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July 08, 2013

Daily Current Affairs Updates - 8th July 2013


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International Affairs
  • India and China will soon have a hotline between their service headquarters for avoiding and handling situations such as a possible border flare-up. Setting up of a hotline between officers at the level of Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) has been a long-standing proposal by India to China for having peace and tranquility at the border.
  • Buddhist-majority country Sri Lanka today tightened security at Sri Maha Bodhi, one of its holiest sites, a day after terror attack hit Mahabodhi temple in India.
  • India and Albania today signed the double taxation avoidance agreement (DTAA) to facilitate the exchange of banking information and help check tax evasion.
  • At least six Tibetans were injured when Chinese paramilitary police fired on a crowd that was attempting to commemorate the Dalai Lama's birthday in a volatile part of western China, sources in the exile Tibetan community.
  • Queen Elizabeth II's eldest granddaughter and an Olympic silver medallist, Zara Phillips, is next in line to deliver a royal baby after Prince William and Kate Middleton's baby is born in a few days' time.
  • Saddam Hussein's half brother and former director of his feared general security services died of cancer today in a Baghdad hospital.
  • Cambodia's self-exiled opposition leader has vowed to return to Cambodia ahead of this month's general election to help challenge the 28-year rule of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

National Affairs
  • President Pranab Mukherjee will address convocations of the Central University of Rajasthan and the IIT Jodhpur during his two-day visit to the state beginning tomorrow.
  • Delhi is all set to become the first state in the country to roll out the food security scheme with Chief Minister today saying that the ambitious programme will be launched on August 20, the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
  • Indian National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon arrived Colombo for talks with Sri Lankan leaders on ways to devolve power to the former war-torn north.
  • Home Minister Sushil kumar Shinde today inaugurated a 50-bed hospital of the CRPF in Pune.
  • Sacked Madhya Pradesh minister Raghavji on Monday applied for anticipatory bail after police registered an FIR against him and his two associates for allegedly sodomising his domestic help.
  • YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) leaders pay tribute to late Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy  on his 64th birth anniversary.
  • Asking the scientific community to find viable solutions to national problems like food, environment and water security, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday warned that the country will lack behind in human development unless "internal asymmetries are bridged".
  • Centre allocates Rs 4.4 crore for distributing solar lanterns in the flood-ravaged Uttarakhand state.

New Appointments
  • Former Delhi Police Commissioner K K Paul was sworn-in as the 13th Governor of Meghalaya today.

Business and Economy
  • Billionaire industrialist Mukesh Ambani has turned a venture capitalist and is backing a new television channel Epic TV due to go on air next month. Epic TV is a niche high-definition channel, which will have content based on the nation's history, folklore and mythology in a contemporary format.
  • The BSE benchmark sensex on Monday fell over 171 points dragged by oil and gas and banking stocks, including ONGC, ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank, on rupee hitting a new low against the dollar spurring concerns that RBI might delay a rate cut and FIIs would pull out funds.
  • Shares in South Korea's Asiana Airlines shed 6.4 per cent on Monday after one of its passenger jets crashed at San Francisco airport over the weekend, killing two people and leaving 182 injured.
  • The food ministry is in favour of a 7.5 per cent import duty on pulses as against 10 per cent suggested by the Commission for Agriculture Costs and Prices (CACP) to boost domestic production.
  • The BSE benchmark index sensex fell by nearly 263 points in early trade on Monday on profit-booking by funds at prevailing higher levels amid a mixed trend in the Asian region.

  • Teen sensation Shiva Thapa (56kg) reaffirmed his status as the rising star of Indian boxing as he became the youngest pugilist from the country to clinch a gold medal at the Asian Championships in Amman, Jordan .
  • Roger Federer has fallen to No. 5 in the new ATP rankings, the first time in a decade he's been that low.
  • The local magistrate's court directed the Mumbai Police on Monday to probe a case against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and its functionaries for "cheating" the public in the wake of the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket spot-fixing scandal.
  • Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Monday spoke highly of Mahendra Singh Dhoni as he picked the current skipper to lead an all-time great Indian one-day side.
Rose M


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