Current Affairs of October 2013 for all types of Competitive Exams Read top news headlines and latest major events happened in India and World in the month of October 2013. The information given will help you to prepare for exams like: IAS, PCS, UPSC, Railways, SSC, Banking and all other competitive exams.
Current Affairs of 01 October 2013:
- State oil companies have cut petrol prices by Rs 3.66 to Rs 72.40 per litre in New Delhi but raised diesel rates by 56 paise per litre from Tuesday, both excluding state taxes.
- Spiritualist and pioneer of the Vipassana meditation in India, SN Goenka, 90, died late Sunday night at his residence in Mumbai due to old age, an aide said here on Monday.
- Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has signed a three-year deal with Galatasaray to replace Fatih Terim who was sacked as coach last week.
- Turkey will lift the ban on the wearing of headscarves in public institutions and will introduce education in Kurdish in private schools as part of a series of democratic reforms revealed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan today as reported by daily Hurriyet online.
Current Affairs of 02 October 2013:
- Scientists have generated a X-ray beam with a diameter of barely 5 nanometres, which is ten thousand times thinner than a human hair at the X-ray light source PETRA III, at DESY.
- The Gorakhpur railway station is all set to a make a new record of having the world’s longest platform. After the completion of the Yard remodeling work in progress there, the platform number 1 and 2 of the station will become the world’s longest platforms with the length of 1,366.3 meters with ramp and 1,355.3 meters without ramp.
- A Bangladesh court on Tuesday sentenced to death a top opposition MP for genocide, the first lawmaker to be convicted of war crimes during the 1971 war of independence.
Current Affairs of 03 October 2013:
- Gujarat government on Wednesday released 285 prisoners from various state jails on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, according to an official press statement in Ahmedabad.
- Bihar’s ruling Janata Dal-United Wednesday suspended two of its MPs for six years for anti-party activities. Purnmasi Ram from Gopalganj and Jai Narayan Nishad from Muzaffarpur were suspended from party.
- Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta won a confidence vote in parliament on Wednesday after Silvio Berlusconi, facing revolt in his own party, backtracked on threats to bring down the government.
- Germany and the United Kingdom have become the first countries to issue advisories for travellers to the United States, warning of possible delays at immigration and tourist sites as the U.S. government remains partially shut due to a budget impasse.
Current Affairs of 04 October 2013:
- India has topped the global chart of remittances with a whopping USD 71 billion in remittances in 2013, just short of three times the FDI it received in 2012, according to a revised World Bank forecast.
- Popular Bhijpuri actor Manoj Tiwari formally joined the Bhartiya Janata Party on Thursday. Tiwari was inducted in presence of Delhi election incharge and former BJP national President Nitin Gadkari and Delhi BJP President Vijay Goel in Delhi.
- President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed Justice Vinod Kumar Sharma, Additional Judge of the High Court of Himachal Pradesh, to be a Judge of that High Court with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office.
- Authorities in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province on Thursday banned Skype, Whatsapp and Viber to facilitate security operations, triggering angry reactions from numerous users of the instant messaging applications.
Current Affairs of 05 October 2013:
- The Cabinet committee on economic affairs on Thursday approved Rs 8,632.77 crore for implementation of the National AIDS Control Programme Phase-IV by the health ministry’s department of AIDS control.
- Afghanistan will play in the World Cup for the first time in 2015 after beating Kenya by seven wickets in their final qualifying match in Sharjah.
- Rail travel will become costly from Monday with the cash-strapped railways deciding to increase passenger fares in all mail and express trains by 2% and freight tariff by 1.7% across the board.
- Public broadcaster Prasar Bharati has suspended a senior Doordarshan official on charges of sexual harassment levelled by a colleague.
- Assembly elections in Delhi will be held on December 4. The Election Commission (EC) on Friday announced assembly polls in five states between November 11 and December 4.
Current Affairs of 06 October 2013:
- The Badminton Association of India’s disciplinary committee has recommended a life ban on top Indian doubles shuttler Jwala Gutta for trying to stop some players of her franchise Krrish Delhi Smashers from playing a match against Banga Beats in the IBL.
- Malala Yousafzai has been declared the winner of an award for female defenders of human rights in war and conflict. The 16-year-old from Pakistan was due to accept the 2013 RAW in WAR Anna Politkovskaya Award at a London-based ceremony on October 4.
- Senior Hindustani classical vocalist Panchakshari Swami Mattigatti (86) died at his residence after a prolonged illness here on Friday. His death came barely a day after he was felicitated at a function held on the occasion of his 86th birthday.
- US President Barack Obama has named yet another Indian-American, Kerala University physics graduate Arun M. Kumar, to lead the trade promotion arm of the US Commerce Department charged with helping US companies succeed in markets around the world.
Current Affairs of 07 October 2013:
- Researchers have developed a new technique for breast cancer treatment injection of drugs via the nipple.
- A Japanese author who writes about alienation and a fractured modern world is tipped as Nobel prize winner for literature ahead of the annual awards that start on Monday with the announcement of the winner for medicine.
- Sri Lanka’s first elected Tamil Chief Minister will be sworn in by President Mahinda Rajapakse on Monday after a bitter election campaign, despite pressure from supporters to boycott the ceremony, his party said.
- President Cristina Fernandez’s government was in uncharted territory Sunday after doctors ordered the Argentine leader to take a month’s rest because they found blood on her brain from a head injury.
Current Affairs of 08 October 2013:
- The Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examination 2014 will be held from March 10 to 22, a press release issued by the Pareeksha Bhavan announcing this academic year’s timetable said.
- The proposed life ban on Indian shuttler Jwala Gutta, it appears, has already begun. Despite constituting a new three-member committee to issue a fresh show-cause notice to the feisty Hyderabadi and giving her another chance to explain.
- Two Americans and a German-American won the Nobel Prize in medicine Monday for illuminating how tiny bubbles inside cells shuttle key substances around like a vast and highly efficient fleet of vans, delivering the right cargo to the right place at the right time.
- Arundhati Bhattacharya, 57, has become the first woman to head the country’s largest bank, State Bank of India.
Current Affairs of 09 October 2013:
- The Supreme Court on Tuesday permitted BCCI president-elect N Srinivasan to assume charge as Board president after ordering an independent probe into the IPL betting and fixing allegations by a panel headed by former Delhi High Court judge Mukul Mudgal.
- Francois Englert of Belgium and Peter Higgs of Britain have won the 2013 Nobel Prize for physics for the discovery of the so-called “God particle.”
- Cooking gas cylinder price is likely to go up by Rs 3.50, with the oil ministry looking at increasing dealer commission to Rs 40.71 per cylinder from Rs 37.25 as per an accepted formula.
- The union cabinet on Tuesday approved the National Identification Authority of India Bill that will give statutory status to the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).
- The world’s oldest-known movie theatre, which screened pioneering films by the Lumiere brothers in 1899, reopens Wednesday after a 23-year break caused by financial troubles.
Current Affairs of 10 October 2013:
- Sri Lanka’s former skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan has retired from Test cricket.
- Three U.S. based scientists won this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for developing powerful computer models that any researcher can use to understand complex chemical interactions and create new drugs.
- Pavel Smirnov, who played a role in ace marksman Vijay Kumar winning a silver medal in the London Olympics, has been appointed chief coach of the Indian pistol team on a three-year contract.
- President Barack Obama nominated Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen on Wednesday to run the world’s most influential central bank and urged the Senate to confirm her without delay.
Current Affairs of 11 October 2013:
- Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (RECL), a Navratna PSU under the Ministry of Power, was honoured with the prestigious Helpage India “Gold Plate Award’ in recognition of the project “Multi Facility Health Package for Old Age Homes’ funded under its CSR initiatives during FY 2012-13.
- Alice Munro, 82, referred to as the Canadian Chekhov, won this years Nobel prize for literature for her tales depicting the challenges of small-town life in Canada. The jury on Thursday honoured her as a master of the contemporary short story.
- The visa row between India and China has returned to haunt two young archers from Arunachal Pradesh as they could not a board a flight to China on Thursday to participate in the Youth World Archery Championship as they were carrying stapled visas.
- Pakistan rearrested former president Pervez Musharraf on Thursday after accusations that he was personally responsible for the deaths of more than 100 people when he ordered commandos to storm the Red Mosque in 2007.
Current Affairs of 12 October 2013:
- Kolkata lad Viraj Madappa completed a wire-to-wire victory when he annexed the IGU Rajasthan Junior Golf title at the Par-70 Rambagh Golf Club here on Friday.
- The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the international body currently overseeing destruction of Syrias chemical arsenal, won the Nobel Peace Prize for 2013 on Friday.
- The government on Thursday granted a five-year extension to GAIL chairman Bhuvan Chandra Tripathi, making him the first head of a state entity in over a decade to be allowed to continue till the age of superannuation beyond the five year tenure.
- Maria de Villota, a pioneering Formula One test driver who lost an eye and nearly died in a crash last year, was found dead Friday in a hotel room in Seville, Spain. She was 33.
- India’s premier medical college and hospital, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, got a new director on Friday with the appointment of Dr M C Misra. Till now, Misra was the head of the institutes trauma centre.
Current Affairs of 13 October 2013:
- Colombia qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil on Friday after sensationally coming back from 3-0 down to draw.
- Surat police have arrested an aide of Narayan Sai, son of self-styled godman Asaram, in connection with the sexual assault case registered against him. One Mohit Gadvani, aide of Narayan Sai, was arrested from Surat on Friday night, police officials said here on Saturday.
- At least 21 people have died and scores more have been injured in an explosion at a fireworks factory in a military complex in northern Vietnam.
- Maldivian President Mohamed Waheed has withdrawn his candidature for fresh elections which were ordered by the Supreme Court after a previous round of voting was annulled.
Current Affairs of 14 October 2013:
- Iran announced Saturday that it would be sending a second monkey into space, eight months after the regime claimed it had successfully launched its first simian astronaut out of the stratosphere.
- Novak Djokovic completed his second successive sweep of the Chinese ATP events on Sunday as he retained his Shanghai Masters title. Despite a shaky period in the second set, where he kept slipping on the concrete court, Djokovic came back strongly to close out a 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 victory Juan Martín del Potro.
- India, the world’s child marriage capital, has once again failed its underage brides. The country has refused to sign the first ever UN-led global resolution on early and forced marriage of children.
- Colombian officials have arrested a provincial governor for alleged collaboration with right-wing paramilitaries and say he’s suspected of involvement in three murders.
Current Affairs of 15 October 2013:
- FIFA has given worldwide lifetime bans to 14 El Salvador national team players who already had been suspended by their federation for match-fixing. The case involves four international matches, including El Salvador’s 5-0 loss to Mexico at the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
- Three American scholars won the Nobel Prize in economics for pioneering work in financial markets that has transformed portfolio management and asset pricing and launched the study of how emotions affect investment decisions.
- Bollywood Actor Sanjay Dutt, who was out on parole due to medical reasons, was granted a 14-day extension of his leave of furlough, according to jail authorities. Dutt sough an extension in the furlough on medical grounds.
- Oscar Hijuelos, the Cuban-American author best known for his Pulitzer-prize winning novel “The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love,” died in New York at the age of 62.
Current Affairs of 16 October 2013:
- Three major telecom operators in India Airtel, Vodafone and Idea have hiked their 2G data rates across all their major circles.
- Jim Corbett National Park, in Ramnagar district of Uttarakhand has reopened for tourists, after a nearly three-month monsoon break. The park has initially been opened only for day visits and the night camping would be available from November 15.
- The CBI on Tuesday registered an FIR against one of India’s best-known industrialists Kumar Mangalam Birla and his company Hindalco, along with former coal secretary P C Parakh, for alleged irregularities in the allocation of a coal block, sending shockwaves among the corporate world and bureaucracy.
- A strong 7.1-magnitude earthquake rocked southern Philippines early on Tuesday causing 110 deaths as roofs and buildings collapsed. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says there is no threat of a Pacific-wide tsunami.
Current Affairs of 17 October 2013:
- Former Indian pacer Ajit Agarkar has announced his retirement from domestic cricket in Mumbai today. Agarkar had played 191 ODIs and scored 1269 runs with a highest score of 95 runs and had picked 288 wickets.
- New Zealand-born author Eleanor Catton made history on Tuesday night by becoming the youngest ever winner of the Man Booker Prize for her novel ‘The Luminaries’.
- The railways on Wednesday appointed Arunendra Kumar as chairman, railways board, ending intense lobbying and mudslinging among senior officers for the coveted post.
Current Affairs of 18 October 2013:
- The Cabinet cleared the proposal on Thursday for construction of a 15-km tunnel at Zojila pass in Ladakh region. The project envisages construction of an all-weather road involving Rs 9,090 crore investments to ensure undisrupted round the-year connectivity between Ladakh and Srinagar.
- BJP MLA Kunwar Bhartendu Singh was arrested on Thursday for allegedly fanning the riots in western UP, which killed 62 people last month.
- Formor England wicket keeper Paul Downton has been reportedly named as the ‘s (ECB) managing director, replacing Hugh Morris.
- The US Senate has confirmed Indian-American woman administrator Nisha Desai Biswal as the assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia, making her the first person from the community to hold the top diplomatic position.
- Goa’s first Lokayukta Justice B. Sudarshan Reddy has resigned citing “personal reasons”, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Thursday. He resigned citing personal reasons.
Current Affairs of 19 October 2013:
- Council of National Institutes of Technology (NITs) has approved an almost 100% fee hike from Rs 35,000 to Rs 70,000 per annum from the next academic session. It needs to be pointed out that fees across 30 NITs is not uniform.
- India began hunt for hidden gold treasure worth $42,294,000,000 at a fort temple in a village in Uttar Pradesh. The village priest saw in his dream that the gold is buried in a mound near his Shiva temple.
- Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has refused to accept the resignations of 13 MPs from Andhra Pradesh’s Seemandhra region on the ground that the resignations were not tendered voluntarily. A statement from the Speakers office on Friday said, No resignation has been accepted.
- Holding the Maldives presidential revote on Saturday as scheduled is becoming hopeless because two candidates have not endorsed the register of voters as the Supreme Court mandated.
Current Affairs of 20 October 2013:
- Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) may end up appointing former Australian captain Greg Chappell as its new chief coach.
- The service tax department has said that Pakistani singer Adnan Sami evaded tax that has led to a scrutiny by the department. Commissioner of service tax R Sekar confirmed that a probe was on.
- Representative C. W. Bill Young, Florida’s longest-serving member of Congress and a Republican hawk on military spending during his 43 years in Washington. He was 82.
- A Milan court on Saturday ruled that former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi should be barred from holding public office for two years following a conviction for tax fraud.
- The violin played by the bandmaster of the Titanic to calm passengers as it sank sold at auction for Â£900,000 ($1.45 million, 1.06 million euros) on Saturday, a world record fee for memorabilia from the doomed liner.
Current Affairs of 21 October 2013:
- Tanvi Lad reached her first international final when she notched up a thrilling three-game victory over seventh seed Yuka Kusunose of Japan in the women’s singles semifinal of the Swiss International Challenge badminton tournament in Yverdon-Ies-Bains, Switzerland on Sunday.
- India seems all set to acquire a second nuclear powered submarine on lease from Russia, at a cost of about $1.5 billion, to bolster its aging underwater combat arm that took a major hit with the sinking of a conventional submarine in Mumbai in August.
- RJD president and former Bihar CM Lalu Prasad, sentenced to five years in jail in a fodder scam case, faces security threats as he leads a life of comfort as a prisoner.
- Madam Jovanka Broz, the widow of former Yugoslav dictator Josip Broz Tito, has died. She was 89.
Current Affairs of 22 October 2013:
- Gagan Verma won the Noida Club Qualifier in the 0-6 handicap category in the inaugural edition of Toyota IGU NHS National Club Challenge at the Noida Golf Club here today.
- Joginder Singh, the first Kenyan Indian driver ever to win an international rally, and also the first to win the Safari Rally thrice, has died of heart failure in London, aged 81.
- Kasturi & Sons Limited (KSL), the publishers of The Hindu daily, carried out drastic changes on Monday in the leadership structure by bringing in family members at the helm of affairs and easing out the editor and the company’s CEO.
- An online Islamic sex shop selling condoms, massage oils and perfumes has been launched in Turkey, becoming the first of its kind in the predominantly Muslim country.
- Britain agreed on Monday the construction of its first nuclear plant in 20 years to a consortium of state-backed French and Chinese firms, underlining its controversial commitment to atomic power.
Current Affairs of 23 October 2013:
- India made history in the World Boxing Championship in Almaty (Kazakhstan ) on Tuesday with five boxers reaching the quarterfinals for the first time. Another win will ensure them a bronze medal.
- Mother Dairy, the largest milk supplier in the Delhi-NCR region, has increased milk prices by Rs. 2 per litre. The new prices will come in effect from Wednesday.
- Former Director General of Archives S M R Baqar has been summoned by a Delhi court to appear before it on January 22 for allegedly molesting and intimidating one of his junior woman colleague.
- British singer and actor Noel Harrison, known for the Oscar-winning 1960s song “The Windmills of Your Mind”, has died aged 79, his friends and family said on Tuesday.
Current Affairs of 24 October 2013:
- Retiring Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar was today named in the Wisden all-time World Test XI. Tendulkar, who will retire from Test cricket after playing against the West Indies in his landmark 200th match in Mumbai next month.
- The travel time between Delhi and Mumbai could soon be cut by three hours as the railways is working to run the elite Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains at speeds of 160-200 km per hour.
- After Olympic medallist shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore joined BJP,it was the turn of discus thrower Krishna Poonia to jump into politics ahead of assembly polls in Rajasthan.
- Shah Rukh Khan, the Bollywood actor, was on 23 October 2013 appointed as the goodwill ambassador for South Korea. He was appointed as the public diplomat as well as an ambassador of India’s soft power.
- BJP on Wednesday named Harsh Vardhan as the party’s chief ministerial candidate for the December 4 Delhi assembly elections despite opposition by city unit chief Vijay Goel who had staked claim for the post.
Current Affairs of 25 October 2013:
- Graeme Smith smashed a double century and AB de Villiers hit a robust hundred to guide South Africa to an imperious position in the must-win second cricket Test against Pakistan here today.
- Jammu and Kashmir Assembly Speaker Mubarak Gul on Thursday issued a notice to former Army chief Gen VK Singh to explain his position on his allegation of pay-off to a minister in the state.
- The Supreme Court on Thursday awarded a record Rs 5.96 crore compensation, which with interest will exceed Rs 11 crore, for medical negligence to Kunal Saha,a US-based NRI doctor.
- Legendary playback singer Manna Dey died at a city hospital early on Thursday morning, after prolonged illness. He was 90.
- Wipro veteran Anand Sankaran has joined Dell Services as president and global head of its infrastructure and cloud computing business. Suresh Vaswani, head of the services business of the $57-billion Dell.
Current Affairs of 26 October 2013:
- Li Na swept injured Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-1 to become the first Chinese to enter the semi- final of the WTA Championships on Friday.
- Eighteen-year-old Indian-American Emily Shah has won Miss New Jersey USA 2014 title, following in the footsteps of Nina Davuluri, who was crowned Miss America recently.
- A Chinese court rejected fallen politician Bo Xilai’s appeal against his corruption conviction and confirmed his life sentence Friday, as authorities looked to draw a line under a damaging scandal.
Current Affairs of 27 October 2013:
- Scientists have designed a novel super-capacitor that could help develop cell phones that recharge themselves in seconds and work for weeks.
- Three Pakistani smugglers, carrying 24 kg of heroin worth Rs 120 crore in the international market, were shot dead by BSF on the Indo-Pak border as they were trying to sneak into Indian territory.
- The worst-ever storm in 26 years, reminiscent of the one that ravaged Britain in 1987 leaving behind a trail of destruction, may hit half of the United Kingdom on Monday.
- BNP Chief Khaleda Zia on Saturday turned down Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s invitation for talks on Sunday to defuse a crisis over the upcoming general election but said she was open to dialogue after an opposition sponsored 60-hour nationwide shutdown.
- Iran hanged 16 rebels of an unspecified armed group on Saturday in retaliation for the death of 14 border guards in clashes near the frontier with Pakistan.
Current Affairs of 28 October 2013:
- Chinese researchers have developed the first influenza vaccine for the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus which has killed over 45 people in China.
- Sebastian Vettel clinched a record equaling fourth successive world title Sunday with another superbly judged drive to win the Indian Grand Prix.
- KADIR Nurman, the Turkish immigrant credited with creating the doner kebab, has died in Germany at the age of 80.
Current Affairs of 29 October 2013:
- Mr. B. Prasada Rao, CMD, BHEL was honoured with the prestigious NITIE ‘Lakshya Business Visionary Award’ 2013. The award was presented to Mr. Rao by Mr. Gautam Thapar, Chairman, Avantha Group and Chairman, Board of Governors, National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE).
- The Supreme Court on Monday ordered two Sahara group companies to deposit title deeds of assets worth Rs 20,000 crore for their failure to return Rs 19,000 crore to investors through market regulator Sebi.
- The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a petition seeking a CBI probe against businessman and Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra in land acquisition case in Haryana.
- Shri Rajendra Kashyap, IRAS, has been appointed as the Financial Commissioner (Railways) and ex-officio Secretary to the Government of India.
- Thailand’s former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva will be prosecuted on murder charges for the brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters in 2010 that killed over 90 people.
Current Affairs of 30 October 2013:
- The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) raised its policy interest rate for the second time in as many months on Tuesday, warning that inflation is likely to remain elevated for the rest of the fiscal year, and rolled back an emergency measure put in place in July to support the slumping rupee.
- Famed Hindi author Rajendra Yadav, whose novel Saara Akash was turned into a Bollywood movie, is dead. He was 84.
- Air marshal Arup Raha will take over as the next chief of the Indian Air Force, replacing Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne, who retires on December 31.
- A Pakistani anti-corruption court on Tuesday issued a fresh notice to former president Asif Ali Zardari over six graft cases and directed him to appear at the next hearing on November 26.
Current Affairs of 31 October 2013:
- Centuries by Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan helped India to beat Australia by six wickets in their sixth one-day cricket match, sending the series to a deciding game.
- Noted mathematician M S Narasimhan and experimental physicist Dipankar Das Sharma will receive the 18th H K Firodia award this year for outstanding work in the filed of science.
- 21 -year old Srishti Rana has made the country proud by winning the coveted Miss Asia Pacific 2013 title outclassing 49 other contestants in Korea on October 30.
- The 18th edition of the International Children’s Film festival India (ICFFI) to be held in Hyderabad from November 14 has received an unprecedented 894 entries for screening of films.