Monday, April 6, 2015

Daily Current Affairs: 3-4 April 2015

1) Land ordinance re-promulgated with President's approval:
--> The land acquisition ordinance, which the government could not get converted into a legislation in Rajya Sabha due to stiff opposition, was on 3 April 2015 re-promulgated, a day before its validity ends.
--> The earlier ordinance is to lapsed as it has not been converted into a legislation during the first part of the Budget session as required under the Constitution.

2) PepsiCo commissioned its largest Indian facility in Andhra:
--> PepsiCo India on 3 April 2015 commissioned first phase of its largest beverage plant in the country in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh.
--> The plant will manufacture a range of beverages, including fruit juice-based drinks, carbonated soft drinks, and sports drinks.
--> When fully operational it will have nine production lines, the first of which was commenced now. 

3) Pedro Cateriano is the new Prime Minister of Peru:
--> Pedro Cateriano Bellido was appointed as Prime Minister of Peru by the President Ollanta Humala.
--> He will replace Ana Jara, who had lost a confidence vote and was sacked by Peruvian Congress amid allegations of corruption.

4) Saina knocked out of Malaysia Open, losed No.1 ranking:
--> Saina Nehwal will lose her world No. 1 ranking after her gallant fight against Olympic champion Li Xuerui in the semi-finals ended in heartbreak at the $500,000 Malaysia Open Super Series Premier badminton tournament in Kuala Lumpur.
--> The Indian ace squandered a one-game lead and lost 21-13, 17-21, 20-22 to the world No. 3 in 68 minutes at the Putra Stadium.

5) K.N. Tripathi sworn in as Governor of Mizoram:
--> West Bengal and Bihar Governor K.N. Tripathi, who has been given additional charge of Mizoram, was sworn in as the 16th governor of the northeastern state on 4 April 2015.
--> Justice Michael Zothankhuma of the Gauhati High Court administered the oath of office to Tripathi, 80, at the Durbar Hall of the Raj Bhavan.

6) Centre extends National Food Security Act deadline by 6 months:
--> The Centre has given six months' more time to the states for rolling out the National Food Security Act (NFSA), Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said.
--> The deadline, which has already been extended twice for implementing the food law, was ending on April 4.
--> Only 11 states and Union Territories have so far implemented the National Food Security Act which was passed by Parliament in September 2013.

7) Ace Indian mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu found dead:
--> Ace Indian mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu who went missing in the Andes mountains on March 24 during a climbing mission has been found dead.
--> Babu was a top Indian mountaineer, having achieved the feat of becoming the "fastest seven summiteer" in the world (172 days in 2006, during which he climbed seven summits on seven days of the week in each calendar month).
--> He was also the first Indian to summit Mt. Vinson Massif, the tallest peak in Antarctica and the first person from Andhra Pradesh to conquer the Everest.

8) Minor planet named after chess star Vishwanathan Anand:
--> India’s first chess grandmaster, Vishwanathan Anand has been granted the honor of having a minor planet named after him.
--> With this privilege, Anand joins former world chess champions Alexander Alekhine and Anatoly Karpov who have had a similar honour bestowed on them.
--> The minor planet, now known as Vishyanand, was previously identified as planet 4538 and is located somewhere between the planets of Mars and Jupiter.

9) Sim Bhullar becomes first NBA player of Indian descent:
--> Sim Bhullar has become the National Basketball Association's first player of Indian origin — and also its tallest — after being signed by the Sacramento Kings.

--> The 22-year-old originally signed for the Kings in August last year and had been playing for their affiliate team Reno Bighorns in the NBA D-League.

1) Who won the fbb Femina Miss India 2015 title on 28 March 2015? - Aditi Arya
Note: She is from Delhi. The 52nd edition of the beauty contest held at Yash Raj Studio in Mumbai. The first runner-up was Aafreen Rachel Vaz of Mangaluru, Karnataka and the second runner-up was Vartika Singh of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

2) Which country won the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015? - Australia
Note: They defeated New Zealand by seven wickets in the final held at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Australia.

3) Andhra Pradesh Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on 1 April 2015 approved which city as the new capital of the state? - Amaravathi
Note: The capital will come up at Tullur in Vijayawada-Guntur region of the state. The name of Amaravathi as state capital was finalised in view of its historical, spiritual and mythological significance.

4) Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 1 April 2015 sanctioned the scheme of amalgamation of ING Vysya Bank Ltd. with which bank? - Kotak Mahindra Bank
Note: With this sanction, all branches of ING Vysya Bank will function as branches of Kotak Mahindra Bank with effect from 1 April 2015.

5) Who resigned from the post of President of International Cricket Council (ICC) on 1 April 2015? - Mustafa Kamal

6) Who was conferred with Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award on 28 March 2015? - Balbir Singh Senior
Note: Balbir Singh Senior was a member of three Olympic gold medal winning Indian team.

7) Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS) 1-D satellite was launched successfully on 28 March 2015 by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) using? - Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)-C27

8) Name the freedom fighter and educationist who was on 30 March 2015 conferred the highest civilian award of the country Bharat Ratna (posthumously)? - Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya
Note: His family members received the award from President Prabab Mukherjee at a function in the Ashoka hall of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

9) Name the Indian shuttlers won the women’s and men's singles titles of India Open Super Series Badminton title recently? -Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth

10) Name the Union Minister of Commerce & Industry who on 2 April 2015 unveiled the Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) 2015-2020 at New Delhi? - Nirmala Sitharaman

11) Name the campaign launched on 27 March 2015 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to exhort the better off sections of society to give away their LPG subsidy? - Give it Up campaign

12) Name the Poster girl of India's anti-tobacco campaign who died on 1 April 2015? - Sunita Tomar
Note: In 2014, she shot a 30-second video titled Sunita highlighting the devastating effect of smokeless tobacco.

13) Who won the Presidential Election of Nigeria on 31 March 2015? - General Muhammadu Buhari

14) Michael Rudenko, a committee member of the Minor Planet Center on 1 April 2015 officially named a minor planet in the name of which Indian sports person? - Vishwanathan Anand.
Note: The main-belt minor planet was discovered between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter by Kenzo Suzuki in Toyota in 1988. It remained unnamed since then and now it was named 4538 Vishyanand.

15) Name the scheme launched by Union Government on 1 April 2015 with an aim to boost sales of eco-friendly vehicles in the country? - Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles (FAME)
16) Who was on 1 April 2015 conferred with the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal for 2014-15? - Brendon McCullum
Note: Sir Richard Hadlee Medal is the highest cricketing honour of New Zealand.

17) Insurance Australia Group Ltd (IAG) on 26 March 2015 announced that it will raise its stake in SBI General Insurance (SBIGI) from 26 percent to ___ percent? - 49 percent

18) Kyle Mills who on 31 March 2015 retired from all forms of International Cricket is from which country? - New Zealand

19) Union Government on 3 April 2015 extended the deadline for implementation of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) deadline by ____ months? - Six months

20) Who on 30 March 2015 appointed as the Chief Justice of the Sikkim High Court (HC)? - Justice Sunil Kumar Sinha
Note: He was appointed by the President Pranab Mukherjee in accordance with the Article 217 (1) of the Constitution of India.

21) Renowned poet Kailash Vajpeyi who died on 1 April 2015 is famous in which language? – Hindi

22) Name the massive air and sea operation recently launched by India to evacuate over 4000 Indians from Yemen? - Operation Raahat
Note: In Yemen, military operation was launched by Saudi Arabia and 10 other countries against Houthi rebels.

23) Which e-commerce company recently acquired RupeePower to launch financial service? – Snapdeal

24) Which state on 31 March 2015 opened a women milk bank named Jeevan Dhara? – Rajasthan

25) Which state on 30 March 2015 launched part one of e-Vidhan Mobile app and thus becoming the first state assembly in the country to launch e-Vidhan Mobile app? - Himachal Pradesh

26) Name the 12-year-old Muslim girl who recently won the first position at the Shrimad Bhagwad Gita Champion League? -Mariyam Asif Siddiqui

27) Name the controversial anti-terrorism and organized crime bill passed by Gujarat Assembly recently? - Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime (GUJCOC) Bill

28) Who took over charge as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Southern Naval Command on 30 March 2015? - Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba

29) Name the Indian-origin Singaporean nurse who was on 2 April 2015 named for the 2015 International Achievement Award by the Florence Nightingale International Foundation (FNIF) of the International Council of Nurses? - Dr Subadhra Devi Rai

30) What is India's rank in the Global Resilience Index 2015 released by FM Global recently? - 119th among 130 countries
Note: The 2015 FM Global Resilience Index has been topped by Norway.

31) Earth Hour 2015 was observed globally on 28 March 2015 from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm with tagline as? - Change Climate Change

32) What was India's rank in the Open Government Index 2015 Report released by World Justice Project (WJP) recently? - 37th

33) Daniel Vettori who on 30 March 2015 retired from all forms of International Cricket is from which country? - New Zealand

34) Which state government on 1 April 2015 launched a cheap meal scheme Aahar for providing subsidised food to urban poor? – Odisha

35) Michael Clarke, the Australian cricketer, on 29 March 2015 retired from which form of the cricket? - One Day Internationals (ODI)
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