Jan 26, 2015

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Complete List of Padma Award 2015 Winners

Central Government on 25 January 2015 on the occasion of 66th Republic Day has announced the Padma Awardees for 2015. 

* Padma Awards - one of the highest civilian Awards of the country, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The Awards are given in various disciplines/ fields of activities, viz.- art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc. ‘Padma Vibhushan’ is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service; ‘Padma Bhushan’ for distinguished service of high order and ‘Padma Shri’ for distinguished service in any field. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year.

* These awards are conferred by the President of India at ceremonial functions which are held at Rashtrapati Bhawan usually around March/ April every year. This year the President of India has approved conferment of Padma Awards to 104 persons as per the list below. The list comprises of 9 Padma Vibhushan, 20 Padma Bhushan and 75 Padma Shri Awardees.  17 of the awardees are women and the list also includes 17 persons from the category of foreigners, NRIs, PIOs and 4 Posthumous awardees.

Here is the list of Padma Vibhushan Award Winners 2015. The complete list of Padma Awards 2015 (Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri) can be viewed/downloaded from the PDF link below.

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Padma Vibhushan

S. No.
Name of the Awardee
Shri L. K. Advani
Public Affairs
Shri Amitabh Bachchan
Shri Prakash Singh Badal
Public Affairs
Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade
Social Work
Shri Mohammad Yusuf Khan alias Dilip Kumar
Shri Jagadguru Ramanandacharya Swami Rambhadracharya
Uttar Pradesh
Prof. Malur Ramaswamy Srinivasan
Science and Engineering  
Tamil Nadu
Shri Kottayan K. Venugopal
Public Affairs
Shri Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan (Foreigner)
Trade and Industry
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January 2015 Current Affairs Second Week

1) Who was appointed as the Vice-Chairman of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog on 5 January 2015? - Arvind Panagariya

2) Who was named as the Business person of the Year for 2014 on 6 January 2015 by Fortune magazine? - Larry Page

3) 102nd Indian Science Congress (ISC) was recently held at? - Mumbai
Note: The theme of the ISC was Science and Technology for Human Development.

4) Name the French satirical weekly magazine in Paris which was attacked by three masked gunmen on 7 January 2015? - Charlie Hebdo

5) Which bank on 7 January 2015 launched contactless credit cards and debits cards called Coral Contactless Credit Card and Expressions Wave Debit Card respectively in India? - ICICI Bank

6) Who has sworn-in as the 7th President of Sri Lanka on 9 January 2015? -Mithripala Sirisena

7) Name the joint venture of Tata-SIA which started its flight operation in India on 9 January 2015? - Vistara Airline

8) Who was on 10 January 2015 appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog with effect from 1 January 2015? - Sindhushree Khullar

9) Which city will host International Hindi Conference in April 2015? -New Jersey

10) Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 5 January 2015 approved to set up the India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) in which state? - Tamil Nadu

11) Who was named as the Brand Ambassador of Andhra Pradesh (AP) health sector on 6 January 2015? - Amitabh Bachchan

12) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 6 January 2015 released a commemorative coin to mark the 175th birth anniversary of which industrialist? - Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata

13) Which airline was named as the world’s safest airline by AirlineRatings.com on 6 January 2015? - Qantas
Note: It is Australia’s national airline.

14) Name the new antibiotic discovered by scientists nearly after two decades? – Teixobactin

15) Which Indian film was on 8 January 2015 nominated for British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards 2015 under non-English best film category? -  Lunchbox

16) Which bank secured its shareholders approval for amalgamation with ING Vysya Bank recently? - Kotak Mahindra Bank
17) Name the Chinese nuclear physicist who was on 9 January 2015 presented with the State Preeminent Science and Technology Award 2014 by Chinese President Xi Jinping? - Yu Min

18) Who presented the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards 2015 to sixteen personalities on 9 January 2015? - Vice President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari

19) Who resigned as Director General of Sports Authority of India (SAI) on 2 January 2015? - Jiji Thomson

20) Board of Control for Cricket in India on 6 January 2015 announced the 15-man squad for the Cricket World Cup 2015. Who will captain the team? - MS Dhoni

21) Which country will host the 42nd World Bridge Championships in Sep-Oct 2015? – India

22) PM Narendra Modi on 8 January 2015 inaugurated a state-of-the-art museum Dandi Kutir at which place? - Gandhinagar, Gujarat

23) Who won 7th Chennai International Open Grandmaster Chess title on 6 January 2015? - Popov Ivan of Russia

24) Who was sworn in as the sixth Governor of Uttarakhand on 8 January 2015? - Krishan Kant Paul

25) Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on 5 January 2015 launched the sale of subsidised 5 kg cooking gas cylinders for BPL families under which scheme? - Free Trade LPG (FTL)

26) Who took charge as Coal India Limited’s full-time Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) on 5 January 2015? - Sutirtha Bhattacharya

27) Who was on 7 January 2015 appointed as the United Nations (UN) Under-Secretary-General, Department of Field Support (DFS)? - Atul Khare

28) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 8 January 2015 released Commemorative Postage Stamps to mark ___ Years of Mahatma Gandhi’s Return from South Africa to India? – 100

29) Who won his maiden National Sub-Junior Billiards title at the BRC Gloster National Billiards & Snooker Championship 2015 recently? - S Shrikrishna

30) Who was elected as the Speaker of Jharkhand Legislative Assembly on 7 January 2015? - Dr. Dinesh Oraon of BJP

31) Which firm launched China's first online bank named WeBank to boost small businesses on 6 January 2015? - Tencent Holdings

32) Governor's rule was recently imposed in which state on 9 January 2015? - Jammu and Kashmir

33) Who was appointed as the Prime Minister of West African nation Mali on 8 January 2015? - Modibo Keita
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Current Affairs Quiz Questions: 24 January 2015

1) Name the Special deposit scheme for girl children launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 22 January 2015?
(A) Sukanya Samriddhi Account
(B) Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Account
(C) Ujjwala Account
(D) Rajya Mahila Samman Account

2) Which session of Parliament is set to begin on February 23, 2015?
(A) Winter Session
(B) Budget Session
(C) Monsoon Session
(D) Summer Session

3) Who among the following joined as full time member of NITI Aayog on 21 January 2015?
(A) Bibek Debroy
(B) Arvind Panagariya
(C) Sindhushree Khullar
(D) Aravind Subramanian

4) Which Union Ministry on 21 January 2015 launched the National Heritage Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) that seeks to preserve and rejuvenate the rich cultural heritage of the country?
(A) Union Ministry of Tourism
(B) Union Ministry of Culture
(C) Union Ministry of Home Affairs
(D) Union Ministry of Urban Development

5) South Korean steel major Posco and state-run SAIL recently decided to jointly set up a 3-million-tonne integrated plant in which state, with an estimated investment of about Rs 18,000 crore?
(A) Gujarat
(B) Bihar
(C) Jharkhand
(D) Andhra Pradesh

6) __th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival began on 21 January 2015?
(A) 6th
(B) 8th
(C) 12th
(D) 7th

7) Which company topped global vehicle sales in 2014 as per report released recently?
(A) Toyota Motor
(B) General Motors
(C) Volkswagen
(D) Maruti Suzuki

8) Who among the following is the chairman of the committee that has submitted its report on restructuring of Food Corporation of India, recently?
(A) TSR Subramanian
(B) Bimal Jalan
(C) Ashok Kumar Mathur
(D) Shanta Kumar 

9) Jhumpa Lahiri's which book won 2015 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature on 22 January 2015?
(A) The Namesake
(B) Interpreter of Maladies
(C) The Lowland
(D) The White Tiger

10) PM Modi launched 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' campaign on 22 January 2015 at which place?
(A) Idukki, Kerala
(B) Gandhinagar, Gujarat
(C) Panipat, Haryana
(D) Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir


1) Ans. (A) Sukanya Samriddhi Account
2) Ans. (B) Budget Session
3) Ans. (A) Bibek Debroy
4) Ans. (D) Union Ministry of Urban Development
5) Ans. (C) Jharkhand
6) Ans. (B) 8th
7) Ans. (A) Toyota Motor
8) Ans. (D) Shanta Kumar
9) Ans. (C) The Lowland
10) Ans. (C) Panipat, Haryana
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Important Current Affairs Updates: 23 January 2015

1) Saudi Arabia King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz died: Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah died on 23 January 2015 and his brother Salman became king, the royal court in the world's top oil exporter and birthplace of Islam said in a statement carried by state television. King Salman has named his half-brother Muqrin as his crown prince and heir. Abdullah, thought to have been born in 1923, had ruled Saudi Arabia as king since 2006. 

2) Nation remembered Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his birth anniversary: 23 January is the birth anniversary of veteran freedom fighter and the great son of India. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, who lived for the country and ultimately laid his life in the struggle to free India from the Colonial rule. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has paid tributes to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, on his birth anniversary.  He founded Indian National Army (Azad Hind Fauj) to overthrow British Empire from India and came to acquire legendary status among Indian masses. Subhas Chandra Bose was born on January 23, 1897 at Oriya bazaar of Cuttack district Orissa. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is remembered for his Salutation and slogan of 'Jai Hind'. The famous words of Subash Chandra Bose "Give me blood, I will give you freedom" encouraged the freedom fighters.

3) Telugu comedian M.S. Narayana passed away: Actor and comedian M.S. Narayana, a veteran with over 750 films to his credit, passed away at on 23 January 2015. He was 63. He is survived by daughter Sasikiran and son Vikram. Born in Nidamarru village near Bhimavaram in West Godavari District on April 16, 1951, Mylavarapu Surya Narayana dabbled in theatre initially while working as a lecturer and entered the film industry as a writer before being introduced as an actor.

4) RBI directed banks to display loan rates on their websites: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 23 January 2015 has asked commercial banks to display loan interest rates on their websites, a move aimed at enhancing transparency for borrowers. The RBI has also insisted that banks should also mention on websites the total fees and charges applicable on various types of loans to individual borrowers. This should facilitate borrowers taking informed decision to buy bank loans.

5) IIT Bombay developed ‘world’s cheapest’ netbook: IIT Bombay has developed a 10-inch netbook, which it claims could be the world's cheapest, at around Rs 6,000. The netbook, conceived during the institute's work with the low-cost Akash tablet, will be unveiled in the second week of February.

6) Lee Wan Koo named new South Korean Prime Minister: South Korean President Park Geun-hye has nominated ruling party lawmaker Lee Wan Koo to replace Prime Minister Chung Hong-won nearly 10 months after Chung offered to resign over a ferry disaster that killed more than 300 people in April last year.

7) Thailand impeached former PM Yingluck Shinawatra: Thailand’s military-appointed legislature has voted to impeach former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. She was impeached for her role in overseeing a government rice subsidy program that lost billions of dollars. More than three-fifths i.e. 190 legislatures voted against Yingluck in the legislature of 220 members. It should be noted that, for this impeachment more than three-fifths votes of the legislatures was required.

8) Indian named on panel to review UN Peace-Building architecture: An eminent Indian academician is among seven experts nominated by UN chief Ban Ki-moon to be part of an advisory group that will conduct a policy and institutional review of the world body's peace- building architecture and make recommendations. Saraswathi Menon, former Director of the Policy Division in UN Women, will be among the members of the Advisory Group to review peace building architecture.

9) Roger Federer beaten at Australian Open by Andreas Seppi: Four-time champion Roger Federer is out of the Australian Open after being beaten in the third round by unheralded Italian Andreas Seppi. The 33-year-old Swiss second seed went down 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 7-6 (7-5) to Seppi, who is ranked 46 in the world. Seppi, 30, had never beaten the 17-time Grand Slam champion in 10 previous meetings and his win ends a 23-match losing streak against top 10 opponents.

Jan 24, 2015

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Daily Current Affairs Updates: 22 January 2015

1) BSE Sensex hits record high, crossed 29000 mark:  The BSE Sensex scaled the historical 29,000 peak for the first time on 22 January. Barring oil & gas, infrastructure and consumer durables, all other BSE sectoral indices ended in the green. Among them, healthcare index gained the most by 1.69 per cent, followed by capital goods 1.12 per cent and auto 0.72 per cent. On the other hand, consumer durables index was down 0.96 per cent, oil & gas 0.77 per cent and infrastructure 0.27 per cent.

2) Jhumpa Lahiri's 'The Lowland' won 2015 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature: The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2015 was awarded to Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowland at the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival on Thursday evening. The prize shortlist included Kamila Shamsie's A God for Every Stone (Bloomsbury), Romesh Gunesekera's Noontide Toll (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin), Bilal Tanweer's The Scatter Here is Too Great (Vintage Books/Random House) and Shamsur Rahman Faruqi's The Mirror of Beauty (Penguin Books). DSC Prize for South Asian Literature is awarded annually to writers of any ethnicity or nationality writing about South Asia such as culture, politics, history, or people. It was instituted in 2011. 

3) PM Modi launched 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' campaign: Exhorting people not to regress to 18th century mindset PM Narendra Modi made an emotional pitch to end discrimination against the girl child on 22 January 2015. Modi launched twin programmes of "Beti bachao, beti padhao"(Save the Daughter, Teach the Daughter)  and "Sukanya Samriddhi account" in a bid to encourage birth and education of girls and tackle the abysmally low child sex ratio of 918 girls for 1000 boys. PM launched the two schemes from Panipat in Haryana that has among the lowest child sex ratio in the country (837 girls to 1000 boys). He also launched Sukanya Samridhi Yojna (girl child prosperity scheme), under which girl children below 10 years will have accounts with more interest and income tax benefits.

4) Vodafone named Sunil Sood as India CEO: UK's telecom giant Vodafone on 22 January 2015 appointed the first Indian CEO, Sunil Sood, for its India operations to replace Martin Pieters who has been its chief executive since 2009. Pieters, the longest serving chief executive officer of a telecom firm in the country, will step down from April 1 and will be succeeded by Sood, presently COO of the company.

5) Supreme Court barred N Srinivasan from contesting BCCI elections: The Supreme Court on 22 January 2015 barred former BCCI chief N Srinivasan from contesting BCCI elections citing a conflict of interest. While the apex court gave him a clean chit on charges of covering up a betting scandal that has plagued the Indian Premier League (IPL), it asked him to choose between the BCCI President's post and owing the Chennai Super Kings team in the IPL. The court has directed the BCCI to conduct elections within 6 weeks of the order.

6) High Level Committee for Restructuring of FCI submitted report to PM: The High Level Committee for Restructuring of Food Corporation of India, on 22 January 2015 submitted its report to the Prime Minister. The Committee was chaired by Shri Shanta Kumar. The Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Ram Vilas Paswan, was present on the occasion. The Committee was required to examine the present day administrative, functional and financial structure of FCI and modus operandi of its various operations, and suggest a model for restructuring FCI to improve its operational efficiency and financial management, and suggest measures for overall improvement in management of foodgrains by FCI.

7) Prof Kaptan Singh Solanki sworn-in as 34th Governor of Punjab: Haryana governor Prof Kaptan Singh Solani was on 22 January 2015 took over the additional charge of Governor of Punjab. Solanki was given the additional charge after the tenure of Shivraj V Patil as Punjab governor come to an end.

8) PM Narendra Modi, Barack Obama to jointly address nation over radio broadcast 'Mann ki Baat': The monthly 'Mann ki Baat' radio broadcast of Prime Minister Narendra Modi this time will be special as he will be joined by US President Barack Obama. The programme will be aired on January 27, the Prime Minister revealed himself on 22 January 2015 through a series of tweets and asked for questions from the public.
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