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) The Mumbai Metro finally started its commercial operations from 8 June 2014 with opening of first line of the Phase-1 of the project comprising of 11.4 km. Which stretch- of metro services was opened on this day? –Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar stretch (The commercial services on Phase-1 of Mumbai Metro was originally proposed to be started during 2011 but it was delayed by three years. There are a total of 3 phases with three lines in each phase)

2) Which company has been operating the Phase-1 of Mumbai Metro which opened for the general public from 8 June 2014? – Mumbai Metro One Pvt. Ltd – MMOPL (MMOPL is a joint venture company formed by Reliance Infrastructure, Voelia Transport and the  Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA))

3) The Unit 1 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) crossed the much-awaited milestone of 1,000 MW at 1.20 p.m. on 7 June 2014. What unique achievement was made by KKNPP on this occasion? – It became India’s first unit to produce 1,000 MW electricity (The reactor has been built with VVER technology and has been supplied by Atomstroyexports, Russia. India’s atomic power plant operator Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) is setting up two Russian made 1,000 MW atomic power plants at KKNPP at an outlay of over Rs.17,000 crore)

4) An expert committee set up to review the functioning of the direct benefit transfer for LPG scheme has recently recommended immediate re-launch scheme in the districts where it has already been implemented. Who headed this committee? – Prof. S G Dhande, former Director of IIT Kanpur (The committee in its report has said that the scheme can be re-launched in the same districts provided they meet the prescribed threshold of UID number issued, LPG connections and bank account seeding. The scheme was rolled from 1 June 2013 in 291 districts in phases. Till 7 March 2014, about Rs. 5,400 crore was transferred to more than 2.8 crore LPG consumers across the country. The Aadhaar-linked scheme was put on hold from 7 March following complaints from consumers that either they didn’t have the Aadhaar number or have problems in seeding their accounts with the sponsor banks)

5) Who won women’s singles title of French Open 2014? – Maria Sharapova of Russia (She defeated Romania’s Simona Halep by 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 at Roland Garros, Paris on 7 June 2014. This was Sharapova’s second French Open singles title and fifth grand slam singles title)

June 9, 2014

1) Who took over as the first Chief Minister of the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh on 8 June 2014? –Nara Chandrababu Naidu (Naidu, the supremo of Telugu Desham Party (TDP) was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan. He has served for close to nine years from 1995 to 2004 as Chief Minister of united Andhra Pradesh. 19 ministers were also inducted into Naidu’s government)

2) The oath ceremony of new government of the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh was held at which place on 8 June 2014? – at the grounds of Acharya Nagarjuna University at Numbur, which falls between Vijayawada and Guntur (The residuary Andhra Pradesh does not have a capital of its own at present and will share Hyderabad as joint-capital with Telangana for 10 years. By then it will have to develop a new capital of its own)

3) Which international airport of Pakistan became target of a massive terrorist attack on 8 June 2014 in which at least 23 people were killed? – Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport (The old terminal building of the airport was targeted by terrorists who posed as Airport Security Force (ASF) personnel. All 10 terrorists were killed in a combined retaliatory operation of army units, ASF commandos, paramilitary rangers and police. The attack was reminiscent of the deadly attack carried out by some 15 militants of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan in May, 2011 on the Mehran naval airbase here in which the attackers killed some 18 personnel and damaged aircrafts before being killed in a counter attack)

4) Which former Indian cricketer joined the Supreme Court-appointed Mudgal committee as a member on 8 June 2014? – Sourav Ganguly (Ganguly joined the Mudgal committee, which is probing the IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal, as an expert on cricketing affairs. The panel is headed by Retd. Justice Mukul Mudgal and includes advocates L. Nageswara Rao, Niloy Dutta and senior IPS officer B.B. Mishra. The Supreme Court had earlier directed the probe committee to select a cricketer of ‘impeccable integrity’ who would help the committee on the cricketing matters related to IPL betting and spot-fixing)

5) In a dramatic race in the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix on 8 June 2014, team Mercedes was beaten for the first time in 2014. Who was the unexpected winner of this race? – Daniel Ricciardo for Red Bull (This was the first GP win for Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Mercedes was beaten for the first time in this season. However, the second spot was taken by Mercedes Driver Nico Rosberg (Germany) and Ricciardo’s teammate Sebastian Vettel (Germany) claimed the third spot. A big event of the race was Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton being forced to retire from the race due to brake failure. Force India’s Hulkenberg (Germany) claimed fifth spot. With this result Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg extended his lead over Hamilton for the ongoing F1 season)

6) Spain’s Rafael Nadal won the men’s singles title of 2014 French Open on 8 June 2014 by defeating Serbia’s Novak Djokovic by 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4. This was Nadal’s ……… singles title win at the French Open – 9th (In the modern era, no man has had a tighter grip on a Grand Slam event than Rafael Nadal, who won the French Open title for record ninth time at the age of just 28 years. Nadal has now won 14 Grand Slam singles titles; just three behind the career leader, his former archrival Roger Federer)

June 10-11, 2014

1) India’s market capitalization recently crossed which major milestone after around 4 years, mainly on the back of a strong government at the Centre? – 1.5 trillion dollar (The recent spurt in the market has also propelled India to be the 10th biggest in terms of market cap, and the second biggest in the BRIC group of countries, behind China which is at $3.23 trillion. In rupee terms, India’s market cap is at an all-time high of Rs 89.8 lakh crore. At the current level, India’s market cap-to-GDP ratio is about 0.79. However, this is much lower than the levels seen during the last bull market of 2007-08, when the ratio was nearly 2)

2) Who took charge as the first Speaker of the Telangana Assembly on 10 June 2014? – S. Madhusudanachari (He was elected to the Assembly from Bhupalpalli in Warangal district. He had been a member of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) since its foundation in 2001 and is a trusted lieutenant of TRS chief and Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao)

3) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 8 June 2014 unveiled a new book titled “Getting India Back on Track: An Action Agenda For Reform”. The book basically carries a series of papers on different areas for presentation to the new government arguing out the case for the reforms that would be necessary to get India back on track. Who are the authors of this book? – Bibek Debroy, Ashley J. Tellis and Reece Trevor (The book has been published by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The foreword of the book has been written by Ratan N Tata and it contains insightful essays by eminent academicians and public policy experts)

4) Who was named as the Leader of the House in the Rajya Sabha on 9 June 2014? – Arun Jaitley (Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari made the announcement on the first day’s sitting of the Upper House after the Lok Sabha elections. Jaitley, a senior BJP Rajya Sabha member from Gujarat and Union Finance Minister was earlier the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha during UPA Government)

5) Who was named the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha on 9 June 2014? – Ghulam Nabi Azad (Ghulam Nabi Azad is a veteran Congress leader and was Union Health Minister during the UPA govt. He lost the Lok Sabha election from Udhampur constituency in Jammu and Kashmir)

6) At least 24 engineering students from the Hyderabad-based engineering college VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering & Technology were washed away on 8 June 2014 in River Beas near Thalot (Himachal Pradesh) on Manali-Kiratpur Highway after water from the reservoir of a dam was released suddenly. Which dam is this which is part of a hydropower project? – Larji Dam, which has a reservoir under the 126 MW Larji Hydropower Project (The incident took place when the students from the Hyderabad-based college were trying to click photos on the bank of the river. The students drowned when water from Larji dam was suddenly released without any warning)

7) Armed militants made yet another attack near Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport on 10 June 2014 just two days after a huge attack on 8 June. The militants attacked a training camp of the Airport Security Force (ASF) but failed to penetrate the security cordon and managed to flee into nearby residential areas. Which militant group had claimed the responsibility for the first attack and is believed to be involved in this attack too? – Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan – TTP (Eleven airport security guards, along with a paramilitary ranger and a policeman, 14 civilian workers and 10 militants were killed in the previous attack. TTP took the responsibility for second attack too later in the day on 10 June)

8) Which mobile phone operator signed a two-year agreement with Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOC) to deploy its enterprise mobility platform to company’s LPG customers? – Idea Cellular (Under this agreement Idea’s platform would be used to service IOC’s more than 82 million LPG consumers. The service allows consumers to book LPG over phone or text messages, much in contrast with the traditionally mode of bookings done through distributors. IOC, which provides LPG under the ‘Indane’ brand, will extend its ‘Smart Gas Solution’ service to provide end-to-end automation on refill delivery process of IOC)

9) According to a latest report by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) how many millionaire households were there in India during 2013? – Around 1.75 lakh (The BCG report titled ‘14th Annual Study of the Global Wealth-Management Industry’ was released on 10 June 2014, according to which India’s wealth in 2013 grew 24.6% to $2.2 trillion)

10) Defence Minister Arun Jaitley during June 2014 commissioned two coastguard ships ICGS Achook and ICGS Agrim into the service of Indian Coastguard. These two are the fifth and sixth ships in a series of twenty fast patrol vessels and are new generation fast patrol vessels equipped with sophisticated communication equipment to be based in Mumbai. The other commissioned ships in these series are in Tuticorin, Porbandar, Cochin and Mangalore. They have been built at – Cochin shipyard (Cochin shipyard is also building India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier)

June 12, 2014
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