1 September 2013

South Korea Win Asia Cup Hockey Title
On 1 September South Korea defeated India 4-3 in the final of the Asia Cup
Hockey at Ipoh, Malaysia .With this, South Korea confirmed its place in the
World Cup at The Hague.In the meanwhile, the Asian Hockey Federation
gave the details of the participants for the next AHF Champions Trophy to
be held in Kakamigahara (Japan) from 1 November 2013 to 10 November
2013.In the men’s section, the participants will be China, India, Japan,
Malaysia, Oman and Pakistan. In the women’s section, the participants
include China, India, Japan and Malaysia.

Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Launched New Health
Initiatives For Assam
On 1 September Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi
Azad launched several new health initiatives worth Rs.500 crores under the
National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) for the strengthening of healthcare
services in Assam.The new initiatives are – Free Generic Drug Service,
Rashtriya Bal Swasthya karyakram (RBSK), National Iron Plus Initiative,
Fleet of 359 New Ambulances for National Ambulance Service.Ghulam Nabi
Azad also inaugurated Mother and Child Tracking System Call Centre and
Tele-Radiology Project under NRHM.
2 September 2013
3rd India – Republic of Korea Foreign Policy and Security Dialogue Held
In Seoul
The 3rd India – Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Policy and Security
Dialogue (FPSD) was held in Seoul on 2 September .The Indian side was led
by Mr. Ashok K. Kantha, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)
and the Republic of Korea (ROK) side was led by First Vice Minister for
Foreign Affairs Mr. Kim Kyou-hyun.Both nations discussed ways to further
expand and deepen their Strategic Partnership. They undertook a
comprehensive review of bilateral ties, including in the fields of economic
collaboration, defense and security cooperation, cultural exchanges and
people-to-people contacts. In this context they discussed the potential for
space and nuclear cooperation, upgrading of the bilateral Comprehensive
Economic Partnership Agreement and collaboration in defense production.
They agreed to step up cooperation in the spheres of maritime and cyber
security.It was agreed that the 4th India-ROK Foreign Policy and Security
Dialogue will be held at New Delhi at a mutually convenient time in 2014.
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‘ National Food Security Bill ‘ Passed By Rajya Sabha
The National Food Security Bill, which seeks to provide heavily-subsidized
food to two-thirds of India’s 1.23 billion people, was passed by the Rajya
Sabha on 2 September.The Union Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh, on 19 March 2013 approved the National Food Security
Bill. Lok Sabha on 26 August 2013 passed the National Food Security Bill
2013.

Indian Air Force inducts its Biggest Transport Aircraft ‘ C-17
Globemaster III ‘
On 2 September Union Defence Minister AK Antony formally inducted IAF’s
biggest 70-tonne heavy-lift transport aircraft ‘ C-17 Globemaster III ‘ into
service at the Hindon Air Base near Delhi.The C-17 Globemaster III aircraft
has been procured from the US under a deal expected to be over Rs.20,000
crore.The C-17, with a capability to carry around 70 tonnes of load and
around 150 fully geared troops, will replace the Russian Il-76 as the biggest
aircraft in the IAF inventory till now.The IL-76 has the capability to carry
loads upto around 40 tonnes.The IAF has placed orders with the US for ten
C-17 aircraft under the deal signed in 2011 and three of them have already
been delivered.The US Air Force is scheduled to complete the delivery of all
the 10 planes by the end of 2014.
3 September 2013
Microsoft To Buy Nokia’s Mobile Phone Unit and Services
On 3 September Microsoft Corporation and Nokia Corporation announced
that both companies have decided to enter into a transaction whereby
Microsoft will purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services
business, license Nokia’s patents, and license and use Nokia’s mapping
services.Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will pay 3.79 billion
Euros to purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business,
and 1.65 billion Euros to license Nokia’s patents, for a total transaction
price of 5.44 billion Euros in cash.Nokia Corporation is a Finnish
multinational communications and information technology corporation
(originally a paper production plant) that is headquartered in Espoo,
Finland.Its principal products are mobile telephones and portable IT devices.
It also offers Internet services including applications, games, music, media
and messaging, and free-of-charge digital map information and navigation
services through its wholly owned subsidiary Navteq.

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3rd All India Survey On Higher Education Launched
On 3 September Minister of State for Human Resource Development Jitin
Prasada launched the third All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE)-
2012-13 .The survey was initiated in the year 2011 to prepare a robust
data-base on higher education.Data for the year 2010-11 was collected
during the first year of the survey.Keeping in view the usefulness of data
collected during the very first year, Ministry has decided to make this survey
an annual exercise of data collection in higher education sector. The survey
covers all the Higher Education (HE) Institutions of the country including
Universities, Colleges, and Stand-Alone Institutions.The main items of data
collection under survey are Basic details, Programme details, Teaching &
Non-Teaching Staff, Student Enrolment, Examination Results and
Scholarships.
4 September 2013
U.S Senate Committee Approves Syria Attack Resolution
The U.S Senate Foreign Relations Committee on 4 September approved a
resolution , granting President Obama limited authority to launch a military
strike on Syria in response to its reported use of chemical weapons against
civilians.The senate committee vote, 10-7, clears the way for consideration of
the resolution by the full Senate.The resolution states that military action
must be aimed at deterring and preventing Syria from carrying out future
chemical weapons attacks.The resolution does not allow the use of ground
forces.

Raghuram Rajan Takes Over As RBI Governor
On 4 September Chief economic adviser Raghuram Govind Rajan took over
as the 23rd Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). He took charge
from D. Subbarao.Raghuram Rajan was appointed as the youngest-ever
Economic Counselor and Director of Research (chief economist) at the
International Monetary Fund (IMF) from October 2003 to December
2006.Rajan was appointed as Chief Economic Advisor to the Ministry of
Finance, Government of India on 10 August 2012.

“Ahmev Radha, Ahmev Krishnah” Book Released
The Vice President of India, M.Hamid Ansari released the book titled “Ahmev
Radha, Ahmev Krishnah”, written by the Chief Editor of Hindi newspaper
Rajasthan Patrika, Gulab Kothari, in New Delhi on 4 September.The book
Ahmev Radha, Ahmev Krishnah describes the complicated issue of
personality development in very simple and interesting words.
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5 September 2013
Land Acquisition Bill Passed By Parliament
The land acquisition bill was passed by the Parliament on 5 September.The
bill, which was earlier passed by Lok Sabha on 29 August, went through
some amendments during its passage in the Rajya Sabha on 4
September.The historic legislation will now be sent to President Pranab
Mukherjee for his assent.The aim of the bill is providing fair compensation
to people whose land has been taken away for setting up the buildings or
factories. The Bill seeks for compensation of around 4 times the market
value of the land in rural areas as well as two times the value in the urban
areas.The Bill established new rules and regulations for compensation of the
land acquired for industry as well as infrastructure projects. The bill
stipulates mandatory consent of at least 70% of landowners for acquiring
land for public private partnership (PPP) projects and 80% for private firms.

Loksabha Passed ‘ Waqf (Amendment Bill) Bill ‘
The Loksabha on 5 September approved the Waqf Amendment Bill,2010,
that aims to make properties under the Waqf Board more commercially
viable.The bill, passed by the Rajya Sabha on 20 Aug 2013.According to the
bill, the government will maintain the record of Waqf properties and extend
their lease period to a maximum of 30 years.As per data, there are around
four lakh registered Waqf properties across the country.

Deepak Sandhu Becomes The First Woman Chief Information
Commissioner
Deepak Sandhu became the first woman Chief Information Commissioner
of the country.She was administered the oath of the office by the President
of India, Pranab Mukherjee on 5 September.Sandhu served in many key
positions like Principal Director General (Media and Communications) in the
Press Information Bureau, Director General of DD (News), Director General
(News) All India Radio before taking over as Information Commissioner in
2009.
6 September 2013
Rajya Sabha Passed ‘ Pension Fund Regulatory and Development
Authority Bill, 2011′
The Rajya Sabha on 6 September passed the Pension Fund Regulatory and
Development Authority (PFRDA) Bill 2011,which opens the doors to 26
percent foreign direct investment (FDI) in pension funds, was approved by
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the Lok Sabha on 4 September.The Pension Fund Regulatory and
Development Authority (PFRDA) Bill, 2011, provides for market based
returns and wide coverage based on several investment options in the
pension sector with an aim to building confidence in the subscribers.The bill
seeks to establish, develop and regulate pension funds to protect the
interests of subscribers to schemes of pension funds and assures minimum
returns to subscribers.The Pension Bill has been hanging fire since 2005
when it was first introduced in Parliament. It was reintroduced in 2011.

Lok Sabha Passed ‘ Street Vendors Bill ‘
The Lok Sabha on 6 September passed the Street Vendors (Protection of
Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Bill, 2012, which aims to
protect the rights of street vendors in cities.The bill aims to check
harassment of urban street vendors by police and municipal authorities and
to regulate street vending activities.The bill provides for certificates by local
authorities to street vendors to save them from harassment by the police
and other authorities.

Lok Sabha Passed Bill To Set Up First National Aviation University
On 6 September Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University Bill, 2013 was
passed by the Lok Sabha .The purpose of the bill is to establish the first-ever
national aviation university in India, called Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation
University, which is named after Rajiv Gandhi. The University would train
the cabin crew, pilots as well as aircraft engineers.The proposed university
would come up at Sonia Gandhi’s constituency of Rae Bareli in Uttar
Pradesh.
7 September 2013
Former UP Governor Romesh Bhandari Died
Former Uttar Pradesh governor and ex-foreign secretary Romesh Bhandari
died on 7 September.Bhandari had served as the Lieutenant Governor of
Delhi apart from serving as the governor of Tripura and Goa.He was made
the governor of UP in July 1996 when the state was under President’s rule.
He was the foreign secretary between 1985-86.He was born on March 29,
1928 in Lahore, he had joined the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) in 1950 as
the Vice-Consul at the consulate in New York.

World’s Largest Volcano Discovered Under Pacific Ocean
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The world’s largest volcano has been discovered on the floor of the Pacific
Ocean. The volcano, 1,600 kilometres east of Japan and called the Tamu
Massif, is the size of the British Isles.At 310,000 sq km (119,000 sq mi)
Tamu Massif is comparable in size to Mars’ vast Olympus Mons volcano –
the largest in the solar system..The volcano consists of a vast single rounded
dome in the shape of a shield, which is believed to have been formed 144
million years ago when it last erupted.Its top lies about 6,500 feet below the
ocean surface.
8 September 2013
Liberal Party Won The Parliamentary Elections In Australia
On 8 September Australian Liberal Party won the 44th Parliamentary
elections. Liberal Party defeated the in-power Labor Party in the general
elections held on 7 September 2013 to return back in power as the Liberal-
National coalition for the first time in six years.With this win, Tony Abbott
the leader of the Liberal-National Coalition will become the Prime Minister of
the Country and successor of Kevin Rudd of the Labor Party. The coalition
won 88 seats in the 150 seat Parliament. The ruling Labor Party was
successful in winning 57 seats. Three seats were distributed between three
small parties, and there were two seats still to return results. WikiLeaks
founder, Julian Assange failed to get elected to the Senate after running in
Victoria, with his Wikileaks Party garnering just 0.62% of the popular vote.

India Has 55.48 crore Mobile Users
According to the research firm Juxt conducted survey between May and
mid-July 2013 covering 109 urban centres and 196 villages in all the 28
states and 3 union territories in India and prepared the India Mobile
Landscape report.According to this report there are 55.48 crore actual
mobile users in the country and 14.32 crore internet users.Meanwhile, as
per the data revealed by sectoral regulator TRAI, there are total 87.33 crore
mobile subscribers in the country. Of this, 73.14 crore customers were
found to be active on a particular date in June.

9 September 2013
India, Japan Signed Statement To Study LNG Pricing
India and Japan on 9 September signed a statement on conducting a joint
study on the pricing of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) with an aim to form a
transparent and globally competitive LNG price in the Asia Pacific
market.India’s Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Veerappa Moily and
Japanese Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry Toshimitsu Motegi
signed the joint statement in Tokyo.
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” India and Malaysia : Interwined Strands” Book Released By Vice
President of India
The Vice President of India M. Hamid Ansari on 9 September released a
book entitled “” India and Malaysia: Intertwined Strands “” at New Delhi .
The book is authored by former Diplomat Veena Sikri. The book is written
for the Institute of South East Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore. It is a
comprehensive book on a very useful subject of relationship between India
and Malaysia.

10 September 2013
MIT and Harvard Top World University List
QS World University Rankings’ released on 10 September 2013.According to
the list , US-based Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard
University topped an authoritative list of the world’s top 200 university
rankings that did not figure any educational institutions from India.Indian
Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, the country’s premier institution, comes
in way down at No 222, dropping from 212 last year.The list is predictably
dominated with US universities, with MIT grabbing the top slot and Harvard
at No 2, pushing Britain’s Cambridge University to No 3. The list is
predictably dominated with US universities, with MIT grabbing the top slot
and Harvard at No 2, pushing Britain’s Cambridge University to No 3.In the
list of the top 50 universties in Asia, IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay come in at 38
and 39 followed by IIT Kanpur at 51 and IIT Roorkee at 66.The Hong Kong
University of Science and Technology tops the Asian rankings followed by a
number of Chinese, Japanese and Korean institutions.

Thomas Bach is new IOC president
Thomas Bach of Germany on 10 September has been elected as the new
president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).Bach succeeds
Jacques Rogge, the Belgian who is stepping down after 12 years.Bach is also
the first gold medalist to become IOC president. He won gold in team fencing
for West Germany in the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

11 September 2013
One-Third Of Food Produced Globally Wasted Annually
On 11 September According to a new report by the UN food agency ,one-
third of all food produced in the world gets wasted, amounting to a loss of
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$750 billion a year.Every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food are wasted , with the
Asia region including China seen as the worst culprit.The most serious
areas of waste are of cereals in Asia and meat in wealthy regions and Latin
America.It estimated that the region also wastes 80 kilos of cereals — mainly
rice — per person, warning that rice cultivation was also high-intensity in
carbon and had emerged as a significant environmental hotspot.Other key
areas identified in the report in terms of waste and environmental impact
were the meat industry in North America and Latin America, as well as fruit
wastage in Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Ashok Vemuri is new President and CEO of iGate Corporation
Former Infosys Ltd Senior executive Ashok Vemuri was appointed as the
President and CEO of the US-based software services company iGate
Corporation on 11 September .Earlier, Ashok Vemuri resigned from Infosys
as the head of its American business and Global Head of Manufacturing and
Engineering Services as well as its board member.Vermani has also served
Infosys as its Chairman for Chinese operations.
12 September 2013
‘ National Food Security Bill ‘ Gets Approval From President
The National Food Security Bill 2013, which seeks to provide heavily-
subsidised food grains to two-thirds of India’s 1.23 billion people, has now
become an Act after President Pranab Mukherjee’s assent on 12
September.The Union Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,
on 19 March 2013 approved the National Food Security Bill. Lok Sabha on
26 August 2013 passed the National Food Security Bill 2013. The Upper
House of the Parliament, Rajya Sabha on 2 September 2013 passed this
Bill.The bill was introduced in Parliament in December 2011.Under the
legislation, beneficiaries would get five kg of grain per person per month,
including rice at Rs. 3 per kg, wheat at Rs. 2 per kg and coarse grains at Re
1 per kg.India will now join a select league of nations that guarantee
majority of its population cheap foodgrains.At Rs 1,30,000 crore government
support, the food security programme will be the largest in the world. It
would require 62 million tonnes of foodgrains.

Union Cabinet Approved For Second Vehicle Assembly Building at
SHAR
The Union Cabinet on 12 September approved a second vehicle assembly
building at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota (SDSC-SHAR), to
be realised in 42 months and at an estimated cost of Rs. 363.95 crore.The
Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister
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Manmohan Singh also approved a proposal to continue the Accelerated
Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP) in the 12th Plan period.

Cabinet Approved Buying $ 4.3 billion World Bank Bonds
The Union Cabinet on 12 September gave the go-ahead to the Reserve Bank
of India (RBI) to invest $4.3 billion in special bonds of the World Bank as it
would help in securing additional funding from the multilateral lending
agency for infrastructure development projects.Under the arrangement, the
Reserve Bank of India will subscribe to special private placement of bonds
by the IBRD, a lending arm of the World Bank.
13 September 2013
Indian Economy To Grow At 5.3% In 2013-14
The Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (of India) on 13
September 2013 released the report “ Economic Outlook 2013-14 “ in New
Delhi.The economic growth forecast of India for the current fiscal 2013-14
was lowered to 5.3 percent from 6.4 percent projected earlier. The PMEAC
had in April 2013 projected 6.4 percent growth for Indian economy for
current financial year.RBI too had earlier lowered its growth projection for
this fiscal to 5.5 percent from 5.7 percent.
Important Points of the of Economic Outlook India are as following : -
* The PMEAC expects the agriculture sector to grow by 4.8 percent in the
current fiscal up from 1.9 percent, while the industrial growth has been
pegged at 2.7 percent as against 2.1 percent in 2012-13.
* Services projected to grow at 6.6%in 2013-14 as against 7.1% in 2012-13.
* Referring to the external sector, the advisory council expressed hope that
the Current Account Deficit (CAD) in 2013-14 will come down to 70 billion
US dollars or 3.8 percent of GDP, from 88.2 billion US dollars or 4.8 percent
a year ago.
* The trade deficit ,would come down to around USD 185 billion in 2013-14,
against an estimated USD 195.7 billion in 2012-13.
* Between 2010-11 and 2012-13, the combined impact of higher net oil and
net gold imports on the CAD (Current Account Deficit) was almost 57 billion
US dollars or 3 percent of GDP.
* The CAD may go even below $ 70 billion in 2013-14 if the recent trends in
exports and imports are maintained through the year.
* Net Capital flows are projected to fall to USD 61.4 billion in 2013-14
against an estimated USD 89.4 billion in 2012-13 putting pressure on the
country’s forex reserves.

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World’s Oldest Man Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez Died
The world’s oldest man, a former musician and coal miner, Salustiano
Sanchez-Blazquez has died at the age of 112 in Grand Island, New York on
13 September.Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez was officially certified by
Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest man.He was born on 8 June
1901 in Spain.

14 September 2013
US and Russia Agreement on Removing Chemical Weapons on Syria
The United States and Russia have on 14 September agreed on a framework
for removing chemical weapons from Syria .The break- through was
announced after three day talks between the US Secretary of State John
Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva.The USA and
Russia have agreed that Syria’s chemical weapons must be destroyed or
removed by mid-2014. USA outlined a six-point framework under which
Syria must hand over a full list of its stockpile within a week.

Japan Launches New Epsilon Rocket
Japan has launched a comparatively cheap and simple solid-fuel rocket on
its first mission on 14 September. The Epsilon successfully delivered its
payload, a telescope for remote observation of planets, about an hour after
takeoff. Formerly called the Advanced Solid Rocket, the Epsilon uses solid
fuel, a less powerful but more cost-effective source than liquid-fuel rockets.
This throwback prototype is JAXA’s first new model since the launch of the
first H2A rocket in 2001.The liquid-fueled H2A remains JAXA’s primary
rocket, but Epsilon is suitable for delivering items to low-earth orbit with
considerably less cost and complexity.Epsilon is half the size of the H2A,
and JAXA reported that production and development cost three times less –
at 3.8 billion yen (29 million euros, $38 million).
15 September 2013
Sikkim Records Steepest Fall In Poverty Level
On 15 September According to the latest data released by the Planning
Commission , Sikkim has recorded steepest fall in poverty level in the
country on account of increase in per capita consumption and the
proportion of the poor living below poverty line in the urban area is lowest
among all states.In Sikkim, the proportion of people below the poverty line
(BPL) came down from 30.9 per cent in 2004-05 to 8.19 per cent in 2011-
12.States with the least proportion of poor living below poverty line are Goa
(5.09 per cent), Kerala (7.05 per cent), Himachal Pradesh (8.06 per cent),
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Sikkim (8.19 per cent), Punjab (8.26 per cent) and Andhra Pradesh (9.20 per
cent).

India Successfully Test Fired Nuclear – Capable ‘ Agni V ‘ Long Range
Missile
India’s most deterrent nuclear capable ballistic missile, Agni-5 was
successfully test fired on 15 September from Chandipur Test Range in
Balasore district off Odisha coast.Developed by the Defence Research and
Development Organisation (DRDO), the Agni-5 can carry a single nuclear
warhead of over 1000 kg and can strike with precision targets in China and
Europe.The indigenously developed missile Agni-V is capable of striking a
range of more than 5000 km. It is about 17 meter long and 2 metres wide
with launch weight of around 50 tonnes.The first test flight of the Agni-5 on
19 April 2012 was a phenomenal success after which India joined the select
club of the United States, Russia, France, Britain and China who have such
capabilities.Agni-5 will give India the ability hit back or have second-strike
capability even after a nuclear attack. The missile is India’s fastest-travelling
object and the first one to cross the Equator when launched from India.In
the Agni series, India at present has Agni-1 with 700 km range, Agni-2 with
2000 km range, Agni-3 and Agni-4 with 2500 km to more than 3500 range.
16 September 2013
John Abraham Honoured With ‘ Pride of the Nation Award ‘
Bollywood actor John Abraham has been conferred with the Pride of the
Nation award on 16 September for his attempt to raise the sensitive issue of
former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination through his role as a
RAW agent in Madras Cafe.The award was presented by Anti Terrorist Front
chairman Maninderjeet Singh in New Delhi. All-India Anti-Terrorist Front
(AIATF) is an anti-terrorist organisation led by Maninderjeet Singh Bitta.In
Madras Cafe film John Abraham made a courageous attempt to unravel the
conspiracy behind the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. The film “Madras Cafe”
is set in the late 80s and early 1990s, during the time of Sri Lankan civil
war and the assassination of then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Finance Ministry Launched ‘Insurance Repository System ‘
Union finance minister P Chidambaram on 16 September launched the
IRDA’s insurance repository system (IRS) in (Andhra Pradesh) Hyderabad
.The insurance repository system set up by the regulator will be the first of
its kind in the world.The objective of creating an insurance repository is to
provide policy holders the facility to keep insurance policies in electronic
form.
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World’s Highest Airport Opens In China
China has opened the world’s highest civilian airport named ” Daocheng
Yading” on 16 September in a restive and remote Tibetan region of
southwestern Sichuan province.The Daocheng Yading airport in Ganzi
prefecture in southwestern China is the world’s highest civilian airport.The
region is a gateway to Tibet.Daocheng airport in Garzi, a heavily ethnic
Tibetan part of Sichuan, is 4411 metres above sea level, and overtakes
Qamdo airport in Tibet, which sits at 4334 metres above sea level, for the
title of world’s highest.
17 September 2013
Snowden Nominated For EU Human Rights Prize
American Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency leaker who is
currently in asylum in Russia, has been selected as one of seven nominees
for the European Parliament’s “ 2013 Sakharov Prize “” for Freedom of
Thought for his “enormous service” in disclosing the United States’
surveillance program.Past winners include Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu
Kyi, and Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo.Edward Joseph is an American
computer specialist and a former CIA and NSA employee who has leaked
details of several top-secret United States and British government mass
surveillance programs to the press.

Malala Yousafzai Received ‘Amnesty ‘ International Award
Pakistani education rights activist, Malala Yousafzai has been named as the
recipient of 2013 Amnesty International’s highest award.Malala received
Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award along with
American singer and human rights activist Harry Belafonte at ceremony on
17 September in Dublin, Ireland.The Ambassador of Conscience Award is
the human rights group’s highest honour, recognizing individuals who have
promoted and enhanced the cause of human rights through their life and by
example.She made her first public appearance on 12 July 2013, her 16th
birthday, when she delivered a speech at the United Nations General
Assembly in New York.
18 September 2013
Former Heavyweight Champion Ken Norton Died
Former world heavyweight champion Ken Norton, who broke Muhammad
Ali’s jaw when they fought in 1973, has died on 18 September at Nevada,
US.He is known most commonly for his 12-round victory over Muhammad
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Ali by breaking his jaw in 1973. He was the only second heavyweight
champion to defeat Muhammad Ali as the professional. The first one to do
so was Joe Frazier in the 15-round competition in the year 1971.

Bihar Govt. Declared 33 Districts as Drought-Affected
The Bihar Government on 18 September 2013 approved the proposal of
Disaster Management department for declaring the 33 districts of Bihar as
drought-hit.The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting presided over by
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

19 September 2013
India Gets ‘Authorizing Nation’ Status For IT products
India on 19 September has been granted status as ‘authorizing nation’
under the international Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA)
to test and certify electronics and IT products with respect to cyber
security.The status of ‘authorizing nation’ will enable India to test IT and
electronics products and issue certificates, which will be acceptable
internationally. The recognition would also enable investment in setting up
infrastructure and labs in public and private sectors in India for testing
Electronics and IT products.

Nintendo’s Former President Hiroshi Yamauchi Died
Former Nintendo Co Ltd President Hiroshi Yamauchi, who built the
company into a video game giant from a maker of playing cards during more
than half a century at the helm, died on 19 September in Japan.Hiroshi
Yamauchi, the third president of Nintendo.He is the mastermind behind the
most popular Nintendo game, Super Mario.Nintendo is a maker of Super
Mario and Pokemon games along with Wii U home console. Nintendo was
formed in the year 1889.Hiroshi Yamauchi is one of the richest men in
Japan

20 September 2013
Aamir Khan To Get Award For ‘Satyamev Jayate’
Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan has been selected for a US award on 20
September for his television show Satyamev Jayate along with eminent
American director Kathryn Bigelow and the International Center on
Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC).They will be honoured at the inaugural awards
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dinner by the America Abroad Media (AAM) in Washington DC on October
28.

Freedom Fighter Ranjit Singh Died
Freedom fighter Ranjit Singh, a close associate of Netaji Subhas Chandra
Bose, died on 20 September .He was 97 year old.Ranjit Singh was member
in the Indian National Army.He was working president of All India Freedom
Fighter Organisation.Post retirement, he started work for the welfare of
freedom fighter’s families.
21 September 2013
Prime Minister of India Laid the Foundation Stone for New Airport in
Ajmer
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 21 September laid the foundation stone
for a new airport at Kishangarh town in Ajmer District, Rajasthan.Prime
Minister Dr. Manmohan Singhon also announced that small destinations in
the country will have air connectivity with a network of more than 100
airports, planned to meet the expected passenger load capacity of 30 crore,
by 2020.

International Day Of Peace Observed On 21 September
The International Day of Peace, also known as World Peace Day, is observed
on 21st September across the world. It is dedicated to world peace, and
specifically the absence of war and violence, such as might be occasioned by
a temporary ceasefire in acombat zone for humanitarian aid access.The
theme for the year 2013 is Education for Peace.The day was first celebrated
in 1982.
22 September 2013
Tulsi Yadav Becomes First Indian To Win Bronze Medal at World
Wrestling Championship
Wrestler Sandeep Tulsi Yadav created history by becoming the first Indian
wrestler to win a bronze medal in 66 kg weight category of Greco Roman
Style at World Wrestling Championship in Budapest on 22 September.This
is the first medal which has won by any Indian Greco Roman Style Wrestler
in Senior World Wrestling Championships.

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Disgraced Chinese Communist Party leader Bo Xilai Sentenced To Life
Top Chinese Communist Party leader Bo Xilai was sentenced to life
imprisonment by a Chinese court on 22 September ,which held the charges
of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power against him. The court
sentenced Bo Xilai to life in prison on the bribery charges, 15 years for
embezzlement and 7 years for abuse of power. Bo Xilai, was sacked as the
head of the Chongqing city last year and removed from the rulling party
following allegations of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power against
him.
23 September 2013
Universal Flu Vaccine ‘Blueprint’ Discovered
A team led by a scientist of Indian origin has made a “blueprint” for a
universal flu vaccine. The influenza virus that causes flu is known to be one
of the world’s most rapidly changing organisms. Flu vaccines become
redundant after every season and aren’t effective against every strain
causing cough, cold and other complications. So, scientists have to create
new vaccines with new strains of the virus each year. A team led by
professor Ajit Lalvani from the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial
College London used a 2009 pandemic virus strain to analyse why some
people appear to resist severe illness, to create the world’s first universal flu
vaccine. The volunteers were asked to donate blood samples just as the
swine flu pandemic was in progress so that their response could be analysed
over the next two flu seasons.

Colombian Writer Alvaro Mutis Jaramillo Died
Prolific Colombian writer and poet Alvaro Mutis Jaramillo died in Mexico’s
capital on 23 September.Alvaro Mutis, who was 90, won the prestigious
Principe de Asturias award in 1997 and the Cervantes award in 2001, two of
the top Spanish language literature prizes.Alvaro Mutis’s best known works
include Diary of Lecumberri (1959) about his time in prison; The Araucaima
Mansion (1973), The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll (1986); and
The last stop of the Tramp Steamer (1990).
24 September 2013
Cabinet Approved Methodology For Coal Block Auction
The Cabinet on 24 September approved the methodology for auctioning coal
blocks, providing for upfront and production-linked payments and
benchmarking of coal sale prices.The methodology provides for auctioning
the fully explored coal blocks and also provides for fast tracking the auction
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by exploration of regionally explored blocks through up gradation of
geological data to a reasonable level of certainty.

Ramlubhya Appointed as Rajasthan State Election Commissioner
Retired IAS officer Ramlubhaya has been appointed Commissioner of
Rajasthan State Election Commission on 24 September.He was succeeded
by A K Pandey. He will assume the office from 1 October 2013.He previously
worked as Additional Chief Secretary in the Water Resources department of
Rajasthan.
25 September 2013
RBI Banned Zero Percent Interest Rate Schemes for Purchase of
Consumer Goods
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 25 September banned zero per cent
interest rate schemes for purchase of consumer goods though credit cards
ahead of the festival season.The decision has taken in order to protect
consumer interest.In this regard Reserve Bank of India issued a notification
to all the Schedule Commercial Banks and local area banks.

Sikkim Sets Up Cell To Monitor Social Media Content
The Sikkim government in the month of September 2013 has set up an
exclusive cell in the police department to engage with the public on social
media on a regular basis.The move was taken to counter any hate
propaganda and rumour. The state government designated nodal officers for
monitoring the content of social networking sites to take immediate action
against any false propaganda.

Indian Athletics Coach A.K.Kutty Died
Eminent athletic coach AK Kutty, who trained some of country’s leading
track-and-field stars like M D Valsamma, died on 25 September in
Palakkad, Kerala.He was the coach of Asiad silver medal winning long
jumper Mercy Kuttan. He had also served as trainer for the Railways.A.K.
Kutty was conferred the Dronacharya Award in 2010.
27 September 2012
NASA says Curiosity rover finds evidence of water on Mars
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NASA scientist say the Curiosity rover has found evidence of a “vigorous”
thousand-year water flow on the surface of Mars.
Sandeep Patil appointed as the Chief for BCCI Senior Selection
Committee
Former Cricketer and all-rounder, Sandeep Patil was appointed as the
Chairman of the five member senior selection committee of BCCI on 27
September 2012. The other four members of the committee include Saba
Karim, Roger Binny, Vikram Rathour and Rajinder Singh Hans.
Ex-Navy chief Admiral Verma to be envoy to Canada
Nirmal Verma, the former navy chief on 27 September 2012 was appointed
as India’s high commissioner to Canada.


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