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Current Affairs 14 March 2015

On 13 March 2015 name the Minesweeper category of Naval Vessel which was decommissioned from the Indian Navy?: Indian Naval Ship (INS) Alleppey

Explanation: INS Alleppey was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 10 June 1980 and rendered nearly 35 years of service to the nation. The purpose of minesweeper vessels is for mine detection and delineation. After INS Alleppey decommission now Navy is left with only 5 minesweeper vessels. the decommissioning ceremony took place at Mumbai Naval Dockyard and was attended by ex-Commanding Officers of the ship as well as senior officers of the Western Naval Command.

Income Tax Department on 12 March 2015 slapped a Rs. 20,495 crore tax notice on which entity for failing to deduct withholding tax on alleged capital gains?: Cairn India Limited

Explanation: The penalty was made in respect of the transaction of CUHL transferring the shares of Cairn India Holdings Ltd (CIHL) to CIL as part of internal group reorganization in 2006-07 to facilitate the IPO of CIL. Cairn India Limited (CIL) received an order from the Income Tax Department for an alleged failure to deduct withholding tax on alleged capital gains arising during 2006-07 in the hands of Cairn UK Holdings Limited (CUHL), which was the erstwhile parent company of CIL

On 13 March 2015 according to a research by Stranded Assets Programme at the University of Oxford, India is ranked 3rd least efficient coal-fired power generating nation. Which are other 2 top nation?: China and United States of America

Explanation:  39 per cent of total global "sub-critical" capacity is located in China, 21 per cent in the US, and 9 per cent in India. Sub-critical is the least efficient and most polluting form of coal-fired generation as it requires more fuel and water to generate the same amount of power, and creates more pollution. In order to limit global emissions to a level consistent with the goal of containing earth's temperature to 2 degree Celsius, the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that it will be necessary to close 290 GW (2,90,000 MW) of sub-critical generation worldwide by 2020.

Current Affairs 13 March 2015

The 20th Law Commission on 12 March 2015 submitted its 255th issue (pertaining to electoral reforms) to the Union Law Ministry. What are the important recommendations made?:

- Independent candidates should be barred from contesting elections

- Paid news be made an electoral offense and should lead to disqualification of the candidate

- Laws should be amended to make it mandatory for political parties to disclose all amounts over Rs. 20,000 received by them, even if from a single donor

- Companies must place their plans to fund a political party before shareholders for approval

Explanation:  In November 2013 the Central Government had appointed former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Justice Ajit Prakash Shah as the new chairman of the Commission as Justice Jain took as president National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission.The 20th Law Commission was established in 2013 under the Chairmanship of Judge of Supreme Court D.K Jain with the fixed tenure till 2015.The terms of reference of the Commission include review/repeal obsolete law, examine the existing laws, revise central acts of general importance etc.

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Current Affairs 12 March 2015

On 11 March 2015, Centre government has allocated Total 346 from three all India services officers to Andhra Pradesh while 286 officers are allocated to which newly constituted State?: Telangana

Explanation: Telangana, the country's 29th state, came into existence on 2nd June 2014 was allocated with 133 officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), 95 officers of Indian Police Service (IPS) and 58 officers of Indian Forest Service (IFS). While Andhra Pradesh is already had a total authorized strength of 376 IAS, 258 IPS and 149 IFS officers has now got fresh allocation of 161 officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), 116 officers of Indian Police Service (IPS) and 69 officers of Indian Forest Service (IFS). These allocation of the three all India services officers is based upon the recommendations of a six-member committee led by former Central Vigilance Commissioner Pratyush Sinha.

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Current Affairs 11 March 2015

1. On 9 March 2015, Government has announced the prestigious Saraswati Samman for year 2014. Which former Union Minister belonging to Congress was chosen for this award?: M. Veerappa Moily

Explanation: Saraswati Samman was instituted by the K. K. Birla Foundation in 1991 and is given annually for an outstanding literary work in any Indian language. M. Veerappa Moily was chosen for his 5-volume Kannada poem which was published in 2007 ‘Ramayana Mahanveshanam’. In the poem, Moily tried to explore the ‘Ramarajya’ or the true principle of the ‘ideal State’ from a secular and modern point of view. Thus, so far  poem has been translated into English, Hindi, Telugu and Tamil. Saraswati Samman award carries a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh, a citation and a plaque.

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2. In an incident, 10 people including three top French sports stars (Olympic swimmer Camille Muffat, yachtswoman Florence Arthaud and boxer Alexis Vastine) were killed when two helicopters collided in Argentina on 9 March 2015 during the filming of a reality TV show. What is the name of French reality show where this accident occurred?: Dropped

Explanation: “Dropped” is a reality show for private TV station TF1 which involves contestants being left in the wilderness and using their skills to find their way back to civilisation. During this show 10 people including three top French sports stars: Olympic swimmer Camille Muffat, yachtswoman Florence Arthaud and boxer Alexis Vastine were killed including 2 pilots. 25-year old Camille Muffat had won the 400 metres freestyle swimming gold at the 2012 London Olympics while 28-year old Vastine won a boxing bronze at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. 57-year old Arthaud was one of the first women to carve a place for herself in the world of sailing and in 1990 secured the record for the fastest solitary crossing of the North Atlantic. The other victims included the helicopters’ two pilots.

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Current Affairs 10 March 2015

4. UST Global - the biggest employer of IT professionals in Kerala on 6 March 2015 launched its mobile-based app for women`s safety, ahead of the International Women`s Day. What is the name of the App?: iSafe

Explanation: The App “iSafe” - has been rolled out for Thiruvananthapuram City Police currently and would soon be made available in other cities. At present the App was launched in Android version but soon will be made available for other platforms. Through the app, women will be able to send instant alerts to police control room by using panic button or just by the long press of volume rocker (down) key of their mobile phones, thus police control room receives the alert along with information of the location, the subscriber ID and the IMEI number of the mobile. UST Global (Headquartered in California) is a leading provider of end-to-end IT services and solutions for Global 1,000 companies.

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5. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 9 March 2015 launched indigenously developed and manufactured rotavirus vaccine. What is the name of Vaccine?: ROTAVAC

Explanation: After this launch now it is expected to find significant reduction in the nearly 100,000 infant deaths caused by the rotavirus diarrhoea in India. ROTAVAC is a three-dose vaccine that has been developed through collaboration between India and the United States. . The vaccine has been developed under an innovative public-private partnership model. It involved a partnership between the Ministry of Science and Technology, institutions of the U.S. government, various government institutions and NGOs in India, and has been supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Bharat Biotech was involved in its development.

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