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Parliament of Jamaica passed a law to decriminalise marijuana for personal use

Published on: 27-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

Marijuana is widely grown in Jamaica and has cultural roots there. The country is also the biggest exporter of marijuana to the United States among Caribbean countries.

Researchers from Australia unveiled world's first 3D printed jet engine

Published on: 27-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

It was developed by a team of researchers from Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing of Monash University in partnership with Amaero Engineering Company.

US Federal Communications Commission approved Net Neutrality Rules to protect Open Internet

Published on: 27-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The Order protects consumers no matter how they access the Internet, whether on a desktop computer or a mobile device.

Forbes released Asia’s 50 Power Businesswomen 2015 list

Published on: 26-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 21 people agreed

The Asia's 50 Power Businesswomen list showcases a year of accomplishments by the region's female entrepreneurs and executives.

Russia and Cyprus signed an agreement to allow Russian navy ships to use Cypriot ports

Published on: 26-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

The deal allows access to Russian navy ships to the Cypriot ports in the Mediterranean Sea. It seems that the deal have ended Russia’s hunt an access to Mediterranean ports after it lost access to the ports of sea on Syria coast.

House of Lords of UK passed a legislation allowing creation of babies using DNA of three people

Published on: 25-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 25 people agreed

The House of Lords voted in favour of the Bill that amends the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act (HFEA), 1990.

US announced to allow work permits to spouses of H-1B visa holders from May 2015

Published on: 25-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

The move will benefit thousands of talented and professional Indian spouses who come to America but are unable to work.

Parliament of Thailand passed a law to ban commercial surrogacy for foreigners

Published on: 21-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

The legislation is aimed at ending rent-a-womb industry that made the Southeast Asian country a top destination for fertility tourism.

UNSC adopted Resolution 2201 demanding Houthis withdrawal from Yemen’s government institutions

Published on: 21-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

The Resolution 2201 was brought after the UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon had warned the 15-member UNSC that Yemen was collapsing under the weight of a protracted political crisis

Manuel Valls headed Socialist Government in France won confidence vote over market reforms

Published on: 20-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

The no-confidence vote brought in National Assembly saw only 234 lawmakers voting in favour of the motion which was far short of the number required to bring down the government.

India and the US held first-ever bilateral dialogue on United Nations

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

The bilateral dialogue on the UN was held in the spirit of the Delhi Declaration of Friendship which was released during the visit of US President Barack Obama as a chief guest on 2015 Republic Day.

India and Bangladesh decided to step up Joint Border Patrolling

Published on: 19-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 20 people agreed

The coordinated border management plan will also help in enhancing cooperation between the two nations.

5th India-Myanmar Joint Trade Committee meet held in Nay Pyi Taw

Published on: 18-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

India and Myanmar agreed to enhance trade and investment between the countries by removing bottlenecks like lack of good connectivity and banking arrangements.

France signed an agreement with Egypt for sale of 24 Rafale fighter plane

Published on: 17-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

Under the deal, France will supply 24 Rafale fighter jets to Egypt. The deal was inked after ISIS beheaded 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya.

UNSC approved resolution targeting sources of financing for ISIS, Al-Nusrah Front

Published on: 17-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

The Russia-led resolution adopted by the UNSC seeks to choke off the sources that help the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Al-Nusrah Front (ANF) to earn millions of dollars from oil smuggling, antiquities trafficking and ransom payments.

India, Sri Lanka signed agreements on Civil Nuclear Cooperation, Cultural Cooperation

Published on: 17-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 21 people agreed

India and Sri Lanka on 16 February 2015 signed bilateral agreements on civil nuclear cooperation, cultural cooperation and cooperation in the field of Agriculture.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiated Cricket diplomacy, called four SAARC leaders

Published on: 14-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 21 people agreed

Prime Minister Narendra Modi used Cricket Diplomacy to bridge gap between the five cricket playing SAARC nations. This would help India to better diplomatic relations with SAARC nations mainly with Pakistan.

The United Arab Emirates closed its embassy in Yemen

Published on: 14-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 20 people agreed

The UAE followed Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, Britain, France and Italy in shutting their missions in the Yemeni capital Sanaa.

Russian Central Bank cut its interest rate from 17 percent to 15 percent

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

The move implies a shift in the Bank of Russia's priorities away from clamping down on rising inflation and supporting the ruble, towards trying to support economic activity, which the bank expects to fall sharply in the coming months.

RWB released the World Press Freedom Index 2015: India ranked at 136th position

Published on: 13-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 25 people agreed

In the WPFI 2015, India was placed at 136th position out of 180 nations that were surveyed worldwide in terms of press freedom.

SpaceX successfully launched Falcon 9 rocket from Florida

Published on: 13-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

The rocket carried an unmanned Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite that will be used by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to monitor the Sun.

US announced new cyber security agency CTIIC to respond to enhanced cyber threats

Published on: 12-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 15 people agreed

The CTIIC will be created as part of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and will be structured like the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC).

7th round of India Kenya Joint Trade Committee meeting held in New Delhi

Published on: 12-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

The two sides agreed to enhance cooperation in the fields of bilateral investment, infrastructure, SMEs, agriculture, health, energy, skill development & entrepreneurship, pharmaceuticals and tourism.

US closed its embassy in Yemen

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

The U.S. Embassy in Yemen is the third in an Arab country that has closed since the turmoil of the Arab Spring began in December 2010.

North Korea test fires homegrown anti-ship short range missiles

Published on: 10-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

The missiles hit the sea after about 200 km (120 miles). This is the first time the ship and the missiles have been shown by North Korean state media.

China launched first Maritime Silk Road cruise liner from Beihai port

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

The cruise was launched from Beihai port located in southwest China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. In its maiden journey, the liner will visit Vietnam, the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott survived vote of confidence on leadership of Liberal Party

Published on: 09-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

Tony Abbott survived the vote of confidence on leadership as the ruling Liberal Party voted to defeat the spill motion, 61 to 39.

Hurun Report Inc released the Hurun Global Rich List 2015

Published on: 06-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

The Hurun Global Rich List 2015 ranked 2089 billionaires from 68 countries. Around 649 billionaires saw their wealth increase and there were 341 new faces in the list.

International Court of Justice ruled Neither Croatia nor Serbia committed genocide during Balkan War

Published on: 04-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 16 people agreed

The 17-judge panel headed by Judge Peter Tomka ruled that a 1995 Croat offensive to win back the territory from rebel Serbs featured serious crimes, but did not reach the level of genocide.

Bangladesh Cabinet approved National ICT Draft Policy 2015

Published on: 04-FEB-2015
Important for Exam: 16 people agreed

The draft seeks establishment of a transparent and accountable government through ICT expansion to enhance the standards of citizen service.

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