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February 16, 2014

15th February 2014 Current Affairs Updates


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International Affairs
  • The long-standing issue of two Italian marines being tried by India is prompting tensions between the two countries and they should try to find a "reasonable" and "mutually acceptable" solution to it said by UN.
  • The US and China, the world's two largest emitters of greenhouse gases, announced they were joining forces to share more information on trying to combat climate change.
  • The ash and debris that Indonesia's Mount Kelud blasted from its belly brought death and misery, and disrupted international air traffic.
  • A small earthquake has hit in South Carolina, startling residents and shaking homes both in South Carolina and across the border in Georgia.

National Affairs
  • Congress President and AICC chief  Sonia Gandhi has officially launched the 'Nirbhaya Keralam, Surakshitha Keralam' project, a state government project which is designed to prevent atrocities against women and children.
  • Describing recent incidents of racial violence involving people from North East as extremely distressing, President Pranab Mukherjee has called for urgent steps to assuage feelings of the people of the region.
  • It's election season, and politicians are promising the one-rank, one-pension (OROP) to retired military personnel yet again. The latest to join the bandwagon is Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi told a group of ex-servicemen that he backed their long-standing demand.
  • A recent survey conducted by Indian Council of Social Sciences Research (ICSSR) has revealed that 75 per cent tribal children in 22 districts of Rajasthan are lagging behind in education and tribal girls are no more enrolling in schools.
  • The Union Cabinet decided to impose President's rule in Delhi following the resignation of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his council of ministers.
  • AAP on Saturday announced a nationwide anti-graft campaign against Congress and BJP from February 23. Arvind Kejriwal will kick-start the campaign from Haryana on Feb 23 and in UP on March 2.
  • United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi regretted that the Women's Reservation Bill has not been able to be passed in the Lok Sabha for lack of consensus.
  • India, the second-largest exporter of over-the-counter and prescription drugs to the United States, is coming under increased scrutiny by American regulators for safety lapses, falsified drug test results and selling fake medicines.
Science & Technology
  • Google is reportedly working on offering data transfer speeds of 10 gigabits per second as part of its project to develop 'next generation' of the internet.
  • A recent study says hormone that is released when someone is under physical or emotional stress has been found in breast milk and appears to affect babies differently depending on their sex.
  • Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Rakesh Maria has been named new police commissioner of Mumbai.
Business & Economy
  • Egypt's Cabinet has proposed to impose a 12-month ban on imports of two- and three-wheelers, a move that could spell a big setback for Bajaj Auto's exports.
  • Gold and silver prices extended gains for the third straight day in the national capital on sustained buying by stockists for the wedding season and a firming global trend.
  • State Bank of India the country's largest lender, has cut deposit rates by up to 0.50 per cent starting February 18. 
Mounika Rao

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