2015: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Nov 2, 2015
  • 1  Amit Kumar wins silver in IPC Athletics [ None ]

    Indian para - athlete Amit Kumar Saroha captured a silver in men’s club throw F51 event in the IPC Athletics World Championships. The silver - winning effort also gave Amit a quay for next year’s Rio Paralympic Games.

    • With Amit’s medal today, the 15 - member Indian team ended th

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  • 2  Bindeshwar Pathak selected for New York Global Leaders Dialogue Humanitarian Award [ Awards ]

    Bindeshwar Pathak, the founder of sulabh international award was selected for prestigious new York global leaders dialogue humanitarian award for his contribution to sanitation and improving quality of life for millions of manual scavangers. He will be presented with this awrd in

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  • 3  Najib Shah appointed as the Chairman of CBEC [ None ]

    Union Government has appointed senior IRS officer Najib Shah as the chairman of Central Board of Excise and Customers (CBEC). His appointment was confirmed by Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    • He will have tenure of 2 years i. e. til

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  • 4  Economic affairs secretary Shaktikanta Das chosen on RBI Central Board [ None ]

    Union Government has nominated Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das to the Central Board of Directors of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Das is an IAS officer of 1980 batch from of Tamil Nadu cadre.

    His nomination is operative from October 30, 2015 and until further orde

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  • 5  EU’s Sakharov Prize 2015 won by Raif Badaw [ None ]

    Saudi blogger Raif Badawi is selected for European Union’s conspicuous Sakharov Prize for human rights for year 2015. European Parliament assembly in Strasbourg, France has honoured Mr. Bidawi with this award seeing him as a sign of the fight for freedom of speech.

    • Raif Badawi,

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  • 6  John Magufuli elected as President of Tanzania [ None ]

    John Pombe Magufuli of ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party has won the 2015 Tanzanian Presidential election. He became fifth President of Tanzania since its independence from United Kingdom in 1961.

    Image of John Magufuli

    Image of John Magufuli

    Newly Elected President of Tanzania

    • John Magufuli w

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  • 7  Asia Pacific region declared to be the most disastrous prone region of the world [ None ]

    The Asia Pacific region is the most disaster prone part of the world as it had suffered around 1, 625 disasters in the period through 2014. It was exposed in recently released 2015 United Nations Asia - Pacific Disaster Report.

    Key Highlights:

    • Disasters in Asia Pacific region

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  • 8  Nepal signs MOU with China to comfort fuel crisis [ None ]

    Nepal has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with China in order to import all kinds of fuel to ease fuel crunch in the country. It was signed by Nepal Oil Corp (NOC) and China National United Oil Corporation (PetroChina).

    • To supply all kind of the petroleum products for

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  • 9  e-Sahyog Pilot Project lauinched to facilitate taxpayers [ None ]

    Union Finance Ministry has launched an e - Sahyog pilot project of Income - Tax Department to simplify taxpayers to reduce their need to tangibly appear before tax authorities. It was launched by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

    Key features about e - Sahyog project:

    • It ai

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  • Nov 2, 2015
  • 1  The first female President of Nepal - Bidhya Devi Bhandari [ None ]

    Bidhya Devi Bhandari from the ruling Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) -CPN - UML is elected as first female President of Nepal. She became first President under newly promulgated Constitution of Nepal.

    Image of Bidhya Devi Bhandari

    Image of Bidhya Devi Bhandari

    First female President of Nepal

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  • Nov 1, 2015
  • 1  Delhi Half Marathon 2015 was won by Ethiopian Birhanu Legese, Kenyan Cynthia Limo [ None ]

    Delhi Half Marathon 2015 has won by Birhanu Legese from Ethiopia in men’s category and Cynthia Limo from Kenya has in women’s category. This was the eighth edition of marathon approximately 34, 000 athletes and amateur runners has participated from the different parts of the worl

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  • Oct 29, 2015
  • 1  R.V. Easwar Committee is set up by Union government to simplify IT act provisions [ Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Union Government has established a committee to streamline the provisions of the Income Tax Act (IT), 1961. Under the Chairmanship of former Delhi High Court Judge, Justice R. V. Easwar this committee came into action.

    • The other nine memebers are: VK. Bhasin, Vinod Jain, Rajiv M

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  • 2  US Senate permits Cyber Security Legislation [ None ]

    US Senate has approved Cyber Security Legislation to simplifying distribution of cyber - attack fears. It was passed by 74 votes in favour of it and 21 votes against it. The passage of legislation is deliberated a critical step to report cyber threats.

    • It ensures policies are in

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  • 3  Samiran Chakraborty chosen as Chief Economist of Citibank India [ None ]

    Samiran Chakraborty is appointed as Chief Economist of global banking major Citibank for India. Before this he was Managing Director (MD) and head at Standard Chartered Bank for macro research in South Asia.

    • He has a rich knowledge in conducting macro research.
    • He has covered v

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  • 4  World Bank’s 2016 rankings of Ease of Doing Business, India ranked 130 [ None ]

    India has been sited at 130th position among the 189 countries in the World Bank’s 2016 rankings of Ease of Doing Business Report. Key features: India is one of the countries that have made the most development, catching the advantage of the government in a separate section.

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  • 5  Curry King Lord Gulam Noon passes away [ None ]

    Lord Gulam Kaderbhoy is one of the Britain’s most prominent Indian - origin peers and Curry King who passed away in London. He was 79 and was innovator in introducing slightly spiced Indian curry cuisine. Through his entrepreneurial ventures, he sold the curry in high streets of

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  • 6  Sylvie Lucas chosen as Chair of IGN of UNSC Reforms [ None ]

    United Nations (UN) Sylvie Lucas is appointed as the next chair of the Inter - Governmental Negotiations (IGN) of UN Security Council Reforms. She was appointed by 70th UN General Assembly session.

    • She replaced Jamaican Ambassador to UN Courtenay Rattray.

    About Sylvie Lucas:

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  • 7  AR Rahman awarded with 2015 Hridaynath Mangeshkar Award [ Important Days ]

    Oscar - winning musician AR Rahman has been convened with prestigious 2015 Hridaynath Mangeshkar Award in Mumbai. He was given the fifth edition of award by Expert filmmaker Subhash Ghai. On the occasion of 78th birthday of Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar, he was given the award.

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  • 8  Third India-Africa forum summit initiates in New Delhi [ None ]

    The four day summit started in New Delhi from 26 October to 30 October 2015. It is one of the largest assemblies of African countries outside Africa as all 54 nations of the continent have contributed. It will discourse the key challenges faced by African nations which include fo

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  • 9  Tianhui-1C mapping satellite launched by China [ None ]

    China has effectively launched Tianhui - 1C which is a third mapping satellite of the Tianhui - 1 series into its chosen orbit. It was overall Long March rockets series 215th successful launch. The mapping satellite was launched by Long March 2D carrier rocket from the Jiuquan.

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  • Oct 29, 2015
  • 1  Deepika Kumari won silver medal in 2015 Archery World Cup Final [ None ]

    India’s excellent women archer Deepika Kumari has earned the Silver medal in recurve event at the 2015 Archery World Cup Final held in Mexico City. In the final match, South Korea’s Choi Misun overcome Deepika Kumari.

    • She won the gold medal by 6 - 2 score.
    • She had won it after

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  • 2  Punjab Government has chosen Suresh Arora as DGP and replaced Sumedh Singh Saini [ None ]

    About Suresh Arora: Arora, a 1982 - batch IPS officer, was serving as the Director - General of Police - cum - Chief Director, Vigilance Bureau. The new DGP, Suresh Arora, has served as SSP in almost all districts, besides serving as the DIG, CM Security, after the assassination

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  • 3  Babasaheb Ambedkar Bhavan will be inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi in London [ None ]

    About Babasaheb Ambedkar: Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, popularly known as Babasaheb, was an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer. He was Independent India’s first law minister and the principal architect of the Constitution of India

    • In 1990, the Bharat Ratna, Indi

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  • 4  India-Africa Forum Summit 2015 will be held - From 26th October to 29th October in New Delhi [ None ]

    The India–Africa Forum Summit is the official platform for the African - Indian relations. The two previous India - Africa summits were held in 2008 and 2011. In the largest - ever gathering of African leaders in India, at least 41 leaders - including South African president Jaco

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  • 5  Nasser Khan Janjua is appointed as the National Security Advisor of Pakistan [ None ]

    About Naseer Khan Janjua: Mr. Aziz will only focus on foreign affairs. Janjua’s instant duty will be to focus on security bonds with Afghanistan in the west and India in the east. Nasser Khan Janjua’s appointment as NSA indicates Pakistan army’s growing control over Prime Ministe

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  • 6  US President assigns Brett McGurk as Special ambassador to US-led alliance for fighting IS [ None ]

    About Brett McGurk: McGurk was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 20 April 1973. He graduated from Conard High School in 1991. McGurk is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law.

    • After his graduation, McGurk work for three successive clerkships, at increasingly higher r

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  • 7  24 October is celebrated as World Polio Day [ Important Days ]

    About polio: Poliovirus Poliomyelitis (polio) is a highly communicable viral disease, which mainly affects young children below age of 5. The virus is transferred from person - to - person.

    • It chiefly spreads through the faecal - oral route i. e. by contaminated water or food.

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  • 8  Union Government agrees to introduction of women fighter pilots in Indian Air Force [ None ]

    About Indian Air Force: The Indian Air Force is the air arm of the Indian armed forces. It’s the World’s 4th largest Airforce. Its primary responsibility is to secure Indian airspace and to conduct aerial warfare during a conflict

    About the introduction of women fighter pilots:

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  • 9  Four new crab species discovered in Kerala [ None ]

    Crabs are decapod crustaceans of the infraorder Brachyura, which typically have a very short extending ” tail “. Usually totally hidden under the thorax. They live in all the world’s oceans, in fresh water, and on land, are generally covered with a thick exoskeleton and have a si

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  • Oct 26, 2015
  • 1  Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain wins 2015 US Grand Prix of F1 [ None ]

    2015 United States Grand Prix title of Formula One won by Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain for the fourth time. He had won Australia, China, Bahrain, Canada, United Kingdom, Belgium, Italy, Japanese and Russian 2015 Grand Prix titles.

    • He also won 2015 World Drivers’ Cha

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