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9 September 2013 – Daily Current Affairs

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1) Indian tennis star Leander Paes on 8 September, 2013 won the men’s doubles title of the US Open. Partnering with his Czech partner Radek Stepanek, he defeated Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares in the title clash by 6-1, 6-3. Paes has now won how many tennis Grand Slam titles? – 14 (Of these 14, 8 titles account for men’s doubles titles while other 6 are mixed doubles titles. It was third US Open title for 40-year-old Paes and the previous two had also come with Czech partners. In 2006, he won with Martin Damm and in 2009 with Lukas Dlouhy)

2) On 8 September, 2013 wrestling was reinstated into the Olympic programme for the 2020 and 2024 Games. Wrestling obtained a majority of 49 votes in a secret ballot among 95 members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Wrestling was pitted against which two sports in this bid? – Baseball/softball and Squash (Baseball/softball are not on the Olympic Games programme list since 2008 and received 24 votes. Squash, bidding to become a new Olympic sport, had to settle for 22. Wrestling was dropped by the IOC executive board in February 2013, but got into a shortlist with the other two in order to get back into the Games through widespread reform and lobbying from many countries including an unlikely Russia-Iran-U.S. alliance. India also got respite by this IOC decision as it has won 4 Olympic medals in wrestling)

3) Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on 8 September, 2013 relinquished his post paving the way for Mamnoon Hussain to take over. What was the significance attached to this move of his? – Zardari became the first elected President to complete his constitutional tenure and to be replaced by an elected individual in Pakistan’s history

4) Who got highest percentage of votes in the Presidential Elections held in the island-nation of Maldives on 7 September, 2013? – Mohamed Nasheed (Nasheed secured 45.45% of the total polled votes according to the provisional results announced on 8 September. Nasheed’s main rival Abdulla Yameen secured 25.35% while Gasim Ibrahim secured 24.07%. But this result does not turned into a decisive victory for Nasheed as he missed a required majority of 50%. He will now face Yameen in a run-off election to be held on 28 September, 2013. Nasheed was country’s first democratically elected president but he was forced from office in February 2012, in what his supporters call a coup)

5) Which city of Uttar Pradesh was hit by communal violence on 7 and 8 September, 2013 in which over 25 people died? – Muzaffarnagar (As the condition worsened the army was called to stage flag marches and thousands of anti-riot police personnel were deployed to restore law and order in the district)

6) Which private sector bank recently launched ‘Branch on Wheels’, an initiative to offer basic banking services in remote areas which have so far been devoid of banking facilities? – ICICI Bank (‘Branch on Wheels’ is a mobile branch of the bank, which will offer basic banking products and services such as savings accounts, loans, cash deposit/withdrawal, account balance enquiries, statement printing and funds transfer/DD/PO collection, among others. It will also have an ATM. Bank’s first Branch on Wheels was launched in Kolhapur, Maharashtra and it will cover four unbanked villages)

7) Who won the women’s singles title of US Open 2013? – Serena Williams of the US (Top seeded Williams defeated the No. 2 Victoria Azarenka of Russia by 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-1 in the final played on 8 September, 2013. This was her 5th US Open women’s singles title)

8) Who won the Italian Formula One Grand Prix 2013? – Sebastian Vettel (Germany) of Red Bull team (Fernando Alonso (Spain) of Ferrari finished second while Vettel’s Red Bull team mate Mark Webber (Australia) finished third. This was his sixth win this year and now it looks increasingly likely that Vettel will clinch a fourth straight Formula One title unless he has an alarming drop in form)

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