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TNPSC Group 2a, 4, VAO


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Contents
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Section A: Current Affairs


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Polity

Economics

Science and Technology

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World

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Sports

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Environment and health

32

Miscellaneous

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Section B: Miscellaneous

Tamil Nadu a Short Review

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List of Presidents of India

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List of Prime Ministers of India

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List of Chief Justices of India

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Important Days

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Important Books

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Summits

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Current Affairs Polity

Non residential Indians can now cast their votes from abroad without being
physically present in their constituencies through e-postal ballot systems or proxy
voting.
o

The representation of people act 2010, Section 20(A) stating that the NRI
should be physically present in their respective constituencies to vote was
repealed.

NITI Aayog
o

NITI - National Institution for Transforming India, formed on Jan 1, 2015

NITI is an institution that replaces the Planning commission of India


aiming to involve the states in policy making.

Mufti Muhammad Sayeed sworn in as the New CM of Jammu and Kashmir


o

The first meeting of the NITI Aayog was held on 9th February 2015.

Belongs to the PDP Party

Haryana Assembly passed the Haryaba Gauvanish Sanrakshan and


Gausamvardhan Bill which prohibits the slaughter of cow.

Garg Commission
o

The Garg commission under the head of Justice T P Garg submitted the
report on Sikhs massacre at Hondh Chillar Village in Rewari district of
Haryana in 1984.

It recommended an additional payment of 20 Lakh to the relatives of the


victims.

Rajasthan fixed minimum educational qualification for the panchayat elections


o

Rajasthan assembly recently passed the Rajasthan Panchayat Raj


Amendment Bill 2015 which provides the below minimum educational
qualifications.

A pass in 8th Std for contesting for the post of Sarpanch, with an
exception to the tribal areas for which it is a pass in 5th Std

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A pass in 10th std for Zilla parishad and panchayat samiti


elections.

Through the above bill, Rajasthan state became the first state in India to
fix a minimum educational qualification for contesting in local panchayat
elections.

Salvador do mundo, a village panchayat in Goa passed a resolution to ban


kissing in public.

Rajasthan Assembly passed the Rajasthan Camel Bill 2015, which prohibits
slaughter of camel.
o

Slaughter of camel becomes a punishable offence with a jail term of 5


years punishment

Important Appointments
o

Nasim Zaidi: appointed as the 20th Chief Election commissioner of India


after the end of the tenure of H.S Brahma.

Justice Cyriac Joseph - was appointed as the Chairman of National Human


Rights Commission succeeding Justice Balakrishnan

V. Shanmuganathan - was appointed as the Governor of Meghalaya


o

The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill 2014


o

The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha
on 24th April 2015.

It was a private members' bill moved by Tiruchi N Siva.

Tamil Nadu government has announced that the Birthday of APJ Abdul Kalam
that is October 15th will be observed as Youth Awakening day.

Important Appointments
o

Ram Nath Kovind - appointed as the new governor of Bihar

Acharya Dev Vrat - appointed as the new governor of Himachal Pradesh.

K Ramanujam - appointed as the State Chief Information Commissioner of


Tamil Nadu.

The Practice of Santhara, Banned by the Rajasthan high Court.


o

Santhara is a kind of practice followed by Jains, which involves a


voluntary fasting till death.

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Santhara ritual
o

Supreme Court of India lifted the stay order imposed by the Rajasthan
high court on the Santhara ritual of Jains.

Mufti Muhammad sayeed - Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir.


Sanjay Kishan Kaul - Chief Justice of Madras High court.
Justice P.S. Kailasam Commmemorative Stamp
o

A commemorative stamp on Justice P.S. Kailasam has been released by


Justice S. K. Kaul recently.

Pallavaram - a New Taluk to be created soon.


o

By bifurcating the Alandur and sriperumbalur taluk regions.

Chief Election commissioner of India - Nizam Saidi

Bihar Poll 2015


o
o

Bihar legistative assembly has 243 constituencies.


The Bihar poll is planned to be held in five phases.

Haryana sets Minimum norms to contest in panchayat elections


o

Haryana became the second state to set minimum norms for contesting
in the panchayat polls, first state being Rajasthan.

Conditions for contesting in the Panchayat polls

An Educational degree
Toilet in home.

no defaults in any bank loan,


no electricity bill dues.

Namakku Name
o

It is a 12 day compaigh launched by M K Stalin which mainlly involves


engaging with people on various issues.

Draft National Encryption Policy


o

It's main features:

Every citizen should keep a copy of all their communications via


online for 90 days.

When required by the law enforcement agencies all should provide


the same.

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The government has invited the feedback for the proposed draft policy till
october 16, 2015.

Expert Panel to review Civil services Exam


o

Expert panel headed by B.S Baswan was appointed to review the civil
services exam pattern.

Madras HC Live telecasts


o

Madras High court made history recently by telecasting live proceedings in


the court premises.

It is the first of its kind in the Indian judiciary.

Madras High Court was established in the year 1862 (June 26).

The madurai bench of high court started functioning from 2004 onwards.

Citizen Portal
o

It is an online portal launched by odisha government for the citizens to


file FIR directly via online.

Madras HC Live telecasts


o

Madras High court made history recently by telecasting live proceedings in


the court premises.

o
o
o

It is the first of its kind in the Indian judiciary.


Madras High Court was established in the year 1862 (June 26).

The madurai bench of high court started functioning from 2004 onwards.

Citizen Portal
o

It is an online portal launched by odisha government for the citizens to


file FIR directly via online.

Amaravati
o

The construction of the proposed capital city of Andhra Pradesh is set to


begin in 2017.

The foundation stone for the New capital city of Andhra Pradesh was
laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi .

Central government has planned declassify the files of Subash chandra Bose
from January 23, 2016 (Birthday of Nethaji).

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Sandeep Saxena
o
o

Appointed as the deputy Election commissioner.

Before his appointment as deputy election commissioner he served as the


chief electoral officer of Tamil Nadu.

Hashim Abdul Halim


o

He is the former speaker of West bengal legislative assembly who died


recently.

He holds the record of longest serving Assembly speaker by serving 29


years as speaker.

Current Affairs Economics

NITI Aayog

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The Planning commission was replaced by a new institution called NITI


Aayog.

The Abbreviation for NITI Aayog is National Institution for Transforming India.

Its main role will be formulation of policies.

D K Mittal Committee
o

D K Mittal Committee under the chairmanship of D K Mittal to suggest


ways to increase the revenue of railways submitted its report.

Kamarajar Port Limited Located at Ennore has planned to expand its cargo
handling capacity to 100 million tonnes.

HRIDAY
o

HRIDAY - Heritage Development and Augmentation India Yojana.

HRIDAY was launched by the central government to preserve and


rejuvenate the cultural heritage of the 12 cities.

o
o

The Kanchipuram and Velankanni was also among the list of cities.
The government has allocated 500 crores for the project.

India Post honored Mumbai's Dabbawalas with a release of a commemorative


special cover on Dabbawalas.

Disinvestment in Coal India Limited


o

The central government sold 10% of its shares in Coal India Limited and
raised Rs.22,555 Crores.

The total disinvestment target for the current fiscal year 2014-2015 is Rs.
43,425 Crores.

India is the largest consumer of Gold in 2014 with 880 tonnes of gold.
o

China in the second position with 866 tonnes of gold.

Liberalised Remittance Scheme


o

RBI has now increased the forex remittance limit to 2.5 Lakh USD per
individual in a year

States to get 42% of Centre's net tax receipts


o

The union cabinet accepted the recommendation of the 14th finance


commission to increase the states' share from 32% to 42% in the
centre's net tax receipts.

The chairman of the 14th Finance commission is Y.V. Reddy.

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The AAP Government in Delhi reduced the electricity tariff by 50% for the
household consumers upto 400 units per month.

Railway Budget 2015-16 Highlights


o

The railway bugdet was separated from the general budget in the
year 1924 by the recommendation of the Acworth Committee.

Railway Minister Suresh prabhu presented the Railway budget 2015-16.

No increase in Passenger's fares.

Operation 5 Minute: Passenger travelling unreserved can get the tickets


within 5 minutes.

No new trains instead the amenities will be enhanced.

All India grievance readdress helpline 138 to be introduced.

More general coaches in selected trains.

JAM Number Trinity


o
o

JAM - Jan Dhan Yojana, Aadhaar Card and a Mobile Number


The Economic Survey 2014-2015 states that the JAM Number Trinity Accounts seeded with Aadhaar number and a valid mobile number helps
the states' subsidies to reach the poor in well targeted and less distorted
manner.

Chief Economic Adviser: Arvind Subramaniam


Budget 2015-2016 Highlights
o

AIIMS institute to be set up in States: Jammu Kashmir, Punjab, Tamil


Nadu, Himachal pradesh, Bihar and Assam.

o
o

IIT to be set up in Karnataka.


IIM to be set up in Jammu Kashmir and Andhra Pradesh

MUDRA bank to micro financing First generation SC/ST Entrepreneurs.

Service Tax Increased to 14% from current 12.36%

Wealth Tax abolished.

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde visited India.

Tamil Nadu has planned to host the Global investor meet in May 2015 in
Chennai.

The interest rate in Selvamagal Semippu Thittam Scheme was increased from
9.1% to 9.2% which came to effect from April 1st 2015.

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RBI's 80th Anniversary


o

The Reserve bank of India celebrated the 80th anniversary year which
was started on 1st April 1935.

Green Bond
o

Green bond is like the normal bond with a difference that in these

Green bond the capital amount is raised to fund the green projects like
renewable projects, etc..,
o

Recently the Yes Bank and Exim Bank issued these Green bond.

The first one to issue in India is the Yes Bank in rupee denomination.

Exim bank became the first to issue India's first green bond in dollar
denomination.

MUDRA Bank
o
o

MUDRA - Micro Units Development & Refinancing Agency Ltd


MUDRA bank a subsidiary of SIDBI, was lanched by PM Nadenra Modi
to finance the micro enterprises.

Social Progress Index


o

Social progress index is released by the Non profit organisation 'Social


Progress imperative'

India

Ranks 101th in Social progress Index


Ranks 93rd in GDP Per Capita
Ranks 128th in Tolerance and inclusion
Ranks 120th in health and wellness

Norway ranks 1st in SPI.

Flipkart has partnered with the Mumbai's Dabbawalas to deliver its goods.

Gujarat government launched the Industrial tourism and became the first state in
India to launch this.

IMF forecasts India's growth rate to reach 7.5% in 2015 and 2016 from the
present 7.2% in 2014.

K V Kamath - to be appointed as the Head of the BIRCS Bank

ICF - Integral coach Factory, sets a new record in production by producing


1704 coaches in the last fiscal year.

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ICF was established in 1952 in Chennai.

RBI extended the date for exchanging the Pre 2005 Rupee notes to December
31st 2015.

New Development Bank (BRICS Bank)


o

First President : K V Kamath

It is expected to start financing projects by April 2016.

China Devalues its Currency


o

China devalued its currency Yuan (renminbi) twice recently.

Assocham report
o

Tamil Nadu tops with 15.2% of India's manufacturing sector jobs in the
year 2012-13.

Next to Tamil nadu is Maharastra(13.8%) and Gujarat(10.5%).

U.K Sinha - Chairman of SEBI.

T. S Vijayan - Chairman of IRDAI

Hindustan Shipyard Limited - is in Visakhapatnam

Railway Minister: Suresh Prabhu

4000 MW Thermal Power Plant to be set up at Ramanathapuram (Tamil Nadu).


o

The Cost of the Project is approximately Rs. 24,000 Crore.

Muhammad Yunus
o

Founder of Grameen bank in Bangladesh.

IMF Chairman - Christine Lagarde

Arvind Subramanian - Chief Economic Adviser of India

World Bank Group MD - Mulyani Indrawati


Global Investors Meet 2015 (Tamil Nadu)
o

It was held in Chennai on 9th and 10th September 2015.

The Memorandum of Understandings of worth 2.42 Lakh Crore was


signed between TN Government and Various Investors.

o
o

The next Global Investors Meet in Tamil nadu is to be held in 2017.


It is planned to conduct the GIM once in every 2 years.

PMKSY Scheme
o

PMKSY - Prathan Manthri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana or Prime Minister's


Krishi Sinchayee Yojana.

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Objective:

To achieve convergence of investments in irrigation at the field


level,

To expand cultivable area under assured irrigation

To improve on-farm water use efficiency to reduce wastage of


water.

The districts Dindukal, Krishnagiri and Tirunelveli of Tamil nadu was


selected from the state for the implementation of the scheme first.

World Bank's Ease of doing Business Report India


o

World bank released its first ever ranking of States on ease of doing
business in India.

o
o

Gujarat Ranks first followed by Andhra pradesh and Jharkhand.


Tamil Nadu ranks 12th.

1 - Gujarat

2 - Andhra Pradesh
3 - Jharkhand
12 - Tamil Nadu.

VASTRA 2015
o

An international textile and apparel fair which was held at Jaipur in


Rajasthan from 28th September 2015 to 30th September 2015.

SEBI + FMC
o

Forward Market commission was merged with the SEBI on 28th


September 2015

Global Competitive Index 2015-16


o

India ranks 55th in the latest Global competitive index report 2015-16.
Last year, India was at the 71st position.

Switzerland tops the list with its consecutive first place for seven years.

The Global Competitive Index was released by WEF - World Economic


Forum.

Ease of Doing Business 2016


o
o

India ranks 130th in the rank list of Ease of doing Business .


The report was published the World Bank.

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Sarva Shisksha Abiyan (SSA)


o
o

It aims for achiving universal elementary education.

Recently the centre-state sharing ration has been changed from 65:35 to
50:50.

PM Narendra Modi introduced 3 Gold Schemes


1. Gold Monetisation Scheme

2. Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme

3. Gold coin and Bullion Scheme


o

Gold Monetisation Scheme

Under this scheme depositor can deposit their gold of 995


fineness and get interest.

Vistusa
o

The tenure of the Bond scheme is 8 years


Minimum bond value: 2 Grams
Maximum bond value: 500 grams per person per financial year.

Gold coin and Bullion Scheme

No maximum Limit

Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme

Minimum Deposit amount: 30 grams of gold of 995 purity.

Government will issue gold coins with Ashok Chakra Symbol and
additional security features.

US based company agreed to buy 53 % stake in Polaris Consulting and


Services.

Chitra Ramkrishna - MD and CEO of NSE


Ashishkumar Chauhan - CEO of BSE

Current Affairs Science and Technology

India Based Neutrino Observatory - INO


o

It is a proposed underground laboratory to study atmospheric neutrinos.

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To be constructed at Pottipuram in Bodi West hills of Theni District of


Tamil Nadu

Pamban Bridge
o
o

Agni-V
o
o

It is a nuclear capable intercontonental ballistic missile.

Payload: 1100 kg

18th National conference on E-Governance was held in Gujarat.


Theme: Digital governance - new frontiers

GAGAN
o

GAGAN - GPS aided geo augmented navigation

It is a navigation system recently launched by India.


It provides more efficiency in air traffic.

National wide mobile Number Portability commences from May 3rd 2015.
o

Recently test fired from a canister at the Wheeler Island.


Range: 5000 km

28 corroded old girders of Pamban bridge was replaced with new girders.

It is the first cantilever bridge of India.

TRAI amended the regulations to make the National Wide MNP.

Solar Impulse 2
o

SI2 is the world's first solar powered airplane to undertake a journey


around the earth.

Solar impulse 2 is a Swiss made aircraft.

Began its journey from Abudhabi.

Recently it landed at Sardar Vallabhai Patel International Airport in


Ahmedabad (Gujarat) as it's second stopping and the first being at
Muskat in Oman.

The third stopping will also be in India at Varanasi.

IRNSS 1 - D
o

The fourth series of the Indian regional Navigational sattelite system


IRNSS 1-D is scheduled to be launched on 28th March 2015 through
the PSLV C-27 launch Vechile

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Periscope App
o

It will be launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (Sriharikota).

Periscope is a video streaming app launched by Twitter.

TRAI recommended the use of '112' as a single common number for emergency
services across the country as the similar to the US's 911 emergency number.

India's Broadband position in the world


o
o

India Ranks 125th position in fixed broadband penetration.


India Ranks 113th in wireless broadband penetration.

SMILE: SMall Incision Lenticule Extraction


o

It is the latest LASER eye surgery technique becoming popular to treat


refractive errors.

SAMEER's 4th Research and Development Project in Vizagapatnam


o

SAMEER - Society for Applied Microwave Electronic Engineering and


Research is an autonomous body under the department of Electronics and
information technology.

SAMEER has planned to set up it's 4th Research and Development


Project, the centre for Electromagnetic Environment Effects in Vizagapatna.

Other three projects were in Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkatta.

Messenger Spacecraft
o

NASA's Messenger Spacecraft was launched on August 3, 2004 to study


the Mercury planet.

The Message Spacecraft ended its 11 year long journey after crashing
into the surface of the Mercury

Asia's First Google campus was opened in South Korean.

Google has planned to set up its largest Asian Campus in Hyderabad at a cost
of about 1000 crore rupees.

Chandrayaan 2
o

India's second moon exploration mission.

It is expected to be launched in 2017.

India's first lunar exploration mission Chandrayaan 1 was launched in the


year 2008.

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INS Vikrant
o

It is India's First indigenously built Aircraft carrier.

MOTR - Multi Object Tracking Radar


o

Multi Object Tracking Radar was launched at the Satish Dhawan Space
centre at Sriharikota.

It can be used to track multiple objects (upto 10 different objects) moving


in space with a range of 1000 Kms.

With this technology India joins the list with USA, Japan, Israel and
Canada.

Shubham Banerjee
o

A 13 year old boy of Indian Origin,who invented a low cost Portable


Braille Printer.

He is now working with Microsoft to integrate the Braille printer with the
Windows.

The Atlas - Earth Platinum : The world's largest Book weighing 150 kg was put
on display at the library in Sydney (Australia).

The brightest galaxy which was discovered recently was named as CR7 after
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portuguese Football Player).

ClapShare
o

A new app which helps the users to share their own books to anyone
using the app.

GSAT 6
o

On 27th August 2015, GSAT 6 (Satellite) was launched by GSLV-D6


launch Vechicle from Sriharikota.

It has a 6 metre diameter antenna, which is the largest antenna that the
ISRO has ever made.

This GSAT 6 communication satellite is used for the country's Stategic


purpose.

1 Billion Facebook Logins


o

Recently the facebook, social network website made a record with 1


billion users logged on to their site in a single day.

Google redesigned its Logo.

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Periyar University's Library


o

Ranks 64th in India for availing e-resources and ranks 2nd in Tamil
Nadu.

BSNL Now 2 Mbps


o

BSNL increased the minimum broadband speed from 512 kbps to 2 Mbps
without any extra cost.

o
o

It will come effect from 1st October 2015.


BSNL Chairman: Anupam Srivastava

ISRO Chairman: A.S Kiran Kumar

Tamil Nadu's Largest Solar Plant - Viruthunagar.


o

The largest Solar plant of Tamil nadu with 40 MW capacity was


commissioned near Sengottai in Viruthunagar.

MOM - Completes 1 year orbiting the Mars


o

On 24th Sept, 2015 the MOM (Mars Orbiter Mission) sent by ISRO
completed one year of orbiting around the Mars Planet.

o
o

The MOM was launched on 5th Nov, 2013 by PSLV C25.


It reached the Mars orbit on 24th Sept, 2014.

AbilityFest 2015
o

It is an international film festival for films which covers the disability


related issues.

The sixth edition of it 2015 will be held at Satyam cinemas in chennai


from Sept 28 to Oct 1, 2015.

'www.chennaicustoms.gov.in' - The website of Chennai customs has been hacked


recently by a pakistani.

PSLV C-30 [ASTROSAT Satellite]


o

ISRO's PSLV - C30 is scheduled to be launched on 28th September


2015 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.

It will put the following satellite in space.

ASTROSAT - It is India's first dedicated multi-wavelength space


observatory.

LAPAN-A2 - Indonesian satellite for maritime surveillance


NLS-14 - Canada's nano satellite

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LEMUR (4 number of satellites) - USA's satellites for Global


maritime intelligence.

The Indian National Centre for ocean Information Services (INCOIS) is located in
Hyderabad.

INS Kochi
o

INS Kochi is the second series of the Indian Navy Kolkata class guided
missile destroyer ship first one being INS Kolkata (Launched in 2014).

INS Kochi was commissioned on 30th September 2015.

It was built indegenously by the Mazagoan Dock in Mumbai.

The third series of this the INS Chennai which is expected to be


commissioned in 2016.

INS Astradharini
o

It is India's First indigenously designed and built Torpedo Launch and


Recovery Vessel (TLRV).

It was commissioned to Indian navy at Vishahapatnam Port.

IAMAI - Mobile10X
o

IAMAI - Internet And Mobile Association of India launched the 'Mobile10X'


initiative which aims to increase the number of mobile app developers to
5 lakhs from its current 50,000 in five years of time period.

UTS App
o

UTS - Unreserved Ticketing Services App is a mobile app launched by


Indian Railway to book unreserved suburban train tickets in Chennai,
Mumbai and Delhi.

LED Light to Houses - Karnataka


o

Karnataka Government has planned to provide LED lights to all


households from January 2016.

The cost of the LED bulbs will be recovered through monthly electricity
bills.

MVoter2015
o

It is the first mobile app for election launched in Myanmar.

Xingzhe No 1

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It is a chinese robot which made world record by walking 134 km in 54


hrs without stopping for recharging.

BrahMos
o

It is India's supersonic cruise missile.

Speed:2.8 mach.

Varanasi

Microsoft selected Varanasi for experimental internet pilot project.

Agni IV Test fired from Wheeler Island Successfully


o

Agni IV is a nuclear capable Ballistic missile.

Surface to surface missile

Recently test fired from warship, INS kochi.

It broke the previous record held by Ranger, an US Robot.

Range: 4000 Km

GSAT-15
o

It is launched by the Ariane VA-227 launch vehicle from Kourou in


French Guiana in South America.

Ariane VA-227 is launched by Arianespace, a European launch space


company.

Bharatvani
o
o

It is an online portal to be launched by the UGC.


It is expected to be the world's largest internet language site in the
world.

Current Affairs World

Hijab
o

It means headscarf usually worn by muslim women

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Recently the Hijab law which implies compulsory wearing of Hijab is


made unconstitutional in Iran.

USA imposed new sanctions on North Korean Government officials and its
defense industries for a cyberattack on Sony.

Capital of North Korea - Pyongyang


Three Gorges Dam
o
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It is the world's largest Hydroelectric Dam.

It recently set a new record of highest annual power production.


It is located on the Yangtze River (China).

Terrorist Attack in Paris


o

12 people were killed in a terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine


office in Paris.

Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic - was elected as the first women president of Croatia.
John F Kennady Airport (New york)
o

The world's first dedicated terminal for animals is to be opened at the


John F Kennady airport in New york.

Miss universe
o

MH370

(US).

Malaysia formally declared the MH370 disappearance an accident.

The passengers and the crew members were presumed to be dead.

K Sripavan - appointed as the new chief Justice of Srilanka.


o

Paulina Vega of Columbia was crowned Miss Universe 2014 at Florida

He was the second tamil to be appointed as the CJ of Srilanka.

Indian PM Modi's Srilanka Visit


o

Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi has planned to visit Srilanka in the
month of March 2015..

The previous Indian PM to visit Srilanka was Rajiv Ghandhi in 1987.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Visited China recently.

UNICEF '7'
o
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It is a new fund launched by David beckham for the UNICEF.


This new fund '7' is for helping children in warzones

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The number 7 was chosen as the name of the fund because it is the
jersey number of David Beckham(Manchester united).

Surya Kiran 8 (Feb 2015)


o
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It is a military exercise between India and Nepal.


Surya kiran 8 was held at Saljhandi in Nepal

SAARC Yatra
o

S.Jaishankar (Foreign Secretary) to begin SAARC Yatra from March 2nd


2015.

Bangladesh is the first country in the yatra list and next to Pakistan.

Death Toll crossed 200 in Afghanistan in a series of Avalanches caused by the


heavy snowfall.

The 7th BRICS Summit 2015 will be hosted by Russia in July 2015.

The 6th SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) summit 2015 will be hosted
by Russia in July 2015.

Former Maldives president Mohammad Nasheed was sentenced 13 years for


ordering an arrest to a judge during his term.

Largest Arms Exporter 2010-2014


1. USA
2. Russia
3. China

4. Germany
5. France

David Pearce - Winner of the UK's New 1 Pound () coin Design


o

David pearce was a 15 year old school boy who won the coin design
competition conducted by the Royal Mint of Britain.

German Airwings Airbus A320


o

German Airwings Airbus A320 crashed in the French alps region during it
journey for the Barcelona(In France) to Duesseldorf(In Germany).

All the 150 were found dead.

Lee Kuan Yew


o

Lee Kuan yew the first Prime Minister of Singapore died.

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Terror attack in Kenyan University


o

Shebab Islamist group of Somalia attacked the Kenyan University and


killed over 147 students

France President: Francois Hollande


Operation Raahat
o

It is the evacuation mission by India to evacuate the people from the


war affected regions of Yemen.

Earthquake in Nepal
o

A 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal.

Death toll expected to cross over 10000

Operation Maitri
o

It is the name of the rescue operation led by Indian Army in Earthquake


hit Nepal.

President Pranab Mukherjee's Russia Visit


o
o
o

He attends the victory day parade on 9th May 2015.


This Victory day (May 9th 1945) marks the defeat of the Hitler's army.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's China Visit


o

President Pranab Mukherjee visited Russia in May 2015.

Sister city agreement was signed between "Chennai and Chingqing"

UK Election 2015
o

Prime Minister David Cameron was reelected as PM after his


Conservative party has won 331 seats out of 650.

The Labour party won 232 seats.

Anthony Brutto, a 94 year old American graduated from West Virginia University
after a period of 75 years of enrolling.

Ananta Bijoy Das


o

Gun Attack in Karachi


o

43 people from Shia ismalis sect were killed in a gun attack in Karachi.

Kung Fu Yoga
o

He was a Bangladeshi blogger, who was killed recently.

Film to be starred by Aamir Khan and Jackie Chan

Amtrak Train 188

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The train which derailed recently in USA during its journey from
Washington to New York

Sterile Mosquitoes
o

In order to tackle the Dengue, more than half a million number of sterile
mosquitoes were released in the Guangzhou region of China.

BCIM economic corrider - Bangladesh China India and Myanmar


o

K-2-K corrider connects India's Kolkatta with Kunming of China through


Dhaka and Mandalay.

Yanis Varoifakis
o

PM Narendra Modi visited Kazakhstan


o

Greece's finance minister who resigned recently.


Karim Massimov - Prime Minister of Kazakhstan

National Emergency Declared in Myanmar


o

Myanmar's President declared national emergency after the devastating


floods affected over 1 lakh people.

FIPIC 2015
o

India to host the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation in August.

Indian Government removed Iran from the list of restricted visa nations.
o

Now the 3 categories like Employment, Conference and Students and


research visa policies are liberalised.

Ranil Wickremesinghe
o
o

Iran is no longer in the PRC prior referral category now.


Became the Prime Minister of Srilanka for the Fourth time.
He Belongs to the United National Party.

Two US Journalists Shot Dead


o

Reporter Alison Parker and Cameraman Adam Ward was shot dead
during a live Program.

The gunman was identified as Vester Lee Flanagan.

50 Migrants were found dead in a truck on a highway in Austria.


Homo nadeli
o

It is a new species of ancient Humans which was found recently in the


Rising star cave in South africa.

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The word 'nadeli' in Sesotho (a language in South Africa) means star.

Lenin statue Unearthed


o

The head of the Lenin statue was unearthed in a forest in East Berlin
recently.

It weighs 3.5 tonne.

AUSINDEX 2015 - AUStralia INDia EXercise


o

It is a joint biennial (Once in two years) bilateral maritime exercises


between Australia and India.

The first edition of the Exercise 2015 was held at Vishakapatnam port.

Mitra Shakti
o

It is a joint exercise of India and Srilanka.

It begins on September 29, 2015 in Pune

Srilankan Prime Minister's India visit


o

Srilankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe arrived India for a Three day official


visit.

Betty Cantrell was crowned Miss America 2016.


Greece PM: Alexis Tsipras
o

Alexis Tsipras won the Greece Election thereby becoming the Prime
Minister for the second time.

G4 Summit 2015
o
o

It was held on 26th September, 2015 in New York.


G4 Nations: India, Brazil, Japan, Germany

India To Host G20 in 2018.


o
o

The annual summit of G20 - 2018 will be hosted by India in New Delhi.
G20 Upcoming Annual summits

2015 - Turkey

2016 - China

2017 - Germany

2018 - India

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Visited India for a 3 Day official tour.
o

A 10th Century durga idol which was gone missing from a temple in
Kashmir was returned to India.

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Germany refused to sign the MLAT agreement with India quoting its
provision for death penalty

CORPAT
o

It is a bilateral maritime exercise between India and Indonesia.

It was launched off the Andaman coast.

20th Busan International Film Festival 2015


o
o

It was held in South Korea.

Indian film 'The Apu Triology' directed by Satyajit ranked 4th in the list
of top 100 Asian Cinema.

World Bank's Report on Poverty Line


o

World bank revised the global poverty to 1.90 US Dollars from its
previous 1.25 US Dollars a day.

In 2015, globally 700 (9.6% of total population) million people are


expected to be in poverty.

Arch of Triumph - Palmyra (Syria)


o

The IS group destroyed the ancient monument 'Arch of Triumph' which is


situated at the entrance of Palmyra in Syria.

Exercise MALABAR
o

It was started (in 1992) as a Bilateral Military Exercise between India


and US. But, later editions also involved some other countries.

The 2015 edition of the Exercise MALABAR is a trilateral Military


Exercise among India, US and Japan.

The Exercise will be held in the Bay of Bengal.

Hand in Hand Exercise


o

It is a joint counter terrorism exercise between India and China.

The 2015 edition of Hand in hand exercise was held at the Kunming
Military Academy in Yunnan in China.

Hoesung Lee
o

Hoesung Lee (South Korea) was elected as the head of the Intergovernmental Panel for climate change.

World's Longest Non stop Flight Service

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Singapore airlines has planned to restart the world's longest (19 hour)
non stop flight service between US and singapore.

BRICS Migration Conference 2015


o

The First BRICS Migration Conference was held at Sochi in Russia.

Man Booker Prize 2015


o

Marlon James (Jamaica) won the Man Booker Prize for the Year 2015
for his novel - 'A Brief History of Seven Killings'.

Don Gutoski - won the Wild life Photographer of the year 2015 competition.

Kamal Thapa - Deputy Prime minister of Nepal who visited India recently.

Justin Trudeau - became the new prime minister of Canada.

Robert Mugabe
o

The President of Zimbabwe, won the China's Confucius Peace prize (also
called as China's Nobel Peace Prize)

K P Sharma Oli
o

Appointed as the New Prime Minister of Nepal by Nepal President Ram


Baran Yadav.

Bidhya Bhandari
o

Appointed as the New President of Nepal succeeding former President


Ram Baran Yadav.

She also became the first Women president of Nepal.

Cannibalism in South Sudan


o

The African Union investigators team reported that they found the
evidences for cannibalism in South Sudan.

A321 - Russian Aeroplane crashed


o

Russian Aeroplane A321 crashed during its journey from Egypt to Russia
over the Sinai Peninsula.

All 217 passengers were killed.

Leonardo Dicaprio
o

Hollywood actor, who was named the United Nations messenger of peace
on climate change.

Indian Vice President, Hamid Ansari visited Indonesia on an official tour.


APEC 2015

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Asia Pacific Economic cooperation forum meeting 2015 to be held in


Manila (Philippines).

India has an observer status in this forum since 2011.

Australia abolished the honorary titles 'knight' and 'dames'.

Li yuanchao - Chinese Vice President who visited India recently.

Ahmed Adeeb - Malives Vice President who was impeached recently.

Sheikh Kasina - Prime Minister of Bangladesh.

Vivekananda Statue
o

PM Narendra Modi unveiled 12 feet vivekananda statue in Kuala Lumpur


(Malaysia).

The Indian cultural centre in Kuala Lumpur to be named after freedom


fighter Subash Chandra bose.

Lee Hsien Loong - PM of Singapore


Sukhoi Su-24
o

Russian fighter fet which was shot down by the Turkisk fighter jet F-16
near the Turkey-Syria Border.

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2015


o
o

The CHOGM 2015 summit was held in Malta (Europe).

The next GHOGM summit will be held in 2018 in United kingdom.

Current Affairs Sports

35th National Games 2015


o

The 35th edition of the national games began at the Greenfield statium
in Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala).

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Sachin Tendulkar was appointed as the Goodwill ambassador of the 35th


national games.

Dubai Open Tennis 2015


o

Rojer Federar won the Dubai Open Tennis Title beating Novak Djokovic
in the Final.

Swiss Grand Prix Gold Championship (Badminton)


o

K Srikanth (India) won the title by beating Victor Axelson in the final
match

Saina nehwal (Indian badminton player) moved to the world's number one spot
after reaching the final game in Indian open.

Indian Wells open / BNP Paripas Open 2015 Winners list


o
o
o
o

Men's singles - Novac Djokovik (Serbia)

Men's Doubles - Vasek Pospisil (Canada) & Jack Sock (US)


Women's Singles - Simona Halop (Romania)

Women's Doubles - Sania Mirza (India) & Martina Hingis (Switzerland)

Saina Nehwal - World's No 1


o

Indian Badminton player Saina Nehwah player reached the World' No 1


spot in the world women's list which was officially announced recently.

She is the first Indian women player to reach this and the Second indian
to do this.

Prakash padukone is the first Indian player to reach the World's No 1


position.

Serena Williams' - 700th Win


o

By winning the recent match against Sabine Lisicki ( of German), Serena


williams (of USA) in the WTA Miami Open recorded her 700th Win.

o
o

And became the 8th player to win over 700 matches.

Martina Navratilova tops the most matches winning list with 1442
matches.

IPL Season 8 - 2015


o

The opening ceremony of the IPL Season was held at Salt Lake stadium
in Kolkata.

Leading cricketer in 2015

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Kumar Sangakkara (Srilanka) and Meg Lanning (Australian women

cricketer) were named as the Leading cricketers in the world in 2015 by


Wisden Cricketer's Almanack (also called as bible of cricket)
o

Sangakkara became the second player to be honoured, Sehwag being the


first one to be named Leading cricketers in the world.

FIFA Women's World Cup (Football)


o
o
o

Host City: Vancouver of Canada

United States won the final match against Japan.

Carli Lloyd became the first women to score a hat trick goal in the
world cup final.

World Badminton Champianship


o
o

Carolina Marin (Spain) defeated Saina Nehwal (India) in the final.

Micheal Clarke
o

World Badminton Champianship 2015 was held in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Australian Cricket Player who retired from test matches recently.

Air Rifle World Cup Final 2015


o

It was held in Munich in Germany.

Apurvi Chandela (India) won the silver medal in the Women 10m air rifle
final match.

Shane Watson
o

Floyd Mayweather
o
o

Australian Cricket player who retired from the Test Matches.


American professional boxer who retired from boxing.
He won all the 49 matches that he participated.

S. Sriram
o

Former Indian Cricketer who became the consultant of Australian Cricket


Team.

US Open 2015
o

Mixed Doubles

Leander Paes (Ind) & Martina Hingis (Swiss) won the finals against
Bethanie Mattek Sands & Sam Querrey.

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Leander Paes also became the oldest man to win the mixed
doubles title.

Women's Doubles

Sania Mirza & Martina Hingis won the title against Casey
Dellacqua & Yaroslava Shevedova

Women's Singles

Men's singles

Flavia Pennetta (Italy) beat Roberta Vinci (Italy) in the final match
Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat Roger Federer (Swiss) in the finals.

Jason Day - Australian golf player, who reached the World number one spot in
the international ranking recently.

Hawk Eye
o
o
o

It is a technology which is used to track the trajectory path of the ball.


It was first used in Cricket.

It is also used in other games like Tennis, football, badminton, etc..,

High Altitude Sports Training Centre in Tamil Nadu


o

CM J Jayalalitha announced that a High Altitude Sports Training Centre


would be set up at a cost of 5 crore in Ooty.

Weight lifting centre will be set up at Vellore and a Sports science


centre at madurai.

IBSP World Billiard Championship


o

Pankaj Adwani (India) won the Championship title which was held at
Adelaide in Australia

ISL 2015 - Indian Super League


o

The opening ceremony of the 2nd Edition of the ISL was held at
chennai.

WTA Wuhan Open


o

Women's Doubles

World Bridge Championship


o

Sania mirza and Martina Hingis pair won the title.

The 42nd world Bridge Teams Championship was held in Chennai.

Chess World Cup 2015

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Pele
o

The Brazilian football legend visited India.

A B De Villiers
o

Sergey Karjakin of Russia won the Chess World Cup.

The South African Cricketer, became the new brand Ambassador of MRF.

BNP Paribas WTA Singapore 2015


o

Women's doubles

Martina Hingis (Swiss) and Sania Mirza pair won the title.

Cricket All Stars 2015


o

It is a Twenty 20 Cricket series between the former Cricket players from


all over the world.

The first match was held in New york, USA.

Younis Khan
o

Pakistan Cricketer announced his retirement from the One Day


international matches.

Macau open Grand Prix Gold Badminton 2015


o

P V Sindhu (India) won the title by defeating Minatsu Mitani (Japan) in


the final.

Current Affairs Environment and Health

National biodiversity Congress 2015


o

The second edition of national biodiversity congress is to be held in


Thiruvanthapuram (Kerala) in February 2015.

Theme: "Biodiversity: Access and Benefit Sharing"

66 Tiger Deaths reported in 2014

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Tamil Nadu tops the list with 15 tiger deaths followed by Madhya
Pradesh (14), Uttarkhand (8).

Kirloskar Vasundara International Film Festival KVIIF


o
o

The only film festival of India dedicated to environmental issues.

The 9th edition of this film festival is to be scheduled from 16th Jan
2014 in Pune.

Theme: Zero Waste: Begins with us

Sofosbuvir
o

A drug used to treat hepatitis C virus which affects Liver manufacture by


Gileads Sciences.

Recently the Indian patent Office rejected its patent application.

Mild tremors were recorded in several places of Andhra Pradesh with magnitude
1.8 in Richter scale.

18th Indian Birding Fair


o

It was held at the Man sagar Lake in Jaipur(Rajasthan).

2014 - warmest year : WMO


o

World meteorological organisation recently published a report stating that


the year 2014 is the warmest year on record.

World meteorological organisation is located in Geneva (Switzerland).

Vengurla-7
o

It is a cashew nut variety which was recently recommended to be


cultivated in the coastal areas of maharashtra.

International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List


o

Critically endangered species

Indian white backed Vulture

Long billed Vulture

Slender Billed Vulture

Red Headed Vulture

Forest Owlet

Endangered species

Egyptian Vulture
Saker

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Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT)


o

It helps to cure blood diseases and cancers like myeloma or leukaemia.

Earth Hour
o

The Earth hour initiative was started in the year 2007.

The main aim was to create awareness about global climate change.

o
o
o

Every year it is observed on March 28th.

On that day all the lights will be switched off from 8.30 PM to 9.30 PM.
Sania Mirza was selected as the Brand ambassador for the World wide
Fund for the Earth hour Initiative.

Cyclone Pam
o

Attacked the island nation Vanuatu which is located in the south pacific
region.

Bandipur Tiger reserve (Karnataka)


o
o

It is located in Karnataka

Recently the forest department started using the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
(UAV) in Bandipur tiger reserve to monitor the forest area.

UAV helps to monitor the unauthorized entry and detect the forest fires.

Mission Indradhanush
o
o

an immunization program launched by the union government.

Aims to immunize all children against 7 vaccine preventable diseases


which includes

Diphtheria

Polio

TB

Pertussis

Tetanus

Hepatitis B

Measles

Typhoon Maysak

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Typhoon Maysak attacked islands in Micronesia in pacific ocean region


and have the possibility of hitting Philippines.

Top Solid wastes Producers in India


o

Maharashtra state tops the list by producing 26,820 tonnes of solid


wastes per day

Uttarpradesh is in the second position.

Silicosis
o

It is an incurable respiratory disease which is caused by the inhaling of


the silica dust mostly in the mining regions.

The Rajasthan State Human Rights commission recently recommend the


state government to set up an independent agency to conduct research
occupational diseases.

Telangana Crab Spider


o

A new variety of spider was discovered in Telangana and was name


Telangana Crab Spider.

It looks like crab and can also walk sideways and hence it is named
Crab spider.

Earth Hour Capital 2015


o

Thane was declared the national Earth hour capital of India in 2015

In 2014, the coimbatore city was selected as the National earth


hour capital of India (2014).

Seoul was named the Global Earth hour capital 2015

National Green tribunal banned old Diesel Vehicles which are over 10 years old
in Delhi

Ecological Engineering
o

It is a new technology introduced by NIPHM - National Institute of Plant


Health Management Hyderabad

This new technology helps the farmers to control the pests and also in
maintaining the biodiversity.

WHO - Annual Health Statistics 2015


o

WHO released the status of Millennium development goals after the dead
line of 2015.

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India achieved 4 targets successfully, 2 in progress and the remaining 4


in limited progress.

Ngapang
o

The local name of the fish in Manipur, which was recently discovered by
the ZSI as the new species of catfish.

Coringa Wildlife Santuary


o
o

It's scientific name is Glyptothorax senapatiensis.


It is in Andhra Pradesh.

It is the second largest mangrove forest in India after Sundarban.

Swach Bharat Rankings


o

It was published by the Ministry of Urban Development.

Mysuru bagged the first rank followed by Trichy(Second Rank), Navi


Mumbai (Third).

Mudumalai Tiger Reserve:


o

It is in Nilgiri District of Tamil Nadu.

Mudumalai Tiger Reserve was announced as a wildlife in 1972.

In 2007, it was declared as a Tiger Reserve.

Kawal Tiger Reserve:


o
o

Damoh in Madhya Pradesh was last in the list.

It is in Telangana.
It was declared as a Tiger reserve in 2012.

Green Army Chief: Sachin Tendulkar


o

Green Army is an initiative of Maharashtra Government, involving school


children for promoting environment conservation.

Sachin Tendulkar was named the chief of the Green Army.

Mision Indradhanush
o

It was a immunization program launched on 25th December 2014.

It aims to immunize all children against the seven vaccine diseases by


2020.

Diptheria
Pertussis(Whoophing Cough)
Tetanus

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Tuberculosis

Polio

Measles

Hapatitis B

Himalaya Diwas
o

HESCO - Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organisation


was founded in 2010 by Anil Prakash Joshi for the conservation of the
HImalayan ecosystem.

Since 2010 they have also started observing September 9 as the


Himalaya Diwas.

Butterfly Park in Vandalur Zoo


o

CM J. Jayalalitha inaugurated the Butterfly park at the Vandalur Zoo


recently.

Nigeria No longer polio endemic


o

WHO published a report recently stating that the Nigeria is no longer


Polio endemic.

Afghanistan and Pakistan are the two countries where the polio is still
endemic.

ICRISAT Mandate Crop - Finger Millet


o

ICRISAT - International Crop Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics
has announced the Finger millet as its 6th mandate crop.

List of mandate crops

Sorghum
Pearl Millet

Chickpea

Pigeonpea

Groundnut

Finger Millet

The Headquarters of ICRISAT is located in Hyderabad.


Typhoon Mujigae
o

The Typhoon Mujigae hits the Guangdong province of China

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26th Annual conference of the Indian Society of Organ Transplantation ( Oct


2015) was held in Chennai.

National Geographical Research Institute's (NGRI) Report


o

The NGRI conducted the research and reported that there is no evidence
for the existence of submerged volcano off the Puducherry coast.

The Headquarters of the National Geographical Research Institute's (NGRI)


is located in Hyderabad.

Car Free Road


o

Chennai's Elliots beach road (in Besant Nagar) will host Chennai's first
car free Zone day on 11th October between 6 AM and 9 AM.

World Car Free Day: September 22, 2015.

Mission Indradhanush
o

The Second Phase of the Mission Indradhanush was launched by the


Central Government.

Harur Government Hospital has become the fourth hospital in Tamil Nadu to get
the accreditation from the Narional Accreditation Board of Hospitals and Health
care Providers.

Srivaikundam Dam
o

The National Green Tribunal banned the sale of sand mined in the
desilting of the Srvaikundam Dam.

Srivaikundam Dam is located on the banks of the River Thamirabarani in


Thoothukudi District.

Ketoprofen
o

It is a drug used as an alternative to the drug Diclofenac which was


banned earlier.

Tamil Nadu has discontinued the usage of the Ketoprofen in Erode,


coimbatore and the Nilgiris after reviewing the report that showed the
Ketoprofen has the same effect on Vultures as the Diclofenac did earlier.

It is to be now replaced with an alternative drug Meloxicam.

Bird Islands in Hussain Sagar


o

A group of bird Islands to be developed in the Hussain Sager which is


in Hyderabad.

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Some Important Alien Plant Species in Tamil Nadu and their Scientific Names
1. Seemai Karuvelam [Prosopis Juliflora]

2. Kadal Palai or Neyveli Kaatu Ammanakku [Ipomea Carnea]


3. Muttai Paasi [Salvinia Molesta]

4. Water Hyacinth [Eichahornia Crassipes]

5. Mookuthuthi Poo or Star weed or white top or white cap or carrot weed
[Parthenium]

New species of frogs found in Western ghats

1. Ghatixalus Magnus - A species of Tree frog


2. Raorchestes Flaviventris - a species of bush frog.

Bharat Stage Norms Implementation - advanced


o

The central government has advanced the date of implementation of the


BS norms.

o
o

BS-V to be implemented from April 2019 (as against April 2022)


BS-IV to be implemented from April 2021 (as against April 2024)

Sishu Aloy
o

It is a initiative launched by West Bengal Govt for early childhood care


and education.

Uttar Pradesh - Guiness Record


o

The Uttar Pradesh government made a Guinness record by planting 10


lakh trees in a single day within 8 hours.

Bihar govt planned to ban the sale of liquor from April 1, 2016.

Current Affairs Miscellaneous

Important Appointments
o

Shailesh Nayak was appointed as the interim chairman of ISRO after the
retirement of K Radhakrishnan

A S Kiran Kumar was appointed as the new chairman of ISRO.

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H S Brahma was appointed as the new Chief election commissioner of


India Succeeding V S Sampath.

S Jaishankar was appointed as the new Foreign secretary replacing


Sujatha singh.

Operation Smile
o

To find missing children and reunite them with their parents.

Recently launched by the Hyderabad Police Department.

Also launched in Trichy by the TN Police Department.

Camel Festival was celebrated every January in Bikaner (Rajasthan).

Awards
o

Leela Samson (Bharathanatiyam Artist) - was given the title Natya Kala
Acharya.

Padma Awards (Jan 2015)


o

104 persons were selected in total from various fields for Padma awards.
Among them,

Padma Vibhusan - 9 awardees

Padma Bhusan - 20 awardees

Padma Shri - 75 awardees

o
o

Also includes 17 women.

awardees from Tamil Nadu

Malur Ramaswamy Srinivasan - Padma Vibhusan (Science and


Engineering)

Sudha Raghunatha - Padma Bhusan (Art)

Kanyakumari Avasarala - Padma shri (Art)

P V Rajaraman - Padma shri (civil service)

R Vasudevan - Padma shri (Civil service)

Ashok chakra
o

Gopalaswami - Padma Bhusan (Civil Service)

Naik Neeraj Kumar Singh


Mukund Varadharajan

Important Books in News


o

Mee Nathuram Godse Boltoy - a play written by Pradeep Dalvi.

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Madhorubhagan - authored by Perumal Murugan

Kailash Satyarthi
o

Handed over his Nobel Medal to the President of India Pranab


Mukherjee.

The medal will be kept at the museum in the Rashtrapathi bhavan.

Priya Pillai
o

A Greenpeace activist who addressed to British Parliamentarians from


India through Skype after being barred to leave India.

She explained about her work in the Mahan region in Madhya Pradesh.

Saudi Arabia's king Abdullah died and the kingship was passed to his brother
Salman.

Metro train services at Mantri Square station (In Bangalore) was stopped for 5
mins to rescue a Black Kite (a bird).

Pooja Thakur
o

became the first women to lead the guard of honour for US president
Barrack Obama.

R K Laxman - eminent Cartoonist passed away.

Vaibhav Shenoy
o

Young artist from mangaluru was announced the winner of the national
level Stamp design competition organised by Indiapost to mark the
republic day with Clean India as the theme.

Fr Alexis Premkumar
o

A christian priest from Tamil nadu was released by the Taliban who was
abducted eight month ago in Afghanistan.

Important Days
o

4th Feb - World Cancer Day

28th Feb - National Science Day

INS Sindhukosh
o

It is an Indian Submarine which recently collided with a small fishing


trawler off the Goan coast during an exercise.

International Jazz Day


o

It is a musical event.

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Paris in France will be the host city for the International Jazz Day April
2015.

Amber Fort
o
o

it is Jaipur (Rajasthan).

Recently opened for viewing at night to promote night toourism.

Important Appoinments
o

Jagmohan Dalmia - elected as the new BCCI (Board of control for


Cricket in India) President.

Important Days
o
o
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Vikas Swarup - appointed as the new MEA Spokesperson.


March 8th - International Women's Day
March 12th - World Kidney Day
March 21st - World Forest Day

Awards:
o

Avvaiyar Award 2015

Santhi Ranganathan was given the Avvaiyar award for the year
2015.

Bharat Ratna

Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee was given the Bharat ratna


award.

Madhan Mohab Malviya - posthumously awarded the Bharat ratna.

Ghandhi Peace prize 2014

ISRO (Indian Space research Organisation) was selected for the


Gandhi peace prize 2014 award.

Kutram Kadidhal

Tamil film which won the national award for the best regional film
of 2014.

India's Daughter
o

It is a documentary film directed by Leslee Udwin.

It is based on the 2012 Delhi Gang rape and some more incidents.

The broadcast of this documentary was banned in India by the Indian


Government.

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Syeda Salya Fatima


o

She is the only Muslim women in India to hold a commercial Pilot's


Licence.

She is from Hyderabad city.

Mahatma Gandhi's Statue in London


o

Mahatma Gandhi's Statue was unveiled at Parliament square in London


by Finance minister Arun Jaitley.

The Statue was made of bronze and 9 feet in height.

Hindustan Shipyard Limited is located in Visakhapatnam.

The finial of the Humayun's tomb (in New Delhi) which was struck by the storm
(May 2014) was replaced by a new one.

Jeevan Dhara
o

The Rajasthan Government opened the first state run Mother's milk bank
in India.

Sokra Misawa Festival


o

The Tiwa tribes of Assam celebrates the Sokra Misawa festival marking
the welcoming of the Spring.

Pesalam Vaanga
o

Pesalam Vaanga is a campaign launched by Kolathur MLA M K Stalin to


address the grievances of the people.

Important Persons in News


o

Malli Mastan Babu

He was an Indian Mountaineer, found dead in the Andes mountain


ranges in South America during his climbing mission.

o
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Nagore Hanifa: Singer died recently (97 year old)


Jayakanthan

Tamil Novelist died recently (81 year old)

Alan Turing

British code breaker who cracked the almost unbreakable codes


used by the Germans in the second world war.

His notebook was auctioned recently.

Vankadarath Saritha

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Became the first women bus driver of the Delhi transport


Corporation.

Rajendra Singh

She is from the state of Telangana.


Known as the water man of India.

Chuhrim Sherpa

First woman to climb the Mt.Everest twice in a week.

Recently started climbing the Everest taking along with her the bat
and jerseys used by the Australian cricketer Philip Hughes.

Raja Rajeshwari

Became the first Indian born woman to be appointed as a Judge


in New york.

Ponniyin Selvan
o
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It is a historical fiction written by Kalki Krishnamurthy.

32 hr animated movie was made based on this fiction.

Kerala - KSRTC
o

KSRTC -Kerala State Road Transport Corporation has planned to launch


the accident insurance scheme for its passengers.

Important Days
o
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April 18 - World Heritage Day.


April 22 - Earth Day
April 25 - World Malaria Day

Nawab Wajid Ali Shah's calender - Object of the month


o

Victoria memorial Hall, a museum in Kolkatta selected the Calender


prepared by the Nawab wajid ali shah, the last king of Awadh as the
object of the month.

Awards
o

Susanta Lahiri - was awarded the Hevesy Medal 2015

S Lahiri was a co creator of the super heavy element 117

Super heavy elements are those elements having atomic number


greater than 114.

75-Foot Buddha Statue in Srilanka

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A 75 Foot height Buddha Statue was inaugurated at Rambadagalla


Vidhyasagara Temple in Srilanka.

Important Days
o
o

It was made by M Muthiah Sthapathi (From Chennai).


May 1 - International Labour Day
May 5 - World Asthma Day

Festival
o

Yangli festival, a kind of harvest festival celebrated in Karbi Anglong


district of Assam.

Buenos Aires - World's Bookstore capital


o

Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina is regarded as the World's bookstore


capital as it have 25 bookstores for every 1,00,000 people.

Hong kong is in the second position with 22 bookstores for every


1,00,000 people.

Awards
o

Pramod Patil, ornithologist form pune was awarded Whitley Award for his
efforts on the conservation of the Great Indian busturd.

This Whitley Award is also called by the people as Green Oscar.

Magazine Charlie Hebdo - was given the Freedom of Expression was by


the PEN American Centre

o
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Charlie Hebdo is a French based Magazine.

Shashi Kapoor - was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke award.


Yaadhum - a documentary film on Tamil Muslims won the Bronze Remi
Award at the 48th World Film Festival Houston.

India's first Private Green Field Airport


o

Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport is India's First private Green field Airport.

It is located in West Bengal.

PM Narendra Modi will be its first Passenger.

Reang Tribe: Tripura

Important Books In News


o

100 years of Solitude - by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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A signed first edition book which was stolen during the


International Book fair of Bogota 2015 was found.

Contributions of Thanjavur Maratha Kings with a Brief History of Cholas


and Nayaks - by Pratap Sinha Rajebhosle

George Cross
o

It is the highest British Military award for Gallantry.

The George Cross which was awarded Posthumously to Naik Kirpa Ram

(Indian Soldier) in 1946 was stolen. It was traced and it will handed over
to his wife Brahmi Devi.

Ninad Bedekar
o

B B King
o

Famous electric guitarist who died recently.

Natanam
o

Historian who popularized the history of Maharashtra died recently.

Mural artist who passed away recently

Sunil Nesarikar
o

Chief fire officer in Mumbai fire department, died after sustaining injuries
while fighting with fire in a building.

Rajabai Clock Tower


o
o

It is built in 1878 in the Mumbai University campus.


It was reopened recently after a restoration work.

Important Days
o

June 21st - International Yoga Day (Declared by United nations in


December 2014)

Unofficial Yoga Capital of the World - Rishikesh


India's First Gender neutral Certificate - Nalsar University of Law
(Hyderabad) issued the certificate with title Mx instead of Mr/Ms for a student.

International Yoga Day


o

The vice chancellor of Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda, Swami


Atmapriyananda was invited as chief guest for the International Yoga Day
demonstration at Rajpath in Delhi.

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35,985 people participated in the yoga demonstration at Rajpath creating


a new Guinness World record.

The yoga demonstration at Rajpath also created another world record with
largest number of foreign nationals participating from 84 countries.

Important Persons in News


o

Ira Singhal - became the first physically challenged woman to top the
UPSC Civil services exam.

Muhammad Yunus - Founder of Grameen Bank.

TK 0065
o

A Turkish flight made an emergency landing at the India Gandhi


International Airport (Delhi) after a bomb alert.

Important Days
o
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August 1 to 7 - World Breastfeeding Week

August 5 - Putlibai Day [Putlibai was the mother of Mahatma Gandhi]


August 7 - National Handloom Day[PM Modi Declared 7th August as the
National Handloom day ]

August 10 - World Bio fuel Day

August 29 - National Sports Day [Birth Day of Dyan Chand, former Indian
hockey Player]

Important Persons in News


o

K. Bhavaneeswari - First Chief Security officer of Chennai Metro Rail.

Sundar Pichai - appointed as the new CEO of Google.

Amitabh Bachan - became the Tiger Ambassador of Maharashtra.

Ashwani Lohani - appointed as the new chairman of Air India

Parveen Sultana - Bangladeshi actress who had undergone a surgery for


removing tumor in a hospital in chennai.

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Sachin Tendulkar - Green Army Chief [Maharashtra]


Sofia Asraf - Indian Rapper famous for her 'Kodaikanal Won't ' Video.
H N Girisha - Paralympian who challenged the selection of Sania Mirza
for the Rajiv Ghandhi Khel ratna award (2015) in Karnataka High Court.

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Hardik Patel - who led the agitation demanding reservation for patels in
Gujarat.

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Cho Ramasamy - editor of 'Thuglaq', a tamil Magazine.

Gangadhara Tilak Katnam - also called as 'Road doctor' was a former


Indian Government employee who has got the world wide attention for his
social work in filling the pot holes in the roads.

o
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Sasi Perumal - Social activist who died during the anti-liquor protest.

Kayyara Kinhanna Rai - Kannada poet and freedom fighter who died
recently.

Khaled al Asaad - an archaeologist who was beheaded by the IS


militants.

Gandhi Nagar 4th avenue to B Ramachanra Adityanar Salai


o

The Gandhi Nagar 4th Avenue Road in Adyar was renamed as B


Ramachanra Adityanar Salai.

He was the former editor ot Malai Murasu.

Awards
o

Poet Sella Ganapathy won the Bal Sahitya Puraskar Award for this year
from Sahitya Academy.

Zaina Erhaim of Syria won the Peter Mackler Award 2015 for courageous
journalism.

Sports Awards
o

Rajiv Ghandhi Khel Ratna Award 2015

Sania Mirza

Arjuna Awards 2015 (For Members)

Rohit Sharma (Cricket)

Bajrang (Wrestling)

P R Sreejish (Hockey)

Naib Subedar Sandeep Kumar (Archery)

M R Poovamma (Athletics)

Kidambi Srikanth Nammalwar (Badminton)

Mandeep Jangra (Boxing)

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Dipa Karmakar (Gymnastic)

Sreejesh P R ( Hockey)

Manjeet Chhillar ( Kabaddi)

Abhilasha Shashikant Mhatre (Kabaddi)


Sawarn Singh (Rowing)

Anup Kumar Yama (Roller Skating)

Jitu Rai (Shooting)

S Sathish Kumar (Weightlifting)

Babita Kumari (Wrestling)

Yumnam Sanathoi Devi (Wushu)

Sharath M Gayakwad (Para-Swimming)

Doordarshan Chennai celebrated its 40th anniversary of inauguration (started in


15th August 1975).

Dahihandi
o

It is a sport in which human pyramids are formed and they try to break
the pot hanging above.

Recently Maharashtra government announced Dahihandi as an adventure


sport.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque


o

It is the world's third largest mosques which is located in Abu


dhabi(UAE).

The grand old baobab Tree


o

The grand old baobab tree which is the heritage tree of


Vijayapura(Karnataka) fell down after getting damaged of infections.

Important books in News:


o

It is more than 600 years old.

182
o

Mrs Funnybones - written by Twinkle Khanna (Bollywood actress)


The toll free number service started by Indian Railway for Security related
issues.

Yakshagana - Folk dance of Karnataka

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Tree of Life
o

An Artificial tree in Apollo hospital, which bears the name of the organ
donors.

WIFI at the Mamallapuram Shore Temple


o

BSNL recently installed its wifi hotspot service at the Mamallapuram


Shore Temple.

Asphyxiation
o

It means severe deficient supply of required oxygen to the body for


normal breathing.

India - Bangladesh Land Boundary Agreement


o

India transferred 111 Indian enclaves to Bangladesh.

Bangladesh transferred 51 Bangladeshi enclaves to India.

GI Status for Chengalikodan, a variety of nendran banana


o

The Geographical indication status was given to the 'Chengalikodan', a


variety of banana.

It is mostly found in the Thrissur and Thalappilly region of Kerala.

Highest number of UAPA Cases


o

The highest number of cases under the UAPA act has been filed in the
state of Manipur in 2014.

Mann Ki Baat
o

Indian radio program hosted by the PM Narendra Modi to address the


people.

It was started on 3rd October, 2014.

The Cheraman Juma Masjid


o

It is the first Mosque built in India in 629 AD.

It is in Kodungallur in the Trissur District of Kerala.

Important Days
o
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September 5 - Teachers' Day


September - First Saturday of the Month - International Vulture Awareness
Day.

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September 9 - Himalaya Diwas

September 10 - World Suicide Prevention Day

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September 21 - World Alzeimer's Day

September - Third Saturday of the month - International Coastal Cleanup


Day.

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September 22 - World Car Free Day

September 27 - World Tourism Day, International Day of Deaf


September 28 - World Heart Day

Important Persons in News


o

Satya Murthy - appointed as the new Director of IGCAR (Indira Gandhi


Centre For Atomic Research) Kalpakkam.

Makanlal Agarwal - centenarian (100 Year old) who recently participated


in the Salem Marathon and successfully completed the 5 Km walkathon
event.

Chandrashekhar Patil - kannada writer who announced that he would


return the Pampa award in protest against the murder of M.M Kalburgi.

o
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Hardik Patel - was in news for the launch of reverse dandi march.
N Gokula Krishnan - was elected as the member of Rajya Sabha

(Puducherry) unopposed. He also became the first person to become the


Rajya Sabha candidate within 30 mins of getting the membership of the
AIADMK.
o

S. Jaishankar - Foreign Secretary of India

o
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Syed Ahmad - Manipur Governor passed away.


Jagmohan Dalmia - Former BCCI president who died recently. His eyes
were donated.

M M Kalburgi - Kannadian Scholar who was shot dead at his residence.

Aadesh Shrivastava - Bolywood music director died recently .

Kalamandalam Sathyabama - famous mohiniyattam artist of kerala died


recently.

Kallen Pokudan - also known as 'Mangrove man' an environmentalist died.

Putarekulu
o

A sweet variety made in Atreyapuram region of Andhra Pradesh.

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Awards
o

UNESCO's Award of Excellence 2015

Sree Vadakkunnathan Temple in Kerala won the UNESCO's Award


of Excellence 2015 for the conservation efforts taken at the
Temple.

Gandhi Peace Prize 2014

o
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ISRO won the Gandhi Peace Prize 2014.

Rajyabhasha Kirti Puraskar - was awarded to Afzal Amanullah

K S Bhagawan - selected for the Sahitya Academy Lifetime Achievement


Award 2013.

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award - It is an award given by CSIR for


science research.

Goutam narayan - won the Harry Messal award for his role in the pigmy
hog conservation in north eastern states.

Gauthamadas Udipi - wons the lifetime achievement award of Indian


Medical Association.

A New Government Medical college was opened at the Omandur estate in


Chennai.

New numbers for National Highways


o
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NH 47 was renamed as NH 544 (Salem to Kanyakumari).


NH 67 was renamed as NH 181
NH 209 was renamed as NH 83
NH 7 was renamed as NH 44
NH 68 was renamed as NH 79.

Bodh Gaya - Spiritual Capital


o

PM Modi announced recently announced that the 'Bodh Gaya' would be


developed as Spiritual capital.

The Ministry of oil and petroleum made the usage of Suraksha hose mandatory
now for use of LPG Cylinders.

Third International Kamba Ramayanam conference


o

The Third International Kamba Ramayanam Conference to be held at Port


blair (Andaman) on April 10th 2016.

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About 200 megaliths graves were found on Nagarjunasagar reservoir bed by the
Archaelogy department.

Tower of Silence
o

In Parsi religion, the body of the deceased person was kept exposed for

the scavenging birds to eat in a highly elevated place which is known as


'Tower of Silence'.
o

The Zoroastrians worship fire as god and hence they do not burn the

body of the deceased in fire which is considered as contaminating fire.

Paryushan - Jains' fasting period.


Road King
o

It is a new kannada film directed by Hollywood based Randy Kent


through Skype.

Kallikkatu Ithikasam
o
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It is a novel written by Vairamuthu.

This novel was translated into 22 languages.


It is about the suffering of 14 villages displaced due to the construction
of vaigai dam.

Indian Roller
o
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Books:
o

It is an Iranian film directed by Majid Majidi.


Music Director: A R Rehman.
India The Crucial Years - by former IB Chief T V Rajeswar.

Jhulelal Chaliha
o

It is called as Palapitta in telugu and Neelkanth in Hindi.

Film: 'Muhammad: Messenger of God'


o

It is the state bird of Telangana.

It is a 40 day long fasting festival of the Sindhi Community.

ITBP - Indo Tibetian Border Police Force


o

Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the headquarters of the 47th


Battalion of it in Samba in Jammu.

o
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ITBP was formed on 24th October, 1962.


Head Quarters of ITBP is in New Delhi.

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SMS Emden
o

It is the name of the warship which bombarded Madras on September


22, 1914.

The 101st anniversary of the event was marked this september.

Heli Tourism
o

Heli Tourism was inaugurated by the Andhra Pradesh Tourism department


in Tirupati.

Important Days
o
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October 1 - International Day of Older Persons


October 4 - World Animal Day

October 8 - Indian Air force Day


October 11 - International Day of the Girl Child.
October 15 - Global hand washing Day
October 16 - World Food Day

October 17 - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty


October 20 - World Osteoporosis Day

October 21 - Global Iodine Deficiency Prevention Day

October 29 - World Stroke Day

October 31 - National Unity Day (Ekta Diwas) {Sardar Vallabhai Patel


Birth Anniversary}

October 26 - October 31, 2015 - Vigilance awareness week for this year
2015.

Theme: Preventive Vigilance as a tool of Good Governance.

Important Persons in News


o

Shashank Manohar - elected as the New BCCI president succeeding


Jagmohan Dalmia.

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Arup Raha - Indian Air Force Chief


Mirwaiz umar Farooq - ranks 9th position in the list of world's 10 muslim
politicians by a study done by Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (in
Jordan).

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G. R Radhika - from Telangana became the first Indian women to climb


the Kun Mountain in the Zankar range of the Himalayas.

Y. S. Rao - Chairperson of ICHR - Indian Council of Historical Research

Nayantara Sahgal - writer, who returned the Sahitya Akademi Award to


show her protest against Dadri lynching.

Ashok Vajpeyi - poet, who returned the Sahitya Akademi Award.

Sushanta Ranjan Upadhyay - State Election commissioner of West Bengal


resigned.

T K Rajendran - was appointed as the new Police Commissioner of


Chennai.

K Arulmozhi - was appointed as the new TNPSC Chairman.

Puttaiah - farmer who was invited to inaugurate the Dasara (Nadahabba)


the state festival of Karnataka.

Easwari Shellaiah - selected as the Model Care-Giving Domestic Helper


of the Year by Asian Women's Welfare association.

Suresh Aroro - appointed as the new DGP of Punjab succeeding Sumedh


Singh Saini.

Important Books
o

Neither a Hawk Nor a Dove - by Former Pakistan Foreign Minister


Khurshid Madmud Kasuri.

o
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Dreaming Big - My Journey to connect India - by Sam Pitroda


Guru Granth Sahib - the holy book of Sikh religion.

Puttamrajuvari Kanriga
o

Puttamrajuvari Kanriga is a village in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh


which was adopted by Sachin Tendulkar under the Saansad Adarsh Gram
Yojana.

Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana was launched on October 11, 2014


(Birthday of Jayaprakash Narayan).

Awards
o
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Shanthi Ranganathan - was awarded the Avvaiyar Award.


R. Sahadevan - was awarded the Indian National Science Academy
Teachers Award 2015.

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Nobel Prize 2015


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Medicine

1. Tu Youyou - China
2. William C Campbell - Irish
3. Satoshi Omura - Japan

Tu Youyou

William C Campbell and Satoshi Omura

He discovered the drug Artemisinin for combating malaria

Physics

Developed a new drug 'Avermectin'.

0. Arthur B Mcdonald - Canada


1. Takaaki Kajita - Japan

For the discovery of neutrino oscillation.

Chemistry

0. Tomas Lindahl - Sweden


1. Paul Modruch - America
2. Aziz Sancar - Turkey

for mapping the mechanism of cells repairing damaged DNA.

Economics

0. Angus Deaton - Scotland

Abdul Kalam Seva Ratna Awards


o
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It was instituted by the Abdul Kalam Vision India movement.


The first edition of this award is expected to be presented by Dalai
Lama.

National War Memorial


o

The Central Government has given the approval for a National War
Memorial and a National War Museum near the India Gate in New Delhi.

Park Cicus - Parama Island Flyover


o

It is the longest flyover in West Bengal, which was inaugurated recently.

The 46th International Film festival of India is scheduled to be held in Goa.

Important Days

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November 14th - Children's Day (Jawaharlal Nehru's Birth anniversary)

November 19th - National Integration Day (Indira Gandhi's Birth


Anniversary)

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November 25th - International Meatless Day

November 26th - National Constitution day, National Milk Day, International


Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women .

Important Persons in News


o

Kolipaka Gattaiah - India's tallest man (from Telangana) died recently.

A. S Ponnammal - Seven time MLA of TN assembly passed away


recently.

Awards
o

Chithiraputhiran Kannan - deputy chief engineer (Chennai Metro Rail),


selected for the Green Apple Award for Environmental Best practises
2015 which will be presented at the House of parliament, UK.

o
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Kuldip Nair - Ramnath Goenka Lifetime Achievement Award 2013-2014.


Prashant Damle - Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Award 2016.

Important Books
o

Lust for Lalbaug (Marathi) - by Vishwas Patil

All the World is a Stage - by T T Srinath

The 19th International Children Film festival 2015 to be held in Hyderabad.


Binge-watch : 2015 Word of the year
o

The word 'Binge-watch', meaning watching a large number of Television


programs continuosly is selected by the Collins dictionary as the 2015
World of the year.

Ambedkar house in London


o

The house in which Ambedkar stayed was bought by Maharashtra


Government for 31 Crore Rupee.

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Indian govt has planned to set up a library in its ground floor.


The first floor will be rented to Indian Students who are going there for
higher studies.

My Stamp

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It is launched by Indian postal department recently in which customers


can make their own selfie into a stamp of Rs.5 denominations.

The application cost is Rs.300.

My Brick My Amaravati
o

It is a compaign launched in Andhra Pradesh which broke the guiness


record by raising donations from 1,43,740 individuals within 24 hours.

Samvat - Hindu New Year

Jan 22, 2016 - Delhi government has planned to celebrate the Car free day.

Section B Miscellaneous
Tamil Nadu A Short Review

Area: 1.3 Lakh Sq.km (11th Largest State)


Districts: 32

Demography (as per 2011 Census)

Total Population : 7.21 Crore (7th Populous State)


Growth rate in last decade: 15.61%
Sex Ratio: 996
Top 3 districts with High Sex ratio
o

Nilgiris

Tanjavur

Nagapattinam

Last 3 districts with low sex ratio


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Dharmapuri (946)

Salem (954)

Krishnagiri (958)

Literacy Rate Overall: 80.09%

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Male Literacy Rate: 86.77%

Female Literacy Rate: 73.14%

Top 3 districts Literacy rate


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Kanyakumari
Chennai

Tutucorin

Polity

The Governor: Thiru. Rosaiah

The Chief Minister: Selvi J Jayalalitha


The Chief Justice of Madras High Court: Thiru. Sanjay Kishan Kaul
Total number of members in State legislative Assembly: 235
Total Number of members in Lok Sabha: 39
Total Number of seats in Rajya Sabha: 18

List of Presidents of India


Indian Presidents List in Chronological Order till date
1. Rajendra Prasad
2. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
3. Zakir Hussain
4. Varahagiri Venkata Giri

[ 1st President ]
[ 2nd President ]
[ 3rd President ]

India]
5. Mohammad Hidayatullah
India]
6. Varahagiri Venkata Giri
7. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed
8. Basappa Danappa Jatti
President of India]

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[ Acting President of
[ Acting President of
[ 4th President ]
[ 5th President ]
[ Acting

9. Neelam Sanjiva Reddy

[ 6th President ]

10. Giani Zail Singh

11. Ramaswamy Venkataraman


12. Shankar Dayal Sharma

[ 7th President ]

[ 8th President ]

[ 9th President ]

13. K. R. Narayanan

[ 10th President ]

14. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

[ 11th President ]

15. Pratibha Patil

[ 12th President ]

16. Pranab Mukherjee

[ 13th President ]

List of Prime Ministers of India

Indian Prime Ministers List in Chronological Order till date


1. Jawaharlal Nehru

[ 1st Prime Minister ]

2. Gulzarilal Nanda
3. Lal Bahadur Shastri
4. Gulzarilal Nanda

[ 2nd Prime Minister ]


[ 3rd Prime Minister ]

5. Indira Gandhi

[ 4th Prime Minister ]

6. Morarji Desai

[ 5th Prime Minister ]

7. Charan Singh

[ 6th Prime Minister ]

8. Indira Gandhi
9. Rajiv Gandhi

[ 7th Prime Minister ]

10. V. P. Singh

[ 8th Prime Minister ]

11. Chandra Shekhar


12. P. V. Narasimha Rao
13. Atal Bihari Vajpayee
14. H. D. Deve Gowda

[ 9th Prime Minister ]


[ 10th Prime Minister ]
[ 11th Prime Minister ]

15. I. K. Gujral

16. Atal Bihari Vajpayee

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[ 12th Prime Minister ]


[ 13th Prime Minister ]

17. Manmohan Singh


18. Narendra Modi

[ 14th Prime Minister ]

[ 15th Prime Minister ]

List of Chief Justices of India

List of Chief Justices of India Till Date - for competitive Exams


1. H.J.Kania
2. M Patanjali Sastri

3. Mehr Chand Mahajan


25. Manepalli Narayana Rao Venkatachaliah
26. Aziz Mushabber Ahmadi
27. Jagdish Sharan Verma

28. Madan Mohan Punchhi


29. Adarsh Sein Anand
30. Sam Piroj Bharucha
31. Bhupinder Nath Kirpal

32. Gopal Ballav Pattanaik


33. V. N. Khare

34. S. Rajendra Babu


35. Ramesh Chandra Lahoti
36. Yogesh Kumar Sabharwal
37. K. G. Balakrishnan
38. S. H. Kapadia
39. Altamas Kabir
40. P. Sathasivam (Tamil Nadu)
41. Rajendra Mal Lodha

42. H. L. Dattu (Present CJI)

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Try to remember the last 10 CJI in their respective order.

Important Days
February

February 4 - World Cancer Day

February 28 - National Science Day

March

March 8 - International Women's Day

March 12 - World Kidney Day

March 21 - World Forest Day

April

April 3 - World Autism Day


April 7 - World Health Day

April 18 - World Heritage Day.

April 22 - Earth Day

April 25 - World Malaria Day

April 26 - World Veterinary Day

May

May 1 - International Labour Day


May 5 - World Asthma Day

June

June 21 - International Day of Yoga

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August

August 1 to 7 - World Breastfeeding Week

August 5 - Putlibai Day [Putlibai was the mother of Mahatma Gandhi]

August 7 - National Handloom Day[PM Modi Declared 7th August as the


National Handloom day ]

August 10 - World Bio fuel Day

August 29 - National Sports Day [Birth Day of Dyan Chand, former Indian
hockey Player]

September

September 5 - Teachers' Day

September 8 - International Literacy Day

September - First Saturday of the Month - International Vulture Awareness Day.

September 9 - Himalaya Diwas

September 10 - World Suicide Prevention Day

September 16 - International Day for preservation of Ozone Layer

September 21 - World Alzeimer's Day

September - Third Saturday of the month - International Coastal Cleanup Day.


September 22 - World Car Free Day
September 27 - World Tourism Day, International Day of Deaf
September 28 - World Heart Day

October

October 1 - International Day of Older Persons

October 4 - World Animal Day

October 8 - Indian Air force Day

October 11 - International Day of the Girl Child.

October 15 - Global hand washing Day

October 16 - World Food Day

October 17 - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

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October 20 - World Osteoporosis Day

October 21 - Global Iodine Deficiency Prevention Day

October 29 - World Stroke Day

October 31 - National Unity Day (Ekta Diwas) {Sardar Vallabhai Patel Birth
Anniversary}

October 26 - October 31, 2015 - Vigilance awareness week for this year 2015.
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Theme: Preventive Vigilance as a tool of Good Governance.

November

November 14th - Children's Day (Jawaharlal Nehru's Birth anniversary)

November 19th - National Integration Day (Indira Gandhi's Birth Anniversary)

December

December 25th - Good Governance Day (Atal Bihari Vajpayee's Birthday)

Important Books

Malgudi Days R K Narayan

Satyarth Prakash Swami Dayanand

The Glimpses of World history Jawaharlal Nehru

Wings of Fire Abdul Kalam

My Experiments with Truth Mahatma Gandhi

The Book of Indian Birds Dr. Salim Ali

Summits
BIMSTEC

2014 Nay Pyi Taw capital of Myanmar

Upcoming in Nepal

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SAARC

2014 Kathmandu (Nepal)

BRICS

2014 Fortaleza (Brazil)

2015 Ufa (Russia)

IBSA

2013 New Delhi

2015 New Delhi

G-20

2014 Australia

2015 Turkey

Remaining topics will be covered in the Volume 2.

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