Current Events - September 2014 - India

Calendar of Current Events – September 2014

1. Japan pledges to invest Rs.2.1 lakh crore in a wide spectrum of projects in India over five years during deliberations between visiting Indian Prime Minister Na- 
rendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe. 

2. India wrap up the five-match ODI cricket series with England winning the 4th ODI at Edgbaston by 9 wickets and thereby taking an unassailable 3-0 lead. 

3. Lokpal search committee given freedom to shortlist and recommend names indpendently for selection of chairman and members of the anti-corruption body. 

4. The Union Home Ministry sounds an alert as AI-Oaeda chief announces the formation of an Indian wing to open operations in the subcontinent. 

5. India signs a civil nuclear agreement with Australia in a major step to realise its nuclear energy ambitions.

6. Aiaz Sheikh, a suspected Indian Mujahideen operative, arrested by the Delhi Police Special Cell. 

7. Rescue operations to evacuate thousands of people stranded in flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir are in full swing. 

8. The Supreme Court tells CBI Director Ranjit Singh that allegations against him that he frequently met accused persons in the 2G Spectrum case are serious. 

9. Kolkata born British author Neel Mukherjee's latest novel ‘The Lives of Others’, set in troubled West Bengal of the 1960s, shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Pri2e 2014, in its debut year as a global literary award. 

10. BJP President Amit Shah is charged with creating enmity between religions for an allegedly inflammatory speech in Mussafarnagar dur- ing the Lok Sabha 
elections. 

12. India's stand that the implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement be kept pending unless India's apprehensions on food security are addressed gets support from developed nations at the WTO. 

14. Over 1.84 lakh people stranded in the flood-hit areas of Jammu and Kashmir have been rescued so far by the Armed Forces and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). 

15. India accuses Pakistan of not bringing Hafiz Said, mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attack, to justice. • India and Vietnam call for freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Sea. 

16. Setback to BJP in the by-elections in its strongholds of UP, Gujarat and Rajasthan. 

17. Two agreements and one MoU signed between India and China on the first day of Chinese President Xi Jinping's 3-day visit to India. 

18. India raises concern over the ongoing standoff at the LOC in Ladakh to the visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping. 

19. A trade agreement for the next five years, chinese-style industrial cities to be built in India and multiplying Chinese investments in India 40-fold are among the positives of the Indian visit of Chinese President Xi Jingping. 

22. Entry norms for IITs relaxed, students with 75 in class XII will also be eligible. 

24. ISRO's Mars orbiter Mangalyaan becomes the first spacecraft to enter Martian orbit in maiden attempt. 

30. Prime Minister Narendra Modi an d President Barack Obama unveil a Joint road map for India-US ties with the theme 'forward together we go'.

Current Events - August 2014 - India

Calendar of Current Events – August 2014 

1. WTO talks fail as India remains firm on farm subsidy. 

3. A report commissioned by the UPA government discloses that black money in India is to the tune of 75 per cent of the GDP. 

4. In the face of agitation against the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT), the government says that the English comprehension skills component of Paper II in the Civil Services (Prelims) should not be included in the gradation or merit. 

7. A skeleton wearing a copper crown discovered in Bhagat district, Meerut suspected to be from Harappan era. 

9. 270 Indians evacuated from restive Libya. 

10. ISRO chairman K. Radhakrishnan discloses that Indian scientists are on course to sending the country's first manned flight to space. 

11. Chief Justice of India R. M. Lodha strongly defends the collegium system of appointment of judges. 

13. Lok Sabha passes the National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill to regulate the procedure of appointing Supreme Court and High Court judges. 

15. Modi announces scrapping of the 64-year old Planning Commission of India in his Independence Day address from Red Fort. 

16. Commissioning India's largest ever indigenous warship INS Kolkata, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says it would deter anyone from challenging India. 

18. India calls off the Foreign Secretary level talks with Pakistan angered by Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit's decision to engage with Hurriyat leaders. 

22. Supreme Court asks the Centre to decide the status of Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha by September 9 as Lokpal legislation cannot be put in cold storage. 

23. Unprovoked firing on Indian security posts along the Line of Control in the Jammu sector by Pakistan troops kills two civilians and injures six. 

25. The by-elections in 18 Assembly constituencies in Bihar, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka gives BJP a jolt as it won only 8 seats against the 10 won by the opposition.• British actor-director Richard Attenborough, who won wide acclaim and 8 Oscars for his dream movie Gandhi dies aged 90. 

27. In a judgement the Supreme Court advises the Prime Minister and Chief Ministers of states not to induct persons against whom charges have been framed as ministers. 

28. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches the Pradhan Mantr: Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) which will open 1.5 crore bank accounts across the country. 

29. India will not review its nuclear doctrine adopted during the first NDA govt, says Modi. 

30. Indian city Varanasi and Japanese city Kyoto sign a heritage pact.

Current Events - July 2014 - India

Calendar of Current Events – July 2014

1. Chief Justice of India R.M. Lodha hits out at the Central Government for unilaterally segregating advocate Gopal Subramaniam's name for elevation as Supreme Court judge. 

3. USA's National Security Organization's authorization to spy on BJP in 2010 overshadows Senator McCaine's India visit 

5. Indian diplomatic efforts succeed as 183 Indians stranded in strife-torn Iraq including 46 nurses in rebel-held Tikrit brought back safely to India.

7. Sonia Gandhi insists that the Congress should get the post of Leader of the Opposition.• Supreme Court rules that fatwas issued by Shariat courts or muftis have no legal sanctity. 

8. Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda presents BJP government's maiden budget focusing on a massive facelift of railways, Foreign Direct Investment and introduction of bullet trains. • An advanced version of the Indo-Russian cruise missile testfired at Chandipur on the Odisha coast. 

9. Supreme Court restrains state governments from releasing life convicts exercising their remission powers.• Amit Shah is named BJP president. 

10. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's budget raises income tax exemption limit, but is largely similar in offerings to UPA budgets over the last 10 years. • Modi government to continue UPA's flagship MGNREA but will revamp it to make it development-oriented. 

12. Indian Navy gets its first domestically built guided missile destroyer Kolkata (D 63) 

14. Lok Sabha passes the Telecom Regulatory Authority (Amendment) Bill with Opposition support. 

16. India, Brazil sign pacts on cooperation in the field of environment and remote sensing. 

18. Modi government decides to continue with the UPA policy of Foreign Direct Investment in multi-brand retail. 

19. India's decision to pipe natural gas and other petroleum products to Pakistan may revive two stalled mega projects. 

24. A UNDP report shows that India is in 135th position in HDI out of 187 countries.• China is planning the construction of two railway lines in Tibet that will extend upto the Indian border. 

25. Civil Service examination candidates intensify agitation against the C -Sat (Aptitude Test) paper in English. 

26. Four Muslim youths missing from Mumbai since May are believed to have gone to Iraq and joined the Jihadist group ISIS. 

29. Law Commission chairperson A.P. Shah recommends retirement age of 65 for Supreme Court and High Court judges and a fixed tenure for Chief Justice of India. 

31. External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj calls US surveillance of Indian entities unacceptable.

Current Events - June 2014 - India

Calendar of Current Events – June 2104

1. Residuary Andhra state faces a whopping Rs.15,000 crore revenue deficit. 

2. Telangana is born as India's 29th state with K Chandrasekhara Rao, the chief architect of Telangana agitation, as its first CM. 

3. Union Rural Development minister Gopinath Munde killed in a car accident, a week after Narendra Modi government was sworn in. 

5. Russia's move to directly supply MI-3 G helicopters to Pakistan worries India. 

6. BJP leader Sumitra Mahajan unanimously elected Lok Sabha Speaker. 

7. The first unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project reaches its full Sumitra Mahajan power generation capacity of 1000 MW and becomes the single largest power generating unit in the country. 

8. Telugu Desam Party president N. Chandrababu Naidu sworn in as the first Chief Minister of new Andhra Pradesh. 

9. President Pranab Mukherjee's address to the first joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament reflects Modi's vision of new India with economic revival as priority. 

12. The Narmada Authority gives Its nod to Gujarat for raising the height of the Narmada dam to its full reservoir level of 138.72 metres.• Vishal Sikka, former board member of German major SAP, appointed the new Infosys CEO. 

13. Prime Minister Narendra Modi writes to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that he looks forward to engaging 
with Pakistan in an atmosphere free from confrontation and violence. 

15. Defence Minister Arun Jaitley admits that AI-Qaeda's Kashmir-related video is a threat but asserts it will not cow down the people or security forces of the country. 

17. Congress governors resist NDA government's attempt to replace them with NDA nominees. 

18. ISIS militants abduct 40 Indian men working in a construction company in Iraq. 

19. Ten Indian institutions of higher education make it to the top 100 ranking universities of Asia in the Times higher education list. 

20. Government announces an unprecedented railway passenger fare hike of 14.2 per cent. • Government clarifies that the directive to use Hindi in government communications applies only to Hind speaking states. 

21. In the wake of countrywide protests Finance Minister Arun Jaitely defends railway fare hike. 

22. India ratifies IAEA Additional Protocol making itself more open to nuclear inspections; clears docks for more nuclear 
imports. • Switzerland to share list of Indian account holders with India. 

23. Sugar prices soar as the government decides to increase its import duty. 

24. Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shanker Prasad says his ministry is working to provide single window clearance 
to projects. • 17 Indians evacuated from conflict zone in Iraq. 

26. Prime Minister Narendra Modi urges states to set up special courts for speedy trial of hoarders and black marketers. 

27. GAIL-operated pipeline explosion in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh kills at least 15. 

28. India reiterates that Arunachal Pradesh is its integral part after Beijing's new map depicts its claims on the state. 

29. Following Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Soon's recent New Delhi visit, China invites India to participate in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) 

30. India launches PSLV-C23 satellite from Sriharikota carrying 5 foreign satellites

Current Events - May 2014 - India

Calendar of Current Events – May 2014

1. Twin blasts in a train in Chennai central railway station kills a woman and injures 14. 

2. Bodo militants kill 32 - all Muslim migrants - and torch 100 houses in the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) 
of Assam. 

3. Divyanshu Ganatra, 36, undertakes a solo paragliding flight near Pune to become the first visually challenged Indian to achieve the feat. 

4. An air-to-air Indian missile - Astra with a 60-km rage - testfired for the first time from a fighter aircraft 

6. Supreme Court declares the imposition of mother tongue as the medium of instruction in primary classes unconstitutional. 

7. Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Robin Kumar Dhowan announces that the newly inducted aircraft carrier I.NS Vikramaditya is now operationally deployed. 

8. CBI undertakes in Supreme Court that it will not close the coal block allocation scam. 

9. Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Janarthana Reddy passes away. • Supreme Court orders CBI probe into the Sarada chit fund scam connecting over Rs.10,000 crore. 

10. Trivandrum Airport receives top rating for airport services in the last three months from Airport Council International. 

13. Stock markets continue to rally and the rupee surges in anticipation of election results 

14. New Indian Mujahideen suspected to be behind the twin May 1 blasts on the Bangalore-Guwahati express train. 

16. Narendra Modi leads BJP for a single party majority in the 16th general elections of India, for the first time since 1984. 

18. Statistics reveal that BJP won 282 Lok Sabha seats with a share of just 31% of votes, the lowest vote share for winning more than half the seats. 

21. Intelligence sources warn that Indian Islamist groups are planning a fresh round of attacks in India. 

22. Narendra Modi raises row over invitations to SAARC heads to attend his swearing in ceremony. 

23. Malawath Puma, a 13-year old tribal student from Andhra Pradesh creates history by becoming the youngest girl in the world to climb Mount Everest. 

26. Narendra Damodardas Modi sworn in as India's 15th Prime Minister along with 44 members of his Council of Ministers. 

27. Prime Minister Modi presses Paki- stan Prime Minister Nawaz Shariff on terrorism, pushes Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa to deliver on promises to Sri Lankan Tamils. 

28. Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdella asserts that Article 370 of the Indian Constitution granting special status to Kashmir cannot be abrogated. 

31. Modi abolishes Groups of Ministers (GoPs) and Empowered Groups of Ministers (EGoMs) to ensure more accountability and empowerment.