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Rock Band Yes Guitarist Chris Squire died

Published on: 30-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Squire formed Yes band in 1968 with Jon Anderson and their debut single titled Sweetness and first album titled Yes were released in 1968.

Nearly 30 percent of China’s Great Wall disappeared over time: Survey

Published on: 30-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

Nearly 1962 kms length of the wall was disappeared over centuries due to many factors including stealing the bricks to build houses.

Archaeologists found fresh evidence linking Azhagankulam in TN with ancient Rome trade

Published on: 30-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

Azhagankulam was a part of the troika of trade centres along with Arikkamedu and Pattanam between Rome and the Tamil country during the Tamil Sangam age.

9th National Statistics Day observed with theme Social Development

Published on: 30-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

The day commemorates the birth anniversary of Indian Bengali scientist and applied statistician late Prof. Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis.

Indian Railways, Indian Army among world's biggest employers: World Economic Forum Study

Published on: 29-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 21 people agreed

Indian Railways was ranked at the eighth place in the list of world's biggest employers with 1.4 million staff.

Famous Writer Vishwanath Tripathi chosen for 28th Moorti Devi Award

Published on: 29-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 15 people agreed

Moorti Devi award was founded by Bharatiya Jnanpith and is given away to the authors who have contributed in the field of contemporary creative writing in modern Indian languages.

Transcendence: My Spiritual Experiences with Pramukh Swamiji written by Abdul Kalam

Published on: 29-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

Transcendence maps a journey of self-realization reflected in the eyes of Pramukh Swamiji, painting a delightful fusion of spirituality, science and leadership.

SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket broke apart in flames minutes after lifting off from Cape Canaveral

Published on: 29-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The rocket, which had 18 straight successes prior to the meeting the accident, was in the process of sending a cargo ship to the International Space Station (ISS).

Nadia district won the UN Public Service Award 2015 for eliminating open defecation

Published on: 29-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

Till October 2013, half of the district’s population was defecating in open spaces but the situation improved under Sabar Souchagar (Toilets for All) programme launched on 2 October 2013

Dealing with China: An Insider Unmasks the New Economic Superpower by Henry M Paulson

Published on: 29-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The book takes the reader behind closed doors to witness the creation and evolution and future of China’s state-controlled capitalism.

President conferred Punyabhushan Award on Prataprao Pawar

Published on: 29-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 14 people agreed

Punyabhushan award constituted by Tridal, Pune is annually announced on 23 March to commemorate memory of Indian revolutionary martyrs Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, and Rajguru.

Patrick Macnee, star of The Avengers, died

Published on: 27-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

He was born as Daniel Patrick Macnee on 6 February 1922 in London and grew up in Lambourn.

Main artery of 2800-km K2K Economic Corridor nearly ready: China

Published on: 26-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 20 people agreed

The 2800 km long corridor is at the core of the Bangladesh, India, China and Myanmar-Economic Corridor (BCIM-EC) initiated in 2014.

Two-day long annual Hemis festival of Ladakh

Published on: 26-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

Hemis festival is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava and the head lama presides over the function of the festival.

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking observed globally

Published on: 26-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 21 people agreed

This important day was created by the United Nations General Assembly on 7 December 1987 to help create a society free of illegal drugs and drug abuse.

42-footlong blue whale washed ashore at Revdanda coast in Maharashtra died

Published on: 26-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

The whale came on the coast after being washed ashore and was not able to return back to the ocean because of its weight and size.

Assam's Ambubachi Mela concluded

Published on: 26-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

This yearly mela is celebrated during the monsoon season that happens to fall during the Assamese month Ahaar and is related to the Tantric cult and is also known as Kamkhya Devi Puja.

Anshula Kant appointed as CFO and Deputy Managing Director of SBI

Published on: 26-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 20 people agreed

She succeeded P K Gupta, who was promoted as Chief Executive Officer of SBI Capital.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar conferred with Columbia’s highest civilian award

Published on: 25-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 21 people agreed

The Order of the Democracy Simon Bolivar was created in 1980 to honour the outstanding citizens for their service to the nation in any field. It is granted by the House of Representatives of Columbia

Sahitya Akademi announced Bhasha Samman

Published on: 25-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 14 people agreed

The Bhasha Samman is given to 3-4 persons every year in different languages on the basis of recommendation of experts' committees constituted for the purpose.

Sahitya Akademi announced Bal Sahitya Puraskar for the year 2015

Published on: 25-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The awards were conferred on five novelists, four writers of short stories and three authors of poetries, one book of one-act play and eleven writers for their contribution to children’s literature.

Veteran Journalist Praful Bidwai passed away

Published on: 25-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

He was also an anti-nuclear activist and a founding member of Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace that was set up after the 1998 pokhran nuclear tests.

UK-based philanthropist Benni Joseph Mavelil selected for VK Krishna Menon Award 2015

Published on: 24-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

At present, Mavelil is a registered Manager and Director for the Ideal Fostering in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Three Indians won inaugural Queen's Young Leaders Award in UK

Published on: 24-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

These three Indians are among 60 others who received the Queen's Young Leaders award from the British monarch at a gala ceremony in Buckingham Palace.

Red Tape to Red Carpet... and then some written by Gina Rinehart released

Published on: 24-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

The author is the Chairperson of the Australian mining company Hancock Prospecting Group.

Titanic composer James Horner died

Published on: 24-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

In 1997, Horner won two Oscars (Academy Awards)  for Best Original Score and along with Best Original Song for My Heart Will Go On in the movie Titanic.

Sister Nirmala Joshi, former head of Missionaries of Charity, died

Published on: 23-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

Sister Nirmala was born in Ranchi on 23 July 1934 to a Brahmin soldier who came from Nepal.

Maharashtra topped the list of States and UTs in IPR filing in 2013-14: IBEF report

Published on: 23-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

While Maharashtra topped the list of states and Union Territories (UTs), Bengaluru was the top city in IPR filing.

IEP released Global Peace Index 2015

Published on: 23-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

India is ranked 143rd out of 162 countries and maintained the same position compared to the GPI 2014.

Columbia’s FARC blew up oil pipeline in Catatumbo

Published on: 23-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

FARC is Colombia's largest rebel group and Latin America's oldest left-wing insurgency.

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