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) 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. How many EGoMs and GoMs were working on different issues that have now been abolished? – 30 (These include 9 EGoMs and 21 GoMs. These EGoMs and GoMs were constituted during the UPA regime of Manmohan Singh and were formed to take decisions on issues like corruption, inter-State water disputes, administrative reforms and gas and telecom pricing. EGoMs had the power to take decisions on the line of the Union Cabinet. The recommendations of the GoMs were placed before the Cabinet for a final call)

2) The Chief Executive of Lok Sabha Television (LSTV) Rajiv Mishra was sacked from his post by Meira Kumar, the Speaker of the 15th Lok Sabha, on 30 May 2014. This sacking was done by Meira Kumar on her last day in office till the appointment of a Pro term Speaker for the Lok Sabha on 31 May 2014. Who was appointed as Lok Sabha’s Pro term Speaker? – Kamal Nath, the senior Congress leader (Kamal Nath is the senior-most leader of the Lok Sabha and has won from Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh for the ninth time)

3) India lost in its first tie of the 13th FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup that started from 31 May 2014. India lost to Belgium by 2-3 to start its campaign on a losing note. This World Cup is being held at – The Hague, Netherlands (The 13th FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup is being held from 31 May to 15 June 2014 at Kyocera Hockey Stadium at the Hague. 12 teams participating in the Hockey World Cup are – Argentina, Australia, Belgium, England, Germany, India, Malaysia, Netherlands (the hosts), New Zealand, South Africa, South Korea and Spain)

4) Who emerged as the winner in the Presidential Elections in the southern African country Malawi that were held on 20 May 2014? –Peter Mutharika (Peter Mutharika is the leader of Malawi’s main opposition party Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). The results were declared the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) on 30 may 2014. Mutharika, the 74-year-old brother of the late former President Bingu wa Mutharika, was elected president of the country after garnering 36.4% of the votes cast. Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader Lazarous Chakwera came second grasping 27.8% of the votes and outgoing president Joyce Banda trailed in third with 20.2% of the votes, followed by UDF’S Atupele Muluzi with 13.7%)

5) The Samajwadi Party (SP) government of Uttar Pradesh on 31 May 2014 removed state’s Chief Secretary Javed Usmani amid huge uproar over a string of heinous gang-rapes and crime against women in the state. Who was appointed as state’s new Chief Secretary? –Alok Ranjan (Alok Ranjan was till now the agriculture production commissioner (APC). Javed Usmani was made the chief secretary in 2012 soon after the SP formed the government in the state after a huge victory in the assembly polls. The Akhilesh Yadav-led state govt. was especially under pressure after the Badaun incident, where two sisters from the dalit community were gang-raped and then hung from a tree)

June 2, 2014

1) At the stroke of midnight, as the date changed from 1 June to 2 June 2014, India’s newest state Telangana was born amidst celebrations erupting all across the state. Kalvakuntla Chandrasekhara Rao, the supremo of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) became the first Chief Minister of Telangana as he took oath on 2 June 2014 at around 8:20 am at Hyderabad. Who became the first Governor of Telangana, who first took oath as state’s Governor before administering the oath of office of secrecy to Rao? – E.S.L. Narasimhan (Narasimhan will serve as the Governor of both Telangana and the residual Andhra Pradesh, out of which Telangana has been carved out. Telangana became the 29thstate of the Union of India)

2) India’s newest state Telangana comprises of how many districts? –Ten (These include Adilabad, Hyderabad (capital), Karimnagar, Khammam, Mahbubnagar, Medak, Nalgonda, Nizamabad, Rangareddy and Warangal)

3) Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) won the 2014 title of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on 1 June 2014 with a magnificent win over first-time finalists Kings XI Punjab at Bangalore’s Chinnaswamy Stadium. KKR won the high-scoring match by 3 wickets and chasing Kings XI’s 199 for four, scored 200 for seven in 19.3 overs to win the title. With this win KKR has won the IPL title for how many times? –Two (KKR first won the title in 2012. Rajasthan Royals was the first winner of IPL and won the maiden title in 2008. The other title winners are Deccan Chargers (2009), Chennai Super Kings (2010 and 2011) and Mumbai Indians (2013))

4) Who won the Orange Cap in IPL 2014 for scoring highest number of runs? – Robin Uthappa (KKR’s Uthappa scored 660 runs and became the highest run scorer in any edition of IPL. He was followed by D. Smith of CSK (566 runs), G. Maxwell of Kings XI (552 runs), David Warner of Sunrisers Hyderabad (528 runs) and Suresh Raina of CSK (523 runs))

5) Who won the Purple Cap in IPL 2014 for taking highest number of wickets? – Mohit Sharma of CSK (Mohit Sharma took 23 wickets in the tournament. He was followed by Sunil Naraine of KKR (21 wickets), Bhubaneshwar Kumar of Sunrisers Hyderabad (20 wickets), Ravindra Jadeja of CSK (19 wickets) and Sandeep Sharma of Kings XI (18 wickets))

6) India’s first clinic for technology de-addiction was opened in which city around a month ago? – Bangalore (The clinic has been opened by India’s premier mental health hospital, the National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS). The clinic provides treatment and consultancy for people with obsession for social networking and instant chatting sites, texting and mobile games. Technology addiction or internet addiction is recognised by mental health professionals as akin to addictive disorders concerning drugs or alcohol. It is the propensity to excessively engage in activities involving the cellphone, internet and social networking sites to the detriment of one’s health, social life or mental state)

7) What is the name of the village in Nagaland which was declared the country’s first “tobacco-free village” on 31 May 2014 on the occasion of ‘No-tobacco Day’? – Gariphema (The declaration was made by Nagaland’s Principal Secretary R Benchilo Thong at the Gariphema Village Council hall near Kohima. A resolution was taken at the village that whoever sells alcohol and tobacco or whoever gets drunk and disturbs peace would be imposed a fine of Rs. 1000 while those consuming alcohol, ‘bidi’, ‘paan’, betel nut or smokeless tobacco on the street and public places would be fined Rs. 500)

8) What is the name of India’s first luxury superfast train which completed 85 years of its operations on 1 June 2014? – Deccan Queen (This famous train runs between Mumbai and Pune and was started as a weekend train on 1 June 1930 for the British during their rule in India. It is one of the longest running trains of Indian Railways and has never ran on steam power. From the very beginning, Deccan Queen has been running on electricity. Now it is a second home for thousands of passengers who commute between Pune-Mumbai on daily basis)

June 3, 2014

1) The fifth Indo-French bilateral air exercise named ‘Garuda-V’ began on 2 June 2014. This exercise is aimed at enhancing operational cooperation and validating capabilities. The exercise will involve the assets of Indian Air Force (IAF’s) main operational formations, including the Gandhinagar-based South Western Air Command and the Allahabad-based Central Air Command. Where is ‘Garuda-V’ being held? – Jodhpur Air Base, Rajasthan (Frontline fighter aircraft of the IAF, including the SU 30, Mig-27 (UPG), MIG- 21 Bison, and force multipliers such as the AWACS and Flight Refueller Aircraft IL 78 are participating while the French have fielded their frontline Rafale Fighter aircraft along with the KC 135 Refueller. The exercise, whose previous edition was held at Istres, France, in 2010 will end on 13 June 2014)

2) Congress President on 2 June 2014 nominated whom as party’s leader in the Lok Sabha? – Mallikarjun Kharge, the Lok Sabha member of Congress from Karnataka (Kharge is the former Rail Minister and was nominated after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was apparently reluctant to take on the responsibility of leading his party in the Lok Sabha)

3) King Juan Carlos, who on 2 June 2014 announced his decision to abdicate his throne, is the head of which country’s royal family? –Spain (Juan Carlos announced abdication in favour of his son, the 46-year-old Crown Prince Felipe.King Carlos has been on the throne for 39 years and led Spain’s transition from dictatorship to democracy. However, in the recent years his popularity has taken a big blow following numerous royal scandals and controversies)

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