[PIN-2014] Part 1/6: National- Official Posts, Committees, Stamps-2014, Defense, Telangana & more

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  1. Prologue to six part Article series
  2. Constitutional / Statutory / Official bodies
    1. Judiciary related
    2. National commissions for
    3. New Chief Ministers and UT Administrators
    4. Governors
    5. Secretaries
    6. Indian Ambassadors Abroad
  3. Telangana the 29th State
  4. Government Committees / commissions
    1. 14th Finance commission
    2. 7th Pay commission
  5. Stamps 2014
    1. Stamp1: Drukpa Lineage of Buddhism
    2. Stamp2: Chattampiswamikal
    3. Stamp3: Hasrat Mohani
    4. Stamp4: International Year of Crystallography (UNESCO)
  6. Defense / Security: Persons in News
    1. Boats, missiles and Helicopters
    2. Training exercises 2014
  7. Space related
  8. India: Places in News 2014

Prologue to six part Article series

Total six parts covering December 2013 to 8th June 2014- nearly six months that is the usual time span for current affairs most competitive exams below UPSC Civil service exam.

  1. [PIN-2014] Part 1/6: National- Official Posts, Committees, Stamps-2014, Defense, Telengana & more
  2. [PIN-2014] Part 2/6: International- Presidents, Prime ministers, Summits, bodies & Ukraine Crisis
  3. [PIN-2014] Part 3/6: Sports, Mascots, Athletes, Awards, FIFA-2014, Sochi-2014, Grand Slams, Hockey, Kabbadi, Cricket & more
  4. [PIN-2014] Part 4/6: Economic Regulators, Banking Sector CMDs, RBI monetary policy, RBI Committees, Business GK CEOs
  5. [PIN-2014] Part 5/6: Books, Authors, Movies awards & Beauty Pageants
  6. [PIN-2014] Part 6/6: Diaspora, Civilian awards & Dead in News, Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas, Padma 2014, Able Prize & more

Useful for?

  • IFoS mains
  • security jobs: CDS, CAPF, ACIO
  • Banking jobs: IBPS, SBI PO, SBI Clerk, RBI Grade “B” Officer, RBI Assistant,
  • Staff selection: SSC CGL, SSC 10+2;
  • State PSC: UPPSC Lower & upper subordinate, Rajasthan, MP, Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat, Karnataka etc.
  • PSU/Corporation jobs: EPFO, ESCI, FCI, ONGC etc.

All of above exams have 3-5-8 MCQs from Person in news, books, author, awards and sports.

What about UPSC/CSAT / preliminary exam?

  1. This article series is pretty much useless for Civil service (IAS/IPS), they stopped this variety of MCQs since last three prelims.
  2. Besides even if UPSC examiner asks something, it’d require far deeper coverage of static background, which I’ve ignored for PIN-2014, because here my focus is non-UPSC exams, their examiners don’t go that deep.
  3. PIN data asked in IFoS (Forest service) Mains exam, hence important.
  4. For IFoS prelims not much important, because both civil service and forest service got common prelims (refer to point #2)

Any updates, corrections please do post in the comments but with reference except wikipedia

Constitutional / Statutory / Official bodies

Modi 15th PM of India. As such election & ministries related GK is endless. You should focus on following topics first:

  1. Theory from M.Laxmikanth or Lucent GK– What is speaker pro-tem, how many Rajysabha seats, How many Loksabha seats, how many nominated members etc. etc.
  2. VVPAT, voters’ ink, security deposits, procedure to get national party status etc. given under Mrunal.org/Current
  3. List of ministries under Modi-sarkaar (click on follow link): English list || Hindi list

Here I’m only adding a few points, otherwise article will run five mile long only with election GK.

  1. Women in cabinet
    1. first lady to hold portfolio of Foreign ministry / external affairs ministry: Indira Gandhi (While she was PM, she also held this porfolio during 67 and 84.) So in that context, Sushma is 2nd. But if you count woman who held “only foreign ministry” (without being PM), then Sushma first woman to hold this post.
    2. First lady cabinet minister was Rajkumari Amrit Kaur (Health) in Nehru government.
  2. Kiren Rijiju: Arunanchal Pradesh MP to become minister. He is Minister of State for Home Affairs
  3. Shyam Saran Negi: India’s first voter. Kalpa, Kinnaur Lok Sabha constituency, in Himachal Pradesh
Opposition leader
  • Rajya Sabha: Congi Gulam Nabi Azad
  • Lok Sabha: Nobody because no party got 10% seats under Modi wave.
  • Congress’s leader in Lok Sabha = Mallikarjun Kharge.
SpeakerSumitra Mahajan <= Kamalnath Speaker Pro-tem (Congi) <= Meera Kumar (Congi).
CAGShashikant Sharma replaced Vinod Rai. Vinod Rai became UN Audit panel Chief.
Election commissionV. S. Sampath (chief), HS Brahma & Sayyed Nasim
CVCCVC is 3 members body. CVC= Pradeep Kumar. the other two VC are JM Garg and Rajeev. for more details, refer to Stamps 2014 section.
LokPalNobody right now but 1 chairperson + max 8 members (50% judicial members), 50% reservation to SC/ST/OBC/Minorities/Women. selection panel: PM, Speaker, Leader Opposition Lok Sabha, CJI + Eminent jurist (nominated by Prez, on recommendation of first four).
CICRajiv Mathur replaced Sushma Singh

  • panel: PM+ leader of opposition + Law minister
  • Deepak Sandhu was the First lady CIC, and Sushma Singh was second lady.
UPSC
  • Chairman DP Agrawal (will retire in August 2014, after that “acche Din” will start, unless another uncle-ji professor takes over.)
  • New Member Mrs. P. Kilemsungla –got Padma shri award in 2014.First person from Nagaland to be appointed as UPSC member.
  • Prof. Hemchandra Gupta (Ex professor of IIT Delhi).

Economy related bodies: CAG, CCI, SEBI etc. done in BusinessGK part #4 click me

Judiciary related

Chief Justice of IndiaR.M Lodha: 41st CJI of India. He replaced P.Sathashivam. Year 2014 is very special for SC of india. In this year Supreme court will witness 3 CJI. P. Sathasivam – R.M Lodha – H.L Dattu.
Attorney General(Pending) Mukul Rohtagi. Right now Goolam Vahanvati.
Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar replaced Mohan Parasaran
Gujarat lokayuktaJustice D.P Buch
Delhi HCGorla Rohini  (1st women chief justice of delhi High Court.)
Chief justice / Lokayukta of your statedig that on your own.

National commissions for

ChildrenKushal Singh
Human rightsKG Balakrishnan
MinoritiesNaseem Ahmed
Backward classJustice V. Eswaraiah has recommended inclusion of Transgender in OBC List, after Supreme court order.
SCP.L. Punia
STRameshwar Uraon
WomenMamta Sharma

New Chief Ministers and UT Administrators

Arunanchal CMNabam Tuki
AssamCabinet approved “Vidhan Parishad” (legislative council) for this state, under Art.169. Nov 2013
BiharJitan Ram Manjhi replaced Nitish Kumar.
December assembly elections
  1. Madhya Pradesh: Shivraj
  2. Rajashthan: Vasundhara
  3. Mizoram: Lalthan Hawla (Congi),
  4. Delhi: Kejriwal gone with the wind.
Delhi Lt. Governor Najib Jung
Gujarat CMAnandi Ben Patel (BJP), first woman CM of Gujarat.
Lt.Gov Andaman-nicoAK Singh
Nagaland CMTR Zeliang
Sikkim CMPawan Chamling for 5th time.
Uttrakhand CMHarish Ravat replaced Vijay bahuguna

Governors

I’m not putting Governor List because Modi will soon remove all the previous congi govrnors to fullfil his dream of Congress mukta bharat.

Anyways for the state PSC exams preapre whoever is in the office right now.

UIDAI vs NPR

  • UIDAI (Nilekani) under planning commission vs National population registration (under Home ministry). Both projects to be merged soon.
  • Nilekani had resigned from UIDAI to contest Lok Sabha election from Bangalore on Congi ticket

Secretaries / special officers

Cabinet Secretary
  • Ajit Seth
  • boss of Central Secretariat
Principle Secretary
  • Nripendra Misra, former TRAI chief. As such he cannot join government job after working as TRAI chief but Modi made ordinance to exempt this.
  • boss of PMO
FinanceArvind Mayaram, important for he headed various Committees.
NSANational security advisor. Ajit Dowal, ex-IPS replaced Shivshankar Menon, Ex IFS. Brajesh Mishra was the first NSA in Vajpayee Government.

I’m not including Secretaries of defense, commerce etc. because haven’t seen such MCQs in recent years. Besides Modi is making secret list of kaamchor Secretaries, so some of them may be transferred soon anyways.

Indian Ambassadors Abroad

To PakistanT.C.A Raghvan
To ChinaAshok K. Kantha
To USAS. Jaishankar. played key role in Indo-US nuclear deal
UN permanent representative from IndiaAshok kumar Mukherjee

Telengana the 29th State

SeemandhraTelangana
CM & partyC. Chandrababu NaiduTelugu Desham Party (TDP)K. Chandrshekhar raoTelangana Rastra Samiti
GovernorESL NarsinhmanSame
HC Chief JusticeKalyan Jyoti SenguptaSame
seat/bench of HCCommon HC – HyderabadSame
Secretariat @HyderabadSame
Capitalgreater HyderabadSame
Lok Sabha seats2517
Rajya Sabha seats117
Vidhan sabha seats175119
population5 cr3.5 cr
no. of districts13Originally 10 + 14 new => 24
area1.6 lakh sqkm1.14 sq km
Major portDuggirajupatnam, VishakhapatnamNA
Oil/gas royaltiesAccording to production in their territorysame
NTPCnew power plant
Electricity from Central Power stationsIn the ratio of consumption in last five yearsSame
River waterUnion government will form a central body to decide water allocation.Same
important rivers /damsGodavari,  Penneru Ri, Gundla KammaPalleru ri.Muneru ri. ,Hallia ri, Dindi ri, – all tributaries of Krishna
wildlife
  1. Lake Pulicat,
  2. lake Kolleru
  3. Neelapattu bird sanctuary

 

  1. Pocharam
  2. Kawal
  3. Pakhal
  4. Eturnagaram  Wild Life Sanctuaries
tourismHorsely hill station, Borru caves, Araku valley (natural heritage site), VishakhapatnamChitrakoot falls
Tirupati templehere
important cities/townsVishakhapatnam, Rajamundry, Vijayvada,Warangal, Adilabad, Nizamabad
historic places/templesTirupati balaji, Lepakshi temples, AmaravatiWarangal, Palampet,
elite eduseparate IIT/IIM/AIIMs under 12th and 13th FYP?
shares border with these statesTN, KN, OdishaKN. MH, Chhatisgarh, Odisha
  • original Andhra Pradesh was formed in 1956 under state reorganization act, 1956
  • Telengana formed in 2014, under Andhra Pradesh reorganisation act,2014

Nagarjun-shrisailam Tiger reserve:

  • Largest tiger reserve of India
  • its area is in both Telengana (Mahbubnagar and Nalgonda) +  Seemandhra (Telangana , Kurnool, Guntur and Prakasam)

Government Committees / commissions

RBI appointed Committees not given here because I’ve covered them under Banking/Biz GK part.click me

14th Finance commission

Formed under Article 280 of the Constitution

  • 13th FC: Chairman Kelkar
  • 14th FC setup in in Jan 2013.
  • Boss = Ex RBI governor  Governor YV Reddy
  • His recommendations will be effective from 1/April/2015, for a period of five years

Apart from the usual terms of reference, 14th FC also has to make recommendations about:

  1. Pricing of public utilities such as electricity and water in an independent manner
  2.  issues like disinvestment, GST and subsidies.

7th Pay commission

  • 6th PC was formed in 2006. Chairman:  BN Sri Krishna
  • 7th Pay commission-head-Rtd SC judge Ashok kumar Mathur
  • Member= Vivek Rae full time (IAS) + Rathin Roy part time (economist) + Meena Agarwal (Secretary, IRAS)
  • Target audience= 50 lakh Central government employees, including the Railways and Defense. +30 lakh pensioners.
  • Deadline= submit report in two years.

Implemented from January 1, 2016. [6th PC’s recommendations from January 1, 2006.]

other Committees
20th law commissionnew chairman Justice Ajit prakash shah.(D.K jain resigned and became the president of National Consumer disputes redressal commission)
A.R. RatherGST panel new chief- Jammu & Kashmir Finance minister
Abhay BhangSetup by Ministry of Health & family welfare.Why govt setup- IMR & MMR are high among STs.Purpose- to develop  a national framework to address healthcare challenges of STs (who are living in tribal district and tribal development blocks).
AFSPASantosh Hegde Committee.
D. SwarupInvestor awareness and protection
D.S. Kolamkarrisk management of commodity futures market
DP Tripathihigh power committee for running and safety of trains.
FSLRCFiscal sector legislative reformsBN Shri Krishna
Justice DK Jainpresident of National Consumer disputes redressal commission)
Justice M.Ramachandra PanelBy Kerala government to update Kerala’s desi liquor policy. Recommended liquor with low alcohol content.
Justice mukul MudgalIPL match fixing – On the basis of this report SC took action and Srinivasan was forced to resign+ Walmart Lobbying, by Corporate Min.
Justice Ranjana Desaihead of gender sensitisation and internal complaints committee (GSICC)of Supreme court.Purpose – to deal with Asharam type person working in Supreme court.
Justice Shiv RajanSolar scam in Kerala
Justice Vishnu  SahayMuzzafarnagar (UP)Riot  (Imp for UPPCS exam)
K Sivaramakrishnanato recommend new location of capital for successor state in Andhra Pradesh. Until then Hyderabad will remain the joint capital of both for ten years. (By Home ministry)
Kelkar panelIncrease domestic oil and gas production and decrease in imports by 20-30
Kiran Aggarwalunder DoPT. To reform in IAS training. Recommended that IAS officer’s training should be shortened.
M.P. Bezbaruah
  • For betterment of North Eastern people living in various parts of India.
  • Other members-one member from Tripura + 1 from Mizoram + 1 from Sikkim + a lady member
  • Reason- After the death of NE student in Delhi (racial discriminated)
  • By Home ministry
M.S. SahooForeign currency convertible bonds through depository receipt mechanism
MB ShahRetired SC Judge. SIT on Blackmoney.
Mehmood Ul RehmanTo study the reasons for backward Muslims. He is Former vice chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University.  (Imp for UPPCS exam)
OOMMEN  V panelTo study the report of kasturi rangan committee on western Ghats. Kasturi was formed to study Madhav Gadgil’s report….this might become an endless cycle.
Sam Pitroda2013. to lookinto the role of public broadcaster Prasar Bharati
Sandhya KulsresthaBy Dept. of agriculture –on framing a policy for monitoring Pesticides residue in vegetable and fruits

Stamps in News 2014 (SIN?)

in 2014, Indian Post has released following stamps so far

Stamps 2014 Indiapost

Stamp1: Drukpa Lineage of Buddhism

  • Druk (Tibetan) = dragon, Drukpa (Tibetan) = lineage of dragon
  • founded in 1206; Today 12th head is Jigme Wangchen
  • Drukpa Buddhism devotees in Tibet, Ladakh, Sikkim, HP and North- East India and Nepal.
  • Hemis Monastery, Ladhakh = their main centre, built in 17th Cent.
  • The monastry also house library of Tibetan books and valuable collection of Thangkas (Tibetan style of paintings)
  • Thangka (‘recorded message’): buddhist monks used scrolled paintings on cotton or silk to preach buddhist Dhamma to nomadic people of Himalyas. These Thangkas are open for public display every 11th year during festival time.

Stamp2: Chattampiswamikal

  • 1853: he was born in a village near Thiruvanthampuram, Kerala
  • His real name was Ayappan. Also called “Shri Vidyadhiraj swami Thiruvaddikal”
  • He was known for sharp intellect and academic excellence
  • He mastered Yoga, medicine, music, Vedas, Upnishads, Sanskrit, Malayalam and Tamil.
  • His Books (total 15)
    • Vedadhikara Niroopam’, essence of Vedas, so that Vedas can be accessible to everyone
    • Jeeva Karunya Niroopam” for non-violence and vegetarianism
  • contribution
    • promotion of education and upliftment of the down trodden
    • advocated formation of class-less society
    • feminism

Stamp3: Hasrat Mohani

  • real name : syed Fazl –ul Hasan
  • Urdu poet and freedom fighter
  • participated in Khilafat movement
  • participated in Arhar movement of Mohd. Hakim Ajmal (they disliked Aligarh school, wanted muslims to participate actively in freedom struggle)
  • Poerty collection “Khulliyat –e – Hasrat Mohani”,
  • his famous ghazal “chupke chupke raat din, ansu bahana yaad hai”
  • coined the slogan “Inqlab Zindabad”
  • founded Urdu journal – “Urdu e Mualla”
  • 1921 presided Muslim League
  • become 1st Indian to demand complete independence (Azadi –e-Kaamil)
  • Elected to UP legislative Assembly from ML party
  • Founder member of CPI – believed in communist and revolutionary philosophy
  • Member of constituent assembly of India but he didn’t sign the constitution as he saw hypocracy towards minorities

Stamp4: International Year of Crystallography (UNESCO)

  • Indian and Chinese civilization were the earliest to know crystallization process in salt and sugar
  • Crystallography used in revealing the structure of DNA, to understand and fabricate computer memories, Proteins synthesis and helping scientists to design powerful new drugs.
  • Crystallography still remains relatively unknown to the general public.
  • So United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 2014 as the International Year of Crystallography (IYCr2014)*
  • because 2014 marks 100 years of X-ray crystallography.(Max Von Laue won nobel prize in 1914).
Other stamps released in 2014 so far
Central Vigilance Commission (50 years)
  • 1964: setup. 2003: statutory body.
  • Panel: PM, HM, Opposition leader of LokSabha.
  • three member: CVC= Pradeep Kumar. the other two VC are JM Garg and Rajeev.
FIFA 2014to be released in June 2014. important facts already covered under sports section.
Food Corporation Of India
  • completed 50 years. (founded in ’64).
  • HQ: Delhi. Boss: C. Viswanath.
  • Falls under Ministry of Consumer Affairs & Public Distribution
Indian Museum
  • located in Kolkata (1814)
  • by Asiatic society of Kolkata (And Asiatic Society was setup by Sir William Jones. Although he died way before this museum was setup.)
Jagjit Singh Ghazal singer not important because he died way back in 2011.
musicians of indiayet to be released in June 2014
national church council of indiaboth protestant and orthodox churches. HQ Nagupur.

Defense / Security: Persons in News

Abhilash TommyNaval Expedition
AirforceAir Chief marshal- Arup Raha (24th chief of Airforce).  Worked in Operation Rahat during Uttarakhand Tsunami.
ArmyDalbir Singh Suhag  WILL replace Bikram Singh on July 31, 2014. Suhag is a Gorkha officer, served in Indian peacekeeping ops in Sri Lanka.
Aruna BahugunaFirst woman director of Sardar patel national police academy Hyderabad- the training centre for IPS officers. She was also the first woman to become special DG in CRPF.
Barryl CastelinoKirti Chakra for Uttrakhand relief
BSFDevendra Kumar Pathak
CBIRanjit Sinha
CISFDG  Arvind Ranjan
DGP of UP, MP, Rajashtan, Gujarat etcCandidates appearing for those state PSC exam should prepare.
DRDONew Chief Avinash Chander
IB (Intelligence Bureau)Syed Ibrahim
Indian Coast GuardDG Anurag G Thapliyal
MaheshkumarKirti Chakra for killing JK Terrorists
Maxwell NevilleAustralian reporter, leaked 62’s Handerson Brooks report for Sino-India war. Indian government secretly blocked his website (without official confirmation under IT act.)
Mumbaipolice commissioner Rakesh Maria
NATGRIDRaghu Raman CEO. Modi Government didnot renew his contract.
National Disaster Response ForceKrishna Chaudhari
NavyRK Dhowan After resignation of Admiral Devendra Joshi-for INS Sindhuratna.
NIASharad kumar
NSANational security advisor. Ajit Dowal, ex-IPS replaced Shivshankar Menon, Ex IFS. Brajesh Mishra was the first NSA in Vajpayee Government.
NSGJ. N. Chaudhary
RAWCurrent chief: Alok Joshi.
SSBDG Arun Chaudhary

Boats, missiles and Helicopters

The core compilation article is here: CLICK ME.

Most of the missiles, fighter jets etc. remain one and same. They just keep testing Agni Prithvi missiles thing over and over again. Here are some new developments

26th JuneKargil Victory day
Abhilash tommyNavy officer first Indian to circumnavigate the globe in 150 days.
Akash Missile25 kms surface to air
Arrow 3Israel’s missile shielf system
C17 Globermasterfrom US. Cargo ship for Airforce.
Cheetal Helicopterlight utility, multi-role helicopter is a variant of the Cheetah helicopter being manufactured by HAL, which is already operational in the high altitude regions.
Coast Guards
  • C402, C408: Interceptor boat for coastguard.
  • C154: interceptor boat for Maharashtra coast.
  • H191: air cushion vehicle. For helping small boats in distress at sea
  • Abhinav, Adesh: Coast guard fast petrol vessel
  • Raj-Ratan : Inshore petrol vessel for coast guard.
Dornier 228Maritime Surveillance aircraft. Indian donated them to Seychelles.
GSAT7For Navy, by ISRO. codename rohini. Sent to space via Ariane 5 rocket, from French Guiana (S.America)
Haft-4Nuke capable Paki Missile. 900km range
INS SindhurakshakSubmarine. Sunk because of accident.
INS TrikhandBy Russia. Stealth frigate for Indian navy
INS Vikrant1961: we bought first aircraft carrier INS vikrant. 1997: it was decommissioned. Aug’13: New INS Vikrant launched. India’s first Indigenous aircraft carrier. Will join active navy duty from 2018.
INS Vikrantserved in India-Pak war of 71. Sold for scrap
IzumoJapan’s biggest ever naval warship since WW2.
Jamaran-2Iran’s destroyer ship with guided missile. Deployed in Caspian sea.
K15Submarine launched missile. Range 1500km
Machhalipattnam, AndhraDRDO setting up new missile testing range here.
MIRVMultiple independently targetable vehicles by DRDO.
NCTCWill function under IB.
NirbhaySurface to Surface subsonic cruise missile. DRDO. 1000km range.
NirbheekRevolver for women, By Indian Ordinance Factory.
NorwayBecomes the first NATO country to make military service compulsory for both men and women
Operation three starCodename for Afzal guru’s hanging.
OSA AK-MSurface to air missile for Indian airforce.
PAC-3Japan’s Anti-Missile Air Defense Units Deployed After North-Korea warned South-Koreans for a War in April-2013.
Parafoil droneChina, Anti-smog. (it sucks the smog like a vaccum cleaner)
PC7 MK IITraining aircraft by Swiz company for Indian airforce
Pragati missilesurface to surface upto 170 kms range. DRDO, based on Prahar missile. India will sell them to friendly nations.
Qaher F313Iran’s indigenous stealth fighter jet
RAFRoyal Airforce, UK. They started using 3D printed parts in jets to cutdown Expenditure.
Rodong MissileNorth Korea, 1300 kms
Rudra helicopterFirst Indigenous Attack heli. With missiles. They’re weaponized version of Dhruva helicopter by HAL Bangalore.
S-3002Russia will sell these anti-aircraft missiles to Iran
Unha-3N.Korea, Long range rocket with 3000km range.

Training exercises 2014

MaitreeIndia’s bilateral military exercise with Thailand. But after coup in May 2014, government ordered Indian troops to return.
Milan 2014Naval exercise, Port blair total 16 navys in the Indian Ocean
SEHYOG – KAIJIN 2014India Japan coast guard joint exercise (@kochi coast)
TropexBay of Bengal. Navy.  GSAT 7- Rukmani

Space related

  • Mangalyaan / Mars Orbitor here click me
  • Previous core compilation click me– most of the basics about launch vehicle and satellites remain same.
  • Beyond that lot of development in Hindu but most of that is not much important for non-UPSC exam.
GaiaEuropean space agency satellite. Will map 1 billion stars. launch Dec.2013
GSAT7For Navy, by ISRO. Codename rohini. Sent to space via Ariane 5 rocket, from French Guiana (S.America)
GSLV D5Cryogenic engine. India only sixth country in the world to have this technology.
IRNSSIndian regional navigation satellite. PSLV-C24 launch vehicle used. From Sriharikota.
M23MRussian cargo ship to send supplies to International space station
PajoheshIranian rocket that carried a monkey into space
SARSpecific absorption rate (mobile phone) for India it is 1.6 watt per kg.
SES8this satellite will provide TV signs to Asia &  Pacific. US private company Space X launched this via Falcon 9 rocket.
Yutu/Jade RabitThis was Chinese land rover for Moon. Mission: Change-E-3.

Nuke Energy

India’s largest Nuke plantat Gorakhpur village, Fatehabad district, Haryana. previous PM Mohan had laid foundation. Capacity 2800MW
KudankulamTamilnadu. Unit 1 achieved max capacity (1000MW). Russia signed pact for #3 and #4 as well.

India: Places in News 2014

Arunanchal Pradesh
  • New wild banana species found-Musa Velutina.
  • Naharalagun new railway line to connect Itanagar with rest of India
AssamFirst state of India to ban all type of Tobbaccos.
Badayun, UPgangrape and public hanging of two sisters.
Bangalore airportRenamed after Hiriya Kempegowda. He was a ruler under the Vijayanagar empire
Banglorefirst Tech de-addiction centre by NIMHANS.
BetulIn Gawilgarh hills, MP. ASI has found 12000 year old paintings from here.
Chandrawativillage in Rajasthan. Temple Architecture from 11th AD found.
Chilka LagoonOdisha. UN’s World tourism organization gave it lable “destionation flyways’
Cyclone PhailinOdisha and Andhra
Double decker flyoverto connect Santacruz to Chembur in Mumbai.
Goa36th national games 2015
Gorakhpur  (UP)Longest railway platform of the world
Gorakhpur (Haryana)Nuclear Plant established
GorkhpurLimca record for world’s longest railway station. falls under North Eastern rail zone
Hanumangarhaa major trade hub during Harappa period. Haryana
Indian Pittasmall bird, spotted in Arvallis biodiversity pakr, Delhi after 60 years
Jaisalmer FortFirst inhabited world heritage monument under UNESCO.  Other five forts that got world heritage statute: Amber, Chittorgarh, Gangron, Kumbhalgarh.
Jaldapara National parkWest Bengal. home to Asiatic wild dog (Dhule), IUCN status: endangered. seen first time here. Same park is 2nd largest habitat of one horned rhinos, after Kanziranga
Javadi HillsVellore district TN. Neolithic bedrocks found. They were used for aryanaza axes and stone tools.
Jhajjar (Haryana)National cancer institute established
Jind and Karnalincluded in National capital region (NCR). They’ll get more funds for infra development.
Kalimantan forestIn Borneo island, Indonesia. World’s largest project for REDD+
Kerala35th National games 2014 (preparation not finished)
KochiLNG terminal
Kshripra river, UjjainGold coins of vikram aditya found belonging to first century Bc.
KunnurFirst dist of India where no one is landless.
KutchIndia’s first marine eco sensitive zone by MoEF
Larji damHimachal, on Beas river. Released water without warning, the flash flood caused death of 20+ B.Tech students from Hyderabad. June 2014
Maenam Wildlife Sanctury, SikkimFirst wild life aryanaz to have a skywalk and 22km ropeway
Malayalam languageUnion cabinet gives it classical status, along with Tamil, Kannada and Telugu.
Meghalaya, Tripura, Manipur.Got their own high courts. Total HC (before) =21. After =24.
Mukundra HillsThird Tiger reserve in Rajasthan. Other two are Sariska and Ranthambhore
Nagzira5th tiger reserve in Maharashtra
NaharalagunArunanchal railway station. only two state capitals in NE, have rail connectivity. first Guwahati, second Itanagar (via Naharalagun).
Narmada Dam / Kevadiya ColonyPatel’s statue of unity will be built here- on Sardar Sarovar dam on Narmada dam.
Nazarbaugh PalaceVadodara. Built by Gaekward rulers, demolished because its structure had become too weak to withstand next monsoon.
NCW building delhiNow named as “NIRBHAYA BHAWAN”
Nyoma, LehHighest Krishi Vigyan Kendra
Palacole, AndhraNepoleaon era gold coins found
petrochemical regionsModi plans three new petrochemical regions in Karnataka, Maharastra and West Bengal each
Praneshwara Temple, Shimoga district, KarnatakaAncient copper plates from Kalachurya dynasty.
Sonipat (Haryana)First govt girls medical college of India (Bhagat phool singh mahila medical college)
TripuraIndia’s first cyber forensic laboratory (2013)
Udaipur1000 years old ruins of Parmar dynasty found
Uttar PradeshBiggest exporter of buffalo meat, after Punjab and Maharashtra. (FICCI report)
UttarpuraAmbassador factory of Hindustan motors in W.bengal. Stopped production in May 2014.
Virar, MumbaiAmul opened India’s first robotic dairy plant here.
Wayanand, KeralaPre historic rock art found in Edakkal caves in Ambukuthy hills.

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94 Comments on “[PIN-2014] Part 1/6: National- Official Posts, Committees, Stamps-2014, Defense, Telangana & more”

  1. Hanumangarha, a major trade hub during Harappa period. its Rajasthan not Haryana

    1. exactly its in rajasthan
      in bikaner division

      1. yes u r right …………………!

    2. ya it is in rajasthan and in jaisalmer fort with another fort name is amer fort nt amber fort

  2. sir kya aap haryana civil services ke liye study plan details likh sakte ho jaise RAS ke liye diya hai like how to proceed about its preparation what kind of to be refered

  3. Some Important exercises skipped:-
    Indo- Nepal Military exercise (March) -Surya Kiran-V in Kathmandu
    Indo- French Air exercise (June) -Garuda V in Jodhpur
    Indo- Singapore Naval exercise (June) -SIMBEX in Andaman Sea

  4. Dear,Mrunal everything is awesome. But I request you to index all articles in monthly wise manner,like we used to have in earlier theme.Now I have to dig number wise and that is pretty cumbersome,please arrange articles how they were posted month wise,so that we can refer from the month we want.

    1. I also request Mrunal to arrange the articles in a manner that will help us to locate and navigate between articles and sections/subjects easily.

      Sometime I find articles posted in previous years very useful. Some kind of structuring/indexing which cover all the articles written so far should be helpful.

  5. kargil victory day is on 26th july not on 26 june….

  6. Delhi: Kejriwal gone with the wind….seriously LOL(maybe with modi wind)

  7. Any one know what happened to Andhra pradesh legislative council after bifurcation and special category given under article 371d,e

    1. Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council was also bifurcated in to two – one for Telangana & Other for Andhra Pradesh. The seats were also appropriated accordingly. This is explicitly provided in the part 2 of 3rd schedule of the andhra pradesh reorganisation act, 2014

      Regarding Art. 371-D, It was also amended as per the schedule 97 of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation act

      P.S. : Link for the bill – http://www.prsindia.org/uploads/media/Telangana/Telangana%20Bill%20as%20passed%20by%20LS.pdf

      1. so, in all we have 7 legislative councils in our nation, RIGHT?
        that include telangana?

        1. @aditi,

          Yes, presently, there are 7 legislative councils in india which includes Telangana Legislative Council.
          Its first meeting was also held recently after summoning of 1st assembly of Telangana.

          Any one can give a clarity about Article 371e ?

  8. in the topic, telangana the 29th state, it is to mention under NTPC point, that there is plant of ntpc in seemandhara with name simhadri

  9. CORRECTION- kargil victory day is 26 july

  10. Kargil victory day is July 26th….#rectification…

  11. Ms lalitha kumaramangalam new chairperson NCW.

  12. Mrunal Sir, we are NOT able to take print outs from your blog. Pl. allow us to take print out as ever.

    Thanks and Regards

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