April and May 2015 Recap


Lets take a fast ride of TOP 10 News in April and May 2015

1. 1 April – Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles in India (FAME India) scheme was launched by the government to boost electric and hybrid vehicle sales :

The Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Shri Anant Geete addressing at the launch of the National scheme “Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid & Electronic Vehicles” (FAME) in India, in New Delhi on April 08, 2015.

2. 5 April – Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan, launched the “Give it Up” campaign urging rich people to give up LPG subsidy :

2015_3$largeimg28_Mar_2015_0108365433. 8 April – The Padma awards were given at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Among the 50 recipients were actor Amitabh Bachchan, actor Dilip Kumar, nuclear scientist M.R. Srinivasan, mathematician Manjul Bhargava, computer scientist Vijay P. Bhatkar, Hindu spiritual guru Swami Satyamitranand and Aga Khan IV :

4. The Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency Bank (MUDRA Bank) was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi :

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressing at the launch of the Pradhan Mantri MUDRA (Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency) Yojana, in New Delhi on April 08, 2015.

It provides loans at low rates to micro finance institutions and non-banking financial institutions which then provide credit to MSME’s.

5. 25 April – April 2015 Nepal earthquake, a 7.9 Richter scale earthquake occurred in Nepal. Parts of north India were affected :

Earthquake victims walk along a street next to collapsed houses in Sankhu, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, May 2, 2015. Bureaucracy at Kathmandu airport was holding up vital relief supplies for survivors of the April 25 earthquake in Nepal as the death toll from the disaster passed 6,600. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

6. 5 May – The Akash missile was inducted into the Indian Army :
akash-missile_story_650_0505151011347. 9 May – Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched 3 large-scale social security schemes, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana, and Atal Pension Yojana :

narendra-modi-in-kolkata-0238. 11 May – India nominated K. V. Kamath as the head of the New Development Bank :

K V Kamath
K V Kamath

New Development Bank formerly referred to as the BRICS Development Bank, is a multilateral development bank operated by the BRICS states (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) as an alternative to the existing American and European-dominated World Bank and International Monetary Fund. The goal of the bank is to “mobilize resources for infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS and other emerging economies and developing countries”. The bank is headquartered in Shanghai, China.

9. 11 May – All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader Jayalalithaa was acquitted in a disproportionate assets case by the Karnataka High Court :

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK Supremo J Jayalalithaa addresses a press conference in Chennai on May 16, 2014. (Photo: IANS)10. 24 May – The reported death toll from 2015 India heat wave reached 335 people :

123 India was struck by a severe heat wave. As of 3 June 2015, it has caused the deaths of more than 2,500 people in multiple regions. The South Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and the neighbouring Telangana, where more than 1,735 and 585 people died respectively, were the areas most affected by the heat wave.