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November 23, 2013

23rd November 2013 Current Affairs

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International Affairs
  • The International Criminal Court has adjourned Kenya Vice President William Ruto's crimes against humanity trial until 13th January.
  • A meeting of top defence official of the US and Pakistan have agreed to continue their counter-terrorism co-operation and strengthen their military to military ties in coming years, much beyond their cooperation in Afghanistan.
  • A North Carolina newspaper deliveryman Anthony Cannon  picked up a teddy bear on a rural road, only to have authorities tell him later a bomb had been stuffed inside.
  • Belgium's Princess Astrid leading a delegation of 300 businessmen, is on a week-long visit to India with an aim to further deepen cooperation with India in diverse sectors, particularly trade and investment.
  • Iran and six major powers have made some progress toward an interim deal to curb Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, but both sides said that they still have significant differences to overcome.
  • Portugal police chief Paulo Valente Gomes has resigned a day after thousands of off-duty officers staged a protest against the debt-wracked government's austerity measures.
  • The Obama administration has asked the Karzai government of Afghanistan to sign the bilateral security agreement with it as soon as possible before the end of this year and insisted the text of the agreement is final from its side.
  • UCPN-Maoist chief Prachanda finally got elected from Siraha 5 constituency in southern Nepal by a thin margin.
  • The United Nations warned that 1.5 million children are at risk of malnutrition in typhoon-ravaged areas of the Philippines and called for greater efforts to provide food and water.

National Affairs
  • Today is 76th death anniversary of Acharya Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose, Bengali polymath, physicist, biologist, botanist, archaeologist.
  • Prime Minister Manmohan Singh releases the 1st ever commemorative postage stamp on the IB logo - Awake, Day and Night

  • Fr Alec Reid, who was a key figure in the Northern Ireland peace process, acting as a go-between between the IRA and politicians, has died.

Awards and Honors
  • Squadron leader Shalija Dhami will become the first woman from the Indian Air Force (IAF) to qualify as a Flying Instructor from the Flying Instructors' School in Chennai on Saturday.

Business and Economy
  • The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) has suggested the establishment of a North East Corridor, linking businesses in the region to the economically prosperous South East Asia.  

Science and Technology
  • Twitter announced it has toughened the encryption of traffic at the globally popular one-to-many messaging service to thwart online snooping.
  • India successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable Dhanush ballistic missile from a naval ship off  Odisha coast.
  • India's first indigenous Aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, being built at public sector Cochin Shipyard Limited and formally launched in August this year, would be commissioned by 2017, chief of Naval Staff Admiral D K Joshi said today.

  • 14-year-old V R Aravindh Chithambaram has won Chennai Grandmaster International Open Chess tournament.
  •  Indian professional tennis player on Saturday earned himself a Grand Slam debut by securing a wild card entry into Australian Open men's doubles main draw as he won the play-off tournament with Kiwi partner Michael Venus even as he lost the chance to compete in the singles.

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