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October 30, 2013

Current Affairs Updates - 25th to 28th October 2013

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International Affairs
  • The UN-Arab League envoy to war-torn Syria said on Saturday in Tehran that Iran's participation in international peace talks on the conflict was "necessary," Mehr news agency reported.
  • A radio documentary about domestic violence and other related issues in the Australian-Indian community has won a prestigious United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) media award.
  • Investing in chasing healthcare frauds is proving to be a goldmine for the US government. In 2012, the US department of justice (DoJ) recovered a record $3 billion plus in settlement and judgments in civil cases involving healthcare fraud against the government.
  • India has signed an agreement with World Bank for credit of 360 million US dollar for the second phase of Uttar Pradesh Water Sector Restructuring Project.

National Affairs
  • Indicating a poor state of affairs on gender parity front, India was on Friday ranked at a low 101st position on a global Gender Gap Index despite an improvement by four places since last year.
  • Mining and other human activities will not be allowed in minimum radial buffer zone of one kilometer around six wildlife sanctuaries in Goa. The buffer zone of these protected areas will soon be formally notified as eco-sensitive zones in the state.
  • There's good news for Gujarat on the Human Development Index (HDI) front as the state's Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) has declined significantly. It has fallen to 38 in 2012 from 57 in 2003 - a drop of 33.3% - better than the 30% decline at the national level. IMR is defined as deaths of infants below one year of age per 1,000 live births.
  • Severe under-nutrition when diagnosed could mean at least two times higher odds of death in TB patients despite effective treatment, concluded a recent study which found shocking levels of malnutrition among rural TB patients. The study advocates nutritional support for TB patients, along with treatment to bring down mortality and boost efficacy of treatment.
  • A 15-year-old I PU student has developed a social networking site. Called Youflik, it has features like status update, friend request, message, chat, like, comment, etc.Pradeep Reddy, chief operating officer, Youflik Social Net Connect, said: "Prithviraj S Amin always dreamt of developing a social networking site of Indian origin.

Science and Technology
  • Nasa's Hubble, Spitzer and Chandra space telescopes are teaming up to look deeper into the universe than ever before and search for the most distant and faint galaxies that can possibly be seen.
  •  Infants and children can be more at risk than adults of developing some cancers when exposed to radiation, for example from nuclear accidents, a UN scientific report said on 25 October, 2013.
  • Chinese researchers announced on Saturday to have developed a vaccine for H7N9 bird flu virus, after the flu strain left over 130 people infected, of which 45 died. According to Shu Yuelong, director of the Chinese National Influenza Centre, this is the first influenza vaccine ever developed by Chinese scientists, Xinhua reported.
  • Archaeologists have discovered two mummies more than 1,000 years old in Peruvian capital Lima's suburb.
  • Goa has been seeing an increase in the number of cancer cases over the last few years and tops the list in the country in colon cancer with about 80 to 100 cases of the cancer reported every year in the state, doctors of the Bangalore-based HealthCare Global cancer specialty hospital said on Saturday.
  • Infosys has introduced an onsite rotation policy for employees and set an upper limit of 18 months on the duration that employees can stay in overseas locations when they go for client-specific work.
  • Scientists have designed a nearly indestructible data storage disc that can store data for a million years even if you barbecue it. Although the amount of data that can be stored has increased immensely during the past few decades, it is still difficult to actually store data for a long period.

Business and Economy
  • Russian diamond miner Alrosa said on Monday it would raise 41.3 billion roubles ($1.3 billion) in an initial public offering after it priced the 16 per cent stake on offer at the lower end of a previously announced range.
  • IT major WiprO has been ranked as a leader in the global R&D service provider survey by Zinnov Management Consulting for the fourth successive year. Zinnov's 'global R&D service provider rating 2013' has recognised Wipro as a leader among seven industries comprising consumer electronics, telecommunications, semiconductors, computing peripherals & storage, automotive, enterprise software and consumer software, the city-based firm said in a release.
  • The deep pessimism of August and early-September, triggered by the rupee's free fall and dismal first-quarter growth numbers, has given way to cautious optimism on tentative signs the economy may have bottomed out and is now starting revival.
  • Unemployment rate rose sharply in Agra, Ludhiana and Meerut during the five year period ending 2009-10, although overall it has come down in cities and towns in the country, according to a government study.
  • Skewed data and the economic setback of the partial government shutdown face Federal Reserve policymakers as they review their economic stimulus program on Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • Augusto Odone, a former World Bank economist, defied skeptical scientists to invent a treatment to try to save the life of his little boy, wasting away from a neurological disease, and to give hope to other children afflicted with the same genetic defect. Odone, 80, died on Thursday in his native Italy

  • Uttar Pradesh government has reconstituted the three-member state Human Rights Commission and has appointed Justice (Redt) Tarun Chatterjee as its Chairman. According to an official release, while Justice Tarun Chatterjee will be the chairman of the Commission, the other two members would be Justice (Retd) U K Dhawan and Ms Asha Tiwari.
  • Shah Rukh Khan is the new poster boy for South Korea  not its conglomerates, but the nation. The Bollywood superstar has just been appointed goodwill ambassador for South Korea.
  • Sebastian Vettel roared into history as Formula One's youngest four-time champion in superlative style as he dominated the Indian Grand Prix on Sunday.
  • After a long gap Saina Nehwal slipped out of the top five of the world rankings. And that did have an affect on the Indian, who tumbled out of the French Open Super Series along with her junior PV Sindhu in Paris.
  • Pune Warriors, owned by Sahara Adventure Sports, was terminated from the Indian Premier League by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday for “continued refusal” to give a bank guarantee of Rs. 170.2 crore to play in the 2014 season.
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1 comment:

  1. Good Morning Mam !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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