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Current Affairs - February 2015

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TNPSC Current Affairs February 2015
Miscellaneous 
  • Vaibhav Shenoy
    • Young artist from mangaluru was announced the winner of the national level Stamp design competition organised by Indiapost to mark the republic day with Clean India as the theme.
  • Fr Alexis Premkumar
    • A christian priest from Tamil nadu was released by the Taliban who was abducted eight month ago in Afghanistan.
  • Important Days
    • 4th Feb - World Cancer Day
    • 28th Feb - National Science Day
  • INS Sindhukosh
    • It is an Indian Submarine which recently collided with a small fishing trawler off the Goan coast during an exercise.
  • International Jazz Day
    • It is a musical event.
    • Paris in France will be the host city for the International Jazz Day April 2015.
  • Amber Fort
    • it is Jaipur (Rajasthan).
    • Recently opened for viewing at night to promote night toourism.
Polity
  • NITI Aayog
    • NITI - National Institution for Transforming India
    • NITI is an institution that replaces the Planning commission of India aiming to involve the states in policy making.
    • The first meeting of the NITI Aayog was held on 9th February 2015.
Economy
  • India is the largest consumer of Gold in 2014 with 880 tonnes of gold.
    • China in the second position with 866 tonnes of gold.
  • Liberalised Remittance Scheme
    • RBI has now increased the forex remittance limit to 2.5 Lakh USD per individual in a year
  • States to get 42% of Centre's net tax receipts
    • The union cabinet accepted the recommendation of the 14th finance commission to increase the states' share from 32% to 42% in the centre's net tax receipts.
    • The chairman of the 14th Finance commission is Y.V. Reddy.
  • The AAP Government in Delhi reduced the electricity tariff by 50% for the household consumers upto 400 units per month.
  • Railway Budget 2015-16 Highlights
    • The railway bugdet was separated from the general budget in the year 1924 by the recommendation of the Acworth Committee.
    • Railway Minister Suresh prabhu presented the Railway budget 2015-16.
    • No increase in Passenger's fares.
    • Operation 5 Minute: Passenger travelling unreserved can get the tickets within 5 minutes.
    • No new trains instead the amenities will be enhanced.
    • All India grievance readdress  helpline 138 to be introduced.
    • More general coaches in selected trains.
  • JAM Number Trinity
    • JAM - Jan Dhan Yojana, Aadhaar Card and a Mobile Number
    • The Economic Survey 2014-2015 states that the JAM Number Trinity - Accounts seeded with Aadhaar number and a valid mobile number helps the states' subsidies to reach the poor in well targeted and less distorted manner.
  • Chief Economic Adviser: Arvind Subramaniam
Environment and Health
  • 2014 - warmest year : WMO
    • World meteorological organisation recently published a report stating that the year 2014 is the warmest year on record.
    • World meteorological organisation is located in Geneva (Switzerland).
  • Vengurla-7
    • It is a cashew nut variety which was recently recommended to be cultivated in the coastal areas of maharashtra.
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List
    • Critically endangered species
      • Indian white backed Vulture
      • Long billed Vulture
      • Slender Billed Vulture
      • Red Headed Vulture
      • Forest Owlet
    • Endangered species
      • Egyptian Vulture
      • Saker
  • Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT)
    • It helps to cure blood diseases and cancers like myeloma or leukaemia.
Science and Technology
  • 18th National conference on E-Governance was held in Gujarat.
    • Theme: Digital governance - new frontiers 
  • GAGAN
    • GAGAN - GPS aided geo augmented navigation
    • It is a navigation system recently launched by India.
    • It provides more efficiency in air traffic.
  • National wide mobile Number Portability commences from May 3rd 2015.
    • TRAI amended the regulations to make the National Wide MNP.
World
  • Indian PM Modi's Srilanka Visit
    • Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi has planned to visit Srilanka in the month of March 2015..
    • The previous Indian PM to visit Srilanka was Rajiv Ghandhi in 1987.
  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Visited China recently.
  • UNICEF  '7'
    • It is a new fund launched by David beckham for the UNICEF.
    • This new fund '7' is for helping children in warzones
    • The number 7 was chosen as the name of the fund because it is the jersey number of David Beckham(Manchester united).
  • Surya Kiran 8 (Feb 2015)
    • It is a military exercise between India and Nepal.
    • Surya kiran 8 was held at Saljhandi in Nepal
  • SAARC Yatra
    • S.Jaishankar (Foreign Secretary) to begin SAARC Yatra from March 2nd 2015.
    • Bangladesh is the first country in the yatra list and next to Pakistan.
  • Death Toll crossed 200 in Afghanistan in a series of Avalanches caused by the heavy snowfall.
  • The 7th BRICS Summit 2015 will be hosted by Russia in July 2015.
  • The 6th SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) summit 2015 will be hosted by Russia in July 2015.


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