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November 04, 2013

Daily Current Affairs Updates - 4th November 2013


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International Affairs
  • US Secretary of State John Kerry has called for an end to all violence in Egypt and urged moves to full democracy on his first visit to the country since President Mohammed Morsi was ousted.
  • A court in Islamabad has granted bail to former military dictator Pervez Musharraf in a case related to the murder of Lal Masjid cleric Abdul Rasheed Ghazi in a 2007 military raid.
  • The United States and India would undertake a joint naval exercise later this week as part of enhancing ties between the two countries, a top US Naval officer said today.

National Affairs
  • India and Myanmar have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on strengthening India-Myanmar Centre for enhancement of Information Technology Skills (IMCEITS).
  • The 'None Of The Above' (NOTA) option will be printed in pink on EVMs/ballot papers for the upcoming Assembly polls in five states although for the Lok Sabha elections next year, it will appear in white.
  • Owing to low occupancy, Railways has decided to convert the Ajmer-Nizamuddin Duronto Express as a Jan Shatabdi super fast express train with few additional stoppages.
  • Congress president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi will launch a pro-poor health scheme named after her husband and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in the city on November 20.
  • Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi and Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia have signed an International cooperation agreement to collaborate in academic programmes and in frontier areas of research in media and communication.
  • In a bid to highlight the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) as a prime tourism destination, DHR authorities are revamping all stations in the 80-km route of the toy train.
  • Death anniversary of Kathak dancer Pandit Shambhu Maharaj is being observed today
  • Terming opinion polls as a "racket", "farce" and "manipulated" exercise, Congress today made a strong pitch to ban them.
  • The first direct train from Kanpur to Amritsar will be flagged off tomorrow (5th November 2013)by Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge.
  • After the success of pilot programmes in five metro cities, Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily today allowed the sale of 5-kg cooking gas (LPG) cylinders at petrol pumps across the country.
  • Noise pollution in Delhi witnessed an upward trend this Diwali, as compared to six other metros like Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and Kolkata.
  • The Union government has decided to set up another spice park in Uttrakhand, at Sahaspur near Dehradun, Commerce and Industries Minister Anand Sharma said on Monday.

  • Jawaharlal Nehru University professor Anand Kumar has been unanimously elected as the president of Indian Sociological Society (ISS), a prestigious association of sociologists from across the country

  • Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today expressed deep sadness at the death of Sri Lankan civil servant and diplomat and economist Gamini Corea and said his passing away was not only a loss for Sri Lanka but also Asia and the entire world.

Business and Economy
  • Advertising industry watchdog ASCI upheld complaints against 215 campaigns in August this year for misleading ads, including those of Hindustan Unilever, Dabur, L'Oreal, Micromax, Reliance Communications, Colgate Palmolive and Nissan Motors.
  • Novak Djokovic beat defending champion David Ferrer in straight sets to win the Paris Masters for the second time in his career.
  • A women cricket academy would be established in Odisha`s Balangir, Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) Secretary Asirbad Behera said on Monday.
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