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 CBI has filed a progress report with the
statement of various people in the coal
block allocation case before the special
 The first meeting of the NITI Ayog will be
held on 6th February and its governing
council on 8th February to spell out the
functional road map.
 President Pranab Mukherjee gave his
assent to Odisha Lokayukta Bill 2014
passed by the State Assembly in February
2014 making it an Act.
 Dr. S. Jaishankar replaced Sujatha Singh
as the new Foreign Secretary of India. He
played a prominent role in improving
Indo-USA relation & the nuclear deal.
 BJP and PDP have almost finalised the
alliance to form govt. in coalition in J &
 As part of its election campaign Congress
party in Delhi will push for Right to
Shelter for the people of Delhi.
 The Indian govt. plans to introduce a
“Wage Code” that will replace Central
laws pertaining to wage related matters
and cover both organised and unorganised
 USA has agreed to facilitate Indian
membership at the APEC Asia Pacific
Economic Cooperation.
 USA President pledged $ 4 billion in loans
to boost business ties between the two
countries and launch a new Indian
Diasphora Initiative meant to help Indian
Americans fund local business.
 Indian & Germany agreed to set up two
working groups – one on circular economy
and other on water management.
 UN agency on Palestine refugees said that
it cannot afford to repair Gaza home
damaged in last year’s war with Israel
because donors have failed to pay.
 Pakistan govt. has decided to arm the
teachers in the North-west Pakistan.
 Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena
has sacked Supreme Court Chief Justice
Mohan Peiris and reinstated the latter’s
Leading Institute for Banking, Railway & SSC
predecessor Sherani Bandaranayak who
was impeached illegally by the previous
govt of Rajpakshe.
Islamic State militant group has appointed
Hafiz Saied Khan as the new IS Chief in
Khurasan an area covering Afghanistan.
Pakistan and part of India.
Jordan offered to set free a female ISIS
Jahadist for the Pilot held hostage by the
ISIS militant.
Israel strike in Lebanon against the
Hizbullah militant.
Economy & Banking
 Wipro has won a $ 150 million IT out
sourcing deal from the Allied Irish Bank
(AIB) of Ireland.
 Easing Current Account Deficithelped the
Finance Minister to Focus on Tax reforms.
 Yes Bank signed a MOU with OPIC on
agency of the US govt’s development
finance institution for $ 220 million loan
for on lending to micro, small and medium
enterprises. USA declared $ 1 billion
OPIC assistance to India.
 Corporate Bond Sale increased due to the
fall in Repo rate by RBI which may raise
to Rs. 3 lakh cr. during this financial year.
 To bolster the financial position & attract
more FDI the Indian govt. has taken a slew
of measures to raise nearly Rs. 1.25 lakh
cr. through Spectrum sale and Coal India
disinvestment and ending fruitless
 The 14th Finance Commission under Y.V.
Reddy, former RBI Governor has
recommended a major increase in the
Quantum of Funds that flew from the
centre to the states.
 Govt. target to get Rs. 24,000 cr. from
10% share sale in Coal India Ltd.
 SBI which accounts for almost 1/4th of
Indian banking seek shareholders’
permission for raising Rs. 15,000 cr. by
saling shares to local or overseas investors.
 To insure hassle free credit to small
borrowers the RBI has directed banks to
do away with the obtaining No Due
Certificate from individual loan takers.
 Govt. target to raise Rs. 1 lakh cr. from
sale of spectrum and has fixed the base
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price of 3G auction at Rs. 3705 per mega
Maruti-Suzuki will set up 3 plants in
Gujarat as part of Make in India
India has appealed to the Dispute
Settlement Board of WTO for a panel
discussion on its issues with the USA over
agricultural imports.
RBI has signed a MOU on Supervisory
Cooperation and Exchange of Supervisory
Information with Banco Central do Brasil
(BCB) of Brazil, with this the RBI has
signed 23 such MOU with overseal
 Union
appointed Subrahmanyam Jaishankar as
the new Secretary of Ministry of External
Affairs (i.e. Foreign Secretary). Before this
appointment, he was India’s Ambassador
to United States and was appointed in
September 2013.
 Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh has
sworn in as the 26th Governor of
Himachal Pradesh. He succed Urmila
Singh, who completed the full five year
term as HP Governor on January 24.
 K Durga Prasad an IPS officer of 1981
cadre appointed as the Special DG of
 Alexix Tsipras became the first prime
minister in Greek history to be sworn in
without the traditional oath on a Bible and
blessing of basil and water from the Greek
 Australian cricketer Sean Abbott has won
Bradman young cricketer of the year
award 2015.While, Steve Smith was
awarded the Allan Border Medal and
being named both Test and one day player
of the year.
 Two-time gold medal winning hockey
Olympian Jaswant Singh Rajput passed
away on 28th January 2015 following a
prolonged illness
 Saina Nehwal won women’s single Syed
Modi grand pix trophy 2015 by defeating
World Champion Carolina Marin of Spain
Leading Institute for Banking, Railway & SSC
Kelvin David George Nagle, winner of
British Open in 1960 died on 29 January
2015 in Sydney at the age of 94. He held a
record of winning 61 tournaments on the
Australasian PGA tour.
 Poet Arundhathi Subramaniam won the
inaugural Khushwant Singh Memorial
Prize carrying a cash prize of Rs. 2 lakh
for Poetry for her work When God is a
 Famous cartoonist R.K. Laxman died.
 India’s Team Indus won the Google Lunar
Prize – a global competition to land a
robotic spacecraft on the Moon by
December 2016.
 Commanding officer ColonelM.M. Rai
who got a military medal on Republic Day
was killed while fighting the Hizbul
Mujahidin militant in J & K.
 Infosys co-founder Narayan Murty and
has his family have donated 200,000
pound towards the statue of Mahatma
Gandhi in Parliament street in London.
Astronomers have discovered a star that is
11.2 billion years old and has at least five
Earth-size planets. It was discovered by
team of astronomer’s after analyzing data
from NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler
spacecraft for over four years.
 Maharashtra government has announced
that, September 17 (on Vishwakarma
Jayanti) will be observed as Industries
Day in each district.
 Chandigara lunch smart city app named
Smart Chandigara to create awareness on
consumer rights and responsibilities and
provide all types of citizen-centric and
public utility services and information to
the residents.
 Maharastra government decided to buy a
house in London where B.R. Ambedkar
stayed during his Higher Studies.
 India Shastra is a book by Shashi Tharoor.
 For the first time a Woman Officer Wing
Commander Pooja Thakur led the
Ceremonial Guard of Honour for Obama.
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