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February 13, 2014

10th & 11th February 2014 Current Affairs Updates

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International Affairs
  • Iran announced that it won't discuss defence-related issues with world powers other than its nuclear programme.
  • The South and North koreas will hold their highest-level talks, in a possible sign that North Korea wants a quick improvement in ties and the resumption of lucrative cooperative projects.
National Affairs
  • President Pranab Mukherjee gets the Rotary's highest award for his leadership in the country's victory over polio.
  • Union Minister Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, a known detractor of Mamata Banerjee, young dalit MP Ashok Tanwar and senior leader V M Sudheeran were made PCC chiefs in West Bengal, Haryana and Kerala respectively.
  • Seeking to prevent atrocities against women and children, Kerala government has drawn up a plan to form "Nirbhaya" women volunteer groups at panchayat level.
  • Delhi Government brought 13 bills in Assembly without referring to Centre.
  • Government decided to give two additional attempts to all categories of candidates of the prestigious exam conducted by UPSC.
  • FICCI, one of India's leading industry bodies, will support a green economy summit that aims at bringing together business leaders to forge global partnerships and provide paths to a sustainable future.

Science & Technology
  • United States space agency NASA said that Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Odyssey orbiter have sent back clues that liquid water may still exist on the Red Planet.
  • Australian scientists discover the oldest known star in the Universe, formed shortly after the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago.
  • Veteran Nepali Congress leader Sushil Koirala was elected Prime Minister of Nepal.
  • R.K.Tiwari was appointed as the new chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).
  • Iconic child star Shirley Temple Black, who rose to stardom at a very young age by starring in Depression-era films 'Bright Eyes' and 'Heidi', has passed away at the age of 85.
  • Film maker Gabriel Axel, the first Dane to win an Oscar for best foreign language film, has died aged 95.
  • Fiifteen-year-old figure skater Yulia Lipnitskaya of Russia becomes the youngest athlete to win a Gold at the Winter Olympics.
  • Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina are among the six capped Indian players named in the Mudgal Panel report.

Mounika Rao

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