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Thursday, December 19, 2013

IMPORTANT CURRENT AFFAIRS at 17/12/2013

1) RBI likely to raise repo rate by 0.25 per cent to tame inflation. Wholesale Price Index inflation in November
climbed to a 14-month high of 7.52 per cent as prices of food items such as onions and potatoes surged.
Consumer price inflation touched a nine-month high of 11.24 per cent last month.
2) Devyani Khobragade arrest: India launches massive diplomatic backlash. In an escalating diplomatic row,
India has asked the US to return IDs issued to all its consular officers posted in the country. This follows
growing protests in the country on the treatment meted out to India's Deputy Consul General in New York,
Devyani Khobragade.
3) German Chancellor Angela Merkel was voted in for the third time as the country’s head of government on
Tuesday, following a vote by parliamentarians officially returning her to the position.
4) Mumbai University, on Monday launched a book titled ‘Nirbhaya: Ek Atmachintan’ to mark a year since the
brutal gangrape of a Delhi paramedic student. The book is a compilation of thoughts and inputs on issues
related to women's empowerment along with issues related to their safety.
5) Rajya Sabha passes Lokpal bill. The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2011, which has been pending in the
House for the last two years, was approved by voice vote after a five-hour debate.
6) Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Oscar Fernandes has been given additional charge of the
Ministry of Labour and Employment, following the passing away of Sis Ram Ola, a release from the President’s
Secretariat said.
7) The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Thursday approved implementation of various
schemes related to agriculture, including continuation of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY), in the 12th
Plan with a combined outlay of over Rs 80,000 crore.
A nine-metre gigantic bronze statue of Nelson Mandela was unveiled in Pretoria on Monday, a day after the
anti-apartheid icon was laid to rest in his childhood village of Qunu.
9) The Competition Commission of India (CCI) on Monday approved American retail giant Walmart Stores
Inc's proposal to acquire Bharti Group's nearly 50 per cent stake in their Indian wholesale stores joint venture.
10) French auto firm Renault SA on Monday said it signed a deal to build a joint-venture plant costing 7.76
billion yuan ($1.28 billion) to produce cars in the central Chinese province of Hubei.
11) Australia beat England to win Test and reclaim Ashes, for the first time in seven years after sealing a
deserved 150-run win in Perth to take an impregnable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.
12) Teen sensation Mahesh Mangaonkar became the first Indian squash player to win the IMET Open, in the
Slovakian capital of Bratislava.
13) The first high altitude cricket stadium in South India, will be inaugurated at Krishnagiri in Wynad district of
Kerala this evening. The picturesque stadium, owned by the Kerala Cricket Association, is situated about 2800
feet above sea-level.
14) Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh today released a postage stamp of former Chief Minister of
Punjab ,Sardar Beant Singh.
15) British retailer Tesco applied on Tuesday to the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) for acquiring a
50 percent stake for $110 million in Tata Group’s Trent, the company that operates the Star Bazaar
hypermarket chain in the states of Maharashtra and Karnataka