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Swati Maliwal took charge as Chairperson of Delhi Commisson for Women

Published on: 28-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

Maliwal had taken charge as the DCW's Chief on 20 July 2015 itself, but her appointment was struck down by the Lt Governor Najeeb Jung at that time.

Ashish Bahuguna appointed as Chairman of food safety regulator FSSAI

Published on: 28-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

His tenure will be three years and he succeeded K Chandramouli whose tenure ended in January 2015. Since then the position was lying vacant and the Health Secretary Bhanu Pratap Sharma was given the interim charge of chairman of FSSAI.

Noted Physicist P Hariharan passed away

Published on: 28-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

Hariharan had contributed in various researches including in the design of a new 3-beam interferometer, first practical radial-shear interferometer and double passed Fabry-Perot interferometer.

Ram Sevak Sharma appointed as Chairman of TRAI

Published on: 28-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

Ram Sevak Sharma is an IAS officer of 1978 batch, Jharkhand Cadre.

Terrorist attacked Dinanagar town of Gurdaspur in Punjab killing seven people

Published on: 28-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

The terrorist attack was the first such attack in Punjab in two decades or since the end of Khalistani terrorism in 1980s.

Santasilan Kadirgamar, the veteran Sri Lankan historian, passed away

Published on: 28-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

He was among those who were instrumental in setting up the Movement for Inter-Racial Justice and Equality (MIRJE - Jaffna)

Former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam passed away

Published on: 28-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 34 people agreed

Considered as the People's President, Dr Kalam became the 11th President of the country and occupied the post between 2002 and 2007 during the NDA government headed Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

World's largest flower Amorphophallus Titanum bloomed at Jindai Botanical Gardens in Tokyo

Published on: 27-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 22 people agreed

It is commonly called the corpse flower because it smells like rotting meat that helps attract pollinators such as beetles and flies.

PR Chari, the nuclear disarmament advocate, died

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

He was a former IAS officer who served two terms in the Defence Ministry and was also a former Director of the Institute of Defence and Strategic Analysis (IDSA) from 1975 to 1980.

Veteran Congress leader Bijoy Krishna Handique passed away

Published on: 27-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

Handique was first elected to Assam Legislative Assembly in 1972, he then became a member of All India Congress Committee in 1973.

16th Anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas observed across the country

Published on: 27-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 15 people agreed

The Kargil war was also called Operation Vijay, which was the name of the Indian operation that cleared the Kargil sector, which is situated 205 kilometer from Srinagar in J&K.

Former Bihar Governor Ramkrishna Suryabhan Gavai passed away

Published on: 27-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

It was to Gavai’s credit that the Deekshabhoomi turned into a world class memorial to Ambedkar and his historic conversion to Buddhism.

Helena Ndume, Jorge Sampaio awarded with first-ever Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize

Published on: 25-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 29 people agreed

The award ceremony was a part of the annual commemoration of Nelson Mandela International Day, which is observed on 18 July every year.

Ramachandra Guha chosen for Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize 2015

Published on: 25-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 36 people agreed

The prize will be conferred upon him on 17 September 2015 in Fukuoka International Congress Center in Japan, following which the awardees will be deliberating lectures at high-schools and universities across the city.

Ajay Mathur appointed as Director-General of TERI

Published on: 25-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 40 people agreed

Currently, Mathur is working as the Director General of Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) of the Union Government.

Haryanavi film ‘Pagdi: The Honour’ made tax free in Haryana

Published on: 24-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

Pagdi: The Honour is the first Haryanvi film which has won two national awards, namely best Haryanavi film and best supporting actor (female) award at the 62nd National Film Awards.

Peter Higgs received Royal Society’s Copley Medal, the world's oldest scientific prize

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

Higgs received the Copley Medal for his fundamental contribution to particle physics with his theory explaining the Higgs Boson, which was confirmed by the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider in 2012.

Longtime cartoonist Tom Moore died

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

Moore began drawing cartoons while serving in the US Navy during the Korean War.

National Broadcasting Day observed across the country

Published on: 23-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

Broadcasting in India began in July 1923 with programmes by the Radio Club of Mumbai. According to an agreement of 23 July 1927, the Indian Broadcasting Company started broadcasting from Bombay station.

R.D. Burman: The Prince of Music written by Khagesh Dev Burman

Published on: 23-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

The author through the book has tried to look into life of R.D. Burman and reveals the fact about number of songs and tunes of Burman.

Book titled Ghosts of Calcutta authored by Sebastian Ortiz released

Published on: 23-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

The book not only tells about the Ghosts of Calcutta but also about other characters like friends, associates, passer-bys, who were around him.

French film The Big Day to showcase Anand Kumar's Super 30

Published on: 23-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

Super 30 of Anand Kumar came in news because of a 90-minute film, The Big Day, made by famous French director Pascal Plisson.

China returned passport to dissident artist Ai Weiwei

Published on: 23-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

World renowned artist Weiwei is mostly remembered for his famous British installations Sunflower Seeds at Tate Modern in 2010.

36th annual American Book Awards announced

Published on: 23-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

The awards are presented by the Before Columbus Foundation, a non-profit educational and service organisation.

SC rejected curative petition of Mumbai serial bomb blasts convict Yakub Memon

Published on: 22-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

It came into news after Mumbai serial bomb blasts convict Yakub Memon’s Curative Petition was rejected by the SC bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu on 21 July 2015.

Hisao Tanaka resigned as CEO and President of Toshiba

Published on: 22-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

He will be succeeded by Masashi Muromachi, who is presently the Chairman of Toshiba.

Noted Hollywood actor Olaf Pooley passed away

Published on: 22-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

Pooley was most famous for his role as villainous scientist Professor Stahlman in Doctor Who show, which he starred in during the 1970s.

Maurice Obstfeld appointed as Chief Economist of IMF

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

Obstfeld will succeed outgoing IMF economist Olivier Blanchard.

Workshop held to discuss Pam Rajput Committee’s recommendation on Status of Women

Published on: 21-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

The workshop discussed the recommendations under four groups including Women and Economy; Women and Social Empowerment; Women, Media and Information Technology; Women and Law and lastly, Institutional Mechanism and Governance.

Telugu cartoonist Pamarthy Shankar won Grand Prix World Press Cartoon 2014 Award

Published on: 21-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 15 people agreed

He was presented the award at Cascais in Portugal by World Press Cartoon Director Antonio Antunes.

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