January 30, 2015 Complete Reference To Current Affairs

Sports:

  1. SAI announced Dutchman Paul Van Ass and New Zealands Anthony Thornton as coaches of the National men’s and women’s Hockey team respectively.
  2. National Games 2015:
    *To be held in Kerala from January 31, 2015.
    *Will be hosted acros seven districts in the state.
    *10,000 competitors from 36 units will feature in 31 disciplines across 29 venues.

Business:

  1. S. Lakshminarayanan is appointed as chairman of the Shriram Transport Finance Company.
  2. As per the data released by the CGA, the fiscal deficit during the April-December period was Rs. 5.32 lakh crore or 100.2% of 2014-15 estimate hich is 4.1% of GDP.
    *Government has put a roadmap as per which the fiscal Deficit has to be brought down to 3% of GDP by 2016-17.
  3. SpiceJet and its boards finally approved the selling of its entire holding of promoter kalanidhi Maran of 58.46% in the airline to co founder Ajay Singh.
  4. UK based telecom giant Vodafone Group had invested over Rs. 60,000 crore in the country in last five years.

International:

  1. The Commerce department of USA said the overall economy grew at 2.6% rate in October-December period and that for the year economy grew at 2.4% rate.
  2. China inaugurated a pipeline that will bring crude oil from a deep water port in Myanmar along a transit route that will bypass the strategic Malacca Straits.This pipeline is 2402 Km long in two parts with 1st part stretches in Myanmar of 771KM while 2nd stretches in China of 1631 KM.
  3. Sri Lanka’s president Maithripala Srisena appointed K. Sripavan as the country’s first Tamil chief justice in 24 years of Sri Lanka’s history.
    *The last tamil CJ was Herbert Thambiah who left the position in 1991.
  4. Bangladesh national parliament passed a historic proposal 43 years after the country’s independence from Pakistan. Proposal says that rape victims of the Bangladesh Liberation war 1991 will get their long overdue recognition as Freedom Fighters also their children will get state facilities.
  5. Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, has been appointed as new chairman of the 54 nation African Union , succeeds Mauritania’s president Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz.
  6. Charles Townes, who shared the Nobel prize in physics in 1964 with Russian physicist Aleksandr M. Prokhorov and Nicolai for the invention of Laser, has been passes away.

Nationals:

  1. Shanta Kumar committee on a range of issues relating to procurement , storage and distribution of food grains.
  2. Governments largest ever disinvestment has raised Rs. 22557.63 crore from sale of its 10% share holding in Coal India Limited. Of which 11360.11 crore came from public and Private insurance companies.
  3. United Nations report on global investment states that FDI inflow to India increased by 26 percent to $35 Billion in 2014 while the list for receiving global FDI has been topped by China wiht inflows worth $128 Billion.
  4. HDFC bank is set to launch a new app Chillr which allow users to send money 24×7 to any of his contacts in mobile that amounts to Rs. 1 to Rs. 5000 in a day.
  5. Defense secretary R.K. Mathur has been given additional charge of Department of Defense Research and Development.
  6. Gujrat Chief Minister today launched Taluka Planning address to enable the local administration for proper development of the regional area.
  7. Karnatka Government decided to amend Karnatka Compulsary Education Act, 2012 by inserting words Mother Tounge Kannad. This guarantees that the kannad language will become compulsory for children from class 1 to V.
  8. Standing Committee on the National Board for Wildlife chaired by Prakash Javedkar granted DRDO to built missile launching testing facilities in the Krishna Delta Complex in Andhra Pradesh. This site is a nesting site of Olive Ridley turtle, an endangered species.

Appointments:

  1. Eminent scientist Hanumanthu Purushotham took charge as CMD of NRDC.

Deaths:

  1. Subhash Ghising , founder of Gorkha National Liberation Front, passed away.

Emerging Terms:

  1. Sydney:– Is the largest city of Australia. Most important fact about sydeny is that its economy is bigger than that of Denmark, Singapore and Hong Kong.
  2. Christchurch:– It is the Garden City of New Zealand. The water of this place is rated among the purest water in the world.
  3. Rahimtoola Cup is related to Men’s Badminton trophies.
  4. Babu Jagjivan Ram Chhatrawas Yojna:– To provide hostel to students belonging to SC and ST.
  5. NRDC:– National Research Development Corporation

January 29, 2015 Complete Reference To Current Affairs

Sports:

  1. India has been confirmed as host for the 2016 Twenty20 World Cup, scheduled to be held from 11th March 2016 to 3rd April 2016, the ICC announced today.
  • The board also approved the dates for the 2017 Champions Trophy in England, which will be held between June 1-19.
  • England will also host the 50-over World Cup in 2019 from May 30 to June 15.
  • The 2017 Women’s World Cup will be held in England between Aug 4-27, and the 2018 Women’s World Twenty20 will be organised in the West Indies between Nov 2-25
  1. Andy Murray enters the final of Australian Open Tennis.
  2. The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports has revised the Scheme of Special Awards to medal winners in international events and their coaches.

  • In the revised scheme, the award money have been enhanced.
  • The amount of award money for medal winners in Olympic Games (summer and winter) has been enhanced from existing Rs. 50 lakh (gold medal), Rs. 30 lakh (silver medal) and Rs. 20 lakh (bronze medal) to Rs. 75 lakh, Rs. 50 lakh and Rs. 30 lakh respectively. 
  • The amount of award money for medal winners in Asian Games and Commonwealth Games has been enhanced from existing Rs. 20 lakh (gold medal), Rs. 10 lakh (silver medal) and Rs. 6 lakh (bronze medal) to Rs. 30 lakh, Rs. 20 lakh and Rs. 10 lakh respectively.
  • Amount of award money for medalists of Paralympic Games (summer & winter), Para-Asian Games and Commonwealth Games (Para-Athletes) have been fixed at par with medalists of Olympic Games, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. 
3. In a major breakthrough, the ICC has allowed Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir to return to domestic cricket early from his five-year ban for involvement in spot-fixing.

International:

  1. Malaysian government has officially declared the disappearance of Malaysian Airline flight MH370 an accident and has said that there were no survivors. Officials said that the recovery operation is ongoing but that the 239 people on board are now presumed dead.

National:

  1. HAL has completed integration of BrahMos thermonuclear cruise missile with Sukhoi-30MKI after over two years of work, modifying the Russian-made aircraft. 
  2. Glen Joseph Galstaun was today nominated as the representative of the Anglo-Indian community in the Jharkhand Assembly.
    Governor Syed Ahmed nominated Galstaun to the House as there is a need for a representative from the community.
  3. The World Bank’s Report Scaling the Heights: Social inclusion and sustainable development on Himachal Pradesh was released by Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dhani Ram Shandil in Shimla today.
  4. Smt. Maitreyi Das, lead Social Development Specialist, who has prepared this report, said that Himachal stood apart from many other states with its strong track record of poverty reduction, service delivery and human and social development outcomes.
  5. On the Republic Day, Prof Devang Khakhar, Director of IIT Bombay, launched three Mass Open Online Courses (MOOC) in computer programming, thermodynamics, and signals and systems  from the institute IITBombayX platform developed in collaboration with edX, a not-for-profit initiative by MIT and Harvard.
  6. Eminent singer and theatre director Shekhar Sen has been appointed the new chairman of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, the country’s premier institution for the performing arts. Mr. Sen was recently awarded the Padma Shri on Republic day for his contribution to the arts.

Appointments:

  1. S Jaishankar took charge as Foreign Secretary, replacing Sujatha Singh whose tenure was abruptly curtailed.
  2. January 28, 2015 Complete Reference To Current Affairs

    Sports:

    1. Australian cricketer Sean Abbott won the Bradman young cricketer of the year award 2015. This award was constituted in 1990 and awarded foe the best player under age of 24.
    2. Hockey player Jaswant Singh Rajput, part of the gold medal winning team India in 1948 London and 1952 Helensiki Olympics, passed away.

    Business:

    1. Xiaomi, a handset maker of China, will setup its first R&D base outside China in India.
    2. Leather export touched $5.06 B mark in December 2014 against $4.37B in the previous year at growth percentage of 16 percent.
    3. Japanese auto giant Suzuki Motor Corporation plans to invest 8000 crore in Gujrat.
    4. CCEA approved mandatory packaging of sugar and food grains in jute material to the minimum extent up to 90 percent of production. This law has been proposed by Jute Corporation of India(JCI).While minimum packaging requirement for sugar is 20 percent of production.
    5. CCEA approved HDFC banks proposal to raise its foreign investment to 74 percent by raising Rs. 10,000 crore from foreign investors. Earlier HDFC banks total foreign investment is 73.39 % at the end of June 2014.
    6. Government of India decided to auction the 3G spectrum at base price of Rs. 3705 crore per Mega Hertz(MHz).

    National:

    1. NGT declared area of 10 KM radius near by Sathyamanglam Tiger Reserve as no development zone.
    2. Supreme Court of India directed internet search engines Google, Yahoo and Bing to neither advertise nor sponsor Pre Natal Sex Determination Advertisement.
    3. Wing commander Pooja Thakur became the first women to lead a ceremonial tri service guard of honor.
    4. Union Government has replaced Sujatha Singh by appointing new Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar.
    5. Rajasthan governor Kalyan Singh has been given additional charge of Himanchal Pradesh governor after Urmila Singh completed her full 5 year term as Governor of H.P.
    6. NHIDCL- National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation for improving highways and state roads in north east. Union Government had allocated Rs. 3000 crore for this in the Union Budget 2014-15.
    7. eRaksha, a research centre launched by Gujrat Technological University to curb rising menace of cyber crimes in collaboration with Cyber Peace Foundation.
    8. Colonel Munindra Nath Rai, awarded with Yudh Seva Medal, commanding officer of 42 Rastriya riffles was killed in J&K encounter of millitants.
    9. Ace Malayalam film actor Mala Aravindan passed away.

    International:

    1. A star named Keppler-444 has been discovered by NASA’s Kepler spacecraft which is estimated to be 11.2 billion years old. It is 24 percent smaller than aour Sun and is 117 light years away from earth.
    2. Impeached Srilankan chief justice Shirani Bhandaranayake reinstated by the new President of Srilanka Maithripala Srisena.

    Awards:

    1. Arundhati Subramaniam won the inaugural Kushwant Singh Memorial prize fpr poetry When God is Traveller at ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival.

    Deaths:

    1. Australian cricketer Sean Abbott won the Bradman young cricketer of the year award 2015. This award was constituted in 1990 and awarded foe the best player under age of 24.
    2. Hockey player Jaswant Singh Rajput, part of the gold medal winning team India in 1948 London and 1952 Helensiki Olympics, passed away.
    3. Colonel Munindra Nath Rai, awarded with Yudh Seva Medal, commanding officer of 42 Rastriya riffles was killed in J&K encounter of militants.
    4. Ace Malayalam film actor Mala Aravindan passed away.

    Appointment:

    1. Union Government has replaced Sujatha Singh by appointing new Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar.
    2. Rajasthan governor Kalyan Singh has been given additional charge of Himanchal Pradesh governor after Urmila Singh completed her full 5 year term as Governor of H.P.

    Emerging Terms:

    1. CPF- Cyber Peace Foundation.
    2. GTU- Gujrat Technological University.
    3. FABO- Federation of Ambedarites and Buddhist Organisation.
    4. NGT- National Green Tribunal.
    5. Perth:- It is Australias 4th most populas city and the only state capital located on the Indian Ocean.

    January 27, 2015 Complete Reference To Current Affairs

    Sports:

    1. 25 years old Steve Smith became the youngest winner since Clarke in 2005 to win ODI and Test Player of The Year.
      He became the third player after Rickey Pointing and Shane Watson to win the Trifecta of Allan Border Medal, ODI and Test Player of the year.
    2. Portugal star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo could reportedly be banned for almost 12 matches.
    3. Asian Junior Squash Championship to be held from 28 Jan to 1 Feb at Kuala lampur.

    Buisiness:

    1. Samsung is going to establish a mobile phone plant at its Noida Complex worth Rs. 517 Crore.
      Samsung India President and CEO- Hyun Chil Hong.
    2. German carmaker Volks wagen inaugrated its first engine assembly plant in Chakan, Pune.
      India President and MD- Mahesh Kodumudi.
    3. India has appealed to Dispute Settelment Board of the WTO for a panel decision on its issues with the U.S. over agricultural imports.
      In 2012 India banned the importization of agricultural products from U.S. because of concern related to Avian Influenza.
    4. RBI signed MOU on Supervisory Cooperation and Exchange of Supervisory Information with Banco Cental do Brasil.
    5. Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy donated 200,000 Pounds for the development of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Parliament Square in London.

    National

    1. A MiG-27 fighter of Indian Air force crashed in Barmer Rajasthan.
    2. Government plans to introduce “Wage Code” that will replace central laws relating to wage matters.
    3. ACC appointed K Durga Prasad as new Special DG to CRPF.

    International:

    1. US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker recently in news.
    2. India High Commissioner to Pakistan TCA Raghvan recently in news.

    Emerging Terms:

    1. Hobarts:- Is the capital of Tasmania situated on the shores of Derwent River and at foothills of Mount Wellington.
      Lonely Planet placed it as one of the worlds top 10 places to visit.
    2. Wellington:- Is the capital of Ne Zealand named after Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of wellington, and the hero of the Battle of Waterloo.
      It has been called as the world’s coolest little capital.
    3. DSB:- Dispute Settlement Board
    4. SPS:- Sanitary and Phytosanitary.

    January 26, 2015 Complete Reference To Current Affairs

    Sports:

    1. Milos Raonic, became the first Canadian man to reach the Australian Open quarters in 47 years.
    2. Cricket World Cup news.
      –Auckland is the economic capital of New Zealand and is the largest and most populas city. It is also known as City of Sails because 1 out of 3 have a boat with them.
      –Brisbane, named after the river Brisbane on which it was located. It also has the worlds first sanctuary for Koalas- The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

    Business:

    1. Sahyadari Industries Ltd. joined Swacha Bharat Abhiyan with the launch of “Cemply Swachalay” , to install 1 lakh green toilets by 2016.
    2. According to recent report , almost 25% of total warehousing/Logistics space uptake across India in 2014 was by e-retail players.
    3. FII inflow reaches to Rs. 21328 crore in January 2015 in which shares has been bought worth about Rs. 5992 crore and debt bought worth Rs. 15336 crore.
    4. Mahindra group plans to expand its renewable energy business and to invest Rs. 4500 crore over nest three to four years.
      CMD- Anand Mahindra.
    5. India’s gold import from Switzerland crossed to 1.2 lakh crore in 2014.

    National:

    1. Major Mukund Vardarajn and Naik Neeraj Kumar posthumously awarded with Ashok Chakra by President of India.
    2. R.K. Laxman, India cartoonist passed away. He is best known for his creation The Common Man and for his daily cartoon strip, “You Said It” in The Times of India, which started in 1951.
      He got the Raman Magsaysay Award in 1984 and Padma Vibhusan Award in 2005

    International:

    1. Saudi King Abdullah passed away and new king Prince Salman takes place of him .
    2. Syriza leader, Alexis Tsipras , became new Prime Minister of Greek.
    3. Colombia’s Paulina Vega was crowned as Miss Universe on the 63rd edition of Miss Universe contest at Florida.

    Emerging Terms:

    1. CLND- Civil Liability for Nuclear Damags act 2010