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February 19, 2014

19th February 2014 - Current Affairs Updates

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  • Thailand court prevents government from using force as protests rage against PM Yingluck Shinawatra.
  • Pakistan's capital has been declared as "extremely dangerous" by the interior ministry due to the presence of sleeper cells of banned terror groups like the al-Qaida.
  • More than 850,000 people in Somalia are in desperate need of food and "in crisis and emergency conditions," the director of UN humanitarian operations said today.
  • China can prevent nearly 13 million tobacco-related deaths by 2050 by fully implementing a set of neglected anti-smoking policies it had already agreed to researchers.
  • The US Navy plans to deploy its first laser on a ship later this year, and it intends to test an electromagnetic rail gun prototype aboard a vessel within two years.
  • The government has issued 57.62 crore Aadhaar cards till January 31, and there is no denial of enrolment to people who don't have document-based proof of identity.
  • In protest against the Central Government decision to “divide the Telugus for the sake of votes and seats" Andhra Pradesh's Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy submitted his resignation to the Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan Today's morning.
  • The Supreme Court today agreed to hear Centre’s plea seeking interim order for implementation of 4.5 per cent sub-quota for backward classes belonging to minorities in central educational institutions.
  • President Pranab Mukherjee will tommorow embark on a two-day visit of West Bengal to attend various public functions.
  • Amid demands for getting the long-pending Women's Reservation Bill passed, government today said it was even ready to extend the last session of the 15th Lok Sabha if the House agreed.
  • Indians have topped the list of Dubai's most active real estate buyers as they view the city in the same league as London, according to a survey.
  • The committee set up in the Supreme Court to deal with instances of sexual harassment within its precincts has decided that aggrieved women can send their complaints to it by post or e-mail.
  • Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) announced the appointment of chairperson and MD of Biocon Limited, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, as the chairperson of its Board of Governors.
  • Google India will host a two-day Hackathon and workshop in Bangalore on February 21-22 focused on designing and creating Android applications in Indian languages.
  • India's internet population rose to 238.71 million last year helped by growing number of users especially in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh, Parliament was informed today.
  • Auto companies, including the country's biggest car makers, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) and Hyundai Motor India, on Wednesday cut prices after excise duty on automobiles was reduced in the Interim Budget.
  • Lok Sabha passed the Interim Budget for the financial year 2014-15 without much discussion.Finance Minister P Chidambaram introduced the Appropriation Bill and the Finance Bill amid din in the House by a voice vote.
  • Bharti Airtel India's biggest mobile service company, has become the first in the country to cross 200 million subscribers.

  • India's campaign in the Sochi Winter Olympic Games came to a disappointing end with Himanshu Thakur finishing 72nd in the men's giant slalom event.
  • In the recent performance in the just-concluded two-Test series against New Zealand, India batsman Virat Kohli rose to his career-best ninth position in the latest ICC Test rankings.
Mounika Rao

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