Current Affairs, News & Facts of 17 Jan 2014

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  • Renowned veteran actress Suchitra Sen breathes her last at 82.    
    • She was best known for her Bengali films like Deep Jwele Jaai and Uttar Falguni and Hindi movies as Devdas, Bambai Ka Babu and Mamta.
    • She was the first ever Indian actress to win an international award - receiving the Silver Prize for Best Actress at the Moscow Film Festival for 'Saptapadi'.
  • Hong Kong and Macau, the 2 Special Administrative Regions of China, includeded in the sensitive list of countries by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).  
    • Such regions require prior approval of RBI for setting up business or related activities in India.
    • Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Iran and China are already a part of this list. 
  • The Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) ‘Abhinav’, the 3rd in the series of 20 Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs), has been commissioned into Indian Navy.  
    • The ship, designed and built by M/s Cochin Shipyard Limited, will has its base at Kochi. 
    • It is equipped with state-of-the-art weaponry and advanced communication and navigational equipment.
  • India to send only 3 sportspersons to participate in 'Sochi Winter Olympics' commencing from 7th February 2014 in Russia. They are Shiva Keshavan for Luge event while Himanshu Thakur and Nadeem Iqbal for Alpine Skiing.
  • Department of Disability Affairs organizes “SAMARTH 2014: Celebrating Diversity” together with the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.  
    • The event is aimed to create inclusive & enabling environment for people with disability.
    • Government is looking to pass a new Disability Act in sync with the the norms of 'UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities' in the next session. 
  • Akhilesh Das Gupta is going to be re-elected as president of Badminton Association of India (BAI) unopposed.
  • India occupies a disappointing 97th spot in the recently (Jan 2014) published 'Global Food Index 2014' that listed 125 countries with adequate available data. - read more cat

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