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GK Power Capsule from Dec to March

Appointments :

R Koteeswaran :- CMD of Indian Overseas Bank

Sanjiv Sarin :- CEO & MD of Tata Coffee Limited

Raghubar Das:- Non Tribal Chief Minister of Jharkand

Trevor Bull :- CEO & MD of Aviva India Life Insurance

S Bhattacharya :- CMD of Coal India

RadhaKrishna Vikhe Patil :- LOP in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly

Prakash Mishra :- Director-General of CRPF

Sachin Tendulkar :- Ambassador of Cricket World Cup 2015

Jyotsna Suri :- President of FICCI

Amit Priyavadan Mehta :- Federal Judge in the district of Columbia

Ghanta Chakrapani :- Chairman of Telangana state public service commission

Shriti Vadera :- Chairman of Santander UK Bank

Shinzo Abe :- Japan PM

Anerood Jugnauth :- Mauritius Prime Minister

Anurag jain :- Joint Secretary in Prime Ministers Office

Randir Singh :- Honorary Member Of IOC(International Olympic Committee)

HyunChil Hong :- President of Southwest Asia by Sumsung

Richard Rahul Verma :- First Indian- American appointed as US Ambassador of India

Ritu Mallya :- Director of MCF Board (Managlore Chemicals and Fertilizers)

Ashton Carter :- Defence Secretary Of US

Arun Duggal :- Non-Executive Chairman of Credit Rating Agency ICRA

Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan :- Chief Election Commissioner of PAKISTAN

Arun Majumdar :- US Science Envoy

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Raninder Singh :- ISSF (International Shooting Sport Federation)

Anil Kumar Sinha ;- CBI Director

O P Singh :- Director- General of NDR( National Disaster Response Force)

Tabare Ramon Vazquez Rosas :- Uraguay President

Vijay mallaya :- Director of (Managlore Chemicals and Fertilizers)

Paul Van Ass :- Coach of National Mens hockey team

44th Chief Justice Of Srilanka:- Kanagasabapathy J Sripavan

S Lakshminarayanan :- CMD of shriram Transport Finance Co Ltd

Krishna Chaudhary :- Director-General Of ITBP

Hanumanthu Purushotham :- CMD Of NRDC

Shekhar Sen :- Chairman of Sangeet Natak Akademi

S Jaishankar :- Foreign Secretary of India

K Durga Prasad :- Special DG Of CRPF

Alexis Tsipras :- Greece PM

Jagannathan Chakravarthi :- CFO of Mindtree Ltd

Divya Prakash Sinha :- Security Secretary,Union Cabinet Secretary

Film Makar Pahlaj Nihalani :- Chairman of Central Board of Film Certification

Deep Kumar Upadhyay :- Nepals Ambassador to India

Stephen Constantine :- Head Coach Of India mens Football India

Baba Ramdev :- Brand Ambassador of Haryana

Hari Shankar Brahma :- Chief Election Commissioner of India

Anupam Shrivastava :- CMD Of BSNL

Arvind Panagariya :- Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog

Deepak Parekh :- Non-Executive and Chairman of BAE System India(Services) LTD

Alur Seelin Kiran Kumar :- Chairman of ISRO

Surendra Kumar Sinha :- 21st Chief Justice of Bangladesh

Sindhushree Khullar :- Chief Executive Officer Of NITI Aayog

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Maithiripala Sirisena :- 7th President of Srilanka

K K Paul :- 6th Governor of Uttarkand

Modibo Keita :- PM of Mali

Yash Pal Singhal :- Haryana DGP

Dinesh Oraon Of BJP :- Speakar of Jharkand Legislative Assembly

Raosaheb Patil Danve :- Maharashtra BJP President

Avijit Ghosh :- CMD Of Heavy Engineering Corporation

P Krishnamurthy :- Private Secretary of Union Defence Minister

R K Srivastava :- Airport Authority of India

M Sathiyavathy :- Director-General of Civil Aviation

A K Mittal :- Chairman of Railway Board

Mufti Mohammed Sayeed :- J & K CM

Bharat Puri :- Managing Director of Pidilite Industry limited

Kshatrapati Shivaji :- CMD of SIDBI

Amitava Roy :- Supreme Court Judge

D K Pandey :- Director-General of Poilice Of Jharkand

Takahiro Hachigo:- President and CEO of Honda Motor Ltd

Ram Niwas Goel :- Delhi Legislative Assembly Speakar

Nitish Kumar :- CM of Bihar

Maheshwar Saho :- Independent Director on Board Of RIL

Jawed Usmani :- Chief Information Commissoner of Uttar Pardesh

Balasubramaniam Venkataramani :- MD & CEO Of Multi Commodity Exchage

Arvind Kajriwal :- CM Of Delhi

Naveen Chopra :- COO(Chief Operating Oficer) Of Vodafone India

M Ravindran :- Chairman of Indraprastha Gas LimiTED

MO Garg :- Director-General of Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)

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LC Goyal :- Union Home Secretary

Sergio Mattarella :- Italy President

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic :- Croatia President

Bank of India Executive Director Animesh Chauhan :- MD And CEO of OBC Bank

Punjab & Sind Bank Executive Director Kishore Kumar Sansi :- MD and CEO of Vijaya Bank.

Bank of Baroda Executive Director P. Srinivas :- MD and CEO of United Bank of India

Sports :-

1. AB De Villiers of South Africa Scored 150 out of 64 Balls Runs against West Indies in
ICC world Cup 2015 and broke record of Australia Shana Watson Record by 19

2. Newzealand Player Martin David Crowe Inducted into ICC Cricket hall of Fame and
became third player from Newzealand .

3. Ranchi Rays Crowned Champions Of Hero Hockey Leaugue 2015 by defeating

Jaypee Punjab Warriors .

4. Chris Gayle, the Cricketer of West Indies on 24 February 2015 became the first
person to make double century in any Cricket World Cup. He struck 202 off 138 balls in a
match against Zimbabwe in World Cup 2015. The match was played at Canberra's Manuka
Oval and by the end of match Gayle scored 215 off 147 balls.
5. Somdev Devvarman on 22 February 2015 retained the Delhi Open title of tennis. The
Delhi Open was held in New Delhi.
6. Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri on 22 February 2015 won the Indian Open title
at the Delhi Golf Club. To clinch the title, Lahiri defeated SSP Chowrasia on the first
playoff hole.

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7. Former India captain Anil Kumble and Australian legend Betty Wilson on 22
February 2015 were inducted into the International Cricket Council Hall of Fame at the
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia.

8. Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) on 13 February 2015 awarded Honorary Life

Membership to the former Indian cricket captain Saurav Ganguly. He has been
a member of the MCC World Cricket committee since July 2014.
9. Indian-origin scientist Professor Srikanth Jagabathula on 11 February 2015
received Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) given by the National
Science Foundation (NSF) of the United States (US). Professor Srikanth Jagabathula is from
the New York University Stern School of Business.

10. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt on 14 February 2015 announced that he will retire
from athletics after the 2017 World Championships in London.
The 28-year-old six-time Olympic gold medalist also said that he will focus on the 100metres
in 2017.
11. Vijay Kumar on 3 February 2015 won the Gold in 25 metre centre fire pistol
event under mens category in shooting competitions of the 35th National Games in
He won the Gold with a total score of 583 and finished with a clear seven-point lead over
Silver medalist Samresh Jung (Himachal Pradesh) with a score of 576. Pemba Tamang won
the Bronze a score of 575.
12.Mayuresh Pawar, 21-year old netball player of Maharashtra team, died on 2
February 2015 during the Day 2 of the 35th National Games. He died due to drowning
while taking bath at Shanghumugham beach in Kerala.
13. Saloni Dalal, a school girl of Karnataka became the youngest medal winner in the
ongoing 35th National Games in Kerala on 3 February 2015. The 12-year-old, Saloni won a
Bronze medal in the 200 meter breast stroke swimming event.
14. Madhya Pardesh won the 10th National award FOR EXECELLENT work in
15. International Cricket Council (ICC) on 29 January 2015 lifted the five-year ban
imposed on Pakistans fast bowler Mohammad Amir. With this, Amir can now play in
domestic cricket under the auspices of the Pakistan Cricket Board with immediate effect.
16. International Cricket Council (ICC) in its board meeting in Dubai on 29
January 2015 announced that India will host the Twenty20 World Cup in 2016. The
Twenty20 World Cup will be held in India from 11 March 2016 to 3 April 2016.
The 2017 Champions Trophy will be hosted by England from 1 June to 19 June 2017
The 2017 Womens World Cup will be held in England from 4 August 2017 to 27
August 2017.

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The 2018 Womens Twenty20 World Cup will be organised in the West Indies from 2
November to 25 November 2018.
England will host the 50-over World Cup in 2019 from 30 May to 15 June 2019.
17. Saina Nehwal of India on 25 January 2015 won the womens singles of
Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold Badminton Tournament 2015. She defeated World
Champion Carolina Marin of Spain 19-21, 25-23, 21-16 in the finals played at Babu Banarasi
Das Indoor Stadium in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
18. Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Dehradun on 19 January 2015 won
the 10th Savio Cup All India Basketball tournament. In the final clash played at Don Bosco
School court in Matunga, Mumbai, ONGC defeated Indian Overseas Bank (IOB), Chennai
19. Sydney International Tennis Tournment :- Mens Single :- Viktor Troicki
of Serbia , Womens Single :- Petra Kvitova of Czech , Womens Double :- Sania Mirza ,
Bethanie Mattek-Sands of US
20. Cueist Pankaj Advani on 17 January 2015 won National Billiards
Championship at the Bengal Rowing Club in Kolkata. He defeated his PSPB mate
Dhruv Sitwala 5-0. This was his seventh Senior National Billiards Championship.
21. Weightlifter Jimjang Deru of Arunachal Pradesh on 17 January 2015 created
national record in weightlifting by lifting 238 kilograms under the 56 kilograms category. He
created the record at the 10th Youth National Weightlifting Championship held in Yamuna
Nagar, Haryana.
22. Ukrainian Grandmaster Andrey Baryshpolets won the 13th Parsvanth
International Grandmasters Chess Tournament on 16 January 2015. He defeated Deepan
Chakkravarthy of India in the 10th and final round of the Tournament that was held in New
23. Australian cricketer Brett Lee on 14 January 2015 announced his retirement
from all forms of cricket after a 20-year career.
24. Bengaluru FC defeated Goa's Dempo Sports Club 2-1 to win their maiden
football Federation Cup.
25. Anirban Lahiri, an Indian professional golfer on 12 January 2015 was
voted as the 2014 Players Player of the year in Asian Tour.
26. Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo on 12 January 2015 won the 2014
FIFA Ballon dOr award for the best footballer of the year in the world .
27. Captain of Pakistans cricket team Misbah-ul-Haq announced to retire from One
Day International (ODI) and T20 after the Cricket World Cup 2015. The decision was
announced on 11 January 2015 so as to focus on Test Cricket only.
28. India will host the 42nd World Bridge Championships that will be held in
Chennai from 26 September 2015 to 10 October 2015.

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29. Popov Ivan of Russia on 6 January 2015 won 7th Chennai International Open
Grandmaster Chess title. He clinched the title via super tie-breaker after eight players ended
with 7.5 points each.
30. Kumar Sangakkara, former Sri Lankan cricket captain, on 3 January 2015
became the fastest cricketer to reach 12000 Test runs. The left-handed batsman reached
the milestone in his 224th innings played during the Sri Lankas second Test match
against New Zealand played in Wellington.
31. The BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) on 28 December 2014
banned left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha from bowling in competitive matches. He was banned
Ojha's action was tested at the ICC-recognised centre in Chennai and the test concluded that
Ojha's elbow flexed more than the permissible limit of 15 degrees
32. Mahendra Singh Dhoni on 30 December 2014 announced retirement from
Dhoni decided to retire from Test Cricket by citing the strain of playing all formats of
Cricket. Now he wants to concentrate on ODI and T20 formats.
33. Sachin Tendulkar was appointed as the World Cup 2015 Ambassador
announced by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
34. Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpee and freedom fighter Pandit
Madan Mohan Malaviya (posthumously) will receive the Bharat Ratna. The decision to
confer the highest civilian award of the country was announced by the Union
Government on 24 December 2014.
Till now 43 people have been honoured with the Bharat Ratna. In 2013, cricketer
Sachin Tendulkar and scientist C N R Rao were awarded Bharat Ratna for their
contribution in their respective fields.
35. Paul McGinley won Sports Personality Coach of the Year 2014 at the BBC
Sports Personality of the Year awards in Glasgow. He was awarded for guiding the European
team to win the Ryder Cup of Golf at Gleneagles in UK in September 2014.
36. Name of mascots of the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympics Games were
revealed. They have been named as Vinicius and Tom.
37. Viswanathan Anand defeated British Grandmaster Michael Adams to win his
maiden London Classic Chess title.
38.Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss crowned Miss World 2014 at the
pageant's final in London. 2013 winner Megan Young of the Philippines crowned
39. Germany won the 2014 Champions Trophy of Hockey after defeating Pakistan by
2-0 margin at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

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40. Australian Cricketer David Warner on 12 December 2014 completed 1000 Test
runs in 2014. With this, he became the first opener to achieve the feat in one calendar year
since England skipper Alastair Cook in 2012.
41. Gwlady Nocera of France won Hero Women's Indian Golf Open 2014 at the
Delhi Golf Club.
42. Sangakkara achieved the feat of crossing 13000 run during the third match of ODI
series with England.
43. The South African cricketer Jacques Kallis on 5 December 2014 was
appointed as the mentor and batting consultant for Indian Premier League (IPL) team
Kolkata Knight Rider (KKR).
44. The International Cricket Council (ICC) on 7 December 2014 suspended
Mohammad Hafeez from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect for illegal
bowling action. Hafeez is the Pakistani cricket all-rounder who bowls off-spin.
ICC suspended Hafeez after he failed to pass the bio-mechanic test conducted for his bowling
action. The test revealed that all deliveries of Hafeez exceeded permitted 15 degrees level of
tolerance (by which the arm is allowed to bend).
45. MRF Limited of India will be the global partner for the ICC Cricket World
Cup 2015. The decision was announced by International Cricket Council.
46. East Zone defeated West Zone to win the Deodhar Trophy cricket
tournament. Final was played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
47. Former Indian football captain Baichung Bhutia became the first Indian Footballer
to be conferred with Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Hall of Fame Award. The award
was conferred on 30 November 2014 by FIFA president Sepp Blatter in Philippines.
The AFC organized the award ceremony for the first time to celebrate its 60th anniversary.
Apart from Baichung, nine other legendary Players from Asia were also honoured.
Baichung has played 107 matches for India and scored 42 goals.

Allan Border Winner :Fast bowler Sean Abbott of Australia on 27 January 2015 was named as the Bradman Young
Cricketer of the Year 2015 at the Allan Border Medal ceremony held in Sydney.
Other winners at the ceremony includes
Allan Border Medal: Steve Smith, Captain of Australia
Test Player of the Year 2015: Steve Smith
One Day International Player of the Year 2015: Steve Smith
Twenty20 International Player of the Year 2015 Glenn Maxwell
Women's International Cricketer of the Year (The Belinda Clark Award) Southern Stars
Captain Meg Lanning
Australian Cricket Hall of Fame Adam Gilchrist and late Victorian all-rounder Jack

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Mens Single Title :- Novak Djokovic of Serbia
Womens Single Title :- Serena Williams of the US
Mens Double Title :- Italian pair Simone Boleli and Fabio Fogini
Women double Title :- American-Czech pair Bethanie Mattek-Sands (the US) and Lucie
Safarova (Czech Republic)

Awards :

Wipro Won Seven Awards at the CIO Choice honour and Recognition Awards 2015.

Clemson University Honoured Ratan Tata with Doctorate of Automative Engineering.

Kristen Stewart won Best Supporting Award at Frances Cesar award.

An Indian-American Purnendu Dasgupta on 20 February 2015 was awarded with the 2015
J. Calvin Giddings Award for Excellence in Education. Dasgupta, a Jenkins Garrett professor
of chemistry at the University of Texas at Arlington, was awarded for his contribution in
the field of analytical chemistry.

Women scientists Dr. Tessy Thomas and Geeta Varadan on 15 February 2015 were
jointly named for Dr. Y Nayudamma Memorial Award 2014. They have been chosen for
the award for their outstanding performance in the field of science and technology.

Chattisgarh Govrnment awarded for Renewable Power Development in the State.The state
was considered for award on the basis of criteria fixed by 13th Finance Commission headed
by Vijay Kelkar.

Film Dhanak directed by Nagesh Kukunoor on 14 February 2015 won two awards at the 65th
Berlin International Film Festival. The 65th annual Berlin International Film Festival was
held from 5 February 2015 to 15 February 2015.

35th National Games concluded in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on 14 February 2015.

Kerala Governor Justice P Sathasivam was the chief guest on the occasion. The
concluding ceremony saw a cultural programme titled Rivers of India, with the theme
protecting the rivers as highlight. Services by topping the medal tally set the record of
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topping the National Games for the third consecutive time. It won the Raja Bhalendra
Singh Trophy.
The 36th National Games will be hosted by Goa in 2016.

Indian mens football team captain Sunil Chhetri and striker Bala Devi on 13 February
2015 were awarded with the All India Football Federations (AIFF) 2014 Player of the Year
trophy in men and women category, respectively.
Others to be honoured with AIFF awards, include
2014 Player of the year (Men): Sunil Chhetri
2014 Player of the year (Women): Bala Devi
2014 Emerging Player of the Year: Sandesh Jhingan
2014 Best Referee: Santosh Kumar
2014 Best Assistant Referee: Sappam Kennedy
Best Grassroots Programme: Western India Football Association (WIFA)
Long Time Contribution to Indian Football: Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC).

Indian-origin scientist Gurpreet Singh was on 27 January 2015 presented with the prestigious
National Science Foundation CAREER award. The award includes the prize money of
500000 US dollars.

Economist and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen on 9 February 2015 won the newly
established Charleston-EFG John Maynard Keynes Prize 2015.

Distinguished journalist Vinod Mehta was on 9 February 2015 awarded with the Yash Bharti
Samman 2015 by Uttar Pradesh (UP) Government. He has authored a biography of Meena
Kumari (movie actress and poet) and Sanjay Gandhi- The Sanjay Story (2012). He has
authored a biography of Meena Kumari (movie actress and poet) and Sanjay Gandhi- The
Sanjay Story (2012).

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajans name was included in the LIMCA book of
records in the first week of February 2015. Her name was included for being the only
woman of the country to represent the same Lok Sabha constituency on the same party
ticket for eight times in a row.

Eminent Marathi Writer Bhalchandra Nemade, known for his novel Kosala published
in 1963 that changed the dimensions of Marathi literature, chosen for the Jnanpith
Award for the year 2014.
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Hindi novelist Mithileshwar was on 31 January 2015 awarded with Shrilal Shukla
Sahitya IFFCO Award 2014. He is the fourth recipient of this literary award.
17. Poetess Arundhathi Subramaniam on 24 January 2015 won the inaugural
Khushwant Singh Memorial Prize for Poetry at Jaipur Literature Festival. She was
awarded for her work When God is a Traveller.
18. Miss Colombia Paulina Vega was crowned Miss Universe 2014. She was
crowned at the final of 63rd edition of Miss Universe held in Miami, US on 25 January
2015. Vega, a 22-year-old student of business administration from Barranquilla,
Colombia was crowned by Miss Universe 2013 winner Gabriela Isler of Venezuela.
19. Novelist Vikram Chandra on 20 January 2015 was named among the finalists
for prestigious National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Awards. He was nominated for the
American literary awards for his work about culture of computer programming and
classical Indian aesthetics.
Delhi-born Vikram Chandra of 53 is a finalist in the criticism category for his nonfiction work Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty.
20. The Periyar Tiger Reserve of Kerala on 20 January 2015 won the National
Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) biennial award. It was awarded for encouraging
local public participation in managing the reserve.
21. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Chairman R.K. Tyagi was on 16
January 2015 conferred with the JGBS-Top Rankers' Excellence Award for CEO of the
year 2014.
22. Renowned Indian RTI activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal was on 15 January
2015 conferred with the Giraffe Hero award 2015 by a US-based NGO The Giraffe Heroes
Project. Agrawal was awarded for his bravery in utilising the Right to Information (RTI) Act,
2005 for public good despite innumerable challenges. Agrawal also holds the Guinness
record of filing highest number of published letters to the editors.
23. Actor Amitabh Bachchan was on 13 January 2015 presented with the
Social Media Person of the Year Award 2015 by the Internet and Mobile Association of
India (IAMAI).
24. Eminent Sanskrit scholar Prabhu Nath Dwivedi was on 14 January 2015
named as the winner of the Sahitya Akademi Award 2014 for Sanskrit language. He
was awarded for his work Kanakalochanaha, a collection of 16 short-stories based on
various social issues.
25. The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) Team of Indian Space Research
Organization (ISRO) on 12 January 2015 won the 2015 Space Pioneer Award in the
Science and Engineering category.
26. . RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan received the Governor of the Year
Award for 2015. The award recognises the Governor of a Central Bank who has
demonstrated strong leadership during the period under review
27. The director of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), Sriharikota Range
(SHAR) MYS Prasad was on 10 January 2015 selected for the Vikram Sarabhai

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memorial award 2015. The award will be presented to MYS Prasad by the Indian
Science Congress Association (ISCA).
28. Chinese nuclear physicist Yu Min was on 9 January 2015 presented with the
State Preeminent Science and Technology Award 2014 by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
29. Larry Page, the chief executive officer and co-founder of Google was
named as the Business person of the Year for 2014 on 6 January 2015 by Fortune
30. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan was honoured with the Yash Chopra
Memorial Award on 23 December 2014. Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao
honoured him with the award.
31. Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpee and freedom fighter Pandit
Madan Mohan Malaviya (posthumously) will receive the Bharat Ratna. The decision to
confer the highest civilian award of the country was announced by the Union
Government on 24 December 2014.
Till now 43 people have been honoured with the Bharat Ratna. In 2013, cricketer Sachin
Tendulkar and scientist C N R Rao were awarded Bharat Ratna for their contribution in their
respective fields.
32. TVS chairman Venu Srinivasan was made Honorary Citizen of Busan, Korea
on 18 December 2014. He was conferred with the citizenship for his efforts to enhance
friendship and cooperation between India and Republic of Korea.
33. Noted Pakistan-born poetess Imtiaz Dharker was on 17 December 2014
awarded the Queens Gold Medal for Poetry 2014 for her latest poetry collection Over the

34. Ruhi Singh of India was in news because she won Miss Universal Peace
& Humanity 2014 at Beirut, Lebanon on 10 December 2014.She is the first person to
win this pageant from India and she won the pageant among the 145 other countries.
She was Femina Miss India East first runner-up in 2011.
35. Playback singer Asha Bhosle on 10 December 2014 was awarded the
Lifetime Achievement Award at the 11th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) held in
Dubai. She received the award for her decades of dedication to Indian Film Industry.
36. Ebola fighters collectively were named as the TIMEs Person of the
Year 2014 on 10 December 2014 by the TIMEs magazine. The announcement was
made by Nancy Gibbs, the Managing Editor of TIME.
In their honour, the magazine has come out with five cover pages featuring five of them.
These are:

Dr Kent Brantly: the U.S. doctor who contracted Ebola while treating patients in

Dr Jerry Brown: A Liberian surgeon who turned his hospital's chapel into the
country's first Ebola treatment center
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Foday Gallah: An ambulance driver who survived the infection

Salome Karwah: Medecins Sans Frontieres nurse

37. Former Cuban Leader Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz was on 9 December 2014
awarded the Confucius Peace Prize 2014 for his important contributions in eliminating
nuclear war after his retirement.
38. Child rights campaigner of India Kailash Satyarthi and Education
activist of Pakistan Malala Yousafzai received the Nobel Peace Prize for the year 2014.
Both the recipients received medals and prize money 1.4 million US dollars from the
Norwegian Nobel Committee at Oslo, Norway on 10 December 2014.
39. Chairman of Wipro Azim Premji awarded Swiss Ambassador Award for
inspirational and socially responsible leadership.

60th Filmfare Awards :Other awards declared on the occasion includes

Best Actor (male): Shahid Kapoor for film Haider directed by Vishal Bhardwaj
Best Actor (female): Kangana Ranaut for film Queen directed by Vikas Bahl
Best Film: Queen directed by Vikas Bahl
Best Director: Vikas Bahl for film Queen
Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award: Kamini Kaushal
Best Film (Critics): Ankhon Dekhi directed by Rajat Kapoor
Best Male Actor (Critics): Sanjay Mishra for film Ankhon Dekhi
Best Female Actor (Critics): Alia Bhatt for film Highway written and directed by Imtiaz
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male): Kay Kay Menon for film Haider
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female): Tabu for film Haider
Best Story: Rajat Kapoor for film Ankhon Dekhi
Best Dialogue: Abhijat Joshi and Rajkumar Hirani for film PK directed by Rajkumar
Best Screenplay: Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi for film PK

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Best Director Debut: Abhishek Varman for film 2 States directed by Bhushan Patel
Best Actor Debut (Male): Fawad Khan for film Khoobsurat directed by Shashanka Ghosh
Best Actor Debut (Female): Kriti Sanon for film Heropanti directed by Sabbir Khan
Best Music Director: Shankar Ehsaan Loy for film 2 States
Best Lyrics: Rashmi Singh for song Muskurane ki wajah of film CityLights directed by
Hansal Mehta
Best Playback (Male): Ankit Tiwari for song Galliyan of film Ek Villain directed by Mohit
Best Playback (Female): Kanika Kapoor for song Baby doll of film Ragini MMS 2
Choreography: Ahmed Khan for Jumme ki raat of film Kick directed by Sajid Nadiadwala

Oscar Awards :The list of winners of 87th Academy Awards : Best Picture: Birdman
Best Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for Birdman
Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything
Best Actress: Julianne Moore for Still Alice
Best Supporting Actor: JK Simmons for Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette for Boyhood
Best Foreign Language Film: Ida directed by Pawel Pawlikowski
Best Animated Short Film: Feast directed by Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed
Best Animated Movie: Big Hero Six 6
Best Original Song: John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn for Glory
Best Original Score: Alexandre Desplat for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Padma Awards 2015

Padma Vibhushan Awards :S. No. Name of the Awardee
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L. K. Advani Shri
Public Affairs
Shri Amitabh Bachchan
Shri Prakash Singh Badal
Public Affairs
Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade
Social Work
Shri Mohammad Yusuf Khan alias
Dilip Kumar
Shri Jagadguru Ramanandacharya
Uttar Pradesh
Swami Rambhadracharya
Prof. Malur Ramaswamy Srinivasan Science and Engineering Tamil Nadu
Shri Kottayan K. Venugopal
Public Affairs
Shri Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan
Trade and Industry

Padma Bhushan :1.


Shri Jahnu Barua

Dr. Vijay Bhatkar
Shri Swapan Dasgupta
Swami Satyamitranand Giri
Shri N. Gopalaswami
Dr. Subhash C. Kashyap
Dr. (Pandit) Gokulotsavji Maharaj
Dr. Ambrish Mithal
Smt. Sudha Ragunathan
Shri Harish Salve
Dr. Ashok Seth
Shri Rajat Sharma
Shri Satpal
Shri Shivakumara Swami
Dr. Kharag Singh Valdiya
Prof. Manjul Bhargava(NRI/PIO)
Shri David Frawley
Shri Bill Gates(Foreigner)
Ms. Melinda Gates (Foreigner
Shri Saichiro Misumi(Foreigner)

Science and Engineering
Literature and Education
Civil Service
Public Affairs
Public Affairs
Literature and Education
Science and Engineering
Science and Engineering

Uttar Pradesh
Tamil Nadu
Madhya Pradesh
Tamil Nadu



Social Work
Social Work


Padma Shri :1.


Dr. Manjula Anagani

Shri S. Arunan
Ms. Kanyakumari Avasarala
Dr. Bettina Sharada Baumer
Shri Naresh Bedi
Shri Ashok Bhagat
Shri Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Dr. Lakshmi Nandan Bora
Dr. Gyan Chaturvedi
Prof. (Dr.) Yogesh Kumar Chawla

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Smt. Jayakumari Chikkala
Shri Bibek Debroy
Literature and Education Delhi
Dr. Sarungbam Bimola Kumari
Dr. Ashok Gulati
Public Affairs
Dr. Randeep Guleria
Dr. K. P. Haridas
Shri Rahul Jain
Shri Ravindra Jain
Dr. Sunil Jogi
Literature and Education Delhi
Shri Prasoon Joshi
Dr. Prafulla Kar
Ms. Saba Anjum
Smt. Ushakiran Khan
Literature and Education Bihar
Dr. Rajesh Kotecha
Prof. Alka Kriplani
Dr. Harsh Kumar
Shri Narayana Purushothama
Literature and Education Kerala
Shri Lambert Mascarenhas
Literature and Education Goa
Dr. (Mrs.) Janak Palta McGilligan Social Work
Madhya Pradesh
Shri Veerendra Raj Mehta
Social Work
Shri Tarak Mehta
Shri Neil Herbert Nongkynrih
Shri Chewang Norphel
Jammu and Kashmir
Shri T. V. Mohandas Pai
Trade and Industry
Dr.Tejas Patel
Shri Jadav Molai Peyang
Smt. Bimla Poddar
Uttar Pradesh
Dr. N. Prabhakar
Science and Engineering Delhi
Dr. Prahalada
Science and Engineering Maharashtra
Dr. Narendra Prasad
Shri Ram Bahadur Rai
Literature and Education Delhi
Ms. Mithali Raj
Shri P. V. Rajaraman
Civil Service
Tamil Nadu
Prof. J. S. Rajput
Literature and Education Uttar Pradesh
Shri Kota Srinivasa Rao
Andhra Pradesh
Prof. Bimal Roy
Literature and Education West Bengal
Shri Shekhar Sen
Shri Gunvant Shah
Literature and Education Gujarat
Shri Brahmdev Sharma (Bhaiji)
Literature and Education Delhi
Shri Manu Sharma
Literature and Education Uttar Pradesh
Prof. Yog Raj Sharma
Shri Vasant Shastri
Science and Engineering Karnataka
Shri S. K. Shivkumar
Science and Engineering Karnataka
Ms. P. V. Sindhu
Shri Sardara Singh

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Ms. Arunima Sinha
Uttar Pradesh
Shri Mahesh Raj Soni
Dr.Nikhil Tandon
Shri H. Thegtse Rinpoche
Social Work
Arunachal Pradesh
Dr.Hargovind Laxmishanker
Shri Huang Baosheng(Foreigner) Others
Prof. Jacques Blamont(Foreigner) Science and Engineering France
Late Shri Syedna Mohammad
Shri Jean-Claude
Literature and Education France
Dr. Nandrajan Raj
Trade and Industry
Shri George L. Hart(Foreigner)
Jagat Guru Amrta Suryananda
Maha Raja(NRI/PIO)
Late Shri Meetha Lal Mehta
Social Work
Ms. Tripti Mukherjee(NRI/PIO) Art
Dr. Dattatreyudu Nori(NRI/PIO) Medicine
Dr. Raghu Rama
Dr. Saumitra Rawat(NRI/PIO)
Prof. Annette
Literature and Education Germany
Late Shri Pran Kumar Sharma alias
Late Shri
Civil Service
Tamil Nadu

45th International Film Festival of India :45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) was held in Goa from 20 November to
30 November 2014. The chief quest of the film festival was Bollywood actor Amitabh
During the opening ceremony, Amitabh Bachchan along with Union Minister of
Finance Arun Jaitely presented the Centenary award for Film personality of the Year
to Tamil actor Rajinikanth.
45th IFFI Awards
Life Time Achievement Award: Hong-Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai he is known for his
films In the Mood for Love, Ashes of Time and Chungking Express.
Best Actor Award: Leviathan star- Alexel Serebriakov & Benagal actor -Dulal Sarkar for
the film Chotoder Chobi
Best Actress Award: Cuban actress Arina Rodriguez for Cuban-Spanish film Behaviour &
Israeli actress Sarit Larry for film The Kindergarten Teacher
Best Director Award: Nadaf Lapid for the film The Kindgarten Teacher
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Cenetary Award: Director Shrihari Sathe for the film Ek Hazaarchi Note
Special Jury Award: Director Shrihari Sathe for the film Ek Hazaarchi Note
Golden Peacock Award: Russian director Andrey Zvyaginstev for drama Leviathan
Centenary award for Film personality of the Year: Tamil actor Rajinikanth

Days :

National Science Day :- 28 February

International Rare Disease Day :- 28 February

International Mother Language Day :- 21 February

World Radio Day :- 13 February

World Cancer Day :- 4 February

Anti Leprosy Day :- 30 January

National girl Child Day :- 24 January

National Immunization Day :- 18th January

67th Army Day :- 15th January

National youth Day :- 12 january

Minorities Rights Day :- 18 December

Victory Day Celeberated in Bangladesh :- 16 December

Vijay Diwas :- 16 December

National Conservation Energy Day :- 14th December

International Anti-Corruption Day :- 9 December

Human rights Day :- 10 December

World Soil Day:- 5th December

India observed Mahaparinirwan Diwas on 6 December 2014, death anniversary of Dr

BR Ambedkar.

Navy Day :- 4Th December

International Day Of Person With Disability :- 3rd December

International Day of Abolition of Slavery :- 2nd December

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Resigned :

Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi Resigned

Union Minister Sacked DRDO Chairman Avinash Chander.

K Radhakrishnan retired as Chairman of ISRO.

Mahendera Singh Dhoni took retirement from test cricket.

VS Sampath ,Chief Election Commissioner demitted hi office.

Leela Samson resigned as Central Board of Film Certification.

Books :

Flora of Guntur City Andra Pardesh :- PR Mohana Rao

Editor Unplugged : Media, Magnates, Netas and Me :- Vinod Mehta

Fragile Frontiers : The Secret History Of Mumbai Terror Attacks :- SK Rath

Neither a Hawk Nor a Dove :- Pakistans Ex-Foreign Minister Khurshid M Kasuri

Hindi Novel Farishta :- Kapil Isapuri

Book on Sonia Gandhi titled The Red Sari :- Javier Moro

Tamil Novel Madhorubhagan :- Perumal Murugan

National :-

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Google on 24 February 2015 acquired Facebook mobile marketing startup Toro. Toro
Company is best known for its Facebook ad campaigns. The financial terms of the deal
were not disclosed.

10th Addition of Aero India Show Concluded at Bangaluru.

3rd Tortoise Festival was organised at Hajong Lake in Dima Hasao district of Assam on 21
February 2015. The festival was organised to create awareness among people on the
endangered tortoise species by Environment and Forest Department of Dima Hasao.

Hitachi Limited on 23 February 2015 announced to acquire Finmeccanica Rail

Businesses for 2 billion US dollar.

Samsung Electronics Co on 19 February 2015 acquired US-based mobile wallet startup


EPFO launched Online Help desk to trace Inoperative accounts.

Bihar Governement decided to grant 35% reservation women in Non-Gazetted jobs.

Reliance Communication and Twitter partnered for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

5th India-Myanmar Joint Trade Committeeheld in Nay Pyi Taw.

Dosmoche Festival Celebrated in Ladakh.

35th National Games held in Thiruvanathapuram.

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Tintu Luka Won Gold in 800m in 35th National Games .

The Reserve Bank of India on 13 February 2015 announced that soon the currency
notes of one rupees denomination will be in circulation. The notes will be printed by the
Government of India.
RBI in its release informed that these currency notes are legal tender as provided in The
Coinage Act 2011. It said that the existing currency notes in this denomination in
circulation will also continue to be legal tender.

India on 14 February 2015 successfully test-fired a BrahMos supersonic cruise missile

from Indian Navy's latest destroyer INS Kolkata.
The launch off the Goa coast was flawless as the missile met all its designed parameters.
BrahMos is a missile with a range of 290 kilometers and can carry a conventional
warhead of up to 300 kilograms.

ICICI Bank Limited on 12 February 2015 tied up with global payment solutions
company UAE Exchange to offer an instant bank transfer service named FLASHremit.

National Games mascot Ammu, the Great Hornbill entered the Limca Book of Records
for its play, Kalikkunna Kuttikalkkayi Bharatham Kathirikkunnu (India Awaits
Children Who Play) in which Ammu is featured.

Microsoft acquire Sunrise for 100 Million US Dollar.

Star India Pvt TV acquired Telugu Tv Channel MAA Television Network Ltd.

Delhi election :- Aam Admi party won 67 Seats out of 70 Seats.

US closed its embassy in Yemen.

ICICI Bank on 10 February 2015 launched Indias first digital Bank on mobile phone,
Pockets. This digital e-wallet can be downloaded from Google Playstore.
Pockets, the digital e-wallet uses a virtual VISA card that enables the users to transact
on any website or mobile application in India.
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Alibaba Invest 590 Million US dollar in Meizu Technology Co.

Adani Enterprises, Rajasthan Government Signed MOU to et up 10000MW Solar


First World Ocean Science Congress Held in Kochi.

Union Government announced 850 Crore Package for AP.

Vijay Kumar won gold of 25 meter Centre Fire pistol in 35 th national games.

Union Government approved a rehabilitation package of 1102 Crore rupees for J & k.

Union Government released Postage stamp with Swach bharat Mision as theme.

RBi constituted High Powered Committee R Gandhi on Urban Cooperative Banks.

Maharashtra decided to buy a house in London Where BR Ambedkar stayed.

Indian President Conferred 104 Padma Awards .

SBI signed a Loan aggrement for 100 million Euro with European Investment Bank.

PMJDY Madeit to it Guiness World Records.

Prime Minister of Bhutan Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay visited India.

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Former PM Manmohan Singhon adopted Pachim Bekeli Gaon Panchyat under Sansad
Adarsh Gram Yojna.

Hyderabad to host World Congress on Information Technology in 2018.

The year 2014 was ranked as the Earths hottest year since 1880 as per the two separate
analyses done by NASA scientists and National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) scientists.

RBI issued guidelines for BANKS to act as Insurance broker.

Idukki in Kerala Became First District of India to have Complete Rural Broadband
Coverage .

7th Vibrant Gujrat Summit held at Gandhinagar.

13th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas held in Gujrat.

US to host International Anti-Terror Summit on 18 February 2015.

Vistara(Tata-SIA) Started domestic airline in India.

Kotak Mahindra Bank secured its shareholders approval for amalgamation of ING
Vysya Bank. It was announced by the Kotak Mahindra Bank.

102nd Indian Science Congress held in Mumbai.

Amitabh Bachchan named as Brand Ambassador as AP Health Sector.

RBI allowed FII to buy up to 49% paid up capital in Bajaj Corp.

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New Jersey to host International Hindi Conference in April 2015.

ICICI bank launched Digital Village Project Akodara Village of Gujrat.

Union Minister Formed NITI Aayog to replace Planing Commisison.

Union Governemnt launched Integrated women safety app called HIMMAT.

Union Government signed 60 Million loan deal with ADB for

J &K.

Union Government approved a ahike of gov take in IFCI to 51 %.

India became Second partner of Dubai after China.

Foreign Exchange Reserve Reached 320 Billion US Dollar.

10th Anniversery of Indian Ocean Tsunami Observed asa on 26 December.

Union Government observed 25 December as Good Goverance Day.

The RBI extended date of pre-2005 Currency notes to 30 June 2015.

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

RBI increased RTGS (real time gross settlement) business hours from 7.30 hours to 12
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Madhya Pradesh government increased Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel
by 4 percent.

Music Camposer AR Rahman was nominated for the films Million Dollar Arm, The
Hundred-Foot Journey and Indian film Kochadaiiyaan.

HDFC launched Mobile bank Facility Bank App Ki Muththi Mein.

Indian Film Jal nominated for Oscar.

ICCI Bank launched Indias first credit card with a unique transparent design in
association with American Express.

15th Indo-Russian bilateral annual summit was held in New Delhi

Ebola fighters collectively were named as the TIMEs Person of the Year 2014.

New India Insurance topped in Health Insurance.

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