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October 11, 2013

Current Affairs Updates - 9th October 2013

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  • Human rights lawyers representing Haitian victims of a cholera epidemic they blame on UN peacekeepers announced on Wednesday they were filing a lawsuit against the United Nations, with a New York court seeking compensation from the world body.
  • Britain has decided to revive the bridge of diplomacy with Iran. In a significant move, the foreign secretaries of Britain and Iran have reached a consensus to appoint their respective non-resident Charge d'affaires, tasked with implementing the building of relations, including interim steps on the way towards eventual re-opening their respective embassies in Tehran and London.
  • Iranian Parliament speaker Ali Larijani says Iran has more enriched uranium than it needs and plans to use that as a bargaining chip at nuclear talks in Geneva next week.
  • The US central bank's tapering of its economic stimulus program will pose one of the biggest challenges to increased global financial stability, according to an International Monetary Fund report released on Wednesday.
  • Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan was snatched by gunmen before dawn on Thursday from a Tripoli hotel where he resides, the government said. The abduction appeared to be in retaliation for the US special forces raid over the weekend that seized a Libyan al-Qaida suspect from the streets of the capital.

  • Civil society activists, intellectuals, lawyers joined forces with Muslim and Christian groups to urge the Congress-led UPA government to bring the Communal and Targeted Violence Bill to Parliament in the upcoming winter session, especially in the wake of Muzaffarnagar riots.
  • Speaker of Jammu and Kashmir assembly Mubarak Gul on Wednesday said he will summon former Army chief Gen V K Singh to explain his position on his controversial statement about payoffs to politicians in the state.
  • Notwithstanding the infiltration bid along the LoC, India has to show some patience and not play into the hands of certain elements in Pakistan wanting to stall the peace process, external affairs minister Salman Khurshid has said.
  • Supreme Court mandates 3% reservation for disabled in government jobs.
  • In a landmark ruling, the Madras high court has said electricity supply is a legal right and denial of power supply is a violation of human rights.
  • The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) has always been advocating human intervention based on scientific research combined with people's participation to ensure effective conservation of the remaining wildlife and wilderness areas. While the latest list by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) includes 15 bird species from India as critically endangered, there are examples such as spot-billed pelican whose condition has improved due to such intervention.

  • Chemical experiments ideally take place in labs.But the ability to carry them out in real time through computers has won an Israeli, Austrian and British scientist the Nobel prize for chemistry 2013.The Nobel prize in chemistry was on Wednesday awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences jointly to Martin Karplus ( Harvard University), Michael Levitt (Stanford School of Medicine) and Arieh Warshel (University of Southern California) "for the development of multi-scale models for complex chemical systems".

  • Microsoft said it is paying a well-known hacking expert more than $100,000 for finding security holes in its software, one of the largest such bounties awarded to date by a high-tech company.

  • India's trade deficit fell to its lowest level in 30 months as exports retained their double-digit growth rate and imports contracted due to a fall in the shipment of gold, silver and oil. The data comes as a huge relief to policy makers struggling to put a lid on the yawning current account deficit (CAD).
  • The number of millionaires in the country is expected to jump over 66% at 3.02 lakh by 2018, even as 94% of India's population has wealth below $10,000, according to a global wealth report.

  • Ace Indian shuttler Jwala Gutta on Wednesday moved the Delhi high court challenging the decision of Badminton Association of India (BAI) to recommend a life ban on her for alleged indiscipline in the IBL.

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