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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Subject: Daily Updates For this Month, Current Affairs For the Month of February 2015

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27/02/2015 & 28/02/2015:
  • Farmers open to ‘Khet Heen Kisan’.
  • Kshatrapati Shivaji Takes Over As new CMD of SIDBI.
  • Acclaimed US Actor Leonard Nimoy Died
  • Justice Amitava Roy Chief Justice of Odisha High Court sworn in as Supreme Court judge
  • 28 February observed as National Science Day
  • Work permits for spouses of H-1B visa holders
  • MNP from 3rd May, TRAI amends regulation across india
  • Overdraft under Jan-Dhan is priority sector lending: RBI
  •  India bans ISIS under UAPA (Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act).
  • Supreme Court allows 2G spectrum auction from March 4
  • World's first 3D-printed jet engine developed in Australia
  • AAP Government's First Decisions: Cheaper Power, Free Water, Demolition Ban
  • Rajendra K Pachauri resigned as Chairperson of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  • Madhya Pradesh governor Ram Naresh Yadav resigns
  • DK Pandey appointed as Director General of Police of Jharkhand.
  • Ravi Chaudhary Appointed As Executive Director at FAA (Federal Aviation Administration)..
  • Union Cabinet Approved NTPC’s 15,000 MW Solar Power Projects
  • Ranchi Rays wins Champions of Hero Hockey India League 2015
  • IPCC Chairman RK Pachauri Resigned. 
  • Salaries in PSU Banks increased by 15%
  • Land acquisition amendment bill introduced in LS
  • The Indian Army and State Bank of India (SBI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Defence Salary Package.
  • ONGC director Shashi Shankar suspended
  • Modi government accepts Finance Commission recommendations
  • Rana Bhagwandas first Hindu Chief Justice of Pakistan passes away
  • Chris Gayle hits first-ever World Cup double hundred
22/02/2015 & 23/02/2015:
  • Takahiro Hachigo Appointed as new President and CEO of Honda.
  • Ram Niwas Goel Elected As New Speaker of Delhi Legislative Assembly
  • Indian-American Purnendu Dasgupta Won Prestigious Chemistry Award. 
  • Union Government Launches Portal ‘Madad’ To Redress Consular Grievances
  • Himachal Pradesh to present India’s first paperless budget
  • India-Nepal joint military exercise begins on 22nd Feb, called "Surya Kiran 8th"
  • PM flags off Hazaribagh-Koderma DMU train
  • Environmental loss in Sundarbans worth Rs. 1290 Crore: World Bank Report
  • President of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed arrested in Male under anti-terror law.
87th Oscar Awards: 
* Best Picture – Birdman
* Best Director – Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for Birdman
* Best Actor – Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything
* Best Actress – Julianne Moore for Still Alice
* Best Supporting Actor – JK Simmons for Whiplash
* Best Supporting Actress – Patricia Arquette for Boyhood
* Achievement in Costume Design – Milena Canonero for The Grand Budapest Hotel
* Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling – Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier for The Grand Budapest Hotel
* Best Foreign Language Film – Ida ( Poland )
* Best Live Action Short Film – The Phone Call
* Best Documentary Short Subject – Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
* Original Screenplay – Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo for Birdman
* Achievement in Sound Mixing – Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, Thomas Curley for Whiplash
* Achievement in Sound Editing – Alan Robert Murray Bub Asman for American Sniper
* Achievement in Visual Effects – Ian Hunter, Scott Fisher, Andrew Lockley and Paul Franklin for Interstellar
* Best Animated Short Film – Feast directed by Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed
* Best Animated Movie – Big Hero Six 6
* Achievement in Production Design – Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock for The Grand Budapest Hotel
* Achievement in Cinematograph – Emannuel Lubezki for Birdman
* Achievement in Film Editing – Tom Cross for Whipalsh
* Best Documentary Feature – Citizen Four directed by Laura Poitras
* Best Original Song – Glory (Selma)
* Best Original Score – Alexandre Desplat for The Grand Budapest Hotel
* Best Adapted Screenplay – Graham Moore for The Imitation Game
  • Chrishantha de Silva Appointed as Sri Lanka Army chief. 
  • Rashad Hussain Appointed As US Special Envoy and Coordinator. 
  • International Mother Language Day Observed Across The World On 21 February
  • PDP, BJP finalise deal on J&K government formation
  • Tributes paid to senior CPI leader Govind Pansare
  • State Bank of India to finance small tea growers in North East
  • Tapan Misra appointed as Chief of ISRO’s Space Application Centre
  • India signs loan agreement with ADB to boost power generation capacity in Assam
  • Scientist Tapan Misra To Head ISRO’s Space Application Centre
  • PM Modi launches Soil Health Card scheme targeting 14 crore farmers
  • Telangana woos aerospace majors to invest in SEZ near Hyderabad
  • Manjhi quits ahead of floor test, Nitish to aworn in as CM.
  • Hindalco bags Gare Palma coal mine.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi Launched ‘Soil Health Card’ scheme. 
  • Union Government Launches Single Window e-biz Portal. 
  • Anil Kumble and Betty Wilson To Be Inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame
  • Nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile test-fired
  • Kalyani Group announces joint venture with Rafael Defence System
  • Rashad Hussain appointed as US Special Envoy and Coordinator
  • Bharti Airtel Ltd tied-up with UNICEF to provide education content in 17 African countries
  • Bihar announces 35% reservation for women in non-gazetted govt jobs
  • Snapdeal acquires Exclusively to create ‘India’s first online luxury mall..
  • Indian Film Producer Daggubati Ramanaidu Died. 
  • 10th Aero India Show Begins In Bengaluru.. 
  • Acquired Fashion Portal
  • China proposes triangular partnership with India, Sri Lanka
  • Mashable partners for local website
  • Croatia’s first female president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic sworn-in
  • AAP to launch 'Jai Kisan Abhiyan' in Haryana.
  • Delhi Airport Ranked Best In ACI award. 
  • HTC appoints Faisal Siddiqui as new South Asia President. 
  • Punit Renjen Appointed as CEO of Deloitte’s Global Operations. 
  • Javed Usmani Sworn In As New CIC of Uttar Pradesh
  • Government exempts oilseeds, raw cotton, 36 other products from commodity transaction tax (CTT).
  • Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan: Government builds 7.1 lakh toilets in January
  • NTPC to invest USD 10 bn for building renewable projects
  • Spectrum auction: Eight telcos apply, SSTL opts out
  • Union Government imposes Anti-dumping duty on graphite electrodes imports
  • Indian-origin scientist Professor Srikanth Jagabathula received CAREER Award
  • India and Sri Lanka Signed 4 Agreements Including Civil Nuclear Cooperation.
  • Nagesh Kukunoor’s ‘Dhanak’ Honoured at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.
  • Chhattisgarh Govt. Won Award For Renewable Power Development.
  • January WPI inflation dips to - 0.39%
  • ED slaps Rs 425 crore FEMA notice on BCCI, IPL
  • BS Ispat wins coal mine in Maharashtra
  • 293 firms commit to generate 266 GW renewable energy in 5 years
15/02/2015 & 14/02/2015:
  • Virat Kohli Becomes First Indian To Score Century Against Pakistan at World Cup 2015.
  • Usain Bolt To Retire After 2017 Worlds Championships In London.
  • Tessy Thomas and Geeta Varadan Selected For Dr.Y. Nayudamma Memorial Award 2014.
  • 3-D Vaccine Adds New Dimension To Cancer Research.
  • Arvind Kejriwal sworn in as Delhi Chief Minister
  • Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated American multinational General Electric's (GE) first manufacturing plant in India as Make in India Policy.
  • ADP session ends, draft to fight climate change adopted
  • India successfully test-fires BrahMos supersonic cruise missile
  • National men’s team captain Sunil Chhetri was on Friday presented with All India Football Federation’s 2014 Player of the Year award.
  • US Names Russian Nuclear Power Plants for India, Iran Best Projects of 2014. 
  • Chhetri and Bala Devi Presented with 2014 AIFF Player of the Year Award. 
  • MCX appoints V Balasubramaniam as new MD and CEO. 
  • World Radio Celebrated Across The Globe on 13th Feb.
  • Ashton Carter confirmed as new US defence secretary
  • Fourth river festival begins in Madhya Pradesh
  • World Radio Day observed on 13 February
  • The Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) of Odisha‬ Tarun Kanti Mishra resigned
  • India ranks 136 in World Press Freedom Index (WPFI) 2015
  • Indian-origin scientist Gurpreet Singh wins National Science Foundation CAREER award
  • Gurpreet Singh Receives NSF Career Award For Nanotechnology Research.
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Successfully Launches From Cape Canaveral.
  • ICICI ties up with UAE Exchange for instant money transfer
  • Himachal Pradesh Government launched Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System Project
  • Indian Navy conducted HADR Exercise in Lakshadweep Islands
  • Aditya Birla Chemicals to merge with Grasim Industries
  • Apple Inc. becomes first company worth over $700 bn in global corporate history
  • CSK Ltd. to be owned by one lakh shareholders
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched from Florida
  • West Bengal Government Launched Micro Business Credit Card To Boost MSMEs. 
  • Adani Enterprises To Set Up Country’s Largest 10,000 MW Solar Plant In Rajasthan.
  • India presses for automatic exchange of tax information at G20 meet
  • National Games mascot Ammu, the Great Hornbill,  in Limca Book of Records
  • Israel offers expertise to clean up Ganga
  • Scheme for grant of government pension to journalists
  • NABARD announces Rs 1,14,927 crore credit plan for Rajasthan
  • ICICI Bank launches ‘Pockets’, India’s first digital bank on a mobile phone
  • ICICI Bank Launched India’s First digital bank Pockets. 
  • Delhi Assembly Elections 2015 AAP Won 67 Seats out of 70 Seats. .
  • PNB raises Rs. 1,000 crore via private placement
  • Govt gives Gauri Shankar additional charge of MD of PNB
  • Amartya Sen wins John Maynard Keynes Prize
  • Facebook rings Reliance Communications for free data access
  • India pegs 2014-15 GDP growth at 7.4 per cent
  • M Ravindran Takes Over As Chairman of Indraprastha Gas Ltd. 
  • Union Ministry For Health & Family Welfare Launched National Deworming Initiative.
  • gets Ratan Tata investment fund
  • Bengaluru, Chennai, Surat among ‘100 Resilient Cities'
  • Vodafone India appoints Naveen Chopra as Chief Operating Officer
  • Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam visit's India.
08/02/2015 & 07/02/2015:
  • Veteran Marathi theatre Artist Atmaram Bhende Died. 
  • Anirban Lahiri Won Maiden European Tour Title In Malaysia. 
  • PM constituted 3 Sub-groups of Chief Ministers within NITI Aayog. 
  • Second Prototype Of Naval Version Of LCA-Tejas Tested Successfully. 
  • UN appoints Nickolay Mladenov as new Special Coordinator for Middle East peace. 
  • Reliance Jio Infocomm President Sumit Dutta Chowdhury Resigned. 
  • Australian PM Tony Abbott survives vote of confidence
  • Govt announces capital infusion of Rs6,990 crore
GRAMMY Awards:

    Record of the Year - "Stay with Me," Sam Smith
    Song of the Year - "Stay with Me" (Darkchild Version)
    Album of the Year - Morning Phase, Beck
    Best Country Album - Platinum, Miranda Lambert
    Best R&B Performance - "Drunk in Love," BeyoncĂ©
    Best Rock Album - Morning Phase, Beck
    Best Pop Vocal Album - In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith
    Best Pop Solo Performance - "Happy," Pharrell Williams
    Best New Artist - Sam Smith
    Best Rap/Sung Collaboration - "Monster," by Rihanna and Eminem
    Best Rap Album - The Marshall Mathers LP2, Eminem
    Best R&B Song - "Drunk in Love," Beyonce
    Pop duo/group performance - "Say Something", A Great Big World with Christina Aguilera
    Best Rock performance - Lazaretto, Jack White
    Best Children's Album - I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World (Malala Yousafzai)
    Best Musical Theater Album - Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,
    Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Jason Howland, Steve Sidwell & Billy Jay Stein, producers (Carole King, composer & lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast)

BAFTA Awards:

    BEST FILM: Boyhood
    BEST BRITISH FILM: The Theory Of Everything
    BEST DIRECTOR: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
    BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson
    BEST LEAD ACTOR: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory Of Everything
    BEST LEAD ACTRESS: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
    BEST ANIMATED FILM: The Lego Movie, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
    BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Alexandre Desplat

  • Dr.M.O.Garg Assumes Charge As Director General of CSIR. 
  • Micromax Appoints Shubhajit Sen As new CMO. 
  • Marathi Novelist Bhalchandra Nemade Chosen For Jnanpith Award.
  • Modi chairs first NITI Aayog meet
  • Alibaba acquired 25% stake in Paytm
  • Tata Communications signs $20 mn deal with KION Group
  • M.O.Garg appointed as Director General of Council of Scientific & Industrial Research
  • CSIR-NCL signed MoU with Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Ltd
  • Ajaypal Singh Banga appointed as member of US Advisory Committee for Trade Policy
  • Kolkata Becomes First WiFi-enabled Metro City. 
  • LC Goyal Takes Charge As Union Home Secretary. 
  • Gujarat Handloom Corporation To Launch E-comm Portal. 
  • Mary Mc Gowan Davis To Head UNHRC Gaza Probe. 
  • Ajay Shukla Takes Charge As New Member (Traffic) In Railway Board. 
  • World Cancer Day was Observed Across The World on 4 February 2015. 
  • JK Group Chairman Gaur Hari Singhania Died. 
  • Poverty removal, child care should be on post-2015 agenda: India
  • Anil Goswami is removed from the post of home secretary.
  • HDFC Bank raised Rs 9,880 crore in the largest share sale
  • India at the bottom of GIPC index
  • MahaMobile app launched by Bank for Maharashtra
  • 15th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit
  • Government to Decide on Roongta panel report on CPSEs
  • Cisco Systems picks Visakhapatnam as first ‘smart city'
  • RBI extends range of collateral for interbank transactions
  • China overtakes US as top investment destination
  • The Bihar government decided to provide free education to SC, ST and girl students till PG level in the state
  • Govt panel to suggest ways to monitor CSR Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities works
  • Vijay Kumar shines in National Games with Gold Medal
  • Indian Author Sengupta Shortlisted For Hayek Prize.
  • Haryana Govt Launches Statewide Online Registration Of Land Deals.
  • Dr.Zakir A.Naik Won 2015 King Faisal International Prize.
  • RBI releases Rs 42,000 crore to fund FY16 growth
  • RBI doubles forex remittance limit to $250,000
  • Terror charter against Pak at RIC Summit
  • Madhya Pradesh gets national award for excellent work in MGNREGA
  • Modi govt to bring new scheme to replace JNNURM
  • France win record fifth world handball title
  • Nandita Chatterjee Takes Over As New Secretary of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA).
  • Pakistan Successfully Test Fires New Cruise Missile Ra’ad.
  • Arvind Kumar Jain is new UP Police DG.
  • World Wetlands Day was Observed On 2 February.
  • Reliance teams up with State Bank of India for payments bank
  • India, China launch Visit India Year in China
  • 5-day conference on wildlife poaching begins in Nepal
  • Bharat Rang Mahotsav begins in Delhi
  • Aditya Birla, Future Group apply for payment bank licences
  • HIV treatment to be linked to Aadhaar
  • SIT likely to reinvestigate 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases
  • Kanagasabapathy Sripavan appointed as Chief Justice of Sri Lanka
  • Sergio Mattarella Elected As New President of Italy
  • 18th National Conference on e-Governance held in Gujarat
  • Union Government released Commemorative Postage stamps with Swachh Bharat Mission as theme
  • Filmfare awards (best film, best director and best actress for its lead star Kangana Ranaut Queen).
  • NASA launches Earth-observing satellite A Delta 2 rocket carrying Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP)
  • Djokovic wins Australian Open beating Andy Murray
  • Hingis, Paes win Mixed Doubles in Australian Open beating France’s Kristina Mladenovic and Canadian Daniel Nester.


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