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November 02, 2013

Current Affairs Updates - 31st October 2013

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International Affairs
  • US security leaker Edward Snowden is set to start a new job at a major Russian website, three months after the fugitive was given asylum in Russia, his lawyer said on Thursday.
  • India on Thursday said BRICS nations have demonstrated economic resilience by weathering the global financial crisis rather well and are expected to play central role in post-crisis global economy.
  • Australian authorities have confirmed that a man from western region has contracted dengue fever, the country's first case in more than 70 years.
  • US President Barack Obama launched a fresh effort Thursday to attract investment by foreign manufacturers and other businesses as the government seeks to pull down stubbornly high unemployment.

National Affairs
  • Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for a huge statue- intended to be the world's tallest- of Saradar Vallabhbhai Patel.
  • The Election Commission on Thursday finalized the election symbol for "None of the Above" (NOTA) option - "NOTA" written inside a rectangular box - to be displayed on electronic voting machines (EVMs) and ballot papers during the forthcoming polls in five states.
  • Former chief of Indian Youth Congress (IYC) and chairman of All India Anti-Terrorist Front (AIATF) MS Bitta on Thursday termed the security arrangements in Gujarat as the best in the country and chided the Nitish government for not doing anything for the security of his own people.
  • Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor was honoured in the House of Commons by an Asian ethnic weekly for her contribution to the global entertainment industry.
  • West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday ordered Bengal borders sealed to stop the movement of vegetables, onion and potato out of the state in a desperate step to curb prices.
  • The world's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions increased at a slower rate in 2012 — 1.1 per cent compared to a 2.9 per cent annual increase over the past decade, a report said on Thursday.

  • The man behind IBM's first ever personal computer, which sold out in stores in 1981 for $1,565, has died at the age of 72.

Science and Technology
  • Internet giant Google has released the latest version of Android, named KitKat. According the company, the new Android 4.4 is optimized for low-cost devices that "couldn't benefit from more recent Android releases due to memory (RAM) constraints."

Business and Economy
  • Cairn India has been ranked as the fastest growing energy company in the world while Reliance Industries is the top ranked Indian energy firm in the global ranking.
  • The BSE benchmark sensex on Friday hit a new high of 21,293.88 by gaining over 129 points in opening trade on sustained foreign fund inflows in banking, auto, metal and realty sectors.
  • Toyota Motor Corp plans to roll out hybrid versions of its large sport utility vehicles from 2016 to prepare for tougher environmental regulations, the Nikkei reported, quoting sources.

  • Saurav Ghosal became the first Indian squash player to reach the quarterfinals of the World Championships, notching up a come-from-behind victory against Henrik Mustonen in a keenly-contested match of the sport's biggest event of the year at the National Centre.
  • Virat Kohli delivered for India in a crunch situation yet again, smashing a hundred of 61 balls in the 6th ODI against Australia in Nagpur.

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