Current Affairs, News & Facts of 13 Feb 2014

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  • Interim Rail Budget for 2014-15 keeps the passenger and freight fare unchanged.     
    • 72 new trains, extension of three trains and increase in frequency of three trains announced.
    • It also proposes elimination of all unmanned crossings.
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  • The direct rail route all the way to foothills of Vaishno Devi shrine to soon begin operation. 
    • The construction on Udhampur – Katra section will facilitate the journey of lakhs of Vaishno Devi pilgrims.
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  • India gets a dismal 140th rank among 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index 2014.  
    • Finland has topped the Ranking followed by Netherland and Norway.  
    • The report, published by Paris-based organisation 'Reporters without Border', cites violence to muzzle free speech both by state and non-state actors as a grave concern in India.
    • India, though, outperforms neighbours China (175th) and Pakistan (158th) in the index.
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  • Karnataka secures its 5th Irani Trophy by thrashing Rest of India by an innings and 222 runs in final played in Bangalore.   
    • The one-match fixture is played annually between the incumbent Ranji Trophy winner and the Rest of India Team.
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  • 103 people died in Algeria in the deadliest air crash since its independence. The military aircraft C-130 Hercules crashed into the mountains of Algeria owing to poor weather conditions.
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  • The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) launches an Institutional Trading Platform (ITP) for small and medium enterprises. 
    • The launch will facilitate the start-up companies and SMEs to list without IPO. 
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  • K Raghu has been appointed as the new president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).  
    • ICAI, the second largest accountancy body in the world, has also elected its vice-president for 2014-15 in Manoj Fadnis.
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  • Pune Metro Rail Project gets ‘in principle’ approval of Union Urban Development Ministry. It will cover a length of 31.51 km along two corridors.   
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  • Geological Survey of India (GSI) acquires an Oceanographic Research Vessel (ORV) namely R.V. Samudra Ratnakar.    
    • The vessel is installed with advance equipments for undertaking sea bed geological, geophysical and geochemical mapping and exploration of offshore mineral resources.
    • It will help in creating a national database in field of geological oceanography and offshore mineral resources. 
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  • India 140th in world in press freedom. - read more cat
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  • India hosts first World Agroforestry Congress. - read more cat
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