World this Week section presents the important current affairs of the week 13 January 2014 to 19 January 2014. The section provides the important events of the week in one to two lines with the objective to aid the students in effectively revising the current affairs just prior to giving an exam.
13 January 2014
• India and Canada sign Letter of Intent (LOI) for co-operation in Iron and Steel Sector.
• Malaysian Government announces to introduce high-tech biometric ID cards for checking the influx of illegal foreign workers.
14 January 2014
• India and Japan held joint exercise off the Kochi Coast. Indian Cost Guard Ship ICGS Samrat and Japan Coast Guard Ship JCG Mizuho participated in the exercise.
15 January 2014
• British Prime Minister David Cameron orders an enquiry into the role of former British PM Margaret Thatcher in Operation Bluestar. The enquiry will be conducted by the Britain’s cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood.
• Britain decides to change its tough immigration rules to recruit doctors from India. The plan has been made to fulfill the crisis of doctors in the emergency departments in the hospitals of the country.
16 January 2014
• India and South Korea signed pacts in different areas to deepen economic cooperation and bolster defence engagements.
• Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE) signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance the collaboration within the framework of UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI).
17 January 2014
• Hery Rajaonarimampianina, a former Finance Minister of Madagascar declared as the new President of Madagascar.
• According to a global analysis by World Health Organisation (WHO), Peshawar in Pakistan has the largest number of polio cases in the world in 2013.
• The US President Barack Obama orders curbs on the use of bulk data collected by National Security Agency (NSA).
18 January 2014
• Ahead of the drawdown of US troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, US President Barack Obama announced to establish an Af-Pak Strategic Partnership Office (APSPO) in Washington.
• Silvio Berlusconi, founder head of the Forza Italia party and Matteo Renzi, leader of Democratic Party (PD) signed a deal on electoral reforms in Italy.
• India and Pakistan reached an agreement on providing Non Discriminatory Market Access (NDMA) in place of Most Favoured Nation status.
• India and UAE agreed to promote cooperation in renewable energy, especially in areas of solar energy and wind power.
19 January 2014
• The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) announced approximately 41 million dollar in concessional loans for renewable energy projects in developing countries.