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Friday, February 27, 2015

February 2015 Current Affairs

03-FEB-2015 : SC sought response from Union Government on making Moral Science a compulsory subject in Schools

The bench comprising Chief Justice HL Dattu and Justice AK Sikri issued notices to the Ministry and the CBSE while hearing a PIL filed by lawyer Santosh Singh.

09-FEB-2015 : Prime Minister constituted 3 sub-groups of Chief Ministers within NITI Aayog

The three sub-groups within NITI Aayog were constituted to study the 66 centrally-sponsored schemes and for poverty alleviation and creation of skilled manpower within states.

10-FEB-2015 : Union Ministry for Health & Family Welfare launched National Deworming Initiative

The initiative is aimed at protecting more than 24 crore children in the ages of 1-19 years from intestinal worms.

11-FEB-2015 : Union Government approved increase of authorised Share Capital of NMDFC

Union Cabinet approved a proposal to enhance the authorised share capital of the NMDFC to 3000 crore rupees from 1500 crore rupees.

14-FEB-2015 : Union Government approved revised Guidelines for Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana

The guidelines were revised to accord priority in the selection of roads for new connectivity as well as upgradation, leading to the eligible habitations in the Gram Panchayats identified by the Members of Parliament (MP) under Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY).

16-FEB-2015 : Election Commission announced to launch Electoral Roll Authentication Mission

Under the mission, the EC will use the huge database of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to link Aadhaar number of citizens with the electoral database to further authenticate and purify electoral rolls.

19-FEB-2015 : Union Government approved Project-17A worth 8 billion US dollar

Under the Project-17A seven frigates will be built indigenously with stealth features to avoid easy detection. The frigates under the Project-17A will be built at government shipyards in Mumbai and Kolkata.

20-FEB-2015 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Soil Health Card Scheme

The scheme will provide 14 crore Soil Health Cards to farm owners across the country in the next three years.

25-FEB-2015 : Rajya Sabha passed Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2014

The bill seeks to modify the list of Scheduled Castes in three states- Haryana, Karnataka, Odisha and one Union Territory- Dadra and Nagar Haveli.


26-FEB-2015 : Union Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers declared 2015 as Year of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients

The aim is to bring about self-sufficiency in the field of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) which is also consistent with the avowed objective of the Union Government Make in India initiative.


27-FEB-2015 : Financial Performance in 2014-15

The major statistical highlights of the Budget encompassing Financial Performance 2014-15, Budget Estimates 2015-16 and Plan outlay 2015-16 are given below:

• In 2014-15, there was a net reduction in Gross Traffic Receipts by 917 crore rupees compared to the Budgeted Estimate (BE) of 160165 crore rupees

• Growth in Ordinary Working Expenses (OWE) scaled down to 11.7 percent. The budgeted OWE of 112649 crore rupees decreased in the Revised Estimate (RE) of 2014-15 to 108970 crore

• Appropriation to the Pension Fund increased to 29540 crore rupees in the RE 2014-15

• Internal resource generation also improved and accordingly the appropriation to Depreciation Reserve Fund (DRF) was scaled up to 7975 crore rupees in RE from the BE 2014-15 provision of 7050 crore rupees
• Excess of receipts over expenditure stood at 7278 crore rupees in RE 2014-15 reflecting better financial management

• Plan size for 2014-15 increased from 65445 crore rupees in the Budgeted Estimates to 65798 crore rupees in the Revised Estimates

Budget Estimates for 2015-16

• Passenger earnings growth pegged at 16.7 percent and target budgeted at 50175 crore rupees

• Freight traffic is pegged at an all time high incremental traffic of 85 million tonnes, anticipating a healthier growth in the core sector of economy

• Goods earnings proposed at 121423 crore rupees which includes rationalisation of rates, commodity classification and distance slabs

• Other coaching and sundries are projected at 4612 crore rupees and 7318 crore rupees respectively
• Gross Traffic Receipts estimated at 183578 crore rupees, a growth of 15.3 percent

• Ordinary Working Expenses proposed to grow at 9.6 percent over RE 2014-15. Traction fuel bill is anticipated to shrink further

• Lease charges, interest component of the current and previous market borrowings are pegged at a growth of 21 percent

• Appropriation to Pension Fund is proposed at 35260 crore rupees and appropriation to DRF at 8100 crore rupees

• Appropriation of 7616 crore rupees is proposed to be made to Capital Fund for payment of principal component of lease charges to IRFC

Plan Outlay 2015-16

• Gross Budgetary Support of 40000 crore rupees for the Railway’s annual Plan

• Total Plan Outlay is 100011 crore rupees, an increase of 52 percent over RE 2014-15

• 1645.60 crore rupees has also been provided as Railway’s share of diesel cess from the Central Road Fund

• Market borrowing under Extra Budgetary Resources (EBR) projected at 17655 crore rupees, an increase of about 46.5 percent

• Balance Plan outlay includes 17793 crore rupees from Internal Resources and 5781 crore rupees from PPP

• A new financing approach to expand EBR has been projected. This EBR, presently named EBR
 (Institutional Finance) is projected at 17136 crore rupees and is aimed at accelerating completion of capacity augmentation projects.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sports




January 29: Union Government launched Website, Logo, Vision, Mission of NHIDCL

January 29: Union Cabinet approved MoU on Tourism between India and Oman

January 23: Sukanya Samridhi Yojana will enable parents to open bank accounts of girls who are under 10 years of age.

January 28: Maharashtra government has announced that, September 17
(on Vishwakarma Jayanti) will be observed as Industries Day in each district.

January 22: The Union Ministry of Urban Development on 21 January 2015 launched the HRIDAY campaign that seeks to preserve and rejuvenate the rich cultural heritage of the country.

January 20: Union Government prohibited imports of all kind of mobile handsets with fake or duplicate Unique Identity Numbers. The move will help the security agencies to track callers using different SIM cards.

January 17: Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment on 16 January 2015 launched two schemes Venture Capital Fund for Scheduled Castes and Green Business scheme.

January 17: Union government reconstituted pollution control board working group to simplify procedures to get consent certificates and categorization of industries.

January 14: Union government reconstituted pollution control board working group to simplify procedures to get consent certificates and categorization of industries.

January 14: As part of it, 8 Block Offices & 52 Gram Panchayats of the Idukki district were connected on Optical Fiber and one Gram Panchayat, namely Edamalakudy, was connected through VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal).

January 14: The Union Ministry of Health proposed the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) (Amendment) Bill 2015.

January 13: Union Railway minister Suresh Prabhu inaugurated India’s first compressed natural gas (CNG) powered train.

January 9: Indian Government on 8 January 2015 decided to provide 69 million rupees to Nepal as assistance to launch the Iodine Deficiency Disorder Control Programme (IDDCP)

January 8: Union Government launched National Toll Free Helpline to assist the drug dependent persons

January 6: The Union Petroleum Ministry launched the sale of subsidized 5 kg cooking gas cylinders to benefit Below Poverty Line (BPL) families, students and migrant labourers.

January 5: Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi on 5 January 2015 launched a National Programme for LED based Home and Street Lighting in New Delhi to reduce energy consumption.

January 2: To replace the 65 year old Planning Commission, the Union Government has set up the National Institution for Transforming India(NITI) Aayog.

January 2: The President signed 121 constitutional Amendment Bill that approves to set up National Judicial Appointments Commission.


Appointments



January 29: Divya Prakash Sinha was appointed as Secretary (Security) in the Union Cabinet Secretariat.
His appointment was approved by Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC).

January 29: Eminent singer, composer, lyricist and actor Shekhar Sen has been appointed as the chairman of the Sangeet Natak Akademi (SNA).

January 29: Union Government has appointed Subrahmanyam Jaishankar as the new Secretary of Ministry of External Affairs (i.e. Foreign Secretary).

January 28: Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh has sworn inas the 26th Governor of Himachal Pradesh.

January 28: Union Government appointed an IPS officer of 1981 batch from Andhra Pradesh K Durga
Prasad as the Special Director General of the CRPF on 27 January 2015.

January 26: Indian sociologist Saraswathy Menon in UN’s peace building panel

January 20: Taranjeet Singh appointed as Head of Sales of Twitter for India operation.

January 17: Nepali Congress leader Deep Kumar Upadhyay was on sixteen January 2015 appointed as
Nepal's ambassador to India.

January 16: Anupam Shrivastava is the new CMD of BSNL

January 13: Alur Seelin Kiran Kumar appointed as Chairman of ISRO

January 10: K K Paul became new Governor of Uttarakhand

January 6: Arvind Panagariya appointed as the Vice Chairman NITI Aayog

January 4: A.K. Mittal : New Chairman of Railway Board

Awards and Achievements

January 30: University of Hyderabad wins visitor’s award for ‘Best University’

January 29: Poet Arundhathi Subramaniam won the inaugural Khushwant Singh Memorial Prize for Poetry for her work When God is a Traveller at Jaipur Literature Festival.

January 27: Major Mukund Varadarajan and Naik Neeraj Kumar Singh were on 26 January 2015
posthumously awarded with the highest peacetime military honour the Ashok Chakra by President Pranab Mukherjee.

January 27: The President of India Pranab Mukherjee approved the conferment of Padma Awards 2015 on 104 persons from the fields of art, social work, public affairs, science, trade, medicine, literature, etc.

January 27: Paulina Vega of Colombia crowned as Miss Universe 2014. She was crowned by the 2013 pageant winner Venezuelan Gabriela Isler.

January 24: Prime Minister presented National Bravery Awards 2014 to 24 awardees

January 17: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Chairman R.K. Tyagi was on 16 January 2015 conferred with the JGBS

Top Rankers' Excellence Award for CEO of the year 2014.

January 17: 2015 Screen Awards were announced in Mumbai. Shahid won the Best Actor (male) trophy for Haider and Priyanka won Best Actor (female) for Mary Kom.

January 15: Eminent Sanskrit scholar Prabhu Nath Dwivedi was on 14 January 2015 named as the winner of the Sahitya Akademi Award 2014 for Sanskrit language

January 13: The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) Team of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on 12 January 2015 won the 2015 Space Pioneer Award in the Science and Engineering category.

January 13: RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan received the Governor of the Year for 2015.

January 12: 72nd Golden Globe Awards were presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in Beverly Hills, California, US.

January 12: The director of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), Sriharikota Range (SHAR) MYS Prasad was on 10 January 2015 selected for the Vikram Sarabhai memorial award 2015.

January 10: Vice President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari on 9 January 2015 presented the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards 2015 to sixteen personalities.

January 10: Chinese nuclear physicist Yu Min was on 9 January 2015 presented with the State Preeminent Science and Technology Award 2014 by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

January 2: Indian origin Nilesh Jayantilal Samani awarded knighthood as part of Queen’s New Year Honours.


January 2015 Current Affairs


January 29: Union Government launched Website, Logo, Vision, Mission of NHIDCL

January 29: Union Cabinet approved MoU on Tourism between India and Oman

January 23: Sukanya Samridhi Yojana will enable parents to open bank accounts of girls who are under 10 years of age.

January 28: Maharashtra government has announced that, September 17
(on Vishwakarma Jayanti) will be observed as Industries Day in each district.

January 22: The Union Ministry of Urban Development on 21 January 2015 launched the HRIDAY campaign that seeks to preserve and rejuvenate the rich cultural heritage of the country.

January 20: Union Government prohibited imports of all kind of mobile handsets with fake or duplicate Unique Identity Numbers. The move will help the security agencies to track callers using different SIM cards.

January 17: Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment on 16 January 2015 launched two schemes Venture Capital Fund for Scheduled Castes and Green Business scheme.

January 17: Union government reconstituted pollution control board working group to simplify procedures to get consent certificates and categorization of industries.

January 14: Union government reconstituted pollution control board working group to simplify procedures to get consent certificates and categorization of industries.

January 14: As part of it, 8 Block Offices & 52 Gram Panchayats of the Idukki district were connected on Optical Fiber and one Gram Panchayat, namely Edamalakudy, was connected through VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal).

January 14: The Union Ministry of Health proposed the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) (Amendment) Bill 2015.

January 13: Union Railway minister Suresh Prabhu inaugurated India’s first compressed natural gas (CNG) powered train.

January 9: Indian Government on 8 January 2015 decided to provide 69 million rupees to Nepal as assistance to launch the Iodine Deficiency Disorder Control Programme (IDDCP)

January 8: Union Government launched National Toll Free Helpline to assist the drug dependent persons

January 6: The Union Petroleum Ministry launched the sale of subsidized 5 kg cooking gas cylinders to benefit Below Poverty Line (BPL) families, students and migrant labourers.

January 5: Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi on 5 January 2015 launched a National Programme for LED based Home and Street Lighting in New Delhi to reduce energy consumption.

January 2: To replace the 65 year old Planning Commission, the Union Government has set up the National Institution for Transforming India(NITI) Aayog.

January 2: The President signed 121 constitutional Amendment Bill that approves to set up National Judicial Appointments Commission.