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February 2013 (Classified)
Classified Current Affairs of February 2013

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1) Afzal Guru, convicted in the Parliament attack in 2001, was hanged at 8 am on 9 February 2013 in Tihar Jail, Delhi. Death sentence awarded to him by a special court in 2002 was upheld by the Supreme Court in which year? – 2004 (His mercy petition was rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee on 4 February 2013, which was the third rejection of mercy petition by the President, other two mercy petitions were that of Ajmal Kasab and Ningappa Natikar, who was sentenced to death for murdering his wife and daughter) 2) What was the name given to the operation of executing Afzal Guru? – “Operation Three Star” 3) The Defence Ministry on 12 February 2013 ordered a CBI probe into corruption allegations in the Rs. 3,546 crore deal to procure VVIP helicopters for the Indian Air Force (IAF) after Guiseppe Orsi, the CEO of the Italian firm supplying them, was arrested for his suspected role in arranging bribes to bag the contract. What is the name of the Italian firm which was supplying these helicopters? – Finmeccanica (The deal was for supplying Augusta Westland helicopters for the IAF) 4) The Centre on 20 February 2013 notified the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT), under which Tamil Nadu would be given 419 TMC of water and Karnataka would be given 270 TMC of Cauvery water. In which year this tribunal had unanimously given this award? – in 2007 (CWDT was set up in June 1990 and comprised of Justice N P Singh, N S Rao and Sudhir Narain and had in a unanimous award in February 2007 determined the total availability of water in the Cauvery basin at 740 thousand million cubic (TMC) feet at Lower Coleroon Anicut) 5) The Supreme Court on 7 February 2013 directed Karnataka Govt. to release 2.44 tmcft. of water to Tamil Nadu after accepting the report of a commission on this matter. Which commission submitted its comprehensive report to the Supreme Court on Cauvery dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka? – The Central Water Commission – CWC (the commission prepared its report after visiting Thanjavur, Nagapattinam and Thiruvarur on February 5 2013. Supreme Court also rejected Tamil Nadu’s plea for releasing 9 tmcft. of Cauvery water) 6) The trial in the Delhi gangrape case began on 5 February 2013. This case started in which fast-track court of Delhi? – In the special fast-track court of Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna 7) Which locality of Hyderabad was targeted in the two blasts that shook the city on 21 February 2013, in which 16 persons died and many were injured? – Dilsukhnagar (This locality technically comes under Rangareddy district but is part of Greater Hyderabad and is perceived as part of the city by the city populace) 8) The Supreme Court on 6 February 2013 said that SEBI is free to freeze accounts and seize properties of its two companies for defying court orders by not refunding Rs 24,000 crore to investors. Which two companies of Sahara Group are involved in this issue? - Sahara India Real Estate Corporation (SIREC) and Sahara Housing Investment Corporation (SHIC) 9) On 6 February 2013 UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi launched a new universal child health screening for birth defects and deficiencies that can lead to disabilities. Where was this new programme launched? – Palghar, a tribal block in Thane district of Maharashtra (This programme was launched under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare)

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10) On 1 February 2013, a special meeting of the union cabinet approved the Centre’s decision to promulgate an ordinance to implement recommendations of the JS Verma panel to fight crimes against women. What is the name of the amendment bill which was introduced in the Parliament pertaining to this issue? - The Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2012 which was introduced in the Lok Sabha on 4 December 2012 by Home Minister Shushil Kumar Shinde 11) The Ministry of Defence on 15 February 2013 initiated action for cancellation of contract for procurement of 12 Augusta Westland 101 (AW 101) helicopters, which were to be used for VVIP travel. This was done in light of Italian investigators unearthing the role of middlemen and the alleged kickbacks in this deal worth Rs. 3,546 crore. The AW 101 helicopter is a company based in which country? – The United Kingdom (UK) 12) India’s Defence Ministry during February 2013 cleared the proposal for setting up of a mountain strike core along India’s border with which country, in which fresh accretion of close to 89,000 soldiers and 400 officers is involved? – China (The new strike core is expected to come in Panagarh, West Bengal, along with two more divisions) 13) How many labour unions/associations gave a united call for General Strike on 20 and 21 February 2013, which witnessed incidents of violence and losses worth about Rs. 26,000 crore, as estimated by ASSOCHAM? – 11 (The call for general Strike was given against the alleged anti-labour economic policies of Union Govt.) 14) Uttar Pradesh Govt. constituted a committee to enquire into the stampede at Allahabad railway station on 10 February 2013, in which 36 persons died, most of whom were pilgrims returning from Shahi Snan at the ongoing Kumbh at Allahabad. Who was appointed as the head of this committee? – Jagan Mathews, Chairman, Revenue Council (More than 3 crore pilgrims had assembled at the main bathing day of Kumbh, the Mauni Amavasya, which led to heavy accumulation of passengers after the bathing festivities) 15) India’s first all-women judicial magistrate’s court (JMC) started functioning in which town of West Bengal during the first week of February 2013? – Malda (This JMC was established in the last week of January 2013 and was set up on the directions of the Chief Justice of India in the aftermath of the national outrage over the Delhi gangrape) 16) What was the rise in prices of petrol and diesel respectively, which came into effect from the midnight of 15 February 2013? – Rs. 1.50 /liter (petrol) and Rs. 0.45 /liter (diesel) While petrol prices were revised in step with the steep rise in international rates, oil firms used the newly accorded freedom to increase diesel price in small doses to effect the second price adjustment in one month 17) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on 21 February 2013 announced her govt.’s decision to not to host the 20th Asian Athletics Championships scheduled to be held in Chennai in July 2013. What was the reason given by her for this decision? – The participation of Sri Lankan players in this championship would hurt the feelings of Tamils of her state (Jayalalithaa is of the view that the championship can be organized in Tamil Nadu if Sri Lankan team is taken out of it)

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Which are the 8 states where NDP would be initiated with the help of the World Bank? – Uttar Pradesh. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and a noted legal luminary as a member recommended by all these and nominated by the President) 26) Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal. with lakhs of devotees taking holy dip on this auspicious occasion. which made it the largest single congregation of humanity at one place? – Mauni Amavasya (on 10 February 2013) 21) The last maha-snan (great-bath) for Naga Sadhus of the Mahakumbh 2013 at Allahabad was held on 15 February.24 crore on Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after charges of BCCI’s indulgence in anti-competitive practices were proved against it? – The Competition Commission of India (CCI) – Charge against BCCI was filed by a Delhi resident Surinder Singh Barmi. South Africa. Karnataka. Who was the last Railway Minister from Congress to present the Railway Budget? – Suresh Kalmadi www. became the first Railway Minister belonging to the Congress party to present the Railway budget in last 17 years. Tamil Nadu. who had charged BCCI on issues related to the Indian Premier League (IPL) and a professional league tournament conducted by the BCCI 25) The Union Cabinet on 31 January 2013 approved the revised Lokpal Bill in which mention of a selection committee to select Lokpal was made. as mentioned in the revised bill? – Nine (9) – This nine-member selection committee included the Prime Minister. The last maha-snan was held on occasion of which festival? – Basant Panchami 22) Mass Surya Namaskar was performed by students belonging to thousands of schools on 18 February 2013 all over the country. Punjab. Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha. Madhya Pradesh. This performance was associated with which historical event? – 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda 23) During February 2013 the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) announced plans to initiate National Dairy Programme (NDP) in 8 states of the country with an objective of improving milk productivity in these states through scientific enhancements in dairy sector. the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. India and China 20) In which maha-snan (great-bath) about 3 crore devotees assembled at Sangam on the confluence of the Ganges. Gujarat.03 Current Affairs . Maharashtra and Orissa 24) Which authority on 8 February 2013 slapped penalty of Rs. the Lok Sabha Speaker.52. This selection committee comprised of how many members.com . in which four member countries of the group gave priority to implementation of “Green Climate Fund” by industrialized countries. who presented the Railway Budget for 2013-14.January 2013 18) The Supreme Court on 20 February 2013 stayed the death sentence of four aides of slain sandal-wood smuggler Veerappan by how many months? – 6 months (The four persons have been sentenced to death by the Supreme Court itself for killing 22 policemen in 1993 by blowing-off a land mine) 19) 14th Ministerial Level Meeting of BASIC group was organized in Chennai during February 2013.NIRDESHAK. Which four countries are members of BASIC group? – Brazil.

voting for whom was held on 23 February 2013? – 88 % in Meghalaya and 83.January 2013 27) Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal. One coach of this class will be attached to every Shatabdi Express and a few short-distance Rajdhani Expresses as a pilot. United States and China 28) What is the name of a new train announced by Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal in his Railway Budget.27 % in Nagaland (Voting was held for 60 assembly seats in Meghalaya and 59 in Nagaland) 33) What was the name given to the recently held first ever day-and-night demonstration of combat prowess by the Indian Air Force (IAF). grand finale of which was held on 22 February 2013? – “Iron Fist” (This first of its kind of operation by the IAF was held in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer and Pokharan region. who presented the Railway Budget for 2013-14. automatic doors. the railways may roll out entire trains of Anubhuti class) 31) How many persons and organisations were named by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on 25 February 2013 in its preliminary enquiry into allegations of kickbacks in the Rs. his three cousins. The firing sorties were conducted at Chandhan field firing range in Pokhran and in Jaisalmer) www. state-of-the-art illumination. If the response is encouraging. 3.04 Current Affairs .NIRDESHAK. which would connect different places related to freedom movement of the country? – Azadi Express 29) How many new express trains were announced by Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal while delivering Railway Budget on 26 February 2013? – 67 (26 passenger trains were also introduced) 30) What is the name of a new luxury passenger class announced in the Union Railway Budget of 2013-14. which will be now be the costliest class of Indian Railway? – Anubhuti class (Coaches of this class would be manufactured exclusively at the coach factory in Raebareli and will have LCD video screens.com . European middlemen Guido Haschkhe. Which are the other three railways in this select club? – Russia. Carlo Gerosa and Christian Michel and Lawyer Gautam Khaitan) 32) What was the voting percentage in the assembly elections of Meghalaya and Nagaland. announced that Indian Railways has become the fourth in the world with a capacity of one billion tonnes. spacious aisle.600 crore Augusta Westland VVIP helicopter deal? – 10 persons and 4 firms (These include former Air Chief SP Tyagi. free toiletries and zero-discharge toilets.

conducted one of the most comprehensive health surveys of its kind in the state. Imchen (Assam Rifles personnel detained him as he was driving to his constituency.R.1 crore in cash. This incident took place just a few days before assembly elections in the state.January 2013 1) Govt. of Kerala on 20 February 2013 raised the age limit for purchasing liquor by approving the Kerala Abkari Act Amendment Ordinance 2013. which were held on 23 February 2013) 7) A first-ever headcount of its type was conducted in which Indian state to estimate approximate number of cancer patients.603 villages and 217 cities and towns. This policy primarily aims to make the state an aerospace industry hub of the country) 6) Home Minister of Nagaland was arrested on 18 February 2013 for allegedly transporting Rs.’s decision of appointing H.84. Which article is this? – Article 316 3) During February 2013 which state’s electricity board became the first in India to successfully complete the installation and implementation of ‘Go Alive’ system in its day-to-day functioning? – West Bengal (West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDC) brought 23 cities of the state under this system by which WBSEDC would be able to monitor and control electricity distribution network of all these cities simultaneously) 4) A 70 feet high statue of Mahatma Gandhi. in which 98 per cent of the state’s population was covered? – Punjab (Punjab is one of the worst state as far as spread of cancer is concerned. who later resigned from his post on 19 February 2013. The state is now ready to produce and distribute 1 lakh packets of 450 gm each in the current year) www. Rs. Results of this headcount were released during February 2013) 8) Which state became the first and so far the only state in the country to have successfully developed Bt cotton seeds indigenously and is now ready to produce and distribute these seeds for farmers? – Gujarat (Gujarat Seed Supply Corporation (GSSC) successfully developed Bt cotton seeds with assistance from Navsari University and US firm Mahyco-Monsanto Biotech Limited (MMB). 1. weights 25 tonnes and cost approx. Hence the state govt. This is despite the fact that an article of Indian Constitution pertaining to appointment of the chairperson of State Public Service Commission doesn’t lays down any qualification for the post. was inaugurated by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on 15 February 2013 at Patna’s famous Gandhi Maidan. Dhanda as chairperson of Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) on the ground that any incapable person cannot be appointed to such posts demanding considerable administrative and academic experience.53.447 households in 12. Koridang.NIRDESHAK. arms and ammunition and liquor in a vehicle.434 person in 50. in which data was collected from 2. in Mokokchung district of Kohima.07 Current Affairs .com . 10 crore to built) 5) Which state became the first Indian state to declare its Aerospace Policy during February 2013? – Karnataka (Karnataka Chief Minister Jagdish Shettar unveiled state’s Aerospace Policy on the occasion of Aerospace India 2013 held in Bangalore during February 2013. What is his name? – Imkong L. Which noted sculptor created this statue? – Delhi-based Ramsutar and his firm (Ramsutar and Sons). This statue included a 32-feet-high pedestal. After this raise a person with what minimum age can procure/purchase liquor from liquor shop? – 21 years (Earlier the minimum age was 18 years) 2) The Supreme Court during February 2013 quashed Punjab Govt. which became world’s tallest Gandhi statue.64.

In which Indian state is game. This sanctuary is situated in which state? 10) Ambitious plan of athe state govt. organising jallikattu. apparently after being caught in surprise by China’s announcement of building three new 12) Which Indian state February 2013 claimed it has successfully harvested 22. the bull taming sport. production touching 588 million kilogram) which is a world record? – Bihar 13) Which state became the first Indian state to produce over 500 million kilogram of tea for two years in a row? – Assam (Assam produced more than half of India’s total tea production during 2012 with total production touching 588 million kilogram) www. in 750 crore) Pradesh during February 2013. This sanctuary is situated in which is chaired by Minister for Environment and Forest Jayanthi Natarajan. plans to build which state? – Sikkim (The clearance for this project was given by a standing committee of the National a glass skywalk and a ropeway an estimated costfor of Rs. Sikkim Govt. to finally build an iconic skywalk on line of Grand Canyon (USA) at the – Sikkim (The clearance for this project was given by a standing committee of the National Board of Wildlife. sport. 750 crore) Board of Wildlife. Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary of the state was finally given a clearance in 2013. in which cruelty is meted out against bulls and hundreds of people are injured every year. plans to build a glass skywalk and a ropeway at an estimated cost of Rs.NIRDESHAK. Jallikattu has been in the eye of many controversies pertaining to wild nature of this game. to build an iconic skywalk on the line of Grand Canyon (USA) at the Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary of state was given a clearance in the 2013. river this 800 MW project is proposed to be built? – 11) Environment Ministry forest clearance to On an which 800 MW power project in Arunachal Pradesh during Tawang Chu River February 2013.4 tonnes of rice row? – Assam (Assam produced more than half of India’s total tea production during 2012 with total from just one hectare of land without use of GM (genetically-modified) seeds and chemical fertilizers.08 Current Affairs .com . In which jallikattu organized? – organized? In Tamil Nadu’s Madurai on the occasion of Pongal (Tamil new year) Indian state is jallikattu – In Tamil Nadu’s Madurai on the occasion of Pongal (Tamil new year)j 10) Ambitious plan of a state govt. Jallikattu has been in the eye of many controversies pertaining to wild nature in ofwhich this cruelty is meted out against bulls and hundreds of people are injured every year. Sikkim 11) Environment Ministry gave forest clearance to an 800 MW power project Arunachal Govt.January 2013 The People for Ethical Treatment Animals (PETA) on 12 February 2013 came out with an investigative 9)9) The People for Ethical Treatment ofof Animals (PETA) on 12 February 2013 came out with an report that cited multiple violations of the Supreme Court guidelines organising the bull taming investigative report that cited multiple violations of the Supreme Courtin guidelines injallikattu. apparently after being caught in surprise by China’s announcement of building three new hydroelectric projects ongave the Brahmaputra river.4 tonnes rice from hydroelectric projects on during the Brahmaputra river. On which river this 800 MW project is proposed toof be just one hectare of land without use of GM (genetically-modified) seeds and chemical fertilizers. which isat chaired by Minister Environment and Forest Jayanthi Natarajan. which is a built? – Tawang Chu River world record? – Bihar 13) Which state state became the February first Indian state to produce over 500 million kilogram of tea for two years in a 12) Which Indian during 2013 claimed it has successfully harvested 22.

This announcement was made in his State of the Union Address on 12 February 2013 at Capitol Hill. With this announcement he became the first pontiff to step down in about 600 years. This test poses a new challenge for the Obama administration in its efforts to keep the country from becoming a full-fledged nuclear power) 5) On 5 February 2013 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad became the first Iranian President in almost 34 years to visit which Arab country? – Egypt (Such a visit would have been unthinkable during the rule of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. a senior US mariner (Dunford took charge from General John Allen who became the longest-serving ISAF commander in the eleven year old war against terror in Afghanistan by completing 19 months at the office) 8) China’s new lunar year.General Joseph Dunford.000 American troops from war-torn Afghanistan in the next year. which started on 10 February 2013. surprised the whole catholic fraternity with his decision to step down due to ill-health. which exploded over 30-50 km above the earth’s surface.January 2013 1) China took control of which port of Pakistan on 18 February 2013. China would import crude oil from Gulf countries through this port as proximity of the Gulf countries to Gwadar would facilitate the oil flow to it) 2) US President announced plans to bring 34. The US. who preserved Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel during his 30 years in power and deepened ties between Cairo and the West) 6) What is the name of the Siberian town of Russia. Pope Benedict XVI relinquished his post on – 28 February 2013 (Pope Benedict 16th’s original name was Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger and he is a German by nationality.10 Current Affairs . is being celebrated as – The Year of the Snake 9) What was the name of the US minesweeper ship which had been struck on an environmentally sensitive Philippine reef from 17 January 2013 and US Navy in February 2013 decided to dismantle and scrap this $277 million ship? – USS Guardian (This minesweeping ship was struck on the Tubbataha Reef. which injured at least 750 people? – Chelyabinsk (This town was center of a meteor explosion. due to which India raised its objections over security and strategic implications of this move? – Gwadar Port (Gwadar Port is located at the mouth of the Persian Gulf just outside the strategically important Strait of Hormuz. NATO and Afghanistan had made an agreement in which year for full evacuation of Western forces from Afghanistan? – 2010 (This agreement was done in Lisbon. This explosion resulted in a huge meteor shower which shattered glass and damaged buildings in Chelyabinsk) 7) Who became the new head of the command of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan on 10 February 2013? .com . which he announced on 11 February 2013. Portugal) 3) Pope Benedict XVI. North Korea had conducted its earlier two nuclear tests in which years? – In 2006 and 2009 (North Korea’s third nuclear test is the most powerful test conducted by it till date. the supreme leader of the Catholic Church and head of the Vatican. a UNESCO World Heritage Site in south Philippines) www. He has been hailed as a hero by conservative Catholics and is viewed with suspicion by liberals) 4) North Korea on 12 February 2013 confirmed that it had conducted its third long-threatened nuclear test defying requests from many countries to withhold this test. which was hit by a huge meteor shower on early morning of 15 February 2013.NIRDESHAK.

the world famous historic Egyptian town www. Pistorius represented which country in the Olympics? – South Africa 20) At least 19 foreign tourists were killed and 3 others injured when a hot air balloon exploded mid-air over a famous tourist destination of Egypt on 26 February 2013. was on 14 February 2013 charged with murder of his girl friend Reeva Steenkamp.The United States 13) Timbuktu.com . Honduras. following which tens of thousands of protestors took to streets in Dhaka demanding death penalty for those found guilty of war crimes in the 1971 independence conflict? – Rajib Haider. Costa Rica and El Salvador) 11) What was the name of the Bangladeshi anti-Islamist blogger. who made sporting history by becoming the first double amputee sprinter to compete in the Olympics. where French forces parachuted recently to liberate this desert city from the rule of Al-Qaeda linked militants? – Mali (Africa) 14) What was the name of a worldwide campaign initiated during February 2013 in support of global demand to put an end to violence against women and girls.January 2013 10) Which major coffee producing country on 8 February 2013 declared a national emergency over the spread of coffee rust disease.11 Current Affairs . which affected almost 70 per cent of coffee plantation in the country? – Guatemala (Coffee rust and fungus has affected coffee produce Guatemala as well as other South and Central American countries like Mexico. who used to write blogs under the pen name Thaba Baba 12) Zhuang Zedong. who passed away on 12 February 2013. the legendary Chinese table tennis player. whereby the letter “h” will be removed from the name of the province) 16) A bomb exploded near the US Embassy situated in which country on 1 February 2013. which became very effective in normalizing China’s relations with many countries. the fabled city of which country came to news during February 2013. This incident took place at – Luxor.NIRDESHAK. was a proponent of “Ping Pong Policy”. Relations with which country were in particular normalized to a very significant level with this policy? . who was killed on 16 February 2013. in which almost 200 countries are participating and which is supported by the UN? – “One Billion Rising Campaign” 15) The Sindh Assembly of Pakistan approved a bill on 12 February 2013 to rename the southern Pakistani province of Sindh as – Sind (The assembly approved Sindh Laws Amendment Bill of 2012. which killed at least 2 persons and injured several others? – Turkey (The bomb exploded near entrance of US Embassy in country’s capital Ankara) 17) Which south-Pacific island nation witnessed major damages during February 2013 due to triggering of a tsunami after an earthquake of 6 February 2013? – Solomon Islands 18) Which South-American country on 8 February 2013 announced decision to devalue its currency by half as devaluation is expected to push up prices in this heavily import-reliant economy? – Venezuela (Venezuelan currency bolivars’ value devaluation became effective from 13 February 2013) 19) Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius.

These two plants are being established at which place? – At Chashma Nuclear Complex. in in which which new new Pope Pope would would be be elected by 20) 117 cardinals the Universal Church. approved the bill despite opposition from ruling benches on this controversial bill) Lee-Myung-Bak) 24) Who Who was wonsworn the Presidential elections inPresident Cyprus. Communist Party of Nepal-United Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) and had lapsed eight months ago) the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha was formed to determine the modalities of the new 22) Which European country on 6 February had 2013 cameeight one step close to allowing same-sex marriages after a government. approved bill despite opposition from ruling benches on step this controversial bill) same-sex marriages 22) Whichthe European country on 6 February 2013 came one close to allowing 23) Who was sworn in as the first women President of South Korea on 25 February Park Geun-hye after a parliamentary approval of a related bill? – Britain (British Parliament’s lower 2013? house. Punjab Both of these plants will have capacity to produce 340 MW www. which are to be commissioned by 2016. manyfrom cardinals India would take Five (5) part in this event? – Five (5) 21) Nepal’s major political parties on 16 February 2013 agreed to form an election government which will hold new Constituent elections in the country.January 2013 20) A A “Holy “Holy Week” Week” would would be be held held in in Vatican Vatican City City from from 24 24 March March 2013.5 per cent votes for his Democratic Party (DISY) and replaced Dimitris Christofias who relinquished his post on 28 February 2013) 24) China has recently provided a loan of Rs. Who will lead government? – Nepal’s Chief Justice Khil 21) Nepal’s majorAssembly political parties on 16 February 2013 agreed to this form an election government which Raj Regmi (A working group with members from the Nepali Congress. Punjab Both of these plants will have capacity to produce 340 MW Anastasiades (He received 57. 136 billion to Pakistan for establishing two nuclear power plants. 2013. These two plants are held being established at2013?which place? 24) Who won the Presidential elections in Cyprus. How manyHow cardinals Indiafrom would take part in this event? – elected by 117of cardinals of theCatholic Universal Catholic Church. Communist Party of Nepal-United Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) and the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi (A working group with members from the Nepali Congress. which were on 24 February Nicos – At Chashma Nuclear Complex.12 Current Affairs . the House of Commons. Nepal’s Constituent Assembly lapsed months ago) parliamentary approval of a related bill? – Britain (British Parliament’s lower house. 136 billion to Pakistan for establishing two nuclear power plants.com .NIRDESHAK. Who will lead this government? – Nepal’s (Maoist). which were held on 23) in as the first women of South Korea on 24 25 February February 2013?2013? -Nicos Park Anastasiades (He received 57.5 per votes for his Democratic Party (DISY) and replaced Dimitris who Geun-hye (Daughter of cent former President Park Chung-hee she became 18th President ofChristofias the country and relinquished his post on 28 February 2013) replaced Lee-Myung-Bak) 24) China has recently provided a loan of Rs. United Communist Party of Nepal will hold new Constituent Assembly elections in the country. which are to be commissioned by 2016. -the House of (Daughter of former President Park Chung-hee she became 18th President of the country and replaced Commons. Nepal’s Constituent Assembly Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist). United Morcha was formed to determine the modalities of the new government.

com .297 crore 4) What is the total outlay for budget expenditure. that all public sector banks would have ATMs at all of their branches.65. What is the definition of these super-rich? – People earning an income over Rs.65.975 crore (for 2013-14) 6) Finance Minister P.8% of the GDP 3) What is the total outlay for planned expenditure. 2000 7) A 10% additional tax surcharge has been imposed on super-rich people of the country. 5 lakh.000 crore (The proposed bank will lend mostly to women and women run businesses. He however. How much tax credit would be given to people in this income bracket? – Rs. announced a tax credit for people earning between Rs. as announced in the Union Budget of 2013-14? – Rs.14 Current Affairs . 2. as announced in the Union Budget 2013-14? – Rs. 1. as announced in the Union Budget of 2013-14? – Rs 16.January 2013 1) What is the fiscal deficit for 2012-13 (FY 2013) as announced in the Union Budget 2013-14? – 5. by which their effective tax rate has gone up from the present 30. 1 crore per annum 8) What is the name of a special fund of Rs. How much initial capital would be provided by the Union Govt.9%.9% to 33.000 crore announced in the Union Budget 2013-14.36 lakh crore (including Rs. Chidambaram didn’t announce any changes in the tax rates for 2013-14. 86. as announced in the Union Budget of 2013-14? Rs 11. 16.297 crore 5) What is the total outlay for non-planned expenditure.3% of GDP 2) What is the fiscal deficit for 2013-14 (FY 2014) as announced in the Union Budget 2013-14? – 4. What was the announced specification of such towns? – Towns with population of over ten thousand (10.09. which has been created to empower women and provide safety to them in wake of the Delhi gangrape incident? – “Nirbhaya Fund” 9) How much TDS (tax deduction at source) was imposed on sale of immovable property in the Union Budget 2013-14? – 1% (This is not applicable to agricultural land) 10) It was announced in the Union Budget 2013-14. What is the deadline for implementation of this announcement? – 31 March.NIRDESHAK.721 crore for capital expenditure) 12) It was announced in the Union Budget 2013-14 that every town with a specific population will have an LIC branch. which were much anticipated. 2014 11) What was the total outlay for defence forces for 2013-14. which is lower than the targeted fiscal deficit of 5. 1.000+) 13) Announcement of India’s first all-woman bank was made in the Union Budget 2013-14. to open this bank? – Rs. support women SHGs (self help groups) and women’s livelihood) www. 2 lakh to Rs.2% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

com of bank deposits. 50 thousand (i.000 crore as compared to 2010-11. (i..7% 3) What was the projected inflation for 2013-14 in the Economic Survey 2012-13. now now an an investor investor with with annual annual income income of of Rs. as announced in the Economic Survey 2012-13? – 30.In Inwhich whichstates statesthese these these new ports are to be established? – West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh new newports portsare areto tobe beestablished? established?– –West WestBengal Bengaland andAndhra AndhraPradesh Pradesh 15) 15) An An Indian Indian Institute Institute of of Agri-Biotechnology Agri-Biotechnology (IIAB) (IIAB) was was announced announced in the Union Budget 2013-14.6% 4) What the targeted fiscal deficit of govt. What What are are these these changes? changes? – – a) a) Benefit Benefit for for 3 3 years years would would now now be be available available for for investors investors in in RGESS RGESS instead instead of of the the What was the present excise duty on SUVs? – 27% present present1 1year yearb) b)Limit Limitfor forinvesting investingin inthis thisscheme schemehas hasbeen beenraised raisedfrom fromearlier earlierRs. 12 lakh can also take 20) 20) Duty Duty free free limits limits on ongold gold were were increased increased in ininvestors the theUnion Union Budget Budget 2013-14.which whichare arethe theonly onlymajor major countries countries in in the the world world to to have have grown grown at at a a faster faster rate rate than than India India during during the the last last year.In Inwhich this this proposed proposed institute institute will will be beestablished? established? – –Ranchi Ranchi(Jharkhand) (Jharkhand) which city this proposed institute will be established? – Ranchi (Jharkhand) 16) 16)Finance FinanceMinister Ministermentioned mentionedname nameof oftwo twocountries countriesin inhis hisbudget budgetannouncement. which are the countries? countries? – China Chinaand and Indonesia only major– countries inIndonesia the world to have grown at a faster rate than India during the last year. 17) Excise duty on sports utility vehicles was increased to 30% in (RGESS) the Union Budget 2013-14. 2013-14. is as announced in the Economic Survey for 2012-13? – 4. 12 12 lakh lakh can can also also take take benefit benefit of of this this scheme. which was released on 27 February 2013? – Between 6. 90. year.What Whatwas was are these two countries? utility – China and Indonesia the thepresent presentexcise exciseduty dutyon onSUVs? 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Rs.2 and 6. and mutual funds) Women WomenTravellers TravellersRs.12 12lakh lakh(i.no noimport importduty dutywould wouldbe belevied leviedtill tillthese these limits limits for forrespective respective traveller traveller classes) classes) 19) How much import duty has been imposed on imported luxury cars in the Union Budget 2013-14? – 100% (This duty was presently at 75%) 20) Duty free limits on gold were increased in the Union Budget 2013-14. 1 lakh and men travellers Rs. was prepared under chairmanship of . Rs. 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Nasheed (Nasheed’s appearance was sought in a court and to save himself from arrest Nasheed had requested for a refuge. the Maldivian capital on 13 February 2013? – Mohd.January 2013 1) The International Court of Justice at the Hague (Netherlands) on 18 February 2013 gave its decision in India’s favour in a case pertaining to India’s dispute with Pakistan over water sharing in a hydro-electric project. Which hydro-electric project is this? – Kishanganga Hydro Electric Project (KHEP) Pakistan has been opposing this project as it was of the view that India has no right to draw extra water for this project but the International Court has now vindicated India’s stand 2) What is the name of former Maldivian President who sought refuge in the Indian High Commission in Male. which will enable a second Indian state after West Bengal to have direct rail link with Bangladesh. The deal worth US $6 billion (about Rs. Later Nasheed moved out of the commission) 3) India and Bangladesh on 16 February 2013 signed a pact.19 Current Affairs .000 crore) would involve joint venture between which two organisations of India and France? – Defence Research and Development Organisation of India and MBDA of France www. Which is this state? – Tripura (An MoU for Agartala-Akhaura rail link was signed during the visit of External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid to Bangladesh for the second Joint Consultative Commission meeting between the two countries in Dhaka. India accepted his request but was hence caught in a diplomatic tussle with Maldives over this issue.com . and served as a major link between Chittagong port and Tripura) 4) India and France concluded negotiations on the Short Range Surface to Air Missile (SR-SAM) on 14 February 2013 during the talks between French President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at Delhi. 30. Akhaura was the rail head for Agartala. prior to 1947.NIRDESHAK.

Member. on 6 February 2013 constituted an advisory panel for the electricity sector with an objective to iron out the issues impacting the growth of the sector. Who is the head of this panel? – Jyotiraditya Scindia. Anil Ambani (Chairman ADAG). during February 2013. Planning Commission 2) Who is the chairman of a newly constituted panel set up by union govt. Tata Sons). Planning Commission) NMDC has been without a chairman for more than one-and-half year now www. Who is the head of this committee? – K. This 8-member panel would examine the role of Centre vis-à-vis the powers of the state governments in allowing the cinematographic exhibition of films) 3) Union govt. in which it was found that lack of policing facilities and lack of coordination between police and transport department results in such crimes. officials. the most important being the raw material insecurity which threatens to upset the electricity production targets) 4) A report on the infamous gang-rape of a 23 year old girl in New Delhi during Dec 2012 was submitted to the Union govt.NIRDESHAK. Union Power Minister (This panel also includes industry leaders like Cyrus P Mistry (Chairman. SBI) and Chanda Kochhar (MD. in February 2013 to look into and re-examine the Cinematography Act in the light of the Vishwaroopam controversy? – Justice Mukul Mudgal (Retired Chief Justice of the Punjab & Haryana High Court. Pratip Chaudhuri (Chairman. The panel will delve into the problems plaguing the power sector. Who was the head of the committee which commissioned this report? – Justice Usha Mehra. retired Justice of Delhi High Court (Usha Mehra Commission was constituted on 26 December 2012 to look into this matter) 5) Who was appointed as the head of a panel constituted by Steel Ministry during February 2013 to give its recommendations for appointment of Chairman of National Minerals Development Corporation (NMDC)? – Arun Maira (Member. ICICI Bank) and many senior govt. Kasturirangan.com .January 2013 1) A committee was recently set up by the Union Environment Ministry to review the kinds of projects that require environmental clearance from the Centre.21 Current Affairs .

What was the reason given behind this probable decrease? – Insurance regulator IRDA on 21 February 2013 released new mortality table for life insurance companies for fixing premium. What is the present FDI limit for this sector? – 26 per cent (USIBC submitted its wish-list to Union Finance Minister P.com .January 2013 1) Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 22 February 2013 issued final guidelines for issuing licenses for opening new banks. recently to comply with its bailout norms) 7) A possibility of decrease in life insurance premium amounts was mooted on 21 February 2013 by life insurance experts.A to distribute and sell the specialty Ferrari brand of tractors in India? – Escorts Limited (The first product being launched under the partnership will be a 26 HP model that has four equal-sized wheels. RBI has thus decided to remove all restrictions on eligibility of corporates and groups to apply for the banking license. The new table (called Indian Assured Lives Mortality (2006-08) is an improvement over the existing table as it is based on the latest mortality and claim experience of different life insurers.p. which would come into effect from 1 April 2013. an all-time 4-wheel drive and oscillating chassis system suited for use in vineyards and orchards) 6) Which major British bank during February 2013 started laying-off its employees in India during February 2013 as part of closure of its retail and commercial banking operations in the country? – RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland. 500 crore • Applicants should be financially sound with a 10-year track record • Application for opening new bank should be via Non-Operative Financial Holding Company (NOFHC) • NOHFC to initially hold a minimum 40% stake in the bank for 5 years.23 Current Affairs . Lowering of premium is expected in new policies based on bettering of mortality and claim data from insurance companies’ perspective www. to raise the foreign direct investment (FDI) in defence sector up to 74 per cent. as announced by the RBI on 22 February 2013? – 1 July 2013 4) During February 2013. Chidambaram in which this request was made) 5) Which company during February 2013 announced joint venture with Italian company BCS S. the representatives of the US-India Business Council (USIBC) urged Indian Govt. RBS has sold its Asian assets to Australia and New Zealand Banking) Corp. as announced on 22 February 2013? – • Private firms. which should be brought down to 15% over 12 years • The new bank has to get listed within 3 years of the commencement of business • Foreign shareholding in the new bank to be capped at 49% for the first 5 years • At least 25% of branches of a new bank should be set up in unbanked rural areas 3) What is the last date for submitting application for procuring license for new bank. public sector entities and NBFCs are eligible to set up a bank • The initial minimum paid-up equity capital to be Rs. when two banks – Kotak Mahindra Bank and Yes Bank were issued licenses 2) What are the important guidelines issued by the RBI for opening new banks in India. When the RBI had last issued licenses for opening banks? – During 2003-04.NIRDESHAK.

which during the boom years reaped record profits as it bestowed gilt-edged ratings on complex bundles of home loans that quickly went sour www. Ruia Group had acquired the company from late Manohar Rajaram Chhabria’s Jumbo Group in 2005) 15) The U. Which credit-rating agency is this? .com . which would focus on sectors of social relevance like healthcare delivery. The proposal for new airline has been filed with the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB). Union Labour and Employment Minister Mallikarjun Khadge heads this board. which stood at 6.25% per annum) 13) Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) slapped a Rs.S. government action against the ratings industry. 200 crore fund with a tenure of 9 years.S. vocational education and sustainable rural businesses) 9) How many months’ service extension was given to RBI’s Deputy-Governor Anand Sinha on 26 February 2013? – 11 months (Sinha was to retire on 28 February 2013 but with this extension his tenure will extend till 18 January 2014) 10) What was the important fact associated with India’s inflation figure for January 2013.January 2013 8) What is the name of the first social sector private equity (PE) fund of the country. apart from the premium as a corporate insurance agent without proper disclosures to policy-holders? – SKS Microfinance 14) Calcutta High Court on 18 February 2013 vacated an interim stay on winding up of Dunlop India. on 14 February 2013? – It was the lowest inflation rate of last three years 11) Tata Group on 20 February 2013 announced making its third foray into the civil aviation sector in last 15 years by picking up a 30 per cent stake in a three way joint venture with a Malaysia-based airline.Standard & Poor’s (S&P) – This legal suit would be the first significant U. Dunlop India is controlled by which business house? – Ruia Group.22%.24 Current Affairs .5% per annum (This recommendation was made by the CBT on 25 February 2013. thus paving the way for liquidation of this once iconic tyre maker of the country. led by Pawan Kumar Ruia (Dunlop India’s tyre plant was established in 1936 at Sahaganj near Kolkata and the company went on to become a leading tyre maker of the country till its fortunes started dwindling rapidly. Tata Group and Arun Bhatia led Telestra Tradeplace. Returns for EPFO beneficiaries for 2011-12 stood at 8. Which airline is this? – AirAsia (The three way joint-venture involves AirAsia. 50 lakh fine on which micro-finance institution on 20 February 2013 for collecting extra funds. accusing the firm of inflating the ratings of mortgage investments and setting them up for a crash when the financial crisis struck. AirAsia is the largest budget airline of Asia and will have 49 per cent stake in this new venture) 12) What was the recommended rate of interest for 2012-13 as suggested by the Central Board of Trustees (CBT) of Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) for its beneficiaries? – 8. Justice Department is expected to file civil fraud charges against a leading credit-rating agency of the country.NIRDESHAK. which was accorded registration by the market regulator SEBI during February 2013? – Incube Connect Fund (This is a Rs. as announced by the govt.

after it was apprehended that many countries were routing their jewellery exports to India through this country? – Thailand (India and Thailand have bilateral trade agreement.com .25 Current Affairs .000 crore 21) What was the name of the 35th edition of an annual exhibition of Indian handicrafts and gift items organized by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts.NIRDESHAK. How much financial assistance would be provided to SIL under this package? – Rs.2 per cent growth clocked in 2011-12 and is the lowest since 2002-03 when the economy grew by a mere 4 per cent) 19) Indian Govt. Chidambaram simultaneously inaugurated 101 branches of which public sector bank on 9 February 2013? – State Bank of India (SBI) 17) During February 2013 Indian telecom giant Bharti Airtel announced decision to split its business in how many segments as part of a major organizational restructuring? – Eight (This organizational segmentation would come into effect from 1 March 2013. which was held during February 2013? – ‘Spring 2013’ (This exhibition was held between 8 and 11 February 2013 at India Expo Centre & Mart. as reported in a release of the Central Statistical Organisation (CSO) on 7 February 2013? – 5 per cent (This projection is lower than the 6. Bharti Airtel announced on 8 February 2013 that its operations will be divided into eight hubs from the current three regional hubs) 18) What is the expected growth rate for Indian economy for 2012-13.January 2013 16) Finance Minister P. Greater Noida Expressway. 200 crore www. Greater Noida.000 crore and expanding its scope of operations? – Rs. From which date quoting of Aadhaar numbers was going to become mandatory? – 1 March 2013 24) The manufacturer and marketer of iconic Blackberry phones during February 2013 announced that it has changed company’s name to Blackberry to increase brand identity and acceptance. NCR) 22) The Reserve bank of India on 8 February 2013 directed which two category of banks not to grant loans for purchase of gold in any form in order to check the significant rise in import of the precious metal in recent years? – Central Co-operative Banks (CCBs) and State Co-operative Banks (SCBs) 23) The Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) during February 2013 deferred a plan to make Aadhaar numbers mandatory for new entrants to the scheme after facing problems in enrolment. which makes exporting to India through Thailand much easier) 20) The Union Cabinet on 7 February 2013 approved enhancing the authorised capital of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) to Rs. 5. What was company’s name till now? . during February 2013 announced suspending jewellery exports from which Asian country. _________ from Rs. 20.Research In Motion (Company has its headquarters in Canada) 25) The Union Cabinet on 31 January 2013 approved a revival package for the ailing public sector unit Scooters India Limited (SIL).

5. These proposals have been given in view of rising gold imports which has widened country’s current account deficit (CAD).26 Current Affairs . This move sparked a price war as Jet’s competitors including Indigo and GoAir announced fare cuts in some sectors) 29) What was the size of the offer for sale (OFS) for selling govt. owned by Mukesh Ambani (RIL is the only company with nationwide 4G broadband airwaves.U.300 (Government fixed the base price at Rs.8 per cent of the total Budget Estimate (BE) of Rs. 78. which it had purchased in auctions during 2010) 28) Which airline announced major fare cuts on 19 February 2013.a. thus sparking price war in Indian domestic airline sector? – Jet Airways (Jet announced a sale of 2 million seats at fares between Rs. Chakraborty on 16 February 2013 announced this upper limit at a seminar on MFIs organized by the Indian Chamber of Commerce in Moscow.250 and Rs. 3800 for travel on all its domestic routes until the end of the year. Gold import in April-December stood at USD 38 billion.January 2013 27) According to a statement of a senior govt. above which MFIs cannot charges from individuals? – 26 % p. Deputy Governor of RBI K. stake in country’s largest power producer National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC). 4. restriction on gold loans and check on NBFC branches dealing with gold loans.04 lakh crore or 78. In which year this system was dispended with by IRDA? – 2007 (All products filed from 1 April 2013 would be given this benefit. an RBI officer (Gold import is the second major contributor to the CAD after oil.5 per cent of its stake in NTPC.14 lakh crore for the pertaining period 31) An RBI panel on 6 February 2013 proposed a slew of measures like mandatory quoting of PAN card numbers for high-value purchases. 145 per share for selling 9. which opened on 7 February 2013 and which successfully achieved the target? – Rs. 34) Which internet company’s stock on 19 February 2013 crossed $800 barrier for the first time in history on the US bourses? – Google (The milestone comes more than five years after Google’s shares initially broke the $700 barrier) www. IRDA has dispensed with the submission of policy documents under File and Use or the automatic clearance system in 2007) 33) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) during February 2013 fixed upper limit on rate of interest that can be charged by micro finance institutions (MFIs) in the country.C.32 crore shares of NTPC will be sold in this OFS) 30) What was the fiscal deficit of the centre during the April-December 2012 period according to data released by the Controller General of Accounts (CGA) during February 2013? – Rs. Rao. official during February 2013. What is this upper limit of interest.com . In 2011-12 fiscal it was USD 56 billion) 32) Indian insurance sector regulator IRDA on 19 February 2013 re-introduced the process of automatic clearance to life insurance products in view of demands of various stakeholders of the life insurance industry.B. India has allowed 4G wireless broadband airwave holders to provide voice services if they pay an additional $306 million.NIRDESHAK. Who is the head of this panel? – K. Which company would be the biggest beneficiary if this announcement holds good? – Reliance Industries Limited (RIL). 2. 11.

during February 2013 formally started the process of separating the national grid operator Power System Operation Corporation Limited (POSOCO) from state-owned transmission utility Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL). (Heinz is an iconic ketchup brand of the US and is also known for other brands like Ore-Ida frozen potatoes) 42) Who was appointed as the new Chairman of Italian aviation company Finmeccanica after its CEO and Chairman Giuseppe Orsi was arrested by police on charges of bribing officials to seal a helicopter deal for India? – Alessandro Pansa www. freedom to recruit staff and payment of higher pay scales for its employees (POSOCO is entrusted with the task of running one of the largest synchronous interconnections in the world. Chidambaram on 4 February 2013) 38) In a major move.5 lakh machines and about 6.January 2013 35) India’s largest credit card issuer HDFC Bank during February 2013 started replacing some of its points of sale (PoS) machines at a few merchant establishments. Which four banks constitute this newly formed sub-group? – State Bank of India (SBI). This was done in view of which problem the banking industry is facing. only to be used fraudulently later (HDFC Bank is one of the largest players in merchant acquisition space with close to 2.6 per cent) 41) During February 2013 Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc.com . In spite of such a huge responsibility POSOCO currently operates just as a subsidiary of PGCIL.NIRDESHAK.2 billion to purchase which leading ketchup and baby food maker of the US? – HJ Heinz Co.4 million credit cards) 36) Which stock exchange became India’s newest stock exchange on 9 February 2013 after Finance Minister P. wherein the card data is copied illegally in an otherwise legitimate transaction. 8.000 crore to these 17 banks) 40) What was the growth rate of industrial output of Indian economy for December 2012 as announced in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) on 12 February 2013? – (-0. after Punjab National Bank (PNB) signed an agreement to acquire 30 per cent stake in the company on 4 February 2013? – PNB MetLife India Insurance Company Limited (PNB MetLife Insurance was also launched officially by Union Finance Minister P.6 – This means that industrial production declined by 0. Chidambaram inaugurated it? – MCX-SX (MCX-SX formally launched its trading operations on 11 February 2013 as 9 and 10 February were trading holidays. during February 2013 formed a sub-group of four banks to oversee the loan recovery. associated with credit cards? – Cases of ‘skimming’ have been witnessed in India of late.27 Current Affairs . the govt. IDBI Bank. This move has been taken due to which reason? – India witnessed two successive grid failures in 2012 and it was thought necessary that POSOCO should be given functional autonomy. which kick-started the process of recovery of loans from troubled Kingfisher Airlines. This newest stock exchange of India is competing against established stock exchanges of the country – NSE and BSE) 37) What is the new name of MetLife India Limited. instead of being an independent grid manager) 39) The 17-member bank consortium.6 (Minus 0. and 3G Capital announced a deal worth $23. Punjab National Bank (PNB) and Bank of India (Kingfisher Airlines owe about Rs.

This merger deal was worth $11 billion. 3. a service primarily targeted towards rural and semi-urban users? – Airtel (This service provides a plethora of agriculture-related information to users through a toll free number 58080) 49) World’s biggest airline was created on 14 February 2013 with the merger of two of the largest airlines of United States . for state-owned fuel retailers for current fiscal year to make up for the revenue they lost on selling auto and cooking fuel below cost? – Rs. Reliance had struck a similar deal with Alcatel Lucent for its operations in eastern and southern India last month) www. Delta and South West) 50) Public sector power corporation NTPC during February 2013 tied up for a term loan facility of US$ 250 million from two banks . This loan will enable NTPC to make payments for procuring goods and services for its ongoing projects.000 crore 52) Reliance Communications outsourced operations and management of its network in northern and western India to which communication conglomerate as per an announcement made by the company on 11 February 2013? – Ericsson (Outsourcing deal for 8 years have been signed between Reliance and Ericsson recently. With which branch of SBI was this agreement made? – New York branch 51) How much additional cash subsidy was announced on 11 February 2013 by the union govt. What is the name of this magazine. which was launched by Union Finance Minister P. This service is made available initially in Tamil Nadu) 48) Which mobile operator during February 2013 launched a new service called ‘Apna Chaupal’.January 2013 43) Who are the promoters of country’s first infrastructure debt fund (IDF). for the third quarter of 2012-13 as announced on 14 February 2013? – Rs. The service allows the unbanked population of ICICI and Aircel to transfer money instantly and safely through the mobiles without even connecting to data services.US Airways and American Airlines. United. which is the smallest increase in profit for last six quarters 47) Who became the latest mobile service operator during February 2013 to join hands with ICICI Bank in its mobile banking service called Mobile Money? – Aircel (ICICI Bank has already launched this service with Vodafone and Tata Docomo earlier. the RBI made which two announcements on 14 February 2013 to make the Gold Deposit Scheme (GDS) more attractive? – 1) Lowering the investment time period of GDS and 2) Allowing mutual funds to participate in the scheme 46) What was net profit of country’s largest Bank. This merger would reduce the number of major airlines in the United States to four – the new American Airlines.com .28 Current Affairs . 25. What is the name of the newly created airline? – American Airlines (But this new airlines would be run by Doug Parker. Chidambaram on 9 February 2013? – Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India and the IL&FS Group (IDF has primarily been set up to provide long term finance available for complete lifecycle of infrastructure projects) 44) An exclusive bi-lingual in flight magazine of Air India was launched on 8 February 2013.Mizuho Corporate Bank Limited and the State Bank of India (SBI).08%.263 crore (for Oct-Dec 2012) Net profits of SBI increased by just 4.NIRDESHAK. which would be available in both English and Hindi? – Shubh Yatra 45) Seeking to unfreeze idle gold in the country. CEO of US Airways. SBI.

58 billion. CUPPS provides automatic check-in facility to passengers and thus saves considerable time as compared to manual check-ins) www. citing slow growth and a rising debt burden. Which is this rating agency? – Moody’s 55) Which FMCG brand became the first FMCG brand of the country to cross sales figure of Rs.29 Current Affairs . celebrated its __________ anniversary during February 2013? – 8th (YouTube was founded in 2005) 58) In what can be termed the toughest action yet in the Indian corporate history.January 2013 53) What was India’s trade deficit during December 2012? – US $20 billion (India’s total exports stood at $25. the video sharing platform owned by Google. Twitter partnered with which bank to launch this value-added service? – American Express (AmEx) 57) YouTube. 5. the biscuit brand of Parle Products (This sales comprises of retail sale value of Parle G brands of biscuits in 2012) 56) Micro-blogging website Twitter started its pay-by-tweet service from 11 February 2013. in which cardholders of a specific bank would be able to purchase products by tweeting.NIRDESHAK.000 crore? – Parle G..5 billion whereas imports stood at a hefty $45. which would provide easy check-in facility to passengers? – Society Internationale de Telecommunications Aeronautics . and Sahara Housing Investment Corporation Ltd.com .) 59) The Airport Authority of India (AAI) during February 2013 signed an agreement with which international authority to install Common Use Passenger Processing System (CUPPS) at 25 major airports of India. Trade Deficit = Net Imports – Net Exports) 54) A rating agency during February 2013 downgraded Britain’s debt rating by one notch from top-grade of AAA to Aa1.SITA (SITA has installed the CUPPS facility at 13 major airports of the world. the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on 13 February 2013 ordered the freezing of bank accounts of two companies belonging to which group? – Sahara Group (court ordered to freeze accounts of Sahara India Real Estate Corporation Ltd.

000 runs in test cricket) 5) Sachin Tendulkar on 8 February 2013 equaled Sunil Gavaskar’s record of centuries in first class matches after scoring an unbeaten 140 runs against Rest of India in Irani Trophy. medium-fast bowler www.January 2013 1) Which team won the first edition of Hockey India League (HIL)? – Ranchi Rhinos (who defeated Delhi Waveriders by 2-1 in the finals held at Ranchi on 10 February 2013) 2) ICC Women’s World Cup 2013 was won by – Australia (Australia defeated the West Indies by 114 runs in the finals held on 17 February 2013 at Mumbai.A. earlier Australian teams have won titles in 1978. Chidambaram Stadium? – Harbhajan Singh (He is the only the second spinner to achieve this feat after Anil Kumble 8) In a surprise decision the International Olympics Committee (IOC) on 12 February 2013 announced its decision to drop wrestling from the list of core sports. How many centuries were scored by Gavaskar in first class cricket? – 81 6) Which team won the 51st Irani Trophy title for cricket on 10 February 2013? – Rest of India (Rest of India defeated 40 time Ranji champion Mumbai at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium by virtue of their lead in first innings. This was Australia’s sixth world cup title. 1982. 1988. Who scored the previous best score made by an Indian wicketkeeper? – 192 scored by Budhi Kundaran against England in 1964 at Madras Corporation Stadium (Dhoni also completed his 4.31 Current Affairs . will be taken in September 2013) 9) Who was named as captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore franchisee for IPL’s sixth season starting April 2013? – Virat Kohli (He replaced Daniel Vettori of New Zealand) 10) Which team got third position in HIL after winning the relegation match on 10 February? – UP Wizards (Who defeated Punjab Warriors by 4-3 to claim third spot. This was Rest of India team’s 26th Irani Trophy win. first spot being claimed by HIL 2013 Ranchi Rhinos and second spot by runners up Delhi Waveriders) 11) Which former member of the Indian test cricket team was suspended by the BCCI from the ongoing Inter-state Vijay Hazare Trophy for his unprofessional behaviour against a player of Income Tax team? – Praveen Kumar. which has been a part of every games since 1896 barring one.com . 1997 and 2005) 3) Who was declared player of the Tournament in the recently concluded ICC Women’s World Cup 2013? – Suzie (Skipper of the New Zealand team) 4) Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the first wicket-keeper from India to score double-hundred in a test match while scoring 224 runs against Australia on 25 February 2013. playing against Australia in the first Test Match being held in Chennai. Irani Trophy is played between year’s Ranji title winner and Rest of India) 7) Which Indian cricketer played his 100th test match on 22 February 2013 while playing against Australia in the first test of the test series at Chennai’s M. This move could lead to its elimination from which Olympics Games as reported in an IOC communiqué? – From 2020 Olympics Games (However a final decision on eliminating the sport.NIRDESHAK.

Rohan Bopanna. Prahlad Srinath. Karti P. Chidambaram. Johannesburg (South Africa)) 14) Which Australian all-rounder fetched the highest price in bids for Indian Premier League (IPL) held on 3 February 2013 at Mumbai? – Glenn Maxwell (He was purchased for $ 1 million (about 5.3 crore) by Mumbai Indians. 3. Enrico Piperno. The finals was played at Soccer City. constituted during February 2013 by a group of disgruntled tennis players led by Somdev Devvarman. who is also owner of IPL franchisee Chennai Super Kings.NIRDESHAK.5 crore) by Pune Warriors) 15) World Champion Vishwanathan Anand won the Grenke Classic Chess tournament on 18 February 2013 after defeating Arkadij Naidirsch of Russia in his final match. Grenke Classic Chess tournament was held in which country? – In Germany (at Baden Baden) 16) On 1 February 2013 which player became the first player in test cricket history to lead in 100 test matches? – Graeme Smith of South Africa (He achieved this feat while leading his team in the first test match against Pakistan in Johannesburg) 17) Which bowler from Kashmir came to limelight on 12 February 2013 while playing for the Board President’s XI against Australia at Mumbai. the most coveted title of African football? – Nigeria.January 2013 12) India lost the Davis Cup Asia Oceania (Group-1) tie to South Korea by what margin on 3 February 2013. Mahesh Bhupathi.4 13) Which country won the Africa Cup of Nations. Abhishek Nayar became the highest priced Indian player.32 Current Affairs . who last won the cup in 1994.000 (Rs. the final day of the tie? – 1. being purchased for $ 675. where he claimed 7 wickets for 45 and helping Australia get out for a paltry total of 241 in their first match of Indian tour? – Parvez Rassol (He is an off-spinner with an impeccable record in Ranji Trophy) 18) What is the name of the newly formed tennis association. Dhoni was earlier associated with Air India) www.com . who defeated first time finalist Burkina Faso in the finals (This is the first African Cup title for Nigeria. of which Dhoni has been captain since 2008. Manisha Malhotra. Aditya Sachdeva and Mustafa Ghouse) 19) Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was appointed Vice-President of which company during February 2013? – India Cements Limited (This company is owned by BCCI Chairman N Srinivasan. to handle contemporary issues that are not being addressed by the All India Tennis Association (AITA)? – Indian Tennis Players Association (ITPA) Founding members of ITPA include Jaideep Mukherjea. Somdev Devvarman.

got mentioned in a report published during February 2013 by the Institute of Science and International Security (ISIS) as a likely supplier of ring magnets for Iran’s nuclear programme through China. iSpirt members clearly stated that they see no conflict with NASSCOM) 7) Which city-center of Dhaka came into highlight during February 2013 due to protests against war criminals of the 1971 Freedom War and against the perceived rabid. faith-focused and ultra-orthodox politics of Jamaat-e-Ismali? – Shahbagh Square (Thousands of Bangladeshis have been assembling at this city-center of Dhaka and are strengthening their movement which mainly demands death for war criminals of 1971 and a ban on politics of religion.January 2013 1) Bar Council of India (BCI) during February 2013 completed how many years of its establishment? – 50 Years (Golden Jubilee celebrations of BCI were held all over the country) 2) Super-12. which is going to evolve as an alternative to NASSCOM? . In which city is this establishment situated? – Chennai (This firm’s proprietor Bala Subramaniam however denied these charges claiming he has never supplied magnets to China) 10) India’s first Kotler Centre of Excellence (KCoE).Indian Software Product Industry Round Table or iSpirt (iSpirt has been formed by Indian software companies who believe that NASSCOM would not be able to provide more growth avenues to them in future. Greater Noida 11) The Govt. the District Collector of Banka (Bihar)) 3) Visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron visited a historical monument in Punjab on 20 February 2013 and by doing so he became the first British Prime Minister to visit this monument. on 20 February 2013 announced that it is against relocating power producer NTPC’s 1. In which state is this plant being set up? – Jharkhand www. Shahbagh Square has therefore became a sort of Tahreer Square of Dhaka) 8) Which hospital on 17 February 2013 claimed to have started India’s first comprehensive liver transplant facility? – Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital.34 Current Affairs .com . an initiative to provide free tutorial and guidance support to a group of 12 students. is a new initiative similar to Super-30. Mumbai 9) A modest firm named Ferrito Plastronics.980 MW North Karanpura power plant. However.NIRDESHAK. Super-12 is an initiative for which exam – IAS (Super-12 was launched by Deepak Anand. Chances of plant’s relocation had risen due to uncertain coal supplies for this massive plant. lead by renowned marketing guru Philip Kotler is to be started at which management institution? – JRE School of Management. which have been assured now by the Union Coal Ministry. formed during February 2013 by 30-odd software companies of India. Etawah (Uttar Pradesh) 5) Which organization announces the annual World Press Freedom Index a comprehensive rating of countries pertaining to amount of freedom provided to press and respect given to press reported by countries? – Reporters Without Borders (Finland has topped this index for the third consecutive time as announced in World Press Freedom Index for 2013) 6) What is the name of a newly formed association. dealing in magnets. Which monument is this? – Jallinwalah Bagh (Amritsar) 4) National School Games 2013 were recently held in – Saifai. a highly successful initiative to give support to meritorious students in preparing for IIT entrance exams.

would be signed by the countries at which place during October 2013? – Minamata. including 24 Muslim candidates? – Salaya (in Jamnagar district of Suarashtra region) BJP for the first time had fielded Muslim candidates from here 16) 27th edition of Surajkund Mela was held during February 2013 in Surajkund in Haryana.January 2013 12) World’s first mercury treaty.35 Current Affairs .com . whose employees were offered H-1B visa by the US Govt. Japan (This first of its kind of treaty would legally bound the signatory country from use of mercury. which came to news on 15 February 2013. is situated in which state? – Jammu and Kashmir (The International Court of Arbitration at the Hague on 18 February 2013 ruled in favour of India’s position on the diversion of Kishanganga water and thus setting aside the objections raised by Pakistan on this issue) 15) Which Gujarat town with overwhelming Muslim population came into news during February 2013 for electing all 27 BJP corporators. The treaty signing in Minamata would be a symbolic gesture for residents of this Japanese town. which came to news during February 2013. due to communal tension between two communities who tried to outdo each other in offering payers at this disputed site. Which state was the theme state for this year’s Mela? – Karnataka 17) Bhojshala. which is one of the most hazardous substances used for industrial usage. is situated in which state? – Madhya Pradesh (in Dhar district) 18) Which company was on top of a list of companies from India. who have been witnessing worst kind of mercury contamination for decades now) 13) What is the name of the international aviation exhibition which was held during February 2013 in Bangalore and which has been a regular feature in Bangalore since some years? – Aero India 2013 (This exhibition has been held since 1996 and this is the 8th edition of the show.NIRDESHAK. for 2012? – Cognizant (9.281 employees of this company were offered H-1B visas according to latest data from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services) 19) 12th Summit Meeting of Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) was held between 6 and 7 February 2013 at – Egypt (Cairo) www. The show is being held at Air Force Station Yelahanka (Bangalore)) 14) The 330 MW Kishanganga Hydro Electric Project. which was accepted by 140 countries in Geneva during January 2013.

12. Everest running in his last marathon. What is the name of this trust? – Azim Premji Foundation his company worth Rs. for slow availability of basic infrastructure for the setting February expressed hisAmartya displeasure central Govt. first first copy of copy ofwas which was presented toPresident Indian President Mukherjee on 6 February 2013 by the author? – which presented to Indian Pranab Pranab Mukherjee on 6 February 2013 by the author? – “Netaji “Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Germany” Subhash Chandra Bose and Germany” 2) Who is the first Chancellor of the upcoming International University of Nalanda (IUN). She became the first woman to achieve this origin? Hong Kong (Fauja completed 10 Km in 1– hr 32 minutes and 28successfully seconds. Pfaff. 12. is Premji to starton functioning from September 2014) 3) Wipro chief IUN Azim 22 February 2013 announced transferring 295. Toronto Marathon and New York Marathon) 4) oldest marathon Fauja Singh retired 2013 from marathon running on 24 February 2013 twice after in just 5) World’s A Nepali woman came torunner limelight during February after her feat of conquering Mt. who during 2013 expressed his displeasure with the central Govt. Amartya Sen (Sen is also chairman of the governing board of to start functioning September the university. and New York Marathon) thismarathons record after she conquered Everest on 12 May and Toronto 19 May Marathon 2012) 5) A Nepali woman came to limelight during February 2013 after her feat of conquering Mt.January 2013 1) 1) What What is is the the title title of of a a book book on on Netaji Netaji Subhash Subhash Chandra Chandra Bose Bose written written by by his his daughter daughter Anita Anita Pfaff. He ran full marathons comprising of 26 mile at London Marathon. Senwith (Senthe is also chairman of slow the governing board of the university.5 million equity shares of his company worth Rs.com . Which was the last marathon this 101 of year old British runner of Indian origin? – Foundation Hong Kong Marathon (Fauja completed 10 Km race in 1 hr 32 minutes and 28 seconds. What isof the name this trust? – Azim Premji running in his last marathon. What is her name? – Churim Sherpa (She successfully achieved this record after she conquered Mt.NIRDESHAK. Heachieved ran unique – distinction asMarathon mentioned in the book. What is herrace name? Churim Sherpa (She full comprising of 26Mt. mile at London Marathon. for availability of basic infrastructure up of this2013 university? – Prof. Everest on 12 May and 19 May 2012) www.5 million equity shares of initiatives including primary education.300 crore to a trust.300 crore to a trust.37 Current Affairs . Which was the Book last marathon of this 101 year old British runner of Indian a week was acknowledged by the Guinness of World Records. IUN is for the setting up of from this university? –2014) Prof. She became the first woman to achieve this unique distinction as mentioned in the book. who during February 2) Who is the first Chancellor of the upcoming International University of Nalanda (IUN). that will utilize the endowment to fund various not-for-profit 3) Wipro chief Azim Premji on 22 February 2013 announced transferring 295. Everest twice in just a week was acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records. willfrom utilize the endowment fund various 2013 after 4) World’s oldest marathon runner Fauja Singhthat retired marathon runningto on 24 February not-for-profit initiatives including primary education.

gas pumps. was associated with which field? – Painting (She was a noted painter of the Bengal School of painting) 3) Noted industrialist Hari Shankar Singhania.NIRDESHAK.39 Current Affairs . who passed away on 22 February 2013. door locks. vending machines and medical equipments) 2) Shanu Lahiri. Karlin (push-button dialing technology is now used not just in phones but has become international standard on objects as diverse as ATM’s.com . who passed away during February 2013.January 2013 1) What is the name of a Bell Labs industrial psychologist who was responsible for developing push button phones and all-digital dialing technology and who passed away during January 2013? – John E. was associated with which business house? – JK Group (He was the President of the group) www.

held on 24 February 2013 at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre? – ‘Argo’.Yann Martel 9) Which film was awarded the Oscar in the Best Foreign Film category? – “Amour” from Austria 10) Which state was awarded the National e-Governance Gold Award for 2012-13 during February 2013? – Madhya Pradesh (The state was awarded this award for its “Sparsh Abhiyaan” targeted towards empowerment and rehabilitation of the disabled and aged persons) 11) Who was awarded the Ernst & Young Lifetime Achievement Award for 2012 for contribution to Indian business and economy? – Ratan Tata (Chairman Emeritus. Vyas Samman was constituted in 1991 and is awarded for Hindi literature) 4) Which film won the best film award at the 85th Academy Awards.Daniel Day-Lewis (for his role of Abraham Lincoln in civil war saga ‘Lincoln’) 6) Who won the award for best actress at the 85th Academy Awards 2013? – Jennifer Lawrence for her work in “Silver Linings Playbook” 7) ‘Life of Pi’. Tata Group) 12) Which album was named ‘Record of the Year’ at the Grammy Awards 2013 held during February 2013? – “Somebody That I Used to Know” – an album by Gotye and Kimbra (“We are Young” by Fun and Janelle Monae was named as ‘Song of the Year’) 13) Which film won the Best Picture Award at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA). won how many Oscars at the 85th Academy Awards? – 4 (Four) ‘Life of Pi’ won Best Director award for Ang Lee. Ravi Shankar was also nominated for his another album titled “Traveller” 3) Who was selected for 22nd edition of KK Birla Foundation’s prestigious Vyas Samman for 2012? – Dr.41 Current Affairs .NIRDESHAK. Eric Saindon. Best Cinematography Award for Claudio Miranda and award for Best Visual Effects for Joe Letteri.''The Living Room Sessions Part 1'' (He was awarded in the Best World Music category. which was accepted by his daughter Anoushka Shankar. announced in a ceremony held at London on 10 February 2013? – ‘Argo’ (This film is based on real-life events in 1979 of CIA's attempt to free six diplomats while posing as a film crew) www.com . Narendra Kohli for his Hindi novel ‘Na Bhuto Na Bhavishyati’ (Prof. the founder of SEWA (Self Employed Women’s Association) The prize was given by the President Pranab Mukherjee 2) Departed Indian sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar was awarded a posthumous Grammy Award on 9 February 2013. Ramdarash Singh is to be awarded Vyas Samman for 2011 for his poetry collection titled ‘Aam Ke Patte’. David Clayton and R Christopher) 8) Taiwanese director Aag Lee’s film ‘Life of Pi’ is based on which writer’s novel? . the film in which many Indian actors had worked. a hostage-thriller based on 1979’s Iranian hostage crisis directed by Steven Spielberg 5) Who became the first actor to win three Oscars in the best actor category after winning the award at 85th Academy Awards? . For which album was he awarded this award? . award for Best Original Score for music director Mychael Danna.January 2013 1) Who was conferred with the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace for 2011 on 18 February 2013? – Social Worker Ela Bhatt.

Varadarajan (He will take charge after present head of BPCL RK Singh superannuates on 30 Sep 2013) www.Mohan Parasaran (His appointment has been done in wake of resignation of senior advocate Rohinton Nariman recently. Raghu was elected as Vice-President by the governing council.January 2013 1) Who was appointed as the new Chairman of the Sahitya Academy during February 2013? – Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari. This is the first time that a Hindi writer was made chairman of the academy. in the country but he had to resign from his post on 18 February 2013 for his failure to form a new govt.Asoke Kumar Mukerji (He will replace Hardeep Singh Puri who retired recently after completing his 2-year tenure.Sally Jewell (She is the first woman secretary in Obama’s second presidential term) 8) Who was appointed as the new President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) for 2013-14 after his election by the governing council of ICAI? – Subodh Kumar Agarwal (K.com . Mukherji is Special Secretary in the External Affairs Ministry at present) 3) Who took over as the new Chairman of insurance regulator IRDA (Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority) on 21 February 2013? – TS Vijayan.) 7) Who was nominated by US President Barack Obama as country’s new Interior Secretary (home minister) on 6 February 2013 in place of outgoing secretary. former Chairman of the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India (Vijayan’s tenure will be for a period of 5 years. who will take charge on 30 September 2013? – S.Justice Rajesh Kumar Agrawal (Tamil Nadu Governor K. The country has since witnessing huge protests. Sunil Gangopadhyaya in October 2012) 2) Who was appointed as the next Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations during February 2013? . the Bharat Petroleum Corp Limited (BPCL). Ken Salazar?. who was the interior minister of the country till now and was known for his hardline stand (Tunisia had been facing political uncertainty since opposition leader Chokri Belaid was killed on 6 February 2013. Rosaiah administered the oath of office to Mr. critic and writer (Tiwari became the 12th Chairman of this august academy devoted to promoting literature of all Indian languages. Justice Agrawal) 10) Who was appointed as Chairman of India’s second largest oil refiner. Parasaran is currently the Additional Solicitor General and would have a tenure of 3 years) 5) Who replaced Hillary Clinton as United States’ new Secretary of State during February 2013? – John Kerry (He was administered oath on 2 February 2013 by US Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan) 6) Who was chosen as the new Prime Minister of Tunisia by the ruling Islamist Party on 21 February 2013? Ali Larayedh. which is constituted of 40 members of whom 32 are elected by the members and remaining 8 are nominated by the Central Government) 9) Who was sworn in as judge of the Madras High Court on 7 February 2013. and since he was the senior-most judge of the court he became the acting Chief Justice of the court? . This appointment is for a period of 5 years and became necessary after demise of former Chairman.NIRDESHAK. Hindi poet.Appointments 58 Current Affairs . Former Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali was trying to form a coalition govt. He took place of Hari Narayan who retired on 20 February 2013 after being at the helm of the authority for about 5 years) 4) Who was appointed as the new Solicitor General of India on 13 February 2013? .

com . making him due to his second reported differences withto Union Law Minister Aswini Kumar) the Solicitor General resign from his post without completing his term during UPA’s second 3) Raphael Martinetti. What is the apparently name of this – FILA (This stern action Martinetti was taken after International Olympic Committee resigned due body? to his reported differences withagainst Union Law Minister Aswini Kumar) (IOC) recommended that wrestling be dropped from the 2020 Olympics) 3) Raphael Martinetti.Resignations 58 Current Affairs . the President of global wrestling governing body was of forced to resign on He 16 February 2013 regime? – Rohinton F. who announced his resignation on 20 February 2013.most who announced his resignation on 4 govt. after 2) Who was the Solicitor General of India. after massive on-goings protests in the country high electricity prices? – Boiko Borisov 1) Who was the Prime Minister ofagainst Bulgaria. making him the second Solicitor General to resign from his post without completing his term during UPA’s second regime? – Rohinton F. after a vote of confidence against him was brought at Executive Committee Meeting in Thailand. Nariman (He General was the of second senior law officer of the central He apparently resigned 2) Who was the Solicitor India. February 2013. who announced his resignation on 4 February massive on-goings protests in the country against high electricity prices? – Boiko Borisov2013.NIRDESHAK.January 2013 1) Who was the Prime Minister of Bulgaria. Nariman (He was the second most senior law officer the central govt. What is the name of this body? – FILA (This stern action against Martinetti was taken after International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommended that wrestling be dropped from the 2020 Olympics) www. who announced his resignation on 20 February 2013. the President of global wrestling governing body was forced to resign on 16 February 2013 after a vote of confidence against him was brought at Executive Committee Meeting in Thailand.

Satellite with ARGOS and ALTIKA (This satellite has been made in an Indo-French joint venture. The satellite will undertake a 300-day journey to Mars and is expected to be put into the Martian orbit in September 2014) 3) What is the name of the asteroid that became the closest to pass Earth. This vaccine was developed by which university? – Oxford University (Vaccine MVA85A showed negative efficacy for immunity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis as displayed in a test conducted on about 2800 South African infants recently) 8) How many wagons are attached to a heavy haul goods train.January 2013 1) What is the name of the world’s first smart phone operated nano satellite that was successfully launched into space along with 6 other satellites by ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle—C20 (PSLV-C20) on 25 February 2013? – SARAL – SARAL stands for . when it launched the first foreign satellite through its PSLV-C2 rocket) 2) President Pranab Mukherjee in his address on the opening day of the budget session on 21 February 2013 announced India’s first mission to which planet.000 km from Earth on 15 February 2013? . data done by Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).NIRDESHAK. in which Kalpana Chawla was one among seven astronauts who died in this disaster? – Columbia www. Under the mission.46 Current Affairs .2012 DA14 (This 45 m diameter asteroid was discovered last year by astronomers from an observatory in La Sagra in southern Spain 4) Which is the latest internet browser launched by Microsoft on 26 February 2013? – Internet Explorer 10 (Microsoft is still the dominant player in the desktop browsing market but Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox have recently dented the market of Microsoft significantly) 5) According to a latest release of Global Burden of Disease Report and a comprehensive analysis of govt. India will put in orbit a spacecraft using the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. as it passed some 28.com . which according to the announcement would be taken during October 2013? – Mars (India would send its Mars Orbiter on a mission to look for signature of life and reasons for loss of atmosphere on the red planet. Other satellites launched included a space telescope satellite and five other foreign satellites. tobacco smoking and malnourishment) 6) What is the name of a new initiative launched by the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry during February 2013 to reach out to people in the social media space? – MyIndia (This new initiative aims towards disseminating and delivering the messages of development to the citizens by registering them as volunteers them on the social media platforms) 7) The global fight against tuberculosis received a major setback as reported on 4 February 2013 after a new vaccine known as MVA85A failed to pass the field trials and replicate its initial success. which form of pollution is the fifth leading cause of death in India? – Air Pollution (This form of pollution comes fifth after bold pressure. which was introduced during February 2013 by Indian Railways? – 118 (Usual goods train in India comprised of 58 wagons 9) 10th anniversary of which space shuttle’s disaster was marked by NASA on 1 February 2013. This was ISRO’s 101st successful mission and was done from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota (AP). With this successful mission ISRO has placed 35 satellites successfully in space since 1999. indoor air pollution.

NIRDESHAK. onsearch any of results the displayed malware designed hijack search engine Clicking on any of theClicking displayed redirects users search results redirects users to an "attacker controlled to an "attacker controlled command-and-control server) command-and-control server) 11) What is the name of the new generation interceptor boat commissioned by Indian Coast Guard on 22 11) What 2013. as per an agreement signed between the two on 21 February 2013? – Cheetal (An agreement worth Rs. 20 units of which be supplied Indian Army by agreement Rs. Cheetal is the improved version of Cheetah helicopter) www.January 2013 10) India’s premier cyber security agency Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) on 24 February 2013 2013 issued an advisory to internet a spam attack that "hijacks" search engine requests issued an advisory to internet users users about about a spam attack that "hijacks" search engine requests leading to slow leading to slow browsing and opening up of suspect websites. 300 crore was signed.47 Current Affairs . hijack search engine results. Cheetal is thewould improved version to of the Cheetah helicopter) Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). 300 crore was signed. What was the name of this Trojan virus? – is a browsing and opening up of suspect websites. 20comes units of which would be to the speeds) Indian Army by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).com . as per an agreement signed between the two on 21 February 2013? – Cheetal (An 12) What is worth the name of the helicopter. What was the name of this Trojan virus? – Bamital (Bamital Bamital (Bamital isto a malware designed to results. which features the latest Arneson Surface Drive (ASD) feature? – C-154 (This ASD featured surface-piercing propeller loaded boat comes with capability of turning at high speeds) and surface-piercing propeller loaded boat with capability of supplied turning at high 12) What is the name of the helicopter. is the name the new generation interceptor boat commissioned by Indian Coast on 22 and February which of features the latest Arneson Surface Drive (ASD) feature? – C-154 (ThisGuard ASD featured February 2013.

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