14TH FEBRUARY – 20 FEB 2014
- Kejriwal tables Jan Lokpal Bill in Delhi Assembly amidst chaos:- . Defying Lt Governor’s advice, the AAP Government on Friday tabled the Jan Lokpal Bill in Delhi Assembly amidst stiff protests from BJP and Congress members triggering an uproar and forcing adjournment of the House.
- Delhi Police launched a Helpline number 1093 for North-Eastern People:- The number 1093 will allow the north-eastern people to register all sorts of complaints including racism and harassment directly to the police. The number will have 5 direct lines and all calls will be received at the central police control room (CPCR) situated at Delhi Police headquarters.
- SEBI approved the new Corporate Governance norms:- Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) board approved the new corporate governance norms in a meeting held in New Delhi on 13 February 2014. The new corporate governance norms would become applicable for all listed companies with effect from 1 October 2014. The SEBI board also approved new Know Your Client Registration Agency (KRA) Regulations which will make easier for the investors to comply with Know Your Client (KYC) requirements across various segments of the capital markets.
- Bahrain King to visit India next week:- King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa is paying a state visit to India February 18-20, during which he will hold talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on bilateral, regional and global issues.
- Belgium became second country to allow Mercy Killing for Children:- Parliament of Belgium on 14 February 2014 legalised death to terminally ill children of any age. Other European countries that allows active euthanasia are. 1. Luxembourg, which permits active euthanasia for over 18 years in age. 2. Switzerland lets doctors to help adult patients to commit suicide.
- Navy started largest combat exercise; surveillance to be done with dedicated satellite:- The best part of this a month-long exercise is its surveillance for the first time by a decicated military satellite GSAT-7 or Rukmini launched in August 2013 and have a 2000 nautical mile footprint over the critical Indian Ocean region. The satellite is capable of surveying and communicate will the network of all Indian warships, submarines and aircrafts. This exercise will be concluded across the Indian Ocean Region in a dense maritime environment in the background of two completely networked fleets.
- National Women’s Day of India observed on 13 February:– National Women’s Day of India was observed on 13 February 2014. This day is observed on the date of birth of India’s first women governor Sarojini Naidu. Sarojini Naidu was born on 13 February 1879 and died on 2 March 1949. This was the 135th birth anniversary of Sarojini NaidU
- SEBI approved the new Corporate Governance norms:- Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) board approved the new corporate governance norms in a meeting held in New Delhi on 13 February 2014. The new corporate governance norms would become applicable for all listed companies with effect from 1 October 2014.
- L-G recommends President’s rule in Delhi:- Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung has recommended for President’s rule in his report submitted to the President on Saturday on the follow up action in the wake of resignation of the Aam Aadmi Party Government.
- Afghanistan-India ties: Joint inauguration of Afghan National Agricultural Science & Technology University:- A new chapter in Afghanistan-India relations began with the joint inauguration of the Afghan National Agricultural Science and Technology University.
- Chinese Academy of Sciences develops a new type of paper that is resistant to fire:- Chinese Academy of Sciences, have developed a new type of paper that is resistant to fire, even under 1,000 degrees Celsius temperature.
- G-4 Director Generals for UN Affairs met in New Delhi:- . G-4 Director Generals for UN Affairs met on 11 February 2014 in New Delhi. During the meet, the four G-4 nations namely Brazil, Germany, India and Japan also conducted an Outreach Seminar on UNSC Reform on 12 February 2014.
- India, Poland agree to form Joint Working Group for cooperation in films sector:- India and Poland have agreed to expand cooperation in the restoration and digitization of film archives
- Dainik Jagran’s Bharat Gupta conferred with ‘Youth Achievers Award’:- Adding another feather to his cap, Bharat Gupta, Executive President, Marketing and Digital of Jagran Prakashan Limited has been conferred with the ‘Youth Achievers Award’ at the sixth Global Marketing and Social Media award ceremony held at Mumbai on Thursday.
- Green Circle-RWITC Foundation launched to promote clean and green living:– To promote clean and green living, a green foundation named Green Circle – RWITC Foundation was launched in Mumbai on 14 February 2014. The organisation will promote its goal through social, cultural and public programmes. The foundation has been set up by Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) along with the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).
- Matteo Renzi nominated to become Italy’s youngest PM:- Italy’s Matteo Renzi was on Monday nominated to be the European Union’s youngest prime minister and immediately outlined an ambitious reform plan, promising “energy, enthusiasm and commitment” to revitalise the eurozone’s third largest economy.
- Tendulkar, Sehwag nominated for ‘Cricketer of the Generation’ award:- Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag will be amongst the nominees for the ‘ESPNcricinfo@20 Cricketer of the Generation’ award, with the cricket news website on Monday announcing two more categories to its seventh annual awards. Besides Tendulkar and Sehwag, West Indian Brian Lara, Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka, Australia’s Shane Warne and South AfricanJacques Kallis will also be in fray. The winner of the ‘Contribution to Cricket’ award will be nominated by former Indian captain Rahul Dravid.
- President’s rule imposed in Delhi:- Central rule was on Monday imposed in Delhi and the Legislative Assembly kept in suspended animation after President Pranab Mukherjee accepted the resignation of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
- FM slashes excise duty for automobiles, leaves taxes unchanged:- Leaving direct taxes untouched except for continuing the income tax surcharge on ‘super-rich’ individuals and corporates, the Interim Budget on Monday slashed excise duty on cars and two-wheelers, and capital goods and consumer durables to boost manufacturing and growth. Presenting the Interim Budget for 2014-15 along with a vote-on-account for spending up to July, Finance Minister P Chidambaram also provided service tax exemption for storage and warehousing of rice like it was done in the case of paddy last year.
- Nirbhaya Fund gets additional Rs 1,000 crore in budget:- Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Monday allocated an additional Rs 1,000 crore to the Nirbhaya Fund for the safety and empowerment of women. “In order to make it clear that the (Nirbhaya) fund will be a prominent fund, I intend to declare the grant of Rs 1,000 crore as non-lapsable and in order to support more proposals, I propose to contribute to the fund another Rs 1,000 crore next year,” Chidambarams said while presenting the interim budget in Parliament.
- Indian scientists, industry tie up for therapeutic food:- According to WHO, severe acute malnutrition is when children suffer severe wasting that may or may not be accompanied by swelling of the body from fluid retention. The afflicted have been tagged as the most vulnerable people in the world
- Rakesh Maria appointed as new Police Commissioner of Mumbai:- The Mumbai Police on Saturday got a new police commissioner. Senior IPS officer Rakesh Maria, who was the head of the Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad was appointed as Mumbai Police Commissioner on Saturday.
- 12 Years A Slave’ nabs best film prize at BAFTA 2014 awards:- British director Steve McQueen’s ’12 Years A Slave’ took home two of the biggest awards of the night but it was Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Gravity’ that dominated the BAFTA, winning six of the 11 honours it was nominated for.
- Telangna Bill passed in Lok Sabha by voice vote:- In an unprecedented move, live telecast of Parliament proceedings was stopped as the Lok Sabha passed the controversial bill that seeks to create a Telangana state by dividing Andhra Pradesh.
- No death sentence for Rajiv Gandhi’s assassins: SC:- In a major relief to three condemned prisoners in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, the Supreme Court on Tuesday commuted their death sentence to life imprisonment on the ground of 11 years delay in deciding their mercy plea by the Centre.
- Arun Jaitley launched a book entitled ModiNomics in Delhi:- Arun Jaitely, a BJP leader on 16 February 2014 unveiled a book entitled ModiNomics: Inclusive Economics, Inclusive Governance at the Indian Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road in New Delhi. The book has been authored by Sameer Kochhar. The book presents an insight of Modi’s idea of both Inclusive Economics as well as Inclusive Governance.
- Killa, a Marathi film bagged Crystal Bear award at 64th Berlin International Film Festival:- Killa, a Marathi film on 17 February 2014 won the Crystal Bear (Glasernen Bar) for the best film award by the Children’s jury in Generation Kplus section at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival. The film has been directed by Avinash Arun.
- Country’s first Minority Cyber Village in Rajasthan:- Minister for Minority Affairs K Rehman Khan today inaugurated country’s first Minority Cyber Village in Chandoli in Alwar district of Rajasthan. He said that Mewat region is still backward in education and government is making all efforts for upliftment of minorities.
- Kiran Kumar Reddy resigns as CM, quits Congress:- Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy submitted his resignation to the Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan on Wednesday morning. Mr. Reddy had earlier announced his decision to quit from the post and the party in protest against the Central Government decision to “divide the Telugus for the sake of votes and seats”.
- Meira Kumar accepts Rajagopal’s resignation:- Expelled Congress MP L Rajagopal, who had created a storm by splashing pepper spray in Lok Sabha, is no longer a member of the House with Speaker Meira Kumar accepting his resignation on Wednesday. I have accepted his resignation with effect from February 19,” the Speaker informed the Lok Sabha. Unprecedented pandemonium had broken out in the House last week when Mr. Rajagopal, who is opposed to the division of Andhra Pradesh, brought in a canister and sprayed pepper.
- · Ten-day festival Taj Mahotsav began in Agra:- Taj Mahotsav, the ten day annual festival began in Agra, Uttar Pradesh on 18 February 2014. Taj Mahotsav, the ten day annual festival began in Agra, Uttar Pradesh on 18 February 2014. The festival will be celebrated from 18 to 27 February 2014 at the Shilp Gram, the Eastern gate of Taj Mahal. The theme of the festival for this year is Paigham-e Mohahabbat or the message of love.
- Cabinet nod for Odia as classical language:- The Cabinet has given its nod for classifying Odia as a classical language to give impetus to scholarships in the language. So far, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam have been declared as classical languages. There has been demand for declaring Odia as a classical language which is one of oldest languages. It has no resemblance to Hindi, Sanskrit, Bengali and Telugu.
- BIS to introduce 9-digit alpha numeric unique identity number for hallmarked jewels:- If you are planning to buy hallmarked jewellery sometime later this year, chances are that the jewel may sport a nine-digit alpha numeric unique identity number (UIN). The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) proposes to introduce UIN as a component of hallmark to ensure traceability of such certified articles in a bid to protect consumers from being cheated.
- Facebook to acquire WhatsApp in USD 19 billion deal :- Social media giant Facebook will acquire mobile messaging company WhatsApp for 19 billion dollars in a cash and stock deal, the largest acquisition by the Mark Zuckerberg-led firm so far that will give it a stronghold in the market for messaging. The whopping acquisition price includes USD 4 billion in cash, about USD 12 billion worth of Facebook shares and USD 3 billion in restricted stock units to be granted to WhatsApp’s founders and employees that will vest over four years following the closing of the deal.
- Saurabh Chandra is new Oil Secretary:- Saurabh Chandra, Secretary in the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, will be the new Oil Secretary. He will replace Vivek Rae who is retiring on February 28. The file for appointment of new Petroleum & Natural Secretary has been signed by the concerned authorities including the Prime Minister and now a formal order is expected any time.
- CII ‘Brand Summit 2014’ in Kochi on March 4:- The third edition of Brand Summit of Confederation of Indian Industry will be held on March 4. The summit on the theme ‘Building Brands in the Age of Transparency’ will analyse the radical changes that has taken place in the brand environment and the consumer’s mind space in the increasingly integrated global market place, CII said in a statement here.
- 7,200 kms of state roads to be converted to National Highways:- The government today decided to convert 7,200 kilometres of state roads into national highways. With this the total length of the state highways converted into National Highways will reach about 17,000 kilometres. The decision was taken at a Cabinet Meeting held in New Delhi this morning.
- Green India mission gets Cabinet nod:- The National Mission for Green India, which was first announced by the then Minister of Environment and Forests, Jairam Ramesh, in early 2011, has received approval from the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Thursday as a Centrally-sponsored scheme.
- Vice President released a book entitled Public Issues Before Parliament:- Hamid Ansari, the Vice President of India on 19 February 2014 released a book entitled Public Issues Before Parliament written by Vijay Darda at a function in New Delhi. The book is a summarization of the significant contributions made by Vijay Darda during his stint as a Member of Parliament. The book is dedicated to the common who considers Parliament as an embodiment of his hopes and aspirations.
- Economy likely to expand by 6 percent next year: Rangarajan:- The economy is likely to expand by six percent next year as the decline in growth seems to have ended, Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council Chairman C Rangarajan has said. “In 2007-08, India’s growth was nine percent. But from that level, the growth came down. There are enough indicators that the decline in growth has ended. The growth will be more.
Q.1Which is the longest irrigation canal in India?
(a) Sir Hind Canal (b) Yamuna Canal (c) Indira Gandhi canal (d) East Kosi Canal
Q.2.Which among following is the HQ of OPEC?
a)Geneva b) Vienna c)New York d)Baghdad
Q3.who is father of white revolution in india?
a)M.S swaminathan b)Verghese kurein c)Norman Borlang d) S.P singh
Q4.Round revolution is related to :-
a) tomato production b)cotton c)potato d)cocoa
Q5.what is rank of china in word press freedom index?
a)140 b)158 c)175 d)3
Q6.Sushil koerala is newly appointed PM of :-
a)Bhutan b)maldivies c)Bangladesh d)Nepal
Q.7.RBI is issuing 10 Rs plastic note in some cities,which of following is not included ?
a)Shimla b)jaipur c)Mysore d)Pune
Q8.What is the name of the World’s smallest republic which has an area of 21 sq.km.?
(a) Vatican City (b) Palermo (c) Namur (d) Nauru
Q9.The International Day for the elimination of Racial Discrimination is obtained on
(a) 20th February (b) 21st February (c) 20th March (d) 21st Marsh
Q10.G-4 summit 2014 was held at:-
a)new York b)New delhi c) Washington d)Geneva
Q.11Which State team won the 2014 Ranji Trophy?
a) Maharashtra b) Karnataka c) Jammu & Kashmir d) Andhra Pradesh
Q.12. Name the Dennis amputee who on 5 February 2014 became the first person to receive a bionic hand that allows him to feel life-like sensation from the device’s artificial fingers?
a) Aabo b) Paolo Rossini c) Agostino Gemelli d) Stanisa Raspopovic
Q.13.who has become the Indian Olympic association head ?
a)Ramachandran b) Sushilaraamswami c)Ramaswami ayyer d)radhakrishnan
Q.14. The nominations for the Vyas Samman were announced recently. In this context who was the first person to win the Vyas Samman award?
a) Dr. Shiv Prasad Singh b) Dr. Ram Vilas Sharma c) Girija Kumar Mathur d) Dr. Dharmvir Bharti
Q.15. Name the Hindi writer, who has been selected for the prestigious Vyas Samman for the year 2013?
a) Chitra Mudgal for Anwan b) Mannu Bhandari for Ek Kahani Yah Bhi
c) Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari for Phir Bhi Kuch Rah Jayega d) Vishwanath Tripathi for Vyomkesh Darvesh