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December 03, 2013

Daily Current Affairs Updates of 3rd December 2013


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International Affairs
  • Today is International Day of Disabled Persons; Theme- “Break barriers, open doors: for an inclusive society for all”.
  • The U.N. special envoy on human rights of internally displaced persons Chaloka Beyani, arrived in Sri Lanka on Monday to examine the status of people rendered homeless by the country’s three-decade civil war.
  • The three-day 9th World Trade Organization WTO Ministerial Conference began in Bali, Indonesia today
  • US President Barack Obama has pledged up to USD 5 billion to fight HIV/AIDS as long as the rest of the world collectively offers double that amount.
  • US Vice President Joseph Biden expressed U.S. opposition to China’s declaration of a new air defense zone and sought to assure Japan of American support.
  • "Selfie" was the word of the year for Oxford University Press, the British publisher of the Oxford dictionaries. But Merriam-Webster pic the word "science" as the word of the year.

National Affairs
  • Today is the 34th Death Anniversary of legendary hockey player of India Major Dhyanchand.
  • 29th Bhopal Gas Tragedy Day to be observed today
  • Birth anniversary of first President of India Dr. Rajendra Prasad observed today
  • Advocate’s Day observed today
  • 29th anniversary of the Bhopal Gas Disaster of 1984
  • India stood 94th on corruption index : Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia are seen as the world's most corrupt countries while Denmark and New Zealand are nearly squeaky-clean, graft watchdog Transparency International said in a survey.
  • Maharashtra industries minister Narayan Rane's son  Nitesh Rane and eight others have been arrested by the Goa Police after they allegedly ransacked a tollbooth near the Maharashtra-Goa border at Dhargalim, in Pernem taluka and assaulted the staff members there on Tuesday.
  • Indian foreign secretary Sujatha Singh to visit Bangladesh on December 4 ahead of the reintroduction of the constitutional amendment bill in Rajya Sabha to ratify the historic Indo-Bangla Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) and amid continuing political violence in Bangladesh spearheaded by the radical forces that has emerged as a headache for Delhi.  
  • Prime Minister ManmohanSingh inaugurated the premier natural gas event, the 8th Asia Gas Partnership Summit AGPS in NewDelhi today
  • PranabMukherjee confered the 'National Award for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities 2013' to 44 individuals/organizations in NewDelhi
  • The government is coming up with a coastal security bill to enhance coordination between Centre and the states in the coastal areas to secure the country's maritime zone, Navy Chief Admiral D K Joshi said today.
  • Delhi votes tomorrow, all eyes will be on Aam Aadmi Party AAP
  • Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today dedicated GAIL India Ltd's 1,000 km Dabhol-Bangalore natural gas pipeline to the nation

Science and Technology
  • Isro's Mars Orbiter spacecraft, which was placed in inter-Mars trajectory in the early hours of Sunday, has crossed Moon's orbit of around 3.85 lakh km and is travelling beyond Earth's natural satellite.
  • India test-fires indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile from a test range in Odisha
  • FIFA Executive Committee to take up bid of All India Football Federation to host 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, in its meeting in zurich

Awards and Honors
  • Indian diplomat Abhay Kumar writes anthem for SAARC
  • Sonia Gandhi is the 12th richest world leader, ahead of Queen Elizabeth of Britain, Albert II, Prince of Monaco and several heads of oil-rich middle-east nations, a report in Huffington Post World says.
Business and Economy
  • State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp today said it will appeal against the Gujarat High Court order asking it to pay up to Rs 10,000 crore in past royalty dues, saying it cannot pay the levy on a price it hasn’t realised.
  • Inflation in Pakistan back into double digits after 16 months, touching 10.9% in November
  • Idea Cellular has been slapped Rs.600-crore penalty by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for its alleged violation of licence conditions in its merger deal with Spice Communications.
  • Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram will hold a review meeting with senior officials of Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax tomorrow
  • Foreign Direct Investment into the country declined by about 38 per cent, year-on-year, to USD 2.91 billion in September, according to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion.
  • Idea Cellular launched two international roaming packs for its postpaid customers offering a discount of up to 95 per cent on data and 80 per cent on voice tariffs.
  • Pakisthan PM Nawaz Sharif appointed Khurram Dastagir Khan as Pakistan's Minister of State for Commerce and Textiles
  • 38th National Games will be held in Kerala next year and four disciplines weightlifting, judo, boxing and women's football would be staged.
  • India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni bagged 2013 LG People's Choice Award, becoming only 2nd Indian cricketer to win  after Tendulkar
  • Trainee sailors from 13 countries compete in the 4th International sailing regatta commencing today
  • Indian men registered their second win of the 2013 Kabaddi World Cup as they breezed past Spain in their group match while women's team defeated Kenya in an easy encounter today.

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