Current Affairs, News & Facts of 19 Mar 2014

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  • G7 countries mulling suspension of Russia from G8 club following Crimea's merger with Russia and its active involvement on whole issue.
    • G8-Russia Countries to meet in Netherlands soon to discuss further steps in this direction.
    • G8 Countries : US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Canada, Russia


    • 11 March 2014 - Parliament of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (of Ukraine) adopts its "Declaration of independence from Ukraine and joining Russia Federation"
    • 16 March 2014 - Referendum in Crimea : overwhelming majority (99%) voted in favour of "Declaration" 
    • 18 March 2014 - the Prime Minister of Crimea, the President of Russia, and the mayor of Sevastopol (autonomous city at coast of the Crimean Peninsula which hosts a Russian Naval base) jointly signed an agreement for Crimea and Sevastopol to join the Russian Federation.
  • NCAER (National Council for Applied Economic Research) releases latest India Human Development Survey (IHDS) ; largest household survey (sample size42,000 households) after those conducted by state body NSSO (National Sample Survey Organisation).
    • Marriage: 48% woman(over 25) were married before age 18.  59% woman (over 25) with any say in marriage.
    • Average wedding expense: Groom: Rs 81,952, Bride - Rs 1,26,724
    • Say in marriage: Best states: Tamil Nadu - 94%,, Assam - 90%, AP and Kerala - 86% Worst States : Rajasthan - 20%, UP - 24%, MP & Orissa- 29%.  Mean age at marriage - 17.8, Knew their husband before marriage(over 25): 18%
    • Woman practice head/face covering: Highest: Rajasthan - 96%, Bihar - 91%, Haryana & MP - 88% Lowest: T.N - 6%, AP - 13%, North east - 15%
  • Henderson Brooks Report on 1962 Indo-China War (in Arunachal Pradesh) made public by an Australian Journalist Neville Maxwell
    • Henderson Brooks report : commissioned by army following India's humiliating defeat and is analysis (operations review) of the 1962 war ;  the report is classified by the government
    • prepared by Indian Army's Lt Gen Henderson Brooks with the help of Brigadier Prem Bhagat
    • It critically analyses millitary preparedness, leadership role and then PM's 'Forward Policy' (believe that Indian army should dislodge Chinese by moving forward as they are not likely to respond millitarily)
    • During War : PM - Jawahar Lal Nehru ; Defence Minister : Krishna Menon ; Army Chief : Gen P N Thapar ; Commander of newly crated IV Corps (which was routed in the war) : Lt Gen B M Kaul (was Chief of General Staff before the war)
  • Russia's most wanted man, leader of the armed rebellion in the North Caucasus Province of Russia, Doku Umarov, is confirmed dead officially (following many rumours earlier).
    • self-styled 'Emir of the Caucasus Emirate', he was responsible for several bombings/suicide bombings in Russia
    • He united local armed groups in Chechnya, Dagestan and other North Caucasus provinces with the aim of establishing a caliphate in the region
    • Chechen Republic Premier : Ramzan Kadyrov

    CHECHENYA / Chechen Republic / Ichkeria (lit land of minerals)

    • federal subject (a republic) of Russia ; capital-Grozny;  located in the North Caucasus (southernmost part of Eastern Europe nera Caspian Sea)
    • History : following dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Chechen-Ingush ASSR (Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic) was split into two: the Republic of Ingushetia and the Chechen Republic (both under Russian Federation now)
    • Chechen Republic proclaimed itself independent (from Russia) as Chechen Republic of Ichkeria (following the First Chechen War with Russia)
    • Russia won the Second Chechen War to put it back under its federal control
    • Since then several armed groups are continuing with their rebel activities with the aim of breaking it away as independent from Russian federation


  • Karnataka wins 2014 Vijay Hazare Trophy (One Day Cricket tournament) to complete a rare treble in this domestic season as they have already won Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup.

    They defeated Railways in the finals played at Eden Gaden, Kolkata

  • Sachin Tendulkar voted as the 'cricketer of the generation' ; Shane Warne and Jacques Kallis were other final contenders
    • Presented by ESPNcricinfo group, he was voted by a 50-member jury of current and former cricketers 

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