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July 11, 2013

Daily Current Affairs Updates - 10th July 2013

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International Affairs
  • Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari's security chief was killed in a suspected suicide bomb attack in the volatile port city of Karachi on Wednesday as he stopped his armored vehicle to buy some fruit.
  • Disgraced ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn said prosecutors violated the legal principle of being innocent until proven guilty in the sex scandal that brought him down.
  • An Australian businessman has invented a new letter of the English alphabet to replace the word 'the' because he thinks it is more efficient.
  • Between 30 and 40 people were buried by a landslide in southwest China on Wednesday, local officials said, as heavy rains in the area also destroyed homes and bridges.
  • A month after the US and Chinese presidents held an unconventional summit at a California resort, their top officials convene in more staid surroundings in Washington on Wednesday. They will hash over a slew of security and economic issues that reflect growing ties but also deep-seated differences.

National Affairs
  • Hoping the food security bill to be a "game changer" in the next Lok Sabha elections, Congress is all set to go the whole hog to hard sell the key measure among electorate with a publicity blitz.
  • Punjab government has decided to spend Rs 300 crore for overhauling infrastructure at the state prisons, besides approving construction of new jails to take the pressure off the existing ones.
  • Madhya Pradesh Assembly passed 13 bills on Wednesday, virtually without any discussion amid a walkout by the Congress-led opposition, protesting against raising the time of the day's sitting beyond 5 pm.
  • The Centre was willing to follow Supreme Court guidelines in the implementation of the Sethusamudram Shipping Channel project which had been launched keeping in mind the development needs of Tamil Nadu.
  • Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday constituted a Cabinet committee to oversee reconstruction and rehabilitation in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand.
  • Bhakra dam will become the first structure in India which will have two commemorative postal stamps in its name.
  • Besides implementing the Food Security ordinance in the state, the Haryana government on Wednesday decided to provide 2.5 kg of pulses per month at a subsidised rate to BPL families.
  • The Punjab government on Wednesday announced 1% reservation in admissions for the single girl child in technical education institutions across the state.

Awards and Honors :
  • Zubin Mehta, an Indian-Parsi conductor of western classical music, will be felicitated with Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony.

  • Former India all-rounder Ravi Shastri on Wednesday said that ex-captain Sunil Gavaskar remains the best opener he has seen in world cricket.
  • Australia paceman Peter Siddle tormented England's batsmen at Trent Bridge on Wednesday, capturing 5-50 to help dismiss the hosts for 215 on the first day of the opening Ashes Test.
  • Stand-in captain Virat Kohli termed Indian team's comeback after back-to-back defeat as a "commendable" one as it showed the character of the team which enabled them to reach the final of the tournament in such convincing fashion.
  • Australia fast bowler Peter Siddle ripped through England's top order as the hosts collapsed to 185 for six at tea on an absorbing opening day of the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.

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