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October 11, 2013

8th October 2013 Current Affairs Updates

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International Affairs
  • President Barack Obama has said that US administration is ready to accept a short term increase in debt ceiling along with reopening of the federal government and then negotiate rest of the issues with the Republicans.
  • The United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) has held that France violated the religious freedom of 57-year-old Shingara Mann Singh by asking him to remove his turban for his passport photograph in 2005 and also failed to demonstrate that the curb imposed on him was necessary.
  • British foreign secretary William Hague said on Tuesday that Britain and Iran had embarked on a process that could lead to the reopening of their embassies after diplomatic relations broke down in 2011.

National Affairs
  • The Maldives must hold a fresh round of presidential polls before October 20, the Supreme Court has ruled while annulling the first phase as the government on Tuesday appealed to all parties to support new elections.
  • Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said it was impossible for India to normalize its relations with Pakistan until the neighbouring country stops infiltration and ceasefire violations.
  • India on Tuesday successfully test-fired for the second time in two days its indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile, which has a strike range of 350 km, from a test range at Chandipur near here.
  • The Supreme Court on Tuesday posted for final hearing on October 22 a batch of petitions and applications filed by the Union government and oil companies seeking a modification of the interim order that restrained the government from making the Aadhaar card mandatory for transfer of social welfare benefits to beneficiaries.
  • Jailed RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, sitting JD(U) MP Jagdish Sharma and former MLA R. K. Rana on Tuesday appeared through video conferencing before a special CBI court in another fodder scam case in Ranchi.
  • The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the post-Godhra riots has asked the Supreme Court for permission to file a plea for slapping the death penalty on Maya Kodnani, the former Gujarat Minister convicted for involvement in the Naroda Patiya 2002 riots.
  • A Nasa spacecraft bound for Jupiter will swing by earth on Wednesday to get the boost it needs to arrive at the giant gas planet in 2016.

Awards and Honors
  • Peter Higgs of Britain and Francois Englert of Belgium won the Nobel Physics Prize on Tuesday for the their theory on the " God particle", the Higgs Boson that explains why mass exists.

  • India is projected to see moderate average annual growth of 5.9 per cent during the 2014-18 period amid the country witnessing macroeconomic weaknesses, according to Paris-based think tank OECD.
  • Software giant Adobe, which makes software such as Photoshop and Acrobat, will repurchase stock worth $2 billion by fiscal 2015.
  • After raising a massive $200 million investment a few months back, E-commerce giant Flipkart has now raised an additional $160 million in its latest funding round from new and existing investors.
  • The United States launches on Tuesday a new $100 bill that comes with, for the iconic greenback, a new touch of color, as well as special features to foil counterfeiters.
  • Ending speculations over future of their partnership, Bharti Enterprises and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. said on Wednesday they are going separate ways for operations in the Indian retail sector.
  • In a big relief to N Srinivasan, the Supreme Court  allowed him to take charge as BCCI President even as it constituted a three-member committee headed by former Punjab & Haryana Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal to inquire into the allegation of betting and spot-fixing against his son-in-law and owners of Rajasthan Royals.

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