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CURRENT AFFAIRS

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1. WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY: March, 31. The tobacco products must
display a scorpion and lungs as warnings. India is a signatory of WHO-
FCTC. World Health Organization Frame Work Convention on Tobacco
Control. The warning must cover at least 40 percent of the display
area.

2. Impeachment proceedings against Soumitra Sen a Judge of Calcutta
High Court. This is pending in front of Rajya Sabha.

A 3 member committee was constituted by Rajya Sabha Chairman
comprising Justice D.K. Jain of Supreme Court, T.S Thakur Chief Justice
of Punjab and Haryana High Court (it’s a common court for both the
states) and Fali S. nariman , senior advocate Supreme court.

3. 18th LAW COMMISSION CHAIRMAN: Justice A.R. Lakshmanan.

4. The Number of Ministers in the Central Government is 79. The
Constitutional provision is that the total number of Ministers including the
Prime Minister in the Council of Ministers shall not exceed 15 percent of
the Total members of the house of the People (Lok Sabha).

This was made through 91st Constitutional amendment, 2003.

This is also same for the state Government. Not more than 15% of the
total strength of Assembly. But should not be less than 12.

Note: For small states like Sikkim, Goa, Mizoram the minimum is 7 ministers.

5. The youngest of the Council of Ministers is Agatha Sangma. She is 28
years. She is the daughter of P A Sangma former Lok Sabha Speaker.
She is a lawyer by profession. She won on Nationalist Congress Party
(NCP) ticket from Meghalaya. She was appointed as the Minister of state
for Rural Development.

6. Varun Gandhi is BJP MP from Pilibhit in UP. He was in the news for
his controversial speech during elections.

7. Chief Justice Of India : K.G. Balakrishanan.

8. Prime Minister is the Chairman for Ganga River Basin Authority.
Ganga Basin states are Uttaranchal, UP, Bihar, Jharkhand and West
Bengal.

19. 12. Successfully Launched by INDIAN SPACE RESEARCH ORGANIZATION (ISRO). 13. It’s the first metro transit system to pass through a tunnel beneath Hooghly river. East-west Metro corridor project (KOLKATTA): This links the Salt lake city Kolkata and Howrah Maidan. The Excise duty reduced to 8 %. 17. Interceptor was successfully tested by Defence Research and Development Organization. A9 Highway: The only road link between Jaffna peninsula to the rest of the Island. 21. On February 19. Congress and BJP formed an alliance United Democratic Alliance (UDF) in SIKKIM to fight against Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF). It proved that India can successfully shield itself against ballistic missiles from enemy countries. Chairman Atomic Energy Commission – Anil kakodkar. 15. 18. The Government reduced Service Tax by 2%. It was shutdown by the Government in the year 2006 on the plea that it became central point for the tigers to collect the cash in the form of taxes on goods and services. CHANDRAYAAN-1. But could not succeed and SDF won the election and Pawan Kumar Chamling became the Chief Minister 10. G-20 Meeting was held in London in April 2009. NOTE: Newly formed holding company National Aviation Company of India Ltd (Air India and Indian Air Lines) is the biggest looser for the year 2007-08. 16. H1-B visa was introduced in 1990. Now it is 10 %. A commission was appointed under the Chairmanship of Justice B. 2009. .9. Chang’e-1 – China’s first Lunar Probe Landed on March 1. SRIKRISHNA to enquire and sublit a report. 14.N. 20. Moon Mission. Police resort to a lathicharge on Lawyers in the premises of Madras High Court. 11. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) is the highest profit making Public Sector Unit in India for the year 2007-08.

10. Present CRR is 5. It is the amount that a commercial bank needs to maintain in the form of cash.000/- 28.000/- 32. VICE PRESIDENT : 1. PRESIDENT : 1. JUDGE OF SUPREME COURT : 90. The number of Supreme Court Judges 30+1 (Including Chief Justice). The current Repo rate is 5%. 37. The NATIONAL AEROUNATICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA) launched Global warming satellite to track CO2 emissions world wide. 23. BrahMos is the super sonic missile meant to attack a particular target out of a group.22. This leads to fewer products available at more rates.5%. RBI --------------------.000/- 27. GOVERNOR : 1. CHIEF JUSTICE OF INDIA : 1. Inflation means continuous raise of prices of goods and services over a period of time. SALARIES: 25. The latest state which experienced the Presidents Rule is Jharkhand. SLR: STATUTORY LIQUIDITY RATIO.5% now.000/- 26. . It was tested successfully on March. JUDGE OF HIGH COURT : 80. CRR: It is cash Reserve Ratio. 33. Reverse Repo Rate: The rate at which the RBI borrows money from banks.50.25. CHIEF JUSTICE OF HIGH COURT 90.000/- 31. It was halted because of technical snag.000/- 30. gold or Government security deposits before providing credit to its customers. RBI -------------------- Banks 34.4 2009. It is 3. REPO RATE: This is the rate at which Reserve Bank of India (RBI) lends short term loans to the banks. 24. It is the amount of funds that banks have to deposit with RBI. President’s Rule is imposed by the President on the recommendation of the Governor or Otherwise. 36. Present SLR is 24%.000/- 29.00.Banks 35.

51. Article 368. 39. Article 32. Financial Emergency. the former CM of Karnataka is the Chairman for second Administrative Reforms Commission. 41. 60. Special status of Jammu and Kashmir. Article 330. INDIRA GANDHI NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY started SMS service for its students and staff to keep them updated about various programmes. Presidents Rule. Article 280. 55. Article 213. 40. Article 370. Karnataka is the first state to introduce Insurance scheme for HIV positive persons. The states Arunachal Pradesh. Finance Commission. Power of the Governor to promulgate ordinances. Election Commission. 50. Article 360. SAM PITRODA is the chairman for National Knowledge commission. Article 324. Power of the President to promulgate ordinances. 59. 43. 46. Article 123. Article 315. Meghalaya – Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Management is Located.38. Reservation of seats for SC and ST for House of people. ASHOK CHAKRA is the Logo for the Common Wealth games of 2010. Babubhai Katara was a BJP MP in the 14th Loksabha who was disqualified on the charges of human trafficking. 63. Power of Supreme Court to issue writs. Power of High Court to issue writs. . NURSULTAN NAZARBAYEV. This leads to more products available at cheaper rates. 65. Christian community has the highest literacy rate and sex ratio. Public Service Commission for the Union and the States. 49. Article 169 talks about the abolition or creation of Legislative Councils in states. Article 356. 66. 47. National Emergency. Assam. 57. 52. The President can consult Supreme Court under article 143. 58. Soli Sorabjee is the chairman for committee on Police Reforms. 42. 48. Article 352. 62. Deflation means continuous decrease in the price of goods and services. 54. SHILLONG. 61. 45. 56. 44. Veerappa Moily. Power of Parliament to amend the constitution and the procedure to amend. 64. 53. Article 226. The PUNHANA town of MEWAT district in Haryana has the first mobile court in country. Manipur and Nagaland were exempted from Delimitation of the constituencies. Jharkhand. the President of Kazakhstan was the chief guest for 2009 Republic day celebrations. Singur is the controversial site Hoogly district in West Bengal.

Mrs. Kishore Chandra Deo is the chairman for parliamentary panel for ‘Office of Profit’. Maithilli or Maithili and Santhali. Manik Rao Gavit is appointed as the protem speaker by the President for 15th Lok Sabha. Myanmar. . 71. She is the daughter of Sri Babu Jagjeevan Ram the Deputy Prime minister of India during 1979. 92nd amendment – Included four more languages in the 8th schedule. It’s manufactured by Samsung. Sri Lanka and Thailand Economic Summit (BIMST-EC) was held in New Delhi in 2008. The POSTAL LIFE INSURANCE. P. Meira Kumar is the first Women speaker in the Lok Sabha. Dogri or Dongri. WORLD WATER DAY – MARCH 22. 76.67. Asif Ali Zardari the leader of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) was elected as the President of Pakistan in 2008. 77. The ‘BLUE EARTH’ cell phone is the worlds first solar mobile. 68. 74. Jawaharlal Nehru was the chairman for Union Constitution committee of the constituent assembly. 73.N. 69. Panchayat Raj was first introduced in Rajastan in the year 1959. The Bangladesh. The total number of Languages in the 8th schedule is 22. 79. 75. India. Bodo. 78. 70. In the Elections for 15th Lok Sabha 369 parties have contested in the elections. 72. 80. Bhagwati was the CJI when Public Interest Litigation was introduced to the judicial system in India. the oldest life insurance scheme completed its 125th existence. Only 37 parties could get into the Lok Sabha. 2009. Nanavati commission was appointed to probe into Godhra violence.