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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4) Which international airlines for the first time introduced regular commercial services of Airbus’ mega passenger aircraft A-380 in India recently? – Singapore Airlines (Singapore Airlines on 30 May 2014 became the first to operate the world’s largest passenger carrier aircraft to India. Regular operations of A-380 in India became a reality after the government in January 2014 allowed Airbus A380 to fly into the country. The civil aviation ministry had lifted the ban imposed in 2008 on the ground that operation of A-380s could work against the interest of Indian passenger carriers. At present only four airports – Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore – have the required infrastructure for handling A-380 operations. The A-380 super jumbo can accommodate up to 853 passengers in a single-class configuration and a capacity of 525 passengers in a three-class configuration)

5) What is the name of the US Army soldier who was in the captivity of the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network in Afghanistan from June 2009 until his release on May 31, 2014? – Bowe Robert Bergdahl(Bergdahl was the only known US prisoner of war in Afghanistan. His release was brokered by the American, Qatar and Afghanistan governments with the Taliban, in exchange for five detainees)

6) Which port overtook Kochi port to become the largest marine exporting port of India (in terms of value) during 2013-14? –Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh (Vishakhapatnam, also known as Vizag port, clocked a revenue of Rs. 6,825.64 crore, a growth of 104% vis-a-vis last fiscal. Kochi port registered 37% growth in revenue at Rs. 4,491 crore and stood at second position among all the major ports of India. It is understood that export of vannamei shrimps, a high value aquaculture product mainly farmed in Andhra Pradesh, have contributed substantially to the higher earnings of Vizag port)

7) Which port belonging to the private sector continued to retain the foremost position in marine exports among the major ports in terms of quantity during 2013-14? – Pipavav Port (During 2013-13 Pipavav Port’s share of exports was 25.27 per cent out of the total 9,83,756 tonnes seafood exported from the country. The port handled 2,48,621 tonnes of marine products during 2013-14 against 2,33,738 tonnes in the previous fiscal, an increase of 6.37%. Kochi handled 1,60,798 tones whereas the figure of Vizag was 1,02,146 tonnes)

June 5, 2014

1) Which anniversary of China’s infamous Tiananmen Square massacre was observed on 4 June 2014? – 25th (The students protests of Tiananmen Square took place at Beijing’s famous Tiananmen Square from 15 April 1989 and went till 4 June 1989 when these protests were forcibly suppressed by hardline leaders who ordered the military to enforce martial law. The protests started during April 1989 against the killing of a former Communist Party General Secretary and liberal reformer Hu Yaobang. These protests were mowed down by Chinese Army which used tanks and heavy armoury to target protestors. Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 are considered one of the strongest pro-democracy movements in China which shook the Communist regime to the core and resulted in some degree of reforms)

2) Which country would become the 19th member of Eurozone and the last Baltic nation to adopt the euro on 1 January 2015 as announced by the European Commission on 4 June 2014? –Lithuania (European Commission announced that Lithuania has fulfilled all conditions to join the Eurozone and it recommended that the country would become the currency bloc’s 19th member on 1 January 2015. Lithuania would be the last Baltic nation to adopt the euro, after Estonia did so in 2011 and Latvia followed suit at the beginning of 2014)

3) The Operation Blue Star, under which Indian Army carried out a military operation in order to establish control over the Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib Complex) in Amritsar, completed how many years on 3 June 2014? – 30 years (Operation Blue Star was carried out from 3 June to 8 June 1984. The main objective of the operation was to flush-out Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his armed followers from the complex buildings. Bhindranwale had earlier taken residence in Harmandir Sahib and made it his headquarters in April 1980. Unofficial sources claim that over a hundred army soldiers died in this operation while over 500 civilians and Sikh militants were killed. Operation Blue Star was led by Lt. Gen. Kuldip Singh Brar, who operated under Lt. Gen. Sundarji. However, the operation has been criticized on numerous grounds including ill-planning, ill-timing and arrogant attitude of the strategists of this operation. Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale also died in the operation)

4) The first sitting of the newly constituted 16th Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day on 4 June 2014 after paying homage to the departed Union Minister Gopinath Munde. Who was sworn in as the Protem Speaker of the newly constituted Lok Sabha? – Kamal Nath(Kamal Nath, a nine-term MP, was administered the oath at a simple function in the Rashtrapati Bhavan which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu and Minister of State (Parliamentary Affairs) Santosh K Gangwar)

5) According to the HSBC Services Business Activity Index released on 4 June 2014 India’s services sector expanded for the first time during May 2014 after a gap of how many months? – 11 months (The headline HSBC Services Business Activity Index released on 4 June stood at 50.2 in May 2014, rising from April’s reading of 48.5 and pointing to the first expansion of output in 11 months. This clearly indicated that activity in the services sector is improving gradually)

June 6, 2014

1) 40th Summit of Group of Seven (G7) group of countries concluded on 5 June 2014. This 2-day summit was held at which city? – Brussels, Belgium (G7 was earlier known as G8 but after Russia being expelled from the group, the group is again known as G7. G7 is the group of seven major world powers (largest economies of the world) and includes Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, the United States, and Canada. Russia was expelled from its earlier incarnation called G8 after its invasion of Crimea during March 2014. G8’s summit for 2014 was proposed to be held at Sochi (Russia) but it was suspended after Russia was expelled as a member of the group. The summit was thus shifted to Brussels)

2) India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi would undertake his first official foreign visit to which country, as disclosed on 5 June 2014? –Bhutan (Bhutan is India’s friendliest neighbour and Modi would visit the country after the ongoing session of the Indian Parliament)

3) US President Barack Obama on 4 June 2015 suspended the oil sanctions being imposed on Iran for how many months? – Six months (This was done as Iran continued to comply with the commitment on its controversial nuclear weapons programme. Obama determined that there is no need to continue with oil sanctions on Iran as it is fully co-operating with the US-led international community to address their concerns about its nuclear weapons programme)

4) BJP leader Sumitra Mahajan will be the Speaker of the 16th Lok Sabha. Her name was proposed for the post on 5 June 2014 with senior leaders from all parties, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, moving motions in her favour. She is an eight-term Lok Sabha member from which constituency of Madhya Pradesh? – Indore(Sumitra Mahajan would thus become the second woman Lok Sabha speaker after Meira Kumar)

5) Who was nominated as Congress party’s Chief Whip in the Lok Sabha on 5 June 2014? – Jyotiraditya Scindia (Jyotiraditya Scindia retained his traditional Guna constituency seat from Madhya Pradesh in the elections for the 16th Lok Sabha. Deependra Singh Hooda, the lone Congress member from Haryana, and K.C. Venugopal from Kerala were named as party’s other two whips)

6) Who was named as Congress party’s deputy leader in the Lok Sabha on 5 June 2014? – Amrinder Singh (Amrinder Singh had defeated senior BJP leader and the present Finance Minister Arun Jaitley from Amritsar constituency in the elections for the 16th Lok Sabha. Earlier veteran leader Mallikarjun Kharge was nominated as party’s leader in the Lok Sabha by party President Sonia Gandhi)

June 7-8, 2014
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