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December 12, 2013

12th December 2013 - Daily Current Affairs Updates


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International Affairs
  • Kenyans marked half a century of independence from Britain today, celebrating progress of the regional economic powerhouse but also struggling to shake off a legacy of corruption, inequality and ethnic violence.
  • Bangladesh executes top Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah for genocide in 1971 liberation war.
  • President of The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, HamidKarzai  began his four-day visit to India today
  • Minister of Defence and National Security of the Republic of Maldives, Mohamed Nazim, arrived in India with an aim to strengthen bilateral defence cooperation between the two nations.
  • Expressing concern over the Indian Supreme Court verdict which ruled that gay sex is illegal, the US has said that it is opposed to any action that criminalise consensual same sex between two adults.
  • The chief minister of Pakistan’s Punjab province, Shahbaz Sharif, called for an early resumption of peace talks between India and Pakistan—stalled for months after tit-for-tat killings of Indian and Pakistani soldiers along their common border—during a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Today.
National Affairs
  • On this day in 1911, Delhi replaced Calcutta as the capital of India.
  • India will provide Rs 20 million as aid to Nepal for building a new school, creating better facilities for over 400 students.
  • Eyeing big investments in various areas including infrastructure, India today inked Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPPA) with the UAE, which controls the second largest sovereign wealth fund of over USD 600 billion in the world.
  • Prone to natural calamities like cyclone, flood and tsunami, Odisha government plans to construct about 30,000 pucca houses along state's coastline, besides setting up 162 cyclone and flood shelters in the coastal region.
  • The Centre sent the controversial Telangana Bill to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly, setting a six-week timeline to approve the proposal to bifurcate the state.
  • Former Union Home Secretary RK Singh, who was instrumental in the arrest of LK Advani in 1990 during the Rath Yatra, will join BJP on Friday and is likely to contest the next Lok Sabha polls from Bihar.
  • Delhi International Film Festival (DIFF) to start from Dec 21,will open with SriLanka's critically acclaimed film 'Sri Siddhartha Gautama'.
  • President Mukherjee to unveil statue of former CM K Karunakaran in Thiruvananthapuram on Dec 20.
  • The second edition of the three-day Taj Literature Festival began in Agra today
  • Lt Governor Najeeb Jung invites AamAdmiParty for discussion on govt formation, meeting likely on Saturday
  • Vidarbha Joint Action Committee activists to block coal supply from mines of Western Coalfields Ltd at Ghugus demanding separate Vidarbha.
  • 11th Chennai International Film Festival began in Chennai.
  • 108th birth anniversary of noted Indian author Mulk Raj Anand to be observed today.
  • Legendary actor Rajnikanth celebrates his 63rd birthday today.
  • Cricketer Yuvraj Singh celebrates his 32nd birthday today.
  • 8th death anniversary of director of famous TV serial Ramayan, Ramanand Sagar observed today.
  • 49th death anniversary of renowned Hindi Poet Maithili Sharan Gupt to be observed today.    
  • Raman Singh was sworn-in as the chief minister of Chhattisgarh for the third consecutive time.

Business and Technology
  • Inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for October was revised upwards to 10.17 percent from the preliminary estimate of 10.09 percent.

Science and Technology
  • Over 200,000 people, including more than 20,000 Indians, have applied for an ambitious private mission that will send four men and women on a one-way trip to Mars in 2023 to establish a permanent space colony.
  • Junior World Cup Hockey : India beat Argentina 4-2 in 9-12 play-offs

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