Rajiv Takru Was Appointed As The Revenue Secretary

  1. Rajiv Takru, an IAS officer of 1979 batch of Gujarat cadre was appointed as the Revenue Secretary. He will succeed Sumit Bose, who will retire on 31 March 2014. Takru at the time of appoinment was serving the Financial Services Department as its Secretary under the Union Finance Ministry.
  2. The Third Nuclear Security Summit was held in The Hague, Netherlands from 24 to 25 March 2014. The summit was attended by 58 World leaders. The third NSS synergizes previous two summits without their backdrops.
  3. Jammu and Kashmir became the first state in the country to declare all election booths as No Smoking Areas in Lok Sabha elections 2014. Chief Electoral Officer of Jammu and Kashmir, Umang Narula issued a circular to all returning officers and district election officers of the state.
  4. Google signed a deal with Ray-Ban maker Luxottica to make Google Glass spectacles into a stylish consumer product. Italy based world’s biggest eyewear maker Luxottica will design, develop and distribute Google Glass eyewear. The deal will allow Italy‘s Luxottica to be first to showcase the new technology to millions of potential consumers. Luxottica will develop frames equipped with Google Glass.
  5. Tata Communications Payment Solutions Ltd. (TCPSL) launched the white label Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) network under the brand name of Indicash. The first Indicash ATM was inaugurated at Chandrapada in Thane district.
  6. Horticulture Mission for North East and Himalayan states is a centrally sponsored scheme for overall development of Horticulture. The mission cover states including Sikkim and three Himalayan states namely Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarkhand.
  7. Facebook decided to acquire two year old virtual reality technology firm Oculus VR for 2 billion dollar. As per the analyst, virtual reality technology could be a new way for people to communicate, learn or be entertained.
  8. Varun Berry appointed as Managing Director (MD) of Britannia Industries. He will succeed Vinita Bali. Currently, he is working as chief operating officer (COO) of the company. Varun Berry had joined Britannia in January 2013 as chief operating officer from PepsiCo Inc.
  9. United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) passed a changed draft resolution on Sri Lanka during the 25th session held in Geneva. The resolution seeks to authorize UNHRC to set up an independent international inquiry in Sri Lanka to probe into human rights violations during Sri Lankan civil war against LTTE in 2009.
  10. West Zone won the cricket’s Deodhar Trophy 2014. They lifted the trophy after defeating North Zone in the Day-Night final at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam by a margin of 133 runs.

India’s First Minority Cyber Village was Inaugurated in Rajasthan

  1. India’s first Minority Cyber Village was inaugurated by the Minister for Minority Affairs K Rehman Khan in Chandoli in Alwar district of Rajasthan. Chandoli has been selected as the first village for the pilot project as it holds more than 80 percent of minority population and also because the minorities of the Mewat region is still backward in education.
  2. Central Zoo Authority selected the Indira Gandhi Zoological Park (IGZP) of Vizag for creation of a conservation breeding centre for the endangered wild dog – Dhole. This will be the first zoo in India to have a breeding centre for Dholes and it will be created in two to three months.
  3. Taj Mahotsav, the ten day annual festival began in Agra, Uttar Pradesh.The festival will be celebrated from 18 to 27 February 2014 at the Shilp Gram, the Eastern gate of Taj Mahal. The theme of the festival for this year is Paigham-e Mohahabbat or the message of love.
  4. Social media giant Facebook Inc acquired WhatsApp for 19 billion dollars in a cash and stock deal. Whatsapp is a mobile messaging company. WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum will join Facebook Board of Directors.
  5. Hindi writer Amar Kant died due to ill health at his residence in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh. Kant received the 45th Jnanpith Award in 2009 and also won Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel.
  6. Hamid Ansari, the Vice President of India released a book entitled Public Issues Before Parliament written by Vijay Darda at a function in New Delhi. The book is a summarization of the significant contributions made by Vijay Darda during his stint as a Member of Parliament.
  7. Worldfloat, a social networking site announced that it had introduced e-commerce feature named Citydeals that would take on the major players like Flipkart, Snapdeal and OLX in discount deals market.
  8. West Bengal government and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched a campaign on to educate people about safe drinking water and safe sanitation practices. The week-long campaign will be observed from 20 to 25 February across all the districts, blocks and gram panchayats.
  9. India and Bahrain signed three agreements in New Delhi during the state visit of Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Kingdom of Bahrain to India. The two sides signed the agreements with a decision to expand their cooperation in key areas that includes trade and business.
  10. Bubba Watson won the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California, USA. This is his   first title since 2012 Masters where he won the 6.7 million US dollar and fifth US PGA Tour title.

Munish Sharda : MD & CEO of Future General India Life Insurance

  1. Munish Sharda has been appointed as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of private insurer Future General India Life Insurance.
  2. India launched satellite-based GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) system for flight navigation system. GAGAN is jointly developed by Airports Authority of India and ISRO.
  3. The state of Assam decided to follow the ‘chaibagaan’ time instead of the Indian Standard Time (IST). The chaibagaan time or bagaan time is introduced by British people over 150 years ago, was set one hour ahead of the Indian Standard Time (IST) for tea estates, collieries and oil industry of Assam. This Baggan time is more suitable for tea plantations.
  4. Kerala has once again gained the position of being the state with the lowest maternal mortality rate (MMR) in the country. The MMR stands at 66 per one lakh live births according to the 2010-12 Sample Registration Survey report published by the centre.
  5. Tata Consultancy Services, India’s largest software services exporter has decided to set up the world’s largest corporate learning and development centre in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The proposed centre will have capacity to train 15,000 professionals at one time and 50,000 professionals annually.
  6. Union Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) officially launched the North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Project (NERCORMP) at Changlang in Arunachal Pradesh. The programme is aimed at transforming lives of the poor and marginalized tribal families of the troubled districts of Tirap, Changlang and Longding.
  7. The social-networking giant Facebook has bought out Bangalore-based startup Little Eye Labs for $15 million, the company’s first acquisition in India. Little Eye is a tool that helps Android app developers to measure, analyze and optimize their apps.
  8. The Iraq government has lost control of the strategic city of Fallujah after being captured by Al-Qaeda linked forces. Fallujah was located on the west of Baghdad. Militants now control the south of the city.
  9. Astronomers discovered a gassy twin of Earth with a mass similar to that of Earth in another solar system 200 light years away. The first Earth-mass planet that transits or crosses in front of its host star was discovered by an international team.
  10. Shiva Keshavan became the first Indian representative to compete in Luge at the winter Olympic Games. He won the silver medal at the 16th edition of the luge Asia cup, clocking a total time of 1:39:750 seconds for two heats.