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- 1.December 2013 Month Current Affairs www.currentaffiarstoday.in First ever lunar rover mission will be launched by China in few days to create history. The mission will land an unmanned spacecraft on the lunar surface from Xichang Satellite Launch Center and is called Change-3 moon rover. For the first time China is sending an unmanned spacecraft to land surface and will conduct survey on the moon.USA has not included some countries along with India and China to reduce their dependence on Iranian oil as the US is leading an international effort of imposing tough sanctions on Tehran. Some countries including Republic of Korea, Turkey and Taiwan which have reduced the purchases of Iranian crude oil and have qualified for an exception to sanctions under the National Defence Authorisation Act.Deputy Prime Minister Ziad Bahaaeeddin of Egypt and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Marie Ashton signed an agreement on childrens education and to eradicate poverty. Through the financial agreement, European Union granted Egypt worth 122 million dollar (90 million) to reduce the financial crisis.Haryana became the fortunate state to have Indias 1st Synthetic Rubber Plant. Union Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily inaugurated the countrys first e-SBR (styrene butadiene rubber) unit in Panipat, Haryana. Indian Synthetic Rubber Ltd (ISRL), a joint venture promoted by Indian Oil, Taiwan, and Japan Bank for International Cooperation and Mizuho Corporation Bank set up the unit. The plant with the project of worth Rs 958 crore will produce 120 kilo tonnes synthetic rubber every year. This rubber will be used in industrial units for manufacturing automobile and daily need products. The capacity of the plant to 220 KT will be increased in two years.Belgium will open a Consulate General of Belgium in Chennai which will maintain coordinal relation with Belgium as a very good number of Chennai based people are employed in this country. Princess Astrid, Representative of the King of Belgium has launched the second Consulate General and the third diplomatic mission to expand of the bilateral ties with India. The move which will reflect the expansion in Belgium-India relations and accommodates trading of 15 billion mainly trading of diamonds between the two countries. Currently, 160 Belgium companies are working in India maximum in South India.1For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
2. Emperor of Japan Akihito and his wife Empress Michiko have arrived in New Delhi for their 6-days visit to India. This the first visit of the Japanese imperial couple to India and their first visit to any South Asian country since he assumed his office. Before this, the couple visited Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi just after their visit when they were young. Japanese Emperor Akihito took over as Emperor in 1990 after death of his father Emperor Hirohito. The couple will also visit Rashtrapati Bhawan for second time.Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has finally nodded the approval of creating a Legislative Council (Vidhan Parishad) in Assam to provide "extensive" representation to the people. Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh have a Legislative Council from 2011. Rajasthan is also waiting for their Legislative Council which was introduced in Parliament and is pending with the Standing Committee till now. Assam passed a resolution bill to create state Legislative Assembly in 2005 and 2010 which has been now approved.Maharashtra's promising batsman Vijay Zol has been selected captain of the Indian under-19 team that will compete or the ACC Asia Cup which will be held in UAE from December 28.The selectors also retained Kerala wicketkeeper Sanju Vishwanadh as vice-captain who was part of the Under-19 team for the Asia Cup in 2012. Zol hogged the limelight when he scored an unbeaten 451 during a under 19 match in 2011. Last year in the U-19 World Cup, he scored 151 runs. In this tournament, India, Pakistan, UAE, Nepal (Group A) and Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Malaysia (Group B) will compete for Asia Cup.The fast bowler of Indian Railways Karan Thakur has set a record as he has become the first bowler to take all 10 wickets in an innings of CK Naidu Trophy. He is the fourth Indian bowler to make this record. Earlier in 1955-56, Pregmanshu Chatterjee grabbed the entire wicket in a Ranji Trophy match against Assam, Predeep Sundaram against Vidarbha and last but not the only list in 1999, Anil Kumble set this record against Pakistan. He took all 10 wickets at 28.5 over against Baroda.To raise awareness on AIDS across the globe, World AIDS Day was observed on 1 December 2013. The theme for this year 2013 World AIDS Day focuses on preventing HIV transmission: Getting to Zero that means to be zero infections and zero AIDS/HIV related deaths. The first global AIDS day was observed on December 1, 1988 to draw attention towards the fight against AIDS. Till now more than 36 million people have lost their life after the discovery of this virus. As per World Health Organisations data, around 35.3 million people were living with HIV in 2012. Various programmes and events were held to mark World AIDS Day.Portuguese film "Beatriz's War" bagged the Golden Peacock award for the best film at the 44th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2013 held at Panaji, Goa. This is the first2For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today 3. Punjabi film to win the prestigious IFFI award. Bety Reis and Luigi Acquisto directed the film which is the story of a womans conviction to remain true to the man she is in love with. The award carries a certificate, Golden Peacock and cash prize of Rs. 40 lakh, which is equally shared by the producer and director. Bengali film director Kaushik Ganguli grabbed won Best Director award for his film Apur Panchali.The department of posts, New Delhi recently launched Express & Business Parcel service through 30 post offices in 20 cities of Delhi region. The premium service provides promoting e-Commerce market in the country by offering reliable and cost efficient service solutions through post offices. The service is accessible for retail as well as wholesale customers.Francois Richier, the French Ambassador to India started his 3-day visit to Bihar. His trip aimed at enhancing the range of Indo-French cooperation and also to expand forwardlooking projects in various fields, especially in education, economic affairs, science and culture. Ambassador Richier will also meet the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to have discussion over the possible areas of cooperation. Later Bihar business community will have a meeting with Envoy in Patna. Till now, only a few French companies have started to connect with Bihar.Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan appointed J.S. Saharia IAS officer of 1978 batch as the new chief secretary of Maharashtra in place of Jayant Kumar Banthia. Banthia is an IAS officer of 1977 batch. He was Maharashtra Chief Secretary since June 2012.M.V. Tanksale, Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Central Bank of India (CBI) has become the new Chief Executive of India Banks Association for 2013-14. He has taken charge after present Chief Executive K. Ramakrishnan, Chairman & Managing Director of Andhra Bank, completes his term at the end of this month and was associated from 2008.Fast & Furious movie fame US Actor Paul Walker Died in Car Accident in Southern California. 40 year old Paul was working on Fast & Furious movie when he lost his life. He is famous for playing the character named Brian O'Conner in the 'Fast & Furious' film series. When he was back from his organization's charity event, this incident happened. His last movie, a suspense drama Hours will be released in December 2013.Women's Singles trophy in Macau Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton Tournament was grabbed by Indian Shuttler PV Sindhu. Sindhu has beaten seventh seed Canadian Li Michelle in straight sets of 21-15 and 21-12. After this triumph, Sindhu has clinched yet another TierIII title this season, after the Malaysia Open Grand Prix in May. Now, she has become India's first women's singles medallist at the World Championship of 2013. Since Prakash Padukone3For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today 4. won a bronze in the 1983 edition, it was India's first singles medal at the World Championships. Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar clinched his fifth Asian Tour title after carding a steady 16under-268 for the week in Indonesia. Last week, Bhullar gave a memorable performance during the World Cup of Golf and won by firing a bogey-free 68.India successfully test-fired nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile with a strike of its full range of 350 km from Chandipur in Odisha on Sunday. The surface-to-surface Prithvi-II was fired by the personnel of Strategic Forces Command (SFC) at around 10:05 am as part of regular training. The missile rose from from a mobile launcher in salvo mode from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range near the pre-designated target in Odisha with an accuracy of less than 15 km. The missile was developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP) as part of training exercise.India announced to give $1 million contribution to the trust of Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons at The Hague for the destruction of Syrias chemical weapons. This move of India will deepen its case for inclusion in Geneva-II conference held in January. Ministry of External Affairs Salman Khursheed said India has also offered the experts services to help in the destruction of Damascus chemical weapons arsenal.Assam Bengal Navigation Companys Brahmaputra Cruises has made its way as one of the top 10 Most Adventurous Cruises in the World for 2013 which was recognised by CNN International. It stood on sixth place among the cruises like the Antartica, Australia, the Amazon, the North Pole, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. What attracts and compel people to visit the Brahmaputra Cruise is its wildlife viewing, both by jeep and on elephant back, exploring towns in cycle rickshaws, village walks, barbecues on deserted river islands, visits to tea gardens and archaeological sites, dance performances, craft workshops and pilgrimage centres.India will raise stick to the stand on Food Security in three days WTO Ministerial Conference which will begin in Bali, Indonesia. Anand Sharma Minister of Industry & Commerce talked about WTO related issues while Rob Davies, Trade Minister of South Africa discussed about sidelines of WTO Ministerial at Bali.Indian Cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has claimed the LG People's Choice Award. Sanjay Patel, Secretary of BCCI received the award on behalf of Dhoni as he is in South Africa with the India cricket team. With this honour, Dhoni has become the second Indian cricketer to grab the prize after former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. Also he is the third cricketer to receive this award after Sachin Tendulkar and Sri Lanka's Kumar4For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today 5. Sangakkara. Dhoni was voted to the award by the general public and beat off strong competition for the award from South Africa's AB de Villiers, England's Alastair Cook, and Australia's Michael Clarke and India's Virat Kohli. Asia Pacific Council for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (AFACT) announced Directorate General of Foreign Trades e-BRC project as the winner of 2013 e ASIA Award under Trade Facilitation category in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The Electronic Bank Realization Certificate (e-BRC) project automatically transmits foreign exchange realisation export based information from the particular banks to Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT).India's first President Dr.Rajendra Prasads birth anniversary was celebrated across the nation on December 3. Various programmes and events were held in school, colleges and government offices to commemorate his birth anniversary. Due to his popularity, he is also called Deshratna. He was a freedom fighter and was the first President of the country after the Indian Constitution was framed.Pravin Tambe is new and surprise entry in the Mumbai Ranji Trophy which will lead Jharkhand in the four-day Group A match which will be held at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai from December 6. 42 year old leg spinner Tambe is being called a surprise entrant who hogged the limelight in Champions League and T20 cricket while playing for Rajasthan Royals in IPLs last season.29th Junior National Athletics Championships commenced in Bangalore from December. The five-day championship will observe approximate 2,000 athletes across the globe while 125 events in eight age-group competitions, four for boys and an equal number for the girls will be held. Those athletics who will perform well in this championship will qualify for World Junior Championships at Eugene, United States and Asian Junior Championships in Chinese Taipei that will be held in 2014.The United Nations (UN) International Day of Persons with Disabilities was observed peacefully on December 3 across the globe to raise the awareness about issues that affect people with disabilities worldwide. According to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Approximate 15 percent of the worlds population consists people with disabilities. The 21st anniversary of International Day of People with Disability was celebrated with theme Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all.To raise awareness about the prevention of human trafficking and the exploitation of human being, the United Nations (UN) International Day for Abolition of Slavery was observed worldwide on December 2.The day is observed annually to remind people that modern5For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today 6. slavery works against human rights. To eradicate slavery, human trafficking, forced marriage and other forms of slavery, the International Labour Organization (ILO) is going to start new campaign with well-known artists, athletes and advocates. Kabul observed the first ever India-Afghanistan Innovation Partnership Fair on 3 December 2013. The two day India-Afghanistan Innovation Partnership Fair was launched by Amar Sinha, India's Ambassador to Afghanistan has inaugurated the India-Afghanistan Innovation Partnership Fair. Around 20 Indians and 25 Afghani participants are displayi...