Current Affairs December 2014
Officials from over 190 nations, including India, on Monday converged in Lima at the UN climate summit to negotiate on a new ambitious and binding deal to cut global carbon emissions, in the last chance to reach on a historic deal to be signed next year in Paris. Tabare Ramon Vazquez Rosas on 30 November 2014 won the 2014 presidential elections of Uruguay extending the decade-long rule of a leftist coalition. Vazquez belongs to the leftist Broad Front coalition party of Uruguay. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday dedicated to the nation the second unit of the 726 MW gas-based power plant at Palatana in Tripura. A host of dignitaries from India and Bangladesh, which facilitated transportation of heavy machineries to the plant, were present on the occasion. Business Leader of the Year – Dilip Shanghvi.
Company of the Year – Tata Consultancy Services. Emerging Company of the Year – Adani Ports & SEZ.
Global Indian of the Year – Satya Nadella. Startup of the Year – Zomato.
Business Reformer of the Year – UK Sinha. Corporate Citizen of the Year – Tata Steel.
Lifetime Achievement – Yusuf Hamied. Entrepreneur of the Year – Dhiraj Rajaram and Chandra Shekhar Ghosh. The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced an innovative new partnership with SAP SE a worldwide leader in enterprise application software services, as its exclusive Analytics and Cloud Partner for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Film artist of Ireland Duncan Campbell on 1 December 2014 won Turner Prize 2014 for a video called It For Others.The video reflects on African art and includes a dance sequence inspired by Karl Marx He received the prize of 25000 pounds at Tate Britain in London. Veteran actor-filmmaker Deven Varma, best known for his comic performance in Khatta Meetha and Angoor, passed away this morning at his residence following a heart attack, family sources said. He was 78. Russia on 30 November 2014 launched the new generation navigation satellite GLONASS-K from the Plesetsk space centre in Russia’s northwestern Arkhangelsk region. Mr. Sinha is the third consecutive chief of the agency from Bihar following Ranjit Sinha and A.P. Singh SBI Cards has tied up with Future Group company Fashion at Big Bazaar (FBB) to offer a co-branded CREDIT CARD, ‘Styleup’. Sports-mad Kerala will launch itself into a frenzied run ahead of the start of 35th National Games here with brand ambassador and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, no less, in the lead. President Pranab Mukherjee handed over the trophy to Canara Bank Executive Director VS Krishna Kumar in Delhi on Tuesday. Eminent jurist and former Supreme Court judge, Justice V. R. Krishna Iyer, passed away at a private hospital in Kochi around 3.30 p.m. on Thursday He died due to renal and cardiac failure, hospital sources said. He was hospitalised for a fortnight. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was today named ‘Asian of the Year’ for being a development-focused leader by editors of Singapore’s leading daily, The Straits Times. The Reserve Bank of India on 3 December 2014 relaxed the norms for Pre-paid Payment Instruments and doubled the limit of PPI from 50000 rupees to one lakh rupees The move would help in achieving the objective of limiting cash transactions in the system National Rifle Association of India President Raninder Singh has created history by becoming the first Indian to become an elected member of the all-powerful International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF)’s Executive Committee. India lifts the Blind Cricket World Cup after defeating Pakistan by five wickets. In the summit clash Defending Champions Pakistan scored 389 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 40 overs in Cape Town, South Africa yesterday. Gwladys Nocera of France on 6 December 2014 won the Hero Women’s Indian Golf Open 2014 at the Delhi Golf Club She received the prize money of 300000 US dollars. He replaced Carlos Slim, business magnate of Mexico. Bill Gates is the world richest person. Human Rights Day was observed globally on 10 December 2014. The theme for the 2014 Human Rights Day is Human Rights 365. . The theme was based on the idea that every day is Human Rights Day and everyone is entitled to basic human rights day. A 1,000-megawatt reactor is operating at the Russian-built Kudankulam power station in India’s Tamil Nadu district, with a second due to come on stream in 2015. As many as 22 states and Union Territories have supported a Law Commission recommendation to bring a bill to prevent ‘honour killings’ but govt on refused to fix a timeline to put in place a legal framework, saying a decision will be taken after due consultations. Ruhi Singh of India was in news because she won Miss Universal Peace & Humanity 2014 at Beirut, Lebanon. She is the first person to win this pageant from India and she won the pageant among the 145 other countries Playback singer Asha Bhosle on 10 December 2014 was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 11th Dubai International Film Festival held in Dubai. India’s music maestro A.R. Rahman may end up getting his third Oscar nomination in the best original score category after making it to the list of 114 probable. As India continues its pursuit of suspected black money stashed abroad, an international think-tank has ranked the country third globally with an estimated USD 94.76 billion (nearly Rs 6 lakh crore) illicit wealth outflows in 2012. Russia is on the top with USD 122.86 billion, followed by China at the second position (USD 249.57 billion) in terms of the quantum of black money moving out of a country for 2012 — the latest year for which these estimates have been made. Former Arsenal and France striker Thierry Henry announced his retirement on Tuesday, ending a 20-year career in which he earned a place in the pantheon of modern greats. Five-time chess world champion Viswanathan Anand won his maiden London Classic title after defeating British Grandmaster Michael Adams in the fifth and final round on Monday. Pro-democracy activist of China Xu Youyu won the Olof Palme Human Rights Prize for the year 2014. The award given annually by the Stockholm-based Olof Palme Memorial Fund of Sweden was announced on 16 December 2014. International Olympic Committee (IOA) President Thomas Bach has welcomed the U.S. decision to bid for the 2024 Games and says whichever city is chosen will be a “very strong” contender. The U.S. Olympic Committee board voted on Tuesday in favour of a bid, but must still decide which city to put forward among four candidates Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington. Tata SteelBSE 1.04 % has been chosen as one of the 100 Most Valuable Brands 2014 by World Consulting & Research Corporation The Most Valuable Brands of the year 2014 (India edition) is a research endeavour to showcase and recognise brands that have established their presence and authority in the Indian market by virtue of their credibility and enormous customer loyalty ISRO successfully carries out human crew module experiment; module safely splashes down into Bay of Bengal off Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Also known as LVM3/CARE, this suborbital experimental mission was intended to test the vehicle performance during the critical atmospheric phase of its flight and this carried passive (non functional) cryogenic upper stage. With today’s successful launch, the vehicle has moved a step closer to its first development flight with the functional C25 cryogenic stage. The ABC deal comes after Priyanka had a voice role in the animated feature ‘Planes’ Indian film director Ritesh Batra’s ‘The Lunchbox’ has been named best first feature at the 18th annual Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA) awards in Toronto. By scaling Mount Vinson, Antarctica’s highest mountain at 4,892 metres, Tashi Malik and Nungshi Malik from Dehradun have become the world’s first twins and siblings to climb the highest peaks on the seven continents The 23-year-old twins accomplished their “Mission 2 for 7” on Tuesday night (IST) when they conquered the mountain. TVS chairman Venu Srinivasan was made Honorary Citizen of Busan, Korea.
He was conferred with the citizenship for his efforts to enhance friendship and cooperation between India and Republic of Korea. He was conferred the title by Mayor of Busan Metropolitan City, Suh Byung-soo during the honorary citizenship ceremony held at Busan. Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson of Bharat Hotels, on 20 December 2014 was elected as the President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI). India on 22 December 2014 celebrated National Mathematics Day. The day is observed to commemorate the birth anniversary of great Indian Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan Mohammed Rafique nodded home the most important goal in the Indian Super League as Atletico de Kolkata won the inaugural edition . The injury-time goal from the substitute broke Kerala Blasters’ hearts after a rousing first-half display at the D.Y. Patil stadium India on 20 December 2014 won the Men and Women title of Kabaddi World Cup 2014.
This was the fifth Kabaddi World Cup. In Men, India defeated Pakistan while in women India defeated New Zealand to win the title for the fourth consecutive time. The final match of the cup was played at Guru Gobind Singh Multipurpose Stadium in Jalandhar, Punjab, India. Union Ministry of Home Affairs on 23 December 2014 set up Mathur committee to examine the possibility of constitution of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) for re investigation of the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cas The Committee will be headed by former Supreme Court Judge Justice (retired) G.P. Mathur. It will submit its report till April 2015. A health mission known as ‘Mission Indradhanush’ was launched by the Union Government of India .
Jagat Prakash Nadda, Health and Family Welfare Minister launched the mission with an aim to cover all those children who are unvaccinated or are partially vaccinated against seven vaccine preventable diseases which include diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, measles and hepatitis B, by the end of the year 2020. India’s Ankita Raina overwhelmed British teenager Katy Dunne in straight sets in a one-sided final to lift her maiden $25,000 ITF singles title at the Deccan Gymkhana in Pune. Drug firm Lupin has received tentative approval from the U.S. health regulator to market a generic version of Prezista tablets, used in treating HIV infection. The company has received tentative approval from the United States Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) to market its Darunavir Ethanolate tablets in multiple strengths in the American market, Lupin said in a statement . Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) was renamed as Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India on 30 December 2014.