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1. Grand slam 2015

a) Australian open –

men :- Djokovic (Serbia) defeated Andy Murray (UK)

women -: Serena Wiliams (USA) defeated Maria Sharapova (Russia)

mixed doubles :- Leander Paes & Martina Hingis (Switzeland) defeated Daniel Nestor (Canada) & Kristina Mladenovic (France)

b) French open – men -: Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) defeated Djokovic

women -: Serena Williams defeated Luci Safarova (Czech Rep.)

c) Wimbeldon open – men -: Djokovic defeated Roger Fedrer (Switzerland)

women -: Serena Williams defeated Garbine Muguruza (Spain)

d) US open – men -: Novak Djokovic defeated Fedrer

women - : Flavia Pennetta defeated Roberta Vinci (Italy)

2. cricket

a) ICC world cup -: 2019 – England ; 2023 – India

b) T20 world cup -: 2016 – India ; 2020 – Australia

c) test match world cup -: 2017 – England ; 2021 – India


3. FIFA -: 2014 – Brazil ; Germany defeated Argentina; Lionel Messi won the golden ball award for best player of FIFA world cup’14 ; James Rodriguez of Colombia won the coveted Golden boot award for scoring highest individual goals in this world cup. ; German goalkeeper manuel neuer got the golden glove honour. ; german striker Miroslav Klose became the all time record scorer with his 16th goal. Germany won world cup 5 times (1954,74,90,2014) ; 2018 – Russia ; 2022 -: Qatar
4. Commonwealth games -: Glasgow 2014 – India’s star shooter & silver medalist at London Olympics vijay kumar was the flag bearer of Indian team. England topped the medal table by clinching 174 (58 gold) medals following Australia, Canada & India came on 5th with 64 medals (15gold). ‘Clyde’ was the mascot. (India however won 101 medals (38 gold) in 2010); 2018 – Australia ; 2022 – SA

5. Olympics -: 2016 – Rio De Jenerio (Brazil) ; 2020 – Japan

Winter Olympics -: 2018 – South Korea ; 2022 – China

6. 17TH Asian games 2014 – held in Incheon (S Korea) with China 342 medals (151 gold) , S. Korea 234 medals (79 gold) , Japan 200 medals (46 gold) & India came at 7th with 57 medals (11 gold) ; 2018 – Indonesia

7. 35th National games 2015 concluded in Kerala; Ammu the great hornbill was the mascot.

Notes – Ranji trophy won by Karnataka (8 times winner) defeating TN ; East zone claims Deodhar trophy ; Central zone claims duleep trophy.


Books & Author

1.The lowland, for the namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri

2. and then one day – Nasiruddin shah

3. The substance & the shadow (biography of Dilip kumar) – Uday Tora Nayar4

4. Good, bad, & the ridiculous, train to pakistan – Khuswant singh

5. An uncertain glory – Amartya Sen

6. Inheritance of loss – Kiran Desai

7. My unforgettable memories – Mamta Banerjee

8. The accidental PM – Dr. Sanjay Baru

9. Hard choices – Hilary Clinton

10. Playing it my way – Sachin Tendulkar

11. The silk worm – J K Rowling

12. turning point, wings of fire, ignited minds, the scientific India, the family & the Nation, spirit of India, the Luminous sparks – APJ Abdul Kalam

Defence Exercise

1.Malabar – naval oepratioin b/w India & US. Japan also invited to join 2015 exercise.

2. Yudh Abhyas – army exercise of India with US held in Ranikhet 2014 ; in US 2015

3. Varuna –joint navy exercise of India with France held in Goa.

4. Garuda Shakti III – joint exercise b/w India & Indonesia held at counter insurgency & jungle warfare school in varengte, Mizoram

5. Nomadic elephant – military exercise b/w India & Mongolia

6. SIMBEX - Joint naval exercise b/w India & Singapore

7. Slinex – naval exercise b/w India & Sri Lanka (at S. Lanka)

8. Maitree – India & Thailand to focus counter terrorist activity

9. Indra – India & Russia (at Rajasthan)

10. Surya Kiran – military exercise of India with Nepal

11. EKUVERIN 2015 is a military exercise between India & Maldieves.

12. Peace & friendship 2015 is the first joint military exercise b/w China & Malaysia

1.ISRO launches 4th navigation satellite IRNSS – 1D, GSLV MARK III successfully

2. India’s air to air missile astra test fired in Odisha.

3. 6 airports to be develop in Arunchal Pradesh.

4. Prithvi II test fired successfully.

5. IAF finally get indigenous ICA Tejas

6. India test fires Agni IV off Odisha coast

7. India successfully test fires Nirbhay cruise missile (fire & forget)

8. Indian Navy commission INS Sumitra.

Awards

a)noble prize

i) Peace – Malala Yousufzai, Kailash Satyarthi

ii) literature – Pattric Modiano (for ‘art of memory’) (pattric wrote – missing person, honeymoon, ring of roads, villa, a trade of malice.)

iii) Chemistry – Eric Betzig, Stefan Hell, William E.Moerner

iv) Physics – Isamu Akasaki, Shuji Nakamura, Hiroshi Amano (for inventing LED)

v) Medicine – May Britt mosere, Edward Moser, John Okeefe

vi) Economics – Jean Tirole
Rajiv Gandhi Khel award 2014 – Sania Mirza

Dadasaheb Phalke award 2013- Gulzar ; 2014 – Shashi Kapoor


DSC prize for south Asian literature 2015 – Indian American Pulitzer prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri has won it for the book ‘The Lowland’.

Sahitya Akademi award 2014 for Sanskrit language – Prabhu nath dwivedi


Renowned writer & Jnanpith award winner Prathibha ray won kalinga ratna award by Sarla Sahitya sansad in Cuttack 2014.
SCHEMES

1.PM ‘sukanya Samridhi yojana’ – for girl child under beti bachao beti padao campaign. To open bank account of girls under age of 10 with 9.1% interest rate & tax rebate.

2. HRIDAY – to preserve & rejuvenate rich cultural heritage of the country under union ministry of urban development. Centre to fund entire expenditure. It will be dovetailed with PRASAD scheme of tourism ministry.

National Judicial Appointments Commission – CJI, two other senior judges of SC, union minister of law & justice, two eminent persons (from sc/st/obc/woman) to be nominated by a comm. Consisting of CJI, PM, Leader of opp. It gives NJAC a constitutional status for appointment of judges to SC & HC.

18TH SAARC summit held at Kathmandu 2014. Theme was ‘Deeper integration peace & prosperity’.

Next summit will held at Islamabad in Pakistan in 2016.


12th India – ASEAN (25th) summit in Nay Pyi Taw (Myanmar)
APEC summit held in Beijing 2014
27th ASEAN summit 2015 (Kuala Lumpur) –
East Asia Summit is a forum held annually by leaders of initially, 16 countries in the East Asian & South East Asian region. Membership expanded to 18 countries including USA & Russia in 2011. EAS meetings are held after annual ASEAN leaders meeetings. The first summit was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malayasia in 2005.
10th G 20 at Antalya in Turkey (2015)

They focused on terrorism. Next G -20 summit will be hosted by China in Hangzhou in 2016.


3rd India – Africa forum summit 2015 held in New Delhi. 41 leaders from African countries confirmed their presence.

1st summit held in 2008 (N. Delhi) ; 2nd at Addis Ababa, Ethopia in 2011. It helds in every 3 years.


Maharatna companies

  1. ONGC 2. NTPC 3. SAIL

  1. IOC 5. CIL 6. BHEL

7.GAIL

Navratna companies



  1. BPCL 2. HPCL 3. MTNL 4. BEL 5.HAL

6.Power finance corporation

7.National mineral development corporation

8. Power grid corporation of India ltd.

9. Rural electrification corporation

10. National aluminium co.

11. Shipping corporation of India

12. Rashtriya Ispat nigam ltd.

13. Oil India ltd.

14. Neyveli lignite coporation ltd.

15. Engineers India ltd.

16. National building construction corporation ltd.

17. Container corporation of India ltd.

PIO – means a foreign citizen (except a national of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Iran, Bhutan, Sri Lanka & Nepal) whose one of the parents / grandparents great granparents was born & a permanent resident of India.

PIO holders do not require a visa to visit India for a period of 15 years from the date of issue of card.

OCI – A foreign national, who was eligible to become citizen of India on 26/1/1950 or was a citizen of India on or at anytime after 26/1/1950 is eligible for registration as OCI. (except Pakistan or Bangladesh).
GSAT – are India’s indigenoursly developed technologies of communications satellites, used for digital audio, data & video broadcasting.

INSAT - is a series of multipurpose geo stationary satellites launched by ISRO to satisfy telecommunications, broadcasting, meteorology, search & rescue operations.


General points –

  1. 2022 Asian Games will be organized at China

  2. Gaofen – 9 is china’s most advanced observation satellite

  3. 55th national open athletics championship

  4. Amogha – 1 is the 2nd generation anti tank guided missile, indigenously developed by Bharat Dyanamics limited.

  5. DRDO’S lifetime achievement award for 2015 is V S Arunachalam

  6. Arvind panagariya appointed as the Sherpa for G – 20 talks

  7. South Asian annual disaster management exercise in 2015 in India

  8. INS Trikand visited UK to participate in annual Indo UK Navy exercise Konkan

  9. Government released commemorative postal stamp on BR Ambedkar

  10. RBI will issue coins of 5 rupees golden jubilee year of Indo Pak war 1965.

  11. Seychelles admitted as 161st member of WTO IN 2015

  12. Government launched Swavlamban health insurance scheme for people with disabilities
  13. India ranked 81st in global innovation index 2015


  14. Mission Indradhanush targets to immunize all children against 7 vaccine preventable disease namely Diptheria Pertussis, tetanus, TB, Polio, Hepatitis B, Measles

  15. Indian scientist successfully deployed Ind ARC, the country first multi sensor moored observatory in the north pole (designed by national centre for Antarctic & ocean research & national institute of ocean technology.




AUGUST 2015

ECONOMY


NEWS (INDIA AND WORLD)

1. RBI decided to put into circulation 10 rupees coins

to commemorate the International Day of Yoga.

2. China‘s central bank devaluate its currency yuan by

3. The Employees‘ Provident Fund Organisation

(EPFO), for the first time since its inception in

1951, would invest in equities with a corpus of

Rs.5,000 crore initially through SBI Mutual Fund.

4.Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the Prime

Minister of Sri Lanka. He was administered the oath

of office by President Maithripala

Sirisena. Wickremesinghe had served the country

as its Prime Minister on three occasions.

5. Om Prakash Rawat was appointed as the Election

Commissioner of India.

6. Bangladesh novelist Zia Haider Rahman won the

James Tait Black award 2015 for his debut novel

In the Light of What We Know.

7. President of India, Pranab Mukherjee presented the

24th Saraswati Sammaan for the year 2014 to Dr.

M Veerappa Moily, Member of Parliament (Lok

Sabha) in New Delhi. He received the award for his

epic Sri Ramayana Mahanveshanam written in

Kannada.

8. Mathematician Doctor Amalendu Krishna won the

Ramanujan Prize for year 2015.


9. Helena Ndume of Namibia and Jorge Sampaio of

Portugal were awarded with the first

-ever Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize by the United Nations.

10. PM launched Deendayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana on 25 July 2015.

11. Tunisia designated as 16th major Non NATO ally (MNNA).
SEPTEMBER 2015
1. The Union Government decided to appoint Arvind

Panagariya, Vice President of NITI Aayog, as the

Sherpa for the 2015 G - 20 Summit. The Summit

will take place in Antalya, Turkey in November

2015.

2. PV Chandran was elected as President of the


Indian Newspaper Society for the year 2015

3. Professor Ramesh Chand appointed as a full

- time member of NITI (National Institution for

Transforming India) Aayog. He is also a member

of a task force on agriculture development under Niti Aayog which is formulating strategies to give

a boost to the agriculture sector.

4. Novak Djokovic, the world‟s top ranked tennis

player appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador of

the United Nations Children‟s Fund.

5. Eminent Hindi writer Dr Kamal Kishore Goenka

was conferred with 24th Vyaas Samman for the

year 2014. He was awarded for his work

'Premchand ki Kahaniyon ka Kaal

Kramanusaar Adhyayan'.

6. Short story writer and novelist Jhumpa Lahiri was

awarded with the 2014 National Humanities

Medal by the White House, United States.

7. President Pranab Mukherjee conferred Gandhi

Peace Prize for the year 2014 on Indian Space

Research Organization.

8. India won the UNESCO prize Award of Excellence

2015 for the conserving the Sree Vadakkunnathan

Temple of Kerala.

9. The Waterman of India Rajendra Singh was

conferred with the 2015 Stockholm Water Prize.

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

10. Kolkata Port was adjudged as the „Major Port of

the Year‟ amongst 12 major ports in the country

for the year 2014.

11. National Sports Day was celebrated on the 29 August 2015 across the country. On this occasion, President Pranab Mukherjee conferred National Sports and Adventure Awards in New Delhi. Sania Mirza (Tennis) was conferred with Rajiv Gandhi

Khel Ratna. (2nd tennis player after Leander Paes).The prestigious award was won by shooter Ronjan Sodhi in 2014. Naval Singh

(athletics – para - sports), Anoop singh (wrestling), Harbans Singh (athletics-lifetime), Swatantar Raj Singh (Boxing-life time) and Nihar Ameen (Swimming -lifetime) were the winners of

Dronacharaya Awards. Seventeen people were conferred with Arjuna Awards including Sandeep Kumar (archery), Rohit Sharma (cricket), Jitu Rai (Shooting) and Babita Kumari (wrestling). Romeo

James (hockey), Shiv Prakash Mishra (tennis) and TPP Nair (volleyboll) were conferred with Dhyan Chand Awards.

12. Acharya Dev Vrat was sworn

- in as the Governor of the Himachal Pradesh.

13. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Ireland on

23 September 2015. He is the first Prime Minister

of India to visit Ireland in 59 years. During his

visit, Modi held discussions with Prime Minister

Enda Kenny of Ireland.

14. Swami Dayanand Saraswati, died in his ashram in

Rishikesh.

15. (COP - 21) of the UNFCC to be held in Paris in

December 2015. UNFCC stands for United

Nations Framework Convention on Climate

Change (UNFCCC).

OCTOBER 2015
1.Two mountaineers Arjun Vajpai and Bhupesh

Kumar in third week of October 2015 created

history by becoming first people to climb 6180

meter high unnamed peak in Himachal’s Spiti

Valley. The duo named the peak as Mout Kalam, in

honour of former President of India, Dr. Abdul

Kalam.

2. Nobel Peace Prize winner of 2014 Kailash


Satyarthi was conferred with the 2015

Humanitarian of the Year Award. The award is

given annually by the Harvard Foundation for

Intercultural and Race Relations of the Harvard

University.

3. Jamaican writer Marlon James won the 2015 Man

Booker Prize for Fiction for his novel A Brief

History of Seven Killings.

4. Micro economist born in Edinburgh Angus Deaton

won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Economics. He was

awarded for his analysis of consumption, poverty,

and welfare.

5. Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet won the Nobel

Peace Prize 2015. It was awarded for its decisive

contribution to the building of a pluralistic

democracy in Tunisia in the wake of Jasmine

revolution of 2011.

6. A R Rehman was chosen for the 2015 Hridaynath

Mangeskar Award.

7. Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich was

awarded with the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature

for her polyphonic writings, a monument to

suffering and courage in our time.

8. Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar were

jointly awarded with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

for having mapped how cells repair damaged DNA

and safeguard the genetic information at a

molecular level. Tomas Lindahl is from the Francis

Crick Institute, UK; Paul Modrich is from Duke

University School of Medicine, USA and Aziz Sancar

belongs to University of North Carolina School of

Medicine, USA.

9. Japan's Takaaki Kajita and American Arthur B.

McDonald jointly won the 2015 Nobel Prize in

Physics for their discovery of neutrino oscillations,

which shows that neutrinos have mass.

10. German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited India

between 4 October and 6 October 2015.

P M Modi and Chancellor Merkel held

discussions on a wide range of issues of mutual

interest, including deepening bilateral engagement

in defence, security, education, renewable

energy, skill development and agriculture. Indo

- German Summit 2015 was held in Bengaluru on 6 October

2015.

11. Kalvari the first ship of scorpene class submarine being manufactured at Mazgaon Dock Shipbuilders ltd was set afloat in Mumbai naval dockyard.


12. the 99th constitutional amendment struck down as unconstitutional by the SC. Collegium system regains.

13. Indian Navy recently commissioned its first indigenously built torpedo launch vessel named INS Ashtradharini

14. Raj Chengappa, group editorial director of India Today was elected president of the Editors Guild of India.

15. AMogha – I an indigenously developed 2nd generatiuon anti tank missile with a strike range of 2.8 km was successfully test fired twice at Babina army range (MP)

16. The 10th world Hindi conference organized in Bhopal organized by ministry of external affairs. ‘hindi jagat: vistar evam sambhavnain’ was the theme of the conference.

17. Jacob Tsimerman of the university of Toronto has been selected for 2015 SASTRA Ramanujan prize, given by university in TN ( to recognize outstanding contributions by young mathematicians to areas influenced by Srinivasa Ramanujan.

18. world statistics day was observed on 20th October with the theme ‘Better data, better lives’.

19. Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has been awarded 2015 confucius peace prize by china.


NOVEMBER 2015

1. Harshavardhan Neotia, Chairman of Ambuja Neotia

group, was elected as the President of industry body

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and

Industry (FICCI) for the year 2016.

2.The President of India Pranab Mukherjee appointed

Justice Tirath Singh Thakur as the 43rd Chief Justice of

India.

3. Dr Raghuram Rajan, Governor of RBI was elected as the

Vice - Chairman on the Board of Directors of Bank for

International Settlements. He became the first Indian

to be elected to this position.

4.Sunil Kanoria was appointed as the President of The

Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry of India

(ASSOCHAM).

5. Renowned Indian nuclear scientist Shekhar Basu took

over the posts of Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission

and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy.

6. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

was chosen for the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace,

Disarmament and Development for 2015.

7. Liberian teenager Abraham M Keita was awarded with

the prestigious International Children’s Peace Prize

2015.


8. 21 November to 24 November 2015, Modi participated

in ASEAN Business and Investment Summit and met

with the heads/leaders of ASEAN states.

9. World Economic Forum released the Global Gender

Gap Report 2015. India stood at the 108th

position. Top 5 countries with high gender equality are

Iceland (1), Norway (2), Finland (3), Sweden (4) and

Ireland (5).

10. eminent Gandhian social worker Rajagopal PV has been selected for 29th Indira Gandhi award for National integration for the year 2013 & 2014 for the services in promoting harmony in the country.

11. india successfully launched the first space research observatory named ASTROSAT. India joined elite space club comprising the US, Russia, Japan, Europe to have own space research observatory.

12. cabinet approved double taxation treaty with Turkmenistan

13. India was re – elected by the general assembly to a 6 year term on UN commission on international trade Law (UNCITRAL)

14. HRD ministry launched 3 web portals – e pathshala, shaala siddhi for school evaluation, saransh to identify areas of improvement in students.

15. cyclone megh struck the Eastern shores of the Yemini island of Socotra.

16. world Science day for peace & development was celebrated by UNESCO to raise awareness of benefits of science worldwide. The theme for 2015 is science for a sustainable future.

17. world Pneumonia day on 12 November with theme ‘every breath counts : stop pneumonia now.


DECEMBER 2016

1.Miss Phillippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach crowned Miss universe 2015.

2. Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan was launched on December 3 (international day of person with disabilities)

3. China hosted their first BRICS media summit for creating media platform for the 5 emerging economies.

4.construction of TAPI (Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India) gas pipeline project began.



5.India has been placed at 130th position in the medium human development category. According to Human development report 2015

JANUARY 2016

  • Syed Akbaruddin became India’s envoy to the UNO

  • The national socialist council of Nagaland khaplang as terrorist outfits.

  • Renowned music maestro Ilayaraja was honoured with Centenary award for personality of the year at IFFI 2015 in Goa.

  • Indian navy got an indigenously built an anti submarine corvette named INS Kadmatt. It has been named after an island in the Lakshwadeep.

  • Pankaj Advani clinched IBSF world snooker title 2015

  • Iceland topped the global gender gap index -2015. Report was prepared by world economic forum. Norway & Finland secured 2nd & 3rd respectively. India stood at 108th.

  • Emoji has been declared oxford dictionary’s word of the year.

  • UN declared 2016 as the International year of pulses.
  • Union cabinet approved new scheme Ujwal DISCOM assurance yojana or UDAY. Which provides revival of power distribution companies.

  • Competition commission of India fined 3 airways namely Jet airways, Indigo, Spicejet guilty of colluding in fixing fuel surcharge rates for transporting cargo.

  • Online ‘e – lala’ launched to safeguard interest of small traders.




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