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2014 Current Affairs

72nd Golden Globe Awards presented in California

Published on: 12-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 90 people agreed

72nd Golden Globe Awards were presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in Beverly Hills, California, US.

R. Koteeswaran took charge as new CMD of Indian Overseas Bank

Published on: 03-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 172 people agreed

Earlier, Koteeswaran was serving as Executive Director of Bank of India.Koteeswaran began his career in 1976 in Bank of Baroda and later joined Bank of India as its Executive Director.

World's smallest goanna lizard species discovered in Australia

Published on: 31-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 90 people agreed

The goanna lizard weighs barely 16 grams. The Western Australia Museum announced the discovery of the new species of goanna lizard from the Kimberley region.

IRDA renamed to Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India

Published on: 31-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 490 people agreed

The change in name came in to effect after the promulgation of Insurance Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2014, by the President of India on 26 December 2014.

Technology giant Microsoft sued Indian company C-Cubed Solutions for fraud

Published on: 31-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 56 people agreed

Microsoft alleged that they have misused its name and registered trademarks while providing fraudulent technical support services to unsuspecting consumers.

RIL and Mitsui OSK Lines signed agreement to supply ethane from North America to India

Published on: 31-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 64 people agreed

RIL and Mitsui OSK Lines of Japan signed a long-term agreement for transportation of liquefied ethane from North America to India.

Drug Firm Lupin received USFDA approval to market HIV drug Prezista tablets

Published on: 31-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 67 people agreed

The tablets with chemical name Darunavir Ethanolate will be used to treat HIV-1 infection.

Junglee.com launched pre-owned vehicles category

Published on: 31-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 27 people agreed

The company has also partnered with Mahindra First Choice to provide vehicle inspection services at affordable prices across all cities.

Venezuela entered recession with inflation at 63 percent

Published on: 31-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 55 people agreed

Venezuela entered recession with economic growth shrinking for the first three quarters of 2014.

Union Government signed 75 million dollar loan deal with ADB for KIUWMIP

Published on: 31-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 62 people agreed

Union Government signed loan agreement with ADB for $75 Million and $1.8 Million Grant for KIUWMIP.

Malayalam film director Madhu Kaithapram died

Published on: 31-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 18 people agreed

Eminent Malayalam film director Madhu Kaithapram died in Kozhikode on 29 December 2014 following a brief illness.

Department of Financial Services appointed MD and CEO of four Nationalised Banks

Published on: 31-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 188 people agreed

The Department of Financial Services under the Union Ministry of Finance on 31 December 2014 appointed the Managing Directors (MD) and Chief Executive Officers of four Nationalised Banks.

Tropical storm Jangmi struck Philippines

Published on: 31-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 54 people agreed

Tropical storm Jangmi made landfall in Philippines and killed at least 30 people. The storm and heavy rains resulted in evacuation of thousands of people.

Noted journalist Boobli George Verghese died

Published on: 31-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 36 people agreed

Eminent journalist Boobli George Verghese died on 30 December 2014 following a brief illness.

UNSC rejected resolution demanding end to Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories by 2017

Published on: 31-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 27 people agreed

UNSC rejected a resolution demanding an end to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories within three years, i.e. 2017.

New half-light half-matter quantum particles created

Published on: 31-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 56 people agreed

A team of researchers led by Professor Menon created half-light, half-matter particles in atomically thin semiconductors made of a 2D layer of molybdenum and sulfur atoms.

CBRE Group released the Global Prime Office Occupancy Costs survey 2014

Published on: 31-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

Commercial property and real estate services consulting firm CBRE Group on 17 December 2014 released the semi-annual Global Prime Office Occupancy Costs survey 2014.

Union Government signed 60 million dollar loan deal with ADB for J&K

Published on: 31-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 36 people agreed

Union Government signed a loan agreement with ADB for a $60 million for Jammu and Kashmir Urban Sector Development Investment Program.

Union Government constituted a Committee to look into NATGRID

Published on: 31-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 42 people agreed

Union Government constituted a high-level committee in order to allay apprehension of data sharing by various government agencies with NATGRID.

Late Harappan period house discovered in Chandyan village of Uttar Pradesh

Published on: 31-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 49 people agreed

The ASI discovered a house belonging to late Harappan period (1900 – 1800 BC) att Chandyan village in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh.

8th India-Republic of Korea Joint Commission meeting held in South Korea

Published on: 31-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 21 people agreed

The 8th India-Republic of Korea Joint Commission Meeting was held in Seoul and it was  co-chaired was by Union External Minister of India  Sushma Swaraj and  Minister of Foreign Affairs of  South Korea Yun Byung-se.

Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj visited South Korea

Published on: 31-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 25 people agreed

Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj visited South Korea to attend the 8th India-Republic of Korea Joint Commission meeting.

President Pranab Mukherjee appointed Governors of Mizoram, Uttarakhand and Meghalaya

Published on: 31-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 371 people agreed

The President of India Pranab Mukherjee on 30 December 2014 appointed the Governors of Mizoram, Uttarakhand and Meghalaya.

AirAsia plane QZ8501 debris, bodies found floating in Java Sea

Published on: 31-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 56 people agreed

Indonesian searchers located wreckage of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 at the bottom of the Java Sea. They also found some bodies floating in the sea.

First back-to-back Oscar winner Luise Rainer died

Published on: 31-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 18 people agreed

Hollywood actress, Luise Rainer died on 30 December 2014 at her home at London. She was 104.

Sony Pictures film The Interview earned 15 million US dollars in online sales

Published on: 30-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 25 people agreed

The Interview, an American political comedy film has earned more than 15 million US dollars in online rentals and 2.8 million US dollars in theatres in just four days.

Suven Life Sciences granted product patents for drugs used in neurodegenerative diseases

Published on: 30-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

Suven Life Sciences has been granted product patents for its drugs used in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.

Greece Parliament failed to elect President leading to General Elections in January 2015

Published on: 30-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 15 people agreed

Greece Parliament failed to elect the President in the third and final round of voting held leading to dissolution of the Parliament.

Union Cabinet approved hike of government stake in IFCI to 51 percent

Published on: 30-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 70 people agreed

Union Cabinet approved the hike of government stake in Industrial Finance Corporation of India (IFCI) ltd to 51 percent.

Department of Disabilities Affairs renamed as Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities

Published on: 30-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 22 people agreed

Government of India rechristened the Department of Disability Affairs as Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.

RBI liberalised norms for Overseas Direct Investment by Indian companies

Published on: 30-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 35 people agreed

The liberalization of norms was part of series of amendment done by RBI from time to time in the Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or Issue of any Foreign Security) (Amendment) Regulations, 2004.

DeitY announced to set up Fast Track Task Force to boost mobile manufacturing

Published on: 30-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

As part of boost mobile manufacturing, the task force aims to achieve production of 500 million units of mobile handsets by 2019.

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