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February 13, 2015

13th February 2015 - Important Current Affairs updates


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National Affairs
  • The Union Home Ministry has announced a three-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) for re-investigation of the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases, mainly in Delhi and other States.
    • The SIT will look into all serious criminal cases relating to the riots, examine evidence and even re-open cases and file charge sheets in the courts concerned. 
    • It has been given six months to complete its work, including filing of charge sheets in nearly three-decade old cases.
    • Headed by : Pramod Asthana, an IPS officer of 1986 batch. 
    • Members :
      • Rakesh Kapoor, a retired district and sessions judge 
      • Kumar Gyanesh, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police in Delhi Police.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif to wish him on Cricket World Cup in Australia. 
    • In a tweet, Mr. Modi said that he had spoken to Mr Sharif and the heads of other SAARC countries whose teams are playing in the ICC World Cup to wish them luck. 
    • Mr. Modi spoke to Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, President of Sri Lanka Maithiripala Sirisena and conveyed his wishes.
  • President Pranab Mukherjee opened the annual "Udyanotsav" of Rashtrapati Bhavan today.
    • The Mughal Gardens will remain open for general public from February 14 to March 15, 2015 between 9:30 am to 4:00 pm.
International Affairs
  • Today (13th February) is World Radio Day.
    • The day is observed every year on the 13 of February to celebrate radio as a forum for entertainment and information, as a bridge of communication for remote communities and its role in empowering people.
    • This day marks the first broadcast by UN radio in 1946.
    • It was proclaimed on 3 November 2011 by UNESCO's 36th General Conference.
    • It was originally proposed by the Kingdom of Spain.
    • First world radio day was observed in the year 2012.
  • Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has told US President Barack Obama that India's permanent membership in the reformed UN Security Council is unacceptable to Pakistan.
    • In a telephonic conversation with Obama, Sharif said that India cannot become a UNSC permanent member due to India's non-compliance of all the resolutions passed by the UN on Kashmir.
  • India has improved its ranking from 140 to 136 in the World Press Freedom Index (WPFI) 2015, released by Reporters Without Borders (RWB).
    • In the WPFI 2015, India was placed at 136th position out of 180 nations that were surveyed worldwide in terms of press freedom.
    • In the top of the list were three Scandinavian countries: Finland on the 1st position followed by Norway and Denmark.
    • At the other end of the scale, Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea were the worst performers securing the last places in the index.
    • The 2015 World Press Freedom Index highlights the worldwide deterioration in freedom of information in 2014.
Business & Economy
  • The IMF and the World Bank have agreed to provide massive financial assistance to strife-torn Ukraine US dollar 19.5 billion in all to bail it out of an economic crisis.
    • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Ukraine yesterday agreed on a US dollar 17.5 bailout package with the World Bank announcing another US dollar two million financial assistance.
  • In a significant development in the treatment of AIDS patients, Indian pharmaceutical major Cipla has been awarded $188.95 million (around Rs. 1,172 crore) by Global Fund ARV (anti-retroviral) tender.
    • The contract is effective from January 1, 2015 and will run for a period of three years.
    • The supplies are to commence from the fourth calendar of the current year.
Awards & Honors
  • Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCSHAU) has been selected for the prestigious Mahindra Samridhi India Agri Award 2015 in recognition of its contribution in increasing agriculture productivity and rural prosperity.
    • The award will be presented by Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, at the award ceremony to be held at New Delhi, on February 24.
    • The Mahindra Samridhi India Agri Award has been instituted by Mahindra & Mahindra in 2010 with the objective of commending purposeful contributions that made a difference in the field of agriculture to increase productivity and enhance rural prosperity.
  • Gurpreet Singh, an Indian origin scientist has received the prestigious $500,000 National Science Foundation CAREER award to develop ultrathin metal sheets that can help produce better rechargeable batteries.
  • A well-known Telugu novelist and writer Kesava Reddy (68) passed away.
    • His novel Athadu Adavini Jayinchadu (He Conquered Forest) which was published in `80s, was well received by the people and probably the best among his works.
    • “Munemma”, “Moogavani Pillanagrovi” and “Smasanam Dunne” were among his other novels.
New Appointments
  • Pranab Mukherjee appoints Arvind Kejriwal as Delhi Chief Minister
    • President also appoints Manish Sisodia, Asim Ahmed Khan,Sandeep Kumar, Satyendar Jain, Gopal Rai and Jitender Singh Tomar as cabinet ministers.
  • Tech giant Yahoo today said its Indian arm has signed up South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes as its analyst for the up coming World Cup 2015 coverage on Yahoo Cricket.
  • Micromax Informatics today appointed Ashish Agrawal as its new Chief Technology Officer.
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