Current Affairs of 4th December 2014

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1. Union Finance Ministry constituted High Level Committee to hear industry's tax issues the Union Finance Ministry constituted a High Level Committee (HLC) to interact with trade and industry on tax-related issues on a regular basis. The high level committee will be headed by former Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) Ashok Lahiri. Other two members of the committee are Sidhartha Pradhan, retired member of the Settlement Commission (Income Tax and Wealth Tax) and Gautam Ray, retired DG (Audit) of the Customs and Central Excise.
2. SC constituted Social Justice Bench to deal with social issue Supreme Court set up a Social Justice Bench to exclusively hear cases related to women, children and underprivileged. The apex court set up the special bench in lieu of the specialized approach needed for dealing with such social issues. The newly constituted two-judge SC bench will be headed by Justice Madan B Lokur and comprises of Justice U U Lalit as member. The bench will assemble every Friday at 2 PM from 12 December 2014 onwards. The Social Justice Bench is a brainchild of Chief Justice of India H L Dattu to ensure early disposal of the pending cases related to social justice so that the masses will realize the fruits of the rights provided to them by the Constitution.

3. East Zone won 2014-15 Deodhar Trophy of cricket East Zone won the 2014-15 Deodhar Trophy of cricket by defeating West Zone by 24 runs. The final match was played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. This was the first Deodhar Trophy win for East Zone after 11 seasons. East Zone won the toss and opted to bat first posted 269 for 8 in the stipulated 50 overs. In reply to the target, West Zone bundled out for 245 in 47.2 overs.
4. Sikh woman Preet Didbal elected as council member of California's Yuba City A Sikh woman Preet Didbal was elected as a council member of California's Yuba City that has huge concentration of Sikhs in comparison to other cities. Preet Didbal was sworn in by her daughter as part of the Yuba City ceremony for new council members. This is the first time that a Sikh Woman is elected to the council of California.
5. American saxophonist Bobby Keys died at 70 American saxophonist Bobby Keys died in Franklin, Tennessee on 2 December 2014. He was 70. He played saxophone for the The Rolling Stones, English rock band formed in Kent in 1962. Bobby was most famous for his work with the The Rolling Stones on the classic track Brown Sugar and album Exile On Main Street. He made a unique musical contribution to The Rolling Stones band since 1960s.
6. Prince of Gujarat: The Extraordinary Story of Prince Gopaldas Desai released Book titled Prince of Gujarat: The Extraordinary Story of Prince Gopaldas Desai (1887-1951) authored by Rajmohan Gandhi was released on 7 November 2014. In this biography, author Rajmohan Gandhi has used letters, rare documents, personal accounts and historical narratives in the book and tried to recreate vivid and moving detail of life and times of a leader of supreme honesty and unalloyed patriotism who also battled against the hierarchies of Indian society.
7. International Day of Persons with Disabilities observed on 3 December international Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) was observed across the world on 3 December 2014. The theme - sustainable development: the promise of technology, with the aim of improving technology and making it more widely available to those living with disabilities.
8. Google launches new application for SMBs In a move to create easier online presence for the small and medium businesses (SMBs), Google has launched a new application, Google My Business. The new product is designed to work across desktop and mobile devices, and will enable SMBs to create and update their business info on various Google products such as search, maps and Google plus from one place for free. The users can use the service in Hindi and English.
9. World Bank, ADB to assist AP in Hudhud cyclone relief works Teams from World Bank and ADB now on a visit here have assured the Andhra Pradesh Government to assist the State in Cyclone Hudhud rehabilitation works. The World Bank Country Director Omno Rahl and Country Director of Asian Development Bank (ADB) Theresakho today called on State Chief Secretary IYR Krishna Rao at the secretariat for an update on the relief and rehabilitation works of the cyclone Hudhud damages in the state.
During the meeting some of the Secretaries made presentations on cyclone Hudhud relief and rehabilitation works. The World Bank team lead by Tarun Bajaj, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs participated in an hour long presentations by Secretaries on the rehabilitation works of cyclone.
10. Shiv Sena to be part of Fadnavis ministry The 34-day-old Devendra Fadnavis-led ministry in Maharashtra will be expanded tomorrow, amid indications of a “patch up” with former ally Shiv Sena. "Twelve Shiv Sena ministers, including five (in) cabinet (rank), will be sworn in tomorrow," Mr. Fadnavis said here on Thursday. The ceremony will be held at Vidhan Bhawan premises at 4 pm, an official said. Mr. Fadnavis had met BJP president Amit Shah in New Delhi on Tuesday and is believed to have got the nod for BJP probables in the expansion exercise. Presently there are eight cabinet and two ministers of state in the Fadnavis ministry sworn in on October 31.
11. Sehwag, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Gambhir not in WC probables list The national selectors on Thursday announced the 30-member probables list for the ICC Cricket World Cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand in 2015. The selectors more or less maintained the team which played against West Indies and Sri Lanka in the recently concluded ODI series.
The prominent players to miss out the list are:
Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan, Gautam Gambhir,Harbhajan Singh and the man-of-the-series in the 2011 World Cup Yuvraj Singh.
The following is the list of probables:
MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Robin Uthappa, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina,
Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Manoj Tiwary, Manish Pandey, Wriddhiman Saha, Sanju Samson, R Ashwin, Parvez Rasool, Karn Sharma, Amit Mishra, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohd Shami, Umesh Yadav, V Aaron, Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Mohit Sharma, Ashoke Dinda, Kuldeep Yadav and Murali Vijay.