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Russia successfully test-launched Angara-A5 rocket

Published on: 26-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

The rocket Angara was named after a Siberian river flowing out of Lake Baikal. It was expected to launch a payload of two tonnes into space.

Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan finalised creation of Eurasian Economic Union

Published on: 26-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

Russia and four other ex-Soviet nations, viz., Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan finalised the creation of Eurasian Economic Union.

Ukrainian Parliament adopted Bill to join NATO

Published on: 26-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 14 people agreed

Ukrainian Parliament, Rada, on 24 December 2014 overwhelmingly adopted a bill that enables the country to join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).

China and Nepal signed agreement to expand the use of local currencies for border trade

Published on: 24-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 41 people agreed

China and Nepal signed an agreement to expand the use of their currencies for border trade.

Afghanistan and Pakistan agreed to coordinate military operations across the borders

Published on: 24-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 16 people agreed

The military chiefs of Afghanistan and Pakistan agreed to co-ordinate on military operations along border of two countries.

Nicaragua launched construction of an inter-oceanic canal

Published on: 24-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 17 people agreed

The project aims to rival Panama's waterway and revitalize the economy of Nicaragua, the second poorest country in the Americas after Haiti.  The 50 billion US dollar project is backed by China.

Global Arms Trade Treaty came into force

Published on: 24-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

Arms Trade Treaty came into effect. The treaty lays down international rules for global arms trade.

Taiwan launched its largest Missile Warship Tuo Chiang

Published on: 24-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 15 people agreed

Taiwan on 23 December 2014 launched its largest ever missile warship named Tuo Chiang, a 500-tonne corvette missile.

Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany agreed to hold new round of peace talks on Ukraine

Published on: 23-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

Leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany reached an agreement to hold new round of peace talks on Ukraine to imporve the ties between Russia and the West

India exported first warship CGS Barracuda to Mauritius

Published on: 23-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 24 people agreed

India exported CGS Barracuda offshore patrol vessel (OPV) to Mauritius which is the first warship ordered by a foreign country from shipyard of India.

2014 Presidential Elections of Tunisia results declared; Beji Caid Essebsi won the elections

Published on: 23-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

The results of 2014 Presidential elections of Tunisia were declared on 22 December 2014. Beji Caid Essebsi of Nidaa Tounes party won the elections with 55.68 percent vote

President of Egypt Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi ratified Electoral Constituencies Law

Published on: 23-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

President of Egypt Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi ratified the electoral constituencies law which paves the way for parliamentary elections of 2015.

US President signed NDA Act 2015; provision for release of CSF of 1 billion US dollars to Pakistan

Published on: 23-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The US President signed annual defence budget NDA 2015 that sets overall defence spending at 578 billion US dollars.

South Korea constitutional court ordered dissolution of leftist Unified Progressive Party

Published on: 20-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 13 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.

Pakistan became Associate Member Sate of CERN

Published on: 20-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 39 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.

US and Cuba restored ties by ending 50 years hostility

Published on: 20-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

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

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

Published on: 19-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 25 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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

US slapped sanctions on Oil trading firms of Switzerland and Netherland for dealing with Syria

Published on: 18-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

US slapped sanctions on Oil trading firms of Switzerland and Netherland for dealing with Syria.

Tehreek-e-Taliban attacked Army-run school in Peshawar, Pakistan

Published on: 17-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 43 people agreed

Tehreek-e-Taliban militants attacked Army-run school of Peshawar, Pakistan and killed at least 141 people including 132 students.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo re-elected for another four year term

Published on: 16-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 19 people agreed

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe re-elected for another four-year term after Japan's ruling coalition won a two thirds majority in the Snap Elections.

Global Financial Integrity released the Global Illicit Financial Flows Report 2014

Published on: 16-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

The Global Financial Integrity (GFI) on 15 December 2014 released the Global Illicit Financial Flows Report 2014 titled Illicit Financial Flows from the Developing World: 2003-2012.

ICC upgraded the status of Palestine to Observer State

Published on: 16-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

The acceptance of Palestine as an Observer State came in a procedural move at the opening session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Prime Minister of Haiti Laurent Lamothe resigned following anti-government protests

Published on: 15-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 16 people agreed

Prime Minister of Haiti Laurent Lamothe was resigned following anti-government protests over delayed elections and calls for elections.

Indian Navy won fifth edition of Admirals Cup for Sailing Regatta

Published on: 15-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

Indian Navy won fifth edition of Admirals Cup 2014 held at the Ettikulam Bay, at Ezhimala.

Anerood Jugnauth appointed as Mauritius Prime Minister

Published on: 15-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 28 people agreed

Anerood Jugnauth appointed as Mauritius Prime Minister by the President Purryag.

Bangladesh launched manual campaign to clean up Sunderbans oil spill

Published on: 15-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 14 people agreed

The forest department had engaged nearly 100 boats to collect the furnace oil spilled from the tanker which sank in the Shela river in the Sundarbans after being hit by a cargo vessel.

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