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1st October 2014 - Daily Current Affairs updates

National Affairs
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The ambitious Swachh Bharat campaign will be launched tomorrow (2nd


October 2014), the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
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Modi will kick start the campaign from New Delhi.

The campaign is aimed at cleaning India by 2019, when the country will
celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Mahatma Gandhi's autobiography 'The Story of My Experiments with


Truth'

has

now

been

published

in Kashmiri

and

Punjabi

languages also and the editions would be released on his 145th birth
anniversary tomorrow.
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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today visited the flood-hit areas of
Assam and Meghalaya and assured the two states of all possible help to deal
with the crisis and ensure relief and rehabilitation.
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He announced that the central government has released an amount


of Rs.386 crore for Assam and added that an additional amount of
Rs.286 crore has also been sanctioned for the state to deal with the
situation.

Aam

Aadmi

Party

demands

clarification

from

the

PMO

India

on

the

government's reported decision to hike the prices of some medicines including


anti-cancer tablets.
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Health Minister Dr. Harsh vardhan urges all citizens to convert their
birthdays into opportunities for donating blood.

Lok

Sabha

Speaker

Sumitra

Mahajan conferred

the Vayoshreshtha

Sammanon senior citizens on the occasion of International Day for Older


persons.
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In a first-of-its-kind effort, the Election Commission (EC) today launched a


video game titled 'Get Set Vote' as part of a series of edutainment material
on voter awareness and education.
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The video game, which can be played using the keyboard, gives out
information and interesting details through 10 levels of mazes.

International Affairs

Today is International Day for Older persons.

Thousands have joined pro-democracy protests demanding China to withdraw


plans to vet candidates for the next Hong Kong leadership election in 2017,
which have spread in Hong Kong on China's 65th National Day.

PM Narendra Modi returns from his 5 day US Visit. He describes his US


visit as highly successful and satisfactory.

Pakistan has decided to introduce electronic voting machines (EVMs)


in two years before the next general elections due in 2018.

People in News
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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will be visiting India this month,


and is most likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who himself is an
avid user of the social networking site.

Business & Economy


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Core sector growth for the month of August picked up with eight core sector
industries growing by 5.8 percent against 4.7 percent in same month last
year. The July core sector data was 2.7 percent.

Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL), the countrys first greenfield airport in the public-private partnership mode, today handed over
a cheque of Rs.17.76 crore to the Kerala government as its share of profits
for the last fiscal.

Science & Technology


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Microsoft has unveiled its new Windows operating system, and has given it a
surprising name: Windows 10.

Most in the techie media had expected Microsoft to name its new
operating system Windows 9, following the lineage from its current
Windows 8 system.

India and the U.S., after sending their own respective spacecraft into Mars
orbit, have now agreed to cooperate on future explorations of the Red
Planet,which America said will yield tangible benefits to both the countries
and

the

world

at

large.

Sports
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Asian Games 2014


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Mary Kom becomes the first Indian woman to clinch Gold Medal in
Boxing at the Asian Games

Sarita Devi refuses to wear her boxing medal (Bronze) as a protest


against the controversial decision (Sarita lost on points against Ji Na
Park (Silver medal winner) in a bout where she was the dominant boxer).

Indian women's hockey team win bronze medal after beating Japan.

Indian sprinter Tintu Luka won silver medal in the 800m womens
race

Indian athlete Annu Rani won a bronze medal in the womens Javelin
throw event.

2nd October 2014 - Daily Current Affairs updates


International Affairs
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The UN launched a mission to prevent the worldwide spread of Ebola as


the US hunted for people who came in contact with the first African diagnosed
with the deadly virus outside the continent.
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UNMEER - UN Mission on Ebola Emergency Response

Special representative for the UNMEER - Anthony Banbury

Underscoring its commitment to the UN's body on gender equality and women
empowerment, India

has

contributed

USD

million

to

the

organization for the current financial year.


National Affairs

Nation observed Gandhi Jayanti and thebirth anniversary of Lal Bahadur


Sastritoday.

Swachch Bharat Abhiyan


o

Prime

Minister Narendra

Modi

today

launched

the

nationwide

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Campaign) that aims to clean up


the country in the next five years.
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Modi nominated nine people to carry forward the campaign (Goa


Governor, Baba Ramdev, Sashi Tharoor, Kamal Haasan, Salman Khan,
Priyanka Chopra, Tendulkar, Anil Ambani and Tarak Mehta).

Government announces 20 lakh rupees for each village Panchayat for


the clean India mission.

President calls for larger participation of the society for the success of
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

WHO (World Health Organisation) says poor sanitation costs India Rs.
6500 per year per Indian

Quotes of Modi in Swatrch Bharat Abhiyan


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"CleanIndia is the responsibility of 125 crore Indians"

"India can do it. People of India can do it."

"Is cleaning only the responsibility of the karamcharis? Do citizens


have no role in this? We have to change this mindset."

"I have invited 9 people and asked them to come to public places and
work towards a clean India. I ask them to invite 9 more people too."

"We reached Mars. No PM or Minister went. It was the people who did
it, our scientists who did it. So can't we create a Clean India?"

"If this is evaluated by a photo-opportunity, then we would be doing


a disservice to the nation. We all must come together and do this
(clean India) wherever we are."

"This is not about Modi... Modi is only one of its 1.2 billion people...
This is a people's task."

The campaign is aimed at cleaning India by 2019, when the country


will celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Political parties to now deposit their funds in banks, according to new Election
Commission guidelines on financial transparency.

The Bombay High Court has asked Election Commission of India to state what
action it would take against political parties who use children in election
campaign or poll-related work.

Sports
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Asian Games 2014


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India clinch men's hockey Gold after 16 years.

Indian women 4x400m relay team win gold.

Inderjeet Singh wins bronze in men's shot put.

Boxer Vikas Krishan gets bronze after losing to Kazakhstan's Zhanibek


Alimkhanuly in middle (75kg) semis

Priyanka Pawar, Tintu Lukka, Mandeep Kaur, Poovamma win 4*400m


relay by setting Asian Games record.

Boxer Satish Kumar settled for bronze medal after losing his semifinal.

India beat Pakistan and wins gold in Hockey.

Indian boxer Satish Kumar wins bronze in the (+91 kg) category

3rd October 2014 - Daily Current Affairs updates


International Affairs
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The Australian cabinet has given its approval for fighter jets to join the
US-led military action against Islamic State targets in Iraq.

Over 2 million Muslims from around the world gathered at a desert hill
nearMecca in Saudi Arabia in an act of faith and repentance during the
climactic emotional and spiritual moment of the annual hajj pilgrimage.
o

Saudi Arabia has made contingency plans in the event of an Ebola


outbreak, including deploying medical staff at airports and setting up
isolation units as nearly three million Muslims from across the world flock
to perform the hajj pilgrimage.

National Affairs
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People Across the Country Celebrated Dussehra, to mark the victory of good
over evil.

Dussehra is derived from Sanskrit word "Dasha-hara", which means the


removal of 10 bad qualities.

The festival is also known as Vijaya Dashami, Dasara or Dashain in


different places.

Seeking to reach out to more people, Prime MinisterNarendra Modi today


addressed the countrymen over radio for the first time, giving a pep talk
about how to shed despondency and use their skills for betterment and
prosperity of the country.

In order to increase the revenues, the Indian Railways has decided to sell
Tatkal tickets at a higher rate. Passengers buying Tatkal tickets for the

Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani and 80 other trains will have to shell out more money
from today.
Business & Economy
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The world oil prices have dropped to their lowest levels in more than a
year.
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The move follows the decision by Saudi Arabia, one of the world's largest
oil producers to cut its oil prices for the fourth month in a row but without
any signs of cutting its production to ease the glut in the global supply.

Travel industry body International Air Transport Association (IATA) said


thatIndia's domestic market increased by 7.4 percent in August over the
previous year.

Science & Technology


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ISRO will launch the third of seven series of satellites to put in


place Indias own navigation system on par with US Global Positioning
System (GPS) from the spaceport of Sriharikota on 10th October 2014.

People in News
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Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Uganda in a


ceremony at State House Entebbe.

Sports
o

Asian Games2014
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Both Men's & Women's teams bag Gold in Kabaddi.

4th October 2014 - Daily Current Affairs updates


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National Affairs
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10 day long Dasara celebrations at Mysore concluded today with the famous
Jamboo Savari, procession.

33 killed and several injured in stampede in Patna after Dussehra celebration;


Home Ministry seeks report from Bihar Government.

Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath today said that for the first
time, five police observers will be deployed in Haryana to ensure free,
fair and clean polling in the state where election is due on October 15.

President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the 65th TB Seal Campaign of


the Tuberculosis Association of India at New Delhi today.

International Affairs

World Animal Day (4th October 2014)celebrated across the globe.

India's intellectual property regime is fully compliant with WTO norms,


the government said today, two days after the two countries decided to set up
a high-level working group on IPR during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's US
visit to sort out the contentious issue.

Islamic State militants (also known as ISIL) claimed the beheading of a


British aid worker Alan Henning, and suggested an American hostage may
be killed next, in what they said was retaliation for the U.S.-led campaign
against the group.
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This is the fourth beheading of a Western hostage by the jihadist group,


beginning with the killing of American journalist James Foley in August.

Ahead of the APEC summit at Beijing next month, China has mobilised an
army of over 850,000 vigilantes to be on the look out for "terrorists",
adding teeth to the country's war on terror, specially against militants from the
restive Xinjiang province.

Science & Technology


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China has flight tested an upgraded version of its 10,000-km range


Dongfeng missile which could reach most of the US and European cities,
days ahead of its October 1st National Day to demonstrate its nuclear
capability.

Facebook said that it has stepped up its battle against spammers who promise
to deliver "likes" to its members, and warned users on using such scams.

Sports
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Asian Games 2014


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The Asian Games wrapped up today (4th October 2014) with China
dominating the gold-medal count and North Korea stealing the
limelight.

India finished their campaign yesterday with 11 Gold, 10 Silver, and 36


Bronze and hold the 8th spot in the medal standings. (Download
Complete Award Winners List from here)

14 world records were set during the games, which brought together
more than 9,500 athletes from 45 countries. Jakarta will be the host for
the 2018 Asian Games.

Champions League Twenty20 2014


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The Chennai Super Kings won their 2nd CLT20 title against Kolkata
Knight Riders, defeating them by 8 wickets.

This is the Sixth edition of ChampionsLeague.

Held from 13th September to 4th October 2014.

Most runs - Suresh Raina (234) - Chennai Super Kings

Most wickets - Sunil Narine (12) - Kolkata Knight Riders

Business & Economy


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As per the latest data (September 29) by the Central Electricity Authority
(CEA), 56 coal-based power plants reported critical fuel stocks of less than
seven days. As many as 11 power stations were left with nil stocks on the day.

List of Latest Schemes & Plans Launched by Union &


State Governments
Sunday, October 05, 2014Current Affairs Important Updates, General Awareness
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& State Governments. This list will be useful for your upcoming competitive exams.
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list form here. Happy Reading :)

List of Recent Schemes & Plans of Union &


State Governments
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Pradhanmantri Jan-Dhan Yojana : To provide bank accounts, insurance


cover and a debit card to all the citizens of the country.

Pradhan Mantri Gram Sinchai Yojana : To boost agricultual yield, Govt


launched "Pradhan Mantri Gram Sinchai Yojana".

Krishi Amdani Beema Yojana : To help the farmers dont bear any financial
burden if their produce gets destroyed due to unexpected weather or for any
other reason.

Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana (MGPSY) : This schem eis a


pension and life insurance scheme and is recoghnised by th eIndian
governement. This scheme was launched in the UAE. A leading Indian financial
and health care service player has tied up with the UAE Exchange to offer
MGPSY in the Gulf country.

Free CFL bulb Scheme (Tamil Nadu) : Tamil Nadu governement launched
free CFL bulb scheme under this scheme state government will provide free
compact fluorescent light bulbs to over 14 lakh hut dwellers in the state, an
energy saving measure aimed at saving 40 mw of power.

e-inclusion project : Centre recently launched e-inclusion project to spread e


literacy. This project is an initiative to make at least one individual in every
household e-literate, under the project, economically weaker sections of the
society including rural SC, ST and women will receive IT training.

Project Uddan : The project, an initiative of the Prime Minsiter, the National
Skills Development Corporation and the Ministry of Home Affairs and industry,
was startyed with the aim of providing skills to 40,000 youth over a period of
five years.

Rani Laxmi Bai Pension Scheme : 'Special pension' would be given to


Muzaffarnagar riot victims by U.P. Govt. The pension, which would be
anywhere between Rs. 400 and Rs. 500, would be givne under this scheme.

Bhagat Puran Singh Sehat Beema Yojana (BPSSBY) : Health care scheme
for BPL families launched in Punjab.

'Roshini' Scheme : Centre launched this scheme for skill development and
job placement for rural youth and women in maoist affected 24 districts in 9
states.

Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayee Arogya Yojana : This is a Health Insurance


scheme. This was launched in Maharashtra.

The Vikram Unyogpuri (Delhi-Mumbai industrial Corridor) project : This


was launched in Madhya Pradesh.

Golden Girl (Bangaru Talli) Scheme : A unique scheme, launched in Andhra


Pradesh, to protect girl child and ensure her education.

Anna Bhagya : A programme launched in Karnataka. The programme entitles


distribution of 30 kg rice at one rupee per Kg to over 98 lakh BPL and
Antyodaya card holders in the state.

Annapurna : Under this scheme. 10 kg of food grains are provided to BPL


households free of cost every month.

Amma Cement Scheme : Tamil Nadu Government launched this scheme.


Under this scheme, it will procure cement from private manufacturers and sell

them at Rs 190 per bag in the wake of possible increase in rates of the key
construction component.
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Swavlamban

Abhiyan

: Prime

Minister Narendra

Modi launched 11

welfare schems of Gujarat government under the title of Swavlamban


Abhiyan. The schemes are;
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Aid to milk producing cattle and equipments to tribal women,

Distribution of milking machines and chaff cutters among cooperative


rural milk producing women groups,

Assistance to cooperative milk producing women groups to build dudh


ghar,

Mukhyamantri Amrutam Maa Vatsalya Yojana,

Assistance

for

health

care

to

construction

labors

suffering

from

occupational health diseases,


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Interest benefit to farmers to build warehouse in farm, tablet distribution


to ITI apprentice studying computer courses,

Pandit Dindayal Upadhyaya young entrepreneurs scheme,

Benefit in interest on self employment loan to ITI passed apprentice,

Shri Nanaji Deshmukh housing scheme,

Dattopant Thengdi labor interest assistance scheme for construction


laborers,

Impex-Bs formation to expand employment oriented services and middle


class oriented schemes.

5th October 2014 - Daily Current Affairs updates


National Affairs
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Centre appeals doctors to give free insulin for poor kids.


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Pitching for approximately 75,000 juvenile diabetic patients, Union


minister Jitendra Singh, a practicing doctor himself, said a high rate of
death among such children was mainly due to inability of their parents to
afford insulin for their lifelong treatment.

Power tariff in Delhi may go up next month as the Delhi Electricity


Regulatory Commission (DERC) is all set to levy a fuel surcharge to help
the private distribution companies adjust their power purchase cost.

International Affairs

The Breast

Cancer

Awareness

Month is

marked

across

the

world

every October, to increase awareness on early detection and treatment as


well as palliative care of this disease, says WHO.
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Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide.

There are 1.38 million new cases and4,58,000 deaths from breast
cancer each year.

Terming the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong as "illegal", China


today warned that the agitation that has paralysed the city would end up
creating havoc in the former British colony.

In recent days, protests have been staged in Hong Kong in the name of
seeking "real universal suffrage," causing traffic jams, fewer tourists, the stock
market plunge and the suspension of schools and stores.

Violating the ceasefire for the 10th time in October, Pakistani troops today
opened heavy fire on Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch
district of Jammu and Kashmir.

People in News
o

Former Jharkhand Minister Yogendra Sao arrested for his alleged link
with criminal organizations.

Awards & Honors


o

BarackObama has selected Indian-American Professor Thomas Kailath for


the prestigious National Medal of Science, highest honour for achievement in
the fields of science and engineering.

Business & Economy


o

The Finance Ministry has asked public sector banks to tighten norms,
including KYC monitoring for high-value fixed deposits, to check the kind of
frauds suspected to have been committed at Dena Bank and OBC. Banks have
been advised to categorise fixed deposits, which may fall under high value
criteria

Telecom operators have raised mobile internet rates up to 100 per


cent in June-September period across country.
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Airtel is latest to increase mobile internet rates by up to 33 per cent while


Vodafone and Idea have started gradually implementing the increased
mobile internet rates from June.

Science & Technology


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A NASAbacked study is exploring the feasibility of lowering the cost of a


human expedition to Mars by putting the astronauts in deep sleep.
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This deep sleep, called torpor, would reduce astronauts metabolic


functions with existing medical procedures.

Sports
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Suryakumar Yadav, Kolkata Knight Riders part-time off-spinner, has been


reported for a suspect illegal bowling action, becoming the fifth bowler to be
called in the just concluded Champions League Twenty20 tournament.

Indian boxer L Sarita Devi has escaped with a warning after apologizing
for her petulant display at the Asian Games when she refused to accept her
bronze medal.

6th October 2014 - Daily Current Affairs updates


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National Affairs
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Lakhs of Muslims thronged mosques and Eidgahs today to offer prayers as


mass animal sacrifices, piety and spirit of brotherhood marked Eid-ulZuha which was celebrated across the country with traditional fervour.

India today asked Pakistan to put an immediate end to ceasefire


violations along the border in Jammu and Kashmir as the ground realities
in the country had changed.

The Election Commission today issued show cause notice to Union


Minister Nitin Gadkari on violation of model code of conduct over statements
made by him in Latur district during a public meeting in Maharashtra, where
Assembly elections are due to take place on October 15th.

The West Bengal government has formed a high level composite Task
Forceto investigate into recent blast at Khagragarh in Burdwan District in
which two persons were killed.

International Affairs

Today is World Habitat Day. This day is set aside annually to recognize
the basic right of all humanity to adequate shelter, and to encourage
grassroots action toward ending poverty housing.
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The United Nations General Assembly declared in 1985 that the first
Monday in October would be World Habitat Day.

Hong Kong started to return to work today after more than a week of prodemocracy protestsdisrupted the Chinese-controlled city, with the protest
movement facing a test of its stamina after more clashes with police and proBeijing opponents.

Awards & Honors


o

Three

scientists, John

Moser shareNobel

Prize

OKeefe,
2014

May-Britt
for

Moser

Medicine for

and

Edvard

I.

discovering brain's

positioning system (Check complete details from here)


Business & Economy
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As SEBI tightens noose on defaulters and market manipulators, the number of


attachment proceedings initiated by the market regulator against those having
defaulted on payment of penalties has crossed the 1,500-mark.

Crude prices slipped today to multi-year lows owing to a build-up in


supplies while the dollar rallied in response to a strong US jobs report, as
analysts warned of further losses.

Science & Technology


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India along with Japan, the US, China and Canada will start work on
theworlds biggest telescope on Hawaii Island that will enable to identify
an object as small as coin from a distance of 500 kms.

The launch of Indias third navigational satellite IRNSS-1C has been


postponed by a week, the Indian space agency today. In a posting on its
Facebook page, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said: Due to
an observation in the telemetry system, the launch has been postponed for a
week.

Sports
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World Junior Chess Championships begin in Pune.

After the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has
become the latest cricketer to own a football team in the high-

profile Indian Super League (ISL), investing in the Chennaiyin Football


Club ahead of the event starting October 12.

7th October 2014 - Daily Current Affairs updates


International Affairs
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In an unprecedented degree of co-operation between Ireland and Britain, the


two governments today signed a historic visa agreement that will allow
international tourists to apply for one travel permit to visit both countries.

Prime

Minister

Narendra

Modi's

commitment

to

improve

health

servicesand his focus on ending open defecation has impressed Microsoft


co-founder Bill Gates who said it is inspiring to see India move to the
forefront of providing such services to the underprivileged.
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After al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden was killed by US special forces in
Pakistan's garrison town of Abbottabad, his body was kept in a heavy black
bag of 300 pounds of iron chain and dropped into the sea, former CIA director
and defense secretary Leon Panetta has said.

Amid escalation of cross-border firing in Jammu and Kashmir, top military


officials

of

India

and

Pakistan

today

discussed

the

ceasefire

violationsalong the Line of Control and International Border but failed to


address the issue.

DGMO Indian Atmy - Lt Gen Vinodh Bhatia at Wagha

DGMO Pakistan Army - Gen Aamer Riaz

The Islamic State group is about to capture the Syrian border town
of Kobani,Turkeys

president

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said

today,

as

outgunned Kurdish forces struggled to repel the extremists with limited aid
from U.S.-led coalition airstrikes.
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The iconic Yal Devi Express from Colombo to Jaffna will resume its run
onOctober 13th, some 25 years after the link was suspended during the
height of the Sri Lankan civil war.

US President Barack Obama has declared fight against Ebola "a top
national

security

priority" and

said

that

authorities

would

increase

screening for the virus at airports both in America and in West Africa.
o

The Pentagon has spent as much as USD 1.1 billion on US military


operations against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria since the
mission began in mid-June, including more than USD 62 million alone in Navy
airstrikes and Tomahawk cruise missiles.

National Affairs

All PIO (Person of Indian Origin) cards are now valid for the lifetime of
the cardholder, instead of 15 years, as promised by Prime Minister Narendra
Modi during his address at the Madison Square Garden in New York City on
September 28, 2014.

The government will issue passports with same validity and waiver of
feesto those whose passports have been lost or damaged in the Jammu and
Kashmir floods, external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said
today.

Multiple measures, including short-term and long-term steps, would be


employed to make river Ganga clean over the next three years, Union Water
Resources Minister Uma Bharati said today.

A single judge of the Karnataka High Court today dismissed a plea filed
byformer Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa for grant of bail and
suspension of her four-year prison term following her September 27 conviction
in a Rs 66.65 crore disproportionate assets case.

After the acclaimed International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa will be
now hosting the new-born literary extravaganza The Writers and
Readers Festival-annually, bringing together authors from across the globe.

Awards & Honors


o

Japanese

professors, Isamu

Akasaki and Hiroshi

Amano and

US

scientist Shuji Nakamura win Physics Nobel Prize 2014 for Blue LEDs
discovery (Check complete details from here).
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The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee presented the Lal Bahadur Shastri
National Award for Excellence in Public Administration, Academics and
Management for the year 2014 to Dr. Apathukatha Sivathanu Pillai at
Rashtrapati Bhavan today.

Deaths
o

time

MLA from

Jagdishpur

constituency

of

Amethi

district

(Uttar

Pradesh), Ram Sewak Dhobi passed away.


Banking Awareness
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Indian economy, which accounts for 80 percent of South Asia's output, is set
to grow by 6.4 percent in 2015-16 as against 5.6 percent in 2014-15,
the World Bank has said.

Sports
o

Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps has been suspended from all
competition for six months by USA Swimming following his drink-driving
arrest.
o

The most decorated Olympian in history, Phelps won 22 Olympic


medalsbetween 2004 and 2012, 18 of them gold.

8th October 2014 - Daily Current Affairs updates


International Affairs
o

United

Nations

Secretary-General

asked India andPakistan to

resolve

their

Ban

Ki-moon has

issues diplomatically

and

through dialogue. His reply came amidst escalation of ceasefire violations


along the Line of Control.
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A UN

committee that

deals

with

administrative

and

budgetary

issues

hasapproved a USD 49.9 million funding for the world body's large-scale
response to tackle the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

National Affairs

Indian Air Force celebrated 82nd Foundation Day (Air Force Day) Today.
o

The Indian Air Force was officially established on 8th October 8


1932when it was created as an auxiliary air force of the Indian Empire.

Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Arup Raha said that the government is
taking the recent instances of ceasefire violations at the border seriously
and efforts are being made to resolve the situation.

SachinTendulkar attends the ceremony.

Tendulkar was conferred with the honorary title of Honorary Group


Captainfour years ago and is the first person with no aviation
background to get the honour.

Narendra Modi promises to implement river linking project to resolve water


problem for Haryana farmers.

Giving a push to the Make in India drive, the government cleared 19


defense proposals of various companies including Punj Lloyd and
Bharat Forge that had been pending for the last few years.

The Supreme Court today refused to fix any cooling off period for
judges to take up government assignments after retirement, an issue
which has been widely debated after former CJI P Sathasivam took
governorship soon after his tenure ended.

Hudhud, a strong cyclone, named after a colourful bird, heading towards


Indias southeastern coast gathered strength today, uprooting trees, triggering
landslides and snapping power and phone links as it crossed the Andaman and
Nicobar islands, officials said.
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The cyclonic storm would cross north Andhra Pradesh and adjoining
Odisha coast between Visakhapatnam and Gopalpur by October 12.

Awards & Honors


o

American

scientists Eric

Betzig and William

Moerner and German

scientist Stefan Hell win 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for improving the
resolution of microscopes. Check complete story from here.
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Anoop Jain, a young Indian from Bihar, has won the prestigious Waislitz
Global Citizen Award 2014 for his "exemplified values of a Global Citizen"
through his work in founding Humanure Power (HP) in Bihar in 2011 that
builds community sanitation facilities in rural India.
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The award carries a USD 100,000 cash prize in recognition to the winner's
work in making the "world a better place."

People in News
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Samajwadi Party re-elects Mulayam Singh Yadav as its national President for
next three years.

Business & Economy


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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said India has recovered
from the economic slowdown.
o

It expects economic growth to increase in the rest of 2014 and in 2015

It projected slightly stronger growth in India in 2014 than its April Outlook
projection from 5.4 per cent to 5.6 per cent and kept its 2015
projection unchanged at 6.4 per cent.

After receiving "many complaints" from traders on Flipkart's massive


discount sale, government today said it will look into the concerns and
take a call on whether more clarity is required on e-commerce retail business.

Sports
o

Promising India medium pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has emerged as one of


the five players nominated for the LG Peoples Choice Award ahead of the
ICC annual awards.

9th October 2014 - Daily Current Affairs updates


National Affairs
o

The Aadhaar

Enabled

Biometric

Attendance

System

(AEBAS), an

electronic surveillance system to keep track of punctuality of government


officials will become fully operational by the month end as part of Narendra
Modi Government's efforts to discipline employees.
o

The Central government has decided to give states an additional six


months to implement the National Food Security Act that gives twothirds of the country's population the right to highly subsidised food grains.
o

This is the second extension given by the Narendra Modi government to


the states. A three-month extension given earlier has expired on October
4.

The CBI today moved the Delhi High Court seeking cancellation of interim
bail granted to former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala in
the JBT teachers recruitment scam case, saying he violated bail conditions.

Union Government has decided to sell LED bulbs to households at 10


rupeesagainst the market price of 400 rupees. In this regard, Union Power
Ministry launched a business model enabling the sale of LED bulbs to
households

at

10

International Affairs

rupees

against

the

market

price

of

400

rupees.

According to a fact sheet released by US Secretary of State John Kerry, India


is among the top five contributors to the UN Ebola response with
acontribution of US dollar 12.5 million.
o

The US with US dollar 113.8 million tops the list, followed by


the European Union (US dollar 55.5 million), Canada (US dollar
31.9 million),Netherlands (21 million) and India with US dollar 12.5
million.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said USD 100 billion worth of foreign
investments is knocking at the doors of India and it is up to the states to
lap up as much as they can.

English rock band Pink Floyd has confirmed that their new album The
Endless River will be their last.
o

Band members Nick Mason and David Gilmour said they will not release
another record.

Summits & Conferences


o

Global Investors Summit 2014

PM NarendraModi

formally

inaugurated

the

Madhya

Pradesh

Governments high-profile Global Investors Summit (GIS).


o

This is 4th GIS summit.

This is a three day summit which is in progress at Convention Centre,


Indore.

This is a gateway to some of the pioneering national and international


companies who are interested in tapping some of the most resourceful areas in
the state of MP.

Highlights of Previous GIS Summits :


o

GIS 2007 - Signed 102 MOUs worth Rs 1.20 Trillion

GIS 2010 - Signed 107 MOUs for setting up projects worth Rs 2.35
Trillion

GIS 2012 - Signed 259 MOUs for setting up projects worth Rs 4.31
Trillion

Deaths
o

Veteran journalist and former Prasar Bharati chairman M.V. Kamath passed
away.

Awards & Honors


o

France's Patrick Modiano, who made study of Nazi occupation & its effect on
his country, honored with Nobel Prize for Literature 2014. Check full
story here.

People in News
o

The The CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg arrived in a 2 day visit to


India
o

He will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow.

Zuckerberg is in India to address the first Internet.org summit taking


place on 9th and 10th October 2014 at New Delhi.

Sports
o

South Africa replaces India from the top ranking in the ICC ODI
format with 113 points.

Meet the Winners of Nobel Peace Prize 2014


Friday, October 10, 2014Current Affairs Important Updates
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History was made today when an Indian and a Pakistani national jointly
shared the Nobel Peace Prize for the year 2014. The Nobel Peace Prize for the
year 2014 has been jointly awarded to Indian rights activist Kailash Satyarthy and
Pakistan's Malala Yusafzai.
Kailash Satyarthi is an Indian children's rights activist. He runs Bachpan
Bachao Andolan Group in New Delhi, which has freed over 80,000 children from
various forms of servitude and helped in successful re-integration, rehabilitation
and education. He has been active in the Indian movement against child labour
since the 1990s.
Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani school pupil, education activist. She was shot
shot at by the Taliban in 2012 for protesting against curbs on girls attending school
in her town in the Swat Valley.

They are honored with this award for "their struggle against the suppression
of children and young people and for the right of all children to
education". There were a record 278 nominations this year, 19 more than ever
before including US whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning,
Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Pope Francis. Also on the list of nominees was
an anti-war clause in the Japanese constitution and the International Space Station
partnership. The Nobel committee said it regards it as an important point for a
Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common
struggle for education and against extremism,.
Highlights
o

An Indian wins the coveted Nobel Prize for peace after 35 years.

Satyarthy is the second Indian after Mother Teresa, to have been awarded
theNobel Peace Prize.

Malala at 17 years is the youngest ever winner of the prestigious peace


award.

She is Pakistan's first Nobel laureate.

Last year The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons


(OPCW) has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the year 2013 for
its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons. Peace Prize was the fifth of this
year's

Nobel

prizes.

The

Nobel

prizes

in Medicine , Physics, Chemistry and

Literature 2014 were already announced. The Nobel Prizes 2014 for economic
sciences will be announced later this week.

List of Nobel Prize Winners from India


Wednesday, October 23, 2013Current Affairs, Current Affairs Important Updates
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There are 12 people from India received Nobel Prizes in various Subjects upto now.
4 of them are Indian Citizens, 7 Foreign citizens of Indian origin / Indian citizens of
foreign origin. Maximum of them got Nobel Prizes for Literature (3 times - Rudyard
Kipling, Rabindranath Tagore and V. S. Naipaul). Here is the brief introduction
about them.

Sir Ronald Ross : He was an Indian-born British doctor. He recieved the Nobel
Prize for Physiology or Medicine for the year 1902. He recieved this award for his
discovery of the malarial parasite in the gastrointestinal tract of the Anopheles
mosquito. This invention helped alot in preventing malaria.
Rudyard Kipling : He was also an Indian-born British poet, novelist and short
story writer. He is famous for the popular 'IF POEM', The Jungle Book, Rikki-TikkiTavi, The Man Who Would be King, Mandalay and Gunga Din among others. He
recieved the Nobel Prize for Literature for the year 1907. He was the first Englishlanguage recipient of this prestegious award.
Rabindranath Tagore : He was a Bengali poet, philosopher, artist, playwright,
composer and novelist. He is famous for his book Gitanjali. He won Nobel Prize in
Literature for the year 1913. He became the first non-European to win this Award.

C.V. Raman : Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, an Indian physicist who is


famous for his research on "inelastic scattering of a photon (Raman Effect)". He
won the Nobel Prize for Physics in the year 1930 for his discovery that when light
traverses a transparent material, some of the deflected light changes in
wavelength.

Har Gobind Khorana : He is an Indo-American Bio Chemist. He jointly recieved


the Nobel Prize for Physiology / Medicine for the year 1968 with Marshall W.
Nirenberg and Robert W. Holley for his efforts to show how the nucleotides in
nucleic acids, which carry the genetic code of the cell, control the cells synthesis of
proteins.

Mother Teresa : She was an Albanian born, Indian Roman Catholic Religious
Sister. She was the founder of "Missionaries of Charity", a Roman Catholic religious
congregation. She won the Nobel Peace Prize for the year 1979.

Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar : He was an Indian-American astrophysicist. He


was the nephew of Sir C.V. Raman, who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1930.
Chandrasekhar shared the Nobel Prize for Physics with William A. Fowler for the
year 1983. He won this award for his theory on the later evolutionary stages of
massive stars. He is famous for Chandrasekhar limit (the maximum mass of a
stable white dwarf star).
Amartya Sen : He is an Indian economist. He is famous for his contributions to
welfare economics, social choice theory, economic and social justice, economic
theories of famines, and indexes of the measure of well-being of citizens of
developing countries. He won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for
the year 1998.
V. S. Naipaul : Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, is a British writer of Indian origins
(his grandfathers had emigrated from India as indentured servants). He is famous
for his books A Bend in the River, A House for Mr Biswas, An Area of Darkness,
India: A Wounded Civilization, India: A Million Mutinies Now etc. He won the
prestegious Nobel Prize in Literature for the year 2001.

Rajendra K. Pachauri : He was born in Nainital. He is the chairperson of the


Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He won the Nobel Peace Prize
for the year 2007.

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan : He is an Indian-born American and British


structural biologist. He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the year 2009 for his
research on the structure and function of the ribosome. He shared this award with
Thomas A. Steitz and Ada E. Yonath,
Kailash Satyarthi : He is an Indian children's rights activist. He won the
Nobel Peace Prize for the year 2014 . He has been active in the Indian movement
against child labour since the 1990s. So far his organization, Bachpan Bachao
Andolan, has freed over 80,000 children from various forms of servitude and helped
in successful re-integration, rehabilitation and education. Together with Malala
Yousafzai, he was announced as the winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize

10th and 11th October 2014 - Current Affairs Updates


Saturday, October 11, 2014Current Affairs Daily Updates, October 2014 Current Affairs
updates
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International Affairs
o

President

Pranab

Mukherjee will

embark

on

a two-nation

visit to Norway andFinland from 12th October 2014 during which he will
meet Heads of the States and important functionaries.
o
o

Mr. Mukherjee will be the first Indian President to visit Norway.

The Pentagon has approved two previously-stalled technology transfer


licenses to India and in an unprecedented move has set aside USD 20 million
for strategic cooperative science and technology projects with New Delhi.

On his maiden trip to India, Facebook co-founder and one of the worlds
youngest

billionaires

Mark Zuckerberg called on

Prime Minister

Narendra Modi to discuss digital expansion in the country.


o

Facebook will extend help in developing the Clean India Mobile App that
would be launched soon.

Anti-EU UK Independence Party won its first British Parliament


berth barely seven months before the general elections as its leader asserted
that the country's politics has been shaken by the party's triumph.

National Affairs
o

Severe cyclonic storm, Hudhud lay centered about 240 kilometeres southeast
of Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and 330 kilometers southeast of Gopal
Pur in Odisha.
o

Andhra and Odisha on high alert.

Cyclone to cross north Andhra Pradesh coast by tomorrow afternoon.


States to experience heavy wind speed upto 185 kilometers per hour.

A high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister reviewing preparedness.

Hudhud has been named after the national bird of Israel. The name
was suggested by Oman.

Indian Navy collaborates with NCC to provide experience of sea warrior


to cadets.
o

The National Cadet Corps (NCC)and the Indian Navy, 10 NCC cadets,
along with one staff member, are being provided the opportunity to sail
twice a year onboard ships of the 1st Training Squadron.

New Schemes

Prime Minister Narender Modi launches Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana.

Highlights
o

The rural development scheme aims at improving the standard of


living and quality of life of all sections of people by improving basic
amenities.

A Member of Parliament (MP) must identify a village, other than his


or her own village or that of the spouse, andturn it into a 'model
village' by 2016and two more villages to 2019. After 2019, the MP
must develop five model villages till 2024 (each every year).

MPs must identify villages from nearby rural areas not their urban
constituencies.

The

scheme

will put

special

focus

on

empowering

the

poor

household to come out of poverty by developing a plan for every


identified gram panchayat.
o

The yojna aims at turning villages into model villages not only by
infrastructure development but also by gender equality, dignity of women,
social justice, community service, cleanliness, eco-friendliness, peace and
harmony.

Mutual-cooperation, self reliance, local self-government, transparency and


accountability in public life will also be expected.

Social

mobilisation

and

systematic

environment

will

be

created in the model village led and guided by the MP him/herself.


o

The District Collector will coordinated the planning process of the


Gram Panchayat which will be a participatory exercise.

The first ever National Mental Health Policy was launched in an attempt to
provide universal psychiatry care to the population, 20 % of which are likely to
suffer some form of mental illness by 2020.

Books & Authors


o

PM Narendra

Modi

releases

book on

social

activist

Nanaji

Deshmukh, "Viraat Purush Nanaji Deshmukh" which has been compiled in


six volumes by the Deendayal Research Institute.
o

The book is a collection of the writings of Shri Nanaji Deshmukh.

Deaths
o

Freedom fighter Captain Abbas Ali who was part of the Indian National
Army (INA) died of a cardiac arrest .

People in News
o

Leading danseuse Leela Samson has resigned from the post of chairperson
of Sangeet Natak Akademi, Indias premiere institution for the performing
arts.

INLD

chief Om

Prakash

Chautala

surrenders

before

Tihar

Jail

authoritiesfollowing direction from Delhi High Court.


Business & Economy
o

Industrial production growth slowed down to five-month low of 0.4 per


cent in August mainly due contraction in manufacturing output and lower
offtake of consumer goods.

Mukesh Ambani's children Isha and Akash appointed directors on Boards of


Reliance Jio and Reliance Retail.

Jan Dhan Yojana : Finance Ministry said 5.52 crore bank accounts have been
opened till October 7 and deposit of Rs 4,268 crore have been mobilised under
Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY).

Awards & Honors


o

Child

rights

activists India's

Kailash

Satyarthi and Pakistan's

Malala

Yusafzaiwin this years Nobel Peace Prize 2014. Check complete story here.
o

Satyarthi becomes the second Indian to bag the coveted award after
Mother Teresa.

After winning this award, Kailash Satyarthi & Malala Yousafzai agreed to
work jointly to build strong relations between both countries.

Bollywood actor AamirKhan has been announced as Unicefs Goodwill


Ambassador for South Asia region.

12th October 2014 - Daily Current Affairs Updates


National Affairs
o

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


o

England batsman Kevin Pietersen released his autobiography named "KP"


o

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.

Sports
o

The Indian Super League Football tournament begins today (12th October
2014).
o

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.


o

Delhi Dynamos (Delhi),

Northeast United FC (Guwahati),

Atletico de Kolkata (Kolkata),

Mumbai City FC (Mumbai),

FC Pune City (Pune),

FC Goa (Goa),

Kerala Blasters (Kochi) and

Chennaiyin FC (Chennai)

Roger Federer defeated Frances Gilles Simon 7-6 (6), 7-6 (2) to capture his
fourth title of the year at the Shanghai Masters today.

13th October 2014 - Daily Current Affairs updates


International Affairs
o

India has promised USD four million in the total USD 5.4 billion aid that
the global donors have pledged at a donor conference aimed at raising funds
for rebuilding Gaza Strip that was destroyed by its 50-day conflict with Israel.

A popular Sri Lankan rail service known as the "Queen of Jaffna"


hasreopened , linking the capital, Colombo, to Jaffna in the country's north.
o

Srilankan

President

Mahinda

Rajapaksa inaugurated

this

newly

renovated railway line, which was closed 24 years ago during Sri
Lanka's bloody civil war.
o

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on a visit to Israel today to revive the


stalled West-Asia peace process.

President Pranab Mukherjee reaches Oslo on the first leg of six day
visit to

Norway

and

Finland; India

and

Norway

expected

to

ink

agreement on nuclear safety measures.


National Affairs

India is in 55th Position of the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2014.


o

It has made some progress in reducing poverty level, but still ranks
behind neighboring Nepal and Sri Lanka on the Global Hunger Index and
its hunger status remains classified as "serious".

It was at 63rd position in the global hunger index (GHI) last year. The
55th position in 2014 isbetter than Pakistan (ranked 57) and
Bangladesh (57), but trails behind Nepal (44) and Sri Lanka (39).

The growth of Foreign Tourist Arrivals in the country has increased to


9.2 percent in September this year.
o

During the month of September, 4.95 lakh foreign tourist visited the
country as compared to 4.54 lakh during the month last year.

Highest number of tourists visited from Bangladesh followed by USA, UK,


Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Japan.

Prime

Minister

Modi

to

visit cyclone

ravaged

city

of

Vishakhapatnam tomorrow; Efforts on to restore basic services; Death toll


climbs to 21 in Andhra Pradesh.
o

The Gujarat government has decided to provide solar-powered water


pumps to 1,000 farmers to reduce usage of conventional power and to ease
its financial burden due to subsidy on electricity provided for irrigation.

Science & Technology


o

The Indian

Space

Research

Organisation

(ISRO) began

a 67-hour

countdown at 6:32 a.m. today ahead of the launch of the third regional
navigation satellite, the IRNSS-1C.
People in News
o

The Congress today removed Shashi Tharoor as the party's spokesperson


after the party's Kerala unit reprimanded him for praising Prime Minister
Narendra Modi.

The Election Commission today issued a show cause notice to Maharashtra


Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray for his allegedl remarks against nonMaharashtrians and claiming that once his party comes to power, their entry in
the state will be barred.

Visitors
o

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi today received Mr. John Baird, Foreign
Minister of Canada and Mr Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade of
Canada.
o

Mr John Baird is on a visit to India for the 2nd round of Strategic Dialogue
between the two countries which is co-chaired by the External Affairs
Minister of India.

Business & Economy


o

Retail inflation drops to 6.46 per cent in September the lowest since
January 2012.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has given the go-ahead for a major overhaul
of the current monetary policy framework wherein the Centre will specify
inflation targets for the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to achieve.
o

Under the proposed new regime, the RBI will set inflation as its top
priority in its policy statements.

In a major blow to DLF, SEBI has barred the realty major as well as its
six

top

executives, including chairman

and

main

promoter

Singh, from the securities market for three years for "active and deliberate
suppression" of material information at the time of its IPO.
Awards & Honors
o

French economist Jean Tirole wins Nobel Prize for Economics 2014 for his
analysis on market power and regulation. Check full story here.

Sports
o

The inaugural Champions Tennis League (CTL) will kick off with a clash
between formidable Punjab and Delhi on November 17 at DLTA Complex in
New Delhi.

Grandmaster and former world junior champion D Harika was adjudged the
best woman player after she settled for a draw with Alon Mindlin of Israel in
the ninth and final round of Poker Masters Isle of Man Chess tournament that
concluded in Isle of Man, United Kingdom.

Olympic bronze medallist M.C. Mary Kom was today chosen as the Most
Valuable Player (MVP) of Indias Incheon Asian Games campaign.

14th October 2014 - Daily Current Affairs updates


National Affairs
o

Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared Rs.1,000 crore as interim relief


package for cyclone-hit Andhra Pradesh and assured all support after a
detailed survey of the losses.

Stage

is

set

for

Assembly

polls

in Maharashtra and Haryana

on

Wednesday, one of the biggest electoral tests after the Lok Sabha polls for
Narendra Modi, who spearheaded a high-decibel BJP campaign to wrest power
from the opposition in what promises to be a close contest.
o

The seven-day long 16th edition of Mumbai Film Festival began today.
o

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan - the guest of honour

Kalki Koechlin - host of the ceremony

International Affairs

World Standards Day observed today (14th October 2014) to raise


awareness about importance of standardization to the global economy.

President Pranab Mukherjee invited Norwegian companies to join the


'Make in India' initiative of the new government.

As many as 13 agreements were signed between Indian and Norwegian


entities on the second and concluding day of President Pranab Mukherjees
visit to this Scandinavian nation, to step up cooperation in defence, science
and technology, education and other sectors.
o

An agreement on exemption of visa requirement for holders of


diplomatic and official passports has been signed.

Indian President - Pranab Mukherjee

Prime Minister of Norway - Erna Solberg.

United Nations has rejected Pakistan's plea for intervention following


the recent border skirmishes with India; Advises to resolve the issue
bilaterally.

Finland today supported Indian candidacy for permanent membership of


the expanded UN Security Council, saying a superpower like India should
be represented in the powerful council of the world body.

Awards & Honors


o

Inspector Shakti Devi of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, currently deployed in
the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), has been awarded
theInternational Female Police Peacekeeper Award 2014.
o

She has been given the award for her exceptional achievements in her
duty with the UN mission.

Science & Technology


o

IRCTC launched its Android app, IRCTC Connect, allowing users to search,
book and cancel tickets at a click of button.
o

The app has already been downloaded 5000 times and has received an
average 4.2 rating on Google Play.

Business & Economy


o

Softening food prices pulled down the wholesale price inflation to near five
year low of 2.38 percent, creating headroom for the Reserve Bank to cut
interest rate to boost demand and push industrial growth.

15th October 2014 - Daily Current Affairs updates


International Affairs
o

In a major breakthrough in India's fight against black money allegedly stashed


abroad, Switzerland today

said it

will

examine Indian requests

for

banking information on a priority basis and provide requested details in a


time-bound manner.
o

Prime

Minister

Narendra

Modi

today

congratulated Afghanistan's

new

President Ashraf Ghani and assured him that India would stand with him, as
a friend and a partner, at every step as his government builds a strong and
peaceful Afghanistan.
o

India and Finland today signed 19 agreements including one for peaceful
use of nuclear energy as well as management of radioactive waste from atomic
power plants as President Pranab Mukherjee began his two-day visit to the key
Scandinavian country.

National Affairs

Today (15th October 2014) is Global Hand Washing Day.


o

In Madhya Pradesh, a new world record was created today when over
twenty lakh school students in around 20 thousand schools washed their
hands simultaneously on the occasion of 'Global Hand Washing Day'.

India today made it mandatory for tobacco companies to devote 85 per cent
space on packets of cigarettes and other tobacco products to warnings
against the ill effects of tobacco consumption.
o

The guidelines would come into effect from April 1, 2015.

Haryana today created history clocking an all-time high polling of about


76 per cent, surpassing the previous best of 72.65 per cent in 1967 in the
high-stakes battle among top contenders Congress, BJP and INLD amid stray
incidents of violence in many parts of the state.

Karnataka Lokayukta orders enquiry into alleged misuse of funds for


afforestation in Gulbarga district.

Awards & Honors


o

Reserve Bank governor Raghuram Rajan has been conferred with the Best
Central Bank Governor award for 2014 by Euromoney magazine.
o

Euromoney is an English-language monthly magazine focused on business


and finance.

Euromoney Magazine considers governors whose key decisions had


directly benefited both the performance and perception of their countrys
economic and financial achievements over the previous 12 months for this
award.

It said Raghuram Rajan's tough monetary medicine combatted the storm


ravaging the deficit-ridden economy in the recent emerging market crisis.

Australian author Richard Flanagan wins Man BookerPrize 2014 for his
novel, 'The Narrow Road to the Deep North'. Read complete story here.

Business & Economy


o

Telecom sector regulator Trai today suggested a 10 per cent higher base price
for the next round of spectrum auction in the 1800 Mhz band (2G spectrum) in
view of the increasing data usage by consumers.

16th October 2014 - Daily Current Affairs updates


National Affairs
o

Government is looking into the process of issuing universal identity


cards topersons

with

disabilities for

which

survey

would

be

conducted, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar


Chand Gehlot said today.
o

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay Shramev


Jayate programme
o

This scheme will ensure labour reforms and boost manufacturing sector.

International Affairs

Today (16th October 2014) is World Food Day.


o

This day is celebrated every year around the world on 16 October in honor
of

the

date

of

the

founding

of

the Food

and

Agriculture

Organization of the United Nations in 1945.


o

A day after China reacted sharply to government's plans to construct a border


road in Arunachal Pradesh,Home Minister Rajnath Singh has sent a strong
message asserting that no one can warn India.

India and China today began their talks on border mechanism during which
last month's standoff in Ladakh was discussed as also the efforts to prevent
such incidents from recurring in future.
o

This is their first meeting of a bilateral border mechanism.

Business & Economy


o

For the first time ever, Indian Government decides to import potatoes to
boost domestic availability and to check rising prices of the kitchen staple.

In the largest single order for aircraft maker Airbus, budget carrier IndiGo
signed an agreement to buy 250 A320neo planes, taking its number of
aircraft on order to 430. Deal valued at One lakh 55 thousand crore rupees.

India is the fastest growing e-commerce market in the Asia-Pacific region


and isexpected to touch $6 billion (about Rs 3.7 lakh crore) by next
year, research firm Gartner said today.

Awards & Honors


o

Indian-origin

Singaporean

awarded Cultural

poet

Medallion, the

and

writer K.T.M.

countrys

highest

Iqbal

cultural

will be

award

by

President Tony Tan Keng.


o

Barcelona's Luis Suarez received the Golden Boot award as Europe's top
scorer last season from Kenny Dalglish, who signed him for Liverpool in 2011.

Science & Technology


o

India successfully launches IRNSS-1C navigational satellite, the third in


the series of seven satellite constellation for regional navigation
system.

Facebook Inc. is launching a tool called Safety Check, that lets users notify
friends and family that they are safe during or after natural disasters.

New Appointments
o

Government has brought in a new team at the Finance Ministry as it prepares


the groundwork for its first full-fledged Budget next February.
o

Rajiv Mehrishi Replaces Arvind Mayaram as Finance Secretary

Former

IMF

economist Arvind

Economic Advisor.

Subramanian was

appointed Chief

17th October 2014 - Daily Current Affairs updates


o

Environment

Minister

Prakash

Javadekar today

launched

tool

callednational Air Quality Index (AQI)


o

This tool aims to create awareness among people about the quality of air
they breathe as well as its likely health impact.

It proposes six AQI categories, namely good, satisfactory, moderately


polluted, poor, very poor and severe and is likely to be operational initially
in the country's million plus cities by mid-December.

The Centre today told the Supreme Court that it is unable to disclose all
information on black money received from foreign countries with
which

India

has

double

taxation

avoidance

agreement

(DTAA) because doing so would violate confidentiality terms in those pacts.


o

In a big relief to former Tamil Nadu (Ex) Chief Minister Jayalalithaa,


the Supreme Court today ordered her release on bail in the Rs. 66.65
crores disproportionate assets case in which she was sentenced to undergo
four years' simple imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 100 crores.

External Affairs Ministry will organise a country-wide passport Seva


campsfrom tomorrow to provide passport services to the people residing away
from passport seva kendras as part of extending public services at door step.

Bikaner will soon become the first Open Defecation Free (ODF) district of
Rajasthan.

Authorities

have

launched

unique

scheme Banko

Beekano aimed at making the district free of open defecation.


o

The former Telecom Minister, A. Raja, has decided to write his version of
the events in the dramatic 2G case that created a political storm during the
second term of the UPA government.

International Affairs
o

Today (17th October) is the "International Day for the Eradication of


Poverty".
o

It was officially recognized by the United Nations,

It promotes peoples awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and


destitution worldwide.

Science & Technology


o

India's

indigenously

missile Nirbhay,

developed

which

can

nuclear

strike

targets

capable
more

sub-sonic

than 700

cruise

kms away,

was successfully test firedfrom Chandipur range in Odisha.


o

Argentina launched

its

first

domestically

built

communications

satellite, ARSAT-1today.
o

It helps to improve phone, internet connections, including for scientists


working in Antarctic.

Sports
o

West Indies Cricket Board has called off remaining part of India's tour owing to
pay dispute with its players.

18th October 2014 - Daily Current Affairs updates


National Affairs
o

Former

President Dr.

APJ

Abdul

Kalam today

asked India and Bangladesh to join hands to promote jute, saying their
joint initiatives can eliminate plastic products from the world and benefit their
economy.
o

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today reconstituted the National Committee to


commemorate

the

125th

Birth

Anniversary of India's

1st

Prime

Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru (on 14th November this year).


o

AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa was today released from jail after 21


days, a day after Supreme Court granted her bail in an 18-year-old
disproportionate assets case.
o

She is the first politician to get bail in 21 days of incarceration

The Supreme Court refused to bring former coal ministers including ex-Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh, who had held the portfolio during the previous UPA
government, under scrutiny for criminal liabilities in the coal blocks allocation
scam.

Cabinet gives its nod for Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase-1 covering
a length of 35.96 kilometres.
o

The total project cost will be 10,773 crore rupees.

In a significant move, the Centre has approved Karnataka governments


proposal to rename 12 cities and towns, including Bangalore, stating it has
no objection to the change of names of those places.

National-award winning movie 'Yellow' and Rajat Kapoor's 'Ankhon Delhi'


were today named in the Indian Panorama for this year's International Film
Festival of India (IFFI), which is scheduled to take place in Goa from next
month.

No government bungalow will be made available for a memorial,


Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced today.
o

This decision came against the backdrop of Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief
Ajit Singh's recent protest against orders to vacate his government alotted
bungalow and demanding that it be converted into a memorial for his
father and late prime minister Choudhary Charan Singh.

International Affairs
o

The South African Tourism has launched a new "Gandhi- Inspired Tourist
Attraction" project that identifies 13 places that were seminal in Mohandas
Karamchand Gandhi's tenure in the country.

US Secretary of State John Kerry held talks with visiting top Chinese
diplomat Yang Jiechi at his private residence in Boston, kicking of their two
days of talks aimed at easing tensions between the two countries.

Awards & Honors


o

The UK government announced the inaugural Dadabhai Naoroji Awards to


honour individuals who have worked to strengthen the UK-India relationship
over the years.
o

This years winners :

UK India Business Council chair Patricia Hewitt in the commerce


category,

Dame Asha Khemka for services in the field of education and

Actor Madhav Sharma for culture.

Business & Economy


o

More than 1.2 billion people are living on less than $ 1.25 a day and 2.4
billion are living on less than $ 2 a day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
said.

The Government announced today that it would lift controls on diesel


pricing with immediate effect, leading to an immediate fall in pump prices
of nearly 6 per cent and easing the subsidy burden on Prime Minister Narendra
Modi's government.

Govt approves special banking arrangement of about Rs 14,000 crore for


fertiliser subsidy

Science & Technology


o

The micro-blogging site Twitter has added a new feature to allow its
users to listen music directly from the twitter stream on mobile devices.
o

This new feature is called audio card.

Developed with the Berlin-based audio-streaming service SoundCloud

Awards & Honors


o

Indian-origin Singaporean poet and writer K.T.M. Iqbal will be awarded


Cultural Medallion, the countrys highest cultural award, by President Tony
Tan Keng Yam.
o

He wrote more than 200 childrens songs for Radio Singapore in the 1970s
and 1980.\

Sports
o

BCCI has said it has suffered huge losses and that it will claim all the damages
following the West Indies cricket teams unprecedented move to pull out of the
remainder of India tour in the wake of an acrimonious unresolved pay dispute
with its Board back home.

19th October 2014 - Daily Current Affairs updates


International Affairs
o

Nepal Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey will call on Prime


Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow to invite him for the 18th SAARC
Summit to be held onNovember 26 in Kathmandu.

National Affairs
o

Haryana and Maharashtra assembly elections results declared; BJP scripts


history with a clear majority in Haryana; In Maharashtra it emerges as the
single largest party.
o

Maharashtra Assembly Elections final tally (288/288)


o

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - 122

Shiv Sena - 63

Indian National Congress - 43

Nationalist Congress Party - NCP - 41

Maharashtra NavNirman Sena - 01

Others - 18

Haryana Assembly Elections final tally (90/90)


o

BJP-47

INLD-19

INC-15

HJC-BL-2

BSP-1

SAD-1

Independents-5

CBI has registered FIR in coalscam for allocation of Gare Palma coal block to
Jindal Strips Limited, Jindal Steel and Power Limited and unknown public
servants.
o

This is the 36th FIR in the coal block allotment scam

Assuring that no stone will be left unturned to stop racist attacks against
people

from

Northeast, Union

Minister

of

State

for

Home

Kiren

Rijiju today said the Centre will soon implement recommendations of


Bezbaruah committee formed to look into the issue.

The Minister also said an exclusive helpline will be set up of for Northeast
people living in Gurgaon.

The development authorities of Noida and Greater Noida joined hands


with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation for two metro extensions in Noida from
City Centre to Noida Sector 62 and Greater Noida and is likely to be completed
by 2017.

People in News

Indias 5 year old Harshit Saumitra, today set a new world record by
becoming the Youngest Climber to have scaled Kala Patthar (5550
meter) Peak' and Mount Everest base camp.

Former

Indian

cricket

captain

and

Rajya

Sabha

member Sachin

Tendulkar has adopted Puttamraju Kandrika villagelocated in Nellore


district of Andhra Pradesh for developing it as a smart village with nearly Rs. 4
crore from his MPLADS funds.
Govt Schemes
o

Under its flagship National Health Assurance Mission (NHAM) which will
be launched shortly, the Indian government has planned to cover the entire
population.
o

It is planning to link the universal health assurance scheme for providing


medical treatment to all citizens with Aadhaar number to check ghost
beneficiaries and fraudulent claims.

Business & Economy

India is poised to become a USD 2 trillion economy this year, while its GDP
size would cross another milestone of USD three trillion after five years in
2019, according to IMF's latest world economic outlook.

20th October 2014 - Daily Current Affairs updates


International Affairs
o

Today (20th October 2014) is World Osteoporosis Day.


o

Organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF),


World Osteoporosis Day involves campaigns by national osteoporosis
patient societies from around the world with activities in over 90 countries

Osteoporosis, a progressive bone disease causes more than 8.9 million


fractures annually worldwide and is estimated to affect 200 million across
the globe.

80% of the victims of osteoporosis worldwide are women above the age
of 50 years.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Nigeria Ebola free, after
a 42 day (six weeks) period with no new cases.

The Australian Parliament has reversed a controversial decision to impose


restrictions on people visiting the building wearing Islamic headguards
or burqa that cover their face.
o

Visitors will now have to lift any facial covering briefly when passing
through security.

People in News

Joko Widodo, a commoner who was born in a Javan slum, was sworn in
as president of Indonesia.
o

Widodo, known by his nickname Jokowi, is Indonesias second directlyelected President.

He is the first Indonesian president not to have emerged from the


countrys political elite or to have been an army general.

He succeeded Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who stepped down after


serving two five-year terms.

Pritam Munde, the second daughter of late BJP leader Gopinath Munde,
scripted Lok Sabha history winning the Beed seat in Maharashtra in a
bypoll by arecord margin of nearly seven lakh votes.

National Affairs
o

Union Cabinet decides to promulgate an ordinance to take back cancelled


coal blocks and reallocate them.

Goa Legislative Assembly today ratified the Constitutional Amendment


pertaining to judicial accountability passed by the Parliament.
o

The Amendment deals with appointment of Chief Justices of the Supreme


Court and High Courts and other Judges of the Supreme Court.

The Centre has asked all states to see to it that women make up 33 per
cent of their police forces.

In fresh steps to cleanse public life, the Election Commission has proposed that
candidates against whom charges have been framed in serious crimes be
barred from contesting elections and that false affidavits should also become a
ground for disqualification.
o

Chief Election Commissioner - V.S. Sampath

Business & Economy


o

Looking to end uncertainty in coal block allocation, Finance Minister Arun


Jaitley today said that the government will offer a pool of coal mines to
private players via e-auction process. The government will promulgate an
ordinance to take back cancelled coal blocks.

Indias overall rice production is unlikely to slip below the level of 100 million
tonnes this year despite some impact on the kharif crop in few states due to
rains following Hudhud cyclone, a top government official said.

Indias biggest two-wheeler maker Hero MotoCorps today said it has


earmarked an investment of Rs. 5,000 crore to build new manufacturing
plants, including outside of India (Colombia and Bangladesh) , and an R&D
centre within the next three years.

21st October 2014 - Daily Current Affairs updates


International Affairs
o

India and China have agreed to step up engagements between their militaries
by setting up hotlines between the Army headquarters.
o

The two sides have also agreed to establish new border meeting posts to
address incidents of incursions like the one in Ladakh area that occurred
in September 2014.

In a recently released report, the UK's branch of the UN children's agency


UNICEF says, a child is killed by violence every five minutes in the
world, calling for new targets to end all forms of abuse by 2030.

For the second consecutive year, the Indonesia has decided to grant a one
day Diwali holiday tomorrow to all Indian nationals and Indonesians of
Indian descent so they can celebrate the Hindu festival of lights.

National Affairs
o

Today (21st October 2014) is 55th Police Commemoration day.

On 21 October 1959, SI Karam Singh and 20 soldiers were attacked by


the Chinese Army at Hot Springs in Ladakh resulting in 10 casualties. The

survivors were imprisoned. Since then, we observe Police Commemoration


day.
o

Today (21st October 2014) is Azad Hind Day


o

On this day in 1943 Subhas Chandra Bose had formed Azad Hind Fauj and
declared interim government of India which was recognized by several
nations.

Azad Hind Fauj had made an important contribution against Britain in the
second World War.

Manohar Lal Khattar, who is stated to be close to Prime Minister Narendra


Modi, was today unanimously elected Leader of the BJP Legislature Party,
paving the way for his becoming the first Chief Minister of the Bharatiya
Janata Party in Haryana.

Government formation process in Maharashtra to take place after Diwali.

President Pranab Mukherjee signs ordinance on e-auction of coal


blocks.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the revised Constitution Amendment


Bill to roll out GST would be introduced in the forthcoming Winter Session of
Parliament.

Arun Jaitley clarifies that the government never said it will not disclose
names of black money account holders; Names will be revealed as charges
are filed against them in court.

Election Commission proposes to make paid news an electoral offence to


provide a level playing field for political parties.

Government has increased the fellowship amount of research scholars up to 50


per cent.

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan


o

Taking

the

Swachh

Bharat

Abhiyan

forward, lieutenant

governor

Najeeb Jung has directed the chief secretary to set up a control room
in Delhi secretariat where people can send in their complaints and even
submit photographs through e-mails and the WhatsApp message service.
o

A helpline number will be launched soon.

MOUs and Agreements


o

Ending months of speculation India and Nepal today signed the Power
Trade

Agreement

(PTA) to

regulate

electricity

trade

between

the

neighbouring nations.
o

The

eight-point

with power

agreement

trade,

effective

cross-border

for

the next

25

transmission

years deals

lines and grid

connectivity.
New Appointments
o

Manohar Lal Khattar - Haryana Chief Minister

Business & Economy


o

Government

decides

to

merge National

Spot

Exchange

Ltd

(NSEL) withFinancial Technologies (India) Ltd (FTIL)


o

RBI today asked banks to partially freeze and subsequently close the
accounts

of

customers,

who

have not

complied

with

KYC

requirements despite repeated reminders.


o

Microsoft has given its new CEO Satya Nadella a pay package worth 84.3
million dollar, most of it in the form of long-term stock awards.

Deaths
o

Christophe de Margerie, CEO of oil giant Total SA, died in runway crash.

Sports
o

India's Chief Hockey Coach Terry Walsh resigns.


o

Reason - Payment disputes

He led India to the Asian Games gold in Incheon recently.

BCCI decides to initiate legal proceedings against West Indies Cricket Board for
abrupt cancellation of their tour to India; Also announces team for three ODIs
against Sri Lanka.
o

Kohli replaces Dhoni in the Indian Cricket team announced for the first
three One Day Internationals against Sri Lanka.

India slips to 5th position in the latest ICCTest team rankings.


o

South Africa

Australia

England

Srilanka

India

Indians bags three medals on 3rd Day of Para Asian Games 2014
o

Sharath Mahadevarao Gayakwad (Swimming) - Bronze

Narender (Men's javelin throw) - Silver

Karamjyoti (Women's discus throw) - Bronze

South African sprint runner Oscar Pistorius sentenced to five-year


jail term for accidentally killing girlfriend

22nd October 2014 - Daily Current Affairs updates


International Affairs
o

India has

pre-launched

web

portal

for

the

approval

of

its ITEC

programme by granting a scholarship to a Nepalese candidate for a two


month internship programme. This launch of the web portal marks the 50
years of commencement of the ITEC programme.
o
o

ITEC - Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation

Canadian Parliament building locked down after a shooting incident.

National Affairs

Great Revolutionary Shaheed Ashfaqullah Khan's(22 October 1900 19


December 1927) 114th birth anniversary today.

Government
anniversary

has
of

decided

former

to

commemorate 31st

Deputy

Prime

Minister

October,

and Iron

the

Man

birth

Sardar

Vallabhbhai Patel as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas across the country.


o

The Kerala

State

Commission

for

Protection

of

Child

Rights

(KSCPCR) will implement an educational package titled Early Childhood


Curriculum Care and Education (ECCCE), for tribal pre-primary children in
their own language.
o

CBI today filed its first charge sheet in the multi-crore Saradha
scam naming the company chief Sudipta Sen, close aide Debjani Mukherjee
and suspended Trinamool MP Kunal Ghosh, five months after it was ordered by
the Supreme Court to probe the case.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said that all patients will be
entitled to receive free treatment, free diagnostics and free surgery in all
government hospitals and health centres across the state.

Awards & Honors


o

Nobel Peace Prize winner MalalaYousafzai conferred the Liberty Medal of


the 2014 for her continued demonstration of courage and resilience in the
face of adversity and for serving as a powerful voice for those who have been
denied their basic human rights and liberties.
o

She is the youngest recipient of this Award.

This American award was established in 1988 to commemorate the 200


years of the US Constitution.

Indian-American student Sahil Doshi wins 'America's Top Young Scientist'


award for his innovative design of an eco-friendly device that seeks to reduce
carbon footprint while offering power for household usage.

New Appointments
o

The

government

has

appointed

former

Chief

Election

Commissioner N

Gopalaswami as the new chairman of the governing board of the ChennaibasedKalakshetra Foundation.
Deaths
o

Former Washington Post editor, Benjamin Baradlee (93), who guided the
daily through its coverage of Watergarte scandal passed away.

Sports
o

International

Boxing

Association

(IBA) provisionally

suspends

Asian

Games bronze-winning boxer Sarita Devi and her coaches (Messrs Gurbakhsh
Singh Sandhu, Blas Iglesias Fernandez and Sagar Mal Dhayal) for showing
protest at podium.
o

Note : She had dominated her 60kg semifinals bout against Korean boxer
Ji-Na Park, had reacted strongly after she was declared the loser. She had
refused to accept the bronze medal, but later apologised to the Olympic
Council of Asia (OCA)

23rd October 2014 - Daily Current Affairs updates


International Affairs
o

In a new update, WHO said there have been 9,936 probable, suspected
and confirmed cases of Ebola, mostly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and
Liberia.
o

The virus has already killed 4,877 people globally .

A gunman with a scarf over his face shot to death a Canadian soldier standing
guard at the nations war memorial yesterday, then stormed Parliament in a
hail of gunfire before he was killed by the usually ceremonial sergeant-atarms, authorities and witnesses said.
o

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper vows to intensify anti-terror


efforts after this shooting incident in Parliament.

Libyan Army troops pushed into Benghazi, the first time in two months that
government forces had entered the eastern city, which has been under control
of Islamist militias.

National Affairs
o

Deepavali / Diwali, The festival of lights is being celebrated with traditional


fervour in various parts of the country.

The festival is devoid of any celebrations in north coastal Andhra which


was battered by very severe cyclonic storm 'Hudhud' 12-days ago.

Prime

Minister Narendra Modi shared

his

Diwali

day

with soldiers

in

Siachen-the world's highest battlefield, where he made an unannounced and


rare visit to boost the morale of the troops guarding the icy peaks.
o

In his address to the soldiers, he praised their valour and courage of the
soldiers.

Modi announced Rs. 745-crore package


o

Rs 175 crore for renovation of six major hospitals and

Rs 570 crore for the rebuilding homes damaged in the recent floods in
Jammu & Kashmir

Chhattisgarh

government has

decided

to

set

up district-level

committees(headed by Collectors or Additional Collectors) for the effective


implementation of its schemes for the third-gender community.
o

These committees will ensure that the benefits of the welfare schemes for
transgenders reach them

Visitors
o

A 40-member Japanese business delegation will be on a three-day visit


to Kerala from 6th November 2014 to identify areas of cooperation with the
state, especially Kochi.
o

This is going to be the biggest ever visit by officials from any


country to the state.

This event is being organized by Sanin India Association of Japan in


association with Indo-Japan Chamber of Commerce Kerala.

Five mayors - Masataka Matsuura, Yasuo Nozaka, Hideto Nagaoka, Hiroki


Kondo and Katsugi Nakamura - from the two provinces of Tottri and
Shimana are among the delegates.

Business & Economy


o

Google Inc launched an email service called 'Inbox' that will better organize
emails and display information such as appointments, flight bookings and
package deliveries in a more user-friendly way.

The US tech giant Microsoft is set to drop the brand name Nokia from its
future mobile phones and it could happen by year end. It is rebranding
Nokia Lumia and calling it 'Microsoft Lumia'.

Sports
o

The International Olympic Committee accepted Kosovo into the Olympic


fold, clearing the way for it to send a team to the 2016 Games in Rio de
Janeiro.
o

Kosovo is a partially recognised state in Southeastern Europe that


declared independence from Serbia in February 2008 as the Republic of
Kosovo.

o
o

The move was opposed by Serbian Olympic officials.

Former England captain and all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, who retired from
international cricket in 2009, confirmed that he will play for Brisbane Heat in
the Big Bash League (BBL) this summer.

24th October 2014 - Daily Current Affairs updates


International Affairs
o

Two French filmmakers (director Alexandre Dereims and producer Claire


Beilvert) have been booked on the charge of trespassing into the protected
Jarawa tribal reserve in the Andaman islands and filming a documentary on
the threatened aboriginal tribe.

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has reassured US support for Iraq's


anti-Islamic State (IS) efforts during a phone conversation with newly
appointed Iraqi Defence Minister Khaled al Obeidi.

National Affairs
o

Today is World Polio Day.

India has been declared polio freenow.

India today

offered Pakistan "full

cooperation"

for eradicating

poliofrom its soil.


o

Pakistan accounts for 85 per cent of the world's polio cases which is a
cause for concern for India.

The Indo-Tibetan Border Policecelebrated its 53rd Raising Day today.

United Nations Day (UN Day) 2014 observed today.


o

This day is devoted to making known to peoples of the world the aims and
achievements of the United Nations Organization.

Unfazed by China's objections to development of border areas, Centre


decides to set up 54 new border out posts and announces a 175 crore
rupee packagefor beefing up infrastructure along the border in Arunacahl
Pradesh.

Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Kochi airports are on high alert after an anonymous
threat letter to the Airports Authority of India which warned of flights being
targeted.

India's first fish hospital to treat abnormalities and diseases in fish is set to
come up in Kolkata by mid-2015

India today rejected Pakistan's attempts at third party mediation on bilateral


issues.

Visitors
o

Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will make a state visit to India
during 27th and 28th October 2014.

This will be his third state visit to India after traveling here in 2007 and
2012

MOUs
o

India along with 20 other countries today signed an agreement to


becomefounding

members of

the

China-backed Asian

Infrastructure

Investment Bank (AIIB) to aid the infrastructure development in the Asian


region and reduce the dependence on Western-dominated World Bank and
IMF.
New Appointments
o

Former

India

batting

great VVS

Laxman has

been

appointed batting

consultantin Cricket Association of Bengals Vision 2020 Project.


Science & Technology
o

Technology giant Google is teaming up with Oxford University to advance


research on artificial intelligence to ultimately enable machines to better
understand human users.
o

This partnership will focus specifically on the fields of image recognition


and natural language.

Deaths
o

Veteran Tamil actor S.S. Rajendran known as SSR passed away.


o

He was known as the first actor-legislator of Indian politics.

Tedlapally Venkata Narasimha Rao Deshmukh, a prominent RSS leader


who worked as Dakshin Madhya Kshetra Sanghachalak handling the RSS
activities in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana, passed away.

Business & Economy


o

In order to boost supply and contain rising potato prices, co-operative


majorNAFED (National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation
of India)today said it will invite expression of interest (EoI) this weekend from
global suppliers for supplying 25,000 tonnes of potatoes.

Sports
o

With two fine performances (winner in one and runner-up in another in backto-back National zonal table tennis tournaments this month), Paddler G.
Sathiyan has jumped to No. 1 in the National rankings list.

Sardar Singh will lead a 21-member Indian mens hockey squad for the
four-match Test tour of Australia to be held in Perth from November 4 to 9.

IOA president N Ramachandran today announced that the IOA will hold a
meeting with Sports Ministry officials on 28th October 2014 to discuss the
decision of the International Boxing Association to provisionally suspend boxer
L Sarita Devi for her protest at the Asian Games.

25th October 2014 - Daily Current Affairs updates


International Affairs
o

Egypt has declared a three-month state of emergency in the restive North


Sinai province after 31 soldiers have been killed in two different terrorist
attacks.

The potentially fatal MERS virus that originated in Saudi Arabia two years
ago has spread to Turkey for the first time, the World Health Organization
announced.
o

MERS Virus / MERS Cov - Middle East respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli ordered a temporary shutdown of


factories to ensure air quality during a meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders in
Beijing from7th to 11th November 2014.

National Affairs
o

The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee released a commemorative


postage stamp on Anagarika Dharmapala at Rashtrapati Bhavan today.

It is a joint stamp issue of India and Sri Lanka.

Its the first joint stamp issue of India with any SAARC country.

Anagarika Dharmapala :
o

He is a Sri Lankan Buddhist revivalist and writer.

He was one of the founding contributors of non-violent Sinhalese


Buddhist Nationalism and Buddhism.

The maiden Budget session of the new Telangana state Assembly will
commence on 5th November 2014.

Chief Minister - K Chandrasekhar Rao

Finance Minister - E Rajender

Assembly polls in Jammu & Kashmir and Jharkhand will be held in five
phases between November 25 and December 20 and counting of votes will
take place on December 23, the Election Commission announced today.

The oath-taking ceremony of Haryana Chief Minister-designate Manohar Lal


Khattar will be held tomorrow.

Seventy-two chairmen and advisors of different organizations and institutions


enjoying minister of state rank in Uttar Pradesh were on Saturday sacked by
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav with immediate effect

Business & Economy


o

Giving a major boost to India's defense preparedness, the Government today


cleared defense projects amounting to 80,000 crore rupees.
o

Cleared by Defence Acquisition Council (DAC).

For the first time in four months, finance minister Arun Jaitley has called for a
reduction in interest rates, saying lower rates would trigger demand for
homes.

The Tamil Nadu government today announced a rise in milk prices by Rs 10 a


litre, following demands from milk producers to increase the procurement
price.

New Appointments
o

India-born Sundar Pichai, who is already in-charge of Android, Chrome and


Google Apps, is the new chief of core Google products

Awards & Honors


o

Indian-American Attorney Anu Peshawaria awarded with

"Take Action

against domestic violence Award" for her efforts to end domestic violence
Sports
o

Pankaj Advani wins World Billiards title.

This is his 11th world title

Sania Mirza and Cara Block enter the doubles final of WTA Championship.

Schedule for India-Sri Lanka ODI Cricket series announced.


o

Cuttack will host the opening match on 2nd November 2014.

India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Sahara Adventure Sports
Limited bought Ranchi franchise of Hockey India League (HIL).

The Directorate of Youth Services and Sports, University of Jammu will be


hosting North Zone Inter-University Badminton Tournament from October 27
to October 31, 2014.

All India Football Federation (AIFF) suspends head coach of Kolkata


team, Antonio Lopez Habas for four matches and two players, Robert Pires
and Fikru Lemessa for two matches for breaching disciplinary code during the
ongoing Indian Super League.

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