Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 31 May 2014 abolished all the Empowered Groups of Ministers (EGoMs) and Groups of Ministers (GoMs) and told Ministries and departments to take decisions on pending matters

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1) Jihadists fighting in Syria and Iraq, led by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), on 29 June 2014 announced the formation of a virtual new country in Iraq with the establishment of a “Caliphate”. Who was declared as the “Caliph”, the leader of the Muslims all over the World? – Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (Baghdadi is the chief of ISIS. The system of “Caliphate” ended nearly 100 years ago with the fall of the Ottomans. Ever since the Prophet Mohammed’s death, a caliph was designated as the prince or ‘Emir’ of the believers. This system was abolished when the Ottoman Empire collapsed in 1924)

2) Which warship of the Indian Navy was deployed in the Persian Gulf on 28 June 2014 in an effort to ensure safety of Indians stranded in Iraq due to the ongoing civil war? – INS Mysore (Indian Navy has another warship INS Tarkash deployed in the Gulf of Aden and if required, both ships can be pressed into evacuation operations. The warship has been deployed in the Persian Gulf as it has been asked to be on standby by the government to evacuate Indian being stranded in Iraq. The Indian Air Force also has its aircraft on standby and can deploy its C17 and C-130J Super Hercules aircraft at short notice for any such evacuation operation)

3) The performance ratings of banks operating in India would be put on the public domain from next year. Which entity is rating bank services and would share this information in public domain? –Banking Codes Standards Board of India – BCSBI (BCSBI was set up as an independent and autonomous body in 2007 by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to ensure that the common consumer of financial services from the banking industry gets what he/she has been promised. BCSBI is rating banks on customer services on five parameters – information dissemination, transparency, customer-centricity, grievance redressal system and customer feedback. Of the 48 banks rated for customer service, only five received high ratings; 25 were rated above average; 17 average; and one below average. The ratings have been shared with the banks. The ratings were given based on a survey conducted by BCSBI across 69 cities, involving 3,000 branches and 6,000 customers)

4) Which Indian player on 29 June 2014 created history by becoming the first player in the world to win world titles in the long and shorter formats of both billiards and snooker? – Pankaj Advani (Pankaj Advani achieved this rare feat by winning the IBSF World 6-Red snooker Championship, in Sharm el-Sheikh (Eygpt), when he defeated Kacper Flilpiak of Poland in the final. This win takes Pankaj to highest tally of world titles by any Indian cueist in the Open (Men’s) category)

5) Indian badminton ace Saina Nehwal on 29 June 2014 won which super series title to wrap up her second title of the year? – Star Australian Super Series (She won the $750,000 Star Australian Super Series by defeating Spain’s Carolina Marin by 21-18, 21-11 in the finals. Saina had won the India Open Super Series earlier this year)

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