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December 09, 2013

6th December 2013 - Current Affairs Updates

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International Affairs
  • Supporting India's stand on food security at the WTO meeting, South Africa said such programmes should be allowed to continue as they were important for millions of deprived people and poor farmers in developing nations.
  • High-level UN political mission to begin a 4-day visit to Dhaka to end deadlock.
  • Pakistan's Baloch Republican Party, Baloch National Movement to hold 2-day strike throughout province to disrupt polls to local bodies.
  • EU to begin imposing anti-dumping measures on some Chinese solar panels whose manufacturers rejected amicable settlement.
  • A bipartisan group of influential Senators have asked China not to implement its unilaterally- declared air defense zone over disputed islands in the East China Sea and described the move as provocative and destabilising behavior.
  • Indian Navy to take part in US  maritime war exercise- 'Rim of the Pacific' in Hawaii, June next year.

National Affairs
  • Kerala CM Oomen Chandy inaugurates the 18th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala IFFK in Thiruvanantpuram
  • ABAI 2013, India’s first exclusive film and digital arts festival for animation, VFX and gaming started at Bangalore
  • Death anniversary of Dr. BR Ambedkar observed
  • Informal GoM headed by Sharad Pawar to hold 2nd round of meeting at Delhi to discuss bailout package for cash-starved sugar mills
  • 21st Anniversary of the Demolition of Babri Masjid.
  • National Commodities and Derivatives Exchange to hold a 2-day 1st guar international conference in Jaipur
  • Repolling held in 8 booths over complaints of irregularities-Khetari, Alwar, Rajgarh -Laxmangarh, Nasirabad, Jhalawar, Jhotwara, Sirohi
  • National Law University, IIT-Delhi to set up extension campus at Sonipat
  • Telecom Regulatory Authority of India ( TRAI) Chairman Rahul Khullar hinted at an increase in price of telephone and television broadcast services saying rates cannot remain static for ever.

  • Former South African President Nelson Mandela, 95, passes away at his Johannesburg home after a prolonged lung infection.
Awards and Honors
  • MalalaYousafzai awarded 2013 UN Human Rights Prize
  • Assam animal keeper, Maheshwar Basumatary, honored with Sanctuary Asia Wildlife Service Award.

Business and Economy
  • The Centre unveiled a package to help the cash-starved sugar mills, which includes a soft loan of Rs 7,200 crore to settle the amounts due to sugarcane farmers.
  • SC issues notice to Centre, RBI on PIL seeking probe against PriceWaterhouseCoopers for alleged violation of FDI rules and fudged documents.
  • Investors are no longer required to pay stamp duty relating to agreements on demat account under the new guidelines introduced by market regulator Sebi, a move that will help save costs during registration with the securities market.
  • The government modified FDI policy allowing unlisted companies to directly list on stock exchanges abroad to raise funds for acquisitions or retiring overseas debts, a move which may help India in containing high current account deficit.
  • In a major victory for India, the WTO on Friday agreed to allow countries to provide subsidy on staple food crops without any threat of punitive action, a concession that salvaged the current round of world trade talks from the brink of collapse.

Science and Technology
  • The Odisha government is exploring possibilities of webcasting the annual event of the mass nesting of Olive Ridley Turtle in the Odisha coast.
  • Bombay High Court directs Maharashtra  govt to create website on malnutrition

  • SREI International Grandmasters chess Tournament began at Kolkata.
  • Indian freestyle grapplers bagged seven gold, four silver and three bronze medals in the 2013 Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in Johannesburg and won the Team Title in the category.
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