current affairs 19 May 2015

David Granger became President of Guyana

  • He led to ‘A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) Party’. 

Maria Sharapova won Italian Open

  • Maria Sharapova of Russia won Women’s singles title of Italian Open for 3rd time after defeating Carla Suarez of Spain.

Brad Haddin retired from ODI Cricket

  • Brad Haddin, the Cricketer of Australia, retired from ODI Cricket but he will play in Test and T20 Cricket.

Novak Djokovic won Rome Masters Tennis Title

  • Novak Djokovic won Rome Masters Tennis Title played at Rome, Italy after defeating Roger Federer of Switzerland.

Reliance Jio inks pact with Huawei for sourcing 4G devices

  • Huawei will supply RJio with 4G devices which include smartphones, tablets and Wifi dongles.

current affairs 18 May 2015

Official website of NITI Aayog has been launched by - Union Government

  •  National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog. Dr Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog, initiated the website which can be logged in at http://www.Niti.Gov.In.

Novak Djokovic won the 4th Rome Masters Tennis title.

  • Djokovic won a total of five titles of the season including the Australian Open (defeated Andy Murray), the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells (defeated Roger Federer), the Miami Open (defeated Andy Murray) and the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (defeated Tomas Berdych).

e-Visa facility announced
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Electronic Tourist Visa facility for Chinese persons on 15th May 2015 with the aim to boost the tourism of India.

current affairs 17 May 2015

Seven agreements signed between India & South Korea

The agreements signed are

i. The Double Taxation Avoidance Convention signed in 1985 has been revised with a view to avoiding the burden of double taxation on taxpayers in the two countries.

ii. Agreement signed to cooperate in audio-visual co-production, which would enable co-production of films, animation and broadcasting programmes.

iii. The two nations also signed a MoU for cooperation between the National Security Council Secretariat of India and the Office of National Security of South Korea.

iv. Another MoU was signed on cooperation in the field of electric power development and new energy industries.

v. The two nations also signed a MoU to strengthen and encourage cooperation on youth matters through participation in events and activities through exchanges, international conferences, seminars, youth camps, festivals etc.

vi. The two sides also signed Framework of Cooperation (FOC) in the Field of Road Transport and Highways.

vii. The MoU on cooperation between the two countries in the fields of maritime transport and logistics including through sharing of technologies, information and experiences, the training of seafarers, exchange of experts and port operations etc was also signed.

David Granger becomes eighth President of Guyana

  • He was sworn-in as the President after the Guyana Elections Commission Chairman Dr. Steve Surujbally formally announced that his Coalition party had won the 2015 General and Regional Elections.

Govt. of India allocated 5,000 crore rupees for AYUSH Mission

  • The government of India has allocated 5,000 crore rupees for the growth of Department of AYUSH, that comprises Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy.

current affairs 16 May 2015

Union Government appoints M J Joseph as Controller General of Accounts

About Controller General of Accounts (CGA)

  • CGA is the principal Accounts Adviser to the Union Government. 
  • He is responsible for maintaining and establishing a technically sound management accounting system.
  • Every month he prepares a critical analysis of revenues, expenditures, borrowings and the deficit for Union Finance Minister.
  • He also prepares annual Union Finance Accounts and Appropriation Accounts (Civil) for presentation to the Parliament.

PM Narendra Modi Inaugurates ICICI Bank’s First Branch In China

Shanghai, China’s biggest city and a major global financial hub, the new branch would begin with 17 banking professionals handling different functions including corporate banking, operations, finance and treasury.With a total consolidated asset base of $132 billion

Egypt’s Former President Mohamed Morsi Sentenced To Death

  • An Egyptian court has sentenced the former president Mohamed Morsi to death over a mass prison break in 2011.
  • Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president

Discovered New State of Matter

  • Scientists at Tokohu University in Japan have discovered a new state of matter called the ‘Jahn-Teller-metal’

current affairs 15 May 2015

India, China signed agreements to boost ties in trade, economy, education.

The agreements signed are

  • In the field of Railways which will enable India to seek Chinese cooperation to introduce high speed rails on Delhi-Nagpur Sector, and increase track speed on Chennai-Benguluru-Mysore route. As part of MoU, China will also extend assistance in establishment of Railway University in India.
  • Agreements were signed to strengthen cooperation in the fields of trade and investment and other fields and for establishing relationship at the provincial, city and municipality level between India and China.
  • Agreement to open consulate General offices in Chengdu and Chennai to facilitate trade and economic engagement and people-to-people exchanges.
  • Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and China’s Fudan University signed an agreement for establishment of Centre for Gandhian and Indian Studies at Fudan University and Yoga College in Kunming.
  • Agreements to enhance increase cooperation in the field of vocational education. It will facilitate China to extend assistance in establishment of vocational training institutes in India.
  • An action plan on cooperation in setting up of the Mahatma Gandhi National Institute for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship in Gujarat.
  • Both nations also signed Space Cooperation Outline for 5 years.

 USTAAD Scheme launched by Union Ministry of Minority Affairs.

  • The aim of the scheme is to preserve rich heritage of traditional arts and crafts of minorities and build capacity of traditional artisans and craftsmen.

sbiINTOUCH the contact-less card launched by SBI.

  • These cards are based upon the latest near-field technology (NFC). 
  • With these cards, a customer can transact by just tapping or waving it against the reader of the point-of-sale machine.
  • These cards are more secure, annoyance-free and come with a fraud accountability cover of Rupees 1 lakh.

kayakalp Award Scheme launched by Union Government.

  • To promote cleanliness, hygiene and infection control practices in public health care facilities

current affairs 14 May 2015

Lt Gen Hanut Singh,The  Hero of 1971 Indo-Pak War is No More

Retired Lieutenant General Hanut Singh passed away in Dehradun at the age of 82. He was one of most able officers in India Army and is also a hero of 1971 Indo-Pak war.

  • He earned the named Hero of Battle of Basantnagar. He retired in the year 1991 and is now staying in Dehradun. 
  • He founded Shivbala Yoga Ashram Parisar there. 
  • He also received Maha Vir Chakra.

Jitu Rai Won Bronze Media at International Shooting Sport Federation world Cup

  • Indian shooter Jitu Rai won bronze media at International Shooting Sports Federation world cup which is going on in South Korea. 
  • Jongoh of South Korea won the gold medal and the silver medal is won the Naung Ye Tun of Myanmar.

New Zealand Won Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament 2015

  • This is the second Azlan Shah title for New Zealand. 
  • New Zealand defeated Australia by 3-1 goals in the final. 
  • New Zealand won the title earlier in 2012. 
  • Australia reached the final of Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey tournament three times in 1999, 2006 and 2015. 
  • The tournament is held in Malaysia.

Sania Mirza Ranked World No.1 in Women’s Doubles

Sania Mirza, the tennis sensation of India created another history by becoming the first Indian woman to be ranked world number in double category. She achieved this after winning WTA Family Circle Cup by defeating Cassey dellacqua and Darjia Jurak. Her doubles partner is Martina Hingis. Sania is also the first Indian female player to win grand slam tournaments.

Air Pegasus became the newest air service operator in India.

  • Its first flight took off from Bangalore to Hubli. 
  • The flight was inaugurated by Union Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju. 
  • The air service was given flying permit in 2014.

RBI relaxes 2-factor authentication for payments up to Rs. 2,000

  • Can pay up to Rs. 2,000 without punching the password at any retail outlet or while shopping online.
  • One can also avoid swiping cards at retail outlets and instead just tap or waive to the card reading machines.

SBI become the first bank to launches contactless card payment tech.

  • Contactless cards use the near-field communication (NFC) technology, enabling users to make payments by waving or tapping the card near the contactless reader instead of swiping or dipping it

current affairs 13 May 2015

Deepak Iyer appointed as CEO and MD of Bharti AXA General Insurance.

  • He will  take charge from Interim CEO and MD Milind Chalisgaonkar and join the board of company by end of June 2015.
  • Presently, he is working as the MD-Indian subcontinent at Wrigley India, a subsidiary of the US-based Mars.

President Pranab Mukherjee appoints new Governors in six states

The newly appointed Governors

  • Jharkhand: Former Odisha Minister Droupadi Murmu was appointed as Governor of Jharkhand. She will replace Dr Syed Ahmed.
  • Manipur: Dr Syed Ahmed has been transfered to Manipur for remaining period of his term.
  • Arunachal Pradesh: J P Rajkhowa was appointed as Governor of Arunachal Pradesh. He will replace Lt. General (Retd.) Nirbhay Sharma.
  • Mizoram: Lt. General (Retd.) Nirbhay Sharma has been transferred and appointed as Governor of Mizoram for the remainder of his term.
  • Tripura: Tathagata Roy will be the Governor of Tripura.
  • Meghalaya:  V. Shanmuganthan has been appointed as Meghalaya Governor.

Samajwadi Shudha Payjal Yojna launched on UP Roadways bus stations

  • Through this service, the passengers will get best potable water at the most affordable price of two Rupees per liter.

current affairs 12 May 2015

Justice Cyriac Joseph appointed as Chairman of NHRC

  • President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed Justice Cyriac Joseph as acting Chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)
  • His appointment comes after then Chairman of NHRC Justice K.G. Balakrishnan completed his tenure.

May 12: International Nurses Day

  • President Pranab Mukherjee presents Florence Nightingale Awards to 35 nurses

About National Florence Nightingale Award

  • The Florence Nightingale Award was established by the Union Health Ministry to honour the selfless services rendered by Nurses with devotion, sincerity, dedication and compassion.
  • The Award is given to the outstanding nursing personnel employed in Central, State/UTs.
  • The Award carries 50,000 rupees cash award, a certificate, a citation certificate and a medal.

Dr. Sivanadane Mandjiny wins UNC’s 2015 Award for Teaching Excellence

  • He is a Chemistry professor at the University of North Carolina.
  • Sivanadane Mandjiny is native of Tamil Nadu.

Satish Reddy appointed as Chairman of National Safety Council

About National Safety Council (NSC)

  • NSC is the apex non-profit making body under the aegis of Union Ministry of Labour and Employment.
  • It seeks to develop, generate and sustain a voluntary movement on safety, health and environment at the national level.
  • Established on 4 March 1966.
  • Headquarter: Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • It is registered under the Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950 and Societies Registration Act, 1860..

current affairs 11 May 2015

KV Thomas renominated as Chairman of Public Accounts Committee

  • Prior to KV Thomas, senor BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi was chairman of PAC for four consecutive years during 15th Lok Sabha (2009-2014).

About Public Accounts Commission (PAC)

  • It is constituted every year and consists of 22 members – 15 from Lok Sabha and 7 from Rajya Sabha.
  • Speaker usually appoints the Chairman of the PAC. It should be noted that a minister cannot be elected to as member of Committee
  • The key function of PAC is to examine annual audit reports of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) after they are tabled in Parliament by President.
  • CAG usually submits 3 audit reports. They are audit report on appropriation accounts, audit report on finance account and audit report on public undertakings.

KV Kamath named as first President of New Development Bank of BRICS nations

About New Development Bank (NDB)

  • BRICS group of nations comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa in 2014 had inked a pact to set up NDB and emergency reserve fund.
  • This agreement was signed during the 6th BRICS Summit being held in Fortaleza, Brazil.
  • To begin with, the bank will start operating with $50 billion in initial capital with the five BRICS contributing $10 billion each.
  • According to the pact, the capital of the bank will be divided equally among the five participating nations and initially it will focus on infrastructure projects member countries.
  • The headquarters of the bank will be located in Shanghai, China and it will have a regional office in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • The chairmanship of the bank will be rotational and its first President will come from India for the first 5 years followed by Brazil and Russia

President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurates Namaste Russia festival in Moscow

  • Namaste Russia will be six month long festival i.e. form May to November 2015
  • This festival seeks to enhance and boost cultural bonds that build solid bridges of friendship and understanding between peoples of both countries

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates IISCO’s plant at Burnpur

  •  IISCO Steel Plant in Burnpur near Asansol distrct of West Bengal.
  • IISCO Steel Plant is a fully-owned subsidiary of Steel Authority of India (SAIL) and has the largest blast furnace in the country.

Dedicated E-Commerce Centre of India Posts launched in New Delhi

  • The leading e-commerce customers, Yepme, Amazon, Snapdeal, Paytm etc are using this newly established e-commerce Centre for processing of their e-commerce parcels.
  • It is capable of handling 30000 parcels (articles) per day. 
  • It will also facilitate to collection of parcels from the e-commerce customers by processing and dispatching them within 24 hours to respective destination.

current affairs 10 May 2015

Shashi Kapoor has been conferred with Dadasaheb Phalke Award 2014.

  • He is the third member of his family after father Prithviraj Kapoor (1972- Posthumously) and elder brother Raj Kapoor (1987) and 46th film personality to receive this honour.

About Dadasaheb Phalke Award

  • India’s highest award in cinema.
  • Established in 1969 to commemorate the birth centenary year of father of Indian cinema Dadasaheb Phalke.
  • The award is conferred annually by the Union Government to person for his lifetime contribution to Indian cinema.
  • Award comprises a Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus) medallion, a cash prize of 10 lakh rupees and a shawl.

BrahMos Block–III version i.e. land-to-land configuration of missile was launched from a Mobile Autonomous Launcher (MAL) for its full-range of 290-km test.

About BrahMos missile

  • A joint venture of India and Russia, BrahMos Aerospace, designed and developed this BrahMos supersonic cruise missile.
  • It can be launched from land, sea, sub-sea and air against sea and land targets.
  • It has top supersonic speed of Mach 2.8, can strike a target at maximum range of 290-km and can carry a warhead of 300 kilogram.

Sardar Singh recommended for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

  • Sardar Singh, the Captain of Men’s Hockey Team, recommended for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

current affairs 9 May 2015

Prof Bhim Singh is the author of the book titled

 "Unbelievable – Delhi to Islamabad."

Conservative Party has won the UK General election 2015.

HDFC in world’s top 10 list of consumer finance firms

  • Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries leads the pack of the Indian companies at 142nd overall position.
  • For the regional banks, China Construction Bank tops the chart, while India’s SBI is ranked 22nd, ICICI Bank is at 29th place and HDFC Bank is at 40th position.

current affairs 8 May 2015

Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong opened first museum Indian Heritage Centre in Little India.

Achal Kumar Jyoti is appointed as Election Commissioner.

  • He was the former Chief Secretary of Gujarat.

RuPay Platinum Debit Card has been launched by SBI in association with NPCI.

current affairs 7 May 2015

Union Government launched Credit Enhancement Guarantee Scheme for Scheduled Castes

  • A sum of 200 crore rupees was allocated towards Credit Enhancement Guarantee scheme for young and start-up entrepreneurs belonging to Scheduled Castes (SC) to avail financial assistance.

India Moves Up on Global Travel, Tourism List to 52nd Place

  • The list has been topped by Spain, which is followed by France, Germany, US, UK, Switzerland, Australia, Italy, Japan and Canada in the top ten.

NASA successfully flight tested Ten-Engine Electric Plane GL-10 Prototype.

  • It will be an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and could be used for small package delivery, mapping, long endurance surveillance for agriculture and for many other tasks.

 Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar launched Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme in Goa.

current affairs 6 May 2015

Lok Sabha passed the Goods and Services Tax Bill, 2014

Main Highlights of the Bill

  • It provides for constitution of a Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council by inserting Article 279A in the Constitution. 
  • The Council will recommend to the Union and States on the inclusion and exclusion of goods and services.
  • It proposes an additional tax on supply of goods, not exceeding one percent, in the course of inter-State trade will be levied and collected by the Union for a period of two years and apportioned to the States.
  • The net proceeds of additional tax on supply of goods, except the proceeds from Union Territories, will not form the part of Consolidated Fund of India.
  • It provides for the compensation to the States for loss of revenue arising on account of implementation of GST for a period of five years.
  • It subsumes all the Central indirect taxes, levies and Central Sales Tax and State Value Added Tax and Sales Tax.
  • It covers all goods and services except alcoholic liquor for human consumption for the levy of GST.

Bollywood actor Salman Khan sentenced to five-years in jail in 2002 hit-n-run case

current affairs 5 May 2015

India's Per Capita Retirement and Pension Assets Lowest in the World.

'Akash' air missile inducted into Indian Army arsenal

  • It is a surface-to-air short range defence system that operates up to a maximum range of 25 kilometres

PM Narendra Modi joined Chinese social media platform Weibo.

  •  Weibo is referred to as Twitter of China.

Microsoft launches Edu-Cloud for digital education.

England batsman Jonathan Trott Announces Retirement From International Cricket

World Asthma Day 2015 observed on 5th May.

  • The theme is "You Can Control Your Asthma"

Michael Blake, Oscar-winning author of "Dances With Wolves"passed away

Baleshwar Ram the former Union Minister passed away.

current affairs 4 May 2015

Asia's Largest Coal Mine Inagurated in Jharkhand

World Press Freedom day observed globally on 3rd May.

  • The theme is "Let Journalism Thrive!"

Railways won the 5th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2015

Cisco names Chuck Robbins new CEO to replace John Chambers

  • John Chambers replaced by Chuck Robbins as its next chief executive.

Mazen Darwish honoured with 2015 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize

Chelsea won Barclays Premier League 2014-15.

current affairs 3 May 2015

Paytm partners Cafe Coffee Day, Domino’s for offline payment

I-T dept collects Rs 6.96 lakh crore revenue during 2014-15

Tunisians Unfurl World's 'Largest' Flag

Tennis player Rafael Nadal received Golden Medal for Merit in Work of Spain.

current affairs 2 May 2015

Surender Singh has been appointed as Director General of CISF.

Author of the Book titled "China – Confucius in the Shadows" - Poonam Surie

World’s largest solar photovoltaic plant of 750 MW to be built in Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh

current affairs 1 May 2015

Barjorji Pardiwala the former Gujarat assembly speaker passed away.

National Labour Day, International Workers Day and Maharashtra day is celebrated on 1st May.

Prannoy Roy has been honoured with the RedInk Lifetime Achievement Award 2015.

Kapil Dev Tripathi Takes Over As Oil Secretary 

Nadia in West Bengal has became the first open defecation-free (ODF) district of India.

current affairs 30 April 2015

Georgia won Women’s World Team Chess Championship

Novelist Siddhartha Gigoo has won 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Asia region.

Mukesh Khanna is appointed as Chairperson of Children's Film Society of India.

India and Japan has signed Action Agenda for Investment and Trade Promotion.

Points in the action agenda are :

  • Selected townships in country will be developed as Japanese industrial townships.
  • Encouragement of investment and infrastructure development.
  • Additional development and cooperation in IT.
  • Strengthening cooperation in strategic sectors.
  • Asia-Pacific economic integration.

161st Member of WTO is - Seychelles

International Day of Yoga launched its Logo

About International Day of Yoga logo

  • It indicates peace and harmony for the humanity.
  • The folding of hands in the logo indicates the union of individual consciousness with universal consciousness.
  • It also indicates a perfect consonance between body and mind, nature and man and the holistic approach to health and well-being.
  • The green leaves represents the nature, blue represents the fire element and the brown leaves represents the earth element.
  • The sun in the logo represents the source of energy and inspiration.

current affairs 29 April 2015

Railways has won 5th Senior Men’s National Hockey championship.

World Dance Day is observed on 29th April.

Omar Hassan al-Bashir became President of Sudan

Nursultan A. Nazarbayev became the President of Kazakhstan

Lin Dan won Badminton Asia Championship 2015

  • Lin Dan of China won Badminton Asia Championship after defeating Tian Houwei

Raja Rajeswari became 1st Indian woman Judge

  • She is Indian born lady born in Chhenai became the first women Judge in NEW YORK CITY

current affairs 28 April 2015

Loretta Lynch became 1st black female Attorney General

  • Loretta Lynch became 1st black female Attorney General of United States of America succeeded by Eric Holder

Anil KapoorPandit Dinanath Mangeshkar Award conferred to Anil Kapoor

  • The award was established in the year 1999 in the memory of Dinanath Mangeshkar.

President’s Cup Boxing Tournament won by India

  • India won President’s Cup Boxing Tournament for the 1st time on 27th April 2015 played at South Sumatra, Indonesia.

Men`s title of Badminton Asia Championships 2015 was won by - Lin Dan of China

Yashwant Sinha conferred with Officier de la L├ęgion d’Honneur by French Government.

Omar Hassan al-Bashir won Presidential election of Sudan.

current affairs 27 April 2015

Maitri operation has been launched by India to help the earthquake victims in Nepal.

  • Multi National Coordination Centre has been initiated
  • Head quarters are constituted for relief operations in PPO Pokhra

Sangeeta Bhatia has won the 2015 Heinz Award at MIT.

  • Since 1993, this was the 20th Heinz Award which is given annually.
  • Artificial human microlivers for drug testing has been developed by Sangeeta Bhatia

Bharatiya Mahila Bank won Asian Banker Achievement Award 2015.

  • The Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of BMB, Usha Ananthasubramanian received the award at a function held during the Asian Banker Summit 2015 in Hong Kong.

Wladimir Klitschko has won the heavyweight title of Boxing.

  •  Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine successfully secured his world heavyweight boxing title for the 18th time continuously. 
  • Klitschko defeated American Bryant Jennings at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Bank of Baroda tied up with UAE Exchange for instant money transfer

Muthoot Group ties up with Wiki Tech for US-India payment corridor

YES Bank opens first overseas office in Abu Dhabi

BCCI nominates Rohit Sharma for Arjuna award

current affairs 26 April 2015

Anil Kapoor has been conferred with Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Award 2015.

Ratan Tata aquires stake in Xiaomi

  • He had already purchased stake in Snapdeal, Urban Ladder, Bluestone and

Google discontinued its landmark tablet Nexus 7

current affairs 25 April 2015

Today (25th April) is World Malaria Day.

  • The theme of World Malaria Day 2015 - "Invest in the Future. Defeat Malaria"

The prestigious ‎Jnanpith‬ award (for the year 2014) coffered to eminent Marathi litterateur Bhalchandra Nemade.

  • Jnanpith Award is the highest literary honor in India. 
  • Mr Nemade is the 50th recipient of the award.
  • Nemde's 1963 novel Kosala (Cocoon) changed the dimensions of Marathi novel.
  • Nemade is the fourth Marathi writer to win the literary honour after VS Khandekar in 1974, VV Shirwadkar alias Kusumagraj in 1988, and Govind Karandikar alias Vinda Karandikar in 2003.

Assam has been awarded as the Best e-Panchayat state

Russia & Argentina signed agreements on economic & energy co-operation.

current affairs 24 April 2015

World Book and Copyright Day observed on 23 April

Bangladesh won ODI series against Pakistan

Gorkha Rifles completed its 200 years

‘You Tube’ completed its 10 years on 23 April 2015

  • The site was created by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim.

The Hubble Telescope completed its 25 years

"VARUNA" is the name given to Indo-French Naval exercise which has commenced in Goa 

National Panchayati Raj Day is observed on 24th April 2015.

ICC announced 24th April as International Cricket Day.

  • This day is announced on the birthday of cricket legend Mr. SACHIN TENDULKAR

current affairs 23 April 2015

"utsonmobile" mobile app launched by Railways for paperless unreserved tickets.

Feature of the application

  • This app will enable the passengers to buy a ticket on the move
  • Passengers can board the train with the ticket secured on their mobile phone
  • Necessary on-screen alerts are provided by the app to guide the passenger during the booking process
  • With the help of Railway Wallet feature in the App passengers can make the payment for the ticket
  • Every day, the ticket will have distinct colour scheme and it cannot be forwarded to another mobile

"Shah Rukh Khan" honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation Award 2015.

IOC President Thomas Bach is named ambassador of "HeForShe" by UN Women.

World Bank launched PMEHP

  • PMEHP - Pollution Management and Environmental Health Programme
  • World Bank focus on air quality in major urban areas i.e. India, China, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa.

"Xi Jinping" is honoured with "Nishan-e-Pakistan".

  • Pakistan conferred its highest Civilian Award Nishan-e-Pakistan on President of China Xi Jinping.
  • The President of Pakistan is Mamnoon Hussain.

‘Make My Trip’ acquired ‘My Gola’

  •  The company My Gola was founded in the year 2009 by Anshuman Bapna and Prakeet Sharma.

current affairs 22 April 2015

"Africa T20 Cup" the tournament initiated by Cricket South Africa.

Japanese Maglev train set the world speed record of 603 kmph.

 "It’s Our Turn to Lead" is the theme for International Mother Earth Day 2015.

 Rajaji National Park in Uttarakhand is declared as India's 48th Tiger Reserve.

Current Affairs 21 April 2015

Janaki Ballabh Patnaik, former Chief Minister of Odisha, passed away

Shah Rukh Khan and Zayn Malik honoured at 5th Asian Awards  for outstanding contributions.

  • Earlier Irfan Khan, Anupam Kher and Yash Chopra were awarded with this Award

‘China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’ an agreement signed by China and Pakistan  

IDBI launched ‘Rupay Platinum Debit Card’ scheme

ICICI Bank Ltd. launched ‘Tap-n-Pay’ scheme

  • launched the service namely ‘Tap-n-Pay’ with the tie up of IT Company Tech Mahindra.

Indian Railways launched "E-Samiksha" to monitor rail projects online

Visakhapatnam the newly launched Indian Navy missile destroyer ship

 About Visakhapatnam :

  • Visakhapatnam is 163-metre-long vessel and weighs approximately 3000 tons and is entirely made of Indian steel.
  • It can have maximum speed of over 30 knots at a displacement of approximately 7300 tons, it is propelled by four gas turbines.
  • It has many modern weapons like advance Action Information System (AIS), Integrated Platform Management system (IPMS), sophisticated Power Distribution System (PDS) and a Combat Management System.
  • Israeli Multi-Function Surveillance Threat Alert Radar (MF-STAR) is also a part of this which will help it in targeting information to 32 Barak 8 long-range surface-to-air missiles on board the warship.
  • Visakhapatnam will be having 8 BrahMos missiles on it.
  • Apart from this it also have four 30 mm rapid-fire guns and a MR gun for naval gunfire support.

Civil Services Day is observed on 21st April.

Current Affairs 20 April 2015

Subodham project launched by Kerala government to end liquor abuse.

  • The project was launched by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Art of Living Foundation founder Ravishankar

Chhurim Sherpa the First woman to climb the Everest summit twice in a week.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has issued a notification making the Elector's Photo Identity Card (EPIC) & Aadhaar issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India a valid proof of date of birth for obtaining PAN card.

Former Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar appointed as BCCI's ACSU (Anti Corruption & Security Unit)Chief.

British Formula One racing driver Lewis Hamilton wins Bahrain Grand Prix Formula One World Championship 2015

Current Affairs 19 April 2015

LIC bought Rs. 300 cr worth of shares in Infosys

Nasim Zaidi took over as new CEC(Chief Election Commissioner)

  •  Nasim Zaidi assumed charge as the 20th Chief Election Commissioner of India. 
  • He succeeded H.S. Bramha who retired on 18th April 2015 after completing his term

WhatsApp added feature to save conversations to Google drive

Current Affairs 18 April 2015

World Heritage Day is observed on 18th April 2015.

Time Magazine released list of - 100 most influential people in the world

  • American rapper and singer Kanye Omari West topped the list.
  • The oldest person on the list is Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, who finds himself the steward of the Arab world's youngest democracy at the age of 88 years.
  • For the continuous third year, Malala Yousafzai of 17 years, Pakistani education activist is the youngest person on the list. 
  • The list includes four Indian-origin persons namely Chanda Kochhar, Vikram Patel, co-founder of the NGO Sangath, Managing Director and CEO of ICICI Bank, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

RIL became most profitable company of India

Current Affairs 17 April 2015

Pakistan and Russia agreed to - hold first-ever joint military exercise

Satya Nadella has been awarded to White House Champions of Change

17 April is observed as World Hemophilia Day 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today wrapped up his 9 day Three-nation Visit of France, Germany and Canada

  • This visit included the agreement for the supply of 36 Rafale fighter jets by France and uranium from Canada.

30 year-old V Saritha becomes the first women driver of the Delhi Transport Corporation.

Current Affairs 16 April 2015

India successfully test-fired Agni III ballistic missile from Wheelar Island

Dr. Mohan Kumar appointed as Ambassador of India to France.

RBI to launch Rs. 10 coins on centenary of Gandhi’s return from SA

Chemical scientists Susanta Lahiri and Kattesh V Katti received Hevesy Medal Award 2015

Asia Cup 2016 to be played in T20 format

Sachin Tendulkar elected as member of Laureus Sports Academy

  • Kapil Dev and Rahul Dravid are the other Indian cricketers to have received this recognition

Laureus World Sports Awards for the year 2015 conferred

  • Tennis star Novak Djokovic of Serbia and sprinter Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia were named as the Laureus World Sportsman and Sportswoman of the 2015 respectively.

Current Affairs 15 April 2015

Justice Meenakshi Madan Rai has sworned in as first lady judge of Sikkim HC

Tourist Visa on Arrival scheme was renamed as - e-Tourist Visa

HDFC Bank was placed at the top among all banking entities in mobile banking transactions.

  •  During January 2015 according to the pertaining data released by RBI on 14 April 2015.

Current Affairs 14 April 2015

124th Birth anniversary of Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar is being observed on 14th April 2015. 

  • Dr B.R. Ambedkar was born on 14-04-1891 ath Mhow, Madhya Pradesh.
  • He also know as Father Of Indian Constitution.

The International Monetary Fund-World Bank Spring meeting to be held in Washington.

World’s first Selfie Museum opened on 13 April, 2015 in Manilla.

’My little Epiphanies’ authored by Late Ms. Aisha Chaudhary.

About Ms. Asha Chaudhary

  • Late Ms. Aisha Chaudhary was born on 1996 with SCID (Severe Combined Immune Deficiency) and underwent a Bone Marrow Transplant when she was 6 months old. Since 2014, spending almost all her time living on bed, Aisha wrote down her thoughts to get some relief, to get them out of her head. She passed away recently in 2015.

Godrej Nature’s Basket unites with Amazon

  • The food retail arm of the diversified Godrej Group, Godrej Nature's Basket unites with Amazon for selling its products through the e-commerce giant's platform in India.

 Brijbushan Sharan Singh is re-elected as President of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI).

 600 Mega Watt thermal unit has been commissioned at Dhabra in Chhattisgarh by BHEL.

Ri Su Yong Foreign Minister of North Korea visited India.

Arun Jaitley has inaugurated Vividh Bharati Service of Delhi on FM Mode.