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January 07, 2014

7th January 2014 - Current Affairs

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International Affairs
  • The US has called for fresh polls in Bangladesh that reflect the will of the people, even as it expressed strong concern over the just concluded general election which it alleged was neither credible nor fair.
  • Arson destroyed the Venezuelan Embassy and damaged offices used by the Organization of American States in St. Kitts and Nevis in what the prime minister of the small Caribbean nation said Monday was a politically motivated attack.
  • Malaysia's fast-food restaurants will no longer be allowed to hire foreign workers; the Home ministry said today, a decision that will affect thousands of Indians who come seeking work as waiters and cooks.

National Affairs
  • Sikhs Celebrate Gurpurab, birth of Guru Gobind Singh Ji today
  • 12th edition of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas began in NewDelhi today; Malaysian Environment Minister G Palanivel is the chief guest.
  • Ghualm Nabi Azad, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare launched the Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) at delhi today. He also inaugurated the three-day National Adolescent Health Consultation.
  • Maharashtra government’s ambitious health programme – ‘Jeevan Amrut Yojana’ or ‘Blood-on-Call’ launched across the state today.
  • Jharkhand High Court has directed the state government to post at least one policewoman in every police station to deal with the problem of eveteasing.
  • The ambitious North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Project (NERCORMP) was officially launched for the districts of Tirap, Changlang and Longding in Arunachal Pradesh today.
  • Govt launches 'Maulana Azad Taleem-e-Baligan' scheme to educate Muslim adults.
  • Delhi Government has decided to disband the existing hospital management society functioning in government hospitals here after a large number of complaints of corruption against them.
  • Dhanu Yatra of Bargarh, considered to be world's biggest open-air theatre, all set for 11-day festival in Odisha .

Science and Technology
  • India today successfully test-fired its indigenously developed Prithvi-II missile, which is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheads and has a strike range of 350 km, from a test range at Chandipur near Balasore (Odisha).
  • Jammu and Kashmir government is promoting vertical housing colonies in Srinagar in an effort to stop the trend of conversion of agricultural land for residential and commercial purposes. 
Business and Economy
  • Banks may have just two years to achieve the ambitious target of providing a universal electronic bank account to every Indian resident above the age of 18. This recommendation, among several others, was made by the central bank-appointed Nachiket Mor Committee on Comprehensive Financial Services for Small Businesses and Low-Income Households.
  • RBI panel on financial inclusion recommends raising priority sector lending cap for banks to 50% from the current 40%.
  • In order to safeguard the interest of the investors, Sebi has put in place a new framework to strengthen the supervisory and monitoring role of depositories and their participants for issuance and processing of Delivery Instruction Slips.
  • US Senate confirms JanetYellen as head of Federal Reserve making her first woman to lead world's most powerful central bank.
  • Former Additional Judge Sudip Ranjan Sen was sworn in as judge of the Meghalaya High Court at shillong today.
Awards and Honors
  • Writer-director Jane Campion will succeed Steven Spielberg as the jury president of the next Festival de Cannes, slated to take place from May 14 to 24 this year.
  • The 61st Kohima Village Sports Association meet, one of the biggest sporting events in the northeast begins at Kohima (Nagaland) today.
  • 75th National table tennis championship begins today in Patna.
  • Hockey India on Tuesday announced complimentary tickets to hockey Olympians and international players for the forthcoming Hockey World League Final from January 10-18, in New Delhi.

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