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June 18, 2013

Current Affairs Updates - 9th June 2013

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International Events
  • Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said he is ready to facilitate the withdrawal of foreign troops from neighbouring Afghanistan but US drone strikes in his country "must stop" as they are a violation of sovereignty and "simply unacceptable".
  • Three persons were killed and two others injured when pro-Taliban militants attacked several NATO container trucks in the restive Khyber tribal region of Pakistan on Monday, officials said.
  • North and South Korea reached Monday a patchy agreement to hold a high-level meeting in Seoul, following marathon talks aimed at rebuilding trust after months of soaring tension and threats of nuclear war.
  • Syrian army kills 100 people fleeing Qusair after it was captured by army troops & fighters from Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah last week.
  • Israel has been the target of a growing number of cyber-attacks from Iran and its militant allies Hezbollah and Hamas, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.
  • India and Canada must sign two key trade agreements to unlock the full potential of their economic ties, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird has said as he called for a "robust" collaboration to combat terrorism and proliferation of nuclear weapons.

National Events
  • Narendra Modi was appointed as the Chairman of the 2014 Lok Sabha Election Campaign Committee of the BJP.
  • Air India plans to expand its global network using the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, which will emerge as the "game changer" for the national carrier, civil aviation minister Ajit Singh said on Sunday.
  • Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will hold an all-party meet Monday to finetune the government's strategy to deal with Maoists, official sources said Sunday.
  • First phase of Rs 19,000 cr metro rail project between Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, over 83 kms, to be completed by 2017.
  • Odia Lyricist Surendra Nath Vidyadhar who wrote more than 2000 songs for Odia cinema passes away in Cuttack.
  • Rupee tumbles to all-time low to 57.77; down 71 paise against US dollar in late morning trade.
  • Finance Ministry detects evasion of over Rs 4,500 crore in service tax, excise and customs duty during last year.
  • Army busts a militant hideout near the Line of Control (LoC) in Macchil sector of Jammu & Kashmir.

Science and Technology
  • Scientists have developed a pill to prevent Delhi belly - a condition that causes cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea due to intake of contaminated food and water - in those travelling to India and other tropical countries.They have produced a new vaccine that can be swallowed by travellers to help them fight the bacteria that causes the illness.
  • An extraordinary family of antibodies found in the humble cow may lead to new medicines to fight diseases in humans, scientists believe.

  • City-based hotelier Vikram Aggarwal on Monday appeared before the Crime Branch-CID of the Tamil Nadu Police after summons were issued to him in connection with the IPL betting case, police said.
  • New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by one wicket in their Champions Trophy Group A match in Cardiff on Sunday.
  • RafaelNadal Wins his 8th FrenchOpen men's singles title.
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