Current Affairs, News & Facts of 19 Dec 2014

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  • Xu Youyu, China's pro-democracy activist, is honoured with the 'Olof Palme Human Rights Prize' for 2014.  
    • He is recognized for his work for democracy, social justice, human rights and freedom of speech. 
    • The prize is given by the Stockholm-based Olof Palme Memorial Fund each year.
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  • India signs pact with Germany, worth 625 million euro, for financial cooperation to support 'Green Energy Corridors (GEC)' Project under Indo German Bilateral Development Cooperation.   
    • It aims to create transmission infrastructure in the renewable energy potential rich states and facilitate evacuation of renewable energy (RE) into the national grid.
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  • Supreme Court orders government to wall up the porous India-Bangladesh border.  
    • It will check illegal Bangladeshi migration into India.
    • Riverine boundary to be managed by continuous patrolling.
    • There are chances for the border to be used by terrorist elements like ISIS.
    • As of now, only 65 per cent of the border is fenced.
    • Centre has also been instructed to streamline the process of deporting already present illegal migrants.
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  • The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) clears 4444-crore for defence purchases.  

     

    The project includes...

    • Upgradation of the mobile integrated electronic warfare system, Samyukta worth Rs 1,682 crore.
    • Four helicopters for survey vessels at Rs 2,324 crore
    • However, deferred the proposal to replace IAF's Avro transport fleet by a joint bid of Tata Sons Ltd and Airbus.

    Modi Government has cleared defence projects worth over 140000 crore since coming to power in May, 2014.

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  • 'The Lunchbox' is declared as the best first feature at the 18th annual Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA) awards in Toronto.   
    • It is the only Indian movie to ever win a TFCA award.
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  • Indian-American Amit Priyavadan Mehta is cleared by US Senate as the 'Federal Judge' of the District of Columbia.   
    • He was nominated for the post by the President Barack Obama in July 2014.
    • He is not only the first Indian-American, but also the first Asian-Pacific American to occupy this high office.
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