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November 22, 2013

22nd November 2013 - Current Affairs Updates


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International Affairs
  • The United States marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy today.
  • US wants Afghanistan to sign the bilateral security agreement (BSA) by the end of this year to ensure smooth post 2014 transition, a top presidential aide has said.
  • Afghan President Hamid Karzai Thursday backed a proposed security pact with the United States that will see up to 15,000 foreign troops stay in the war-torn country, but said it would not be signed until after next year's election.
  • Saudi Arabia's embassy in Beirut has called on citizens to leave Lebanon because of the dangerous situation, its ambassador said, after some media linked the kingdom to deadly blasts.
  • US telecommunications regulators will consider next month allowing people to use cell phones and other broadband services during flights.
  • US media outlets protest White House media restrictions to ban photo journalists from covering Prez BarackObama at certain events.
  • European Union today said it is keen to conclude the proposed free trade agreement with India but it is for the country to take the initiative. 
  • Asian Development Bank, one of the biggest donors to Nepal, today hailed the country for successfully holding the Constituent Assembly elections that would pave way for drafting a new constitution.
  • WorldBank doubles disaster aid to Philippines , adding USD 480 million in emergency aid.

National Affairs
  • The Madras High Court Bench in Madurai has ordered issuance of notice to Union home secretary and the RBI among others on a PIL seeking posting of security guards, aged not more than 45, in all ATM kiosks in view of robberies, including the recent brutal attack on a woman in Bangalore.
  • Tehelka Editor Tarun Tejpal's alleged sexual harassment of a woman colleague snowballed into a major controversy with the Goa police considering summoning him while questions have been raised over the way the weekly magazine has handled the issue.
  • For the first time, Lok Adalats will be held tomorrow across the country (National LokAdalat ) in all courts including the Supreme Court and High Courts aiming to dispose of lakhs of cases in a day.
  • President Pranab Mukherjee to address special session of Arunachal Pradesh assembly on November 28 during a two-day visit to the state.
  • Karnataka's Minister of State for Information and Infrastructure Development Santosh Lad has resigned from his post following allegations over his role in the illegal mining scam.
  • Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday said connectivity with the ASEAN was a strategic priority for his government as it was the key to regional development, building capacities and enhancing trade and investment.

New Appointments
  • US President Barack Obama has appointed an Indian-American Gargee Ghosh as member of the Presidents Global Development Council.

Business and Economy
  • The Department of Telecom has doubled penalty provision to Rs. 10 lakh on companies whose mobile towers will be found violating radiation emission levels.
  • State-run NHPC to commence the process of share buyback worth up to Rs 2,368 crore from 29th November.
  • Belgium's Princess Astrid, accompanied by its "biggest ever" 300-member business delegation and senior ministers, will arrive to India Saturday on a week-long visit to deepen trade and investment with a country whose potential they consider "huge".

Science and Technology
  • Australian scientists discovered ground-breaking technique for treating aggressive forms of leukaemia which will lead to  long-term survival.
  • India ahead of China, Pakistan in Internet freedom. Revealed a study by World Wide Web Foundation

Awards and Honors
  • Indian-origin businessman Murli Kewalram Chanrai was presented the Outstanding Member of the South Asian Diaspora award by Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam.
  • Bollywood Actor Imran Khan has been awarded by animal rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India for stopping a trainer from hitting a canine on his film set.
  • Indian-origin British MP Priti Patel has been honoured here with the prestigious Asian Trader Editor's Award for her tireless campaigning to support small shops and convenience stores.

  • Norway's MagnusCarlsen becomes new World Chess Champion, by defeating Five-time title-holder India's ViswanathanAnand.
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