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1st February - National Freedom Day (US)


2nd February - World Wetlands Day
4th February - World Cancer Day
4th February - Sri Lanka's Independence Day
(67th)
5th February - Kashmir Solidarity Day
10th February - National Deworming Day
13th February - World Radio Day
19th February - 1st Day of Chinese New Year (year
of the Goat)
19th February - 65th Democracy Day of Nepal
21st February - International Mother Language
Day
22nd February - Twins day
22nd February - World Thinking Day
28th February - National Science Day

Ajaypal Singh Banga - Member, Advisory


Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations
Amitava Roy - Judge, Supreme Court
Anish Aggarwal - Director (Pipelines), Indian Oil
Corp
Arvind Kejriwal - Chief Minister, Delhi
Ashish Agrawal - Chief Technology officer (CTO),
Micromax
Ashish Agrawal - Chief Technology Officer (CTO),
Micromax
Ashok K Agarwal - GM, Southern Railway
Ashton Carter - US Defence Secretary
Balasubramaniam Venkataramani - MD & CEO,
MCX (Multi Commodity Exchange)
Chrishantha de Silva - Chief, Sri Lankan Army
Damyant Singh - Brand Director (India), Adidas
Group
Dr MO Garg - Director General, CSIR
Dr.Nandita Chatterjee - Secretary, Housing &
Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA)
Faisal Siddiqui - President (South Asia), HTC

Gauri Shankar - MD & CEO of Punjab National


Bank
Jawed Usmani - Chief Information Commissioner
(CIC), Uttar Pradesh
Kanagasabapathy J Sripavan - Chief Justice, Sri
Lanka
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic - 1st Woman President,
Croatia
Kshatrapati Shivaji - CMD, SIDBI
L.C Goyal - Home Secretary
M Ravindran - Chairman, Indraprastha Gas Ltd
MO Garg - Director General, Council of Scientific
& Industrial Research (CSIR)
Naveen Chopra - COO (Chief Operating Officer),
Vodafone India
Nickolay Mladenov - U.N. envoy, Middle East
Prasanth Kumar - CEO, MindShare APAC South
Asia
Punit Renjen - CEO, Deloittes global operations
Ram Niwas Goel - Speaker, Delhi Assembly
Rashad Hussain - US envoy and coordinator,
Strategic Counter-Terrorism Communications
Ravi Chaudhary - Executive Director, Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA)
Roopa Kudva - Independent Member, Infosys
Shubhajit Sen - Chief Marketing Officer (CMO),
Micromax
T. Suvarna Raju - Chairman, Hindustan
Aeronautics Ltd (HAL)
Takahiro Hachigo - President & CEO, Honda
Motor
Tapan Misra - Head, ISRO's Space Applications
Centre (SAC)
Zoe Konstantopoulou - Youngest President, Greek
Parliament

A Vincent - Ace cinematographer


Anil Sarkar - CPI(M) leader
Ashraful Haque - Bollywood Actor
Atmaram Bhende - Marathi Actor
Avijit Roy - Bangladeshi Author (hacked to death)

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Bob Simon - CBS 60 Minutes Correspondent (car


crash)
Carl Djerassi - Creator of Birth Control Pill
D Rama Naidu - Guinness Book record holding
Producer
David Carr - Media columnist, New York Times
Kassasbeh - Jordanian pilot (burned alive by ISIS)
Kayla Mueller - U.S. aid worker
Kenji Goto - Japanese Reporter (beheaded by ISIS)
Kesava Reddy - Telugu novelist
Leonard Nimoy - Star Treck Actor
Louis Jourdan - French Actor
Louis Jourdan - French actor
Mrinalini Mukherjee - Sculptor and Artist
Nirad Naraya Mahapatra - Odia film director
R R Patil - Former Home Minister, Maharashtra
R.C Sakthi - Tamil director
Rajinder Puri - Veteran Journalist & Cartoonist
Richard von Weizsaecker - Former German
President

60th Filmfare Awards Winners List

Amartya Sen - Charleston-EFG John Maynard


Keynes Prize
Ammu (mascot of 35th National Games) - Limca
Book of Records
Anil Kumble - 77th member, ICC Cricket Hall of
Fame
Bhalchandra Nemade - 50th Jnanpith Award for
2014
Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural
University (CCSHAU) - Mahindra Samridhi India
Agri Award 2015
Deepika Misra - 1st Woman, IAF Formation
Display Team
Dr. Tessy Thomas - Nayudamma Award 2014
Dr. Zakir A. Naik - King Faisal International Prize
(KFIP) 2015
Geeta Varadan - Nayudamma Award 2014
Gurpreet Singh - National Science Foundation
Career award ($5,00,000)
Hindol Sengupta - Hayek Prize (shortlisted)

Indira Gandhi International Airport - Annual


Airport Service Quality (ASQ) award
Madhya Pradesh - 10th National Award for
excellent work in MGNREGA
Masih Alinejad - Human Rights Award (Geneva)
Mithileshwar - Shrilal Shukla Sahitya IFFCO Award
2014
Purnendu Dasgupta - J. Calvin Giddings Award
2015
Ratan Tata - Honorary Doctorate from Clemson
University
Vinod Mehta - Yash Bharti Samman

Best Actor (Male) : Shahid Kapoor for Haider.


Best Actor (Female) : Kangana Ranaut for Queen.
Best Film : Queen.
Best Director: Vikas Bahl for Queen.
Best Film (Critics): Ankhon Dekhi.
Best Actor (Critics): Sanjay Mishra for Ankhon
Dekhi.
Best Actress (Critics): Alia Bhatt for Highway.
Best Supporting Actor (Male): Kay Kay Menon for
Haider.
Best Supporting Actor (Female): Tabu for Haider.
Best Story: Rajat Kapoor for Ankhon Dekhi.
Best Dialogue: Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi
for PK.
Best Screenplay: Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat
Joshi for PK.
Best Debutant (Female): Kriti Sanon for
Heropanti.
Best Debutant (Male): Fawad Khan for
Khoobsurat.
Best Music Director: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy for 2
States.
Best Lyrics: Rashmi Singh for Muskurane Ki Wajah
(CityLights).
Best Playback Singer (Male): Ankit Tiwari for
Galliyan (Ek Villain).
Best Playback Singer (Female): Kanika Kapoor for
Baby Doll(Ragini MMS 2).

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Best Choreography: Ahmed Khan for Jumme Ki


Raat for Kick.
Best Action: Sham Kaushal for Gunday.
Best Cinematography: Bobby Singh and Siddharth
Diwan for Queen.
Best Background Score: Amit Trivedi for Queen.
Best Editing: Abhijit Kokate and Anurag Kashyap
for Queen.
Best Production Design: Subrata Chakraborty and
Amit Ray for Haider.
Best Sound Design: Anilkumar Konakandla and
Prabal Pradhan for Mardaani.
Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award: Kamini
Kaushal.

Yash Bharti Awards Winners List


(important names to remember)

Cricketer Suresh Raina.


Classical singer Shubha Mudgal.
Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
Journalist Vinod Mehta.
Sufi singer Rahat Ali Khan Sabri.
Wrestler Alka Tomar.
Playback singer Kailash Kher.
Urdu poet Bekal Utsahi.
Music director Ravindra Jain.
Bhajan singer Anup Jalota

List of 65th Berlin Int'l Film Festival


Winners

Golden Bear for best film : Taxi, Jafar Panahi, Iran


Jury Grand Prix Silver Bear : El Club (The Club),
Pablo Larrain, Chile
Silver Bear for best director : Radu Jude for
Aferim!, Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and
Malgorzata Szumowska for Body, Poland
Silver Bear for best actress : Charlotte Rampling
in 45 Years, Britain
Silver Bear for best actor : Tom Courtenay in 45
Years, Britain
Silver Bear for outstanding artistic contribution
(camera) : Sturla Brandth Grovlen for Victoria,

Germany; and Evgeniy Privin and Sergei


Mikhalchuk for Pod electricheskimi oblakami
(Under Electric Clouds), Russia, Ukraine, Poland
Silver Bear for best script : Patricio Guzman for El
Boton de Nacar (The Pearl Button), France, Chile,
Spain
Alfred Bauer Prize for work of particular
innovation : Ixcanul (Ixcanul Volcano) by Jayro
Bustamante, Guatemala
Best first feature film : 600 Millas (600 Miles) by
Gabriel Ripstein, Mexico
Golden Bear for best short film : Hosanna by Na
Young-kil, South Korea
Teddy for best feature film with gay or lesbian
context: Nasty Baby by Sebastian Silva, United
States
Teddy for best documentary film with gay or
lesbian context : El hombre nuevo (The New Man)
by Aldo Garay, Uruguay, Chile

57th Grammy Award Winners List


2015

Record of the Year - "Stay with Me," Sam Smith


Song of the Year - "Stay with Me" (Darkchild
Version)
Album of the Year - Morning Phase, Beck
Best Country Album - Platinum, Miranda Lambert
Best R&B Performance - "Drunk in Love," Beyonc
Best Rock Album - Morning Phase, Beck
Best Pop Vocal Album - In the Lonely Hour, Sam
Smith
Best Pop Solo Performance - "Happy," Pharrell
Williams
Best New Artist - Sam Smith
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration - "Monster," by
Rihanna and Eminem
Best Rap Album - The Marshall Mathers LP2,
Eminem
Best Urban Contemporary Album - Girl, Pharrell
Best R&B Album - Love, Marriage & Divorce, Toni
Braxton and Babyface
Best R&B Song - "Drunk in Love," Beyonc, and
Jay-Z

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Best Rock Song - "Ain't It Fun," Paramore


Best Alternative Music Album - St. Vincent, St.
Vincent
Best Music Video - "Happy", Pharrell Williams
Best New Age Album - Winds Of Samsara, Ricky
Kej & Wouter Kellerman
Best Children's Album - I Am Malala: How One
Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The
World (Malala Yousafzai) [narrated by Neela
Vaswani]

Bafta Film Awards 2015 Winners List

Best Film : Boyhood


Leading Actor : Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of
Everything
Leading Actress : Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Director : Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Supporting Actor : J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Supporting Actress : Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Outstanding British Film : The Theory of
Everything
Original Music : The Grand Budapest Hotel
British Short Animation : The Bigger Picture
British Short Film : ?Boogaloo And Graham
Documentary : ?Citizenfour
Editing : Whiplash
Production Design : ?The Grand Budapest Hotel
Makeup & Hair : ?The Grand Budapest Hotel
Sound : Whiplash
Best Animated Film : The Lego Movie
Special Visual Effects : Interstellar
Cinematography : Birdman
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director
or Producer : Stephen Beresford and David
Livingstone, Pride
Original Screenplay : The Grand Budapest Hotel
Film Not in the English Language : Ida
Adapted Screenplay : The Theory of Everything?
Costume Design : The Grand Budapest Hotel?
The EE Rising Star Award : Jack O'Connell
Original Music : The Grand Budapest Hotel

Complete Winners List of 87th Academy


Awards / Oscars 2015

Best Picture - Birdman


Best Actress in a Leading Role - Julianne Moore
for Still Alice
Best Actor in a Leading Role - Eddie Redmayne for
The Theory of Everything.
Best Director - Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for
Birdman
Best Adapted Screenplay - Graham Moore for
'The Imitation Game'
Best original screenplay - Alejandro G. Irritu,
Nicols Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. &
Armando Bo for Birdman
Best original score - Alexandre Desplat - The
Grand Budapest Hotel
Documentary Feature - CitizenFour by Laura
Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky
Film Editing - Tom Cross - Whiplash
Best Cinematography - Emmanuel Lubezki for
Birdman
Best Production Design - The Grand Budapest
Hotel
Animated Feature Film - Big Hero 6
Best Animated Short film - Feast
Special Effects - Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley,
Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher for Interstellar
Best Sound Editing - American Sniper - Alan
Robert Murray, Bub Asman
Sound mixing and Sound Editing Oscar - Whiplash
- Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, Thomas Curley
Best documentary short film - Crisis Hotline:
Veterans Press 1 - Ellen Goosenberg Kent, Dana
Perry
Best live-action short film - The Phone Call Mat
Kirkby, James Lucas
Achievement in makeup and hairstyling - The
Grand Budapest Hotel Frances Hannon, Mark
Coulier
Best Foreign Film - Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski
Best costume design - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Milena Canonero
Best Supporting Actor - JK Simmons for Whiplash

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Best Supporting Actress - Patricia Arquette Boyhood

Forbes magazine's Top 50 'Powerful


Businesswomen' from Asia
1. Arundhati Bhattacharya - Head, State Bank of
India
2. Chanda Kochchar - CEO, ICICI
3. Akhila Srinivasan - MD/Non-Executive Director of
Shriram Life Insurance/Shriram Capital
4. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw - Founding Chairman and
MD of Biocon
5. Shikha Sharma - CEO and MD of Axis Bank
6. Usha Sangwan - MD of LIC

Winners List of Australian Open 2015

Men's Singles - Novak Djokovic (Serbia) by beating


Andy Murray
Women's Singles - Serena Williams (US) by
beating Maria Sharapova

ailway Minister Suresh Prabhu has presented


the Narendra Modi-led BJP government's first
full year Rail Budget on 26th February 2015.
The Key Themes of the Budget were in line with Prime
Minister Narendra Modi's initiatives - Swachch Bharat
Mission, Make in India and Digital India.

Here are the highlights of the Rail Budget


2015

There is no increase in passenger rail fares


No new trains announced.
Plan Outlay proposed Rs. 1,00,011 crore,
increased by 52%
Allocation for passenger amenities up by 67%
Rs.8.5 lakh crore will be invested in Railways in
next 5 years.
'Operation 5 mins', wherein passengers travellling
unreserved can purchase a ticket in 5 minutes.

Men's Doubles - Simone Bolelli (Italy) and Fabio


Fognini (Italy) by beating Pierre-Hugues Herbert
and Nicolas Mahut
Women's Doubles - Bethanie Mattek-Sands (US)
and Lucie afov (Czech Republic) by beating
Chan Yung-jan and Zheng Jie
Mixed Doubles - Leander Paes (India) and Martina
Hingis (Switzerland) by beating French-Canadian
pair of Kristina Mladenovic and Daniel Nestor

Dubai ATP Tennis Championship 2015


Winners List

Men's Singles : Roger Federer (Switzerland)


Women's Singles : Simona Halep (Romania)
Men's Doubles : Rohan Bopanna (India) / Daniel
Nestor (Canada)
Women's Doubles : Tmea Babos (Hungary) /
Kristina Mladenovic (France)

Bio toilets and airplane-type vaccum toilets in


trains.
Rs 1,000 Nirbhaya Fund, which was lying idle so
far, will finally board a train to provide women's
safety
Surveillance cameras in select coaches and ladies
compartments for women's safety without
compromising on privacy.
Rail tickets can now be booked 120 days in
advance.
The speed of nine railway corridors will be
increased to 160 and 200 kmph
200 more stations to come under Adarsh Station
scheme
In 400 stations wi-fi facility will be provided
Facility of online booking of wheelchair for senior
citizens.
Satellite railway terminals in major cities.

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Centrally managed Rail Display Network is


expected to be introduced in over 2K stations over
the next 2 years.
All india 24/7 helpline - 138 from March 2015 ;
Toll free No.182 for security.
917 road under-bridges and over-bridges to be
constructed to replace 3,438 railway crossings; at
a cost of Rs. 6,581 crore.
Four Railway Research Centres to start in four
universities.
A mobile application to address complaints of
people is also being developed
SMS alert services for passengers to inform them
about arrival and departure of trains
The facility of e-ticketing to go paper less
24 to 26 coaches in certain identified trains, more
general class coaches, ladders to be replaced
Introduction of integrated ticketing will be done, a
Defence travel system has been developed to
make travel easier

Satellite railway terminals in 10 major cities


Railways to become prime mover of Indian
Economy, Five years action plan proposed
Thrust on measurable and sustainable
improvement in passenger experience and to
make Rail a safer means of travel
More General class coaches will be added in
identified trains.
Train Protection Warning System and Train
Collision Avoidance System to be installed on
select routes
Investment 84% higher, 77 new projects covering
9,400 km of doubling/tripling/quadrupling works
proposed
Cleanliness in Railways highest priority under
Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat
A new department for keeping stations and trains
clean under Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

inance Minister Arun Jaitley on 28th February


2015 presented the Union Budget for the year
2015-16. Being termed as 'make or break', this is
Arun Jaitley and the NDA Government's first full-year
Budget. Here are the key highlights of the Budget.

Sector-wise Highlights
Budget 2015

Important Numbers to Note

1. Abolition of Wealth Tax.


2. Additional 2% surcharge for the super rich with
income of over Rs. 1 crore.
3. Rate of corporate tax to be reduced to 25% over
next four years.
4. Total exemption of up to Rs. 4,44,200 can be
achieved.
5. 100% exemption for contribution to Swachch
Bharat, apart from CSR.
6. Service tax increased to14 per cent.

Non-Plan expenditure : Rs 13,12,200 crore.


Plan expenditure: Rs Rs 4,65,277 crore.
Total expenditure: Rs 17,77,477 crore.
Gross Tax receipts : Rs 14,49,490 crore.
Devolution to the States : Rs 5,23,958 crore.
Share of Central Government : Rs 9,19,842
crore.
Non Tax Revenues : Rs 2,21,733 crore.
Fiscal deficit : 3.9% of GDP and Revenue
Deficit: 2.8% of GDP

of

Union

Taxation

Agriculture
1. Rs. 25,000 crore for Rural Infrastructure
Development Bank.
2. Rs. 5,300 crore to support Micro Irrigation
Programme.

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3. Farmers credit - target of 8.5 lakh crore.

Infrastructure
1. Rs. 70,000 crores to Infrastructure sector.
2. Tax-free bonds for projects in rail road and
irrigation
3. PPP model for infrastructure development to be
revitalised and govt. to bear majority of the risk.
4. Rs. 150 crore allocated for Research &
Development
5. NITI to be established and involvement of
entrepreneurs, researchers to foster scientific
innovations.
6. Govt. proposes to set up 5 ultra mega power
projects, each of 4000MW.

Education
1. AIIMS in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Tamil Nadu,
Himachal Pradesh, Bihar and Assam.
2. IIT in Karnataka; Indian Institute of Mines in
Dhanbad to be upgraded to IIT.
3. PG institute of Horticulture in Armtisar.
4. Kerala to have University of Disability Studies
5. Centre of film production, animation and gaming
to come up in Arunachal Pradesh.
6. IIM for Jammu and Kashmir and Andhra Pradesh.

Defence
1. Rs. 2,46,726 crore for Defence.
2. Focus on Make in India for quick manufacturing of
Defence equipment.

Welfare Schemes

he 35th National Games of India were held from


31st January 2015 to 14th February 2015 at Seven
districts in Kerala (Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam,
Alapuzha, Ernakulam, Kozhikode, Trissur, Kannur).
This was for the second time Kerala hosted National
games after 27th National Games in the year 1987.
Services Sports Control Board topped the medal tally
with 159 medals followed by Kerala (162) and

1. 50,000 toilets constructed under Swachh Bharath


Abhiyan.
2. Two other programmes to be introduced- GST
& JAM Trinity. GST will be implemented by
April 2016.
3. MUDRA bank will refinance micro finance orgs. to
encourage first generation SC/ST entrepreneurs.
4. Housing for all by 2020.
5. Upgradation 80,000 secondary schools.
6. DBT will be further be expanded from 1 crore to
10.3 crore.
7. For the Atal Pension Yojna, govt. will contribute
50% of the premium limited to Rs. 1000 a year.
8. New scheme for physical aids and assisted living
devices for people aged over 80 .
9. Govt to use Rs. 9000 crore unclaimed funds in
PPF/EPF for Senior Citizens Fund.
10. Rs. 5,000 crore additional allocation for
MGNREGA.
11. Govt. to create universal social security system for
all Indians.

Renewable Energy
1. Rs. 75 crore for electric cars production.
2. Renewable energy target for 2022: 100K MW in
solar; 60K MW in wind; 10K MW in biomass and
5K MW in small hydro

Tourism
1. Develpoment schemes for churches and convents
in old Goa; Hampi, Elephanta caves, Forests of
Rajasthan, Leh palace, Varanasi , Jallianwala Bagh,
Qutb Shahi tombs at Hyderabad to be under the
new toursim scheme.
2. Visa on Arrival for 150 countries

Haryana (107). Here are some important points you


should know about 35th National Games.
Host : Kerala
Starting Date : 31st January 2015
Last Date : 14th February 2015
Motto : Get Set Play

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Mascott : Ammu (Great Indian Hornbill, the State


bird of Kerala)
Goodwill Ambassador : Sachin Tendulkar

Inaugurated by : Venkaiah Naidu (Union minister


of urban development)
Total Sports Disciplines : 33

Top 10 Medal Winners


Rank
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

Sport
Swimming
Canoe & Kayak
Canoe & Kayak
Swimming
Shooting
Shooting
Gymnastics
Swimming
Shooting
Swimming

Athlete
Sajan Prakash
Rajina Kiro
Inaocha Devi Mayanglambam
Aakanksha Vora
Vijay Kumar
Gurpreet Singh
Dipa Karmakar
Richa Mishra
Chain Singh Manhas
Dhumatkar Aditi

State
Kerala
Andaman Nicobar
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra
Services SCB
Services SCB
Tripura
Madhya Pradesh
Services SCB
Maharashtra

Gold
6
5
5
5
5
5
5
4
4
4

Silver
2
1
1
1
0
0
0
1
1
1

Bronze
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
2
1
0

Total
8
6
6
6
6
5
5
7
6
5

Top 10 Medal Tally


Rank
Teams
Gold Silver Bronze Total
1
Services SCB
91
33
35
159
2
Kerala
54
48
60
162
3
Haryana
40
40
27
107
4
Maharashtra
30
43
50
123
5
Punjab
27
34
32
93
6
Madhya Pradesh 22
24
38
84
7
Manipur
18
18
24
60
8
Tamil Nadu
16
16
20
52
9
Telangana
16
11
11
38
10
Gujarat
10
4
6
20

All the Best


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