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December 20, 2014

18th December 2014 - Important Current Affairs updates


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International Affairs
  • The United States and Cuba end five decades of Cold War hostility, agreeing to revive diplomatic ties in a breakthrough that would also ease a crippling US trade embargo.
    • In the wake of a prisoner exchange, President Barack Obama said Washington was ready for a 'new chapter' in relations with communist Cuba and would re-establish its embassy in Havana, shuttered since 1961.
  • The European Parliament overwhelmingly backed the recognition of a Palestinian state "in principle", following a series of votes on the issue in EU nations that have enraged Israel.
National Affairs
  • The Union Cabinet approved Constitutional Amendment Bill for Goods & Services Tax (GST), paving the way for introduction of the Bill in the ongoing session of Parliament.
    • The Government intends to introduce GST from April 1, 2016, which will set the ball rolling for the legislative exercise for introduction of new indirect tax reforms.
  • The Lok Sabha has passed the Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill, 2014 by voice vote.
    • The bill intends to regularise e-rickshaws and provide driving licences for battery-operated vehicles to ply in the national capital and other places of the country.
    • Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said, now an e-rickshaw having capacity of 2000 watt will be allowed to ply on city roads. He said, a loan at a rate of 4 per cent interest will be given to the driver for purchasing the e- rickshaw so that he or she can become the owner. The Minister dismissed the allegations of some opposition members that the bill has been brought in view of the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections.
  • Delhi Metro rolls out first fully advertisement-wrapped train on Yellow Line from Jahangirpuri to HUDA City Centre 
    • The metro train wrap, rolled out by e-commerce firm 'IndiaMART', featured Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan as its brand ambassador.
People in News
  • India's famous 'Everest twins' Nungshi and Tashi scaled Mt Vinson, the highest peak of Antarctica, to become world's first twins to achieve this feat .
    • With this feat, they also became the world's first twins and the youngest Indians to enter the coveted 'the seven summit club'.
  • A Pakistan Court granted bail to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, one of the main accused in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
    • Lakhvi is among the seven persons charged with planning and helping carry out the attacks in which more than 160 people were killed.
    • India terms Lakhvi's bail as very unfortunate, calls upon Islamabad to reverse the decision.
Important Govt Schemes
  • Delhi Police has launched a scheme, Operation Milap which aims at uniting missing children with their parents.
    • The scheme has already restored two children staying in a Children Home with their respective families in Delhi and Rajasthan.
    • The drive has been launched by the Anti Human Trafficking Unit of the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police during which teams will check all the Children Homes in the national capital.
Business & Economy
  • India has signed a 625 million euro loan agreement with Germany for financial assistance to Green Energy Corridors (GEC) project under Indo-German bilateral development cooperation.
Science & Technology
  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully conducted an experimental test-flight of GSLV MK III carrying a crew module, to be used in future manned space missions.
    • GSLV MK III, which is the heaviest launch vehicle Isro has ever made, lifted off from the second launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota at 9.30am.
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  1. Sir , how come daily updates are going a day late nowadays ??

  2. finally u r back:) plz provide notes for uiic

  3. can anyone tell me about is there a sectional cutoff or overall cutoff ??
    bcoz in notification they have not mentioned anything related to this issue....
    plzz anyone do reply....

  4. please provide financial awareness material for uiic as i have searched for the material in web but it's not found there.


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