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Current Affairs - March 2015

TNPSC Current Affairs March 2015

  • Important Appoinments
    • Jagmohan Dalmia - elected as the new BCCI (Board of control for Cricket in India) President.
    • Vikas Swarup - appointed as the new MEA Spokesperson.
  • Important Days
    • March 8th - International Women's Day
    • March 12th - World Kidney Day
    • March 21st - World Forest Day
  • Awards:
    • Avvaiyar Award 2015
      • Santhi Ranganathan was given the Avvaiyar award for the year 2015.
    • Bharat Ratna
      • Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee was given the Bharat ratna award.
      • Madhan Mohab Malviya - posthumously awarded the Bharat ratna.
    • Ghandhi Peace prize 2014
      • ISRO (Indian Space research Organisation) was selected for the Gandhi peace prize 2014 award.
    • Kutram Kadidhal
      • Tamil film which won the national award for the best regional film of 2014.
  • India's Daughter
    • It is a documentary film directed by Leslee Udwin.
    • It is based on the 2012 Delhi Gang rape and some more incidents.
    • The broadcast of this documentary was banned in India by the Indian Government.
  • Syeda Salya Fatima
    • She is the only Muslim women in India to hold a commercial Pilot's Licence.
    • She is from Hyderabad city.
  • Mahatma Gandhi's Statue in London
    • Mahatma Gandhi's Statue was unveiled at Parliament square in London by Finance minister Arun Jaitley.
    • The Statue was made of bronze and 9 feet in height.
  • Hindustan Shipyard Limited is located in Visakhapatnam.
  • The finial of the Humayun's tomb (in New Delhi) which was struck by the storm (May 2014) was replaced by a new one.
  • Jeevan Dhara
    • The Rajasthan Government opened the first state run Mother's milk bank in India.
  • Sokra Misawa Festival
    • The Tiwa tribes of Assam celebrates the Sokra Misawa festival marking the welcoming of the Spring.
  • Mufti Muhammad Sayeed sworn in as the New CM of Jammu and Kashmir
    • Belongs to the PDP Party
  • Haryana Assembly passed the Haryaba Gauvanish Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Bill which prohibits the slaughter of cow.
  • Garg Commission
    • The Garg commission under the head of Justice T P Garg submitted the report on Sikhs massacre at Hondh Chillar Village in Rewari district of Haryana in 1984.
    • It recommended an additional payment of 20 Lakh to the relatives of the victims.
  • Rajasthan fixed minimum educational qualification for the panchayat elections
    • Rajasthan assembly recently passed the Rajasthan Panchayat Raj Amendment Bill 2015 which provides the below minimum educational qualifications.
      • A pass in 8th Std for contesting for the post of Sarpanch, with an exception to the tribal areas for which it is a pass in 5th Std
      • A pass in 10th std for Zilla parishad and panchayat samiti elections.
    • Through the above bill, Rajasthan state became the first state in India to fix a minimum educational qualification for contesting in local panchayat elections.
  • Salvador do mundo, a village panchayat in Goa passed a resolution to ban kissing in public.
  • Rajasthan Assembly passed the Rajasthan Camel Bill 2015, which prohibits slaughter of camel.
    • Slaughter of camel becomes a punishable offence with a jail term of 5 years punishment
  • Budget 2015-2016 Highlights
    • AIIMS institute to be set up in States: Jammu Kashmir, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Himachal pradesh, Bihar and Assam.
    • IIT to be set up in Karnataka.
    • IIM to be set up in Jammu Kashmir and Andhra Pradesh
    • MUDRA bank to micro financing First generation SC/ST Entrepreneurs.
    • Service Tax Increased to 14% from current 12.36%
    • Wealth Tax abolished. 
  • IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde visited India.
  • Tamil Nadu has planned to host the Global investor meet in May 2015 in Chennai.
Environment and Health
  • Earth Hour
    • The Earth hour initiative was started in the year 2007.
    • The main aim was to create awareness about global climate change.
    • Every year it is observed on March 28th.
    • On that day all the lights will be switched off from 8.30 PM to 9.30 PM.
    • Sania Mirza was selected as the Brand ambassador for the World wide Fund for the Earth hour Initiative.
  • Cyclone Pam 
    • Attacked the island nation Vanuatu which is located in the south pacific region.
  • Bandipur Tiger reserve (Karnataka)
    • It is located in Karnataka
    • Recently the forest department started using the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in Bandipur tiger reserve to monitor the forest area.
    • UAV helps to monitor the unauthorized entry and detect the forest fires. 
  • Mission Indradhanush
    • an immunization program launched by the union government. 
    • Aims to immunize all children against 7 vaccine preventable diseases which includes
      • Diphtheria
      • Polio
      • TB
      • Pertussis
      • Tetanus
      • Hepatitis B
      • Measles

Science and Tech
  • Solar Impulse 2
    • SI2 is the world's first solar powered airplane to undertake a journey around the earth.
    • Solar impulse 2 is a Swiss made aircraft.
    • Began its journey from Abudhabi.
    • Recently it landed at Sardar Vallabhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad (Gujarat) as it's second stopping and the first being at Muskat in Oman.
    • The third stopping will also be in India at Varanasi.
  • IRNSS 1 - D
    • The fourth series of the Indian regional Navigational sattelite system IRNSS 1-D is scheduled to be launched on 28th March 2015 through the PSLV C-27 launch Vechile
    • It will be launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (Sriharikota).
  • Periscope App
    • Periscope is a video streaming app launched by Twitter.

  • Dubai Open Tennis 2015
    • Rojer Federar won the Dubai Open Tennis Title beating Novak Djokovic in the Final.
  • Swiss Grand Prix Gold Championship (Badminton)
    • K Srikanth (India) won the title by beating Victor Axelson in the final match
  • Saina nehwal (Indian badminton player) moved to the world's number one spot after reaching the final game in Indian open.
  • Indian Wells open / BNP Paripas Open 2015 Winners list
    • Men's singles - Novac Djokovik (Serbia)
    • Men's Doubles - Vasek Pospisil (Canada) & Jack Sock (US)
    • Women's Singles - Simona Halop (Romania)
    • Women's Doubles - Sania Mirza (India) & Martina Hingis (Switzerland)
  • Former Maldives president Mohammad Nasheed was sentenced 13 years for ordering an arrest to a judge during his term.
  • Largest Arms Exporter 2010-2014
    1. USA
    2. Russia
    3. China
    4. Germany
    5. France
  • David Pearce - Winner of the UK's New 1 Pound (₤) coin Design
    • David pearce was a 15 year old school boy who won the coin design competition conducted by the Royal Mint of Britain.
  • German Airwings Airbus A320
    • German Airwings Airbus A320 crashed in the French alps region during it journey for the Barcelona(In France) to Duesseldorf(In Germany).
    • All the 150 were found dead.
  • Lee Kuan Yew
    • Lee Kuan yew the first Prime Minister of Singapore died.

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