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Current Affairs 1'st June 2014

SBI Chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya is amongst the 5 Indian women who featured in this year’s Forbes’ 100 most powerful women in the world list

The list was topped by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.Indian women in the list are :
             Indra Nooyi (Pepsi Co – 13th) (Indian Born but US Citizen now)
             Arundhati Bhattacharya (SBI – 36th)
             Chanda Kocchar (ICICI Bank– 43rd)
             Padamshree Warrior (Cisco – 71st)
             Kiran Mazumdar (Biocon – 92nd) (Indian Born but US Citizen now)

MoEFCC launches online system for green nod

The Ministry of Environment and Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) launched a “system for online submission of applications for environment clearance”.


Current Affairs 2'nd June 2014

Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Kings XI Punjab to win IPL 2014 for second time.

KKR won the seventh edition of Indian Premier League 2014 by defeating KXIP by three wickets in the final played at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.

Angela Merkel topped Forbes Most Powerful Women List 2014 

German Chancellor topped Forbes annual list of Most Powerful Women 2014 in the world.

Peter Mutharika sworn-in as President of Malawi 

Peter Mutharika was sworn-in as President of Malawi

Chandrashekhar Rao sworn-in as the First Chief Minister of Telengana

Chandrashekhar Rao was sworn-in as the First Chief Minister of Telengana

Last US Prisoner of War Bowe Bergdahl freed in swap deal with Taliban

Last US Prisoner of War in Afghanistan Bowe Bergdahl was freed on 1 June 2014 in swap deal with Taliban.

Solar Impulse 2 made inaugural flight from Payerne Airfield 

 Solar powered plane, Solar Impulse 2 took off from Payerne airfield in Switzerland to complete its inaugural flight.

Anand Mahindra became first Indian to receive Harvard Medal 

Mahindra Group Chairman Anand G Mahindra became the first Indian to be honoured with the prestigious Harvard Medal for his ‘dedication, generosity and service’ to the university.

Human Proteome Map deciphering 84% of human proteins published 

Human Proteome Map (HPM) deciphering 84% of human proteins was published in British Journal Nature on 28 May 2014.

Government abolished all GoMs & EGoMs for greater accountability and empowerment 

Prime Minister of India abolished existing nine EGoMs and twenty-one GoMs to empower the Ministers and Departments.

Korean Scientists on 1 June 2014 developed robot Raptor that can outrun Usain Bolt, the fastest man on the Earth.

Researchers at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Daejeon have built a robotic dinosaur which has a top speed is 28.5mph (46km/h). The robot which has been named "Velocirobot" has two nimble legs and a tail for balance and could theoretically out-run Olympian Usain Bolt.

Salvador Sanchez Ceren sworn-in as the President of El Salvador

 Former left wing rebel leader Salvador Sanchez Ceren was sworn-in as the President of El Salvador on 1 June 2014.

Telangana became the 29th state of India on 2 June 2014

Telangana became the 29th State of India with Hyderabad as its capital on 2 June 2014.

India became the second largest exporter of textiles in the world: UN Comtrade 


Current Affairs 3'rd June 2014

India became the second largest exporter of textiles in the world. 

As per the data released by UN Comtrade, India has emerged as the second largest textile exporter in the world beating rivals like Italy, Germany and Bangladesh in calender year 2013.China has retained the top position.

CAPL became India’s First NABL accredited Aquaculture Pathology Lab 

Central Aquaculture Pathology Laboratory of RGCA became India’s first aquaculture pathology laboratory to be accredited by NABL.
Indian aid worker Alexis Prem Kumar abducted in the Herat Province of Afghanistan 

Heart Province in Afghanistan was in news because an Indian aid worker and Catholic priest Alexis Prem Kumar was abducted

Palestinian Unity Government of Hamas and Fatah sworn-in by President Mahmoud Abbas 
The Palestinian National Unity Government of Hamas and Fatah was sworn-in on 2 June 2014 by the Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas
UP government ordered establishment of women helpline in each district of State 
Government of Uttar Pradesh has ordered establishment of women helpline in 75 districts that will be monitored and maintained by the SSP and SP.

RBI announced second Bi-Monthly Monetary Policy Statemen

Reserve Bank of India was released second Bi-Monthly Monetary Policy Statement.

India became 2nd largest textiles exporter after China: UN Comtrade 

India became the 2nd largest exporter of global textiles after China.

Indian and French Air Force started Garuda V bilateral air exercise at Jodhpur Air Base 

Indian & French Air Force started bilateral exercise Garuda V at Jodhpur with aim to enhance operational co-operation and validate capabilities

Kavery Banerjee appointed as Secretary, Department of Posts

Kavery Banerjee was appointed as the Secretary of Department of Posts by Appointments Committee of the Cabinet. She succeeds P Gopinath.

Union Rural Development Minister Gopitnath Munde died 

Rural Development Minister and senior BJP leader from Maharashtra Gopinath Munde (64) died in a road accident in Delhi. 

Scientists at NDRI cloned female buffalo calf Lalima

Scientists at the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) on 2 June 2014 cloned female buffalo calf, Lalima.

Wrestlers Yogeshwar Dutt and Sushil Kumar won Gold and Silver 

Wrestlers Yogeshwar Dutt and Sushil Kumar won Gold and Silver respectively in International Competition.

IAF mountaineering team explored unclimbed peak of Mt Gorichen in Arunachal Pradesh

IAF mountaineering expedition team explored an unclimbed peak of Mt Gorichen of Arunachal Pradesh at a height 5887 meters.

King of Spain Juan Carlos I decided to abdicate the throne

King of Spain Juan Carlos I announced on 2 June 2014 to abdicate the throne.

RGCA’s Lab is India’s First NABL Accredited Aquaculture Pathology Lab

The Central Aquaculture Pathology Laboratory of Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture (RGCA),the Research & Development arm of MPEDA (Marine Products Export Development Authority),has now become the first aquaculture pathology laboratory in the India to be accredited by NABL (National Accreditation Board For Testing & Calibration Laboratories).

West Bengal, Maharashtra sign agreement to help victims of trafficking
The governments of West Bengal and Maharashtra have inked an MoU to facilitate identification and repatriation of women and children who are victims of human trafficking.

Lalima: Female buffalo calf cloned by National Dairy Research Institute

Scientists of National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) in Karnal, Haryana have cloned a female buffalo calf named as Lalima. The cloning is the work of advanced “hand-guided cloning technique.


Current Affairs 4'th June 2014

IICA signed MoU with Grant Thornton to implement CSR Rules of Companies Act 2013 

IICA & Grant Thornton India signed MoU to develop capacity of Indian companies to implement the CSR Rules laid in Section 135 of Companies Act 2013.

West Bengal and Maharashtra government inked pact on victims of trafficking

 West Bengal and Maharashtra governments signed a MoU on victim of trafficking under which they will identify and repatriate victims of trafficking.

TERI Environment Survey 2014 claimed worsening of Environment

TERI Environmental Survey 2014 claimed for maximum urban population climate has worsened.

Obama proposed 1 billion dollar US Security Plan for Eastern Europe 

US President Barack Obama has US Security plan of 1 billion US dollar for Eastern Europe amid an East-West showdown over Ukraine.

Jammu and Kashmir raised retirement age of employee to 60 

Jammu and Kashmir government decided to increase the retirement age of government employees from 58 to 60 years.

Global Day of Parents observed on 1 June

 Global Day of Parents was observed on 1 June 2014 to honour parents throughout the world for selfless commitment to children.

Amla appointed as test cricket captain of South Africa 

South Africa appointed Hashim Amla as test cricket captain. He succeeds Graeme Smith, who retired in March 2014.

‘A Girl is a Half-formed Thing’ by Eimear McBride wins Baileys women’s prize for fiction

The Irish author Eimear McBride has been awarded the Baileys book prize for her first novel titled “A Girl is a Half-formed Thing”. Her competitor was Donna Tartt’s colossal third novel, The Goldfinch.


Current Affairs 5'th June 2014

Assam Agriculture University and ICAR signed MoU for opening KVK in Baksa district 

Assam Agricultural University and ICAR signed a MoU to open a Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) in Baksa district of Assam.

Three Ancient Hindu temple statues returned to Cambodia 

Three Ancient Hindu temple statues were returned to Cambodia on 3 June 2014

Indian-American Shefali Duggal appointed as member of Holocaust Memorial Council 

US President Obama appointed Indian-American Shefali Duggal as the member of the US Holocaust Memorial Council on 3 June 2014.

Abhijit Guha appointed member of UN expert panel on peacekeeping 

Lieutenant General (retd) Abhijit Guha of Indian Army has been appointed as a member on a five-member UN expert panel on peacekeeping that will advice the international body on how to use new technologies and innovations in that field.

India slipped to 3rd position in ICC ODI rankings 

India ranked at third in the ODI rankings released on 4 May 2014. Sri Lanka eclipsed India and was ranked at second position.

IGI Airport second best airport in Service Quality category 

IGI of Delhi is the second best airport in the world for its service quality among the airports handling 25-40 MPPA

Indian Services sector expanded for the first time in eleven months: HSBC’s PMI 

The Services sector in India expanded for the first time in 11 months. This was revealed by the HSBC Services Purchasing Managers' Index

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad won Presidential election for third time 

President Bashar al-Assad of Syria won the Presidential election for the third time for seven-year term

Russia lifted arm embargo on Pakistan

Russia on 4 June 2014 lifted arm embargo on Pakistan

Nitin Gadkari got additional charge of Union Ministry Rural Development 

Gadkari has been given additional charge of the Ministries of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water and Sanitation on 4 June 2014.

India elected to Intergovernmental Committee for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage 

 India elected to the Intergovernmental Committee for Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage for the next four years.

Rajiv Gandhi International Airport won Roll of Excellence award of ACI

RGIA won the Roll of Excellence award from the Airport Council International (ACI).

Private schools come under the provision of RTI Act: CIC 

Central Information Commission on 4 June 2014 ruled that the private schools come under the provisions of Right to Information (RTI) Act

Pakistan hiked defence budget by 11 percent

Pakistan has increased its defence budget by 11 percent for fiscal year 2014-15 that starts on 1 July 2014.

World Environment Day observed with theme small islands and climate chang

 World Environment Day observed across the world on 5 June 2014 with theme small islands and climate change and slogan raise your voice not the sea level.

EU revokes drug export ban from Ranbaxy’s Toansa plant

The European health regulator- the European Medicines Agency (EMA)- revoked the suspension imposed on export of drugs manufactured at the Ranbaxy’s Toansa plant to the European Union (EU),saying medicines manufactured at the site posed no threat to public health despite having a number of manufacturing deficiencies.

Former Airtel CEO Sanjay Kapoor becomes Micromax chairman

Indian handset maker Micromax has announced the appointment of Sanjay Kapoor, former CEO of Bharti Airtel as the company’s chairman.

Current Affairs 6'th June 2014

Irish Author Eimear McBride won Baileys Prize for fiction 

Irish author Eimear McBride won the 2014 Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction on 4 June 2014 for her first novel A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing.

Kamal Nath sworn-in as Pro tem Speaker of Lok Sabh

Kamal Nath, Congress party was sworn-in as the pro tem Speaker of 16th Lok Sabha.

Sanjay Kapoor appointed as Micromax Chairman 

Sanjay Kapoor was on 5 June 2014 appointed as Micromax Chairman.

Chester Nez, the last of World War II Navajo code talker died 

Chester Nez, the last of the World War II Navajo code talkers died on 4 June 2014.

Peeper, the humanoid robot that can read emotions unveiled by Softbank 

Softbank Corp unveiled world’s first humanoid robot named Peeper. It is engineered to communicate and read human emotions.

Union Ministry of Environment and Forest launched online Environment clearance

Union Ministry of Environment and Forest launched the online environment clearances for industrial and infrastructure projects.

Recall of M.P. Bill introduced in the Parliament of Britain

Queen of Britain on 5 June 2014 announced to introduce a new legislation bill Recall of Member of Parliament (M.P.) Bill.

Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein nominated as UN high commissioner for human rights 

Jordan Prince, Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein was nominated as UN high commissioner for human rights.

Indian Army launched the Army Veterans Grievance Handling portal 

The Indian Army launched the Army Veterans Grievance Handling (AVGH) Portal.

Sumitra Mahajan elected as Speaker of 16th Lok Sabha

Sumitra Mahajan (71) was elected Speaker of the 16th Lok Sabha unopposed. She has gained the honor of becoming the second woman presiding officer of the lower house after her predecessor Meira Kumar.

The Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2014 presented 

Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2014 were presented in London

US President Barack Obama announced new rules to cut carbon pollution by 30% by 2030

US President Barack Obama on 2 June 2014 announced new rules to cut carbon pollution from existing Power plants by 30% till 2030.

Scientist developed new biochip to detect blood sugar via saliva 

US scientists at Brown University have developed a new biochip sensor to detect blood sugar via saliva.

Bashar al-Assad retains Presidency of Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been elected for a 3rd term in office. He won the recently held presidential polls by securing around 88% votes.  President Assad’s rivals- Hassan al-Nouri and Maher Hajjar, got 4.3% and 3.2% of the vote respectively.


Current Affairs 7'th June 2014

Union Government launched anti-tobacco advertisement, The Price We Pay 

Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare released a video entitled The Price We Pay to highlight health and economic impacts of tobacco consumption.

Madhuri Dixit appointed as brand ambassador of health campaign, Mamta Abhiyan 

 Madhya Pradesh Government appointed Madhuri Dixit as the brand ambassador of maternal and child health campaign, Mamta Abhiyan.

Kawa Music Group of Jaipur to perform at XX Commonwealth Games 2014 

Kawa Music Group of Jaipur will perform during the XX Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland from 23 July to 3 August 2014.

Lithuania to become 19th country to adopt Euro as currency from 1 January 2015 

Lithuania to become 19th country to adopt Euro as currency from 1 January 2015.

Quebec became first province of Canada to adopt Right-to-Die Legislation 

Canada’s Quebec became first province of the country to adopt legislation Right-to-Die. It allows doctor-assisted death to terminally ill patients.

UP Government constituted SIT to probe Badaun case 

Uttar Pradesh Government has constituted a four-member SIT to probe the Badaucase. The SIT will be headed by Mukesh Saxena.

Anil Chopra took over as Commander-in-Chief of Western Naval Command 

Vice admiral Anil Chopra, took chanrge as the flag officer commanding-in-chief of the Western Naval Command (WNC). The ceremonial parade was held at INS Shikra, Mumbai. He succeeded Vice admiral Shekhar Sinha who took voluntary retirement on April 21, 2014.

Norman Willis, the former TUC leader died at 81 

Former TUC leader, Norman Willis who led the TUC during the most difficult years in the trade union movenment died at the age 81

40th G-7 summit 2014 held at Brussels

 40th G-7 summit 2014 was held at Justus Lipsius building, Brussels at the Council of the European Union on 4 June 2014 – 5 June 2014.

LG Najeeb Jung constituted an Expenditure Finance Committee 

Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on 6 June 2014 constituted an Expenditure Finance Committee.

New titanium dioxide tiles developed to fight against Air Pollution

New titanium Oxide tiles were developed by the research team from University of California to fight against Air Pollution.


Current Affairs 9'th June 2014

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi sworn-in as President of Egypt

Former army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was sworn-in as the President of Egypt in Cairo.

Fernandao, the former Brazilian striker died in helicopter crash 

Fernando Lucio da Costa, a former footballer of Brazil died in a helicopter crash in central Brazil.

Wang Yi, the Chinese Foreign Minister, visited India 

Foreign Minister of China, Wang Yi was on a two-day long visit to India in the capacity of Special Envoy of the President of China, Xi Jinping.

Rafael Nadal won French Open Title for the ninth time 

Spaniard Rafael Nadal maintained his dominance in the French Open as he defeated Serbian Novak Djokovic in the final match. French Open 2014 is Nadal’s 14th career Grand Slam title.

Tennis French Open: Maria Sharapova wins women’s title

Maria Sharapova won French Open women’s title after defeating Simona Halep in the final. It was Sharapova’s second French Open title victory. She has now won five Grand Slam titles, taking her to joint-11th on the Open era list alongside Martina Hingis.

Kudankulam became India’s first nuclear plant to generate 1000 MW power 

Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) achieved its full power generation potential and thus became India’s first nuclear power plant to generate 1,000 Mega Watt (MW) of electricity. Other nuclear plants in India generally generate only around 540 MW of power while in the case of thermal plants it could increase up to 660 or 680 MW.

BMVSS to provide Jaipur Foot to 1000 amputees in Afghanistan free of cost 

Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayta Samiti (BMVSS) will provide Jaipur Foot to 1000 amputees in Afghanistan free of cost.

Uttarakhand Assembly held at Gairsain 

The Uttarakhand Assembly session for the first time held outside Dehradun at Gairsain.

Uttarakhand Cabinet approved pension scheme for farmers 

Uttarakhand Cabinet approved two schemes including pension scheme for farmers and scheme to air-lift doctors to remote areas of the state.

Pope Francis replaced an all Italian board of Financial Information Authority 

Pope Francis on 5 June 2014 has replaced an all Italian board of Financial Information Authority which is Vatican's financial watchdog agency.

Petro Poroshenko sworn-in as President of Ukraine

Petro Poroshenko was sworn-in as the President of Ukraine in Kiev.

Chandrababu Naidu sworn-in as first Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh

Nara Chandrababu Naidu was sworn-in as the first Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh after bifurcation.

UN General Assembly announced an award in honour of Nelson Mandela 

UN General Assembly on 7 June 2014 announced an award in honour of Nelson Mandela.

INS Sindhurakshak salvaged from waters by Resolve Marine

INS Sindhurakshak, the Submarine of Indian Navy that sank in Arabian Sea in August 2013 due to an accident was raised from waters by a salvage firm.

Sourav Ganguly joined Mudgal Committee on IPL spot-fixing 

Former Indian cricket captain, Sourav Ganguly on 8 June 2014 joined Mudgal Committee as an expert on cricketing affairs.

Book titled Getting India Back on Track released

Narendra Modi released a book entitled Getting India Back on track-an action agenda for reform edited by Bibek Debroy, Ashley Tellis & Reece Trevor.

Kathleen Stephens took charge as US interim Ambassador 

Kathleen Stephens on 6 June 2014 took charge as US interim Ambassador to India.

RBI increases CRR to 4% for non-scheduled UCBs

From July 12, 2014, non-scheduled Urban Co-operative Banks (UCBs) will have to keep more of their deposits with the central bank as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has raised the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) for these banks by 100 basis points to 4%.


Current Affairs 10th June 2014

Sirikonda Madhusudhana Chary became first speaker of Telangana Legislative Assembly 

Sirikonda Madhusudhana Chary of the TRS became the first speaker of Telangana.

Union MoRTH & Union MoHFW signed MoU to provide HIV preventive services 

Union MoRTH & Union MoHFW signed a MoU to provide HIV preventive services to transport sector workers

Project Seabird phase II in Karwar, Karnataka got environment clearance 

Project Seabird Phase II in Karwar, Karnataka on 9 June 2014 got environment clearance by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests.

Somasundaram conferred with Bharat Ratna JRD Award for 2013 

Somasundaram (Airports Authority of India) was conferred the prestigious Bharat Ratna JRD Tata Award 2013 by ASI.

NABARD reduced rates of refinance to boost investment credit 

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) on 9 June 2014 reduced the rate of interest by 20 basis points (bps)

Terrorists attacked Jinnah international airport at Karachi 

Jinnah International Airport of Karchi was in news when Terrorist belonging to Tehreek-e-Taliban on 8 June 2014 attacked it.

Ranjit Kumar appointed as Solicitor General of India

Senior advocate Ranjit Kumar was on 7 June 2014 appointed as the Solicitor General of India.

PK Mishra appointed as Additional Principal Secretary to Prime Minister 

PK Mishra was appointed as the additional Principal Secretary of Prime Minister. He is a retired IAS officer of 1972 batch of Gujarat cadre.

Sikkim Government notified to provide 12 percent job reservation for BPL candidates

Sikkim Government announced 12 percent reservation in all state government jobs and posts in public sector undertakings for BPL candidates.

RBI simplified KYC norms for opening bank account 

KYC norms for opening bank account have been eased by RBI. Now single documentary proof of address can be used to open a bank account.

Supersonic cruise missile BrahMos successfully test-fired from INS Kolkata

India successfully test fired Supersonic anti-ship cruise missile, BrahMos from indigenous warship INS Kolkata off the coast of Karwar in Karnataka.

Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez won the Miss USA title for the year 2014 

Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez on 8 June 2014 was crowned as Miss USA 2014.

ICICI Bank leaves behind HDFC Bank as biggest private bank employer

ICICI Bank has overtaken its competitor HDFC in terms of employee number with addition of over 10,000 jobs in the last fiscal. With this, ICICI has emerged as the biggest employer in the private banking space with more than 72,000 employees

Petro Poroshenko, billionare owner of the Roshen chocolates group, who is also popular as Chocolate King, sworn in as the Ukraine President.

Poroshenko offered political concessions to people in the conflict-ridden east and said he did not want war or revenge. Mr Poroshenko made an ardent appeal for the unity of the country.


Current Affairs 11'th June 2014

Reuven (Ruby) Rivlin, Knesset member of Likud Party, has been elected 10th President of Israel, following a vote by members of the parliament.

Rivlin who has been former speaker of parliament won the ceremonial post in a runoff against Meir Sheetrit. He will replace outgoing president Shimon Peres.

Gary Gilmour, a former cricketer of Australia died in Sydney at the age of 62.

For Australia, he played 20 matches in both formats of cricket.

Kerala Legislative Assembly passed resolution seeking centre’s mediation and presidential reference to Supreme Court on Mullaperiyar dam issue.

GEP report of World Bank has revised down the economic growth forecast of developing world in 2014 to 4.8 percent from 5.3 percent.

India would have a positive growth i.e. it will have a faster growth: OECD

Iraqi Prime Minister on 10 June 2014 announced state of emergency in Iraq after jihadist militants captured second largest city in the country, Mosul.

Biography of Dilip Kumar, entitled The Substance and the Shadow was released in Mumbai. The biography has been penned by Uday Tara Nayar.

Kolkata Airport won Airport Service Quality Award by Airport Council International in the category of the best improved airport in Asia Pacific Region.

Google purchased Satellite Firm Skybox Imaging for 500 million US dollar
Google on 10 June 2014 confirmed the purchase of Satellite Firm Skybox Imaging for 500 million US dollar.
Narendra Modi scrapped four Standing Committees of Cabinet 
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has decided to discontinue the following four Standing Committees of the Cabinet.

Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa launched Amma Salt, a product of Tamil Nadu Salt Corporation limited under the State Industries Department.

Sunil Dutt was appointed as President of Reliance Jio Infocomm

The new government led by PM Narendra Modi has appointed senior Supreme Court advocate Ranjit Kumar as the Solicitor General of India.

Kumar, who is considered an expert in Constitutional laws, has earlier defended Gujarat in a number of cases.


Current Affairs 12'th June 2014

June 12 was observed as World Day Against Child Labour across the globe. The theme for year 2014 is Extend social protection: Combat child labour.

Canara Bank opened its seventh overseas branch in New York, USA after London, Leicester (UK),Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bahrain and Johannesburg.

Delhi lieutenant governor (LG) Najeeb Jung on 11 June 2014 approved Rapid rail link to Alwar, Panipat and Meerut.

Britain on 10 June 2014 published the world's first Modern Slavery Bill.

ATOMEXPO-2014 Nuclear Energy Forum was held in Moscow from 9 to 11 June 2014.

Infosys has appointed former SAP AG top executive Vishal Sikka as Chief Executive Officer. It is for the first time the company has not selected one of its founders for the role, as it looks to recapture market share and control the high attrition rate of its staff.

Meiji Holdings Ltd of Japan had acquired pharmaceutical firm Medreich for 290 million US dollar.

India and China on 7 June 2014 decided to inject new momentum in their economic ties with both countries pushing for exploring untapped opportunities.

Russia agreed on the Indian Nuclear Liability Law and paved a way for signing a contract for unit 3 & 4 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant.

“Nanauk”, the tropical cyclone that emerged in the east-central Arabian Sea is likely to hit Oman on June 15, 2014.

Due to the influence of the cyclone, Delhi witnessed an unexpected hike in moisture levels which caused rain bringing the soaring temperature down. 

Indian cinema’s legendary actor Dilip Kumar’s autobiography ‘The Substance and the Shadow’ that narrates his life since birth was launched.

The book is written by author and former journalist Udaya Tara Nayar which chronicles the thespian’s ups and downs in his much-talked about relationships, marriage and movies.


Current Affairs 13'th June 2014

The book titled Warrior State: Pakistan in the Contemporary World written by T V Paul was presented to the Vice President Hamid Ansari

The International Union for Conservation of Nature released the Red List of Threatened Species

BHEL on 13 June 2014 commissioned 68 MW Unit at the Rampur Hydro Electric Project in Himachal Pradesh.

Indian scientist Rasik Ravindra was elected as member of UN’s body focused on oceans and law of the sea by securing support of all 111 members.

A long wait for India ended when the country became a permanent member of the Washington Accord, an esteemed international treaty on engineering studies and mobility of engineers across signatory countries including the US, the UK and Australia. Permanent membership reflects on the country’s stature in the technical education space

Wide array of new gLTDs were made available by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Sam Kahamba Kutesa was elected as the president of United Nations General Assembly.

Indian pistol shooter, Jitu Rai won silver medal in the men’s 10-meter air pistol event at the ISSF World Cup Shooting in Munich.

NCA gave approval to raise the height of Sardar Sarovar Dam on Narmada River in Kevadia to 138.68 meters and install of gates on it.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi released commemorative postage stamps on the 2014 FIFA World Cup that is being played in Brazil.

Angelina Jolie and William Hague launched a four-day Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in ExCel London.


Current Affairs 14'th June 2014 

World Blood Donor Day was observed across the world on 14 June 2014 with theme Safe blood for saving mothers.

Lord Swraj Paul has been honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award by a UK-based business association.

Malayalam writer C Radhakrishnan selected for the prestigious Moortidevi Award for 2013 for his novel Theekkadal Katanhu Thirumadhuram.

State Cabinet of Maharashtra approved the long pending proposal of bifurcation of Thane district to carve out Palghar as 36th district of the state.

Garuda V, the Indo-French Air exercise concluded at Jodhpur Air Base.

The exercise saw various combat roles including Air to Air refueling.

Maharashtra Assembly passed a Bill to put a complete ban on dance bars across the State 
Maharashtra Assembly approved the Bill to amend the Dance Bar Prohibition Act. The amendment has prohibited dance bars across the state.

Lt Gen Amit Sharma was appointed as Commander-in-Chief of Strategic Forces Command

Olympic gold medal winner The Netherlands defeated Australia in the title clash at the Kyocera Stadium, Hague (The Netherlands)to win the women’s hockey World Cup

Indian origin scientist Rasik Ravindra has been elected as member of the United Nations Commissionon the Limits of Continental Shelf (CLCS) as India’s candidate for member of the Commission. 


Current Affairs 15'th June 2014 

Indian-origin Dakshnia Agrawal (24) has bagged the ‘Miss Marwadi Nepal 2014? title during the second edition of the beauty contest organized in Kathmandu, Nepal.      

The model received the title at a function held by Indian-origin ‘Marwadi’ business community.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released the Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014.

Australia defeated The Netherlands to retain the men’s hockey World Cup title in the final played at the Kyocera Stadium, Hague (The Netherlands?).

For Australia it is second successive World Cup victory. ? 

Professor Tejinder Virdee, a noted Indian-origin physicist known for his work for the Large Hadron Collider, was conferred an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition to his contribution to the field of science.


Current Affairs 16'th June 2014 

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi made his first foreign tour to Bhutan.

Shaktikanta Das on 14 June 2014 was appointed as the new Revenue Secretary.

Australia won the Men’s hockey World Cup title 2014 for second successive time.

Indian origin physicist Tejinder Virdee honoured knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II 

Juan Manuel Santos has secured another term as the President of Colombia as he has won the recently held presidential poll.

His victory symbolizes peoples support to his 18-month-old peace negotiations to end country’s longest-running conflict with the left-wing FARC rebel group.


Current Affairs 17'th June 2014

The Government of Madhya Pradesh has launched ‘Gauravi’- India’s first One-Stop Crisis Centre (OSCC) at J. P. Hospital in Bhopal.

The centre will help women who are victims of violence by enabling them to register an FIR, medical treatment, psychological counseling and legal help all under one roof. The single-window centre       was inaugurated by Bollywood actor Aamir Khan.

World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) was observed across the world on 17 June 2014.

Justice Vikramajit Sen, the head judge on vacation bench of the Supreme Court on 16 June 2014 recused himself from hearing Ansal plea.

Organization for Security and Co-operation (OSCE) – Japan Conference was held in Tokyo on 17 June 2014.

Realty behemoth DLF has become India’s first real estate firm to get ISO 9001:2008 quality certification for development of housing and commercial projects.

Current Affairs 18'th June 2014

Nadathur Sarangapani Raghavan, co-founder of Infosys on 17 June 2014 acquired Paladion Networks.

Nita Ambani, wife of Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, became the first woman to be appointed on the board of the country’s largest private company Reliance Industries Limited (RIL).

Global Peace Index (GPI) for year 2014 has been released by Institute for Economics and Peace in London.

The GPI measured peace in 162 nations on the basis of 22 parameters. India slipped two ranks than previous year and has been positioned 143rd in the global rankings.


Current Affairs 19'th June 2014

Former Nazi camp guard, Johann Breyer accused of aiding and abetting killing of Jews was arrested without bail in Philadelphia on 17 June 2014.

Surface-to-air Akash missile was successfully test fired by Army in very low altitude of 30 meters above sea level.

The prize recognizes individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.

India-born Mexican citizen Sanjaya Rajaram to be honoured with World Food Prize of 2014 

WHO said that since outbreak of Ebola virus 337 people have died in West Africa. Guinea is the worst affected country.

Current Affairs 20'th June 2014

Slaman Rushdie has been named as the winner of 2014 Pen Pinter Prize for his outstanding literary output and support for freedom of expression.

Indian infrastructure giant, GMR has won the arbitration award against Maldivian government for wrongful termination of Airport project contract.

Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh presented a tax free budget of 274705 crore rupees for fiscal year 2014-15 with a proposed deficit of 4132 crore rupees.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry O Rogozin was on a two-day visit to India. During this visit he met with Narendra Modi and Sushma Swaraj.

Shashidhar Reddy, the Vice Chairman of NDMA along with five other members resigned from their posts. NDMA is headed by the PM.

Scientists have confirmed that the particle found by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in 2012 is Higgs Boson (God Particle).

The availability of a new drug that would significantly reduce the chances of heart attacks, by lowering triglyceride level in the body, is a possibility.

Two major researches have independently identified mutations in a single gene named APOC3 that protect against heart attacks by keeping levels of triglycerides — a type of fat in the blood - very low.


Current Affairs 21'st June 2014

Railway passenger fares increased by 14.2 percent and freight charges by 6.5 percent 

Gro Harlem Brundtland awarded Tang Prize in sustainable development 
Former premier of Norway, Gro Harlem Brundtland awarded Tang Prize.

Kodela Siva Prasada Rao elected as the first Assembly speaker of Andhra Pradesh after bifurcation
Noted Hindi poet Kedar Nath Singh selected for Jnanpith Award 2013 

Kedarnath Singh, a noted Hindi poet has been chosen for the Jnanpith award for 2013. He is the 10th Hindi writer to receive the honour.


Current Affairs 22'nd June 2014

“Project Mausam”: Culture Ministry initiative to explore multi-faceted Indian Ocean
India’s Union Ministry of Culture launched “Project Mausam” at the 38th summit of the World Heritage Committee in Doha, Qatar.


Current Affairs 23'rd June 2014

Union Finance Ministry accepted Marayam Committee recommendations on FDI and FPI 

Ratan Tata received honorary doctorate from York University in Toronto, Canada.
Canada’s prestigious York University bestowed Ratan Tata with an honorary doctor of laws degree for his pursuit of innovation and role in promoting corporate  social responsibility.

Sri Lanka’s Parliament voted against the UNHRC probe into human rights violations

World on 20 June 2014 observed World Refugee Day to draw attention to the plight of refugees and renew commitment to solve refugee problems.

Nivea to set up its first manufacturing plant in India in Sanand, Gujarat Published on: 23-JUN-2014 Important for Exam: 18 people agreed

Hong Kong voters cast votes in an unofficial referendum for democracy 

AB de Villiers of South Africa replaced Virat Kohli as No. 1 batsman in ICC ODI batsman rankings 

Experiments of PIO student Prerna Pai approved for launch into space by NASA

Two experiments of Person of Indian (PIO) student Prerna Pai were approved for launch into space under NASA's Cubes in Space (CIS) programme.

Ramanarayanan, Tamil film director and producer died in Singapore at the age of 65

World’s most powerful telescope ATLAST to be built by NASA to track alien’s life 

The Royal Astronomical Society, London on 24 June 2014 unveiled the NASA plan to build ATLAST in Portsmouth
11th century stepwell Rani-ki-Vav in Gujarat included in UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list 

UNESCO inscribed Rani-ki-Vav stepwell of Gujarat in World Heritage list. Its inscription was approved by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee Session.
Myanmar’s first site, Ancient Pyu Cities, on 22 June 2014, was inscribed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site List.

Union Government constituted Committee to inquire gas leakage in Bhilai Steel Plant 

Independent High Level Committee headed by KK Mehrotra constituted by Government to inquire into gas leakage incident in Bhilai Steel Plant.


Current Affairs 24'th June 2014

Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area inscribed in World Heritage List

GHNPCA inscribed in the World Heritage List by the World Heritage Committee in Doha.
N Srinivasan has been appointed as the chief of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association for the 14th Consecutive year.

RBI directed Banks and FIs to provide information to SIT 
RBI directed all banks and financial institutions to provide information and documents to the Special Investigation Team.

Novel A Bad Character was authored by Deepti Kapoor.

Union Government constituted an Expert Committee to formulate National Rubber 

Founder of Himalayan Natural Mineral Water Brand Dadi Balsara died at 81
Dadi Balsara (81) who founded Himalayan natural mineral water brand passed away at his home “Taj Mansingh Hotel” in Delhi.

A new study at Cornell University demonstrated that robots can be programmed by causally talking with them.

Botswana’s Okavango Delta became 1000th site inscribed on World Heritage Site List .

UK firm East India Company issued legal tender gold coin in honour of Sachin Tendulkar
Union Home Ministry decided not to allow visa free entry to Bangladeshi nationals

Home Ministry rejected MEA proposal to grant visa-on-arrival facility to Bangladeshi nationals and visa- free entry to people under age 18 and over 65.

United Nations Public Service Day celebrated on 23 June 

Steel to be dearer by up to Rs 1,000 a tonne
The recent 6.5% hike in railway freight rate has led to an increase of Rs 300 a tonne in the prices of steel products across the country. Traders are considering a further increase of Rs 700-1,000 a tone in coming days.
The United Nations Public Service Day was celebrated on 23 June 2014.

International Widows day observed on 23 June 

Switzerland prepared list of Indians with suspected black money in its banks

Jitu Rai became first Indian shooter to win three medals in successive ISSF Shooting World Cup
India extends ban on import of milk items from China till June 2015

The Indian government extended the ban on imports of milk and its products from China till June 2015.

125th anniversary of Salar Jung museum
Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad, Telangana celebrated its 125th anniversary in June 2014.

Google to globalize “Project Loon” to provide internet to even the rural and remote areas of the world
In year 2013, Google launched Project Loon, a program that intends to provide Internet access to the rural and remote areas that constitute around 66% of the world’s population.

Obninsk plant: World’s 1st nuke power plant turns sixty
Obninsk Nuclear Power Plant- world’s first nuclear power plant which epitomized the peaceful use of nuclear technology, particularly during the Cold War era, turned 60 on June 26. The plant is located in a village called Pyatkino in Obninsk city, some 150 kms from Moscow, Russia.

Current Affairs 25'th June 2014

June 25: World observes International Seafarer’s Day

June 25 was observed as International Seafarer’s Day across the world. The day is observed as an expression of thanks to the seafarers for their contribution to           the economy and civil society of the world, also for risks and personal costs endured by them while being in their jobs.

HSBC Bank sold its Swiss private banking assets to LGT Bank for 12.5 billion dollar
HSBC sold its Swiss private banking assets to Liechtenstein’s LGT Bank. This deal could have bearing on India’s fight against black money.
RBI permitted NBFCs-ND to work as BCs for banks

RBI has permitted the NBFCs to act as BCs of banks with an aim of spreading financial inclusion. NBFCs-ND is only eligible to act as banks’ BCs.
Gujarat Chief Minister announced 33 percent quota for women in police force in Gujarat

International Seafarer's day observed across the world on 25 June 

Indian Patent office refused to grant patent on anti-cancer drug Abraxane of US firm 

World’s first Android Newscasters unveiled in Japan 

World Vitiligo Day was observed on 25 June 2014 with an aim to focus on the disease vitiligo and raise awareness about the myths and reality.

UP Government raised retirement age of State Election Commissioner to 68 years.

Andhra Pradesh raised retirement age of Government employees to 60 years .

A book Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas written by Edward Klein was released.

Air India joined Star Alliance group 
Air India has joined the global airlines group, Star Alliance. The decision to admit into the Alliance was taken on 23 June 2014 in London.

Union Cabinet has approved an in principle MoU between India and China to set up industrial parks in the country.

Maharashtra govt approves 16% quota for Marathas, 5% for Muslims in jobs and education

Maharashtra government gave its nod to 16% reservation for Maratha community and 5% reservation for 50 backward Muslim communities in jobs and education in the state.

East India Company issues Sachin Tendulkar with rare coin
In a tribute to Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, UK’s luxury goods brand East India Company issued an exclusive legal tender gold coin worth 12,000 pound sterling.


Current Affairs 26'th June 2014

Union Government granted Navratna Status to EIL and NBCC 
The Union Government granted Navratna status to Engineers India Ltd (EIL) and National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC).
A.K. Dubey appointed as Chairman of Coal India Limited 
Additional secretary A.K. Dubey on 25 June 2014 was appointed as Chairman of Coal India Limited with immediate effect.
Indian-origin judge V K Rajah appointed as 8th Attorney-General of Singapore 
Indian-origin judge V K Rajah has been appointed as Attorney-General of Singapore. The swearing-in of Justice V K Rajah was presided by President of Singapore Tony Tan Keng Yam.
Srinivasan appointed as first Chairman of ICC 
N. Srinivasan has been appointed as the first chairman of the ICC after its 52-member council approved a controversial overhaul of the body’s administrative structure.

Kim Jong-Un replaced Defence Minister of North Korea 
North Korean leader, Kim Jong replaced his defence minister Jang Jong-Nam with General General Hyon Yong-Chol.
Chung Hung Won was retained as PM of South Korea.
South Korea has retained Chung Hung Won as its Premier. The President of South Korea, Park Geun-Hye announced the decision to retain the Chung Hung Won as country’s PM.

Biochip developed to measure blood sugar via saliva
A new biochip sensor that can selectively measure glucose concentrations in a complex fluid like saliva has been developed by scientists at Brown University in the US. It is an important breakthrough towards developing a device that would enable people with diabetes to check their glucose levels without drawing blood.
Odisha government raised retirement age of employees to 60 
Odisha Government rose retirement age of its employees from 58 to 60 years. The decision will benefit about 5 lakh employees of the state.
Scientists on 24 June 2014 developed new sensing skin technology that can detect cracks in concrete structures.
June 26: International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking observed

June 26 was observed as International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The theme for this year is “A message of hope: Drug use disorders are preventable and treatable”.


Current Affairs 27'th June 2014

Google launched Project Android One to build ultra cheap Smartphones 
With a view to build ultra cheap Smartphone, search giant Google launched Project Android One at Google I/O 2014 in San Francisco. Google I/O is Google’s annual developer meeting.
India ratified Additional Protocol with the IAEA 

In order to bring more transparency of nuclear infrastructure, India has ratified an Additional Protocol with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

 The move  will boost energy security and consolidate international confidence.

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking observed on 26 June 

Tamil Nadu government launched Amma pharmacies to provide low cost medicines .

Facelock, an alternative to passwords, designed by UK Scientists 
Researchers at the University of York in the U.K. designed an alternative to passwords called Facelock.
Union Government delicensed manufacturing of defence items 

35th National Games to be held in Kerala from 31 January to 14 February 2015 

France announced to honour Shahrukh Khan with Legion of Honour
Officier de la Legion d’Honneur (Officer of the Legion of Honour) is the highest award among Civilians and Military conferred by France upon French citizen as well as foreigners.


Current Affairs 28'th June 2014

For the First, Fergusson College included the category of third gender in application forms 
Jean-Claude Juncker named as the next president of the European Commission.

India has over 1 million children out of school: UNESCO 

Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik won prize at World Cup of Sand Sculpting-2014  held in the Atlantic City of the US.


Current Affairs 30'th June 2014
Sri Lanka and Seychelles has signed 6 agreements of bilateral importance in presence of Mahinda Rajapaksa and James Michael in Victoria.

West Bengal Governor MK Narayanan resigned 

PSLV C23, carrying five satellites, launched successfully from Sriharikota
ISRO has launched PSLV C23 that carried five satellites from four nations from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
Indian cueist, Pankaj Advani won his maiden IBSF 6-Red World snooker title at Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt by defeating Kacper Flilpiak of Poland.

Saina Nehwal won 750000 US dollar Australian Open Super Series by defeating Carolina Marin of Spain in straight-game played at Sydney.