Current Affairs Global - 13 January 2014

1. Iran and six world powers have agreed to implement the interim nuclear deal from January 20. They have laid down concrete steps to put in place the deal aimed at placing curbs on Iran-s nuclear programme. The agreement to implement the interim nuclear deal from January 20 follows intensive talks in Geneva between negotiators from Iran, EU and US. To begin with Iran would limit its uranium enrichment to 5% which is commonly used in power reactors. It would stop producing 20% enriched uranium which is only a technical step away from weapons-grade material and neutralize its existing stockpile of 20% enriched uranium.


Iran will also grant IAEA access to its nuclear facilities and its centrifuge production lines. In exchange, economic sanctions would be partially eased for a period of six months. No fresh sanctions would be imposed on Iran during this period. The six month time frame would be utilized to work on a comprehensive nuclear deal.


2. A new government led by Sheikh Hasina has taken over in Bangladesh this weekend. President Abdul Hamid administered the oath of office to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her new Council of Ministers. This is the third time Sheikh Hasina sworn in as Prime Minister of Bangladesh.


3. 71st Golden Globe Awards were announced at Los Angeles this weekend which was organised  by Hollywood Foreign Press Association. American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave won the top awards at the event. -12 Years a slave- won the -Best Motion Picture, Drama- award and Alfonso Cuaron won the Best Director award for -Gravity- movie. Italian movie -The Great Beauty- won the award in the -Best Foreign Language Film- category.


4. Ariel Sharon, former Israeli general and prime minister who was in a coma for eight years after he had a stroke at the height of his power, passed away on Saturday. He was 85. He served as the 11th Prime Minister of Israel until he was incapacitated by a stroke. He left big footprints on the region through military invasion, Jewish settlement building on captured land and a shock, unilateral decision to pull Israeli troops and settlers out of the Gaza Strip in 2005.