Daily Current Affairs Updates from 02 October 2013
1) Nation pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on 144th birth anniversary: Nation today remembered Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his 144th birth anniversary with top leaders paying floral tributes at his memorial here. Country also today celebrated the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister of India Lal Bahadur Shastri.
2) International Day of Non-Violence Observed: United Nations General Assembly announced on 15 June 2007 that it adopted a resolution which declared that October 2(Gandhi Jayanti) will be celebrated as the International Day of Non-Violence.
1) Cabinet withdraws ordinance on convicted lawmakers: Union Cabinet on Wednesday decided to withdraw the controversial ordinance on convicted lawmakers. Government has withdrawn the controversial ordinance on convicted lawmakers with the Congress Core Group debating the matter in the wake of Rahul Gandhi’s denunciation of the Cabinet move last week.
2) Rajya Sabha member and Congress leader Rasheed Masood was on Tuesday sentenced to four years in jail by a Delhi court in a corruption case, becoming the first MP to lose his seat after a recent Supreme Court judgment had removed the immunity for convicted lawmakers.
3) National Green Tribunal on Tuesday pulled up the Environment Ministry for not filing its final report on recommendations of two panels set up to study environmental sensitivity and ecological significance of the Western Ghats, saying better standards were expected from it.
1) Vladimir Putin nominated for 2014 Nobel Peace Prize: Russian President Vladimir Putin has been nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize by a Russian advocacy group for his key role in preventing a US missile strike on Syria and initiatives to dismantle Damascus’ chemical weapons. In 1990, the then President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev received the Nobel Peace Prize.
2) US shutdown enters second day; Obama slams Republicans: With both Democrats and Republicans sticking to their stands on a new budget pushing the shutdown into the second day today, President Barack Obama has blamed a “reckless” opposition for the latest financial crisis that has forced up to one million workers off the job.
3) Key part of US health reform launched despite shutdown: A key stage of President Barack Obama’s drive to offer cheaper health insurance to millions of Americans began on Tuesday, despite a Government shutdown over Republican opposition to the plan.
1) World Cup trophy will remain in subcontinent: Tendulkar:- Iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar believes defending champions India are favourites to retain the ICC Cricket World Cup title in 2015 and exuded confidence that the trophy will remain in the subcontinent.
2) Wanted to become a soldier, became cricketer: Dhoni:- Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni aspired to be a soldier but says, destiny intervened to make him a cricketer, he said in an interview.
1) Canara Bank launches online window to open SB accounts: Canara Bank, Kerala Circle, has thrown open an online facility to open savings bank accounts ‘free of hassles.’ Anybody with access to Internet can apply from anywhere in the country for the facility, according to G. Sreeram, general manager, Kerala circle, Canara Bank.
2) All the wholesale commodity markets, including bullion and metal, were closed today on account of ‘Gandhi Jayanti’.
3) State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH) opened four all-woman branches: State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH) on Wednesday opened four all-woman branches in the country, one each at Visakhapatnam, Salem, Bangalore and Pune, according to K. Ramesh Babu, Deputy General Manager in charge of the Visakhapatnam zone.
4) LPG cylinders to be available at petrol pumps: Cooking gas (LPG) will now be available at select petrol pumps in metro cities after the oil ministry has allowed sale of small 5kg cylinders at retail outlets.
5) IRCTC earns Rs 29cr from food business: Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has earned Rs 29 crore from its 80 non- railway catering outlets across the country in 2012-13, a jump of Rs 18 crore compared to previous year.
6) Govt plans cut in non-plan spending; fiscal gap to be met: Chidambaram: As the fiscal deficit numbers reached three-fourths of the budget estimate in the first five months of the fiscal, finance minister P Chidambaram has said the government is planning to trim non-plan expenditure to meet the fiscal deficit target of 4.8 per cent for the current financial year.
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