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POLICY RATES OF RBI

  • Repo rate- 8%
  • Reverse Repo Rate-7%
  • CRR-4%
  • SLR-22%
  • Bank Rate-9%
  • Marginal Standing Facility (MSF)- 9%


RBI/ BANKING/ BUSINESS NEWS


  •  RBI amended KYC norms for NBFC’s, as they were facing practical difficulties and constraints in getting KYC documents at frequent intervals. 
  • The Department of Financial Services under the Union Ministry of Finance on 31 December 2014 appointed the Managing Directors (MD) and Chief Executive Officers of four Nationalised Banks. 
  •  Union Cabinet approved the hike of government stake in Industrial Finance Corporation of India (IFCI) ltd to 51 percent. 
  •  The Reserve Bank of India on 29 December 2014 released the Financial Stability Report December 2014. The report also includes the Trend and Progress of Banking in India during 2013-14.
  •  Foreign Exchange Reserves of India reached 320 billion US dollars on the back of a massive jump in foreign currency assets. 
  •  Four PSUs signed joint venture agreements to set up an integrated coal gasification-cum-fertiliser and ammonium nitrate complex in Talcher, Odisha. 
  •  Union Cabinet approved promulgation of an Ordinance to hike FDI cap in the insurance sector to 49 percent. 
  •  Suresh Prabhu Advisory Group on Integrated Development of Power submitted report to Union Government. 
  •  BHEL bagged a 16.96 million Euros contract for a thermal power project from Electricity Generation Company of Turkey. 
  •  The interest rate of 8.75 percent on Provident Fund (PF) deposits for the year 2014-15 was approved by the Union Finance Ministry on 19 December 2014. 
  •  RBI imposed monetary penalty on ICICI bank and Bank of Baroda for violation of its instructions regarding norms on KYC and AML. 
  •  RBI increased RTGS (real time gross settlement) business hours from 7.30 hours to 12 hours. 
  •  The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on 10 December 2014 approved the implementation of the Tea Development and Promotion Scheme of the Tea Board. 
  •  Union Cabinet approved to set up of 500 crore rupees Credit Guarantee Fund for factoring of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
  •  The Union Government on 5 December 2014 divested its 5 percent stake in Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL). 
  •  The Reserve Bank notified reviewed Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy in railways infrastructure and Defence sectors. 
  •  Air India signed a MoU with NBCC for monetization of surplus land assets of the national carrier.
  •  The Union Cabinet approved Regional Rural Banks (Amendment) Bill, 2013 that seeks amendments in the Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) Act, 1976. 
  •  RBI in its fifth bi-monthly monetary policy statement kept the policy rates unchanged.
  •  International Finance Corp (IFC) arm of World Bank issued 10 billion rupee Masala bond to fund infrastructure development. The so-called masala bonds mark the first rupee bonds listed on the London Stock Exchange. The name masala bond is the Indian counterpart of the Dim Sum bond applied to Chinese offshore issues of IFC. Bonds issued inside India by IFC are known as Maharaja Bonds.
  •  November 11: Reserve Bank of India tightened its norms for Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) by requiring them to have a much stronger capital base. Failing to which, the NBFCs would lose their CoR (Certificate of Registration). NBFCs have been given time till March 2017 to comply with the norms.
  •  November 19: Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd ( IREDA) and US ExportImport (Exim) Bank signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with respect to cooperation on clean energy investment.
  •  State Bank of India (SBI) Mutual Fund (MF) announced that it will launch Shariah Equity Fund on 1 December 2014. The fund is aimed at attracting investments from Muslim populations of India. The fund has been approved by the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, an authority that oversees the observance of Muslim civil laws in India.
  • The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) directed Foreign Portfolio Investor (FPI) to ensure compliance with all necessary norms of Foreign Portfolio Investment (FPI) Regulations before issuing Offshore Derivative Instruments (ODIs) especially participatory notes (P-notes) with immediate effect. With respect to this SEBI issued the guidelines outlining the details.
  •  Reserve Bank of India (RBI) decided to sell worth 2000 crore rupees government bonds through Open Market Operations (OMOs) to squeeze the liquidity in the market.
  • The Reserve Bank of India on 27 November 2014 issued Guidelines for Licensing of Small Finance Banks in the Private Sector. As per the issued guidelines, the minimum paid-up equity capital for small finance banks shall be 100 crore rupees.
  •  Reserve Bank of India (RBI) released guidelines for Licensing of Payments Banks. These guidelines will allow mobile firms and supermarket chains, among others, to enter the banking arena to cater to individuals and small businesses.
  • The objectives of payments banks will be to further financial inclusion by providing small savings accounts and payments or remittance services to migrant labour workforce, low income households, small businesses, other unorganized sector entities and other users.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) eased gold imports and scrapped 20:80 scheme. The decision to withdraw the 20:80 scheme will cut smuggling of gold and raise legal shipments into India. In 2013, the 20:80 scheme was introduced to bring down inbound shipments, sliding rupee and to combat a huge current account deficit (CAD) along with a hike in import duty to 10 percent.
  • Union Cabinet approved proposal to amend Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy in construction and real estate sectors.
  •  India-Saudi agreed to cooperate in areas of strategic reserves, petrochemical conservation, refineries and
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Guys i have uploaded month-wise current affairs of all months now i have selected some questions for quick preparation and good practice. Previously i have uploaded all award list important for exam + Day wise current affairs questions set. Practice more Questions here for better practice.

Oct 10, 2014 2014 Nobel Prize for literature goes to French author Patrick Modiano.


Oct 10, 2014 Centre to name its ambitious Urban Housing Mission after Sardar Patel.


Oct 10, 2014 Leela Samson steps down as the Chairperson of Sangeet Natak Akademi.


Oct 10, 2014 Veteran journalist MV Kamath breathes his last at 93.    


Oct 10, 2014 Aamir Khan has been appointed UNICEF Ambassador for South Asia.


Oct 10, 2014 NCC National Games 2014 to take place in Delhi from October 8 - 18.  

Oct 07, 2014 Brazil presidential election fails to throw a clear winner; run-off vote on October 26.  

Oct 07, 2014 Madhya Pradesh dislodges Bihar as the fastest growing state in the country for the year 2013-14.  

Oct 04, 2014 World Teachers' Day 2014 to be observed around the globe on October 5.  

Oct 01, 2014 Centre issues commemorative coins of 100 and 5 rupees denominations to mark the 100-year of 'Komagata Maru Incident'.  

Oct 01, 2014 Vigilance Commissioner Rajiv to act as the interim chief of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).  

Sep 30, 2014 Khushbir Kaur becomes the first Indian woman to win a medal in race walking in the ongoing Asian Games.

Sep 29, 2014 'World Heart Day 2014' observed across the globe on September 29.

Sep 29, 2014 Indian Army observes 'Gunners Day' on September 28.

Sep 29, 2014 Delhi Metro is the 2nd best international Metro systems in the world in terms of overall customer satisfaction after London's.

Sep 29, 2014 O Panneerselvam to replace J Jayalalithaa as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Again.

Sep 27, 2014 Good news for Indian economy: Global credit rating agency Standards & Poor’s has revised India's credit outlook up to 'Stable' from 'Negative'.

Sep 27, 2014 Rajat Sharma is the new President of News Broadcasters Association (NBA) for the 2014-15 period.

Sep 27, 2014 Six ailing Central Public Sector Undertakings (CPSEs) are likely to be shut down.  
Sep 27, 2014 Centre launches Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana (DDAY) to help lift poors, both urban and rural, out of poverty.

Sep 26, 2014 Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) is the 15th biggest dairy organisations in the world.

Sep 26, 2014 Centre rolls out red carpet for foreign investments in manufacturing sector with launch of “Make in India” initiative.

Sep 26, 2014 Book your meal on trains through your mobile; Centre launches the e-catering service on select trains on Delhi-Amritsar route.
Sep 26, 2014 Bamiyan declared as the SAARC cultural capital for the 2015-16; the honour goes to Dhaka for 2016-17.

Sep 25, 2014 Centre to roll out a dedicated 3-digit national helpline number for natural disasters.

Sep 25, 2014 Supreme Court allows only 4 coal blocs to function; revokes all other 214 allocations allotted between 1993 to 2010.

Sep 24, 2014 VG Mathew is appointed as the Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of South Indian Bank for a 3-year term.

Sep 24, 2014 Amit Mathew is unanimously elected as the Chairman of Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) for the year 2014-15.

Sep 22, 2014 Ashraf Ghani edges past Abdullah Abdullah to be declared as the winner of Afghanistan presidential election.

Sep 22, 2014 John Key storms to 3rd successive victory as PM of New Zealand.

Sep 20, 2014 All India Radio launches the free news SMS service in five Indian languages Hindi, Marathi, Sanskrit, Dogri and Nepali.

Sep 20, 2014 India proposes to set up a 'SAARC centre for good governance'.

Sep 18, 2014 India is to join the world's biggest industrial fair namely 'Hannover Messe (fair)' as 'partner country' for the April 2015 event.

Sep 18, 2014 Indonesia is all set to bag the hosting rights of the next Asian Games probably to take place in 2018.

Sep 17, 2014 World observed "International Day for the preservation of the Ozone Layer 2014" on September 16.  

Sep 16, 2014 Massachusetts Institute of Technology is the best university in the world for the 3rd year running. -

Sep 15, 2014 Nation observed Hindi Diwas on September 14.  

Sep 15, 2014 Veteran educationist Kireet Joshi passes away aged 83.

Sep 13, 2014 Environment Ministry launches Online Portal for grant of recognition and monitoring of zoos.

Sep 13, 2014 Indo-US combined military training exercise “YUDH ABHYAS 2014” is to be conducted in the foothills of Himalayas of Chaubattia

in Uttarakhand from September 17 to 30, under the aegis of GARUD DIVISION/SURYA COMMAND.

Sep 11, 2014 Government clears disinvestment in 3 CPSEs namely Coal India Limited (CIL), Oil and Natural Gas Company (ONGC)

and National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC).

Sep 11, 2014 Iconic watch brands HMT Watches and HMT Chinar Watches - both subsidiaries of HMT Ltd - soon to go out of existence.

Sep 10, 2014 Delhi is playing host to World Military Dental Conference 2014.  

Sep 10, 2014 Indian-origin author Neel Mukherjee’s novel “The Lives of Others” is one among 6 books shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize in fiction category.

Sep 10, 2014 No Managing Directors and Chief Executive Officers over 70 years for Private Banks: RBI

Sep 08, 2014 International Literacy Day 2014 celebrated across the globe on September 8.

Sep 08, 2014 Global Competitiveness Report 2014-15: India slips 11 places to 71st rank

Sep 05, 2014 India celebrates 'Teacher's Day' today on September 5; world observes 'International Day of Charity'.

Sep 05, 2014 HL Dattu to be the next Chief Justice of India; take over from incumbent RM Lodha after September 27, 2014.

Sep 03, 2014 ‘Abhiraj', the fourth in the series of 20 Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs), is commissioned under the administrative

and operational control of the Commander, Coast Guard Region (East).

Sep 03, 2014 Tessy Thomas and Vijayalakshmi Ravindranath become the first Women directors of IIT council.

Sep 02, 2014 P Sathasivam, previous Chief Justice of India, to be appointed as the Governor of Kerala.

Sep 01, 2014 Veteran Telugu filmmaker Sattiraju Lakshmi Narayana aka Bapu passes away aged 80.

Aug 30, 2014 Centre decides to delegate the powers of registration, survey and certification of Indian fishing boats,

irrespective of their size or length, to states and union territories.

Aug 29, 2014 Its 5th 'International Day against Nuclear Tests' today (Aug 2014).

Aug 29, 2014 Centre hikes the minimum monthly pension to Rs 1,000; ceiling for maximum wage also

extended to Rs 15,000 for social security schemes run by retirement fund manager EPFO (Employees' Provident Fund Organisation).

Aug 29, 2014 Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana set in motion; an estimated 1.5 crore bank accounts opened across the country on the inaugural day.

Aug 28, 2014 Centre removes 'one cylinder per month' restriction.

Aug 28, 2014 CS Verma, chairman of SAIL, is elected as the inaugural President of Indian Steel Association (ISA).

Aug 28, 2014 Centre sets up 'R Ramanujam committee' to identify obsolete laws.

Aug 27, 2014 Ramesh Chand Tayal is appointed as the Special Director-General of CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force).

Aug 27, 2014 Shiv Nadar is honoured with 'Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) Life Time Achievement Award 2013' for Excellence in Corporate Governance.   show

Aug 27, 2014 The Competition Commission of India penalizes 14 car companies of Rs. 2544 crores.

Aug 25, 2014 Arvind Subramanian is going to be the Chief Economic Adviser of Indian government.

Aug 25, 2014 TM Bhasin becomes the Chairman of Indian Banks Association (IBA) for the 2014-15 period.

Aug 25, 2014 Renowned Kannada writer UR Ananthamurthy breathes his last at 82.

Aug 21, 2014 Dutch racer 'Max Verstappen' is all set to become the youngest Formula One (F1) driver in the history.

Aug 20, 2014 BCCI install Ravi Shastri as the Director of beleaguered Indian team in a measure to arrest the team's slide.

Aug 14, 2014 The name of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation


in Hindi has been changed to "Jal Sansadhan, Nadi Vikas Aur Ganga Sanrakshan Mantralaya".  

Aug 14, 2014 World Health Organisation (WHO) clears the use of experimental drug ZMapp to counter the fast-spreading deadly Ebola virus.

Aug 13, 2014 The 3rd World Elephant Day 2014 is observed across the globe on August 12.  

Aug 13, 2014 'Tata-Singapore Airlines' joint venture in India will be known as "Vistara".

Aug 13, 2014 Finance Minister Arun Jaitley ( for 2010), Congress leader Karan Singh (2011)

and JD(U) President Sharad Yadav (2012) are conferred with 'Outstanding Parliamentarian Awards' by the President Pranab Mukherjee.

Aug 09, 2014 Ebola death toll nears 1000; declared as Global Health Emergency by WHO.

Aug 09, 2014 The International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples is observed across the globe on August 9.

Aug 06, 2014 Arvind Gupta has been appointed as the deputy National Security Adviser.

Aug 02, 2014 India single-handedly derail WTO's 'Trade Facilitation Agreement'  -

Aug 02, 2014 Inaugural 'International Conference on Natural Fibres' held in Kolkata.

Aug 02, 2014 Natwar Singh releases his autobiography 'One Life is Not Enough'.

Aug 02, 2014 Centre moves to abolish the need for; attestation by Gazetted Officer and affidavits, unless required by the law.

Jul 31, 2014 Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha replaces outgoing Army Chief 'General Bikram Singh' as the Chairman of "Chief of Staff Committee (COSC)".

Jul 30, 2014 International Tiger Day 2014 is observed across the world on July 29.

Jul 30, 2014 The first 'World Day against Trafficking in Persons' is observed on July 30, 2014.

Jul 28, 2014 Boko Haram abducts wife of Cameroon's vice Prime Minister, Amadou Ali, in an attack on his home.

Jul 25, 2014 Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk steps down after his governing coalition collapsed.  

Jul 24, 2014 20th Commonwealth Games begins at Glasgow. -

Jul 23, 2014 There are only one hospital bed per 1946 people in the country.

Jul 23, 2014 Centre proposes to set up three new low-cost airports in Bihar at Muzaffarpur, Raxaul and Gaya.

Jul 21, 2014 India slips to 76th place in Global Innovation Index 2014. -

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[National Sports Award 2014: A complete list-]

Hello guys this is current award list for sports in 2014 these are very important Questions for all competitive exams and specially designed for upcoming IBPS_PO & SBI-PO associates exam. I have uploaded important questions list for august, September and October in my previous post. Must read that if you really want to clear Banking exams.


There are a total of 'five' national sports award in India.

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna: Highest sports award in India.
Arjuna Awards: given for outstanding sporting achievements.
Dronacharya Awards - given to Coaches.
Dhyan Chand Awards  - given for lifetime achievement in sports and games.
Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar - given to organisations or person other than sportperson and coaches who contributes in development of sports in country.
List of winners for the year 2014

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna 2014:

Not awarded this year
It comprises a medal, a scroll of honour and a cash prize of Rs. 750,000.

Arjuna Awards 2014: 15 awardees

Ravichandran Ashwin (Cricket)
Akhilesh Varma (archery)
Tintu Luka (athletics)
HN Girisha (paralympics)
V Diju (badminton)
Geetu Ann Jose (basketball)
Jai Bhagwan (boxing)
Anirban Lahiri (golf)
Mamta Pujari (kabaddi)
Saji Thomas (rowing)
Heena Sidhu (shooting)
Anaka Alankamony (squash)
Tom Joseph (volleyball)
Renubala Chanu (weightlifting) and
Sunil Rana (wrestling)
Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand Awardees recieves statuettes, citation and Rs 5 Lakh.

Dronacharya Awards 2014:

Mahabir Prasad: Wrestling
N Lingappa: Athletics – Lifetime
G Manoharan: Boxing – Lifetime
Gurcharan Singh Gogi: Judo – Lifetime
Jose Jacob: Rowing – Lifetime
 Dhyan Chand Awards 2014

Gurmail Singh: Hockey
KP Thakkar: Swimming (Diving)
Zeeshan Ali: Tennis

Rashtriya Khel Protsahana Purushkar, 2014

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC): in 'Employment of sports persons and sports welfare measures' category.
Jindal Steel Works (JSW): in 'Identification and nurturing of budding /young talent' category.
Guru Hanuman Akhara, Delhi: in 'Establishment and Management of sports academies of excellence'.
Child Link Foundation of India (Magic Bus): in 'Other forms of sports activities not covered in the four categories mentioned in the schemes'.

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[CURRENT AFFAIRS FOR Aug, Sep, Oct 2014]

Hello Guys i am uploading Day-Wise current Affairs for IBPS-PO IV and upcoming SBI-PO assocates exam these are very important current affairs Questions and may be asked in these exams. 


"Constitution/Indian polity Tidbits"

Aug 26, 2014 Supreme Court rules all coal mining licences (218) awarded between 1993 and 2010 as illicit.

Aug 19, 2014 'The National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2014' has been passed by the Parliament.

Aug 13, 2014 Centre tables 'The National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2014' in Lok Sabha.

Aug 13, 2014 AIADMK leader Munisamy Thambidurai is set to be elected unopposed as the Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha.

Aug 07, 2014 Centre clears bill to bring amendment to the the Juvenile Justice Act in order
to treat children above 16 indulged in heinous crimes like rape and murder, as adults.


"Places in News Tidbits"

Oct 09, 2014 Nokia pulls plug on its Chennai phone manufacturing unit.

Oct 04, 2014 At least 32 people killed in Stampede at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan during the Ram Leela ceremony.

Oct 01, 2014 Andhra Pradesh inks Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Google for Digital AP project.

Sep 25, 2014 PM inaugurates India Food Park in Tumkur, Karnataka.

Sep 25, 2014 Swedish furniture retaile giant IKEA to set up its first store in India at Hyderabad.

Sep 24, 2014 4th International Buddhist Conclave begins in Bodhgaya and Sarnath.

Sep 24, 2014 Andhra Pradesh raises upper age-limit for direct recruitment in government service from 34 to 40 years.

Sep 23, 2014 Centre inaugurates National Academy for Athletics and National Golf Academy at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

Sep 20, 2014 Centre decides to establish ‘National Academy for Railway Security” at Maula-Ali, Secunderabad.

Aug 27, 2014 India’s first All India Institute of Ayurveda, along the lines of AIIMS, to come up at Jasola (Delhi).

Aug 26, 2014 Nagpur becomes the first Indian city to operate public buses running on ethanol.

Aug 25, 2014 West Bengal gets the nation's first 'Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology' (IIEST) at Shibpur, Howrah.

Aug 22, 2014 World’s first eco-friendly Hindu temple comes up in London, UK.

Aug 21, 2014 Centre approves Metro Rail Project for Nagpur.

Aug 16, 2014 Vijayawada to be the interim capital for Andhra Pradesh.

      "Person in News Tidbits"

Oct 10, 2014 Aamir Khan has been appointed UNICEF Ambassador for South Asia.

Oct 10, 2014 Leela Samson steps down as the Chairperson of Sangeet Natak Akademi.

Oct 09, 2014 Pratima Dharm bags another first; becomes the first Hindu chaplain at the Georgetown University (US).

Oct 09, 2014 Anoop Jain clinches the 'Waislitz Global Citizen Award' for the year 2014.

Oct 01, 2014 Harish Manwani, the first and current Chief Operating Officer of 'Unilever', is to retire on December 31 this year.

Sep 29, 2014 SEBI appoints Gyan Bhushan as its chief vigilance officer.

Sep 26, 2014 Malayalam filmmaker MT Vasudevan Nair wins JC Daniel Award 2013 for lifetime achievement.

Sep 26, 2014 Suresh Prabhu has been appointed as the India’s Sherpa for the Group of 20 annual Summit 2014.

Sep 23, 2014 Hardeep Singh Puri, India's former ambassador to UN, is appointed as the Secretary General of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism (ICM).

Sep 22, 2014 Indian architect 'Alok Shetty' is declared as the “young leader of tomorrow” by world-renowned Time Magazine.

Sep 20, 2014 Padmini Prakash becomes the first transgender television news anchor in India.

Aug 30, 2014 RN Ravi, chairman of Joint Intelligence Committee, has been appointed as the
new official Interlocutor and centre's representative for Naga Peace Talks.

Aug 28, 2014 Shah Rukh Khan becomes the first Indian to be appointed as ambassador for Interpol's ‘Turn Back Crime’ campaign.

Aug 26, 2014 Centre appoints RN Ravi as the new Chief of Joint Intelligence Committee for a 3-year term.

Aug 25, 2014 British film director Richard Attenborough passes away aged 90.

Aug 22, 2014 Cyril Baldock becomes the oldest person to cross the English Channel at the age of 70.

Aug 22, 2014 Ex-Irish prime minister 'Albert Reynolds', who played a key role in forging peace in Northern Ireland, dies aged 81.

"Economics Tidbits"

Oct 08, 2014 India is 18th most desirable destinations to work among G20 countries as per a report published by the consulting giant Boston Consulting Group.

Oct 01, 2014 RBI directs banks to partially freeze the accounts of those who don't comply to the KYC (Know Your Customer) norms within a reasonable period of time.  

Sep 29, 2014 The Finance Ministry constitutes 15-member 'KV Kamath committee' to examine the financial architecture for
Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector.

Sep 22, 2014 Pension regulator PFRDA constitutes a committee to review the investment guidelines for
national pension system (NPS) schemes in private sector.

Sep 20, 2014 RBI wants public sector banks to segregate the post of Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) to improve corporate governance.

Sep 17, 2014 Mukesh Ambani (1.65 lakh crore) is the richest Indian for the 3rd year running: Hurun India Rich List for 2014.

Sep 15, 2014 Call centre launched for Reefer Vehicles.

Sep 04, 2014 India stands second in the world in fish production after China; account for 5.68% of the global production.

Aug 27, 2014 Textiles Ministry to collaborate with Flipkart to provide an online marketing platform to handloom weavers in the country.

Aug 16, 2014 RBI reduces the number of free ATM transactions from other banks to 3 per month;
5 from the same bank; in six cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Hyderabad.

Aug 14, 2014 Centre appoints former RBI governor Bimal Jalan as the head of the Expenditure Management Commission.

Aug 02, 2014 Russia is the largest importer of tea from India for the 2013-14 period.

"Science and Technology Tidbits"


Oct 04, 2014 The world first baby is born out of a transplanted womb to Swedish parents.

Oct 04, 2014 ISRO will launch the IRNSS 1C satellite - 3rd of the seven in the series making our regional GPS namely "Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS)"- on October 10.

Sep 25, 2014 India to help build the largest ground telescope 'TMT'.

Aug 16, 2014 'INS Kolkata', nation's largest indigenously built warship, gets commissioned into Navy.

Aug 06, 2014 NASA’s Mars 2020 rover mission will be able to extract oxygen from carbon dioxide present in Mars’ atmosphere.

Sep 24, 2014 India becomes 4th country in the world and first in Asia to land on Mars.

Sep 17, 2014 Paying toll to get easier in the country; centre to roll out Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) program under the brand name 'FASTag'.

Sep 09, 2014 Rukwatitan Bisepultus: The newest discovered species of Dinosaur.

Sep 04, 2014 Government releases mobile application ‘Incredible India’ to facilitate foreign and domestic tourists in India.

"Energy and Environment Tidbits"

Oct 01, 2014 First 'Renewable Energy Global Investors Meet & Expo' (RE - INVEST) will take place in New Delhi from 15-17 February, 2015.

Sep 16, 2014 Centre to launch a major power transmission scheme for Arunachal Pradesh & Sikkim to bring them fully into the grid.

Sep 12, 2014 'Montreal Protocol' pulls off a coup; restores most of the Ozone Layer.

Sep 08, 2014 Centre to launch a National Water Conservation and Water Enrichment Scheme from 25th of September.

Aug 20, 2014 765kV Ranchi-Dharamjaygarh-Sipat Inter-regional transmission line is to be inaugurated in Ranchi.

Aug 12, 2014 Jammu and Kashmir gets two new hydel power projects in Leh and Kargil respectively.

Aug 07, 2014 The 18th BASIC Ministerial Meeting will be held on 7th – 8th August 2014 at New Delhi.

Aug 05, 2014 Centre plans to add 29,800 MW of power from various renewable energy sources during 12th Plan period.

Aug 05, 2014 Government comes up with a National Perspective Plan (NPP) for better water management in the country.

Aug 01, 2014 Government, in order to encourage the solar power generation in the country,
has set in motion a “Grid Connected Rooftop and Small Solar Power Plants Program”.

"Awards Tidbits"


Oct 10, 2014 2014 Nobel Prize for literature goes to French author Patrick Modiano.

Oct 09, 2014 2014 Nobel Prize in chemistry goes to the American duo of Eric Betzig and William Moerner alongwith Stefan Hell from Germany.

Oct 08, 2014 Dr Apathukatha Sivathanu Pillai wins the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence
        in Public Administration, Academics and Management for the year 2014.

Oct 08, 2014 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics goes to Japanese Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano alongwith Shuji Nakamura (US) for
their invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes (LED) which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.

Oct 07, 2014 Nobel Prize for medicine 2014 awarded to British-American researcher John O'Keefe alongwith Norwegian couple,
Edvard Moser and May-Britt Moser for their discovery of the brain's GPS system.

Oct 01, 2014 Anant Khasbardar (Maharashtra) wins Rs.50,000 prize for designing the Logo of Swachh Bharat Mission;
Bhagyasri Sheth (Gujarat) bags Rs.25,000 for giving the tagline.

Sep 27, 2014 Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award 2014: See the Winners.

Sep 26, 2014 NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden wins 'Right Livelihood Award 2014' alongwith Alan Rusbridger.

Sep 22, 2014 Two Indians bag 'Ig Nobel prize 2014' for offbeat discoveries.

Sep 18, 2014 Government presented the Vishwakarma Rashtriya Puraskar (VRP) together with National Safety Awards (NSA) for year 2012.

Sep 17, 2014 Sachin Tendulkar gets the Giants International award for lifetime achievement in sports.

Sep 16, 2014 The President distributed Rajbhasa awards in various categories on the occasion of Hindi Divas (September 14, 2014).

Aug 30, 2014 Tenzing Norgay National Adventure awards 2013 presented.

Aug 27, 2014 19th Rajiv Gandhi National Quality Awards for the year 2012 presented.

Aug 22, 2014 National Sports Award 2014: A complete list - read more Aug 21, 2014 Partha Mitra, an Indian-American neuroscientist, has been honoured with Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) under President Barack Obama's multi-year Brain Initiative to map the human brain.   show Aug 20, 2014 DRDO Life Time Achievement Award 2013 goes to Dr Dipankar Banerjee for his distinguished contributions to the field of Metallurgy, Materials science & Combat Aircraft Program.   show Aug 16, 2014 Major Mukund Varadarajan honoured with Ashoka Chakra (posthumously).

"Sports Tidbits"

Oct 10, 2014 NCC National Games 2014 to take place in Delhi from October 8 - 18.

Oct 07, 2014 Novak Djokovic clinches his 5th China Open Men’s singles title after thrashing Czech’s Tomas Berdych in a straight set by 6-0, 6-2.

Oct 07, 2014 Chennai Super Kings clinches 2014 Champions League T20 crown after beating IPL Champion Kolkata Knight Riders by 8 wickets in the final.

Oct 04, 2014 India finishes at 8th place with a haul of 57 medals - 11 gold, 9 silver and 37 bronze - in the Asian Games 2014.

Sep 30, 2014 Europe extends Ryder Cup domination by defeating the United States for the 8th time in last 10 events.

Sep 29, 2014 Kenya's Dennis Kimetto creates new world record in Marathon; wins 41st edition of the Berlin Marathon
in just 2 hours, 2 minutes and 57 seconds show Sep 27, 2014 India's men compound archery team clinch gold medal in Asiad 2014.

Sep 26, 2014 Sachin Tendulkar becomes the joint winner of Bradman Honouree 2014 with Steve Waugh.

Sep 22, 2014 Sania Mirza bags women's doubles crown with Cara Black at Tokyo Open 2014.

Sep 19, 2014 Chinese tennis icon 'Li na' bids adieu to her career.

Aug 30, 2014 PV Sindhu storms into the semi-final of World Badminton Championship 2014; gets assured of a bronze medal.

Aug 28, 2014 Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso quits international football.

Aug 20, 2014 The 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games 2014 is underway in Nanjing, China.

Aug 19, 2014 Roger Federer clinches men's singles title of Cincinnati Masters 2014; Serena Williams grabs her maiden women's singles trophy.

Aug 16, 2014 Real Madrid clinches the UEFA Football Super Cup 2014 beating 'Sevilla' by 2-0.

Aug 12, 2014 Rory McIlroy wins USPGA Championship 2014.

"National Tidbits"


Oct 08, 2014 Centre to frame first ever official national policy on mental health.

Sep 30, 2014 Jaipur Literature Festival, the world’s largest free literary festival, introduces a new prize 'The Ojas Art Award'.

Sep 25, 2014 Government clears "Swachh Bharat Mission for Urban Areas".

Sep 24, 2014 Google India rolls out new campaign to enhance internet penetration among women.

Sep 24, 2014 Centre constitutes 'Bibek Debroy committee' to revamp Railway Board.

Sep 23, 2014 Hindi movie "Liar's Dice" to represent India at the Oscars next year.

Sep 20, 2014 November 7 to be observed all over the country as National Cancer Awareness Day.

Aug 28, 2014 Government launches the .bharat domain name in devanagari script.

Aug 25, 2014 Alcohol service no longer required to keep stars in hotel rating.

Aug 21, 2014 Centre set up a high-level committee to suggest roadmap to revamp FCI (Food Corporation of India).

Aug 09, 2014 There are 247 Unani hospitals in the country; Uttar Pradesh tops the list with 204 of them.

Aug 06, 2014 Doctors with foreign degrees in India have to qualify a screening test to be able to begin practice in the country.

Aug 05, 2014 NGRBA (National Ganga River Basin Authority) and
Mission Clean Ganga have been transferred to Ministry of Water Resources from Ministry of Environment.

"World News Tidbits"

Oct 09, 2014 OECD declares 'Canberra' as the best place in the world to live.

Oct 07, 2014 Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta becomes first sitting head of state to attend hearing by International Criminal Court.

Oct 04, 2014 Sweden to become the first member of the European Union to recognise the state of Palestine.

Sep 30, 2014 Pro-democracy movement grips Hong-kong; Beijing tense.

Sep 30, 2014 Spain’s constitutional court declares Catalonia's 'independence referendum' illegal.

Sep 24, 2014 UN climate summit 2014 begin in New York.   show Sep 23, 2014 New Zealand may hold a referendum next year to change its flag.

Sep 23, 2014 Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar is appointed as the new chief of Pakistan's dreaded spy agency ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence).

Sep 22, 2014 Yemen government inks peace pact with Houthi rebels.

Aug 29, 2014 Libyan PM Abdullah al-Thinni steps down with his entire cabinet; fresh election likely to follow.

Aug 27, 2014 Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko dissolves parliament; elections called on October 26th this year.

Aug 26, 2014 Ahmet Davutoglu becomes the new Prime Minister of Turkey.

Aug 22, 2014 Prayuth Chan-ocha, Army Chief of Thailand, takes over as the Prime Minister of the nation.

Aug 21, 2014 Delhi ranks a dismal 111th place out of 140 world cities in liveability.

Aug 20, 2014 China is the largest producer of wind power in the world; India at 5th: Renewables 2014 Global Status Report.

"International Relations Tidbits"

Oct 07, 2014 India helps Colombo reconnect to Jaffna over rail network.

Sep 25, 2014 Centre approves Indo-Nepal agreement on "Electric Power Trade, Cross-Border Transmission Interconnection and Grid Connectivity".

Sep 19, 2014 Le Yucheng to take over as the new Chinese ambassador to India.

Sep 19, 2014 Indian-American 'Richard Rahul Verma' is nominated by Barack Obama to be the next US Ambassador to India.

Sep 12, 2014 World Bank holds 2nd 'World Reconstruction Conference' in Washington (US).

Sep 05, 2014 Centre streamlines visa related services for foreign students studying in India; grants more powers to the Foreigner Registration Offices.

Aug 22, 2014 Bangladesh decides to be a part of BRICS development Bank.

Aug 05, 2014 India inks three agreements with Nepal including one on the 5,600 MW Pancheshwar Multipurpose Project that
will pave the way to start the stalled project.

Aug 01, 2014 New Delhi is going to host the 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS-III) in December 2014.

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 Policy Rates of RBI
Ø Repo rate- 8%
Ø Reverse Repo Rate-7%
Ø CRR-4%
Ø SLR-22%
Ø Bank Rate-9%
Ø Marginal Standing Facility (MSF)- 9%

Banking & Financial News
ü RBI closed down six Urban Cooperative Banks which were suspected of being used to route illegal money. RBI didn’t disclose the names of these UCBs.
ü The Reserve Bank of India on 9 September 2014 decided to fix the upper age limit at 70 years for M.D and CEO in private sector banks.
ü CAD in Q1 of 2014-15 narrowed down to 1.7 percent due to fall in gold imports.
ü To expedite credit decisions, RBI asked banks to set a timeline to process loans. However, RBI didn’t set any particular time frame for it.
ü The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 1 September 2014 issued guidelines on implementation of Basel III Capital Regulations. The issued guidelines are to facilitate raising of non-equity regulatory capital instruments by banks under Basel III framework. The guidelines are applicable with immediate effect from 1 September 2014.
ü The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on 27 August 2014 approved the continuation of production of urea.
ü IRCTC has launched a new application to book tickets for Black Berry smartphone users. The application is user friendly and easy to operate.
ü Union Finance Ministry on 20 August 2014 ordered a forensic audit of the state-run Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) and Dena Bank. The audit was ordered following reports that some Mumbai-based branches of the two banks OBC and Dena Bank had siphoned off 180 crore rupees and 256 crore rupees respectively, from their fixed deposit customers.
ü Union Textiles Ministry signed MoU with Flipkart to provide online marketing platform to handloom weavers to boost the sector.

ü SC termed coal block allocated by screening committee from 1993 to 2010 as illegal. They were not fare & transparent.
ü Union Government re-launched Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana for the benefit of citizens aged 60-year and above and provide financial security to them.
ü The Competition Commission of India (CCI) on 25 August 2014 imposed a combined penalty of more than 2500 crore rupees on 14 car companies
he highest penalty of around 1346 crore rupees has been imposed on Tata Motors.
ü The Reserve Bank of India on 21 August 2014 released its annual report for 2013-14. In its report. RBI suppressed the fear of drought stating that 'its way better than 2009' and the gaps in the fiscal and current accounts are most likely to remain contained in 2014-15.

The report covers (i) the assessment of the macroeconomic performance during 2013-14 and the prospects for 2014-15, and (ii) the working and operations of the Reserve Bank and its financial accounts for the year 2013-14.
ü The Reserve Bank of India on 21 May 2014 allowed banks to provide loans to exporters with tenures of up to 10 years.
ü Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) was included in the second schedule of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Act, 1934. It was announced by RBI in a notification issued. Total number of scheduled commercial banks in India now are 90.
ü The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) made easy the gold import norms under the 20: 80 Scheme.Under the 20:80 Scheme, Star trading houses and premier trading houses, which are registered as nominated agencies by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) now can import gold.
BHARAT BILL PAYMENT SYSTEM
v Bill payment is a major component of the retail payment transactions. The Committee to study the Feasibility of Implementation of GIRO based Payment Systems (Chairman: Shri G. Padmanabhan, Executive Director, RBI) (2013) had estimated that over 30,800 million bills amounting to Rs.6223 billion are generated each year in the top 20 cities in the country. Though various forms of payments are accepted, cash and cheque payments continue to be predominant, particularly at the Billers’ Own Collection Point.

NEW BANKING LICENSE
v In April, RBI issued in-principle licences to infrastructure financier IDFC and micro lender Bandhan. These entities will have to start operations within 18 months from the time they secured the licences.
v The approval of licences for IDFC Ltd (IDFC.NS) and Bandhan Financial Services marks the start of a cautious experiment for a sector dominated by lethargic state lenders, many of which are reluctant to expand into rural areas or towns where banking penetration is low. No new Indian bank has been formed since Yes Bank (YESB.NS) in 2004.

RuPay Payment Gateway
v RuPay is an Indian domestic card scheme conceived and launched by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).
v It was created to fulfill the Reserve Bank of India’s desire to have a domestic, open loop, and multilateral system of payments in India
v The IndiaPay scheme was conceived by the National Payments Corporation of India as an alternative to the MasterCard and Visa card schemes.
v The RuPay card was launched on 26 March 2012.
v On 8 May 2014, RuPay has been dedicated to India by President of India, Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.

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Current RBI Policy & Reserve Rates:
Repo Rate
8% (unchanged)
Reverse Repo
7% (unchanged)
CRR
4% (unchanged)
SLR
23% (Unchanged)
MSF
9% (Unchnaged)
Bank rate
9% (unchanged)
Note: As on 1 April 2014, RBI (Reserve Bank of India) in its first bimonthly monetary policy statement kept the key policy rate (repo)
unchanged.

News related to RBI:
1. RBI, has decided that Indian companies will not be permitted to
raise External Commercial Borrowings from overseas branches or
subsidiaries of Indian banks for refinance or repayment of the
Rupee loans raised from domestic banking system.
2. Raghuram Rajan, the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
announced that plastic currency notes will be launched in 2015
after field trials.
3. RBI panel headed by exChairman of Axis Bank, P. J. Nayak
recommend for diluting govt stake in public sector banks to below
50 %. The government should cut its holding in public sector
banks to under 50 per cent, a Reserve Bank of India (RBI) panel
report on Tuesday said, criticising the way in which the lenders
are now being governed.
4. Reserve Bank of India granted banking licences to infrastructure
financing firm IDFC and microfinance institution Bandhan
from among 25 applicants that included corporate heavyweights
ADAG Group, Aditya Birla Group and Bajaj Group.
Note: The inprinciple approval granted (to the two entities) will
be valid for a period of 18 months during which the applicants
have to comply with the requirements under the guidelines and
fulfil the other conditions as may be stipulated by the RBI.
Chandra Shekhar Ghosh: CMD of Bandhan financial services
Dr. Rajiv B. Lall: Chairman of IDFC – Infrastructure Finance
Company.
5. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued the guidelines to allow the
minors of age above 10 years to independently open and operate
savings bank accounts and use other facilities like ATM and
cheque books.
6. RBI extended the timeline for full implementation of Basel III
norms 31 March 2019 instead of 31 March 2018.
7. RBI in consultation with Union Government on 1 April 2014
capped the Ways and Means Advances (WMA) limits for the first half of the new financial year 201415 (April 2014Sep 2014) at
35000 crore rupees.
Note: The interest rate on WMA/overdraft will be based on: a) WMA: Repo Rate. b) Overdraft: Two percent above the Repo
Rate
8. RBI extends date of exchanging pre2005 notes to Jan 1, 2015
Note: The Reserve Bank has further clarified that the public can continue to freely use these notes for any transaction. RBI has
said that people can unhesitatingly receive these notes in payment, as all such notes continue to remain legal tender.
9. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) hiked the trade related remittance limit from 2 lakh rupees to 5 lakh rupees per transaction with
immediate effect. It also increased the number of transaction handled by exchange houses.
10. KC Chakrabarty, Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India, has quit three months ahead of completion of his term.
11. RBI pegged 201415 GDP growth at a central estimate of 5.5 percent.
12. Economic growth for 201415 expected at 5.5 pc.
13. CAD expected to come down to 2 pc of GDP in 201415.
14. Retail inflation expected to be under 6 pc in 2014.
15. RBI panel headed by RBI Deputy Governor Anand Sinha has recommended bringing a benchmark floating interest rate,
especially for home loans. Panel also suggested Indian Banks Base Rate (IBBR).
16. The deadline for switching to new format bank cheques under the Cheque Truncation System (CTS) ended on 30 April 2014.
17. RBI scraps 26% cap on interest rate for MFIs: (RBI) removed 26 per cent cap on the interest rate that can be charged by a
microfinance company to its borrowers. MFI is allowed to charge interest rate equal to 2.75 times the average of the base rates of
the top five commercial banks.
18. RBI permits 4 nonbank entities to set up white label ATMs: The Reserve Bank has issued ‘certificate of authorisation’ to four
nonbank entities:
(1) Tata Communications Payment Solutions
(2) Muthoot Finance,
(3) Prizm Payment Services and
(4) Vakrangee Ltd. , to set up White Label ATMs (WLAs) in the country.
Note: Most of the ATMs belong to banks, but the cash dispensing machines which are owned and operated by nonbanking
companies are called White Label ATMs.
19. RBI permits Srei to roll out white label ATMs: Srei Infrastructure Finance is planning to start rollout of its while label ATMs
(WLAs) between July and September starting with a pilot of 200 TierIII towns in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
20. The expert committee headed by Urjit R. Patel, Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India examine the current monetary
policy framework of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has suggested that the apex bank should adopt the new CPI (consumer price
index) as the measure of the nominal anchor for policy communication. The nominal anchor or the target for inflation should be
set at 4 per cent with a band of +/ 2 per cent around it.
21. Ex-Chairman of Axis Bank, P. J. Nayak is the head of the expert panel to review bank boards’ governance. The panel will
review the RBI's regulatory guidelines on ownership of banks and representation in their boards, among other things.
22. The Reserve Bank of India has raised the Foreign Institutional Investors, FIIs investment limit in the Power Grid Corporation to
30 per cent of its paid up capital, under the Portfolio Investment Scheme.
23. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has doubled the sublimit for foreign
investment in government securities, to USD 10 billion by longterm
investors. RBI's move is aimed to attract more foreign funds. Investors
like sovereign wealth funds (SWFs), multilateral agencies, insurance
funds, pension funds and foreign central banks are considered as long
term investors.
24. RBI relaxes gold loan norms: The Reserve Bank of India has allowed NonBanking Financial Companies, NBFCs to lend up to
75 per cent of the value of gold. It was 60 per cent earlier.
25. RBI panel (headed by banker Nachiket Mor) has suggested setting up of specialised banks to cater to low income households
to ensure that all citizens have bank accounts by 2016.
26. The RBIappointed committee on financial inclusion has recommended that the central bank should set up specialised
banks called Payments Bank to provide payment services and deposit products to small businesses and lowincome households.
The committee, headed by Nachiket Mor, said that since the new bank will be dealing with poor customers, such a bank must
be allowed to accept a maximum deposit of not more than Rs 50,000.
27. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had set up a panel under executive director Deepak Mohanty to review the current system of
data collection, dissemination and data management processes in the central bank and improve the existing mechanism.
28. RBI tightens norms for credit card holders: RBI advised banks to treat a credit card account as a nonperforming asset if the
customer fails to pay the minimum due amount within a stipulated 90day period.


Highlights of Interim Budget 2014: Finance minister P Chidambaram presented his interim budget for 2014.
§  Fiscal deficit for current fiscal to be 4.6%
§  Revenue deficit estimated at 3% for current fiscal
§  Excise duty on SUVs cut from 30 to 24%, in large and midsegment cars from 2724% to 2420%
§  No changes in tax laws in interim budget
§  Excise duty cut from 12 to 10 per cent in capital goods sector to stimulate growth
§  Excise duty on mobile handset to be 6% on CENVAT credit to encourage domestic production
§  Rs 500crore estimated requirement for implementing onerankonepay scheme for armed forces in 201415
§  Rs 6000crore to rural housing fund, Rs 2000 crore for urban housing fund
§  Rs 3711 crore for minority affairs; housing and urban poverty alleviation gets Rs 6000 crore
§  Fiscal deficit target of 3% to be achieved by 2017
§  CAD will be $45 billion in 2013-14
§  Foreign exchange reserves up by $15 billion
§  Foodgrain production estimated at 263 million tons in 201314
§  3 more industrial corridors — Chennai Bangalore, BangaloreMumbai, Amritsar Kolkata — under various stages of
§  implementation
§  GDP growth rate in Q3 and Q4 of 201314 will be at least 5.2%
FDI Limits
Sr. No.
List of Limits in various sectors (in %)

1
Defence
26
2.
Pension
49
3.
Insurance
49
4.
Print media
26
5.
Civil aviation
49
6.
Public sec. banks
20
7.
Private sec. banks
74
8.
Multi brand
51
9.
Single brand
 100
10.
Tourism
100
India GDP Forecast:
Ø RBI pegged 201415 GDP growth at a central estimate of 5.5 %
Ø World Bank lowers India’s GDP growth forecast for 201415 at 5.7 %
Ø ADB pegs India GDP growth rate for 201415 at 5.5 %
Ø IMF projected GDP growth for India in 201415 at 5.4 %
India ranking in different Indexes for 2013 14:
1. Global Environment Performance Index 2014 – 155
2. Intellectual property (IP) environment 2014 25 (US ranked on the top followed by UK and France)
3. World Press Freedom Index 2014 140 in the list of 180 countriess
4. Nuclear material security index 2014 23rd out of 25 countries
5. World's best countries for doing business 2014 98th (Ireland topped the list).
6. Social Progress Index 2014: 102 out of 132
7. Global Hunger Index 2013 63
8. World Prosperity Index 2013 – 106. Norway tops the list.
9. Global Gender Gap Report 2013 101. Iceland tops the list.
10. Global Peace Index 2013 – 141
11. Human Development Report 2013 – 136
12. Global Corruption Index 2013 – 94
13. Global Competitiveness Index 2013 60 for 2013 (Switzerland top in this report)
14. Gender Inequality Index 2013 132nd (UN Human Development (Index) Report)


Some Important Economic Terms:
1. Bond: A certificate of debt (usually interestbearing or discounted) that is issued by a government or corporation in order to
raise money; the bond issuer is required to pay a fixed sum annually until maturity and then a fixed sum to repay the principal.
2. Balance sheet: Record of the financial situation of an institution on a particular date by listing its assets and the claims against
those assets.
3. Balance of trade The part of a nation's balance of payments that deals with merchandise (or visible) imports or exports.
4. Closed economy: A closed economy is one in which there are no foreign trade transactions or any other form of economic
contacts with the rest of the world.
5. Deflation: Deflation is the continuous decrease in prices of goods and services. Deflation occurs when the inflation rate becomes
negative (below zero) and stays there for a longer period.
6. Debenture: Debenture is a loan issued by a firm, involving g a fixed repayment schedule, in terms of both time and interest.
7. Debit: Money paid out from an account either from a withdrawal or a transaction that result in decreasing the cash balance.
8. Equity: Equity is a one financial instrument by which company invite the public to invest their money in the company and
investor can become a partner of the company. Generally, when the company have insufficient money to expand its business it
comes with equity shares.
9. Economic growth An increase in the total output of a nation over time. Economic growth is usually measured as the annual
rate of increase in a nation's real GDP
10. Excise Tax Taxes imposed on specific goods and services, such as cigarettes and gasoline.
11. Exports Goods or services produced in one nation but sold to buyers in another nation.
12. Fiscal policy: Fiscal policy defines the use of government spending and revenue collection to influence the economy.
13. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI): Investment of foreign assets directly into a domestic company's structures, equipment, and
organizations. It does not include foreign investment into the stock markets
14. Foreign Exchange (FOREX): Foreign Exchange (FOREX) is the arena where a nation's currency is exchanged for that of
another.
15. GDP: GDP stands for Gross Domestic Product. It is a method of measuring the size of economy of a country. We can define as the
total market value of all the goods and services produced in a given period of time in a country.
16. GNP: The total value in money of all finished good and services produced in an economy in one full year, and all net property
income from abroad. The GNP growth rate is an important economic indicator for country’s economic development.
17. Imports: commodities (goods or services) bought from a foreign country.
18. Inflation: Inflation is as an increase in the price of bunch of Goods and services that projects the Indian economy. An increase in
inflation figures occurs when there is more demand and less supply of the goods.
19. Mutual Fund: There are accumulation and collection of many different types of shares. It is when investors together want to buy
securities as a group, this fund can be called a mutual fund. Each and every investor of this group has a proportional stake in the
shares based on the amount he has contributed.
20. Monetary policy: It is the process by which the central bank, or monetary authority of a country controls (i) the supply of
money, (ii) availability of money, and (iii) cost of money or rate of interest.
21. National income The amount of aggregate income earned by suppliers of resources employed to produce GNP; net national
product plus government subsidies minus indirect business taxes.
22. Per Capita Income: The total national income divided by the number of people in the nation, It means the share of each
individual when the income from the productive activities is divided equally among the citizens.
23. Sales tax Taxes paid on the goods and services people buy.
24. Stock A certificate reflecting ownership of a corporation.
25. Tax: A fee charged by a government on a product, income, or activity. If tax is levied directly on personal or corporate income,
then it is a direct tax. If tax is levied on the price of a good or service, then it is called an indirect tax.
26. VAT: VAT is the indirect tax on the consumption of the goods, paid by its original producers upon the change in goods or upon
the transfer of the goods to its ultimate consumers. It is based on the value of the goods, added by the transferor. It is the tax in
relation to the difference of the value added by the transferor and not just a profit. All over the world, VAT is payable on the
goods and services as they form a part of national GDP.
27. Wholesale Price Index (WPI): The Wholesale Price Index (WPI) takes into account the wholesale prices of identified
commodities for calculating rate of inflation.



Important Committees in News:
1. PJ Nayak: to review Governance of Boards of Banks in India. The committee was constituted under the chairmanship of P. J.
Nayak. He is a former Chairman and CEO of Axis Bank.
2. M P Bezbaruah: to suggest suitable remedial measures to address concerns regarding security of people from North East.
3. B. Sambamurthy: panel favours single mobile banking app on all SIMs. Panel recommended that customers should not be
required to visit the bank branch for mobile number registration.
4. BCCI suggests threeman committee to SC to probe IPL scandal. Ravi Shastri, former Calcutta High Court Chief Justice J N
Patel and exCBI Director R K Raghavan as members of the probe committee.
5. Vijay Kelkar Committee was appointed by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry to prepare a road map to make India selfsufficient
in oil and natural gas by 2030.
6. Vishnu Sahay committee: look probe into the Muzaffarnagar communal violence.
7. Urjit Patel Committee to examine the current monetary policy framework
8. Mukul Mudgal member panel to probe IPL spotfixing
9. Nachiket Mor committee on comprehensive financial services for small businesses and lowincome households.
10. Justice A.P. Shah committee : to head panel on road safety
11. Anil Kaushal committee: to examine the recommendations made by the TRAI on pricing of Spectrum.
12. Bimal Jalan panel : to scrutinize applications for new bank licenses.
13. Parthasarathi Shome. – for Tax Administration Reform Commission (TARC), Suggest a system to enforce better tax compliance
14. Kirit Parikh panel : on fuel pricing has suggested that the diesel prices should be increased by Rs 11.50 a litre every month as
against the 4550 paise monthly hike followed currently.
15. K U.B. Rao : the idea of setting up Bullion Bank or Bullion Corporation of India
16. C Rangarajan Panel recommended the pricing of natural gas by a
complex methodology of arriving at an average of International gas
hub prices.
17. Arvind Mayaram Panel: report on the alleged irregularities at the
National Spot Exchange Ltd (NSEL)
18. Arvind Mayaram Committee –for giving clear definitions to Foreign
Direct Investment (FDI) and Foreign Institutional Investment
(FII)
19. Suma Verma Committee to update, and revise the Banking
Ombudsman Scheme, 2006
20. Damodran Committee: on improvement of customer services in
banks
21. Shri M. Narasimham Committee: on Banking Sector Reforms
22. Shri Raghuram Rajan Committee: on Financial Sector Reforms,
23. Shri B. Mahapatra Committee: to review the existing prudential
guidelines on restructuring of advances by banks/financial
institutions
24. Shri Aditya Puri Committee: Dissemination of Credit Information
25. Shri K.U.B. Rao Committee: recommended aligning gold import
regulations
26. K M Chandrasekhar committee : for rationalization of foreign
investment norms
27. Shri Pulak Kumar Sinha Committee: to study the feasibility of
Aadhaar as an additional factor for authentication of card present
transactions
28. Mukul Mudgal Committee: looking into US giant Walmart's lobbying activities to enter India
29. MBN Rao Committee: to prepare the blueprint of India’s first
women’s bank
30. JS Mathur committee : to revise Newspaper Advertisement Rates.
31. K. Ratna Prabha : Committee on indecent depiction of women in
media


News Related to Banking & Finance
1. India recently launched its own payment gateway 'RuPay', equivalent of Visa and Mastercard, which will work on ATMs and
merchant outlets and help in reducing cash transactions.
Note: i. RuPay, which works on three channels ‐‐ ATMs, Point of Sales (POS) and online sales, is the seventh such payment
gateway in the world.
ii. The RuPay platform ‐‐ developed by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI)‐‐ is being used by certain banks like ICICI,
State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, among others, for clearing and settlement.
2. India became thirdlargest economy in 2011 from 10th in 2005: World Bank.
3. Note: India emerged as the world’s thirdlargest economy in 2011 from being the 10th largest in 2005, moving ahead of Japan,
while the US remained the largest economy closely followed by China, latest figures have revealed.
4. Govt accepts Sahoo panel report on review of depository receipts scheme. The key recommendations of the committee include
allowing issuance of depository receipts against any underlying securities — equity or debt, by any issuer listed or unlisted.
Note: Depository receipts are receipts denominated in foreign currency created by a depository in the country of listing. There
are two popular types of depository receipts — global depository receipts and American depository receipts.
5. ING Vysya Life Insurance Company Ltd has become Exide Life Insurance Company. The insurance company will continue to
honour its commitments and obligations under the insurance policies issued to customers in the name of ING Vysya Insurance
Company Ltd.
6. Switzerland and Norway are the world's most expensive economies, followed by Bermuda, Australia and Denmark, according to
a new ranking by the World Bank
7. SBI launches 3 Digital banking facilities for its customers”
i. Tab Banking for Saving A/C Opening Savings a/c at Customer’s door step using tablet PC provided to the Bank’s Sales Staff (who visit the Customer’s
home).
ii. TAB Banking for Home Loan Inprinciple approval for the home loan at customer’s door step using tablet PC provided to the Bank’s Home Loan Sales
Team which will capture on the tablet KYC details and details.
iii. eKYC Generates eKYC (Know Your Customer) identity document.
8. The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) launched an Institutional Trading Platform (ITP) to help Small and Medium Enterprises
(SMEs) and startup companies to list on the bourses without an Initial Public Offer (IPO).
9. Basel Committee issued Final standards to curb exposures of banks to customers. The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision
on 15 April 2014 issued Final standards for measuring and controlling large exposures of banks to customers. These standards
will take effect from 1 January 2019
10. Bank of India (BOI) has become the first Indian bank to extend a bridge loan of $200 million to Air India to finance the
purchase of two Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
11. India leads global remittances with USD 70 bn in 2013. India's neighbour China follows second with USD 60 billion, said the
World Bank report
12. World Trade Organisation (WTO) projected that the world trade will grow by 4.7 percent in 2014.
13. The World Bank give loan Pakistan 12 billion dollars over the next five
years to help lift its economy,
14. Qatar based Doha Bank announced it’s First branch in Mumbai. The
branch in Mumbai will be opened as a fullfledged bank in May 2014.
Note: Bank of Bahrain & Kuwait, Abu Dhabi Bank are the two other
banks from Arab countries to have operations in India before Doha
bank.
15. Bank of India (BOI) launched Instant Money Transfer (IMT) scheme
in Mumbai.
Note: IMT scheme allows customers to withdraw cash without using either debt card or credit card at BoI's IMTenabled ATMs.
This is the firstofitskind initiative launched by a public sector bank.
16. Kotak Mahindra launches accounts integrated with Facebook, Twitter.
17. ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund has bagged Morningstar India’s best fund house award in the debt, equity and multiasset
category.
18. ADB pegs India GDP growth rate for 201415 at 5.5 pc
19. Inflation based on Wholesale Price Index (WPI) reached a 3month high of 5.7% in March 2014.
20. Wholesale Inflation falls to 9month low of 4.68 per cent in Feb
21. Kotak Mahindra Bank announced the launch of Jifi, a firstofitskind fully integrated social bank account that transcends normal
digital banking by seamlessly incorporating social networking platforms like Twitter and Facebook with mainstream banking.
22. ExportImport Bank of India extended a Line of Credit of $89.90 million to the Government of Republic of Congo, for
development of transportation system in the Republic of Congo.
23. Central Bank of India has sold its entire stake in credit information provider CIBIL to Transunion International Inc. Central Bank
had a 5 per cent stake in CIBIL while Transunion is the majority shareholder in CIBIL at 27.5 per cent.
24. Canara Bank names cricketer Shikhar Dhawan as its brand ambassador.
25. Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) Bank set World record for Blood collection in a single day. The blood
donation camp organised by HDFC Bank on 6 December 2013 was recorded in the Guinness Book of Records.
26. The World Bank has said it would provide up to $3 billion in aid for Ukraine in 2014 to help the country deliver muchneeded
economic reforms.
27. Max Life Insurance has tied up with Toyota Financial Services India Ltd to provide insurance cover to car loan customers.
28. Bihar emerges as fastest growing state (15.05 per cent) in 201213: CSO Report.
Note: According to the CSO data, Gujarat ranked 6th with growth rate at 7.96 per cent, behind Bihar and Madhya Pradesh with
9.89 per cent, Goa 8.47 per cent, Kerala 8.24 per cent and Odisha 8.09 per cent. The allIndia growth rate in 201213 was 4.47
29. Indian Bank has bagged national award for excellence in lending to micro enterprises for 20122013, for the consecutive second
year.
30. Corporation Bank has bagged the awards for lending to MSE (micro and small enterprises) and to micro enterprises from the
Union Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) for 201213.
31. The Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait, BBK, plans to expand its operations in India by opening its fourth branch in the country in New
Delhi.
32. Interest rate on Post Office FDs increased by up to 0.2 per cent from 8.2 percent to 8.4 percent.
33. India’s 1st post office savings bank ATM inaugurated in Thyagaraya Nagar, Chennai.
34. SEBI approved the new Corporate Governance norms. The new corporate governance norms would become applicable for all
listed companies with effect from 1 October 2014.
35. Wholesale inflation eased to a sevenmonth low of 5.05 per cent in January, on decline in the rate of price rise in food articles,
mainly vegetables.
36. Retirement fund body EPFO decided to increase the rate of interest on Provident Fund deposits to 8.75 percent from 8.5
percent.
37. The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development has sanctioned Rs 348.63 crore to Karnataka under Rural
Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF).
38. Asian Development Bank (ADB) has provided $400 million first tranche line of credit to India Infrastructure Finance Company
Ltd (IIFCL) to help accelerate infrastructure growth through increased private sector investment.
39. Asian Development Bank will provide USD 275 million loan for improving rural road connectivity in five states including
Assam, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal in the country.
40. Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) and SBI Cards have joined hands for rollout of credit cards to customers of India’s first womenfocused
commercial bank
41. Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB), the first allwomen bank, tied with New India Assurance to launch health insurance products for
women account holders of the bank.
42. The Bank of Japan (BOJ) and RBI concluded an agreement that expands the maximum amount of the bilateral swap arrangement
(BSA) between the two countries to USD 50 billion.
Note: BOJ Governor is Haruhiko Kuroda and RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan
43. National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has reduced refinance rate for banks and other
lending agencies by 0.20 per cent to promote rural credit and rural infrastructure.
Note: The revised rate of interest on refinance for a period of five years for commercial, state cooperative, regional rural and
primary urban cooperative banks will be 9.70 per cent, down from 9.90 per cent.
44. SEBI grants new status to three clearing corporations to National Securities Clearing Corporation, Indian Clearing
Corporation and MCXSX Clearing Corporation.
45. IMF projected 5.4 percent economic growth for India in 201415
46. WB (World Bank) projected economic growth rate of 5.7% for India in 201415 fiscal
47. World Bank will provide $250 million loan to construct disaster resilient houses and roads in disasterhit Uttarakhand.
48. World Bank will provide $500 million loan for water supply and sanitation projects in the rural areas of Assam, Bihar,
Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.
49. World Bank will provide 50 million dollar assistance to Afghanistan to support the government's efforts to improve access to
credit for micro, small and medium enterprises.
50. LIC has relaunched its “Jeevan Anand” plan, a participating nonlinked plan which offers an attractive combination of
protection and savings.
51. Govt launches inflation indexed saving bonds which offer protection to retail investors from price rise. The minimum limit for
investment is Rs 5,000 and the maximum is Rs 5 lakh per applicant per annum. Interest rate would be linked to Consumer Price
Index (CPI).
52. The world’s first Bitcoin storage service that insures deposits of the digital currency against hackers and accidental loss
has opened in London.
53. Economic growth in India projected at 5.35% in 2014, says UN report
54. UN projected the global economy to grow at a pace of 3 per cent in 2014 and 3.3 per cent in 2015.
55. Indian Overseas Bank launched ‘Connect Card’, a new ATM cum Debit card in association with VISA that can be used for ecommerce
across five lakh merchant outlets.
56. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) approved American retail giant Walmart Stores Inc's proposal to acquire Bharti
Group's nearly 50 per cent stake in their Indian wholesale stores joint venture.
57. The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) projected a credit potential of Rs 12726.83 crore in the
state focus paper (SFP) for the year 201415 in Uttarakhand under the priority sector.



Important News (India & World):

1. Bharatiya Janata Party wins 282 seats as the NDA bags 334 in General Elections 2014. The BJP led NDA is set to form the new
Government at the Centre with a massive win in the Lok Sabha elections. The saffron party has secured an absolute majority on
its own by winning 282 seats.
2. BJP wins 71 seats in UP. In Uttar Pradesh results of all 80 constituencies have been declared. Bharatiya Janata Party has 71
seats. Ruling Samajwadi Party has won 5 seats and twoseats each has been won by the Congress and the BJP ally Apana Dal.
3. India will become the world’s third largest oil consumer by 2025 according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).
The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its annual Energy Outlook on 7 May 2014. At present, India is the
fourth largest oil consumer in the world behind the US, China and Japan.
4. Actorfilmmaker Kamal Haasan led the Indian delegation at the 67th Cannes International Film Festival inaugurated in Cannes,
France on 14 May 2014.
5. The United Nations and the International Olympic Committee has signed a historic agreement to use the power of sports to
promote peace and economic development.
Note: IOC President: Thomas Bach
6. European Union bans Indian Alphonso mangoes, veggies from May 1. The 28member European Union has temporarily
banned the import of Alphonso mangoes, the king of fruits, and four vegetables from India from May 1, sparking protests from
the Indian community, lawmakers and traders.
Note: The recent decision by the grouping's Standing Committee on
Plant Health came after 207 consignments of fruits and vegetables from
India imported into the EU in 2013 were found to be contaminated by
pests such as fruit flies and other quarantine pests.
7. Microsoft acquires Nokia's mobile phone business for $7.5bn. The
Finnish company will now focus on networks, mapping services and
technology development and licences.
Note: Former Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop has become executive vice president of the Microsoft devices group
8. The Supreme Court of India appointed former judge of the High Court of Australia, Michael Hudson McHugh as the third
arbitrator to resolve the dispute between the Central government and Mukesh Ambaniled Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) on KG
basin.
9. SC recognizes transgender as third category of sex. In a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court on Monday recognised
transgenders or eunuchs as third category of gender and directed Centre and states to grant them all facilities including voters
ID, passport and driving licence.
10. WHO certifies India as a poliofree nation.
11. World Meteorological Organization (WMO) panel announced that Cherrapunji in India regained the world record for highest
rainfall in 48 hours with 2493 millimeters.
12. Russia suspended from G8 group: The G7 group of top economic powers have kicked out Russia from the powerful G8 over its annexation of Crimea and
threatened to impose far-reaching sanctions if Moscow continued its incursion into Ukraine.
ii. The US and six other economic powers also scrapped the G8 summit to be hosted by Russia in Sochi in June to build pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin
against his military action in Ukraine.
About Crimea
i. The Autonomous Republic of Crimea is an autonomous parliamentary republic within Ukraine and is governed by the
Constitution of Crimea in accordance with the laws of Ukraine.
ii. The capital is the city of Simferopol, located in the center of the peninsula. Crimea's area is 26,200 square kilometers.
iii. The Crimean peninsula, the main flashpoint in Ukraine's crisis, is a pro-Russia part of Ukraine, separated from the
rest of the country geographically, historically and politically. It also hosts Russia's Black Sea Fleet. Ukraine has
accused Russia of invading it.
13. IFFCO gets approval to set up $ 1.6 bn urea plant in Canada.
14. Global pharma major Novartis acquire GlaxoSmithKline plc's (GSK).
15. Andhra Pradesh has recorded highest growth in terms of milk production at over 41 per cent and percapita milk availability
about 36 per cent, during the period 200610.
16. A US jury ordered Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to pay $119.6 million to Apple Inc, a big loss for the iPhone maker in the latest
round of their globespanning mobile patent litigation.
17. Cadbury India Limited announced to change its name to Mondelez India Foods Limited. Cadbury India Limited is a subsidiary of
Mondelez International Inc.
18. Vietnam (Hanoi) decided not to host the 2019 Asian Games for financial reasons, and was exploring procedures to withdraw
from staging the region's largest sporting event.
19. Sun Pharmaceutical Industries (SPL) announced that it will acquire 100 per cent of Ranbaxy Laboratories in a $ 4 billion allshare
transaction.
20. Deadly ‘Heartbleed’ virus arrives in Indian cyberspace.
21. Jammu and Kashmir became the first state in the country to declare all election booths in the coming Lok Sabha polls as no
smoking zones.
22. IRV 2020 programme has been launched by WHOIndia, with an aim to
protect and increase the population of the onehorned rhinoceros
(Rhinoceros unicornis).
23. Workdays for tribals under MNREGA raised from 100 to 150.
Those tribals who have received land rights under the Forest Rights
Act, 2006 will be eligible for additional 50 days of wage employment
under the rural job scheme.
24. India nominated RanikiVav located in Patan, Gujarat and the
Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) in Himachal Pradesh for
UNESCO’s World Heritage Site Status for 2014.
25. Vandana Foundation launched AQUATM in Mumbai: The
AQUATM is a water vending machine from which water can be
purchased. This water wending machine will release 1 liter water at
a price of 1 rupee.
26. Air India is all set to join the world's largest airline grouping, Star
Alliance, this July, making it the first airline from India to be part of a
global chain of carriers.
27. Gujarat state has been ranked number one in a list of India's 20
largest states in terms of “economic freedom”.
28. Google partners with Rayban for Google Glass.
29. India is Dubai’s largest non oil trading partner in 201314
30. In the biggestever deal signed at the India Aviation Show, SpiceJet
has inked an agreement with Boeing for purchase of 42 737 MAX 8
aircraft costing Rs. 26,000 crore ($ 4.4 billion).
31. Kellogg’s ropes in Deepika Padukone as brand ambassador for
Special K
32. Mauritius President Rajkeswar Puryaag is the chief guest at Global
Ayurveda Fest in Kerala
33. National Waqf Development Corp. Limited is a new Central Public Sector Enterprise in New Delhi.
Note: It will be remain under the Ministry of Minority Affairs. National Waqf Development Corporation (NAWADCO) has been
established with an authorized share capital of Rs.500 Crore.
ii. The corporation has been establishment as a followup of the recommendation of Sachar Committee.
34. Social media giant Facebook will acquire mobile messaging company WhatsApp for 19 billion dollars in a cash and stock deal,
the largest acquisition by the Mark Zuckerbergled firm. Under the agreement, WhatsApp cofounder and CEO Jan Koum will
join Facebook Board of Directors.
Note: WhatsApp, headquarters is in California's Mountain View.
35. Odia declared as classical language. So far, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam have been declared as classical
languages.
36. Google and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) jointly launched 360degree panoramic imagery of 30 out of 100 "nationallyimportant
monuments" including Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb, Jantar Mantar and Qutub Minar among others,
viewable to onethird of the world's population.
37. Cheteshwar Pujara, the middle order batsman of Indian cricket team appointed as the brand ambassador of the Gujarat State
Election Commission.
38. Country’s first Minority Cyber Village opened in Chandoli in Alwar district of Rajasthan.
39. Sikkim achieves over 100 percent sanitation. Sikkim has become the only state in the country to achieve more than 100 percent
sanitation in rural and urban households, schools, sanitary complexes and Aanganwadi centres.
40. India’s first monorail service launched in Mumbai. The first phase covers 8.9 km long WadalaChembur section.
41. Belgium became second country to allow Mercy Killing for Children. Parliament of Belgium on 14 February 2014 legalised death
to terminally ill children of any age.
Note: Other European countries that allows active euthanasia are: 1. Luxembourg, which permits active euthanasia for
over 18 years in age. 2. Switzerland lets doctors to help adult patients to commit suicide
42. India is the world’s largest arms importer: SIPRI. The new data has ranked China and Pakistan second and third respectively as
the largest arms importer. The report published by as Swedish Think Tank, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
(SIPRI) has claimed that India continues to be the largest buyer of arms in the world.
43. India became third largest crude oil importer in the World.
World’s Top Five OilImporting Countries are: 1.China, 2.U.S.A:, 3. India 4. Japan 5.Germany
44. Facebook — with more than 1.2 billion users worldwide — is celebrating its 10th birthday on 3rd Feb 2014.
45. Six Public Sector Units (PSUs) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to set up the World’s largest 4000 MW ultra
solar power project in Rajasthan. The project will be the largest single location solar plant spread across 19000 acres at Sambhar
in Rajasthan.
46. The Ministry of Railways and the Government of Karnataka signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the setting up of
a rail coach factory at Kolar in Karnataka.
47. Cabinet approves quota hike of subsidised LPG cylinders from 9 to 12.
48. Kerala wins UN award: Kerala Tourism has been conferred the United Nations Award for creating innovative initiatives for
sustainable tourism, the first time India has ever won the recognition.
49. Odisha's Chilika lagoon, hotspot for biodiversity, has been named 'destination flyways' by United Nations World Tourism
Organization (UNWTO) following its inclusion in a list of eight such sites worldwide.
Note: Chilika is the only site to be selected from Asia by the UNWTO.
50. Japanese PM (Shinzo Abe) is the Chief Guest at India’s 65th Republic Day celebrations on 26th January 2014.
51. The Jain community was accorded minority status by the central government, which will enable them to avail of benefits in
government schemes and programmes. The Jains became the sixth community to have minority status after Muslims,
Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis.
52. Amul launches India’s first ‘milk ATM’ in Gujarat.
53. Sourav Ganguly conferred Doctor of Letters degree by the prestigious Bengal Engineering and Science University (BESU),
Shibpur, for his great contribution to Indian cricket.
54. Delhi became first state to withdraw FDI in Multibrand Retail.
55. India has been ranked 98th in the Forbes list of world's best countries for doing business that has cited poverty, corruption and
discrimination against girls among the challenges facing the country. Ireland topped the list.
56. The US Green Building Council (USGBC) has ranked India as No 3 among the list of top 10 countries for LEED outside of the
United States.
57. Prince Harry has become the first British royal to reach the South Pole after a threeweek charity trek with injured military
veterans from Britain, the U.S., Canada and Australia.
58. Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar has been named the regional brand ambassador by the UNICEF to promote its Total Sanitation
Campaign in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.
59. The Petroleum Conservation Research Association under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has selected Andhra
Pradesh for the award of best performing State amongst the big states for the oil and gas conservation programmes.
60. Gorakhpur railway station entered Limca Book of Records as world’s longest platform
Note: Before the platform number one of Gorakhpur, the platform of Kharagpur railway station of West Bengal had the
distinction of being world’s largest platform with length of 1072.5 meters.
61. India ranks 140 in the list of 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index 2014, whereas China and Pakistan were placed at
175th and 158th position respectively.
62. India was ranked 94th out of 177 countries on Global Corruption Perception Index 2013, which was released by Transparency
International. Denmark and New Zealand tied for first place.
63. India has been ranked 23rd out of 25 countries in nuclear material security index. China has been ranked at 20th spot, while
Pakistan stands at 22nd place.
64. India ranked 155th in Global Environment Performance Index
65. India ranks at the bottom of the list of 25 countries in terms of its intellectual property (IP) environment. US ranked on the top
followed by UK and France.
66. Cumbria University of UK became the first public university to accept fees in digital currency, Bitcoin. A system for processing
the payments is already operational.
67. Dhoom 3’ has become Bollywood’s highest revenue grosser of all times in just a fortnight after its panIndia release.
68. Chile took its seat at the United Nations Security Council(UNSC) as a nonpermanent member of the international body till Dec
31, 2015.
69. Nepal and India have agreed in principle to allow circulation of Rs.500 and Rs.1,000 denomination Indian bank notes within
Nepalese territory, ending a ban in place for over a decade.
Note: The decision to scrap the 2010 deal was taken nearly a year after reports surfaced that two top officials of the company
had allegedly paid bribes to bag the contract. Former IAF chief S P Tyagi is one of the accused in the case, which is being probed
by CBI.
70. India cancels 3,600 crore rupee VVIP choppers deal with AngloItalian firm Agusta WestLand.
71. Europe launched Gaia satellite, one of the most ambitious space missions in history.
72. Alstom bagged 125 million euro contract from BHEL for Neyveli New Thermal Power Project. The contract is to supply
components and services for the 1000 MW Neyveli New Thermal Power Project (NNTPP) of Neyveli Lignite Corporation located
in Tamil Nadu.
Note: Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, power
transmission and rail infrastructure. It has set a benchmark for
innovative and environmentally friendly technologies.
ii. Alstom builds the fastest train and the highest capacity automated
metro in the world.
73. China built a new research station in Antarctica called Taishan. It was
China’s fourth research station in the southern pole.
Note: Antarctica is the fifthlargest continent in area after Asia, Africa, North America, and South America.
74. China's first lunar rover named Jade Rabbit landed on Moon. The lunar rover has been named Jade Rabbit (called Yutu in
Chinese).
Note: In past three decades, China is the first country to do so. Earlier, Luna 24 Probe of Soviet Union was the last space mission
to land on moon in August 1976
75. Chile is the world’s top copper exporter, and its fastgrowing economy, low unemployment and stable democracy are the envy of
Latin America.


New Appointment in India
1. R.M.Lodha: New Chief Justice of India. He is the 41st Chief Justice of India. He succeeds Justice P. Sathasivam.
2. Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag: appointed new Army Chief. He succeed Gen Bikram Singh.
3. R Gandhi appointed Deputy Governor of RBI. He replace Anand Sinha
4. Robin K Dhowan: appointed New Navy Chief.
5. Arup Raha new Air Chief Marshal. He succeeded NAK Browne.
6. Arvind Mayaram: appointed new Finance Secretary. He replace Sumit Bose
7. Saurabh Chandra: new Oil Secretary.
8. Rajiv Takru: appointed Revenue Secretary
9. Sudhir Gupta: appointed new TRAI Secretary
10. Rajeev Kher: appointed new Commerce Secretary. He replace S R Rao
11. Ashok Lavasa: appointed Civil Aviation Secretary. He replace K N Srivastava.
12. Justice G. Rohini: become the first woman Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.
13. Ila Patnaik: appointed as Principal Economic Advisor
14. Retired Air Chief N A K. Browne appointed new Indian envoy to Norway.
15. Rahul Kulshreshth appointed new Indian envoy to Turkey
16. Sunil Gavaskar: interim President of BCCI
17. G. Gopalakrishna: joined as director of Centre for Advanced Financial Research and Learning (CAFRAL).
18. Suresh Kumar Reddy appointed as the First ambassador to ASEAN
19. Ms. Lakshmi Swaminathan became the first Indian to become president of Administrative Tribunal of the Asian Development
Bank (ADB)
20. Lalit Modi elected president of Rajasthan Cricket Association.
21. Arundhati Bhattacharya: SBI's first woman Chairman
22. Akhilesh Gupta: elected as President of the Indian Meteorological Society
23. Tom Albanese: New CEO of Mining conglomerate Vedanta Resources:
24. Soma Mondal appointed first Women director of National Aluminium Company Ltd (NALCO).
25. Amitabh Kant, CEO and Managing Director of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation, take charge as
Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion.
26. Thomas Mathew: New Chairman of MCX Stock Exchange
27. D K Pathak: new Director General of the Border Security Force (BSF).
28. Sheila Dikshit: New Governor of Kerala.
29. Dinesh Sarraf: appointed as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC). He
replaced Sudhir Vasudeva.
30. Gautam Bambawale: new Indian ambassador to Bhutan
31. Jude Felix: appointed coach of the National men’s hockey team.
32. Yaduvendra Mathur : appointed as Chairman and Managing Director of ExportImport Bank of India (Exim Bank)
33. Rakesh Maria: appointed as a new Police Commissioner of Mumbai. He replace Satyapal Singh.
34. A L Banerjee. New DGP of UP (Uttar Pradesh): He succeeds Rizwan Ahmad.
35. Aditi Khanna became first women President of Indian Journalist's Association
36. Mukul Mudgal: appointed as the new chairperson of Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC)
37. R.K.Tiwari: appointed as the new chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT). He succeed Chairperson Sudha Sharma.
38. N. Srinivasan to be new Chairman of ICC from July 2014 onwards
39. Poonam Khetrapal Singh: appointed as Regional Director of World Health Organisation (WHO) SouthEast Asia Region
Note: i. SEARO is one of the six regions of World Health and its headquarters is in New Delhi.
ii. SERO has 11 countries namely India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Timor
Leste and DPR Korea.
40. Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur: appointed Chairman of the 7th Pay Commission
41. T. Nanda Kumar: new Chairman of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), replace Amrita Patel
42. Akhilesh Das Gupta reelected president of the Badminton Association of India (BAI)
43. P. Madhusudan: appointed Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd (RINL)
44. N Ramachandran: New President of Indian Olympic Association (IOA)
45. Ratan Tata appointed member of Chinabacked Board of Boao Forum for Asia (BFA)
46. Arvind Ranjan :appointed new Chief of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)
47. J N Choudhury : appointed new Chief of National Security Guard (NSG).
48. Vinod Kumar Duggal: appointed as the Governor of Manipur. He replace Ashwani Kumar.
49. Siddarth Birla: New President of FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry). He succeeded Naina Lal
Kidwai.
50. Usha Sangwan appointed first woman managing director of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC)
51. Sushma Singh New CIC (Chief Information Commissoner). She is the second woman to become CIC after Deepak Sandhu.
52. Harsh Bhanwala: New Nabard Chairman. Bhanwala succeeded Prakash Bakshi.
53. Krish Iyer named CEO of Walmart India. He replace Ramnik Narsey.
54. P.H. Parekh elected as the President of Supreme Court Bar Association.
55. Devendra Kumar Pathak: appointed as the Special DG, Border Security Force (BSF)
56. Justice B.S. Chauhan, a Judge of the Supreme Court appointed as the Chairman of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal. He
succeed Justice NP Singh.
57. Harish Rawat: New Chief Minister of Uttarakhand



New Appointment in World
1. Maj. Gen. Kristin Lund appointed first woman to lead UN force.
She replace Chinese Maj. Gen. Chao Liu.
2. New interim PM of Thailand: Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan.
Note: Ms. Yingluck shinawatra and nine Cabinet members were
forced to step down by the Constitutional Court, which found her
guilty of abuse of power.
3. New PM of Libya: Ahmed Maiteeg
4. New President of Panama: Juan Carlos
5. New Nokia CEO & President: Rajeev Suri
6. New President of Algeria: Abdelaziz Bouteflika
7. New reelected PM of Hungary: Viktor Orban
8. New Prime Minister Of France: Manuel Valls
9. New President of Malta: MarieLousie Coleiro Preca
10. PM of Malta: Joseph Muscat
11. New Prime Minister of Egypt: Ibrahim Mahlab:. Ibrahim Mahlab
replace Hazem elBeblawi .
12. New President of Chile: Michelle Bachelet
13. New CEO of Ford: Mark Fields . He succeed Alan Mulally
14. New Italy's youngest PM: Matteo Renzi. He is the 39yearold leader
of the CentreLeft Democratic Party,
15. New Prime minister of Ukraine: Arseniy Yatsenyuk
16. Interim President of Ukraine: Oleksandr Turchynov
17. New PM of Nepal: Sushil Koirala. He replaced KhilRaj Regmi.
18. New Chairman of Microsoft: John Thompson. He succeeded Bill
Gates
19. New CEO of Microsoft: Satya Nadella. He replaced Steve Ballmer
and he takes over as the third CEO of the Microsoft firm.
20. Marco Lambertini appointed as directorgeneral of WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) International
21. New Secretary General of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO): Jens Stoltenberg. He replace the incumbent Secretary
General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
22. New PM of Bangladesh: Sheikh Hasina She belongs to Awami League party.
23. New chairman of the Federal Reserve: Janet Yellen. She succeeds Chairman Ben Bernanke.
Janet Yellen, the first woman to chair the Federal Reserve in its 100year history. Federal Reserve is the name of the Central
Bank of US.
24. New Pakistani envoy to India: Abdul Basit. He replace Salman Bashir.
25. New Foreign Secretary of Pakistan: Aizaz Chaudhry
26. New Pakistani Ambassador to US: Jalil Abbas Jilani
27. First Secretary General of BIMSTEC: Sumith Nakandala
28. Shahnaz Shaikh: appointed Pakistan Coach of National Hockey team.
29. Teresa Kho is ADB's new Country Director for India. She replaces Hun Kim
30. Angela Merkel: begins third innings as German chancellor.
31. Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed: New Prime Minister of Somalia. (Mogadishu is the Capital Somalia).
32. Ashraf Jehan: First female judge in Pak’s National Sharia Court



Summits
G 20 Summit:
G20 meeting (2014) of Finance ministers and central bank governors held in Sydney (Australia).
G20 Leaders Summit (2014) will be held in Brisbane, Queensland (Australia, in November 2014.
NATO Summit
NATO Summit 2014 will be held in Britain. (Britain last hosted the summit in 1990, when Margret Thatcher was Prime Minister).
G 8 Summit:
39th Summit 2013: United Kingdom. (Northern Ireland)
Note:
The 40th G8 summit was due to be held in Russia in 2014. The meeting was planned for 4–5 June 2014 at the Black Sea resort
of Sochi. However, the other seven countries decided on 24 March that a summit would be held without Russia,
in Brussels, Belgium.
G7 countries refuse to attend planned G8 summit in Russia.
G8 Countries: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Britain and the US
SAARC Summit:
3rd SAARC ministerial meet on poverty alleviation 2013 – Kathmandu (Nepal)
18th SAARC Summit 2013 Kathmandu (proposed)
Nuclear security summit
2nd Summit 2012 – Seoul (South Korea),
3rd Summit 2014(Next) : Netherland
4th Summit 2016: United States
BIMSTEC Summit
3rd BIMSTEC summit 2014: Nay Pyi Taw (Myanmar)
4th BIMSTEC summit will be held in Nepal.
Note: BIMSTEC (Bay of Bangal Initiative for Multisectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation)
BIMSTEC includes 7 countries: Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal and aims to create
cooperation in multiple sectors including trade, investment and energy.
NAM Summit:
16th Summit 2013: Tehran, Iran
17th Summit2015 Caracas (Venezuela)
Note: Two nations, namely Azerbaijan Republic and Fiji, were accepted as the new members of the organization.
New Member
1. United Nation – South Sudan new member country . Total– 193 members
2. WTO –Tajikistan new member country. Total – 159 members.
3. World Bank & IMF – South Sudan new member country. Total– 188 members
4. European Union – Croatia new member country. Total– 28
1. World Economic Forum 2014: held in Abuja (Nigeria). Bharti Enterprises founder and Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal co – chair this
year’s edition of the World Economic Forum on Africa.
2. India, Sri Lanka and Maldives held National Security Advisorlevel meeting on maritime security cooperation in New Delhi.
3. World Telecommunications Development Conference held in Dubai.
4. The Green Economy Summit held in Dubai.
5. Arab Summit 2014: Kuwait host the Arab summit for the first time
6. International Petroleum Conference 2014 (PETROTECH2014) held in New Delhi from 12th – 15th January 2014.
7. The 9th WTO Ministerial Conference was concluded on 6 December 2013 at Bali, Indonesia.
8. 12th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2014 held in New Delhi. This year's theme is "Engaging Diaspora: Connecting Across Generations"
Datuk Seri G Palanival is the Chief Guest of 12th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
9. The 8th Asia Gas Partnership Summit (AGPS) was held at New Delhi, India. The 8th AGPS was organized by GAIL (India) Limited
and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).



Points To Remember:
MOUsDeal between India & Other Countries
1. India has committed 8.5 billion rupees to Bhutan for Small Development Project for the country’s the 11th Five Year Plan.
2. Iran and Japan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for bilateral cooperation on environmental issues in Tokyo.
3. India, Azerbaijan: to explore opportunities in energy sector
4. India and Canada have signed three MoUs for cooperation in health sector, audiovisual coproduction and skill development.
5. India, Poland agree to form Joint Working Group for cooperation in films sector.
6. India and Fiji have signed a Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement, DTAA for the avoidance of double taxation and for the
prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income.
7. India and Saudi Arabia have decided to enhance their bilateral trade and economic cooperation over next 5 years.
8. India and Bhutan have signed an agreement on development of hydropower projects.
9. India and Germany could sign an agreement for €1 billion for Greenfield projects
10. India and Pakistan signed MoU on electricity trade: India has expressed its intent to export electricity to the tune of 500 MW
to Pakistan immediately if infrastructure for transmission of power is made available.
11. India and Maldives ink several pacts and have agreed to
jointly patrol and conduct surveillance to strengthen maritime
security in the Indian Ocean Region.
12. India has signed a Rs 4,000crore deal with the US for
procuring six more C130J Super Hercules Special Operations
aircraft for the Indian Air Force.
13. Election Commission signs MoU with Yemen. India has offered its expertise to Yemen in election management and electoral
roll preparations.
14. India and Macedonia have signed a new double taxation avoidance agreement (DTAA) that provides for among other things
exchange of banking information for tax administration purposes.
As per the new agreement, dividend, interest and royalty will be taxed in the source country and the rate of taxation will not
exceed 10 percent.


Scheme & Plan Launched by Union & State Government:
1. Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana (MGPSY) was launched in the UAE. A leading Indian financial and health care service
player has tied up with the UAE Exchange to offer Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana Scheme in the Gulf country.
About Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana (MGPSY)
i. Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana (MGPSY) Scheme is a pension and life insurance scheme and is recognised by the
Indian government.
ii. Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana (MGPSY) is a special social security scheme for overseas Indian workers on
temporary work permit in 17 Emigration Check Required (ECR) countries.
2. Govt. launch Maulana Azad Sehat Scheme' scheme for minority students. Under this scheme, students in the age group of 514
years will be provided with a health card which will entitle them to free checkups twice a year at the place where they are
studying.
3. North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) launched a new health scheme Stri Swasthya Suraksha Yojna for women on 6 March
2014.
4. Uttar Pradesh government launched Samajwadi pension scheme on 28 January 2014. The scheme will benefit over 40 lakh
families. Under the scheme pension from 500 rupees to 700 rupees will be given to beneficiaries.
5. Tamil Nadu launches free CFL bulb scheme: Under the scheme state Govt will provide free compact fluorescent light bulbs to
over 14 lakh hutdwellers in the State, an energy saving measure aimed at saving 40 MW of power.
6. Centre launches einclusion project to spread eliteracy. The project is an initiative to make at least one individual in every
household eliterate, under the project, economically weaker sections of the society including rural SC, ST and women will
receive IT training.
7. Project Uddan: The project, an initiative of the Prime Minister, the National Skills Development Corporation and the Ministry of
Home Affairs and industry, was started with the aim of providing skills to 40,000 youth over a period of five years.
8. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved implementation of various schemes related to agriculture,
including continuation of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY), in the 12th Plan with a combined outlay of over Rs 80,000 crore.
Note: The RKVY is a State plan scheme that provides 'considerable flexibility' and autonomy to states in planning and executing
programmes for incentivising investment in agriculture and allied sectors.
9. Rani Laxmi Bai Pension Scheme: 'special pension' to Muzaffarnagar riot victims by U.P. Govt. The pension, which would be
anywhere between Rs 400 and Rs 500, would be given under this scheme.
10. Bhagat Puran Singh Sehat Beema Yojna (BPSSBY) Health care scheme for BPL families launched in Punjab
11. 'Roshini' Scheme: Centre launched skill development and job placement scheme 'Roshini' for rural youth and women in maoist
affected 24 districts in 9 states.
12. Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayee Arogya Yojana (health insurance scheme) was launched in Maharashtra.
13. The Vikram Udyogpuri (DelhiMumbai Industrial Corridor) project launched in Madhya Pradesh.
14. Golden Girl (Bangaru Talli) Scheme: A unique scheme, launched in Andhra Pradesh, to protect girl child and ensure her
education.
15. Anna Bhagya’ programme launched in Karnataka. The programme entitles distribution of 30 kg rice at one rupee per Kg to
over 98 lakh BPL and Antyodaya card holders in the state.


Awards & Honours
1. Goldman Prize for environmental activist Ramesh Agrawal. He received the prize for helping villagers fight coal mining in
Chhattisgarh.
2. Caparo Group founded by leading NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul has won the International Business of the Year award 2014
3. Golden Peacock Awards 2014: Technopark Technology Business Incubator (TTBI) was chosen for the Special Commendation
at the Golden Peacock National Training Awards 2014.
4. Bharat Ratna Award: Sachin Tendulkar and CN Rao conferred Bharat Ratna Award 2013.
Note: Tendulkar is the first sportsman and the youngest recipient of the the Bharat Ratna
ii. Prof Rao is a well recognized international authority on solid state and materials chemistry is the third scientist to received
award after CV Raman and former President A.P.J Abdul Kalam.
iii. The Bharat Ratna was announced after a gap of four years with Hindustani music doyen Bhimsen Joshi being the last
recipient in 2009.
5. Dadasaheb Phalke Award 2013: Veteran poet and film lyricist Gulzar has been chosen for the coveted Dadasaheb Phalke
Award for 2013. He is the 45th winner of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
6. Pulitzer Prize 2014: Indiaborn poet Vijay Seshadri has won the prestigious 2014 Pulitzer Prize in the poetry category for his
work '3 Sections'.
7. Donna Tartt wins fiction Pulitzer Prize 2014 for novel 'Goldfinch'
8. Miss India 2014: Koyal Rana new Miss India.
9. Gandhi Peace Prize for 2013: Eminent Gandhian and environmentalist Chandi Prasad Bhat selected for the award.
Note: A pioneer of the Chipko Movement for which he was also awarded the Magsaysay Award in 1982, Mr. Bhatt was given the
Padma Bhushan by UPAI in 2005.
10. Saraswati Samman 2013: Govind Mishra selected for for his book Dhool Paudho Par.
11. Pritzker Prize 2014: Japanese architect Shigeru Ban won the Pritzker Architecture Prize 2014. He won the award for his
creative and inexpensive designs for disaster relief shelters.
12. Abel Prize 2014: Russian mathematician Yakov Grigorevich Sinai won the award.
13. Laxmi, an acid attack victim gets International Women of Courage Award (US honour).
14. Vyas Samman 2013: Vishwanath Tripathi been selected for the prestigious Vyas Samman for the year 2013.
Note: Tripathi has been chosen for the coveted annual literary award instituted in 1991 by the K K Birla Foundation for his
memoir 'Vyomkesh Darvesh', a biolgraphy of noted Hindi scholar Acharya Hazari Prasad Dwivedi.
15. G D Birla Award 2013: Rajesh Gopakumar was selected for the 23rd G D Birla Award for scientific research for the year 2013.
16. M S Subbulakshmi Award 2014: Mathangi Sathyamurthy, Karnataka musician was selected for the award.
17. Britain's highest awards: Ratan Tata, former chairman of the Tata Group honoured by Queen Elizabeth with a GBE (Knight
Grand Cross), which is one of the highest civilian honours in Britain.
18. Narayana Murthy awarded with ‘Global Indian Award’ in Canada.
19. Luis Suarez named as Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year.
20. Jeev Milkha Singh nominated for Asian Tour’s ‘Player of the Decade’
award
21. MS Dhoni won United Kingdom’s 2014 Asian award for outstanding
achievement in Sports.
22. Shikhar Dhawan named one of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year
award.
23. Sachin Tendulkar won Cricketer of generation award
24. Tomas Halik, the Czech priest won the Templeton Prize for 2014.
25. India and Singapore won the 2014 edition of the UNWater “Water for
Life” Best Practices Award for their sustainable practices of water
resources.
26. Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) received the Most Efficient
Navratna Award for the year 2013.
27. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan was conferred India's Global Icon of the
Year award
28. Indianorigin Gopal Rao won UK Twitter Prize.
29. Turkish investigative journalist Ahmet Sik won 2014 UNESCO
Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.
30. Anand Kumar, the founder of Super30 got 2014 Ramanujan
Mathematics award
31. Indian Writer Pankaj Mishra won Windham Campbell Literature Prize
2014
32. President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, President Park Geunhye of South
Korea and Mexican billionnaire Carlos Slim won the World
Telecommunication and Information Society (WTIS) Award 2014.
33. President Pranab Mukherjee got the Rotary's highest award for his
leadership in the country's victory over polio.
34. Arogya Swami Joseph Paulraj has been awarded the prestigious 2014
Marconi Society Prize. Paulraj is the only Indiaborn scientist to receive both the Marconi Prize and the Bell Medal, two top
global IT technology awards.
35. Madan Babu, an Indianborn scientist, won the Protein Science Young Investigator Award for 2014
36. Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson won the coveted Allan Border medal.
37. Abhishikta S Shetty of Karnataka won Miss South India Pageant Title
38. Cyrus Mistry wins DSC Prize 2014 for South Asian literature for his book “Chronicles of a Corpse Bearer”.
39. Taiwanese poet Yushi was awarded the Thiruvalluvar award by the Tamil Nadu government in Chennai. Yushi is the first foreign
scholar to receive Thiruvalluvar award.
40. Germany goalkeeper Nadine Angerer has been named the best women's football player in the world for 2013.
41. FIFA named Portuguese attacker Cristiano Ronaldo world's best soccer player for the 2012/2013 season.
42. Sunil Gangopadhyay Memorial Award of 2012 and 2013: two eminent Bengali poets, namely Nirendranath Chakraborty
and Sankha Ghosh, respectively.
43. 12 Years a Slave' wins Golden Globe for best dramatic film. 12 Years a Slave,' directed by British filmmaker Steve McQuee
44. 'American Hustle' won the Golden Globe award for the best comedy or musical film. 'American Hustle,' directed by David O
Russell and starring Christian Bale
45. Leonardo DiCaprio has won the Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy or musical for 'The Wolf of Wall Street.
46. Irrfan Khan won the best actor award for his brilliant performance in his film The Lunchbox at the 10th edition of Dubai
International Film Festival (DIFF).
47. C.K. Nayudu award: Former India captain Kapil Dev received the Col. C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award for 2013.
48. The Union Ministry of Power has selected the Poovar Island Resort for the National Energy Conservation Award 2013
49. Sahitya Akademi Awards 2013 :Javed Akhtar has been chosen for "Lava", his compilation of 55 Urdu poems.
50. Eminent historian Bipan Chandra: was awarded Itihas Ratna from Asiatic Society Bihar. Bipan Chandra is the fourth historian
to be honoured with the Itihas Ratna by the society.
Note: i. The Rise and Growth of Economic Nationalism, is one of his known and one of the earliest book.
ii. He has been a Chairperson of the centre for historical studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.
51. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport of Hyderabad received Sword of Honour award.
Note: i. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport Ltd is operated by GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL) and it is first
airport in India to receive this award.
ii. The Sword of Honour is considered to be Oscar of the Safety World
52. Lingaiah Nagarapu, Principal Scientist at the CSIRIndian Institute of Chemical Technology has been honoured with the best
scientist award of ScienceTech Foundation (STF)
Padma Awards 2014:
Padma Vibhushan
1. Dr Raghunath A Mashelkar: Science and Engineering, Maharashtra
2. B K S Iyengar: Yoga, Maharashtra
Padma Bhushan
Gulam Mohammed Sheikh, ArtPainting, Gujarat
Begum Parveen Sultana, ArtClassical Singing, Maharashtra
T.H. Vinayakram, ArtGhatam Artist, Tamil Nadu
Kamal Haasan, ArtCinema, Tamil Nadu
Justice Dalveer Bhandari, Public Affairs, Delhi
Ruskin Bond, Literature and Education, Uttarakhand
Pullela Gopichand, SportsBadminton, Andhra Pradesh
Leander Paes, SportsTennis, Maharashtra
Prof Lloyd I Rudolph, Literature and Education, USA
Padma Shri
Mohammad Ali Baig, ArtTheatre, Andhra Pradesh
Nayana Apte Joshi, Art, Maharashtra
Vidya Balan, ArtCinema, Maharashtra
Anjum Chopra, SportsCricket, Delhi
Sunil Dabas, SportsKabbadi, Haryana
Love Raj Singh Dharmshaktu, SportsMountaineering, Delhi
Dipika Rebecca Pallikal, SportsSquash, Tamil Nadu
H Boniface Prabhu, SportsWheelchair Tennis, Karnataka
Yuvraj Singh, SportsCricket, Haryana
Mamta Sodha SportsMountaineering, Haryana



Oscar Award 2014:
Best Film 12 Years a Slave – Directed by Steve McQueen
Best Actor Matthew McConaughey for: Dallas Buyers Club
Best Actress Cate Blanchett for: Blue Jasmine
Best Director Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Jared Leto for: Dallas Buyers Club
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Lupita Nyong'o for 12 Years a Slave
Best Foreign Language Film The Great Beauty (Italy)
Note: "Gravity" pulled in 7 Oscars, including best director, at the 86th Academy Awards on March 2, 2014.


61st National Film Awards:
Best Film: 'Ship of Theseus' – Director – Anand Gandhi
Best Actor: Rajkumar Rao for 'Shahid' and Suraj Venjaramudu and Venajaramoodu for Malayalam movie 'Perariyathavar'
Best Actress: Geetanjali Thapa for Liars Dice
Best Director Award: Pranjal Dua for 'Chidiya Ud' (Hindi)
Best Popular Film providing Wholesome Entertainment: 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag'
Best Film on Social Issues: 'Tojia Dharm Kauncha'
Best Non Feature Film: 'Rangbhoomi'
Best Supporting Actor: Saurabh Shukla, 'Jolly LLB'
Note: 'Cinema Ka Cinema' got the Best Book on Cinema, while the Best
Film Critic award went to Alka Sahania
Director of Film 'Shahid' – Hansal Mehta
Director of Film 'Jolly LLB'– Subhash Kapoor
Director of Film Liars Dice – Geetu Mohandas



The IIFA 2014 Awards Winners’ List
Best Actor (Male): Farhan Akhtar for Bhaag Milka Bhaag
Best Actress (Female): Deepika Padukone for Chennai Express
Lifetime Achievement Award 2014: Shatrughan Sinha
Best Entertainer of the Year: Deepika Padukone
Best Film: Bhaag Milka Bhaag
Best Director: Rakeysh Om Mehra for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.
Best Debutant Award map: Dhanush for Raanjhanaa
Best Story Award: Prashoon Joshi for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Best Lyric Writer: Mithoon for Tum Hi Ho from Aashiqui 2
Best Male Playback Singer Award: Arijit Singh for ‘Tum Hi Ho’
from Aashiqui 2
Best Female Playback Singer Award: Shreya Goshal for ‘ Sun Raha Hai Na
Tu’ from Aashiqui 2
John Travolta honoured the Most Popular All Time International Star in
India at IIFA awards


59th Filmfare Awards 2014:
1. Best Actress: Deepika Padukone Goliyon Ki Rasleela RamLeela
2. Best Actor: Farhan Akhtar Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
3. Best Film : Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
4. Best Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
5. Best Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi – Zinda (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag)
6. Best Debut (Director): Ritesh Batra The Lunchbox
7. Best Debut (Male): Dhanush – Raanjhanaa
8. Best Debut (Female): Vaani Kapoor Shuddh Desi Romance
9. Best Story: Subhash Kapoor Jolly LLB
10. Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Nawazuddin Siddiqui The Lunchbox
11. Best Actress in a Suporting Role: Supriya Pathak RamLeela
12. Lifetime Achievement Award: Tanuja



Person in News:
1. Dr. Manmohan Singh resigns. as Prime Minister of India.
2. Nitish Kumar resigns as Bihar CM
3. Lakhdar Brahimi: UN Envoy on Syria resigned
4. Alenka Bratusek Slovenia’s Prime Minister resigned.
5. Dilip Shanghvi named among Asia’s richest selfmade billionaires.
6. Manoj Vaish, Managing Director & CEO of Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd (MCX), resigned.
7. P Elango interim CEO & Whole time Director, quit from Cairn India.
8. Aamir Khan – Election Commission’s National Icon for Lok Sabha Elections 2014
9. Arjun Kapoor Named National Ambassador for Earth Hour 2014
10. Vivek Gundotra, chief of Google’s social networking venture Google+ resigned.
11. Nancy Powell resigned as the US Ambassador to India
12. Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Serik Akhmetov has resigned
13. South Korea's Prime Minister Chung HongWon give resign over the sinking of a passenger ferry that left more than 300 people
dead or missing.
14. Justice KT Thomas quits as head of Lokpal search committee
15. Hazem ElBeblawi : Egyptian PM resigns.
16. Archana Bhargava: Chairman and Managing Director of the United Bank of India, has resigned.
17. Zaka Ashraf : Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sacked Zaka Ashraf as the Chairman of the PCB
18. SubInspector K Prasad Babu was honoured posthumous Ashok Chakra for an antiNaxal operation .
19. Jamila Bayaz, first women to be appointed police chief of Kabul province. She is the first woman in Afghanistan to be appointed
as police chief of an entire district.
20. Enrico Letta : Italy Prime Minister resigned.
21. Arvind Kejriwal: resign from the post of Chief Minister of Delhi.
22. Pope Francis was named as the Person of the Year 2013 by Time Magazine.
23. Wipro Chairman Azim Premji won the Economic Times Lifetime Achievement Award 2013 for his role in creating India's third
largest software exporter.
24. Ali Larayedh: Prime Minister of Tunisia resigned
25. Indianorigin academician Rakesh Khurana has been appointed dean of the prestigious Harvard College. He succeeds Evelynn
Hammonds.
26. Parveen Amanullah: Bihar First Woman Muslim Minister Resigns
27. Teesta Setalvad, accused for misusing foreign funds meant for helping the victims of the 2002 Gulbarg society massacre.
28. Michael Ferreira: Billiards champion was accused in 425crore rupees scam in multi level marketing firm QNet.
29. Justice A.K. Ganguly: West Bengal Human Rights Commission chairman Justice A.K. Ganguly resigned from the post of honorary
professor of the National University of Juridical Sciences
30. V Balakrishnan: Former Infosys CFO joins AAP
31. Hardeep Singh Puri: who retired as India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, today joined BJP.
32. Chandra Kant Birla Chairman of Hindustan Motors Limited resigned from the board.
33. Michael Schumacher, is in a coma and remains in a "critical" condition after striking his head in a ski accident
34. Devyani Khobragade: Khobragade, India's deputy consul general in New York, was accused by Manhattan's Indian American
US Attorney Preet Bharara of visa fraud and exploiting her babysitter and housekeeper.
35. Shashi Tharoor PETA's 'person of the year' by animal rights campaigner PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) for
initiating steps for animal protection.
36. Shoma Chaudhury, managing editor of Tehelka, announced her resignation from the Tehelka, an investigative magazine.
37. Tarun Tejpal: Tehelka editorinchief was arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a young colleague.
38. Mathew Martoma: Indianorigin hedge fund portfolio manager Mathew Martoma convicted for his role in the $275 million
insider trading scheme, the most lucrative in U.S. history.


Books & Their Authors
1. Book My Years with Rajiv and Sonia written by R.D.Pradhan
2. Book ModiNomics: Inclusive Economics, Inclusive Governance: authored by Sameer Kochhar.
Some other books of Sameer Kochhar:
1. Growth & Finance
2. Speeding Financial Inclusion.
3. Policymaking for Indian Planning
4. Building from the Bottom: Infrastructure and Poverty Alleviation
3. Book: Crusader or Conspirator? Coalgate and other Truths authored by PC Parakh
4. Book: The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh authored by Dr. Sanjaya Baru
5. Book: Lal Bahadur Shastri: Lessons in Leadership written by Pavan Choudary .
6. Book: Rationalised Roman for Kashmiri written by Dr. R L Bhat
7. Book: Narendra Modi: A Political Biography written by Andy Marino.
8. Book: Public Issues Before Parliament written by Vijay Darda
9. Book: The Political Economy of Energy and Growth authored by Sh.
Najeeb Jung
10. Book: India at Risk: authored by Jaswant Singh.
11. Book ModiNomics: Inclusive Economics, Inclusive Governance: authored by Sameer Kochhar.
12. Book: Water, Peace and War Confronting the Global Water Crisis written by Brahma Chellaney.
13. Hard Choices authored by Hillary Rodham Clinton
14. Book: Greater than Bradman: celebrating Sachin, the greatest batsman in Test history authored by : Rudolph Lambert
Fernandez, a Chennaibased author.
15. Book: “Unbreakable” An Autobiography by Mary Kom
16. The Luminaries by: Eleanor Catton. She won the Man Booker Prize 2013.
17. Walking With Giants: authored by former Finance Secretary G. Ramachandran.
18. "I am Malal : authored by Christina Lamb.
19. Momentous Times on the 175 years of Times of India. The book is an effort of the Times of India Group.
20. "Victory India A Key to Quality Military Leadership" authored by Colonel Vinay B Dalvi (Retd)
21. The Da Vinci Code: Dan Brown
Some books authored by RBI Governor: Raghuram Rajan
Ø Aid and Growth
Ø Fault Lines
Ø India's Pattern of Development
Ø The Real Effect of Banking Crises
Ø Controlled Capital Account Liberalization
Ø Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists


LEADER”S VISITED INIDIA
1. Oman’s Foreign Minister Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah visited India.
2. King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa visited India on February 1820, 2014.
3. President of Zanzibar, Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein visited India from 1 to 9 February 2014. Zanzibar is a semiautonomous part of
Tanzania, in East Africa.
4. German President Joachim Guack visited India on 4th Feb 2014
5. French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler visited Inida on 25th Jan 2014.
6. King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck visited India
7. South Korean President Park Geunhye visited India.



OBITUARY
1. Russy Mody: Management guru Russy Mody who was known for his man management while he headed Tata Steel and was awarded
Padma Bushan died
2. Capt. C. P. Krishnan Nair, Founder Chairman of The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, passed away
3. N Janardhan Reddy: Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister died.
4. Elena Baltacha: Extennis player dies of cancer
5. Khaled Chowdhury: Noted theatre personality died
6. Bob Hoskins: British actor dies
7. Tito Vilanova, Former Barcelona coach Vilanova dies.
8. Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Anja Niedringhaus shot dead in Afghanistan.
9. Khushwant Singh: Famous writer and journalist passed away
10. Former President of Guinea Kumba Yala died
11. Nanda: Veteran Bollywood actress passes away.
12. DK Jain : Luxor Group Chairman passes away
13. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose intoxicating novels and short stories exposed millions outside Latin America
passes away.
14. Former Sierra Leone President, Ahmad Tejan Kabbah died
15. British socialist stalwart Tony Benn dies
16. Noted economist and academician G.K. Chadha passed away
17. P Ramdas : Malayalam director passes away
18. K. Suryanarayana Raja, former international basketball
player passed away.
19. Joe McGinniss, author of Fatal Vision died
20. William Clay Ford passes away
21. Jagat Singh Mehta : Former Foreign Secretary died
22. J.S. Sarma: Former TRAI Chairman passes away
23. Hanumath Shastry, the eminent Telugu litterateur died
24. Bangaru Laxman : Former BJP president dies.
25. Legendary Guitarist: Paco de Lucia passed away
26. Prokash Karmakar: Eminent painter died
27. Balu Mahendra : Veteran filmmaker passed away.
28. Karl Slym: MD of Tata Motors died after falling from hotel building in Bangkok
29. Sudhir Mahato: the former Deputy Chief Minister of Jharkhand died
30. Akkineni Nageswara Rao: Padma Vibhushan and Dada Saheb Phalke awardee passed away. ANR is fondly called the Tragedy
King of Telugu cinema.
31. Suchitra Sen: Legendary Bengali actor passed away
32. Namdeo Dhasal Renowned Marathi poet and activist passed away
33. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddi: The spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohra community passed away
34. Silverine Swer, Meghalaya's first Padma Shri Awardee died
35. Adhip Chaudhuri, an international economist who taught at Georgetown University, died in Vienna,
36. Ariel Sharon: Former Israeli Prime Minister Dies
37. IIa Pathak social activist died
38. Vishwanath Bondre: Former Mumbai Ranji Trophy cricketer died
39. Farooq Sheikh: veteran Hindi actor died
40. Mikhail Kalashnikov: the designer of fabled AK47 automatic rifle, died in Russia. AK47's name stands for "Kalashnikov's
Automatic" and the year it was designed, 1947.
41. Ishrat Ali Siddiqui: Freedom fighter, veteran Journalist and Padm Shree awardee died
42. Anjali Devi: Veteran South Indian film actress died
43. Michiaki Takahashi: developed Chickenpox vaccine died in Japan.
44. Pran Chopra : Veteran journalist died
45. G.S. Shivarudrappa: Distinguished Kannada poet, writer and researcher G.S. Shivarudrappa (87) passed away. The writer, was
awarded with the title of Rashtrakavi by the Government of Karnataka in 2006.
46. Sis Ram Ola dead Union Labour and Employment Minister Sis Ram Ola died at a Gurgaon hospital after a prolonged illness.
47. Joan Fontaine: Oscarwinning actor has died at the age of 96
48. Babul Phukan: Former footballer died in Guwahati
49. Nelson Mandela, the antiapartheid revolutionary of South Africa died
50. Sandeep Acharya: Indian Idol winner passes away.
51. Ronnie Biggs: known for his role in the 1963 Great Train Robbery, died.
52. Narayan Sahu: Former Odisha MLA and freedom fighter passes away
53. Philip Seymour: Oscarwinning actor Hoffman died.



Sports News
Australian Open 2014:
1. Men’s Single: Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka claimed his first Grand Slam title by defeating Rafael Nadal
2. Women’s Single: Li Na (China) defeat Dominika Cibulkova. Li Na becomes first Chinese woman to clinch title.
3. Women’s Doubles: Errani and Roberta Vinci beat Russia's Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina
Madrid Title 2014: Rafael Nadal defeat Kei Nishikori in the final to win the title.
Monte Carlo Masters Tennis 2014: Stanislas Wawrinka beat Roger Federer.
Miami (Sony)Open 2014:
1. Men’s Single: Novak Djokovic dominates Rafael Nadal to win fourth Miami title.
2. Women’s Single: Serena Williams beat Li Na to win seventh Miami Title
Note: Manila will host the first leg of the newly launched International Premier Tennis League
List of Top 5 Countries Medal Standings of Sochi (Russia) 2014 Winter Olympics:
Bank
Country
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Total
1
Russian fed.
13
11
9
33
2.
Norway
11
5
10
26
3.
Canada
10
10
5
25
4.
United state
9
7
12
28
5
Netherlands
8
7
9
24
Note: Fifteenyearold Russian skater Yulia Lipnitskaya has become the youngest athlete in the world to win a Gold medal at
the Winter Olympics
ICC World Cup Cricket Venue:
ODI: (One day International):
1. Australia & New Zealand: 2015 Cricket World Cup.
2. England will host 2019 Cricket World Cup.
3. India will host 2023World Cup for the fourth time.
T20:
1. Bangladesh host the: World T20 Cup 2014. (For Men & women)
2. India will host the: World T20 Cup 2016. (For Men & women)
3. Australia to host World T20 in 2020. (For Men & women)
4. West Indies to host Women's World T20 in 2018 and Under19 Cricket World Cup in 2022.
Note: ICC Women’s World Cup 2013 Australia defeated West Indies at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.
The 2013 World Twenty20 Qualifier are scheduled to be played in November 2013 in the United Arab Emirates.
Test:
1. England to host Cricket World Test Champions in – 2017 (for first time).
2. India will host World Test Championship in 2021.
Note: ICC U19 World Cup 2014 held in UAE. South Africa won the title.
FIFA (Football) World CUP hosts:
1. 2014: Brazil (Mascot: Smiling Armadillo to be the official Mascot
of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil).
2. 2018 : Russia
3. 2022: Qatar
FIFA ranking: 2014
1. Spain
2. Germany
3. Portugal
4. Brazil
India drop two places to 147 in Fifa ranking.
Olympics Games host cities:
1. 2014 winter: Sochi (Russia)
2. 2016 Summer: Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
3. 2018 winter: Pyeongchang (South Korea)
4. 2020 summer: Tokyo (Japan)
Asian Games host cities:
1. 2014: Incheon (South Korea) (Note: 2010 Asain Games held in
Guangzhou, China).
Note: Vietnam (Hanoi) decided not to host the 2019 Asian Games
for financial reasons, and was exploring procedures to withdraw
from staging the region's largest sporting event.
ICC Rankings For Tests, ODIs and Twenty20
Test
ODI
Twenty 20
Australia
Australia
India
South Africa
India
Sri lanka
England
Sri lanka
Pakistan
Pakistan
England
South Africa
India
South Africa
Australia
1. Men’s T20 World Cup 2014: Sri Lanka defeat India to win the maiden title.
2. Women’s World T20 2014: Australia defeat England in the final to win the title for the third time in a row.
3. Asia Cup Title 2014: Sri Lanka defeat Pakistan to win the title.
Note: It is their fifth Asia Cup success, equaling the record of India.
4. ICC U19 World Cup 2014: South Africa beats Pakistan to lift the title.
5. Ranji Trophy 2014. Karnataka beat Maharashtra to lift the title. Karnataka have won the trophy for seventh time.
6. Irani Trophy 2014: Karnataka won by defeating Rest of India.
7. India claim U19 Asia Cup title by defeating Pakistan in final
8. Vijay Hazare Trophy 2014: Karnataka won the title by defeating Railways
9. Grant Flower named as Pakistan batting coach.
10. 68th Santosh Trophy : Mizoram defeat Railways to win the title.
Note: This is the maiden Santosh Trophy for Mizoram also this was the first appearance for them in the final match.
11. Pankaj Advani won CCI Biliards title. He defeated twotime world runnerup Dhruv Sitwala
12. National Women's Football champions 2014: Manipur defeated Orissa in the final.
13. Deodhar Trophy 2014: West Zone lifted the trophy after defeating North Zone in the final
14. Malaysian Grand Prix 2014: Britain's Lewis Hamilton won the title.
15. Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy: Baroda beat Uttar Pradesh to win the trophy.
16. World Snooker title 2014: Mark Selby of England won maiden title.
17. Virat Kohli is number 1 ODI batsman in latest ICC rankings
18. Saeed Ajmal top bowlers in ODI ranking. He is followed by Dale Steyn and Sunil Narin while Ravindra Jadeja is at fourth.
19. Waqar Younis appointed as new Pakistan coach.
20. Martin Kilzan won the Munich ATP tournament to claim second title of his career. In the final match, he defeated Fabio Fognini
21. Chitra Magimairaj Wins World Women's Senior snooker title
22. The IndoZimbabwean tennis pair of Sania Mirza and Cara Black has won the WTA Portugal Open women's doubles title.
23. Kamal Chawla has settled for a bronze medal in the Asian
Snooker Championship being held in the United Arab Emirates.
24. Punjab won Junior National Hockey Title 2014 by defeating Odisha
in the final.
25. Novak Djokovic won Indian Wells final by defeating Roger Federer.
26. India's Heena Sidhu clinched World's No. 1 spot in 10 mts air pistol
event.
27. George Bailey lead Kings XI Punjab in the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League
28. Australian allrounder Shane Watson will captain Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
29. Sunil Gavaskar appoints (HDFC chairman) Deepak Parekh as his special advisor for 7th edition of IPL
30. US sprint star Tyson Gay has received a oneyear doping ban from the US AntiDoping Association.
31. Triple jumper Renjith Maheswary, who has been stopped from receiving Arjuna Award under controversial circumstances on
charges of dope violation last year, has again been recommended by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) for the coveted
honour this year.
32. Darren Sammy retires from test cricket but remains T20 captain.
33. Ronnie O’Sullivan named as Snooker’s Player of the Year.
34. Lasith Malinga, new captain of Sri Lanka T20 team
35. New Zealand's Kiwi Kathy Cross became the first woman to be inducted in an ICC umpires' panel
36. Dipika Pallikal ranked No 10 in Women’s Squash Association (WSA) rankings
37. Saina Nehwal won Syed Modi International India Grand Prix Gold badminton crown by defeating PV Sindhu in Lucknow.
38. BCCI recommends Ravichandran Ashwin ( Offspinner) for Arjuna Award.
39. Anirban Lahiri won Indonesian Masters golf title.
40. Grand Master Adhiban won silver medal at the Asian Continental Chess Championship
41. Delhi Waveriders beat Jaypee Punjab Warriors to lifts 2nd edition of Hockey India League cup.
42. Rafael Nadal remains top of the men’s ATP tennis rankings.
43. Serena Williams (USA) remains top of the WTA tennis rankings
44. Chennai to host World Bridge Championships next year .
45. Shaik Abdul Hameed of India won the 2014 Thailand Tour title of Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).
46. Chain Singh and Heena Sidhu claimed gold medals in the seventh Asian Air Gun Championship in Kuwait
47. Swimmer Supriya Mondal has qualified for the 2014 Youth Olympics by winning a gold medal in the 200m butterfly event at
the Dubai International Aquatic Championships in Hamdan.
48. Manavjit Singh Sandhu, the Indian veteran trap shooter jumped to the third spot in the world rankings.
49. Pooja Ghatkar clinches gold in women’s air rifle in the seventh Asian air gun championship
50. Former Australia test batsman Marcus North retires.
51. Spain's Real Madrid retained the title of the world's richest soccer club
52. Netherlands beat New Zealand to win maiden Hero Hockey World League title
53. Jimmy Walker of the US won the Sony Open golf tournament held in Hawaii
54. Veteran Indian shuttler Arvind Bhat lifts German Open title
55. Aditya Joshi is world No.1 junior shuttler.
56. Serena Williams beat Victoria Azarenka to win Brisbane International Title.
57. ATP Open Tennis tournament held in Chennai.
58. Jacques Kallis overtakes Rahul Dravid to become 3rd highest Test rungetter
59. Dubai tennis championship: Roger Federer defeat defeating Tomas Berdych .
60. Graeme Smith, the South African cricket team Captain announced retirement from international cricket.
61. South Africa's legendary allrounder Jacques Kallis announced retirement from Test cricket.
62. Veteran Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene has become the sixthhighest runscorer in the history of Test cricket
63. Kumar Sangakkara, the cricketer of Sri Lankan national team became the second person in the history of Cricket to score a
triple century and a century in the same test match, he joined Graham Gooch, the former skipper of England team.
64. Veteran Indian player Joshna Chinappa lifted her maiden WSA World Tour title with the Winnipeg Winter Club Open trophy
after beating Egypt's Heba El Torky .
65. Vernon Philander of South Africa topped Test bowler ranking of ICC
66. England's spinner Graeme Swann announced retirement from International Cricket.
67. Zaheer khan became the fourth Indian bowler to claim 300 wickets in Test cricket. Jacques Kallis was his 300th wicket in
international test cricket. Bowlers of India, who has taken 300 wickets namely Kapil Dev (434 wickets), Anil Kumble (619
wickets) and Harbhajan Singh (413 wickets).
68. India defeat Pakistan to lift Kabaddi World Cup 2013 title. Defending champion India retained the title fourth consecutive term
69. India win Women's Kabaddi World Cup 2013 for the third time in a row, defeating debutant New Zealand 4921 in the summit
clash played at Guru Gobind Singh sports complex in Jalandhar (Pinjab).
70. Junior Hockey World Cup 2013: Germany beat France, register record sixth world title.
71. Rising Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has bagged the 'Emerging Cricketer of the Year' 2013 trophy .
72. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended West Indies offspinner Shane Shillingford from bowling in international
matches because of illegal action.
73. Andy Murray crowned BBC 'Sports Personality of the year'2013.
74. Ethiopian Runner Atsedu Tsegay won Delhi Half Marathon 2013.
75. Australia beat England to seal 50 Ashes title
76. Hockey World League Final kicked off in New Delhi
77. 75th Senior National Table Tennis C’ship held in Patna
78. The first high altitude cricket stadium in South India, inaugurated at Krishnagiri in Wynad district of Kerala.
79. World and European champions Spain top the final FIFA world rankings of the year for the sixth time in a row.
80. Mahesh Mangaonkar became the first Indian squash player to win the IMET Open by defeating Greg Lobban, in the Slovakian
capital of Bratislava.
81. John Isner beat Lu Yenhsun of Taiwan to win Auckland title



News Related To Defence & Technology
1. Bolivia launched country’s first telecommunications Satellite Tupak Katari
Note: Capital of Bolivia : Sucre, President: Evo Morales
2. IRNSS—1A , IRNSS1B India's navigation satellite.
3. Pakistan successfully test fires HaftIII (Ghaznavi) Short Range Surface to Surface Ballistic Missile . Range 290km
4. IndoNepal joint military exercise ExSurya Kiran Drills VI held at Saljhandi in Rupandehi district.
5. The largest 130MW Solar Power Plant of India Welspun Solar MP Project was launched at Bhagwanpur in Neemuch, Madhya
Pradesh
6. NTPC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bihar State Power Generation Company Limited (BSPGCL) and
Lakhisarai Bijlee Company Private Limited (LBCPL) to develop a 1320 MW (2 X 660 MW) Thermal Power Project at Kajra in
Lakhisarai district of Bihar.
7. Nathpa Jhakri Hydro Power Station awarded a gold shield on 4 February 2014 for its meritorious performance in 2013
14.Nathpa Hydro power Station consecutively third time received the award.
Note: The Nathpa Jhakri Dam is a concrete gravity dam on the Satluj River in Himachal Pradesh.
8. INS Vikramaditya enters Indian Navy's area of operation. INS Vikramaditya (R33) is a Project which entered into service with
the Indian Navy in 2013. The ship has been renamed in honour of Vikramaditya, a legendary 1st century BC emperor of Ujjain,
India.
9. Fast Patrol Vessel Abhinav, the Indian Coast Guard Ship commissioned in Kochi
10. GSLVD5 launch places India in elite league of the U.S., Russia, France, Japan and China The GSLV is designed to inject its
passenger spacecraft into the intended Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit with a combination of solid, earthstorable liquid and
cryogenic propellants in its first, second and third stages, respectively.
11. Indian mission to Mars blasts off successfully. The Mars Orbiter
Mission, known as "Mangalyaan" .
Note: i. Only the United States, Russia and the European Space
Agency have been successful in this mission.
ii. The United States is the only nation that has successfully sent
robotic explorers to land on Mars, the most recent being Curiosity
which touched down in August 2012.
iii. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K.
Radhakrishnan.
iv. The satellite is scheduled to reach the Mars orbit in September
2014 and is designed to circle the Red Planet in an elliptical orbit of
366 km X 80000 km.
v. Primary objectives of the Mars mission are to demonstrate India’s
technological capability to send a satellite to orbit around Mars and
conduct meaningful experiments such as looking for signs of life, take
pictures of the red planet and study Martian environment.
12. IRNSS1A, India's first ever dedicated Navigation satellite launched
blasted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
13. INS Vikramaditya set to join Indian Navy . INS Vikramaditya is a
Kiev class aircraft carrier which was commissioned by Russian Navy
in 1987 under the name Baku.
14. Missiles:
1. Nuclearcapable 'AgniV' tested for second time. 'AgniV' longrange
ballistic missile. strike range of more than 5000 km
Note: In the Agni (Surface to Surface missile) series, India at present
has Agni1 with 700 km range, Agni2 with 2000 km range, Agni3 and
Agni4 with 2500 km to more than 3500 range. Agni – V more than
5000 km
Prithvi:
1. Prithvi I 150km 2. Prithvi II 350km 3. Prithvi III 350km 600km

Headquarter of International Organisation
Ø UNO New York
Ø UNICEF New York
Ø UNESCO – Paris
Ø UNIDO – Vienna
Ø WHO – Geneva
Ø UNFPA New York
Ø SAARC – Kathmandu
Ø ILO – Geneva
Ø World Bank Washington D.C
Ø IMF Washington DC
Ø WTO – Geneva
Ø International Court Of Justice The Hague
Ø International Atomic Energy Agency – Vienna
Ø International Committee of the Red Cross – Geneva
Ø International Maritime Organisation – London
Ø Food and Agricultural Organisation – Rome
Ø World Meteorological Organisation Geneva
Ø Amnesty International – London
Ø Transparency International – Berlin
Ø World Intellectual Property Organization – Geneva
Ø International Renewable Energy Agency Abu Dhabi
(UAE)
Ø Commonwealth of Nations – London
Ø International Standards Organisation – Geneva
Important Days of March/April & May
March
ü March 4 World Day of the Fight Against Sexual Exploitation
ü March 8 International Women’s Day
ü March 13 World Kidney Day
ü March 15 World Disabled Day
ü March 15 World Consumer Rights Day
ü March 21 World Forestry Day
ü March 21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
ü March 22 World Water Day
ü March 23 World Meteorological Day
ü March 24 World TB Day
April
Ø 5th April National Maritime Day
Ø 7th April World Health Day
Ø 10th April World Homoeopathy Day (Birth day of Samuel Hanimen)
Ø 14th April World Aeronautics and Cosmology Day
Ø 14th April Ambedkar’s Birth Anniversary
Ø 17th April World Hemophilia Day
Ø 18th April World Heritage Day
Ø 21st April Indian Civil Service Day
Ø 22nd April Earth Day
Ø 23rd April World Books and Copyright Day
Ø 24th April Panchayat Divas
MAY
· May 1: International Labour Day/ Maharashtra Day
· May 3: World Press Freedom Day/ International Energy
· May 8: World Red Cross Day/ World Thalessemia Day
· May 9: Victory day
· May 11: World Technology Day
· May 12: International Nurses Day
· May 13: National Solidarity Day
· May 14: World Migratory Day
· May 17: World Telecommunication Day/
· May 21: Anti – Terrorism Day
· May 24: Common Wealth Day
· May 29: Mount Everest Day
· May 31: Anti – Tobacco Day


Highlights of General Elections 2014
World’s biggest democratic exercise India’s 16th Lok Sabha (Lower House) elections which ran from April, 7 to May 12, 2014 are
over and its verdict is out. Of the total 543 seats for which elections were contested, BJP led NDA achieved a thumping victory on 336
seats, whereas, Congress led UPA has faced thorough defeat in 6 key states winning just 59 seats, and the Congress, 44 seats.
TheAam Aadmi Party (AAP) which contested on 424 seats has faced debacle as it could win just 4 seats. AAP leader and former Chief
Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejrival, who contested against the Narendra Modi from Varanasi, defeated by a huge margin of more than 3 lakh votes.
With this NDA victory, BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is all set to be the head of the newly elected Indian
Government.
BJP registered its biggest win in Uttar Pradesh winning 71 seats despite a big coalition partner, the best performance by a single
party in the state since 1984 when the Congress won 83 of 85 seats.

Results Lok Sabha Polls 2014:
ALLIANCE                  TALLY
NDA (BJP + Allies)        335
UPA (Congress +Allies) 59
AAP                              4
SP                                5
BSP                              0
AITC                             34
JD(U)                           2
LEFT                             11
ADMK                           37
OTHERS                       56
TOTAL                          543/543
Vote Share:
Alliance                       Vote Share (%)
NDA                             35
UPA                              23
LEFT                             4
AITC                             4
Others                          34

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