Current Affairs - June, 2014

India’s Lieutenant General (retired) Abhijit Guha appointed member of UN panel on peacekeeping

Lieutenant General (retd) Abhijit Guha of Indian Army has been appointed as a member on a five-member UN expert panel on peacekeeping that will advice the international body on how to use new technologies and innovations in that field. Guha has recently completed a term as director of the office for peacekeeping strategic partnerships in ..

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Private schools come under the purview of RTI Act: Chief Information Commission

As per an order by the Central Information Commission (CIC), private schools, whether public authority or not, must provide information on service records and salaries. The order came on an RTI plea filed by an ex-employee of Jindal Public School with Directorate of Education demanding a certified copy of service book and other details from ..

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June 5 observed as World Environment Day 2014

June 5 was celebrated as the World Environment Day across the globe with an emphasis for global awareness on taking action to protect the environment. Backed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the 2014 World Environment Day (WED) coincides with the International Year of Small Island Developing States, which was declared by the United ..

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Afghan-US ties strained over the issue of Bergdahl-U.S. PoW Taliban swap

Afghanistan’s government has taken exception to a U.S. deal to release five high-risk Taliban militants in exchange for a U.S. soldier. Afghanistan argues that the release of the men from a Guantanamo Bay jail to Qatar transgresses international law. The five prisoners were taken to Qatar as part of the deal to free army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, ..

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Researchers develop roof tiles to combat air pollution

Researchers at University of California have developed a new titanium dioxide roof tile coating that when applied to an average-sized residential roof breaks down smog-causing nitrogen oxides. As per their calculations, 21 tonnes of nitrogen oxides would be removed daily if tiles on one million roofs were coated with their titanium dioxide mixture. It was ..

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