April-1 to 14-2014: Current Affairs

Current Affairs Preparation Guide

1) The Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships (Akademi Ratna) and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards (Akademi Puraskar) are national honours bestowed on performing artists as well as teachers and scholars in the field of performing arts.

2) Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha has been appointed as the next Chief Justice of India.

3) Veteran film lyricist, director and poet Shri Gulzar has been conferred the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2013. The award is conferred by the Government of India for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema. Continue reading

March- 22 to 31-2014: Current Affairs

Current Affairs Preparation Guide

1) Mergui archipelago is located in Myanmar.

2) Field trials for ten varieties of GM (genetically modified) food and other crops were revalidated by the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC), the statutory appraisal arm of the Environment Ministry. These included field trials for rice, wheat, maize, cotton and sorghum.

3) British prosecutors have announced their first prosecutions under a law barring female genital mutilation. Female genital mutilation intentionally altering or injuring female genital organs for non-medical reasons has been a crime in England and Wales since 1985. The World Health Organization estimates that 125 million girls have been affected in the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East. Continue reading

March- 20 & 21-2014: Current Affairs

Current Affairs Preparation Guide

National:

1) Election Facts:

General Election- 2009 sent the highest number of women in Lok Sabha, 59, while in previous House the number was 45. 15th Lok Sabha had 10.86% of women membership. From 1996, Lower House always had at least 40 women elects.

The lowest number of women elected to the Lok Sabha was in 1977 when only 19 women reached the Lower House, which was only 3.50% of the total Lok Sabha seats (542 at that time). There was no other occasion in the history when the women did not even reach the mark of 20.

2) In an attempt to clear the backlog of over 40 lakh cases, the union government has increased the strength of judges in all High Courts by 25 per cent. As a result, the number of judges will go up from 906 to 1,112. Continue reading

March- 17, 18 & 19-2014: Current Affairs

Current Affairs Preparation Guide

1) Karnataka wins Cricket’s Vijay Hazara Trophy. They have already won the Ranji and Irani Trophy.

2) Monsoon rains over India could increase if desertification leads to more dust from West Asia and North Africa swirling into the air, suggests a research report being published in Nature Geoscience.

3) The Ministry of Defence responded to news reports which state that an Australian journalist, Neville Maxwell, has put out sections from the Henderson Brooks Report on the India – China conflict of 1962. Continue reading

March- 12 & 13 -2014: Current Affairs

Current Affairs Preparation Guide

1) People in the News:

Michelle Bachelet –  Elected as the President of Chile.

2) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered a money laundering case against Pakistan-based Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin and his nine associates on charge of cross-border terror funding, on the basis of a charge sheet filed by the National Investigations Agency (NIA) in a 2011 case. Continue reading

March-10 & 11-2014: Current Affairs

Current Affairs Preparation Guide

1) Voter turnout in General Elections 2009: Lowest in J&K (40%) and Highest in Nagaland (90%) . National Voter turnout was 58 percent.

2) Museum of Film to open in Mumbai.

3) Agitations by various sections over a range of issues recorded an increase of nearly 7 per cent in 2012 compared to 2011, with 78,444 protests and demonstrations reported all over the country. Continue reading

March-8 & 9-2014: Current Affairs

Current Affairs Preparation Guide

1) President of India presented the Stree Shakti Puruskar Award on the occasion of International Women’s Day. The awardees for the Stree Shakti Puruskar are nominated by state governments, MPs, VIPs and on suo-moto basis, and selected by a national level Screening Committee. There are six awards instituted in the name of women icons of India. Each award carries a cash prize of Rs. 3 lakh and citation.

2) Indian Elections:

Any Indian citizen who is more than 25 years old and is registered as a voter can contest elections even without forming a party. Similarly, associations can also contest elections without getting registered by the Election Commission. They, however, will not be identified as   political parties and hence will not be eligible for availing of benefits under the provisions of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 (RPA).

A political party shall be treated as a recognised political party in a State, if and only if the political party fulfills any of the following conditions: Continue reading

March-7-2014: Current Affairs

Current Affairs Preparation Guide

1) Central Water commission is monitoring storage position of 85 important reservoirs spread all over the country, of which as many as 37 reservoirs are having significant hydro-power benefits with installed capacities of more than 60 MW each.

2) Bank of Maharashtra won the Best Bank Public Sector Award in BFSI Awards – 2014, in recognition of the Best performances in Banking category.

3) Newsweek Magazine which stopped it’s paper print edition to go fully online has decided to return to paper printed editions. Continue reading