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October 12, 2014

12th October 2014 - Daily Current Affairs Updates


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National Affairs
  • President Pranab Mukherjee today left on a five-day visit to Norway and Finland during which a number of agreements, including on education and trade, will be signed.
  • The very severe Cyclone Hudhud blasted India's eastern seaboard today with gusts of up to 195 kilometres an hour (over 120 mph), uprooting trees, damaging buildings and killing at least three people despite a major evacuation effort.
  • This has hit the Visakhapatnam coast in Andhra Pradesh this morning.
  • Lakhs of people evacuated from towns and villages through which the cyclone pass amid massive rain and wind. 
  • Wind speed reaches 150 to 180 kilometer per hours sweeps Noth-Andhra coastal districts.
  • Nearly 400,000 people have been evacuated to relief camps in five districts in AndhraPradesh.
  • Named after the national bird of Israel. The name was suggested by Oman.
  • This cyclone is similar to last year's Phailin that crossed the Odisha coast leaving behind a trail of destruction. 
Books & Authors
  • England batsman Kevin Pietersen released his autobiography named "KP"
    • In this book he says, former captain Rahul Dravid made a lasting impact on his technique. He refers repeatedly to an e-mail the Indian batting legend wrote to him about playing spinners which made a massive difference to him.
  • The Indian Super League Football tournament begins today (12th October 2014).
    • The season is going to held from 12th October 2014 to 20th December 2014.
    • With 61 matches across 8 cities over 70 days, it claims to "set the benchmark for every other sport in India".
    • Official Slogan - "Come on, India. Let's football."
    • Sposored by - Hero MotoCorp
    • There are 8 city-based franchises in ISL.
      1. Delhi Dynamos (Delhi),
      2. Northeast United FC (Guwahati),
      3. Atletico de Kolkata (Kolkata),
      4. Mumbai City FC (Mumbai),
      5. FC Pune City (Pune),
      6. FC Goa (Goa),
      7. Kerala Blasters (Kochi) and
      8. Chennaiyin FC (Chennai)
  • Roger Federer defeated France’s Gilles Simon 7-6 (6), 7-6 (2) to capture his fourth title of the year at the Shanghai Masters today.
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