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13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice held in Doha

Published on: 20-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 16 people agreed

The Summit concluded with the adoption of Doha Declaration.

Sitaram Yechury elected as General Secretary of CPI (M)

Published on: 20-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

Sitaram Yechury succeeds Prakash Karat, who was the General Secretary of the party from 2005 to April 2015.

Shah Rukh Khan, Zayn Malik honoured at the 5th Asian Awards

Published on: 20-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

Khan was awarded with the prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Cinema award, while, Malik was conferred with Outstanding Contribution to Music.

Chhurim Sherpa, first woman to climb the Everest summit twice in a week

Published on: 20-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 28 people agreed

She accomplished this feat in 2012, by climbing Everest on 12 May 2012 and 19 May 2012 and the fete was verified by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2013.

World Heritage Day 2015 observed globally

Published on: 18-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 36 people agreed

The day marks the necessity of protecting the historical monuments and sites located in every part of the world by making collective efforts at international level.

PM Narendra Modi concluded his three-nation visit to France, Germany and Canada

Published on: 18-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 85 people agreed

Major agreements reached during the three-nation visit included nuclear deal, purchase of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft, return of the Khajuraho sculpture and others.

Vankadarath Saritha joined as first woman bus driver of the DTC

Published on: 18-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 29 people agreed

Saritha started her career as an autorickshaw driver and has worked as a bus driver earlier in Hyderabad too

World Hemophilia Day 2015 observed globally with theme Building a family of support

Published on: 18-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 24 people agreed

17 April was chosen as a day to observe Hemophilia day in 1989 to honor Frank Schnabel the founder of WFH, whose birthday falls on the same date.

Stanislav Gross, Former Czech Republic Prime Minister, died

Published on: 17-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

He was the youngest Prime Minister of the Czech Republic from 2004 to 2005 at the age of 34.

Narendra Modi gifted Miniature Painting titled Guru Nanak Dev to Stephen Harper

Published on: 17-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 26 people agreed

The painting is the work of Virendra Bannu, a Jaipur-based artist, who is the seventh generation artist in his family and is taking forward the legacy of his family in specialized miniature art form.

PM of India, Canada paid tributes to victims of 1985 Kanishka incident at Humber Bay Park

Published on: 17-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

The memorial was unveiled on 22 June 2007 in Toronto in the memory of the 329 victims in the 23 June 1985 terrorist attack on Air India Flight 182 or Emperor Kanishka.

Satya Nadella honoured with the White House Champions of Change

Published on: 17-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

Champions of Champs honour is given to those who support working families and help make change in their companies or communities.

Vikram Patel named among the Time 100 Most Influential People in the World List 2015

Published on: 17-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 20 people agreed

The Time Magazine described him as a well-being warrior for his contributions in the field of psychiatry.

Jamal Benomar, United Nations peace envoy to Yemen, resigned

Published on: 16-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

He was serving as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's special envoy for Yemen since 2012.

Ancient Indian sculpture Parrot Lady presented to PM Narendra Modi by Canadian PM

Published on: 16-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 65 people agreed

Parrot Lady is a life-sized, sandstone sculpture and is said to be around 900 year old.

Dr. Mohan Kumar appointed as Ambassador of India to France

Published on: 16-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 23 people agreed

He is a 1981-batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer.

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

Published on: 16-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 37 people agreed

The intermediate-range ballistic missile was test-fired by the Strategic Force Command (SFC) from the Wheelar Isalnd off the Odisha coast in the Bay of Bengal.

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

Published on: 16-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 22 people agreed

The awards were presented to them at the Tenth International Conference on Methods and Applications of Radio-analytical Chemistry for their outstanding contributions in the fields of radio and nuclear chemistry.

Former Nepalese Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa died

Published on: 16-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 15 people agreed

Thapa had served as the prime minister of the country for five terms in a political career spanning more than 50 years. He had worked under three different kings.

Fourth Lighthouse Museum of India to be opened at Kannur, Kerala

Published on: 15-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 41 people agreed

The other three lighthouses museums have been set up at Alappuzha in Kerala and Chennai and Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu.

Union Government planned to push for Green Bonds to meets its target of renewable energy

Published on: 15-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 24 people agreed

Like normal bonds, these bonds can be issued by governments, multi-national banks or corporations.

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

Published on: 15-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 32 people agreed

Meenakshi Madan Rai, who is the first female judge of the Sikkim High Court, is also the third High Court judge who hails from the small border state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Germany

Published on: 15-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 32 people agreed

During his three day visit, the Prime Minister interacted with the Chancellor, business leaders and Indian Diaspora.

Justice AR Dave recused from Constitutional Bench hearing petitions challenging NJAC Act, 2014

Published on: 15-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 18 people agreed

NJAC Act, 2014, notified on 13 April 2015, provides for constitution of NJAC comprising of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) as the chairperson, two senior most judges of the SC, Union Law Minister and two eminent personalities as members.

Fifth Normandy Group Foreign Ministers meet held in Berlin

Published on: 15-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

The meeting reviewed the progress in implementing the truce pact reached between pro-Russia forces and Ukraine to end the ongoing conflict in the Donbass region of Ukraine.

Assamese film director, actor Bidyut Chakraborty died

Published on: 15-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

He won Indira Gandhi national award for Best First Film of a Director n 1996 for his film Rag Biraag, a film based on a novel written by Jnanpith award-winner Mamoni Raisom Goswami.

TRAI received over three lakh e-mails in support of Net Neutrality

Published on: 15-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 25 people agreed

The e-mails were in response to a consultation paper released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), which proposed that the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) can impose differential charges on social networking sites which are providing voice and calling services.

Union Government constituted Task Force on Interlinking of Rivers

Published on: 15-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 25 people agreed

The task force chaired by BN Navalawala will take up all issues for expediting the work on interlinking of rivers in the Country. It would also consider alternative plans in place of infeasible links in the present plan.

Over Hundred people killed during Songkran festival in Thailand

Published on: 14-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 27 people agreed

The accident occurred after Thais took trains, planes, cars and bikes to head home to their parents and families to celebrate the festival which started on 10 April 2015 evening.

Mahatma Gandhi statue in Johannesburg defaced

Published on: 14-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 53 people agreed

The statue in Johannesburg is believed to be the only one in the world showing Gandhi as a young lawyer in his court robes.

Ernst & Young released a report titled Global IPO Trends 2015

Published on: 14-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

As per the report, Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) became the world leader in Initial Public Offerings (IPO) for the first time, outshining rivals, New York and Hong Kong during the 2015 Q1. In 2015 Q1, SSE raised 5.4 billion US dollars.

Arun Jaitley inaugurated Vividh Bharati Service of Delhi on FM Mode

Published on: 14-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 22 people agreed

With this launch, the services of Vividh Bharti of All India Radio (AIR) will be available to listeners in and around Delhi.

Ri Su Yong, the Foreign Minister of North Korea, visited India

Published on: 14-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 14 people agreed

Foreign Minister level talks were held were issues of mutual interest including India’s security concerns were discussed and Yong was informed about the significance of peace and stability in the Korean peninsula for India’s Act East policy.

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