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Daily Current Affairs Updates: 18 September 2014

1) Richard Verma named new US ambassador to India: Indian-American Richard Rahul Verma was nominated by US President Barack Obama as the next ambassador to India. The move that comes ahead of PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the US next week is being seen as a positive signal since the US embassy is being headed by charge d’affaires Kathleen Stephens since June this year. Verma’s confirmation, however, is expected to take a while due to the current political situation in the US.

2) Li Na Announced Retirement From Tennis: Li Na, Asia's biggest tennis star, said she is retiring from the sport, capping a career in which she became the first Asian woman to win a Grand Slam, as well as an iconoclastic personality that made her one of China's most marketable sports stars. The 32-year-old said in statements via her verified Chinese social-media microblog and Facebook that four surgeries on her knees to heal pain and swelling had taken their toll, including the most recent in July on her left knee. "My chronic injuries will never again let me be the tennis player that I can be," she wrote.

3) Sardar Singh to be India's flag bearer at Asian Games opening ceremony: Ending the suspense over who would be the Indian contingent's flag bearer at 17th Asian Games opening ceremony in SOuth Korea, men's hockey team captain Sardar Singh was bestowed with the honour. "The flag bearer will be Sardar Singh, captain of the men's hockey team. Actually all the people were asked and we have been trying to ask the coaches about who is available. They all have matches the next day or the day after and none wanted to stand outside the stadium from 12 noon to 4 pm (before the parade). Sardar does not have a match. He was happy to do so," said Chef-de-Mission Adille Sumariwalla.

4) Xi Jinping announces new route to Kailash-Mansarovar: Chinese President Xi Jinping made a special announcement on opening a new route for pilgrims to Kailash-Mansarovar in the Tibetan Autonomous Region. Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked Mr. Xi on behalf of the people of India and said the gesture will enable a higher number of pilgrims to visit the shrine and will be especially beneficial to older pilgrims. India and China signed 13 agreements even as the two leaders called for a speedy border resolution process.

5) International Economic Association appointed Kaushik Basu as President-Elect: The International Economic Association (IEA) on 16 September 2014 appointed Kaushik Basu as president-elect of the association beginning September 2014. However, he will continue to serve as Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of World Bank. This will be the second time that an Indian will be heading this association that produces a large number of research papers and books and organizes round tables on topics of contemporary interest. Amartya Sen became the first Indian to join IEA.

6) Le Yucheng is China's New Ambassador to India: China appointed Le Yucheng as its ambassador to India, a day ahead of President Xi Jinping's maiden visit to the country. The President appointed Le as the country's envoy, replacing Wei Wei, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted a statement from the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislative body.

7) Leonardo DiCaprio appointed as UN Messenger of Peace: Academy Award-nominated actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio has been designated the United Nations Messenger of Peace by UN chief Ban Ki-moon, with a special focus on climate change.

8) Naseeruddin Shah released his autobiography And then One Day: A Memoir: Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah on 12 September 2014 released his autobiography And then One Day: A Memoir. And Then One Day is the poignant and inspiring memoir of the acclaimed Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah. The autobiography depicts his extraordinary journey from a feudal village near Meerut, to Catholic schools in Nainital and Ajmer, and finally to stage and film fame in Mumbai.
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August 2014 Complete Current Affairs PDF

Friends.. Here is the monthly Current Affairs PDF of August 2014. This will be a very useful reference for upcoming Bank Exams and other competitive Exams. We have tried our best to cover all the happenings from August 2014. You can download the PDF from the below link. Do comment your suggestions for further improvement.

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Sep 21, 2014

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Current Affairs Questions September 2014 First Week

1) Former Chief Justice of India, Palaniswamy Sathasivam was appointed as the new Governor of which state on 3 September 2014?
Ans. Kerala

2) President Pranab Mukherjee on 3 September 2014 cleared the appointment of whom as the 42nd Chief Justice of India?
Ans. Justice H L Dattu

Note: Justice Dattu will become the Chief Justice of India after the retirement of CJI R.M. Lodha on 27 September 2014. He would hold the post until his retirement on 2 December 2015.

3) Which team won the inaugural title of the Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League on 31 August 2014?
Ans. Jaipur Pink Panther (JPP)
Note: It is owned by Abhisek Bachchan. They defeated U Mumba 35-24 in the final at the NSCI Stadium in Mumbai.

4) Who recently became the first Indian actor to be honored with a postage stamp by the US Post Service (USPS)?
Ans. Indian Telugu Actor, Akkineni Nageswara Rao.
Note: The stamp will be issued on the birth anniversary of Nageshwara Rao that is on 20 September 2014 in Dallas Texas.

5) Who became the first Spaniard to win World Badminton Championship on 31 August 2014?
Ans. Carolina Marin
Note: The World Badminton Championship was held in Copenhagen, Denmark. Carolina won women’s singles titles by defeating world number one Li Xuerui of china.

6) Who was named Junior Men Player of the Year by Asian Hockey Federation on 31 August 2014?
Ans. Manpreet Singh

7) Name the former Attorney General of India who died of a heart attack in Mumbai on 2 September 2014?
Ans. Goolam Essaji Vahanvati

8) Name the Indo-Nepal joint military exercise which was concluded on 31 August 2014 at Pithoragarh?Visit:
Ans. Surya Kiran-VII

9) Union Government on 4 September 2014 approved ....... percent hike in Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners?
Ans. 7 %

10) The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee on 3 September 2014 released a set of eight Commemorative Postage Stamps on?
Ans. Indian Musicians

11) Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 3 September 2014 constituted a  panel under whom to assess the amount of unclaimed deposits in the PPF accounts and Post Office saving schemes?
Ans. H R Khan
Note: H R Khan is the Deputy Governor of RBI.

12) Sania Mirza and along with which player on 5 September 2014 won the Mixed Doubles trophy of the US Open Tennis 2014?
Ans. Bruno Soares of Brazil

13) Name India's largest naval offshore patrol vessel (NOPV) which was commissioned into Indian Navy on 4 September 2014?
Ans. INS Sumitra

14) Which country on 31 August 2014 defeated Australia for the first time in 31 years in the one-day match played at the Harare Sports Club recently?
Ans. Zimbabwe

15) Name the first Women directors in IIT council?
Ans. Tessy Thomas and Vijayalakshmi Ravindranath
Note: They were appointed on 1 September 2014. IIT Council is the apex body of 16 IITs. Tessy Thomas is the Project Director for Agni-IV missile in Defence Research and Development Organisation.

16) Union Government on 2 September 2014 constituted a high-level committee to review five environment laws. Who will head the committee?
Ans. Cabinet Secretary T S R Subramanian

17) India-Japan Annual Summit 2014 was held at?
Ans. Tokyo, Japan
Note: The Summit was held during the Prime Minister Narendra Modi five-day visit to Japan from 30 August - 3 September 2014.

18) Which player was selected to lead Indian women's hockey team in Asian Games 2014?
Ans. Ritu Rani

19) India won the 5-match One-Day International (ODI) series played against England by 3-1 recently. Who was adjudged the Man-of-the-Series?
Ans. Suresh Raina

20) Who was appointed as first women chairperson of Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) on 4 September 2014?
Ans. Chandrakala Padia

21) The revived Nalanda University on 1 September 2014 started its first session with 15 students in its makeshift campus at which place?
Ans. Buddhist pilgrim town of Rajgir, about 100 km from Patna.

22) Which parliament reappointed Abdullah al-Thinni as the Prime Minister on 1 September 2014?Visit:
Ans. Libya

23) Which state became the first State in the country to launch a Health Adalat?
Ans. Karnataka

24) Name the renowned Telugu filmmaker nicknamed Bapu who died on 31 August 2014 in Chennai?
Ans. Sattiraju Lakshminarayana

25) Which state high court banned animal sacrifice at any place of public religious worship on 1 September 2014?
Ans. Himachal Pradesh.

26) Saina Nehwal on 1 September 2014 decided to train under new coach?
Ans. Vimal Kumar
Note: She decided to split with the national head coach Pullela Gopichand.

27) Which country recently unveiled plans to issue world’s first digital currency?
Ans. Ecuador

28) Who recently set a world record in the women's hammer throw at the Internationales Stadionfest (ISTAF) Berlin Athletics meet at Berlin's Olympic stadium in Germany?
Ans. Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland

29) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on 4 September 2014 formally announced that the new capital of Andhra Pradesh as?
Ans. Vijayawada

30) Who won the gold medal for the third time at the IWF World Masters Weightlifting Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark recently?
Ans. Indian Army's Lt Colonel Sudhakar Jayant
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Postal Exam : Update as on September 20, 2014

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Sep 19, 2014

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Current Affairs Updates : 17 September 2014

1) Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives for three-day India visit: Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Ahmedabad on Wednesday on a three-day visit, which is expected to define the relationship between the two neighbours who have had a troubled past. Jinping, who arrived here from Sri Lanka, was welcomed by Gujarat Governor O P Kohli and Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, as well as the state Cabinet ministers. The Chinese President is accompanied by his wife Peng Liyuan. He is the first important foreign dignitary to begin his India visit from Gujarat.

2) Boxer Manoj Kumar to finally get Arjuna Award: Forced to take the legal route after being denied the honour initially, Indian boxer Manoj Kumar will be bestowed the Arjuna Award as the sports ministry has finally accepted his nomination. Manoj, a 2010 Commonwealth Games gold-medallist, told that he was informed of the ministry's decision this morning. The controversial recommendation of boxer Jai Bhagwan for the Arjuna Awards had led to Manoj approaching the sports ministry officials, who, he said, had assured him that his name would be added to a list of 15 athletes in a review meeting.

3) Indonesia set to be awarded 2018 Asian Games: Indonesia is poised to be selected as the host of the next Asian Games in 2018 after Vietnam withdrew because of financial concerns. The decision will be formally ratified at an OCA General Assembly in South Korea on Saturday but OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah told that there was an agreement in place to give the multi-sports event to Jakarta. Sheikh Ahmad acknowledged that Hanoi's pullout had posed problems the OCA had never faced before, but they had not been left in the lurch for long.

4) Lalitha Kumaramangalam appointed NCW chairperson: The Union Ministry of Women andChild Development has appointed BJP national executive member Lalitha Kumaramangalam as the new chief of the National Commission for Women (NCW). Hours after the Union Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Menaka Gandhi announced her appointment Ms. Kumaramangalam spoke of her keenness to mainstream the gender issue in a holistic manner. Ms. Kumaramangalam also stressed on creating an atmosphere of “respect” for women. She said while there are many terms like “empowerment, autonomy and freedom” used to vis-à-vis gender issues and equality, there is need to ensure that women are treated with respect.

5) Advani Appointed Chairman of Ethics Committee of Lok Sabha: Veteran BJP leader and former Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani, who was sidelined totally in the NDA government and the BJP, finally bagged a post in Parliament. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Monday appointed L K Advani as the Chairman of the Lok Sabha Committee on Ethics, which oversees the moral and ethical conduct of its members. Advani was recently removed from the party Parliamentary Board and party Central Election Committee. Interestingly enough, the Speaker had recently appointed L K Advani as a member of the Standing Committee on Information Technology headed by one of the youngest members of his party, Anurag Thakur. Advani will also be a part of the Committee on Public Undertakings headed by the BJP’s Shanta Kumar.

6) Rajasthan first state to ratify Judicial Appointments Bill: Rajasthan on Wednesday became the first State to ratify the National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2014 which was passed by Parliament last month. The Bill needs to be endorsed by at least 15 States before it can be sent for Presidential assent and brought into effect. The 121st Constitutional Amendment was also adopted by the House simultaneously.

Sep 18, 2014

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Daily Current Affairs: 16 September 2014

1) Set back for BJP in bypoll results:  It was bad news for the Bharatiya Janata Party in the Assembly by-elections in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat. These were the states that the BJP had swept in the Lok Sabha polls four months ago. The party which is ruling at the Centre lost 13 of the 24 seats held by it. Also, the polls were seen as yet another test of popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Reverses in the bypolls has come after the party's disappointing performance in the Assembly by-elections in Bihar, Uttarakhand, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh in the last two months.

2) International Day for preservation of Ozone Layer observed: The International Day for the preservation of the Ozone Layer was observed on 16 September 2014. The day marks the commemoration of the date of signing of the Montreal Protocol in 1987 on substances that deplete theOzone layer. The theme for 2014 is Ozone Layer Protection: The Mission Goes On.

3) USA won FIBA Basketball World Cup 2014: USA on 14 September 2014 won FIBA Basketball World Cup 2014 by defeating Serbia. The World Cup was held at Madrid, Spain. The United States became the third country to win consecutive world titles and extended its winning streak in international play to 63 games. The win margin of 33 points through nine games with total score of 129-92 made the team of USAworld Leader. With this, the American team became the first national team to win by more than 20 points in any previous FIBA championship event.

4) Ambani tops Hurun India Rich List again: The stock market boom and a slight strengthening of the rupee have helped drive up the number of dollar billionaires in the country to record highs, according to the Hurun India Rich List for 2014. The number has risen to 109, up from 63 last year and 59 the year before, according to the listings made available on Tuesday. Mukesh Ambani held on to his position as the richest man in India with a fortune of Rs.1.65 lakh crore, up 37 per cent from last year. 

5) Sachin Tendulkar Named for Giants International Awards: Cricket maestro and Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar and Bollywood danseuse Helen are among this year's Giants International awardees, according to an announcement. Tendulkar will get the award for lifetime achievement in sports while Helen Salim Khan will be honoured for her lifetime contribution to films. The awards shall be given away by the Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah at a function Wednesday. The other awardees include Urvi Piramal (Business & Industry), Hemant Thacker (Medicine), Kulinkant Luthia (Social Service), Bahubali Shah (Journalism), Anu Malik (Music) and Patangrao Kadam (Education).

6) Meghalaya boy wins bronze in World Kickboxing Championship: Edward Mawthoh, a junior from Meghalaya, has bagged a bronze medal at the World Kickboxing Championship 2014 held in Italy recently. Mawthoh competed in the 48kg category of the Under-16 full contact sports, which was held from September 6-14 at Rimini, where he bagged a bronze, Meghalaya Association of Kickboxing Organisations (MAKO) secretary Larry P Warjri said.

Sep 17, 2014

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Indian History Questions and Answers for Govt. Exams

Indian History Questions Answers

1. What was the time period of Indus Civilization / Harappan Civilization ?
a.2400 BC - 1700 BC
b.2400 BC - 1750 BC
c.2500 BC - 1700 BC
d.2500 BC - 1750 BC

2. Which was the largest site of Indus Civilization ?
a. Mohenjodaro
b. Lothal
c. Chanhudaro
d. Dholavira

3. Which was the largest Indian site of Indus Civilization ?
a. Mohenjodaro
b. Lothal
c. Chanhudaro
d. Dholavira

4. Indus people were first to produce cotton in the world ?

5. Which two Indus sites found in Afghanistan ?
a. Lothal and Daimabad
b. Shatughai and Dainabad
c. Shatughai and Mundigaq
d. Mundigaq and Daimabad

6. Which was the ancient port of Indus Civilization ?

7. Vedic Culture was from
a.1500 BC to 600 BC
b.1450 BC to 550 BC
c.1400 BC to 500 BC
d.1300 BC to 400 BC


1.d.2500 BC - 1750 BC
2.a. Mohenjodaro
3.d. Dholavira
4.a. TRUE
5.c. Shatughai and Mundigaq
7.a.1500 BC to 600 BC
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Daily Current Affairs Updates: 15 September 2014

1) KK Paul sworn in as Manipur Governor: Meghalaya Governor K K Paul was sworn in as acting Governor of Manipur. Manipur Chief Justice Laxmi Kant Mahapatra administered the oath of office and secrecy to Paul during a function at Raj Bhavan, which was attended by Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh, his cabinet colleagues and high civil and police officials.

2) Arnold Schwarzenegger Meets Jayalalithaa in Chennai: Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger had a blockbuster meeting with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in Chennai. The 67-year-old actor met Ms Jayalalithaa for a half an hour at the state Secretariat. After the meeting he tweeted, "It was fantastic to sit down with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa before our event tonight and talk about her state's success and challenges. That's the advantage of being an actor who was also a Governor!"

3) Google launched Android One phones in India at Rs 6,399: Google has launched in India the first smartphones under its Android One project, pricing them at Rs 6,399 ($105) to capture the low-cost segment of the world's fastest growing smartphone market. The Mountain View-Based company tied up with Indian mobile players Micromax, Karbonn and Spice Mobiles to launch the affordable phones, which are powered by its Android operating system and aimed at emerging markets.

4) Axis Bank launched e-surveillance facility at ATM location: Axis Bank, India’s third largest private sector bank, announced the launch of e-surveillance facility, a service that allows a 24x7, 365 days centrally monitored automated security of ATMs. Under the e-surveillance facility, the ATM premises of Axis Bank will be monitored 24x7 from a centralised security operation centre. An immediate alert will be activated in case of detection of any unauthorised activity at the ATM site. In the event of any unauthorised activity at the ATM location, an immediate hooter alert will instantaneously propel a two way communication between the officials at the security operation center and the alleged intruders, through mike, speakers and CCTV system. Simultaneously, the system would also alert the local Police station and nearby on road Patrolling Officer about the incident, the bank said in a statement.

5) Andhra Pradesh holds country's first e-cabinet meet: Ushering in paperless cabinet, Andhra Pradesh on Monday held e-cabinet meeting. I-pads and power point presentation replaced the papers as tech-savy Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu presided over the meeting, billed as thr first such exercise by any state cabinet in the country. The e-cabinet e-meeting was held to mark 100 days of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in power in the state. According to officials, the cabinet agenda was sent to the ministers in advance through e-mail. Naidu asked all ministers to come to the meet with i-pads.

Sep 16, 2014

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List of Maharatna, Navratna Miniratna Companies

List of Maharatna, Navratna and Miniratna CPSEs As per available information(as on 14 Sep 2014)


Maharatna CPSEsmaharatna
+ Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited
+ Coal India Limited
+ GAIL (India) Limited
+ Indian Oil Corporation Limited
+ NTPC Limited
+ Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Limited
+ Steel Authority of India Limited

Navratna CPSEsnavratna-companies
+ Bharat Electronics Limited
+ Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited
+ Container Corporation of India Limited
+ Engineers India Limited
+ Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
+ Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited
+ Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited
+ National Aluminium Company Limited
+ National Buildings Construction Corporation Limited
+ NMDC Limited
+ Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited
+ Oil India Limited
+ Power Finance Corporation Limited
+ Power Grid Corporation of India Limited
+ Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited
+ Rural Electrification Corporation Limited
+ Shipping Corporation of India Limited

Miniratna Category - I CPSEs
+ Airports Authority of India
+ Antrix Corporation Limited
+ Balmer Lawrie & Co. Limited
+ Bharat Dynamics Limited
+ BEML Limited
+ Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited
+ Bridge & Roof Company (India) Limited
+ Central Warehousing Corporation
+ Central Coalfields Limited
+ Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited
+ Cochin Shipyard Limited
+ Dredging Corporation of India Limited
+ Kamarajar Port Limited
+ Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited
+ Goa Shipyard Limited
+ Hindustan Copper Limited
+ HLL Lifecare Limited
+ Hindustan Newsprint Limited
+ Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited
+ Housing & Urban Development Corporation Limited
+ India Tourism Development Corporation Limited
+ Indian Rare Earths Limited
+ Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation Limited
+ IRCON International Limited
+ KIOCL Limited
+ Mazagaon Dock Limited
+ Mahanadi Coalfields Limited
+ Manganese Ore (India) Limited
+ Mangalore Refinery & Petrochemical Limited
+ Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited
+ MMTC Limited
+ MSTC Limited
+ National Fertilizers Limited
+ National Seeds Corporation Limited
+ NHPC Limited
+ Northern Coalfields Limited
+ North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited
+ Numaligarh Refinery Limited
+ ONGC Videsh Limited
+ Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited
+ Projects & Development India Limited
+ Railtel Corporation of India Limited
+ Rail Vikas Nigam Limited
+ Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Limited
+ RITES Limited
+ SJVN Limited
+ Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Limited
+ South Eastern Coalfields Limited
+ State Trading Corporation of India Limited
+ Telecommunications Consultants India Limited
+ THDC India Limited
+ Western Coalfields Limited
+ WAPCOS Limited

Miniratna Category-II CPSEs
+ Bharat Pumps & Compressors Limited
+ Broadcast Engineering Consultants (I) Limited
+ Central Mine Planning & Design Institute Limited
+ Central Railside Warehouse Company Limited
+ Ed.CIL (India) Limited
+ Engineering Projects (India) Limited
+ FCI Aravali Gypsum & Minerals India Limited
+ Ferro Scrap Nigam Limited
+ HMT (International) Limited
+ HSCC (India) Limited
+ India Trade Promotion Organisation
+ Indian Medicines & Pharmaceuticals Corporation Limited
+ M E C O N Limited
+ Mineral Exploration Corporation Limited
+ National Film Development Corporation Limited
+ National Small Industries Corporation Limited
+ P E C Limited
+ Rajasthan Electronics & Instruments Limited 
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Daily Current Affairs: 14 September 2014

1) Hindi Diwas observed across India on 14 September: Hindi Diwas was celebrated across India on 14 September for commemorating the occasion of adoption of Hindi as the official language of Constituent Assembly on 14 September 1949. On the occasion, Rajbhasha Awards were conferred upon the Ministries, Departments, PSUs and Nationalised Banks. On 14 September 1949, Hindi was adopted as an official language of the Constituent Assembly. The decision of using Hindi as the official language was ratified by the Constitution of India that came into effect on 26 January 1950. Under the Article 343 of the Indian Constitution, the Devanagri script of Hindi was adopted as the official language.

2) HS Prannoy wins Indonesian Masters Grand Prix Gold title: Kerala shuttler HS Prannoy defeated local lad Firman Abdul Kholik 21-11, 22-20 in Palembang on Sunday to win the Indonesian Masters Grand Prix Gold title, his first in the senior ranks. The hard-hitting shuttler took just 43 minutes to dispatch Kholik and come as the title did a week after his runner-up finish in Vietnam, Prannoy was excited.

3) Educationist Kireet Joshi passed away: Eminent educationist and former education adviser to the Union government Kireet Joshi passed away on Sunday after battling cancer. He was 83. In 1976 the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi appointed him as the educational adviser to the Government of India. He was instrumental in redesigning and redrafting of the Bill for Vishwa Bharati University, Shantiniketan. He is also credited with seeding the idea of the Indira Gandhi National Open University as also of Pondicherry University. He served as the Educational Adviser to the Gujarat Chief Minister from 2008 to 2010.

4) Pranab Mukherjee arrived in Vietnam on four-day state visit:  President Pranab Mukherjee arrived on a four-day state visit to strategically important Vietnam during which he will hold talks with the country's top leadership and the two nations will ink pacts in key areas of oil exploration and air connectivity.

Sep 15, 2014

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13 September 2014: Daily Current Affairs for Exams

1) Peaceful by-polls held in 10 states with moderate to high balloting: Moderate to heavy turnout was reported in the biggest democratic exercise in India since the April-May general election as three parliamentary and 33 assembly constituencies spanning 10 states went for by-polls Saturday. The elections - regarded as a test of popularity of the respective state governments as also of the Bharatiya Janata Party which held many of these seats - were generally peaceful. The elections to the three Lok Sabha constituencies became necessary after three political stalwarts - Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao - resigned from Vadodara (Gujarat), Mainpuri (Uttar Pradesh) and Medak (Telangana) respectively.

2) Champions League T20 2014 starts: As many as 12 teams are taking part in the 2014 edition of the Champions League T20, which starts on 13 September. The event is divided into two stages, Qualifiers and Group Stages. Four teams will play against each other and the top two teams will make it to the next round of the Champions League T20. The 10 teams in the group stages will be divided into two groups and they will fight against the teams from the same group to make it to the semifinal. The tournament starts on 13 September and the final will be played on 4 October. The tournament is hosted by India.

3) SC ruled 3 percent quota for disabled persons in all government jobs: The Supreme Court on 12 September 2014 ruled 3 percent quota for disabled persons in all government jobs. A bench headed by Chief Justice R M Lodha said that the disabled people have not got their due in the last 19 years. Despite the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act was passed in 1995. The bench also comprised Justices Kurian Joseph and Rohinton F Nariman. On the other hand, government contended that reservation cannot be given in case of promotion to Group A and Group B officers category as it is not a case of appointment. Further, it claimed that the Persons With Disabilities Act provides for three per cent quota for the differently-abled people.

4) World First Aid Day observed: World First Aid Day was observed on 13 Spetember across the world. This day observed to raise awareness on how first aid can save lives during crisis.

5) Mobile Services partially restored in Jammu Kashmir; free BSNL services for 1 week: Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday said people in flood-hit Kashmir will get free telecom services for a week on BSNL network, and mobile networks have been substantially or partially restored in the valley, except Poonch. 

Of the total 12,306 base transceiver stations (BTS) or mobile towers in J&K, 6,811 were submerged, he said, adding that of these the government has restored 1,208. "People can talk free for a week on BSNL's network in the flood affected areas. We have also requested private telecom operators. They have allowed 60 minutes of free talk time everyday," Prasad said at the press conference marking the first 100 days of in the ministry.

6) ABVP sweeps DUSU polls after 18 years: After a gap of 18 years, BJP's student wing Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad on Saturday swept Delhi University students' union elections, trouncing Congress' NSUI to bag all four positions and credited the triumph to "Modi wave". The ABVP won posts of president, vice president, secretary and joint secretary by comfortable margins, bettering last year's performance when it had lost one of the seats to the National Students' Union of India (NSUI). Mohit Nagar was elected president of DUSU while Pravesh Malik won the elections for vice president's post.

7) Davis Cup: Paes-Bopanna magic keeps India alive as hosts pull one back: Leander Paes yet again turned the clock back in company of Rohan Bopanna as the Indian duo recorded a dramatic come-from-behind 1-6 6-7(4) 6-3 6-3 8-6 win over Serbian pair of Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac to keep home team's chances alive in the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie in Bangalore on Saturday.

8) Telangana govt gives Rs 1 cr to Sania Mirza for US Open win: The Telangana government on Thursday felicitated tennis ace Sania Mirza for her recent victory in the US Open mixed doubles and presented her a cheque of Rs one crore. "Sania, who is the brand ambassador for Telangana, met Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao in Hyderabad, where he appreciated her for winning the title and wished that she win the upcoming China Open and Japan Open as well," a release from the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said.

9) Mars Mission is in the pink of health: ISRO: India's ambitious Mars Orbiter Mission, scheduled to enter the Mars orbit later this month, is in the "pink of health" and sending vital information from a distance of 211 million km after covering 95 per cent of its journey, ISRO said. "MOM keeps sending us vital information about the health of its various modules and measurements from sensors. This is called Telemetry signal. Today's telemetry confirms that MOM is in the pink of health," Indian Space Research Organisation said on its micro-blogging site.
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