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June 27, 2013

Daily Current Affairs - 27th June 2013

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International Events
  • Pakistan on Thursday moved a step closer to putting former military leader Pervez Musharraf on trial for treason, by appointing a committee to investigate him for subverting the constitution.
  • Nelson Mandela's daughter Zenani Dlamini on Wednesday officially presented her diplomatic credentials to become her country's ambassador to Paraguay.
  • US President Barack Obama re-nominated General Martin Dempsey as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for a second term of two years.
  • Deferring announcement of the much-awaited provincial council election in the country's Tamil-dominated north, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today left on an official overseas visit.
  • Brazilian protesters and police clashed on Wednesday near a stadium hosting a Confederations Cup soccer match, as thousands of demonstrators trying to march on the site were met by tear gas and rubber bullets.
  • Australian Parliament today approved a proposed law with new rules to crackdown on misuse of the visa scheme for foreign workers by employers.Under the new rules, which will now move to Senate for clearance, employers have to conduct labour market testing and prove they searched for Australian workers before hiring temporary workers from overseas on 457 visas.
  • On his first foreign visit since assuming office, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will go to China next week where he is likely to seek Beijing's assistance to overcome the country's energy crisis.
  • National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon on Thursday is scheduled to travel to Beijing for the border dialogue with China. India's disrupted border with China tops the agenda of the dialogue.

National Events
  • 'Vande Mataram' writer Bankim Chandra Chatterjee's birth anniversary today.
  • Special Representatives of India and China will hold the 16th round of boundary talks here tomorrow, the first such meeting under the new Chinese leadership, to make another bid to move forward on the resolution of the vexed dispute.
  • To save the Ganga from industrial pollution, the Victorian government in Australia is preparing an eco-friendly business model for tanneries, which discharge effluents into the river.
  • The Supreme Court today agreed to give an urgent hearing to a PIL on the issue of US National Security Agency snooping on Internet data from India and seeking to initiate action against Internet companies for allowingthe agency to access the information.
  • Planing Commission approves Rs 2000 crore as outlay for fiscal 2013-2014 for Puducherry
  • Global credit rating agency Moody's today said that India's fuel subsidies may reach a whopping Rs. 1.3 lakh crore in 2013-14, surpassing their earlier estimate that fuel subsidies would fall to Rs. 1 lakh crore from a record high of Rs. 1.6 lakh crore in 2012-13.
  • Congress chief Sonia Gandhi has nominated the Leader of Lok Sabha, Sushilkumar Shinde, as Permanent Invitee to the Congress Working Committee.
  • India's current account deficit narrowed down to 3.6 per cent of GDP in the January-March quarter but totalled a record 4.8 per cent for the full 2012-13 fiscal.
  • The rupee on Thursday recovered from its all-time lows by rising 32 paise to 60.40 against the dollar in early trade at the Interbank Foreign Exchange market on fresh selling of the US currency by exporters and banks.
  • Quake of 3.5 magnitude felt in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand.

  • Norwegian firm Telenor and Qatar Telecommunications Thursday won telecom licences in Myanmar, one of the last untapped mobile phone markets globally, pipping India's Bharti Airtel and nine others.

Science and Technology
  • In the wake of health adversities associated with drugs, the ministry of health and family welfare has banned the sale of three widely popular medicines - painkiller Analgin, anti-diabetes drug Pioglitazone and anti-depressant Deanxit.  
  • India, European Union join hands to evolve strategies for Malaria control

  • Alastair Cook is over 8,000 runs behind Sachin Tendulkar in Test cricket but Kevin Pietersen believes his England captain is on target to challenge the veteran Indian's numbers and break every record that has been set.
  • British tennis star Andy Murray has said that he believed that he would lose if he played against American ace Serena Williams on grass courts.
  • The onus is on Shashank Manohar, the former president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), to prove he had no role in the transfer of $5 million into a bank account in South Africa during Indian Premier League 2, the Enforcement Directorate told the Bombay High Court on Wednesday.

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