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January 03, 2014

1st January 2014 - Current Affairs Updates

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International Affairs
  • Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has asked foreign workers to obey Singapore's laws and social norms, as he described as "inexcusable" the recent outbreak of violence following the death of an Indian worker there.
  • The United Nations mission to Iraq says violence claimed the lives of 7,818 civilians in 2013, the highest annual death toll in years.
  • Two defamation cases against opposition leader Khaleda Zia filed by Bangladesh's ruling Awami League supporters over her "hateful" remarks about Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's home district have been dismissed by a Dhaka court.
  • Israel and the Palestinians sharpened their rhetoric as US Secretary of State John Kerry headed to the region on Wednesday hoping to nudge the two sides towards a peace framework.

National Affairs
  • The first session of the new Delhi Assembly began at Delhi with the newly-elected MLAs taking oath and will continue till January 7 during which the Arvind Kejriwal-led government will seek a vote of confidence on the floor of the House.
  • India's new land acquisition Act came into force on Wednesday, mandating compensation limits and the resettlement and rehabilitation of affected families, a critical reform aimed at making the process fairer and more transparent.
  • 101st Indian Science Congress will be held at Jammu University from February 3 to 7.
  • Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president Ramesh Chennithala joined the United Democratic Front ministry in Kerala headed by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.
  • India on Wednesday cancelled its contract with UK's Agusta Westland to buy helicopters for the Air Force citing alleged kickbacks in the Rs 3,600-crore deal, in what is seen as a move by the government to show its resolve to fight corruption as the country prepares for elections.
  • Central Government approves 1080 more buses for 13 cities/cluster of cities under JnNURM scheme.
  • The Ministry of Tourism launched the ‘Incredible India Promotional Calendar 2014.” The calendar containing 24 photographs on double sided paper was launched by Tourism Secretary Mr. Parvez Dewan in a function in the New Delhi.
  • India is sending a team of senior officials to assess the political and security situation in South Sudan, which is witnessing ethnic conflict that has killed at least 1,000 people so far.
  • India on Wednesday received its New Year gift as President Pranab Mukherjee signed the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2011 which has now become a law. The Bill was passed by Parliament in the winter session and the country will finally get a strong anti-corruption watchdog.
  • Rejecting the contention of private power distributors, the Delhi government on Wednesday ordered a CAG audit of their finances, fulfilling yet another election promise of the Aam Aadmi Party.
  • Union minister Jaipal Reddy on Wednesday said the Telangana statehood bill would be tabled in Parliament in the first week of February.
Science and Technology
  • In a major relief to states in the south, the southern power grid was connected to the national grid on wednsday. With this interconnection, the Indian power system became one of the largest operating synchronous grids in the world with about 232 giga watt of installed power generation capacity, said a press release by the Union power ministry on Wednesday.
  • NASA's Hubble telescope has discovered clouds in the atmosphere of a super-Earth type planet 40-light years away, providing the first-ever weather forecast for a planet outside our solar system.
  • The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has released a consultation paper on reserve price for auction of 800MHz band spectrum.
  • Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag, who is tipped to be the next Army Chief, took over as the Vice-Chief of the Army Staff.
Business and Economy
  • India Wednesday terminated the Rs.3,600 crore deal with Agusta Westland for the purchase of 12 VVIP choppers over allegations of kickbacks having been paid to fix the deal.

  • New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson cracked the fastest century in one-day international cricket history on Wednesday as New Zealand thrashed the West Indies by 159 runs in a rain-shortened third ODI.
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