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August 24, 2013

Daily Current Affairs Updates - 23rd August 2013

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International Affairs
  • India and the United Kingdom have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together in the field of evidence-informed healthcare policy and practice.
  • India and Iraq, which is second largest oil exporter to the country, today inked a key pact for conclusion of a 13-year-old contract for exploration of an Iraqi block estimated to hold 645 million barrels of in-place reserves under a broad-based energy cooperation agreement.
  • Eyeing deeper economic ties with Sri Lanka, Pakistan today stressed the need for the early conclusion of a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between the two countries.
  • In a surprise move, Microsoft on today announced that CEO Steve Ballmer will retire within 12 months. The company said the board of directors has already initiated the process to find a successor to Ballmer.

National Affairs
  • Food Processing Industries Minister Sharad Pawar informed Rajya Sabha that due to lack of adequate storage infrastructure, fruits, grains and vegetables worth Rs 44,000 crore go waste every year.
  • India and China are set to sign an agreement for cooperation in the road and transport sector when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visits China in October.  
  • The Centre rejects Maharashtra government's plea to ban Abhinav Bharat, the radical Hindutva outfit linked to saffron terror, on grounds of insufficient evidence of its "terror activities" over the last two-three years.

  • Reigning champions Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa successfully defended their singles titles in the men's and women's section respectively in the 61st National Squash Championship.
  • SaniaMirza touched another milestone in her career by reaching 25th doubles final at the WTA New Haven Open.

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