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November 24, 2014

24th November 2014 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • Bangladesh's Supreme Court today cleared the way for the trial of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia on corruption charges, rejecting appeals filed by her.
  • World Bank warns that Climate change could undermine efforts to defeat extreme poverty around the globe.
National Affairs
  • 333rd anniversary of the martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur observed today
  • Polling for first phase of assembly election in Jammu Kashmir and Jharkhand to be held tomorrow.
  • Chhattisgarh High Court has directed the state government to hold camps in villages across the state to seize medicines that were banned following the death of 15 women at botched sterilizations in Bilaspur district.
    • Earlier the high court had taken suo moto cognizance of the deaths at sterilization camps and had issued notices to the centre and state government and medical council of India.
  • Winter session of Parliament begins today; bills relating to insurance, real estate & coal sectors likely to be taken up.
  • Prime Minister Modi is leaving for Kathamandu tomorrow's afternoon to attend the 18th South Asian Association of Regional Countries, SAARC, Summit on 26th and 27th.
  • The official mascots for the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games are hybrids of Brazil’s native fauna and flora, the local organising committee has announced.
    • The Olympic mascot is a combination of a cat, monkey and bird while the Paralympic symbol is a mix of plants found in Brazilian forests.
  • AIBA World Boxing Championship 2014
    • Sarjubala Devi and Saweety bag Silver medals in World Women's Boxing Championship in Korea.
  • World Chess Championship 2014
    • Magnus Carlsen wins the title for the second time defeating Vishwanathan Anand.
  • Hockey India announced a 18-member squad, led by Sadar Singh, for the eight-nation Hero Men’s Champions Trophy to be held in Bhubaneswar from December 6-14.
New Appointments
  • NSA (National Security Adviser) Ajit Doval appointed as Special Representative of India to conduct boundary negotiations with China.
People in News
  • Iranian authorities released the British-Iranian Ghoncheh Ghavami on bail.
    • She was detained in June after trying to attend a men’s volleyball match between Iran and Italy, in defiance of a push by hard-liners to enact full gender segregation.
Business & Economy
  • Government is considering to offer interest subsidy on housing loans to help economically weaker section and lower income group people.
    • Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister Venkaiah Naidu said, the interest subvention scheme will be a part of the new housing policy. 
  • Increasing its network in eastern India, hospital chain Narayana Health today announced acquisition of Westbank Hospital for Rs 150 crore.
  • Jindal Steel and Power today said it has scrapped plans to set up a USD 10 billion coal-to- liquid (CTL) project at Angul in Odisha following the recent cancellation of Ramchandi mine by the Supreme Court.
  • India has the potential to achieve 9 per cent growth rate and become a USD 10 trillion economy by 2034 on the back of concerted efforts by the corporate sector and a constructive role played by the government, a PwC report said today.
  • The Income Tax department has claimed to have seized cash of over Rs 135 crore from the premises of Subrata Roy’s Sahara group during its raids on its two premises in Delhi and Noida in connection with alleged tax evasion charges.
  • Couple of months after it acquired Lanco Infratech’s 1200 MW power plant at Udupi, Adani Power today announced the acquisition of Korba West Power Co Ltd (KWPCL) that owns a 600 MW coal-based power plant at Korba in Chattisgarh.
  • Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Murli Deora passes away
    • He is India’s longest serving Petroleum Minister.
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