[PIN-2014] Part 2/6: International- Presidents, Prime ministers, Summits, bodies & Ukraine CrisisDevendra Vishwakarma
- Prologue to six part Article series
- PIN: Heads of States
- Chief Guest in 26th January Republic Day Parade
- India’s Ranks (2013)
- International Summits
- National Summits
- Ukraine crisis
- International Organizations
- International places in news
Prologue to six part Article series
Total six parts covering December 2013 to 8th June 2014- nearly six months that is the usual time span for current affairs most competitive exams below UPSC Civil service exam.
- [PIN-2014] Part 1/6: National- Official Posts, Committees, Stamps-2014, Defense, Telengana & more
- [PIN-2014] Part 2/6: International- Presidents, Prime ministers, Summits, bodies & Ukraine Crisis
- [PIN-2014] Part 3/6: Sports, Mascots, Athletes, Awards, FIFA-2014, Sochi-2014, Grand Slams, Hockey, Kabbadi, Cricket & more
- [PIN-2014] Part 4/6: Economic Regulators, Banking Sector CMDs, RBI monetary policy, RBI Committees, Business GK CEOs
- [PIN-2014] Part 5/6: Books, Authors, Movies awards & Beauty Pageants
- [PIN-2014] Part 6/6: Diaspora, Civilian awards & Dead in News, Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas, Padma 2014, Able Prize & more
Persons in News: Heads of States
Every month some new pm/President gets elected somewhere. given the bad cost benefit, I’ve only listed important ones and ignored many chillar parties for example Chile new President Michelle Bachelet, because Chile is not in news otherwise.
|Cuba||President Raul Castro (not Fidel Castro)|
|France||President Francis Hollande; PM Manuel Valls. Anne Hidalg-first female mayor of Paris|
|Iran||President Hussan Rouhani, Accepts peaceful nuclear technology use|
|Iraq||PM Nur Al Maliki|
|Italy||Youngest PM Matteorenzi|
|Japan||Emperor Akihito, PM Shinzo Abe. Parliament called DIET.|
|Jordan||Joined non-permanent member of UNSC in Dec 2013. King Abdulla. Capital Amman|
|Kazakstan||President Nursultan Nazarbayev; PM Karim Massimov|
|Latvia||Officially joined Eurozone. 18th Member of Euzozone. PM: Straujuma. Parliament: Saeima. Capital Riga.Donot confuse EU vs Eurozone. EU (european union) has 28 members as of now. Croatia became the 28th member of EU in july 2013.|
|Lebanon||PM Tammam Salam. Capital Beirut. Country In news because Hezbulla from Lebanon participating in Syrian civil war.|
|Libya||PM Abdulla al Thani- he quits after family attacked. Capital Tripoli.|
|Lithuania||President Dalia Grybushaite (Iron lady). Only person to win twice.|
|Malaysia||PM Najib Razak|
|Maldives||President Abdulla Yameen – after defeating Moh. Nasheed in run off vote. Parliament : Majilis|
|Mauritius||President Rajkeshwar Purryag. PM Navin Ramgoolam|
|Myanmar||President Thein SeinOpposition leader Aung su kyi|
|Nepal||President Ram Baran Yadav. PM Sushil koiralaParliament : Rahstriya Panchayat|
|Nigeria||President Goodluck Jonathan. in news because an extremist group Boko Haram kidnapped schoolgirls to get their prisoners released. Capital: Abuja|
|North Korea||Kim Jong- un got 100% votes. Held high level talks with south korea at Pan mun jom. Jang Song Thaek: he was Kim’s uncle, but Kim got him killed for “gaddari”.|
|Pakistan||President Mamnoon Hussain and PM Nawaz Sharif both belong to PML-N party. Parliament called “Majlis-e-shoora”.Abul Basit: Paki Ambassador to India|
|Palestine||Unity govt. under Moh. Abbas (Fatah) and Ismail Haniyeh (Hamas)|
|Papua New Guinea||
|Philippines||Prez Beningo Aquino. New law to legalize birth control methods Until now birth control was prohibited due to opposition from Christians|
|S.Africa||Jacob Zuma wins Presidential election. (Party African national congress). Capital: Johannesburg.Indian origin – Ela Gandhi – Pravasi Bharatiya Samman 2014|
|South Korea||President female Park Park Geun-hye. PM Chung Hong won resigned after Ferry sinking incident which killed 300+people|
|South Sudan||Salva Kiir Mayardit|
|Spain||King Juan Carlos abdicated throne for his son. PM Rajoy. Capital Madrid. Parliament|
|Syria||President Bashar al assad – ready for election under international pressure|
|Uruguay||Legalized marijuana trade. Capital Montevideo. PM/President not important.|
|Vatican||Pope Francis (Jorge Bergoglio) became TIME person of the year for 2013. He replaced Pope Benedict XVI.|
|Venezuela||President Nicolas Maduro (and NOT Hugo Chavez- He is dead)|
|Vietnam||President Truong Tan SangPM Nguyen Tan Dung|
- David Cameron. Queen Elizabeth ruled for 62 years.
- Recently David said Sikhs can head UK army and judiciary.
- UK parliament honored Tagore in 2014
- Operation Trojan horse: to prevent spread of extremism in schools.
- Banned sale of non-native aquatic plants to prevent entry of invasive species.
- Scotland referendum to be held in September 2014.
- President Barak Hussain Obama ; VP Joe Biden both democrat party
- Jeb Bush (Republican) He is yyounger brother of George Bush, he may fight next Presidential election (perhaps) against Hillary Clinton (democrate).
- Secretary of State John Kerry (not Hillary Clinton)
- Speaker of house of representatives: John Boehner (not Nancy Pelosi)
- Nancy Powell was first women US Ambassador to India. She was made to resign in May 2014 because she was close to Congis and Obama knew Modi will become next PM. in other words, her “boore din” had started even before election result!
- Peter Haas: US Cousul general in India, opened new trade office in Ahmedabad in June 2014.
- FBI: James Comey
- CIA: John O. Brennan
- Sergeant Bow Bergdahl: American soldier captured by Talibans in 2009. Obama freed some Taliban prisoners to secure Bow’s release.
Chief Guest in 26th January Republic Day Parade
- 2013- King of Bhutan, Jigme Wangchuck
- 2014- Japanese PM, Shinzo Abe
India’s Ranks (2013)
|Doing Business (world bank)||134. Singapore tops|
|Gender Gap (WEF)||101, even Bangladesh, SriLanka and China better.|
|Global hunger index||63rd. Even Paki and Bangla better|
|Global Slavery Index||India first rank! China 2nd, Paki 3rd|
|Human Capital index(WEF)||78.|
|Human development index (UNDP)||136.|
|Standard and Poors||BBB minus rating|
|Standard Charters||by 2030, India will be third largest economy after US and China|
|Transparency International’s corruption perception index||
*WEF= World Economic Forum.
For non-UPSC exams, this topic is pretty much irrelevant. Even for the interviews, you don’t need to know more than just basic geography and power angles. Crux of the matter is= Ukraine crisis happened because Russia wants to control (Crimea+ Black sea) & counter NATO/US influence in this region.