Current Affairs - December, 2014

Microbes discovered living beneath earth by deepest marine drill

The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) has discovered microbes living 2,400m beneath the seabed off Japan. It was presented at the America Geophysical Union Fall Meeting after the samples were analyzed, which were taken from 2,446m of rock under the seafloor by Chikyu ship. Key discovery It was revealed life exists deep beneath the seabed ..

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Indigenous INS Arihant ballistic missile submarine Flagged Off for Trial

India’s first indigenously developed nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine- INS Arihant was flagged off by the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar from Vizag for sea trials. In maiden sea trial, Arihant’s light water reactor will undergo comprehensive validation before it is commissioned into the Navy. Key facts  INS Arihant’s design is based on the Russian Akula-1 class submarine. It is a ..

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Viswanathan Anand wins London Chess Classic title

Five-time chess world champion Viswanathan Anand has won his maiden 6th London Chess Classic title. It the fifth and final round he defeated British Grandmaster Michael Adams. In this title Mr. Anand scored seven points in all under the Soccer-like scoring system that gives three points for a win and one for a draw. London ..

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14th Finance Commission submits its report to President Pranab Mukherjee

The 14th Finance Commission has submitted its report to the President Pranab Mukherjee. The commission is headed by former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Y V Reddy. Finance Commission in its report has given their views on the devolution of tax receipts from the Centre to the states from 1st April 2015 to 31st ..

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Denmark lays claim over North Pole

Denmark has presented claim to United Nations over the area surrounding the North Pole. As per Denmark, this area is connected to the continental shelf of Greenland is their autonomous territory. Greenland geographically forms part of North America rather than Europe. But it is largely self-governed, but it remains part of former colonial master Denmark, ..

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