Current Affairs February 2014 – Jobs57

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Current Affairs are very important these days for preparation of any exam or for being up to date. Its a must for everyone to keep up with the current happenings around their country and world. So we make sure to keep you updated with the latest current affairs . Moreover current affairs are mostly part of all the entrance exams , interviews , banking papers , defense papers , private organisations paper etc. So in case you are looking up for any job , you will have to make sure that your current affairs are brushed up and knowledge about what is happening around must be up to date. So keeping in mind the importance of current affairs , we shall be publishing a magazine every month that will contain the complete current affairs for the given month divided in proper sections.  So here are the  Current Affairs February 2014.

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 Current Affairs February 2014

  • The oldest Flamingo, The Greater Flamingo, which was brought to the Adelaide Zoo of Australia in 1933, died at the age of 83.
  • US president Barack Obama has nominated Michael Rogers as the Director of the National Security Agency.
  • China has been warned by the US against its any move to declare a new Air Defence Identification Zone over the South China Sea.
  • Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj chavan inaugurated India’s first monorail service in Mumbai.
  • Olympic torch was lit on the western peak of Mount Elbrus (5642 meters above sea level), the highest peak in all of Europe on 1 February 2014.
  • India’s production has gone up by 6.5 percent for the year 2013 as the production rose to 1200 million Kg against 1126 million kg in 2012 as per the reports of the ITA.
  • Oscar-winning American actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman (46 yeras old) was found dead on 2nd February 2014, at his flat in New York.
  • On 2nd February 2014 the Delhi Metro was awarded with the prestigious Gold Standard Foundation (GSF) certification standard for using the energy efficiently.
  • Karnataka lifted the Ranji Trophy 2014 after defeating Maharashtra by seven wickets.
  • Scientists have discovered a new method for the conversion of harmful greenhouse gases into chemicals which can produce synthetic fuels on 2nd February 2014.
  • A bilateral transit treaty has been amended by India and Nepal on 2nd February 2014.
  • A New online Atlas of the freshwater biodiversity was launched on 29th January 2014 and  presents spatial information and species distribution patterns.
  • IUCN has announced that it is celebrating 50 years in guiding conservation action and policy decisions of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
  • Harish Rawat was appointed on 1st  February 2014 as the 8th Chief Minister of Uttarakhand.
  •  President Pranab Mukherjee has launched the National Mission on Libraries on 3rd February 2014.
  • Silverine Swer, the first Padma Shri awardee of Meghalaya, died at the age of 103 at her residence. She had received the Padma Shri award in 1990.
  • On 2nd February 2014, World Wetland Day was celebrated.
  •  On 4th February, the World Cancer Day 2014 was observed with the release of the World Cancer Report 2014 alonside the World Cancer Day theme ‘Debunk the myths’.
  • The Winnipeg Winter Club Open title was won by Squash player Joshna Chinappa won on 3rd February 2014.
  • Forward Markets Commission approved the appointment of Manoj Vaish as the MD & CEO of MCX for a period of 3 years.
  • India based Vivek Lall was appointed as special advisor on cyber security by the United Nation on 3 February 2014.
  • Poonam Khetrapal Singh has been appointed as the Regional Director of World Health Organisation (WHO) South-East Asia Region.
  • Justice Askhok Kumar Mathur has been appointed as the Chairman of the 7th Pay Commission that will submit report in 2 years.
  • Sachin Tendulkar and Prof CNR Rao (79years) was conferred the Bharat Ratna by President at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.
  • M Teresa Kho has been appointed as the new Country Director Asian Development Bank (ADB)’s for India
  • The National Cloud has been launched by the Government under MeghRaj Initiative
  • Internet Giant Microsoft has named Satya Nadella as its Chief Executive Officer.
  • BiblioTech, the world’s first Paperless public Library was opened in the USA State of Texas on 4th February 2014.
  • Talking cars to become mandatory in the United States by the year 2017.
  • Libya government has announced the destruction of its entire chemical arsenal.
  • For the very first time, “The Novel of Charlie Chaplin Footlights” will be published in English by an Italian film restoration institute.
  • Aabo, Dennis amputee became first person to receive a bionic hand which allowed him to feel life like sensation from the device’s artificial fingers.
  • B.N.Talukdar has been appointed as the head of DGH by the Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas on the 5th February 2014.
  • North and South Korea have agreed to hold the first reunion of the war split families since 2010.
  • Indian-American Professor Sanjeev Kulkarni was appointed as the Dean of Princeton University Graduate School on the 5th February 2014.
  • The Queen Mother of tiger dynasty, Machli was found on the 5th February 2014 in the Ranthambhore National Park.
  • Microsoft Founder Bill Gates has adopted the role as the Founder & Technology Advisor to the CEO of Microsoft on 5th February 2014.
  • On the 5th February 2014, John Thompson was appointed as the Chairman of Microsoft by the Board of Directors at a meeting held in Washington, US.
  • Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne to lead a limited-over match to mark the 200th anniversary of Lords Cricket Ground.
  • IT Company Infosys has announced to open a new delivery center in Araraquara, Brazil on 6th February 2014.
  • Marco Lambertini has been appointed as Director-General of the WWF International and will start with his new role on 1 May 2014.
  • Same Sex Marriage Bill has been approved by the Scottish Parliament.
  • The negotiation with European Union (EU) has been agreed by the Google Inc over the Anti-trust case on 5th February 2014.
  • According to the IUCN Red list version 2013, 15 species of birds from India are critically endangered.
  • Israeli President, Shimon Peres has set a new Guinness World Record on 6th February 2014 for delivering the largest online civics class in the world.
  • Arunima Sinha has received the Amazing Indian Award.
  • Legendary bhajan singer, Juthika Roy died on 6 February 2014 in Kolkata.
  • The Telangana Bill has been cleared by the Union Cabinet with minimum changes, also mentioning the fact that Hyderabad would not get the status of a Union Territory.
  • Indian shooter, Abhinav Bindra has won two gold medals at Inter Shoot Tri Series shooting at The Hague, Netherlands.
  • N. Srinivasan has been elected as the new Chairman of ICC for a period of 2 years, succeeding Alan Raymond Isaac.
  • The proposal to incorporate amendments in the proposed Rights of the Persons with Disabilities Bill 2014 has been approved by the Union Cabinet.
  • The documentary by Bangladesh’s Kamar Ahmad Simon‘s “Are You Listening” bagged the Golden Conch Award for the Best Documentary Film.
  • On 10th February 2013, Sushil Koirala was elected as the Prime Minister of Nepal.
  • Indian Shooter, Abhinav Bindra became first person to win three gold medals at an event at Inter-Shoot Tri-series Shooting held at Hague, Netherlands.
  • Human footprints have been discovered by Scientists on the Norfolk Coast of England, and are believed to be at least 8 lakh years old.
  • Olympian distance runner Ranjit Bhatia died on 9th February 2014.
  • N Ramachandran was elected President of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on 9 February 2014.
  • A new species of dolphin named “Araguaian Boto” have been discovered by scientists discovered in Amazon River system making it the first discovery in almost 100 years.
  • On 9th February 2014, Sikkim became the first Indian state to achieve 100% sanitation coverage under the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyaan Scheme.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between India and Netherland to intensify cooperation on renewable energy
  • Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has appointed R.K.Tiwari as the new chairman on 9th February 2014.
  • For the first time new eye cells using inkjet printing technology have been successfully printed by Cambridge scientists on 10th February 2014.
  • Indian boxers finished fourth at the 58th Bocskai International Tournament which concluded in Hungary
  • Reliance Communications have named Vinod Sawhny as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
  • The ban imposed on IOA has been ervoked by the IOC thereby paving the way for India’s return to the Olympic fold after IOA held elections as per the directives of IOC.
  • President Pranab Mukherjee has been conferred the Award of Honour.
  • The oldest known star in the Universe has been discovered by the Astronomers of Australian National University on 11th February 2014.
  • Founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg became the youngest and the most generous philanthropist of America in the year 2013.
  • Mahindra South Africa has declared 2013 as the year for the annual sales in decade of its being operational in the country.
  • The India-China Year of Friendly Exchanges was launched by the Vice President of India M. Hamid Ansari on 11th February 2014.
  • Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi named as the Chairperson and Co-Chairman respectively of the party’s 50-member Campaign Committee for the upcoming 2014 elections.
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Government of India signed a $275 million loan for improving rural road connectivity.
  • According to Accenture released report, India has been ranked 8th in the list of 10 countries in terms of digital governance
  • On 11th February 2014, China and Taiwan began their first official-level talks since the end of the brutal Chinese civil war in 1949.
  • On 13th February 2014, World Radio Day was celebrated all over the world.
  • Karnataka lifted the Irani Trophy for the 5th time against the Rest of India in Bangalore.
  • Assam became the first Indian state to legally ban the consumption of all forms of smokeless tobacco including pan masala containing tobacco and nicotine too.
  • A third-line drug therapy has been launched by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for people living with HIV/AIDS on 12th February 2014.
  • A commemorative silver stamp of Nelson Mandela has been launched by South Africa on 11th February 2014.
  • The Delhi Nagar Swaraj Bill has been approved by the Delhi government.
  • The Belgium Parliament, legalised mercy killing to all terminally ill children of any age, despite of strict opposition from the Church and many paediatricians.
  • After rumbling for several weeks, Volcano Mount Kelud of Indonesia erupted with the government asking villagers within 10 km of the crater to evacuate.
  • Award winning film director and cinematographer, Balu Mahendra died at the age of 75 due to a cardiac arrest in Chennai.
  • A huge snow storm dubbed as the Snowmaggedon has blanketed US leaving nearly 750000 homes without power.
  • India and Kyrgyz Republic have signed two agreements during the state visit of Foreign Minister of Kyrgyz to India.
  • Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal resigned after his government faced failure to introduce its ambitious Jan Lokpal Bill due to lack of majority.
  • Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta has resigned from the post.
  • The Purushottam Express will become the first train in India to be attached with a Braille-embedded AC coach for visually-challenged passengers.
  • The President of India awarded Guocheng Zhang and Vijaykumar Vinayak Dongre with the International Gandhi Award for the year 2013.
  • For the first time India will host the World Bridge Championship for Bermuda Bowl (men) and Venice Cup (women) in October 2015.
  • Following the acceptance of the resignation by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, President Rule has been imposed on Delhi.
  • Legendary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh’s ancestral house, school and village will get a restoration of a project of ₹ 80 million.
  • Killa, a Marathi film directed by Avinash Arun won the Crystal Bear for the best film at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.
  • Abdul Basit has been appointed as Pakistan’s high commissioner to India on 17th February 2014.
  • Madras High Court Advocates Association in Tamil Nadu launched the first pro-Hindi political party of Tamil Nadu on 17th February 2014.
  • Sanjay Aggarwal, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kingfisher Airlines has resigned from the post on 17th February 2014.
  • Li Na ranked number 2 in the Women’s Tennis Association singles ranking
  • Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai has been ranked number 1 in the Women’s Tennis Association Doubles ranking.
  • Virendra Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar were named amongst the nominees for the ESPNcricinfo@20 Cricketer of the Generation award.
  • American professional golfer Bubba Watson won the Northern Trust Open at the Riviera Country Club.
  • Carnatic music, Vocalist Rudra Sh.Krishna Srikantan, died at the age of 94 years due to chest congestion in Bangalore.
  • The 21 year old pole-vault world record of Sergey Bubka was broken by French Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie at Donetsk in Ukraine.
  • Renowned Hindi writer, Amar Kant passed away at the age of 88 due to ill health in Uttar Pradesh
  • TV comedian Sid Caesar died at 91 on 14th February 2014.
  • Indira Gandhi Zoological Park has been selected for creation of first zoo in the country to have a conservation breeding centre for endangered Dholes.
  • Sikkim was awarded with the National Tourism Award 2012-13. The award was handed over to Bhim Dhungel, Sikkim’s Tourism Minister by Shashi Tharoor in New Delhi.
  • Quadricycle- A new category of four-wheelers will be allowed to run in cities from 1st October 2014.
  • Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden was elected as the new Rector of the University of Glasgow on 18th February 2014.
  • Supreme Court has commuted the death sentence to the three convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case to life imprisonment.
  • A new system named Email Miles with the help of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology can be used to calculate the number of miles an email has travelled.
  • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, resigned from the CM Post.
  • Three MoUs including trade and business.were signed by India and Bahrain in New Delhi during the state visit of King of Kingdom of Bahrain to India.
  • Social media site Facebook Inc has acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion in a cash and stock deal on the 19th February 2014.
  • The Supreme Court of India has ruled that people are free to adopt children irrespective of their religious background, paving a way for adoption of a child by people.
  • Union Cabinet has given a nod thereby classifying Odia as a classical language, giving impetus to scholarships in the language.
  • Putting graphic warning on cigarette packs has been made mandatory after the law was passed by the Sri Lankan Parliament.
  • On 20th February 2014, nearly 100 metric tons of radioactive water leaked from a holding tank at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
  • NRI Dr. Hemant Thatte developed a 21-chemical solution named SOMAH Solution on 20 February 2014.
  • Akash, an indigenously developed surface-to-air Missile was successfully test-fired from the ITR launch complex-3 at Chandipur in Odisha coast.
  • PV Sindhu was ranked 9th in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) women’s singles ranking.
  • Google and the Archaelogical Survey of India (ASI) have joined hands with to launch a 360 degree online view of the Indian heritage sites on 20th February 2014.
  • The Union Legislature passed the Whistleblower Protection Bill on 21st February 2014.
  • Cheteshwar Pujara has been appointed as the brand ambassador of the Gujarat State Election Commission.
  • The oldest Parliamentarian of India, Rishang Keishing retired on 21st February 2014.
  • Following Viktor Yanukovych’s impeachment as the President by the Parliament, Oleksandr Turchynov was named as the interim President of Ukraine.
  • Matteo Renzi has been appointed as Italy’s Prime Minister at the Presidential palace.
  • Shubham Banerjee, a 12 year old boy of Indian Origin has developed a low cost Braille Printer on 23rd February 2014.
  • 3 MoUs were signed between India and Canada for the cooperation in audio-visual co-production, health sector and skill development.
  • Indian tennis star Somdev Devvarman won his third ATP Challenge Tennis title after overcoming top seed Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-3, 6-1 in the final in New Delhi.
  • Hazem El-Beblawi, the Interim Prime Minister of Egypt announced resignation which was later accepted by the Interim President.
  • Lalit Kala Akademi National Award winner painter Prokash Karmakar,  died at the age of 81 due to age-related illness.
  • Sangeeta Bhatia, an Indian-American scientist on 24th February 2014, has developed a cheap, simple, paper test that can detect cancer.
  • A $1.5-billion takeover bid by the Ruia Brothers was rejected by Essar Energy on 25th February 2014.
  • Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh inaugurated the Indira Paryavaran Bhawan on Jorbagh Road which will house the Ministry of Environment and Forest.
  • Ugandan President Yoweri-Museveni signed anti-gay bill, imposing tough penalties for homosexual acts.
  • Nokia has announced to launch a new series of handset with the Android operating system on 25th February 2014.
  • The world’s fastest car Venom GT, with a top speed of a speed of 435 km per hour, has been developed by the US firm Hennessey’s engineers.
  • Israeli President Shimon Peres has awarded Angela Merkel with Israel’s highest civilian honour Medal of Distinction in Jerusalem.
  • LinkedIn announced to launch the Chinese version of its site on 25th February 2014.
  • Indian scientist Madan Babu, won the Protein Society’s Protein Science Young Investigator Award for 2014 at Cambridge.
  • Chandi Prasad Bhatt, a Gandhian environmentalist and social activist, was selected for the Gandhi Peace Prize for 2013.
  • The Union Cabinet has approved the Mission document on the National Mission for sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem which will be covering 12 Himalayan states.
  • The field trials for genetically modified (GM) crops have been cleared by the Ministry of Environment & Forest.
  • Mahindra has launched an electric car named e2o in Bhutan and entered and also signed a MoU with country’s government to promote electric cars.
  • Renowned Telugu writer, Janamaddhi Hanamachhaastri passed away at the age of 90 in Kapada town of Andhra Pradesh.
  • A music album entitled Raunaq, composed by AR Rahman and written by Kapil Sibal was launched by Salman Khan.
  • Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways R. Ramalinga Reddy inaugurated an electric passenger bus with zero emission level in Bangalore.
  • India and Israel have signed an agreement on cooperation in the Homeland security agreement and legal assistance.

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