Daily Current Affairs Updates of 14th January 2014


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International Affairs
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin of West Virginia announced that the ban on tap water for parts of West Virginia was lifted, ending a crisis for a fraction of the 300,000 people who were told not to drink, wash or cook with water after a chemical spill tainted the water supply.
Energy-related carbon dioxide pollution grew by 2% last year after declining several years in a row, a US government report announced.
The United States criticized Nigeria for approving a law that punishes same-sex marriage with prison, saying the move would curtail basic human rights.
Expressing concern over Chinese hypersonic cruise missile test, top American lawmakers have said the Asia-Pacific region is fast becoming a powder keg.
U.S. President Barack Obama has said that the landmark nuclear deal reached between the P5+1 countries and Iran offers extraordinary opportunities for the later and its people.
The Chinese government has directed its armed forces to choose domestic brand cars while procuring military vehicles as part of its austerity drive.
A government-appointed committee will start public hearing from next month into Singapore's worst riots in 40 years in which 400 South Asian workers were allegedly involved in, mostly Indians.
Thai protesters threatened to take Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra into "custody" and marched on several state buildings on the second day of a shutdown of Bangkok to force her to resign even as the embattled Premier rejected their demands to quit.

National Affairs

Two major harvest festivals, Makar Sankranti and Pongal were being celebrated across the country on Tuesday.
Eid-E-Milad was being celebrated throughout the country.
The much-awaited Rs 40-crore solid waste management project (SWMP) in Berhampur town in South Odisha will be implemented soon in public private partnership (PPP) mode.
The average life expectancy of people in the country has increased by 5 years since 2004 due to consistent investments in public health sector by the government. The Prime Minister Office in a tweet said that life expectancy has gone up from 63.9 years in 2004 to 69.6 years in 2014.
The arrival of winged visitors to Chilika Lake, the biggest waterfowl habitat in the country, has dropped this season with 1.58 lakh fewer migratory birds sighted than the previous season.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh laid the foundation stone of the 2800 Megawatt Gorakhpur Haryana Anu Vidyut Pariyojana (Nuclear Power Project) in Gorakhpur village of Fatehabad District of Haryana.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) claimed nearly 10 lakh people have joined it in 4 days of its ongoing membership drive.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will take part in a meeting of women's representatives from various sections to be organised by All-India Mahila Congress in Bhopal on January 20 as a part of preparation of party's manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections.

Business and Economy
In a bid to attract more global oil majors, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has proposed exemption from royalty payment and an income-tax holiday of up to 10 years for the next round of auction of oil and gas exploration blocks.
State-owned Coal India Ltd declared an interim dividend of Rs 29 per share amounting to Rs 18,317 crore, or a record 290 per cent, for 2013-14, helping the Centre garner about Rs 16,485 crore.