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Current Affairs 30 March 2015

Which Indian organisation on 27 March 2015 was selected for the Gandhi Peace Prize for 2014?: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)

Explanation: The prize comprises of Rs. 1 crore and a citation and ISRO was selected for its contribution to the country’s development through space technology and satellite-based services. The Gandhi Peace Prize for social, economic and political transformation through non-violence was instituted in 1995. Other people who won this prestigious prize were Nelson Mandela, Vaclav Havel, Julius K Nyerere, Baba Amte, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Grameen Bank of Bangladesh, Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan and Ramkrishna Mission

By passing the requisite bill on 27 March 2015, which state has became the first state in India to make minimum educational qualification an eligibility for Panchayat elections?: Rajasthan

Explanation: On 27 March 2015, the Rajasthan Govt.  Passed the “Rajasthan Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill 2015” that seeks to fix a minimum educational qualification for contesting elections to the Panchayati Raj institution in the state. This new bill stipulates a minimum qualification of Class X pass from a recognized board for contesting election for the post of member of Zila Parishad or Panchayat Samiti while minimum qualification of class VIII pass has been stipulated for the post of Sarpanch (village head) hence the said bill amended the Rajasthan Panchayat Raj Act, 1994.

On 28 March 2015, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched the IRNSS-1D navigation satellite, the fourth satellite under the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) series. Through which launch vehicle Satellite was launched?:  Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle – the PSLV-C27

Explanation: This was the twenty eighth consecutively successful mission of the PSLV rocket series and was executed from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. ISRO has proposed to place 7 satellites under the IRNSS series and after this successful launch it has now placed the 4th satellite of the series. IRNSS-1D is an independent regional navigation satellite system. It is designed to provide position information in the Indian region and 1500 km around the Indian mainland and will have a mission life of 10 years.

On 29 March 2015, Which International Agency has rated India at 83rd position on a new index compiled for assessing the readiness of countries for electronic commerce and it has the fourth largest number of complaints made against companies selling online?: The UN trade body UNCTAD

Explanation:  The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development's (UNCTAD) new Business-to-Consumer (B2C) e-commerce - businesses selling to the general public - index, which surveyed 130 economies, covers countries on four indicators of internet use, secure servers, credit card penetration and postal delivery services. Globally, the top four countries with highest readiness for electronic commerce are Luxembourg, followed by Norway, Finland and Canada. India scores 40.6 on index value with 1.8 per cent individuals over 15 years owning a credit card (2011 data), 12.6 per cent using the internet (2013 data), 48.2 secure servers per million people and 100 per cent population having mail delivered at home. In India cash-on-delivery is used for more than half - 50 to 80 per cent - of all online transactions. After the US, China and the UK, India has the fourth largest number of complaints made against companies selling online, however, the reported incidents in the US in 2013 was 48.7 per cent while in India was much smaller and stood at 2.3 per cent.

Current Affairs 27 March 2015

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 26 March 2015 launched an unique integrating and interactive platform which is aimed at addressing common man's grievances and simultaneously monitoring and reviewing important programmes and projects of the Government of India as well as projects flagged by state governments. What is the name of the Platform?: Pragati (Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation) Platform

Explanation: The PRAGATI platform uniquely bundles three latest technologies: Digital data management, video-conferencing and geo-spatial technology. It also offers a unique combination in the direction of cooperative federalism since it brings on one stage the Secretaries of Government of India and the Chief Secretaries of the States. The application will be accessible to the Secretaries of the central government and the state Chief Secretaries.

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Indra Bania renowned actor passed away on 25 March 2015 in a hospital in Guwahati after prolonged illness. Indra Bania belong to which state?: Assamese Actor

Explanation: Born in Lakhimpur district, Indra Bania had started his career with lots of ups and down. He won several awards and laurels including Special prize in Locarno International Film Festival for Assamese movie Halodhia Choraye Baodhan Khai.

Current Affairs 26 March 2015

Drug major Cipla on 25 March 2015 announced the launch of generic drug Sofosbuvir for treating chronic Hepatitis C under the which brand name in India?: 'Hepcvir'

Explanation: Sofusbuvir marks a new era of medicines in oral treatment of Hepatitis C which reduce the need for injectables. Following the non-exclusive licensing agreement signed with Gilead Sciences in September last year to manufacture and market chronic Hepatitis C medicines, Cipla is now all set to make the drug Sofosbuvir available to Indian patients in a week's time. This launch is consider as most important as in India alone, around 12-18 million patients are estimated to be infected with Hepatitis C which is several fold greater than those with HIV/AIDS.

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Current Affairs 25 March 2015

Name the person who was shortlisted for International Booker prize on 24 march 2015?: Amitav Ghosh

Explanation: Earlier he missed the Brooker Prize in 2008 when he was shortlisted for is work "Sea of Poppies" but on 24 March 2015 Amitav Ghosh was again shortlisted among 10 finalists for this year's Man Booker International Prize. He was shortlisted for his contribution to the English language writing. The prize is awarded every two years to a living author who has published fiction either originally in English or whose work is generally available in translation in the English language.

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Name the person who sworn in as the new Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court?: Sunil Ambwani

Explanation: Governor Kalyan Singh administered the oath to Justice Ambwani. Justice Sunil Ambwani on 24 March 2015 took oath as the Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court at Raj Bhawan in Jaipur. He was the acting Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court.

Current Affairs 24 March 2015

The 46th edition of Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2014 was announced by the Union Govt. on 23 March 2015.Which film personality was chosen for this award?: Shashi Kapoor

Explanation: Dadasaheb Phalke award is conferred by the Government of India for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema. Thus the veteran actor and producer – Shashi kappor was chosen for the 46th edition of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, which is the most prestigious film award in India. The award consists of a Swarn Kamal (Golden Lotus), a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh and a shawl. Shashi Kumar, the son of Prithviraj Kapoor and younger brother of Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor, started acting in films as a child in the late 1940s. 

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