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December 27, 2013

Daily Current Affairs Updates of 27th December 2013

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International Affairs
  • U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday signed a bipartisan budget deal easing spending cuts and a defence authorisation bill that takes a step towards ultimate closure of Guantanamo.
  • The United States is sending Iraq dozens of missiles and surveillance drones to help combat a recent surge there in Al-Qaeda-backed violence, a State Department official announced.
  • Hundreds of supporters of Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party briefly haltedtrucks and containers carrying supplies for the NATO troops in Afghanistan, in protest against the latest drone attack.
  • The United States expressed concern over the targeting of journalists and activists taking part in pro-EU rallies in Ukraine, calling the savage beating of one opposition journalist “particularly disturbing.”
  • The new Indian Ambassador to the US, S Jaishankar met top officials of the State Department to convey India's strong protest over the arrest of its senior diplomat in New York over visa fraud charges, even though she had diplomatic immunity.
  • Japan's Okinawa on Friday approved the long-stalled relocation of a controversial US military base, a breakthrough that could remove a decades-long source of friction between Tokyo and Washington.

National Affairs
  • On this day in 1911, "Jana Gana Mana", national anthem of India, was 1st sung in the Calcutta Session of the INC.
  • The 216th birth anniversary of renowned poet Mirza Ghalib is being observed Friday.
  • Asserting that there has been no change in its visa policy on Narendra Modi, the US on Thursday said the BJP's prime ministerial candidate is welcome to apply for a visa and wait for a review which will be grounded in American law.
  • President PranabMukherjee inaugurated the 37th Indian Social Science Congress at Aligarh Muslim University in Uttar Pradesh.
  • West Bengal transport department is all set to start helicopter services from Kolkata to Gangasagar and other parts of the state, transport minister Madan Mitra said on Friday.
  • General Secretary AICC & Incharge Communication Department Ajay Maken said that all Congress-ruled states to enact new Lokayukta legislations by February 28, 2014, adding that the decision was taken at a meeting chaired by party vice president Rahul Gandhi.
  • Airports Authority of India (AAI) has been granted accreditation by the UN agency International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) for facilities to enhance airport safety.

  • India's Ajinkya Rahane celebrates scoring a half-century against South Africa during the second day of the second Test at Kingsmead in Durban. 

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