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February 14, 2014

13th February 2014 Current Affairs Updates

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International Affairs
  • China will take forward plants to boost maritime connectivity with Srilanka,and agreeing to deepen economic links and sign a land mark Free Trade Agreement(FTA) before the end of year.
  • UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked Italy to bilaterally resolve the issue of its two marines being tried in India for killing two fishermen.
  • Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's two personal diaries that were found during investigation reportedly reveal his struggle to overcome his addiction.Cops investigating the 46-year-old actor's death due to an apparent drug overdose.
  • Pakistan is looking at selling JF-17 Thunder combat jets and trainer aircraft to Saudi Arabia but rejected reports it was in talks with the oil-rich nation for nuclear cooperation.

National Affairs
  • US Ambassador to India, Nancy Powell met Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Gandhinagar.
  • The Supreme Court directed Karnataka Chief Secretary to take all steps to prevent women from being forced to become 'devadasis'.
  • The Tamil Nadu government presented a tax-free budget for the 2014-15 fiscal with a special focus on power and industrial sector.
  • The National Green Tribunal has taken serious note of alarming pollution caused by thermal power plants in Vidarbha using inferior quality coal, in violation of Ministry of Environment and Forests' norms.
  • A Sikh man in Britain has become only the second male contestant to win a popular television game show, getting 2,50,000 pounds (around $416,000) in the process.
  • The National Green Tribunal has taken serious note of alarming pollution caused by thermal power plants in Vidarbha using inferior quality coal, in violation of ministry of environment and forests' norms.
  • The government has granted environment clearance for as many as 12 coal mines in the past two months.

Business & Economy
  • To ensure greater efficacy in exercise of its new powers, market regulator Sebi's board today cleared new norms for its search and seizure operations, settlement proceedings, refund to investors and crackdown on illicit money-pooling schemes.
  • A UK trade body has said that it still sees the potential of supplying Eurofighter to India, which has postponed till the next fiscal its plan to buy 126 fighter planes from France's Dassault Aviation.
  • Standard Chartered Bank estimates the government will announce on Monday gross borrowing for 2014/15 of Rs 5.8-6 lakh crore ($190.02 billion), based on the government's fiscal deficit target of 4.2 per cent of GDP.
  • Hindalco Industries promoted satish Pai as the new deputy managing director of the company.
Science & Technology
  • China's dead moon rover, the Jade Rabbit, has "woken" up from its troubled dormancy and received normal signals but experts are still trying to find out the cause of its technical problems.
  • Scientists have developed a novel compound that may protect against developing movement problems associated with Parkinson's disease (PD). Parkinson's disease which effects millions people world wide has no cure.
  • Apple, which posted its lowest growth in handset sales last year, may release a large-screen version of its iconic iPhone in 2014.
  • U.S.  Comedy pioneer Sid Caesar,best known for the live 1950s variety TV programme "Your Show of Shows" has died aged 91.
  • Renowned filmmaker Balu Mahendra died at chennai  private hospital following a cardiac arrest.
Mounika Rao

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