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As per experts that there can be an error of about 2 years in the age determined by the ossification test. the protective cap of chromosomes. Government-to-Business (G2B) services for India‘s investor and business communities. Developed by: Infosys in a PPP (Public-Private Partnership) mode. Telomere length varies with age. Ossification test is a guess work based on the fusion of joints in the human body b/w birth and age 25. by the age of 25 years nearly all bones are completely ossified in humans. the Govt the launch of an eBiz portal which will offer Government-to-Business (G2B) services for India‘s investor and business communities. Teeth (Forensic experts check teeth first. The test is available in India.” “The inquiry against the accused who will be 0f 18 years in June 2013. If all joints are fused the person must be of 25yrs age or older. approvals and . Objective:    The portal provides a single-window service to enable businesses and investors to save time and costs and improve the business environment. All molars are up by 18. 2013 “The Juvenile Justice Board rejected the police request for his bone ossification test for age determination. and will also offer joined-up services where a single application submitted by a customer. but it is still more reliable than ascertaining the age on mere appearance basis. for a number of permissions. will continue by the Juvenile Justice Board nevertheless as per Section 3 of the Juvenile Justice Act. It works out skeletal maturity from hand and wrist bones. hip. Bone age is correlated to chronological age. TW3 Test (Tanner-Whitehouse Tests) or Bone Maturation Test – Has been introduced by BCCI to check age fraud in juniorcricket. knee. Telomeres Age determination based on the length of telomeres.) X-Ray of elbow. What does Section 3 of the Juvenile Justice Act say? Continue reading… India‟s first „ebiz‟ government-to-business portal launched January 31st. shoulders and collar-bones are taken for bone ossification (hardening) test. Different ways to tell age of a person: of  School Records Methods like Orchodometry which measures testicular volume. wrist.” What is bone ossification test?  Ossification is the process of formation of new bone by cells calledosteoblasts. As per scientific evidence. clearances. 2013 Promoting the National e-Governance Plan. A 24×7 facility for information and services.JJB rejects bone ossification test plea January 31st.

She passed away in 2012. Ranji Trophy: Mumbai claim their 40th title. 2013 India and Bangladesh inked a liberalized visa agreement and a significant extradition pact that would pave the way for the deportation of jailed ULFA ‗general secretary‘ Anup Chetia and other wanted criminals. 2013 . In the first year. Singer S. India has promised to put in efforts to hunt two absconding and convicted killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and hand them over to Dhaka as two of them were thought to be hiding in India.registrations. will be routed automatically across multiple governmental agencies in a logical manner. eBiz will launch 29 services in the five states including Andhra Pradesh. defeat Saurashtra January 31st. Iran claims to have sent monkey into space January 31st. culpable homicide and other serious offenses would come under the ambit of the pact. Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan is the oldest to get Padma Award January 31st. 2013 Hindustani vocalist Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan (105) has become the oldest person to be chosen for this year‘s Padma Shri award.000 songs in all southern languages and in Hindi. Khan is also a poet who has penned around 2000 compositions under the pseudonym „Rasan Piya‟. however. 2013 South-India playback singer Sreeramamurthy Janaki refused to accept Padma Bhushan award announced for her on the eve of 64thRepublic Day. Both nations also introduced a ―revised travel arrangement‖ under which New Delhi as well as Dhaka eased their visa regimes under several categories. would not be applicable for persons accused of political offenses and only those with accused with charges like murders. The treaty. Delhi. 2013 Mumbai won its 40th Ranji trophy after beating Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy finals at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. She did this showing her dissatisfaction over the number of people from South India chosen for Padma awards list for 2013. At 105. Janaki (74) started her singing career with 1957 Tamil film ―Vidhiyin Vilayattu‖. Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. Bangladesh ink extradition and visa pacts January 31st. She has won four National Awards and the prestigious “Kalamamani”state award Tamil Nadu India. India’s first woman photo-journalist Homai Vyarawala was honoured with the Padma Vibushan at the age of 97. As a part of the 10-year programme. Janaki declines Padma Bhushan January 31st. Previously. She has sung more than 15. in 2011. Infosys will roll-out services in a phased manner. Haryana.

however. Iran aims to place its own satellites into orbit to monitor natural disasters in the earthquake-prone nation. The cut in repo rate is expected to bring down the borrowing rates individuals and corporate. To know more about the ‗Turbaned Tornado‘ Fauja Singh: Click Here. Singh is fondly known as „Turbaned Tornado‟among his fans. would enhance the availability of funds.5% January 31st.5 per cent of GDP. reached a height of 120 km. the rocket dubbed Pishgam (Farsi for ‗pioneer‘). has cut down the growth projections for the current financial year to 5.25% and released Rs 18. from Ilford. RBI cuts repo rate and CRR. Rising CAD. 2013 World‘s oldest marathon runner.Iran has claimed that it has successfully sent a monkey into space. 2013 The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) eased its tight monetary policy by slashing its key interest rates by 0. boasting the launch as another step toward Tehran‘s aspirations of a manned space flight. RBI cut the Repo Rate by 0. The country has a key satellite launch complex nearSemnan. The slash in CRR. 2013 . 101-year-old Fauja Singh. slashes growth forecast to 5. He entered the records as the world‘s oldest marathon runner after his show in Toronto marathon.8 per cent. which is the portion of deposits that banks have to keep with RBI. improve telecommunications and expand military surveillance in the region.25% to 7.8%. east London. The central bank stressed at the need of using expenditurereducing policies in addition to expenditure-switching policies to bring CAD down to a more sustainable level of around 2. The RBI. The bank‘s concerns about Inflation have not dissipated and it has indicated that growth in 2012-13 might fall below the Reserve Bank‘sOctober 2012 projection of 5.000 crore additional liquidity into the system to stimulate growth through reduced cost of borrowing. a major concern: RBI January 31st.75% and Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) by similar margin to 4%. As per reports. It also has a satellite monitoring facility outside Mahdasht. World‟s oldest marathoner to retire January 30th. about 70 km west of the Tehran. about 200 km east of Tehran. The monkey is learnt to have returned to earth safely. The west is worried that Iran‘s advancements in this technology from the space program could also be used to develop long-range missiles that could possibly be armed with nuclear warheads. 2013 The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has stated that the increasing Current Account Deficit (CAD) has become a major obstacle in relaxing monetary policy.5% from its earlier estimate of 5.4% of GDP in the second quarter of 2012-13. has announced retirement from the sport after taking part in the afterHong Kong marathon which will be held in February 2013. Exide Industries to acquire ING stake in Indian life insurance joint venture January 30th. The CAD stood at a record high of 5.

given the increment in personal income Shiv Sena elects Uddhav Thackeray as its President January 30th. It would also buy 24% from two other private Indian investors – Enam Group and Hemendra Kothari Group – for a total of about 5. Exide would acquire ING‘s 26 % percent in ING Vysya. ING is in the process of selling all its Asian insurance and investment management operations. 2013 . (iii) Any other matter relevant or incidental to the above. 2013 Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray (52) was formally elected as the president of the party. Wal-Mart has reportedly been lobbying with the US lawmakers since 2008 to facilitate its entry into the highly lucrative Indian supermarket. and is expected to surpass the 1 trillion mark by 2020. Within the period of a year.5 billion rupees ($102 million). Currently. which was held by late party supremo Bal Thackeray for over four decades. 2013 The Union Cabinet gave its nod to the appointment of a one-man Committee into the media reports alleging Wal-Mart of lobbying activities. There will be no post of Shiv Sena ‗pramukh‘. the retail market of India is of the size of about $500 billion. The Committee will deliver its report within 3 months. What would this panel do? The tasks before the Committee are as follows:(i) To inquire into recent media reports on disclosures of Wal-Mart beforethe US Senate regarding their lobbying activities and details. (ii) Whether Wal-mart undertook any activities in India in infringement of any Indian law. As per the lobbying disclosure reports filed by Walmart with the US Senate. Why are these companies making exit from India? Continue reading… Union Cabinet approves panel to investigate Wal-Mart‟s lobbying activities January 30th. Delhi eliminates Leprosy January 30th.Dutch banking and insurance group ING has decided to sell its 26% stake in an Indian insurance venture to local partner Exide Industries. ING is second company to exit Indian insurance market after New York Life sold its 26% stake in a life insurance joint venture with Max India to Japan‘s MS&AD for about $530 million. including on the issues related to "enhanced market access for investment in India". the company has spent close to 25 million dollars (about Rs 125 crore) since 2008 on its various lobbying activities.

the country is facing an elevated risk of a “triple dip” recession. White Backed Vultures.9% in 2013 and a higher growth of 6. Vulture Population Estimation Vulture Population Estimation is being conducted in Panna Tiger Reserve annually in January since 2010.000 populations. the disease is considered to have been eliminated as a public health problem. Britain is not a member of the eurozone but has been affected by the neighboring bloc‘s ongoing financial crisis. India‘seconomy is expected to expand at the rate of 5.000 of population in 2001 to 0.9% in 2013: IMF January 30th. Leprosy is a bacterial disease caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae which affects mainly the skin and nerves. It is being considered to include Paragrin spies of vulture also in the Vulture Population Estimation next yet Britain vulnerable to „triple-dip‟ recession January 30th. Another survey will be conducted in April-May 2013 to assess success rate of vulture breeding in Panna Tiger Reserve.4% in 2014 in line with the modest strengthening of global economic outlook.3% in the final quarter of 2012 and 0% growth in its GDP for the year as a whole. It takes 2 to 5 years for the symptoms to be visible as the disease progresses slowly. It is carried out with public private participation with the co-operation of bird watchers from across the country. 2013 As per the projections of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Egyptian Vultures and Red-headed Vultures. Panna Tiger Reserve of MP undergoes vulture population estimation January 30th.  Technically. As per WHO guidelines. There are fears that if Britain‘s economy shrinks also in the current first quarter then the country might enter its third recession since the 2008 global financial crisis. 2013 . India to grow at 5. The reason could be the sudden increase in temperature in the area during the estimation week. 2013 The Vulture Population Estimation-2013 has been concluded in thePanna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh. UK is grappling with the economic problems created by the high debt inherited by the government and eurozone crisis.8 cases at present. Seven out of nine vulture species in the Indian sub-continent were found in Panna. World economy to recover marginally in 2013: IMF January 30th. Various species of vultures include Long Billed Vultures. 2013 With the shriveling of Britain‘s economy shrank by 0. as the incidence rate of leprosy has declined from 4. The activity has been impacted also by deficit curbing austerity measures from the nation‘s Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government. when the number of leprosy patients gets reduced to below 1 case per 10. Himalayan Griffon and vultures of cinereous species. The migratory vultures found during the estimation were European Griffon. a recession requires two consecutive quarters of falling output.Counting found 867 vultures including 160 migratory and 48 of unidentified origins.India‘s capital New Delhi has got rid of Leprosy as a public healthproblem. The number of vultures found this year is less compared to last year.5 cases per 10.

Objective: To realize the goal of achieving food security in Rwanda and thereby to encourage further the already existing amicable relations b/w the two nations. the global economy will undergo modest upturn in 2013 as the constraints on growth gradually ease. As per IMF forecast: Continue reading… RBI relaxes rules for FII in debt January 30th. and training and capacity building of farmers and functionaries in the water sector. but policy complacency should be guarded against as risks remain. these are:   The investment limit in Government Securities (G-Secs) by Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) and long-term investors has been enhanced by $5 billion to $25 billion from current $20 billion. Global financial conditions improved further in the 4th quarter of 2012 with sovereign spreads in weak euro area countries declined considerably. 2013 .Tanzania. The pact targets various areas of co-operation with focus on planning. the recuperation in economy after a prolonged contraction is delayed. India. Kirti Chakra to Army Major Abup J Manjali January 29th. water governance. (the Republic of Rwanda): A sovereign state in central and eastAfrica. design and implementation of marshland and hillside irrigation. economic environment improved modestly in the 3rdquarter of 2012. However.As per 188-member International Monetary Fund‘s (IMF) World Economic Outlook (WEO) report. bordered by Uganda. Pakistan conducts the Saffron Bandit exercise every 3 years. 2013 The Pakistani military conducted a combat exercise “Saffron Bandit”involving fighter jets and ground troops. Rwanda. in the euro zone. Continue reading… Pakistan holds “Saffron Bandit” combat exercise January 29th. and Japan slipped into recession in the second half of 2012. The investment limit in corporate bonds by FIIs has also been increased by $5 billion $50 billion from current $45 billion. driven by acceleration in emerging economies and the United States. The Pakistan Air Force conducted the ‗Saffron Bandit‘ exercise with elements from the Army Aviation and Army Air Defence. and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Burundi. As per the report. Rwanda ink MoU in Water Resources Development and Management January 29th. 2013 The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has notified certain relaxations in the rules for FII in debt. watershed management. Located a few degrees south of the Equator. 2013 India and Rawanda inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on bilateral co-operation in Water Resources Development and Management. The exercise is being conducted against the backdrop of a elevated tensions with India following a string of ceasefire violations along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

which would be applicable with effect from April 1. Railways has set up a toll-free phone number (1800111321) to register the complaints about quality. It can land in remote airfields in rough.Major Abup J Manjali of the Rashtriya Rifles has been awarded the Kirti Chakra on this Republic Day for the exhibition of exceptional valor in counter. oversized payloads in unpredictable conditions. and refuel while in flight and land in 3. Boeing delivers first of C-17 to IAF January 29th.600-ft. The massive. quantity or charges of food on a real-time basis b/w 7 a.highest peacetime gallantry award Kirti Chakra on this Republic Day. Malawi. RBI revises norms for bulk deposits January 29th. carry a payload of 160. making India the largest C-17 customer outside the U. and 10 p. airfield. “International Tea Producers‟ Forum” (ITPF): Key tea producing countries form global forum January 29th. Indonesia. humanitarian and peacekeeping missions. Manjali is the only soldier to be awarded the second. It would make it possible to share technology and expertise among member countries. in June 2011. 2013 Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal launched a new food catering policy for providing hygienic food at enhanced prices and to the satisfaction of passengers. sturdy. As per the revised rules: .400 nautical miles. supplies and troops directly to small airfields in harsh terrain anywhere in the world day or night.S. What is the aim of this forum? The forum is aimed at research on issues such as impact of climate change on tea production and to promote tea as a preferred beverage across the globe.000 ft. The participation of China is uncertain as of now. T-tailed military-transport aircraft.m. offering differential interest rates. Railways to take food complaints on real time January 29th. fly 2. Sri Lanka. 2013 Major tea producing nations held a meeting in Colombo.000 pounds. or less on a small unpaved or paved airfield in day or night. 4-engine. About C-17 Globemaster-III A high-wing. Sri Lanka. 2013 The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has revised the rules for bulk deposits. the multi-service C-17 can carry large equipment. 2012. 2013 American Plane maker Boeing has made scheduled delivery of the first of 10 C-17 Globemaster III airlifters to the Indian Air Force (IAF). It will be headquartered at Colombo for now. to set up a global forum named the “International Tea Producers‟ Forum” (ITPF). It would also fuel demand for tea by promoting tea consumption through generic promotional campaigns.terrorist operations in Jammu and Kashmir.India inked a pact with the U. to buy 10 C-17 airlifters. long-haul aircraft tackles distance.m. It can take off from a 7. destination and heavy. The decision to form a global body was taken at a ministerial-level meeting in Colombo which was attended by countries includingKenya. Rwanda and China. land-locked regions to serve for military. Boeing is expected to deliver four more C-17s to the IAF this year and five in 2014.S.

2013 Wild card entrants Jarmila Gajdosova and Matthew Ebden combined to won the Australian Open mixed doubles title with a win over Lucie Hradecka and Frantisek Cermak in the finals. named Mahima. The pair defeated the Dutch team of Robin Haase and Igor Sijsling to win their record 13th Grand Slam doubles title. RBI asks banks to issue bonds to retail investors January 28th. What this service would offer? . It is the first calf born from a cloned buffalo in the world. In general practice. Garima II was inseminated with frozen-thawed semen of a progeny tested bull of NDRI. Canara Bank to launch e-Lounge services January 28th. It has encouraged banks to consider the option of raising subordinated debt for Tier II capital by issuing bonds to retail investors. banks build up Tier II capital by issuing subordinated debt to banks and large investors. 2013 The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has asked banks to issue bonds to retail investors so as to deepen the corporate debt market. was born through „hand-guided cloning technique’. 2013 Belarus‘ tennis star Victoria Azarenka vanquished Chinese opponent Li Na to clinch the 2013 title of Australian Open for the second successive time. 2013 Canara Bank is about to unveil its e-Lounge services in Bangalore andDelhi. The calf. 2013 The Serbian professional tennis player Novak Djokovic became the first man to win three successive Australian Open titles in the professional era when he beat Andy Murray in the finals of men‘s singles at Australian Open 2013 Bryan brothers clinch men‟s doubles Australian Open 2013 January 28th. Djokovic first ever to win 3 consecutive Australian Open men‟s singles titles January 28th. 2013 American siblings Bob and Mike Bryan clinched the men‘s doubles title in Austr alian Open 2013.Continue reading… Wild card entrants win Australian Open 2013 mixed doubles title January 29th. World‟s first cloned buffalo delivers a calf January 28th. Victoria Azarenka lifts Australian Open 2013 women‟s title January 28th. 2013 Garima II which is world‘s first cloned buffalo has delivered a healthy and normal calf at the Karnal based National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI).

16 crore The list considered factors such as celebrities‘ income (from the business ofentertainment) and fame (as measured by media mentions. while Indian cricket skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni stood at the 3rd place in the list. 2012.000 km. corporate web site terminal to offer latest information of bank‘s services all under one roof.8 crore. 2013 As per Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). SRK tops Forbes India Celebrity 100 chart January 28th. 2013 Minister for Labour and Employment. Planning and Development. The missile is being developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE). IT and businessprofessionals. the Sher-e-Kashmir. Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah Sahib and hence named as . The policy was launched on the 5th December. models and comedians. Nirbhay:     All-weather low-cost medium-range cruise missile with stealth and high accuracy. a DRDO lab.2 crore Dhoni – Rs 135. 2013 Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan stood at the pinnacle of inaugural ForbesIndia Celebrity 100 list. Salman Khan – Rs 144. directors. . What is SKEWPY? In J&K the problem of unemployment is at alarming levels and is a matter of serious concern for the Central as well as State govt. „SKEWPY‟ can address unemployment problem in J&K January 28th. sport stars.e-Lounge will cater to the needs of corporate. cash deposit kiosk. Ajay Kumar Sadhotra has said that Sher-e-Kashmir Employment and Welfare Programme for Youth (SKEWPY) is a right initiative to address the unemployment problem in Jammu and Kashmir. The bank would launch first e-Lounge at Koramangala Branch. online presence and social media followers) in the duration b/w October 1. medium range cruise missile Nirbhay in Feb 2013. and Air Force. TV personalities. internet banking terminal. India to test fire sub-sonic missile Nirbhay January 28th. authors. Capable of being launched from multiple platforms on land. Army. Indiawould test fire sub-sonic.Rs 202. online trading terminal. pass book update. check deposit kiosk. Range of 1. 2011 and September 30."The Sher-E-Kashmir Employment & Welfare Programme for the Youth" (SKEWPY). Bangalore. To tackle this problem the state announced policy on Employment to simultaneously and comprehensively address all issues relating to the problem of unemployment in the state. Top 3 earners during October 2011 to September 2012:    Shah Rukh Khan. The 2nd spot was held by Salman Khan. sea and air and shall be inducted into Indian Navy. 2009. the 105th birthday of the great visionary of the state. It would offer Services of ATM. singers/musicians. The celebrities were positioned across 8 categories — film actors. It will carry a ring laser gyroscope for high-accuracy navigation and a radio altimeter for the height determination.

What is AWACS? AWACS is acronym of Airborne Warning and Control System. besides giving better visibility. 2013 India‘s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has just taken up development of the Rs 6.3 MW solar photovoltaic plant in Nayaka of Patan district of Gujarat. Astonfield‘s 12. and help provide consensus advice on the development and administration of programmes and policies. which can give you in terms of coverage about 360 degrees as against AEW&C which is about270 degree coverage. Good loitering capability. was sanctioned under the Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA). (compared to AEW&C) AWACS flies at a higher altitude and it can penetrate into the enemy territory – not physically – (but) by way of radars and EW (electronic warfare) systems to longer distances and it can be in sky for larger durations. DRDO begins AWACS programme January 28th.  The legislation named ‘Malala Yousufzai Scholarship Act’ is aimed at expanding scholarship opportunities for disadvantaged young women in Pakistan. Nirbhay will supplement the Brahmos cruise missile by carrying warheads beyond the 300-km range Ameet Shah appointed to US Dept committee on renewable energy January 28th. 2013 A bill in the name of Pakistani peace activist MalalaYousafzai has been introduced by two top American Senators.    Capable of carrying nuclear warheads. Capable of flying at different altitudes ranging from 500 m to 4 km above the ground. Ameet Shah. Besides this. . has been appointed to the US Department of Commerce‘s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advi sory Committee (RE&EEAC). US Senators introduce Malala Yousufzai Scholarship Act January 28th. He will advice the Department‘s top official on competitiveness issues facing the US renewable energy and energy efficiency exports. Shah will represent project developers in the renewable energy sector. control and guidance with high degree of accuracy for maximum impact. To know more about AWACS follow links:   Link-1 Link-2 How is it different from indigenous Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C)? AWACS is a heavier and high endurance system.000 crore Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS). 2013 The Co-Chairman of Astonfield Renewable Resources Ltd.

and that these additional scholarships be awarded solely to women.The bill would require a 30 % increase in the number of scholarships awarded under the program for the next four years. .