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Greece became first developed nation to default on IMF debt

Published on: 01-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

Greece became a defaulter after it rejected the proposal given by the troika to raise its primary surplus within two years, which required pension and tax reforms.

Three-drug lethal injection protocol use did not violate Constitution: US Supreme Court

Published on: 30-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

The court in its ruling said that the use of Midazolam does not violate the Constitution in terms of being cruel and unusual punishment as per Eighth Amendment of the US Constitution

US Supreme Court ruled against EPA limiting mercury emissions from power plants

Published on: 30-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The case looked at the EPA's regulation of mercury and other emissions from power plants under the Clean Air Act, 1970.

India, Thailand signed five MOUs during the 7th Meeting of India-Thailand Joint Commission

Published on: 30-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

The agreements were signed during three days the Visit of Minister of External Affairs to Thailand from 27-29 June 2015.

50 countries signed Articles of Agreement for China-initiated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Published on: 29-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 22 people agreed

The agreement outlined the financial share of each member, policymaking, business and operational systems and governance structure of the AIIB.

Greece PM called for referendum on extension for bailout programme

Published on: 29-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The Greece Parliament is set to vote on 5 July 2015 on the referendum call.

Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved Parliament

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

Sirisena dissolved the parliament within 160 days after assuming his office in January 2015.

US Supreme Court legalized Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide

Published on: 27-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The court ratified the Bill of Rights and added the Fourteenth Amendment that states no state shall deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.

India, US signed MoUs to enhance cooperation in areas of Health Sector

Published on: 27-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

The MoUs were signed to enhance cooperation in areas such as cancer research, infrastructure development, training, capacity building and better assessment and application of new diagnostic technologies.

US Supreme Court gave nod to subsidies under US Health Care Law in States without health exchanges

Published on: 26-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The judgment was delivered by a 9-judge bench in the King v. Burwell case with 6-3 division

International Conference on Nepal’s Reconstruction concluded

Published on: 25-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

The Conference was attended by at least 35 countries, including China, Britain, Norway, Japan, Sri Lanka, the European Union besides the UN, World Bank and Asian Development Bank.

Australia decided to join China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Published on: 25-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 18 people agreed

Treasurer Joe Hockey will attend the Articles of Agreement signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, on 29 June 2015.

Union Cabinet approved signing of MoC between India and Japan on Industrial Property

Published on: 25-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

The MoC will focus on capacity building, human resource development and awareness generation.

Austria to file complaint against UK's Hinkley Point C nuclear project in European Court of Justice

Published on: 24-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The petition is expected to be filed on 29 June 2015.

India to be the Partner Country for Russian Industrial Trade Fair Innoprom 2016

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

Nirmala Sitharaman was on a three day visit to Russia to participate in annual St. Petersburg International and Economic Forum (SPIEF) held on 18-20 June 2015 at St Petersburg, Russia.

Nepal-India Treaty of Transit amended to facilitate import of vehicles into Nepal

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

The four border points are Raxaul-Birgunj, Jogbani-Biratnagar, Sunauli-Bhairahawa and Nepalgunj Road-Nepalgunj border points.

EU launched Operation EU NAVFOR Med against migrant-traffickers

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

During the operation, ships will operate in international waters and airspace until the EU can secure a UN Security Council resolution endorsing its effort and permission from Libyan officials to enter their territory.

Pitcairn Island passed law to allow same-sex marriage

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

Pitcairn Island, a tiny speck in the Pacific with a small population of 48 people, passed the law on suggestion of British authorities after England, Wales and Scotland legalised the same-sex marriage in 2014.

India placed at 61st position in terms of foreigners’ money in Swiss banks

Published on: 22-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

The countries to top the list are the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US) with UK alone accounting for 22 percent of total global funds in Swiss banks.

Commemorations of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo concluded

Published on: 22-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

The anniversary is celebrated to remember the June 1815 battle in which Napoleon’s French army was defeated by Duke of Wellington’s allied forces.

France announced ban on earphones for Drivers and Cyclists

Published on: 20-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

Those found using earphones while driving a vehicle or riding a cycle will be fined 135 Euro (214 dollar) and lose three license points.

China launched world’s first electric passenger aircraft BX1E

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

The aircraft was designed together by Shenyang Aerospace University and Liaoning General Aviation Academy.

Department of State of USA released Country Reports on Terrorism 2014

Published on: 20-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

As per the report, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Nigeria accounted for more than 60 percent of terrorist attacks in 2014.

India, Tanzania signed six MoUs during the visit of President of Tanzania to India

Published on: 20-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 14 people agreed

Agreement on establishing a collaborative program in official statistics was inked between Tanzania’s EASTC and India’s NSSTA.

Blue Opposition Bloc led by Lars Loekke Rasmussen won Denmark’s Parliamentary Elections

Published on: 20-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Incumbent Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the first woman Prime Minister of Denmark, conceding defeat quit as the head of Social Democrat Party.

Chinese Version of Bhagavad Gita launched in China

Published on: 19-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 14 people agreed

The book was translated by Chinese Professor Wang Zhu Cheng and Ling Hai of the Zhejiang University in Shanghai and was published by the Sichuan People’s Publications.

Hong Kong lawmakers rejected Beijing-backed election reform package

Published on: 19-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The election reform package was voted down by 28 votes to eight in the Legislative Council (known as legco) of 70 legislators.

China and Australia signed Free Trade Agreement

Published on: 19-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) will ensure 85 percent of all exports of Australia to China tariff-free.

Union Cabinet approved agreement with Spain on abolishing visa requirements for diplomatic passports

Published on: 18-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

Similar agreements on abolishing visa requirements for diplomatic passports holders have been signed by India with 40 countries.

Japan's Parliament passed a Bill to lower voting age from 20 to 18

Published on: 18-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

The last time Japan’s voting age was revised in 1945 post World War II, when the voting age was lowered to 20 from 25, and women were given the right to vote.

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