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November 19, 2013

Current Affairs Updates - 19th November 2013

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International Affairs
  • India and Australia to hold the 3rd round of civil nuclear talks on 26-27 November to pave the way for early conclusion of the agreement.
  • Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan visits Poland's capital Warsaw today to attend the ministerial level talk on Environment.
  • Kuwait has announced it will give USD1 billion to African countries in the next five years, as dozens of heads of state meet in the country today for the third Arab-African summit.
  • The European Union (EU) is keen on concluding the long-pending negotiations for the Free Trade Pact with India by next year, Ireland Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation, Richard Bruton said today.

National Affairs
  • Prime Minister ManmohanSingh and UPA Chairperson SoniaGandhi to inaugurate India's first all-women Bharatiya Mahila Bank in Mumbai Today. It  will provide services predominantly to women and SHGs.
  • The 96th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister of India, IndiraGandhi observed today.
  • National Integration Day to be observed today.
  • Kerala govt to roll out 'She Taxi' today, a 24X7 all-women taxi service as part of its women empowerment prog and to ensure safe journey.
  • Union Railway Minister MallikarjunKharge dedicated the Kadur-Chikmagalur railway line to the people in Udupi today.
  • The 33rd edition of the India International Trade Fair IITF in NewDelhi opened for general public today.

Awards and Honors
  • Germany 's Chancellor Angela Merkel to be conferred with Indira Gandhi Peace Prize.
  • President PranabMukherjee presents prestigious Indira Gandhi National Service Scheme Best University Award, 2012-13 to Mangalore University.
  • Renowned actress WaheedaRehman will be conferred with first Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year 2013 at IFFI2013.

  • US President Barack Obama has nominated Indian-American Vivek Murthy for the post of Surgeon General, which a top American lawmaker described as a historic moment for the community across the country.
  • Top Indian industrialist Ratan Tata has returned as a board member of East West Centre, a prominent American think tank.
  • Indian-American actor Kal Penn has been nominated by U.S. President Barack Obama for a key post in his administration to promote arts and humanities.

Business and Economy
  • A South Korean electronics firm has sued leading global banks in New York for manipulating the foreign exchange market as regulators in several countries investigate similar allegations.
  • The Supreme Courty  issues notice to Centre, RBI and SEBI on a plea seeking its directions to them for a mechanism to regulate ChitFunds
  • State-run BHEL on Tuesday said it has bagged a Rs. 1,300 crore order from NTPC for supplying equipment to the electricity generator’s Unchahar plant in Uttar Pradesh besides installation work.
  • Pitching for stringent corporate governance norms, apex auditor CAG today asked public sector companies to ensure that an effective vigilance mechanism is in place to prevent misdoings.

Science and Technology
  • NASA launched its unmanned MAVEN spacecraft toward Mars to study the Red Planet's atmosphere for clues as to why Earth's neighbor lost its warmth and water over time.
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