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Current Affairs Updates: 30 July 2014

1) Jacques Kallis retired from all formats of International Cricket: Veteran South Africa cricketer Jacques Kallis on Wednesday announced his retirement from all formats of cricket. He had previously retired from Test cricket after the series against India in December 2013. Kallis - rated as one of the biggest stars of contemporary international cricket - played 166 Tests, 328 ODIs and 25 T20Is in career spanning 19 years. The all-rounder scored 13289 Test runs and another 11579 in ODIs and 666 in T20Is respectively. 

2) Landslide kills 20 in village near Pune: At least 20 persons were crushed to death and 126 others trapped under debris after a landslidetriggered by the relentless rain hit the remote tribal village of Malin in Ambegaon taluka of Pune district early on Wednesday morning. District Collector Saurabh Rao said six people had been extricated from the rubble and another 14 were reported injured. Rescue operations will continue through the night. The village with a population of 700 is at the base of a hill, 112 kilometres from Pune city and near the ancient Bhimashankar temple.

3) IAF chief Arup Raha takes over as new CoSC: IAF chief Arup Raha 0n 30 July 2014 took over as the Chairman, Chiefs of Staffs Committee from incumbent Gen Bikram Singh who is retiring on Thursday. The chairman, Chiefs of Staffs Committee is the senior-most military officer in the country. Raha was handed over the baton of the COSC by Gen Singh at a ceremony in South Block, defence officials said. Raha, 59, will hold the office for a period of 29 months and would probably be the longest-serving officer in the chair. He has got the long tenure because of the resignation of former Navy Chief Admiral DK Joshi in February after a series of mishaps involving naval warships. Raha will continue in office till December 2016 and is expected to push for increasing jointmanship among the three services as the CoSC.

4) Iraq elects Fuad Masum as president: Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician as the nation’s new president on Thursday, hours after an attack on a prison convoy killed dozens of people, brutally underscoring the challenges faced by the country’s leaders as they struggle to form a new government. The 76-year-old Fuad Masum, one of the founders of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party led by Iraq’s previous President Jalal Talabani, accepted the mostly ceremonial position after winning two—thirds of the votes in parliament, noting the “huge security, political and economic tasks” facing the next government.

5) Chowdary tipped to be new CBDT chief: Senior IRS officer K V Chowdary is tipped to be the new Chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the apex authority of the Income Tax Department. The 1978-batch Indian Revenue Service officer is presently working as the Member (Investigations) in the CBDT and is expected to take over the new charge from August 1 after incumbent Chairman R K Tewari retires on July 31. Tewari, a 1976-batch IRS officer, has been at the helm for the last five months after he took over the top post on March 1.

6) NASA rover breaks out-of-this-World Distance Record: The US space agency's Opportunity rover has now clocked more miles on Mars than any man-made vehicle to reach another celestial body, NASA said Monday. Since arriving on the Red Planet in 2005, the solar-powered robot has journeyed across 25 miles (40 kilometers) of Martian terrain. That surpasses the previous record, held by the Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 rover, which landed on the Moon in 1973.

7) Chinese journalist, lawyer win Magsaysay award: An influential Chinese journalist and a crusading environmental lawyer from China are among this year's winners of Asia's Magsaysay awards, the organisers announced. The Manila-based Ramon Magsaysay Award, named after a Filipino president who was killed in a plane crash, was established in 1957 to honour people or groups who change communities for the better and is often described as Asia's Nobel Prize. Among this year's six awardees is Hu Shuli, 61, founder and editor of Caijing, a business magazine famed for its groundbreaking investigative reporting that has had a profound impact on China.
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Daily Current Affairs from 29 July 2014

1) Eid – ul-Fitr celebrated across Nation: Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the culmination of the fasting month of Ramzan, was celebrated across the country on 29 July 2014 (Tuesday). Ramzan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, is observed as a fasting period by Muslims who abstain from food and water from sunrise to sunset and it culminates in Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations. 

2) International Tiger Day 2014 observed across the world: The World on 29 July 2014 observed the International Tiger Day. The day is celebrated as an awareness day. The goal of the Tiger Day is to promote protection and expansion of the wild tiger habitats and also to gain support awareness for tiger conservation.

3) Neel Mukherjee longlisted for Man Booker prize: Neel Mukherjee, a London-based writer whose recently published novel, The Lives of Others, won rave reviews, has been long-listed for the Man Booker prize 2014, which, for the first time, has admitted novels in English from across the globe. Kolkata-born Mukherjee's novel, set in 1960s West Bengal, is his third novel. His first, Past Continuous, won the Vodafone-Crossword Award in India, the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for best fiction, and was shortlisted for the inaugural DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. The longlist includes 13 books by four Americans, six Britons, two Irish writers and one Australian. Man Booker  trustees decided this year to change the rules which had previously allowed only British and Commonwealth authors to be considered for the prize. One former Man Booker winner, Howard Jacobson, is on the longlist along with two previously shortlisted authors, Ali Smith and David Mitchell.

4) Reliance Power to buy Jaiprakash's hydropower business: Reliance Power Ltd will buy Jaiprakash Power Ventures Ltd's entire hydropower business, the companies said on Monday, in a deal that would make billionaire Anil Ambani's group the largest private hydropower provider in India. Reliance CleanGen Ltd, which with Reliance Power is part of Ambani's Reliance Group, has signed an exclusive memorandum of understanding with Jaiprakash to buy three power plants.

5) Flipkart raises $ 1bn in fund - highest in Indian e-commerce: Flipkart on Tuesday announced it has raised $1 billion (Rs 6,000 crore), the largest ever fund-raising by an Indian internet company. The company declined to disclose the valuation at which it has raised funding. However, according to multiple people involved in the deal, the Bangalore-based company is now valued at about $7 billion. "This is a great milestone for Flipkart and for internet companies in India. It is a whole new benchmark we have set," said Sachin Bansal, co-founder and chief executive. The seven-year-old firm was valued at $2.6 billion at the time.

6)  ICC bans Moeen Ali from wearing 'Save Gaza' wristbands: England batsman Moeen Ali has been banned from wearing wristbands featuring the slogans "Save Gaza" and "Free Palestine", the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Tuesday. Moeen, who is Muslim and of Pakistani descent, helped raise funds for charities working with those affected by the three-week conflict with Israel. He wore the wristbands on Monday's second day of the third Test against India at Southampton. Moeen, 27, risked disciplinary action under the ICC Code of Conduct, which forbids players wearing, displaying or conveying messages through arm bands or other items on clothing or equipment without prior approval

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Daily Current Affairs Updates: 28 July 2014

1) World Hepatitis Day observed: World Hepatitis Day was observedacross the world on 28 July 2014. The year’s theme Think Again, acknowledges that 'we do not know nearly enough about viral hepatitis as a health threat in much of the world. The day is observed to raise awareness and influence real change in disease prevention and access to testing and treatment.

2) Govt to allow women Army officers to command certain battalions:  In a major step to increase role of women in armed forces, the NDA government is going to allow lady officers to command battalions in Army's branches such as aviation, engineers and signal. The government is planning to file an affidavit in the Supreme Court where it will say that women officers joining the force from 2015-16 onwards would be nurtured to command battalions, highly placed Army sources said here.

3) Union Government launched Rashtriya Gokul Mission: Union Government of India on 28 July 2014 launched the Rashtriya Gokul Mission (a nationwide scheme) to promote conservation and developments of indigenous breeds of cows in a focused and scientific manner. The Mission is a focused project under National Programme for Bovine Breeding and Dairy Development.

4) PM Modi greets people on occasion of Eid: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday greeted people on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr and hoped that the festival strengthens the bond of peace, unity and brotherhood in the country. "Greetings on Eid-ul-Fitr. May this auspicious day strengthen the bond of peace, unity & brotherhood across our Nation," the Prime Minister said in his message. Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the culmination of the fasting month of Ramzan, is being celebrated across the country on 29 July 2014.

5) Jitu Rai Wins Gold in 50m Pistol at CWG 2014: Shooters Jitu Rai and Gurpal Singh opened India's medal count on Monday by clinching the men's 50-metre pistol gold and silver, respectively in the finals of the Commonwealth Games at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre.


6) Debutant lifter Satish Sivalingam breaks record at CWG 2014 to win gold: Indian weightlifter Satish Sivalingam scripted history in just his debut Commonwealth Games, breaking the Games record en route to a gold medal, while compatriot Ravi Katulu took the silver in the men's 77kg event here. The 22-year-old Satish, the 2013 Commonwealth Championships gold medallist, lifted a total of 328kg (149+179) to pip the 2010 CWG gold medallist Ravi, who had to be content with a silver medal following an effort of 317kg (142+175).
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Daily Current Affairs: 27 July 2014

1) Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo wins Hungarian Grand Prix: Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull overtook Ferrari's Fernando Alonso near the end of the race to win a thrilling Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday, his secondFormula One victory of the season and his career. Lewis Hamilton, who started from pit lane after his engine caught on fire during qualifying, was third, holding off Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, who started from pole position.


2) Amitabh Bachchan named Maharashtra's horticulture ambassador: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has been appointed as the horticulture ambassador of Maharashtra. The 71-year-old actor, who is also the face ofGujarat tourism, would be promoting the horticulture sector in Maharashtra. "Horticulture Ministry makes me Brand Ambassador for fruit products.. Jitendra Awhad, Minister promotes. I never knew Maharashtra was the number one state in fruit production of many varieties. Happy promoting it for Horticulture Ministry!," Bachchan posted on Twitter.

3) Bharti Airtel crossed 300-million customers milestone: Bharti Airtel, India's largest telecom firm, has crossed 300-million-customers mark across its mobile, fixed line, DSL and DTH services. The company, which began operations in 1995, reached the 100 million customers mark in 2009 and crossed the 200 million mark in 2012. The latest 100 million customers have joined the Airtel family in less than two years. The company ranks as the fourth largest mobile service provider globally and second largest globally outside of China, Airtel said in a statement.


4) Italian Vincenzo Nibali won 101st edition of Tour de France: Italian cyclist Vincenzo Nibali has been crowned '2014 Tour de France' champion. He is the 10th Italian overall and only the first since the Marco Pantani's glory in 1998 competition. He thus gets to wear the Yellow Jersey thats given to the Champion (overall race leader on total time since the start of the Tour) as a trophy.
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Current Affairs : 26 July 2014

1) 15th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas observed: The country celebrates the 15th anniversary of its triumph in Kargil War. This is also an occasion that invokes feelings of both pain and pride for the families of the brave jawans who laid down their lives protecting the territory of India from intruders. Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, Army chief Bikram Singh,Navy chief Robin Dhowan and Air Force chief Arup Raha paid tribute to martyrs at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate in New Delhi.

2) BJP veteran Kaptan Singh Solanki appointed Haryana Governor: Veteran BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member Kaptan Singh Solanki was on Saturdayappointed the Governor of Haryana in place of Jagannath Pahadia who had completed his tenure. A Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said the President hasappointed Solanki as Governor of Haryana with immediate effect.

3) Sushma Swaraj ends Nepal visit: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj averted a diplomatic disaster by meeting leaders of the ruling CPN-UML just before returning to India after a three-day visit which she said was "productive" and "successful". The hour-long meeting between Sushma Swaraj and the CPN-UML party took place at Hyatt Regency Kathmandu where eight party leaders led by Deputy Prime Minister Bam Dev Gautam were present.

4) Malabar Naval Exercise featuring Indian, Japanese and US Navy started: Malabar Naval exercise 2014 started in the Pacific Ocean. Malabar naval exercise 2014 is the 18th edition of the Malabar series conducted to enhance multinational maritime relationships and mutual security issues.

5) PM launched unique web platform to get citizens' ideas for governance: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched a web platform - MyGov - which will allow common man and experts from different fields to reach out to the government with their ideas a nd suggestions. The web platform - www.mygov.nic.in- is devised in such a way that it allows the citizens to discuss their ideas with experts within and outside the government and even earn "credit points" for the tasks which would eventually be approved for implementation by concerned departments\agencies.

6) Veteran journalist Sundaram Sankaran passed away: undaram Sankaran, a former World Bank official and a well known journalist, has passed away at his residence in Kensington, Maryland in the United States. He was 87. He is survived by his wife Seetha and four children. Sankaran died on July 19, his family members said. Having served the World Bank for over 25 years in Washington D.C., Sankaran, played an important role in shaping the Bank’s information policy in developing countries. He retired in 1988 as Chief of the Bank’s Public Affairs Division.

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Tamilnadu Circle : Declaration of Select List in r/o DR Examination for MTS, 2014

Select List of candidates appeared in Direct Recruitment examination for the MTS, 2014 held on 01/06/2014 in Tamilnadu Circle is being uploaded in www.tamilnadupost.nic.in divisionwise from 22/07/2014. The selection is provisional and subject to satisfactory verification of relevant documents and certificates & the following clause, “Any further action and appointment will be subject to the outcome of the OA no. 310/00729/2014 filed by Shri V. Kumaresan Vs UOI rep. by DG Posts and 2 others.” This is only a selection and not an offer of appointment. The appointment of the candidate is subject to the completion of formalities like verification of all records, medical examination and verification of Character and antecedents. Call letters will be sent to the selected candidates by the respective appointing authorities. No correspondence will be entertained with Circle Office. 

ANNA ROA DHPO

ARAKKONAM DIVISION

CANTEEN CIRCLE OFFICE

CHENNAI AIRMAIL SORTING DIVISION

CHENNAI CITY CENTRAL DIVISION


CHENNAI CITY NORTH DIVISION

CHENNAI CITY SOUTH DIVISION

CHENNAI GPO

CUDDALORE DIVISION

COIMBATORE DIVISION

DINDIGUL DIVISION

DHARMAPURI DIVISION

ERODE DIVISION

FOREIGN POST 

KARUR DIVISION

KANNIYAKUMARI DIVISION

KUMBAKONAM DIVISION

MMS, Chennai

MMS, COIMBATORE

MMS, MADURAI

MADURAI DIVISION

MAYILADUTHURAI DIVISION

NAGAPATTINAM DIVISION

NILGIRIS DIVISION

POLLACHI DIVISION

PONDICHERRY DIVISION

POSTAL ACCOUNTS & FINANCE

POSTAL TRAINING CENTRE MADURAI

POSTAL STORES DEPOT, COIMBATORE

POSTAL STORES DEPOT, CHENNAI

POSTAL STORES DEPOT, MADURAI

POSTAL STORES DEPOT, TIRUNELVELI

POSTAL STORES DEPOT, THIRUCHIRAPPALLI

RAMANATHAPURAM DIVISION

REGIONAL OFFICE CHENNAI

REGIONAL OFFICE COIMBATORE

REGIONAL OFFICE MADURAI

REGIONAL OFFICE, TIRUCHI

RAILWAY MAIL SERVICE T DIVISION, CHENNAI

RETURNED LETTER OFFICE, Chennai

RAILWAY MAIL SERVICE M Division

SALEM EAST DIVISION

SRIRANGAM DIVISION

TAMBARAM DIVISION

THANJAVUR DIVISION

THENI DIVISION

THIRUCHIRAPPALLI DIVISION

TIRUNELVELI DIVISION

TIRUPUR DIVISION

TIRUPATTUR DIVISION

TIRUVANNAMALAI DIVISION

TIRUCORIN DIVISION

VIRUDHUNAGAR DIVISION


Results awaited for the following Divisions / Units
CHENNAI SORTING DIVISION
CIRCLE OFFICE
KANCHIPURAM DIVISION - None appeared for the examination
RMS ’CB’ DIVISION - None appeared for the examination
RMS ’MA’ DIVISION
SALEM WEST DIVISION - None appeared for the examination
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Current Affairs PDF July 2014- Third Week

1) Which country won the 2014 FIFA Football World Cup beating Argentina 1-0 in the final held at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 13 July 2014?
Ans. Germany
Note: Single goal of the match was scored by Mario Gotze during the extra-time.
The following were the awards of the tournament:
Golden Ball - Lionel Messi of Argentina
Golden Boot - James Rodriguez of Colombia
Golden Glove - Manuel Neuer of Germany
Best Young Player - Paul Pogba of France
FIFA Fair Play Trophy - Colombia


2) Air India on 11 July 2014 formally joined the airline group Star Alliance as it’s .....th member?
Ans. 27th
Note: By formally joining the group, public carrier became the first Indian airline to become a member airlines club operating over 18500 flights a day in 192 countries. The Star Alliance is the world's largest global airline alliance, headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and led by current CEO Mark Schwab.

3) Name the former captain of Sri Lankan cricket team who announced his retirement from Test cricket on 14 July 2014?
Ans. Mahela Jayawardene
Note: Jayawardene played his Test debut against India in 1997. So far he has played 145 Tests scoring 11493 runs with 33 centuries and 48 fifties.

4) Name the governors of 05 states viz. Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Gujarat and Nagaland appointed by President of India, Pranab Mukherjee on 14 July 2014?
Ans.
Uttar Pradesh:  Ram Naik
Chhattisgarh: Balramji Dass Tandon
West Bengal: Keshari Nath Tripathi
Gujarat: Om Prakash Kohli
Nagaland: Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya

5) Name the noted environmentalist and social activist who on 15 July 2014 was awarded with the prestigious Gandhi Peace prize for 2013?
Ans. Chandi Prasad Bhatt
Note: He was awarded the prize by the President of India Pranab Mukherjee at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.

6) BRICS Summit 2014 was held from 15 July to 16 July 2014 at?
Ans. Fortaleza, Brazil
Note: BRICS group includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

7) BRICS nations on 15 July 2014 signed a deal to create a new 100 billion US dollar development bank and emergency reserve fund. Where will be the headquarters of the proposed bank?Visit: www.currentaffairs4examz.com
Ans. Shanghai, China

8) The 127th edition of the Durand Cup Football Tournament will be held in which state from 28th October 2014 to 9th November 2014?
Ans. Goa
Note: This was revealed by a Defence press release from Mumbai on 15 July 2014. Durand Cup is the Asia’s oldest and third oldest football tournament in the world. It was first played in 1888.

9) Which Indian cricket legend was on 16 July 2014 elected as the member of Laureus World Sports Academy?
Ans. Rahul Dravid
Note: Laureus World Sports Academy is a unique association of 47 of the greatest living sporting legends from sports as diverse as football, tennis, athletics, skateboarding and motor racing.

10) 7th BRICS Summit will be held at which place in 2015?
Ans. Russian city of Ufa

11) 6th BRICS Summit was held in Fortaleza, Brazil on 15 July and 16 July 2014. What was the theme of the Summit?
Ans. Inclusive Growth: Sustainable Solutions

12) The 7th India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) summit will be held at which country in 2015?
Ans. New Delhi, India

13) Name the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane which was shot down over war-torn eastern Ukraine near the Russian border on 17 July 2014?
Ans. MH-17
Note: MH-17 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur carrying 283 passengers and 15 crew members.

14) Which country was ranked number One in the latest FIFA's world rankings released on 17 July 2014?
Ans. Germany
Note: Germany led by Philipp Lahm reclaimed the top spot after a gap of 20 years after it won the 2014 FIFA Football World Cup held in Brazil.

15) Which country on 18 July 2014 passed a law to legalise child labour for kids from age 10?
Ans. Bolivia

16) Name the captain of Germany’s football team who announced his retirement from international game on 18 July 2014?
Ans. Philipp Lahm

17) Recently who became the first basketball player of Indian origin to join the National Basketball Association (NBA)?
Ans. Sim Bhullar
Note: He signed a summer contract in second week of July 2014 with the Sacramento Kings, a professional basketball team in the US.

18) Name India's first indigenous anti-submarine warship (ASW) which was handed over to the Indian Navy by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) in Kolkata on 12 July 2014?
Ans. Indian Naval Ship (INS) Kamorta
Note: It is the first warship ever built in the country with almost 90 per cent of indigenous content.

19) Name the football coach of Brazil who on 14 July 2014 resigned after poor show by Brazil in the 2014 FIFA World Cup?
Ans. Luiz Felipe Scolari

20) Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi met Chinese President ....... in Fortaleza, Brazil on 15 July 2014 during BRICS Summit 2014?
Ans. Xi Jinping

21) Union Ministry of Chemical and Fertilisers decided on 14 July 2014 to set up National Centre for Research & Development in Bulk Drugs (NCRDBD) at which place?Visit: www.currentaffairs4examz.com
Ans. Hyderabad
Note: It will be situated at National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Hyderabad.

22) Union Government of India recently enhanced the per student cooking cost under the Mid Day Meal Scheme (MDMS). In which year MDMS was launched as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme?
Ans. 15 August 1995

23) Who was sworn in as Syria’s President in Damascus for a seven-year term on 16 July 2014?
Ans. Bashar al-Assad

24) Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi met Russian President ____  in Fortaleza, Brazil on 15 July 2014 during BRICS Summit 2014?
Ans. Vladimir Putin

25) Name the South African Nobel Prize-winning author who died on 14 July 2014 in Johannesburg at the age of 90?
Ans. Nadine Gordimer
Note: She was the first South African to win the Nobel prize in literature.

26) Who took charge as Chairman of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) on 16 July 2014?
Ans. B Ashok

27) Which country topped the Global Innovation Index 2014 (GII) which was released at the B20 Australia Summit held in Sydney on 18 July 2014?
Ans. Switzerland

28) Name the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare who on 17 July 2014 released the National Health Profile 2013?
Ans. Dr. Harsh Vardhan

29) Business 20 (B20) Australia Summit was held in which city on 18 July 2014?
Ans. Sydney, Australia

30) Veteran Indian film actress, Suchitra Sen’s ancestral home in Pabna district of which country will be converted into a museum?
Ans.  Bangladesh

31) Name the Typhoon which smashed large parts of the Philippines on 15 July 2014?
Ans. Typhoon Rammasun

32) Name the founder of Satyam Computers who was barred on 15 July 2014 by Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) from accessing the capital markets for 14 years?
Ans. B Ramalinga Raju

33) Which state government on 14 July 2014 decided to set up 320 Mahila Suraksha Dals (MSDs) across the state?
Ans. Delhi
Note: It will ensure women safety at public places.

34) Name the world-renowned American conductor of classical music, violinist and composer who died on 13 July 2014?
Ans. Lorin Varencove Maazel

35) Which state recently decided to implement National Food Security Act from 1 September 2014?
Ans. Assam

36) Retail inflation fell to a 30-month low of ..... percent in June 2014 from 8.28 pecent in May 2014?
Ans. 7.31

37) Which Indian Naval warship was damaged in a mishap on 13 July 2014?
Ans. INS Kuthar
Note: This was the 15th such incident after INS Sindhurakshak sank on 14 August 2013.
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Daily Current Affairs Updates: 25 July 2014

1) Abhinav Bindra wins gold in men's 10m air rifle at Common Wealth Games 2014:  Abhinav Bindra made his swansong appearance at the Commonwealth Games a memorable one as the star Indian shooter won the battle of nerves in a gripping competition to bag the 10m Air Rifle gold medal, which has eluded him in the previous four attempts. Bindra, first Indian Olympic individual gold medallist, shot an aggregate of 205.3 to set a new Final Games Record. 
This is first CWG, which applied the ISSF rule of taking the final round score only and not adding the qualification score in shooting.

2) Civil services aspirants intensified protest, govt appeals for patience: The government on Friday appealed to protesting civil services aspirants to be "patient" and said it would not tolerate any injustice to them on the basis of language. A three-member government appointed committee is looking into the demands of civil services aspirants to change the pattern of the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) to give level-playing field to those coming from rural areas. There are two compulsory papers of 200 marks each in the preliminary examination. These papers are also known as CSAT I and CSAT II. Students have been objecting to the level of aptitude and English language questions being asked in the CSAT II paper claiming they are much above the standard prescribed for the examination.

3) Congress not eligible for LoP post, says Attorney General: In a setback to Congress which has been fighting for the Leader of Opposition post, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi has opined that it is not eligible and there is no precedent since the days of the first Lok Sabha to grant the post to a party which does not have the minimum required MPs. Rohatgi has conveyed this to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan who had sought his opinion in view of the dilemma she is facing over the issue, sources said.

4) CAG of India akes Over as Member of UN Board of Auditors: The Comptroller & Auditor General of India on 25 July 2014 assumed office as Member of the United Nations Board of Auditors for a six year term upto June 2020. Shri Shashi Kant Sharma took over the charge of this prestigious position from Mr. Liu Jiayi, the Auditor General of the People’s Republic of China at the United Nations Headquarters at New York. Shri Sharma was elected to this position defeating Philippines by a convincing margin of 62 votes in November 2013.  

5) Ukrainian prime minister Arseny Yatseniuk resigned: Ukraine's prime minister has resigned after the governing coalition collapsed, in a sign that five months after the Maidan protests led to a change of government, the country's political system is still beset by discord. The government is struggling to defeat an insurgency by pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country, where a Malaysia Airlines jet was downed last Thursday.

6) Tandon sworn in as Chhattisgarh Governor: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Balram Das Tandon was sworn in as the governor of Chhattisgarh on Friday. The Chief Justice of Bilaspur High Court Justice Yatindra Singh administered the oath of office to Mr. Tandon at a ceremony in Raj Bhavan here, which was attended by the Chief Minister, the State Cabinet Ministers and other dignitaries.
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