10 December 2014 Current Affairs

Ebola Fighters Named Time Magazine’s 2014 Person of the Year

Time magazine has named its “Person of the Year 2014″ the health care workers treating the Ebola epidemic, which has killed more than 6,300 people worldwide.The magazine announced on 10 December that it had chosen to honour doctors, nurses and others fighting the spread of the virus through tireless acts of courage and mercy.

Human Rights Day was Observed On 10 December

Human Rights Day was observed across the world on 10 December 2014. The theme for 2014 is “‘Human Rights 365″. The UN General Assembly proclaimed 10 December as Human Rights Day in 1950, to bring to the attention ‘of the peoples of the world’ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. This year’s slogan, Human Rights 365, encompasses the idea that every day is Human Rights Day. It celebrates the fundamental proposition in the Universal Declaration that each one of us, everywhere, at all times is entitled to the full range of human rights, that human rights belong equally to each of us and bind us together as a global community with the same ideals and values.

Government Decided To Remove Section 309 From IPC

The government on 10 December decriminalised attempt to commit suicide. It has decided to repeal Section 309 from the Indian Penal Code (IPC), claiming support of 18 states and 4 Union Territories. Section 309 of IPC makes the act punishable with jail term of up to one year and fine. The Law Commission of India had in its 210th Report, recommended that Section 309 of the IPC needed to be effaced from the statute book. Law Commission of India had recommended that Section 309 (attempt to suicide) of IPC needs to be deleted from statute book.

Richard Rahul Verma Appointed As US ambassador To India

Richard Rahul Verma was on 10 December 2014 unanimously confirmed as the next US Ambassador to India by the Senate, making him the first-ever Indian-American to hold the post. He will replace Nancy Powell, who resigned in March 2014 after a damaging row over the treatment of diplomat Devyani Khobragade over visa fraud charges. Verma is currently a senior counsellor at Steptoe and Johnson law firm and the Albright Stonebridge Group, a business advisory company led by former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Verma served as assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs at the State Department in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2011.

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