Current Affairs, News & Facts of 05 Apr 2014

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  • Malta gets its new president in Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca.  
    • She, the ninth and the 2nd woman president of the country, succeeds George Abela as such.
    • Maltan presidents are just figureheads with no executive powers. 
    • They serve for five years and can't be re-appointed.
  • Bangladesh concedes transit facility for a 6,000-megawatt Indian power transmission line.  
    • A committee has been formed to study feasibility of transmitting power through Rangia Raota (Assam) to Borakpur (Bihar) via Boro Pukuria (Northwestern Dinajpur, Bangladesh).
    • The two countries also plan to join a proposed regional grid connectivity also involving Bhutan and Nepal through a new electricity network. 
  • Afghanistan holds presidential election amidst heavy security against threat of violence by the Taliban.  
    • Afghans are going to get a new president this time round as incumbent president Hamid Karzai is not contesting being constitutionally barred from a third term.
  • The European Union launches Sentinel-1A, the first satellite of its Copernicus Earth observation project, from Kourou in French Guiana.  
    • It is meant to monitor Earth for climate change and environmental damage and help disaster relief operations.
  • Kandla port handles the most iron ores among all ports in the country for the 2013-14 period.    
    • The port retains its numero uno position by tackling 87.01 million tonnes.
    • Its followed in the list by ports of Paradip (68 million), JNPT (62.35 million) and Mumbai (59.19 million) as per the report of Indian Ports Association.
  • R Gandhi has been appointed as the Deputy Governor of the RBI for a 3 year term.  
    • He succeeds Anand Sinha as such.
  • Indian-American Sunil Sabharwal named as the Alternate Executive Director of US at International Monetary Fund.  
    • He is an independent Indian American investor in the payments sector.
  • Israel unearths a 1400 years old monastery of Byzantine period in the Negev region of its southern part.   
    • Byzantine Empire was what remained of Roman Empire after the fall of its western part.

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