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com 2 Indian Ambassador to Bhutan Pawan Varma Resigned Indian Diplomat Pavan K. Varma in October 2012 resigned as India’s ambassador to Bhutan with an idea of entering into politics. Ambassador Pavan Varma is set to join the Janata DalUnited (JDU). He asserted that he wants to contribute to clean politics and good governance in the country. Pawan Varma, is a 1976 batch IFS officer and had taken voluntary retirement but is going to demits office on 31 December 2012. Pakistan Cabinet Ratified the Landmark Visa Pact with India Pakistan’s Cabinet on 31 October 2012 ratified four recent agreements with India. The major of which is landmark visa pact aimed at facilitating restrictions on several categories of travellers, including senior citizens and businessmen. The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister of Pakistan M Raja Pervez Ashraf who also ratified three other agreements that is going to promote trade between the Pakistan and India. The visa agreement was signed by then external affairs minister S.M. Krishna and Pakistan’s interior minister Rehman Malik in Islamabad on 8 September 2012. HCL Signed MoU with Madhya Pradesh Government for speedy clearance Public sector Enterprise Hindustan Copper Ltd (HCL) on 31 October 2012 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Madhya Pradesh government for obtaining required clearances of its proposed investment of 1856 crore Rupees in the state. The MoU was signed between HCL Chairman-cum-Managing Director K.D. Diwan, and Arun Kumar Bhatt, Managing Director, MP Trade & Investment Facilitation Corporation Ltd (TRIFAC), at a global investor summit in Indore. HCL is Planning to build a five million tonne capacity underground mine beneath its present opencast mine at Malanjkhand by 2017-18. Sahara India Pariwar Felicitated London Olympic Medalists Sahara India Pariwar on 31 October 2012 at the Sahara Shaher in Lucknow felicitated six Indian athletes who won medals at the London Olympics in July-August 2012. The function was attended by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and by renowned businessmen, politicians and officials and was marked with a cultural programme which included some memorable performances by Sonu Nigam and Shiamak Davar’s troupe. The silver medalist Sushil Kumar and Vijay Kumar were presented with gold weighing three kg while bronze medalist Gagang Narang, Saina Nehwal, Mary Kom and Yogeshwar Dutt were presented with 2 kg of gold by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. Indian Women Cricket Team won ACC T20 Asia Cup 2012 The Indian women's cricket team on 31 October 2012 won inaugural Asian Cricket Council's (ACC) Twenty20 Asia Cup, beating Pakistan by 18 runs in a low-scoring final in Guangzhou city of People’s Republic of China. The team elected to bat first but did not have a good beginning as they lost both their openers within the first couple of overs. They somehow managed to make a low score of 81runs but the bowlers did a splendid job to dismiss Pakistan to 63 in 19.1 overs. India and UK Amended pact on Avoidance of Double Taxation India and the United Kingdom on 30 October 2012 signed a protocol amending the 1993 bilateral convention on avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion related to taxes on income and capital gains. The Protocol amends the pact or Convention that was originally assigned on 25 January 1993 in New Delhi The protocol was signed by India’s High Commissioner Jaimini Bhagwati and Exchequer Secretary to the U.K. Treasury, David Gauke. Ramnaresh Sarwan and Dave Kissoon Resigned from West Indies Players’ Association Board West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan on 23 October 2012 resigned from the board of the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA). The resigning of Ramnaresh Sarwan came with resignation of

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