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June 26, 2013

Current Affairs Daily Updates - 17th June 2013

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International Affairs
  • The EU and United States are set to launch negotiations on Monday to create the world's biggest free-trade pact despite a hard line by France to protect its film and culture sectors from Hollywood.
  • The foreign ministers of Egypt and Ethiopia met in Addis Ababa on Monday in hopes of defusing tensions over a huge dam Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile River.
  • Eyeing deeper economic ties, India and Argentina agreed to tackle barriers to expand the scope of bilateral trade and investments besides working for a strategic partnership between the two countries.
  • Three people have died in Tanzania following a grenade attack on an opposition political rally over the weekend, officials said .
  • US has appointed CliffSloan as the special envoy for closure of Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention centre.
  • NASA has selected eight new gen-next astronauts to explore new destinations in the solar system, including an asteroid and Mars, and for the first time ever half of the new candidates are women.
  • Indian-American Srinivasan sworn in as judge in US Court of Appeals for DC Circuit, second most powerful court in US after Supreme Court.
  • The United States will respond to North Korea's latest offer of talks only if Pyongyang takes credible steps to move verifiably towards concrete denuclearisation, a top American official has said.
  • US Secretary of State John Kerry called Pakistan's new Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to discuss with him America's continued support for a stable, secure and prosperous Pakistan and the region, a spokesperson said on Monday.

National Affairs
  • Mallikarjun Kharge is our new Railway Minister.
  • In an unambiguous endorsement of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's future role, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday said Rahul would be the "natural leader" to lead the UPA if it returned to power next year and that he would be happy to make way for him.
  • Goa celebrated its Revolution Day. Several functions are held  all over the state to  mark the occasion.
  • Prime Minister Singh Monday said BJP leader and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is not a "threat" to the Congress as people know what he "stands for".
  • In Uttarakhand 37 die, over 160 buildings damaged as incessant rains wreak havoc.
  • Army busts a militant hideout in Poonch district and recovered some arms including three AK-47 rifles.
  • The Reserve Bank will soon put into circulation new five rupee coins to commemorate 150th birth anniversary of Motilal Nehru. 
  • India has been invited as the Guest of Honour to the 2013 edition of Seoul International Book Fair organised by Korean Publishers' Association (KPA).
  • Keeping in view the rising water level in Yamuna due to incessant rains and release of water by Haryana, the Delhi Government started evacuating people living in low lying areas along the river.

  • Somdev Devvarman missed chances galore, including a match point, as he crashed out of the Wimbledon qualifiers after losing a gruelling and energy-sapping first round match against Australia's Matt Reid, here on Monday.
  • Indian Grandmaster Vidit Gujrathi managed to secure a draw against overnight joint leader Zybnyk Hracek of Czech Republic in the seventh round but dropped to the fourth position at the Grand Europe Golden Sands Chess Tournament here.
  • Soccer legend Diego Maradona will get 3 million yuan (USD 4.90 lakh) as compensation from three Chinese companies for using his name in an online game without his consent.
  • LeanderPaes wins first round of men's doubles event at Aegon International in Eastbourn.

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