Current Affairs

1) Union Government of India raised the number of workdays under MNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act 2005) from 100 days to 150 days. This hike in the workdays will benefit 14 lakh families in India and the decision Union Cabinet will come into effect from April 2014.

2) The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee signed the proclamation to impose President Rule in Andhra Pradesh. He also signed the Telangana bill on 1 March 2014.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy resigned on 19 February 2014 over Telangana issue. Governor E S L Narasimhan recommended President Rule in the Andhra Pradesh State after the resignation of Chief Minister.

3) Jaswant Singh, former minister in the NDA government released a book entitled India at Risk – Mistakes, Misconceptions and Misadventures of security policy.In his book, he had discussed the issues, the conflicts and the consequences of the security related policy of India.

4) Bill Gates, Microsoft Co-founder is the World’s top richest Billionaire with worth of 76 billion dollars according to Forbes magazine’s 28th Annual World billionaires list. Gates is back on the top rank after four years, reclaiming the title from the telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helu of Mexico (2nd), who ranked 1 for the past four years.

5) Assam on 4 March 2014 became the first state in India to observe State Child Protection Day. A central function was organized with the support of Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) in collaboration with United Nations Children‘s Fund (UNICEF).

6) Sheila Dikshit, the former chief minister of Delhi on 4 March 2014 was appointed as the 22nd Governor of Kerala. She will succeed Nikhil Kumar, a former Delhi Police Commissioner who took over as the governor of Kerala in March 2013.

7) International Women Day was observed across the world on 8 March 2014. United Nation celebrated the 2014 Women day with the theme Equality for Women is Progress for all. International women’s day is also called Working women’s day.

8) Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 operating a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft on 8 March 2014 vanished from the radar screens over the South China Sea with 239 people on board. The plane when disappeared was heading towards Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. After massive search operations, the Malaysian Government stated that the flight ended in remote area of south Indian ocean with no survivals.

9) Nokia launched its first Android phone named Nokia X in India on 10 March 2014. Nokia X is a unique combination of Nokia quality and experiences, Microsoft services and Android apps.

10) Nagaland and Assam became the first two states to be issued with Plastic Photo Identity Card for elections in India. The voters of Nagaland and Assam will be using the cards for the first time in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The Election commission decided to provide plastic Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC) instead of laminated paper card to voters in India to avoid duplication and forgery.

11) Michelle Bachelet was sworn-in as the President of Chile in Valparaiso.

12) Sachin Tendulkar was voted as the Cricketer of the Generation by a 50-member jury that comprised current and former cricketers and journalists. To win the award, Sachin defeated his competitors spin legend Shane Warne and all-rounder Jacques Kallis.

13) Khushwant Singh, the renowned author and journalist died on 20 March 2014 at the age of 99 at his home in Sujan Singh Park in Delhi. He also was a lawyer, who turned to be a diplomat followed by being a writer.

14) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued notice to banks to take measures to counter the threat expected to arise from discontinuation of Windows XP from 8 April 2014. The withdrawal of Windows XP means that no updates and patches for bugs will be issued by the Microsoft. As a result, the banking system of India largely running on Windows XP may become vulnerable to viruses and other cyber attacks.

15) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) extended the timeline for full implementation of the Basel III capital regulations by a year. Now the banks are required to comply with the Basel III norms by 31 March 2019 instead of 31 March 2018.
Some extended time was necessitated for banks to raise capital within the internationally agreed timeline for full implementation of the Basel III capital regulations.

16) The World Health Organisation (WHO) certified India as a Polio Free country. This action of WHO made India one of the 11 countries of South-East Region to be free from polio virus.

17) SEBI announced to release the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) compliance norms in the fiscal year 2014-15. The FATCA compliance norms will help combat possible tax evasion by Americans through Indian entities.
FATCA is a law that aims to check and impose withholding tax on illicit activities of some wealthy individuals who use offshore accounts to evade millions of dollars in taxes.

18) Jammu and Kashmir became the first state in the country to declare all election booths as No Smoking Areas in Lok Sabha elections 2014

19) Japanese architect Shigeru Ban won the Pritzker Architecture Prize 2014. He won the award for his creative and inexpensive designs for disaster relief shelters.

20) Ambar Srivastava of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi on 29 March 2014 developed the TrueHb Hemometer to test haemoglobin. The device of the size of a mobile phone is the first case of an innovation from biomedical engineering department of IIT-Delhi actually getting productized.
It will help identify and tackle anaemia effectively in India which has a very high prevalence of anaemia and the related maternal deaths from it.

21) Astronomers in fourth week of March 2014 discovered a miniature planet named Charkilo with two rings of ice and pebbles between Saturn and Uranus in theKuiper Belt. This is the first ever discovery of a celestial body with rings like giant planets Saturn and Jupiter

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1) World’s oldest flamingo known as Greater died at the age of 83 at Adelaide Zoo of Australia. Greater was brought to the zoo in 1933 and lived long with the Chilean flamingo named Chilly, who is in his 60s. Chilly is the only remaining flamingo in Australia. It is known that the lifespan of the flamingos is of about 25 years in the wild but they can live for many decades in captivity.

2) The 28th Surajkund International crafts Mela began at Surajkund in Faridabad on 1 February 2014. The fortnight long festival of craft will continue till 15 February 2014.The Goa is the theme state for the 28th Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2014.

3) India’s first monorail service was inaugurated by the Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj chavan on 1 February 2014 in Mumbai.The First phase of Mumbai Monorail is comprised of 8.9 km long stretch. Mumbai Mono rail will display itself in three colours green, pink and sky blue. Monorail will have a smart card facility available like Delhi Metro.

4) Rajasthan on 1 February 2014 scrapped its approval for the foreign direct investment in multi-brand retailing. With this decision of scrapping the approval over FDI made Rajasthan the second state after Delhi to withdraw approval for FDI in multi-brand retail. These two decisions of Delhi and Rajasthan came just after the change of government.

5) Former Supreme Court Justice, Ashok Kumar Mathur was appointed as the Chairman of the 7th Pay Commission.

6) United Nation appointed India based Vivek Lall as special advisor on cyber security. Vivek Lall will be responsible for steering the policy framework of the UN in the area of broadband and associated cyber security issues and oversee implementation.  Currently, he is the president and CEO of Reliance New Ventures Limited.

7) Manoj Vaish took charge as the Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd. (MCX). His appointment came following step down of Shreekant Javalgekar in October 2013 as the Managing Director and CEO of MCX following the 5600 crore rupees scam related to National Spot Exchange (NSEL). NSEL is a sister concern of MCX.

8)  The World Cancer Day 2014 was observed across the world on 4 February 2014 with its focus on Target 5 of the World Cancer Declaration: Reduce stigma and dispel myths about cancer, under the tagline Debunk the myths.
This day is observed to raise the collective voices for improving the general knowledge around cancer and dismiss the misconceptions about the disease.

9) Harish Rawat was appointed as the 8th Chief Minister of Uttarakhand on 1 February 2014. He succeeded Vijay Bahuguna.

10) Karnataka defeated Maharashtra by seven wickets to win the Ranji Trophy 2014 at Hyderabad.

11) Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Oscar-winning American actor died on 2 February 2014 at his flat in New York at the age of 46. As per the police of the country, the death happened due to overdose of drugs

12) Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honour was conferred on cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar (40) and eminent scientist Prof CNR Rao (79) by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee. The awards were given at the Durban Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on 4 February 2014.
With this felicitation, Sachin became the first sportsperson to be conferred with the honour of Bharat Ratna. He is also the youngest person alive to be conferred with the award.

13) First Paperless public Library of the World BiblioTech was opened in the USA State of Texas on 4 February 2014. The traditional libraries have been replaced with high-tech gadgets that cater to both adults and children.

14) North Korea and South Korea agreed to resume reunion of war split families after a gap of more than three years.  The reunion will take place on 20-25 February 2014 at Mount Kumgang resort of North Korea. The reunion is perceived as a small step towards making harmonious relations between the two hostile neighbours.

15) Dennis amputee, Aabo in February 2014 became the first person to receive a bionic hand, which allows life-like sensation to be felt from the device’s artificial fingers. The Dennis amputee was able to feel what was available in his hands by the sensors, which has been connected to his nerves of his upper arm.
This work was done by the Italy surgeons, who connected the hand with the nerves in his upper arm. These relayed signals direct to his brain, which allows him to control the force of his grip.

16) Machli, Queen Mother of tiger dynasty was found in the Ranthambhore National Park on 5 February 2014. The tigress was missing from 9 January 2014 from zone 5 of the park. The 17-year-old Machli is the longest living wild-tigress in the world, besides being the most photographed big cat. The tigress was identified as T-16.

17) John Thompson was appointed as the Chairman of Microsoft  by the Board of Directors at a meeting held in Washington, US. He succeeded Bill Gates.

18) Microsoft Founder Bill gates assumed the role of Founder & Technology Advisor to the CEO of Microsoft . With this he stepped down from the post of Chairman of Microsoft.

19) National Green Tribunal (NGT)  issued a ban on the process of burning of tyres at public places like roads and areas surrounded by residential buildings. The order was passed following the actions of burning tyres during the religious and political possessions by groups as it cause health hazard.

20) Kumar Sangakkara, the cricketer of Sri Lankan national team  became the second person in the history of Cricket to score a triple century and a century in the same test match. By performing the rare record, he joined Graham Gooch, the former skipper of England team.

21) Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) on 7 February 2014 announced that it has stopped the production of the iconic car brand Maruti 800 that had been carrier for millions of middle class Indian families.

22) The Scottish Parliament approved the Same Sex Marriage Bill . The Scotland became the 17th country to give the green signal to same sex marriages which was an important step for equal rights.

23) The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee was conferred Award of Honour  in New Delhi. The award was presented by Ron Burton, President of Rotary International at Rashtrapati Bhavan. He was awarded for the leadership he has provided and the India’s victory over Polio. Recently India completed three years without reporting any case of polio

24) R.K.Tiwari was appointed as the new chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).

25)  Sikkim became the first State in India to achieve 100 percent sanitation coverage under the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyaan Scheme. Sikkim achieved 100 per cent sanitation in rural and urban households, schools, sanitary complexes and Aanganwadi centres.

26) N Ramachandran was elected President of Indian Olympic Association (IOA). He will remain in the office till 2016.

27) The South Central Railway (SCR) launched Hyderabad Live Train Enquiry System (HYLITES). It is the first of its kind in India developed by South Central Railway on out-sourcing basis.

28) Yulia Lipnitskaya became the youngest Russian athlete to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics. Yulia, 15-years-old won this medal in Winter Olympics 2014 at Sochi, Russia on 9 February 2014 in free skating in the team figure skating competition.

29) The Parliament of Nepal elected Sushil Koirala as next Prime Minister of Nepal.

30) Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg became the youngest and the most generous philanthropist of America in 2013. He had given almost 1 billion dollar of his fortune to the charity. The charity was made to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

31) World Radio Day was celebrated across the globe on 13 February 2014. This is the third Radio Day being observed by the UNESCO to celebrate radio as a medium. The theme for World Radio Day 2014 is Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Radio. 

32) Assam became the first state to legally ban the consumption of all forms of smokeless tobacco including pan masala containing tobacco and nicotine within the State.

33) Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi resigned. He resigned following his government failure to muster the support over whether the Jan Lokpal Bill should be presented before the House or not.

34) President of India on 17 February 2014 imposed President’s Rule in Delhi after accepting the resignation of Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi.

35) The Telengana bill dividing Andhra Pradesh was passed in the Lok Sabha on 18 February 2014. The Lok Sabha passed the Andhra Pradesh Re-organisation Bill 2014 that aims to create the 29th State of  India. So, Telangana is the 29th state of India.

36) Social media giant Facebook Inc acquired WhatsApp for 19 billion dollars in a cash and stock deal on 19 February 2014. Whatsapp is a mobile messaging company.

37) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister (CM), Kiran Kumar Reddy resigned from the post on 19 February 2014. He also quitted from the membership of the State Assembly and the Congress Party as a protest to the decision to bifurcate the Andhra Pradesh State.

38) Chandi Prasad Bhatt, the noted Gandhian environmentalist and social activist won the Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2013.

39) Whistleblower Protection Bill was passed by Union Legislature on 21 February 2014. The bill aims to provide a regular mechanism to encourage persons to disclose information on corruption or willful misuse of power by public servants and ministers.
The Whistleblower Bill will provide an adequate protection to persons reporting corruption or wilful misuse of discretion which causes demonstrable loss to the government or commission of a criminal offence by a public servant.

40) Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) launched E-Wallet Scheme. The scheme was launched to make payment process fast and to reduce transaction failures due to bank payment related problems.

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1) India and the Netherlands signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in field of Sports. MoU provides exchange of knowledge and experience in the fields of sports management, competition infrastructure set-up, coaching, training systems and training of referees for various sporting disciplines. It also decides top-sport development through youth academies.

2) Arun Kumar Gupta took charge as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) by the Union Government.

3) Government of India and the government of Fiji signed a Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) for avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income.

4) Kathy Cross of New Zealand  became the first woman to be appointed in an International Cricket Council (ICC) umpires panel. 

5) Six Public Sector Units (PSUs)- BHEL, Solar Energy Corporation of India,Sambhar Salt Ltd, Power Grid, Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam,  have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to set up the World’s largest 4000 MW ultra solar power project in Rajasthan.

6) US Chamber of Commerce released the International Intellectual Property (IP) Index. In the IP Index, India has scored a low seven point out of maximum 30 points. India continues to have the weakest IP environment of all countries included in the GIPC Index for the second consecutive year.

7) Chilika lagoon in Odisha was named Destination Flyways by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The lagoon was named so for its sustainable and resilient destination for migratory birds.

8) 60-day state of emergencHamid Ansari, the Vice President of India has released a book entitled India’s Political and Foreign Relations with the Gulf Region on 21 January 2014 at New 22 January 2014.

9) Hamid Ansari, the Vice President of India has released a book entitled India’s Political and Foreign Relations with the Gulf Region at New Delhi.

10) First Climate Change theatre was opened at Pushpa Gujral Science City in Kapurthala, Punjab. The theatre will educate people on climate change. This is the second theatre in the world to be opened after Canada.

11) Lewis Clarke, 16 years old became the youngest person to trek to the South Pole. Clarke spent 48 days at temperature of -40 Celsius and winds of up to 193 km/h.

12) Delhi government withdrew the Foreign Domestic Investment (FDI) in Multibrand Retail. With this, Delhi became first state to take this step.

13) Gorakhpur railway station’s platform number one of Uttar Pradesh has entered into the Limca Book of Records as longest rail platform in the world.

14) Facebook acquired Bengaluru-based Little Eye Labs for 90 crore rupees . It has become the first Indian and the third Asian company to be acquired by Facebook.

15) Bajaj Allianz General Insurance launched an all women branch in Pune . It is the first insurer to give an opportunity to women with an aim to tap the vast talent pool of women professionals.

16) R. Chandrashekhar was appointed as President of National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) on 4 January 2014. He succeeded Som Mittal.

17) Young shuttler Aditya Joshi from Madhya Pradesh became the first male junior badminton player from India to be ranked top in the world.

18) Andhra Pradesh bagged the Oil and Gas Conservation Award for the best performance among the big States. The award is given by the Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

19) India completes three years without reporting any case of polio on 13 January 2014. It is only the second time in the history that a disease is being eliminated in India through immunisation after small pox in May 1980.

20) Seventh Global Insurance Summit was held at Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh. The summit was organised by National Council on Insurance of Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM). The focus of the summit was on the need for simplifying the insurance process and to provide financial security for the masses in India.

21) Country’s largest software services firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) decided to set up the world’s largest corporate learning and development centre in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The corporate learning centre will have a total capacity to train 50,000 professionals every year.

22) Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh launched the total E-literacy project implemented by PN Panicker Vigyan Vikas Kendra in Thiruvanathpuram. This would act as the corner-stone of the Kerala model of development.

23) Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded the Order of Prince Henry by the Portugal’s president office . It is one of the Portugal’s highest honours.

24) The Wimbledon Foundation has teamed up with HSBC and All India Tennis Association (AITA) to launch The Road to Wimbledon event in India. This will be the first ever Wimbledon tennis event to be hosted outside the UK. The event was held at Delhi and Mumbai.

25) World Braille Day is absorbed across the world on 4 January. It is observed every year on 4 January to commemorate the birthday of Louis Braille.

26) Latvia became the 18th member of the Euro zone. The small ex-Soviet state has been preparing for the switch, since European Union finance ministers formally announced in July 2013 that Latvia could adopt the Euro.

27) Supercomputer PARAM Yuva-II was rated 1st in India, 9th in the Asia Pacific Region and 44th in the world among the most power efficient computer systems as per the Green 500 List.

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1) East Timor film ‘Beatriz’s War’ bagged Golden Peacock award for Best Film at the 44th International Film Festival of India at Panaji, Goa. The film, directed by Bety Reis and Luigi Acquisto, is a passionate story of one woman’s conviction to remain true to the man she loves.

2) World AIDS Day was observed on 1 December every year across the globe to raise awareness about the HIV/ AIDS. The theme for the year 2013 is: Getting to Zero.

3) Tripura introduced for the first time in the country PVC Electoral Photo Identity Card (PVC EPIC) as mandated by the Election Commission of India.

4) International Day for Abolition of Slavery was observed on 2 December 2013 across the world to create awareness about the prevention of human trafficking and the exploitation of human being.
The focus of this day is on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, such as trafficking in persons, sexual exploitation, and the worst forms of child labour, forced marriage, and the forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict.

5) US actor Paul Walker died in a car accident in Southern California. The incident occurred while he was coming back from his organization’s charity event. The actor is well known for his work in Fast & Furious movie series.

6) India Cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on 3 December 2013 won the LG International Cricket Council (ICC) People’s Choice Award for the year 2013. Dhoni also became the second Indian cricketer after SachinTendulkar to get this award.

7) India was ranked 94th out of 177 countries on Global Corruption Perception Index 2013, which was released by Transparency International on 3 December 2013.
In the Corruption Perceptions Index 2013, Denmark and New Zealandtied for first place with scores of 91. Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia this year make up the worst performers, scoring just 8 points each.

8) International Anti-Corruption Day is observed across the world on 9 December 2013 to raise awareness about the menace of Corruption and what people can do to fight it. The theme for the year 2013 is: Act against Corruption Today.

9) Sheila Dikshit, the Chief Minister of Delhi resigned from her post on 8 December 2013 after Congress party faced a defeat in the Delhi Assembly polls. Sheila Dikshit was defeated in her constituency in New Delhi from Arvind Kejriwal of Aam Aadmi Party by over 5000 votes.

10) Ms. Sushma Singh, a former IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre, has been appointed as the next Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) of India and will succeed Ms. Deepak Sandhu, whose term is ending on 31 December 2013. She will become the second woman to be appointed as the CIC after Deepak Sandhu.

11) The 9th WTO Ministerial Conference was concluded on 6 December 2013 at Bali, Indonesia. The Ministerial Conference has agreed on the revised draft of BalArmed Forces Flag Day was observed across India on 7 December 2013. The day is observed to remember the sacrifices made by gallant servicemen of India in defending the integrity of our borders and to salute the martyrs, honour the brave and express solidarity and support towards welfare of widows, children, disabled and sick ex-servicemen.

The day is observed on 7 December every year in India, since 1949.i Package. The Ministerial Conference was held in Bali, Indonesia from 3 to 6 December 2013 and attended by 159 WTO Member countries representatives.

12) UN General Assembly elected Jordan to the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member on 6 December 2013 to replace Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia was elected in October 2013 to the Security Council as a non permanent member but it has rejected its seat in protest at the UN council’s failure to end the war in Syria and act on other Middle East issues.

13) International Civil Aviation Day was observed on 7 December 2013 to highlight the importance of civil aviation for social and economic development around the world.
The International Civil Aviation Day is aimed at promoting the safety and efficiency of air transportation and to create awareness about the role of International Civil Aviation Organization in air transport.

14) Miss Venezuela Alyz Henrich was crowned with the pageant of Miss Earth 2013 at the Versailles Palace, Philippines. She was crowned with the pageant of Miss World by Tereza Fajksova, the Miss Earth 2012 from Czech Republic. This was the 13th edition of the annual Miss Earth.

15) Wipro Chairman Azim Premji won the Economic Times Lifetime Achievement Award 2013 for his role in creating India’s third-largest software exporter and also for the impressive scale of his philanthropy. The theme of the awards was Governance.

16) D Shivakumar was appointed as the Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo India. The post was lying vacant since Manu Anand quit the US food and beverage maker PepsiCo India in June 2013 to join foods company Cadbury Kraft.

17) Ranjan Mathai, the former Foreign Secretary of India on 9 December 2013 took over as the India’s High Commissioner to the UK. He has succeeded Jaimini Bhagwati, who retired recently from the post.

18) Human Rights Day was observed across the world on 10 December 2013 to bring to light the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 2013 Theme of the day is 20 Years Working for Your Rights.

19) Olympic medal-winning boxer M C Kom’s autobiography, titled Unbreakable was unveiled by the Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan.

20)  Doha Bank has been granted the license to start its banking operations in India. It has been permitted to open a branch in Mumbai to provide full-scale banking services. Doha bank has become the first Qatari Bank to get a license from Reserve Bank of India to start operations in India. It will offer wholesale banking, retail banking, treasury and trade finance services and will start its operation in Mumbai, its Foreign Bank Branch soon.

21) Waqar Younis, the former captain of Pakistan cricket team was inducted into the ICC Cricket’s Hall of Fame on 11 December 2013 before the start of the first Twenty20 International match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai Sports City.

22) BJP leader Raman Singh was sworn in as Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh for the third consecutive term.

23) Pope Francis was named as the Person of the Year 2013 by Time Magazine. He was named the Person of the Year for changing the perception of the Catholic Church within nine months.

24) The Supreme Court of India upheld the constitutional validity of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code making gay sex an offence punishable with upto life imprisonment.

25) Deepika Kumari won her sixth consecutive title at the 34th National Archery Championships at JRD Tata Stadium of PSPB, Jamshedpur.

26) Marpadi Veerappa Moily , the petroleum and natural gas Minister on 24 December 2013 took an additional charge of the Environment and Forests Ministry after the exit of Jayanthi Natarajan.

27) Mikhail Kalashnikov, who invented the AK47 weapon died at the age of 94 due to ill-health on 23 December 2013 in Izhevsk.

28) Canara Bank announced that it has received a license from the Board of Governors of the US Federal Reserve System to open a branch in New York. Canara Bank wants to expand its global presence.

29) Puneet Kumar, a Kerela cadre IAS officer has been appointed as the Secretary General of Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC). Apparel Export Promotion Council is the apex body for apparel exports in the country.

30) The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) organised runs in Kolkata, Patna, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Jammu and Jharkhand on 15 December 2013. The race was organized as part of its nationwide programme to drum up support for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s Statue of Unity project on the 63rd death anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

31) Irrfan Khan on 13 December 2013 won the best actor award for his brilliant performance in his film The Lunchbox at the 10th edition of Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF)

32) Krishna Iyer was appointed President and CEO of Wal-Mart India.

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1 Kannur district in Kerala was declared India’s first zero landless district. Under the flagship scheme of the UDF(United Democratic Front) government, 11,103 landless families in Kannur have now become owners of land.

2. Justice Ajit Prakash Shah was apponted as the new Chairman of the 20th Law Commission of India after the resignation of Justice D. K. Jain.
3. G.K. Pillai, former Home Secretary was appointed as Chairman of MCS-SX.
4. Indian men’s hockey team officially qualified for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 which is going to be held from 31 May to 15 June 2014 at The Hague, Netherland.
5. Nitish Sengupta, the former Lok Sabha and Revenue Secretary died on 3 November 2013 due to the cardiac arrest.
6.Serbian player Novak Djokovic won the BNP Paribas Mastres Tennis tournament at Paris, France. He defeated defending champion David Ferrer of Spain.
7. Formula 1 racing driver, Sebastian Vettel on 3 November 2013 won the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit, Abu Dhabi. Sebastian Vettel won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for the second time in his career.
8. Reshma, a legendary folk singer from Pakistan passed away on 3rd November 2013 in Lahore. She was 66. She was born in 1947 in Bikaner, Rajsthan and is known for her popular songs such as Lambi Judai and Dama Dam Mast Kalandar.
9. India by beating Australia in the seventh match, won the seven ODI series by 3-2. In the seventh match Rohit Sharma hit 209 from 158 balls, including 16 sixes, to become the third player in ODIs to hit a double hundred after Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag.
10. Budapest–based International Weightlifting Federation issued the honour to Abraham K Techi and appointed him as an International Weightlifting referee. Abraham hailed from north east India.
11. As per the data released by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows into the service sector declined by 47.5 percent to 1.19 billion US dollars during the April-August 2013 period. The services sector contributes over 60 percent to India’s GDP.
12. ISRO, on 5 November successfully launched its historic mission to Mars from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. It is indias first mission to mars.
13 Microsoft, in collaboration with researchers in China, created the Kinect Sign Language Translator, a prototype system that understands the gestures of sign language and converts them to spoken and written languageand vice versa.
14. Bharti Airtel signed an agreement with the Warid Group. This acquisition will make Airtel the largest mobile operator in the Republic of Congo with around 2.6 million customers.
15. Dr. Reddy to launch an anti-blood clot drug named Fondaparinux sodium injection in Canada .
16. Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer announced his retirement from international football. Mark Schwarzer is the key player in Socceroos team (Australia National football team) for twenty years.
17. Hatf IX (Nasr) missile, a surface-to-surface missile with a range of 60 km was successfully test fired by Pakistan.
18. Gabriela Isler from Venezuela won Miss Universe 2013 contest held at Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia. Patricia Yurena Rodriguez from Spain was the first runner-up, whereas Constanza Baez from Ecuador was the second runner up.
19. UNESCO suspended the voting rights of the United States and Israel. This was because the two countries stopped paying the dues to the United Nations cultural arm in the protest over the grant of full membership to the Palestine.
20. The Reserve Bank of India has allowed third party payment for the export and import transactions. Banks are allowed to receive the payments for export of goods from the third party. However they have to follow certain conditions.
21.Martha Dodray won the global UN award for her commitment and dedication to eradicate Polio from india. she hails from Bihar.
22. India will host Men’s Hockey world cup 2018and England will host the women’s hockey world cup 2018.The 2014 edition of Hockey World Cup would be played in The Hague, Netherlands.
23.Internet and Mobile Association of India releases the data and declare Mumbai as the city with highest internet penetration in India with 12 million internet users, followed by Delhi with 8.1 million users and Hyderabad with 4.7 million users.
24. Imomali Rakhmon from People’s Democratic Party, was re-elected as the President of Tajikistan.
25. Sunita Sharma appointed as managing director and chief executive director of the LIC Housing Finance. she succeeded V.K. Sharma.
26. MTNL (Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited) signed a MoU with Los Alamos Technical Associates, Inc. of USA. The MoU has been signed to launch the training programs on Cyber Security, Risk and Crisis Management, Public Safety and Disaster Management etc.
27. Mohammed Siddikur of Bangladesh won the 50th edition of Indian Open golf tournament at the Delhi Golf Club, New Delhi. Mohammed Siddikur also known as Tiger Woods of Bengal.
28.To mark the culmination of the 125th birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Aazad, the Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram releases a Commemorative Coin of 20 rupees a circulation of 5 Rupees.
29. World Pneumonia Day was observed on 12 November 2013 across the world to raise awareness of pneumonia. The United Nations first celebrated the day on 12 November 2009.
30.Heena Sidhu created history by becoming the third Indian pistol shooter(after Anjali Bhagwat and Gagan Narang) to win Gold at the World Cup Final in Munich.
31. The Chairman of Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA), Yogesh Agarwal resigned and Anup Wadhawan was appointed as the new chairman of PFRDA.
32. The Union Government appointed Usha Ananthasubramanian as the chairperson and managing director of public sector Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB), the first women’s bank. Before joining BMB, she was an Executive Director with Punjab National Bank (PNB).
33.World Diabetes Day was observed on 14 November across the world.
34. Waheeda Rehman conferred with the inaugural Centenary Award for the Indian Film Personality Of the Year 2013 at the 44th National Film Festival of India in Goa.
35.The Government of India decided to confer, the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award on eminent scientist Prof CNR Rao and cricket player Sachin Tendulkar( first sports person to receive this award).
36. Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani teenage activist received the EU’s Sakharov human rights prize for her brave crusade for the right of the children to education.
37. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on directed Public Sector Banks (PSBs) to provide loans to women self-help groups (SHGs) at 7 per cent per annum.

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  1. Virat Kohli became fastest century scorer (in 52 balls) of India on 16 October 2013 in One day International (ODI) held at Jaipur. He was the seventh fastest century scorer in ODI in the world.
  2. Marathi playwright and political thinker Govind P Deshpande died on 16 October 2013 due to age-related ailments. He was 75.
  3. RBI,increases  the Repo rate  by 25 basis points from 7.5 percent to 7.75 percent on 29 october 13.
  4. Arunendra Kumar was on 16 October 2013 appointed as Chairman of Railway Board (Ministry of Railways) and ex-officio Principal Secretary to Government of India.
  5. Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers on 25 October 2013 sanctioned setting up of a Plastic Park at Siju Village, Kujanga Tehsil of Jagatsinghpur District in Odisha. A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) called Paradeep Plastic Park Limited would set up the Plastic Park.
  6. Syndicate Bank has launched 5 productSyndDoctor, SyndGranite, SyndTextile, SyndCashew and SyndTransport keeping in mind the needs of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME).These products will cater the credit needs of these industries.
  7. International Day of Rural women was observed on 15 October 2013.
  8. The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty was observed on 17 October 2013 to promote people’s awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution.
  9. P.S. Raghvan was appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Russia on 28 October 2013.
  10. Wal-Mart Stores Inc and its Indian partner Bharti Enterprises ended up their joint venture on 9 October 2013.
  11. The India Post on 11 October 2013 launched instant electronic money transfer service in partnership with Wall Street Exchange, (a company of UAE’s Emirates Post Group) in New Delhi.
  12. World Arthritis Day is observed across the world on 12 October 2013 to raise awareness about Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMDs).
  13. Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen shot by the Taliban for championing girls’ education won the European Union’s (EU) Sakharov human rights prize 2013 on 10 October 2013.
  14. World Standards Day was celebrated on 14 October 2013 by SCS global services. This year’s theme is – International Standards Ensure Positive Change.
  15. The Union Government of India on 15 October 2013 decided to bring all the post offices across India under the core banking solution system to cover more people of rural areas with AADHAAR seeded accounts.
  16. Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize on 10 October 2013 for literature.
  17. These products would be tailor made schemes, to meet the credit requirements of transport operators,weavers,cashew industry etc.
  18. Global Iodine Deficiency Disorders Prevention Day was observed on 21 October 2013 across the world.
  19. World Osteoporosis day was celebrated across the world on 20 October 2013.
  20. The largest Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower of India was inaugurated outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai on 18 October 2013.
  21. The Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh on 18 October 2013 released a book on Indian painting written by Prof. B.N. Goswami in New Delhi.
  22. Terence Walsh appointed as Chief Coach of the Senior Men National Hockey Team.
  23. The Philips board of management appointed A. Krishnakumar as the Managing Director and CEO of Philips Electronics India Ltd on 17 October 2013.He will take over charge from December 2013.
  24. Eleanor Catton, 28, New Zealand author won the Man Booker prize 2013 for her second novel entitled The Luminaries, published by Granta, on 15 October 2013.
  25. The 14th India-Russia Annual Summit was held at Moscow on 21 October 2013. The summit was co-chaired by the Prime Minister of the India Dr. Manmohan Singh and the President of the Russia Vladimir V. Putin.
  26. Police Commemoration Day was observed on 21 October 2013 at the Police Memorial, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.
  27. Justice Rajesh Kumar Agrawal (60), the acting Chief Justice of Madras High Court appointed as the regular Chief Justice of Madras High Court on 21 October 2013, by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee.
  28. Government of India on 25 October 2013 signed an agreement with World Bank for credit of 360 million US Dollar for the second phase of Uttar Pradesh Water Sector Restructuring Project.
  29. Axis Bank Ltd on 24 October 2013 launched the e-KYC (electronic know-your-customer) initiative to facilitate paperless banking to Aadhaar card holders at Mumbai.Axis Bank became the first bank to allow customers to open an account with just their Aadhaar number.
  30. The Uttar Pradesh Government on 25 October 2013 appointed retired Justice Tarun Chaterjee as the new chairman of the state Human Rights Commission.
  31. Manna Dey, the legendary singer died on 23 October 2013 in Bangalore hospital. He was 94 years old.
  32. Bollywood actor Aamir Khan on 11 October 2013 released Mansoor Khan’s book The Third Curve: The End of Growth as We Know It at the India International Centre in New Delhi.
  33. World Food Day celebrated on 16 October,theme of these year is - Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition.

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  1.  Bhartiya Mahila Bank, the first nationalised bank for women expected to be operational from November 2013,In its first advertisement on 18 September 2013 announced that the Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) will recruit 115 vacancies from female  candidates only.
  2. Reserve Bank of India on 25 September 2013 banned zero per cent interest rate schemes for purchase of consumer goods.
  3.  Former South African President Nelson Mandela on 22 September 2013 presented with a humanitarian achievement award for  his contribution to South-South cooperation and sustainable development.
  4.  The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 20 September 2013 increased the repo rate or the short term lending rate by 25 basis points  to 7.5 per cent from 7.25 per cent with immediate effect. This means that the Repo rate has been increased by 0.25 percent.
  5. Bangladesh Government on 22 September 2013 decided to bring Nobel Prize winning Grameen Bank under the central bank’s  jurisdiction to give the authorities more powers over the micro credit organisation
  6.  Tony Abbott was sworn in as Australia’s new Prime Minister on 18 September 2013. Tony Abbott is the 28th Prime Minister of  Australia.
  7.  Pakistani schoolgirl and education rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai and American singer, human rights and social justice  activist Harry Belafonte were jointly awarded with Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2013 on 17    September 2013 in Dublin, Ireland.
  8. Gujarati movie The Good Road was on 21 September 2013 nominated as India’s official entry to 2014 Oscars in the Best Foreign  Film category.
  9.  Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan on 21 Septmber 2013 selected for a US award for his television show Satyamev Jayate.
  10.  Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan was awarded on 27 September 2013 with the Fifth Deutsche Bank Prize for  Financial Economics 2013.
  11.  Miss Nigeria, Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola, 21, won the Miss Muslimah World contest which was organised by the World  Muslimah Foundation in Jakartha, Indonesia on 18 September 2013.
  12.  World Rabies Day observed on 28 September 2013 across the world to raise awareness about the impact of rabies disease and to  deliver the message that rabies is preventable.
  13. International Day of Peace observed on 21 September 2013 across the world to recognize the efforts of those who have worked    hard to end conflict and promote peace. The theme for the year 2013 is Education for Peace.
  14. The Union Government of India on 20 September 2013 finalised setting up of the Ultra- Mega Green Solar Power Project in  Rajasthan .
  15.  India’s most deterrent nuclear capable ballistic missile, Agni-5 was successfully test fired from Chandipur Test Range in  Balasore district off Odisha coast on 15 September 2013.
  16.  The Bank of Beijing on 18 September 2013 launched China’s first direct bank in Beijing.
  17.  Sri Srinivasan was on 26 September 2013 sworn in as judge of the US Courts of Appeal for the District of Columbia Circuit.
  18.  World Tourism Day observed on 27 September 2013 across the world to bring awareness about the importance of tourism.
  19.  Tokyo will host the 2020 summer Olympics after beating Istanbul in a head to head voting by the International Olympic  Committee.
  20.  Every year on 29 September celebrated as the World Heart Day since 1999,The theme of the 2013 World Heart Day is :a life- course approach to the prevention and control of CVD with a focus on women and children
  21. Indian author sushmita Banerjee shot dead outside her house in Afghanistan.
  22.  In Andhra Pradesh, a state-of-the-art advanced integration centre for the Naval Science and Technological Laboratory  under DRDO was inaugurated in Visakhapatnam on 29 September 2013.
  23. On the date of 25th September the great Indian Athletics Coach A.K.Kutty were Died.
  24.  Narayanaswamy Srinivasan was on 29 September 2013 re-elected as the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India  (BCCI) for a third term at its 84th annual general meeting (AGM) held at Chennai.
  25.  NCA Chairman Ranjib Biswal was on 29 September 2013 appointed as chairman of the IPL during the Annual General Meeting of  the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at Chennai.
  26.  India won bronze medal in the 8th Women’s Asia Cup 2013 as they defeated China 3-2 via penalty shootout in the 3rd/4th  place play-off played at the National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 27 September 2013.
  27. Serena Willians wins 17th grand slam tiltle with US Open victory over Victoria Azarenka by 7-5,6-7,6-1.
  28.  The G20 Leaders’ Summit took place in St.Petersburg on 5-6 September 2013 presided by Russia. The G20 nations discussed    ways to ensure economic growth and financial stability, create jobs and combat unemployment, stimulate investment and promote      multilateral trade.
  29.  Leaders of the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) group of nations on 5 September 2013 announced to set up a  100 billion US dollar(India and Russia committed 18 billion dollars each while China announced 41 billion US dollars. South Africa  announced 5 billion US dollars) fund to steady currency markets established by an expected pullback of US monetary stimulus.

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General Awareness (Current Affairs) Updates for August 2013

  1. UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi launched Ahimsa Messenger Programme- an initiative to curb violence against women. Ahimsa Messenger is the initiative of the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development to address the violence against women in all forms through a mass movement by creating numerous Ahimsa Messengers in various parts of the country.

  2. The Lok Sabha passed the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2011, also called the Land Acquisition Bill. 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 aim of the bill is to bring in more transparency to the process of land acquisition, thereby bringing assurance of rehabilitation to the affected people.

  3. Kerala based Federal Bank Limited launched the electronic version of conventional passbook, called FedBook. FedBook allows the customers to download it easily as well as also install this application on the smart devices such as smartphones.

  4. E-commerce firm entered into a strategic partnership with Hypercity Retail to sell Hypercity’s products on its portal. Hypercity is a part of the K Raheja Group. This partnership will leverage strengths of both the companies and will deliver greater assortment to a much wider consumer base. It will lead to increased market access and higher sales for both partners.

  5. The former South African President Nelson Mandela was honoured with the first Lifetime Campaigner for Peace and Freedom of the Mahathir award for Global Peace while former Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir received the Lifetime Campaigner for Gloabal Peace award from the Mahathir Global Peace Foundation.

  6. Malala Yousafzai won the International Children’s Peace Prize 2013. Teenage activist Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by a Taliban militant in October 2012 after she campaigned for girls’ right to education.

  7. Book entitled Ghalib & His Times was released by the Vice President of India M. Hamid Ansari. The book has been brought out by the Ghalib Institute. The book portrays history through photographs and is a very valuable book for all to know the contemporary history.

  8. Robert Mugabe, the incumbent President of Zimbabwe sworn in for his seventh term as the President of the country.

  9. Tata Steel was adjudged the Best Performing Integrated Steel Plant in the country for the year 2011-12 based on the recommendations made by a Panel of Judges that selected companies for the Prime Minister`s Trophy awards for the year 2011-12.

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  1. Justice P Sathasivam has been sworn in as the new Chief Justice of India. President Pranab Mukherjee administered the oath of office and secrecy to Justice Sathasivam in a ceremony held at Rashtrpati Bhawan. He succeeded Altamas Kabir.
  2. Angelina Jolie Declared as the Highest Paid Actress of Hollywood by Forbes. She had the estimated earnings of 33 million US dollar.
  3. President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins signed the bill (Government’s Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill) into law. The bill permits abortions only in cases where doctors deem the woman’s life at risk from continued pregnancy
  4. Adli Mansourpuf, the Egyptian Leader who sworn in as interim president of Egypt till the next elections takes place succeeding Mohamed Morsi, who was removed after a military coup.
  5. Nelson Mandela International Day was observed across the world on 18 July 2013 to earmark freedom, justice and democracy. It seeks to empower communities everywhere.
  6. The Puducherry government  delinked wine from the Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) category and listed as a food item to attract more tourists to the state. wine will not flow freely into the town as the ban on sale of wine bottles in general stores will continue as usual and sale will be allowed only in licensed IMFL shops, and hotels.
  7. Sanjay Sreekumar, the Indian-origin student in Australia developed a smartphone application which helps in detecting the breast cancer early. The application known as Yap app allows the individuals to monitor the early signs of breast cancer on their own.
  8. Bengaluru International Airport is renamed as Kempegowda International Airport.
  9. Mamnoon Hussain, the India-Born Pakistani Businessman, Elected as the President of Pakistan. He succeeded Asif Ali Zardari, who did not go for re-election.
  10. The Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) cleared the proposal of Jet Airways to sell 24 percent stake to Abu Dhabi-based Etihad. With this clearance, Jet-Etihad deal has become the first one after the Union Government of India relaxed the FDI rules for aviation sector in the year 2012. The deal will now have to cross the hurdle of Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) for final approval.
  11. World Hepatitis Day was observed across the world on 28 July 2013. The theme for the year 2013 is “This is Hepatitis, Know it, Confront it”. The theme has been set with an aim of creating a global awareness about the Hepatitis virus and to encourage its prevention, treatment and diagnosis. Of the five types of viruses, B and C are considered to be dangerous.
  12. Indian American author Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland has been listed among 13 novels longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013.
  13. Prince Philippe was sworn-in as the new king of Belgium after the abdication of his father Albert II due to his age and health.
  14. Huawei Technologies, the Chinese equipment maker declared that they are working on the fifth generation (5G) mobile technology, which would possibly be available by 2020.
  15. Maharashtra state government announced a ban extension on nicotine-laced gutkha and paan masala for another year considering health hazards of these products.
  16. Hazem El-Beblawi was named as the new Prime Minister of Egypt.
  17. The Vice President of India Hamid Ansari released a book entitled Smritiyan authored by Garima Sanjay. Smritiyan, the book describes that Life in general throws challenges before, we can fulfill our aspirations.
  18. Hemant Soren, leader of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and son of party Chief Shibu Soren, sworn in as the ninth Chief Minister of Jharkhand.
  19. 12 July 2013 was observed as Malala Day across the World and by United Nations. The day is being observed by the United Nations to highlight the fight of education of the Pakistani child activist Malala Yousafzai.
  20. Lt Gen (Retd) AK Singh took over as the new Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. AK Singh was administered oath by the Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court Arun Mishra at a formal swearing-in-ceremony at Raj Niwas in Port Blair.
  21. World Population Day was observed on 11 July 2013 across the world. The theme for the year 2013 is ‘Focus is on Adolescent Pregnancy’.

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