. International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) is a multi-modal trade transport network that includes strategic r

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  • 3 ‘Champions of Change’ Indian-American Sunita Viswanath [ None ]

    An Indian-American woman Sunita Viswanath who has been with Champion of Change award by the White House of United States among the 12 other recipients who have been honoured with this award for their continuous efforts towards climate change.

    1. Sunita was honoured for her work wi

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  • 4 INS Astravahini decommissioned after 31 years of service [ None ]

    Indigenously built torpedos INS Astravahini launch and recovery vessel was decommissioned after its service for almost 31 years to the nation. INS Astravahini was decommissioned in a ceremony held at the Ship Building Centre (V) at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

    • INS Astravahini

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  • 5 CCEA approves creation of Intra State Transmission System in 7 States [ None ]

    CCEA (Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs) has approved the creation of an Intra-state Transmission System (ISTS) in seven states across the country. These seven States are- Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh.

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  • 6 Tata, Boeing ink Strategic framework Agreement in lines with Make in India [ None ]

    Sukaran Singh, MD & CEO of TASL (Tata Advanced Systems Limited) and US-based aircraft maker Boeing Military Aircraft president Shelley Lavender have signed a strategic framework agreement for aerospace and defence manufacturing with Make in India in Hyderabad, Telangana. Accordin

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  • 7 RBI Logo Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has constituted a committee to prepare a 5 year [ Committees & Bodies ]

    RBI executive director Deepak Mohanty will be a head of committee and comprise total of 14 members Terms of References of the committee for Action plan to spread the reach of financial services across country to unbanked population. This committee will review the existing policy

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  • 8 Home Ministry gives nod to Huawei to set up unit in Tamil Nadu [ None ]

    Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has given nod to Huawei which is Chinese Telecom Manufacturer Company to set up a manufacturing unit in Tamil Nadu for its components. Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has given the security clearance behalf of subject to certain condition

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  • 9 IIT Bombay, Nehru Science Centre launches ‘Internet for All’ Mobile Science Exhibition [ None ]

    IIT -Bombay (All Indian Institute of Technology) and Nehru Science Centre have launched a pilot project “Internet for All” in its Mobile Science Exhibition Bus in Mumbai. A pilot project “Internet for All” was launched under the aegis of the Union Government of India’s flagship ‘

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  • Jul 21, 2015
  • 1 CSK, Rajasthan Royals suspended for two years from IPL [ None ]

    Supreme Court-appointed three-member committee headed by former Chief Justice of India R M Lodha suspended two major Indian Premier League teams Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals from the cricket league for two years.

    • CSK and Rajasthan Royal were banned in regards t

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  • 2 Legendary music director MS Viswanathan passed away July 15, 2015 [ None ]

    MS Viswanathan Doyen was music composer who passed away in Chennai, Tamil Nadu at the age of 87. Viswanathan had composed the veteran musician for over a thousand films in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. He was fondly called as the King of Light Music (Mellisai Mannar in Tamil).

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  • 3 Krishnapatnam Port receives Golden Peacock award for environment management [ Awards ]

    Krishnapatnam Port (Andhra Pradesh) has been awarded Golden Peacock environment management award for its achievements and initiatives in the field of environment. During the 17th World Congress on Environment Management, C Sasidhar is Managing Director of Krishnapatnam Port who w

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  • 4 Ajay Kumar Pandey appointed as MD and group CEO of GIFT City [ None ]

    Ajay Kumar Pandey was appointed as new Managing Director and Group CEO of Gandhinagar based Global financial services hub Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City). Ajay Kumar Pandey will replace Ramakant Jha who was appointed as CEO of Mumbai based IL&FS’s Smart City in

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  • 5 Rakesh Sahni appointed chairman of NVDA [ None ]

    Shivraj Singh Chouhan who is Madhya Pradesh government has appointed Rakesh Sahni as the Chairman of Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA). Rakesh Sahni is IAS officer of 1972 batch who had retired after serving post of chief secretary of States. After his retirement Sahni

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  • 6 Union Government clears defence proposals worth Rs 30,000 crore [ Defense ]

    Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has cleared worth over 30,000 crore rupees for buying four more P81 long-range maritime patrol aircraft for the navy and to replace army’s 60s vintage air defence guns.

    Image of P81 long-range maritime

    Image of P81 Long-range Maritime

    Image of P81 long-range maritime

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  • 7 Artist Sayed Haider Raza conferred with France’s de la Lgion dHonneur [ None ]

    Artist Sayed Haider Raza was conferred with highest French Civilian Award Commandeer de la Lgion dHonneur i.e. the Legion of Honour on the occasion of the French National Day (14 July) celebrations by Ambassador of France to India Franois Richier on behalf of the French President

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  • Jul 14, 2015
  • 1 India, Tajikistan ink 2 pacts to strengthen bilateral relations [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    During Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit to Tajikistan (5 Central Asian countries i.e. Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan) and Russia) both countries inked 2 pacts to strengthen bilateral relations.

    Signed pacts are –

    • Programme of Cooperation (POC

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  • 2 India, Georgia ink MoU on electoral cooperation [ None ]

    India and Georgia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the field of election management and administration. Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India Dr. Nasim Zaidi Chairperson, Central Election Commission of Georgia and Ms. Tamar Zhvania were sign

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  • 3 India, Kyrgyzstan ink 4 pacts during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit [ None ]

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Kyrgyzstan government have signed four pacts to enhance bilateral cooperation between the two nations as part of his official visit to 5 Central Asian countries and Russia.

    Signed agreements are –

    • According to the MoU, it was signed coope

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  • 4 Lt Gen Man Mohan Singh Rai appointed as new Vice-Chief of Army [ None ]

    Lieutenant General Man Mohan Singh Rai was appointed as the Vice-Chief of the Indian Army. At present, Rai is the Eastern Army Commander and will succeed Lt Gen Philip Campose who superannuates on 31 July 2015.

    1. Mohan Singh Rai is from the Indian Army’s Corps of Engineers. Army Ge

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  • 5 ‘Buddha In A Traffic Jam’ wins best original screenplay award at the Madrid Film Festival [ Awards ]

    ‘Buddha In A Traffic Jam’ film has won the best original screenplay in a Foreign Language award at the Madrid International Film Festival. This film based on a political satire which directed by filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri. It stars Arunoday Singh and Mahi Gill in a lead role along

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  • 6 Winners of 2015 Wimbledon Championship Titles of Tennis [ None ]

    Wimbledon Championship Tittles 2015 was a tennis tournament which held from 29 June to 12 July 2015 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom. This tournament was the 129th edition of the championships and the 48th edition in the Open Er

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  • 7 India, Turkmenistan ink seven pacts to enhance regional cooperation & connectivity [ None ]

    India & Turkmenistan have signed seven agreements to enhance bilateral cooperation between the two nations. These agreements were signed during the two-day visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Turkmenistan as part of his official visit to five Central Asian countries and Russ

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  • 8 NABARD to provide Rs 30,000 crore credit to farmers for irrigation [ None ]

    NABARD‘s Chairman and Managing Director Dr. Harsh Kumar Bhanwala has set a target of providing 30,000 crore rupees as credit to farmers for irrigational purpose in Mumbai on the occasion of 34th Foundation Day of NABARD.

    1. National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABAR

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  • 9 Sunita Williams among 4 astronauts chosen to fly NASA’s first commercial space vehicle [ None ]

    Indian-American Sunita Williams is among four veteran astronauts who has been chosen by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) to fly the first commercial space vehicles. Robert Behnken , Eric Boe and Douglas Hurley are three other who will be trained and prepared f

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  • Jul 14, 2015
  • 1 Lord Kamlesh Patel becomes first British-Asian appointee to ECB Director [ None ]

    Professor Lord Kamlesh Patel has become the first British Asian to be appointed as Director of England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). Lord Kamlesh Patel replaces Lord Morris of Handsworth who had stepped down after 11 years as an ECB Director.

    • Lord Patel was born on 28 September

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  • 2 Union Government appoints Sriram Kalyanaraman as MD and CEO of NHB [ None ]

    Union government of India has appointed Sriram Kalyanaraman as the Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Housing Bank (NHB) for a period of five years. Sriram Kalyanaraman became the first person from private sector to be appointed as head of a publ

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  • 3 China nominates Jin Liqun for President of AIIB [ None ]

    Former finance Minister of China Jin Liqun was nominated as the Presidential candidate for $100 billion Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) by China countries. At Present, Jin Liqun is Secretary General of AIIB’s interim secretariat. Jin Liqun also had held various positi

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  • 4 India, Kazakhstan sign five key pacts including deal on uranium supply [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Kazakh President Nur Sultan Nazar have signed five agreements in various sectors focusing on strategic, economic and trade cooperation between both nations in Astana.

    Signed agreements between these countries are –

    1. Both nations will form j

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  • 5 eMudhra launches eSign Services under Digital India Vision [ None ]

    eMudhra Limited is a leading certifying firm in the country for digital signatures launched first of its kind eSign services (online electronic signature) in the country as part of the Digital India Vision. This eSign service is an online electronic signature service legally vali

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