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TOP HEADLINES –27.12.2014
1. An arm of the World Bank approved the lending of Rs. 475 crore ($75 million) to the Andhra Pradesh Government for implementing a rural growth project. The fund from International Development Association (IDA) will be used for implementing the Rural Inclusive Growth Project (RIGP), aimed at enhancing agricultural incomes of small/marginal farmers and ensuring increased access to services related to health, nutrition, sanitation and social entitlements.
2. Haitian President Michel Martelly named veteran politician Evans Paul as new prime minister to lead a new government, as he seeks to defuse a crisis over long-delayed elections. Laurent Lamothe resigned from the post earlier this month in the face of repeated calls for him to quit over the failure to hold legislative elections for the past three years.
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3. Myanmar will host the 2015 Asian Junior Wrestling Championships in Nay Pyi Taw in June, inviting teams from 20 countries. Ahead of the event, the Myanmar Wrestling Federation will hold its selection trials in different regions and states in January.
4. India announced a USD one million contribution to a UN fund for tsunami, disaster and climate preparedness in the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asian countries on the 10th anniversary of the 2004 tsunami.
5. Ukrainian Parliament adopted a bill that enables the country to join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). This bill was adopted by 303 to eight votes. Ukraine dropped the non-aligned status to join NATO as in 2010 Ukraine adopted non-aligned status. Non-aligned status prevents states from joining any military alliances.
6. President Nicolas Maduro named powerful Foreign Minister Rafael Ramirez to a new post as permanent envoy to the United Nations. According to him the appointment would strengthen Venezuela's voice on the world body's Security Council from January 1, 2015.
7. Continuing her steady progress in the WTA circuit, India's Ankita Raina overwhelmed British teenager Katy Dunne in straight sets in a one-sided final to lift her maiden USD 25,000 ITF singles title at the Deccan Gymkhana.
8. Riding on three back-to-back victories, Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta emerged as the best performing Indian as he finished seventh in the Al Ain Classic International chess tournament. Gupta, who started the tournament as the defending champion, lost his fifth and sixth round games but scored victories in the remaining and his last round win against Vadim Malakhatko of Belgium was particularly special.
9. Popular Malayalam film actor N.L. Balakrishnan passed away. The 72-year-old actor began his career as a still photographer and was an integral part in projects of ace directors such as Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Aravindan and John Abraham, all master's in the parallel cinema industry.
10. In what appears to be a straight competition for influence with India, China has increased its official aid to Nepal by more than five times. China is giving aid to Nepal to develop infrastructure in the landlocked nation. Chinese aid to the Himalayan nation will rise from the present level of $24 million to $128 million in 2015-16. The announcement came after talks between Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi and his Nepali counterpart Mahendra Bahadur Pandey in Kathmandu.