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) Defending champions Australia won the FIH men’s Hockey World Cup by humiliating hosts the Netherlands by 6-1 on 15 June 2014. With this win Australia has now won how many hockey World Cup titles? – Three(Australia’s other title wins were in 1986 and 2010. Argentina defeated England by 2-0 to win third place while India got ninth place in the tournament. This was 13th edition of men’s Hockey World Cup and was held at the Hague in the Netherlands from 31 May to 15 June 2014)

2) Hosts the Netherlands defeated which team in the finals to win FIH women’s Hockey World Cup on 14 June 2014? – Australia (This was record seventh title win for the Netherlands in 13 World Cups. This was also the 13th edition of women’s Hockey World Cup and was held at the Hague in the Netherlands simultaneously with men’s World Cup. Argentina defeated the USA by 2-1 to win third place. This was Argentina’s fourth successive medal in the World Cup. They were champions in 2002 and 2010, and bagged a bronze in 2006)

3) Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited which country on his first official visit to a foreign country since assuming charge? – Bhutan(He reached Bhutan on 15 June 2014 on his 2-day official visit. Modi said Bhutan was a natural choice as his first foreign destination because of the unique and special relationship between India and Bhutan)

4) Renowned journalist Shekhar Gupta was heading which newspaper as its Editor-in-Chief, from which he officially resigned on 15 June 2014? – Indian Express (From 16 June 2014 ‘Indian Express’ has a new Editor-in-Chief – Raj Kamal Jha. Raj Kamal Jha was the Editor of the newspaper till now while Managing Editor Unni Rajen Shanker was appointed the new Editor. Shekhar Gupta is also famous for his hosting of ‘Walk the Talk’ on NDTV)

5) Who was elected as the new Prime Minister of Finland on 14 June 2014 to replace outgoing Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen? – Alexander Stubb (Stubb was the Foreign Trade Minister in the government till now. Stubb represents the liberal wing of National Coalition Party, the main government party in the five-party coalition and was elected in the party congress where he defeated rival Social Affairs Minister Paula Risikko with 500 votes against her 349. Katainen, who has led the party since 2004, announced his resignation in April 2014)

6) What is the name of the World’s first supersonic car which can run at 1,609 kmph (1,000 mph), which was unveiled on 13 June 2014 in Bristol (UK)? – Bloodhound SSC (Bloodhound SSC is aimed to set the fastest land speed record in history in the South African desert in 2015 and 2016. It has been handcrafted using 5 different types of carbon fibers and two different resins. Andy Green, a British Royal Air Force fighter pilot and World Land Speed Record holder, is the official driver of this supersonic car)

June 17, 2014

1) What is the name given to a major operation started by the Pakistani military from 15 June 2014 to flush insurgents out of the volatile region of North Waziristan bordering Afghanistan? – ‘Zarb-e-Azb’, which translates to ‘Strike of the Prophet’s Sword’ (Pakistan sent troops, artillery and helicopter gunships to North Waziristan on 15 June in a long-expected military operation seen as a response to a deadly insurgent attack on its biggest airport (Karachi) a week ago. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who preferred peace talks, has been under pressure from hawks in the army as well as the United States to launch a major operation against militants in North Waziristan, part of the largely lawless areas bordering Afghanistan. The Pakistan Army on 16 June 2014 said that at least 27 terrorists were killed in the ongoing operation)

2) The Wholesale Price Index (WPI) for the month of May 2014 touched a 5-month high as higher food prices and fuel costs fuelled price rise. What was the WPI for May 2014 which was released on 16 June 2014? – 6.01% (The WPI for April 2014 was 5.20%. As per the data released by the government, core inflation was at 3.8% as against 3.4% last month. Primary article inflation stood at 8.58% as against 7.06% last month. Food article inflation was at 9.50% as against 8.64% last month while non-food article index was up at 1.5%)

3) Who was chosen as the next United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights by the U.N. General Assembly on 16 June 2014? –Prince Zeid al Hussein of Jordan (Prince Zeid al Hussein is Jordan’s Ambassador to the U.N. He is a longtime diplomat and former U.N. peacekeeper and will take over from Navi Pillay as U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights on 1 September 2014. He will be the first Muslim and Arab to hold the post)

4) The goal-line technology, introduced for the first time in the FIFA World Cup, awarded the first international goal in its history on 15 June 2014. This goal was awarded to which country? – France(France made World Cup history by becoming the first team to benefit from FIFA’s long-overdue embrace of video replays in awarding goals called goal-line technology. This decision was done in France’s league match against Honduras which France won convincingly by 3-0)

5) Which team won the US’ prestigious NBA (National Basketball Association) Championship for 2014 on 15 June 2014? – San Antonio Spurs (San Antonio Spurs defeated the Miami Heat by 104-87 to win the series in five games. This was 5th NBA title for Spurs having won the title in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007. Spurs also ended Miami Heat’s winning spree having won the title consecutively in 2012 and 2013. NBA is widely considered to be the premier men’s professional basketball league in the world)

6) Who won the US Open Golf title for 2014 on 15 June 2014? –Martin Kaymer of Germany (With this title win Kaymer became the first continental European to ever win the US Open. He’s also only the third Open champion to have led from beginning to end of the tournament, joining Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. This was 114thedition of US Open Golf, which is one of the most prestigious titles in international golf circuit)

June 18, 2014

1) The Delhi Government on 17 June 2014 announced that the national capital has become the first ‘kerosene-free city’ in the country. Which scheme was implemented in the city which enabled it to do away with the sale of non-subsidised kerosene in the city – Delhi: A Kerosene-Free City Scheme, 2012(The scheme was launched in 2012 in collaboration with three oil marketing companies and the Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas for which Delhi Government had incurred an expenditure of Rs. 62 crores. With delhi being kerosene-free, India is expected to save upto Rs. 200 crore annually)

2) Which bank is organising ‘The Banking and Economics Conclave 2014′ which was inaugurated by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan in Mumbai on 17 June 2014? – State Bank of India – SBI (This conclave is a national level banking conclave that has been organized for the first time. The conclave is on the lines of ‘Bancon’, an event organised by Indian Bank’s Association (IBA) each year. It is also the first time that a commercial bank has organised an event of this magnitude)

3) The Tax Administration Reform Commission (TARC) headed by Parthasarathi Shome in its first report endorsed the recommendations given by the 1992 committee on tax reforms for abolishing the post of Revenue Secretary in the Ministry of Finance. Who had headed that 1992 committee on tax reforms which had advocated path-breaking tax reforms for the country – Raja J Chelliah (Raja J Chelliah was instrumental in bringing about the early reforms to the direct taxation structure. He served as chairman of Tax Reforms Committee of Union govt. between 1991 and 1993 and he was often called ‘The Father of Tax Reforms’)

4) Who was re-elected as Colombia’s President in the tightest presidential contest in years in the country? – Juan Manuel Santos(Santos defeated right-wing challenger Oscar Ivan Zuluaga who was backed by former two-term President Alvaro Uribe. His win is being seen as an endorsement of his 18-month-old peace talks to end the Western Hemisphere’s longest-running conflict)

5) Who scored the first hat-trick of the 2014 FIFA World Cup –Thomas Mueller of Germany (Mueller scored the first hat-trick of the World Cup on 16 June 2014 against Portugal in a Group-G league match at Salvador. Germany outclassed Portugal 4-0 in this match to start its World Cup campaign in style)

6) With over 3 lakh employees Indian IT company TCS has become the world’s third largest employer in the technology sector. Which is the leading employer in this segment? – IBM (According to the latest data released by analysis firms, IBM had 4,31,212 employees during the end of last fiscal year (2013) and was followed by Hewlett-Packard (HP) with 3,17,500 employees. TCS is now placed third with employee strength of 3,00,464. Given the pace at which TCS is growing, it could become the second largest employer this year, crossing HP and would be fast closing-in on IBM)

June 19, 2014
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