Current Affairs July 2014

1. Subhash Sheoratan Mundra took charge as the fourth Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India for three years. He was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the KC Chakrabarty. Before being appointed
as Deputy Governor of RBI, S S Mundra was the Chairman and Managing Director of Bank of Baroda.
2. Lt. General Dalbir Singh Suhag took over as Chief of Army Staff. He succeeded General Bikram Singh to become the 28th Army Chief.
3. Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha took over as the Chairman of the Chief of Staff Committee (COSC).
4. Amitabh Bachchan was appointed as the horticulture ambassador of Maharashtra.
5. Veteran BJP leader Kaptan Singh Solanki was appointed as the Governor of Haryana.
6. The Comptroller & Auditor General of India, Shashi Kant Sharma assumed office as Member of the United Nations Board of Auditors for a term of six year.
7. The Supreme Court appointed R S Cheema as Special Public Prosecutor for trial in coal blocks allocation scam.
8. Keshari Nath Tripathi was sworn in as 22nd Governor of West Bengal.
9. Ram Naik was sworn in as 27th Governor of Uttar Pradesh in Lucknow.
10. Yellapragada Sudharshan Rao was appointed as Chairman of Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR).
11. B Ashok took charge as Chairman of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), the India’s largest oil firm.
12. President of India, Pranab Mukherjee appointed Balramji Dass Tandon as the Governor of Chhattisgarh, Om Prakash Kohli as the Governor of Gujarat, Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya as the Governor of Nagaland.
13. Emma Watson, the British Actress was appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women.
14. Justice Arun Mishra, Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel  and Justice Rohington F Nariman were appointed as Supreme Court judges.
15. M S Mehta was appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Reliance Infrastructure.
16. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj visited Nepal. She co‐chaired the meeting of the Indo‐ Nepal Joint Commission. India and Nepal agreed to review and adjust the Treaty of Peace and Friendship of 1950 to reflect the current realities.
17. The World Bank President Jim Yong Kim arrived in New Delhi, India on his three‐day visit.
18. Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi visited Brazil to attend the 6th BRICS Summit in Fortaleza, Brazil form 15 July to 16 July 2014. BRICS group includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. One of the most important decision taken was the creation of 100 billion dollar New Development Bank with equal contribution from all the BRICS countries. Besides, the Summit also saw the creation of 100 billion dollar Contingency Reserve Arrangement (CRA) fund for the BRICS nation. The 7th Summit will be held in 2015 in Russian city of Ufa.
19. Deputy National Security Adviser Nehchal Sandhu resigned.
20. The Prime Minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk resigned from his post from Verkhovna Rada (The Parliament of Ukraine) after his governing coalition collapsed.
21. Bharat Vir Wanchoo, the Governor of Goa resigned. He is the fifth Governor to resign in last one month after M K Narayanan (West Bengal), B L Joshi (Uttar Pradesh), Shekhar Dutt (Chhattisgarh) and Ashwani Kumar (Nagaland).
22. MK Narayanan, the Governor of West Bengal tendered his resignation. Narayanan’s resignation came within a week after being questioned by the CBI as a witness in connection with its probe into 3600‐crore rupees VVIP chopper from Anglo‐Italian firm AgustaWestland.
23. Dick Wagner, the famous rock guitarist of Alice Cooper died.
24. Madhukar Singh, an eminent Hindi litterateur died.
25. Sushilarani Patel, the renowned classical singer of India died.
26. Veteran Journalist Sundaram Sankaran died.
27. American actor James Garner died.
28. Nadine Gordimer, the South African Nobel Prizewinning author, died.
29. Giriraj Kishore, the senior Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader died.
30. Veteran actress, Zohra Sehgal died.
31. Eduard Shevardnadze, the former President of Georgia died.
32. Alfredo Di Stefano, the legend of Real Madrid Football Club, died.
33. Granville Austin, the eminent scholar of the Indian Constitution died.
34. Former Haitian president Leslie Francois Manigat died.
35. Supreme Court allowed Sahara Chief Subrata Roy to use the conference room of Tihar jail to negotiate the sale his offshore and domestic properties with prospective buyers.
36. Nicolas Sarkozy, the former President of France was charged with corruption and influence peddling.
37. Sujit Choudhry became the first Indian‐American dean of the Berkeley Law School, University of California.
38. The United States named a mountain in Antarctica as Mt. Sinha to honour an eminent Indian‐American scientist, Akhouri Sinha.
39. Business 20 (B20) Australia Summit was held in Sydney, Australia. At the Summit, the business leaders of G20 countries issued a blueprint for G20 leaders to boost economic and job growth and make global economy more resilient to deal with future shocks.
40. 7th India‐Brazil‐South Africa (IBSA) summit will be held in New Delhi, India in 2015. Apart from this, it was also agreed to hold India Africa Forum meet in New Delhi in December 2014.
41. President of Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koroma declared a public health emergency in Sierra Leone to curb the deadly Ebola outbreak. The outbreak is now the largest recorded in world history, and has infected three African capitals of Monrovia (Liberia), Freetown (Sierra Leone) and Conakry (Guinea) with international airports.
42. The United Nation launched the 2014 revision of the World Urbanisation Prospects report. The report said that at present, 54 percent of the world's population lives in urban areas, which will have an additional 2.5 billion people in urban areas by 2050. Tokyo was ranked at first position as populous cities in 2014 with 38 million inhabitants. Delhi with 25 million population was ranked at 2nd position. Shanghai with 23 million was placed at the at the third position . Mexico City, Mumbai and Sao Paulo,
each with around 21 million inhabitants in 2014 were ranked at fourth position.
43. India State of Forest Report (ISFR) 2013 was released. The report said that total forest and tree cover of the country is 87.92 million hectare, which turns up to be 24.01 percent of the geographical area of India. States with maximum increase in forest cover are West Bengal, Odisha, Kerala. States with Largest forest cover are Madhya Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh. Mizoram in terms of percentage 90.38 percent
had highest forest cover.
44. Heavy downpour caused landslide in Malin Village of Ambegaon Taluka killing 41 peoples. The village is some 70 kilometers from Pune.
45. 7th BRICS Summit will be held in Russian city of Ufa in 2015..
46. 46 Indian Nurses and 137 others came to India from Erbil in Kurdistan, Iraq. At present Iraq is under the attack of ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) jihadist militants. They abducted the nurses against their will from a hospital in the militant‐controlled city of Tikrit in Iraq.
47. The World on 29 July 2014 observed the International Tiger Day.
48. World Hepatitis Day was observed across the world on 28 July 2014.
49. The 15th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas was celebrated in India on 26 July 2014. The day is celebrated in the honour of war heroes of Kargil every year.
50. World Population Day was observed across the world on 11 July 2014. The theme of World Population Day 2014 was Investing in Young People.
51. India on 1 July 2014 observed the National Doctors’ Day. The day is observed to honour legendary physician, Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy whose birth and death anniversary falls on the same day.
52. Indian Air Force received its sixth C‐17 Globemaster III aircraft.
53. India's first indigenous anti‐submarine warship (ASW) Indian Naval Ship (INS) Kamorta was handed over to the Indian Navy.
54. Indian Naval Ship (INS) Kuthar Warship was damaged in a mishap.
55. India successfully test‐fired an advanced version of the 290‐km range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from Chandipur‐on‐Sea off Odisha coast.
56. Union government decided to appoint Suresh Prabhu Committee to review the gas pricing formula. The Union Cabinet on 25 June 2014 had deferred the implementation of the C Rangarajan Committee's pricing formula till 30 September 2014 for conducting a comprehensive review of the whole issue.
57. The Union Civil Aviation Ministry on 7 July 2014 constituted an Inter‐Ministerial Group (IMG) to examine the maximum potential of the GPS Aided Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) system. The IMG will be headed by Ashok Lavasa.
58. One Life is Not Enough: An Autobiography written by Kunwar Natwar Singh was published on 1 August 2014.
59. The Lives of Others authored by Neel Mukherjee was shortlisted for Man Booker Prize 2014. Neel
Mukherjee is a Kolkata‐born British Indian writer.
60. The Vijay Mallya Story written by K Giriprakash was published by Penguin Books Limited in 2014.
61. A coffee‐table book titled First Citizen: Pranab Mukherjee in Rashtrapati Bhavan was released
on 2 July 2014 at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi. The book’s first copy was received by Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India.
62. Muzaffar Ali, a noted filmmaker of India was selected for Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award.
63. The Indian Contingent won five medals in 45th International Physics Olympiad held in Astana, Kazakhstan. India won 2 gold medals and 3 silver medals in the Olympiad.
64. Environmentalist and social activist Chandi Prasad Bhatt was awarded with the prestigious Gandhi Peace prize for 2013.
65. Four India‐born Americans were honoured on the eve of US Independence Day. The Indian‐ Americans honoured were Microsoft Corp chief executive Satya Nadella, Comedian and actor Aasif Mandvi, Carnegie Mellon University president Subra Suresh and former president of the University of West Georgia, Beheruz Sethna.
66. Shah Rukh Khan was conferred with top French civilian award Knight of the Legion of Honor. Shahrukh Khan is the second Bollywood actor after Amitabh Bachchan to be honoured with Knight of the Legion of Honour.
67. Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani education advocate won the 2014 Liberty Medal given by
the National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia in Pennsylvania.
68. The classical music reality show of Doordarshan Naad Bhed‐The Mystery of Sound will be featured in Limca Book of Records. The reality show will be featured under Television Chapter in Limca Book of Records for being the first ever National level reality show on Classical Music.
69. The third edition of Ladakh International Film Festival (LIFF) was held in Leh, Jammu and Kashmir.
70. The annual Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra (Chariot Festival) began on 29 June 2014 at Puri of Odisha.
71. Air Algerie plane Boeing MD‐83 went missing over Gao in Mali in Africa on 24 July 2014.
72. Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane, MH‐17, was shot down over war‐torn eastern Ukraine near the Russian border on 17 July 2014. MH‐17 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur carrying 283 passengers and 15 crew members. The plane might have been shot down by the terrorists by Buk surface‐to‐air missile system.
73. Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi launched a web platform – The platform has been created to facilitate Citizen Engagement in Good Governance.
74. The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development launched a Logo Design Competition for the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Campaign.
75. President Pranab Mukherjee on 1 July 2014 joined Twitter with the handle ‐ @RashtrapatiBhvn. He is the first serving president of India to join Twitter.
76. First Aid Post was launched at Shastri Bhawan in New Delhi. The post was launched to expand the network of health care to its beneficiaries.
77. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has imposed Rs.1 crore penalty on three entities, including Thomas Cook and Sterling Holiday Resorts, for carrying out certain market purchases related to their deal before seeking the fair trade watchdog’s approval.
78. China has invited India to participate in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
79. India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle C‐23 successfully put five foreign satellites into orbit in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Indian Space Research Organisation’s spaceport in Sriharikota. ISRO launched the 714‐kg French earth observation satellite SPOT‐7, the 14‐kg German AISAT, the two 15‐kg Canadian NLS7.1 (CAN‐X4) and NLS7.2 (CAN‐X5) and the 7‐kg Singapore VELOX‐1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked India’s space community to take up “the challenge of developing a Saarc satellite” which can be dedicated to “our neighbourhood, as a gift from India”.
80. China has for the first time formally agreed to allow Indian hydrological experts to conduct study tours in Tibet to monitor the flows on the upper reaches of the Brahmaputra, according to a new agreement signed during the visit of Vice‐President Hamid Ansari. The MoU on the Brahmaputra was among three agreements signed as Vice‐President Hamid Ansari held talks with his counterpart Li Yuanchao. Both countries have also formalised a framework for setting up China‐dedicated infrastructure parks in India and for the first‐ever training exchange programme for officials of both countries, between the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie, and the China Executive Leadership Academy (CELAP) in Shanghai.
81. The Nanavati Commission of Inquiry probing the 2002 post‐Godhra riots received a two‐month extension beyond its expiry date.
82. Kaafiron ki Namaaz , a movie by debutant director Ram Ramesh Sharma and producer Bhargav Saikai won four awards, including one for the best feature film at the third Ladakh International Film Festival.
83. India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party was included in a top‐secret list of six non‐U.S. political parties worldwide that the U.S. National Security Agency received official permission to covertly spy upon, according to the latest trove of data released to the media by Edward Snowden, former NSA contractor‐turned fugitive whistleblower.
84. The Rajasthan government declared the camel as the State animal.
85. In a rare honour, the U.S. has named a mountain in Antarctica after eminent Indian‐American scientist Akhouri A. Sinha, whose pioneering biological research expedition provided vital data about animal populations.
86. The National Democratic Alliance government has appointed the former Cabinet Minister, Suresh Prabhu, as the head of a high‐level panel on power revamp — “Advisory Group for Integrated Development of Power, Coal and Renewable Energy.”
87. The European Court of Human Rights upheld France’s controversial burqa ban.
88. Wal‐Mart India launched its online platform for members of Best Price Modern Wholesale stores in Hyderabad and Lucknow.
89. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved the inclusion of onion and potato under the purview of stock holding limits under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955.
90. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the third most followed world leader on Twitter, next only to U.S. President Barack Obama and the Pope. Mr. Modi, who overtook Indonesian President S.B. Yudhoyono.
91. More than a year after actor Jiah Khan was found hanging at her residence in the city, the Bombay
High Court transferred the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
92. The government re‐appointed Harun Rashid Khan as the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, for a further period of two years with effect from July 4.
93. The Enforcement Directorate has registered a money laundering case against retired Air Chief Marshal S.P. Tyagi in connection with the alleged payment of over €21.4 million by Agusta Westland.
94. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan wrote to Chief Ministers of all States (except Rajasthan) and Lt. Governors and Administrators of Union Territories to consider levying a VAT of at least 50 per cent on all tobacco products, including bidis.
95. Universal Sompo General Insurance Company has entered into a tie with Dena Bank to offer loan secure insurance policy to the bank’s retail and SME (small and medium enterprise) customers.Universal Sompo is a joint venture between Allahabad Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Karnataka Bank, DaburInvestments and Sompo Japan Insurance Inc.
96. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said the issue of granting Leader of the Opposition (LoP) status to the Congress was before the Lok Sabha Speaker.
97. The Supreme Court held that fatwas issued by Muslim shariat courts (Dar‐ul‐Qazas) do not have legal sanctity and cannot be enforced if they infringed on the fundamental rights of an individual.
98. NASA has fitted a 17‐tonne telescope with an effective diameter of eight feet on a modified Boeing 747 jetliner that the U.S. space agency is using as a flying observatory to study stars.
99. The government plans to increase the foreign direct investment in the insurance sector to 49 percent with a rider that the voting rights of the overseas partner will remain capped at 26 percent.
100.Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has notified that the minimum broadband speed has been raised to 512 kilo bytes per second (kbps) from the earlier 256 kbps.

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