Current Affairs India - 4 August 2014

1. Government has announced in the Lok Sabha today that English marks in CSAT-II will not be included for gradation or merit in the Civil Services, Preliminary Examination, Paper-two and 2011 candidates may get a second chance to appear for the test next year. This move aims to clear the UPSC row that has seen huge protests from all the aspirants claiming that the difficulty level of aptitude and English language questions is much higher than the standard format prescribed for the examination.

Minister of State for Personnel and Pensions Dr Jitendra Singh announced that candidates, who appeared in Civil Services Examination 2011, may be given one more attempt in 2015.

2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala during his visit to Nepal yesterday and these two countries have signed three agreements, including one on the 5,600 MW Pancheshwar Multipurpose Project that will pave the way to start the stalled project.

Nepal and India has also signed three separate Memorandum of Understandings during the bilateral talks held between the delegations led Modi and Koirala. Under the first agreement, India would provide Rs 65 million to procure and distribute iodized salt in the rural areas of Nepal. They have also signed MOU regarding the amendment of Terms of Reference (ToR) of the Pancheshwar Multipurpose Project on the Mahakali River.

3. The 20th Commonwealth Games was concluded at Glasgow yesterday through a glittering concluding ceremony. India finished at fifth position as per medal tally after posting a successful performance in the tournament. Indian athletes won 15 gold, 30 silver and 19 bronze for a total haul of 64 medals to finish fifth. England leads the medal tally with 58 Gold medals, 59 silver medals and 57 Bronze medals followed by Australia (49, 42, 46), Canada (32, 16, 34) and host Scotland (19, 15, 19).

India had finished second behind Australia in 2010 Delhi edition but considering that some disciplines, from which the hosts had won medals, were either dropped or pruned down in Glasgow.

4. India men's hockey team lost 0-4 to Australia in the final match and had to settle with a silver medal on the final day of the 20th Commonwealth Games at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre yesterday. Australia had beaten India 8-0 in the final in Delhi Commonwealth games four years ago as well.

5. Wrestling Federation of India suspended referee Virender Malik today, who was detained on charges of alleged sexual assault in Glasgow during the recently-concluded Commonwealth Games, with immediate effect. The president of WFI, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh took the decision to suspend him but the Federation would wait for details from Scotland police before making his ban permanent.

The WFI is awaiting the investigation report before finalising his suspension. Once it gets the report and is satisfied that the charges against him are true, WFI suspend him permanently from all national and international tournaments.