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Churches in England opposed Mitochondria Donation Technique to produce babies

Published on: 31-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

The British government was urged to block the technique of creation of babies from three people by Churches of England. The technique involves addition of a donor woman's mitochondria to another woman's egg.

UNCTAD released Global Investment Trends Monitor Report

Published on: 30-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 16 people agreed

The report highlights that Global Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows declined by 8 percent in 2014 to an estimated 1.26 trillion US dollars

Malaysia declared MH370 flight disappearance an accident

Published on: 30-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The declaration was made by the Director General of Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) Azharuddin Abdul Rahman in accordance with standards of annexes 12 and 13 of the International Civil Aviation.

Shirani Bandaranayake reinstated as Chief Justice of Sri Lanka

Published on: 29-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

With the reinstatement of Bandaranayake, the appointment of Mohan Peiris as Chief Justice of Sri Lanka by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was cancelled and termed as illegal appointment.

India-US declared Joint Strategic Vision for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region

Published on: 27-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 24 people agreed

Joint Strategic Vision aimed to promote peace, prosperity and stability in Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean region.

Former Thailand Premier Yingluck Shinawatra impeached

Published on: 24-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 52 people agreed

Yingluck is the first Prime Minister to be impeached by parliament in Thailand’s history. The impeachment was a result of an allegation for failing to stop corruption in rice-pledging scheme.

Dubai’s Maze Tower listed in Guinness World Records

Published on: 23-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 37 people agreed

Dubai’s Maze Tower was listed in the Guinness World Record for being the world’s largest vertical maze. The maze tower was built by Al Rostamani Group of Dubai.

India signed an agreement on transfer of sentenced persons with Hong Kong

Published on: 21-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 23 people agreed

Under the agreement, the two sides will exchange sentenced prisoners in each other's jurisdiction. The agreement will mostly apply to Indian prisoners as there are very few Hong Kong residents in Indian prisons.

EU decided to lift ban on import of mangoes from India

Published on: 21-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 18 people agreed

28-member European Union decided to lift ban on the import of mangoes from India. The proposal to lift the ban was unanimously voted by the European Commission standing committee on plant health.

EU decided to appeal a decision by ECJ to remove Hamas from terror list

Published on: 20-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini decided to appeal in a meeting with other foreign ministers from the 28 EU-member states.

India signed MoU with South Africa for developing Youth Enterprises

Published on: 20-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 18 people agreed

National Small Industries Corporation Limited on 19 January 2015 signed a Memorandum of Understanding of Cooperation with the Black Business Council of South Africa.

Haiti president announced formation of new government under Prime Minister Evans Paul

Published on: 20-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

Haitian President Michel Martelly on 18 January 2015 announced the formation of new government that will be led by newly elected Prime Minister Evans Paul.

Parliament of Europe adopted resolution on two Italian marines

Published on: 19-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 15 people agreed

Parliament of Europe adopted a resolution calling on India to allow the return of two Italian marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone.

The US and UK announced cooperative measures in combating cyber threats

Published on: 17-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The measures include better threat information sharing and the creation of a new joint cyber task force which will have a physical presence in both the countries

Japan committed 2620 crore rupees Overseas Development Assistance loan to India

Published on: 17-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

Japan committed 2620 crore rupees development loan assistance to India for PPP infrastructure financing project of IIFCL.

China to launch construction of five new nuclear reactors with total capacity of 5 Gigawatts in 2015

Published on: 16-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

China will launch the construction of at least five new nuclear reactors with a total capacity of more than 5 Gigawatts.

China Food and Drug Administration approved new vaccine to treat Poliomyelitis

Published on: 16-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 17 people agreed

Chinese drug regulator China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) on 15 January 2015 approved a new vaccine S-IPV to treat the Poliomyelitis.

World Bank Group released Global Economic Prospects (GEP) Report, January 2015

Published on: 15-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

According to the report, global growth in 2014 has been disappointing as in previous three years; however, developing countries should see an uptick in growth in 2015.

Union Government identified five areas for Varanasi-Kyoto partnership

Published on: 15-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

Union Government has identified five areas for rejuvenating the holy city under the Kyoto-Varanasi partnership deal that was entered between India and Japan in August 2014.

Japan approved its largest ever Defence Budget for 2015

Published on: 14-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The Cabinet of Japan headed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved its largest ever defence budget for 2015 on 14 January 2015.

Pope Francis cannonised Joseph Vaz, the first saint of Sri Lanka

Published on: 14-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

Pope Francis cannonised Saint Joseph Vaz in presence of hundreds of thousands of people packed on a Colombo oceanfront during his visit to Sri Lanka.

India - China trade deficit increased to 37.8 billion US dollars in 2014

Published on: 14-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

India – China trade deficit increased to 37.8 billion US dollars in 2014 despite the increase in bilateral trade by 7.9 percent.

India and Australia signed MoU for skill and infrastructural development in sports

Published on: 14-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

The Sport Education Development Australia (SEDA) and India's Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Limited (IL-FS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 13 January 2015.

First Border Haat of Tripura opened at Srinagar-Feni border

Published on: 14-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

Third border haat along the India-Bangladesh frontier was inaugurated at Srinagar-Feni border. The haat will boost local trade and people-to-people contacts.

Madagascar Government led by Prime Minister Kolo Roger resigned

Published on: 14-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

Madagascar Prime Minister Kolo Roger's resignation was accepted by President Hery Rajaonarimampianina on 13 January 2015.

Australia launched Online Visa Pilot Programme for Indian business and tourism visitors

Published on: 13-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

Australia on 12 January 2015 launched Online Visa Pilot Programme to make it easier for Indian business and tourism visitors to apply online visa for travelling Australia.

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic won the 2015 Presidential elections of Croatia

Published on: 12-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 20 people agreed

Kolinda belongs to the conservative Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) party and is a former Assistant Secretary General at NATO and former Croatian ambassador to the United States.

US House of Representative passed legislation approving construction of Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

Published on: 12-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

US House of Representatives passed a legislation that approves construction of a controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline with 266-153 votes.

US to host international Anti-terror Summit on 18 February 2015

Published on: 12-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 32 people agreed

US Attorney General Eric Holder announced that an Anti-terror Summit will be held in Washington. The summit will be held on 18 February 2015.

Maithripala Sirisena won 2015 Presidential Elections of Sri Lanka

Published on: 09-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 32 people agreed

Mithripala Sirisena won presidential elections 2015 of Sri Lanka that was announced by the Election Department.

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