Thursday, July 31, 2014

[Current Affairs] Daily Current Affairs Update July 31, 2014

General Dalbir Singh Suhag takes over as the 26th Army Chief of India
  • » 59-year-old Lieutenant General Suhag, a Gurkha officer who had participated in the 1987 Indian Peace Keeping Force operation in Sri Lanka, will have 30-month tenure. 

  • » He was made the Vice Chief of Army Staff in December last year before which he was the Eastern Army Commander.
Rajasthan Assembly passes four labour reform Bills
  • » In a landmark step to usher labour reforms in the country, the Rajasthan Assembly on Thursday passed four labour reform Bills aimed to prevent victimization of workmen, encourage employment, ease retrenchment norms, speedily dispose cases among other things.

  • » The Assembly passed four Bills: the Factories (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill 2014, the Industrial Disputes (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill 2014, the Apprenticeship (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill 2014 and the Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill 2014. The Vasundhara Raje-led Rajasthan government had tabled these Bills in the House last week.
Annual job growth doubled in past decade: Economic census
  • » Job growth in establishments during the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s tenure was almost double the rise during the previous National Democratic Alliance (NDA) regime, provisional results of the Sixth Economic Census, issued on Wednesday, show.

  • » According to the report, issued by the statistics and programme implementation ministry, the average annual job growth during 2005-14 was 4.3 per cent, compared to a 2.5 per cent annual rise in jobs during 1998-2005.

  • » The Atal Behari Vajpayee-led NDA government was in power during 1998-2004, after which the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government took charge for a decade. During 2005-14, employment grew 34.3 per cent. In 2013-14, the establishments registered 127.7 million (mn)jobs, compared to 95.05 mn in 2005.
UP govt removes Advocate General
  • » The Uttar Pradesh government has removed Advocate General (AG) Vinay Chandra Mishra from his post.

  • » "From July 29 Uttar Pradesh Governor has relieved Vinay Chandra Mishra, Advocate General, from his post," said a notification issued by the state government on July 29.

  • » As per the notification Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has been authorised to select the new AG.

  • » Mishra has served as Chairman of Bar Council of India and president of Bar Council of Allahabad High Court for seven terms.

MP govt launches 'M-Governance' for grievance redressal
  • » To bring government closer to commoner and remove drudgery of maintaining huge amount of complaints related documents Madhya Pradesh government today introduced its "M-Governance" platform.

  • » Introduced with private partnership, the platform will enable a commoner to narrate his grievances that requires government intervention. Interestingly this new "M-governance" facility would also entertain complaints pertaining to corruption and irregularities, particularly when the state chief minister and his family already are facing charges of corruption and irregularities in a multi-crore entrance exam scam.

  • » Soon a mobile application version of this platform will also be launched.
HSBC closes Muslim accounts in the UK
  • » In a controversial move, global private banking major HSBC has closed a number of “risky” accounts belonging to Muslim groups and individuals in the UK. 

  • » The bank’s statement said, “We do not discuss relationships we may or may not have with a customer, nor confirm whether an individual or business is, or has been a customer.

Below the Important Current Affairs for Banking Exams

India's infrastructure output growth hits 9-month high in June
  • » India's annual infrastructure sector growth hit a nine-month high of 7.3 per cent in June, government data showed on Thursday, led by a surge in cement and electricity output.
  • » The output recorded an annual 2.3 per cent expansion in May.
  • » The sector, which comprises coal, crude oil, oil refining, natural gas, steel, cement, electricity and fertilisers, accounts for 37.9 per cent of industrial output.
Simanchala Dash appointed Private Secretary to Arun Jaitley
  • » Senior IRS officer Simanchala Dash has been appointed as Private Secretary to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley by relaxing some conditions. 
  • » Dash, a 1988 batch Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax cadre) officer, has been appointed at the level of Director "in relaxation of the cooling off requirement as well as the ceiling of five years prescribed for working as private secretary in the entire career of an officer as a special case," said an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
  • » Dash has worked as private secretary to Jaitley when he was Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha.
NSE, BSE to launch new 10-year bond futures on Monday
  • » Leading stock exchanges NSE and BSE, today said they will begin trading in interest rate futures (IRF) with tenures of one-three months, with underlying of 10-year government bonds. 
  • » "Interest Rates Futures contracts based on 8.40 per cent central government security maturing on July 28, 2024 will be made available for trading with effect from Monday, August 4, 2014," the NSE and the BSE said in similar-worded circulars. 
  • » An IRF is generally a contract between a buyer and a seller agreeing to the future delivery of any interest-bearing asset such as government bonds. 
  • » The cash-settled IRFs will provide market participants with better option to hedge risks arising from fluctuations in interest rates, which depend on various factors, including RBI policy, demand for liquidity and flow of overseas funds. 
Govt to Launch A New Program of Financial Inclusion in Mission Mode

  • » To Provide Households with Facilities of Savings, Credit, Remittances, Insurance and Pension: FM
  • » The Union Finance Minster Shri Arun Jaitley said that the Government is going to launch a new program of Financial Inclusion in Mission Mode which will provide households with facilities of savings, credit, remittances, insurance and pension among others. 
  • » The Financial Inclusion Mission has two phases starting from 15thAugust this year. The first phase will get over by 14thAugust, 2015 and the second Phase by 14thAugust, 2018. Most of the activities will be done in Phase - I and insurance and pension would be covered in Phase - II.
Govt looks to extend mobile banking to all types of phones: Arun Jaitley
  • » The government is looking to expand mobile banking to less advanced cellphones, finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday, as the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government pushes ahead with its ambitious plan to ensure every Indian household has access to banks.
  • » The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is also in touch with various entrepreneurs to look for innovative technologies that can enable mobile banking to be used on all types of phones.
  • » The government is also considering increasing the fee for banks to 2% on every transaction from 1% at present to make it more lucrative for banks to open bank accounts and transfer funds from the government to beneficiary accounts.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

[Current Affairs] Daily Current Affairs Update July 30, 2014

1.    Utsav Mitra appointed OSD to Power Minister Piyush Goyal
  • » Utsav Mitra, a non-government official, has been appointed as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Power Minister Piyush Goyal.
  • »   Mitra has been appointed on a contract basis for five years or till the tenure of the Minister, according to an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training.
  • »   As per rules, a clearance from Intelligence Bureau (IB) is mandatory for appointment of a private person as OSD to a Minister. Ministry of Finance also needs to give its permission to create a post of OSD for such persons.

2.    India must decide its role in global trade order: Kerry
  • »   As India has taken a tough stand at WTO, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said New Delhi must decide its role in global trade order.
  • »   Ahead of his official visit to India, Kerry said: "As we work with our trading partners around the world to advance trade and investment liberalisation, India must decide where it fits in the global trading system.”

3.      Govt to use space technology to monitor MNREGA
  • »   Seeking to improve value addition in MNREGA, Rural Development Minister Nitin Gadkari today said government proposes to modify the scheme and use space technology to check pilferages and corruption.
  • »   Replying to a discussion on Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employement Guarantee Scheme (MNREGA) in the Lok Sabha, the Minister said he proposes to change the material-wage ratio of the scheme from 60:40 to 49:51 with a view to encouraging value addition.

4.     Pati appointed new Odisha Chief Secretary
  • »   Odisha government today appointed senior IAS officer Gokul Chandra Pati as the new chief secretary and posted home secretary Vivin Kumar Saxena as special resident commissioner in New Delhi, an official notification said.
  • »   Pati, a 1978 batch IAS officer on central deputation since 2006, had been allowed by the union government to return to his state cadre on July 28. He was secretary, defence production in the ministry of defence.
  • »   He will replace 1979 batch IAS officer J K Mohapatra who has been posted as the secretary of fertilizer in the ministry of chemicals and fertilizer. Mohapatra had demitted office on July 25 to take up his central posting.
  • »  Home department will remain as additional charge of additional chief secretary (finance) Upendra Nath Behera. He will be in dual charges of home and finance departments.

5. Navtej Singh Sarna appointed Secretary (West) in MEA
  • »   Senior diplomat Navtej Singh Sarna was today appointed as Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs.
  • »   Sarna, a 1980 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, is working as Special Secretary in the ministry and will succeed Dinkar Khullar, who superannuates on August 31, said an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training.
  • »   Apart from holding the distinction of being the longest- serving spokesperson of the External Affairs Ministry, Sarna has served in Indian missions in Moscow, Warsaw, Thimphu, Geneva, Tehran and Washington DC.
  • »   He has also served as Indian Ambassador to Israel.
  • »   Sarna has also authored many books including "The Exile"-- a novel based on the life of Maharaja Duleep Singh, "We Weren't Lovers Like That", a novel, and a non-fiction "The Book of Nanak".

6.    RBI paper mill to save Rs 1,280 crore of imports annually
  • »   The Reserve Bank of India's first Greenfield venture of bank note paper mill at Mysore, in Karnataka, is expected to save Rs 1,280 crore of imports annually.
  • »   Currently, the entire quantity of currency notes needed is printed within the country. However, India produces only five per cent of the paper required for currency notes at its sole paper mill - Hoshangabad Security Paper Mill -and depends on imports for the bulk of the requirement. India is the second-largest country in the world after China in terms of number of notes printed.
  • »   The new paper mill has a production capacity of 12,000 metric tonnes and will cost Rs 1,500 crore to build. It is expected to cut India's import demand by more than half. India, which prints more than 20 billion notes annually, requires about 22,000 metric tonne of bank note paper.
  • »   According to information sourced through a Right to Information request from Bank Note Paper Mill India Pvt Ltd, an RBI subsidiary, there is likely to be a delay of about one year in setting up the mill from the original schedule of April 2014.

Below the Important Current Affairs for Banking Exams

1.    State Bank of Patiala ready to merge with parent SBI
  • »   One of the five associate banks of the country's top lender, the State Bank of India (SBI), is set to merge with the parent this fiscal. State Bank of Patiala is the most likely suitor, a top banker has said.
  • »  The government-run State Bank of India has five associates -- State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Travancore, State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Mysore and State Bank of Hyderabad.
  • »  Out of these five, three of them are listed -- State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Mysore and State Bank of Travancore. According to finance ministry officials in, State Bank of Patiala is the first in the queue.

2.    Amazon announces $2 billion investment in India
  • »  The $2 billion investment comes despite the fact that Amazon (global entity) registered heavy losses in its second quarter. Experts have further stated that the losses in the third quarter could be much worse.
  • »  Amazon started its operations in Indian about a year ago and currently has over 17 million products across several categories out of which 300,000 are available for next day delivery.
  • »  In the past few months, Amazon has aggressively promoted its brand in India. It stands as a key challenge to the likes of Flipkart, Snapdeal and other home grown e-commerce companies.

3.  World Bank assures Bandhan of financial support
  • »  The World Bank has assured Bandhan Financial Services of more support, including equity infusion through its investment arm IFC, as and when needed following the microfinance major’s transformation into a full-fledged bank.
  • »   The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, currently holds close to 11% equity stake in the Kolkata-based MFI. Bandhan Financial Services CMD Chandra Shekhar Ghosh said World Bank country director Onno Ruhl has assured him of more financial support whenever the MFI needs it.
  • »   A five-member team of World Bank, led by Ruhl, went on field visits in West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district on Thursday to witness the activities of Bandhan and explore possibility of financial as well as technical support.

4.  Govt appoints S S Mundra as RBI deputy governor
  • »  The government has appointed S S Mundra, chairman and managing director of Bank of Baroda as the deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
  • »   Mundra (60), who will assume charge as deputy governor on Thursday, has been given a three-year term.
  • »  Mundra assumed the charge as Chairman and Managing Director of Bank of Baroda in January, 2013. Prior to his elevation as Chairman and Managing Director of Bank of Baroda, he was the Executive Director of Union Bank of India.
  • » He'll take over as the fourth Deputy Governor of RBI after K C Chakrabarty resigned mid-tenure.

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[SBI] SBI PO 2014 Possible Group Discussion Topics

Hello, SBI PO result will be published within few days. So lets get ready to practice Group Discussions topics.

Group Discussion is one of the most important phase of SBI Probationary Officer Recruitment Examination. Many of the genius student fail to qualify on Group Discussion despite of Good score in the Written examination.

SBI PO 2014 Group Discussion will have the possible topics:

How many Nirbhayas do we need to sacrifice for a change[Recent Rape Topic]

India can only perform well in Common Wealth Games[CWG Topic/ Sports Topic]

Indian Cricket craze killing all the other sports[ISL/Pro-Kabaddi/IPTL]

Hosting U17 Fifa World Cup opens the door for India in Fifa World Cup?

Gaza-Israel Conflict

Removal of UPA appointed Governors, Did Modi do the right thing?

Spending on Manglayan while country is suffering from poor economic conditions

Lokpal Act - Central Govt Employees need to issue their family assets

FDI in Defence

Online Shopping killing the Shop Business?

Politicians lack skills in public debates?

Spending on Election Rallies

Knowledge does not define IQ

Politics of subsidy is not marketable

Can Indian Politicians ever be a role model?

Social Media Platform for Indian Democracy

Should we look for an alternative form of Government?[Failure of Democracy]

MH 370, MH 17, Algerian flight: Air Traffic in jeopardy?

FDI in Banking Sector

These are most recent topics which might come in the Group Discussion for SBI PO. Here is the possible Cut Off for SBI PO 2014 : Click Here

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[SBI] SBI PO Tentative Result Date and Cut Off

Hello, SBI PO will conduct its last descriptive test on August 3rd, 2014 and it is expected that the result might possibly be out by September 5-10, 2014.

The most possible cut off for this year will be:

CategoryExpected Cut Off
This is a expected and assumed cut off which might vary from the real one. However, this is based on total 250. 

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[SSC] SSC CGL Representation Format

Hello, this is the format of SSC CGL Representation. You have to fax this letter(After editing the highlighted fields) for representation of Error Answers in the Answer Keys.

Shri. Gopinath Nayak
Under Secretary,
Staff Selection Commission,
Block No.-12,CGO Complex,
Lodhi Road, New Delhi- 110003

Subject: Representation for discrepancies in the Answer key of Test form No. _____ of SSC CGL 2013 Re-Exam held on Date in the Morning/Evening session

Respected Sir,

With due respect I would like to draw your kind attention to the discrepancies found in the official keys provided by the SSC for the Test Form No.- ____ of SSC CGL 2013 Re- Exam held in the morning/evening session on Date.

The question numbers with discrepancies are as below:
Now put the "Section" for eg: Reasoning
Then Question Number: For eg. 23
Given Answer in the Answer Key: Describe it neatly.
Your representation: 
Your source of proof:
Kindly consider it in the revised answer key.

If you have more than One representation then repeat the above step.

I would be extremely grateful if you could consider my representations. However, I will obey your decision even if you cannot consider them in the final key.
Thanking you. Dated: 

Yours Sincerely

Roll No:
Email id: 
Date & Shift of Exam: 

You have to fax the letter to This no. 011 24364797/ 011 24360120

[Postal] Possible Cut Off for West Bengal Circle PA/SA Exam 2014


According to sources, the typing test call will be out by 15-20 from today i.e Aug 16-25. After that you will get probably 20-25 days to prepare yourself. So based on research and toughness of Question paper held by Postal Department the possible cut off will be:

SC/ST 58-60
OBC 62-64
General 68-70

This is a approximate score. This is not the Final Merit List Call but this is for Typing Test Call which will be 1:5 per vacancy.


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Hello! There are too many confusion and questions while filling up IBPS PO Forms. We have assembled this post with most frequently asked questions.

Is there any percentage criteria in IBPS PO/MT IV 2014?

No, There is no percentage criteria in the notification released by IBPS.

I have GPA in my mark sheet how will I convert it to percentage?

You can convert it by clicking this LINK however, you must know if it is accepted by your university or not. If you have confusion, just take the first 2 numbers and that will be your %. For eg. 7.83 = 78%.

Am I eligible for the Pre-Exam Training?

Only if you are a Scheduled Caste/Tribe or OBC. Pre-Exam Training is not available for General Candidates.
You have to fill up Pre-exam training criteria while you are filling up forms.

My result will be out on August 9, can I apply?

Yes, you can. People who are expecting result by 11th of August, 2014 can apply.

I am having error while filling up. What should I do?

Change your browser, if problem persists then clear the Cache of your browser and empty the temp file.

I got 58.69% in my graduation, How to give the marks?

Just put, 58%. No matter you got 60.99% or 89.21% you will only have to take first 2 digits as your percentage.

I filled 58.37% in the marks, will I get rejected?

No. You will not. They will round off your marks. However, it is recommended to give a rounded off number.

I gave a wrong name/address/any other. What to do? Affidavit? 

For a exam which occurs every year, no need to affidavit anything. Just use a new email id and fill up again.

Do I need a Computer Certificate?

In the notification there was no mention of Mandatory Computer Certificate. However, having a certificate adds a bonus boost in the interview.

What will be my bank preference?

Click here for the Bank Preference.

What books to buy for IBPS?

Click here for the books.

Detailed Syllabus for IBPS : Click Here

Eligibility Criteria for IBPS: Click Here


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[IBPS] What Books to buy for IBPS PO/MT IV 2014

Hello, These are the books you need to buy for IBPS PO/MT IV 2014


Quantative Apptitude:


Computer Knowledge:

Marketing and Banking Awareness:

For Practice:

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[Current Affairs] Daily Current Affairs Update July 29th 2014

1.    Moeen Ali banned from wearing political messages
  • » England allrounder Moeen Ali has been banned from displaying political messages on the field by the International Cricket Council, after wearing wristbands supporting Palestinians during the third test.
  • » Ali wore wristbands with “Save Gaza” and “Free Palestine” while batting against India on Monday at the Rose Bowl.
  • »  Meanwhile, England players on Tuesday commemorated cricketers who gave their lives in World War I by wearing on their shirts the logo of Help for Heroes, a charity helping military personnel wounded in conflict. They also stood for a minute’s silence before the start of play on day three

2.    Commonwealth Games 2014: India wins 10 Gold, 15 Silver 11 Bronze
  • » Amit Kumar Wrestling Men's Wrestling (57 kg)
  • » Vinesh Phogat Wrestling Women's Wrestling (48 kg). 
  • » Sushil Kumar Wrestling Men's Wrestling (74 kg)

3.      Def Min inducts IAF officer in HAL board
  • » Meeting a long-pending demand of Indian Air Force, the government has inducted one of its senior officer in the board of state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.
  • »  The move to induct IAF Deputy Chief Air Marshal S B Sinha will help the force to have more say in the functioning of country's only aerospace firm and force's largest supplier.

4.     Virus Bladabindi in Indian cyberspace
  • »  Cyber security detectives have alerted Indian internet users against hacking attempts of a clandestine multi-identity virus Bladabindi that steals sensitive personal information of a user for nefarious purposes.
  • »  The virus, the Computer Emergency Response Team-India (CERT-In) said, could infect "Microsoft Windows operating system" and it spreads through removable USB flash drives, popularly known as pen drives and data cards.
  • » CERT-In is the nodal national agency to combat hacking, phishing and to fortify security defences of the Indian internet domain.

5.    India's mobile services market to touch $19.2 bn in 2014
  • » Mobile connections in India will grow to 815 million in 2014, an 8% increase from 755 million connections in 2013, according to Gartner.
  • »  The mobile services market in India will remain almost at the same level as 2013 at $19.2 billion in 2014.
  • »  Another area of opportunity is focusing on innovative mobile apps that help increase loyalty of the consumer. 
  • » These could go beyond the popular category of social and video apps to include utility apps such as, shopping apps.

6.    KV Chowdary tipped to be new CBDT chief
  • » Senior IRS officer K.V. Chowdary is tipped to be the new Chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the apex authority of the Income Tax department.
  • » The 1978-batch Indian Revenue Service officer is presently working as the Member (Investigations) in the CBDT and is expected to take over the new charge from August 1 after incumbent Chairman R.K. Tewari retires on July 31.
  • » Mr. Tewari, a 1976-batch IRS officer, has been at the helm for the last five months after he took over the top post on March 1.
  • » Officials said the name of the new CBDT boss would be soon cleared by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • » He has earlier served as the Chief Commissioner of I-T in Vishakhapatnam and Director (Investigations) in Nagpur.
  • » The CBDT has six members apart from the Chairman and is the apex body for framing policy and administrative issues related to direct taxes and the Income Tax department.

Below the Important Current Affairs for Banking Exams

1.    Flipkart raises $1 billion funding, largest in Indian e-commerce space
  • » India’s largest e-commerce firm Flipkart on Tuesday said it has raised $1 billion (over Rs 6,000 crore) in fresh funding from a group of investors, the largest so far in the fiercely competitive online shopping segment in the country.
  • » The company did not disclose its new holding pattern. Sources said, however, that with this round of fund raising, Flipkart is valued at about $7 billion (around Rs 42,000 crore).
  • » Co-led by existing investors Tiger Global Management and Naspers (Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund), GIC, Accel Partners, DST Global, ICONIQ Capital, Morgan Stanley Investment Management and Sofina also participated in this latest financing round.
  • » The Bangalore-based firm will utilise funds on expanding its online and mobile services, focusing on areas like R&D, enhancing customer experience and seller base.
  • » The company also plans to hire 1,000 engineers with an eye on expanding its R&D capabilities and is also looking at roping in mobile and technology experts from Silicon Valley.

2.    Reserve Bank reverts to multiple price bids for bond auctions
  • » The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will revert to the multiple price method for bond auctions on Friday, after a year when the present practice of a uniform price method was adopted.
  • » The central bank will auction a 10-year bond with a coupon rate of 8.40 per cent for a notified amount of Rs 9,000 crore on Friday. It has also announced two more bond auctions for a total of Rs 5,000 crore on the same day.

3.  The US Secretary of State to meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for Strategic dialogue
  • » Mr. Kerry will be meeting with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj along with a full delegation for the fifth Indo-US strategic dialogue.
  • » He will be accompanied by US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, and officials of the Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security and NASA. Mr. Kerry will also meet with Prime Minister Modi.
  • » On Friday, Mr. Kerry will meet with Mr. Jaitley, and sources said discussions on defence purchases that the US is pushing, including helicopters, missiles, and ultra-light howitzer guns are expected to be positive.
  • »  Mr. Kerry will also discuss climate change, clean energy, visa issues and cooperation on terror. The bigger challenge for the leaders, perhaps, will be to put aside the big controversies of the past, including the denial of 
  • » Mr. Modi’s visa in 2005, anger over the arrest of diplomat Devyani Khobragade, and the recent revelations on US NSA surveillance of Indian consulates and the BJP’s leadership.

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