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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.

Professor Kamal Bawa, an Indian-origin scientist, elected to Royal Society of London

Published on: 15-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

He along with other two Indian-origin scientists- Ajay Sood and John Kuriayn- were elected for life to the society through a peer review process on the basis of excellence in science.

Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka entered Guinness World Records for spending 804 days on ISS

Published on: 08-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 25 people agreed

He surpassed cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, also a Russian, record of 803 days, nine hours and 41 minutes in the space which Sergei achieved across six missions from 1998 to 2005.

China nominated Jin Liqun, former Chinese Finance Minster, for the post of AIIB President

Published on: 07-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

The President of AIIB shall be elected through an open, transparent and merit-based process by the Board of Governors and the term of office of the president will be five years.

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed of Bangladesh won 2015 World Food Prize

Published on: 04-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

The award is presented in recognition of the accomplishments of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world.

Anisa Rasouli nominated as first female judge of Afghanistan Supreme Court

Published on: 02-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 15 people agreed

Anisa Rasouli has been the head of the Afghan Women Judges Association and a judge of juvenile court.

Keith Vaz re-elected as chairman of UK Parliament committee

Published on: 19-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

Keith Vaz born is a British Labour Party politician who has been Member of Parliament (MP) for Leicester East since the 1987 election.

Beno Zephine became first 100% blind officer in IFS

Published on: 17-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

At the time of being named as IFS officer, Beno was serving the State Bank of India as a probationary officer. She is a postgraduate in English from Madras University.

UN elected Denmark's Mogens Lykketoft to head General Assembly

Published on: 16-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

Lykketoft will succeed Uganda's Sam Kutesa. His Presidency will begin in September 2015 at the commencement of the 70th General Assembly session.

Dr Bimal K Roy removed as Director of Indian Statistical Institute (ISI)

Published on: 12-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

He was replaced by director designate Prof S Bandyopadhayay who was set to assume the office on 1 August 2015 on Roy’s superannuation.

92-year-old Harriette Thompson became oldest woman to complete a marathon

Published on: 02-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

Harriette Thompson of 92 year 65 days broke the previous record of Gladys Burrill, who created the record in 2010 at the age of 92 years and 19 days.

Mauritius designated Ameenah Gurib-Fakim as its first woman President

Published on: 02-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 18 people agreed

Ameenah will be the first female president of the nation, which gained independence from Britain in 1968 and replaced Britain's Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state in 1992.

Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa sworn-in as Governor of Arunachal Pradesh

Published on: 01-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

His appointment was necessitated after Lt General (Retired) Nirbhay Sharma was transferred to Mizoram in second week of May 2015.

Ex-Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili appointed as Governor of Ukraine's Odessa region

Published on: 01-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

Saakashvili who left Georgia after his term as President ended in 2013 is widely credited with carrying out radical reforms in Georgia during his terms in office in 2004-13.

Yaduveer of Wodeyar dynasty crowned as 27th Maharaja of Mysuru

Published on: 29-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

The last coronation took place 41 years ago when Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar was crowned at the age of 21.

Manabi Bandopadhyay became first transgender principal of Krishnagar Women's College

Published on: 27-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 16 people agreed

Currently, she is working as an associate professor in Bengali at the Vivekananda Satobarshiki Mahavidyalaya.

Nirbhay Sharma sworn in as Governor of Mizoram

Published on: 27-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 14 people agreed

His oath of office and secrecy was administered by Guwahati High Court Judge Justice T Vaiphei administered. Sharma was appointed as the governor of Mizoram on 12 May 2015 by the President Pranab Mukherjee.

US President Barack Obama entered Guinness Book of World Record

Published on: 21-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 31 people agreed

Barack Obama debuted on Social Media Platform Twitter with @POTUS account.

Shanmuganathan sworn in as Meghalaya Governor

Published on: 21-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

Shanmuganathan’s oath of office and secrecy was administered by Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court Uma Nath Singh. He was appointed as the new Governor on 12 May 2015.

Indian-Origin Harbhajan Kaur Dheer became first Asian woman elected as Mayor in UK

Published on: 14-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

The 62-year-old member of the Labour Party assumed the charge as the Mayor of Ealing Council in London in which she was a councilor before assuming the present position.

Indian-origin Priti Patel appointed as Minister of State for Employment in British Government

Published on: 12-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

Priti Patel is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Witham constituency in Essex since 2010.

Mhairi Black became the youngest lawmaker of Britain

Published on: 08-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 18 people agreed

She defeated Douglas Alexander, Labour's election chief and a former Cabinet minister with 17864 votes.

Bollywood actor Salman Khan sentenced to five-years in jail in 2002 hit-n-run case

Published on: 06-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 27 people agreed

The sentence was pronounced in Sessions Court Judge Deshpande’s chamber in which Khan was found guilty and convicted under IPC Section 304 II (culpable homicide not amounting to murder).

Indian-American Vivek Murthy took oath as 19th US Surgeon General

Published on: 23-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 40 people agreed

Vivek Muthy became the youngest-ever in-charge of the country's public health.

Nasim Zaidi assumed charge as Chief Election Commissioner of India

Published on: 21-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 40 people agreed

Zaidi who became India’s 20th CEC succeeded Hari Shankar Brahma, who had retired on 18 April 2015.

Chhurim Sherpa, first woman to climb the Everest summit twice in a week

Published on: 20-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 50 people agreed

She accomplished this feat in 2012, by climbing Everest on 12 May 2012 and 19 May 2012 and the fete was verified by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2013.

Vankadarath Saritha joined as first woman bus driver of the DTC

Published on: 18-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 39 people agreed

Saritha started her career as an autorickshaw driver and has worked as a bus driver earlier in Hyderabad too

Vikram Patel named among the Time 100 Most Influential People in the World List 2015

Published on: 17-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 32 people agreed

The Time Magazine described him as a well-being warrior for his contributions in the field of psychiatry.

Justice AR Dave recused from Constitutional Bench hearing petitions challenging NJAC Act, 2014

Published on: 15-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 26 people agreed

NJAC Act, 2014, notified on 13 April 2015, provides for constitution of NJAC comprising of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) as the chairperson, two senior most judges of the SC, Union Law Minister and two eminent personalities as members.

Baba Ramdev to be accorded the status of Cabinet Minister by Haryana Government

Published on: 14-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

Ramdev, the Brand Ambassador for promotion of yoga and ayurveda in Haryana, will be given status equivalent to Cabinet Minister.

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