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Current Affairs February 2014

  • Maruti Suzuki India has stopped production of Maruti 800. The production was the car was stopped in 18 January 2014.
  • Harish Rawat was appointed as the 8th Chief Minister of Uttarakhand on 1 February 2014.
  • Karnataka defeated Maharashtra by seven wickets to win Ranji Trophy 2014 at Hyderabad.
  • Oscar-winning American actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman died on 2 February 2014 at his flat in New York at the age of 46.
  • Indian Tea Association (ITA) announced that tea India’s production has gone up by 6.5 percent in 2013 as production rose to 1200 million Kg against 1126 million kg in 2012.
  • India’s first monorail service was inaugurated by the Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj chavan in Mumbai.
  • World Wetland Day was celebrated across the globe on 2 February 2014.
  • United Nation appointed India based Vivek Lall as special advisor on cyber security on 3 February 2014.
  • Manoj Vaish took charge as MD & CEO of MCX. Forward Markets Commission approved his appointment which is for a period of 3 years.
  • Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award, was conferred by the President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee on Sachin Tendulkar and Prof CNR Rao (79) at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.
  • World Cancer Day 2014 observed on 4 February with the release of the World Cancer Report 2014 with the World Cancer Day theme ‘Debunk the myths’.
  • Justice Askhok Kumar Mathur has been appointed as the Chairman of the 7th Pay Commission that will submit report in 2 years.
  • Ali Mohamed Shein, President of Zanzibar is on an official visit to India from 1 to 9 February 2014 on invitation of India’s Vice President.
  • First Paperless public Library of the World BiblioTech was opened in the USA State of Texas on 4 February 2014.
  • Satya Nadella appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Internet Giant Microsoft.
  • The HSBC Purchasing Manager Index (PMI) for the Indian manufacturing sector increased to 51.7 in the month of January 2014.
  • Union Ministry of Communications and Information Technology launched National Cloud under MeghRaj Initiative.
  • M Teresa kho was appointed as Asian Development Bank (ADB)’s new Country Director for India.
  • The 101st Annual Session of Indian Science Congress (ISC) was held at the University of Jammu, from 3 February 2014 to 7 February 2014.
  • John Thompson was appointed as the Chairman of Microsoft on 5 February 2014 by the Board of Directors at a meeting held in Washington, US.
  • Microsoft Founder Bill gates assumed the role of Founder & Technology Advisor to the CEO of Microsoft on 5 February 2014.
  • Malala Yousafzai has been nominated for the World Children’s Prize. The other people nominated are John Wood and Indira Ranamagar.
  • Indian-American Professor Sanjeev Kulkarni was appointed as the Dean of Princeton University Graduate School on 5 February 2014.
  • The facility of visa-on-arrival of India has been extended for tourists from 180 nations, barring eight nations.
  • Olympic flame reached Sochi in Russia after completing a journey of about 65000 km, its longest travel route in the history of the games.
  • The South Central Railway launched Hyderabad Live Train Enquiry System.
  • Jatinder Bir Singh was appointed Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Punjab and Sind Bank (PSB) on 6 February 2014.
  • President of Israel Shimon Peres set a new Guinness World Record on 6 February 2014. He delivered the largest online civics class in the world.
  • IUCN red list of the birds indicates 15 species of birds from India as critically endangered in its IUCN Red list version 2013.
  • WWF has appointed Marco Lambertini as Director-General of the WWF International and his new role will start on 1 May 2014.
  • Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne were confirmed to lead for a limited-over match to mark the 200th anniversary of Lords Cricket Ground.
  • Vishwanath Tripathi has been selected for Vyas Samman for the year 2013 for his memoir Vyomkesh Darvesh a biography of Acharya Hazari Prasad Dwivedi.
  • DRDO said that it is in the process of developing UAVs to track down Maoists in naxal hit states and will be used by CRPF.
  • Hong Kong police successfully dismantled the largest ever World War II bomb found in the city at the construction site.
  • Union Cabinet has cleared the Telangana Bill with minimum changes and said Hyderabad will not get the status of a Union Territory.
  • Legendary bhajan singer Juthika Roy died in Kolkata on 6 February 2014.
  • Arunima Sinha received Amazing Indian Award.
  • CSO estimated India’s economic growth in 2013-14 fiscal to be 4.9 percent as compared to the growth rate of 4.5 percent in 2012-13.
  • Union Cabinet has approved the proposal to incorporate amendments in the proposed Rights of the Persons with Disabilities Bill 2014.
  • N. Srinivasan was elected as the new Chairman of ICC for a period of 2 years from July 2014 onwards. He will succeed Alan Raymond Isaac.
  • Chairman of NABARD, HK Bhanwala announced that the organisation has sanctioned loans worth over 19100 crore rupees under the RIDF to states.
  • Technical report on making payment system effective was released by RBI with objective of effective payment system ensuring safe and secured.
  • Kumar Sangakkara of Srilanka became the second person in Cricket history to score a triple century and a century in the same test match after Graham Gooch.
  • 8th Defence Expo was organized at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi from 6 February 2014 to 9 February 2014.
  • Cancer foundation YouWeCan of Yuvraj Singh joined hand with an NGO Navbharat Sewa Samiti to roll out a campaign named Cancer Mukt Purvi Dilli.
  • Justice Mukul Mudgal committee has submitted its report on IPL spot fixing scandal against team owners of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals.
  • Yulia Lipnitskaya is the youngest Russian to win gold medal in Winter Olympics.
  • Abhinav Bindra became first person to win three gold medals in an event at Inter-Shoot Tri-series Shooting being held at Hague, Netherlands.
  • Ranjit Bhatia, Olympian distance runner died.
  • R.K.Tiwari was appointed new chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on 9 February 2014.
  • Sikkim became the first State in India to achieve 100 percent sanitation coverage under the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyaan Scheme on 9 February 2014.
  • N Ramachandran was elected President of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on 9 February 2014.
  • India and Netherlands signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for intensifying cooperation on renewable energy.
  • Bangladesh’s Kamar Ahmad Simon‘s documentary Are You Listening bagged the Golden Conch Award for the Best Documentary Film.
  • Sushil Koirala was elected as the next Prime Minister of Nepal on 10 February 2013 by the countries Parliament.
  • Popular Indian film Black was screened at Fakel Theatre in Moscow. This screening was done in Indian Cinema Club in association with the JNCCEI, Moscow.
  • The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways made it mandatory for public transport vehicles running in major cities to install GPS.
  • Cambridge scientists successfully printed new eye cells using inkjet printing technology for the first time on 10 February 2014.
  • The 17th Round of talks between India and China on the Boundary Issue was held in New Delhi on 11 February 2014.
  • IOC revoked the ban imposed on IOA paving the way for India’s return to the Olympic fold after IOA held elections as per IOC directives.
  • Vinod Sawhny appointed CEO of Reliance Communications.
  • President Pranab Mukherjee conferred Award of Honour of Rotary International.
  • The Bombay Stock Exchange launched an institutional trading platform (ITP) for small and medium enterprises on 12 February 2014.
  • Sammakkaa Saarakka Fair, the largest tribal religious congregation of the world began at Medaram in Warangal district of the Telangana region.
  • Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg became the youngest and the most generous philanthropist of America in 2013.
  • Publisher of book, The Hindus: An Alternative History, Penguin India has decided to withdraw the book from the Indian market written by Wendy Doniger.
  • The Vice President of India M. Hamid Ansari launched the India-China Year of Friendly Exchanges on 11 February 2014.
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Government of India signed a 275 million dollar loan for improving rural road connectivity.
  • Canada announced to open a Consulate General Office in Bangalore on 11 February 2014.
  • The Mars Orbiter spacecraft, also called Mangalyaan, completed 100 days in space on 12 February 2014.
  • Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched third-line drug therapy for people living with HIV/AIDS on 12 February 2014.
  • The Union Ministry of Urban Development gave an in-principle approval to the Phase – I of the Pune Metro Rail Project on 12 February 2014.
  • Union cabinet approved the establishment of the Satellite Centre of PGIMER, Chandigarh at Sangrur.
  • Karnataka won Irani Trophy for the fifth time against the Rest of India in Bangalore.
  • World Radio Day was celebrated across the globe on 13 February 2014.
  • Assam became the first state to legally ban consumption of all forms of smokeless tobacco including pan masala containing tobacco and nicotine.
  • Delhi government approved the Delhi Nagar Swaraj Bill.
  • South Africa launched commemorative silver stamp of Nelson Mandela.
  • National Women’s Day of India observed on 13 February.
  • Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) board approved the new corporate governance norms.
  • Balu Mahendra died due to cardiac arrest at the age of 75 in Chennai. He was an award winning film director and cinematographer.
  • Volcano Mount Kelud of Indonesia erupted after rumbling for several weeks. The government has asked villagers within 10 km of crater to evacuate.
  • Parliament of Belgium legalised death to terminally ill children of any age, despite of opposition from the Church and some pediatricians.
  • Third World Congress on Agro-Forestry held in New Delhi, India for the first time.
  • Researchers at IIT Kharagpur developed ready-to-eat food paste for malnourished children.
  • Italy Prime Minister Enrico Letta resigned.
  • Sid Caesar a great TV comedian died at 91 on 14 February 2014.
  • China announced a plan to build the longest underwater tunnel of the World on 14 February 2014.
  • Researchers with Shanghai institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Science developed a new type of paper that is resistant to fire on 14 February 2014.
  • Odisha Lokayukta Bill 2014 passed by the Assembly of the state.
  • Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal resigned as his government failed to introduce its ambitious Jan Lokpal Bill due to lack of majority.
  • Justice Mukul Mudgal , former Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court, was appointed as the chief of the Broadcast Content Complaints Council (BCCC).
  • Indian Navy started its largest exercise with both the western and eastern fleets in the Bay of Bengal for intensive combat maneuvers.
  • Italy & Afghanistan signed agreement to develop biggest cargo airport in Afghanistan by providing financial assistance of 200 million dollar.
  • Former test captain of Pakistan, Javed Miandad tendered his resignation from the post of Director-General of Cricket to the Chairman of PCB.
  • The great footballer of Preston and England, Tom Finney died at the age of 91 on 14 February 2014.
  • Foreign Minister of Kyrgyz Republic, Erlan Abdyldaev visited India from 13 to 15 February 2014 on the invitation of Salman Khurshid.
  • G-4 Directors General for UN Affairs met in New Delhi and conducted an Outreach Seminar on UNSC Reform.
  • World Bridge Championship for Bermuda Bowl (men) and Venice Cup (women) will be hosted by India for the first time in October 2015.
  • Vijaykumar Vinayak Dongre and Guocheng Zhang received International Gandhi Award for the year 2013 by President of India.
  • Purushottam Express will become the first train in India to be attached with a Braille-embedded AC coach for visually-challenged passengers.
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kingfisher Airlines Sanjay Aggarwal resigned on 17 February 2014.
  • Pakistan appointed Abdul Basit as Pakistan’s high commissioner to India on 17 February 2014.
  • Killa, a Marathi film bagged Crystal Bear award at 64th Berlin International Film Festival.
  • The ancestral house, school and village of the legendary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh will be restored under a project of 80-million rupees.
  • President Rule has been imposed on Delhi by the President of India after accepting the resignation Arvind Kejriwal.
  • BJP leader Arun Jaitely launched a book entitled ModiNomics in New Delhi. The book has been authored by Sameer Kochhar.
  • Hindi writer Amar Kant passed away at the age of 88 due to ill health in Uttar Pradesh.
  • French Olympic champion, Renaud Lavillenie broke 21-year-old world record of pole vault of Sergey Bubka at Donetsk in Ukraine.
  • Carnatic music, Vocalist Rudra Krishna Srikantan, 94 died due to chest congestion in Bangalore.
  • Bubba Watson won the Northern Trust Open in at Riviera Country Club.
  • Peng Shuai ranked number 1 in the Women’s Tennis Association Doubles ranking.
  • New Zealand won 2-cricket Test Series against India 1-0. Second match of the series ended in a draw and McCullum became the man of match.
  • Li Na ranked number 2 in the Women’s Tennis Association singles ranking.
  • A new layer in the human cornea was discovered by the Indian doctor Harminder Dua at The University of Nottingham in 2014.
  • Sikkim won the National Tourism Award 2012-13. The award was handed over by Shashi Tharoor to Bhim Dhungel, Sikkim’s Tourism Minister in New Delhi.
  • The gross non-performing assets (NPAs) of listed banks rose 35.2 per cent to 2.43 trillion rupees during the first three quarters of the 2013-14.
  • Edward Snowden, former National Security Agency contractor, was elected as the new Rector of the University of Glasgow on 18 February 2014.
  • Largest telecom operator of India Bharti Airtel signed a strategic agreement with Loop Mobile on 18 February 2014.
  • Taj Mahotsav, the ten day annual festival began in Agra, Uttar Pradesh.
  • A new system Email Miles using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to calculate the number of miles an email has travelled was developed.
  • AP Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy resigned from the CM Post.
  • Parliament has passed Street Vendors Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending Bill-2014 to protect livelihoods rights of street vendors.
  • Minister for Minority Affairs inaugurated the country’s first Minority Cyber Village in Chandoli village of Alwar district of Rajasthan.
  • India and Bahrain signed three MoUs in New Delhi during the state visit of King of Kingdom of Bahrain to India the MoUs include trade and business.
  • Book entitled Public Issues Before Parliament written by Vijay Darda was released by the Vice President of India, Hamid Ansari.
  • Social media giant Facebook Inc acquired WhatsApp for 19 billion dollars in a cash and stock deal on 19 February 2014.
  • Supreme Court of India ruled that people are free to adopt children irrespective of their religious background and paved a way for adoption of a child by people.
  • Andhra Pradesh Re-organisation Bill 2014 dividing Andhra Pradesh passed in Lok Sabha.
  • WB and UNICEF launched launched a campaign to educate people about safe drinking water and safe sanitation practices.
  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved a National Mission for a Green India on 20 February 2014.
  • NRI Dr. Hemant Thatte developed a 21-chemical solution named SOMAH Solution on 20 February 2014.
  • India successfully test-fired indigenously developed surface-to-air Akash Missile from the ITR launch complex-3 at Chandipur in Odisha coast.
  • IMF has projected that the economic growth for 2014-15 of India will be 5.4% and suggested India to strengthen its inflation management policies.
  • The Union Cabinet approved the setting up of Coal Regulatory Authority (CRA) on 20 February 2014.
  • P V Sindhu ranked 9th in Badminton World Federation (BWF) women’s singles ranking.
  • Archaelogical Survey of India (ASI) joined hands with the Google to launch the 360 degree online view of the Indian heritage sites on 20 February 2014.
  • International Mother Language Day was observed across the world with an aim to promote awareness of linguistic, multilingualism and cultural diversity on February 21.
  • Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) launched E-Wallet Scheme in the second week of February 2014.
  • Archana Bhargava, the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of the Kolkata-based United Bank of India (UBI) resigned on 21 February 2014.
  • Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) signed Pact with New India Assurance Company on 21 February 2014 .
  • Whistleblower Protection Bill was passed by Union Legislature on 21 February 2014.
  • Rishang Keishing the oldest Parliamentarian of India decided to retire on 21 February 2014.
  • Cheteshwar Pujara has been appointed as the brand ambassador of the Gujarat State Election Commission.
  • Oleksandr Turchynov was named as the interim President of Ukraine after Viktor Yanukovych was impeached as the President by the Parliament.
  • Matteo Renzi was sworn as Italy’s Prime Minister at the Presidential palace.
  • Tokyo Electric said that around 100 tonnes of highly radioactive water have leaked from a storage tank at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant.
  • The G-20 Meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors was held at Sydney, Australia on 22 February 2014 to 23 February 2014.
  • India and Canada signed 3 MoUs for cooperation in health sector, audio-visual co- production and skill development.
  • Delhi Waveriders emerged as champions of Hockey India League after defeating Jaypee Punjab Warriors at Astroturf Hocket Stadium in Ranchi.
  • A 12 year old boy of Indian Origin Shubham Banerjee developed a low cost Braille Printer on 23 February 2014.
  • UNSC unanimously adopted a resolution on to boost humanitarian aid access in Syria to ease some civilian suffering.
  • Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways decided to convert 7200 kms of states roads into national highways on 23 February 2014.
  • Somdev Devvarman won his third ATP Challenge Tennis title after defeating top seed Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-3, 6-1 in the final in New Delhi.
  • Vice President of India M. Hamid Ansari released a book titled Water, Peace and War – Confronting the Global Water Crisis on 24 February 2014.
  • Hazem El-Beblawi, interim Prime Minister of Egypt announced resignation of his government. This resignation has been accepted by interim President.
  • Eminent painter, Prokash Karmakar died following age-related illness at the age of 81. He was the winner of Lalit Kala Akademi National Award.
  • An Indian-American scientist Sangeeta Bhatia developed a cheap, simple, paper test that can detect cancer on 24 February 2014.
  • Manmohan Singh inaugurated Indira Paryavaran Bhawan on Jorbagh Road. The Bhawan will house the Ministry of Environment and Forest.
  • The British Army latest unmanned aircraft The Watchkeeper will start flying over Wiltshire on 25 February 2014.
  • Rural development agency NABARD announced to form a new concept called Joint Liability Group (JLG) on 24 February 2014.
  • Ugandan President Yoweri-Museveni signed anti-gay bill which imposes tough penalties for homosexual acts.
  • Nokia announced to launch new series of handset with the use of Android on 25 February 2014.
  • US firm Hennessey’s engineers have developed the world’s fastest car Venom GT with a top speed of a speed of 435 km per hour.
  • Israeli President Shimon Peres awarded Angela Merkel with Israel’s highest civilian honour Medal of Distinction in Jerusalem.
  • Bimal Jalan Committee on New Bank Licenses submitted its report to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 25 February 2014.
  • Vice President released Commemorative Postage Stamp of Maulana Hasrat Mohani.
  • Madan Babu won Protein Science Young Investigator Award for 2014.
  • LinkedIn announced to launch of Chinese version of its site on 25 February 2014.
  • Ibrahim Mahlab was sworn in as new Egypt Prime Minister on 25 February 2014.
  • Union Government and ADB signed an agreement for a 300 million US dollar loan to improve road connectivity along key corridors in Chhattisgarh.
  • Dinesh Sarraf appointed as next Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) on 26 February 2014.
  • The largest 130-MW Solar Power Plant of India was launched at Bhagwanpur in Neemuch, Madhya Pradesh on 26 February 2014.
  • Legislative Assembly of Sikkim on 26 February 2014 unanimously passed the Sikkim Lokayukta Bill-2014.
  • Navy Chief Admiral DK Joshi resigned taking moral responsibility of the accident on INS Sindhuratna.
  • Supreme Court referred the petition seeking legalization of euthanasia to a five-judge Constitution Bench.
  • Sourav Kothari beat Alok Kumar to won the National billiard Championships which held in Lucknow on 26 February 2014.
  • Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Gulam Nabi Azad inaugurated the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) Bhubaneswar.
  • The Vice President of India M. Hamid Ansari released a book Ambedkar Awakening India’s Social Conscience on 26 February 2014.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued guidelines for revitalizing distressed assets on 26 February 2014.
  • Harold Ramis, the American actor, writer and director of classic comedy films died in Chicago.
  • Turkish president Abdullah Gul approved the bill restricting the judicial powers.
  • World famous Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucia passed away in Mexico.
  • Supreme Court ordered the arrest of Sahara Chief Subrata Roy.
  • Government has constituted an expert committee to study and examine demand of a separate Bodoland state that will be carved out from Assam.
  • India decided to block the investigations by the United States into its trade policies and patent laws and prepare for a battle at the WTO.
  • India and Saudi Arabia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on defence cooperation pact to take their strategic partnership further in areas of security on 26 February 2014.
  • India, Israel signed an agreement on cooperation in Homeland security agreement and legal assistance.
  • New rules for Corporate Social Responsibility rules notified to be effective from 1 April 2014.
  • Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways R. Ramalinga Reddy inaugurated electric passenger bus with zero emission level in Bangalore.
  • Music album, Raunaq written by Sibal and composed by AR Rahman launched.
  • The renowned Telugu writer, Janamaddhi Hanamachhaastri at the age of 90 in Kapada town of Andhra Pradesh.
  • Mahindra has launched electric car e2o in Bhutan and entered the country. It also signed an MoU with country’s government to promote electric cars.
  • Ministry of Environment & Forest cleared field trials for genetically modified (GM) crops.
  • Union Cabinet has approved the Mission document on the National Mission for sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem and will cover 12 Himalayan states.
  • Gandhian environmentalist and social activist, Chandi Prasad Bhatt was selected for the Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2013.
  • National Science Day was observed across India on 28 February 2014 to mark the discovery of the Raman Effect by Indian physicist CV Raman.
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