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February 13, 2014

Current Affairs Updates of 8th & 9th February 2014

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International Affairs
  • Greek and Turkish Cyriots have agreed on a road map prepared by the U.N to resume reunification talks, following a break of two years.
  • The first stage of a £12-billion scheme to build a series of tidal energy plants in Britain started, planning application is submitted for the world’s largest power-generating lagoon in south Wales.
  • An Indian-origin doctor in the US has implanted the first miniature-sized, leadless cardiac pacemaker directly inside a patient's heart without surgery.
  • Iran agreed seven more 'practical steps' with the UN nuclear watchdog in talks seeking further safeguards to enhance transparency on Tehran's nuclear drive.

National Affairs
  • From March 1, polio vaccination will be mandatory for all international travelers coming to India from polio-infected countries.
  • Sikkim has become the only state in the country to achieve 100 percent sanitation in rural and urban households, schools, sanitary complexes and Aanganwadi centres.
  • Arunachal Pradesh has raised the first company of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) to avert casualty in times of mishap and disasters.
  • The BCCI welcomed ICC`s decision to approve its revamped proposal, which is aimed at bringing improved governance, financial and competition structures, during the Executive Board.
  • President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the National Agricultural Expo "Krishi Vasant" in Nagpur during his two-day visit to Maharashtra.
  • A high-tech train enquiry system for rail commuters will be launched in Hyderabad by the South Central Railway (SCR).
  • Nabard has sanctioned loans worth over Rs 19,100 crore under Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) to states for agriculture and allied activities.
  • India's farm sector is at its best, with the country set to produce a record 263.2 million tonnes of food grains in the current crop year.
  • China's Yu Zaiqing was elected the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice President.
  • N Ramachandran becomes new President of the Indian Olympic Association.
  • The University of Madras women team has won the national inter-university lawn tennis tournament by defeating their opponents from Mumbai University.

Mounika Rao

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