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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Current Affairs Updates: 13 June 2014

1) Netherlands thrashed champion Spain 5-1 in World Cup: Louis van Gaal, one of the game's greatest coaches, was criticized before the World Cup for being too defensive for a nation that loves attacking play. His decision to field five defenders against Spain though, proved a masterstroke. His team thrashed the defending world champions spain 5-1 on Friday with a clinical display of counterattacking football that had Spain chasing shadows at the end as Dutch fans roared ''Ole!'' each time their team passed the ball. It was Spain's worst loss in the tournament since a 6-1 defeat to Brazil in 1950. In the day's other matches, Chile beat Australia 3-1, leaving Spain at the bottom of Group B. In Group A, Mexico edged Cameroon 1-0 on a 61st-minute goal by Oribe Peralta to take second spot behind Brazil.

2) In a major achievement, India becomes permanent Signatory to Washington Accord: In a major boost to technical education & engineering programs, India on Friday joined a select group of 17 countries who are permanent signatories of the Washington Accord (WA). The meeting of the International Engineering Alliance of WA member countries met in Wellington, New Zealand Friday morning and gave India the signatory status with immediate effect. Union Minster of Human Resource Development Smt Smriti Zubin Irani has congratulated the officials of the Ministry of Human Resource Development and the National Board of Accreditation, and said that “this will ensure highest quality assurance standards to be implemented in our technical and engineering programmes and provide global mobility to our engineering graduates.” It will enable global recognition of Indian degrees in engineering and technical education translating into global employment opportunities.

3) Canara Bank expands overseas network to New York: Close on the heels of opening a branch in Johannesburg in South Africa, Bangalore-based public sector lender Canara Bank opened another overseas branch at New York, USA. This is its seventh overseas branch after London, Leicester (UK), Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bahrain and Johannesburg. In addition to the above, the bank has a representative office at Sharjah and a joint-venture bank in Moscow. With the inauguration of New York branch, the bank has now presence in eight geographies— UK, USA, Hong Kong, China, Bahrain, South Africa, UAE and Russia.

4) Uganda's Sam Kahamba Kutesa elected President for the 69th Session of UNGA: Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Sam Kahamba Kutesa on 11 June 2014 was elected as the President of 69th Session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The theme for the 69th session is Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda.

5) Maharashtra Assembly passed bill to ban dance shows in star hotels: A day before the end of the session, the Maharashtra Assembly passed a bill banning dance performances in five, four, three star hotels and gymkhanas. The urgency with which the bill was passed in the Assembly on Friday evening could be gauged from the fact that there was not much discussion on the ban. The bill was placed before the Legislative Council on Friday itself and is expected to be cleared in the same way. The move to ban dance performances in star hotels and gymkhanas came after the state government realised that the only way to keep the ban on dance bars going was to also ban such performances in five-star hotels.

6) Amit Shah unanimously elected president of Gujarat Cricket Association: BJP leader Amit Shah was on Saturday elected unopposed as the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) president, a post that had been left vacant after the resignation of Prime Minister. Modi resigned from the post before he took the oath of office as Prime Minister recently.
Current Affairs Updates: 13 June 2014 Reviewed by Currentaffairs4examz on 14.6.14 Rating: 5 1) Netherlands thrashed champion Spain 5-1 in World Cup : Louis van Gaal, one of the game's ...

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