Sep 3, 2014

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Daily Current Affairs Updates: 22 August 2014 to 31 August 2014

Here are the daily current affairs from 22 August 2014 to 31 August 2014 which we have missed to update. 


31 August 2014
1) 'Jaipur Pink Panthers' clinches inaugural 'Pro Kabaddi League' by defeating 'U Mumba' in the final. 
2) P V Sindhu settles for Bronze in World Badminton Championship. She lost to ninth seed Carolina Marin 21-17, 21-15 in semis.
3) Veteran Telugu filmmaker Sattiraju Lakshmi Narayana aka Bapu passed away aged 80. 

30 August 2014
1) Manipur Governor Vinod Kumar Duggal resigned.
2) PV Sindhu storms into the semi-final of World Badminton Championship 2014.
3) Cristiano Ronaldo wins UEFA Best Player in Europe Award.
4) Modi begins his Japan visit. India, Japan sign MoU to develop Varanasi into ‘smart city’.
5) Noted historian Bipin Chandra passed away.

29 August 2014
1) Shah Rukh Khan becomes the first Indian to be appointed as ambassador for Interpol's ‘Turn Back Crime’ campaign. 
2) Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso quits international football. 
3) Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated across India.
4) National Sports Day celebrated. It’s the birthday of Hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand.
5) President presents National sports & adventure awards.
6) India's GDP growth in the first quarter is 5.7 percent which is highest in last 2 and half years.


28 August 2014
1) EPFO retains interest rate on provident fund at 8.75%.
2) C.S.Verma elected as First President of Indian Steel Association.
3) Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched "Jan Dhan Yojana" scheme to provide a bank account to every household where account holders will get a debit card and accidental insurance cover of up to a lakh.
4) Wayne Rooney named as captain of the England national football team.
5) Government launched the .bharat domain name in devanagari script. 

27 August 2014
1) Sheila Dikshit has resigned as the Governor of Kerala.
2) BJP leader LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee have been dropped from the new BJP Parliamentary board.
3) England midfielder Frank Lampard retired from England's national team.
4) India’s first All India Institute of Ayurveda, along the lines of AIIMS, to come up at Jasola (Delhi). 
5) Textiles Ministry to collaborate with Flipkart to provide an online marketing platform to handloom weavers in the country. 
6) Ramesh Chand Tayal is appointed as the Special Director-General of CRPF.
7) Union Cabinet lifted the monthly cap on subsidised LPG cylinders, but retained the overall annual limit at 12 cylinders. LPG consumers can avail 12 cylinder quota anytime in the year.
8) Prime Minister Narendra Modi set up a committee to identify "obsolete" laws which will submit its report in three months.

26 August 2014
1) Supreme Court ruled all coal mining licences (218) awarded between 1993 and 2010 as illicit.  
2) Ahmet Davutoglu becomes the new Prime Minister of Turkey. 
3) 66th annual Emmy Award given at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
4) Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala and Mridula Sinha will take charge as the governors of Karnataka and Goa respectively.
5) Nagpur becomes the first Indian city to operate public buses running one thanol. 
6) Kalyan Singh appointed as Governor of Rajasthan, while former union minister Vidyasagar Rao will be Governor of Maharashtra.

25 August 2014
1) British film director Richard Attenborough, best remembered for his Oscar-winning directorial "Gandhi", passed away aged 90. 
2) The U.S. Open Tennis Championships 2014 began.
3) Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar coalition party along with the Congress party won six of ten assembly seats in Bihar by-elections.

24 August 2014
1) West Bengal gets the nation's first 'Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology' (IIEST) at Shibpur, Howrah.
2) Maharashtra governor K. Sankaranarayanan resigned from the post after he has been transferred to Mizoram.
3) RN Ravi appointed new chief of Joint Intelligence Committee.

23 August 2014
1) Defence Minister Arun Jaitley commissioned India’s first indigenously-built stealth Anti-Submarine warfare INS Kamorta to the Indian Navy.
2) RBI has notified the increase in deposit money under Public Provident Fund, PPF to 1.5 lakh rupees from 1 lakh rupees.
3) Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Pradhan Mantri Krishi Seenchayi Yojana.
4) Guru Hanuman Akhara chosen for 2014 Rashtritya Khel Protsahan Puraskar.

22 August 2014
1) Renowned Kannada writer and Jnanpith award winner UR Ananthamurthy passed away.
2) Arvind Subramanian likely to be the Chief Economic Advisor (CEA).

3) Weightlifter Ragala Venkat Rahul bagged India's first medal of the second Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

Sep 2, 2014

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PA/SA Exam 2014: Result (Paper-1) of Gujarat Circle Published

Schedule of Paper II (Computer Skill Test) for the following Postal Circles is as follows:

Postal Circles: Gujrat (16)
Exam Date: 13 to 19 September 2014
Exam Time: 08:00AM onwards in Batches of 2.0 hr each. Please check your Admit Card for timings

Candidates for the above mentioned Postal Circles may check their status for Paper I by Logging into the website. Candidates, shortlisted to appear in the Paper II, may download the Admit Cards.

Please keep visiting the website for exam schedules for other Postal Circles & updates.

Aug 31, 2014

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Postal Exam Updates : Update as on August 31, 2014

Schedule of Paper II (Computer Skill Test) for the following Postal Circles is as follows:

Postal CirclesExam DateExam Time
Gujrat (16)            13 to 19 September 201408:00AM onwards in Batches of 2.0 hr each. Please check your Admit Card for timings

Candidates for the above mentioned Postal Circles may check their status for Paper I by Logging into the website. Candidates, shortlisted to appear in the Paper II, may download the Admit Cards. Please keep visiting the website for exam schedules for other Postal Circles & updates.
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Postal Exam : Update as on August 30, 2014



Update as on August 30, 2014 

Revised Answer Keys of Paper I conducted on April 27, 2014 at Assam (12), North East (25), on May 11, 2014 at Maharashtra (24), on May 25, 2014 at Andhra Pradesh (11) and West Bengal (32)Postal Circles are accessible. Candidates may LOGIN to view till September 02, 2014.


Revised Answer Keys of Paper I conducted on April 27, 2014 at Odisha (14) Postal Circle with few changes are accessible once again. Candidates may LOGIN to view till September 02, 2014.


Update as on August 29, 2014 


Revised Answer Keys of Paper I conducted on May 04, 2014 at Jharkhand (20) and on June 01, 2014 at Gujrat (16) are accessible. Candidates may LOGIN to view till September 01,

Aug 30, 2014

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Postal Exam Updates : Update as on August 29, 2014

Update as on August 29, 2014


Revised Answer Keys of Paper I conducted on May 04, 2014 at Jharkhand (20) and on June 01, 2014 at Gujrat (16) are accessible. Candidates may LOGIN to view till   September 01, 2014.

Aug 29, 2014

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Direct Recruitment for Outstanding Sports Person Under Sports Quota for the year 2012- 2014

Direct Recruitment for Outstanding Sports Person Under Sports Quota for the year 2012- 2014

No.of vacancies : 49 
Circle : Tamil Nadu

The crucial date for determining the age limit shall be the last date for receipt of application i.e. 22.09.2014

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Aug 26, 2014

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PA Exam Updates : Update as on August 26, 2014

Schedule of Paper II (Computer Skill Test) for the following Postal Circles is as follows:

Postal CirclesExam DateExam Time
Chhattisgarh (14)            9 to 11 September 201409:00AM onwards in Batches of 2.0 hr each. Please check your Admit Card for timings

Candidates for the above mentioned Postal Circles may check their status for Paper I by Logging into the website. Candidates, shortlisted to appear in the Paper II, may download the Admit Cards. Please keep visiting the website for exam schedules for other Postal Circles & updates.

Aug 25, 2014

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Complete Current Affairs PDF: July 2014


Friends.. Here is the Complete Current Affairs PDF of July 2014. You can download PDF from the following links. Many events of National and International importance happened during July 2014. Football World Cup and Common Wealth Games 2014 were the major sports events had in July 2014. We have tried our best to include questions on all important events. If anything is missed please bear with us. This will be useful for all upcoming competitive Exams including IBPS PO/Clerk etc. Do let us know your feedback on this for further improvement. Thank you all once again for your encouragement and support. Currentaffairs4examz Team J

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Daily Current Affairs Updates: 21 August 2014

1) T M Bhasin elected IBA chairman: T. M. Bhasin, Chairman and Managing Director of Indian Bank, has been elected as the Chairman of Indian Banks’ Association (IBA), which is a representative body of CMDs and CEOs of public sector, private sector and foreign banks. IBA plays an advisory role, and presents views of banking industry to various UnionMinistries for policy formulation as also to RBI for regulatory matters. 
On behalf of IBA, Mr. Bhasin, will be associated with “Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana” Mission, headed by Union Finance Minister, said a statement.

2) Thai Army chief chosen Prime Minister: Thailand’s Army chief is all set to become the country’s next Prime Minister after the junta-picked National Legislative Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly approved his nomination, consolidating the military’s hold on power three months after he ousted the elected government in a coup. The 60-year-old Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha was named as the next Prime Minister after the NLA voted 191-0 in his favour in an uncontested race. Altogether 194 of the existing 197 NLA members signed in to attend Thursday’s meeting to vote on the prime minister.

3) Islamic State militants killed US journalist James Foley: Militants from Islamic State (Isis) claimed to have killed an American journalist long held captive in Syria in retaliation for ongoing US air strikes against its forces in Iraq. A propaganda video circulated showed a masked Isis fighter beheading a kneeling man dressed in an orange jumpsuit who is purported to be James Wright Foley, a photojournalist who went missing in Syria in 2012. The masked executioner spoke in English, with what sounded like a British accent, and said the slaying came in response to the air strikes ordered by President Barack Obama against Isis 12 days ago.

4)  Bangladesh to join BRICS Bank: Bangladesh has decided to join the newly formed BRICS Bank, an initiative of the world's five emerging economies - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. This was informed to news reporters by Finance Minister A.M.A. Muhith.

5) PM dedicates Ranchi-Dharamjaygarh-Sipat transmission line to the nation: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today dedicated to the nation the Ranchi-Dharamjaygarh-Sipat 765kv inter-regional power transmission line in Jharkhand. This line is the first inter-regional link between eastern region and western region, an official statement said. The Prime Minister also inaugurated the commencement of work at state-run NTPC’s thermal power plant (3x660 MW) at North Karanpura at Chatra in Jharkhand.

6) Australian Cyril Baldock is oldest to swim English Channel:Australian Cyril Baldock has set the world record for the oldest person to swim the English Channel. The 70 year old Bondi Surf Life Saving Club member completed the swim between England and France in 12 hours and 45 minutes.

7) RBI tightened rules for lending against shares by NBFCs: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), on Thursday, tightened the norms for giving loans against shares by non-banking financial companies (NBFCs). NBFCs lending against collateral of shares have been told to maintain a loan-to-value (LTV) ratio of 50 per cent. They can accept only specified Group 1 securities as collateral for loans of value more than Rs.5 lakh.

8) Kerala, India’s top consumer of liquor, heads for prohibition:  The excise policy of the Congress-led United Democratic Front government, finalized in a two-hour meeting held at the chief minister's official residence on Thursday, proposed to make Kerala alcohol-free in 10 years. As a first step, 418 bars closed since April 1 as they had failed to upgrade to two-star facilities, won't have their licenses renewed. Similarly, licenses of 312 functioning bars in the state won't be renewed after March 31, 2015. The government will also seek the legal possibility of terminating the licenses of these 312 bars immediately. Kerala has the highest per capita consumption of liquor in the country at 8.3 litres. Punjab comes second with 7.9 litres, while the national per capita consumption of liquor is 4 litres.


9) Film on Indira Gandhi's assassins banned from release: The Information and Broadcasting Ministry on Thursday put on hold the release of the controversial Punjabi film, Kaum De Heere, based on the assassination of the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, following concerns raised by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. “The film will not be released on Friday. The decision has been taken as per Rule 32 of the Cinema Certification Rules, 1983,” an official said. The instruction was issued after Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Chairperson Leela Samson watched the movie.
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Daily Current Affairs from 20 August 2014

1) K V Thomas takes over as new PAC Chairman: Senior Congress leader K V Thomas on Wednesday took over as the new Chairman of Parliament's Public Accounts Committee. The key committee, which examines Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) reports after they are tabled in Parliament, will hold its first meeting next week. The post of the PACchairman is held by a senior member of the opposition party. Murli Manohar Joshi (BJP) was the chairman of the PAC in last Lok Sabha.The PAC, constituted every year, consists of not more than 22 members - 15 members elected by Lok Sabha and not more than seven members from Rajya Sabha.

2) 'Iron Lady' Irom Sharmila released: Irom Sharmila was on 20 Aug 2014 released from the hospital after 14 years as a Manipur court on Tuesday ruled that there was no vidence that she wanted to commit suicide. The teary-eyed activist said, "I am emotional. I need people's mass support," as she stepped out of the hospital. "Fresh air is refreshing," she said on her release. Calling AFSPA a draconian law, Sharmila said, "I won't change my mind. In our native land there are a lot of widows due to action of draconian law. I'm not a victim but what about our next generation?"


3) Yoga legend BKS Iyengar passed away: World-renowned yoga guru and founder of the Iyengar School of Yoga B K S Iyengar passed away following illness. Iyengar, honoured with Padma Vibhushan, is survived by a son and daughter. Iyengar was considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world and had written many books on yoga practice and philosophy including ‘Light on Yoga’, ‘Light on Pranayama’, and ‘Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali’.

4) India to observe 2015-2016 as Water Conservation Year: Uma Bharti- The year 2015-16 will be observed as water conservation year and a public movement will be launched during the year to conserve the precious resource, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Uma Bharti said on Wednesday. The minister said the cooperation of state governments, NGOs, civil society, youth and retired personnel will be taken in this task. She said, public movement has become a necessity for conservation of water and river in the country as it is an important element of development and at some places the sacred water of the River Ganga is not even fit for consumption by animals.

5) HDFC Bank accorded most valued brand: HDFC Bank with a brand value of $ 9.4bn is India’s most valuable brand according to the first edition of the BrandZ Top 50 Most Valuable Indian Brands ranking that was announced in Mumbai. At pole position, HDFC Bank’s valuation was much higher than telecom major Airtel at $ 8.2 bn that occupied the second spot.
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Daily Current Affairs: 19 August 2014

1) Speaker rules out leader of opposition post for Congress in Lok Sabha: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Tuesday closed the chapter on a designated leader of opposition in the lower House of Parliament by rejecting Congress's demand for the post, writing back to the largest opposition party in reply to a letter from Sonia Gandhi. LoPs in bothHouses of Parliament are posts that are at par with Cabinet ministers. "I have gone by rules and tradition," Mahajan told reporters on her decision not to recognize the Congress leader in Lok Sabha as the leader of opposition. Congress reacted strongly to the decision which was pretty much along expected lines.


2) Ravi Shastri appointed Director of Cricket for ODI series against England: n a damage-control move, the BCCI has appointed former Test all-rounder Ravi Shastri Director of Cricket in the Indian team for the five-match ODI series against England, beginning August 25. The Board’s dramatic action on Tuesday was a response to India’s disastrous 3-1 Test series defeat against England. The BCCI told India’s bowling and fielding coaches, Joe Dawes and Trevor Penny, to go on ‘leave.’ Bharat Arun and Sanjay Bangar, former India all-rounders, will be the assistant coaches for the period. Former Hyderabad left-arm spinner R. Sridhar is the fielding coach.

3) PM invites ideas from people on new plan body: Taking a step further towards scrapping the Planning Commission, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday invited ideas from the people on the new institution to replace the plan body. The government also announced creation of a special open forum on the website mygov.Nic.In for suggestions on the new institution. "We envision the proposed Institution as one that caters to the aspirations of 21st century India and strengthens participation of the States.... Let the ideas flow," the Prime Minister said in a statement.

4) Google buys travel guide app startup Jetpac:  Google confirmed it has bought the startup behind a Jetpac mobile application that creates insightful travel guides by analyzing pictures from social networks such as Instagram. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Jetpac said that its application would be removed from Apple's online App Store in the days ahead and that it would stop supporting the software in the middle of September.

5) 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games opens in Nanjing: The cauldron is lit up during the Opening Ceremony of the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province. The 2ndSummer Youth Olympic Games opened in east China's Nanjing on Saturday evening with more than 3,700 athletes from around the world taking part in. During the 13-day-competition sports gala, the young athletes aged between 15-18 will compete in 28 sports in arenas and stadiums in Nanjing, the capital city of Jiangsu Province. Chinese President Xi Jinping declared open of the Games at the ceremony in the modern Olympic Sports Complex, where flags representing 203 National Olympic Committees paraded.
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Current Affairs : 17 and 18 August 2014

1) Janmashtami celebrated across nation: Janmashtami, the celebration of the birthday of Lord Krishna was celebrated countrywide with much religious fervor and enthusiasm. The President, Vice President and Prime Minister have greeted the people on the occasion.. In his message, President Pranab Mukherjee said that Lord Krishna's message of righteous conduct and action inspires everyone to strengthen moral foundations of the society and strive selflessly to take thecountry to new heights.

2) India lost test series against England: England inflicted yet another humiliating defeat upon India as they won the fifth and final Test at The Oval by an innings and 244 runs on Sunday to complete a 3-1 series win. The only disappointment for the hosts was that spearhead seamer James Anderson was left three short of equalling Ian Botham's England record of 383 Test wickets. James Anderson was named man-of-the-series for England after snaring 25 wickets despite being in the middle of a storm, involving Ravindra Jadeja.

3) Combined India-Nepal military exercise began: A combined military exercise between Indian and Nepalese armies commenced at Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand on Monday with a top army commander saying both the armies have to learn much from each other, especially in handling modern-day challenges of insurgency and terrorism. Over 300 personnel, comprising one infantry battalion from each country, are taking part in the 7th edition of the exercise named Surya Kiran VII which begen as part of military cooperation between the two neighbours in 2011.

4) India cancelled planned talks With Pakistan: In a strong message to Islamabad, the Narendra Modi government on Monday called off the Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan, an hour after Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit met Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah. Two other separatist leaders — Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Yasin Malik — are scheduled to meet Pakistan High Commission officials on Tuesday. This is a serious setback to the efforts to restart the dialogue process, which have been stalled since January 2013. Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh was scheduled to travel to Islamabad for talks with her Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhary on August 25. The last meeting between the Foreign Secretaries of the two countries took place in Islamabad in September 2012.

5) Roger Federer Clinches 6th Title in Cincinnati Masters: Roger Federer has clinched his sixth title in the 2014 Western & Southern Open or the Cincinnati Masters after defeating Spain's David Ferrer in the finals, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2. Federer fell in the second set but held his nerve to beat Ferrer in the three-set thriller at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.

6) Retirement age of state govt staff raised to 60 years in Haryana: With assembly poll dates likely to announced any time now, Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda who has been power for the past about nine years, on Saturday announced to raise the retirement age of the state government employees from 58 to 60 years, 25% hike in dearness allowance and full pension after 20 years of service, besides various other benefits.
7) Jayawardene ends test career in near-perfect style: Mahela Jayawardene ended his illustrious 17-year test career in near perfect style in the whitewash win for Sri Lanka against Pakistan on Monday. A half-century at his home ground, another century stand with his friend and favourite batting partner Kumar Sangakkara, capped with his teammates carrying him off the field on their shoulders.

Aug 18, 2014

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Daily Current Affairs Updates: 16 August 2014


1) PM Narendra Modi inducts largest indigenously built INS Kolkata, says no country will dare to challenge India: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 16 Aug 2014 commissioned country’s largest indigenously built warship INS Kolkata. INS Kolkata, a part of the Kolkata Class destroyers of the Indian Navy, has been built at the Mumbai-based Mazgaon Docks, a defence Public Sector Unit. Terming military might as the biggest deterrent to war, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the defence forces will be modernised to ensure that “nobody casts an evil eye” on the nation. 
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan were present at the ceremony held at the Naval dockyard. The warship, constructed by the Mazagon Dockyards Limited, has been designed by Navy’s design bureau. The 6,800 tonne warship is a technology demonstrator and will showcase a giant leap in shipbuilding technology in the country. The Prime Minister had dedicated India’s largest warship INS Vikramaditya to the nation in June in his first outing after taking charge.

2) Rajni Razdan takes over as new UPSC chief: Rajni Razdan on 16 August 2014 took over as new chairman of Union Public Service Commission, which conducts the prestigious civil services examination to select IAS, IFS and IPS officers among others. Razdan was administered the oath as UPSC chief by the outgoing chairperson D P Agrawal, whose tenure ended. Her new charge comes at a time when the Commission is facing a controversy due to the demand for change in the pattern of the examination from a section of aspirants. The UPSC is headed by a chairman and 10 members.

3) 26 killed as rains wreak havoc in U'khand : Twenty-six people were killed in rain-related incidents in Uttarakhand and six people died in Himachal Pradesh as heavy showers wreaked havoc in the hill states since Friday. The Chardham yatra came to a close on Saturday as massive landslides resulted in all routes leading to the four temples getting blocked.

4) BJP Chief Amit Shah announced his new team of party office bearer: BJP president Amit Shah constituted his new team, inducting former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa as Vice President and new RSS pointsman Ram Madhav as General Secretary. A week after his formal anointment as party President, Shah announced his new team of party office bearers that includes 11 Vice Presidents, eight General Secretaries and 14 Secretaries. The new team also includes 10 party Spokespersons, five of them are new. 

5) PM laid foundation stone of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust: Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation for a multi-crore SEZ and port connectivity project in Navi Mumbai on 16 Aug 2014. The states will soon be allowed to form their own Export Promotion Councils, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said as he underscored the need for the Centre and states to work in tandem to give a fresh thrust to exports. He also stressed upon the need for swift removal of obstacles stalling the Special Economic Zones (SEZs).

6) Finance Minister relaunched Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana: The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley said that Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana (VPBY) will benefit the vulnerable section of society with limited resources as it will provide monthly pension ranging from Rs 500/ to Rs 5,000/ per month to senior citizens of the country. The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley was speaking after re-launching the Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana (VPBY) on the eve of the 68th Independence Day of the country.

Some key features of the scheme are:
* Available to citizens aged 60 years and above.
* Pension would be on immediate annuity basis in monthly, quarterly, half-yearly or annual mode, varying, respectively, between Rs. 500 to 5000 (monthly), Rs. 1500 to 15,000 (quarterly), Rs. 3000 to Rs. 30,000 (half-yearly) and from Rs. 6,000 to Rs. 60,000 (annually), depending on the amount subscribed and the option exercised.
* The payout implies an assured return of 9% on monthly payment basis, which amounts to an annualized return of 9.38%.
* Loan (up to 75% of subscribed amount) can be availed after 3 years from the Date of Commencement. * On death, the full purchase price will be refunded to nominee.
* Exit/surrender would be allowed after 15 years or earlier in special circumstances like critical / terminal illness of self or spouse.
* Payment will be through ECS or NEFT.

7) Bypoll on Sept 13 to seats vacated by Modi, Mulayam: Bypolls to the Lok Sabha seats vacated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav will be held on September 13, the Election Commission on Saturday announced. Bypoll will also be held to Medak Lok Sabha seat vacated by TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao after he became the first Chief Minister of Telangana. While Modi had retained Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, he vacated Vadodra in Gujarat. Similarly, Yadav had vacated Mainpuri and retained Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh. While bypolls will be held on September 13, the countintg will be held on September 16.

Aug 17, 2014

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Daily Current Affairs Updates: 15 August 2014


1) Nation celebrated its 68th Independence Day: Drenched in patriotic fervour, the country celebrated its 68th Independence Day with unfurling of tricolour and tributes to freedom fighters while Chief Ministers announced a number of schemes to accelerate development and appealed to extremists to shun violence. The celebrations marked by colourful parades and other events in the state capitals passed off peacefully with authorities making elaborate security arrangements in view of boycott calls given by Maoists and some insurgent outfits. From the issues of development, tackling insurgency to security of women and children, the leaders flagged the challenges faced by their states and announced steps to deal with them.

2) Govt to launch Jan Dhan scheme to promote financial inclusion: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15 Aug 2014 launched 'Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana' to help the poor open bank accounts which will come with the facility of a debit card and an insurance cover of Rs 1 lakh. "We want tointegrate the poorest of the poor with bank accounts with Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana," he said in his maiden Independence Day address to the nation. Observing that people have mobile phones but not bank accounts, Modi said, the scheme will help in bringing the benefits of formal banking system to them. Read more about PM's speech at Red Fort from here.

3) Railway Minister launched next generation e-ticketing system: The long and irritating experiences of booking train ticket through IRCTC website seems to be a thing of past now as the Railways today launched the next generation e-ticketing system enhancing the booking capacity to 7200 tickets per minute and making the whole process much faster and easier. The new system developed by Centre for Railway information Systems (CRIS) with an estimated cost of Rs 180 crore would allow booking of 7200 tickets per minute against 2000 tickets in the old system. With the launch of the system, now 1,20,000 concurrent users can book e-tickets simultaneously against the earlier capacity of 40,000 concurrent users at a time.

3) Planning Commission to be replaced with new institution: PM- The government has decided to abolish the Planning Commission, a 64-year old apex policy making body, and replace it with a new institution to address the emerging economic needs and strengthen federal structure. "We will very soon set up a new institution in place of Planning Commission," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his Independence Day address to the nation. The Planning Commission, he said, was set up to cater to the needs of earlier times and has participated in his own way in the development of the country. 

4) SC dismissed PIL seeking ban on Amir Khan’s PK: In a major relief Supreme Court dismissed the public interest litigation seeking ban on the release of Aamir Khan's film PK for promoting nudity and vulgarity. Supreme Court dismissed plea filed against Aamir Khan and director of film 'PK' Rajkumar Hirani for allegedly showing nudity in the movie. Aamir Khans latest poster of film PK had caused a controversy with a section of viewers. The Supreme Court told the petitioner that “If you don't like then don't watch the film but don't bring religious facets in it”. The Supreme Court also said that “These are matters of art and entertainment and let them remain so”.


5) Kush Kumar became first Indian player to reach semifinal of World Junior Squash Championship: Kush Kumar entered the semi-final of the WSF World Junior Individual Squash Championship and became the first Indian men's player to have risen this high in a global competition. In a thrilling quarterfinal, which showcased his brilliant form, Kumar beat George Parker of England 11-6, 11-8, 11-8.
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