- 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.
- Marathi playwright and political thinker Govind P Deshpande died on 16 October 2013 due to age-related ailments. He was 75.
- RBI,increases the Repo rate by 25 basis points from 7.5 percent to 7.75 percent on 29 october 13.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- International Day of Rural women was observed on 15 October 2013.
- 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.
- P.S. Raghvan was appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Russia on 28 October 2013.
- Wal-Mart Stores Inc and its Indian partner Bharti Enterprises ended up their joint venture on 9 October 2013.
- 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.
- World Arthritis Day is observed across the world on 12 October 2013 to raise awareness about Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMDs).
- 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.
- World Standards Day was celebrated on 14 October 2013 by SCS global services. This year’s theme is – International Standards Ensure Positive Change.
- 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.
- Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize on 10 October 2013 for literature.
- These products would be tailor made schemes, to meet the credit requirements of transport operators,weavers,cashew industry etc.
- Global Iodine Deficiency Disorders Prevention Day was observed on 21 October 2013 across the world.
- World Osteoporosis day was celebrated across the world on 20 October 2013.
- The largest Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower of India was inaugurated outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai on 18 October 2013.
- 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.
- Terence Walsh appointed as Chief Coach of the Senior Men National Hockey Team.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Police Commemoration Day was observed on 21 October 2013 at the Police Memorial, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Uttar Pradesh Government on 25 October 2013 appointed retired Justice Tarun Chaterjee as the new chairman of the state Human Rights Commission.
- Manna Dey, the legendary singer died on 23 October 2013 in Bangalore hospital. He was 94 years old.
- 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.
- World Food Day celebrated on 16 October,theme of these year is - Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition.
- 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.
- Reserve Bank of India on 25 September 2013 banned zero per cent interest rate schemes for purchase of consumer goods.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Tony Abbott was sworn in as Australia’s new Prime Minister on 18 September 2013. Tony Abbott is the 28th Prime Minister of Australia.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan on 21 Septmber 2013 selected for a US award for his television show Satyamev Jayate.
- Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan was awarded on 27 September 2013 with the Fifth Deutsche Bank Prize for Financial Economics 2013.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Union Government of India on 20 September 2013 finalised setting up of the Ultra- Mega Green Solar Power Project in Rajasthan .
- 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.
- The Bank of Beijing on 18 September 2013 launched China’s first direct bank in Beijing.
- Sri Srinivasan was on 26 September 2013 sworn in as judge of the US Courts of Appeal for the District of Columbia Circuit.
- World Tourism Day observed on 27 September 2013 across the world to bring awareness about the importance of tourism.
- Tokyo will host the 2020 summer Olympics after beating Istanbul in a head to head voting by the International Olympic Committee.
- 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
- Indian author sushmita Banerjee shot dead outside her house in Afghanistan.
- 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.
- On the date of 25th September the great Indian Athletics Coach A.K.Kutty were Died.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Serena Willians wins 17th grand slam tiltle with US Open victory over Victoria Azarenka by 7-5,6-7,6-1.
- 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.
- 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.
General Awareness (Current Affairs) Updates for August 2013
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- E-commerce firm Snapdeal.com 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Robert Mugabe, the incumbent President of Zimbabwe sworn in for his seventh term as the President of the country.
- 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.
- 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.
- Angelina Jolie Declared as the Highest Paid Actress of Hollywood by Forbes. She had the estimated earnings of 33 million US dollar.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bengaluru International Airport is renamed as Kempegowda International Airport.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Indian American author Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland has been listed among 13 novels longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013.
- 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.
- 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.
- Maharashtra state government announced a ban extension on nicotine-laced gutkha and paan masala for another year considering health hazards of these products.
- Hazem El-Beblawi was named as the new Prime Minister of Egypt.
- 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.
- Hemant Soren, leader of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and son of party Chief Shibu Soren, sworn in as the ninth Chief Minister of Jharkhand.
- 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.
- 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.
- World Population Day was observed on 11 July 2013 across the world. The theme for the year 2013 is ‘Focus is on Adolescent Pregnancy’.
- Rajiv Shukla resigned as the Chairman of the Indian Premiere League (IPL). He said he has decided to quit in the wake of recent controversies in the IPL Spot Fixing Scandal.
- NR Narayana Murthy has been re-elected as Executive Executive Chairman of the Board in Infosys. He would serve as board chairman for 5 years. Narayan Murthy was appointed as the chairman for the second time.
- Indian – origin diplomat Devanand Sharma appointed as a Australian envoy to Israel. A 37-year-old Devanand Sharma has made history by becoming the country’s youngest Ambassador after he was appointed Canberra’s envoy to Israel.
- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has appointed Rami Hamdallah, a politically independent academic, as his new prime minister. Rami Hamdallah replaced Western-favoured economist Salam Fayyad.
- According to a ranking by the MasterCard Index of Global Destination Cities study report ,Bangkok is this year’s number one city for air travel.While London reached the top spot in 2012.
- Environmentalist Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of the famed Sulabh project that provides basic and affordable toilet access to India’s poor, has been presented with the “Legend of Planet” award in Paris.
- The two-time former prime minister of Slovenia, Janez Jansa, has been convicted of corruption and sentenced to two years in prison. Mr Jansa was accused of soliciting bribes as part of a defence deal with a Finnish manufacturer in 2006.
- According to the World Steel Association (WSA) data , India’s rank in the world order of steel production remained unchanged at fourth slot with an output of 77.06 MT (million tonnes) steel produced in 2012.China gets first ranked in world steel production.
- The leading magazine “Forbes” prepared a list of world top 100 highes-paid athletes.In this list Indian cricket team captain MS Dhoni and Sachin Tendulukar got 16th and 51st places respectively.This list is prepared based on last year annual income.The annual income of MS Dhoni is $31.5 million.But he earned $3.5 million from matches and remaining amount from advertisements and other business.Sachin Tendulkar’s annual income is $22 million.
- The first all-women police station in Arunachal Pradesh has started functioning in Itanagar to specifically deal with crimes against women.The plan to set up the maiden all-women police station was mooted by the state government days after the Delhi gangrape incident and the proposal was approved by the state cabinet.
- The Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari released a book entitled “Dard-e-Dil Likhun Kab Tak” (in Urdu and Hindi) authored by Rukhsar Amrohvi. The book is a compilation of poems composed by poetess Rukhsar Amrohvi and some rare pictures of the historic moments of Indian Cinema. This book is a valuable addition to the Urdu Literature.
- Union Government of India launched a placement linked skill development scheme ‘Roshni’ targeting 50,000 rural men and women, mostly tribals, in 24 worst affected districts. Under the scheme, national-level agencies will be designated to act as monitoring and coordinating agencies in the Naxal-hit districts.The three-year initiative aims at skilling and placement of 50,000 youth from 24 Naxalite-affected districts in nine states. The funding for the ‘Roshni’ scheme would be in the ratio of 75:25 to be shared between the Centre and the states.
- India’s first state-of-the art Air Ambulance, Flying Doctors India, was launched in New Delhi. The new aircraft is tailor-made and equipped with a state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit on a dedicated chartered aircraft. The goal is to provide critical care even when a patient is in transit.
- Haryana Chief Minister Bhupender Singh Hooda launched “Priyadarshni Awaas Yojna” in the state at Karnal to provide affordable housing facility to the people living in rural areas. People eligible under Indira Awaas Yojna and those who get 100 square yard plot under Mahatma Gandhi Gramin Basti Yojna would also be included in the scheme.
- Indonesia, the country with the largest Muslim population in the world, has gifted an imposing 16-foot-high statue of Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of education and wisdom, to the American capital city of Washington DC.The goddess’ statue, on top of a lotus, stands tall a block away from the Indian Embassy in front of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi.
- Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel won the Canadian Grand Prix after defeating Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso in Montreal meanwhile, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso took the third and second position simultaneously.
- China sent its second woman astronaut into orbit on its longest mission yet as the country works towards building a space station.The Shenzhou-10 — the name means “Divine Vessel” — was launched on a Long March rocket on 11 June 2013. Wang Yaping, 35, the second woman to go to space. The previous Shenzhou mission, in June 2013, included China’s first woman astronaut, Liu Yang, who became a national heroine.
- The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed penalties on Axis Bank, HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank for violating guidelines related to “know your customer” (KYC) rules. The RBI has imposed a penalty of Rs5 crore on Axis Bank, Rs4.5 crore on HDFC Bank and Rs1 crore on ICICI Bank.
- Luo Meizhen, a woman who Chinese officials say is the world’s oldest person, has died. Chinese officials say Meizhen was born in 1885 and was 127 years old, but the Guinness Book of World Records never recognized her claim.
- Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi was honoured with USD 10,000 ‘Nomura Award’ at Singapore for her outstanding humanitarian works. Bedi was given the award constituted by Nomura Group of Japan for improving the world for future generations. The group is one of the leading financial services group.
- According to the ” Global Peace Index (GPI) 2013? released by Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) , India ranks 141 st out of 162 in this year’s Global Peace Index (GPI).Iceland is on First Rank while Denmark on 2nd rank. The Global Peace Index (GPI) is an attempt to measure the relative position of nations and regions peacefulness.
- According to Guinness World Records,the world’s oldest person, 116-year-old Japanese man Jiroemon Kimura, died on 12 June 2013 in Tokyo.He died after few hours of unofficial world oldest woman of China , Luo Meizhen died.
- According to the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) report , nearly 50 lakh children are eking out their livelihood in the country, of whom 17.5 lakh are in Uttarakhand.The second-largest share of child labourers comes from West Bengal (5.5 lakh), Rajasthan (4.05 lakh) and Gujarat (3.9 lakh).The NSSO estimated this figures on the eve of the World Day against Child Labour.
- NASA Astronomers have discovered 26 new likely black holes in the neighboring Andromeda galaxy.The new black holes were discovered using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, which made 150 separate observations over 13 years to detect them.Many consider Andromeda (M31) to be a sister galaxy to the Milky Way. The two ultimately will collide, several billion years from now.The new black hole candidates were formed via powerful collisions of massive stars and are five to 10 times bigger than the sun.
- According to the World Bank “Global Economic Prospects (GEP) ” report ,Growth in India is projected to rise to 5.7 percent in the 2013 fiscal year and firm to 6.5 percent and 6.7 percent in FY2014 and FY2015, respectively.Global GDP is expected to expand about 2.2 percent this year and strengthen to 3.0 percent and 3.3 percent in 2014 and 2015.
- Dubai has inaugurated the world’s tallest twisted tower named “Cayan” Tower built at a cost of 272 million US dollar, setting a yet another record for skyscrapers and other engineering marvels.
- S K Roy has been appointed as the Chairman of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC).Roy succeed D.K. Mehrotra, and get a five-year term as chairman.
- Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport has been named the world’s second best airport in the 25-40 million passengers category by the Airport Council International.
- According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) statistics ,West Bengal is the most unsafe place for women in India. It tops the list of states with the highest number of registered cases against women.West Bengal accounted for 12.67 per cent of the total crime committed against women in the country.Mamata’s state is followed by Assam (37.6%) , Kerala (20.8%), Jharkhand (19.2%) , Bihar (18.5%) ,Uttar Pradesh (15 %) ,Andhra Pradesh (6.2%) ,Madhya Pradesh (5.1%).
- AirAsia announced that Ratan Tata, the ex-chairman of the Tata Group was appointed as the Chief Advisor of AirAsia’s India board.
- America’s fastest-supercomputer reign has ended, toppled by the Tianhe-2 out of China’s National University of Defense Technology. Tianhe-2 achieved 33.86 petaflop/s on the Linpack benchmark, earning it the title of the world’s fastest supercomputer in the world, according to the 41st edition of the twice-annual Top500 List. Tianhe-2, also known as the Milky Way-2, will be deployed at the National Supercomputer Center in Guangzho, China by the end of 2013.
- Ireland’s government unveiled the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill. It explains when life-saving abortions can be performed. Moreover, it’s a clarification of rights within the ambit of Current law. The bill mentioned clearly that anyone illegally involved in abortion could face a maximum 14-year prison sentence whether he is a doctor or a patient.
- Jenita Mary Nongkynrih, A young woman scientist from Meghalaya was selected for ISRO Young Scientist Award 2013 for her urban information system project in the North East. The award for Jenita Mary Nongkynrih carries a citation and cash of 50000 rupees.
- World Press Freedom Day is celebrated across the world on 3 May 2013. The theme for World Press Freedom Day 2013 is Safe to Speak: Securing Freedom of Expression in All Media. This is the 20th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day.
- The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) reduced the policy repo rate under the liquidity adjustment facility (LAF) by 25 basis points, from 7.5 per cent to 7.25 per cent with immediate effect as part of its annual monetary policy statement 2013-14. The reverse repo rate under the LAF also stands adjusted to 6.25 per cent. The RBI took this step to boost flagging economic growth.
- Sarabjit Singh, the Indian national and a death row prisoner in the Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail died on 2 May 2013 at the Lahore’s Jinnah Hospital in Pakistan. He was on the life-support system since 26 April 2013 after being attacked by the inmates in the jail. He had spent 23 years in Pakistani jail, after being convicted of involvement in the serial bomb blasts of 1990 in Lahore and Faisalabad that killed 14 people.
- Maryland, the U.S. state located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States became the first southern US state to abolish the death penalty.
- Somdev Devvarman, the winner of two gold medals at Asian Games in Guangzhou as well as singles gold medal in Commonwealth Games in India was recommended for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award 2013 by All India Tennis Association (AITA).
- According to a Survey, the country’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, accounted for the largest number of mobile subscribers in India followed by Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar.
- Understanding Bhagat Singh a book by Prof. Chamanlal was released in the on 3 May 2013. The book Understanding Bhagat Singh has tried to explain the soul or spirit of Bhagat Singh like his principle of achieving objectives with dignity, honesty and fearlessness.
- The Supreme Court of India directed that the Kudankulam nuclear plant situated in Tamil Nadu could start its operations now.
- Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced that it is going to provide about 6 billion dollars loan to India over the next three years which was decided at the concluding day of the 46th annual meeting of the funding agency.
- The Environment Ministry of India decided to put a ban on the trade of peacock feathers as a measure to conserve the national bird of India- peacock. The government has no data regarding peacock population, but it is evident that the number of peacocks in India is dwindling because of poaching of the feathers which fetches good price in not just international markets, but also within Indian markets.
- India’s rising shuttler PV Sindhu won her maiden Grand Prix Gold title winning Malaysia Open women’s final.
- State of the World’s Mothers’ report 2013 released in first week of May 2013 reported that India holds the record of first day death of newborns than any other country of the world. The basic reason for the deaths of the infants of the first day as per the records of the report are the complications associated with the preterm birth, maternal health and hygiene standards.
- 500 largest companies of the US, Fortune 500 scored the near-record revenues in 2012 and retailer Walmart became the biggest profit maker on annual list by replacing ExxonMobil, according to the Fortune magazine.
- Najib Razak was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Malaysia for a second term by Malaysia’s king Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah.
- First Tuesday of May is observed as World Asthma Day. World Asthma Day was observed across the world on 7 May 2013. The day is observed across the world to spread awareness and care around the world including India. The theme for 2013 is You Can Control Your Asthma and the sub-theme for the year introduced by Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) is It’s Time to Control Asthma.
- Doctors have warned that the new sexually transmitted Sex-Superbug named H041 can be much more deadly than the AIDS virus. Recently, two cases of the sex-superbug were confirmed in Hawaii. Doctors have claimed that the superbug is the antibiotic resistant strain of gonorrhea.
- National Technology Day was celebrated on 11 May 2013 as a symbol of quest for scientific inquiry, technological creativity and the translation of that quest in the integration of Science, Society and Industry. This day is also celebrated to honour technological innovations and their successful commercialization which makes fruits of research reach people at large. This year’s function is centered on the Theme Innovation – Making a Difference.
- The Ministry for Information & Broadcasting, presented the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award for life time achievement to Pran Kishan Sikand, popularly known as Pran at his residence in Mumbai
- The former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Raja Pervez Ashraf was barred from Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), of Pakistan from leaving the country over allegation of corruption in setting up the Rental Power Projects.
- National Stock Exchange, the Leading bourse launched the country’s first dedicated debt trading platform. The new Platform launched is awaiting the market regulator SEBI’s guidelines for allowing participation of mutual funds, insurance companies and pension funds. NSE had recently received approval from SEBI to launch the debt segment.
- Siddaramaiah, the leader of the Indian National Congress was sworn in as the 22nd chief minister of the state of Karnataka.
- France’s President Francois Hollande signed into law a controversial bill to legalise gay marriage. It makes France the ninth in Europe and 14th in the world to do so.
- World Telecommunication and Information Society Day was celebrated on 17 May 2013. It is celebrated on this day every year to raise awareness about the positives of Information and Communication Technologies, ICTs, among people. The day aims to make information and communication more accessible to people living in remote areas. The theme of the day this year was - ICTs and improving road safety.
- Nirbhay Sharma appointed Governor of Arunachal Pradesh.
- Hotel Price Index (HPI) report of 2012 by Hotels.com revealed that the metro cities of India remain at the top most positions in the list of top 10 favourite Indian destinations for the international travellers. The national capital of India, New Delhi ranked first followed by Mumbai.
- The Pakistani activist, Malala Yousafzai was selected for UNA-USA’s Global Leadership Award called Champion for Global Change Award for 2013, in the month of May 2013. Malala Yousafzai was shot in 2012 by Taliban for promotion of girl education.
- Shashi Kant Sharma is appointed as the new Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India. Shashi Kant Sharma will succeed Vinod Rai.
- Martyrdom of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, also known as Anti Terrorism Day is observed across the country on 21 May 2013. The day is celebrated as the 22nd anniversary of martyrdom of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
- The only satellite of Ecuador, Pegaso (Pegasus) nanosatellite collided with the Russian space debris, the Ecuadorean space agency (EXA) announced.
1) Britain’s ‘Iron Lady’ and only woman prime minister, Margaret Thatcher died following a stroke at the age of 87. She led her Conservative Party for 11 years and held office from May 1979 to November 1990.
2) J&K Bank won the prestigious FE India’s Best Banks Award-2012-13 in recognition of its strong fundamentals and dynamic growth model.
3) Executive Co-Chairman of Infosys S Gopalakrishnan has been elected as the President of the industry body Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
4) Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, PJ Kurien elected as the Chairman of the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD)on the 73rd Executive Committee Meeting of AFPPD at Bangkok.
5) Veteran Bollywood actor Pran, 92 has been honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. The award consists of the Swara Kamal medal, a shawl and a cash prize. Pran, now 93, started his acting career in 1940 and Bollywood career in 1948w with movie “Ziddi” along with Dev Anand. In his six decade long career in Bollywood he acted in more than 300 films.
6) Nicolas Maduro is elected as the new President of Venezuela
7) Time magazine included Amir Khan in the list of 100 Most Influential People in the world for 2013. Along with him, India’s Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, Delhi lawyer Vrinda Grover, California’s Indian-American attorney general Kamala Harris, Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai and US President Barack Obama have also been included in the list. Malala Yousafzai, the youngest to have made it to the list, was also featured on one of the special covers.
8) Aruna M. Bahuguna appointed as Special Director General of the CRPF. She is the first woman to be appointed for that position.
9) Sachin Tendulkar’s wax statue unveiled at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
10) Mathematical genius Shakuntala Devi, known world’s fastest ‘human computer’ died at a hospital in Bangalore following respiratory problems. She was 83.
11) Abdul Hamid, the speaker of Bangladesh’s parliament has been elected as President of Bangladesh.
12) Earth Day is observed on 22nd April to create awareness among the masses on environmental issues. This year’s theme is ”the face of climate change“.
13) Sarabjit Singh continues to be in deep coma and on ventilator support at a hospital in Lahore after being brutally attacked by a group of prisoners.
14) President Pranab Mukherjee reappointed Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra for second term in the state.
15) Goa launched a digital Krishi Card for farmers to avail benefits like subsidies and loans given by the state government.
16) New York Times, The International Newspaper which had won four Pulitzer Prizes on 15 April 2013, including the award for investigative reporting for stories
17) Mahatma Gandhi who as per the 16th Annual Global CEO survey, was figured among the top three most admired leaders of the world.
18) World Intellectual Property Day was observed on 26th April. It is observed every year on the same day under the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) since 2000 and the main aim to raise awareness of how patents,copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life. The theme for this year is “Creativity – The Next Generation”.
19) Takehiko Nakao has been appointed as the President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) by the Board of Governors.
20) Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways has confirmed that it had acquired 24% stake in Jet Airways.
21) Bharti Enterprises Chairman and Group CEO Sunil Bharti Mittal has been appointed as the Vice-Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) . ICC is one of the world’s oldest global business organisations.
22) The Joint Parliamentary Committee on the 2G spectrum scam has given a clean chit to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram confirming that they were not informed of the change in policy by the telecom minister A Raja. The JPC report said that the 2G spectrum was allocated on ‘first come, first serve’ policy and those norms were tweaked to favor a few companies.
23) The Reserve Bank of India said that it will take action against three leading Indian lenders (ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and Axis Bank) as part of its probe into a website’s allegation that bank employees offered advice on evading taxes to its customers. As per RBI, Scrutiny has been done and action is being taken both in respect of systemic level and at the individual banks.
24) North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) was conferred with the Miniratna – Category – 1 status by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee. NEEPCO was earlier the schedule ‘A’ Corporation. Category-I Miniratna firms can take financial decisions of up to Rs 500 crore without approval from Government.
25) MoneyGram, a global money transfer company, has renewed its agreement with India Post which owns the largest postal network in the world. As per the new agreement, it will add 2,000 India Post locations offering MoneyGram’s money transfer service in this year. MoneyGram had entered into a tie-up with India Post in September 2011 and since then the number of post offices offering its services had increased from 100 to 2500 now in 16 states.
1) India and Republic of Portugal Signed a Social Security Agreement. The bilateral social security agreement would help in taking advantage of the emerging employment opportunities and strengthening the trade and investments between the two countries.
2) John Kerry Sworn-In As the 68th Secretary of State of the United States. John Kerry succeeded Hillary Rodham Clinton.
3) Rajeev Shahare was appointed as the new High Commissioner to Maldives. He replaced replacing D M Mulay.
4) The Vice President of India, M. Hamid Ansari released a book titled Walking with Lions: Tales from a Diplomatic Past, written by K. Natwar Singh, the former Union Minister for External Affairs. In the book, experiences of Natwar Singh have been described in interesting approach. The book will enlighten the readers. In the book, K. Natwar Singh has put together 50 episodes which will entertain and inform the readers.
5) International Women’s Day is celebrated across the world on 8 March 2013. The theme for 2013 International Women’s Day is- A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.
6) The Parliamentary Award Committee selected BJP leader Arun Jaitley, Congress MP Karan Singh and JD(U) MP Sharad Yadav for Outstanding Parliamentarian Award for 2010, 2011 and 2012 respectively.
Arun Jaitley and Karan Singh are the members of Rajya Sabha from Gujarat and Delhi respectively. Sharad Yadav, on the other hand is a member of Lok Sabha from Madhepura, Bihar.
7) Neiphiu Rio, of Naga People’s Front (NPF) was sworn in as Chief Minister of Nagaland for the third straight term.
8) Mukul Manda Sangma of Congress was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Meghalaya for the second term.
9) The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee was conferred with the Liberation War Honour Award by the President of Bangladesh, Zillur Rahman. The award was conferred upon him for his contribution to 1971 war.
Liberation War Honour Awards is the second highest honour of Bangladesh.
10) Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, which is the state-owned centre of India, announced that it was developing the largest magnet of the world. This largest magnet would weigh 50000 tons.
11) Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died on 5 March 2013 at a military hospital in Caracas at the age of 58 due to Cancer. He died after battling from cancer for two years during which he underwent several surgeries and chemotherapy in Cuba.
12) Mukesh Ambani retained his title as the richest person of India for the sixth consecutive year with the net worth of 21.5 billion US Dollars, according to the annual rankings published by Forbes. The richest man in the world for fourth time in a row was Mexican business tycoon Carlos Slim with the net worth of 73 billion US Dollars.
13) Mauritius celebrated its 45th Independence Day on 12 March 2013. The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee was the chief guest at the 45th Independence Day celebrations of Mauritius.
14) India and Bhutan signed a currency swap agreement for up to 100 million US dollars to strengthen economic co-operation between both the countries.
The currency swap arrangement was signed between the Reserve Bank of India and the Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan (RMAB).
15) World Bank Chief Jim Young Kim, who is on a three-day visit to India asserted that India is estimated to have grown 5 percent in the current fiscal and the growth rate is likely to improve to 6.1-6.7 percent in 2013-14.
16) Union Minister of Communications & IT, Kapil Sibal inaugurated the First All Women Employees Post Office of India at Shastri Bhawan in New Delhi.
The Post Office is called Project Arrow Office and consists of three counters. Two of the three counters offer Multi Purpose services such as registration, booking of money orders, booking of speed post as well as sale of IPOs. Other counter is meant to facilitate the sale of stamps. All the three counters will have only women employees.
17) Former CBI Director Ashwani Kumar appointed as the governor of Nagaland.
18) The World Bank in the month of March 2013 barred Larsen & Toubro (L&T) from doing any business with it or the projects funded by it for a period of six months, as it found that a senior executive of the conglomerate indulging in fraud.
19) Blackberry India Managing Director Sunil Dutt, who joined the company in December 2011, quit from the company in the month of March 2013.
20) Late President Hugo Chavez who died in month of march 2013 after two year long fight against cancer named Maduro as his successor before undergoing the latest surgery in December 2012. He picked Nicolas Maduro as the presidential candidate of Chavez’s socialist party.
21) The United National Development Programme (UNDP) released its UNDP Human Development Report 2013. The report clarified that the South Asian Countries achieved widespread gains in terms of human development across the developing world from 2000 to 2012.
22) Bobby Ghosh, the eminent Indian Journalist was appointed as the editor of Time International. He is the first non-American World Editor in the history of the Times.
23) Researchers working on the accurate calculation of the distance of Milky Way to the nearest galaxy, led by Grzegorz Pietrzynski of the Universidad de Concepcion in Chile and Warsaw University Observatory in Poland, found the exact distance to our nearest galaxy. The nearest galaxy to Milky Way is called Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) and it was found that it lies at a distance of 163000 light years away or exactly 49.97 kiloparsecs.
24) World Consumer Rights Day was observed on 15 March 2013 for creating awareness in terms of consumer protection measures as well as consumer rights. The theme for 2013 World Consumer Rights Day was Consumer Justice Now.
25) The New Zealand Government in the third week of March 2013 declared the worst-ever drought in 30 years in the entire North Island of the country.
26) Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi was sworn-in as the new Prime Minister of Nepal.
27) The new leader of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Xi Jinping was appointed as the President of China. He overtook the office from Hu Jintao.
1) MCX Stock Exchange (MCX-SX), India’s third full- fledged equity bourse after BSE and NSE, began trading in equities and equity derivatives.Its 40-stock index was named SX40. It will be a free- float based index of large-cap and liquid stocks, representing diverse sectors.
2) World Cancer Day is observed on 4th February every year. The theme for this year was Cancer- Did you know?
3) First copy of the book titled Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Germany by Professor Anita B. Pfaff was given to the President of India Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan . The book was brought out by the Federation of Indo-German Societies in India. The President described the book as a tribute to Netaji.
4) First bionic man of the world called Rex was unveiled at London’s Science Museum. The bionic man was created using 1 million US dollar limbs as well as organs. Rex has a human face with brown eyes and a height of 6.5 feet. It was designed jointly with assistance from 18 universities and companies.
5) National Science Day is observed every year on 28th February. The theme of 2013 Science Day was “Genetically Modified Crops and Food Security”. The day is observed every year to popularise science and its applications among school and college students. National Science Day is observed in honour of Nobel laureate and physicist CV Raman.
6) Afzal Guru was hanged on 9 February 2013 at 8 AM in Tihar Jail, New Delhi. Afzal Guru was guilty of conspiring as well as providing shelter to terrorists who attacked Indian Parliament on 13 December 2001. Operation Three Star: Code name given to secret plan for executing Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist Afzal Guru.
7) World Radio Day was observed on 12 February 2013 to raise awareness about the importance of radio, facilitate access to information through it and enhance networking among broadcasters.
8) Asoke Kumar Mukerji was appointed as the next Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations on 13 February 2013. Mukerji replaced Hardeep Singh Puri who retired in February 2013 after the tenure of two years.
9) Serena Williams Became the New World Number One Women’s Tennis Player. Serena Williams (31 years, 4 months, 24 days) is now the oldest woman tennis player to hold number 1 ranking. She broke the record of Chris Evert (30 years, 11 months, 3 days) of USA.
10) Girisha Hosanagara Nagarajegowda, the London paralympics silver-medallist and Padma Shri awardee was appointed as the brand ambassador of nutrition company Herbalife.
11) NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory Revealed Formation of Youngest Black Hole in our Milky Way. This youngest black hole is merely 1000 years old and just 26000 light years away from our planet. According to the data revealed, the distorted remains of supernova could contain most recent or the youngest black hole formed in our galaxy. The remains known as W49B are a result of rare explosion due to which matter ejects at very high speed along poles of rotating star.
12) Rajasthan Government Constituted a Task Force to Check the Spread of Swine Flu in State. The state had witnessed 148 cases of death and 834 positive cases since April 2012. A central team that constitutes of five doctors and microbiologist is on the state visit and would pay a visit to Jodhpur, Ajmer and Bikaner, areas worst affected from the disease.
13) Dabur India roped in Irrfan Khan to Endorse Babool Salt Toothpaste.
14) First Wildlife Skywalk of India to Come Up in Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary, Sikkim. This skywalk would be like the one in Grand Canyon in North America.
15) Kai Po Che, Chetan Bhagat’s Novel- “3 mistakes of my Life” based Movie Premiered . The plot of the movie revolves around three friends. Kai Po Che is actually a Gujarati phrase which means I have cut. It relates to the kite competition where a competitor after cutting others’ kite shouts Kai Po Che.
16) Samsung Electronics Launched Wifi-Only Galaxy Camera with Android 4.1 Operating System (Jelly Bean). The Galaxy Camera (Wi-Fi) allows the users to make use of the dual-band Wi-Fi technology which already comes embedded into this device. This allows users to share the pictures with others through social networks and emails from their device.
17) Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa was re-elected for a third term with more than 50 percent of the vote according to the election results declared.
18) The President of India Pranab Mukherjee conferred 2011 Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development Award to Ela Ramesh Bhatt, a renowned Women social worker. The award was given away at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.
19) Ratan Tata, the former head of Tata Group was awarded the life time achievement award 2012 by Ernst & Young . He was given away the award for displaying great role for the Indian businessmen on global business level.
20) Two Blasts in took place in Dilsukhnagar, the busy shopping area of Hyderabad, the Capital City of Andhra Pradesh which claimed 14 Lives and left 119 Injured. The blasts were triggered using the Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), which were placed on two different bicycles at a distance of 100 meters from each other near Konark and Venkatadri theatres.
21) The National Capital of India, Delhi emerged as worst place in terms of key parameters of environment in the Environmental Performance Index (EPI). The Environmental Performance Index (EPI) was started by the Planning Commission. In 2011, Delhi ranked at number 26 and now slipped down to number 32 in 2012.