Current Affairs, News & Facts of 14 May 2014

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  • Major General Kristin Lund of Norway becomes the first woman ever to command a UN peacekeeping force.  
    • She was appointed by the UN chief as the Force Commander of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).
    • She will replace Chao Liu (China) on Aug 13 as commander of about 1000 UN forces stationed there.
    • The UNFICYP, was established in 1964 to maintain the ceasefire between Greek and Turkish Cypriot.
    • The country has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops occupied its northern third in response to an Athens-engineered Greek Cypriot coup seeking union with Greece.
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  • Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been sentenced to six-year imprisonment for bribery.  
    • Its the first ever criminal conviction of a former head of government in Israel.
    • He had taken bribes over property deal when he was serving as the mayor of Jerusalem.
    • Its notable that he was forced to step down as PM in 2008 in the backdrop of many corruption allegations.
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  • Indian-American Indira Talwani becomes the first Asian Pacific American federal judge in the US state of Massachusetts.  
    • Her name was cleared by the Senate by 94-0 votes.
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  • TR Zeliang is to replace Neiphiu Rio as the next Chief Minister of Nagaland.  
    • He is currently the planning and co-ordination minister in the Naga People's Front (NPF) government.
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  • BHEL commissions first of the two unit of 600 MW capacity for Jindal Thermal Power Project at Angul in Odisha.  
    • The 2nd unit of 600 MW capacity is also expected to be commissioned during the current year. 
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  • China-Vietnam at loggerheads over oil exploration in South China Sea. - read more cat
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