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Category Wise Current Affairs from January 2015 to June 2015
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2) Appointments
3) Banking and Finance
4) Indian Affairs
5) International Affairs
6) Science and Technology
7) Sports
8) Obituary

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Current Affairs Jan to June
AWARDS AND HONOURS
Name of the Award
Business Person of the Year
State Pre-Eminent Science and Technology Award
2015 Space Pioneer Award

Award Winner
Larry Page
Yu Min – Nuclear Scientist

ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission
(MOM) Team
Asian Tour’s Players Player of Anirban Lahiri the Year
Ballon d’Or 2014 Award
Cristiano Ronaldo
Governor of the Year
Raghuram Rajan
National e-Governance
Award
Vyas Samman Award 2014

Jammu and Kashmir

National Tiger Conservation
Authority Award
Vikram Sarabhai Memorial
Award
Sahitya Akademi Award

Periyar Tiger Reserve

NSC Award for Best Electoral
Practices
Social Media Person of the year 2015
Giraffe Hero Award
Best Indian Language
Website in India
Hindu Literary Prize 2014

CV Anand

Martin Luther King Award

Frank Islam

DSC Prize for South Asian
Fiction
Kushwant Singh Memorial
Prize
Sanjay Chopra Award
Bapu Gaidani Award

Jhumpa Lahiri

Geeta Chopra Award
Bharat Award (These 4 are
National Bravery Awards)

Kamal Kishore Goyanka

MYS Prasad
Prabhu Nath Dwivedi

Amitabh Bachchan
Subash Chandra Agarwal
Navbharattimes.com
Ashok Srinivasan

Arundhathi Subramaniyam
Devesh Kumar
Monika, Rumoh Meto, and
Riya Chaudhary
Gunjan Sharm
Resham Fatma

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Key Points
Given by Fortune Magazine
Given by Chinese President
Xi Jinping
Given by National Space
Society
He is a Golfer
Wins for II consecutive time
Given by Central Banking
Awards
Given for the best District
Level Initiative in India
For his book ‘Premchand Kee
Kahaniyo Kaa
Kaalkramanusar’. Given by
KK Birla Foundation
Given for encouraging local public in managing reserve
Given by Indian Science
Congress Association
Given for his work called
‘Kanakalochanaha’
Given by Election
Commission of India
Given by Internet and Mobile
Association of India
He is RTI Activist
Given by Internet and Mobile
Association of India
Given for his book “Book of
Common Signs”
Given for his contribution in international service and civil engagement. Given for her novel “The
Lowland”
Given for her work “When
God is a Traveller”
Given by PM Modi Ji
Given by PM Modi Ji
Given by PM Modi Ji
Given by PM Modi Ji

Current Affairs Jan to June
Name of the Award

Award Winner

Key Points

Bharat Gaurav Award

Nasrin Ejner

Yash Bharti Award
King Faisal International
Award
Hayek Prize

Vinod Mehta (Journalist)
Zakir Naik

2014 Jnanpith Award

Bhalchandra Nemade

Charleston-EFG John
Maynard Keynes Prize 2015
National Science Foundation
(NSF) CAREER award
ESPN Cricinfo Award

Amartya Sen

Given by Indian International
Friendship Society
Given by Government of UP
Given by Saudi Arabia. Given for Zakir’s services to Islam
Given by US for Sengupta’s book named Recasting India:
How Entrepreneurship is
Revolutionizing the World’s
Largest Democracy
Fourth Marathi Writer to win the literary honour.
Given by United Kingdom

Honorary life membership of
Marylebone Cricket Club
National Award for
Renewable Energy
Popularisation
Y Nayudamma Memorial
Award 2014

Saurav Ganguly

Hindol Sengupta

Gurpreet Singh
Rohit Sharma

Himachal Pradesh

Tessy Thomas and Geeta
Vardhan

J Calvin Giddings Award 2015 Purnendu Dasgupta

The Grand Prix of the
Generation Kplus
International Jury
Honorary doctorate by the
Clemson University
International Cricket
Council’s Cricket Hall of
Fame

Nagesh Kukunoor's film
"Dhanak"

National Award for creating awareness about the child trafficking Mo Ibrahim prize for African leadership 2014

Rani Mukherjee

Ratan Tata
Martin Crowe

Namibian President
Hifikepunye Pohamba

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Given by US National Science
Foundation
Given for his record breaking
264 against Sri Lanka
Dada retired from all forms of cricket in 2012.
Given by Prime Minister
Modi to Power minister
Sujan Singh Pathania
Given for their contribution in the fields of missile technology and remote sensing Given by American Chemical
Society Division of Analytical
Chemistry
Given at the 65th Berlin
International Film Festival
Given for his contribution to the Automotive Industry.
He is the III New Zealander and 79th Cricketer to be inducted into the ICC Cricket
Hall of Fame
Given by the National
Institute of Gender Justice
(NIGJ)
This is the world’s most valuable individual award

Current Affairs Jan to June
Name of the Award

Award Winner

Golden Gate Award

Kerala Tourism Dept

Best Wedding and
Honeymoon Destination
Top Employer in Europe

Goa Tourism Dept

Saraswati Samman Award

Veerappa Moily

Stockholm Water Prize

Environment activist
Rajendra Singh
1. Captain Niloofar Rahmani from Afghanistan Air Force
2. Nadia SharmeenJournalist and women’s rights activist from
Bangladesh
3. Tabassum Adnan- founder of Khwendo Jirga from
Pakistan.
1. Life-Time Achievement
Award- Surendra R Patel
2. Best Professional
Photographer of the YearSwarup Duta
3. Best Amateur
Photographer of the YearSasikumar.
Lata Mangeshkar

International Women of
Courage Award 2015

National Photography
Awards

Voice of the Century Award

New South Wales (NSW)
Woman of the year 2015
France’s Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters
National Kavi Pradeep
Samman Award

Tata Consultancy Services

Minoti Apte (Indian
Pancreatic Cancer
Researcher)
Bharti Kher
Gopaldas Neeraj

Foilo Prize for Fiction

Akhil Sharma

Women in Parliaments
Award

Bangladesh

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Key Points
Presented at the
Internationale TourismusBorse Berlin (ITB-Berlin)
2015, Germany.
Given by Pacific Area Travel
Writers Association.
Won the award for Third
Consecutive Time
For his literary work
Ramayana Mahanveshanam
He is also known as India’s
Water Man
Given by United States for demonstrating exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights and gender equality. The theme for Professional
Photographer category –
“Hamara Bharat Swachh
Bharat“.
The theme for Amateur
Category – “Mother and
Child“.
Awarded at the sixth edition of the National Laadli Media and Advertising Awards
Given for her enormous contributions to medical research Given for her contribution in contemporary art landscape.
Given by Madhya Pradesh
Culture Minister Surendra
Patwa.
Given for his book named
“Family Life”
Given for regional leadership in the South and Southeast
Asia category for closing the gender gap in politics

Current Affairs Jan to June
Name of the Award
Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime
Achievement Award
Dada Saheb Phalke Award
Bharat Ratna
Gandhi Peace Prize 2014
Abel Prize 2015
Bishwaratna Dr Bhupen
Hazarika International
Solidarity Award
Femina Miss India 2015
Sir Richard Hadlee Medal

Award Winner
Balbir Singh

Given by Hockey India

Bollywood Actor Shashi
Kapoor
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Madan Mohan Malviya
ISRO

46th winner of this highly celebrated award
It is India’s highest Civilian
Award
Given for ISRO’s contribution in nation’s development
Abel Prize – Considered as
Nobel Prize in Mathematics
Given by Assam Chief
Minister Tarun Gogoi

Dr. John Forbes Nash and
Louis Nirenberg
Adoor Gopalakrishnan

Aditi Arya
Brendon McCullum

Golden Peacock National
Quality Award 2015

Delhi International Airport
Ltd

Kumaran Asan World Prize for Poetry
Institute of Physics Prize
Hevesy Medal Award

Arab Poet Adonis

Indians among the Time’s
100 most Influential People

1. PM Narendra Modi
2. Microsoft CRO S Nadella
3. ICICI CEO Chanda Kochar
4. Metal Health Expert Prof
Vikram Patel
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
Rana Dasgupta

Champions of Change award
Orwell Prize

Pratap Singh
Susanta Lahiri

Dadasaheb Phalke Film
Foundation Award 2015
Asian Banker Achievement
Award 2015 e-Panchayat Puraskar Award

Shah Rukh Khan

Outstanding Service Award

Gopinath Pillai (Indian Origin
Diplomat)
Anil Kapoor

Deenanath Mangeshkar
Award 2015
Heinz award
Officier de la Légion d’Honneur Key Points

Bharatiya Mahila Bank
Tamil Nadu

Sangeeta N. Bhatia
Yashwant Sinha

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2014 Miss India – Koyal Rana
It is the highest cricketing honor of New Zealand
Given by the UAE Minister
Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak
Al Nahyan
Kumaran Asan - Famous
Malayalam poet
Given by United Kingdom
Lahiri was the co-creator of super heavy element 117
Time Magazine releases Top
100 People in many categories every year.

Given by Barack Obama
Given for his Literary Work
“Capital”
Given for his performance in
Happy New Year
Presented for Technology
Implementation
Given for developing many applications Given by the National
University of Singapore
This was the 73rd edition of the awards
Indian-origin scientist at MIT
Given by the French
Government

Current Affairs Jan to June
Name of the Award

Award Winner

Chaplin Award

Hollywood Actor Robert
Redford

2015 Commonwealth Short
Story Prize in Asia region
Sayyidina Imam Al Hassan
Ibn Ali Peace Award

Siddhartha Gigoo

2015 RedInk Award for
Lifetime Achievement for
Excellence in Journalism
Journalist of the Year
Impact Editor of the Year
Japan’s highest civilian award Prannoy Roy

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Sreenivasan Jain
Arnab Goswami
CNR Rao

Man Booker International
Prize 2015
World’s best airport

Laszlo Krasznahorkai of
Hungary
Indira Gandhi International
Airport

UNESCO press freedom prize

Syrian journalist and rights activist Mazen Darwish

PEN Award for freedom of expression Whitley Award or Green
Oscar Award

Charlie Hebdo
Pramod Patil

2015 United Nations Public
Service Award
UNC Board of Governors
2015 Award for Excellence in
Teaching
National Geographic Bee
Championship
Intel Foundation Young
Scientist Award

Nadia District in West Bengal

Pt. Haridutt Sharma Award

Anurradha Prasad

Top Civilian Supervisor of the
Year

Harkeert Singh Saini

Dr. Sivanadane Mandjiny

Karan Menon of New Jersey
Karan Jerath

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Key Points
Robert Redford founded the
Sundance Institute in 1981 to help emerging film makers.
Given for his novel
“Umbrella Man“
He is well known for his knowledge and efforts in keeping peace
He is the Executive CoChairman of NDTV
For his Truth versus Hype
For his The News Hour show
Given for his huge contributions to science and
Indo-Japanese science cooperation
He is the sixth recipient to win this eminent award
Given under the category of handling 25 to 40 million passengers per annum
He has been jailed by the regime for more than three years Charlie Hebdo - Famous satirical magazine of France
Given for his work on the conservation of the Great
Indian Bustard
Given for improving delivery of public services
He is Indian-American
Professor in US
The Championship held at
Washington, D.C.
Given for his device that shuts down the undersea oil spills in a speedy manner
She is the editor-in-chief of
News-24 Channel
He is an Indian-American policeman and the award was given by Houston Police department Current Affairs Jan to June
Name of the Award

Award Winner

Most Reputed Company in
India

Aditya Birla Group

England Men’s Cricketer of the year
England Women’s Cricketer of the year
England Development
Programme Cricketer of the
Year award
Disability Cricketer of the
Year
Indians - Radcliffe Fellowship

Joe Root

United Nation’s Dag
Hammarskjold Medal

Lance Naik Nand Ram &
Raju Joseph

Oxford University Award

Gurnimrat ‘Nimmy’ Sidhu

Lifetime Achievement Award

Filmmaker and writer
Subhash Ghai

Indians in Forbes’ World’s
100 most Powerful Women

1. SBI Chief Arundhati
Bhattacharya
2. ICICI bank head Chanda
Kochhar
3. Biocon founder Kiran
Mazumdar- Shaw
4. HT Media Chair Shobhana
Bhartia
Vanya Shivashankar and
Gokul Venkatachalam

US spelling bee competition

Charlotte Edwards
Saqib Mahmood

Luke Sugg
Shivani Agarwal and
Maharaja Pandit

Bangladesh Liberation War award Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Norway’s The Bjornson Prize for freedom of expression

Edward Snowden

King and Queen of Social
Media

Shah Rukh Khan and
Priyanka Chopra

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Key Points
Based on Nielsen’s
Corporate Image Monitor
(CIM) 2014-15 survey
Given by the England and
Wales Cricket Board (ECB)
Given by the England and
Wales Cricket Board (ECB)
He is Lancashire’s right-arm seamer He belongs to England’s
Visually Impaired team
The Fellowship is given by
Harward University for 50 scholars every year
A total of 126 police, military and civilian personnel were awarded the UN medal
Sidhu is currently the head of science at Oaks Park High
School in north-east London.
Presented at the 16th edition of International
Indian Film Academy (IIFA)
Germany’s Chancellor Angela
Merkel topped the list.

The winners will each receive over USD 37,000 in cash and prizes Given for his outstanding support for the country’s independence from Pakistan in 1971
The Bjornson Prize is named after a Norwegian Nobel literature laureate
Given by a leading Bollywood digital portal.

Current Affairs Jan to June
Name of the Award

Award Winner

South African Cricketer of the Year
Professor Honoris Causa
Award

AB De Villiers

Lifetime achievement award in UAE
Asian Athletics Association
(AAA) President’s award

R Seetharaman

Baileys Women’s Prize for
Fiction
Space Pioneer Award
ICC Cricket Hall of Fame

Ali Smith

Pride of Community Award

Vivek Murthy

Ludovic Trarieux Prize

Saudi Arabian Lawyer
Waleed Abu al-Khai.

Commander of the Most
Excellent Order of the British
Empire
Japan’s Fukuoka Prize 2015

SA Hasan

Best Welfare Organization of the Year 2015 Award

National Union of Seafarers of India

Best Test Player of 21st
Century

Sachin Tendulkar

Orden de la Democracia
Simon Bolivar en el grado de cruz Caballero
Sangita Kalanidhi Award
Viswanath Tripathi

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

President Pranab Mukherjee

Suresh Kalmadi

ISRO
Wesley Hall

Ramachandra Guha

Sanjay Subrahmanyam
MoorthiDevi Award

Key Points
He won the award for a second consecutive time
Given by the Belarus State
University at a ceremony in
Belarus
He is the CEO of Doha Bank
Awarded for his contribution towards the development of athletics in the continent
The Award was given for her novel “How to be Both”
Given for ISRO’s Mangalyaan
80th player in the World to be inducted in Hall of fame
He is the present Surgeon
General in US
He has campaigned for reforms via his organization called Monitor of Human
Rights in Saudi Arabia.
He was the Former UK-based
Managing Director of Tata
Limited
Given for his contribution to academia, arts and culture throughout Asia
Given by the United
Kingdom-based International
Seafarers’ Welfare and
Assistance Network.
Based on online poll conducted by Cricket
Australia’s website
It is Columbia’s Highest
Civilian Award
Given by Music Academy
Given for his book
“Vyomkesh Darvesh”

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Current Affairs Jan to June
APPOINTMENTS
Name of The Persons
R K Srivastava
A.K. Mittal
Arvind Panagariya
Sindhushree Khullar
Aziz Qureshi
AS Kiran Kumar

Hari Shankar Brahma
Pahlaj Nihalani
Sunil Sood
Atul Khare
Prof Kaptan Singh Solani
Divya Prakash Sinha
Durga Prasad
Kalyan Singh
Subrahmanyam Jaishankar
Shekhar Sen
Ashton Carter
Dr. Nandita Chatterjee
Suvarna Raju T
Sergio Mattarella
LC Goyal
MO Garg
Ajaypal Singh Banga
Balasubramaniam
Venkataramani
Dhanurjay Patil
Maheshwar Sahu
Tapan Misra
Nitish Kumar

Posts/Departments
Chairman of Airports Authority of India (AAI)
Chairman of Railway Board
First Vice Chairman of the newly-created National
Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog
First CEO of the National Institution for
Transforming India (NITI) Aayog
Governor of Mizoram
Secretary of the Dept of Space and also the
Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation
(ISRO).
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India
Chairperson of the Central Board of Film
Certification (CBFC).
India CEO of the telecom giant
UN Under Secretary-General for Field Support,
Department of Field Support (DFS).
Governor of Punjab
Security Secretary in the Union Cabinet Secretariat.
Special Director General of Central Reserved Police
Force (CRPF).
Governor of Himachal Pradesh
30th Foreign Secretary of India
Chairman of Sangeet Natak Akademi
New US secretary of defence
Secretary in the Ministry of Housing & Urban
Poverty Alleviation (HUPA).
Chairman of the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics
Ltd (HAL).
Italian president
Secretary of India
Director General of the Council of Scientific &
Industrial Research (CSIR) member of the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations
MD & CEO of Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX)
Chief Data Scientist and Deputy Chief Technology
Officer for Data Policy
Independent Director on the board of Mukesh
Ambani led Reliance Industries Limited (RIL).
Chairman of ISRO’s Space Applications Centre (SAC)
Chief Minister of Bihar

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Current Affairs Jan to June
Name of The Persons
Rashad Hussain
Punit Renjen
Takahiro Hachigo
Ravi Chaudhary

Amitava Roy
Gopinath Pillai
Arvind Kejriwal
Mufti Mohammed Sayeed
Jagmohan Dalmiya
Arun Singh
Baldev Sharma
Sunil Sabharwal
R M Vishakha
Kewal K Sharma
MC Mary Kom
Ashu Suyash
Abid Ali Neemuchwala
Ruth Porat
Vikas Swarup
Gulshan Rai
Keshari Nath Tripathi
Rajeev Shukla

Dr Mylsamy Annadurai
Sumit Mazumder
Dr Nasim Zaidi
Arun Kumar Jha
Shamina Singh
Dr Mohan Kumar
Raja Rajeswari
Vivek Priyadarshi
Sitaram Yechury
Rishad Premji
Vivek Murthy

Posts/Departments
Special Envoy and Coordinator of Centre Strategic
Counter-terrorism Communications
CEO of US-based accounting company Deloitte
Global Operations
President and CEO of Honda
Executive Director for Regions and Center
Operations at the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA)
Judge of the Supreme Court
Special envoy to Andhra Pradesh
Chief Minister of Delhi
Minister of Jammu and Kashmir
Board for Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) president Ambassador to United States chairman of National Book Trust
Alternate Executive Director at theInternational
Monetary Fund (IMF)
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of
IndiaFirst Life Insurance.
Secretary of Delhi
Ambassador for north-east India
MD & CEO of CRISIL
Group President and Chief Operating Officer of
Wipro
Chief Financial Officer of Google Inc
Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry
India’s first Cyber Security Chief
16th governor of Mizoram
Chairman of the highly influential Indian Premier
League (IPL) governing council by the Board of
Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)
Director of ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC), Bengaluru
President of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC)
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Khadi and Village
Industries Commission (KVIC).
Member of the Board of Directors of the
Corporation for National and Community Service.
Ambassador to France
Criminal court judge in New York City
Head a new investigating team to further investigate the IPL-6 spot-fixing and betting scandal
Fifth general secretary of CPM
Wipro board
US Surgeon General

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Current Affairs Jan to June
Name of the Persons

Posts/Departments

Jyoti Prashad Rajkhowa
Sanjay Gupta
K Sivan
Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav
Ganguly, VVS Laxman
Ameenah Gurib-Fakim
Meena Hemachandra
Air Marshal Birender Singh
Dhanoa
Pawan Munjal
R Seshasayee
Rahul Dravid
KV Chowdary
Vijai Sharma
RC Tayal
MK Sharma
Nikhil Seth
Anuj Mathur
Srivari Chandrasekhar
Nokesh Arora
Jack Dorsey
Steffi Graf
Anshula Kant
Zaheer Abbas
Dennis Muilenburg
Vindo Rai
Mukesh Khanna

Arunachal Pradesh Governor
Chairman of Engineers Ltd
VSSC Chief
Advisory Panel of BCCI
First Woman President of Mauritius
Executive Director of RBI
IAF’s new Vice Chief
Chairman of HERO Motocorp
Executive Chairman of Infosys
Coach of India A and Under 19 Teams
Central Vigilance Commissioner
Chief information Commissioner
Director General of National Security Guard
Non-Executive Chairman of ICICI Bank
Head of UNITAR
CEO of Canara HSBC OBC Life Insurance
Director of CSIR-IICT
Softbank President
Twitter CEO
Brand Ambassador of Kerala’s Ayurveda
Deputy Managing Director and CFO of SBI
President of International Cricket Council
CEO of Boeing
Independent Director of IDFC
Chairperson of Children Film Society of India

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Current Affairs Jan to June
BANKING AND FINANCE
1. SEBI framed new set of rules for listing and trading of municipal bonds on stock exchanges to boost the centre’s ‘smart cities’ initiative and also helps to channel the household investments into urban infrastructure development.
2. The Government of India has signed an agreement with Asian Development Bank
(ADB) for $75 million loan to improve water resource management in three towns of
Karnataka namely, Byadagi, Davanagere and
Harihar in the Upper Tungabhadra sub-basin.
The project is named as Karnataka
Integrated Urban Water Management
Investment Program (KIUWMIP).
3. The RBI has signed an information sharing agreement with US banking regulators for better coordination with them in supervising financial institutions.
4. ICICI Bank has launched its own version of
Digital Village Project by adopting entire
Akodara Village in Sabarkantha district of
Gujarat. This project will provide services ranging from cashless banking to digitised school teaching.
5. The Reserve Bank of India has relaxed the
Know Your Customer (KYC) norms for existing clients of Non-Banking Finance
Companies (NBFCs) based on risk their profile. 6. ICICI Bank has launched country’s first
‘contact less’ debit and credit cards, that would work on the Near-Field
Communication (NFC) technology.
7. Kotak Mahindra Bank approved the merger with ING Vysya Bank with a share exchange ratio of 725:1000.

8. HDFC Bank is the only Indian bank among the world’s 50 most valued lenders in 2014 with a market capitalization (M-Cap) of $41 billion. The State Bank of India (SBI) has been ranked at 51st position with M-Cap of
$36.40 billion and ICICI Bank is at 55th position with M-Cap of $33.42 billion.
9. According to the International Monetary
Fund, India is expected to grow at 6.3% in
2015 and 6.5% in 2016, crossing China’s projected growth rate.
10. The UN World Economic Situation and
Prospects (WESP) 2015 report states that
India’s growth in terms of GDP is expected to reach 5.9% in 2015 and 6.3% in 2016.
11. The State Bank of India (SBI) has signed a loan agreement for €100 million with the
European Investment Bank (EIB) to support the private sector’s development in India
12. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has signed an MoU on Supervisory Cooperation and Exchange of Supervisory Information with Brazil’s Central Bank- Banco Central do
Brasil (BCB).
13. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) gave more power to banks to restructure external commercial borrowings (ECBs) of companies.
RBI has allowed the banks,
a) To modify the draw-down and repayment schedules of the ECBs.
b) To change the ECB loan from one company to another in case of reorganization or merger.
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Current Affairs Jan to June
14. IMF raises India’s growth forecast to
7.2%

28. GOI approves 17 Mega Food Parks for food processing across the country

15. IAG to raise stake in Indian joint venture with SBI to 49%

29. MUDRA (Micro Units Development and
Refinance Agency Ltd) Bank Launched by
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Vigyan
Bhavan in New Delhi aimed at “funding the unfunded“. Jiji Memon is the CEO of Mudra
Bank. Mr Menon is the chief general manager with Nabard.

16. Reliance Industries Limited has become the India’s largest company in terms of asset with the asset worth Rs. 3.68 Lakh Crore.
17. Reserve Bank of India has eased the norms for home loans for up to 10 lakh rupees by authorizing the banks to include stamp duty, registration, and other documentation charges to the cost of a unit.
18. Reserve Bank of India to put One Rupee note in Circulation.
19. RBI barred Macau and Hong Kong citizens from buying property in India.
20. HDFC Bank launched mobile app Chillr to instantly transfer money to any person in
India.

30. World Bank predicts India’s GDP to be
8% by 2017.
31. WEF released a report on Urban
Development Recommendations for India.
32. ICICI Bank launches Tap n Pay Payment
Service in collaboration with Tech Mahindra.
33. Asian Development Bank to give $31 million for water resource management in
Karnataka.

21. Life Insurance Corporation of India to invest Rs.1.5 Lakh Crore in Railways

34. State Bank of India launches RuPay
Platinum Debit Card. The card would be initially issued free to customers maintaining a quarterly balance of Rs 50,000.

22. Swachh Bharat may add 1% extra service tax to 5-star Bills

35. HDFC among the World’s Top-10 List of
Consumer Finance Firms

23. The Government of India and the
Reserve Bank of India have signed a monetary policy agreement that will fix a target for consumer price inflation of 4% for the 2016/17 fiscal year to bring retail inflation below 6 percent by January 2016.

36. Reserve Bank of India has asked all public sector banks, some private and foreign sector banks to appoint internal ombudsman

24. RBI signs $400 million currency swap pact with Sri Lanka.

38. ICICI Bank launched an app named eftCheque to replicate cheque book

25. Union Government approves 10 FDI proposals worth Rs.2857.83 crore.

39. HDFC Bank launches pre-paid medical card with Apollo Hospitals

26. SEBI approved guidelines to govern international financial services centres
(IFSC).

40. SBI extends overdraft facility against FD for online customers.

37. SBI launches contactless debit and credit card with Rs 1 lakh fraud cover.

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41. According to the UN WESP report, India’s economic growth is expected to surpass
China’s economic growth, with GDP projected to zoom by 7.7% in next year.
42. State Bank of India partners with PayPal and Amazon.
43. National Payments Corp of India gets RBI nod to tie-up with China UnionPay.
44. The Reserve Bank of India has doubled the eligibility limit for FOREX remittances to
$250,000 per person per year under the
Liberalised Remittance Scheme (LRS)
45. The government of India has decided to infuse Rs 6,990 crore in nine public sector banks (PSBs) out of the current year’s budget to strengthen their capital base. The government had allocated Rs 11,200 crore in the Budget for 2014-15 for capital infusion.
46. ICICI Bank launched a mobile payments wallet for Android phones called Pockets, which integrates a digital wallet, a physical prepaid card and a basic savings bank account. 47. Apple Inc becomes First Company worth over $700 bn in Global Market Value
48. The Reserve Bank of India, the foreign exchange reserves of India has raised to USD
333.169 billion
50. FDI in India doubles to 2.16 Billion USD.
The top sectors which received the maximum FDI are
• Telecom Industry – 2.67 billion dollars • Services – 2.29 billion dollars
• Automobile – 1.58 billion dollars
• Pharmaceuticals – 1.21 billion dollars
• Software – 971 million dollars

51. India received maximum FDI from,
• Mauritius – 5.89 billion dollars
• Singapore – 4.31 billion dollars
• Netherlands – 2.57 billion dollars
• United States – 1.48 billion dollars
• Japan – 1.42 billion dollars
52. RBI allows banks to tie up with eCommerce Companies
53. ICICI links with UAE bank Emirates NBD for rapid money transfers
54. The Reserve Bank of India has revised the priority sector lending norms and directed banks to give 8 per cent of the extended loans to small and marginal farmers.
55. Yes Bank to be listed in American Stock
Exchanges
56. Bank of Baroda signs agreement UAE
Exchange for instant money transfer
57. The Reserve Bank of India has penalized
Bank of Maharashtra, Dena Bank and
Oriental Bank of Commerce for violation of
KYC norms (know your customer) and anti money laundering (ALM) norms. The RBI has put a fine of Rs 15 lakhs on each banks
58. World Bank Predicts India to grow at
7.5% in 2015-16 and 8% in 2017-18
59. GOI retains interest rate for GPF at 8.7% for current fiscal
60. FDI soars 63 per cent to USD 3.28 billion
61. CEA Arvind Subramanian to head panel to fix data issues
62. Reserve Bank of India allocated Rs 10 K
Crore to SIDBI
63. ICICI Bank opened its first Chinese branch in Shanghai

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64. PM Modi to launch three Social Security
Schemes.
• Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima
Yojana (PMJJBY)
• Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima
Yojana (PMSBY)
• Atal Pension Yojana (APY).
65. India’s Fortis Healthcare Ltd has decided to sell its stake in Singapore based healthcare unit RadLink-Asia Pte Ltd to
Fullerton Healthcare group Pte Ltd for S$111 million ($83.47 million or Rs 530 crore).
66. GOI approves revised Double Taxation
Avoidance Agreement with South Korea
67. RBI signs MoU with Central Bank of
Seychelles on info exchange
68. Government of India relaxes FDI norms for NRIs, PIOs, and OCIs
69. SEBI ropes in Narayana Murthy to head panel on start-ups
70. The Reserve Bank of India has decided to set up a Central Fraud Registry to check out the impact of frauds on banks’ financials
71. Bank of India tied up with MasterCard to launch three new cards and also two new banking solutions for its card holders. The bank launched Business Debit MasterCard,
Platinum Credit MasterCard and
International Travel MasterCard to improve customers’ payment experiences.
72. ICICI launches voice password facility for users 76. State Bank of India launched Online
Customer Acquisition Solution
77. The Reserve Bank of India is in discussions with the central government for the reduction of cash usage. RBI is looking at various ways to incentivise cashless transactions. The government as well as the
RBI are doing many things to promote cashless transactions. At present, a commission of up to 2 per cent is charged for card transactions.
78. The Reserve Bank of India has decided to ease the provisioning norms relating to loses arising out of sale of bad loans to asset reconstruction companies (ARCs). The RBI has now allowed banks to spread losses on sale of bad loan to such ARCs up to March
2016. Previously it was up to March 2015.
79. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) reduced the repo rate by 25 basis points from 8.0% to
7.75% with immediate effect. The Cash
Reserve Ratio has been kept unchanged at
4%. Subsequently the reduction in the repo rate made the reverse repo rate adjust to
6.75% and the marginal standing facility rate and Bank Rate to 8.75%.
80. GOI’s Expenditure Management
Commission will submit its final report by
December 2015. The announcement was made by the commission’s Chairman Bimal
Jalan. GOI had set up the Commission under the former RBI Governor in August 2014 to suggest steps to reduce subsidies on food, fertiliser and oil and narrow the fiscal deficit.
Former finance secretary Sumit Bose and former RBI deputy governor Subir Gokarn are members of the Commission.

73. Singapore’s DBS Bank seeks RBI nod to set up arm in India
74. Bank of China may open first India branch in Mumbai
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81. The world’s first facial recognition ATM has been unveiled by China. The ATM will not allow users to withdraw cash unless their face matches their IDs. The machine was created by Tsinghua University and
Hangzhou-based technology company
Tzekwan.
82. The proposal of Finance Minister Arun
Jaitley in his Budget to increase service tax from 12.36 percent (including education cess) to 14 percent takes effect from June 1.
Some of the important services that will attract higher tax and hence become costlier are railways, airlines, banking, insurance, advertising, architecture, construction, credit cards, event management and tour operators. 83. The Reserve Bank of India has slashed the repo rate by 25 basis points. The new repo rate will be 7.25%. Consequently the new reverse repo rate will 6.25%. A rate cut by RBI would need to be accompanied by steps to boost liquidity.
Current Rates
• Repo Rate – 7.25%
• Reverse Repo Rate – 6.25%
• Marginal Standing Facility – 8.25%
• Bank Rate – 8.25%
• CRR – 4%
• SLR – 21.5%
84. RBI has allowed banks to invest in infrastructure bonds (long term) of other banks. This will give a boost to the infrastructure development. Currently banks are not allowed to cross-hold long-term bonds issued specifically for the purpose of financing of infrastructure and affordable housing loans among themselves.

85. HDFC MF or HDFC Mutual Fund has retained its position as the most profitable fund house in 2014-15, with a profit after tax
(PAT) of Rs 416 crore. HDFC’s rival Reliance
MF remains at the second place, with a PAT of Rs 357 crore during the last fiscal.
86. Maharashtra leads the mutual fund landscape or MF Chart in India with an assets base of Rs 1.21 lakh crore at the end of April in equity-oriented schemes. The
Marathi state is followed by Delhi with Rs
28,058 crore, Karnataka with Rs 27,625 crore, Gujarat with Rs 25,402 crore, and
West Bengal with Rs 21,189 crore.
87. Bangladesh has given permission to the
Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) to run its business in the insurance market. LIC become the second foreign insurance company to operate in the country after the
US-based MetLife-ALICO.
88. India has signed a Legal Agreement with the World Bank for International Bank for
Reconstruction and Development (IBRD)
Loan of US$ 400 Million for Tamil Nadu
Sustainable Urban Development Project.
89. World Bank has approved a loan of $250 million for Jhelum and Tawi Flood Recovery
Project for reconstruction of flood-affected public infrastructure in Jammu & Kashmir.
90. Reserve Bank of India is all set to issue first set of Small and Payment bank licences in the next two months. The RBI had received a total of 72 applications for small finance bank licences and 41 applications for payment bank licences. The main objective behind the introduction of Small and
Payment Bank is to promote Financial
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91. Mauritius has gained its place as top source of foreign direct investment or FDI into India. It has pushed Singapore to the second slot in 2014-15. Mauritius accounted for about 29 per cent of the country’s total
FDI inflows last fiscal. In 2013-14, Singapore had replaced Mauritius as the top source of
FDI into India.

96. According to Paris-based think tank
OECD, Indian economy saw the “strongest growth” in the first quarter of 2015 among large economies, including China, the US,
Germany and Canada. India recorded the strongest growth in the first quarter of 2015
(2.1 per cent, up from 1.4 per cent in the previous quarter).

92. HDFC Bank launched Pay Zapp. PayZaap is a complete digital payment and purchase solution, a one-stop online portal offering customers ‘great deals at one place’.
It is a two factor authentication. Customers don’t have to enter their information again and again. It is one click app. PayZapp will help its customers do multiple transactions.

97. Singapore has emerged as one of the top three locations attracting India’s outbound investments during June, 2013 – May, 2014 period. Singapore has ranked third, accounting for 13.3 per cent of India’s outbound investments during June 2013May 2014 period. Netherlands ranked first in the chart with 26.1 per cent, followed by
Mauritius with 15.9 per cent of outbound investments. 93. According to the recent World Bank report, India has figured in top five emerging economies for highest investment commitments in private sector, infrastructure sectors – energy, transport and water. Clive Harris of World Bank said that the top five countries with the highest investment commitments in 2014 are Brazil,
Turkey, Peru, Colombia and India.
94. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced that non-resident Indians (NRIs) can make investments in chit funds in India on a non-repatriation basis without any ceiling. This implies that an NRI can get back the proceeds of such investments only in rupee. The Chit funds for NRI will encourage flow of capital into the country.
95. India’s financial markets regulation framework stood up at the highest ratings from the global bodies of banking and capital market regulators, with RBI and SEBI being rated better than their competitors in China and the US.
The ‘Rating Level 4’ means that the financial market regulators like the Reserve Bank of
India and the Securities and Exchange Board of India have all regulatory measures “fully in force.

98. The Reserve Bank has issued final guidelines for the 6-year and 13-year cash settled interest rate futures (IRF).
99. India is in dialogue with Cyprus for sharing tax information. The island nation was blacklisted by India in 2013 for not sharing tax information under the Taxation treaty. The finance Ministry classified Cyprus as a notified jurisdictional area on grounds that the country was not providing information requested by tax authorities under the taxation treaty.
100. The Government of India has approved proposals for FDI in Pharma Sector amounting to around Rs 4,000 crore by four pharma and medical devices firms.
101. India’s Banking Giant, the State Bank of
India (SBI) has launched SBI eforex, an
Internet-based platform that enables customers to book their foreign exchange transactions online. By using this platform, the bank customers can obtain forex rates without having to physically visit the branch.
SBI eforex is an advanced platform with highly robust security features.

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102. HDFC Bank has launched instant paperless personal loan plan for its existing customers under which the bank will disburse personal loans in just 10 seconds.
The users can simply log into their bank account via net-banking or mobile banking and avail of this loan at a click. The quick disbursal of funds will help customers, particularly in medical or other types of emergencies. 107. Australia on 24th June 2015 announced that it will join the new China-led Asian
Infrastructure Investment Bank(AIIB) as a founding member, contributing about 930 million dollars to the financial institution of which India will be the second-largest shareholder. Australia will be the Sixth largest shareholder.

108. RBI has Eased norms for accessing foreign funds. These norms had been
103. According to global financial major Bank updated on 25th June 2015 and they of America-Merrill Lynch report, global allowed banks to borrow from international investors have reduced their exposure to financial institutions for general banking emerging market equities due to weak business without seeking its permission. earnings prospects, weak Chinese economic growth and a strong dollar. India topped the 109. Currency notes of Rs. 100 denomination global emerging market investors’ country would now come with extra security featurepreference chart followed by China and numerals in ascending size in the number
Poland in the second and third place, panels. RBI has issued Rs. 100 denomination respectively. banknotes in Mahatma Gandhi Series – 2005
104. ICICI Bank has announced an with this type of new numbering pattern. association with Alibaba.com to provide
New Pattern easier trade finance to India-based sellers on
• the numerals in both the number panels the portal. Indian micro, small and medium of these banknotes will be in ascending entrepreneurs (MSME) who are members of
Alibaba.com will also get access to ICICI size from left to right.
Bank’s other banking facilities such as cash
• the first three alphanumeric characters management, foreign exchange, bank
(prefix) will remain constant in size. guarantees and cross-border remittances.
• the new numbering pattern will be introduced in a phased manner in all
105. Deposits of non-residents (NRs) in
Kerala banks have crossed Rs 1 lakh crore in other denominations. the last fiscal, said a State Level Bankers
Committee (SLBC) report released. From Rs
110. SBI will install 10 lakh payment card
66,190 crore in March 2013, these climbed swipe machines (point of sales, or PoS, to Rs 93,883 crore by March 31, 2014, and further to Rs 1,09,603 crore in the last fiscal. terminals) across the country, which will double the number of places where card
106. According to the report by United payment is accepted. The bank is also
Nations, India leads regional inflow of launching a huge campaign to promote cash
Foreign Direct Investment or FDI in South withdrawal of up to Rs 1,000 at these PoS
Asia accounting for $ 34 billion investment during 2014. The report has placed China as terminals the world’s largest FDI recipient.

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Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY)
• PMJJBY will offer a renewable one year life cover of Rs 2 lakh.
• Age group – 18-50 years (must be savings bank account holders).
• It covers death due to any reason.
• Annual Premium – Rs 330 per annum.
• The scheme would be administered through LIC or other Life Insurance companies.
Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY)
• PMSBY will offer a renewable one year accidental death-cum-disability cover of Rs 2 lakh for partial/permanent disability.
• Age Group – 18-70 years (must be savings bank account holders)
• Annual Premium – Rs 12 per annum.
• The scheme would be administered through public sector general insurance companies or other general insurance firms.
Atal Pension Yojana (APY)
• The pension scheme will focus on the unorganised sector.
• The scheme provide subscribers a fixed minimum pension of Rs 1,000, 2,000, 3,000, 4,000 or Rs 5,000 per month starting at the age of 60 years.
• The minimum pension amount is depend on the contribution option exercised on entering at an age between 18 and 40 years.
• The period of contribution by any subscriber under APY would be 20 years or more.
• The fixed minimum pension would be guaranteed by the government.
111. India has emerged as the second biggest stakeholder in the 57-nation Asian
Infrastructure Investment Bank after a meeting of its chief negotiators in Singapore.
China, which sponsored the bank, will have
30.85 per cent share followed by India with
10.85 percent.
112. United Bank of India is on the top of the list of public sector lenders with maximum bad loans including restructured assets as a percentage of total advances. According to the data provided by the RBI, United Bank of
India’s 21.5 per cent assets are either bad or non-performing assets (NPAs).
113. Infosys has launched a mobile-based financial and business management solution called Finacle SME Enable to help Small and
Medium business Enterprise customers.

114. NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind
Panagariya said India’s growth rate is expected to accelerate to 8 per cent in the current financial year and the economy will surpass USD 3 trillion mark in less than five years. Indian economy, which is little more than USD 2 trillion, recorded a growth rate of 7.3 per cent in 2014-15. India is presently the third largest economy in Asia after China and Japan.
115. According to the US Embassy, India is one of the fastest growing FDI sources for the United States with investors from the country more interested in US’ aerospace and textile sectors. Officially India is the fourth fastest growing source of FDI into the
United States. The total stock of FDI from
India to the United States is USD 11 billion.

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INDIAN AFFAIRS
1. Government of India has renamed
9. Odhisa’s Sun Temple gets ASI’s Adarsh
Planning commission as National Institution Monument tag for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog.
• Sun Temple at Konark, Odhisa has
• NITI Aayog will serve as a ‘Think Tank’ been the coveted with Adarsh of the government
Monument tag by the Archaeological
Survey of India.
2. GOI blocks 32 websites for ISIS
Propaganda and Anti-Indian views.
10. GOI has commissioned India’s first Hispeed rural broadband network using the
• Action was taken following an
National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) in advisory given by an Anti Terrorism the Idukki district of Kerala.
Squad (ATS).
3. GOI launched women safety mobile app –
“Himmat”.
4. Operation Smile – An Initiative to Trace
Missing Children launched by Cyberabad
Police.
5. Sales of loose Tobacco and Cigarettes
Banned in Punjab – First Indian state to ban.
6. PM Narendra Modi Inaugurates Dandi
Kutir Museum
• inaugurated in Gandhinagar of
Gujarat.
• inaugurated the museum on the occasion of the 13th Pravasi Bhartiya
Divas (PBD)
7. India Celebrates National Youth Festival
• The 19th National Youth Festival has begun in Guwahati (Assam) with the theme Youth for Clean, Green and
Progressive India.
8. Mobile App for Safety of Women
Passengers
• A mobile app called “m-Indicator” was launched by the Union Railway
Minister Suresh Prabhu for the safety of women passengers who are using
Mumbai’s suburban trains.

11. The first-ever Buddha Heritage Walk introduced by the Bihar Tourism
Development Corporation (BSTDC).
• More than 500 people had walked in
13 kilo meter long forest trail which
Lord Gautama Buddha had once walked to reach Rajgir from Bodh
Gaya around 2,543 years ago.
12. Union Government merges PIO and OCI cards 13. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley adopts four villages in Gujarat under ‘Sansad Adarsh
Gram Yojana‘. The villages are Karnali,
Pipaliya, Valida, and Baglipura.
14. International Kite Festival was celebrated at Gujarat
15. India provides a fund of Rs 1500 crore to
Nepal’s Pancheshwar multi-purpose project on Mahakali river for countering the Kheri floods in Uttar Pradesh.
16. Adani Enterprises and Sun Edison Inc signed an MoU to establish a Joint Venture to build India’s largest, vertically integrated solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing facility in Mundra, Gujarat with an investment of around $4 billion.

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17. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu flagged off the India’s first Compressed Natural Gas
(CNG) based two trains (Rewari to Rohtak and Rewari to Bikaner station) from
Haryana’s Rewari station.
18. The annual ‘Flamingo Festival’ began at
Sullurupeta near the Pulicat lake bird sanctuary in Nellore district of Andhra
Pradesh.
19. Indian Air Force gets LCA Tejas after 32 years. Was handed over to the Indian Air
Force by the Defence Minister Manohar
Parrikar
20. IIT and ONGC signed an MoU to develop indigenous technologies to enhance oil exploration. 21. HRD Minister laid Foundation stone for
IIM-Visakhapatnam at Gambheeram village of Andhra Pradesh.
22. Probability of death by Non
Communicable Diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart and respiratory diseases in
India is 26% : WHO
23. Global Talent Competitive Index 2014
• India ranked 78th globally out of 93 countries. The top 5 are Switzerland, followed by Singapore, Luxembourg,
Denmark, and United States.
24. Modi’s Jan Dhan Yojana entered into
Guinness Records for most bank accounts opened in one week.
25. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of
India (TRAI) has issued draft regulations to facilitate full mobile number portability
(MNP).

26. Censor Board Chief Leela Samson quits
21. Red Sari – a Controversial Book on Sonia
Gandhi is out in India (Author – Javier Moro)
27. President Pranab Mukherjee has launched Pulse Polio Immunization programme 28. The Government of India set up a High
Level committee chaired by Shanta Kumar on restructuring the Food Corporation of
India (FCI) on August 20, 2014. Committee gave its recommendations.
29. Kerala Culture Minister K C Joseph announced the setting up of India’s first
International Institute of Music in Kerala.
30. Kerala Government slaps Rs 54 crore fine on 4 Online Trading Companies - Vector ecommerce, Flipkart, Robemall Apparels and
Jabong.
31. India and United States sign three MoUs on smart cities.
• Vishakapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
• Ajmer in Rajasthan.
• Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh.
32. India celebrated its 66th Republic Day on
January 26’2015. US President Barack
Obama was the Chief Guest of this day.
• Theme for the 66th Republic Day
Parade was Nari Shakthi which means Women Empowerment.
• Wing Commander Pooja Thakur has become the first woman officer to lead the ceremonial Guard of Honour at Rashtrapathi Bhavan.
33. Make in India: Suzuki to invest Rs.8,000 crore in Gujarat
34. Supreme Court directs search engines to block sex determination advertisements
35. Himachal Pradesh has succeeded in reducing Poverty – World Bank

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36. PM Narendra Modi Launches “Beti
Bachao, Beti Padhao”
• aims to improve the child sex ratio and also to save & empower girl child. • The scheme was launched from
Haryana, which has the lowest Child
Sex Ratio in country (879 girls per
1,000 boys).
• The national child sex ratio is 918 girls per 1000 boys.
37. The 14th edition of the World Toilet
Summit organized by the World Toilet
Organization was held in New Delhi (Jan 19 to Jan 20).
38. The Jaipur Literature Festival, famously referred as Asia’s biggest literary festival has began at the Diggi Palace Hotel of Jaipur.
39. India and United States have signed a
Joint Declaration of Intent for cooperation in the field of Information & Communications
Technology and Electronics (ICTE)
40. The 15th Sustainable Development
Summit was held in New Delhi.
• The summit was organised by The
Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
• The Theme was Sustainable
Development Goals and Dealing with
Climate Change.

42. Madhya Pradesh won the 10th National
Award for excellence in MGNREGA.
43. CM Manohar Lal Khattar launches eregistration of properties in Haryana
44. Chhattisgarh CM declares Valentine's
Day as 'Matru-Pitru Diwas'
45. The XIII Ishara International Puppet
Festival was held in Gurgaon (February 3 to
February 11, 2015).
46. India has ranked 136th position out of
180 nations in the recently released World
Press Freedom Index (WPFI), released by The
Reporters Without Borders (RWB). The Top five are Finland, Norway, Denmark,
Netherlands, and Sweden.
47. The Finance Ministry of India has imposed anti-dumping duty on all imports of graphite electrodes from China based on recommendations of the Directorate
General of Anti-Dumping Duty for the next five years.
48. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the 10th Aero India show at the
Yelahanka Air Force Station, Bengaluru. The first edition of the air show was held in 1996.

49. India’s first National Tribal Festival
‘VANAJ’ was concluded on 18 February 2015
41. The event "Udyanotsav" was inaugurated in New Delhi. More than 900 folk and tribal artists from many Indian states participated by President Pranab Mukherjee at in it.
Rashtrapati Bhavan.
42. 18th National Conference on eGovernance concluded in Gandhi Nagar,
Gujarat. Theme of this conference was
Digital Governance-New Frontier.

50. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a “Soil Health Card scheme” in Suratgarh,
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51. IRCTC introduces Cash on Delivery for
Train Tickets
• Anduril Technologies via their website and their mobile application
– BookMyTrain.com is authorised for providing CoD services.
52. Kolkata becomes India’s First Wi-Fi
Metro City. It was inaugurated by West
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the City’s Park Street Area.
53. The state Government of Odisha has appointed Justice Madan Mohan Das as
Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry probing chit fund scam in Odisha.
54. According to the Research Firm Canalys, the budget smartphone maker Micromax overtook Samsung Electronics as the leading supplier in India’s smartphone market.
55. Indian Coastal Guard Commissioned ICGS
Amogh at Paradip Port (Odisha). Amogh is a fast patrol vessel (FPV) built by the Keralabased Cochin Shipyard Limited.
56. In a clean sweep, the Aam Aadmi Party
(AAP) led by Arvind Kejriwal has defeated the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the
Congress Party by recorded a historical victory, securing 67 of the 70 seats in the
Delhi assembly elections.
57. The third Tortoise Festival was organized by Assam’s Dima Hasao Environment and
Forest Department on the banks of Hajong lake. 58. Union Cabinet has approved the implementation of the solar scheme for setting up of 15,000 Mega Watt Gridconnected Solar Photo Voltaic Power projects under the National Solar Mission.

59. The third edition of ‘Aqua Aquaria India’, the largest aquaculture-cum-aquariculture show in Asia, is held in Vijayawada Andhra
Pradesh.
• The three-day event was inaugurated by Chief Minister N Chandrababu
Naidu.
60. Hyderabad hosted its annual Hyderabad
International Auto Show (HIAS). It is the flagship event under the Vista
Entertainments, which was established in the year 2008.
61. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has flagged off the first ever express train from
Naharlagun to New Delhi on the State’s 29th foundation day (February 20′ 2015).
62. The Government of India launched a new portal (website) known as ‘Madad’.
• This website will provide a platform for Indian citizens living abroad to file consular grievances online.
• The portal ‘Madad’ was launched by
External Affairs Minister Sushma
Swaraj.
63. Indian Railways has launched a smart card scheme called “Go India” on a pilot basis on two sectors – New DelhiMumbai and New Delhi-Howrah. The card currently enables the railway passengers to pay for reserved and unreserved tickets that can be used at ticket counters.
64. India has signed an agreement with
Spain on ‘Mutual Protection of Classified
Information‘ to provide the framework for enhanced cooperation in the defence sector.
The agreement was signed between Spanish
Defence Minister Pedro Moremes and Indian defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
65. National Payment Corporation of India
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66. A large scale Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercise was conducted on the Lakshadweep Islands
(Karavati, Aggatti, Kalpeni and Androth).
More than 20 ships from the Western and
Eastern Fleet of the Indian Navy were involved. 67. Union government launched an initiative to hold live chats with people on social media. The initiative named 'talkathon' and will be held fortnightly and will address live and spontaneous questions from the people on social media including YouTube.
68. The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has signed an MoU with Gujarat Forest
Department for the conservation of Asiatic lion and its habitat.
69. The Indian Navy concluded its monthlong annual Theatre Level Readiness and
Operational Exercise (TROPEX) in the
Arabian Sea and Northern Indian Ocean.
70. The Election Commission of India has launched NERPAP – National Electoral Roll
Purification and Authentication Programme, all over India with the objective of bringing a totally error free and authenticated electoral roll. 71. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akilesh
Yadav has flagged off the ‘Indo-Nepal friendship‘ bus service that will link Kashi and Kathmandu directly with two buses. The
Varanasi to Kathmandu Bus service is called the “Bharat-Nepal Maitri Bus Seva” (IndiaNepal Friendship Bus Service).
72. British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has released the controversial documentary
– India’s Daughter, which is about the 16th
December Delhi gang-rape despite
Government’s ban.

73. The first India-Nepal Friendship Motor
Rally was concluded at lawns of India Gate.
The rally was flagged off at Puri, Odisha on
February 27. A total of twenty four teams and about 90 riders were participated from both the countries.
74. The Union Heavy Industries
Minister Anant Geete said that Government has decided to close the 5 sick Public Sector
Undertakings that include HMT and its three units, and Hindustan Shipyard.
75. Union Minister of Chemicals and
Fertilizers, Ananth Kumar launched Pharma
Jan Samadhan Scheme, which is a web enabled system created by National
Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), for redressal of consumers’ grievances relating to pricing and availability of medicines.
76. Delhi government has decided to enforce ban on the storage, sale, and purchase of all kinds of raw chewable tobacco products such asgutkha, khaini and zarda in the
National Capital.
77. The Supreme Court has struck down the controversial decision to grant reservation to
Jats Community in jobs and educational institution terming it Negative and retrograde governance.
78. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore [MoS for
Information and Broadcasting] inaugurated the first national workshop on photography and videography at New Delhi.
79. Industrialist Ratan Tata will head “Kaya
Kalp“, a new innovative council of Indian
Railways, which is formed to turn around the ailing state-run rail network.
80. The Union Cabinet of India gave its approval to thePradhan Mantri Kaushal
Vikas Yojana (outcome-based skill training scheme). The total fund allocated for PMKVY is Rs. 1500 Crores.

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81. Union Government brought 52 new drugs under National Pharmaceutical Pricing
Authority (NPPA) control to keep check on prices of essential medicines. The decision was notified by NPPA on 11 December 2014.

89. India’s first conference on CounterTerrorism was held in Jaipur, Rajasthan for three days (March 19 to March 21). The conference was named as International
Counter-Terrorism Conference 2015.

82. The SC has confirmed that the Aadhar card is not compulsory, and further, officials who insist on them will be taken to task.

90. IRCTC launched the debit card service for the passengers. Railway passengers can now book their tickets, do shopping and pay service bills using RuPay pre-paid cards.

83. MoS for Information and Broadcasting
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has inaugurated the Vividh Bharati Service in FM mode of All
India Radio in Mumbai.
84. India’s Air to Air missile, ASTRA has been successfully test fired from a Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter aircraft at the Integrated Test Range,
Chandipur, Odisha. Astra is 3.8 meter long and it can engage and destroy enemy aircraft at supersonic speed.
85. IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad launched
Bharatniti.in, a public policy portal that attempts to put into perspective policy matters using an “ancient yet contemporary” approach.
86. After Polio, the government has again roped Mr. Amitabh Bachchan to be the brand ambassador of its campaign against
Hepatitis B.
87. The BJP government in Maharashtra has decided to rename the area at Girgaum
Chowpatty as “Swaraj Bhoomi” to honor the veteran freedom fighter Lokmanya Bal
Gangadhar Tilak.
88. The Government of India launched a dedicated portal called ‘Grahak Suvidha
Kendra’ in Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bangalore,
Jaipur, Kolkata and Patna to help consumers register their grievances against misleading advertisements. 91. The Government of India launched Twitter Samvad, a new platform to facilitate direct communication between leaders and citizens. It is launched in association with social networking service Twitter.
92. The Ministry of Railways appointed Ajay
Shankar committee to review the performance of the Public Private
Partnership (PPP) cell functioning under the
Railway Board.
93. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu flagged off the first goods train from Lumding to
Silchar in Assam. The gauge was completed at a cost of 3500 crore rupees.
94. Himachal Pradesh Government launched part one of E-Vidhan Mobile apps, that will enable all 68 members of state assembly to get the entire House business on their smartphones and tablets. HP vidhaan sabha became the first state assembly in India to launch this app to facilitate smart-working.
95. India will host the seventh Asian
Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk
Reduction (AMCDRR) in 2016. The conference in 2016 will be held in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).
The Sixth Asian Ministerial Conference on
Disaster Risk Reduction was held in Thailand

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96. India has become the third-largest steel producer in the world by overtaking United
States (US) in first two months of year 2015.
97. Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) named Anagh and Two Interceptor Boats named C-430 and
C-417 were commissioned into Indian Coast
Guard’s Eastern Fleet. They were commissioned by Lieutenant General Ajay
Kumar Singh (retd).
98. Glenmark Pharmaceuticals has been barred by the Delhi High Court
(HC) from making, marketing or selling its anti-diabetes medicines on the ground that it had prima facie infringed the patent of US drug giant Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD).
99. Andhra Pradesh government, National
University of Singapore (NUS) and
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) have signed MoU to work on Ease of Doing
Business in the state. It was signed for cooperation in relation to ‘Masterplan on
Ease of Doing Business in Andhra Pradesh
(MEDBAP): Vision 2020′.
100. The ruling BJP has become the largest political party in the world in the past five months taking its membership to 8.80 crore.
The Communist Party of China was until now considered the largest party with about 8.60 crore members.
101. The telecom regulatory of India (TRAI) has proposed a single emergency number
‘112’ for all kind of emergency phone calls across India, including for police, fire and ambulance, similar to the all-in-one emergency number ‘911’in the United States of America.
102. The fifth SAARC Health Ministers
Meeting was held in New Delhi. The two-day summit was attended by the health ministers from all member countries of
SAARC.

103. The nuclear Industry of India has reached the new milestone in its journey.
The industry has set a record in production of nuclear fuel. ie uranium bundles. The number closes to 1,252 MT of uranium bundles, which is close to double the annual fuel requirement of atomic reactors in India.
104. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has undocked the India’s first Scorpene submarine at Mazagon Dock Limited. This is built under a venture called Project 75, in collaboration with a French firm called
DCNS.
105. The National Green Tribunal has put a ban on all diesel vehicles which are more than 10 years old in the Capital city New
Delhi to improve the ambient air quality.
Diesel is prime source of air pollution in
Delhi.
106. Nirmala Sitharaman, the minister of
State for Ministry of Commerce & Industry, has unveiled Foreign Trade Policy (FTP)
2015-2020.
107. Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu announced that Amaravati will be the name of the new capital city of Andhra Pradesh.
The new capital is being built in VijayawadaGuntur region and Amaravati, the ancient town on the banks of the Krishna river, is part of the region.
108. The Government of India has launched a scheme called FAME-India to promote the eco-friendly vehicles by offering incentives on electric and hybrid vehicles. FAME stands for Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of
Hybrid and Electric vehicles.
109. Union government has allowed the pharmaceutical companies to hike the rates of 509 essential medicines by 3.84%. These medicines used for treating various ailments like hepatitis B and C, fungal infections, diabetes, and cancer.

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110. India successfully test-fired its nuclearcapable Dhanush ballistic missile with a strike range of 350 km from a naval ship off the Odisha coast. The ship-based Dhanush missile was launched from an Offshore
Patrolling Vessel (OPV), deep inside the Bay of Bengal to test its full range.

116. India and United States (US) have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation
(MoC) on transportation between both countries. The MoC was signed by Union
Minister of Road Transport & Highways and
Shipping Nitin Gadkari and US Secretary of
Transportation Anthony Foxx in New Delhi.

111. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has instructed the Real Estate Sector in the
National Capital Region to look over the air pollution caused by dust discharging from construction sites. An NGT bench headed by
Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar ordered an immediate pull up to all construction activity in the NCR that do not follow the rules and regulations.

117. Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL),
India’s largest engineering and manufacturing company has commissioned the fourth 600 MW unit of the OP Jindal
Super Thermal Power Project (STPP)
ExtensionPP located at Tamnar in Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh.

112. India’s first International Financial
Services Centre (IFSC) at GIFT City in
Gandhinagar, Gujrat became operational on
10th April 2015. Finance Minister Arun
Jaitley unveiled rules and regulations for this global financial hub.
113. FM transmission of Vividh Bharati
Service was launched by Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley on 14
April 2015. It was launched at function held at New Broadcasting House of All India Radio
(AIR) in Delhi.
114. The GOI has constituted a task force comprising experts and senior officials to overcome the hurdles in interlinking of rivers and also on establishing unity among different States for speedy implementation of the Modi government’s ambitious project.
The task force will be chaired by B.N.
Navalawala and take up all issues for expediting the work on interlinking of rivers in the country.
115. India has successfully test fired its indigenously developed surface-to-surface missile Agni-III, the nuclear capable ballistic missile having a range of more than 3,000 km from Wheeler Island off Odisha coast.

118. India’s second largest state-owned oil explorer, Oil India Limited has commissioned a 54 MW wind energy project in Gujarat and
Madhya Pradesh. The project has been hampered between the two states.
119. Venkadarath Saritha, 30 year old woman from Telangana has been inducted as the first woman driver of Delhi Transport
Corporation (DTC).
120. IRCTC is planning to offer a new service of ‘baggage insurance’ for passengers’.
Under this, a customer will be offered additional services like insurance coverage for baggage while booking e-tickets on the
IRCTC website. The tie-up is being formalized with New India Assurance
121. The Finance Minister of India, Mr Arun
Jaitely has informed the members of the
BRICS nations that, India will soon nominate the candidate for the Presidential post of the
100 billion USD New Development Bank, which will be headquartered at Shanghai.
122. AS per UN report India is the V biggest producer of e-waste in the world. India had discarded 1.7 million tonnes of electronic and electrical equipment in 2014 alone. The top 5 countries are, United States of
America, China, Japan, Germany, India.

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123. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has launched an online monitoring mechanism called E-Samiksha, that will monitor the implementation of ongoing railway projects on real-time basis, infrastructure target and board meeting follow-up. E-Samiksha is designed by National Informatics Center.
124. Bayer CropScience, the world’s leading innovative crop science company, has inaugurated a multi-crop breeding station at
Karnal in Haryana.
125. The annual Chardham yatra commenced on 21st April 2015 with the opening of the sacred portals of the
Himalayan shrines of Gangotri and
Yamunotri after a six-month winter break.
Char Dham are the names of four pilgrimage sites in India that are widely visited by
Hindus. They are Badrinath, Dwarka, Puri, and Rameswaram.

129. Indian Navy’s new stealth destroyer,
Visakhapatnam, designed indigenously and fitted with advanced features, was launched in Mumbai. The Kolkata-class warship, the first of P15-B stealth destroyers, was launched by Minu Dhowan, wife of chief of
Naval Staff Admiral R K Dhowan, at
Mazagaon Docks Ltd (MDL).
130. Indian PM Narendra Modi Ji laid the foundation stone of the Dr. Ambedkar
International Center in New Dlehi and promised that the NDA government at the center would complete the work within 20 months. 131. The GOI has approved three highway projects with a total cost of Rs 5,150 crore in
Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra with the total length of more than 300 km and with an approximate cost of Rs 5,150 crore. 126. Instant messaging and calling Mobile
Application Viber has said that the company has more than 40 million Viber users in India and the company has achieved this feat in less than two years after starting operations in India in December 2013. Now globally
India has become the largest base for the company. 132. India would become fourth largest infrastructure projects market in the world by 2030 as real estate and construction sector is continuously evolving in the country, according to a RICS report. At present, India is at sixth position with 5.3 per cent share in the global infrastructure market. 127. The National Tiger Conservation
Authority (NTCA) has granted approval of two national parks to be declared as tiger reserves. The Kudermukh national park in
Karnataka and Rajaji National Park in
Uttarkhand have been finally got the approval to be declared as Tiger Reserves.

133. GOI said 350 drugs had been brought under price control, and it will provide additional benefit of over Rs 3000 crore to customers. 128. According to the report released by Symantec, the leading security solutions provider, India ranks second among the nations that were targeted with cyber attacks through social media in 2014, following the United States of America.

134. PM Modi has inaugurated India’s
Healthcare Tourism Portal at the “SAARC
Trade Mart” in the Global Exhibition on
Services at Pragati Maidan, Delhi.
135. Government approved a proposal from
Tesco Overseas Investment Ltd (Tesco), a UK company, for foreign investment of not less than USD 110 million to carry out business of multi-brand retail trading in India.

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136. Following the action from the
International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has also suspended the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI). The reason for the suspension is gross negligence and poor management of the 15th National Para Athletics
Championships, which was held from March
20-22 in Ghaziabad.

142. The Aadhaar card has emerged as probably the world’s largest biometric identification programmes in the world with the Unique Identification Authority of India
(UIDAI) issuing nearly 82 crore cards. Uttar
Pradesh had the highest number of enrolments with 10.48 crore cards.

143. The Indian Army has named its rescue operation in Nepal as “Operation
137. The National Green Tribunal has
Maitri“. India has deployed advanced imposed a complete ban on burning waste in helicopters and choppers for rescuing people open including garbage, leaves, plastic and and was also undertaking a “big evacuation” crop residues in Delhi-NCR region. Those through the road route. who violate will be fined with Rs. 5,000. The
NGT has taken this step to tackle the heavy
144. The Indian Army has conducted a air pollution in Delhi-NCR. defense exercise named Akraman II in
Rajasthan to test the latest generation of
138. PM Narendra Modi raised 14000 crore weaponry and platforms employed in the for his Project, named, Bharat Mala like Shri desert region. The exercise was conducted
Atal Bihari Vajpayee built the Golden by the Chetak Corps, a part of South
Quadrilateral. Bharat Mala is the name given Western Command based in Bhatinda, to a ambitious programme of the Modi
Punjab.
government — a road built along India’s vast west-to east land border, from Gujarat to
145. Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has held a
Mizoram, linking that to a road network in security exercise, Theera Vetta, in the coastal states, from Maharashtra to Bengal.
Arabian Sea. The exercise was intended to augment the preparedness of the security
139. Already rated an unhappy place in 2014 agencies in protecting the porous maritime with a ranking of 111, India dropped six borders of Kerala, Lakshadweep, Minicoy places to 117 out of 158 countries ranked in Islands and Mahe (part of Puducherry) from the Global Happiness Index 2015, and was as external attacks. usual was dominated by wealthy countries.
Switzerland, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, and 146. United States’ Ambassador to India
Canada occupied the top five.
Richard Rahul Verma and Indian Agriculture
Minister Radha Mohan Singh have agreed to
140. A 10-day naval exercise ‘Varuna’ initiate steps to renew the 2010 agri pact between India and France began on 23 April between the two big democracies of the
2015 off the Goa coast. It is the fourteenth
World.
edition of this naval exercise which hosted naval assets of both countries.
147. The Rajasthan Government has allocated more than Rs 12 crore for Project
141. Ratan Tata has become the first Indian
Great Indian Bustard, a bird conservation to pick up a stake in China’s largest program. A financial support of Rs 3 crore smartphone maker, Xiaomi. The 78-year-old will be given by a Japan Bank. The Great has invested an undisclosed amount in the
Indian Bustard is also known locally as company. Godawan is also the state bird of Rajasthan.

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148. The Government of India has extended e-Tourist Visa scheme to 31 more countries with an effect from 31 May 2015. With this the total number of countries under the scheme has gone up to 76.
149. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata
Banerjee has declared Nadia District as the first Open Defecation Free (ODF) district in
India. The district has achieved this feat due to its collaborative effort with the United
Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World
Bank.
150. India has sought China’s cooperation in the agriculture sector to improve the bilateral trade in products like basmati rice, beef and fish between the two super powers of Asia.
151. Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Union Ministry for Social Justice & Empowerment, has launched the Credit Enhancement
Guarantee Scheme for Scheduled Castes
(SCs). The scheme will be properly implemented by Industrial Finance
Corporation of India (IFCI) Ltd.
152. In a shocking ranking, India has slipped down by three ranks to 140 from last year in
Mother’s Index rank. A total of 179 countries were ranked. India is one of the 10 countries in the world with the greatest survival divide between wealthy and poor urban children.
India is among Rwanda, Cambodia, Nigeria,
Vietnam, Bangladesh..etc. The US ranked
33rd and the UK 23rd.
153. The Union Cabinet has given its nod for the amendment of Whistle Blowers
Protection Act 2011. The Bill seeks to provide protection to the whistleblowers, who disclose sensitive information related to act of corruption, misuse of power, or criminal offence by a public servant.

154. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has announced that the defence ministry has cleared procurement worth Rs. 1,10,000 crore. He also announced that of the total procurement, around 90% is coming under
PM Modi’s “Make in India” campaign.
155. Doordarshan is going to telecast a serial on Modi’s community to highlight the eminent and successful people from the oilpressers community. The serial named as
‘Diye Jalte Hain’ will be telecast on
Doordarshan by October.
156. A cow-urine refinery has been inaugurated at Jalore, Rajasthan by the state’s medical and health minister Rajendra
Rathore. The refinery will prepare cow-urine extract for use in the formulation of various products. 157. Mahesh Sharma, the MoS for Culture
(Independent Charge), Tourism
(Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation has inaugurated the first ever Science Centre and Planetarium set up by the National
Council of Science Museums in the Union
Territory of Puducherry.
158. The Indian Army has inducted the surface to air missile Akash into its arsenal.
The max range is 25 kilometres and capable of operating upto an altitude of 20 kilometers. 159. PM Modi has inaugurated the upgraded steel plant of IISCO that has India’s largest blast furnace plant and has been expanded and modernized at a cost of Rs.16,000 crore.
160. The Government of India has decided to provide free diagnostic tests, which include several blood tests, x-rays and advanced CT scans, for those visiting public health facilities. This scheme will be available for anyone who is visiting public health facility
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161. The Road Transport Ministry has set a deadline for new model cars to pass frontal and side crash tests. The deadline is October
2017. As per the notification, the frontal crash tests will be at 56 kmph, while the norm set for side crash tests is 50 kmph.
162. Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel has commissioned INS Sardar Patel Naval
Base in Porbandar, Gujarat. The naval base at Porbandar is strategically important and it will boost security of Gujarat’s 1600-km coastline. 163. The National Green Tribunal has put an order to every household in Delhi to pay
Environmental Compensation every month for cleaner Yamuna. The payment is for all households irrespective of having a sewage connection. This order is applicable for unauthorized colonies too.
164. Sixth edition of National Conference on
Nuclear Energy was held in New Delhi. The theme of this edition was Nuclear Energy: a
Clean Energy option. It was organized by
Associated Chambers of Commerce and
Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).
165. Gujarat State Government has decided to set up a high level task force to observe and study the growing habitat of Asiatic
Lions in the state. The recent report states that the population of lions has been increased outside the protected area of Gir
National Park and Sanctuary.
166. The Government of India has planned to launch an agri training programme in 593 villages under Modi’s ambitious scheme
Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, to boost the agriculture sector in India. The training program will commence on July.

167. Union Communication and IT Minister
Ravi Shankar Prasad has launched a dedicated E-Commerce Centre of India
Posts, a postal system fully operated by
Government at Safdarjang, New Delhi.
168. The Government of India has approved two new projects at a cost of Rs 217.87 crore in Sonepat and Panipat towns for reducing the pollution of river Yamuna.
169. The Supreme Court has released the instructions for publication of government advertisements. As per the new guideline, only the photographs of the President, Prime
Minister and the Chief Justice of India (CJI) are allowed on government advertisements.
170. The Union Cabinet has given its approval for the ambitious Namami Gange
Program which integrates the efforts to clean and protect the Ganga river in a comprehensive manner. The total budget for the program is Rs. 20,000 crore for the next
5 years.
171. According to the study conducted by
Indian and British biologists, the population of ‘Humpback Mahseer’, a freshwater fish, which is found only in Cauvery Basin of Tamil
Nadu, has been reducing drastically. The major reasons behind the population reduction of the orange-finned fish are pollution, sand extraction and hydel power projects. 172. Union Ministry of HRD gave an inprinciple approval for setting up an Indian
Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in
Nagpur, Maharashtra. It will be the first IIIT to be set up in the state.
173. The National Hydroelectric Power
Corporation has received the environmental clearance for setting up of multipurpose hydropower cum flood moderation project in Dibang, Arunachal Pradesh. The total estimation of the project is Rs 25,000 crore.

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174. India’s defence Ministry has cleared a proposal that could give impetus to the first joint defence development project between
India and United States for new, lightweight, protective clothing for soldiers. The project has been named as Defence Trade and
Technology Initiative.

180. Meghalaya has achieved 100 percent success in implementing Union
Government’s flagship scheme for financial inclusion-Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna
(PMJDY). In the state, all eleven districts have been able to open at least one bank account of every household.

175. INS Kavaratti, Indian Navy’s latest antisubmarine warfare class stealth corvette was launched on 19 May 2015 in Kolkata.
Kavaratti is the last of the four antisubmarine warfare class stealth corvettes being built for India under Project 28.

181. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has successfully carried out the landing of IAF’s
Mirage 2000 combat jet on Yamuna expressway near Mathura. This test was conducted as a part of trials to use national highways for emergency landing.

176. Government of India has sanctioned proposals for launching 30 new cold chain projects in India with a total investment of
Rs 724.9 crore. The Food Processing Ministry provides financial assistance of up to Rs 10 crore for these projects.

182. India is going to partner with Israel in a mega military project, which will further strengthen the already expansive but secretive defence cooperation under way between India and Israel.

177. The Government of India has allocated a total of Rs. 5,000 crore for the growth of
Department of AYUSH. Union Minister of
State for AYUSH Sripad Naik has launched an independent National AYUSH Mission aimed at capacity building for the sector.
178. The Law Commission of India has submitted a draft law to the central government proposing amendments to the existing guardianship and custody laws. The proposed amendment gives joint custody rights of a child to both parents in case of divorce. 179. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has finally purchased the prestigious Distinguished
Flying Cross (DFC) and Bar from a London
Auction house. The award was presented to
Wing Commander Karun Krishna ‘Jumbo’
Majumdar, the first Indian officer to be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

183. India has ranked 24th in Environmental
Democracy Index. The top five countries are,
Lithuania, Latvia, , Russia, US, and South
Africa.
184. The central government has withdrawn the nomination of Delhi for UNESCO’s World
Heritage City tag. The government has taken the decision without any proper explanation and abruptly ended the long quest.
185. The government of India has launched a web portal named khoyapaya.gov.in to track the missing child in India. Anyone can upload visuals and details of missing children and help track them. The website will act as an enabling platform for Indians to report missing children.
186. The Cabinet has granted the permission to continue Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle
(PSLV) programme for fifteen operational flights (PSLV-C36 to PSLV-C50). The total fund requirement for the cost of 15 PSLVs, programme elements, programme management and ‘launch campaign’ are estimated to be Rs 3090 crore.

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187. India and Vietnam have signed a Joint
Vision Statement on defence cooperation for
2015-2020. The statement was witnessed by
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and the
Vietnamese Minister for National Defence
Phùng Quang Thanh in New Delhi.

194. The state government of Tripura has withdrawn the Armed Forces (Special
Powers) Act (AFSPA) as insurgency is on the wane in the State. The announcement was made by Chief Minister Manik Sarkar after a meeting with his Council of Ministers.

188. AIADMK general secretary Jayaraman
Jayalalitha has sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for the fifth time. The party cadres and supporters are all celebrating all over the state. Jayalalitha returns to power after eight months as she was forced to quit over corruption charges.

195. According to the United Nations annual
Hunger Report, India is home to the highest number of hungry people in the world. It is estimated that India’s hunger people is around 194 million. India has surpassed
China in hunger list.

189. India and Germany have decided to strengthen their bilateral defence ties.
Germany’s defence Minister Ursula von der
Leyn, who is on three day tour to India, has held talks with Defence Minister Manohar
Parrikar.
190. E-Naga Summit, an initiative of the
Nagaland department of Information
Technology and Communication in collaboration with the Confederation of
Indian Industries (CII) has been conducted in
Kohima, Nagaland. The theme of the summit is “Ideas and Solutions to transform North
East India through Information
Communication Technology”.
191. Prime Minister Modi Ji has launched a television channel for farmers named DD
Kisan to mark the completion of his government’s first year in office. DD Kisan would provide information about best agricultural practices and related content.
192. According to World Justice Project’s
(WJP) report, India has been ranked 37 out of 102 countries in Government
Transparency Index. The Top three are
Sweden, New Zealand, and Norway.

196. India ranked at 100th position on a global Human Capital Index, compiled by
World Economic Forum (WEF), which measures the countries in terms of the economies leveraging their human capital.
Finland is on the top among 124-nation list.
197. India assumed the presidency of the
68th World Health Assembly (WHA) held in
Geneva after a Leap of 19 years. The 68th
WHA session began on 18 May 2015 and it will conclude on 27 May 2015.
198. Google is in discussions with the
Arunachal Pradesh government for deploying Chromebook laptops for school students. The pilot is proposed to be introduced in schools in two cities, namely,
Itanagar and Ziro.
199. India has been ranked at 44th position in the Annual Global Competitiveness report prepared by a Switzerland-based
International Institute for Management
Development.
200. India has launched a virtual memorial wall to honour the United Nations peacekeeping heroes who died in service as the first step towards building a permanent monument at the UN headquarters.

193. FM Global has released the Global
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1. On US defence secretary Ashton Carter’s visit to India, the two countries are going to ink their new 10-year defence framework.
Carter will talk with top leadership in Delhi on joint development of defence technology.
The signing of new defence framework was decided during Barack Obama’s visit to India in January.

6. Noida is all set to get an internationallevel cricket stadium-cum-sports city with a capacity of 50,000 people. The Noida
Authority has invited developers to plan a concept across 125 acres of land in Sector
152 of the city. Noida is planning to host international and national IPL, ODI and test matches in the venue.

2. According to the U.S.-based World Justice project named The Rule of Law Index 2015,
India ranks 59th among 102 countries worldwide. The survey includes categories like government powers, absence of corruption, open government, fundamental rights, order and security, regulatory enforcement, civil justice, and criminal justice. 7. The world’s largest digital mass education programme to address malnutrition in women and children has been launched by
Union Government minister, Maneka
Gandhi, New Delhi. It is an initiative of
Indian Academy of Pediatrics in partnership with Women and Child Development,
UNICEF and also Supported by Vodafone
India. Aamir Khan is brand ambassador of this programme.

3. Union Food and Consumer Affairs Minister
Ram Vilas Paswan has launched a BIS App that will allow consumers to register complaints against sub-standard quality of
ISI marked products and Hallmark jewellery.

8. Shell, an Anglo–Dutch multinational oiland gas company is setting up its largest captive unit or offshore delivery centre globally in
Bengaluru. This unit will lead to generation of more than 5,000 jobs in the city.

4. India’s fastest train, the Gatimaan Express has finished its sixth and final trial. The first semi high-speed train runs between between Delhi and Agra. The train covered the 195-km journey in 115 minutes and reached a maximum speed of 160-plus kmph. 9. India has lost a long-pending poultry import case against the US at the World
Trade
Organization (WTO)’s dispute settlement body. The body clearly said that
India broke international trade rules by blocking US poultry and egg with out any scientific risk assessment. The imports were banned because of unsubstantiated bird flu
5. President Pranab Mukherjee, who is on fears. two nation’s tour viz Sweden and Belarus, has witnessed the signing of six agreements 10. Government of India has launched a between India and Belarus to enhance nationwide Jal Kranti Abhiyan, a scheme bilateral co-operation. The President has aimed at transforming one water scared said that India is fully committed to deeper village in each district of the country to and a more diversified relationship with water surplus village. The ambitious scheme
Belarus.
was launched by Union Minister of Water
Resources, River Development and Ganga
Rejuvenation Uma Bharti in Jaipur,
Rajasthan.

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11. India’s first green police station has been inaugurated at Maurice Nagar in north Delhi.
It was opened on the occasion of World
Environment
Day by Delhi
Police
Commissioner Bhim Sain Bassi. The police station has various provisions for preservation and safety of the environment.

17. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on 8th June 2015 ordered testing of various noodles, pasta and macaroni brands, including Top Ramen,
Foodles and Wai Wai, manufactured by seven different companies to check compliance of norms.

12. Doordarshan is going to launch a weekly news programme in Sanskrit on June 28. The program will coincide with the World
Sanskrit Conference starting in Bangkok the same day. The Sixteenth World Sanskrit
Conference is being organised in Bangkok from June 28 to July 2.

18. The Foreign Exchange Earnings(FEEs) from tourism in the country have grown by
23.6% year-on-year during the month of
May 2015. Government’s e-visa facility was launched in November 2014, has led to a huge growth in tourist arrivals to the country. 13. Government of India is going to sign a contract worth over $2.5 billion for 22
Apache attack helicopters and 15 Chinook heavy-lift chopper deals with United States based aviation giant Boeing.

19. In the recently released EDU-RAND 2015 rankings, IIT Delhi has been ranked as the best engineering college in India. It is followed by the IITs in Kharagpur, Mumbai,
Chennai, Guwahati, and Kanpur. Kolkata’s
Jadavpur University (JU) is ranked the best
14. The finance ministry has imposed anti- government engineering college in India and dumping duty on certain stainless steel BITS Pilani occupies the first place amongst products imported from China, Malaysia and private colleges.
South Korea. N C Mathur, President Indian
Stainless Steel Development Association 20. National Capital Region (NCR) Has
(ISSDA) said the duty has been imposed on increased its arena as the nod has been hot rolled (HR) flat products of stainless steel given for the inclusion of Muzaffarnagar grade with all its variants originating from district of Uttar Pradesh and the Jind and
China at $309 per tonne $316 a tonne from Karnal districts of Haryana as part of the
Malaysia and from Korea at $180 a tonne.
NCR. Urban Development Minister M
Venkaiah Naidu announced the news for
15. The Kadapa airport in Andhra Pradesh including the three districts in NCR in a will be named after ‘Annamayya’, the meeting of the National Capital Region famous poet, Union Civil Aviation Minister Planning Board (NCRPB) here.
Ashok Gajapati Raju said. Raju along with
Union urban development minister Venkaiah 21. Indian maritime expert Chirag Bahri has
Naidu, minister of state for science and won a prestigious international award for his technology YS Choudhary and AP chief efforts to rescue and support victims of minister N Chandrababu Naidu inaugurated piracy on the high seas. the airport.
22. Cochin Shipyard has launched the
16. Indian Oil Corporation has planned to sixteenth of the 20 Fast Patrol Vessels (BY invest about Rs 15,000 crore to increase the 516) of the Indian Coast Guard. The name of capacity of Haryana’s Panipat refinery by the vessel is ‘ICGS ARNVESH’ and was
34% to 20.2 million tonnes (MT) by 2020. launched by K Belina, wife of R-Admiral K
Ravikiran.
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23. India has reached a historical milestone in defence shipbuilding by undocking the first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant at the Cochin Shipyard. The carrier is slated for induction in end-2018. will undergo a series of fitment and trial processes before it is ready for propulsion and inducted into the
Navy.

28. The Tourism Ministry along with the
Petroleum Ministry has decided to observe the ‘Nabakalebar Rath Yatra’ in Odisha as an international tourism event this year, It will take all possible measures for its global branding and promotion.

26. The Union Cabinet, headed by the Prime
Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its nod for the proposal to promulgate the
Negotiable
Instruments
(Amendment)
Ordinance,
2015.
The proposed amendments to the Negotiable Instruments
Act, 1881 has been done to focus on clarifying the jurisdiction related issues for filing cases for offence committed under section 138 of the NI Act.

31. On the occasion of World Blood Donors
Day today, the GOI has launched a Mobile
Application for easy access of information regarding the nearest blood bank in the country. The National Blood Transfusion
Council has made available directory of all
2760 licensed blood banks at National
Health Portal.

The 2015 Rath Yatra has been named
Nabakalebar Rath Yatra as this comes after
24. The Union Cabinet of India has approved 19 years. the signing of the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) Motor Vehicle Agreement. 29. In a unique initiative to save a girl child in
The main objective of the The BBIN Motor Haryana, where the sex ratio has been
Vehicle Agreement is to regulate passenger, shockingly low, a village panchayat in Jind personal and cargo vehicular traffic amongst has made an effort to increase the ratio by
BBIN.
started a contest for clicking “selfie with daughter”. Selfie with daughter have been
25. Indian army conducted a cross border launched by Bibipur village panchayat. operation against militant groups along the
Myanmar border in the country’s northeast. 30. As per the rules of Civil Liability for
The special forces of the Indian Army Nuclear Damage Act (CLND) the government entered Myanmar and performed “surgical of India has launched a Nuclear Insurance strikes”. The troops are believed to have Pool with a sum of Rs. 1,500 crore to offset neutralized a high number of militants. financial burden of foreign nuclear suppliers.

32. Coal India (CIL) has become the sixthlargest mining company in the world in terms of market capital, says a recent PwC report. Another state-run company, NMDC, the country’s top iron ore miner which also figures in the list, has improved its position by coming to the 21st slot from 24th earlier.

27. People of Chandigarh are happiest in the country while those of Guwahati are least happy, LG survey reported. “Chandigarh is the happiest city of all and Guwahati is the least happy. Among metros, Delhi is the happiest and Mumbai is least happy,” said the ‘Life is Good’ Happiness Study.
33. Adani Group has signed an agreement with the government of Rajasthan to set up a joint venture solar power park of 10,000
MW. On completion, this will emerge as the largest such integrated facility in India.

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34. Indian Railways has decided to make its tracks on two routes viz Kanalus-DwarkaOkha and Porbunder-Wansjalya routes in
Gujarat, free from discharge of waste from toilets. The railways is going to install environment-friendly zero discharge toilet system in the coaches of the trains running on these sections by October 2. This will be a unique milestone in the ‘Swachh Bharat’ mission. 39. The Union Minister for Communications
Ravi Shankar Prasad launched half-an-hour free Wi-Fi Internet facility in the Taj Mahal.
Anyone wishing to remain logged in for more than half-an-hour can do so by paying Rs 30 an hour.

40. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) plans to launch mobile wallet (m-wallet) over the next two months with State Bank of India as its banking partner. The m-wallet will be
35. Vistara, a JV between Tata and Singapore different from others as money can be
Airlines, has added Bengaluru to its network. withdrawn for any unutilized fund and allow
The Domestic carrier is all set to introduce withdrawal from SBI ATMs. two daily flights connecting the city to New
Delhi and Mumbai, starting from June 16′ 41. Software Giant Tata Consultancy Services
2015. Bengaluru will be the 10th destination has launched a centre of excellence (CoE) for Vistara. dedicated to Research and Development at its campus in Hyderabad. The 10,000-square
36. The government of India has launched an feet facility can accommodate 200 engineers online portal for job seekers in the micro, who would be researching on futuristic small and medium enterprises (MSME) technologies. sector. The portal – www.eex.dcmsme.gov.in
– will also help the industry to find skilled 42. The Mahindra Group have clinched a manpower. multi-million dollar aerospace contract with
European consortium Airbus at the Paris Air
37. The Supreme Court has scrapped the All Show, marking a major milestone in the
India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) 2015 and Make in India initiative. Mahindra Group ordered re-conduct of the examination subsidiary Mahindra Aerospace bagged the within four weeks. Now more than 6.3 lakh multi-year aero-components manufacture students will have to take fresh test. The top and supply contract. court has also ordered the Central Board of
Secondary Education (CBSE) to conduct fresh 43. Charles Correa, the face of contemporary exams within four weeks. The apex court architecture and India’s greatest architect, directed the re-examination in view of large- died on June 16, 2015 following a short scale cheating in the test with students illness. getting answers in the examination hall at many places.
44. The Union Minister of State
(Independent Charge) Development of
38. The Gujarat government inaugurated a 5 North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO,
MW solar rooftop project in the state capital Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, city of Gandhinagar. The Gujarat Finance Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh
Minister Saurabh Patel, who inaugurated the launched an Augmented Reality (AR) project, stated that it is not a single large application named ‘Sakaar’ to highlight the project connected at a single point, but a achievements of the Department of Space tiny capacity ranging from 1 KW to 100 KW, during one year in office of the present placed on unused roofs of buildings in Government.
Gandhinagar.
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45. The Election Commission of India has suspended the recognition of the PA
Sangma’s National People’s party for its
‘failure’ to file the election expenditure statement for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
In a first-of-its-kind action a recognised state party in Meghalaya has lost its recognition as a State Party.
46. The government of India has raised the generation of solar power target by five times under Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar
Mission (JNNSM) to 1,00,000 MW by 2022.
According to the statement, the target will principally comprise of 40 GW (solar) rooftop and 60 GW through large and medium scale grid connected solar power projects. This will entail an investment of around Rs. 6 lakh crore. 51. Indian Railways has renamed Haridwar
Mail as Yoga Express. A release from Indian
Railways issued in New Delhi said the train
No 19031/19032 Ahmedabad-HaridwarAhmedabad which is also known as
‘Haridwar Mail’ will be named as ‘Yoga
Express’ with immediate effect.
52. Micro-lender Bandhan Financial Services said it has received final nod from the
Reserve Bank to set up a universal bank and will commence operations from August 23.
The entity will be named as Bandhan Bank.

53. Indian Space Research Organization
(ISRO) has announced that it will provide navigational support to the Indian Railways through ‘GAGAN’
(GPS-aided
geoaugmented navigation) system. ISRO’s
Chairman AS Kiran Kumar said the space
47. Senior IAS officer G Gurucharan was has technology-based tools that will provide given additional charge of Director General, safety at unmanned level crossings.
Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) for three months. Gurucharan, a 1982-batch IAS 54. According to the report by Institute for officer of karnataka cadre, is presently Economics and Peace (IEP), violence had
Additional Secretary in Department of Food impacted the economy of India to the tune of $341.7 billion in 2014. The country has and Public Distribution. been ranked at a lowly 143 out of 162
48. Goa airport to issue E-Tourist visas to 31 nations in this year’s Global Peace Index new countries: The facility is now available (GPI). This is equivalent to 4.7 per cent of for citizens from nearly 75 countries, while India’s GDP, or $273 per person. the Union Government plans to extend this
55. The Ministry has entrusted IIT Kharagpur to 150 by 2016. with the responsibility of implementing the
49. The government approved a new bill to project Digital Library. Digital Libraries have replace the 29 year-old Bureau of Indian the ability to enhance access to information
Standards (BIS) Act with an aim to bring in and knowledge. more products under the mandatory standard regime and end the ‘inspector raj’. 56. Soon international and domestic tourists
New BIS Bill envisages mandatory thronging Qutub Minar, Red Fort and certification regime to protect health, safety, Humayun’s tomb will be able to avail free
Wi-Fi service. The Wi-Fi facility will be free environment etc. for first 30 minutes and post that usage, any
50. The government of India has approved browsing will be chargeable and the tourists
Rs 7,528.74-crore highway projects in will have to buy vouchers.
Maharashtra for widening of stretches of NH
6 under its flagship road building programme
NHDP.
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57. According to Mercer’s Study, Mumbai continues to be India’s most expensive city and is ranked above Dallas, Frankfurt and
Vancouver, according to a recent survey.
Angola’s capital Luanda has been rated the world’s costliest city to live in, for the third consecutive year, as per Global HR firm
Mercer’s “Cost of Living Survey 2015″.

62. SAARC Satellite is a proposed communication-cum-meteorology satellite by Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) for the SAARC region. Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi mooted the idea of a satellite serving the needs of SAARC member nations. It will be a 2 ton class communication satellite that will cover the entire region after being launched from the
58. According to the Global Doping report by Indian spaceport at Sriharikota.
World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Report for 2013, the test reports from 91 Indian 63. Agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh athletes showed positive results and it is launched an insurance portal for farmers confirmed that they had used banned that will help with queries and getting cover. substances in that year. Russia has maximum The Mission Mode Project in Agriculture number of dope offenders with 212 testing under National e-Governance Plan (NeGP-A) positive and Turkey stays second with 155 aims to achieve rapid development of dope offenders. agriculture in India through the use of ICT by ensuring timely access to agriculture related
59. The Cabinet Committee on Economic information for the farmers of the country.
Affairs (CCEA) has given its nod for inclusion of Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand 64. The Haryana Government launched a under the National Dairy Plan- I (NDP-I). The Village Mentoring Project (VMP) on 20th
CCEA also extended the implementation June 2015 to improve healthcare and period to achieve key outputs NDP-I upto education of the villagers with a special
2018-19. Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh were attention on girl child. included in NDP-I because it has substantial milch animal population and primarily 65. The first One-Stop Crisis Centre for inhabited by tribal population. women in distress out of the proposed 660 is all set to be inaugurated in Chhattisgarh by
60. Punjab has celebrated the 350th year of the end of June month under the Nirbhaya foundation of Sri Anandpur Sahib on June 19′ Fund. This is the initiative of Women and
2015. The holy city, which is also the birth Child development ministry. In the one-stop place of Khalsa, was founded by the Ninth facility services like medical help, Guru Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji in 1665. counselling, legal and police assistance, ensuring anonymity of the victim..etc will be
61. India has inked a total of eight MoUs provided. with Tanzania in various fields including
Agriculture, Tourism and Hydrography to 66. Nagpur is all set to conduct a three-day expand engagement in different sectors. long ‘World Bangla Sammelan’ (World
These important pacts were signed after Bengali Literary meet) from June 26. It is delegation level talks between Prime expected that around 130 well known
Minister Narendra Modi and President of personalities will participate in the event.
Tanzania Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, who is on
India visit.
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68. RBI opposes finance ministry plan to use gold deposits as bank CRR and said banks may hoard excess gold if it is included in CRR
(Cash Reserve Ratio) existing rules do not permit usage of gold as bank CRR. This will weaken its effectiveness as monetary policy tool and may expose RBI’s reserves to risk from commodity prices, the central bank has told the finance ministry.
69. Online retail major Snapdeal partnered with the Himachal Pradesh government to launch a ‘special e-commerce zone’ in
Dharamshala that will facilitate sale of local handicraft and other products through its marketplace. Snapdeal will set up an online store dedicated to local handicrafts and traditional products made by artisans of the area. 74. Payment company iKaaz, which specializes in near-field communication
(NFC), has developed a low-cost point-ofsale (PoS) terminal which enables customers to ‘tap and pay’ even without an NFCenabled card or phone.
75. The Controller-General of Patents,
Designs and Trademarks (CGPDTM) have recently released its annual report.
According to the report, Maharashtra has topped in Patent filing in India during year
2013-14. While, the Bengaluru was the top city in IPR filing in the country.
76. The GOI has extended the ban on imports of milk and its products from China for one more year till June 2016. The notification has clearly said that the prohibition on import of milk and milk products (including chocolates and chocolate products and candies/ confectionery/ food preparations with milk or milk solids as an ingredient) from China is extended for one more year, i.e., till June 23, 2016.

70. West Bengal’s IIT-Kharagpur would be the first engineering institute in India to venture into medical education. The hospital-cum-medical college, named Dr B.C.
Roy Institute of Medical Science and
Research, is likely to become operational by
2017.
77. The Indian Army has formulated a joint security strategy with Police forces of Punjab
71. Two of the BRICS Nations, India and and Jammu and Kashmir to manage any kind
South Africa have renewed an agreement to of untoward situation along border districts extend cooperation in the field of social of the two states. innovation, astronomy, agriculture, biotechnology and indigenous knowledge 78. The GOI has approved the signing of an agreement with Japan to increase systems for the next three years. cooperation in the field of intellectual
72. Rajasthan has topped the list of states property (IP). The decision regarding this commissioning grid connected solar power was taken by the Union Cabinet chaired by projects in India with an installed capacity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The
1147 megawatt. The list was released by the Memorandum of Cooperation will be signed
Union ministry of New and Renewable between the Department of Industrial Policy
Energy. Gujarat came second with an and Promotion (DIPP) and the Japan Patent
Office (JPO). installed capacity of 1000 MW.
73. The Employees Provident Fund
Organisation has notified an order to make
Universal Account Number mandatory for all employers covered under the EPF and
Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952.

79. The Defence Ministry is implementing a plan to credit Rs 51,000 crore worth of pensions directly into the accounts of exservicemen.

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80. Union Government has launched Bhuvan
Ganga Mobile Application and Web Portal to
Clean Ganga. The app and webportal was launched by Union Minister of Water
Resources, River Development and Ganga
Rejuvenation Uma Bharti in New Delhi.

85. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will inaugurate the Integrated Security System
(ISS) in Mumbai. Four ISS have been installed with a total cost Rs 21.72 crore at four railway stations in the metropolis comprising
CST, Dadar, Kurla and LTT. He will also inaugurate the modified foot over bridge
81. Union Government has launched the first (FOB) to facilitate passenger movement. modernised Anganwadi centre of India at
Hasanpur village. The centre was 86. Chennai Metro Rail has been launched inaugurated by Maneka Gandhi, the Union and the city has finally joined the league of
Minister for Women and Child Development cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Mumbai
(WCD).
and Jaipur which have metro rail systems.
Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa
82. India and US have signed a series of inaugurated Chennai Metro Rail Limited’s agreements on health, cooperation in areas passenger services between Alandur and such as cancer research, infrastructure Koyambedu. She flagged of a train through development, training, capacity building and video conferencing from the secretariat. better assessment and application of new
87. According to the World Economic diagnostic technologies.
Forum’s report with respect to World’s
83. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has Biggest Employers, two Indian organisations launched the Smart Cities Mission, Atal – Army and Railways – are among the
Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban world’s biggest employers, together
Transformation (AMRUT) and Housing for employing a whopping 2.7 million people.
All. The main aim of these three ambitious The Indian Railways is ranked at the eighth schemes is to develop Indian cities and place in the list of world’s biggest employers. towns as new engines of growth. The Indian Armed Forces ranked at ninth
Housing for All is now named as Pradhan position with 1.3 million people.
Mantri Awas Yojana and altogether these three schemes costs Rs 4 lakh crore
88. Social networking giant Facebook’s userbase has touched 125 million in India, its
84. Doordarshan will be launching a weekly second-biggest market globally. The giant news programme in Sanskrit on June 28. It has added 13 million users in last six months. will launch half an hour News Mag in As of March 2015, it has 1.44 billion monthly
Sanskrit from June 28, Sunday, 12 noon. active users globally, with the US as its
Coincidently, June 28, World Sanskrit biggest market.Facebook also launched a
Confernce is being started. The channel 2G-friendly mobile app ‘Facebook Lite’ here already has a five minute Sanskrit news to cater users with slow internet bulletin — ‘Varta’ — which is telecast at 6.55 connectivity. pm every day.

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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
1. Indian-origin J Y Pillay was re-appointed as the Chairman of the Presidential Council of
Advisers (CPA) for a period of four years. He will be the top advisor to Singapore’s
President Tony Tan Keng Yam.
2. In 2015 Presidential election at Sri Lanka,
President Mahinda Rajapaksa conceded defeat to his opposition challenger
Maithripala Sirisena of United National Party after a bitterly fought presidential election.
3. AirlineRatings.com has released the ranking of the World’s safest airlines and also the budget carriers. Out of of 449 airlines, Qantas Airlines of Australia ranked first. 4. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has won the
Presidential election of Croatia and she became the first woman to hold this post in the country.
5. Nepal Government named Nepali
Congress leader Deep Kumar Upadhyay as
Nepal’s new ambassador to India. This post has been lying vacant for more than three years. 6. The US President Barack Obama and UK
Prime Minister David Cameron announced joint measures in combating cyber threats in the bilateral summit held in Washington DC.

8. Due to the pressure from the US, Pakistan has banned the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and the Haqqani network.
9. Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has passed away on Friday (23rd of January,
2015). Abdullah’s brother Salman bin
Abdulaziz Al Saud will be his successor and the new King of the World’s largest Oil exporter. 10. The World Economic Forum annual meeting for 2015 is being conducted in
Davos, Switzerland.
11. The European Union has lifted the ban imposed on the import of India’s Alphonso mangoes. The ban was imposed seven months back due to the presence of fruit flies in the consignments. Still the ban on imports of bitter gourd, brinjal, snake gourd and taro remains as it is.
12. The President of Yemen Abd-Rabbu
Mansour Hadi resigned after the Houthi rebels battled their way into his presidential palace. Prime Minister Khaled Bahah and the entire cabinet quit their posts a day after the
Rebels announced the President had yielded to their demands.

13. In a secret vote, Thailand’s militarystacked parliament has impeached former
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from
7. The government of Mali and the United politics and proceeded with criminal charges
Nations have declared the nation free of that could lead to her serving 10 years in jail.
She was impeached for her corruption in a
Ebola following a 42-day period without a new case of the deadly virus. A total of 7 scheme she oversaw to subsidize rice people have died in Mail in the past one year farmers. outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.
14. United Nations Chief Ban Ki-moon has appointed Indian sociologist Saraswathi
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15. Miss Colombia Paulina Vega has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out contestants from more than 80 other countries. Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha was named a runner-up, along with Miss USA Nia
Sanchez from Las Vegas.

22. India secured greater support from China and Russia for its bid for a permanent membership on the United Nations Security
Council (UNSC) and anti-terrorism plans at the ministerial-level Russia, India, China (RIC) summit in Beijing.

16. Edwar Lugu of Patriotic Front sworn in as the new President of Zambia.

23. The US Chambers of Commerce has released the International Intellectual
Property index for the year 2015. The annual
IP index evaluates a total of 30 countries and
India occupies 29th position. The only country which is behind India is Thailand.

17. China's first cruise liner was launched to sail via its ambitious transcontinental initiatives Maritime Silk Road (MSR) on its maiden voyage. The cruise will visit three
South-East Asian nations including Malaysia and Vietnam.
18. The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) are planning to form a new fund known as the 'Green Fund' under the
New Development Bank to undertake green projects and promote environmental prosperity and development throughout the world. 19. Singapore is all set to host a three day conference on Tamil language computing and Tamil Internet (Tamil Internet 2015) by the end of May 2015.
20. The British government declared that it would contribute more than 50 million dollars to the International Monetary Fund
(IMF). Out of this sum, nearly 35 million pounds will be used for the new Ebola fund to help facilitate proper treatment in Ebola affected nations like Guinea, Liberia and
Sierra Leone.
21. Pakistan has successfully test fired the
Air-Launched Cruise Missile Ra’ad, which means Thunder in Arabic. Ra’ad has a range of 350 kilometers.

24. Britain becomes the first country in the world to allow a “three-parent” In Vitro
Fertilization (IVF) technique. According to the Scientists, this three-parent IVF technique can be used to prevent a range of incurable maladies known as mitochondrial disease. 25. Mexico’s Colima Volcano has erupted more than 14 times and the Popocatepeti volcano has erupted more than 60 times.
The Colima volcano is also referred as the
Volcano of Fire and also it is the most active volcano in Mexico.
26. Syriza MP Zoe Konstantopoulou has been voted as the new Greek Parliament
President. She received a record235 votes out of 293 votes.
27. Indian Government has signed a Civil
Nuclear Agreement with Sri Lankan
Government during the island country’s
President Maithripala Sirisena’s visit to India.
MoUs were signed on Agricultural cooperation, Nalanda University, and
Cultural co-operation.
28. The Northern shores of Japan were hit by a minor tsunami as a strong undersea earthquake struck off the coast. Waves up to
20 cm was recorded inKuji, eastern Iwate.

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29. Kolinda Grabar -Kitarovic was sworn in as the first woman president of Croatia. The former foreign minister and an eminent
NATO official defeated her rival Ivo Josipovic in the election.

37. Exercise Surya Kiran – The VIII IndiaNepal Battalion level Combined Military
Training, commenced on February 23rd at
Integrated Army Training Centre, Saljhandi in
Nepal.

30. India’s Bharti Airtel has partnered with
UNICEF to provide health, education and youth-focused content to its customers in 17
African countries.

38. Google acquired Facebook mobile marketing startup Toro, which is best known for its Facebook ad campaigns. Toro is led by
Amitt Mahajan andJoel Poloney. The company used to go by the name of Red Hot
Labs.

31. The fifth Joint Trade Committee meeting between India and Myanmar was held in Nay
Pyi Taw, Myanmar. The meeting was co39. China has announced its 'all weather chaired by Nirmala Sitharaman and friendship' with Pakistan by opening its
Myanmar Minister U Win Myint. largest overseas diplomatic mission in
Islamabad. The new embassy was opened on
32. Two tropical cyclones Marcia and Lam hit February 13, 2015 in Islamabad.
Australia on 20 February 2015. This is the first time that two cyclones have hit
40. The Government of Jamaica has
Australia at one time. decriminalized the possession of marijuana up to 57 grams for personal, medical, and scientific use. Jamaica is the biggest
33. Major General Chrishantha de Silva was
Caribbean exporter of marijuana also known has been appointed as the new Sri Lankan famously as the Ganja and the Cannabis to
Army Chief by President Maithripala
Sirisena, who also reinstated several loyalists the United States. of former Army chief Sarath Fonseka.
41. Xi Jinping, the President of China has
34. Russia and Cyprus signed an agreement revealed his new political theory, comprising to give Russian navy ships access to Cypriot four slogans known as the “four ports in the Mediterranean Sea. Russian comprehensives” ships that will dock at Cypriot ports would mostly be used in counter-terrorism and
42. The United States has announced to anti-piracy efforts. provide work permits to spouses of H-1B visa holders from 26 May 2015. Under existing
35. Similar to the European Union, the
US laws, spouses of H-1B visa holders are not
Association of South East Asian Nations eligible to work. This announcement is
(ASEAN) is all set to form a unified market by expected to benefit thousands of talented the end of 2015. The formation of ASEAN and professional spouses who have settled
Economic Community will definitely open up in US but are unable to work. new opportunities for trade and business in these countries.
43. Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev is one of the world’s most prolific cyber criminal from
36. India and the United States held their
Russia. The US Department of Justice and first ever bilateral dialogue on the United
Federal Bureau of Investigation announced a
Nations and multilateral issues in reward of 3 million US dollars for
Washington.
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44. US multi-billionaire and Microsoft cofounder Paul Allenhas discovered the famous War ship of World War II – Japan’s
Musashi and it’s sister ship Yamato in
Sibuyan Sea, a seabed of Philippines.
Musashi was sunk by American forces during the war, 70 years ago. It is one of the largest battleships in history.

51. A statue of Mahatma Gandhi has been unveiled in London’s Parliament Square by
Finance Minister Arun Jaitely.

52. Pakistan successfully test fired its first indigenous all-weather armed drone Burraq and a laser guided missileBarq. The test fire was witnessed by the Chief of Army Staff
General Raheel Sharif. The drone Burraq has
45. The Forbes world Billionaire list is the the ability to fly in all kinds of weather
Annual ranking of world’s Wealthiest people, conditions and strike its targets with compiled and published by an American pinpoint accuracy.
Magazine called Forbes every year in March since 1987. The Microsoft owner, Bill gates is 53. Facebook has acquired the shopping the richest person, a title which he has been search engine TheFind. The acquisition aims holding for 16 of the past 21 years. to improve Facebook ads experience and lift its digital advertising business
46. Nigeria’s terror group Boko Haram has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in a
54. The GOI and the Central Asian Republic new audio message. In the recording, a man of Kyrgyzstan have signed a pact on claiming to be Abubakar Shekau, leader of cooperation in the textiles sector to
Boko Haram that has killed thousands, strengthen bilateral cooperation in three vowed to follow Islamic State leader Abu fields: Bakr al-Baghdadi.
1. Textiles and clothing
2. Silk and Sericulture
3. Fashion
47. The United States of America has declared Venezuela (officially called the
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela) a national 55. The Stockholm International Peace security threat.
Research Institute’s report showed that
China’s share of the global arms market rose
48. The United Arab Emirates won the bid on by 143 per cent from 2010 to 2014, taking its an unanimous vote to host AFC Asian Cup total share to five per cent.
2019 on 9th March 2015. “The UAE won the right unanimously,” AFC chief Sheikh Salman The world’s two largest exporters: the US bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa Quoted. accounts for 31 per cent of the share of global exports, while Russia holds 27 per
49. Japan and France signed an important cent. defence pactregarding the transfer of military equipment and technology. In last
56. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin two years Japan had signed similar deals
Netanyahu wins the election by defeating his with Britain and Australia. main rival, Isaac Herzog, and assured himself a fourth term. Netanyahu’s Likud Partyhad
50. Maldives’ Former President Mr won 30 seats to the Zionist Union’s 24.
Mohamed Nasheed was sentenced to 13 years in prison after being found guilty of
57. Katsushi Inoue was appointed as terrorism. Nasheed ordered the arrest of a
President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of
Chief judge when he was in power in 2012.
Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL).

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58. Stephen Hawking, the world’s most famous theoretical physicist, has become the latest — and most unexpected — celebrity to apply for a trademark of their name. 65. State-owned power equipment maker
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has signed an MoU with a Russian company
INTMA, to set up a gas-based power project in Kazakhstan.

59. IntelCenter, a Washington based company has released a list of top ten dangerous countries in the world based on
Country Threat Index (CTI). The Top 5 dangerous countries are Iraq, Syria, Nigeria,
Somalia, and Afghanistan.

66. Saudi Arabia, the second largest Arab
World, has pledged to provide $274 million to Yemen as a humanitarian aid for the chaos-wracked country. Saudi Arabia is leading a war against rebel forces in Yemen.

60. General Muhammadu Buhari of All
Progressives Congress (APC) party has won the Nigerian Presidential Elections. The 43 year old former General defeated the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan by securing 52.4% of the total votes cast.
61. The Government of India has launched
Operation Raahat, a massive air and sea operation to evacuate over 4000 Indian nationals from Yemen. The operation will involve total of five ships and four aircraft.
62. A planet has been named after Indian
Chess Master Viswanathan Anand. A minor planet (4538), situated roughly between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, has been named after the the former World Chess Champion as ‘4538 Vishyanand‘

67. Japan’s magnetic levitation or Maglev train has set a new world record in speed by hitting 603km/h in a test run near Mount
Fuji. The train beat its earlier record of
590km/h.

68. Chinese President Xi Jinping visited
Pakistan on 20th April 2015 on a two-day visit, where he announced $46 billion worth of infrastructure projects and plans to sell submarines. 69. A Cairo court has sentenced former
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and 12 other defendants to 20 years in prison.
70. Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan
Nazarbayev, 74, has been re-elected as the country’s president for the fifth consecutive time by securing 97.7% of the votes. The exit poll showed Nazarbayev’s closest competitor
Turgun Syzdykov as scoring just 1.8 percent of the ballot.

63. Pedro Cateriano Bellido was appointed as seventh Prime Minister of Peru by the
President Ollanta Humala. He will replace
Ana Jara, who had lost a confidence vote and 71. Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir has been re-elected with 94.5% of the votes. The was sacked by Peruvian Congress amid major opposition parties have boycotted the allegations of corruption. election, saying there was little chance of a free and fair contest.
64. Iran and the P5+1 Group of countries have adopted a joint statement for the
72. Mohammed bin Nayef was appointed as removal of UNSC resolutions and sanctions
Crown Prince and as Deputy Prime Minister against Iran in exchange of greatly limiting
Iran’s uranium-enrichment programme. The of Saudi Arabia by King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud. framework agreement is called Joint
Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

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73. CISCO’s Chief Executive John Chambers would step down in July after 20 years , will be replaced by company veteran Chuck
Robbins.
74. Former Hewlett-Packard Co Chief
Executive Carly Fiorina announced she is running for president, and took a shot at
Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.
75. The Barack Obama administration has approved ferry service to Cuba from Florida for the first time in the last 5 decades.
76. China has expressed its eagerness in cooperating with India on deep seabed mining in the Indian Ocean. It is reported earlier that the China’s deep diving vessel have founded large deposits of precious metals like gold and silver in the Indian
Ocean.
77. The coast guards of Philippines and
Japan have staged an anti-piracy drill in
Manila Bay. The drills were watched by the coast guard chiefs of 17 Asian nations. This is the first drill held by the two countries after signing a strategic partnership pact in 2012.
78. Google has opened its first start-up campus of Asia in Seoul, South Korea. This google startup campus will mainly help entrepreneurs and start-ups.
79. British Prime Minister David Cameron and his Conservative Party have won ultimate majority in the recently held UK
Election and have won 331 seats out of 650 seats. Labour leader Ed Miliband said he would stand down and his party must
“rebuild” with a new leader.
80. North Korea has conducted a successful underwater test-fire of a submarinelaunched ballistic missile. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, who personally oversaw the test, hailed the newly developed missile as a “world-level strategic weapon”.

81. After losing thousands of its people to the deadly virus, Liberia has been finally declared free of the Ebola virus by the World
Health Organization. The WHO has confirmed that the country has had no new cases in the last 42 days.
82. A Pablo Picasso masterpiece freezes under the hammer for a world record auction price for $179.4 million (£116m) resulting to be one of the most expensive auction. 83. Larsen B ice shelf, Antarctica’s massive ice shelf was partially collapsed in 2002. As per the latest report by NASA, it is expected that the Larsen B ice shelf may collapse and disappear by the year 2020.
84. Italy, France and Germany have signed the European drone program for reconnaissance and surveillance. These countries are currently relied on technology developed by Israel and United States. Spain and Poland have expressed their interest in joining the project.
85. IT giant Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has been ranked at the 57th position in the
United States by Brand Finance in its II annual Top 500 US Brands survey. TCS is the only Indian brand to appear on the US’ top
100 brand rankings.
86. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization or the NATO has announced that its next summit will take place July 8-9, 2016 in
Warsaw, Poland. The announcement was made by NATO Secretary-General Jens
Stoltenberg.
87. China, India and Russia will be the top three shareholders of Asia Infrastructure
Investment Bank (AIIB). China will be the largest shareholder in the AIIB followed by
India and Russia.

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88. The militants of Islamic State of Iraq and
Syria (ISIS) have taken full control of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, which us an
UNESCO designated World Heritage site.
Palmyra is also the home to some of the world’s most magnificent ancient ruins.

95. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization or
NATO launched the Arctic Challenge Exercise based in the north of Norway, Sweden and
Finland. The exercise involves 115 fighter planes and 3600 troops from nine countries.

89. India and Bangladesh will soon join hands through an agreement for Internet connectivity through the InternationalGateway.

96. The United Nations Security Council
(UNSC) has unanimously adopted a resolution to protect journalists, who are working in conflict zones. The council has condemned abuses committed against journalists in armed conflict.

90. Eager Lion, a military drill hosted by
Jordan and attended by 18 nations has come to an end with a joint drill on May 18.
Military forces from countries like Pakistan,
Jordan, France and the U.S. have participated in the drill in the coastal city of
Aqaba.

97. In a historical and landmark move, the
United States has removed Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism. The decision has eliminated a major obstacle toward restoring diplomatic ties.

91. Ireland becomes first country to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote – summary. Ireland has passed the same-sex marriage referendum by 1,201,607 votes to
734,300. That’s 62.1% yes to 37.9% no. The total turnout of voters was 60.5%.
92. Mecca will be having the World’s largest luxury hotel by 2017. The hotel will be built on a 4.6 million square feet area. The hotel has been named Abraj Kudai and will cost about $3.6 billion, featuring 10,000 bedrooms, 70 restaurants. The hotel’s area is almost equivalent to 80 football fields in the United States.

98. India has signed a historical agreement with Iran for the development of Chabahar port which will give India sea-land access route to Afghanistan bypassing Pakistan. The strategically important port is located in
Sistan-Balochistan Province on Iran’s southeastern coast. With this agreement
India can reach Afghanistan via sea-land access route and also completely bypassing
Pakistan.

93. China has set up a gold sector fund which involves 65 countries and the ancient Silk
Road. The fund shall be led by Shanghai Gold
Exchange (SGE) and is expected to raise 16.1 billion dollars in three phases.
94. Russia has started its air defence drill in the Ural mountains and western Siberia. The exercise involves 12,000 soldiers and 250 aircraft. The four days of exercise is meant to help the military prepare for a larger drill in
September.
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JUNE – INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
1. Facebook has launched a ‘Lite’ version of its application that was developed for people using Android smartphones in places where wireless data bandwidth is very less.
Facebook Lite was built to use less data and work well even in those areas of constrained telecommunications network conditions.

6. Switzerland has announced a strict due diligence regime for its banks to ‘reject’ accepting illicit funds from both existing and new customers. Swiss banks, would also terminate relationships with existing clients who are found to have access to illegal assets in their accounts.

2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has paid homage to the martyrs of the 1971 War of
Liberation in Dhaka. India and Bangladesh have sealed a historic agreement that will settle a 41-year-old land boundary dispute through exchange of territories.

7. India and Netherlands have signed a
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development of Measles- Rubella
Vaccines. The MoU is an initiative under
India Make in India movement.

The Reliance Power and Adani Enterprises have signed outline agreements with
Bangladesh’s state-run electricity agency to invest some Rs. 32 thousand crores in the country’s rickety power sector.
3. Narendra Modi will be the first Indian
Prime Minister to visit Israel and Palestine soon. This visit will possibly tie the pending relations between the countries. India had established “full” diplomatic relationship with Israel in 1992 though it had recognised the country in 1950.
4. At 92, Harriette Thompson, The Charlotte,
N.C., resident completed the San Diego Rock
‘n’ Roll marathon with an unofficial finishing time of 7:24:36, making her the oldest woman to run a competitive 26 miles and
385 yards.
5. Northern Ireland becomes the first country in the United Kingdom to criminalize paid sex. Those who violates the new law will have to pay £1,000 fine. The maximum penalty could also result in a year-long jail term. 8. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced that the Group of Seven wealthy democracies also known as the G7 Countries have agreed to cut greenhouse gases by phasing out the use of fossil fuels by the end of the century.
9. African countries have signed The
Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) that give enhancements for creation of Africa’s largest free-trade zone. The pact was signed in
Egypt. It is basically done to ease the movement of goods among 26 member countries which represent more than half the continent’s GDP.
10. A Chinese court sentenced former state security, Zhou Yongkang to life in prison for corruption and other crimes, consequent of g a Communist Party pledge to prosecute high-level malfeasance and using a secret process that sidestepped risky political outcomes. 11. Rupert Murdoch, the 84-year old media baron, will hand over the chief executive reins at entertainment conglomerate
Twenty-First Century Fox Inc to his 42-yearold son James.

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12. The US government has opened an investigation against two of the biggest
Indian outsourcing companies for possible
H1-B visa violations. The move by the US
Labour Department comes days after the
New York Times had reported that hundreds of employees at entertainment giant Walt
Disney were laid off and replaced with
Indians holding H1-B visas.
13. The Third China-South Asia Expo has attracted around 300 deals worth 55 billion
U.S. dollars. The expo was conducted at
Kunming, capital of the southwestern
Yunnan Province. Totally 255 domestic investment projects with a value of 300 billion yuan (49 billion dollars) and 44 foreign investment and trade deals valued
5.7 billion dollars are signed.
14. The United States has overtaken Saudi
Arabia as the world’s biggest oil producer in
2014. The US produced 15.9 per cent more oil in 2014 at 11.6 million barrels of oil per day to topple Saudi Arabia’s 11.5 million bpd production. Russia with 10.8 million bpd oil production was placed third.
15. Ahead of the first UN Yoga Day to be observed on June 21, the MoS for External
Affairs, Retd General VK Singh has inaugurated first India-China Yoga College at
Yunnan Minzu University in Kunming, China.
This is the first such government institution in China were the Indian spiritual art form has become very popular in recent years.
16. India and Australia will attempt their first joint naval exercise. India, Australia and
Japan are look at the possibility of a trilateral exercise. India, Japan and Australia have made sure to strengthen their ties in all sectors, especially in the field of maritime security. 17. Nepal declared its three districts in the
Kathmandu Valley as the crisis-hit zone, in order to curtail civil rights in order to demolish and clear the infrastructure damaged by the quakes and reconstruct them. 18. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir flew out of South despite of the order of a high court which banned him from leaving the country until an application calling for his arrest had been heard. His Information
Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman confirmed to Al
Jazeera that he has left.
19. India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal will sign a historic regional motor vehicle pact on
15th June 2015 in the Bhutanese capital
Thimphu. The BBIN Motor Vehicles
Agreement will make lucid transportation of both people and goods among the four
SAARC member countries.
20. The government of Israel has approved a bill which will allow to force feed prisoners who are on hunger strike if their lives are in danger. The controversial move has not been supported by the Israel Medical
Association (IMA). The cabinet’s endorsement of the controversial bill was led by Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan.
21. India and Poland have discussed possible ways to boost economic ties besides aiming to more than double the bilateral trade to
USD 5 billion by 2018 from USD 2.3 billion last year. The countries have discussed the ways during the meeting of Joint
Commission on Economic Cooperation in
Warsaw.
22. The United Nations General Assembly has elected by acclamation Mogens
Lykketoft of Denmark as President of its upcoming 70th session.

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23. According to the United States Food and
Drug Administration order, artificial trans fat will have to disappear from the American diet by 2018. The FDA has ruled that trans fat is not “generally recognized as safe” for use in human food.
The USFDA has taken the decision after intensive lobbying by health advocates and scientists that artificial oils raise the risk of heart diseases by clogging arteries.
24. India emerges as UK’s 3rd largest FDI source in 2014. Investment from India increased by 65 per cent, making it the UK’s third largest source of FDI accounting for over 9,000 new and safeguarded jobs.
25. As per the data released by Swiss
National Bank, Indian money in Swiss banks fell by over 10 per cent last year to 1.8 billion
Swiss franc (about Rs 12,615 crore). This is the second lowest amount of funds held by
Indians in the Swiss banks and follows an increase of over 40 per cent in the previous year, 2013.
26. India is going to sign a free trade agreement with Eurasian Economic Union
(EAEU) to boost trade and economic ties with the region. The announcement was made by Amit Telang, First Secretary of
India’s embassy in Russia.
27. A small community in a tiny Scottish island named Canna has been in a shock due to its first crime in about five decades — a theft from its only shop. The island’s community shop, which sells gifts, crafts and groceries and is staffed by volunteers, was ransacked. 28. Russia to add more intercontinental ballistic missiles: Russia will add more than
40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles to its nuclear arsenal this year, president
Vladimir Putin says.

29. Pakistan is all set to finalize a deal with
Russia to buy Mi-35 attack choppers, a sign of increasing defence ties between the Cold
War-era adversaries. The deal is believed to be signed after the conclusion of Army chief
General Raheel Sharif’s three-day visit to
Moscow. Pakistan had been pursuing the helicopter purchase deal since 2009.
30. India has sought French investment in aviation sector while asking aerospace companies from France and other nations to manufacture their products in the country.
Union Minister for Civil Aviation Ashok
Gajapathi Raju, on his visit to Paris has invited France to participate in the ‘Make in
India’ initiative as well as the upcoming
‘India Aviation 2016′.
31. Tanzania President Jakaya Mrisho
Kikwete has invited investors from India to made investments in his country. He said
India can explore investments in various sectors in the African nation.
32. Australia could be next destination of an active Indian diaspora the lines of USA,
Canada and UK with increasing number from here choosing the country down under as home as migration figures show that Indians have beaten Chinese to become number one in the migrant category during 2013-14.
33. The Senate passed an annual $612 billion defense policy bill including extra war funding for the Pentagon that brought a veto threat from the White House. Senators voted 71-25 on the National Defense
Authorization Act (NDAA), which lays out broad policy requirements for the Defense
Department.
34. According to UN report, Conflicts and violence raging around the world sent the number of people forced to flee their homes soaring to a record 60 million in 2014.

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35. Bangkok airport has the world’s fastest
WiFi service at speed of 41.45 Mbps, according to a new study. The average
Suvarnabhumi WiFi speed topped all airports at 41.45 megabits per second followed by the airport in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where the speed was measured at 30.99
Mbps.
36. France has announced a ban on earphones while driving a vehicle and riding a cycle. The ban will come into effect from
July 1. The Government’s move is aimed at reducing accident deaths.
37. Michael Mandiberg, a New York based artist, is creating a print edition of Wikipedia that runs to 7,600 volumes and is priced at
$500,000.
38. The Philippines have began separate but simultaneous naval drills with the United
States and Japan in the disputed South China
Sea. Philippines has been holding naval drills with US since 1995. Joining drills with Japan is only its second ever after one earlier this year. The Navy Drill named as Cooperation
Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) with
US.
39. Japan marked the 70th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa on June 23′
2015, the bloodiest battle in the Pacific War, which killed a quarter of the population of
Japan. More than 100,000 Okinawans and
80,000 Japanese troops died in the 82-day battle. In 1945, the strategic island was seen by the Allies as a launchpad for an invasion of Japan.
40. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Kimoon has appointed an independent panel to review the UN’ handling of allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers in
Central African Republic. At least 14 French soldiers are under investigation over allegations that children were forced to perform oral sex in exchange for food.

42. The European Union has launched the EU naval operation against human smugglers and traffickers in the Mediterranean Sea.
The operation has been named as EU
NAVFOR Med. The main objective of the operation is to identify, capture and dispose of vessels and enabling assets used or suspected of being used by migrant smugglers or traffickers.
43. The second joint Sri Lanka Army –
People’s Liberation Army ‘Exercise – Silk
Route – 2015′ has began at Buttala in Central
Sri Lanka.
44. Russia and Saudi Arabia for the first time have signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. The agreement includes the issues of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste, production of radioisotopes and their applications in industry, medicine and agriculture. 45. The world’s biggest online social network knocked the world’s largest retailer Walmart out of the top 10 list of the highest-valued companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index. 46. The World Resources Institute (WRI), a global research organization, has released the data of emitters of green house gases. It shows India despite being the fourth largest carbon emitter continues to be far behind the other three top big emitters (China, US, and EU) in terms of per capita emission.
47. Japan announced that its “no-dancing law” will be lifted in 2016. Now Japanese clubbers will be free to dance all night after the past 67 years.
48. India accepted Russia’s invitation and confirmed that it will be a partner country at the ‘INNOPROM 2016′ industrial fair. The
Industrial fair will be held at Yekaterinburg in
July 2016.

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49. New Development Bank (NDB), known as the BRICS Bank is expected to commence its operations and take up projects by April
2016. The name of the bank was changed as new partner countries are likely to join the
BRICS group of emerging economies.
50. Islamic State group fighters entered the northeastern city of Hasaka in Syrian
Kurdistan and seizing two neighbourhoods from Syria’s government forces in heavy clashes. At least 30 regime loyalists and 20 IS jihadists were killed in the fighting, which continued on 25th June 2015.
51. Mauritius has become a signatory to the multilateral framework that provides mutual administrative assistance on tax matters with India and other countries. The development also comes at a time when
India and Mauritius are discussing amendments to their bilateral tax treaty amid apprehension by India that the island nation is being misused to route unaccounted money.
52. Same-sex marriages are now legal across the entirety of the United States. A historic supreme court ruling declared attempts by conservative states to ban gay Marriages are unconstitutional. Five of the nine court justices determined that the right to marriage equality was enshrined under the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment. 53. An unmanned American SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket has broken apart in flames minutes after lifting off from Cape Canaveral in
Florida. Debris from the SpaceX vehicle tumbled out of the sky into the Atlantic
Ocean. The rocket, which had 18 straight successes prior to this flight, was in the process of sending a cargo ship to the
International Space Station. Nasa had loaded
SpaceX’s Dragon freighter on the top of the
Falcon with just over two tonnes of supplies.
54. India and Thailand have signed highly potential agreements, including the double taxation avoidance treaty, and exchanged instruments of ratification. The tax treaty provides for the framework to avoid double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes so as to promote bilateral economic cooperation.
Some Interesting Facts about the World










Mexico introduced chocolate, corn, and chilies to the world.
The world's highest proportion of migrant settlers in a developed nation with over 25% of Australians born in another country.
In Russia there are 9 million more
Women than men.
Russia & America are less than 4 km apart at the nearest point
The Argentine city of Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world.
The potato is originally from Peru, and there are over 3,000 different varieties. 92% of all new sold cars in Brazil use ethanol as fuel, which is produced from sugar cane

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SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
1. PM Narendra Modi has inaugurated the
102nd edition of Indian Science Congress
2015 at the Mumbai University. The theme for this year event is Science and Technology for Human Development.
2. DRDO has successfully tested an advanced electronic warfare (EW) suite. It was tested onboard of the country’s Light Combat
Aircraft (LCA) Tejas-PV1.
3. The GOI has approved the setting up of
India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) in
Theni district of Tamil Nadu. The estimated cost of the project is Rs.1500 crore.
Neutrinos are subatomic particles produced by the decay of radioactive elements.
4. NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has discovered more than 1,000 alien planets since it’s launch in March 2009. Kepler has found more than half of all known exoplanets to date. 5. Union Government has launched
Management Information System (MIS) to check progress and implementation of
Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana (DAY) scheme in different states.

8. Microsoft has unveiled virtual assistant called Cortana for Windows Phone handsets.
Cortana is female voice-controlled application. It uses Microsoft’s search engine
Bing and data stored on the handsets to make personalized recommendations and carry out tasks.
9. Japan successfully launched a back-up spy satellite with the help of its H-IIA carrier rocket from the Tanegashima Space Centre.
The satellites are constructed by Mitsubishi
Electric and launched by Mitsubishi Heavy
Industries.
10. NASA has launched a rocket called Delta
2 (Earth observing mission) from
Vandenberg Air Force base in California, for measuring water moisture in soil. The Soil
Moisture Active Passive satellite (SMAP) unit on board will measure moisture levels in top
2 inches (5 cm) of soil on Earth.
11. Hindustan Aeronautical Limited (HAL) has successfully tested the II prototype of naval variant of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA)Tejas in Bengaluru.
12. Reliance Communications and Facebook have partnered together to bring
Internet.org to India. Internet.org is
Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg’s initiative to provide free internet to mobile phone users in developing countries. The motto of Internet.org is “Internet for All“.

6. Beagle 2 is a British Spacecraft launched in
2003 by the European Space Agency and it successfully landed on Mars. But Beagle 2 failed to deploy its solar plates. Without these plates, it is not possible to communicate with the Spacecraft from
Earth. It was a mystery for these many years. 13. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket has been successfully lifted off from the Cape
7. Astronomers have discovered a star that
Canaveral Air Force Station on its third is 11.2 billion years old and has at least five attempt. The rocket is carrying the National
Earth-size planets. It was discovered by
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‘s astronomers after analyzing data from
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14. India successfully test-fired the supersonic cruise missile BrahMos from the destroyer INS Kolkata, the navy`s most powerful and newest warship, in Arabian sea. The launch off the Goa coast was flawless as the missile met all its designed parameters. 15. The GOI has announced that a total of 27
Indian satellites are currently operational. Of the 27 operational satellites, 11 are communication satellites, 12 are earth observation satellites, 3 are navigational satellites and 1 is Mars orbiter mission.
16. India successfully test-fired its indigenously developed surface-to-surface missile Prithvi II from a test range at
Chandipur in Odisha. The missile carried a dummy payload weighing 500 kg and met all the mission objectives.
17. SAFAR Air – a new mobile app jointly developed by Pune-based Indian Institute of
Tropical Meteorology and the Indian
Meteorological Department is now available in Google Play Store. With this App it is possible for the people of Pune and Delhi to find out exactly how toxic the air in their neighborhood is.
18. The World Health Organization (WHO) has approved a rapid test kit for Ebola virus, which can deliver the result in just fifteen minutes. Rather than testing the nucleic acid, this test detects the Ebola protein. The kit is made by Corgenix in the US and named as ReEBOV Antigen rapid test kit, which now has approval from WHO.
19. Australian researchers have developed the world’s first ever 3-D jet engines.
Researchers from Monash University and
Deakin University have developed two engines. It is believed that this breakthrough will lead to cheaper, stronger, lighter, and highly fuel efficient jet engines for the future. 20. Researchers have found out a novel way to treat Alzheimer’s disease. One of the biggest challenges in treating Alzheimer’s disease is the blood-brain barrier.
Now they are able to send a drug across the blood-brain barrier using a combination of microbubbles and ultrasound waves.
21. World’s first electric satellites were successfully lifted off by a Space Exploration
Technologies rocket from Cape Canaveral Air
Force Station, United States. The rocket was carrying Boeing’s two all-electric commercial satellites. 22. PM Modi has launched the vaccine called
Rotavac, the first indigenously developed and manufactured Rotavirus vaccine. The vaccine is developed by Hyderabad-based
Bharat Biotech and the Department of
Biotechnology.
23. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has spotted massive saltwater ocean under the icy crust of Jupiter’s largest moon
Ganymede. Scientists believe that this finding could potentially support life.
24. Astronomers from the University of
Cambridge have discovered Nine Dwarf planet orbiting around the milky way in the northern Hemisphere. It is the largest number ever discovered at once. The Nine
Satellites includes 3 minute galaxies.
25. NASA’s Dawn Space Probe arrived at
Ceres and become the first spacecraft ever to circle a Dwarf planet, as well as the first to orbit two bodies beyond the Earth-moon system. 26. A team using the Sample Analysis at
Mars (SAM) instrument suite aboard NASA’s
Curiosity rover has made the first detection of nitrogen on the surface of Mars from release during heating of Martian sediments.

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27. Cipla has introduced a generic version of
Gilead Science’s blockbuster Hepatitis C drug
Sovaldi. The drug will be sold in India by
Cipla under the brand name ‘Hepcvir’.
28. India’s Polar Remotely Operated Vehicle
(PROVe), indigenously built by National
Institute of Ocean Technology, was operationalized for research on 25th March
2015 in North Antarctica after 2 month of rigorous research.
29. Scientists at the Stanford University
School of Medicine have discovered a method that can change the dangerous leukemia cells in the lab to mature into harmless immune cells called macrophages that may help fight cancer.
30. Indian Space Research Organization
(ISRO) has successfully launched fourth navigation satellite Indian Regional
Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS)-1D. It was launched by Polar Satellite Launch
Vehicle (PSLV) C-27 into the orbit from Satish
Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota in Andhra
Pradesh.
31. The youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner and girls education campaigner Malala
Yousafzai now has an asteroid 316021 named after her. Amy Mainzer, astronomer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in
California, named Asteroid 316201 after
Malala.

33. Facebook has unveiled a new voicecalling Hello app for Android phones. The app has been named as “Hello” and it is the seventh child of Facebook Creative Labs.
Other releases include a news-reading app
Paper or the video sharing app Riff. etc and these apps have met with limited success.
34. Engineers at NASA 3-D , who were working with additive manufacturing, have developed the first full-scale, 3D printed copper rocket engine part – a combustion chamber liner that operates at extreme temperatures and pressures.
35. Mylan Pharmaceuticals has launched a generic hepatitis C drug under the name of
MyHep in India.
36. The Indian Space Research Organisation
(ISRO) has successfully tested its indigenously developed cryogenic engine, that will help India put satellites of upto four tonnes in geostationary orbit.
37. Scientists have discovered three planets orbiting a nearby star named HD 7924 that is only 54 light-years away. These planets were discovered by Automated Planet Finder
(APF) Telescope located at Lick Observatory in California and W M Keck Observatory,
Hawaii.

38. In an extraordinary achievement, NASA has successfully completed the maiden test of a battery-powered plane with 10 engines
32. Indian Railways is going to launch a that can take off and land like a helicopter. mobile app to book rail tickets in unreserved The plane flies efficiently like an aircraft and categories. By using this app, a passenger it is not making any noise. The plane is need not take a print out of the ticket and he named as Greased Lightning, also known as can just show the soft copy on his mobile to GL-10. the Ticket Examiner. This app will also reduce the long queues at the railways ticket 39. India successfully test-fired the advanced counters. version of the BrahMos Supersonic Cruise
Missile from the Car Nicobar Islands.

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40. New catfish species named Glyptothorax senapatiensis was recently discovered by scientists from the Zoological Survey of India
(ZSI). It was discovered in Chindwin river drainage in Senapati district of Manipur.
41. India has successfully test fired Astra, the indigenously missile from Sukhoi-30 MKI
Fighter Jet in Chandipur, Odisha. The missile was fired in two developmental trials to prove its long range capability.
42. Earth System Science Organization-India
Meteorological Department and Power
System Operation Corporation Ltd (POSOCO) have signed a memorandum of understanding for positive use of weather information in the power sector.
43. Researchers have developed a molecular pump, which can transport key proteins needed for cells to function effectively. The pump can also be used to power artificial muscles. 45. Ebola, the deadly virus, that had killed more than 10,000 people in Western Africa, has no vaccine against it. The US FDA is yet to approve any therapeutic drugs or vaccines against the virus. Now scientists in America have found out a promising Ebola drug against the virus. It is effective in mice.
46. The US Army Engineers has developed a
Blast Proof Wallpaper to protect the soldiers from explosions. A prototype was displayed at an exhibition of army innovations held at the Pentagon.
47. Scientists led by Indian-origin Researcher
Mick Bhatia have successfully converted adult human blood cells to neural cells or
Neurons.
48. The US Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) has approved the drug Neupogen, the first ever for the treatment of acute radiation injury. This drug will help to reduce the deleterious effects of radiation exposure following a nuclear incident.

44. The robotic X-37B space plane has been launched in United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air
Force Station.

49. The new and updated version of the indigenously developed Pinaka Mark II rocket has been successfully test-fired from
Indian Army’s Chandan firing range near
Pokhran using a multi-barrel launcher.

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1. A team of Indian students have amazed the world by clinching the global 30,000 euro from Airbus. The jackpot has been given for creating the world’s first airplane that generates its own power by the vibration of its wings which can later be used to power in-flight systems.
2. Two people have died of Middle East
Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in South
Korea making it country’s first loss of life from the sickness. MERS virus have been detected in South Korea and around 680 people who might have come into contact with the infected patients, have been placed in isolation.
3. Senior ISRO scientist G Ayyappan took charge as the Project Director of the ambitious GSLV Mark III programme under development at the Vikram Sarabhai Space
Centre (VSSC).
4. An Indian-American scientist and his colleague have identified a new, lessinvasive method to give diagnostic information on kidney disease and its
Variant severity. They used an optical probe and Raman spectroscopy to differentiate between healthy and diseased kidneys.
5. Scientists have developed the first manmade molecular pump which is able to transport key proteins to cells for its functioning and can be used to power artificial muscles. This system on carrier proteins was modeled by J. Fraser Stoddart and coworkers at Northwestern University.
6. Ecologists have discovered a new species of fish called Pethia striata in Tunga River in the Kudremukh National Park, Karnataka.

7. Cancer has overtaken cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease and stroke, as the UK’s No 1 killer–but only among men, reveals research published online in the journal Heart
8. A new study published online today in the journal Science finds that the rate of global warming during the last 15 years has been as fast as or faster than that seen during the latter half of the 20th Century.
9. Researchers have developed a highly sensitive nanomechanical sensor that can detect cancerous tumours as well as viral disease markers for HIV, hepatitis and herpes. 10. Camel less tahn 4 years might be the source of MERS . An international team examined more than 800 dromedary camels to detect current or past infection. They informed that more than 90% of animals comes in contact with the infection by the age of two and virus was more common in calves than in adults.
11. India is going to test a reusable launch vehicle on July 2015. This technology will bring down costs of launching satellites significantly. ISRO said that the reusable launch vehicle technology is in the initial stages. There are many experiments need to be completed. The first launch is scheduled in July and this will help improve cost effectiveness. It will reduce the cost by onetenth.
ISRO will also launch Astrosat, India’s first dedicated satellite for astronomy by
September this year.
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12. Diabetes has emerged as a major disease burden for India over the past two decades.
While diabetes rate has increased by around
45% globally, it has jumped 123% in India between 1990 and 2013, a latest study has showed. 13. Philae comet lander wakes up from hibernation on Comet 67P: The comet lander
Philae has awakened from a seven-month hibernation and managed to communicate with Earth for more than a minute. The probe became the first spacecraft to land on a comet when it touched down on the icy surface of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in
November 2014.
14. The Advertising Standard Council of India
(ASCI) has launched its consumer complaint mobile application – ASCIOnline, to provide consumer complaint services on a mobile app. 15. In a totally new level of move, our tech savvy Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ji has launched his own mobile app named
”Narendra Modi”. The mobile app is live now on Android Play Store and can be downloaded by Android users free of cost.
The App provides a unique opportunity to receive messages and e-mails directly from the PM.
16. An Indian scholar has launched an Urdu mobile App for smartphone users which provides information related to Haj and
Umrah pilgrimages in Saudi Arabia. The App
Developer, Najeeb Qasmi said the app is in unicode format which allows users to copy and share any information related to Haj and
Umrah pilgrimages.

17. The world’s first electric passenger aircraft will get an airworthiness certificate.
The BX1E has been produced by China. It can fly at an altitude of 3,000 meters. It can charge within two hours, allowing a flight time of 45 minutes to one hour, at a maximum speed of 160 km per hour.
18. Scientists have named a newly discovered galaxy after Portuguese football player Cristiano Ronaldo. The galaxy was labeled as CR7 (COSMOS Redshift 7). 30year-old Cristiano Ronaldo is also known as
CR7 after his initials and jersey number.
19. NASA has a humanoid robot on board the International Space Station (ISS). Named as Robonaut 2, it is the first robot inside a human space vehicle operating without a cage and first to work with human-rated tools in space.
20. Defence Public Sector Unit Hindustan
Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has delivered an
‘Orbiter Craft Module Structure’ (weighs 3 tonne) of Chandrayaan-2 to ISRO satellite center. It will be India’s second lunar exploration mission.
21. Facebook’s artificial intelligence lab can recognize people in photographs even when their faces are hidden. This algorithm will recognize a person through their unique characteristics such as hairdo, clothing, body shape and pose.
22. An option to cancel the delivery of an email within 30 seconds of hitting the send button is now a standard safeguard in
Google’s Gmail as part of a settings change made this week. The “undo send” feature had already been available for the past six years in Google’s experimental labs, but that required Gmail users taking extra steps to get it.

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SPORTS
Winner
Andy Murray
Stan Wawrinka
Sania Mirza and Bethanie
Mattek-Sands
Pankaj Advani
Saina Nehwal
Novak Djokovic defeated
Andy Murray
Leander Paes and Martina
Hingis
France defeated Qatar
Anirban Lahiri
Somdev Devvarman defeated Yuki Bhambri
Roger Federer defeated
Novak Djokovic
Simona Halep defeated
Karolina Pliskova
Rafael Nadal defeated Juan
Monaco
Carolina Marin defeated
Saina Nehwal
Indian women’s Hockey
Team defeated Poland
Services defeated Punjab
Kidambi Srikanth
Lewis Hamilton
Michael White defeated
Ricky Walden
Karnataka defeated Tamil
Nadu
Novak Djokovic defeated
Roger Federer
Simona Halep defeated
Jelena Jankovic
Australia defeated New
Zealand

Title
ATP World Tennis
Championship
Chennai Open Tennis
Sydney Doubles Title

Sport/Venue
Tennis/Abu Dhabi
Tennis/Chennai
Tennis/Sydney

National Billiards Title
Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold championship Australian Open

Billiards
Badminton/Lucknow

Australian Open Mixed
Doubles Title
World Handball Title
Indian Open Golf Title
Delhi Open

Tennis

2015 Dubai Duty Free Tennis
Championships (Men’s
Singles)
2015 Dubai Duty Free Tennis
Championships (Women’s
Singles)
Argentina Open 2015

Tennis

All England Badminton
Championship
Hero Hockey World League

Badminton

Santosh Trophy
Swiss Grand Prix Gold
Championship
Australian Grand Prix
Indian Open Snooker

Tennis

Handball
Golf
Tennis

Tennis

Tennis

Major Dhyan Chand National
Stadium, New Delhi
Football/Punjab
Badminton
Racing
Snooker

Ranji Trophy

Cricket

BNP Paribas Open
(Men’s)
BNP Baripas Open
(Women’s)
ICC World Cup 2015

Tennis/United States

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Cricket/Australia

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Sania Mirza and Martina
Hingis (Switzerland) defeated
Russian pair Ekaterina
Makarova and Elena Vesnina
Vasek Pospisil (Canada) and
Jack Sock (US) pair defeated
Italian pair Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini
Srikanth Kidambi defeated
Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen
Saina Nehwal defeated
Thailand’s Ratchanok
Intanon
Sebastian Vettel
Dronavalli Harika – Bronze
Novak Djokovic has defeated
Britain’s Andy Murray
Serena Williams defeated
Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro
American Bob Bryan and
Mike Bryan pair has defeated
Vasek Pospisil (Canada) and
Jack Sock (US) pair
Sania Mirza and Martina
Hingis (Switzerland) pair have defeated Ekaterina
Makarova and Elena Vesnina of Russia.
Yuki Bhambri
Apurvi Chandela – Bronze
New Zealand defeated
Australia
Lewis Hamilton
Jitu Rai – Bronze
Novak Djokovic defeated
Tomas Berdych
China’s Lin Dan
Bayern defeated Wolfsburg
Magnus Carlsen defeated
Rauf Mamedov
Railways defeated Uttar
Pradesh

BNP Baripas Open
(Women’s Double Title)

Tennis/United States

BNP Baripas Open
(Men’s Double Title)

Tennis/United States

Indian Open Super Series
(Men’s Title)
Indian Open Super Series
(Women’s Title)

Badminton

Malaysian Grand Prix 2015
World Women’s Chess
Championship
Miami Open Tennis (Men’s)

Racing
Chess

Miami Open Tennis
(Women’s)
Miami Open Tennis
(Men’s Doubles)

Tennis

Miami Open Tennis
(Women’s Doubles)

Tennis

ITF Futures Tournament Title
ISSF Rifle and Pistol World
Cup
Sultan Azlan Shah
Tournament
Chinese Grand Prix Formula
One
ISSF Rifle and Pistol World
Cup
Monte Carlo Masters

Tennis
Shooting/Changwon, South
Korea
Hockey

Badminton Asia
Championships
German League Title
Shamkir Chess International
Tournament
Senior Men’s National
Hockey Championship

Wuhan

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Tennis

Racing
Shooting
Tennis

Football
Chess
Hockey

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American boxer Floyd
Mayweather Jr defeated
Manny Pacquiao of
Philippines
Roger Federer defeated
Pablo Cuevas
Andy Murray defeated Phillip
Kohlscreiber
Rory MiIllroy defeated Gary
Woodland
Jaiveer Singh – Gold
Yuki Bhambri and Adrian
Menendez-Maceiras
Petra Kvitova defeated
Serena Williams
Nico Rosberg
Vikas Gowda – Gold
Rohan Bopanna and Florin
Mergea
Andy Murray defeated
Rafael Nadal
Novak Djokovic defeated
Roger Federer
China defeated Japan
Nico Rosberg
Mumbai Indians defeated
Chennai Super Kings
Britain’s James DeGale has defeated American Andre
Dirrell
Gold Winners
1. Yogeshwar Dutt
2. Praveen Rana
3. Amit Kumar
4. Narsingh Yadav
Arsenal defeated Aston Villa
Deepika Kumari – Bronze
Dilwar Singh
Vikas Gowda – Gold

World Welterweight title

Boxing

Istanbul Open

Tennis

Munich Open

Tennis

WGC World Match Play
Championship
Federation Cup Athletics
Championships
Doubles Title in ATP
Challenger Event
Madrin Open WTA

Golf

Spanish one Formula Grand
Prix
Jamaican International
Madrid Open (Doubles)

Racing

Madrid Open

Tennis

Italian Open Title

Tennis

Sudirman Cup
Monaco Grand Prix
IPL Championship

Badminton
Racing
Cricket

International Boxing
Federation super middleweight International Wrestling
Tournament

Boxing

FA Cup
2015 Archery World Cup
Pedal For Kashmir
Asian Athletic Championship

Football
Archery/Turkey
Cycling/Jammu and Kashmir
Discuss Throwing/Wuhan,
China
Woman
Steeplechaser/Wuhan, China
Football
Tennis/Paris

Lalita Babar

Asian Athletic Championship

Barcelona defeated Juventus
Serena Williams defeated
Lucie Safarova

UEFA Championship League
French Open 2015

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Tennis
Tennis

Discuss Throwing
Tennis

Wrestling/Italy

Current Affairs Jan to June
Stan Wawrinka defeated
Djokovic
Lewis Hamiltion
First – China
Second – Qatar
Third – India
Anantjeet Singh
Andy Murray defeated Kevin
Anderson
Roger Federer defeated
Andreas Seppi
First – Russia
Second – Germany
Third – France
Jordan Speith
Viswanathan Anand finished
Second.
First – Veselin Topalov
(Bulgaria)
Jwala Gutta and Aswini
Lee Chong Wei
Michelle Wi
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French Open 2015

Tennis/Paris

Canadian Gran Prix 2015
Asian Athletics
Championship

Racing/Canada
Wuhan, China

International Junior Shotgun
Championship
Queen’s Club Title

Shooting/Orimattila, Finland

Open Halle

Tennis

European Team Athletics
Championships

Athletics/Cheboksary, Russia

US Open
Norway Chess Tournament

Golf/United States
Chess

Canada Open Doubles
Canada Open Singles (Men’s)
Canada Open (Women’s)

Badminton
Badminton
Badminton

Tennis/London

Roger Federer secured his 1,000th career victory and collected his 83rd title in the
Brisbane International final.
Bhakti Sharma has set a world record in swimming by crossing 1.4 miles in 52 minutes in one degree temperature at Antarctic Ocean.
Englishman Stephen Constantine was appointed as head coach of Indian men’s football team for the second time.
AB De Villiers hits fastest one day century from 31 balls against West Indies.
India will be hosting the ICC Twenty20 World Cup in 2016 (11th March to 3rd April).
England – 2019 World Cup, 2017 Champions Trophy and 2017 Women’s World Cup.
Bangladesh – 2016 Under-19 World Cup and 2019 World Cup qualifiers
New Zealand – 2018 Under-19 World Cup
West Indies – 2018 Women’s World Twenty20
Datuk Nicol David of Malaysia has created a new world record in Squash. She topped the world rankings as world number one for straight 106 months.
New Zealand‘s Captain Brendon McCullum recorded the fastest-ever World Cup fifty, by reaching the landmark against England in just 18 balls.
Virat Kohli became the only Indian player named in the People's XI list for World Cup
2015.
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West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle became the first batsman to score a double century in a World Cup. He smashed 200 runs from 138 balls in a match against Zimbabwe.
Virat Kohli became the first Indian batsman to score a century in a World Cup game against Pakistan on February 15, 2015.
AB de Villiers, the Number one ranked ODI batsman in the world, smashed 162 runs from 66 balls against West Indies to record fastest ever ODI 150 (in 64 balls) at
Cricket World Cup 2015.
Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara became the second batsman to cross 14,000 runs in One Day International (ODI) cricket after the legendary Sachin Tendulkar.
Tejaswini Sagar from India won under-15 category of World School Chess
Championships in her maiden attempt.
Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara slams his fourth consecutive ton in the World
Cup 2015 series and he also becomes the first batsman to score 4 consecutive centuries in ODIs.
India’s star shuttler Saina Nehwal becomes the first Indian woman to reach World number one ranking after defeating her Japanese opponent Yui Hashimoto in the
India Open Super series semifinal match in New Delhi.
A two-year-old girl archery prodigy Cherukuli Dalli Shivani from Vijaywada achieved a stunning feat by setting a new record and entering her name into the India Book of
Records.
Asafa Powell ran the fastest 100m in the world this year, clocking 9.84 seconds at the
Jamaica International Invitational in Kingston
The International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) World Cup 2022 will be held in Qatar in the months of November and December.
New Zealand cricketer Martin Guptill scored 237 runs against West Indies in a semifinal qualifying match and becomes the highest scorer in the World Cup history.
Australian cricketer Michael Clarke has announced his retirement from One Day
Internationals (ODI) cricket format.
Sania Mirza become the world No.1 in Women’s double ranking on 13th April 2015.
She is the first Indian Women to reach the top of of tennis rankings in any category.
New Zealand cricketer and former captain Daniel Vettori has announced his retirement from international cricket.
New Zealand pace bowler Kyle Mills has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, following Daniel Vettori, who quit after the World Cup final.
Sachin Tendulkar inducted into Laureus Sports Academy
England’s fast bowler, James Anderson becomes England’s highest wicket-taker in test cricket. He took his his 384th wicket in a test match against West Indies in
Antigua.
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Three Indian race walkers, Khushbir Kaur, Manish Rawat and Sandeep Kumar have qualified for 2016 Rio Olympics after exceptional performances in the IAAF Race
Walking Challenge at Rio Maior in Portugal.
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, 23 year old from Mohali, has became the first Indian ever to play a competitive match for the senior side of a first division European side.
England batsman Jonathan Trott has announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect after a disappointing tour of the West Indies.
Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has announced his retirement from one-day internationals. India’s Star shuttler Saina Nehwal has been ranked World number one by the
Badminton World Federation.
Kamalpreet Singh broke hisown record, by a hammer throw national record with an effort of 72.86m while finishing third at the Tuscon Elite Classic in Arizona, United
States.
Indian contingent left the Doha International Boxing Tournament 2015 as the top team with 4 gold, one silver, and two bronze medals.

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Captains of Mumbai Indains: Rohit Sharma.
Captain of Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Player of the Tournament: Andre Russell (KKR).
Orange Cap Winner: David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad).
Purple Cap Winner: Dwayne Bravo (CSK).
Emerging Player of the Season: Shreyas Iyer (Delhi Daredevils).
Most Valuable Player: Andre Russell (KKR).



Kapil Dev, the former Indian cricket team captain, has launched a golf team for the upcoming Louis Philippe cup.
Alastair Cook has become England's leading Test run scorer by passing Graham
Gooch.
The fifth Youth Delphic Games will be held in Goa from February 1 to 14, 2016.
Delphic games are related to art and culture and India is going to organize it for the first time. The Delphic Games will attract 7000 participants from more than 125 countries. Indian Basketball Players Association (IBPA) have set its feet with the official launch of it on 8 June 2015 at Indian Medical Association, New Delhi.






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Indian Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been ranked at 23rd position in Forbes’
List of 100 highest paid athletes in the world. He is the only Indian sportsman on the list. The top position is maintained by American boxer Floyd Mayweather with earnings of $300 million.
According to the latest valuations released by Football-Observatory.com, Lionel
Messi of Barcelona FC in Spain’s La Liga is the most valuable soccer player in the world. Devika Malik, an athlete and multi medal winner has been selected as one of the
Queen’s Young Leaders Award winners from across all the Commonwealth Nations.
Indian shuttler HS Prannoy grabbed his career-best world number 12 spot after improving a place in the latest men’s singles ranking, announced by BWF.
Satnam Singh Bhamara, a 19-year-old from the small village of Ballo Ke, Punjab, became the first Indian-born player ever selected in the NBA Draft (Dallas Team).
Leander Paes conquered a century, having now experimented with 100 different players. Teaming up with Spain’s Marcel Granollers at the Nottingham grasscourt tournament, he reached the century milestone in men’s doubles.
Paris officially announced its bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games and bring the global sports event back to the French capital for the first time in a century. Shashi Bala was a former captain for Indian hockey team for women and was presently posted as hockey coach for RCF Kapurthala was among the three persons killed in a car accident.
Sunil Chhetri became the first Indian footballer to score 50 international goals during his team's 2018 World Cup qualifying match against Guam.
Sepp Blatter has resigned as FIFA president he is under corruption investigation in the United States. The recent corruption case has plunged world soccer’s governing body into the worst crisis in its history.
The fifth Youth Delphic Games will be held in Goa from February 1 to 14, 2016.
Delphic games are related to art and culture and India is going to organize it for the first time. The Delphic Games will attract 7000 participants from more than 125 countries. Indian Basketball Players Association (IBPA) have set its feet with the official launch of it on 8 June 2015 at Indian Medical Association, New Delhi.
Indian Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been ranked at 23rd position in Forbes’
List of 100 highest paid athletes in the world. He is the only Indian sportsman on the list. The top position is maintained by American boxer Floyd Mayweather with earnings of $300 million.
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Devika Malik, an athlete and multi medal winner has been selected as one of the
Queen’s Young Leaders Award winners from across all the Commonwealth Nations.
Indian shuttler HS Prannoy grabbed his career-best world number 12 spot after improving a place in the latest men’s singles ranking, announced by BWF.
Satnam Singh Bhamara, a 19-year-old from the small village of Ballo Ke, Punjab, became the first Indian-born player ever selected in the NBA Draft (Dallas Team).
Leander Paes conquered a century, having now experimented with 100 different players. Teaming up with Spain’s Marcel Granollers at the Nottingham grasscourt tournament, he reached the century milestone in men’s doubles.
Paris officially announced its bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games and bring the global sports event back to the French capital for the first time in a century. Shashi Bala was a former captain for Indian hockey team for women and was presently posted as hockey coach for RCF Kapurthala was among the three persons killed in a car accident.
Sunil Chhetri became the first Indian footballer to score 50 international goals during his team's 2018 World Cup qualifying match against Guam.
Sepp Blatter has resigned as FIFA president he is under corruption investigation in the United States. The recent corruption case has plunged world soccer’s governing body into the worst crisis in its history.

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OBITUARY
Name of the Person
Arate Manjunatha
Peter Gomes
Mrinalini Mukherjee
Krishna Murari Kishan
Diptosh Majumdar
Rajinder Puri
Govind Pansare
Duggabatti Rama Naidu
Asraf-ul-Haq
Nirad Mohapatra
Michele Ferero
Ernest Sternglass
Adya Sharma
Justice Rana Bhagwandas
RC Sakthi
Aloysius Vincent
Hukam Singh
Ram Sundar Das
Lia Van Leer
Vinod Mehta
Bombay S Kamal
Boris Nemtsov
Sir Terry Pratchett
K Baskaran
KS Lavkumar Khachar
Leonard Nimoy
Krishnarao Ganpatrao Sable
Lee Kuan Yew
Narayan Desai
Brigadier (Retd) Thenphunga Sailo
Yusuf Ali Kechery
Sunita Tomar
Kailash Vajpeyi
Malli Mastan Babu
Jayakanthan
EM Hanifa
Richie Benaud
Guenter Grass
Hrushikesh Moolgaonkar
Bidyut Chakraborty
Surya Bahadur Thapa
Stanislav Gross
JB Patnaik

Associated Field
Yakshagana Artiste
Former Delhi State Football Player
Sculptor
Photo Journalist
Senior Journalist
Cartoonist and Political Activist
Senior Communist Party Leader
Multilingual Indian Film Producer
Assam born actor
Odia Filmmaker
Creator of Nutella Choclate
Physicist
Pioneer of Mobile Theatre in Assam
First Hindu Chief Justice of Pakistan
Tamil Director
Cinematographer
Former Chief Minister of Haryana
Former Chief Minister of Bihar
Pioneer of Israeli Cinema
Journalist
Singer
Former Russian Deputy Prime Minister
Fantasy Author
Sports Journalist
Ornithologist
Star Trek Actor
Bard and Marathi folk legend
Founder of modern Singapore
Veteran Gandhian
Former Chief Minister (CM) of Mizoram
Veteran poet and film personality
Poster Girl of India’s Anti-Tobacco Campaign
Hindi Poet
Ace Mountaineer of India
Tamil Writer
Tamil Muslim Devotional Singer
Legendary Cricket Commentator
German Nobel Laureate Novelist
Retired Air Chief Marshall
Assamese Film Director
Former Nepal Prime Minister
Former Czech Republic Prime Minister
Former Odisha CM and Assam Governor

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Name of the Person
Sir Christopher Alan Bayly
Monte L Merrick
Ansrew Lesnie
Bimba Modak
Ben E King
RK Laxman
Philip S Goodman
Ruth Rundell
Michael Blake
Oscar Holderer
Dr Amalendu Guha
Alexandre Lamfalussy
Elizabeth Wilson
Suchitra Bhattacharya
BB King
Dean Potter
Mrinal Datta Chaudhuri
Bob Belden
John Nash
Irwin Rose
MN Buch

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Historian
Novelist and Screen Writer
Lord of the Rings Cinematographer
Marathi Film and Stage Actress
Singer
Cartoonist
Writer and Director
Crime Writer
Oscar Winning Screen Writer
German Engineer
Historian and Social Scientist
Hungarian Economist (Father of Euro)
Actress
Bengali Writer
Singer and Guitarist
Extreme Athlete
Economist
Jazz Musician
US Mathematician
Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry
Former IAS Officer and referred as “Architect of Bhopal”
British Actor
Former Test Cricketer
Editor at New York Post
Actor. Famously known as Master of Horror
Creator of Chandigarh’s Rock Garden
Congress Veteran
Former Turkish President
Head of Missionaries of Charity. She succeeded Mother Teresa.
Musician (Oscar Winner – Titanic)
BJP MP from Madhya Pradesh
Journalist
Former Prime Minister of Russia
Comedy Writer

Richard Johnson
Hemant Kanitkar
Vincent Musetto
Christopher Lee
Nek Chand
Sheila Kaul
Suleyman Demirel
Sister Nirmala Joshi
James Horner
Deleep Singh Bhuria
Praful Bidwai
Yevgeny Primakov
Chris Thompson
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January
Date

Observed Day

January 1

Global Family Day
World Day of Peace
World Day for Orphans
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
World Hindi Day
National Youth Day
Indian Army Day
World Hug Day
World Leprosy Day
India Tourism Day
Indian Republic Day
International Customs Day
International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the
Holocaust

January 6
January 9
January 10
January 12
January 15
January 21
January 25
January 26
January 27

February
Date

Observed Day

February 1
February 2
February 4
February 5
February 6
February 11
February 13
February 14
February 20
February 21
February 23
February 24
February 25

Indian Coast Guard Day
World Wetlands Day
World Cancer Day
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