[PIN-Sept] Part 1/3: Leaders, Diaspora, Committees and Sports in News

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IAS Mock Interviews
  1. SPIN: Sarkaari People in News
  2. CIN: Committee in news
  3. DSPIN: Diaspora in news
  4. FIN: Foreigners in News
  5. Sports
    1. Mary Kom
    2. Tennis
    3. Other games
    4. Asian Games 2014 (Incheon)
  6. FAQ and usual Moral disclaimers

SPIN: Sarkaari People in News

  • RBI assistant’s exam 2014: asked about Ministers vs portfolios. You can check the list on PMO site. click me
  • not dwelling into CEC, CAG, service chiefs, commission chairman etc. You can get the list under previous PIN-2014 click me (although some names may be outdated).
AECR.K. Sinha Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission (AEC)
Lok SabhaLK Advani became new chairman of ethics Committee.
NCWNational commission for women. Lalitha Kumaramangalam new chief
NGTNational green tribunal. Justice Swatanter Kumar
PFRDANew chief Hemant Contractor
  • Justice Handyala Lakshminarayanaswamy Dattu replaced R.M.Lodha  as new CJI
  • Dattu will retire in Dec 2015. (so thankfully I won’t have to update PIN series soon)
  • If NJAC (National Judicial Appointments Commission) system becomes effective, then Dattu will retire as the last person selected from Collegium system.
TNPaneer-selvam became new CM after Jayalalitha was jailed.
TRAIChairman Dr. Rahul Khullar.

CIN: Committee in news

Bibek Debroy (Economist)Railways restructuring.
Bezbaruah (IAS)Safery of North Eastern people working in rest of India. Home ministry.
GC Mishraby Delhi Government for metro safety
GopalkrishnaRBI Panel for Capacity building in banks and non-banks. Recommended job rotation, transfer reforms etc in Public sector banks
HR Khan (Dy.Gov.RBI)How to utilize unclaimed PPF money for senior-citizen welfare.
Justice VC DagaNSEL’s forensic audit
MahayutiCoalition of BJP, Shivsen and other smaller parties for Maharashtra elections. But later they decided to fight independently.
PJ NayakRBI, to reduce Government’s ownership to below 50% from sarkari banks. report given long time back, in news because of Wilful defaulter topic.
TSR Subramanian (Ex-cabinet Secretary)former cabinet Secretary. Green law panel to reform existing environment laws.

DSPIN: Diaspora in news


Ami BeraCalifornia, House of representative.
Bobby JindalLouisiana Governer, USA, Indian origin, Republican party
Fareed Zakariaworks for CNN. in his interview, Modi said for the first time that Indian muslims will fail Al-Quaeda.
Nikky HaleyS.Carolina Governer, USA, Indian origin, Republican party
Tulsi Gabbard1st Hindu in US House of Representatives (their Lok Sabha). Elected from Hawai State.
Party:Democrat.She took oath on Gita, Served in US army, was deployed in Iraq.
Gave that Gita to Modi during his visit.
Krittika BiswasDaughter of Indian diplomat. Earlier jailed for another person’s crime. Court gave her millions in compensation
Maneesh K. GoyalObama appointed him as member of prestigious J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
Richard Rahul Verma
  • nominee for the post of Ambassador to India
  • Served in US airforce


Alok Shetty
  • Time’s “leaders of tomorrow”
  • He is an Architect working for floor-proof houses for slum people.
New ZealandMahesh Bindra and Parmjeet Parmar elected as Member of Parliament
Spelling beeObama meets Spelling Bee co-champions Sriram Hathway and Ansun Sujoe. In that meeting, Obama couldn’t spell two words correctly – Corpsbruder (a close comrade)” and “Antigropelos (waterproof leggings)

Desi-Videshi awards

  • Padma, Bharat etc not covered because not given in September 2014 and dead topic. Although, older list available in PIN-2014 click me
  • Noble etc. not covered because 2014’s yet to be declared and 2013’s is dead topic. although if you want to see 2013 list click me
  • In videshi awards – I’m including foreigners as well e.g. snowden.
Alternative Nobel
  • Right livelihood award
  • Edward Snowden
  • Pakistani activist Asma Jahangir
Fields prizeMathematician Manjul Bhargava
Rolf Nevanlinna prize
  • Subhash Khot Professor of computer science at New York University
  • Won Rolf Nevanlinna prize of International mathematical union
Gandhi seva award
  • SN SubbaRao
  • By Karnataka Government

FIN: Foreigners in News

Complete list of PM/President given in earlier PIN-2014 (although some may have become outdated)
Here are the leaders in news during Sep-2014.

AfghanistanNew President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. He replaced Hamid Karzai who had been misruling the country since 2001.
AustraliaPM Tony Abbott: visited India, signed nuke deal, wants to legalize marijuana for medicinal use.
BangladeshNew law that empowers parliament to impeach judges
DenmarkPM Helle Thorning-Schmidt. Sent F16 figher jets to destroy ISIS militants in Iraq.
EUEx-Polish PM Donald Tusk will become EU President from December 2014.
FijiPM: Voreqe Frank Bainimarama. President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau. 37% of Juntaa Indian origin.
IndonesiaNew bill to provide indirect elections at local bodies. Only President will be elected directly.
IranPresident Hassan Rouhani. terms US led anti-ISIS coalition “ridiculous”
IraqPrime Minister Haider Al-Abadi
IsraelPM Benjamin Netanyahu met Modi in USA
KiribatiPresident of Kiribati Anote Ton- visited Arctic to understand climate change threat.
New ZealandPM Jonh Key. Wants to redesign flag and remove UK’s royal emblem from it.
PalestinePresident Mahmoud Abbas seeks U.N. deadline to end Israeli occupation
PhilippinesPresident Benigno Aquino survived impeachment
PolandPresident Bronislaw Komorowski.  PM Ewa Kopacz
ThailandPM Prayuth Chan–ocha . Thinks opposition parties doing black magic on him!
Tibet Prime Minister-in-Exile (Sikyong) Lobsang Sangay


World organizations
  • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  • DG Jose Graziano da Silva, visited India in Sep.
WHODG Margaret Chan
  • President Sam Kutesa of Uganda.
  • Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon of S.Korea.


Mary Kom

Hot topic for competitive exams because of the movie. Just like in past, Milkha Singh was hot favorite because of his movie. Here is the brief biography of Mary Kom.

  • full name Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom
  • Coach: Narjit Singh.
  • Hails from Imphal, Manipur
  • Five time World ametuer boxing champ
  • Plays in the flyweight category. (Her weight ~51 kg)
  • Won bronze in London Olympics 2012.
  • Won gold at Asian games 2014, at Incheon South Korea.
  • Autobiography “Unbreakable
  • Priyanka Chopra player her role in the movie Mary Kom. Director Omung Kumar, Producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
  • Civilian awards: Padma shree, Bhushan, Arjun Award, Rajiv Khel Ratna.


Grand Slam involves four “Opens”-

  1. Australian (covered in earlier PIN-2014 article series)
  2. French (same as above)
  3. Wimbledon (given below)
  4. US (given below)

Wimbledon 2014, June July

Men SingleNovak Djokovic, SerbiaRoger Federer, Swiz.
Men doublesVasek Pospisil, Jack SockNot important
Women singlePetra Kvitová, CzechEugenie Bouchard, Canada
Women doublesItaly Sara Errani, Roberta VinciNot important
MixedSerbia Nenad Zimonjic, Australia Samantha StosurNot important
Men SingleSerbia Novak DjokovicSwitzerland Roger Federer


US Opens 2014, Aug-September
men singleMarin Cilic (Croatia)Nishikori (Jap)
men doublesBob and Mike Bryan, USnot important
women singleSerena Williams, USACaroline Wozniacki, Denmark
women doublesEkaterina Makarova, Elena Vesnina (Russia)not important
mixedSania Mirza (India), Bruno Soares (Brazil)Not important


Tennis: Misc.
Japanese tennis player Kei NishikoriFirst time made it to US Open Finals. Modi wished him best of luck
Chinese tennis star Li NaTwo grand slams won in career. Retired in Sep 2014.

Other games

I’m not dwelling into cricket, because I don’t follow it on TV/newspaper and directly make note out of current affairs magazines. But September’s current magazines are yet to reach my home.

ChessMagnus Carlsen agreed to play against Vishwanathan a Sochi, Russia. Carlsen was scared because Russian intervention in Ukrain. Sochi not far away from the troubled region.
Oscar PistoriusHandicapped Athlete. Guilty of culpable homicide of his girlfriend in South Africa.
BasketballSikh Players allowed to wear turbans.
FootballFirst ever Indian women football referees: Maria Rebello Piedade and Uvena Fernandes. They served at Asian Games 2014.
Dutee ChandRejected in CWG-2014, after a test showed higher level of androgen (male hormone) in her body.

Asian Games 2014 (Incheon)

  • Theme “Diversity shines here”
  • 2014: Games at Incheon, S.Korea
  • 2018: Games at Indonesia.
  • India’s flagbearer: Indian hockey team captain Sardar Singh.


Mascots of 2014 games

I’m not going into medals by Indian sportspersons at the moment, because event will end on October 4. After that hopefully some news website will prepare full list thus saving me the time and trouble.
For other parts visit Mrunal.org/PIN.

FAQ and usual Moral disclaimers

Q. You’ve added too many trivial GK type things in it.
After observing the trend of general awareness questions in SSC, RBI grade “B” office and RBI assistant exams of 2014 round- (thanks to comments by readers), it seems that the trend of trivial-GK type current affairs is back.

  • SSC walla asking height of actresses
  • RBI officer asking Vidhya Balan movie
  • RBI assistant focused too much in number type factoids and so on.

So need to adapt accordingly.

Q. You’ve not added xyz thing in it. This coverage is far superficial than what is available under xyz current affairs magazine..

Imran Hashmi(In once upon a time in Mumbai) अगर रास्ते की परवा करता रहा तो मंजिल बुरा मान जाएगी. [If I keep worrying about the road, then the destination will feel upset].
Mrunalअगर [PIN] की परवा करता रहा तो [Current-series] बुरा मान जाएगी.
  • I didnot specifically research on any of these topics. I simply noted down the factoids while reading Hindu and Indianexpress for the ongoing [Current] Series. And today, I’ve sorted, tabulated and published them in three parts.
  • In other words, these three articles are ‘by-products’ of my [Current] series. Beyond that, I lack the time and manpower to specifically research on PIN series, like I had done in past- for the [PIN-2014] series.
  • If you feel that xyz topic must be prepared then please do add in the comments below.

Q. What about PIN July and August.
Not possible because of same Imran Hashmi problem. But there is a desi-jugaad available. Goto library, check the current-affairs magazine- Pratiyogita, Wizard, chronicle etc. and update stuff from it in your database.

Q. Will you release PIN October 2014?
Ans. Most likely yes, Because PIN is merely a byproduct of my [Current-series]. But then again, unlike Bhai, I make no commitments.

Q. I read xyz current affairs magazine and your PIN articles, is that sufficient for clearing IBPS exam?

Ans. No. If you really want to join banking sector then you must pursue one English newspaper on daily basis- for comprehension, vocabulary, banking and economy. And maintain notes – It doesn’t need to be as comprehensive as UPSC note, but an just overview of all current affairs especially in banking and economy.

Because even if you clear the written stage through aptitude, the lack of current affairs will hurt you severely at the interview stage. And Interview stage is the deciding factor in bank allotments- sometimes people from borderline cutoffs get selected and sometimes, aptitude-wizards fail to get even the last “khopche-walli” bank. It all depends on your interview- Ask those who got allotted/failed in Round 3 of IBPS.

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33 Comments on “[PIN-Sept] Part 1/3: Leaders, Diaspora, Committees and Sports in News”

  1. respected sir…thnku once again…sir can u plz provide sum imp.economics oriented questions for ibps aspirants..d gareeb mango people.

  2. I am preparing for 2015 upsc exam, can anyone please tell me, from which month i should start reading newspaper and should start preparing for current affairs

    1. August 2014 to August 2015 THE HINDU..
      Chronicle or Pratiyogita Darpan…as per your choice and interest..
      If preparing for state services…you should go for PD

  3. Yes sir, I qualified po 3 got 76 marks , but could not clear interview.i till date don’t know why??? But yes , aspirants should not downplay the role of interviews thinking ,’written me ho gaya to interview kya ukhad lega ‘.

  4. Thank you sir, i am waiting for this….
    Thank you…

  5. cgl 2014 duplicate admit card from where to download?

  6. mrunal sir…thanku for all u dedicated efforts……aur happy dushera to u and ur family……..thanks from all of us

  7. Sir ssc cgl 2014 form rejected due to under age. what to do?

  8. sir
    thank you very much for your continuous and dedicated efforts, happy dushera, and please guide me for engineering service exam
    for general studies and English section….
    thank you

  9. Friends, romans countrymen lend me your ears (years you are already lending to our good friend DP Agarwal)–please tell when writing an essay do we also write headings before each paragraph/group of paragraphs devoted to same subject matter.

    Also if i am poor in quotes is it be better to not quote.

  10. Sir, almost all the regions have either notified in their site or sent admit card for SSC CGL 2014, but Eastern region i.e. West Bengal has not notified . May I know when they will nnotifie. ?

  11. UPSC pre results are out.

  12. Sorry. They are not out.

  13. may be its silly but pls somebody help….
    i am getting fluctuating marks in pre 2014 according to various keys..
    gourav aggarwal-230+

    so am confused.
    i am from general category.
    can anybody tell me the chances to clear.

  14. sir, i m looking for a book consisting the Globalization topic (The impact of globalization on developing and developed countries). Suggest me any book or other means for this course.

    1. The world is flat by Thomas friedman

  15. sir , can anybody help me regarding the proper detail of PIO (person of Indian Origin ) , OCI and NRI .

  16. Hello friends,
    can anybody tell me where to find social work and defense studies notes in English for UPPSC in Delhi ….

    1. @Pragya

      hi i also want those notes or material if you find any sourse then please inform me
      my gmail id is [email protected]
      thank u

  17. thank u sir mrunal is very help of my CSE preparation thanks a lot…………….

  18. can some one tell me where will i find the hall ticket / admit card for SSC CGL 2014 in ORISSA

  19. Dear mrunal sir
    I am a big admirer of you and just got to know abt your decision to close the forum. I hope you will continue to share the knowledge with us. Please do let me know if I can be of any use.

    Divyakumar agrawal

  20. Respected sir thanx sir to provide us with such immaculate notes on relevant topics and keeping us updated on the current affairs

  21. mrunal sir, what are all things do i need to prepare for rbi assistant phase 2 exam ?

  22. Theme of asian games 2014: meet asia’s future

  23. Thank u very much sir…

  24. Sir, As per Indian Express dated 7th & 8th October, the following have won Nobel prize 2014:

    1.MEDICINE- All 3 For discovering inner GPS that helps brain navigate.

    a. John O’Keffe.
    b. May Britt-Moser.
    c. Edward Moser.

    2. PHYSICS- All 3 for Blue LED (Light emitting Diodes)

    a. Isamu Akasaki.
    b. Hiroshi Amano.
    c. Shuji Nakamura.

    Please advise.

  25. As per Indian express dated 9th Oct, the following won Nobel prize for Chemistry-

    1.Eric Betzig- For tracking cell division inside embryos.
    2. William Moerner- Studied proteins linked to HUNTINGTONS DISEASE (The same diseas Amitabh Bachchan had in YUDH).
    3. Stefan Hell- Trying to understand brain synapses.

    As per IE,

    10th Oct – Will announce Nobel prize for Literature.
    11th Oct- Announce Nobel Peace prize.
    13th oct- Nobel prize for Economics.

    1. Nobel Prize for Literature- Patrick Modiani (French writer)

      Notable Works- Missing person, Trace of Malice, Honeymoon, La Place DeL’etoile.
      Movies- Lacombe, Bonvoyage, Genealogies of Crime.

      1. Nobel Prize for Peace-
        1. Kailash Satyarthi (IND)
        2. Malala Yusafzai (PAK) – Is also the youngest Nobel prize winner at 17 years.

        “For their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education”

        The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2014:

        Jean Tirole – “for his analysis of market power and regulation”.

        1. UN peace award – Shakti sharma of J&K Police- Contributed to the improvement of the status of female police in Afghanistan.

  26. thankyou sir for update us

  27. Alok Shetty
    Time’s “leaders of tomorrow”
    He is an Architect working for FLOOD -proof houses for slum people. Not Floor proof houses. Anyways Nice compilation!

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