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) FIFA Football World Cup 2014 starts from 12 June 2014 as hosts Brazil take on Croatia in the opening match at the new Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo. This would be which edition of FIFA Men’s Football World Cup? – 20th (The 20thedition of FIFA World Cup would be played from 12 June to 13 July 2014. 32 teams from 5 confederations are participating in this World Cup. Total 64 matches would be played at 12 different venues in Brazil. Brazil is hosting the World Cup for the second time. It hosted it for the first time in 1950)

2) What is the name assigned to a tropical cyclone which initiated in the east-central Arabian Sea on the afternoon of 11 June 2014? –‘Nanauk’ (The name ‘Nanauk’ was assigned by Myanmar as per the regional cyclone naming protocol. India Met Department (IMD) announced initiation of this tropical cyclone and expected it to intensify another round into a severe cyclonic storm. The cyclone will later weaken as it nears landfall over Oman coast)

3) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on 11 June 2014 allotted portfolios to his Cabinet colleagues. He also appointed two Deputy Chief Ministers for the state. Who are the two ministers to secure this post? – K.E. Krishna Murthy and N. Chinarajappa(Senior leader Yanamala Ramakrishnudu was named Finance minister while N. Chinnarajappa got Home Ministry along with the post of Deputy CM)

4) Which city would host the World Chess Championship rematch between Indian chess veteran Viswanathan Anand and title-holder Magnus Carlsen (Norway) during November 2014? – Sochi, Russia(This much-anticipated rematch would be held staged from 7 November to 28 November 2014 at the Olympic Village in Sochi. The schedule for the match was announced on 11 June 2014 by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. Carlsen became the world champion during November 2013 by defeating Anand in Chennai)

5) The World Bank lowered its growth forecast for developing countries during 2014 in its Global Economic Prospects (GEP) report which was released on 11 June 2014. The growth forecast was lowered from the January estimate of 5.3% to – 4.8% (However, the estimates for 2015 and 2016 displayed signs of strengthening with growth of 5.4 and 5.5%, respectively. In the report the global economy is expected to pick up speed as the year progresses and is projected to expand by 2.8% during 2014 and later strengthening to 3.4 and 3.5% in 2015 and 2016, respectively)

June 13, 2014

1) AirAsia India, the Indian arm of the Malaysian no-frills airline headed by Tony Fernandes, on 12 June 2014 became the fifth budget carrier in India as its maiden flight took off on the day. This first flight of AirAsia was between which two destinations? – From Bangalore to Goa (AirAsia became the fifth budget (no-frills) airline in India after IndiGo, JetLite, SpiceJet and GoAir. AirAsia India is a three-way venture between the Malaysia-based low-cost airline, India’s Tata Group and investment firm Telestra Tradeplace)

2) Which major public-sector steel plant of the country witnessed an accident due to a gas leakage on 12 June 2014 resulting in death of 6 persons? – Bhilai Steel Plant at Durg in Chattisgarh (Bhilai Steel Plant is owned by the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL). The accident took place after a gas leakage from a blast furnace due to breakdown in a water pump. Six persons, including two Deputy General Managers, were killed and over 30 people fell ill in this accident)

3) Who was appointed as the new CEO of Infosys Limited, India’s second-largest IT services exporter, on 12 June 2014? – Vishal Sikka(Vishal Sikka thus becomes the first external CEO of Infosys which is presently witnessing a large staff exodus and low sales of high-margin services like cloud computing. Vishal Sikka is a former member of executive board at German software company SAP AG and would replace S.D. Shibulal on 1 August 2014)

4) Who was appointed as the new Attorney General of India on 12 June 2014? – Mukul Rohatgi (Mukul Rohatgi is a senior advocate of the Supreme Court and he replaced G.E. Vahanvati as the 14th AG of the country. He will have a tenure of 3-year. The government has already appointed Ranjit Kumar as the Solicitor General. Six Additional Solicitors General have also been appointed)

5) Hosts Brazil came from behind to beat a stubborn Croatia 3-1 in the first match of 2014 FIFA World Cup on 12 June 2014. Who scored two goals for Brazil to start their World Cup campaign in style? –Neymar (Neymar scored two goals in 29th and 71st minute respectively after Croatia took the surprise lead in 11th minute through a self-goal by Brazil’s Marcelo . Third goal for Brazil was scored by Oscar during last seconds of the match)

6) Who topped Union Public Service Commission (UPSC’s) IAS exams for 2013, the results for which were declared on 12 June 2014? – Gaurav Agarwal (This was the second attempt of the 29-year-old Jaipur boy, who is currently under training at National Police Academy after he was selected for the IPS with 244th rank in the UPSC exams in 2012. Agrawal holds a Bachelor of Technology (computer science) degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur and MBA (Finance) from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow)

June 14-15, 2014

1) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 14 June 2014 dedicated India’s largest warship – the 44,500-tonne INS Vikramaditya to the nation. This huge ship had been purchased at a cost of around Rs. 15,000 crore from Russia where it was known as Admiral Gorshkov. But what was the original name of this ship which started as a Kiev class aircraft carrying cruiser in the erstwhile Soviet Navy? – ‘Baku’(It was commissioned as ‘Baku’ in the Navy of the former USSR on 20 December 1987. However, on 7 November 1990 it was renamed after Admiral Sergey Georgiyevich Gorshkov and was finally decommissioned in 1996)

2) India on 13 June 2014 became a permanent member of the Washington Accord (WA) as it joined a select group of 17 countries who are permanent signatories of the WA. Washington Accord is associated with which field? – Engineering studies and mobility of engineers (Washington Accord is an international agreement amongst prominent nations of the world, with the charter of promoting mobility and quality assurance of engineers across international boundaries. The charter requires that nations set up suitable accreditation standards, which would ensure a minimum quality of attainment for their engineering graduates)

3) The Maharashtra Government on 13 June 2014 decided to split India’s most populous district Thane by carving out a new district out of district. Which will be this new district? – Palghar (Palghar will be the headquarters of the new district, which will have eight taluks (sub-districts). The residual Thane district will have seven taluks including Thane city. Thane district, with a large tribal population, huge tracts of forest and inaccessible areas has always been challenge for the administrators. The tribal belt will now come under Palghar)

4) The Narmada Control Authority (NCA) on 12 June 2014 approved the proposal to raise Narmada Dam’s height from 121.9 metres to 138.7 metres. The demand for raising the height of the dam was a longstanding demand of the Gujarat government. This would make Narmada Dam world’s second largest concrete gravity dam (by volume). Which is the largest one? – Grand Coulee Dam in the United States (A higher dam will optimize hydro-power generation and water supply capacity of this project, and is expected to benefit not just Gujarat but also neighbouring Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. But decision to raise dam’s height drew protests from activist Medha Patkar who drew attention to the resultant displacement of thousands of people)

5) The Maharashtra Government on 13 June 2014 approved 20% additional reservations in government jobs and education for which community with which the community’s quota limit would be raised upto 72%? – Maratha Community (The Marathas are a dominant caste in the state of Maharashtra, comprising roughly 30% of the population. The community wields massive political clout)

6) Defending champion Spain was delivered a humiliating 5-1 defeat by the Netherlands in a league match at the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2014 on 13 June 2014. This was only the second time the Spanish team had conceded five goals in a World Cup game. When they were last defeated by such a margin in World Cup? – in 1950 (When hosts Brazil defeated Spain by 6-1 on their home turf. Spain is also the Euro 2012 champions)

7) India ended its campaign at the FIH Hockey World Cup on 14 June 2014 by playing their last classification match. India finished at which place in this World Cup? – Ninth (India defeated South Korea by 3-0 in the ninth-10th place play-off match at the Kyocera Stadium at The Hague in Netherlands. India ended the World Cup one notch below their eighth-place finish at New Delhi edition in 2010)

June 16, 2014
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