Current Affairs, News & Facts of 01 Aug 2014

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  • Libya going Iraq way (?): Islamic extremist group Ansar al-Sharia captures the nation's second largest city Benghazi; the city declared an 'Islamic emirate'  
    • The country, highly fragmented since the fall of Muammar Qaddafi in 2011, has still been struggling to find the elusive political stability.
    • This is the repercussions of failure to control and disarm rebel militias which threaten the unity of the country.
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  • Iconic South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis hangs his boots on all forms of international cricket.   
    • He is the sole cricketer in the history to score over 11,000 runs and take 250 wickets in both one-day and Test match cricket.
    • 13,289 runs in 166 test matches with 292 wickets
    • 11,574 runs in ODIs with 273 scalps
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  • Avinash Chander, the brain behind the long-range ballistic missiles programme, is honoured with the prestigious Lokmanya Tilak award for 2014.   
    • The prize, in its 32nd edition, carries a gold medal, memento, citation and cash reward of Rs 1 lakh.
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  • There is 1869 billion cubic meters water available for each Indian per year.   
    • Though the amount of average utilizable water comes down to 1123 BCM (690 BCM surface water and 433 BCM of replenishable ground water) owing to topographic, hydrological and other constraints. 
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  • Turkey is going for Presidential election as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes to become the nation's first directly-elected president.  
    • His party's rulebook prohibits him from getting a fourth term as prime minister.
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  • Railways to add Wi-Fi facility at ‘A1’ & ‘A’ category stations and in 50 rakes of important trains in Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duranto category.   
    • This is in addition to Wi-Fi facility provided in 3 rakes of Howrah-New Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani Express as a pilot project. 
    • The public carrier will also add another 5000 Automatic Ticket Vending Machines across all zonal railways - 2000 coin operated and 3000 smart card operated. 
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  • New Delhi is going to host the 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS-III) in December 2014.  
    • The inaugural Summit was held in New Delhi in April 2008 while the subsequent one took place in Addis Ababa in 2011.
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  • Government, in order to encourage the solar power generation in the country, has set in motion a “Grid Connected Rooftop and Small Solar Power Plants Program”.  
    • The scheme promotes solar rooftop systems in the residential, commercial, industrial and institutional establishments.
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