10th September 2014 Current Affairs

10th September 2014 - Daily Current Affairs

National Affairs
  • The Commerce and Industry Ministry is likely to unveil the new Five-Year Foreign Trade Policy (2014-19) "very soon".
    • The new policy will be different from earlier policies.
    • Commerce Minister - Nirmala Sitharaman.
  • Initiating measures to strengthen consumer rights, the government today said, that it will amend laws to set up a regulator to address consumer grievances and take penal action against defaulting companies, and also bring more products under the ambit of mandatory quality certification.
  • The Bombay High Court today directed Maharashtra Government to provide medical screening facilities at Pune and Nagpur airports to detect Ebola virus among passengers arriving from affected countries, on the lines of existing amenities at Mumbai and Delhi airports.
  • India has expressed deep concern over children increasingly getting involved in the "Vicious Grip" of armed conflict and said it is committed to addressing the impact of left wing extremist armed groups on its own children through law and robust policy initiatives.
International Affairs
  • Polish Prime Minister Donald Rusk resigned today.
    • At the last EU Summit in Brussels held on 30th August, 2014 the European Union leaders have appointed Donald Tusk as the next President of the European Council.
    • He is due to take office on 1st December, 2014 succeeding the current President Herman Van Romput.
  • US President Barack Obama to address his countrymen tomorrow night to spell out America's policy on terror group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria).
  • As Afghanistan prepares for a democratic transition of power, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Afghan President Hamid Karzai today held wide-ranging talks on political and security situation in the war-torn country and agreed to intensify cooperation in areas like security and defense.
    • Committing to rebuilding of Afghanistan, India today said it will always remain the war-torn nation's first strategic partner.
  • Modi received Singapore's Emeritus Senior Minister (ESM) Goh Chok Tong today.
    • He said India was keen to partner with Singapore as part of its effort to get funding and expertise to emerge as a global manufacturer.
Business & Economy Affairs
  • India has decided not to impose anti-dumping duty on imports of solar panels from countries like the US and China, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said today.
  • Total telephone subscribe base in India rose marginally in July to reach 94.64 crore, with 34.5 lakh users added during the month, sectoral regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said today.
  • Kicking off the mega disinvestment drive, government today approved the sale of shares in Coal India, ONGC and NHPC to garner a combined Rs. 43,000 crore.
  • Government reviews progress of Jan Dhan Yojana; till date 3 Crore Bank Accounts Opened.
  • Government approves an over Rs. 5,300 crore project to boost telecom infrastructure and connectivity in North East India.
People in News Affairs
  • Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo said today that he was resigning after 23 years at the helm, in a move that has widely been expected after his record was questioned by parent company Fiat-Chrysler.
    • Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) Chief Executive Sergio Marchioness will take over.
  • George Kourounis, currently known for his television series Angry Planet, takes selfie inside active erupting volcano.
Awards & Honors Affairs
  • R. Kamal Bawa, president, the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), India and distinguished professor, University of Massachusetts, Boston is among the three winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2014.
Science & Technology Affairs
  • Scientists have discovered the first evidence of water ice clouds on an object outside of our own solar system, about 7.3 light-year away from Earth.
    • This scientists team led by Carnegie's Jacqueline Faherty.
  • The US space agency, NASA is developing the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) Lidar device to map forests on Earth in 3D and increase understanding of their role in the carbon cycle.
  • Apple today announced its long-rumored wearable device, the Apple Watch on sale next year at $349.
Sports Affairs
  • The Women's Squash Association (WSA) and Professional Squash Association (PSA) today announced the sport's first professional circuit in India, the JSW India Squash Challenger Circuit, to be held in October across Jaipur, Mumbai and Chennai.
  • International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach met on Tuesday with Ronald Noble, secretary general of the international police agency and announced that the IOC and Interpol jointly fight against match fixing.
  • Ace India women's doubles player Jwala Gutta has pulled out of the prestigious Asian Games after sustaining a sprain in the right knee ahead of the multi-sport event in Incheon, Korea.
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9th September 2014 Current Affairs

9th September 2014 - Daily Current Affairs

International Affairs
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet US President Barack Obama at the White House on 29th and 30th September 2014 during which the two leaders would discuss a wide range of bilateral and strategic issues including economic growth.
  • Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, on a visit to Bangladesh for the 67th World Health Organization (WHO) regional committee meeting:-
    • He said the excessive consumption of alcohol had significant impact on the youth population of India and he planned to learn a strategy to reduce its use.
    • He urged government to manifest "power of belief" while strategising against the disease burden.
    • He sought Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's support in combating many vector-borne diseases and providing "The highest standards of health Care" to people in South Asia.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation on traditional medicine and homeopathy is to signed between India and Bangladesh.
  • National Security Advisor Ajit Doval held talks with China's top diplomat and State Councillor Yang Jiechi to finalize the arrangements for Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to India expected to take place next week.
Books & Authors Affairs
  • Kolkata-born British author Neel Mukherjee's latest novel The Lives of Others, set in troubled Bengal of the 1960s and centered around a dysfunctional family, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize 2014, in its debut as a global literary award.
    • This is the first time the prestigious literary award opened up for anyone writiing in English regardless of nationality.
Nationa Affairs
  • Chairing the first hight level meeting on "Namaami Gange" an integrated plan for Ganga rejuvenation, Modi said that the first priority of this mission should be to stop fresh generation of pollutants.
  • After the devastating floods in Jammu & Kashmir that claimed several lives and rendered thousands homeless, the Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel has announced an assistance of Rs. 5 crore for relief to the affected region.
  • Air India declares free passage for tourists stranded in Srinagar.
  • The Centre will replace the requirement of furnishing affidavits with self-attested declarations in a major chunk of government-related work and an official order in this regard will be issued soon, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Tuesday.
Science & Technology Affairs
  • The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2013, propelled by a surge in levels of carbon dioxide, the World Meterological Organization warned today.
Awards & Honors Affairs
  • Indian Scientist Kamal Bawan Awarded 2014 Midori Prize in Biodiversity.
    • The Midori Prize for Biodiversity was established by AEON Environmental Foundation, Japan in the year 2010.
    • He is a distinguished professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts in Boston.
    • He won this prize for his research, including in climate change in the Himalayas.
    • He will receive the prize with a cash award of $100,000 during the Oct 16-17 Conference of Parties (COP-12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in South Korea.
Banking Awareness Affairs
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday allowed banks to take action against guarantors ona loan, even without exhausting the remedies against the principal debtor, in case of a wilful default.
Sports Affairs
  • US Open 2014 : Croatia's Marin Cilic wins his first Grand Slam title by beating Japan's Kei Nishikori.
  • The International Cricket Council (ICC) has banned Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect because his bowling action was found to be illegal.
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8th September 2014 Current Affairs

8th September 2014 Daily Current Affairs

National Affairs
  • India and Germany today agreed to prepare a road-map for cooperation in skill development, solid waste management and cleaning of rivers as visiting Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier met Prime Minister Narendra Modi who described the two nations as "made for each other".
  • Amidst developed nations like the US raising issues over India's intellectual property rights regime, the government today said it will come out with a policy framework within a few months to make IPR more robust.
  • A Government panel has recommended the Coal Ministry may consider allocating eight mines to the power sector under government dispensation route, amid Power Minister Piyush Goyal promising 24x7 power to all.
  • India on Monday blamed Pakistan for "derailing" the dialogue process but said there is "no full stop" in diplomatic relations and people always move forward after the short pauses, indicating that there may be a window for resumption of talks in near future.
  • India today said it will not oppose on "Humanitarian Ground" the application of Massimiliano Latorre, one of the Italian marines facing murder charges here, to return to his country after he suffered a mild stroke recently.
  • The Supreme Court today stayed the execution of death sentence of Surinder Koli for children in a house in Nithari Village in Nodia in 2006.
  • The Supreme Courth orders permanent absorption of Rajeshwar Singh, probing money laundering aspects in 2G case and Aircel-Maxis deal, as Dy. Director in ED.
International Affairs
  • International Literacy Day observed today (8th September, 2014) to highlight importance of literacy to individual.
  • 27th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) began in Geneva.
    • 47 Members.
    • UN's new human rights chief - Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.
  • US President Barack Obama has urged the Rival Candidates in Afghanistan's disputed election to come to an agreement on a national unity government to end the crisis over the vote.
  • Barack Obama will on Wednesday announce the US's strategy to tackle the threat posed by ISIS, the terrorist outfit which has gained control over a large part of Iraq and Syria and has brutally killed two American Journalists in recent past.
Science & Technology Affairs
  • Higgs elementary particle underpins existence in our universe might become unstable, warns renowned physicist Stephen Hawking. The energy potential of the "God Particle" is so vital for the entire universe it could make the cosmos collide, he concludes.
  • An experimental Ebola Vaccine similar to one being developed by Glaxo Smith Kline is effective for at least five weeks in lab monkeys but requires boosting with an additional vaccine to extend its protection to 10 months.
Business & Economy Affairs
  • State Bank of India will provide loans worth six billion rands (USD 557.75 million) to South African Businesses over the next two years as part of the bank's plans to expand its operations.
Sports Affairs
  • Serena Williams wins US Open 2014
    • She defeated Caroline Wozniacki.
    • This is her Third Consecutive US Open Championship.
    • This is her 18th major title overall.
  • Ace Shuttler from Arunachal Pradesh Laa Tukum bags silver medal in the 28th National Sub-Junior Badminton Championship at Rohtak, Haryana.
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7th September 2014 Current Affairs

7th September 2014 - Daily Current Affairs

International Affairs
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today greeted the people of Brazil on their Independence Day (7th September) and said India is committed to enhancing ties with the Latin American country.
  • Sri Lanks, which has vowed not to cooperate with an international probe into its alleged rights abuses during the final phase of its military campaign against LTTE, will counter the charges at a UNHRC session beginning on Monday in Geneva.
  • In a humanitarian gesture, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today offered all possible assistance to Pakistan for carrying out relief operations in the flood-ravaged Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK).
  • Washington today said that it has carried out air strikes against militants in Iraq's Sunni Arab heartland, expanding its months-long air campaign and its involvement in the conflict.
  • Queen Elizabeth II concerned over Scotland's Independence from UK, sources close to the Queen have revealed today.
National Affairs
  • Keralities across the state today celebrated Onam with traditional fervour and gaiety.
  • PM Modi announces special assistance of Rs. 1,000 crore to flood affected Jammu & Kashmir.
  • Prime Minister Modi will now connect to people over radio, seeking suggestions and answering questions on issues concerning the common man. Having made up his mind to reach out to people over radio, he has sought suggestions from the public on how to go about in terms of format and frequency.
  • Playing down on coal shortages at some power stations, Power and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal today said the Government in 100 days had slogged the system to produce nearly 22 per cent more electricity and is on track to provide 24x7 power to all in five years.
  • Asserting people's right to linguistic freedom, the Supreme Court held there is no bar against a State Legislature declaring used in a State as an official language for the convenience of its citizens.
Business & Economy Affairs
  • Putting to rest the debate on printing of one rupee notes, the Law Ministry has opined that the Government of India has all the powers to print currency notes of this denomination.
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