1. Prologue
  2. SPIN: Sarkaari People in News
  3. CIN: Committees in News
  4. FIN: Foreign in News
  5. DSPIN: Diaspora in News
  6. DIN: Dead in news for CDS


Total three parts:

  1. Persons in News, Committees, Diaspora, You’re here
  2. Booker-2014, Books-Authors, Disasters & Places in News
  3. Sports, ASIAN Games 2014, and BusinessGK

Defense and Space compilations separately. Later on.

SPIN: Sarkaari People in News

List not exhaustive, only notable from Oct-2014
Chief economic advisor IMF economist Arvind Subramanian
CVC Vigilance Commissioner Rajiv to act as CVC till regular appointment is made.
Finance Secretary
  • Finmin has 4 secretaries — Economic Affairs, Expenditure, Revenue and Financial Services.
  • The senior most among them is called Finance Secretary.
  • Rajiv Mehrishi (Rajasthan Cadre IAS) has replaced Arvind Mayaram as Finance Secretary.
  • Mayaram sent to Minority affairs.
  • Governor Mridula Sinha.
  • She is one of the 9 people nominated by Modi for cleanliness campaign.
Haryana New CM Manohar lal Khattar (BJP)
India Post
  • Was setup on 1st October, 1854. Completed 160 years.
Maharashtra New CM Devendra Fadnavis (BJP)
MEA spokesperson
  • Vikas Swarup likely to replace Syed Akbaruddin
  • Vikas wrote the book “Q&A”. Oscar winning movie Slumdog millionaire is based on that book.
Prasar Bharati
  • Surya Prakash became new Chairman for 3 years.
  • Prasar Bharati Chief is selected by a 3 person Committee, including  VP+Press council chairman and Secretary in I&B ministry.

CIN: Committees in News

Committee Purpose?
Prabha Sridevan To review IPR policy of India. By DIPP, commerce ministry.  Yet to give report.
Shyamal Sen This retired justice was probing Saradha chit fund scam. But now W.Bengal Government shut it down.
TV Mohandas Pai DRISHTI: Driving Information System for Holistic Tax Initiatives) in February 2014. Gave report in October.
Vishwanathan for bankruptcy legal framework. By finance ministry. Yet to give report.

FIN: Foreign in News

List not exhaustive, only notable from Oct-2014
Hong Kong
  • 1997: Britain handed over Hong Kong to China.
  • Hong Kong is designated as China’s Special Administrative Region (SAR).
  • Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.
  • Place in new due to Democratic protests.
  • Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
  • Decided to stop Air-strikes plan on ISIS fearing it’ll kill Iraqi Civilians as well.
  • 457 visa: four year temporary work visa for skilled professional in Australia.
Brazil Leftist President Dilma Rousseff won re-election. She defeated pro-business politician Aecio Neves.
Burkina Faso
  • President Blaise Compaore  continuously in office for last 27 years. YET he tried to introduce new bill that’d extend his term.
  • Now juntaa fed up and protesting. So he says election in 90 days.
  • Authorized air-strikes in Iraq.
  • Terrorist Attack on its parliament
  • PM Stephen Harper
  • Kinshasa is the capital of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
  • 1920s: HIV began from here.
Egypt North Sinai province: emergency declared due to terrorism.
  • Capital Helsinki
  • PM Alexander Stubb; President Sauli Niinisto
  • In news because Pranab visited this country.
  • Joko Widodo elected new President. Popularly called “Jokowi”
  • Sulawesi island. Oldest rock art discovered here. 40k years old. (Painted Pigs)
  • This has broken record of France- where 35-38k years old rock art discovered. (Painted Rhinos).
  • Rohingya Muslims will get citizenship IF they admit they’re “Bengalis”
  • But it implies they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh despite having lived in the area for generations.
  • In future, Government may force them in camps. Hence controversy
Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala. Promised Constitution by Jan 2015
  • WHO declares Nigeria free of Ebola
  • President Good luck Jonathan will borrow money from abroad, to train military to fight Boko Haram terrorists, who are kidnapping Nigerian schoolgirls.
  • King Harald V
  • Prime Minister Erna Solberg
  • In news because Pranab visited this country and met Santa Clause.
  • Will introduce EVM machines  in 2018 Election.
  • Bilawal Bhutto- Pakistan people’s party (PPP). Wants to take Kashmir from India.
Saudi Arabia
  • Eid-ul-Adha is celebrated to commemorate Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice.
  • Places associated with Haj Pilgrim: Mount Arafat, Mina Valley, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
South Africa Denied visa to Dalai Lama to attend nobel peace summit.
  • Kobani: a Border town. Kurdish fighers trying to protect it from ISIS.
WHO Director-General Margaret Chan
Zambia Vice-President Guy Scott (a White person) will become acting President.

DSPIN: Diaspora in News

Begum Akhtar

Here I count all Indian, NRI, PIO, Foreigners making news. (even if they’ve no Indian connection)

Anand Kumar
  • Indian mathematician and founder of Super 30 IIT class.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University have invited him to deliver guest lecture.
Inspector Shakti Devi
  • from Jammu and Kashmir Police
  • She is deployed in the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)
  • She has won International Female Police Peacekeeper Award 2014.
KTM Iqbal
  • Indian-origin Singaporean poet and writer
  • He won Cultural Medallion, Singapore’s highest cultural award by President Tony Tan Keng Yam.
P. Sainath
  • Journalist in theHindu
  • Won public welfare award at World media summit in USA.
Panda Award for wildlife photography
  • Ashwika Kapoor from Kolkata for “Kakapo Parrot” in New Zealand.
  • Kakapo Parrot is nocturnal, can not fly, critically endangered.
Pratima Dharm
  • Earlier Hindu chaplain in the U.S. Army.
  • Now first Hindu chaplain at the Georgetown University.
SASTRA Ramanujan Prize
  • To mathematician at or below 32.
  • Earlier Manjul Bhargav won it
  • 2014: Dr. James Maynard (age 27) of Oxford univ.
Vanita Gupta Indian-American attorney. Appointed in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights division.

DIN: Dead in news for CDS

Arathil Candeth Narayan Nambiar
  • He was a soviet spy according to British records.
  • Netaji Bose’s deputy
  • Friend of Nehu
  • Ex-Indian ambassador
Begum Akhtar
  • Akhtar Bai Faizabadi, popularly called Begum Akhtar / Mallika-e-Ghazal (Queen of Ghazals).
  • Noted classical singer from Uttar Pradesh.
  • Specialized in Ghazal, Dadra and Thumri
  • Got Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for vocal music, Padam Shri and Padam Bhushan (Posthumously).
  • 100th Birth anniversary. Coins released.
Ben Bredlee Washington Post. Reported the watergate scandal, that led to President Nixon’s fall.
Gopinath Munde BJP leader, Union rural minister. Died in June 2014 in a car accident.CBI said no foul play.
M.V. Kamath worked with Times of India and wrote the book ‘The Man of the Moment: Narendra Modi.’
Martin Perl
  • Nobel Prize-winning physicist from Stanford University.
  • Discovered a subatomic particle known as the tau lepton.
Turaga Janaki Rani Telugu writer and radio artist.
Warren M. Anderson
  • Boss of Union Carbide, producing “Sevin” pesticide.
  • Responsible for Bhopal gas tragedy in Dec.1984 due to Methyl isocyanate.
  • Died in USA after long illness.

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