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Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 19 March 2014

  1. India ranked fourth among the countries sending out spam e-mails with malicious content report released by Microsoft.
  2. Crimean and Russian leaders inked agreement for accession of Crimea to Russia.
  3. UNSC has extended the mandate of United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan till 17 March 2015.
  4. Russia threatens to switch over to other trade partners if European Union and the United States impose economic sanctions against Moscow.
  5. Ekhon Nedekha Nadir Xipaare (As River Flows), an Assamese thriller film won the audience choice award in North Carolina film festival.
  6. China has deployed ships to search new areas for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, as Thailand said its radars may have tracked the flight shortly after it lost contact. China has sent nine ships to waters south-east of the Bay of Bengal and west of Indonesia.
  7. India to take on England in a warm-up match of the ICC Twenty-20 World Cup at Mirpur today.
  8. Five-time world champion Vishwanathan Anand continues to lead at the World Candidate Chess tournament in Russia after a draw against Dimitry Andreikin in the 5th round.
  9. Qatar has denied any wrongdoings in award of hosting rights for 2022 Soccer World cup. In a statement, the 2022 World Cup organizing committee said it was unaware of any alleged payments by former head of the country’s soccer association Bin Hammam to an ex-vice president of FIFA.
  10. Italy’s highest appeals court has upheld a two year ban from public office imposed on former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi after he was found guilty of tax fraud. The ban means Berlusconi will be unable to stand in elections for the European Parliament in May 2014.
  11. In Nepal, the general strike called by various student unions against the petroleum price hike has partially affected normal life in the capital today.There are less vehicles running on the roads. Educational instiutions are closed and the bigger shops in the main business centres remain closed.
  12. Talks between Iran and six major world powers; US, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany in Vienna over Teheran

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