• Current Affairs 27 December 2014 – 2 January 2015

    Posted on by in 2014, 2015, Current Affairs, News, Education & Training

    • India has called upon Pakistan to reverse the decision on granting ball to Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, one of the a main accused in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, in which 166 people were killed. The bail order came as Pakistan was plunged in mourning for nearly 130 children killed by the Taliban in a Peshawar school, leading Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to pledge a crack-down on terror groups.
    • The Government said there is no proposal at present to reduce the retirement age of central govt. employees from 60 to 58. Minister of State for Personnel Jitendera Singh Said the age was raised from 58 to 60 in 1997 on the basis of the recommendations of Fifth Pay commission.
    • The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will be held at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar on January 8, 2015. PM Narendra Modi will inaugurate the event. The day is held to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community to the development of Mother India.
    • In yet another flawless operation, ISRO demonstrated its growing technical prowess by conducting a pilot launch of a new space vehicle: the experimental Geostationary Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark III. ISRO is developing this heavy lifter to put 4-tonne class satellites into geostationary orbit.
    • Vistara, the airline joint venture between the Tatas and Singapore Airlines, has started selling tickets. The airline will start flights on January 9, 2015 on the Delhi-Mumbai route and follow up with flights Delhi–Ahmedabad & Mumbai–Ahmedabad routes.
    • In a historic decision, US-President Obama announced a series of steps aimed at normalising relations with communist-ruled Cuba. The steps being taken include instructions to once again establish the US Embassy in Cuban capital Havana, relaxing of trade/travel restrictions and review of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism.
    • Russia is planning new measures to stabilize Ruble against the dollar.
    • NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2) has returned its first global maps of the greenhouse gas CO2. The satellite was sent up in July to help pinpoint the key locations on the Earth’s surface where carbon dioxide is being emitted and absorbed to understand how human activities are influencing the climate.
    • Indian-American Amit Priyavadan Mehta has been confirmed by the US Senate as a Federal judge in the District of Columbia to become the first Asian Pacific American to occupy this vital position.
    • The US senate voted to confirm Vivek Murthy as the next surgeon general, a position often called America’s Doctor. He is the first Indian American to hold such vital position. Murthy was confirmed by a 5143 votes. At 37, Murthy, who was born into a Karnataka family, becomes the youngest surgeon general in US.
    • UN Disaster Assessment and Co-ordination is in Dhaka to support the government’s efforts to clean up the oil-slick in the Sunderbans. Led by the UNDP, the UN assistance will be supported by UNEP, and other partner countries including the US, UK, France and others.
    • ‘Clean India, Green India’ is the theme of the Indian Government 2015 calendar which focuses on PM’s initiative, the Swachh Bharat Mission.
    • Research suggests that yoga is a good way to protect against heart disease, particularity if you cannot do more vigorous exercise. A review of 37 studies involving nearly 3,000 people in Netherlands found yoga was linked to a lowering of heat risk factors such as high BP and cholesterol.
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