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Union Government released Calendar for the year 2015 with theme Clean India Green India

Published on: 22-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 18 people agreed

Union Government calendar for the year 2015 was released with the theme Clean India Green India.

Losar, the New Year festival of Ladakh region, began

Published on: 22-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

People of Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir started celebrating Losar, a festival that marks the beginning of New Year in Ladakh.

India observed National Mathematics Day to commemorate birth anniversary of Srinivasa Ramanujan

Published on: 22-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

Birthday of great Indian Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan 22 December observed as National Mathematics Day.

Actress Billie Whitelaw of England died at age of 82

Published on: 22-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

Actress Billie Whitelaw was died, who was famous for her roles as Mrs Baylock in horror film The Omen.

EXACTO: The bullet that can change direction mid-air

Published on: 22-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 18 people agreed

US Dept of Defense demonstrated Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO), a 0.50 caliber round bullet that can change direction mid-air to reach its target

Vasan Srinivasan inducted into the Australian Multicultural Council

Published on: 20-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

Indian-origin Vasan Srinivasan was on 18 December 2014  inducted into an Australian national body Australian Multicultural Council (AMC).

NASA found the Meteoritic Evidence of Water Reservoir at Mars

Published on: 20-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 17 people agreed

National Aeronautics and Space Administration found an evidence in meteorites on Earth that indicates Mars has a distinct reservoir of water or ice near its surface.

Veteran freedom fighter Chunibhai Vaidya passed away

Published on: 19-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 21 people agreed

Veteran Gandhian and freedom fighter Chunibhai Vaidya passed away on 19 December 2014 at Ahmedabad, Gujarat following brief illness.

GSLV Mark-III-X successfully test fired along with human Crew module, CARE

Published on: 19-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 29 people agreed

India test-fired its heaviest rocket GSLV Mark-III-X rocket. During the test, the rocket carried human Crew module Atmospheric Reentry Experiment (CARE).

TVS Chairman Venu Srinivasan conferred honorary citizenship of Busan

Published on: 19-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

TVS chairman Venu Srinivasan conferred the title of Honorary Citizen of Busan for his efforts to enhance friendship and cooperation between India and Korea.

Veteran poetess Imtiaz Dharker awarded with the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2014

Published on: 19-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

Noted Pakistan-born poetess Imtiaz Dharker was on 17 December 2014 awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2014 for her latest poetry collection Over the Moon.

US released three Cuban spies of Wasp Network

Published on: 19-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

US released three Cuban spies of Wasp Network

Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, main accused of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, granted bail

Published on: 19-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) in Pakistan bailed to Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi, one of the main accused in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

Veteran Telugu Sports Journalist Maddineni Babu Rao died

Published on: 19-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

Senior Telugu sports journalist Maddineni Babu Rao passed away on 17 December 2014 at Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh following a cardiac problem.

Italian film actress Virna Lisi died

Published on: 19-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

Virna Lisi, an acclaimed Italian actress died at the age of 78. Often known as the Italian Marilyn Monroe, Lisi is now survived by a son, Corrado Pesci.

Minorities Rights Day observed across the world on 18 December

Published on: 18-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 34 people agreed

Minorities Rights Day was observed across the world to create awareness on rights of minorities.

Amit Priyavadan Mehta appointed as Federal judge in the district of Columbia

Published on: 18-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

Indian-American Amit Priyavadan Mehta was on 17 December 2014 appointed  as a federal judge in the district of Columbia by the US Senate.

Druzhba-Dosti: A Vision for Strengthening the Indian-Russian Partnership over the Next Decade

Published on: 18-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 20 people agreed

Druzhba-Dosti is term used for vision statement of India and Russia released during the 15th Indo – Russia Annual Summit held in New Delhi.

DAC approved proposals to buy military equipment worth 4444 crore rupees

Published on: 18-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

Defence Ministry approved proposals of 4444 crore rupees, including the purchase of four helicopters for survey vessels for the navy.

Tashi-Nungshi became world’s 1st twin to climb highest peaks of seven continents

Published on: 18-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 41 people agreed

Tashi and Nungshi became world’s 1st twins to climb the highest peaks on seven continents. They did this under Mission 2 for 7.

USAID head Rajiv Raj Shah resigned from his position

Published on: 18-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The head of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Rajiv Raj Shah on 17 December 2014 resigned from his position.

Reverend Libby Lane appointed as first female bishop of the Church of England

Published on: 18-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

Reverend Libby Lane was on 17 December 2014 appointed as the first female bishop of the Church of England. She will become the new Bishop of Stockport.

Marathi film Kapus Kondyachi Goshta nominated for Oscar Award in Best Picture Category

Published on: 18-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

The Marathi film Kapus Kondyachi Goshta nominated in the best picture category of the 87th Academy Awards, Oscars.

Victory Day celebrated in Bangladesh on 16 December

Published on: 17-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 24 people agreed

Victory Day was celebrated in Bangladesh on the anniversary of Bangladesh victory over the Pakistan forces in 1971 War of Liberation.

Vijay Diwas observed across the country on 16 December

Published on: 17-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 25 people agreed

Vijay Diwas was observed across the country remembering martyrs, who laid down their lives during Indo-Pak War of 1971.

Xu Youyu of China won Olof Palme Human Rights Prize for the year 2014

Published on: 17-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 17 people agreed

Pro-democracy activist of China Xu Youyu won Olof Palme human rights prize of Sweden and it was announced by the Olof Palme Memorial Fund.

Music composer A R Rahman nominated for Oscar Awards in Music Original Score Category

Published on: 17-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 34 people agreed

He was nominated for the films Million Dollar Arm, The Hundred-Foot Journey and Indian film Kochadaiiyaan.

WHO released the Global status report on violence prevention 2014

Published on: 17-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

The World Health Organisation on 10 December 2014 released the Global status report on violence prevention 2014 to describe the state of the problem of interpersonal violence worldwide.

Union Government appointed Dineshwar Sharma as Director of Intelligence Bureau

Published on: 16-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 22 people agreed

Dineshwar Sharma, Special Director in the Intelligence Bureau, appointed as the Director of the Intelligence Bureau (IB).

Maleeha Lodhi appointed as Pakistan Ambassador to the United Nations

Published on: 16-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

Veteran journalist-turned-diplomat Maleeha Lodhi was on 15 December 2014 appointed as 16th Pakistan Ambassador to the United Nations (UN).

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