Current Affairs Updates of 15th January 2014

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Old 16-Jan-2014
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Current Affairs Updates of 15th January 2014

International Affairs
The European Parliament has signed off on new carbon dioxide restrictions for commercial vans that will slash emissions by 28 per cent from 2020.
The US State Department condemned as "offensive and inappropriate" reported comments by Israelīs defence minister criticising a security plan put forward by US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Germany and the United States announced that their negotiations on forging a "no-spying" agreement in the wake of the NSA espionage scandal were still ongoing.
France will not tolerate any hate speech or acts against Jews, Muslims or Christians, President Francois Hollande said, just days after a comic whose sketches were viewed as anti-Semitic was banned from performing.
The US handed over to India three stolen antique sculptures, valued at over 1.5 million dollars, in a display of cooperation between the two countries following a month-long row over the arrest and indictment of an Indian diplomat here.
For the first time in the United States, a man named Mohamed Osman Mohamud convicted on terror charges has asked authorities for documents obtained by the National Security Agency to try to reverse his conviction, a document obtained has showed.
Birth anniversary of American civil rights movement leader and Nobel peace prize-winner Dr. MartinLutherKing Jr. observed today.

National Affairs

The 66th Army Day is being celebrated across the country today.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye began her four-day state visit to India on Wednesday with the aim of bolstering bilateral cooperation on the economy, science and regional security.
The India-Korea Infrastructure Development & Partnering Plaza 2014 summit started at Mumbai Today.
Death anniversary of former Prime Minister Gulzari LalNanada observed today.
The National Museum of Indian Cinema will open its doors in Mumbai next month.
India Meteorological Department celebrates 139th foundation day today.

Science and Technology
Singapore is ready to invest $2.43 billion to modernize its F-16 fighter jets in an arms deal with the United States, the Pentagon announced today.
Indian CoastGuard Ship(ICGS) Abhinav, the 3rd fast patrol vessel(FPV) built by Cochin Shipyard Limited commissioned in Kochi today.

The Supreme Court appoints senior advocates Fali S Nariman and K K Venugopal as amicus curiae to assist it in the complaints of sexual harassments by the judges at all level.
Senior IAS officer Rajeev Kher appointed as Secretary, Dept of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
S.S.Garbyal appointed as DG (Forests) & Special Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Forests.
Sudarsanam Srinivasan appointed as Member (Finance), Atomic Energy/ Space/Earth Commissions.
A.Vijayanand appointed as Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser, Department of Space.

Business and Economy
The World Bank has projected India’s economy will grow over 6 per cent in 2014-15 and 7.1 per cent by 2016-17 as global demand recovers and domestic investment increases.
Slowing for the first time in 6 months, wholesale inflation for December came at 6.16 percent against 7.52 percent in November. From 5.85 percent in July to November, inflation had increased continuously. Retail inflation had also eased in December latest official data shows.

A two-day FIFA-Interpol workshop on 'Tackling Match Fixing and Corruption in Football' started at Delhi today. The workshop is a part of FIFA-Interpol Training, Education and Prevention initiative and is being partnered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
England beats Belgium 1-0 to enter semifinals of Hockey World League Final in New Delhi today.

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