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December 17, 2014

GK & Current Affair Updates: December 15- 2014


15  December 2014

National:
SAARC scientists gather in Port Blair to review climate change impact on coral reef
Several scientists from SAARC countries will come together in Andaman and Nicobar Islands capital Port Blair for a five-day workshop that aims to throw light on the impact of climate change on coral reefs and protection of the environment. The scientists from India, Bangladesh, the Maldives and Sri Lanka will participate in the event, which will conclude on 19th of December 2014. The workshop has been organised by India's leading scientific institute National Institute of Oceanography, NIO for SAARC Coastal Zone Management Centre. Chief Scientist S Prasanna Kumar said, the main objective of the workshop is to build capacity among SAARC countries to understand and conserve this precious eco system.

India’s first indigenous nuclear submarine gears up for maiden sea trials
India's first indigenous nuclear submarine INS Arihant is now finally all set to make its maiden foray into the wide-open sea. The 6,000-tonne vessel, with an 83MW pressurized light-water reactor at its core for propulsion, is slated to begin its sea trials off Visakhapatnam. INS Arihant, or the "annihilator of enemies'', and its two under-construction follow-on vessels are the critical missing link in the country's long-standing pursuit to have an operational nuclear weapons triad — the capability to fire nuclear warhead from land, air and sea. While the Agni ballistic missiles and fighter-bombers constitute the first two legs, the triad's missing underwater leg has for long troubled the country's strategic establishment.

BPL families in MP to get Rs 100 incentive on linking bank accounts with Aadhar
The Madhya Pradesh government will give Rs 100 incentive amount to BPL families on linking their bank accounts with Aadhar number by 31st January 2015. The amount will be deposited directly in their bank accounts. The state government has taken this decision to activate zero balance bank accounts so their owners could avail the benefits of Pradhanmantri Jan Dhan Yojna like accident insurance and over draft of Rs 5,000. One crore 4 lakh families already had bank accounts while over 49 lakh bank accounts have been opened under Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana.

GK & Current Affair Updates: December 14- 2014


14  December 2014
National:

Dineshwar Sharma appointed new Intelligence Bureau chief
Dineshwar Sharma, special director in the Intelligence Bureau, was appointed as the agency's new chief and will take charge on January 1 succeeding Syed Asif Ibrahim.  A 1979 batch IPS officer from Kerala cadre, Sharma, who has been working with the agency for the past 23 years, will have a two-year tenure. Sharma has served at various desks in IB since he was posted in the organization in 1991 which includes Kashmir, northeast besides stints in Lucknow. Ibrahim, a 1977-batch Madhya Pradesh cadre IPS officer, had taken charge as IB director on January 1, 2013. His tenure is up to December 31. Ibrahim, the first Muslim to hold the top post in IB, had taken over from Nehchal Sandhu.

International:

India, China support trilateral dialogue with US
India and China have supported the idea of a trilateral dialogue involving them and the US to deal with major global challenges and ensure better mutual ties. The conference on "Shaping the 21st Century: India, the US and China" was organized by Bengaluru-based media group Deccan Herald. The combined contribution of India, US and China to the global GDP is between 40 and 45 per cent and their population is estimated at 40 per cent of the world. Currently, China accounts for about 29 per cent of green house gas emissions while it is 16 per cent by the US and 6 per cent by India.

GK & Current Affair Updates: December 13- 2014


13  December 2014
National:

Indians hold Rs. 4,479 crore abroad
The Government said that of the list of 628 Indians who could be holding black money overseas, 201 are either non-traceable or non-residents, while 289 have no balance left in their accounts. There are 427 actionable cases that collectively hold a sum of Rs 4,479 crore in bank accounts overseas, which the official release said had been calculated using an exchange rate of Rs 45 to a dollar. The release said 339 have balance in their accounts. The Income Tax Department initiated action against 79 of the account holders. The disclosure is as per the direction of Special Investigation Team (SIT) which submitted a report to the Supreme Court on black money. India had received the list of 628 Indians who hold accounts in HSBC’s Geneva branch from the French government. Earlier, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that proceedings in the cases on the HSBC list would be completed by March 31, 2015.

INS Kolkata to fire long range missile in 2015
Stealth destroyer INS Kolkata, the largest warship built in India, will fire a long-range surface-to-air missile (LR-SAM) for the first time in 2015. The vertical launch units of the LR-SAM, also called Barak 8, have been built into the vessel and the MF-STAR (multifunction surveillance and threat alert radar) is in place for missile guidance. All you need to do is take delivery of the missile, load it and fire. The ship, commissioned in August in Mumbai, has just finished its maiden work-up, during which the vessel and its crew were put through their paces by the Flag Officer Sea Training. The ship will carry 32 SAMs, with an enhanced range of up to 70 km, for missile defence. The first flight of the LR-SAM, jointly developed by the Israeli Aerospace Industry and the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), took place in Israel in November 2014.

U.P. tops in attacks on journalists
Uttar Pradesh accounted for 72 per cent of the total cases relati'ng to attacks on journalists in the country, according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). According to official data, 85 police cases were registered for attacks on journalists across the country this year, with 15 of them resulting in an arrest. The NCRB data pertains to registered cases of attacks on scribes, and arrests made therein till October 2014. U.P recorded 62 cases of attacks on scribes till June this year, while neighbouring Bihar came in second with 8 cases till August. The highest number of arrests was made in Madhya Pradesh, which has a thriving and proactive journalism environment. Against the six cases of attacks on journalists registered in Madhya Pradesh till July, eight persons were arrested. No data were available for Chhattisgarh and Karnataka while Gujarat and Maharashtra recorded two cases and two arrests each.

December 14, 2014

GK & Current Affairs Compendium 12 ( Set 2 - 260 MCQs) - November 2014

READ THE FIRST SET OF " GK & Current Affairs Compendium 12 ( Set 2 - 40 MCQs) - November 2014 - HERE

41 Who was sworn in as New Chief Minister of Goa in Nov 2014?
A) Manohar Parrikar
B) Laxmikant Parsekar
C) Pratapsingh Rane
D) Raman Singh

42 India's Economic growth stood at ________ in Second quarter of the current financial year (announced in Nov 2014).
A) 5.3%
B) 5.5%
C) 4.9%
D) 6.1%


43 "Diabetes Day" is observed on ____________.
A) 14-Nov
B) 9-Nov
C) 5-Nov
D) 11-Nov

44 Group Chairman of electrical equipment maker ________, Qimat Rai Gupta passed away in Nov 2014. . He had recently made it to the Forbes' billionaire list for the first time and was ranked as India's 48th richest man with a net worth of USD 2 billion as of Sep 2014.
A) Crompton and Greeves
B) USHA
C) Havells
D) V-Guard

45 Which Foootball club won the Durand Cup in football for the third time in Nov 2014?
A) Pune FC
B) Salgaocar FC
C) Bengaluru FC
D) East Bengal

46 Who won the Brazilian Grand Prix held in Nov 2014?
A) Nico Rosberg
B) Lewis Hamilton
C) Daniel Ricciardo
D) Valtteri Bottas

47 Prime Minister Narendra Modi led NDA government has expanded its council of ministers as 21 new ministers were inducted in the union cabinet in Nov 2014. Who is the new Minister of Defence?
A) Manohar Parrikar
B) Suresh Prabhu
C) Jayant Sinha
D) Rajyavardhan Rathore

48 India has successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable ________ missile with a strike range of more than 2000 km from the Wheeler Island off Odisha coast in Nov 2014. It has a launch weight of 17 tonnes and can carry a payload of 1000 kg over a distance of more than 2,000 km.
A) Akaash
B) Agni-II
C) Brahmos
D) Pinaka

49. India's software product committee Indian Software Product Industry Round Table (iSPIRT) has launched iSPIxB2B index for ho many B2B software product companies?
A) 25
B) 30
C) 40
D) 50

50. Famous Indian batsman ________ has become the fastest cricketer to reach 6000 One-Day International run mark in the history of ODI (in Nov 2014) in just 144th match and 136th innings.
A) Suresh Raina
B) Rohit Sharma
C) Virat Kohli
D) Shikhar Dhawan

BSNL announces Recruitment of 962 Junior Accounts Officer (JAO), Exam on Feb'2015

BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited) has announced recruitment of Junior Accounts Officer for a total vacancy of 962 Posts.

Importatnt Dates:

Last date for applying online: December 31, 2014
Examination on February 22, 2015

Payscale:

While the payscale shall be Rs.16400-40,500, your total emoluments would be Rs.32,000 /month excluding perks, medical benefits etc.,

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Age to be within 20 – 30 years as on January 1, 2015 (+3 yrs for OBC/ +5 yrs for SC/ST)
  • Should be a qualified chartered accountant OR company secretary OR Cost & works accountant OR M.Com degree holder as on 31.12.2014
Since vacancies exist in 25 different circles, candidates may opt for 5 circles in order of their preference.Depending on your position in the merit list, appointment shall be made.


Selection Process:

An all India written exam is scheduled in the month of February 2015 which has to be attended by all eligible candidates.This exam will consist of two papers such as:
bsnl jao recruitment exam 2015
It is necessary for you to secure minimum marks in each section & in aggregate to qualify for the merit list.


Suggested Books for Preparation: 

                                                          

How to Apply:

Aspirants looking to apply for BSNL JAO recruitment 2015 should pay Rs.1000 through online as examination fee.SC/ST/PWD candidates are NOT required to pay this fee.The online registration and  online fee payment facility is available at xternalexam.bsnl.co.in from Dec 1 – 31. Candidates selected for appointment will have to execute bonds in the specified format agreeing to serve the company for a minimum of 5 years.


Download BSNL JAO recruitment 2015 notification from here.

This Day in History: 14th December













1. On this day in 1751-The Theresian Military Academy was founded as the first military academy in the world.
2. On this day in 1782 – The Montgolfier brothers' first balloon lifted off on its first test flight.
3. On this day in 1902 – The Commercial Pacific Cable Company laid the first Pacific telegraph cable, from San Francisco to Honolulu.
4. On this day in 1903 – The Wright brothers made their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
5. On this day in 1911 – Roald Amundsen '​s team, comprising himself, Olav Bjaaland, Helmer Hanssen, Sverre Hassel, and Oscar Wisting, became the first to reach the South Pole.
6. On this day in 1946 – The United Nations General Assembly voted to establish its headquarters in New York.

7. On this day in 1962 – NASA's Mariner 2 became the first spacecraft to fly by Venus.