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January 03, 2014

2nd January 2014 - Current Affairs Updates


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National Affairs
  • India and Saudi Arabia Thursday inked a "landmark" agreement on protection of the rights of domestic Indian workers in the kingdom and agreed to work out another accord to streamline ties between employers and the 2.8 million Indian workers in that country.
  • Around 100 contract workers of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Thursday staged a protest outside the Ghaziabad residence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, demanding permanent employment.
  • Kerala govt to launch weekly lottery to mobilise funds for providing financial support for wedding of girls from poor families.
  • The Maharashtra government on Thursday partially accepted the Adarsh housing scam report.
  • Arvind Kejriwal, chief minister of Delhi, has won a crucial trust vote in the state legislature, demonstrating that he has the support of 38 of Delhi's 70 legislators, a clear majority. 
  • On this day in 1757, British troops occupy Calcutta, India.
  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), on Thursday, relaxed the criteria for power generation projects to qualify as mega power projects. This will qualify 15 additional projects for the benefits under the mega power project policy.
  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Thursday approved the ambitious proposal for installing CCTV cameras and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in public transport vehicles to ensure women’s safety.
Science and Technology
  • With the country facing severe power shortage, Pakistan plans to set up seven functional nuclear plants of 1,100 MW each by 2030 in addition to four units of 300 MW, producing a total of 8,900 MW of electricity.
  • China's first aircraft carrier has successfully completed a series of tests and training programmes in the South China Sea, amidst rising tensions over Beijing's territorial claims in the region.
Business and Economy
  • The government approved conversion of Perpetual Non-Cumulative Preference Shares (PNCPS) of three public sector banks into equity, a move that would raise its holding in these lenders.
  • Karnataka cruised to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Delhi in the Ranji Trophy Group A match at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium at Delhi on Thursday.
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