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December 03, 2013

Current Affairs Updates of 29th November 2013

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International Affairs
  • US President Barack Obama will release a new national security strategy, updating a similar document he issued in 2010, in which he had described on building “strategic relationship” with India.
  • US on Friday exempted some countries, including India and China, from the tough Iranian sanctions act as they continue to reduce their dependence on Iranian oil.
  • The U.N. Children’s Fund says it is alarmed about increasing HIV and AIDS rates among adolescents over the last seven years and is advocating an aggressive program that includes condom distribution and antiretroviral treatment.
  • Defiant Thai protesters on Friday stormed the army headquarters asking military to support their anti-government campaign and besieged the ruling party's offices, intensifying their demand for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra' resignation.
  • Around 10,000 protesters crowded into the center of Ukraine's capital Friday night to demand the president's resignation after he shelved a landmark agreement with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia.
  • UN leader Ban Ki-moon warned on Friday of "increasingly dangerous" tensions between Israel and the Palestinians which could threaten peace talks.

National Affairs
  • Ahead of next week's WTO meet in Bali, Commerce Minister Anand Sharma on Friday asserted that India will secure and protect its right to food security and strive for a permanent immunity from any kind of farm subsidy breach.
  • Justice AK Ganguly, who retired from the Supreme Court after handling a number of high-profile cases, has been accused by a young woman intern of sexual harassment, a charge he strongly denied on Friday.
  • Sports Ministry & Department of  AIDS Control sign MoU to "reach youth engaged in sports" with info on HIV/AIDS prevention.
  • The Arunachal Pradesh government has approved construction of a martyrs’ memorial in Itanagar as a mark of respect to the soldiers who laid down their lives for the sake of the nation.
  • 2nd India Non Fiction Festival with theme "Be Bold. Stay Real" began in Delhi.
  • President Pranabh Mukherjee to visits Nagaland to inaugurate 10-day Hornbill Festival, partake in 50th anniversary celebration of statehood

Science and Technology
  • China launched two fighter planes on Friday to investigate flights by a dozen US and Japanese reconnaissance and military planes in its new maritime air defence zone over the East China Sea, state media said.

Business and Economy
  • After hitting a four-year low in the first quarter, the economy grew by a higher-than-expected 4.8 percent in the September quarter on an uptick in agriculture and factory output, although a rise in the fiscal deficit and inflation dampened sentiment.

Awards and Honors
  • Indian-origin Dr. JS Bamrah, consultant psychiatrist in Manchester gets Asian Lite Professional Excellence Award for his contribution
  • 5 Indian riders among 41 competitors to participate in 10th Yamaha ASEAN Cup Race, at Sentul International Circuit in Jakarta
  • 4th World Cup Kabaddi (circle style) began at Punjab

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