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September 13, 2013

Daily Current Affairs Updates - 13th September 2013


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National Affairs
  • India alone accounts for more than one-fifth of deaths worldwide of children under the age of five, according to a new UN report released Friday, which said nearly 6.6 million kids died globally, last year, before reaching their fifth birthday.
  • BJP officially announces NarendraModi as its prime ministerial candidate for 2014.
  • TamilNadu CM  Jayalalithaa inaugurates 14 arts & sciences colleges across state, allocating over Rs 122 crore.
  • Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren today offered talks to the Maoists and other extremists, the JMM-led government's first offer after taking over the reins in July.
  • Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting ManishTewari to inaugurate CII Big Picture summit in New Delhi.
  • Musicians, dancers and saints to pay tribute to Swami Haridas, legendary musician saint of Bhakti Kala, during two-day festival in Vrindavan.
  • The Information & Broadcasting ministry will roll out the third phase of auction for FM Radios in October and is also expected to take a decision on FDI in media soon, Union Minister for information & Broadcasting, Manish Tewari said today
  • Foreign Secretary SujathaSingh to leave for Nepal tomorrow on 2-day  official visit to discuss key bilateral and regional issues.
  • As part of 'Vision 2020' initiative, IIT Kharagpur director Prof P P Chakrabarti said they will enhance new faculty startup grant by more than five times (upto Rs 28 lakhs each).
  • North East's biggest and most modern jail to be inaugurated on October 2  at Goutam Nagar in Tripura's Sipahijala district.
  • Buoyed by the success of students from the state cracking the prestigious all-India civil services exams, Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to bear the expenses of coaching of those who have cleared the preliminary stage of the exams.
  • In the wake of Muzaffarnagar riots, a meeting of the National Integration Council (NIC) on September 23 by the government to discuss how to combat communalism and casteism is being convened.
  • All four men convicted of raping and murdering a 23-year-old woman in Delhi were sentenced to death on Friday, nine months after a crime whose savagery triggered furious protests across India and rare national debate about violence against women.

International Affairs
  • Ahead of the Obama-Manmohan Singh meeting later this month, the US has granted conditional authorisation to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas to countries that do not have Free Trade Agreement with America, from a terminal, where India's GAIL has a major stake.
  • "Zinda Bhaag", a film starring Naseeruddin Shah and co-directed by India's Meenu Gaur, was today named Pakistan's first entry to the Oscars after a five-decade absence from the prestigious film awards.
  • Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police launches an online FIR service for overseas Pakistanis through its official website.
  • Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi was today remanded to a further 30 days in custody on charges of jailbreak and espionage during the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak.
Science and Technology
  • Twitter announced on Thursday, in a tweet, that it has submitted papers for the most hotly anticipated stock offering in the tech sector since Facebook's last year.
  • NASA's spacecraft Voyager 1 becomes first human-made object to venture into interstellar space.
  • Scientists have found that a bacteria responsible for gum disease can lead to earlier onset of arthritis and speed up the progression of the crippling condition.
  • Hindi version of Delhi Tourism & Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) web portal launched to reach out to larger number of people.

  • Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has agreed to advise the Serbian government and is expected in Belgrade next week, Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Friday.
  • Ray Dolby, an American inventor and audio pioneer who founded Dolby Laboratories, has died at the age of 80.

Business and Economy
  • Ford India recalls 1.66 lakh units of Figo and Classic models to rectify problems related to steering and rear suspension

  • BCCI has imposed life ban on cricketer Sreesanth for spotfixing during IPL.
  • Rohan Kokane, 12-yr-old Indian rollerskating enthusiast enters into 2014 edition of the GuinnessBook of World Records.
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