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December 21, 2013

Current Affairs Updates of 21st December 2013


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International Affairs
  • South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has agreed to take part in an "unconditional dialogue" on ending deadly strife in the country.
  • Spain's conservative government approved tight restrictions on abortion, allowing the practice only in the case of rape or when there is a serious health risk to the mother or fetus.
  • Oscars organizers shortlisted nine movies including Palestinian, Danish and Hong Kong films for best foreign language prize, offering surprises and some unexpected snubs.
  • US President Barack Obama said on Saturday that the US economy is heading into 2014 strong and “our businesses are positioned for new growth and new jobs.”
  • Thailand's main opposition Democrat Party on Saturday decided to boycott the February 2 snap polls and join anti-government rallies seeking to force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra out of office.
  • United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has visited typhoon-hit villages in the Philippines, promising to rally global support to help survivors rebuild their lives.
National Affairs
  • Against the backdrop of recent incursions by the Chinese troops, India and China today held a flag meeting in eastern Ladakh where the Indian side is understood to have raised concerns over detention of its nationals by the People's Liberation Army (PLA).
  • Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan today resigned apparently for being drafted into party work ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily given additional charge of Environment Ministry.
  • Ruling National Conference MLA Sajjad Ahmed Kitchloo will be re-inducted as a Minister in the Omar Abdullah government tomorrow, as a judicial commission probing the communal riots in Kishtwar today gave him a clean chit.
  • A two-day Inter-Governmental Committee meeting of India and Nepal began in Kathmandu today.
  • Winter session of Himachal Pradesh Assembly ends today.
  • 2nd edition of Delhi International Film Festival began, actor Shatrughan Sinha will be honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • The 40-day period of harshest winter in Kashmir Valley, known as 'Chillai-Kalan', began today with a cold morning, even as the weather office predicted snowfall later in the afternoon.
  • The Election Commission has recommended to the Law Ministry to treat all paid news as an electoral offence since it had been causing “maximum damage” to the electoral process.
  • UN appreciates restoration and rehabilitation work in Odisha after CyclonePhailin.
Awards and Honors
  • Overseas Indian Affairs minister Vayalar Ravi presentd 6th KPS Menon Memorial Award to MT Vasudevan Nair in Kerala today.
  • The Kannada University at Hampi confered ‘Nadoja’, a honorary degree equivalent to D.Litt, to three eminent persons — writer Ko. Chennabasappa, popularly known as ‘koche’, the former Lokayukta Santosh Hegde and ISRO scientist S.K. Shivakumar — in recognition of their contributions to the fields of literature, judiciary and research.

Science and Technology
  • Bolivia's first communications satellite TK-SAT 1 (Tupac Katari Satellite), named for an indigenous fighter who opposed Spanish colonial rule, launched on a Long March rocket from China.
  • Two US astronauts today stepped outside the International Space Station for the first of three spacewalks to fix a broken equipment cooling system, NASA said.
Business and Economy
  • State-run NHPCBSE 1.36 % has bought back equity worth Rs 2,368 crore under an offer that ended earlier this month after attracting more shares than targeted.

  • SERGIO LORO PIANA, one of Loro Piana's vice presidents, has died, aged 65.
  • The head of military intelligence in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi Colonel Fethallah al-Gaziri was today shot dead during a visit to his family in nearby Derna, a security official said.

  • Attorney Nandita Berry appointed as Secretary of State(Texas), making her the 1st Indian-American to occupy this top position in state.
  • US President Obama said he would nominate Democratic Senator Max Baucus as his new ambassador to China.
  • Air India appoints as its head of operations SPS Suri, a pilot with a long record of endangering passengers, turning up late (or not at all) and even falling asleep on flights. Pilots furious.
  • Indian Tennis Players Association to organise a 2-day 'fund-raising' tournament hosted by Khar Gymkhana in Mumbai on 21st and 22nd December 2013. Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi, Somdev Devvarman, Rohan Bopanna, Yuki Bhambri, Divij Sharan will be part of this 'fun' event.
  • Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez signs contract extension with Liverpool that is reportedly worth $75-million over 4.5-years.

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