Current Affairs December 2014 - Competitive Exams
- Senior IPS officer Prakash Mishra was appointed as the Directorate General of Central Reserve Police Force.
- Dineshwar Sharma was appointed as Director of the Intelligence Bureau. Sharma will succeed Syed Asif Ibrahim who will retire on 31 December 2014.
- Veteran journalist-turned-diplomat Maleeha Lodhi was appointed as 16th Pakistan Ambassador to the United Nations.
- Indian-American Richard Rahul Verma’s nomination as the next US Ambassador to India was confirmed by the US Senate.
- Physicist Ashton Carter was nominated as the next defence secretary of US Department of Defence.
- Senior IPS officer Anil Kumar Sinha was appointed as the new CBI Director. Anil Sinha will succeed Ranjit Sinha.
- Union Home Ministry approved t he appointment of OP Singh as Director General of National Disaster Response Force.
- Union Government nominated Rajiv Mehrishi as a Director on the Central Board of Directors of Reserve Bank of India. He succeeded Arvind Mayaram.
- For Former Uttar Pradesh chief secretary Anoop Mishra was appointed as new Secretary General of the Lok Sabha. He was appointed by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.
- United Nations Women announced the appointment of Indian tennis superstar Sania Mirza, as its Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia.
- Senior IAS officer S Bhattacharya was appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director of Coal India Ltd.
- Megastar Amitabh Bachchan was honoured with the Yash Chopra Memorial Award .
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpee
and freedom fighter Pandit Madan Mohan
Malaviya (posthumously) will receive the Bharat Ratna.
Note: 1) Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya was a freedom fighter and educationist who w as part of the Indian National Movement. He w as president of Indian National Congress (INC) f or two terms in 1909 and1918. He was one of t he founders of the Hindu Mahasabha. He was also founder of the Banaras Hindu University in 1 916.
2) Vajpayee is a three time Prime Minister of India who served the first term in 19 96 for just 13 days. During his second term in 1998-1999 he served for 13 months. In his final and third term he completed the full five-year from 1999-2004. Thus, he became the first Prime Minister from outside the Indian National Congress party to serve a full five-year term. He was also the Minister of External Affairs in the cabinet of Prime Minister Morarji Desai in 1 978. As foreign minister, that year Vajpayee became the first person to deliver a speech to the United Nations General Assembly in Hindi.
- Noted Pakistan-born poetess Imtiaz Dharker was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2014 for her latest poetry collection Over the Moon.
- Pro-democracy activist of China XuYouyu won the Ol of Palme Human Rights Prize for the year 2014.
- Miss South Africa, Rolene Strauss was crowned Miss World 2014 at the final of the beauty pageant held in London, UK. Miss Hungary, Edina Kulcsar, was the runner-up and Miss United States, Elizabeth Safrit, came third. India's 21-year-old Jaipur-born Koyal Rana made it to the top 10 but failed t o make it to the top five.
- Playback singer Asha Bhosle was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 11th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) held in Dubai.
- Child rights campaigner of India Kailash Satyarthi and Education activist of Pakistan Malala Yousafzai received the Nobel Peace Prize for the year 2014. Both the recipients received medals and prize money 1.4 million US dollars from the Norwegian Nobel Committee at Oslo, Norway on 10 December 2014.
- Kailash Satyarthi is a children's rights activist and founder of Bachpan Bachao Andolan.
- Child education activist of Pakistan Malala Yousafzai at the age of 17 became the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Prize and also the first person to win the Nobel Prize from Pakistan. She is known for her activism for right to education for women especially in the Swat Valley.
- Chairman of Wipro Azim Premji was awarded Swiss Ambassador's Award in Mumbai.
- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was named as the Asian of the Year 2014 by Singapore’s leading newspaper The Straits Times.
- Michael Phelps was crowned Male Athlete of the Year at the 2014 USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards. He was crowned with the title for a fifth time.
- Aaranyak, an Assam-based NGO won United Nations Lighthouse Activities award for the year 2014.
- Hockey Olympian Grihanandan Singh died.
- Veteran Carnatic vocalist Nedanuri Krishnamurthy died.
- Belgium's former Queen Fabiola died.
- Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra and a veteran Congress man Abdul Rahman Antulay passed away.
- Veteran Bollywood actor-comedian, director and producer Deven Verma died.
- Former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Jarbom Gamlin died.
- Crime novelist Phyllis Dorothy James died.
- Koppillil Radhakrishnan, Chairman of ISRO, featured in the Top 10 List of Journal Nature.
- A R Rahman was nominated for Oscar Awards for the year 2015 in the Music Original Score Category for three films. He was nominated for the films Million Dollar Arm, The Hundred-Foot Journey and Indian film Kochadaiiyaan.
- Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling on 12 December 2014 became longest serving Chief Minister of India. He completed his 20 years in the office.
- Miss World honoured Aishwarya Rai Bachan was honoured with a special award at the Miss World 2014 ceremony in London for charitable work.
- Richest man of Russia Alisher Usmanov was in news as he decided to return the Nobel Prize medal to James D Watson which he bought for 4.8 million US dollars at auction from him.
- James D Watson was in new s because he auctioned his Nobel Prize medal for 4.8 million US dollars.
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel was re-elected unopposed as head of Conservative Christian Democrats party.
- External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj visited United Arab Emirates.
- Indian Communication Satellite GSAT-16 was launched successfully from the Kourou space port in French Guiana. It was la unched by the European Ariane-5 launch vehicle VA221 of Arianespace. The GSAT-16 satellite was built by Indian Space Research Organisa tion (ISRO) in Bengaluru. It is the 18th satellite launched by Arianespace for ISRO.
- NASA celebrated the 50th anniversary of its first mission to Mars, Mariner 4 mission on 28 November 2014. Mariner 4 mission launched on 28 November 1 964 was the NASA’s first successful journey to Mars.
- 15th Indo-Russian Bilateral Annual Summit was held in Delhi. President Vladimir Putin of Russia visited India to hold the summit on the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During the summit, both the countries signed 20 agreements in the fields such as nuclear energy, oil and gas, health, investment, mining, media and wind power. Both the countries agreed on the construction of at least 12 new nuclear power units within the next 20 years, including two new units at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant. Both also countries agreed to find a new site to construct a new nuclear plant.
- 18th South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit was held in Kathmandu, Nepal. The theme of the summit was Deeper Integration for Peace and Prosperity. The summit took place after an interval of three years. The last summit was held in 2011 in Maldiv es. The next summit will now be held in Islamabad in 2016. During the summit, the lead ers signed an agreement on energy cooperation namely SAARC Framework Agreement for Energy Cooperation, SAARC Regional Railway Agreement and SAARC Motor Vehicle Agreement.
- India set the Guinness Record for largest human formation of a national flag in the world. To set the record around 50000 volunteers from Chennai gathered at YMCA Grounds to form the human Tricolour with Chakra, the National Flag of India.
fans paid their tribute to 25-year-old Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes who died on 27 November
2014, after being into induced coma. He went into induced coma on 25
November 2014 after a bouncer ball of Sean Abbott hit back of his head
during a Sheffield Game at Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia.
Books in News
- Cricket fans paid their tribute to 25-year-old Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes who died on 27 November The book titled Why I Assassinated Gandhi written by Nathuram Godse and Gopal Godse was in news.
- Union Government released Calendar for the year 2015 with the theme Clean India Green India.
- Book titled Prince of Gujarat: The Extraordinary Story of Prince Gopaldas Desai (1887-1951) authored by Rajmohan Gandhi was released.
- Rajdeep Sardesai penned the book titled 2014: The Election That Changed India. The book was released.
- Book titled Letters for a Nation written by Jawaharlal Nehru & Madhav Khosla was published by Allen Lane an imprint of Penguin Books.
- Book titled Next China-India War - World's First Water War – 2029 authored by former Army chief General Sundarajan Padmanabhan was released.
titled My Name is Abu Salem written by S Hussain Zaidi was released.
- Wholesale price inflation hit zero in November, its lowest level since July 2009, as fuel inflation dropped to a five-year low and the rate of price rise in food items fell drastically due to favorable bases and declining global commodity prices.
- India will remain the world’s fourth largest steel maker this year even as its production growth outpaced the global average in the first 11 months, World Steel Association data showed.
- Asian Development Bank has granted a whopping Rs 6,000 crore soft loan for strengthening and building road network in Madhya Pradesh.
- India’s GDP is expected to rise to 5.5 per cent in the current fiscal from 4.7 per cent last year, says the Finance Ministry’s Mid -Year economic review.
- The Defense Acquisition Council approved proposals worth Rs 4,444 crore, including the purchase of four helicopters for survey vessels at Rs 2,324 crore.
- Government made it clear that Aadhaar number was not mandatory for transfer of subsidy amount of LPG cylinder and the option of providing a bank account is also available under the Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG .
- India’s economic growth is expected to improve to 6.3 per cent in 2016 with the country leading economic recovery in South Asia, according to a United Nations report.
- Reserve Bank of India allowed banks to extend loans up to Rs 10 lakh to individuals against long-term infrastructure bonds issued by them, thus easing loan norms for low-cost housing.
- Namibia became the first African country in Africa to go to presidential and legislative polls using EVMs made in India.
- Market capitalization of all listed companies on Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), Asia first stock exchange, reached historic milestone of Rs. 100 lakh crore-mark on 28 November for the first time.
- The Reserve Bank of India came out with the final guidelines for the Bharat Bill Payment System, which will help consumers pay multiple bills like electricity, telephone and school fees at a single point of transaction. The RBI-promoted payment retail gateway and the issuer of the Rupay debit Cards, the National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI) has been appointed as the nodal bod y. The apex banks has set a Rs.100-crore net worth and domestic registration as qualifying conditions for those seeking to be authorized collection agents.
- ICICI Bank has informed the stock exchanges that the bank decided to sell its shareholding in ICICI Bank Eurasia Limited Liability Company (IBEL), a non-material wholly-o wned banking subsidiary in Russia.
- Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan cautioned the government on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ mantra, suggesting that India would have to look for regional and domestic demand for growth — to make in India primarily for India. He suggested Make for India.
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