Current Affairs April 2015 Competitive Exams

1. Senior IPS officer Surender Singh took over as Director  General  (DG)  of  central  paramilitary force Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).
2. Actor  and  producer  Mukesh  Khanna  was appointed as the Chairperson of the Children's Film Society of India (CFSI). He was appointed by  Union  Ministry  of  Information  and Broadcasting as successor of Amole Gupte.
3. Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz appointed his nephew Mohammed bin Nayef as the new Crown Prince and as a Deputy Prime Minister.
4. India-born Raja Rajeswari was sworn-in as the criminal court judge of the New York City. With this,  she  became  the  first  India-born  woman judge of New York City.
5. Loretta Lynch was sworn-in as the United States'  83rd  Attorney  General,  the  first  African-American woman to serve as the nation’s top law enforcement official. 
6. Communist  Party  of  India  (Marxist)  CPI  (M) unanimously  elected  Sitaram  Yechury  as  the general  secretary  of  the  party. He  succeeded Prakash Karat.
7. Dr. Mohan Kumar was appointed as the next Ambassador of India to France. He will succeed Arun Kumar who was appointed Ambassador to the United States.
8. Meenakshi Madan Rai was sworn in as the first lady judge of the Sikkim High Court.
9. Arun  Kumar  Jha  was  appointed  as  Chief Executive  Officer  (CEO)  of  Khadi  and  Village Industries Commission (KVIC).
10. Sumit Mazumder was elected as the President of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for the year 2015-16. He succeeded Ajay Shriram.
11. President of India, Pranab Mukherjee appointed Dr.  Nasim  Zaidi  as  the  Chief  Election Commissioner. Zaidi is the 20th CEC of India and will succeed Harishankar Brahma.
12. Keshari Nath Tripathi was sworn-in as the 16th Governor  of  Mizoram.  He  will  discharge  the functions of the Governor of Mizoram in addition to his own duties as Governor of West Bengal  and Bihar.
13. Pedro Cateriano Bellido was appointed as the seventh Prime Minister of Peru.
14. Diplomat  Vikas  Swarup  was  appointed  as  an official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs. Swarup is also author of bestseller debut novel  Q&A,  on  which  the  Oscar-winning filmSlumdog Millionaire was based.
15. Kerala Finance Minister KM Mani was appointed as the Chairman of the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers on Goods and Services Tax (GST). The post was vacant since the former Jammu  and  Kashmir  (J&K)  Finance  Minister Abdul  Rahim  quit.  GST  is  intended  to  be implemented from 01 April 2016 as announced by the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his 2015-16  budget  speech.  The  Constitution (122nd Amendment) (GST) Bill, 2014 has been pending in the Lok Sabha since December 2014.
16. Ace  tennis  player  Rafael  Nadal  received  the Golden Medal for Merit in Work. Golden Medal is one of the top civilian honours of Spain which aims to highlight an exemplary performance in any job or profession.
17. Prannoy  Roy,  the  Executive  Co-chairman  of NDTV, was on 30 April 2015 conferred with the Redink Lifetime Achievement Award 2015.
18. Two Indians namely Dr Ananda Kumar and Dr Pramod  Patil  won  the  prestigious  Whitley Awards (also known as Green Oscar) for their contribution to wildlife conservation.
19. Srinagar-born  novelist  Siddhartha  Gigoo  won the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Asia region for his work Umbrella Man.
20. Margarita, with a Straw directed by Shonali Bose won the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the Washington DC International Film festival. Kalki Koechlin-starrer film is a disability drama.
21. Prime  Minister  Narendra  Modi  conferred  the 50th  Jnanpith  Award  on  eminent  Marathi litterateur Bhalchandra Nemade.
22. Former Union Finance Minister and veteran BJP leader  Yashwant  Sinha  was  conferred  with the Officier de la Légion d’Honneur(Officer of the Legion of Honour) in recognition of his valuable contribution to thought on international issues. This  highest  French  civilian  distinction  was presented by the French Ambassador François Richier on behalf of the President of the French Republic.
23. Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor was conferred with the  prestigious  Pandit  Dinanath  Mangeshkar Award 2015.
24. The President Pranab Mukherjee conferred two Kirti  Chakras  and  eleven  Shaurya  Chakras  to Armed  Forces  Personnel  for  displaying conspicuous gallantry, indomitable courage and extreme devotion to duty. Naib Subedar Kosh Bahadur and Subedar Ajay Vardhan  got Kirti Chakras.
25. Bharatiya Mahila Bank won the Asian Banker Achievement Award 2015. It was awarded for Technology Implementation in the category of Best  Outsourcing  Project  (New  Bank). The award   was   received   by   Usha Ananthasubramanian,  the  Chairman  and Managing Director (CMD) of BMB at a function held  in  Hong  Kong  during  the  Asian  Banker Summit 2015.
26. Indian-origin  diplomat  Gopinath  Pillai  was awarded the Outstanding Service Award for his services in Singapore by the National University of Singapore.
27. Mustafa Kamal stepped down as the President of the International Cricket Council.
28. United  Nations  peace  envoy  to  Yemen  Jamal Benomar  resigned.  He  was  serving  as  UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's special envoy for Yemen since 2012.
29. United  Nations  peace  envoy  to  Yemen  Jamal Benomar  resigned.  He  was  serving  as  UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's special envoy for Yemen since 2012.
30. Chhurim Sherpa, first woman to climb the Mount Everest summit twice in a week was in news.
31. National    Aeronautics    and    Space Administration’s  Jet  Propulsion  Laboratory named Asteroid 316201 after Malala Yousafzai, the winner of 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.
32. Three-year-old archer Dolly Shivani Cherukuri of Andhra Pradesh entered the India Book of Records.
33. Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned to India after his three-nation visit to France, Germany and  Canada. During  his  nine-day  visit,  which took place from 9 April to 17 April 2015, he met leaders  of  the  three  nations  namely  French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela  Merkel  and  Canadian  Prime  Minister Stephen  Harper.  Some  major  agreements include purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets with France, agreement for supply of uranium with Canada for nuclear power plants in India and Airbus plan to come to India and be a part of Make in India initiative. MoUs and agreements signed with France and Germany covered areas like  Defence  and  Nuclear  Energy. Agreements with Canada covered the areas of uranium.
34. Ri Su Yong, the Foreign Minister of North Korea, visited India. 
35. Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi visited Mauritius as part of his three nation tour to Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka.
36. Foreign  Secretary  S  Jaishankar  completed  his SAARC Yatra of four nations. During the Yatra, he visited four countries namely Afghanistan on 4  March  2015,  Pakistan  on  3  March  2015, Bangladesh on 2 March 2014 and Bhutan on 1 March 2015.
37. Jack Ely, the lead singer of the Kingsmen who was best known for 1960s hit Louie Louie, died.
38. The  Oscar-winning  cinematographer  Andrew Lesnie passed away. 
39. Eminent  historian  Professor  Christopher  Alan Bayly died in Chicago due to heart attack.
40. Former Governor of Assam and three-time Chief Minister of Odisha Janaki Ballabh Patnaik died.
41. Former Prime Minister of Nepal, Surya Bahadur Thapa died.
42. Nobel  laureate German novelist  Gunter  Grass died in Germany.
43. Lee  Kuan  Yew,  the  statesman  and  founding  father of Singapore died.
44. Johannesburg in South Africa was in news as a statue  of  Mahatma Gandhi  was  defaced  by  a group of people calling him a racist.
45. Japanese  bullet  train  Maglev  created  a  new world speed record of 603 kilometer per hour (kmph) in a test run near Mount Fuji. Central Japan Railway said that the train hit a top speed of 603 kilometer per hour (375 miles per hour) in a test run.
46. India  launched  a  relief  and  rescue  Operation named Maitri in earthquake hit Nepal. 
47. Flight 4U 9525 of Germanwings Airbus A320, the  budget  carrier  airline  of  Germany’s Lufthansa, crashed in the French Alps between Digne  and  Barcelonnette  with  150 people  on board.
48. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifted a miniature painting titled Guru Nanak Dev to Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper.
49. A painting titled Tree of Life was gifted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to French President Francois Hollande during his visit to France.
50. Novel titled Family Life written by Akhil Sharma was in news recently because for this novel the author won the Folio Prize for fiction for the year 2015.
51. Earth Hour 2015 was observed globally on 28 March 2015 from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm local time. The tagline for the global campaign was Change Climate Change. This was the ninth edition of the Earth Hour that started in 2007.
52. India missed the FY15 export target of $340 billion by 8.7% due to a sluggish demand and appreciation of the rupee. Merchandise exports stood at $310.5 billion in FY15, even lower than the $314 billion achieved in the previous fiscal.
53. France will partner India in a study for upgrading the speed on Delhi-Chandigarh rail line to 200 km per hour and help in redevelopment of Ambala and Ludhiana railway stations.
54. India and France signed 17 agreements, including on the stalled nuclear project in Jaitapur in Maharashtra, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held wide-ranging talks with French President Francois Hollande.
55. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency (Mudra) aimed at providing a collateral-free soft loans of up to R10 lakh to small businesses. Mudra, which has a corpus of R20,000 crore, has been incorporated as a SIDBI subsidiary, but would later be converted to a bank.
56. Rajasthan’s first State-run human milk bank, “Jeevan Dhara”, was inaugurated.
57. Rajasthan became the first State in the country to fix a minimum educational qualification for contesting elections to the Panchayati Raj Institutions. It makes Class VIII pass mandatory for the post of sarpanch — except in tribal reserved areas, where the minimum qualification is Class V — and Class X for Zila Parishad or Panchayat Samiti elections.
58. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has been selected for the Gandhi Peace Prize for 2014 for its contribution to the country’s development through space technology and satellite-based services.
59. Saina Nehwal is now World No. 1 Badminton player.
60. Andhra Pradesh government decided to name its capital ‘Amaravati’.
61. Rajeev Shukla was re-appointed chairman of the Indian Premier League Governing Council, a post he held in 2013 before quitting following the spot fixing scandal.
62. Pakistan and Sri Lanka signed six agreements including one on nuclear cooperation.
63. Dena Bank signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India under the Prime Minister’s Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana scheme.
64. IndusInd Bank has agreed to buy Royal Bank of Scotland’s diamond and jewellery financing business in India.
65. Sania Mirza will become the first Indian woman to claim the number one doubles ranking.
66. PM Narendra Modi is featured in the Time magazine’s list of 100 most influential people for this year.
67. The Union Cabinet cleared amendments to the Juvenile Justice Act that would allow juveniles aged between 16 and 18 to be tried as adults for heinous crimes such as murder and rape.
68. Freedom fighter and founder of Banaras Hindu University, Madan Mohan Malviya, was posthumously conferred the Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian award.
69. Palestine formally joined the International Criminal Court.
70. Veteran Parliamentarian and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, founder member of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), received the Bharat Ratna.


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