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Current Affairs - April 2015

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TNPSC Current Affairs April 2015
  • Pesalam Vaanga
    • Pesalam Vaanga is a campaign launched by Kolathur MLA M K Stalin to address the grievances of the people.
  • Important Persons in News
    • Malli Mastan Babu
      • He was an Indian Mountaineer, found dead in the Andes mountain ranges in South America during his climbing mission.
    • Nagore Hanifa: Singer died recently (97 year old)
    • Jayakanthan
      • Tamil Novelist died recently (81 year old)
    • Alan Turing
      • British code breaker who cracked the almost unbreakable codes used by the Germans in the second world war.
      • His notebook was auctioned recently.
    • Vankadarath Saritha
      • Became the first women bus driver of the Delhi transport Corporation.
      • She is from the state of Telangana.
    • Rajendra Singh
      • Known as the water man of India.
    • Chuhrim Sherpa
      • First woman to climb the Mt.Everest twice in a week.
      • Recently started climbing the Everest taking along with her the bat and jerseys used by the Australian cricketer Philip Hughes.
    • Raja Rajeshwari
      • Became the first Indian born woman to be appointed as a Judge in New york.
  • Ponniyin Selvan
    • It is a historical fiction written by Kalki Krishnamurthy.
    • 32 hr animated movie was made based on this fiction.
  • Kerala - KSRTC
    • KSRTC -Kerala State Road Transport Corporation has planned to launch the accident insurance scheme for its passengers.
  • Important Days
    • April 18 - World Heritage Day.
    • April 22 - Earth Day
    • April 25 - World Malaria Day
  • Nawab Wajid Ali Shah's calender - Object of the month
    • Victoria memorial Hall, a museum in Kolkatta selected the Calender prepared by the Nawab wajid ali shah, the last king of Awadh as the object of the month.
  • Awards
    • Susanta Lahiri - was awarded the Hevesy Medal 2015
      • S Lahiri was a co creator of the super heavy element 117
      • Super heavy elements are those elements having atomic number greater than 114.
  • Important Appointments
    • Nasim Zaidi: appointed as the 20th Chief Election commissioner of India after the end of the tenure of H.S Brahma.
  • The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill 2014
    • The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha on 24th April 2015.
    • It was a private members' bill moved by Tiruchi N Siva.
  • The interest rate in Selvamagal Semippu Thittam Scheme was increased from 9.1% to 9.2% which came to effect from April 1st 2015.
  • RBI's 80th Anniversary
    • The Reserve bank of India celebrated the 80th anniversary year which was started on 1st April 1935. 
  • Green Bond
    • Green bond is like the normal bond with a difference that in these Green bond the capital amount is raised to fund the green projects like renewable projects, etc..,
    • Recently the Yes Bank and Exim Bank issued these Green bond.
    • The first one to issue in India is the Yes Bank in rupee denomination.
    • Exim bank became the first to issue India's first green bond in dollar denomination.
  • MUDRA Bank
  • Social Progress Index
    • Social progress index is released by the Non profit organisation 'Social Progress imperative'
    • India 
      • Ranks 101th in Social progress Index
      • Ranks 93rd in GDP Per Capita
      • Ranks 128th in Tolerance and inclusion
      • Ranks 120th in health and wellness
    • Norway ranks 1st in SPI.
  • Flipkart has partnered with the Mumbai's Dabbawalas to deliver its goods.
  • Gujarat government launched the Industrial tourism and became the first state in India to launch this.
  • IMF forecasts India's growth rate to reach 7.5% in 2015 and 2016 from the present 7.2% in 2014.
Environment and Health
  • Typhoon Maysak
    • Typhoon Maysak attacked islands in Micronesia in pacific ocean region and have the possibility of hitting Philippines.
  • Top Solid wastes Producers in India
    • Maharashtra state tops the list by producing 26,820 tonnes of solid wastes per day
    • Uttarpradesh is in the second position.
  • Silicosis
    • It is an incurable respiratory disease which is caused by the inhaling of the silica dust mostly in the mining regions.
    • The Rajasthan State Human Rights commission recently recommend the state government to set up an independent agency to conduct research occupational diseases.
  • Telangana Crab Spider
    • A new variety of spider was discovered in Telangana and was name Telangana Crab Spider.
    • It looks like crab and can also walk sideways and hence it is named Crab spider.
  • Earth Hour Capital 2015
    • Thane was declared the national Earth hour capital of India in 2015
      • In 2014, the coimbatore city was selected as the National earth hour capital of India (2014).
    • Seoul was named the Global Earth hour capital 2015
  • National Green tribunal banned old Diesel Vehicles which are over 10 years old in Delhi 
Science and Tech
  • TRAI recommended the use of '112' as a single common number for emergency services across the country as the similar to the US's 911 emergency number.
  • India's Broadband position in the world
    • India Ranks 125th position in fixed broadband penetration.
    • India Ranks 113th in wireless broadband penetration.
  • SMILE: SMall Incision Lenticule Extraction
    • It is the latest LASER eye surgery technique becoming popular to treat refractive errors.
  • SAMEER's 4th Research and Development Project in Vizagapatnam
    • SAMEER - Society for Applied Microwave Electronic Engineering and Research is an autonomous body under the department of Electronics and information technology.
    • SAMEER has planned to set up it's 4th Research and Development Project, the centre for Electromagnetic Environment Effects in Vizagapatna.
    • Other three projects were in Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkatta.
  • Terror attack in Kenyan University
    • Shebab Islamist group of Somalia attacked the Kenyan University and killed over 147 students
  • France President: Francois Hollande
  • Operation Raahat
    • It is the evacuation mission by India to evacuate the people from the war affected regions of Yemen.
  • Earthquake in Nepal
    • A 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal.
    • Death toll expected to cross over 10000
  • Operation Maitri
    • It is the name of the rescue operation led by Indian Army in Earthquake hit Nepal.
  • Saina Nehwal - World's No 1
    • Indian Badminton player Saina Nehwah player reached the World' No 1 spot in the world women's list which was officially announced recently.
    • She is the first Indian women player to reach this and the Second indian to do this.
    • Prakash padukone is the first Indian player to reach the World's No 1 position.
  • Serena Williams' - 700th Win
    • By winning the recent match against Sabine Lisicki ( of German), Serena williams (of USA) in the WTA Miami Open recorded her 700th Win.
    • And became the 8th player to win over 700 matches.
    • Martina Navratilova tops the most matches winning list with 1442 matches.
  • IPL Season 8 - 2015
    • The opening ceremony of the IPL Season was held at Salt Lake stadium in Kolkata.
  • Leading cricketer in 2015 
    • Kumar Sangakkara (Srilanka) and Meg Lanning (Australian women cricketer) were named as the Leading cricketers in the world in 2015 by Wisden Cricketer's Almanack (also called as bible of cricket)
    • Sangakkara became the second player to be honoured, Sehwag being the first one to be named Leading cricketers in the world. 
More material to be added to this April 2015 Current affairs very soon...

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