Daily Current Affairs updates of 27 September 2013
1) Prasar Bharti approves new strategy to get mega productions for DD: Viewers of Doordarshan, which has struggled to get top quality programmes, can now look forward to mega budget productions as the public broadcaster has decided to share revenue with producers if they provide superior content.
2) Oil Minister to use public transport every Wednesday: After launching a mega conservation campaign, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas M. Veerappa Moily on Friday announced that he will use public transport every Wednesday.
3) Four injured in BMC building collapse: Four persons were injured and at least 50 others were feared trapped under the debris after a five-storeyed BMC building collapsed in south Mumbai today.
4) Embarrassing the Centre, the Congress Vice-President, Rahul Gandhi, said the proposed Ordinance to protect convicted MPs and MLAs should be torn away.
5) Apex court: Voters have right to reject all candidates contesting polls: In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court today held that citizens have the right to cast a negative vote rejecting all candidates contesting polls, a decision which would encourage people not satisfied with contestants to turn up for voting.
1) Sri Srinivasan sworn in as US federal judge: Trailblazer Sri Srinivasan was today sworn in as judge of the second most powerful court of the United States, making him the first Indian American to be on the bench of the US Courts of Appeal for the District of Columbia Circuit.
2) US Air Force has test-launched an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile from California.
1) Vijaya Bank opened 10 branches in Mandya, Karnataka.
2) Anupam Shah has taken over as the new Chairman of the Engineering Export Promotion Council (EEPC).
3) Moily hints at petrol price cut in next few days: Oil Minister M. Veerappa Moily today hinted at a reduction in petrol prices in the next few days, the first cut in rates in over five months. The reduction in rates is likely to be announced by the month-end as per the practice of fortnightly revision in prices, and has been made possible due to appreciation of rupee against the US dollar.
4) Oct 31 deadline for e-filing audit reports of tax returns: Government today extended the last date for uploading audit reports of income tax returns by a month to October 31.
1) Supreme Court today restrained N. Srinivasan from assuming the charge of BCCI President, if elected to the post, but allowed the board to hold its proposed Annual General Meeting scheduled for Sunday.
2) Venus Williams denied new record for world's fastest serve: Venus Williams was denied a new record for the world's fastest serve on Friday after tennis chiefs said a bullet delivery clocked at 209 kilometres (129.9 miles) per hour was not measured by the right equipment.
3) Serena Williams has secured the year-end world number one ranking for the third time in her glittering career, the WTA said on Friday, after adding nine titles this season including two more Grand Slams.
1) Bill Gates admits Control-Alt-Delete was a mistake: Microsoft co-founder has admitted for the first time that using the key combination of Control-Alt-Delete to log into a PC was a mistake. “It was a mistake,” Gates said. “We could have had a single button, but the guy who did the IBM keyboard design didn’t wanna give us our single button.”
2) Twitter IPO likely in November: Twitter’s eagerly awaited initial public offering could take place as early as November, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
3) Google celebrates 15th birthday with animated piñata doodle, overhauls search engine: It's Google's 15th birthday today and what better way to celebrate than a playable doodle. A children's favourite and a must at every birthday party; today's doodle is a swinging piñata that needs to be hit to score candies (read points). September 27 is celebrated as Google's birth date, even though the company was incorporated a few weeks ago. It was founded at a garage in Menlo Park, California by Larry Page and Sergey Bin. Company is today headquartered in Mountain View in California.
1) Raghuram Rajan awarded Deutsche Bank Prize: Reserve Bank of India Governor, Raghuram G. Rajan, has been awarded the Fifth Deutsche Bank Prize for Financial Economics 2013, in recognition of his ground-breaking research work which influenced financial and macro-economic policies around the world. The academic prize is sponsored by the Deutsche Bank Donation Fund and carries an endowment of euro 50,000.
2) Navneet Kaur Dhillon wins Multimedia Award at Miss World 2013: Pond's Femina Miss India World 2013 Navneet Kaur Dhillon helped India bag the Multimedia Award at the Miss World 2013 pageant in Indonesia for the second time in a row. The award was first introduced by the Miss World Organization in 2012 when India's Vanya Mishra clinched it.