Thursday, March 21, 2013

World Current Affairs October 2012”


“A cargo ship carrying 700 tons of gold vanished off Russia’s far east coast due to stormy weather on Sunday. According to media reports, the vessel named Amurskaya, disappeared in the Sea of Okhotsk.” — Oct 31, Indiatvnews

“The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 6.2 earthquake off the west coast of Canada on Monday night is an aftershock of the magnitude 7.7 quake that struck Saturday night.” — Oct 30, Indiatvnews

“Chile’s ruling center-right alliance lost several key mayoral races in municipal elections Sunday that featured millions of citizens voting for the first time after last year’s electoral reforms.” — Oct 29, Indiatvnews

“Malala Yousufzai, the teen-aged Pakistani activist shot in the head by the Talibanfor advocating girls’ education, remains in a stable condition, two weeks after she was admitted to a hospital in Britain, doctors said on Sunday.” — Oct 28, Indiatvnews

“Eid al-Adha a Muslim religious holiday which coincides with the Hajj, or the pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Every year nearly two million Muslims visit Mecca on a religious pilgrimage.” — Oct 27, Indiatvnews

“Pratik Pandya, a 48-year-old IT consultant lost his life in Isleworth, west London, after his seven-year-old son accidentally released the handbrake while looking for sweets.” — Oct 26, Indiatvnews

“A powerful, 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck Costa Rica’s Pacific coast on Tuesday, swaying buildings and sending people running out to the streets in the nation’s capital of San Jose.” — October 25, Inidatvnews

“A powerful, 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck Costa Rica’s Pacific coast on Tuesday, swaying buildings and sending people running out to the streets in the nation’s capital of San Jose.” — October 24, Inidatvnews

“At least 13 pilgrims suffered minor burns while 179 others, from India and Bangladesh, were rescued after a fire occurred in a nine-storey building in Saudi Arabia’s Mecca city Sunday evening, Xinhua reported.” — Oct 23, Indiatvnews

“At least 13 pilgrims suffered minor burns while 179 others, from India and Bangladesh, were rescued after a fire occurred in a nine-storey building in Saudi Arabia’s Mecca city Sunday evening, Xinhua reported.” — Oct 22, Indiatvnews

“As many as 140 World War II Spitfire fighter planes—three to four times the number of airworthy models known to exist—are believed to be buried in near-pristine condition in Myanmar.” — Oct 19, indiatvnews

“Terri Graham, a mother of two, couldn’t breastfeed her children. But, she’s now fulfilling her maternal desire in an unorthodox way—by breastfeeding her 9-year-old daughter’s dog, a pug named Spider.” — Oct 18, Indiatvnews

“Russia has plans to raise its annual defence spending by 59 percent to almost three trillion rubles ($97 billion) in 2015, up from about 1.88 trillion rubles in 2012, the state Duma’s defense committee has revealed.” — Oct 17, Indiatvnews

“A planet with four suns has been identified by two astronomers.The bright new world, just under 5,000 light years away, is believed to be six times the size of Earth, The Independent reported Monday.” — Oct 16, Indiatvnews

“Several supporters of the anti-corporate Occupy movement chained themselves to the pulpit of St. Paul’s Cathedral during a service Sunday in an action marking the anniversary of its now-dismantled protest camp outside the London landmark.” — Oct 15, Indiatvnews

“UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has written a letter to the parents of Pakistani teenaged rights activist Malala Yousufzai, lauding Malala as a

“role model not only for your country, but for our world”.” — Oct 14, Indiatvnews

“Angered by the coverage of its attempt to assassinate teenage rights activist Malala Yousufzai, the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan has drawn up plans to target Pakistani and international media organisations across the country.” — Oct 13, Indiatvnews

“Ukrainan Navy has restarted special training for dolphins and other animals for military duties, including attacking enemy combat swimmers and detecting mines, a military source in the Ukrainian naval port of Sevastopol has revealed.” — Oct 12, Indiatvnews

“9/11: Ten Years On offers insight, reaction and analysis to commemorate the tenth anniversary of one of the defining events of our era. Available for Kindle and iBooks.” — Oct 11, guardian

“The Islamist group the al-Nusra Front said it carried out the attack in the suburb of Harasta using suicide car bombs loaded with tonnes of explosives.” — Oct 9, guardian

“Despite the increasing presence of social media and the internet, university students still prefer old style lectures, being less enthusiastic about using computer-based information and communication tools (ICTs), says a study.” — Oct 8, Indiatvnews

“The United States has agreed to allow South Korea to possess longer-range missiles that could strike all of North Korea, officials said on Sunday” — Oct 7, Indiatvnews

“Pakistani authorities have blocked about 20,000 websites, including YouTube, for hosting “objectionable” material like footage from the anti-Islam movie “Innocence of Muslims”, an official said today. “We have blocked 20,000 objectionable websites and blogs since the blasphemous film” — Oct
6, Indiatvnews

“External Affairs Minister S M Krishna met family members of victims of Oak Creek Gurdwara shooting and said India and the US stand united against those who perpetrate a culture of violence and hatred.” — Oct 5, Indiatvnews

“US President Barack Obama hoped Osama bin Laden would be taken alive by US Navy SEALS so that he could face trial in a civilian courtroom, it was claimed on Wednesday.” — Oct 4, Indiatvnews

“Tokyo has lodged an official protest with Beijing over Chinese ships entering the territorial waters of disputed islands in the East China Sea, Japanese media reported Wednesday.” — Oct 3, Indiatvnews

“Some 235 people have been arrested in three Bangladesh districts over last week’s religious violence in which agitated mobs attacked Buddhist temples, monasteries and homes following an alleged desecration of the Holy Quran, police said Tuesday.” — Oct 2, Indiatvnews

“Indian-Americans are by far the strongest supporters of US President Barack Obama, giving him an edge of 68 percent to five percent over his Republican challenger Mitt Romney, according to a new survey.” — Oct 1, Indiatvnews

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