Current Affairs, News & Facts of 29 Dec 2014

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  • Indonesia's AirAsia flight QZ8501, with 162 people aboard, disappears en route to Singapore from Indonesia.  
    • Indonesia - amidst the rising demand and growth of low-fare airlines - has had a very poor air safety record. 
    • Some 650 people have died of air-mishap over the last two decades in the country.
    • 2014 has been a bad year for Southeast Asia in airlines safety with as many as five major plane crashes including the mysterious disappearance of MH370 en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. 
    • Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine earlier this year claiming some 280 deaths.
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  • Union Cabinet approves the promulgation of the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Ordinance 2014.  
    • It will amend the Insurance Act, 1938, the General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Act, 1972 and the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority Act, 1999, in accordance with the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill 2008.
    • It has to be passed by the parliament within the next six months to stay valid.
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  • Each state to have SMART Police Stations; soon - read more cat
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  • Spinner Pragyan Ojha is banned by BCCI from competitive matches due to illegal bowling action.  
    • His elbow has been found to flex more than the permissible limit of 15 degrees.
    • The board will help him in correcting his action and get back to the job.
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  • Indian Army observe 43rd Sand Dune Day (27-28 Dec 2014) at Nagi village of Rajasthan's Sriganganagar District.  
    • The site is part of our history of valour where in 1971, Indian Army had undone the Pakistani occupation - despite the ceasefire - of the land.
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  • Indian tennis player Ankita Raina clinches her first ITF singles title.  
    • She is only the 2nd Indian after Radhika Tulpule - who won the inaugural edition in 2000 - to bag this $25,000 award.
    • She defeated Katy Dunne of England by 6-2, 6-2 in the final.
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  • Trevor Bull is appointed as CEO and MD of Aviva India Life Insurance.  
    • He succeeds TR Ramachandran as such.
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  • Veteran Hindi poet and a litterateur Nand Chaturvedi passes away at 91.
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  • Malayalam film actor NL Balakrishnan breathes his last at 72.
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