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CURRENT AFFAIRS 14.10.2014 1. Most Indian women engaged in unpaid housework NSSO urged to use time-use surveys to ascertain homemakers’ economically productive activity Close to two out of every three Indian women are, in their prime working years, primarily engaged in unpaid housework, new NSSO data shows. This phenomenon, on the rise over the last decade, is least common in the southern and north-eastern States and most common in the northern States, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh in particular. In data released on Sunday, the National Sample Survey Office’s 68th round, which covered one lakh households in every State and […]

CURRENT AFFAIRS (13.10.2014)

  1. Food security: India toughens stand at WTO India has decided to strike a harder bargain on food security at the World Trade Organisation than it did in July. It wants restrictive conditions attached to the use of the peace clause dropped.New Delhi, which had wanted the ‘peace clause’ offering protection against retaliatory action for breaching farm subsidy caps extended indefinitely in return for support to the trade facilitation pact, is now seeking more.“We want the peace clause to be worded in a way that we can actually use it,” a Government official told BusinessLine.In its present form, the peace […]


CURRENT AFFAIRS MISSALANEOUS12.10.2014 1. Compensatory tariffs case: Should power producers be compensated for rock-bottom bids made earlier? On August 25, the Supreme Court handed down a major judgement on the coal block allocation policy of the government. It called the manner such blocks were allotted ‘ad-hoc’ and ‘without application of mind’. Given that nearly 60% of the power capacity in the country runs on coal, it was a judgement with major implications for the sector. But on the same day in the Supreme Court itself, an episode of another case of critical importance for the power sector was played out. […]


CURRENT AFFAIRS 12.10.2014 1. Hudhud bears down on Visakhapatnam Ahead of Cyclone Hudhud, classified as very severe, more than 1.5 lakh people have been evacuated to 370 relief camps and shelters from four frontline districts of Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and East Godavari of Andhra Pradesh on Saturday. With expected rainfall of up to 45 cm and wind speeds of 180 kmph, Hudhud is due to make landfall between Visakhapatnam and Kalingapatnam in Srikakulam district on Sunday morning. Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the situation, and asked Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to remain in touch with the Chief Ministers of […]


CURRENT AFFAIRS 11.10.2014 1. India, Pakistan crusaders share Nobel Peace Prize The two struggled against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. Kailash Satyarthi, 60-year-old child rights activist from Madhya Pradesh, and Malala Yousafzai, who has risked her life to wage a campaign for girls’ education in Pakistan, are the joint winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. “It is an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and extremism,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee said on Friday. […]