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rights of the United States (US) and Israel due to the nonpayment of dues to the

United Nations (UNs) cultural arm from two years in the protest over the grant o
f full membership to the Palestinians.
An agreement was signed between India and Kuwait to expand cooperation in key a
reas, which includes energy and investment.
* Five pacts were signed to strengthen bilateral cooperation in culture and educ
ation during the India visit of the Prime Minister of Kuwait, HH Sheikh Jaber Al
-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.
Brazil is celebrating a decade of a social programme Bolsa Familia (Family Gran
t or Family Allowance) that has lifted 50 million people out of poverty and insp
ired policies in more than 20 nations.
* On this occasion, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has pledged to continue t
he direct cash transfer scheme until poverty is eradicated from Brazil.
Six world powers (P5 nations plus Germany) and Irans three-day talks held in Gen
eva failed to reach an agreement on latters nuclear programme.
* The divisions emerged among the USA and European allies on the final day of th
e talks as France implied that the proposal under discussion failed to sufficien
tly neutralize the threat of an Iranian nuclear bomb.
Super Typhoon Haiyan hits central Philippines with sustained winds of 314 kilom
eters per an hour.
* Meteorologists say that if initial estimates based on satellite images are bor
ne out, it could be the most powerful storm ever to make landfall. Officials say
the storm has forced millions to seek shelter in 20 provinces and at least thre
e people have died.
The US Senate approved legislation outlawing workplace discrimination against g
ay, bisexual and transgender Americans, demonstrating the nation's quickly evolv
ing attitude toward gay rights nearly two decades after Congress rejected same-s
ex marriage.
US President Barack Obama has apologised to Americans whose health insurance pl
ans have been cancelled as a result of his signature health law.
November 9
President of Ghana John Dramani Mahama has cancelled his three-day visit to Ind
ia due to pressing domestic developments.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh decides not to attend CHOGM summit to be h
eld in Sri Lanka next week. Indias External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will
head the Indian delegation at the summit.
*CHOGM: Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
India and Japan decided to further strengthen their cooperation in the maritime
sector as a part of the overall robust bilateral relations.
November 10
The Government of Afghanistan and Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed an agreem
ent for the development of road network in Afghanistan, at a cost of 220 million
US dollars.
* The agreement was signed between Afghan Finance Minister Dr. Hazrat Omar Zakhi
lwal and the ADB Country Director JojiTokeshi in Kabul.
*Afghanistan Capital: Kabul
*Currency: Afghan afghani
*President: Hamid Karzai
*Asian Development Bank President: TakehikoNakao
*Head Quarters: Manila, Philippines
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has decided to ban the heart-clogging
Trans fats.
November 11
The UNs international court of justice declared that the area around a flashpoin
t ancient temple on the Thai border belongs to Cambodia.
*Currency of Cambodia: Cambodian riel
November 12
MTNL (Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited) signed a MoU with Los Alamos Technical
Associates, Inc. (LATA) of USA.
* The MoU has been signed to launch the state of the art training programs on Cy
ber Security, Risk and Crisis Management, Public Safety and Disaster Management,
Homeland Security/ Critical Infrastructure Protection, Security Operations Mana
gement, Industrial Security, Fire & Safety Management etc.
The UN has launched an appeal for $301m (190m) to help relief efforts in typhoon
-hit areas of the Philippines.
India is in 32nd place on most secretive place on financial matters in new glob
al scale given by the Tax Justice Network.
* Tax Justice Network is a global research and advocacy group, according to its
report, Switzerland remains the world's most secretive place followed by Luxembo
urg, Hong Kong, Cayman Islands, Singapore, US, Lebanon, Germany, Jersey and Japa
n in the top-ten.
November 13
A spectacular and rare orange diamond, the largest known gem of its kind, was a
uctioned for a record $35.54 million in Geneva. "It's a world record price per c
arat for any colored diamond," The deep orange gemstone, found in South Africa,
weights a whopping 14.82 carats. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has
handed it the top rating for colored diamonds.
November 14
Kenichi Ito, a Japanese man broke his own Guinness World Record for the 100 met
er dash.
* He runs on his arms and legs broke. ITO of 30 years finished the dash in 16.87
seconds by saving about 30 seconds of his 2012 run of 17.47 seconds.
Government of India on 14th November 2013 dispatched relief package that includ
es medicines, hygiene and chemicals, tent age, blankets, tarpaulins and ready to
eat meals to Hurricane ravaged Philippines by an Indian Air Force C-130J aircra
ft to Mactan.
NASA Cassini Spacecraft released a natural-color image of Saturn from space, th
e first in which Saturn, its moons and rings, and Earth, Venus and Mars, all are
visible.
Chinese government has introduced a turn of reforms focused at markets in order
to check its sliding growth.
* The reforms are targeted to improve and develop socialism with Chinese charact
eristics and to further modernization of the countrys governing system and capabi
lities.
Android wins 81% of Smartphone market during the t