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Union Government on 29 December 2014 renamed the Department of Disability Affairs

(Nishaktata Karya Vibhag) as - Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities


(Viklangjan Sashaktikaran Vibhag)
First non-tribal Chief Minister of Jharkhand since the state came into being in 2000 - Raghubar
Das
Scientific name of Pompadour Green Pigeon, a native of the Western Ghats and Sri Lanka that
was spotted in December 2014 over a Bar tree of Barkheda village in Rajasthan - Treron
pompadora
AirAsia flight that went missing with 162 people on board en route from the Indonesian city of
Surabaya to Singapore on 28 December 2014 was numbered - QZ8501
An acclaimed photojournalist whose lenses chronicled Indo-US relations from Washington DC,
for more than half-a-century died on 26 December 2014 - Rajan Devadas
Union Government in the fourth week of December 2014 decided to launch an operation
against Bodo militants in Assam - Operation All Out
Indian bowler who was banned on 28 December 2014 by BCCI from bowling in competitive
matches after his bowling action was found illegal - Pragyan Ojha
Birthday of great Indian Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan 22 December 2014 observed as National Mathematics Day
Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) announced that it had partnered with Microsoft India to
transform Surat into a smart city and the city will be transformed into a smart city under Microsofts CityNext Program
State Government of Maharashtra on 18 December 2014 decided to make e-tendering
compulsory for projects over - 3 lakh rupees
For violation of its instructions regarding norms on Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti Money
Laundering (AML), the Reserve Bank of India on 17 December 2014 imposed monetary penalty
on - ICICI bank and Bank of Baroda.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched its experimental
mission to test heaviest rocket and the human crew module (Crew module Atmospheric Reentry
Experiment (CARE)) on 18 December 2014 - GSLV Mark-III (630 tonnes)
To check cross-border influx of illegal Bangladeshis into Assam, Supreme Court on 17
December 2014 directed the Union Government to complete fencing work along Indo-Bangla
border within three months
Tashi Malik and Nungshi Malik from Dehradun, Uttarakhand on 16 December 2014 became the
worlds first twin and sibling to climb the highest peaks of the seven continents under - Mission 2
for 7
Mascots of the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympics Games were named as - Vinicius and Tom

Militant group that on 16 December 2014 carried out a massacre in the Army-run school in
Peshawar, Pakistan and killed at least 141 people including 132 students - Tehreek-e-Taliban
The Marathi film that in the second week of December 2014 was nominated in the Best Picture
Category of the 87th Academy Awards, popularly known as Oscars - Kapus Kondyachi Goshta
(The Unending Story)
Hinduja Brothers in the second week of December 2014 acquired the iconic old war office
building of Winston Churchill in partnership with Spanish industrial company - Obrascon Huarte
Lain Desarrollos (OHLD)
Japanese Prime Minister on 14 December 2014 was re-elected for another four-year term Shinzo Abe
The Fourteenth Finance Commission that on 15 December 2014 submitted its report to the
President of India was headed by - former RBI Governor YV Reddy
Viswanathan Anand defeated British Grandmaster to win his maiden London Classic title Michael Adams
Union Government on 13 December 2014 appointed a person as director of the Intelligence
Bureau (IB) - Dineshwar Sharma
Germany on 14 December 2014 won the Champions Trophy Hockey Title by defeating Pakistan
in the finals played at - Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Miss South Africa on 14 December 2014 was crowned Miss World 2014 at the final of the
beauty pageant held in London, UK - Rolene Strauss
China developed a long-range and non-lethal Pain Beam weapon that can be used to break up
riots or protests from a distance - Poly WB-1
Nine new species of bush frogs discovered in the Western Ghats by scientists from the Indian
Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore belongs to- genus Raorchestes frogs
Time magazines Person of the Year 2014 the health care workers treating the Ebola
epidemic
US-based taxi service that was banned by Delhi Government from services in national capital Uber
The State Bank of India (SBI) on 9 December 2014 launched two indices namely - SBI Monthly
Composite Index and SBI Yearly Composite Index
WTO ruled against the US which had imposed high duty on imports of certain steel products
from India and termed it inconsistent with its - Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing
Measures (ASCM)
Person who was re-elected unopposed as head of Conservative Christian Democrats party on

9 December 2014 - German Chancellor Angela Merkel


Four European nations, namely Germany, France, Luxembourg and Belgium on 6 December
2014 decided to suspend marketing authorisations of 25 drugs, which had undergone
studies/tests at - the GVK Biosciences facility
Hockey Olympian who won gold medal in 1948 London and 1952 Helsinki Olympics died on 7
December 2014 - Grihanandan Singh alias Nandy Singh
The United States (US) and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) on 8 December 2014
ended their combat mission in Afghanistan
Competition Commission of India (CCI) on 5 December 2014 approved the proposed 4 billion
dollars merger of drug-makers - Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd and Ranbaxy
Laboratories Ltd
Delhi Court on 8 December 2014 convicted three Anandmargis and an advocate for the
charges of murder and criminal conspiracy for killing - former Railway Minister Lalit Narayan
Mishra
With a view to put an institutional mechanism to track various stalled projects and also to
remove implementation bottlenecks on a fast-track basis, the State Government of Maharashtra
on 7 December 2014 launched - Project Monitoring Group (PMG) portal
NASAs spacecraft that came out of hibernation on 6 December 2014 for its long-awaited 2015
encounter with the Pluto system - New Horizons
India on 7 December 2014 set the Guinness Record for largest human formation of a national
flag in the world and defeated the previous record held by - Pakistan
China on 7 December 2014 rejected the UN arbitration to resolve the South China Sea
maritime dispute with its neighbours. The arbitration was sought by Philippines
International Cricket Council (ICC) on 7 December 2014 suspended, the Pakistani cricket allrounder and off-spinner from bowling in international cricket - Mohammad Hafeez
Indian Blind Cricket team on 7 December 2014 won the fourth edition of the Blind Cricket World
Cup (BCWC) by defeating - Pakistan
Nedanuri Krishnamurthy who died on 8 December 2014 in Visakhapatnam was - a Veteran
Carnatic vocalist
State Government of Gujarat on 5 December 2014 declared 353 villages of a district as
completely or partially scarcity affected - Kutch
Indian Navy selected Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. to fulfill the services Multi-Role Helicopter
requirement for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare - S-70B Seahawk helicopters
India observed Mahaparinirwan Diwas on 6 December 2014, death anniversary of - Dr BR
Ambedkar

Name of spaceship of NASA that on 5 December 2014 marked a major milestone by returning
back to Earth after orbiting the Van Allen belt twice- Orion
The UK honoured a World War II Indian pilot by unveiling his eight-foot bronze statue at St
Andrew's Garden in Gravesend, Kent, Great Britain - Squadron Leader Mohinder Singh Pujji
First bus powered entirely by human and food waste became operational in United Kingdom
and the bi-gas was supplied by GENeco
Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra and Freida Pinto on 29 November 2014 launched a multilevel global campaign - Girl Rising
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 30 November 2014 coined the acronym for police forces
across the country - SMART
South Korean fishing boat Oryong 501 operated by Sajo industries sank in - the Bering Sea off
Russia's far-eastern Chukotka peninsula.
Parliamentary Standing Committee (PSC) on External Affairs on 1 December 2014 tabled its
report in Parliament and recommended government to introduce a bill to give teeth to - 1974
India Bangladesh Land Boundary Agreement.
Maoists killed more than dozen CRPF personnel in an attack on 1 December 2014 in
- Chintagufa area of Sukma district in Chhattisgarh
Veteran Bollywood actor-comedian, director and producer famous for his dual role as Bahadur
in Angoor who died on 2 December 2014 in Pune - Deven Verma
Senior IPS officer who was appointed as the new CBI Director on 2 December 2014 to succeed
Ranjit Sinha - Anil Kumar Sinha
The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 2 December 2014
approved Regional Rural Banks (Amendment) Bill, 2013 that seeks amendment in - Regional
Rural Banks (RRBs) Act, 1976
The Union cabinet on 2 December 2014 approved introduction of a comprehensive AntiHijacking Bill 2014 seeking stringent punishment including - death penalty to hijackers in case
of death of a hostage or security personnel
Martian meteorite that fell in the Moroccan desert of Guelmim-Es Semara on 18 July 2011
contains a carbon compound that is biological in origin is - Tissint
Captain of East Zone team that won the 2014-15 Deodhar Trophy of cricket on 3 December
2014 by defeating West Zone by 24 runs - Manoj Tiwary
The main and oldest litigant in the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute who decided to
withdraw his plea on the case on 3 December 2014 - Mohammad Hashim Ansari
Head of the Social Justice Bench that was constituted by the Supreme Court on 4 December

2014 to exclusively hear cases related to women, children and underprivileged - Justice Madan
B Lokur
Author of the book Prince of Gujarat: The Extraordinary Story of Prince Gopaldas Desai
Rajmohan Gandhi
State Government of Meghalaya on 3 December 2014 constituted a committee to speed up the
process of getting a language included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India
Khasi
Team that won the 119th Beighton Cup Hockey tournament played at the SAI Eastern Centre in
Kolkata on 4 December 2014 - Indian Oil
Infosys on 4 December 2014 appointed Stanford Professor as an Independent member on its
Board of Directors (BoD) - John W. Etchemendy
First Indian who became an elected member of the all-powerful International Shooting Sport
Federation (ISSF)'s Executive Committee - Raninder Singh, NRAI President
The Former Supreme Court Judge and renowned social activist who died aged 100 on 4
December 2014- Justice Vaidyanathapura Rama Krishna