Current Affairs, News & Facts of 08 Apr 2014

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  • World Health Day is observed across the globe on April 7.  
    • The day, in celebration since 1950, marks the anniversary of the founding of World Health Organization in 1948. 
    • The Theme for 2014 is 'Vector-borne diseases: small bite, big threat'.
    • Vectors (mosquitoes, flies, bugs etc) transmit diseases like malaria, dengue, yellow fever etc.
    • The theme for the last year was 'Healthy heart beat, Healthy blood pressure'.
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  • Punjab retains the 4th Hockey India Junior Men National Championship 2014 (Division A) by thrashing Odisha 6-2 in the finals.   
    • Meanwhile, Haryana secured the 3rd place by defeating Sports Authority of India by 7-3.
    • Harjeet Singh (Punjab) has been conferred on the Man of the Tournament award.
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  • Indian shooter Heena Sidhu becomes world no.1 in the 10 metres air pistol event.  
    • She recently (Mar 2014) won a gold in Asian Air Gun Championship and followed that by securing a silver in the ISSF rifle/pistol World Cup held at Fort Benning, US.
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  • The Lowland, 2nd novel of Indian American author Jhumpa Lahiri, has been shortlisted with 5 others for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.  
    • This exclusive award for women, earlier called the Orange Prize, is open to all women novel writers (English) across the world.
    • AM Homes had won it last year for her work 'May We Be Forgiven'.
    • The Lowland had also been shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize.
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  • Veteran cinematographer VK Murthy dies aged 91.  
    • He was the first cinematographer to receive Dada Saheb Phalke award in 2008.
    • Cinematic masterpieces like Pyaasa and 'Kagaz Ke Phool' gave him an iconic status for his camera work.
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  • Ashish Bose, demographer who coined the term 'BIMARU', breathes his last at 83.  
    • BIMARU referred to the underprivileged states of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh whose poverty was further augmented by their exploding population.
    • He had used the term in a reserch paper presented to the then PM Rajiv Gandhi.
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  • Ravi Chauhan has been appointed as the Managing Director of SAP India.  
    • SAP, one of the largest software companies worldwide, is known for making enterprise software to manage business operations and customer relations.
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