Current Affairs September 2015 - Competitive Exams - GK Power Capsule September 2015
1. Matthias Muller was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen Group.
2. The Union Government decided to appointArvind Panagariya, Vice President of NITI Aayog, as the Sherpa for the 2015 G-20 Summit. The Summit will take place in Antalya, Turkey in November 2015.
3. Stuti Narain Kacker was appointed as the head of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights.
4. Alexis Tsipras of Syriza party was on sworn in as the Prime Minister of Greece by the President of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos.
5. PV Chandran was elected as President of the Indian Newspaper Society for the year 2015-16.
6. Sherif Ismail was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Egypt by the President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.
7. Hormusji N Cama was unanimously elected as the new chairman of the Press Trust of India.
8. Professor Ramesh Chand appointed as a full-time member of NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog. He is also a member of a task force on agriculture development under Niti Aayog which is formulating strategies to give a boost to the agriculture sector.
9. Brij Raj Sharma was appointed as the Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir.
10. A K Jha was appointed as the Interim CMD of NTPC.
11. Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the appointment of L C Goyal as the CMD of the Indian Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO).
12. Raghav Chandra took charge as the Chairman of the National Highways Authority of India.
13. Ratan P Watal took charge as the Union Finance Secretary.
14. Rajiv Mehrishi was appointed as the Union Home secretary.
15. Novak Djokovic, the world‟s top ranked tennis player appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Children‟s Fund.
16. Girish Sahni assumed charge as the Director General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.
17. Employees‟ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) won the Skoch Award for Smart Governance.
18. PepsiCo Chairman Indra Nooyi and Hindustan Times Group chairperson Shobhana Bharatia were awarded with the 2015 Global Leadership Award of the US-India Business Council (USIBC).
19. Eminent Hindi writer Dr Kamal Kishore Goenka was conferred with 24th Vyaas Samman for the year 2014. He was awarded for his work 'Premchand ki Kahaniyon ka Kaal Kramanusaar Adhyayan'.
20. Famous American fantasy drama television series, Game of Thrones, created for HBO won an unprecedented 12 awards at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards.
21. President Pranab Mukherjee presented the National Tourism Awards 2013-14. The state of Gujarat was awarded for the Best State/UT for Comprehensive Tourism Development. Heritage City Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh as the Best Heritage City.
22. Swetha Prabhakaran, an Indian American teen, was awarded with the prestigious Champions of Change Award of US at the White House. She is among eleven young women selected by the White House as Champions of Change.
23. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina won the United Nations Champions of the Earth Award for Policy Leadership to address the issue of climate change.
24. Short story writer and novelist Jhumpa Lahiri was awarded with the 2014 National Humanities Medal by the White House, United States.
25. Bollywood actor Anupam Kher was conferred with the Honoured Guest of Texas award for his contribution to the cinema and the world of art.
26. President Pranab Mukherjee conferred Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2014 on Indian Space Research Organization.
27. Haryana bagged the Skoch Order-of-Merit national award for implementation of six e-Governance and IT initiatives in the state.
28. India won the UNESCO prize Award of Excellence 2015 for the conserving the Sree Vadakkunnathan Temple of Kerala.
29. The Waterman of India Rajendra Singh was conferred with the 2015 Stockholm Water Prize. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
30. Kolkata Port was adjudged as the „Major Port of the Year‟ amongst 12 major ports in the country for the year 2014-15.
31. National Sports Day was celebrated on the 29 August 2015 across the country. On this occasion, President Pranab Mukherjee conferred National Sports and Adventure Awards in New Delhi. Sania Mirza (Tennis) was conferred with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna. The prestigious award was won by shooter Ronjan Sodhi in 2014. Naval Singh (athletics-para-sports), Anoop singh (wrestling), Harbans Singh (athletics-lifetime), Swatantar Raj Singh (Boxing-life time) and Nihar Ameen (Swimming-lifetime) were the winners of Dronacharaya Awards. Seventeen people were conferred with Arjuna Awards including Sandeep Kumar (archery), Rohit Sharma (cricket), Jitu Rai (Shooting) and Babita Kumari (wrestling). Romeo James (hockey), Shiv Prakash Mishra (tennis) and
TPP Nair (volleyboll) were conferred with Dhyan Chand Awards.
32. The United States (US) in last week of August 2015 designated Abdul Aziz Haqqani, the new leader of the Haqqani network, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.
33. Acharya Dev Vrat was sworn-in as the Governor of the Himachal Pradesh.
34. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Ireland on 23 September 2015. He is the first Prime Minister of India to visit Ireland in 59 years. During his visit, Modi held discussions with Prime Minister Enda Kenny of Ireland.
35. Swami Dayanand Saraswati, died in his ashram in Rishikesh.
36. Jackie Collins, the best-selling British-born author, died.
37. Jagmohan Dalmiya, President of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), passed away.
38. Bollywood singer and music composer Aadesh Shrivastava.
39. The report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) was released in Geneva, Switzerland.
40. The first India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue was held in Washington, the USA. The meeting was co-chaired by the External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and US Secretary of State John Kerry. The purpose of the dialogue was to ramp up bilateral economic exchange to 500 billion US dollars and enhance regional security.
41. Meeting of Like-Minded Developing Countries (LMDCs) on Climate Change was held in New Delhi. The objective of the meeting was to exchange, coordinate and harmonize views on the negotiating text for the Conference of Parties-21 (COP-21) of the UNFCC to be held in Paris in December 2015. UNFCC stands for United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
42. The 10th World Hindi Conference was held in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
43. To provide aid to farmers to overcome drought conditions, Actor Nana Patekar established an organization named Naam Foundation.
44. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 6 September 2015 inaugurated the extension of Delhi Metro connecting Badarpur to Escorts Mujesar in Faridabad.
45. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 4 September 2015 released two commemorative coins of 125 rupees and 10 rupees in the memory of former President Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
46. The term Project Nilgiri was in news in the second week of September 2015 as RailTel of the Indian Railways and Google were working on this project. Under this initiative, free Wi-Fi services will be provided to passengers in 400 railway stations across the country.
47. NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission was in news recently as its first Joint Steering Group (JSG) meeting was held on 21 July 2015. NISAR is a dedicated US and Indian InSAR mission, in partnership with ISRO, optimized for studying hazards and global environmental change.
48. A stampede at Hajj pilgrimage resulted in the deaths of at least 719 pilgrims and injured around 863 people during the annual Hajj in Mecca.
49. Indian film Angry Indian Goddesses, a story about a group of Indian girls in Goa gone wild, was voted as the first runner-up at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
50. Amol Palekar headed 15-member Oscar Selection Jury selected Marathi-film Court as India‟s official entry to 88th Oscar Awards. The film directed by the first-time director Chaitanya Tamhanhe will represent India in the Best Foreign Language Film category.