February 2015 Current Affairs Monthly

Current Affairs February 2015: Read Important monthly current affairs and major events of February 2015 related to India (National) and World (International) for SSC, Banking PO, IBPS, Indian Railways, UPSC, RPSC, State PSC and other upcoming competitive Examinations. It covered all latest current affairs topics like Politics, Appointments, Sports and Players, Awards and Honours, Important Days, Obituaries, Reports, Business, Government Schemes, Education, Books and Authors, Economy, Science and Technology, Geography, Agreements, Conference and Entertainment.

Top Appointment Current Affairs
  • AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal was sworn in as chief minister of Delhi by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung. The oath taking ceremony took place at the Ramlila Maidan. Along with him Manish Sisodia and other six ministers took.
Top Business Current Affairs
  • The US Federal Trade Commission has allowed Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd to buy Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. The approval has been done on a condition that the company has to sell its interest in a generic antibacterial medicine. Sun Pharmaceutical will buy Ranbaxy from Daiichi Sankyo Co, for $3.2 billion.
  • Reliance Industries has told its employees that the company maintains multiple lawful international bank accounts. However, the communication done to RIL employees also claimed that the news about RIL’s Mukesh Ambani having illegal Swiss Bank Accounts is false. 
  • Facebook has entered into an agreement with Reliance Communications Ltd. for providing free internet service to the customers who use selected 30 online services/apps in India including ESPN Cricinfo, TimesJobs, OLX, Babajob, Cleartrip, and others. The service has initially been provided for Reliance Comm. customers in Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Chennai, and Guajarat. 
  • HCL Infosystems has signed a contract of 3 years with Microsoft Mobile OY’s subsidiary NISPL (Nokia India Sales Private Limited) for distributing mobile handsets including Nokia First mobile phones and Microsoft Lumia across rural India and Organised Trade and General Trade channels. 
  • The ITC Limited.? has acquired Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa property at Arossim Beach in South Goa for Rs. 515.44 crore. ITC Limited has revealed that it has emerged as the highest bidder of the auction, which took place under SARFAESI Act, 2002.
  • TRAI, telecommunication regulator, has widened scope of Mobile Number Portability after amending the regulation on it. It is learnt that mobile subscribers can change service providers anywhere in India without the need to change phone number from 3 May 2015
Top Collaboration Current Affairs
  • After Indian PM Narendra Modi and his counterpart from Pakistan Nawaz Sharif agreed to resume foreign secretary level talks, 172 fishermen were released by Pakistan as a goodwill gesture. Malir Jail’s superintendent, Muhammad Sehto, told media that they have released the prisoners after getting the release orders.
Top Economics Current Affairs
  • During monetary policy review, Reserve Bank of India has not tinkered with the key rates. While repo and reverse repo rates remain at 7.75 per cent and 6.75 per cent respectively, SLR or statutory liquidity ratio has been decreased to 21.5 per cent, a cut of 50 basis points. The new SLR will be effective from February 7. SLR has been decreased to increase monetary liquidity in the economy. 


Top Miscellaneous Current Affairs
  • General (retired) V.K. Singh, MoS of External Affairs, visited Saudi Arabia and discussed arrangement issues of Haj 2015 with Saudi Minister of Haj in Jeddah, H.E Dr. Bandar Ibn Muhammad Hajjar. Annual Haj Agreement for Haj 2015 has been signed by the two countries after the discussion. 
  • Strategic partnership between India and the US. is heading towards the next level as Jacob L Lew, US Treasury Secretary, is all set to visit two cities in India (Mumbai and Delhi) for participating in the meeting for US-India Economic and Financial Partnership next week. On February 11, he will first meet RBI Governor followed by financial/business leaders of India in Mumbai.
  • S.A. Engineering College’s student Sharath Rajan has invented a scooter that doesn't need fossil fuels for operation. Reports say that the new scooter uses solar energy for operation. Sharath Rajan told the media that his scooter comes with solar panels that traps solar energy to run the scooter. 
Top Person Current Affairs
  • The US state department told media that 37-year old Rashad Hussain, an Indian-American, has been given the task of engaging and establishing partnership with different countries across the globe by appointing him as Special Envoy and Coordinator for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications. It is learnt that Hussain is currently America’s Special Envoy to Organisation for Islamic Countries. 
  • Rajendra Pachauri, the former chief of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, was granted interim bail till March 27. Therefore, he can’t be arrested on the alleged charges of sexual harassment till the concerned date. However, he has been barred by the court from either making communication with Delhi-based TERI (The Energy Resources Institute) or leaving country except for special permission.
  • Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor has been tested positive for Swine flu. She was admitted to a hospital in Rajkot where Dr Chirag Matravadia of Sterling multispeciality hospital is treating her. Sonam's condition is stable. Actor was in Gujarat for the shooting of Surat Barjatya's next movie Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.
Top Politics Current Affairs
  • 63 percent polling took place in Delhi till 5 pm. Because of the long queues of voters, polling has been extended by an hour. Turnout of voters till 1 pm, in the first five hours of polling in Delhi was 35.82%. 
  • According to exit polls the share of the Aam Aadami Party (AAP) in total number of votes has increased as compared to Delhi Assembly elections in 2013. In 2013 the AAP won 28 out of 70 seats by winning 29.64 percent of votes. Exit polls after voting predicted that the AAP will win 41-43 seats this time. As per exit polls, vote share of the Bharatiya Janata Party will drop to 34-37 percent.
  • Jitan Ram Manjhi has been expelled from Janata Dal (United) after he defiantly refused to step down from CM’s position. After Manjhi met Indian PM Narendra Modi, the former was expelled from the party on the charges of anti-party activities. On Monday, Nitish Kumar reached the house of Bihar Governor with 130 legislators to stake claim of the Chief Minister’s chair. 
  • Bharatiya Janata Party workers and supporters got a reason to smile again after humiliating poll drubbing in Delhi Assembly election as the party got a huge mandate in Assam municipal polls. Sarbananda Sonowal of Bharatiya Janata Party told media that he welcomes people’s verdict and thanks them for reposing faith in the party. 
  • Activist Anna Hazare called the land ordinance anti-farmer and will hold a two-day protest against the ordinance at Jantar Mantar. He added that India is an agrarian country and everyone must participate in this protest. 
  • Sources in the Defence ministry reveal that one of the major stumbling blocks in signing the estimated $15 billion Rafale deal between India and France have been sorted out by Manohar Parrikar (Defence Minister of India) and Jean-Yves Le Drain (Defence Minister of France) during latter’s visit to India.
Top Sports Current Affairs
  • Leander Paes-Martina Hingis duo won mixed doubles tournament of Australian Open 2015. The Indian-'Swiss Miss' partnership humiliated Kristina Mladenovic - Daniel Nestor by winning the Final match in straight sets (6-4, 6-3). It was 41-year old Leander’s fifteenth grand slam title.
  • Jitu Rai, Asian Games Champion and ace shooter of India, has won two gold medals in the 10m Pistol Shooting event on 35th National Games’ fifth day. On the same day, in double trap section in men’s category, Ronjan Sodhi settled for Gold. 
  • Management Board of India Cements, led by N Srinivasan - President-in-exile of BCCI, has approved IPL team CSK’s franchise rights transfer to Chennai Super Kings Cricket Ltd., wholly-owned subsidiary of India Cements. This information is revealed by Srinivasan himself to the media.
  • India beat arch rival Pakistan by 76 runs in their first World Cup match at the Adelaide Oval in Australia on Sunday. India elected to bat first and made 300 for seven. Virat Kohli displayed a splendid game by scoring 107, the first century by an Indian in World Cup against arch rivals. 
  • Yuvraj Singh has been bought by Delhi Daredevils at a whooping sum of Rs. 16 crore during auction of Indian Premier League. Other players who were bought for hefty sums by Daredevils include Mathews (at Rs.7.50 crore), Zaheer Khan (at Rs.4 crore), and Mishra (at Rs.3.5 crore). Dinesh Karthik was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore at Rs.10.5 crore. 
  • India won their second match in ICC World Cup tournament by defeating South Africa by 130 runs. Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan made a superb 137 runs from 146 balls to guide India to a commendable 307 runs score. Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli also played their parts by scoring 79 and 46 runs respectively. South Africa needed to score 308 runs to win but bundled out in 40.2 overs by scoring 177 runs. 
Top Technology Current Affairs
  • Mobile messaging service WhatsApp is rolling out the internet calling functionality to wider range of users. Many WhatsApp's Android app users confirmed the activation of voice calling feature. To activate the feature, user need to get a call from a user who had already turned on these services. But all the users are not able to use this invite system. 
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