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February 22, 2014

20th February 2014 - Current Affairs Updates


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International Affairs
  • UN Security Council presented with draft resolution on humanitarian aid for Syria but Russia so far does not back it, raising risk of veto.
  • The Homeland Security Department has warned airlines that terrorists could try to hide explosives in shoes. It's the second time the government has issued a warning about possible attempts to smuggle explosives on a commercial jetliner.
  • Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama feels the India-China 'rivalry' is neither good for Asia nor for the cause of the Tibetans there is real room to develop trust between the two neighbours.
  • According to an annual Gallup poll Seventy-two per cent Americans view India favourably - a four per cent increase from last year while North Korea has become the country least liked in the US.
National Affairs
  • After the day-long debate, protesting MPs, chanting of slogans and the Prime Minister announcing special package for Seemandhra, the Rajya Sabha has passed the Telangana Bill.
  • A Parliamentary Committee has asked Jammu and Kashmir Government to examine a demand for granting minority status to Kashmiri Pandits in view of their "pitiable condition" after they were forced to leave the Valley due to militancy.
  • Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced a six-point development package for successor states of Andhra Pradesh including grant of special category status and tax incentives to Seemandhra.
  • The government has approved the establishment of 14 new Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIIT).
  • Congress stalwart Gegong Apang, who served as the second longest serving chief minister in the country with a record 22 years,mostly with the party, has resigned and joined the BJP.
  • Chief Minister Jayalalithaa claimed that Tamil Nadu has the lowest crime rate in the country and that her government is committed to maintaining law and order in the state.
Science & Technology
  • Scientists are developing gen-next batteries that capture the energy of our everyday movements, such as walking, to convert it into electricity to power cellphones and other devices.
  • The first night trial of Agni-I ballistic missile has been postponed indefinitely for the second time.The missile was to be tested for the first time for night launch by the Strategic Forces Command.
  • Union Cabinet gave its approval for continuation of Nano mission; a mission on Nano Science and Technology in its second phase in the 12th Plan Period (2012-17) and sanctioned Rs 650 crore for the purpose.
  • Google said it will host a two-day workshop in Bangalore later this week focused on designing and creating Android applications in Indian languages.
  • Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and Google announced availability of virtual tours for 30 Indian monuments.
  • Country's largest software services firm TCS said it has bagged a global IT infrastructure management deal from Diageo, a leading premium drinks maker.
  • Google Inc is exploring a major expansion of super-fast cable TV and Internet web to deliver its content and services by extending its nascent Fiber network to 34 more cities across the United States.
Business & Economy
  • Social networking giant Facebook will have to shell out $2 billion if its acquisition of the instant messaging service Whatsapp fails to get necessary approvals.
  • Air India, JetLite and SpiceJet suffered operating losses of Rs 3,159.6 crore, Rs 246.8 crore and Rs 279.8 crore respectively in 2012-13, Lok Sabha was informed.
  • Apex Court summons Sahara group Chief for not refunding investors money despite its order ; Allows SEBI to sell properties of the group.
  • Shares of Bharti Airtel came under selling pressure soon after media reports said that its Nigeria unit lost a legal battle against Econet Wireless
  • Dhoni ruled out of Asia Cup due to injury; Virat Kohli will lead the Team India.
Mounika Rao  

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