Current Affairs – December, 2014

Government’s DBTL becomes world’s largest direct benefit transfer scheme

Governments ambitious Direct Benefit Transfer on LPG (DBTL) has become the world’s largest direct benefit transfer scheme after 2.5 crore households received about 550 crore rupees since 15th November 2014. It has surpassed number of beneficiaries in direct benefit transfer programmes in countries like China and Brazil. Background Earlier, government had launched DBTL scheme in Read More…

Global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) comes into force on 24 December 2014

Global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) came into force on 24 December 2014, after it was adopted by the UN General Assembly in April 2013. Now this landmark treaty has officially became binding international law, which aims to regulate around the USD 85 billion global arms trade. It came into force after 60 nations ratified it, Read More…

National Good Governance Day observed on Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s 90th birthday

Former Prime Minister and Bharat Ratna recipient Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s 90th birthday was observed as National Good Governance Day on 25th December 2014. In order to mark the occasion of this day, several programmes were organized nationwide and new initiatives were announced. Events and new initiatives Ministry of Petroleum expanded the 5 kg LPG cylinder Read More…

RBI extends deadline for withdrawal of pre-2005 currency notes till 30 June 2015

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has extended the deadline for withdrawal of pre-2005 of various denominations including Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 by six months till 30th June 2015. RBI also has clarified that all such notes will continue to remain a legal tender and can be exchanged for their full value. Pre-2005 currency notes:  Read More…

Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil new LoP in Maharashtra State Legislative Assembly

Senior Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil was appointed as Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the Maharashtra state Legislative Assembly. State Assembly Speaker Haribhau Bagde had announced his appointment. Earlier Shiv Sena was main opposition party in assembly and its MLA  Eknath Shinde was LoP. But he had vacated this post, after Shiv Sena formed coalition Read More…