Current Affairs [20-12-2014]

5th edition of Gyanodaya Express sets off for North-East: Delhi University’s fifth edition of Gyanodaya Express has set off for North-East with 870 students and teachers aboard. Dharohar-Gyanodaya Express was flagged off from Safdarjang Railway Station by Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and Sarbanda Sonowal, MoS Youth Affairs and Sports.

The educational trip started from December 18 and will end on December 29. It aims to enrich students about the culture and heritage of the North east region and will cover all eight northeastern states – Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura. Besides learning about the culture and heritage of the northeastern states, students as part of trip will also meet representatives of local universities as well as senior functionaries of the North eastern states during the trip.

As a part preparation for the heritage tour, DU earlier had offered foundation courses in Nepali and Bengali, which are widely spoken in Sikkim and Tripura. After the trip, Delhi University is planning to publish a book, ‘Dharohar: The glory of the Northeast’ on the experiences of the students on the journey as well as the projects churned out by them. Gyanodaya Express: It was started by Delhi University in 2012 as the ‘College-on-Wheels’ project.

Current Affairs 20-12-2014

US President Barack Obama signed Ukraine Freedom Support Bill, 2014 for more sanctions on Russia

  • Who: Ukraine Freedom Support Bill, 2014
  • Where: Washington DC, the US
  • What: Signed by US President Barack Obama
  • When: 18 December 2014

Michael Garcia resigned as Chief ethics investigator of FIFA Ethics Committee

  • Who: Michael Garcia
  • What: Resigned as Chief ethics investigator of FIFA Ethics Committee
  • When: 18 December 2014

SoftBank Corp announced its third investment of 570 crore rupees in Housing.com

  • Who: Japanese telecom & internet giant SoftBank Corp
  • What: announced its third investment of 570 crore rupees in Housing.com
  • When: 16 December 2014

Helios Travel launched Magic Cabs in Bengaluru

  • Who: Helios Travel
  • Where: Bengaluru, Karnataka
  • What: launched Magic Cabs
  • When: 16 December 2014

UNGA adopted resolution referring North Korea to ICC for human right abuses

  • Who: The United Nations General Assembly
  • What: Adopted resolution referring North Korea to ICC for human right abuses
  • When: 18 December 2014

HTC Global Services acquired CareTech Solutions Inc

  • Who: HTC Global Services
  • What: acquired a US based firm CareTech Solutions Inc
  • When: 19 December 2014

Veteran freedom fighter Chunibhai Vaidya passed away

  • Who: Chunibhai Vaidya
  • What: passed away
  • When: 19 December 2014

GSLV Mark-III-X successfully test fired along with human Crew module, CARE

  • Who: GSLV Mark-III-X rocket
  • What: successfully test fired along with human Crew module, CARE
  • When: on 18 December 2014

UN Security Council extended mandate of UN Disengagement of Forces agreement in Golan Heights

  • Who: UN Security Council
  • What: extended mandate of UN Mission in Golan Heights
  • When: 18 December 2014

TVS Chairman Venu Srinivasan conferred honorary citizenship of Busan

  • Who: TVS Chairman Venu Srinivasan
  • Where: in Busan, Korea
  • What: conferred honorary citizenship of Busan
  • When: 18 December 2014
  • Why: for his efforts to enhance friendship and cooperation between India and Korea

UN Security Council renewed Humanitarian aid to Syria for 12 Months

  • Who: United Nations Security Council
  • What: Renewed Humanitarian aid to Syria for 12 Months
  • When: 17 December 2014

Veteran poetess Imtiaz Dharker awarded with the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2014

  • Who: Imtiaz Dharker
  • What: awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2014
  • When: 17 December 2014
  • Why: for her latest poetry collection Over the Moon

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