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Current Affairs India – 29 March 2015

Posted by Manas on March 29th, 2015

1. Four founding members of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), including senior leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, have been removed from the party’s national executive after a party’s national council meeting held on 28th March on New Delhi. A resolution to remove Bhushan and Yadav was passed by a majority of the 311 council members that attended the meeting. Yadav’s supporters Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha were also removed from the national executive.

Soon after the removal of the four leaders, social activist Medha Patkar has resigned from the party terming the event as unfortunate.

2. India successfully launched its fourth navigation satellite IRNSS-1D from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on 28th March. With this success, India moved closer towards joining a select group of nations possessing its own satellite navigation system.

The satellite is the fourth in the series of seven navigation satellites that ISRO is planning to launch to put in place the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS). The first three satellites in the IRNSS series were launched in July 2014, April and August 2014.

3. President Pranab Mukherjee has removed Mizoram Governor Aziz Qureshi from his post. Governor of West Bengal Keshri Nath Tripathi has been given additional charge of the state until further appointment of a new Governor.

4. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) won Gandhi Peace Prize 2014. The award was selected by the jury under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Indian space agency successfully launched Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) and at a very cost effective price of 450 crore rupees. Also it was its first attempt to launch a Mars Orbiter mission.

5. Kerala Finance Minister KM Mani has been appointed as the Chairman of the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers on Goods and Services Tax (GST) by the Union Finance Ministry this week. The post was lying vacant since the former Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister Abdul Rahim quit the position after the defeat of National Conference in the J&K Assembly elections held late last year.

Goods and Services Tax (GST) is expected to be implemented from 1st April 2016 as announced by the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his 2015-16 budget speech.

6. Railways Ministry has formed a new Committee under former IAS officer Ajay Shankar to review the existing Public Private Partnership (PPP) Cell in the Railway Board. The Committee will recommend measures needed to make the PPP Cell more customer friendly, customer friendly and effective.

7. An Indian – American professor Murty S Kambhampati has been chosen among the list of 15 scientists who all have been selected for a prestigious US presidential award for excellence in the field of science, mathematics and engineering mentoring. He will receive the award along with others at a White House ceremony later this year.

8. Delhi girl Aditi Arya was crowned FBB Femina Miss India World 2015 at a ceremony held at Yashraj Studios in Mumbai yesterday. Afreen Racheal Vaz was chosen as first runner-up while Vartika Singh was chosen as second runner up.

Aditi will represent the country at Miss World pageant and the runners-up Afreen and Vartika will compete for other international titles including Miss International and Miss Asia Pacific.

9. India’s foreign exchange (forex) reserves jumped by USD 4.261 billion to all time high USD 339.991 billion in the week ended 20th March, as per weekly report published by the RBI.

The jump was mainly due to increase in foreign currency assets which was increased by USD 4.539 billion to USD 314.886 billion in the same week.  Special Drawing Rights was also increased by USD 18.2 million and India’s reserve position in the International Monetary Fund (IMF)  was decreased by USD 295.8 million in the same week. Gold Reserves remained unchanged at USD 19.837 billion in the same week.

10. Indian famous shuttler Saina Nehwal wrote history on 28th March after becoming the first Indian woman to reach World number one ranking in Badminton World Federation Rankings.She reached the No 1 spot after All England Badminton champion Spain’s Carolina Marin lost to Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon in semi-final encounter in the Indian Open Super Series in Delhi yesterday. Saina becomes only second Indian overall to be world number one after Prakash Padukone achieved this No 1 raking in men’s badminton.

Also she reached the women singles final by defeating Japan’s Yuo Hashimoto by 21-15, 21-11 in the semifinal match. Also world No. 4 Srikanth, who won the Swiss Open earlier this month, also made his second successive finals after defeating Chinese Xue Song 21-16 21-13 in the semifinal match.

 

Current Affairs Global – 29 March 2015

Posted by Manas on March 29th, 2015

1. Nobel Laureate John F Nash Jr. has been awarded with the Abel Prize 2015 for his work on partial differential equations. The prize was announced on 25th March by the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters. He will share the Prize with Louis Nirenberg, Professor Emeritus at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. They both will share the prize money of 760000 US dollar and they will receive the Abel Prize from His Majesty King Harald at a ceremony in Oslo in May this year.

The Abel Prize, established in 2001 by the Government of Norway, is an international prize presented annually by the King of Norway to one or more outstanding mathematicians. The prize was named after Norwegian mathematician Niels Henrik Abel. This is also referred as the mathematician’s Nobel Prize.

2. Ruth Porat has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of world’s largest search engine giant Google. She will assume charge on 26th May 2015 and will succeed Patrick Pichette who had announced his retirement this month. Before her this appointment, Ruth was working as CFO at Morgan Stanley.

3. Brazil, the world’s seventh largest economy, grew by just 0.1% in the previous year 2014. The economic growth has slowed down recently in last 4 fours after growing at a faster pace in last one decade.

 

Daily Practice Quiz – 29 March 2015

Posted by Manas on March 29th, 2015

Daily Practice Quiz – 29 March 2015

8881 TRIPS is related to which of the following?
A) Intellectual Property
B) Non-Tariff barriers
C) Tax regime
D) None of These
8882 Narrow Money & Broad money are represented in the concepts of Money supply used by reserve bank of India are denoted by respectively ________?
A) M1 & M2
B) M1 & M3
C) M1 & M4
D) None of These

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Daily Practice Quiz – 28 March 2015

Posted by Manas on March 28th, 2015

Daily Practice Quiz – 28 March 2015

8876 Which among the following countries is the major producer of Uranium in the world?
A) Australia
B) Canada
C) Kazakhstan
D) None of These
8877 Where are the general secretariat of Amnesty International?
A) Geneva
B) London
C) Paris
D) None of These

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Current Affairs India – 27 March 2015

Posted by Manas on March 27th, 2015

1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched ambitious multi-purpose and multi-modal platform PRAGATI (Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation) in New Delhi on 26th March with the aim of addressing common man’s grievances and concerns. It will also help in simultaneously monitoring and reviewing important programmes and projects of the Government of India as well as projects flagged by state governments.

2. Kerala Tourism won the national Web Ratna Award for 2014 for ‘exemplary e-governance initiative through the Internet.’ The Official website of Keral Tourism www.keralatourism.org won the Golden Icon award in the ‘outstanding content’ category of the Web Ratna Awards. Tourism Secretary G Kamala Vardhana Rao received the award from Union Minister of Communications and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad in New Delhi.

National Informatics Centre (NIC), under the ambit of India Portal (http://india.gov.in) organised the third edition of Web Ratna Awards. For Innovative Use of Technology, MKisan‐Government of India Portal for Farmer Centric Services won the Platinum award. In the Citizen Centric Service Category Passport Seva Project won the Platinum award.

3. Senior Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer and famous novelist Vikas Swarup, author of novel ‘Q&A’ on which Slumdog Millionaire movie was made, has been appointed as new spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs.

4. Justice Ashok Bhushan was sworn in as Chief Justice of Kerala High Court on 26th March. He was administered the oath of office by Kerala Governor P Sathasivam. Before that, he was serving as acting chief justice of the high court since August last.

5. Indian American Author Akhil Sharma has been presented with the Folio Prize 2015 for his novel ‘Family Life’ by Jean-Marc Rathe of the Folio Society at the awards ceremony held in London. The award carries a cheque of 40000 pound. His novel Family Life was one of the eight books shortlisted from 80 works of fiction.

The Folio Prize was instituted in 2014 which recognizes the best English-language fiction from around the world, published in the United Kingdom (UK) during a particular year.

6. Famous writer and columnist Zachariah has been selected for CV Kunhuraman Literary Prize 2015. The prize comprises a cash component of Rs 10,001 and a statuette designed by artist BD Dathan. With this, he joins earlier winners of the prize which include MT Vasudevan Nair, M Mukundan, C Radhakrishnan and T Padmanabhan.

7. Defending Champion India’s World Cup dreams crashed as they were defeated by Australia by 95 runs on 26th March. Australia scored 328 runs in 50 overs. While chasing a mammoth target of 329 runs, Indian team was bowled out for 233 runs. After this win, Australia will play against New Zealand in the final match for the ICC World Cup 2015 title.

 

Daily Practice Quiz – 27 March 2015

Posted by Manas on March 27th, 2015

Daily Practice Quiz – 27 March 2015

8871 From which of the following houses Impeachment of president can be started?
A) Lok Sabha
B) Rajya Sabha
C) Either House
D) None of These
8872 High Court is in which list?
A) State List
B) Concurrent List
C) Union List
D) None of These

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Daily Practice Quiz – 26 March 2015

Posted by Manas on March 26th, 2015

Daily Practice Quiz – 26 March 2015

8866 Who among the following supervises the Lok Sabha secretariat?
A) Minister of Home Affairs
B) Minister of parliamentary affairs
C) Lok Sabha Speaker
D) None of These
8867 Which among the following is a permanent house?
A) Lok Sabha
B) State legislature
C) State legislative council
D) None of These

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Current Affairs India – 25 March 2015

Posted by Manas on March 25th, 2015

1. The Union government launched a new platform along with social networking giant Twitter for direct communication among leaders, government agencies and citizens through tweets and text messages, helping boost e-governance plans. Through Twitter Samvad, a set of curated Tweets will be delivered every day from the accounts of the government and the leaders to mobile-phone users across the country as text messages.

2. Famous Hindi poet Gopaldas Neeraj has been awarded with first National Kavi Pradeep Samman. He was presented the award by Madhya Pradesh Culture Minister Surendra Patwa at a function in Bhopal.

National Kavi Pradeep Samman is instituted by the Government of Madhya Pradesh in the memory of late renowned poet and songwriter Kavi Pradeep. The Award carries a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh, a shawl and a citation.

3. Dolly Shivani Cherukuri became the youngest archer to be added in the India Book of Records at 3 years age. She entered the list of records by scoring 388 points in the recurve segment in two distances, seven and five meters, at the Volga Archery Academy in Vijayawada.

 

Current Affairs Global – 25 March 2015

Posted by Manas on March 25th, 2015

1. Kraft Foods Group Inc will merge with ketchup maker H.J. Heinz Co, owned by 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway Inc, as per the latest announcement. This combined entity will be the world’s fifth-largest food and Beverage Company with the combined revenue of around USD 28 billion.

Post the merger process, Kraft shareholders will own a 49% stake in the combined company and Heinz shareholders will own the rest 51% stake.

2. UK annual inflation rate dropped steeply to zero in February for the first time due to falling prices of of recreational goods, food, furniture and oil. UK inflation, measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) stood at 0% in February compared to 0.3% in January.

 

Daily Practice Quiz – 25 March 2015

Posted by Manas on March 25th, 2015

Daily Practice Quiz – 25 March 2015

8861 Who among the following referred Mahatma Gandhi as father of Nation?
A) Subhash Chandra Bose
B) Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel
C) Jawahar lal Nehru
D) None of These
8862 Who among the following is called Zinda Peer?
A) Babur
B) Aurangzeb
C) Akbar
D) None of These

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