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  1. 1. Free Latest Current Affairs, GK, Quiz & Jobs 1 Daily Current Affairs (16th October 2013) More than 460 lakh hectares wasteland in India: Rajasthan tops The national land area of 3,166 lakh hectares, 14.8 % (467 lakh hectares) is categorized as wasteland. Rajasthan tops the chart with 25% of its geographical area being wasteland, accounting for 18% of the wasteland nationally. States with geographical area being wasteland are Jammu and Kashmir (75%), Maharashtra (12%), Andhra Pradesh (13.6%), Odisha (10%), Jharkhand (14%) Chhattisgarh (8.5%), Kerala (6.3%), Haryana (5%), Punjab (2%) etc The Supreme Court of India Ruled That Co-Operative Societies do not fall within the ambit of RTI Co-operative societies do not fall within the ambit of Right to Information Act, the Supreme Court has said while quashing a Kerala government circular to bring all such societies within the scope of the transparency law. A bench of justices KS Radhakrishnan and AK Sikri said mere supervision or regulation of a body by government would not make that body a public authority and quashed the Kerala High Court's order holding the circular valid. Union Government of India Decided to Bring All Post Offices under Core Banking System The Union Government of India on 15th October 2013 decided to bring all the post offices across India under the core banking solution system to cover more people of rural areas with AADHAAR seeded accounts. This will help the people to avail the benefits of various schemes including old age pension and MGNREGA through direct benefits transfer. Panel to study demand for High Court Bench in Thiruvananthapuram The constitution of a committee comprising five senior judges by Chief Justice Manjula Chellur to study the demand for setting up a High Court Bench in Thiruvananthapuram has revived hopes of establishing a circuit Bench in the State capital. The committee, headed by Justice K.M. Joseph, will look into all aspects of the long-stand demand for the Bench in Thiruvananthapuram. Land Acquisition Act to come into force from 1 st Jan 2014 The government has said that the historic Land Acquisition Act replacing a 119-year-old legislation to provide justice and fair compensation to farmers will come into force from 1st January 2014. Indian Navy inducts largest offshore patrol vessel ‘INS Sunayna’ into service Indian Navy inducted its largest offshore patrol vessel INS Sunayna into service at Kochi on 15th October 2013. The vessel will be deployed for anti piracy operations in Gulf of Aden. INS Sunayna will be more helpful for Indian Navy in its continuous efforts in securing national interest in the Indian Ocean Region, Vice Admiral Satish Soni told media after the commissioning of INS Sunayna. Free Latest Current Affairs, GK, Quiz & Jobs for UPSC, IBPS, RRB, SSC exams at http://examgk.in/
  2. 2. Free Latest Current Affairs, GK, Quiz & Jobs 2 Temple stampede: 89 killed, over 100 injured in Datia district of Madhya Pradesh Nearly 89 people were killed and over 100 injured in a stampede near a temple at Ratangarh in Madhya Pradesh's Datia district on 13th October 2013. The stampede was caused by rumours that a bridge they were crossing was about to collapse. India and Finland Signed an Agreement to produce ethanol India signed an agreement with Finland on 15 October 2013 to produce indigenous ethanol and reduce country’s dependence on its import. It is a first-of-its-kind initiative to promote use of clean technology in India. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and Finnish clean technology firm Chempolis will set up a pilot project to produce ethanol, bio-chemicals and bio-coal from biomass residual matters. Switzerland signs agreement with OECD, puts an end to banking secrecy Switzerland, the country most noted for its anonymous numbered bank accounts and tight banking secrecy became the world’s 58th nation on 15th October 2013 to sign the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters with Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) which has pushed for the agreement has called it the end of Swiss Banking Secrecy. Switzerland is the world's biggest centre for offshore financial assets and unnamed bank accounts which have often been hidden from the tax authorities. International White Cane Day observed on 15th October International White Cane Day observed on 15th October 2013 all over the world. The day is celebrated to let people know the importance of the white cane and to promote a safe environment for its users. The cane also known as Hoover cane named after Dr Richard Hoover is designed primarily as a mobility tool to detect objects in the path of the user. 7.1 magnitude quake hits Cebu, Philippines; more than 100 killed More than 100 people were killed, when a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit Cebu city, Philippines on 15th October 2013, the country's second most important trading and economic city. Rafael Nadal topped the ATP Ranking Spain’s Rafael Nadal on 14th October 2013 topped the ATP rankings, while Serbian Novak Djokovic finished 2nd. It is the first time Nadal has topped the ranking since July 2011. Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) top 5 as of 7th October 2013: 1. Rafael Nadal (Spain), 2. Novak Djokovic (Serbia), 3. Andy Murray (Britain), 4. David Ferrer (Spain), 5. Juan Martin del Potro (Argentina). The Women's Tennis Association’s (WTA) top 5 as of 14th October 2013: 1. Serena Williams (USA), 2. Victoria Azarenka (Belarus), 3. Maria Sharapova (Russia) 4. Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland), 5. Li Na (China). Free Latest Current Affairs, GK, Quiz & Jobs for UPSC, IBPS, RRB, SSC exams at http://examgk.in/
  3. 3. Free Latest Current Affairs, GK, Quiz & Jobs 3 Fourth India-US Economic and Financial Partnership Meeting held The 4th annual meeting of the India-US Economic and Financial Partnership was held at the IMF headquarters in Washington DC on 13th October 2013. During the meeting, India and the US agreed to further strengthen bilateral economic ties and work towards a greater understanding of investment related issues. International Day of Rural women observed on 15th October International Day of Rural women was observed on 15th October 2013 across the world to recognize the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty. This day was established by the General Assembly on 18 December 2007. The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on 15th October 2008 by the United Nations. Cuban-American Writer Oscar Hijuelos passes away Oscar Hijuelos, the Cuban-American writer died on 13th October 2013 in New York City at the age of 62, he was the first Latino to win the Pulitzer Prize. Syria Joined UN Chemical Weapons Convention Syria on 14th October 2013 officially joined the United Nations Chemical Weapons Convention, which outlaws production and use of chemical weapons. Syria is the 190th country to join the convention. Only six countries have yet to sign the international treaty are 1.Israel, 2.Myanmar, 3.Angola, 4.Egypt, 5.North Korea and 6.South Sudan. Model Questions: 1. Which the following Indian States accounting for highest percentage of wasteland? 1. Jammu and Kashmir 2. Rajasthan 3. Madhya Pradesh 4. Uttar Pradesh 2. The constitution of a committee comprising five senior judges to study demand for High Court Bench in Thiruvananthapuram, headed by 1. B. Radhakrishnan 2. K.M. Joseph 3. K. T. Sankaran 4. V. Chitambaresh Free Latest Current Affairs, GK, Quiz & Jobs for UPSC, IBPS, RRB, SSC exams at http://examgk.in/
  4. 4. Free Latest Current Affairs, GK, Quiz & Jobs 4 3. The government has said that the historic Land Acquisition Act replacing a 119-year-old legislation to provide just and fair compensation to farmers will come into force from 1. 1st November 2013 2. 1st December 2013 3. 1st January 2014 4. 1st February 2014 4. Indian Navy inducted its largest offshore patrol vessel _________ at Kochi on 15th October 2013 for anti piracy operations in Gulf of Aden? 1. INS Sunayna 2. INS Sumedha 3. INS Sumitra 4. INS Saryu 5. Which of the following Countries has signed an agreement with India to produce indigenous ethanol and reduce country’s dependence on its import? 1. Russia 2. Finland 3. Canada 4. Australia 6. Which of the following countries became the world’s 58th nation on 15th October 2013 to sign a agreement (end of Swiss Banking Secrecy) Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)? 1. Sweden 2. Switzerland 3. Luxemburg 4. Denmark 7. International White Cane Day is celebrated to let people know the importance of the white cane and to promote a safe environment for its users, observed on 1. 14th October 2. 15th October 3. 16th October 4. 17th October Free Latest Current Affairs, GK, Quiz & Jobs for UPSC, IBPS, RRB, SSC exams at http://examgk.in/
  5. 5. Free Latest Current Affairs, GK, Quiz & Jobs 5 8. _____________on 14th October 2013 topped the ATP rankings first time since July 2011. 1. Novac Djokovic 2. Andy Murray 3. David Ferrer 4. Rafael Nadal 9. The 4th annual meeting of the India-US Economic and Financial Partnership to further strengthen bilateral economic ties and work towards a greater understanding of investment related issues was held in 1. New Delhi 2. New York 3. Washington DC 4. Bangalore 10. On which date International Day of Rural women was observed across the world to recognize the critical role and contribution of rural women 1. October 14th 2. October 15th 3. October 16th 4. October 17th 11. Which of the following countries officially joined (190th Member) the United Nations Chemical Weapons Convention, which outlaws production and use of chemical weapons? 1. Egypt 2. Angola 3. Syria 4. Israel Free Latest Current Affairs, GK, Quiz & Jobs for UPSC, IBPS, RRB, SSC exams at http://examgk.in/

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