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June 27, 2013

Daily Current Affairs - 21st June 2013

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International Affairs
  • The European Union's trade chief expressed confidence Friday that Brussels and Beijing can reach a speedy agreement in a bitter dispute over Chinese solar panels that sparked fears of a debilitating trade war.
  • Historical Chinese documents describing Tibet during China's Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) and showing the ancient financial and messaging service of the period, have won a major UNESCO recognition.
  • SriLanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa condoles loss in NorthIndia; expresses confidence that people have strength to overcome the tragedy.
  • Italy’s Mount Etna, one of the world’s most “active and iconic” volcanoes, was on Friday granted World Heritage status by UNESCO in recognition of its scientific and cultural importance.

National Affairs
  • India has talent but needs appropriate environment to nurture it to make it world class, President Pranab Mukherjee said as he conferred an honorary degree upon god particle research pioneer Rolf Dieter Heuer.
  • The Defence Ministry stepped up its efforts in the relief and rescue operations in flood-hit Uttarakhand where it deployed over 40 aircraft including the mighty Mi-26 helicopters and C-130J Hercules planes.
  • 122 Sikh pilgrims cross over to Pakistan through special train to observe death anniversary of Sikh emperor Mahraja Ranjit Singh.
  • Ms Bachendri Pal, Chief of Tata Steel Adventure Foundation recognised for 'Personal Achievement in Adventure Sports and Women's upliftment in the country.
  • In a bid to ensure quality and affordable drinking water to the poor and middle class people, the Jayalalithaa government in Tamil Nadu is set to launch nine ‘Amma Mineral Water’ production units across the state that would offer one litre bottle priced at Rs 10.
  • Ministry of Women and Child Development sets up Committee for media campaign against indecent portrayal of women in mass media.
  • Rupee recovers by 38 paise at 59.19 against dollar at 1230 hrs on fresh selling of the US currency by exporters and banks.
  • Amid growing concerns over huge gold imports hurting the country's economic strength, financial services major Reliance Capital on Friday became the first company to suspend gold sales across all its businesses.

Science and Technology
  • Researchers have created the first high-resolution 3D digital model of the human brain, which they have called "Big Brain".The reconstruction shows the brain's anatomy in microscopic detail, enabling researchers to see features smaller than a strand of hair.

  • The Indian men's hockey team finally tasted some success in the FIH World League Round 3 when they defeated lower-ranked France 6-2 to qualify for the fifth-sixth position play-off match on Friday.
  • India's top shuttler Saina Nehwal crashed out of the women's singles quarterfinals at the Singapore Open Super Series on Friday, losing to Indonesia's Lindaweni Fanetri.
  • Special Olympics Bharat athletes narrowly missed out on the qualification for the FIFA Unified World Cup after finishing a creditable fourth in the debut qualifiers of the Asia-Pacific region.

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