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Aadi Perukku festival celebrated with traditional gaiety in Tamil Nadu

Published on: 03-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

Aadiperukku is a Hindu Tamil festival celebrated on the 18th day of the Tamil month of Aadi (mid-July to mid-August) in gratitude to water bodies especially Cauvery River.

Tiju Thomas initiative emerged as UAE's first and biggest donor registry

Published on: 03-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

The initiative that had a soft launch on World Blood Donor Day on 14 June 2015 and was formally launched on 21 June 2015 on International Yoga Day.

First National Handloom Day to be observed on 7 August 2015

Published on: 01-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 35 people agreed

On this occasion a new India Handloom brand for better market positioning of quality handloom products would be launched.

Indo-UK Bilateral Air Exercise Indradhanush concluded

Published on: 01-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 19 people agreed

The 10-day exercise that started on 21 July 2015 was the fourth edition which commenced in Britain

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons observed across the world

Published on: 31-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 15 people agreed

According to UNODC's biennial Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, at least 152 countries of origin and 124 countries of destination are affected by trafficking in persons.

Film Talvar to be premiered at Toronto International Film Festival

Published on: 31-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

Talvar written by Vishal Bhardwaj revolves around the sensational murder of 14-year-old Aarushi Talwar and 45-year-old Hemraj Banjade, a domestic help in Noida, India.

Cyclone Komen formed over Bay of Bengal

Published on: 30-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 30 people agreed

The MeT department has forecasted heavy to very heavy rains with isolated extremely heavy rains in Gangetic West Bengal and Odisha of India.

‘Visaarnai’ became first Tamil film to enter Venice film festival

Published on: 30-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

Visaaranai is second film produced by Dhanush that will get international recognition after the critically acclaimed Kaaka Mutta.

Yakub Memon executed as SC rejected his fresh plea in pre-dawn hearing

Published on: 30-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 14 people agreed

The State Government of Maharashtra has decided to hand over his body to his relatives, after completion of formalities.

Eminent vocalist Vasundhara Komkali died

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

She received training in Indian classical music by Pt. Kumar Gandharva (her husband) and Dr. BR Deodhar.

Clive Rice, first post-apartheid captain of South Africa Cricket team, passed away

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

He represented South Africa for the first time in Kolkata on 10 November 1991 as captain and last time in New Delhi four days later.

International Tiger Day observed across the world

Published on: 29-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 43 people agreed

Among the 13 tiger-range countries, India with 2226 has the highest number of tiger population. India is followed by Malaysia with 500 tigers.

Dr. Suniti Solomon, pioneering Indian HIV/AIDS researcher, passed away

Published on: 29-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

She was the first person in India who documented the nation’s first HIV/AIDS case in 1986 and later set up Y R Gaitonde Centre for AIDS Research and Education (YRG CARE)

Ramon Magsaysay Awardees for the year 2015 announced; Two Indians among the awardees

Published on: 29-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 71 people agreed

Among the five awardees who will be conferred with the so-called Asia’s Nobel Prize, there are two Indians, namely Sanjiv Chaturvedi and Anshu Gupta.

World Hepatitis Day observed with theme ‘Prevent hepatitis. Act now’

Published on: 29-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 17 people agreed

The observance of the day in 2015 focuses particularly on Hepatitis B and C. These two combined cause approximately 80 percent of all liver cancer deaths and kill close to 1.4 million people every year.

Swati Maliwal took charge as Chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women

Published on: 28-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 1 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: 10 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: 10 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: 20 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: 8 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: 73 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: 33 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: 8 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: 19 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: 4 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: 37 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: 40 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: 47 people agreed

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

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