[PIN-November-2014] Part-1/2: Places & Persons in News, Committees, Disasters, Civilian awards

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IAS Mock Interviews
  1. Sarkaari Persons in news (SPIN)
  2. Foreign countries in News (FCIN)
  3. Disasters in News
  4. Civilian awards
  5. People in news
  6. Places in news
    1. Uttar-Pradesh
    2. Andhra Pradesh
    3. Karnataka
    4. Rajasthan

Missiles, Defense exercises compilation soon in a separate article. Hence ignored in PIN series for November.

Sarkaari Persons in news (SPIN)

Modi’s ministry expansion:
Cabinet MinistryOld ministerNew minister
DefenceFinance minister Arun Jaitley held extra chargeManohar Parrikar
Rural development, Panchayati RajVacant after Gopinath Munde’s death(Transport minister Nitin gadkari held extra charge)Chaudhary Birendra singh
HealthDr. HarshwardhanJagat Prakash Nadda(preferably JP Nadda)
RailwaysSadanand GowdaSuresh Prabhu

Modi also changed a few ministers of state, but that’s not important for MCQs.

Google doodle for Children's Day (14th November)

Google doodle for Children’s Day (14th November)

Other sarkaari people in news (SPIN)
  • Rajni Sankaran became the New chief of  Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Ltd (BHAVINI).
  • She belongs to IAAS service.
Bihar’s new governor
  • West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi  took additional charge of Bihar.
  • Swearing ceremony by Patna High Chief Justice Rekha Doshit.
  • Court ordered CBI chief Ranjit Sinha to stay away from 2G case investigation.
  • Later, Anil Kumar Sinha- a Bihar cadre IPS appointed as CBI chief.
CICChief information commissioner Rajiv Mathur retired in August. No person appointed, hence lot case pending.
Coast Guard
  • Director General: Vice Admiral Anurag G. Thapliyal
Col.Leena Gaurav
  • First woman to reach Colonel rank in a non-medical branch of Army.
  • She became Colonel in JAG: Judge advocate General’s branch.
DRDOChief Avinash Chander. Contract extended till 2016.
Goa CM changed
  • Laxmikant Parsekar replaced Manohar Parrikar as Goa CM, after Parrikar became Defense minister.
Intelligence BureauBoss Syed Asif Ibrahim says North East India’s security situation is fragile.
Modi MinistersRail minister Suresh Prabhu and Panchayati Raj minister Birender Singh to get Rajya Sabha seat from Haryana.
National Advisor (Drugs Control)
  • BR Jagashetty, Under Health ministry
NSANational Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval appointed as “Special Representative” for Sino-India border issue.
PCIJustice CK Prasad replaced Justice Markanday Katju as the chairman of press council of india.
Secretary-General of the Lok Sabha.
  • Lok Sabha’s Secretary general has same rank and status like Cabinet Secretary.
  • IAS Anoop Mishra appointed till 2016.
  • Earlier he was Chief Secretary of UP.

Foreign countries in News (FCIN)

AfghanistanParliament approved US-NATO to station troops even after end of 2014.
AustraliaBrisbane: G20 summit held and Modi unveiled Gandhi’s statue
  • King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
  • Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay
  • Capital Thimpu.
  • Pranab Mukharjee is the first Indian president to visit Bhutan in last 26 years.
Burkina FasoNew President Col. Isaac Yacouba Zida
Gaza2010: Pro-Palestine activists tried to reach Gaza on a boat named “Mavi Marmara”. Israel commandos Attacked this boat. ICC Verdict 2014- says case doesn’t merit prosecution.
  •  Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. Approved more troops against ISIS
  • Their airforce Claims to have injured ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
  • Terrorist organisation introduced its own currency.
  • Name: Dinar (4.25 gm gold coin)
  • Motif: 7 wheat stalks.
  • 2012: L’Aquila earthquake. Scientists were jailed for not warning about it in advance.
  • 2014, Nov: higher court released them.
  • Increased sales tax=> less investment =>recession followed.
  • PM Shinzo Abe dissolved lower house of Japanese parliament (diet), hoping new election will get him large majority to implement big economic reforms..
  • 2nd November 1834: Indian indentured labourers arrived.
  • President Rajkeswur Purryag
  • Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam
Mormon churchAdmitted that its founder Joseph Smith was not monogamous.
  • A law prevents Myanmar citizen from contesting presidential election IF his/her childnen hold foreign citizenship.
  • Suu Kyi can’t contest because her children have Biritsh passport.
  • Obama asked Prez. Thein Sein to repeal this law.
NepalIndia Nepal finalized agreement for 900MW Arun-III to supply electricity to Nepal.
  • Candidates need to pay huge cash to get ticket for parliamentary election
  • President Goodluck Jonathan himself needed to shell out over 1.2 lakh $$
  • It is the largest oil producing country of Africa.
  • Boko Haram captured Chibok region- hometown of those 200 kidnapped schoolgirls.
North Korea
  • Kim Yo Jong: she is Kim Jong Un’s younger sister,gven senior position in the party.
  • Sony’s movie “The interview” making parody of Kim Jong.
  • Experts believe North Korean hackers attacked Sony because of this.
PakistanTested Shaheen—II (=Hatf VI) missile, with range of 1500 kms.
  • Will build 2 nuke reactors in Iran
  • Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin visited India in November
  • President Putin visiting India in December
Saudi Arabia
  • Government launched portal for women and disabled to “work at home”
  • Example jobs: telecom, travel, IT, marketing, public relations and journalism.
Sri LankaPresident Mahinda Rajapaksa asks SC- can I contest election for third term? Court says YES you can!
TunisiaPresidential election.Beji Caid Essebsi defeated  Moncef Marzouki (Dec 2014)
  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claims Muslims reached Americas 300 years before Columbus did.
  • Although Scholars say no evidence.
UKPoppy festival to mark the centenary of World War I.
UN high commisioner   Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein chosen as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
  • Obama to nominate Lotretta Lynch- as first black attorney general in US justice Department
  • South Carolina’s governor Nikki Haley visited India, to get investors for her state.
  • President Obama will be the chief guest of India’s republic day parade.
  • Ferguson riots, Missouri after a white police officer killed a blackman and grand jury exonerated him.

Disasters in News

PeruCapital Lima: earthquake of 5.6 scale
New-ZealandEarthquake near Gisborne city.
JapanVolcano erupts at Mt.Aso
PhilippinesTyphoon Hagupit

Civilian awards

Indira Peace prize
  • Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2014.
  • Given to ISRO for 40 years of service to India.
  • Vice president led jury decids the award.
Ex-PM ManMohan Singh
  • Japan’s top national award.
  • The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers
  • For promoting Indo-Japan friendship.
Erach BharuchWon Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) ‘Earth Hero’ award for this year. He is a noted Environment educationist and director of a deemed univ. in Pune.
DoodlePune girl Vaidehi Reddy’s won google-doogle for Children’s Day (November 14).

  • Title “Natural and cultural paradise Assam”
  • Images drawn- one­horned rhinoceros, tiger, bamboo trees, flower, tea, bihu dance, a japi (traditional hat)

Other People in news

Dr Fawzia PeeSouth African Indian-origin radiographer became President of International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists (ISRRT).
Indian American law markers
  • Niraj Atnani: Won American Lok Sabha seat (House of representatives) from Ohio.
  • Ami Bera- Indian American Congressman re-elected to American Lok Sabha (House of representatives) from California.
Irom Sharmila
  • Iron Lady of Manipur.
  • 2000: started fast in imphal for repeal of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958.
  • 15 years completed. Hence in news.
Julian Assange
  • He is an Australian publisher & Journalist known for his website Wikileaks
  • 2010: Rape case in Sweden. Court rejected his petition.
  • Since 2012, he is hiding in Ecuador’s London Embassy. So that he can’t be extradited to Sweden. Because he fears, Sweden will hand him over to USA.
Leila Seth
  •  was the first woman judge of Delhi High Court and the first woman Chief Justice of a State High Court (Himachal Pradesh).
  • Mother of famous author Vikram Seth
Mamta Kulkarni
  • Controversial Bollywood actress.
  • Her husband arrested in Kenya for drug-trafficing and she too got detained.
Nita Mukesh Ambani
  • Donated 11 crore rupees to the Seemandhra chief minister Chandrababu Naidu for the relief from Hudhud cyclone.
  • Launched #grassroot football movement in December.
Pratima DharmaFirst Hindu and inter-faith chaplin in US army
QUTQueensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia. Apologised for showing a wrong map of India, during Modi’s visit.
Rob O’NeillFormer navy SEAL operative claims to have shot Osama Bin Laden in 2011.
Sangita Awhale
  • Housewife from Saikheda village, Washim dist. In Maharashtra.
  • She sold her mangalsutra to build a toilet.


Forbes most powerful list
36Mukesh Ambani
57Lakshmi Mittal
64Satya Nadella, Microsoft

Dead in News (DIN)

DIN: Most important
John LangAustralia’s first native novelist. He was legal counsel of Rani Laxmibai, in case against East India company.
Murli Deora
  • India’s longest serving Petroleum Minister, served in UPA government
  • Congress MP from Maharashtra.
Phillip Hughes(1988-2014)
  • Left handed, 25 year old Australia Test batsman.
  • was playing for South Australia against New South Wales during a Sheffield Shield match at Sydney Cricket Ground.
  • Died after bouncer attack of New South Wales bowler Sean Abbott.
  • Masuri (European helmet company) said he used old light-weight model.
Sitara deviKathak Dancer, Padma-Shri winner. Died in Mumbai.
Walter Burley Griffindesigned Australian capital Canberra and was buried in Lucknow. In news because Modi recalled him during Australia visit.


DIN: less important
Alexander GrothendieckNoted German mathematician. Fields medal in late 60s.
Dwivedula Visalakshi(1929-2014)Telugu Writer
John Lang
  • Australian Novelist and lawyer
  • Had fought Laxmibai’s case against East India company
  • Social scientist, wrong on Dravidian Movement, south Indian politics etc.
Miss Honduras 2014Maria Jose Alvarado and her sister, were murdered by jeolous boyfriend
Mubarak HussainCommander of Nizam’s Razakar army. Later participated against Bangladesh liberation. Awarded Death sentence by International crime tribunal.
  • Leader of LTTE
  • Killed in 2009.
  • Some Tamil parties celebrated his b’day in November 2014
Sadashiv Amrapurkar(1950-2014)Played villain and comic roles in Bollywood & Marathi films.
Squadron Leader Mahinder Singh Pujji
  • Served British Royal Air force during WW2
  • Statue unveiled in UK
Veenapani Chawla
  • Puducherry, theatre personality
  • Got  Sangeet Natak Akademi Puruskar
  • Pioneered experimental theatre movement.

Places in news


  • Varansi:Modi cleaned Assi ghat under Swachchha Bharat abhiyan
  • Modi Nominated 9 brand-ambassadors from UP: CM Akhilesh Yadav, Mohammad Kaif, Suresh Raina, Raju Srivastava, Manoj Tiwari, Kailash Kher, Manu Sharma, Padma Shri Devi Parsad Dwivedi & Swami Rambhadracharya.
  • Sansd Adarsh gram Yojana adoptions: Modi: Jayapur village (Varanasi), Rajnath Beti village, which is not a part of his Lucknow constituency but under the scheme,Urban area MPs can adopt such villages outside their Constituency.
  • Government to open English medium schools, to attract parents to sarkaari schools.
  • Chandaya site in Baghpat district: ASI excavating Harappa remains.
  • Baghpat district- too many cancer cases due to polluted Krishna river. NGT sends notice to state government.
  • Vrindavan: ISKON to build Chandrodaya Mandir – 3 times taller than Qutub Minar.

Andhra Pradesh

  • Tendulkar adopts PuttamrajuvariKandrika village under  Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana.
  • Jiyo Parsi campaign in Hyderabad with support of minority affairs ministry- to increase birthrate of Parsis.
  • Tummalapalli village in Kadapa district. Massive Uranium reserves found.

Machilipatnam/ Masulipatnam/Masula @Andhra Pradesh

  • British,French & Dutch East India company had opened their factory in the city.
  • district headquarter of Krishna district in AP.
  • A deep sea-port is proposed here.
Kukkarahalli LakeFish dead thanks to Algae bloom.
Tribal dictionaryFor Hakki Pikki and Dungri Garasia tribal langauges.
KambalaBuffalo race. Government contemplating ban based on SC order which banned TN’s Jallikattu.
Gomateshwara mastakabhisheka
  • At Mysuru. 800 y.o. statue from Vijaya Nagar empire, Mastak-abhishek every year
  • Shravanbelagoa @Hassan district= Mastak-abhishek every 12 years.
BengaluruThe 24-hour helpline service – 9741476476 for psychological problems
RitualControversy surrounding Made Snana.
PWD contractorsBiometric cards for contractors to ensure transparency.
  • National Aerolympics-2014 organized.
  • Mekedatu reservoir across Cauvery river proposed- to provide drinking water to Banglore public.


  • Karauli-Dholpur-Bharatpur mining belt in eastern Rajasthan
  • Famous for red-stones
  • Too many people dying because of silicosis.
Intercaste marriages
  • Congress Government was giving 5 lakh rupees to couples. Hence lot of fake marriages and quick divorces to get money
  • New reform: fixed deposit, entire amount only after 8 years of marriage.
DocumentsGovernment permitted Self-attestation for document from 1st Jan. 2015


Other states in news
DelhiFrom December owners with pollution certificates cannot buy petrol/diesel.
  • Gujarat has become the first State to make voting compulsory in local bodies
  • Name of the bill: Gujarat Local Authorities Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2009
  • Governor O.P. Kohli signed it
  • Planning to create as separate Panchayat Administrative Service (PAS)
  • New Bill to regular BT Cotton seed prices.
  • Will be renamed to Mangluru.
  • Australia too has a town in South-East, named Manglore- it is not a port city though.
  • Annual conference of DGPs of India with PM Modi.
  • First time this event held outside Delhi
  • Suzlon Energy world’s tallest hybrid wind generator turbine
  • Tulsi Tanti is CMD of Suzlon
  • First state police to create a Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) Wing for security.
  • Avudaiyar Koil:  temple built by Prime minister of a Pandya King
  • Pulicat bird sanctuary: Indian Jackals also found.
  • “Mission KAKATIYA” to restore irrigation tanks.
  • KAKATIYA dynasty rulers also done the same in 1083-1323 CE.
  • ePDS given best G2C award at eIndia 2014 summit.
  • TS-iPASS: Telangana State Industrial Project Approval and Self Certification System or ease of doing business.
  • Bilaspur district: 11 women dead after faulty serialization operation.
  • Sonepur Cattle fair.
  • Controversial due to sale of wild animals.
  • Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung approved Barapullah elevated corridor and bridge across Yamuna to reduce traffic congestion.
  • Sewri port cleanup project.
  • To protect the migratory flamingos.
West Bengal
  • India’s tallest Twin towers (236 meters) across Hoogly river, at Haldia and Raichak. Setup by Haldia Energy ltd.
  • 2nd tallest tower at Rihand Lake,UP (185 meters).
  • Kolkata’s Eden garden cricket stadium completed 150th years.
  • Bengal cricket board to release New stamp on its President Jagmohan Dalmiya.

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50 Comments on “[PIN-November-2014] Part-1/2: Places & Persons in News, Committees, Disasters, Civilian awards”

  1. Its 12:35 am its says article published 1 min ago. Shit. Long live mrnal bhai

  2. Sir I want to give my first attempt in 2016 I want to take pub ad as my optional i have no idea about the subject (as of my mind is like book I can take any optional )I like to take pub ad is it good choice? So to start with the basic what are the books should I cover and to the mainstream ?

    1. if you’re giving exam in 2016, then wait for the CSE-2014 toppers to post their Public Administration strategy after result.

      1. the forbes llist..m ambani rank is 32 not 72…..

  3. Its a great job sir.
    You must hv seen by now the blessings and good wishes your way for doing all these.
    Carry onn!!!

  4. mrunal in which software you write these all i mean ms word or ms one note. please tell me. for writing quantitative apitude which software is you are used.

    1. Go for onenote. it has all the required features. If you go for something then word or pages then you will just end up wasting time in designer formatting which isn’t even needed.

  5. Sir is it still time left for csat-15?
    i am loosing confidence as january is approaching..

  6. thank u mrunal for your kind help….paper-1 seems too difficult to be completed…Even after reading too much it would appear to be of less help…what should be done?

  7. Please update these PIN

    IB chief (Boss) : Dineshwar Sharma

    Mauritius, PM : Anerood Jugnauth

  8. @akruth if you can take any optional then take any one from (geography /sociology /anthropology.. No coaching needed.. For anthropology .. As of now anthropology is best bet…. Short and books are enough to score 220plus …… Never take pub administration… It will destroy your energy and upsc…. Same with philosophy.. Pol. SC…. Subjects… Which are targeted by upsc and butchered.. Year after year as coaching wala teaches these subjects to students and all Rajendra Nagar and Mukherjee Nagar filled with their hoardings.. My take for next two years anthropology best bet…..

    1. @sunil sir , i want to take geogrephy as optional . What should be the strategy for mains and is it scoring to crack UPSC ? If any one have geography last 15 years paper then send me on my email i.e. [email protected]

  9. Thanks Sir. Very useful info .

  10. sir i need to join dina dayal coaching inst…. but regarding accomudation don’t know.. pls suggest me

  11. Which of the following taxes is not shared by central government with state government?
    a) Union Excise Duty B) Customs Duty C) Income Tax D) Estate Duty
    Anyone, plz answer this question from RRB with explanation.

  12. I think if i will collect all news through this way i think i need not to read daily news paper, am i right ?

    1. read THE HINDU daily…COMPULSORY hai ye..newspaper sirf current k liye nahi padhaa jaata h..it opens up ur views.. so NEVER quit newspaper reading..:)

  13. Sir please guide me how to make notes for revision for pre and mains ?

  14. i checked my inbox..it says art published at 12:35..
    MrunalDa… u r our super hero…long live hamare MrunalDa :) :)

  15. sir how I make my answer writing skill best? pls help me

  16. Hello Mrunal…Can you please upload SSC CGL Tier-2 Previous Year papers?….Would be helpful for all…Thanks in advance…!!!

  17. this article will surely help in filling up the holes of current affairs section notes :) thanks mrunal

  18. any one preparng fr physcs optnal..?plz reply

  19. Ya u are right..it is Sitara devi..
    But sumtimes it happens,Mrunal is serving each minute of 24 hours of a day to the people like us..
    U hav understood,that’s well..

  20. Anyone here…whose optional is Botany……..I m preparing from botany…….

  21. mrunal in which software you write these all i mean ms word or ms one note. please tell me. for writing quantitative apitude which software is you are used. reply mrunal

  22. sir plz upload mains 2014 agriculture optional paper.

  23. shall I take history as optional? If so means how long it’ll take. I’ve plan to appear in CSAT’17. What history books I have to read? and please somebody tell me who is mrunal . I’m new to this site.

  24. I want to choose history as optional any one please guide, help mrunal sir how to strt i m btech student also counsel me for optional acc. To my profile, any senior player plz help

  25. I want to choose history as optional any one please guide, help mrunal sir

  26. Correction: Sitara Devi was the Kathak dancer who died.

  27. Hello Mrunal Sir, I m confused Vin choosing my optional. Pol.Sc or Pub Ad or Geography. I want to prepare optional by myself.Plz give me ur suggestions.

  28. Great job mrunal sir

  29. I am planing to give my upsc exam in 2016 .mr. mrunal i want to know from you that is these information will be available till 2016 plase reply me !!!

  30. Sir,I gave my first attempt in 2017.
    Please tell me, at present how this site is important for me?
    Kindly ,give your feedback

  31. Sir, I can differentiate the colours, but as per the doctor, I am colour-blind. please clarify me whether I am eligible for IPS?. I read the last year notification but there was no such clarification.

    anyone please

  32. Sir, plz upload Mains Question paper for Agriculture ….

  33. Baghpat district- too many cancer cases due to polluted Krishna river. NGT sends notice to state government ===> there is no Krishna River in Baghpat. It should be Hinden River. Please correct me if I am wrong.

  34. mrunal bhai I have graduated thus April and cleared SBI ibps RBI(prelims) but nw I want to prepare for capf and cse-2015.my question is can I prepare for them with 8 months in hand( given I will give 200%) what strategy should I take ..plz brief asap

  35. Hi All,
    I m planning to give my 1st Attempt (UPSC) in 2016. Do we need to mug up all the above PIN?

  36. Hi.. Mrunal Sir, Plz upload the mains 2014 question paper for Geology optional. I am not able to get anywhere. thank you.

  37. Ranjit Sinha’s tenure got over thats why Anil Sinha was made CBI director … It has nothing to do with 2G case ….

  38. hello sir, kindly clarify my doubt
    wpi iflation in november 2104 is 4% means, it is compared with november 2013 or november 2004 (baseyear)

  39. sir I want to give cse 2016 sir I want to take optional Gujarati literature. So how type reading start for Gujarati literature please give book list and strategy

  40. sir plz provide defence exercises compilation, it will help in cds and ib exam

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