Current Affairs, News & Facts of 19 Dec 2013

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  • Kapil Dev, former India cricket captain, awarded Col. C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award 2013 by BCCI, Ashwin gets Polly Umrigar Award. - read more cat
  • Parliament finaly passes Lokpal bill- to to create a autonomous Ombudsman which will look into allegation of corruptions on public officials including Prime minister. States will have Lokayauktas as similar bodies. - read more cat
  • Chinese Vessel ‘MV Seaman Guard Ohio’ (under Flag of Sierra Leone) was interdicted by Indian Coast Guard in Oct,2013 for suspected involvement in illegal transactions of arms and ammunition : Defence Ministry

    It was escorted to Tuticorin port for investigation and later crew were arrested under Arms act and others.

  • Sahitya Akademi Awards for 2013 announced for 22 Indian Languages (in 8th Schedule to Constitution) - read more cat
  • The U.S. Federal Reserve to slowly, beginning January, taper its purchase of government bonds by 10b$ (current- 85b$ per month) ; ripples may be felt in Indian economy.

    This monetary policy ("quantitative easing") was followed since 2008 US economic slowdown, where by Central Bank bought government backed bonds so as to infuse more and more liquidity/money into market

    Comparatively better Unemployment rate and comfortable level of inflation rate prompted this move

  • India's largest Morgue inaugurated at Forensic Medicine and Toxicology Faculty and Mortuary Block of Goa Medical College (GMC) in Bambolim.

    a live forensic autopsy auditorium and a calamity site with a capacity to accommodate 150 bodies also equips it with India's first mass disaster medical infrastructure

    Together with a full-fledged forensic academic institute, it will also be the first centre in India which has incorporated Justice Verma Committee recommendations by having a specially designed 'sexual assault crisis centre'.

  • Cabinet approves "India Inclusive Innovation Fund' an initiative of Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises.

    Fund : Initial Proposal 500 crore(min.) and 5,000 cr (Max.) ; initial Central Goverrnment contribution- 100cr.

    aims promoting grass-root innovations by backing enterprises developing innovative solutions meant primarily for poor and marginalised Indians excluded from physical and institutional access to basic services.

    i.e it will be a type of social investment which will not only provide social returns but also modest economic returns (i.e. its a "for-profit" entity)

  • Angela Merkel finally elected as new German chancellor (for third term ) after her party Christian Democrats Union (CDU) struck 'grand coalition' deal with centre-left rival party Social Democrats (SPD). - read more cat
  • Ukraine signs $15bn deal with Russia - to buy Ukrainian bonds of this value in addition to reducing the price of its gas supplies to Ukraine by 1/3rd.

    Seen as a lifeline to save economic crisis in Ukraine ; also it will take it more closer to Russia than EU

    Ukraine has seen massive protests recently as its pro-Russian President refused to sign economic deal with EU.


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