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November 18, 2013

Daily Current Affairs Updates - 18th November 2013


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International Affairs
  • United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that he expects a long-delayed peace conference on Syria’s bloody conflict will be held in “mid-December” with a specific date to be set next week.
  • With India continuing to engage in oil exploration in South China Sea, Vietnam today appreciated its "constructive role" in the resources-rich area notwithstanding China's objections to Indian involvement.
  • The Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, has announced that Australia will support India's full membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
  • Reaffirming its commitment for a stable Afghanistan, India on Monday said it will continue to strongly support the war-torn country in its rebuilding and transformation and sought "concrete" measures for increasing participation by Indian businessmen in diverse trade areas there.
  • A Commonwealth disciplinary panel today dropped the Maldives from its formal agenda after the successful presidential election and inauguration of Abdulla Yameen as the country's new president.
  • A rare sabre considered a "historic testimony" to the creation of modern-day Saudi Arabia was sold for more than USD 1.2 million at an auction in France.
  • India today said it will push the industrialised nations to take a leadership role to tackle global warming, even as there was no breakthrough in sight on key issues after week-long negotiations at the UN Climate Conference.
  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned that "excessive demands" by world powers at nuclear talks due to resume in Geneva this week could hamper the negotiations.

National Affairs
  • Amidst controversy, Assam government has decided in principle to adopt the song 'O Mur Apunar Dex' (written by eminent litterateur Lakshminath Bezbaruah )as Asom Rajyik Jatiyo Sangeet (anthem).
  • Former President Pratibha Patil's decision to commute death sentence of five condemned prisoners in child rape cases came under judicial scrutiny on Monday with the Supreme Court issuing notice to the Centre on a plea seeking to set aside the commutation.
  • Ten digital satellite phone terminals were installed in Maoist-hit districts of poll-bound Chhattisgarh to provide better communication facilities to the security forces.
  • Gates of the famous Badrinath shrine will be closed for devotees from Monday, ending this year's 'Char Dham' yatra which was marred by the June rain fury and remained suspended for nearly three months.
  • The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to the Telecom Department seeking a response on how to block child pornography.
  • The Supreme Court refused to entertain a PIL challenging Union Cabinet’s decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh to carve out a separate Telangana state.
  • At a congregation of the community held at Sanjan in Valsad district of Gujarat on Sunday, it was decided that every Parsi couple giving birth to second child would get Rs 3,000 per month till the child attains the age of 18 years, while the couple giving birth to a third child will get Rs 5,000 per month, Punchayat's chairman Dinshaw Mehta said.
  • Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand today said that Jammu and Kashmir will soon have its own Right to Education Act.

Business and Economy
  • Reliance Industries will have to provide a bank guarantee of USD 135 million every quarter to get a higher price for natural gas from April 1 next year.
  • SEBI tightens key information disclosure norms for listed firms; asks stock exchanges to enhance surveillance and penalise defaulters
  • The 2013 Dubai Airshow began with a bang, with the show’s order tally surpassing $192.3 billion on day one, beating its previous record of $155 billion set in 2007 – with deals coming from Etihad Airways, Emirates, flydubai and Qatar Airways.
  •  Market regulator Sebi today clamped down on a fraudulent investment scheme being run by MCX Biz Solutions, which was soliciting money from investors for huge returns while using fake and forged registration documents and a name similar to that of an exchange group.

  • SebastianVettel wins US Grand Prix for record 8th successive victory.
  • IPL Governing Council members held discussions about alternate country that could host the seventh edition of the popular Twenty20 league next year.
  • The Maharashtra government is considering adding Sachin Tendulkar in school syllabus so that children are inspired by him.

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