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June 27, 2013

Daily Current Affairs - 22nd June 2013

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International Affairs
  • The US said main dialogue on the reconciliation process is between the Taliban and Afghan government but would have separate talks with it on some issues which America wants to discuss directly.
  • Heightened radioactivity levels were found outside a nuclear waste tank in the US state of Washington, officials has said, in a new alert about a site used to make Cold War-era bombs.
  • France made its largest medical delivery to northern Syria on Friday, including antidotes for nerve agents, as rebels prepared to fight off an assault on the city of Aleppo by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.
  • North Korea's UN envoy demanded the dissolution of the United Nations command in South Korea, accusing the United States of using the force to prepare for war against the North and build an Asian version of NATO to realize President Barack Obama's pivot to Asia.
  • An Iranian oil ministry official on Saturday denied a report published by a government agency that it had successfully blocked a cyberattack on an oil sector computer network.
  • The Irish government and the Kennedy clan celebrated the 50th anniversary of one of Ireland's most fondly recalled moments, the visit of President John F. Kennedy, with a daylong street party Saturday being capped by the lighting of Ireland's own "eternal flame."
  • Greece held talks over an imminent cabinet reshuffle after the defection of the ruling coalition's smallest partner in a row over the closure of the state broadcaster.

National Affairs
  • AICC General Secretary Shakeel Ahmad said any decision on forging ties either with RJD or Nitish Kumar's JD(U) for the 2014 general elections would be taken up by a committee led by senior leader and union minister A K Antony.
  • Pushing the party machinery into the relief work for Uttarakhand flood victims, Congress President Sonia Gandhi will flag off relief materail from AICC headquaraters here on Monday while two senior leaders will be sent to oversee relief work in Dehradun tomorrow.
  • Police in Jammu and Kashmir stop state government employees trying to organise a protest march towards Raj Bhavan in support of their various demands
  • The strike of Jammu and Kashmir government employees continued for the second consecutive day amid demonstrations against the state government for its "failure" to fulfil their demands.
  • Harayana gives plane, chopper to Uttarakhand, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda surveys floods.
  • The iconic Japanese Mount Fuji was officially recognized as a World Heritage Site at the annual UNESCO conference being held in Cambodia, a designation which some in Japan have worked toward for almost a decade.
  • European Union finance ministers failed to secure an agreement on how best to downsize or close banks without calling on taxpayers to bail out the ailing lenders, a top official said
  • Demanding scrapping of Posco's proposed Rs 52,000 crore steel project in Odisha, Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS) along with left parties observed Black Day as a mark of protest.
  • Freebies and subsidies cannot be the only parameters for measuring development, Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram said, stressing that power availability, farm productivity and road network should be the benchmark for its evaluation.

  • Delhi Police sought further 10 days of custodial interrogation of accused bookie Ashwani Aggarwal in the IPL spot-fixing scandal case, saying since it has invoked MCOCA against him it was entitled to seek his fresh custody.
  • Riding on a brilliant front-nine, Anirban Lahiri closed the gap between him and leader Pariya Junhasavasdikul of Thailand with a four-under 67 in the third round of the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters on Saturday.
  • Indian hockey eves eked out a hard-fought 2-1 win over lower-ranked Chile in a play-off match to avoid the wooden-spoon and finish seventh in the FIH World League Round 3, on Saturday.
  • World champion Viswanathan Anand draws with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan in the 7th round of Tal memorial chess tournament
  • Boxer Manjeet Singh settles for silver at 3rd China Open boxing tournament.

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