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January 09, 2014

Current Affairs Updates of 8th January 2014

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International Affairs
  • Nearly 15,000 police and soldiers will be deployed in the Thai capital next week for the planned "shutdown" of Bangkok by demonstrators trying to overthrow the government, officials said on Wednesday.
National Affairs
  • Fulfilling its promise made soon after coming into power, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi on Wednesday launched a helpline number (011-27357169) to deal with corruption and promised action within 24 hours of sting operation to expose graft.
  • The Uttarakhand government will soon launch a self-employment scheme for the unemployed youths of the state by building 3,5000 shops and giving them to the beneficiaries on interest-free loans repayable in ten years. 
  • The 26th edition of International Kite Festival was has arrived in Mumbai for the third consecutive year as the event was held on Wednesday.
  • Government is likely to take a call soon on establishing guidelines for TV rating agencies to address the ticklish issue of viewership measurement of channels.
  • Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Wednesday inaugurated the site for a Rs 30 crore base for BSF troops in his Lok Sabha constituency of Solapur.
  • Freedom fighter Jeevan Lal Daga (90) has died after brief illness. He is from Bikaner.
Awards and Honors
  • A Bahrain-based Indian, John Iype (63) was selected for the prestigious " Bharat Gaurav" (Pride of India) award in recognition of his contribution to the community.
Business and Economy
  • The Reserve Bank of India has raised the cap on the proportion of loan to the value of gold, which may boost prospects of Muthoot Finance and Manappuram. Finance companies can lend as much as 75% of the value of the gold, up from 60% earlier.
  • Striking an optimistic note, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday pegged the country’s economic growth at five per cent for the financial year ending March 2014, while assuring investors India would re-emerge as an attractive investment destination soon.
Science and Technology
  • NASA's latest sky-mapping spacecraft has discovered a new potentially hazardous asteroid, 43 million kilometres from Earth.

  • Tornike Sanikidze of Georgia  wins Gurgaon International open chess tournament title.
  • Grandmaster and former world junior champion Abhijeet Gupta will lead Indian challenge at 12th Parsvnath Delhi International Grandmasters Chess Tournament.

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