Current Affairs - December, 2014

Reverend Libby Lane appointed as first female bishop in the 500-year history of Church of England

Reverend Libby Lane was appointed as new Bishop of Stockport, England. Thus, she has become the first female bishop in the 500-year history of Church of England. This appointment comes after historic changes were made to the law to end centuries of male domination in the church. Before this appointment, she was vicar at St ..

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Union Cabinet approves GST Amendment Bill

Union Cabinet has approved the Constitution Amendment Bill on Goods and Services Tax (GST) thus clearing the way for its introduction in ongoing Winter session of Parliament. This bills aims to bring about long-pending indirect tax reforms and government planning to roll out the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from 01 April 2016. Cabinets nod comes ..

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Lok Sabha passes Companies Amendment Bill, 2014

The Lok Sabha has passed the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2014 through a voice vote. This bill aims to provide an environment of doing business easy and has 14 amendments to existing Companies Act, 2013. It also seeks to remove oppressive provisions in Companies law and to align it with international practices and attract investments. Key facts ..

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US Senate appoints Dr. Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General

The U.S. Senate has appointed Indian-American physician Dr. Vivek Murthy as U.S. Surgeon General. US Senate voted in favour of him by 51 votes to 43, after more than a year he was nominated by US President Barack Obama. Dr.Murthy is the youngest person and first person of Indian-origin to hold this post. It should be ..

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Chinese pro-democracy activist Xu Youyu awarded Swedish Human rights prize

Chinese pro-democracy activist Xu Youyu was awarded Sweden’s Olof Palme Human Rights prize. As per Stockholm-based Olof Palme Memorial Fund, Xu has worked consistently for a democratisation of Chinese society, while condemning any form of violence as a political method About Xu Youyu He was born in 1947. By profession he is a Philosophy Professor ..

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