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2014 Current Affairs

Union Home Ministry issued guidelines to step up security in Schools

Published on: 20-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 15 people agreed

Union Home Ministry on 19 December 2014 issued guidelines to step up security in Schools in the wake of attack on an Army-run school in Peshawar.

South Korea constitutional court ordered dissolution of leftist Unified Progressive Party

Published on: 20-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

Constitutional court of South Korea on 19 December 2014 ordered the dissolution of leftist Unified Progressive party (UPP) accused of pro-North Korea activities.

Chief of Vikatan Group S. Balasubramanian died

Published on: 20-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

Chief of Vikatan Group and famous aviculturist of India S. Balasubramanian died on 19 December 2014. He was 78.

Vasan Srinivasan inducted into the Australian Multicultural Council

Published on: 20-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

Indian-origin Vasan Srinivasan was on 18 December 2014  inducted into an Australian national body Australian Multicultural Council (AMC).

Zomato acquired Cibando, the restaurant search service of Italy

Published on: 20-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The acquisition is expected to be completed till the end of December 2014. The new combined entity will grow to 30-40 people in the next three months and over time the Italy operation is expected to grow to 150-200 people.

NASA found the Meteoritic Evidence of Water Reservoir at Mars

Published on: 20-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

National Aeronautics and Space Administration found an evidence in meteorites on Earth that indicates Mars has a distinct reservoir of water or ice near its surface.

Pakistan became Associate Member Sate of CERN

Published on: 20-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

The decision to grant associate membership to Pakistan was taken in lieu of Pakistan’s contribution to building the CMS and ATLAS experiments since it signed a Co-operation Agreement with CERN in 1994.

Union Finance Ministry approved 8.75 percent interest rate on PF deposits for 2014-15

Published on: 20-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 23 people agreed

The interest rate of 8.75 percent on Provident Fund (PF) deposits for the year 2014-15 was approved by the Union Finance Ministry on 19 December 2014.

Union Government introduced Constitution (122nd Amendment) Bill to facilitate introduction of GST

Published on: 20-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 24 people agreed

Union Government introduced the Constitution (122nd Amendment) Bill, 2014 in the Lok Sabha on 19 December 2014 to facilitate the introduction of the GST regime in India.

Bombay High Court appointed a team of 17 lawyers to function as Commissioners of Court

Published on: 20-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 20 people agreed

The Bombay High Court on 19 December 2014 appointed a team of 17 lawyers to function as Commissioners of Court to help in removing the illegal hoardings.

US and Cuba restored ties by ending 50 years hostility

Published on: 20-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The United States and Cuba agreed on 17 December 2014 to restore diplomatic ties between the two countries.

DRDO successfully tested an indigenous 1000 kg glide bomb

Published on: 20-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 19 people agreed

India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on 19 December 2014 successfully tested an indigenously built 1000 kg glide bomb.

US President Barack Obama signed Ukraine Freedom Support Bill, 2014 for more sanctions on Russia

Published on: 19-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 23 people agreed

The US President Barack Obama on 18 December 2014 signed Ukraine Freedom Support Bill, 2014 passed by the US Congress making it into an Act.

Michael Garcia resigned as Chief ethics investigator of FIFA Ethics Committee

Published on: 19-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

Michael Garcia resigned as Independent Chief Ethic investigator of Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Ethics Committee.

SoftBank Corp announced its third investment of 570 crore rupees in Housing.com

Published on: 19-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

SoftBank will acquire around 30% stake in the property portal for 470 crore rupees. With this, the value of Housing.com increased to 1550 crore rupees.

Helios Travel launched Magic Cabs in Bengaluru

Published on: 19-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

Magic Cabs service has its own fleet of taxis and can be accessed through a combination of voice calls, online reservations and mobile application. The service will initially be available on Android phones.

UNGA adopted resolution referring North Korea to ICC for human right abuses

Published on: 19-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 18 people agreed

United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution referring North Korea to the International Criminal Court for human right abuses.

HTC Global Services acquired CareTech Solutions Inc

Published on: 19-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

IT services company HTC Global Services on 19 December 2014 acquired a US based firm CareTech Solutions Inc.

Veteran freedom fighter Chunibhai Vaidya passed away

Published on: 19-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 19 people agreed

Veteran Gandhian and freedom fighter Chunibhai Vaidya passed away on 19 December 2014 at Ahmedabad, Gujarat following brief illness.

GSLV Mark-III-X successfully test fired along with human Crew module, CARE

Published on: 19-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 25 people agreed

India test-fired its heaviest rocket GSLV Mark-III-X rocket. During the test, the rocket carried human Crew module Atmospheric Reentry Experiment (CARE).

UN Security Council extended mandate of UN Disengagement of Forces agreement in Golan Heights

Published on: 19-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

UNSC on 18 December 2014 extended the mandate of the UN Disengagement of Forces agreement (UNDOF) in Golan Heights until 30 June 2015.

TVS Chairman Venu Srinivasan conferred honorary citizenship of Busan

Published on: 19-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

TVS chairman Venu Srinivasan conferred the title of Honorary Citizen of Busan for his efforts to enhance friendship and cooperation between India and Korea.

UN Security Council renewed Humanitarian aid to Syria for 12 Months

Published on: 19-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

UNSC renewed its authorization for humanitarian aid to Syria for 12 months without Syria’s government consent.

Veteran poetess Imtiaz Dharker awarded with the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2014

Published on: 19-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

Noted Pakistan-born poetess Imtiaz Dharker was on 17 December 2014 awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2014 for her latest poetry collection Over the Moon.

IRDA imposed penalty on Canara HSBC OBC Life Insurance & Anand Rathi Insurance Brokers

Published on: 19-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

For violating regulatory norms, IRDA imposed penalty on Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance Company Ltd and Anand Rathi Insurance Brokers.

US released three Cuban spies of Wasp Network

Published on: 19-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

US released three Cuban spies of Wasp Network

United Nations sent team of international experts to clean up Sundarbans oil spill

Published on: 19-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

UN sent a team of international experts of UNDAC to Bangladesh to help clean up thousands of liters of fuel oil that spilled in Sundarbans region.

Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, main accused of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, granted bail

Published on: 19-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) in Pakistan bailed to Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi, one of the main accused in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

Lens-free on-chip Microscope developed to image pathology samples

Published on: 19-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

The Lens-free on-chip Microscope developed by the researchers can be used for the wide-field computational imaging of pathology samples.

US Senate passed resolution recognising Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai as symbols of peace

Published on: 19-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

The US Senate unanimously passed a resolution recognising Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai as symbol of peace.

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