18-19 January 2014 – Current Affairs

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1) In a path-breaking development India and Pakistan on 18 January 2014 agreed upon numerous measures to smoothen trade between the two countries. Indian Commerce Minister Anand Sharma and his Pakistani counterpart Khurram Dastgir Khan in their meeting held at New Delhi decided to re-start the trade liberalisation process stalled for 16 months and work towards non-discriminatory market access on a reciprocal basis. What are important agreements achieved at this meeting?

  • India and Pakistan decided to open the Wagah-Attari border for trade 24X7
  • The two countries allowed containers from two countries to be moved right up to Amritsar and Lahore instead of being unloaded at the check-post and re-loaded on the other side
  • It was decided to expedite the process of giving banking licences so that Indian and Pakistani banks can operate in the other country

(India and Pakistan had started negotiations to normalise trade ties in January 2011 and had made several concessions for each other before the talks came to an abrupt halt due to violence across the Line of Control)

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2) Legendary Bengali actress Suchitra Sen passed away on 17 January 2014 at a private hospital in Kolkata. She was admitted to the hospital with a with chest infection on 23 December. Sen acted in over 50 movies between 1952 and 1978 of which six were in Hindi. She went into recluse after her last film was released. Over the past three decades she withdrew herself from public life and did not meet people except her family members. She was considered for Dada Saheb Phalke Award in which year, which she reportedly refused in order to remain away from public life? – 2005 (The award that year was conferred upon Shyam Benegal. Capturing the public’s imagination for three decades through her ethereal beauty and intense celluloid performance, Suchitra Sen symbolised the golden age of Bengali cinema with memorable films like ‘Agnipariksha’, ‘Devdas’ and ‘Saat Paake Bandha’. Gulzar’s ‘Aandhi’ was one of her foremost Hindi films)

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3) Dr. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin passed away on 17 January 2014 at Mumbai. 102-year old Dr. Burhanuddin was a spiritual leader of which sect of Muslims? – Dawoodi Bohra community (Dawoodi Bohra is a sect of Shia Muslims spread all over the world. The word Bohra means trader and traditionally, most members of the sect have been entrepreneurs. Dr. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin was credited with transforming Dawoodi Bohras into a vibrant community. Bohras thronged to Syedna’s sermons in thousands. He was cremated on 18 January 2014. However at least 18 persons died in the early hours of 18 January due to a stampede outside his south Mumbai residence where innumerable of his followers had assembled to have a last glimpse of this great preacher)

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4) According to the recently released report of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Pakistan is the only polio-endemic country in the world where polio cases rose from 2012 to 2013. Which Pakistani city is now the largest reservoir of endemic polio virus in the world, as stated by the WHO on 17 January 2014? – Peshawar (Peshawar is the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to the latest genomic sequencing results of the Regional Reference Laboratory for Poliovirus, 83 out of 91 polio cases in the country during the last year are genetically linked to the polio virus circulating actively in Peshawar. Moreover, 12 out of the total 13 cases reported during the previous year from Afghanistan are also directly linked to Peshawar)

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5) The 108 National Ambulance service was launched in the state of Uttar Pradesh on 17 January 2014. Which enterprise has been given charge to operate this ambulance service? – GVK EMRI (GVK EMRI is currently operating 988 Ambulances under 108 Scheme in Uttar Pradesh. They have also bagged the project of operating 2,000 more ambulances under 102 Scheme which is meant for the transportation of pregnant women and neonates to the hospital and also back to home after delivery. Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI) was set up in 2005 with the objective of delivering comprehensive, speedy, reliable and quality Emergency Care Services)

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6) Sunanda Pushkar, who was found dead in a New Delhi hotel late on 17 January 2014, was the wife of which union minister? – Shashi Tharoor, the Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development (Her last rites were performed on 18 January at New Delhi)

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7) What was position of hosts India in the Hero Hockey World League Final, in which it played its last classification match on 18 January 2014? – Sixth (India finished at sixth position after it was defeated 2-1 by Belgium in the fifth-sixth place classification game. The sixth place finish in this League is certain to give a major boost to India’s world rankings. India are presently lying 10th in the world rankings)

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