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November 21, 2013

Daily Current Affairs Updates - 21st November 2013

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International Affairs
  • Serbia and China signed USD 716 million deal to build new coal-fired power plant unit and expand coal mining.
  • Iran's foreign ministry rejected as politically motivated a United Nations resolution which expresses "deep concern" over the Islamic republic's human rights record.
  • The United States voiced concern after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was given emergency powers to rule by decree for the coming months.
  • The International Monetary Fund has commended Sri Lankan authorities for delivering strong growth, low inflation, fiscal consolidation and a strengthening of the external accounts since the end of the war in 2009. 
  • US and Australia agree to strengthen co-operation with India to improve maritime security, humanitarian assistance, and disaster operation
  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said that he and Afghan President Hamid Karzai had agreed on the terms of the bilateral security agreement (BSA) to cover the presence of American troops beyond 2014.
  • CPN-Maoist chairman Prachanda defeated by Nepali Congress candidate Rajan K C in Constituent Assembly elections of Nepal.
  • Iran and the six global powers are engaged in substantive talks in Geneva, in a bid to close the gaps that caused a possible nuclear deal to falter earlier this month.

National Affairs
  • Fifty-three years after their trip to India as Crown Prince and Crown Princess, Japanese Emperor Akihito and his wife Empress Michiko will arrive here on a six-day visit beginning November 30 with an aim to further strengthening bilateral ties.
  • The 3rd BRICS International Competition Conference, 2013 was inaugurated by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in New Delhi today.
  • UPA Chairperson SoniaGandhi launched expansion of the pro-poor health scheme- Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayee Arogya Yojana in Nagpur today.
  • Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde inaugurated the annual DGP/IGP Conference at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
  • Cyclone Helen To Hit Andhra, Tamil Nadu Tonight, High Alert Sounded a latest report from the weather department has said.
  • The Allahabad High Court today banned director Sanjay Leela Bhansali's romantic saga "Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela" in Uttar Pradesh.
  • The Group of Ministers (GoM), set up to look into the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, will meet on November 27 to finalise its report along with the draft Telangana Bill before it is submitted to the Union Cabinet expectedly next week.
  • Tehelka editor TarunTejpal loses membership of the Prasar Bharti Board after sexual assault charges surface against him.

Business and Economy
  • World Bank President Jim Young Kim has said India was expected to have a good third quarter, which is in line with Finance Minister P Chidambaram's observations that the country's economy is now picking up.
  • SEBI team to visit the Vadodara Stock Exchange (VSEL) on Friday to look into the controversy regarding the exchange board
  • Coming down heavily on firms sitting idle on mines, the Coal Ministry has decided to de-allocate 11 blocks given to companies including Jindal Steel and Power Ltd. (JSPL) and Rathi Udyog Ltd.
  • Market regulator Sebi today finalised 75 applicants for the officer level job as part of its plan to beef up its headcount for faster and more effective execution of newly granted powers.
Awards and Honors
  • A Dutch Film named Kauwboy, directed by Boudewijn Koole won the Golden Elephant Award for best film in the 'International Live Action' category.

New Appointments
  • SantoshPanda appointed as the new chairman of National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE)

Science and Technology
  • ISRO's MarsOrbiter sends first picture of Earth, cyclonic storm 'Helen' captured in the picture.
  • WorldChessChampionship: VishwanathanAnand loses 9th game against MagnusCarlsen.
  • Kochi ODI :
    • India win by 6 wickets; lead three match series against WestIndies by 1-0.
    • ViratKohli declared man of the match for his commendable batting. He scored 86 runs in 84 balls.
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