June 2015 Current Affairs List

Current Affairs India - 2 June 2015

  1. Bangladesh honored former Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee for his outstanding support for its independence from Pakistan in 1971 when he was a Lok Sabha member. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has also approved a proposal to honor the families of the members of Indian armed forces for sacrificing their lives for the cause of Bangladesh-s independence.

  2. Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa was sworn-in as the 19th Governor of Arunachal Pradesh. He succeeded former Governor Lt General (Retired) Nirbhay Sharma who was transferred to Mizoram.

  1. Famous Scientist K. Sivan has been appointed as the 12th Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC).He succeeds M.S. Dathan who has retired from service. He joined ISRO in 1982 in the PSLV project and has contributed towards mission planning, design, integration, and analysis.

  2. India-s eight core sector industries contracted by 0.4% in April due to poor performance of most sectors compared to 0.1% contraction in the previous month. Core sector growth stood at 5.7% in April last year.

The output of crude oil fell 2.7%, natural gas output dropped 3.6%, electricity generation dropped 1.1%, cement production dropped 2.4% and refinery products output dropped 2.9% in the same month. Cumulative core sector growth during the entire 2014-15 fiscal year slowed to 3.5% from 4.2% in the previous fiscal year.

  1. Indian iconic players Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and V V S Laxman have joined newly-constituted advisory panel of the BCCI to guide the Board in all matters related to Cricket. They came up with huge experience and definitely going to contribute a lot to improve the game.

  2. Former Indian team captain Ravi Shastri was retained as director of the Indian cricket team for the tour of Bangladesh starting to be held in June. B. Arun, assistant coach of bowling and R. Sridhar, assistant coach of fielding, are also expected to assist him during the tour.

RBI cuts repo rate by 25bps today to boost growth
RBI Governor Dr Raghuram Rajan has cut key policy rates by 25 bps with immediate effect today as a part of its second bi-monthly policy announcement as expected by economists. Repo rate, the rate at which RBI lends money to banks for the short term, was reduced by 25 bps to 7.25% while the Reverse Repo Rate, the rate at which RBI borrows money from banks, was cut by 25 bps to 6.25%. The cash reserve ratio for banks has been kept unchanged at 4%.
The RBI has kept the statutory liquidity ratio (SLR) of scheduled commercial banks unchanged at 21.5% of their net demand and time liabilities (NDTL). Statutory liquidity ratio (SLR) refers amount that the commercial banks require to maintain with the RBI in the form of gold or government approved securities (G-Secs or bonds) before lending. The reverse repo rate under the LAF stands adjusted to 6.25%, and the marginal standing facility (MSF) rate and the bank rate stood at 8.25%.
Current Affairs Global - 4 June 2015

  1. More than 400 people are feared to be dead as a ship capsized on the Yangtze River in Southern China due to a cyclone.The ship Dongfangzhixing or 'Eastern Star' was carrying 406 Chinese tourists when it capsized in the river.

  2. Former security contractor and Whistleblower Edward Snowden was awarded with a Norwegian prize for freedom of expression by the Norwegian Academy of Literature and Freedom of Expression. He won the Bjornson Prize named after a Norwegian Nobel literature laureate "for his work protecting privacy and for shining a critical light on US surveillance of its citizens and others."

  3. FIFA President Sepp Blatter has resigned days after being re-elected for the top post of the International Football association. He will now help US prosecutors for alleged corruption probe.

Current Affairs India - 4 June 2015

  1. The central government has filed a complaint with the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) charging Nestle for unfair trade practices in the sale of Maggie noodles which contains more than normal level of lead. The Food and Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has taken samples of Maggi noodles from different states for testing and found it unsafe for consumption due to higher portion of lead content.

  2. Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje flagged off the inaugural run of Jaipur Metro Train on 9.6 km long route from Mansarovar to Chandpole. With this, Jaipur Metro was formally thrown open to public.

  3. India-s rank in FIFA ranking jumped by six places to 141st position in the latest rankings released by world football-s governing body FIFA compared to earlier rank of 147th. Iran is the top-ranked Asian team with rank 41st followed by Japan (52nd) and South Korea (58th) in the same ranking list.

World Champions Germany continued to head the rankings followed by Belgium and World Cup runners-up Argentina. They are followed by Columbia, Brazil, the Netherlands, Portugal, Uruguay and France in the same order.
Current Affairs India - 7 June 2015

  1. India and Bangladesh sealed a historic agreement in order to settle a 41-year-old land boundary dispute through exchange of territories and to remove a major irritant in bilateral ties. The two sides exchanged documents regarding the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) that was passed unanimously by the Parliament last month in the presence of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh President Sheikh Hasina.

  2. India-s second largest IT services companyInfosys Limited has appointed R. Seshasayee as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board with immediate effect. Infosys board has approved the appointment. He succeeds K.V. Kamath who stepped down from his position as Chairman of the Board and as an Independent Director of the Company to join as the President of the BRICS New Development Bank.

  3. India-s Cricket governing body BCCI has appointed former Indian Captain and batsman Rahul Dravid as the coach of India A team and Indian U 19 cricket team. His experience will be valuable for the U-19 team to bring up new talent in the sports.

Current Affairs Global - 8 June 2015

  1. Co-CEOs of German banking giant Deutsche Bank, Juergen Fitschen and Anshu Jain have resigned during an emergency meeting of the bank's supervisory board yesterday.They will be replaced by John Cryan, a former UBS AG finance chief. John Cryan has been on the bank-s supervisory board since 2013.

  2. Stan Wawrinka defeated Novak Djokovic by 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-4 in the final match to win the French Open Men-s single title.With this loss, Novak Djokovic failed to win his career grand slam as he is yet to win a French Open title.

Serena Williams defeated Lucie Safarova by 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 6-2 in the final match to win the French Open Women-s single title. This is her 20th Grand Slam title which is just 2 short of 22 Grand Slams of Steffi Graff.
Current Affairs India - 8 June 2015

  1. Former CBDT chief K V Chowdary has been appointed Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) and Information Commissioner Vijai Sharma Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) after these two key posts were lying vacant for more than 9 months now.

Chairman and MD of Indian Bank, T M Bhasin has also been appointed as vigilance commissioner and Sudhir Bhargava has been named as information commissioner. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge recommended their names last week which were approved by the President Pranab Mukherjee.

  1. Indian Airlines Companies Spice Jet and Go Air have entered into an alliance with IRCTC to sell wait listed tickets on the IRCTC website. It will enable train travellers with wait-listed tickets to cancel the train ticket and instead get on to a flight of either airline by paying some incremental fee.

  2. Indian Athlete Tintu Luka won her maiden gold in a major international event by winning the women's 800m finals as India finished with five medals on the final day of competitions to complete at third position in the 21st Asian Athletics Championships. India won 4 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze medals in the championships to finish third behind China (15, 13, 13) and Qatar (7, 2, 1).

Current Affairs Global - 9 June 2015

  1. Spanish football club Barcelona made history after winning the UEFA Champions League title and completed an unprecedented second treble with an excellent 3-1 victory against Juventas.Luis Suarez and Neymar scored second-half goals to give Barcelona a 3-1 victory over Juventus. This is Barcelona-s fifth European title and became the first team to twice win the European treble.

  2. Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton won the Candadian Grand Prix held this Sunday. His teammate Nico Rosberg secured second position in the race followed by William-s Valtteri Bottas in third place.Force India-s Nico Hulkenberg secured 8th place and Sergio Perez secured 11th place in the same race.

Current Affairs India - 9 June 2015

  1. The Employees- Provident Fund Organisation has announced that it would invest 5% of its funds in the equity market, Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya has announcedthat the decision was in line with the suggestions made by Finance Minister Arun Jaitely that the EPFO invest up to 15% of its funds in the equity market.

Employees- interests would be the priority of the EPFO and care would be taken in the equity investments.

  1. Senior IPS officer R C Tayal has been appointed as the new chief of India-s National Security Guard (NSG) which is the country-s elite force to counter terror attack. He is currently serving as the Special Director General in paramilitary CRPF and is heading its formation in Jammu and Kashmir. He is expected to serve as NSG DG till August next year till his retirement.

  2. The Department of Financial Services of India has given additional charge of Managing Director and CEO of Bank of India to B.P. Sharma. His appointment will be effective till further appointment of regular MD & CEO or until further order.

The Government has also extended the term of Bank of Baroda-s (BoB) interim MD & CEO Ranjan Dhawan for three months. He was given this additional charge in February.

  1. ICICI Bank board has appointed M K Sharma as the new non-executive Chairman of the Board for a period of 5 years.MK Sharma was formerly the Vice Chairman of Hindustan Unilever Ltd. He will succeed KV Kamath, who would step down from the ICICI Bank Board to join as the first President of New Development Bank, which will be established by the BRICS nations.

Current Affairs Global - 10 June 2015

  1. JapaneseShuttler Kento Momota and Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon won the men-s and women-s singles titles respectively of the Indonesia Open Badminton tournament held at Jakarta, Indonesia. In the women's singles final, former world champion Ratchanok defeated Japan's Yui Hashimoto to win Women-s singles title.

South Korea's Ko Sung Hyun and Shin Baek Choel defeated China's Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan to win the men's double title and China's Tang Jinhua and Tian Qing defeated Indonesia's Nitya Krishinda Maheswari and Grysia Polii to win the women-s doubles title.
Current Affairs India - 10 June 2015

  1. AAP leader Kapil Mishra has appointed as the new Law Minister of Delhi and he will succeed Jitender Tomar who had stepped down after being arrested over fake degree allegations.

Kapil Mishra was placed in the crucial Jal Board to help realise the Aam Aadmi Party's election promise of providing cheap water to Delhiites.

  1. India-s low-cost Mangalyaan Mars orbiter mission was chosen for the Space Pioneer award for the year 2015 by the US' National Space Society.Space Pioneer award for the year 2015 was presented to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in the Science and Engineering category during the 34th Annual International Space Development Conference held at Toronto in Canada during in May this year.

  2. India-s current account deficit (CAD) dropped sharply to USD 1.3 billion, or 0.2% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), in the fourth quarter of the last financial year 2014-15 on a sequential basis mainly due to a lower trade gap. The CAD drops to 1.3% of GDP for full financial year 2014-15. On a quarter-on-quarter basis, CAD narrowed sharply to USD 1.3 billion (0.2% of GDP) in fourth quarter of financial year 2014-15 from USD 8.3 billion (1.6% of GDP) in the third quarter,- as per the Reserve Bank data.

Current Affairs Global - 11 June 2015

  1. African countries have signed a The Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) in order to create Africa-s largest free-trade zone. This free-trade zone will cover 26 countries ranging from Cape Town of South Africa to Cairo of Egypt.

The pact was signed in Egypt will intent to ease the movement of goods across 26 member countries which represent more than half the continent-s GDP.

  1. Indian-origin US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy was presented with the Pride of the Community Award by a prominent Hindu advocacy group.He received the award by the Hindu American Foundation at its 12th Annual Day reception at Capitol Hill.

HAF also awarded Anantanand Rambachan, Professor of Religion at St Olaf College, with Dharma Seva award; Harpreet Singh Mokha of the Department of Justice, with the Mahatma Gandhi Award for the Advancement of Pluralism; and Senator Mark Kirk and Rep Joe Crowley, with the HAF's Friend of the Community awards.

  1. Indian ODI Cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the only Indian sportsman to be ranked in the Forbes magazine-s list of 100 World-s Highest-Paid Athletes 2015. He was ranked at 23rd on the Forbes list with total earnings of 31 million dollars including amount from salary at 4 million dollars and endorsements worth 27 million dollars.

The ranking list is topped by US boxer Floyd Mayweather for third consecutive time. Top ten World-s Highest-Paid Athletes 2015 are Floyd Mayweather (Boxing) from US with earnings of USD 300 million followed by Manny Pacquiao (Boxing) from Philippines with earnings USD 160 million, Cristiano Ronaldo (Football) from Portugal with earnings of USD 79.6 million and Lionel Messi (Football) from Argentina with earnings of USD 73.8 million, Roger Federer (Tennis) etc.
Current Affairs India - 11 June 2015

  1. Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the signing of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) Motor Vehicle Agreement which is similar to the SAARC Motor Vehicle Agreement (MVA) seeks to regulate the vehicular traffic of passenger, personal and cargo amongst BBIN countries. The agreement will be signed on 15th June 2015 at the Transport Minister-s meeting in Thimpu, Bhutan.

  2. India has been ranked in top five emerging economies for highest investment commitments in private sector, infrastructure sector, energy, transport and water, as per latest World Bank report. The top five countries in highest investment commitments in 2014 are Brazil, Turkey, Peru, Colombia and India.

  3. Dr. Srivari Chandrasekhar has been appointed Director of CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), a premier research institute of Union Government. He was appointed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is ex-officio Chairman of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) functioning under Union Ministry of Science and Technology.

  4. India-s largest multiplex chain, PVR Lts has acquired DLF's DT Cinemas for Rs 500 crore. This deal is part of realty major DLF's strategy to exit non-core businesses and its huge debt while PVR Cinemas wants to expand its presence in North India. DT Cinemas has 29 screens with a seating capacity of more than 6000, while PVR Cinemas has 467 screens in 105 properties in 43 cities.

  5. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) co-owner Shah Rukh Khan acquired Carribean Premier League (CPL) T20 team Trinidad and Tobago (T&T).With this, he has become the first IPL team owner to own an overseas cricket franchise. Hollywood stars Mark Wahlberg and Gerard Butler already own CPL franchises. The next edition of the tournament is scheduled to be held in June-July this year.

Current Affairs India - 12 June 2015

  1. Prof Sanghmitra Bandyopadhayay was appointed as the Director of Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) by the Union Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MOSPI).With this, she becomes the first woman to lead the institute. She replaced Dr Bimal K Roy who was removed by the Government due to indiscipline.

She completed ME in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT KGP) and completed Ph. D. at the ISI. She was also awarded with the Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Award in 2010 for her contributions to engineering sciences

  1. Vinita Bali has been appointed as the Chair of Board of Directors of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN).She succeeds Jay Naidoo, who led GAIN since its creation in 2002. Vinita has been on the board of GAIN since 2010 and has led large companies in different marketing and general management roles in different country.

  2. Ravi Garikipati was appointed as Entrepreneur in Residence of online portal Flipkart.com. After this, he will report to head of Flipkart-s e-commerce platform Mukesh Bansal and Flipkart founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal on new business projects.

  3. Global e-commerce giant Amazon has opened a Fulfilment Centre near Hyderabad in Telangana which is the biggest facility for the company within India. The present centre is spread across 2.80 lakh sqft facility and will be used to help small and medium businesses (SMBs) to utilize the logistics and delivery capabilities offered by Amazon.

  4. India-s foreign exchange reserves increased marginally by USD 239.4 million to USD 352.71 billion for the week ended June 5, as per weekly RBI data released today. The foreign currency assets, which is a major component of overall reserves, increased by USD 192.9 million to USD 328.012 billion in the reporting week.

Total Gold reserves also increased by USD 4.5 million to USD 19.34 billion. The special drawing rights with the IMF were increased by USD 31.7 million to USD 4.05 billion, and the country-s reserve position with the fund increased by USD 10.3 million to USD 1.31 billion.
IIP grew by 4.1 per cent in April; Retail Inflation stood at 5.01 per cent
India's Index of Industrial Production, the most important parameter to judge performance of industrial sector, grew by 4.1% in April due to better than expected growth in manufacturing sector.  Manufacturing sector output, which constitutes over 75% of the index, grew by 3.1% in April which pushed the overall IIP growth higher. The cumulative IIP growth for the entire financial year 2014-15 stood at 2.8% compared to 0.1% contraction in previous financial year.
At the same time, India's Retail inflation, measured by Consumer Price Index, stood at 5.01% in May compared to 4.87% in April. Consumer Inflation stood at 8.89% in May last year. Retail food inflation eased marginally to 4.80% in May from 5.11% in April. Overall inflation stood at 5.52% in villages and 4.41% in the urban areas while the food inflation was higher in the urban areas at 4.84% compared to 4.74% in the rural area.
Current Affairs Global - 14 June 2015

  1. Dick Costolo resigned as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of micro blogging company Twitter Inc after serving the company for five years. Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey will take over as the Interim CEO of the company from 1st July 2015 and will be CEO until a replacement is found.

  2. Famous English actor, singer and writer Sir Christopher Lee passed away in London. He was 93. The actor was known as the master of horror for his famous villainy acting roles in numerous movies such as Dracula, The Wicker Man, James Bond, Lord of the Rings trilogy etc.

  3. Former West Indies fast bowler Wes Hall was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame during the Test match between West Indies and Australia.He became the fourth cricketer to receive the honour this year after Betty Wilson, Anil Kumble and Martin Crowe. With this, he also becomes the 18thCricketer from West Indies to receive the honour.

Current Affairs India - 14 June 2015

  1. State-owned SAIL announced that its former Chairman and Managing Director C. S. Verma had relinquished the charge as Chairman and Managing Director after completing his tenure this week.Steel Secretary Rakesh Singh has taken additional charge of the PSU Company till a regular Managing director is appointed.

  2. The US government has opened an investigation against India-s two largest IT services companies for possible violations of H1-B visa rules, as per recent allegations made by US media. The Department of Labour has opened the investigation against these two companies for possible violations of rules for visas for foreign technology workers under contracts they held with an electric utility Southern California Edison.

The power company had recently laid off more than 500 technology workers amid claims that many of those laid off were made to train their replacements who were immigrants on the temporary work visas brought in by the Indian firms
Current Affairs Global - 15 June 2015

  1. World Blood Donors Day was observed on 14 June 2015 across the world to raise awareness about voluntary blood donation. The theme of the 2015 World Blood Donor Day campaign was "Thank you for saving my life-.The theme focuses on thanking blood donors who save lives every day through their blood donation and encourages more people across the earth to donate blood voluntarily and regularly.

  2. The Zimbabwe as government has decided to dump its national currency and adopt US dollar as its currency due to very high inflation. Currency of Zimbabwe was ruined because of hyperflation which reached upto 500 billion per cent. Recently 1 USD touched 35, 000,000,000,000,000 Zimbabwean dollars exchange rate.

Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor John Mangudya said that customers who held Zimbabwean dollar accounts before March 2009 can approach their banks to convert their Zimbabwean dollar balance into dollars from 15th June onward.
Current Affairs India - 15 June 2015

  1. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows into the services sector which includes banking, insurance, outsourcing, R&D, courier and technology testing grew by more than 46% to USD 3.25 billionin financial year 2014-15 due to favorable steps taken by the new NDA government. FDI inflow in the sector stood at USD 2.22 billion in financial year 2013-14.

The central government has taken some steps to improve the ease of doing business in the country and to attract more foreign investments which is showing results now.

  1. Shri Ameising Luikham has been appointed as the Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises in the Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises.Before this, he was working as Secretary, North Eastern Council, and Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region.

  2. Indian e-commerce company Snapdeal has acquired mobility solutions company Letsgomo Labs in order to strengthen its mobile technology capabilities and position in the m-commerce industry. Nearly 75% of the orders on Snapdeal already come via mobile-based transactions and it will help Snapdeal to improve its mobile platform services.

Letsgomo Labs was founded by Manav Kamboj and Vikas Banga and it currently has 76 members team that work across various mobile technologies.

  1. Indian Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has reached at ninth position in the all-time highest Test wicket-takers after taking 3 wickets in the recent test match played against Bangladesh.Harbhajan dismissed Imrul Kayes to reach 415 Test victims, one more than Pakistan-s Wasim Akram with 414. His final figures of 3 for 64 took his total test wickets tally to 416 victims from 102 Test matches.

India's overall inflation drops to -2.36 percent in May, negative inflation for seventh consecutive months
India's overall inflation, measured by the Wholesale Price Index (WPI), drops to -2.36% in May compared to -2.65% in April due to drop in prices of food and fuel products. This is the seventh consecutive time since November 2014, wholesale price index remained in the negative zone. Wholesale inflation stood at 6.18% in May last year.
The rate of inflation for fuel stood at (-) 10.50% in the same month and the rate of inflation for manufactured products dropped to (-)0.64% in the same month compared to (-)0.52% in April. RBI has already cut interest rates by 25 bps recently to boost growth and this negative inflation may give more rooms for further rate cuts.
Current Affairs Global - 16 June 2015

  1. Denmark's Mogens Lykketoft was unanimously elected as the President of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) for its upcoming 70th session scheduled to be held in September 2015. He succeeds Uganda's Sam Kutesa and he will have tenure of one year.

Current Affairs India - 16 June 2015

  1. The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) has launched the India Nuclear Insurance Pool (INIP) this week.The INIP has become the 27th such insurance pool in the world after countries including USA, France, Russia and South Africa etc, have already launched such similar risk transfer mechanisms.

The INIP pool was launched to cover the risks of liability of nuclear operators and suppliers under Section 6(2) and Section 17 of the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damages (CLND) Act, 2010 respectively.

  1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a book named as-Education of Muslims: An Islamic Perspective of Knowledge and Education - Indian Context- edited by Professor JS Rajput today. The book contains details about role of Islam in pursuit of education and knowledge.

  2. India-s exports dropped by 20.19% in May 2015 to USD 22.34 billion which is the sixth continuous month of fall. At the same time, total Imports dropped by 16.52% to USD 32.75 billion in the same month due to steep drop in petroleum imports. Trade deficit narrowed to USD 10.4 billion in the same month.

Cumulative Exports for April-May of financial year 2015-16 stood at USD 44.40 billion which was 17.21% lower than that of the same period of the previous fiscal. Total Imports for the same period stood at USD 65.80 billion, 12.12% lower.

  1. Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand lost to world champion Magnus Carlsen from a winning position to finish fifth in the blitz event. Anand started with two wins but missed out on a winning opportunity against Carlsen and finally ended fifth with 5.5 points out of a possible 9 points.

  2. Indian striker Sunil Chhetri became the first Indian footballer to score 50 international goals in 87 matches after scoring a goal against World Cup qualifying match against Guam today. Though India lost the match by 2-1. Former Indian football team captain Bhaichung Bhutia is at the second spot with 42 goals in 107 matches while IM Vijayan has 40 goals from 79 matches.

Current Affairs India - 17 June 2015

  1. Election Commission of India (ECI) has suspended recognition of the National People-s Party (NPP) led by PA Sangma which was a recognized state party in Meghalaya. The recognition of NPP was suspended under para 16A of the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968 after the party failed to file the election expenditure statement incurred in 2014 Lok Sabha elections within the prescribed limit of 90 days.

  2. The Advertising Standard Council of India (ASCI) has launched its consumer complaint mobile application named as ASCIonline in order to bid to address misleading advertisements. This application aims to provide consumer complaint services on a mobile app besides providing the facility online. Users Lodge complaints by simply providing advertisement details and objection with a facility of tracking the complaints easily.

  3. Senior IPS officer Archana Ramasundaram has been appointed as Director, National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).Earlier she was appointed as Additional Director in CBI in February last year amid controversy. She was not assigned any work as directed by the Supreme Court due to a writ petition filed against her appointment.

  4. India-s greatest architect Charles Correa passed away in Mumbai today. He was 84. He was Chief Architect for Navi Mumbai along with Shirish Patel and Pravina Mehta in 1970s. He was awarded with the Padma Shri (1972), Padma Vibhushan (2006) awards by Government of India. He was also awarded Royal Gold Medal for Architecture (1984) by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

He also had served as first Chairman of the National Commission on Urbanization and was appointed by then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1985. He is founder of Mumbai-s Urban Design Research Institute (established in 1984) dedicated to protect the environment and improve lives of urban communities.
Current Affairs Global - 18 June 2015

  1. Iceland continues to remain at top position in the list as the world's most peaceful place as per Global Peace Index 2015while Syria has replaced Afghanistan as the most violent place. Iceland is followed by Denmark (2nd), Austria (3rd), New Zealand (4th), Switzerland (5th), Finland (6th), Canada (7th), Japan (8th), Australia (9th) and Czech Republic (10th).

  2. US Federal Reserve has left the key rate unchanged at 0-0.25 per cent in its policy announcement on Wednesday.As per US Fed announcement, the US economy is growing moderately and an interest rate increase will be done by the end of the year. The Feb also projected the labor market to improve continuously.

Current Affairs India - 18 June 2015

  1. India has been ranked at 143rd position out of 162 countries in the latest annual ranking ofGlobal Peace Index 2015 published today. India slipped by two positions this year. Within South Asia, Bhutan has been ranked as the most peaceful country, followed by Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

  2. Union Cabinet has approved to increase India-s solar power capacity target under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) to 1 Lakh Mega Watt (MW) by 2022.This 1 Lakh Mega Watt (MW) target principally will comprise of 40,000 MW from Rooftop and 60,000 MW through Large and Medium Scale Grid Connected Solar Power Projects. This will help Indian to become one of the largest Green Energy producers in the world.

The Union Government has also decided to increase the number of workdays under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) from 100 days to 150 days in drought-affected areas of the country. The decision was taken as Government is expecting an increase in demand for wage-based employment due to lower than normal Monsoon is some areas of the country.

  1. Hindi authors Babusha Kohli and Upasana were awarded with the 10th Navlekhan Award of Bharatiya Jnanpith for novel Ek Zindagi Ek Ek Script Bhar and poem Prem Gilhari Dil Akhrot. They were awarded in a ceremony held at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

  2. Senior IAS officer G Gurucharan was given additional charge as Director General, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) for three months or till the appointment of a regular incumbentor until further orders. The post of Director General has been lying vacant since MJ Joseph resigned and assumed the charge of Director of Controller General of Accounts in May this year. Also Anoop Kumar Srivastava was given additional charge of Secretary, Inter State Council Secretariat under Union Home Ministry for three months.

  3. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar was re-elected as the President of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA). He defeated Vijay Patil by 34 votes to retain the president's post. Former Indian cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar and Ashish Shelar was elected as Vice-President of the MCA while Nitin Dalal was elected as Treasurer.

Current Affairs Global - 19 June 2015

  1. Britain-s longest-serving Indian-origin MP, Keith Vaz was re-elected as chairman of Parliaments Home Affairs Select Committee for the third consecutive time. He was elected as the chairman after receiving 412 votes in a secret ballot to all of the 25 select committees of the commons.

  2. Wealth-X group has released the list of the world's 25 Wealthiest Self-Made Billionaires List was released. Bill Gates topped the list with total net worth of USD 85.7 billion.He was followed by Warren Buffett (USD 70.1 billion), Amancio Ortega (USD 65.0 billion), Lawrence Ellison (USD 51.5 billion), Ingvar Kamprad (USD 48.1 billion), Jeffrey Bezos (USD 39.8 billion), Carlos Slim (USD 35.4 billion), Mark ZUckerberg (USD 35.3 billion), Wang Jianlin (USD 35.2 billion) and Michael Bloomberg (USD 33.7 billion).

Current Affairs India - 19 June 2015

  1. Journalist and Author Aakar Patel was appointed as Executive Director of Amnesty International India. He will head Amnesty International India-s operations and its efforts to end human rights abuses in India and worldwide. Patel as the organization-s chief political advisor, strategist and spokesperson will give direction to its goal of being an independent, effective, and deep-rooted organization in India.

  2. India-s largest bank, State Bank of India has launched SBI eforex, an Internet-based platform to enable customers to book their foreign exchange transactions online. This smart platform facilitates the customers of the bank to obtain forex rates without having to physically visit the branch.

Current Affairs Global - 21 June 2015

  1. China launched the world-s first electric passenger aircraft named as BX1E which can be used in pilot training, tourism and rescue operations. The aircraft was designed together by Shenyang Aerospace University and Liaoning General Aviation Academy of China.

  2. Scientists has named a newly discovered galaxy after Portuguese football striker Cristiano Ronaldo. The galaxy was labeled as CR7 (COSMOS Redshift 7). This is three times brighter than the brightest distant galaxy known till now, called Himiko.

  3. Serbia defeated Brazil by 2-1 to win the Fifa Under-20 World Cup final match in extra time held in Auckland on Saturday.Serbia is playing in the FIFA U-20 World Cup for the first time as an independent nation and stunned 5 time champion Brazil.

  4. Mercedes Formula One DriverNico Rosberg won the Austrian Grand Prix heldat theRed Bull Ringin Spielberg, Austria on 21st Jan. The race was the eighth round of the 2015 season. His teammate Lewis Hamilton secured second place followed by Felipe Massa of Williams-Mercedes and Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari.

Current Affairs India - 21 June 2015

  1. First ever International Yoga day is observed across the world today (21stJune). United Nations marked the day atheadquarter in New York. India-s External affair minister Sushma Swaraj was present at UN headquarter for the same and she thanked all 192 member countries and expressed gratitude to UN chief Baan Ki Moon, who was present on occasion

International Yoga day celebrations at Rajpath in New Delhi has set two Guinness World Records today. Firstly 35,985 participants attended the session which was led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself which is the largest ever and nearly 84 nationalities attended the mega event.

  1. Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghuvar Das imposed a ban on sale of thermocol plates in the state in order to promote leaf plates and generate employment for the poor and tribal people of the state, who are engaged in making leaf plates.

  2. Famous Historian-writer Ramachandra Guha has been selected for Japan-s Fukuoka Prize 2015 in the Academic category.Thant Myint-U (Grand Prize category) and Minh Hanh (Arts and Culture category) were also chosen for this edition of award. They have been selected for their outstanding contributions to academia, arts and culture across Asia.

  3. India-born Nikesh Arora has been appointed the President of Japan-s telecommunications giant SoftBank Corp. Nikesh Arora, Former Google executive, was appointed company president and chief operating officer at a general meeting of shareholders here on Friday.

Current Affairs Global - 22 June 2015

  1. Roger Federer defeated Andreas Seppi of Italy by 7-6 (1), 6-4 to claim his record-setting eighth Gerry Weber Open title in Halle, Germany yesterday. It was also his fourth title of the season.

At the same time, UK-s Andy Murray won his 34th career title and third title of the season with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Kevin Anderson in the final of the grass-court Queen-s Club tournament in London. With this win, he joined John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt as four-time winners of the event.

  1. Jordan Spieth of the USA won US Open title at Chambers Bay yesterday. This is his second major title win after winning the Masters Tournament at Augusta National, US in April 2015. With this win, Jordan Spieth became only the second player to win both Masters and the US Open in the same year after Tiger woods did the same in 2002 for the first time.

Current Affairs India - 22 June 2015

  1. Famous Indian classical vocalists, Sanjay Subrahmanyam has been awarded with the -Sangita Kalanidhi- award 2015.The award will be given to him when he will preside over the 89th annual conference of the Academy which will be held in December this year. With this award, he has become the seventh artistes to be conferred with the award before completing 50 years of age. Others are Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer, Musiri Subramania Iyer, G.N. Balasubramaniam, Semmangudi R. Srinivasa Iyer, M.L. Vasanthakumari and M. Balamuralikrishna

  2. Former Indian women hockey team captain Shashi Bala passed away yesterday as she was killed in a car accident along with her son in Kahma village of Punjab. She was a former hockey player and had captained Indian hockey team for women in Women Hockey World Cup Qualifier held in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1997.

  3. Bangladesh won the second ODI against India by 6 wickets to win the current series.This is a significant and historic win for Bangladesh after winning a recent series against Pakistan last month. With this win, Bangladesh have also qualified for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, to be held in England.

Current Affairs Global - 23 June 2015

  1. China has blocked India's move in the UN demanding action against Pakistan over release of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi in violation of a resolution of the world body. Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was mastermind of Mumbai attack in 2008. The UN Sanctions Committee met In New York at India's request and a clarification was to be sought from Pakistan over Lakhvi's release in the 26/11 trial but the Chinese representatives blocked the move saying India did not provide sufficient information.

  2. James Horner, famous composer of some biggest Hollywood hits including "Titanic", "Braveheart" and 'Avatar", passed away in a plane crash. He won Oscar award twice. He was 61. He was piloting a small aircraft when it crashed near north of Santa Barbara in California yesterday.

Current Affairs India - 23 June 2015

  1. Employee Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) has notified to make Universal Account Number (UAN) mandatory for all employers covered under the Employees Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952.The UAN will be portable for a customer throughout the lifetime of an employee. The deadline for completing the formalities of UAN is August 2015.

  2. Sister Nirmala Joshi, former Superior General of Missionaries of Charity and successor of Nobel Laureate Mother Teresa passed away in Kolkata. She was 81. She had taken over as Superior General in March 1997 after the death of Mother Teresa. She was awarded with the Padma Vibhushan, India-s second highest civilian award in 2009.

Current Affairs India - 24 June 2015

  1. Union Cabinet has approved to set up of six new Indian Institute of Management today. These IIMs will be set up in Vishakhapatnam, Bodh Gaya, Sirmaur, Nagpur, Sambalpur and Amritsar.

The Union Cabinet has also approved signing of an agreement for cooperation between Department Of Industrial Policy and Promotion, DIPP and Japan Patent Office to jointly work on intellectual property, human resource development, and capacity building.

  1. India was ranked at the 143rd position out of the 162 nations listed in the Global Peace Index, as per report published by a research firm based in Australia. The economic impact of containing and dealing with the consequences of India-s levels of violence was estimated to cost India approximately USD 341.7 billion in 2014.

  2. Praveen Gupta has been appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of SBI Capital Markets which is the merchant banking arm of State Bank of India. Before that, He was Deputy Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of SBI. He succeeds Rajnish Kumar, who was appointed as the new MD of Compliance and Risk department of SBI.

  3. Famous tennis star Steffi Graf was appointed the Ayurveda brand ambassador of Kerala state today. The Kerala tourism department was given sanction to sign an agreement with Graf to become Ayurveda brand ambassador as part of the state-s 'Visit Kerala Scheme'.

Kerala's Ayurveda, an ancient system of health care which attracts a large number of tourists from across the world every year.
Current Affairs India - 25 June 2015

  1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled three mega flagship schemes with the aim of developing cities and towns as "new engines for growth".The three projects; 100 smart cities, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and Housing for All will bring in new and modern urban area with a total investment of over Rs 3 lakh crore in the next five years.

The Smart City project seeks to enhance quality of life in 100 selected cities with 24 hour water and power supply, world class transportation system, better education and recreational facilities, e-governance and environment-friendly atmosphere, among others.

  1. Union Cabinet has cleared a proposal to set up National Memorial for Jai Prakash Narayan at his birthplace Bihar. The memorial is to house a virtual museum and an institute to undertake study and research on democracy, enhancing the role of panchayats in nation-building, Gandhian thoughts and centre for Khadi and constructive work.

  2. State Bank of India (SBI) has appointed Anshula Kant as its chief financial officer (CFO) who has been designated as the deputy managing director and CFO of the bank. She joined SBI as a probationary officer in 1983 worked under various departments of the bank. She replaced P.K. Gupta who recently moved to SBI Capital as chief executive officer.

  3. Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee was appointed as acting Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee as per Article 223 of the Indian Constitution. 

  4. Sahitya Akademi has awarded prestigious -Bhasha Samman- to four scholars for their contribution to classical and medieval literature in various languages. The award will be given by the President of the Sahitya Akademi at a special function.

Recipients of Bhasha Samman is K Meenakshi Sundaram for her contributions to Classical and Medieval Literature (Southern) for year 2013 and Acharya Munishwar Jha for his contributions to Classical and Medieval Literature (Eastern) for year 2014.
Charu Chandra Pande and Mathuradutt Mathpal have been jointly recognized for their work towards the enrichment of Kumauni. The award carries a cash prize of 1 lakh rupees which will be equally shared between the winners.

  1. Indian spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has been conferred with Colombia-s highest civilian award, Orden de la Democracia Simon Bolivar en el grado de cruz Caballero for spreading the message of peace in society, reducing stress, inter-mediation in war and combating violence through yoga and breathing exercises.

He is founder of humanitarian and educational NGO called Art of Living Foundation which was established in 1981. The NGO aims to relieve individual stress, societal problems, and violence. Before that he was awarded with Paraguay-s highest civilian award National Order of Merito de Comuneros (2012) and Mongolia-s highest civilian award Order of the Pole Star (2006).

  1. The Reserve Bank of India has extended the date to exchange pre-2005 bank notes by 6 more months till 31stDecember 2015. It had earlier set the deadline for public to exchange these notes as June 30, 2015.

The RBI has also urged people to deposit the old design notes in the bank accounts or exchange them at a bank branch. The Apex Bank has stated that the notes can be exchanged for their full value. It has also clarified that all such notes continue to remain legal tender.

  1. Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has been voted as the 'Best Test player' of the 21st century in an online poll conducted by Cricket Australia's website. He got the highest number of votes to secure no 1 position in the list of the 100 best Test players since 2000, in a poll conducted by the website. He was followed by Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara and Australia-s Adam Gilchrist.

Tendulkar is the only Indian player to be figuring in the top-10 list along with 4 from Australia, 3 from South Africa and 2 from Sri Lanka.
Current Affairs Global - 26 June 2015

  1. Former Pakistan cricket team captain Zaheer Abbas has been selected as the new President of International Cricket Council (ICC). He will be 13th President of ICC and will have one year term.

He succeeds Mustafa Kamal of Bangladesh who had resigned from the post of ICC President in April 2015, just after the ICC World Cup.
Current Affairs India - 26 June 2015

  1. India-s Capital Market Regulator, SEBI has relaxed some IPO norms in order to help investors and companies. It has reduced the listing time to six days from the date of the public offer and also allowed a larger number of firms to tap the -fast-track- route for raising funds.

The shorter time period will also help reduce the costs associated with the public offering and this will be effective from 1st January 2016.

  1. India-s foreign exchange reserves jumped by USD 1.17 billion to touch a new record high of USD 355.46 billion for the week ended 19thJune, as per the weekly report published by the RBI. Foreign currency assets, a major component of overall reserves, increased by USD 1.135 billion to USD 330.71 billion in the reporting week.

India-s gold reserves remained unchanged at USD 19.34 billion in the same week. The special drawing rights were increased by USD 26.6 million to USD 4.07 billion while the country-s reserve position with the International Monetary Fund increased by USD 8.5 million to USD 1.32 billion in the same week.

  1. Ericsson has appointed Paolo Colella as new Head of India business. Paolo will also take a seat on Ericsson-s Global Leadership Teamand will report to the Chairman of Region India and Senior Vice President Asia-Pacific, Mats H Olsson.

  2. Satnam Singh Bhamara became the first Indian-born player to be included in the NBA (National Basketball Association) League. He was picked by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Born in Ballo Ke in Punjab, he started playing the game at an early age and he attended the government-funded Ludhiana Basketball Academy at the age of 12. At age 14, he was one of 29 Indian athletes in three sports who moved to the United States to get trained at the renowned IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, as part of a new scholarship programme.

  1. India-s Inderjit Singh and Jinson Johnson won gold medals at the first leg of the Asian Athletics Grand Prix held in Bangkok, Thailand this week.Inderjit won the gold in Shot Put by throwing 19.83 meters while Johnson won the gold in 800 meter event with a time of 1:48.52.

Current Affairs Global - 27 June 2015

  1. The US Supreme Court has ruled to legalese same sex marriages across the country. With this ruling, gay people can marry in all the 50 states of US as the any state cannot ban same sex marriages.

The court ratified the Bill of Rights and added the Fourteenth Amendment that states no state shall deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law. The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State.
Current Affairs India - 27 June 2015

  1. Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), indigenously designed and developed by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), has successfully completed the hot weather trails yesterday. The combat helicopter had completed cold weather flight testing in February 2015 and can now be used by Indian air force. The helicopter is designed to carry out dedicated combat roles such as Air Defence, anti-tank, scout and support combat search/rescue missions.

  2. IndianGovernment has announced to infuse additional USD 1.8 billion (nearly Rs 11,500 crore) in public sector banks this fiscal year which is over the USD 1.2 billion already announced in the Budget. The government has earmarked Rs 7,940 crore in the Budget for recapitalization of PSU banks for the current fiscal.

  3. India has been ranked at the fourth largest carbon emitter in the world in terms of per capita emission accounting for 6.6 % of global emissions for the year 2012, as per list published by the World Resources Institute (WRI) in its latest analyses of the country-wise carbon emissions of climate-damaging greenhouse gases (GHGs).

As per the analysis, the top 10 emitters are China (25.26%), US (14.4%), European Union (10.16%), India (6.69%), Russia (5.36%), Japan (3.11%), Brazil (2.34%), Indonesia (1.76%), Mexico (1.67%) and Iran (1.65%).
Current Affairs Global - 29 June 2015

  1. China has hosted the signing ceremony of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which was set up to counter global banks like the World Bank and Asian Development Bank. Delegates from 50 countries.

The AIIB will begin with authorized capital of USD 50 billion which will be increased to USD 100 billion. China will hold a 30.34% stake making it the largest shareholder of the bank.

  1. Veselin Topalov won the Norway Chess tournament 2015 by defeating India-s Viswanathan Anand into a quick draw. Topalov secured 6 and half points while Anand ended the tournament in second place with 6 points.

Current Affairs India - 29 June 2015

  1. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa inaugurated first phase of Chennai Metro service by flagged off the inaugural train.The first phase of Metro service covers the 10-km overhead (elevated) stretch which connects Alandur in south Chennai to Koyabedu in the north. The second phase of this metro connecting Chennai Central and St. Thomas Mount is will be ready by end of this year.

  2. Chairman of Sakal Media Group (SMG) Prataprao Pawar was awarded with the Punyabhushan Award by President Pranab Mukharjee at Balgandharva Auditorium in Pune. He is the 27th recipient of the Punyabhushan award and his name was selected for the award by a committee led by scientist Raghunath Mashelkar.

The Punyabhushan (Pride of Pune) award is annually announced by the Punyabhushan Foundation on 23 March with a view to commemorate the memory of Indian revolutionary martyrs Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, and Rajguru.

  1. Famous Writer Vishwanath Tripathi was selected for the 28th Moorti Devi Award for the year 2014 for his book Vyomkesh Darvesh. Vyomkesh Darvesh is a lifetime story of Acharya Hazari Prasad Dwivedi. His other famous works include Lokwadi Tulsidas, Meera Ka Kavya, Desh ke is Daur Main, Kuch Kahaniyan Kuch Vichar, Ped Ka Hath, Jaisa Kaha Saka and Nagatlai Ka Gaon.

  2. United Bank of India's tops the list of PSU banks in terms of bad loans with 21.5% assets are either bad or have been restructured to save them from turning non-performing assets (NPAs), as per data released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to the Finance Ministry.

Other banks with high amount of gross NPA and restructured loan includes Central Bank of India (21.30%), Indian Overseas Bank (19.40%), Punjab & Sind Bank (18.74%) and Punjab National Bank with 17.94% as end of March 2015.

  1. Indian shuttlers Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa won the Canada Open women-s doubles title after defeating the top-seeded Dutch pair of Eefje Muskens and Selena Piek by 21-19 21-16 in the final match yesterday. This was their first title win since their reunion after the 2012 London Olympics.

  2. BCCI has announced Ajinkya Rahane as captain of the Indian team for the upcoming Zimbabwe tour. The Indian cricket team will tour Zimbabwe for three One-Day Internationals (ODI) and two Twenty-20 Internationals.

Current Affairs Global - 30 June 2015

  1. Greece has confirmed that it will not pay a key IMF debt due on 30thJune, leading to default and fearing of its exit from eurozone.Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged Greeks to reject creditors' tough reform demands in a referendum scheduled for this Sunday. If Greece fails to pay its debt payment to IMF, then it will the first country to default on IMF loan after Zimbabwe in 2001.

At the same time, Greece has submitted a two year aid proposal and requested for 29.1 billion euro to pay its debt payments for next 2 years in order to restructure its debt.

  1. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani nominated a female judge to the Supreme Court for the first time.Anisa Rasouli, the head of the Afghan Women Judges Association and a former juvenile court judge, was the only female nominated to the nine-member bench.

Current Affairs India - 30 June 2015

  1. Two Indian organizations, Indian Army and Indian Railways are listed among the world-s biggest employers, as per a research published by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Indian Railways was placed at 8th position with 1.4 million employees while Indian Army was placed at 9th position with 1.3 million employees in the list of world-s biggest employers.

US department of Defense secured the position as the world-s biggest employer with over 3.2 million employees and People-s Liberation Army (PLA) secured the second position with 2.3 million employees.

  1. Indian telecom company Bharti Airtel has become the world-s third largest mobile operator with 303 million subscriber across 20 countries where it has operations, as per the latest data published by World Cellular Information Service (WCIS).Bharti Airtel is present in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Africa.

China Mobile is ranked as the No 1 mobile operator in the world with 626.27 million subscribers followed by UK-s Vodafone Group with 403.08 million subscribers.

  1. Nadia district in West Bengal has won the United Nations Public Service Award 2015 in the category of improving delivery of public services for being the first district without open defecation. The award was presented by the acting Secretary General of the UN Lenni Montiel to District Magistrate of Nadia and Sabhapati of Nadia Zilla Parishad in Medellin, Colombia.

  2. Senior IPS officer Y C Modi has been appointed as Additional Director in the CBI. He was part of a Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) that probed 2002 Gujarat riots cases. He succeeded Archana Ramasundaram, who was recently appointed as Director, National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).

  3. Leading Laptop Maker Lenovo has appointed Rahul Agarwal as the Managing Director of its India operations with immediate effect.He succeeds Amar Babu, who moved to play higher role as Chief Operating Officer, Asia Pacific and Chairman, Lenovo India.

  4. India-s eight core sector grew by 4.4% in May this year compared to 3.8% growth in the same month last year. This is the highest core sector growth in last 6 months.Coal output jumped by 7.8%, refinery products output grew by 7.9%, and electricity generation jumped by 5.5% in the same month. This high core sector is expected to push IIP growth higher for the current month as well.