2015: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • May 1, 2015
  • 1 ISRO successfully tested indigenous cryogenic engine CE-20 with four-ton capacity [ None ]

    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully tested an indigenous cryogenic engine CE-20 at Mahendragiri, Tamil Nadu. Cryogenic engine CE-20 will carry up to the capacity of four tonnes in geostationary orbit. The engine will also give boost to India’s interplanetar

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  • 2 Mukesh Khanna appointed as Chairperson of Children’s Film Society of India [ None ]

    Eminent the Actor and Producer Mukesh Khanna was appointed as the Chairperson of the Children’s Film Society of India (CFSI) by Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Mukesh Khanna appointed as place of actor-director Amole Gupte who took the post in 2012, had resigned f

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  • 3 China won the World Team Chess Championship in Tsaghkadzor [ None ]

    Republic of China won the World Team Chess Championship at Tsaghkadzor, Armenia from 18 April 2015 to 29 April 2015 with 15 points. Ukraine country finished runner-up with 12 points, while host Armenia was third position with 11 points. India ranked the championship at ninth posi

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  • 4 Mohammed bin Nayef appointed as Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia [ None ]

    Mohammed bin Nayef was appointed as Crown Prince and as Deputy Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia by King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud. Earlier to this appointment, Mohammed bin Nayef was Interior Minister of the kingdom. While Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud’s Prince Mohammed bins was

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  • Apr 30, 2015
  • 1 Union Government allowed EPFO to invest 5 percent of its corpus in stock market [ None ]

    Union Government of India allowed Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) to invest 5 % of its corpus in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). Union Finance Minister of Arun Jaitley announced in the Union Budget 2015-16. He proposed a new investment pattern under which the EPFO wou

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  • 2 Magnus Carlsen of Norway won Shamkir Chess Tournament [ Sports ]

    World Norwegian chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen of Norway won the Shamkir chess tournament held in Shamkir city of Azerbaijan. Carlsen defeated Azerbaijani Rauf Mamedov in the last and final round to finish the tournament with 7 points. Norwegian chess grandmaster, No. 1 ranked

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  • 3 INS Tarangini departed for Lokayan-2015 [ None ]

    INS Tarangini, the Sail Training Ship of Indian Navy left Kochi for Lokayan 2015. The theme for Lokayan -15 is “Taking for a Broader Reach”. The Ship was flagged off by Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, the flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern naval Command in a departu

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  • 4 French IT firm CapGemini announced to buy US rival IGATE for 4 billion US dollar [ None ]

    French IT firm CapGemini announced to buy U.S. rival IGATE for four billion US dollar. With this deal, North America becomes the largest region of the Group. Bank of America Corp advised IGATE while Lazard Ltd advised Cap Gemini on the transaction. CapGemini of France IT Company

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  • 5 Parliament passes Regional Rural Banks (Amendment) Bill, 2014 [ None ]

    Parliament has passed RRBs (Amendment) Bill, 2014 was first passed in Lok Sabha on 22 December 2014 and later in Rajya Sabha on 28 April 2015. This bill amends RRbs Act, 1976 and aims to strengthen the Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) and deepen their financial inclusion. According to

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  • 6 Loretta Lynch (first black female) sworn-in as 83rd Attorney General of country [ None ]

    Loretta Lynch has sworn-in as United States’ first African-American woman Attorney (83rd) General. She is 83rd newest Attorney General of the United States. Loretta Lynch succeeded Eric Holder who left the position on April 24, 2015 after serving Attorney General for six years. E

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  • 7 Novelist Siddhartha Gigoo wins 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize in Asia region [ None ]

    Novelist Siddhartha Gigoo has won 2500 pounds 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize in Asia region for his novel Umbrella Man. Other four regional winners for the 5000 pounds grand prize which will be announced in London on 8 September 2015. Commonwealth Short Story Prize in Asia O

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  • 8 Japan and the US revised defence deal after 18 years to deal with growing global security concern [ Defense ]

    Japan and the US signed a new set of defence agreements that allow for greater co-operation between their militaries after 18 years to deal with growing global security concern. This agreements was signed by the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, and Defense Secretary, Ashton Car

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  • 9 Rajya Sabha passes “The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill” 2014 [ None ]

    Indian Parliament of Rajya Sabha unanimously passed The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, 2014 by DMK MP Tiruchi Shiva to protect the rights of transgender persons. Bill is the first private members bill to be passed in 46 years. In the past, 14 Private Members’ Bills have been

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  • Apr 30, 2015
  • 1 NASA develops first 3-D printed copper rocket engine part [ None ]

    NASA engineers of America have developed the first full-scale three dimensional (3-D) printed copper rocket engine parts. The rocket engine parts was developed a combustion chamber liner that operates at extreme temperatures and pressures using additive manufacturing technique. C

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  • 2 Bank of Baroda ties up with UAE Exchange for instant money transfer [ None ]

    Leading Indian public sector bank Bank of Baroda has partnered with UAE Exchange to offer Non-resident Indian (NRI) customers an instant cash transfer facility. According to the agreement, it was signed between both parties and it will facilitate customers can send money within m

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  • Apr 27, 2015
  • 1 50th Jnanpith Award conferred on Marathi litterateur Bhalchandra Nemade [ Awards ]

    50th Jnanpith Award was selected eminent Marathi litterateur Bhalchandra Nemade (4th Marathi writer) and he received of cheque11 lakh rupees and a citation plaque and a bronze replica of Saraswati by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a function in Parliament House Complex in New De

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  • 2 World Happiness Report 2015 released [ None ]

    The World Happiness Report 2015 was released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) an initiative under the United Nations among 158 countries and is aimed at influencing government policy. Top five countries recently released World Happiness Report 2015 among th

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  • 3 Indo-French Naval exercise VARUNA commenced at Goa [ None ]

    The 14th edition of Indo-French Naval Exercise named VARUNA-15 commenced off the coast of Goa for the ten-day long joint naval exercise will end on 2 May 2015. VARUNA-15 exercise will include the entire gamut of various maritime operations from aircraft carrier operations, marit

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  • 4 National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology inks MoU with Snapdeal [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with e-commerce giant Snapdeal to roll out digital marketing courses. According to the agreement, it will help small and medium enterprises/businesses and artisans who

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  • 5 Indian-American Dr. Vivek Murthy takes oath as US Surgeon General [ None ]

    Indian-American Dr. Vivek Murthy was sworn-in as the US Surgeon General and he was administered oath by US Vice President Joe Biden at a ceremony held at Fort Myer in Virginia. He is nominated by US President and confirmed by a majority vote of the Senate and has term of four-ye

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  • 6 Gopinath Pillai awarded ‘Outstanding Service Award’ for his services in Singapore [ Awards ]

    Indian-origin Gopinath Pillai was awarded ‘Outstanding Service Award’ for his services by the National University of Singapore (NUS). At present, Gopinath Pillai is serving as Ambassador-at-Large of Singapore and special envoy to Andhra Pradesh.

    Image of Gopinath Pillai

    Image of Gopinath Pillai

    Outstanding Service Award for his services in Singapore

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  • 7 Anil Kapoor conferred with Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Award [ Awards ]

    Bollywood eminent actor Anil Kapoor received with prestigious Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Award 2015 by noted historian and writer Babasaheb Purandare. Apart from Anil Kapoor, veteran Marathi actor Dilip Prabhavalkar was also bestowed with the prestigious Master Deenanath Mangesh

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  • 8  Bangladesh join hands to protect spectacled Langur [ None ]

    Government of India and Bangladesh govt has decided to take concerted conservation efforts to protect the rare spectacled Langur. The aim at efforts will be taken to protect this species of Langur found in Patharia Hills Reserve Forest on other side of the fenced border along bot

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  • 9 PM Narendra Modi inaugurates India’s Healthcare Tourism Portal [ None ]

    PM Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s Healthcare Tourism Portal “www.indiahealthcaretourism.com” at the ‘SAAARC Trade Mart’ in the Global Exhibition on Services (GES). Healthcare Tourism Portal was inaugurated on the occasion of three-day Global Exhibition on Services (GES) in Pr

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  • Apr 24, 2015
  • 1 President Mukherjee released Postage Stamp commemorating 200 years of Old Seminary in Kottayam [ None ]

    Indian President Pranab Mukherjee released a Postage Stamp commemorating the 200 years of the Orthodox Theological Seminary or Old Seminary, Kottayam in Kerala. The Orthodox Theological Seminary is also known as Old Seminary or Cottayam Syrian College is run by the Malankara Ort

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  • 2 Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting received ISO 9001:2008 certification [ None ]

    The Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) received the ISO 9001:2008 certification from the British Standards Institute (BSI). ISO certification is generic and is intended to be applicable to all organization which includes such the type, size and product provided

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  • 3 Cabinet approved agreement between India and Jordan on maritime transport [ None ]

    The Union Cabinet gave its approval for signing of a shipping agreement between India and Jordan and it chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi after recognizing the significant mutual benefit. Main benefits of India-Jordan shipping pact which aims at strengthening

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  • 4 Shah Rukh Khan honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation Award 2015 [ Awards ]

    Bollywood eminent actor Shah Rukh Khan was honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation Award 2015 for his performance in the movie Happy New Year. This year Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation Award 2015 was held in Mumbai. Actor Rajkummar Rao- he won the prestigious award f

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  • Apr 23, 2015
  • 1 Lupin launched hepatic encephalopathy drug Zaxine in Canada [ None ]

    Drug Maker Lupin Limited launched hepatic encephalopathy drug Zaxine in Canada under a licensing agreement of US-based Salix Pharmaceuticals Company. In September 2014, the agreement to launch Zaxine drug was signed the agreement and Lupin Pharma Canada Ltd has exclusive rights t

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  • 2 Eminent Historian Christopher Alan Bayly died [ None ]

    Eminent Professor Christopher Alan Bayly’s historian died in the age of 70 in Chicago due to heart attack. His death was announced by the Centre for South Asian Studies at the University of Cambridge. Alan Bayly was a historian who specialized in British Imperial, Indian and glob

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