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September 18, 2013

Current Affairs Daily Updates - 17th September 2013

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International Affairs
  • US Secretary of State, JohnKerry to host his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, in Washington on Sept 19th.
  • Commemorating 150th birth anniversary of SwamiVivekananda, large number of people attended the Dharma and Yoga fests in California.
  • Bangladesh Supreme Court hands down death penalty to top Jamaat leader, Abdul Quader Mollah for 1971 war crimes.
  • Obama clears way for non-lethal assistance including those related to chemical weapons, to the Syrian opposition.

National Affairs
  • Karnataka government revises its controversial order on dress code for its staff after dissent from employees and activists.
  • Science city to come up in Patna; to be spread over 15 acres near Moinul-Haq stadium at an estimated cost of Rs 500 crore.
  • Widowed and divorced daughters of a deceased central government employee are eligible to get family pension, the government has said.

Sciencen and Technology
  • The government is developing a personal safety device which could be used to trigger alarm and send signals to pre-identified phone numbers in case of emergency.
  • The founder of the Los Angeles-based Kabbalah Centre, whose celebrity devotees include Madonna and Demi Moore, has died aged 86.

Awards and Honors
  • India-born V. Ramanathan chosen for UN 'Champions of the Earth' award for co-leading discovery of climate impact of air pollution in Asia.

Business and Economy
  • Import duty on gold jewellery raised to 15 per cent from 10 per cent.

  • Australia win 5th ODI and series against England.
  • AmitKumar wins Silver at World Wrestling Championship in Budapest of 55kg freestyle event.
  • Postal Department to bring RTI stamp soon.
  • ICC ODI rankings: #RavindraJadeja jointly tops the bowlers' list, #ViratKohli 4th in batting rankings.
  • Trials for Asian Para TableTennis Championships begin.
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