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Low quality plastic items banned in Ahmedabad

May 1, 2015
Important for Exam: 28 people agreed

The ban was issued after it was found that low grade plastic waste is resulting in chocking of man-hall and drainage system.

Marathi actress Bimba Modak passed away

Apr 30, 2015
Important for Exam: 26 people agreed

Eminent Marathi film and stage actress Bimba Modak passed away on 29 April 2015 due to her old age.

Union Government approved continuation of 1000 rupees Monthly Pension Scheme under EPS

Apr 30, 2015
Important for Exam: 24 people agreed

The move would benefit over 20 lakh pensioners under social security scheme run by Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO).

Logo of the International Day of Yoga launched

Apr 30, 2015
Important for Exam: 98 people agreed

The logo was selected by a committee of yoga experts constituted by Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH).

Ananda Kumar, Pramod Patil won Whitley Awards for wildlife conservation

Apr 30, 2015
Important for Exam: 35 people agreed

Kumar & Patil were awarded for their work of enabling human-elephant co-existence in Southern India and protection of the iconic great Indian bustard in the Thar Desert, Rajasthan, respectively.

Microsoft Corp announced to allow Android and Apple phone apps to Windows 10

Apr 30, 2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

The decision is aimed to attract the users, as Microsoft has failed to get any real traction on tablets and phones, partly because of a lack of apps.

NRSC, DoLR signed MoU for development of Web Geo Portal Shrishti and Mobile App Drishti

Apr 30, 2015
Important for Exam: 22 people agreed

The MoU was signed by Sandeep Dave, Joint Secretary of DoLR and VK Dadhwal, Director of NRSC.

Flipkart acquired mobile marketing firm Appiterate

Apr 30, 2015
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

Appiterate helps ecommerce companies target consumers better and increase sales by using push notifications and in-app messages.

Seychelles became 161st Member of WTO

Apr 30, 2015
Important for Exam: 55 people agreed

This approval by WTO ended the 20-year long wait of the country of being a member of WTO, as the country was negotiating its accession terms since 31 May 1995.

RBI imposed a fine of 1.5 crore rupees each on three Public Sector Banks for violating KYC norms

Apr 30, 2015
Important for Exam: 33 people agreed

These three PSBs are Bank of Maharashtra, Dena Bank and Oriental Bank of Commerce.

Gopinath Pillai resigned as Chairman of Gateway Distriparks Limited

Apr 30, 2015
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

The company has named co-founder Prem Kishan Gupta as the new Chairman. He is working as the Managing Director since the start of the company.

CCEA gave approval for engaging Maharashtra Cotton Growers Federation to undertake MSP operations

Apr 30, 2015
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The CCEA also approved additional fiscal allocation under Non-Plan Grant to meet the anticipated losses in disposal of cotton.

India, Japan signed Action Agenda for Investment and Trade Promotion

Apr 30, 2015
Important for Exam: 19 people agreed

The action agenda contains five items, which can help in furthering the trade relations between India and Japan.

Union Cabinet approved Smart Cities Mission with an outlay of 48000 crore rupees

Apr 30, 2015
Important for Exam: 48 people agreed

The mission is intended to develop 100 smart  cities across the country by promoting smart solutions for efficient use of available assets, resources and infrastructure with the objective of enhancing the quality of urban life.

Rajya Sabha passed Regional Rural Banks (Amendment) Bill, 2014

Apr 30, 2015
Important for Exam: 58 people agreed

The Amendment Bill 2014 seeks to amend the Regional Rural Banks Act, 1976, which provided process for the incorporation, regulation and winding up of Regional Rural Banks (RRBs).

Union Cabinet approved Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) of 500 cities

Apr 30, 2015
Important for Exam: 60 people agreed

The mission is intended to make urban areas more livable and inclusive besides driving the economic growth with an investment of 50000 crore rupees over next five years.

Japan proposed new JWG on Nuclear deal

Apr 30, 2015
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yoichi Miyazawa proposed a new Joint Working Group to discuss civil nuclear co-operation with India during his meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

Sri Lankan Parliament adopted the 19th Amendment to the Constitution

Apr 30, 2015
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

This amendment has reduced the power of Executive President and also put into place a Constitutional Council for making key government appoints.

PropTiger acquired Makaan.com

Apr 30, 2015
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

PropTiger is the online realty services firm backed by media magnate Rupert Murdoch.

Singer Jack Ely famous for song Louie Louie passed away

Apr 30, 2015
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

Jack Ely was an American guitarist and singer.

Tourist Visa scheme extended to 31 more countries

Apr 30, 2015
Important for Exam: 23 people agreed

With the latest addition, the total number of countries under the scheme will go up to 76. Earlier in November 2014, the e-Tourist Visa scheme was launched for 45 countries from nine designated Indian airports.

Mukesh Khanna appointed as Chairperson of Children's Film Society of India

Apr 30, 2015
Important for Exam: 22 people agreed

Children's Film Society India (CFSI) was founded by, India's first Prime Minister Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru in 1955 as an autonomous body under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Venezuela announced to cut working hours to tackle energy crisis

Apr 29, 2015
Important for Exam: 23 people agreed

State employees would now work from 07:30-13:00 to save on air conditioning as there will be surge in energy demand due to extremely hot weather.

RBI issued revised guidelines on Priority Sector Lending

Apr 29, 2015
Important for Exam: 34 people agreed

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 23 April 2015 issued revised guidelines on Priority Sector Lending.

Nursultan A Nazarbayev re-elected as President of Kazakhstan

Apr 29, 2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

Nazarbayev won the elections with a whopping 97.7 percent of the total votes while the other two opponents Turgun Syzdykov and Abelgazy Kusainov won a combined 2.3 percent of the total votes.

ISRO successfully tested indigenous cryogenic engine CE-20 with four-tonne capacity

Apr 29, 2015
Important for Exam: 64 people agreed

This engine will enable scientists to put satellites of up to the capacity of four tonnes in geostationary orbit.

Novelist Siddhartha Gigoo won 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Asia region

Apr 29, 2015
Important for Exam: 31 people agreed

With this victory, Gigoo will compete with the other four regional winners for the 5000 pounds grand prize which will be announced in London on 8 September 2015.

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud appointed Mohammed bin Nayef as Crown Prince

Apr 29, 2015
Important for Exam: 14 people agreed

Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdul Aziz was relieved from his duties.

Union Cabinet approved Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013

Apr 29, 2015
Important for Exam: 21 people agreed

The proposed amendments will fill the gaps in the domestic anti-corruption law and will help in meeting the country's obligations under the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) more effectively.

Raja Rajeswari became the first India-born woman to be sworn in as Judge of New York City

Apr 29, 2015
Important for Exam: 31 people agreed

She was sworn-in as a criminal court judge by Mayor Bill de Blasio at a ceremony in New York.

China won the World Team Chess Championship in Tsaghkadzor

Apr 29, 2015
Important for Exam: 16 people agreed

China emerged champion, with 15 points. Ukraine finished runner-up with 12 points, while host Armenia was third with 11.

Georgia won Women’s World Team Chess Championship held at Chengdu

Apr 29, 2015
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

The championship was held at Chengdu, China from 18 April 2015 to 29 April 2015 under the aegis of FIDE.

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