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Asian Games 2014

The 2014 Asian Games, officially known as the XVII Asiad commences from September 19 - October 4 in the port city of Incheon, South Korea. The opportunity to host the 17th edition of Asian Games, the largest multi-sporting event in Asia governed by Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) was given to Incheon after defeating Delhi, India with 35 is to 13 votes in bidding. Incheon with this notable achievement becomes the third city in South Korea to host the Asian Games after Seoul (1986) and Busan (2002).

International Organizations Summits - A brief insight

1. BRICS summit

Country: Brazil, Russia, India, China, South-Africa.
- 6th BRICS Summit 2014: Fortaleza, Brazil
- Next 7th BRICS Summit to be held in Ufa, Russia
Note: Ufa is the capital city of the Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia, and the industrial, economic, scientific and cultural
centre of the republic.
- The theme chosen for our discussions was "Inclusive Growth: Sustainable Solutions”.

Daily GK Updates: 19th Sept 2014

1.    Asian Games opening Ceremony on the move
i. The opening ceremony of the 17th Asian Games is now on at the coastal city of Incheon in South Korea. In the athletes march past, Indian hockey captain Sardar Singh led the country's contingent. Nepal led the march past. 
ii. Around 13,000 athletes from 45 nations will be competing in the quadrennial event. For India, 516 athletes will be seen vying for top honours.
iii. A rich cultural heritage of the Korean peninsula will be showcased in tonight's opening ceremony, before the Games are officially declared open with the lighting of symbolic flame.
Note: Sardar Singh, captain of the men’s hockey team is the Indian contingent’s flag bearer at 17th Asian Games

General Awareness Quiz

1. Which is India's first indigenously built stealth warship commissioned into Indian Navy ? 
(1) INS Kolkata
(2) INS Vikramaditya
(3) INS Kamorta
(4) INS Sindhurakshak
(5) None of these

2. Oscar-winning Director of Gandhi, who died recently  at the age of 90 ?
(1) Richard Kattelborough
(2) James Gillard
(3) Orlando Thompson
(4) Richard Attenborough
(5) None of these

Daily GK Updates: 18th Sept 2014

1.    India signs pact with China to better trade ties, get $20bn
i. India on Thursday signed a 5-year trade and economic cooperation agreement with China with a view to improve the trade balance and obtain USD 20 billion Chinese investment into the country.
ii. The 'Five year Trade and Economic Development Plan' was signed by Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her Chinese counterpart Gao Hucheng in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting President Xi Jinping. 
iii. The agreement lays down a medium term roadmap for promoting balanced and sustainable development of economic and trade relations between China and India, on the principle of equality and mutual benefit. 

iv. Among other things, it seeks to reduce bilateral trade imbalance and strengthen investment cooperation to realise USD 20 billion investment from China in 5 years.