Current Affairs, News & Facts of 23 Jan 2014

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  • Currency notes issued before 2005 to be phased out beginning March 31: RBI   
    • This is a move to curb black money and weed out fake currency in circulation. 
    • The people will require to approach banks to exchange these notes with new ones. 
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  • Government launches LPG Connection Portability throughout India from today. The Scheme avails 480 districts in the country entailing all possible markets. 
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  • Odisha's Chilika lagoon has been selected by United National World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) as one of the eight 'destination flyways' in the world.  
    • The site, sole in Asia to be selected, got this recognition for being sustainable and resilient destination for migratory water birds.
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  • Advanced Light Helicopter 'Garuda Vasudha' dedicated to Geological Survey of India to enhance its mineral exploration capability.   - read more cat
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  • Pandit Haridutt Sharma Award conferred on petrolium minister Veerappa Moily for his literary achievements and public service.   
    • The award, named after the noted Hindi journalist and social worker Pandit Haridutt Sharma, is given to people in the field of journalism, literature and social service.
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  • T. Nanda Kumar to take over as the new Chairman of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) from March 1, 2014.  
    • He, first ever IAS to hold this position, will be replacing Amrita Patel as such.
    • She has been holding the office since 1998.
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  • National Bravery Awards to 25 children this year. - read more cat
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