Current Affairs of April 2015



The amount above which the Reserve Bank of India has allowed banks to offer differential rates of interest with or without the option of premature withdrawal (It has also specified that all deposits below the amount should have premature withdrawal facility)Rs. 15 lakhs
The TV channel which has been taken off the air by the I & B Ministry because of its violating the programme code by showing wrong maps of India on repeated occasionsAl-Jazeera
The denomination in which the Reserve Bank of India has decided to launch commemorative coins marking centenary of Gandhiji's return from South AfricaRs. 10
The Indianised version of Swedish 155mm Bofors howitzer artillery gun developed by the Ordnance Factory Board have been namedDhanush
The co-creator of super heavy element 117 and professor at Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata, who has been awarded the Hevesy Medal Award 2015Susanta Lahiri
The person who has been chosen to be the Chairperson of the Task Force on Inter-linking of Rivers constituted by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga RejuvenationBN Navalawala
The popular service of All India Radio which has been launched on FM format by the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Arun Jaitley Vividh Bharati
The country which has won the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Cup 2015 defeating Australia in the finalsNew Zealand
The German novelist, poet, playwright and recipient of 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature who passed away on 13 April 15 (His popular works include The Tin Drum, Cat and Mouse and Dog Years)Gunter Grass
The German city in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a statue of Mahatma Gandhi and also presented a Madhubani painting by award winning artist Baua Devi to its Lord MayorHannover
The Brand Ambassador for promotion of yoga and ayurveda in Haryana, who has been given status equivalent to that of a Cabinet MinisterBaba Ramdev
The Asian country which has banned hospitals from providing medical assistance and diagnoses online to prevent people unqualified in medicine from posing as doctorsChina
Tree of Life, the painting presented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to French President Francois Hollande was painted byBhaskar Mahapatra
Hagia Sophia, the museum (it once served as a church and a mosque) which witnessed the recital of Quoran for the first time in 85 years is located inIstanbul, Turkey
The team India defeated to win the bronze medal at the Azlan Shah Hockey tournament in Ipoh, MalaysiaSouth Korea
The tournament which Indian tennis player Sania Mirza along with Martina Hingis won to become the first Indian player to be ranked World No. 1 in doublesWTA Family Circle Cup
The youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner and girls' education campaigner after whom an asteroid has been named by NASA astronomer Amy MainzerMalala Yousafzai
The online retailer which has partnered with the Dabbawalas of Mumbai in a move to strengthen the last-mile delivery of goods to consumersFlipkart
The NASA spacecraft which has completed 1000 orbits of the planet Mars four months after entering the first orbit in Nov 2014MAVEN
The former Australian cricket all-rounder and highly regarded commentator who passed away on 10 April 2015Richie Benaud
The online marketplace which has acquired the e-commerce website Freecharge in what is being referred to as the biggest take over in Indian e-commerce sector so farSnapdeal
The well-known Tamil writer and recipient of Jnanpith and Sahitya Akademi Awards who passed away on 08 April 2015Jayakanthan
The state in which India's first International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) became operational (IFSC allows companies incorporated outside India to raise money in foreign currencies by issuance and listing of their equity shares on stock exchanges within the IFSC, where individual and institutional investors from India and abroad, including NRIs, would be allowed to trade.)Gujarat (GIFT city near Gandhinagar)
The NGO engaged in environmental activities whose accounts have been frozen following allegations of financial irregularities by the Govt of IndiaGreenpeace India
The Indonesian city which has been declared the Most Loveable City at the Earth Hour City Challenge in SeoulBalikpapan
The Asian city which has been declared the Global Earth Hour Capital by a 11-member international jury at the Earth Hour City Challenge in SeoulSeoul
The city in Maharashtra which has been declared National Earth Hour Capital of India for 2015Thane
Mekedatu Dam, the construction of which has become the bone of contention between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, will be located on the riverKaveri
The direct-to-home service provider which has become the first Indian media company to be listed on NASDAQ (It is also currently the most valued Indian company on NASDAQ)Videocon d2h
The state after which a newly found species of spider of Thomisidae family has been namedTelangana (Thomisus telanganensis)
The slogan of World Health Day observed on 07 April 2015From farm to plate, make food safe
The airport which has been chosen for the prestigious Golden Peacock National Quality Award for the year 2015Delhi International Airport
The first of Scorpene class submarine built by Mazagaon Dock Limited in collaboration with DCNS of France which was undocked at Mumbai is namedINS Kalvari
The south-east Asian country which has a controversial anti-terror in order to tackle threats from extremist organisationsMalaysia
The Syrian-Lebanese Arab poet who has been chosen for this year's Kumaran Asan World Prize for poetry, instituted by the Kumaran Asan Memorial Association to honour poets of international stature and introduce them to Indian readersAdonis
The state which has banned the harvesting of wheat at night in order to ensure that the crop remains clean and dryPunjab
The institution in which the Maharashtra government has decided to set up a memorial to cartoonist R.K. LaxmanJ.J. School of Arts
The former Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and Planning who has been appointed as the Chairman of the Governing Council of the Indian Premier LeagueRajeev Shukla
The Indian chess wizard after whom a minor planet discovered in 1988 has been namedVishwanathan Anand. Planet has been named Vishyanand
The fastest seven summit climber from India and the first person from Andhra Pradesh to scale Mt. Everest who died during an expedition in the Andes mountains in ChileMalli Mastan Babu
The nation which has formally become the 123rd member of the International Criminal Court 90 days after lodging a declaration accepting the jurisdiction of the court over alleged crimesPalestine
The scheme launched by the Union Government with an aim to boost sales of eco-friendly vehicles in the country is namedFaster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles (FAME) – India Scheme
The historically significant town in Andhra Pradesh which has been approved by its cabinet to be its capital cityAmravathi
The President of International Cricket Council who has announced his resignation to protest the "denial" by the governing body to let him give away the trophy to the champions in the World CupA.H.M. Mustafa Kamal

Laureus World Sports Awards 2015

Sportsman of the Year - Novak Djokovic (Serbian Tennis player)

Sportswoman of the Year - Genzebe Dibaba (Jamaican athlete)

Team of the Year - Germany Men's Football team

Academy Exceptional Achievement - Li Na (Chinese Tennis player)

Inducted into the World Sports Academy - Sachin Tendulkar (India), Tegla Loroupe (Kenya) and Yao Ming, Yang Yang and Li Xiaopeng (all China).

Note: SAchin Tendulkar is the third Indian after Kapil Dev and Rahul Dravid to be inducted into the Academy.



Abbreviations in news

MUDRA - Micro Units Development Refinance Agency

RERA - Real Estate Regulatory Authority