Current Affairs Updates: 25 September 2013
1) 7th Pay Commission: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has given his nod for setting up the seventh Central Pay Commission, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said today. Allowing about two years for the seventh pay commission to submit its report, the recommendations are likely to be implemented with effect from January 1, 2016. The sixth Central Pay Commission recommendations were implemented from January 1, 2006.
2) Attorney General apologises in apex court: Attorney General G.E Vahanvati today apologised before the Supreme Court for losing his cool during arguments in the coal blocks allocation scam case yesterday.
3) Manmohan Singh leaves for US: During his week-long visit, Singh will hold talks with President Barack Obama in Washington and attend the UN General Assembly in New York, besides having a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.
4) Power generation in the 1720 MW Kothagudam thermal power plant in Andhra Pradesh was stalled this morning due to a technical glitch.
5) A key accused and associate of controversial self-styled godman Asaram Bapu named Shilpi on Wednesday surrendered before a court in Jodhpur.
1) Pakistan earthquake toll rises to 217: Death toll in the devastating earthquake that struck havoc in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province rose to 217 today. The quake was so strong that it prompted a new ‘island’ to rise from the sea just off Pakistan’s southern coast.
2) German auto giant Volkswagen AG on Wednesday opened a new plant that aims to produce 300,000 cars annually in Foshan city in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong.
3) US to sign Arms Trade Treaty: United States, the world’s largest exporter of conventional weapons, plans to sign the Arms Trade Treaty, which is to regulate the lucrative trade responsible for many civilian deaths, a State Department official confirmed.
4) Maldivian Supreme Court indefinitely postponed the second round of presidential elections scheduled for September 28, former President Mohammed Nasheed-led Maldivian Democratic Party termed the decision as "unconstitutional".
1) Indicash ATMs opened in Mysore: Tata Communications Payment Solutions Ltd (TCPSL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Communications Ltd, today inaugurated Indicash ATMs in Mysore. The company’s first white-label ATM was launched at Chandrapada village in Thane district on June 27. This is in keeping with the Reserve Bank of India’s vision to accelerate growth and improve ATM penetration across the country.
2) RBI today banned the zero per cent interest rate scheme for purchase of consumer goods, a move intended to protect customers but may dampen the festive spirit.
1) NASA’s Curiosity rover has found more evidence of water on ancient Mars during a recent pit stop along the way towards a huge Red Planet mountain.
2) Astronomers have discovered the densest galaxy ever to be found – packed with an extraordinary number of stars – about 54 million light years from our own Milky Way.
1) BlackBerry slashes Z10 handset price by 300%.
2) Epson has announced PrecisonCore, a next-generation inkjet printing technology that will help the company to expand into new global markets.
3) TRAI wants number portability fully implemented across the country within six months to allow subscribers to retain their numbers even when they shift from one service area to another. Presently, Mobile Number Portability is available only within the subscribers’ service area.
4) Aircel ties up with Micromax for integrated device sales and activation.
1) Lalit Modi expelled from BCCI: Former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi was today slapped with a life ban by the Board of Control for Cricket in India after its disciplinary committee found him guilty on eight charges of “indiscipline and misconduct“.
2) Formula One motor race would be held at the Buddha International Circuit in Greater Noida between October 25-27, 2013.
1) A.J. Tharakan has been elected national president of the Seafood Exporters Association of India.
1) In a blow to actor John Abraham, the Bombay High Court has restrained his production house from using 'Hamara Bajaj', a popular tagline associated with an auto firm, as the title of his next movie.