2015: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Apr 16, 2015
  • 1 World Bank released South Asia Economic Focus report [ None ]

    World Bank released South Asia Economic Focus report for the economic growth of South Asia for the year 2016 and 2017. According to the report, economic growth of the region will increase from 7 percent in 2015 to 7.6 percent by 2017. The region is among the greatest global benef

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  • 2 SEBI raised the limit for currency derivatives trades to 15 million US dollar [ None ]

    Capital market regulator, SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India) raised the transaction limit in exchange traded currency derivatives from 10 million to 15 million US dollars for both foreign and domestic investors without having any underlying exposure. The capital market

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  • 3 India-Germany released Joint Statement to strengthen Strategic Partnership [ None ]

    India- Germany Joint Statement was released with an aim to upgrade and further strengthen the Strategic Partnership between the two countries after the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Hannover and Berlin.

    According to the agreem

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  • 4 North Korean foreign minister to visit India [ None ]

    North Korean foreign minister Ri Su-yong arrived in India on a rare visit where Delhi hosted the meet and Ri became the first North Korean foreign minister to visit India in at least 25 years. Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and North Korea’s top diplomat Ri Su-yon

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  • 5 Zomato acquires cloud-based data firm MaplePOS [ None ]

    Online restaurant guide Zomato announced the acquisition of MaplePOS which based on a cloud-based point of sale product for restaurants developed by a group of techies from Delhi. Gurgaon based Zomato has already renamed the MaplePOS product to ‘Zomato Base’ which will help the c

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  • 6 Fifth Normandy Group Foreign Ministers meet held in Berlin [ None ]

    Fifth Normandy Group meeting of the foreign ministers of the group members was held on 13 April 2015 in Berlin, the capital of Germany for an immediate halt to fighting in eastern Ukraine. Normandy Group or Normandy Quartet is a four group of foreign minister’s countries includin

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  • Apr 14, 2015
  • 1 Sportsman Retired Lieutenant General Hanut Singh, a 1971 Indo-Pak war hero passed away [ None ]

    Lieutenant General Hanut Singh (retd) passed away in Dehradun, Uttarakhand on 12 April 2015 in the age of 82 years. Hanut Singh was a 1971 Indo-Pak war hero and one of the most famous officers of the Indian Army. Lt Gen Hanut Singh was also known as the Poona Horse because he was

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  • 2 New Zealand wins 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament [ Sports ]

    New Zealand has won the 24th edition of Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament 2015 and in the final match New Zealand defeated World Champions Australia by 3-1 goals in the penalty shoot-out. New Zealand won second time Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament. Earlier, New Zealand had

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  • 3 BHEL commissioned 600 MW thermal unit at Dhabra in Chhattisgarh [ None ]

    BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd) commissioned 600 MW unit of a thermal power project for the Dainik Bhaskar Power Limited (DBPL) at Dhabra in Janjgir Champa district of Chhattisgarh. Dainik Bhaskar Power Limited is the second unit of 2 600 MW power project by BHEL and The firs

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  • 4 Lewis Hamilton won Chinese Grand Prix of Formula 1 [ None ]

    Mercedes racing driver Lewis Hamilton (Britain) won Chinese Grand Prix of Formula 1 2015 title in the race held in Shanghai, China. Hamilton led from start to finish with Rosberg finishing second. Hamilton who has beaten Rosberg in the nine of their last 10 races, played down the

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  • 5 India and France signed 20 MoUs and Agreements [ None ]

    India and France signed 20 Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) and Agreements to give new impetus to bilateral co-operation between the two nations. These agreements are Defence and Nuclear Energy, Space, Economic relations, Railways, Energy, Tourism, Science and Technology, Skil

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  • Apr 13, 2015
  • 1 Bharat Hari Singhania became the president of JK Organization [ None ]

    Bharat Hari Singhania appoint as the presidency of JK Organization by the issued company formal statement in this regard. Bharat Hari Singhania is the famous industrialist who replaced Gaur Hari Singhania who died on 4 April 2015.

    The JK Group organisatoin is 125-year-old and has

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  • 2 India’s first IFSC becomes operational at GIFT City in Gujarat [ None ]

    First International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) of India opened to operate at Gujarat International Finance Tec (GIFT) City in Gandhinagar district of Gujarat. First International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) became operational after Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

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  • 3 Indian shooter Apurvi Chandela wins Bronze in ISSF [ None ]

    Indian shooter or ace Apurvi Chandela won Bronze medal in the 10-metre air rifle event at the ISSF (International Shooting Sport Federation) Rifle and Pistol World Cup in Changwon, South Korea. Apurvi Chandela won the bronze after she shot score of 185.6 in the qualifying fifth

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  • 4 NGT India to chair 9th International Renewable Energy Agency council [ None ]

    India is going to chair the 9th International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) council meeting to be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The ninth IRENA council is started from 10 June 2015 and will be a two day event and in this meeting 21 member nations of IRENA counc

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  • 5 Asteroid 316201 named after Malala Yousafzai [ None ]

    Malala Yousafzai is selected for an asteroid 316201 after the youngest Nobel laureate and girls’ education campaigner Malala Yousafzai at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, United States under the International Astronomical Union rules.

    1. Mr. Mainzer had discovered the

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  • 6 Jitu Rai wins bronze at ISSF World Cup [ None ]

    Indian ace shooter Jitu Rai won a bronze medal in the 10m air pistol event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Changwon, South Korea. Jitu Rai scored 181.1 points in the final and he had missed out for the gold medal shoot-out by 0.4 points in 10 m

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  • 7 Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated first Songs and Dances of the North East [ None ]

    Indian President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated first Songs and Dances of the North East in New Delhi. It is a cultural festival and it was organized by Government of Meghalaya and sponsored by the North Eastern Council (NEC).

    • The motive of festival is to showcase the culture of In

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  • 8 Australian Cricket legend and former Captain Richie Benaud passed away [ None ]

    Legendary cricket commentator former Australia captain and Richie Benaud passed away at Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in the age of 84 years. Richie Benaud was an Australian Test cricket all-rounder and a pioneering leg-spin bowler and he had played 63 matches in his Test cr

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  • 9 Legendary Tamil writer Jayakanthan died [ None ]

    Legendary Tamil writer Jayakanthan was the Tamil novelist, short story writer and literary critic passed way in Chennai on 8 April 2015 in the age of 81 years and he is survived now by wife, two daughters and a son. Jayakanthan was born on 24 April, 1934 in Cuddalore district of

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  • Apr 13, 2015
  • 1 India elected to four United Nations agencies [ None ]

    India was elected to four important United Nations (UN) agencies and they include agencies are United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Food Program (WFP), Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) and the Governing Council of UN-Habitat. India was elected

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  • 2 EPFO suspended 1000 rupees minimum monthly pension scheme [ None ]

    Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) is retirement fund body but it suspended the 1000 rupees minimum monthly pension scheme from April 2015. The end of the minimum monthly pension provided under Employee Pension Scheme (EPS)-95 will suffer from 32 lakh pensioners by Uni

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  • 3 Seoul won the Earth global Hour City Challenge (EHCC) of World Wildlife Fund [ None ]

    South Korea’s capital Seoul city won the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and winning the challenge among 16 countries and 163 cities at Seoul, South Korea.

    The city of Balikpapan of Indonesia was recognized as the Most Loveable City for 2015 and Than

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  • 4 India successfully test-fired nuclear-capable Dhanush missile from ship [ None ]

    India successfully test fired nuclear weapons-capable Dhanush missile from a ship, off the Odisha coast. Dhanush missile is the ship-based missile which was launched from an Offshore Patrolling Vessel (OPV), deep inside the Bay of Bengal to test its full range.

    Feature of nuclear-

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  • 5 Dr. Nasim Zaidi appointed as 20th Chief Election Commissioner of India [ None ]

    Indian President Pranab Mukherjee appointed Dr. Nasim Zaidi as the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and he is the 20th CEC of India. Zaidi will assume the charge of office of the CEC with effect from 19 April 2015 and he will replace Harishankar Brahma who will join his office o

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  • Apr 12, 2015
  • 1 Greenpeace India Society (GIS) registration suspended by Union Ministry of Home Affairs for 180 days [ Important Days ]

    Greenpeace India Society (GIS) registration suspended by Union Ministry of Home Affairs for 180 days for acting against public and economic interests of the country. Greenpeace India Society (GIS) has seven bank accounts in IDBI Bank, ICICI Bank and Yes Bank and it has been froze

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  • Apr 9, 2015
  • 1 Harika wins bronze in World Women’s chess championship [ None ]

    Indian Ace Grandmaster Dronavalli Harika won Bronze medal along with Swedish Grandmaster Pia Cramling in the World Women’s chess championships held at Sochi, Russia. Harika lost to Mariya Muzychuk of Ukraine n the semi-final and she received only 20000 US dollars for the Bronze m

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  • 2 Grey Hypocolius sighted at the Narara Marine National Park in Gujarat [ None ]

    Hypocolius ampelinus is a rare bird and Grey Hypocolius was sighted by two Mumbai-based professionals and keen amateur birders. The ampelinus bird was photographed by Kunal Munsiff and Nosherwan Sethna at the Narara Marine National Park near Jamnagar in Gujarat. Hypocolius is a s

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  • 3 PM launched MUDRA Bank under PMJDY to fund small entrepreneurs [ None ]

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the MUDRA (Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency Ltd.) Bank dedicated regulator and refinance for small entrepreneurs. MUDRA bank was launched under the ambitious Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY). The bank stared with 20,000 cror

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  • 4 Mayilsamy Annadurai appointed as Director of ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC) [ None ]

    Eminient Mayilsamy Annadurai was appointed as Director of ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC), Bengaluru. He succeeded the Dr SK Shivakumar superannuated on 31 March 2015. Annadurai will oversee development of satellite technology and implementation of satellite systems for scientific,

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