24 July 2015 Important current affairs / GK / GA : Haryanavi film ‘Pagdi: The Honour’ will be free from tax as announced by Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar.

  • He also announced a discretionary grant of 10 lakh for the film.
  • Pagdi: The Honour is the first Haryanvi film which winning two national awards.
  • It bagged the title ofbest Haryanavi film and its actress Baljinder Kaur won best supporting actor (female) award at the 62nd National Film Awards.
  • State Government would formulate a policy for the promotion of Haryanavi language films.

Nasa scientists have announced the discovery of an earth-like planet Kepler 452b, also known as ‘Earth 2.0’,.

  • Over the course of years of data-gathering by the Kepler space telescope and even more analysis and work here on Earth, scientists confirmed the existence of the distant exoplanet, which is the most earth-like planet ever discovered.
  • A year on the newly-discovered planet – the time it takes to orbit its star, Kepler 452 – lasts for 385 days, only 20 days longer than a year here on Earth.
  • Kepler 452b has been the perfect distance from its star for many billions of years.
  • According to Jon Jenkins, the Kepler data analysis lead at NASA’s Ames Research Centre, this means it’s possible that it hosts life on its surface, or at least could have at some point in its history.

Maharashtra Cabinet on 23 July 2015 approved Shyamaprasad Mukherjee Jan Van Vikas Scheme.

  • The scheme proposed by Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar in the state’s annual budget 2015-16 aims at creation of comprehensive development of villages in the buffer zones of tiger reserves and around them.

Objective of scheme :

  • Its objectives are to reduce the man-animal conflict and achieve sustainable development of these villages.
  • The scheme also aims at reducing the dependence of villagers on the forest.
  • The scheme will seek to boost the supplementary businesses to farming activities and create alternative employment possibilities in these areas. The scheme will be launched on project basis from 2015-16 to 2019-2020.

IT companies CSC and HCL Technologies signed an agreement to form a banking software and services company to provide technology services and solutions to the banking industry.

  • The joint venture will invest in platform modernisation and product functionality enhancement and will capitalise on the proven capabilities of both companies in addressing the multi-billion-dollar, global core banking software market.
  • CSC, which serves over 100 premier banking and financial services clients in 15 countries, will provide its core banking, cards, payments and default management industry talent, software and product development expertise.
  • HCL will provide capital investment, its experience in product engineering and application implementation services, as well as banking sales and client engagement expertise.

For SSC and UPSC : Important Indian National Movements with year

T K Chand appointed as the new chairman CMD of National Aluminium Company (Nalco).

  • Chand who has been Director (Commercial) of Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL), will take up his new position on Monday, July 27, 2015.
  • The Public Enterprises Selection Board recommended his name for appointment as CMD of the Nalco in November last year after short-listing 11 candidates.
  • The Department of Personnel issued the appointment order earlier this week.
  • His appointment fills in a key leadership role at the country’s largest state-owned aluminium company, almost three months after the previous incumbent Ansuman Das superannuated on April 30, 2015.

European Medicines Agency (EMA) give its approval to world’s first malaria vaccine called RTSS or Mosquirix on 24 July 2015.

  • The vaccine was licensed for use on babies aged between 6 weeks and 17 months in Africa, which is at the highest risk of the mosquito-borne disease.
  • The vaccine developed by British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline in partnership with the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative, would be the first licensed human vaccine against a parasitic disease and could help prevent millions of cases of malaria.
  • The vaccine is also part-funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and it was in development since 1987 under a team of researchers led by Joe Cohen, a GSK scientist.

Suresh Narayanan is the new Nestle India MD after company battles its worst ever public relation crisis in the country

  • Nestle has been at the centre of India’s worst food scare in a decade, after a regulator in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh in May found excess lead in a sample of its hugely popular Maggi noodles.

Forbes Asia’s Fabulous 50 list of the year 2015 released on 22 July 2015.

  • Fab 50 list is an annual honor roll highlighting some of the brightest stars in the Asia Pacific.
  • Chinese companies dominated this year’s list with 25 firms in the list that depicts the region’s best big publicly traded companies.
  • India claimed the second-highest number of companies in the list with a total of 10 firms.
  • South Korea stood at third place with four companies in the list. 

Indian companies on the list :

  • Aurobindo Pharma
  • HCL Technologies
  • HDFC Bank
  • Lupin
  • Motherson Sumi Systems
  • Sun Pharmaceutical Industries
  • Tata Consultancy Services
  • Tata Motors
  • Tech Mahindra
  • Titan

Attempt Free : SSC CGL 2015 Speed test 

IJGA World Stars of Junior event won by Shubham Jaglan on 22 july 2015. Jaglan is the son of a milkman from rural Haryana, India.

  • He shot a three round score of 106 winning by a five-stroke margin, ahead of two Americans Justin Dang and Sihan Sandhu and Thailand’s Pongsapak Laopakdee for the Boys 9-10 years category title.
  • He also scripted a scintillating one-stroke win at the Junior World Golf Championships that was held at Welk Resort Fountain Course in California.


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