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June 14, 2013

CA Updates - 7th June 2013

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  • Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping opened their crucial first summit, both calling for a new approach to relations between the US superpower and China, the rising giant.
  • Two FARC rebels and a Colombian special forces soldier were killed in a firefight that broke out in the country's southwest when the army occupied a guerrilla camp, authorities said on Friday.
  • US and Venezuelan officials will meet soon for talks that could lead to the countries exchanging ambassadors for the first time since 2010, Venezuela's foreign minister has said.
  • Legal expert Munir A Malik, who played a key role in the lawyers' movement against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, was today named Pakistan's new Attorney General.
  • An envoy from Sunni Islam's highest seat of learning, Al-Azhar in Cairo, raised the prospect of restoring ties with the Vatican on Friday but called on Pope Francis to take "a step forward" by declaring that Islam is a peaceful religion.

  • Perhaps for the first time in the BJP's history, L K Advani on Saturday skipped the party's national executive meeting against the backdrop of his pursued opposition to project Narendra Modi as head of the campaign committee for the next Lok Sabha elections.
  • Eminent Telugu music director and playback singer JettiVeera Raghavulu passes away at the age of 82 following brief ill. 
  • Even as the BJP has alleged that the Marathwada and Vidarbha regions were being sidelined as far as drought relief measures were concerned, Maharashtra government today said 1,423 new concrete check dams would be inaugurated in Western Maharashtra region on Sunday. 
  • The Jammu and Kashmir government will develop unexplored tourist destinations in the Valley in order to ease the rush of visitors to the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg and other known picturesque spots here.
  • To showcase its rich legacy and cultural heritage, Punjab government has decided to formulate a cultural heritage policy with assistance from UNESCO.
  • Haryana's first biomass project, that will generate power using farm residue, has been commissioned in Khurawata village of Mahendergarh district.
  • Uttar Pradesh police will now have specialized units in every district to tackle terror activities and counter hardened criminals. They decided to set up Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams in every district of the state which will be part of the crime branches of the police.
  • Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gave green signal to the Amritsar-Delhi-Kolkata industrial corridor and constituted an inter-ministerial panel to prepare the feasibility report for setting it up.
  • Larsen and Toubro Ltd and Japan-based Sojitz bags Rs 6,700-cr railway contract for 640-km track to form part of western freight corridor.
  • Scientists on Saturday called NASA's Opportunity rover gimpy and arthritic but hailed its new discoveries about early water on Mars made 10 years after it was launched toward the Red Planet.The unmanned solar-powered vehicle has just analysed what may be its oldest rock ever, known as Esperance 6. It contains evidence that potentially life-supporting water once flowed in abundance, leaving clay minerals behind.

  • Rio's olympic stadium  will be used for track and field in the 2016 Olympics will remain closed until 2015 because of structural problems with its roof.
  • Defending champion Saina Nehwal's hopes of retaining her Thailand Grand Prix Gold title went up in smoke as she suffered a shocking three-game defeat to Singapore's Juan Gu, while promising youngster K Srikanth entered the semifinals of the men's singles event in Bangkok on Friday.
  • West Indies eked out a two-wicket win over Pakistan in a low-scoring Group B encounter to start their Champions Trophy campaign on a perfect note at the Kennington Oval.
  • Nadal beats Djokovic in epic semifinal to reach French Open final.
Rose M

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