2015: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Sep 16, 2015
  • 1 McGill University declared as top Canadian university according to new international rankings [ None ]

    About McGill University: McGill University is a public research university in Montreal of Canada. It was legally founded by royal charter in 1821. The name of the University is from the name of James McGill.

    • James McGill was a noticeable Montreal merchant from Scotland whose do

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  • 2 RBI signs agreement with Nepal Rastra Bank for supervisory information exchange [ None ]

    About Nepal Rastra Bank: The Nepal Rastra Bank was established in 26th April 1956. It is the central bank of Nepal. It manages the banks and economic organizations in Nepal and guides financial policy.

    • It also supervises foreign exchange rates and the country’s foreign exchang

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  • 3 World Bank reports: Gujarat ranks first in ease of doing business [ None ]

    About ease of doing business of World Bank: Ease of doing business gives the ranks to economics from 1 to 189 with first place being the best. The high ranking in it means low numerical rank means that the governing environment is conductive to business operation.

    • The index ave

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  • Sep 15, 2015
  • 1 Union Government introduces SAHAJ scheme for new LPG connections [ None ]

    About the SAHAJ scheme: Under the scheme, people can apply online for new LPG connection and they need not visit to the LPG suppliers for it. SAHAJ facility will enable the customers to post online request for a new connection by filing Know Your Customer (KYC) form by uploading

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  • 2 United States prolonged the anti-dumping duty of Indian preserved mushrooms for another 5 years [ None ]

    About preserved mushroom and its trade: Preserved mushroom refer to mushrooms prepared or preserved by bleaching, cleaning and sometimes slicing and cutting. It is very nutritious and rich in fiber and proteins.

    • It has high content of folic acid which is uncommon in vegetables a

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  • 3 Employees’ Pension Scheme Rs 2,000 crore released by Union government [ None ]

    About Employees’ Pension Scheme: This scheme started in 1995. In this scheme, Employees who are members of EPF (Employee Provident Fund) will automatically become the members of EPS (Employee Pension Scheme).

    • Along with the employer contribution of 8.33 % of the salary, Central

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  • 4 Manipur assembly permits Protection of Manipur People Bill [ None ]

    About the bill: Manipur Legislative Assembly has passed the Protection of Manipur People Bill, along with other two amendment bills to protect native people of state. Other two bills are Manipur Shops and Establishments (2nd Amendment) Bill, and Manipur Land Revenue and Land Refo

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  • 5 Punjab Government bags award for accomplishing rooftop solar power output [ Awards ]

    About solar rooftop power station: A solar rooftop power station, or solar rooftop system, is a photovoltaic system that has its electricity - generating solar panels fixed on the rooftop of a residential or commercial building or structure.

    • The various components of such a sys

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  • 6 SAARC countries’ talks on Disaster Mitigation in New Delhi [ None ]

    About SAARC Countries: Also known as South Asian Association on Regional Cooperation. It is an economic and organization of 8 countries that are primarily located in South Asia or the Indian subcontinent.

    • Its headquarters are in Kathmandu in Nepal.
    • The combined economy of SAARC

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  • 7 Union Government calls off registration of Greenpeace, India [ None ]

    About Greenpeace: Greenpeace was established in 1969. Greenpeace India is the subordinate of the global environmental group Greenpeace, a non - profit, non - governmental NGO. Greenpeace has its organizations in 40 countries across the world including in Europe, America, Asia and

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  • 8 Haryana Government bags Skoch Order-of-Merit National award for e-governance, IT enterprises [ Awards ]

    About Skoch Order of Merit National Award: This award is granted upon top performing government organizations and private organizations working with the government. This is given by Skoch Consultancy Services Private Limited which started in 1997, it is a tactic and management ac

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  • 9 India signs agreement with Australia to extend mutual Defense Partnership [ None ]

    About Aim of Mutual defense Partnership: This mainly focuses on maritime security links in the Indian Ocean region and recognized the importance of freedom of maritime navigation. First - ever mutual Maritime exercise AUSINDEX between both countries is scheduled to be held in Sep

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  • Sep 15, 2015
  • 1 Abbott Healthcare crowds with controllers because of Indian cough syrup complaint [ None ]

    About Abbott Healthcare: Abbott Healthcare was Founded in 1888 by a young Chicago based physician Dr. Wallace Calvin Abbott. The Healthcare has been dedicated to discovering new medicines, new technologies and new ways to manage health.

    • It’s headquarter is in Mumbai.
    • Abbott In

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  • 2 Ravi Shastri will remain as India’s Team Director till 2016 T20 World Cup [ None ]

    About Ravi Shastri: Ravishankar Jayadritha Shastri was born on 27th May 1962. He is a previous Indian cricketer. He is temporary Director of the Indian cricket team since August 2014. He was the member of Indian national team in Test and One - Day matches between 1981 and 1992.

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  • 3 Novak Djokovic has won 2015 US Open by defeating Roger Federer [ None ]

    About Novak Djokovic: Novak Djokovic was born on 22nd May 1987. He is a Serbian tennis player by profession. He is presently ranked as world’s No. 1 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals.

    Image of Novak Djokovic

    Image of Novak Djokovic

    Winner of 2015 US Open

    • He is the fi

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  • 4 Kalamandalam Sathyabhama, the Classical dancer passed away [ None ]

    About Kalamandalam Sathyabhama: Kalamandalam Sathyabhama who was the famous classical dancer is passed away in Palakkad district of Kerala at age of 77. Kalamandalam Sathyabhama was born in 1937 at Shoranur.

    Image of Kalamandalam Sathyabhama

    Image of Kalamandalam Sathyabhama

    Famous classical dancer from Kerala

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  • 5 Narsingh Pancham Yadav has secured quota for 2016 Olympic Games [ None ]

    About Narsingh Pancham: Narsingh Pancham Yadav was born on 6th August 1989. He is an Indian wrestler by profession. He has been taking training in wrestling since he was 13 year old. His native place is suburban Jogeshwari in Mumbai.

    Image of Narsingh Pancham

    Image of Narsingh Pancham

    Got quota for 2016 Olympic Games

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  • 6 Sania Mirza won US Open in doubles category [ None ]

    About Sania Mirza: Sania Mirza was born on 15th November 1986. She is an Indian tennis player by profession. Currently, she is ranked as world’s No. 1 in women’s doubles. From 2003 until her retirement from singles in 2013, she was ranked by the Women’s Tennis Association as Indi

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  • 7 2,000 Year old Ashoka Stupa to be inaugurated in China [ None ]

    About restoration of Ashoka Stupa in China: A 2, 000 year old Stupa which was constructed by emperor Ashoka in China’s Nangchen, fell into destruction has been restored. It is agreed to be revealed by spiritual head of Ladakh - based Drukpa Buddhism.

    • Located close to Tibet aut

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  • 8 First Australia and India naval exercise called AUSINDEX15 initiates in Visakhapatnam [ None ]

    About Naval Exercise: Naval exercises with other friendly countries are planned to increase naval interoperability and to strengthen supportive security relationship. About different naval exercises of India: The naval exercise, the Varuna with the French Navy.

    • Konkan with the R

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  • 9 Union Government extends e-Tourist Visa Scheme to 37 more countries [ None ]

    About e - Tourist Visa: A valid passport and visa are required for travel to India. The Indian government now offers two options for tourists: A traditional tourist visa or an e - Tourist Visa (e - TV) which issued electronically.

    • A traditional Indian tourist visa is stamped in

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  • Sep 15, 2015
  • 1 Dr G. Satheesh Reddy conferred with Silver Medal by Royal Aeronautical Society [ None ]

    Dr G. Satheesh Reddy is an Eminent Scientist. He has completed his graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering from JNTU, Anantapur and completed his MS and Doctorate from JNTU, Hyderabad.

    Image of Dr G. Satheesh Reddy

    Image of Dr G. Satheesh Reddy

    Awarded Silver Medal by Royal Aeronautical Society

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  • 2 Rajasthan submit its State Annual Action Plan under AMRUT [ None ]

    About AMRUT: AMRUT stands for Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation. Aim of AMRUT: To ensure about water supply in all household. To increase the facility of cities by developing greenery and well maintained parks.

    • To reduce pollution by switching to public tran

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  • 3 JK Tyre signs agreement to buy Haridwar unit of Kesoram’s Industries [ None ]

    About Kesoram Industries: Kesoram Industries Limited is one of the pioneer companies in India. It is under the leading ‘B K Birla Group Of Companies’. Its production is of varieties from tires to cement to rayon.

    • According to ET500 (Economics Times 500 list), it’s all India rank

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  • 4 Indra Nooyi placed at 2nd position in 2015 Fortune’s business list [ None ]

    About Indira Nooyi: Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi was born on 28th October 1955 in Madras, Tamil Nadu of India. She is business executive and the current Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo.

    Image of Indira Nooyi

    Image of Indira Nooyi

    2nd position in 2015 Fortune’s business list

    • She joi

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  • 5 Ramaswamy Iyer, popular Water policy expert passed away [ None ]

    Well - known water policy expert Ramaswamy R. Iyer passed away in New Delhi because of a severe attack of viral fever at age of 86. About Ramaswamy Iyer: Ramaswamy R. Iyer was born in October 1929 in Thakkalai, Tamil Nadu.

    Image of Ramaswamy Iyer

    Image of Ramaswamy Iyer

    Water policy expert

    • He was an

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  • 6 Palestinians gets agreement to fly flag at United Nations [ None ]

    About Palestinians: Palestinians are the Palestinian people who are the modern children of the peoples who have lived in Palestine over the centuries. These people are mainly Arab in culture and also use the Arabic language due to Arabization of the region. Palestine is also kn

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  • Sep 12, 2015
  • 1 Union Cabinet approves settlement to 4 government agencies for import of pulses [ None ]

    About 4 government agencies: These include National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED), Metals and Minerals Trading Corporation of India (MMTC), State Trading Corporation of India (STC) and PEC.

    • During the period from 2006 - 11, Union Government had

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  • 2 Mount McKinley , tallest mountain in North America retitled as Denali [ None ]

    About Denali: It is the highest mountain peak in North America. The peak elevation of Mount Denali is 6, 190 m above sea level. It is located in the Alaska Range and Denali National Park in the US state of Alaska. It is the third most prominent peak after Mount Everest and Aconca

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  • 3 South African city, Durban to host 22nd Edition of Commonwealth Games in 2022 [ None ]

    About Commonwealth Games: These are a multi - sport events featuring athletes from over 50 fellow countries of Commonwealth nations. The games were first held in 1930 and since then they are held every 4 years. Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) is the lead agency to supervise t

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