Current Affairs of June 2015

The Indian cricketer who has been chosen to captain the team on its Zimbabwe tour scheduled in July 2015Ajinkya Rahane
The Indian pair of badminton players who has won the Canada Open women's doubles title defeating the Dutch pair of Eefje Muskens and Selena Piek in the finalsJwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa
The Indian boxer and winner of bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics who has turned a professional boxer (he will not represent India anymore)Vijender Singh
The SpaceX rocket Falcon 9 carrying Dragon space capsule which exploded minutes after take-off on 28 June 2015 was launched fromCape Canaveral, Florida
The district of West Bengal which has been awarded the United Nations Public Service Award 2015 in the category of improving delivery of public services (having become the first open defecation free district in India)Nadia
The former Pakistan cricket player who has been appointed as the President of International Cricket Council for a one-year termZaheer Abbas
The Indian tennis players who has become the 47th player in the world to partner with 100 different players in doubles matches when he teamed up with Spain's Marcel Granollers at the Aegen Open Tennis tournamentLeander Paes
The last date for exchanging pre-2005 currency notes has been extended by the Reserve Bank of India to31 Dec 2015
The Indian basketball player who has become the first Indian to be selected in the United States National Basketball Association (He was selected by Dallas Mavericks team)Satnam Singh Bhamara
The merchant vessel which sank off the coast of Mumbai and the crew of which were rescued by Indian Navy and Coast Guard personnelMV Coastal Pride
The birth place of socialist leader Jayaprakash Narayan in Bihar where the Union Govt has decided to set up a national memorialLala Ka Tola, Sitab Diara, Dist Chhapra (Saran)
The city in Kerala where the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu flagged off India’s first diesel electric multiple unit (DEMU) train service with an air-conditioned coachKochi
The largest city of Chile where an emergency situation declared after the air pollution had reached a critical levelSantiago
The head of Missionaries of Charity organisation since the death of Mother Teresa in 1997 who passed away on 23 June 2015Sister Nirmala
The former German tennis star who has been appointed Ayurveda brand ambassador KeralaSteffi Graf
The mountain pass between Sikkim and Tibet which has been opened for the first time to inaugurate a new route for Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimsNathu La
The state which has chosen the Blue Mormon (Papilio polymnestor) butterfly as the state butterfly, thus becoming the first state in the country to have a State butterflyMaharashtra
The pharmaceutical company which has been notified to replace private sector electricity producer Tata Power in the 30-share index of Bombay Stock Exchange 'Sensex'Lupin Ltd.
The Portuguese football player after whom a newly found galaxy, the brightest galaxy in the early universe that contains the first generation of stars, has been namedCristiano Ronaldo
The Indian scientist, Bharat Ratna awardee who has been conferred Japan's highest award the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star C.N.R. Rao
The legendary playback singer who has been awarded the Harivarasanam Award instituted by the Kerala government S.P. Balasubramaniam
The Asian country which has lowered the voting age from 20 to 18 to raise the young generation’s involvement in politicsJapan
The joint military exercise between armies of India and UK, being conducted from 13 June to 28 June 2015 at Westdown Camp, Salisbury Plains Training Area, UKAjeya Warrior
The new minimum support price (MSP) of paddy for 2015-16 kharif season as announced by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (a hike of Rs. 50 over last year)Rs. 1410
The telecom service provider with which Archaeological Survey of India has tied up to provide free wi-fi service for 30 minutes at the historic Taj MahalBSNL
The country in which experts have recently completed restoration of an 800-year-old Buddha statue, the Qianshou Guanyin, famous for its 1,000 hands China
The middle-east nation which has opened its stock market for the first time for foreign investors (The stock exchange is named Tadawul and its all-share index is named TASI)Saudi Arabia
The Bangladesh cricketer who has become the country's highest run scorer in test cricket surpassing Habibul Bashar″s eight year old record of 3026 runsTamim Iqbal
The bird which has been chosen as the National Bird of United Kingdom in a nationwide poll by securing 34% of votes in its favourRobin
The former West Indies cricketer who has been inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame becoming the 18th from West Indies to be honoured (Note: Betty Wilson, Anil Kumble and Martin Crowe were inducted earlier this year into the hall.)Wesley Hall
The British actor who achieved fame for his role as Dracula in many films and also in Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings, passed away on 12 June 2015Christopher Lee
The creator of iconic Rock Garden in Chandigarh and Padma Shri awardee who passed away on 12 June 2015Nek Chand
The port at which India″s maiden indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant was undocked for the first time after completion of structural workKochi
The Indian cricketer who is the only Indian sportsperson to figure in the Forbes magazines&prim; 100 highest-paid athletes in the world which is led by American boxer Floyd MayweatherM.S. Dhoni (Rank 23)
The private sector bank which has launched PayZapp a complete digital payment and purchase solution, a one-stop online portal offering customers ‘great deals at one place’HDFC Bank
The Asian country which has reported several cases of MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) with some of the patients succumbing to the diseaseSouth Korea
The residential premises in New Delhi where a sewage treatment facility was inaugurated by the President Pranab Mukherjee to meet 80% of its demand for horticultureRashtrapati Bhavan
The two districts of Harayana and one district of Uttar Pradesh which have been added to National Capital Region (taking the total number of district from Haryana to 13 and from U.P. to 6)Jind, Karnal and Muzaffarnagar
The Indian organisation which has been awarded the 2015 Space Pioneer Award by the U.S. National Space Society during the 34th Annual International Space Development Conference held at Toronto in Canada from May 20 to 24, 2015Indian Space Research Organisation
The cities in which the Central govt has decided to hold the 12th South Asian Games in November-December 2015 (Note: The games had earlier been offered to Kerala - Refer Current Affairs of May 2015)Guwahati and Shillong
The Indian monument which has been ranked third in the list of top landmarks by TripAdvisor's 2015 Travellers Choice Attractions Awards (The top two places were taken by Machu Picchu in Peru and Angkor Wat in Cambodia respectively)Taj Mahal
The football club which has won the UEFA Champions League football tournament defeating Juventus in the finalsFC Barcelona
The venue of 41st G-7 Summit held from June 7 to Jun 8, 2015Schloss Elmau, Bavaria (Germany)
The former Indian cricketer who has been appointed the coach of the India A and under-19 cricket teams by the BCCIRahul Dravid
The theme of World Environment Day observed on 05 June 2015Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care
The novel written by Ali Smith which has been chosen for the 2015 Baileys Prize (the prize was earlier known as Orange Prize and is awarded to a female author of any nationality for the best original full-length novel written in English, and published in the United Kingdom in the preceding year)How to be both
The division of Northern Railways which has rolled out a broad gauge non-AC coach which uses a solar photovoltaic system for power requirements of light and fan for the first time across railwaysDelhi
The Indian umpire who has become the first Indian after S. Venkataraghavan to be inducted in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Elite Panel of UmpiresSundaram Ravi
The 2004 Chemistry Nobel Prize winning biochemist for discovering a way that cells destroy unwanted proteins (the basis for developing new therapies for diseases such as cervical cancer and cystic fibrosis) who passed away on 02 June Irwin Rose
The country from which Indian Oil Corporation is to import crude oil to fill up first of India's strategic reserves at Visakhapatnam with a capacity of 1.33 million tonnes of crude oilIraq
The city of Rajasthan where one of the fastest built metro systems in the country, became operational when the Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje flagged off the inaugural trainJaipur
The private sector bank which launched ‘Scan N Pay’, a mobile application that allows customers to instantly transfer money to any of its accounts through android phones (The recipient will key in the transaction amount in his/her ‘Scan N Pay’ App and generate a dynamic QR code. The payer will scan the QR code using the Scan N Pay App installed in his/her mobile phone, feed in his/her MPIN and initiate the payment.)Federal Bank
The telecom service provider which has decided to provide free national roaming from June 15, 2015 for a period of one yearBSNL
The river in which a Chinese cruise ship named Dongfangzhixing or Eastern Star with over 450 people aboard capsized during a storm Yangtze river
The city in which China has prohibited smoking in all indoor public places, including offices, shopping malls and airports and increased the fines drastically for violationsBeijing
The former Indian Prime Minister whom Bangladesh has decided to honour with Friends of Bangladesh Liberation War Award for his outstanding support for the country’s independence from Pakistan in 1971Atal Bihari Vajpayee
The three Indian cricketers who have been inducted into the BCCI’s newly-constituted cricket advisory panel to guide the Board in all matters related to the gameSachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman

Charles Correa - Architect

  1. Born - 1930
  2. Died - 2015, June 16
  3. Famous for designing - Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya Ahmedabad, the Handloom Pavilion in Delhi, Bharat Bhavan and Vidhan Bhavan in Madhya Pradesh, Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur, the Permanent Mission of India at the U.N., New York, Kala Academy in Goa and Navi Mumbai
  4. Awards - Padma Shri in 1972 and Padma Vibhushan in 2006
  5. Founder of - Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI) in Mumbai

Renaming of Zoo and Bird Sanctuary

  1. Lucknow Prani Udyaan renamed as Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Prani Udyan.
  2. Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary in Unnao district as Shaheed Chandra Shekhar Azad Pakshi Vihar.

Global energy Prize 2015

  1. Shuji Nakamura (USA): For the invention, commercialization and development of energy-efficient white LED lighting technology.
  2. Jayant Baliga (USA): For invention, development and commercialization of Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor, which is one of the most important innovations for the control and distribution of energy.

Note: Given for the first time in 2003 , the Global Energy Prize is presented each year in St. Petersburg by the President of the Russian Federation where winners receive a prize of RUB 33 million.


Fragile States Index 2015 released by Fund for Peace

The Fragile States Index (formerly the Failed States Index) is an annual report published by the United States think-tank the Fund for Peace and the magazine Foreign Policy since 2005. Finland at 178 is the only nation in the Very Sustainable list.

#Very High Alert#Alert
1.South Sudan27.Myanmar
3.Central African Republic34.Sri Lanka
#High Alert#Warning

New Appointments

  1. Shri KV Choudhary - Chief Vigilance Commissioner
  2. Shri Vijai Sharma - Chief Information Commissioner
  3. Ms. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim - First Woman President of Mauritius
  4. Shri M.K. Sharma - Non-Executive Chairman of ICICI Bank in place of Shri KV Kamath who has been chosen to head BRICS Bank

Places where Govt has cleared proposal for setting up of new IIMs

  1. Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh)
  2. Amritsar (Punjab)
  3. Sirmaur (Himachal Pradesh)
  4. Sambalpur (Odisha)
  5. Nagpur (Maharashtra)
  6. Bodh Gaya (Bihar)

21st Asian Athletics Championship

Venue: Wuhan, China


Indian Gold Medal Winners

  1. Vikas Gowda - Discus throw
  2. Lalita Babar - Women's 3000m Steeplechase
  3. Tintu Luka - Women's 800 m
  4. Inderjeet Singh - Shotput

French Open 2015

Men's SinglesStanislas WawrinkaSwitzerlandNovak DjokovicSerbia
Women's SinglesSerena WilliamsUSALucie SafarovaCzech
Men's DoublesIvan Dodig
Marcelo Melo
Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
Women's DoublesBethanie Lynn Mattek-Sands
Lucie Šafářová

Czech Republic
Casey Dellacqua
Yaroslava Shvedova
Mixed DoublesBethanie Lynn Mattek-Sands
Mike Bryan
USALucie Hradecka
Marcin Matkowski

Abbreviations in news

AMRUT - Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation

FSSAI - Food Safety and Standards Authority of India