Daily Current Affairs – 13th December 2014
- Today’s observed as Acadians Remembrance Day. The Federation des Associations de Familles Acadiennes of New Brunswick and Saint-Thomas d’Aquin of Prince Edward Island has resolved that December 13 each year shall be commemorated as “Acadian Remembrance Day” to commemorate the sinking of the Duke William and the nearly 2000 Acadians deported from Ile-Saint Jean who perished in the North Atlantic from hunger, disease and drowning in 1758. he event has been commemorated annually since 2004 and participants mark the event by wearing a black star.
- Today’s observed as Republic Day in Malta.
- Today’s observed as13th Anniversary of Martyrs of Parliament attack were remembered and paid homage by Nation on Sansad Bhavan attacked by terrorists in 2001. Fourteen people are killed, including the terrorists. The perpetrators were Lashkar-e-Taiba (Let) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists. The attack led to the death of five terrorists, six Delhi Police personnel, two watch and ward staff and a gardener, in total 14 and to increased tensions between India and Pakistan, resulting in the 2001-2002 India-Pakistan standoff. Among the other leaders PM Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan paid tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives to save the temple of democracy. Other leaders include UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other members attended a formal ceremony held in Parliament.
- Today’s observed as Saint Lucy’s Day in Scandinavia. Her feast once coincided with the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year before calendar reforms, so her feast day has become a festival of light. St. Lucy’s Day is celebrated most commonly in Scandinavia, with their long dark winters, where it is a major feast day, and in Italy, with each emphasizing a different aspect of the story.
- The Alliance Lepep coalition, led by Anerood Jugnauth, wins the general election in Mauritius. He served four consecutive terms as Prime Minister from 1982 to 1995 and was then voted out of office from 1995 to 2000. He was the prime minister who held the office for the longest run, one of 16 years, overtaking Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, who held the office for 14 years. As leader of the Militant Socialist Movement, he became Prime Minister again, for a fifth term, after the 2000 election. Previously he was Prime Minister of Mauritius from 1982 to 1995 and again from 2000 to 2003. Following his party’s victory in the 2014 general elections, he is the prime minister-elect and will take office as soon as he is sworn in by President Purryag.
- The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee releases a report strongly criticizing the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of torture. The report is 6,000-page, which took five years and $40 million to compile, details abusive actions by CIA officials (amounting to systemic mistreatment of detainees) and various shortcomings of the detention project and compiled by the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) about the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)’s Detention and Interrogation Program and its use of various forms of torture (described in U.S. government communiqués as “enhanced interrogation techniques”) on detainees between 2001 and 2006.
- Pakistan beat India 4-3 in a high-octane seven goal thriller in the second semifinal of the FIH Champions Trophy 2014 at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
- Ruhi Singh 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. She was Femina Miss India East first runner-up in 2011. Rebecca Boggiano from Australia finished is first runner-up and Sofia Alkhadra from Palestine is the second runner-up.
- Maharashtra Government declared Dahi Handi as adventurous sport to make it a safe sport. It is a traditional sport in Maharashtra. It involves making a human pyramid and breaking an earthen pot filled with buttermilk tied at a height on the occasion of Krishan Janmashtami. In August 2014, Bombay High Court had banned the participation of children below 18 years of age in Dahi Handi citing fatal accidents at the events. However, Supreme Court had reduced the age limit to 12 years and had asked the organizers to use proper safety measure at events.
- Mehdi Masroor Biswas’s arrest at home came days after Britain’s Channel Four identified him as the man behind “Shami Witness” on suspected of operating a pro-Islamic State Twitter account that pumped out a stream of updates on the violent group’s military campaign from his base in Bengaluru. The Twitter handle followed by thousands of people including most foreign fighters for the Islamic State.
- Asha Bhosle was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 11th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) held in Dubai. She received the award for her decades of dedication to Indian Film Industry whereas Egyptian actor Nour El-Sherif was also received the DIFF Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on over 100 films, in a career spanning nearly five decades.
- Dineshwar Sharma, special director in the Intelligence Bureau appointed as the agency’s new chief and will take charge on January 1 succeeding Syed Asif Ibrahim. He is 1979 batch IPS officer from Kerala cadre, Sharma, who has been working with the agency for the past 23 years, will have a two-year tenure.
- ICICI Bank launched India’s first credit card with a unique transparent design and a distinctive look named ICICI Bank Coral American Express Credit Card. It is a part of Gemstone Collection of ICCI Bank in association with American Express.
- President Pranab Mukherjee underwent a heart procedure as doctors at the Army’s Research and Referral hospital installed a coronary stent in his artery to remove a blockage. He was taken to the hospital in the morning after he complained of stomach problems and related ailments.
- Islamic State group militants shot down an Iraqi military helicopter in the Shiite holy city of Samarra, about 95 kilometres north of Baghdad in which killing the two pilots onboard and raising fresh concerns about the extremists’ ability to attack aircraft amid ongoing US-led coalition airstrikes. Sunni militants used a shoulder-fired rocket launcher to shoot down the EC635 helicopter on the outskirts of the city.