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February 2015 Current Affairs PDF: Last Week

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1) Chris Gayle on 24 February 2015 became the first person to make double century in any Cricket World Cup. He achieved this record against which country? - Zimbabwe

2) Who was sworn in as the 12th Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir on 1 March 2015? - Mufti Mohammed Sayeed

3) AB de Villiers on 26 February 2015 hit the fastest-ever 150 runs in one-day internationals (ODIs) against which country? - West Indies

4) National Science Day was observed in India on 28 February 2015. The theme for the National Science Day 2015 was? - Science for Nation Building

5) Dr Rajendra Kumar Pachauri on 24 February 2015 stepped down as Chairperson of? - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

6) Who was on 23 February 2015 unanimously elected as the Speaker of the Delhi Legislative Assembly? - Ram Niwas Goel

7) Who was sworn in as the 34th Chief Minister of Bihar on 22 February 2015? - Nitish Kumar

8) Which team on 23 February 2015 crowned champions of Hero Hockey India League 2015 (HHIL) by defeating Jaypee Punjab Warriors? - Ranchi Rays

9) Name the former Chief Justice of Odisha High Court who was sworn in as a judge of the Supreme Court on 27 February 2015? - Justice Amitava Roy

10) Name the Eighth India-Nepal Battalion level Combined Military Training which commenced on 23 February 2015 at Integrated Army Training Centre, Saljhandi, Nepal? - Surya Kiran-VIII

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

12) Name the former New Zealand cricket captain who was on 28 February 2015 inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame? - Martin David Crowe

13) Researchers from which country on 26 February 2015 unveiled the world's first 3D-printed jet engine? – Australia

14) Name the former Deputy Prime Minister of Russia and present leading Russian opposition politician who was shot dead on 27 February 2015? -Boris Nemtsov

15) 3rd Tortoise Festival was organised at Hajong Lake in Dima Hasao district of which state on 21 February 2015? – Assam
16) Name the former acting Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan died on 23 February 2015 in Karachi, Pakistan? - Rana Bhagwandas
Note: Bhagwandas was the first Hindu and second non-Muslim to head the Supreme Court of Pakistan. First non-Muslim Chief Justice was Alvin Robert Cornelius (a Christian).

17) Union Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers on 25 February 2015 declared the year 2015 as? - Year of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients

18) Indian Army and which bank on 23 February 2015 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Defence Salary Package? - State Bank of India (SBI)

19) Forbes on 26 February 2015 released Asia’s 50 Power Businesswomen 2015 list. The list features six Indian women CEO and Managing Director (MD). Name theme? -
1) Arundhati Bhattacharya, CMD, State Bank of India
2) Chanda Kochchar, CEO, ICICI Bank,
3) Akhila Srinivasan, MD/Non-Executive Director, Shriram Life Insurance/Shriram Capital
4) Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Founder, Chairman and MD, Biocon
5) Shikha Sharma, CEO and MD, Axis Bank
6) Usha Sangwan, MD, Life Insurance Corp. of India

20) Which player on 22 February 2015 won the Indian Open title at the Delhi Golf Club? - Anirban Lahiri

21) Which words were added to Oxford dictionary on 27 February 2015? -Ride-share and unboxing

22) Indian-origin lawyer Kannan Ramesh was on 27 February 2015 appointed as Judicial Commissioner to Supreme Court bench of which country with effect from 22 May 2015? – Singapore

23) Which state government on 24 February 2015 launched a mobile application mLiquorSaleCheck for the benefit of the customers and to put a cap on sale of illicit liquor? – Delhi

24) Who was on 23 February 2015 appointed as the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co. Limited? - Takahiro Hachigo

25) International Rare Disease Day 2015 was observed on? - 28 February 2015

26) Who was on 27 February 2015 appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director (MD) of Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI)? - Kshatrapati Shivaji

27) Who won the Delhi Open Tennis title on 22 February 2015? - Somdev Devvarman

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Private Banks to raise service charges, penalties

From April 1, customers of private banks have to spend more to avail of services. They will also face higher penalties for failing to maintain average balance in savings accounts. While banks are expected to cut lending rates from April 1, the increase in service charges and penalties will pinch customers.

All major private lenders - ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank - have decided to increase charges and penalties. ICICI Bank, India's largest private lender, will charge Rs 100 more for non-maintenance of average monthly balance in metros and Rs 50 more in semi-urban areas. The average monthly balance requirement for urban and semi-urban customers is Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000, respectively.

The bank will also charge cash deposits by customers or customer representatives at branches not in the city where the account is opened. While it will levy Rs 5 for every Rs 1,000 deposited at counters, deposits in machines will be free for the first transaction every month; Rs 5 for every Rs 1,000 will be charged from the second transaction. So far, there were no charges for the first cash deposit at the counter every month; in machines, customers could deposit as many times as they wanted.

"With effect from April 1, in the event of non-maintenance of minimum monthly average balance, the bank will notify customers by SMS/e-mail/ letter, etc, in the event of the minimum balance not being restored in the account in the subsequent month, charges for non-maintenance of minimum monthly average balance will be applicable," said ICICI Bank.

From April 1, HDFC Bank will charge Rs 75 for every 25-page chequebook beyond the first. It will charge Rs 150-600 for non-maintenance of minimum average monthly balance for urban customers (minimum average monthly balance Rs 10,000) and Rs 150-300 for semi-urban customers (minimum average monthly balance Rs 5,000).

Axis Bank has increased service charge for the 'Prime Plus' account segment from Rs 250 a month for non-maintenance of minimum balance to Rs 5 for every Rs 100 shortfall compared to the average monthly balance requirement or Rs 350, whichever is lower.

A similar increase will be implemented for the domestic prime (excluding some categories) and non-resident Indian segments. All these charges will be applicable from April 1. Customers will, however, be given a grace period of 30 days to meet the balance requirement and in case of non-maintenance, the service fee will be applicable. These charges are for metro/urban areas.

Kotak Mahindra Bank has raised the charges for non-maintenance of average monthly balance in 'Edge' savings accounts. If the average balance is less than the required amount but more than half of it, a charge of Rs 300 will be imposed (earlier Rs 250). If the average balance is less than half the required amount, the bank will charge Rs 400 (against Rs 350 earlier).

The bank has said from April 1, in case of a default in maintenance of average monthly balance, it will notify the customer, adding the average balance requirement has to be met in the subsequent month (notice month). Else, non-maintenance charges for both the 'default month' and 'notice month' would be imposed, it added.

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New age limit for IAS, IPS induction applicable from this year

The recent two-year increase in the age limit of 54 years for induction into IAS and IPS from state civil services will be applicable from this year onwards, the Centre has said. 

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) had on Tuesday notified new rules raising the age limit for the three all-India services -- Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFS). 

Now, DoPT has clarified in an order that the amendments are applicable for select lists of 2015, that is vacancies arising between January and December this year, and onwards. 

"For example, for the select list of 2015, the upper age limit for consideration will be 56 years with crucial date for determination of age as January 1, 2015," it said. 

The new rules will not be applicable for select list of previous years. For select lists up to 2014, the upper age limit for induction into IAS, IPS and IFS from state civil services and non-state civil services would be 54 years, the DoPT has clarified. 

As per the rules, a Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) committee is responsible for making selection to IAS, IPS and IFS from state services. 

"The committee shall not consider the cases of the members of the state civil service, who have attained the age of 56 years on the first day of January of the year for which the select list is prepared," says the recently notified rules for the three all-India services. 

Earlier, the maximum age limit for consideration of officers from state services for induction into IAS, IPS and IFS was 54 years as on January 1 of the year for which the select list was prepared. 

DoPT has asked the states not to recommend names of officers for selection who are over 56 years of age. 

The move to increase the age limit had come following a representation from some state services officers to Supreme Court challenging the threshold of 54 years. They had contended that the maximum age bar should be increased as retirement age in the central government has been increased from 58 years to 60 years. 

The Centre had thereupon sought views from the state governments, cadre controlling authorities, i.e. Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate, state civil services, non-state civil services, state police and forest service officers and their associations on the issue. 

The increase in age limit is likely to help Centre fill the vacancies in the three all-India services, DoPT officials said. 

As per the latest government data, there are 4,619 IAS, 3,798 IPS and 2,668 IFS officers working against the sanctioned strength of 6,270, 4,728 and 3,131, respectively.

Source : The Economic Times


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Railways launches RuPay pre-paid debit card service


Railway passengers can now book their tickets, do shopping and pay service bills using RuPay pre-paid cards, as the IRCTC launched the debit card service here today. 

The service was launched by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) in collaboration with the Union Bank of India and the National Payment Corporation of India.

"It is a union with your bank for customers' interest," Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said here while launching the IRCTC-UBI RuPay pre-paid card. 

RuPay is India's own card payment gateway network like Visa and Master Card, and provides an alternative system for banks to provide a debit card service. 

Prabhu said Railways is partnering with banks and financial institutions to promote passengers' interest. 

"It is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's financial inclusive programme as one does not need to have a bank account in UBI to have the card and you can avail it online also," Prabhu said. 

IRCTC Chairman and Managing Director A K Manocha said the card is a first-of-its-kind in the market as both virtual as well as physical cards are being issued to customers in two variants. 

Cards can be made available from UBI offices or through IRCTC online. Initially the service will be available for booking tickets and later on shopping and bill payments will be added. 

UBI CMD Arun Tiwari said "the card holder will get free Rs 1 lakh accident insurance coverage as part of the benefits to customers." 

In order to make the card attractive, reward points will be given on each transaction. 

One can have the card with a loading limit of Rs 10,000 with partial "Know Your Customer" (KYC) detail or Rs 50,000 loading limit with full KYC. 

Manocha said the first five transactions per card every month done on IRCTC for purchase of train tickets will be free and no transaction charges will be levied to customers for six months only. 

For every subsequent transaction post the free usage, customer will be charged Rs 10 per transaction. 

The transaction charge would be Rs 10 per ticket for booking a ticket through the card on the IRCTC portal. 

IRCTC had signed an MoU with UBI for executing the RuPay card project.

Source : The Economic Times

Government Welcomes Court Decision on 66A - Ravi Shankar Prasad

Following is the text of the statement made by the Union Minister for  Telecom & IT, Sh Ravi Shankar Prasad on Supreme Court judgement on  section 66-A of IT act:

“The Union Government welcomes Hon’ble SC’s decision on 66A. When the UPA Govt came out with draconian provisions under 66A, BJP in opposition firmly opposed it and said that ’66 is unacceptable in current form’. BJP resolutely stood up against the censorship and blocking on social media done by UPA Govt.

Once in Govt, it took its opposition to the draconian provisions of 66A on record in Court Proceedings. New Affidavits filed by NDA Govt in Hon’ble Supreme Court clearly show the marked difference in the approach from UPA Govt.

NDA Govt, in what can be dubbed as a landmark moment in India’s Internet history, has accorded the same amount of freedom of speech and expression that a citizen of India is granted in normal life under our constitution by our founding fathers .

After detailed discussion with the Central Government at the highest possible level, the Central Government filed an Affidavit before the Hon’ble Supreme Court making its stand absolutely clear that the Government respects the freedom of speech and expression.  The relevant paragraphs are verbatim quoted:

A.      “This counter affidavit is being filed only for the purpose of assisting this Hon’ble Court and to satisfy this Hon’ble Court that the impugned Sections of the IT Act neither seeks to curtail nor the Central Government desires any interpretation which seeks to curtail any of the fundamental rights guaranteed to the citizens including the right under Article 19(1)(a) i.e. fundamental right to free speech and expression. 

B.      This counter affidavit seeks to point out the necessity and desirability of the provisions which are challenged in these petitions and to bring it on record that the usage of cyber space either by social media or otherwise is not even remotely intended to be curtailed either totally or partially at instance of Union of India.

C.     Central Government encourages beneficial use of cyber space and the Act only seeks to regulate the use of cyberspace which would fall within any of and/ or all categories stipulated under Article 19(2) of the Constitution of India.

D.     That the penal provisions of the Act can never be interpreted so as to take within its sweep political debate, any form of honest decent, decent humour, political satire etc.  With a view to avoid possibility of any misconstruction of the expressions used in the penal provisions of the Act, the Central Government has prepared an advisory / guidelines to be strictly followed by law enforcement agencies which would ensure that the honest and legal use of cyber space does not result into any harassment to any citizen of the country.”

Thus in a layman’s language, the Government absolutely respects the right to freedom of speech and expression on social media and has no intention of curbing it. Only reasonable restrictions apply on social media, as they do in routine normal day to day life in the physical world under Article 19 (2) of the constitution of India. We will have to understand that we cannot set a different standard of Public Morality for Speech & Expression in Cyberspace from Speech in other mediums and in the Public Domain

It is important to understand that Section 66A is in several parts and only a portion of it deals with issues which can raise question of freedom of speech and expression.

During the course of oral submissions also, it was categorically pointed out that the Central Government shares the anxiety that expressions like “grossly offensive” etc. referred above may be abused at some local level.  The Central Government, therefore, requested the Hon’ble Supreme Court that the said expressions be read confined to Article 19(2) of the Constitution only and to ensure that no right of any citizen is scuttled, the said phrases be narrowly tailored by the Hon’ble Supreme Court itself to obviate any possibility of any abuse of any law enforcing agency to scuttle the free speech and expression of the citizens.

There can be no parallel of our stand on this matter with that of the previous UPA regime. We have in writing confirmed that we stand for freedom of speech and expression, while the previous UPA Govt tried to make this law an instrument to curb dissent, satire and anything else which did not suit it. “

I have myself set an example by standing up for free speech and rights of a teenager recently arrested at the complain of Azam Khan for posting on Twitter and Facebook.


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Clarification on eligibility age for opening "Sukanya Samriddhi Account" under Small Savings Schemes.

Dte Lr. No. F. No.116-57/2014-SB dtd 25.03.2014

             It is clarified that upto 02.12.2015, account can be opened in the name of Girl child who is born on or after 02.12.2003. Thereafter, account can be opened only if the Girl child has not completed 10 years age on the day of opening account.

Reservation Facilities Provided to Senior Citizen and Female Passengers Including Pregnant Women

With a view to facilitating provisions of lower berths to senior citizens and female passengers, following facilities are available:-
(i)                  There is a provision in the computerised Passenger Reservation System (PRS) to allot lower berth automatically to male passengers above the age of 60 years and female passengers above the age of 45 years subject to availability of the same at the time of booking of ticket.

(ii)                 A combined reservation quota of two lower berths per coach is earmarked in Sleeper, AC 3Tier and AC 2Tier for following category of passengers when travelling alone:
a.       Senior citizens;
b.      Female passengers 45 years of age and above; and
c.       Pregnant women.

(iii)               Instructions are also there to assist senior citizens and physically handicapped persons who have been allotted middle/upper berths by allotting them vacant lower berths available in the train by the ticket checking staff on first come first served basis (after making necessary entry in the reservation chart).

(iv)              A six berths compartment in Sleeper Class is also earmarked in long distance Mail/Express trains for female passengers.

(v)                It has now been decided that:-

·        The existing combined quota of  two lower berths per coach in Sleeper class earmarked for senior citizens, female passengers 45 years of age and above and pregnant women (when travelling alone) may be enhanced to four lower berths per coach.  There will, however, be no change in this quota being earmarked in 3A and 2A classes.

·        The scope of instructions regarding assisting senior citizens and physically handicapped persons in getting lower berths in the train has been expanded to include pregnant women also.  Hence, onboard ticket checking staff are now authorised to allot vacant lower berths available in the train to senior citizens, physically handicapped persons and pregnant women (who have been allotted middle/upper berths), on approach, on first come first served basis after making necessary entry in the chart.

·        It has also been decided that the existing reservation quota of six berths for female passengers being earmarked in long distance Mail/Express trains should be in the middle of the coach and also to the extent feasible, the senior citizen quota should be earmarked in the middle of the coach.


Source : PIB

Recovery of Public Money involved in loss and fraud cases

Yoga Training Session for Central Government Employees and their dependents with effect from 01.04.2015

G.I., Dept. of Per. & Trg., O.M.File No.11012/2/2014-Welfare, dated 20.03.2015


Department of Personnel and Training, Govt. of India is organising Yoga Training sessions from 1st April 2015 for the benefit of Central government Employees and their dependents at Grih Kalyan Dendra (GKK) samaj sadans as per enclosed list in association with Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, New Delhi, No registration/training fees will be charged.

Timing :
6.30 AM to 8.30 AM
4.30 PM to 6.30 PM
(All days except Sundays/Gazetted holidays)

2. For registration for the Yoga Sessions Kindly contact the officials of Grih Kalyan Kendra (GKK) present at the respective venues.

3. For inquires kindly contact:-
Phone Numbers – 24616219, 24648081, 24616218
Mobile numbers – 8750070303, 9811770184
E-mail –

4. It is requested that this circular may be given wide publicity.


Restriction on Login for Booking of Train e-Tickets

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Railways

23-March-2015 16:52 IST

Restriction on Login for Booking of Train e-Tickets

The Ministry of Railways has decided that in case of e-ticketing, there will be a restriction of only one booking in one user login session and forced logging out of the user before another booking for all users including IRCTC agents but excluding defence booking under warrant only.

This restriction will be applicable while booking of e-ticket between 0800 and 1200 hours. However, this restriction will not be applicable while booking onward journey/return journey e-tickets.

Revision of Platform Ticket Rates at Railway Stations

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Railways 
23-March-2015 14:58 IST
Revision of Platform Ticket Rates at Railway Stations 

The Ministry of Railways has decided to upwardly revise the rate of platform ticket to Rs.10/- per ticket from Rs.5/- per ticket. The revised rate of platform ticket will be charged on platform ticket to be issued from 01.04.2015. 

Directions have been sent to All Zonal Railways to print the revised tickets on top priority and ensure supply to all stations well in time. However, till such time the tickets are printed, the existing stock of tickets may be used with the rate corrected with a stamp. Wherever platform tickets are issued through SPTM & UTS or other machines, their software may to be modified to collect the revised rate. 

Further, the Ministry of Railways has delegated the power to Divisional Railway Managers (DRMs) to increase the rate of platform tickets beyond Rs.10/- to regulate rush at platforms during specific requirements like mela, rally etc. 

Source: PIB News