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October 22, 2013

Current Affairs Updates of 17th October 2013


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International Affairs
  • Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education, will be granted honorary Canadian citizenship, the Canadian government announced.
  • India and Russia are involved in talks to sort out the nuclear liability issues before they sign an agreement for setting up Units III and IV of the Kudankulam power plant in Tamil Nadu during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's annual summit with President Putin in Moscow next week
  • The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed on October 17 every year since 1993 after the United Nations General Assembly chose this day to promote awareness about the need to eradicate poverty in all countries. Eradication of extreme poverty and hunger is also one of the development goals of the UN.
  • India and China will be keen to project the bilateral relationship as being stable and mature during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Beijing, beginning October 22.

National Affairs
  • The American ship, detained by Coast Guard for carrying arms and ammunition off Tamil Nadu coast, may escape action if it is established that the vessel was cruising beyond Indian territorial waters.
  • The government has raised the minimum support price (MSP) for wheat by Rs 50 to Rs 1,400 per quintal to encourage farmers to cover more area under the crop in the ongoing rabi season.
  • President Pranab Mukherjee has given assent to the Uttarakhand Lokayukta Bill, which will bring the Chief Minister among others under the ambit of the ombudsman, with a provision of punishment up to life imprisonment.
  • On the eve of fresh Presidential polls in Maldives, India on Friday said it wants to see transparent, free and fair elections that will bring a stable government in that country by the scheduled date of November 11.
  • With an aim to offer technological solutions to water problems in SAARC countries besides rural pockets of India, the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation is establishing an International Centre for Drinking Water Quality in Kolkata.
  • Union minister Sharad Pawar is all set to start his second innings as president of the Mumbai Cricket Association at its polls on Friday after the candidature of his lone rival, BJP leader Gopinath Munde, was rejected and a subsequent appeal against the verdict was turned down on Thursday.
  • Some 30 million people are enslaved worldwide, trafficked into brothels, forced into manual labour, victims of debt bondage or even born into servitude, a global index on modern slavery showed on Thursday.

Science and Technology
  • Apple's plan to build a verdant new campus crowned with a shimmering flying-saucer shaped headquarters was cleared for launch late Tuesday.
  • Water scarcity is endemic in our country. Recognising this, the ministry of water resources has, for the first time, started a Rs 41cr pilot project to map aquifers. Expected to be completed by May 2014, it will use specialized choppers to find clean, drinking water.
  • Chinese scientists have successfully developed a new cheaper way of getting connected to internet by using signals sent through light bulbs instead of radio frequencies as in Wi-Fi, a move expected to radically change process of online connectivity.
  • One of the greatest mysteries of the Himalayas may have finally been solved. Genetic testing has led scientists to believe that the abominable snowman - the Yeti, actually existed but it was actually a cross between an ancient polar bear and brown bear.
  • Microsoft is releasing its long-awaited Windows 8.1 upgrade as a free download this week. It addresses some of the gripes people have had with Windows 8, the dramatically different operating system that attempts to bridge the divide between tablets and PCs.
  • LG, the third biggest smartphone manufacturer in the world, has found a novel way of hitting out at competitors like Apple, Samsung and HTC. Instead of taking the regular approach of creating an advertising campaign aimed at making the masses switch to its devices, LG has gone 'personal'.

  • Sarojini Varadappan, veteran social activist and daughter of Tamil Nadu’s last Congress Chief Minister M. Bakthavatsalam, passed away at a private hospital onThursday after a brief illness. She was 92.

  • Pankaj Advani lived upto his billing as India's top cueist as he entered the Indian Open snooker tournament quarterfinals by overcoming stiff resistance from Stuart Bingham in his last-16 stage match on Thursday.
  • The ghost of 'Monkeygate' has risen again with former Australian captain Ricky Ponting questioning Sachin Tendulkar's role in the scandal, claiming that he was taken aback by the senior Indian batsman's statement which saved Harbhajan Singh.

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