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September 15, 2013

Daily Current Affairs Updates of September 15th

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International Affairs
  • The United Nations has accepted Syria's application to join the chemical weapons convention, with its chief Ban Ki-moon pledging support to implement a deal reached by Russia and the US in this regard.
  • China is likely to achieve its growth target of 7.5 per cent this year despite planned structural reforms to rebalance the world's second largest economy, the World Bank president said today.

National Affairs
  • External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid tonight returned home after a two-nation visit during which he attended the Shanghai Cooperation Meeting in Kyrgyzstan where he also met his Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz.
  • Days after Muzaffarnagar riots, the government has convened a meeting of the National Integration Council (NIC) at Delhi on September 23 to discuss how to combat communalism.
  • HimachaPradesh to launch Food Security programme from 20th September.
  • Faced with a high current account deficit and declining forex reserves, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram in his forthcoming US visit will meet FIIs in San Fransisco to woo investments.
  • Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh today called on Nepalese President Ram Baran Yadav and interim government chief Khil Raj Regmi and discussed latest political developments and bilateral ties, including security cooperation.
  • Finance Ministry may set-up a new anti-evasion and intelligence unit to check  leakage of any indirect tax.
  • Kerala CM Oommen Chandy today greeted Malayalees all over the world wishing them a prosperous and peaceful Onam festival.
  • Taking note of some of its staffers wearing clothes “that did not bring any repute”, the Karnataka Government has prescribed a “decent” dress code for them — pant and shirt or ‘pyjama/kurta’ for men and saree or ’churidar’ for women.
  •  Mizoram government has made all necessary arrangements to receive 121 Bru families who have agreed to return to the state from North Tripura refugee camps on their own from September 30, a senior official said today.
  • First Urdu law dictionary, 'Kanoon Lugat' was released in Mumbai on Sunday in the presence of legal luminaries.

Science and Technology
  • India today successfully conducted a second test flight of indigenously developed nuclear-capable 'Agni-V' long-range ballistic missile with a strike range of more than 5000 km, from the Wheeler Island off Odisha coast.
  • Japan to be nuclear free as it switched off its last reactor.
  •  Drugmakers from India, the biggest overseas source of medicines sold in the US, have got more than 100 generic drug approvals from the American health regulator FDA this year so far.

Business and Economy
  • Mutual funds lost more than 13 lakh investors, measured in terms of individual accounts or folios, in the first four months of the current fiscal, mainly due to profit booking and various merger schemes.
  • Terming retrospective taxation a “significant disincentive” for entities wishing to do business in India, a government-appointed panel has suggested a string of legal, administrative and regulatory reforms to make the country a better and easier place for doing business.
  • Government is expected to raise import duty on refined edible oil to 10 percent, from 7.5 percent at present.
  • ShikharDhawan to lead SunrisersHyderabad in upcoming ChampionsLeague Twenty20
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