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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

IMPORTANT CURRENT AFFAIRS : 23.12.2013

1. AAP to form government in Delhi, Kejriwal to be sworn-in as chief minister on December 26. Arvind Kejriwal
said today that Aam Aadmi Party or AAP will form government in Delhi with the Congress' support.
2. CBSE will set up a regional centre in West Asia to cater to the needs of 150 odd schools in the region,
Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor said.
3. S. Jaishankar, the new Indian Ambassador to the US, will reach tomorrow to take charge amid a raging
diplomatic row over the arrest and strip-search of senior diplomat Devyani Khobragade on visa fraud charges.
4. Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed approved as Prime Minister by Somalian Parliament. He will replace Abdi Farah
Shirdon.
5. Kisan Diwas was observed across the country on 23 December 2013 to celebrate the birthday of Chaudhary
Charan Singh.
6. PepsiCo India planned to invest over 1200 crore rupees to build a new beverage manufacturing facility in Sri
City, Andhra Pradesh.
7. The Reserve Bank of India has extended the timeline for banks till March 31 next year to adopt the new
messaging standards in Real-time Gross Settlement, RTGS payment platform.
8. Thirteen-time champions Thailand again won the Under-23 football tournament title of the 27th South East
Asian (SEA) Games after beating Indonesia 1-0 in the final.
9. England spinner Graeme Swann announced his retirement from international and first-class cricket midway
through the Ashes Series on 22 December 2013.
10. National carrier Air India plans to raise up to $840 million by way of sale of its seven Boeing 787-8
Dreamliner planes, which it will then lease back, to pay off the bridge loans taken against these aircraft.
11. Zaheer Khan on 22 December 2013 became the fourth Indian bowler to claim 300 wickets in Test Cricket.
Jacques Kallis was his 300th wicket in international test cricket on the fifth day of the first cricket test match
against South Africa in Johannesburg at the Wanderers Stadium.
12. The first cricket Test of the 2-match series between India and South Africa ended in a nail-biting draw at
Johannesburg on Sunday night.
13. World's first artificial heart transplant : For the first time, an artificial heart that may give patients up to
five years of extra life has been successfully implanted in a 75-year-old French man.
14. India's steel production fell to 14-month low in November at 6.25 million tonne due to subdued demand
from sectors such as white goods and automobiles.