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1. Reserve Bank of India 1
2. State Bank of India 13
3. Other Banks 14
4. Insurance 18
5. Supreme Court 19
6. Election Commission 21
7. High Courts and Sessions Courts 21
8. Central Government 22
9. States 24
10. Place in the News 31
11. Personalities 35
12. Defence and National Security 40
13. Committees/Commissions 45
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15. Summit/Conference 55
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17. Meet/Visit 73
18. Bills 78
19. Fund 83
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24. Taxation/Trade 96
25. Production/Agriculture 99
26. Space 100
27. Science and Technology 104
28. Health/Nutrition/Diseases/Drugs 108
29. Energy/Gas/Oil 111
30. Environment 114
31. Education 116
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34. Festival 119
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38. Arrests/Jailed/Released 132
39. Deaths 134
40. Awards/Honours 138
41. Sports/Game 152
42. Report 165
43. General National 169
44. International 174
45. Abbreviation 183
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CURRENT AFFAI RS
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RESERVE BANK OF I NDI A
August2013
RBI announced weekly sale of Government Bonds - Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 8 August, 2013
announced that it will sell the government bonds every Monday to check upon the volatility in the
foreign exchange market. The government bonds notified for being sold worth 22000 crore rupees.
The duration of the auction will be announced one day prior to the date of auction.
RBI steps to ease liquidity, eases SLR The RBI has relaxed the statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR) to
provide more funds to banks for lending. This was in view of losses suffered by banks in their
investment portfolio. Revising its earlier limit, asking banks to reduce their hold-to-maturity (HTM)
bond holdings gradually to 23% of deposits. RBI has now allowed banks to retain those holdings at
24.5%. To further ease rupee volatility, RBI conducted open market operations (OMOs) of long-
dated govt. securities worth 8,000cr rupees.
RBI introduced Forex Swap Window for Oil Companies RBI on 28 August, 2013 decided to open
a forex swap window to meet the entire daily dollar requirements of three public sector oil
marketing companies (IOC, HPCL and BPCL). Under this Forex Swap Facility, Reserve Bank will
undertake sell/buy of USD-INR forex swaps for fixed tenor with the oil marketing companies
through a designated bank.
RBI allowed premature encashment of 8% savings bonds for investors above 60 The RBI on 30
August, 2013 permitted the premature encashment of 8 percent savings (Taxable) Bonds for
individual investors who are 60 years and above in age. The facility would be available after a
minimum lock-in period of three years from the date of issue of the bond. In case of joint holders,
any one of the holders should fulfill the conditions of eligibility.
The RBI Released Discussion Paper The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) released the discussion
paper on Banking Structure in India The Way Forward on August 27, 2013.
Primary Features of the Discussion Paper are as follow:
The paper focuses on certain building blocks for the reorientation of the banking structure with a
view to addressing various issues such as enhancing competition, financing higher growth,
providing specialised services and furthering financial inclusion.
The paper also emphasised the need to address the concerns arising out of such changes with a
view to managing the trade-off for ensuring financial stability.
The paper discussed that the overall thrust of the reorientation is to impart dynamism and
flexibility to the evolving banking structure, while ensuring that the structure remains resilient
and promotes financial stability.
RBI to scrutinize pending overseas deals In order to check outflow of foreign exchange, the
Reserve Bank imposed restrictions on Overseas Direct Investment (ODI) by Indian companies and
has announced to scrutinize all pending applications, including that of Apollo Tyres, in the light of
revised norms for outward investments. The RBIs decision to restrict outward investment by
corporates came in the backdrop of rising Current Account Deficit (CAD) and declining value of
rupee.
The CAD, which is the difference between the inflow and outflow of foreign currency, touched a
record high of 4.8% of the GDP in 2012-13 fiscal.
What is CAD?
CAD or current account deficit is a measure of the difference between a countrys foreign exchange
earnings (from export of goods, services like tourism and software and remittances received from
(NRIs) and payments (for imported goods, bought services and remittances sent).


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September2013
RBI to issue unique identification codes In a bid to get a better handle on financial transactions
such as equity and currency derivatives, the RBI has invited limited bids from about six entities,
including depositories, depository participants and custodians, to issue unique identification codes
to market participants. One or two of the selected entities are likely to be tasked with the
responsibility of implementing a global Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) system that will uniquely
identify parties to financial transactions.
RBI eases ECB norms In order to encourage capital flows, the RBI has eased the External
Commercial Borrowing (ECB) norms. On a review, the apex bank has decided to permit eligible
borrowers to avail ECB under the approval route from their foreign equity holder company with
minimum average maturity of 7 years for general corporate purposes. Till now borrowings in the
form of ECB were not permitted to be utilised for general corporate purpose. However, the RBI has
put certain conditions for availing the benefits of relaxed norms. The minimum paid-up equity of
25% should be held directly by the lender. Also, repayment of the principal will commerce only
after completion of minimum average maturity of seven years and no prepayment will be allowed
before maturity.
RBI issued norms for Currency Swap Window RBI on 8 September, 2013 issued norms for
currency swap window at Mumbai. The Reserve Bank also cleared that the facility of currency swap
would be made available to scheduled commercial banks (excluding regional rural banks) for fresh
Foreign Currency Non-Resident Bank (FCNRB) deposits, which would be mobilized for a minimum
tenure of three years.
The Reserve Bank also mentioned that the deposits can be made in any permitted currency, but
the swaps would be made available only in dollars. The Swap Window would remain functional
and under operations on all working days at Mumbai on daily basis but a particular bank can
access the facility of currency swap only once in a week. The Swap Window would remain
operation from 10 September to 30 November 2013.
NRI allowed to buy shares under FDI scheme The Reserve Bank of India on 6 September, 2013
allowed the Non-Resident Investors including NRIs to purchase shares of Indian entities Under FDI
Scheme. The investment can be made as per the mentioned conditions.
RBI has allowed the NRIs to make investment under the FDI scheme only on the listed entities,
on recognized stock exchanges. RBI has decided to include the non-residents, including the NRIs
to acquire the shares of domestic companies listed under FDI scheme, on the stock exchanges
through a registered broker, if the investor has already acquired and continues to hold control in
accordance with SEBI, Substantial Takeover Code.
RBI has also cleared that the inward remittance using the normal banking channels can be used
for payment of the transfer of shares to non-residents consequent to purchase. The debit to the
NRE FCNR account of a person with authorized dealer or bank can also be considered for
making the payment of the transferred shares. Escrow Accounts (non-interest bearing)
maintained in India can also be used to debit the payment.
RBI increased the Repo Rate by 25 Basis Points The RBI on 20 September 2013 increased the repo
rate or the short term lending rate by 25 basis points to 7.5% from 7.25% with immediate effect.
The Governor of RBI, Raghuram Rajan while reviewing the monetary policy for the first time as
a Governor, however, brought down the marginal standing facility (MSF) rate by 0.75 per cent to
9.5%. The MSF rate is the one at which the other banks can borrow from the Central Bank.
The cash reserve ratio (CRR) remained unchanged at 4%. The cash reserve ratio (CRR) is the
portion of the deposits which the banks need to maintain in cash with the RBI.
The RBI, in the meanwhile, also brought down the minimum daily maintenance of CRR from
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RBI liberalised norms for banks to open branches Reserve Bank of India on 19 September 2013
announced that banks can open their branches in tier-I centers without taking its permission in each
case. According to 2011 census Tier-I center are those with population above 1 lakh.
But banks should open 25 percent of their branches in a financial year in Un-banked tier-V and
tier-VI centers as earlier. Total number of branches in tier-I centers cant exceed the number of
branches opened in tier-II to tier-VI centers during a year.
If the banks are unable to open all tier-1 branches during that year, they can carry it over for next
two years. If the banks unable to open requisite branches in tier-II to tier-VI centers for some
reason, it should necessary rectify the shortfall in the next financial year.
RBI defines BSBDA guidelines The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) clarified that its Basic Savings
Bank Deposit Account (BSBDA) guidelines are applicable to all scheduled commercial banks in
India, including foreign banks having branches in India. Under the BSBDA scheme, any individual,
including poor or those from weaker section of the society, can open zero-balance account in any
bank.
However, holders of Basic Savings Bank Deposits Account will not be eligible for opening any
other savings account in that bank. If a customer has any other existing savings account in that
bank, he or she will be required to close it within 30 days from the date of opening a BSBDA. The
aim of introducing BSBDA is part of the efforts of RBI for furthering financial-inclusion
objectives.
Tighter Norms for NBFCs offering Gold Loans The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has tightened
gold loan norms for non-banking finance companies (NBFCs). It has asked NBFCs accepting gold
jewellery as collateral to value them at the average of the closing price of 22-carat gold for the
preceding 30 days as quoted by The Bombay Bullion Association (BBA).
The RBI said NBFCs should give in writing to the borrowers, on their letter heads, the purity (in
terms of carats) and weight of the gold.
If the gold is of purity less than 22 carats, the NBFCs should translate the collateral into 22 carat,
and state the exact grams of the collateral and value the gold proportionately.
The loan-to-value (LTV) ratio for loans against jewellery would continue to be at 60 per cent,
while broadly accepting the K.U. B. Rao Committee report on gold loan sector.
October2013
Second Quarter Review of the Monetary Policy In a move to checkmate rising inflation, the
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on October 29, 2013 hiked interest rates by 0.25 percentage points for
the second time in a little over a month. Consequently, the policy repo rate, or the rate at which
banks borrow from the RBI, will go up to 7.75 per cent from 7.50 per cent earlier.
With the more recent upturn of inflation and with inflation expectations remaining elevated... it is
important to break the spiral of rising price pressures, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan said,
announcing the second quarter review of the monetary policy for the current financial year.
Simultaneously, the central bank reduced the Marginal Standing Facility rate, which is the rate at
which banks borrow funds overnight from the RBI, from 9 to 8.75 per cent. This, along with the
central banks decision to increase the short-term 7 and 14-day borrowing limits for banks, is
likely to ease liquidity pressure, and also bring down the cost of funds for banks.
The RBI also lowered its expected GDP growth to 5 per cent for this fiscal from 5.5 per cent
earlier.
Five Pillars to Strengthen Banking System Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan
unveiled his five-point plan to overhaul the RBIs developmental measures to improve banking
system on October 29, 2013.
The First of the five pillars of the plan is clarifying and strengthening the monetary policy
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The Second Pillar is strengthening banking structure through new entry, branch expansion,
encouraging new varieties of banks, and moving foreign banks into better regulated
organizational forms.
The Third Pillar is broadening and deepening of financial markets and increasing their liquidity
and resilience so that they can help absorb the risks entailed in financing Indias growth.
The Fourth Pillar is expanding access to finance to SMEs, the unorganized sector, the poor and
remote areas will be another pillar.
The Fifth Pillar is to improve the systems ability to deal with corporate and financial institution
distress by strengthening real and financial restructuring.
Action on the monetary policy framework will follow the submission of the Urjit Patel
Committee report.
The strategy to expand financial inclusion will be formed by the Nachiket Mor Committee
report.
RBI Panel to Roll-out National Bill Payment System The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has formed
an advisory group on October 24, 2013 to implement a National Bill Payment System based on the
GIRO model that will enable households to make retail payments like paying utility bills, school
fees, medical bills and remittances electronically using their bank accounts. The nine-member GIRO
Advisory Group (GAG), headed by Umesh Bellur, Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology
Bombay, will submit its report by end of December, 2013.
Outstanding Response to Currency Swap Schemes The Reserve Bank of India on October 24,
2013 has said that it received $ 10.1 billion under two schemes which were announced in September
to attract foreign funds.
The RBI in the first week of September, 2013 has introduced the special concessional window for
swapping Foreign Currency Non-Resident (Banks) Deposits and Overseas Foreign Currency
Borrowings (Foreign Currency Swap). With this, the RBI had come out with the special measures
to arrest declining value of rupee, which was triggered by widening CAD, which touched a
historic high of 4.8% of GDP in 2012-13.
Soon after taking over as RBI Governor on September 4, Raghuram Rajan announced the
opening of a swap window facility to encourage banks to lure NRI funds.
Under the facility, banks are permitted to swap fresh FCNR (B) dollar funds, mobilised for a
minimum period of three years, at a fixed rate of 3.5% per annum for the deposit.
RBI also relaxed norms for banks and allowed them to raise the capital abroad to the tune of
100% of their Tier-I (equity) capital. The rupee had plunged to life-time low of 68.85 against the
dollar on August 28, but has recovered substantially. It was trading around 61.58 to a dollar. As
regards the CAD, it is likely to be better than the initial estimate of 3.7% of GDP or $70 billion in
the current fiscal due to slump in gold imports and improvement in merchandise exports.
RBI cuts interest rate on MSF by 50 basis points The Reserve Bank of India on October 7, 2013
cut the interest rate on Marginal Standing Facility (MSF) by 50 basis points to 9 per cent. MSF is the
rate at which banks borrow funds overnight from RBI against approved government securities.
Also, banks can now borrow money from RBI for one-week and two-weeks. This new offer of
extended period loans is also expected to further ease liquidity in the system. This will also boost
the governments efforts to pump-prime the economy by lending to consumers at a lower rate of
interest. These measures come in the wake of a gradual stability in the rupee and point towards a
seemingly combined effort by both the central bank and the government to pep up demand in the
crucial festive season.
The RBI had raised the MSF rate in mid-July by 2 percentage points to 10.25% to tighten liquidity
in an attempt to curb volatility in the rupee-dollar exchange rates. The latest cut is a part of the
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It has partially unwound that move in two tranches by 0.75 percentage points on September 20,
2013 and by 0.5 percentage funds less costly for banks.
This will dissuade banks from raising lending rates in the ongoing festive season.
Macro-Economic and monetary developments second quarter review 2013-14: The Reserve Bank
of India (RBI) has said that the wholesale inflation (WPI) is ruling above its comfort level and may
remain around the current level during the second half of 2013-14.
Concerns about inflation emanate not just from high and persistent consumer price inflation but
also from rising WPI inflation, the RBI said in its Macro-Economic and Monetary Developments
Second Quarter Review 2013-14, released on October 28, 2013.
Indias gross domestic product (GDP) the value of all goods and services produced in the
country is set to decelerate to 4.8% in 2013-14, lower than last years 5%, a RBI-sponsored
survey has found with no immediate recovery signs in the economy hit by a toxic mix of
industrial slowdown, weak rupee and rising prices.
Indias agriculture output grew 2.7% during April to June this year, down from 2.9% last year;
overall GDP grew at a four-year low of 4.4% in the quarter.
November2013
Trends and Progress of Banking in India 2012-13 The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in its Trends
and Progress of Banking in India 2012-13 report issued on November 21, 2013 said it would focus
on the monitoring of banks asset quality and help to improve the poor debt recovery process,
underlining the central banks growing discomfort with rising bad loans.
Bad debts have surged as economic growth has slowed to a decade low, while investments have
also stalled.
The focus on asset quality comes as bad debts at banks have nearly doubled since 2009 to 4.2 per
cent of total loans at the end of September, central bank data showed, while debt restructuring is
also at a record high.
The central bank said the situation required priority attention. The RBI has advised banks to
put in place mechanisms for early detection of signs of distress and to use early warning signals
to avoid non-performing loan. It has also advised banks to strengthen information sharing,
making it compulsory to receive and share information on borrowers before loans are approved.
The central bank also cited an urgent need to speed up operations at fast-track government
courts for lenders that deal with cases involving the recovery of debt called debt recovery
tribunals and asset reconstruction companies.
The non-performing assets (NPA) ratio of all major sectors weakened during 2012-13. While the
primary driver of the deteriorating asset quality was the domestic economic slowdown, the
contribution of other factors like delays in obtaining statutory and other approvals as well as lax
credit appraisal/monitoring by banks was also significant.
Further, credit concentration in certain sectors and higher leverage among corporates also
increased stress on asset quality. In recent years there has also been a sharp increase in the
amount of debt restructured under the corporate debt restructuring mechanism. This has
implications for the banks already stressed asset quality in the period ahead.
It is anticipated that the position may improve if there is a pick-up in the GDP growth rate
coupled with an improvement in project implementation due to the Governments intent/efforts
and improvements in banks recovery efforts.
The RBI said that banks need to not only follow the various measures put in place by the RBI and
the Government effectively for resolution and recovery of bad loans but also strengthen their
due diligence, credit appraisal and post sanction loan monitoring systems to minimize and
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The central bank also said that there is a need to improve the effectiveness of the recovery
system. Recovery should be focused on efficiency and fairness preserving the value of
underlying assets and jobs where possible, even while redeploying unviable assets to new uses
and compensating employees fairly. This should be done while ensuring that contractual
priorities are met.
In this regard, the RBI said that there is urgent need for accelerating the working of Debt
Recovery Tribunals and Assets Reconstruction Companies. It is also necessary to collect credit
data and examine large common exposures across banks. This will enable the creation of a
central repository on large credits, which can be shared with the banks.
This in turn will enable banks to be aware of building leverage and common exposures. This also
underscores the need for expediting the setting up of an enhanced resolution structure for
financial firms.
RBI Permitted Foreign Banks Subsidiary to Acquire Private Banks - The Reserve Bank of India
(RBI) permitted Wholly-Owned Subsidiary (WOS) of foreign banks to acquire domestic private
sector banks as well as set-up branches anywhere in the country on November 6, 2013. It also
allowed foreign bank subsidiary to list on local stock exchanges. The framework has certain
measures to contain their expansion if the share of foreign banks exceeds a critical size.
The RBI will put a stop on further entry of new WOSs of foreign banks or capital infusion, when
the capital and reserves of all foreign banks in India exceed 20% of the capital and reserves of the
entire banking system. As per the guidelines, the initial minimum paid-up voting equity capital
or net worth for a WOS would be Rs.500 crore. However, foreign bank subsidiary will not be
allowed to hold more than 74%, the sectoral cap for overall foreign investment, in the private
banks they may acquire.
RBI Extended Refinance Window for MSME - The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has opened a
Rs.5000 crore refinance window for a period of one year for the MSME sector on November 19, 2013
in order to ease liquidity. The refinance will be available for direct liquidity support to finance
receivables, including export receivable, to MSEs, by SIDBI or for liquidity support to MSEs through
selected intermediaries, including banks.
The refinance will be available against receivables, including export receivables, outstanding as
on November 14, 2013 onwards. The facility will be available at the prevailing 14-day term repo
rate for a period of 90 days. During this 90-day period, the amount can be flexibly drawn and
repaid. The utilisation of funds will be governed by the policy approved by the board of SIDBI.
The Reserve Bank of India directs banks to charge customers for transaction SMS alerts on the basis
of usage, instead of imposing a fixed fee.
RBI directs Banks to lend to womens Groups at 7 PC The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on
November 19, 2013 directed public sector banks to provide credit to women self-help groups at a
rate of 7% per annum so as to get the benefit of interest subvention scheme under the Swarnajayanti
Gram Swarozgar Yojana Aajeevika (SGSY) scheme.
PSBs will be subvented to the extent of difference between the weighted average interest charged
and 7% subject to the maximum limit of 5.5%, for 2013-14.
The SGSY scheme comes under the ministry of rural development that launched the National
Rural Livelihood Mission on April 1, 2013 to reduce poverty by building strong institutions for
the poor, particularly women. It aims to enable these institutions to access a range of financial
services and livelihoods services.
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CAD Narrows to 1.2% of GDP The Current Account Deficit (CAD) of the country has narrowed
down sharply to $5.2 billion, or 1.2 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), for the second
quarter July to September in the current financial year.
This was much lower than 5 per cent of the GDP ($21 billion) recorded in the corresponding
period of the last financial year and 4.9 per cent of the GDP in the first quarter of the current
fiscal.
The lower CAD was primarily on account of a decline in the trade deficit as merchandise
exports picked up and imports moderated, particularly gold imports, said the Reserve Bank of
India on December 2, 2013.
What is CAD? - CAD is a measure of the difference between a countrys foreign exchange earnings
and payments.
December2013
Third Mid-Quarter Review of Monetary Policy 2013-14 The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on
December 18, 2013 kept the indicative policy rates (repo) and cash reserve ratio (CRR) unchanged
while announcing the third mid-quarter of its monetary policy.
The RBI kept the repo rate at 7.75 per cent, and kept the CRR, which is the portion of the total
deposits the banks have to keep with the central bank as a reserve, at the current level of 4 per
cent. Repo rate is the short term rate at which banks borrow funds from the central bank.
Justifying his action of not hiking the rates, the RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan said, given the
wide bands of uncertainty surrounding the short term path of inflation from its high current
levels, and given the weak state of the economy, the inadvisability of overly reactive policy
action, as well as the long lags with which monetary policy works, there is merit in waiting for
more data to reduce uncertainty.
RBI Governor said that retail inflation measured by the consumer price index (CPI) has risen
unrelentingly through the year so far, pushed up by the unseasonal upturn in vegetable prices,
double-digit housing inflation and elevated levels of inflation in the non-food and non-fuel
categories.
Wholesale inflation has also gone up sharply from second quarter onwards, with upside
pressures evident across all constituent components.
The pick-up in real GDP growth in the second quarter of the current fiscal was driven largely by
robust growth of agricultural activity, supported by an improvement in net exports, said Dr.
Rajan, adding, the weakness in industrial activity, however, persisting into the third quarter, still
lacklustre lead indicators of services and subdued domestic consumption demand suggest
continuing headwinds to growth.
Policy interest rates left unchanged
Inflation high but trajectory uncertain
Falling vegetable prices augur well for containing inflation
Strong Headwinds to Growth
Services indicators lacklustre
Domestic consumption demand weak
Expenditure cuts by Government to exert pressure on growth
Revival of stalled investments crucial
Policy Stance
Inflation high but merit in waiting for new data
RBI will act if inflation does not fall
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RBI Outlines Action Plan to Tackle NPAs The Reserve Bank of India, on December 17, 2013
outlined a corrective action plan to minimise rising non-performing assets (NPAs). The plan would
include incentivising early identification of problem cases, timely restructuring of accounts, which
are considered to be viable, and taking prompt steps by banks for recovery or sale of unviable
accounts.
In a discussion paper on Early recognition of financial distress, prompt steps for resolution and
fair recovery for lenders: framework for revitalizing distressed assets in the economy, the RBI
said it would set up a Central Repository of Information on Large Credits (CRILC) to collect,
store, and disseminate credit data to lenders. The credit information would also include all types
of exposures as defined under RBI Circular on exposure norms, and will include data on lenders
investments in bonds/debentures issued by the borrower/obligor.
Banks will have to furnish credit information to CRILC on all their borrowers having aggregate
fund-based and non-fund based exposure of Rs.5 crore and above.
While all scheduled commercial banks will mandatory contribute their credit information on
their borrowers/customers as proposed, the RBI said that systemically important non-banking
financial companies (NBFC-SI) would also be asked to furnish such information.
In addition, banks would have to furnish details of all current accounts of their customers with
out-standing balance (debit or credit) of Rs.1 crore and above.
The RBI said that before a loan account turns into an NPA, banks should identify incipient stress
in the account by creating a new sub-asset category. Special Mention Accounts (SMA). Within
the SMA category, there should be three sub-categories: SMA-NF non-financial (NF) signals of
incipient stress: SMA-1 principal or interest payment overdue between 31-60 days: SMA-2
principal or interest payment overdue between 61-90 days. Banks will be required to report,
among others, the SMA status of the borrower to the CRILC. Individual banks will have to
closely monitor the accounts reported as SMA-1 or SMA-NF as these are the early warning signs
of weaknesses in the account. They should take up the issue with the borrower with a view to
rectifying the deficiencies at the earliest.
The RBI also said that reporting of an account as SMA-2 by one or more lending banks/NBFC-
SIS will trigger the mandatory formation of a joint lenders forum (JLF) and formulation of
corrective action plan (CAP). Further, with a view to limiting the number of JLFs to be formed, it
is proposed that JLF formation would be made mandatory for distressed corporate borrowers,
engaged in any type of activity, with aggregate fund based and non-fund based exposure of
Rs.100 crore and above. The RBI said that the lenders in the JLF would sign an inter creditor
agreement (ICA) and also require the borrower to sign the debtor creditor agreement (DCA),
which would provide the legal basis for any restructuring process.
The decisions agreed upon by a minimum of 75 per cent of creditors by value and 60 per cent of
creditors by number in the JLF would be considered as the basis for proceeding with the
restructuring or recovery action of the account, and will be binding on the lenders under the
terms of the ICA.
The RBI further said that willful defaulters will normally not be eligible for restructuring.
RBI Eases Investment Rules The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), on December 24, 2013 relaxed the
overseas investment norms by allowing resident Indians to issue tax-free, non-convertible bonds in
rupees to foreigners, and use those funds for lending to infrastructure or keeping in fixed deposits
of banks pending utilisation.
Earlier, such rupee funds borrowed from foreigners were not allowed for any investment or
foreigners were not allowed for any investment or for re-lending. The central bank said that it
had formed a committee under Executive Director Deepak Mohanty to review the current
system of data collection and the feasibility of data production within the central bank to reduce
the burden on reporting entities. This committee would recommend steps to deliver quality
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RBI Eases Norms For Gold Dore Imports The Reserve Bank of India, on December 31, 2013 partly
eased restrictions on import of gold dore, by allowing refineries to import 15 per cent of their gross
annual requirement in the first two months and the balance as per export performance.
Refineries are allowed to import dore up to 15 per cent of their gross average viable quantity
based on their licence entitlement in the first two months for making this available to the
exporters on First in First out (FIFO) basis. Subsequent to this, the quantum of gold dore to be
imported should be determined lot-wise on the basis of export performances.
In August 2013, the RBI had imposed curbs on gold imports and linked it with exports.
Accordingly, 20 per cent, of every lot of gold imported had to be exclusively made available for
exports and the balance (80 per cent) for domestic use.
The central bank further said before the next import, not more than 80 per cent should be
allowed to be sold domestically.
Under FIFO methodology, the oldest entry, or bottom of the stack, is processed first.
Financial Stability Report December 2013 The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on December 30, 2013
released the Financial Stability Report (FSR) December 2013.
Non-performing assets (NPAs) of the banking sector need to be tackled on a priority basis to
ensure that they do not grow to alarming proportions. The current levels of NPAs do not pose a
systemic concern as the CRAR (Capital to Risk Weighted Assets Ratio) of the banking system is
above the prescribed levels and many projects are just delayed, not unviable.
The risks to the banking sector had further increased since the publication of the previous FSR in
June 2013. All major risk dimensions captured in the Banking Stability Indicator showed increase
in vulnerabilities in the banking sector.
Asset quality continues to be a major concern for scheduled commercial banks (SCBs). The gross
non-performing assets ratios of SCBs, as well as their restructured standard advances ratio, have
increased. Therefore, the total stressed advances ratio rose significantly to 10.2 per cent of total
advances at end September 2013 from 9.2 per cent of March 2013.
Five sectors, namely, infrastructure, iron and steel, textiles, aviation and mining, together
contribute 24 per cent of total advances of SCBs, and account for around 53 per cent of their total
stressed advances.
The RBI said India was better prepared to handle the effects of tapering in the U.S. Federal
Reserves bond purchase programme starting January 2014, but continuing inflationary pressure
was limiting what its monetary policy could do. It had also raised concern on the alarming bad
assets in the banking sector.
The commencement of the taper should signal a calibrated return to normal liquidity and credit
conditions in the global markets and also better pricing of risk. This will mean a re-pricing of
certain assets with consequent volatility.
The delay in tapering allowed India to bring about adjustment in the current account deficit
(CAD) and build buffers by replenishing its foreign exchange reserves. However, macro-
economic adjustment is far from complete, with persistence of high inflation amidst growth
slowdown. Fall in domestic savings and high fiscal deficit are other major concerns for India.
The RBI said current account deficit had narrowed to sustainable levels. Foreign exchange
reserves were adequate and fiscal consolidation was in progress. The outlook for the economy
had improved, with export growth regaining momentum, but growth was still weak.
As per the report, corporate performance continues to be weighed down by boom period
expansions and excess capacities, amid shifting asset composition towards financial investments.
House prices and outstanding loans for housing by housing finance companies had grown
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Action to create central repositories for the banking sector, corporate bond market and insurance
sector had been initiated. This move was expected to break the information asymmetry in those
markets.
The FSR aims to create awareness about the vulnerabilities in the financial system, to inform
about the resilience to stress of the financial institutions and to generally serve as a health check
on the financial system.
The Reserve Bank of India allows Non-Banking Finance Companies to lend upto 75 per cent of the
Loan-To-Value ratio of gold jewellery from 60 per cent, with immediate effect.
Banks Loan Limit Against Jewels - The Reserve Bank has allowed banks to sanction loans of up to
Rs.1 lakh against pledge of gold ornaments and jewellery. It has been decided to permit bullet
repayment of loans extended against pledge of gold ornaments and jewellery for other than
agricultural purposes, the RBI said in a notification. Bullet repayment means a lump-sum
payment for the entire loan amount paid at the time of maturity.
January2014
RBI tightens provisioning norms The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), on January 15, 2014 tightened
the norms for capital and provisioning requirements of banks, which have exposure to corporates
with unhedged foreign currency exposures. This would be implemented from April 1
st
, 2014.
While the central bank has decided to introduce incremental provisioning and capital
requirements for bank exposures to entities with unhedged foreign currency exposures, it has
also suggested a methodology to be followed by banks while calculating incremental
provisioning and capital requirements.
The RBI said that the loss to the entity in case of movement in dollar-rupee exchange rate may be
calculated using the annualised volatilities.
For this purpose, largest annual volatility seen in the dollar-rupee rates during the last ten years
may be taken as the movement of the dollar-rupee rate in the adverse direction.
To ascertain the amount of unhedged foreign currency exposure (UFCE), the RBI said that
foreign currency exposure (FCE) referred to the gross sum of all items on the balance-sheet that
had impact on profit and loss account due to movement in foreign exchange rates. This may be
computed by following the provisions of relevant accounting standard. Items maturing or
having cash flows over the period of next five years only may be considered.
The RBI said that unhedged foreign currency exposures of the entities were an area of concern
not only for individual entity but also to the entire financial system.
RBI standardises gold loan norms The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), on January 20
th
, 2014, that it
had been decided to prescribe a loan-to-value (LTV) ratio of not exceeding 75% for banks landing
against gold jewellery, including bullet-repayment loans against pledge of gold jewellery.
Therefore, henceforth loans sanctioned by banks should not exceed 75% of the value of gold
ornaments and jewellery.
Further, it has been decided that gold jewellery accepted as security / collateral will have to be
valued at the average of the closing price of 22 carat gold for the preceding 30 days as quoted by
the India Bullion and Jewellers Association Ltd. [Formerly known as the Bombay Bullion
Association Ltd. (BBA)].
This would standardise the valuation, and make it more transparent to the borrower.
If the gold is of purity less than 22 carats, the bank should translate the collateral into 22 carat
and value the exact grams of the collateral. In other words, jewellery of lower purity of gold shall
be valued proportionately.
The central bank reiterated that banks should continue to observe necessary and usual
safeguards, and also have a suitable policy for lending against gold jewellery with the approval
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Currency Notes Issued Prior To 2005 will be withdrawn The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said on
January 22
nd
, 2014 from April 1, 2014, the public would be required to approach banks for
exchanging currency notes issued prior to 2005 as these notes would be withdrawn from circulation.
Banks will provide exchange facility for these notes until further communication. The RBI clarified
that the notes would continue to be legal tender.
The public can easily identify the notes to be withdrawn as the notes issued before 2005 do not
have on them the year of printing on the reverse side.
From July 1
st
, 2014 however, those wanting to exchange more than 10 pieces of Rs.500 and
Rs.1000 notes in a bank where they do not have an account will have to provide proof of
residence and identity. The move will flush out black money, according to bankers. The currency
hoarders would have to liquidate their unaccounted holdings by spending or exchanging them.
Replacing old currency notes with the new series is a regular practice, but in the past these have
been executed through banks, and the public were not asked to get these exchanged.
As on March 31, 2013, an estimated 7,351 crore pieces of currency notes were in circulation of
Rs.5, Rs.10, Rs.20, Rs.50, Rs.100, Rs.500 and Rs.1,000 denominations.
The value and volume of currency issued before 2005, which are currently in circulation and will
now be withdrawn, was not made available by the central bank.
RBI Eases FDI norms Relaxing the foreign direct investment (FDI) norms, the Reserve Bank of
India, on January 9
th
, 2014 gave foreign investors an option to exit their investments by selling their
holdings of equity or debt.
According to the modified norms, FDI contracts can now have optionality clauses, which allow
investors to exit, subject to the conditions of minimum lock-in period and without any assured
returns. Until now, only equity shares or compulsorily and mandatorily convertible preference
shares or debentures could be issued to persons resident outside India under the FDI policy, and
these instruments were not allowed to have any optionality clause.
FDI in India declined by about 15 per cent to $12.6 billion (Rs.74,971 crore) in April-October.
According to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, FDI in the same period a year
earlier was $14.78 billion.
Food processing industries received $2.14 billion, services $1.36 billion, pharmaceuticals $1.08
billion, automobile $784 million and construction development $699 million.
Third Quarter Review of Monetary Policy The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on January 28
th
2014
increased the indicative policy rate (repo) by 25 basis points to 8 per cent to tame inflation, while
announcing the third quarter review of the monetary policy.
The RBI focused more on retail inflation, known as consumer price index (CPI) inflation, rather
than its traditional stress on wholesale price index (WPI) inflation.
The slowdown in the economy is getting increasingly worrisome ... (but) the gravest risk to the
value of the rupee is from Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation, which remains elevated, at close
to double-digit, despite the anticipated disinflation in vegetable and fruit prices, RBI Governor
Raghuram Rajan said.
Moreover, inflation, excluding food and fuel, had also been high, especially in services,
indicative of wage pressures and other second-round effects.
Elevated levels of inflation erode household budgets, and constrict the purchasing power of
consumers. This, in turn, discourages investment and weakens growth. High inflation weakens
the rupee. Inflation is also a tax that is grossly inequitable, falling hardest on the very poor.
It was only by bringing down inflation to a low and stable level that monetary policy could
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It was possible to bring inflation under control without a substantial sacrifice of short-term
growth, provided doing what is necessary and are patient.
The RBI also cut its growth forecast to less than 5% for 2013-14, but placed its bets firmly on a
turnaround in the broader economy in the next financial year.
8%: Current Repo rate. RBIs benchmark lending rate has climbed back to what it was in January
2013.
Rationale
Curbing mounting inflationary pressures and managing inflation expectations key priorities
Vegetable prices have fallen sharply aided by arrival of seasonal vegetables
But both retail and wholesale non-food and non-fuel inflation remain high
0.25%: Percentage points, the increase in reverse repo rate, the rate at which RBI absorbs cash
from the banking system to 7%.
Marginal Standing Facility (MSF) 25%: Rise in percentage points in banks emergency
borrowing/ or MSF rate to 9%.
Rajans Roadmap
The RBI will move from the current 45-day cycle of monetary reviews to a 60-day cycle broadly
fixing a set calendar from the beginning of the next financial year. The next policy review is
scheduled on April 1
st
, 2014.
The RBI will broadly seek to achieve Urjit Patel Committees glide path for disinflation that
sets an objective of below 8% retail inflation by January 2015 and below 6% consumer price
inflation by January 2016
Future price and macroeconomic data will largely drive the RBIs next moves on interest rate
changes, but by all indications a further hike in interest rates has been more or less ruled out by
the RBI in the immediate future.
RBI reviews norms on restructuring of advances by NBFCs The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), on
23
rd
January 2014, issued norms for loans restructured by non-banking finance companies (NBFCs),
bringing them at par with guidelines applicable to commercial banks.
NBFCs being part of the financial institutions that lend to various sectors, also undertake
restructuring of advances, either as part of a consortium or otherwise. Therefore, it has been
decided to harmonise the guidelines on restructuring of advances by NBFCs with that of banks.
For NBFCs, mere extension of Date of Commencement of Commercial Operations (DCCO) up to
a specified period will not tantamount to restructuring for infrastructure, non-infrastructure and
commercial real estate (CRE) projects.
RBI expert panel suggests adoption of new CPI A Reserve Bank panel on 21
st
January, 2014
suggested the central bank to adopt the new consumer price index for anchoring the monetary
policy.
The Expert Committee to Revise and Strengthen the Monetary Policy Framework, headed by RBI
Deputy Governor Urjit R Patel, also set the inflation target at 4 per cent with a band of plus or
minus 2 per cent around it. It also suggested that monetary policy decision making should be
vested in a monetary policy committee (MPC) that should be headed the Governor.
RBI sets up panel to review governance of bank boards The Reserve Bank of India on 20
th

January, 2014 constituted an expert committee, chaired by PJ Nayak, former chairman and CEO of
Axis Bank, to review the governance of bank boards in India.
The panel, which is expected to submit its report within three months from the date of its first
meeting, will review among other things the central banks regulatory guidelines on ownership
of banks and representation in the boards. The committee will ascertain if there is conflict of
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RBI allows foreign buyers to invest in South Indian Bank The Reserve Bank on 17
th
January,
2014 allowed foreign investors to buy shares in South Indian Bank as the foreign shareholding in the
bank has gone below the prescribed limit.
Equity shares of South Indian Bank can now be purchased through primary market and stock
exchanges.
FIIs, NRIs and PIOs are allowed to invest in the primary and secondary capital markets in India
through the portfolio investment scheme (PIS).
Hong Kong and Macau in RBIs sensitive list The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 15
th
January,
2014 included Hong Kong and Macau in the sensitive list of countries along with Pakistan and
China that will require its prior approval to set up business or related activities in India.
Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Iran and China are already in the sensitive list
which means entities and residents of these countries will need prior RBI permission to establish
a branch office or a liaison office or a project office in India.
According to the RBI, in Regulation 4 of the Foreign Exchange Management (Establishment in
India of Branch or Office or Other Place of Business) Regulations, 2000, the words, Iran or
China have been substituted by the words Iran, China, Hong Kong or Macau.
This was done under the FEMA Act. Entities from these countries are not allowed to acquire
immovable property in India even for a branch office. They are allowed to lease property for a
period not exceeding five years.
RBI allows companies to issue debt to NRIs as bonus The Reserve Bank on 6
th
January, 2014
allowed Indian companies to issue non-convertible or redeemable preference shares or debentures
to non-resident shareholders from their reserves as bonus. This facility will also encompass the
depositories that act as trustees for the ADR/GDR holders. So far, RBI was granting permission for
such issuances on a case-to-case basis.
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued new 5 rupees and 10 rupees coins bearing images of Goddess
Vaishno Devi on 16 January 2014. The coins were issued to commemorate the silver jubilee of Mata
Vaishno Devi Shrine Board.
STATE BANK OF I NDI A
August2013
SBI to merge one subsidiary every two years The SBI said that every two years it will merge one
subsidiary each, over the next 10 years.
The Bank also said that due to recent political developments in the state of Andhra Pradesh, the
proposed merger of State Bank of Hyderabad could be delayed.
Meanwhile, the countrys largest lender said it is bullish on its growth prospects.
It will even surpass its earlier target, which it thinks may bring some cheer in the market and
expects its capital to increase by Rs.16,000 cr with the infusion of profit and government infusion.
The Bank is expecting a total capital infusion of Rs.20,000 cr this year.
November2013
State Bank of India (SBI) has decided to raise up to Rs.9,576 crore or $1.53 billion through a share
sale to institutional investors or a follow-on public offer, the bank said in an exchange filing. The
bank also plans to raise another Rs.2,000 crore through a share sale to the government on a
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OTHER BANKS
August2013
World Bank debars Indian Firm The World Bank has debarred Indias Consulting Engineering
Services (CES) for five years on charges of fraud and corruption in a National Highways project in
India. The decision follows a World Bank investigation and review of poorly performing road
construction contrasts under the bank-financed project, for which CES was the supervision
consultant.
September2013
Bank of Beijing opened Chinas first direct bank The Bank of Beijing on 18 September 2013
launched Chinas first direct bank in Beijing, Xian and Jinan. It started direct bank services with the
cooperation of Netherlands-based ING Group.
Federal Bank launched electronic passbook Kerala based Federal Bank Limited launched the
electronic version of conventional passbook, called FedBook, on 30 August, 2013. FedBook allows
the customers to download it easily as well as also install this application on the smart devices such
as smartphones.
The bank that overtook State Bank of India (SBI) in terms of market capitalisation to become the
countrys second most valuable bank recently ICICI Bank
The Union Cabinet on September 12, 2013 gave the go-ahead to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to
invest $ 4.3 billion in special bonds of the World Bank as it would help in securing additional
funding from the multilateral lending agency for infrastructure development projects.
The Grameen Bank, the Nobel Peace Prize winning microcredit organization of Bangladesh, will be
brought under the control of countrys central bank to give the authorities more powers over the
organization. The decision by the government follows the recommendations of government-
sponsored Grameen Bank Commission, which suggested bringing the bank under the regulatory
control of either the Bangladesh Bank or the Microcredit Regulatory Authority to better monitor its
activities.
Action against farm loan waiver culprits The Finance ministry is taking action against persons
involved in irregularities in farm loan waiver schemes as it has found Rs.230 cr of irregularities in
the scheme during scrutiny of bank accounts of beneficiaries conducted by the Reserve Bank of
India (RBI) and National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) separately
across the country. Irregularities have been found in over three lakh accounts. A total of 3.37 cr
farmers were benefited to the extent of above Rs.52,259 cr under the Debt Waiver and Debt Relief
Scheme in 2008. Earlier, the CAG had pointed errors in implementation of the farm debt waiver
scheme and subsequently NABARD and RBI were issued directions to examine cases of irregularity.
FIPB raises FDI limits The Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) cleared proposals to
increase foreign institutional investors (FII) investment limit in the HCL and Axis bank. The FIPB
has approved HCL Technologies proposal to hike foreign direct investment (FDI) limit in the
company to 74% from 49%. It also approved a proposal of Axis Bank to increase the limit on
overseas holdings in the lender to 62% from 49%, subject to the condition that the holding of foreign
institutional investors does not exceed 49%. At present, the FII holding in the bank is 40.7% while
domestic institutional investors have 8.77%.
Banks to get tough with defaulters The Finance Ministry has directed state-owned banks to get
tough with willful defaulters. Promoters of companies seeking corporate debt restructuring (CDR)
are likely to be asked for a list of personal assets and these will be charged to the lending banks to
ensure that banks have sufficient collateral to cover their loans in case of defaults.
Gross NPAs or a bad loan in the banking system has touched 5%, causing concerns both for the
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What is CDR?
Corporate debt restructuring (CDR) is a mechanism run by financial institutions, including banks,
to ensure timely and transparent restructuring of debts of companies that are viable but facing
temporary difficulties.
Mahila Bank to have new IT infra model Being the countrys first womens bank is not the only
factor that sets Bharatiya Mahila Bank apart from other lenders. The banks has set a new precedent
for banking firms by adopting a technology infrastructure model based on per usage payment
system which is the first by an Indian Bank. The bank is expected to start operations in eight cities
from November.
The government has already approved Rs.1,000 cr seed capital for the bank.
The bank proposes to complete the first six branches at Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Indore
and Guwahati by October 15.
Besides managing IT operations, tech partner to bear the costs of hardware and software.
The tech partner to be paid on per-branch-per-month basis.
October2013
Capital Infusion to Banks The Finance Ministry, on October 23, 2013 announced that it would
infuse Rs.14,000 crore capital in various banks this fiscal, including Rs.2,000 crore in State Bank of
India and Rs.1,800 crore each in IDBI Bank and Central Bank of India.
Apart from the capital support from the government, public sector banks have the headroom to
raise Rs.10,000 crore from the market through rights issue, qualified institutional placement
(QIP) or follow-on public offer (FPO) without diluting the existing government stake.
Infusion of capital by government in PSBs is in addition to their internally generated capital to
enable them maintain a comfortable level of Tier-I capital. Towards this end, the government had
been infusing need-based capital in PSBs. An amount of Rs.12,517 crore was infused in 13 PSBs
during 2012-13.
During the current fiscal, Bank of Baroda will get Rs.550 crore, Canara Bank Rs.500 crore,
Allahabad Bank Rs.400 crore, and Dena Bank Rs.700 crore. Besides, Bank of India will get
Rs.1,000 crore, Corporation Bank Rs.450 crore, Union Bank of India Rs.500 crore, United Bank of
India Rs.700 crore and Oriental Bank of Commerce Rs.150 crore.
Permanent Currency Swap Accords Made Six major central banks in the world made currency
swap arrangements permanent as a prudent liquidity backstop in case of future global financial
strains on October 31, 2013. Previously these banks had temporary bilateral currency swap
arrangements. Six major central banks are: The Bank of Japan, US federal Reserve, European Central
Bank, Bank of England, Central Bank of Canada, Central Bank of Switzerland.
A currency swap is a foreign-exchange agreements between two institutions/countries to
exchange aspects (namely the principal an interest payments) of a loan in one currency for
equivalent aspects of an equal in net present value loan in another currency.
End of Banking secrecy in Switzerland Switzerland, the country most noted for its anonymous
numbered bank accounts and tight banking secrecy became the worlds 58
th
nation on October 15,
2013 to sign the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters.
The agreement prepared by taxation experts from the Paris-based Organisation for Economic
Cooperation and Development (OECD), which has led the war against tax havens in recent years
was signed by Switzerlands ambassador to the OECD and the Organisations Secretary-General
Angel Gurria in Paris. This marks the end of banking secrecy in Switzerland the head of tax
issues at the OECD. The Convention prepares the way for the automatic exchange of tax
information.
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November2013
Mahila Bank launched Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on November 19, 2013 inaugurated
the first women commercial bank of the country, the Bharatiya Mahila Bank in Mumbai (Nariman
Point).
United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi, who was the chief guest, gave
away welcome kits to the first five customers of the bank, while Dr. Singh presented sanction
letters to the first five loan applicants.
Foreign banks can acquire domestic private banks The Reserve Bank of India, on November 6,
2013, permitted wholly-owned subsidiary (WOS) of foreign banks to acquire domestic private sector
banks as well as set up branches anywhere in the country. It also allowed foreign bank subsidiary to
list on local stock exchanges.
However, foreign bank subsidiary will not be allowed to hold more than 74 per cent, the sectoral
cap for overall foreign investment, in the private banks they may acquire.
The issue of permitting WOS to enter into merger and acquisition transactions with any private
sector bank in India subject to the overall investment limit, of 74 per cent would be considered
after a review is made with regard to the extent of penetration of foreign investment in Indian
banks and functioning of foreign banks (branch mode and WOS). To provide safeguards against
the possibility of the Indian banking system being dominated by foreign banks, it said, the
framework has certain measures to contain their expansion if the share of foreign banks exceeds
a critical size.
The RBI will put a stop on further entry of new WOSs of foreign banks or capital infusion, when
the capital and reserves of all foreign banks in India exceed 20 per cent of the capital and reserves
of the entire banking system.
The RBI framework stipulates that the initial minimum paid-up voting equity capital for a WOS
would be Rs.500 crore for the new entrants.
Foreign banks, which commenced banking business in India before August, 2010, have the
option to continue their banking business through the branch mode. However, they will be
incentivised to convert into WOS because of the attractiveness of the near national treatment
afforded to WOS.
Priority sector lending requirement would be 40 per cent for WOS, like domestic scheduled
commercial banks, with adequate transition period for existing foreign bank branches converting
into WOS.
On arms length basis, WOS would be permitted to use parental guarantee/credit rating only for
the purpose of providing custodial services in India and for their international operations.
However, WOS should not provide counter guarantee to its parent for such support.
WOSs may, at their option, dilute their stake to 74 per cent or less in accordance with the existing
FDI policy. In the event of dilution, they will have to list themselves.
ICICI Bank, on November 18, 2013 hit the overseas bond market with a benchmark 5.5-year issue at
an initial pricing of 3.75 per cent over the U.S. treasury.
This is the second debt raising by the city-based lender this year after it had raised SGD 225
million early January, in a seven-year bond sale programme through its Dubai branch offering a
coupon of 3.65 per cent.
The bond sold was denominated in Singapore dollars.
Regulation S bonds or RegSbonds are those offered to non US residents and qualified
institutional buyers (under an exception to U.S. securities laws enacted in 1990), and do not enjoy
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December2013
Approval To Conversion Of Preference Shares Into Equity In 3 Banks - The government, on
January 2, 2014 approved conversion of perpetual non-cumulative preference shares (PNCPS) of
three public sector banks into equity, a move that would raise its holding in these lenders.
This would apply to three banks: Indian Bank, UCO Bank, Vijaya Bank.
Following the conversion, the government holding in Indian Bank would go up to 82.22 per cent
from the existing 80 per cent. In case of UCO Bank, it would be 77.25 per cent from 69.26 per
cent, while Vijaya Bank, it would be 71.85 per cent from the existing 55.02 per cent.
The Cabinet gave its approval for conversion in Indian Bank, UCO Bank and Vijaya Bank
amounting to Rs.400 crore, Rs.1,823 crore and Rs.1,200 crore, respectively, into equity shares of
these banks in favour of the government, subject to approval of shareholders and also the
Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and other authorities. Conversion of PNCPS,
subscribed by the government in these banks, into equity in the first instance and subsequently
in other public sector banks where it has invested in PNCPS, PCPS and IDPIs, would enhance
the Tier-I capital of the state-owned banks, thereby, making more funds available at their
disposal to meet the credit requirement of the productive sectors of economy.
January2014
Govt. Moves to Roll out Shariah Mutual Fund The UPA government is considering rolling out a
national mutual fund based on Islamic finance principles a globally fast-growing alternative
banking sector in a move expected to attract investment from Muslim households as well as big
investors. The plan is also part of a series of new measures addressed for minorities ahead of the
2014 general elections, being pushed by minority affairs minister K. Rahman Khan.
The larger plan is to use the funds, which will be floated by the State Bank of India, to finance
minority welfare schemes by also reinvesting earnings from Wakf, or Islamic endowments of
charity, usually in the form of prime real estate.
The fund will also be utilized to finance Haj, the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. This would enable
the government to stop subsidising the pilgrimage, although it has already begun tapering the
subsidy.
The Dynamics
What is Islamic Banking?
Alternative finance system that skips charging of interest, prohibited in Islam.
What will it do?
Offer a mutual fund; capital raised to be used for minority welfare.
How will it happen?
Minority affairs ministry will move GoM after feasibility study by the SBI.
NABARD cuts refinance rate by 0.20% - National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development
(NABARD) on 10
th
January, 2014 reduced refinance rate for banks and other lending agencies by
0.20 per cent to promote rural credit and rural infrastructure. The revised rate of interest on
refinance for a period of five years for commercial banks, state cooperative banks, regional rural
banks and primary urban cooperative banks will be 9.70 per cent, down from 9.90 per cent.
RBI allows NBFCs to lend more against gold jewellery The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 8
th

January, 2014 raised the cap on the proportion of loan to the value of gold, which may boost
prospects of Muthoot Finance and Manappuram. Finance companies can lead as much as 75% of the
value of the gold, up from 60% earlier.
Axis Bank gets nod to raise FDI limit to 62% - The government on 25
th
December, 2013 approved a
proposal to increase foreign holding in Axis Bank to 62 percent from the current 49 percent, which
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I NSURANCE
August2013
Reliance General Insurance launched Crop Insurance Schemes Reliance General Insurance, in
the third week of August, 2013 entered into the agriculture area by launching the weather-and
yield-based crop insurance schemes in five different states of India. These schemes will focus on the
farmers in the five states- Uttarakhand, Haryana, Assam, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
The company has been empanelled by the Union Government of India in order to implement the
Weather-Based Crop Insurance (WBCI) scheme in 21 States of India. The company also received
the authorisation from the National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (NAIS) for offering yield-
based crop protection to farmers in 50 identified districts of India.
Finance Ministry seeks details from LIC The Finance Ministry has sought details from the Life
Insurance Corporation (LIC) pertaining to its investment in Gitanjali Gems to ascertain if the
investment had any malafide intention. Details have been sought after complaint received on the
sharp fall in the stock price of Gitanjali Gems. LIC, the biggest domestic institutional investor in
the stock market, held 4.36% stake in Gitanjali Gems during the Jan-Mar quarter, which rose to
4.89% as of June 30.
IRDA allows banks to be insurance brokers The Insurance Regulatory and Development
Authority (IRDA) has said that banks can be insurance broker but should obtain prior approval of
the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) before applying for a licence. In its notification on licensing banks as
insurance brokers, the regulator asked the banks to apply under the direct broker category.
The licence, once granted, will be valid for three years. There is no requirement of capital for
entities licensed under this particular regulation. To qualify for the licence, each bank will have
to have the principal officer. Such banks cannot more than 50% of the premium from one client.
Under the current rules, banks cannot tie up with more than one life, non-life and health insurer
each to sell their policies. Insurers have demanded an open architecture for bancassurance, so
that companies that do not have a bank partner can tie up with them to distribute their products.
Detailed norms for CSC-insurers tie-up The Common Service Centres (CSCs) across India will
soon be aiding insurance companies in India in selling their products. In a meeting held between
officials of Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) and insurance industry, the
structure and process of implementation of CSCs model in insurance has been discussed. The IRDA
will bring out a notification on the same soon. After taking the views and comments of insurers on
this notification, the new model of CSCs is expected to come into operation within the next few
months. These CSCs would be similar to brokers, and would be able to sell products of multiple
insurance companies.
IRDA penalty on Bajaj Allianz The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA)
imposed a penalty of Rs.3.10 cr on Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance for violation of various norms,
including those related to early death claims and group insurance. In its order, the IRDA has asked
the company to pay the fine within 15 days. The regulator also warned the company against
wrongful claim practices and directed to ensure settlement of claims in fairness as per terms and
conditions of the policy contract.
Insurers allowed investing in PEs, debt funds The Insurance Regulatory and Development
Authority (IRDA) has allowed insurers to invest in Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) in
Category-I and Category-II. Earlier, this was restricted to Category-I.
Now, insurers would be able to invest in private equity and debt funds. However, under
Category II, at least 51% of the funds of such AIF would be invested in infrastructure entities,
small and medium enterprise (SME) entities, venture capital undertakings or social venture
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LIC major buyer in PSU disinvestments State-owned LIC purchased shares worth about
Rs.16,400 cr in governments disinvestment programme through the Offer for Sale (OFS) route,
accounting for 49% of the money raised by the government through stake sale. The OFS or auction
route has yielded Rs.33,800 cr to the exchequer through stake sale in 11 companies since March
2012, beginning with oil major ONGC. Countrys largest insurer Life Insurance Corporation (LIC)
has bought shares worth Rs.16,396 cr in these companies during the auction.
November2013
Terms set for Banks entry into insurance broking The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) released draft
guidelines for entry of banks into insurance broking business on November 29, 2013.
Since insurance broking is a knowledge-intensive activity requiring professional expertise, this
will be permitted subject to the certain conditions.
Banks desirous of offering insurance broking services, however, have to get specific prior
approval of RBI, Validity period for the approval granted for insurance broking will be three
years subject to review thereafter.
According to the draft guidelines, banks should formulate a comprehensive board-approved
policy on insurance broking. And, the services offered to customers should be in accordance
with this policy. The draft guidelines have laid out certain eligibility criteria for banks. Aspiring
banks should have a net worth of not less than Rs.500 crore, and CRAR (capital to risk assets
ratio) of not less than 10 per cent. Further, the draft has stipulated that the level of net non-
performing assets should not be more than 3 per cent. Also, the bank should have made profits
for the last three consecutive years. The RBI has made it clear that the track record of the
subsidiaries/JVs, if any, of the bank should be satisfactory. To avoid any conflict of interest,
banks undertaking insurance broking business should not enter into agreements for insurance,
either departmentally or through subsidiaries/group companies.
January2014
Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Launched All Women Branch In Pune Bajaj Allianz General
Insurance has launched an all women branch in Pune on 4
th
January. It is the first insurer to give an
opportunity to women with an aim to tap the vast talent pool of women professionals.
Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India has introduced its New Jeevan Nidhi plan which is a
conventional with profits pension plan with a combination of protection and saving features. This
plan provides for death cover during the deferment period and offers annuity on survival to the
date of vesting. Provided the policy is in full force, on vesting an amount equal to the Basic Sum
Assured along with accrued Guaranteed Additions, vested Simple Reversionary bonuses and Final
Additional bonus, if any, shall be made available to the Life Assured.
SUPREME COURT
August2013
SC fiat to CBI on Aircel-Maxis deal The Supreme Court has asked the CBI to go ahead with its
probe in the Aircel-Maxis deal without waiting for necessary sanction against an official holding
high position, in the 2G spectrum case.
November2013
Registration of FIR in Cognisable Offence is Must The Supreme Court made it mandatory for
police to register a First Information Report (FIR) on receiving a complaint about a serious offence,
freeing criminal investigation from the rampant abuse of discretionary powers by the local thana
incharge on November 12, 2013.
Importantly, the court ordered the police to enter in its daily diary all information received about
cognizable offences prior to registration of FIR. The General Diary/Station Diary/ Daily Diary is
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Registration of FIR is mandatory under Section-154 of the Criminal Procedure Code, if the
information discloses commission of a cognizable offence and no preliminary inquiry is
permissible in such situations.
The Indian Penal Code (IPC) categories those offences as cognizable which attract a minimum of
three years imprisonment as punishment.
Things to know about FIRs & NCRs
An FIR is a First Information Report made for a cognisable offence
An NCR is a Non-cognisable report, a complaint that looks similar to an FIR but is for non-
cognisable offences such as pick-pocketing, small fights, public nuisance, causing simple hurt,
loss of documents, insist on FIR for loss of IDs such as PAN, birth certificates, passports
Fix Tenure for Bureaucrats The Supreme Court directed the Centre and the States to insulate the
bureaucracy from political interference and to put an end to frequent transfers of civil servants by
political bosses on October 31, 2013.
The Supreme Court bench headed by Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan stated to fix tenure of the
bureaucrats that would help to promote the professionalism, efficiency and good governance.
The Supreme Court directed the Centre and the States to set up a Civil Services Board (CSB) in 3
months for the management of transfers, postings, inquiries, process of promotion, reward,
punishment and disciplinary matters.
It also aimed that government policies and programmes reach poor people. The court also said
that the civil servants should not act on the verbal orders given by the political executives and all
the actions taken by the political executives on the basis of written communication.
The Parliament has been also directed by the Supreme Court to enact a law to regulate transfer,
posting and disciplinary action on the IAS officers and to immunize them from political
interference.
The Supreme Court issues notice to all the States on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition,
seeking speedy trial of criminal cases pending in various courts against politicians, bureaucrats and
other influential persons.
The Supreme Court refuses to direct the Election Commission to hold fresh polls if the majority of
the electorate exercises None of the Above Option (NOTA) in the electronic voting machines
while casting their votes.
December2013
Supreme Court Judgement On Homo Sexuality Indias Supreme Court on 11 December upheld
the constitutional validity of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code making gay sex an offence
punishable with upto life imprisonment. A bench of justices G S Singhvi ans SJ Mukhopadhaya set
aside the Delhi High Courts verdict which had in 2009 decriminalised gay sex among consenting
adults in private.
The Supreme Court directs all the States to drastically restrict the number if VIPs using the red
beacon in their cars, and give the facility only to heads of the executive, the legislature and the
judiciary and those holding constitutional posts.
The Supreme Court holds that once a person is declared as an absconder/proclaimed offender in a
criminal case, he/she will not be entitled to the relief of anticipatory bail.
The Supreme Court issues notice to the Centre and all States, asking them to show cause why
contempt proceedings should not be initiated against them for violating its order on implementing
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January2014
Nepal Court Gives Voters Right to Reject Candidates Nepals Supreme Court has given voters
the right to cast negative votes during the parliamentary or local elections. The court in the verdict
on 5
th
January also directed the government and the Election Commission to introduce laws to this
effect so the voters can reject candidates, weeks after India introduced None of the above (NOTA)
option. Following the apex courts decision, Nepal has become the 15
th
country to ensure negative
voting in elections.
Supreme Court Commutes Death Penalty for 15 Fifteen death-row prisoners, whose mercy
petitions were rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee, received commutation to life imprisonment
with the Supreme Court on January 21
st
, 2014 ruling that inordinate delays ranging from seven to 11
years in the disposal of pleas and psychiatric conditions developed during incarceration, are
grounds for clemency.
Person can be made Accused even if not Named in FIR The Supreme Court on January 10, 2014
held that a person can be made accused by the trial court in case evidence crops up during the
proceedings even if he has not been named in the FIR or Charge Sheet.
ELECTI ON COMMI SSI ON (EC)
September2013
The Election Commission of India (ECI), for the first time in the country, used the Voters Verifiable
Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) system on trial basis in Nagaland. VVPAT is a device attached with
Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) which leave a verifiable paper trail of votes cast in an election.
It allows the voter to check whether his vote has been recorded with the candidate he had wished to
vote for in the EVM.

October2013
Election Commission says that the candidate securing the highest number of votes would be
declared elected even if the number of electors going for the None of the above (NOTA) option
surpassed the votes polled by the electoral contestants.

HI GH COURTS AND SESSI ONS COURTS
August2013
Indias first Cyber Forensic Lab inaugurated at Tripura High Court The first Cyber Forensic
Laboratory (CFL) of India was established in Tripura on 11 August, 2013. The lab was established at
the Tripura High Court and the purpose of the lab is to facilitate information related to court cases.
CFL is a part of e-court programme.

October2013
Guwahati HC Declared CBI as Unconstitutional The Gawhati High Court has quashed the
Union Home Ministry resolution by which the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was
constituted way back in 1963.
The court held that the CBI was neither an organ nor part of the Delhi Special Police
Establishment and thus could not be treated as a police force constituted under the DSPE Act.
Though the Division Bench had directed the respondents to produce the original records on
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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT
August2013
Drinking Water Quality centre to come up The Union Cabinet gave its approval to the proposal
for establishing the International Centre for Drinking Water Quality in Kolkata. The Centre will
be registered as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860, with the requisite manpower,
building and support infrastructure.
The basic aim of the Centre is to work in the area of identification, mitigation and management
with focus on research and development on drinking water quality-related problems in India
(both urban and rural) with a focus among other contaminants, also on arsenic and fluoride.
It will also provide policy advice on request to the Central and State Govt. and also to other
countries on demand on water quality issues.
September2013
Dr. Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India, released a postage stamp in the memory of the
freedom fighter and former Member of Parliament, Lala Jagat Narayan.
Cabinet approves TUFS for XII Plan The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given its
approval for implementation and continuation of the Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme
(TUFS) during the XII Plan period with a major focus on powerlooms with a total outlay of
Rs.11,900 cr.
October2013
Relaxed Norms in Special Economic Zones The government, on October 31, 2013 allowed
manufacturing units in special economic zones (SEZs) to subcontract work for up to three years,
instead of just one year at present.
The decision was taken following representations received from large manufacturing units,
which have stated that the move would help facilitate manufacturing processes and augment
exports.
Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Veerappa Moily announced that Aadhaar would no longer be
mandatory for availing the subsidy given for nine domestic cylinders under the Direct Benefit
Transfer (DBT) scheme sanctioned by Supreme Court.
November2013
Jailed Persons can Contest Polls Taking note of the amendment made to the Representation of the
People Act treating persons in lawful custody in a criminal case as a voter, the Supreme Court gave
a big relief to political parties by allowing them to contest elections on November 19, 2013.
A Bench of Justices AK Patnaik and SJ Mukhopadhaya dismissed the review petitions filed by
the Union government and Ramesh Dalal against a July 10 judgement upholding a 2004 Patna
High Court ruling, which held that when a person in custody was disqualified to vote he was
disqualified from contesting the elections also.
Section-62 (5) of the RP Act says, No person shall vote at any election if he/she is confined in a
prison, whether under a sentence of imprisonment or transportation or otherwise, or is in the
lawful custody of the police: Provided that nothing in this subsection shall apply to a person
subjected to preventive detention under any law for the time being in force.
Subsequent to the July 10 judgment, Parliament amended the RP Act and introduced a
provisonal to Section-62 (5) in the RP (Amendment and Validation) Act, 2013, which says ... by
reasons of the prohibition to vote under this sub-section, a person whose name has been entered
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December2013
Code of Conduct Revised In a bid to insulate the bureaucracy from political interference, the
Union Cabinet on December 12, 2013 revised the Code of Conduct for Ministers (both Union and
States) by adding a new provision as per which Ministers cannot force civil servants to take
decisions that may be in conflict with their duties and responsibilities.
A new paragraph has been added to Section 2 in the Code of Conduct, which states that the
Ministers shall up hold the political impartiality of the civil services and not ask the civil
servants to act in any way which would conflict with the duties and responsibilities of the civil
servants. The revised code will take immediate effect in the case of the Union Council of
Ministers. In the case of the States and the Union Territories, the revised code will be forwarded
to the Chief Ministers for adoption.
Cabinet approves spectrum base price The Union Cabinet, on December 9, 2013 approved the
reserved prices for spectrum sale as recommended by the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM)
on telecom Rs.1,765 crore per MHz pan-India for 1800 MHz band and Rs.360 crore. Rs.328 crore
and Rs.125 crore per MHz in metro service areas of Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, respectively, for
900 MHz band.
The spectrum prices are 26 per cent lower than the base price in case of 1800 MHz band and 53
per cent less in 900 MHz band than the previous auction prices. The government is hoping to
garner over Rs.48,000 crore from the spectrum sale slated for January 2014.
Centre Clears Rs.990-crore Programme for Leather Sector During XII Plan The government, on
January 2, 2014, approved the Indian Leather Development Programme (ILDP), entailing
expenditure of about Rs.990 crore, for implementation during the XII Plan (2012-17) for the overall
development of the sector.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the Central sector scheme, ILDP, for
implementation during the XII Plan aiming at overall development of the leather sector. The
ILDP was implemented in the XI Plan under 13 sub-schemes and an expenditure of Rs.669.02
crore was incurred during the period. Six sub-schemes are being proposed for continuation from
the XI Plan for implementation during the XII Plan with an outlay of Rs.990.36 crore.
The schemes are: integrated development of leather sector, human resource development,
support to artisan, leather technology innovation and environmental issues, mega leather cluster
and establishment of institutional institutes.
Budgetary Support For Sicks CPSEs - The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), on
December 26, 2013 approved non-plan budgetary support of Rs.116.86 crore for the payment of
statutory dues such as provident fund, gratuity, pension, employees state insurance and bonus as
well as salaries and wages at eleven sick or loss-making Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs)
under the Department of Heavy Industry.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approves the ambitious proposal for installing CCTV
cameras and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in public transport vehicles to ensure womens
safety.
The Union Cabinet approves the National Youth Policy 2014 to replace the National Youth Policy
2003.
January2014
Government Approves CCTVs, GPS in Public Transport For Womens Safety The Cabinet
Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved a Rs.1,405-crore project to track and monitor
public transport and provide alarm buttons for alerting authorities. The project involves setting up
of closed circuit television (CCTVs) and using global positioning system (GPS) to ensure safety and
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Cabinet Approved National Youth Policy 2014 The union cabinet on 9
th
January approved the
National Youth Policy 2014, which focuses on education, skill development, employment,
entrepreneurship and health. The National Youth Policy-2014 (NYP-2014) replaced the NYP-2003
currently in force. According to the 2011 census, the policy will cover the entire country, catering to
the needs of all youth in the age-group of 15-29 years, which constitutes 27.5 per cent of the
population.
Cabinet nod for rail tariff regulator The Union Cabinet on 20
th
January, 2014 cleared a proposal to
set up an independent rail tariff regulator to advice railways on fixing fares. The setting up of Rail
Tariff Authority is seen as the first step towards depoliticizing rail fares and inducing reforms
aimed at pulling the cash-strapped railways out of financial crisis.
STATES
August2013
JAMMU & KASHMIR - Pashmina Shawls of Jammu and Kashmir got Geographical Indication
Mark The handwoven Pashmina shawls of Kashmir were accredited with the Geographical
Indication (GI) mark. The Chief Minister of Kashmir Omar Abdullah on 5 August, 2013 launched
the Kashmir Pashmina GI mark, which will now be imprinted on all handwoven Kashmiri
Pashmina Shawls, in the form of label.
JHARKHAND Chief Minister Hemant Soren on 4 August, 2013 expanded his cabinet by
inducting six new ministers. Governor Syed Ahmed administered the oath to all the new ministers
at Raj Bhavan in Ranchi.
The newly inducted ministers are Champai Soren, Simon Marandi, Hazi Hussan Ansari,
Jaiprakash Bhai Patel (all JMM), Suresh Paswan (RJD) and Geetashree Oraon (Congress). With
this expansion, the Chief Minister now has mine ministers in his council. As per the
constitutional provision he can have a maximum of 12 ministers including himself.
MAHARASHTRA disburse salary through Aadhaar linked bank accounts - Maharashtra on 7
August, 2013 became the first state in the country to disburse salary of its staff through their
Aadhaar-linked bank accounts. The employees of the state governments Information Technology
(IT) department got their July 2013 salaries through their Aadhaar-linked bank accounts.
UTTARAKHAND The World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) agreed to provide
USD 400 mn for reconstruction and rehabilitation in the disaster-hit areas in Uttarakhand.
MANIPUR The state that observed Patriots Day on 13 August to pay tribute to the warriors who
fought with the British in the war of 1891.
ANDHRA PRADESH PACS in two districts of Andhra Pradesh to be linked with NCDEX
The warehouse of Primary Agriculture Co-operative Societies (PACS) in Mahabubnagar and
Kurnool districts of Andhra Pradesh were linked with the National Commodity & Derivatives
Exchange Limited (NCDEX) spot exchange on 5 August, 2013.
As a part of this initiative eight PACS had received the membership certification, which would
help the farmers to sell their goods on exchange platform.
This is the first of its kind initiative in the country and was initiated by the National Bank for
Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).
NCDEX is a nation-level, technology driven on-line commodity Exchange. NCDEX is a public
limited company registered under The Companies Act, 1956 with the Registrar of Companies,
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TAMIL NADU - Two projects of BHEL inaugurated in Tamil Nadu Manmohan Singh, the Prime
Minister of India on 2 August, 2013 inaugurated two projects of Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) in
Thirumayam at Puthukottai district of Tamil Nadu. The two projects are a High Pressure Boiler
Plant Unit-II, a Greenfield Initiative and the Power Plant Piping Unit. The unit is spread over 40
acres of land. Its capacity is 80000 metric tonnes per annum. With the operationalisation of the two
units, BHEL has achieved an annual manufacturing capacity of 20000 MW.
UTTAR PRADESH Setting the stage for a confrontation with the Uttar Pradesh, the Vishwa
Hindu Parishad (VHP) inaugurated its controversial 84-kosi parikrama in Ayodhya amidst a
massive crackdown launched by the administration, in which over 500 people were arrested. The
state government had banned the Yatra, stating it would not allow setting any new tradition. The
court rejected a plea to order the govt. to allow the Yatra saying there is no material showing that
the parikrama proposed to be undertaken is a part of religious custom. No such direction can be
issued as no right occurs.
HARYANA state decided to recruit 11,000 constables and 1,500 women police personnel.
MIZORAM The state that is taking effective measures to tackle the Porcine Reproductive and
Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS).
WEST BENGAL Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM) organises Ghar Bhitra Janta (People Inside
Homes) agitation in hills of Darjeeling district to press their demand for a separate state of
Gorkhaland. This was decided by the newly formed Gorkhaland Joint Action Committee
comprising various outfits of hill-based parties.
MADHYA PRADESH will be the 4
th
state in India to offer cheaper aviation fuel in the country as
the CM of the state Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced to slash value added tax (VAT) on
aviation turbine fuel (ATF) from 23 per cent to 5% in the state.
HIMACHAL PRADESH creates a National Record by organizing a Half-Marathon at high
altitude Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh on 10 August 2013 created a national record
by organizing a 21 kilometer long Half Marathon at the height of 10050 feet at Keylong. A total of
261 sportsmen from Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Army participated in the
event.
September2013
Gujarat Bharat Nirman, a Public Information Campaign launched at Viramgam block of
Ahmedabad District in Gujarat on September 23, 2013 to spread the information of Government
flagship programmes like MGNREGA, NRHM etc.
Tamil Nadu The government of Tamil Nadu decided to install the GPS-connected panic button in
all the auto rickshaws in Chennai in order to regulate this mode of transport.
Madhya Pradesh government on 10 September, 2013 decided to constitute a State Disaster
Emergency Response Force. This force will deal with any calamity in effective manner and provide
immediate relief to affected persons.
The Cabinet decided to set-up Multi-purpose Krishi Sewa Kendras in two primary agriculture
credit societies in every district to provide farm inputs to farmers, run PDS shops more
effectively and forming single-point delivery system for procurement of foodgrains and other
services.
Chhattisgarh National Literacy Award Chhattisgarh has bagged the National Literacy Award
on September 8, 2013. This is for the first time that State has received awards in all the three
categories State, District and Panchayat. In the State category, Chhattisgarh got the award for
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The focus of Sakshar Bharat Mission programme is to educate illiterates between 15 and 35
years, especially women. Under the programme, students of Classes X and XI, are motivated to
impart education to illiterate children of tribal dominated areas of the State.
Least Unemployment in Chhattisgarh Labour Bureau under Ministry of Labour and
Employment released data on annual unemployment rate on September 19, 2013. According to
the report, Chhattisgarh has least unemployment rate while Sikkim has the maximum rate of
unemployment. On all India level, male unemployment rate is 4% while female unemployment
rate is 7.2%.
Asom New Health Initiatives Launched Union Health Minister of Health & Family Welfare
Ghulam Nabi Azad launched various new health initiatives worth Rs.500 crore under the National
Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in Asom at Guwahati on September 1, 2013.
The health initiatives were launched for the purpose of strengthening healthcare services in
Asom. The new health initiatives include Free Generic Drug Service, Rashtriya Ball Swasthya
Karyakram (RBSK), National Iron Plus Initiative, Fleet of 359 New Ambulances for National
Ambulance Service.
Andhra Pradesh The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on 20 September 2013 approved the
setting up of Information Technology Investment Region (ITIR) near Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.
The ITIR, spread over 50000 acres, with an investment potential of about 2.19 lakh crore Rupees
in Information Technology and Electronic Hardware manufacturing over 25 years.
Maharashtra Manodhairya Scheme Launched The Maharashtra government will provide
financial assistance to survivors of crimes like rape, acid attack and child sexual abuse, or their
dependents. The scheme will come in effect from October 2, 2013.
The State Cabinet approved a scheme, Manodhairya (morale boost), under which rape and child
sexual abuse survivors or their dependents will get Rs.2 lakh as compensation, which may be
extended to a maximum of Rs.3 lakh in special cases. A committee under the Collector will be
set-up in every district to monitor and implement the scheme across the State.
Kerala - The state where the ambitious Zero Landless Project, aimed to providing land to all
landless people in the state by 2015, was launched recently.
Odisha The state that emerged as the top investment destination in India during 2012-13 as per
the latest data released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
Tripura the most literate state in India Indias northeastern state of Tripura achieved the first
position in literacy with 94.65 per cent, beating Kerala (93.91%). Tripura jumped to first position
from the 12
th
position in the 2001 census and the fourth position in the 2011 census. Over 8,254
voluntary literacy workers (VLW) have worked tremendously with full dedication under 8,152
adult literacy centres to make the leftover (131,634 people) unlettered people literate.
The national literacy rate, according to the 2011 census, is 74.04 per cent.
Delhi tops per capita income Delhi has the highest per capita income in the country. Its average
per capita income, at more than Rs.2 lakh per year in 2012-13, is the highest in India as shown by the
Delhi Human Development Report 2013 released by Vice President Hamid Ansari along with Delhi
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit recently.
Punjab government faces grim fiscal scenario with a cash-strapped SAD-BJP coalition delaying
payment of salaries to its employees, VAT refunds to industries and clearing its fuel expense bills.
The opposition party Congress has demanded imposition of financial emergency in the state.
Punjabs outstanding debt, including reserve funds, went up from Rs.55,982 cr in 2007-08 to
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Sikkim Air Connectivity to Sikkim by 2014: Sikkim will have air connectivity by December, 2014
when the construction of a green-field airport at an altitude of 4,700 feet will be completed. The
airport, one of the five high altitude airports in India.
October2013
TAMIL NADU - Fifth Edition of India international Regatta Competition The Minister of
Shipping G.K. Vasan inaugurated the fifth edition of the Indian International Regatta Competition
in Chennai on 30 September 2013. The competition focuses sailing, which teaches the control of the
boat depending upon the flow of the wind, the tide and the currents. It is notable that the sailors of
the Tamil Nadu Sailing Association also won Gold in the team sailing championships in the Sail
the Gulf event at Doha, Qatar in February 2013.
GUJARAT Chief Minister Narendra Modi on 31 October 2013 laid the foundation stone of the
Statue of Unity a 182 metre tall statue (Worlds largest statue) of iron man Sardar Vallabhai Patel
on his 138
th
birth anniversary at Sardar Sarovar Dam site in Bharuch district in Gujarat. The Statue
of Unity will be double of the height of the Statue of Liberty (93 metres) in the USA.
Sardar Vallabhai Patel National Museum is inaugurated Prime Minister of India, Dr.
Manmohan Singh on 29 October 2013 inaugurated the Sardar Vallabhai Patel National Museum
at Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Eight feet tall statue of Sardar Patel along with Mahatma Gandhi and
Jawaharlal Nehru is the main attraction of this National museum.
ANDHRA PRADESH On 3
rd
October the Union Cabinet approves the blue print to carve Indias
29
th
States Telangana out of Andhra Pradesh. The development triggers a spate of resignations from
the Union Council of Ministers.
HARYANA First Food Bank Launched Haryana launched its first food bank in order to give
assistance to the different feeding programmes in Gurgaon as well as nearby areas. The food bank
received support by global food major Cargill and India Food Banking Network (IFBN), which is
initiated by Sam Pitroda, Advisor to Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and
Innovations.
Haryana recently adopted the National Food Security Ordinance in order to ensure that people
have adequate quantity as well as quality of food at reasonable prices.
The new Gurgaon Food Bank targets sustained daily feeding of approximately 10000
beneficiaries by 2014 in the Gurgaon region. It is estimated that if replicated on a national level,
this model will play a crucial role in eliminating the hunger completely from the country by the
year 2020.
UTTARAKHAND - World Bank Approved $ 250-million Aid - The World Bank has approved $
250 million assistance for Uttarakhand, which was hit hard by rains and landslides in June that
killed 580 people, to help the State undertake rehabilitation work and strengthen its capacity for
disaster management on October 26, 2013. India had sought assistance from multilateral agencies
like the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for undertaking rehabilitation work in
Uttarakhand.
Earlier, a joint World Bank and ADB team conducted a Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment
(RDNA) at the request of the Indian government to rebuild the State infrastructure and assets
lost in the June disaster. It has estimated the physical damages across a range of sectors and
calculated the cost of reconstruction of about $ 661 million.
November2013
ARUNACHAL PRADESH President Addresses the State Assembly: Underlining Arunachal
Pradeshs core role as an integral part of the northeast, President Pranab Mukherjee on November
29, 2013 said Indias destiny lay in linking itself more and more with its Asian partners for
development. Outlining the Look East policy, the President said Arunachal Pradesh was a core
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HARYANA - Gurgaon Rapid Metro inaugurated Indias first fully privately funded Rapid Metro
Gurgaon announced the start of its commercial operations from Gurgaon in Haryana on November
14, 2013. Rapid Metro Rail Gurgaon Limited is a metro system in the Indian city of Gurgaon,
Haryana, linked with the Delhi Metro systems Yellow Line. The first phase became operational and
will cover a distance of 5.1 km. Two more phases are planned.
The Rapid Metro is private public partnership project between IL&FS Rail Limited and HUDA
and was built at a cost of Rs.1100 crore. The drivers were trained by Delhi Metro Rail
Corporation staff. Five fully automated trains with a frequency of 4 minutes will be running
between the six stations (currently five stations) with each train carrying over 800 passengers on
each trip.
TRIPURA Tripuras new central jail, said to be the most modern and spacious in the northeast, is
inaugurated by Chief Minister Manik Sarkar at Bishalgarh, near Agartala.
WEST BENGAL Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee launches a government-backed savings scheme
to keep the common man off ponzi schemes.
Safe Savings Scheme Launched
The West Bengal government launched a small savings deposit scheme for the marginalized
sections of the society to counter ponzi-schemes on November 6, 2013.
Under this scheme, a person can invest between Rs.1000 to Rs.1 lakh individually and up to Rs.5
lakh with family which will be managed by the West Bengal Financial Development Corporation
(WBFDC) registered as a deposit-taking Non-Banking Finance Company (NBFC).
The West Bengal Financial Development Corporation would run the scheme through four
Nationalised banks State Bank of India, United Bank of India, UCO Bank and Allahabad bank.
Other banks may join later.
The term of deposit would start from one year and would go up to five years. But people would
be able to withdraw their money even after three months. The rate of interest would be the same
as in banks. Citizens would deposit and withdraw their money through banks only.
A resolution congratulating cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, who recently retired after playing
his 200
th
Test match, is adopted in the West Bengal Assembly.
BIHAR The Bihar government announces that it would provide electricity free of cost in public
areas during Chhath Puja, the most important festival in the State.
ANDHRA PRADESH Cyclone Lehar on 27 November 2013 hit the Andhra Pradesh coast and
caused severe damage in the coastal region. The nine coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh are highly
affected in the region and coastal area of Odisha also affected. After cyclone Phailin and cyclone
Helen, this is the third severe cyclone within a month. Tropical cyclone Helen affected the same
area of Andhra Pradesh with heavy rains and winds on 22 November 2013 killing 10 people.
UTTAR PRADESH The Archaeological Survey of India unearths rare pieces of pottery dating
back to the Kushan and Gupta periods at the dilapidated fort of Raja Ram Baksh Singh at Unnao in
Uttar Pradesh.
MIZORAM VVPAT to be Used for the First time
With Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) being used on a large-scale for the first time in the
country in the Mizoram Assembly elections (November 25), the Elections Commission is leaving no
stone unturned to make it easily accessible to voters. The VVPATs are being used in only 10
assembly constituencies of Aizwal district of the total 40 Assembly segments.
What is VVPAT?
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covered screen with the symbol and the candidate, he has voted for in a form of a small ballot
paper, which after 3 to 4 seconds would automatically fall into an attached closed box.
The VVPAT system was first experimented in the Noksen Assembly bypoll recently in Nagaland
and Mizoram would be the first state where it would be introduced on a large scale.
ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS Incentives for investments The Andaman & Nicobar
Administration is committed to industrial development without disturbing the fragile ecology of
the islands. To give a fillip to industrial growth in the Andamans, the A & N Administration has put
in place a number of attractive incentives:
Investment Subsidy is available for Small & Medium Enterprises
90% Freight Subsidy for transportation of raw materials and finished products
Developed industrial plot on nominal lease rent
Rs.75 lakh Grant covering 33.33% of the cost of Plant and Machinery and Technical Civil Works
in the Food Processing Industry
Rs.50 lakh Grant in Aid covering 50% for procurement of new reefer vehicles/pre-cooling
Cold Chain facilities and 50% Grant in Aid to non-horticultural products up to Rs.5 crore per
project
Rs.25 lakh Credit linked back ended Subsidy covering 25% for procurement/manufacturing of
deep sea fishing vessels
15 lakh Credit linked back ended Subsidy covering 25% for establishment of ice plant/cold
storage
50% Subsidy covering Rs.3 lakh for open sea cage culture
Schemes are also available under NFDB and MPEDA for deep sea fishing vessels, ice plants, cold
storage, retail & wholesale market, open sea cage culture, etc.
UTTARAKHAND 14
th
foundation day of the state celebrated: The 14
th
Foundation Day of
Uttarakhand on November 9, 2013 came with several pleasant announcements including
government job to about 40,000 persons. Assembly Speaker Goving Singh Kunjwal performed
Bhumi Pujan for the Vidhan Sabha complex at Bharirisen in Gairsen.
December2013
ANDHRA PRADESH Cabinet approves Telangana: The Union Cabinet on December 5, 2013
approved a Bill for creation of a Telangana State with 10 districts, paving the way for the bifurcation
of Andhra Pradesh to give birth to the countrys 29
th
State.
Though the idea of adding two districts of Rayalaseema to the new State was raised by at least
two of the Ministers from the coastal districts, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde apparently
made it clear it was never under consideration.
Highlights of the Bill:
Telangana will have 10 districts and the rest of Andhra Pradesh will have 13 districts
The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation area will remain the common capital for both
States for a period not exceeding 10 years
An expert committee will identify an alternative capital for Telangana within 45 days of
gazette notification
A joint public service commission will be in place for the two States
Both States will have special status under Article 371-D of the Constitution for equitable
opportunities.
The Governor of Telangana will have a special responsibility for security of life, liberty and
property of all those who reside in the common capital area. The Governor may be assisted by
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Pulichantala Project Dedicated to Nation - Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar
Reddy dedicated to the nation the Pulichantala project (named after Dr.K.L.Rao) across the
Krishna in Guntur on December 7, 2013. The inauguration of the project was a dream come true-
for farmers of Krishna Delta system as it has been designed to stabilize 13.08 lakh acres of ayacut
besides generating 120 MW of power in the hydel unit located in Vajinipalli village in Nalgonda
district.
At least 26 passengers are killed after a fire engulfs an AC coach of Bangalore Nanded express
train in Anantpur district of Andhra Pradesh.
SIKKIM Air Connectivity to Sikkim by 2014: Sikkim will have air connectivity by December, 2013
when the construction of a green-field airport at an altitude of 4,700 feet will be completed. The
airport, one of the five high altitude airports in India, is being constructed on 200 acres of land,
around 30 km south of capital Gangtok. The airport, with 180-metre-long airstrip, will facilitate the
flights of ATR-72 planes and include hangars for two small ATR aircraft. Presently, the nearest
airport to Sikkim is located 124 kilometres away at Bagdogra in West Bengal.
JAMMU & KASHMIR - Jammu & Kashmir Kashmir Gets a Ropeway - Twenty-five years after
the authorities conceived the Kashmir Valleys first ropeway and created the Jammu and Kashmir
Cable Car Corporation (JKCCC) to boost tourism at Gulmarg, the State got its second tourist-carrier
on December 23, 2013. Three Ministers of Omar Abdullahs government Ghulam Ahmed Mir,
Mian Altaf Ahmad and Ali Mohammad Sagar dedicated the 594-metre mono-cable ropeway to the
residents of Srinagar.
MANIPUR Sankirtana on UNESCOs Intangible Heritage list Sankirtana: Ritual singing,
drumming and dancing of Manipur nominated from India is among the 14 elements inscribed on
the Representative List of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This was
announced at the eighth session of the UNESCO, Intergovernmental Committee in Baku,
Azerbaijan, held from December 2 to 7, 2013.
DELHI - The Aam Aadmi party (AAP) government announces a 50 per cent subsidy on power
consumption up to 400 units on the existing Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) rates
in Delhi.
January2014
ASSAM Assam Decided to follow Chaibagaan Time After 66 years of following the Indian
Standard Time (IST), Assam has on 1
st
January decided to go back in time to follow Chaibagaan
time, a daylight schedule British tea planters introduced more than 150 years ago. Chaibagaan or
bagaan time was set one hour ahead of IST for tea estates, collieries and oil industry of Assam.
Demand for Heritage status for Junbeel Mela The Assam government has requested
UNESCO to declare the historic Junbeel Mela a heritage festival and Morigaon district a
heritage site. Chief Secretary Jitesh Khosla had written to UNESCO requesting it to accord
special status to the Mela.
KERALA Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Launched Total E-literacy Project implemented by
PN Panicker Vigyan Vikas Kendra in Thiruvananthapuram on 4
th
January. This would act as the
corner-stone of the Kerala model of development. The programme was aimed at achieving total
e-literacy in the state in 33 months, marching from total literacy to complete literacy.
TCS to Set Up Worlds Largest Corporate Learning Centre in Thiruvananthapuram Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh laid the foundation stone for Countrys largest software services firm
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Global Learning Centre in Thiruvananthapuram on 4
th

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GUJARAT National average in fall in Maternal Mortality Rate According to the Union Health
Ministry latest data report released on 6
th
January, Gujarat has done a little worse than the national
average when it comes to achieving decline in the Total Fertility Rate (TFR) and Maternal Mortality
Rate (MMR).
CHHATTISGARH Launched Toll Free Number 1100 For Graft Complaints Chhattisgarh
government has on 7
th
January launched a toll free helpline number 1100 where people could
lodge graft-related complaints against the state government officials. The facility will help to
provide better governance to the people.
State wins Krishi Karman Award Chhattisgarh created history in January 2014 by winning
Krishi Karman Award for the second time. It has been adjudged the Best Performing State in
price production.
Chhattisgarh Governments Initiatives for farmers:
Best Management of complete FOOD-SUPPLY-CHAIN: From agriculture production,
procurement to distribution
Every single grain of paddy was procured. Record procurement of 71 lakh million tonnes in
2013.
Hassle free cheque payment of Rs.43,000 crore to farmers for paddy procurement in last 10 years
Loan provided to farmers on 1 percent interest
Electrification of 3 lakh irrigation pumps
247365 uninterrupted power supply to farmers
7,500 unit electricity free of cost to farmers
Innovative Schemes for Drift and Lift Irrigation and Agriculture Extension Services
KARNATAKA Becomes first state to provide Universal Health Coverage to its population. It
achieved the distinction with the launch of Rajiv Arogya Yojana on 9
th
January 2014.
DELHI Launched a Helpline to Curb Corruption Delhi government on 10 January introduced
1031, an easy to remember anti-corruption helpline number replaced the eight-digit number (011-
27357169) launched on 8
th
January 2014. The service has been set up under the chief ministers office
and the cases will be passed on to the vigilance department.
BIHAR Bihar town paints itself Green A Bihar town Bhabua has painted itself green to match
its verdant surroundings. The initiative to paint buildings in Bhabua town with green colour was
taken during the 2013 Diwali and completed on January 14
th
, 2014, Kaimur District Magistrate
Arvind Kumar Singh, the man behind the idea, said.
HARYANA Jind and Karnal Included in the National Capital Region (NCR) The National
Capital Region got another expansion in its area as the two districts of Haryana State Jind and
Karnal have been included in the NCR zone of January 20
th
, 2014. Accepting the requests from the
Haryana government, the National Capital Region Planning Board approved the inclusion of
adjoining districts of Jind and Karnal in the NCR.
PLACE I N THE NEWS
August2013
Paradip Port was conferred with the Major Port of the Year award for its excellent performance in
the year 2012-13.
Indias Taj Mahal ranked among the top 3 landmarks in the world TripAdvisors 2013 Travellers
Choice Attractions Awards ranked Indias Taj Mahal among the top three landmarks in the world.
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Khagaria A speeding express train ran over devotees waiting on tracks to stop it, leaving 35
persons dead and triggering angry protests by locals who attacked the train driver and set afire its
coach besides engine of another train at Dhamara Ghat Station in Khagaria district in Bihar. The
kanwarias (devotees of Lord Shiva) were on the tracks after lighting from the Samastipur-Saharsa
passenger when they were run over by the Saharsa-Patna Rajyarani Express travelling at 80 kmph.
The pilgrims were going to nearby Katyayani Sthan temple to offer Jalabhishek to Lord Shiva on the
fourth and final Monday of the holy month of Shrawan when the mishap took place.
September2013
Barmer (Rajasthan) The UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi laid the foundation stone for HPCL
Rajasthan Refinery and Petrochemical Complex at Pachpadra in Barmer district on September 22,
2013.
Kerala government laid the foundation stone of Bio 360, a Life Sciences Park. It was initiated by
state owned Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation in the outskirts of
Thiruvananthapuram.
Dr. Manmohan Singh launched the Gandhi Heritage Portal in New Delhi. The Gandhi Heritage
Portal is set up to preserve, protect and disseminate original writings of Gandhiji.
Muzaffarnagar The city in Uttar Pradesh was in centre of attention as clashes between members
of two communities claimed more than 43 lives and forced thousands to vacate their homes. The
army was deployed, which flag-marched in rural areas, and curfew was imposed in the city after
the situation refused to come to normal. Several people, including political party members, have
been arrested on charges of infuriating riots.
The Uttar Pradesh government has constituted a one-member judicial commission of Justice
Vishnu Sahai to probe Muzaffarnagar violence, which has claimed over several lives.
Jal Satyagraha in Madhya Pradesh The unique demonstration, which was first held in 2012,
involves protestors immersing themselves in the backwaters of the River Narmada indefinitely as
the residents of villages on the banks of Indira Sagar Dam say raising water levels above 260 metres
would submerge their crops and homes. They are demanding a rehabilitation package similar to the
one given to evacuees of the Omkareshwar dam in the State. The Madhya Pradesh govt enforced
curfew at all venues of the Jal Satyagraha in an attempt to stop the protest.
Supreme Court cleared DFC through national park The Supreme Court of India, on 30 August,
2013, cleared the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) Project passing through Sanjay Gandhi National
Park (SGNP). With this clearance, the construction of Phase II of DFC from Vadodara to JNPT has
been cleared.
October2013
Bheramara India and Bangladesh on 5 October 2013 jointly inaugurated the India-Bangladesh
Grid Inter-connection at Bheramara in Bangladesh. The joint venture was launched through video-
conferencing from New Delhi.
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai The largest Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower
of India was inaugurated outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai on 18
October 2013. The tallest ATC tower stands at the length of 84 metres or around 30 storey building.
The tower was inaugurated by the Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh and Maharashtra Chief
Minister Prithviraj Chavan.
Kanhoji Angre Union Tourism Minister K. Chiranjeevi revealed on 28 September 2013 that the
Kanhoji Angre lighthouse off the Mumbai coast will be the new tourist attraction. The
announcement was made in Mumbai by the Union Tourism Minister K. Chiranjeevi along with
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Ratangarh Approximately, 60 people were feared killed and over 100 injured in a stampede on 13
October 2013 near a Mata temple at Ratangarh in Madhya Pradeshs Datia District. The stampede
was caused by rumours that the bridge they were crossing was about to collapse.
Saraikela Kharsawan (Jharkhand) Indias second Indoor Archery stadium is going to set-up in
saraikela Kharsawan district, Jharkhand. Currently, there is only one such stadium present in India
which is located in Pune. The facilities of possessing indoor Archery stadiums are there with some
of the selected nations such as Korea and China.
I am Malala: the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban - The autography
of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban for supporting girls
education released on 8 October 2013 in London.
Nagpur The first National Institute of Disaster Response (NIDR) will be set up on the outskirts of
Kamptee in Nagpur district. The world-class facility would train future battalions of National
Disaster Response Force (NDRF), central and state forces and units from foreign countries.
Ancient Mummies Discovered from Lima Suburb The archeologists in Peru discovered two
mummies more than 1000 years old in the capital of Peru - Lima.
Centre Cleared Road Project Arunachal Pradesh The Centre has cleared the 157 km Miao-
Vijaynagar road project that will connect the remote Vijaynagar circle in Changlang district of
Arunachal Pradesh along the India-Myanmar border, 100km of it passing through the Namdapha
National Park. Touted to be the longest road project under the Prime Ministers Gram Sadak Yojana,
it will have altogether 25 bridges along its stretch.
China Opens New Highway Near Arunachal Border China on October 31, 2013 opened a new
highway that links what the government has described as Tibets last isolated country located
near the border with Arunachal Pradesh with the rest of the country and will now provide all-
weather access to the strategically-important region.
November2013
President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurates the 33
rd
India International Trade Fair at Pragati Maidan
in New Delhi. India Trade Promotion Organisation chairperson and managing director Rita Menon
announced that Women Entrepreneurs will be the theme of next edition of IITE.
The joint retreat ceremony of the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Border Guard Bangladesh
(BGB) starts on Petropole-Benapole, a stretch separating the two countries along West Bengals
North 24 Parganas district and Jessore district of Bangladesh.
The Southern Railway awards a consultancy project to the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras to
assess the strength of Pamban Rail Bridge, Indias first cantilever bridge, completing 100 years on
February 24, 2013.
To salute poet-philosopher Rabindranath Tagore on the centenary of his getting the Nobel Prize for
literature, the Visva-Bharati University organizes an international seminar and an exhibition to
climax the yearlong celebrations.
Indias second international standard multiuse Integrated Check Post (ICP) and the first along the
Bangladesh border is opened to people at Akhaurah in Tripura.
Kannur Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh on 1 November 2013 declared
Kannur in Kerala as the first zero-landless district in the country. Kannur District Authorities
provided land to as many as 11118 beneficiaries, including 85 families belonging to the Scheduled
Tribes category. The prestigious Zero Landless programme of the United Democratic Front was
flagged off by Congress president Sonia Gandhi in October 2013. The Zero Landless programme
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Nobel Memorial Wall unveiled at Rajiv Chowk Metro Station Delhi Metro Rail Corporation
and the Embassy of Sweden on 9 November 2013 jointly unveiled a Nobel Memorial Wall at Rajiv
Chowk metro station, Delhi. The aim of exhibiting this wall is to spread awareness about all the
Nobel Laureates of India, with a focus on Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore.
Sydney The Regional Pravasi Bhartiya Divas was officially launched on 11 November 2013 in
Sydney, Australia by New South Wales, Premier Barry OFarrell and Overseas Indian Affairs
Minister Vayalar Ravi. The 2013 convention is the first to be held in Australia, marking the
contribution the overseas Indian community makes to the development of India. The conventions
objective is to link the vast Indian diaspora and other parts of the Asia-Pacific region with India. The
2013 Convention will be the seventh such conference held outside India. The Regional Pravasi
Bharatiya Divas is organized by the High Commission of India and the Ministry of Overseas Indian
Affairs. Participation in the convention is expected from all states and territories of Australia and
from neighbouring countries, including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Hong
Kong, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Fiji and the Pacific Islands.
December2013
In the month of December 2013, A 1,400-year-old Buddhist temple, built during the Northern Qi
Dynasty, has been discovered in north Chinas Shanxi Province.
Jhajjar The Union Cabinet on December 26, 2013 approved the proposal for setting up of National
Cancer Institute at Jhajjar in Haryana.
Plastivision India 2013 - The 9
th
Plastivision India 2013, the international plastics exhibition, was
organised from December 12 to December 16, 2013 in Gurgaon, Mumbai.
January2014
Prime Minister Inaugurated New Terminal 2 at Mumbai Airport Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh inaugurated Terminal 2 (T2) of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) in
Mumbai on 10
th
January.
North Indias Gorakhpur Railway Station Has Worlds Longest Platform A newly built railway
platform in northern Uttar Pradesh state has entered the record books as the longest railway
platform in the world. North Eastern Railways (NER) general manager K K Atal on 9
th
January
unveiled the certificate from the Limca Book of Records to Platform No.1 of the Gorakhpur Railway
Station. The platform was inaugurated on 6
th
October 2013 and measures 1,355.40 metres long.
Odishas Chilika Lagoon Named Destination Flyways By UNWTO Chilika lagoon in Odisha
was named Destination Flyways by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) on
21
st
January. The lagoon was named so for its sustainable and resilient destination for migratory
birds. Chilika is the only site to be selected from Asia by the UNWTO and was included in a list of
eight such sites. The Destination Flyways initiative of UNWTO aims at promotion of sustainable
tourism.
Army Starts Raising Strike Corps on LAC with China Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on
January 8
th
, 2014 was briefed on the operational readiness along the Line of Actual Control (LAC)
with China, in the backdrop of the Army kicking off the raising of a new mountain strike corps to
get some offensive punch against the much larger Peoples Liberation Army.
Jamila Bayaz, 50, colonel Jamila Bayaz created history on 14
th
January, 2014 when she became the
first female chief of police of a district in Afghanistan.
Govt to set up National Cancer Institute at Jhajjar The centre on 26
th
December, 2013 cleared a
proposal for setting up of National Cancer Institute at the Jhajjar campus of All India Institute of
Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, at a cost of Rs.2035 crore. The cancer institute will be located
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PERSONALI TI ES
August2013
Edward Snowden Russia on 1 August, 2013 granted one year asylum to Edward J. Snowden, the
National Security Agency leaker. Snowden, who was staying at the Moscows Sheremetyevo
Airport for more than a month, has shifted to an undisclosed location.
Earlier, the United States wanted Russia to hand over Snowden to it for facing the criminal
charges that included espionage for disclosure of secret American internet and telephone
surveillance programmes in June 2013.
Anil and Tina Ambani The two Ambanis appeared separately before a Special Court hearing the
2G scam case. Earlier, the court dismissed their plea for providing relief from personal appearance
in the 2G case, saying no prejudice would be caused to any accused by their deposition.
Satya Nadella This Indian born tech tycoon is the frontrunner in the race to grab the chair that
current CEO of Microsoft corp. Steve Ballmer, who has announced to vacate within 12 months. The
search committee will soon start searching the replacement among internal and external candidates.
Martina Hingis The legendary woman tennis player has been inducted into the Tennis Hall of
Fame recently.
Naina Lal Kidwai The Indian head of HSBC also heads the industry chamber FICCI.
Actor Milind Soman on August 20 launched a change campaign by Community Against Drunken
driving. The campaign is a youth engagement programme to make people sensitive about the
dangers of drunken driving.
McGraths Wax Statue Unveiled Australian pace legend Glenn McGrath was on August 1, 2013
immortalised in wax with his lifesize statue becoming the newest addition to Madame Tussauds
Museum in Sydney.
September2013
Siddiqa Parveen An Indian woman from south Dinajpur in West Bengal, Siddiqa Parveen, was
declared the worlds tallest woman measuring 7 ft 8 inches. She received the title from the Guinness
World Records.
Nina Davuluri Indian-origin Nina Davuluri won Miss America title on September 16, 2013. She
was initially named the Miss New York 2013.
Diana Nyad, 64, American long-distance swimmer, became the first person to cross Florida Straits
from Cuba without any shark cage on September 2, 2013.
Indian American lawyer, Sunil R. Kulkarni, has become the first South Asian American state judge
in Northern California with his appointment to Santa Clara County Superior Court on September 6,
2013.
Infosys highest paid Indian executive, Ashok Vemuri, has quit the company, leaving in his wake a
number of high-level resignations at the software services exporter. Ashok Vemuri was appointed
the President and CEO of the iGate Corporation on 11 September, 2013.
Deepak Sandhu took over as first woman Chief Information Commissioner of the country on 5
September, 2013.
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen shot by the Taliban, and US intelligence leaker Edward
Snowden were nominated for the European Parliaments prestigious Sakharov human rights prize
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Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari was given a ceremonial Guard of Honour on his last day in
office as he became the first democratically elected Head of State to complete five years term.
Saina Nehwal was awarded as the player of the Indian Badminton League 2013 tournament,
because of her undefeated feat in the complete tournament.
Jhumpa Lahiri has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013 for her book The Lowland. She
has already won Pulitzer Prize for her book The Interpreter of Maladies.
Amitabh Bachchan - Bollywood actor and UNICEF (United Nations International Childrens
Emergency Fund) Goodwill Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan joined the UN and its humanitarian
Partners to promote The World Needs More global campaign on 23 August, 2013.
Rohan Kokane, a 12 year old Indian roller skating enthusiast, made it into the 2014 edition of the
Guinness Book of World Records, released on 12 September, 2013. He is one of the youngest new
record breakers to make it into the Guinness Book.
Indian Cricketer Virat Kohli has been appointed as first Brand Ambassador for the Border Security
Force (BSF) on September 22, 2013.
Sreesanth, Chavan Banned for life BCCI slapped life ban on former India pacer S. Sreesanth and
Ankit Chavan, while handing out a five-year and one-year ban on Amit Singh and Siddarth Trivedi
respectively for their involvement in match-fixing on September 13, 2013.
The three-membered BCCI disciplinary committee comprised of N. Srinivasan, Arun Jaitley and
Niranjan Shah.
Arjuna Award for 2013 will not be Conferred on Renjith Maheshwari The Committee for
selection of awardees for the Arjuna awards 2013, selected Renjith Maheshwari, athlete for
conferment of the award in 2013. However, before the award could be given, the Ministry came
across news reports that Maheshwari had been found guilty of a dope related offence. Maheshwari
was awarded a punishment of a ban for three months.
Malala opens Europes largest library Pakistan teenager Malala Yousefzai inaugurated Europes
largest public library in her adopted home of Birmingham in central England. Opening the library,
she said pens and books are the weapons to defeat terrorism.
The date on which Mother Teresa died and which has been marked by the United Nations as the
International Day of Charity 5
th
September
October2013
Ali Zeidan, Prime Minister of Libya, was abducted by gunmen on 10 October 2013. They held him
captive for several hours. Ali Zeidan was later rescued. The incident underscored the lawlessness
gripping Libya two years after the ouster of autocrat Mohammad Gadhafi.
Ratan Tata, Indias leading industrialist was inducted into National Academy of Enginerring (NAE)
in the US for his outstanding contributions to industrial development in India as well as the world.
Indian-American Emily Shah has won Miss New Jersey USA 2014 title following the footsteps of
Nina Davuluri who was crowned Miss America recently.
Virat Kohli became fastest century scorer (in 52 balls) of India on 16 October 2013 in One day
International (ODI) held at Jaipur. He was the 7
th
fastest century scorer in ODI in the world. He
made the fastest century against Australia in Jaipur on 16 October 2013.
China-based Hurun Report Inc launched the inaugural Hurun India Philanthropy List 2013, with
IT tycoon Azim Hashim Premji emerging as the most generous Indian with a donation of Rs.8000
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Sania Mirza Indian tennis Ace Sania Mirza came into the top 10 of the world womens doubles by
gaining two spots to ninth place in the latest WTA Team Rankings issued on 21 October 2013. Sania
Mirza jumped from 11
th
spot to 9
th
spot.
Rafael Nadal Spains Rafael Nadal on 14 October 2013 topped the ATP rankings for the first time
in more than two years. Serbian Novak Djokovic finished second.
Australian Terry Walsh is named as the chief coach of the Indian Hockey team.
N. Srinivasan was permitted by the Supreme Court to take charge as President of the Board of
Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Arjun Muralidharan Multiple-time national champion swimmer Arjun Muralidharan has been
handed a two-year ban by National Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel after testing positive for
stimulant Methylhexaneamine during the All India Police Aquatics Championships in March. The
Panel imposed a sanction of two-year ban on Muralidharan, starting October 25. He has won 15
national titles so far. He has also been the best swimmer in three consecutive Open National
Championships from 2004-2007.
Saurav Ghoshal Saurav Ghosal scripted history at the world squash championships as he became
the first Indian to reach the quarterfinals of the mega event by victory over Henrik Mustronnen. He
had made history last year by becoming the first Indian ever to make the last 16 of the world
championship.
Rohit Sharma Indias Rohit Sharma smashed a magnificant innings of 209 off 158 balls in their
seventh one-day international with Australia, becoming only the third player to score a double-
century in ODI cricket as India secured victory by 57 runs to win the series 3-2 on November 2, 2013
at Bangalores M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Sachin Tendulkar is voted as the greatest batsman of all-time, ahead of Don Bradman and Brain
Lara, in an online poll conducted by the Telegraph, a British Newspaper.
November2013
Chanda Kochhar ICICI Bank managing director and chief executive officer Chanda Kochhar has
been named as the most powerful businesswoman in India for the third consecutive year by Fortune
magazine. Shikha Sharma of Axis Bank and Aruna Jayanthi of Capgemini India have taken the
second and third place.
On 22
nd
November Bharat Ratna awardee Professor Chintamani Nagesa Ramchandra Rao becomes
the first Indian to be elected as honorary foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Science.
Cricket icon and Bharat Ratna Awardee Sachin Tendulkar is named the regional brand ambassador
by the UNICEF to promote its Total Sanitation Campaign in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh
and Nepal.
Virat Kohli Indian Cricketer Virat became the fastest batsman to score 5000 runs in one-day
internationals when he scored 86 against the West Indies in the first ODI in Kochi on November 21,
2013.
STAR Network, the media and entertainment firm owned by Rupert Murdoch, has roped in
MS Dhoni as brand ambassador for its STAR Sports channels.
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan will deliver this years Penguin Lecture, which has featured some of
the worlds most respected leaders, thinkers and writers. The six previous Penguin Annual Lectures
have been delivered by journalist and writer Thomas Friedman in 2007, diplomat and writer Chris
Patten in 2008, Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen in 2009, historian Ramachandra Guha
in 2010, Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama in 2001, and former President APJ Abdul Kalam last
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American author Richard Fords novel Canada wins the Femina Prize for best foreign novel, one
of Frances top literary awards.
Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai is selected for the GG2 Hammer Award. She is named as
Britains most influential Asian.
Missile Woman of India Tessy Thomas, a scientist from DRDO, is a rare woman who has
played a key role in the marking of its most potent long-range nuclear capable ballistic missile, the
Agni-V, is now popularly known as Missile Woman of India.
Indian Student Kumar Uttam from IIT-Delhi has been chosen in Win Your Future Unlimited and
he is among seven students selected worldwide. As a part of it he will get two weeks to study
environment in Australia.
Arvind Kejriwal
Born in Hisar, Haryana, on August 16, 1968
Studied mechanical engineering from IIT Kharagpur
Worked for Tatas from 1989 to 1992
Joined Indian Revenue Service in 1995
Rose to become joint commissioner, income tax
Married Sunita, also an IRS officer; have 2 kids
Formed Parivarthan in December 1999 to help citizen with IT, electricity and ration in Delhi
Won Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2006
Quit revenue service in 2006
Danated his award money to start NGO, Public Cause Research Foundation
Parivartan unearthed a ration card scam in 2008
Launched Lokpal movement with Anna Hazare in 2011
Aam Aadmi Party Launched in 2012
His book on centralized governance Swaraj published in 2012
Kejriwal is vegetarian, practice vipasana
December2013
Devyani Khobragade The Indian Foreign Service officer, Deputy Consul-General in New York,
Devyani Khobragade was arrested on December 12, 2013 and later on released after paying a
$250,000 person recognizance bond. She was forced to surrender all travel documents and submit to
numerous restrictions on travel, contact with involved parties and employment change
declarations.
The U.S. Department of Justice has pressed criminal charges against Ms. Khobragade specifically
alleging that she caused materially false and fraudulent documents to be presented to
authorities in her bid to get an Indian national, Sangeeta Richard, employed as a babysitter and
housekeeper at her residence in Manhattan in 2012.
She is also banned from sponsoring any further visas, cannot have any contact with Ms.Richard.
The Government of India on December 18, 2013 transferred Devyani to Indias Permanent
Mission in United Nations.
Abdul Basit is new Pakistani Envoy To India Pakistan has on 19 December appointed career
diplomat Abdul Basit as new High Commissioner to India. The government initially zeroed in on
Syed Ibne Abbas as the new envoy to New Delhi but changed its decision as officials felt he was too
junior for the crucial posting.
Romanian actor Radhu Belgian is declared the worlds oldest active actor at the age of 95 by the
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Tennis champions Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams are named sportsman and sportswoman of
the year 2013 by French sports daily LEquipe.
Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri on 20 December was named the 2013AIFF Player of the Year.
The announcement was made by All India Football Federation (AIFF).
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was adjudged the winner of Polly Umrigar Award, for
being Indias best international cricketer of 2012-13, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)
announced on 26 December.
Bea Rose Santiago from Philippines has been crowned the Miss International 2013 in Tokyo on 17
December.
Aam Aadmi Partys impressive debut in the Delhi elections has earned party founder Arvind
Kejriwal a place on Foreign Policy magazines list of 100 global thinkers for leading a campaign to
clean up Indias capital.
Gopal Kharvi, a 37-year-old fisherman from Kodikanyana village in Udupi district, creates a
Guinness World Record by swimming the farthest distance wearing handcuffs and leg irons.
The Guardians Person of the year for 2013 is Edward Snowden, the former National Security
Agency (NSA) contractor-turned whistleblower.
Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, while speaking at the Delhi Economic Conclave 2013on
The Agenda for the Next Five Years, says that the Government will not turn back from the path of
fiscal discipline.
The International Cricket Council inducts Australias legendary wicketkeeperbatsman Adam
Gilchrist into its Hall of Fame during the third Ashes Test in Perth.
Andy Murray, the first British tennis player to win the Wimbledon in 77 years, is crowned BBC
Sports Personality of the Year, due to his landmark victory against Novak Djokovic in July 2013.
The surprise runner-up was Wales and Lions rugby star Leigh Halfpenny.
Anju Bobby George is upgraded to gold status in the 2005 World Athletics Final in Monte Carlo
following the disqualification of Tatyana Kotova of Russia by the International Association of
Athletics Federations, following the recent re-testing of the laters sample collected at the 2005
World Championship in Helsinki.
Zaheer Khan - Indian pacer Zaheer Khan got his 300
th
Test wicket when he dismissed Jacques Kallis
in the first Test at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesbug on December 22, 2013. He is the fourth
Indian bowler and 27
th
overall to reach the mark.
Highest Earner Sports Persons - American golfer Tiger Woods is the highest earner according to
the Forbes annual sporting survey of 2013, published in December 2013.
1. Tiger Woods (USA, Golf): Total earnings $ 78 million.
2. Roger Federer (Switzerland, Tennis): Total earnings $ 72 million
January2014
Corey Anderson Sets World Record For Fastest ODI Century New Zealand batsman Corey
Anderson has made world record by his name by blasted the fastest century in One Day
International. History was created at Queenstown Events ground against West Indies on 1
st
January.
Indian Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on 19
th
January became the first Indian wicketkeeper and
the fourth overall to effect 300 dismissals in one day internationals when he caught a Ross Taylor
nick in the opening ODI against New Zealand in Napier.
Aitzaz Hassan, a Pakistani schoolboy, had sacrificed his life to save hundreds of his classmates by
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Aditya Joshi Madhya Pradeshs Aditya Joshi on 2
nd
January, 2014 became the first male junior
badminton player from India to be ranked world No.1.
Jacques Kallis on 30
th
December, 2013 ended his Test career a winner as South Africa beat India by
10 wickets to take the best-of-two series 1-0 in Durban. During his innings, Kallis also became the
third highest run scorer in the history of the game after Sachin Tendulkar (15,921) and Ricky
Ponting (13,378), finishing with 13,289 runs ahead of Rahul Dravid (13,288).
Tyler Armstrong a 9-year-old boy from Southern California on 24 December, 2013 became the
youngest person in recorded history to reach the summit of Argentinas Aconcagua Mountain,
which at 22,841 feet (6,962 metres) is the tallest peak in the Western and Southern hemispheres.
Zaheer Khan On 22
nd
December, 2013 became the fourth Indian bowler to claim 300 wickets in
Test cricket. He has now joined Kapil Dev (434), Anil Kumble (619) and Harbhajan Singh (413) in
the elite list.
Mukul Sangma The Supreme Court (SC) of India on 20 January 2014 directed the National
Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) to verify the authenticity of ST status of Mukul Sangma,
the Chief Minister of Meghalaya.
Lewis Clarke, 16 years old became the youngest person to trek to the South Pole on 18
th
January,
2014.
DEFENCE AND NATI ONAL SECURI TY
August2013
Submarine INS Sindhurakshak damaged in a fire incident A major fire broke out on board INS
Sindhurakshak at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai on 14 August, 2013. An explosion on board
damaged the submarine. The fire was doused in time and prevented from spreading to other
vessels docked in the vicinity.
India launched Aircraft Carrier INS Vikrant India on 12 August, 2013 launched its first
indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, joining the elite club of nations with the capability of
designing and building a warship of this size and capability. Defence minister A.K.Antonys wife
Elizabeth launched the 37,500-tonne carrier at Kochi shipyard almost four-and-a-half years after its
keel was laid by the minister.
India successfully test-fired Prithvi-II Missile India on 12 August, 2013 successfully test-fired
indigenously-developed nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile from a military base in
Odisha. The ballistic missile with a range of 350 km was fired from launch complex number three of
the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur-on-sea Balasore off Odisha coast. Prithvi-II is already
inducted into the Indian Armed forces.
Nuclear reactor of INS Arihant activated In a major step towards completing its nuclear traid,
India on 10 August, 2013 activated the atomic reactor on-board the indigenous nuclear submarine
INS Arihant paving the way for its operational deployment by the Navy. Nuclear traid is the ability
to fire nuclear-tipped missiles from land, air and sea. With this success, India became a member of
the exclusive club of countries that have built their own nuclear powered submarines.
India successfully test-fired Pinaka India on 7 August, 2013 successfully test-fired two rounds of
indigenously developed Pinaka rockets from a multi-barrel rocket launcher (MBRL) from a base at
Chandipur-on-sea near Balasore, off the Odisha coast.
5 Indian soldiers killed on LOC A group of militants from Pakistan with Pakistani soldiers killed
five Indian soldiers in an ambush along the disputed border in Kashmir on 6 August, 2013.
The Philippines military has launched an offensive against a Muslim rebel group Bangsamoro
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GSAT-7, the first Indian exclusive defence satellite was successfully launched on August 29, 2013
by the European space consortium Arianespaces Ariane 5 Rocket from the Kourou Spaceport of
French Guiana.
About GSAT-7
It is an advanced communication satellite that will help by providing low bit rate voice to high
bit rate data communication.
Payload of the GSAT-7 is designed to provide communication capabilities to users in distant
oceanic regions. Its solar arrays generate 2900 W of electrical power.
September2013
India suggested Myanmar to set-up a Joint Border Working Group (JBWG) to address the border
issues between the two countries. The decision was taken following the attempt of construction of a
defence post near an undermarcated border pillar by Myanmars Army.
China and Pakistan held joint air exercise The China and Pakistan Air Forces on 2 September,
2013 started a joint exercise in Chinas Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, a region bordering
Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The exercise, code-named Shaheen (Eagle 2) ended on 22 September.
Indian Navy and Royal Omani Navy Conduct Exercise: Naseem Al Bahr- the 9
th
edition of
biennial naval exercise between Indian Navy and Royal Omani Navy kicked off in Oman in
September 2013.
U.S. Air Force Converts F-16 into Drone The U.S. Air Force has test flown an F-16 fighter jet
without a pilot on board for- the first time, in a sign of the militarys increasing reliance on drones.
Indias first defence satellite launched GSAT-7, the first exclusive defence satellite of India, was
successfully launched on 29 August, 2013 by the European space consortium Arianespaces Ariane 5
Rocket from the Kourou Spaceport of French Guiana.
INS Vikramaditya finishes trials The INS Vikramaditya has finally completed its extensive sea
trials in Russia after a long-running saga of hard-nosed negotiations since the late 1990s, cost
escalations, refit delays and mishaps.
C-17 Globemaster III Aircraft inducted in Air Force Union defence Minister A.K. Antony on 2
September, 2013 formally inducted IAFs biggest 70-tonne heavy-lift transport aircraft C-17
Globemaster III into service at the Hindon Air Base near Delhi. The C-17, with a capability to carry
around 80 tonnes of load and around 150 fully geared troops, will replace the Russian IL-76 as the
biggest aircraft in the IAF inventory till now.
Agni-V Test-fired Sucessfully India successfully test-fired Agni-V from Wheeler Island off the
Odisha coast on September 15, 2013. The ballistic missile is capable of delivering a nuclear warhead
with high precision within a strike range of 5000 km.
First Hawk MK-132 Advanced Jet Trainer Aircraft Delivered to Indian Navy Hindustan
Aeronautics Limited on 23 September 2013 delivered the first Hawk MK-132 advanced jet trainer
aircraft to the Indian Navy in Bangalore.
Arm Acquisition Projects got Nod The defence Ministry cleared several arms acquisition projects
worth almost Rs.15000 crore for the armed forces, which included six more American C-130J Super
Hercules aircraft, 236 Russian T-90S main-battle tanks and 4400 new light-machine guns (LMGs)
on September 13, 2013.
The projects were cleared in a meeting of the Defence Acquisitions Council (DAC), chaired by
Defence Minister A.K. Antony. The C-130J deal is among the four major Indian deals worth
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Second ADMM Plus Meeting The second ADMM (ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting) Plus
meeting was held in Brunei on August 29, 2013. The Ministers issued a joint Declaration at the end
of the meeting in which it has been decided that the ADMM Plus countries will establish practical
measures that reduce vulnerability to miscalculation and avoid misunderstanding and undesirable
incidents at sea.
The country that launched its first indigenously developed modern military attack helicopter
named WZ-10 recently China
Indian Navy gets Hawk Trainer from HAL State-run defence behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics
Ltd. (HAL) handed over the first naval variant of the advanced jet trainer (AJT) Hawk Mk-132 to
the Indian Navy on September 23, 2013.
October2013
India develops surface-to-surface missile Pragati India developed a new tactical surface-to-
surface missile Pragati which has a range between 60-170km. The missile is on offer to Indias
friendly countries. The Pragati missile is based on the Prahaar missile and it has been developed by
the DRDO for the Army. It was put on display at a defence exhibition at the Seoul International
Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX 2013).
India successfully test-fires Nuclear Capable Prithvi-II missile- India on 7 October 2013
successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile with a strike
range of 350 km from Chandipur Integrated test range in Odisha.
For the second consecutive day, Prithvi-II missile was successfully test-fired by personnel of the
Strategic Forces Command (SFC) on October 8, 2013 from Launch Complex-III of the Chandipur
test range in Odisha.
On October 8, 2013 the single-stage liquid-propelled rocket was test-fired for a range of 325 km
by a missile regiment unit of the SFC. The entire exercise was monitored by scientists of Defence
Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
INS Sunayna is Commissioned into Indian Navy The Indian Navy on 15
th
October 2013 inducted
into service its largest off-shore patrol vessel (OPV), INS Sunayna, at the Southern Naval Command.
The ship was designed and built by the public sector Goa Shipyard.
On 19
th
October India Russia joint military exercise INDRA 2013 begins at the Mahajan field
firing range near the India-Pakistan border in the Thar Desert.
Territorial Army celebrated its 64
th
Anniversary at the Army parade ground at New Delhi.
November2013
Hand in Hand Military Exercise: India and China resumed joint military exercises after a gap of
five years on November 5, 2013. The 10-day anti-terrorism joint military exercise code named
Hand in Hand at a designated area close to Chengdu city.
India successfully testfires nuclear weapons capable, surface-to-surface Agni-1 missile for its full
range of 700 km from Wheeler Island, off the Odisha coast on 8
th
November.
INS Vikramaditya, the refurbished Soviet-era air-craft carrier Admiral Gorshkov was inducted into
the India Navy at the northern Russian shipyard of Sevmash, at Severodvinsk on November 16,
2013.
Brahmos Supersonic Cruise Missile Test-fired Successfully - On 18
th
November the Army
successfully test-fires an advanced version of the 290-km BrahMos supersonic cruise missile,
which destroys a hardened target in the Pokhran firing range in Rajasthan.
Malabar Exercise India and the United States conducted a joint naval exercise code named
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Dhanush Missile Soars Successfully The Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the armed forces on
November 23, 2013 test-fired a Dhanush missile from a warship off the eastern coast.
Dhanush is the naval version of surface-to-surface missile Prithvi, which can carry nuclear
warheads. Dhanush can cover a distance of 250 km and carry a 500-kg payload. While Prithvi-I
has been phased out, Prithvi-II and Dhanush have been inducted into the armed forces. Prithvi-II
can also carry nuclear warheads. All these missile are produced by Defence Research and
Development Organisation (DRDO).
Indian Navy Inducted Advanced Jet Trainer Indian Navy inducted the fouth generation
advanced jet trainer aircraft Hawk 132 on November 7, 2013 which has led to a jump in the
operational versatility. Hawk 132 was inducted into the Navy at a ceremony held at the Naval Air
Station INS Dega at Vishakhapatnam.
The aircraft was built by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) with Transfer of Technology
from M/s British Aerospace, UK.
Four aircrafts have been delivered to the Navy, marking the beginning of seventeen such fighter
trainers to be acquired over the next few years.
Hawk 132 is a proven aircraft operating with over 24 nations around the world. The Indian Air
Force is also operating these aircraft or training of their pilots.
Nasr Missile Test-fired Successfully Pakistan successfully test-fired Hatf IX (Nasr) missile, a
short range surface to surface missile that has a range of 60 km on November 5, 2013.
Indian Navy Commissioned First Advanced Light Helicopter Squadron The Indian Navys first
Advance Light Helicopter (ALH) or Dhruv Squadron was commissioned at Kochi on November 12,
2013.
Dhruv is the first indigenously designed and manufactured helicopter at Hindustan Aeronautics
Limited and with its multi role capabilities has proven her mettle in all the three services of the
Armed Forces, Indian Coast Guard, Border Security Force and in the inventory of foreign
countries.
The plaque unveiled squadrons name Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 322. The Dhruv
helicopters are being operational at INAS-Garuda, the Naval Air Station at Kochi since March,
2002 and being used for missions including rescue operations. It has proven her mettle in many
rescue operations during the last nine years. Dhruv is one among the few helicopters in the
world, which is capable of night search and rescue operations over the sea.
Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral D.K. Joshi, announces that Indias first indigenous aircraft carrier,
INS Vikrant, being built at the Cochin Shipyard Limited and formally launched in August 2013,
will be commissioned by 2017.
Boeing delivers second P-81 Aircraft to India Boeing on 15 November 2012 delivered its second
P-81 aircraft to Indian Navy at the INS Rajali Air Base in Arakkonam, Tamil Nadu. This will boost
up the long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare capabilities of the Indian
Navy.
Sukhoi 30 to be platform for supersonic BrahMos missiles Sukhoi-30 fighter jet on 21 November
2013 has been selected as the platform to mount the supersonic BrahMos missiles by the Indian Air
Force. The first test launch will be carried out by the end of 2014.
The air version of the BrahMos missile is ready by testing; simulations and aircraft modifications
will take about a year.
Thus the final flight with the missile will be done only at the end of 2014. This is the only
supersonic cruise missile platform in the world with abilities to travel at the supersonic speed
and it can also be launched from both the sea and land.
The BrahMos missile was jointly developed by the Indian and Russian Army in early 2000s and
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December2013
India Successfully Test Fired Nuclear Capable Prithvi 2 Missile India on 3 December
successfully test fired its surface to surface ballistic missile Prithvi-II from Chandipur in the Balasore
district of Odisha. The test which is a part of the user training exercise of the Indian Army and it
was conducted from launch complex 3 of the ITR in Chandipur along the Odisha coast as part of a
user trial by defence forces. The last user trial of Prithvi-II was successfully carried out from the
same base on 7
th
and 8
th
October 2013.
India Successfully Test Fires Nuclear Capable Agni-III Missile India on 23 December
successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable Agni-III ballistic missile with a strike range of more than
3,000 km as part of a user trial by the Army from Wheeler Island off Odisha coast. The test fire of
the surface-to-surface missile was conducted by Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Indian
Army with the logistic support from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
The Agni-III missile is powered by a two-stage solid propellant system.
MiG-21 FL Leaves Behind Chequered History with IAF MiG 21 FL, Indias first generation
supersonic jet fighters are all set to be decommissioned on 11 December after being in service for 50
years. One of the first variants of the MiG 21 combat aircraft, had dealt severe blows to Pakistan Air
Force in the 1971 war. The aircraft will undertake its last ceremonial flight at a phasing out
ceremony at the Air Force station in Kalaikunda, West Bengal, in the presence of Air Chief Marshal
NAK Browne, Chief of the Air Staff. The aircraft were also fielded in the Kargil war. The versatility
of all the MiG-21 variants have immensely shaped the IAF operations philosophy for decades.
India Donates Second ALH to Maldives India on December 14, 2013 donated a second naval
Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), Dhruv, the Maldives in a gesture that was described by
Maldivian Minister for Defence Mohamed Nazim as paving the way for further strengthening of
ties between both countries.
A brand new, Mark-III (the latest) variant of the India-made multi-role helicopter in Maldives
National Defence Force (MNDF) colours was unveiled at a simple ceremony at Naval Air Base
Kochi.
TEJAS GETS IOC The Defence Minister of India AK Antony on December 20, 2013 handed over
the Release to Service Certificate of the indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas
to the Chief of Air Staff. Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne at the HAL airport in Bangalore.
The Defence Minister granted the Initial Operational Clearance-II to the LCA MK-1, which has
been designed and produced by the Aeronautical Development Agency, along with Hindustan
Aeronautics Limited.
India Japan Bilateral Maritime Exercise JIMEX 13 Concluded The Indian Navy and the
Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force (MSDF) bilateral maritime exercise named JIMEX 13
(Japan India Maritime Exercise) was held in waters off the Indian coast in the Bay of Bengal from 19
22 December 2013. The exercise is focused primarily on security in sea lanes and enhancing
interoperability in antipiracy operations. It may be recalled that India and Japan agreed upon
conduct of bilateral naval exercises during Defence Minister AK Antonys visit to Japan in
November 2011. The first bilateral maritime exercise between India and Japan JIMEX 12 was
conducted off the coast of Tokyo (Japan) in January 2012.
India and United States Signed A Deal For Six C-130J Super Hercules India has signed a
Rs.4,000 crore deal with the US for procuring six more C-130J Super Hercules Special Operations
aircraft for the Indian Air Force. The two sides signed the deal on 27 December under which the US
Air Force will supply the aircraft to the IAF through the Foreign Military Sales route. The IAF
already has a fleet of six similar planes which are deployed at the Hindon air base near here and the
force uses it for carrying out special operations including landing on inhospitable air strips in the
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Pinaka Rockets Successfully Test Fired Indias indigenously developed Pinaka rockets were
successfully test-fired on 19 December from a multi-barrel rocket launcher (MBRL) from a base at
Chandipur-on-sea near Balasore, Off the Odisha coast. Pinaka is a multi-barrel rocket launcher
(MBRL).
January2014
India-Japan Coast Guard Joint Exercise Held Off Kochi India and Japan Coast Guard 13
th
edition
of the bilateral Joint exercise titled Sahayog-Kaijin 2014 was held approximately at 20 nautical
miles off Kochi on 14 January. The Japan Coast Guard Ship Mizuho and its integral helicopter,
Indian Coast Guard Ship Samrat, Chetak helicopter, Dornier aircraft, and Coast Guard participated
in the exercises.
India Successfully Test Fired Nuclear Capable Prithvi-II missile India on 7
th
January
successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable surface to surface Prithvi-II
missile, which is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheads and has a strike range of 350
km, from a test range at Chandipur near Balasore (Odisha).
India Successfully Test Fired Agni-IV Missile India successfully test-fired Agni-IV, a nuclear
capable surface-to-surface strategic missile with a range of about 4,000 km, from Wheeler Island off
the Odisha Coast on 20 January. It is the fourth missile in the series of Agni missiles. This was the
third successful test for Agni-IV, following the test-fires on 15 November 2011 and 19 September
2012.
DRDO Launches High Performance Computing System Dhruva-3 Dhruva 3 was inaugurated
by Avinash Chander, DG DRDO and Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister at Advanced
Numerical Research and Analysis Group (ANURAG) in Hyderabad on 25
th
January. Dhruva-3 an
indigenous High Performance Computing System was designed to solve critical Defence Research
and Development applications by Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO).
Indian Coast Guard Ship Abhinav was commissioned in Kochi on 15
th
January, 2014 by the Director
General of Coast Guard Vice Admiral Anurag G. Thapiyal.
COMMI TTEES/COMMI SSI ONS
August2013
Committee to assess status of Scheduled Tribes Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 17 August,
2013 set up High Level Committee to assess the status of Scheduled Tribes (STs) to ensure their
upliftment, particularly in socio-economic, health and education fields.
Prof. Virginius Xaxa was appointed the chairman of the seven-member committee. The
committee will submit its report within nine months. The Committee will prepare a report on the
overall socio-economic, health and educational status of the tribal communities of the country.
Union Cabinet approved setting up of Tax Administration Reform Commission The Union
Cabinet on 13 August, 2013 approved the proposal for setting up of the Tax Administration Reform
Commission (TARC) to remove ambiguity and establish a stable and non-adversarial tax
administration.
The Commission will review the application of tax policies and tax laws in India in the context of
global best practices and recommend measures to strengthen the capacity of the tax system in
India that would reflect best global practices. The Commission will help in removing ambiguity
in application of tax policy and tax laws, thereby establishing a stable tax regime and a non-
adversarial tax administration.
Chairman: Parthasarathy Shome
Full time members: Y.G. Parande and Sunita Kaila
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September2013
The Jammu & Kashmir government appointed a one-man commission of inquiry headed by Justice
(retired) R.C. Gandhi. J & K High court to probe the Kishtwar communal clashes.
Committee to revise Monetary Policy Framework Reserve Bank of India on 12 September, 2013
constituted an expert committee for examining its current Monetary Policy Framework. The
committee would be responsible to recommend the measures to revise and strengthen the Monetary
Policy Framework, by making it transparent and predictable.
Dr. Urjit Patel, Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India, as the Chairman of the committee.
Drop Retrospective Changes to Tax Law Government appointed panel headed by former SEBI
Chairman M. Damodaran has suggested that the finance ministry should do away with
restropective amendments to tax laws on September 14, 2013. The practice has faced intense
criticism after the Centre used the tool to overturn a Supreme Court ruling in the Rs.13000 crore
Vodafone dispute. Retrospective taxation has the undesirable effect of creating major uncertainties
in the business environment and constituting a significant disincentive for persons wishing to do
business in India.
Nachiket Committee The Reserve Bank of India has set up a committee on comprehensive
financial services for small businesses and low-income households. The committee will be headed
by Nachiket Mor, member on the Central Board of Directors, Reserve Bank of India.
The committee has been asked to come out with a set of design principles that will guide the
development of institutional frameworks, and regulation for achieving financial inclusion and
financial deepening.
Damodaran Committee Recommendations The RBI had decided to constitute a Committee under
the chairmanship of M. Damodaran, former Chairman of SEBI, to look into banking services
rendered to retail and small customers, including pensioners and also to look into the system of
grievance redressal.
Recommendations of the committee
A guaranteed payment up to Rs.5 lakh (raised from Rs.1 lakh) under deposit insurance to an
account holder if a bank fails
No liability on customer for losses in ATM and online transactions
Instant blocking of ATM card through SMS for lost/misused cards
Transition to chip-based card with a photograph
Automatic update of senior-citizen status in core banking solution branch
Pensioners to be allowed to submit life certificate in any bank branch.
A common toll-free number for all banks, like 100 for polices.
A third-party Know Your Customer data bank
A detailed break-up of service charges for basic services
Small remittances at reasonable price
Compensation for delayed return or loss of title deeds in the custody of banks
Plain vanilla savings account without a minimum balance requirement
Prepaid instruments worth up to Rs.50,000 for frequent travelers.
A chief customer service officer for grievance redressal in every bank
October2013
Parikh Committee Report The Kirit Parikh Committee, in its report submitted to Petroleum and
Natural Gas Minister Veerappa Moily on October 30, 2013, has recommended a price increase of
Rs.5 per litre in diesel, Rs.4 per litre in kerosene, and Rs.250 in LPG cylinder with immediate effect.
It has also recommended that the subsidized LPG cylinders be reduced from the present nine to six
cylinders per annum to each household. It has pitched for capping the subsidy on diesel at Rs.6 per
litre. At the same time, it has called for the elimination of subsidy on diesel within one year, which
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Committee to Study Degradation Caused by Hydroelectric Projects The Ministry of
Environment and Forests (MoEF) constituted an expert committee on October 15, 2013 to study
whether the environmental degradation caused by hydro-electric projects on Alaknanda and
Bhagirathi rivers led to Uttarakhand floods. The expert committee will be headed by Professor. Ravi
Chopra, Director of Peoples Science Institute, Dehradun. The committee consists 17 members.
The term of reference of the Expert Committee are
The committee will examine the extent to which the projects were responsible for the
Uttarakhand floods.
Committee will also examine the impact of the proposed 24 hydro power projects on the
biodiversity of the region and look into the degradation caused by functioning as well as on-
going hydro-projects.
The committee will also draft a Himalayan Policy for Uttarakhand keeping in mind the unique
ecological, social, and cultural characteristics of the State and suggest environment friendly
development activities.

November2013
SC Sets-up Gender Panel The Supreme Court set up its Gender Sensitisation and Internal
Complaints Committee (GSICC) days after a young law intern accused a former judge of sexual
harassment on November 26, 2013.
Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai will head the committee which will have nine other members,
including another judge Justice Madan B Lokur and four lawyers. The formation of the
committee was delayed for over a month as the Supreme Court (SC) Bar Association and SC
Clerks Association failed to submit their nominations.
The committee in its present form could be attributed to a PIL by a group of women advocates
contending that there was no panel in the apex court to deal with sexual harassment complaints
as per the Vishakha judgement guidelines.
Subsequently, the Gender Sensitisation and Sexual Harassment of Women at the Supreme Court
of India (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Regulations, 2013 were notified and the chief
justice constituted the committee.
December2013
Justice Sodhi Committee On Insider Trading Regulations Submit Report To SEBI The High
Level Committee to Review the SEBI (Prohibition of Insider Trading) Regulations, 1992 constituted
under the Chairmanship of Justice N.K. Sodhi, former chief justice of Karnataka and Kerala High
Courts and former presiding officer of the Securities Appellate Tribunal, submitted its report to
SEBI Chairman, Shri U.K. Sinha, on 7 December. The Committee has made a range of
recommendations to the legal framework for prohibition of insider trading in India and has focused
on making this area of regulation more predictable, precise and clear by suggesting a combination
of principles-based regulations and rules that are backed by principles.
Shah Commission Report On Illegal Mining Ninety-four of the 192 iron ore mining leases in
Odisha do not have the mandatory environmental clearances. And of the 96 that have them, 75 have
mined far beyond their permitted levels over the past several years, says the Justice M.B. Shah
Commission report.
Bank Accounts To All By 2016 A committee on comprehensive financial services for small
businesses and low-income households, set up by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), has suggested
that each low-income household and small business should be provided with convenient access to
formally regulate lenders who have the ability to assess and meet their credit needs and offer a full-
range of suitable credit products at an affordable price.
The committee, headed by Nachiket Mor, Central Board Member of the RBI, submitted its report
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Priority sector lending On priority sector, the committee recommended adjusted priority
sector lending target of 50 per cent against the current requirement of 40 per cent with sectoral
and regional weightage based on the level of difficulty in lending. It also recommended risks and
liquidity transfers through markets. In view of the fact that banks may choose to focus their
priority sector strategies on different customer segments and asset classes, the committee
recommended the regulator to provide specific guidance on differential provisioning norms at
the level of each asset class.
Committee Recommends Amendments To the RBI ACT A Committee on Financial Benchmarks,
headed by Reserve Bank of India Executive Director P. Vijaya Bhaskar, in its report submitted in
January 2014, suggested increased role for the apex bank for the oversight of the benchmark setting
process.
The committee has recommended a change in the way of determining the money market
benchmarks so as to remove any possible scope for manipulation.
The draft report has recommended that the overnight Mumbai inter-bank Bid Rate-Mumbai
Inter-bank Offered Rate (Mibid-Mibor) fixing be based on the volume-based weighted average
of traded rates from 9 to 10 in the morning.
The committee has also recommended basing the government securities yield curve, including
for illiquid debt, on the basis of volume-based weighted average rates instead of last traded
yields. The committee has also proposed banks to set pricing for state development bonds at a
spread based on the last two auctions, instead of calculating those bond yields at a fixed spread
of 25 basis points over government debt.
The RBI, according to the committee, may advice banks and primary dealers to strengthen the
governance framework for benchmark submission and to extend necessary support to the
administrator for strengthening the benchmark setting process.
The committee was set up in the aftermath of revelations regarding manipulations of several key
global benchmark rates, namely, LIBOR, EURIBOR and TIBOR. It was set up on June 28, 2013
with a mandate to study various issues relating to financial benchmarks in India and to submit
the report by December 31, 2013.
January2014
Nachiket Mor Committees Report on Financial Inclusion The committee constituted by the
Reserve Bank of India (RBIs) on 23
rd
September 2013 to suggest steps for promoting financial
inclusion headed by veteran banker and ex-ICICI Bank executive director Nachiket Mor. The
committee on 7
th
January 2014 suggested setting up of specialized banks to cater to low income
households to ensure that all citizens have bank accounts by January 1
st
, 2016. The committee has
recommended that an instruction to open the bank account should be initiated by the Unique
Identification Authority of India (UIAI) after the issue of an Aadhaar number to an individual over
the age of 18. The committee has set January 1
st
, 2016 as the deadline for targets including access to
formal credit as well as investment and risk management products at reasonable charges.
Nachiket Mor Committees Reports Highlights
90% of small businesses have no link with the formal financial sector.
60% of the population does not have a functional bank account.
Bank credit-GDP ratio is around 70%.
There should be two types of National Banks [(i) One with branches, (ii) One with Agents]
besides wholesale consumer banks, wholesale investment banks and payment banks.
Entry capital requirements would be Rs.500 crore for National Banks and Rs.50 crore for the
wholesale banks.
CRR should apply on Demand Deposits.
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Wholesale banks should not accept deposit below Rs.5.00 crore.
Payment banks will provide payments services and deposit products to small business and low
income households with a minimum deposit of Rs.50,000 per customer.
Postal bank will work as a payments bank.
Every resident Indian over the age of 18 years should have a Universal Electronic Account by
January 1
st
, 2016.
Every low income household and small business should have con-venient access to formally
regulated lenders for credit product at an affordable price.
By January 1
st
, 2014 each district should have a credit-deposit ratio of a minimum of 10%, which
should be raised by 10 percentage points every year to reach a minimum of 50% by January 1
st
,
2020.
In each district, there should be a minimum total deposits plus investments to GDP ratio of a
minimum of 15% which should be raised by 12.5 percentage points each year to reach a
minimum of 65% by January 1
st
, 2020.
Nachiket Mor Committee favours Abolition of SLR The Committee on Comprehensive Financial
Services for Small Businesses and Low-Income House holds, headed by Nachiket Mor, former
executive director at ICICI Bank has recommended that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) should
gradually to away with the statutory liquidity ratio (SLR), the portion of deposits that banks must
compulsorily park in government securities. If accepted, this would dramatically free up nearly a
quarter of deposits for industrial and consumer loans and possibly lower interest rates.
The mandated SLR currently stands at 23%, while most banks keep it around 27% as state-
backed bonds often end up giving attractive rates at low risk.
The Committee has also recommended the creation of a separate category of banks to serve low-
in-come households with a minimum entry capital requirement of Rs.50 crore a fraction of the
currently compulsory Rs.500 crore. Banks should provide facilities for withdrawal, payment and
deposit within 15 minutes walking distance anywhere in the country. It said all Indians above 18
to have a full-service, safe, and secure electronic bank account by 2016 and the special bank
category would aid this objective.
The committee also underlined the need to increase the priority sector lending cap from the
current 40% to 50%. The committee has also recommended abolition of interest subsidies and
loan waivers.
The committee, while laying down its vision statement for financial inclusion and deepening, has
suggested providing a universal bank account to all Indians above the age of 18 years by January
1
st
, 2016. He said that the account opening process should be totally automatic and free.
Highlights
Scrap SLR, leave more cash with the banks to lend
All citizens above 18 need to have bank accounts by 2016
Set up a separate category of banks to service the low-income households
Banks should not be allowed to price farm loans below base rate
Priority sector lending should be raised to 50 per cent from 40 per cent
IRDA set up panel to study insurance intermediaries FDI limits The Insurance Regulatory and
Development Authoritys (IRDA) on 10
th
January, 2014 set up a committee to study the option of
allowing 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in insurance intermediaries, third-party
administrators (TPA), surveyors and loss assessors.
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Headed by Suresh Mathur, senior joint director of IRDA, the 10-member committee would study
whether there is a case for increasing the FDI limit in insurance entities (other than insurance
companies) and if yes, to what extent.
The insurance regulator has received references from various stakeholders requesting them to
consider the foreign holding in insurance brokers from existing 26% to 100%.
SCHEMES/ I NI TI ATI VES
August2013
Food Security Scheme launches in four states State Governments of Delhi, Arunachal Pradesh,
Haryana and Uttarakhand on 20 August, 2013 launched Centre-sponsored Food Security Scheme on
the occasion of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhis 69
th
birth Anniversary.
The Union government on August 22 announced that it would provide an extra 3.1 million
tonnes of food grains to the states under the Food Security Programme at Above Poverty Line
(APL) rates.
Skill, placement support under MGNREGA Giving an impetus to its various skill development
programmes targeting youth, the Centre has announced that one young member of each village
household that has completed 100 days of work under the rural job scheme will be provided skill
and placement support.
Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh made this announcement the launch of the
National Skill Certification and Monetary Reward Scheme in New Delhi recently. Every year
roughly about four-and-a-half crore households get employment under MNREGA and young
members of roughly eight to nine per cent of families that have crossed 100 days of work will be
eligible for governments new skill development-cum-placement activity.
Bhumi Sena Scheme launched in UP Bhumi Sena Scheme launched in Uttar Pradesh on 8
August, 2013 by the Chief Minister of the state, Akhilesh Yadav. The scheme would help in
increasing cultivation area in the state. The scheme was launched for the 2013-14 fiscal with an aim
of recovering about 44,000 hectares of barren, usar and ravenous land for being fit for use by
making a cluster approach in 10 selected districts.
Uttar Pradesh Bhumi Sudhar Nigam (UPBSN), a Government Undertaking, is executing the
scheme in 17 districts of the state. Under this, banjar land development, rehabilitation of ponds
and treatment of water logged area through proper drainage development is being undertaken.
National Skill Certification and Monetary Reward Scheme launched The Union Finance
Minister P. Chidambaram on 16 August, 2013 unveiled the National Skill Certification and
Monetary Reward Scheme that will be implemented on pan-India basis, in New Delhi. The scheme
was proposed by the Union Finance Minister in 2012-13 Union Budget in order to allocate 1000
crore Rupees. The objective of the scheme is to motivate the youth for acquiring vocational skills.
The scheme is branded as STAR (Standard Training Assessment and Reward).
Continuation of Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana in 12
th
Plan The Cabinet
Committee of Economic Affairs on 2 August, 2013 approved the proposal of the Ministry of Power
for continuation of the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) in the 12
th
year plan.
Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) was launched in April-05 by merging all
ongoing schemes. Under the programme, 90% grant is provided by Govt. of India and 10% as loan
by REC to the State Governments. REC is the nodal agency for the programme.
The RGGVY aims at:
Electrifying all villages and habitations as per new definition
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Additional Storage capacity under GBY The Centre will create an additional 230 lakh mn tonne
storage capacity under the Grameen Bhandaran Yojana (GBY), in the 12 plan.
Ministry to fund training of 50 sportspersons The Sports Ministry has directed Sports Authority
of India (SAI) to identity 50 athletes in various disciplines for customised training under the
National Sports Development Fund 50 scheme to improve the countrys Olympic performance.
September2013
Puducherry Minister of State V. Narayanasamy inaugurated the Bharat Nirman Public
Information Campaign at Karaikkal, Puducherry on September 1, 2013.
The Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign is the three-day information-cum-interactive
sessions and exhibition. This was the 47
th
Public Information Campaign conducted in Tamil
Nadu. The objective of the campaign was to highlight the various developmental and welfare
programmes of the Union government of India.
Ahimsa Messenger Programme launched UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi launched Ahimsa
Messenger Programme an initiative to curb violence against women on 31 August, 2013 at New
Delhi. Ahimsa Messenger is the initiative of the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development
to address the violence against women in all forms through a mass movement by creating
numerous Ahimsa Messengers in various parts of the country.
This programme will be implemented through all Anganwadi Centres, all Panchayati Raj
Institutions, Sabla Girls (in the age group of 16-18 years) and Poorna Shakti Kendras (PSK)
coordinators under the National Mission for Empowerment of Women (NMEW) will be trained
as Ahimsa Messengers.
National AIDS Control Support Project launched The World Bank assisted National AIDS
Control Support Project was launched by the Department of AIDS Control, Union Ministry of
Health & Family Welfare in New Delhi on 24 August, 2013.
Over 99.5 percent of Indias population is free from HIV now. Accordingly the focus of the
programme has been on prevention of spread of HIV, while ensuring access to treatment and
care for all HIV infected persons. The cost of the project is 2550 crore rupees.
Proposal for restructuring SJSRY approved The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs
approved on 3 September 2013 the proposal for restructuring of the centrally sponsored Scheme of
Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana (SJSRY) in the 12
th
Plan and as the National Urban
Livelihoods Mission (NULM) with an allocation of approximately Rs.6,405 crore.
The Mission of NULM is to reduce poverty and vulnerability of the urban poor households by
enabling them to access gainful self-employment and skilled wage employment opportunities,
resulting in an appreciable improvement in their livelihoods on a sustainable basis, through
building strong grassroots level institutions of the poor.
Funding will be shared between the Centre and the States in the ratio of 75 : 25. For North
Eastern and Special Category States (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya,
Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand),
this ratio will be 90 : 10.
The CCEA also gave its approval for the implementation of Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) during
the mission period 2013-22. Under RAY, support will be offered to States and UTs and Central
government agencies for providing housing, including rental and transit housing, development
and improvement of basic civic and social infrastructure and operation and maintenance of
assets created under the scheme.
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Bharat Rural Livelihood Foundation (BRLF) approved The Union Government of India on 3
September, 2013 approved the proposal for setting up of the Bharat Rural Livelihood Foundation
(BRLF) as an independent charitable society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
The role of BRLF is to facilitate and upscale civil society action in partnership with Government
for transforming livelihoods and lives of rural households, with an emphasis on women,
particularly in the Central Indian Tribal Region.
Government approved three projects under EMC Scheme The Union Government of India on 30
August, 2013 gave its approval to three projects under the Electronic Manufacturing Clusters (EMC)
scheme. The total value of these three projects is 200 crore Rupees.
Two Schemes for Minorities Launched Union Minister for Minority Affairs launched two new
schemes namely Seekho aur Kamao (Learn & Earn) and Jiyo Parsi on September 23, 2013.
The Minister launched the pilot project of 500 minority trainees through IL&FS Skill Development
Corporation at five locations in the country. These locations are Delhi, Kolkata, Shillong, Barnala
and Bengaluru.
Key Features of Learn and Earn Scheme
Placement linked training programme for modern trades.
Skills Training Programme for Traditional Trades.
The training programme also includes soft skills training, basic Information and Technology (IT)
and English training.
Project implementing agencies to ensure 75% employment and out of that 50% in organized
sector.
Mechanism for placement and post placement support.
100% assistance by Ministry of Minority Affairs of government of India.
The Scheme will be implemented for the benefit of the 5 notified minority communities under
National Commission for Minorities Act 1992 (Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis).
Key Features of the Jiyo Parsi Scheme
100% funded by Ministry of Minority Affairs, government of India.
Medical interventions under Standard Medical protocols in empanelled hospitals/clinics.
Confidentiality of the patients to be given utmost importance.
The scheme is meant for only Parsi community.
Technotex-2014 launched in Mumbai The third edition of Technotex, Technotex-2014:
International Exhibition and Conference, organised by FICCI in collaboration with the Ministry of
Textiles, Govt of India, was launched in Mumbai.
Edusat programme launched in Bangalore The minister for Higher Education in Karnataka R.V.
Deshpande launched edusat programme in Bangalore with the help of dedicated educational
satellite launched by ISRO. It will provide equality and effective satellite launched by ISRO. It will
provide quality and effective education to college and Polytechnic students especially in rural areas.
Flagship Schemes for Housing, Skill Training for Urban Poor Cleared The Cabinet Committee
on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the proposal for two flagship schemes of the Union
Ministry of Housing and Poverty Alleviation on September 3, 2013. The schemes are aimed at job-
oriented skills training for the urban poor and offering housing to slum dwellers in urban areas.
Approval of Continuation of TUFS Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) gave its
approval for continuing the Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (TUFS) during the 12
th
Plan
period with a major focus on powerlooms in accordance with the Budget announcement for the
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The Major features of the scheme are
To promote indigenous manufacturing of the textile machinery, Interest Reimbursement (IR) on
second hand imported shuttleless looms shall be reduced from 5% to 2%. On the other hand, for
new shuttleless looms capital subsidy would be raised from 10% to 15%, IR from 5% to 6%, and
margin money subsidy from 20% to 30% with an increase in subsidy cap from Rs.1 crore to Rs.1.5
crore.
Capital subsidy for handloom and silk sectors would be increased from 25% to 30%. In addition
to this, margin money subsidy cap would be increased from Rs.45 lakh to Rs.75 lakh in respect of
MSME and jute sectors.
Sectoral cap of 26% will be applicable only for the spinning segment and sectoral caps for all
other segments have been removed to enable balanced growth across the value chain.
A pilot project for Hire-Purchase of new shuttleless looms shall be introduced with a plan outlay
of Rs.300 crore within TUFS to enable poor powerloom weavers, having limited capacity to make
capital investments, to upgrade their looms through payment of easy installments.
Approval to Three Projects under EMC Scheme The Union government of India gave its
approval to three projects under the Electronic Manufacturing Clusters (EMC) scheme on August30,
2013. The total value of these three projects is Rs.200 crore. The proposals for approval of the
government were sent by the Madhya Pradesh State Electronics Corporation (MPSEDC) and the
Electronic Industries Association of India (ELCINA).
According to the Electronic Manufacturing Clusters (EMC) scheme, the financial aid will be
limited to 50% of the overall cost of the project with the condition of ceiling of Rs.50 crore for
every 100 acres of land.
October2013
Manodhariya Scheme Launched The Maharashtra government will provide financial assistance
to survivors of crimes like rape, acid attack and child sexual abuse or their dependents. The scheme
will come in effect from October 2, 2013.
The State Cabinet approved a scheme, Manodhariya (morale boost), under which rape and child
sexual abuse survivors or their dependents will get Rs.2 lakh as compensation, which may be
extended to a maximum of Rs.3 lakh in special cases.
The government also provided compensation of Rs.50000 to survivors or their dependents for
immediate medical expenses, legal aid, counseling and other expenses incurred to fight the case.
A committee under the Collector will be set-up in every district to monitor and implement the
scheme across the State.
Food Security Scheme Launched Former Chief Minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot launched the
UPA governments ambitious Food Security Scheme in the State aimed at benefiting around 4.64
crore people on October 3, 2013. Foodgrains would be distributed every month from the 20
th
till the
end of the month through the Public Distribution System (PDS) and will be available at all ration
shops. Rajasthan is the first State to implement the scheme after conducting an extensive survey and
revising the beneficiary list, adding Haryana, Delhi and Uttarakhand have implemented without
any such exercise.
After three months of survey across the State, the government has selected around 90 lakh
families (about 4.64 crore people) as beneficiaries under the scheme. About 38.83 lakh
beneficiaries of BPL and Antyodaya Anna Yojana would, however, continue to get 35 kg of
wheat at Rs.1 per kg every month.
November2013
Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Minister of New and Renewable Energy inaugurated the India Clean
Cookstove Forum 2013 with the vision of enhancing the use of improved cookstove technologies,
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Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram inaugurated the IT based Risk Management System
(RMS) for the Customs clearance of export goods at New Delhi on November 13, 2013.
President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the 33
rd
India International Trade Fair (IITF) at Pragati
Maidan in New Delhi. The theme of IITF 2013 is Inclusive Growth. This year Japan is a partner
country and South Africa, the focus country. While Bihar is a partner state, Odisha is the focus
state.
January2014
Government Launched Indias First Comprehensive Adolescent Health Programme Union
Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad on 7 January launched the nations first
comprehensive adolescent health programme named Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram
(RKSK) in New Delhi. The programme will include a sharp focus on adolescents sexual health.
The RKSK defines an adolescent as a person within 10-19 years of age, in urban and rural areas,
includes, poor and affluent, whether they are in school or out of school.
Ghulam Nabi Azad Launches National Urban Health Mission Union Minister of Health and
Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad on 20
th
January launched the National Urban Health Mission
(NUHM) in Bangalore to provide timely quality health services to the urban poor. The scheme will
now be introduced as a sub-mission under the National Health Mission (NHM). The mission will be
implemented in 779 cities and towns, each with a population of more than 50,000 and cover over
7.75 crore people.
Prime Minister Launched National Waqf Development Corporation Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh on 29
th
January inaugurated National Waqf Development Corporation Limited (NAWADCO)
that is a new Central Public Sector Enterprise in New Delhi. The establishment of NAWADCO is a
follow up of Sachchar Committee recommendation.
Kerala Govt. Decided To Launch Mangalya Lotteries Scheme The Kerala government has
decided to launch a weekly lottery to mobilise funds for providing financial support for wedding of
girls from poor families. The scheme, Mangalya lotteries, was approved by the state cabinet on 1
st

January. The lottery is linked to the Mangalyanidhi scheme proposed in the state budget in 2012,
which mooted to mop up funds by imposing a cess on the wedding halls.
Centre approves a programme to address Malnutrition The Centre has finally approved the
rollout of the Multi-sectoral Nutrition Programme to address the problems of maternal and child
under-nutrition in the country.
The programme, recommended by the Prime Ministers National Council on Indias Nutrition
Challenges in 2010, will be implemented in 200 high-burden districts in two phases at an
estimated cost of Rs.1,213.19 crore. It will be a Centrally Sponsored Scheme under the National
Nutrition Mission, with the Centre-State cost sharing ratio 90:10 for all components in the north-
eastern States and special category States, and 75:25 for the other States and the Union
Territories.
The first phase will begin in 100 districts in 2013-14, and the rest will be covered in the second in
2014-15. The National Mission Steering Group and the Empowered Programme Committee
constituted for Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Mission will be the highest
administrative and technical bodies for ensuring effective planning, implementation, monitoring
and supervision.
No Lost Generation initiative to save Syrian Children The United Nations and its
humanitarian partners on 7
th
January, 2014 launched No Lost Generation initiative to save Syrian
children. Launched by UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children, World Vision and other non-
governmental organization (NGO) partners, the initiative calls for Governments, aid agencies the
ordinary public to champion the children of Syria.


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Govt. announces Maulana Azad Taleem-e-Baligan scheme Union Ministry of Human Resource
Development on 5
th
January 2014 announced Maulana Azad Taleem-e-baligan scheme along with
two other new initiatives at the annual meeting of the National Monitoring Committee for
Minorities Education. Maulana Azad Taleem-e-Baligan scheme aims to achieve higher literacy for
the minority Muslim community. The scheme will be launched in 61 Muslim-concentrated Sakshar
Bharat districts, the Centres adult literacy programme running in eleven states.
CCEA approves Yarn Supply Scheme The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on 9
th

January, 2014 approved the continuation of the Mill Gate Price Scheme (MGPS) along with 10 per
cent subsidy component with modifications.
The scheme is now renamed as the Yarn Supply Scheme (YSS). The plan outlay for YSS during
the 12
th
Plan will be Rs.443 crore.
National Urban Health Mission Launched Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Ghulam
Nabi Azad on 20
th
January, 2014 launched the National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) in
Bengaluru to provide timely quality health services to the urban poor. The mission aims at making
urban population free from ill-health by extending basic health care services to 22 crore people in
Indian cities.
Nod for water and sanitation project for low-income states The Cabinet Committee on Economic
Affairs (CCEA) on 2
nd
January, 2014 gave its nod for the implementation of the Rural Water Supply
and Sanitation Project for Low Income States (RWSSP-LIS) of Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar
Pradesh with World Bank assistance over a period of six years (from 2013-14 to 2019-20). The
project, commencing this financial year, will be completed in 2019-20.
SUMMI T/ CONFERENCE
August2013
Neurotrauma Conference 2013: The 22
nd
Annual Conference of the Neurotrauma Society of India
is to be held in Guwahati, Assam from 23 to 25 August 2013. About twelve International
neuroscientists and twenty national faculties would be participating in this event. This is the first
conference being organized in the North Eastern states of the country.
BRICS Business Council meeting in SA Highlighting the increase in Africas trade with India,
President Jacob Zuma asked BRICS members to use the blocs Business Council as a platform to
explore new models and approaches towards more equitable development and inclusive growth in
the world. Speaking at the inaugural BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Business
Council meeting, he said the strength of the alliance was amplified by the fact that BRICS countries
accounted for 43 per cent of the worlds population. Indian participants in the meeting welcomed
the agreement between the five nations to forge a closer partnership for development integration
and industrialisation to contribute to the development of the African continent.
September2013
The Union Minister of State for Textiles Panabaka Lakshmi launched the TECHNOTEX-2014 at the
International Exhibition and Conference in Mumbai on September 1, 2013. It will be held from
March 20-24, 2014.
The two-day 8
th
Annual Convention of Central Information Commission concluded at New Delhi.
The theme of the convention was Eight Years of RTI: A Retrospective.
33
rd
Asian and Pacific Conference of Correctional Administrators (APCCA) The Union Home
Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde inaugurated the 33
rd
Asian and Pacific Conference of Correctional
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Exhibition on Indian Embroideries The Union Minister for Culture Chandresh Kumari Katoch on
2 September 2013 inaugurated an exclusive exhibition on Indian embroideries in New Delhi
named Resurgence.
11
th
Asian Pacific Postal Union Congress an inter-governmental organisation of 32 countries of the
Asia-Pacific region, took place in New Delhi recently. The Congress meets every fourth year to
revise the Acts of the Union and discusses postal issues.
The sixth Global Skills Summit (GSS) was held in New Delhi recently. The Global Skills Summit
(GSS) is the two-day Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) annual
event which is being organised in collaboration with Ministry of Human Resource Development,
Ministry of Labour and Employment and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).
G-20 Summit 2013 The 2013 G-20 Russia summit was the eighth meeting of the G-20 heads of
government held at Constantine Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and was hosted by the Russian
President, Vladimir Putin on 5-6 September 2013. This meeting was the second time an Australian
prime minister could not be in attendance, Kevin Rudd being represented by Foreign Minister Bob
Carr, owing to the timing of a federal election on 7 September.
Objective Developing a set of measures aimed at boosting sustainable, inclusive and balanced
growth and jobs creation around the world.
Priority Areas
The 2013 summit focused on following eight areas of priority
Framework for strong, sustainable and balanced growth
Jobs and employment
International financial architecture reform
Strengthening financial regulation
Energy sustainability
Development for all
Enhancing multilateral trade
Fighting corruption
Key Challenges
The 2013 Summit was dominated by questions regarding the Syrian civil war and international
reaction to the Ghouta chemical attacks.
The main economic challenges addressed were
Weak growth and high unemployment rate
Financial market fragmentation in Europe
Decisive implementation in Banking Union
Slower growth in emerging market economies
Continued uncertainties about fiscal policy deliberations
High public debt and its sustainability in some countries
Recommendations G20 Leaders Declaration
Use the Los Cabos Accountability Assessment Framework to establish clear processes for who
can contribute the accountability process and how.
Implement and effectively enforce international anti-corruption conventions.
To establish the goal transitioning the global economy to renewable energy.
To develop and implement indicators to measure financial capability at national level.
To ensure that efforts to fight hunger and sustainability increase agricultural productivity.
To advance job creation and encourage formal sector employment through better education.


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Previous G-20 Summits
Summit Held in Host
First November, 2008 Washington DC (USA)
Second April, 2009 London (UK)
Third September, 2009 Pittsburgh (USA)
Fourth June, 2010 Toronto (Canada)
Fifth November, 2010 Seoul (South Korea)
Sixth November, 2011 Cannes (France)
Seventh June, 2012 Los Cabos (Mexico)
Eighth September, 2013 St. Petersburg (Russia)
The next G20 summit will be held in mid-November 2014 in Brisbane.
India South Korea Foreign Policy and Security Dialogue The 3
rd
India-Republic of Korea
(ROK) Foreign Policy and Security Dialogue (FPSD) was held in Seoul on September 2, 2013. Both
nations discussed ways to further expand and deepen their Strategic Partnership. They undertook a
comprehensive review of bilateral ties, including in the fields of economic collaboration, defence
and security cooperation, cultural exchanges and people-to-people contacts.
6
th
Global Skills Summit Union Human Resource Development Minister Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju
on 4 September 2013 inaugurated the sixth Global Skills Summit (GSS) at FICCI. It was organised in
collaboration with Ministry of Human Resource Development, Ministry of Labour and Employment
and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).
October2013
2
nd
International Tourism Mart (ITM) The second International Tourism Mart (ITM) started in
Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh on 18 October 2013. It was officially inaugurated by the Chief Minister
of Arunachal Pradesh on 19 October 2013.
The International Tourism Mart (ITM) is the second one to be organised in the North Eastern
region with the objective of highlighting the tourism potential of the region in the domestic and
international markets. The ITM will bring together the tourism business fraternity and
entrepreneurs from the eight North Eastern States of India and West Bengal.
32
nd
Annual Coast Guard Commanders Conference was inaugurated on 3 October 2013 by the
Defence Secretary Radha Krishna Mathur. It is the three day conference which is aimed at assisting
the Coast Guard Commanders in introspection of the myriad challenges confronting the service in
the Maritime domain. On the occasion, the Director General Indian Coast Guard Vice Admiral
A.G. Thapliyal highlighted the progress made by the service across the entire spectrum of activities
and also thanked the MoD for all the valuable support and guidance.
3
rd
National Level Exhibition and project competitions The Ministry of Science and Technology
on 8 October 2013 launched the three days long event for 3
rd
National level Exhibition and Project
Competitions (NLEPC) under the INSPIRE Awards Scheme in New Delhi. The NLEPC came as a
result of Former President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalaams call to the youngsters in science to do
something unique. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalaam explained that research was a foundation of the success
of the great minds.
The purpose of the INSPIRE programme is to promote research and scientific discovery through
ignited minds. The Welcome address was delivered by Dr. T. Ramasami, Secretary Department
of Science and Technology, Government of India, who briefed about the INSPIRE activities.
India-Asean Summit-2013 - Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh paid a four-day visit to Brunei
and Indonesia on October 9-12, 2013. He took part in the 11
th
India-Asean Summit and the 8
th
East
Asia Summit in Brunei Darussalam. Dr. Manmohan Singh said, the East Asia Summit is a forum
that is ideally placed to help us realize our common goals for advancing security and prosperity in a
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Joint Statement on five initiatives for strengthening the India-Indonesia Strategic Partnership:
The President of Indonesia, Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono welcomed the Prime Minister of
India Dr. Manmohan Singh on an official visit to Indonesia from 10 to 12 October 2013. This is
the first bilateral visit to Indonesia by Dr. Manmohan Singh. The two Leaders held extensive
talks on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest on 11 October 2013.
14
th
Indo-Russia Summit Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited Russia for the 14
th
India-
Russia summit in October, 2013. Historically, India has shared a multi-dimensional and strong
partnership with Russia. Its contribution in building Indias national capabilities and being a
reliable partner is well documented. India has often referred to tie with Russia as a key pillar of its
foreign policy and the two countries share a common vision on a number of regional and
international issues.
India and Russia have also agreed to enhance cooperation in space technologies. India is the only
country to which Russia has agreed to give access to Glonass military-grade signals, which will
enable the Indian military to greatly improve the accuracy of its land, sea, air and space-
launched weapon systems.
November2013
Commonwealth Summit 2013
The 23
rd
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting was held in Colombo, Sir Lanka, from
November 15-17, 2013. It was formally inaugurated by Prince Charles. CHOGM 2013 had heads of
nearly 30 countries who took part, apart from senior level delegations from other member countries.
Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid represented India at the summit.
The Commonwealth Summit came to a close on November 17, 2013 with Sri Lankan President
Mahinda Rajapaksa saying he needed time to address post-war challenges, including allegations
of human rights violation.
The Prime Ministers of Canada (Stephan Harper), India (Manmohan Singh) and Mauritius
boycotted the summit, citing alleged human rights violations by Sri Lanka against its Tamil
minority.
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) is a biennial summit meeting of
the heads of government from all Commonwealth nations. Every two years, the meeting is held
in a different members state, and is chaired by that nations respective Prime Minister or
President, who becomes the Commonwealth Chairperson-in-Office. The first CHOGM was held
in 1971. The Commonwealth of Nations (also called the British Commonwealth) is an
intergovernmental organisation of 53 member states that were mostly territories of the former
British Empire.
International Heavy Minerals Conference The 9
th
International Heavy Minerals Conference
(HMC 2013) was held in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh from November 27-29, 2013 with the
theme: Overcoming New Challenges. The biennial International conference was ninth in a series of
conferences that focus on the heavy minerals industry. This International conference was held for
the first time in India by the Mining Engineers Association of India (MEAI) in collaboration with
and support from the Government of India, other professional organisations and industry.
The two-day International Conference on Comprehensive Cleft Care (ICCCC) concluded in
Guwahati, Asom. The theme of the conference was Think Big; Partnerships Involved in the Delivery
of Comprehensive Cleft Care.
National Conference on the Wakf (Amendment) Act The Union Minister of Minority Affairs, K.
Rahman Khan, inaugurated the National Conference on the Wakf (Amendment) Act, 2013 in New
Delhi on November 6, 2013. The conference was organized to update and sensitise Chairmen and
CEOs of State Wakf Boards across the country. Various amendments were introduced in the Wakf
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Biennial Conference of Asian Society of International Law Vice-President Hamid Ansari
inaugurated Fourth Biennial Conference of Asian Society of International Law on November 14,
2013. The objective of the 4
th
Biennial Conference of the ASIL is to provide a vibrant platform for
meaningful interaction and exchange among scholars and practitioners in the field of international
law in order to promote better understanding of international legal issues and to comprehend the
emerging trends.
The theme of this Conference: Asia and International Law in the Twenty-first Century: New
Horizons.
National Conference on Intellectual Disability The Union Minister for Social Justice &
Empowerment Kumari Selja inaugurated the National Conference on Intellectual Disability, jointly
organized by the Department of Disability Affairs, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and
National Institute for Mentally Handicapped, Secunderabad, on November 7, 2013. This is the first
such conference and the Department has planned similar national level conferences of National
Institutes to address the issues relating to the sector.
The National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped (NIMH), Secunderabad was established in
the year 1984. The primary objective of NIMH is to cater to the needs of Persons with Mental
Retardation.
India is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
(UNCRPD).
3
rd
BRICS International Competition Conference The Heads of the Competition Authorities of
the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, the Republic of India, the Peoples
Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa signed a Joint Accord namely DELHI ACCORD
on November 22, 2013 during the 3
rd
BRICS International Competition Conference (ICC) at New
Delhi.
The theme of the 3
rd
Conference is Competition Enforcement in BRICS Countries: Issues and
Challenges. The third BRICS International Competition Conference was held at New Delhi during
November 20-22, 2013.
Objective - The objective of the conference is to discuss various issues and challenges in
competition enforcement in BRICS countries and takes the agenda of cooperation among the
BRICS competition authorities forward from the earlier two conferences.
13
th
Council of Ministers Meeting of IORA Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) held its 13
th

Council of Ministers meeting in Perth, Australia on November 1, 2013. India handed over the chair
of the IORA to Australia. India chaired the IORA, since 2011. The Perth reviewed the process made
by IORA since 2012 meeting in Gurgaon, India.
Perth Declaration
To create common ground for regional economic cooperation.
Reiterating that IORA is the apex pan-regional organisation for the Indian Ocean.
Recalling the six priority areas of cooperation agreed at the eleventh Council of Ministers
Meeting (COMM) in Bengaluru, namely: Maritime Safety and Security; Trade and Investment
Facilitation; Fisheries Management Disaster Risk Management; Academic and Science and
Technology Cooperation; and Tourism and Cultural Exchanges.
Reaffirming our commitment to the Charter of the United Nations, to the Charter of IORA, and
to the applicable principles of international law.
Reaffirming commitment to The Future We Want, as adopted at the 2012 United Nation as
Conference on Sustainable Development, and to the protection, restoration, health, productivity
and resilience of the Indian Ocean and its resources.
Recognising that the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea provides the legal
framework for the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans and their resources and plays a
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The Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), formerly known as the Indian Ocean Rim Association
for Regional Cooperation, is an international organisation with 20 member states. It was first
established as Indian Ocean Rim Initiative in Mauritius in March, 1995 and formally launched on
March 6-7, 1997 by the conclusion of a multilateral treaty known as the Charter of the Indian Ocean
Rim Association for Regional Cooperation.
20 Member States Australia, Bangladesh, Comoros, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya,
Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Oman, Seychelles,
Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates and
Yemen.
Dialogue Partners China, Egypt, France, Japan, United Kingdom and the United States of
America
Observer Status The Indian Ocean Tourism Organisation (IOTO) and Indian Ocean
Research Group (IORG)
December2013
Ministerial Summit of World Trade Organisation The ninth Ministerial of the World Trade
Organisation was held in Nusa Dua (Bali) on December 3-6, 2013.
On December 7, 2013, World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministers in Bali finally adopted the
historic five-draft decision declaration and the 10-document full Bali Package that addresses the
Doha Development Agenda.
The draft proposes an interim mechanism to safeguard minimum support prices to farmers
against WTO caps till a permanent solution is adopted.
Post-Bali, the negotiators in Geneva will focus on the long-stalled issues of the Doha
Development Round in a work programme they committed themselves to complete within 12
months.
A Range of Gains For Delhi
Food Security Law may push Indias minimum support prices above WTO limits, but interim
mechanism provides safeguards till WTO rules are corrected.
Agreement on Trade Facilitation could boost Indias exports.
India spearheads first agreement in the nine Ministerials held after the Doha Round.
India gains global leadership position by getting a crucial poor-rich country imbalance
corrected on a multilateral forum.
Support subsidies to poor farmers across all developing countries get safeguards against
WTO rules.
With Bali outcomes, Doha Round and therefore WTO remain alive.
8
th
Asia Gas Partnership Summit Held In New Delhi The 8
th
Asia Gas Partnership Summit
(AGPS) was held from 3 to 4 December 2013 at New Delhi, India. The 8
th
AGPS was organized by
GAIL (India) Limited and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FIFFI). The
theme of the conference is Asian Gas Market: Challenges and opportunities in the Changing
Paradigm. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 3 December inaugurated the summit.
January2014
12
th
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Held in New Delhi from 7 9 January 2014. The theme of the event
was Engaging Diaspora-Connecting across Generations. The convention was inaugurated by
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 7
th
January. Malaysias Minister of Natural Resources and
Environment Y. B. Datuk Seri Palanivel, was the Chief Guest. On 9
th
January President Pranab
Mukherjee conferred the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards and addressed the closing session of
the Convention. The 11
th
edition of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas was held at Kochi, Kerala from 7 9
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Pravasi Bharatiya Samman 2014
Lisa Maria Singh (Australia) Parthasarathy Chiramel Pillai (USA)
Kurian Varghese (Bahrain) Shihabudeen Vava Kunju (Saudi Arabia)
Vasudev Chanchlani (Canada) Sasindran Muthuvel (Papua New Guinea)
Ramakrishna Mission (Fiji) Shamsheer Vayalil Parambath (United Arab)
Satnarainsing Rabin Baldewsingh (Netherlands) Ela Gandhi (South Africa)
Bikas Chandra Sanyal (France) Renu Khator (USA)
Shailesh Lakhman Vara (United Kingdom)
44
th
World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting was held at Davos, Switzerland from 22-25
January 2014 with the theme The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and
Business. During the meeting, Price water house Coopers 17
th
annual Global CEO Survey report
released on 21
st
January. According to the report, India was ranked fourth in the list of
countries/regional CEOs who are confident of revenue growth in the next 12 months time, which
was topped by Russia. On 23
rd
January United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon signed the
Zero Hunger Declaration. The declaration calls for leaders to take action against hunger, get others
to join, and hold themselves accountable to deliver results.
Seventh Global Insurance Summit: Global Insurance Summit was held at Hyderabad in Andhra
Pradesh on 8
th
January, 2014. The summit was organised by National Council on Insurance of
Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM). The focus of the summit
was on the need for simplifying the insurance process and to provide financial security for the
masses in India.
ASEAN Foreign Ministers Retreat Myanmar hosted the first Foreign Ministers meet as ASEAN
chair in the ancient city of Baganon 17
th
January, 2014. The Retreat was the first in the series of
ASEAN Foreign Ministers meetings under Myanmars meetings under Myanmars ASEAN
Chairmanship in 2014 which has for its theme Moving forward in Unity to a Peaceful and
Prosperous Community. During the Retreat, ASEAN Foreign Ministers discussed the priorities of
ASEAN for 2014. The issues include ASEANs efforts to speed up community building and ASEAN
integration and to move forward the realisation of Master Plan for ASEAN Community.
AGREEMENT/DEAL/SI GN/TALK
August2013
Russia and Japan held bilateral talks on 19 August, 2013 over a peace treaty and territorial disputes
between them. During the talk, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov and his visiting
Japanese counterpart Shinsuke Sugiyama discussed a wide range of issues of bilateral ties in the
light of agreements reached by the two countries leaders. The two sides exchanged views on
organising negotiations on the peace treaty, and agreed to arrange a further round of talks via
diplomatic channels. Following an April 2013 meeting in Moscow between President Vladimir
Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the two sides pledged to speed up talks on
concluding a peace treaty.
Israel, Palestinians peace talks resumed - Israel and the Palestinian Governments resumed their
first direct peace talks in Jerusalem on 15 August, 2013. The Palestinian Authority, led by President
Mahmoud Abbas, made the release of 104 prisoners a condition for resuming the talks. In response,
Israel government released 26 long-term Palestinian prisoners as part of the deal to reopen
negotiations. The Key issues in the talks are status of Jerusalem, borders, security arrangements,
settlements and possible land swaps, Palestinian refugees, recognition of Israel.
US-China held talks on Human Rights issues China and the United States held a dialogue on
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World Bank and India signed agreement for low income housing finance project The
Government of India and the World Bank on 14 August, 2013 signed a 100 million US dollars credit
agreement aimed at helping low-income households to secure loans to purchase, build or upgrade
their dwellings. The Low Income Housing Finance Project would be implemented by the National
Housing Bank (NHB).
ADB and India signed agreement for $ 300 mn The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and
Government of India on 12 August, 2013 signed an agreement for 300 million US dollars in
additional as a loan to upgrade 254 kilometers of severely deteriorated highways in northern and
southern Bihar. ADB has supported Bihars State Highway Development Program through
assistance to Bihar State Highways Project-I (420 million US dollars, closed in July, 2012) followed
by Project-II (300 million US dollars signed in December, 2010)
Ministry of Rural Development signed MoU with NGO Pradan for development in Naxal hit
areas The NGO will serve as a resource and support organisation for the National Rural Livelihood
Mission (NRLM), with specially focusing on Naxal affected districts. The scheme will be
implemented in some of the Naxal-affected districts of Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha
in the first phase.
Pradans help is needed in these areas since government agencies often find difficulty in
implementation of developmental projects because of threats from Naxals. Pradan, is funded by
the Ford Foundation and Gates Foundation.
HAL inks MoU with TII Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has signed a memorandum of
understanding (MoU) with the Transparency International India (TII), the coalitions against
corruption, to promote corruption-free, fair and transparent business practices in the company. The
country chapter of the Berlin-based not-for-profit organisation will advise HAL and support it in
implementing its integrity pact programme.
ONGC Joins Hands with RIL to Explore East Coast Indias largest public sector oil and gas
exploration firm, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has announced signing of an agreement
with private sector major Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) to explore the possibility of sharing the
latters infrastructural facilities on the east coast. The MoU aims at working out the modalities for
sharing of infrastructure, identifying additional requirements as well as firming up the commercial
terms, ONGC and RIL said in joint statement.
September2013
India and Latvia - The Government of India on 18 September 2013 signed an agreement with Latvia
on Double Tax Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to
Taxes on Income.
India and Japan The Union Ministry of Science and Technology and Japans largest research
organization RIKEN signed a MoU on 14 September, 2013 for launching joint research programs in
applied science. Joint research programs will be launched in the fields of Biology, Life sciences and
Material sciences, Genome related research including systems Biology and Computational science
including development of bioinformatics tools, Detection tools for security and other areas of
mutual interest.
India and Japan on 12 September, 2013 agreed to expand co-operation in the films sector,
particularly in co-production of animation films.
India and Japan on 6 September, 2013 decided to expand their bilateral currency swap
arrangement from 15 billion US dollars to 50 billion US dollar till December 2015.
A bilateral swap agreement was signed between the Bank of Japan and the RBI for 15 billion
US dollar on 4 December, 2012. This arrangement aimed at addressing possible short-term
liquidity mismatches and supplementing existing international financial arrangements, as
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India and Canada The Union Cabinet of India on 29 August, 2013 approved the Social Security
Agreement between India and Canada. The agreement between India and Canada was signed on 6
November, 2012.
SEBI signed MoU with Argentina Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on 16
September, 2013 signed a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Comission
Nacional de Valores, (CNV) Argentina.
The MoU seeks to promote mutual assistance and exchange of information with a view to
facilitate the development of deeper and broader capital market, enhance greater cross-border
activities and attain closer regulatory co-operation between two jurisdictions in a mutually
beneficial manner.
Cabinet approved the India-Abu Dhabi Bilateral Air Services Agreement The Union Cabinet of
India on 3 September, 2013 approved the India-Abu Dhabi bilateral air services agreement. Under
this agreement the airlines of India and Abu-Dhabi can fly 50000 seats each week, an increase from
the present level of 13700.
MoU for revival of Talcher Urea Plant Fertilizer Corporation of India Ltd. (FCIL) signed an MoU
with Coal India Ltd. (CIL), GAIL India Ltd. and Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Ltd. (RCF) for
revival of Talcher Urea Plant in Odisha on 5 September, 2013. This is a unique project being setup
on Coal Gasification for production of 1.2 MTPA Urea and Ammonium Nitrate.
Rajasthan Centre of Excellence and Ethics in Ajmer An Memorandum of Understandings
(MoU) was signed between Corporate Affairs Ministry and three professional institutes Institute
of Company Secretaries of India, Institute of Cost Accountants of India and the Institute of
Chartered Accountants of India on September 12, 2013 to set-up a Centre of Excellence and Ethics in
Ajmer (Rajasthan) in a move to create knowledge hub in the State.
China & Kazakhstan Struck Kashagan Deal Chinese President Xi Jinping struck a deal with
Kazakhstan giving China a stake in its giant Kashagan oil project on September 7, 2013. The $ 5
billion deal further increases Chinas rising clout in post-Soviet Central Asia, once Russias imperial
backyard, and blocks an attempt by global rival India to get a stake in the oilfield, the worlds
largest oil discovery in five decades.
India and Chile Talks on Energy Cooperation India has offered its support and expertise in
setting-up renewable energy projects for Chile, which is almost entirely dependent on imports for
its energy needs.
The offer was extended during a meeting between visiting Indian Minister of New and
Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah and Chiles Energy Minister Jorge Bunster on September 13,
2013.
Both the countries have agreed to enhance their cooperation in the renewable energy sector.
India is planning to add over 30 GW (gigawatt) of renewable energy to its energy mix in next
five years, detailing the success of programmes on wind and solar energies.
Moving Towards Media Cooperation India and China have agreed to initiate steps to include
Media cooperation as part of 2014 celebrations being observed to commemorate Friendly
Exchanges between the two countries on September 16, 2013.
Currency Swap Arrangement Agreed India and Japan decided to treble more then their currency
swap arrangement from USD 15 billion to 50 billion on September 6, 2013 during a meeting between
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso on the sidelines of
the summit of the Group of 20 industrialised and emerging economies in Moscow.
TCS bags NCBs deal As part of efforts to develop electronic services and ensure quality services
to its customers across all channels, the National Commercial Bank (NCB) of Dubai has selected
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India and Laos - $ 66.15 mn Aid to Laos India agreed to provide $ 66.15 million to Laos for
irrigation and hydro power projects, including the extension of transmission lines, for socio-
economic development in the South East Asian nation on September 9, 2013 during External Affairs
Minister Salman Khurshids visit to the country to participate in the 7
th
India-Lao Joint Commission
Meeting (JMC) on Bilateral Cooperation.
In the largest deal ever signed by an Indian company, GAIL (India )Ltd, has entered into a $ 60
billion (about Rs.3.80 lakh crore) deal with two US-based companies for bringing in close to six
million tonnes of liquefied natural gas or LNG every year over a 20-year period beginning 2016-17.
GAIL, the first Asian company to buy liquefied natural gas from the US, is taking advantage of the
lowest prices in 13 years to tie up LNG supplies from the US.
India and Liberia Energy Pacts Signed India and Liberia decided to enhance cooperation in
energy with extending US $ 144 million Line of Credit to the African country to fund a power
transmission and distribution project besides signing an MoU on oil and gas on September 11, 2013.
The agreements were signed after a meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and visiting
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who was on a five-day visit to India.
Both sides decided to enhance our cooperation in a number of areas, including agricultural
research, health, small and medium enterprises, science and technology, education and skill
development.
MoU Between NSIC & Mauritius Delegation led by Jangbahadoorsing Seetaram, Minister of
Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives, Mauritius met with K.H. Muniyappa, Minister of State
(Independent Charge), Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in New Delhi on September 2, 2013.
During the meeting, India and Mauritius discussed about the finalising of MoU on cooperation
in the MSME sector. Discussion on signing of MoU between National Small Industries
Corporation and Small & Medium Enterprises Development Authority of Mauritius was also
done.
HLL Biotech signed Agreement with Institute of Immunology, Croatia HLL Biotech Limited
entered into a long-term supply and technology transfer agreement with the Institute of
Immunology, Zagreb, Croatia. The agreement was made to initiate mass production of measles
vaccine in India. Under the agreement, HLL Lifecare Limited will produce 80 million doses of
measles vaccine for the Indian market, which will meet a major share of the government
requirements.
HLL Biotech Limited is a subsidiary of central public sector miniratna company, HLL Lifecare
Limited.
October2013
Energy deal between China and Russia Russias state major Rosneft inked an agreement with
Sinopec, Chinas largest refining state company on October 22, 2013 for the supply of 100 million
tonnes of crude over the next 10 years and would be worth $ 85 billion. Earlier this year Rosneft
signed a contract with Chinese state oil major, CNPC, to supply China with 365 million tonnes of oil
over 25 years. The deals reached during a visit of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to
China.
AIFF, Football Federation of Australia Signed Agreement All India Football Federation (AIFF)
announced the signing of an agreement under Australian Sports Outreach Programme (ASOP) with
Football Federation of Australia (FFA) to support AIFFs Grassroots Programme on October 30,
2013.
The agreement includes financial, administrative and technical support (from FFA) in the form of
capacity building within the State Associations currently involved in the Grassroots Programme,
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India-Bangladesh Extradition Treaty Takes Effect The extradition treaty between Bangladesh
and India came into effect on October 23, 2013 with the handing over of the instruments of
ratification of the much-awaited pact. The two countries will now be able to exchange convicts or
undertrials as and when required. Bangladesh Home Secretary C.Q.K. Mostak Ahmed and Indian
High Commissioner to Bangladesh Pankaj Saran signed the documents.
The ceremony was attended by Bangladesh Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir, who
signed the treaty with his Indian counterpart Sushil Kumar Shinde on January 28, 2013. The
Bangladesh Cabinet had endorsed it on October 7, 2013 while the Indian Cabinet did earlier.
The treaty will allow exchange of convicts sentenced for more than a year in prison but will not
be applicable to political prisoners and asylum seekers. Both sides have the option to cancel the
treaty in six-month notice.
USA-Afghanistan on Security Deal The US and Afghanistan have resolved disagreements on a
bilateral security deal after lengthy talks in Kabul, although difference remain on October 13, 2013.
President Haamid Karzai stated that they were still divided over immunity for US soldiers who stay
in Afghanistan after next years NATO withdrawal. The talks were overshadowed by a US
operation to capture a senior Pakistani Taliban Commander. Latif Mahsud was reportedly seized in
Eastern Afghanistan after talks with Afghan intelligence officers over a mooted prisoner-swap deal
and his capture is said to have angered President Karzai. In the partial bilateral security deal due to
take effect next year, Karzai appeared to have secured a US agreement not to carry out attacks on
Afghan soil without first consulting the Afghan authorities. The deal will help determine how many
US troops will remain in Afghanistan after the main foreign combat-forces pull out at the end of
2014.
Credit Agreement with IFAD for JTLEP Signed An agreement for credit of US $ 51 million
(equivalent) from IFAD for the Jharkhand Tribal Empowerment Livelihood Project (JTLEP) was
signed on October 4, 2013. JTELP would continue till September, 2021. The objective of the project is
to enable rural households to take-up sustainable livelihood opportunities. The project shall benefit
small rural producers, women, scheduled caste households and youth in the hill districts of
Jharkhand. The goal of the project is to reduce poverty in the hill districts of the State of Jharkhand.
India Signed Pact with World Bank for Uttar Pradesh Water Sector Restructuring Project India
has signed an agreement with World Bank for credit of 360 million US dollars for the second phase
of Uttar Pradesh Water Sector Restructuring Project on October 25, 2013. The objective of the project
is to support the State on capacity building of Water Users Association, rehabilitation and
modernization of irrigation, development of basin river planning strategies and flood management
systems. It also aims at strengthening the institutional and policy framework for integrated water
resources management and increase farm and water productivity by supporting farmers in targeted
irrigation areas. The closing date for the project is October 31, 2020.
The project has six main components
Strengthening of State Level Water Institutions and Inter Sector Coordination.
Modernisation and Rehabilitation of Irrigation and Drainage Systems.
Consolidation and Enhancement of Irrigation Institution Reforms.
Enhancing Agriculture Productivity and On-Farm Water Management.
Feasibility studies and Preparation Activities for the Next Phase.
Project Coordination and Monitoring.
India-Indonesia: India and Indonesia strengthened bilateral cooperation by signing six pacts in
diverse areas ranging from health and disaster management to combating illicit trafficking of drugs
on October 11, 2013. The Memorandums of Understandings (MoUs) were signed during the first
bilateral visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Indonesia.
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This would cover areas of maternal and child health, nursing, traditional medicine, communicate
and non-communicate disease, health technology information research and development, Active
pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) and IT-based medical equipment.
India-Brazil: The 6
th
India-Brazil Joint Commission Meeting was held in Brasilia on October 14-15,
2013. The main issues discussed in the meeting were the entire gamut of India-Brazil Strategic
Partnership including Political, Economic and Commercial, Agriculture, Science and Technology,
Defence, Cultural, Hydrocarbon etc.
They also signed an Agreement on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons, which will enhance
prospects of a closer cooperation between Brazil and India in legal assistance matters.
They also renewed the Agreement on Cooperation between their respective diplomatic
academies, the Foreign Service Institute and Institute Rio Branco, signed in 2007.
India and Brazil share close cooperation and coordination in the multilateral arena in IBSA,
BRICS, G-4, BASIC, G-20 or other organisations.
Brazil is the most important trading partner of India in the entire Latin America.
India-Hungary: MoU for Promotion of Traditional Systems of Medicine An agreement for the
transfer of know-how in the field of Biological and Chemical Warfare was among six MoUs
signed between Hungary and India as part of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbans visit to
India on October 17, 2013.
India-Austria: MoU on Technology Cooperation A Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) on
technology cooperation in the shipping and port infrastructure was signed between India and
Austria on October 30, 2013. Austria derives its importance by virtue of its active role in
international organisations.
India-Finland: Pact to Produce Ethanol India signed an agreement with Finland to produce
indigenous ethanol to promote use of clean technologies and cut down the Oil Import Bill on
October 15, 2013. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and finish clean, technology firm
Chempolis will set-up a pilot project to produce ethanol bio-chemicals and bio-coal from biomass
residual matters. It is for conversion of cellulose into ethanol. The ONGC have developed a
technology by which all cellulose based waste products can be converted into ethanol.
India-ASEAN: Agreements to Revive Nalanda University India signed agreements with seven
countries, who pledged their commitment to the ambitious Nalanda University Project being built
near the ruins of the ancient academic institution on October 10, 2013 on the sidelines of East Asia
Summit.
The Memorandums of Understandings (MoUs) were signed with Australia, Cambodia,
Singapore, Brunei, New Zealand, Lao PDR and Myanmar. These agreements are key to Indias
plans to establish Nalanda University in Bihar as an institution of international repute.
India-Cuba: Cooperation in Broadcasting India and Cuba signed a Memorandum of
Understandings (MoU) for cooperation in broadcasting between Prasar Bharati and Cuban Radio
and Television Institute (ICRT) on October 30, 2013 during the official visit of Indias Vice-President
Hamid Ansari to Cuba.
Under the agreement, both countries will explore co-production opportunities on matters of
mutual interest. The pact would facilitate exchange programmes in fields of cultural
entertainment, education, science, sports and news. It also opens up avenues for co-production
of broadcast content for creative ventures including films and coverage of events.
India-Ukraine: Fifth Session of the Inter-Governmental Commission India and Ukraine explored
ways to expand cooperation in diverse sectors such as trade, nuclear energy, coal mining,
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India and Kuwait hold talks in the areas of investment, trade and security and of joint ventures in
the energy sector to take their relationship beyond the present buyer-seller partnership. As many as
five pacts are signed in the presence of the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and his Kuwait
counterpart Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah in New Delhi.
Agreement/MoU
Agreement between the government of India and of Kuwait on the transfer of sentenced persons.
MoU between the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of
India and the Saud N. Al-Sabah Kuwait Diplomatic Institute (KDI), Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
of the State of Kuwait for cooperation in mutual beneficial area of activities.
MoU on cooperation in the field of sports & youth affairs between the government of India and
Kuwait.
Executive programme for cultural and information exchanges between the government of India
and Kuwait for the year 2013-16.
Educational exchange programme between the government of India and Kuwait on cooperation
in education and learning for the years 2013-16.
Russia-Japan upgrades defence ties Russia and Japan in November 2013 have moved to
dramatically upgrade bilateral ties, holding their first joint Defence and Foreign Ministers meeting
and agreeing to expand their defence and security cooperations.
Russia and Japan have agreed to conduct the first ever anti-terrorism and anti-piracy exercises
between the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force and the Russian Navy. Till now the two
navies have jointly trained only for search and rescue operations.
The two countries have also agreed to step up their cooperation in multilateral security forums in
the Asia-Pacific region.
Iran Signs Landmark Nuclear Deal with West Iran has struck a historic agreement with the
United States and five other world powers, accepting strict constraints on its nuclear programme for
the first time in a decade in exchange for partial relief from sanctions.
The deal, signed at 4.30 a.m. on November 24, 2013 in Geneva marks arguably the most significant
foreign policy achievement of Barack Obamas presidency, amounting to the most significant
agreement between Washington and Tehran since the 1979 Iranian revolution.
In return, Iran undertakes to restrict its nuclear activities. Over the next six months it has agreed to:
stop enriching uranium above 5 per cent, reactor grade, and dilute its stock of 20 per cent-
enriched uranium or convert it to oxide, which makes it harder to enrich further. The medium-
enriched uranium, in its hexafluoride gas form, is relatively easy to-turn into weapons-grade
material, so it is a major proliferation concern.
not to increase its stockpile of low-enrichment uranium
freeze its enrichment capacity by not installing any more centrifuges, leaving more than half of
its existing 16,000 centrifuges inoperable
not to fuel or to commission the heavy-water reactor it is building in Arak or build a
reprocessing plant that could produce plutonium from the spent fuel
accept more intrusive nuclear inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency, including
daily visits to some facilities
In return, there will be no new nuclear-related sanctions for six month if Iran sticks by the accord
Iran will also receive relief worth about $ 7 billion on oil, gold, auto exports and educational cash
reserves
CCI Clears Jet Etihad Deal the countrys trade regulator Competition Commission of India
(CCI) on November 12, 2013 approved the long pending Jet-Etihad deal, thereby paving the way for
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In a deal announced in April 2013, Etihad had proposed to pick up 24% stake in Jet Airways for
$325 million (Rs.2,070 crore). This is the first-ever foreign direct investment (FDI) in an Indian
carrier by an overseas airline.
The Jet-Etihad deal has been stuck for months for want of various regulatory approvals. The
clearance by the CCI was among the last regulatory approvals for this transaction.
IIMC, QUT-Australia Signed International Cooperation Agreement Brisbane, Australia have
signed an International Cooperation Agreement to collaborate in academic programmes and in
frontier areas of research in Media and Communication.
The agreement was signed, IIMC I&B Ministry and Queensland University of Technology on
November 3, 2013. The agreement envisages bringing ICT in academic programmes in a
significant way. Both the institutes have agreed for the development of joint venture projects and
also for opening avenues for developing a collaborative doctoral programme to benefit students
and faculty. The bilateral cooperation agreement also envisages organisation of joint academic
and scientific activities, such as courses, conferences, seminars, symposia or lectures, exchange of
staff and students and exchange of materials and publications of common interest.
MTNL Signed MoU with US Firm to Impact Security Training in India - Mahanagar Telephone
Nigam Limited (MTNL) and Los Alamos Technical Associates, Inc. (LATA) of the USA have signed
an MoU for launching the state of the art training programs on Cyber Security, Risk And Crisis
Management, Public Safety and Disaster Management, Homeland Security/Critical Infrastructure
Protection, Security Operations Management, Industrial Security, Fire & Safety Management etc on
November 12, 2013.
This will bring to India the best US practices followed in security, which has been developed
over a period of time. Indias security needs are evolving rapidly and this partnership can help
develop professional programs in cyber and physical security to meet the countrys growing
demands. MTNL is going to start these trainings through its state of the art training centres at
New Delhi and Mumbai. A dedicated resource will be allocated for this project and impact
training so that it is more relevant for Indian Conditions.
First batch of training is likely to start from March, 2014. MTNL will be developing a one or two
day series of awareness programs for the top management of companies and the government
departments.
IndiaAustralia: India and Australia signed two agreements in New Delhi during the visit of
Foreign Minister of Australia, Julie Bishop to India on November 18, 2013. She was on four-day visit
to India from November 15-18, 2013.
Documents signed between the two sides
Amendments on MoU between the Central Board of Excise & Customs of India and the
Australian Customs Service on Customs Cooperation on Mutual Administrative Assistance.
Statement of Intent between the government of Australia and Nalanda University to progress a
three year arrangement towards a chair of Ecology and Environment Studies at the University.
Both sides also discussed cooperation in counter-terrorism and cyber security.
Moving towards Civil Nuclear Agreement India moved a step closer to sourcing uranium
from Australia, the worlds biggest exporter of the radioactive mineral, with the Foreign
Ministers of both countries agreeing to hold the third round of talks on a bilateral civil nuclear
agreement towards the end of November, 2013.
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop
reaffirmed the commitment of both countries to finalise a Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement
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Treaty for Transfer of Sentenced Prisoners India and Vietnam signed an agreement that would
pave way for transfer of sentenced prisoners languishing in jails in the two countries on November
1, 2013. As part of social rehabilitation of prisoners, the treaty will help Indian prisoners imprisoned
in Vietnam or vice-versa to be near their families for serving remaining part of their sentence.
Passport Agreements with 3 countries Indians with diplomatic passports will now find traveling
to Poland, Slovenia and Lithuania easier as government approved visas waiver agreements with
these countries on November 7, 2013.
A new climate change agreement at Warsaw Negotiators gathered at the Polish capital, Warsaw,
sealed a new climate change agreement, avoiding a crash late on November 23, 2013. But this
required the countries to lock themselves to a compromised agreement with a low level of ambition
to fight climate change.
Tamil Nadu & Puducherry Financing and Project Agreements for World Bank Assistance
The Union government of India, the government of Tamil Nadu and the government of Puducherry
signed the Financing and Project Agreements for World Bank Assistance (IDA Assistance) of 236
million US dollars with the World Bank on November 11, 2013. The agreements were signed for
Tamil Nadu-Puducherry Coastal Disaster Risk Reduction Project (CDRRP).
The objective of the Project is to increase the resilience of coastal communities in Tamil Nadu and
Puducherry, to a range of hydro-meteorological and geophysical hazards along with improving
project implementation entities capacity to respond promptly and effectively to an eligible crisis
or emergency.
The Project will have five components, which are
Vulnerability Reduction
Sustainable Fisheries
Capacity building in Disaster Risk Management
Implementation Support; and
Contingency Emergency Response.
India Vietnam: Trade Agreements Signed India and Vietnam inked eight agreements,
including one for oil and gas exploration in the seas off Vietnam that includes the South China Sea
as visiting Vietnamese leader Nguyen Phu Trong and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held talks
in New Delhi on November 20, 2013.
Vietnam offers India seven oil blocks Vietnam has offered India seven oil blocks in South
China Sea, including three on an exclusive basis, and joint prospecting in some Central Asian
countries with which both Hanoi and New Delhi have good political ties. Following talks
between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and visiting Vietnam Communist Party general
secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in New Delhi on November 20, 2013 the two sides signed eight
pacts of which the ones on energy cooperation and protection of information in defence will
intensify the already close ties in these two sectors.
Air Services Agreement Boosting connectivity, both sides inked an air services agreement that
would see direct flights between the two countries and also promote an international aviation
system based on competition.
High-Tech Crime Lab Both sides also inked an agreement for setting up a high-tech crime lab in
Hanoi.
Coal Project Vietnams industry and trade ministry also inked a MoU with Tata Power Limited.
For development of the Long Phu 2 coal-fired power plant project in Soc Trang, Vietnam.
Building IT Training Centre A Vietnam-India English and IT Training Centre at the National
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Afghanistan and Iran Agreed On Comprehensive Cooperation Agreement The presidents of
Afghanistan and Iran have agreed on a long-term cooperation pact, a move which experts believe
could further strain Hamid Karzais ties with the United States. Karzai made the deal with Iranian
President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on 8 December. The leaders of the Central Asian nations Iran
and Afghanistan signed a pact for long-term political, security, economic and cultural cooperation,
regional peace and security.
Israel, Jordan, Palestinians Signed Water Sharing Agreement Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians
signed a historic water-sharing initiative at the World Bank in Washington on 9 December that
could protect the Dead Sea from rising demand for water in the region. The agreement was signed
by Israeli Energy Minister Silvan Shalom, Shaddad Attili, head of the Palestinian water authority,
and Hazim el-Naser, head of the Jordanian water ministry.
China, Bolivia Agreed To Promote Friendly Relations China and Bolivia on 19 December agreed
to further promote their friendly and reciprocal relationship in talks between the two presidents.
China President Xi Jinping and Bolivian President Juan Evo Morales Ayma agreed in their talks at
the Great Hall of the People that the two countries should keep up high-level engagements;
strengthen communication between governments, legislatures and political parties; share
experience on state governing; and continue to support each other on major issues involving each
others core interests. The two presidents witnessed the signing of several cooperation deals
including governmental technology and economic cooperation.
India and UAE signed Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement India and
United Arab Emirates (UAE) have signed a Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection
Agreement (BIPPA) on 12 December to boost investment flows between the two countries. The
BIPPA was signed in New Delhi by Obaid Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs
from the UAE side and Namo Narain Meena, Minister of State for Finance from the Indian side.
India and Afghanistan Agreed To Enhance Defence Ties Indian Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai have agreed to deepen defence and security
cooperation to increase the operational capabilities and mobility of the Afghanistan National
Security and Defence Forces (ANSDF). During the bilateral talks in New Delhi on 13 December, the
two leaders also agreed to expand opportunities for higher military education in India for Afghan
officers.
India and Arab League Signed MoU on Cooperation India and the 22-nation Arab League on 17
December held wide-ranging discussions on key bilateral, regional and international issues,
including situation in Syria and the West Asia peace process. In their talks, External Affairs Minister
Salman Khurshid and Secretary General of League of Arab States Nabil Elaraby agreed to enhance
cooperation in trade, investment and other areas. A memorandum of cooperation between the two
countries was also signed by the two leaders that is aimed at imparting fresh momentum to
engagement between the two sides at the senior official and ministerial levels.
China and Pakistan signed a joint sales and marketing agreement - Key collaboration: China is
collaborating with Pakistan on a number of projects including Gwadar Port, Chashma Power
Project, Karakoram Highway, Pakistan Aeronautical Complex and more recently the Karachi Civil
Nuclear Power Plant.
India Signs Labour Pact with Saudi Arabia India signed a labour cooperation agreement with
Saudi Arabia on January 02, 2014 that will cover about a quarter of the 28 lakh Indian expatriates
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The Agreement on Labour Co-operation for Domestic Service Workers Recruitment, inked by
Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi and Saudi Arabian Labour Minister Adel bin
Mohammed Fakeih, will be monitored by a committee of senior officials.
Cabinet Nod For FTA With ASEAN - The Cabinet on December 19, 2013 approved a free trade
agreement (FTA) in trade and services with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The proposal was approved after a discussion between Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and
Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma.
The Agreement on Trade in Services and Agreement is to be signed under the Comprehensive
Economic Cooperation (CECA) between India and the ASEAN. The CECA between India and
ASEAN was signed in 2003. The Cabinet approved the Agreement on Trade Goods under the
CECA with the ASEAN in July 2009. The agreement the Cabinet approved on December 19, 2013
is aimed at boosting the movement of Indian professionals in the 10-nation ASEAN. Member
countries include countries like Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.
India, Nepal to Check Illegal Border Trade India and Nepal on December 22, 2013 agreed to
address each others concerns on commerce and transit, including reduction of tariff barriers and
checking illegal trade along the porous border between the two countries. The decisions were made
during the two-day Inter-Governmental Committee meeting that concluded in Kathmandu. The
respective delegations were led by the Commerce Secretaries.
The Indian side agreed to provide 10,000 cows in response to a demand from Nepal to meet the
countrys increasing demand for milk and dairy products. The two sides agreed on a 14-point
agenda to enhance trade, promote cooperation and address concerns of the private sector of both
sides. Nepal agreed to adjust the 5 per cent agriculture reforms charge it has been charging on
Indian exports, India agreed to resolve difficulties related to export of Nepali books and
newspapers. The two sides agreed to make institutional arrangements to facilitate third country
import and export to build infrastructure in newly identified customs points.
January2014
South Sudan Government and Rebels Signed Ceasefire Agreement South Sudans Government
and Rebels have signed a ceasefire agreement. The agreement was signed in the Ethiopian capital
Addis Ababa by representatives of South Sudans President Salva Kiir and rebel delegates loyal to
ousted vice president Riek Machar on 23 January. As per the deal, the government has agreed to
release 11 officials close to Machar, who were detained after the fighting broke in the country.
India and Saudi Arabia Signed Labour Cooperation Agreement India and Saudi Arabia have
signed an agreement on labour cooperation for domestic service workers recruitment. The
agreement was signed in New Delhi on 2
nd
January by Ministry for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar
Ravi and Minister for Labour of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Adel Bin Mohammed Fakeih. The
agreement signing was necessitated in the view of Indians, who are facing work related problems in
Saudi Arabia. The agreement, which only allows recruitment of domestic helpers, will regulate
recruitment costs and impose penalties on violators.
India and Maldives Signed 3 MoUs India and the Maldives on 2
nd
January agreed to amicably
resolve all differences, including over cancellation of Indian company GMRs contract to run Male
International Airport. Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen held talks in New Delhi with Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh and the two sides signed three Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs).
Two agreements are related to health and human resource development and one on the diplomatic
front.
India and Canada Signed LOI for Co-operation in Iron and Steel Sector India and Canada have
signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for co-operation in Iron and Steel Sector. The letters were signed on
13 January in New Delhi by Beni Prasad Verma, the Union Minister of Steel and Minister of Natural
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India and South Korea Signed Nine Agreements India and South Korea have signed 9
agreements in different areas to boost bilateral ties between the two countries. The agreements were
signed on 16
th
January after delegation level talks between Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of
India and Park Geun-hye, the President of South Korea in New Delhi.
India and Japan Signed 8 Agreements India and Japan have agreed to boost defence ties and
signed eight agreements with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, pledging another tranche of
infrastructure loans worth 200 billion yen, during his talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in
New Delhi on 25
th
January 2014.
Japan and India on January 10
th
, 2014 expanded an arrangement for swapping their local currencies
against the US dollar, raising the size to as much as $50 billion (about Rs.3.11 lakh crore) from the
original $15 billion (about Rs.93,225 crore). The expanded swap arrangement, signed by Bank of
Japan (BOJ) governor Haruhiko Kuroda and his Indian counterpart Reserve Bank of India governor
Raghuram Rajan, will be effective until December 2015.
The swap arrangement aims to counter any short-term liquidity problems the two countries may
face in future.
India, Pakistan to establish reciprocal NDMA Following a 16-month hiatus, India-Pakistan
relations on January 18, 2014 showed signs of thawing with the two sides agreeing to find ways of
establishing reciprocal Non-Discriminatory Market Access (NDMA) by February-end. This includes
issuing bank licenses to allow banks to function in each others country.
The Commerce Ministers of both the countries said they had agreed to open the Wagah-Attari
border for trade at all times of the year. They also agreed to allow containers, which were until
now unloaded at the check-post and re-loaded on the other side, to be moved right up to
Amritsar and Lahore.
Bilateral trade between the two countries is slightly more than $3 billion a year. Both sides
expressed hope that trade would go up many times when NDMA is established on a reciprocal
basis. For this, India needs to open up to Pakistan 614 items. Pakistan, on the other hand, needs
to open up to India two lists comprising 936 and 1209 items.
India, UAE to co-operate in renewable energy India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 18
th

January, 2014 signed an agreement to enhance co-operation in renewable energy, especially in the
areas of solar and wind power. Indias minister of new and renewable energy Farooq Abdullah and
Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, minister of state and the UAEs special envoy for energy and climate
change signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for co-operation in these areas in Abu
Dhabi.
India , World Bank sign agreement for rural connectivity in Rajasthan The Union government
and the World Bank on 2
nd
January, 2014 signed a $160 million credit for the Road Sector
Modernization Project of Rajasthan to support the state government to improve rural connectivity,
enhance road safety and strengthen the road sector management capacity of the state.
NRLM pact with Digital Green National Rural Livelihoods Mission on 28
th
January, 2014 signed
and MoU with Digital Green, a Microsoft Research Project.
Digital Green aims to exchange livelihood practices among rural communities using locally
produced videos and mediated dissemination. Its innovative ICT-based approach focuses on
low-cost and effective, peer-to-peer learning processes which seek to empower poor households
for increasing productivity and incomes sustainably.
IIFCL signs MoU with Exim Bank of Korea State-owned India Infrastructure Finance Company
Ltd on 17
th
January, 2014 signed an agreement with the Export-Import Bank of Korea (K-EXIM) for
infrastructure finance. The MOU scope covers cooperation in project and investment financing
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August2013
Foreign Minister of Republic of Chad visits India Moussa Faki Mahamat, Minister for Foreign
Affairs and African Integration of Republic of Chad, paid an official visit to India on 12-13 August,
2013. During his visit he met Salman Khurshid, External Affairs Minister of India. The visit was
aimed at increasing bilateral cooperation between the India and Chad.
Visit of US Vice President to India United States 47
th
Vice President Joe Biden paid his maiden
visit to India on 22-25 July, 2013 to make Indo-US ties the most important strategic partnership of
the 21
st
century. During the visit, Biden met top leaders including his counter-part Hamid Ansari,
President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Leader of Opposition
Sushma Swaraj to discuss on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest.
In his first day in Delhi, he paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at the Gandhi Smriti museum and
later, on July 24, in the financial hub, Mumbai, he met the business leaders at a round table and
deliver a policy speech at the Bombay Stock Exchange and interest with students.
Tshering Tobgay Bhutans new Prime Minister embarked on his maiden visit to India, during
which he discussed issues like rupee crunch and funds for the Himalayan nations 11
th
Five-year
plan with Indian leadership. He came to India at the invitation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Manmohan Singh He will visit US to meet President Barack Obama on September 27. It is a part
of the attempt to chart a course, seeking enhanced bilateral ties and defence cooperation between
the two countries.
Hamid Ansari The vice president of India visited Tehran recently to attend the oath-taking
ceremony of the seventh Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, who was a surprise winner in the
recent elections.
Nuri al-Maliki The Iraqi Prime Minister came to India on a three-day visit recently in a first
bilateral visit by a head of government in 38 years. He held comprehensive talks with his Indian
counterpart Manmohan Singh. India and Iraq inked a key pact on energy cooperation among other
agreements.
Karim Khalili Afghanistans second vice-president and a prominent Shia Hazara leader visited
India recently on the invitation of Vice-President Hamid Ansari. India has conveyed to Afghanistan
that Delhi finds it difficult to supply weapons to Kabul since it is bound by conditions set by
suppliers.
September2013
India held its first post-Fukushima talks on civil nuclear accord with Japan. The meeting took place
after three years, was officially the fourth round of talks.
Gaurav Shamsher JB Rana The Nepalese Army Chief undertook a week-long visit to India from
29 September to strengthen military-to-military ties, including supply of hardware to Nepal Army.
2
nd
ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting (Plus) was held in Brunei on 29 August, 2013 Indias
Minister of State for Defence Jitendra Singh represented the country at the meeting.
The Ministers issued a joint Declaration at the end of the meeting. According to which, ADMM
Plus countries will establish practical measures that reduce vulnerability to miscalculation and
avoid misunderstanding and undesirable incidents at sea.
Among other decisions, taken at the meeting, was the establishment of an additional (sixth)
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ADMM Plus was established in 2010. It was built with the objective of developing synergy and
cooperative frameworks to enable nations to address the complex security challenges. This
forum is convened every two years.
Indias stance at the meet
India stated that terrorism represents a major threat to the peace, stability and security of the
entire region. India urged that the global regime against terrorism needs to be strengthened
through the early adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism
(CCIT) at the UN. India stressed on to combine efforts to ensure that terrorist sanctuaries, safe
havens and the networks for financing to terrorist groups are dismantled.
Speaking on Afghanistan, India supported that the reconciliation process must be Afghan-
led, Afghan-owned and Afghan controlled, within the framework of the Afghan
constitution and internationally accepted redlines.
India supported calls for stopping of violence and commencement of an inclusive national
dialogue to resolve the conflict through peaceful political means in Syria. India expressed
deep concern about the nuclear test conducted by North Korea in February 2013. India also
stressed on the need to discuss maritime security in this region.
Expanding Economic Cooperation with Pakistan During Afghan President Hamid Karzais visit
to Pakistan, the two countries agreed to deepen the bilateral relationship, with a particular focus on
expanded trade, economic cooperation, and trans-regional projects for connectivity on August 26,
2013.
Afghanistan and Pakistan agreed to construct a dam over Kunar River in Afghanistan which
will supply electricity to both the countries.
Bhutans PM visited India The Prime Minister of Bhutan, Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay was on a
official visit to India from August 30 to September 4, 2013. It was the first overseas visit by Prime
Minister Tobgay after being elected Prime Minister, following the second democratic elections in
Bhutan in July, 2013.
During the visit, India announced 5000 crore aid for Bhutans development work. Continued
cooperation in developing hydroelectric projects in Bhutan was also agreed upon. India
reiterated its commitment to install an additional 10000 MW of generating capacity. The two
sides expressed satisfaction at the progress in the three ongoing projects.
Foreign Minister of Tuvalu Visited India Taukelina Finikaso, the Foreign Minister of Tuvalu was
on an official visit to India from August 21 to 25, 2013. This was the first visit of Finidaso to India
after taking charge as the Minister for Foreign Affairs. During his visit, Finikaso discussed issues of
mutual interest related to bilateral, regional and international importance with Preneet Kaur,
Minister of State for External Affairs of India. He also inaugurated the newly constituted Honorary
Consulate of Tuvalu, which will provide both the countries, an opportunity to expand the bilateral
relations of mutual benefits.
First Meeting of India-Germany High Technology Partnership Group The first meeting of India-
Germany High Technology Partnership Group was held in Berlin on 10 September 2013. The
meeting was chaired by foreign secretary Sujatha Singh and State Secretary in German Foreign
Office Herald Barun.
October2013
Aga Khan, a Swiss Born Philanthropist and Muslim Spiritual Leader visited India from 17 to 29
September 2013. During the visit in New Delhi, Aga Khan met President of India Pranab Mukherjee,
Vice-President of India Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh.
During the visit, Aga Khan Academy Hyderabad, which is the new non-profit school on 100 acre
campus, was inaugurated on 20 September 2013 by the CM of Andhra Pradesh N. Kiran Kumar
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2
nd
Meeting of the India Philippines Joint Commission The 2
nd
Meeting of the Philippines-India
Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation was held on 21
st
October 2013, in Manila. The meeting
was co-chaired by Albert F. Del Rosario, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines and Salman
Khurshid, Minister of External Affairs of the Republic of India. India and Philippines held
comprehensive discussions on political, defence, security, economic and cultural cooperation, and
reviewed the progress of the Joint Working Groups on Trade and Investment, Tourism, Agriculture,
Health and Medicine, Joint Committee on Renewable Energy and of the Joint Defence Cooperation
Committee.
The Ministers agreed that the next meetings of the Policy Consultations and Strategic Dialogue
will be held in Manila, in 2014.
Manmohans Visit to Russia The Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh paid a five day
visit to Russia and China in October 2013 and took part in the 14
th
annual summit with Russian
President Vladimir Putin.
Bilateral agreements/MoUs for 2013 Indo-Russian Annual Summit
Agreement to allow Indians convicted Russia to serve out their sentences in Russia, and vice
versa
Technology transfer and cooperation including IT, nano-technology
Cooperation in biotechnology
Exchange of best practices in smart grids, energy audits
Technical cooperation in the field of standardization
South-South Cooperation for Child Rights in Asia The Second High Level Meeting (HLM) on
South-South Cooperation for Child Rights in Asia and the Pacific concluded on October 25, 2013 in
New Delhi. The meeting has brought together delegates from 33 countries of the region to discuss
and share the progress, experience, problems and challenges in the survival, protection,
development and participation of nearly 1.2 billion children in the region.
The New Delhi Declaration on South-South Cooperation for Child Rights in Asia and Pacific
has been adopted.
Manmohans Visit to China Dr. Manmohan Singh reached in Beijing on October 22, 2013.
Border Pact
Defence pact aims to improve communication between two armies
Premier Li Keqiang says itll help to maintain border peace, tranquility and stability
Both sides not to use military capability to attack each other
Agree not to tail each others patrols at LAC. Meeting sites for border personnel along LAC
Talks of better coordination between the two militaries
Cooperation on basis of laws of both nations, bilateral agreements. Both will share info on
military exercises, aircraft, demolition operations
Jointly combat smuggling of arms, wildlife items, contraband
Assist each other in locating personnel, livestock, means of transport, aerial vehicles that may
have crossed or in the process of crossing LAC
What will be done
Flag meetings along LAC
Meetings between Army commanders and other officers
Meetings of India-China annual defence dialogue
River deal
Both countries will strengthen cooperation on the trans-border rivers
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Other Agreements
Deal on establishment of Nalanda University at Rajgir, Bihar. China a participating country in
this project
Deal to strengthen cultural ties
On road transport and highways
Agreement to establish sister city ties between Delhi and Beijing, Bangalore and Chengdu,
Kolkata and Kunming

November2013
ASIA-EUROPE MEETING The Foreign Ministers of 30 nations met in Gurgaon Delhi NCR on
November 11-12, 2013.
With consensus emerging on bringing about a change in the working methods of ASEM (Asia-
Europe Meeting), India sought result-oriented initiatives by agreeing to work with like-minded
ASEM members in areas with potential for tangible cooperation. Speaking at the biggest
international gathering of the year with over 30 Foreign Ministers attending, External Affairs
Minister Salman Khurshid said on November 11, 2013 that the aim should be to take ASEM into
homes and offices of people across Asia and Europe and allow us to bring in members of civil
society, business, media and Parliaments as our partners in strengthening it as a bridge between
the two continents.
First Ever Joint India-Russia Air Force Exercise to be held in 2014 India and Russia agreed to
expand the range of their strategic partnership in a significant manner at the 13
th
Meeting of the
India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-MTC)
in Moscow on November 18, 2013. It was decided that the two countries will hold joint Air Force
level exercise for the first time besides a joint Navy Exercise in the Peter the Great Bay in the Sea of
Japan, both in 2014.
British Prime Minister David Cameron, on a visit to Kolkata, says that the United Nations Security
Council should be modernized and India made a permanent member.
The 7
th
India-Republic of Korea Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) was held in New Delhi on 8
November 2013. The two nations conducted a comprehensive review of bilateral relations, which
have been upgraded to a Strategic Partnership and have acquired range and depth over the past few
years. The JCM discussed bilateral issues including in the political, security, trade, investment,
consular, scientific and cultural spheres. Regional and international issues of mutual interest were
also discussed. 8
th
India ROK Joint Commission Meeting will be held in Seoul.
December2013
India-Pakistan DGMO Level Meeting The Directors-General of Military Operations (DGMOs) of
India and Pakistan on December 24, 2013 reiterated the resolve and commitment of both sides to
continue efforts for ensuring ceasefire, peace and tranquility on the Line of Control (LoC).
At the meeting, the first between the DGMOs in 14 years, the two sides resolved to work towards
improved communications between the two by reenergizing existing mechanisms, including
their hotline contact. The talks between the two military officials, held at Wagah in Pakistan,
came at the end of a year of extraordinary tensions along the LoC threatening the 10-year-old
ceasefire.
Maldivess Presidents Visit to India Maldives President Abdula Yameen Abdul Gayoom
reached New Delhi on January 01, 2014 on a state visit. India on January 2, 2014 offered Maldives an
enhanced security grid, more defence equipment as well as subsidised petroleum in return for
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January2014
India Japan Defence Ministerial Meeting Held in New Delhi India Japan Defence Ministerial
Meeting was held in New Delhi on 6
th
January. At the meeting, the two ministers extensively
exchanged ideas regarding regional and global security challenges, as well as bilateral defence
cooperation and exchanges between India and Japan. They also decided to strengthen India-Japan
defence consultation and cooperation, including those related to maritime security to further
consolidate and strengthen the Strategic and Global Partnership between Japan and India.
India, China, Russia Hold Trilateral Meeting On Afghanistan Senior officials from India, China
and Russia on 16
th
January held a trilateral meeting in Beijing to coordinate their views on the
situation in Afghanistan, amid heightened regional diplomacy in the lead-up to the withdrawal of
NATO forces. The three countries exchanged views on the situation in the country and agreed that
security in Afghanistan is important to the country and the region. The three countries held similar
consultations on the issue last year when they met in Moscow for trilateral talks.
Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Visited India - Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen
visited India from 1-4 January 2014. During his visit, President Yameen and Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh held bilateral talks in New Delhi. Manmohan Singh announced, after his
comprehensive talks with Yameen on key issues including defence, security and economic
cooperation that a standby credit facility of $ 25 million was being extended to Maldives for imports
from India.
Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck Visited India Bhutan King Jigme Khesar
Namgyel Wangchuck Visited India from 6-10 January 2014. During his visit, Bhutan King held
extensive talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi. The two leaders exchanged
views on bilateral relations and on regional and international issues of mutual interest. The prime
minister and other Indian leaders reiterated their full commitment and support to Bhutans socio-
economic development and to further development of Bhutans hydropower resources. This is King
Wangchucks second visit in 12 months. He was also the chief guest at Indias Republic Day
celebrations in January 2013.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye Visited India South Korean President Park Geun-hye,
the countrys first women President, visited India from 15-18 January 2014. During the four day
visit, Park Geun-hye held delegation level talks with Prime Minister Singh during which both sides
discussed bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest to the two countries. After the
talks, both nations signed nine agreements aimed at imparting forward momentum to their bilateral
ties that have seen intensification over the past four years.
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Visited India Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan visited
India from 25-27 January 2014. During his three day visit, Shinzo Abe was the Chief Guest at the
65
th
Republic Day Celebrations in New Delhi on 26 January. In India there is a tradition to invite a
foreign dignitary every year to witness the Republic Day parade. In the visit, he also met Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh and attended the Annual Summit between India and Japan. Abe
announced 200 billion yen in new loans for extension of the Delhi Metro project and two other
projects. He also announced step-up loans for symbolic projects of bilateral cooperation, including
the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor and for a high-speed rail project.
Centre clears 5 National Highway projects A high-level panel of the Union government has
cleared five national highway road projects worth Rs.7,595 crore.
The Public Private Partnership Appraisal Committee (PPPAC) at its 62
nd
meeting cleared the
projects that will be executed under the PPP mode. Since its inception in 2006, the PPPAC has
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Japanese defence minister visits India Defence Minister of Japan, Itsunori Onodera, paid a visit
to India from 5-8 January, 2014 as a follow up to the India-Japan Defence Ministerial Meeting held
in November 2011. The two Ministers held a meeting on 6
th
January, 2014.
Onodera held talks with his Indian counterpart, AK Antony. They decided to strengthen India-
Japan defence consultation and co-operation, including those related to maritime security, to
further consolidate and strengthen the Strategic and Global Partnership between Japan and
India.
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August2013
The Rajya Sabha on 13, August, 2013 passed Registration of Births and Deaths (Amendment) Bill
2012, under which marriages solemnized in India irrespective of the religion of the persons getting
married will have to be compulsorily registered.
The Bill is set to protect the women from unnecessary harassment in matrimonial and
maintenance cases. It also seeks to provide evidentiary value in the matters of custody of
children, right of children born from the wedlock of the two persons whose marriage is
registered and the age of the parties to the marriage.
The Companies Bill 2012 was passed in Rajya Sabha on 8
th
August, 2013. The bill was already
passed by the Lok Sabha on 18 December, 2012. The legislation will replace the 57-year old
Companies Act, 1956 after getting the final consent from President Pranab Mukherjee.
The new law would require companies that meet certain set of criteria, to spend at least two
percent of their average profits in the last three years towards Corporate Social Responsibility
(CSR) activities.
The amended legislation also limits the number of companies where an auditor can serve upto 20
besides bringing more clarity on criminal liability of auditors.
Wildlife Protection Amendment Bill 2013 The Environment and Forests Ministry introduced in
the Rajya Sabha major amendments to the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 that seek heavier penalties
to check wildlife-related crimes and aim to make Indian laws consistent with the Convention on
International Trade in Endangered Species of wild flora and fauna (CITES).
Highlights of the New Bill
The Bill aims to ban the use of animal traps except under certain conditions.
It provides to engage gram sabhas and gram panchayats in management of protected areas and
to grant hunting rights to hunter-gatherer Scheduled Tribes of the Andaman and Nicobar
Islands.
Hunting in national parks and sanctuaries or the alteration of their boundaries to be punishable
with 5 to 7 years in jail and fine of Rs.5 to Rs.25 lakh as compared with the previous 3 to 7 years
in jail and Rs.10,000 fine.
Seven years in prison and Rs.30 lakh fine for repeat offenders compared with the previous 3 to 7
years of imprisonment and Rs.25,000 fine now.
Draft of National Sports Development Bill 2013 The government has formulated a draft of the
National Sports Development Bill, 2013 to bring all the National Sports Federations and the BCCI
under the RTI Act and is seeking views of general public and all the stake-holders. The Bill is aimed
at discouraging sports fraud, including match-fixing, in relation to national and international
sporting events.
Rajya Sabha Passes the Representation of the People (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2013
The Rajya Sabha on August 27 unanimously passed the Representation of the People (Amendment
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turn over the order of Supreme Court to ban the people in custody or jail from contesting the
elections. The amendment, after being approved by the Lok Sabha, will maintain rights of people in
jail to contest polls.
Lok Sabha passes Land Acquisition Bill The Lok Sabha on August 29 passed the land acquisition
and rehabilitation bill that aims to provide fair compensation to those whose land is taken, brings
transparency to the process and details measures for rehabilitation of those displaced. The bill
proposes compensation that is up to four times the market value in rural areas and two times the
market value in urban areas.
September2013
The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent to the Companies Bill-2013. With this, it
will now become the law and replace the Companies Act-1956.
The Rajya Sabha passed the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition,
Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill-2013.
Pension Bill Approved Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) Bill, 2011
was cleared by the Rajya Sabha on September 6, 2013. The Bill that allows 26% Foreign Direct
Investment (FDI) in the pension sector has been cleared by both the Houses of Parliament and now
needs only the Presidents assent.
The New Pension System (NPS) of PFRDA aims to promote saving while you earn, specially for
retirement. The NPS has been made mandatory for all the central government employees (except
the armed forces) who entered service from January, 2004. It had been launched for all citizens,
including unorganised sector workers, on a voluntary basis, from May, 2009.
Street Vendors Bill, 2012 - The Lok Sabha passed the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and
Regulation of Street Vending) Bill, 2012 in order to protect the rights of the Street vendors in the
urban areas.
SEBI (Amendment) Bill, 2013 received Presidents assent The bill amending the SEBI Act to
widen the pool of eligible candidates for the post of presiding officer at the Securities Appellate
Tribunal (SAT) received the assent of President Pranab Mukherjee on 13 September, 2013. The bill
was passed by the Rajya Sabha on 5 September and by the Lok Sabha on 27 August, 2013.
President signed Food Security Bill The National Food Security Bill, 2013 received the assent of
the President Pranab Mukherjee on 10 September, 2013. The Lok Sabha passed the bill on 26
August, 2013 and the Rajya Sabha on 2 September.
At Rs.1,30,000 crore government support, the food security programme will be the largest in the
world. It will require 62 million tonne of foodgrains.
President signed NHAI (Amendment) Bill The President Pranab Mukherjee on 10 September,
2013 gave assent to the National Highways Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2013. The bill was
passed by the Rajya Sabha on 13 August, 2013 and by the Lok Sabha on 2 September.
The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Second Amendment) Bill, 2013 passed by Rajya
Sabha on 6 September, 2013. The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on 24 August, 2013.
The Bill amended the Schedule of the 1950 order to include certain groups as Scheduled Tribes.
The Marati community is being re-included in the list of Scheduled Tribes in Kerala. Scheduled
Tribes status is being granted to the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups namely Abhjh Maria
and Hill Korwa in the list of Scheduled Tribes in Chhattisgarh.
Representation of the People (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2013 Lok Sabha on 6 September,
2013 passed the Representation of the People (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2013. Rajya Sabha
already passed the bill on 27 August, 2013. The aim of the bill is to add a provisonal to sub-section
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Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University Bill, 2013 was passed by the Lok Sabha on 6
September, 2013. The purpose of the bill is to establish the first-ever national aviation university in
India, called Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University. The University would train the cabin crew,
pilots as well as aircraft engineers.
Parliament (Prevention of Disqualification) Amendment Bill, 2013 The Lok Sabha on 6
September, 2013 passed the Parliament (Prevention of Disqualification) Amendment Bill, 2013 for
keeping the chairpersons of National Commissions for the SC and ST out of purview of office of
profit. The bill has already been passed by the Rajya Sabha.
The bill seeks to include National Commissions for the SC and ST in list of those offices which
have no affect by the office of profit clause.
Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Bill, 2012 The Lok
Sabha, on 6 September, 2013, passed the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and
their Rehabilitation Bill, 2012.
The bill seeks to prohibit employment of individuals as the manual scavengers, while at the same
time providing for the rehabilitation of people involved in this kind of work.
Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Bill, 2011 The Rajya Sabha passed the
Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA), Bill, 2011 on 6 September, 2013.
The bill aims for creation of a regulator for the sector and allows at least 26 percent FDI. The bill was
passed in the Lok Sabha on 4 September, 2013.
Rajya Sabha Passed the Marriage Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2010 by voice vote on August 26, 2013.
It seeks to amend the Hindu Marriage Act 1955 and the Special Marriages Act, 1954 which provides
for irretrievable breakdown on marriage as a ground for divorce as well as grants women the right
to a share in the property of their husbands.
Death Penalty Abolished Polands President Bronislaw Komorowski has signed a Bill on the
ratification of regulations abolishing death penalty in all circumstances on August 29, 2013.
Lok Sabha passes Bill on Waqf properties The amendment Bill to address the loopholes in the
management of Waqf properties was passed in the Lok Sabha. The Waqf Amendment Bill, 2010
seeks to check encroachment of Waqf properties and make them commercially viable by extending
their lease period to a maximum of 30 years. The bill had been referred to a select committee in
August 2012 after it was taken up in the Rajya Sabha in the wake of objections raised by some
Muslim bodies, including the All India Muslim Personal Law Board.
October2013
Mukul Mudgal Panel Proposed Cinematograph Bill In a report submitted to the Ministry of
Information and Broadcasting, on October 9, 2013, an empowered committee, headed by Justice
Mukul Mudgal, retired Chief Justice of the High Court of Punjab and Haryana, has proposed a
model Cinematograph Bill to replace the Cinematograph Act, 1952.
Major Recommendations
The committee had made recommendations on issues such as advisory panels; guidelines for
certification and issues such as portrayal of women, obscenity and communal disharmony;
classification of films; treatment of piracy and jurisdiction of the appellate tribunal.
The committee also suggested that if anyone has a complaint against a movie, instead of moving
to the court immediately, they should go to the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT). Its
mandate can be enlarged.
It had recommended making the classification of films more explicit.
The committee also felt that there had to be some legal check on States banning films. While, they
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November2013
The government have approved amendments to the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, which
will expand its scope and providing for harsher punishment.
The West Bengal Assembly passes the Bankura University Bill, 2013, paving the way for setting up
a new State University with jurisdiction over colleges in Bankura district.
December2013
The Lok Sabha passes the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill 2013, paving the way for establishment of an
ombudsman to fight corruption in public offices and ensure accountability on the part of public
officials, including the Prime Minister, but with some safeguards.
Saudi Arabia Passed Anti-Terror Law Saudi Arabias Cabinet has approved a new anti-terrorism
draft law on 16 December that criminalizes acts that disturb public order, defame the reputation of
the state or threaten the kingdoms unity, raising concerns by activists it could be used to quash
political dissent.
Mexicos President Signed Energy Reform Law Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on 20
December signed into law a sweeping reform that will allow private companies to drill for oil and
gas, and end a seven-decade-long monopoly held by the state oil company. Mexico President called
the energy bill a fundamental, historic reform needed for Mexico to speed up the lagging pace of its
economic growth.
Iranian Parliament Votes On Capital Transfer Bill The Iranian parliament on 24 December has
approved a bill that authorizes investigating moving the countrys capital city to a location outside
Tehran.
Cabinet Approved The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2011 The Union Cabinet on 12
December approved the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2011. The Bill is a comprehensive
measure that covers a whole spectrum of problems from physical disabilities to mental illness and
multiple disabilities. It will replace the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunity Protection of
Rights and Full Participation) Act of 1995. The Bill has been prepared on the basis of
recommendations made by Sudha Kaul Committee.
Law Against Sexual Harassment at Work Place Comes into Effect The Ministry of Women and
Child Development has notified the Sexual Harassment at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and
Redressal) Act, 2013 (Act) and the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention,
Prohibition and Redressal) Rules, 2013 (Rules). As per the notification, the Act has come into force
with effect from 9 December 2013. Earlier the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace
(Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) bill received Presidential assent on 22 April 2013.
Cabinet Approved The Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence (Access to Justice and
Reparations) Bill, 2013 The Union Cabinet on 16 December approved the Prevention of
Communal and Targeted Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill, 2013. The bill aimed to
prevent and tackle the communal violence in the country and punish the perpetrators of the
violence. The Bill has been named as The Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence (Access
to Justice and Reparations) Bill, 2013.
Union Cabinet Approves New Code Of Conduct For Ministers The Union Cabinet has on 13
December approved the revision of the Code of Conduct for Ministers in the Government of India
as well as the State Governments. It is now proposed to include a new para in the Code of Conduct
which will read as follows:- Section 2 After taking office, and so long as he/she remains in office,
the Minister shall:- (f) uphold the political impartiality of the civil services and not ask the civil
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Cabinet Approves National Skills Qualifications Framework The Cabinet Committee on Skill
Development on 19 December approved the National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF), a
quality assurance framework which organizes qualifications according to a series of levels of
knowledge, skills and aptitude. The framework would be anchored and operationalised by the
National Skill Development Agency (NSDA).
Karnataka Assembly Passed Essential Services Maintenance (ESMA) Bill 2013 The Karnataka
state assembly on 4 December passed the Karnataka Essential Services Maintenance (ESMA) Bill
2013. According to the new bill, striking work will be a non-bailable offence and police can arrest a
striking employee without warrant.
Constitutional Status For JAC - The Union Cabinet on December 26, 2013 gave its nod for
conferring constitutional status on the proposed Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) for
appointment and transfer of judges to the higher judiciary.
The government earlier accepted the report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law
and Justice, which recommended that the structure and functions of the JAC to replace the
present collegium system be governed by a constitutional provision.
The JAC Bill seeks to set up a six-member body under the chairmanship of the Chief Justice of
India for recommending names to the President of individuals with outstanding legal acumen
and impeccable integrity and credibility for judgeship in the Supreme Court and the High
Courts. It would also recommend transfer of judges of one High Court to another.
The Constitution (120
th
Amendment) Bill, 2013, provides for the setting up of a Judicial
Appointments Commission by inserting Article 124 (A) in the Constitution and amending
Articles 124 (2), 217 (1) and 222 (1).
Amendments The committee, while suggesting amendments to the Bill, said there should be three
eminent persons in the commission, instead of two as provided for in the present Bill, and at least
one out of them should be an SC/ST/OBC/woman/ minority, preferably by rotation.
Considering the responsibility of the JAC to select 800-odd judges to 24 High Courts, and also the
fact that constitutional and other functionaries are involved at the State-level in the process of
appointment, it suggested State-level commissions also.
On Sound Footing
The Judicial Appointments Commission, once created, will replace the collegium system of
appointments to High Courts and the Supreme Court.
Article 124 (2) of the Constitution will be amended to suggest that the President shall appoint
judges on the recommendation of the JAC.
The Constitution (120
th
Amendment) Bill, 2013, introduced by the UPA government in
Parliament, suggests the JACs composition will be determined by an ordinary law.
This law the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, 2013 suggests the JAC will consist of
three Supreme Court judges, the Union Law Minister, the Law Secretary as its Convener, and
two eminent persons appointed by a body comprising the Prime Minister, the Leader of the
Opposition and the Chief Justice of India.
As per the Cabinets decision, however, the composition as well as functions of the JAC will
be incorporated in the Constitution.
This will ensure the JACs terms can be modified only through a constitutional amendment
requiring a two-thirds majority in Parliament, as opposed to an ordinary law which requires a
simple majority.
West Bengal New Anti-Ponzi Scheme Bill Passed - The West Bengal Assembly on December 12,
2013 passed a fresh anti-ponzi scheme Bill, incorporating provisions like attachment of property in
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The West Bengal Protection of Interest of Depositors in Financial Establishments Bill, 2013 was
passed withdrawing a similar one cleared by the state government on April 30, 2013, which the
Centre had retuned after raising certain objections.
The fresh Bill was moved in the House by the state Finance Minister Amit Mitra incorporating
four provisions as suggested by the Union Finance Ministry, which would give the government
more teeth to tackle the menace of chit funds.
What is most important about the Bill is that it has given the power to the state government to
attach properties of not only a chit fund but also a person who has defaulted on repayment of a
loan he or she has taken from the company. It will cover lakhs of agents who had duped people
of lakhs of rupees and have fled.
January2014
President Pranab Mukherjee Approved Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill 2013 Pranab Mukherjee, the
President of India on 1
st
January 2014 gave his assent to the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2013. After
the signing by the President, the Bill has taken a shape of an Act following certain procedures. With
this accent, the Bill has turned to be an Act. The Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on 18 December
2013. Earlier, the amended Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha on 17 December 2013.
Assembly rejects Telangana Bill Amidst chaotic scenes, a resolution tabled by Chief Minister N.
Kiran Kumar Reddy, rejecting the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2013, was adopted by voice
vote in the Assembly on January 30
th
, 2014.
New Lokayukta Bill Passed Uttarakhand became the first State to adopt the provisions of the
Lokpal Act with the Vidhan Sabha on January 21, 2014 passing the Uttarakhand Lokayukta Bill-
2014. There was stiff opposition from the Bharatiya Janata Party that walked out when the Bill was
put to vote.
FUND
August2013
Special National Investment Fund (SNIF) approved by CCEA The Cabinet Committee on
Economic Affairs (CCEA) on 2 August, 2013 approved creation of the Special National Investment
Fund (SNIF) for the specific objective of meeting the minimum public shareholding of 10 percent
requirement in the following six Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs):
Andrew Yule & Company Ltd.
Fertilizers & Chemicals (Travancore) Ltd.
Hindustan Photo Films Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
HMT Ltd.
ITI Ltd.
Scooters India Ltd.
Union Cabinet to continue Interest Subvention of 3 Percent on Crop Loans to Farmers The
Union Cabinet of India on 2 August, 2013 decided to continue the interest subvention of three per
cent on crop loans to farmers. The scheme will be available on crop loans taken from scheduled
commercial banks and also those in the private sector.
The other major decisions taken by the cabinet are as following:
The Cabinet also approved a Centrally-sponsored scheme for marketing of non-nationalized,
non-monopolized minor forest produce, fixing Minimum Support Price for marketing of 12
minor forest products.
The Cabinet also decided in the meeting to designate vigilance officers posted in different
ministries and departments to receive complaints from whistleblowers on allegations of
corruption or misuse of office. An amendment to the relevant resolution of Public Interest
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The decision was taken to reduce the workload on the Central Vigilance Commission. The
proposed amendment will enable speedy disposal of the complaints and make the public
servants more responsible and accountable in combating and eradicating corruption.
In yet another decision, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs gave its nod to a proposal
for infrastructure development at various establishments in the Border Security Force. This is
estimated to cost 3664 crore rupees to the Government.
The government has decided to provide 7% short-term crop loans to farmers.
Finance Ministry proposes NPS for EPFOs subscribers The Finance Ministry has proposed to
offer the New Pension System (NPS) to the retirement fund body EPFOs subscribers who are
covered under Employees Pension Scheme-1995 (EPS-95). The Ministry has said the NPS scheme
provides better returns than EPS-95 run by the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) at
present and argued that NPS, which is a self-sustaining pension system, could be a good substitute
for EPS and would be beneficial for subscribers as they would get decent returns and adequate
pension wealth. The trade unions opposing the proposal argue that EPS-95 provides pension to
widow, children and dependents in case of death of the subscriber and he/she can withdraw
his/her contribution towards pension while withdrawing his/her EPF money. There is a lock-in
period of 15 years in NPS.
September2013
Indias GDP dropped to 4.4% - The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth of India decelerated
even more to 4.4%, the slowest rate of expansion in 4 years, i.e., since 2008 economic meltdown. The
GDP growth stood at 4.4% in the first quarter (April-June) of the fiscal year 2013-14. The reason for
this drop is poor performance of the manufacturing as well as mining sector.
In the first quarter of 2012-13, the economic growth resulted out of GDP expansion of 5.4%. In
the fourth quarter (January-March) of 2012-13, the GDP growth again fell down to 4.8%.
In the first quarter of 2013-14 fiscal year, the actual performance of the economy came out to be
much lower than anticipated. A total of seven out of eight sectors displayed contraction in
growth or the lower rate of expansion.
IMF grants USD 6.7-bn loan to Pakistan The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a
6.7-bn dollar loan to Pakistan for the latter to resolve its economic crisis. Pakistan has been asked to
introduce reforms to increase growth, bring down the budget deficit and improve the rate of tax
collection to receive the funds. The loan amount will be paid out over a period of three years,
beginning with the release of 540 mn dollars.
November2013
Liquidity supports to MSME The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), on November 18, 2013 decided to
provide liquidity support to micro and small enterprises (MSEs) to the tune of Rs.5,000 crore,
through the Small Industrial Development Bank of India (SIDBI), and to include incremental credit
to medium enterprises to qualify as priority sector lending.
The refinance will be available for direct liquidity support to finance receivables, including
export receivable, to MSEs by SIDBI or for liquidity support to MSEs through selected
intermediaries, that is, banks, non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) and State finance
Corporations (SFCs). The refinance will, be available against receivables, including export
receivables, outstanding as on November 14 onwards. The RBI also said, that the facility
would be available at the prevailing 14-day term repo rate for 90 days. During this 90-day
period, the amount could be flexibly drawn and repaid.
At the end of the 90-day period, the drawal could also be rolled over. The refinance facility will
be available for one year up to November 13, 2014.
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This facility will be available up to March 31, 2014, and will be within the overall target of 40
per cent.
The liquidity support comes in the wake of slowdown in the economy, which has resulted in
liquidity tightness in a large number of MSEs in the manufacturing and services sector due to
delayed settlement of receivables from large corporate, public sector and government IT
departments.
International funding agencies, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, assure financial
assistance of $313 million to the Odisha government for restoration and rehabilitation activities in
cyclone Phailin-hit areas.
December2013
Rs.6600 Crore Interest Free Loans for Sugar Mills The centre on December 19, 2013 announced to
give Rs.6600 crore interest free loans for sugar mills.
In a major initiative to end the face-off between the sugar industry and farmers, an informal
Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on December 6, 2013
recommended a financial package to millers, which includes an interest-free loan of Rs.7,500
crore to pay off arrears. The loan can be repaid in five years with a moratorium of two years.
The arrears stood at Rs.5,064 crore in 2012-13.
After a two-hour meeting with invited Chief Ministers of major sugar-growing States, the GoM
agreed on interest subvention of 12 per cent on the Rs.7,500-crore loan. Of this, 5 per cent will be
borne by the Centre and 7 per cent will come from the Sugar Development Fund under the
Ministry of Food. Each mill can avail itself of a loan under this arrangement equivalent to the
average excise duty paid by it.
The Cabinet Committee on Uttarakhand (CCU) approves a package of Rs. 7.346 crore for the flood
ravaged Uttarakhand.
Rs.117 Crore Non-Plan Budgetary Support For Eleven Sick CPSEs - The Cabinet Committee on
Economic Affairs (CCEA) on December 26, 2013 approved nonplan budgetary support of Rs.116.86
crore for the payment of statutory dues such as provident fund, gratuity, pension, employees state
insurance and bonus as well as salaries and wages at eleven sick or loss-making central public
sector enterprises (CPSEs) under the Department of Heavy Industry.
January2014
The National Innovation Council (NInC) and the Ministry of MSME, on January 27, 2014 announced
the creation of India Inclusive Innovation Fund (IIIF), a fund that seeks to help small entrepreneurs
and innovators turn their ideas into reality.
ECONOMY
August2013
Dilution of safeguards for FDI in multibrand retail The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs
(CCEA) has approved dilution of certain safeguards, including relaxing the 30% sourcing norm and
dropping the mandatory 50% condition for backend infrastructure investment, which were
approved by Parliament while allowing 49% foreign direct investment (FDI) in multibrand retail
announced last year. The move to dilute these conditions met with strong resistance from the
Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) but they were overlooked by the CCEA
while approving the new norms seeking to attract much-needed FDI investments by global retail
chains in multibrand retail trade (MBRT).
The Cabinet also approved increasing the number of cities to be covered under the MBRT policy
by amending the clause of permitting cities or States with less than 10 lakh population also to
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September2013
SEBI relaxed KYC norms for foreign investors Securities and Exchange Board of India on 12
September, 2013 issued the new guidelines to make Know Your Client requirements (KYC) easy for
foreign investors.
SEBI classified foreign investors into 3 categories depending on their risk profile like category I,
category II and category III.
Category I includes:
Government and Government related foreign investors such as Foreign Central Banks,
Governmental Agencies, Sovereign Wealth Funds, International, Multilateral Organizations and
Agencies.
Category II includes:
Regulated broad based funds such as Mutual Funds, Investments Trusts, Insurance/
Reinsurance Companies
Appropriately regulated entities such as Banks, Asset Management Companies, Investment
Managers/ Advisors, Portfolio Managers
Broad based funds whose investment manager is appropriately regulated
University Funds and Pension Funds
University related Endowments already registered with SEBI as FII/Sub Account
Category III includes:
All other eligible foreign investors investing in India under PIS route not eligible under Category
I and II such as Endowments, Charitable Societies/Trust, Foundations, Corporate Bodies, Trusts,
Individuals, Family Offices.
Economic Outlook 2013-14 The Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, on 13
September, 2013 released the Economic Outlook 2013-14 in New Delhi. The economic growth
forecast of India for the current fiscal 2013-14 was lowered to 5.3 percent from 6.4 percent projected
earlier.
October2013
The annual economic publication of Asian Development Bank (ADB) titled Asian Development
Outlook released on 2 October 2013 lowered the India economic growth forecast for 2013-14 to 4.7
percent. It is significantly lower than the earlier projection 6 percent in April 2013. Asian
Development Outlook also forecasted the 2014-15 growth at 5.7 percent. Asian Development Bank
also noted that Indias inflation for 2013-14 would be at 6.5 percent, below the 7.2 percent forecast in
April 2013.
Global Remittances According to the World Bank forecastes released on October 2, 2013,
remittances to developing countries should swell 6.3 per cent in 2013 to $ 414 billion, flowing from
workers abroad to their home countries and helping to offset volatile capital outflows.
India and China are the two top destinations for flows, making up a third of the total amount.
For India, $ 71 billion in remittances is nearly triple what it received from foreign direct
investment last year.
Remittances have grown steadily for the past three decades as migration increased, with only a
slight dip during the financial crisis. Including transfers to high-income countries, remittances
should be $550 billion this year.
Transfers are growing to all major regions this year, though growth in remittances to Latin
America and the Caribbean has slowed, largely because of Mexico.
21.9 million: Number of Indians living abroad as in May 2012
71 billion: Amount of remittances that India received in 2013
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Countries with Estimated Remittances in 2013
India - $71 billion China - $60 billion Philippines - $ 26 billion
Mexico - $22 billion Nigeria - $21 billion Egypt - $20 billion
Bangladesh - $15 billion Pakistan - $15 billion Vietnam - $11 billion
Low Trade deficit in September 2013 According to the data released on October 9, 2013 Indias
trade deficit the difference between imports and exports of goods and commodities fell to a two-
and-a-half-year low of $6.76 billion in September 2013.
Lower imports of gold mainly, but also crude oil and other goods, and a healthy 11.15 per cent
growth in exports helped pare the deficit to well below Augusts figure of $10.9 billion.
The is good news for the current account deficit the difference between imports of goods,
services and all transfers of money, and exports of goods, services and transfers which bloated
to $88.2 billion or 4.8 per cent of GDP (gross domestic product) in 2012-13, raising fears of a
balance of payments crisis.
WB cuts Indias growth estimate to 4.7 per cent The World Bank on October 16, 2013 lowered its
forecast for Indias economic growth in the current fiscal year to 4.7 per cent from 6.1 per cent it had
projected in April.
Indias GDP growth slowed to 5 per cent in the year ended March 2013 from an average of 8 per
cent over the past decade. According to the World Bank, activity is expected to pick up strongly
in the last six months of the fiscal year. This will take place as financial markets stabilize,
exporters take advantage of improvements in external competitiveness following the
depreciation in rupee, the manufacturing sectors recovery continues, and delayed investment
projects begin to come on stream.
November2013
Direct Tax Collections up 13% - Gross collections from direct taxes, that include personal income
tax, corporate taxes and wealth tax, rose by 13.18 per cent to Rs.3.69 lakh crore in the April-
November period of this fiscal, government data showed on December 5, 2013.
GDP grows at 4.8 PC in Q2 Indias Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew at the rate of 4.8 per cent
during July-September 2013, according to official data released on November 29, 2013. The rate of
growth of the GDP in April-June 2013 was 4.4 per cent, a four-year low.
December2013
External Debts Drops According to the official data released on December 31, 2013 the cover
provided to Indias total external debt stock by foreign exchange reserves dropped from 73 per cent
at end-March to 69.3 per cent at end-September. The total external debt stock stood at $ 400.3 billion
at end-September, or $ 9 million less than that at end-March.
The prudent external debt management policy of the Government of India has helped in containing
rise in external debt and maintaining a comfortable external debt position.
EXTERNAL DEBT
(in $ billion)
Variation (%)
At the end of Total debt
Corresponding quarter Previous quarter
March 2012 360.72 13.5 4.5
June 2012 363.86 9.9 0.9
September 2012 381.37 11.8 4.8
December 2012 394.10 14.2 3.3
March 2013 400.26 11.0 1.6
June 2013 400.62 10.1 0.1
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India, Japan Raise Currency Swap Limit - India and Japan, on December 18, 2013 tripled the limit
for the currency swap arrangement to $50 billion. The Government of India approved the
enhancement of the bilateral currency swap arrangement between the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
and the Bank of Japan from $15 billion to $50 billion. This measure will further strengthen the
bilateral financial cooperation between Japan and India.
The countrys largest power producer, NTPC Ltd, which has announced its bond issue to raise up
to Rs.1,750 crore opened on December 3, 2013. Coming after a gap of 20 years, NTPCs bond issue
offers a tax-free return of between 8.66% and 8.91% to retail investors on investment of up to Rs.10
lakh and with a tenure of 10,15 or 20 years.
January2014
Delhi Becomes Fist State to withdraw FDI in Multibrand Retail Delhi government on 13
th

January withdrew the Foreign Domestic Investment (FDI) in Multibrand Retail. With this, Delhi
became first state to take this step. This action is a reversal of previous Governments stand in FDI
that was made in July 2012 and allowed multi-brand retail trade. Delhi is one of the major recipients
of FDI.
Indias Growth Projected To Rise To 7.1 Percent By 2016-17 According to the World Banks
Global Economic Prospects (GEP) report released on 16 January, Indias growth is projected to rise
over 6% in fiscal 2014-15, increasing to 7.1% by fiscal 2016-17 with the world economy expected to
strengthen this year. Global GDP growth may firm up to 3.2% in 2014 from 2.4% in 2013.
Indian economy projected to grow at 5.35% in 2014 According to the UN World Economic
Situation and Prospects 2014 (WESP) report released on 24
th
January, Indias economy is projected
to grow at a slower-than-expected rate of 5.3 per cent in 2014. Full-year growth decelerated to 4.8
per cent in 2013 from 5.1 per cent in the calendar year 2012.
FDI flows into India grew 17% in 2013 to $28 billion despite unexpected capital outflows in the
middle of the year, according to a United Nations report. It also said foreign direct investment
across the world rose to levels not seen since the start of the global economic crisis in 2008.
Government lowers GDP growth to 4.5 pc for 2012-13 The Government on January 31, 2014 said
the economy might have expanded by 4.5 per cent in 2012-13, compared with the earlier estimate of
5%, on account of subdued performance in agriculture, mining and manufacturing.
GDP Growth rate
2012-13 : 4.5%
2011-12 : 6.7%
2010-11 : 8.9%
2009-10 : 8.6%
2008-09 : 6.7%
2007-08 : 9.3%
2006-07 : 9.6%

Centre clears Rs.990-cr programme for leather sector during XII Plan - The government, on 2
nd

January, 2014 approved the Indian Leather Development Programme (ILDP), entailing expenditure
of about Rs.990 crore, for implementation during the XII Plan (2012-17) for the overall development
of the sector.
Six sub-schemes are being proposed for continuation from the XI Plan for implementation during
the XII Plan with an outlay of Rs.990.36 crore.
The schemes are: integrated development of leather sector, human resource development, support
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COMPANI ES/ I NDUSTRY
August2013
Idea Cellular is Aditya Birla Groups most valuable company overtaking its flagship commodity
business. The market cap of the telecom business overtook Ultra Tech BSE, Indias largest cement
company. Ideas shareholder valuation increased to 52916 crore rupees while Ultra Techs was
calculated at 50820 crore rupees as on 25 July 2013. The gap between Idea and Ultra Tech has been
estimated at 7856 crore rupees.
HP shuts photo sharing service in India Newlett-Packards digital photo-sharing and printing
service, Snapfish, is discontinuing business in India. The PC maker had made a big splash during
its initial entry into the Indian retail photo printing market in 2007.
JSPL bags 5 exploration licences in Africa Navin Jindal-led Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL)
has bagged five exploration licences for iron-ore mining in African countries. This has come at a
time when iron-ore mining is banned in India and the company wants a security on resource side.
The mining industries in Karnataka, Goa and Odisha, the three major iron-ore-producing states in
the country, have been impacted by the ban. India, which had been the third-largest iron-ore
exporter in the world, is set to lose its tag and become a net importer of the material this financial
year for the first time in recent times.
Special VRS packages for 12 major ports Concerned over declining profit margins of 12 major
ports, the government has taken a number of steps, including special VRS drives, to reduce surplus
manpower. Profit of major ports declined by about 30% to Rs.1,220.61 cr in 2012-13 over the
previous fiscal. The government has initiated a number of steps to reduce the losses which include
special voluntary retirement schemes, construction of new berths and terminals, modernising berths
with state-of-the-art loading/unloading equipment and initiatives by ports to attract more cargo
and increase throughput. Of the 12 major ports Kolkata, Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Ennore,
Chennai, VO Chidambaranar, Cochin, New Mangalore, Mormugao, Mumbai, Jawaharlal Nehru
and Kandla four ports had reported losses in the last fiscal.
Vedanta mining in Niyamgiri hills rejected In a blow to the Odisha government plan for bauxite
mining for Vedanta on the Niyamgiri hills, all the 12 gram sabhas in Rayagada district have rejected
the proposal. These are of the view that mining would severely affect their socio-cultural and
religious rights over Niyamgiri area. Earlier, the state government held gram sabhas in 12 villages
of Niyamgiri according to the April 18 order of the Supreme Court which gave residents in
Rayagada and Kalahandi districts the right to decide whether they supported bauxite mining on
Niyamgiri hills, Gram Sabhas are largely participated by Dangaria, Jharania and Kutia Kandha
tribes. Meanwhile, the Union Environment Ministry has decided that the claim of even one village
council for cultural or religious rights over the hills provides the legal mandate to the Central
government to reject the proposal under the Supreme Court orders.
Tata Steel was adjudged the Best Performing Steel Plant Tata Steel on August 22 was adjudged
the Best Performing Integrated Steel Plant in the country for the year 2011-12 based on the
recommendations made by a Panel of Judges that selected companies for the Prime Ministers
Trophy awards for the year 2011-12.
September2013
Yahoo has adopted a new logo for the first time since internet company founded 18 years ago. The
new logo shows both with purple letters and in white with purple background spelling out word
Yahoo!
The industry to which the government, under the Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M-
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Indias largest cement maker, UltraTech Cement, on September 11, 2013 acquired the Gujarat
cement unit of Jaypee Cement Corporation, the third largest in the business, for Rs.3,800 crore. The
acquisition will take UltraTechs capacity up to nearly 59 million tonnes per annum (mtpa).
The company that has announced to recall 16,021 units of its hatchback and sedan in the biggest
vehicle recall since the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) introduced a voluntary
recall policy Ford India
Verizon bought Vodafone Stake in Verizon Wireless Verizon Communications agreed to pay $
130 billion for the 45% stake in Verizon Wireless owned by British cellphone carrier Vodafone,
making it the third largest corporate deal ever on September 2, 2013.
HPCL refinery at Barmer approved The Union Cabinet on 20 September 2013 approved the
proposal of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), a Public Sector Undertaking to set
up a 9 MMTPA greenfield Refinery cum Petrochemical Complex in Barmer District in Rajasthan.
This Refinery cum Petrochemical Complex will be set up as a Joint Venture (JV) with Government
of Rajasthan under the name HPCL-Rajasthan Refinery Limited (HRRL).
Government cleared infra projects worth 1.83 lakh crore The Cabinet Committee on Investment
(CCI) on 26 August, 2013 cleared 36 projects worth 1.83 lakh crore rupees in power and other
infrastructure sectors which were stalled on account of regulatory hurdles. The projects were
cleared to boost Investment and accelerate growth in the country. The projects are across five key
infrastructure sectors of power, roads, ports, cement and petroleum.
The big projects that have been cleared by the CCI include Reliance Powers 4000 MW Ultra
Mega Power Project (UMPP) at Sasan in Madhya Pradesh, L & Ts Metro Rail project, Hindalco
Industries project and Essar Powers Jharkhand project.
GMR Kishangarg Express way, JAS Infra and Power, Utkal Alumina, Athena Chhattisgarh
Power and Essar Powers Tori-I power plant were the other projects which were reviewed.
Tata group signed MoU with Singapore Airlines Tata group on 19 September 2013 announced
that it entered into an agreement with the Singapore Airlines for initiating the full-service carrier in
India. For this purpose, Tata Group and Singapore Airlines signed a Memorandum of
Understanding for the new airline. The new airline will be New Delhi based and will be operating
under the full-service model.
Tata Group tops Rs.6 lakh-cr market valuation The Tata Group has became the first Indian
business house to cross the Rs.6-lakh-cr mark (at Rs.6.06 lakh cr) in market valuation. At this level,
the valuation is more than double its nearest competitor Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), which has
gained 5.6 per cent this year to touch a market capitalisation of Rs.2.86 lakh cr.
Microsoft to buy Nokias mobile phone unit and services Microsoft Corporation and Nokia
Corporation on 3 September, 2013 announced that Microsoft will purchase substantially all of
Nokias Devices & Services business, license Nokias patents, and license and use Nokias mapping
services.
Microsoft will pay 3.79 billion Euros to purchase substantially all of Nokias Devices & Services
business, and 1.65 billion Euros to license Nokias patents, for a total transaction price of 5.44 billion
Euros in cash. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014.
October2013
SEBI brings in flexibility to M&A Deals The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on
October 3, 2013 sought to provide more flexibility to companies entering into mergers and
acquisitions (M&A) deals, allowing them to include preferential clauses.
These clauses include right of first refusal, tag-along and drag-along in their share purchase
agreements. A notification on this was issued by SEBI for use of such clauses in share purchase
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Thus, the right of refusal gives one of the parties in an M&A deal the first option to buy-out its
partner if the latter wishes to exit from the agreement at a later stage. Tag-along and drag-along
clauses allow one of the partners to join the other party in cases like further acquisition or sellout
deals.
These changes are likely to help boost the interest of foreign investors, who tend to prefer such
clauses in their deals. However, the amendments would be effective prospectively and not to the
deals already having taken place.
Transparent Companies in India Indian firms have performed the best among emerging market
economies in terms of transparency in corporate reporting and the top three positions have been
bagged by Tata Group companies according to a report by anti-corruption watchdog Transparency
International released in October 2013.
The top three slots of the index were bagged by Indian firms with three of Tata Groups firms
ranked I the top two. Tata Communications with a score of 7.1 topped the list, while Tata Global
Beverages and Tata Steel with a score of (6.6) shared the second position, followed by Bharti Airtel
with a score of (6.4).
FIPB Nod for Tata-Singapore Airlines Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) cleared the
proposal of Tata Sons and Singapore International Airlines, for a 51 : 49 joint venture, to set up an
airline in India on October 15, 2013. The two partners can now begin the process of setting up an
office in New Delhi and hiring employees while also beginning the process of applying to the
Ministry of Civil Aviation and regular DGCA for various clearances.
November2013
Arcelormittal, Nippon to buy Thyssenkrupp unit ArcelorMittal, the worlds largest steel maker, and
Japans Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Corporation will jointly acquire ThyssenKrupp AGs U.S.
steel mill for $1.55 billion.
December2013
Wipro on December 2, 2013 announced the acquisition of US-based BPO firm Opus Capital Market
Consultants for $75 million (about Rs.467 crore) as the software services major seeks to strengthen
its mortgage business in North America.
The acquisition would aid Wipro in managing risks and identifying profitable growth
opportunities as it creates an end-to-end offerings for all mortgage players in the existing loan
portfolio.
Set up in 2005, Illinois-based Opus offers mortgage due diligence and risk management services
and employs over 490 employees.
Torrent Buys Elder Ahmedabad- based Torrent Pharmaceuticals, on December 13, 2013 agreed to
buy Mumbai-based Elder Pharmaceuticals branded domestic formulations business in India and
Nepal for Rs.2,004 crore.
FIPB Approval For Vodafone, TESCO Proposals United Kingdom-based Tesco Plc became the
first global retailer to get approval from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) to enter the
domestic multi-brand retail sector.
The FIPB also, on December 30, 2013 cleared Vodafones Rs.10,141-crore plan to buy out minority
shareholders in its Indian arm. Tescos plans to initially invest $ 110 million in the multi-brand
retail foray, including for the acquisition of 50 per cent stake in Tata group firm Trent
Hypermarket Ltd.
As regards to Vodafone, the FIPB has given the go ahead to the British telecom major to buy out
minority shareholders like Ajay Piramal and Analjit Singh in its Indian arm at an estimated cost
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CIL Gets Approval For CBM Gas Exploration - The Union Cabinet, on December 19, 2013 gave its
approval to allow Coal India Ltd. (CIL) to carry out exploration of coal bed methane (CBM) gas in
its existing mines, a move that will unlock nearly 100 million tonnes of medium grade coking coal
and about one trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas. Current rules prohibit mining firms from extracting
CBM during mining as the policy does not allow for simultaneous extraction of CBM and coal. CBM
exploration and production is allowed only in pure coal-seam gas bearing blocks, which are
auctioned. Since 2001, 33 CBM blocks have been awarded in four auction rounds. Besides, two CBM
blocks to Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and one to Great Eastern Energy Co Ltd were
awarded on a nomination basis. India has CBM reserves of about 4.6 trillion Cubic metres.
January2014
USFDA Bans Ranbaxys Fourth Plant Indias largest drug maker Ranbaxy faced fresh regulatory
trouble due to manufacturing violations at its fourth domestic facility, which may threaten new
drug launches and jeopardize lucrative revenues from the United States, the worlds biggest
pharma market. The United States Food and Drug Administration on January 24
th
, 2014 banned
Ranbaxys facility at Toansa (Punjab) from making and selling pharmaceutical ingredients in the
United States.
POSCO Gets Green Clearance for Steel Plant in Odisha South Korean industrial giant POSCO
has won environmental clearance to build Rs.52,000 crore steel plant in Odisha, ending eight years
of wait for a project that would involve the largest-ever foreign direct investment in India.
FIPB Clears Tesco, Vodafone Investment Proposals UK-based Tesco Plc became the first global
retailer to get approval to enter countrys multi-brand retail sector from the Foreign Investment
Promotion Board that also on 30 December, 2013 cleared Vodafones Rs.10,141 crore plan to buy out
minority shareholders in its India arm.
Tesco Plcs plans to initially invest USD 110 million in the multi-brand retail foray, including for
the acquisition of 50 per cent stake in Tata group firm Trent Hypermarket Ltd. The FIPB has also
approved foreign investment proposals of Johnson & Johnson.
STOCK MARKET
August2013
Disinvestment of 10 percent in Indian Oil Corporation The Cabinet Committee on Economic
Affairs (CCEA) on 1 August, 2013 approved the proposal for the sale of 10 percent Government
stake in Indian Oil Corporation (IOC). The proposal is expected to collect 3840 crore rupees to the
exchequer at the current market price. At present the Government holds 78.92 percent stake in IOC.
IOC has a market capitalisation of 54519 crore rupees. The stake sale would happen through the
offer for sale route (OFS).
BSEs App to keep track on real time The Bombay Stock Exchange Ltd launched a mobile
application that allows investors to keep a track on markets on a real-time basis. Investors will be
able to download free application on Android smart phone, Windows 8 desktop and Windows 8
mobile. This application also allows investors to keep track of the stock price movement at any
given time of the day along with information on the top gainers, losers and turnover.
BSE halves circuit limit for MCX shares The Bombay Stock Exchange decided to halve the circuit
limit for the shares of Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX), capping its maximum movement in a
day at 10 per cent. The change became effective from 5
th
August. The exchanges generally lower the
circuit filter of a stock are part of their surveillance mechanism to avoid excessive volatility in the
share price.
SEBI allows MFs to trade on debt platforms The market regulator Securities and Exchange Board
of India (SEBI) has allowed mutual funds to trade directly on debt platforms of recognised stock
exchanges in a recent notification. It has further laid out certain conditions related to the custodian
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Five State PSUs pick up stake in NLC The part-equity sale in Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC)
took place recently, which generated considerable heat following protests by trade unions. Five
public sector companies of Tamil Nadu purchased the stake. The institutional placement
programme (IPP) involving the sale of a little over 5.97 cr shares of the Centre in the Navaratna
public sector undertaking was oversubscribed within an hour of the opening of trade. The five PSUs
from Tamil Nadu TIDCO, SIPCOT, TIIC, Powerfin and TUFIDCO picked up the stake for sale.
The disinvestment was necessitated for complying with the 10% minimum public shareholding
norm in PSUs. Besides NLC, the Centre went for part-stake sale in STC and ITDC. Together, the sale
garnered Rs.395 cr for the exchequer with the NLC deal, by its sheer size, fetching as much as
Rs.360 cr.
September2013
Seven bankers selected for CIL stake sale Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and SBI
Capital Markets are among seven merchant bankers selected to manage the govts disinvestment of
5% stake in Coal India (CIL). Kotak Mahindra Capital, JM Financial and Merrill Lynch are the other
bankers chosen. As many as 18 merchant bankers had made presentations to the Disinvestment
Department.
OVL to buy stake in Mozambique block The ONGC Videsh (OVL), the foreign arm of state-run
ONGC, announced signing of a definitive agreement with US firm Anadarko to buy 10 per cent of
its stake in a gasfield offshore Mozambique for $ 2.64 bn in cash.
Dissolution of Bangalore stock exchange As was widely expected, the shareholders of the
Bangalore Stock Exchange (BSE) unanimously approved the voluntary dissolution of the 50-
year-old regional exchange recently. The Annual General Meeting Authorised the management to
apply to the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) seeking its approval for the exit. The
authorisation was a mandatory requirement, which would pave the way for the exchanges
eventual exit. Further, if the company is unable to find a viable business activity to pursue, its assets
would be distributed to shareholders.
October2013
Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Videsh Ltd. (OVL), on October 14, 2013 announced that it had
bought an additional 12 per cent stake in a Brazilian oilfield for $529 million.
OVL, which had a 15 per cent stake in block BC-10 along with Royal Dutch Shell, exercised a pre-
emption right to block Chinas Sinochem group from buying a 35 per cent interest in the oilfield
from Petrobras of Brazil. While the Indian firm will pick up a 12.08 per cent stake, Shell will
acquire the remaining 23 per cent.
December2013
SEBI Makes IPO Norms Simpler - The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on December
24, 2013 announced a slew of measures to make fund-raising simpler, and to bring to book those
indulging in illegal money-pooling schemes and other fraudulent activities.
Simpler IPO Norms
No mandatory grading for initial public offerings (IPOs) by credit rating agencies.
Prospectus to remain valid for multiple debt offers in one year.
Non-banking financial companies, housing finance companies and infrastructure debt funds
allowed to file shelf prospectus.
Shelf prospectus enables companies to issue corporate bonds utilising the same documents more
than once, thereby cutting costs and saving time
Companies with a minimum listing of three years, networth of Rs.500 crore and a track record of
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Objectives
The move is part of SEBIs effort to boost the dormant primary market by Rs.72,000 crore
SEBI-approved proposals yet to hit the market.
The move also seeks to reduce the reliance on rating agencies, which have recently come under
scanner globally for their role in financial markets.
Other Decisions
More powers for SEBI to conduct search and seizure operations and crackdown on defaulters
and manipulators.
Similar tax treatment for foreign portfolio investors (FIPs), that is currently available for foreign
institutional investors (FIIs).
OVL, OIL Pay $ 2.5 B to Videocon ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL) and oil India Ltd. (OIL) on
January 07, 2014 paid $ 2.475 billion to Videocon Group for acquiring 10 per cent stake in a giant gas
field off Mozambique.
January2014
NSE top Ranked Globally For Equity Trades for 2
nd
Year in 2013 The National Stock Exchange
(NSE) on 19
th
January retained its position as the worlds largest bourse in terms of number of
equity trades for the second consecutive year in 2013. NSE recorded almost 145 crore equity trades
on its platform last year, a gain of 3% from 2012, making it the biggest among 51 global peers,
according to data with the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE).
The Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM), headed by Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, on
January 16
th
, 2014, approved the sale of 10% government stake in Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) to
Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and Oil India Limited (OIL), which is likely to garner
Rs.4,800 5000 crore to the exchequer.
The MCX Stock Exchange (MCX-SX), on January 20
th
, 2014, started live trading in cash-settled
Interest Rate Futures (IRF) in its Currency Derivatives Segment, which witnessed a turnover of
Rs.928.39 crore.
IRDA to allow insurers to invest in equity ETFs The Insurance Regulatory and Development
Authority (IRDA) on 9
th
January, 2014 decided to allow insurers to invest in Equity Exchange
Traded Funds (ETFs) and came out with draft guidelines for such investments.
The equity ETFs would be restricted to registered schemes of Mutual Funds (MFs) and overall
expense ratio should be below 0.40 per cent of daily net assets.
The draft guidelines were issued in view of the representations from the industry to allow
insurance companies to invest in equity ETFs. Equity ETFs are funds whose unit price is derived
from basket of underlying equity shares. The basket of securities differs depending upon the
nature of ETF.
The comments of all stakeholders should be sent to the regulator within 30 days.
SEBI bars cash transactions for collective investment schemes The Securities and Exchange
Board of India (SEBI) on 8 January, 2014 made compulsory for all investments into collective
investment scheme (CIS) funds to be made through banking channels, and not in cash, to thwart
any money laundering activities through such schemes.
EXPORTS/I MPORTS
August2013
CCEA approved export of additional 2 million tonnes of Wheat The Cabinet Committee on
Economic Affairs (CCEA) on 8 August, 2013 approved the export of additional 2 million tonnes
wheat from its godowns. The additional wheat would be traded through public sector trading
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Interest subsidy hiked to push up exports Faced with sagging exports and rising trade deficit, the
government raised the rate of interest subsidy for exporters to 3%, and promised to clear pending
claims expeditiously, entailing an additional burden of Rs.2,000 cr to the exchequer. At present, the
interest subvention for exporters, which is a kind of interest subsidy, is at 2 per cent and the benefit
is available to sectors such as micro-small and medium enterprises, handlooms, handcraft, carpets,
toys, sports goods, processed products, besides certain engineering and textiles items. The
government is also considering raising the Plan allocation for Market Access Initiative, Market
Development Assistance and Central Assistance to States for Developing Export Infrastructure and
other Allied Activities scheme.
STPI crosses Rs.2000cr export mark Software Technology Park of India (STPI), Mohali has
crossed Rs.2000cr of software export mark, which is a milestone for tier-II city. Technology Park is
also creating employment opportunity for 30,000 professionals. STPI Mohali has emerged as the
second best tier-II city.
September2013
India used Iranian Port to Import Afghani Dried Fruits India had received its first batch of
commodities from Afghanistan through the Chahbahar port in Iran on September 17, 2013. With
this, Afghanistan has for the first time directly sent products to India. The Iranian port is an
alternative to the Karachi port in Pakistan where export activities are constantly interrupted by
political restrictions and high storage cost.
Chahbahar port is a seaport in Chahbahar in south-eastern Iran. It is located between Indian
Ocean and Omen Sea. The port was partially funded by India.
Russia Lifted the Ban on Non-Basmati Rice Russia lifted the ban on import of non-basmati rice
from India on September 10, 2013. Russia also lifted the ban on the oilseeds apart from non-basmati
rice. Russia had imposed ban on these commodities in December, 2012 because of the presence of
khapra beetles pest in rice and aflatoxin contamination of peanuts. Thereafter, from June 23 to 30,
2013, Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (FSVPS) delegation from Russia
inspected the processing units in India, which eventually led to a lift on the ban and resumption of
the trade on these commodities between India and Russia.
October2013
Paradip Port, GAIL Inked Pact for Gas Terminal - Paradip Port Trust inked an initial pact with
public sector pipeline operator GAIL (India) for setting up a liquified natural gas terminal at
Paradip at a joint investment of Rs.3108 crore on October 26, 2013. The shipping ministry aims to
create a port capacity of around 3200 million tonnes by attracting investments to the tune of
Rs.287000 crore to handle the expected traffic of about 2500 million tonnes by 2020. The government
aims to bring out Indian ports on par with the best international ports in terms of performance and
capacity.
Paradip Port in the coastal district of Jagatsinghpur in Odisha, about 100 km from state capital
Bhubaneswar, is one of the major ports of India serving the eastern and central parts of the
country.
December2013
Export Growth at 3.49% in December 2013 Export growth eased to a six month low of 3.49 per
cent in December mainly due to a fall in the shipment of petroleum goods. It was announced on
January 10, 2014.
Exports stood at $ 26.3 billion in December 2013 compared with $ 25.4 billion in the same month
of 2012.
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However, a 15.25 per cent decline in imports to $ 36.4 billion, particularly in gold and silver
shipments, helped narrow the trade deficit to $ 10.1 billion in December. In November, 2013 the
trade gap was $ 9.21 billion.
Inward shipments of gold and silver dipped 68.8 per cent to $ 1.77 billion from $ 5.6 billion in
December 2013, although they were higher than $ 1.05 billion in November.
Oil imports grew 1.1 per cent to $ 13.89 billion during the month. During April-December,
exports aggregated $ 230.3 billion and imports $ 340.3 billion, while the trade deficit was about $
110 billion.
Gold and silver imports in the April-December period declined 30.3 per cent to $ 27.3 billion
from $ 39.2 billion a year earlier.
Oil imports in the nine-month period grew 2.6 per cent to $ 124.95 billion, while non-oil imports
dipped 11.1 per cent to $ 215.42 billion.
Export sectors that registered positive growth in December include engineering (15 per cent),
readymade garments (17.39 per cent), chemicals (8.75 per cent), cotton yarn and fabrics (1.42
percent), rice (9.72 per cent) and plastics 21 per cent).
January2014
India overtakes Japan as worlds No 3 crude importer India has overtaken Japan as the worlds
third-biggest crude oil importer in 2013, data showed on 30
th
January, 2014. India imported 3.86
million barrels-per-day of crude oil last year, tanker arrival data compiled by Reuters from trade
sources showed. Indias imports were nearly 6 percent higher than Japans customs-cleared imports
of 3,648,372 bpd (211,716,710 kilolitres).
TAXATI ON/TRADE
August2013
Custom duty on gold, silver raised - The Central Government on 13 August, 2013 raised customs
duty on gold, silver and platinum to 10 percent in a bid to curb the surging imports and burgeoning
Current Account Deficit. The duty on gold and platinum was raised from 8 percent to 10 percent
and the levy on silver was raised from 6 percent to 10 percent. This step would also collect an
additional 4830 crore rupees to the exchequer. This is the third time that the government has raised
the duty on gold in 2013.
Direct Tax collections during April-June 2013-14 has shown an increase of 11.52 per cent at
Rs.1,23,993 crore as against Rs.1,11,183 crore in the same period last year. While gross collection of
corporate taxes has shown an increase of 7.82 per cent (Rs.76,115 crore as against Rs.70,594 crore last
year), personal income tax is up 18.53 per cent (Rs.46,903 crore as against Rs.39,569 crore last year).
Net direct tax collection was up 6.44 per cent and stands at Rs.89,705 crore against Rs.84,274 crore in
the same period in the last fiscal.
Cabinet approves setting up of TARC The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal for setting
up of the Tax Administration Reform Commission. The commission will review the application of
tax policies and tax laws in India in the context of global best practices and recommend measures to
strengthen the capacity of the tax system in India that would reflect best global practices.
Important highlights of the Commission:
It will help in removing ambiguity in application of tax policy and tax laws, thereby establishing
a stable tax regime and a non-adversarial tax administration.
It will facilitate an efficient tax administrative system that would enhance the tax base as well as
tax-payer base.
It will consist of a chairman, two full-time members and four part-time members, of which at
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Duty-free import of flat TVs banned - The government banned duty-free import of high-end flat
screen plasma television, which will now attract a levy of 36.05 per cent. The Revenue Department
issued a notification that amended rules to disallow import of flat panel (LCD/LED/Plasma)
television as part of free baggage allowance with effect from August 26.
New norms to determine tariffs at major ports The long wait to permit competitive market forces
to have a larger role in determining tariffs at major ports in India ended recently, with the
government announcing new guidelines for the same.
The new guidelines for determining Tariff for Projects at Major Ports (TAMP) comes into force
with immediate effect, and will apply prospectively, for all new projects cleared now onwards.
TAMP is only required for major ports, while non-major ports can charge market-based tariffs.
While TAMP was established in 1997, major ports today account for 58 per cent of the countrys
traffic while non-major ports account for the rest. Besides providing for tariffs to be indexed to
inflation, the new guidelines set out performance standards for port projects to improve
accountability and ensure improved quality of service.
September2013
Net direct tax collections increased by 12.5% - Net direct tax collections for the current financial
year (2013-14), up to 17
th
September, 2013 increased 2,38,325 crore Rupees from 2,11,641 crore
Rupees compared to 2012-13, up to 17
th
September 2012, showing a growth of 12.5%. This data was
released on 18 September 2013 by Department of Revenue of Finance Ministry.
Corporate tax collections were increased to 1,46,610 crore Rupees from 1,35,791 crore Rupees
compared to 2012-13, which is a growth of 7.97 percent.
Income tax collections were increased to 89,006 crore Rupees from 65,752 crore Rupees compared
to 2012-13, which is growth of 21.08 percent.
The collections of securities transaction tax (STT) and wealth tax stood at 2,210 crore Rupees and
309 crore Rupees.
Government hiked import duty on gold and silver The Union Government of India on 17
September, 2013 hiked the import duty on gold from 10 percent to 15 percent. The hike is aimed at
protecting the domestic industry. The import duty on Silver was also increased from 10 percent to
15 percent.
The government hiked the import duty on gold for the third time in 2013 as a part of the
measures to contain the widening current account deficit.
India is the largest importer of gold in the world, which is mainly utilised to meet demand from
the jewellery industry.
No service tax for school buses, hostels The Finance Ministry clarified that auxiliary educational
services such as hostels, canteen and school buses will not attract 12% service tax.
October2013
The government, on October 1, 2013 raised the import tariff value of gold to $436 from $432 per 10
grams, while reducing it to $702 on imported silver from $736 a kg.
- The tariff value is the base price at which the customs duty is determined to prevent under-
invoicing. Besides bullion, the government has raised the import tariff value of brass scrap to $3,860
and crude palm oil to $883 from $3,717 per tonne and $827 a tonne, respectively.
- However, the import tariff value of poppy seed has been reduced to $2,556 from $2,717 a tonne,
while the tariff value for RBD palmolein was cut to $862 from $883 a tonne. The tariff value of areca
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November2013
TRAI Finalises Tariff for Mobile Banking Services The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India
(TRAI), on November 27, 2013 released the tariff structure and guidelines for mobile banking
services, a step that would help rural customers who do not have access to banks and financial
services. The TRAI has prescribed a ceiling tariff for an outgoing unstructured supplementary
service data (USSD)-based mobile banking service at Rs.1.50 per USSD session.
December2013
European Union granted GSP-Plus status to Pakistan The European Union (EU) has on 12
December granted GSP-Plus status to Pakistan, a move that is expected to boost the textile and other
industries as it gives exporters duty-free access to 27 European countries. Under this deal 75
Pakistani products would have duty-free access to European markets. The standard GSP scheme,
which offers generous tariff reductions to developing countries. Practically, this means partial or
entire removal of tariffs on two thirds of all product categories.
Green Signal For Millionaires Tax in France Frances Constitutional Council gave the green
light on December 29, 2013 to a millionaires tax, to be levied on companies that pay salaries of
more than 1 million ($1.38 million) a year.
The measure, introduced in line with a pledge by President Francois Hollande to make the rich
do more to pull France out of crisis, has infuriated business leaders and soccer clubs, which at
one point threatened to go on strike.
January2014
The Central Government on January 16, 2014 raised the import tariff value of gold and silver to
$407 per 10 gram and $663 a kg respectively. Import tariff value is the base price at which customs
duty is determined to prevent under-invoicing. The tariff value of imported gold earlier stood at
$392 per 10 gram and on silver at $638 a kg.
Direct and Indirect Tax Revenue Collection in Three Quarters of 2013-14 During the first three
quarters of current financial year 2013-14, countrys tax revenue collection both from direct and
indirect taxes registered the growth over the revenue collection in the same period of the year 2012-
13.
Though direct revenue collection during the first nine months of current financial year 2013-14
registers 12.5% growth but the revenue department is likely to miss its tax target for the current
financial year as direct tax collections, net of refunds, in April-December 2013 reached Rs.4.15
lakh crore, compared with Rs.3.7 lakh crore in the nine-month period of last year. Taking a note
of economic downturn in the economy, the tax department will now face a tough task of
collecting Rs.2.5 lakh crore in the next three months to meet the Budget Estimate of Rs.6.7 lakh
crore that represented a growth of 19 per cent over last years mop-up.
As per the official statistics, the gross direct tax collections (before paying income tax refunds)
during April-December of 2013-14 were up 12.3 per cent at Rs.4.8 lakh crore, against Rs.4.3 lakh
crore in the same period of 2012-13. Gross collections of corporate taxes have shown an increase
of 9.35 per cent and stood at Rs.3.1 lakh crore, against Rs.2.8 lakh crore during the same period
last year. Gross collection of personal income tax was up by 18.5 per cent and stood at Rs.1.7 lakh
crore, against Rs.1.4 lakh crore during the same period in the last year. Collection of securities
transaction tax stood at Rs.3,427 crore, showing a growth of 4.04 per cent. Wealth tax collection
posted a growth of 11.92 per cent and stood at Rs.742 crore, against Rs.663 crore during the same
period in last year.
Indirect tax collections grew 6.2 per cent in the April-December period of 2013-14. As per the
official sources of Ministry of Finance, the total collection of indirect taxes excise, customs and
service tax stood at about Rs.3,55,003 crore during the first nine months of 2013-14 as against
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Excise collection dropped 4.5 per cent during the period to Rs.1,18,405 crore, against Rs.1,24,016
crore in the same period in the last fiscal year, reflecting slump in manufacturing activity.
Customs collection was higher by 6.7 per cent to Rs.1,26,285 crore during the period against
Rs.1,18,393 crore in the same period of last fiscal year.
Service tax collection, which has become a new focus area for revenue officials, grew by 20 per
cent to Rs.1,10,313 crore in April-December 2013 against Rs.91,900 crore in the same period last
fiscal.
The Government has set indirect tax collection target of Rs.5.65 lakh crore for 2013-14 compared
to Rs.4.73 lakh crore achieved in the last fiscal.
PRODUCTI ON/ AGRI CULTURE
August2013
Foodgrains output decline - Foodgrains output this year (2012-13) has declined by 3.64 milion
tonnes over the previous year. Drought in parts of some States last year adversely impacted rice,
wheat and coarse cereals harvest. Pulses production on the other hand, has shown a remarkable
improvement at 18.45 million tonnes as against 17.09 million tonnes, the previous year.
September2013
Preventing Wastage Better According to Associated Chamber of Commerce (ASSOCHAM), India
produced around 77 million tonnes fruits and 150 million tonnes vegetables in 2011-12, out of a total
horticultural production of 257.28 million tonnes.
The annual post harvest loss of these highly perishable commodities is estimated to be Rs.2 lakh
crore due to lack of food processing units and modern cold storage facilities. The government
admits horticultural needs and has taken some steps over the last few years like National
Vegetable Initiative.
National Vegetable Initiative introduced in 2011-12, the horticulture department last year
selected Ludhiana to start group farming for vegetables. The scheme includes setting up poly
houses for better preservation of vegetables. The scheme with its subsidies and various facilities
has a budget of Rs.300 crore; Punjab has so far spent Rs.12 crore of its share.
Indias position in coffee production in 2012, according to the data released by the International
Coffee Organisation (ICO) Seventh
October2013
Implementation of NCIP during 12
th
Plan In order to serve farmers in a better way, a Central
Sector Scheme of National Crop Insurance Programme (NCIP)/ Rashtriya Fasal Bima Karyakram
(RFBK) has been formulated by merging MNAIS, WBCIS and CPIS.
Objectives
The objectives of MNAIS are as under
To provide insurance coverage and financial support to the farmers in the event of prevented
sowing & failure of any of the notified crop as a result of natural calamities, pests & diseases.
To encourage the farmers to adopt progressive farming practices high value inouts and better
technology in Agriculture.
To stabilize farm incomes particularly in disaster years are Salient Features of the scheme.
New hybrid Varieties of Coffee to be Launched Jawaid Akhtar, the Chairman of the Coffee
Board declared on November 14, 2013 about the plan of the board to introduce three or four new
hybrid varieties of coffee during the 55
th
Annual Conference of the Karnataka Planters Association.
The board is also trying to expand the land under coffee in the traditional coffee growing states by
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Government supports the efforts of the coffee growers by increasing mechanization. During the
12
th
Plan period, the government has also preparing the scheme for the implementation of the
coffee growers referring the increase in the demand of the coffee.
November2013
New Garlic Variety for North Indian Areas The National Horticultural Research and
Development Foundation (NHRDF) in Nasik, Maharasthra has developed a new garlic variety
named Yamuna Safed-5 suitable for growing in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Bihar, Punjab,
Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Cultivation of BT Brinjal Approved in Bangladesh Bangladesh has approved the commercial
cultivation of transgenic BT Brinjal, becoming the first country in South Asia to cultivate the
genetically modified food crop on October 31, 2013. This has triggered concerns among
environmentalists India, who have urged the government to take all steps to safeguard food and
seed supply, apart from biodiversity. With this step, Bangladesh became the 29
th
country in the
world to grow GM crop. In South Asia, India, Pakistan and Myanmar grow GM crop cotton. With
the NCB nod, Bangladesh becomes the first in the region to grow a GM food crop.
January2014
Govt. issues guidelines for National Mission on Oilseeds and Oil Palm Agriculture ministry on
31
st
January, 2014 issued guidelines and strategy to increase oilseeds production in the country.
Focus of the strategy is to increase production of traditional oilseeds and bring more area under oil-
palm cultivation through mission mode farm projects.
The scheme will be implemented in mission mode through active involvement of all the
stakeholders. The Centre and States will bear costs in the ratio of 75 : 25.
SPACE
August2013
NASA to launch next Mars mission called MAVEN NASA is all set to launch its next mission to
Mars in November 2013 and the spacecraft has already arrived at the Kennedy Space Center in
Florida. A US Air Force C-17 cargo plane delivered the Lockheed Martin Corp. built Mars
Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft from the Buckley Air Force Base in
Aurora, Colorado on 2 August, 2013.
The mission will be dedicated for surveying the upper atmosphere of Mars in an effort to
understand the role that the loss of atmospheric gas of space played in changing the climate of
Mars.
Curiosity Rover celebrated its first anniversary on Mars NASAs Curiosity rover celebrated its
first anniversary on Mars on 6 August, 2013. Curiosity rover had landed on Mars one year ago on
this date. It has already achieved its mission aim by discovering that Mars could have supported
life.
Worlds First Talking Robot Kirobo sent into Space Worlds first talking robot Kirobo was
successfully sent into space on 4 August, 2013 by Japanese Scientists. The robot was sent by H2B
rocket from the island of Tanegashima. The rocket carried food, water and other supplies. Kirobo
will serve as a companion for Japanese astronauts.
One Lakh Sign up for One-Trip to Mars More than 1,00,000 people have applied for a one-way
trip to Mars, as part of an ambitious multi-billion dollar project that aims to colonize the Red planet
starting in 2022. While it remains questionable how humans would be able to survive on Mars, it
has not stopped a whopping number of people for signing up for The Mars One Project. There is
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pay the application fee, or they are still making their video or theyre filling out the questionnaire or
their resume, said Ban Lansdorp, Mars One CEO and co-founder.
The application process specifies anyone 18 or older may apply, but the fee depends on
nationality. In US, it is $ 38. The company said the fee is based on the GDP per capita of each
nation.
Astronomers Discover Lowest-Mass Exoplanet around Sun-like Star The international team of
astronomers, in August, captured the image of a huge planet around the bright Sun-like star-GJ
504b. The image of the exoplanet was captured by making use of the infrared data from the Subaru
Telescope in Hawaii.
September2013
No signs of Life on Mars NASAs Curiosity rover, a car-sized robot that landed on Mars in 2012,
has found no traces of methane on Mars. The gas is considered to be one of the signs of potential
life. Since landing in Gale Crater in August, 2012, the car size probe has analysed Mars air and
scanned it with a tiny laser in search of the greenhouse gas.
NASAs Voyager 1 spacecraft on 12 September 2013 officially became the first human-made object
to venture into interstellar space.
Indian Scientists Detect Endogenous Water on the Moon In a latest development in the field of
science, Indian scientists from the Space Applications Centre (SAC) of the Indian Space Research
Organisation (ISRO) in Ahmedabad have found evidence of water of volcanic origin.
The country that launched its low-cost rocket name Epsilon recently - Japan
Evidence of Water on Lunar Surface NASA-funded lunar research conducted by NASA Lunar
Science Institute (NLSI) unveiled about the evidence of water which was locked in the mineral
grains on the surface of the Moon from unknown source that was present beneath the surface of the
Moon on August 27, 2013.
NASA Launched Robotic Explorer to Moon NASAs unmanned rocket blasted-off from the US
with a robotic explorer that will study the lunar atmosphere and dust on September 7, 2013.
The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is taking a round about path
to the Moon, making three huge laps around Earth before getting close enough to pop into lunar
orbit.
A Twin Star to Earths Own Sun Found Astronomers found a twin star to Earths own Sun which
is much older. The rare star is the oldest known solar twin and can tell what Earth star will looks
like in 4 billion years. The star, called HIP 102152, appears to be as similar to the Sun in its basic
characteristics as any other known star. The Sun is only 4.6 billion years old, HIP 102152 is 8.2
billion years old.
October2013
NASA discovers first known tilted planetary system NASAs Kepler space telescope on 18
October 2013 discovered a distant planetary system in the Space. The newly discovered planetary
system features two inner planets orbiting at a severe tilt to their host star called Kepler-56. It is first
known tilted star system.
Scientists Discover Kepler 78B Scientists, in October 2013, announced to have discovered a new
planet called Kepler 78b which has a similar mass and density to that of Earth. It orbits a star 400
light years away. Kepler 78b is composed mostly of rock and iron, very similar to our own planet. It
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Scientists Discover Planets with the Shortest Ever Orbit Brian Jackson of the Carnegie Institution
for Sciences Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, with the help of data achieved from NASAs
Kepler mission, announced in October 2013 that a team of scientists have discovered six new planets
with superfast orbits.
Seven Planet Systems Are Discovered Astronomers, in October 2013, announced to have
identified one of the richest planetary systems. The astronomers discovered the seventh planet
around the dwarf star KIC 11442793. The discovery was done by two different teams of researchers
from the University of Oxford and team of astronomers from several European countries.
November2013
On 5
th
November Indias prestigious interplanetary mission to Mars (Mars Orbiter Mission) gets off
to a flying start when the Indian Space Research Organisations Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle
(PSLV-C25) roars of the first launch pad of the spaceport at Sriharikota.
Mangal Yatra
November 5 PSLV C 2 lifted-off with Mangalyann. After 44 minutes spacecraft entered orbit
around Earth.
November 5 to 30 Craft revolved around Earth in highly elliptical orbit, building up velocity.
Rockets will fire 6 times to raise orbit 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 16.
December 1 Motors were fired to pull craft out of Earths orbit, push it on voyage to Mars.
Next 300 Days Motors will be off as craft floats towards Mars.
September, 2014 Motor will fire again for manoeuvres to place Orbiter in Martian orbit. Orbiter
will go around Mars for roughly 6 months, with 5 on-board instruments collecting data.
Olympic Torch in Spacewalk The Olympic torch unlit was taken for a space-walk on
November 9, 2013 in a showcasing of Russias hosting of the Sochi Winter Olympic Game 2014 in
three months time.
Oleg Kotov ventured outside the International Space Station with the torch in his gloved hand. It
was tethered to his spacesuit to ensure it did not spin away in orbit 420 km above the Earth.
The flashy moment was captured by fellow cosmonaut Sergei Ryazansky.
It was the very first time the Olympic symbol entered open space a no-expense-spared triumph
for Russia as it showed off its prowess in science and sport.
RH 200 Launched Rohini (RH) 200 took to the sky at 6.25 p.m. on November 21, 2013 from the
Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (TERILS) to mark the golden jubilee of the first,
successful launch of a sounding rocket from Indian soil, the beginning of Indias big leap forward in
space exploration.
3552 Don Quixote, A comet A large near-Earth object that was believed to be an asteroid has
now been classified as a comet called 3552 Don Quixote, the body is the third largest near-Earth
object-mostly rocky bodies, or asteroids, that orbit the Sun in the vicinity of Earth.
NASA releases the first-ever natural-colour portrait of Saturn, in which the planet, its seven moons
and rings, and Earth, Venus and Mars, all are visible.
ATV-4 Accomplishes its mission ATV-4, heaviest-ever cargo-carrier of Europe to the
International Space Station burned up in the Earths Atmosphere in the controlled manoeuvre after
a five month mission on 2 November 2013. When the cargo was burnt, it carried about six tonnes of
garbage and waste produced on the board of the ISS. The Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) was
burnt over the uninhabited zone of the southern Pacific Ocean. The ATV-4 set the record for the
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Scientists discover a black hole in ophiuchus star constellation Scientists, in November 2013,
announced to have discovered a black hole in a collection of stars in the constellation Ophiuchus,
which is about 22000 light years from Earth. The globular cluster in which black hole was spotted is
known as M62.
December2013
Mars Orbiter Successfully Placed in Mars Transfer Trajectory Indias Mars Orbiter Mission
(MOM) successfully placed in Mars transfer trajectory on 1 December by ISRO scientists. India has
now become the first Asian country and fourth nation in the world to leap into the interplanetary
space. Less than half the around 50 spacecrafts sent by other countries towards Mars have been able
to complete it. Now, the Mars spacecraft will travel 780 million kilometers (485 million miles) over
300 days (ten months) to reach an orbit around Mars planet in September 2014.
China launches Moon Rover China launched its first moon rover mission on December 1, 2013.
The Change-3 rocket carrying the Jade Rabbit or Yu Tu rover blasted off from the Xichang
Satellite Launch Center in the southwest of the country.
The 140-kg Jade Rabbit rover separated from the much larger landing vehicle early on
December 15, 2013, around seven hours after the unmanned Changee-3 space probe touched
down on a fairly flat, Earth-facing part of the moon.
SPACEX Launches first Commercial TV satellite An unmanned Falcon 9 rocket developed by
Space Exploration Technologies, or Space X, blasted off on December 3, 2013 to put the companys
first commercial satellite into orbit, staking a potentially game-changing claim in a global industry
worth nearly $190 billion a year.
Iran Sent Second Monkey into Space for Second Time Iran has on 14 December successfully
launched its second monkey named Fargam into the space and back, the countrys latest step
toward sending humans into orbit. The monkey was flown on Irans liquid-fueled Pajohesh
(research) rocket for a 15-minute mission that took him approximately 72 miles into space. The first
rocket carrying a monkey named Pishgam (Pioneer) in the space was launched by Iran on 28
January 2013.
Europe Launched Gaia Satellite To Map Milky Way The European Space Agency (ESA)
launched its star-surveying satellite Gaia into space on 19 December. Gaia lifted on a Soyuz rocket
from Europes Spacesport from the Kourou in French Guiana.
The first Trajectory Correction Manoeuvre (TCM) of Spacecraft of Indias maiden interplanetary
mission to Mars was carried out successfully.
Indias Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-D5), powered by an indigenous
cryogenic engine, effortlessly puts the 1,982-kg GSAT-14 communication satellite into a perfect orbit
after lifting off from Sriharikota.
GSLV-D5 Puts GSAT-14 INTO ORBIT One of Indias most ambitious dreams became a reality
on January 5, 2014 when its Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-D5), powered by an
indigenous cryogenic engine, effortlessly put the 1,982-kg GSAT-14 communication satellite into a
perfect orbit after 17 minutes of flight.
January2014
GSLV-D5 Rocket Carrying Communication Satellite GSAT-14 Successfully Launched Indian
Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on 5
th
January successfully launched its heavy-duty rocket
Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Development 5 (GSLV-D5) having indigenous cryogenic
engine that placed a 1,982 kg GSAT-14 communication satellite into the orbit. The 49.13 metre tall
rocket GSLV-D5 lifted off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. The
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- With the successful launch of GSLV-D5 flight India has now become the sixth nation to possess
the cryogenic engine technology, and has joined the elite club of the United States, Russia,
France, Japan and China.
ISRO Chairman K. Radhakrishnan declared the mission a success. He said, This shows the
maturity of the team. We dedicate the proud moment for the country.
NASA discovered New Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 2013 YP139 NASA discovered a new
potentially hazardous asteroid named 2013 YP139 on 15
th
January. It was first discovered by
NASAs Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE). The 2013 YP139 is
about 43 million kilometers from Earth.
Astronomers Discovered Two New Exoplanets In the month of January 2014 A team of
Astronomers from Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), have discovered two new
extrasolar planets circling a dim, red dwarf star about 200 light-years away from our planet. One of
the planets, dubbed KOI-314c, weighs the same as Earth, but around 60 percent larger in diameter.
The second planet, named KOI-314b, is about the same size as KOI-314c but significantly denser,
weighing about 4 times as much as Earth. The team discovered the planet using data from NASAs
Kepler spacecraft.
Saturns iconic rings were formed about 4.4 billion years ago said the researchers at the University
of Colorado. This was announced at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union on 3
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SCI ENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
August2013
Olinguito, a New Mammal Species discovered Scientists of Smithsonian Institution of US have
announced a rare discovery of a new species of mammal called the Olinguito on 15 August, 2013.
The Olinguito is a carnivore that group of mammals that includes cats, dogs and bears and their
relatives.
Cryogenic rocket engine technology The technology that India has developed on its own for the
launch of GSLV-D5 rocket carrying communication satellite GSAT-14.
September2013
Asom scripted history in healthcare services by introducing the countrys first Tele-radiology
service with Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on September 1, 2013.
The Tele-radiology service will facilitate sending of images of CT scan and X-Rays done at
regional diagnostic centres to any super specialty hospitals across the country to get them
assessed by radiologists of those hospitals. In first phase, these services will be rolled out in 11
districts of the State.
Worlds First 4K Recording Smartphone Acer launched a new smartphone with a 6-inch screen
called the Liquid S2, which is the worlds first 4K recording smartphone which is four times the
resolution of current full HD. 4K video will be shot using the phones 13 megapixel rear camera and
the power of a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor which is clocked at a stunning 2.2
GHz.
Thinnest Ever Glass Sheet An accidental discovery has led to the creation of the worlds thinnest
sheet of glass at just one molecule thick. The pane of glass is so impossibly thin that its individual
silicon and oxygen atoms are clearly visible using a microscope.
The glass was identified by chance in the lab of David Muller, professor of Applied and
Engineering Physics at Cornell University. Professor Muller had been making grapheme, a two-
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Worlds Fastest Spinning Man-made Object A team of researchers from University of St.
Andrews have created the worlds fastest spinning man-made object. They were able to levitate and
spin a microscopic sphere at the speed of up to 600 million revolutions per minute. This spin speed
is half a million times faster than a domestic washing machine and more than a thousand times
faster than a dental drill.
Meet 115, the Newest Element on the Periodic Table Scientists have confirmed the discovery of a
new super-heavy element (with atomic number 115) and it may soon join the Periodic Table. An
international team of researchers conducted an experiment at the GSI Research Facility in Germany
to confirm earlier measurements by research groups in Russia.
The new super-heavy element is yet to be named. A committee comprising members of the
International Unions of Pure and Applied Physics and Chemistry will review the findings to
decide whether further experiments are needed before the element is acknowledged.
Smallest Hand-held Microscope Australian scientists have developed the smallest hand-held
microscope that fits inside a needle and can even pinpoint those cancer cells that are often missed
during operations while removing breast cancer tumours.
Worlds First DUV Laser Device The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has launched a deep
ultraviolet (DUV) solid-state laser device, making the country first-ever in the world to possess such
technology. The device marks the worlds first-ever output of 1064-nanometres 6 harmonic
frequency multiplication, shortening, the diodepumped solid-state laser (DPL)s wavelength to
177.3 nm.
A Sperm Bank to Recreate Animals Japanese scientists have launched a Sperm Bank for
endangered animals that uses freeze-drying technology, they hope that one day they could help
humans to recreate animal populations on other planets. The team at Kyoto Universitys Institute of
Laboratory Animals Graduate School of Medicine successfully preserved sperm taken from two
endangered primates and a type of giraffe.
Artificial Brain Created Scientists from the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology in Vienna
developed the pea-sized brains created from skin that could lead to cures for disorders such as
schizophrenia and autism.
IIT-Ms first satellite to predict earthquakes The electrical model of the 15-kg satellite IITMSAT
name Akshay, the first satellite of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, is almost ready and
will help study radiation belts on the Earth and predict earthquakes. It is the largest among all the
satellites developed by the IITs till now.
Railways for fuel-saving device in diesel locos Indian Railways has decided to install a new fuel-
saving device called Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) in Diesel Locomotives. It will result in saving
more than 20 lakh rupees per locomotive annually. The device has been presently installed in
twelve existing diesel locomotives.
First Surgery in India using Google Glass Another milestone in the history of Google Glass was
made when Dr. G.S. Rajkumar from Chennai used the device to record a surgery he was
performing on September 18, 2013. It was done for the first time in India. He streamed the surgery
via a Google Hang-Out. What was recorded through his Google Glass lens during the surgery could
be seen while sitting thousands of miles away.
Google Glass is a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD) that is
being developed by Google in the Project Glass research and development project, with a
mission of producing, a mass-market ubiquitous computer. It displays information in a
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October2013
Astronomers Discover the Most Distant Galaxy in the Universe A team of astronomers, in
October 2013, announced to have discovered the most distant galaxy in the universe which is
estimated to be 30 billion light years away from the Earth. The discovery gives us clues about our
Universe Milky Way as well as helping scientists shed light on the period that immediately
followed the Big Bang.
Australian Researchers Discover Gold in the Eucalyptus Trees Researchers from the
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Perth, in October 2013,
announced to have found tiny particles of gold in the eucalyptus trees. They explained that the trees
were on the top of gold deposits which were rooted deep in the ground. In order to search for the
moisture, these trees suck more of gold. The Geochemist at CSIRO, Melvyn Lintern explained that
seeing the gold particles in leaves was surprising. This gold was found in resource-rich Kalgoorlie
region of Western Australia, which, in late 1800s was a primary site of the major gold rush.
Indian Railways Install New Technique to Detect Faults in Coaches, Wagons & Locos Indian
Railways on 4 October 2013 adopted first ever unique modern technology for maintenance of its
passenger coaches, wagons and locomotives in its continuous endeavour to enhance safety in
Railway operations. The new maintenance technique which uses acoustic method of diagnostics is
known as Acoustic Bearing Detectors (ABD) & Wheel Impact Load Detectors (WILD).
Li-Fi Technology is developed in China Scientists from Fudan University, Shanghai, have
successfully developed Li-Fi Technology- a new cheaper way of getting connected to internet by
using signals sent through light bulbs instead of radio frequencies as in Wi-Fi. According to the
School of Information Science and Technology at Fudan University, researchers modulated Internet
signals to a 1 watt LED lamp. Under the light, four computers were able to access the Internet.
The LED-based alternative to Wi-Fi, dubbed Li-Fi, or Light Fidelity, refers to a type of visible
light communication technology that delivers a networked, mobile, high-speed communication
solution in a similar manner to Wi-Fi.
Scientists develop the worlds first Bionic Man Scientists, in October 2013, announced to have
developed the worlds first robot human (Bionic man) made entirely of prosthetic parts. The bionic
man can walk, talk and has a beating heart. Bionic man was assembled from prosthetic body parts
and artificial organs donated by laboratories around the world.
November2013
Worlds Largest Floating Vessel South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries has floated
a tanker-shaped vessel tagged as the worlds largest floating facility with a length greater than the
height of the Empire State Building. The floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) platform named
Prelude was set in the water at its southern shipyard in Geoje on November 30.
New Device to Convert Signs into Speech US software giant Microsoft ahs developed a new cost-
effective sign language translator that converts signs into spoken and written language and vice
versa on November 4, 2013.
In collaboration with researchers in China, Microsoft created the Kinect Sign Language
Translator, a prototype system that understands the gestures of sign language and converts them
to spoken and written language and vice versa. The translator uses a computer and a Kinect
camera that recognizes signing gestures, then gives a spoken and written translation of
languages for people who can hear.
IAF Flags in white water Rafting Expedition Air Marshal HB Rajaram on 13 November 2013
flagged in IAF (Indian Air Force) Aqua Scullers on the successful completion of their white water
rafting expedition on the Ganges from Gangotri (at an altitude of 3049 mtrs) to Ganga Sagar in West
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Worlds first green Helicopter Tested Germanys aviation company e-Volo on 17 November 2013
successfully tested the first helicopter which is noiseless and emission-free named- Volocopter. The
Volocopter is an environmentally friendly and emission-free private helicopter. Volocopter has been
developed by the German company e-volo.
Biocon gets DCGI approval for breast cancer drug-biosimilar trastuzumab Indian Biotech
Company Biocon on 26 November 2013 announced that it had received market authorization from
the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for its Breast cancer Drug-biosimilar Trastuzumab.
December2013
Human DNA from 4,00,000 years ago Discovered In Spain In the month of December 2013
Scientists have discovered a fossilized leg bone from an early 4,00,000 year old human in the Pit
of Bones site in spain and the bones DNA opens a new mystery into our human ancestors. DNA
tends to breaks down over time, but the leg bone has been well preserved in the Spanish bit of
bones because of the constant temperature.
Indian Coast Guard Patrol Vessel Rajdhwaj Commissioned Indian Coast Guard Ship Rajdhwaj,
a 50 metre-long inshore patrol vessel (IPV), was commissioned on 11 December in Chennai by
Shipping Minister G.K. Vasan. The IPV is equipped with the most advanced and sophisticated
navigational and communication sensors and equipment. The ship can be propelled sensors and
equipment. The ship can be propelled to a maximum speed of 31.5 knots. At economical speed of 14
knots, it has an endurance of 1,500 nautical miles. The ship is the eighth in the series of IPVs
designed and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders Engineers, Kolkata.
First Human Artificial Heart Implanted In France The first human artificial heart implantation
performed in Georges Pompidou Hospital, Paris on 18 December was successful. The artificial heart
designed by the French biomedical heart designed by the French biomedical firm Carmat and
developed by the Dutch based European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS). The
artificial heart give patients up to five years of extra life, which replaces the real heart. The previous
heart assistance devices are created mainly for temporary use. The artificial heart weighs as little as
less than a kilogram (900 grams), almost three times heavier than an average healthy human heart.
January2014
PARAM Supercomputer Among The Most Power Efficient Systems In World Indias
supercomputer PARAM Yuva II, developed by the Centre for Development of Advanced
Computing (C-DAC), has been ranked first in India, ninth in the Asia Pacific Region and 44
th
in the
world among the most power efficient computer systems as per the Green 500 List announced on 1
January at the Supercomputing Conference (SC 2013) in Denver, Colorado, in the US.
Nirbheek Is Indias First Revolver Designed for Women Nirbheek, Indias first gun for
women, was launched on 6
th
January. The revolver, manufactured by the Indian Factory, means
fearless and is named after Nirbhaya, the victim of Indias most published gang rape case.
Nirbheek is also the smallest revolver make in India.
Worlds Fastest Organic Transistor Developed In the month of January 2014 Scientists claim to
have developed the worlds fastest thin-film organic transistor that could operate more than five
times after than previous examples of this technology. Researchers from the University of Nebraska-
Lincoln (UNL) and Stan-ford University explained that this experimental technology has the
potential to achieve the performance needed for high-resolution television screens and similar
electronic devices.
JILA atomic Clock Sets New World Records In the month of January 2014 in a laboratory at JILA-
a joint institute of CU-Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology-researchers
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stability. It ticks 430 trillion times per second. The JILA strontium lattice clock is about 50 percent
more precise than the record holder of the past few years, NISTs quantum logic clock.
Worlds largest solar power plant in Rajasthan As many as six state-owned companies including
BHEL and Power Grid Corporation on 29
th
January, 2014 signed an initial agreement for setting up
worlds largest 4,000 MW ultra mega solar power project in Rajasthan.
Minister of Mines, Dinsha Patel launched the Advanced Light Helicopter named Garuda Vasudha
of Geological Survey of India from the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), Bangalore on 23
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January, 2014.
Worlds first 3D-printer Objet500 Connex3 was launched on 28
th
January 2014. The printer was
manufactured by the USA based company Stratasys, the owner of the MarkBot range of printers.
Technology to turn plastic into fuel - National Institute of Technology, Odisha, developed a
commercially viable technology for efficiently rendering common polymer, low-density
polyethylene (LDPE) into a liquid fuel. This discovery may lead to re-using discarded plastic bags
and other products to address growing demands for fuel globally.
India Bans Cosmetic Companies from Testing on Animals Indias Union Government, on 27
th

January, 2014, banned cosmetic companies from testing on animals. The notification prohibiting
testing of cosmetics on animals was issued by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Scientists at Jilin University of China create water-jet printer A team of scientists created Water-
Jet printer on 28
th
January, 2014. The printer was created by the team of scientists at Jilin University
of China. These new water-jet printer use water instead of ink. The used paper fades back to white
within a day, which enables it to be reused. A dye compound called oxazolidine was used, which
yielded a clear, blue print in less than a second after water was applied. Water-jet technology allows
each page to be reprinted dozens of times. This is money and tree saving option in a digital world
that still relies heavily on hard copy.
HEALTH/NUTRI TI ON/DI SEASES/DRUGS
August2013
MERS, A new respiratory virus found in Saudi Arabia A new respiratory virus related to SARS
(Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) recently killed 39 people in Saudi Arabia. Scientists have
named this respiratory virus as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). The new virus is
related to the respiratory virus SARS that killed more than 800 people across the world in 2003.
National Teeka Express Launched The National Teeka Express was launched by Ghulam Nabi
Azad, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare. It aims at protecting children from life-
threatening childhood diseases. So far under Routine Immunisation Programme, ANMs collects
vaccines from storage point (cold chain point) and transport them to the sites during which there
was risk of breach in cold-chain maintenance and possible loss of potency of vaccine. Improper
storage could also lead to adverse events following immunisation. To avert this, the Govt of India
has launched this innovative and ambitious initiative of Teeka Express. Designated vehicles under
the brand name of National Teeka Express will help not only in distribution of the vaccines and
complementary logistics from last cold-chain point to immunisation session sites but also ensure
holding of sessions at the mobile vaccination centre now.
CCMB discovers gene mutations In a path breaking research, the scientists of the Centre for
Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) have discovered the gene mutations leading to chronic
pancreatitis disease among Indians. Pancreas is a small organ in human body responsible to
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Peace Ark - The Chinese navy hospital ship, Peace Ark, reached Chittagong, Bangladesh on August
19. The ship was on a week-long goodwill visit to Bangladesh to provide free medical services to its
people and conduct academic exchanges with the countrys military hospitals.
September2013
Biocon Joined Hands with CytoSorbents Biotechnology major Biocon inked a pact with
CytoSorbents Corporation, under which the Bangalore-based firm will have the exclusive
commercialization rights for CytoSorb, a novel therapy for the treatment of sepsis, in India and
some emerging markets.
New Typhoid Vaccine Typbar TCV Launched Bharat Biotech International Limited launched
the typhoid vaccine called Typbar TCV, which is capable of providing higher officacy and longer
immunity against typhoid on August 26, 2013.
National AIDS Control Support Project Launched The World Bank assisted National AIDS
Control Support Project (NACSP) was launched by the Department of AIDS Control, Union
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in New Delhi on August 25, 2013. Over 99.5% of Indias
population is free from HIV now.
Meeting on Maternal Health Meeting of the Consultative Committee of Parliament attached to
the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare on Maternal Health was held in New Delhi on August 29,
2013. The meeting was presided over by the Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Ghulam
Nabi Azad. The objective of the meeting was discussion of the issues on maternal health.
October2013
Vaccine for the Deadly Birdflu Virus Strain Developed Chinese researchers have developed a
vaccine for a deadly strain of the birdflu virus on October 26, 2013. It is first influenza vaccine for
the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus developed by China. Vaccine passed tests on ferrets and has been
approved for human distribution. The worlds first human case of the deadly strain was reported by
China in March and has so far killed 45 of the 130 people who were infected, representing a fatality
rate of 33.1%.
The new strain is one of the most lethal of its kind and transmits from birds to humans more
easily than an earlier strain that has killed hundreds around the world since 2003, according to
the World Health Organisation (WHO). The vaccine was jointly developed by the School of
Medicine of the Zhejiang University, Hong Kong University, Chinese Center for Disease Control
and Prevention, National Institute for food and Drug Control, and the Chinese Academy of
Medical Sciences.
Brazils First Measles and Rubella Vaccine Made for Export Brazil has announced plans to
produce a low-cost measles and rubella vaccine for export to developing countries. By 2017, 30
million doses a year are to be supplied mainly to African but also to Asian and Latin American
nations. The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazils top medical research facility, has received a $1m
(620000) grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The vaccine is expected to be the most
affordable on the market and will be the first made for export by Brazil, Currently, only India
produces such vaccines.
The country already exports vaccines for 75 nations, but the measles and rubella vaccine will be
the first produced exclusively for export.
Dr. Reddys Launch Anti-blood Clot Drug Countrys largest drug maker Dr. Reddys
Laboratories is set to take its complex generic drug Foundaparinux sodium injection to Canada and
two other emerging markets. Foundparinux is used for treatment and prevention of deep vein
thrombosis and is sold under the brand name Arixtra by GlaxoSmithKline. Dr. Reddys will
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India Declared itself Free from Bird Flu India has declared itself free from Notifiable Avian
Influenza (H5N1), commonly called bird flu, and notified the same to World Organisation for
Animal Health (OIE) on November 12, 2013.
India launches its first indigenous vaccine JEN-VAC to protect children from Japanese
encephalitis.
November2013
The Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad released the 7
th
edition of
Indian Pharmacopoeia 2014, a book of Drug Standards at the Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi.
Lung transplant - On November 24, 2013 Surgeons at Chennais Global Health City Hospital
performed Indias First Successful Lung transplant. After this great achievement Human Organ
Transplant is now in news. The transplantation of an organ from one body to another is known as
the organ transplantation. The person who gives the organ is called the donor, while the one who
receives is called the recipient. Organ transplant is done to replace the recipients damaged organ
with the working organ of the donor, so that the recipient could function normally.
India Declared itself Free from Birdflu India has declared itself free from Notifiable Avian
Influenza (H5N1), commonly called birdflu, and notified the same to World Organisation for
Animal Health (OIE) on November 12, 2013. India notified outbreak of Avian Influenza (H5N1) at
Poultry Production Unit, College of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, Anjora, Drug and
Government Poultry Farm, Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh on August 5, 2013.
According to a Ministry of Agriculture release, the control measures adopted in the outbreak
were stamping out of entire poultry population including destruction of eggs, feed, litters and
other infected materials in the radius of 1 km around the outbreak location, restriction on
movement of poultry, disinfection and cleaning up of infected premises and subsequently
issuing of the Post Operation Surveillance Plan (POSP). The POSP was issued on August 12,
2013.
On 26
th
November, the Supreme Court issues notice to the Centre and all States on a public interest
writ petition for protection of people suffering from renal diseases and kidney failure.
December2013
Uruguay Becomes Worlds First Country To Legalize Marijuana Trade Uruguay has become the
first country in the world to make it legal to grow, sell and consume marijuana. In this regard
Uruguay senators gave the approval for government sponsored bill on 10 December. According to
the new law-Registered Uruguayans over the age of 18 will be allowed to buy up to 40 grams of the
drug a month.
The Indian High Commission in Pakistan issues an advisory that all adults and children traveling
to India from Pakistan after January 30, 2014 are required to obtain Oral Polio Vaccination (OPV) at
least six weeks prior to their departure to India.
January2014
India Completed Three Polio Free Years India has on 13
th
January finally been declared free of
polio after years of efforts to get rid of the crippling disease. The declaration was made after it was
ensured that no new case of polio was reported in the past three years. The last case was reported
on 13
th
January 2011. In 2009, Indias 741 polio infections accounted for nearly half the worlds total.
Peshawar Worlds Largest Reservoir of Polio Virus The World Health Organisation (WHO) on
17
th
January declared Pakistans troubled northwestern city of Peshawar as the worlds largest
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ENERGY/GAS/OI L
August2013
IEA warned that oil supplies from OPEC may decline The International Energy Agency (IEA) on
9 August, 2013 in its monthly oil market report issued a warning that oil supplies from the
Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) may decline because of the conditions
prevalent in Libya and Iraq.
The power-generating capacity of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar mission seeks 20,000 MW to
develop by the end of 13
th
Five Year Plan.
Crude storage cavern at Mangalore The underground caverns to store crude oil as a strategic
reserve, being built by Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Ltd (ISPRL) at Mangalore and Padur
(Udupi), will be ready by June 2014. ISPRL is a special purpose vehicle (SPV), wholly-owned by the
Oil Industry Development Board (OIDB), constructing three caverns at Mangalore, Padur and Vizag
for storage of oil for emergencies and disruption of supplies due to war or uncontrolled prices.
NMDC signs MoU with IL&FS The state-owned National Mineral Development Corporation
Power Ltd. signed an MoU with the IL&FS Energy Development Ltd to set up a 500-MW power
plant at Gonda in Uttar Pradesh. The project is to be completed within three years at an estimated
cost of Rs.3,000 cr. Power Minister Jyotiradhitya Scindia said, the project is to be executed on a 74 to
26 per cent partnership between NMDC and ILFS. The power plant will consist of two units of 250
MW each.
Worlds largest solar park in Rajasthan The New and Renewable Energy Minister Farooq
Abdullah laid the foundation stone of the Worlds biggest solar park at Bhadla in Jodhpur district of
Rajasthan recently. The solar park will be established in 10 thousand hectare land and will have a
capacity of power plants of 1000-MW capacity. ADB will provide a Rs.3,000 cr loan for transmission
lines of this solar park.
Indias 250-MW power supply to Bangladesh Bangladesh has started receiving uninterrupted
250-MW power supply from India from September. The Bangladeshi Government has already given
sovereign guarantee for the power purchase for 25 years to Vidyut Vyapar Nigam, a unit of NTPC.
An electrical grid interconnection will facilitate the cross-border power transfer between
Behrampore in West Bengal and Bheramara in Bangladesh. In 2010, Delhi and Dhaka signed a joint
MoU for intergrid connectivity during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasinas visit to India.
September2013
Worlds largest Solar Power Project approved The Union Government of India on 20 September
2013 finalised setting up of the Ultra-Mega Green Solar Power Project in Rajasthan in the SSL
(Sambhar Salts Limited; which is a subsidiary of Hindustan Salts Limited a Central Public Sector
Enterprise under the Department of Heavy Industry, Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public
Enterprises) area close to Sambhar Lake, about 75 kms from Jaipur. The overall capacity of this
project would be 4000 MW, thereby making it the largest solar power project of the world.
Mithi Virdi nuclear power plant is to come up in Gujarat
Worlds costliest Kashagan oilfield starts Touted as the worlds most expensive oil field, the
Kashagan oilfield started production of crude oil recently. The investors in the mammoth Caspian
Sea project sighed in relief but they have little change of earning back their billions any time soon.
A consortium including Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, Total and ENI have spent an estimated $
50 bn.
National Institute of Solar Energy approved The Union Cabinet of India on 3 September, 2013
approved the proposal for setting up of an autonomous National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE).
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the area of solar energy technologies in India. It will also assist the Government to look forward
towards the development aspects of the sector.
October2013
First Unit of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant is Synchronised - The first Unit of the
Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) was on 22 October 2013 synchronised with the
southern regional electricity grid. Earlier, the nuclear reactor achieved criticality on 13 July 2013.
The power generation in the nuclear reactor will be increased in stages to attain full capacity of 1000
MW by end of 2014.
Joint Power Transmission Plant Inaugurated The Prime Ministers of Bangladesh and India have
inaugurated a joint power transmission plant through which Bangladesh will receive up to 500 MW
of electricity, on October 5, 2013, at Bheramara in Bangladesh. A grid interconnection between
Bheramara in Bangladesh and Baharampur in India was completed at the end of August, 2013. The
transmission line in High Voltage Direct Current, HVDC, in Bheramara will provide a safe and
reliable inter-connection between the power grids of the two countries.
Both the Prime Ministers also jointly laid the foundation stone for 1320 MW Maitri Thermal
Power Project, being developed by Bangladesh-India friendship power-company which is a joint
venture of Indias NTPC and Bangladesh Power Development Board.
Nuclear Plant in United Kingdom The first nuclear power station in the United Kingdom in the
last 20 years, the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, is to be built in Somerset, in southwest
England.
After the March 2011 Fukushima, this is one of the first major nuclear power plants to be built in
Western Europe.
November2013
On 16
th
November President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurates a Waste Immobilisation Plant (WIP), a
crucial component of the closed fuel cycle technology embraced by India for nuclear power
generation, is inaugurated at the Kalpakkam facility of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC)
in Kalpakkam.
Pakistan Launched Largest Nuclear Power Project Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
launched the construction of the countrys biggest atomic power plant and vowed to pursue further
projects to make nuclear the largest energy source on November 26, 2013.
The 2200-megawatt plant is to be built with Chinese technical assistance on the Arabian Sea coast
at Paradise Beach, 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of Karachi.
First unit of Thermal plant inaugurated The Chief Minister of Punjab Parkash Singh Badal on
November 25, 2013 dedicated to the people, the first unit of States largest power generation facility,
the Talwandi Sabo Plant Limited, which on completion would generate 1980 MW of electricity to be
provided to 20 lakh households. The inauguration of the plant set up by the Vedanta group, is being
projected as a major step towards making Punjab power surplus.
December2013
ICA gives go ahead to Kishenganga project The Hague-based International Court of Arbitration
has allowed India to go ahead with construction of the 330-MW Kishenganga hydro-electric project
in North Kashmir which was in dispute with Pakistan.
In its final order delivered on December 20, 2013 the court upheld Indias right under the
bilateral Indus Waters Treaty to divert waters from the Kishenganga for power generation in
Jammu and Kashmir.
Dabhol-Bangalore Natural Gas Pipeline Dedicated to Nation Prime Minister of India Dr.
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on December 3, 2013 during the inauguration of the 8
th
Asia Gas Partnership Summit (AGPS)
Bangalore.
The Dabhol-Bangaluru pipeline connects South India to the national gas grid for the first time.
Pipeline has been constructed at an investment of Rs.4500 crore with a design capacity of 16
MMSCMD of natural gas which can produce 3000 MW of clean energy.
The pipeline starts at Dabhol in Maharashtra and passes through Belgaum, Dharwad, Gadag,
Bellary, Devanagere, Chitradurga, Tumkur, Ramanagaram, Bengaluru Rural and Bengaluru
Urban districts.
Russia Begins Pumping in the Arctic Russia has announced the start of offshore oil production in
the Arctic, upstaging its Western rivals in the rush for the regions energy riches.
Russias natural gas monopoly Gazprom on December 20, 2013 began pumping oil at its first
Arctic offshore platform at the Prirazlomnoye field in the Pechora Sea. Gazprom became the first
company in the world to launch commercial production oil from under the Arctic waters.
New Norms For Mega Power Projects The Government on January 2, 2014 moved to ease
conditions that could make it easier for large power projects under an ambitious programme to
create electricity generation capacity in the nation, which have been mired in problems related to
fuel linkages or state-level approvals.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) relaxed norms for 25 Ultra Mega Power
Projects (UMPP) by increasing the time period for them to submit mega project certificates to tax
officials. The certificates must show how far they have come in procuring coal and buying or
importing the necessary equipment.
Changed Norms
Duty-free equipment imports for thermal power projects of 1,000 MW, and above, capacity
and hydro power projects of 500 MW and above.
The developer must tie up Atleast 65% of the installed capacity through competitive biding.
The remaining 35% of the installed capacity should be through the regulated tariff according
to the host states policy.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has also approved construction of a 220-kv
transmission system from Alusteng in Srinagar to Leh.
Global Solar Power Capacity To Reach 43000 MW - The solar power capacity addition is projected
to be around 43,000 MW worldwide in 2014 with China likely to lead the pack with a planned
capacity of around 10,000 MW, according to a report by global consulting firm Mercom Capital
Group. India is expected to add about 1,800 MW of solar energy capacity in 2014.
January2014
Government Notified New National Gas Pricing Formula The Government of India on 10
January notified the new natural gas pricing formula, which will be in effect from 1
st
April 2014. As
per the newly issued notified, the rate of all domestically produced fuel will be almost doubled to
8.2 to 8.4 dollar per unit.
PM Dedicates Petronet LNG Terminal at Puthuvype near Kochi Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh on 4
th
January dedicates to the nation the Rs.4,200 crore Petronet Liquid Natural Gas (LNG)
import Terminal at Puthuvype near Kochi. The Petronet LNG Limited at Puthuvype is the first-of-
its kind in South India.
Anu Vidyut Pariyojana Launched In Haryana Prime Minister Manmohan Singh laid the
foundation of 2,800 Megawatt nuclear power plant in Fatehabad district of Haryana on 13
th
January.
The project named as Anu Vidyut Pariyojana, will have four units of 700 MWes each and it will be
built at a cost 23502 crore rupees. The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) will
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CNG and Piped Gas Prices Cut After increasing the quota of subsidized LPG cylinders from nine
to 12 per household, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry on February 3
rd
, 2014 slashed CNG
prices by Rs.15 per kg (30 per cent) and piped natural gas (PNG), or cooking gas, by Rs.5 (20 per
cent) cubic metre across the country.
Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Veerappa Moily said allocation of domestic gas to CNG
and PNG suppliers in cities such as Delhi and Ahmedabad, which until now were partially
dependent on expensive imported LNG, would now be fully met through domestic gas. The
other major cities to benefit will be Noida, Ghaziabad, Surat, Indore, Hyderabad, Agra,
Lucknow, Mathura, Barauch, Vadodara, Kanpur, Faridabad, Gurgaon and Meerut.
Gas entities in all cities of the country will get natural gas at a uniform price. Rates of CNG and
piped gas will, however, vary from city to city depending on transportation charges and local
sales tax or VAT.
Big boost to City Gas Distribution Projects across India
Share of domestic gas raised to 100% of PNG and CNG requirement
Present price of CNG: Rs.50.10
Present price of PNG: Rs.29.50
LPG Cap hiked to 12; No cash transfers Acceding to Rahul Gandhis demand to raise the annual
cap on subsidised LPG cylinders, the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs on January 30, 2014
raised the quota from 9 to 12. It also decided to put on hold the Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG
consumer (DBTL) under which consumers receive subsidy in cash.
Every household will get one cylinder each in February and March in addition to the quota of
nine. From April, they will be entitled to 12 cylinders, one a month at subsidised rates.
Uttarakhand project gets Eco-clearance: A 300-MW hydro power project in Uttarakhand received
clearance from the Minister of Environment and Forests on February 3, 2014. The Lakhwar project is
located in the Upper Yamuna River Basin in Dehradun district.
According to the Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited, the project will annually produce
612.93 million units of electricity. Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Delhi, and Himachal
Pradesh will get drinking water and water for irrigation from the project.
Tawang hydel unit gets green signal A year after the Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) gave its
nod to the strategic Tawang II hydroelectric project in Arunachal Pradesh, the Ministry of
Environment and Forests has cleared it.
ENVI RONMENT
August2013
NGT banned sand mining across India The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on 5 August, 2013
banned mining or removal of sand from river beds across the country without licence and
Environmental clearance from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests. The NGT bench
headed by Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar passed the orders on the plea filed by the National
Green Tribunal Bar Association on sand mining in major rivers Ganga, Yamuna, Chambal, Gomti
and Ravathi.
The tribunal stated that majority of people removing minerals from the river bed had no licence
to extract sand. The miners are required to obtain licence from the competent authorities
depending upon the area of mining.
September2013
First Marine Eco-Sensitive Zone - The Environment Ministry has declared the first marine eco-
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Earths Largest Volcano Found Scientists have discovered the single largest volcano in the world,
a dead colossus deep beneath the Pacific waves. The 310000 sq km (119000 sq mi) Tamu Massif is
comparable in size to Mars vast Olympus Mons volcano the largest in the solar system.
Mundra projects fined Rs.200 cr The Environment and Forests Ministry has slapped a Rs.200 cr
penalty on Gautam Adanis Mundra multi-purpose projects for violating green laws. The money
will go to an Environment Restoration Fund to mitigate the damage done to the area around the
project sites. The order was issued after the Ministry accepted the report of the committee set up
under Sunita Narain, director general of the Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment.
India has banned hunting sharks for their fins in a move to protect endangered species.
Unfortunately this endangered species in hunted indiscriminately for their fins only and are thrown
back into water to die slowly on the ocean floor from starvation or inability to move. The practice
has exploded worldwide due to demand from China, where shark fin soup is considered a delicacy.
October2013
Scientists Discover Huge Floating Ice Shelf in Antarctica Researchers from the University of
Exeter, Newcastle University, the University of Bristol, the University of Edinburgh, the British
Antarctic Survey and the University of York announced in October 2013 to have discovered Giant
250-metre high channels, beneath a floating ice shelf in Antarctica.
No Mining within 1 km of National Parks, Sanctuaries Environment Ministry has decided in an
order that could take the state one step closer to re-start iron-ore excavation in a regulated fashion
by not permitting mining within one kilometer of national parks and sanctuaries in Goa in the
future. The Ministry passed the order to this effect on October 24, 2013 resolving one of the several
issues that requiring a solution to restart regulated mining in the coastal state.
It ordered that areas ranging up to one kilometer beyond the boundaries of the national parks
and sanctuaries in the state would be declared as Ecologically Sensitive Zone (ESZ) under the
Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 where mining activities would be banned.
New Grass Developed to Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions A new king of grass has been
developed with the joint efforts of scientists from Japan and Colombia to curb greenhouse gas
emissions caused by chemical fertilizers.
Scientists from Janpans International Research Centre for Agricultural Sciences and the
Colombian International Centre for Tropical Agriculture found a species of grass that originated
in Africa and grows in Latin America called Brachiaria. This grass releases substances from its
roots that curb activities of microorganisms and sharply cuts the amount of nitrous oxide
emitted. Researchers have already started to plant the grass in South America.
The Sunderban Tiger Reserve announces to introduce the Batagur basa, a rare species of riverine
turtle, declared cirtically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature
(2014), into the wild in 2014.
November2013
At least 11000 people have been evacuated as a severe cyclone Helen slammed into the north-
eastern coast of Andhra Pradesh, packing strong winds and torrential rain and killing at least two
people.
The National Green Tribunal issues a notice to the Ministry of Environment and Forest and Ministry
of Water Resources regarding immersions of idols in rivers and water bodies of the country.
December2013
UN Report On Climate Change The report of the Working Group II of the U.N.
Intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) was leaked online. The final draft has been sent
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Impacts of Climate Change The UN scientific panel on existing and future risks to Asia from
climate change
Extracts from the final draft of Working Group II report of the IPCC
50% Indo-Gangetic Plains could see a decrease in agro yields of about 50% in the most
favourable and high yielding wheat area due to heat stress.
More frequent and intense heat-waves in Asia will increase mortality and morbidity in
vulnerable groups.
Increase in heavy rain and temperature will increase the risk of diarrhea diseases, dengue fever
and malaria.
In India changes are project in more than a third of the forest area by 2100, mostly from
deciduous to evergreen forest.
Current temperatures are already approaching critical levels during the susceptible stages of the
rice plant in North India in October, South India in April and August and East India in March-
June.
Doubling of carbon dioxide leads to a 51% decrease in the most favourable and high yielding
agri area due to heat stress. About 200 million people would experience adverse impacts.
In India, the estimated countrywide agricultural loss in 2030 of over $ 7 billion will severely
affect the income of 10% of the population. This could be reduced by 80% if cost effective climate
adaptation is done.
People living in low-lying coastal zones and flood plains are most at risk from climate impacts in
Asia.
EDUCATI ON
September2013
Eklavya model residential schools for Tribal students Union Government on 16 September, 2013
sanctioned a total of 158 Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRSs) for Tribal students out of
grants under Article 275(1) of the Constitution of India in 23 states.
Highest number of 22 schools has been sanctioned for Gujarat followed by Madhya Pradesh (20)
and Rajasthan (17). Chhattisgarh and Odisha have been sanctioned 16 schools each.
The objective of EMRS is to provide quality middle and high level education to Scheduled Tribe
(ST) students in remote areas.
SC upholds UGC policy The Supreme Court has upheld the University Grant Commissions
policy for fixing eligibility criteria for candidates to qualify the National Eligibility Test (NET),
saying it is not arbitrary and illegal. The court was hearing the UGCs plea challenging the Bombay
High Courts order setting aside the eligibility criteria fixed by the UGC for the NET Jun 2012 exam
for Junior Research Fellowship and Lecturership.
November2013
Government Nod to New 3-year BSc Community Health Programme The government overruled
a Parliament Committee recommendation for scrapping a course in community health as Union
Cabinet have given its nod to the Health Ministry to start a new three-year BSc community health
programme on November 13, 2013 that would create a new cadre of health professionals to improve
the rural medicare infrastructure in the country.
Oceans acidifying at unprecedented rate A report released in November 2013 claimed that the
worlds oceans are becoming more acidic at an unprecedented rate. The oceans of the world are
becoming hot, sour and breathless due to the impact of the greenhouse gases. The scientists from
the International Biosphere Geosphere Programme said that the human emissions of Carbon
Dioxide are the matter to be blamed. The human activities add 24 million tonnes of Carbon Dioxide
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January2014
Education in Rural India As per the ninth Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), released on
January 15
th
, 2014, 29% of enrolments in the 6 to 14 age-group are in private schools. This is a 10%
increase in seven years from 18.7 percent in 2006 to 29% in 2013.
TRANSPORT/CARS/SCOOTERS
August2013
ISRO, Tata Motors trail run fuel-cell bus In a significant step for automobile research and
development (R&D) in the country, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and
automobile major Tata Motors have developed a hydrogen-powered bus. The bus is currently in
trial stages as the company looks to reach a viable market proposition. The Tata Starbus Fuel Cell is
a compressed natural gas (CNG) type of bus using hydrogen bottles as fuel. These are stored on top
of the bus. This environment-friendly bus is ideal for stop and go applications and is built on rear-
module low-entry platform, equipped with a ramp facility, pneumatic door operations, and climate
control features. The fuel cell technology makes this bus completely clean and silent on-road. The
vehicle has been developed following several years of research as Tata Motors had entered into a
memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2006 with ISRO to design and develop such a product.
Colour Coded Strips for Autos in Delhi to Aid Passengers State Government of Delhi on August
21, 2013 decided to introduce 11 different coloured strips for the three-wheelers based on the zones.
Introduction of coloured strips will solve the major problem of refusal by auto drivers at night as
they will not be able to refuse to take passengers to the area or zone they belong to.
September2013
Direct flights of Air India to Australia after 22 years Air India launched its direct flights to
Sydney and Melbourne on 29 August, 2013, after a wide gap of 22 years. The flight had more than
60 domestic transfer passengers as well as over 40 international transit passengers, out of which 20
were from London.
Air Asia India got Ministry Nod Singapore airlines, AirAsia India has got the all-important No
Objection Certificate (NOC) from the aviation ministry to start airline operations in India on
September 20, 2013. The NOC paves the way for a December January launch of the proposed low-
cost passenger airline, which is a joint venture between Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia, Tata
Group and Arun Bhatias Telestra Tradeplace Private Limited.
India-Abu Dhabi Bilateral Air Services Agreement Approved The Union Cabinet of India
approved the India-Abu Dhabi bilateral air services agreement on September 3, 2013. Under this
agreement, the airlines of India and Abu-Dhabi can fly 50000 seats each week, an increase from the
present level of 13700.
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways would continue to have two directors on the board of Jet
Airways even if it has decided to dilute its stake in the Indian carrier up to 15 per cent. This has
been provided for in the revised shareholders agreement (SHA) filed by the airlines with the
Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB).
Lanka Prez launched IRCON-rebuilt rail link Train services between Sri Lankan capital
Colombo and former LTTE stronghold of Kilinochchi with the President Mahinda Rajapaksa
launched the service reconstructed by the Indian Railways subsidiary company, IRCON, with full
financial assistance of Indian govt.
Sri Lankas Northern Line from Vavuniya to Kankasanthurai in the north was completely
destroyed by the Tamil Tigers during the three-decade-long war. The entire rail network has
been rebuilt from scratch by the Indian Railways. Locomotives and passenger wagons have also
been imported from India. The rail link is crucial for the rapid economic development of the war-
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October2013
Turkey Opened First Intercontinental Undersea Railway Turkey formally opened a rail link
under the Bosphorous Sea, the first underwater railway linking two continents on October 29, 2013.
The project, which links the Asian and European sides of Istanbul, cost 3 billion to complete.
Bosphorus strait connects the Black sea to Sea of Marmara and divides Istanbul between Asia
and Europe. The inauguration also coincided with the 90
th
anniversary of the founding of
Modern Turkey.
Japan Bank for international Cooperation was the main financier contributing 735 million euros
($1 billion) to the project.
US Secured Romanian Airbase for Afghan Pullout The United States agreed a deal with
Romania allowing use of an airbase the Black Sea as a transit point for American troops departing
Afghanistan on December 18, 2013. The agreement allows the US to shift its flight operations to
Romanias Mihail Kogalniceanu airbase from an airport in Kyrgyzstan, which charged steep rental
fees and-had filled out a lease beyond July, 2014.
United States also agreed to transfer technology that will allow Romania, to buy 12 used F-16
fighter jets from Portugal. The two sides discussed progress on setting-up a site for US anti-
missile interceptors as part of a NATO ballistic missile defense system.
January2014
Airbus A-380 to touch down in India The Civil Aviation Ministry on January 27
th
, 2014 gave the
go ahead for the worlds largest passenger airline Airbus A-380s to fly into India. The state-of-the-
art A-380s will be allowed to land at four airports Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore
which are equipped to operate the planes. For several years, Singapore Airlines, Emirates and
Lufthansa have been pressing the government to allow them to fly the super jumbos into the
country.
First trial run of rail engine in Arunachal Pradesh Arunachal Pradesh on 14
th
January, 2014
witnessed the first trial run of a rail engine as it rolled into the state into the state capital from
Harmutty in Assams North Lakhimpur district. The railway line project, started in October 2008,
was scheduled to be completed in November 2012.
Cabinet approves Phase 2 of Namma Metro The union cabinet on 30 January, 2014 gave its
approval to the second phase of Bangalore Metro Rail Project to improve public transport in the
city.
Of the total cost, the central government will provide Rs.5,281 crore and Karnataka governments
share will be Rs.8,983 crore.
The project will be executed by Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd- the existing Special
Purpose Vehicle (SPV) of central and state governments having 50 : 50 equity from each.
Govt clears quadricycle as a new vehicle The road transport and highways ministry on 23
rd

December, 2013 cleared quadricycle as a new category of vehicle. Battery-powered or electric
four-wheelers will be brought under this category.
FI LMS/FI LM FESTI VAL
September2013
Gyan Correas Gujarati movie The Good Road was on 21 September 2013 nominated as Indias
official entry to 2014 Oscars in the Best Foreign Film category.
Anjana Padmanabhan from Bangalore became the first winner of the Sony TVs singing reality
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November2013
New Centenary Award to Honour Contribution to Indian Cinema The Ministry for Information
& Broadcasting announced the institution of a special award in the series of initiatives undertaken
to commemorate the 100 years of Indian Cinema on November 7, 2013. The 44
th
International Film
Festival of India (IFFI) opens in Panaji, Goa. Veteran actor Waheeda Rehman receives the first
Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality from Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.
For the first time two International film personalities, Susan Sarandon and acclaimed Iranian
Filmmaker Majid Majidi shared the stage at the opening ceremony. The festival would highlight
for the first time Cinema from the North Eastern states of India.
The Best Film Award carrying a cash prize of Rs.40 lakh and the Golden Peacock went to East
Timors first feature film A Guerra da Beatriz (Beatrizs War).
Kolkata International Film Festival: Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan inaugurated the 19
th

Kolkata International Film Festival along with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Shah
Rukh Khan, Jaya Bachchan and Mithun Chakrabarty in Kolkata on November 10, 2013.
Five prominent actresses Moushumi Chatterjee, Sushmita Sen, Rani Mukherjee, Bipasha Basu,
Koel Mallick who are either from the State (West Bengal) or have links with it, were awarded
the Panchakanya Saman (Honour to Five Daughters).
Golden Elephant Award in International Childrens Film Festival - The 18
th
International
Childrens Film Festival concluded on 20 November 2013 in Hyderabad. A Dutch Film named
Kauwboy, directed by Boudewijn Koole won the Golden Elephant Award for best film in the
International Live Action category.
December2013
Tamilnadu Chennai International Film Festival The Eleventh Edition of the Chennai
International Film Festival got off to a glittering start at a star-studded event in the city on
December 12, 2013. It witnessed the coming together of iconic Tamil actor film-maker Kamal
Haasan and Hindi film star and path-breaking television anchor, Aamir Khan. A total of 163 films
from 58 countries were screened at the Festival which ended on December 19, 2013.
The two days fourth edition of Asias first and only poetry film festival, the Sadho Poetry Film
Festival opens in New Delhi.
FESTI VAL
October2013
Indian cultural festival in Cuba was formally inaugurated by the Vice-President of India Hamid
Ansari in Havana with the Sangeet Natak Academis Dance Festival called Nrtiyarupa.
November2013
Ganga Mahotsav Celebrated Ganga Mahotsav, one of the most eagerly awaited festivals of India,
is celebrated from Prabodhini Ekadasi to Kartik Poornima of Indian lunar Calendar every year.
Venue for the Mahotsav is Sant Ravidas Ghat, situated at the bank of holy river Ganga in Varanasi.
MEDI A/TELECOMMUNI CATI ON/I T
August2013
www.data.gov.in The website through which general public can now access over 3,500
government data banks.
RTI filing available online now The filing of RTI applications for all Central Government
ministries and departments has gone online with the launch of the website www.rtionline.gov.in.
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Now, the government will extend this facility to all Central Institutions which are covered under
the Right to Information Act, 2005. The prescribed fees can be paid through Internet banking of
SBI and its associate banks as well as credit card, debit card of Visa or Master card through the
payment gateway of SBI linked to this site.
September2013
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) consumer protection directorate has ordered to
immediately stop all kinds of chat packages including voice calls and SMSs.
Union Minister for Labour & Employment, Sis Ram launched a new software named Updation of
Annual Accounts for EPF members in New Delhi.
Beebone computer virus lurks in India A new and deadly variant of computer virus called
Beebone has been detected in Indian cyberspace, and Internet security sleuths have warned users
to safeguard their systems against its attack, which leads to unauthorised entry of malware.
Finacle 11E Indias software company, Infosys launched Finacle 11E an advanced universal
banking solution that simplifies banking operations on September 18, 2013.
It is designed to help the banks of all sizes to rapidly modernize their operations, in a phased
manner while minimising risk. At the same time it enhances the efficiency of a banks operations
and increases the customer satisfaction level across all channels. It also facilitates the launch of
new products and services faster.
Measures to reform Telecom Market The European Commission (EC), executive body of the
European Union (EU), on September 11, 2013, adopted a plan for telecom market reform called
Connected Continent which among other measures would include reduction in consumer charges.
The EC paved the way for its most ambitious plan in 26 years, aiming to make Europe a global
digital leader again, Connected Continent legislative package will reduce consumer charges,
simplify red tape faced by companies, and bring a range of new rights for both users and service
providers.
Airtel trial of low-cost 3G services Bharti Airtel has announced that it along with SoftBank
Mobile has successfully conducted field trial of technology that provides cost-efficient 3G phone
services using a communications satellite as a transmission line. Using the technology, cell sizes can
be expanded, which enables service coverage expansion for each base station.
Bharat Nirman Web Portal Launched The Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Manish
Tewari launched the online portal for the Bharat Nirman Campaign on September 9, 2013. The
online portal provides an interactive digital platform for the creative campaign on various schemes
and programmes of the Bharat Nirman Campaign.
Bharat Nirman Campaign seeks to highlight governments major achievements in the run-up to
the 2014 general elections. Minister also launched All India Radios initiative, Air News Free
SMS Service. The service provides AIR news headlines free of cost to its subscribers on mobile
telephones.
TRAI Released Consultation Paper Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released a
Consultation Paper on USSD-based Mobile Banking Service for Financial Inclusion on
September 23, 2013. Significantly large regions and populations are still unbanked/ under-banked
in the country. As per the Census 2011, only 54.4% of rural households had access to banking
services.
From the standpoint of equity, it is essential that financial services are provided at an affordable
cost to those who are presently excluded from the formal financial system.
The fact that a large number of mobile subscribers in rural areas do not have access to banking
facilities presents an opportunity for leveraging the mobile telephone to achieve the goal of
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Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) appears to be one of the most promising
modes for mobile banking for financial inclusion. In order to identify and address the various
issues related to USSD-based mobile banking for financial inclusion, the Authority has issued the
Consultation Paper.
Penalty for Service Providers With a view to providing a stronger deterrent to telecom service
providers violating cell tower radiation limits, a panel formed by the Department of
Telecommunications (DoT) has recommended doubling the penalty for such service providers to
Rs.10 lakh per site.
The recommendation to double the penalty from Rs.5 lakh per site per operator for non-
compliant cases to EMF radiation limit takes into consideration the instructions of
Communication and IT Minister Kapil Sibal.
The committee added that recommendations have been made in view of the health of general
public being involved and to have a stronger deterrent against any laxity on part of the telecom
service providers.
It has been suggested that the penalty to be slashed to Rs.5000 for a 15-day delay; Rs. 20,000 for
delays beyond 15 to 30 days; and Rs.50000 if such delays exceed 30 days.
October2013
Rel Jio gets Pan-India unified telecom licence Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (RJIL) the telecom
arm of Reliance Industries, said on October 25, 2013 that it has received a unified telecom licence
that will enable it to offer voice telephony and high-speed data services across the country.
The Unified Licence for all 22 service areas across India will make the company the first telecom
operator in the country to get a pan-India Unified Licence.
The Unified Licence would allow RJIL to offer all telecom services including voice telephony
under a single licence.
Oscar Fernandes, Minister of Road Transport & Highways, launched Indias first integrated
National Transport Portal www.busindia.com through which users can seamlessly plan their bus
travel including stop overs, changing routes, multi-trips and round-trips.
Mumbai (Maharashtra) As per the data released by the Internet and Mobile Association of India
(IAMAI), Mumbai emerged as the city with highest internet penetration in India on November 7,
2013.
Facebook ends the invisibility feature that allowed users to hide from the billion-plus members of
the social network.
November2013
BCCI launches Thank You Sachin campaign on twitter: The Board of Control for Cricket in India
(BCCI) on 6 November 2013 launched Thank You Sachin campaign on social networking site
Twitter. This Campaign allowed fans worldwide to connect and say thank you to Sachin Tendulkar
on his retirement. The campaign offered fans across India and the world a rare opportunity of
Sachin Tendulkar. The Board of Control for Cricket in India launched this campaign in collaboration
with Twitter and Digigraph.
January2014
Dexter, a private information stealing virus, was detected by Computer Emergency Response Team
India (CERT-In) in online banking transaction space on 19
th
January, 2014. The virus is particularly
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APPOI NTMENTS/ ELECTI ON
August2013
Ajay Kakkar Indian peer Ajay Kakkar has been made the chairman of the influential House of
Lords Appointments Commission, an advisory body which selects new independent members of
UKs House of Lords on July 23, 2013.
Arvind Sharma, the Chairman and CEO of Leo Burnett, India subcontinent was re-elected as the
President of Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI), at the general body meeting held
in Mumbai on July 23, 2013.
Jammu & Kashmir Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather has been elected as the new Chairman of
the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers on Goods and Services Tax (GST) on July 22,
2013.
Rana Kapoor, Managing Director and CEO of Yes Bank, took over as the President of the
Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) at the end of the Industry
bodys 92
nd
Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Delhi on July 20, 2013.
Crown Prince Philippe sworn-in as the new Belgian King after the emotional abdication of his
father Albert II on July 21, 2013.
Rajeev Rishi took over as the Chairman and Managing Director of Central Bank of India on 1
August 2013.
Former Delhi police Chief, K.K. Paul took over as the new Governor of Meghalaya on July 8, 2013.
The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), the apex industry
body that represents the IT industry in India, is going to have former telecom secretary R.
Chandrashekhar as its President. The industry body on July 5, 2013 announced that
Chandrashekhar will succeed the incumbent Som Mittal when the latters term ends on January 3,
2014.
Sunil Soni has been appointed as Director General of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) on July 2,
2013.
Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is a body under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and
Public Distribution which basically looks after the formulation of standards for all segments of
industry and business. It also certifies products, which is popularly known by ISI mark. It is also
into certification of imported products and hallmarking of jewellery.
Raghuram Govind Rajan The erstwhile Chief Economic Adviser was appointed as Governor of
the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for three years. He took over from D. Subbarao. He also served as
the Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Arundhati Bhattacharya The govt has appointed her as Managing Director and Chief Financial
Officer (CFO) of the largest public sector bank of the country State Bank of India (SBI).
Ashwani Kumar He has been appointed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as his Special
Envoy to visit Japan in the rank of a Cabinet Minister. He has been given the duty to maintain the
momentum of high-level exchanges with Japan and to prepare for the upcoming visit of the
Emperor, the Empress and the Prime Minister of Japan to India.
Appointment of new Chief Justices The Supreme Court collegium has recommended that the
acting Chief Justice of the Madras High Court Rajesh Kumar Agrawal be made its Chief Justice.
The senior most judge of the High Court, Justice R. Banumathi, has been recommended to be
appointed as the Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court. Justice N.V. Ramana, acting Chief
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Hassan Rouhani swears in as the new President of Iran Hassan Rouhani on August 4 took oath
as the new President of Iran in the ceremony held at the Iranian Parliament in Tehran. Rouhani is
the 7
th
President of Iran after the Islamic Revolution of 1979.
Nishi Vasudeva On August 22 became the first woman to be selected as the head of the Navratna
public sector unit (PSU), Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd. (HPCL). She became the head of the state-
owned oil company HPCL. At present, she is the Director, Marketing, HPCL.
September2013
Justice Vangala Eswaraiah Government of India appointed Justice Vangla Eswaraiah, former
Acting Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court as the Chairperson of the National Commission
for Backward Classes (NCBC) on September 23, 2013. He was succeeded by Justice M.N. Rao.
Darmar Murugesan Former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Darmar Murugesan, who has been
appointed as member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) for a five-year term,
assumed office on September 21, 2013.
Tony Abbott On September 18, 2013, Tony Abbott was sworn-in as Australias 28
th
Prime
Minister, and he immediately ordered the scrapping of the nations carbon tax and the halting of
asylum-seeker boats.
Nitin Nohria Tata Sons, the holding company of the salt-to-software Tata Group, has appointed
the dean of Harvard Business School, as non-executive director, expanding its board to six
members.
Poonam Khetrapal Singh India regained the position of Regional Director of World Health
Organisations South-East Asia Region (WHO-SEAR) after a gap of 44 years with its nominee
Poonam Khetrapal Singh, a former IAS officer, being elected by member countries on September 12,
2013.
Hun Sen The ruling party of Prime Minister Hun Sen won the elections in Combodia, according
to the results showed by Election Commission of Combodia. Hun Sen was re-elected to power after
winning the Parliamentary Elections held on July 28, 2013. The Prime Minister Hun Sen (61) has
ruled the country for 28 years. With this win, his rule has extended for a period of another five years
in the country.
Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana Judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, was appointed as the
new Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court on August 30, 2013.
The National Spot Exchange Limited (NSEL) appointed Saji Cherian as the new Managing Director
and Chief Executive Officer of the company on September 16, 2013.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has appointed Rakesh Sood, Indias former Ambassador to
Nepal, Afghanistan and France and the countrys first Ambassador in charge of Disarmament in
Geneva, as his new Special Envoy for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation.
The Public Enterprises Selection Board recommended Dinesh K. Sarraf as the next head of the Oil
and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) on August 30, 2013. He will succeed Sudhir Vasudeva, who
will retire in February, 2014.
Joe King has been appointed as Head of Audi India, replacing Michael Perschke.
Mushtaq Ahmad The chairman and CEO of the Jammu & Kashmir Bank has been reappointed
for a three-year period after the Reserve Bank of India cleared the proposal.
Roberto Carvalho de Azevedo He has been appointed as the next Director-General of the World
Trade Organisation (WTO), replacing Pascal Lamy.
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Mid-fielder Ritu Rani has been appointed as captain of Indian women hockey team for 8
th
Asia Cup
hockey tournament in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).
Justice Prafulla Chandra Pant of Uttarakhand High Court was appointed the new Chief Justice of
the Meghalaya High Court on 19 September, 2013.
Saji Cherian on 16 September, 2013 was appointed the new Managing Director and Chief Executive
Officer of the National Spot Exchange Limited (NSEL).
P. Sudhakar took over as the Chairman & Managing Director of the Electronics Corporation of
India Limited (ECIL) on 16 September 2013.
Thomas Bach of Germany was elected the ninth President of the International Olympic Committee
(IOC) on 10 September, 2013. He replaced Jacques Rogge of Belgium, who headed the IOC from
2001 to 10 September, 2013. Bach is the first Olympic champion to head IOC as its President.
Justice K.N. Basha, a retired judge of the Madras High Court, took charge as the Chairman of the
Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) on 28 August, 2013. The Intellectual Property
Appellate Board has its headquarters at Chennai and holds sitting benches at Chennai, Mumbai,
Delhi, Kolkata and Ahmedabad.
Ramya (Divya Sbandanas) The actress-turned politician took oath in Lok Sabha as a Congress
party MP. She won the recently held by-elections on her electoral debut.
Anand Amritraj Appointed Davis Cup Captain The AITA appointed former Davis Cupper
Anand Amritraj as the new non-playing captain of the Davis Cup team on September 21, 2013.
October2013
Arundhati Bhattacharya on 7 October 2013 took over as the Chairperson of the State Bank of India
(SBI). She is the first woman to take charge as the Chairperson of SBI, the largest bank of India.
Arunendra Kumar on 16 October 2013 was appointed as Chairman of Railway Board (Ministry of
Railways) and ex officio Principal Secretary to Government of India.
Arup Raha The Government of India on 29 October 2013 decided to appoint Air Marshal Arup
Raha as the next Chief of the Air Staff. He will take the charge after the retirement of present Chief
of the Air Staff NAK Browne on 31 December 2013.
Bharati Suresh Joshi on 31 October 2013 was appointed as British Deputy High Commissioner in
Chennai. He will succeed Mike Nithavrianakis.
G.B. Pradhan Union Government of India appointed on 17 October 2013 Gireesh B. Pradhan,
former Secretary of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, as the Chairperson of the Central
Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC).
Justice Laxmikanta Mahapatra was on 21 October 2013 sworn in as Chief Justice of the Manipur
High Court at Raj Bhava in Imphal, Manipur. He was appointed by the President of India, Pranab
Mukherjee.
Ethiopias parliament on 7 October 2013 elected Mulatu Teshome as the countrys new president
for a six-year term. Mulatu Teshome will replace Girma Wolde Giorgis.
Rajendra Kashyap was appointed as the Financial Commissioner (Railways) and ex-officio
Secretary to the Government of India on 21 October 2013.
P.S. Raghavan was appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Russia on 28 October 2013.
S. Varadarajan, on 1 October 2013 took over charge as chairman and managing director (CMD) of
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Sigrid Kaag United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 16 October 2013 appointed Sigrid
Kaag as head of the joint mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
(OPCW) and the United Nations. The main objective of the OPCWUN Mission is to eradicate
chemical weapons in Syria.
Syed Ibne Abbas, Government of Pakistan decided on 9 October 2013 to appoint Pakistani Veteran
diplomat Syed Igne Abbas as the new Pakistani envoy to India.
Tarun Chatarjee The Uttar Pradesh Government on 25 October 2013 appointed retired Justice
Tarun Chaterjee as the new chairman of the state Human Rights Commission.
Wilfried Martens, nine-times Prime Minister of Belgium and who led the European Unions
Christian Democrat group, died on 9 October 2013 at Lokeren, in East Flanders.
Kanwar Deep The Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) on 21 October 2013 unanimously elected
Kanwar Deep Singh as the president of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) for a four-year term.
Former Sri Lankan Supreme Court Judge CV Wigneswaran, who won a resounding victory in the
recent provincial council elections, is sworn in the first Chief Minister of Sri Lankas Northern
Province in Colombo.
Indian-American Subra Suresh has been elected as a member of the prestigious Institute of
Medicine (IoM), becoming the only current university President to be elected to all three national
academies.
Rini Ramaswamy elected as member of prestigious US National Council on the Arts for the tenure
of five years.
Bhaskaran Returns as Coach Olympic gold medalist V. Bhaskaran will return as coach of the
Indian mens hockey team and will work under recently appointed chief coach Terry Walsh.
Union Ministry Sharad Pawar is elected president of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA)
unopposed in Mumbai.
November2013
Abdulla Yaameen, half brother of the former Maldivian strongman ruler, Maumoon Abdul
Gayoom, was sworn in as the President of Maldives on November 17, 2013. He defeated Mohamed
Nasheed in the presidential election.
Raheel Sharif Lieutenant General Raheel Sharif was on November 27, 2013 named as Chief of the
Army Staff by the Pakistani Presidential Mamoon Hussain. Sharif took over as the Chief of the
Army Staff on November 29, 2013.
Nisha Desai Biswal was sworn in on November 21, 2013 as the first Indian-American to head the
United States State Departments Bureau of South and Central Asia.
On 22
nd
the former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Justice Ajit Prakash Shah takes over as
Chairman of the 20
th
Law Commission of India.
Tajikistan Presidential elections were held in Tajikistan on November 6, 2013. Incumbent
President Emomalii Rakhmon was re-elected with a reported 86.9% of the vote on a turnout of
86.6%.
Sunita Sharma was appointed as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Director of the LIC
Housing Finance on November 6, 2013. She is the first women MD and CEO of the company since
its inception in 1989. She succeeded VK Sharma.
President Pranab Mukherjee appoints the senior most judge of the Madras High Court, Justice
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Nitin Desai, an economist and former diplomat, who served as U.N. Undersecretary General, is
appointed as the convener of the Working Group on Internet Governance and first chairman of the
Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group (MAG), which organizes the U.N. Internet Governance Forum.
The Supreme Court collegium of Judges, headed by Chief Justice P. Sathasivam, clears the names of
two senior advocates Arun Palli and H.S. Sidhu for appointment as Judges of the Punjab and
Haryana High Court.
Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge appoints the former Railway Board chairman, Vivek Sahai, as
his adviser.
Gargi Ghosh Barack Obama, the President of US on 21 November 2013 appointed an Indian-
American Gargi Ghosh to a key administration post as the member of the Presidents Global
Development Council.
Justice Ajay Manikrao Khanwilkar was sworn in as the 22
nd
Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh by
Governor Ram Naresh Yadav at Raj Bhavan, Bhopal on 24 November.
Five central Information commissioners appointed to CIC Five new Information Commissioners
were appointed to the Central Information Commission (CIC) on 22 November 2013. Chief
Information Commissioner Deepak Sandhu administered the oath of office to them in New Delhi.
The new commissioners are Yash ovardhan Azad, Sharat Sabharwal, Manjula parasher, M A
Khan Yusuf and Madabhushanam Sridhar Acharyulu. With this the total number of Information
Commissioners including the Chief Information Commissioner has gone up to 10.
G.K. Pillai, the former Union Home Secretary on 1 November 2013 was appointed as the Chairman
of the MCX-SX. Thomas Mathew T, the former acting chairman of the Life Insurance Corporation
has also been appointed as the Vice President of the bourse. The appointments were cleared by the
board of directors on 24 October 2013 and have been also cleared by the Securities and Exchange
Board of India (SEBI). In October 2013, SEBI had also renewed the license of the exchange after
extensively exam the same.
Kushal Das The All India Football Federation (AIFF) on 20 November 2013 reappointed Kushal
Das as AIFF General Secretary for a second term of another three years.
Parvinder Sohi Behuria, a Senior IRS officer was appointed as the Secretary General of National
Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on 8 November 2013.
Ratan Watal, a senior IAS officer was appointed as the Secretary of Department of Expenditure in
the Union Ministry of Finance on 11 November 2013.
Satyananda Mishra Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd. On 27 November 2013 appointed
Satyananda Mishra as the chairman of MCXs board.
Sachin Tendulkar on 28 November 2013 appointed as UNICEFs first brand ambassador for South
Asia.
Usha Ananthasubramanian The Union Government on 12 November 2013 appointed Usha
Ananthasubramanian as the chairperson and managing director of public sector Bharatiya Mahila
Bank (BMB), the first womens bank.
Abraham appointed International Referee Indian Weightlifting Federation Joint Secretary
Abraham K. Techi has been appointed as an international referee on November 4, 2013.
Subhas Goswami The government appointed Subhas Goswami as the new Chief of the
paramilitary Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), which guards the crucial Indian border with China,
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Gurbax Singh Sandhu was on 20 November 2013 reappointed as the national coach of the mens
Indian boxing team till the 2016 Olympic in Rio de Janeiro.
December2013
Arup Raha Air Marshal Arup Raha, 59, an ace fighter pilot, is the next Indian Air Force Chief,
succeeding Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne, who is retired on December 31, 2013. Mr. Raha will
have three year tenure as Chief of the Air Staff.
Assembly Elections 2013
The Assembly elections were held in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Delhi and Mizoram
in November, December, 2013. The results of four states except Mizoram were announced on
December 8, 2013.
o Chhattisgarh The BJP registered a thumping victory by winning 49 of the 90 seats during the
2013 assembly elections. Raman Singh retained his Rajnandgaon Assembly constituency by
defeating Congress candidate Alka Mudliyar. Raman Singh is the fourth Chief Minister of the
state.
o Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan led BJP to an emphatic win in the
Assembly Elections. Shivraj is the 18
th
and current Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh.
o Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje led BJP to a glorious win in the Rajasthan Assembly elections. She
is the first woman chief minister of Rajasthan state in 2003. She is the 22
nd
chief minister of the
state.
o Delhi - Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal is sworn in as the Delhi Chief Minister along
with his six Cabinet colleagues by the Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung at the historic Ramlila
Maidan, New Delhi. He has sworn in as the youngest Chief Minister of Delhi. He is of 45 years in
age.
Council of Ministers:
Arvind Kejriwal: Home, Finance, Vigilance, Services, Planning and Power
Manish Sisodia: Education, PWD, Urban Development, Local Bodies, Revenue and Land &
Building
Somnath Bharati: Administrative Reforms, Tourism, Law, Art and Culture
Satyendra Jain: Health, industries, Gurudwara Elections
Rakhi Birla: Women & Child Development, Social Welfare, Languages
Saurabh Bhardwaj: Food and Supply, Transport, Environment, Elections, General
Administration
Girish Soni: Labour, Development, Employment, Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe
Department.
o Mizoram Lal Thanhawla of Congress party won a seat in the Mizoram State Assembly from
both Serchhip and Hrangturzo. He is the 8
th
Chief Minister of Mizoram.
Lieutenant General Aniruddha Chakravarty, VSM, takes over as the Director General of National
Cadet Corps (NCC).
Sushma Singh Sworn In As New CIC - President Pranab Mukherjee on 19 December administered
the oath of office to former IAS Officer Sushma Singh as Chief Information Commissioner at
Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. Sushma Singh, who is the fifth Chief Information Commissioner
of CIC, is the second woman to be appointed to the post after Deepak Sandhu, whose term ended
on 18 December. She had joined the CIC as Information Commissioner on 23 September 2009.
Vinod Kumar Duggal Appointed as Governor of Manipur Former home secretary V.K. Duggal
was appointed as the Governor of Manipur on 23 December. He will replace the present Governor
of the state, Ashwani Kumar, who was given an additional charge of Manipur, while being a
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Thailands PM Yingluck Shinawatra Dissolves Parliament Thailands Prime Minister Yingluck
Shinawatra on 9 December formally dissolved the countrys parliament and called for new
elections. The new elections are scheduled to take place on 2 February 2014.
Socialist Michelle Bachelet has been elected as Chiles president on 15 December for a second time
by a wide margin.
Somalias parliament on 21 December approved as the new Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh
Ahmed, a political newcomer and economist who faces tough challenges in the war-torn nation.
Nepal Maoists Agreed To Join Newly Elected Assembly The party of Nepals former communist
rebels on 24 December agreed to join the recently elected Constituent Assembly (CA), ending
months of political turmoil to pave the way for a new government and drafting of a fresh
Constitution.
Justice D.P. Buch, a retired judge of the Gujarat High Court, was administered the oath of
Lokayukta by Governor Kamla Beniwal at Raj Bhavan in the presence of Chief Minister Narendra
Modi on 11 December.
Harsh Kumar Bhanwala has been appointed as the Chairman of the National Bank for Agriculture
and Rural Development (NABARD) on 15 December. Bhanwala succeeds Prakash Bakshi, who
retired as NABARD chairman in September 2013.
Gen Bikram Singh Is The New Chairman of COSC Indian Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh has
been appointed as the new Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) on 18 December. He
Succeeds IAF Chief NAK Browne. Bikram singh on 30 December took over as the new chairman,
chiefs of staff committee.
Indian-American Nandita Berry Appointed as Texas Secretary of State Indian-born Houston
attorney Nandita Berry has been appointed Texas new secretary of state on 19 December. She
succeeds John Steen. Berrys appointment effective on 7 January 2014. Berry is the first Indian-
American to hold the prestigious post of the chief elections officer for Texas.
Aam Aadmi Party candidate MS Dhir was on January 3, 2014 elected the Speaker of the Delhi
Assembly.
J. N. Chaudhary was appointed as new head of NSG (National Security Guard) on 26 December
2013.
Krishna Iyer: Krishna Iyer was appointed President and CEO of Wal-Mart India. It was announced
by the US retail giant Wal-Mart on 13 December 2013.
P. H. Parekh: Senior advocate P. H. Parekh has been appointed as the President of the Supreme
Court Bar Association (SCBA) for 2013-2014.
S. B. Nayar was appointed as chairman and managing director (CMD) of India Infrastructure
Finance Co. Ltd (IIFCL). IIFCL is a state-owned firm that funds infrastructure projects.
Shivakumar was appointed as the Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo India, The post was lying vacant
since Manu Anand quit the US food and beverage maker PepsiCo India in June 2013 to join food
company Cadbury Kraft.
Siddharth Birla, Chairman of Xpro India Limited took the charge as the President of Federation of
Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) on 21 December 2013.
V. Kannan assumes charge as Chairman and Managing Director of Vijaya Bank.
S.K. Sharma takes charge as Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL). He
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Arvind Ranjan: Arvind Ranjan, a 1977-batch IPS officer of Kerala Cadre, assumed charge as 24th
Director General of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) at the forces headquarters in
Lodhi Road in New Delhi on December 26, 2013.
January2014
Laimdota Straujuma Becomes Latvias First Female Prime Minister Latvias parliament
approved on 22 January Laimdota Straujuma to become the first female prime minister of the Baltic
state.
SK Sharma on 1
st
January assumed charge as the Chairman & Managing Director of defence PSU
Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) in Bangalore. BEL is a public sector undertaking under the defence
ministry and is a Navratna. Sharma took charge as CMD after Anil Kumar retired on 31 December
2013.
R Chandrashekhar on 5
th
January took over as the President of Information Technology trade body
NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Services Companies).
Sheikh Hasina was on 12
th
January sworn in as the Prime Minister of Bangladesh for the third time.
Senior police officer Aruna Bahuguna has been appointed as the new chief of the Hyderabad based
National Police Academy (NPA) on 20 January. With this appointment, Bahuguna, a 1979-batch IPS
officer, will be the first woman Director of the 65-year-old institution also known as the Sardar
Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA).
New Chief Minister: Union Water Resources Minister Harish Rawat was sworn in as the eighth
Chief Minister of Uttrakhand at Raj Bhavan in Dehradun on February 1, 2014.
Obama Re-nominates Indian-American for Federal Judgeship - US President Barack Obama has
re-nominated three Indian-Americans for federal judgeship. Obama sent the re-nomination
proposals to the Senate on January 6
th
, 2014 along with the names of 64 others for federal judgeship.
The Indian-Americans include Vince Girdhari Chhabria, for the northern district of California;
Manish S. Shah, for the US district judge for the northern district of Illinois, Indira Talwani for US
district judge for the district of Massachusetts.
US Senate Confirms Yellen as Fed Chief The US Senate on January 2014 confirmed Janet Yellen
as the next Chief of the Federal Reserve, the countrys central bank with outsized influence on the
world economy.
Arun Gupta The government on 28
th
January, 2014 appointed Arun Kumar Gupta the new
Chairman and Managing Director of Shipping Corporation of India (SCI).
Catherine Samba-Panza Bangui mayor Catherine Samba-Panza, 59, was on 23
rd
January, 2014
sworn in as interim president of the Central African Republic (CAR). She is the first woman to hold
the post.
Hery - Madagascar on 17
th
January, 2014 declared Hery Rajaonarimampianina, a Canadian-
educated former finance minister backed by strongman Andry Rajoelina, as the countrys new
president.
Prabhat Kumar joint secretary in the aviation ministry, assumed additional charge as Director-
General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on 30 December, 2013.
Ashraf Jehan For the first time in its history, 56-year-old female judge Ashraf Jehan was on 30
December, 2013 sworn in at Pakistans national sharia court, which hears cases under the Islamic
legislation.
M.Veerappa Moily, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister, on 24 December, 2013 took an
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VK Duggal Former Home Secretary Vinod Kumar Duggal was on 24
th
December, 2013 appointed
the Governor of Manipur
Subrahmanyam Jaishankar who till recently was Indias Ambassador to China, took over as the
new Indian Ambassador to the US on 24
th
December, 2013.
Puneet Kumar joined on 29
th
November, 2013 as secretary general of Apparel Export Promotion
Council (AEPC), the countrys apex body for apparel exporters.
Usha Sangwan Usha Sangwan on 1 November, 2013 became the first woman managing director
at the Life Insurance Corporation of India in its near six decades of existence.
Ajoy Misra Ajoy Misra was appointed as the CEO and Managing Director of Tata Global
Beverages Limited (TGBL) on 29
th
January, 2014.
B.G. Srinivas and U.B. Pravin Rao were appointed as presidents of the Infosys Ltd Company on 3
rd

January, 2014. Srinivas will focus on global markets while Pravin Rao will focus on global delivery
and service innovation.
Morten Sorby Uninor appointed Morten Karlsen Sorby as the new chief executive officer (CEO)
on 8
th
January, 2014.
RESI GNATI ONS/ DI SMI SSED/ RETI RED/ QUI T
August2013
Marion Bartoli announced her retirement French Lawn Tennis Player and Wimbledon 2013
(Womens Singles) winner Marion Bartoli announced her retirement on 14 August, 2013.
Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo Jammu & Kashmir Minister of state for Home Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo on
August 12 resigned from the post under pressure from the opposition over the issue of Kishtwar
riots.
Deco The Brazil-born former Portuguese midfielder Deco announced his retirement from
international football on August 26 at the age of 35.
September2013
Yogendra Yadav The Union Government on 18 September 2013 removed social scientist Yogendra
Yadav from the membership of the University Grants Commission (UGC) for joining the Aam Admi
Party.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on 25 September 2013 imposed a life ban on
former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi from participating in any of its activities.
October2013
Shreekant Javalgekar, resigned as the Managing Director and CEO of Multi Commodity Exchange
(MCX) on 19 October 2013.
Sachin Tendulkar announces retirement from test cricket Legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar
on 10 October 2013 announced his decision to retire from Test cricket after playing his landmark
200
th
Test match against the West Indies in November 2013. Previously, Sachin announced
retirement from one day cricket on 23 December 2012 and from Twenty 20 cricket format on 26 May
2013. In 198 Test matches, Sachin scored over Fifteen Thousand Eight hundred runs at an average of
53.86. He slammed 51 Test centuries and an unbeaten 248 against Bangladesh in Dhaka in 2004 was
his best ever. He made 49 hundreds in the one-day format, including a double hundred which is the
first in this form of cricket and 96 half centuries. In 2012, Sachin Tendulkar became the first player to
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Ajit Agarkar Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar announced his retirement from all forms of cricket
on October 16, 2013, bringing down curtains on a 16-year first class career during which he played
in 26 Tests and 191 ODIs besides leading Mumbai to their 40
th
Ranji Trophy title last season. He
scored 571 runs in Tests between 1998 and 2006 and 1269 in ODIs from 1998 to 2007, which included
the fastest 50 in 21 balls against Zimbabwe. He was a member of the Indian squad in the 1999 and
2007 World Cups held in England and West Indies respectively.
November2013
The United States sprinter Darvis Patton, twice a 4 100 metre relay World champion, announces
his retirement from the track after a 13-year career at the top level.
Mark Schwarzer Retired from International Football Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer
announced his retirement from international football after a 20-year career that included two World
Cups on November 5, 2013. He was Australias most-capped player with 109 appearances since his
debut in 1993.
The World Bank bans Progressive Constructions Ltd (PCL), founded by Union Textiles Minister and
Congress leader K. Sambasiva Rao, for at least eleven years for engaging in fraudulent practices.
Paras Ajmera, Director of Multi-Commodity Exchange (MCX) resigned from the board on 12
November 2013.
Akhilesh Gupta UGC Secretary Akhilesh Gupta has resigned from his post in the wake of reports
of difference with Chairman Ved Prakash on November 14, 2013.
Jignesh Shah, the Financial Technologies group founder who is struggling to save his empire from
the NSEL scam fallout, has stepped down from the board of the countrys largest commodity
exchange, MCX on October 31, 2013.
Shoma Chaudhury, managing editor of Tehelka, on 27 November 2013 announced her resignation
from the Tehelka, an investigation magazine.
Yogesh Malik, CEO of Uninor which is backed by Norway-based telecom giant Telenor has
resigned. In the interim, Sigve Brekke, took the position.
Yogesh Agarwal The Chairman of Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFR-
DA), Yogesh Agarwal resigned from the post of Chairman on 13 November 2013.
December2013
Sudans Vice President Ali Osman Taha Resigned Sudans Vice-President Ali Osman Taha, a
key figure behind the Islamist-backed coup 24 years ago, has resigned to pave the way for a new
government. His resignation was announced by the Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashir in
Khartoum on 7 December. He resigned and vacated his office at the presidency ahead of his cabinet
reshuffle. Taha has been the first Vice President of Sudan, the second highest political party.
Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan Resigned Jayanthi Natarajan resigned as the Minister
of state for environment and forest from the Council of Ministers (COM) on 21 December. Marpadi
Veerappa Moily, the petroleum and natural gas Minister on 24 December took an additional charge
of the Environment and Forests Ministry after the exit of Jayanthi Natarajan.
Chandra Kant Birla: Chandra Kant Birla, Chairman of Hindustan Motors Limited resigned from the
board on 29 December 2013. He also stepped down free the post of director of Hindustan Motors
(HM).
G. S. Singhvi: The senior most judge of Supreme Court of India, Justice GS Singhvi on 11 December
2013 retired.
Tunisias Islamist Prime Minister Ali Larayedh resigns as part of a plan to end months of political
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Central African Republic President Michel Djotodia resigns under intense pressure over his failure
to stem the sectarian unrest which was ripping his country apart.
January2014
The former Supreme Court Judge, Justice A K Ganguly has resigned as the Chairman of the West
Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC) on 6
th
January.
Tunisias Islamist Prime Minister Ali Larayedh has resigned from his office on 9
th
January.
Vijay Bahuguna, the Chief Minister of Uttrakhand submitted his resignation to the Governor of the
state on 31
st
January.
Political Crisis in Central African Republic: President Resigns after Deadly Unrest Central
African Republic President Michel Djotodia has resigned over his failure to stem the sectarian
unrest ripping his country apart, a regional grouping announced on January 10
th
, 2014.
Anand Sinha, the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India retired on 20
th
January, 2014.
Garry Kenneth Toomey Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jet Airways was resigned on 16
th

January, 2014.
Mykola Azarov Ukraines Prime Minister Mykola Azarov resigned on 28
th
January, 2014 in order
to facilitate peaceful settlement of the political crisis.
ARRESTS/ J AI LED/ RELEASED
August2013
Abdul Karim (Tunda) The Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative was arrested on the Indo-Nepal
border. The most wanted fugitive was in touch with the members of almost all anti-India forces
and has confessed that his network in India helped push men and material ranging from explosives
to fake Indian currency notes across the border and then further channelised them to different parts
of the country.
Rajesh Agarwal and Manish Tuli Both the owners of Micromax Informatics, maker of one of the
best-selling mobiles in India, were arrested by the CBI sleuths after being caught red-handed while
allegedly giving Rs.30 lakh bribe to the engineers of North Delhi Municipal Corporation for
clearance to a banquet home construction.
David Miranda His detention and interrogation under the Terrorism Act at the Heathrow airport
made news recently. He is the partner of Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian columnist who has
written a series of reports on the US and UK mass surveillance programmes based on documents
provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The Guardian, in protest to the arrest, published a
front-page story of how the 28-year old Brazilian was detained by UK authorities for hours.
Pervez Musharraf The former Pakistani military ruler has been indicted by an anti-terrorism court
in Pakistan in the former Prime Minister Benazir Bhuttos assassination case. He is also charged
with two other serious allegations.
V. Arul Kumar The former regional head of the Housing and Urban Development Corporation
(HUDCO), Chennai, was convicted and sentenced by a special court to one years rigorous
imprisonment in a corruption case registered by the Central Bureau of Intelligence (CBI) a decade
ago.
A 23 year old photojournalist, an intern with an English magazine, was gangraped allegedly by five
men when she and her male colleague went to the deserted Shakti Mills compound in Lower Parel
area of Mumbai for taking photographs in connection with a story on city chawls. All the five
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IM founder Yasin Bhatkal gets arrested In a major breakthrough for security agencies in India,
Yasin Bhatkal, a key conspirator in several bomb blasts and co-founder of the banned Indian
Mujahideen (IM), and another IM operative Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi, were arrested from the
India-Nepal border in Bihars Raxaul town on August 29. Yasin, originally named Mohammad
Ahmed Zarar Siddibappa, is on Indias list of 12 most-wanted terror suspects.
A US military court on August 21 sentenced an American soldier Bradley Manning to 35 years of
imprisonment for leaking of hundreds of thousands of classifies documents to whisteblower
website WikiLeaks.
September2013
Abdul Quader Mollah The Bangladesh Supreme Court handed down death penalty to
fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami stalwart for 1971 war crimes, revising a special tribunal verdict
which had sentenced him to Life imprisonment.
Delhi Rape Victim Nirbhaya gets Justice Death penalty was awarded to the four convicts in the
December 16, 2012 gang rape and murder case by a fast track court Delhi on September 13, 2013.
The convicts, Akshay Kumar Singh alias Thakur, Mukesh, Vinay Sharma and Pawan Gupta alias
Kaalu are sentenced to death for offence punishable under Section 302 (of the) Indian Penal Code.
Accordingly, the convicts be hanged by neck till they are dead, Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh
Khanna said while pronouncing the verdict.
October2013
Congress Member of Parliament and former Union Minister Rasheed Masood, is sentenced to four
years in jail by a special CBI court in Delhi in a corruption case, there by becoming the first
convicted lawmakers to lose his seat after a recent Supreme Court judgement removed immunity
for convicted lawmakers.
On 3, October a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Ranchi sentences Rashtriya
Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav to five-year rigorous imprisonment in a corruption case.
A Bangladesh war crimes tribunal awards death penalty to Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, a top
ranking opposition leader, for murder and genocide during the countrys liberation war in 1971.
The CBI files an FIR naming Aditya Birla Group chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla and former Coal
Secretary P.C. Parekh for having allegedly entered into a criminal conspiracy to facilitate the partial
allocation of an Odisha coal block to the groups subsidiary Hindalco Industries in 2005.
November2013
A Central Bureau of Investigation special court awards life imprisonment to dentist couple Nupur
and Rajesh Talwar for the murder of their daughter Arushi Talwar and their domestic worker
Hemraj at their flat in Sector 25 in Noida in 2008.
Kanchi Sankaracharya Sri Jayendra Saraswati is acquitted in the Sankararaman murder case.
On 30 November, Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal is arrested in Panaji on charges of sexually
assaulting a young colleague.
Judgement in Bangladesh Rifles Mutiny Case Delivering verdict in the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR)
mutiny case, a special court in Dhaka on November 5, 2013 awarded death sentence to 152 persons
and life imprisonment to 161 others for their involvement in the February 2009 carnage at Pilkhana,
headquarters of the paramilitary Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB).
More than four and half years after the incident which left 74 persons, including 57 army
officers dead the court handed another 262 people rigorous imprisonment ranging from three
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December2013
The former Chief Minister of Bihar and Rashtriya Janata Dal President, Lalu Prasad is released from
Birsa Munda jail in Ranchi, two days after the Supreme Court granted him bail in the Chaibasa
treasury case.
DEATHS
August2013
Raghunath Panigrahi, 79, the eminent classical singer and music director passed away in
Bhubaneswar after a prolonged illness.
V. Dakshinamurthy, 94, the music director, who composed music for hundreds of film songs in
Malayalam and other southern languages over the last seven decades, died recently.
Zafar Futehally, 93, one of Indias best known naturalists and ornithologists passed away recently.
Narendra Dabholkar The renowned anti-superstition activist was shot dead recently in Pune. He
was the founder of Maharashtra Andhashradha Nirmulan Samitee and advocated law against
superstition and black magic, in Maharashtra.
Rosalia Mera, 69, the co-founder of global fashion brand Zara and the richest woman in Spain,
Rosalia Mera died in Coruna, Northern Spain on August 15, 2013.
September2013
Ray Dolby American engineer and the Pioneer of noise reduction in audio recordings, Ray
Dolbay died on 12 September, 2013. He founded Dolby Laboratories in 1965.
Ranjit Singh Freedom fighter Ranjit Singh, 97, died on 20 September 2013. He was close associate
of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
Sanchez-Blazquez The worlds oldest man, Sanchez-Blazquez, a 112-year-old self-taught
musician, coal miner and gin rummy aficionado from western New York, has died on September 13,
2013.
Romesh Bhandari Former Governor of Uttar Pradesh and ex-Foreign Secretary Romesh Bhandari
died in New Delhi on September 7, 2013. He had served as the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi apart
from serving as the Governor of Tripura and Goa.
Raghunath Panigrahi The Indian classical singer and music director, Pandit Raghunath Panigrahi
passed away on August 25, 2013 in Bhubaneshwar.
Jaywant Lele Former BCCI Secretary Jaywant Lele Passed away on 19 September 2013.
Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez, the Guinness World Records stated that former musician and coal
miner certified as the worlds oldest man died at the age of 112 on 13 September 2013.
Rochus Misch, the former bodyguard of the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler died on 6 Sep 13 in
Germany.
Sushmita Banerjee an Indian women writer was shot dead recently in Afghanistan.
M.K. Narayanan The centenarian and a World War II veteran died recently at the age of 102 years.
He had successfully translated the Bhagavad Gita into Malayalam and English, which he calls his
lifetime work for prosperity.
October2013
Abraham Nemeth, 94, the creator of the Nemeth Code, a form of Braille, passed away on 2 October
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Dr. Ravuri Bharadwaja, 86, Eminent Telugu writer and Gyanpeeth Award recipient, passed away
in Hyderabad on 18 October 2013.
G.P. Deshpande, noted Marathi playwright and political thinker Govind P Deshpande died on 16
October 2013 due to age-related ailments.
K. Raghavan, 99, noted Malayalam music composer, died at Thalassery in Kannur district of Kerala
on 19 October 2013.
Lou Reed, the poet of rock n roll, passed away on 27 October 2013 at Southampton, New York,
United States.
Madhuri Chattopadhyay, 73, renowned musician died on 19 October 2013.
Manna Dey, 94, the legendary singer died on 23 October 2013 in Bangalore hospital.
Mohan Dharia, 88, the former Union Minister died on 14 October 2013 in New Delhi. He was
awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2005.
R.N. Mahadevan, the former director of news at All India Radio and the Registrar of Newspaper
died on 25 October 2013.
Rajendra Yadav, 84, the noted Hindi writer passed away on 28 October 2013 at Mayur Vihar, Delhi
because of prolonged illness.
Sarojini Varadappan, 92, the renowned social worker, died on 17 October 2013 in Chennai
following a brief illness.
Srihari, well-known Telugu film actor, died on 9 October 2013 at a private hospital in Mumbai.
TD Rangaramanujan, the former Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) president died on 14
October 2013.
Tom Clancy, the writer known for thrillers, especially The Hunt for Red October and Patriot
Games, died in Baltimore, US on 1 October 2013.
Vijay Soni, a noted painter and theatre personality died on 27 October 2013 in New Delhi.
Radha Burnier, 90, international president of the Theosophical Society passed away on October 31,
2013 in Chennai.
November2013
Vijay Dan Detha Renowned Rajasthan short-story writer and novelist Vijay Dan Detha passed
away on November 10, 2013 at the age of 87 in his village Borunda, near Jodhpur.
Thousand Feared dead in Typhoon hit Philippines One of the most powerful typhoons in
history is believed to have killed 12000 people in the Philippines that hit the nation on November 8,
2013.
A day after Super Typhoon Haiyan whipped across the central Philippines with maximum
sustained winds of around 315 kmph, a picture emerged of entire communities having been
flattened.
Noted food writer and celebrity chef Tarla Dalal passes away at the age of 77.
Doris Lessing, the Nobel Prize-winning, free-thinking, world traveling and often-polarising author
of The Golden Notebook and dozens of other novels, passes away at the age of 94.
Former BJP member of the Rajya Sabha and writer Dinanath Mishra passed away. He started his
career as a journalist and served as Editor of RSS mouthpiece Panchajanya from 1971 to 1974.
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Legendary Pakistani folk singer Reshma, who mesmerized music lovers with soulful rendition of
songs like Lambi Judai and Dama Dam Mast Kalandar in her trademark rustic voice, dies in Lahore.
Frederick Sanger, a British biochemist who is the only person to win Nobel Prize two times for
Chemistry died on 19 November 2013.
Ishwar Das Rohani, the speaker of the Madhya Pradesh Assembly died on 5 November 2013 due to
cardiac arrest at Jabalpur.
Omprakash Valmiki Noted Dalit writer Omprakash Valmiki, 63, passed away on 17 November
2013 at Dehradun, Uttarakhand.
Inderjit Singh Gill Indias senior womens hockey team coach Inderjit Singh Gill passed away in
a fatal road accident near Sangrur in Punjab on November 20, 2013.
KP Saxena Noted Hindi humourist writer and Padma Shri awardee KP Sexana passed away in
Lucknow on October 31, 2013.
Hari Krishna Devsare Prominent Hindi writer Hari Krishna Devsare, known for his prolific work
in the field of childrens literature, died on November 14, 2013.
Paul Walker US actor Paul Walker died in a car accident in Southern California on 30 November
2013.
December2013
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the towering figure of Africas struggle for freedom and a hero to
millions around the world, passed away on December 6, 2013 at the age of 95.
First Black President On April 27, 1994, South Africa held its first democratic elections. At 77,
Mandela was appointed as South Africas first black president on May 10, 1994, with de Klerk as
his first deputy. In 1994, he published his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.
Mandela has received more than two hundred and fifty awards over four decades. He was the
winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. In 1990 he was conferred with the Bharat Ratna. He was
the recipient of Mahatma Gandhi peace award in 2001.
Surjit Singh, 58, noted scholar and Director, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Surjit Singh
passed away in Jaipur on December 4, 2013 at the age of 58.
Farooq Sheikh, 65, best known for his performance in films such as Shatranj Ke Khiladi, Chashme
Buddoor and Umrao Jaan, died of heart attack in Dubai on December 27, 2013.
Union Labour and Employment Minister Sis Ram Ola passes away at the age of 86 in Gurgaon,
Haryana. Sis Ram Ola was a member of the 15
th
Lok Sabha of India.
The head of the royal family of erstwhile Trivancore, Kerala, Uthradom Tirunal Marthanda Varma,
passes away at the age of 91.
Mikahil Kalashnikov, the Russian gun designer of the fabled AK-47 automatic rifle, passes away at
the age of 94.
Senior leader of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) Kali Ghosh passes away at the age of 83.
TC Narendran, internationally known insect taxonomist and recipient of the EK Janaki Ammal
National Award of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, passes away at the age of 69 in
Kozhikode.
Prince of Mysore Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar Died Srikantadatta Narasimharaja
Wodeyar, the eighth and the last King of the Mysore Royal Family, died on 10 December in
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was the prince of Mysore Kingdom and the present head of the Wadiyar dynasty that ruled the
Kingdom of Mysore between 1399 and 1950.
Guru Sunderlal Satyanarayan Gangani, a Kathak guru and Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee,
passes away at the age of 84 on 17 December, 2013.
Michiaki Takahashi, who developed a vaccine for the chicken pox virus died ar the age of 85 due to
hear failure on 23 December 2013 in Osaka, Japan.
Swami Nityanand Maharaj, founder secretary of Ramkrishna Vivekananda Mission in
Barrackpore in North 24 Paraganas district in West Bengal, passes away at the age of 82.
Alan Turing Alan Turing, the mathematics genius who committed suicide in 1954 after
undergoing chemical castration for being gay when homosexual activity was a criminal offence in
Britain, received the royal pardon posthumously on December 24, 2013.
Eusebio da Silva Ferreira Known as the Black Panther or simply The King, football legend
Eusebio, who reigned over Portuguese football in the 1960s, bringing glory to both his club Benfica
and his country, passed away on January 5, 2014 at the age of 71.
January2014
Portuguese football legend Eusebio da Silva Ferreira (nick named the Black Panther) has died on
5
th
January. He was Africas first international football star.
Renowned Marathi poet, writer and Human rights activist Namdeo Laxman Dhasal died on 15
th

January in Mumbai.
Lengendary Bengali actress Suchitra Sen died in Kolkata on 17
th
January. Sen was awarded the
Banga Bibhushan, West Bengal governments highest award, in 2012.
Israels former PM Sharon Passes Away Ariel Sharon, 85, the hard-changing Israeli general and
Prime Minister who was admired and hated for his battlefield exploits and ambitions to reshape the
Middle East, died on January 11
th
, 2014, eight years after a stroke left him in a coma from which he
never awoke.
Hiroo Onoda, 91, Japans Last World War II Soldier Passes Away A Japanese solder who hid in
the Philippine jungle for three decades, refusing to believe World War II was over until his former
commander returned and ordered hint to surrender, died in Tokyo on January 17
th
, 2014.
Akkineni Nageswara Rao or ANR, the legendary Telugu actor died on January 22
nd
, 2014.
Saul Zaentz dies The film producer, who won the three best picture Oscars, passes away at 92 on
January 4, 2014.
Sudhir Mahto Former deputy chief minister of Jharkhand Sudhir Mahto died on 22 January, 2014.
Christopher Chataway Christopher Chataway, 82, a former 5,000-meter world record-holder who
helped Roger Bannister break the four-minute mile, died on 19
th
January, 2014.
Illa Pathak Social activist Ila Pathak illness in Ahmedabad on 9
th
January 2014.
Karl Slym, the managing director of Tata Motors died on 26
th
January, 2014 after falling from a
hotel building in Bangkok. He was in Bangkok to attend a board meeting of the Tata Motors
Thailand Limited.
Uday Kiran, a Telugu film actor allegedly committed suicide at his house on 6
th
January, 2014. He
got the Filmfare award as Best Actor. With this award, he became the youngest winner of the
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AWARDS/ HONOURS
August2013
Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan was chosen for the 21
st
Rajiv Gandhi National Sadhbhavna
Award for his contribution towards promotion of communal harmony and peace.
Childrens Peace Prize for Malala Pakistani teenager Malala Yousufzai, an outspoken proponent
of girls education who survived to Taliban assassination attempt in 2012, has been chosen for a top
Dutch Childrens honour for the activism. She will be presented with the International childrens
Peace Prize on September 6 in The Hague.
Brigalia Bam, the former chairperson of South Africas election body, was honoured with the
prestigious Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Peace and Reconciliation for the year 2013 at
a ceremony of Durban City Hall on August 26, 2013. Bam is decorated with the award for her
dedication to peace and human rights. She is credited to ensuring free and fair elections since the
advent of democracy in 1994 in South Africa.
Ministry of Steel The first Central Ministry to be awarded ISO 9001:2008, Quality Management
System certification by the Bureau of Indian Standards.
US President Barack Obama would confer the Presidential Medal of Freedom 2013 on former US
President Bill Clinton and talk show queen, Oprah Winfrey.
Rs.5 lakh award for Jodie Underhill Tourism Minister K. Chiranjeevi announced Rs.5 lakh
award for British activist Jodie Underhill in recognition of her yeoman service towards Uttarakhand
flood tragedy relief. Underhill has been collecting garbage strewn near food stalls at Doon
Helidrome in Dehradun, where pilgrims rescued from the natural calamity in various parts of the
state are temporarily rehabilitated and provided food and shelter. The Union Tourism Minister
Chiranjeevi announced the award for the British activist in his personal capacity.
Gujar Mal Modi Innovative Science and Technology Award Eminent Scientist Vinod Prakash
Sharma was presented Gujar Mal Modi Innovative Science and Technology Award for the year
2013 on August 9 for his outstanding contribution in the field of basic and applied research of
Malaria and Vector Biology.
Delhi state government on August 11 conferred Lifetime Achievement Award-2013 to two veteran
artists, Abdul Rashid Khan and Anjolie Ela Menon. They were given awards for their contribution
in the field of music and visual arts.
September2013
National Communal HarmonyAwards President Pranab Mukherjee on 20 September 2013
presented the National Communal Harmony Award for the year 2011 and 2012.
Odishas MD Janab Haji Abdul Bari and Mizorams Khamliana were jointly awarded for the year
2011. The Foundation for Amity and National Solidarity, Delhi was awarded for the year 2012.
Sree Narayan Award Vice-President Hamid Ansari gave away the First Sree Narayan Guru
Global Secular & Peace Award 2013 to Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for HRD, in
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on September 10, 2013.
Aga Khan Award The five projects, worth a total of $ 1 million, selected for the 2013 Aga Khan
Award for Architecture were announced at the Castle of Sao Jorge on September 6, 2013.
The five projects selected for the award were The Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery in
Khartoum, Sudan, the Revitalization of Birzeit Historic Centre in Birzeit (Palestine), the Rabat-
Sale Urban Infrastructure Project in Morocco, the Rehabilitation of Tabriz Bazaar in Tabriz, Iran
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Moortidevi Award Haraprasad Das was conferred with the Moortidevi Award for 2012 for
Vamsha, a poetic recreation of the Mahabharata in contemporary idiom, which has been hailed as
a post-modern masterpiece on September 2, 2013.
Humanitarian Achievement Award Former South African President Nelson Mandela was on 22
September 2013 presented with a humanitarian achievement award for his contribution to South-
South cooperation and sustainable development.
Clinton Global Citizens Awards India environmentalist Bunker Roy and Pakistans teenage
education activist Malala Yousafzai were on 23 September 2013 declared as winners of the Clinton
Global Citizens Awards for the year 2013.
Megan Young, 23, Miss Philippines was on September 28, 2013 crowned 63
rd
Miss World pageant
held in Bali, Indonesia. Though Miss India World Navneet Kaur Dhillon bagged the title of Miss
Multimedia.
Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola, 21, Miss Nigeria, won the Miss Muslimah World contest organised by the
World Muslimah Foundation in Jakarta, Indonesia on 18 September 2013.
House of Commons Award Indian freedom fighter Jawaharlal Darda was posthumously
conferred a Lifetime Achievement Award at UK House of Commons on 12 September 2013.
Norway Bollywood Film Festival Tigmanshu Dhulia won the best director award for Paan Singh
Tomar movie at Loreskog cinema center in Oslo on 17 September 2013.
National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) was awarded Indira Gandhi Official Language
Award for propagation of Rajbhasha (Official Language) in the company by the Union
Government of India on Hindi Divas on 14 September 2013.
Malala receives Amnesty International Award The London-based rights group Amnesty
International announced on September 17 that the Pakistani education activist and Nobel Peace
Prize nominee Malala Yousafzai will share the 2013 Ambassador of Conscience Award, its
highest honour, with American singer and human rights activist Harry Belafonte.
International Childrens Peace Prize 2013 Malala Yousufzai was given the award on September,
2013. She received the award from 2011 Noble Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman.
Sacro GRA Wins Venice Golden Lion Unheralded documentary, Sacro GRA, filmed about life
on the ring road circling Italys capital and directed by Gianfranco Rosi, won the Venice Film
Festivals prestigious Golden Lion award.
Sohan Roy, director of DAM 999, was awarded 69
th
Rajiv Gandhi Shiromani Award for his
outstanding contribution to the industry by Tripura Governor Devanand Konwar in New Delhi
recently.
Mahathir Award for Global Peace The first Mahathir Award for Global Peace has been awarded
to former South African President Nelson Mandela on August 27, 2013. Current South African
President Jacob Zuma accepted the award on behalf of Mandela.
White House Fellowship Kapil Parakh (Indian origin), a cardiologist at Johns Hopkins has been
selected for the prestigious White House Fellowship for the year 2013-14 along with 11 others.
Kapil Parakh is a co-founder of Health for America, a non-profit organisation that mobilizes
youth to improve the health of communities through innovation while shaping the next
generation of leaders.
Actor Aamir Khan has been selected for a US award for his television show Satyamev Jayate along
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Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Raman Singh was awarded Agriculture Programme Leadership
Award for implementing best agricultural policies on September 19, 2013.
Shubhashish Bhutianis short film Kush, the lone Indian entry at the Venice Film Festival, has won
the Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film on September 8, 2013. Orizzonti section of the Venice
Film Festival showcases new trends in world cinema.
Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra won Best Actor and Actress SAFTA award on September 8,
2013.
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has been conferred the ICAI National Award for
Excellence in Cost Management 2012 on August 29, 2013.
Hashim Amla received top four honours in the Cricket South Africas annual awards including
Cricketer of the Year award.
Punjabs e-district project has been chosen for Skoch Order of Merit Medal for adopting bets
practices in the field of governance, finance and inclusive growth.
Indian origin scientist, Virbhadran Ramanathan won UNs Champion of the Earth Award for
explaining how black carbon affects climate change.
All India Anti terrorist Front (AIATF) honoured actor John Abraham with the Pride of the Nation
Award, for his attempt to raise the sensitive issue of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhis
assassination through his role as a RAW agent in Madras Caf film.
Former President APJ Kalam gave away the Bharat Bhushan award to cartoonist R.K. Narayanan.
Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development 2012 Liberian President Ellen
Johnson Sirleaf was conferred with the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and
Development 2012 by President Pranab Mukherjee on 12 September, 2013.
Ela Ramesh Bhatt, a renowned Women social worker, was the winner of the Indira Gandhi Prize
for Peace, Disarmament and Development Award 2011 and in the year 2010 it was given to Lula
de Silva, former President of Brazil.
Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony, 2013 President Pranab Mukherjee conferred Tagore Award
for Cultural Harmony, 2013 on Maestro Zubin Mehta in New Delhi on 6 September, 2013. The
award carries an amount of One Crore Rupees, a citation in a scroll, a plaque and an exquisite
traditional handicraft/ handloom item. Zubin Mehta is an Indian Parsi conductor of western
classical music.
National Sports Awards 2013 - President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the Rashtriya Khel Protsahan
Puruskar and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy at a function organised at Rashtrapati Bhawan on
31 August, 2013.
Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar, 2013
Category Winner
Community Sports Identification and
Nurturing of Budding Young Talent
Dr. U.K. Mishra, Founder and President,
National Sports Academy, Allabhabad
Financial Support for Sports Excellence Services Sports Control Board
Establishment and Management of Sports
Academies of Excellence
Pullela Gopichand Academy of Badminton,
Hyderabad
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Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy
Year Winner
2010-11 Guru Nanak Dev Vishwavidyalay, Amritsar
2011-12 Punjabi Vishwavidyalay, Patiala
2012-13 Punjabi Vishwavidyalay, Patiala

Life time Achievement Award British Indian billionaire brothers Srichand and Gopichand
Hinduja won a Lifetime Achievement Award for their contributions to UKs Asian community.
Awardees in the other categories:
British Indian actress Seeta Indrani for achievement in media, arts and culture
Prof Naina Patel for her contributions to community service
Nandita Parshad, director of the power and energy utilities team at the European Bank for
Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
Kavitha Shukla Indian American Kavita Shukla has won INDEX design award for her innovative
design, Fresh Paper. It helps keep food fresh for a longer period. The award carries 5,00,000 Euros.
UNESCO help for Darjeeling Railway The iconic Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR),
popularly known as Toy Train, which covers 88-km stretch, is in the UNESCOs world heritage list.
The train service which runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling.
October2013
Indias Srishti Rana was crowned Miss Asia Pacific World 2013 by the 2012 winner Himangini
Singh Yadu at a glitering ceremony on October 30, 2013. This is Indias second win in a row at the
Miss Asia Pacific World pageant. Srishtis peacock-inspired gown also won her the Best National
costume award.
Yesteryear actress Zeenat Aman was the first Indian to win the title of Miss Asia Pacific back in
1970. Tara Anne Fonseca 1973, Namrata Shirodkar 1
st
runner-up 1993, Dia Mirza 2000.
EPCES export awards to EOUS and SEZS The Minister of State for Commerce and Industry D.
Purandeswari on 30 September 2013 presented the Export Promotion Council for EOUs and SEZs
(EPCES) Export Awards to EOUs and SEZs for Outstanding Export Performance.
Anjali Gopalan on 25 October 2013 was awarded with French highest civilian award Chevalier de
la Legion dHonneur. She was awarded for her work on transgenders and HIV positive patients.
Rani Rampat Womens Hockey team striker Rani Rampal won the TiE Aspire Young Achievers
award on October 2, 2013. Rani was the vice-captain of the Junior National team in the recent
seventh FIH Junior Womens World Cup, played a crucial role in Indias bronze medal winning feat
in Germany and was also declared the best player of the tournament.
Ravi Shankar Narsimhan, a senior Indian Journalist, on 29 September 2013 was presented with
Friendship award by China-the highest honor given to foreigners. Narsimhan is the executive editor
in the overseas edition of the Beijing based China Daily.
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen shot by the Taliban for championing girls education won the
European Unions (EU) Sakharov human rights prize 2013 on 10 October 2013.
Genesis Prize The Government of Israel on 21 October 2013 selected New York City Mayor
Michael R. Bloomberg as the first ever recipient of the 1 million Dollar Genesis Prize an award
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Guru Debaprasad award Renowned Bharatnatyam exponent Geeta Chandran on 29 October 2013
was honoured with the prestigious Guru Debaprasad Award for outstanding contribution in the
field of dance.
First Founders award for Helping AIDS Victims - Hilary Clinton was awarded the first founders
award from the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York on 15 October 2013 for her work to help
HIV/AIDS victims.
Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration for the year 2012 Eminent agricultural scientist
M.S. Swaminathan on 31 October 2013 was presented the Indira Gandhi Award for National
Integration for the year 2012.
IPI-India award for Excellence in Journalism 2013 Karan Thapar, television journalist was
chosen for the International Press Institute (IPI) India award for excellence in journalism 2013 on 8
October 2013 for his interviews on the Devils Advocate programme on CNN IBN.
Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor on 29 October 2013 was honoured in the House of Commons,
London for her contribution to the global entertainment industry.
Kallidil Kalidasan Kerala youth-entrepreneur Kallidil Kalidasans mobile application Sentinel
a womens security application, was the Runners-up in the prestigious World Summit Youth Award
(WSYA), in Power2Women category among the best youth digital projects addressing the UN
Millennium Development Goals.
Honorary Canadian Citizenship The government of Canada on 16 October 2013 announced
honorary Canadian citizenship for Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai. The government
recognized Malalas contribution in risking her life promoting education for young women.
Man Booker Prize 2013 Eleanor Catton, 28, New Zealand author won the Man Booker prize 2013
for her second novel entitled The Luminaries, published by Granta, on 15 October 2013.
Mark Twain Prize for American Humour The US comedian Carol Burnett on 20 October 2013
was honoured with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humour.
National Yash Chopra Memorial award Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar was presented the
first national Yash Chopra Memorial Award at a star studded function in Mumbai on 19 October
2013 by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The award is a tribute to the legendary
filmmaker Yash Chopra on the eve of his first death anniversary.
Presidential Awards for Classical Tamil President of India, Pranab Mukherjee conferred on 9
October 2013 the Presidential Awards for Classical Tamil 2009-10 and 2010-11 to scholars who have
made outstanding contribution to the development of Classical Tamil language and literature. The
Tolkappiyar Award for lifetime achievement in Classical Tamil was awarded to Dr. Iravatham
Mahadevan for 2009-10 and Prof. Tamizhannal Periakaruppan for 2010-11. The Kural Pitam
Award was awarded to Dr. Jaroslav Vacek for 2009-10 and Dr. John Ralston Marr for 2010-11. Dr.
Iravatham Mahadevan received Tolkappiyar Award for his immense contribution in the area of
Epigraphy. President also conferred Young Scholar Awards to Dr. T. Suresh, Dr. S. Kalpana, Dr. R.
Chandrasekaran, Dr. Vaani Arivaalan and Dr. C. Muthamizhselvan for showing excellence in
Tamil studies.
Shah Rukh Khan, the Bollywood actor, on 23 October 2013 was appointed as the goodwill
ambassador for South Korea. He was appointed as the public diplomat as well as an ambassador of
Indias soft power.
Soul of India Award Tennis player turned film producer Ashok Amritraj on 29 October 2013
was presented with the Soul of India Award for his outstanding achievements in the film industry.
UN Award for Open Curriculum web platform Varun Arora, a young innovator from India on
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Arora awarded for his creation Open Curriculum, an online platform for local educational material
for standard, primary and secondary schooling.
Wildlife Photographer of the year 2013 Photographer Greg du Toit was named Wildlife
Photographer of the Year 2013 by the panel of international judges. The awards ceremony held at
Natural History Museum in London.
Dr. Manmohan Singh is conferred Honorary Doctorate Moscow State Institute of International
Relations, the diplomatic school of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia conferred an Honorary
Doctorate to Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India on 21 October 2013.
Nobel Prizes 2013
Peace The United Nations-backed Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
(OPCW) on 11 October 2013 won the Nobel Peace Prize for the year 2013 for its extensive efforts
to eliminate chemical weapons.
Literature Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize on 10 October 2013 for literature. She was the first
Canadian woman to win the Nobel Prize.
Physics - Peter Higgs of Britain and Francois Englert of Belgium jointly awarded Nobel Prize for
Physics 2013 on 8 October 2013. Peter Higgs received the prestigious prize for his contribution of
the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of
mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the
predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERNs Large Hardron
Collider.
Chemistry Martin Karplus of University of Strasbourg, France and Harvard University,
Cambridge; Michael Levitt of Stanford University School of Medicine and Arieh Warshel of
University of Southern California
Medicine or Physiology The Karolinska Institute in Sweden on October 7, 2013 received Nobel
Prize for Physiology or Medicine. The United States based three scientists James E Rothman,
Randy W Schekman and Thomas C Sudhof will share eight million Swedish Krona ( 772,000)
in prize money for working out how biological cells organize and transport the many molecules
they need to function.
Economics American economists Eugene F Fama, Robert J Shiller and Lars Peter Hansen won
the Nobel Prize for Economics on October 14, 2013 for developing methods to study trends in
stock, bond and housing markets.
IRCON International Limited was selected as the top infrastructure company under the category
construction infrastructure development at the Dun and Bradstreet Infra Awards 2013.
Bollywood actress and former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen has been bestowed with the prestigious
Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice on October 28, 2013. Currently in its
sixth edition, the award constituted by Harmony Foundation highlights various efforts taken up
by individuals and NGOs to promote peace and social justice.
The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee presented the First National Award for Senior Citizens,
Vayoshreshtha Samman 2013 on the occasion of International Day of Older Persons.
November2013
Angelina Jolie on November 16, 2013 received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 5
th

Annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles.
Angela Markel The Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust on November 19, 2013 announced that
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be honoured with the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace,
Disarmament and Development for 2013 for her exemplary leadership in Europe and the world
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Lord Swaraj Paul Leading NRI industrialist and educationist, Lord Swaraj Paul was presented
with the International Indian of the Decade award for his outstanding achievements in the fields of
industry, education and philanthropy on November 15, 2013.
Writers James McBride and George Packer won National Book Awards, among the most
prestigious literary prizes in US publishing for The Good Lord Bird and The Unwinding
respectively.
Rita Ora British Singer-songwriter was named Musician of the Year as a part of American
Women of the Year Awards, held in London in November 2013.
Lionel Messi Awarded Third Golden Shoe Lionel Messi, the Barcelonan forward foot baler, on 20
November 2013, won the Golden Shoe award.
Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler, a 25 year old television presenter and accomplished
flamenco dancer from Venezuela was crowned Miss Universe 2013 at a grand finale in Moscow on
November 9, 2013 after beating 85 contestants across the globe.
Mushirul Hasan Professor Mushirul Hasan, the former Jamia Millia Islamia Vice-Chancellor was
conferred the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship by the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund on the
occasion of the 124 birth anniversary of the former Prime Minister on November 14, 2013. Roads to
Freedom Prison, Prisoners and the Raj, is the title of Professor Hasans fellowship project.
Delhi Metros former managing director E. Sreedharan is conferred the prestigious Order of the
Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star award by Japan on 6
th
November.
Sachin Tendulkar, one of crickets greatest heroes and eminent scientist CNR Rao were on
November 16, 2013 named for the Bharat Ratna, Indias highest civilian award. Both Sachin, 40, and
Prof. Rao, 79, are also recipients of the Padma Vibhushan second highest civilian honour.
On a day when the Master Blaster bade an emotional adieu to his record-breaking career lasting
24 years, the Prime Ministers Office announced the Bharat Ratna for him. Sachin is the first
sports-person chosen for the honour.
Professor CNR Rao is an internationally renowned chemist who has championed basic science
research in India.
IAAF Athletes of the year: Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were
crowned male and female World Athletes of the Year for 2013 by the sports governing IAAF at a
ceremony in Monaco on November 16, 2013.
Bangalore-based NGO Janaagraha is awarded the Google Global Impact Award.
Japan confers The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star on Dr.Sreedharan, former
Managing Director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.
Dr. Santosh G. Honavar, eye cancer specialist, is presented Jerry A Shields International Award at
a global symposium held at Guangzhou, China.
G. Satheesh Reddy, Director of the Research Centre Imarat, a key laboratory of the DRDO, has been
conferred with the prestigious Indian Science Congress Association Homi J. Bhabha Memorial
Award for the year 2013-14 on November 11, 2013 for his contributions leading to the development
of science and technology in the country.
Marth Dodray, a woman health worker from rural Bihar has bagged a global UN award for her
commitment and dedication ineradicating polio in India on November 8, 2013. She has been
working as an Auxiliary Nurse and Midwife (ANM) from Darbhanga district of Bihar.
Seven scientists and social scientists bag the Infosys Prize for 2013, in recognition of their
outstanding contributions to research in fields ranging from theoretical linguistics and
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Indian director Shubhashish Bhutianis short film Kush is selected by the Academy in the
shortlist of 10 live-action shorts that will advance in the Oscar race.
Ace basketball player Geethu Anna Jose is selected for the 25
th
Jimmy George Foundation award
for the best sportsperson of Kerala.
Kenichi Ito, a Japanese man broke his own Guinness World Record for the 100 meter dash on 14
November 2013. He runs on his arms and legs broke. Ito of 30 years finished the dash in 16.87
seconds by savings about 30 seconds of his 2012 run of 17.47 seconds.
Shiraz Naval Minwalla, Professor of Physics in TIFR, Mumbai selected for the 2014 New Horizons
in Physics Prize on November 5, 2013 for his pioneering contributions to the study of string theory
and quantum field theory; and in particular his work on the connection between the equations of
fluid dynamics and Albert Einsteins equations of general relativity.
Asian trader Editors Award Priti Patel, an Indian Origin British MP on 22 November 2013 has
been honoured with the prestigious Asian Trader Editors Award. She was awarded for her tireless
campaigning to support small shops and convenience stores.
Dayawati Modi Award Anjolie Ela Menon, a contemporary artist was awarded with Dayawati
Modi Award for Art and Culture and Education by Dayawati Foundation on 19 November 2013.
Engineering Excellence Award 2013 was conferred on the Security Printing and Minting
Corporation of India Limited (SPMCIL), a Public Sector Unit under the Ministry of Finance, and
Government of India on 19 November 2013. The award was given by Engineering Watch at SCOPE
Convention Centre in Delhi.
Indira Gandhi NSS Best University Award 2012-13 President of India Pranab Mukherjee on 19
November 2013 presented Indira Gandhi National Service Scheme Best University Award 2012-13
to Mangalore University of Karnataka.
IAAC Honours Salman Rushdie, Mira Nair and Majula Bansal Salman Rushdie, Mira Nair and
Majula Bansal, the prominent Indian Americans on 21 November 2013 were honoured by Indo-
American Arts Council (IAAC) at the Angel Orensanz Foundation of Contemporary Art.
GG2 Leadership Awards Malala Yosafzai, Kainat Riaz and Shazia Ramzan on 27 November 2013
were chosen for the GG2 Hammer Award, for their bravery at the GG2 (Garavi Gujarat 2)
Leadership Awards 2013 a London.
International Indian of the Decade Award Lord Swraj Paul, a leading NRI industrialist and
educationist was presented with the International Indian of the Decade award on 15 November
2013, Swraj Paul was presented the award for his outstanding achievements in the fields of
industry, education and philanthropy.
Kareena Kapoor Honoured in the house of Commons Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor on 29
October 2013 was honoured in the House of Commons, London for her contribution to the global
entertainment industry.
Sakharov Human Rights Prize 2013 Malala Yosafzai, Pakistani teenage activist on 20 November
2013 received the EUs Sakharov human rights prize for her brave crusade for the right of the
children to education.
December2013
Time magazine named Pope Francis its Person of the Year for 2013 on December 11, 2013, hailing
the head of the Catholic Church as a new voice of global conscience since taking office in March
2013.
Filmmaker Shivendra Singh Dungarpur is selected for the 2013 Bimal Roy Memorial Emerging
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The Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Kumari Selja presents the Helen Keller
Award to Ashish Jha, Nita Panchal, Kajal Dhawan, Bhavanishankar R. Ankit Rajiv Jindal and
Kivadasannavar.
Chief Justice of India P. Sathasivam presents the Sangita Kalanidhi MS Subbulakshmi Award to
Sudha Raghunathan at the inauguration of the 87th Annual Conference and Concerts of The Music
Academy in Chennai.
Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor is named the Person of
the Year by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India.
Sahitya Akademi Awards 2013: Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar, Bengali poet Subodh Sarkar and
Sanskrit poet Radhadant Thakur were selected for Sahitya Akademi Awards 2013 on December 18,
2013.
CK Nayudu Award: Former India captain Kapil Dev received the Col. C.K. Nayudu Lifetime
Achievement Award for 2013 on January 11, 2014.
Malala Received 2013 UN Human Rights prize Pakistan teenage activist Malala Yousafzai has
been conferred the 2013 UN Human Rights Prize.
General Bikram Singh Awarded The USs Legion of Merit In the month of December 2013 Gen
Bikram Singh has joined the ranks of legendary figures of the Indian Army including Field Marshal
KM Kariappa as he has been awarded the sixth highest American military honour Legion of Merit.
GHIAL Awarded British Safety Councils Sword of Honour Rajiv Gandhi International Airport
(RGIA), operated by GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL), has been awarded the
Sword of Honour for safety management. The Sword of Honour is considered to be the Oscar of
the Safety World.
Eminent Indian missile scientist A Sivathanu Pillai has received the highest Russian award Order
of Friendship on 16 December by President Vladimir Putin for his contribution towards
strengthening the ties between the two countries through the successful BrahMos supersonic cruise
missile programme.
The KK Birla Foundation announces that the 23
rd
Bihari Puraskar, 2013 will be awarded to Chandra
Prakash Deval for his Rajasthani poetry collection Hirna! Maun Saadh Van Charna.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on 9 December announced that Former Pakistan captain
Waqar Younis and ex-Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist will be inducted into the ICC Cricket
Hall of Fame.
President Pranab Mukherjee presents Indias 25 greatest global Indian living legends awards at the
Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. The awardees include Dr. Amartya Sen, Amitabh Bachchan,
Vikram Seth, Sachin Tendulkar and others.
15
th
Chief Justice of India P. Sathasivam presents the Sangita Kalanidhi MS Subbulakshmi Award to
Sudha Raghunathan at the inauguration of the 87
th
Annual Conference and Concerts of The Music
Academy in Chennai.
The Asiatic Society, Bihar honours eminent historian Bipan Chandra with Itihas Ratna award for
enriching the technique of secular and scientific writing of history.
The annual International Cricket Council (ICC) awards were announced in Dubai on 13 December.
The list of winners is:-
ICC Cricketer of the Year (Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy) Michael Clarke (Australia)
ICC Test Cricketer of the Year Michael Clarke (Australia)
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ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)
ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year Cheteshwar Pujara (India)
ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year Kevin OBrien (Ireland)
ICC Twenty 20 International Performance of the Year Umar Gul (Pakistan)
ICC T 20 I Womens Cricketer of the Year Sarah Taylor (England)
ICC Spirit of Cricket Award Mahela Jayawardena (Sri Lanka)
ICC Umpire of the Year (Winning the David Shepherd Trophy) Richard Kettleborough
LG Peoples Choice Award MS Dhoni
Miss Earth 2013 - Venezuelas Alyz Henrich was on 7 December crowned Miss Earth 2013 at the
Versailles Palace, Philippines.
Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar, who was awarded two Grammy honours earlier in 2013 received
a posthumous nomination in the 56
th
Annual Grammy Awards for his album The Living Room
Sessions Part-2.
Mahatma Gandhis granddaughter Ela Gandhi, Australian senator of Indian origin Lisa Maria Singh
and the Ramakrishna Mission in Fiji are among the 13 recipients of the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman
Award 2014.
Kerala based writer Anees Salim wins The Hindu Prize for Best Fiction 2013 for his second nove,
Vanity Bagh.
American Hustle wins big at the 71
st
annual Golden Globes in Los Angeles while historical drama
film 12 years a Slave takes the coveted best drama Prize. Australian Cate Blanchett wins best
Actress (Drama) award for Blue Jasmine.
Awards at a Glance
Best director for motion picture - Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
Best Animated Film Frozen
Best original score Alex Ebert (All is Lost)
Best song from a motion picture Ordinary Love, U2 (Mandela Long Walk to Freedom)
Best foreign language film The Great Beauty
Best TV drama Breaking Bad
Best Actor in a TV drama Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Best Film (Drama) 12 Years a Slave
Best Actor (Male) Drama Mathew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Actor (Female) Drama Cate Blanchette Blue Jasmine
Best Film (Musical/ Comedy) American Hustle
Best Actor (Male) Musical/Comedy Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Best Actor (Female) Musical/Comedy Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Best Actor (Male) In A Mini Series Michael Douglas (Behind the Candlebra)
January2014
Gujarati Poet Chinu Modi has been conferred the Sahitya Akademi Award for the year 2013 for
his poetry book Khara Zaran, an official statement announced by the Sahitya Akademi on 4
th

January.
Bahrain-based Indian John Iype was selected for the prestigious Bharat Gaurav (Pride of India)
award in recognition of his contribution to the community. John Iype has been chosen by the India
International Friendship Society for the award. He received the award in New Delhi on 9
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President Pranab Mukherjee Conferred Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards President Pranab
Mukherjee conferred the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards on 9
th
January during the 12
th
edition
of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD). Peace activist Ela Gandhi, who is a grand-daughter of
Mahatma Gandhi, was among the 13 non-resident Indians (NRIs), persons of Indian origin (PIOs)
and organisations honoured with the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards. Ela Gandhi
was given the award for public service and for enhancing Indias image and for promoting ties
between India and South Africa.
Pakistani Aitizaz Hasan Honoured with Medal of Bravery Pakistani government has on 10
January decided to honour its brave son, Aitizaz Hasan a grade 9 student, with Medal of Bravery
(Sitara-e-Shujaat) for saving hundreds of lives while tackling the suicide bomber. On 11 January
Hasan was honoured with the Sitara-e-Shujaat, the countrys highest award for bravery. The
International Human Rights Commission (IHRC) on 12 January had bestowed a global bravery
award on Hasan.
President Pranab Mukherjee Presented Sunil Gangopadhyay Award 2012 & 2013 President
Pranab Mukherjee on 11 January presented the Sunil Gangopadhyay Memorial Award to two
eminent Bengali poets, namely Nirendranath Chakraborty for 2012 and Sankha Ghosh for 2013 for
excellence in Bengali literature.
Indian-American Won Top US Teaching Award India-born Meera Chandrasekhar, professor of
physics and astronomy and Curators Teaching Professor of Physics at the University of Missouri,
has on 18
th
January won Baylor Universitys 2014 Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great
Teaching.
Mohinder Singh, Radhakrishnan Selected for Communal Harmony Awards National
Communal Harmony Award for Mohinder Singh for his work done in restoring peace after the 1984
anti-Sikh riots and noted academician N Radhakrishnan for his promotion of Gandhian values were
announced on 25 January. Singh, along with Gandhian Radhakrishnan of Kerala, have been selected
for the coveted award in the individual category while the Centre for Study of Society and
Secularism, Mumbai has been selected in the organisation category.
2014 Padma Awards Announced The Government of India on 25
th
January announced the
recipients of the prestigious Padma Awards for the year 2014.
Padma Vibhushan:
Dr. Raghunath A. Mashelkar (Science and Engineering, Maharashtra)
Shri B.K.S. Iyengar (Others-Yoga, Maharashtra)
Padma Bhushan:
Kamala Haasan (Art-Cinema, Tamil Nadu)
T.H. Vinayakram (Art-Ghatam Artist, Tamil Nadu)
Gulam Mohammed Sheikh (Art-Painting, Gujarat)
Begum Parveen Sultana (Art-Classical Singing, Maharashtra)
Justice Dalveer Bhandari (Public Affairs, Delhi)
Prof. Padmanabhan Balaram (Science and Engineering, Karnataka)
Prof Jyeshtharaj Joshi (Science and Engineering, Maharashtra)
Dr. Madappa Mahadevappa (Science & Engineering, Karnataka)
Dr. Thirumalachari Ramasami (Science & Engineering, Delhi)
Dr. Vinod Prakash Sharma (Science & Engineering, Delhi)
Dr. Radhakrishna Koppillil (Science & Engineering, Karnataka)
Dr. Mrityunjay Athreya (Literature and Education, Delhi)
Anita Desai (Literature and Education, Delhi)
Dr. Dhirubhai Thaker (Literature and Education, Gujarat)


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Vairamuthu Ramasamy Thevar (Literature and Education, Tamil Nadu)
Ruskin Bond (Literature and Education, Uttarakhand)
Pullela Gopichand (Sports-Badminton, Andhra Pradesh)
Leander Paes (Sports-Tennis, Maharashtra)
Vijayendra Nath Kaul (Civil Service, Delhi)
Late Justice Jagdish Sharan Verma (Public Affairs, Uttar Pradesh)
Late Dr. Anumolu Ramakrishna (Science and Engineering, Andhra Pradesh)
Prof Anisuzzaman (Literature and Education, Bangladesh)
Prof Lloyd I Rudolph (Literature and Education, USA)
Prof Susanne H Rudolph (Literature and Education, USA)
Dr. (Smt) Neelam Kler (Medicine-Neonatology, Delhi)
Padma Shri:
Sudarshan Patnaik (Sand artist) Paresh Rawal (Actor)
Vidya Balan (Actress) Santosh Sivan (Filmmaker)
Yuvraj Singh (Cricketer) Late NA Dabholkar (Anti-superstition Campaigner)
Vishnunarayanan Namboothiri (Poet) Subhadra Nair (Gynecologist)
Madhavan Chandradathan (Scientist) Kalamandalam Sathyabhama (Danseuse)
Eluvathingal Devassy Jemmis (Professor) Paulose Jacob (Doctor)
Deepika Pallikal (Squash player)
Ela Gandhi, the granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi was honoured with Amadelkufa in South
Africa on 26
th
January. She was honoured for her lifetime contribution to the freedom struggle of
South Africa.
National Bravery Awards The Prime Ministry Dr. Manmohan Singh on January 24
th
, 2014
conferred the National Bravery Awards 2013 to 25 children from across the country.
Bharat Award Mahika Gupta of Delhi
Geetha Chopra Award Malieka Singh Tak of Rajasthan
Sanjay Chopra Award Shubham Santosh Chaudhari of Maharashtra
Gallantry Awards
Ashok Chakra K. Prasad Babu, a Greyhounds Inspector who laid down his life combating
Maoists in the Andhra Pradesh Chhattisgarh border region in April 2013 was awarded the highest
peace time gallantry award, Ashok Chakra, on the occasion of Republic Day.
Kirti Chakra
Naib Subedar Bhupal Singh Chhantel Magar, 5/5
th
Battalion The Gorkha Rifles (Frontier Force)
Wing Commander Darryl Castelino, Flying (Pilot) (Posthumous)
Shri Bhrigu Nandan Choudhary Constable, Cobra Batallion (Posthumous)
Shaurya Chakra
Lieutenant Colonel Bikram Jit Singh Major Mandeep Singh Ghumman
Major Gaurav Thakur Gaptain Sandeep Bhartiya
Captain Mahabir Singh Gunner Lallawmzuala,
Rifleman Ran Bahadur Gurung Wing Commander Aditya Prakash Singh
Wing Commander Nikhil Naidu Flight Lieutenant Krishnamoorthy Praveen
56
th
Annual Grammy Awards for 2014 Announced The Recording Academy announced the 56
th

Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on 26 January. The winners
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Album of the year: Random Access Memories Daft Punk
Record of the year: Get Lucky Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
Song of the year: Royals Joel Little & Ella Yelich OConnor, Songwriters (Lorde)
Obama Signs $1.1 trillion Government Spending Bill US President Barack Obama has signed a
$1.1 trillion spending that puts conditions on continuation of American aid to Pakistan. That is a big
bill, Obama said as he signed the bill on January 17
th
, 2014 that funds the federal government
through the end of September.
Thailand Govt. Declares State of Emergency The Thailand government on January 21
st
, 2014
declared a state of emergency in Bangkok and surrounding areas to cope with protests that have
stirred up violent attacks.
Madhya Pradesh Gets State of the Year Award Madhya Pradesh has been honoured with the
State of the year award for achieving the fastest growth among all states of India. Madhya Pradesh
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan received the coveted honour which was instituted by CNBC
18, on January 13
th
, 2014 in Bhopal. On the award ceremony, Mr. Chouhan said that it was a big
challenge to develop Madhya Pradesh as the most developed state in the country due to its earlier
BIMARU states.
FIFA Awards 2013 Ending Argentinas great footballer Lionel Messis four year domination on
Ballon dOr award, Cristiano Ronaldo, the star forward for Portugal and his club Real Madrid
claimed the prestigious FIFA Ballon dOr award. After being voted the worlds best football player
for 2013, Ronaldo received his second FIFA Ballon dOr on January 13
th
, 2014 in Zurich.
20
th
Annual Life OK Screen Awards The Kamla Pasand 20
th
Annual Life OK Screen Awards were
presented to various actors and film personalities in different categories on January 14
th
, 2014 at a
glittering award ceremony at the MMRDA Grounds in Mumbai.
The list of the major award winners of Life OK Screen awards
Best film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Best Director Shoojit Sircar (Madras Caf)
Best Actor (Male) Farhan Akhtar (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag)
Best Actor (Female) Deepika Padukone (Goliyon ki Raasleela-Ram-Leela, Chennai Express)
Ramnath Goenka Memorial Award Madras Caf
Best Music Pritam Chakraborty (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani)
Best Special Effects Red Chillies (Krrish 3)
Lifetime Achievement Amitabh Bachchan
Popular Choice (Male) Shah Rukh Khan
Popular Choice (Female) Deepika Padukone
Mammen Mathew Honoured with Journalism Award A prestigious journalism award, instituted
by a trust founded by Lokamanya Tilak, was conferred on Mammen Mathew, Chief Editor and
Managing Director of Malayala Manorama.
71
st
Golden Globe Awards were distributed to several films and actors in different categories on
January 12
th
, 2013 in Los Angeles (USA).
Category Winner
Best Drama Film 12 Years a Slave
Best Actor (Drama Film) Mathhew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Actress (Drama Film) Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
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BCCI Awards 2012-13: 7
th
annual awards were conferred on various Indian cricketers for their
fabulous performance in cricket between 1
st
October, 2012 and September 30
th
, 2013 on January 11
th
,
2014 in Mumbai. The list of the BCCI award winners as follows
C.K. Nayudu Trophy for Lifetime Achievement Kapil Dev
Polly Umrigar Award for Best International Cricket 2012-13 R. Ashwin
Best Woman Cricketer M.D. Thirushkamini
Best India player in 2013-14 Test Series Vs. West Indies Rohit Sharma
59
th
Idea Filmfare Awards 2013 ceremony was organized at Yashraj Studio in Andheri, Mumbai on
24
th
January, 2014. Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra were the host of the glittering award
ceremony.
Best Film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Best Actor Farhan Akhtar
Best Actress Deepika Padukone
Best Director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Lifetime Achievement Award Tanuja
The RD Burman Award Sidharth Mahadevan
Miss South India 2014 Abhishikta Shetty of Karnataka on 19
th
January, 2014 was crowned Miss
South India 2014.
DSC prize for South Asian literature 2014 Mumbai-based author-journalist Cyrus Mistry won the
prestigious DSC prize for South Asian literature for 2014 on 18
th
January, 2014 for his book
Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer. Mistry is the second Indian to win the award. The award was won
last year by Jeet Thayil for his debut novel Narcopolis.
Thiruvalluvar Day Awards 2014 Taiwanese poet Yu Si was on 15
th
January, 2014 presented the
Thiruvalluvar award by the Tamil Nadu government on the occasion of Thiruvalluvar Day. Yu Si
has translated Thirukural in Mandarin.
Athletes of the Year Award 2013 Basketball star LeBron James and Tennis Champion Serena
Williams was chosen the Associated Presss 2013 male and female athletes of the year, on 26 and 25
December, 2013 respectively. It was the third time for Williams to win the award, following 2002
and 2009.
P.K. Goyal, Director of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) was awarded the Best CFO Award on 12
January, 2014.
Cyrus Mistry won the DSC prize 2014 for South Asian literature for his book Chronicles of a Corpse
Bearer on 18
th
January, 2014.
The Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Kumari Selja on 7
th
January, 2014 gave away the
Dr. Ambedkar National Merit Awards to meritorious students belonging to Scheduled Castes and
Scheduled Tribes.
Centre for Study of Society and Secularism (CSSS), Mumbai on 25
th
January, 2014 was selected for
the National Communal Harmony Awards 2013 in the organisation category.
Anand Kumar, a mathematician and founder of Super 30 classes was conferred with the 2014
Ramanujan Mathematics Award in Rajkot on 27 January 2014.
Deepika Padukone and Farhan Akhtar won the Best Actress and Best Actor awards respectively on
15
th
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SPORTS/ GAME
August2013
TENNIS Rogers Cup Tennis Tournament 2013 on 11 August, 2013 in Montreal, Canada.
Mens Singles - Rafael Nadal (Spain) defeated Milos Raonic (Canada). He was also won
Rogers cup in 2005 and 2008.
Womens Singles - Serena Williams (US) defeated Sorana Cirstea (Roman)
BADMINTON World Badminton Championships 2013
Womens Singles - Ratchanok Intanon Gold Medal Thailand
- Li Xuerui Silver Medal China
- Bae Yeon Ju Bronze Medal Korea
- Pusarla Venkata Sindhu (P.V. Sindhu) Bronze Medal India
Womens Doubles - Wang Xiaoli & Yu Yang Gold Medal China
- Eom Hye Won & Jang Ye-Na-Silver Medal Korea
Mens Singles - Lin Dan Gold Medal China
- Lee Chong Wei Silver Medal Malaysia
Mens Doubles - Mohammad Ahsan & Hendra Setiawan Gold Medal Indonesia
- Mathias Boe & Carsten Mogensen Silver Medal Denmark
Mixed Doubles - Tontowi Ahmad & Liliyana Natsir Gold Medal Indonesia
- Ma Jin & Xu Chen Silver Medal China
Inaugural Indian Badminton League (IBL) started off The first season of the Indian
Badminton League (IBL) started on 14 August, 2013 at New Delhi. The IBL is the franchise
league which is proposed by Badminton Association of India (BAI). The Schedule of the IBL is 14
August, 2013 to 31 August, 2013. Deepika Padukone and Amir Khan are the brand ambassadors
of the IBL.
The six teams at the inaugural IBL:
1. Krrish Delhi Smashers 4. Pune Pistons
2. Banga Beats (Bangalore) 5. Awadhe Warriors (Lucknow)
3. Hyderabad Hotshots 6. Mumbai Masters
Six icon players from India include Jwala Gutta (Krrish Delhi Smashers), Ashwini Ponnappa
(Pune Pistons), Lee Chong Wei (Mumbai Masters), P Kashyap (Banga Beats), Saina Nehwal
(Hyderabad Hotshots), and PV Sindhu (Awadhe Warriors).
Hyderabad Hotshots led by Saina Nehwal emerged as the Champions of the inaugural
Indian Badminton League when they thrashed Awadhe Warriors 3-1 in the final at the
National Sports Club of India in Mumbai on August 31, 2013.
ATHLETICS Para-athlete Devendra Jhajharia has created history by becoming the first
differently-abled Indian to win a gold at the IPC Athletics World Championships as he bagged the
yellow metal in javelin throw in the sixth edition of the event in Lyon, France.
HOCKEY Junior Women Hockey World Cup 2013 Indian Junior Women Hockey team won its
first ever Bronze medal in ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup at Monchengladbac, Germany on 4
August, 2013. India beat England by 3-2 in a penalty shoot-out. The Netherlands won the final
against Argentina 4-2 in the shoot-out and clinched the trophy for a record third time.
CHESS Politiken Chess Cup 2013 Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi, the chess player from India
won the Denmarks Politiken Cup on 5 July, 2013 at Copenhagen, Denmark.
GOLF US PGA Golf Championship 2013 American Jason Dufner won his first golf major,
taking out the US PGA Championship on 11 August, 2013 by two shots, two years after being
beaten for the title in a playoff.
Tiger Woods clinched the WGC Bridestone Golf Title on August 4, 2013 in emphatic style by
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ARCHERY Paralympian swimmer Sharath Gayakwad has finished seventh in the 100m
breaststroke finals at the IPC World Swimming Championships in Montreal, Canada. At the event,
World Record holder Ukranian Andriy Kalyna won the gold medal, Austrian Andreas Onea won
silver and Krzysztof Paterka from Poland settled for the bronze.
BASKETBALL FIBA Asian Mens Basketball Championship Iran routed the Philippines 85-71
to bag gold at the 27
th
FIBA Asian mens basketball championship on 11 August, 2013.
SQUASH Teen sensation Kush Kumar has given India its first gold medal of the second Asian
Youth Games in Nanjing, China. He bagged the coveted yellow metal in squash to cap off an
impressive undefeated run in the quadrennial event.
WORLD GAMES 2013 took place in Cali, Colombia from 25 July, 2013 to 4 August, 2013.
Indias Performance at the World Games 2013 Aditya Mehta, the Professional Snooker Player of
India won the maiden Gold Medal in 2013 World Games in Snooker discipline.
India also won one silver medal in the invitational sports category. Invitational sports included
Softball, Canoe marathon, Duathlon, Road speed skating and Wushu.
Medal Table
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1. Italy 18 13 18 49
2. Russia 17 23 13 53
3. France 16 11 13 40
4. Germany 15 7 8 30
5. China 14 6 2 22

World Athletics Championships 2013 The 14
th
World Championship in Athletics were held in
Moscow, Russia from 10-18 August, 2013. Russia won the most gold medals to top the table for the
first time since 2001. The United States won the most overall medals.
Winners
Event Mens Womens
100 metres - Usain Bolt, Jamaica Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jamaica
200 metres - Usain Bolt, Jamaica Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jamaica
400 metres - LaShawn Merritt, United States Christine Ohuruogu, Great Britain
800 metres - Mohammed Aman, Ethiopia Eunice Jepkoech Sum, Kenya
1500 metres - Asbel Kiprop, Kenya Abeba Aregawi, Sweden
5000 metres - Mo Farah, Great Britain Meseret Defar, Ethiopia
10,000 metres - Mo Farah, Great Britain Tirunesh Dibaba, Ethiopia
Marathon - Stephen Kiprotich, Uganda Edna Kiplagat, Kenya
110 metres hurdles - David Oliver, United States Brianna Rollins, United States
400 metres hurdles - Jehue Gordon, Trinidad and Tobago Zuzana Hejnova, Czech Republic
3000 metres
steeplechase - Ezekiel Kemboi, Kenya Milcah Chemos Cheywa, Kenya
20 kilometres walk - Aleksandr Ivanov, Russia Elena Lashmanova, Russia
50 kilometres walk - Robert Heffernan, Ireland
4 100 metres relay - Jamaica Jamaica
4 400 metres relay - United Sates Russia
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Pole vault - Raphael Holzdeppe, Germany Yelena Isinbayeva, Russia
Long jump - Aleksandr Menkov, Russia Brittney Reese, United States
Triple jump - Teddy Tamgho, France Caterine Ibarguen, Colombia
Shot put - David Storl, Germany Valerie Adams, New Zealand
Discus throw - Robert Harting, Germany Sandra Perkovic, Croatia
Javelin throw - Vitezslav Vesely, Czech Republic Christina Obergfoll, Germany
Hammer throw - Pawel Fajdek, Poland Tatyana Lysenko, Russia
Decathlon - Ashton Eaton, United States Hanna Melnychenko, Ukraine
WRESTLING World Junior Wrestling Championships Satywart Kadian of India won a bronze
medal in the 96-kg freestyle at the World Junior Wrestling Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria on 17
August, 2013. Satywart Kadian has also won a bronze medal at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games.
National Sports Awards 2013
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award Trap shooter Ronjan Sodhi, the first Indian to win two back-
to-back World Cup gold medals, has been named for the prestigious award.
Arjuna Awardees:
Virat Kohli - Cricket Chekrovolu Swuro - Archery
Renjith Maheshwary - Athletics Abhijeet Gupta - Chess
Kavita Chahal - Boxing Rupesh Shah - Snooker
Gaganjeet Bhullar - Golf Saba Anjum - Hockey
Rajkumari Rathore - Shooting Joshna Chinappa - Squash
Mouma Das - Table Tennis Neha Rathi - Wrestling
Dharmendra Dalal - Wrestling Amit Kumar Saroha - Parasports
P.V. Sindhu - Badminton (was not present at the ceremony to receive her Aurjuna
Award.
Dronacharya Award:
Poornima Mahato - Archery; Anil Mann - Athletics (Life contribution in coaching)
Mahavir Singh - Boxing; Raj Singh - Wrestling (Life contribution in
coaching)
Narinder Singh Saini - Hockey ; K.P. Thomas - Athletics
Dhyan Chand Awards:
Mary Dsouza Sequeira - Athletics; Sayed Ali - Hockey
Anil Mann - Wrestling; Girraj Singh - Para Sports (Athletics)
GRAND PRIX Belgian Grand Prix F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel stamped his authority
on a processional Belgian Grand Prix on August 25 to chalk up his fifth win in 11 races of this
season and stretch his overall lead to 46 points.
September2013
CRICKET- India retained their top position in the ICC one day international team rankings list,
while Virat Kohli remained the highest-ranked Indian batsman at the fourth spot in the latest list
issued.
Ashes 2013 Test Series England cricket team won Ashes Test Series-2013 by 3-0 against
Australia after the fifth Test ended in a draw on 25 August, 2013.
The cricketing country which has announced to host India in 2014 for five Test Matches for the
first time in 50 years - England
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Tokyo will host 2020 Summer Olympic Games Tokyo on 7 September, 2013 won the right to host
the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Japan won the right to host Olympic Games for the second time.
It had previously hosted the Games in 1964.
TENNIS
US Open 2013
Mens Singles winner - Rafael Nadal (Spanish)
Womens Singles winner - Serena Williams (US)
Mens Doubles winners - Leander Paes (India) and Radek Stepanek (Czech Republic)
defeated Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares
Womens Doubles winners - Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka (Czech Republic)
Mixed Doubles winners - Andrea Hlavackova and Max Mirnyi
Korea Open 2013
Womens Singles - Agnieska Radwanska (Poland) defeated A. pavlyuchenkova
(Russia).
Womens Doubles - Chan Chin-wei (Taiwan)/ Xu Yifan (China) defeated R. Kops-
Jones/A. Spears (USA).
HOCKEY Asia Cup Hockey 2013 South Korea defeated India 4-3 in the final of the Asia Cup
Hockey at Ipoh, Malaysia on 1 September, 2013.
CYCLING Dutch cyclist breaks world record A 23 year old Dutch cyclist, Sebastiaan Bowier,
has pedaled his way to a world record, hitting a speed of more than 133.78 kmph in US. He is
become the Planets fastest cyclist.
TABLE TENNIS Chinese paddler Liu Shiwen on 23 September 2013 won womens table tennis
World Cup after defeating teammate Wu Yang in four sets. The tournament was held in Kobe,
Japan.
FOOT BALL Durand Cup Football 2013 Kolkatas Mohammedan Sporting club won the 126
th

Durand Foot ball tournament as it defeated ONGC 2-1 in the final at the Ambedkar Stadium in New
Delhi on 19 September 2013. They have lifted the cup after 73 years having won it back in 1940.
SAFF Football Championship 2013 Afghanistan won the South Asian Football Federations
(SAFF) Championship 2013 on 11 September, 2013, defeating India, the defending champions by
2-0. This is maiden international trophy lifted by Afghanistan in Football.
The football team that has shelled out a whopping USD 132 mn, highest till date in football, to
secure footballer Gareth Bale with it Real Madrid
In El Salvador, the Football Federation has imposed a lifetime ban on 14 members of the
countrys national team for match fixing. Another 3 players were banned for six to 18 months.
Only one of the 22 players involved was cleared. The players were accused of receiving bribes in
matches against Mexico in 2011 and a 4-2 loss against Paraguay in February 2013.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on 8 September, 2013 announced that wrestling will
be the part of Olympics in the 2020 and 2024 Games. It was dropped by the IOC executive board in
February 2013.
Wrestling easily defeated bids from baseball/ softball and squash to regain its Olympic status.
Wrestling got the majority of 49 votes in a secret ballot among 95 member of the International
committee.
Rugby sevens (made up of seven players, instead of the usual 15) and golf will be added in 2016
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WRESTLING World Wrestling Championship 2013 Indian wrestler Bajrang Kumar has
bagged a bronze medal in the 60 kilogram freestyle category at the World Wrestling
Championships in Budapest, Hungary on 17 September, 2013.
Earlier, Amit Kumar had won a Silver medal in the 55 Kg freestyle category, after losing to
Iranian Hassan Farman Rahimi.
ARCHERY Deepika Kumari went down fighting to Koreas Yun Ok Hee in the final of the
Archery World Cup in Paris thereby settling for silver on September 22, 2013. The final leg was
contested on August 19-25 in Wroclaw, Poland, and the finals in Paris on September 21-22, 2013.
Indian womens Recurve team defeated the South Korean team to win gold medal in the World Cup
Archery Stage 4, at Wroclaw, Poland on August 25, 2013.
CHESS Barcelona Sants Open Former world under 16 champion B. Adhiban won the
Barcelona Sants Open chess tournament after defeating Vladimir Burmakin, which concluded at
Barcelona on September 2, 2013.
ATHLETICS 53
rd
Open National Championships Railways retained the overall championship
at the conclusion of the 53
rd
Open National Athletics Championships at the Birsa Munda Stadium
on September 10, 2013.
Diamond League Usain Bolt won the 100m race at the Diamond League in Brussels on
September 6, 2013.
F1 RACE Belgian Grand Prix The race was won by Sebastian Vettel in a Red Bull-Renault
extending his lead for 2013 to 46 points. Second was Fernando Alonso in a Ferrari, and third was
Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes.
Singapore Grand Prix held on September 22, 2013 at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Marina
Bay, Singapore. 1
st
- Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), 2
nd
Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) and 3
rd
Kimi
Raikkonen (Lotus).
Italian Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel drove to a polished victory for Red Bull in Italian Grand
Prix on September 8, 2013.
GOLF Omega European Masters Thomas Bjorn of Denmark emerged victorious defeating
Craig Lee on September 8, 2013.
Henrik Stenson shot a five-under-par final round to win the Deutsche Bank Championship in
Boston in September 2013.
BOXING The International Boxing Association (IBA) as set Dec 4 as the new deadline for the
Indian Boxing Federation (IBF) to hold its elections.
October2013
India Sports 2014 Union Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and Federation of Indian Chambers
of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) on Commerce and Industry (FICCI) on 23 October 2013
launched India Sports 2014 to promote sports among youth in the country. India sports 2014 was
launched during the 5
th
Global Sports Summit at New Delhi on 23 October 2013. It would be
organized at the National Stadium and Federation House, FICCI, New Delhi.
ARCHERY India wins Gold in 18
th
Asian Archery Competition - Indias mens compound
Archery team on 31 October 2013 won a gold medal in the 18
th
Asian Archery competition held at
Chinese Taipei. Abhishek Verma, Ratan Singh, Sandeep Kumar forming the compound team
defeated the Korean trio of Lihong Min, Yong Hee Choi and Jongho Kim 233-231 to win the gold.
BILLIARDS Ding Junhui wins Indian Open Snooker Title 2013 Ding Junhui of China won the
2013 Indian Open Snooker title with a 5-0 victory over Aditya Mehta of India in New Delhi on 18
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IBSF World 6-Red Snooker Championship Indian women pair of Vidya Pillai and Arantxa
Sanchis won the gold for team title in the 2013 IBSF World 6-red Snooker Championship after
defeating Hong Kong in the final at Carlow, Ireland on 6 October 2013.
CRICKET North and South Zone are Declared Joint Winners of Duleep Trophy North Zone
and South Zone were declared joint winners of the Duleep Trophy 2013- 14 after the fifth days play
of the final match was called off due to bad weather in Kochi on 21 October 2013.
Mumbai Indians Clinch Champions League Twenty-20 Mumbai Indians clinched the
Champions League Twenty-20 title by defeating Rajasthan Royals by 33 runs in New Delhi on 6
October 2013.
Afghanistan Qualifies for World Cup 2015 Afghanistan Cricket team on 4 October 2013
qualified for its maiden ICC World Cup after defeating Kenya by seven wickets at World Cricket
League Championship in Sharjah. With this win Afghanistan also became the 20
th
team to gain
entry into the tournament overall.
F1 - Indian Grand Prix 2013 Sebastian Vettel, the Red Bull driver on 27 October 2013 won the
Formula One Indian Grand Prix 2013 at Buddha International Circuit. This is the third continuous
victory of Vettel in the Indian Grand Prix. This is the tenth victory of the season of Vettel and thirty
sixth victory of his career.
Consecutive Wins Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull): 9 wins (2013) : Belgian, Italian, Singapore, Korean,
Japanese, Indian, Abu Dabhi, United States, Brazil
Australian Grand Prix 2013 Jorge Lorenzo won the Australian Grand Prix on 20 October 2013
at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in Phillip Island.
Arjun Maini became the youngest Indian to test Formula-3 cars, which reach speeds of up to 240
km/hr, in Italy with noted racing outfit Eurointernational recently.
HOCKEY 48
th
Bombay Gold Cup Indian Oil Corporation on 27 October 2013 defeated Air
India 5-3 to win the 48
th
Bombay Gold Cup hockey tournament at the MHA stadium, Mumbai.
TABLE TENNIS 2013 ITTF PTT Asian Table Tennis Championships Indian Table tennis
player Bhavina Hashmukhbhai Patel won silver medal at 2013 ITTF Para table tennis Asian
regional championships in Beijing on 21 October 2013. With this victory Bhavina Hashmukhbhai
Patel became the first Indian to win a silver medal at the ITTF Para table tennis Asian regional
championships.
TENNIS - Shanghai Masters 2013 Novak Djokovic on 15 October 2013 defeated Juan Del Potro.
WTA Championships Serena Williams retained her WTA Championships title with a win over
Chinas Lina on October 27, 2013 in Istanbul. It was the world number ones 78
th
win and 11
th

title of 2013.
Kremlin Tennis Cup Simona Halep of Romania defeated Samantha Stosur of Australia 7-6 (1),
6-2 to win the Kremlin Cup on 20 October 2013 at Moscow, Russia.
Japan Open Tennis Championship 2013 Top seeded Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentine
defeated third seeded Milos Roanic of Canada in Tokyo on 6 October 2013.
China Open 2013 Sania Mirza and Cara Black won the China Open tennis championship
trophy on 5 October 2013.
Swiss Indoors Argentinian Juan Del Potro defeated Roger Federer to win Swiss Open Indoor
tennis tournament for the second time on October 27, 2013.
ITF Doubles Title 2013 The Indian tennis pair Sanam Singh and Vijayant Malik on 12 October
2013 won the doubles title in the 15000 US dollars ITF Mens Futures Tennis Tournament at the
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Japan Open 2013 Indias lawn tennis player Rohan Bopanna with French partner Edouard
Roger Vasselin won the Rakuten Japan Open tennis championship on 6 October 2013 in
Tokyo.
National Tennis Championship Mohit Mayur of Chennai outplayed Arjun Kadhe 6-3, 6-1 in
the mens final of the Fenesta National tennis championship at the DLTA Complex in New Delhi
on October 19, 2013.
In the womens final Prerna Bhambri successfully defended her title beating Shweta Rana 7-5, 6-
2.
Third-seeded Hardeep Singh Sandhu from Ludhiana clinched the junior boys title beating
Tamil Nadus Mukund Sasikumar 7-6(3), 6-4.
In the junior Girls final, second-seeded Sai Samhitha failed to capitalize on a 5-4 lead in the first
set, but played increasingly well to defeat top seed Simran Kaur Sethi 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, in a match
that lasted two hours and 40 minutes.
CYCLING Indian Cyclist Deborah on 7 October 2013 won a gold medal in the womens junior
individual sprint at Asian Cycling Confederation (ACC) Track Asia Cup in Thailand.
SHOOTING Indian shooters bagged 37 medals at 6
th
Air Gun Shooting Championship which
concluded in Tehran, Iran on 26 October 2013. This includes nine golds. They also won 12 silver and
16 bronze medals.
6
th
Air Gun Shooting Championship Indian shooters pocketed 37 medals at 6
th
Air Gun
Shooting Championship which concluded in Tehran, Iran on October 26, 2013. This includes nine
golds. They also won 12 silver and 16 bronze medals. Eight of the gold medals were clinched in
the junior and youth categories. Kapil Kumar (10m Air Pistol Jr. Men), Samarjit Singh (10 m Air
Pistol Youth (Men), Malaika Goel (10M Air Pistol Youth Women) and Sanjee Rajput (50m Rifle
Prone Men) won individual Gold Medals.
World Cup Gold medalist Sanjeev Rajput wins the gold in mens 50-metre free rifle prone event,
as he beats Li Jiahong of China by 1.4 points in the Asian Air Gun shooting championship in
Tehran, Iran.
RUGBY Pakistan on 5
th
October 2013 defeated India in the final of Under-19 Asian Rugby
Championship 2013 in Lahore. Pakistan won the final match with the margin of 13-11 points.
SQUASH Indias ace Squash player Dipika Pallikal on 20 October 2013 won the Macau Open title
at Macau, China.
WRESTLING 9
th
Roustam E-International Indian Style wrestling title Indian Wrestler
Satyavrat on 12 October 2013 won the title at Vivekanand Sports Stadium, Katra after he defeated
wrestler Mykhalio Datsemko of Ukrain in the final bout.
Stricter Punishments for Athletes The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has approved
stricter punishments for athletes found guilty of doping, doubling bans to four years on November
15, 2013. The new code, which comes into effect from January 1, 2015, means offenders will miss at
least one Olympic Games. WADA also confirmed that Britians Sir Craig Reedie, will become its
new President from January 1, 2014. The former chairman of the British Olympic Association will
succeed John Fahey, who has been WADA President for the last six years.
WADA New Code-Key Changes
Bans for drug cheats will go up from two to four years.
Introduces more flexibility in the punishment of athletes who are found to have mistakenly
taken banned substances or who cooperate with doping investigations.
Stronger powers for anti-doping authorities to punish coaches and trainers who help athletes
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Allows WADA ability to tell sports for which illegal substances they should be testing.
JUDO Kalpana Devi on 5 October 2013 won bronze medal at the Judo tournament in Tashkent,
Uzbekistan. It was Indias first IJF Grand Prix medal.
November2013
CRICKET The seven match One Day International series between India and Australia was held in
India from October 13 to November 2, 2013. India won the series 3-2.
India-West Indies ODI Series: India won the one day series against West Indies by 2-1 on
November 27, 2013. This was the 6
th
ODI title win in a row for India after it defeated West Indies
by 5 wickets in the third and final match of the series at Kanpur. After India lost a series in
December 2012 against Pakistan, it had played six more series and had consecutively won all the
series.
India West Indies Test Series India won the test series against West Indies by the margin of 2-
0 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on November 16, 2013. The second and the last match of the
series was the last and final international game of Sachin Tendulkar.
South AfricaPakistan ODI Series South Africa defeated Pakistan 4-1 in the One-Day
International series in UAE on 11 November 2013. In the final match at Sharjah, the South Africa
defeated Pakistan by 117 runs to win the series.
India moves to second position in ICC test ranking In the latest ICC test ranking, India
moved to the second position, following the 2-0 victory over West Indies on 16 November 2013.
South Africa stood at the top position with 131 points, which is followed by India with 119
ratings point.
SWIMMING The 67
th
National swimming championship was held in Thiruvananthapuram from
November 20 to 24, 2013. Sajan Prakash of Railways broke Saurabh Sangvekars old mark in the
mens 400m freestyle event.
CHESS World Championship The Norwegian prodigy Magnus Carlsen dethroned defending
champion Viswanathan Anand 6.5-3.5 to win their best of 12 world chess title clash on November
22, 2013 in Chennai.
Mary Ann Gomes wins the International Woman Grandmaster Open Chess tournament in
Chennai.
FIDE World Chess Championship Magnus Carlsen from Norway defeated Viswananthan
Anand to became the new world chess champion on November 22, 2013.
The world champion-ship is a 12-game tournament held over 20 days, and the first player to
reach 6.5 points wins the series. For Anand, this was the first time he had failed to win a single
game in a world championship since 2007.
This years championship was held in Chennai, India and began on November 9, 2013. The
victory was worth 8.4 crore Rupees for Magnus Carlsen.
Anand settled for 5.6 crore Rupees. The match was sponsored by the Tamil Nadu state and
organized by FIDE and AICF.
The Magnus Carlsens victory was also the end of Anands six-year reign as the World
Champion. Magnus Carlsen, who became the youngest world No.1 at 19, also holds the record of
being the strongest rated player in chess history with a published rating of 2872, on 1 February
2013.
14 years old V.R. Arvind Chidambaram won Chennai Grandmaster International Open Chess
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GOLF Indian Open Golf Tournament: Mohammad Siddikur of Bangladesh carded a three-over
75, yet man aged a total of 274 to pip Anirban Lahiri and SSP Chowraisa of India, by one stroke to
win the Hero Indian Open golf tournament on November 10, 2013 at the Delhi Golf Club, New
Delhi.
Indian Open Golf: Thidapa Suwannapura shot a four-under 68 in the final round on November
30, 2013 to win the seventh Womens Indian Open in style at the Delhi Golf Club, her tally of
eight-under 208 seeing her beat Frenchwoman Valentine Derrey by three shots.
WGC-HSBC Championship Dustin Johnson won the HSBC Champions tournament in
Shanghai on November 3, 2013 claiming the biggest win of his career.
DP World Tour Henrik Stenson won the $8 million season-ending championship, thus
becoming the first player to win both the FedEx Cup and the Tour Championship on the PGA
Tour, and the Race to Dubai and the DP World Tour Championship on the European Tour on
November 17, 2013.
PGA Championships Adam Scott, the Masters champion and world number 2, secured his
first Australian PGA Championships on November 10, 2013.
2013 Golf World Cup Jason Day, Australian Golfer won the Golf world cup at The Royal
Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne on 24 November 2013.
HOCKEY 3
rd
womens Asian Champions Trophy 2013: The Indian womens hockey team had to
be content with a silver medal in the third Asian Champions Trophy after losing to host Japan by a
solitary goal in the summit clash at Kakamigahara, Japan on November 9, 2013.
3
rd
Mens Asian Champions Trophy 2013 Indian mens hockey team finished fifth at the 3
rd

Asian Champions Trophy at Kakamigahara, Japan on 10 November 2013.
India to Host Mens Hockey World Cup in 2018: India was selected by the International Hockey
Federation (FIH) on 7 November 2013 to host the Mens World Cup of Hockey in 2018. The finals
will be played from 1 to 16 December 2018. Also, England will host the Womens World Cup of
hockey from 7-21 July, 2018. India hosted the world cup in 2010 at New Delhi. The 2014 edition
of Hockey World Cup would be played in The Hague, Netherlands.
F1 MOTOR RACING
Brazilian Grand Prix Red Bulls quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel won the season-
ending Brazilian Grand Prix on November 24, 2013 to chalk up a record ninth victory in a row
and 13
th
of the year.
Abu Dhabi formula one Grand Prix 2013 Formula 1 racing driver, Sebastian Vettel on 3
November 2013 won the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit, Abu Dhabi.
US Grand Prix Red Bulls quadruple World Champion Sebastian Vettel wins the US Grand
Prix in Austin to become the first Formula One driver to take eight consecutive victories in a
single season.
Mark Webber Australian Mark Webber of team Red Bull has retired from Formula One after
producing a fine display during Brazilian Grand Prix to finish in second place and set the fastest
lap of the race on November 24, 2013. Webber was also a long-term director of the Grand Prix
Drivers Association, the Formula One drivers union.
RALLY Team MRFs Gaurav Gill creates history by becoming the first Indian to win the FIA Asia-
Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) title on day one of the Rally of China.
TENNIS The Czech Republic retained the Davis Cup tennis title after Radek Stepanek beat
Serbian youngster Dusan Lajovic in the decisive fifth rubber to seal a 3-2 final victory on November
17, 2013 in Belgrade.
FED Cup: Sara Errani romped to a 6-1, 6-1 win over Alisa Kleybanova to spur host Italy to its
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BNP Paribas Masters tennis tournament 2013: Novak Kjokovic of Serbia on 3 November 2013
won the BNP Paribas Masters Tennis tournament at Paris, France.
Davis Cup: The Czech Republic on 17 November 2013 defended the Davis Cup title 2013 after
Redek Stepanek defeated the Serbian Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-1, 6-1 in the fifth rubber of the final by
BNP Paribas Final in Belgrade.
Barclays ATP World Tour Title: Novak Djokovic on 11 November 2013 retained the Barclays
ATP World Tour Finals title after defeating the number one, Rafael Nadal.
SHOOTING Heena Sidhu Heena Sidhu became a part of the history by becoming the third
Indian pistol shooter to win Gold at the ISSF World Cup Final in the Womens 10-m Air Pistol event
on November 10, 2013 in Munich. She defeated World Champion Zorana Arunovic of Serbia.
All India G.V. Mavalankar Shooting Championship Host West Bengal topped the medals
tally of the 23
rd
All India G.V. Mavalankar Shooting Championship which concluded at the
Chandmari Range on November 16, 2013. It is for the first time that Bengal has topped the medal
table of national level shooting championship.
6
th
Air Gun Shooting Championship Indian shooters pocketed 37 medals at 6
th
Air Gun
Shooting Championship which concluded in Tehran, Iran on October 26, 2013. This includes nine
golds. They also won 12 silver and 16 bronze medals. Eight of the gold medals were clinched in
the junior and youth categories. Kapil Kumar (10m Air Pistol Jr. Men), Samarjit Singh (10m Air
Pistol Youth Men), Malaika Goel (10m Air Pistol Youth Women) and Sanjeev-Rajput (50m Rifle
Prone Men) won individual Gold Medals.
ATHLETICS - SAFF Junior Athletics Championship India emerged as overall champion in 2
nd

SAFF Junior Athletics Championships on November 12, 2013. Indians won 52 medals including 20
golds. Second position was grabbed by Sri Lanka winning 34 medals. Third and Fourth position
was secured by Bangladesh and Pakistan respectively.
WEIGHT LIFTING Deepak Lathore- Indian weightlifter, Deepak Lathore won Gold and two
Silver medals in the Boys 50 Kg category of the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships on
November 25, 2013 at Penang, Malaysia. Lathore took the Gold in Snatch with a lift of 83 kg. In
Clean and Jerk, he lifted 102 kg to claim the Silver. With a total lift of 185 kg, he won another Silver
in the event.
Ali Jawad wins gold at the Asian Open Champion Ships: British Paralympic power lifter Ali
Jawad on 5 November 2013 won gold at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Asian
Open Championships with a world-record lift.
Power lifting is open to all athletes with a physical disability and is classified by weight alone.
Powerlifters competing at the Paralympics have disabilities including paralysis, cerebral palsy
and lower limb amputation. Both male and female competitors take part in 10 weight classes.
BASKET BALL The Indian womens team finishes fifth in Level I, its best performance in history,
as it defeats Malaysia 74-59 in the relegation play-off match in the 25
th
FIBA Asia womens
basketball championship in Bangkok.
December2013
MARATHAN Delhi Half Marathan: Atsedu Tsegay of Ethiopia conquered a competitive mens
elite athlete field and also set a new course record to win the Airtel Delhi half marathon on
December 15, 2013.
The Results: Men Women
1. Atsedu Tsegay of Ethiopia 1. Florence Kiplagat of Kenya
2. Geoffrey Kipsand of Kenya 2. Gladys Cherono of Kenya
3. Wilson Kiprop of Kenya 3. Lucky Kabuu of Kenya
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Ugandas Ismail Ssenyange wins his second full marathon in as many years by clocking a time of
two hours 32 minutes and 21 seconds at the Wipro Chennai Marathon.
Cochin Half Marathon: Bernard Kipyego of Kenya grabbed the mens gold in the first Muthoot
Finance Cochin International Half Marathon at the Maharajas Stadium in Kochi on December
29, 2013.
BADMINTON MACAU OPEN GRAND PRIX: P.V. Sindhu continued to take giant strides
towards asserting herself as a rising star in Indian badminton by lifting the Macau Open Grand Prix
Gold title with a thumping win over Canadas Michelle Li in the summit clash in Macau on
December 1, 2013.
BWF World Superseries Badminton Tournament Winners 2013
Mens Singles: Malaysias Lee Chong Wei won the Badminton World Federation (BWF)
World Superseries Mens Singles title after defeated Indonesias Tommy
Sugiarto in the final at Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on 15 December.
Womens Singles: Li Xuerui of China won the title. She Defeated Chinese Taipeis Tai Tzu Ying.
National Badminton Championship: Petroleum completed the routine of extending its lease on
the National team badminton titles, for the 15
th
year in succession, after dismissing Air India in
just over two hours in the ATS 69
th
National team badminton championship in New Delhi on
December 19, 2013.
Mens Doubles: Pranav Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar beat Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy.
Womens Doubles: Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa beat Pradnya Gadre and N Sikki Reddy.
Mixed Doubles: Arun Vishnu and Aparna Balan beat K Tarun and Ashwini Ponnappa.
HOCKEY Junior Men World Cup: Propelled by Niklas Wellens hat-trick, the five time champion
Germany asserted its class and decimated an unheralded France 5-2 in the summit clash in the
junior hockey World Cup at the National Stadium in New Delhi on December 15, 2013.
Final Standing: 1. Germany, 2. France, 3. The Netherlands, 4. Malaysia, 5. Australia, 6. Belgium, 7.
New Zealand, 8. Korea, 9. Pakistan, 10. India, 11. Argentina, 12. South Africa, 13. Spain, 14. England,
15. Egypt, 16. Canada.
Player of the final: Kiklas Wellen (Germany)
Player of the tournament: Christopher Rhur (Germany)
Top scorer: Christopher Rhur
Best goalkeeper: Edgar Raynaud (France)
KABADDI World Cup Kabaddi (Mens): India beat Pakistan 48-39 to emerge champion in the
fourth World Cup Kabaddi in Ludhiana on December 14, 2013. Defending champion India retained
the title for the fourth consecutives term defeating Pakistan by a margin of nine points.
World Cup Kabaddi (Womens): India on 12 December won the womens Kabaddi World Cup
championship for the third time in a row, defeating New Zealand.
GOLF Ganganjeet Bhullar of India bags his fifth career title on the Asian Tour as he completes a
start-to-finish win at the Indonesia Open golf in Jakarta. It is his first title of 2013 and the second in
Indonesia.
ATHLETIC Gayathri Sivakumar, the 12-year old from Kochi, soars to a new meet record in the
girls under-14 high jump event at the 29
th
junior National athletics championship in Bangalore. PU
Chitra, another Kerala athlete, rewrites the meet record in the girls under-20 1500-metre event.
The 17-year old West Bengal girl Swapna Barman sails over the bar at 1.71 metres to better
Kavya Muthannas eight year old National mark of 1.70 metres at the 29
th
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Four National records and four meet records are established at the 29
th
junior national athletics
championships in Bangalore. Mahashri Baloda of Delhi sets new National mark in the girls
under-14 shot put event.
The 17-year old Athira Surendran of Kerala annexes the girls U-18 triple jump gold with a
National record in the 29
th
junior National athletics championship in Bangalore.
SHOOTING 57
th
National Shooting Championship: Olympic silver medalist Vijay Kumar
defends the 25-metre rapid fire pistol title in the 57
th
National shooting championship at the Dr.
Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad.
Best Shooters: Men: Vijay Kumar Women: Raj Chaudhary
Men: Women:
50m free pistol: Prakash Nanjappa 10m air pistol: Malaika Goel
25m rapid fire pistol: Vijay Kumar Skeet: Rashmee Rathore
Skeet: Man Singh 50m rifle prone: Raj Chaudhary
Air Pistol: Dharmendra Singh 25m sports pistol: Anita Devi
Free rifle prone: Rakesh Manpat Rifle 3-position: Elizabeth Susan Kosy
Trap: Anirudh Singh Trap: Shagun Chowdhary
Standard pistol: Samaresh Jung Air rifle: Mampi Das
Free rifle 3-position: Sanjeev Rajput Double trap: Shreysi Singh
Double trap: Ronjan Sodhi
Air rifle: Abhinav Bindra
Centre fire pistol: Pemba Tamang
In the Junior Trap shooting, Olympic Silver-medalist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathores teenaged
son Manavaditya clinched double golds.
Ishan Goel of Uttar Pradesh won Gold in 50m Rifle Prone Junior event with 614.8 score,
Navdeep Singh Rathore (614.1) of Madhya Pradesh clinched Silver and UP Shooter Daniyal Raza
Zaidi (611.7) claimed Bronze.
CHESS GM Samvel Ter Sahakyan of Armenia wins the SERI International Grandmasters chess
championship in Kolkata.
TENNIS Andy Murray, the first British tennis Player to win the Wimbledon in 77 years, is
crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year, due to his landmark victory against Novak Djokovic in
July 2013. The surprise runner-up was Wales and Lions rugby star Leigh Halfpenny.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced on 18 December that Serena Williams and
Novak Djokovic have been named the 2013 ITF World Champions.
World No. 1 Serena Williams of the USA wins the season-opening WTA Brisbane International
tennis tournament beating Victoria Azarenka.
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal of Spain defeats Gael Monfils of France to win the Qatar Open tennis
title. It is Nadals 61
st
career title.
ARCHERY Deepika Kumari of Jharkhand wins two gold medals in the womans recurve 70
metre and 60 metre with new National records on the opening day of the 34
th
senior National
archery championship in Jamshedpur.
TABLE TENNIS - ONGC defeats Oil India 3-a to win the womens team title in the all-India public
sector table tennis tournament in Thiruvananthapuram.
WEIGHT LIFTING Junior National Weightlifting Championships The 50
th
mens and 26
th

womens Junior National Weightlifting Championships were organised from December 26 to 29,
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S. Mirabai Chanu of Manipur set a record in womens 48 kg class snatch clearing 75 kg, which
bettered her own record of 74 kg.
The second record fell to Punjabs Harshdeep Kaur in 53 kg snatch. She lifted 79 kg, one kg
better than M. Santoshi of Andhra Pradeshs record.
January2014
CRICKET - India Won under-19 Asia Cup Title by defeating Pakistan by 40 runs in a high-scoring
final at Sharjah cricket Stadium in Abu Dabi on 4
th
January.
Corey Anderson Hits the Fastest ODI Century New Zealands all-rounder Corey Anderson
scripted history by cracking the fastest century in One Day International Cricket on January 1
st
,
2014 against West Indies in Queenstown.
TENNIS
Qatar ExxonMobil Open - Rafael Nadal of Spain won the Qatar ExxonMobil Open title on 4
January. He defeated Frances Gael Monfils in the Mens Singles final at Doha. It was his 61
st

ATP title.
Australian Open Tennis Tournament Winners 2014
Womens Singles: Li Na of China defeated Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia
Mens Singles: Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland defeated Rafael Nadal of Spain
Womens doubles: Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci
Mens doubles: Lukasz Kudot (Poland) and Robert lindstedt (Sweden)
Mixed doubles: Daniel Nestor (Canada) and Kristina Mladenovic (France)
Brisbane International Tennis Tournament Winners 2014
Womens Singles: Serena Williams of US defeated Victoria Azarenka of Belarus
Mens Singles: Lleyton Hewitt of Australia defeated Roger Federer of Switzerland
Hopman Cup The Results (Final)
France bt Poland (2-1)
Mens Singles: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) bt Grzegorz Panfil (Poland)
Womens Singles: Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) bt Alize Cornet (France)
Mixed Doubles: Cornet and Tsonga bt Radwanska and Panfil
Chennai Open 2014
Top seed Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland clinched the mens singles title of Chennai Open by
sailing past Frances Edouard Roger-Vasselin. It is the fifth ATP world tour title of Wawrinka.
TABLE TENNIS 75
th
Senior National Table Tennis Championship Sanil Shetty and Ankita
Das won their maiden mens and womens singles championship at the 75
th
Senior National Table
Tennis Championships held on 12
th
January, 2014.
ATHLETICS - Anju Bobby George Declared World Athletics Gold Medalist For 2005 Indian
Long jumper Anju Bobby George on 13 January 2014 became the first Indian track and field athlete
to win a gold medal in a major world event after international governing body International
Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) upgraded her second place finish at the 2005 Monaco
World Athletics Championships final to the top spot.
HOCKEY - Netherlands Won Hockey World League 2014 The Netherlands on 18 January won
the first ever Hockey World League final after defeating New Zealand by 7-2 in New Delhi. Belgium
retained his fifth place, while India secured sixth place.
BADMINTON Saina Nehwal won the Syed Modi International India Grand Prix Badminton
title 2014 on 26 January. She defeated PV Sindhu in the womens singles final at Lucknow in Uttar
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FOOTBALL Churchill Brothers Wins Federation Cup Football Title as it thrashed the higher-
ranked sporting club de Goa in the summit clash to lift the coveted football title at the Jawaharlal
Nehru Stadium in Kochi on January 25
th
, 2014.
CHESS Parsvnath International Chess Tournament 2014 Grandmaster and Commonwealth
champion Abhijeet Gupta on 16
th
January, 2014 won the 12
th
Parsvnath Delhi International
Grandmasters Chess Tournament.
GOLF Sony Open Golf Tournament 2014 US player Jimmy Walker won the Sony Open Golf
Tournament held in Hawaii on 12
th
January, 2014.
REPORT
August2013
Forbes list of highest-paid athletes The captain of the Indian Cricket Team, Mahendra Singh
Dhoni, 31, was ranked at the 16
th
position in the recent Forbes list of highest-paid athletes. At the
first position was golfer Tiger Woods. He was followed by the tennis player Roger Federer. In the
list of highest-paid female athletes, Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova topped the list.
Forbes magazine released its list of top earning celebrities on August 27. Pop star Madonna
topped Forbes highest earning celebrities list for the year 2013 as her MDNA tour boosted her
estimated earning to $125 million between June 2012 and June 2013.
September2013
According to Foreign Policy magazines report, Karachi is the most dangerous megacity in the
world, regarding to maximum cases of murders in the city.
The country that ranked on top in the second World Happiness Report published by the UN
General Assembly recently Denmark
Significant progress in bringing down under-5 Mortality India has made a steady progress in
reducing the mortality rate of children below 5 years. It declined from 2.5 million in 2001 to 1.5
million in 2012 a fall of 3.7 per cent annually but female child mortality continued to exceed male
mortality.
India Rural Development Report 2012-13 released by Jairam Ramesh on September 26, 2013 also
shows that while rural poverty has reduced significantly from over 40% to just 26%, there is large
variation in poverty reduction between regions, districts and social classes with persistent pockets
of deprivation.
Raghuram Panels recommendations A panel headed by Raghuram Rajan has recommended a
new index of backwardness to determine which States need special assistance.
Least and most developed States according to the Raghuram Rajan Panel
Least developed Most developed (In Ascending Order)
1. Odisha (most backward) 6. Arunachal Pradesh 1. Haryana
2. Bihar 7. Assam 2. Uttarakhand
3. Madhya Pradesh 8. Meghalaya 3. Maharashtra
4. Chhattisgarh 9. Uttar Pradesh 4. Punjab
5. Jharkhand 10. Rajasthan 5. Tamil Nadu
6. Kerala
7. Goa (most developed)
Savings by Indian households According to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) data, released in
September 2013, the gross financial saving of India household rose 15 per cent to Rs.11 lakh crore in
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October2013
Four Indians listed in fortune top 50 women business leaders 2013: ICICI Bank CEO Chanda
Kochhar has been ranked 4
th
, followed by National Stock Exchange chief Chitra Ramkrishna at 17
th
,
Axis Banks Shikha Sharma at 32
nd
and HSBCs Naina Lal Kidwai at 42
nd
place among the Indians
on the international list of most powerful women in business.
Global Gender Gap Report 2013 In the Global Gender Gap Report 2013, which was published on
25 October 2013 by World Economic Forum- India, was ranked 101 out of 136 countries on Gender
Gap Index. The Global Gender Gap Report 2013 revealed that worlds gender gaps narrowed
slightly in 2013 on the back of definite if not universal improvements in economic equality and
political participation between the sexes. The worst performing countries are Yemen (136), Pakistan
(135) and Chad (134).
Global Slavery Index 2013 The inaugural Global Slavery Index published on 17 October 2013
revealed that around 30 million people across the world were living in the modern-day slavery.
Global Tuberculosis Report 2013 released by World Health Organization reveled that,
Tuberculosis (TB) disease killed 1.3 million people worldwide in 2012, while India alone accounted
for 26 percent of total TB cases globally. The Global Tuberculosis Report 2013 released on 23
October 2013 at London.
List of Best Business Destinations in India Bangalore topped the list of best business
destinations in India as per the study done by Global Initiative for Restructuring Environment and
Management on 21 October 2013. It was ranked on the basis of socio-economic and infrastructure
factors. Chennai is at the second position, followed by Mumbai and Pune.
15.7 million undernourished in developed countries About 842 million people, or roughly one in
eight, suffered from chronic hunger in 2011-13, down from 868 million people reported for the 2010-
12 period, according to the new State of Food Insecurity in the World, 2013, report released on
October 1, 2013 by United Nations food agencies.
Interestingly, the agencies observed that while a vast majority of hungry people lived in
developing regions, 15.7 million lived in developed countries.
The report, published every year by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the
International Fund for Agriculture Development and the World Food Programme, defined
chronic hunger as not getting enough food to lead active and healthy life.
Global Growth Forecast by IMF The International Monetary Fund, on October 8, 2013 cut its
global economic growth forecasts, and warned that the United States would harm the world
economy if it failed to raise its borrowing limit.
The international lending agency in its World Economic Outlook said the global economy would
grow 2.9 per cent this year and 3.6 per cent in 2014. Both are 0.2 percentage point lower than the
groups July 2013 forecasts. The main reason for the down-grade was slower growth in China,
India, Brazil and other developing countries.
But the IMF also lowered its outlook for U.S. economic growth this year to 1.6 per cent and next
year to 2.6 per cent. Those are 0.1 percentage point and 0.2 percentage point lower than in July,
respectively.
Indian slips in Ease of Doing Business list: world Bank: India has slipped three positions to 134
th

spot in the latest ease of doing business list, which is topped by Singapore, according to the World
Bank report released on October 29, 2013.
India has been ranked lower at 179 in terms of ease of starting a business in the 2014 list at a time
when its government is making efforts to improve the countrys business climate. Last year,
based on this criteria India was placed at 177
th
spot.
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Global Hunger Index Report Global Hunger Index (GHI) report released on October 14, 2013, the
number of hungry people in the world was estimated at 842 million 2011-13 even as world cereal
production was estimated at a near record level of 2489 million metric tonnes a few days ago. About
a quarter from 65 to 63 in the Global Hunger Index, making a marginal improvement since 2012.
November2013
OECD projects modest GDP growth for India Indian economy is expected to improve marginally
in the current financial year with its GDP at market price projected to expand by 3.4 per cent from
3.3 per cent in the previous fiscal, think tank Organisation for Economic Co-operation and
Development (OECD) said on November 19, 2013.
The countrys economic activity is expected to recover gradually as rupee depreciation supports
exports, infrastructure projects cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Investment come on stream
and political uncertainty declines after the general election due in the spring 2014.
The OECD, a grouping of mostly developed nations, has pegged Indias GDP growth at market
price to be 5.1 per cent in 2014-15 and further rise to 5.7 per cent in 2015-16.
According to official data released in New Delhi, the rate of growth of wholesale food inflation
was 18.19 per cent in October.
According to official data released in New Delhi, Indias Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew at
the rate of 4.8 per cent during July-September 2013.
December2013
India Ranked 94
th
On Global Corruption Perception Index 2013 India was ranked 94
th
among
177 nations in the Global Corruption Perception Index 2013 released by the Transparency
International on 3 December. India ranks among the highly corrupt nations and its rank remains
unchanged as compared to 2012.
UNICEFs New Birth Registration Report The United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF)
released on 11 December new birth registration report on its own 67
th
birthday underscoring the
importance of counting every child. The new report titled Every Childs Birth Right: Inequities and
Trends in Birth Registration, collects statistical analysis spanning 161 countries and presents the
latest available country data and estimates on birth registration.
Highlights of the Report:-
A UNICEF report finds globally the births of nearly 230 million children under five have never
been recorded, with Asia being the home to more than half of these children (59%). Another 37%
live in sub-Saharan Africa and the remaining 4% are from other regions.
In 2012 alone, 57 million infants, four out of every ten babies delivered worldwide that year,
were not registered with civil authorities.
Among the 10 countries with the largest numbers of unregistered children, India has 71 million,
the most, followed by Nigeria at 17 million. Nearly one in three unregistered children live in
India.
Indian Oil Corporation Tops Fortune India 50 List The business magazine Fortunes Indian
edition released its annual list of Fortune 500 Indian companies for 2013, on 10 December.
According to the list, State-run Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has emerged as the countrys biggest
company in terms of annual revenue of Rs.4,75,867 crore, followed by Mukesh Ambani-led private
sector giant Reliance Industries (annual revenue of Rs.4,09,883 crore) at the second place. Both IOC
and RIL have retained their top-two ranks from the previous (2012) year.
India 5
th
Largest Exporter Of Black Money The Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a Washington-
based research and advocacy organisation released on 11 December a new survey report titled
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ranked fifth largest exporter of illicit money between 2002-2011, with a total of USD 343.04 billion
sent abroad, and in 2011 itself the country was placed third when USD 84.93 billion was exported.
7 lakh Indians Died of Cancer Every Year According to the latest World Cancer Report from the
World Health Organisation (WHO) released on 14 December, nearly seven lakh Indians die of
cancer every year, while over 10 lakh are newly diagnosed with some form of the disease.
Educational Development Index 2012-13 Three Union Territories and three Northeastern states
are in the top 10 of the All-India Educational Development Index 2012-13 released on December 5,
2013 by the Human Resource Development Ministry and the National University of Educational
Planning & Administration (NUEPA), led by Lakshadweep for a second year in a row, the EDI
ranking shows Puducherry on the second spot and Tamil Nadu at third. Sikkim, Manipur and
Mizoram, the three Northeastern states, clinched 4
th
, 9
th
and 10
th
place respectively. Bihar, West
Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Goa, and Assam continue to slide down and are at the bottom with
Jharkhand hitting the lowest spot at 35.
The India Labour and Employment Report 2014 Over half of Indias working population in 2011-
12 was under the $ 2-per-day poverty line, new research has found, raising serious questions over
the quality of work most Indians find. In fact, the incidence of poverty is higher among the
employed than the unemployed.
Researched and prepared by the Delhi-based Institute for Human Development (IHD), the India
Labour and Employment Report 2014 was released by the Union Rural Development Minister
Jairam Ramesh on December 15, 2013. The report analyses decades, of data up to the 2011-12
round of the National Sample Survey and presents original research.
A quarter of the workforce is under the official Tendulkar poverty line of Rs.27.20 a day in rural
areas and Rs.33.33 a day in urban areas, according to the IHD report. If a slightly more generous
poverty line of $ 2 per day (at Purchasing Power Parity) is used, the proportion jumps to 58.5 per
cent. While the incidence of poverty is declining among both the unemployed and the employed,
the numbers show that low earning from employment, rather than unemployment, is the main
source of poverty, the report says. Among workers, the incidence of poverty is the highest
among casual workers.
Slum Households in Urban Areas Decreasing The latest National Sample Survey Organization
(NSSO) report shows that the number of slum households in urban areas is coming down. The
survey, conducted between July and December 2012, projected total slum dwellings at 88 lakh,
compared to 1.3 crore households in 2011.
The survey findings showed that across the country, 70.8% of households cited better
accommodation as the main reason for which they moved out of slum/squatter settlement
whereas 11.7% identified proximity to the place of work as the main reason. The report says that
93.5% of slums have power supply and 71% have access to drinking water. Similarly there has
been improvement in drainage, sewerage, garbage disposal, primary education and medical
facilities ranging between 15% and 45%, compared to what the situation was like five years ago.
Maternal Mortality Ratio comes Down With the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) number of
women who die of pregnancy-related causes per 1,00,000 live births coming down to 178, India is
inching forward to meet its global commitment to reduce the ratio to 109 by year 2015. The latest
MMR figures for 2010-2012, released by the Registrar-General of India suggest that the MMR had
come down to 178 from 212, an annual decline of 5.7 per cent.
India to Be Third Largest Economy by 2028 Indias GDP will overtake that of Japan in 2028 and
become the worlds third largest economy, according an end-of-the-year report on GDP in the 30
largest economies in the world by the economic consultancy Centre for Economics and Business
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Times Most Admired Persons Microsoft founder Bill Gates has been named as the most admired
person on the planet with cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar fifth on a list of 30 people compiled
after a poll in 13 countries, including India in January 2014.
January2014
India Ranked 23
rd
In Nuclear Materials Security Index 2014 According to the U.S. based think-
tank Nuclear Treat Initiatives Nuclear Materials Security Index 2014 released on 8
th
January,
India has been ranked 23
rd
out of 25 countries with weapons-usable nuclear Materials.
India Ranked 155
th
In Environmental Performance Index 2014 India has been ranked 155
th
in the
Environmental Performance Index (EPI) 2014, which was released on 25 January. The 2014
Environmental Performance Index (EPI) has ranked a total of 178 countries.
Pakistan and India Ranked 97
th
In Global Food Index 2014 According to the Global Food Index
2014 released on 17 January, Pakistan ranked 97
th
in a list of 125 countries with regard to
availability, quality and affordability of food and dietary health.
India has the largest illiterate population of 28.7 crore UNESCO released its annual education
report on 29
th
January. The study, named Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2013-14,
looked at the state of learning among the youth children between the ages of 15 and 24 in some
37 countries. According to the report, India has by far the largest population of illiterate adults at
287 million (28.7 crore), amounting to 37 per cent of the global total.
Sachin 5
th
Most Admired Person In The World Microsoft founder Bill Gates has been named as
the most admired person on the planet with cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar fifth on a list of 30
people compiled after a poll in 13 countries, including India. The Worlds most admired people poll
was conducted by YouGov for The Times by surveying almost 14,000 people.
Indias illiterate population largest in the world The latest Education For All Global Monitoring
Report (GMR) released worldwide by the UNESCO on January 28
th
, 2014 acknowledges the
headway made by India in improving access to education but the countrys population of illiterate
adults has been identified as the drag factor.
India currently has the largest population of illiterate adults in the world with 287 million. This is
37 percent of the global total. While Indias literacy rate rose from 48 per cent in 1991 to 63 per
cent in 2006, population growth cancelled the gains so there was no change in the number of
illiterate adults, the report stated.
GENERAL NATI ONAL
August2013
1 to 7 August World Breastfeeding Week (WBW).
GI tag for Nagpur Orange, Dharmavaram Saris The juicy Nagpur orange, the famous tribal Warli
atrt, Dharmavaram saris and Keralas Kaipad rice have been cleared for inclusion in Geographical
Indications (GI) registry in the country. These products were approved at a consultative expert
meeting organised by Controller General of Patents at Hyderabad.
PM Dr. Manmohan Singh addressed to the nation on 67
th
Independence Day on August 15. In his
speech Dr. Singh expressed governments sorrow and grief for Uttarakhand tragedy and loss of INS
Sindhurakshak submarine. On the other hand, he mentioned achievements of his UPA government.
He did mention about UPAs ambitious programme, food security bill, which has been recently
passed by Lok Sabha.
The Union government on August 19 decided to include Hysterectomies as a new component in the
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September2013
India Granted Authorising Nation Status Under CCRA India has been recognised as
Authorising Nation under the international Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA)
to test and certify electronics and IT products with respect to cyber security on September 19, 2013.
Thus, India has become the 17
th
nation to earn such recognition. This international arrangement
has 26 member countries: USA, UK, Germany, South Korea, France, Japan, Canada, Australia,
Turkey, Malaysia etc.
Meaning of the Status for India So far India was having the status of Consuming Nation
with respect to certification of electronics and IT products. The status of Authorising Nation
will enable India to test IT and electronics products and issue certificates which will be
acceptable internationally.
The recognition would also enable investment in setting up infrastructure and labs in public and
private sectors in India for testing electronics and IT products.
Standardisation Testing and Quality Certification (STQC) Directorate of the Department of
Electronics and Information Technology has been operating Common Criteria (CC) certification
scheme in India for the last five to six years. Under it, STQC undertakes certification of
electronics and IT products after evaluation of the products at its lab in Kolkata.
Safe Harbour Rules Introduced The government introduced new tax rules on September 18, 2013
aimed at reducing litigation with multinational firms over cross-border transactions the government
considers tax avoidance schemes.
The new safe harbour rules aim to clarify transfer pricing, over which disputes have surged under
a government drive for revenue to narrow a yawning fiscal deficit and stave off a threatened ratings
downgrade.
Rules prescribed are as follows
Rules will be applicable for 5 years provides comfort that continuity will be maintained.
Well defined timelines for tax department to provide further cushion.
Special dispensation for knowledge process outsourcing seen as another positive. For KPOs, the
safe harbour operating margin has been cut from 30% to 25%.
Distinction between IT, ITES seen as a dampener as it leaves scope for disputes. Only IT and ITeS
companies with transaction size of up to Rs.100 crore would be covered by the rules.
Finance Ministry to Oversee Forward Markets Commission The commodity forward trading
regulator Forward Markets Commission (FMC) will now be under the administrative control of the
Finance Ministry. With this, all financial sector regulators (SEBI, Reserve Bank of India, Insurance
Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) and Pension Fund Regulatory Development
Authority besides FMC have been brought under one umbrella.
The contribution of India in the proposed $ 100-bn foreign currency reserve pool by the BRICS
(Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) nations - $ 18 bn
Militant Attack in Jammu Kills 12 Twelve persons, including a Lieutenant Colonel, died in two
militant attacks on police and Army formations in Kathua and Samba districts of Jammu and
Kashmir on September 26, 2013.
Return of the YOGINI The Union Minister for Culture, Chandresh Kumari Katoch and the
Minister of External Affairs, Salman Khurshid inaugurated the exhibition Return of the Yogini in
New Delhi on 19 September 2013.
Yogini Virshanana sculpture was taken to France illegally and acquired by the late art collector,
Robert Schrimpf. Thereafter, Martine Schrimpf, informed the Embassy of India in Paris of her
desire to donate the object. Chandresh Kumari Katoch directed the National Museum, New
Delhi to bring back the sculpture. Thereafter, the Yogini returned safely to India in the month of
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October2013
From Organic Forms to light Art: Selection from the Contemporary Hungarian Art: The Secretary,
Union Ministry of Culture Ravindra Singh and Minister of Human Resources, Government of
Hungary Zoltan Balog on 17 October 2013 inaugurated an exhibition entitled From Organic Forms
to Light Art: Selection from the Contemporary Hungarian Art at National Gallery of Modern Art
(NGMA), New Delhi.
The exhibition consisted of several sections, but there are two main parts of it: one is the organic
art and the other is light art, based on the connection between science, techniques and art.
64
th
Raising Anniversary of Territorial Army Celebrated in New Delhi Prime Ministers
Territorial Army Day Parade was organised to commemorate the 64
th
raising anniversary of
Territorial Army at the Army Parade Ground at New Delhi on 9 October 2013. Minister of State for
Defence Jitendra Singh was the chief guest.
India Post Releases Postage Stamp on the Golden Jubilee of Bhakra Dam India Post on 22
October 2013 released a commemorative postage stamp on the Golden Jubilee of Bhakra Dam. A
two-inch stamp marking the 50
th
anniversary of Bhakra Dam was released in Nangal by Union
Minister of water resources Harish Rawat.
The Vice President of India Mr. Hamid Ansari, releases a commemorative postage stamp in the
memory of Baba Jumdev at a function in Gondia, Maharashtra on 30 September 2013. Baba Jumdev
was a prominent spiritual leader and revered social activist.
RV Samudra Ratnakar is Dedicated to the Nation Union Minister for Mines Dinsha J. Patel
dedicated state of art Geo-scientific research vessel RV Samudra Ratnakar to the nation at Kandla
Port of Gujarat on 12 October 2013. RV Samudra Ratnakar is specially designed to carry out sea bed-
mapping, mineral exploration in the deep waters along with geo-scientific oceanographic
researches.
Sanskrit in Official Use In the Republic of India, Sanskrit is included in the 14 original languages
of the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution. The State of Uttarakhand in India has ruled Sanskrit as
its second official language.
November2013
First Dual Cab Diesel Electric Freight Locomotive Flagged-off The Minister of Railways
Mallikarjun Kharge flagged off the first ever Dual Cab 4500 HP Freight Diesel locomotive, Vijay
from Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW), Varanasi, a production unit of Indian Railways, on
November 6, 2013. Vijay the dual cab freight WDG4D is a trailblazer. It is the first dual cab diesel
electric freight locomotive to be built by Indian Railways.
The locomotive has been designed on a 21.7 m platform to accommodate two cabs and this is
about 2 m longer than the single cab version. Vijay has been provided with air conditioned cabs.
The loco also has TFT screen based integrated driver display.
Jitin Prasada, the Union Minister of State for Human Resources Development released a music
album to commemorate 150
th
birth celebrations of Swami Vivekananda. The released album
contains original poem of Swami Vivekananda among others.
The Vice-President of India, M. Haamid Ansari released a book entitled Momentous Times on the
175 years of the Times of India.
The Minister of Railways Mallikarjun Kharge released a Ruby Jubilee-40
th
Year Edition of the book
titled Indian Railway Track-Design, Construction and Maintenance. The book is authored by a
renowned Civil Engineer MM Agarwal.
Indias Second Integrated Check Post Inaugurated Indias second international-standard multi-
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November 17, 2013 to people at Akhaura, near Agartala. It was built at a cost of Rs.74 crore. The first
international standard ICP was inaugurated in Attari in Punjab along the Pakistan border by then
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram (now Union Finance Minister) in April, 2012.
Mahatma Gandhis Charkha is sold for 110000 at UK auction - Charkha of Mahatma Gandhi that
he used in the Yerwada Jail during the Quit India Movement, is sold at an auctioned in the U.K. on
5 November 2013. The charkha of Mahatma Gandhi is about eight decades old.
Sikh human rights groups launch a global signature campaign on the birth anniversary of Guru
Nanak Dev, in support of the 1984 Genocide petition pending before the United Nations Human
Rights Council (UNHRC).
India rejects the Peace Clause for agriculture subsidies that the World Trade Organisation (WTO)
Director-General Roberto Azevedo has proposed for Bali.
Oxford Dictionaries announce Selfie to be the 2013 word of the year.
Commemorative Coins on Birth Anniversary of Abul Kalam Azad Union Finance Minister P.
Chidambaram released a Commemorative Coin of 20 Rupees a circulation coin of 5 Rupees to mark
the culmination of the 125
th
Birth Anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad at New Delhi on 11
November 2013.
December2013
The Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications & IT, on 2 December launched an Express
Parcel service and Business Parcel Services for speedy delivery of parcels across the country.
President Pranab Mukherjee on 4 December released a postal stamp and First Day cover on INS
Vikramaditya, the second aircraft carrier that was commissioned in the Navy on 16 November 2013.
The BJP organized runs Race for Unity in Kolkata, Patna, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Jammu
and Jharkhand as part of its nationwide programme to drum up support for Gujarat Chief Minister
Narendra Modis Statue of Unity project on the 63
rd
death anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
India was chosen as the host country for Under -17 FIFA World Cup in 2017 by the FIFA executive
committee in its meeting at Salvador de Bahia in Brazil.
India terminates the Rs. 3,726crore, scam ridden VVIP chopper deal with Agusta Westland
International Limited (AWIL) on the grounds of breach of pre-contract integrity pact (PCIP).
Approval To Sell Boeing Aircraft To Etihad - The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs
(CCEA), on December 26, 2013 approved the proposal by the Civil Aviation Ministry to allow Air
India (AI) to go ahead with the sale of its five long haul Boeing 777 aircraft to Etihad Airways.
US Returns Stolen Indian Idols The United States handover to India of idols worth more than $
1.5 million stolen from temples in Rajasthan and Bihar.
January2014
India and Pakistan Exchanged Nuclear Facilities List India and Pakistan on 1 January exchanged
the list of their nuclear installations under a bilateral agreement that bars them from attacking each
others atomic facilities. The exchange, occurring in New Delhi and Islamabad, has been held on
every New Years Day since 1992. This is the 23
rd
consecutive exchange of such lists between the
two countries.
India Cancelled Rs.3,600 crore Chopper Deal with Agusta Westland India on 1 January cancelled
its Rs.3,600 crore VVIP helicopter deal with Anglo Italian firm Agusta Westland for supply of 12
VVIP choppers to the Air Force in view of charges that kickbacks to the tune of Rs.360 crore were
paid in it. The decision to scrap the 2010 deal was taken nearly a year after reports surfaced that two
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Tyagi is one of the accused in the case, which is being probed by CBI. The deal was for supply of 12
helicopters for VVIPs and out of these Agusta Westland has already delivered three.
Government Grants CBI greater Financial Autonomy The Central Government on 14
th
January
relaxed its control over the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and granted the CBI director a
rank equal to a Secretary.
Government Granted Minority Status To Jain Community The Jain Community was on 20
th

January granted minority status by the central government which will enable them to avail benefits
in government schemes and programmes. The Jains became the sixth community to have minority
status after Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis. The community already has minority
status in states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan but the new
decision extends this across the country.
New Land Policy Guidelines for Ports The Central Government, on January 16
th
, 2014 unveiled
new policy guidelines for 12 major ports, a move that would allow the ports to leverage their land
resources for commercial benefit.
The new guidelines will provide the necessary regulatory framework for land allotment by
major ports across India. These guidelines had been drawn to help ports carry out leasing and
licensing of port land in a transparent manner.
Discretionary powers have been reduced and tender-cum-auction had been prescribed as the
most preferred method of allotment.
The guidelines are expected to give a fillip to major ports and help them attract more business
and make optimum use of their land resources.
The 12 major ports in India Kandla, Mumbai, JNPT, Marmugao, New Managlore, Cochin,
Chennai, Ennore, V O Chidambarnar, Visakhapatnam, Paradip and Kolkata (including Haldia)
handle about 61 per cent of cargo traffic.
Relics Found at Chandrawati Bear Testimony to a Prosperous City Archaeologists and
researchers have unearthed antique sculptures dating back to the tenth century including few idols
of Gods and Goddesses, red warepots, brick tiles etc. at the digging site at Chandrawati village near
Abu Road in Sirohi.
A standing idol of Lord Brahma, Chamunda Mata and Bhairav Dev have been unearthed which
reaffirms the belief that lost city had a cluster of 999 temples in it.
The debris of the ancient city is believed to be spread in a circumference of about 32 kilometers
including the areas of Amirgarh, Maval, Siyava, Santpur, Moongthala and Paldi. This is the first
excavation after 20 years by the State Government.
The excavation is done by the Archaeological Department of Rajasthan Vidyapeeth University in
association with State Department of Archaeology, Jaipur.
Parmar Dynastys 1000-year-old Ruins Discovered in Udaipur (Rajasthan) Ruins of ancient fort
estimated to have been built more than 1000 years ago has been discovered at Chandravati near
Abu Road. The historically significant remnants were discovered on Monday during a session of
excavation was being conducted jointly by the State Department of Archaeology and Museums and
the JRN Vidyapeeth University.
India gets a national grid India on 31
st
December, 2013 finally connected the southern region with
rest of the country for unhindered electricity flow, achieving the goal of One Nation One Grid
One Frequency after a long wait. The southern grid connectivity was achieved through
commissioning of Raichur-Solapur 765kV single circuit transmission line by Power Grid
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India Post to install 3000 ATMs, 1.35 lakh micro-ATMs India Post has drawn a massive plan to
install as many as 3,000 ATMs and 1.35 lakh micro-ATMs at the ubiquitous post offices across the
country for savings account holders by September 2015.
The 151
st
birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda was celebrated on 12
th
January, 2014. Birth
anniversary of Swami Vivekananda is now celebrated as National Youth Day every year.
65
th
Republic Day India celebrated the 65
th
Republic Day with gaiety. The 65
th
Republic Day
parade at Rajpath New Delhi on January 26, 2014 put the pride of Indias military on display, with
defence and paramilitary forces personnel marching along with their best machines cheered on by
an exuberant audience.
Ahead of the parade, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Defence Minister A.K. Antony and the
chiefs of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force laid wreaths at Amar Jawan Jyoti, paying respect
to the brave-hearts who laid down their lives for the nation.
This years chief guest, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
A highlight of this years parade was the display of Indias first indigenously-developed Light
Combat Aircraft, Tejas. It is a fourth generation, supersonic, multirole combat aircraft designed
and developed by the Defence Research Development Organisation.
Main battle tank Arjun MK-II, the first indigenously designed and developed tank, also referred
to as Desert Ferrari for its excellent mobility, was also on display.
I NTERNATI ONAL
August2013
Yemen introduces its new weekend In line with the rest of the world, Yemen on 15 August, 2013
changed its weekend to Friday-Saturday, thus joining last the long list of Middle Eastern countries
which decided to adapt their working week to their foreign partners. Saturday and Sunday were
workdays in Yemen, whereas Thursday and Friday were weekend days while these were workdays
for most other countries.
Emergency declared in Egypt Egypt on 14 August, 2013 declared a state of emergency after many
people were killed in a bloodbath when security forces, stormed two camps occupied by supporters
of ousted President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo. The protesters were camping outside the eastern
Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque and at Nahda Square. The emergency will be in place for one month.
The state of emergency enables the army to take all necessary measures to impose and retrieve
security.
Czech cabinet loses confidence vote The Czech cabinet, led by Prime Minsiter Jiri Rusnok, failed
to win a vote of confidence in parliament on 7 August, 2013. Rusnok resigned after two days. There
were 93 votes in favour of and 100 votes against the new cabinet appointed by President Milos
Zeman in July 2013.
Japan unveiled its biggest warship Japan on 6 August, 2013 unveiled its biggest warship Izumo
since World War II. Izomo is a flat top destroyer and it bears a strong resemblance to a conventional
aircraft carrier. The ship has a flight deck that is nearly 250 metres (820 feet) long, is designed to
carry up to 14 helicopters.
Amazon founder bought the Washington Post Jeffrey P Bezos, the founder and Chief Executive
Officer of Amazon, agreed to buy the newspaper assets of the Washington Post Company for 250
million US dollar on 5 August, 2013.
Benin President dismisses entire government Benin President Boni Yayi sacked his entire
government on 9 August, 2013. The cabinet had been in place since Yayi was re-elected for a second
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Benin, a West African cotton producer situated to the west of Nigeria, has enjoyed two decades
of political stability since multi-party democracy was restored. Yayi won the last election with an
outright majority in the first round. Yayi has said he wants to amend parts of the constitution to
introduce bodies like an independent election commission and a court to oversee state audits.
But he has pledged not to make any amendment that allows him to stand for a third term. Critics
suspect his camp has not ruled out this idea.
Tunisia constituent assembly suspended Tunisias constituent assembly on 6 August, 2013 was
suspended until the Islamist-led government and secular opposition begin talks to resolve a
political crisis. There have been daily protests calling for the body to be dissolved since one of its
members was assassinated. Mohamed Brahmi was shot on 25 July, almost six months after fellow
leftist politician Chokri Belaid was killed.
More than 70 members of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) withdrew their protest at
the killings and organised a sit-in outside its headquarters in the capital, Tunis. The political
unrest is the worst seen in Tunisia since President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was overthrown by a
popular uprising in January 2011.
Philippines, Vietnam agree to co-operate on maritime dispute with China Foreign ministers
from the Philippines and Vietnam on 1 August, 2013 agreed to work together on a framework for
resolving maritime territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Both countries have clashed with
China over competing territorial claims.
US Government sued Bank of America The US Government on 7 August, 2013 sued the Bank of
America for the alleged fraud during the time of financial crisis. The Bank of America has been
alleged for the investor fraud over the sale of 850 million US dollar worth of residential mortage-
backed securities.
Turkey completed trail run of worlds deepest rail tunnel - Turkey on 6 August, 2013 successfully
completed a trail run of a rail tunnel under the Bosphorus Striat connecting Istanbuls European and
Asian sides.
Robert Mugabes party won Zimbabwe Presidential Election Zimbabwe Electoral Commission
on 3 August, 2013 declared Zanu-PF party has won the Presidential Election. Robert Mugabe has
been re-elected as Zimbabwes President for the straight eighth term.
The New York Times Company announced that it has agreed to sell The Boston Globe newspaper
for USD 70 mn cash to the principal owner of the Boston Red Sox baseball team.
Gibraltar row between UK and Spain The UK government said on 12 August, 2013 that it was
considering legal action against Spain over the imposition of additional border checks in Gibraltar.
Gibraltar, less than six square kilometers (2.2 sq miles), is a limestone outcrop at the mouth of the
Mediterranean. Standing nearly 430m (1,400 ft) high at its peak, it is a British Overseas Territory,
through Spain, which it borders, also claims sovereignty. The people who live there are British
citizens but they run their own affairs under a chief minister. Although Gibraltar is small, it is
strategically important, standing at the month of the Mediterranean only 20 km (12 miles) from
the north coast of Africa. It has a UK military base, including a port and airstrip.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on August 22 called for a through and prompt investigation
into the allegations of the chemical weapons use in Syria.
The Vedda community of Sri Lanka was felicitated by its President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the
occasion of the World Indigenous Peoples Day.
Neanderthal Bone Tools Similar to Modern Instruments Archaeologists have unearthed the
oldest specialised bone tools ever found in Europe, at sites where Neanderthals lived 40,000 years
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September2013
India registered a strong protest with Iran for having detained an Indian ship (M.T. Desh Shanti) on
August 13 in international waters and forcibly took it to Bandar Abbas port.
Egypt formed panel to amend the constitution Egyptian President Adly Mansour on 1
September, 2013 approved a 50 member panel to amend the suspended 2012 Constitution.
Soldiers will no longer Swear Loyalty to President Interim Egyptian President, Adly
Mansour, appointed by the military coup, issued a presidential decree to amend the army
officers oath of allegiance. Presidential decree number 562 removed the phrase in which army
officers pledge loyalty to the President in the oath.
US-Russia Reached an Agreement on Syria Weapons Russia and the United States, in their third
day of talks in Switzerland have reached a groundbreaking deal on a framework to eliminate Syrias
chemical weapons on September 14, 2013.
Key features of the Deal
Syria must submit a comprehensive list of its chemical weapons stockpile within one week.
International inspectors must be on the ground no later then November.
All production and mixing and filling equipment must be destroyed by November; and all
chemical weapons material must be eliminated by mid-2014.
Norwegian Elections Norwegian centre-right leader Erna Solberg is set to form a new
government after Labour Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg admitted election defeat on September 10,
2013. Solberg will become Norways 2
nd
female Prime Minister. She is nicknamed Iron Erna.
Sri Lanka TNA emerged Victorious in Northern Province The Tamil National Alliance (TNA)
swept to victory in the historic Northern Provincial Council elections in Sri Lanka securing a two-
third majority on September 22, 2013.
President Mahinda Rajapaksas ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance, however, put up a face
saving performance in the Tamil dominated province winning 36 seats in the 58-member Central
Province and 34 seats in the 52-member North Western Province.
Interestingly, two Sinhalese and three Muslims have been elected for the Northern Council in
this election. Election Commission declared that 68% of the 7 lakh strong electorate in the
Northern Province had turned out to vote.
The Arabian country that recently adopted a law criminalising domestic violence targeting women,
children and domestic workers Saudi Arabia
Militant attack in Nairobi In an attack seemingly patterned on the 26/11 attack in Mumbai,
terrorists threw grenades and opened fire from AK-47s at an upscale mall in Kenyas capital on
September 21, 2013 taking hostages and killing at least 61 in a strike targeting non-muslims.
Peshawar Church Blasts Kill 78 Tragedy struck the All Saints Church in Kohati Gate, Peshawar
on September 22, 2013 when two suicide bombers dressed in police uniforms blew themselves up
while people were coming out after the Sunday Mass, killing 78 34 of them women and injuring
over 100.
Quake Kills Hundreds in Pakistan More than 350 people were killed and about 80 injured when
a 7.7 magnitude earthquake hit South-Western Pakistan on September 24, 2013.
Internet restrictions in Vietnam A controversial law banning Vietnamese citizens, who are online
users, from discussing current affairs has come into effect. The decree, known as Decree 72, says
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October2013
The Worlds first Bitcoin ATM machine which can exchange digital currency Bitcoins for any
official currency has launched in Vancouver, Canada on 29 October 2013. The ATM machine,
named Robocoin, installed at Waves Coffee Shop at Howe and Smithe, allows users to buy or sell
the digital currency known as bitcoins.
Syria Disarmament Plan Approved The UN Security Council formally approved a first joint
mission with the Nobel Peace Prize winning global chemical arms watchdog to destroy Syrias
weapons on October 12, 2013.
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the UN have a team
of 60 experts and support staff in Syria destroying Syrias production facilities while the
countrys civil war rages on. The 15-member Security Council sent a letter to Ban Ki-moon
backing his plan to fully eradication of Syrias banned chemical arms.
The mission will have bases in Damascus and Cyprus, where most inspectors will stay unless
they are no site visits. A chemical weapons attack in Damascus on August 21, 2013, which left
hundred dead triggered an international crisis that led to threats of a US military strike against
Syrian government targets.
Decades-old Ban on Islamic Head Scarf Lifted Turkey lifted a ban on women wearing the Islamic
head scarf in state institutions on October 8, 2013, ending a decades-old restriction as part of a
package of reforms meant to bolster democracy.
However, the ban remains in place for judges, prosecutors, police and military personnel. The
ban, whose roots date back almost 90 years to the early days of the Turkish Republic, has kept
many women from joining the public work force, but secularists see its abolition evidence of file
government pushing an Islamic agenda.
President Barack Obama, on October 17, 2013, signed a Bill that ends the 16-day partial government
shutdown and raises the Debt Ceiling. Congress passed the Bill that would prevent the country
from crashing into the debt ceiling. Following this, federal workers returned to their work. The debt
cushion now extends through February 7, with current spending levels being authorized through
January 15.
Georgia Presidential Elections 2013 Presidential elections were held in Georgia on October 27,
2013, the sixth presidential elections since the countrys restoration of independence from the Soviet
Union in 1991. The last elections in January, 2008 resulted in the re-election of Mikheil Saakashvili
for his second and final presidential term.
Ethiopia The Ethiopian government has temporarily banned its citizens from traveling abroad for
employment on October 24, 2013. The government has suspended the licenses of foreign
employment agencies as part of the new restrictions.
Reasons
Tens of thousands of Ethiopians travel overseas each year in search of work.
Rights groups say a majority who leave the country are females seeking domestic work in the
Middle East.
Some end up being subjected to emotional and physical abuse as well as poor working
conditions.
Other Ethiopian migrants have died at sea, traveling on unsafe smuggling boats destined for
Yemen or Italy.
Ethiopia is a country located in the Horn of Africa. Ethiopia is the most populous landlocked
country in the world and the second-most populated nation on the African continent. Ethiopia is
one of the founding member of the UN, the Non-Aligned Movement, G-77 and the Organisation
of African Unity, with Addis Ababa serving as the headquarters of the African Union, the Pan
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Saudi Arabia rejects Security Council seat Saudi Arabia has rejected a rotating seat at the
Security Council, as a mark of protest against the perceived inaction by the world body against
Syria.
On October 17, 2013 the kingdom had for the first time been elected by the General Assembly to
become a non-permanent member.
Israel allows Indian jews to immigrate The state is set for 899 Indian Jews from Manipur and
Mizoram, all members of the lost Bnei Menashe tribe, to immigrate to Israel, with Tel Aviv giving
the nod for their migration.
The Cabinet decided to allow the immigration of the community in multiple groups with the first
batch expected by the end of the year.
November2013
Worlds Most Expensive Book: The first book printed in what is today the United States sold for
$14 million at auction in New York on November 26, 2013 becoming the worlds most expensive
printed book. The translation of Biblical psalms The Bay Psalm Book was printed by Puritan
settlers in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1640 and sold in just minutes.
A Bangladeshi court sentenced to death 152 soldiers in one of the worlds biggest ever mass
criminal trials for their role in a 2009 mutiny and massacre of 74 people, including top army officers.
US & Israel Lost UNESCO Voting Rights The United States and Israel last their UNESCO voting
rights today after suspending funding to the organisation for its recognition of Palestine on
November 8, 2013. Both countries stopped paying their contributions to the global cultural agency
after Palestine was made a UNESCO member in 2011, provoking a major financial crisis at the
agency and putting hundreds of jobs in jeopardy.
UNESCO Rules
Under UNESCO rules, the US and Israel had to pay their dues or automatically lose voting rights,
US contributions represented 22% of the agencys overall budget. With the US and Israel
withdrawing their contributions UNESCOs budget fell from USD 653 million to USD 507 million.
The reduced budget means some 300 people at UNESCO are in danger of losing their jobs. In 2012,
the UN agency employed 1200 people at its headquarters in Paris and 900 around the world.
UNESCOs Director-General Irina Bokova, who was re-elected in October, raised USD 75 million in
a bid to deal with the agencys financial crisis.
Paris-based UNESCO is charged with designating World Heritage sites, promoting education
and supporting press freedom, as well as countering extremism.
Special Powers to President Venezuelas National Assembly has given final approval to special
powers for President Nicolas Maduro on November 19, 2013. Under the measures, Maduro will be
able to govern without consulting Congress for 12 months.
Iran Unveiled New Biggest Drone Iran unveiled a new aircraft stating that it is the biggest
drone yet to be developed in the Islamic Republic, capable of staying aloft for up to 30 hours on
November 18, 2013. Reconnaissance and combat drone Fotros has a range of 2000 (1250 miles). That
would cover much of the Middle East including Israel. Earlier Shahed-129 (Witness-129) drone is
reported to have a similar range, but can only stay aloft 24 hours.
UK Scraped Visa Bond Scheme In a major relief from travelers from Asia and Africa, the UK has
scrapped its controversial 3000-pound security bond for some high-risk foreign visitors,
including those from India on November 4, 2013. The move came ahead of Prime Minister David
Camerons 14. Camerons visit before heading to Sri Lanka to attend Commonwealth Heads of
Government Meeting (CHOGM) on November 15-16, held talks with Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh on key bilateral and regional issues. India, which was one of the countries targeted with the
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The first book written In What is Today the United States of America fetched $14.2 million in New
York, becoming the worlds most expensive printed book sold at auction.
An enormous diamond known as The Pink Star is sold for $83.425 million at an auction in
Geneva.
Agatha Christis The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is best crime novel Agatha Christis 1926 novel
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd has been named as the best crime novel ever written, by a poll held
to mark the 60
th
anniversary of the Crime Writers Association (CWA).
Egypt Egypt Presidents Nod for Protests Law Egypts interim President Adly Mansour
approved a controversial law on November 24, 2013 regulating demonstrations, which rights
groups have slammed as repressive. The President enacted the law on the regulation of the right
to hold public meetings, processions and peaceful demonstrations in public places.
Changes had been made to an earlier draft bill that was strongly criticized by rights groups. It
allows [protest] organizers to inform the authorities three days before the event, rather than the
earlier seven days.
China Air Defence Zone Over Disputed East China Sea China stated that it had set-up air
defence zone covering the international airspace over parts of the disputed East China Sea on
November 23, 2013 requiring all non-commercial aircraft to notify its authorities of their flight plans
to avoid triggering a response from air defence forces. Japan lodged a serious protest in response
to the move, describing it as an extremely dangerous step that could result in unpredictable
events.
Bulgaria Students Protest in Sofia (Capital) Bulgarian students have called for the resignation of
the government and an end to political corruption. Dozens of students under the same Early Rising
Student blocked all the entrances to the main building of St. Kliment Ohridski University on
October 27, 2013 in the capital, Sofia. The students issued a declaration, in which they demanded
that Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski resign, new elections be held. The demonstrators also urged
an end to what they say is impunity for top official and intolerance on the part of the body politic
towards the widespread criminal lawlessness at the highest levels of state government.
However, he urged the protesters to unblock the entrances to allow the 14000 students to attend
classes. The portesters began occupying parts of the university on October 23, when students
interrupted a lecture of Dimitar Tokushev, chair of Bulgarias Constitutional Court and professor
at the university.
Afghan- US Bilateral Security Agreement The Loya Jirga, Afghanistans Grand Assembly of
tribal elders and elite persons on November 24, 2013 gave its consent on the issue of signing the
Afghan-US Bilateral Security Agreement that would pave the way for the continuation of some US
troops in the country after 2014.
One of the most unpopular immigration proposals of the British Government, which envisaged
subjecting visitors from six high-risk Commonwealth countries to pay a surety of 3000 for a visa
to the U.K., is withdrawn.
December2013
Prince Harry becomes the first British royal to reach the South Pole after a three-week charity trek
with insured military veterans from Britain, the United States, Canada and Australia.
Angela Merkel is sworn in as the Chancellor of Germany for a third term at the helm of Europes
top economy, ending nearly three months of post-election limbo while she bartered with rivals to
forge a grand coalition.
The International Monetary Fund approves the 12
th
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Jordan Elected To UN Security Council as a Non-Permanent Member The 193 member UN
General Assembly elected Jordan to the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member on 6
December to replace Saudi Arabia. The election took place in the UN General Assembly. With 179
members of the 193 member General Assembly voting by secret ballot, Jordan received 178 votes
while Saudi Arabia got one vote. Saudi Arabia was elected in October 2013 to the Security Council
as a non permanent member but it has rejected its seat in protest at the UN councils failure to end
the war in Syria and act on other Middle East issues. Jordan will now join with Luthiana, Chile,
Nigeria and Chad as new members of the council, replacing Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Pakistan,
Morocco and Togo.
The five permanent members with veto powers are the US, UK, China, France and Russia. Non-
permanent members Argentina, Australia, Luxembourg, the Republic of Korea and Rwanda will
remain on the Council until the end of 2014.
China Formally Eases One Child Policy China has formally approved the easing of its decades-
long one-child policy and the abolition of a controversial labour camp system. Both were among a
sweeping raft of reforms announced in November 2013 after a meeting of the ruling Communist
party that mapped out policy for the next decade. Under the new policy, couples will be allowed to
have two children if one of the parents is an only child. The resolution, formally approved by
Chinas largely rubber-stamp parliament on 28 December, will allow local legislatures to decide
when to implement the policies.
ICA Allow India To Construct Kishenganga Project The International court of Arbitration (ICA)
at Hague (Netherlands) has allowed India to build Kishanganga Dam in the occupied Kashmir,
however, the neighbouring country has been ordered to provide half of the dams water to Pakistan.
Pakistan has received the verdict of ICA over Kishanganga Hydroelectric project case.
US Airways and American Airlines Merger Creates Worlds Largest Airline US Airways and
American Airlines officially completed their merger on 9 December, creating the largest airline in
the world and sealing the deal on the last of the airline megamergers that have consolidated the
industry into just a few hands. Now four airlines control nearly 85% of U.S. air travel.
Nepal Impasse comes to an end Nepals political parties, whose differences on the way ahead had
led to a deadlock, reached a four-point agreement on December 24, 2013 paving the way for the
dissenters to join the Constituent Assembly (CA).
The parties have agreed to constitute a parliamentary committee to investigate and submit
suggestions on the questions raised about the CA election.
The parties also agreed to prepare the draft of the new constitution as per the spirit of the 12-
point agreement, the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and the Interim Constitution within six
months and promulgate it in a year.
There was also accord on forming a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), and a
Commission on Enforced Disappearances. Both of these commissions have been long overdue.
Satellite Images Show Progress On Pak N-Reactor Recent satellite Imagery appears to have
clearly revealed that Pakistan has completed the external construction of its fourth reactor
building at the Khushab nuclear site, 200 km south of Islamabad, a think-tank in Washington has
reported.
However images from November 1, 2013 clearly show that in addition to the near-completion of
the fourth reactors external structure, the reactor stack and four of the six auxiliary buildings
also present in reactors two and three appear complete. Further, ISIS noted, two support
buildings located immediately to the west of the reactor building were still under construction
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Egypt Declares Muslim Brotherhood A Terrorist Group Egypts military-installed government
declared the Muslim Brotherhood of ousted president Mohamed Morsy a terrorist group on
December 25, 2013 banning all its activities.
Deputy Prime Minister Hossam Eissa made the announcement. The government would not
allow it to even stage protests.
The decision is likely to accelerate a crackdown on the movement that has killed more than 1,000
people, mostly Islamists, in street clashes and imprisoned thousands since Mr. Morsys
overthrow by the military in July, 2013.
Pakistan Rolls out Indigenous Fighter Plane The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on December 18, 2013
rolled out its indigenously built 50
th
JF-17 Thunder aircraft which has a top speed of Mach 1.6 and is
dubbed as the backbone of the countrys air defence.
OVL Shuts Down South Sudan Oilfields - Following escalation of violence in South Sudan, Oil
and Natural Gas Corporation Videsh Limited (OVL) shut down its oilfields on December 22, 2013
and has evacuated its dozed-odd employees to India as a precautionary measure.
China Destroys Confiscated Ivory In an unprecedented move, China on January 6, 2014 publicly
destroyed 6.1 tonnes of confiscated ivory to shed its image as the worlds biggest market for
smuggled elephant tusks and discourage illegal trade and poaching. The public event was held in
Dongguan city of the booming Guangdong Province in southern China, considered a key area
where illegal trade of ivory is widely reported.
Indonesia Bans Exports Of Unprocessed Ore With Just months to go for general elections,
Indonesias outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has taken one of his tenures most
significant economic policy decisions, by banning exports of unprocessed mineral ore. The impact of
this decision will roil global industries from aluminium to steel manufacturing.
Irans Nuclear Deal Takes Effect The landmark agreement the Islamic republic of Iran clinched
with world powers on its nuclear programme took effect from January 20, 2014. Iran and the
European Union agreed on January 10, 2014 on how to implement the deal on containing the
nuclear programme.
January2014
China Tested New Hypersonic Missile Vehicle China has successfully tested its first hypersonic
missile delivery vehicle designed to travel several times the speed of sound. The test makes China
the second country after the United Sates to conduct experimental flights with hypersonic vehicles,
a technology that could allow armies to rapidly strike distant targets anywhere on the globe. The
new hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV), dubbed the WU-14 was allegedly spotted flying at record-
breaking speeds during a flight test over China on 9
th
January.
Latvia becomes 18
th
Eurozone Member on 1
st
January. Eurozone consists of 18 members of EU who
has accepted a Euro as the common currency. Latvia was given final clearance to join Eurozone on 9
July 2013 by finance ministers of the 28-nation European Union. Latvia became the fourth former
communist country in the currency area after Slovakia, Slovenia and neighbouring Estonia.
Bolivian President Evo Morales Assumes G77 Chairmanship Bolivian president Evo Morales has
assumed the Chairmanship of the Group of 77 nations. Bolivia was chosen head of the G-77, which
actually groups 133developing nations, by consensus, and Morales was at the United Nations on 8
th

January to take over the chairmanship from outgoing Fiji.
Egypt Approved The New Constitution In Referendum Egypt approved the new Constitution in
a referendum held by the Egypts electoral commission on 18
th
January 2014. A constitutional
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Tunisia Approved New Constitution Tunisias national assembly approved the countrys new
constitution on 26 January in one of the last steps to establishing full democracy three years after the
uprising that toppled autocrat Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.
India and Pakistan Decided To Allow Greater Trade Through Wagah Border India and Pakistan
agreed to allow decided to open the Wagah-Attari border for trade 24X7. Indian Commerce
Minister Anand Sharma and his Pakistani counterpart Khurram Dastgir Khan in their meeting held
at New Delhi on 18
th
January.
Israel successfully tested its upgraded Arrow ballistic missile interceptor for the second time on
January 3
rd
, 2014; pushing forward work on a US backed defence against threats seen from Iran,
Syria and Lebanons Hezbollah guerrillas.
Iran Nuclear Deal takes Effect Consequent on the talks held between Iran and the 6 world
powers (US, Russia, China, France, UK and Germany) for a pretty longtime Iran agreed, on January
12
th
, 2014 to limit uranium enrichment and to open its nuclear programme to daily inspection by
international experts starting January 2014 setting the clock running on a six-month deadline for a
final nuclear agreement, officials said.
US Deploys Military Advisors in Somalia The United States has sent a handful of military
advisors to Somalia in recent months to help bolster the African force there, officials said on
January 9
th
, 2014. The deployment marks the first stationing of US troops in the troubled country
since 1993, when two Black hawk helicopters were shot down and 18 American were killed in a
disastrous operation.
Dubai Sets New World Record in Fireworks Display Dubai has set a new world record for the
largest fireworks display by firing 479,651 shells in just six minutes on the New Years Eve, breaking
an earlier Guinness World Record achieved by Kuwait in 2012.
The United Arab Emirates Military service has been made compulsory for all adult males in the
United Arab Emirates but it has been kept optional for women in the gulf nation UAEs Prime
Minister revealed the decision on his official Twitter handle on January 19, 2014.
Kochi Prime Minister Manmohan Singh dedicated the Rs.4,500 crore Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)
terminal to the nation at Kochi on January 3. Though the Kochi LNG terminal became functional
four months ago, it was officially launched by P.M. Dr. Singh at a function at Puthuvype in Kochi.
The Kochi LNG project has been developed by Petronet LNG limited with a capacity of 5
MMTPA (million metric tonne per annum) after the hard work of eight years. Union Petroleum
Minister Veerappa Moily and Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy were also present at the
launching ceremony.
Rupees now accepted and used in Zimbabwe The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) announced
on 29
th
January, 2014 that it was adding the Indian Rupee to the basket of currencies to be circulated
in the country. The decision has been taken keeping in view the growing trade and investment ties
between the two countries. India-Zimbabwe trade was $177 million, with balance of trade heavily in
favour of India.
New Government sworn in Tunisia A government of independents, tasked with steering Tunisia
to fresh elections, took the oath on 29 January, 2014, replacing an Islamist-led administration under
a hard-won deal to end months of political turmoil. The swearing-in of Prime Minister Mehdi
Jomaas government comes three days after the national assembly finally adopted a new
constitution three years after the Arab Spring revolution.
India, UK to work together on skill development India and UK signed a pact on 16
th
January,
2014 to work together on identifying gaps in the areas of skill development and employment
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The MoU is aimed at enhancing the collaboration between the two countries within the
framework of UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI). The MoU will focus on
collaboration and building partnership through sharing of technical expertise, building linkages
and identification of gaps in the areas of skill development and employment services.
ABBREVI ATI ON
August2013
AIDB - All India Development Bank
AIF - Alternative Investment Fund
APEC - Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation
BCCC - Broadcasting Content Compliants Council
CDR - Corporate Debt Restructuring
DTAB - Drugs Technical Advisory Board
FCTC - Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
FMC - Forward Markets Commission
ICMR - Indian Council of Medical Research
IDRBT - Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology
MIDF - Manufacturing Industry Development Fund
NABL - National Accreditation Board for Laboratories
NAFTA - North American Free Trade Agreement
NMFP - National Mission on Food Processing
NSDC - National Skill Development Council
ODI - Overseas Direct Investment
OECD - Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
RITES - Rail India Technical and Economic Services
SERB - Science and Engineering Research Board
SIP - Systematic Investment Plan
STP - Systematic Transfer Plan
TDSAT - Telecom Dispute Settlement and Appellate Tribunal
UNFCC - United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
USSD - Unstructured Supplementary Service Data
WDRA - Warehousing Development Regulatory Authority
ATV - Advanced Technology Vessel
CFTC - Commodity Futures Trading Commissioner
ESMA - European Securities and Markets Authority
FMC - Future Market Commission
FSDC - Financial Stability and Development Council
GSP - Generalised System of Preferences
INTACH - Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage
NFHS - National Family Health Survey
NCRTC - National Capital Region Transport Corporation
NCPCR - National Commission for Protection of Child Rights
RCEP - Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership
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ADP - Approved Development Plan
AES - Acute Encephalitis Syndrome
AHRC - Asian Human Rights Commission
AIFF - All India Football Federation
CAST - Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies
CRS - Currency Reserve Fund
CUTS - The Consumer Unity and Trust Society
ITC - International Trade Commission
JAC - The Judicial Appointments Commission
JAXA - Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
LOS - Local Operational Squad
MNLF - Moro National Liberation Front
NIC - National Integration Council
ODS - Ozone Depletion Substances
OECD - Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
OPCW - Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
SBIRI - Small Business Innovation Research Initiative
STC - State Reorganisation Commission
TAADC - Tribal Area Autonomous District Council
ZANU-PF - Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front
AERB - Atomic Energy Regulatory Board
BIFR - Board for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction
CTBT - Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty
CWC - Chemical Weapons Convention
DAC - Development Assistance Committee
EOW - Economic Offence Wing
FIEO - Federation of Indian Export Organisations
FMCT - Fissile Materials Cutoff Treaty
IOSCO - International Organisation of Securities Commissions
IUCD - Intra-Uterine Contraceptive Device
NDRI - National Dairy Research Institute
NSFDC - National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation
NSIC - National Small Industries Corporation
ODA - Official Development Assistance
RDSO - Research Development Standard Organisation


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REC - Rural Electrification Corporation
STAR - Standard Training Assessment and Reward
TERI - The Energy and Resources Institute
TUFS - Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme
October2013
ADWDRS - The Agricultural Debt Waiver and Debt Relief Scheme
ARPU - Average Revenue Per User
BDCA - Border Defence Cooperation Agreement
CAER - Centre for Assessment Evaluation and Research
CAMPA - The Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority
CAPS - The Centre for Air Power Studies
CCAMLR - The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources
CDSCO - Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation
CEOP - The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
CSDS - The Centre for the Study of Developing Societies
November2013
TUFS - Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme
DRDL - Defence Research and Development Laboratory
EBITDA - Earnings before interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation
EMDA - Electromotive Drug Administration
FSSAI - Food Safety and Standards Authority of India
GTLD - Generic Top Level Domains
ICANN - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Numbers and Names.
MEDLARS - Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NPPA - The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority
NSDC - National Skills Development Corporation
NSPCC - The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
December2013
NTRO - The National Technical Research Organisation
RISHTA - The Research and Intervention for Sexual Heath Theory to Action
SAAN - South Asian Autism Network
SARAL - Satellite with ARgos and ALtika
SEVA - Sperm and Egg Voluntary Access
SFIO - The Serious Fraud Investigation Office
SOINN - Self-Organising Incremental Neural Network


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SRSAM - Short Range Surface to Air Missile
SVEEP - The Systematic Voter Education and Elector Participation
TRACES - TDS Reconciliation, Analysis and Correction Enabling System
VCES - The Voluntary Compliance and Encouragement Scheme
VVPAT - The Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail
WSTF - The Water Survival Training Facility
FHLMC - Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation
JAXA - The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
NNRTI - Non-Nucleoside reverse Transcriptase Inhibitor
USPSTF - The United States Preventive Services Task Force
VCES - The Voluntary Compliance and Encouragement Scheme
January2014
GPS Global Positioning System
TCS Tata Consultancy Services
GSLV Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle
FSLRC Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission
NBFC Non Banking Finance Companies
AMFI Association of Mutual Fund in India
GAAR General Anti Avoidance Rule
NCTC National Counter-Terrorism Centre
AIRCSC All India Rural Credit Survey Committee
ACB Anti Corruption Bureau
CAZRI Central Arid Zone Research Institute
ECCAS Economic Community of Central African States
NCAER National Council of Applied Economic Research
NGT National Green Tribunal
BOOKS AND AUTHORS
September2013
History as a Site of Struggle by K.N. Pannikar
India and Malaysia Interwined Strands by Veena Sikri
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (Indian-American author, Short listed for the Man Booker Prize
this year)
The Bone season by Samantha Shannon
My Journey: Transforming Dreams into Actions by APJ Abdul Kalam
Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli
Bollywood Baddies: Villains, Vamps, and Henchmen in Hindi Cinema by Tapan K. Ghosh


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Kubera: God of Many Hues by Madhurika K. Maheshwari
Cities Are Good for You: The Genius of the Metropolis by Leo Hollis
The Liberty Amendments by Mark R. Levin
Foreign by Sonora Jha
A Cool, Dark Place by Supriya Dravid
In Custody by Nitya Ramakrishnan
The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad by Lesley Hazleton
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Mirror of Beauty by Shamsur Rahman Faruqi
Manoj and Babli: A Hate Story by Chander Suta Dogra
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin
Harvest by Jim Crase
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
Gandhi before India by Ram Achandra Guha
India and Malaysia: Intertwined Strands by former Diplomat Veena Sikri
Ahmev Radha, Ahmev Krishnah by Gulab Kothari
How Not to Make Money by Raj Kundra
October2013
1283 by Pele, Brazilian football legend
I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
Haunted by Fire: Essays on Caste, Class, Exploitation and Emancipation by Mythily Sivaraman
Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
The Third Curve: The End of Growth as We Know it by Mansoor Khan
The Nellie Massacre of 1983 by Makiko Kimura
The Shadow of the Crescent Moon by Fatima Bhutto
Interventions: A Life in War and Peace by Kofi Annan and Nader Mousavizadeh
Courage and Conviction by General V.K. Singh and Kunal Verma
The Illicit Happiness of Other People Manu Joseph
Roll of Honour by Amandeep Sandhu
Naushadnama: The Life and Music of Naushad Raju Bharatan
Maddaddam by Margaret Atwood
Trans Atlantic Colum McCann
Powerplay: The Game is on by Parinda Joshi
Tenth of December by George Saunders
2012 Nights by Vipul Rikhi
House of Cards Sudha Murty
Flora Gail Godwin


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Helium by Jaspreet Singh
Soldier and Spice Aditi Mathur Kumar
Battles Half Won: Indias Improbable Democracy by Ashutosh Varshney
Meena Kumari: The Classic Biography by Vinod Mehta
Master Laster: What They Dont Tell you About Sachin Tenduldar by Sumit Chakraberty
Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer Cyrus Mistry
The Book of Destruction Anand
Goat Days by Benyamin
Tiger Fire by Valmik Thapar
The Good, the Bad and the Ridiculous by Khushwant Singh with Huma Quraishi
Killing Jesus by Bill OReilly, Martin Dugard
Birth of Cinema by N. Gopal Krishna
November2013
Scandal Point by Fahad Samar
The Namesake by Conor Fitzgeraid
Tiger Warrior: Fateh Singh Rathore by Soonoo Taraporewala
The Sanjay Story by Vinod Mehta
India-Pakistan War 1971: Military Triumph and Political Failure Major General Kuldip Singh
Bajwa
My Decade in the Premier League Wayne Rooney and Matt Allen
The Victoria Cross A Love Story Ashali Varma
Insatiable Meg Cabot
The Fabulous Feminist Suniti Nakjoshi
Nobody Can Love You More by Mayank Austen Soofi
Our Moon Has Blood Clots Rahul Pandita
Stay Hungry Stay Foolish by Rashmi Bansal
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
Headley and I by S Hussain Zaidi and Rahul Bhatt
Modi to Moditva: An Uncensored Truth by Nirendra Dev
The Honest Life Jessica Alba
Astray by Emma Donoghue
Blood Red Sari by Ashok Banker
For How Long This Silence Lt. Gen. (Retired) Shahid Aziz
Walking with Lions by K. Natwar Singh
Calcutta: Two Years in the City by Amit Chaudhuri
Sounding Off by Resul Pookutty and Baiju Natarajan
Winter Evenings Navtej Sarna
The Price of Politics by Bob Woodward
Thinner than Skin by Uzma Aslam Khan
The Last War by Sandipan Deb
Gray Wolves and White Doves by John D Balian
Those Pricey Thakur Girls by Anuja Chauhan
The Sergeants Son Ashim Choudhury


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Tenth of December Stories by George Saunders
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Suspect by Robert Crais
My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
The Future by Al Gore
Killing Kennedy Bill OReilly and Martin Dugard
Going Clear by Lawrence Wright
The Test of My Life by Yuvraj Singh
The Secret Gardener by Kalpana Swaminathan
Narendra Modi: The Man, The Times by Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay
The Namo Story: A Political Life by Kingshuk Nag
Rajnikanth: The Definitive Biography by Naman Ramachandran
As Dear As Salt by Reyna Sequeira
Birth of Cinema by N Gopal Krishna
DareBones Big Break by Gleeson Rebello, MD, and Jamie Harisiades
Gandhi: My life is a message by Jason Quinn
Indias Nuclear Energy Programme: Future Plans, Prospects and Concerns
Indian Railway Track-Design, Construction and Maintenance M.M. Agarwal
Momentous Times by Times of India Group
Savage Harvest Stories of Partition by Mohinder Singh Sarna
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Mad Tibetan: Stories from Then and Now by Deepti Naval
Tick-tock, were 30 by Milan Vohra
December2013
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg and Nell Scovell
Gulp by Mary Roach
The Inferno by Dan Brown
The Blue-Necked God by Indira Goswami
The Outsider by Jimmi Connors
The Childhood of Jesus by JM Coetzee
The Lonely Monarch by Sunil Gangopadhyay
Oleander Girl by Chitra Banerjee
Indias Tryst with Destiny by Jagdish Bhagwati and Arvind Panagariya
Seeing Like a Feminist by Nivedita Menon
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts
My Beloved World by Soniya Sotomayor
Making Peace with the Earth by Vandana Shiva
Cobalt Blue by Sachin Tendulkar
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling


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The Wicked Years by Gregory Maquire
An Uncertain Glory: India and Its Contradictions by Jean Dreze and Amartya Sen
My Chaplin by Mrinal Sen
The Moonballer by Nirupama Vaidyanathan
I Lost My Love in Baghdad by Michael Hastings
Degree Coffee by the Yard by Nirmala Lakshman
Half a Rupee Stories by Gulzar
My Name is Parvana by Deborah Ellis
Advantage Hollywood by Ashok Amritraj
Unbreakable by MC Mary Kom (boxer)
Undisputed Truth by Mike Tyson
Helium by Jaspreet Singh
Gaysia by Benjamin Law
Unbreakable: An Autobiography by MC Mary Kom and Dina Serto
My Autobiography by Alex Ferguson
Courage and Conviction by General VK Singh and Kunal Verma
The English Girl by Daniel Silva
Mapping the Edge by Sarah Dunant
The Silent Wife by ASA Harrison
The Golden Egg by Donna Leon
Longbourn by Jo Baker
Just One Evil Act by Elizabeth George
India at Turning Point: The Road to Good Governance by T.S.R. Subramanian
Indias Rise as a Space Power by U.R. Rao
January2014
Resurgent India Glimpses of Rajiv Gandhis Vision of India by PDT Aachary
Lamplight: Paranormal Stories from the Hinterlands by Kankana Basu Pan Macmillon
The Hundred Names of Darkness by Nilanjana Roy Aleph
Consequences by Nigel Fernandes
Ive Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsells
Little Women and Me by Lauren Baratz Logstead
How to Make Enemies and Offend People by G. Sampath
As Dear As Salt by Reyna Sequeira
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid
Tick-tock, Were 30 by Milan Vohra
The Litigators by John Grashim
Half a Rupee Stories by Gulzar
The Mad Tibetan: Stories from Then and Now by Deepti Naval
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