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February 17, 2015

17th February 2015 - Important Current Affairs updates


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International Affairs
  • External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is on Two Day Visit to Oman.
    • She has arrived in Muscat and will meet top leadership in Oman and hold talks on security and defence.
    • In her first public engagement, she will interact with expatriate Indian community at the Indian Embassy in Muscat today.
    • Tomorrow she will meet her Omani counterpart, Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Deputy Prime Minister of Oman and the Royal court.
    • Important points to note
      • India and Oman enjoy excellent ties and have worked together in anti-piracy operations and cyber-crime.
      • Joint military exercises have been held recently by the two countries.
      • India - Oman bilateral trade is on the upswing and crossed $5.7 billion in 2013-2014.
  • Egypt's military carried out a series of airstrikes against ISIS militants in Libya yesterday in retaliation for the slaughter of 21 Egyptian Christians by the jihadist group.
    • The bombing raids pulled Egypt deeper into the widening international fight against ISIS and highlighted the extremists' growing presence in North Africa.
    • At least 64 IS militants killed in these ‎Egyptian‬ airstrikes.
National Affairs
  • The nation celebrates the most auspicious day of Mahashivratri today.
    • Maha Shivratri is observed on the 13th night/14th day of the 11 Hindu month of Phalguna or Maagh every year.
  • Haryana government has decided to run a special taxi service for women passengers in Gurgaon.
    • These special taxis will be driven by woman drivers.
    • Officials said they intend to start the service in the next 100 days, with a fleet of 50 Tata Nano cars.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed concern over the increasing division and hostility on religious lines. 
    • He said this has become a global concern and his government will ensure that there is complete freedom of faith. 
    • Appealing to all religious groups to act with mutual respect and tolerance, he said government will not allow any groups to incite hatred against each other and violence against any religion.
  • Death toll from ‪Swineflu‬ this year has soared to 585 with 100 more casualties reported across the country in three days since 12 February.
    • So far eight thousand 423 people have contracted swine flu this year in the country. 
    • Rajasthan‬, ‪‎Gujarat‬, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra are the worst-affected states.
    • ‪Delhi‬ and ‪TamilNadu‬ have reported a high incidence of swine flu cases but the death toll in the two states is relatively low due to high level of awareness and better health infrastructure.
  • The Arvind Kejriwal government has decided not to terminate the services of contractual employees till further instructions.
    • There are around one lakh contractual employees working in various departments of the government who were promised regularization ahead of the Delhi polls Feb 7 by the AAP.
  • Aero India 2015
    • Asia's premier air show, "Aero India", will start in Bengaluru tomorrow with global armament majors eyeing the multi-billion dollar Indian defence market, seeking to align with the "Make in India" campaign of the Narendra Modi government.
    • To be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
    • Modi will be the second Prime Minister to inaugurate the event after H D Deve Gowda in 1996. 
    • This is said to be the largest ever air show to be hosted so far in India.
      • Over 300 foreign firms along with 54 ministerial and other high-level delegations from several countries will be taking part in this year's event.
    • The US with 64 companies will have the largest presence at the show in which 33 other countries are taking part.
    • Behind the US is France with 58 companies, UK 48, Russia 41, Israel 25 and Germany 17.
Business & Economy
  • Infosys has announced that it had signed a definitive agreement to fully acquire U.S.-based automation technology provider Panaya for an enterprise value of $200 million.
    • This is the company’s second largest acquisition after it acquired Zurich-based consulting company in 2012 for around $350 million.
New Appointments
  • Former IAS officer Jawed Usmani today took oath as new Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) of Uttar Pradesh.
    • Usmani, a 1978-batch IAS officer, had taken voluntary retirement from service before taking over as the CIC.
  • India-born Punit Renjen was appointed the next CEO of U.S.-based accounting giant Deloitte’s global operations.
    • He became the first Indian-origin person to head a ‘Big-Four’ audit firm.
  • National School of Drama graduate and talented actor Ashraful Haque (45) Passed away due to bone marrow related disease.
    • He has played pivotal characters in films like Company, Jungle, Ravan, Deewar, Black Friday,  Paan Singh Tomar, Delhi Belly, Fukrey and the recently released movie The Lost Beharupiya.
  • World Cup 2015
    • New Zealand beat Scotland by 3 wickets.
    • Afghanistan to take on Bangladesh tomorrow.
  • Reliance Communications (RCom), part of the Anil Ambani-led group, which is the global telecom sponsor of the ICC World Cup 2015, has partnered with Twitter to provide its customers with a platform to follow the global commentary as the world’s 14 best cricketing nations compete for the tag of the champion team, with no data charges.
    • Customers who do not have a Twitter account can also access cricket-related Tweets by logging on to on their mobile phones throughout the duration of this global event - from 13th February 2015 to 31st March 2015.
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    2. im done with my interview. koti panel 1. im too mpharmacy industrial pharmacy

    3. hi frnd how i can share my experience

    4. send mail to and they will share your experience

    5. Gr8 ambitionz plzzz upload the answer key of bihar staff selection commission grad level exam ...which was held on 16 feb 2015

    6. Hello readers my name is Prasenjeet Das and I'm from Kharagpur.

      Interview date : 17:02:2015
      Time:1:00 pm
      Place : kolkata UBI

      Interview board: 4 males & 1 female

      Questions asked;

      1. Tell me something about yourself.
      2. What are your hobbies ?
      3. As it is a bank interview I wish you have prepare for it. So may I ask you a few questions on banking ?
      How many types of banks are there in India ?
      4. Number of Public sector banks.
      5. Name the latest or 27th bank in India.
      6. Name the banks that are going to start there business in India.
      7.what type of institution is Bandhan ?
      8. What is micro finance ?
      9. What is KYC ?
      10. What is money laundering ?
      11. What is black money ?
      12. Why is it not necessary for you to pay tax ?
      13. What activities are made through black money ?
      14.What is smart banking ?
      15. What is IPS ?
      ( The youngest sir explained it to me as it was unknown to me. )
      16. What is SEBI ?
      17. Who is the chairman of SEBI ?
      ( I was unable to recall that at that time. So said sorry sir.)
      18. What are the functions of SEBI ?

    7. what is the qualificaiton for Accounts post plz tell me

    8. oh...could u pls tel me the questions n how was ur intvw???? having less time..pls help me...

    9. thank u soo much

    10. 1) whats ur qualification and y leaving pharmacy
      2) top pharmaceutical company
      3) what is CRO
      4) tell me about andhra bank
      5) recurring deposit
      6) types of loans
      Interview was in both telugu and english

    11. If i want to get obc certificate what will i do? whose signature needed in obc certificate. pls tell me any one.

    12. Where is the centre koti or saifabad..

    13. oh..thank u..n tel me d answr for types of loans

    14. i said
      1) priority sector loans
      a) agriculture and allied activities loans
      b) housing loans
      c) msme loans
      2) retail loans
      a) personal loans
      b) vehicle loans
      c) loans against fixed deposit, gold etc
      3) commercial loans or whole sale loans given to industries or PSU'

    15. Hai Karthik, for OBC Certificate you have to contact your Thasildhar.. Get OBC form from shop(mostly it will be available near Thaluk office shops..). They will give set of forms and stamps.. It may costs 30rs... Then you have to get signature from your area VAO, RI...Then these signed form is to be submitted to Thasildhar.. Then they will put signature in OBC certificate ( which you already bought in shop). You cannot do this whole process. It may take time. So contact clerk in Thasildhar office.. If you pay extra money your work will be processed soon...;-)

    16. How many vacancies in Generalist post for OBC Candidates?In advertisement,its only mentioned ,number of OBC vacancies for all posts?

    17. ok..thank u..

    18. Plz share ur experience after ur interview...

    19. My interview in koti on plz share ur experience.. It will be useful for me

    20. Thank you.......:)

    21. hi guyzzz.. can u please guide me fr wt all i shud cover for gk section in sbi associate clerk exam... i hv my exam on 21 feb :) r d current affairs for january n feb month enuf??

    22. Anyone share the previous yr questions and cut off

    23. sure.. mine is in saifabad.. but will post it here after its done.

    24. bayya original degree certificate definite ga kaavali ani adigaaara??

    25. Ok..thanq..all the best...

    26. pls anybody share apgb assistant interviews

    27. my friend, accounts post is for CA as per the notofication ..

    28. m too m pharm..what ans u gave 4 the ques why banking after pharmacy??? and how ur pharma knowldege will be helpful to us in banking ???

    29. m too m pharm..what ans u gave 4 the ques why banking after pharmacy??? and how ur pharma knowldege will be helpful to us in banking ??? reply plzzzz

    30. tumne dekha kya notificatn??site kahan khul rai hai??

    31. Guys interview ki shortlisted candidates list epdu announce chestaru??????


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