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GA UPDATES FROM 26 DEC TO 17 JANUARY 1. Raghuvar Das to be first non-tribal Chief
GA UPDATES FROM 26 DEC TO 17 JANUARY 1. Raghuvar Das to be first non-tribal Chief

GA UPDATES FROM 26 th DEC TO 17 th JANUARY

  • 1. Raghuvar Das to be first non-tribal Chief Minister of

Jharkhand.The BJP-AJSU alliance had won absolute majority in the recent Assembly polls bagging 42 out of the total 81 seats.

Master (IM) Murali Karthikeyan, IM Aravindh Chithambaram and Kumaran Balaji won their respective matches to clinch the Gold i. Russia defeated Ukraine 3.5-0.5 in the final round to come at second place and win the Silver medal

  • 2. PM Modi nominates Kapil Sharma, Saurav Ganguly,

GA UPDATES FROM 26 DEC TO 17 JANUARY 1. Raghuvar Das to be first non-tribal Chief

Kiran Bedi for 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan' nine people including Nagaland Governor Padmanabha Acharya, classical dancer Sonal Mansingh, Ramoji Rao of Eenadu group and Aroon Purie of India Today group.He also nominated some organisations which included Institute of

Chartered Accountants of India, Eenadu and India Today groups besides 'dabbewale' of Mumbai, who deliver home- made food to lakhs of people in the city.

  • 3. Death toll rises to 81, operations launched against NDFB

militants along the border with Arunachal Pradesh.

  • 4. President signs two key ordinance on insurance and coal

allowing hike in the FDI cap in the insurance sector and facilitating e-auction of coal blocks. i.The NDA Government had recommended promulgation of these ordinances after failing to get them passed in Parliament. ii. The Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill, 2014 was passed by the Lok Sabha but could not be taken up for discussion in the Rajya Sabha, pushing the government to recommend a re-promulgation of the coal ordinance. iii. In case of the insurance amendment bill, the Government recommended promulgation of a fresh ordinance, allowing hiking the FDI cap in the sector from 26 to 49 per cent. iv. The government hopes the increased FDI cap would bring in additional capital inflow of USD 6-8 billion to the insurance sector. v. While the Insurance Laws Amendment Bill, 2008 had been approved by the Select Committee of the Rajya Sabha, it could not be taken up for discussion in Parliament owing to pandemonium over the conversion row, among other issues.

  • 5. India won Gold in World Youth Under-16 Chess

Olympiad against Turkey 3.0-1.0 in the final round at the FIDE (Federation Internationale des Echecs) tournament held at Gyor, Hungary.Te three Indians International

6. India joins UN body to strengthen early warning system for natural disasters.India in association with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) announced contribution of US$ 1 million to the Multi-Donor Trust Fund for Tsunami, disaster and climate preparedness in Indian Ocean and Southeast Asian Countries. i. India is a 'Regional Service Provider' for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWS), which became operational in 2011. ii. India is also an active member of the ESCAP/World Meteorological Organization Panel on Tropical Cyclones.

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7. Union Government launched health mission- 'Mission Indradhanush'.Jagat Prakash Nadda, Health and Family Welfare Minister launched

7. Union Government launched health mission- 'Mission Indradhanush'.Jagat Prakash Nadda, Health and Family Welfare Minister launched the mission with an aim to cover all those children who are unvaccinated or are partially vaccinated against seven vaccine preventable diseases which include diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, measles and hepatitis B, by the end of the year 2020.

to reduce driver fatigue and provide for a superior commuting experience.The buses, built by Tata Marcopolo, are being operated by private operators.

12.

Trevor Bull appointed as CEO and MD of Aviva India

Life Insurance.He succeeded TR Ramachandran who led Aviva India since October 2008. Bull will take charge of the

post from January 2015.

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India’s Ankita wins maiden ITF singles title after

8. Microsoft’s chief Saty Nadella to help in digital India initiative.He also met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and discussed modernisation and security of the government’s digital infrastructure, among other issues.

9. NYK Auto to set up Ro-Ro terminal at Pipavav port.

  • i. NYK Auto Logistics (India), a part of automotive ocean

transportation and logistics major NYK Group of Tokyo, has entered into an agreement with Gujarat Pipavav Port Ltd. (APM Terminals Pipavav) to set up a dedicated Roll- on/Roll-off (Ro-Ro) automobile yard at Pipavav port in Gujarat. ii.Under the arrangement, Gujarat Pipavav Port has sub- leased 85,000 sq. meters of land for 10 years inside its premises to NYK Auto to develop a dedicated common user integrated Ro-Ro terminal. iii. NYK group operates 18 Ro-Ro terminals globally, including seven in China, Thailand and Singapore. iv. Gujarat Pipavav Port will provide all the port and related facilities for ensuring smooth and seamless flow of automobile cargo.

7. Union Government launched health mission- 'Mission Indradhanush'.Jagat Prakash Nadda, Health and Family Welfare Minister launched

10.DRDO conducts maiden test-flight of Panchi,the wheeled version of the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Nishant, capable of taking off from and landing on small

airstrips, had its maiden flight from an airfield at Kolar in Karnataka.

  • i. The aim of the flight, which lasted 25 minutes, was “to demonstrate that Panchi can take off and land on its

defeating British teenager Katy Dunne in straight sets in a one-sided final.She lift her maiden $25,000 ITF singles title at the Deccan Gymkhana in Pune.This was the India no.1 woman singles player’s maiden $25,000 title and the 294- ranked Ankita expressed her delight over becoming the first from the host nation to clinch a title in the tournament after 14 years. Ankita earned 50 WTA points, She broke her rival’s serve five times in two sets while dropping her own only once in the title clash.

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Amitabh Bachchan honoured with Yash Chopra

Memorial Award.Maharashtra Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao honoured him with the award, which was given to Lata Mangeshkar last year.

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To re-energise the mutual fund industry, regulator Sebi

to set up expert panel to suggest measures for increasing distribution of MF products through digital modes such as internet and mobiles. The panel, a sub-committee of Sebi's Advisory Committee on Mutual Funds, will look into various options and steps required to boost the penetration of mutual fund products through use of digital channels for their sale.The sub-committee, to be headed by M N Gopinath, will submit a report to the Sebi Advisory Committee.

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Save paper: Officials asked to write notes on both

sides.With an aim of saving precious paper pulp, Labour Department of the Delhi government has asked all its officials, including all deputy commissioners, to write notes on both sides of paper and type in single space.The

department has issued a circular directing officials to take such steps to minimise the impact on environment as trees are the major source of paper pulp production.

wheels. ii. Panchi was designed and developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) facility at Bengaluru.

11. Tata Motors country's largest automobile company flags off 123 AC buses in Ahmedabad equipped with automatic transmission.These buses are in addition to the order bagged by Tata Motors for 3,200 buses under the JNNURM-phase II scheme and are meant

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France hopeful of $6-billion surface-to-air Maitri

missile project. The project for joint development and production between India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and France's MBDA, was initiated in 2007. An MoU to co-develop the missile was signed during French President Francois Hollande's visit to India in February last year.The range of SRSAM will be of 40 km, Akash's range is only 25 km.

18.

Congress marks 130th Foundation Day.Established in

1885.

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  • 19. US and NATO combat forces marks end of war fought

for 13 years in Afghanistan.From January 1, the US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) combat mission, will be replaced by a NATO “training and support” mission.

  • 20. Tata Coffee names Sanjiv Sarin as Managing Director

and CEO designate after the retirement of Hameed Huq, the current MD and CEO.

  • 21. AirAsia QZ8501: Indonesia plane 'at bottom of sea'.162

died

  • 22. L&T Hydrocarbon bags Rs 894 cr offshore contract

from ONGC(Oil & Natural Gas Corporation) for additional development of the Vasai East project.

  • i. The Rs 2,500 crore project will result in incremental oil production of 1.83 million metric tonne (MMT) and

19. US and NATO combat forces marks end of war fought for 13 years in Afghanistan.From

incremental gas production of 1.971 billion cubic metres (BCM) by 2030. ii. L & T Hydrocarbon Engineering (LTHE) has bagged the contract from ONGC to improve recovery factor of Vasai East field where production started in 2008, and it is scheduled to be completed by April 2016.

  • 23. PM chairs high-level meeting with Government officials

on 'Smart City' initiative.

  • 24. Black money: Over 1,000 individuals and companies

under Sebi scanner for allegedly using stock markets to

evade taxes and launder money through companies mostly existing on paper.

  • 25. Dhoni retires from Test cricket with immediate effect,

citing strain of playing all formats, after his team lost the

Border - Gavaskar Trophy to Australia.

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Dhoni's Test Career in numbers 26. Virat Kohli named captain i. Virat Kohli is named the
Dhoni's Test Career in numbers
26. Virat Kohli named captain
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Virat Kohli is named the new captain of the Indian Test
team.He will be the 32nd Indian Test captain and will take
the reign in the full time manner from the Sydney
Test.Kohli first captained India as a stand in captain in the
first test of the series at Adelaide.
27. 8 FDI proposals worth Rs 35 crore cleared including
that of CSC Computer Sciences International Operations
and Life Positive Pvt Ltd.CSC has sought permission for
setting up a proposed LLP with an investment of about Rs
30 crore.
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While, Life Positive seeks to increase foreign equity
participation from existing 96 per cent to 99 per cent and
induction of further FDI of about Rs 4.61 crore by foreign
collaborators.
ii. Among others, government cleared proposals of
Mahanagar Gas Limited, Medicamen Biotech Ltd,
TutorVista Global Private Ltd, Ventura (India) Pvt Ltd,
Syssmart Services LLP and Mahindra CIE Automotive Ltd.
28. Super 30 among top 3 pioneering education initiatives
i.
A Japanese media group has selected Mathematician
Anand Kumar’s Super 30 among three pioneering
initiatives in the field of education.Two others academic
institutions, namely Japan’s educational club, which works
for education to children from lower and middle classes,
and France’s reading and writing club, working with a
mission to arrest declining educational standards in the
29. Union Cabinet approved hike of government stake in
country, find berth as initiatives across the world by
Japanese media group Asahi Shinbun.
IFCI to 51 percent.The increase in government stake will
be through infusion of 60 crore rupees by way of
acquisition of preference shares from existing share
holders.
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i.As a result, India’s oldest financial institution IFCI will now become a government owned company. ii.

i.As a result, India’s oldest financial institution IFCI will now become a government owned company. ii. The current shareholding of Union government in IFCI after inclusion of the preference share capital was 47.93 percent. Therefore, IFCI was not a Government Company under section 2(45) of the Companies Act, 2013. iii. IFCI was set up in 1948 and it is a statutory corporation under the Industrial Finance Corporation Act, 1948.

i.As a result, India’s oldest financial institution IFCI will now become a government owned company. ii.
  • 30. RBI liberalised norms for Overseas Direct Investment

by Indian companies i. The liberalization of norms was part of series of amendment done by RBI from time to time in the Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or Issue of any Foreign Security) (Amendment) Regulations, 2004. ii. Liberalised norms - • Bank may permit creation of charge on the shares of the Joint Venture/Wholly Owned Subsidiary/Step down Subsidiary (JV/WOS/SDS) of an Indian party in favour of a domestic or overseas lender for securing funded and/or non-funded facility. • The loan availed by the JV/WOS/SDS from the domestic/overseas lender shall be utilized only for its core business activities overseas and not for investing back in India in any manner whatsoever. • Bank may permit creation of charge on the domestic assets of an Indian party in favour of an overseas lender for securing the funded and/or non-funded facility. • Bank may permit creation of charge on the overseas assets (excluding the shares) of the JV/WOS/SDS of an Indian party in favour of a domestic lender for securing the funded and/or non-funded facility.

  • 31. Palestinian statehood resolution fails at UNSC:The UN

Security Council has failed to adopt a Palestinian statehood resolution that set a deadline for the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Palestinian territories by 2017. i.The long-anticipated draft drew the support of eight countries -- Argentina, Chad, Chile, China, France, Jordan, Luxembourg, Russia -- just one shy of the nine needed to pass a resolution in the absence of a veto by any of the Council’s five permanent members. ii. The United States and Australia opposed the resolution while the United Kingdom, Nigeria, South Korea, Rwanda and Lithuania abstained.

  • 32. Kudankulam commercial power: SEBs to pay more per

Limited (NPCIL) will start charging money from the State Electricity Boards (SEBs) to which it sells the electricity. R.S. Sundar, Site Director, Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project, said Kudankulam-1 had been generating its full power of 1,000 MWe from December 10, 2014.

  • 33. Cristiano Ronaldo voted Europe’s top footballer:The

results of the survey showed 89 of the 144 European sports reporters queried named the Real Madrid forward as the region’s top player,for the second year in a row carried out by Uruguay’s El Pais daily. i.German goalie Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich) and Argentina’s Lionel Messi (Barcelona) came in distant second and third places, with 19 and 16 votes, respectively.

  • 34. Gmail blocked in China, Great Firewall suspected:The

Google disruption began in the run-up to the 25th anniversary of the government’s bloody crackdown on

pro-democracy demonstrators around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989.

  • 35. Lupin’s HIV drug gets USFDA nod:Drug firm Lupin has

received tentative approval from the U.S. health regulator to market a generic version of Prezista tablets, used in treating HIV infection.The company has received tentative

i.As a result, India’s oldest financial institution IFCI will now become a government owned company. ii.

approval from the United States Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) to market its Darunavir Ethanolate tablets in multiple strengths in the American market, Lupin said in a statement. i. Last week, the company had received USFDA approval to market a generic version of ViiV Healthcare’s Epivir Tablets, used in treating HIV infection, in the American market.

i.As a result, India’s oldest financial institution IFCI will now become a government owned company. ii.
  • 36. IRDA renamed to Insurance Regulatory and

Development Authority of India Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) was renamed as Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India on 30 December 2014. i. The change in name came in to effect after the promulgation of Insurance Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2014, by the President of India on 26 December 2014. ii.The amendment was done to the Insurance Regulation and Development Act, 1999 by inserting the words India after Development Authority in Section 105 of the Ordinance amends section 2 (1)(b) of the IRDA Act.

unit:The significance of commercial generation of power from the first unit at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project is that the Nuclear Power Corporation of India

  • 37. Union Government signed 75 million dollar loan deal

with ADB for KIUWMIP

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i. Union Government on 30 December 2014 signed a loan agreement with the Asian Development Bank

i. Union Government on 30 December 2014 signed a loan agreement with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for 75 million dollar and 1.8 million dollar grant for Karnataka Integrated Urban Water Management Investment Program (KIUWMIP). ii. The funds will be used to improve water resource management in three towns of Karnataka, namely Byadagi, Davanagere and Harihar in the Upper Tungabhadra sub- basin. iii. This project will help increase water treatment capacity by 15000 cubic meters per day.

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BHEL bags first key power project in Telangana:BHEL

will set up first Supercritical Thermal Power Plant in newly formed state of Telangana. The company has bagged contract worth Rs. 3,810 crore. i. The order is for setting up the 1x800 MW Supercritical Thermal Power Plant on EPC (Engineering, Procurement & Construction) basis at Kothagudem in Khammam District of Telangana. ii. To this effect, an advance cheque of Rs. 350 crore was handed over by the Chief Minister of Telangana, K. Chandrasekhar Rao to Chairman & Managing Director. iii. The project is targeted to be commissioned in 36 months on fast track basis with both BHEL and TSGENCO setting up teams to expedite clearances and execution of the project.

38 Krishan Kant Paul to be Uttarakhand 6th Governor:Mr. Paul, Meghalaya Governor, would continue to hold the office of the Governor of Manipur.

39. Uttarakhand governor Aziz Qureshi transferred to Mizoram. West Bengal governor K N Tripathi meanwhile has been asked to take additional charge of Meghalaya.

42.India's LIC International launches co-branded credit card with UAE's First Gulf Bank. It is first of its kind payment solution. This is the first time that an insurance firm has entered into a strategic alliance with a bank in the gulf country. LIC International, established in Bahrain in 1989 by LIC of India to facilitate residents in the gulf region, has over 350 million policyholders worldwide.

40. Pakistani fishing boat carrying explosives sets itself on fire after being chased by Indian Coast Guard in Arabian Sea near Indo-Pak maritime boundary. The incident came a month after sixth anniversary of the Mumbai terror attack.

Government to prioritise drugs, states to revive Jan

Aushadhi Pharmacies.Government is considering a proposal to trim the list of drugs being distributed through Jan Aushadhi outlets to 40-50 mass consumption ones from the 320 medicines enlisted to be part of stock at present.

R Koteeswaran takes over as new Indian Overseas

Bank CMD. Prior to this, Koteeswaran was serving Bank of

India as its Executive Director.He replaces M Narendra who has superannuated

LED there be light: Modi launches scheme to brighten

Delhi i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a scheme for LED bulb distribution under domestic efficient lighting programme (DELP) in Delhi. ii. Describing the LED bulb as a ‘prakash path’ (way to light), Mr. Modi said that it is much more economical to conserve power than to produce power. iii. LED bulbs shall be distributed in a phased manner from March 2015 onwards, an official statement said. iv. The entire project of installing LED bulbs for domestic and street lighting in 100 cities is targeted for completion by March 2016. v. In Delhi, LED bulbs will be provided to all domestic consumers at an initial payment of Rs 10 each and recovery of Rs 10 each for 12 months from their electricity bill.

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46. Laxman, SP Balasubrahmanyam new Swachh Bharat ambassadors The Centre on Monday nominated cricketer V.V.S. Laxman,
  • 46. Laxman, SP Balasubrahmanyam new Swachh Bharat

ambassadors The Centre on Monday nominated cricketer V.V.S. Laxman, chess player Koneru Humpy, playback singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyam , MPs K.Kavitha, Jayadev Galla, badminton icon P.Gopichand, corporate personalities B.V.R. Mohan Reddy, J.A.Chowdary, Rameshwar Rao and Gopichand, G.S. Rao from medical field, lyricist S. Ashok Teja, Telugu actor Nitin and media personality V. Radhakrishna. i.The nomination was formally made by Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu at a function in Hyderabad.

i. A smart "world-class" city in Dwarka, exclusive apartments for senior citizens, a financial hub, electric buses for Delhi and erecting the city's tallest building are among DDA's major plans this year.

World Cup 2015 squad announced: The Board of

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Five-day coal strike begins

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Control for Cricket in India on Tuesday released its 15-

member squad for the World Cup 2015.Mahendra Singh Dhoni (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli,Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja , Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Stuart Binny and Umesh Yadav. India will start it's World Cup campaign against Pakistan on 15th of February.

  • 47. Sports ministry recommends Saina Nehwal's name for

Padma Bhushan

46. Laxman, SP Balasubrahmanyam new Swachh Bharat ambassadors The Centre on Monday nominated cricketer V.V.S. Laxman,

i. The Trade union have gone on strike to protest against ’disinvestment and restructuring of State-run Coal India’ and to press for their other demands including the roll- back of what they call as “process of denationalizing of coal sector”. ii.The strike can affect coal production of up to 1.5 million tonnes a day and may also hit supplies to power plants which are already grappling with fuel shortages. iii. All five major trade unions of the coal PSU had boycotted a meeting called by Coal Minister Piyush Goyal last week.

  • 48. 18 Jharkhand villages identified under 'Green India

Mission' for undertaking eco-friendly development programmes in the areas falling under Seraikela forest division in Seraikela-Kharswan district of Jharkhand. i.The main objective of the mission was to develop the ecological and economic scenerio by choosing different developmental schemes including rain water harvesting and greenery among others.

ISRO gears up to launch IRNSS 1D which would put in

place India's own navigation system on par with the Global Positioning System of the US. i "The launch campaign for IRNSS 1D has come, which starts on January 16. Within two months, all components from other ISRO labs have to reach Sriharikota. The launch is likely after March 15. ii. IRNSS 1D is the fourth in the series of seven satellites, the national space agency is planning to launch to put in place the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).

  • 49. Arvind Panagariya to be Vice-Chairman of PM

Narendra Modi's NITI Aayog

  • i. Eminent free-market economist Arvind Panagariya has

been appointed to run Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's new policy commission, or NITI Aayog.He is Indian- born economics professor at Columbia University in New York. Note: Niti Aayog has been set up to modernise economic strategy after decades of Soviet-style central planning.

55. P Krishnamurthy appointed as Private Secretary of Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. He is appointed for a five-year period or on co-terminus basis with the minister's tenure.He served as the Director of National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) from 2011 to 2014.

  • 50. Government to implement new Companies Act that

includes setting up IEPFA Investor Education and Protection Fund Authority and NFRA National Financial Reporting Authority within six months.

  • i. NFRA will be responsible for monitoring, compliance

review and overseeing quality of service, enforcement and standard setting in accounting and auditing. iv. IEPFA, which will be set up under the new Companies

Act, will manage investor education and protection fund. If the amount deposited with companies is not claimed for more than seven years, it will go to IEPFA.

  • 51. DDA plans smart city, flats for senior citizens in 2015

Union Cabinet approved to set up India-based Neutrino

Observatory in TN. The INO laboratory will host experiments such as the neutrino-less double beta decay and the search for dark matter. i.The INO project will be set up near Pottipuram village in the Bodi West Hills of Theni district in Tamil Nadu. The project is at an estimated cost of 1500 crore rupees.

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57. Former Minister of State for PWD (Public Works Department) Ram Prasad Kamal died. 58.Mahinda Rajapaksa
57. Former Minister of State for PWD (Public Works Department) Ram Prasad Kamal died. 58.Mahinda Rajapaksa

57. Former Minister of State for PWD (Public Works Department) Ram Prasad Kamal died.

58.Mahinda Rajapaksa concedes defeat to opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena in the presidential election. i. Sirisena met the next Prime Minister Ranil

Vickramaisnghe at the Independence Square, Colombo to discuss the future course of action. ii. Less than two months ago, when the president called snap elections, this outcome was unimaginable. There was no big opposition candidate in sight.

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Google CEO Larry Page emerges as 'business person of

the year' for 2014 edging past the likes of Alibaba co-

founder Jack Ma and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, according to Fortune magazine.

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KKR partners GIC to set up India real estate lending

company i. KKR (Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co), American multinational private equity firm, had set up a non- banking financial company in the country for lending to the real estate sector, with an investment from Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC. ii. Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC, which has shown interest in the realty segment in the recent past, will also invest in the newly formed company.

Then suddenly Mr Sirisena, then the health minister,

.. iii switched sides, propped up by heavyweight politicians and

later supported by many minority groups.

59. SEBI proposes e-IPO norms (Electronic-Initial public offer) i. Investors can bid for shares through Internet and eventually on mobiles, while already listed PSUs will be provided a 'fast-track' route for share sales to meet the disinvestment targets. ii. For already listed companies ,Sebi has proposed a fast- track route for raising of funds through FPOs (Follow-on Public Offers) or Rights Offers (where funds can be raised from existing shareholders). iii. The fast-track route of raising capital has been proposed for companies having public shareholding market valuation of as low as Rs 250 crore, as against Rs 3,000 crore currently. iv. Currently, applications for IPOs can be uploaded on a real-time basis only through ASBA (Application Supported by Blocked Amount). Only self-certified syndicate banks are authorised to manage it. v. With regard to fast-track issuances of Follow on Public Offer (FPO) and rights issue, Sebi proposed that route can be extended to companies having an average market capitalisation of between Rs 250 crore to Rs 3,000 crore.

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Governor’s rule imposed in Jammu and Kashmir on the

Governor N.N. Vohra's recommendations. i. More than a fortnight after the results of the Assembly elections have been out, neither PDP which emerged as the single largest party with 28 seats nor BJP with 25 could get the magic figure of 44 to stake claim to form a government in the 87-member House. NC has 15 MLAs while the Congress 12.

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Vaccine Raksha Blu for bluetongue disease launched by

Gachibowli facility of Indian Immunologicals Limited (IIL) in Hyderabad, Telangana with an aim to minimise the economic loss of the animal farming community that occurs due to bluetongue disease.Per dose of the vaccine will be available for farmers at an expense of 5 rupees. NOTE: The vaccine is the result of collaborative efforts of IIL, TANUVAS (Tamil Nadu University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences) and ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research). The vaccine was developed in three years.

57. Former Minister of State for PWD (Public Works Department) Ram Prasad Kamal died. 58.Mahinda Rajapaksa

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Tatas’ Vistara starts flying:Tatas hold a majority 51 per

60. Qantas rated as ‘World’s Safest Airline for 2015′:AirlineRatings.com, safety and product rating website, has announced its top ten safest airlines and top ten safest low cost airlines for 2015 from the 449 it monitors.Making up the remainder of the top ten in alphabetical order are: Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific Airways, British Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines.Over its 94- year history Qantas has amassed an extraordinary record of firsts in safety and operations and is now accepted as the world’s most experienced airline.

cent stake in Vistara — a joint venture with Singapore Airlines, which holds the remaining 49 per cent. The first Vistara flight flew from Delhi to Mumbai today — over six decades after Tata Airlines was rechristened as Air India, and eventually nationalised in 1950s.

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Vibrant Gujarat: PM Narendra Modi promises to make

India easiest place to do business with a stable tax regime and a predictable, transparent and fair policy environment. ii. a single window clearance for projects is being set up at both central and state level.

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ii. According to the Organisation for Economic Co- operation and Development (OECD), India would be the

ii. According to the Organisation for Economic Co- operation and Development (OECD), India would be the only country among world's top economies which would increase its pace of growth this year. iii. Recent initiatives towards a favourable enviornment is - FDI in construction has been liberalised, 100 per cent foreign investment has been allowed in railways, the defence sector has been opened for FDI up to 49 per cent and a similar level in the insurance sector.

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World Bank projects 6.4% economic growth in India in

2015:World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said that the Indian economy is likely to grow at 6.4 per cent in 2015 and accelerate further in the next year. i.After slowing to sub-five per cent growth in the previous two financial years, the economy has started showing signs of pick-up as it expanded by 5.7 per cent and 5.3 per cent

in the second and third quarter of 2015. ii. Mr. Jim said, he was “very encouraged” by the recent proposal of a Constitution amendment bill for Goods and Services Tax. iii. GST will create one common market and substantial saving for companies on logistics, especially if the structure of the GST is uniform.

67. Investers Boom in Gujrat: Reliance will invest Rs.1,00,000 crore in Gujarat across its businesses, including the Gujarat petrochemical complex, in the next 18 months. i. As part of the investment programme, RIL will partner with thousands of small businesses and Gujarati entrepreneurs to create virtuous cycle of prosperity, Mr. Ambani said. ii. Kumarmangalam Birla said the diversified Aditya Birla Group will invest Rs. 20,000 crore over a period of time in the state to ramp up capacities across various existing facilities. iii . On the anvil are brownfield expansions at our cement plant in Sevagram, the VSF plants in Vilayat and Bharuch, and along with that, expansion in metal plants (among others) here.

Facebook is the leader of social media, a survey by a

US-based global think tank Pew Research Centre that involved 1,597 internet users revealed that 71 per cent of US adults were hooked to Facebook in 2014.

SunEdison inks pact with OmnigridMicropower

Company (OMC), which is engaged in building small-scale power plants with renewable sources have entered into an agreement to develop 5,000 rural projects, representing 250 MW of electricity, throughout India over the next three to five years. ii. SunEdison and OMC have an offering that can help telecommunication organisations meet their regulatory requirements and provide energy to local communities. iii. SunEdison is currently building 60 mini grids across India - this initiative will further accelerate our efforts towards the Prime Minister's Energy Vision of making electricity available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Federer notches 1,000th match win, claims Brisbane

title and collected his 83rd title with a win over third-

seeded Milos Raonic of Canada in the Brisbane International final. i. The 17-time major winner broke Raonic’s serve in the third game and again in the opening game of the second set before Raonic broke back for 2-2 and then dominated the tiebreaker.

NRIs can vote through postal ballots:Centre gave their

nod to the proposal prepared by a 12-member committee led by Vinod Zutshi, Deputy Election Commissioner, for ‘Exploring Feasibility of Alternative Options for Voting by Overseas Electors’. i.The Centre told the Supreme Court that the EC’s recommendation to extend voting rights to NRIs through postal ballots have been accepted in letter and spirit. ii. Chief Justice H L Dattu and A K Sikri asked the Centre to inform it about “further steps taken to implement the suggestions.”

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iii. The poll panel had contended that the move to allow NRIs to use proxy voting

iii. The poll panel had contended that the move to allow NRIs to use proxy voting on the lines of defence personnel and e-ballot facility will require changes in the law and a legislative framework.

84.

Microsoft ties up with Idea for paid apps, games.Idea

users will be able to purchase premium apps and games from the Windows Store on Microsoft Lumia as well as other Windows-based smartphones and pay for them through integrated billing.

  • 82. The 72nd Golden Globe Awards announced in Beverly

Hills, California. ii. Coming of age tale "Boyhood" won the coveted Golden Globe for best drama. ii. while the quirky period caper "The Grand Budapest Hotel" was the surprise winner for best comedy or musical, in a big upset to awards season front-runner "Birdman." List of award winners - Best Motion Picture-Drama: Boyhood Best Actor in a Motion Picture- Drama: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything Best Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama: Julianne Moore, Still Alice Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical: The Grand Budapest Hotel Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical:

Amy Adams, Big Eyes Best Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical:

Michael Keaton, Birdman Best Animated Film: How To Train Your Dragon 2 Best Foreign Language Film: Leviathan (Russia) Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash Best Director-Motion Picture: Richard Linklater, Boyhood Best Screenplay: Birdman Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Johann Johannsson, The Theory of Everything • Best Original Song - Motion Picture: John Legend and Common, "Glory," Selma

  • 83. Govt to sell stake in PSUs:Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

said the divestment programme would be pursued on priority and involve more than one PSU during this period. There are reports that the government is looking to sell 10 per cent stake in Coal India to raise Rs 24,000 crore.The government has realised Rs 1,715 crore from

disinvestment proceeds so far in the current fiscal 2014- 15.Government have set a target of Rs 43,425 crore from sale of its shares in listed companies.

iii. The poll panel had contended that the move to allow NRIs to use proxy voting

85.

National Youth Day observed across India on 12

January to mark the birth anniversary of social reformer, philosopher and thinker Swami Vivekananda.This is the 152nd birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.He is best known for his inspiring speech at the Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago in 1893 in which he introduced Hinduism, his words began with words, Sisters and brothers of America.

86.

Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC)-SHAR(Sriharikota

Range) director MYS Prasad chosen for Vikram Sarabhai

Memorial Award 2015

iii. The poll panel had contended that the move to allow NRIs to use proxy voting

EC announces Delhi Assembly poll dates; voting on Feb

7, counting on Feb 10 held in a single phase for 70

Assembly seats. The total electorate of Delhi is 1.3 crore and the total number of total stations are 11763. Model Code of Conduct has come into force from today.In 2013, the BJP had emerged as the single largest party with 31 MLAs, followed by AAP which got 28 MLAs.

Stan Wawrinka wins Chennai Open over Slovenian

qualifier Aljaz Bedene it was the second consecutive title victory at Chennai and third overall for the top-seeded player, who did not drop a set in the tournament.

89.

AS Kiran Kumar appointed as new ISRO chief. He was

the director of Satellite Application Centre and joined ISRO in 1975.He was also behind the success of India's Mars

Orbiter Mission which entered the Martian orbit on September 24.Kumar has contributed to the design and development of Electro-Optical Imaging Sensors for Airborne, LEO and GEO platform based imaging sensors starting from Bhaskara TV payload to the latest TMC adHySI payloads for Chandrayaan-1 missions.

90.

Raghuram Rajan named Governor of the Year in

Central Banking Awards i.Jacques de Larosiere winning the Lifetime Achievement Award after a lengthy struggle for monetary order while Claudio Borio, head of the monetary and economic

department at the Bank for International Settlements, was handed the inaugural award for Economics in Central

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Banking, designed to recognise significant contributions to the field. ii. This is a recognition of the

Banking, designed to recognise significant contributions to the field. ii. This is a recognition of the part the Reserve Bank of India and its staff have been playing in bringing macroeconomic stability to the Indian economy.

91. Retail inflation up at 5% in Dec on higher food prices as prices of some food items, including fruits and vegetables, increased.In November, retail inflation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) was at 4.38 percent, the lowest level since government started computing the new series of data in January 2012.The consumer inflation rose to 5.32 percent in urban India and 4.71 percent in rural area during December.

95.

Australia launched Online Visa Pilot Programme to

make it easier for Indian business and tourism visitors to apply online visa for travelling Australia. i. It covers online lodgement of subclass 600 visas for Indian business and tourism visitors. It will be rolled out through selected travel agents across India. ii. India has the potential to contribute between 1.9 billion US dollars and 2.3 billion US dollars annually to tourism industry by 2020.

96.

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo retains the FIFA Ballon

d’Or for the second year in a row and the third time in his career, ahead of Argentinean Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer of Germany.

92. India’s Mars Orbiter team wins US award,Space Pioneer Award, in the science and engineering category from the US based National Space Society (NSS). i.This award will be presented to an ISRO representative during the National Space Society’s 2015 International Space Development Conference, the 34th ISDC, to be held in Toronto, Canada. Note - India’s Mars Orbiter launched on Nov 5, 2013 that went into Mars orbit on Sep 24, 2014 achieved two significant mission firsts in terms of an Indian spacecraft that has gone into orbit around Mars on the very first try and that no other country has ever done this. Secondly, the spacecraft is in an elliptical orbit with a high apoapsis, and has a high resolution camera which is taking full-disk colour imagery of Mars.The Mars Orbiter programme team located in Bangalore is headed by Mylswamy Annadurai.

i. Joachim Low’s feat in guiding Germany to the 2014 FIFA World Cup earned him the Coach-of-the-Year award. ii. Colombian James Rodriguez won the Puskas Award for the goal of the year. iii. Contributing to Ronaldo’s win were 37.66% of the votes coming from 181 of the national team coaches, 182 of the national team captains, and 181 of the media representatives who voted. iv. Messi was second with 15.76% and Neuer, third with

H.S.Brahma to be the next chief Election Commissioner

of India replaced Veeravalli Sundaram Sampath, Chief Election Commissioner, demits office on 15th January 2015, capping less than six years of an eventful tenure. H.S.Brahma will be the 19th Chief Election Commissioner of India, He was the other election Commissioner along with Ahmed Zaidi in the outgoing Sampath regime.

DRDO chief Avinash Chander removed by thre Modi

government 15 months before his contract was supposed to end. Chander was also the scientific advisor to the defence minister.Chander is the chief architect of Agni series of ballistic missile systems.The action could have been taken against the backdrop of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's comment that the 'laid back' attitude in the DRDO will not be tolerated.

99.

The Ajay Bijli PVR set to acquire Chennai's premier

movie exhibition company SPI Cinemas popularly known as Sathyam Cinemas.This could end up to be the biggest deal in India's multiplex sector. the deal may close for a rather steep valuation of approximately Rs 750-1,000 crore for just 40 odd screens, located predominantly in the Southern metro.last month Carnival Cinemas paid a little over Rs 700 crore to buy out Anil Ambani's Big Cinemas that has 242 screens across the country.

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93.Zomato(Indian restaurant search services provider) acquires U.S. -based rival Urbanspoon firm for about $50 million in one of the biggest overseas deals by an Indian startup. i. Company is said to be in talks to raise about $100 million in fresh funding. ii. The acquisition of Urbanspoon, which marks Zomato's entry into the United States, Canada and Australia, will result in its presence in 22 countries, covering more than one million restaurants. iv. Founded in 2008, Zomato is currently valued at around $660 million.

94. Deepak Parekh appointed as Non-Executive Director and Chairman of BAE Systems India (Services) Private Limited:Deepak Parekh appointed as a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of BAE Systems India (Services) Private Limited with effect from 1 January 2015.

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100. Union Ministry of Health proposed COTPA (Amendment) Bill 2015 i. The Union Ministry of Health
100. Union Ministry of Health proposed COTPA (Amendment) Bill 2015 i. The Union Ministry of Health
100.
Union Ministry of Health proposed COTPA
(Amendment) Bill 2015
i.
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on 13
January 2015 proposed the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco
Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of
Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and
Distribution) (Amendment) Bill 2015 (COTPA).
ii. The bill seeks to amend some provisions of Cigarettes
and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement
and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production,
Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003.
iii. Provisions of the COTPA (Amendment) Bill 2015
• The bill proposes to ban on-site advertising of tobacco
products and shops selling cigarettes and other tobacco
products will no longer be able to display the brand names.
• It proposed scrapping of designated smoking areas from
hotels, restaurants and airports making an exception only
for international airports to prevent exposure of non-
smokers to harmful emissions.
• The penalty for smoking in restricted areas has been
raised from 200 to 1000 rupees.
i. Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka met Prime Minister Narendra
Modi and disclosed that his company will spend USD 250
million (over Rs 1,500 crore) to fund innovations in
software and services in India.
ii. Infosys will develop software for managing the kumbh
mela scheduled in Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh) in 2016.
iii. The chief of India’s second largest IT services firm also
discussed with Modi ways in which the company can
participate in the Prime Minister’s vision of smart and
digitally empowered India.
iv. Infosys formed USD 500 million Innovation Fund. Of
this, Rs. 1,500 crore, will be dedicated to just innovation in
India.
104. India will catch up with China’s growth rate in 2016-
17: World Bank
i.
The World Bank has said that India would catch up with
China’s growth in the year 2016-17.
ii. The World Bank in its report also forecast a growth rate
of seven per cent each in the fiscal year 2016 and 2017 as
against China’s 7 per cent and 6. 9 per cent respectively.
iii. Regional growth is projected to rise to 6.8 per cent by
2017, as reforms ease supply constraints in India, political
tensions subside in Pakistan, remittances remain robust in
Bangladesh and Nepal, and demand for the region’s
exports firms.
101.
Bharatiya Mahila Bank inks pact with Lakme Salons to
fund franchisees
i.
Bharatiya Mahila Bank today inked an agreement with
HUL arm Lakme Salons to bring easy financing options to
fuel women entrepreneurship.
ii. This partnership would help encourage more women to
become Lakme Salon's business partners.
iii. Mahila Bank has opened the 40th branch and will close
the fiscal with 40 more.
iv. The loan book of the bank currently stands at Rs 400
crore and has plans to close the fiscal with Rs 800 crore
and deposit books to Rs 1,000 crore from the present Rs
600 crore.
102.
Canara Bank bags 3 MSME awards
i.
Canara Bank has bagged three awards at the annual
flagship event "MSME Banking Excellence Awards-2014"
organised by Chamber of Indian Micro, Small and Medium
Enterprises (CIMSME).
ii. Canara Bank has been adjudged as the "Best Bank
Award-Winner" among other awards.
iii. The awards were presented by Union Minister for
MSME Kalraj Mishra on the occasion.
103.
Infosys CEO dedicates $250 million to innovate in
India
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105. PM Narendra Modi to launch 'Beti Bachao' scheme on • Fiscal deficit target is well
  • 105. PM Narendra Modi to launch 'Beti Bachao' scheme on

• Fiscal deficit target is well in reach at 4.1%.

22 january and will focus on a multi-sectoral approach to tackling the problem of the vanishing girl child. i. the Modi government's big bang flagship scheme will be `Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' (BBBP), which will help address the country's low child sex ratio. ii. The Rs 100-crore scheme is expected to be monitored by

the Maneka Gandhi-headed ministry of women and child development (WCD) in coordination with the ministries of health and HRD.

iv. The Objectives - • To prevent genderbiased sex selection by stringent enforcement of laws, especially by strengthening the implementation of PreConception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Pro hibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994 (PC&PNDT Act) with strict punishments for violations. BBBP will also ensure access and availability of essential requirements related to nutrition, healthcare, education and protection and elimination of discrimination against a girl child which can lead to low self-esteem, lifelong deprivation and exclusion from the mainstream. Initiatives will be taken to encourage girls to express their views and to be heard, to help them participate actively , effectively and equally at all levels of social, economic, and political leadership. v. Targets of the Scheme - A toilet in every girls' school in 100 vulnerable districts. An innovation fund at state-level to encourage best practices in improving child sex ratio (CSR) and gender inequities. • District-level awards to schools strengthening girl child education.

105. PM Narendra Modi to launch 'Beti Bachao' scheme on • Fiscal deficit target is well
  • 106. RBI Changed Key Rates

i. In a move that brought huge cheer to the markets, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cut the reverse repo rate by 25

basis points to 7.75%. ii. The central bank kept the Cash Reserve Ratio ( CRR) unchanged at 4.0%. iii. Reasons for the Repo Cut :

• Plunging Oil prices in the Global arena and hence in India keeping the Inflation levels in the check. • WPI increased at the rate of a mere 0.11% as against the expected increase of 0.6%. • Retail inflation is at 5% as against an expected

  • 107. Pakistan to ban JuD and Haqqani network

    • i. Pakistan plans to ban 10 terror outfits, including 26/11

mastermind Hafiz Saeed-led Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and the dreaded Afghan-based Haqqani Network, a move seen by experts as a "paradigm shift" in the country's security policy in the wake of Peshawar school massacre. ii. The move came a day after the US declared the fugitive chief of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Mullah Fazlullah as a 'Specially Designated Global Terrorist'. iii. The UN security council designated the JuD a front for the LeT after the Mumbai attacks. Since then, the UN and US have sanctioned several JuD leaders.

  • 108. Naqvi gets 1-year jail term

    • i. Union Minister of State for Parliamentary and Minority

Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and 19 others were were convicted by a Rampur court for breaching prohibitory orders in the run-up to the 2009 Lok Sabha election and sentenced to a one-year jail term. ii. In 2009, Section 144 was imposed in Rampur when local BJP workers staged a protest after the arrest of the BJP district president. Over 200 people were named in the charge sheet.

109. soon i.
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soon
i.

Centre to implement biometric attendance system

The Centre is set to implement Aadhaar-based biometric

system for attendance in all government departments and state-owned entities spread across Delhi. ii. Department of electronics & information technology (DeitY) has so far implemented Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System (AEBAS) in 54 government locations in Delhi that requires fingerprint-based attendance for employees entering into the office premise. iii. We are rolling out biometrics attendance system in 394 government organizations and agencies within the Delhi region while 300 of them have actually started working on implementing it.

  • 110. The 67th Army Day celebrated on 15 January.

i.The day is celebrated to commemorate the day, when Lieutenant General (later Field Marshal) K M Cariappa on 15 January 1949 became the first Indian Commander-in- Chief of the Indian Army post Independence. He had succeeded General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India. ii. To mark the day, all three service chiefs, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Robin K Dhowan and Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha paid tributes at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate by laying floral wreath and remembering the martyred soldiers.

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111. Anupam Shrivastava appointed as CMD of BSNL 117. China Food and Drug Administration approved new

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Anupam

Shrivastava

appointed

as

CMD

of

BSNL

  • 117. China Food and Drug Administration approved new

approved by Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). ii. BSNL's Director Enterprises A N Rai is currently handling the additional charge of CMD.

  • 112. Australian pace bowler Brett Lee retires from all

forms of cricket after a 20-year career. Lee played 76 Tests for Australia, taking 310 wickets, and 221 one-dayers with 380 dismissals.

vaccine S-IPV to treat Poliomyelitis

  • i. The vaccine S-IPV is known as Ai Bi Wei in China. It is

manufactured by the Institute of Medical Biology of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences located in Kunming, southwest China's Yunnan province. The vaccine will be given to Chinese children as part of routine disease prevention and will help the global fight against the polio virus. The World Health Organization is also considering use of this new vaccine in its global polio treatment program.

113.

Haryana

picks

Ramdev

as

brand ambassador to

111. Anupam Shrivastava appointed as CMD of BSNL 117. China Food and Drug Administration approved new
  • 118. RBI issued final guidelines for banks to act as

Insurance brokers

  • i. Earlier, the banks were allowed to undertake insurance

business as agents of insurance companies on fee basis with an aim to increase insurance penetration in the country. ii. The banks were allowed to look forward for participation in insurance business in accordance to Union Government’s notification in which it allowed banks to do business of insurance under Section 6(1)(o) of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.

Trade deficit of India declined to ten month low in

Trade deficit of India declined to ten month low of 9.43

billion US dollars in December 2014. The data was released by the Union Ministry of Commerce & Industry. ii. The trade deficit in December 2014 was narrowed by 44 percent from November 2014 due to fall down of global oil prices and fall of demand for gold. iii. Imports of India declined by 4.8 percent to 34.8 billion US dollars in December 2014 as compared to 36.6 billion US dollars in December 2013. iii. Exports of India fell by 3.8 percent to 25.4 billion US

dollars and outbound shipments were valued at 26.4 billion US dollars in December 2014.

  • 120. The first of the indigenously-built Light Combat

Aircraft LCA Tejas Ready for Crucial Handover to the Indian Air Force. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is expected to hand over the aircraft to Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha. ii. This will start the process of induction of fighters being built at home under a project that was commenced in 1983 and has already cost the exchequer over Rs.17,000 crores. iii. 20 aircraft will be built by 2017-2018, to make the first squadron of the aircraft.

promote yoga and ayurveda in a big way, and has appointed yoga guru Ramdev as its brand ambassador.

  • i. a herbal forest would be developed over thousands of

acres of land in the state where plants of 25 thousand species of ayurvedic herbs would be grown under the supervision of the yoga guru and his close aide Balkrishna. iii. An ayush wing was being established in all the hospitals of Haryana for which 550 doctors would have to do a refresher course under the supervision of the yoga guru. iv. Haryana would be developed into an Ayurvedic University whereas a yogic centre of international standards would be built in Panchkula.

  • 114. Censor Board chief Leela Samson decides to quit

    • i. Citing "interference, coercion and corruption of panel

members and officers" appointed in the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) by the Union Information & Broadcasting Ministry, Bharatnatyam danseuse Leela Samson has quit as Censor Board chief. ii. She put in her papers amid reports that the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) had cleared the release of the film MSG – The Messenger of God featuring Dera Saccha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in the lead role.

  • 115. Siddhartha Chatterjee appointed as Chief Technology

Officer CTO of Persistent Systems Ltd with effect will be

based at the United States branch of the company.

111. Anupam Shrivastava appointed as CMD of BSNL 117. China Food and Drug Administration approved new
  • 116. Noted RTI activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal

conferred with Giraffe Hero award 2015 by a US-based NGO The Giraffe Heroes Project for his bravery in utilising

the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005 for public good despite innumerable challenges. Agrawal also holds the Guinness record of filing highest number of published letters to the editors.

119. December 2014
119.
December 2014

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iv. The LCA programme was initiated in 1983 to replace the ageing MiG-21s in Indian Air

iv. The LCA programme was initiated in 1983 to replace the ageing MiG-21s in Indian Air force's combat fleet but has missed several deadlines due to several reasons.

  • 121. K.Tamilmani Chief Controller of Aeronautics Cluster

in DRDO likely to be interim DRDO chief. The government on Tuesday terminated the 18-month contract of Dr. Chander and asked him to step down on January 31, ahead of his term that would have ended in May 2016.

iv. The LCA programme was initiated in 1983 to replace the ageing MiG-21s in Indian Air

daughter-in-law to her current status of being the only Indian politician to have refused Prime Ministership. iv. Originally, the book was written in Spanish language and was titled El Sari Rojo. It was first published in 2008. v. The English version of the book was not allowed to release in India in 2010 because it was argued by the Congress Party and Sonia Gandhi's lawyers that the book is full of untruths, half-truths, falsehoods, defamatory statements, completely imaginary and invented conversations

126. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Chairman R K Tyagi conferred with JGBS-Top Rankers’ Excellence Award for CEO of the year 2014.HAL recently contributed to the success of Mars Orbiter Mission and GSLV Mk III launch in

  • 122. Filmmaker Shaji N Karun quits Censor Board: Another

2014.

12 members of the Board followed Leela Samson suggestion of quitting “en masse” and tendered their resignations. ii. CBFC members including Ira Bhaskar, M.K. Raina, Pankaj Sharma, T.G. Thyagarajan, Shaji Karun, Anjum Rajabali, Shubra Gupta, Nikhil Alva, Rajeev Masand, Mamang Dai, K.C Sekhar Babu and L.K. Prabhu tendered their resignations on Saturday in a joint email to I&B Minister of State Rajyavardhan Rathore.

126. Sania Mirza wins Sydney Open title with Bethanie it was 23rd of her career when she and Bethanie Mattek- Sands shocked top-seeded Americans Abigail Spears and

Raquel Kops-Jones in the summit clash of the Sydney International.Sania and Bethanie earned 470 ranking points each and split $39,000 as prize money.

iv. The LCA programme was initiated in 1983 to replace the ageing MiG-21s in Indian Air
  • 123. Beagle 2 spacecraft found intact on surface of Mars

after 11 years. i. Beagle 2 was launched in 2003 onboard the European Space Agency’s Mars Express spacecraft. It was designed to land on the planet’s surface on Christmas Day that year but following ejection from Mars Express it was never heard from again. ii. UK’s Beagle 2 successfully landed on the surface of Mars in 2003 but failed to fully deploy its solar panels. Without these, it could not communicate with Earth and scientists lost contact. iii. The discovery images come from the HiRISE camera on Nasa’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. iv. Beagle 2 cost around £50m. It was comparatively cheap for a space mission, with some industrial work being

performed on a cost-only basis.

  • 124. Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha S.K. Sinha - first non-

Muslim to lead the Bangladesh’s top judiciary, That is the 21st Chief Justice of Bangladesh.

  • 125. Book on Sonia Gandhi titled The Red Sari is an

unauthorized biography of Congress Party President written by spanish Javier Moro released in India i.The book describes about how Sonia Gandhi’s courage, honesty, and dedication have made her a leader in the eyes of one-sixth of humanity that is from her idyllic childhood to her passionate love affair, and from her days as a docile

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