Current Affairs – October, 2014

Global Handwashing Day celebrated on 15 October

Global Handwashing Day (GHD) is celebrated on the 15th of October every year to motivate and mobilize people around the world to wash their hands with soap. The campaign is dedicated to propagating the benefit of washing hands with soap as a means of disease prevention. Aims of the campaign Reports suggest that simple behavioural Read More…

Richard Flanagan wins Man Booker Prize

The Man Booker Prize 2014 for fiction was awarded to Australian author Richard Flanagan, for his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North. The Narrow Road to the Deep North Flanagan’s book centers around the themes of love and war. It is set in the background of World War II, in a Japanese prisoner-of-war Read More…

UK Government passes motion to recognize Palestine

The UK House of Commons passed a motion, voting overwhelmingly in favour of recognizing Palestine as a State. Significantly, this motion is not binding on the UK government even though the House voted 274-12 in favour of granting recognition. Therefore, the vote, though highly symbolic, is not expected to bring about any real change in Read More…

Centre sets up Expert Group to examine new methods of sex determination

The Central government has set up an expert group to look into the new technologies being to determine the sex of the foetus, so that the same may be curbed through appropriate amendment to the PC & PNDT Act. Pre-Conception & Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act, 1994 (PC & PNDT Act) The PC & PNDT Act Read More…

India and Norway sign agreements, MoUs during President’s visit to Norway

President Pranab Mukherjee is on a six day visit to the Scandinavian countries of Norway and Finland. He is the first Indian President to visit Norway. A plethora of agreements and MoUs were signed by the two countries Agreement on Visa Exemption India has signed an agreement with Norway that will exempt Indian holders of Read More…