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General Awareness Bullet For NICL & BOB Exams- 2015

(Comprehensive summary of general awareness topics across January - March 2015)

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RBI in News

Prepared byNeeraj Mishra


1. RBI signed currency swap agreement with Central Bank of Sri Lanka - The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) signed a
currency swap agreement of $ 400million with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. RBI said that the agreement will allow the
Central Bank of Sri Lanka to make withdrawals of US Dollar or Euro in multiple tranches up to a maximum of USD 400
million or its equivalent. The agreement will be valid for a period of three years.
2. RBI reduced Repo Rate by 25 basis points!: The Reserve Bank of India on 4th March 2015, reduced the repo rate by 25
basis points from 7.75% to 7.50% with immediate effect ahead of its seventh bi-monthly policy review. The cut in the
policy rate by RBI will help in lowering interest rate for individual and corporate borrowers and make home loan and
corporate loans cheaper.

There has been no change in the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) 4 per cent, and the reverse repo rate under the LAF (Liquidity
Adjustment Facility) stands adjusted to 6.50 per cent, and the marginal standing facility (MSF) rate and the Bank Rate to
8.50 per cent with immediate effect.
1.Repo Rate

2.Reverse Repo

3.CRR(Cash Reserve ratio)

Current Rates:
7.50% (changed from 7.75%)

4.SLR (Statutory Liquidity Ratio)

5.MSF (Marginal Standing Facility)

6.50% (changed from 6.75%)



21.5% (unchanged)

8.50% (changed from 8.75%)
6.Bank Rate

8.50% (changed from 8.75%)

3. Govt. & RBI signed an agreement on Monetary Policy Framework:

According to the agreement, the government has set a target for RBI to bring
down inflation below six per cent by January 2016. If the RBI fails to meet the
target, it will have to report to the government the reasons for the failure to
achieve the target, what remedial action it proposes to take and estimate of
the time period within which the target would be achieved. The agreement
will put in place a framework of a modern monetary policy to meet the
challenges of an increasingly complex economy. The Agreement, in line with
the recommendations of the RBI's Urjit Patel committee, will smoothen the
monetary policy scene. One rupee currency note will be soon into the
circulation: According to Reserve Bank of India press release Reserve Bank
is all set to bring back the currency note of one rupee denomination back into
circulation. One rupee notes will be printed by the Government of India. The
government had discontinued printing of one rupee notes in November 1994
due to higher printing costs.
4. RBI inks deal with European Central Bank (ECB) - RBI and European
Central Bank (ECB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on
cooperation in the field of central banking. The aim of the deal is to exchange
of information, policy dialogue and technical cooperation between the two
5. RBI has increased the limit for foreign exchange (FOREX) remittances
under Liberalised Remittance Scheme (LRS) from $125,000 to $250,000 (Rs.
1.5 crore) per person per year. Under the LRS, Indians can open, maintain
and hold foreign currency accounts with banks outside India for carrying out
transactions, without permission from the RBI.
6. RBI has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Brazils Central Bank - Banco Central do Brasil (BCB)
on Supervisory Cooperation and Exchange of Supervisory Information.
7. RBI has lifted a ban on carrying Indian bank notes of Rs 1,000 and 500 denominations to and from Nepal and Bhutan.
RBI had imposed this restriction since May, 2000.The Indian central bank, however, has put a limit on carrying such notes
at Rs 25,000 per person

Highlights Union Budget: 2015/16 : Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the 2015 Union Budget in
the parliament on 28th February, 2015. This is the first full-fledged budget of the second NDA government.
Highlights of Union Budget 2015 -16:

Major Points
1. Budget estimates of expenditure: Rs. 17 .77 lakh cr., of which Non Plan is Rs. 13.12 lakh cr., and Plan is Rs. 4.65 lakh cr.
2. Quoting PAN has been made compulsory for transactions involving more than Rs. 1 Lakh.
3. Health insurance premium exemption has been increased to Rs 25,000 from the current Rs 15,000.
4. Rigorous imprisonment of 10 years under Black Money Law.
5. Benami Property Transaction Bill will help tackle black money transactions in real estate soon.
6. Another Rs 1,000 crore allocated to the Nirbhaya fund.
7. Indian gold coin with Ashok Chakra will soon be introduced.
8. GAAR implementation deferred by 2 years to April 2017.
1. No change in personal Income Tax rates

Service Tax rate hiked to 14% from 12.36%

Wealth tax to be abolished
Additional 2% surcharge on people earning over Rs 1 cr., this step is expected to fetch Rs. 9,000 cr.
Rate of corporate tax to be reduced to 25% over the next four years.
Total exemption of up to Rs. 4,44,200 can be achieved
100% exemption for contribution to Swachch Bharat Abhiyan apart from CSR activities.
Implementation of Goods and Services Tax is expected by April 2016

Fiscal/ Revenue deficit

1. Fiscal deficit is seen at 3.9% of GDP in 2015/16, which will meet the challenging fiscal target of 4.1% of GDP
2. The govt. remains committed to meeting the medium term fiscal deficit target of 3% of GDP
3. The Current account deficit is below 1.3% of GDP
4. The Revenue Deficit is expected to be 2.8% in 2015-16
1. GDP growth seen at between 8% and 8.5% y-o-y
2. Aiming at double digit growth rate, expected to be achievable soon

1. The govt. expects consumer inflation to remain close to 5% by March, opening room for more easing of monetary
2. The monetary policy framework agreement with the RBI clearly states the objective of keeping inflation below 6%

1. Rs. 25,000 crore earmarked for Rural Infrastructure Development Bank
2. In order to improve soil health and the Agriculture Ministry's organic farming scheme, Paramparagat Krishi Vikas
Yojana will be supported
3. Rs. 5,300 crore will be earmarked for micro-irrigation, watershed projects, and Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana
4. Farm credit targets increased to Rs. 8.5 lakh cr. from Rs. 8 lakh cr.
1. Investment in Infrastructure sector increase by Rs. 70,000 crore in the year 2015/16 over year 2014-15 from the
Centre's funds and resources of Central public sector enterprises.
2. Tax-free bonds will be issued for the projects in rail road and irrigation sectors.
3. Public - Private Partnership (PPP) model to be revitalized for infrastructure development.
4. Second unit of Kudankulam nuclear power station to be commissioned in 2015/16.
5. Rs. 150 crore allocated for Research & Development.
6. NITI to be established and involvement of entrepreneurs, researchers to foster scientific innovations.
7. 5 more Ultra Mega Power Projects (UMPPs) of 4,000 MW each will be set up, under the plug and play model with total
investments of Rs one lakh crore.
1. The budget allocation for education stood at Rs 68,968 crore.
2. Two more Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) will be set up in states of Jammu and Kashmir and Andhra Pradesh.
3. Six new All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) institutes will be set up in states of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab,
Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar and Assam.
4. One new Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) will be set up in Karnataka.
5. Indian Institute of Mines in Dhanbad, Jharkhand will be upgraded to IIT.
6. Post Graduate institute of Horticulture will be set up in Amritsar.
7. University of Disability Studies will be set up in Kerala.
8. Centre of film production, animation and gaming to be set up in Arunachal Pradesh.
1. Allocation of Rs. 2,46,726 crore for Defence sector; an increase of 9.87 per cent over last year.
2. Focus on Make in India for quick manufacturing of Defence equipment.

Welfare Schemes:
1. Six crore toilets to be constructed across the country under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. 50 lakh toilets already
constructed in 2014/15.
2. Housing for all by 2020.
3. Up-gradation 80,000 secondary schools.
4. Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) will be further be expanded from 1 crore to 10.3 crore.
5. New scheme for physical aids and assisted living devices for people aged over 80.
6. Govt. to use Rs. 9000 crore unclaimed funds in Public Provident Fund (PPF)/Employment Provident Fund (EPF) for
Senior Citizens Fund.
7. Rs. 5,000 crore additional allocations for MGNREGA.
8. Nayi Manzil scheme An integrated education and livelihood scheme, to enable minority youth who do not have a
formal school-leaving certificate to obtain one and find better employment.
9. Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana: It is a low premium life insurance scheme. Premium payable for this
scheme is Rs.330 per year i.e. less than Rs.1 per day. Risk coverage of Rs.2 Lakh in case of death for any reason.
10. Atal Pension Yojana: Under the scheme, the subscriber would receive the fixed pension of in the range Rs 1,000-Rs
5,000 per month on attainment of 60 years, depending on contribution which would vary at the age of joining. The
minimum age of joining the scheme is 18 years and maximum age is 40 years. The minimum period of contribution by
the subscriber under the scheme would be 20 years.
Renewable Energy:
1. Rs. 75 crore embarked for adoption and manufacturing of electric vehicles in 2015/16.
2. Renewable power capacity to be increased by 175 gigawatts by 2022 as part of the governments plan to supply
electricity to every household. India will seek to add 100 gigawatts of photovoltaic capacity, 60 gigawatts of wind
power, 10 gigawatts of biomass and 5 gigawatts of hydro projects

1. The development schemes for churches and convents in old Goa will be implemented.
2. From now on Hampi, Elephanta caves, Forests of Rajasthan, Leh palace, Varanasi, Jallianwala Bagh, Qutub Shahi tombs
at Hyderabad will be under the new tourism scheme.
3. From now on Visa on Arrival will be available for 150 countries.
Financial Sector
1. The Forward Markets Commission (FMC) will be merged with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).
2. Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) registered with RBI above Rs. 500 crore and above will be considered for
notifications as financial institution in terms of the SARFAESI Act, 2002.
3. Development of Mudra Bank with corpus of Rs. 20,000 crore for micro-finance to help SC/ST entrepreneur.
Policy reforms
1. Propose to create a universal social security system for all Indians.
2. Allocation of 346.99 billion rupees for rural employment guarantee scheme in 2015/16.
3. To bring a new bankruptcy code in 2015/16.
4. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said He will move to amend the RBI act this year, and provide for a monetary policy
5. To set up public debt management agency.

Highlights Economic Survey: 2015/16

Economic Survey 2014 - 15, is tabled by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 27th February, 2015 in the Parliament. The
Economic Survey is compiled by Chief Economic Advisor of India Arvind Subramanian.
Major Points:
Fiscal Deficit
1. India must meet its medium-term fiscal deficit target of 3 per cent of GDP
2. Government will stick on to fiscal deficit target of 4.1% of GDP in 2014/15
3. Govt. should ensure expenditure control to reduce fiscal deficit.
4. Expenditure control and expenditure switching to investment key.

Economic Growth
1. 2015-16 GDP growth seen at over 8% year-on-year.
2. Double digit economic growth trajectory now a possibility.
3. Economic growth at market prices seen between 8.1-8.5 per cent in 2015-16 on new GDP calculation formula.
4. Total stalled projects seen at about 7 per cent of GDP, mostly in private sector.
Current Account Deficit (CAD): CAD estimated to fall 1% of GDP in coming fiscal year.

1. Inflation shows declining trend in 2014-15
2. Inflation likely to be below central bank target by 0.5-1%age point
3. Lower inflation opens up space for more monetary policy easing
4. Government and central bank need to conclude monetary framework pact to consolidate gains in inflation control
5. Consumer inflation in 2015-16 likely to range between 5-5.5 per cent
1. There is scope for big bang reforms now.
2. India can increase public investments and still hit its borrowing targets.
Fiscal Consolidation
1. Government remains committed to fiscal consolidation.
2. India can balance short-term imperative of boosting public investment to revitalize growth with fiscal discipline.
3. Outlook for external financing is correspondingly favourable.
Food grains production for 2014-15 estimated at 257 million tones.
Liquidity conditions expected to remain comfortable in 2015-16

Highlights Railway Budget: 2015/16

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has presented his maiden Rail Budget in the Parliament on 26 th February, 2015. This is the
first full-fledged rail - budget of the NDA government.
Railway Minister has announced 4 Goals for transformation of Indian Railways which are as follows:
Goal 1-Customer experience to receive a huge boost
Goal 2 - Safer Travel
Goal 3 -Modernize infrastructure
Goal 4- Indian Railways- Financially self-sustainable

Proposed Investment Plan (2015 2019)

Amount (Rs. in Crore)
Network Decongestion (including DFC, Electrification,
Doubling including electrification and traffic facilities)
Network Expansion (including electrification)
National Projects (North Eastern & Kashmir connectivity
Safety (Track renewal, bridge works, ROB, RUB and
Signaling& Telecom)
Information Technology / Research
Rolling Stock (Locomotives, coaches, wagons production &
Passenger Amenities
High Speed Rail & Elevated corridor
Station redevelopment and logistic parks

Major Points:
1. No increase in Rail Fares.
2. Rail tickets can now be booked 120 days in advance instead of 60 days.
3. Plan expenditure to go up to a record Rs 1.1 lakh crore in 2015-16 from Rs 66,000 crore in the previous year
4. All-India 24X7 helpline - 138, to be effective from March 1, 2015.
5. Toll free number 182 created for security related complaints
6. Rs 8.5 lakh crore to be invested in Railways over 5 years.
7. Allotment for passenger facilities hiked by 67%.
8. SMS alert services for passengers to inform them about arrival and departure of trains.
9. Government to introduce Malaviya Chair at IIT/BHU for Railway technology.
10. Bio toilets in trains; airplane type toilets in trains.
11. CCTVs to be introduced in selective trains and suburban trains for women safety.
12. Rs.2000 cr. for Coastal Connectivity Program.
13. Rs.2500 cr. through BOT/Annuity route.
14. 1,000 megawatt solar plants will be set up on railway and private land and on rooftop of railway buildings with the
financial aid of viability gap funding support by the ministry of non-renewable energy in the next five years.
15. CNG based DEMUs have been introduced on Northern Railway and it is proposed to convert 100 DEMUs to dual fuel CNG
and diesel.
16. Wi-Fi facility will be provided in 400 stations
17. 1330% increase in railway electrification over previous year.
18. By 2019, the proposed investment in Railways would be in tune of Rs 856021 crore.
19. Operation 5 minutes to ensure that a passenger travelling unreserved can purchase a ticket within 5 minutes.
20. 492 section of Indian Railway - running at a capacity of more than 100%, 228 running between 80-100%.
21. Proposed the best operating ratio in nine years, of 88.5 per cent for 2015-16.
22. Hand-held devices for ticket checkers for moving towards paperless ticketing
23. Centrally managed railway display network in over 2000 stations in next 2 years
24. Mobile application to address complaints of people is also being developed
25. Railway University will be set up in FY16
26. Online application for all recruitment process
27. 6608 km. of track to be electrified.
28. . Projects worth Rs 96,182 crore to expand capacity of 9,420 km rail lines
29. SMS alert to be introduced for train timings
30. Skill development and self-employment to be encouraged on Konkan
Railway model
31. Make in India opportunities - Speedier Railway - 9 hi-speed corridors, high
speed trains
32. Satellite railway terminals in major cities - 10 select stations
33. E-catering introduced in 108 trains, can order on IRCTC website
34. The speed passenger trains across nine corridors will be increased to 160200 km from 110 km
35. Feasibility report of high speed train between Mumbai and Ahmadabad
expected by mid-2015.
36. Rs 6,750 crore allocated for eliminating 3438 level crossings
37. 970 road-under bridge and road-over bridge to be constructed.
38. More general class coaches to be added in identified trains; more AC EMU
services for Mumbai suburban section.
39. Railways will play a big role in socio-economic development of the country.

Highlights of 14th Finance Commission Report:

The Government of India has accepted the recommendation of the 14th Finance
Commission which was headed by Dr. Y.V. Reddy. The recommendation is for the five-year period 2015-16 to 2019-20. The
14th Finance Commission consists of a Chairman and four members.
Chairman Dr. Y.V. Reddy (former Governor of Reserve Bank of India)
Four Members:
1. Prof Abhijit Sen 2. Ms. Sushma Nath 3. Dr. M Govinda Rao 4. Dr. Sudipto Mundle

Key Points of 14th Finance Commission report:

1. Share of states in the centre's tax revenue is increased to 42% from 32%.
2. As per the increased devolution suggested in the report, the states will get Rs 3.48 lakh crore in 2014-15 and Rs 5.26 lakh
crore in 2015-16.
3. Tax devolution is the primary route resource transfer to states.
4. Grants should be distributed to states for local bodies on the basis of the 2011 population area.
5. A basic grant and a performance grant the ratio of basic to performance grant be 90:10, with respect to panchayats;
and 80:20 in the case of municipalities.
6. The percentage share of states to continue as before and follow the current mechanism to the tune of Rs 55,097 crore.
After implementation of GST, disaster relief will be given according to the recommendations of the Finance Commission.
7. A total of Rs. 1,94,821 crore will be given to 11 states on account of expenditure requirements of states, tax devolution
and revenue mobilization capacity of the states.

About MUDRA Bank:

In the Union Budget 2015/16, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has proposed to set up a Micro Units Development and Refinance
Agency (MUDRA) Bank to encourage entrepreneurship among SC/STs and OBCs. The Mudra Bank will refinance institutions
through a Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana.
Capital Requirement: The MUDRA Bank will set up with the capital of Rs. 20,000 crores and would be responsible of
regulating and refinancing all Micro - finance Institutions (MFI). A sum of Rs. 3,000 crores would also be provided to Mudra
Bank, to create Credit Guarantee corpus for guaranteeing loans being provided to the micro enterprises.
Micro - Finance: The objective of the Micro Finance is to give low income and poor people an opportunity to become self sufficient by providing financial services, saving money, borrowing money and insurance.
The Mudra Bank would primarily be responsible for 1. To make policies and guidelines for micro/small enterprise financing business
2. Registration and regulations of MFI entities
3. Approval /rating of MFI entities
4. To establish financing practices to area off indebtedness.
5. To ensure proper client protection principles and methods of recovery
6. To promote right technology solutions for the last mile
7. To formulate and implement a Credit Guarantee scheme for providing
guarantees to the loans which are being extended to micro enterprises

Financial/Banking News

1. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) projected India's growth rate to 7.8 per cent in 2015-16. It also forecast India's
growth rate would be 8.2 percent in 2016-17.
2. HDFC Bank launches Chillr mobile app: HDFC Bank partnered with MobME, a Kochi-based technology firm to launch a
mobile app Chillr. It is a first-of-its kind application that is linked directly to the customer's bank account.
Features of Chillr app:
i. The mobile app will allow HDFC customer to instantly transfer money to any contact in their phonebook.
ii. HDFC Bank customers can transfer money to anyone in India, once they download the app and register themselves.
iii. Customer can make 10 transactions in a day with a maximum limit of 5,000.
3. The monthly limit for transaction is set at 50,000. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) limit in the insurance sector increased
to 49% from 26%.
4. Exim Bank will provide a line of credit of USD 22.5 million to Gambia for financing eligible goods, machinery, equipment
and services including consultancy services for the greater Banjul area in Gambia.
5. Ratnakar Bank Ltd. (RBL) has ties up with IBM to use the latter's MobileFirst Platform to build, deploy and manage its
applications. The deal aimed at improving the overall customer experience and stickiness, besides employee engagement.
RBL will also integrate the IBM MobileFirst Platform with its core banking system to ensure secure transactions.
6. Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) has joined hands with Apollo Munich Health Insurance, to provide specialized health and
personal accident products to Indian Overseas Bank customers.
7. Govt. to invest Rs. 6,990 crore in nine public sector banks: To boost capital and meeting global risk norms, Govt. will
invest Rs. 6,990 crore in nine public sector banks including SBI, Bank of Baroda (BoB) and Punjab National Bank (PNB).
This is the first tranche of capital infusion for which the government had allocated Rs. 11,200 crore in the budget for 201415. Among the beneficiaries, SBI leads the pack with a capitalization of Rs. 2,970 crore, followed by BoB Rs. 1,260, PNB Rs.
870 crore and Canara Bank Rs. 570 crore.
8. World Bank projects 6.4% economic growth in India in 2015.
9. International Monetary Fund projects 6.4% economic growth in India in 2015.
10. YES Bank signs MoU with Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and Wells Fargo to increase lending to micro,
small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in India.
11. Indias foreign exchange reserves reached US$ 322.135 bn. for the week ended January 16.
12. International Monetary Fund (IMF) projected that India will grow 6.5% in 2016 and will surpass China in its latest World
Economic Outlook report. IMF also forecast India growth rate for 2015 at 6.3% which will up from 5.8% in 2014.
13. Indias top private sector Bank HDFC was named among 50 most valuable banks in 2014 with a market capitalization of
US$ 41.58 bn. It was ranked at 45th position. The top 50 list is compiled by Relbanks. State Bank of India was ranked at 51
and ICICI Bank was ranked at 55th position. Well Fargo of the USA is the largest bank in the world based on market
capitalization with US$ 284.39 bn. which is followed by Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) and JP Morgan
Chase & Co.
14. China beats India in November FII inflows: HSBC - Among Asian economies, China regained the top position as the most
loved market, pushing India down to second position in the region, while Thailand was placed at the third spot, it said.
15. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a loan of up to US$200 million with YES Bank Ltd which will provide
financing assistance to low income women borrowers and small - scale farmers in rural India.
ICICI Bank in News
E-wallet 'Pockets' Digital Bank service launched by ICICI bank: ICICI bank has launched E-wallet 'Pockets' service to
allow any individual to instantly make transactions on a mobile phone with or without a bank account. The service is also
known as Digital Bank , which allow customers to deposit or transfer from any bank account through a debit card or Net
banking account and start transacting immediately on a mobile without any documentation. A customer can pay bills,
recharge, book movies tickets etc. Users can send money to any e-mail ID, mobile number, Facebook friends, and bank
ICICI Bank introduced its banking services on Twitter, which will help customers transfer money through the micro blogging Web site.
Key points:
Savings account customers can register their Twitter account with a onetime password and link their account
ii. To avail this benefit both the recipient and sender need to have a Twitter account.
iii. Customer can send up to Rs. 5,000 per transaction with a limit of Rs. 10,000 per day. Online NEFT charges will apply.
This facility also enables customers to view their account balance, view the recent transactions and recharge mobile
pre - paid through Twitter.
Indias first contact - less debit & credit cards were launched by ICICI Bank. The cards, which are based on the near field
communication (NFC) mechanism, will allow customers to manage their accounts without having to insert or swipe the
cardsat the point of sale terminal. The card is similar to the Metro card used in Metro trains. You can simply tap it on the
terminal and pay for your purchases.
ICICI Bank launched its own version of Digital Village Project by adopting the Akodara Village in the Sabarkantha district
of Gujarat.

State Bank of India (SBI) in News

State Bank of India to finance small tea growers in North East: Soon, SBI will provide finance of Rs 100 crore which
will help 3,000 small tea growers in the North East states. Finance will be provided to tea growers who have proper basic
documents of their existing garden as per Tea Board of India norms. "
The State Bank of India and Indian Army has signed an agreement on Defence Salary Package. The agreement is tailormade to suit the requirements of serving soldiers, pensioners and families. The basic features of the MoU include a number
of free / concessional services like free drafts, free cheque books, free funds transfers to any bank in India through RTGS /
NEFT, free ATM cards etc.
Reliance partnered with SBI for Payment Bank Licence.RIL will be the promoter and SBI will be the joint venture partner
with equity investment of up to 30%.
SBI launched Chota ATMs in Kerala: SBI partnered with Ezetap, the mobile point - of - sale service provider, has launched
Chota ATM in Kerala. Chota ATM will allow kirana store owners, taxi drivers, small businessmen, and traders who are
dealing with customers to turn their mobile device into both a cash withdrawal point as well as a credit/debit card
payment terminal.

Appointments and PersonalitiesIndia& Abroad

New Appointments in the Financial Sector
New Executive Director of UCO Bank - Charan Singh
New Executive Director of Bank of Baroda - K.Venkata Rama Moorthy
New Executive Director of Bank of India - R.P. Marathe
New Executive Director of Canara Bank - Harideesh Kumar B
New Executive Director of Allahabad Bank N.K.Sahoo
New Executive Director of Indian Overseas Bank - Pawan Kumar Bajaj
New Executive Director of Syndicate Bank - Ravi Shankar Pandey
New Executive Director of Union Bank of India - Kishore Piraji Kharat
New Executive Director of Central Bank of India - R.C.Lodha
New Executive Director of Andhra Bank - Ajit Kumar Rath
New MD & CEO of Bank of Baroda Ranjan Dhawan takes additional charge as MD & CEO of Bank of Baroda.
New Chairman and Managing Director of SIDBI Kshatrapati Shivaji appointed new Chairman & Managing Director (CMD)
of Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI).
New Chief Economic Advisor - Arvind Subramanian

New Appointments in Important Institutions

New Chancellor of Viswa Bharati University- Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He replaces former Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh.
New Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court - Justice Sunil Ambwani
New CEO of CRISIL Ashu Suyash to be next Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of CRISIL. He will join as a CEO
on June 1, 2015
New President & Chief Operating Officer of Wipro - Abid Ali Neemuchwala
New Judge of Supreme Court - Amitava Roy
New Speaker of Delhi Legislative Assembly Ram Niwas Goel
New leader of BJP Legislature Party in Delhi - Vijender Gupta
New BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya. He replaced N. Srinivasan.
New Chairman of National Book Trust Baldev Sharma. He replaced A. Sethumadhavan.
New Chief of ISRO's Space Application Centre Tapan Misra. He replaced AS Kiran Kumar, who was appointed as
Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization.
New DG of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). Krishna Chaudhry. He succeeded Subhas Goswami.
New Home Secretary - LC Goyal. He replaced Anil Goswami.
New Foreign Secretary - S Jaishankar. He replaced Sujatha Singh.
New Chief Election Commissioner of India - Harishankar Brahma. He replaced V.S. Sampath.
New ISRO Chief - A.S. Kiran Kumar. He replaced K. Radha krishnan.
New Chairman of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC)Pahlaj Nihalani. He replaced Leela Samson.
New Chairman of Sangeet NatakAkademi - Shekhar Sen.
New Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) Anupam Shrivastava.
Chairman of NITI Aayog - Prime Minister Narendra Modi
First Vice - Chairman of NITI Aayog - Arvind Panagariya
First Chief Executive officer (CEO) of NITI Aayog Sindhushree Khullar
New President of FICCI - Jyotsna Suri. He replaces Sidharth Birla
New Chief Minister
Jammu & Kashmir Mufti Mohammed Sayeed. He replaced Omar Abdullah and became 12th Chief Minister of the Jammu
& Kashmir.
Delhi Arvind Kejriwal. He became the Chief Minister of Delhi for second time.
Bihar Nitish Kumar. He replaced Jitan Ram Manjhi. Nitish Kumar became Bihar CM for fourth time.
New Governors
Himachal Pradesh - Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh took over the
additional charge of Himachal Pradesh. He replaced Urmila Singh.
Uttarakhand - K.K. Paul

New Ambassadors to India

Nepal - Deep Kumar Upadhyay
United States of America (USA) - Richard Rahul Verma. He replaced Nancy
Powell, who had resigned in March 2014 after whom Kathleen Stephen
served as the charg d'affaires.
China - Le Yucheng. He replaced Wei Wei
Bangladesh - Syed Muazzem Ali. He replaced Tariq A Karim

Event Chief Guests

66thRepublic Day Parade 2015 - US President Barack Obama. He is the first
President of United States to attend the Republic Day Parade of India.
13thPravasiBharatiya Divas - Guyana President Donald Ramotar

New Heads of Countries

New PM of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu returns to power for a fourth term
and become the country's longest-serving premier.
New President of Croatia - Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic. She became the First
Woman President of Croatia.
New President of Italy - Sergio Mattarella. He replaced Giorgio Napolitano.
New Prime Minister of Greece - Alexis Tsipras. He became the youngest
Prime Minister of Greece since 1865.
New President of Uruguay - Tabare R. Vazquez Rosas.
New Prime Minister of Mali - Modibo Keita. He replaced Moussa Mara.
New President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena. He replaces Mahinda Rajapaksa.
New Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickeramasinghe.
New Prime Minister of Mauritius Anerood Jugnauth. He replaced Navinchandra Ramgoolam
New President of Zambia - Edgar Lungu
New President of Romania - Klaus Werner Iohannis. He replaces Traian Basescu.
Saudi Arabia - Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul - Aziz Al Saud took over as King of Saudi Arabia after the demise of King
Abdullah in January 2015.
Other Appointments
New Air Force Chief of Pakistan Sohail Aman. He replaced Tahir Rafique.
New Indias ambassador to US Arun Singh. He replaced S. Jaishankar
New Chief Justice of Sri Lanka - Kanagasabapathy J Sripavan. He replaced Shirani Bandaranayake.
New Chief Justice of Bangladesh - Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha

Summits/Conferences around the World:
Summit / Conference


1. UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan
Note: India will host the seventh Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR)
in 2016
2. The first Renewable Energy Global Investors Meet & Expo,
New Delhi
also called RE-Invest 2015.
3. The 15th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit.
New Delhi
4. First World Ocean Science Congress.
Kochi, Kerala
Note: The focal themes of the WOSC 2015 were Protect
Oceans for Posterity and Blue Economy.
5. World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT).

Note: This will be the first WCIT to be held in India and the
theme of the 2018 WCIT will be Future of enterprises.
6. World Economic Forum annual Summit 2015
7. World Diamond Conference 2014
8. 19th SAARC Summit 2016
9. G20 Leaders Summit 2014
10. 15th G - 20 Summit 2015
11. 16th G - 20 Summit 2016
12. 4thNuclear security summit 2016
13. 7th BRICS Summit 2015
14. IBSA Summit 2015
(IBSA = India - Brazil - South Africa)

Davos, Switzerland
New Delhi
Islamabad, Pakistan
Brisbane, Queensland (Australia)
United States
Ufa, Russia
New Delhi, India

1.K Baskaran
2.Narayan Desai
3.Shahir Krishnarao Sable
4.Vinod Mehta
5.G Karthikeyan
6. Ashraful Haque
7. Nirad Mahapatra
8. Manorama Sharma

9. Daggubati Ramanaidu
10. Atmaram GovindBhende
11. R.K. Laxman
12. RR Patil
13. Govind Pansare
14. Dr. Kalim Ahmed Ajiz
15. A.B. Javarappa
16. RC Sakthi

Veteran sports journalist
Noted Gandhian
Marathi Folk legend
Eminent Journalist
Speaker of Kerala Assembly
Bollywood Actor
Eminent filmmaker (Odisha)
First woman Rajya Sabha MP (Congress Party) from Uttarakhand passed
Veteran film producer and former Lok Sabha member
Veteran Marathi theatre artist and film actor
Eminent cartoonist
Former Maharashtra home minister and senior NCP leader
Veteran leader of Communist Party of India (CPI)
Eminent Urdu poet
Veteran Gandhian and senior congress leader
Veteran Tamil director
17. Meera Kosambi
18. Aloysius Vincent
19. Hukum Singh
21. Mrinalini Mukherjee

Noted sociologist
Veteran cinematographer
Former Haryana Chief Minister
Veteran Journalist
Acclaimed Indian sculptor and artist

22.Deven Varma
23.Rajni Kothari
24. K. Balachander
25. V R Gowarikar

1. Malcolm Fraser
2. Lee Kuan Yew
3. Florence Arthaud

4. Camille Muffat
5. Alexis Vastine
6. Boris Nemtsov
7. Louis Jourdan
8. Rana Bhagwandas
9. Richard von Weizsaecker
10. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Veteran actor - filmmaker

Eminent political scientist and scholar.
South India filmmaker
Former ISRO Chairman
Former Australian Prime Minister
First Prime Minister of Singapore
French sailor who in 1990 broke the record for crossing the North Atlantic
French swimmer who won three medals at the 2012 Olympics in London.
French boxer who won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Leader of Opposition party of Russia.
French Actor
First Hindu Chief Justice of Pakistan
Former President of Germany
King of Saudi Arabia

New Books & Authors

1. Indian Parliamentary Diplomacy-Speakers Perspective
Meira Kumar (former speaker of Lok Sabha)
2. Fragile Frontiers: The Secret History of Mumbai Terror
Saroj Kumar Seth
3. The Red Sari
Javier Moro
The Red Sari an unauthorized biography of Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi.
4. Neither a Hawk nor a Dove
Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri
5. An Unfinished Agenda: My Life in the Pharmaceutical Industry
Late Dr K Anji Reddy
6. The Dramatic Decade: The Indira Gandhi Years
Pranab Mukherjee (President of India)
7.Born Again on the Mountain
Arunima Sinha
8. My Name is Abu Salem
S Hussain Zaidi
9. Black Tornado: The Three Sieges of Mumbai 26/11
Sandeep Unnithan
10. Your Dreams Are Mine Now: She Showed Him What Love Was Ravinder Singh
11. Next China - India War - Worlds First Water War - 2029
Sundarajan Padmanabhan

Person in News
1. Amitabh Bachchan

2. Dolly Shivani Cherukuri

3. Mary Kom

The government of India has roped in Amitabh Bachchan as the brand ambassador for its drive
against hepatitis B, a critical public health problem in India.
Dolly Shivani Cherukuri(2 year old) of Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh achieved a stunning feat by
setting a new archery record and entering her name into the India Book of Records. She
became the youngest Indian to score 200 points over five and seven-metre distances.
The government of India has appointed world boxing champion Mary Kom as a Brand
Ambassador for the North East states. The name of Mary Kom has been selected for the
promotion of culture and tourism in the North East states of India.
4. Sumitra Mahajan

5. Pooja Thakur
1. Paulina Vega
2. Rolene Strauss
3. Larry Page
4. Mohammad Nasheed

Awards & Honours

Her name was included in the LIMCA book of records for being the only woman of the country
to represent the same Lok Sabha constituency on the same party ticket for eight times in a row.
As a leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), she represents the Indore constituency of Lok
Sabha in Madhya Pradesh. For the first time she was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1989. Since
then she has been re-elected to the Lok Sabha in 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2009 and
finally to the 16th Lok Sabha on 18 May 2014.
She became first woman officer to lead the Guard of Honour which was inspected by the U.S.
President Barack Obama at Rashtrapathi Bhavan
Miss Universe 2015, and second winner from Colombia
Miss World 2014, from South Africa
CEO and co - founder of Google, named Business Person of the Year 2014
Former President of Maldives arrested under anti-terrorism laws for allegedly ordering the
arrest of a senior judge Abdulla Mohamed in 2012.

1. Dadasaheb Phalke Award 2014 - Veteran actor and director Shashi Kapoor has been selected for Dadasaheb Phalke
Award for 2014. He will be the 46th recipient of the award.
2. International Booker prize 2015 - Amitav Ghosh was shortlisted among 10 finalists for this year's Man Booker
International Prize. He was shortlisted for his contribution to the English language writing.
3. Saraswati Samman 2014 - Former Union Minister and veteran Congress leader Veerappa Moily has been selected for the
Saraswati Samman for 2014. He has been selected for his Kannada poem Ramayana Mahanveshanam.
4. National Award to Rani Mukherjee, for highlighting the cause of safety, security and protection of the girl child and
women in Mardaani film. The award is given by National Institute of Gender Justice (NIGJ). She became the first film
personality to be conferred with the award.
5. Tyler Prize 2015: Indian ecologist, Madhav Gadgil has been selected for the prestigious 2015 Tyler Prize for
Environmental Achievement. He will share the $200,000 cash prize with noted American marine ecologist Dr. Jane
6. Stockholm Water Prize Laureate 2015 - Rajendra Singh known as the Waterman
of India has been selected for the 2015 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate. He was
selected for his innovative water restoration efforts, improving water security in
rural India.
7. Bangladesh has won the prestigious Women in Parliaments (WIP) Award for
regional leadership in closing the gender gap in politics. Bangladesh has been placed among the top 10 countries in the
world in reducing gender gap by the World Economic Forum. Women in Parliament Awards are given based on World
Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Reports.
8. The Folio Prize 2015: Akhil Sharma an Indian-American author, won The Folio Prize 2015 for his novel Family Life. His
novel Family Life was one among the eight books shortlisted from 80 works of fiction and was chosen as the best fiction
published in the UK in 2014 by the 235 writers and critics who constitute the Folio Academy.
9. National Kavi Pradeep award: Veteran Hindi poet Gopaldas Neeraj awarded with the first National Kavi Pradeep
Samman by Madhya Pradesh govt. The award has been instituted by the Madhya Pradesh govt. in the memory of Kavi
Pradeep, the renowned poet and songwriter who is best known for his patriotic song 'Aye Mere WatanKe Logo'.
10. National Media and Advertising Awards: The sixth edition of the National Media and Advertising Awards for Gender
Sensitivity announced in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
List of Winners in different category
i. Laadli Voice of the Century award Lata Mangeshkar
ii. Best movie award - Queen
iii. Laadli Grand Prix award - advertising agency Ogilvy and Mather for its advertisement, Titan Raga - tum nahi badle.
iv. Laadli extraordinaire award Charu Khurana, she won a landmark judgment in the Supreme Court regarding
Bollywood's bias against women make-up artistes
11. Jnanpith award 2014 - Marathi Litterateur Bhalachandra Nemade selected for the 50th Jnanpith award for the year
2014. Note: Jnanpith award 2013 conferred on Hindi poet Kedarnath Singh
12. Yash Bhati Samman 2015 conferred on Vinod Mehta (eminent journalist and writer), an award given by Uttar Pradesh
13. Charleston-EFG John Maynard Keynes Prize: Eminent economist and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen has been awarded
the inaugural Charleston-EFG John Maynard Keynes Prize
14. Doctorate of Automotive Engineering: Clemson University had honoured Mr.
Ratan Tata with the Doctorate of Automotive Engineering at the South Carolina
Automotive Summit held in Washington. Dr. Y Nayudamma Memorial Award
2014: Women scientists Dr. Tessy Thomas and Geeta Varadan were jointly
named for the award. They award was given for their outstanding performance
in the field of science and technology.
15. Shrilal Shukla Sahitya IFFCO Award 2014 - Mithileshwar conferred with
Shrilal Shukla Sahitya IFFCO Award 2014..
16. DSC Prize for 2015 - Indian - American author Jhumpa Lahiri won DSC Prize
for Literature for her book, The Lowland.
17. Martin Luther King Jr. Award - Eminent Indian - American entrepreneur and
philanthropist Frank Islam was conferred with the Martin Luther King Jr.
Award for his contribution to the legacy of the great leader through his efforts
in international service and civil engagement.
18. The Hindu Prize for 2014 - Ashok Srinivasan won The Hindu Prize 2014 for
his debut novelBook of Common Signs.
19. Sahitya Akademi Award 2014 - Well - known Sanskrit scholar Prabhu Nath
Dwivedi conferred with Sahitya Akademi Award 2014 for Sanskrit language.
He was awarded for his work Kanakalochanaha a collection of 16 short stories based on various social issues.
20. Vyas Samman 2014 - Veteran Hindi scholar and writer Dr Kamal Kishore
Goyanka has been selected for the prestigious Vyas Samman for the year 2014.
He was chosen for his research work Premchand Kee Kahaniyo Kaa Kaal
Note: Vyas Sammanis awarded annually by the K.K. Birla Foundation in recognition of the Hindi literary work published in
past 10 years.

62nd National Film Awards: The 62nd National Film Awards 2014 were announced by the Chairpersons of the

three juries on Feature Films, Non Feature Films and Best Writing on Cinema. Kangana Ranaut won the best actress award for
her powerful performance in "Queen" where Bollywood movies "Haider" and "Mary Kom" bagged key honours while
Chaitanya Tamhane's "Court" was named the best feature film.
List of the winners are:
Best Actress: Kangana Ranaut for Queen
Best Actor: Vijay for Nanu Avanalla Avalu (Kannada)
Best Direction: Srijit Mukherji for Chotushkone
Best Supporting Actress: Baljinder Kaur for Pagdi
The Honour (Haryanavi)
Best Supporting Actor: Bobby Simhaa for Jigarthanda
Best Music Direction: a) Songs - Haider (Hindi); and
b) Background Score - Nineteen Eighty Three

Best Choreography: Bismil for Haider
Best Writing on Cinema: Silent Cinema: (1895-1930)Pasupuleti Purnachandra Rao
Best Writing on Cinema: G. Dhananjayan for Pride of
Tamil Cinema (Special Mention)
Best Costume Designer: Dolly Ahluwalia for Haider
Best Female Playback Singer: Uttara Unni krishanan
for song Azhagu in Saivam (Tamil)
Best Male Playback Singer: Sukhwinder Singh for
song Bismil from Haider
Best Films in different languages
Best Odiya Film: Aadim Vichar
Best Hindi Film: Queen
Best Punjabi Film: Punjab 1984
Best Assamese Film: Othello
Best Tamil Film: Kuttram Kadithal
Best Bengali Film: Nirbashito
Best Telugu Film: Chandamama Kathalu
Best Kannada Film: Harivu
Best Rabha Film: Orong
Best Konkani Film: Nachom - IA Kumpasar
Best Haryanvi Film: Pagdi The Honour
Best Malayalam Film: Ain
Best Marathi Film: Killa

Best Films in different categories

Preservation: Ottaal (Malayalam)
Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome
Best Educational Film: Komal& Behind the Glass Wall
Best Exploration/Adventure: Film Life Force - India's
Entertainment: Mary Kom
Indira Gandhi Award For Best Debut Film Of A
Western Ghats
Best Investigative Film: Phum Shang
Director: Asha JaoarMajhe (Bengali)
Best Animation Film: Sound of Joy
Best Feature Film: Court (Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati &
Best Short Fiction Film: Mitraa
Best Film On Environment Conservation/
Best Film Critic: Tanul Thakur

OSCAR Award 2015: The 87th annual awards presented by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)
which honored the best film of year 2014. The ceremony took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles on 22
February 2015. "Birdman" won the Best picture and Best Director award at the 87th annual Academy Awards.
List of this year winner's at Academy Awards.
1. Best Picture - "Birdman"

10. Best Original Song - Glory," from "Selma," by John

3. Best Actress - Julianne Moore, "Still Alice"

12. Best Animated Short Film - "Feast"

2. Best Actor - Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of


4. Best Supporting Actor - J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash"

5. Best Supporting Actress - Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood"

6. Best Director - Alejandro Gonzlez Irritu, "Birdman"

7. Best Original Screenplay - "Birdman," by Alejandro G.

Irritu, Nicols Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr. &
Armando Bo

8. Best Adapted Screenplay - "The Imitation Game," by

Graham Moore

9. Best Animated Feature Film - "Big Hero 6

Stephens and Lonnie Lynn"

11. Best Foreign Language Film - "Ida" (Poland)

13. Best Cinematography - "Birdman," Emmanuel Lubezki

14. Best Film Editing - "Whiplash," Tom Cross
15. Best Visual Effects - "Interstellar"

16. Best Live Action Short Film: "The Phone Call"

17. Best Documentary: "Citizen Four"
18. Best Sound Mixing: "Whiplash"

19. Best Sound Editing: "American Sniper"

20. Best Makeup & Hairstyling: "The Grand Budapest


Note: "12 Years a Slave won the best movie award at 2014 Oscar Award. Best Actor award won by - Matthew McConaughey,
for movie "Dallas Buyer's Club" and Best Actress Award won by Cate Blanchett, for "Blue Jasmine.

68th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA): The awards were announced to honour the best British and
international contributions to film in 2014.

List of Winners:
Best Film: Boyhood
Leading Actress: Julianne Moore for her role in Still Alice
Leading Actor: Eddie Redmayne for his role in The Theory of Everything
Best Director: Richard Linklater for Boyhood
Film Not in English Language: Ida
Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette for Boyhood
Supporting Actor: JK Simmons for Whiplash
Best Animated Film: The Lego Movie
Best Documentary: Citizen four directed by Laura Poitras

60thFilmfare Awards: The Awards were announced at the Yash Raj Studios in Mumbai. Shahid Kapoor won the Best
Male Actor Award for film Haider and Kangana Ranaut won the Best Female Actor Award for film Queen.

List of Winners:
Best Actor (male): Shahid Kapoor for film Haider directed by Vishal
Best Actor (female): Kangana Ranaut for film Queen directed by Vikas Bahl
Best Film: Queen directed by Vikas Bahl
Best Director: Vikas Bahl for film Queen
Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award: Kamini Kaushal
Best Film (Critics): Ankhon Dekhi directed by Rajat Kapoor
Best Male Actor (Critics): Sanjay Mishra for film Ankhon Dekhi
Best Female Actor (Critics): Alia Bhatt for film Highway written and directed by Imtiaz Ali
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male): Kay Kay Menon for film Haider
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female): Tabu for film Haider
Best Story: Rajat Kapoor for film Ankhon Dekhi
Best Director Debut: Abhishek Varman for film 2 States directed by Bhushan Patel
Note: In 2014, Farhan Akhtar for his performance in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Deepika Padukone for her role in Ram Leela
won the Best Actor and Best Actress awards at the 59th Filmfare Awards.

Padma Awards 2014

The list comprises of 9 Padma Vibhushan, 20 Padma Bhushan and 75 Padma Shri Awardees. 17 of the awardees are women
and the list also includes 17 persons from the category of foreigners, NRIs, PIOs and 4 posthumous awardees.
Padma Vibhushan


LK Advani - Public Affairs - Gujarat

Amitabh Bachchan - Art - Maharashtra
Prakash Singh Badal - Public Affairs - Punjab
Dr D VeerendraHeggade - Social Work - Karnataka
Mohammad Yusuf Khan alias Dilip Kumar - Art Maharashtra


Padma Bhushan



Jahnu Barua - Art - Assam

Dr Vijay Bhatkar - Science and Engineering Maharashtra
3. Shri Swapan Dasgupta - Literature and Education Delhi
4. Swami Satyamitranand Giri - Others - Uttar Pradesh
5. N Gopalaswami - Civil Service - Tamil Nadu
6. DrSubhash C Kashyap - Public Affairs - Delhi
7. Dr (Pandit) Gokulotsavji Maharaj - Art - Madhya
8. Dr Ambrish Mithal - Medicine - Delhi
9. Sudha Ragunathan - Art - Tamil Nadu
10. Shri Harish Salve - Public Affairs - Delhi


JagadguruRamanandacharya Swami
Rambhadracharya - Others - Uttar Pradesh
Prof MalurRamaswamy Srinivasan - Science and
Engineering - Tamil Nadu
Kottayan K. Venugopal - Public Affairs - Delhi
Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan (Foreigner) - Trade and
Industry - France/UK
Dr Ashok Seth - Medicine - Delhi
Rajat Sharma - Literature and Education - Delhi
Satpal - Sports - Delhi
Shivakumara Swami - Others - Karnataka
Dr Kharag Singh Valdiya - Science and Engineering Karnataka
Prof Manjul Bhargava (NRI/PIO) - Science and
Engineering - USA
David Frawley (Vamadeva) (Foreigner) - Others - USA
Bill Gates (Foreigner) - Social Work - USA
Melinda Gates (Foreigner) - Social Work - USA
Saichiro Misumi (Foreigner) - Others - Japan

Padma Shri

Dr Manjula Anagani - Medicine - Telangana

S Arunan - Science and Engineering - Karnataka
Kanyakumari Avasarala - Art - Tamil Nadu
Dr Bettina Sharada Baumer - Literature and Education
- Jammu and Kashmir
NareshBedi - Art - Delhi
Ashok Bhagat - Social Work - Jharkhand
Sanjay Leela Bhansali - Art - Maharashtra
Dr Lakshmi Nandan Bora - Literature and Education Assam
Dr Gyan Chaturvedi - Literature and Education Madhya Pradesh
Prof (Dr) Yogesh Kumar Chawla - Medicine Chandigarh
Jayakumari Chikkala - Medicine - Delhi
Bibek Debroy - Literature and Education - Delhi
DrSarungbam BimolaKumari Devi - Medicine Manipur
Dr Ashok Gulati - Public Affairs - Delhi
Dr Randeep Guleria - Medicine - Delhi
Dr KP Haridas - Medicine - Kerala
Rahul Jain - Art - Delhi
Ravindra Jain - Art - Maharashtra
Dr Sunil Jogi - Literature and Education - Delhi
Prasoon Joshi - Art - Maharashtra
Dr PrafullaKar - Art - Odisha
Saba Anjum - Sports - Chhattisgarh
Ushakiran Khan - Literature and Education - Bihar


Dr Rajesh Kotecha - Medicine - Rajasthan

Prof Alka Kriplani - Medicine Delhi
Dr Harsh Kumar - Medicine - Delhi
Narayana Purushothama Mallaya - Literature &
Education - Kerala
Lambert Mascarenhas - Literature and Education Goa
Dr JanakPalta McGilligan - Social Work - Madhya
Veerendra Raj Mehta - Social Work - Delhi
Tarak Mehta - Art - Gujarat
Neil Herbert Nongkynrih (Art), Meghalaya
ChewangNorphel - Others - Jammu and Kashmir
TV Mohandas Pai - Trade and Industry - Karnataka
DrTejas Patel - Medicine - Gujarat
Jadav MolaiPeyang - Others - Assam
Bimla Poddar - Others - Uttar Pradesh
Dr N Prabhakar - Science and Engg - Delhi
Dr Prahalada - Science and Engg - Maharashtra
Dr Narendra Prasad - Medicine - Bihar
Ram Bahadur Rai - Literature and Education - Delhi
Mithali Raj - Sports - Telangana
PV Rajaraman - Civil Service - Tamil Nadu
Prof JS Rajput - Literature and Education - Uttar
Kota Srinivasa Rao - Art - Andhra Pradesh
Prof Bimal Roy - Literature and Education - West

Shekhar Sen - Art - Maharashtra

Gunvant Shah - Literature and Education - Gujarat
Brahmdev Sharma - Literature and Education - Delhi
Manu Sharma - Literature and Education - Uttar
Prof Yog Raj Sharma - Medicine - Delhi
Vasant Shastri - Science and Engg - Karnataka
SK Shivkumar - Science and Engg - Karnataka
PV Sindhu - Sports - Telangana
Sardara Singh - Sports - Haryana
Arunima Sinha - Sports - Uttar Pradesh
Mahesh Raj Soni - Art - Rajasthan
Dr Nikhil Tandon - Medicine - Delhi
H Thegtse Rinpoche - Social Work - Arunachal
Dr Hargovind Laxmishanker Trivedi - Medicine Gujarat
Huang Baosheng - Others - China
Prof Jacques Blamont - Science and Engg - France
Late Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin - Others Maharashtra (Posthumous)

64. Jean - Claude Carriere - Literature and Education France

65. Dr Nandrajan Raj Chetty - Literature and Education France
66. George L Hart - Others - USA
67. Jagat Guru Amrta Suryananda Maha Raja - Others Portugal
68. Late MeethaLal Mehta - Social Work - Rajasthan
69. Tripti Mukherjee - Art - USA
70. Dr Dattatreyudu Nori - Medicine - USA
71. Dr Raghu Rama Pillarisetti (Medicine), USA
72. Dr Saumitra Rawat - Medicine - UK
73. Prof Annette Schmiedchen (Literature and Education),
74. Late Pran Kumar Sharma alias Pran - Art - Delhi
75. Late R Vasudevan - Civil Service - Tamil Nadu

Important News - India - Nation

Important News India & Abroad

1. Indian Railways launched its own RuPay pre-paid card in collaboration with
the Union Bank of India.The card will enable passengers to book their Rail
tickets and do shopping using RuPay pre-paid debit cards. Card can be
availed from either the Union Bank or the IRCTC. Govt. approved33%
women reservation in police forces of all Union Territories: The
government of India has approved 33 percent reservation for women in
police forces of all Union territories (UTs) including Delhi police, through
direct recruitment in non-gazetted posts like constables to sub-inspectors.
The reservation will also cover reserved categories like SCs, STs and
OBCs.The reservation would apply to all existing vacancies in police forces
of the UTs and any vacancy arising later.
2. Railway's Kaya Kalp council will be headed by Ratan Tata: A new
innovative council of Indian Railways, called 'Kaya Kalp', formed to turn
around the ailing state-run rail network will be headed by noted
industrialist Ratan Tata.Along with Ratan Tata, the Kaya Kalp council will
also have two railway union leaders Shiv Gopal Mishra and M Raghuvaiah.
3. Yahoo has decided to shut down its operations and research center in
Beijing, China.Yahoo Inc. is an American multinational Internet corporation
headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.
4. US and Russia remain worlds biggest arms exporters study - According
to the new study of Stockholm International Peace Institute (SIPRI); Russia
remains the worlds second biggest seller of arms behind the United States,
increasing its share by 37 percent in 2010-2014. China has overtaken Germany to become third-biggest arms exporter in
the World.
Top 5 worlds biggest arms exporters:1. US2. Russia3. China4. Germany5. France
5. India and Saudi Arabia is the Worlds biggest arms importers: According to the new study of Stockholm International
Peace Institute (SIPRI); India, Saudi Arabia, China, the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan have become the largest
importers of weapons in 2010-2014. India made 15 percent, while Saudi Arabia and China accounted for 5 percent each
and the UAE and Pakistan for 4 percent.
6. Supreme Court rejects reservation to jats under OBC quota: Supreme Court rejects the March 2014 notification of UPA
government which included reservation to Jats under OBC quota in nine states of India which includes; Bihar, Gujarat,
Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
7. LIC to help Indian Railways in development projects: According to the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, LIC has taken the
task of supporting Indian Railways and it is a commercial decision. Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) will invest Rs
1.5 Lakh crore in Indian Railways over next 5 years for development of various commercially viable projects.The
investment would be done in bonds issued by various railway entities such as Indian Railways Finance Corporation,
beginning next fiscal.
8. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley unveiled the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in London. The nine-foot bronze statue of
Gandhi was created by Phillip Jackson, a renowned British sculptor, and will stand in the company of Nelson Mandela,
Winston Churchill, and Abraham Lincoln, among others.
9. Apurva, a new calf cloned by National Dairy Research Institute: National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) have cloned
a female calf using cells (somatic cells) from the buffalo's urine.The calf named Apurva and it is the tenth cloned calf in the
NDRI, since the institute produced world's first cloned buffalo calf in 2009.This is probably first case in the world across
the species, in which somatic cells has been isolated from urine and cloned calf has been produced.
10. US embassy in closed in Saudi Arabia: United States has closed its embassy in Saudi Arabia for indefinite period, due to
heightened security concerns at US diplomatic facilities.
11. According to the Mastercard's latest Index of Women's Advancement, India is the lowest among 16 Asia Pacific countries
in economic parity for women.Indian women stand even lower than their counterparts from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, the
survey said.India (44.2), Bangladesh (44.6) and Sri Lanka (46.2) had scores below 50, indicating that much more needs to
be done to achieve gender parity.Across the region, New Zealand had the highest overall Index score of 77, followed by
Australia (76), the Philippines (72.6) and Singapore (70.5).
12. Zebpay introduces its 'bitcoin' mobile wallet in the country, by which a user can buy, sell and transact in bitcoins which is
presently valued at around $280 per unit.Bitcoins are digital money that are generated and their value is determined
based on their demand and supply.
13. PM launches first indigenous rotavirus vaccine: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the first indigenously
developed and manufactured rotavirus vaccine, which will help in diarrhoea cases. The vaccine is developed through a
collaboration between India and the United States, is expected to help bring about a significant reduction in the 100,000
infant deaths caused by the rotavirus diarrhoea in India.
14. Kathmandu-Varanasi bus service launched: The Government of Nepal and India has launched a direct bus service from
Kathmandu and Varanasi.The bus service was launched under the ambit of Motor Vehicle agreement between Nepal and
India signed during 18th SAARC summit.This will be the second bus service between Nepal and India, after the one
connected between Kathmandu and New Delhi.
15. Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare Jagat Prakash Nadda declared 10 February as the National Deworming Day.
National Deworming Day is an initiative focused on reducing the threat of parasitic worm infections, a widespread health
issue affecting over 24 crore children in India alone.
16. India ranked 136 in World Press freedom Index 2015. Finland on the first position followed by Norway and Denmark.
17. TRAI amended the MNP regulations, effective from May 3, 2015: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India amended the
mobile number portability (MNP) regulations to allow users to change their service provider in any part of the country
while retaining the number. Pan India Mobile number portability will be effective from May 3, 2015 which helps user or
subscriber to retain the same mobile number on relocating to anywhere in India.
18. Government give green signal for 15000 MW grid-connected solar projects: The Government of India has given the green
signal to implement the scheme for setting up of 15,000 Mega Watt Grid-connected Solar Photo Voltaic Power projects
under the National Solar Mission. The scheme will be implemented through NTPC and NTPC VidyutVyapar Nigam Limited.
19. Facebook and Reliance Communications (RCom) join hands to launch in India. The app, aimed at low income
and rural users, will offer access to more than 30 web services, including job listings, healthcare and education sites, as
well as Facebook's own social network and messaging services.
20. Indians rank 16th on leaked HSBC list: In the new HSBC list of Swiss bank account holders, Indians ranked on 16th
place with total funds of $4.1 billion. Switzerland people remain on the top rank in the list. In terms of money in these
accounts, account holders from Switzerland are on the top (USD 31.2 billion), followed by UK, Venezuela, US and France in
the top five.
21. Britain has become the first country to allow the creation of human embryos from the DNA of three people, a technique
intended to help mothers avoid passing on genetically degenerative diseases to their babies.
22. Country's leading taxi service aggregator Ola Cabs has acquired its rival TaxiForSure in a cash and equity deal worth $200
23. SunEdison to set up 250 MW solar power capacity in rural areas: US - based solar energy company SunEdison will set
up 250 MW of solar power generation capacity through 5,000 rural projects in India.
24. Forbes Asia's 50 power businesswomen list: The Asias 50 Power Businesswomen list showcases a year of
accomplishments by the regions female entrepreneurs and executives. Six Indians made it to Forbes Magazine's 50 Power
Businesswomen from Asia.
1. Arundhati Bhattacharya Chairman, State Bank of India
2) Chanda Kochchar CEO, ICICI Bank
3) Akhila Srinivasan: MD, Shriram Life Insurance/Shriram Capital
4) Kiran Mazumdar Shaw - Founder Chairman, Biocon
5) Shikha Sharma - CEO & MD, Axis Bank
6) Usha Sangwan MD, Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC)

Note: China dominated Forbes List with 9 women in Asia's 50 Power Businesswomen. India, Thailand and Singapore came
2nd, 3rd and 4th in the list with representation of 6, 5 and 4 women respectively

Important News - India - States

1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced to set up the Shaheed Bhagat Singh PG Institute for Horticulture Research and
Education at Amritsar, Punjab.The announcement was made on the occasion of 84th Martyrdom Day at the National
Martyrs Memorial in Hussaini wala, near Firozpur in Punjab.
2. The government of India has decided to set up four new agricultural and
horticultural universities in the country. New Agricultural universities will be come
up in Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan and the horticultural universities will be set
up in Telangana and Haryana state.
3. US NGO & MetLife to provide microfinance in UP: Grameen Foundation India
(GIF) has partnered with MetLife Foundation to provide microfinance in Uttar
Pradesh. Under the agreement both the foundation will provide savings and other services to at least 40,000 poor and
women clients in Uttar Pradesh. Grameen Foundation India is a wholly-owned subsidiary of US based Grameen
4. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the two units each of 600 MW of Shree Singaji Thermal Power Plant in the
Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh. Shree Singaji Thermal Power Plant is a coal-fired project located in Khandwa in
Madhya Pradesh.
5. First Kisan Call Centre (KCC) of North- East opened in Agartala, Tripura. The Kisan Call Centre will give immediate
solution and real time advisory to farmers if they need expert consultation regarding seed procurement, agro-metric,
fertilizer, soil health, pesticides usage and marketing of the produces.
6. Maharashtra government scraps 5% quota for Muslims: The Maharashtra government has decided not to give 5%
reservations to the Muslim community in both jobs and education. The state govt. has cancelled the earlier resolution of
July 24, 2014 brought in by the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) government that announced the 5%
reservation to the Muslim community.
7. Two Ghats in Varanasi equipped with Wi-Fi facility: Under the Prime Minister's dream of 'Digital India',
Dashashwamedha and Sheetala the two main ghats of Ganga in Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) are now equipped with Wi-Fi
8. Goa ranks 6th in World's best night life cities: Goa has been positioned sixth in the list of top 10 nightlife cities in the
world by 'National Geographic'. The list is topped by Dublin (Ireland) and followed by Belgrade (Serbia).
9. Adani to set up 10000 MW Solar Park in Rajasthan: The Rajasthan Government signed a deal with Adani Enterprises
Ltd (AEL) to set up 10000 MW Solar Park in Rajasthan. Adani Enterprises Ltd, the flagship company of Adani Group will
set up solar project of 5000 MW on its own in the next five years.
10. ADB signs $400 m loan pacts with India: India and Asian Development signed an agreement, to improve district roads
in Madhya Pradesh and to support improvements to power transmission and distribution systems in Assam. ADB will
provide $350 million loan to upgrade district roads in the state of Madhya Pradesh and $ 50.2 million loan to Assam. The
project is expected to be completed by December 31, 2018.
11. Bihar government has announced to give 35% reservation to women in Non Gazetted jobs in the state.
12. The Bihar government decided to provide free education to Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and girl
students till Post Graduation (PG) level in the state. The government would reimburse the financial loss to such
universities/colleges after gathering information about it.
13. Madhya Pradesh won national award for excellent work in MGNREGA: Madhya Pradesh has been awarded the 10th
national award for excellent work in Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act - MGNREGA. This award
has been given to Madhya Pradesh for convergence of MGNREGA and other schemes for construction of permanent assets
and for excellent work in providing opportunities for earning permanent income. Madhya Pradesh is at the top in
construction of permanent assets through MGNREGA convergence in the country.
14. Kerala became the first state to have first Hi - speed Rural Broadband Network: Indias first Hi - speed Rural
Broadband Network (National Optical Fibre Network) was commissioned by the government in the Idukki district of
Kerala. Under this programme, all 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats in the country will be connected on optical fibre. The aim of
this service is to offer people friendly services like E - health, E - Commerce and E - Education.
15. Kerala to get first International Institute of Music: An International Institute of Music will be soon open in Kerala,
which will be founded and built by Sarod Maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his family trusts.
16. PETA to build Indias first fenced elephant sanctuary near Bengaluru: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
(PETA) has announced to create Indias first fenced elephant sanctuary near Bengaluru. This will be the first fenced
elephant sanctuary in India which will be built near Bannerghatta Biological Park in Karnataka.
17. Arunachal Pradesh becomes the first state in the country to launch web-based education programmes for all
schools. The programme was formally launched by the state Chief Minister NabamTuki. The system is a solution built for
teachers and students through Chrome books to bring the power of the web into classroom. The State government has
started the programme in collaboration with Google. Christened as Chief Minister Global Education Programme, the
education system would initially be launched in 50 to 100 schools in the state.
18. Uttarakhand becomes No. 2 in tiger population: Uttarakhand has ranked second among Indian states in terms of tiger
population after Karnataka in India. Uttrakhand has registered 340 tigers - a rise of 113 tigers since the last census (227)
becoming the second state in the country. Karnataka with 406 tigers became the first state with highest number of tigers
in the country.
19. Baba Ramdev appointed as brand ambassador of Haryana: Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev has been appointed as the brand
ambassador by the Haryana State Government. The appointment was a part of government of Haryanas ambitious plans
to promote yoga and ayurveda in Haryana state.
20. Netherlands& Thailand to help Sikkim in development of floriculture: Sikkim has signed a Memorandum of
Understanding with Netherlands and Thailand for development of floriculture in the state. Both countries will provide
expertise and technology in the development of Cymbidium and other floriculture.
21. World Bank assistance for building toilets in Chhattisgarh: World Bank will extend financial aid to build toilets in
tribal-dominated villages of Chhattisgarh under the Centres flagship Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
22. Inox Wind to set up wind turbine manufacturing facility in Madhya Pradesh: Gujarat Fluoro chemicals subsidiary
Inox Wind Ltd (IWL) will set up a single location integrated wind turbine manufacturing facility in Madhya Pradeshs
Barwani district. The plant will be set up with an investment of over Rs. 300 crore.Inox Wind Ltd (IWL) will set up 400
MW of projects in Madhya Pradesh making it the largest developer in the state.
23. Karnataka, SunEdison sign agreement: The Karnataka government and SunEdison have signed an agreement to develop
5 gigawatts of renewable energy within 5 years.

Important Agreement/ Deal: India & Abroad

1. India and Qatar sign 6 agreements to strengthen bilateral ties : India and Qatar signed six pacts of understanding in
key areas including Transfer of Sentenced Persons and Radio and Television.
The 6 agreements signed between the two countries include:

Agreement on Transfer of Sentenced Persons - Under this agreement, Indian prisoners convicted in Qatar can be
brought to India to serve the remaining part of their sentence. Similarly Qatari Citizens convicted in India can be sent
to his home country to serve their sentence.
ii. Cooperation in the field of Information and Communication Technology: The pact would provide enhanced business
opportunities for Indian IT industry in Qatar.
iii. The third MoU was signed between Ministry of Earth sciences and Qatar Meteorological Department for Scientific and
Technical cooperation Qatar Meteorological Department under the Civil Aviation Authority, Qatar.
iv. The fourth MoU was inked between Diplomatic Institute of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Qatar and Foreign Service
Institute, MEA.
v. The fifth MoU pertains to cooperation in the field of Radio and Television.: This MoU is aimed at encouraging regular
exchange of radio and TV programmes and material between Prasar Bharati of India and Qatar Media Cooperation.
vi. The final pact was signed for mutual Cooperation and Exchange of News.
2. India and Kyrgyzstan signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen bilateral cooperation on textile and
clothing. The MoU seeks to strengthen bilateral cooperation between both nations in the three fields including Textiles and
Clothing, Silk and Sericulture and Fashion.
3. India signed five agreements with Mauritius: India offered $500 million concessional Line of Credit to Mauritius for key
infrastructure projects. The five agreements signed between the two countries include:
i. Ocean economy
ii. Improvement in sea
iii. Air transportation facilities
iv. Import of Indian mangoes;
v. Co-operation in the field of traditional system of medicine and homoeopathy.
4. India and Sri Lanka signed four agreements: India and Sri Lanka signed four agreements during Narendra Modi's
maiden visit to the country, the first bilateral tour by an Indian premier in 28 years. Both the countries has signed four
agreements on visa, customs, youth development and building Rabindranath Tagore memorial in Sri Lanka.
Note: Narendra Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister and only the second foreign leader after British Premier David
Cameron, who visited Jaffna in the war-ravaged Northern province.
5. India & Norway will work together on climate change: India has team up with Norway to understand the global
climate change, and to study about the Indian monsoon. Both the countries will also help in the study about the linkages
between climatic variations in the polar region.
6. India and Seychelles sign 4 agreements: Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Seychelles where both the
nations signed four agreements to boost security and maritime partnership.
ii. Four pacts signed between two countries which includes; cooperation in hydrography, renewable energy, infrastructure
development and sale of navigation charts and electronic navigational charts.
7. India & Spain inks agreement on Mutual Protection of Classified Information: India and Spain has signed an agreement on
Mutual Protection of Classified Information, to provide the framework for enhanced cooperation in the defence sector.
8. India and Sri Lanka have agreed to explore avenues for enhancing cooperation in oil and gas sector.
9. Tata Communications Ltd signed a 20 million US dollars multi-year deal with Germany-based KION Group to provide
global Wide Area Network (WAN) services to the 280 sites of KION across 30 countries.
10. Berger Paints India Ltd. has signed an agreement with the Govt. of Stavropol Region, Russian Federation of $5 million to
set up an industrial coatings plant in Russia. According to Chairman of Berger Paints "The plant will be developed with the
primary capacity of 3,000 tonnes a year which will be increased up to 50,000 tonnes a year".
11. Mumbai University has signed an agreement with Indian Railways to set up a Rail Innovation and Technology Centre to
train students for expertise in Railway Engineering. Under the agreement Indian Railways will allocate 142.89 crore
rupees budget for the centre over the next five academic years. Mumbai University will educate the candidates at
university's campus Kalina, Ratnagiri and Kalyan.
12. India and Australia signed MoU for skill and infrastructural development in sports.
13. India to grant $ 60 million LoC to Guyana: India will offer 60 million dollars Line of Credit - LoC to Guyana for its road
infrastructure projects.

Important Schemes launched by Govt. of India

1. Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY): The scheme launched by government of Indiawith an outlay of 1500
crore rupees. The scheme aims to impart skill training to youth with focus on first time entrants to the labour market and
class 10 and class 12 drop outs. The scheme will be implemented by the Union Ministry of Skill Development and
Entrepreneurship through the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). It will cover 24 lakh persons and skill
training would be based on the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) and industry led standards

2. Atal Pension Yojana (APY): The scheme is mainly for workers in unorganised sector, to encourage the habit of saving for
their retirement. The scheme will be administered by the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA)
and will be launch on 1st June 2015.Atal Pension Yoajana (APY) will replace the Swavalamban Yojana NPS Lite scheme
which was launched by the UPA government.
Major Points of the scheme:
1. The subscribers who will joined the scheme would receive the fixed pension of Rs. 1000 per month, Rs. 2000 per
month, Rs. 3000 per month, Rs. 4000 per month, Rs. 5000 per month, at the age of 60 years, depending on their
2. The minimum age of joining this scheme is 18 years and maximum age is 40 years.
3. Under the scheme, a subscriber can contribute for minimum period of 20 years or more and pension payment will
start at the age of 60 years.
4. Under the scheme government of India has decided to co-contribute 50% of the subscriber's contribution or Rs. 1000
per annum, whichever is lower, to each eligible subscriber account, for a period of 5 years, i.e., from 2015-16 to 201920, who join the NPS before 31st December, 2015 and who are not income tax payers.
5. All bank account holders under the eligible category may join the scheme with auto-debit facility to accounts, leading
to reduction in contribution collection charges.
6. Subscribers who will join the scheme before December 31, 2015, can availed
the benefit of government's co-contribution under the scheme.
7. Subscribers who are already enrolled in Swavalamban Scheme would be
automatically migrated to Atal Pension Yojana, unless they opt out.

3. Bhagyashree scheme launched in Maharashtra: Bhagyashree scheme for girl

child was launched by Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis in the state.
Major Points of the scheme:
1. Under the scheme, the state government will deposit an amount of 21200 rupees in bank for a girl child born in a Below
the Poverty Line (BPL) family.
2. The scheme aims at providing one lakh rupee on maturity after the girl completes 18 years of age.
3. The scheme would be linked to the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme of Union Government.
4. Bollywood actress Bhagyashree is the brand ambassador of the scheme.

4. Aapki Beti Humari Beti girl child scheme launched in Haryana: The scheme launched by Haryana Chief Minister
Manohar LalKhattar in the state.
Major Points of the scheme:
1. The scheme was launched with an aim to combat the problem of declining child sex ratio in the state.
2. The scheme will be implemented in both rural and urban areas of the state.
3. Under this scheme, the first girl child born on or after January 22, 2015, in SC and BPL families will be eligible to receive
Rs 21,000.
4. Similarly, all second girl children born on or after January 22, 2015 of all families will also get Rs 21,000.
5. Families, where twin girls or multiple girls are born, will get Rs 21,000 per girl child.

5. New Urban Rejuvenation Mission to replace JNNRUM: According to the Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu,
government will replace Jawahalal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, JNNRUM with a new Urban Rejuvenation
Mission to bring more areas for development under its ambit. Under the proposed scheme, cities with population of 1 Lakh
or above will also be covered.The new mission will focus on modern concept for cities planned using Geographic
information system (GIS), best transport facilities and will have solid and liquid waste management system to develop
clean cities." JNNRUM had already completed its term, which was launched by previous UPA government.
6. Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana: It is a low premium insurance
scheme which was announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Union
Budget 2015/16. The scheme will also be linked with the Pradhan Mantri Jhan
Dhan Yojana.

Eligibility: Person with the age group of 18 years to 50 years and have bank
account are eligible for the scheme. If the account is opened before attaining
the age of 50 years, the life cover would remain intact up to the age of 55 years,
if premium is paid regularly.

Annual Premium: Premium payable for this scheme is Rs.330 per year i.e. less
than Rs.1 per day.
How to avail the benefit of this scheme?
First step is to link your Aadhar card with the bank account. After linking
Aadhar card with bank account, a simple form is to be filled every year and to
be submitted to the bank before 1st of June, in order to avail the benefit of this

Key points of the scheme:

1. The payment of premium will be directly auto-debited by the bank from the
subscribers account.
2. Risk coverage of Rs.2 lakhs in case of death for any reason.
3. The scheme will be offered by Life Insurance Corporation and all other life
insurers who are willing to join the scheme and tie-up with banks for this
4. The policy holder is required to renew the policy each year and the premium will be auto-debited from his bank account.
5. Nominee name is to be given in the form along with relationship. In case the nominee is minor, name of the guardian is
also to be given.
6. Government contribution towards this scheme will be decided separately each year. The contribution will come from the
unclaimed money lying idle in various public welfare fund.
7. The premium paid will be tax-free under section 80C and also the proceeds amount will get tax-exemption u/s 10(10D).

Sports Scan

Commonwealth Games (CWG):

1. The 2022 edition of Commonwealth Games (CWG) will be hosted by South African city Durban.
Note: The 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow, Scotland.
Commonwealth Games (CWG) venues
1. Gold Coast, Australia 2018
2. Durban, South Africa - 2022

Cricket News
1. Karnataka lifted Ranji Trophy2015 by defeating Tamil Nadu by an innings and 217 runs. With this win Karnataka won
8th in Ranji title and become the second most successful team after 40-time champions Mumbai. Karnatka also became the
second team in the Ranji Trophy to defend the title on more than one occasion. They had retained the title in 1997-98 and
1998-99 in the past.
2. Kumar Sangakkara created a history in 2015 ICC World Cup tournament by hitting a record fourth consecutive ODI
centuries in a row. He became the first batsman in history of One - Day Internationals to score centuries in four
consecutive innings.He achieves this feat by scoring 124 runs against Scotland in the Pool A match of the 2015 Cricket
World Cup in Hobart, New Zealand.
3. Sri Lankan cricketer Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara has announced their retirement from the One Day
International (ODI) format of Cricket. Earlier Kumar Sangakkara had announced his retirement from Test Cricket. He will
retire after playing the three-match Test series against India in August 2015
4. Pakistani cricketer Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi has announced their retirement from the One Day International (ODI)
format of Cricket. Misbah-ul-Haq will continue to play in Test Cricket, while Afridi will feature in Twenty20 cricket.
5. Australian cricket team created the World Cup record for highest-ever score of 417 for 6 in a match against Afghanistan in
Perth. It defeated Afghanistan by 275 runs which was the biggest winning margin in the tournaments history.
6. ICC Cricket Hall of Fame: Chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee and former India Captain Anil Kumble and former New
Zealand cricket captain Martin David Crowe inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
7. South African captain AB de Villiers scored fastest century in one day international match against West Indies.He scored
100 runs in just 31 balls and breaks the record of Corey Anderson of New Zealand who scored 100 in 36 balls.
8. Chris Gayle hit fastest double century, creates World Cup history: West Indies cricketer, Chris Gayle creates a history
in World Cup by smashing fastest double century against Zimbabwe in 2015 ICC World Cup. He became the first batsman
to hit double century in the history of Cricket World Cup. He scored 200 runs in just 138 balls, breaks the previous record
of Indian batsmen Virendera Sehwag of 200 runs in 140 balls. Chris Gayle is the only player to have a triple century in
Tests, double century in ODIs, and a ton in T-20s.
9. Rohit Sharma bags best ODI batsman performance award by ESPN Cricinfo awards. His record breaking 264 against Sri
Lanka has been named as the best ODI batting performance in 2014 by ESPN Cricinfo awards.
10. Virat Kohli became the first Indian cricketer to score a century against Pakistan in the ICC World Cup. He scored 107-run
off 126-balls at the Adelaide Oval, Australia.
11. Yuvraj Singh highest paid player in IPL- 8 player auction: Yuvraj Singh was bought for the highest amount of 16 crore
rupees by Delhi Daredevils in the IPL-8 player auction. Dinesh Karthik got the second highest bidding by Royal Challengers
for 10.5 crore rupees. Delhi Daredevils also roped in Angelo Mathews for 7.5 crore rupees while Zaheer Khan and K.K.
Jiyaz, went for 4 crore rupees each.
12. Saurav Ganguly awarded Honorary Life Membership of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).
13. Australian cricketer Steve Smith won the Allan Border Medal 2015 for best Australian cricketer of the past year.
14. Sean Abbott wins Bradman award 2015.
ICC World Cup Cricket Venues:

1. Australia & New Zealand
2. England
3. India


1.England(First ever)



Football News
1. United Arab Emirates has won the bid to host the 17th edition of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup in 2019.
2. Services lifted 69th edition of Santosh Trophy 2015 bydefeating Punjab by 5-4 in the final. Services have now won the title
for the fourth time.
3. English Premier League leaders Chelsea defeated Tottenham Hotspurs by 2-0 in the final to lift the English League Cup
4. Cristiano Ronaldo has won the FIFA Ballon dOr award for 2014. He was chosen worlds best football player for a third
time in a row.
5. Real Madrid and Colombia star James Rodriguez won the best goal award for the year 2014.
6. Bengaluru FC defeated Dempo Sports Club to lift maiden Federation Cup football title 2015.
FIFA (Football) World Cup Venues
1. Russia 2018
2. Qatar
FIFA U 17 World Cup Venues
1. Chile
2. India
Hockey News 1. India lifted the Women's Hockey World League Round Two competition title by defeating Poland by 3-1 in the final Major
Dhyan Chan stadium in New Delhi.
2. Hero Hockey India League trophy 2015: Ranchi Rays defeated Jaypee Punjab Warriors by 3-2 in the final and emerged as
the Champions of Hero Hockey India League 2015.
3. Paul van Ass appointed new coach of Indian mens hockey team. He replaced Terry Walsh of Australia.
4. Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 - Germany beat Pakistan to win the title.
5. Sultan of Johor Cup title (Hockey)2014- India(juniors) defeated Great Britain to retain the title.
Hockey World Cup venue
1. India (Mens)
2. England (Womens)

Tennis News
1. Rafal Nadal defeated Juan Monaco by 6-4, 6-1 to win the Argentina Open, lifting his first title of 2015. With this win, Nadal
has won 65 titles in his career and has become the fifth player in the world in terms of number of titles won.
2. Simona Halep lifted WTA championship title after defeating Karolina Pliskova by 6-4, 7-6 in the final in Dubai.
3. Somdev Devvarman defeated Yuki Bhambri by 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 to retain the Delhi Open title of tennis.
4. Roger Federer defeated Novak Djokovic by 6-3, 7-5 to won the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title.
5. Viktor Troicki of Serbia defeated Mikhail Kukushkin in a straight set 6-2 6-3 to win the Sydney International title.
6. Sania Mirza and Bethanie Mattek-Sands defeated Abigail Spears and Raquel Kops-Jones to won the doubles title at the
Sydney International Tennis Tournament.
7. Roger Federer won the Brisbane International Title 2014. He beat Pat Rafter Arena to clinch his 83rd career title, to
become the third man, after Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl, to secure 1,000 ATP wins.
8. Maria Sharapova won the Brisbane International Title 2014. She defeated Ana Ivanovic to clinch her 34th career title.
9. Stanislas Wawrinka won the Chennai Open Title 2014.He defeated AljazBedene in the final.
10. Novak Djokovicw on the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) Finals


Indian Wells Open Tennis (BNP Paribas Open 2015)

Runner up
Mens single
Women's Singles
Women's Double

Mens Single
Womens Single
Mixed Doubles

Novak Djokovic
Simona Halep
Sania Mirza &Martina Hingis

Roger Federer
Ekaterina Makarova& Elena

Australian Open 2015

Runner - up
Novak Djokovic
Andy Murray
Serena Williams
Maria Sharapova (Russia)
Leander Paes& Martina Hingis
Daniel Nestor and Kristina Mladenovic

Note: Novak Djokovic won the Australian Open Mens Singles Title for the fifth time. He won his 8th Grand Slam title in his
career. Serena Williams won the Australian Open Womens Singles Title for the sixth time. She won her 19th Grand Slam
title in her career.

Badminton News
1. Carolina Marin became the first Spanish player to win the Wimbledon of badminton, All England Championship title. She
defeated Saina Nehwal in the final.
2. Saina Nehwal regained the world number 2 spot in the latest rankings released by the Badminton World Federation.
Top 5 players Women Single Badminton player:
1. LI Xuerui2. SainaNehwal3. Wang Shixian4. Carolina Marin5. Sung Ji Hyun
3. Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth won Swiss Grand Prix Gold Title by defeating Viktor Axelsen of Denmark by 21-15, 1221, 21-14 in the final.
4. Saina Nehwal defeated reigning World Champion Carolina Marin of Spain to retain the Syed Modi International Badminton
5. PV Sindhu won the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton title for the second consecutive time. She defeated Korean
Kim Hyo Min.
6. China open singles title - female: Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal defeated Akane Yamaguchi of Japan to win the title.
7. China open singles title - male: K Srikanth defeated Lin Dan of China to win the title.
Other Sports News
1. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton wins Australia Grand Prix title 2015.
2. Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri won the Indian Open title at the Delhi Golf Club. He defeated SSP Chowrasia on the first
playoff hole.
3. Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri defeated Austrian Bernd Wiesberger in the final to win the maiden Malaysian Open title.
4. Saloni Dalal became the youngest player to win the bronze medal in the 200 m breaststroke event in the 35th National
Games 2015.
5. France lifted the World Handball title by defeating Qatar by 25 - 22 in the final. With this win France has won the World
Championships title for the fifth time, which is a record in handball.
6. Indias open water swimmer Bhakti Sharma set a world record by swimming 1.4 miles in 52 minutes in one degree
temperature in the Antarctic Ocean. She broke the earlier records of British open water swimmer Lewis Pugh and
American swimmer Lynne Cox.

Highlights of The 35th National Games:

The 35th National Games was hosted by Kerala which was held from 31 January 2015 to 14 February 2015. It is the second
time that Kerala is hosting the national games after it hosted the 27th National Games in 1987. Union Minister of Urban
Development Shri Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the opening ceremony of national games 2015.

Mascot: The mascot of the 35th National Games is Ammu, The Great Hornbill, or the Great Indian Hornbill, the State bird
of Kerala.
Motto: The Motto of the 35th National Games is Get Set Play.
Goodwill Ambassador: Indian Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar is the goodwill ambassador of the games.

Key Points:
1. Total 33 sports disciplines included in the in 35th National Games.
2. Yachting is newly included event in 35th National Games.
3. Services Sports Control Board with total 159 medals (Gold -91), Silver 33), (Bronze 35) topped the medals tally.
4. Kerala ranked second in the medals tally with total 107 medals.
5. Sajan Prakash won total 8 medals (Gold 6, Silver 2) in Swimming event, which is the highest medals won by any
individual in the 35th National Games.
Medals Tally Top 5 Teams




Services SCB






Sajan Prakash


Inaocha Devi
Aakan kshaVora

Canoe & Kayak

Andaman &
Madhya Pradesh


Services SCB


Rajina Kiro

Vijay Kumar

Canoe & Kayak




Top 5 Medal Winners






Females Sports Player in News

1. MC Mary Kom
2. Seema Punia
Discus Throw
3. ManjuBala
Hammer Throw
4. Simona Halep
5. Dipika Pallikal
6. Joshana Chinappa
7. L Sarita Devi
8. PV Sindhu
9. Saina Nehwal








10. Petro Kvitova
11. Renubala Chanu
12. Heena Sidhu


Male Sports Player in News

1. AbhinavBindra
2. Jitu Rai
3. SauravGhosal
4. Yuki Bhambri
5. Pankaj Advani
6. Magnus Carlsen
7. Swarn Singh
8. K. Srikanth
9. VikasKrishan
10. AnirbanLahiri
11. Ajay Jayaram
12. Rory McIlroy
13. Michael Phelps
14. Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1
15. NicoRosberg
Formula 1
16. Marin Cilic
17. Kei Nishikori
18. Gurmail Singh
19. YogeshwarDutt
20. Bajrang
21. Jai Bhagwan
22. Manoj Kumar
23. Mark Selby

International Organizations & their Headquarter

1. United Nations Organization (UN)
New York
2. United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF)
New York
3. United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA)
New York
4. United Nations Conference on Trade &
Development (UNCTAD)
5. World Health Organization (WHO)
6. International LabourOrganisation
7. World Trade Organisation
8. World Meteorological Organisation
9. World Intellectual Property Organisation
10. World Economic Forum

11. United Nations Education Scientific & Cultural

Organisation (UNESCO)

Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva, Switzerland
Geneva, Switzerland
Geneva, Switzerland
Geneva, Switzerland
Geneva, Switzerland
Geneva, Switzerland
Paris, France
12. Organisation for Economic Cooperation &
Development (OECD)

Paris, France

13. United Nations Industrial Development

Organisation (UNIDO)
14. International Atomic Agency
15. Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries

Vienna, Austria

18. Amnesty International

19. International Maritime Organisation
20. Commonwealth of Nations

London, UK
London, UK
London, UK

Vienna, Austria
Vienna, Austria

16. International Monetary Fund (IMF)

17. World Bank

Washington DC
Washington DC

21. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)

Brussels, Belgium

22. South Asian Association for Regional

Cooperation (SAARC)

Kathmandu, Nepal

23. Asian Development Bank

Manila, Philippines

25. Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)


24. Association of South East Nations (ASEAN)

26. International Cricket Council (ICC)

27. Food & Agricultural Organisation (FAO)

Sr. no.

12th January
15th January
24th Jan
25th January
30th January
4th Feb
28th Feb
8th March
9th March
15th March
20th March
21st March
22nd March
23rd March

Jakarta, Indonesia
Dubai, UAE

List of Important Days

National Youth day (Birthday of Vivekananda).
Army day.
National Girl Child Day.
National tourism day/ Voters day
National Martyrs day & World anti Leprosy Day
World Cancer Day.
National science day
International women day
World Kidney day
World Consumer rights day ,
World Sparrow Day & International Happiness Day.
World Forestry day
World water day
World Meteorological day

24th March
2 April
7th April
21st April
22nd April
24th April
1st May
3rd May
11th May
21st May
31st May
5th June
1st July
11th July
6th August
9th August
12th August
29th August
5th Sept
8th Sept
14th Sept
15th Sept
16th Sept
2nd Oct
8th Oct
9th Oct
24th Oct
17th Nov
18th Nov
19th Nov
27th Nov
1st Dec
14th Dec
24 Dec
25 Dec

World T.B. day

World Autism Awareness Day
World Health day
Civil service day
World Earth day
Panchayat Divas
International Labour day
World Press Freedom Day
National Technology day
Anti Terrorism day (Death day of Rajiv Gandhi)
Anti Tobacco day (No smoking day)
World Environment day
Doctors day
World population day
Hiroshima day
Nagasaki day
International youth day
National Sports day
Teachers day
World Literacy day
Hindi Divas
Engineers day
Ozone day
International Non-violence day
Air force day
World post day
United nation day
Students day
Adults day
Citizens day
National law day
AIDS day
Navy day
Human Rights day
National Energy Conservation Day.
National Consumers Rights Day
Good Governance Day

Important Hydroelectric Power Plants / Dams in India

1. Tehri Dam
2. Nathpa Jhakri Dam
3. Pong Dam or Maharana
Pratap Sagar

4. Bhakra Dam
5. Chamera Dam
6. Salal Hydroelectric Power
7. Uri Dam
8. Nimmo Bazgo

Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh


Jammu & Kashmir

Leh, Jammu & Kashmir


Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu & Kashmir

9. Chutak
10. Kishanganga Hydroelectric
11. Srisailam Dam
12. Nagarjuna Sagar Dam
13. Idukki
14. Mettur Dam
15. Sardar Sarovar
16. Indira Sagar

17. Koyna Hydroelectric Power

18. Bansagar Dam
19. Mulshi Dam

20. Hirakud Dam

21. Ranjit Sagar Dam

Kargil, Jammu & Kashmir

Jammu & Kashmir


Madhya Pradesh


Andhra Pradesh, Telangana

Andhra Pradesh, Telangana
Tamil Nadu

Madhya Pradesh






22. Baglihar Dam


Jammu & Kashmir



Thermal Power Stations in India

Power Station
1. Mundra Thermal
Power Station
2. Mundra Ultra Mega
Power Project
3. Vindhyachal Super
Thermal Power Station
4. Tirora Thermal
Power Station
5. Korba Super
Thermal Power Plant
6. Chandrapur Super
Thermal Power Station
7. Sipat Thermal
Power Station
8. Trombay Thermal
Power Station
9. Khaperkheda
Thermal Power Station
10. Satpura Thermal
Power Station
11. Ukai Thermal
Power Station
12. Sikka Thermal
Power Station
13. Talcher Super
Thermal Power Station
14. Hirakud Captive
Power Plant




Vindhya Nagar


Madhya Pradesh


Jamani Palli



Ukai Dam










15. Chandrapura
Thermal Power Station
16. Barauni Thermal
Power Station
17. Durgapur Thermal
Power Station
18. Rihand Thermal
Power Station
19. Singrauli Super
Thermal Power Station
20. Anpara Thermal
Power Station
21. Suratgarh Super
Thermal Power Station
22. Obra Thermal
Power Station
23. Sasan Ultra Mega
Power Project
24. Panki Thermal
Power Station
25. Simhadri Super
Thermal Power Station
26. Neyveli Thermal
Power Station
27. Mettur Theral
Power Station
28. Udupi Theral
Power Station
29. Bellary Theral
Power Station
30. Chhabra Thermal
Power Plant






West Bengal


Rihand Nagar




Sri Ganganagar














Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh
Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu

Nuclear Power Station in India

Power Station

1. Tarapur
Atomic Power
2. Rajasthan
Atomic Power
3. Kakrapar
Atomic Power
4. Kundankulam
Nuclear Power















Tamil Nadu
5. Kaiga Nuclear
Power Plant
6. Madras Atomic
Power Station
7. Narora Atomic
Power Station
8. Gorakhpur
Atomic Power
9. Jaitapur
Nuclear Power


Uttara Kannada




Uttar Pradesh








Tamil Nadu


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