7 April 2015

Current Affairs March 2015 - Sarkari Naukri

Current Affairs March 2015 For Govt. Job - Sarkari Naukri 

The Loan Agreements for World Bank (IBRD) assistance of US$ 500 

million to Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) for 
MSME Growth Innovation and Inclusive Finance Project was signed 
between Government of India and the World Bank.

The World Bank and the Government of India signed a $43 

million grant and guarantee agreement towards the Partial Risk Sharing 
Facility for Energy Efficiency (PRSF) project, that will help enterprises 
and Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) mobilize commercial finance 
for investments in energy efficiency initiatives.

Indian Maritime Day - 5th of April

Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth on Sunday gave double delight to 
the nation by clinching their maiden women and men's singles titles at 
the India Open Super Series badminton tournament.

Aditi Arya declared fbb Femina Miss India World 2015 at a star-studded 
event at the Yash Raj Studios.

James Faulkner wins man of match award in Cricket World Cup 
final, Mitchell Starc was selected as the man of the tournament for 
his breath taking performance in the tournament.

Australia win the 2015 Cricket World Cup - Australia beat New 
Zealand by 7 wickets in the 2015 World Cup. This is the 5th World Cup 
title for the Australians. Chasing a modest 184 run-target, the Aussies 
reached the target in 33.1 overs with 101 balls remaining.

Saina Nehwal created history on Saturday as she became the first 
Indian woman shuttler to attain the world number one ranking after 
her closest challenger for the spot, Spain‟s Carolina Marin, lost in the 
India Open Super Series semifinal .

The Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2014, has been awarded 
to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

Telecom Spectrum Auction: Govt to get Rs 1.09 lakh cr -
Government raised a record Rs 109,874 crore in the country‟s biggest 
and the fiercest auction of telecom spectrum that ended
Actor-filmmaker Shashi Kapoor has been chosen for the 
prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award, 46th Dada Saheb Phalke 
Award winner.

India to grow at 7.8% in 2015-16 : Asian Development Bank - Asian 
Development Bank said. “India is expected to grow faster than China in 
the next few years,”

ADB Chief Economist Shang-Jin Wei said while releasing the bank‟s 
annual publication Asian Development Outlook, 2015.

The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has been awarded the 
Platinum icon award for the Comprehensive Web presence in the Web 
Ratna Awards 2014. The award today was conferred by the Minister for 
Communications & Information Technology in the presence of Secretary, 
M/o C&IT, Shri R.S. Sharma. The award was received by Ms. R. Jaya, 
Joint Secretary on behalf of Secretary (I&B), Shri Bimal Julka along with 
the New Media Wing team of the Ministry.

62nd National Film Awards - Kangana Ranaut won the best actress 
award for her powerful performance in "Queen" at the 62nd National 
Film Awards where Bollywood movies "Haider" and "Mary Kom" bagged 
key honours while Chaitanya Tamhane's "Court" was named the best 
feature film.

Singapore‟s first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, Dies At 91
Water activist Rajendra Singh (Better known as the Water Man of 
India) has wins Stockholm Water Prize 2015 for his innovative water 
restoration efforts, improving water security in rural India, and for 
showing extraordinary courage and determination in his quest to 
improve the living conditions for those most in need.

Ratan Tata to head Indian Railways' innovation council
India‟s Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missile ASTRA was 
once again successfully test fired today by the Indian Air Force off the 
coast of Odisha near the Integrated Test Range, Balasore. The missile 
has been indigenously designed and developed by the Defence 
Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

The present nuclear power installed capacity of 5780 MW is 
expected to reach 10,080 MW by 2019 on progressive completion of 
the projects under construction/ commissioning.

The Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari released a book 
Suleiman Charitra – Kalyana Malla” translated from Sankrit to 
English by well-known translator of Sanskrit classic Shri A.N.D. 
Putting up a dominating show, India scored in three of the four quarters 
to outplay Poland 3-1 in the final and clinch the FIH World Hockey 
League Round 2 at Major Dhyan Chan stadium in New Delhi.

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said the country will clock 
7.2 percent growth in the current fiscal and its GDP will exceed 
combined total of Japan and Germany by 2019.

Kidambi Srikanth clinched the Swiss Grand Prix Gold championship 

The Government has a proposal to Scale up Grid Connected Solar 
Power Projects from 20,000 MW to 1,00,000 MW by 2022 under 
National Solar Mission (NSM).

Karnataka clinch the 2014-15 Ranji Trophy

Dr. Alka Beotra, Scientific Director, National Dope Testing 
Laboratory, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, has been nominated to 
the Executive Board of WAADS (World Association of Anti Doping 
Scientists). Her tenure on the Executive Board of WAADS will be for a 
period of three years, i.e. from March 2015.

On 13th Mar 2015 a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed 
between the Indian Army and HDFC Bank on the Defence Salary 
Package. The signing in ceremony was chaired by Lt Gen Rakesh 
Sharma, Adjutant General of Indian Army and attended by top 
dignitaries of HDFC Bank headed by Mr Rajender Sehgal, Group Head 
(Govt Business).

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) proposes to set up a new 
launch pad, referred as Third Launch Pad, at Satish Dhawan Space 
Centre, Sriharikota.

Pahal Scheme for LPG

The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh has congratulated 
the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) on the occasion of its 46th Raising 
Day, 10 March 2015.

India ranks 4th in the world in terms of power generation, in terms 
of wind energy, India ranks 5th and in terms of solar energy, India 
ranks 11th in the world.

Eighth India-Nepal Combined Exercise (Surya Kiran VIII) which 
commenced on 23 Feb 2015, concluded on 07 Mar 2015 at Salijhandi, 
Nepal. The exercise was conducted under the aegis of Nepalese Army.

Veteran journalist and author Vinod Mehta passed away on Sunday 
after a prolonged illness. He was 73. The founder-Editor of „Outlook‟ 
magazine breathed his last at All India Institute of Medical Sciences 
(AIIMS) in New Delhi where he was admitted. He died of multi-organ 
failure, AIIMS spokesperson said.

Reserve Bank of India eases norms for home loans Giving a boost 
to affordable housing, the RBI on Thursday eased the norms for 
home loans for up to 10 lakh rupees by allowing banks to include 
stamp duty and registration charges to the cost of a unit. These charges 
form around 15% of the cost of the house and place a burden on 
borrowers. As per the current practice, banks do not include stamp duty, 
registration and other documentation charges in the cost of housing 

RBI announced a surprise repo rate cut, the second in less than two 
months. Repo rate has been reduced by 25 basis points or 0.25 per 
cent to 7.5 per cent with immediate effect.

Bill Gates named world‟s richest person for 16th time
Veteran cricket administrator Jagmohan Dalmiya was unanimously 
elected President of the BCCI

Highlights of The Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti 
Bima Yojana

Eligibility: Available to people in the age group of 18 to 50 and having a 
bank account. People who join the scheme before completing 50 years 
can, however, continue to have the risk of life cover up to the age of 55 
years subject to payment of premium.

Premium: Rs.330 per annum. It will be auto-debited in one instalment.
Payment Mode: The payment of premium will be directly auto-debited 
by the bank from the subscribers account.

Risk Coverage: Rs.2 Lakh in case of death for any reason.
Terms of Risk Coverage: A person has to opt for the scheme every 
year. He can also prefer to give a long-term option of continuing, in 
which case his account will be auto-debited every year by the bank.
Who will implement this Scheme?: The scheme will be offered by Life 
Insurance Corporation and all other life insurers who are willing to join 
the scheme and tie-up with banks for this purpose.

Government Contribution:
(i) Various other Ministries can co-contribute premium for various 
categories of their beneficiaries out of their budget or out of Public 
Welfare Fund created in this budget out of unclaimed money. This will be 
decided separately during the year.
(ii) Common Publicity Expenditure will be borne by Government.

Highlights of the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana

Eligibility: Available to people in age group 18 to 70 years with bank 

Premium: Rs.12 per annum.
Payment Mode: The premium will be directly auto-debited by the bank 
from the subscribers account. This is the only mode available.

Risk Coverage: For accidental death and full disability – Rs.2 Lakh and 
for partial disability – Rs.1 Lakh.

Eligibility: Any person having a bank account and Aadhaar number 
linked to the bank account can give a simple form to the bank every year 
before 1st of June in order to join the scheme. Name of nominee to be 
given in the form.

Terms of Risk Coverage: A person has to opt for the scheme every 
year. He can also prefer to give a long-term option of continuing in which 
case his account will be auto-debited every year by the bank.

Who will implement this Scheme?: The scheme will be offered by all 
Public Sector General Insurance Companies and all other insurers who 
are willing to join the scheme and tie-up with banks for this purpose.
Government Contribution:

Various Ministries can co-contribute premium for various categories of 
their beneficiaries from their budget or from Public Welfare Fund created 
in this budget from unclaimed money. This will be decided separately 
during the year.

Common Publicity Expenditure will be borne by the Government.

Note on Atal Pension Yojan

Benefit of APY: Fixed pension for the subscribers ranging between Rs. 
1000 to Rs. 5000, if he joins and contributes between the age of 18 
years and 40 years. The contribution levels would vary and would be low 
if subscriber joins early and increase if he joins late.

Eligibility for APY: Atal Pension Yojana (APY) is open to all bank 
account holders who are not members of any statutory social security 

Age of joining and contribution period: The minimum age of joining 
APY is 18 years and maximum age is 40 years. Therefore, minimum 
period of contribution by the subscriber under APY would be 20 years or 

Focus of APY: Mainly targeted at unorganised sector workers.
Enrolment and Subscriber Payment: All bank account holders under 
the eligible category may join APY with auto-debit facility to accounts, 
leading to reduction in contribution collection charges.

Enrolment agencies: All Points of Presence (Service Providers) and 
Aggregators under Swavalamban Scheme would enrol subscribers 
through architecture of National Pension System.

Operational Framework of APY: It is Government of India Scheme, 
which is administered by the Pension Fund Regulatory and 
Development Authority. The Institutional Architecture of NPS would be 
utilised to enrol subscribers under APY.

Funding of APY: Government would provide (i) fixed pension guarantee 
for the subscribers; (ii) would co-contribute 50% of the subscriber 
contribution or Rs. 1000 per annum, whichever is lower, to eligible 
subscribers; and (iii) would also reimburse the promotional and 
development activities including incentive to the contribution collection 
agencies to encourage people to join the APY.

Completion of NASSCOM`s 25th year - March 1

PDP leader Mufti Mohammed Sayeed takes oath as J&K CM

List of Important International Days in March 2015

1 March - Zero Discrimination Day
3 March - World Wildlife Day
8 March - International Women‟s Day
20 March - International Day of Happiness
21 March - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
21 March - World Poetry Day
21 March - International Day of Nowruz
21 March - World Down Syndrome Day
21 March - International Day of Forests and the Tree
22 March - World Water Day
23 March - World Meteorological Day
24 March - World Tuberculosis Day
24 March - International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross 
Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims.
25 March - International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery 
and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
25 March - International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing 
Staff Members.