Current Affairs March 2015 For Govt. Job - Sarkari Naukri The Loan Agreements for World Bank (IBRD) assistance of US$ 500 million to Small I
Current Affairs March 2015 For Govt. Job – Sarkari Naukri
The Loan Agreements for World Bank (IBRD) assistance of US$ 500
million to Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) for
MSME Growth Innovation and Inclusive Finance Project was signed
between Government of India and the World Bank.
The World Bank and the Government of India signed a $43
million grant and guarantee agreement towards the Partial Risk Sharing
Facility for Energy Efficiency (PRSF) project, that will help enterprises
and Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) mobilize commercial finance
for investments in energy efficiency initiatives.
Indian Maritime Day – 5th of April
Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth on Sunday gave double delight to
the nation by clinching their maiden women and men’s singles titles at
the India Open Super Series badminton tournament.
Aditi Arya declared fbb Femina Miss India World 2015 at a star-studded
event at the Yash Raj Studios.
James Faulkner wins man of match award in Cricket World Cup
final, Mitchell Starc was selected as the man of the tournament for
his breath taking performance in the tournament.
Australia win the 2015 Cricket World Cup – Australia beat New
Zealand by 7 wickets in the 2015 World Cup. This is the 5th World Cup
title for the Australians. Chasing a modest 184 run-target, the Aussies
reached the target in 33.1 overs with 101 balls remaining.
Saina Nehwal created history on Saturday as she became the first
Indian woman shuttler to attain the world number one ranking after
her closest challenger for the spot, Spain‟s Carolina Marin, lost in the
India Open Super Series semifinal .
The Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2014, has been awarded
to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
Telecom Spectrum Auction: Govt to get Rs 1.09 lakh cr –
Government raised a record Rs 109,874 crore in the country‟s biggest
and the fiercest auction of telecom spectrum that ended
Actor-filmmaker Shashi Kapoor has been chosen for the
prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award, 46th Dada Saheb Phalke
India to grow at 7.8% in 2015-16 : Asian Development Bank – Asian
Development Bank said. “India is expected to grow faster than China in
the next few years,”
ADB Chief Economist Shang-Jin Wei said while releasing the bank‟s
annual publication Asian Development Outlook, 2015.
The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has been awarded the
Platinum icon award for the Comprehensive Web presence in the Web
Ratna Awards 2014. The award today was conferred by the Minister for
Communications & Information Technology in the presence of Secretary,
M/o C&IT, Shri R.S. Sharma. The award was received by Ms. R. Jaya,
Joint Secretary on behalf of Secretary (I&B), Shri Bimal Julka along with
the New Media Wing team of the Ministry.
62nd National Film Awards – Kangana Ranaut won the best actress
award for her powerful performance in “Queen” at the 62nd National
Film Awards where Bollywood movies “Haider” and “Mary Kom” bagged
key honours while Chaitanya Tamhane’s “Court” was named the best
Singapore‟s first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, Dies At 91
Water activist Rajendra Singh (Better known as the Water Man of
India) has wins Stockholm Water Prize 2015 for his innovative water
restoration efforts, improving water security in rural India, and for
showing extraordinary courage and determination in his quest to
improve the living conditions for those most in need.
Ratan Tata to head Indian Railways’ innovation council
India‟s Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missile ASTRA was
once again successfully test fired today by the Indian Air Force off the
coast of Odisha near the Integrated Test Range, Balasore. The missile
has been indigenously designed and developed by the Defence
Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
The present nuclear power installed capacity of 5780 MW is
expected to reach 10,080 MW by 2019 on progressive completion of
the projects under construction/ commissioning.
The Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari released a book
“Suleiman Charitra – Kalyana Malla” translated from Sankrit to
English by well-known translator of Sanskrit classic Shri A.N.D.
Putting up a dominating show, India scored in three of the four quarters
to outplay Poland 3-1 in the final and clinch the FIH World Hockey
League Round 2 at Major Dhyan Chan stadium in New Delhi.
IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said the country will clock
7.2 percent growth in the current fiscal and its GDP will exceed
combined total of Japan and Germany by 2019.
Kidambi Srikanth clinched the Swiss Grand Prix Gold championship
The Government has a proposal to Scale up Grid Connected Solar
Power Projects from 20,000 MW to 1,00,000 MW by 2022 under
National Solar Mission (NSM).
Karnataka clinch the 2014-15 Ranji Trophy
Dr. Alka Beotra, Scientific Director, National Dope Testing
Laboratory, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, has been nominated to
the Executive Board of WAADS (World Association of Anti Doping
Scientists). Her tenure on the Executive Board of WAADS will be for a
period of three years, i.e. from March 2015.
On 13th Mar 2015 a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed
between the Indian Army and HDFC Bank on the Defence Salary
Package. The signing in ceremony was chaired by Lt Gen Rakesh
Sharma, Adjutant General of Indian Army and attended by top
dignitaries of HDFC Bank headed by Mr Rajender Sehgal, Group Head
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) proposes to set up a new
launch pad, referred as Third Launch Pad, at Satish Dhawan Space
Pahal Scheme for LPG
The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh has congratulated
the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) on the occasion of its 46th Raising
Day, 10 March 2015.
India ranks 4th in the world in terms of power generation, in terms
of wind energy, India ranks 5th and in terms of solar energy, India
ranks 11th in the world.
Eighth India-Nepal Combined Exercise (Surya Kiran VIII) which
commenced on 23 Feb 2015, concluded on 07 Mar 2015 at Salijhandi,
Nepal. The exercise was conducted under the aegis of Nepalese Army.
Veteran journalist and author Vinod Mehta passed away on Sunday
after a prolonged illness. He was 73. The founder-Editor of „Outlook‟
magazine breathed his last at All India Institute of Medical Sciences
(AIIMS) in New Delhi where he was admitted. He died of multi-organ
failure, AIIMS spokesperson said.
Reserve Bank of India eases norms for home loans Giving a boost
to affordable housing, the RBI on Thursday eased the norms for
home loans for up to 10 lakh rupees by allowing banks to include
stamp duty and registration charges to the cost of a unit. These charges
form around 15% of the cost of the house and place a burden on
borrowers. As per the current practice, banks do not include stamp duty,
registration and other documentation charges in the cost of housing
RBI announced a surprise repo rate cut, the second in less than two
months. Repo rate has been reduced by 25 basis points or 0.25 per
cent to 7.5 per cent with immediate effect.
Bill Gates named world‟s richest person for 16th time
Veteran cricket administrator Jagmohan Dalmiya was unanimously
elected President of the BCCI
Highlights of The Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti
Eligibility: Available to people in the age group of 18 to 50 and having a
bank account. People who join the scheme before completing 50 years
can, however, continue to have the risk of life cover up to the age of 55
years subject to payment of premium.
Premium: Rs.330 per annum. It will be auto-debited in one instalment.
Payment Mode: The payment of premium will be directly auto-debited
by the bank from the subscribers account.
Risk Coverage: Rs.2 Lakh in case of death for any reason.
Terms of Risk Coverage: A person has to opt for the scheme every
year. He can also prefer to give a long-term option of continuing, in
which case his account will be auto-debited every year by the bank.
Who will implement this Scheme?: The scheme will be offered by Life
Insurance Corporation and all other life insurers who are willing to join
the scheme and tie-up with banks for this purpose.
(i) Various other Ministries can co-contribute premium for various
categories of their beneficiaries out of their budget or out of Public
Welfare Fund created in this budget out of unclaimed money. This will be
decided separately during the year.
(ii) Common Publicity Expenditure will be borne by Government.
Highlights of the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana
Eligibility: Available to people in age group 18 to 70 years with bank
Premium: Rs.12 per annum.
Payment Mode: The premium will be directly auto-debited by the bank
from the subscribers account. This is the only mode available.
Risk Coverage: For accidental death and full disability – Rs.2 Lakh and
for partial disability – Rs.1 Lakh.
Eligibility: Any person having a bank account and Aadhaar number
linked to the bank account can give a simple form to the bank every year
before 1st of June in order to join the scheme. Name of nominee to be
given in the form.
Terms of Risk Coverage: A person has to opt for the scheme every
year. He can also prefer to give a long-term option of continuing in which
case his account will be auto-debited every year by the bank.
Who will implement this Scheme?: The scheme will be offered by all
Public Sector General Insurance Companies and all other insurers who
are willing to join the scheme and tie-up with banks for this purpose.
Various Ministries can co-contribute premium for various categories of
their beneficiaries from their budget or from Public Welfare Fund created
in this budget from unclaimed money. This will be decided separately
during the year.
Common Publicity Expenditure will be borne by the Government.
Note on Atal Pension Yojan
Benefit of APY: Fixed pension for the subscribers ranging between Rs.
1000 to Rs. 5000, if he joins and contributes between the age of 18
years and 40 years. The contribution levels would vary and would be low
if subscriber joins early and increase if he joins late.
Eligibility for APY: Atal Pension Yojana (APY) is open to all bank
account holders who are not members of any statutory social security
Age of joining and contribution period: The minimum age of joining
APY is 18 years and maximum age is 40 years. Therefore, minimum
period of contribution by the subscriber under APY would be 20 years or
Focus of APY: Mainly targeted at unorganised sector workers.
Enrolment and Subscriber Payment: All bank account holders under
the eligible category may join APY with auto-debit facility to accounts,
leading to reduction in contribution collection charges.
Enrolment agencies: All Points of Presence (Service Providers) and
Aggregators under Swavalamban Scheme would enrol subscribers
through architecture of National Pension System.
Operational Framework of APY: It is Government of India Scheme,
which is administered by the Pension Fund Regulatory and
Development Authority. The Institutional Architecture of NPS would be
utilised to enrol subscribers under APY.
Funding of APY: Government would provide (i) fixed pension guarantee
for the subscribers; (ii) would co-contribute 50% of the subscriber
contribution or Rs. 1000 per annum, whichever is lower, to eligible
subscribers; and (iii) would also reimburse the promotional and
development activities including incentive to the contribution collection
agencies to encourage people to join the APY.
Completion of NASSCOM`s 25th year – March 1
PDP leader Mufti Mohammed Sayeed takes oath as J&K CM
List of Important International Days in March 2015
1 March – Zero Discrimination Day
3 March – World Wildlife Day
8 March – International Women‟s Day
20 March – International Day of Happiness
21 March – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
21 March – World Poetry Day
21 March – International Day of Nowruz
21 March – World Down Syndrome Day
21 March – International Day of Forests and the Tree
22 March – World Water Day
23 March – World Meteorological Day
24 March – World Tuberculosis Day
24 March – International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross
Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims.
25 March – International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery
and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
25 March – International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing