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Indian Foreign Minister S. M. Krishna and Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar met at the Hyderabad House in New Delhis President Pratibha Patil along with her husband Devisingh Ram Singh Shekhawat visited The Republic of Korea and Mongolia ‘Akshardham’ temple situated at New Delhi included in the list of 21st Century’s Seven Wonders The World’s largest floating library ‘M.V. Logos Hope’ arrived in Visakhapatnam, A.P. On 80th year of commissioning of Rashtrapati Bhavan President Pratibha Patil and IT Minister Kapil Sibal released a postal stamp. Recently India also marked the 100th anniversary of New Delhi as India’s national capital India’s First Sanskrit College for Women is to be established in Banaras A Polish ship, M.V. Rak sunk at Mumbai harbour. Operation Paryavaran Surksha was launched to check oil spoilage Rajya Sabha to impeach any judge for the first time in the history of country. Soumitra Kumar Sen, of Calcutta High becomes 2nd judge who has faced impeachment while first impeachment was done by Lok Sabha in 1993 against Supreme Court judge V. Rama Swami ‘Garima’ the world’s first cloned buffalo died at NDRI (National Dairy Research Institution) Karnal Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOL) introduces nation’s first petrol pump with self service refuelling facility in New Delhi. It was inaugurated by Amresh Kapoor, General Manager in charge of IOL Delhi Office A stamp in the name of Pt. Santanam, a freedom fighter and associate of Lala Lajpat Rai, was issued by the Department of Posts Bhupinder Singh Huda, Chief Minister Haryana named the ‘Saket Institution for Orthopedically Challenged’ at Chandimandir after Mother Teresa The Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on Food security cleared Food Security Bill, which seeks to entitle 75 per cent of BPL (Below Poverty Line) population and 50 per cent of the urban population to heavily subsidised food grains. It also lifted the ban on export of non- basmati rice The Socio- Economic and Caste Census 2011 have been initiated in Chandigarh since July 18, 2011.Chandigarh has been chosen as one of the pilot projects for this survey Haryana selected for the ‘Best Performing State Award for Wheat’ for 2010-11

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The fifth Conference of the Association of SAARC speakers and Parliamentarians held in New Delhi The Home Minister announced that New Delhi would host the ‘Meeting of SAARC Eminent Experts’ to Strengthen AntiTerrorism Mechanism’ in October 2011 A tripartite agreement paving the way for the setting up of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), an elected body for the Darjeeling hills, is signed at Sukhna, West Bengal. The Himachal Pradesh government inks a $95.16 million loan agreement with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to strengthen tourism infrastructure in the State India and Bangladesh open their first border ‘haat’, or a common market place in Kalaichar at the Indo- Bangladesh border, reviving the traditional border trade after nearly 40 years The Indira Gandhi National Open University, IGNOU India’s first sign language institute in New Delhi Vasuki Sunkavalli of Hyderabad crowned Miss India Universe, 2011 at Miss India pageant held at Mumbai The India-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) comes into effect on Aug 1; it will give a big boost to bilateral trade National Thermal Power Corporation announces its decision to invest over Rs. 1 lakh crore during the next ten years to execute various power projects The Centre approved Rs.21, 614 crore allowance package for debt- stressed West Bengal The Income Tax Department decides to share its PAN card database with NATGRID, a network aimed at robust information sharing among law enforcement agencies The Supreme Court of India constituted a Special Investigating Team (SIT) to take steps to bring back black money strashed away abroad. The SIT will function under the chairmanship of the retired Supreme Court judge, B.P. Jeevan Reddy India and Britain confirmed trade deals worth billions of pounds following talks between Finance Minister Mr. Pranab Mukherjee and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne as part of the Economic and Financial Dialogue between the two countries

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Rajasthan has been selected for a national prize worth Rs. 1 crore for achieving the first rank in the country in the production of pulses through qualitative progress during 2010-11

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with Gazprom (Russia) for buying upto 2.5MT of LNG a year

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Al-Shabaab, Somalia’s Islamist millitant group decided to ban ‘samosa’, a popular snack, in their country because of its resemblance to the Christian trinity Hurricane Irene leaves US battered at Bayshore, New York India signs a Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) with Lithuania to prevent income tax evasion In a move to chasten Pakistan for expelling American military trainers and to press the Pakistan Army to fight militants more effectively, President Obama announces to cancel hundreds of millions of dollars of aid to Pakistan South Sudan (Africa) became the world’s newest (193rd) nation, with its capital at Juba A famine has hit some parts of Somalia, with up to 3, 50,000 people affected in a severe food crisis Russia announced the completion of a ‘missile shield’ covering two-thirds of the country; the new system will provide protection against missile attacks on Moscow and central Russia Jiaolong, a Chinese manned submersible, successfully reaches a depth of 5,057 metres under the Pacific Ocean. It is the world’s first manned submersible designed to reach a record- breaking depth of 7,000 metres Rating agency Standard & Poor’s removes the US Government from its list of risk-free borrowers for the first time, downgrading US’s debt rating to AA+ from AAA International Health Organisation lauded India for providing effective and affordable medicines to combat Meningitis and HIV / AID in Africa and South America Fourth meeting of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) ministers of Interior/ Home held at Thimphu, Bhutan Chinese Foundation Plans $ 3 billion project to boost tourism and education in Nepal BRICS Summit Vows to coordinate on political and economic issues Hong Kong has been rated as the ‘World’s Freest Economy’ for the 17th consecutive year by the US based Heritage Foundation India and The Republic of Korea inked an agreement for cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy

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BHEL announced the successful commissioning of country’s first thermal set of 525 MW rating at Maithon Right Bank Thermal Power Project in Jharkhand Coal India became the most valuable company replacing Reliance Industries SAIL roped in Tata Steel and JSW Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) to form consortium to bid for ‘Hajigak Mines’ in Afghanistan India holds 14th position in FDI. USA stands 1st and China stands 2nd in the same Essar Projects Ltd. bags $ 320 million engineering, procurement and construction contract in Singapore Sara Cotton Fibres, a Coimbtore based firm, has raised $ 4.5mn from Development Bank of Ethopia and raised $ 6.4 mn through equity and debt to fund its overseas expansion plans in Ethopia India inked $2.4bn deal with French armament majors Thales and Dassault Aviation for the upgrade of 51 Mirage-2000 multi role fighters in IAF’s combat fleet Sovereign rating: It is an indicator of risk involved in investing in bonds issued by the national govt of a country Aircel conducts world’s first multimode trials with Huawei Antrix Corporation: Commercial arm of Indian Space Research Organisation China Steel Corporation (CSC) plans to invest $ 178m in new plant to produce electrical steel in Bharuch district, Gujarat Indian Bank wins ‘ Best Risk Master’ award in FICCI – IBA, Conference FIBAC 2011 in Public Sector Bank Category India’s exports recorded an impressive 46.4 percent rise at $ 29.2 billion in June 2011 and grew by a hefty 45.7 percent in the first quarter (April- June) of the current (2011-12) fiscal The Centre clears British Petroleum’s deal with Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) to acquire 30 percent stake in RIL’s gas and oil blocks for $ 7.2 billion India slipped to the 14th place from the 8th place in the list of nations that attracted the highest FDI in 2010 as stated by The World Investment Report 2011, released by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, extended hope to achieve 9-9.5% average growth during the 12th 5 yr plan (2012-17)

ECONOMIC SCENARIO
Petronet LNG (Gujarat), the nation’s largest Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) importer signs a preliminary agreement

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Uttar Pradesh becomes the highest food grain producer in the country leaving behind Haryana and Punjab Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Paddy crop raised by Rs 80 per quintal this year ‘Pusa’, ‘Sharbati’, ‘Permal’, ‘Mongra’ are varities of rice

APPOINTED/ ELECTED

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Sushil Kumar Modi, Vice-CM Bihar, as New GST Panel Chief Ashok Chawla, Chairman CCI, as Head for panel of Pricing of All natural resources Nirmal Verma, Navy Chief Admiral, as the New Chairman of ‘The Chiefs of Staff Committee’ Mr. D.V. Sadananda Karnataka Gowda: New Chief Minister,

DEFENCE, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
The Hindustan Shipyard Ltd. (HSL) launches patrol vessel ‘Rani Rashmoni’ for the Coast Guard in Visakhapatnam A 49,000- tonne reserve of uranium, a scarce material that is crucial to nuclear energy production, confirmed at Tummalapalle, Andhra Pradesh A new surface-to-surface missile called ‘Prahaar’ successfully test-fired for the first time from the Integrated test Range at Chandipur, Orissa. The missile traversed its entire range of 150km in 250 seconds before impacting on the targeted area in the Bay of Bengal INS ‘Koswari’, the ninth indigenously built Fast Attack Craft (FAC) of the Navy, was commissioned by Lt. General Bikram singh, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Command, at the Naval Base at Visakhapatnam PSLV-C17 launched successfully putting communication satellite GSAT-12 in a perfect orbit the

Dr. Anil Kakodkar: Chairman National Solar Energy Commission Dunglas Piterson: New President, S&P K. Rosaiah: Governor, Tamil Nadu Tim Cook: CEO, Apple M.O.H. Farook: Governor, Kerala Baburam Bhattarai: PM, Nepal Tony Tin: President, Singapore Yoshihiko Noda: PM, Japan Mr. Peter Thomson, Fiji’s permanent representative to the United Nations, as President of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) T.K.A. Nair: Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Rakesh Sood, India’s Ambassador to France ambassador to Nepal, as

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The oldest commissioned ship of the Indian Navy, ‘Sharabh’, a landing ship tanker, was given a fond farewell after 35 years of service INS- Satpura commissioned in Indian Navy NASA launched a solar-powered spacecraft ‘Juno’ on a five year journey to make the first in-depth study of Jupiter ‘Operation Shady RAT’ – An acronym for ‘Remote Access Tools’ that allow you to access computers from a remote location

J.C.D. Prabhakar: President, All India Chess Federation (AICF) A.P Choudhary: New chief (RINL), Vishakhaptnam Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd

PERSONS IN NEWS

•Rabinder Singh, First Sikh Judge of High Court of UK • Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner (Austria), first woman to conquer
all 14 highest peaks without oxygen

V.S. Hedge, a veteran scientist, as CMD for ISRO’s marketing arm, Antrix Corporation Ltd.

AWARDS & HONOURS
Merry Ravi Award, Delhi Chief Minister Ms. Sheila Dikshit for “exemplary contribution to public life by a woman” Akademi Ratna Sadasyata, highest honour of Sangeet Natak Akademi, vocalist Girija Devi, renowned dance guru Nataraja Ramakrishna, dhrupad maestro Rahim Fahimuddin Dagar and maridangam exponent T.K Murthy National Communal Harmony Award, Sanskrit scholar Md. Hanif Khan Shashtri

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Mr. Salva Kiir, sworn in as the first President of South Sudan Hina Rabbani Khar, youngest and first women Foreign Minister of Pakistan Gulam Nabi Fai arrested on charges of having failed to register with the US government as a "foreign agent" Abdel Fattah Younes, the military commander of the Lybian rebel forces, shot dead by unidentified assassins

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Mercy Ravi Award for Woman of Substance, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Nagar Ratna Award given to Best Performing Municipal Cooperation

SPORTS
World Swimming Championship held at Shanghai. USA remained on top and China bagged 2nd position Rugby World Cup 2011 to be held at New Zealand World Athletics Championship held at Daegu, South Korea Li Yanfeng of China won the women’s discus gold medal at World Athletics Championship Aditya Mehta wins National Snooker Championship Ajantha Mendis, first bowler to bag six wickets in a T-20 match against Australia Yohan Blake of Jamaica becomes world 100m champion Indian boxer V. Santhosh Kumar wins Gold at the 21st President’s Cup Boxing Tournament held at Jakarta, Indonesia India clinches the Middle Asia Qualifying Basketball Tournament, held at Delhi, beating Sri Lanka Tamil Nadu beats Madhya Pradesh in the final to capture the boy’s title and Kerala beats Tamil Nadu to retain the girls’ title at the 62nd National Junior Basketball Championship in New Delhi Four Indian cricketers—Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, included in the ‘Greatest All-Time Test XI’ chosen through a online poll conducted by the ICC Armenia wins the World Team Chess Championship, held at Ningbo, China. India finished eighth in the championship Cadel Evans of Australia wins the 2011 ‘Tour de France Cycling Championship’, held at Paris, France Usain Bolt, (Jamaica), Olympic champion and World Record Holder, clinched the 200m Gold clocking 20.03 seconds at the Stockholm Diamond Meet, Stockholm Tintu Luka (India) athlete wins the Women’s 800m Gold at the ‘Folksam Grand Prix’ meet held at Karlstad, Sweden Darren Clarke, wins British Open becoming the oldest winner of the championship

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KAPS: Kakarpar Atomic Power Station, Tapi, Gujarat AERB: Atomic Energy Regulatory Board S & P: Standard & Poor ‘s FAST: Forum for Advancement of Solar Thermal NVVN: NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam TUFS: Technology Upgradation Funds Scheme GFCF: Gross Fixed Capital Formation PFCE: Private Final Consumption Expenditure NOHC: Non- Operative Holding Company FACE: Flexible Assistance for Capital Expenditure PSLV: Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle APECF: Asia Foundation Pacific Exchange and Co-operation

NEERI: National Environmental Engineering Research Institute SRS: Sample Registration System CSMS: Core Subsidy Management System SCORES: SEBI Complaints Redress System (Online) NDRI: National Dairy Research Institution

COINCIDENCE
The Republic of Korea is the 19th country visited by President Pratibha Patil since she took the oath of designation exactly four years ago on July 25 and coincidentally, both she and Korean President, Lee Myungbak celebrate their birthday on December 19

TOP 5 COSTLIEST CITIES

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Tokyo, Japan Oslo, Norway Osaka Kobe, Japan Paris, France Zürich, Switzerland

TOP 5 CHEAPEST CITIES
Karachi, Pakistan Tunis, Tunisia Mumbai, India Tehran, Iran

ABBRIVIATIONS
USFDA: US Food & Drug Administration

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