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Process for Arriving at Scores

The Scores of Online Examination are obtained by adopting the following procedure:

(i) Number of questions answered correctly by a candidate in each objective test is considered for arriving at the Corrected Score after applying penalty for wrong answers.

(ii) The Corrected Scores so obtained by a candidate are made equivalent to take care of the minor difference in difficulty level, if any, in each of the objective tests held in different sessions to arrive at the Equated Scores*.

* Scores obtained by candidates on any test are equated to the base form by considering the distribution of scores of all the forms.

(iii) Final scores in each test are rounded off to the nearest integer

Note: Cutoffs were applied in two stages:

(i) on scores in individual tests
(ii) on Total Score

The details of the cutoffs applied on Scores, of online examination, in individual tests and on Total Score is given below at (II) and (III) respectively

(General Awareness For Bank's Exams) In the news April - 2014

(General Awareness For Bank's Exams) In the news
April - 2014


Mamata Banerjee

  •  Recently ,West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee threatened to defy an Election Commission of India (EC) order of transferring eight officials and dared the poll watchdog to take action against her for not complying, her administration had to eat humble pie as EC held its ground and asked her government to implement it’s order.
  •  But Banerjee accused deputy election commissioner VinodZutshi of playing into the hands of Congress and BJP and sought his removal from the poll panel.
  •  She accused him of being a tainted official with criminal cases pending against him. She also alleged that Zutshi was misleading the EC.
  •  Of the eight officials that EC wanted transferred, it said seven were found to have favoured the ruling Trinamool Congress party in the run-up to the general election. EC barred these officials from taking any poll-related responsibility.

NarendraModi

(General Awareness For Bank's Exams) Science & Technology


(General Awareness For Bank's Exams) Science & tech
April - 2014


New spy satellite by Israel

  • Israel has successfully launched a new observation satellite into orbit, one which is expected to be used to observe Iran and hostile militant groups in the Middle East.
  •  The Israeli-made “Ofek 10” satellite was launched in cooperation with state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries. The satellite has already begun transmitting data and visual material. It is expected to be operational within months.
  •  Israel is expected to use the satellite to keep tabs on Iran and the region. It believes Iran is trying to develop a nuclear weapon a charge Iran denies and accuses it of arming militants across the region.
  •  Unlike other countries that launch satellites eastward in the direction of the earth’s orbit, to

prevent debris following the launch to land in enemy countries east of Israel. The satellite completes a full orbit around the earth every 90 minutes.

The rising red planet

  •  This month, the Red Planet (Mars) looks bigger and brighter than it has for the past six years.
  •  That may sound like the Great Mars Hoax — the occasional (and totally false) claim that Mars will loom as big as the moon in the night sky. But in this case, the claim is totally true. This month, Mars will have its closest encounter with Earth since December 2007.
  •  The reason has to do with orbital mechanics. As Earth and Mars trace their elliptical orbits around the sun, the distance between the two planets varies dramatically. There are times when the separation amounts to almost 250 million miles (400 million kilometers). On April 14, that separation narrows to a mere 57 million miles (92 million kilometers).

Tectonic plates of Earth

  •  The tectonic plates of earth took around one billion years to form.The outermost layer of earth, or lithosphere, was weakened by movement in viscous layers below it. Around four billion years ago, cooler parts of crust of earth were pulled downwards into the warmer upper mantle and it damaged the surrounding crust. It continued until the weak areas formed plate boundaries.
  •  To investigate how the plates formed, Bercovici and YanickRicard of University of Lyon in France developed a computer model of earth's crust as it may have existed billions of years ago.
  •  The model included a low-pressure zone at the base of the crust which caused a piece of the crust to sink into the upper mantle - mimicking conditions thought to have occurred early in the earth's history.
  •  As the process repeated over time, it created a large tectonic plate with an active subduction zone.
  •  Prior studies suggested the age of the plates based on evidence of subduction gathered from minerals preserved in ancient rocks.
  •  In geology, subduction is the process that takes place at convergent boundaries by which one tectonic plate moves under another tectonic plate and sinks into the mantle as the plates converge.
  •  The oldest such specimens are four-billion-year-old zircons found in the Jack Hills of Australia that appear to have formed at temperatures and pressures that are indicative of subduction.

(General Awareness For Bank's Exams) Economy April -2014


(General Awareness For Bank's Exams) Economy

April -2014


Communicated monetary policies

  • Calibrated and clearly communicated monetary policies will build trust and improve business sentiments across the world by leaving little room for speculations , according to the Economic Affairs Secretary ArvindMayaram.
  •  Recent risks of very low inflation in euro areas might demand use of appropriate tools in the coming time to thwart deflation tendencies.
  •  MrMayaram represented India during the ongoing spring meet of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
  •  In terms of exchange rate policy, while flexible exchange rates are desirable, a cautious approach should be followed before going for currency revaluations which can result in trust deficit and currency wars.

Electronic Travel Authorisation

  •  The move to grant in principle approval for Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) to travellers from 180 countries to India will boost tourism in the country,according to the tourism Secretary ParvezDewan.
  •  Travelling to India will be made easy once the ETA to visit the country becomes operational.
  •  ETA will allow foreign travellers to apply for a visa from home and receive an online confirmation in five working days, is expected to become operational by October. Barring eight prior reference countries, which include Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Nigeria and Sri Lanka, government has decided to give e-visa to all the 180 countries.
  •  India had considerably relaxed its visa regime and expanded the Visa-on-Arrival (VoA) scheme.
  •  India launched the VoA scheme in January 2010 for citizens of five countries – Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Singapore — visiting India for tourism purposes. The scheme was later extended to six more countries in January 2011.

General Awareness : International Events -April, 2014


(General Awareness For Bank's Exams) International Events

April - 2014


Tussle between US and China over Hong Kong

  • China has cautioned the United States not to interfere in Hong Kong affairs after Vice President Joseph Biden met two prominent pro-democracy advocates who have warned of Beijing's tightening control of the territory.
  •  A former British colony that reverted to Chinese rule in 1997, Hong Kong enjoys considerable autonomy and broad freedoms as a capitalist hub.
  •  But it has been locked in a lengthy battle with Beijing's leaders to push through reforms that could culminate in a direct election of its leader in 2017.
  •  Tension has grown over China's meddling in Hong Kong affairs as well as a proposal that all candidates in the 2017 poll be vetted by a panel stacked with Beijing loyalists, which would essentially keep opposition candidates out of the running.
  •  China has agreed to let Hong Kong elect its next leader in 2017 in what promises to be the most extensive exercise of democracy on Chinese soil. Specific arrangements, however, have yet to be hammered out, including whether public nominations of candidates will be allowed.
  •  A group of pro-democracy activists has threatened to shut down the city's central business district in a campaign of civil disobedience called "Occupy Central", should Beijing bar a fully democratic poll in line with international norms.

Sanctions against Palestinians

  •  Israeli and Palestinian officials held fresh US-mediated talks, but the crisis-hit peace process was dealt a new blow as Israel unveiled sanctions against the Palestinians.
  •  Israel, which collects about €80 million (Dh408 million) in taxes on behalf of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) — two-thirds of its revenues — has decided to freeze the transfer of that money.
  •  Israel was also suspending its participation with the Palestinians in developing a gasfield off the Gaza Strip and putting a cap on Palestinian deposits in its banks, the Israeli official said, asking not to be named.
  •  Palestinian chief negotiator SaebErekat lashed out at the move, calling it an act of “Israeli hijacking and the theft of the Palestinian people’s money.
  •  Washington remains in “intensive negotiations” with both sides.
  •  The talks hit a new impasse last week after Israel refused to release a final batch of Palestinian prisoners and the Palestinians retaliated by seeking accession to several international treaties.
  •  The Israelis have repeatedly asked Barack Obama and previous US presidents to release Pollard, sentenced to life in 1987 for passing US secrets on Arab and Pakistani weapons to Israel.
  •  Psaki revealed that Indyk would return to Washington this week for consultations with Kerry and the White House.
  •  The Palestinians responded by abandoning their own commitment not to seek international recognition until the nine months of talks ended, applying for accession to 15 treaties.

Pakistan Protection bill

  •  The Nawaz Sharif Government managed to get the Protection of Pakistan (Amendment) Bill passed in the National Assembly,but the Opposition parties, which tore up the bill in the House are determined to take the fight to the Supreme Court.
  •  The controversial law which started off as an ordinance, was referred to the Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics which debated the bill and approved it while proposing some amendments.
  •  The bill, which is expected to give more powers to the security forces to tackle terrorism and powers to search and arrest apart from preventive detention of up to 90 days and excluding the public from proceedings of the special court.
  •  The ordinance, which was notified in January, was not approved by the Senate and the bill too is going to run into difficulties in the Upper House.
  •  The ordinance is not very different from the bill, and members of the Opposition feared that Pakistan could be turned into a police state using this law and its stringent provisions would be misused. While there are no two opinions about the need to tackle terrorism, there are provisions in the existing law which could be efficiently implemented, some felt.

NATO and the Ukrainian Crisis

  • Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula has placed the spotlight on NATO. Russia’s military incursion into Ukraine was a wake-up call for the 28-member western alliance.
  •  Since the end of the Cold War, the western alliance has been trying to redefine its mission.
  •  Poland and Romania are NATO members that border Ukraine on the west. Russia has amassed thousands of troops on its border on the other side of Ukraine, prompting some western experts to say an incursion into Eastern Ukraine is likely.
  •  As a result of Russia’s military intervention in Crimea, NATO has suspended all civilian and military cooperation with Moscow. NATO officials say they will review their relationship with Moscow in view of Russia’s actions.

China-backed Boao Forum

  • Ratan Tata, the doyen of Indian industry, was recently inducted as a member of the Board of Boao Forum for Asia (BFA), a rare distinction for an Indian in the Chinese government-backed influential body.
  •  This is the first time a senior Indian business leader was accorded the distinction.It is also a recognition for Tatas as a global conglomerate, he said.
  •  The 15-member Board of BFA included former Japanese prime minister Yasuo Fukuda, former Malaysian prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badwai, former Singapore prime minister GohChok Tong and former prime minister of France Jean—Pierre Raffarin besides former US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.
  •  BFA was formed in 2001 on the lines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
  •  Every year top world’s political and business leaders gather at Boao to brainstorm on global political and economic issues.
  •  The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce (FICCI) is an ordinary member of the forum.
    172,000 H1B visa petitions
  • The US, which received more than 172,000 applications for the H-1B visas, has conducted a computerised draw of lots to determine who all would be given the most sought after work visas that are highly popular among IT professionals from countries like India.
  •  The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) conducted the computerised draw of lots to select the Congressionally mandated 65,000 applicants, who would receive the H-1B visas.
  •  The USCIS, in a statement, said it also conducted draw of lots for Congressional mandated 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the advanced degree exemption.
  •  The USCIS conducted the selection process for the advanced degree exemption first.
  •  All advanced degree petitions not selected then became part of the random selection process for the 65,000 limit.
  •  However, the USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap.
  •  Petitions filed on behalf of current H-1B workers who have been counted previously against the cap will not be counted towards the congressionally mandated fiscal 2015 H-1B cap 

Rockets fired in southern Israel

  • Three rockets from Gaza were fired into Israel recently.
  •  The projectile struck uninhabited areas in the Sha'arHanegev Regional Council and set off sirens.
  •  Few days back, Israel Air Force jets struck five terror targets in the Gaza Strip, following rocket attacks on southern Israel the previous night. The IAF hit sites in northern and central Gaza, including two Hamas posts. .
  •  Also last week, a rocket siren went off in the Sha’arHanegev region, but an army spokeswoman later said no projectiles were detected in Israeli territory.
  •  Last month, the air force stuck 29 targets across the Gaza Strip in response to Islamic Jihad rocket attack on the South. More than 30 rockets – fired in simultaneous barrages from northern and southern Gaza – exploded in Israeli territory. The Iron Dome anti-rocket battery stationed in Sderot shot down three projectiles over the town. The bombardment of the western Negev in March marked the largest flare-up of Gazan terrorism since 2012.

New sanctions against Russia

  •  The United States and other nations in the Group of Seven agreed to “move swiftly” to impose additional economic sanctions on Russia in response to its actions in Ukraine.
  •  In a joint statement released by the White House, the G—7 nations said they will act urgently to intensify “targeted sanctions.” The statement said the G—7 will also continue to prepare broader sanctions on key Russian economic sectors if Moscow takes more aggressive action.
  •  The announcement came as top Ukrainians spoke of imminent invasion and Moscow said that pro—Russian separatists would not lay down their arms in eastern Ukraine until activists relinquish control over key sites in Kiev.
  •  The G—7 nations said they were moving forward on the targeted sanctions now because of the urgency of securing plans for Ukraine to hold presidential elections in May.
  •  The penalties are expected to target wealthy Russian individuals who are close to President Vladimir Putin, as well as entities they run. However, the U.S. will continue to hold off on targeting broad swaths of the Russian economy, though the president has said he is willing to take that step if Putin launches a military incursion in eastern Ukraine.
  •  Tensions were heightened on the ground, with Russian fighter jets reported crossing into Ukrainian airspace and a team of unarmed foreign military observers detained by pro—Russian forces in Slovyansk, the heart of the separatist movement in the east.

Hatf-III

  • Pakistan conducted a successful training launch of short range surface to surface ballistic missile Hatf III (Ghaznavi) recently.
  •  The missile can carry nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 290 kilometres.
  •  The successful launch concluded the field training exercise of strategic missile group of Army Strategic Forces Command.
  •  As per the statement released by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the training launch was witnessed by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General RashadMahmood, Director General Strategic Plans Division Lieutenant General ZubairMahmood Hayat, Commander Army Strategic Forces Command Lieutenant General ObaidUllah Khan, Chairman NESCOM Muhammad Irfan Burney and other senior military officials and scientists.

Code Of Conduct On Communication

  •  Naval chiefs from US and Asian-Pacific nations including Vietnam adopted a code of conduct aimed at improving communication at sea to reduce the possibility of conflict.
  •  Citing Australian media reports, VNA said that the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea was approved by countries including the US, China, Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam at the Western Pacific Naval Symposium in China's eastern coastal city of Qingdao.
  •  The pact outlines how naval ships should communicate and manoeuvre when they unexpectedly come into contact in sea lanes surrounding China, Japan and Southeast Asia.
  •  Although not legally binding, the code of conduct is said to help establish international standards in relation to the use of sea lanes.

FATA demand

  • The clamour for holding local government elections in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) is growing in a region where a governance system is non-existent at a local or provincial level.
  •  A new research study by the FATA Research Centre (FRC) titled ‘Local Government in FATA, Past failures, Current challenges and Future prospects’ highlights the century old political vacuum in the region coupled with bad governance and corruption which has resulted in a gap between the state and society in this volatile tribal belt.
  •  The growing exclusion of people from the political process has created a sense of deprivation and frustration among the masses, the report says and this disconnect was the reason that Taliban were able to consolidate their position in FATA by cutting away at the existing political system and killing the tribal elders and maliks.
  •  The Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) is a draconian law which still operates there and power is wielded by the all powerful political agent even today. Lt Gen (retd.) Abdul QadirBaloch, the minister for States and Frontier Regions said there are no two opinions that local government elections should be held in FATA and he said the driver of reforms must be the people themselves.
  • Senator Farhatullah Babar said the FATA region which was a buffer zone earlier to press the strategic depth policy was now a strategic threat.

Pope Francis declaration

  • Pope Francis declared his two predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints on before hundreds of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square, an unprecedented ceremony made even more historic by the presence of retired Pope Benedict XVI.
  •  Never before has a reigning and retired pope celebrated Mass together in public, much less at an event honouring two of their most famous predecessors.
  •  Pope Benedict’s presence was a reflection of the balancing act that Pope Francis envisioned when he decided to canonize Pope John and Pope John Paul together, showing the unity of the Catholic Church by honouring popes beloved to conservatives and progressives alike.
  •  Poep Francis took a deep breath and paused for a moment before reciting the saint-making formula in Latin, as if moved by the history he was about to make.

Chemical weapons destroyed in Syria

  • The head of an international mission to Syria charged with destroying the country’s chemical weapons called on President Bashar Assad’s government to ensure it meets a deadline to destroy all its toxic chemicals amid a raging civil war.
  •  Sigrid Kaag of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) told reporters in Damascus that 92.5 percent of Syria’s chemical materials had been removed from the country and destroyed. She called it “significant progress,” although she called on Syria’s government to ensure remaining materials would be eradicated by the end of April.
  •  Syria missed an April 13 deadline to destroy all its chemical weapons in accessible locations. International experts say that could impact on reaching a June 30 deadline to remove all Syria’s chemical weapons.
  •  Another 12 chemical weapons production facilities are still being reviewed by the OPCW to see how they will be destroyed.

Assad regime

  •  France has ‘information’ but no firm proof that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime is still using chemical weapons,according to President Francois Hollande .
  •  There are conflicting accounts about one attack that happened in the town of KafrZita in the central Hama province earlier in April, with both the government and the opposition accusing each other of being responsible.
  •  Activists in the area accused the regime of using chlorine gas, saying it caused ‘more than 100 cases of suffocation’.
  •  Throughout Syria's conflict, the Assad regime has sought to portray itself as the protector of the country's religious minorities against a revolt it says is led by foreign-backed extremists.
  •  The Syrian opposition dismisses such claims as part of a divide-and-rule strategy which is also aimed at deterring the West from providing greater support to the rebels.
  •  Syria's uprising began in March 2011 as a peaceful revolt against the Assad family's four-decade rule but escalated into an insurgency and then a civil war when the regime launched a brutal crackdown.
  •  As the war has intensified, claiming an estimated 150,000 lives, it has also grown more sectarian, with jihadists flocking to the ranks of the Sunni-led rebellion and Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah movement fighting alongside the regime.

Internet ‘Bill of Rights’ to protect online privacy

  •  Brazil’s president signed into law on a “Bill of Rights” for the digital age that aims to protect online privacy and promote the Internet as a public utility by barring telecommunications companies from charging for preferential access to their networks.
  • The law signed by President DilmaRousseff at a global conference on the future of Internet governance puts Brazil in the vanguard of online consumer protection and what is known as “net neutrality,” whose promoters consider it profoundly democratic in part because it keeps financial barriers for innovators low.
  •  The new law promotes privacy by limiting the data that online companies can collect on Internet users in this nation of 200 million people, deeming communications over the Internet “inviolable and secret.” Service providers must develop protocols to ensure email can be read only by senders and their intended recipients. Violators are subject to penalties including fines and suspension.
  •  The law obliges Internet companies, however, to hold on to user data for six months and hand it over to law enforcement under court order. 

World's Tallest Building

  • Kingdom Tower will be 568 feet taller than Khalifa Tower, the current Guinness World Record holder in neighboring Dubai, once it is completed. The tower is the first phase of Jeddah Economic Company's approximately $20 billion, 17 million-square-foot Kingdom City project, of which it will be the focal point. Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, a nephew of Saudi King Abdullah, is chairman of the Kingdom Holding Company, a partner in JEC.
  •  Foundation work for the $1.2 billion skyscraper began in December, and above-ground work will start April 27. The 200-floor tower will be located in Jeddah, a culturally significant city near the Red Sea that is known as the gateway to Mecca.
  •  Kingdom Tower will house a Four Seasons hotel, luxury condominiums, office space and an observatory.
    ond spot and give Kejriwal a run for his money.

TIME magazine's online poll

  •  Indian politician ArvindKejriwal has won the readers’ poll for the 2014 TIME 100, TIME’s annual list of people who influenced the world this past year for better or worse.
  •  As the world's largest democracy votes in the ongoing elections, the key candidates obviously have made an impact internationally
  •  NarendraModi, who is already being hailed as the leader at the helm of affairs by Goldman Sachs and other agencies, was expected to be the top candidate from India on TIME magazine's list. But AamAadmi Party (AAP) leader ArvindKejriwal has managed to edge past the BJP's prime ministerial candidate by a small margin.
  •  Kejriwal has edged past international icons such as MalalaYousafzai, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Jared Leto, Vladimir Putin, Janet Yellen, and Michael Bloomberg among others. NarendraModi, who has gained much prominence of late, has secured the third post. According to TIME, Modi may clamour past pop star Katy Perry to the sec

Rape in conflict

  •  A new UN report names 21 countries where rape and other sexual violence has been committed in current and recent conflicts - from Afghanistan and Central African Republic to Myanmar and Syria.
  •  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's report, says there is now unprecedented political momentum globally to end conflict-related sexual violence but more action is needed regionally and nationally to respond to these crimes.
  •  Covering 21 countries of concern in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and the Middle East, the report shows that sexual violence in conflict is truly is a global crime.
  •  The report identifies 34 armed groups - including militias, rebel groups and government security forces - suspected of rape and sexual violence in conflict situations.

North Korean nuclear threats

  •  Dismissing North Korea's nuclear threats, US President Barack Obama has reportedly warned the country of tougher sanctions if it were to go ahead with its fourth nuclear test.
  •  Obama said at a joint press conference with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye that threats will get North Korea nothing, other than greater isolation.
  •  South Korea’s satellite images revealed the North could be preparing for another test, Obama stressed that Washington and Seoul stood "shoulder to shoulder" in their refusal to accept a nuclear North Korea.
  •  Obama also said that China is beginning to recognise that North Korea is not just a nuisance but a significant problem for their own security.

No TOEFL and TOEIC testsby ETS

  •  Dealing a blow to many visa aspirants especially students, British authorities have said global testing giant ETS will no longer offer TOEFL and TOEIC tests for U.K. visa-granting purposes, in the wake of a recent controversy.
  •  As per the U.K. Council for International Student Affairs’ official website, “ETS is no longer providing TOEIC and TOEFL tests for people who want to use them in support of U.K. immigration applications. This is because of allegations of fraud.”
  •  Following the broadcast of a BBC Panorama programme in February 2014 which highlighted an organised element seeking to circumvent the U.K.’s visa-granting process, ETS has made the decision not to extend our Secure English-language Testing (SELT) licence with the Home Office. As a result, TOEIC and TOEFL iBT testing will no longer be offered for U.K. visa-granting purposes.
  •  The TOEFL test remains the most widely respected English-language

General Awareness : National Events - April, 2014


(General Awareness For Bank's Exams) National Events

April - 2014


 

Voting through internet ?

  • Non-resident Indians may be able to cast their votes through Internet from overseas as the Election Commission recently told the Supreme Court that it is exploring such a possibility.
  •  The Commission, however, told a bench headed by Justice K S Radhakrishnan that it is almost impossible to make any such arrangement for NRI to cast their votes from overseas in the ongoing general election as electoral rolls have been concluded in almost all the constituencies.

BrahMos missile test fired

  •  The Army successfully test-fired an advanced version of 290 km range supersonic cruise missile BrahMos as part of a user trial at Pokhran test range in Rajasthan.
  •  The missile was launched by a mobile autonomous launcher deployed in full configuration with mobile command post at the ranges.
  •  The launch was successful and the missile hit the designated target.
  •  Both the Army and Navy have already inducted the missile, developed by India in partnership with Russia.

Candidates with criminal past

  •  The Congress has fielded the highest number of VidhanSabha candidates with criminal records among all parties, according to an analysis of contestants' affidavits from 70 assembly segments going to polls on April 10 in Odisha.
  •  Forty-four Congress nominees, around 63% of its 70 candidates, have criminal history compared to overall 22% of the total candidates with tainted past, the Odisha Election Watch (OEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) analysis released said.
  •  As many as 31 Congress nominees have serious criminal charges such as rape, murder and kidnapping. SubalSahu, who is seeking re-election from Bijepur, has been charged for rape.
  •  Among other parties, 17 (24%) of 70 BJD candidates, 26 (37%) of 70 from BJP and four (9%) out of 43 candidates from AAP have declared criminal cases in their affidavits.
  •  Of them, 13 (19%) BJD candidates, 23 (33%) from BJP and three (7%) AAP nominees have mentioned serious criminal cases, which can attract punishment of at least five years jail.
  •   Altogether 147 of the 673 candidates have criminal cases pending against them. They include 115 candidates with serious criminal charges.

'Know your candidates' tool

  •  Google recently announced the launch of a new tool as part of its elections portal offering 'google.co.in/elections', called 'Know Your Candidates'.
  •  The new tool will allow citizens to get easy access to relevant information about political candidates contesting from their constituency and their incumbent Member of Parliament. This tool integrates publicly available information sourced from Indian organizations such as the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), PRS Legislative Research and Liberty Institute India.
  •  The tool will provide information for each sitting LokSabha MP and contesting candidates such as their disclosed educational background, financial details and social media presence (wherever available) including video bios of the candidates provided by Ping networks. Mapped onto Google Maps interface, citizens will be able to find the information by using pin codes of their area or by zooming on their locality on the map. The tool will be updated regularly to provide information about all candidates as they get finalised and will be made available at least a week before the voting day in each constituency.
  •  Google created its first elections tools seven years ago when our engineers noticed a huge increase in search traffic around the election period in the United States.
  •  Today over 20 countries including Malaysia, Thailand, and now, India have elections pages that aid voters during election periods. Google aims to encourage people to be more participative and engage with candidates. It also allows voters to have a deeper understanding of politics and governance through engagement with the candidates.

Jats in the OBC category

  •  Observing that the Centre had sufficient prima facie materials, the Supreme Court has refrained from staying the government’s poll-eve decision to include Jats in the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category in nine states.
  •  The decision by the UPA-II government was seen as an attempt to appease the community, which has strong social and political clout in western Uttar Pradesh and its bordering areas of Uttarakhand, Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan besides also being present in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.
  •  A Bench led by Chief Justice P Sathasivam however asked the government to place on record a comprehensive affidavit detailing the reasons to add Jats in the list. The court also said that any decision on providing reservation benefits shall be subjected to its final order on a batch of petitions, some of which favour the inclusion and others oppose it.

Save Vikrant campaign

  •  Over 200 defence correspondents spread across the country have recently launched the ‘Save Vikrant Campaign.’ They are planning to meet the Defence Minister, seeking his immediate intervention to stop the sale of India’s first aircraft carrier. The majestic-class aircraft carrier, purchased from Britain in 1957, played a key role in enforcing the naval blockade of East Pakistan during the India-Pakistan War of 1971.
  •  INS Vikrant is a symbol of our country’s valour and courage. It was Vikrant that fought many battles on the high seas, notably the 1971 war.
  •  The auctioning of Vikrant is a matter of national shame.

Plea to reconstitute SIT on Gujarat riots

  • The Supreme Court has refused to entertain a plea questioning the clean chit given to NarendraModi by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) in its probe in connection with the 2002 Gujarat riots.
  •  A bench comprising justices H.L. Dattu and S.A. Bobde also declined the plea for reconstituting the SIT involving retired judges of the apex court, including a person from the minority community.
  •  “Reconstitution of SIT at this stage is not good,” the bench said, referring the plea questioning the SIT clean chit given to Mr. Modi.
  •  After the bench’s remark, advocate Fatima, who had filed the petition, decided to withdraw it, which was allowed. 

Interceptor missile test

(Notification) Recruitment in Clerical Cadre in Associate Banks of State Bank of India - 2014

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Recruitment in Clerical Cadre in Associate Banks of State Bank of India

Applications are invited from eligible Indian Citizens for appointment in clerical cadre inAssociate Banks of StateBank of India.

Candidates can apply for vacancies in one Bank and one State only and will have to appear for the test from an examination centre for that particular State. Candidates can appear for the test only once under this recruitment project.

Vacancy Details:

Name of Bank

Categorywise

PWD

Exservicemen

  SC ST OBC GEN Total VI HI OH XS DXS
State Bank of Mysore 116 50 196 363 725 7 8 7 72 33
State Bank of Patiala 307 26 271 596 1200 12 22 13 240 54
State Bank of Travancore 158 20 348 774 1300 13 12 14 130 58
State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur 162 120 207 511 1000 11 29 10 98 40
State Bank of Hyderabad 305 197 641 1057 2200 20 20 20 204 92

TOTAL

1048 413 1663 3301 6425 63 91 64 744 277

(Notification) IBPS : CWE IV for Specialist Officers Examination 2015

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(Notification) IBPS Specialist Officers (CRPSPL-IV) - 2015

The online examination for the next Common Recruitment Process (CRP) for selection of personnel in Specialist Officers’ cadre posts in the Participating Organisations listed below is tentatively scheduled in February 2015.

Post Details:

  1. I.T. Officer (Scale-I)

  2. Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I)

  3. RajbhashaAdhikari (Scale I)

  4. Law Officer (Scale I)

  5. HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I)

  6. Marketing Officer (Scale I)

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

Nationality / Citizenship:

A candidate must be either -
(i) a Citizen of India or
(ii) a subject of Nepal or
(iii) a subject of Bhutan or
(iv) a Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India or
(v) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India, provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) & (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

II. Age (As on 01.11.2014):

Minimum: 20 years Maximum: 30 years i.e. a candidate must have been born not earlier than 02.11.1984 and not later than 01.11.1994 (both dates inclusive)

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Pre-Requisites for Applying Online

Before applying online, candidates should-

  1. scan their photograph and signature ensuring that both the photograph and signature adhere to the required specifications as given in Annexure II to this Advertisement.
  2. Keep the necessary details/documents ready if desired to make online payment of the requisite application fee/ intimation charges (In case of Offline Payment i.e. CBS candidates have to apply online, obtain a fee payment challan and then remit the necessary application fees/ intimation charges).
  3. have a valid personal email ID, which should be kept active till the declaration of results of this round of CWE. IBPS may send call letters Examination etc. through the registered e-mail ID. Under no circumstances, a candidate should share with/mention e-mail ID to / of any other person. In case a candidate does not have a valid personal e-mail ID, he/she should create his/her new e-mail ID before applying on-line and must maintain that email account.

Guidelines for scanning and Upload of Photograph & Signature

Before applying online a candidate will be required to have a scanned (digital) image of his/her photograph and signature as per the specifications given below.

Photograph Image:

  • Photograph must be a recent passport style colour picture.
  • Make sure that the picture is in colour, taken against a light-coloured, preferably white, background.
  • Look straight at the camera with a relaxed face
  • If the picture is taken on a sunny day, have the sun behind you, or place yourself in the shade, so that you are not squinting and there are no harsh shadows
  • If you have to use flash, ensure there's no "red-eye"
  • If you wear glasses make sure that there are no reflections and your eyes can be clearly seen.
  • Caps, hats and dark glasses are not acceptable. Religious headwear is allowed but it must not cover your face.
  • Dimensions 200 x 230 pixels (preferred)
  • Size of file should be between 20kb–50 kb
  • Ensure that the size of the scanned image is not more than 50kb. If the size of the file is more than 50 kb, then adjust the settings of the scanner such as the DPI resolution, no. of colours etc., during the process of scanning.

Signature Image:

  • The applicant has to sign on white paper with Black Ink pen.
  • The signature must be signed only by the applicant and not by any other person.
  • The signature will be used to put on the Call Letter and wherever necessary.
  • If the Applicant’s signature on the answer script, at the time of the examination, does not match the signature on the Call Letter, the applicant will be disqualified.
  • Dimensions 140 x 60 pixels (preferred)
  • Size of file should be between 10kb – 20kb
  • Ensure that the size of the scanned image is not more than 20kb

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PHOTOGRAPH IMAGE:

  • Photographmust be a recent passport size colour picture.
  • The picture should be in colour, against a light-coloured, preferablywhite, background.
  • Look straight at the camera with a relaxed face.
  • If the picture is taken on a sunny day, have the sun behind you, or place yourself in the shade, so that you are not squinting and there are no harsh shadows.
  • If you have to use flash, ensure there’s no “red-eye”.
  • If you wear glasses make sure that there are no reflections and your eyes can be clearly seen.
  • Caps, hats and dark glasses are not acceptable. Religious headwear is allowed but it must not cover your face.
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:: Important Dates ::

  • ONLINE REGISTRATION OF APPLICATION : 20.11.2014 to 09.12.2014

  • PAYMENT OF FEES - ONLINE : 20.11.2014 to 09.12.2014

  • PAYMENT OF FEES - OFFLINE : 22.

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All eligible candidates should apply on-line before the last date forregistration of application.

a. Final selection will be made on the basis of performance in the online test and interview taken together. Merely satisfying the eligibility norms does not entitle a candidate to be called for test or interview.

b. The test will be online objective type, consisting of

(i) General Awareness
(ii) General English
(iii) Quantitative Aptitude
(iv) Reasoning Ability
(v) Marketing Aptitude /Computer Knowledge.

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EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION: (As on 01.12.2014)

A Degree (Graduation level) from a recognised university, or any equivalent qualification recognised as such by the Central/State Government.

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Year: 2014

(General Awareness For Bank's Exams) Sports March - 2014


(General Awareness For Bank's Exams) Sports
March - 2014


International Boxing Federation and IABF

  • The International Boxing Federation (AIBA) has reportedly terminated any official relationship with its current suspended member, the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF), for damaging the image, reputation and interest of the sport in the country.

  •  According to the official AIBA website, AIBA has not recognized any official activities and did not support the officers from IABF since the December 2012 suspension, adding that after receiving disturbing reports on the way the sport of boxing was managed in India, it has now become impossible for them to continue any association with India.

  •  Boxers and coaches will remain protected and authorized to compete at any competition at all levels under the AIBA flag. AIBA also hopes that the IOA will give its full cooperation until AIBA approves a new National Federation for the sake of the sport of boxing in India.

Bopanna: 12th in ATP rankings

  •  India's doubles tennis player RohanBopanna leaped four places to 12th in the latest ATP rankings.

  •  The Indian achieved the feat after clinching the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title with Pakistani AisamulHaqQureshi.

  •  Meanwhile, Leander Paes still remains India's highest ranked doubles player at No.10 while another veteran Mahesh Bhupathi slipped six places to No.47.

  •  In the men's singles category, SomdevDevvarman and Yuki Bhambri remained static at 78th and 146th, respectively, while SaniaMirza is No.11 in the women's doubles list.

Cycling academy launched

  •  Sports minister Jitendra Singh inaugurated the National Cycling Academy at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex and launched a project to create swimming pools at three separate stadiums in the capital.

  •  At an estimated cost of `907.50 lakhs, the project of creating swimming pools will come up at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Indira Gandhi Sports Complex and Karni Singh Shooting Range.

  •  On the occasion, Singh also launched a Community Connect Scheme to include sports and recreational facilities in the JNS, IGSC and the SP Mukherjee Swimming Complex.

  •  The academy will be financed by the Union government, and the sports ministry through SAI with a long-term perspective of making it a top notch institution, which is financially independent and a self-sustaining venture.

World T20, 2014 host : Bangladesh

  • The World T20 2014 is all set to be held in Bangladesh between March 16 and April 6.

  •  According to MahbubAnam, Director, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and member of the local organising committee of the T20 World Cup, the tournament is the biggest in the nation’s history.

  •  The BCB has also planned a concert featuring A.R. Rahman, Akon, and other local artistes on March 13 at the Bangabandhu Stadium.

Vijay Hazare Trophy

  •  Karnataka annexed a historic triple crown at the Eden Gardens , as the Ranji and Irani Cup champion lifted the STAR Sports Vijay Hazare Trophy for the first time defeating Railways by four wickets in a low-scoring final.

  •  Karnataka asked Railways to take first strike and restricted the 2005-06 champion to 157 in 47.4 overs with Man-of-the-Match AbhimanyuMithun picking up four wickets for 19 runs.
     

Swiss Grand Prix Gold

  •  Producing yet another emphatic performance, Indian giant slayer P V Sindhu stunned the recently-crowned All England champion Shixian Wang to breeze into the semifinals even as it was end of road for SainaNehwal at the $125,000 Swiss Grand Prix Gold .

  •  In the men's singles, ParupalliKashyap also booked a semifinal berth with a hard-fought victory over sixth seed Tien Chen Chou of Chinese Taipei.

  • Seventh seed Sindhu played a dominating game to assert her supremacy .

  • World number 9 Sindhu showed once again why she is considered to be India's next big badminton sensation as she produced a beautifully controlled and carefully-paced game to keep Shixian at bay throughout the

quarterfinal match.
1st Asian Grand Prix Archery Championships

  •  Indian archers won two gold and one silver in team events in the ongoing 1st Asian Grand Prix Archery Championships in Bangkok.

  •  Compound women team of GagandeepKaur, V JyothiSurekha and P Lily Chanu defeated Iran in the final team event and took the first gold for the country by a good margin of 15 points (219 vs 204). They eliminated Taipei team (224 vs 220) in the semi-final and Lao (224 vs 214) in the quarter-final.

  •  Recurve men trio of JayantaTalukdar, TarundeepRai and Kapil clinched the gold by thrashing Taipei in a one-sided final (6-0) in set system.

  •  Recurve women team lost to Japan in the bronze medal match. 

BNP Paribas Open tennis semi-finals

  • India’s SaniaMirza and her Zimbabwean partner Cara Black knocked out second-seeded Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina to enter the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament.

  • The pair will be playing fourth seeds Czech Lucie Hradecka and China’s JieZheng next.
    2014 Pepsi IPL venues

  • United Arab Emirates will stage the initial phase of the IPL while Bangladesh was kept on standby for some of the matches by the BCCI, ending weeks of speculation over the venues of the high-profile event which was scheduled from April 16 to June 1.

(General Awareness For Bank's Exams) Awards & prizes March - 2014


(General Awareness For Bank's Exams) Awards & prizes
March - 2014


OSCARS, 2014

  •  With seven Oscars including a history-making best director award for Alfonso Cuaron, the force of Gravity exerted itself at the 86th annual Academy Awards.
     
  •  The searing slavery drama “12 Years a Slave” has won the Academy Award for best picture.
     
  •  Jared Leto, a strong favourite, won the first trophy of the night for his role of a transgender AIDS patient in Dallas Buyers Club.

(General Awareness For Bank's Exams) In the news March - 2014


(General Awareness For Bank's Exams) In the news
March - 2014


ArjunBahadurThapa

  • Nepal’s former Foreign Secretary ArjunBahadurThapa has assumed charge as the Secretary General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).
  • Thapa, who succeeds Ahmed Saleem of Maldives, is the 12th Secretary General of the regional grouping.
  • This is the second time Nepal assumed the top post of the regional body since its establishment in 1985.
  •  Former Foreign Secretary YadavKantaSilwal held the post from January 1994 to December 1995.
  •  The members of the SAARC are: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.
  •  Thapa, 58, was appointed to the position by the 30th Session of the SAARC Council of Ministers held in the Maldives on February 20.
  •  Kathmandu will host the 18th SAARC Summit in November this year.

Sheila Dikshit

Sheila Dikshit, the Congress leader who served three terms as Chief Minister of Delhi, has been appointed the Governor of Kerala.

ViratKohli

  •  India’s ViratKohli has reclaimed the No. 1 position in the latest ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen,
  • Kohli had entered the Asia Cup, trailing No. 1 ranked South African batsman AB de Villiers by two ratings points.
  •  Kohli’s tournament aggregate of 189 runs in three innings with 136 against Bangladesh as his series best earned him 12 ratings points, which has put him ahead of South Africa’s ODI captain by nine ratings points.
  • Kohli was last ranked No. 1 just before the ODI series against New Zealand in January.

Devinderpal Singh Bhullar

  •  The Supreme Court asked the Centre to take a decision on Khalistani terrorist Devinderpal Singh Bhullar’s fresh mercy plea by March 27 or else it will decide on the issue of commuting his death sentence to life imprisonment on the ground of his mental condition.

Suresh Raina

(General Awareness For Bank's Exams) Science & Technology


(General Awareness For Bank's Exams) Science & tech
March - 2014


Prithvi II

  • missileIndia has recently successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable Prithvi-II surface-to-surface missile from a military base in Odisha.
  • The indigenously-developed ballistic missile with a maximum range of 350 km was fired from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Balasore district, about 230 km from Bhubaneswar.
  • The Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Indian Army conducted the test as part of a regular training exercise.
  • Prithvi is India’s first indigenously-built ballistic missile. It is one of the five missiles being developed under the country’s Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.
  • The battlefield missile, with flight duration of 483 seconds and a peak altitude of 43.5 km, can carry a 500-kg warhead.
  • The missile has features to deceive anti-ballistic missiles and uses an advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring capabilities and reaches its target within a few metres of accuracy.
  • It has a higher lethal effect compared to equivalent missiles in the world.

IAF Super Hercules

  •  A recent and most modern acquisition of the Indian Air Force from the United States, the C-130J Super Hercules military transport aircraft, crashed near Gwalior, killing all five IAF personnel on board.
  • The wreckage of the aircraft was strewn along the Madhya Pradesh-Rajasthan border, near Karauli district, about 165 km from Jaipur. Those killed in the crash are Wing Commander Prashant Joshi, Wing Commander Raji Nair, Squadron Leader Kaushik Mishra, Squadron Leader AshishYadav (navigator) and Warrant Officer Krishnapal Singh (flight engineer), IAF officers said.
  • The aircraft took off from Agra for a routine flying training mission. A court of inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of the accident.

GSLV Mark III

  • India took the first step towards the liftoff of the experimental mission of its gigantic Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III when the rocket’s core stage, weighing more than 110 tonnes, was flagged off from the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre, Mahendragiri, near Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu, to Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
  • The significance of the mission is that it will be a forerunner to India sending its astronauts to space. For, the GSLV-Mk III in this flight will carry a crew capsule without astronauts. The capsule will return to earth with the help of parachutes. The mission will take place in June or first week of July.
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation calls its mission to send Indian astronauts to space the Human Space Flight (HSF) programme.
  •  GSLV-Mk III is the “muscular sibling” of GSLV-Mk II which has an indigenous cryogenic engine. GSLV-Mk III can put a communication satellite weighing four tonnes into geo-synchronous transfer orbit or a 10-tonne satellite into low-earth orbit.

Tiangong 2

  • In 2015, China is expected to launch its next space laboratory.
  •  Tiangong 2 will follow on from the Tiangong 1 module, which was launched in 2011 and is still in orbit at the time of writing.
  • Tiangong 1 received two crews of astronauts and carried out China's first space dockings.
  • It is a small, roughly cylindrical module with a crew cabin and a service module featuring solar panels. Although Tiangong 1 is officially designated as a "space laboratory", it is really a small space station.
  • The launch of Tiangong 2 has been expected for a long time, but space analysts are puzzled by the nature of this spacecraft.
  • Originally, China planned to launch three Tiangong modules, and Tiangong 2 was expected to be a marginally improved version of the Tiangong 1 spacecraft.
  • Later, China seemed to drop plans for three Tiangongs and launch just two.

NASA Space Settlement Contest

  •  Five girls from the city of Madurai have won the third prize in the Space Settlement Design Contest 2014, co-sponsored by NASA Ames and the National Space Society (NSS), under the Literary Merit category.
  •  The girls from Sri SaradhaVidyalayam Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Madurai have bagged the prestigious prize for their fictional work titled 'Cronus-The Utopia'.
  • The team is made up of Class XI students - SB VishakaNandini, M Shenbagam, K Kamali, P DhivyaPriya and SG Yogalakshmi. In the competition, they describe their idea of Cronus- a fictional space orbit of Saturn, as a human settlement in deep space in the year 2250 as a result of depletion of natural resources on Earth.

World's first 3D fingerprint

  • A team of Michigan State University computer scientists led by Indian Institute of Technology(IIT) Kanpur alum Anil Jain have built the first three-dimensional model of a human fingerprint.
  •  Jain, a University Distinguished Professor of computer science and engineering, and his team did was develop a method that takes a two-dimensional image of a fingerprint and maps it to a 3-D finger surface.
  •  The 3-D finger surface, complete with all the ridges and valleys that make up the human fingerprint, is made using a 3-D printer. It creates what Jain's team called a fingerprint "phantom."
  • While the 3-D model doesn't yet have the exact texture or feel of a real finger, it could advance fingerprint sensing and matching technology.

Commitment of Google to involve more women into technology sector

  •  The Reserve Bank said that India is fully committed to bring in reforms in the over—the—counter (OTC) derivatives markets, but its pace and nature will depend on the domestic market conditions.
  •  However, the pace and scope of reform implementation depend on the domestic market conditions and characteristics,” it said in a report on ‘OTC Derivatives Market Reforms’
  •  In response to the financial crisis that began in 2008, G—20 had initiated a series of reforms designed to strengthen regulation and oversight of the financial system and tasked the Financial Stability Board (FSB) with coordinating the reforms and assessing their implementation.
  •  In India, the OTC derivative products were introduced by RBI in a phased manner, keeping in view the hedging needs of the real sector.

The largest yellow star discovered

(General Awareness For Bank's Exams) India & The World


(General Awareness For Bank's Exams) India And The World

March -2014


India-Pakistan-Iran pipeline

  • India is looking for an undersea route to source gas from Iran, bypassing Pakistan in the process, that is called “Peace Pipeline”. This pipeline, was now technically feasible after the success of the North Sea undersea pipeline.

  • If Iran was looking at the cheapest way to get gas to customers, it would prefer European customers. But what Iran had in mind was providing spillover benefits of the surface pipeline to the region it passes through, especially the Makran Plateau common to both Pakistan and Iran and where poverty has fuelled subversive tendencies.

  • And, the sources suggested that the future of the IPI pipeline was entwined with the Chah-bahar port as Iran was keen to ensure that this town and the surrounding region of Sistan-Baluchistan Province also gained from the availability of gas.

  • Just 72 km from the Pakistani port of Gwadar being built with Chinese help, the first phase of developing the Chah-bahar port is nearly over.

  • India and Iran have held several rounds of talks on sharing operations and developing the port.

  • The biggest problem is despite deep energy and civilisational links, India and Iran are unfamiliar with each other’s processes and systems of doing business in other areas.

The Indian Ocean-centred maritime security trilateral

  • The Indian Ocean-centred maritime security trilateral between India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives will be expanded to include two more island countries.

  •  Seychelles and Mauritius attended the third meeting of the trilateral as they were very interested to participate in future interactions.

  •  Beginning in 2011 as a concept, the trilateral has reached a state of preparedness from where it is capable of responding to illegal activity such as piracy.

(General Awareness For Bank's Exams) Economy March -2014


(General Awareness For Bank's Exams) Economy

March -2014


Fourth highest billionaires of the world in India by 2023

  • India is projected to be home to the fourth highest number of billionaires in the world by 2023, according to a report which said wealth creation will accelerate in the country over the next decade.

  •  The 2014 Wealth Report, an ann

General Awareness : International Events - March, 2014


(General Awareness For Bank's Exams) International Events

March, 2014


Emergency rule lifted in Tunisia

  •  Tunisia's president has lifted a state of emergency in force since the 2011 uprising that ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali , despite a string of recent jihadist attacks.

(Result) CWE IBPS -RRB III : Recruitment of Officers (Scale-I, II & III) & Office Assistants (Multipurpose) - 2014

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Year: 2014

General Awareness : National Events - March, 2014


(General Awareness For Bank's Exams) National Events

March - 2014


Reservation for Jat

  • Jat leaders has welcomed the decision of the Union Cabinet to include Jats in nine states in the central list of Other Backward Classes and said the move will help youths from the community in getting jobs.
  • Ghatwalakhap council head Harkishan Singh Malik and Balyankhap council head NareshTikait said it was the best gift for the Jat community and would help them in employment and improve their living standards

General Awareness : Sports - February, 2014


(General Awareness For Bank's Exams) National Events
February - 2014


Sports
India is not officially at the Chennai Challenger

  •   In the final of the Shriram Capital-P.L. Reddy Memorial ATP $50,000 Challenger, Yuki Bhambri beat Alexander Kudryavtsev4-6, 6-3, 7-5. That the seventh seeded Indian hung in there in spite of struggling and handled the tricky Russian with elan says a lot about his mental make-up.

  • The Indian then made it a grand ‘double’, pocketing the doubles crown as well, in partnership with Michael Venus, by beating Sriram Balaji and Blaz Rola 6-4, 7-6(3). The singles victory — his third Challenger title — would give Bhambri 80 ranking points, and is certain to push him into the World’s top-150.

Sochi Olympics and India

  • The names adorning just about every available spot on Indian luger Shiva Keshavan's speedsuit are written in faint gray letters, barely visible to those even nearby.

  • Sochi Games, the nation suspended by the International Olympic Committee after it refused to ban corruption-tainted officials from running for elections. The suspension is expected to be lifted after new elections in the coming days, but likely not come in time for Keshavan and two other athletes from India - both skiers - to actually represent their country.

  • So instead, they will all race under the Olympic flag in Sochi. And in an effort to find a way to represent his country without a flag, Keshavan offered donors a chance to be listed on his uniform. Some of those who backed his quest for the Sochi Games have their names on the white suit that he will wear on race days.
    Dipika Pallikal returns to top 10

  • India's top squash player Dipika Pallikal has returned to the top 10 of the world rankings for the first time since December 2012.

  • The 22-year-old moved two places to be no.10 in the latest Women's Squash Association (WSA) rankings despite enduring a tough start to the year.

  • Dipika's improvement in the rankings can be attributed to her performance towards the end of 2013 when she won the $35,000 Macau Open and reached the quarterfinals of the $50,000 China Open in Shanghai.

  •  The Chennai-born player, who was recently honoured with the Padma Shri, opened her 2014 campaign at the Tournament of Champions in New York where she lost in the qualifiers to Annie Au of Hong Kong.

Exhibition match to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Lord's

  •  Cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne are slated to lead the two teams in an exhibition match to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Lord's, the original Mecca of the sport.
     

  • Tendulkar will lead the Marylebone Cricket Club  (MCC), the owners of the north-west London venue, while the Aussie spin magician headlines a Rest of the World side in a 50-overs per side exhibition match on July 5.
     

  • Tendulkar, who was presented with an MCC Honorary Life Membership in 2010, also said that it will be a privilege to play at the 'home of cricket' once again, while Warne, who took 19 wickets in four Tests at Lord's, said that he is sure that the match will be a lot of fun.
     

General Awareness : Sports - February, 2014


(General Awareness For Bank's Exams) Sports
February - 2014


Sports
India is not officially at the Chennai Challenger

  •   In the final of the Shriram Capital-P.L. Reddy Memorial ATP $50,000 Challenger, Yuki Bhambri beat Alexander Kudryavtsev4-6, 6-3, 7-5. That the seventh seeded Indian hung in there in spite of struggling and handled the tricky Russian with elan says a lot about his mental make-up.

  • The Indian then made it a grand ‘double’, pocketing the doubles crown as well, in partnership with Michael Venus, by beating Sriram Balaji and Blaz Rola 6-4, 7-6(3). The singles victory — his third Challenger title  would give Bhambri 80 ranking points, and is certain to push him into the World’s top-150.

Sochi Olympics and India

  • The names adorning just about every available spot on Indian luger Shiva Keshavan's speedsuit are written in faint gray letters, barely visible to those even nearby.

  • Sochi Games, the nation suspended by the International Olympic Committee after it refused to ban corruption-tainted officials from running for elections. The suspension is expected to be lifted after new elections in the coming days, but likely not come in time for Keshavan and two other athletes from India - both skiers - to actually represent their country.

  • So instead, they will all race under the Olympic flag in Sochi. And in an effort to find a way to represent his country without a flag, Keshavan offered donors a chance to be listed on his uniform. Some of those who backed his quest for the Sochi Games have their names on the white suit that he will wear on race days.
    Dipika Pallikal returns to top 10

  • India's top squash player Dipika Pallikal has returned to the top 10 of the world rankings for the first time since December 2012.

  • The 22-year-old moved two places to be no.10 in the latest Women's Squash Association (WSA) rankings despite enduring a tough start to the year.

  • Dipika's improvement in the rankings can be attributed to her performance towards the end of 2013 when she won the $35,000 Macau Open and reached the quarterfinals of the $50,000 China Open in Shanghai.

  •  The Chennai-born player, who was recently honoured with the Padma Shri, opened her 2014 campaign at the Tournament of Champions in New York where she lost in the qualifiers to Annie Au of Hong Kong.

Exhibition match to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Lord's

  •  Cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne are slated to lead the two teams in an exhibition match to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Lord's, the original Mecca of the sport.

  • Tendulkar will lead the Marylebone Cricket Club  (MCC), the owners of the north-west London venue, while the Aussie spin magician headlines a Rest of the World side in a 50-overs per side exhibition match on July 5.

  • Tendulkar, who was presented with an MCC Honorary Life Membership in 2010, also said that it will be a privilege to play at the 'home of cricket' once again, while Warne, who took 19 wickets in four Tests at Lord's, said that he is sure that the match will be a lot of fun.

General Awareness : In The News - February, 2014


(General Awareness For Bank's Exams) In the news
February - 2014


J Prithviraj:

The Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) has announced J Prithviraj as the new president, while Tutu Dhawan will be the vice-president after the Madras High Court directed the body to make their December election results public.

The elections were held at the FMSCI’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on December 23, but the results were withheld due to a pending lawsuit filed by Shrikant Karani of Sportscraft (Mumbai) against the national sporting authority.

Satya Nadella:

Hyderabad native Satya Nadella (46) is the new CEO of Internet giant Microsoft.

After a selection period that saw numerous outside candidates drop off, the Microsoft Board signalled its intention to focus on innovation by selecting the man credited with developing the company's cloud computing and Bing search engine businesses.

Mr. Nadella who holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Manipal University, a master’s in computer science from the University of Wisconsin, and an MBA from the University of Chicago, joined Microsoft in 1992.

Malik Ishaq:

  •  The US Department of State has designated Malik Ishaq, one of the co-founders of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.

  •  The consequences of this designation include a prohibition against U.S. persons engaging in transactions with Malik Ishaq, and the freezing of all his property and interests that are in the United States, or come within the United States or the possession or control of U.S. persons.

  • Malik Ishaq is a founding member and is the current leader of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

David Stern

Former NBA Commissioner David Stern has been elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, just two weeks after retiring from a successful 30-year reign.

The Hall of Fame Committee has acknowledged Stern’s contributions to the NBA during his three decades as chief.\

N. Ramachandran

The suspended Indian Olympic Association (IOA) amended its constitution and successfully held its elections, taking the first steps to returning to the international fold.

World Squash Federation president N. Ramachandran was unanimously named as the new president of the IOA in the elections held in the presence of three observers from the

International Olympic Committee (IOC) — Pere Miró, IOC Director of NOC Relations, Jérôme Poivey, Head of Institutional Relations in the NOC Relations Department, and Robin Mitchell, head of the IOC delegation.

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