JANUARY 31, 2015 COMPLETE REFERENCE TO CURRENT AFFAIRS

Sports:

  1. Former World and Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra shot Gold with a spectacular finish in the air rifle in the IWK Hockbrueck shooting championship in Munich.
  2. At Asian Junior team championship both Indian Girls and Boys won bronze medal. Both team lost to Malaysia in semifinals.
  3.  Sareena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova to win her 6th Australian Open title and 19th major title.
    *She had surpassed Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova in the list of major titles.
    Now she stand fourth in the list.
  4. Dwayen Bravo, the all-rounder, announced his retirement from the test cricket. He represented West Indies in 40 test matches.

Business:

  1.      South African Airways decided to stop it direct and only flight from Johannesburg to Mumbai from March end due to financial losses.
  2. e-bay plans to cut 7% of its work force across the globe including India.
    *The firm has two centers in India- One in Chennai and another in Bangalore. While the sources reveals that
    the job cut in India would be about 1000 employees of its total 2800 employees in India
  3. India’s Forex reserve has been declined to $322.03 Billion by 97.9 M$for the week ended on January 23, according to data released by RBI.
  4.  RBI has directed all credit institutions to become the member of Credit Information Companies (CIC). According to RBI report on furnishing credit information in India is ranked 28th in getting credit and coverage of CICs accounts only 19.8%.

International:

  1. Republican president nominee Mitt Romney announced that he would not enter the race again in 2016 presidential election.
  2. An Egyptian court banned the armed wing of the Palestinian Group Hamas and listed it as the terrorist organization.
  3.  Sergio Mattarella, elected as Italy’s 12th president since World War II.

National:

  1. In the study based on latest NSSO data estimated that 46.7% or 25.9 Million Metric Tonnes(MMTs) of the grains released through the Public Distribution Systemdid not reach the intended beneficiaries in 2011-12.
    #Chhattisgarh and Manipur are the best and worst performing state with 0% and 97.8 % of food grain diversions respectively.
  2. Agni V, ICBM, has been successfully test fired from the Wheeler Island off Odisha coast from a Canister.
  3. Kunming became the first destination of Sushma Swaraj’s China visit.
    # While her visit to China, The Sino-Indian border difference are unlikely to draw prime attention during the talks between Ms. Swaraj and her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.
    # Kunming is one of the starting point of the 21st century Maritime Silk Road project.
    # China had invited India to join this project but India refrain from making firm commitment.
  4. India rank 1st in the Credit Suisse Emerging Consumer Scorecard 2015. This is the fifth survey by Credit Suisse Research Institute. Survey shows that India as having the lowest consumption of bear, meat and cigarettes, the lowest ownership of car and lowest access to internet.
  5. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh sanctioned Rs. 1102.56 crore from the National Disaster Relief Fund for the restoration of public infrastructure in the flood ravaged J&K.
  6. PETA announced to create India’s 1stfenced elephant sanctuary with in the Bannerghatta Biological Park in Karnataka.

Appointments:

  1. Krishna Chaudhary has been appointed as Director General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police. He succeeds Subhash Goswami.

Emerging Terms:

  1.  Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala is recently in news.
  2. BCIM– Bangladesh China India Myanmar  is an economic corridor, a part of Maritime Silk Road.
  3.  BAS– Biometric Attendance System.
  4.  ICBM– Inter Continental Ballistic Missile.
  5.  IEO– Independent Evolution office.
  6. CACP– Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices.
  7. ICRC– International Committee of the Red Cross, Director General- Yves Daccord is recently in news.
  8. FAC– Flight Augmentation Computer.

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