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August 08, 2015

Recent Important Current Affairs 2015 at a Glance

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Hi Friends, I am Shravan. Here I am sharing some important current affairs updates picked from recent news papers. Happy Reading :)
  • Hungarian writer laszlo krasznahorkai won the Man Booker International Prize for 2015. This prize is given every two years. Indian author Amitav Ghosh is one of the ten short listed authors.
  • David Cameron became the Prime Minister of United Kingdom for the second term on May 8, 2015. David Cameron-led Conservative Party won 331 seats out of total 650 seats in House of Commons.
  • J. Jayalalithaa was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for the fifth time on May 23, 2015.
  • Actor Mukesh Khanna was appointed as the Chairperson of the Children's Film Society of India (CFSI). He is known for his iconic role as Shaktimaan on Television.
  • Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev won his fifth successive term in the Presidential election. Karim Masimov is the Prime Minister.
  • Indian-American Vivek Murthy was sworn in as the US Surgeon General. He is the youngest ever in-charge of America's public health.
  • Neel Mukherjee's "The Lives of Others" won the UK's Encore Award for the best second novel on May 12, 2015.
  • UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize for 2015 was awarded to Mazen Darwish, a Syrian journalist.
  • Two Indians Ananda Kumar and Pramod Patil were awarded the Whitley Awards, dubbed "Green Oscar", for their contribution to wildlife conservation.
  • Siddhartha Gigoo won the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Asian region for "Umbrella Man".
  • Aruna Shanbaug, a former hospital nurse, brutally raped in 1973, died on May 18, 2015. She was at the centre of euthanasia or mercy killing issue.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Liberia Ebola-free on May 9, 2015.
  • Francois Hollande visited Havana on May 10, 2015, the first French President to visit Cuba in more than a century.
  • Seychelles became the 161st member of World Trade Organization (WTO) on April 26, 2015.
  • India ranked at a low 100 th position on global Human Capital Index 2015. Finland topped the 124 nation list.
  • Switzerland topped the World Happiness Index 2015 and India ranked 117 out of 158 countries.
  • India signed an agreement with Iran for the development of Chabahar Port on May 6, 2015. It will give India sea-land access route to Afghanistan bypassing Pakistan.
  • Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani visited India from April 27 to April 29, 2015.
  • India assumed Presidency of the 68th session of the World Health Assembly (WHA), the top decision making body of the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • The Union Cabinet cleared the "Namami Gange" integrated conservation mission to clean river Ganga on May 13, 2015. Budget allocated is Rs. 20,000 crore for the next 5 years.
  • The Lok Sabha passed the Goods and Services Tax Constitutional (122nd Amendment) Bill on May 6, 2015. GST is proposed to be implemented from April 1, 2016. It will subsume excise, service tax, state VAT, entry tax, octroi, etc.
  • Union Health Minister J.P Nadda launched "Kayakalp" —an initiative for awards to public health facilities.
  • Nadia in West Bengal became the first Open Defecation Free (ODF) district in India. Nadia has more than 3.47 Iakh toilets.
  • Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BNB) won the Asian Banker Achievement Award 2015 for Technology Implementation in the category of Best Outsourcing Project (New Bank). The award was received by Usha Ananthasubramanian, CMD of BMB in Hong Kong.
  • Bilateral naval exercise SIMBEX-15 between India and Singapore was held from May 23 to 26, 2015 in Singapore.
  • The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was presented with the 2015 Freedom of Expression Courage Award of the PEN American Centre at the American Museum of Natural History.
  • Four Indians have been named in Forbes magazine's 12th annual list of World's 100 Most Powerful Women. They are- Arundhati Bhattacharya (SBI Chairperson), Chanda Kochchar (MD and CEO of ICICI Bank), Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (MD of Biocon) and Shobhana Bhartia (Chairperson of Hindustan Times Group). The list is topped by Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany.
  • China defeated Japan in the final of the Sudinnan Cup badminton tournament in Dongguan, China on May 17, 2015.
  • Mohun Bagan won the I-League football title on May 31, 2015. Bengaluru FC ended as runners-up.
  • The trial of Pinaka Mark-II missile cum multi barrel rocket launcher system was successfully conducted at Pokhran on May 30, 2015.
  • The Prime Minister Narendra Mo-di visited three Asian nations i.e. China, Mongolia and South Korea from May 14 to 19, 2015.
  • Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley inaugurated the New Bank Note Paper Line unit of 6,000 metric tonne capacity at Security Pa-per Mill in Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh.
  • India topped in World Hunger List with around 194 million people according to a UN report.
  • Maharashtra Government has launched Swachhata Saptapadi Scheme on the lines of Union Government's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
  • Former Singapore Foreign Minister George Yeo succeeded Amartya Sen as the Chancellor of Nalanda University in Bihar.
  • S. Christopher is the new Director General of the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). G. Sateesh Reddy is the new Scientific Advisor to the Defense Minister.
  • Veteran actor Michael Douglas received the Genesis Prize on June 18, 2015. This prize is nicknamed "Jewish Nobel Prize"
  • Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar of Aam Aadmi Party was arrested for possessing fake academic documents on June 9, 2015. Later he resigned.
  • Sepp Blatter resigned as the President of FIFA on June 2, 2015, four days after being elected to a fifth term.
  • Sister Nirmal Joshi, who succeeded Mother Teresa as the head of the Missionaries of Charity , died on June 23, 2015.
  • K.V. Chowdary, former Chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), was appointed the new Central Vigilance Commissioner on June 8, 2015. He is the first non LAS to head the Central Vigilance Commission. Indian Bank CMD T.M. Bhasin was appointed the Vigilance Commissioner.
  • Repo Rate: 7.25% Reverse Repo Rate: 6.25% Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR): 4% Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR): 21.5%
  • Britain celebrated the 800 th anniversary of Magna Carta accord on June15, 2015.
  • China unveiled the world's first facial recognition ATM on June 1, 2015.
  • The first International Yoga Day was celebrated on June 21, 2015. 192 countries celebrated.
  • The 41 a G7 Summit was held in June 2015 in Krun city in Germany.
  • Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland beat Novak Djokovic of Serbia to win his first French Open singles title. Serena Williams of USA defeated Lucie Safarova of Czech Republic to win the women's singles title of French open.
  • Australia won the ICC World Cup for the fifth time beating New Zealand by seven wickets in the final in Melbourne on March 29, 2015. James Faulkner of Australia was declared the Man of the Final and Mitchell S tarc of Australia the Player of the Tournament.
  • IPL 8 Mumbai Indians clinched their second Indian Premier League (LPL) title defeating Chennai Super Kings by 41 runs in the final at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on May 24, 2015.


  • David Granger  —  President of Guyana
  • Nirbhay Sharma  — Mizoram Governor
  • Tathagata Roy  — Tripura Governor
  • V. Shanmuganathan  — Meghalaya Governor
  • Draupadi Murmu  — Jharkhand Governor
  • J.P. Rajkhowa  — Arunachal Pradesh Governor
  • Achal Kumar  — Jyoti Election Commissioner
  • G. Mohan Kumar —  Defence Secretary
  • Surender Singh  — Director General of CISF
  • Loretta Lynch  — USA Attorney General
  • P. Kunhikrishnan  — Director, Satish Dhawan Space Centre
  •  Pawan Munjal  — Chairman, CEO and MD of Hero Moto-Corp
  • Sharad Pawar  — President of Mumbai Cricket Association
  • Pradeep Kumar Sinha  — Cabinet Secretary
  • Vijai Sharma  — Chief Information Commissioner
  • R.C. Tayal —  Director General of National Security Guards
  • R.Seshasayee  — Non executive Chairman of Infosys
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