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CURRENT AFFAIRS PDF MARCH 2013
Current Affairs PDF March 2013
Current Affairs PDF March 2013
Table of Contents
Preface ............................................................................................................................................ 9 Pick of the Month ......................................................................................................................... 10 5th BRICS Summit held in Durban, South Africa: Highlights................................................. 10 Second India-Afghanistan-United States Trilateral Dialogue ............................................... 12 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died at 58 due to Cancer............................................. 12 RBI Slashed Repo Rate by 25 Base Points; Kept CRR Unchanged ......................................... 13 India won Border Gavaskar Trophy 2013 by 4-0 .................................................................. 15 Tiger Woods Won Arnold Palmer Invitational 2013 ............................................................. 16 Jorge Bergoglio the New Pope Chose Francis his Papal Name ............................................. 16 Xi Jinping Took Over As the New President of China............................................................ 18 Number of High Courts went up to 24 from 21 .................................................................... 18 Govt decided to Introduce National Policy on Drug Abuse .................................................. 19 Half of Africa’s Lions Facing Extinction Threat: Study .......................................................... 19 BARC Developed Largest Magnet of the World.................................................................... 20 India & US agreed on Cooperation in Moon & Mars Missions ............................................. 20 International ................................................................................................................................. 22 India and Portugal Signed a Social Security Agreement ....................................................... 22 India-United Kingdom Summit 2013: Agreements Reached ................................................ 22 India & UK Signed MOU to Co-Operate on Earth Sciences .................................................. 24 Pakistan Government completed its Historic Five Year Term .............................................. 25 Nepal and US to Conduct Joint Military Exercises ................................................................ 25 Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill 2012-2013 approved in Britain ....................................... 26 President of Egypt Visited India: Major Deals Signed ........................................................... 26 Lebanon PM announced Government’s Resignation ........................................................... 28 www.jagranjosh.com
Current Affairs PDF March 2013
Current Affairs PDF March 2013
FAA to close 149 Air Traffic Towers due to Budget Cut........................................................ 29 US and Afghanistan reached Agreement on Prison Transfer ............................................... 29 South Australia rolled out 10-year Plan to Enhance Trade .................................................. 30 US President Barack Obama Signed Short-Term Budget Bill ................................................ 31 India and Liechtenstein Signed TIEA ..................................................................................... 31 BRICS Summit 2013: South Africa and Russia signed Agreement ........................................ 32 International Quizzes ............................................................................................................ 33 World Dairy ................................................................................................................................... 36 National ......................................................................................................................................... 40 Electronics Project Proposal System e-PPS launched ........................................................... 40 Charges Framed against Irom Sharmila for Attempting Suicide .......................................... 40 CCS approved Flexible Use of Airspace................................................................................. 42 Union Cabinet cleared Bill to Tackle Crimes against Women............................................... 43 India’s First All Women Post Office Inaugurated by Kapil Sibal ........................................... 43 Union Cabinet approved Electronic Services Bill .................................................................. 44 Govt approved Changes in Bill to Tackle Bribery by Foreigners ........................................... 44 Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2013 Passed in the Lok Sabha ........................................... 45 Union Cabinet cleared National Food Security Bill ............................................................... 46 Standards of Quality of Service Amendment Regulations: Notified .................................... 47 Govt. cleared 1500 crore Rupees Proposal for Pinaka Rockets ............................................ 47 National Quizzes ................................................................................................................... 48 India Dairy ..................................................................................................................................... 51 Economy........................................................................................................................................ 58 MOU for Setting up of Memu Coaches Manufacturing Facility ........................................... 58 Government approved Export of Additional Wheat ............................................................ 58 Financial Regulators signed pact to Monitor Conglomerates .............................................. 59
Current Affairs PDF March 2013
...................................................... 60 Government granted aid to protect Pashmina Goats ...................................................... Insurance Giant fined 30 Million Pound by FSA ............................................... 60 CCI approved Five Oil............................................................................................................ Gas Blocks for Operations ................................ ........... 72 State Budget of Haryana 2013-14: Highlights....................................................... 67 Prudential................ 62 Corporate ...... 69 Corporate Current Affair Quizzes ...................... 74 Delhi Budget 2013-14: Sheila Dikshit presented the Budget ...................................................................................... 61 Economy Current Affairs Quizzes ......................................... 67 Apple bought Indoor Mapping firm WiFiSlam ........................................................ 66 Nokia won Patent Infringement Suit against HTC in Germany................................................................. 64 REC Signed Bilateral Term-Loan Agreement with SBI .......................................................................jagranjosh........... 74 Tamil Nadu Budget 2013-14: Presented by O............................................................................................................................ 70 State .. 68 Educomp Solutions sold 50 percent stake in Eurokids .............................. 59 Union Government to launch 10 Rupees Plastic Notes.................................................................................................... Panneerselvam ............................................................... 72 State Budget of Haryana 2013-14: New Initiatives .................................. 60 HPCL and Rajasthan Govt Signed a MoU for Setting up Refinery ............... 69 Google launched Google Play Movies in India............................................14: Highlights ......................... 76 Arunachal Pradesh became First State to introduce e-GPF ........................................................................................................................................... 77 www..................................................................Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 4 Coal India signed Fuel Supply Pacts with 56 Power Plants ................... 66 SBI to Open 1200 Branches in India & 8 Overseas Offices ................................................... 72 Andhra Pradesh Budget 2013....................... 64 Welspun commissioned Asia’s largest Solar Power Project ...........................................com Page 4 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 ......................................................................... 68 IT Department slapped 2000 crore Rupees Tax Notice to Nokia .............................................. 64 TSMC Acquired Stake in Labrador Iron Mines Holdings Ltd.................................................. 65 Infosys Inked Deal with India Post ..................
............................................ 94 www....................................................................................................... 92 Australia Won Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament 2013 ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 92 Team Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen Won Australian Grand Prix 2013 ....... 91 Bhullar Finished Second in Avantha Masters Golf Tournament ...... 90 Neha Tripathi Won BT Pro Am of Champions Golf Tournament ............................................................................... 86 Oommen Chandy Commissioned a Biogas Plant in Secretariat .............................................................................................................................................. 84 President of India appointed Judges in the High Court of J&K ......................................jagranjosh..... 89 T.......................... 91 India Won Eight Medals in Inaugural AGPAC .................. 78 Raghuraj Pratap Singh resigned from the State Cabinet ........................... 88 Rafael Nadal won ATP Mexican Open 2013 Tennis Tournament ............. 93 Harmanpreet Named Captain of Indian Women's Cricket Team ................... 90 David Beckham Named Richest Footballer of the World .. Baun Won All England Open Badminton Championship .................................... 86 Jammu and Kashmir Assembly passed Eight Bills ....... 91 Muradian Khalmuratov won Gold in Men's Category of HACC .......................................................................................................... 89 Smriti Mehra Won Second Title in Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour ............................................................................................. 93 Sports Current Affairs Quizzes ...... 88 Services Clinched 67th Santosh Trophy ......... 87 Sports ....................................... 89 Manorama & Deborah won Bronze in HACC ............................................Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 5 State Budget of Madhya Pradesh: 2013-14 Presented ....................................................................... 88 Sahmim Khan won t PGTI Players Championship Title 2013 ............................................. 85 MP bagged Two National Tourism Awards.... 85 Single Phase Assembly Elections in Karnataka on 5 May .................................. 88 Novak Djokovic won ATP Dubai Open Tennis Title 2013 ............................................com Page 5 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 ............................................................. 93 Nadal & Sharapova Won Indian Wells BNP Paribas Open 2013 ........................................................................................................................................ 84 UK opened Mobile Visa Application Facility in Goa ......................................................
........................... 97 Two Woodlizard Species Called Enyalioides Discovered ................................................................................................ 113 Swedish Princess Lilian Davies Died At the Age of 97 Years .............................Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 6 Environment Ecology ......... 97 Great Indian Rhinoceros Population Increased in Kaziranga ... 112 Five Writers honoured with SAARC Literature Award 2013 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 111 Vice Admiral Thapliyal is New DG of Indian Coast Guard ................................................. 111 Women of Courage Award to Delhi Gangrape Victim .....................................................................................jagranjosh........................................................................ 111 Walking With Lions: Tales from a Diplomatic Past: Released ......... 96 Okhla Compost Plant Received Carbon Credits ............................................. 96 Mass Death of Prawns Due to Unexplained Reason in Coronel ............................................................................. 113 Sanjay Dutt Sentenced to 5-Years Jail Term by SC ..................................... 114 www............................................... 109 News Capsule ...................... 101 Exact Distance to Our Neighbouring Galaxy Calculated ........................... 100 India Ranked Third on List of Spam Spewing Nation in World ............................................................... 112 Nicolas Maduro sworn in as Interim President of Venezuela ................................ 103 Herschel Observatory discovered Protostars ..................................... 102 Abundant Active Bacteria Community Discovered............................................................. 104 Unknown Huge Radio Galaxy Discovered ...................................... 107 One Liners ...com Page 6 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 ................................................................................ 100 NASA’s Swift Satellite Discovered Supernova Remnants ............ 105 Jeff Bezos Recovered Two Apollo Rocket Engines ....................... 96 New Zealand Declared Worst-Ever Drought in 30 Years ................................................................................................................................. 106 Science and Technology Quizzes ........................................................................... 111 Commemorative Postage Stamp on Sahir Ludhianvi Released ...................................................... 98 Science & Technology ........................................................................................................................................ 100 Japan Extracts Natural Gas from Methane Hydrate ........................................................
............................................... 129 The President of Bangladesh. 126 Toyo Ito..................... 128 S....com Page 7 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 ...................................................................... 125 Sugatha kumari Selected For Saraswati Samman 2012............................................ 129 World Forestry Day Observed Across the World .................................. Venkata Mohan won National Bioscience Award for 2012 ................................................................................................................ 127 Army Got the First Indigenous Chopper Called Rudra.......................................................................................... 130 UN announced 20 March as International Happiness Day......... 132 www...................................................... 131 Asian Business Awards 2013 ........ 123 UNDP Report: South Asia Lead the World ....................... 129 Anil Ananthaswamy Won Inaugural Physics Journalism Prize ...... 116 Laureus World Sports Awards 2013 ................... Ghosh is First non-American Editor of Time International .............................. 119 Tan Twan Eng Declared Winner of Man Asian Literary Prize ...................................................... 130 FSLRC Suggested Constitution of UFSR............ 120 India Ranked Low on Gender Inequality Index: UN Report 2013 ..................................... 118 Rajiv Gandhi National Quality Awards for the Year 2011 ...... 122 World Consumer Rights Day Observed Across the World ............................. 128 Hamid Ansari Released a Book on Former President of India ..........................................................................................................................Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 7 Delhi Among Five Indian Hotspots of Illegal Trade of Tigers ............................................................................................... 123 60th National Film Awards ............jagranjosh...................... Declared As Winner of Pritzker Architecture Prize ..... 123 Universal Periodic Review Report on Human Rights in Lanka ..................................................... 116 ACI Placed Three Indian Airports among Top Five of the World ........................................................................... reduced role of RBI ..................................................................................................................... 114 5th CIDC Vishwakarma Award 2013 ............................................................ 117 Entertainment and Media Sector to Double by 2017: Report ................................................................ Zillur Rahman Passed away at 84 ................................................... 115 Coffee Table Book Titled Indian Saga of Steel Released ......... 122 B................... 132 Navneet Kaur Dhillon Crowned Pond’s Femina Miss India 2013 .....
........................... 133 Questions of the Month......................................... 134 www........................................com Page 8 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 .................jagranjosh........................................Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 8 Italian Foreign Minister resigned over Marine Case ......
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The task ahead is to build on these developments and BRICS countries remain committed to the cause of promoting sustainable growth. Subsequent to the discussions that took place at the Business Forum Meeting. SOUTH AFRICA: HIGHLIGHTS South Africa hosted the fifth BRICS Summit from 26 to 28 March 2013 at the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC). BRICS countries will actively support infrastructure development and industrialisation on the African continent in order to contribute to its development and to expand trade links between Africa and BRICS. BRICS and Africa: Partnership for Development. China and South Africa agreed on different points. This will complete the first cycle of BRICS summits. Russia. though improving. Greater economic cooperation amongst BRICS countries is imperative. This can help in addressing some of the domestic challenges each of us face as well as prove beneficial for global economic growth. • • • KEY RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE SUMMIT www. China and Brazil have agreed to establish a currency swap line worth around 30 billion dollar in their respective currencies. The global economic situation. The recovery seen in the US and the continued steps taken by the Euro Zone countries to address the sovereign debt crisis are worth noting.jagranjosh. continues to remain uncertain with the Euro-crisis a major concern.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 10 PICK OF THE MONTH 5TH BRICS SUMMIT HELD IN DURBAN. the industry leaders from the business communities of the five countries namely Brazil. FOLLOWING ARE THE AGREED POINTS • • BRICS and Africa will forge a closer partnership for development integration and industrialisation. The central area of discussion was under the overarching theme. Integration and Industrialisation. India.com Page 10 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . which they say is designed to protect against future global financial crises.
The establishment of the BRICS Business Council is. infrastructure. this is not fully reflected in the governance model of global institutions such as the IMF and World Bank. They reiterate that the world economic order is changing and that the process of developing economic policy agenda at the global level should reflect this. we should capitalise on opportunities in sectors such as but not limited to agriculture and agro-processing.jagranjosh. The BRICS nations encourage their respective governments to take steps to deepen economic engagement amongst the BRICS countries. sustainable and more equitable growth. supported as a practical measure that will deepen economic engagement amongst BRICS countries. services and agriculture. pharmaceutical and information and communication technology. www. energy. We shall work collectively to carry forward the work agenda set by the G20 leaders for promoting stronger. NEW AREAS OF COOPERATION TO BE EXPLORED • • • BRICS Public Diplomacy Forum. Likewise. The possibility of setting up of a development bank and investment fund and promoting trade within this group in local currencies are particularly encouraging and progress in finalising these. BRICS Anti-Corruption Cooperation. It is essential to improve the quality of trade by focusing on more value added trade in all the three sectors namely manufacturing. We shall continue to work alongside our governments to gradually usher in governance reforms at multi-lateral institutions. While there is a realization even amongst the developed countries about the increasing economic weight of emerging economies. therefore. mining beneficiation. sustainable development. Trade and investment are the two pillars of economic engagement amongst BRICS countries. The BRICS nation urges their respective governments to deepen their consultative engagements on economic policies to bring about stability and certainty in global financial markets. The Countries are encouraged by the discussions that are taking place amongst our respective governments towards greater cooperation in the financial sector.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 • Page 11 • • • • The BRICS Nations fully support the efforts of their respective governments at the G20 that has emerged as the premiere forum to address critical global economic and financial issues. BRICS State Owned Companies / State Owned Enterprises. There is agreement that support for industrialisation projects on the African continent will contribute to the expansion of trade and investment links between BRICS and Africa. We should look to continue enhancing intra-BRICS trade to achieve at least US$ 500 billion by 2015 as per agreement from previous Business Forum in India.com Page 11 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 .
Energy. Jr. Blake. Page 12 ABOUT BRICS SUMMIT • BRICS is an acronym for the powerful grouping of the world’s leading emerging economies. The first BRIC Summit took place in Yekateringburg. The Afghan delegation was led by Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed Ludin.com Page 12 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . and other areas of mutual interest. Additional Secretary (Pakistan. VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT HUGO CHAVEZ DIED AT 58 DUE TO CANCER www. security. and jointly they share a vision of a secure. Sinha led the Indian delegation.S. India has strategic partnerships with both Afghanistan and the US. The three sides agreed to continue this trilateral process as a vehicle for achieving the shared goal of peace. with Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O. The BRICS mechanism aims to achieve peace. Russia. resulting in BRICS. The second trilateral dialogue provided a platform for indepth consultations on issues ranging from political and security spheres to trade. delegation. It also seeks to contribute significantly to the development of humanity and establish a more equitable and fair world. South Africa joined the bloc in 2010. • SECOND INDIA-AFGHANISTAN-UNITED STATES TRILATERAL DIALOGUE India hosted the second meeting of India-Afghanistan-US trilateral dialogue in New Delhi on 19 February 2013.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 • • • • • • National Agencies Responsible for Drug Control. Afghanistan and Iran) Y. democratic and prosperous Afghanistan. namely Brazil. It may be recalled that the first trilateral dialogue was hosted by Afghanistan in New York on 25 September 2012. peaceful. development and cooperation. BRICS virtual secretariat. Russia. Sports and Mega Sporting Events. India. BRICS Youth Policy Dialogue Tourism. where the elected leaders of the four countries formally declared the membership of the BRIC economic bloc. security and development of Afghanistan. China and South Africa.jagranjosh. leading the U. K. commerce and investment.
KEPT CRR UNCHANGED The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 19 March 2013 cut the repo rate by 25 basis points to 7. Hugo was ousted from his office for 47 hours and further the situation was restored by the support of public that was seeking his government and the military loyalists. The Foreign Minister of Venezuela Elias Jose Jaua Milano announced seven days mourning for the country. Consequently. www. RBI SLASHED REPO RATE BY 25 BASE POINTS.5per cent from the earlier 6.com Page 13 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . He died after battling from cancer for two years during which he underwent several surgeries and chemotherapy in Cuba. With his death his 14 year rule of Venezuela came to an end and bringing a challenge of electing a new President for the country within 30 days as per Constitution of Venezuela. The Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) has been retained at 4 per cent. HUGO CHAVEZ • • • Hugo Chavez was the President of Venezuela from 1999 till his death in 2013 He was the leader of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela He was responsible for the promotion of the Bolivarian cause of social revolution and started the secretive Revolutionary Bolivarian Movement-200 (MBR-200) in early 1980s He served the Venezuelan army as a officer before entering into politics and initiation the secretive Revolutionary Bolivarian Movement200 (MBR-200) He was a former leader of the Fifth Republic Movement political party from its foundation in 1997 until 2007 He led a coup attempt in 1992 and landed in jail for his act and was further he launched his political career Served as the President of Venezuela for three times • • • • A coup attempt was made in Venezuela in April 2002 to overthrow Hugo Chavez from his office.jagranjosh. During this coup attempt.75 percent in its mid-quarter review of the monetary policy.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 13 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died on 5 March 2013 at a military hospital in Caracas at the age of 58 due to Cancer.75 per cent and the Marginal Standing Facility (MSF) rate and the Bank Rate to 8. Nicolas Maduro.5 per cent from 7. Till then the Presidency will be assumed by the Vice-President of the country. the reverse repo rate under the LAF stands adjusted to 6. The change of the Repo rate is aimed to prompt growth and revive investment.5 per cent with immediate effect.
4% rise in industrial production in January 2013 after two months of contraction suggests the recovery is still weak. the available amount with the banks comes down. The current account deficit hit a record-high 5.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 14 It is for the second time since the start of the year RBI has cut down the repo rate in a bid to help revive flagging growth in Asia's third-largest economy. the Reserve Bank of India also announced infusion of 10000 crore rupees into the financial system by purchasing government securities as part of its liquidity injection measure. With the change in Repo rate. If the central bank decides to increase the CRR. It is also a tool which can be used by the RBI to drain excess money out of the banking system.4 per cent in the September quarter and is expected to end the 2012/13 fiscal year at its highest level ever. and the 2.5% in October-December 2012 quarter. WHAT IS REPO RATE? The rate at which the RBI lends money to commercial banks is called repo rate. The RBI will continue to actively manage liquidity through various instruments.com .75 percent from earlier 6. A reduction in the repo rate helps banks get money at a cheaper rate and vice versa. Whenever banks have any shortage of funds they can borrow from the RBI. WHAT IS REVERSE REPO RATE? Reverse Repo rate is the rate at which the RBI borrows money from commercial banks. The Indian economy expanded at a 25-quarter low of 4. The RBI uses the CRR to drain out excessive money from the system. including open market operations.75 Percent CRR Remain Unchanged at 4 Percent Reverse repo rate changed to 6.jagranjosh. RBI has also warned that its scope for further policy easing is limited. It is an instrument of monetary policy.5 Percent from 7. Highlights of the RBI Quarterly Monetary Policy Review: • • • Repo rate changed to 7.5 Percent Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 14 www. WHAT IS CASH RESERVE RATIO? Cash reserve Ratio (CRR) is the amount of funds that the banks have to keep with the RBI. An increase in reverse repo rate can prompt banks to park more funds with the RBI to earn higher returns on idle cash. so as to ensure adequate flow of credit to productive sectors of the economy.
India vs Australia at Hyderabad (Deccan) . 4th Test: 22-24 March 2013 . at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.India vs Australia at Mohali . Before this Jadeja’s 5 wicket haul for 58 runs in 16 over limited Australia to a lead score of 155 runs.Australia 408 and 223. R Ashwin. India won the series 4-0. Cheteswar Pujara scored an unbeaten 82 runs while chasing the 155 run target set by team Australia on the third day of the match. Man of the Match: Ravindra Jadeja for his all-round performance Man of the Series: Ravichandran Ashwin for claiming 29 wickets in the four-Test Series SERIES REPORT 1st Test: 22-26 February 2013 . In the second innings of the final match. in 22nd test and is placed in the list after Erapalli Prasanna (who did this in 20 test matches) and Anil Kumble (who achieved the sport in 21 test matches) Off-Spinner from India. P Ojha took 2 wickets each and Ishant Sharma booked the last wicket of Pattinson to seal the second innings of Australia at 155 runs. India 503.India v Australia at Delhi Australia 262 and 164. 2013 . India won by an innings and 135 runs.Australia declared its innings 237 at the fall of 9 wickets and 131. Ojha reached the milestone. India 272 and 158/4. India 499 and 136/4. India won the match by 6 wickets. India won the match by 8 wickets remaining. 3rd Test: 14-18 March.India vs Australia at Chennai . 2nd Test: 2-5 March 2013 . the left arm spinner from India completed his haul of 100 wickets in Test Cricket on second day of fourth test against Australia and became the third fastest Indian to achieve the milestone. To make this record Ashwin Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 15 • www.jagranjosh.5 per cent Page 15 INDIA WON BORDER GAVASKAR TROPHY 2013 BY 4-0 India on 24 March 2013 won the fourth and the final test with 6 wickets remaining against Australia in the Alan Border Series – Australia Tour to India. India 572 and 50/2.5 Percent Bank Rate to 8.Australia 380 and 241. Delhi.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 • • Marginal standing facility (MSF) rate – 8. Some Records of the Series • Prgyan Ojha.com . R Ashwin became the leading wicket-taker for India in a series of four test matches. India won the match by 6 wickets. he finished with 29 wickets in this series.
A Pope sits in the Vatican City. a winner must secure 77 votes or two-thirds of the 115 votes. if necessary use words. but with this clean sweep – India secured wrote a new history in test cricket Shikhar Dhawan slammed fastest hundred by a debutant in test cricket. The cardinals elected Jorge Bergoglio as the new pope after completion of the fifth ballot. Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club & Lodge. This is his third win of the 2013 PGA Tour season and 77th career PGA win. Before Jorge Bergoglio. After being elected as the Pope. For being elected to the position of the Pope. replacing Rory McIlroy. 37. who lived in extreme poverty and preached his followers to preach the Gospel always. Florida on 25 March 2013.com Page 16 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . Peter’s Square. He is the first non-European pope in almost 1300 years and first pontiff from the Americas. Orlando. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (72) and Keegan Bradley (71). With this victory. Tiger Woods.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 16 • • surpassed the former Indian Captain Anil Kumble.jagranjosh. regained the world number one spot on 25 March 2013. Pope Francis waved his hands to the huge crowd gathered at St. JORGE BERGOGLIO THE NEW POPE CHOSE FRANCIS HIS PAPAL NAME Jorge Bergoglio: He is the 266th Pope (head of the Roman Catholic Church) The cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church chose Argentine Jorge Bergoglio on 13 March 2013 as the new Pope. India never in the 81 year test history won more than two matches against Australia in a single series. www. Runner-up Justin Rose finished with two-under 70 to finish at 13under and climbed to the third position in the world ranking other scores were-Mark Wilson (71). His score was 69-70-66-70 and he defeated Justin Rose to win 1080000 US Dollar cash prize. by scoring a century in 85 balls TIGER WOODS WON ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL 2013 Tiger Woods won the third PGA Tour title 2013. Saint Francis of Assisi was the reformer of 13th Century. but in all these ballots there existed no clear front-runner into the vote. The new pope chose Francis as his Papal Name and he replace Pope Benedict XVI. who took 27 wickets in a series of four test matches. no other Pope took the Papal Name Francis after Saint Francis of Assisi.
authorized to vote. appearance of the black smoke indicates that voting has remained inconclusive. The Conclave is initiated after 15 days and before 20 days of Pope’s d eath or resignation.jagranjosh. During the voting process the Cardinals are locked inside the Sistine Chapel in the Apostolic Palace. IMPORTANCE OF CHIMNEY SMOKE IN COMPLETION OF THE ELECTION PROCESS The colour of the smoke from chimney plays a vital role in indicating the completion of election process of a Pope. which indicated that a Pope was elected and he also accepted his position. Pope Benedict XVI was the front-runner in the fourth ballot. the ballots are burnt immediately. This activity of choosing a name first started in sixth century and became a custom in the 10th Century. He was the first pope in past 600 years to resign after Pope Gregory XII. leaving them in no-contact with the outside world. In 1978 Pope John Paul II was elected after eighth ballot and was the first non-Italian Pope in 455 years. white smoke appears from the chimney. During this complete process the cardinals are made to stay in the hospital inside the Vatican called as St. On the other hand. Pope Benedict XVI. when they are in the office. Conclave is the process of seizing the members of the college in the Vatican City. www. When a pope is elected. who was appointed pope in the year 2005 resigned from his position in February 2013 claiming that he was infirm to carry. All the arrangements are made to make sure that no one from the outside world is able to get in touch with any of the cardinals or vice-versa. who resigned from the position in 1415 to put an end to the Great Western Split among competing papal claimants. when they are transported from the St.com Page 17 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 .Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 17 Before this in the year 2005. Martha's and the Sistine Chapel. Traditionally. these ballots are burnt dry or with the help of chemical additives. After the election of the Pope. ELECTION PROCESS OF THE POPE The process of electing a new pope is called conclave and a college of cardinals is responsible for his election. When the process of election of a Pope is completed and he accepts his position. WHAT IS PAPAL NAME? Papal Name is the name used by the Popes at the time. white smoke appeared from Sistine Chapel Chimney on 13 March 2013. Martha’s House that has 130 rooms. Since 16th Century every pope had been choosing the papal name. RULES LAID DOWN FOR ELECTION OF A NEW POPE • The number of electors from the College of Cardinals is 120 may be whatever is the number of Cardinals in the college.
Politburo member Li Yuanchao (63) was also chosen as the Vice President of Xi Jinping on the same day with 2839 votes in favour of him. Manipur and Meghalaya Tripura. the Union Law Minister will open the High Court of Manipur in Presence of Chief Justice of India. It is important to note that Xi Jinping. the Parliament of China. Out of the present delegates. He replaced Wen Jiabao. the total number of high Courts in India has gone up to 24 from previous 21. who is able to win more than two-third of the votes is elected as the Pope The ballot is conducted twice in morning and afternoon continuously for four days.jagranjosh. With the opening of the three high Courts in the North Eastern states of India. www. Any contestant. D Y Patil. 57. He overtook the office from Hu Jintao. while three representatives did not vote. Judge of Chhattisgarh High Court took oath as the first Chief Justice of Manipur High Court on 23 March 2013.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 • • • • Page 18 A Cardnal. before declaring the result In case. • • • President of China: Xi Jinping Vice President of China: Li Yuanchao Prime Minister of China: Li Keqiang NUMBER OF HIGH COURTS WENT UP TO 24 FROM 21 Three new High Courts opened in Tripura. there were 2956 delegates present. Xi Jinping on 14 March 2013 was appointed as the President of China. they can impose a majority vote and select the new Pope with simple majority XI JINPING TOOK OVER AS THE NEW PRESIDENT OF CHINA The new leader of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Gurbachan Jagat Governor of Manipur administered his oath for the office in Imphal. who had attended the age of 80 years before the Papacy day is not allowed to participate in the Conclave. 59. Ashwini Kumar. was also chosen as the General Secretary of CPC in November 2012. Xi Jinping was approved by National People’s Congress (NPC). Justice Deepak Gupta along with three other judges would be administered the oath to the High Court of Tripura by the Governor of Bihar and Tripura Dr. Meghalaya and Manipur on 23 March 2013 got their own High Courts. in the comprehensive election process at Great Hall of the People. the cardinals fail to elect a Pope with 12 or 13 days. was appointed as the Prime Minister of China. 2952 voted for Xi Jinping. Out of 2963 delegates of NPC. Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre. Li Keqiang. On 14 March 2013. Only one vote was cast against him. Altamas Kabir on 25 December 2013.com Page 18 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 .
The committee on National Policy on Drug Abuse is being headed by a senior Ministry official and experts from various backgrounds have been roped in it as members. less than 30000 lions remain in Africa in around 25 percent of natural habitat. The Decision in this regard was taken by the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry with an expert committee which was formed to study nation-wide scenario of drug and substance abuse. HALF O F AFRICA’S LIONS FAC ING EXTINCTION THREAT: STUDY The study conducted by a team of Lion Biologists of University of Minnesota in the first week of March 2013 found that around half of the wild lion population of Africa would decline to almost extinction over the period of 20-40 years if conservation measures were not taken. In the report. officials of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and other stakeholders. the Union government in March 2013 decided to introduce a National Policy on Drug Abuse and has formed an expert committee to suggest guidelines for it.jagranjosh. in the study.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 19 GOVT DECIDED TO INTRODUCE NATIONAL POLICY ON DRUG ABUSE To check the alarming rise of drug abuse in various parts of the country. The Ministry had planned to start the pilot project in December in year 2012 with a deadline to complete it by February 2013. Lions in the unfenced reserves faced www.com Page 19 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . but due to lack of a national policy. the lion population densities along with the trends were studied. It was estimated that at present. The Ministry has also formed several schemes to break the demand and supply nexus of drug consumption. The policy will also ensure a better coordination among agencies and state governments while providing periodical data on impact of the schemes launched by the Ministry. while the size as well as densities of the lion population was higher. centres engaged in task of rehabilitation of drug victims. the cost for managing the fenced as well as unfenced habitats was examined. Also. The study led by Professor Craig Packer as well as co-authored by a whole team of lion biologists made use of the field data from 11 different African countries. these schemes are not being implemented properly. Maharashtra and Manipur. In the study. The Committee includes experts from some top medical colleges. it was found that the cost of conservation in the reserves which are secured by wildlife-proof fences was lower in comparison to unfenced ecosystems. It was also identified that the lions living in the unfenced reserves were prone to higher degree of dangers from the human communities. Regular consultations are being conducted with all stakeholders and organisations engaged in rehabilitation of drug victims. The Committee made its first presentation to the Union SJ&E Minister Kumari Selja and highlighted some of the key issues such as lack of a credible national data on drug addiction and the delayed pilot projects for assessment in Punjab.
a US-based wild cat conservation organisation declared that the study highlighted the degree of lion conservation crisis as well as the limited choices for safeguarding their future. In light of the Chandrayaan-1 lunar mission NASA and ISRO agreed to explore further cooperative space exploration work. The weight of the magnet at CERN ranges somewhere between 4000 and 5000 tons.jagranjosh. www. The Head of the atomic research centre's nuclear physics division announced that the magnet to be developed by the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre would be the largest in the world in terms of its dimensions. INDIA & US AGREED ON COOPERATION IN MOON & MARS MISSIONS India and the US in the Month of March 2013 agreed for cooperation on future missions to the Moon and Mars after successful collaboration in Chandrayaan-1 lunar mission. fragmentation and habitat loss as well as overhunting of the lion prey. which is the state-owned centre of India. which was launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in October 2008 led to strong evidence of the presence of lunar water. The lion biologists declared that fencing or some kind of alternative physical boundary like intensely managed buffer zones was important to separate lion population from humans in order to ensure the survival of the species. There was a need for decreasing the lion-human conflict.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 20 threats such as retaliatory killing by the herders. Panthera. In context with the study. The magnet is said to be much bigger than the one which is found at Compact Muon Solenoid detector at CERN in Geneva. announced that it was developing the largest magnet of the world. This largest magnet would weigh 50000 tons. This magnet will play a crucial role in the Indiabased Neutrino Observatory which will come up almost 4300 feet below the cave in the mountain in Tamil Nadu. The highly successful Chandrayaan-1 Lunar Mission. including future missions to the Moon and Mars.com Page 20 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . The scientist from both the working group of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) agreed to continue discussions in planetary science and Heliophysics to identify areas of potential cooperation. BARC DEVELOPED LARGEST MAGNET OF THE WORLD Bhabha Atomic Research Centre. The magnet will be iron-based and will weigh 50000 tons. So.
www. in the use of US and Indian earth observation satellite data. improved agricultural and natural resource use and better understanding of climate change. disaster management and response.com Page 21 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . The existing cooperation.jagranjosh. led to significant discoveries about lunar surface characteristics. it can be supported from the fact that with the addition of two NASA instruments on the successful Chandrayaan-1 lunar mission.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 21 The value of mutual cooperation was well reflected. helped in producing information yielding a broad range of societal benefits including improved weather and monsoon forecasting.
The period of contribution in one contracting state will be added to the period of contribution in the second contracting state for determining the eligibility for social security benefits. Japan. the Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs and Paulo Sacadura Cabral Portas. Germany (Comprehensive SSA). BENEFITS TO INDIAN NATIONALS WORKING IN PORTUGAL • For short term contract of up to 5 year. no social security contribution should be paid under the Portuguese law by the detached workers. Canada. Sweden and Austria. Germany (Social Insurance). Denmark. The Czech Republic. The agreement was signed by Vayalar Ravi. At present about 75000 Indians are living in Portugal and it includes self-employed people as well as working professionals.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 22 INTERNATIONAL INDIA AND PORTUGAL SIGNED A SOCIAL SECURITY AGREEMENT A Social Security Agreement (SSA) was signed between India and Republic of Portugal on 4 March 2013 at New Delhi. Hungary. Indian workers shall be entitled to the export of the social security benefit if they relocate to India after the completion of their service in Republic of Portugal. The bilateral social security agreement would help in taking advantage of the emerging employment opportunities and strengthening the trade and investments between the two countries.com Page 22 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . Republic of Korea. In case an employee is sent to Republic of Portugal by an Indian Company from a third company then also the benefits of the agreement will be available to the Indian worker. Switzerland. INDIA-UNITED KINGDOM SUMMIT 2013: AGREEMENTS REACHED www.jagranjosh. The Netherlands. Finland. • • • • India has signed the Social Security Agreement with 17 countries of the world and they are Belgium. The self-employed Indians in Republic of Portugal would also be entitled to export of social security benefit on their relocation to India. France. Norway. Luxemburg. Minister of State of Foreign Affairs of Portugal. in case they are making their contribution of the social security payment in India.
It was found that Free Trade Agreement would help in generation of jobs as well as growth of the two countries. recommendations in context with advance manufacturing and R&D. It was agreed by the leaders of both the nations that energy security challenge would be faced in a co-operative manner. The British Prime Minister was accompanied with his Ministerial colleagues as well as delegation which included largest British trade delegation ever to visit India. During the meeting. India and UK during the visit of the UK PM agreed to discuss between relevant agencies working in the field of petroleum conservation in the two countries. It was decided that trade and investment between the two countries would be increased. It was decided that the two countries would promote joint cooperation through activities where exchanging technology and knowledge would lead to fuel conservation. was reviewed and discussed. in 2012. on the other hand.e.. David Cameron to India. It also led to flow of investment.com Page 23 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . During the visit.jagranjosh. leaders of the UK-India CEO Forum and members of Parliament. was 5th largest investor in UK. Page 23 In the official visit. It was found that UK was 3rd largest investor in India now and India. the leaders also had a meeting with the members of the UK-India CEO forum. The average growth of the trade in 2010 and 2011 was 23 percent. www. The EU-India negotiations were discussed as well. the university Vice Chancellors. i. The issues which were discussed included: ECONOMIC GROWTH AND COOPERATION It was found that the trade between India and UK grew at a positive pace since last Summit in 2010. It was also additionally found that signature of an Amending Protocol of their Double Taxation Avoidance Convention (DTAC) in October 2012 provided tax stability to residents of the two countries. healthcare. education and skills. the economic climate remained tougher. it was also found that co-investment made by both countries in supporting joint research activities increased from 1 million pounds in 2009 to more than 100 million pounds in 2013. During the visit. services as well as technology. UK extended cooperation with India for development of a new Bengaluru-Mumbai Economic Corridor (BMEC).Current Affairs PDF March 2013 The India-UK Summit talks took place on 19 February 2013 in New Delhi during the official visit of British Prime Minister. and infrastructure and energy were taken. Two-way investment between India and UK since 2010 Summit was also reviewed. However. the progress which was made between the two countries since previous Summit in 2010.
civil and military. International security matters such as conflict in Syria and Iran’s nuclear programme were also discussed during the visit. MAJOR POINTS OF THE MOU SIGNED • • • • The MOU inked between India and UK will allow the two to share information on meteorology. This was done for regular bilateral dialogue on peace. The MOU will allow the two countries to share information on meteorology.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 24 It was agreed to encourage Indian Public Sector Undertakings and UK oil and gas companies for exploring possibilities of upstream oil and gas sector investment in India. The MOU will also help in promoting exchange of scientific and technical capabilities.jagranjosh. Both the nations agreed to deepen the existing India-UK strategic consultations on developments in West Asia / Middle East. The issue of cyber security was also discussed. including students. www. India welcomed the British Council’s programme for providing digital English language materials for Indian learners. hydrology and climate variability. Science and Technology Minister of India. business people or qualified workers. It was agreed that regular consultations on disarmament and non-proliferation issues would be held. hydrology and climate variability. visitors. Establishing a new Joint Working Group was also agreed upon. Both India and UK affirmed welcoming legitimate travellers. in accordance with the international obligations. tourists. INDIA & UK SIGNED MOU TO CO-OPERATE ON EARTH SCIENCES A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between India and UK to strengthen their cooperation in Earth Sciences and environmental research on 1 March 2013 in New Delhi. the UK and in third countries.com Page 24 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . The MOU was signed between the Earth System Science Organisation of the Ministry of Earth Sciences and Natural Environment Research Council of UK. S Jaipal Reddy was also present. security and development in Afghanistan. The two nations also agreed to work towards security of nuclear weapons. OTHER DISCUSSIONS AND DIALOGUES The two nations considered the results of India-UK Education Forum meeting which took place on 30 January 2013 in London. The MOU will facilitate India and UK to identify new opportunities for collaborative activities as well as co-funding new environmental research. UK Prime Minister David Cameron committed to facilitate India with cutting edge British technology.
winning 121seats from all provinces in the Parliament. VIGNETTE BASED STAFF TRAINING EXERCISE The Staff Training Exercise will include Nepal Army officers apart from the officers from countries such as Rwanda. The joint military exercises will also include other countries such as India. Ghana. Paraguay. there will be an interim government to manage the affairs of the country. Tajikistan. Thailand.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 25 The Memorandum of Understanding will help India in improving the forecasting capability of various weather and climate-related phenomena by sharing the expertise and knowledge. Pakistan has faced three military coups and persistent political turmoil. 50 km east of Kathmandu from 25 March 2013 to 7 April 2013. Sri Lanka. Mongolia. Cambodia. The joint military exercises are called Shanti Prayas-2 or Peace Initiatives and these will be conducted in Panchkhal. which is the main sector of the India’s economy. while also enhancing the peacekeeping capabilities as well as capacity of the nations which participate in Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI). India. The Armies of Nepal and the US. Philippines. Meanwhile. The election will be held within 60 days as per the constitution of Pakistan. with the parliament becoming the first democratically chosen body to complete its five-year term. South Korea.jagranjosh. The training which will be conducted during the joint military exercises will includevignette based staff training exercise as well as field training exercise. Indonesia. Canada. After the assassination of Benazir Bhutto on 27 December 2007.com Page 25 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . NEPAL AND US TO CONDUCT JOINT MILITARY EXERCISES Nepal and United States decided to conduct the military exercises jointly in the last week of March 2013. PAKISTAN GOVERNMENT COMPLETED ITS HISTORIC FIVE YEAR TERM Pakistan's government made history on 16 March 2013. Vietnam. Australia. The purpose of the training would be to refine the staff skills of the military officers who primarily function in UN peacekeeping missions across the world. This advance forecasting will help people associated with the agriculture sector. The PPP won the considerable victory. Pakistan Muslim League managed to secure 91 seats from all over the country. the parliamentary elections which were scheduled to be held in January were postponed until 18 February 2013. whilst the centre-right. Japan and Jordan. This drill is designed for promotion of security as well as regional peace. Malaysia. Kazakhstan. Bangladesh. GPOI is the initiative of G8 nations for increasing the operations for peace support across the worldwide. apart from other countries announced participating in this drill. which is said to be the latest in Asia-Pacific region. FIELD TRAINING EXERCISE www.
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The field training exercise on the other hand, will be conducted by the armies from Nepal, Philippines, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Rwanda, Paraguay, Indonesia, Japan and Jordan. This training will be offered by international cadre of instructors who have wide training experience in peacekeeping. Also the personnel from the US Pacific Command will facilitate the training. The purpose of the training would be enhancement of basic skills which are required while conducting the peacekeeping operations like convoy operations, checkpoint operations as well as patrolling.
MARRIAGE (SAME SEX COUPLES) BILL 2012-2013 APPROVED IN BRITAIN
The British House of Commons voted on 5 February 2013 to pass the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill 2012-2013, which legalise same-sex marriage in UK. The bill received votes of 400 to 175. It is important to note that the bill is strongly supported by the Prime Minister David Cameron. The Bill was presented in the UK Parliament on 24 January 2013. The legislation applied to Wales and England. This would allow civil marriage between the couples of same sex. However, the Church of England as well as certain other faiths was exempted from the obligation of performing such ceremonies. Certain faith groups such as Quakers announced that legal right was required for performing the same-sex marriages. The bill will now have to pass in House of Lords. In the House of Commons, 127 out of 303 Conservative lawmakers voted in favour of the bill while 136 voted against it. 5 remained absent while 35 did not register their vote. Majority of the votes which approved the bill came from Labour Party, which is in opposition, as well as the Liberal Democrats, the center-left party. These two parties are in coalition with the Conservatives. If the Bill is approved, it would put Britain on path of some of the other European nations such as Denmark, Netherlands and Spain, which open the marriage to the homosexuals.
PRESIDENT OF EGYPT VISITED INDIA: MAJOR DEALS SIGNED
The President of Egypt Dr. Mohamed Morsy visited India from 18 March 2013 to 20 March 2013. He was accompanied by his senior ministers as well as business delegation. It is important to note that bilateral trade between India and Egypt increased in past few years and this stands at 5.5 billion US Dollars. India is also the seventh largest trading partner of Egypt as well as the second largest source of the exports. The cumulative investments of India in Egypt are over 2.5 billion US Dollars. Deals signed are as follows
MOU ON COOPERATION IN INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
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• This MoU was signed between Indian Minister for Communications & Information Technology, Kapil Sibal and Egyptian Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Eng. Atef Helmy. In the MoU, certain core areas were identified for cooperation. This included e-education, sharing experiences in creation of Technology Parks and IT clusters e-governance, IT and electronics hardware as well as strengthening cooperation between ICT companies in private sector.
MOU ON COOPERATION IN THE AREA OF CYBER SECURITY
• This MoU was signed between Indian Minister for Communications & Information Technology, Kapil Sibal and Egyptian Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Eng. Atef Helmy. In the MoU, it was decided that expertise for exchanging the information on different aspects of cyber security would be shared. It was also decided that both the countries would support each other in undertaking right measures for preventing cyber security incidents.
MOU FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE IN IT (CEIT) IN EGYPT
• • This MoU was signed between External Affairs Minister of India, Salman Khursid and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt, Mohamed K. Amr. The MoU signed for establishing Centre for Excellence in IT (CEIT) in Al Azhar University is considered as an important step in meeting the goals of technical and development cooperation between India and Egypt. Under this MoU, India will facilitate human resources, hardware as well as software for setting up centre for the training of upto 500 students per year. Egypt, on the other hand, will facilitate establishment of centre including the provision of space and logistical support.
MOU ON COOPERATION IN THE FIELD OF MICRO AND SMALL ENTERPRISES
• This MoU was signed between Chairman cum Managing DirectorNational Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), India and Managing DirectorSocial Fund for Development (SFD), Egypt.
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The MoU will help in sharing information, meeting between the enterprises, technology transfers as well as provision of consultation services for enhancing abilities of business enterprises of both the countries.
MOU FOR COOPERATION IN THE FIELDS OF PROTECTION, PRESERVATION, PROMOTION AND MANAGEMENT OF CULTURAL HERITAGE
• • • This MoU was signed between Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage and Ministry of State for Antiquities Affairs, Arab Republic of Egypt. This helps in facilitating joint activities, sharing information as well as exchange of expertise through joint projects, workshops and conferences. The MoU will also help in cooperation in the field of protection of intellectual property rights and prevention of illicit traffic of antiquities.
Agreement between the Government of Egypt and the Government of India for Up gradation of a Vocational Training Centre at Shourba El Kheima, Cairo, Egypt. • An agreement was signed between the Government of Egypt represented by Industrial Development Authority and the Government and Government of India represented by National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), New Delhi. As part of the MoU, NSIC will be upgrading the Vocational Training Centre at Shoubra El Kheima, Cairo especially in the technological upgradation required in the area of spinning, weaving, knitting and dyeing technology.
LETTER OF INTENT ON INDIA-EGYPT SOLAR ENERGY COOPERATION
• • A Letter of Intent was also signed between Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, India and Ministry of Electricity and Energy of Egypt. The letter envisages providing 8.8 kilowatt of power using solar energy to 40 households in a village in Siwa located in Martrouh Governorate of Egypt.
Letter of Intent on launch services of the Egyptian Nano Satellite EGYCUBESAT-1 on board the Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) by Antrix Cooperation Ltd This Letter of Intent was signed between Antrix Corporation Ltd., the commercial wing of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Egyptian National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences (NARSS).
LEBANON PM ANNOUNCED GOVERNMENT’S RESIGNATION
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com Page 29 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . FAA TO CLOSE 149 AIR TRAFFIC TOWERS DUE TO BUDGET CUT Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on 22 March 2013 announced closure of 149 Air Traffic Control Towers across United States. Michel Suleiman. The decision will be in affect from 7 April 2013 in the small airports of across the country. The airports that had been targeted for forced shut down of the towers had 150000 total flight operations per year f which only 10000 are the commercial flights by passengers’ airlines. scheduled in June 2013 and refusal of the cabinet in extending the tenure of the Police Chief Major General Ashraf Rifi.jagranjosh. Shutting down of the towers will not force the shutdown of the airports but now. The resignation of the Government still awaits its acceptance by the President. The decision came after the cabinet failed to approve the commission to oversee elections. US AND AFGHANISTAN REACHED AGREEMENT ON PRISON TRANSFER The United States on 23 March 2013 agreed to transfer the control of the prison that houses insurgents and other dangerous inmates adjacent to Bagram Airfield to Afghanistan. With the resignation of the Government. Federal Aviation Administration was forced by the authorities to slash 637 million dollars for rest of the fiscal year that ends on 30 September 2013. The pilots will receive no help from ground controllers. who will retire in April 2013. Lebanon has entered into the political crisis and it has been suffering from the protests in Syria. The administration had only one option of ending most of its employees to a periodic unpaid leave. the pilots will have to coordinate the landings and takeoffs among themselves on a shared radio frequency.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 The Prime Minister of Lebabon. The agreement of to transfer to Afghan Control reached to an agreement after a week’s long intensified negotiations between the officials of both the parties. The decision of shutting down the traffic control towers came in wake of the budget cuts that had trimmed several million dollars from it. Page 29 The dispute was mainly created by the Shiite militant group Hezbollah that dominates the Parliament of Lebanon. The Syrian conflict had affected Lebanon by the emigration of the refugees from Syria to Lebanon. which was also responsible in the slowdown of the country’s economy and a surge of 67 percent in its budget deficit in 2012. Najib Mikati on 22 March 2013 announced resignation of his Government. www.
The State Trade Minister of South Australia Tom Kenyon asserted that it is being done to strategically identify key sectors of the economy that could take advantage of India’s rapid development and create local jobs. Earlier the negotiations were reached and an agreement of transferring the Parwan Detention Facility was agreed upon in September 2012. energy and natural resources. The council is being supported by an Indian team within the Department for Manufacturing. After the transfer ceremony. will play a leading role in helping guide that strategy. Geoff Knight (Chief Executive DIMTRE). following the guidelines prescribed under Afghan Law. This team will focus on the industry sectors identified in the India strategy – aerospace and defence. Page 30 The Parwan Detention Facility was turning up to be a point of increasing friction between the two countries and thus the US Defence Secretary. Chuck Hagel spoke to Hamid Karzai the president of Afghanistan. Resources and Energy (DMITRE). government and the community.com Page 30 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . when US agreed to hand over the responsibility of more than three thousand detainees to Afghanistan. The SA-India Council held its first meeting in Adelaide on 25 March 2013 as part of the State Government’s long-term strategy to become a significant trade and investment partner with India. SOUTH AUSTRALIA ROLLED OUT 10-YEAR PLAN TO ENHANCE TRADE South Australia on 25 March 2013 rolled out a 10-year strategic Plan to enhance trade ties with India by holding its first meeting of South Australia-India Council in Adelaide. education and training and clean technology. which includes experts from business. The India Council – chaired by Strategic Adviser to India Brian Hayes – will be responsible for the governance. Trade.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 The formal transfer of control will take place on 25 March 2013 and the provisions of the transfer includes that inmates who are a threat to the security and peace of Afghanistan and the international forces shall continue to be under detention under Afghan Law. Paul Sandercock www.S. Don Frater (Executive Director State Development). troops remained at the prison to control the area around it.jagranjosh. The Afghan President made a commitment to carry on the transfer of power ensuring safety of the Afghan people and the coalition forces and keep the detained individuals secured with a humane approach. with the identification of commercial possibilities and prioritizing of trade and investment strategies will be developed to ensure South Australia can respond rapidly and flexibly. The other members of the India Advisory Council are Raymond Spencer (Chair Economic Development Board). oversight and refinement of the India strategy. the U. Innovation. The South Australia-India Council.
The measure on the other hand allows certain government departments. INDIA AND LIECHTENSTEIN SIGNED TIEA India and Liechtenstein signed the Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) on 28 March 2013 at Bern. To avert a government shutdown. and Obama and his Democratic Party. It was decided that the information should be anticipated in context with the administration and enforcement of the domestic laws of the Contracting Parties in relation with the taxes included in the agreement. a day after the upper Senate had approved the effort 73-26. as if a short-term funding blueprint had not been agreed to before 27 March 2013 the Government would have run out of money. among others.com Page 31 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 .jagranjosh. which controls the Senate. more suppleness in enacting the mandatory cuts. US PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SIGNED SHORT-TERM BUDGET BILL US President Barack Obama signed into law a short-term budget Bill on 26 March 2013 in Washington that removes the alarming threat of a Government shutdown by funding the US government through the end of the year. The budget provides 1 trillion dollar through the end of the budget year on 30 September 2013 but maintains 85 billion dollar in across-the-board austerity measures that took effect earlier in March 2013. The agreement was signed between Indian Ambassador in Switzerland and Ambassador of Liechtenstein in Switzerland. The new bill which is also Known as a continuing resolution. www. including the Defence Department. The final vote was 318-109 — 115 Democrats joined 203 Republicans to pass the bill. The lower chamber of Congress passed the measure last week 318-109. Congress has been under pressure to produce a Bill. Switzerland.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 31 (Executive Director SMR Automotive). THE PRIMARY FEATURES OF TIEA WERE AS FOLLOWS • • TIEA is based on international standard of transparency and exchange of information. The threat of a government shutdown was the latest budgetary standoff between Republicans. who control the House of Representatives. extends funding levels for the government through the fiscal year at the levels already agreed to by both parties. Congress has had to pass a series of short-term measures because it did not pass a year-long budget. Andrew Downs (Group Managing Director Sage Automation).
Current Affairs PDF March 2013 • Page 32 • • • • • There was also a specific provision that the requested Party will make use of the information gathering measures to obtain the requested information. The TIEA facilitates the representatives of the competent authority of the requesting Party to enter the territory of the requested Party in order to interview the individuals as well as examine the records. on the RadioAstron space satellite was signed between the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) and the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) on the Margins of BRICS Summit on 26 March 2013 in Durban. The Agreement also includes specific provisions for protecting the confidentiality of the information obtained under the Agreement. It was decided that the information has to be kept secret or should be disclosed only to specific people and authorities. The agreement paved the way for the two countries to work together on the development of science and space technologies. As per the agreement. Roscosmos will provide the hardware for upgrading the tracking station (antenna) for compatibility with RadioAstron. ABOUT RADIOASTRON • • • The RadioAstron satellite was launched by Roscosmos on 18 July 2011. which are its oversight body or tax authorities. The idea is to complement the capability of ground-based very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) instruments with a space-based VLBI instrument. It is possible to exchange the information if it pertains to taxable periods beginning on or after 1 April 2013. The agreement signed confirms a strategic role in the area of global space science and technology and also provides an opportunity to use space science and technology to contribute towards socio-economic development.com Page 32 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . TIEA additionally also facilitates exchange of documents or information created in or derived from a date preceding 1 April 2013. It carries a radio telescope that will obtain images and coordinates of various radioemitting objects. The Agreement will be effective one month after the letter of notification. despite the fact that the Party does not need any such information for its tax purposes. www. BRICS SUMMIT 2013: SOUTH AFRICA AND RUSSIA SIGNED AGREEMENT An agreement. while SANSA will install and maintain the upgraded hardware and operate the tracking station. In 2006 the South African and Russian governments signed an agreement to cooperate on the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes.jagranjosh. A specific provision was incorporated in the agreement wherein it was decided that ownership and banking information shall be provided.
The MoU inked between India and UK will allow the two to share information on meteorology. Other partners include the European Space Agency. To Read More Stories INTERNATIONAL QUIZZES 1. enhancing the continent’s reputation as a premier destination for radio astronomy. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between India and UK to strengthen their cooperation in Earth Sciences and environmental research at New Delhi. and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (Australia). IV. www. hydrology and climate variability. which of the below mentioned statements in relation to the two are true? I.5 percent votes in the election. Dimitris Christofias who served the office from 28 February 2008 onwards a) Statements I. the Tata Institute for Fundamental Research (India). Nicos Anastasiades. won the Presidential elections of Cyprus with 57. contributing to capacity building and socio-economic development on the continent.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 • • Page 33 The project is an international collaboration led by the Astro Space Centre of the Lebedev Physical Institute (Russian Academy of Sciences) in Moscow. III. RadioAstron will complement other radio astronomy facilities in Africa (like the Square Kilometre Array).com Page 33 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 .5 percent votes Nicos Anastasia is the party leader of the centre-right DISY (the Democratic Rally) party Nicos Anastasiades had a very easy-going victory over Communist-backed Stavros Malas who secured 42. HOW RADIOASTRON WILL BE USED? The RadioAstron mission will support and enhance investment in radio astronomy infrastructure in Africa. (d) All the four statements are true 2. Nicos Anastasiades replaced the former President of Cyprus. II and IV are true b) Statements II. II. III and IV are true c) Statements I. the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (USA). III and IV are true d) All the four statements are true Answer.jagranjosh. Which of the statements related to the MoU true? I. Cyprus Presidential Elections and Nicos Anastasiades.
IV. III and IV are true c) Statements I.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 II. Decisions were made to boost the trade and investment between the two countries would be increased.jagranjosh. II and IV are true b) Statements II. III. IV. Page 34 The MoU will also help in promoting exchange of scientific and technical capabilities. and infrastructure and energy were taken Leaders of both the countries met with the members of the UK-India CEO-Forum and the group failed in making any decision on security of nuclear weapons UK extended co-operation with India for development of a new Bengaluru-Mumbai Economic Corridor (BMEC) a) Statements I. healthcare. recommendations in context with advance manufacturing and R&D. During the visit of the British Prime Minister. (a) Statements I. The MoU was signed between the Earth System Science Organisation of the Ministry of Earth Sciences and Natural Environment Research Council of UK. Science and Technology Minister of India. education and skills. During the meeting. III.com . Social Security Agreement (SSA) was signed between India and Republic of Portugal in March 2013 at New Delhi Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 34 www. Which of the below mentioned statements true? I. III and IV are true d) All the four statements are true Answer. II and IV are true b) Statements II. The MoU will facilitate India and UK to identify new opportunities for collaborative activities as well as co-funding new environmental research but the researches will be conducted only in UK with no provisions for them to be conducted in India. a) Statements I. II. II and IV are true 4. (a) Statements I. Which of the following statements in relation to the summit and its discussions true? I. III and IV are true c) Statements I. II and IV are true 3. III and IV are true d) All the four statements are true Answer. David Cameron to India India-UK Summit 2013 was held. S Jaipal Reddy was also present.
Current Affairs PDF March 2013 II. III and IV are true d) All the four statements are true Answer. In which city does the Hot air balloon crashed in February 2013 because of mid-air gas explosion that killed 19 European and Asian tourists.jagranjosh. (d) Luxor For More International Quizzes www. France and Britain. a) Melbourne b) Yarra Valley c) Mansfield d) Luxor Answer. (a) Statements I. The blast took place at 1000 feet (300 metres). Indian workers are not entitled to export of the social security benefit from Portugal. II and IV are true c) Statements II. The deceased were from Hong Kong. The provisions of the agreement will be helpful for the self-employed Indians in Republic of Portugal would also be entitled to export of social security benefit on their relocation to India. III. a) Statements I. Page 35 The bilateral social security agreement would help in taking advantage of the emerging employment opportunities and strengthening the trade and investments between the two countries.com Page 35 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . II and III are true b) Statements I. II and III are true 5. if they relocate to India after the completion of their service in Republic of Portugal. IV. Japan.
Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 36 WORLD DAIRY 25 February 2013 Nicos Anastasiades won Cyprus presidential elections with 57. 27 February 2013 First smartphone into space launched successfully from India. 5 March 2013 India and Republic of Portugal signed a Social Security Agreement. 4 March 2013 India-United Kingdom Summit 2013: issues discussed and agreed upon. Sahmim Khan won the PGTI Players Championship Title 2013. 26 February 2013 Jelena Jankovic won WTA Copa Claro Colsanitas Cup 2013. 28 February 2013 Somdev Devvarman crashed out of ATP Dubai Tennis Championship 2013.jagranjosh. 7 March 2013 www. 2 March 2013 Vijitha Bandara of Sri Lanka won Eighth NCR Cup Golf Tournament. 6 March 2013 Japan and US agreed on Free Trade Auto Exception. 3 March 2013 World number one Novak Djokovic won the ATP Dubai Open Tennis title 2013. 1 March 2013 India and UK signed MoU on strengthening co-operation in earth sciences.com Page 36 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 .5 percent votes.
the original guitarist for rock band YES died at 65. India and Bhutan signed Currency Swap Agreement worth 100 million dollars. China unveiled government restructuring plan. Page 37 8 March 2013 Barack Obama signed into law the Violence against Women Act Reauthorization 2013.jagranjosh.com Page 37 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . www. 16 March 2013 Eurozone and IMF agreed for 10 billion Euros Cyprus bailout deal. 15 March 2013 Khil Raj Regmi to head the interim Government of Nepal. chose Francis as his Papal Name. Parliament rejected Pakistan's resolution on Afzal Guru and claimed it interference. India and Britain signed pact to support research and development projects. Ministry Of Railways to be dissolved. sworn-in as the Prime Minister.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 India proposed hydrocarbon pipeline from Kazakhstan. Xi Jinping took over as the new President of China. Pranab Mukherjee was the chief guest. 13 March 2013 India clinched gold and a bronze medal in Asian Archery Grand Prix. 9 March 2013 Kenya Election: Uhuru Kenyatta won Kenya presidency. 12 March 2013 45th Independence Day of Mauritius celebrated. Iran and Pakistan launched Gas Pipeline Project. 14 March 2013 Peter Banks. 10 March 2013 World Bank barred Larsen &Turbo for six months over forgery. 11 March 2013 US and South Korea started joint annual military drills. Jorge Bergoglio elected as the new pope.
22 March 2013 Neha Tripathi won sixth leg of Hero Women's Pro Golf Tour 2013. 24 March 2013 US and Afghanistan reached agreement on Prison Transfer. regained world number 1 ranking. 25 March 2013 South Australia rolled out 10-year plan to enhance trade with India.jagranjosh. 26 March 2013 Tiger Woods won Arnold Palmer Invitational 2013. 27 March 2013 www. 19 March 2013 Australia won Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament 2013 for the seventh time.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 17 March 2013 Pakistan Government completed its historic five year term. 20 March 2013 The British House of Commons approved Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill 2012-2013.com Page 38 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . Federal aviation administration to close 149 air traffic towers due to budget cut. 21 March 2013 President of Egypt Dr. China became the world's fifth-largest arms exporter. Mohamed Morsy visited India: major deals signed. Nepal and United States decided to conduct joint military exercises called Shanti Prayas2. Page 38 18 March 2013 UAE inaugurated world’s largest solar power plant named Shams 1. 23 March 2013 Lebanon PM Najib Mikati announced resignation of his government amid cabinet dispute.
28 March 2013 US President Barack Obama signed Short-Term Budget Bill to avert government shutdown. Brazil and China signed the Currency Swap Agreement: BRICS Summit 2013. Three NRIs honoured by Indian High Commission in London on World Hindi Day 2013. www. 29 March 2013 India and Liechtenstein signed the Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA). 30 March 2013 Mercedes-Benz and Sahara Force India signed a long-term agreement.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 39 Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi resigned over marine case. Angelo Mathews named captain of the Pune Warriors India for IPL 6. BRICS Summit 2013: South Africa and Russian space agencies signed agreement. 31 March 2013 America’s Serena Williams won Miami Masters open Tennis Tournament 2013.com Page 39 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . 5th BRICS Summit held in Durban. South Africa.jagranjosh.
com Page 40 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . Industry and R&D Organisation. which will start from online submission of the project proposal for funds and will monitor as well as manage the funded projects. through the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) during a round table discussion with Academia. WHAT IS ELECTRONIC PROJECT PROPOSAL SYSTEM (E-PPS) It is a web based system in form of solution to fund the R&D projects. which are presented to a Working Group and based on the recommendations of the Working Group the proposals are further processed The system would create a One-Go-Dash-Board to monitor the projects from its initiation to completion Will ease the processing time of the proposal and dissemination of the project information • • CHARGES FRAMED AGAINST IROM SHARMILA FOR ATTEMPTING SUICIDE www. The e-PPS system will initially start as a pilot project. developed by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology.jagranjosh.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 40 NATIONAL ELECTRONICS PROJECT PROPOSAL SYSTEM E-PPS LAUNCHED Union Minister Kapil Sibal on 6 March 2013 launched the Electronics Project Proposal System (e-PPS). PROCESSES SUPPORTED BY THE E-PPS SYSTEM • • • • Online submission of project proposals Evaluation of proposals by experts Project recommendations Project Monitoring IMPACT OF THE E-PPS SYSTEM • It will replace existing manual system of project funding in which the project investigators submit hard copies of R&D proposals.
Her fast till death is a process of silent protest that had been in existence in the nation from the preindependence era to the post independence era.jagranjosh. New Delhi on 4 March 2013 framed charges of allegedly attempting to commit suicide during her fast until death in the Capital in 2006 against Irom Sharmila Chanu.com Page 41 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 .Current Affairs PDF March 2013 The Patiala House Court. She is force fed. From Mahatma Gandhi. Iron Sharmila had been fasting for repealing of the armed forces Special Power Act from the North Eastern States. AFSPA. www. the father of the nation to Anna Hazare had carried on with their protests alongwith their demands by Fasting. the Iron Lady from Manipur. She appeared before the court under Indian Penal Code 309 (attempt to commit suicide) for fasting at Jantar Mantar in Delhi. This right cannot be denied until and unless there exist an illegality in the process. Page 41 IROM SHARMILA CHANU Irom Sharmila had been fasting for more than 12 years for repealing of the Armed Forces Special Powers Actb 1958. Article 19 of the Constitution of India deals with the right of expression and speech and as fasting is a process of expressing the thoughts against the government thus it can be considered as a part of Article 19. Sharmila began her fast till death after ten persons. including a boy who received the National Bravery Award. through her nose with a food pipe for more than a decade. In which some special powers have been given to the members of the armed forces in disturbed areas in the State of Assam and Union Territory of Manipur. The Court also issued a show cause notice to Irom Sharmila after she refused to plead guilty. Later the Ordinance was replaced by the armed Forces Special Powers Bill. The Court framed charges against the Iron Lady for her attempt to commit suicide. none of the Indian Courts till date have banned fasts in India and every individual have the right to go on fast to protest against the government. In fact. AFSPA Violence became the way of life in north-eastern States of India. State administration became incapable to maintain its internal disturbance. were shot dead in an alleged encounter with Assam Rifles personnel at Malom near Imphal Airport on 2 November 2000. Armed Forces (Assam and Manipur) Special Powers Ordinance was promulgated by the President on 22 May 1958. ARMED FORCES SPECIAL POWERS ACT.
IPC 309 Attempt to commit suicide-. sharing of airspace on a need basis.Whoever attempts to commit suicide and does any act towards the commission of such offence. minimize delays. Delhi-Begaluru. Delhi–Chennai. to take up the job of strategic planning and assess/reassess the national airspace requirements of various stakeholders. where the requirement of airspace by the military was to be fulfilled in the fast changing environment of air warfare. • WORKING MECHANISM OF FLEXIBLE USE OF AIRSPACE (FUA) • As a first step for implementation of the FUA in India. FUA permits both military and civil user to efficiently and effectively utilize the available airspace on sharing basis to gain optimum usage. The NHLAPB will be chaired by Secretary.com Page 42 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . fuel conservation. by civil and military users was an urgent national requisite. Delhi-Kolkata. which was unsettled for last few years. KolkataChennai and Chennai-Mumbai for which the information is available. a National High Level Airspace Policy Body (NHLAPB) for airspace use is set up.jagranjosh.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 42 Under IPC 309 her indefinite fasting is regarded as the attempt to commit suicide. as per need and on a real time basis if it is not being used by the user assigned with the responsibility for its control. There was a necessity to fulfill the demand of national security. Implementation of FUA through efficient civilian military co-ordination is an essential requirement to foster the traffic growth with ultimate benefit to the nation’s economy. Ajit Singh with taking over the charge as Union Civil Aviation Minister implemented the Flexible Use of Airspace. In this model a coordinated procedure between the civil and the military and vice versa. Therefore. Ministry of Civil Aviation with representation from Ministry of Defence. emission reduction and ultimate benefits to travelling public. Delhi-Hyderabad. thereby enhancing its capacity. It will establish flexible airspace use structure/committee’s and introduce procedures for allocation of these airspace structures. Indian Navy. Indian Air force. Indian Space Research • • www. OBJECTIVE OF FLEXIBLE USE OF AIRSPACE (FUA) • • • The primary objective of FUA is to enhance airspace Capacity. or with both. shall be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year 1 (or with fine. which will result in fuel saving of 202380 kg per annum and reduction of carbon dioxide emission by 6393600 kg per annum by direct routing between seven city pairs of Delhi-Mumbai.) CCS APPROVED FLEXIBLE USE OF AIRSPACE The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on 8 March 2013 cleared Flexible Use of Airspace (FUA) by Civil and Military users. which results into efficient operations.
All the three counters will have only women employees. 2013 lowers the age of consent for sex from 18 to 16 years with making of rape as a gender-specific offence under which men only can be charged for it. The Bill is brought in line with the Indian Penal Code. The Ministry of Defence has agreed with the proposal for implementation of FUA. Repeat offences of voyeurism. 2012. www. but at variance with the Child Protection Act. Kapil Sibal on 8 March 2013 inaugurated the First All Women Employees Post Office of India at Shastri Bhawan in New Delhi. stalking and voyeurism more to the point reducing the age of consent for sex to 16 years. Airport Authority of India and Directorate General of Civil Aviation.com Page 43 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . The bill which was named the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill. The bill brought against the milieu of the 16 December 2012 Delhi gangrape. provides for minimum jail term of 20 years for rape which may be extended to natural life of the convict in jail. As per the bill there is replacement in more general expression sexual assault used in the ordinance. INDIA’S FIRST ALL WO MEN POST OFFICE INAUGURATED BY KAPIL SIBAL Union Minister of Communications & IT. The approval of the Cabinet paves the way for introduction of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill. The Post Office is called Project Arrow Office and consists of three counters. booking of money orders. The bill also proposes a punishment of not less than 10 years to a maximum of life imprisonment Defining acid attack as a separate IPC offence. Two of the three counters offer Multi Purpose services such as registration. Other counter is meant to facilitate the sale of stamps. acid attack. gesture and remarks have been recommended as non-bailable offences. 2013 in Parliament before it goes into recess on 22 March 2013.jagranjosh. voyeurisms have been defined as criminal offences in the bill.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 43 Organization. It can co-opt new members in future depending upon requirement. There is also provision for death sentence if the victim dies or is left in a 'persistent vegetative state'. Sustained stalking will be a non-bailable offence. It also provides for the death sentence if the rape victim dies or ends up in a vegetative state. which raised it to 18. Stalking. inappropriate touch. UNION CABINET CLEARED BILL TO TACKLE CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN The Union Cabinet of India on 14 March 2013 cleared a Bill providing for severe punishment for rape. subject to ensuring adequate safeguards in the system to prevent inadvertent leak of Military information and dissemination of any information on Military Aviation activities strictly on need to know basis. booking of speed post as well as sale of IPOs.
The percentage of these women in overall workforce is around 14 percent. 2011. It is evident that Bribery by foreign nationals is not covered under any domestic anti-corruption laws at present. The bill will be of directive nature and mandate the government organisations to start providing all services for citizen within eight years time through electronic medium. will be a separate law to deal with bribery by foreign public officials.com Page 44 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . Page 44 UNION CABINET APPROVED ELECTRONIC SERVICES BILL The Union Government on 18 March 2013 approved a bill that is directed towards providing access to all central and state government services such as passport. The bill which was named The Prevention of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials and Officials of Public International Organisations Bill. GOVT APPROVED CHANGES IN BILL TO TACKLE BRIBERY BY FOREIGNERS Union Government on 18 March 2013 approved changes in a proposed legislation according to which accepting or giving bribe by foreign public officials is a criminal offence implicating imprisonment of up to seven years among others penal provisions. The (central and state) governments will notify the service that they will provide electronically in next 5 years. and was approved by Union Cabinet on 7 March 2013. 2011 was amended officially with the approval by the Union Cabinet.jagranjosh. It is also important to note that the Junior Engineer [Civil] . So. if passed by Parliament. The bill is supposed to bring more transparency in the system as the electronic delivery of services will help rein in corruption.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Overall.the in-charge of maintenance of the post office building. In administrative cadres. the legislation. ration card and driving licences electronically. as well as the Assistant Superintendent of Post Offices of the Postal Sub Division and Senior Superintendent of Post Offices of Delhi Central division of this Post Office is also women. They will be given extra three years after five years to ensure all services all provided electronically. there are 1003 women employees at operative level in Delhi circle. percentage of women employees is 22 percent. within eight years. www. The Electronic Service Delivery bill was brought before the Cabinet to bring it in sync with Citizens Charter Bill or The Right of Citizens for Time-Bound Delivery of Goods and Services and Redressal of their Grievances Bill. especially the Internet.
also help empowering the government to enter into agreements with other countries or contracting states for enforcing this law and for exchange of investigative information. The bill also includes provisions for death sentence for offenders who are convicted earlier for such crimes. voyeurism and stalking. A report on the bill was given by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel. Perpetrators of acid attacks would be sentenced for 10-year jail term. Public Grievances.com . The Bill. also fixed the age of consensual sex to 18 years. acid attacks.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 45 As per the proposed Bill. In addition it also has a provision for extradition of an accused official. extendable up to life term. The bill seeks to make amendments in the Code of Criminal Procedure. The bill encompasses features that will provide stringent punishment for crimes against women such as rape. The punishments range from life term to death penalty for the repeated offenders.jagranjosh. This is for the first time that the bill described voyeurism and stalking as the nonbailable offences. the government can attach. The Bill was introduced in Lok Sabha on 25 March 2011 and referred to a Parliamentary Standing Committee in the month of April 2011. The Bill brought out after the Delhi gang rape of the Para-medical student on 16 December 2012. CRIMINAL LAW (AMENDMENT) BILL 2013 PASSED IN THE LOK SABHA The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2013 was passed in the Lok Sabha on 19 March 2013. seize and confiscate property of offenders. Law and Justice on 29 March 2012. KEY FEATURES OF THE CRIMINAL LAW (AMENDMENT) BILL 2013 • • The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2013 was actually the Ordinance that was promulgated by the President of India on 3 February 2013. Indian Penal Code and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act as well as Indian Evidence Act. besides having a provision to punish both bribe taker and giver. Now the bill will be the tabled in the Rajya Sabha. in case repeated for the second time. The bill states that offender could be given an imprisonment of not less than 20 years. • • • • NEW OFFENCES INCORPORATED IN THE INDIAN PENAL CODE (IPC) • • Acid Attack Attempt to Acid Attack Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 45 www. where the voting will take place.
It is also evident from the present year budget. suggesting amendments in criminal law for dealing with sexual assault cases. wheat will cost 2 rupees a kilo and cereal will be sold for 1 Rupees per kilo. on 19 March 2013 approved the National Food Security Bill. The food security bill approved is directed towards giving the right to food to around 67 per cent of India's 120-crore population. Verma was appointed by the Government of India on 22 December 2012 for submitting the report. The amendments to the Bill will guarantee 5 kg of foodgrains per person per month. S. including the one that said the 2. the judicial committee which was headed by Justice J. the Cabinet Ministers approved the bringing of ordinance on 1 February 2013 for bringing into law the suggestions of Verma Committee Report. headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. In earlier versions. As per the bill around 800 crore people will be entitled to get five kilos of subsidised grain per month.com Page 46 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . The scheme will be linked to the Aadhar scheme which provides every citizen with a unique identification number that's linked to a database that includes the biometrics of all cardholders. The Justice Verma panel. the President of India. Subsequently. that 90000 crore Rupees is allocated for spending on food subsidies with the government setting aside an extra 10 000 crore Rupees for the bill. while the criteria to exclude 33 per cent of population would be provided by the Planning Commission.43 www. Pranab Mukherjee on 3 February 2013 agreed to the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance. which were demarcated on the basis of poverty levels.jagranjosh. 2013 for sharpening the laws against sexual assault. which is a 3-member commission created to review the laws for sexual crimes submitted the report to the Government of India on 23 January 2013. The Cabinet gave its nod to the 71 amendments proposed by the Food Ministry. Rice will be made available at 3 Rupees per kilo. the Food Security Bill assigned subsidised grains on the basis of priority and general groups. As a result.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 • • • • Sexual Harassment Public disrobing of woman Voyeurism Stalking Page 46 BACKGROUND In light of the gang rape of female physiotherapy student on 16 December 2012 in Delhi. The beneficiaries are supposed to be decided by state governments. Thomas said. while families in the poorest of the poor will continue to get 35 kg of grains per month. UNION CABINET CLEARED NATIONAL FOOD SECURITY BILL The Union Cabinet.
It was also decided by the defence Ministry to drive in 15000 crore rupees to augment domestic military production with a focus on indigenisation to avoid scams in acquisition of foreign military hardware. GOVT.jagranjosh. www. which was headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. had given its approval to the proposal enthused by the Defence Ministry for upgrading the capabilities of the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) for producing these rockets. For fine monitoring of the compliance of the regulations by broadcasters. TRAI reached to the decision of notifying the standards of quality service after studying the issue of duration of advertisements that was carried on the TV channels that was obtained by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting from the broadcasters. engines for armoured vehicles and setting up of 155mm howitzer production plants.com Page 47 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . is going to upgrade facilities at nine of its factories involved in the production of Pinaka rockets. A meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS). the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) under the Department of Defence Production. CLEARED 1500 CRORE RUPEES PROPOSAL FOR PINAKA ROCKETS The Union government in March 2013 approved a 1500 crore Rupees proposal for production of more than 2000 rockets for the Pinaka multi. The regulation makes it mandatory for the broadcasters to restrict duration of advertisement in channels for to a maximum limit of 12 minutes in one hour as already prescribed in the rules in existence.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 47 crore Antyodaya Anna Yojna beneficiary households will continue to get their quota of 35 kg grains a month under the public distribution system. The major plans of OFB include augmentation of production capabilities for T-90 and T-72 tanks. According the proposal. The data obtained established a clear breach of the rule and regulations in existence by most of the TV Channels. the regulatory authority had made it compulsory for the broadcasters to report the duration of advertisements carried on their channels on quarterly basis to them. The amendment regulation was notified for ensuring quality of service and protection of consumers’ interests. The proposal was approved to enhance the Army's firepower.barrel weapons system. The Indian Army requires more than 2000 of these rockets to equip its 10-12 regiments comprising the Pinaka launchers. STANDARDS OF QUALITY OF SERVICE AMENDMENT REGULATIONS: NOTIFIED Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on 22 March 2013 notified the Standards of Quality of Service (Duration of Advertisements in Television Channels) Amendment Regulations: 2013.
• To Read More Stories NATIONAL QUIZZES 1.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 48 It was also decided by Ministry's Department of Defence Production to hike the allocation from 583 crore Rupees during the 11th Plan period to 15000 crore Rupees for modernisation of the production capabilities of OFB during the current Plan. two Command Post vehicles (one stand by) with a Fire Control computer. Kamath b) Vice Admiral Anurag G Thapliyal c) Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan d) Director General Dr.jagranjosh. three replenishment vehicles. P Paleri Answer. The Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) list includes upgrading of 130mm M46 field artillery guns to 155mm 45 calibre standard. (b) Vice Admiral Anurag G Thapliyal 2. Pinaka was in service and in large use during the Kargil War. a) Arneson Surface Drive Based Interceptor Boat C-164 b) Arneson Surface Drive Based Interceptor Boat C-401 c) INS Saryu www. Pinaka is a complete MBRL system.9 km2. The system is mounted on a Tatra truck for mobility. Name the Interceptor Boat that was commissioned by the Indian Coast Guard in February 2013. six loader-cum-replenishment vehicles. each with 12 rockets. Name the newly appointed Director General of Indian Coast Guard? a) Vice Admiral V.com Page 48 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . neutralizing a target area of 3. each Pinaka battery consists of: six launcher vehicles. and the DIGICORA MET radar. It has since been inducted into the Indian Army in large numbers. development of 155mm 52 calibre mounted howitzers and integration of the 105mm field guns on BMP combat vehicles. where it was successful in neutralizing enemy positions on the mountain tops.A. WHAT ARE PINAKA ROCKETS? Pinaka is a multiple rocket launcher produced in India and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the Indian Army. • • • The Pinaka system has a maximum range of 39–40 km and can fire a salvo of 12 HE rockets in 44 seconds.
The JPC is constituted only after a motion is adopted in one house of the Parliament and accepted by the other house. A Joint Parliamentary committee can also be formed when the presiding chiefs of both houses communicates with each other in writing for the formation of the joint parliamentary committee. sexual favour demands. III. II and IV are true c) Statements II. Under its list of offences. Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 49 II. The bill seeks protection for women in all type of organised. III. a) Statement I is only true b) Statements I. Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Bill was passed by Rajya Sabha in last week of February 2013.com . (c) Statements II. III and IV are true d) Statements I.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 d) Arneson Surface Drive Based Interceptor Boat C-154 Answer. Which of the following statements related to Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) is true? I. III and IV are true Answer. any act of unwelcome touch and physical advance and showing pornography. II. IV. IV.jagranjosh. The bill had made it mandatory for every organization with 40 or more employees to form an internal complaint committee to deal with the complaints of sexual offences. Joint Parliamentary Committee is an standing Parliamentary Committee that is constituted by the Indian parliament. Organisations that repeatedly violate the provisions of the bill would be penalized to a greater level and the offence may lead to the cancellation of the licenses or registration of the business conduct. The strength of JPC can be different every time it is constituted but the number of members from the Lok Sabha is always double to the members from Rajya Sabha in the committee formed. www. Which of the statements in relation to the Bill is true? I. unorganized as well as Private Sectors. would be penalized with 50000 rupees. including the sexual harassment of domestic help as well as agricultural workers. (d) Arneson Surface Drive Based Interceptor Boat C-154 Page 49 3. III and IV are true 4. the bill covers sexual remarks. The committees should be disposed of within 90 days and organizations that fails to follow the guidelines.
Search and Rescue. III and IV are true c) Statements I. III. Which of the following statements related to Interceptor Boat C-154 true? I. Page 50 Interceptor Boat C-154 is 28 metres in length with 75 tonnes displacement has the capability of achieving a maximum speed of 35 knots. (d) Statements I. (d) All the four statements are true For More National Quizzes www. III and IV are true d) All the four statements are true Answer.jagranjosh. II and IV are true b) Statements II. high speed interception. III and IV are true d) Statements I. II and IV are true c) Statements II. III and IV are true Answer. The vessel has state-of-the-art navigation as well as communication equipment along with medium range armament. This IB also has the capability of operating in the shallow water along with the deep sea. a) Statements I. III and IV are true 5.com Page 50 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . low-intensity maritime operations as well as maritime surveillance. II.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 a) Statement I is only true b) Statements I. The purpose of designing the Interceptor Boat C-154 was for achieving close-coast patrol. IV.
Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 51 INDIA DAIRY 24 February 2013 Silver Linings Playbook won Four Awards at the Independent Spirit Awards 25 February 2013 • CBI Registered Case against Airtel and Tata Communications for Violating DoT Norms 27 February 2013 • • Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Bill approved by Rajya Sabha Delhi Emerged As Worst Place in Environmental Performance Index 28 January 2013 • • Joint Parliamentary Committee formed to Probe into the VVIP Helicopter Deal Changes in Civil Services Exam Patterns Approved. the former news editor of The Indian Express died in New Delhi following a cardiac arrest Mukesh Ambani retained his title as the richest person of India for the sixth consecutive year with the net worth of 21. Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 51 www.jagranjosh.5 billion US Dollars. General Studies to Have More Weight 1 March 2013 • • Vice Admiral Anurag G Thapliyal is the New Director General of Indian Coast Guard Indian Coast Guard Commissioned Arneson Surface Drive Based Interceptor Boat C-154 2 March 2013 • Vice President of India Released Walking With Lions: Tales from a Diplomatic Past 3 March 2013 • Second India-Afghanistan-United States Trilateral Dialogue held in New Delhi 4 March 2013 • • • • Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Sanctioned Remote Village Electrification for 6033 Villages Patiala House Court framed Charges against Irom Sharmila for Attempting Suicide SK Varma.com .
Private Exporters are only permitted to export the additional quantity of Wheat Ministry for Information & Broadcasting constituted a committee to check sexual harassment allegations made by the news presenters at FM Gold AIR. At the ABP News-IPSOS Best City Survey and Awards 2013 event in New Delhi .Current Affairs PDF March 2013 • • Page 52 Microsoft. 6 March 2013 • • The Parliamentary Award Committee selected Arun Jaitley. Neiphiu Rio 63. of Naga People’s Front (NPF) was sworn in as Chief Minister of Nagaland for the third straight term along with 11 ministers by the Governor Nikhil Kumar at the Raj Bhavan in Kohima. Karan Singh and Sharad Yadav for Outstanding Parliamentarian Award for 2010. resigned from the company. Blackberry India Managing Director Sunil Dutt.com Page 52 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . Pranab Mukherjee conferred with the Liberation War Honour Award by the President of Bangladesh. Zillur Rahman. who joined the company in December 2011. Nagpur won the award for most liveable Indian city 7 March 2013 • • • India’s Deborah won a Bronze medal in the final of women's juniors of 500m cycle event in Asian Cycling Championship in New Delhi.jagranjosh. He took oath as 26th CM of the state. 5 March 2013 • • • • Cadbury India Ltd. 8 March 2013 • • The President of India. was slapped with a 250 crore Rupees notice by the Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence on the grounds of excise duty evasion The Foreign Investment Promotion Board on 6 March 2013 cleared the investment proposal of AirAsia to launch the new airline in India Mukul Manda Sangma of Congress was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Meghalaya for the second term. 2011 and 2012 resp. www. The GoM approved export of additional 5 million tonnes of wheat from FCI. Pranab Mukherjee released the Commemorative Postage Stamp on Sahir Ludhianvi at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. the Software giant launched new version of Office 365 for the businesses running in India President of India.
CII Kerala State Council for 2013-14 10 March 2013 • • The country's top four financial regulators signed an agreement among each other for co-operation on consolidated supervision and monitoring of financial groups The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) cleared Flexible Use of Airspace (FUA) by civil and military users.jagranjosh. Beni Prasad Verma released a Coffee Table Book titled Indian Saga of Steel in New Delhi 76 years old legendary painter Ganesh Pyne died after a heart attack at a city hospital in Kolkata.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 • Page 53 The World Bank barred Larsen & Toubro (L&T) from doing any business with it or the projects funded by it for a period of six months 9 March 2013 • • • 86 years old Former West Bengal Governor and industrialist Viren J Shah died in Jordan after a heart attack Former CBI Director. elected chairman. 13 March 2013 • Prof Veer Bhadra Mishra.com Page 53 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . He was aged 75 years. Ministry of Tourism’s new film Find What You Seek received first prize at the 11th Golden City Gate Tourism Media Awards Ceremony held in Berlin 5th CIDC Vishwakarma Award 2013: Tapas Kumar Lahiry Won Achievement Award for Public Officer 12 March 2013 • • • The Union Minister for Steel. which was unsettled for last few years 11 March 2013 • • • Union Minister of Communications & IT. IGI Airport was placed at 2nd position in the category of airports that handles 25 to 40 million passengers per year (MPPA) by ACI. inaugurated the First All Women Employees Post Office of India at Shastri Bhawan in New Delhi. www. Ashwani Kumar appointed as Governor of Nagaland C J George the Managing Director of Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services Ltd. the noted environmentalist died at Sir Sundarlal Hospital of Banaras Hindu University.
stalking and voyeurism Kallam Anji Reddy. 15 March 2013 • • The President of India. The Union Government approved a bill that is directed towards providing access to all central and state government services. Soumitra Bhattacharya and Sandeep Kumar Maini elected as the Chairman and ViceChairman of CII Karnataka for 2013-14.com Page 54 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . He is the first nonAmerican to be appointed at the post in the 80 years history of Times. 17 March 2013 • • Sugathakumari. Food and Public Distribution. acid attack. 14 March 2013 • • The Union Cabinet cleared a Bill providing for severe punishment for rape. www. 18 March 2013 • • • 60th National Film Awards Announced. according to the Knight Frank Wealth Report 2013.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 • • Page 54 The Minister of State for Consumer Affairs. the main behind Dr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd. Andhra Pradesh. Venkata Mohan a scientist of the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology won the National Bioscience Award for 2012. announced Rajiv Gandhi National Quality Awards for the year 2011. Pranab Mukherjee released a commemorative postal stamp at XXXIII Convocation of PGIMER at Chandigarh B Ashok Reddy. the second-largest drugmaker of India died at Hyderabad’s Apollo Hospital. Irrfan Khan Won Best Actor Award for Paan Singh Tomar S. the Malayalam poetess was chosen for the Saraswati Samman 2012 for the poetry collection Manalezhuthu Bobby Ghosh was appointed as the Editor of Times International. 16 March 2013 • • The Union ministry of social justice and empowerment for the first time instituted national awards to prevent Alcoholism and Drug abuse India ranked fifth in the world in terms of number of High Net worth Individuals (HNIs). for 2013-14.jagranjosh. the Infotech Enterprises President was elected as the new chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Union Government approved changes in a proposed legislation according to which accepting or giving bribe by foreign public officials is a criminal offence.com Page 55 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . www. the former India captain of the football team was appointed as the chairman of the All India Football Federation’s technical committee. 20 March 2013 • • • The Union Cabinet.jagranjosh. Now the bill will be the tabled in the Rajya Sabha. Bhaichung Bhutia.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 19 March 2013 • • • Page 55 Hamid Ansari released a book titled The First Woman President of India. Pratibha Devisingh Patil. Baba Kalyani. Earth Hour was observed across India 24 March 2013 • Navneet Kaur Dhillon was crowned Pond’s Femina Miss India 2013 in the grand finale of 50th edition of the beauty pageant in Mumbai. approved the National Food Security Bill. Manipur and Meghalaya 23 March 2013 • • Nikhil Kumar on 23 March 2013 took oath of the office and secrecy as the Governor of Kerala at Raj Bhawan. Reinventing leadership. 22 March 2013 • • Standards of Quality of Service (Duration of Advertisements in Television Channels) Amendment Regulations: 2013 was notified by TRAI Three High Courts opened in Tripura. sentenced Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt to 5 years jail in connection with 1993 Mumbai bombing. The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2013 was passed in the Lok Sabha on 19 March 2013. Smt. India successfully test fired its submarine-launched version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile of the over 290 km-range in the Bay of Bengal 21 March 2013 • • The Supreme Court of India. the Chairman and MD of Bharat Forge Limited was nominated as the Chairman of India-Japan Business Leader’s Forum (IJBLF).
The Union Government decided to set up 2000 telecom towers in tribal areas with a cost of around 3000 crore Rupees. Middle East & Africa. It was inaugurated by Veerappa Moily and Ashok Gehlot. 27 March 2013 SPMCIL signed the growth-oriented MoU with the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA). Rajasthan.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 • Page 56 The CCI was nominated for the Global Competition Review (GCR) Awards 2013 in the category Agency of the Year-Asia-Pacific. Educomp Solutions Ltd.com Page 56 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . Middle East & Africa.barrel weapons system. 29 March 2013 The 2nd National Photo Awards for the year 2011-2012 were given away at New Delhi.of December 2012 as per the RBI Report.jagranjosh. The Union government decided to introduce a National Policy on Drug Abuse and has formed an expert committee to suggest guidelines for it. India’s international financial liabilities increased by 10. The CCI was nominated for the Global Competition Review (GCR) Awards 2013 in the category Agency of the Year-Asia-Pacific. Ministry of Finance on 25 March 2013. 25 March 2013 • • • Union government approved a 1500 crore Rupees proposal for production of more than 2000 rockets for the Pinaka multi. Vineet Jain of Times Group was conferred with the Contribution to News Television Award 2013 at the Sixth News Television Awards in New Delhi.9 billion Dollars as at end. announced completion of the sale of its entire 50% stake in Eurokids International Commercial production of oil and gas started at Aishwarya Oil Field in Barmer. 30 March 2013 www.5 billion Dollars to 723. 28 March 2013 The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) have made the norms stricter for reinsurers. 26 March 2013 • • • Income Tax department served a 2000 crore notice Rupees on Nokia for suspected evasion of taxes in its business transactions in the country.
M F Farooqui took over charge as the secretary of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT).jagranjosh. re-inducted into the Central Parliamentary Board. 31 March 2013 Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. www. top decision-making body of BJP.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 57 Rajan Bharti Mittal appointed as the President of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) India. for the first time in 2012-13 financial year.com Page 57 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 .5 percent in the month of February 2013. The production of eight core sector industries decreased by 2.
Setting up of factory for conventional MEMU coaches will go a long way in meeting this demand. The demand for these coaches will further increase as Indian Railways have plans to Electrify approximately 15000 route kilometre during the next 10 years.jagranjosh. for setting up the project. Main Line Electric Multiple Unit Trains. It has been manufacturing and supplying electric rolling stock including EMUs and MEMUs. MEMU trains increase the line capacity utilisation. and therefore are more suitable for running on high traffic density routes. Government of Rajasthan will provide land to Railways. which is a partner of Indian Railways for a period spanning more than 40 years.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 58 ECONOMY MOU FOR SETTING UP OF MEMU COACHES MANUFACTURING FACILITY Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on 25 February 2013 between Indian Railways and Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) for setting up of Greenfield MEMU coaches manufacturing facility by BHEL at Bhilwara in Rajasthan. The entire cost will be borne by BHEL. residing in small towns and villages surrounding urban and industrial centres. Overall it is expected that the requirement of MEMU coaches will grow to nearly 9000 coaches during the next 10 year period. GOVERNMENT APPROVED EXPORT OF ADDITIONAL WHEAT www. These rakes are now being manufactured with toilet facilities to take care of passenger needs. Ministry of Railways will give Assured Off-Take orders to BHEL. to cater to nonsuburban passengers. Currently. In order to make the project viable. as a mode of rapid transit system. There are demands coming from all over the country for running more and more MEMU trains. There was a shortfall in acquisition of 800 MEMU coaches during XIth Plan Period due to capacity constraints at Rail Coach Factory. as well as sub-assembly and equipment for rolling stock being manufactured at IR’s own production units.com Page 58 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . there are about 160 MEMU services running. The proposed facility for production of MEMU coaches will be set up by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) at Bhilwara in the State of Rajasthan. in addition to the existing 22000 route kilometre of electrified track. Kapurthala. popularly known as MEMU trains were first introduced in Indian Railways in the Year 1994-95. These MEMU trains have gained rapid popularity over the years. where these MEMU coaches are produced. MEMU trains have higher passenger carrying capacity and higher average speed as compared to conventional loco hauled passenger trains due to faster acceleration and braking characteristics. Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) is a Maharatna Central Public Sector Unit (CPSU) company.
Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 59 The Union Government of India on 7 March 2013 approved export of extra five million tonnes of Wheat from its Godowns. It is important to note that the deadline set by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) for signing of FSAs between CIL and power producers expired in January 2013.5 million tonnes. the permitted export of wheat from the godowns of the Food Corporation of India now stands at 9. COAL INDIA SIGNED FUEL SUPPLY PACTS WITH 56 POWER PLANTS The Union government on 12 March 2013 informed that state-run Coal India Ltd. The regulators who signed the pact were the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Minister of state for coal. CIL observed certain inadequacies in the documents of 11 cases.large banks and other key players. For the present fiscal. RBI had on 22 February 2013 released rules on allowing companies to start banks in India and such coordination among regulators is needed for effective supervision. The decision was taken at a sub-committee meeting of the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) held in the Reserve Bank. FINANCIAL REGULATORS SIGNED PACT TO MONITOR CONGLOMERATES The country's top four financial regulators on 8 March 2013 signed an agreement among each other for co-operation on consolidated supervision and monitoring of financial groups identified as financial conglomerates. www. Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). The group of ministers in its meeting also decided that the added quantity of 5 million tonnes of wheat shall be exported by the private traders. during verification of the documents in respect of milestone achievement of LoAs (Letter of Assurance). (CIL) signed fuel supply pacts with 56 power plants so far.com Page 59 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . RBI said without providing details. The FSDC (Financial Stability and Development Council) meeting. It also cleared that the public sector trading firms will not be a participant in export of the additional quantity of wheat. It was also affirmed by the minister that appropriate action would be taken in this regard by CIL’s subsidiaries to ensure that all due procedures are observed. chaired by RBI Governor D Subbarao also approved formulating a national strategy for financial education by incorporating the feedback received from public consultations and from a global peer review. Pratik Prakashbapu Patil in his written reply to Lok Sabha mentioned that.jagranjosh. The GoM (Group of Ministers) have also decided that bidding process would be used by the Private traders to export the 2011-12 crop and the floor price decided for per quintal is 1480 rupees. Coal India Ltd has signed 56 fuel supply agreements (FSAs) with the power plants as on 2 March 2013. Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority and Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority. Chief vigilance officer replying to a question regarding CIL’s highlighted irregularities in awarding of FSAs.
Mysore. Ministry of Home Affairs.21 crore rupees to protect Pashmina Goat. UNION GOVERNMENT TO LAUNCH 10 RUPEES PLASTIC NOTES The Union Government and RBI on 12 March 2013 decided to introduce one billion pieces of 10 Rupees bank notes made of plastic on a field trial basis in five cities.21 crore rupees. which produces world-famous fine luxury fibre. there is plan which ideates a new Pashmina Wool Development Scheme with a special package and a financial allocation of 41. GOVERNMENT GRANTED AID TO PROTECT PASHMINA GOATS The Union Government on 12 March 2013 decided to provide a financial assistance of 41. Various agencies such as the RBI. The work of these agencies is periodically reviewed by a nodal group set up for this purpose. Strengthening of existing fodder bank and pashmina goat breeding farm. Development of Breeder orientation training camp for research and development.com Page 60 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . Inclusion of Health coverage and feed supplement. HPCL AND RAJASTHAN GOVT SIGNED A MOU FOR SETTING UP REFINERY Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) and the Government of Rajasthan on 14 March 2013 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at Jaipur for setting up a refinery- www. MAIN COMPONENTS OF THE SCHEME • • • • • It includes assistance for foundation stock in new areas for Pashmina rearing activities. The idea of providing assistance came in light of concern over the recent deaths of thousands of Pashmina goats in the Ladakh region.jagranjosh.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 60 Minister of state for coal stated that there is a proposal to engage an independent third party sampling agency by CIL for consumers having FSAs. As per the RBI. As per the assistance. Jaipur. Ministry of Finance. the primary objective of introduction of polymer notes is to increase its life. Central Bureau of Investigation are already working in tandem to thwart the illegal activities related to Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN). The field trail is supposed to be conducted in five cities of Kochi. A 10 Rupees note in polymer/plastic on a field trial basis will be introduced first. Security and Intelligence Agencies of the Centre and States. Minister of State for Finance Namo Narain Meena said it in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha. It will also include establishment of multipurpose extension centre and pasture farm on migratory routes. Bhubhaneswar and Shimla with varied geographical locations and climatic conditions. it could also help in combating counterfeiting.
GAS BLOCKS FOR OPERATIONS The Cabinet Committee on Investment (CCI) on 21 March 2013 cleared Reliance Industries' (RIL) KG-D6 and NEC-25 blocks for oil and gas exploration along with three other areas. Government of Rajasthan and K.7 billion has dollars. and the Indian Air Force. apart from other equity partners. ABOUT THE REFINERY-CUM-PETROCHEMICAL COMPLEX PROJECT • • • • • • The refinery-cum-petrochemical complex in Barmer will be set up at an estimated capital investment of 37230 crore Rupees. was Sought by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry of which one was already renounced by the contractor. The Ministry had also sought CCI approval to declare three blocks as ‘no go’ areas. Director (Refineries) of HPCL. The purpose of the refinery will be to process the locally available crude apart from other crudes. were declared No-Go zones for reasons relating to defence issues raised by the Indian Navy. headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Eight blocks. Out of the remaining seven. including RIL's Krishna Godavari basin KG-D6 block and gas discovery area of NEC25 in the North East Coast (NEC) region. Reliance Industries Ltd. The CCI. conditional clearance for four blocks – two of Reliance Industries. which has an investment close to 10. was set up to fast-track clearances to infrastructure projects involving investments of over 1000 crore rupees. CCIC AND MINISTRY OF TEXTILES SIGNED MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING www. The refinery-cum-petrochemical complex is designed for production of motor fuels with latest environmental specifications as well as wide range of petrochemicals. CCI APPROVED FIVE OIL. was having difficulties because of inter-ministerial differences. Rajasthan. one each of ONGC consortium and Cairn India – were sought. The proposed complex will be the first of its kind to be specifically designed to produce petrochemicals from the indigenous crude oil. The project will be a joint venture between HPCL and Rajasthan State Refinery Limited. 9 MMTPA refinery-cum—petrochemicals will be a state-of-the-art complex and will bring benefit to the state of Rajasthan and its people.jagranjosh.com Page 61 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . Two blocks belonged to the ONGC-led consortium and one to the Oil India Ltd-led consortium. An approval for eight blocks. The work on these blocks.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 61 cum-petrochemical complex in Barmer. The project will be completed in 4 years time duration. Secretary Mines and Petroleum. particularly relating to Defence issues.Murli. The MoU was signed by Subhash Pant.
(a) 14 Percent 3. To Read More Stories ECONOMY CURRENT AFFAIRS QUIZZES 1. (b) 5 Million 2. What is the hike percentage on Defence Budget over the last year 2012-13. The MoU envisaged a turnover target of 9700 lakh Rupees for 2013-14 financial years. The body functions towards promotion of creativity of Indian craftsmen. Union Government of India on 7 March 2013 approved export of what quantity of wheat from its Godowns? a) 10 Miilion Tonnes b) 5 Million Tonnes c) 15 Milion Tonnes d) 20 Million Tonnes Answer. Central Cottage Industries Emporium was conceived in 1952 by art lovers. Government of India in March 2013.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 62 A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India Ltd (CCIC) and Ministry of Textiles. What is the percentage of Investment allowance as proposed in the Union Budget 201314 for investment in plant & machinery? a) 10 Percent b) 12 Percent www. which in turn has been working towards restoration of craftsmen as well as giving them recognition and honour. ABOUT CENTRAL COTTAGE INDUSTRIES CORPORATION OF INDIA LTD (CCIC) Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India Ltd (CCIC) established Central Cottage Industries Emporium for handicraft and handloom products. as allocated in the Union budget 2013-14 thus promising more funds required for national security? a) 14 Percent b) 12 Percent c) 10 Percent d) 9 Percent Answer.jagranjosh.com Page 62 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 .
Current Affairs PDF March 2013 c) 13 Percent d) 15 Percent Answer. Which of the financial regulator is not included among four financial regulators who signed an agreement on 8 March 2013 among each other for co-operation on consolidated supervision and monitoring of financial groups? a) RBI b) SEBI c) Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority d) IMF Answer. (d) 15 Percent Page 63 4. (d) IMF 5.jagranjosh. (a) 6 Percent For More Quizzes www.com Page 63 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . What growth percent is estimated by World Bank for the Indian Economy during 201314? a) 6 Percent b) 7 Percent c) 8 Percent d) 4 Percent Answer.
earlier in year 2013 started a 15 MW unit at the site. Welspun Energy is part of the 3. making this the largest project in India. The PV project is supposed to generate total electricity of 90 million kWh or units annually and supply clean energy to power 25 million families. Welspun Energy won the 50 MW solar projects through a competitive bid under Batch-2. It is estimated that with the commissioning of this project.5 billion dollar Welspun Group.com Page 64 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 .7 GW of renewable power projects which will be developed within 2015 and over 250 MW of renewable projects are presently being developed on ground. Welspun energy planned to develop a pipeline of 1. Welspun. • • • Welspun was the only company to have been awarded a maximum capacity of 50 MW under this scheme. exploration and production of oil and natural gas.jagranjosh. steel pipes and textiles. The solar power project commissioned is being counted among the largest solar project developed by Welspun Energy till date and is also the largest photovoltaic (PV) power plant in India. and with short span of it now has commissioned two more units of 15 MW and 20 MW solar generators. ABOUT WELSPUN ENERGY Welspun Energy Ltd (WEL) is one of the top independent renewable energy based power generation company which focuses on developing. which has interests in power generation. the country’s biggest developer of solar projects on 12 March 2013 commissioned Asia’s largest Solar Power Project of 50 MW at Jodhpur district in Rajasthan. creating a new benchmark for the industry. The project is known by the name utility-scale solar project and was commissioned just an astonishing five months.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 64 CORPORATE WELSPUN COMMISSIONED ASIA’S LARGEST SOLAR POWER PROJECT Welspun Energy. well ahead of schedule. owning and operating a diversified portfolio of renewable energy power plants. REC SIGNED BILATERAL TERM-LOAN AGREEMENT WITH SBI www. infrastructure. an approximation of 83220 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions will be mitigated each year. Phase-1 of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission . The company has become the largest solar power developer in India with over 300 MW solar and wind projects on the ground.
The payment would be recovered from sales. (LIM) will co-operate with each other for development of rail line which will pass through Labrador Iron's rail yard facilities and connect TSMC's processing plant with main line. The bilateral term-loan agreement was exchanged between REC Chairman Rajeev Sharma and the officials of SBI. which is also the only lender.7 million tons of resources to Labrador for 16. LIBOR means the rate of interest charged by the top-quality banks on each other for the loans. As a part of the deal. (TSMC) acquired stake in Canadian company Labrador Iron Mines Holdings Ltd. with the State Bank of India at Hong Kong. Tata is free to further explore Howse deposit.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 65 Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC) on 11 March 2013 signed a bilateral term-loan agreement worth 250 million US Dollars or 1350 crore Rupees approximately. REC has completely made use of the External Commercial Borrowings equal to 750 million US dollars. Later. (TSMC) and Labrador Iron Mines Holdings Ltd.com Page 65 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . Tata can increase the ownership of Howse deposit to 70 percent for 136 crore Rupees. It is estimated that Howse deposit will have28 million tonnes of iron ore resources. Tata will be transferring Timmins 4 deposit having 1. MAIN POINTS OF THE DEAL • According to the deal. At present. Labrador Iron decided to transfer 51 percent stake in Howse deposit to TMSC.jagranjosh. • • • www. The funding for the agreement will be done by the offshore branch of State Bank of India. Proceeds of this loan will be used by Rural Electrification Corporation Limited for Infrastructure Power Sector. With the signing of this bilateral term-loan agreement. on 12 March 2013 announced that Tata Steel Minerals Canada Ltd. which was sanctioned by Reserve Bank of India under approval route in 2012-13 financial year.3 crore Rupees. In exchange. TSMC ACQUIRED STAKE IN LABRADOR IRON MINES HOLDINGS LTD. (LIM) for 163 crore Rupees. Tata Steel Ltd. The loan will also have a floating interest rate to 6 -month LIBOR. Tata Steel Minerals Canada Ltd. It also has door-to-door maturity of 3 years. Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC) is involved in financing the power projects in primarily rural India.
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It is important to note that Tata Steel had laid its footprints in Canada already after buying 27.7 percent in the New Millennium Iron Corporation.
INFOSYS INKED DEAL WITH INDIA POST
Infosys, the second largest software exporter of India, signed a deal with India Post for managing the rural operations platform of the latter. Under the agreement, Infosys will help India Post in its India Post's Rural Systems Integration (RSI) program. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.
MAIN POINTS OF THE DEAL
• • • According to the deal, Infosys will facilitate India Post in developing the service delivery platform by making use of the solutions like Finacle, TruSync and mConnect. The deal will help over 130000 rural post offices in offering the online services. Apart from this, the deal will facilitate in connecting as well as managing over 130000 handheld devices which are used by rural postal workers. These handheld devices will help in distributing the social benefits under National Rural Employment Guarantee Act and will also help in processing the electronic money orders.
Additionally, Infosys also partnered with India Post in August 2012 for transformation of financial services operations such as banking and insurance of India Post, as well as the enduser experience under its Financial Services System Integration program.
ABOUT INDIA POST
India Post plays an important role in socio-economic development of India. Its functions include delivery of mails, accepting the deposits under the Small Savings Schemes, providing the life insurance cover under Postal Life Insurance (PLI) and Rural Postal Life Insurance (RPLI) as well as in providing other retail services such as sales of forms and bill collection.
SBI TO OPEN 1200 BRANCHES IN INDIA & 8 OVERSEAS OFFICES
The State Bank of India (SBI) planned to start around 1200 new branches in India as well as eight overseas branches in financial year 2013-2014. SBI planned to open 100 branches in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra under its domestic expansion plan. In the overseas expansion plan, it planned to open two branches in UK and Bangladesh each and one each in Sri Lanka, South Korea, China and Netherlands. It is important to note
Current Affairs PDF March 2013
Current Affairs PDF March 2013
that South Korea already has SBI branch and now there are plans to upgrade the existing representative office into full-fledged branch. SBI aimed to open offshore branches for catering to the Non-Resident Indians as well as Indian businesses. By starting these eight offshore branches, the network would increase to 59. SBI is said to be the largest bank of India with 14677 branches spread across India. In the meanwhile, SBI is also in the process to recruit 1500 Probationary Officers for managing the increasing operations.
NOKIA WON PATENT INFRINGEMENT SUIT AGAINST HTC IN GERMANY
Mannheim Regional Court, a Court in Germany passed a judgement in favour of Nokia on 19 March 2013 in the case involving infringement of Nokia’s power-saving patent. The court, while passing the judgement observed that certain devices made by HTC infringed on the power-saving patent. The case was among 22 infringement suits filed by Nokia against Taiwan’s HTC in Germany. The power-saving patent actually refers to the Nokia’s technology for saving the battery power when connected to the network. HTC however announced that losing the case in German Court would not have a negative impact on it because it covers just three headsets- the Wildfire S, Desire S, and Rhyme, all of which are not imported into Germany anymore. Nokia in the meanwhile, also announced that it has asserted power-saving patent against HTC in United States International Trade Commission and UK. Hearing in US will begin in May 2013.
PRUDENTIAL, INSURANCE GIANT FINED 30 MILLION POUND BY FSA
Prudential, the insurance giant was fined 30 million Pound by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) on the grounds that Prudential did not inform about its plans to buy AIA, an Asian subsidiary of US insurer AIG. The FSA while criticizing the Chief Executive of Prudential declared that the company failed to deal in a transparent and cooperative manner with FSA over the 2010 bid to buy AIA. The fine levied on Prudential is one of the heaviest fines imposed by Financial Services Authority (FSA). The deal of Prudential to buy out AIA however failed because of opposition from the shareholders. FSA declared that it should have been given more time for deciding whether the deal should be approved on the regulatory grounds or not. This is so because the proposed 14.5 billion Pound rights issue of Prudential to fund this purchase would have led to a complete makeover of the risk profile of the insurance company.
Current Affairs PDF March 2013
Current Affairs PDF March 2013
FSA announced that this deal would have created an impact on confidence as well as stability of financial sector of UK as well as abroad. However, Prudential was not able to strike a 35.5bn US dollar attempt for buying AIA because the shareholders vetoed this deal on the grounds of fear of too high purchase price. The Chief Executive of Prudential on the other hand, argued that this deal should have gone ahead because it would then lead to doubling of market share of the company in Asia. However, the Chief Executive was not able to convince AIG for accepting the lower offer of 30 billion US dollar.
APPLE BOUGHT INDOOR MAPPING FIRM WIFISLAM
The American multinational corporation Apple in the month of March 2013 bought the indoor GPS mapping firm wifiSLAM for 20 million dollars. The acquisition is being seen as a challenge to Google’s dominance of mobile mapping software. WifiSLAM’s technology, which is focused on mapping indoor spaces could allow Apple to pinpoint the location of users inside buildings to within 2.5 metres — an asset that could be of high value to advertisers wishing to target mall shoppers. Wifislam's technology works by using smartphones to pinpoint its location (and the location of your friends) in real-time to 2.5m accuracy using only ambient WiFi signals that are already present in buildings. It can also be seen that Google already has an extensive catalogue of public floor plans which it used to map the interior of public buildings for users of its Google Maps service. Apple tried to challenge the domination of Google Maps when it released its own mapping software with the launch of the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 in 2012. However the software was extensively criticized for being imprecise and confusing resulting Apple to issue an apology to users and recommend using third-party products.
IT DEPARTMENT SLAPPED 2000 CRORE RUPEES TAX NOTICE TO NOKIA
The Income Tax department in the month of March 2013 served a 2000 crore notice Rupees on Nokia for suspected evasion of taxes in its business transactions in the country. However, an interim stay was granted by Delhi High Court after the mobile phone manufacturing company filed a petition challenging the order. The department had on 21 March 2013 asked the firm to submit the amount of 2000 crore Rupees in about a week's time, I-T department. The company has confirmed receiving an order from Indian tax officials. Nokia restates its position that it is in full compliance with local laws as well as the bilaterally negotiated tax treaty between the governments of India and Finland, and will defend itself vigorously.
Current Affairs PDF March 2013
Haryana. Google Nexus 7 Store to its Google Play in India. As per the Google’s terms and conditions. Hum Tum. On the other hand if www. The proceeds from the transaction will be ploughed back into company’s core businesses as well as used to de-lever their balance sheet. One can also watch a movie on rent in Google Play Movies by paying an amount 100 rupees and can buy a movie for about200 Rupees. The tax evasion. GOOGLE LAUNCHED GOOGLE PLAY MOVIES IN INDIA Google in the Month of March 2013 added Google Play Movies features to its Google Play India Page which allows you to download or rent movies. from Kaizen PE and Bertelsmann. depending on compatibility of the device.com Page 69 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . Educomp had earlier finalised the stake sale on 8 January 2013 and the transaction has been completed on 26 March 2013. The outstanding feature of Google Play Movies is that it allows users to buy and stream popular films and television shows which can be downloaded in the high definition (HD) or standard versions. Educomp sought growth capital investment of 22 crore Rupees in its internet education platform business Authorgen. according to these sources. The completion of the Eurokids transaction is the second milestone in asset monetization strategy of the company. Rent and purchase amount of a movie differs from one to other. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. Ted. The Google play movies were simultaneously launched in India and Mexico. on 26 March 2013 announced completion of the sale of its entire 50% stake in Eurokids International Limited to a group of investors led by GPE India.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 69 The notice has been issued by the I-T department after it completed its investigation and had conducted a survey operation on the company's factory in Chennai and offices in Gurgaon. The Bourne legacy. The Google Movies play store has some great collection of English and Hindi and English movies like the Amazing Spiderman. the India’s largest education company.jagranjosh. Educomp has made 3x its original investment in Eurokids and has created significant value for its shareholders by making a profit of approximately 70 crore Rupees on this investment. after meeting the expected conditions precedents. relates to royalty payment which is made against supply of software by the company's parent company which attracts a 10 per cent tax deduction under the Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) category. Earlier in the year 2013. EDUCOMP SOLUTIONS SOLD 50 PERCENT STAKE IN EUROKIDS Educomp Solutions Ltd. Total Recall and Indian movies like Ek tha Tiger. The transaction is an important milestone for the business transformation agenda that is currently underway. Recently Google also has added Google Books. customers can also return or cancel their purchase anytime within seven days of purchase if they have not begun playback. earlier this year.
Apple in the month of March 2013 bought which indoor GPS mapping firm for 20 million dollars? www. (c) Prudential 5. (b) Aurobindo Pharma 2. (a) Google Play Movies 3. The US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) lifted import alert on the Hyderabadbased antibiotics facility of which leading pharmaceutical research company of India? a) Ranbaxy b) Aurobindo Pharma c) Cadila Healthcare d) Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Answer. To Read More Stories CORPORATE CURRENT AFFAIR QUIZZES 1. he may request a refund at anytime.com Page 70 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 .Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 70 one has ordered content that is defective.jagranjosh. on 26 March 2013 announced completion of the sale of its entire 50% stake in Eurokids International Limited? a) IndiaCan b) Oxfam India c) Everonn Education limited d) Educomp Solutions Ltd Answer. unavailable or does not perform as stated. Which largest education company of India. (d) Educomp Solutions Ltd 4. Which feature was added by Google to its Google Play India Page which allows you to download or rent movies? a) Google Play Movies b) Play My Movie c) Rent a Movie d) Watch My Movie Answer. Which insurance giant was fined 30 million Pound by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) over AIA bid in March 2013? a) ICICI Lombard b) Reliance Insurance c) Prudential d) AIG Vyasya Answer.
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Entertainment Duty Act. • • • • • • • • STATE BUDGET OF HARYANA 2013-14: NEW INITIATIVES Finance Minister of Haryana Harmohindar Singh Chatha on 1 March 2013 presented the Budget of State. Passenger and Goods Taxation Act and Excise Act for the current year. Haryana has outperformed the major States in the country in mobilizing financial resources during the 11th Five Year Plan.90 in RE 2012-13.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 72 STATE STATE BUDGET OF HARYANA 2013-14: HIGHLIGHTS Finance Minister of Haryana on 1 March 2013 presented his second budget as the Finance Minister of the State.com Page 72 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 .59 during BE 2013-14 as against 0.94% in BE 2013-14.26 % was expected in VAT to yield 19288.47% during BE 2013-14.68% during RE 2012-13 to 37.99 crore in Financial Year 2013-14 as against 5509. Some of the new initiatives undertaken by the Government of Haryana as under the Budget are as follows: www. The ratio of salary and pension to total revenue receipts is also proposed to reduce from 38.jagranjosh.50% in RE 2012-13 to 16. The State will achieve the target of its revenue collections of 19962 crore rupees under VAT Act. much within the target of 22.8% prescribed by the 13th Finance Commission. A growth of 17. The debt-GSDP ratio also declines favourably from 16.32 crore rupees was proposed for Annual Plan 2013-14 with a growth of 18% from RE 2012-13.75% over RE 2012-13 Excise Policy already announced by the government will yield 4000 crore rupees in Financial Year 2013-14 Revenue deficit as a percentage to GSDP will further reduce to 0.61 crore rupees.33 crore constituting growth of 15. The capital expenditure net of expenditure on food procurement is proposed to increase to 6936. HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BUDGET ARE AS FOLLOWS • An outlay plan of 27071. CST Act.24 crore during RE 2012-13. Expected revenue receipts for 2013-14 is at 43780.
50 lakh houses during the next financial years 2013-14 and 2014-15 through Housing Board Haryana.40 crore. 85 crore of rupees have been allotted to this scheme. under the scheme (PAY). State Government has also approved the constitution of 21 Fast Track Courts. the Government proposes to construct 1.50 lakh houses during the next financial years 2013-14 and 2014-15 through Housing Board Haryana.36 crore and 129. Urban Local Bodies and Town & Country Planning Department. To set up Gau-Sewa Ayog. their health and nutrition etc. Each of the beneficiaries. State Livestock Mission is being set up with a provision of 1 crore during 2013-14 to provide support for conservation of genetic resource. Under the National River Conservation Programme.875 KMs is being executed at a cost of `2494 crore. improvement of valuable native breeds. Government of Haryana is contributing 1557. Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 73 www.51 crore rupees respectively to be completed by 2015-16. the Government proposes to construct 1. 1 crore has been provided in 2013-14. will be given financial assistance of 81000 rupees by the State as grant for the construction of a new house. two projects for augmentation of sewerage facilities and construction of Sewage Treatment Plants for Sonepat and Panipat towns have been approved at a cost of 88. State Government has set up four permanent Commissions in this financial year in public interest. Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikaran Abhiyan (RGPSA) is a new umbrella scheme which is being started during 2013-14 and will strengthen the Panchayati Raj System across the State and address critical gaps that constrain it. For investment in Sports Infrastructure and promotion of sports through a multipronged approach. one in each district.jagranjosh. Extension of Delhi Metro to YMCA Chowk Faridabad with the corridor length of 13. Urban Local Bodies and Town & Country Planning Department. In order to cater to the requirement of affordable housing for the weaker sections residing in the Urban Areas. an outlay of 100 crore rupees was allocated under Plan side giving an increase of 100% from last year. The State Government has approved NABARD assisted project of 68 crore for construction of 6095 separate toilets for girls along with 2910 hand pumps for water in 2910 Government High/Higher Secondary Schools in rural areas of the State. For effective and efficient implementation of the District Plan Scheme. to expedite the trial in crime against women. In order to cater to the requirement of affordable housing for the weaker sections residing in the Urban Areas.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 • Page 73 • • • • • • • • • • • • • The State Government proposes to launch an ambitious housing scheme name Priyadarshini Awaas Yojna (PAY) in the budget for the year 2013-14 to facilitate the housing delivery in rural areas. For this. Aam Aadmi Bima Yojana (AABY) is being started during 2013-14 for which 37 crore are being provided.com . the Government has constituted the District Development and Monitoring Committee in each district under the chairmanship of the Minister in-charge of the District Grievances Redressal Committee.
e. The interest subvention scheme of Vaddileni Runalu is launched for the benefit of the farmers.21129 crores Rupees which would be 2.com Page 74 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . Government have sanctioned buildings for (59) PHCs. East Godavari. Rangareddy.jagranjosh. Cooperative Institutions. Government is implementing the SC action plan so as to provide assistance to 66213 beneficiaries with an outlay of 423. Ananthapur and Chittoor are selected for implementation Aadhar Enabled Payment of all benefits in the first phase. The allocation has been increased by 1445 crores Rupees over 2677 Rupees crores allocated in the year 2012-13. Autonomous Bodies.85 percent of GSDP First ever exclusive Agriculture action plan was presented to the Legislature. (238) Sub-Centres and (19) CHNCs with a cost of 45. The allocation for Social Welfare department is 4122 crores rupees in 2013-14. ANDHRA PRADESH BUDGET 2013. For improving health infrastructure in tribal areas. for the employees of the Government of Haryana.an increase of 12. Hyderabad.72 percent over the quick estimate of the GSDP of the previous year.14: HIGHLIGHTS Anam Ramnarayana Reddy.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 • Page 74 Cashless medical facility will be implemented from the year 2013-14. its PSUs. • • • • • • • • • • DELHI BUDGET 2013-14: SHEILA DIKSHIT PRESENTED THE BUDGET www. The Gross State Domestic Product of Andhra Pradesh (GSDP) at current prices for the year 2012-13 as per the Advance estimates is 738497 crores rupees . Under the economic support schemes. the Finance Minister of Andhra Pradesh on 18 March 2013 presented the budget for the year 2013-14 to the Andhra Pradesh legislature. The fiscal deficit is estimated at.86% of GSDP. government proposes an expenditure of 161348 crores Rupees. The revised estimates of 2012-13 indicate a revenue surplus of 1685 crores against the budgeted revenue surplus of 4444 crores Rupees.97 crore Rupees under NRHM. Non-plan expenditure is estimated at 101926 crores Rupees and Plan expenditure at 59422 crores Rupees. Five Districts i. etc. A provision of 6128 crores rupees is proposed in year 2013-14 for Agriculture and Allied Sectors. An allocation of 500 crores rupees is made in the budget. to fulfill their expectation. BUDGET 2013-14 OF ANDHRA PRADESH AT A GLANCE • For the financial year 2013-14. Local Bodies.86 crores rupees. The estimated revenue surplus is 1023 crores Rupees and fiscal deficit is estimated at 24487 crores Rupees at 2.
Tax-GSDP ratio which was 6.com . Maximum 500 permits will be given to a single corporate entity. Ensure construction of upstream reservoirs for augmentation of water supply. under Annshree. will be allotted for 1000 permits. Delhi Government has identified certain specific priority areas so that the city becomes more productive and caring. They will also be eligible to get benefit under Dilli Annshree Yojana with effect from 1 April.jagranjosh. These include: To cover every poor and vulnerable resident of Delhi. A fund of 5 crore is proposed for the welfare of journalists of Delhi 8000 new Auto Rickshaws will be allotted to Corporate Houses on the line of theRadio Taxi. The target of tax collection in 2013-14 is estimated at 30454 crore Rupees.21000 crore Rupees Centrally Sponsored Scheme – 450 crore Rupees The Social Services Sectors receive the highest priority in terms of budgetary allocation under Plan and proposing an outlay of 10359 crore with a share of about 65% of total Plan Budget. 2013.43% in 2011-12 is expected to increase to 6. The grant-in-aid to Delhi Haj Committee is proposed to be enhanced to 2 crore rupees in 2013-14 from the existing grant of 1 crore. Direct benefit transfer to beneficiaries of all State Government and Central Government schemes Nurture and enhance the green cover so that Delhi becomes the greenest capital of the world. The Dilli Swablamban Yojana (DSY). Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 75 • • • • • • • • • • • • • www. not covered by other schemes.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 75 Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit on 20 March 2013 presented 15th consecutive budget of 37450 crore rupees with launch of new schemes in different arena and launch of infrastructural development and with no fresh taxes. is proposed to be launched by Government of Delhi with an annual contribution of 1000 Rupees per person along with the equal contribution of Government of India and intend to make it Aadhaar enabled. BUDGET OF DELHI 2013-14 AT A GLANCE • • • • • Budget of Government of NCT of Delhi in 2013-14 proposed at 37450 crore Rupees Plan Budget – 16000 crore Rupees Non-Plan Budget . A residential school for SC/ST/OBC/Minorities students of Delhi will be set up in 201314. a co-contributory pension scheme for unorganized sector. increased and equitable distribution of water and also cover un sewered areas within the network of sewerage system. which will employ only women Auto Rickshaw drivers. The fiscal deficit has been projected to be reduced from 2921 crore Rupees in 2012-13 to 1268 crore Rupees in 2013-14.88% in 2012-13. Financial support of 1000 per month is proposed to be given to the transgender who are living in Delhi for at least three years. better management of water. Two Corporate entities.
BUDGET 2013-14 OF TAMIL NADU AT A GLANCE • Compensation of15000 rupees was announced as part of the special relief package in the Cauvery Delta Area per acre as crop loss compensation and special compensation including advance against insurance payments to those farmers who had suffered more than 50% crop loss. Panneerselvam on 21 March 2013 presented the Budget 2013-14 in the legislative Assembly.12%.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 • • • • • • Page 76 • Substantial improvement in the availability of housing through a series of measures. convenient and pleasurable Qualitative and quantitative improvement in the road infrastructure. including the creation of 15000 farm ponds under MGNREGS at a cost of181 crores Rupees.com Page 76 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . The plan allocation for the primary sector has been increased by 20. During 2012-2013. The TNUSRB will further recruit 17138 Police Constables. Strengthen Bhagidari to institutionalise regular dialogue with RWAs and community groups and making them active partners in the development process from planning to execution and post-execution. • • • BUDGET ALLOCATION FOR AGRICULTURE www. PANNEERSELVAM The Finance Minister of Tamil Nadu O. industrial development backed by speedy implementation of infrastructure projects including in power and roads.jagranjosh. Boost facilities for formation and upgradation of skills to enhance employability by setting up high class Institutes. Ensure availability of 11000 buses on Delhi roads which along with additional network of Metro will make travel within Delhi safe. The State will exceed the Annual Plan target of 28000 crores Rupees during 2012-2013 and the allocation has been increased to. The budget of the year 2013-14 was focused on agriculture with not any imposition of taxes or not any hike proposed from the existing rates in the surroundings of the slow economic growth The Budget was focused on rural and urban infrastructure with investments going into storage and marketing infrastructure. and Further strengthen service delivery and bring most government services within ambit of time bound delivery system. 1005 Firemen and 292 Jail Warders during 2013-2014. the Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board (TNUSRB) has recruited 12152 Police Constables. 377 Jail Warders and 791 Firemen. There is also announcement of works worth 1517 crores rupees under various schemes which will be taken up in the Cauvery Delta Area. Ensure substantial improvement in health infrastructure and delivery toensure global standards.37000 crores Rupees for 2013-2014. 1091 Sub-Inspectors. TAMIL NADU BUDGET 2013-14: PRESENTED BY O.
Over 24. Horticulture will be expanded with 8.30 lakh acres.jagranjosh. the Government is readying a relief package for the other districts. ARUNACHAL PRADESH BECAME FIRST STATE TO INTRODUCE E-GPF Arunachal Pradesh in the month of March 2013 became the first state to introduce e-GPF or electronic GPF. the Tamil Nadu State Highways Authority will be created along the lines of the National Highways Authority of India to maintain and manage State Highways.25 lakh acres. Tamil Nadu was among the earliest to notify the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules. The objective is to increase processing. 2011.76 lakh students will receive cash benefit of 381 crore Rupees including cash incentives.51 lakh students in 2012-13 (6. BUDGET ALLOCATION FOR INFRASTRUCTURE • • • • Government allocated 2000 crore Rupees for an infrastructure development fund and 200 crore Rupees for project preparation fund for the year. Infrastructure in agricultural markets will be upgraded and markets integrated with commodity exchanges. the State Government decided to do away with the one-acre limit on small and marginal farmers to make use of subsidy for micro irrigation.09 lakh).com Page 77 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . farmers’ revenue and stabilise incomes.220 crore to the primary sector. The state Finance Department facilitated the online access to 34000 GPF www. A new body. The biggest externally aided project will be implemented in the road sector at a cost of 8580 crore rupees covering over 1678 km.2 lakh acres brought under vegetable cultivation against the present 7. Key infrastructure projects have been cleared at the first meeting of the Tamil Nadu Infrastructure Development Board. Crop loan target from the cooperative sector is pegged at 4500 crore rupees for 2013-14 against 4000 crore rupees in the current year. Farmers can choose their suppliers and the subsidy will be released to the farmers’ account.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 • • • • Page 77 • • • The allocation to agriculture is 5189 crore Rupees (4829 crore rupees) of the total Rs 17. Enrolment in higher education has gone up to 6. Following the 1517-crore Rupees relief package to the Cauvery Delta farmers. BUDGET ALLOCATION FOR EDUCATION • • • • The Government has earmarked maximum funds to school education at 16965 crore Rupees. Over 520 crore Rupees will be available as subsidy to cover over 1. To improve water use efficiency.
The presented budget for the financial year 2013-14 is a 5214.47 crore rupees and the components for the Revenue Receipts are a) 33381. 2005. With all the information available on the Web site.jagranjosh. who from anywhere in India could get information on their hard earned pension and fastest disposal of RTI cases.83 crore rupees Fiscal Deficit estimated for the year 2013-14 is 12218. STATE BUDGET OF MADHYA PRADESH: 2013-14 PRESENTED Raghavji.53 crore rupees Total Revenue Receipts for the year 2013-14 are estimated to be 79603. which would be quite beneficial for Government employees. • The budget aims at meeting the targets set under the Madhya Pradesh Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act. The Web site www. It is interactive with facilities to download forms such as medical reimbursement. The proposed fiscal deficit for the financial year 2013-14 was estimated to be 12218. he felt applications seeking information under RTI would come down as all information needed are available on the site.53 crore rupees and revenue receipts was estimated to be of 79603. the Finance Minister of Madhya Pradesh on 22 March 2013 presented the State Budget of 2013-14 in State Assembly.39 crore rupees as State’s Own Non-Tax Revenue www. which was launched by Chief Minister of Arunachal Pardesh Nabam Tuki. particularly pensioners. citizens as well as government employees would not need to visit the Finance office for each and every work. FEATURES OF THE WEBSITES • The Web site is meant to help the public in accessing all updated fiscal information including 34000 GPF accounts besides pensioners.68 crore rupees that includes State’s Own Tax Revenue b) 23693.83 crore rupees revenue surplus budget. Also.in has a number of features to make it citizenfriendly and to bring in more transparency and accountability in respect of works in the Finance Department.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 78 accounts through its redesigned Web site. • Total plan outlay of 91946.86 crore rupees Revenue surplus estimated for the year 2013-14 is 5214.47 crore rupees.com Page 78 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 .86 crore rupees for the year 2013-14.arunachalfinance. HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MADHYA PRADESH BUDGET: 2013-14 • • • • Total expenditure estimated for the year 2013-14 is of 91946.61 crore rupees as share in Central Taxes c) 7583. GPF Final Payment. • • The Web site is developed by the department with technical assistance from NIC.
jagranjosh.82 crore rupees for the year 2012-13 to 4889.91 percent higher in 2013 -14 balance estimates as compared to 2012-13 (balance estimates) Revenue Expenditure of 74388.24 crore rupees. Hence.88 crore rupees for the year 2012-13 to 6907.05 percent Budget estimates in Scheduled Caste sub-plan have increased from 4241.28 percent increase FISCAL INDICATORS • • • • Fiscal Deficit estimated at 2. which is 10845.48 crore rupees for the year 2012-13.64 crore rupees estimated for the year 2013-14.09 crore rupees Plan expenditure for the year 2013-14 is estimated to be 37608.15 crore rupees for the year 2013-14. closing balance at the end of the year is estimated to be (-) 123.com . which is a n increase of 13. Provision of 12 crore rupees made Seed cum organic fertilizer drill grant to induce linear sowing Target of cent percent seed treatment Mukhya Mantri Kisan Videsh Adhayayan Yojana Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 79 • • • • • • www. which is an increase of 15. which is an increase of 18 percent Budget estimates in Tribal Sub-plan have increased from 6109.79 crore rupees of Central Grants State’s own Tax Revenue estimates are 17. Net transaction during the year is estimated to be 72.14 crore rupees more than 63543.27 percent of GSDP Interest payments estimated at 8.30 percent of GSDP AGRICULTURE AND ALLIED SECTORS • • • • • • Separate Agriculture Budget for Agriculture and Allied Sectors Total provision of 4765 crore rupees for the development of irrigation facilities Work on 2 large and 10 medium irrigation schemes will be started in the year 2013-14 Provision of subsidy of 1700 crore rupees for electricity supply to farmers Investment of 3000 crore rupees in the year 2013-14 for Feeder separation scheme to ensure 8 hours continuous electricity supply to farmers Provision of 400 crore rupees for free electricity for 5HP agricultural pumps (land up to 1 hectare) and up to 25 units per month domestic electricity consumption to SC and ST farmers/consumers Provision of 500 crore rupees to provide loan at 0 percent interest rate to farmers Provision for bonus of 150 per quintal on wheat procurement.98 percent of GSDP Revenue Surplus estimated at 1. Provision of 1050 crore rupees for this incentive New scheme for incentivising organic agriculture along with scheme to reward agricultural farmers at block level too.19 percent of Revenue Receipts Total net debt of the state has come down to 14.50 crore rupees for the year 2012-13 (balance estimates) Opening balance of (-) 195.17 crore rupees as against 31473.99 crore rupees for the year 2013-14.33 crore rupees is estimated for the year 2013-14.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 79 • • • • • • d) 14944.
INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT • • • • • • • • Provision of 8856 crore rupees in the energy sector for the year 2013-14. Provision of 350 crore rupees for the year 2013-14 under Annapurna Scheme.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 • • • • • • • • • • • • Page 80 Provision of 9 crore and fivefold increase in the goals of State Micro Irrigation scheme Provision of 32 crore rupees to establish 250 custom hiring centres for young entrepreneurs and agricultural graduates Provision of 4 crore rupees for semen transplantation lab to rear superior breed Provision of veterinary doctors at door-step extended to 89 tribal blocks Initiation of core banking facility in Central Cooperative Banks Provision of assistance in RBC 6(4) for damage of crops by black buck and blue bull. Provision of 18 crore rupees for establishment of 50 new and upgradation of 123 Veterinary Hospitals. Provision of 55 crore rupees for integrated cooperative development projects. Short term working capital loan to fishermen at 0 percent interest rate.jagranjosh. Provision of 100 crore rupees under Mukhya Mantri Grameen Awas Mission Provision of 35 crore rupees under Mukhya Mantri Antyodaya Awas Yojana 4527 crore rupees to be transferred as grant in aid to Urban/Rural local bodies which is 21. Provision of 2681 crore rupees for upgradation and strengthening of electricity distribution and sub-distribution Provision of 405 crore rupees to enhance power generation capacity Provision of 29 crore rupees to promote non-conventional energy Provision of 4970 crore rupees for road construction and maintenance Provision of 501 crore rupees for Mukya Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana Provision of 4765 crore rupees for irrigation schemes 2 large and 10 medium irrigation schemes to be started in 2013-14 PANCHAYAT AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT • • • • Provision of 7444 crore rupees for panchayat and rural development. Provision of 27 crore rupees for fish farming for Plan expenditure which is 50 percent more than the last year.com . Provision of 12 crore rupees for proper storage of Wheat/Rice.6 percent more than the last year DRINKING WATER • • • • Provision of 1743 crore rupees for drinking water schemes Provision of drinking water through handpump/water supply schemes in 13200 rural habitats Provision of 432 crore rupees to initiate Kshipra-Narmada link project Provision for drinking water facilities in 5794 Aanganwadis Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 80 www. which is 1146 crore rupees more than 2012-13.
com . Vidisha.N. Satna and Seoni Sanction for operation of 150 additional ambulances Provision of stipend of 2500 to A. 3000 to G. Rajgarh.jagranjosh.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 • Investment of 15 crore rupees in Jal Nigam Page 81 EDUCATION • • • • • • • • Provision of 13763 crore rupees in education sector which is 1644 crore rupees more than last year Provision of 71 crore rupees for reimbursement of fees for 2.M. Raisen. Patan in Jabalpur and Majhgawan in Satna district.Sc. Chhatarpur Increase of 500 for stationery and 1500 for books to students of SCs and STs Two fold increase in scholarship for research work to students of SCs and STs Establishment of ITIs at Deosar in Singrauli District. Jhabua. Stipend of ITI apprentice of SCs and STs Students rose from 140 per month to 235 per month HEALTH • • • • • • Provision of 4147 crore rupees for health sector which is 551 crore rupees higher than 2012-13 100 additional vehicles for 108 ambulance services (renamed as Sanjeevani-108) Establishment of G..N. Narsinghpur. and 3500 to B. which is 30 percent higher than the last year Provision of 111 crore rupees for construction of anganwadi buildings and 5 crore rupees for maintenance Introduction of new scheme to give prizes to persons protecting the dignity of women Social Justice Provision of 1397 crore rupees for the year 2013-14 which is 31 percent higher than last year Provision of 17 crore rupees for Antoyadaya Melas extended upto block levels Provision of 100 crore rupees under Mukhya Mantri Kanya Daan Yojana and Mukhya Mantri Nikah Yojana which is 67 percent higher than last year Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 81 www. schools at Dewas. Sidhi.M. Mandsaur.M. Nursing trainees Decision to enhance the daily diet allowance from 30 to 40 for patients WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT • • • • • • • • Provision of 5106 crore rupees for women and child development which is 26 percent higher than last year Provision of 850 crore rupees for Ladli Laxmi Yojana.N.65 lac students belonging to weaker sections Extension of Gaon Ki Beti and Pratibha Kiran Yojana Establishment of new engineering colleges at Nowgaon. Kasravad in Ujjain.
administrative. Mukhya Mantri Shahri Swachhata Mission and Mukhya Mantri Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme Initiation of schemes for conservation and development of ponds and lakes.com Page 82 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 .jagranjosh.2020 from 2013-14 Provision of 3 crore rupees to lay down Hockey astroturf in 15 cities Tourism and Culture Provision of 158 crore rupees for tourism activities for 2013-14 which is 31 percent higher than last year Provision of 11 crore rupees to develop tourist centres in each district Provision of 141 crore rupees for culture which is 22 percent higher than last year Allocation of 10 crore for establishment of Sanchi Baudh Bharatiya Gyan Adhyayan Vishwavidyalaya Decision to establish Atal Bihari Bajpai Centre for Art and Culture at Morena Provision of 1 crore for celebration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekanand Industry and Mining Provision of 907 crore rupees for industrial sector which is 40 percent higher than last year Provision of 340 crore rupees for Industrial Investment Promotion Assistance Decision to award Dattopant Thengdi Prize of 5 lac.000 youths under a new scheme Mukhya Mantri Swarojgar Yojana • www. 3 lac and 2 lac respectively to first three units creating opportunities for maximum employment as against capital investment in MSME sectors Provision of 54 crore to benefit 50. Provision of 1 crore rupees made New Urban Reform Scheme for reforms in urban bodies for financial. wealth tax and consumer tariff Initiation of Valmiki Yojana to inspire cleanliness drive Provision of 150 crore rupees for Simhastha-2016 • • • • SPORTS • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Provision of 126 crore rupees for 2013-14 which is 21 percent higher than last year Players of the state have achieved glory for the state by winning 1586 medals at national and international level in 2012-13 New scheme Olympic . awarded with National Award for excellent work as employer of disabled persons on reserved seats Constitution of State Senior Citizen commission URBAN ADMINISTRATION • • Provision of 5168 crore rupees for urban administration and development which is 22 percent higher than last year Provision of 258 crore rupees for Mukhya Mantri Shahri Peyjal Yojana.P. egovernance.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 • • Page 82 State of M.
Provision of 14 crore rupees in 2013-14 Upgradation of 40 High Schools to Higher Secondary Schools. Necessary resources have been made available to all districts for monitoring and implementation of different schemes for the welfare of minorities and backward classes LAW AND ORDER • • • • Provision of 3962 crore rupees for police force which is 37 percent higher than last year 5000 new posts to be filled in the year 2013-14 Constitution of new women crime cell. 20 Middle schools to High schools and 20 primary English medium schools to middle schools in tribal areas in 2013-14 Proposal to open 20 new girl education centres (parisar) Proposal of additional faculty in 20 Higher Secondary schools Proposal of new 20 post matric hostels. 3000 for players residing in sports centres (parisar) Establishment of 119 new hostels for SC students and proposal of increase of 3000 seats in the existing hostels Provision of 24 crore rupees for Vimukt. social empowerment and tourism police. Centralized Police Call Centre and Control Room System. 10 pre-matric hostels and 10 ashram schools Proposal to begin two new sports centres(parisar) for students of STs Decision to enhance per day diet allowance from 25 to 100 and sports kit allowance from 850 to Rs.com Page 83 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . Automatic Finger Identification System etc Sanction of 1208 posts including 52 new district and session judge and 86 Class II Civil judges Provision of 29 crore for this in 2013-14 Decision to constitute Adhivakta Kalyan Nidhi for the welfare of lawyers Decision to enhance the fee of penal lawyers in Madhyamastha Adhikaran from ` 5.000 • • • • ADMINISTRATIVE REFORMS www. state highway security and conservation. 500 new posts and provision of 23 crore rupees in 2013-14 Necessary provisions for the new schemes like Police health infrastructure.000 per case to ` 20.jagranjosh.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 SC AND ST DEVELOPMENT • • • • • Page 83 • • • • • • • • • • Provision of 2013-14 is 1447 crore rupees higher than the last year More than two fold increase under the provision of SC and ST Atrocities Act Relief amount enhanced from 2 lacs to 5 lacs Decision to provide laptop to first year students of engineering and medical colleges belonging to SCs and STs. Ghumakkad and Ardh Ghumakkad communities Backward Classes and Minorities Development Provision of 749 crore rupees for different welfare schemes for the backward classes and minority sections which is 37 percent higher than last year. community police.
where DSP Zia-ul-Haq was posted. the President also appointed Rabstan. The complaint was filed against Raja Bhaiya at the Kunda Police Station. to state government employees and pensioners as Central Government employees as per promises made by the state government • Decision of 725 kit allowance per year for constables and head constables of police forces • Decision to enhance the allowances of part time sweepers.A. The appointment of judges’ by the President took place in confirmation to the powers conferred in Article 95 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir. Akhilesh Yadav at Lucknow and Governor of the state.jagranjosh. All www. Magrey and Dhiraj Singh Thakur as the Judges of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. ISSUE THAT LED TO RESIGNATION DSP Zia-ul-Haq was killed by a mob in Pratapgarh on 2 March 2013 when he rushed there after a village head was shot dead over a land dispute. B. 313 Janpad Panchayat and 23006 Gram Panchayat EMPLOYEES WELFARE Payment of 72 percent D. in their order of seniority. Bansi Lal Bhat and Janak Raj Kotwal as the Additional Judges of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. 2000 and 2500 Read More on State Budgets • RAGHURAJ PRATAP SINGH RESIGNED FROM THE STATE CABINET Uttar Pradesh Minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya resigned from the State Cabinet on 4 March 2013 in the wake of the killing of the DSP in Pratapgarh district. Their allowances will respectively now are 1000. PRESIDENT OF INDIA APPOINTED JUDGES IN THE HIGH COURT OF J&K President of India.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 • • Page 84 • No ban imposed on purchases in the year 2013-14 which is the living testimony of the efficient financial management Decision to enhance the relief amount by 50 percent in road accident cases to the victim’s family by raising assistance from 10000 to 15000 in death case and 5000 to 7500 for serious injuries Decision to enhance the monthly honorarium of elected representatives and office bearers of 50 zila panchayats. Joshi accepted his resignation. 400 and 500 respectively.com Page 84 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . part time peons and part time clerks in schools by 300.L. Pranab Mukherjee on 11 March 2013 appointed Ali Mohd. He submitted his resignation to the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. Exercising the powers provided under Sub-Section (1) of section 100-A of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir. Raja Bhaiya was accused for the attack on the DSP by his slain wife.
the UK prime minister had announced a new same day visa service for businessmen. MP BAGGED TWO NATIONAL TOURISM AWARDS Madhya Pradesh on 18 March 2013 bagged two national tourism awards. Mobile Biometric Clinic is an initiative by the UK Border Agency providing convenience to the citizens of Goa with the localised option of applying for a UK visa. Earlier in the month of February. www.com Page 85 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . • • The service is delivered by the UK Border Agency’s commercial partner. (b) The power of Parliament to make laws for the said State shall be limited UK OPENED MOBILE VISA APPLICATION FACILITY IN GOA The UK Government on 12 March 2013 opened its first ever Mobile Biometric Clinic (MBC) in Goa. The Mobile Biometric Clinic is meant to save the time of locals from travelling to distant places like Mumbai to apply for visa to the country. One for the best civic management of a tourist destination and other for the most innovative and unique tourism project in the 23rd National Tourism Award. at Vigyan Bhawan. The MBC uses the UK Border Agency’s mobile Biometric Enrolment System (BES) equipment to take biometric data (finger scans and digital photograph). (a) The provisions of article 238 shall not apply in relation to the State of Jammu and Kashmir. ABOUT MOBILE BIOMETRIC CLINIC (MBC) • MBC is a new and optional service.jagranjosh. Article 370 of Constitution of India grants temporary provisions with respect to the State of Jammu and Kashmir. Madhya Pradesh which is known for tourism hotspots received the awards from President Pranab Mukherjee at a function held for National Tourism Awards 2011-12 in New Delhi.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 85 these additional judges will serve the Court for a period of two years and from the day when they will assume the charge of their respective offices. VFS Global. (1) Notwithstanding anything in this Constitution. which for an additional fee allows applicants who are residing in Goa to submit their UK visa application and biometric data using a mobile facility in the state. The new MBC service offers the option to do things closer from home.
adventure. Counting of the votes will be held on 8 May 2013. SINGLE PHASE ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS IN KARNATAKA ON 5 MAY The Election Commission (EC) on 20 March 2013 announced that single phase assembly elections in Karnataka will be held on 5 May 2013. The waste which came from in-house canteen would be processed by the plant mainly. There are primarily three main regions of Karnataka-Old Mysore. Formal notification will be issued on 10 April 2013. Air connectivity to remote areas has a direct impact on in its prosperity. This fuel would be utilised for cooking purpose. The site for establishing this 18 lakh Rupees project was identified near this biogas plant. It can also produce 8-10 kg of fuel. There are 4.18 crore voters in Karnataka and voting will take place at 50446 polling stations. The Madhya Pradesh Air Taxi project provided a boost to tourism sector and also for commercial activities. Last day for the nomination is 17 April 2013 while the last day for withdrawal of nomination is 20 April 2013. FEATURES OF THE BIOGAS PLANT • • • • This biogas plant has the capacity of processing up to 100 kg of bio-waste per hour. Apart from the biogas plant. The Karnataka Assembly comprises of 224 members. Mumbai-Karnataka and HyderabadKarnataka. in a joint venture with M/s Ventura Air connect Pvt Ltd. The wild life. incinerator was also scheduled to come up in the campus. OOMMEN CHANDY COMMISSIONED A BIOGAS PLANT IN SECRETARIAT The Chief Minister of Kerala. It influences hotel occupancy. MADHYA PRADESH AIR TAXI PROJECT Madhya Pradesh was the first state in the country to offer air taxi services. The work would finish by April 2013. It also got another award for most innovative and unique tourism project-Air Taxi. taxi usage and its allied activities. Oommen Chandy commissioned a biogas plant in the Government Secretariat campus in Thiruvananthapuram on 23 March 2013. The Air taxi connections will provide easy accessibility to cities with tourist interest and business potential. This incinerator is like the one which is already functioning at Shanthi Kavadam. religious and leisure tourism have received a big boost with the Air taxi project. www. The state has pioneered in the country to launch the first intra-state Air Taxi services through MPSTDC. sports.jagranjosh. The plant is a result of rising concerns of waste disposal in this Capital City. The Karnataka Assembly will end on 3 June 2013. The biogas plant was installed by Bio Flame-Biogas and Energy Pvt Ltd.com Page 86 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 .Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 86 The state received the award in category-‘B’ city for Municipal Council of Mandu in Dhar district.
1961 to increase PF from 10. A Bill to consolidate and amend the law related to juveniles in conflict with law and children in need of care and protection was moved by Minister for Social Welfare Sakina Itoo. Samvat 1995 was also moved by Minister of state for Revenue. 2005. The Bill was initially passed with amendments from 12 per cent to 14 per cent. it passed the original Bill by voice vote after discussion. was also passed by voice vote by Minister of State of Tourism. but after the House spotted the mistake. OTHER BILLS PASSED ARE • • • A Bill to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services Decentralisation and Recruitment Act. which was passed by voice vote after minor changes. Relief and Rehabilitation.33 per cent to 14 per cent was moved by Labour and Employment Minister Ajay Kumar Sadhotra. administration and governance of Mata Sukhrala Devi and Mata Bala Sundari shrines and its endowments including the land and buildings. All three bills were passed by Voice Vote after discussion. A bill to amend Jammu and Kashmir Employees' Provident Funds (and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act. 1960. To Read More Stories www. 2010. The other bill was passed by Minister for Law. Samvat 1977 and the Jammu and Kashmir Alienation of land Act.com Page 87 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 .Current Affairs PDF March 2013 JAMMU AND KASHMIR ASSEMBLY PASSED EIGHT BILLS Page 87 Jammu and Kashmir Assembly on 28 March 2013 passed eight bills the major of which is associated to juveniles in conflict with law. Ajaz Ahmed Khan A Bill to provide better management.jagranjosh. A bill to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Transfer of Property Act. Mir Saifullah who moved a Bill to amend the Salaries and Allowances of Member of the Jammu and Kashmir State Legislature Act. 2010 A Bill to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Value Added Tax Act. Justice and Parliamentary Affairs. A bill to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services (Special Provisions) Act.
SERVICES CLINCHED 67TH SANTOSH TROPHY Santosh Trophy In the final of the 67th Santosh Trophy on 3 March 2013. Both Shamim and Mukesh finished the regulation 72 holes with matching totals of 12-under276. Services won the soccer contest by defeating hosts Kerala 4-3 on penalties at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 88 SPORTS NOVAK DJOKOVIC WON ATP DUBAI OPEN TENNIS TITLE 2013 World Number one Novak Djokovic on 2 March 2013 won the ATP Dubai Open Tennis title 2013. He defeated third seed Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych 7-5. He is the reigning Rolex Rankings Champion. The Man of the Match title was clinched by Services striker Lalian Mawia. 7-6 in straight sets. He made his approach shot from 115 yards to within a foot of the pin on the ninth. Shamim (66-70-70-70) was in third position earlier. However. ABOUT THE SANTOSH TROPHY www. he went two-under for the day with a birdie on the 14th after landing his chip within three feet of the hole.com Page 88 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . S Chikkarangappa of Bangalore came third with an aggregate of 11-under-277. The 34-yearold reigning Rolex Rankings champion afterwards. SAHMIM KHAN WON T PGTI PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE 2013 Shamim Khan of Delhi on 1 March 2013 defeated Mukesh Kumar of Mhow in the playoff to win the PGTI Players Championship title at the Classic Golf Resort. The Services team bagged their third Santosh Trophy title. he placed three strokes behind Mukesh and made a solid start to the day with pars on the first eight holes and followed that up with a birdie on the ninth.jagranjosh. India’s Mahesh Bhupathi and his French partner Michael Lloldra bagged the doubles crown defeating SerbianSwedish duo of Nenad Zimonjic and Robert Lindstedt 7-6. Shamim Kahn is 34 years old. 6-3 in the finals in Dubai.
Italy's Sara Errani defeated Carla Suarez-Navarro of Spain 6--0. 6-2 on 2 March 2013 in the final match of the ATP Mexican Open 2013 tennis tournament.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 89 Santosh Trophy is the yearly Indian football tournament that is played among states and government institutions.243 secs as compared to Malaysia's rider (21. was little slow as she completed the first lap in 22.793 secs to finsh the two-lap race. Manorama. Earlier in the day. This is the second title for Nadal in 2013. RAFAEL NADAL WON ATP MEXICAN OPEN 2013 TENNIS TOURNAMENT Rafael Nadal defeated top seed and defending champion David Ferrer 6-0.com Page 89 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . he had won Brazil Open Tennis Tournament 2013 on 17 February 2013. wrested back the advantage and completed the race with an aggregate of 38.527). in the women’s final.645 secs to bag a podium finish in the junior category while the Malaysian duo took 38. Earlier he had won this title in 2005. 6-4. Deborah is from Andaman and Nicobar. www. he lost to Spanish compatriot Nadal.148 secs ahead by defeating Malaysia's Faihah Shahwati Mohd Adnan and Nurul Alissa Mohamad Azman.jagranjosh. Faihah and Nurul had qualified with better timings (38. The pair came just 0. The Santosh Trophy is named after late Maharaja Sir Manmatha Nath Roy Chowdhary of Santosh. David Ferrer was the 3-time defending champion.245 secs). SMRITI MEHRA WON SECOND TITLE IN HERO WO MEN’S PRO GOLF TOUR Smriti Mehra. Prior to this.848 secs) as compared to the Indian pair (39. who had also won 19 straight matches in the event. MANORAMA & DEBORAH WON BRONZE IN HACC India's Deborah and Manorama Devi on 10 March 2013 won a bronze in the team sprint on the second to last day of the Hero Asian Cycling Championships (HACC) in New Delhi. On the other hand. This is the 38th clay court title of Nadal. in contrary Deborah. the veteran golfer. ABOUT RAFAEL NADAL • • • Rafael Nadal won ATP Mexican Open tournament for the second time. But eventually in the final of ATP Mexican Open 2013. on 6 March 2013 won her second title in the fourth leg of Hero Women`s Pro Golf Tour 2013 in Mumbai. This tournament was initiated in 1941.
At the second position was Neha Tripathi who completed with the final round score of one over 66 and an overall score of 200. This was the last tournament of her career. 2010 and most recently. With this victory. 68) Saaniya Sharma. Earlier. She is from Denmark. Women's Doubles and Mixed Doubles. 16-21. 68) T. The first tournament was held in 1898 in Guildford. 68. BAUN WON ALL ENGLAND OPEN BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIP Tine Baun won the women’s singles title in the All England Open Badminton Championships 2013 at the National Indoor Arena.jagranjosh. Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles titles were added to the tournament in 1900. 65) Vani Kapoor .com Page 90 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . ABOUT TINE BAUN • • • Tine Baun is the female badminton player. 63.Men's Doubles. NEHA TRIPATHI WON BT PRO AM OF CHAMPIONS GOLF TOURNAMENT www. ABOUT ALL ENGLAND OPEN BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIPS • • • • • • All England Open Badminton Championships is also known as All England. 67. 64) Neha Tripathi-200 (70. 68. the 33-year-old Baun became the oldest All-England Women’s Singles Champion of Open Era. Birmingham. 71) Pallavi Jain-205 (65. in 2013. 75. She defeated three-time world junior champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 21-14. Sharmila Nicollet achieved third position with lowly six over 71 and a total score of 202. THE WINNERS WERE AS FOLLOWS • • • • • • Smriti Mehra-194 (67.209 (73. 64. England on 10 March 2013. Earlier.209 (74. This was the last tournament of Tine Baun’s career. All England Open Badminton Championships tournament is played annually. 21-10. The most important highlight of her career is winning the All England Open Badminton Championship women's singles three times in 2008. 66) Sharmila Nicollet-202 (63.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 90 Smriti played a round of one under 64 and finished with an overall score of 194 at the Willingdon Sports Club. Pallavi Jain came at the fourth position with par 65 and an overall score of 205. the All England Open Badminton Championships was held in only three categories. At the fifth position were Vani Kapoor and Saaniya Sharma who tied at a total score of 209. It is one of the oldest as well as the prestigious badminton tournaments of the world. she had won the same title in 2008 and 2010.
India won two gold. In the category of compound Men's individual. Abhishek Verma and Ritul Chatterjee won the Gold. In 2012. Wayne Rooney. Tang Ni Nhung of Vietnam came at the fifth position with an overall score of 148. At the third position was golfer Smriti Mehra from India who got the total score of 142. Thai golfer Tiranan Yoopan finished at the fourth position with a score of 143. Neha won the match in second playoff on 18th hole. Beckham earned more than 20 million pound from wages as well as endorsement. according to the Goal Rich List 2013. two silver and four bronze. 37year-old Beckham is the biggest brand in the world now. Ch. aged 28 years. David Beckham has a total income of 175 million pound. INDIA WON EIGHT MEDALS IN INAUGURAL AGPAC India won a total of eight medals in the inaugural Asian Grand Prix Archery Championship at Bangkok on 14 March 2013. The Goal Rich List 2013 revealed that the worth of Beckham is 60 million pound more than Messi. Jignas clinched the Gold after he defeated China's He Ying 145-142. the Manchester United and England striker made it to the list of Top Ten with a total of 50 million pound. In the same section. Recurve Women's team of Bombayala Devi. At the third position is Ronaldo. Bombayla Devi won a Bronze in individual category. It is important to note that Neha Tripathi had won the first tournament of Hero Women Professional Golf Tour on 31 January 2013. Ch. Dola Banerjee and Rimil Biruli defeated Indonesia to win a Bronze. In the Recurve Men's event. Atanu and Bombayala also defeated opponent team in mixed team event to win fourth Bronze for India. This is her third title in the Women Tour.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 91 Neha Tripathi defeated Thailand's Pennapa Pulsawath to win BT Pro Am of Champions Golf Tournament 2013 in Manesar on 10 March 2013.jagranjosh. He earned a total of 112 million pound in his career. BHULLAR FINISHED SECOND IN AVANTHA MASTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT www. registering a victory over Vietnam. Silver was won by Rahul Banerjee in Recurve Men and Anjali Kumari in Compound Women in the individual categories. In the Compound Men's trio category. After initially tying up at a score of 141. Jignas. DAVID BECKHAM NAMED RICHEST FOOTBALLER OF THE WORLD David Beckham was named as the richest footballer of the world. Atanu Das clinched the Bronze. leaving behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.com Page 91 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . 226-218.
Thomas Aiken won by three-stroke margin.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 In the Avantha Masters golf tournament at Jaypee Greens course in Greater Noida on 17 March 2013. Page 92 Gaganjeet Bhullar won a total prize money of 2 lakh Euros or 1 crore 34 lakh Rupees. At the third position was China’s Liang Wen-Chong who finished two spots behind Bhullar.6 km individual time trial event. the European Tour and the Asian Tour. The overall tally for Kazakhstan was three gold. TEAM LOTUS’S KIMI RA IKKONEN WON AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX 2013 www. Thomas Aiken of South Africa won the Avantha Masters golf tournament. Kazakhstan. Himmat Rai who finished at ninth spot. there were four Indian cyclists. From 2010 to 2012. On the other hand. His tally was 14under 274. The score of Gaganjeet Bhullar was 20 under 268. he had won the gold in 42. Jeev Milkha Singh also claimed limelight in the event with 23rd position in the tournament. four silver and two bronze. Among other Indians who gained good position was. Asian Cycling Championship will take place at Astana. But in 2013. Uzbekistan won two gold in the tournament.2 km individual road race event in the men's category of Asian champion's title on final day of Hero Asian Cycling Championship (HACC) on 17 March 2013. became two gold. claiming 3 lakh Euros or 2 crore Rupees. With this. Atul Kumar. 31.Arvind Panwar. Kazakhstan's Andrey Mizurov won the bronze. ABOUT AVANTHA MASTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT • • Avantha Masters golf tournament is the professional tournament of golf which is cosanctioned by the Professional Golf Tour of India. Earlier. the total tally of Muradian Khalmuratov. this tournament was played at DLF Golf and Country Club in Delhi. In 2014. India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar finished at the runners-up position. the tournament was played in Jaypee Greens Golf Club in Greater Noida.com Page 92 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . On the other hand. MURADIAN KHALMURATOV WON GOLD IN MEN'S CATEGORY OF HACC Muradian Khalmuratov of Uzbekistan clinched second gold by winning the 156.jagranjosh. Amresh Singh and Sombir Singh who did not finish the race. Thomas Aiken scored 23-under 265. The Iranian team won silver which was won by Arvin Goudarzi. The favourite for this title was Iran's Sohrabi Mehdi. who finished at the 12th position. In the meanwhile. Hong Kong and China completed the tournament with two gold and a bronze.
Apart from this. 6-2. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel finished at the second and third position respectively. It is important to note that India won its first Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament in 1985. The first tournament took place in 1983. South Korea came at the third position. Australia had won the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament in 1983. The limited-overs series against www. The tournament is named after the ninth king of Malaysia. on 28 March 2013. AUSTRALIA WON SULTAN AZLAN SHAH HOCKEY TOURNAMENT 2013 Australia. Nadal defeated Argentine Juan Martin del Potro 4-6. After 1998. the Ferrari driver and Britain’s Lewis Hamilton.com Page 93 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 .Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 93 Kimi Raikkonen. the World Champions won the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament title for the seventh time on 17 March 2013. Trent Mitton was declared as the man-of-the-match for final match. In the Australian Grand Prix 2013 opening season. 6-4 in the final.Sultan Azlan Shah. 6-3. Maria Sharapova won the first title of 2013 in women’s final of the tournament by defeating Caroline Wozniacki 6 -2. Nadal became number 4 in the world ranking. ABOUT SULTAN AZLAN SHAH HOCKEY TOURNAMENT The Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament is held in Malaysia every year. After winning Tokyo Open in October 2010. NADAL & SHARAPOVA WON INDIAN WELLS BNP PARIBAS OPEN 2013 Rafael Nadal of Spain won Indian Wells BNP Paribas Open 2013 on 17 March 2013. It is important to note that Malaysia came at the runner-ups position for the fourth time. the tournament started taking place every year. Australia defeated Malaysia 3-2 in the final match in Malaysia. Earlier. the Mercedes driver finished at the fourth and fifth positions respectively. With this. Kimi Raikkonen started at the seventh spot in Finland and adopted just two pit stops technique for winning the race. 1996. HARMANPREET NAMED CAPTAIN OF INDIAN WOMEN'S CRICKET TEAM Harmanpreet Kaur was named as the Captain of the Indian women's Cricket team for the limited-overs series against Bangladesh. Brazilian Felipe Massa. 2004. South Korea won bronze after defeating 2012 winnerNew Zealand 2-1.jagranjosh. At the fifth position was India which defeated Pakistan 4-2. this is the first hard court victory of Nadal. The top scorers of the tournaments were India's Rupinder Pal Singh and Malaysia's Faizal with six goals each. 2005. the Australian driver of Formula One team Lotus won the season-opening Australian Grand Prix 2013 on 17 March 2013. 2007 and 2011.
There will be three T20 matches as well as three OneDay International matches in the series to be played against Bangladesh. Opener Poonam Raut was named as the Vice-Captain of the team.com Page 94 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . Which top seeded tennis player Defeated David Ferrer to Win ATP Mexican Open 2013 Tennis Tournament? a) Rafael Nadal b) Roger Federer c) Novak Djokovic d) Mahesh Bhupati Answer (a) Rafael Nadal 3.jagranjosh. Senior Indian batswoman and Captain Mithali Raj was not named in the 15-member Indian women's Cricket team by the All-India Women's Selection Committee. She replaced Mithali Raj to be the captain of the Indian women's Cricket team. a) Kamaljeet Sandhu b) Neha Agarwaal c) Poulomi Ghatk d) Deborah www. Name the Female Indian Cyclist won a Bronze medal in the final of women's juniors of 500m cycle event in Asian Cycling Championship on 7 March 2013 in New Delhi. To Read More Stories SPORTS CURRENT AFFAIRS QUIZZES 1. Which Team won the General Sparrow Centenary Polo Cup-2013 played at Jaipur Polo Ground on 2 March 2013 by defeating Sailors team? a) Sona Polo Team b) Jaipur Riders c) Elestina Gold Team d) Garcha polo team Answer (a) Sona Polo Team 2.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 94 Bangladesh will start in India from 2 April 2013.
a) Smriti Mehra b) Sharmila Nicollet c) Ankita Das d) Saba anjum Karim Answer (a) Smriti Mehra 5.jagranjosh. on 6 March 2013 won her second title in the fourth leg of Hero Women`s pro golf tour 2013 in Mumbai. Which Indian female veteran golfer. Which female top seeded Badminton player won the women’s singles title in the All England Open Badminton Championships 2013 at the National Indoor Arena.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Answer (d) Deborah Page 95 4. Birmingham.com Page 95 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . England on 10 March 2013? a) Tine Baun b) Saina Nehwal c) Jwala Dutta d) Ashwini Ponaapa Answer (a) Tine Baun For More Sports Quizzes www.
New Delhi became the first in India to receive the carbon credits from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Since 2008. who are said to be a crucial factor of the economy of the country. around two lakh tonnes of the waste has already been processed. The worst-hit section of the society is the farmers. Drought will hit parts of the South Island soon. The Okhla plant became operational in 2008. NEW ZEALAND DECLARED WORST-EVER DROUGHT IN 30 YEARS The New Zealand Government in the third week of March 2013 declared the worst-ever drought in 30 years in the entire North Island of the country.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 96 ENVIRONMENT ECOLOGY OKHLA COMPOST PLANT RECEIVED CARBON CREDITS The composting plant of South Delhi Municipal Corporation in Okhla. estimated that drought had cost them earnings of 1 billion New Zealand Dollars already. The drought conditions in New Zealand were apparent through the satellite images from space. WHAT ARE CARBON CREDITS? Carbon credits can be like the certificates which represent a decrease of greenhouse gases in environment. it was forecasted that first rainfall in the duration of two months would come by 16-17 March 2013. The capital of NZ. In the future. the amount of waste processed everyday would be increased.jagranjosh. which in turn is also working on the programme for upgradation of this plant. However. Projects which help in preventing the generation of these greenhouses gases are eligible for earning these credits. businesses or individuals in order to offset the emissions which are generated by them. The South Delhi Municipal Corporation has outsourced this operation to IL&FS (Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd). The civic body was given 25 lakh Rupees as an advance against the Carbon Emission Reduction (CER) earnings from this plant. Wellington is left with just 18 days of water. DROUGHT HINTING TOWARDS CLIMATE CHANGE www.com Page 96 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . One carbon credits equals to the saving of one tonne of carbon dioxide. which in turn would cut off 1 percent of the economic growth of New Zealand. The projects in turn can also sell these carbon credits to the other organisations. Losses from agriculture will put pressure on the economy. Farmers of New Zealand.
Enyalioides binzayedi. leading to stretching of water resources. CAUSE OF MASS DEATH OF PRAWNS Pollution as well as El Nino phenomenon is seen as the possible cause of mass death of prawns. Chile.Bocamina 1 and 2 as well as Colbun.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 97 According to a few scientists. There were increasing risks of drought in the country. Peru. It referred to the Cordillera Azul National Park from where this species was explored. temperature and oxygen were being studied. He is the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE. It is believed that mass death of prawns would have a negative effect on the livelihood of fishermen. in the last week of March 2013. on the other hand.jagranjosh. He was the creator of Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund (MBZSCF).Azul which means blue. www. are investigating in terms of oxygen levels.com Page 97 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . on the other hand. which make use of seawater as their cooling agent. water temperatures as well as certain other details. This species was given the name based on the Spanish word. TWO WOODLIZARD SPECIES CALLED ENYALIOIDES DISCOVERED In a research led by lead author Dr Pablo Venegas from Centro de ornitología y Biodiversidad (CORBIDI) in Lima. around 530 km from Santiago. Enyalioides Azulae is said to be from a locality in mountain rainforest of the Río Huallaga basin in northeastern Peru. was discovered from same river basin but was named after sponsor of the field survey Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Climate scientists from Victoria University of Wellington forecasted that more summers and drought conditions like these were on their way in New Zealand because of global warming. which leads to the formation of deserts in countries like Australia and Africa. Experts. The scientists explained that dry subtropical weather. two new woodlizard species called Enyalioides were discovered from Cordillera Azul National Park. in the third week of March 2013. was inching closer towards the poles of the world. dry climatic conditions hint towards an overall climate change. The local fishermen hinted towards the fact that deaths of prawns might have been caused because of the power generation plants. MASS DEATH OF PRAWNS DUE TO UNEXPLAINED REASON IN CORONEL Thousands of prawns were found dead on the beach in Coronel city. The environment officers explained that physical parameters such as electric conductivity. These two species were named Enyalioides Azulae and Enyalioides Binzayedi. El Nino phenomenon refers to warm ocean current which is found along Pacific coast of South America.
Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 98 The two newly discovered lizard species have body with distinct green patterns before the black and dark brown background. which means that there is an increase in the Rhino population of Kaziranga National Park by 39. which is the third largest national park in Peru.jagranjosh. This slight difference of the altitude ranges made their biological difference fascinating from the perspective of evolution. The river basins of Pauya and Pisqui in this National Park are said to be remarkable in terms of the diversity of amphibians and reptiles. So far. Burapahar. The census included all 81 blocks of the Kaziranga National Park which has five main rangesAgratoli. officials from state forest department as well as the NGOs and certain media groups.com Page 98 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . Kaziranga National Park witnessed a loss of 20 rhinos in poaching. The fieldwork on Enyalioides increased recently with three out of ten known species described in past 5 years. The authorities of the KNP declared that they counted 645 adult males and 684 adult females apart from sub-adults and the cubs. this increased to 2048. there were 2290 one-horned Great Indian Rhinoceros. The 2013 census included forest guards’ battalions. GREAT INDIAN RHINOCEROS POPULATION INCREASED IN KAZIRANGA Despite a lot of poaching activities taking place in the Kaziranga National Park. The census began in the Kaziranga National Park on 24 March 2013. In the year 1999. Kohora and Uttarpara. In 2009. this was 1672. Bagori. In 2012. Kaziranga National Park remained closed to the tourists during the census operation which was performed by more than 250 people with 50 elephants. Rhino headcount in Kaziranga National Park has now become a regular practice. which increased to 2329 in the latest census. www. In 2011. This area includes least explored forests in Peru. The two lizards were discovered from Cordillera Azul National Park. Earlier. Rhino population in this world heritage site saw an increasing trend. in 2013 14 rhino deaths have been observed. The researchers assumed that the species have common territory with an only difference in the altitude ranges. the rhino population in Kaziranga National Park was 2290. according to the recent census which ended on 26 March 2013. It is performed in order to implement the conversation methods fruitfully. New members of Enyalioides species were discovered during the expeditions on Andes' slopes which are said to be the parts of Ecuador and Peru. The census operation is performed in Kaziranga National Park every two years. The success of the discovery suggested that there were other undiscovered lizards in these areas.
com Page 99 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . In terms of wildlife conservation. India.jagranjosh. The concerned law may be that of wildlife management of international conversation. www. It is the World Heritage Site and houses two-thirds of Great One-horned Rhinoceroses of the world. harvesting and hunting.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 WHAT IS POACHING? Page 99 Poaching basically means unlawful activities for taking wild animals or plants through trapping. KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK: ABODE OF WORLD'S RHINOCEROSES Kaziranga National Park is situated in Golaghat and Nagaon districts of Assam. When poachers violate the hunting laws. fishing. they are usually punishable by law. this Park is a home to varied species. Kaziranga National Park has achieved great success in comparison to other wildlife protected areas of India. Poaching causes adverse affect on the wildlife population. These violations of the hunting laws are called poaching. Being situated at edge of the Eastern Himalaya biodiversity hub.
Looking after the coordinates of its sky position it has been designated G306. Using an estimated distance of 26. The Supernova Remnants were discovered while performing an extensive X-ray survey of our galaxy's central region.3-0. As per the analysis by the scientist it was indicated that G306. located near the town of Narrabri in New South Wales. a reminder not only of the energies involved but of the role supernovae play in seeding the galaxy with heavy elements produced in the hearts of massive stars. which are believed to be less than 2500 years old .9. the team followed up with an 83-minute exposure using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and additional radio observations from the Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA). To further investigate the object. A search of archival data revealed counterparts in Spitzer infrared imagery and in radio data from the Molonglo Observatory Synthesis Telescope in Australia.3-0.3-0.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 100 SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY NASA’S SWIFT SATELLI TE DISCOVERED SUPERNOVA REMNANTS NASA's Swift satellite in the Month of March 2013 discovered one of the youngest-known supernova remnants.jagranjosh.4 million km/h. neon.in our Milky Way Galaxy. semi-circular source reminiscent of a supernova remnant. The expanding blast wave and hot stellar debris slowly dissipate over hundreds of thousands of years.9. The Chandra observations reveal the presence of iron. ABOUT SUPERNOVA EXPLOSION A supernova explosion occurs once or twice a century in the Milky Way. Although nothing unusual appeared in the ultraviolet exposure. It has been estimated that Astronomers have previously catalogued more than 300 supernova remnants in the galaxy. silicon and sulfur at temperatures exceeding 28 million C. the scientists determined that the explosion’s shock wave is racing through space at about 2. Swift imaged a survey field near the southern border of the constellation Centaurus.000 light-years for G306. INDIA RANKED THIRD ON LIST OF SPAM SPEWING NATION IN WORLD www. the X-ray image revealed an extended.9 is likely less than 2500 years old. Earlier in 2011. making it one of the 20 youngest remnants identified.com Page 100 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . eventually mixing with and becoming indistinguishable from interstellar gas.
certain other countries such as China. With 3.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 101 India ranked third on list of countries. US and Canada have been searching for the ways to exploit the methane hydrate deposits. Other countries which ranked high included South Korea. updating passwords regularly can also help. Trade and Industry Ministry announced that this was the first offshore experiment of producing natural gas from methane hydrate in the world. A Japan official from Economy. but Asia ranked at number 1 position in the list of the continents with 36.0 percent of the spam.8 percent). India topped the spam spewing nations’ list. China and India took second and third positions respectively with 8.9 percent. In the study. Seco nd position was held by China. In order to prevent spamming. With this. HOW WAS THE NATURAL GAS FROM METHANE HYDRATE EXTRACTED? www.com Page 101 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . JAPAN EXTRACTS NATURAL GAS FROM METHANE HYDRATE Japan on 12 March 2013 announced that it had extracted the natural gas from frozen methane hydrate successfully off the central coast. the spam sent from December 2012 to February 2013 was tracked. France. the PC users can keep the anti-virus software updated and regularly run the malware checks. Japan became the first country to do so in the world.2 percent and 4. Now.4 percent each.3 percent of the junk emails overall in the world. Certain pilot experiments were conducted in the past few years. At tenth.6 percent of overall spam of the world. In last few months of 2012. In the study. The gas field where the natural gas was extracted from methane hydrate is situated 50 km away from the main island of Japan in Nankai Trough. SophosLabs is the Sophos’s global network of threat analysis centres. Methane Hydrate. Apart from this. which distribute spam all over the world. Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC). as per the new report of SophosLabs. the survey of gas field is being conducted by Japan Oil. US was single highest ranking country. Italy and Peru. Peru was ranked at fourth position with 4. Russia and Taiwan shared eighth position with 2. South Korea and Italy ranked fifth.6 percent).7 percent) and Iran (2. apart from Japan. Also.2 percent of the spam of the world. Offshore deposits have a huge source of methane but they also raise environmental concerns because underwater geology which encompasses them is unstable at various places. which depicted that it was possible to extract methane from deposits by making use of the methane hydrate which was found under the land ice. eleventh and twelfth position were Spain (2. US sent 18. after US and China. but eventually fell back to the third position. Germany (2.jagranjosh. France. also known as clathrates are a kind of frozen confinements of molecules of water and methane.
found the exact distance to our nearest galaxy. These new stars are brightened in the colours which are actually visible in the images that are taken by Hubble Space Telescope. This www. Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) encompasses huge clouds of gas in it. which has remained a mystery ever since its inception. The extraction of natural gas from methane hydrate will therefore help Japan in reducing the pressure on natural resources as well as bringing down the cost of import of fuel. After the nuclear disaster of Fukushima plant in 2011. this extraction can prove to be very beneficial because it could facilitate as an alternative source of energy for Japan. The production tests will continue till the end of March 2013. EXACT DISTANCE TO OUR NEIGHBOURING GALAXY CALCULATED Researchers working on the accurate calculation of the distance of Milky Way to the nearest galaxy. • IMPORTANCE OF THE FINDINGS The findings about the distance of LMC from Milky Way are crucial because they can help in determining the scale of our universe. which gradually collapse. It is important to note that Japan as of now imports all the energy needs. cost of importing the fuel has also increased.com Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 102 . According to the researchers.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 102 The engineers made use of the depressurisation method which converts the methane hydrate into the methane gas. It floats in a similar trend like that between the Earth and the Moon. LARGE MAGELLANIC CLOUD (LMC) • • Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is the dwarf galaxy which floats in the space around our galaxy.jagranjosh. The nearest galaxy to Milky Way is called Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) and it was found that it lies at a distance of 163000 light years away or exactly 49. These findings could also be used for determining the rate of expansion of the universe. The government officials of Japan announced that now their aim was establishment of methane hydrate production technologies for the purpose of practical use by 2018. thereby forming new stars. it was estimated that around 1.97 kiloparsecs.1tn cubic metres of methane hydrate existed in the offshore deposits. Milky Way. Japan has limited natural resources. LMC also includes Tarantula Nebula which is the brightest stellar nursery in the cosmic neighbourhood. This is equal to the gas consumption of Japan in more than 10 years. led by Grzegorz Pietrzynski of the Universidad de Concepcion in Chile and Warsaw University Observatory in Poland. HOW WILL THIS EXTRACTION BENEFIT JAPAN? According to the Japanese study.
led by Ronnie Glud of University of Southern Denmark discovered that a huge community of bacteria grows in depths of the Mariana Trench off the coast of the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Islands.com Page 103 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . which is named after an astronomer Edwin P Hubble who discovered in 1929 that the Universe was growing continuously. the international team of researchers sent the specially-designed 1300 pound robot in the depth of the Mariana Trench in 2010. New measurements are useful for decreasing the uncertainty of calculating Hubble Constant to 3 percent while improving it to uncertainty of 2 percent in years to come. Eclipsing binaries are actually bound to each other gravitationally. This point is 36000 f eet or 7. Because all living organisms consume oxygen while www. The deepest point on entire seafloor is called The Challenger Deep and it is situated in Mariana Trench off the coast of the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Islands. It was found that the organisms live at the densities ten times higher than shallower ocean floor at rim of trench. By combining this with the measurement of apparent brightness. Exact distance of Milky Way to LMC has always remained one of the hugest uncertainties which affected the past measurements. the overall brightness from this system of stars drops as one of these stars eclipses its partner. Determination of the Hubble Constant is highly important for finding out the age as well as size of the universe. This robot was facilitated with thin sensors which could enter into the seafloor sediments in order to measure organic consumption of oxygen. a sample of stars that had extremely long orbital periods was observed for 16 long years. In the study.jagranjosh. These extremely long orbital periods are absolutely perfect in order to calculate the precise distances. HOW WAS THE RESEARCH DONE? In order to explore the ecosystem that exists ultra-deep. it is possible to determine absolutely accurate distances.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 103 rate of expansion of the universe is called Hubble Constant. The calculations of the distance were made by observation of the rare close pairs of stars which are called eclipsing binaries. ABUNDANT ACTIVE BACTERIA COMMUNITY DISCOVERED A team of researchers. HOW WAS THE RESEARCH MADE? Lead researcher Grzegorz Pietrzynski declared that they would now work on improving the accuracy of the measurements even more. Once per orbit. It is possible to find out the hugeness of the stars as well as information of their orbits by tracking changes in the brightness carefully as well as by measuring orbital speeds of stars.8 miles below the surface of the ocean.
the video recording of the ocean floor was done by making use of the lights for illuminating the dark environment.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 104 respiration.com Page 104 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . IMPORTANCE OF THE RESEARCH The finding of abundant bacterial life at such a depth is very surprising because it was believed that at such depths. but it confirmed the finding that cores from Mariana Trench were habitat to higher densities of bacterial cells than the ones which existed in the reference site. Even though a lot of microorganisms died after being brought out to the surface.jagranjosh. which is 35430 feet deep. But this research has amused the scientists because ultra-deep trench was found to be the abode of so much bacterial activity than the shallower reference site just nearby. The sediment cores were kept for analysis in the lab. It was found that large quantity of oxygen consumption took place. WHAT DID THE SPECIALLY-DESIGNED 1300 POUND ROBOT EXPLORE? The robot brought out an overall 21 sediment cores from these two deep sites. The findings of new stars which is known by protostars was also contributed by Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) telescope in Chile. Since 2010 exploration. the team of researchers has also sent this robot to sample Japan Trench which is roughly 29500 feet deep. The Photosynthetic plankton can act as a nutrient base for almost all the ocean food chain. Amphipods are the small crustaceans which are just less than one inch in terms of length. Also. The researchers now plan to sample the Kermadec-Tonga Trench. It was also discovered that certain life forms which were larger than the bacteria on the top of the sediment. but even these planktons are unable to survive in lightless seafloor. The team of researchers used the device for sampling the sediments at two sites with depths of 35476 and 35488 feet. This indicated that there were ten times more bacteria at the ultra-deep site than the shallower site which was sampled just for reference around 37 miles away. therefore it is possible to find out the amount of microorganisms living in an area by checking the tallies on what quantity of ambient oxygen is missing from the sediments. existed. the Onsala Space Observatory in Sweden. HERSCHEL OBSERVATORY DISCOVERED PROTOSTARS Astronomers at the Herschel Space Observatory in the Month of March 2013 found some of the youngest stars ever seen in the Universe. a collaboration involving the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Germany. not enough nutrients can be found. It was determined that these life forms were Hirondellea gigas. at a depth of merely 19626 feet. a species of amphipods. and the European Southern Observatory in Germany. www.
Researchers compared these observations to previous scans of the star-forming regions in Orion taken by Spitzer. making their detection difficult. GRGs. Astronomers long had investigated the stellar nursery in the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex. Extremely young protostars identified in the Herschel views but too cold to be picked up in most of the Spitzer data were further verified with radio wave observations from the APEX ground telescope.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 105 It has been observed that dense envelopes of gas and dust surround the fledging stars known as protostars. A BRIEF INSIGHT OF THE OBSERVATION MADE Herschel spied the protostars in far-infrared. 11 possess very red colors. • • UNKNOWN HUGE RADIO GALAXY DISCOVERED An international team of astronomers led by ASTRON astronomer Dr. in the third week of March 2013 discovered an unknown huge radio galaxy. The new source which was equivalent to the size of full Moon was identified while analysis of the MSSS images. including the light our eyes see. as the name suggest. a vast collection of star-forming clouds. by making use of the powerful International LOFAR Telescope (ILT). It is important to note that the MSSS is still under process. Physical extent of this material is said to be much larger than system of galaxy. Of the 15 newly discovered protostars. meaning their light output trends toward the low-energy end of the electromagnetic spectrum. which can shine through the dense clouds around burgeoning stars that block out higher-energy. shorter wavelengths. The galaxy was discovered in the LOFAR's first all-sky imaging survey called Multi-frequency Snapshot Sky Survey (MSSS). The finding of these new stars is giving scientists a glance into one of the earliest and least understood phases of star formation and it can be a witnessing moment of the phases when a star begins to form. which actually extends millions of light years across the intergalactic space. located in the constellation Orion. built by ASTRON. The 15 newly observed protostars turned up by surprise in a survey of the biggest site of star formation near our solar system. George Heald. • The Herschel Photo-detector Array Camera and Spectrometer (PACS) instrument collected infrared light at 70 and 160 micrometers in wavelength. which is associated with the material that is ejected from one of the members of interacting galaxy triplet system. or long-wavelength. The newly found galaxy is the member of group of objects known as Giant Radio Galaxies (GRGs). light.jagranjosh. but had not seen the newly identified protostars until Herschel observed the region. www. This output indicates the stars are still embedded deeply in a gaseous envelope. comparable to the width of a human hair. meaning they are very young. The radio emission was observed.com Page 105 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 .
Poland. France. Its operations are managed by the ASTRON's radio observatory. most of which are in Italy. LOFAR is basically the largest connected radio telescope built by making use of the new concept based on range of omni-directional antennas. Netherlands and Germany. It is actually the Dutch foundation that conducts research in radio astronomy. in the year 2012 announced about his plans of searching the sea floor of Atlantic Ocean for the rocket motors which plunged back into the Ocean after the Saturn 5 launches to the moon during Apollo 11 moon mission. JEFF BEZOS RECOVERED TWO APOLLO ROCKET ENGINES In the privately-funded expedition. between wavelengths varying from 2m to 10m. recovered two Saturn V rocket engines from beneath the Atlantic Ocean. LOFAR operates at low frequencies which are very much suitable for observation of the old sources. WHAT IS MULTI-FREQUENCY SNAPSHOT SKY SURVEY (MSSS)? The MSSS conducted by LOFAR is determined effort to analyse the northern sky at extremely low radio frequencies.jagranjosh. the aim of this survey is performing the initial scan of sky for creating the all-sky model which will in turn help in deeper observations.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 106 are kind of radio galaxies which have huge physical size. chief executive of Amazon. indicating towards the fact that either they are very old or very powerful. WHAT IS LOFAR? LOFAR stands for Low-Frequency Array for radio astronomy. a recovery team which was funded by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Saturn V rocket engines are the ones which were used to send human beings to Moon from 1967 until 1973. Radio astronomy is basically the subfield of astronomy which conducts study of the celestial objects located at the radio frequencies. Two www. WHAT IS ASTRON? ASTRON stands for Dutch Stichting ASTRonomisch Onderzoek in Nederland. Primarily. Jeff Bezos. LOFAR is one of the most efficient tools for exploring the GRGs because it is very sensitive to the large objects.com Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 106 . Announcement of the recovery was made on 20 March 2013. The team of astronomers which is performing this ongoing MSSS comprises of 50 members from different institutes. It was built as well as designed by Netherlands astronomical foundation called ASTRON.
SATURN V FIRST-STAGE ROCKET ENGINES • Saturn V was the American human-rated expendable rocket which was used by Apollo of NASA and Skylab from 1967 until 1973. Florida. The Saturn V first-stage rocket engines were developed by Rocketdyne. Other one would be displayed at Museum of Flight in Seattle.jagranjosh. Up to date.com Page 107 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . • • • • • To Read More Stories SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY QUIZZES 1. NASA launched a total of 13 Saturn Vs from Kennedy Space Center. (a) Less than 2500 years old www. What is the age of these supernova remnants? a) Less than 2500 years old b) 2500 years old c) 3000 years old d) Less than 3000 years old Answer. F-1 is the most powerful single-chamber liquid-fueled rocket engine. Jeff Bezos announced that the serial numbers on these engines were not found. It holds a record of heaviest launch vehicle payload ever. First F-1 engines were made use in S-IC first stage of each Saturn V. One of these engines would be at public display at Washington DC's Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. tallest as well as the most powerful rocket ever brought to the operational status. which was in turn used as the launch vehicle in Apollo Program. Around 40 years ago. NASA's Swift satellite in the Month of March 2013 discovered one of the youngestknown supernova remnants. It is said to be the heaviest. after which they would be put on the public display. Restoration work will now be carried out on the engines which will continue to remain a US Government property. NASA. in the meanwhile announced that this was a historic recovery that would allow in exploring the important artifacts about its first efforts of sending human beings out of the Earth’s orbit. which made it difficult for them to identify the mission for which they were used. These engines were used in Saturn V.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 107 Saturn V first-stage engines were recovered by the Bezos Expeditions from 3 miles beneath Atlantic Ocean. NASA had sent a total of seven missions to Moon out of which six had carried astronauts successfully. Saturn V is only launch vehicle that transported humans beyond low Earth orbit.
Bocamina 1 and 2 as well as Colbun? a) Blue Whales b) Crabs c) Prawns d) Turtles Answer. A team of researchers discovered abundant active bacteria community in the deepest spot of the Earth. What is the name of deepest point on Earth? a) Mariana Trench b) Mariana Islands c) The Challenger Deep d) None of these Answer. around 530 km from Santiago. Chile.jagranjosh. (c) Prawns For More Science and Technology Quizzes www. Which telescope was used to discover this radio galaxy? a) ASTRON b) MSSS c) All-sky model d) LOFAR Answer. (c) The Challenger Deep 3. (d) LOFAR 5.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 108 2. in the third week of March 2013 likely because of the power generation plants.com Page 108 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . (b) Protostars 4. Mass death of which species occurred on the beach in Coronel city. What were these youngest stars called? a) Dwarf Stars b) Protostars c) Minute Stars d) Young Stars Answer. Astronomers at the Herschel space observatory in the Month of March 2013 found some of the youngest stars ever seen in the Universe. An unknown huge radio galaxy was discovered by an international team of astronomers in the month of March 2013.
Hariram Meena The Venezuelan President who died due to cancer on 5 March 2013 at Caracas.B Surender Mohan The book released by the Vice President of India.com Page 109 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 .Hugo Chavez The Person who conferred with the Liberation War Honour Award by the President of Bangladesh.Walking with Lions: Tales from a Diplomatic Past The Surface Drive Based Interceptor of Indian Coast Guard Commissioned by the Chief Secretary to Government of Maharashtra.MRP Rao The people who was selected by the Parliamentary Award Committee for Outstanding Parliamentarian Award for 2010. of NLC (Neyveli Lignite Corporation) who was conferred with the CEO with HR Orientation Award at the World HRD Congress 2013 in Mumbai . M. 2011 and 2012 respectively.Mukul Manda Sangma The Pollitical leader of Naga People’s Front (NPF) was sworn in as Chief Minister of Nagaland for the third straight term on 5 March 2013.Armando Trovajoli The former news editor of The Indian Express who died on 3 March 2013 in New Delhi following a cardiac arrest.James Strong The Person who took over as the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) in National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) .Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 109 ONE LINERS The CMD.Mukesh Ambani The author who was selected for the Bihari Puraskar for 2012 for Hindi novel Dhooni Tape Teer. the former Union Minister for External Affairs .Pranab Mukherjee The Person who was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Meghalaya for the second term by taking oath as 26th CM of the state. Karan Singh and Sharad Yadav www.Rajeev Shahare The Business tycoon who retained his title as the richest person of India for the sixth consecutive year with the net worth of 21.Neiphiu Rio The chairman of local organising committee of the 2015 World Cup who died at the age of 68.Arun Jaitley.SK Varma The person who was appointed as the new High Commissioner to Maldives replacing D M Mulay.Mukesh Gadhvi The place where the second meeting of India-Afghanistan-US trilateral dialogue was held – New Delhi Famous Italian musician and composer who had written the scores for about 300 films died at the age of 95. Zillur Rahman. Hamid Ansari which is written by K.jagranjosh.5 billion US Dollars. Natwar Singh.Interceptor Boat C-154 The Congress MP from Banaskantha who passed away on 1 March 2013 in Ahmadabad because of multiple organ failure.
CII Kerala State Council for 2013-14.Nicolas Maduro 86 years old Former West Bengal Governor and industrialist who died in Jordan after a heart attack.Ashwani Kumar The Managing Director of Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services Ltd.President who was sworn in as Venezuela’s acting president.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 110 The city which won the award for most liveable Indian city by IPSOS Best City Survey and Awards 2013 event in New Delhi -Nagpur Venezuelan Vice.Xi Jinping The Chief Justice who was sworn-in as the new Prime Minister of Nepal by taking over the office from Baburam Bhattarai.Viren J Shah Former CBI Director.Find What You Seek 76 years old legendary painter who died after a heart attack at a city hospital in KolkataGanesh Pyne The new leader of the Communist Party of China (CPC).com Page 110 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 .C J George The India Tourism Film. who was appointed as the President of China. who was elected as the chairman.Tan Twan Eng The person who was elected as the Chairman of CII Karnataka .Khil Raj Regmi The winner of the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize for his novel The Garden of Evening Mists.jagranjosh.Soumitra Bhattacharya The date on which World Consumer Rights Day was observed for creating awareness in terms of consumer protection measures as well as consumer rights – 15 March 2013 www. which claimed First Prize at 11th Golden City Gate Awards . who was appointed as Governor of Nagaland.
ADMIRAL ANURAG G THAPLIYAL • • • • • • • He was commissioned on Indian Navy on 1 July 1977 and since then held different sea and operational appointments He is a Navigation and Aircraft Direction specialist Few of his sea appointments include command of INS Ajay. Popularly the paramedical student is also called Nirbhaya. The award would be given away posthumously on 8 March 2013. when he was a Commandant of Indian Naval Academy Ezhimala He is an alumnus of Naval War College. The book will enlighten the readers. In the book.com Page 111 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . Khukri. Hamid Ansari released a book titled Walking with Lions: Tales from a Diplomatic Past. WOMEN OF COURAGE AWARD TO DELHI GANGRAPE VICTIM The US State Department awarded one of the 2013 International Women of Courage Awards to 23-year-old paramedical student who was gang raped in a moving bus in New Delhi on 16 December 2012. USA and Defence Services Staff College Wellington He holds two Masters Degrees in Physics and Defence Studies WALKING WITH LIONS: TALES FROM A DIPLOMATIC PAST: RELEASED The Vice President of India. Natwar Singh has put together 50 episodes which will entertain and inform the readers. experiences of Natwar Singh have been described in interesting approach. In the book. written by K. www. The Secretary of State John Kerry will give away the US awards.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 111 NEWS CAPSULE VICE ADMIRAL THAPLIYAL IS NEW DG OF INDIAN COAST GUARD Vice Admiral Anurag G Thapliyal on 28 February 2013 took over as the twentieth Director General (DG) of the Indian Coast Guard. Natwar Singh. Tabar and Mysore He had served as the fleet operations officer for Eastern Fleet at Visakhapatnam He was promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral. She died after just two weeks in Singapore after being raped in the capital. He is the successor of the outgoing Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan. the former Union Minister for External Affairs on 1 March 2013. M.jagranjosh. The ceremony will also be attended by the First Lady Michelle Obama. K.
various dignitaries were present and these included Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology as well as Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting. He picked Nicolas Maduro as the presidential candidate of Chavez’s socialist party. Also. Leader of opposition Angel Medina boycotted the swearing-in ceremony. As per the country's 1999 constitution. the National Assembly speaker becomes interim president in the event of a president-elect's death or inability to be sworn in. the Tibetan blogger and activist Elena Milashina and Razan Zeitunah. Sahir Ludhianvi had converged Urdu poetry into the film songs as well. www. the Russian journalist and rights activists Page 112 COMMEMORATIVE POSTAGE STAMP ON SAHIR LUDHIANVI RELEASED The President of India.jagranjosh. with the vast majority of opposition legislators who haven’t attended the ceremony. NICOLAS MADURO SWORN IN AS INTERIM PRESIDENT OF VENEZUELA Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolas Maduro on 8 March 2013 was sworn in as Venezuela’s acting president. Sahir Ludhianvi died on 25 October 1980 and was a renowned Urdu poet.com Page 112 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . The constitution also says new elections should be called within 30 days. He was known among the young for his poetry on beauty and love.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 OTHER WOMEN WHO WILL ALSO RECEIVE THE AWARD • • Tsering Woeser. During the release of the stamp. despite the Opposition resistance as it is being considered to the violation of the country’s constitution. Pranab Mukherjee on 8 March 2013 released the Commemorative Postage Stamp on Sahir Ludhianvi on occasion of his birth anniversary at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. Late President Hugo Chavez who died on 5 March 2013 after two year long fight against cancer named Maduro as his successor before undergoing the latest surgery in December 2012. he fought for recognition of lyric writers through the Film Writers Association.
He has already served 18 months in a jail in Pune.com Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 113 . The aim of the Act was to prevent the terrorist activities primarily taking place in Punjab. but brought down the 6-year imprisonment given by TADA (Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act) court to 5 years. A poet-diplomat from India Abhay K was among the five writers to be honoured with the prestigious Literature Award. he was found guilty of acquiring AK-56 rifle as well as a pistol illegally. The SAARC Literature Festival 2013 focused on environment. FIVE WRITERS HONOURED WITH SAARC LITERATURE AWARD 2013 SAARC Literature Award was presented to five writers at Agra during the two days SAARC Festival of Literature on 10 March 2013. literature and cultural connectivity. Suman Pokhrel (Nepal) and novelist Daya Dissanayake (Sri Lanka). The First-Ever SAARC Writers Conference was organized in April 2000. He was one of the high profile people among 100 who were found associated with the bombing trial. Other writers to be honoured with this award were Farheen Chaudhary (Pakistan). The Apex Court upheld his conviction under the Arms Act. which means that he will have to serve remaining three-and-a-half year sentence.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 113 The earlier interim president of Venezuela was Ramón José Velásquez who served as acting president of Venezuela between 1993 and 1994 as a result of the crisis produced by the impeachment of President Carlos Andrés Pérez. 53. was held for acquiring illegal weapons for Mumbai bombings in 1993 which killed 257 people. The Act came into force in 1985 and was www. In 2007.jagranjosh. ABOUT TERRORIST AND DISRUPTIVE ACTIVITIES (PREVENTION) ACT (TADA) The TADA was an active Indian Law from 1985 to 1995. Mumbai bombings took place in 1993. Sanjay Dutt. SANJAY DUTT SENTENCED TO 5-YEARS JAIL TERM BY SC The Supreme Court of India. Abdul Khaliq Rashid (Afghanistan). SAARC LITERATURE AWARD The award is annually presented to the eminent writers of the South Asian region for their contribution in the promotion of literature through their writings as well as literary initiatives. India’s most wanted Dawood Ibrahim was responsible for the bombings. on 21 March 2013 sentenced Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt to a sentence of 5 years in jail because of his association with the 1993 bombings in Mumbai. The decision was given by a bench of Justice PS Sathasivam and BS Chauhan.
Grand Cordon of the Order of the Star of Jordan. she was also honoured with Knight of the Order of the Elephant. Wales in August 1915 in a working class family. www. titled Reduced to Skin and Bones Revisited. the Act was lapsed in 1995. Recipient 2nd Class of the Order of the Three Stars. the Denmark honour. India. Indonesia. the towns of Balgahat and Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh where the Kanha and Pench National Park is located. Olav honour. Lilian Davies became the princess of Sweden in 1976 as well as the duchess of the southern province of Halland at Drottningholm Palace Chapel in Stockholm. ABOUT SWEDISH PRINCESS LILIAN DAVIES • • • Swedish Princess Lilian Davies was actually a Welsh-born fashion model who married Swedish Prince Bertil. Delhi. She was aged 97 years. SWEDISH PRINCESS LILIAN DAVIES DIED AT THE AGE OF 97 YEARS Swedish Princess Lilian Davies died in Stockholm on 10 March 2013.jagranjosh. The report which was released in Bangkok in Second week of March 2013 laid claim that tigers were being poached in most of the 13 tiger range countries including China. but she suffered from Alzheimer's disease. DELHI AMONG FIVE INDIAN HOTSPOTS OF ILLEGAL TRADE OF TIGERS As per the joint report by Global wildlife trade monitoring Network TRAFFIC and WWF Tigers Alive Initiative. She was honoured with the Swedish title.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 114 renewed in 1989. Commander's Grand Cross of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas as well as the Grand Cross of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. 1991 and 1993. the Latvia honour. five hotspot locations have been identified. Swedish Princess Lilian was married to Prince Bertil. The cause of her death is unknown. Based on the information with regard to India. Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. the Iceland honour.Member (Female Knight) of the Order of the Seraphim. Apart from the Swedish honour. The Swedish Princess Lilian Davies was born in Swansea. The other four hotspots were close to protected areas in different parts of the country — Ramnagar in Uttar Pradesh which lies along to the entrance of Corbett National Park. Malaysia and Thailand. Because of allegations of abuse of TADA. Sunderbans and the Western Ghats emerged as the hotspots of illegal trade of tigers their parts and products.com Page 114 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Falcon.
Lahiry received this award. claws and skulls took place during this period. As per the latest analysis of arrogations. Thailand was the most significant location for interdiction of live tiger trade (30). The shocking part of the report concluded after an examination on trade of leopard parts and products is that Delhi accounts for more than 26 per cent of all leopards seized.jagranjosh. OTHER MAJOR OUTCOME OF THE REPORTS • On Sundarbans hotspot. making it the most important hub of illegal trade in the country. and 24 kg of bones. the National Capital Region is an exception among the hot spots as it is not located in or near to any tiger landscapes. 5TH CIDC VISHWAKARMA AWARD 2013 At the 5th CIDC Vishwakarma Award 2013. As per the report Corbett and the adjacent Ramnagar Forest division have healthy tiger populations. they remain a prime target for poachers and in 2012 a poaching group was found hiding out in the protected zone of the park with traps. Lahiry is a mining engineer as well as administrator with leadership qualities. At the function organised by Construction Industry Development Council (CIDC).com Page 115 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . followed by Lao PDR (11) and Indonesia (9) and Vietnam (4). representing 50 per cent of overall numbers (123) recorded since 2000. it aws revealed that parts of more than 1400 tigers have been seized across Asia in the past 13 years. the report says that seizures on the Bangladeshi side have been at a much lower rate in comparison to India. which includes new data for 2010-2012. A Prominent finding in the report was the high rate of seizures of live tigers. the most recent seizure there was in 2011 when a suspect was found in possession of three tiger heads. 61 individuals were seized in the three-year period since the last full CITES meeting took place in 2010. Also as per the report. • • • • • A total of 654 seizures of tiger parts ranging from skin to bones. BCCL’s www. Cambodia was the only exception from where no seizures were recorded at all during the period.the chairman-cum-managing director (CMD) of Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL) and Bharat Cooking Coal Limited (BCCL) won the Achievement award for Public Officer on 7 March 2013 in New Delhi. The report was launched on 8 March 2013 at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Bangkok. The report has also arrived at a conclusion with its finding that parts of at least 1425 tigers had been seized from twelve of 13 tiger range countries between 2000 and 2012. it says.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 115 Kolkata and areas spanning south to the edge of the Sunderbans in Bengal and Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve in the Western Ghats. Tapas Kumar Lahiry. an average of 110 tigers killed for trade per year or just over two per week. four tiger skins. to teeth.
On the release occasion of the book. Prestigious awards were claimed by sports stars. New Technologies. Andy Murray won the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 116 turnover is 6952 crore Rupees with a profitability of 1093. LAUREUS WORLD SPORTS AWARDS 2013 Laureus World Sports Awards 2013 were organised in Rio de Janeiro on 11 March 2013. the Dominican athlete won the World Comeback of www. Ministry of Steel. The book which is brought out by the Ministry of Steel depicts about the progress of the Indian Steel Industry as well as its milestones from initial years to the present. Usain Bolt. The book-Indian Saga of Steel includes nine chapters. Andy Murray and Sebastian Coe. names as well as brief profiles of some of the major steel companies in India can also be found.S. Environment and CSR can also be found in the book. Beni Prasad Verma released a Coffee Table Book titled Indian Saga of Steel in New Delhi on 4 March 2013. the Jamaican sprinter won the World Sportsman of the Year Award for the third time. Areas of R&D. On the occasion of release of the book. Other details of the book include photos of various units of plants. COFFEE TABLE BOOK TITLED INDIAN SAGA OF STEEL RELEASED The Union Minister for Steel. China and Australia. Apart from the milestones and development of the steel industry. Jessica Ennis who won heptathlon gold in London 2012 Olympics was awarded the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year award at the Theatro Municipal. Andy Murray had won Olympic gold in the singles as well as silver in mixed doubles before winning grand slam title at the US Open in 2012. Sebastian Coe. a film based on Indian Steel Industry was screened as well.com Page 116 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . the Chairman of the London 2012 organising committee acclaimed Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award.jagranjosh.Jessica Ennis. D. Feliz Sanchez.69 crore Rupees in 2010-11.R. Chaudhary and certain senior officials from Ministry of Steel were also present. Member of Parliament and Chairman. CIDC Vishwakarma Awards are held annually for recognising the achievements as well as work of the organisations and individuals. the Secretary. JSPL Naveen Jindal. Lahiry has also remained associated with mining industry of America.
The Laureus Specialist Panel gives the award in the categories: Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability.com Page 117 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . which is 30 cms high as well as 2. which featured 7 UK golfers. Daniel Dias. the global body of Airports on 12 March 2013 declared Delhi's Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport as second best airport of the world in the category of airports that handles 25 to 40 million passengers per year (MPPA). the multiple Paralympic champion swimmer of Brazil was awarded with the title of World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability.Felix Baumgartner Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 117 the Year Award. Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year. This was the second time he won the award.European Ryder Cup Team Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year. www. Laureus is basically the Latin word for laurel. Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport was placed at the third position in the same category. Laureus World Team of the Year.Jessica Ennis Laureus World Team of the Year. Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year. This award is overseen by Executive Committee of the International Paralympic Committee.5 kg in weight. The winner of the Laureus World Sports Awards receives Laureus statuette. which means universal symbol for victory in sport. Michael Phelps.Daniel Dias ABOUT THE LAUREUS WORLD SPORTS AWARDS • • Laureus World Sports Awards are the global sports awards which honour the sportsmen and sportswomen for all kinds of sports every year. Every Laureus statuette consists of 670g of solid silver as well as 650g of gold finish base. • • • ACI PLACED THREE INDIAN AIRPORTS AMONG TOP FIVE OF THE WORLD Airports Council International (ACI). The Council placed Seoul's Incheon airport as the best airport of the world in the same category.Andy Murray Laureus World Comeback of the Year.Feliz Sanchez Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year. the Austrian skydiver was named as the World Action Sportsperson of the Year Award. The Laureus Media Selection Panel gives away the awards in six different categories: Laureus World Sportsman of the Year. LIST OF THE AWARDEES IS AS FOLLOWS • • • • • • • Laureus World Sportsman of the Year.jagranjosh.Usain Bolt Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year. the American swimmer won the Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award. Laureus World Comeback of the Year and Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year. Felix Baumgartner. The Laureus World Team of the Year Title was acclaimed by the European Ryder Cup Team.
As estimated by FICCI-KPMG. An inaugural ceremony of FICCI Frames 2013 was organised in Mumbai. the Indian advertising industry would be worth 63000 crore Rupees with print as well as TV having share of 38-40 percent each. 2. 4. animation and visual effects will post double-digit growth. newer media segments such as digital advertising. Seouls’ Incheon Singapore’s Changi Bejing Airport Delhi Airport AIRPORTS COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL (ACI) ACI is an autonomous and independent body that conducts the service quality passenger survey annually and measures the feedbacks from customers on different parameters of service delivery. By 2017. as per the report released by FICCI-KPMG (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) on 12 March 2013 in Mumbai. the share will increase to 50 percent by 2017 with 84760 crores Rupees of 166000 crore Rupees market. The body tracks the experiences of the customers from the time of their arrival at the airport till the time of leaving the departure gate. 3. Print media.com Page 118 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . ENTERTAINMENT AND MEDIA SECTOR TO DOUBLE BY 2017: REPORT The entertainment and media industry of India will become twice of its present size by 2017. might post an annual growth rate of 8. gaming. Advertising industry at present is 36200 crores Rupees. RANKINGS OF AIRPORTS IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION (WITH LESS THAN TWO MILLION PASSENGERS PER YEAR) 1.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 118 For service quality in the category of five to fifteen MPPA. It was announced that entertainment and media industry has a current size of 91700 crore Rupees. FICCI additionally declared that the dominant part of this industry was television. • • • www.2 percent. in 2012 accounted for 45 percent of 83100 crore Rupees market.jagranjosh. Indian film industry will grow from 11240 crore Rupees to 19300 crore Rupees in 2017. which would increase to 166000 crore Rupees by 2017. Possibly. PROJECTED GROWTH OF INDIVIDUAL MEDIA SECTOR • Television segment. on the other hand. the Council ranked Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International airport (RGI) at second position placing Japan's Nagoya airport at the best position in the ranking. At present.7 percent followed by television advertising at 38.7 percent and will touch 34020 crores Rupees from 22410 crores Rupees of 2012. the Print Media advertising has a larger share of 44.
ten other organisations were chosen for commendation certificates under various categories. R Systems International Limited. K. Uttar Pradesh Technocrat Connectivity Systems (Private) Limited. Himachal Pradesh Name of the Organisation Nokia Siemens Networks Private Limited. Thomas on 14 March 2013 announced Rajiv Gandhi National Quality Awards for the year 2011.com Page 119 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . which will increase to 8720 crore Rupees by 2017. the award was bagged by Technocrat Connectivity Systems (Private) Limited. Nokia Siemens Networks Private Limited.V.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 • Page 119 Digital advertising at present accounts for 2170 crore Rupees. Best Of All Award DAV ACC Senior Secondary Public School. Noida. Rudrapur. Tamil Nadu was given the award for excellence in quality standards. These awards give recognition to those who are considered as the leaders of quality movement in the country. Himachal Pradesh for excellence service standards. RAJIV GANDHI NATIONAL QUALITY AWARDS FOR THE YEAR 2011 The Minister of State for Consumer Affairs. The awardees of the commendation certificates were chosen from 55 applicants from different sectors after evaluation by the group of qualified professionals from various spheres of intellectual activities. Uttarakhand. Apart from these awards. In a category called Large Scale Manufacturing Industry. and Uttar Pradesh won the award. Bilaspur. Noida. Prof. Uttarakhand Category Awards Large Scale Manufacturing Industry Large Scale Service Industry Small Scale Manufacturing Industry www. Tamil Nadu R Systems International Limited.jagranjosh. The Rajiv Gandhi National Quality Awards are given every year by Bureau of Indian Standards for encouraging the service as well as manufacturing organisations so that they strive for excellence. Food and Public Distribution. The Best of All Award was given to DAV ACC Senior Secondary Public School. In the Small Scale Manufacturing Industry category. In the Large Scale Service Industry category. Bilaspur. Rudrapur. Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram.
Pune. Haridwar. Drug Uttarakhand TAN TWAN ENG DECLARED WINNER OF MAN ASIAN LITERARY PRIZE Tan Twan Eng on 14 March 2013 was announced as a winner of the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize. West Bengal Large Scale Service Industry Health care Large Scale Service Industry Others Small Scale technology Manufacturing Industry Jehangir Hospital. Kovaya. With this. Karnataka Small Scale Manufacturing Industry Food & Pharma Synth Formulations Limited. Tamil Nadu Large Scale Manufacturing Industry Engineering Tata International Limited (Finished Leather & Others Business). Palanpur. Gujarat Large Scale Metallurgical Manufacturing Industry Durgapur Steel Plant. Gujarat Cement Works. Maharashtra Bio. Maharashtra Small Scale Manufacturing Industry Engineering Bangalore Biotech Labs Private Limited – & Others Biozeen. Gujarat Limited. he became the first Malaysian author to win the most prestigious literary prize of Asia. Maharashtra L&T Construction. Bangalore. Durgapur. Nasik. Mumbai. Madhya Pradesh Large Scale Manufacturing Industry Food & Banaskantha District Cooperative Milk Drug Producers’ Union Limited.Hi Media Laboratories Private Limited. www. Dewas.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 120 Commendation Certificates Large Scale Manufacturing Industry Chemical Name of the Organisation Ultra Tech Cement Limited.com Page 120 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 .jagranjosh. Large Scale Manufacturing Industry Electrical & Sanmina-SCI India Private Electronic Kancheepuram.
Maya Jaggi.Jeet Thayil (India) The judging panel of the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize was award-winning literary critic and journalist Dr. if exists. disturbing co-existence of cultural refinement. is www. The winner of the award is declared in March every year. The novel can be written in English or translated into English. The literary award is given annually to best novel by an Asian writer. novelist Vikram Chandra and Vietnamese-American novelist Monique Truong. It should have been published in previous year.Orhan Pamuk (Turkey) The Garden of Evening Mists . ABOUT THE GARDEN OF EVENING MISTS The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng is a novel about traumatic aftermath of the Japanese occupation of Malaya. THE FIVE SHORTLISTED NOVELS FROM LONGLIST OF 15 WERE • • • • • Between Clay and Dust .com Page 121 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . which is then followed by the shortlist of 5 to 6 titles. This is only a second time that the prize has been given to the novel written originally in English.Tan Twan Eng (Malaysia) Narcopolis . The translator.2011 Bi Feiyu. For selecting the winner. It also covers the post-war insurgency against British rule. The winner is given 30000 US Dollars.Musharraf Ali Farooqi (Pakistan) The Briefcase – Hiromi Kawakami (Japan) Silent House .2010 Su Tong-2009 Miguel Syjuco-2008 Jiang Rong-2007 ABOUT MAN ASIAN LITERARY PRIZE The Man Asian Literary Prize laid its foundation in 2007. The previous winners had won the award as English translations. The novel covers themes such as love and atonement. barbarism and personal and national honour. PREVIOUS YEARS’ WINN ERS • • • • • South Korean writer Kyung-sook Shin. The Garden of Evening Mists set during aftermath of the Japanese occupation of Malaya won 30000 US Dollars from the shortlist of five novels which spanned over the Asian continent. the judges select the long list of 10 to 15 titles announced in December.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 121 Tan Twan Eng won the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize for his novel The Garden of Evening Mists.jagranjosh.
In the 2013 Human Development Index (HDI) report. WHAT IS HUMAN DEVELOPMENT INDEX (HDI)? The Human Development Index (HDI) is a combined index which measures the average achievements of the countries in three main human development dimensions. Maternal Mortality Ratio measures the ratio of the number of maternal deaths to the number of live births in a given year. The countries with lowest Maternal Mortality Ratio are Sri Lanka (35) and Iran (21). analysis of the 40 developing countries in South Asia was done. Apart from Afghanistan that got a rank of 147 in comparison to 132 of India. The country that has best representation of women in Parliament is Nepal with 33. for every 100000 births. The only worse country than India is Iran with 3.1 percent. This Gender Inequality Index measures the inequality in terms of achievements between males and females in three main aspects namely. It is expressed per 100000 live births. WORLD CONSUMER RIGHTS DAY OBSERVED ACROSS THE WORLD 15 March. knowledge and long and healthy life. all the countries in the region of South Asia were ranked higher on Gender Inequality Index. reproductive health and empowerment. MATERNAL MORTALITY RATIO India ranks badly on the Maternal Mortality Ratio as well.2 percent. INDIA RANKED LOW ON GENDER INEQUALITY INDEX: UN REPORT 2013 The UN Human Development Report 2013 was released on 14 March 2013. The only countries to have higher Maternal Mortality Ratio than India are Bangladesh (240).com Page 122 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . 200 women die during the childbirth or due to complications in childbearing. The submissions for the best novels are invited by the jury through publishers in any country.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 122 given 5000 US Dollars. WOMEN REPRESENTATION IN PARLIAMENT Women representation in Parliament in India is only 10. China was also ranked very high on Gender Inequality Index.9 percent. Pakistan (260) and Afghanistan (460). according to which India has poor Gender Inequality Index. In India. apart from the overall poor Human Development Index (HDI).jagranjosh.World Consumer Rights Day www. These dimensions are decent standard of living. labour market.
the former US President John F. UNDP REPORT: SOUTH ASIA LEAD THE WORLD The United National Development Programme (UNDP) on 14 March 2013 at Georgetown Club. Martha Nelson and Managing Editor Rick Stengel in a joint email. B. CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT. The theme for 2013 World Consumer Rights Day was Consumer Justice Now. The report in its findings www. Now.right to choose. He is the first non-American World Editor in the history of the Times. In 1962. His appointment to the post was confirmed by the editor in Chief. It led to the establishment of consumer councils to settle consumer disputes and related matters. declared four basic consumer rights. 1986 The Consumer Protection Act was enacted by the Parliament for the first time in 1986. The report was prepared by a group of three countries that was chaired by the India.jagranjosh. This day was first observed on 15 March 1983. right to safety and right to be informed. GHOSH IS FIRST NON-AMERICAN EDITOR OF TIME INTERNATIONAL Bobby Ghosh. Kennedy. the Department of Consumer Affairs looks for the possibilities of producing tele-serials for empowering and educating consumers for their rights and responsibilities. Serious concerns were expressed by the international fraternity including United States and United Kingdom for non-implementation of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission Report in true spirit.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 123 World Consumer Rights Day was observed on 15 March 2013 for creating awareness in terms of consumer protection measures as well as consumer rights. Campaigns such as Jago Grahak Jago have been started in India with success in creation of consumer awareness. United States released its UNDP Human Development Report 2013. BOBBY GHOSH • • Bobby Ghosh joined TIME in 1998 after serving India as a journalist for 10 years He served two years on the staff of the Far Eastern Economic Review in Hong Kong UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW REPORT ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN LANKA The Universal Periodic Review Report on Human Rights in Sri Lanka was unanimously adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva after a short debate on 15 March 2013. the eminent Indian Journalist was appointed as the editor of Time International on 16 March 2013. right to be heard.com Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 123 .
The progress in human development in context of India. The report clarified that the South Asian Countries achieved widespread gains in terms of human development across the developing world from 2000 to 2012.7 percent Indian 1. It also indicated that although Afghanistan experienced several rapid gains but it lagged far behind in the race of development.jagranjosh. living conditions of the people changed in such a dramatic condition and have driven the global economic growth and societal change for the first time in centuries. Bangladesh and the other South Asian nation helped in driving a historic shift in global dynamics due to which millions of people have raised themselves out of poverty and billions are at the edge of joining the fast growing middle class. SIGNIFICANCE OF THE CHANGES • The economic take-offs of China and India started with about 1 billion people in each of these countries and within 20 years the output per capita of these doubled.9 percent (fastest) Pakistan achieved 1. National Commitments that are attributed to be the reason for the achievements made by the developing countries included • • • Better public health and education services Innovative poverty eradication programs Strategic engagement with the world economy The report in its findings also defined that the speed and scale with which the South had risen was dramatic and stressed that never in the history. The report titled The Rise of the South Human Progress in a Diverse World also identified investment in Education and taking care of the environment as the two key factors that can contribute in the making of the healthy development.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 124 revealed that South Asia leads the world in improvements in human development. which means that an economic force have affected a much larger section of the population. than that happened after the industrial revolution www.com Page 124 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . The term South and North in the report is used to denote developing countries and developed countries respectively.7 percent Sri Lanka 0. THE GROWTH IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT ACHIEVED BY DIFFERENT NATIONS • • • • Afghanistan and it was 3.7 percent (least growth achieved) The findings of the report are based on the analysis of more than 40 developing countries that achieved striking human development gains in recent past.
pharmaceutical. which are said to be the most popular film honours in Indian Cinema.6 percent from 0. the United Kingdom and the United States REPORT FINDINGS IN CONTEXT OF INDIA India’s investments on the world-class tertiary education.com Page 125 . chemical and service industry of India also grew at a fast pace and allowed it to tap into thje world market. THE LIST OF WINNERS CHOSEN BY THE JURY IN NATIONAL FILM AWARDS 2013 • • • • • • • • • • • Best actor: Irrfan Khan for Paan Singh Tomar and Vikram Gokhale for Marathi film Anumati Best film .Current Affairs PDF March 2013 • Page 125 The report also summed up that the combined economic output of the three nations namely Brazil. Films such as Kahaani and Paan Singh Tomar were given some of the big awards at National Film Awards.3 percent in 2010 from 15. building of human capabilities allowed India to develop technology enabled industries that are supported by a huge support of its skilled labour.wholesome entertainment: Vicky Donor Best film on social issues: Spirit (Malayalam) Best Animated Film: Delhi Safari Best Children's Film: Dekh Indian Circus Best Supporting Actress: Dolly Ahluwalia for Vicky Donor Best supporting actor: Annu Kapoor Best original screenplay: Sujoy Ghosh for Kahaani Best screenplay (adapted): OMG Oh My God Best actress: Usha Jadhav for Marathi film Dhaag Best actor: Irrfan Khan for Paan Singh Tomar Current Affairs PDF March 2013 www.jagranjosh. Italy. openness to trade and investments. France. Germany. RESULTS OF SUCH POLICIES FOR INDIA • • • • India’s trade output ratio increased to 46.7 percent in 1990 FDI in GDP went up to 3. India and China will cross the aggregate production of Canada.1 percent in 1990 Eight World’s largest fortune 500 listed corporations were Indian in 2011 India’s stand to offer affordable capital goods that suits to the requirements of the people in south than form the goods from the west also offered India a chance to be a global economic power 60TH NATIONAL FILM AWARDS The 60th National Film Awards were announced on 18 March 2013. The automobile. The artists who gave benchmark performances in acting and film making in the year 2012 were rewarded in the National Film Awards 2013.
The poetry collection is said to be a representation of best of contemporary Malayalam poetry. Birla Foundation. The Saraswati Samman is constituted by K. This was published in 2006.Male: Shankar Mahadevan for Bolo Na from the film Chittagong Best Playback Singer . K. Birla Foundation. Sugathakumari is also the passionate environmentalist. the poetry collection for which she was chosen. ABOUT SUGATHAKUMARI • • • Sugathakumari has 15 volumes of poetry credited to her. 79-year-old Sugathakumari was selected for Saraswati Samman by the 13-member jury. is actually a collection of 27 different poems. Current Affairs PDF March 2013 www. The jury considered works of the artists published in 22 different languages from 2002 to 2011. • • • ABOUT SARASWATI SAMMAN • Saraswati Samman is constituted by K. The awards are presented by the President of India in the official ceremony.Female: Aarti Anklekar Tikekar for Marathi film Samhita Best Choreography: Pandit Birju Maharaj for Vishwaroopam (Tamil) Best Editing: Namrata Rao for Kahaani (Hindi) Best Special Effects: Eega (Telugu) Best sound recording: Gangs of Wasseypur Special Jury Award . Annually. SUGATHA KUMARI SELECTED FOR SARASWATI SAMMAN 2012 Sugathakumari.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 • • • • • • • • • Page 126 Best Playback Singer .com Page 126 . Manalezhuthu. failures of the ideals which inspired India as well as ecological crisis.jagranjosh. These awards were established in 1954. The themes of her poems revolve around moral alertness. C. emotional empathy as well as humanist sensitivity. Her career spans over a duration of five decades. Lahoti. She also has six collections of prose. Saraswati Samman is awarded annually for outstanding literary work in any Indian language in past 10 years. the national panel is appointed by Government of India which selects the winner. The head of this jury was former Chief Justice of India R. K. She was also the head of Kerala’s State Women’s Commission. which means The Writing on the Sand in English. Her poems also include social themes such as women oppression.Actor: Nawazuddin Siddiquie for four films Special Jury Award .Actress: Parineeti Chopra for Ishaqzaade Special Jury Award .Film: Rituporno Ghosh for Chitrangada ABOUT NATIONAL FILM AWARDS The National Film Awards are most prominent awards given away to the film fraternity. the Malayalam poetess in the third week of March 2013 was chosen for the Saraswati Samman 2012 for the poetry collectionManalezhuthu.
the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement for 8th Venice Biennale International Exhibition ABOUT THE PRITZKER ARCHITECTURE PRIZE • • • Pritzker Architecture Prize is awarded annually in the month of May. His initial focus was on the minimalist residences. Apart from this award. the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Royal Gold Medal In 2002. DECLARED AS WINNER OF PRITZKER ARCHITECTURE PRIZE Toyo Ito. the 22nd Praemium Imperiale in Honor of Prince Takamatsu In 2006. Late Philip Johnson won the first Pritzker Laureate in 1979. flagship stores for Tod’s and Ginza districts. • • OTHER HONOURS RECEIVED BY TOYO ITO • • • In 2010.jagranjosh.com Page 127 . ABOUT TOYO ITO • • Toyo Ito was born in Seoul to the Japanese parents. the Japanese architect was declared as the winner of 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize on 18 March 2013. This award is given every year to the literary work in any Indian language which is the part of Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. K. Fumihiko Maki (in 1993). a plaque as well as a citation. He is best renowned for Sendai Mediatheque. Birla Foundation also constituted other two awards which include Bihari Puraskar for Hindi and Rajasthani writers and Vyas Samman for Hindi. He will win 100000 US Dollars as well as a bronze medal at the official Pritzker ceremony will take place on 29 May 2013 at John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. Tadao Ando. this prize is also referred as the Nobel Prize of Architecture. the designer of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial (in 1987). Often.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 • • • Page 127 The award carries cash prize of 10 lakh Rupees. The Pritzker Architecture Prize is said to be the most prestigious and richest award of architecture. Current Affairs PDF March 2013 www. TOYO ITO. the designer of Church of the Light (in 1995) and team of Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa (in 2010). arch-filled Tama Art University library in suburban Tokyo as well as White O residence in Marbella in Chile. Others who won the prize include late Kenzo Tange. K. His notable creation also includes Municipal Funeral Hall in Gifu in Japan. He has a career spanning over duration of 50 years. the public library as well as art gallery which was completed in 2001. Pritzker Architecture Prize was established back in 1979 in order to honour the best living architect who contributed towards the art of architecture. 71-year-old Toyo Ito is the sixth Japanese architect to win this prize. his projects included Mikimoto in the glitzy Omotesando. Later.
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The prize is sponsored by Hyatt Foundation. This prize was established by late entrepreneur Jay A Pritzker along with his wife Cindy. The business interests of the Pritzker family were headquartered in Chicago. The winner receives an amount of 100000 US Dollars as well as a bronze medallion. The bronze medallion is based on the designs of Louis Sullivan.
ARMY GOT THE FIRST INDIGENOUS CHOPPER CALLED RUDRA
First indigenously-developed chopper called Rudra was given to the Indian Army on 8 February 2013. It is important to note that Army has raised the fleet of attack choppers of its own. Rudra is the first out of 60 armed helicopters which provided to the Army by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). Army deputy chief Lt Gen Narendra Singh described that the first platform of weaponries choppers was important for the Army because in the battle field, fire as well as manoeuvrability need to be integrated closely in order to manage the ground operations. Rudra will be useful in getting this capability. The first squadron of these choppers would become operational soon. There are in all 60 choppers, and every squadron will encompass 10 of these choppers. There are plans of inducting an overall 60 Rudras which will be segregated into six squadrons. Rudra is armed with Mistral, the air-to-air missile, heavy machine guns as well as rocket pods. This will help in assisting the ground forces. Army also planned to get under-development Light combat helicopter (LCH), which is also produced by HAL. It is important to note that control of the future acquisitions of these attack choppers was given to the Army, after a clash between the Army and the Air Force.
S. VENKATA MOHAN WON NATIONAL BIOSCIENCE AWARD FOR 2012
S. Venkata Mohan a scientist of the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, on 19 March 2013 won the National Bioscience Award for 2012 in Hyderabad. S. Venkata Mohan who is from the Bioengineering and environmental centre of the Institute won the prize for his contributions towards developing technologies for production of clean bio-fuels from waste.
ABOUT NATIONAL BIOSCIENCE AWARD
The National Bio-science Award which is also called by N-BIOS Prize is an honour of high importance conferred by the Federal Government of India to the select young Indian bioscientists of less than 45 years of age. The award is given every year for distinctive contributions made towards the development of state of art in basic and applied areas of biological sciences through demonstrated activity in the form of publication in reputed journals and or patents. The award recognizes research and
Current Affairs PDF March 2013
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development work carried out in India during the last 5 years of the career. The award is considered almost equivalent to the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize given by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research of India.
HAMID ANSARI RELEASED A BOOK ON FORMER PRESIDENT OF INDIA
The First Woman President of India, Reinventing leadership, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil written by Professor Sunaina SinghThe Vice President of India, Hamid Ansari on 19 March 2013 released a book titled The First Woman President of India, Reinventing leadership, Pratibha Devisingh Patil. The book is written on the former President of India, Pratibha Devisingh Patil by Professor Sunaina Singh. The book is not just a biography of the former President, Pratibha Devisingh Patil but also highlights various kinds of issues in India.
WORLD FORESTRY DAY OBSERVED ACROSS THE WORLD
21 March- World Forestry Day 21 March 2013 is observed as the World Forestry Day across the globe. This day is celebrated for raising as well as promoting awareness about the value of forests. Importance of ecosystem and the forests is stressed upon on this day. Various events are held in the world on this day in order to highlight contribution of forests. It is important to note that forests house 80 percent of the terrestrial biodiversity. India State of Forest Report 2011 revealed that Forest and Tree cover of India encompasses 78.29 million ha or 23.81 percent of geographical area of India. The largest forest cover in India is in Madhya Pradesh, which has 77700 square km. this is followed by Arunachal Pradesh that has 67410 square km of forest cover.
THE PRESIDENT OF BANGLADESH, ZILLUR RAHMAN PASSED AWAY AT 84
The President of Bangladesh, Zillur Rahman passed away on 20 March 2013 at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore. He was 84 years of age. The Government of Bangladesh announced three-day mourning in the country. Zillur Rahman was undergoing treatment for kidney as well as respiratory complications.
ARTICLE 54 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF BANGLADESH: SPEAKER TO ACT AS PRESIDENT DURING ABSENCE
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Current Affairs PDF March 2013
Speaker Abdul Hamid became acting President of Bangladesh now. According to the Article 54 of the Constitution of Bangladesh, if a vacancy occurs in the office of President or if the President is unable to discharge the functions of his office on account of absence, illness or any other cause the Speaker shall discharge those functions until a President is elected or until the President resumes the functions of his office, as the case may be.
EXECUTIVE POWERS VEST IN THE PRIME MINISTER OF BANGLADESH
President’s death does not affect the Government of Bangladesh because ever since the parliamentary democracy in Bangladesh was restored in 1991, the President has remained just a ceremonial post. The executive powers vest in the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.
ABOUT ZILLUR RAHMAN
• • • • • Zillur Rahman became the President of Bangladesh on 11 February 2009. He served as the 19th Bangladeshi President. He belonged to the Bangladesh Awami League (AL) party. He is one of the veteran politicians of Bangladesh. He was elected as the Member of Parliament in 1970 when Bangladesh was a part of Pakistan. Zillur Rahman was chosen as the general secretary of Bangladesh Awami League (AL) party in 1972 after the Bangladesh Liberation War. In the general elections held in 1973, he was elected as the member of the parliament.
ANIL ANANTHASWAMY WON INAUGURAL PHYSICS JOURNALISM PRIZE
The London based Indian origin writer, Anil Ananthaswamy won inaugural Physics Journalism Prize for the article Hip Hip Array on 28 February 2013 in central London. The Physics Journalism Prize is co-sponsored by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the Institute of Physics (IOP). The article written by Anil Ananthaswamy, Hip Hip Array lays emphasis on Square Kilometre Array which is an international project for building and designing largest radio telescope.
ABOUT PHYSICS JOURNALISM PRIZE
• • • Physics Journalism Prize is the inaugural prize which is sponsored by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the Institute of Physics (IOP). On winning the prize, the winner is offered an expenses-paid trip to Japan for visiting the world-leading facilities in order to perform research in arena of Physics. The purpose of the prize is to inspire physicists by encouraging the journalists for tackling the complex topics.
UN ANNOUNCED 20 MARCH AS INTERNATIONAL HAPPINESS DAY
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Before changing the legislative structure the Ministry of Finance shall unify the regulatory structure. • • • • The proposed regulatory structure will be governed by the Financial Regulatory Architecture Act that will ensure a uniform legal process for the financial regulators. All the 193 members of United Nations voted in favour of the International Day of Happiness. As per the report of the commission. when the country for the first time adopted Gross National Happiness (GNH) over Gross National Product (GNP) as its major goal.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 131 The United Nations on 20 March 2013 declared 20 March as the International Day of Happiness. Paying required attention to the debt management and setting up of a financial redressal agency and a financial stability and development council is also recommended by the commission www. Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) and Forward Markets Commission (FMC) under a single regulator. The 200 page long report in its key recommendations have directed the Government of India for unification of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi).jagranjosh. The finance ministry will unify the regulatory structure before tweaking the legislative structure. Proposal also includes reviewing and revision of the laws financial sector laws after every ten years. The initiative of 1970’s involved making holistic approach towards life. It also recommended that the Reserve Bank of India should stay as the monetary Authority Regulating Bank. World Happiness Report: UN released its World Happiness Report in 2012. Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA). 20 March was declared as the International Day of Happiness with an aim to acknowledge the importance of happiness and encourage Governments of different nations to consider well-being of its citizens as the common agenda other than focusing on the economic growth only. This was the first edition of the happiness day observed by the world.com Page 131 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . REDUCED ROLE OF RBI Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission (FSLRC) headed by Justice BN Srikrishna in its final report submitted to the Union Government of India on 22 March 2013 recommended constitution of Unified Financial Sector Regulator (UFSR) by deriving powers from Indian Financial Code including Commodity Derivatives Market. CONCEPT BEHIND THE MAKING OF THE DAY 20 March was declared as the day of International Happiness following a Bhutanese Concept that was coined by the fourth king of Bhutan Jigme Singye Wangchuck in 1970’s. FSLRC SUGGESTED CONSTITUTION OF UFSR. the regulatory structure shall be governed by the Financial Regulatory Architecture Act that to create a uniform legal process for the financial regulators.
filmmaker Karan Johar. 20-year-old Navneet Kaur belongs to Punjab and is a media student at present. FSLRC was set up two years ago for reviewing and harmonizing the financial sector legislations. The honour was given by UK's Home Secretary Theresa May. In the same event. at present the work is done by Department of Industry Policy and Promotion and clearance to the proposals of investments is done by the Foreign Investment Promotion Board The Resolution notifying the FSLRC was issued by the Government on 24 March 2011. The Asian Business Awards also launched 2013 Asian Rich List which is said to be the definitive index of Asian wealth in UK. the NRI entrepreneur was conferred with theHealthcare Businessman of the Year Award 2013 at the Asian Business Awards ceremony in Central London on 23 March 2013. ABOUT ASIAN BUSINESS AWARDS • • • • Asian Business Awards 2013 were the 16th edition of Asian Business Awards. The event celebrates the acumen. The trio of Navneet Kaur. Vitabiotics is the largest supplier of vitamin supplements as well as minerals in UK. the Indian origin entrepreneur.com Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 132 . was declared as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013. Navneet Kaur was also given the title Miss Glowing Skin. The event encapsulates diversity as well as range of Asian businesses in UK. rules and regulations that have gone obsolete or outdated in about a century’s time since when it was written. actors www. son-in-law of Lakshmi Mittal. Amit Bhatia. The first and second runners-up will compete in Miss World and Miss Asia Pacific respectively. founder-chairman of Vitabiotics received this honour. The Lifetime Achievement Award 2013 was given to Sudhir Choudhrie. The judges of the ceremony were choreographer Shiamak Dawar. Sobhita Dhulipala and Zoya Afroz were selected from a total of 23 finalists. NAVNEET KAUR DHILLON CROWNED POND’S FEMIN A MISS INDIA 2013 Navneet Kaur Dhillon was crowned Pond’s Femina Miss India 2013 on 24 March 2013 in the grand finale of 50th edition of the beauty pageant in Mumbai. achievement and excellence of the Asian business. ASIAN BUSINESS AWARDS 2013 Kartar Lalvani. Sobhita Dhulipala and Zoya Afroz were the first and second runners-up respectively. The FSLRC is required to submit its findings within a period of 24 months. On behalf of Kartar Lalvani.jagranjosh. The winner of Femina Miss India will now go for international contest Miss Universe. This 2013 Asian Rich List highlights achievements of the entrepreneurs over last one year.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 • • Page 132 Conversion of the Appellate Tribunal into Financial Appellate Tribunal for hearing the appeals of both unified regulators and RBI is also suggested in the report The committee in its suggestion has recommended doing away of the multiple agency structure for foreign capital inflows.
Swati Kain. Kolkata. To Read More Stories www. Indore. Anukriti Gusain and Sobhita Dhulipala. which as per the Rome occurred in international waters. Zoya Afroz. Italy has agreed to send two Italian marines accused of the crime to India to face trial. The dispute began after Italy allowed the two suspects to return to Italy in February 2013 to vote in national elections. are facing trial in India over the shooting dead of two fishermen off the southern state of Kerala in February 2012 when they were deputed to protect an Italian commercial tanker from pirates. Navneet Kaur Dhillon. Vijaya Sharma. after initially refusing to return them. ITALIAN FOREIGN MINISTER RESIGNED OVER MARINE CASE Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi resigned on 26 March 2013 in the wake of a dispute with India over the 2012 killing of two Indian fishermen by two marines while there are on antipiracy duty. She also received one Lakh Rupees.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 133 John Abraham. who noted that the Italian ambassador had given assurances to the court that the marines would come back to India after the elections. Goa and Bangalore. Auditions for the beauty pageant were held in Chandigarh. Apurva Lonkar. The marines.com Page 133 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 . The semi-finalists were Gail Nicole Da Silva. Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre. Delhi. Pune. cricketer Yuvraj Singh and fashion designer Ritu Kumar. Rome's initial refusal to send them back angered Indian government officials and Supreme Court justices.jagranjosh. Karan Johar crowned Sobhita Dhulipala as Femina Miss Itimes Digital Diva. Sagarika Chhetri. On 11 March 2013 the outgoing technocrat government of Mario Monti in Italy said it would not send the marines back because Indian courts did not have jurisdiction over the incident. Chitrangda Singh and Asin Thottumkal. Srishti Rana.
Enlist the main features of TIEA. Q. What was the theme of the Summit? What were the major recommendations of the summit? What is the significance of the BRICS summit? Q.1) India and Liechtenstein signed the Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) on 28 March 2013 at Bern. Which ministry took this decision in this regard? Enlist the main features of the committee which was formed by the ministry to study nation-wide scenario of drug substance abuse. What was the reason behind that decline? What was the performance of core sector industries in January 2013? Name the eight core sector industries. Describe the performance in February sector-wise.4) The Production of eight core sector industries decreased by 2. What is the significance of India-Liechtenstein TIEA? Q.com Page 134 Current Affairs PDF March 2013 .jagranjosh.3) The Union government in March 2013 decided to introduce national policy on drug abuse. Q.5 percent in the month of February 2013.Current Affairs PDF March 2013 Page 134 QUESTIONS OF THE MONTH Q.2) 5th BRICS summit was held in Durban. What do you mean by poaching? Where is Kaziranga National Park located? What is the purpose of the census? How it is done? www.5) Write short notes on the following: a) Unknown huge radio galaxy b) NASA’s Swift Satellite c) Japan becoming first country to extract natural gas from Methane Hydrate d) Bhabha Atomic centre developing largest magnet of the world e) First Smartphone launched into Space Successfully f) President of Egypt Mohamed Morsy on India Visit g) Rajan Bharti Mittal h) Eighth India-Yemen Joint Committee Meeting Q.6) One-horned Great Indian Rhinoceros population increased in Kaziranga despite Poaching according to the recent census which ended on 26 March 2013. Switzerland. South Africa.
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