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January 21, 2015

21st January 2015 - Important Current Affairs updates


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International Affairs
  • The UN Security Council today condemned an Attack by Huthi rebels on Yemen's presidential palace and voiced strong support for President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi.
    • The Shiite militia fighters known as the Huthis earlier attacked the presidential complex and Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi's residence in an apparent bid to overthrow the embattled government.
  • French security forces will get better weapons and protection to fight terror and the country will hire 2,600 new counter-terrorism officers, Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced on Wednesday.
    • Mr. Valls said the government will spend 425 million euros on counter-terrorism over three years in response to the Paris attacks. Three police were among those killed by the gunmen.
  • Global business school INSEAD has released the 2014 edition of its Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) in Davos, Switzerland. 
    • India has been ranked 78th globally in terms of talent competitiveness of its human capital, which shows a shortage of skilled workforce in the country.
    • Switzerland has topped the list of 93 countries, followed by Singapore and Luxembourg in second and third places, respectively.
National Affairs
  • The government today approved two highway projects in Jammu & Kashmir involving total investment of about Rs 3,383 crore.
    • The First project of four-laning of Ramban-Banihal section of National Highway - 1A (now NH-44) in Jammu & Kashmir will cost Rs 1,623.98 crore.
    • The Second project is related to four laning of Udhampur- Ramban section of National Highway. The 40.07-km road project will cost Rs 1,758.68 crore.
  • Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said that extra precaution is being taken at the borders ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit not just as a security measure for him but also to prevent incidents which might be undertaken to divert attention of the world in a different direction .
  • The 8th Edition of the popular Jaipur Literature Festival, begins today.
    • This festival is taking place in Jaipur since 2006.
    • This is Asia's Biggest Literacy Festival.
    • This festival is going to be held from 21st January 2015 to 25th January 2015.
    • List of speakers this season will be 181 including VS Naipual, Chetan Bhagat and Amish Tripathi.
  • Aiming at preserving and rejuvenating the rich cultural heritage, government today launched the ambitious Rs 500 crore project HRIDAY for 12 cities.
    • The 12 cities selected for the scheme are Ajmer, Amritsar, Amravati, Badami, Dwarka, Gaya, Warangal, Puri, Kanchipuram, Mathura, Varanasi and Vellankanni.
    • HRIDAY - Heritage Development and Augmentation Yojana
People in News
  • Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been examined by CBI in the coal block allocation case relating to Hindalco.
    • He is the first former prime minister to have been interrogated in any case.
Business & Economy
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship programme, Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) has emerged as the largest financial inclusion initiative in the world with 11.5 crore bank accounts opened under the scheme and has entered the Guinness Book of World Records.
  • US President Barack Obama has declared an end to the financial crisis and pledged economic policies to benefit all Americans, in his annual State of the Union address to Congress.
    • "Tonight, we turn the page," he said. "The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong."
  • A World Bank report has challenged the conventional understanding of India’s inequality.
    • The report, “Addressing inequality in South Asia,” has found that the probability of a poor person moving out of poverty in India in 2014 was as good as that in the U.S.
  • Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp has topped in global vehicle sales in 2014 by selling 10.23 million vehicles, beating Volkswagen (2nd place with 10.14 million vehicles) and General Motors (3rd place with 9.92 million vehicles). 
  • Twitter Inc. today announced that it is acquiring Bengaluru-based mobile marketing and analytics company ZipDial Mobile Solutions Pvt. Ltd, its first acquisition in India—a move that is aimed at expanding its user base in the country. 
    • The acquisition will also pave the way for the microblogging site’s first engineering office in India, in Bengaluru. 
  • The Budget Session of Parliament will start from the 23rd of next month and the first part of the session will continue up to the 20th of March. Sources said in New Delhi that the second part of the session will take place from the 20th of April till the 8th of May.
    • As per schedule, the Railway Budget will be presented on 26th February 2015.
    • The Economic Survey will be tabled on 27th February 2015. 
    • The Union Budget will be presented on the 28th February 2015.
    • The decision was taken during a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affair headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
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  1. wht 1st dear???

  2. Expected Questions for SBI Associate Clerk Exam 2015

    1) International Women’s day is celebrated on? - 8 March
    2) Who was awarded the Golden Ball Award for the best player of Indian Super League 2014? - Iain Hume, Kerala Blasters
    3) Who is known as father of Artificial Intelligence? - John McCarthy
    4) Full form of EFT? - Electronic Fund Transfer
    5) National Mathematics Day is celebrated on? - 22 December (Birthday of Srinivasa Ramanujan).
    6) Name the president of the Federation of Indian Chambers of commerce & Industry (FICCI)? - Jyotsna Suri
    7) International Human Solidarity Day? - December 20
    8) Who was appointed as the new chief of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) recently? - Rajinder Khanna
    9) Which among following is considered a volatile memory? - RAM
    10) India recently exported its first warship named ‘CGS Barracuda’ to which country? - Maldives
    11) Minorities Rights Day was observed on? - 18 December
    12) Davis Cup related to which sport?- Lawn Tennis
    13) What is the full form of IP? - Internet Protocol
    14) What is the interest rate on provident fund deposits for 2014-15? - 8.75%
    15) Controller of Mutual Fund? - SEBI
    16) Which website has emerged as the most searched website in India in 2014? - IRCTC
    17) Reserve Bank recently increased RTGS business hours by how many hours? - 12 hours (from 8am to 8pm)
    18) Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2015 was held at? - Gandhinagar, Gujarat
    19) Reliance Group recently sold its multiplex business 'BIG Cinemas' to South India based? - Carnival Group
    20) Name the Miss World 2014? - Rolene Strauss
    21) Capital of Sierra Leon? - Freetown
    22) Capital of Ethiopia? - Addis Ababa
    23) Yuan is the currency of? - China
    24) Name the Tata Sons-Singapore Airlines (SIA) joint venture which started operation recently? - Vistara
    25) Which was named India's biggest company by Fortune 500 list of Indian companies for 2014? - Indian Oil Corporation

  3. divya ....who sent a interview letter. i mean ibps board or gramin bank
    which one ??plz reply me divya

  4. for grameen bank,after ibps score card,d particular rrb banks will call for d clerk n po..after dat v shud if v r in d merit list..den dey will rrb bank bank will call.

  5. Divya ..did u got the job in pratama grameena bank ..result is released

  6. i gave interview for kvgb clerk..n i gt selected

  7. i gt kvgb clerk job

  8. here vacancies r more,n competition is less compared to other states

  9. Did they ask u to write any essay of ur choice in ur local language bcoz Im having Andhra Pragathi Grameen Bank officer scale 1 Interview on Feb 3,2015??Awaiting ur reply...

  10. hey dey didnt ask us to write an essay

  11. thnx fr the reply..

  12. What about your result. Im working in kvgb.


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