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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3) Who on 26 June 2014 was formally appointed the first Chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in its Annual Conference held at Melbourne, Australia? – N. Srinivasan, the President-in-exile of the BCCI (Srinivasan was elected the Chairman despite being barred by the Supreme Court of India from carrying out his duties as BCCI President due to ongoing investigations into the match-fixing allegations relating to the 2013 edition of the IPL. It is worth noting that the post of ICC Chairman is a newly-created post and has been created under ICC’s controversial revamp of the body’s administrative structure. The revamp will also hand major executive decision-making authority to the ‘Big Three’ of the game – India, Australia and England)

4) A Delhi court on 26 June 2014 summoned Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Vice president Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders as accused in ‘National Herald’ newspaper case filed on charges of criminal conspiracy and cheating. Who had established ‘National Herald’, which was shut down in 2008? – Jawaharlal Nehru(Nehru started this newspaper in 1938. The summons was issued on a private complaint filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy. Other senior leaders summoned include Motilal Vohra, Oscar Fernandes and Sam Pitroda. They have been asked to be present in the court on 7 August 2014)

5) Which Uruguay footballer was on 26 June 2014 banned by the FIFA for nine international matches and was barred from all football activities for four months for biting an Italian opponent in a FIFA World Cup match? – Luis Suarez (Luis Suarez is the star striker for Uruguay. This is heaviest punishment ever inflicted on a player at a World Cup finals and was imposed following Suarez’s clash with Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini on 24 June 2014 in a league match against Italy. As part of the ban on football activities, Suarez will not be allowed into a stadium for four months. He was also fined 100,000 Swiss francs or 112,000 dollars)

6) Which university recently launched a 4-year undergraduate programme even as a standoff persists between the University Grants Commission (UGC) and Delhi University (DU) over the Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP)? – Bangalore University(Bangalore University offered a 4-year “re-structured’ undergraduate programme with multiple exit options from this year. With the raging row in Delhi, Bangalore University was quick to clarify that its new programme with the choice-based credit system (CBCS) cannot be compared to FYUP of the DU and it would not tamper with the existing 3-year system but only add value)

June 28-29, 2014

1) How many years of Panchsheel, the five principles of peaceful coexistence propounded by India and China, is being celebrated this year? – 60 years (Panchsheel was enunciated by former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru along with his then Chinese counterpart Zhou Enlai in 1954. The policy was later endorsed by Burma (now Myanmar) too. A commemorative meeting was held on 28 June 2014 on the occasion of 60th anniversary of Panchsheel in Beijing in which Indian Vice-President Hamid Ansari and Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Myanmar counterpart Thien Sein took part)

2) Which three former Soviet republics on 27 June 2014 signed historic trade deals with the European Union (EU) that are expected to help them overcome their post-Soviet legacy of corruption and debt? – Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine (These deals were signed at Brussels. For Ukraine the deal was signed by President Petro Poroshenko. The deal was supposed to be signed in November by Poroshenko’s predecessor, Viktor Yanukovich, who balked at the last minute under the pressure of threats by Russia. With this deal the three join Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in pursuing stronger ties with Europe at the expense of Russia, with Moscow voicing its displeasure at the progress of the discussions)

3) Which village of East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh was on 27 June 2014 the witness of a gas pipeline blast in the gas trunk line of Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) in which 16 people died? –Nagaram (Nagaram village in Amalapuram Mandal of East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh was witness to a huge blast and fire after the fire broke out in the 18-inch trunk pipeline owned by GAIL)

4) India has developed the world’s second largest gamma ray telescope that will help scientists gain new knowledge on the origin of the universe and origin of cosmic rays that bombard the space. Where this huge telescope will be installed? – In Ladakh’s Hanle region (State-owned Electronics Corporation of India Ltd. (ECIL) in Hyderabad designed the giant 45 m high and 180 tonne telescope. The transportation of this telescope from Hyderabad to Ladakh started on 28 June 2014 and it is expected that the telescope will be operational in Ladakh by early 2016. This will be the fourth gamma ray telescope in the world. The largest such telescope built by a consortium of European countries with a diameter of 28 m is currently in operation in Namibia. India’s telescope is the second largest with a diameter of 21 m. But because it is being located in the high altitude Ladakh region, it will have the same capabilities of the one in Namibia)

5) Jean-Claude Juncker, who was named as the new President of the European Commission (EC) on 27 June 2014, is the former Prime Minister of which country? – Luxembourg (But Juncker’s selection for the post dealt a bitter blow to opponent and British Prime Minister David Cameron and it threatened to increase the chances of Britain leaving the bloc. Juncker, a veteran EU insider, was backed by all EU member states, except Britain and Hungary)

6) Global e-commerce giant Amazon during May 2014 tied up with N.R. Narayana Murthy, the co-founder of IT services firm Infosys by forming an e-commerce joint venture with his private investment firm. What is the name of this investment firm of Narayana Murthy? –Catamaran Ventures (Murthy’s private investment firm Catamaran Ventures, a Rs. 600-crore fund launched in 2010, has formed a joint venture with Amazon’s Asia unit to create a new entity. This new entity will help small and medium businesses in India. Catamaran Ventures is based in Bangalore)

7) For the first time two countries from Africa qualified for last-16 stage in FIFA World Cup by making their places in the ongoing 2014 FIFA World Cup. Which team are these? – Algeria and Nigeria(Algeria qualified for last-16 stage for the first time in this World Cup)

8) The unit 42 yoctonewtons, which came to news recently, represents what? – It is the smallest force ever measured so far(According to the journal ‘Science’ the scientists at the Berkeley Lab and University of California (UC) Berkeley measured the smallest force that can be applied to an object. This force was measured using a combination of lasers and a unique optical trapping system that provides a cloud of ultra-cold atoms. 42 yoctonewtons stands for one-septillionth or 10 of a Newton)

June 30, 2014
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