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February 12, 2014

Current Affairs Updates of 4th and 5th February 2014

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International Affairs
  • US Vice President Joe Biden urged Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to pursue dialogue and compromise to end the country's crisis as he called for the "immediate" pulling back of riot police.
  • Libya has completely destroyed the chemical arsenal it inherited from Muammar Gaddafi, 10 years after the now slain dictator signed the Chemical Weapons Convention.
  • Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki came under fire from US lawmakers for the slow pace of political reconciliation and links to Iran, said to fuel a wave of suicide bombings.
  • Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban, was nominated for the World Children's Prize in Sweden for championing education rights for girls.
National Affairs
  • With over 2,400 new cancer cases, including stomach, lungs and cervix, being detected in last two years in Mizoram, the state tops the list in overall cancer incidence in the country, according to a latest report of the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR). 
  • The cabinet committee on economic affairs has approved modifications in the mega food park scheme guidelines of infrastructure development for food processing.
  • United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government,constituted the Seventh Central Pay Commission.The commission’s are expected to benefit 35 lakh Central government employees.
  • One of the world's premier off-road race event Rain Forest Challenge will be staged in the tropical rainforest of Western Ghats in August, this year.
  • The first metro train is expected to come in Hyderabad by April-end or early May trails runs are likely to be done at Uppal depot announced by L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad.
  • Representatives of political parties argued the Elctiion Commission not to hold the general elections in May to avoid the summer heat.
  • The World Bank plans to launch in July a $1-billion plan to map Africa's natural resources with the aim of delineating more clearly the continent's uncovered mineral wealth.
  • The death anniversary of Indian National Congress leader Motilal Nehru to be observed on 5th Feb.
  • Microsoft names India-born Satya Nadella as new CEO.
Awards and Honors
  • Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and eminent scientist Prof C N R Rao were conferred with the country's highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna by President Pranab Mukherjee on 4th February 2014.
Science and Technology
  • A new technique to scan extremely small meteorite samples for ingredients of life has been developed by NASA scientists to unravel the mysterious origin of life.
  • According to 32nd Surgeon Genera's Report released recently the use of tobacco's diverse adverse effects on human body.Th most important finding is that smoking is a "cause" of type II diabetes and the risk of developing diabetes is 30 to 40% higher in smokers than nonsmokers.
  • A newly pocket-sized stringe that can seal gunshot wounds within just fifteen seconds has been developed by scientists.The syringe called XSat.
  • Russia successfully launched a cargo spacecraft into the space, the country's federal space agency.
  • India`s top woman squash player Dipika Pallikal has moved two places to be No.10 in the latest WSA rankings.
Mounika Rao

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