8 September 2013 – Daily Current Affairs

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Tokyo-2020-Olympics

1) Which city would host the Summer Olympics for year 2020 as announced after a secret voting on 7 September, 2013 at International Olympic Committee’s (IOC’s)125th Session in Buenos Aires in Argentina? – Tokyo (Apart from Tokyo, Spanish city Madrid and Turkish city Istanbul were the other two finalist cities. In the final round of voting Tokyo got 60 votes while Istanbul got 36 votes. Istanbul had earlier eliminated Madrid in a first round tie-breaker. Tokyo previously hosted the 1964 Summer Olympics. It was also selected to host the Olympics in 1940, but those games were suspended due to World War II)



2) Who will be the new Australian Prime Minister after the coalition led by Liberal National Party (LNP) scored a landslide victory in the country’s Parliamentary elections held on 7 September, 2013? – Tony Abbott (Abbott is the leader of the Liberal National Party. The coalition led by LNP scored a huge victory over the ruling Labor Party led by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Rudd conceded defeat of his party and resigned from the post of Prime Minister on the same day)


3) The two-day G-20 Summit concluded on 6 September, 2013 at St. Petersburg in Russia. In a declaration adopted at the end of the summit, the G-20 decided to further extend its standstill commitment to make further progress in removing barriers and impediments to global trade and investment. This commitment against protectionism has been extended up to which year? – Until the end of 2016 (G-20 leaders took this decision after recognising the risk of economic slowdown and weakening trade posed by protectionism)


4) The “Save Andhra Pradesh” meeting was held on 7 September, 2013 at Hyderabad’s Lal Bahadur Stadium organised by an association which is highlighting the woes of Seemandhra resulting from the decision to carve out Telangana from Andhra Pradesh. What is the name of this association? – Andhra Pradesh NGOs Association (Over 50,000 Government employees from Seemandhra region attended the meeting under the watchful eye of police who made elaborate security arrangements)


5) World Famous Western music conductor Zubin Mehta on 7 September, 2013 performed soulful strains of some of the most popular and best known western classical music compositions at a concert held in Sringar. This concert named ‘Ehsaas-e-Kashmir’ (Feel of Kashmir) was organized at which famous landmark of the city? – Shalimar Gardens (Mehta and his Bavarian State Orchestra played its full cast of works of Ludwig Van Beethoven, Franz Joseph Haydn and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in front of an invited audience of 1,500 guests)


6) What is the name a new robotic explorer that was launched by NASA on 6 September, 2013 through the Minotaur-5 rocket from the Virginia coast? – LADEE – Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE has been designed to look for dust rising from the lunar surface, a phenomenon reported by the Apollo astronauts decades ago. Its 30-day mission started as the Minotaur-5 rocket blasted off from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility)


7) What is the name of a subsidiary of diversified conglomerate Videocon Industries which recently withdrew its application for a banking licence submitted with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)? – Value Industries Limited, Aurangabad


8) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 6 September, 2013 announced that it has included the name of a Chandigarh based firm in the list of applicants for new bank licences in the private sector. This firm had submitted its application to the RBI on 1 July, 2013, which was inadvertently not included in the list of applicants at that time. What is the name of this firm? – KC Land & Finance Limited


9) Egyptian political organisation ‘Muslim Brotherhood’ was on 6 September, 2013 dissolved by country’s acting government after a lawsuit that argued that the organisation has no legal status. What is the name of the political wing of ‘Muslim Brotherhood’, which under leadership of ousted President Mohamed Morsi had won the Egyptian General election in 2011? – Freedom and Justice Party (‘Muslim Brotherhood’ was established as a religious, political, transnational Islamic political organization in 1928 in Egypt by Islamic scholar Hassan al-Banna)


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