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National Events 2012-13
51 51 Congress Wins the State Assembly Elections 2012 : Virbhadra Singh takes Oath as Chief Minister. BJP Wins in Gujarat Assembly Elections 2012 : Narendra Modi takes Oath as Chief Minister for the Fourth Time. President’s Address to the Nation on the Eve of 64th Republic Day. PM Carries out Cabinet Reshuffle. Telangana to be the 29th State. 79 crore Eligible to Vote in 2014 LS Elections. President’s Address to the Nation on the Eve of 67th Independence Day. Hemant Soren Sworn in as Jharkhand Chief Minister.
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54 54 54 54 55 55 55 56 Union Cabinet Clears Spectrum Fee on Telecom Firms. Kasab Hanged, Buried in Yerwada Jail. On 26-11-2008, India went to sleep with Horrific Images of the Terrorist Attack on Mumbai. Parliament Approves FDI in Retail. Cabinet Committee Clears New Urea Investment Policy. Parliament Nod to Amend Money Laundering Bill. Cabinet gives Nod to NIB to Clear Mega Projects. Lok Sabha Approves Changes in Debt Recovery Bill.
Religion cannot be Thrust upon a Child, says High Court. Cabinet Approves ` 12,517 crore Capital Infusion in 10 PSU Banks. The Electronic Services Delivery Bill. Justice Verma Submits Reports on Rape Law. Anti-Rape Ordinance is Promulgated by the President. Parliament Attack Plotter, Afzal Guru Hanged. Parliament Passes Sexual Harassment Bill. Debate on Juvenile Justice Act Continues. Cabinet Okays Draft Citizens Charter Bill. New Harsher Anti-Rape Law comes into Force. Cabinet Nod for National Skill Development Agency. Cabinet Nod for Urban Health Mission with PPPs. Cabinet Nod for Loans at Low Interest for Women Self Helf Groups. Creamy Layer : Cabinet Raises Income Limit. Draft Bill a Water. Premarital Sex Makes a Couple Husband and Wife : Madras High Court. Union Cabinet Nod for Legislation for Women’s Share in Ex-hubby Inheritance. Pension, Gratuity not ‘Bounties’ : Supreme Court. Parliament Passes Pension Fund Bill. Reject Papers if Criminal Post not Revealed : Says SC. Can’t Reveal Personal Information under RTI : High Court. Passport does not Prove that One is Indian Citizen : Bombay High Court. Centre Finalises Policy for Affordable Housing. Fodder Scam : Former Bihar CM Gets 5 years in Prison, Stands Disqualified as MP. No Eye-for-Eye to Criminal Justice, Says SC.
64 Russia Built Multirole Stealth Frigate INS Tarkash Commissioned into Navy. 64 Interceptor Missile Tested Successfully.
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China Agree to Hold Joint Military Exercises. Manipal Varsity Signs MoUs with Two Chinese Universities. Mars Missions. Army Gets Its First Indigenous Chopper. Other Vital Issues 77 77 78 78 78 78 79 79 79 79 79 79 80 80 80 81 81 81 82 U. Nag Evaluation Trials Conducted Successfully in Pokhran. 77 Gujarat Assembly Clears Lokayukta Bill. Proud to be a Bihari. Two Indians in Forbes Tap 15 Educationists. Assam Right to Public Service Act 2012 Implemented. 43rd IFFI 2012 Held in Panaji. Pak Panel against MFN Tag for India. 76 Constructions Near Rivers Banned in Uttarakhand. India’s Submarine INS Sindhurakshak Sinks. India Test-fires K-15 Missile Successfully. Kolkata. Cruise Missile Nirbhay Launched Successfully but Fails to Hit Target. Madhya Pradesh Government set up a Senior Citizen Commission. US to Cooperate on Moon. Railways Tops in Graft Complaints CVC Report. India Successfully Test-fires Agni-V. New Warship Fires BrahMos Successfully. ISRO Gears up for Entry of Pvt. India Okaya Project Worth $ 100 million in Afghanistan. President’s House Turns People-friendly. 18 Men on Board killed. President Pranab Mukherjee Inaugurates 4th World Telugu Conference. 77 Hyderabad-Karnataka Development Board Gets President Nod. 10th Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi Kicked off. Nuclear-Capable Agni-II Missile Test-fired Successfully. 76 Andhra Pradesh Assembly Passes the Bill to Rest are Gender Balance. India. Hinduism Third Largest Religion : Study. More Oil is Discovered in Barmer Region of Rajasthan. UAE Cabinet Approves Extradition Treaty with India. Mumbai Tops List of World’s Dirtiest Cities : Survey.K. Meghalaya Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill 2013 Passed. Malkhamb Declared as the State Sport. 75 Union Cabinet Approves Establishment of Permanent Benches of the Karnataka High Court. Canada Close to Resuming N-supplies. 76 Haryana Government Rolls out New Communication Infra Policy. Government Tightens Tax Recovery Norms. Indo-Russian Joint Military Exercise ‘INDRA 2013’ kicked off in Rajasthan. 75 Malayalam gets classical States. Partnership Summit held in Agra. India Test-fires N-capable Prithvi-II. Regional Affairs 72 72 73 73 73 74 74 74 74 74 74 Chhattisgarh Inks MoU Worth over ` 1·22 lakh crore. Prithvi-II Test-fired for Second Time. Ahmedabad First City in South Asia to Launch Heat Action Plan. India. Sukhoi to Guard Indian Ocean. INS Vikrant Launched. Prithvi-II Training Launch Successful.64 64 65 65 65 66 66 66 67 67 67 67 68 68 68 69 69 69 70 70 70 71 71 72 72 72 Ex-Servicemen Status for Retired Paramilitary Personnel. Sector. Environment Ministry gives Approval for Tawang Hydel Project. 75 Tamil Nadu Implements Coastal Disaster Risk Reduction Project. 75 Prime Minister of India Flagged Off BanihalQazigund Rail Link in J&K. Upgraded Pinaka Rockets Test-fired in Pokhran. India Test-fires New Submarine BrahMos Missile. Ex-Prime Minister Indra Kumar Gujral Passes Away. Diaspora must Help Build Knowledge Society : President Pranab at 11th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas at Kochi. 75 Rajasthan Launches of Scheme for Energy Conservation. Astra-Missile Test-fired Successfully. India Successfully Test-fires Agni-I Ballistic Missile. New Interceptor Boat Joins Coast Guard. 75 Cabinet Nod for two New Major Ports in West Bengal and Andra Pradesh. 101st Indian Space Mission take off. Halts Further Aid to India. India France Conclude $ 6 billion Missile Deal. says Mauritius Prez. First Public Health University in India to be Set up in Odisha. 100th Indian Science Congress Held at Salt Lake Stadium. Navy Gets First Fighter Squadron in 30 years. Panel Suggests Sweeping Changes in Medical Norms for Government Job. Defence Ministry Clears New Crops on China Border. 82 82 PD Panorama Year Book / 10 . 76 Punjab Launches Helfline for Vulnerable Group. Indira Gandhi Centre for Sustainable Development at Oxford University Approved.
Indo-Swiss Body to Work for Recognition for Ayurveda. 102 India Home to Half of World’s Slave Population of 29·8 million. Welspun Energy Commissions Asia’s Largest Solar Power Project. 109 US to Speed up Transition Process in Afghanistan. 108 Egyptian Court Orders Retrial for Ex-President Hosni Mubarak. 99 National Integration Council Meeting in New Delhi. 105 US Extends Waivers for India. To Boost Growth. 111 Installation of the New Pope. Graft in India Twice the Global Average : Survey. Infertility Cure Part of Family Planning Now. to Establish Bureau of Water Use Efficiency. International Events 2012-13 International Political Updates 103 Obama Gets Four More Years. PD Panorama Year Book / 12 . 111 Mo Yan. PM Sets up Committee to Assess Status of Tribals. India China to Expand Collaboration in Films. India. Authorizes African Force for Mali.171 Candidates. 104 UN Recognizes State of Palestine as an Observer State. The NCTC to function under IB. 98 India Slips to 60th Rank on Competitiveness Globally. 99 Ghaziabad Most Polluted Industrial Cluster in India. 101 India Rejects Resolution Against Child Marriage. DRDO Fires on towards MIRV Capability. India-Myanmar Agreement on Language Lessons. FDI Rules Eased for Multi-brand Retail. 108 Zuma Re-elected ANC Leader. Jackie Chan in Chinese Parliament. 105 Impeachment of Sri Lanka’s Chief Justice : Parliamentary Panel Finds Her Guilty. with Caveats. India to Play Key Role in Building World’s Largest Telescope. 101 India Home to a Quarter of the World’s Hungry. Government India Inc Seal Pact for 2500 Schools. Navy Red Flags Chinese Submarines in Indian Ocean. 103 Xi Jinping to Head Both Party and Military in China. 106 The US Orders Deployment of US Anti-Missile Units in Turkey. 98 India. India. China and others to Iran Oil Sanctions. 100 India Home to 1250 Super-Rich Women : A Report. 106 Queen Elizabeth II Attends Cabinet Meeting. 102 India’s 100 Heritage Monuments Find Place in Google’s Imagery. Approves First All-Women University in U. 107 North Korea Successfully Launches a Long-Range Rocket. Cabinet Approves Crucial Proposals. Forms GoM on CBI Autonomy. India Losing 135 hectare Forest Cover Daily : RTI. India-Africa Ties Getting Stronger with Youth Participation. 110 Barack Obama Inaugurates His Second Term. Relaxes Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Norms. Election Commission Bars 2. India Lags behind China in Research Publications : Nature Survey. India to Develop Iranian Port. Massive Revamp of Ministry of Defence (MoD) New Purchase Procedure on Anvil. Govt.P.83 83 83 83 84 84 85 85 85 85 86 86 87 87 87 88 88 88 89 89 90 90 90 90 91 91 91 91 92 92 93 93 94 94 94 94 95 96 96 96 97 Centre to Conduct Study on RTI Act. 109 Philippines takes China to UN over Sea Row. The Move to Save the Great Indian Bustard. Centre Streamlines Welfare Schemes for States Ease. Approves $ 160 million to Boost Power Projects in Nepal. India Unveils Cyber Security Policy. Govt. Cultivable Land Continues to Shrink. 100 India Begins Power Export to Bangladesh. Australia Raise the Pitch on Maritime Cooperation. Kudankulam Nuclear Plant Attains Criticality. Environment Ministry Clears GM Trials. Papacy Leaves Europe after 1.N. 109 Turkey Assumes Role to Broker Af-Taliban Peace. Japan Push to Seal N-Energy Deal. 14% Surge in School Enrolments : Survey. E-mails. 105 Mahama Re-elected Ghanian President. 106 Opposition Party Wins Parliamentary Elections in Japan. Government Constitutes Powers Advisory Panel. Govt. 99 40% of World’s Child Brides are in India : Survey. 107 U.300 years. Govt. 97 Upper Primary School Enrolment Rises 4·8%. 98 EC’s 10-pt Plan to Curb Use of Black Money in Polls. India Sets up System to Tap Phone Calls. Jarawa Tribe Habitat of Andamans. Autonomous Agency Set up to Coordinate Skill Development Efforts. Kudankulam Nuclear Plant Cleared. Unveils Norms for Foreign Institutes Eyeing Indian Campuses. 105 Ernest Koroma Back in Power in Sierra Leone. CAG’s Report on Farm Loan Waiver Scheme Tabled in Parliament. Union Govt. 108 Sri Lankan President Sacks Chief Justice Bandaranayake. 111 The Then Iranian President Ahmadinijad’s Historic Visit to Egypt.
Safety. Summits/Conferences/Meets 122 India. 90 Nations Sign Net Treaty Amid Split. Keita Wins Mali Election. 113 Pakistan Government Completes Term. 133 Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s US Visit. 117 Ibrahim B. 141 China Claims Disputed Islands as its own on Map. Myanmar to Ink Border Pact. India. 114 Nawaz Sharif’s Party Wins Majority in Pak House. Vital International Affairs 136 Pakistan Launches Education Plan for Children with Focus on Girls. 116 Adli Mansour Sworn in as Interim Egyptian President. 127 39th G-8 Summit. Creates History. 118 Gambia Withdraws from Commonwealth. 117 Japan PM Abe Wins Upper House Elections. 140 India Opts out of WTO talks in Three Sectors. 131 Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s Visit to India. Warns N. 139 Pakistan Tests N-Capable Hatf-V Missile. 125 5th BRICS Summit 2013 : The Creation of the Development Bank Discussed. 137 With Balgaria Joining. 126 The Summit Meeting between the US and Chinese Presidents. India and Liechtenstein Sign the Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA). Oppositions Mulls Protest. 114 A Thin Victory for Maduro in Venezuelan Presidential Election. 143 South Korea Shows Nuke Might after North’s Test. 118 Mugabe Wins Polls. 116 Bhutan Votes in Second National Polls. Deal Signed for Bringing Peace and Stability to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. ASEAN Finalise FTA in Services and Investments. 118 Michel Djotodia New President of Central African Republic. 112 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Passes Away. 131 British PM’s Visit to India. Japan Sign Pact to Import Rare Earths from India. Govt. 126 G-7 Finance Ministers Meet in Aylesbury. 113 Kurien Elected Chairman of Asian Forum of Parliamentarians. 142 North Korea Conducts Nuke Test. South Stream Gas Pipeline Clears Last Hurdle. 132 US Vice-President Biden’s Visit to India. 117 Luxembourg PM Resigns over Spy Scandal. Completes Rise to the Top. 128 4th OIC World Biz-2013 Conference in Kuala Lumpur. 115 Nawaz Sharif Sworn in Prime Minister of Pakistan for Third Term. 118 Conservative Leader Tony Abbott. to Amend Tax Pact. Korea. Historic Serbia-Kosovo Accord Brokered by European Union. Indian Leaders in Abroad 133 President Mukherjee’s Mauritius Visit. 137 Southeast Asian Leaders Sign Human Rights Declarations. 134 Indian PM’s Visit to Japan and Thailand. England. Controversial UN Telecom Treaty Signed by 89 ITU Members. 124 Conference at Doha (Qatar) on Climate Change and Emission Issues. India-Bangladesh Extradition Treaty takes Effects.K. 125 World Agreed to Rollout of Kyoto Protocol-II. 139 Malaysia is World Champion in Corruption. China in Air Duel over Islands. 124 India-Russia Bilateral Summit. 114 Rouhani Elected New President of Iran. PD Panorama Year Book / 14 . Iran. Deals/Agreements/Pacts 119 119 119 120 120 120 121 121 121 122 122 India Inks Protocol with U. India Inks Pact with Ukraine on N. 113 India Gets Observer Status in Arctic Council. 116 Putin Shifts to Non-Party Movement for New Political Base. 141 China Firm on Absolute Media Control. 118 Mamnoon Hussain Sworn in as New Pakistan President. 129 11th ASEAN Summit in Brunei and India. 139 Japan. Brings an End to Transition Government.112 Uhuru Kenyatta Elected as Kenyan President. Russia. 113 China Finalise New Cabinet. 142 Obama Confirms Afghan Troops Pull out. Guests in India 130 Myanmarese Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s Visit to India. 133 Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Visit to Germany. 123 Journalists’ Conference Hammers Out Solutions to Indo-Pak Conflict. Petersburg. 128 G-20 Summit at St. 138 ASEAN Members Want India to be a Strategic Partner. Signs IBSA Resolution to Empower Women. 131 The Then Egyptian President Morsi’s Visit to India. 135 Prime Minister’s Visit to Russia and China. 112 China’s Xi Appointed President. the New Prime Minister of Australia.
155 NASA Spacecraft Discovers Pluto’s Largest Moon Charon. 163 China Defends Plans to Build N-Reactors in Pakistan. India Steps up Afghanistan Army Training. 159 Japan Switches off Its Nuclear Power. 145 Meteor Hits Russia Town. 160 North Korea ‘Restarts’ Nuclear Reactor. Pakistan Leaders Inaugurate Gas Pipeline Project. 162 World’s Highest Civilian Airport Operating in China. 150 North Korea Launches Fourth Missile.144 British House of Commons Approves Gay Marriage. 149 Australian PM Gillard Introduces Disability Tax Bill. 157 Israel Approves 1. Iran Move to Resume Diplomatic Ties. 163 Iran. 147 China Becomes One of the Largest Arms Exporters in the World-Pakistan Buys 55% of China’s Arms Exports. 151 China Successfully Launches Fifth Manned Space Mission. 153 Kyrgyz Lawmakers Vote to Shut US Airbase. 162 North Korea has Started N-Reactor. 156 Caribbean Nations’ Drive to Woo Indian Immigrants with Attractive Cash-for-Citizenship Offers. 148 Pakistan Test-fires N-Capable Hatf-IV Missile. 150 India-Backed Rail Link Commissioned in Sri Lanka. 149 Sanctions on North Korea Working : UN Report. Western Powers Talks in Geneva Over the Nuclear Issue. 146 China Hikes Defence Budget by 10·7%. 145 NASA Spacecraft Finds a Monster Comet. 145 NASA Curiosity Collects Historic Sample on Mars. Russia Agree to Secure Syria’s Chemical Weapons. Korea Finally Reopens Military Hotline with the South. 147 Iran. 8 Others from Iran Oil Sanctions. 161 US. US Navy Drone Lands on Air-craft Carrier. Latest General Knowledge Places in the News 165 National 169 International Persons in the News 171 National 173 International Appointments/Election 178 National 184 International Obituary 189 National 194 International Resignation/Dismissal/Removal 198 National 198 International Awards and Honours 199 National 215 International 227 Committee / Commission / Panel / Report / Survey/Study 238 Environment / Wildlife Conservation / Climate Change 240 MoU / Pact / Tie-UPS / Contracts 241 Archeology/Heritage PD Panorama Year Book / 16 . 148 China offers Tours to Disputed Islands. 151 US Exempts India. 153 Afghans takeover Security from NATO. 158 Kirobo. 159 Sri Lankan Train Chugs into Tamil Tiger Rebels’ Territory After 23 years. 155 Ireland Votes to Allow Abortion in Certain Cases. 150 Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Pakistan. 144 Pakistan Parliament Passes Controversial Bill on Snooping. 154 India Becomes Part of RCEP. 153 Remains of Maya City Found in Mexican Jungle. 164 UK Allows China Role in N-Power. 162 Britain. 144 Kabul Orders American Forces out of Two Afghan Provinces. 153 EU. 147 Falkland Island Vote for British Rule. 146 UN Imposes Tough Curbs on North Korea. 148 ASEAN Effort to Manage Chinese Intransigence. 750 Injured. 148 US Hikes Pak Aid by 40% in 2014 Budget. 158 US Builds up Surveillance on Ally Pak’s Nukes. 156 Venezuela ‘Ends’ Bill to Restore Full Ties with US.200 Settlement Homes. the Talking Robot Blasts into Space on Historic Mission. 154 US withdrawing. 162 Tamil Party Secures Huge Victory in Sri Lanka Polls. 156 In a First. 152 N. 149 UN General Assembly Approves Syria Resolution. 155 Peace Efforts in the Middle East Get Going. 163 Saudi Arabia Turns Down UNSC Seat Over Double Standards. 158 NASA Reveals Asteroid Mission Plan in Images. 159 BRICS to Set up $ 100 bn FX Fund. US Launch Free-trade Talks. 145 Sanctions on Iran.
263 Tax Administration Reform Commission 2013 to Review Tax Laws. 285 BHEL and GAIL Granted Maharatna Status. Vision of Twelfth Five Year Plan. Union Budget 2013-14. 283 Micro. National Income Latest Facts 267 India’s GDP Growth Rate Slows Down to 4·4% in Q1 of 2013-14. 285 Eight Indian Companies in Fortune 500 List. 269 GDP Growth Slumps to 5%. 284 National Manufacturing Policy. 244 Science and Technology. 280 Pulses MSP Raised but below CACP’s Recommendation. 261 Rajan Report on State Development. 280 Kharif Foodgrains Output 2013-14 Estimated at 129·32 mt. 260 Black Money Accounts for 10% of GDP : Study Report. 282 Call for Evergreen Revolution. The World will have More Indians than Chinese by 2028. 260 OMCs Allowed to Fix Diesel Price. 257 Important Days/Weeks/Years. National Development Council—NDC. Finance Commission 264 264 265 266 Thirteenth Finance Commission Report. Population Statistics 274 Census 2011 Revised Figures. Indian Planning 270 270 271 272 History of Planning in India. Railway Budget 2013-14. 252 Defence/Space. 280 Rabi MSPs 2012-13 Raised. 275 275 275 275 277 277 Literacy Rate in India (1951-2011). Implementation. 285 Competition (Amendment) Act Bill Tabled in Parliament. Marginal Decline in Country’s Total Fertility Rate. Provisional Data of 15th Census 2011 : At a Glance. 256 Abbreviations/Acronyms. 278 Urban Indians Spend 84% More than Villagers : NSSO. 14th Finance Commission. 282 India’s state of Forests. 268 ADB.243 Festival / Rally / Celebration / Carnival / Programme. 286 Report on De-control of Sugar Industry Submitted. 255 Books and Authors. 282 Sugarcane FRP Raised for 2013-14. Indian Agriculture 279 Agriculture Ministry Releases Fourth Advanced Esimate of Foodgrain for 2012-13. 262 PMEAC’s Economic Outlook 2013-14. Indian Industry 283 Industrial Policy Since Independence. Major Results of Indian Census. 281 Wheat Support Price Raised for 2013-14. 275 India’s Population Vs. 279 Foodgrain per Capita Availability in India Declines. Latest Fiscal Facts 260 GAAR Deferred for Two Years. 285 IIP Growth in 2012-13 Dips to 20-Year Low. A Decade’s Law During 2012-13. 284 Industrial Policy 1991 : An Overview. PD Panorama Year Book / 18 . 262 Govt. 281 Uttarakhand to Introduce ‘Contract Farming’. 282 National Dairy Plan Phase-I Launched. B of A-ML Cut India’s Growth Projections for 2013-14. 282 Agricultural Holdings. 263 Finance Minister’s 10-points Action Plan to Strengthen the Economy. 2006. 281 Green Revolution in India. 286 ONGC Retains Country’s Most Valued Company Status. 277 India Registers Decline in Infant Mortality Rate. 284 Parliament Passes Companies Bill. Poverty & Inequality 277 New Poverty Line Definition brings Poor Proportion down to 21·9% in 2011-12. 278 Inequality in India. Set-up Two Panels on CST Compensation and GST Design. 261 Fitch Revises India Outlook to ‘Stable’ from ‘Negative’. 281 New National Agricultural Policy. World. 286 National Electronics Policy 2012. Planning Commission of India. Economic Vision Salient Features of Indian Economy 259 Important Infrastructural Components in India. 262 IMF cuts India’s FY 2014 Growth Estimate to 3·75%. 279 Parliamentary Panel Favours for giving 5 kg Cheaper Grains to 2/3 Population. Small and Medium Enterprise Development Act. Rural and Urban Population (%)—1901-2011.
400 crore Unclaimed Balance Across Country’s Banks. 307 Govt.f. ` 3 Coins to Commemorate Aviation. RBI Eased Restrictions on Foreign Exchange Earnings and Forward Contracts. Money & Banking 293 294 294 294 294 295 296 296 296 296 297 297 297 297 298 298 298 298 298 298 298 299 RBI’s Q2 Monetary Policy Review. BASEL-III Became Effective w. PD Panorama Year Book / 19 . 306 India Enlarges Currency-Swap Deal with Japan. Salient Features of Banking Laws (Amendment) Bill. Bill Introduced in Parliament to Amend RRB Act 1976. India and Japan Sign Currency Swap Arrangements. 289 ROSHNI : Skill Development Scheme for Tribal Youth. RBI takes Steps to Tighten Liquidity. 288 National Rural Livelihood Mission—Aajeevika. 304 Trade Deficit in Q1 of 2013-14 at $ 50·2 billion. EXIM Bank Capital Raising Bill Passed in Parliament. 302 Securities Contracts (Regulation) Amendment Bill. Parliamentary Standing Committee Recommends Entry of Banks and FIs in Commodity Exchanges. 302 FMC Stops Non-Agri Trade on Saturdays. 305 Interest Subsidy Increased to Boost Exports. 307 DIPP Released 6th Issue of Consolidated FDI Policy. 306 Custom Duty on Gold. 2005 302 Newly Constituted Share Market MCX-SX becomes Operational. Inflation Indexed Bonds : No Special Tax Sops for Investors. Allows 49% FDI in Insurance and Pension Sectors. 305 Highlights of Balance of Payment (BoP) during January-March (Q4) of 2012-13. Cheque. 304 G-20 Summit Resolves to Promote Sustainable Growth. 293 EPFO’s Plan to Fix Minimum Pension for Members at ` 1000 per Month. 289 Free LPG Connections to BPL Rural Households. 301 Universal Commodity Exchange Becomes India’s 6th Commodity Exchange. Foreign Direct Investment 307 Government Notifies 100% FDI in Single-brand Retail. 302 Actuaries Bill Passed in LoK Sabha. 299 Cabinet Allows ` 632 crore Capital Infusion in RRBs. Highlights of RBI’s First Quarter Review of Monetary Policy 2013-14. 288 Swarnajayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojana (SGSY). Draft Valid for 3 Months Now. 300 Capital Market. 307 Import Duty on Gold Jewellery Raised to 15%. 307 Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). 2012. 300 Two New Share Price Indices for Mumbai Share Market. January 2013.Development Poverty Alleviation and Employment Generation Programmes in India 287 Rural Unemployment and Poverty Elimination Programme. 290 Various Development and Employment Programmes in India—At a Glance. 300 Money Stock Measures in India. RBI Fines 22 Banks for Violating KYC Norms. 302 Rajeev Gandhi Equity Saving Scheme Launched. 26 Applicants for New Bank Licenses. SBI Begins Operations in Qatar. 289 Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). 301 Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). Foreign Trade 303 Foreign Trade Policy 2009-14. 2012. 308 Mayaram Panel Recommends 9 Sectors for 49% FDI. 299 Fitch Upgrades Outlook of 10 Indian FIs to ‘Stable’. 293 ` 6234 crore Relief Package to Weavers. 305 US Economy Remains the Biggest Destination for India’s Exports. 306 SEZ Norms Liberalised. 299 Base Year of Wholesale Price Index Changed to 2004-05. SIDBI (Amendment) Bill 2012 Tabled in Parliament. 306 Incentive Packages to Support Export Growth : Highlights. Over ` 2. 304 Annual Supplementary Foreign Trade Policy 2013-14. 288 Bharat Nirman Yojana Launched. 307 RBI Relaxes FEMA Norms for Individuals. 301 Approved Stock Exchanges in India. Parliament Approves Banking Amendment Bill. Platinum and Silver Raised to 10%. Lok Sabha Passes Bill to Increase Paid-up Capital of LIC.e. 301 BSE Launches ‘Shariah Index’. 302 SEBI Allows Mobile Trading. Report of Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission. RBI’s Annual Report 2012-13.
Communication 322 Tele-density in the Country Stands at 73·34 in endDecember 2012. 321 Vivek Express Now Longest Distance Covering Train. 318 India Stands Second in Innovation Efficiency Index. 312 Asian Development Outlook 2013. 316 UNCTAD’s World Investment Report 2012. 314 India Declines to 40th Rank in Financial Development Index 2012. 322 51 Low-Cost Small Airports to come up. 318 India Ranks Seventh in Global Service Trade. World’s 100 Richest Register Net Worth Rise $ 241 billion in 2012. 319 4000 MW Solar Power Projects by 5 PSU. 317 India ranked at 115 on Women Empowerment Scale : Survey. Parliament Passes Pension Bill—Some Key Facts. 320 Rangarajan Panel to Link Domestic Gas Price to Global Average. 312 World Development Report 2013. 311 Gender Equality in India Among Worst in World : UN. Finance Minister’s 12-Point Plan to Revive Life Insurance Sector. Important International Report 310 Human Development Report 2013. Memorable Points 371 National 379 International PD Panorama Year Book / 20 .308 FDI Norms Further Released. 321 Gopalpur set to be an All-weather Port. 309 World Bank’s Approval for $100 million Loan to NHB. Including Telecom. Liberalises FDI Limits in 12 Sectors. 321 Fourth Rail Coach Manufacturing Factory to be set up in Kerala. Transport 320 Railway Fares Hiked upto 25% After a Decade. 319 MoU Signed between NTPC and Ministry of Power for 2013-14. 313 India Registers Second Highest Growth in HNI Population in 2012. 321 Bio-toilets in all Trains in 6 years. 322 International Airport Status to Five More Domestic Airports. Nobel Prize Winners in Economics. India’s Super Rich Collectively Own $ 925 billion : Wealth X Report. Unemployment Rate Down in 2010-11. 317 India Ranked 111th in Economic Freedom List. Saradha Group Scam. 316 Third Billion Index. 316 Global Risks 2012 Report. Eight Indians among Top 100 CEO in the World. 312 UNCTAD’s Trade and Development Report 2013. 314 Global Competitiveness Index 2012-13. 320 Gandhi Power Plant Commissioned. 321 Paradeep Port Celebrates Gloden Jubilee. 315 Indian Economy on Upward Momentum—OECD. Policy to Boost Wind Power in the Country. 313 India 105th Rank in Global Gender Gap Report 2012. 315 India holds 65th rank in Global Hunger Index 2012. Lok Sabha Passed Land Acquisition Bill. Rangachary-led Panel to Review Taxation of IT Sector. Sports Panorama 2012-13 330 332 333 335 337 340 342 351 355 359 Chess Billiards and Snooker Hockey Badminton Football Grand Prix Tennis Golf Sports Miscellaneous Cricket Energy 318 Latest Power Generation Scenario in India. 317 UN Project 9·6 billion World Population by 2050. 320 Govt. Miscellaneous Important Facts 323 324 325 326 326 327 327 328 328 328 328 329 329 National Food Security Scheme 2013. 320 Tata Power Commissions 21 MW Rajasthan Wind Project. 315 Global FDI Recovery Derails : UNCTAD. 318 Power Generation Capacity India’s Stands Fifth in World. External Debt & Foreign Assistance 309 India’s External Debt at $ 390 billion at end-March 2013. 319 Iraq Becomes Second Biggest Crude Supplier to India. 309 India Signs $ 252 million Loan with ADB. 2/3rd of Farm Suicides take Place in 4 CottonGrowing States. 323 New Telecom Policy 2012 Provides Nationwide Free Roaming. South Sudan Becomes IMF’s 188th Member. 308 Govt. 308 India Allows FDI from Pakistan. 313 Indian Improves Tourism Competitiveness Rank : WEF Report.