Knowledge Diary – 20th June 2013, Thursday

  • UNESCO added six Syrian ancient heritage sites including Fortress of Saladin and Crusader Castle to the endangered lists and also alerted that more than two years of civil wars have caused much damage to them.
UNESCO Syrian Heritage Sites
UNESCO Syrian Heritage Sites
  • Google decided to open Android Nation Store in India as the US Company will partner with BK Modi’s Spice Global to set up the android store in several Indian cities.
  • Washington:  Various economic issues like intellectual property protection, local content restrictions and a continued cap on FDI are likely to be on top of his agenda when US Secretary of State John Kerry travels to India next week for the strategic dialogue between two countries.
  • Federation of Gujrat Industries (FGI) is first time organizing a two day legal summit to create legal awareness among the public. The Summit will involve judges from Supreme Court and High Court,  Advocates and CA Professionals will get together on common platform to discuss about the legal awareness.
  • The Mumbai University has proposed not to conduct exams to colleges and departments that run the courses. It has drawn up a list of 87 certificate and postgraduate programmes who-se students will no longer be centrally tested by the university at the end of their programmes.
  • India sets up a nationwide snooping programme which is a wide-ranging surveillance process that will give its security agencies and income tax officials to directly tap the emails and phone calls.
  • Campus Front of India is making the campaign as anti-FYUP (four year undergraduate programme) launching at Delhi University from this session.
  • Recently Microsoft contemplated on buying Nokia’s mobile unit. More on, Microsoft has been striving to gain ground in a global smart phone market dominated by handsets powered by Google-backed Android and Apple iOS operating systems.
  • I-Gate faces trouble as US law firm Rigrodsky & Long, PA announced that a securities fraud class action suit has been filed against IT services company.
  • Bharti Airtel slashed data usage charges by 90 per cent for pre-paid subscribers in Punjab and Haryana, a day after Vodafone lowered data charges by 80 per cent for its pre-paid and post-paid customers in three circles- prompting competition.

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