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December 19, 2013

15th December 2013 - Current Affairs Updates

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International Affairs
  • Abdul Kader Mullah, Islamist leader of Bangladesh was hanged to death for 1971 war crimes at the Dhaka Central Jail in Bangladesh.
  • Socialist Michelle Bachelet was swept back into office as Chile's next president, as her rival recognized the win.
  • Former South African President and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela buried at his ancestral home in Qunu.
  • On December15 the Yemeni parliament passed a law banning drone strikes according to the Saba news agency. The passage of the law comes just days after an attack on a wedding convoy reportedly killed a number of civilians.
National Affairs
  • BJP organised a marathon"Run for Unity" in 565 places across the country to mark the death anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and spread the message of good governance and The 49th Inter-IIT Sports Meet, the annual sports competition among all the IITs in the country to begin at IIT Guwahati.
  • President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the National Energy Conservation Awards Function at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.
  • Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda inaugurated the phase-I of Rapid Metro Rail Corridor and also took a ride on a metro train at the 5.1 km long stretch.
  • Enhancing the Army Special Forces' capabilities to airdrop combat vehicles and heavy equipment, DRDO has developed a heavy system which can drop loads up to 16 tonnes from the IL-76 transport aircraft using parachutes.
  • India is expanding its strategic footprint in the Indian Ocean. A trilateral security group of India, Maldives and Sri Lanka will be expanded to include Mauritius and Seychelles.

Economy and Business
  • Rupee needs a major push of positive sentiments to move back to Rs 55 level against the US dollar, but that is likely only after March or post general elections.
  • Kaithal-Ambala national highway would be four-laned at a cost of Rs 728 crore, a state minister said on 15 December 2013.
  • The Pakistan automobile market a very unique one compared to most countries in the world including India because a second-hand car here can actually fetch you a higher price than what one bought it for.
  • Dragged down by state-run ONGC, the combined market capitalisation of five blue-chip companies declined by Rs 22,582 crore last week.

  • Peter O'Toole, best known for his legendary role in the classic 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia, died this weekend at a hospital in London. He was 81.

  • Ethiopian Atsedu Tsegay wins Delhi half Marathon sets new record in the men's category clocking 59 minutes 10 seconds; Kenyan athlete Florence Kiplagat bags the Women's marathon.
  • Germany on 15 December 2013 lifted the Men's Junior Hockey World Cup for a record sixth time. In the title clash at New Delhi, defending champions Germany defeated France, 5-2 to retain the title.

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