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Krishna Chaudhary appointed as the Director General of ITBP

Published on: 31-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

Krishna Chaudhary appointed as the DG of ITBP which was lying vacant since 1 January 2015 after retirement of Subhas Goswami. Chaudhary will be in office till June 2017.

Union Ministry of Defence announced 2015 Republic Day Parade Awards

Published on: 30-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The panels was appointed by the Defence Ministry for assessing the marching contingents from three Services, Para-Military Forces and tableaux from various States/ Ministries/Departments and School Children items from Schools of Delhi as well as outside Delhi.

Subhash Ghising, the President of Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF), died

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

Subhash Ghising, the person who gave birth to Gorkhaland movement and raised voice for creation of a separate Gorkhaland state for ethnic Gorkha (Nepali) living in Darjeeling District of West Bengal died.

Anti-Leprosy Day observed to focus Attention on Disease

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

The day is celebrated in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi in order to re-memorize his selfless efforts and care for the people affected by the infectious disease leprosy.

Shekhar Sen appointed as Chairman of Sangeet Natak Akademi

Published on: 30-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

Shekhar Sen will succeed Leela Samson as the Chairman of Sangeet Natak Akademi.

Purple Tea can be produced in Assam: Experts

Published on: 29-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 19 people agreed

Assam’s Longai area of Cachar district in the Barak Valley and the hilly forested areas of Karbi Anglong district are capable of producing health-rich purple tea. Currently, this variety of tea is produced only in Kenya.

Malayalam actor Mala Aravindan died

Published on: 29-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

Mala Aravindan died on 28 January 2015 following cardiac arrest in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. He was 76.

Union Cabinet reconstituted Empowered Committee on setting up of Semiconductor Wafer FAB projects

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

The Union Cabinet on 28 January 2015 reconstituted the Empowered Committee on setting up of Semiconductor Wafer Fabrication (FAB) manufacturing facilities in the country.

Australian golfer Kelvin David George Nagle died

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

Kelvin David George Nagle, winner of British Open in 1960 died on 29 January 2015 in Sydney at the age of 94. He held a record of winning 61 tournaments on the Australasian PGA tour.

Hockey Olympian Jaswant Singh Rajput died

Published on: 28-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 17 people agreed

Hockey Olympian Jaswant Singh Rajput who was part of Indian hockey team that won gold medal in 1948 London and 1952 Helsinki Olympics died on 28 January 2015. He was 88.

K Durga Prasad appointed as the Special DG of CRPF

Published on: 28-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 15 people agreed

Union Government appointed an IPS officer of 1981 batch from Andhra Pradesh K Durga Prasad as the Special Director General of the CRPF on 27 January 2015.

Wing Commander Puja Thakur became first lady officer to lead Inter-Service Guard of Honour

Published on: 28-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 60 people agreed

Thakur leading the Inter-Service Guard of Honour was in line with the theme of Nari Shakti (Women Power) chosen for the 2015 Republic Day parade.

Arundhathi Subramaniam won Khushwant Singh Memorial Prize for Poetry

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

Poet Arundhathi Subramaniam won the inaugural Khushwant Singh Memorial Prize for Poetry for her work When God is a Traveller at Jaipur Literature Festival.

Alexis Tsipras sworn in as PM of Greece

Published on: 27-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

He became the first prime minister in Greek history to be sworn in without the traditional oath on a Bible and blessing of basil and water from the Greek Archbishop.

Famous Greek Singer Demis Roussos Died

Published on: 27-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

Famous Greek singer Demis Roussos died on 25 January 2015 in Athens, Greek following a brief illness.

Divya Prakash Sinha appointed as Security Secretary in the Union Cabinet Secretariat

Published on: 27-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 26 people agreed

Divya Prakash Sinha was appointed as Secretary (Security) in the Union Cabinet Secretariat. His appointment was approved by Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC).

Major Mukund Varadarajan, Naik Neeraj Kumar Singh posthumously awarded with Ashok Chakra

Published on: 27-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 49 people agreed

Major Mukund Varadarajan and Naik Neeraj Kumar Singh were on 26 January 2015 posthumously awarded with the highest peacetime military honour the Ashok Chakra by President Pranab Mukherjee.

President approved conferment of Padma Awards 2015 on 104 persons

Published on: 27-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 27 people agreed

The President of India Pranab Mukherjee approved the conferment of Padma Awards 2015 on 104 persons from the fields of art, social work, public affairs, science, trade, medicine, literature, etc.

Legendary cartoonist R K Laxman died

Published on: 27-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 17 people agreed

Legendary cartoonist and creator of the Common Man in cartoons, R K Laxman died on 26 January 2015 at the age of 93. He was one of the India’s greatest caricaturists.

Miss Colombia Paulina Vega crowned Miss Universe 2014

Published on: 27-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 31 people agreed

Paulina Vega of Colombia crowned as Miss Universe 2014. She was crowned by the 2013 pageant winner Venezuelan Gabriela Isler.

Goa to host Indo-Russian Musical Festival ZimaFest

Published on: 24-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 19 people agreed

The festival will host various world's best DJs and bands like Alisa, Dolphin, Parikrama and DJ sets by Karsh Kale, Mara, Kohra, Janux, XP Voodoo, Christ Burstein FT, Victoria Bourke, Bhavishyavani Future Soundz FT. M. Mat.

Prime Minister presented National Bravery Awards 2014 to 24 awardees

Published on: 24-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 40 people agreed

8 girls and 16 boys were conferred with National Bravery Awards. Four of them have been awarded posthumously. The awardees receive a medal, certificate and cash incentive. Also, they will participate in the Republic Day parade.

National Girl Child Day observed on 24 January

Published on: 24-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 29 people agreed

National Girl Child Day is observed on 24 January 2015 across the nation.

UN Secretary–General appointed Saraswathy Menon in peace-building panel

Published on: 24-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 28 people agreed

The others on the seven-member panel, formally known as advisory group on the review of the peace-building architecture, include a retired Pakistani major general, Anis Bajwa and Charles Petrie of France, who headed an internal review panel on UN actions in Sri Lanka.

Telugu comedian Mailavarapu Surya Narayana passed away

Published on: 23-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

Tollywood Actor and comedian Mailavarapu Surya Narayana passed away on 23 January 2015 following multi-organ failure.

Saudi Arabia King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz died

Published on: 23-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 34 people agreed

Saudi Arabia King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz passed away on 23 January 2015 following a brief illness.

R V Easwar appointed as Interim Chairman of DDCA

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

Former High Court judge Justice R V Easwar was on 22 January 2015 appointed as Interim Chairman of the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA).

Jasjit Ahluwalia appointed as Dean of School of Public Health at Rutgers University

Published on: 22-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

Ahluwalia will assume the office as Dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health from April 2015. Currently, he is a professor of internal medicine and epidemiology at the University of Minnesota.

Pakistan's Ex-Foreign Minister Khurshid M Kasuri penned a book titled Neither a Hawk nor a Dove

Published on: 22-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 39 people agreed

The book will be published by Penguin in India at the end of January 2015. The book is based upon the relations between India and Pakistan.

ILO released a report titled World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2015

Published on: 21-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

The report warned that unemployment will continue to rise in the coming years, as the global economy has entered a new period combining slower growth, widening inequalities and turbulence.

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