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13. Books in news 14. Committees About This Material: This Material Specially Dedicated for Bank Job Aspirants. Source: Web International 1. Somalia Assembly Passes the Endorses Draft Constitution :Somalia Constitution on 1 august 2012 endorsed a draft constitution billed a key step to ending the decades of the civil war. The Horn of Africa countrys outgoing government hailed the end of an eight-year interim period. Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali expressed happy and announced that Somalia has from now, left the transitional period. The special assembly chosen by traditional elders in a U.N.-backed process took eight days to debate and vote on the new Constitution, as the graft-riddled government approaches the end of its mandate on August 20. 2. Myanmar abolished Direct Media Censorship : Myanmar on 20 august 2012 he latest dramatic reform by its quasi-civilian regime, but journalists face other formidable restrictions including a ban on private daily newspapers and a pervasive culture of selfcensorship. Under the new acts journalists no longer have to submit reports to state censors before publication, ending a practice strictly enforced during nearly half a century of military rule that ended in March last year. Previously, every song, book, cartoon, news report and planned piece of art required approval by teams of censors rooting out political messages and criticisms of one of Asias most repressive governments. 3. China to shut hundreds of coal mines this year : The State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) said the country(China) aims to close another 625 small coal mines this For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 2 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in

year in an attempt to reduce the number of deadly accidents, as the death toll in latest coal mine explosion mounted to 43, raising concerns over safety 4. Pakistan Supreme Court annulled New Law Protecting the Prime Minister: Supreme Court of Pakistan on 3 August 2012 annulled the new law called Contempt of Court Act 2012(COCA 2012). Pakistans Supreme Court 3 August 2012 struck down a law designed to protect the new prime minister from being charged with contempt and thrown out of office like his predecessor. The court ousted the previous prime minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani, from office in June by charging him with contempt of court for failing to reopen corruption proceedings against President Asif Zardari. 5. OIC suspended Syria: The Organisation Islamic Cooperation(OIC) suspended Syria on 16th August 2012 saying the Muslim world can no longer accept a government that massacres its people,further isolating the embattled regime. 6. Senkaku Islands became the Bone of Contention between China and Japan : Ten Japanese on 23 August 2012, made an unauthorized landing on Uotsuri, which is known in Japan as the Senkaku Islands and in China as the Diaoyu Islands. The uninhabited islands surrounded by rich fishing grounds are controlled by Japan but also claimed by China and Taiwan.The Senkaku Islands dispute engulfs in itself a territorial dispute on a group of uninhabited islands. Of the ten Japanese people who visited the island, five were apparently conservative local assembly members.The Senkaku Islands are located in the East China Sea between Japan, and the Republic of China. The archipelago contains five uninhabited islands. 7. Smita Shah first Indian-American to serve as DNC parliamentarian : Smita Shah a close supporter of US President Barack Obama, is vice-chair of the Chicago Plan Commission, become the first Indian-American to serve as a Democratic National Convention parliamentarian on 5th September 2012.As per the publically available

documents, Smita has been an applauded donor to the campaign of the Democratic Party and Obama. 8. US strikes Nepal Maoists from terror blacklist : On 06th September 2012 US has lifted sanctions and removed the Communist party of Nepal(Maoists) Organization of Nepal from the list of designated terrorist organisation,years after the rebels abandoned their named struggle and entered open politics and signed a peace treaty. 9. U.S. designates Haqqani network a terrorist group : The United States said on 7th September 2012 it is designating the Pakistan-based Haqqani network a terrorist organization, triggering sanctions against a group American officials blame for high-profile attacks in Afghanistan, and which they say has ties to the Pakistani state. 10. Army in Egypt reports 32 deaths in Sinai crackdown : Egyptian armed forces have killed 32 criminal elements since launching an operation against Islamist militants in Sinai on 8th September 2012. 11. Canada cuts diplomatic ties with Iran : John Baird,Foreign minister Canada said: *Iran+ is among the worlds worst violators of human rights; and it shelters and materially supports terrorist groups, requiring the government of Canada to formally list Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism under the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act.Canada cuts diplomatic ties with Iran.So, Canada has closed its embassy in Tehran and ordered the expulsion of Iranian diplomats from Ottawa, partly because of the countrys backing of the Syrian regime. 12. Somalia gets a new president : Somalias parliament elected Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as the new leader for the African nation on 10th September 2012. 13. Japan to buy disputed East China Sea islands : The uninhabited islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, have long been a source of friction. Japan and China have competing territorial claims to the islets and surrounding fishing areas and

potentially rich gas deposits.The Japanese government will buy the islets for 2.05 billion yen ($26.15 million) and the owners will sign a contract soon. 14. Biggest Fire Accident in Karachi 290 Members Die : At least 290 people have been confirmed dead in a fire that broke out in a garment factory in Karachi on 11th September 2012 night. 15. Bill Gates remains the richest in U.S.: Forbes : Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has retained his position as the richest person in America for the 19th year in a row this year, according to Forbes annual ranking of the nations 400 super rich people who have a combined net worth of $1.7 trillion.Five Indian-Americans, including Silicon Valley venture capitalist Vinod Khosla and founder of IT major Syntel, Bharat Desai (ranked 239),Founder and Chairman of the Symphony Technology Group Romesh Wadhwani(ranked 250), For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 3 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in Google board member and shareholder Kavitark Ram Shriram (ranked 298),Founder and CEO of the popular energy drink 5-hour energy Manoj Bhargava(ranked 311). 16. Zardari, Hillary discuss India-Pak trade ties : Improving trade ties between Pakistan and India, terrorism and violent anti-U.S. protests were among a host of issues that Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari discussed with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when they met NewYork on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly session on 25th September 2012. 17. Buddhist temples attacked in Bangladesh: Thousands of Bangladeshi Muslims set fire to at least 10 Buddhist temples and 40 homes in Ramu town and its adjoining villages some 350 km from Dhaka in anger over a Facebook photo of a burned Quran on 30th September 2012. 18. 32 killed in blasts across Iraq : A wave of bombings and shootings in Iraq on 30th

September 2012 killed at least 32 people and wounded 104 .The violence was centred in Baghdad and the surrounding areas of Taji, Madain and Tarmiyah. 19. Worldwide protests against the film Innocence of Muslims : The attacks will be continued on 14th September 2012 also in several countries, including Egypt, Iran, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia due the release of the film Innocence of Muslims.UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has denounced as hateful an anti-Islam movie produced in the United States. 20. Russia to mine super hard diamonds: Russia has declassified a huge deposit of unique super hard diamonds that dwarf the global reserves of the precious stone and can meet the worldwide demand for another 3,000 years.The deposit, located in an asteroid crater 120 km in diameter, has been kept under wraps for nearly 40 decades as the Soviet Union mined enough diamonds elsewhere and also produced synthetic diamonds. 21. Imran Khan on anti-drone peace march to tribal belt : Imran Khan on 6th October 2012 set off on a motorcade peace march to the terrorists-riddled South Waziristan to protest US drone strikes in the tribal belt. 22. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Re-Elected for fourth term : Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been re-elected for the third term. Mr Chavez defeated opposition leader Henrique Capriles. Mr Chavez garnered 54.42 per cent of the vote while his rival bagged 44 per cent votes. 23. Pakistani youth support Malala Yousufzai : Pakistani teenaged rights campaigner, Malala Yousafzai, who was on 14th October 2012 shot by the Taliban for publicly opposing them against the girl education.She got the support from all over the world. 24. Ali Zidan elected Libya PM : Libyas 200-member General National Congress has elected a former congressman and human rights lawyer Ali Zidan as the countrys new Prime Minister on 14th October 2012.

25. Austrian skydiver breaks sound barrier : Austrian national Felix Baumgartner, who jumped from a height of 39 km, became the first skydiver to record the highest ever freefall and also the first human to go faster than the speed of sound. 26. Five New Non-Permanent Member Countries Elected to UN Security Council : UN General Assembly elected five new non-permanent members to the Security Council. The New Members are South Korea, Luxembourg, Argentina, Australia and Rwanda. 27. Iran bans export of 50 basic foods to preserve supplies : Iran has banned the export of around 50 basic goods in order to preserve supplies of essential items in the wake of tightening Western sanctions 28. Barack Obama re-elected as President of US : Barack Obama re-elected as President of US with a clear victory over Republican challenger Mitt Romney on 7th November 2012. 29. Hindu-American elected to US Congress for the first time : Tulsi Gabbard is the first Hindu-American elected as the US House of Representative from Hawaii in November 2012 elections. 30. Nepal elected to UN ECOSOC board : Nepal elected a board member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for a three-year term starting in January 2013. Nepal along with 17 other countries were elected board members of ECOSOC 8th November 2012 by the UN General Assembly. 31. Israel fires into Syria : Israel was drawn into the fighting in neighboring Syria for the first time on 11th November 2012, firing warning shots across the border after an errant mortar shell landed near an Israeli military installation in the Golan Heights. 32. Chinas Communist Party selects new leadership : China elects the new President as Xi Jinping and Prime Minister as Li Keqiang on 14 November 2012.For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 4 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in

33. Japan to go to polls on 16 December 2012 : Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda dissolved the Lower House of Parliament on 16 November 2012 ,paving the way for elections in which his ruling party will likely give way to a weak coalition government divided over how to solve Japans myriad problems. Elections were set for 16 December 2012. 34. U.N. approves Palestinian observer state bid : The United Nations General Assembly on 30 November 2012 endorsed an upgraded U.N. status for the Palestinian Authority, despite intense opposition from the United States and Israel.The vote was 138 delegates in favor of the measure including India, nine against including America, Brazil and Canada and 41 abstentions including Britain. 35. Mahama Re-elected as Ghanas President : On 10 December Ghanas incumbent President John Dramani Mahama of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) has won the countrys presidential election.Mahama took 50.70 percent of the total valid votes cast, while his closest challenger, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) obtained 47.74 percent.With his re-election, Mahama becomes the fourth president to be elected under the Forth Republic.He had served as Ghanas vice president since 2009. 36. UN, Pakistan Launched Malala Fund : Pakistan joined forces with the United Nations on 10 December 2012 to launch a fund aimed at boosting girls education throughout the world.The fund is named for Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani girl. Pakistans President Asif Ali Zardari also announced a $10-million donation for a global war chest to educate all girls by 2015 set up in the name of Malala Yousafzai for campaigning for girls education. 37. Shinzo Abe Elected As Japans New PM : The former Prime Minister and the Leader of LDP Shinzo Abe elected as a Prime Minister with a clear victory over the Prime Minister and leader of the Democratic Party of Japan(DPJ) Yoshihiko Noda in the Parliamentary

Elections on 26 December 2012.The lawmakers in Japan voted in favour of Abe by 328 votes. Opponent Banri Kaieda, the newly chosen leader of DPJ received merely 57 votes. 38. Jacob Zuma re-elected as South Africas President : South Africas ruling African National Congress on 18 December 2012 re-elected President Jacob Zuma as the party chief with a thumping majority. Mr.Zuma received the support of over 75 per cent of the total voting delegates at the ANC National Conference held in Bloemfontein. Juma was Deputy President of South Africa from 1999 to 2005 39. Park elected South Korean President : Park Guen-hye, the daughter of former military dictator Park Chung-hee, beat her opponent on 19 December 2012 in the South Korean presidential elections. Park is the countrys first woman President. She is the former head of the ruling Conservative Saenuri Party, had secured the necessary votes and defeated Moon Jae-in, of the Democratic United Party. 40. Pak Cleared Anti-terror Bill : On 20 December Pakistans National Assembly passed a bill that will give intelligence and security agencies sweeping powers to conduct surveillance and collect data from SMSs and emails.The National Assembly or lower house of parliament approved the Fair Trial Bill 2012 after incorporating amendments proposed by the main opposition PML-N and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, which is part of the ruling coalition led by the Pakistan Peoples Party. 41. U.S. House Passed Defense Bill : On 20 December US (United States) House of Representatives passed the Defence Authorization Act of 2013. The bill authorizing 633.3 billion dollar in defense spending for 2013, easing limits on satellite exports and providing more Marines for embassy security. 42. Napolitano Dissolved Italian Parliament : On 22 December Italian President Giorgio Napolitano dissolved Parliament following the resignation of Prime Minister Mario Monti. Italian Government under the leadership of Mario Monti brought forward a series of

austerity reforms backed by EU and business leaders. 43. Morsi signed on Egypts New Constitution : On 25 December Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi signed into law a new Islamist-drafted constitution. He signed a declaration enforcing the charter late after the official announcement of the result of a referendum approving the basic law. Two-thirds of the members of the 270-seat council were elected earlier this year in a vote in which only 12 per cent of registered voters participated. The remaining 90 were appointed by Mohamed Morsi, the Islamist president. 44. Pakistan Recognised the Republic of Kosovo : On 26 December Pakistan Government officially recognised Kosovo as an independent state, almost five years after it declared independence from Serbia on 17 February 2008. Pakistan is the 98th country among the For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 5 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 193 U.N-member states to recognise Kosovo .Kosovo is a small south east European state lies between Albania, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro. 45. Palestinian Authority to be Named State of Palestine : On 7 January Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has signed a decree changing the name of the Palestinian Authority to the State of Palestine," according to the organizations official news agency. 46. Pakistani Supreme Court Orders Arrest of Prime Minister : On 15 January 2013 Pakistans Supreme Court ordered the arrest of the prime minister in connection with a corruption case linked to power projects. The Supreme Court gave authorities 24 hours to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and 16 others.This is the first in the history of Pakistan to arrest a Prime Minister. The orders of the Court came following the allegations in connection with a corruption case linked to power projects, done during his office of the Water and Power Minister.

47. Obama Signed 23 Executive Orders on Gun Safety : On 16 January President Barack Obama announced 23 executive actions on gun control laws, making them stricter,which would come into effect immediately after his signatures. One of these measures include requiring the target shooters to keep their guns locked and also to ban military-style assault weapons, high capacity magazine as well as to make the background check mandatory.Obama announced that this was his attempt to keep children safe, keeping in view the massacre of Newtown where 20 first grade children along with six adults were killed. 48. 140 Nations Agreed On Global Mercury Limits : On 19 January , More than 140 nations have agreed on the first legally binding treaty to curb mercury pollution.Delegates at UN discussed in Geneva approved measures to control the use of the highly toxic metal, which is widely used in chemical production and small-scale mining, in order to limit mercury emissions.The governments agreed to ban the production, export and import of a range of products containing mercury by 2020.The treaty has been discussed for four years, but it is only now that the negotiators agreed over the final version of the document. The treaty, known as the Minamata Convention on Mercury, provides controls and reductions across a range of products and processes where mercury is used, released and emitted. 49. Milos Zeman Elected as Czech Republic new President : On 25 January A leftist candidate Milos Zeman won the Czech Republics first presidential election decided by direct vote.Milos Zeman, a former prime minister and head of the Citizens Rights Party, won with 54.8% of the vote.He defeated Karel Schwarzenberg, an aristocratic foreign minister with the TOP09 party, who garnered 45.2%.Zeman replaces Vaclav Klaus, who must step down after serving the maximum of two terms. INDIA & WORLD

1. EC signs MoU with South Korean counterpart : The Election Commission of India on 01 August 2012 signed an MoU with its South Korean counterpart to help each other in strengthening the electoral processes and political culture. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Chief Election Commissioner of India V S Sampath on behalf of the poll panel and by Justice Nung Hwan Kim of the Republic of Korea at a brief ceremony. This is the 13th MoU signed by ECI with other countries and international election panels. 2. India-Israel Sign MoU on research programme : India and Israel on 02 August 2012 entered into a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for launching a programme that would promote collaborative research across a wide range of disciplines from medical and information technology to social sciences, humanities and arts. The programme, which will run for five years will provide support up to $1,00,000 a research project for three years .The MoU was signed by Chairman of the Israel science Foundation professor Benjamin Geiger and Chairman of University Grants Commission ved Prakash. 3. India, Monaco ink tax information exchange agreement :Tata Communications payment solutions providing arm has bagged an exclusive order to install and manage nearly 14,000 ATMs for all public sector banks in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal,Puducherry and Andaman and Nicobar Islands by 201314.Government of India For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 6 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in and Government of Principality of Monaco have signed a Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) on 02.August 2012. 4. 4. India, Iran & Afghanistan to expand trade,transit through Chabahar port: India, Iran and Afghanistan have moved one step closer to expand their trade and economic ties. At a trilateral meeting in Teheran, they agreed to work for expanding trade, investment

and transit cooperation through Chabahar port in Iran. A joint working group consisting of the representatives of the three countries will meet within the next three months in Chabahar to expedite the process. 5. 5.India to help Sri Lanka set up SEZs :India will help Sri Lanka establish a special economic zone to manufacture auto components in Trincomaee, commerce minister Anand Sharma said in colombo on 03 August 2012. The SEZ would promote exports to the production chains in India. 6. 6. Indian Scientist , Amitabh Ghosh in NASA team helped choose Curiositys landing site : An Indian scientist, Amitabh Ghosh part of the NASA team which had identified the landing site of the Curiosity rover on Mars on 6August 2012 described the Spot as very exciting and holding great promise. 7. Pakistan asked India to register Oil Marketing: Companies (OMCs) with Pakistan State Oil In the wake of New Delhis decision to allow pakistani investments, Islamabad has asked India to register its oil marketing companies(OMCs) with Pakistani State Oil to take part in spot tenders for supply of petroleum products such as petrol,diesel, furnace oil and petcoke. 8. India Ranked Second in Search Queries for Education on Google :Indian Ranked second in education queries on Google.After the US, Indian people from IIT Delhi and IIM Ahmadabad were the most searched in their respective categories. India was Ranked 8th in 2008, at present it is behind only to the US. 9. TB screening for Indians seeking UK visa :From August 16, Indians planning to travel to UK for more than six months will be screened for tuberculosis before they are given a visa under a pre-entry TB screening programme extended to India. However, the screening will not be required for those travelling for six months or less.The Home Office announced that all such applicants would be required to submit a certificate from a local

clinic approved by the British Government to show that they are TB-free. There will be a fee of Rs 1500 for screening, to be borne by the applicant. 10. India gets first Embraer jet with Indian airborne radar tech : India, with taking the delivery of the first Embraer 145 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) in Brazil on 17 August 2012, moved one more step ahead in aerial security.India and Brazil signed a deal reportedly worth $ 210 million for the supply of three aircraft by 2014. This includes a comprehensive logistic package that entails training, technical support, supply of spare parts and ground support equipment. 11. Government extends ban on import of milk, milk products from China :The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has recommended the extension of the ban till June 2013 or until further orders.The banned milk products include chocolate, chocolate products, candies, confectionery, food preparations with milk or milk solids as ingredient. 12. Sonia is Sixth in Forbes list of 100 most powerful Women : The Forbes magazine on 22nd August 2012 ranked united progressive Alliance(UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi the sixth most powerful woman in the world in the list of 100women.Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel got the first place. United States Secretary Hillary Clinton got the second place and Michelle Obama got the 7th Place. 13.Ranking by World Bank : As per the World Bank Report, India has been ranked at 132 amongst the sample 183 Countries.Recognising the need for Reforming the Regulatory Environment for doing business in India, a Committee under the Chairmanship of Shri. M.Damodaran has been constituted on 23 August 2012 by this ministry to extensively examine different areas of root functioning such as financial reforms, governance reforms, liberalized policy framework,process reforms etc, and to suggest a roadmap for improving business climate

in India. 14.Pak hails Indias move to allow FDI : Pakistan 01 August 2012 welcomed Indias decision to allow Pakistani Foreign Direct Investment, saying the move will create goodwill and give a boost to efforts to normalise bilateral relations. Foreign Office spokesman Moazzam Khan welcomed the Indian governments decision to allow Pakistani investments in all areas except defence, space and atomic energy. Pakistan can explore sectors like For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 7 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in cement, textiles and sports for investments in India. Besides, the FDI proposals from Pakistan need to be cleared from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB). 15.America Court Summons to Parkash Singh Badal : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who was served summons by a US court last month in a case of alleged custodial torture and extra judicial killings of Sikhs, has sought dismissal of the motion against him or additional time of 90 days to defend the charges.The US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin had issued Summons against Badal on August 8 when he was in Wisconsin on a private visit to attend a marriage ceremony. 16. No mobile connection for more than 3 months to any foreign tourist: Government : To check misuse of SIM cards, the government has asked Telecom Service Providers not to provide mobile connection for more than three months to any foreign tourist visiting India.According to the fresh guidelines, which have come into effect recently, the Department of Telecom (DoT) has told the service providers that the proof for issuance of a mobile connection to any foreigner would be the passport having a valid visa. 17. India, Pakistan to ink 3 pacts to boost economic activity :Hoping that the forthcoming visit of External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna would lead to a liberal visa regime agreement, Commerce and Industry Minister, Anand Sharma, on 04th September

2012, said India and Pakistan would soon ink three agreements in the areas of customs co-operation, mutual recognition of standards and redressal of trade issues to give a fillip to economic activity. 18. India, China to resume joint military exercises : India and China announced on 04th September 2012 they would resume joint military exercises after a four-year gap, a move designed to build trust in the often prickly relationship between the worlds two most populous nations. 19.Five Indian firms in Forbes list of worlds most innovative companies : Five Indian companies including Larsen & Toubro, Hindustan Unilever and Infosys are ranked on Forbes magazines list of The Worlds Most Innovative Companies topped by four US companies.Larsen & Toubro got the ninth rank,Hindustan Unilever got the 12th rank, Infosys got 19th rank,Tata Consultancy Services got 29th rank and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries got 38th rank.Four US companies- Cloud computing king Salesforce.com, drug major Alexion Pharmaceuticals, internet retail giant Amazon.com and open source software leader Red Hat took the top four places. 20. India, Pakistan ink visa agreement : Pakistan and India have announced on 8th September 2012 that they will ease tough visa restrictions, an important step forward in improving relations between the nuclear armed neighbours. 21.ECIL to supply converters to international science centre : Public sector electronic manufacturing firm, Electronic Corporation of India Limited (ECIL), has been selected to supply power converters to the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR), an international science centre at Darmstadt near Frankfurt in Germany.ECIL signed a bilateral contract for supply of convertors with Bose Institute, designated nodal agency to coordinate between various departments involved in the project.Accordingly, ECIL would be involved in design, development, manufacturing and supply of around 500 ultra stable

power converters that cost around 7.5 million Euros (about Rs. 50 crore) of the total Indian contribution of around 36 million Euros. 22. Onno Ruhl appointed World Bank country director for India : The World Bank has appointed Onno Ruhl as the country director for India. He will replace Roberto Zagha, who retires in October. Ruhl, a Dutch national, was previously the director for operation services and quality in the South Asia region of the World Bank, the multi-lateral funding agency. 23. Saudi Arabia, India hold talks on defence ties : The first meeting of the India-Saudi Arabia joint committee on defence cooperation was held on 10th September 2012 at New Delhi and both sides discussed proposals for exchange of high-level visits, training and functional exchanges in various areas. 24. India pledges $10-million for Palestine : The Prime Minister Manmohan 11th September 2012 announced to an assistance of $10 million to Palestines budget for this year to help address its financial requirements.Prime Minister made this announcement after signing three bilateral pacts the areas of information and communication technology, vocational training and education with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is at present in New Delhi for his three-day long state visit. 25. India, Pakistan trade bodies sign Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) : The Islamabad Womens Chamber of Commerce and Industry(IWCCI)and the Punjab, Haryana For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 8 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in and Delhi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) on 12th September 2012 signed an MoU to promote trade and investment and improve linkages between business communities of the two countries. 26. Highest under-5 deaths in India : In the Child Mortality Estimates Report 2012

published by United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF), India was placed at the top position in the chart of 10 countries that topped on the chart. The other countries with their names on the chart are Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, China, Pakistan, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. 27. Delhi, Mumbai among least expensive cities around world : A report released Friday by the Swiss bank UBS, covering 72 cities in 58 countries Capital Delhi and financial hub Mumbai are the least expensive cities and Tokyo is the most expensive city for food in the world. 28. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation won work in Jakarta Metro Rail Project : Delhi Metro has bagged the work of Management Consulting Services for building the Phase- I of Jakarta Mass Rapid System in Indonesia.This is the first time that Delhi Metro has got a project outside the country since its inception in 1997. 29.Afghanistan, US, India hold first trilateral meeting : India, Afghanistan and the US held their first trilateral meeting in New York on 25th September 2012.The major point of discussion was on the situation in Afghanistan along with the issue of terrorism. 30. India ranks lower than China in global food security index : India has been ranked 66, much lower than neighbouring China, in the 2012 Global Food Security Index released by the American chemical company DuPont on 26th September 2012.India is ranked 66 , China (ranked 39) , Sri Lanka (ranked 62),Pakistan (ranked 75) and Bangladesh ( ranked 81) in the list of 105 countries. 31. India, Australia signs MoU to strengthen bilateral cooperation : India and Austrlia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 1st October 2012 for strengthening long-term relationship and bilateral Cooperation on Road and Rail Infrastructure.The agreement was signed between the Minister of Railways and Road Transport and Highways, Dr. C.P.Joshi and visiting Federal Minister of Transport, Innovation and

Technology of Austrlia, Mrs. Doris Burse in New Delhi. 32. India, Austrlia tie up to develop smart cities : India tie up with Austrlia to develop two smart cities in all states with a host of modern features like intelligent transport and carbon neutral status in each of the states in the second phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal mission.Initially half a million to one million population cities will be developed as smart cities with the help of Austrian Institute of Technology who is expertise in this field. 33. India gets $500 mn World Bank fund for secondary education : World Bank, the multilateral lending agency, and the government of India 5th October signed a loan agreement worth $ 500 million for Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) in the country. 34. India lags behind China, Pak in reducing hunger level :India lags behind neighbouring China, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in reducing hunger level, says the 2012 Global Hunger Index (GHI) released by US-based International Food Policy and Research Institute.India is ranked 65th out of 79 countries in GHI, behind China at 2nd place, Pakistan at 57 and Sri Lanka at 37. 35. IOC signs MoU with Korea Gas : Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), on 17th October 2012, entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Korea Gas Corporation (Kogas) for jointly exploring opportunities in exploration of oil and gas and LNG business. 36.Cabinet clears Rs 8,000cr missile purchase for armed forces : Proposals worth over Rs 8,000 crore for procuring around 10,000 Invar missiles from Russia for the Armys T90 tanks and over 200 air-launched versions of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles for the IAF were cleared on 18th October 2012 by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS). 37. India and Australia Sign Four Agreements of Cooperation : India and Australia agreed to expand cooperation in security and Defence including fight against

terrorism.They also agreed to begin negotiations for an agreement on Civil Nuclear Energy Cooperation which will precede actual cooperation. Both the countries also signed four agreements in the field of space science technology and education, cooperation in student mobility and welfare, skill development and textiles. 38. Iran to complete gas pipeline work by year-end : Iran has said it was for India and Pakistan to sort out issues related to the proposed Indo-Iran gas pipeline, even as it For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 9 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in committed itself to complete its part of 800 km of gas pipeline to India till Irani boundaries by the end of this year. 39. India, New Zealand sign five pacts to cooperate in field of education : India and New Zealand signed five Memoranda of Understanding in the different fields of education on 19th October 2012. 40. India, Switzerland to cooperate in Transport sector : India and Switzerland on 19th October 2012 discussed ways and means for enhancing cooperation in the field of Transport sector including roads and Railways. 41. India & Pakistan may introduce a common currency called Papee : After taking into consideration the decade long success of Euro, and due to increasing demands of businessmen of India (and terrorists of Pakistan), both countries ruling leaders (i.e. Indias UPA, and Pakistans Military) are thinking about introducing a common currency for India and Pakistan.The name with the highest votes , is a word derived by adding pa from Pakistan and pee from Indian Rupee i.e. Papee 42. Hyderabad is worlds 3rd best city to visit in 2013 : Hyderabad has been named as one of the best cities in the world to visit in 2013 by travel guide book Lonely Planet published on 22nd October 2012.The top 10 cities according to Lonely Planet to visit in

2013 are San Francisco, Amsterdam, Hyderabad, Derry/Londonderry, Beijing, Christchurch, Hobart, Montreal, Addis Ababa and Puerto Iguazu. 43. India, Japan focus on expanding defence cooperation : India and Japan on 22nd October 2012 discussed ways to expand their security and defence cooperation at a meeting of their foreign and defence secretaries in Tokyo. 44.Super 30 ties up with Tokyo University : The Super 30 programme for training students of the backward sections for the IIT-JEE tied up on 24th October 2012 with the University of Tokyo, which will sponsor study of its students in Japan.This agreement is a follow-up of the Japanese Government Program named Global 30, of engagement with Super 30 for increasing the flow of Indian Students to Japan. 45. 7th SAFF begins in Goa: The Seventh South Asia Film Festival (SAFF)-2012 held at Panaji in Goa from. 46. India-US-Japan trilateral meet : The US pivot-to-Asia policy, Iran, China-Japan maritime dispute and South China Sea will be among the issues to be discussed during the 3rd round of India-US-Japan Trilateral dialogue in New Delhi on 29th October 2012. The meet will also focus on finding areas of cooperation between the three countries. 47. India to give financial assistance to Nepals Palpa District :India is to provide an assistance of four crore and thirty-three lakh Nepali rupees for Palpa District in Western Nepal on 31st October 2012. 48.The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) lift export ban on some milk products: Amid surplus availability of milk powder in the country, the government is likely to decide on 1st November 2012 on lifting ban on export of milk products, especially whole milk powder, dairy whitener and infant milk foods. 49. US included as dialogue partner of Indian Ocean countries:The US was inducted as a sixth dialogue partner in the 20-nation Indian Ocean Rim-Association for Regional

Cooperation (IOR-ARC) grouping on 3rd November 2012.The ministers of countries which are members of IOR-ARC decided unanimously to give the US the same status that they had earlier accorded to the United Kingdom, France, Egypt and Japan. 50.Agreement with World Bank for Assam road project:India has signed a 320-million dollar loan agreement with the World Bank for road projects in Assam on 5th November 2012. 51.Canada to allow civil nuclear trade with India : India and Canada signed an agreement on 6th November 2012 in New Delhi for bilateral Cooperation in civil nuclear trade. So, India imports Uranium from canada for civil nuclear reactors. 52. DRDO ties up with York University, Canada : Defence Research and Development Organisation and York University, Canada signed a memorandum of understanding for doing collaborative defence research in the areas of advanced materials, nanotechnology, life sciences, bio-informatics, chemical and biological defence, sensors, and others. 53. Indian-origin CEO of Datawind and MIT professor among Forbes top 15 education innovators list :Indian-origin CEO of Datawind, the maker of Indias low-cost tablet Aakash, Suneet Singh Tuli and Massachusettes Institute of Technology professor Anant Agarwal named by Forbes magazine among the 15 classroom revolutionaries who are using innovative technologies to reinvent education for students and teachers globally.For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 10 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 54.Mahatma Gandhi Grandson elected to Kansas State Assembly : Mahatma Gandhi grandson Shanti Gandhi elected to a State Assembly in the United States from Kansass 52nd Assembly District as a Republican Party candidate during the general elections held on 6 November 2012. 55. India and Afghanistan signed four agreements : India and Afghanistan signed four

agreements to cooperate in areas of social welfare, fertilizer, coal mining and youth affairs on 12th November 2012. 56. Dr Ami Bera is the third Indian-American elected to the US House of Representatives : An Indian-American physician from California became only the third person of Indian-origin to be elected to the US House of Representatives by defeating Republican Dan Lungren with just 184 votes lead. 57. Japan signs pact to import rare earths from India : India and Japan on 16 November 2012 inked a strategic agreement on Tokyo to import rare earth minerals from India. 58.Maldivian Airlines inks pact with Apollo Hospitals : Maldivian Airlines on 19 November 2012 had signed a pact with the Chennai-headquartered Apollo Hospitals to give discounts to each others clients. For example, Apollo Hospitals will give a discount on its service charges for those who fly the airline, and the airline will give similar discounts to the hospitals patients on the airfare. 59. India adds 22 items in the list of border trade with Myanmar : India had notified 22 additional items including agricultural tools, bicycles, coal and garments in the list of items for border trade with Myanmar.According to a study conducted by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), bilateral trade between India and Myanmar is expected to double by 2015 from $1.3 billion, on the back of free trade agreement between New Delhi and ASEAN region. 60. India votes against UN resolution on death penalty ban : India was among the 39 countries that voted against a UN General Assembly draft resolution which called for abolishing the death penalty, saying every nation had the sovereign right to determine its own legal system. 61. India, China joint economic strategy held at New Delhi : The Second India-China Strategic Economic Dialogue was held in New Delhi on 26 November 2012. In this meeting

China and India discussed several topics including greater cooperation at the global level, strengthening communication on macroeconomic policies, deepening and expanding trade and investment and promoting bilateral cooperation in the financial and infrastructure sectors. The bilateral trade between these two countries enhanced from $74 billion to $100 billion. 62. India- Maldives joint military training exercises held at Belgaum : The fourth joint military training exercises between the Indian Army and the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) EKUVERIN 2012 was held in Belgaum from 12 to 25 November 2012. 63. Nitish Kumar, Hazare, Malala Among The Top 100 Global Thinkers List : On 2 December According to the United States-based Foreign Policy magazine has released its list of the 100 Top Global Thinkers from 2012. The magazine has placed the Indians in the list include Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who features way below at the 77th place, Anna Hazare who has been placed at the 37th position for his anti-corruption crusade in the country. 15-year-old Pakistani child rights activist Malala Yousafzai at 6th position, Aung San Suu Kyi is ranked first in list. 64. Bangladesh Agreed on Zero Line Fencing along Tripura Border : On 2 December Bangladesh had agreed to set up barbed wire fencing along zero line in nine stretches on the Indo-Bangladesh border in Tripura. According to the MHA communique, fencing along zero line was to be allowed in 9 areas. 65. India & Japan Signed Currency Swap Agreement : India signed a bilateral swap arrangement (BSA) with the Bank of Japan to swap their local currencies for an amount of $15 billion for a three year period on 4 December 2012.The BSA will effect from 5 December 2012. 66. India is Among Top Five Terror-Hit Nations : The Australian think tank released The Global Terrorism Index (GTI) on 4 December 2012, according to this GTI, India, Pakistan

and Afghanistan were among the nations most impacted by terrorism in 2011. In 2011, the Middle East, India, Pakistan and Russia were the areas most impacted by terrorism. Indias GTI rank was 4 out of the 159 countries surveyed. While Iraq stood at number1, Pakistan at number 2, Afghanistan at number 3 and Yemen was number 5. 67. Bangalore Best Indian City To Live : Bangalore ranks better than New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata amongst Indian cities in overall global quality of living index, For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 11 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in according to a Mercer 2012 Quality of Living Survey.Bangalores overall quality of living rank went up from 141 in 2011 to 139 in 2012 and is highest amongst other Indian cities. 68. India Ranked 94th Position in Corruption : Denmark, Finland and New Zealand tied for the first place in watchdog Transparency Internationals 2012 index of the least corrupt countries. India is on 94th position in the Corruption Perceptions Index. Most corrupted nations are Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia in 174th positions. 69. US Extends Exemptions For India to Iran Oil Sanctions : On 8 December the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has extended exemptions to India, China ,South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Taiwan from Iranian Sanctions Act mainly because of their significant reduction in oil import from Iran.The 9 countries have again qualified for an exception to sanctions outlined in Section 1245 of the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2012, based on additional reductions in the volume of their crude oil purchases from Iran.This is for the second time that countries including India has received waiver from US under the Iranian sanctions act. 70. 3 Indian Projects among Strategic- Global Infrastructure Projects List : Three Indian projects have placed in the new yorks Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum Top 100 Strategic Global Infrastructure Projects list. GIFT city (Gujarat International Financial

Tech city), Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail project (Maharashtra) and the Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) project (Andhra Pradesh). 71. India, Ukraine Signed on Five Agreements : India and Ukraine on 10 December 2012 signed on five agreements in New Delhi to enhance cooperation including in areas of defence, Nuclear, Science and Technology and also to remove barriers in trade and commerce. 72. Indians Largest Ethnic Minority Group in UK :On 11 December According to the 2011 Britain population census record Indians are the largest ethnic minority group in the UK.With 1.5 percent of the Hindu religion became a third-largest religion in the nations. The Christian population in the country is also a drop in the statistics.. The Muslim community population in the countrys fastest growing increased by 3 percent to 4.8. 73. India& Pak Signed on New Visa Agreement : The new Visa Agreement between India and Pakistan on 14th December, 2012 at New Delhi. However, the Visa-on-Arrival will come into effect from 15th January, 2013. Shri Sushilkumar Shinde, Home Minister of India and Mr. A. Rehman Malik, Pakistan Interior Minister singed on the agreement. 74. Cell Phone Connections to exceed the World Population by 2014 : The International Telecommunications Communication Union (ITU) to be designed and released Information Society 2012 Observe report on 11 December. According to the report number of cell phone connections exceeding the worlds population by 2014. Now 6 billion (hundreds of millions) cell phone connections they will reach 730 Millions by 2014 .Then the worlds population is 700 crore.Already in Russia 1.8 times cell phone accounts more than 25 million people. 75. Indians now Live Longer but in Poor Health in Old Age : According to the the prestigious British medical journal, The Lancet report the life expectancy (LE) at birth of an average Indian male has gone up by 15 years between 1970 and 2010. An average

Chinese male is living 10 years longer than an Indian male, while a Chinese woman is living 11.5 years longer than her Indian counterpart. An average American lives nearly 13 years longer than an Indian. 76.World Malaria Report 2012 : According to the WHO World Malaria Report 2012 India, the country most affected by malaria in the South East Asian Region, is projected to see a decrease of 50-75 per cent in malaria case incidence by 2015.In South East Asia Region, Bhutan, Korea, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand have registered decreases of 75 per cent or more in the incidence of microscopically confirmed malaria incidence rates between 2000 and 2011. 77. Hinduism Third Largest Religion of World :According to the Pew research survey report Hinduism is the third largest religion of the world after Christianity , Islam and 97 per cent of all Hindus live in the worlds three Hindu-majority countries (India, Mauritius and Nepal), and nearly nine-in-ten Christians (87 per cent) are found in the worlds 157 Christian majority countries.In the total world population 2.2 billion Christians (32 per cent of the worlds population), 1.6 billion Muslims (23 per cent) around the world as of 2010. 78. India & Russia signed Rs 22,000 crore Defence Deals : India and Russia signed defence deals worth around Rs. 22,000 crore ($4 billion) on 24 December. According to this pact Russia will sell India 71 military helicopters for $1.3 billion and technological kits to assemble 42 Sukhoi jet fighters for $1.6 billion.For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 12 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 79. India Pakistan Exchanged Nuclear Units Lists : On 1 January India and Pakistan exchanged their nuclear units lists , as it is customary since 20 years. The list which contains the names of nuclear units of two countries, are exchanged between India and Pakistan as a custom and part of an agreement which prevents them from aiming the

nuclear installations of each others nations. 80.Thousands of illegal Indian Migrants in UK : According to a 2012 UK Home Office report, India has been named along with Pakistan, China, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Brazil and Iran as the main sources of illegal immigration to Britain.What the report does not mention is how many of the 863,000 illegal migrants that it says are living in the UK are students. This is a contentious area because critics of the coalition government claim it is counting students among overall immigrants. 81.World Economic Forums Global Risks Report :According to the World Economic Forum (WEF) report , India ranks lowest among the worlds major economies for its preparedness to tackle global environmental risks and second-lowest for economic risks.Switzerland is best placed among the worlds 10 major economies for adapting to or recovering from global economic and environmental risks.While India is ranked 9th in terms of its ability to tackle global economic risks, it comes last at 10th position for environmental risks.However, India fared relatively better at 6th position in terms of the governments risk management effectiveness.The US and China were ranked fourth and fifth respectively. 82. Indians Top the List of Working in Dream Jobs : According to survey conducted by networking website LinkedIn,Indians have emerged at the top of the list of people working in their dream job.The dream job league table:1. India 44 percent 2. Indonesia 42 percent 3. United Arab Emirates 35.7 percent 4. Germany 33 percent 5. Brazil 32 percent 6. Austria 31 percent 7. Switzerland 30 percent 8. USA 29 percent 9. France, Canada, Sweden, South Africa 28 percent 13. Singapore, Hong Kong 27 percent 15. Australia 26 percent 16. New Zealand 25 percent 17. UK 21 percent 83. India Vietnam Signed on Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises : On 15 January India and Vietnam signed an MoU aimed at building capacity for developing institutional

framework and identifying thrust areas and opportunities for micro, small and medium enterprises in this country.The MoU was signed here between the Ministry of Planning and Investments of Vietnam and Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) of India . 84. India and Sri Lanka signed Anti-terror, Tax evasion Agreements : On 22nd January India and Sri Lanka signed two separate agreements on combating international terrorism and avoidance of double taxation, eyeing elevation of robust bilateral ties to building of a special economic partnership.The two key accords were signed after the 8th India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission meeting held at New Delhi , both countries discussed enhanced cooperation in a range of areas including civil nuclear energy.At the meeting, the Indian side was led by External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid while the Lankans were led by his counterpart G.L. Peiris.During the meet, both the parties also decided setting up of the Special Economic Zone at Trincomali and a textile and pharmaceutical cluster in Sri Lanka. 85. International Tea Producers Forum formed : On 22 January India, along with five other tea producing countries, has formed the International Tea Producers Forum (ITPF) at Colombo.Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry D Purandesari signed the joint communique on behalf of India along with representatives of Kenya, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Rwanda and Malawi in Colombo.The ITPF will initially be an independent body but in future may get affiliated to Food & Agriculture Organisation of United Nations. 86. India , Bangladesh Signed Extradition and Visa Agreements : On 28 January Bangladesh and India signed an extradition treaty and struck a deal to relax business visa restrictions between the neighbouring countries. However, refusal provisions were incorporated into the extradition treaty.Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde signed the agreement with his Bangladeshi counterpart Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir at the end of their bilateral talks.

87. India Dropped to 140th Rank in Press Freedom : According to the report Reporters Without Borders India has dropped nine places to the 140th rank in the list of 179 countries in the latest World Press Freedom Index.China (173rd, +1) shows no sign of improving. Its prisons still hold many journalists and netizens, while increasingly unpopular Internet censorship continues to be a major obstacle to access information.As last year, the list is topped by three European countries Finland, Netherlands and For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 13 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in Norway.Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea continue to be at the bottom of the list as has been in the last three years NATIONAL 1. Ban on SIMI upheld by Tribunal: A special tribunal has upheld the ban imposed by the Centre on Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), which has links with Pakistan-based terrorist outfits including Lashkar-e-Taiba and its front, Indian Mujahideen. The Home Ministry on February 3 extended the ban on SIMI by two more years. 2. India is the second-largest mobile phone user in world : India is the second-largest mobile phone user with over 900 million users in the world said Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad in London on 03 August 2012. Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) announced that the mobile users in India are increased to 93.4 crore. 3. Hamid Ansari re-elected as Indias 14th Vice President : Hamid Ansari has been reelected as the 14th Vice President of India.He received 490 votes in his favour.His rival, BJP nominee Jaswant Singh polled 238 voted.He became the only person after Dr.Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan to get a second term. 4. PSCC recommends declaration of tea as national drink: The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce (PSCC) headed by BJP Rajya Sabha member Shanta Kumar has

recommended declaration of tea as a national drink.Stating this at Palampur on Friday, Kumar said the 102nd report of the Committee on the Tea Industry had placed in both houses of the Parliament that 96 percent to 99 percent people in both Urban and Rural areas of the country consume tea and as such it has already acquired the status of a national drink. 5. NRHM to be expanded to towns also : The government will expand the scope of the NRHM(National Rural Health Mission) to all towns and cities, by converting it into a National Health Mission(NHM). 6. Mobile base Station radiation limit will be cut from September 1 : The Union government has told parliament that exposure limit of radio frequency fields(base station emissions) will be brought down to one-tenth of the existing level from 1st September 2012,because they receive petitions in High Courts and Supreme Court on fears of health hazards like cancer from mobile tower radiations.RF signals produced by base stations are caused for short and long term health effects. 7. Complete ban on child labour below 14 approved by Cabinet : The Union Cabinet on 28th August 2012 approved a proposal for amending the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986, to ban employment of children aged up to 14 in any form of industry. It will be an offence to employ such children not only in factories or industries but also in homes or on farms, if their labour is meant to serve any commercial interest. 8. Supreme court upholds death sentence for Kasab : The Supreme court has upheld the death sentence for pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab in the 26/11/2008 Mumbai terror attack. 9. 2% Reservation to Sports Persons : Youth Services and Sports Sports Policy Incentives to Sports Persons Extension of Sports Reservation to Two (2%) to meritorious sports persons in direct recruitment in Government Departments / Undertaking / Grant

in Aid Institutions at all levels Instructions and Guidelines Notification Orders Issued. 10. Sebi plans investor website in 13 Indian languages : Market regulator Sebi is planning to soon offer its investor website in as many as 13 Indian languages, besides the existing one in English, to spread awareness among investors and to help resolve their grievances. 11. Supreme Court lifts ban on iron ore mining in Karnataka: Supreme Court partially lifts ban on iron ore mining in Karnataka on 3rd September 2012, on the basis of the recommendations of the Central Empowered Committee (CEC). CEC divides the leases of iron ore mines in three categories A,B,C.marginal irregularities and no irregularities of leases come under A category, most irregularities in leases come under C category,moderate irregularities come under B category.The Supreme Court has lifted the banwould only be effective in 18 category A mines, subject to their compliance with statutory clearances.The ban will continued on the remaining leases.For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 14 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 12.Lok Sabha passed two Bills on 3rd September 2012 : Lok Sabha passed two bills on 3rd September 2012 They are 1.Sexual harassment may mean loss of business licence:Non-compliance with the provisions of the law will be punishable with a fine of up to Rs 50,000. Repeated violations may lead to higher penalties and cancellation of licence or registration to do business.2.National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) expansion bill passed 13. 4.6 magnitude quake rocks Ladakh, no impact in Kashmir : A 4.6 magnitude quake rock Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir on 4th September 2012 afternoon. However, it was not felt in the Kashmir valley.Its epicentre was in Southern Xinjiang China, located at a distance of 327 km from Leh.

14.MGNREGA work days raised to 150, crop loans cut to 7% : Empowered Group of Ministers(EGoM) on drought headed by Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar decided to increase the number of guaranteed work days under Mahatama Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee (MGNREGA) to 150 days and cut interest rates on crop loans to 7 percent for one year for the farmers in drought-affected states. 15.Women and Child Development Ministry launched a Web Portal named Track Child : The Union Women and Child Development Ministry on 18 September 2012 decided to launch a web portal named Track Child, which will serve as a central database of all those children who have gone missing in different parts of the country. The portal will act as a coordination mechanism between child homes, police departments and state governments. 16. Govt launches Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme : The Finance Minister P Chidambaram on 21st September 2012 cut withholding tax on overseas borrowings to 5 percent from 20 percent and approved the Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme (RGESS).While the RGESS is aimed at encouraging first time retail investors to invest in stock markets through tax concessions, the cut in withholding tax to 5 percent seeks to lower the cost of foreign borrowings by the Indian companies.The RGESS will give tax benefits to new investors who invest up to Rs 50,000 and whose annual income is below Rs 10 lakh. 17.C P Joshi given additional charge of Railways : Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways C P Joshi has been assigned the additional charge of the Ministry of Railways in place of Mr Mukul Roy, who was among the six Ministers who resigned from the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government 22nd September 2012. 18.Election Commission Ban the usage of animal and birds in poll campaign : The Election Commission of India (ECI) on 26th September 2012 issued an order banning the

use of animals and birds by political parties during campaigns. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India said that following repeated requests by animal activist, the Election Commission asked political parties and candidates to refrain from using animals for their campaigns. 19.FICCI urges Centre to ban bauxite exports : Trade body Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) has urged the Union ministry of commerce and industry to ban bauxite exports fearing closure of alumina refineries for shortage of the key raw material required to produce alumina. 20. Supreme Court directs Centre and states to provide basic facilities to students : The Supreme Court on 3rd October 2012 directed all schools across the country to provide basic infrastructure facilities like drinking water and toilets to school children within six months and failure to implement will be viewed seriously. The order was passed on a petition filed by an NGO Environmental and Consumer Protection Foundation. 21.Kejriwal forms political party, promises to change the system : Social activist Arvind Kejriwal added a new dimension to his movement against corruption as he formally launched his political party and said it belonged to the people of the nation. : 22.Ministry of Rural Development Launched Nirmal Bharat Yatra : Ministry of rural development on 3 October 2012 started a campaign named Nirmal Bharat Yatra which focuses on making the country free from open defecation.The yatra will begin from Wardha District of Maharashtra from 3 october 2012 and will go through Indore, Kota, Gwalior, and Gorakhpur and end up in Bettiah district of Bihar on November 17, covering about 2000 km of distance. 23. SC orders new survey to identify bonded labour : The Supreme Court on 15th October 2012 directed all states and Union Territories to conduct fresh surveys to identify bonded labour problems in the country and regretted that a large number of children

continue to work as domestic help even after the enactment of the Right to Education Act.For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 15 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 24.Centre to launch Aadhaar based delivery system : The much awaited Aadhaar enabled system for direct cash transfer to beneficiaries under social schemes such as MNREGA and pension will be launched on 19th October 2012 by PM Manmohan Singh at Dudu, Rajasthan. 25. Indias infant mortality rate drops : Indias infant mortality rate (IMR) has come down by three points from 47 to 44 deaths per 1,000 live births during 2011. 26.Centre, states sign MoU for broadband linking of villages : The Central government has signed a tripartite agreement with 16 states and union territories and a special purpose vehicle Bharat Broadband Network Ltd (BBNL) has been launched to expedite the mission of connecting every gram panchayat with broadband network. Reshuffling of Central Cabinet Cabinet Ministers Portfolio M. Veeerappa Moily Petroleum & Natural Gas S. Jaipal Reddy Science & Technology and Earth Science Kamal Nath Urban Development & Parliamentary Affairs Vayalar Ravi Overseas Indian Affairs Kapil Sibal Communications & Information Technology C.P. Joshi Road Transport & Highways Kumar Selja Social Justice & Empowerment Pawan Kumar Bansal Railways Salman Khursheed External Affairs Jairam Ramesh Rural Development

K. Rahman Khan Minority Affairs Dinsha J. Patel Mines Ajay Maken Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation M.M. Pallam Raju Human Resource Development Ashwani Kumar Law & Justice Harish Rawat Water Resources Chandresh Kumar Katoch Culture Ministers of State with Independent Charge Portfolio Jyotiraditya Madharao Scindia Power K.H. Muniappa Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises Sachin Pilot Corporate Affairs Jitendra Singh Youth Affairs & Sports Manish Tewari Information & Broadcasting K. Chiranjeevi Tourism Ministers of State Portfolio E. Ahamed External Affairs D. Purandeswari Commerce & Industry Jitin Prasada Defence & Human Resource Development S. Jagathrakshakan New & Renewable Energy R.P.N. Singh Home K.C. Venugopal Civil Aviation Rajeev Shukla Parliamentary Affairs & Planning Shashi Tharoor Human Resource Development

Kodikunni Suresh Labour & Employment Tariq Anwar Agriculture & Food Processing Industries K.J. Surya Prakash Reddy Railways Ranee Narah Tribal Affairs Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury Railways A.H. Khan Choudhury Health & Family WelfareFor All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 16 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in Sarvey Sathyanarayana Road Transport & Highways Ninong Ering Minority Affairs Deepa Dasmunsi Urban Development Porika Balram Naik Social Justice & Empowerment Kruparani Killi Communication & Inforamtion Technology Lalchand Kataria Defence Resigned Cabinet Ministers Portfolio S.M. Krishna External Affairs Ambika Soni Information and Broadcasting Mukul Wasnik Tourism Mahadev Khandela Minister of State Justice and Empowerment 27.President Pranab Mukherjee released a commemorative postage stamp on late Ramgopal Maheshwari : President Pranab Mukherjee released a commemorative postage stamp on late Ramgopal Maheshwari on 20 November 2012. 28.Arvind Kejriwal launches Aam Admi Party : Arvind Kejriwal announced the name for his newly launched party as Aam Admi Party on 24 November 2012 in New Delhi. 29.Bangalore among top polluted megacities in the world : Indias silicone valley

Bangalore was rated among top polluted megacities in the world, claims a new study, using data collected by NASAs high-tech satellites.Scientists at Tel Aviv University tracked pollution trends for 189 megacities, including Mumbai, New York City and Tokyo, by analysing eight years worth of data from three of NASAs high-tech aerosol monitoring satellites. 30. Sexual Assault a Gender-Neutral Offence Bill Passed by Lok Sabha : The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, replacing the word rape by the phrase sexual assault and seeking to widen the scope of the offence passed by Lok Sabha on 4 December. Both men and women could soon be able to invoke the provisions of a criminal law in case of sexual assault .The amendment bill expands the definition so that cases of sexual assault where victims were male would fall under the same law along with cases where victims were women. 31. Cabinet Approved Naval Base Phase II of Project Seabird : On 7 December The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) cleared a Rs 13,500 crore major expansion plan of the strategic Karwar naval base Phase II Alpha of the project Seabird in Karnataka is set to become the countrys biggest Naval base by 2025. The Karwar naval base is Indias third major naval base after Mumbai and Visakhapatnam on the east coast. 32. Over 7 Crore Unemployed Youth in India : According to the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) report an approximate 7 crore youth people in India are either unemployed or under-employed. The figures were revealed by Labour and Employment Minister Mallikarjun Kharge in Rajya Sabha.As per results of the latest survey conducted by NSSO during 2009-10, the number of unemployed or under-employed persons on usual status basis in the country was 95 lakhs and about six crore respectively. 33.Rajya Sabha Passed SC/ST Quota Bill : A Constitution 117th amendment bill providing for quota for SCs and STs in government job promotions was on December 17 passed by

Rajya Sabha. 34. Unlawful Activities Amendment Bill Passed by Rajya Sabha : On 20 December Parliament passed a bill that makes economic offences, including circulation of high quality counterfeit currency, a terrorist act.The Rajya Sabha passed Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2012 by voice vote while several parties. The bill was already passed by Lok Sabha. 35.LokSabha Approved Company Bill 2011 : On 18 December Lok Sabha passed the Companies Bill 2011 paving the way for a new modern company law.The Bill is aimed at improving corporate governance. It contains provisions to strengthen regulations for corporate as well as auditing firms. 36.Banking Bill passed by Lok Sabha : The Banking Laws Amendment Bill, 2011, have been passed in the Lok Sabha on 20 December .The amendments pave the way for the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to issue new bank licences, and also opens door for more foreign investment into the sector.For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 17 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 37. Usha Mehra commission for Delhi incident victim Nirbhayas Case : A female physiotherapy intern student Nirbhaya beaten and gang raped in Delhi on 16 December and died on 29 December while undergoing emergency treatment in Singapore for brain and gastrointestinal damage from the assault.The government has formed a committee of enquiry under justice Usha Mehra to reconstruct the events leading to the incident identify lapses by police and other agencies and fix responsibility for the crime. 38. Microsoft Launches 14 Innovation Centres in India : Microsoft Corporation (India) Pvt. Ltd had launched 14 Microsoft Innovation Centres (MICs) in India. It has signed agreements with leading academic institutions across four States.As part of the global

programme, which currently has 75 MICs, Microsoft aims to launch a 100 such centres in India in the next two years. 39. Govt Launched Direct Cash Transfer Scheme in 20 Districts : On 1 January 2013 The government launched its scaled down Cash Transfer Benefit (CBT) in 20 districts,but food, fertiliser and fuel subsidies will not be covered in the initial phase. All 26 schemes are ready for rollout. On 1 January 2013 the seven schemes in which payout is due in the (20 selected) districts, the money will be transferred through the direct benefit transfer system using the UIDAI platform.The scheme is going to be rolled out in 43 districts by 1 March 2013, 20 districts from January 1, 11 districts from February 1 and 12 districts from March 1. By end of 2013, the direct cash benefit transfer will be rolled out in all the districts of the country. 40.PA Sangma launched National Peoples Party : PA Sangma, who broke away with the NCP in 2012 to contest the presidential elections, though unsuccessfully, on 05 January 2013 launched National Peoples Party (NPP), and chosen a book as its symbol. Sangma has chosen to align his party with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). 41.President Released Stamps on Swami Vivekananda : On 12 January The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee released the Commemorative Postage Stamps, at the Commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, in New Delhi . 42.Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2012 : On 17 January According to the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2012 report has found that learning levels have dipped to an all-time low. So, almost half the 6-7 year-olds (Class I) in India cannot read even one letter in any language, over 57% cannot read any English while almost 40% cannot recognize numbers between 1 and 9.The 12.8% children between Class I and V could not read a single letter while 10.7% could not recognize numbers 1 to 9. The number of children in Class V who could read Class II text fell from 53.7% in 2010 to

46.8% in 2012. In 2010, seven out of 10 children could solve a two-digit subtraction problem with borrowing. This has come down to five out of 10 in 2012. STATES 1. Orissa is the first state to provide e-payment : facility for government employees Orissa became the First Indian state to provide epayment facility for government employees from 1 August 2012.Now, the government employees in the state will receive their salaries and pensions through the online Portal of Reserve Bank of India.Employees received their salaries and pensions directly to their bank account. 2. Keshubhai Patel launched Gujarat Parivartan (GPP) Party : Former Chief Minister of Gujarat, Keshubhai Patel launched Gujarat Parivartan (GPP) Party on 6 August 2012. Keshubhai Patel and the former union textile minister Kanshiram Rana resigned from Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) on 4 August 2012. This Party would contest all the 182 seats in Gujarat assembly elections which will be held by the end of 2012. 3. Himachal Bagged top slot in Environment Index :Environment Performance Index(EPI)-2012 compiled on July Month.According to the Survey Report conducted across all 28 states and 7 Union territories, the EPI is an Indication of the Environmental wellbeing of a state. Himachal bagged first and Andhra Pradesh bagged Second. The rankings, the report added, have For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 18 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in been decided based on five broad parameters: air pollution, forests, water quality, waste management and climate change. 4. MJP merges with Keshubhai party : The anti-Narendra Modi factions in the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP)in Gujarat under one umbrella, the Mahagujarat Janata Party(MJP),

formed five years ago, was on 8 August 2012 merged with the Gujarat Parivartan Party(GPP) formed by the former Chief Minister and Mr. Modis arch rival Keshubhai Patel. 5. Maharashtra bans Bt cotton seeds : The Maharashtra government has banned the sale and distribution of the genetically modified Bt cotton seeds of Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company (Mahyco), a partner of US multinational Monsanto, in the state with immediate effect for supplying inferior quality seeds. The government has banned the Mahyco company with immediate effect, agriculture commissioner Umakant Dangat told IANS(Indo-Asia News Service) 9 August 2012, when asked about the canceling of the companys license. 6. Haryana to ban food articles containing Nicotine and Tobacco : Haryana government will impose a complete banon food articles containing nicotine and tobacco from 2012 August 15. 7. House Sparrow declared State Bird of Delhi : The good old house sparrow, which is becoming rarer by the day, has been declared State Bird of Delhi by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit as part of a new campaign to save the species and enhance awareness about their life and habitat.High court imposed a fine of Rs.5000 rupees to State Government for the appointment of DGP 8. The State Government challenged the Central : Administrative Tribunal(CAT) order in the High Court. Ironically for the State, the High Court imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on the government, while declaring the appointment of Dinesh Reddy in the post of DGP as invalid. 9. Drug Trial Related Deaths Highest in Maharastra : According to data released by the Drug Controller General of India Maharastra has recorded the maximum deaths number of deaths due to serious adverse events (SAEs) during drug trials, while Madhya Pradesh saw

the least number of such deaths.During the 49 months period (January 2008 to January 2012) , the country had recorded the 2,061 drug trial related deaths. while maharastra recorded maximum number of deaths 268 deaths to stand first among top five states.It is followed by Andhra Pradesh (153), Delhi/National Capital Region (97), Gujarat (87) and Karnataka (78). The number of deaths in Maharashtra was over 10 times that of Madhya Pradesh, which is the lowest among the top 10 States. : 10. Delhi launched the Kerosene-free Delhi scheme : Delhi Government set to launch an ambitious scheme(Kerosene-free Delhi scheme ) on 21st August 2012 under which 3.56 lakh households will get LPG cylinder and a gas stove free of cost. 11.Punjab Approves Rs.93crore Milk Production Scheme : The Punjab Government has started a special programme to increase the milk production in the state by spending Rs.93crore during 2012-13. This was announced by Dairy Development Minister Gulzar Singh Ranike. Punjab government has bought 3 lakh doses of foreign semen from America and Canada for improvement of cow breeds in the state. 12. Uttarakhand Cabinet increases age limit for jobs : Uttarakhand Cabinet the maximum age limit for government jobs had been increased from 35 to 40 years for general category candidates from 21 August 2012 onwords.Candidates belonging to other categories would also get the benefit of the decision accordingly. 13.Odisha tops in FDI proposals; Andhra, Gujarat next : Odisha attracted the largest value of investments from foreign direct investment (FDI) proposals filed in 2011-12, followed by Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.Odisha garnered 27 per cent of the total investments (worth about Rs 49,527 crore), though barely 17 FDI proposals were filed for the State. Andhra Pradesh ranked second with a share of about 19 per cent through about 70 proposals, attracting investment worth about Rs 33,936 crore.Gujarat, which received 131 FDI proposals, ranked third with a share of over 11 per cent attracting

proposed investment worth Rs 20,258 crore. 14. Jaane Apna Rajasthan scheme for NRIs : The Rajasthan Government on 27 Aug launched a scheme aimed at making the young non-resident Indians(NRIs) familiar, with the culture and traditions of the state under the Jaane Apna Rajasthan(Know your Rjasthan)scheme announced by the chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. According to this scheme the NRIs who visit Rajasthan will be taken around historical places, tourist For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 19 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in attractions,sanctuaries,famous educational institutions, ancestral villages and major Industrial projects will be shown to them . : 15. HC(High Court) fixes quota in local bodies at 50 percent : The AP High Court on 04 September 2012 ruled that the combined reservations for Backward Classes, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the Panchayat Raj local bodies should not exceed the upper ceiling of 50 per cent.The court directed the state to cut the quota for BCs and bring the cumulative figure down to 50 per cent. : 16.Bill for special status for six districts in Hyderabad-Karnataka region introduced : In the Lok Sabha on 7th September 2012 ,Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde introduced a Bill to amend the Constitution and thus provide a special status to the HyderabadKarnataka region , under a new Article 371(J).Once it is approved by Parliament the Hyderabad-Karnataka region covering six backwards districts Bidar, Gulbarga, Koppal, Yadgir, Raichur and Bellary will get more central funds for development and will be on par with the Telananga region of Andhra Pradesh. Besides, there will be reservation in jobs and education for the locals. : 17. Supreme Court issues notice to Tamil Nadu government on 69 per cent reservation : The Supreme Court 10th September 2012 issued a notice to Tamil Nadu

government on a petition challenging the constitutional validity of the 69 per cent reservation by the state government in employment and educational institutions. The petition, filed by students, challenged the governments decision to exceed the 50 per cent limit in reservation mandated by the Mandal Commission judgement.The ten student petitioners from Tamil Nadu had approached the Court after failing to secure admission to the Medical College despite having secured 198/200. 18.Punjab government amends Canal and Drainage Act : The offence of theft of canal water can now attract both fine and 6 months imprisonment after an amendment in the law relating to canals and drainage.Punjab Irrigation Minister, Janmeja Singh Sekhon informed that the Punjab government has amended section 70 of the Act for this. : 19. NHRC issues notice to Maharashtra over farm suicides: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought a reply from the Maharashtra government over seven farm suicides that took place last week within a span of 72 hours in the states Vidarbha region.A total of 528 farmers have committed suicide in the Vidarbha region between Jan 1 and Sep 2 this year. 20.Ban on gutka in Delhi comes into effect : A blanket ban on manufacturing, sale, storage and display of all gutka products in the national capital came into effect from 13th September 2012. States like Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Kerala, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar have already announced ban on gutka products. A similar comprehensive ban came into effect in Gujarat from 12th September 2012. 21. Haryana government institute awards for women : Haryana government has instituted four state-level awards to felicitate women who have done outstanding work in different fields. These are 1.Indira Gandhi Mahila Shakti Award(given to those engaged in promoting self help groups or women empowerment initiatives, established their own business or industry and have contributed to development of women besides

entrepreneurship and done exemplary work in public service.) 2.Kalpna Chawla Shaurya Award(who perform acts of bravery and meritorious services) 3.Bahin Shano Devi Panchayti Raj Award(exemplary work in promoting female literacy, health and nutrition, universalisation of education, sanitation, water, hygiene and other health determinants) and 4.Life time Achievers Award( given to woman of 60 years of age or above, who has excelled in administrative skills, career or profession, leadership quality, courage and creative work) and Women Outstanding Achievers Award(women who have done commendable work in their respective fields) 22. Door-to-door cancer campaign in Punjab : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal sanctioned the biggest ever door-to-door campaign for a symptoms-based early detection and awareness about cancer.At least 50,000 personnel and volunteers would visit 54 lakh households in 12,603 villages and 217 census towns, for the exercise that begins in Faridkot district on October 2. 23. In Goa Housewives with family income less than Rs 3 lakh to get Rs 1000 to fight inflation : Housewives in Goa just got a breather from rising inflation, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition government on 2nd October 2012 launched a scheme to provide an allowance of Rs 1,000 a month to housewives in households whose annual incomes are less than Rs 3 lakh. For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 20 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 24.EC announces dates for assembly polls in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh :The Election Commission on 3rd October 2012 announced dates for Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections. While Gujarat will have elections in two phases December 13 and 17, Himachal Pradesh will vote on November 4. The counting for both the assembly elections will take place on December 20.

25. UP government announces ban on gutka industry from April 2013 : On 3rd October 2012 Uttar Pradesh government decided to impose a ban on gutka industry in the state with effect from April 2013. 26. Supreme Court bans mining activities in Goa : In Goa, the Supreme Court imposed a complete ban on the mining activities as well as transportation of iron and manganese ore on 5th October 2012. 27.Arvind Kejriwal launches bijli-paani satyagraha in Delhi : Activist Arvind Kejriwal on 6th Octomber 2012 launched a bijli-paani satyagraha in Delhi to protest against inflated power and water bills and hike in tariffs by restoring electricity connection to the household of a labourer which was disconnected for non-payment of bills. 28.EC fiat to Himachal Pradesh : On 7th October 2012 The Election Commission (EC) stopped the BJP government in Himachal Pradesh from distributing free PDS bags carrying photographs of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. 29.Maharashtra tribals demand ban on alcohol : Tribal women from Maharashtras Chandrapur have sent 80,000 postcards to Chief Miniter Prithviraj Chavan asking to make the district liquor-free. 30. UPRVUNL, NLC to set up thermal plant at Ghatampur : The UP Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd (UPRVUNL) and the central government PSU Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd (NLCL) signed a joint venture agreement (JVA) to set up a 2,000 MW thermal power plant at Ghatampur (Kanpur) on 7th October 2012 . 31. Union Government ruled out the decision of Cauvery River Authority : Decision of the Cauvery River Authority was ruled out by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 8 October 2012. The Prime Minister ordered Karnataka to release 9000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu every day, till 20 October 2012. 32.Railways put 400 CCTVs at 10 stations to improve security system : The Delhi

division of Northern Railway authorities have completed the installation of 400 CCTVs at 10 stations with Rs. 20 crore to ensure better security and mobility at its stations.Only in the New Delhi Railway station they installed more than 100 CCTV cameras as part of an integrated security system (ISS). 33.Presidents son Abhijit Mukherjee wins Jangipur Lok Sabha by-poll : Abhijit Mukherjee, son of President Pranab Mukherjee and Congress candidate, on 13th October 2012 won the Jangipur Lok Sabha by-election by 2,536 votes defeating the CPI-M rival Muzaffar Hussain. : 34. Union Power Ministry gave its Nod to Implement Islanding Scheme in Delhi : The Union Power Minister Veerapa Moily on 17 October 2012 announced the implementation of Islanding Scheme for Delhi by January 2013 to protect it from massive disruptions caused due to grid failures in power supply. The scheme of Delhi is different to that of the existing ones in cities like Mumbai and Kolkata because the transmission lines of different states is routed through Delhi. 35. Haryana to give Rs.11,000 to couples at mass weddings : The Haryana Government has announced on 20th October 2012 that it will give Rs.11,000 to each newly wedding couple at a mass marriage. 36. Uttarakhand Named best Performing States in terms of Environmental standards : The state of Uttarakhand on 29 October 2012 tops the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) list of being best-performing States and Union territories in terms of environmental well-being released by Planning Commission. 37. 50% reservation for women in Assam Panchayat Elections : The Assam State Election Commission has announced 50 per cent reservation of seats for women in the forthcoming panchayat polls as stated by State Election Commissioner Biren Dutta on 9th November 2012

38.Chain of static sensors positioned along the coast of Andhra Pradesh : Union Minister of State for Defence Jitendra Kumar inaugurated a chain of static sensors positioned along the coast of Andhra Pradesh at a programme organised at the Coast Guard district headquarters Visakhapatnam on 23 November 2012.This will improve surveillance along coast.For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 21 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 39.Ban on plastic bags comes into force in New Delhi : The ban on manufacture, sale and use of most types of plastic bags in the Capital came into force on on 23 November 2012 40. Delhi Government Launched Delhi Annshri Yojna : UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi was launched a major food security programme of Delhi Government Delhi Annshri Yojna on 15 December 2012.under which a monthly cash subsidy of Rs. 600 will be transferred directly into Aadhaar-linked bank accounts of the senior-most female members of two lakh poor families. 41. BJP Won in Gujarat Assembly Elections : The BJP registered its fifth consecutive victory in Gujarat on 20 December 2012.This is the third victory under Modi leadership. BJP won the 115 seats. Congress won the 61 seats. Modi won by a landslide from Maninagar constituency in Gujarat, beating his nearest Congress party rival Shweta Bhatt by a margin of 86,373 votes. 42. Congress has won Himachal Pradesh Elections : The Congress returned to power in Himachal Pradesh after five years, defeating the Bharatiya Janata Party in the Himachal Pradesh State Assembly elections conduced on 4 November 2012.The Congress secured 36 seats and the BJP 26 seats. The Congress Leader Virbhadra Singh won from Shimla (Rural) constituency and defeated the rival from BJP Ishwar Rohal by 19033 Votes.

43. Meghalaya Passed Lokayukta Bill 2012 : On 14 December the Meghalaya Lokayukta Bill, 2012 was passed in the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly and replaced the existing Lokayukta Act, 2002 amidst opposition from legislators. The new act under the lokayukta bill covered the chief minister, governor and all public servants, but allowed the state government through a clause to exclude the complaints by citing public interest. 44. Madhya Pradesh Government Set Up a Senior Citizen Commission : On 21 December the Madhya Pradesh Government has set up a Senior Citizen Commission to look into problems of the elderly in the State. 45.Assam Government Announced Special Health Scheme : On 12 December Assam government announced that 50 riverine public health centres would be set up in the state soon under the National Rural Health Mission.The public health centres would be located primarily in the districts of Barpeta, Dhubri, Goalpara and Darrang. 46. 30% Reservation for Rural Candidates in Assam Govt. Jobs : Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on 26 December 2012 announced that 30 per cent state government jobs will be reserved for candidates belonging to rural areas from 2013. 47. Odisha Launched Public Service Delivery System : On 2 January The Odisha government launched the much-sought after Public Service Delivery System for citizens under the Odisha Right to Public Service Act, 2012.Under the new act, people will get services like issue of driving license, birth and death certificates, passport and trade license within a stipulated time.Odisha is among the 12th state to implement the law. 48. Haryana Government announced Kanyadan Scheme for Bride participants of Mass Marriages : The Government of Haryana on 3 January 2012 announced its plan of launching a Kanyadan Scheme in the state for brides participating in the mass marriage ceremony, which would be organised by any of the registered NGO or the Red Cross Society. The scheme would carry an incentive amount of 11000 rupees and would come

into effect from 1 April 2012. The incentive amount of 11000 rupees would be given to brides from all castes, creeds, race, religion and the income category to which the girl belongs. 49.Arunachal Pradesh Collaborated with NSDL for Adoption of National Pension Scheme : On 9 January The state of Arunachal Pradesh entered into an agreement with signing of MoU with National Securities Depository Ltd (NSDL), permitting it to work as a Central Record Keeping Agency (CRA) for adoption of the National Pension System (NPS).National Pension Scheme NPS is an initiative of the Union Government of India and Arunachal Pradesh is the 26th State to adopt it. 50. Gujarat Tops List of Indian States on Economic Freedom Policy : According to the Economic Freedom of States in India report which was released by former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor and present Rajya Sabha Member Bimal Jalan.The top state in India in (terms of) economic freedom in 2011 was western Indian state Gujarat. It displaced southern Indian state Tamil Nadu which had been at the top in 2009.Gujarat freedom index has been rising fast and estimated at 0.64 points. The biggest improvement has been registered by Madhya Pradesh with freedom index score rose from 0.42 in 2009 to 0.56 in 2011 enabling it to move up from sixth to third position.For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 22 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 51.Assembly polls in Tripura,Meghalaya and Nagaland on Febrauary : Assembly elections in Tripura will be held on February 14 and in Meghalaya and Nagaland on February 23 and their results will be out on February 28, the Election Commission announced on 10 January 2013.The EC also announced byelections to nine assembly constituencies in Mizoram, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Punjab on February 23 and in Assam, Bihar and Maharashtra on February 24, but their results will be out together on

February 28. 52.Presidents Rule Imposed on Jharkhand : On 18 January Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India imposed Presidents Rule in Jharkhand under Article 356(1) of the Constitution.The Presidents Rule for the third time since its formation 12 years ago.The decision came as a follow up of the recommendation made by the Union Cabinet of India and fall of the state machinery in form of Government on 8 January after the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha the supporting party to BJP led Coalition Government withdrew its support from it. The state was placed under Presidents Rule in 2009 and 2010. 53.Three New High Courts for North East : The Centre has constituted three new High Courts in the northeast Meghalaya, Manipur and Tripura taking the total number of High Courts in the country from 21 to 24.According to Law Ministry sources, the strength of judges in each High Court will be as follows: Tripura 4 (including the Chief Justice), and Meghalaya and Manipur: three each (including the Chief Justice). CONFERENCES 1. Cairns in Australia to host G20 financeministers meet in 2014 : The Prime Minister Gillard announced on 05 August 2012, the tropical northen Australian city of Cairns will host a meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors in 2014. 2. The eleventh Energy Efficient Summit : The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Summit held in HICC, Novotel Hyderabad. The summit was held between 22 August 2012 to 25 August 2012.The objective of the summit was to facilitate the Indian industry to improve energy efficiency on a continuous basis and help them in achieving the target set as part of Perform Achieve and Trade under the National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency. It was ended on 31st August 2012. 3. 16th Non Alignment Movement in Iran :The Two-day meet of the 120 grouping of nations takes place at Tehran in Iran. The key issues like the worsening situation of Syria,

Irans nuclear programme and other matters of global are main agenda of this NAM summit which opened on 30 Aug 2012. Prime Minister Manmohan singh is leading the Indian delegation to the summit, which is being attended by over 30 Heads of state and government. This summit ended on 31 August, 2012. 4. APEC Russia 2012 Summit : The APEC Russia 2012 Summit is the 24th annual gathering of APEC leaders of 21 countries.Leaders from the member economics are currently meeting on Russky Island off the Coast of Vladivostok, Russia from September 2-9 ,2012 . Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation(APEC) is a forum for Rim Countries(formally member Economics) that seeks to promote free trade and Economics throughout the Asia-Pecific region established in 1989. 5. Indian National Science Academy Summit : In the last day of the summit conducted from 7th to 9th September 2012 in New Delhi,Scientists across South Asia decided to work closely in research initiatives and advise decision makers in offering solutions to problems ranging from healthcare to energy security.The three-day meeting saw participation from the Science Academies of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, Mauritius and Sri Lanka. 6. Emerging Kerala investment meet to see 51 nations taking part : 51 countries with 2,500 registered delegates and around 300 VIPs comprising ambassadors, high commissioners and ministers have confirmed their participation in the Emerging Kerala 2012 investment meet to be held in Kochi from Sep 12-14.KSIDC is the nodal agency for the event which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.The main aim of this event is highlight investment opportunities available in Kerala and advertise to the the world its state of readiness to receive the investors.For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 23

For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 7. 9th World Hindi Conference To held in Johannesburg : The 9th World Hindi Conference to be held in Johannesburg ,South Africa from 22-24 September 2012.The first world Hindi Conference was held in Nagapur from 10-12 January 1975 under aegis of RashtrabhashaPracharaSamiti ,Wardha.The main theme of the conference is Bhasha Ki Asmita Aur Hindi Ka Vaishvik Sandarbh. 8. The international biodiversity meet in Hyderabad : The XI Conference of Parties (CoP-11) on the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) being hosted by India at Hyderabad starts on 1st October 2012. 9. Asia Co-operation Dialogue Summit held in Kuwait : Asia Co-operation Dialogue Summit has given a call for stronger co-operation among member nations and to work for the improvement of living conditions.Leaders from 32 countries pledged to focus on key areas to fulfill the aspirations of the people. These include sustainable energy and development, economic growth, food security, trade and commerce, health care, climate change and co-operation in financial and education sectors. 10. South Korea to host next UN biodiversity meet in 2014 : South Korea will host the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2014, it was announced in Hyderabad on 19th October 2012. 11.Third Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit : The 3rd Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit organized by EastWest Institute, a New York based think-and-do tank, kick-started in the New Delhi on 30th October 2012. 12. SAARC Speakers and Parliamentarians Conference held at Islamabad : The sixth conference of the Association of SAARC Speakers and Parliamentarians held in Islamabad on 4th November 2012.From India, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and Deputy Chairman Rajya Sabha Professor P. J. Kurien are participated the conference.In this conference they

discussed the role of women parliamentarians for social justice and the strengthening of democracy in South Asia. 13.Countries G20 finance ministers and central bankers summit held in Mexico : The G20 countries finance ministers and central bankers summit held in Mexico on 4th November 2012.In this summit the Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said the Indias economy should grow by 5.5 percent to 6.0 percent in the year 2012 and return to 7 percent growth in 2013. 14.E-9 countries review meeting held in New Delhi : E-9 countries review meeting held in New Delhi on 9th and 10th November 2012.The E-9 countries are India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Nigeria and Mexico . 15.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh went to Cambodia for South Asian summits : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh went to Cambodian capital Phnom Penh on 18 November 2012 to attend the ASEAN and East Asia Summits. 16.Bangladesh Opted out of D-8 Summit Scheduled to be Held in Pakistan : Bangladesh opted out of the key summit known as D-8 Summit in Pakistan which is scheduled to be held later in November, 2012. Bangladesh opted out because Pakistan refused to apologise for the deeds committed during 1971 war which eventually led to Bangladeshs independence. 17.The 8th meeting of the India-UK Joint Working Group (JWG) on counter terrorism : The 8th meeting of the India-UK Joint Working Group (JWG) on counter terrorism was held on 20 November 2012 in New Delhi. 18. UN Climate Change Conference (COP 18) : The United Nations Climate Change Conference , which is the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) and 8th session of the Conference of the Parties (serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol ) ends on 8 December in Qatar, Doha. United Nations climate talks in Doha had

agreed to extend the Kyoto Protocol through 2020. Poland will host the next round of 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) UN climate talks in 2013. 19. World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) : The First ever World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) from 3 -14 December held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.The conference reviewed the current International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs).The 193 member states of the ambassadors are attended this conference.While 89 states have signed the UN International Telecommunications agreement and another 55 countries have refused the deal.The new agreement will come into effect in January 2015. 20. ASEAN India Commemorative Summit held in New Delhi : India is hosted the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit held from December 20-21 in New Delhi to mark the 20th anniversary of the ASEAN India dialogue partnership and the 10th anniversary For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 24 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in of ASEAN-India Summit-level partnership.The theme of the summit is ASEAN-India Partnership for Peace and Shared Prosperity. ASEAN and India have signed the awaited Free Trade Agreement (FTA) on comprehensive economic cooperation as foundations for the establishment of an ASEAN-India Trade and Investment Area. 21. 100th Indian Science Congress held in Kolkata : The 100th Indian Science Congress was held from 3 to 7 January in Kolkata (West Bengal) .The theme of the session is Science for Shaping the Future of India .The session was inaugurated by Pranab Mukherjee the President of India .In the session Prime Minister Manmohan Singh released The Science, Technology and Innovation Policy(STI) 2013 .On 4 January Former President Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam inaugurated a Children Science Congress as part of the 100th Indian Science Congress .The 100th Indian Science Congress (ISC 2013) is

also organized a special programme Women empowerment for the development of the country to showcase the contribution of women in science and technology.This is the 13th time the Indian Science Congress is being hosted by Kolkata 22. 11th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas held in Kochi : 11th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) was held from 7- 9 January at Kochi (Kerala).Mauritius President Rajkeswur Purryag was the chief guest of this official inaugural session.2000 delegates from 40 countries attended the convention.The theme for this years Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is Engaging Diaspora the Indian Growth Story.On 7th January in the event they discussed on problems that people from Kerala face in the region.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will inaugurated the annual flagship event and released the postage stamp on Ghadar Movement on 8 January and President Pranab Mukherjee will delivered the valedictory address on January 9 and also presented the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman awards.Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated on January 9 every year to mark the contribution of overseas Indian community in the development of India.The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, the first of its kind involving the Indian Diaspora, was held in 2003 at New Delhi. 23.Fourth Meeting of ASEAN and India Tourism Ministers held in Vientiane : The Fourth meeting of ASEAN and India Tourism Minister (4th M-ATM+ India) was held in Vientiane, Lao PDR from 21 to January in conjunction with the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2013 (ATF2013).The Meeting was jointly co-chaired by H.E. Prof. Dr. Bosengkham Vongdara, Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lao PDR, and H.E. Dr. K. Chiranjeevi, Minister for Tourism, Government of India.In the meeting Both the Ministers have signed the Protocol to amend the Memorandum of Understanding between ASEAN and India on Strengthening Tourism Cooperation. 24.World Economic Forum Summit Held in Davos : The 43rd World Economic Forum Annual Meeting held from 23 27 January at Davos-Klosters in Switzerland.The annual

forum, which has been running for over 40 years, provides a platform for decision-makers in politics, non-governmental organisations and businesses to gather and to exchange views on the worlds most pressing problems.The World Economic Forum (WEF) unites international political leaders, business leaders and journalists from across the globe to discussed and shape global, regional and industrial agendas with regards to economics, health and the environment.The WEF was founded in 1971 as a non-profit organization by the German Klaus Schwab, a business professor at the University of Geneva. AWARDS & HONOURS 1. Ashok sen received Yuri Milner award : Ashok Sen who is working in Harish chandra research institute as scientist in physics got Yuri Milner Fundamental Physics prize of worth Rs 16.7Crore(USD $3 million) on 1st August 2012.This Fundamental Physics prize has been established by Russian Business man Yuri Milner , which is three times more than Noble prize. He has been recognised for his work on String Theory. 2. NASI- Reliance Industries Platinum Jubilee Award 2012 for Bhadra : Dr. Manik Pal Bandra, Principal scientist of chemical biology division,CSIR Indian Institute of Chemical Technology Hyderabad, has been selected for the NASI- Reliance Industries Platinum Jubilee award 2012. Dr.Bhadra was nominated for the award by the National Academy of science for significant contribution in the area of applications of orientedinnovations in biological sciences for 2012. He was given this for his involvement in the synthesizing orFor All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 25 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in orally administered next generation nano particles to deliver material like DNA an RNA for effective gene therapy. This award will be presented on November 29,2012 at New Delhi. 3. Sastra Ramanujan Prize to Zhiwei Yun : The 2012 sastra Ramanujan prize will be

given to the Professor Zhiwei on December 22, The birth anniversary of mathematical genius Ramanujan, in New Delhi. The award will be given away during the closing ceremony of the International conference in the legacy of Ramanujan, organized by the National Board of Higher Mathematics of India & co-sponsored by sastra University and Delhi University. prof.Zhiwei Yun has made fundamental contributions to sevaral areas that lie at the interface of representation theory. This Prize will be given to under 32 age, at the same age as Ramanujan died. 4. Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana award for D.R.Mehta : Renowned social worker DR Mehta, founder and chief patron of the organization that popularized the Jaipur Foot, has been selected for the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award for the year 2012. D.R. Mehta will present the 20th Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavna Award at a function New Delhi on 20 Aug 2012.The award, which carries a citation and cash of Rs 5 lakh, is being given to Mehta, a former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India, for his outstanding contribution towards promotion of communal harmony, peace and goodwill.Former recipients of the award include Mother Teresa, Ustad Bismillah Khan, Lata Mangeshkar, Sunil Dutt, S.N. Subbarao and Dilip Kumar. 5. NRI heart surgeon Dr Mukesh Hariawala : chosen for Indias Most Admired Surgeonaward India born internationally acclaimed NRI HeartSurgeon and Research Scientist from the famed Harvard University, Dr Mukesh Hariawala, has been unanimously selected by the National Healthcare jury to be honored with the prestigious Indias Most Admired Surgeon 2012 Award. 6. NASI awarded for IICT Scientist : Dr.SuryaPrakash Singh ,Scientist of Inorganic and Physical Division, CSIR Indian Institute of Chemical Technology in Hyderabad has been selected for NASI(National Academy of Science,India)-Young Scientist PlatinumAward 2012.

7. Jaipur Bags JRD TATa Award for Health schemes : Odishas Jaipur district has bagged the coveted fifthJRD Tata Memorial Award 2011 for Population reproductive health and Family planning programme. The award was presented by the Nobel Laureate Amartyasen at JRD Tata memorial Award and Oration Function held in New Delhi. 8. Indian Urdu Literature to get Rare Pakistanis Honour : An Urdu literature Professor Gopi Chand Marangs name figures in the list of Civilian honours announced by Pakistan on its Independence day. He has been conferedSitara-i-Imtiaz(Star of excellence) the third highest civilian honour bestowed by the nation.He received the Padma Bhushan. It was great that an Indian selected for Pakistans highest honour for his selfless work for urdu. eminent poet Josh Mahihabadi also selected for Hilal-iImtiaz. 9. P.K.B Pattnaik Honoured with Damien -Dutton Award : State Leprosy Officer P.K.B. Pattnaik, has been selected for the coveted Damien-dutton award for the year2012 for his work in the field of leprosy eradication. Mother Teresa, Babu Amte and Dr.Dharmendra has given this award. He is an Odisha doctor. He said thatWe have been able to treat 12 lakh leprosy patients, rehabited 40,000 patients with leprosy and performed surgical defromitry correction on 3,500 patients. 10. Gruber cosmology Prize 2012 to Charles L Bennett : Johns Hopkins University professor Charles L. Bennett and members of the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) space mission that he led will receive the Gruber Foundations 2012 Cosmology Prize in Beijing, China.Bennett and the 26-member WMAP team will share the $500,000 prize and are being recognized by the foundation for their transformative study of an ancient light dating back to the infant universe. 11.The Best Story Award for Indo-American : Indian American Rajan Gangahar has won the Best Story award for the movie Kushiyaan at the Punjabi International film

Academy Award (PIFAA) held in Toronto. New york based Rajan was presented with the award at a function held in Toronto. His first film as a story writer, Rajan wrote dialogue and scree play for Khushiyaan, made by another Indo-American Trilok Malik. 12.Pakistans Highest Civilian Award to Saadat Hasan Manto : The Writer Saadat Hasan Manto Posthumously received the Pakistans Highest awardNisan-i- Imtiaz. He died at 42 in 1955, Manto is best known for his short stories, especially he explored the impact of For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 26 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in the partition of the subcontinent into India & Pakistan in 1947. along with Manto, renowned singer Mehdi Hassan was also Posthumously honoured with Nishan-i-Imtiaz Hassan Popularly known as the Shahenshah-e-Ghazil who died in June 2012 at the age of 84. 13. Delhi Scientist Aditi Mukherji won Morman Baorlaug award : A Delhi based scientist, Aditi Mukherji has won the worlds most prestigious award for young researchers in food and water management, named after the father of Indias Green revolution Norman Borlaug on 29 Aug 2012. The World food prize Foundation started by Borlaug has picked Mukherji for the first ever Norman Borlaug award for his application of work in transforming access to water for thousands of farmers in west Bengla. The award comes with $10,000 prize. It will present to Mukherji on October 17 in Dea Moines , lawa US. 14. Indian American selected as Presidential Innovation Fellow : Indian American entrepreneur Karl Mehta has been selected among the 18 Presidential Innovation Fellows who will work on five high-impact projects in the US capital.Selected from an applicant pool of nearly 700 innovators from across the

country, the Fellows would spend six months in Washington DC to work on five highimpact projects aimed at upporting entrepreneurs, small businesses and the economy, while significantly improving how the Federal Government serves the American people. 15. Utsa Patnaik gets V.V. Giri award : The V.V. Giri Memorial Award 2011 for outstanding contribution to labour studies was conferred on Utsa Patnaik, Professor in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi on 29 August 2012. The award, instituted by the V.V Giri National Labour Institute, was conferred by Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge, who stressed on the importance of systematic and sound research to understand the nature and characteristics of the emerging labour landscape. 16. University of Calicut to honour Montek, M.S. Swaminathan, Fathima Beevi : University of Calicut will confer honorary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) degrees on noted agriculture scientist M.S. Swaminathan, economist and Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and jurist and former Supreme Court judge Fathima Beevi. 17.Young woman In Science Award for Indian Origin Sorojini Nadar : Indian Origin has been selected for a prestigious science award in south Africa for her contribution to the avancement of science and building the knowledge base.Sarojini Nadar has been named the winner of the Distinguished Young Women in Science Award, which was announced by Naledi Pandor, South African Minister of Science and Technology. 18.Eight Sporting Coaches received Dronacharya Award for 2012 : Dronacharya Award is an award presented by the government of India for excellence in sports coaching. Eight Sporting Coaches selected for the Dronacharya Award for 2012 are Wrestling coach Yashvir Singh, Boxing Coach BI Fernandez, Athletics Coaches Virender Poonia, J.N.Bhatia, Kabaddi Coach Sunil Davas, Parathletics Coach Dr. Satyapaul , Hockey Coach Harinder Singh, Table Tennis Coach BhavaniMukherjee,.Fernandez will become the first foreign

coach to be awarded the the Dronacharya Award 19.Arjuna Awards : Deepika Kumari , Laishram Bombayla Devi (archery), Sudha Singh , Kavita Ramdas Raut (athletics), Ashwani Ponnappa , Parupalli Kashyap (badminton), Aditya S Mehta (billiards and Snooker), Vikas Krishan (boxing), Yuvraj Singh (cricket), Sardar Singh (hockey), Yashpal Solanki (judo), Anup Kumar (kabaddi),For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 27 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in Samir Suhag (polo), Annu Raj Singh, Omkar Singh, Joydeep Karmakar (shooting), Deepika Pallikal (squash), Sandeep Sejwal (swimming), Ng. Sonia Chanu (weightlifting), Narsingh Yadav , Rajinder Kumar , Geeta Phogat (wrestling), M. Bimoljit Singh (wushu), Deepa Mallick, Ramkaran Singh (athletics, Paralympics). 20.Four Sports persons receive Dhyan Chand Award-2012 : Dhyan Chand Award is Indias highest award for lifetime achievement in sports and games, given by the Government of India. Four persons selected for the Dhyan Chand Award-2012 are Jagrajsinghman (Athletics), Gundeep Kumar(Hockey), Vinod Kumar (wrestling), Sukhbeer Singh Tokan (para sports).

21. 9 Indian- Americans Awarded for Enhancing Indo-US Ties : 9 Indian- Americans were awarded by Indo American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston (IACCGH) for their contribution towards enhancing relationships between India & US. The 2012 Excellence Award, was presented to Suresh Khator. RK Chopra was awarded International Business Advocate of the Year. Woman entrepreneur of the year award was presented to Vijay Dhingra and Pushpa Shenoy. 22. Dr. M.V. Reddy get the Bharat Jyoti Award : The Director, Department of Animal Husbandry,Dr. M.V.Reddy got the Bharat Jyoti Award .This award was presented by the India International Friendship Society. 23.Three National awards for State Literacy Mission : the Andhra Pradesh State Literacy Mission Authority (SLMA) has received awards for its work in Vizianagaram district and one gram panchayat P Yeleru of Anantapur district. Andhra Pradesh is the only State which received the Saakshar Bharat Award in the entire Country. The Awards comprising a trophy and a certificate which will be given by the Vice-President of India Hamid Ansari on the occasion of International Literacy Day to be celebrated on September 8 at Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. 24.Apollo Hospitals bags 4 awards : The Apollo Hospitals Group has bagged the Asian Hospital Management Awards ( AHMA) 2012 in four categories.It received awards for customer service, corporate social responsibility, cost reduction and patient safety. AHMA 2012 garnered 363 entries representing 89 hospitals from 12 countries. 25.Aung San Suu Kyi Receives US Congressional Gold Medal : Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has received the Congressional Gold Medal the highest honor Congress can bestow, at a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on 19th September 2012. Members of the U.S. Congress from both chambers and both major political parties gathered to pay tribute to Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was first

awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2008, while she was under 15 years of house arrest in Burma. 26.Barfi! makes it to the Oscars : Ranbir Kapoor starrer Barfi! has been nominated as Indias entry to the Oscars next year in the foreign film category. 27. Iran to boycott 2013 Oscars in wake of anti-Islam film : The Iran government will boycott the 2013 Oscars in the wake of the anti-Islam video made in the United States that denigrates the Prophet Muhammad. 28.T.S. Subramanian among winners of nuclear societys awards : T.S. Subramanian, Associate Editor, Frontline, Chennai, and R.K. Singh, Head, Media Relations and Public Awareness Section, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, have been selected for the Indian Nuclear Societys INS Outstanding Service Award for 2011 for Science Communication.The awards will be presented on November 7 during the inaugural function of the 23 annual conference of the INS to be held in Mumbai.For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 28 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 29.Waheeda Rehman to get lifetime achievement award : Veteran actress Waheeda Rehman will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the forthcoming 14th Mumbai Film Festival, which starts on October 18. Mumbai Academy of Moving Image(MAMI) is organising the film festival. 30.Ebrahim Alkazi awarded top French honour : Ebrahim Alkazi, the grand old man of Indian theatre has been conferred Frances highest cultural award for his contribution in nurturing and presenting modern theatre in India and preserving the treasures of photography and other art forms for posterity.Alkazi, was awarded Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans lOrdre des Arts et des Lettres) on 29th September 2012. 31. DRDO scientist G. Satheesh Reddy received IETE Award : G. Satheesh Reddy,

outstanding scientist and associate director, Research Centre Imarat, a premier laboratory of the Defence Research and Development Organisations (DRDO) Missile complex, was given IETE B.V. Baliga Memorial Award on 30th September 2012 at Bangalore. 32.President Confers Shastri awards to ISRO scientist Tessy Thomas : On 1st October 2012 President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the prestigious Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award 2012 to ISRO scientist Tessy Thomas at an award function in Rashtrapati Bhawan. Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award is conferred every year for doing excellent work in the field of Public Administration, Academics and Management. 33.Banaras Hindu University VC wins MV Pylee award for best academician : Banaras Hindu University (BHU) vice chancellor and renowned molecular biology scientist Dr Lalji Singh has won the 7th MV Pylee award for the best academician. The MV Pylee award was constituted in year 1996 in honour of Cochin Universitys former vice chancellor MV Pylee. The award includes Rs 2 lakh, a memento and citation for excellence in teaching and research and contribution to academic community. It is awarded once every three years. S.No Department Name of the Person/ Organization Country Field of Research 1. PHYSICS Serge Haroche and France For ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems David J. Wineland America 2. CHEMISTRY Robert J. Lefkowitz and America For studies of G-Proteincoupled receptors Brain K. Kobilka America

3. PHYSIOLOGY OR MEDICINE Sir John B. Gurdon and Britan For the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent Shinya Yamanaka Japan 4. ECONOMIC SCIENCES Alvin E. Roth and America For the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design Lioyd S. Shapley America 5. LITERATURE Mo Yan China Who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary 6. PEACE PRIZE European Union (EU) Europe For over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation. Democracy and human rights in Europe.For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 29 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 34. sachin Tendulkar to be made member of Order of Australia : Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard made the announcement on 16th October 2012 that the first Indian sportsperson Tendulkar to be conferred with the Membership of the Order of Australia, an

honour rarely bestowed on non-Australians. 35.First-ever India Biodiversity Awards presented : The women who led the ecological restoration of Gundlaba village in Odishas Puri district after the 1999 super cyclone are among the four winners of the first India Biodiversity Awards. The awards, instituted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests and the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP). 36.Vijay Kumar honoured with Services Best Sportsman : London Olympics silver medallist shooter Vijay Kumar was named as the Services Best Sportsman award for 2012 at the Army Headquarters in New Delhi.The award is given to best sportsman from out of all the three services-Army, Air Force Navy. 37.Bangladesh honours fifty-two Indians : Bangladesh has honoured foreign friends who contributed to achieve the nations independence from Pakistan in 1971.Of the 61 recipients of the award in the third phase, 52 are from India and the rest are from Nepal, the United States, the United Kingdom, Vietnam, Australia, Sweden, and Italy.The former Indian Prime Minister, I.K. Gujral, and the former Nepalese Prime Minister, the late Girija Prasad Koirala, received the Bangladesh Muktijuddho Sammanana. 38. Singham Bravery Award Posthumously given to IAS and Security Personnel : Narendra Kumar the IPS officer who was brutally killed by illegal mining mafia in Madhya Pradesh and many other Security Personnel who had laid down their life for fighting against Maoists and anti Social element on 21 October 2012 were awarded with Singham Bravery Awards. 39.Bangladesh honours Babu Jagjivan Ram : Former Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister of India, late Babu Jagjivan Ram has been awarded with the Friends of Liberation War Honour by the Government of Bangladesh for his contribution in the 1971 War. 40. Narayan Murthy honoured with Hoover Medal : IT giant Infosys founder, N.R.

Narayan Murthy honoured with Hoover Medal for promoting science at Global Humanitarian Technology Conference in Washington. 41. Gavaskar to receive BCCIs lifetime achievement award : Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar will be conferred the Col C K Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award at the annual BCCI awards function on 25th October 2012. 42.Amitabh Bachchan gets best TV host award for Kaun Banega Crorepati : Amitabh Bachchan has won the best television host award for the popular game show Kaun Banega Crorepati. 43.Lord Indarjit Singh conferred Punjab Ratan Award : Lord Indarjit Singh, the first member of the House of Lords to wear a turban, has been presented with the Punjab Ratan (Jewel of Punjab) award by the World Punjabi Organisation, in recognition of his contribution to promoting Punjabi culture, heritage and inter-faith services. 44. Delhi Metro bags JICA President Award : The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) was awarded the prestigious Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Presidents Award 2012 on 29th October 2012. 45. Noted film lyricist and poet Gulzar presented with Indira Gandhi award for National Integration : The Indira Gandhi award for National Integration for 2011 has been given to noted film lyricist and poet Gulzar in recognition of his contribution to national integration. 46.Katy Perry Honored With Billboards Woman of the Year : Pop Singer Katy Perry was honored with Billboards Woman of the Year 2012 (The Star of the Women) award in New York. 47. Shah Rukh Khan Conferred With Moroccos Medal of Honour : Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan had given the prestigious Medal of Honour by the Prince of Morocco (Moulay Rachid) on 3 December 2012 in 12th Marrakech International Film Festival.

48. DRDO Scientist Gets Top Award : Brajnish Sitara scientist from Research Centre Imarat(RCI), a premier laboratory of DRDOs missile complex was conferred with INAE(Indian National Academy of Engineering)Young Engineer Award for 2012 at the academys annual conventionheld at Roorkee on 6 December 2012. 49. Rajan and Sajan Mishra Conferred National Tansen Samman : On 14 December 2012 noted vocalist duo of Rajan and Sajan Mishra will be awarded prestigious National Tansen Samman for year 2011-12 for their contribution to Hindustani classical musicFor All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 30 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 50. Stephen Hawking Won Yuri Milner Award : A Russian billionaires foundation was awarded two special prizes of $3 million each to British cosmologist Stephen Hawking for his work on black holes and to seven scientists at the worlds biggest atom-smasher for their roles in the discovery of a new subatomic particle believed to be the long-sought Higgs boson. Yuri Milners Fundamental Physics Prize Foundation announced the awards on 11 December 2012.Hawking is honored for his discovery of Hawking radiation from black holes and his deep contributions to quantum gravity and quantum aspects of the early universe. 51. Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for Ravi Shankar : Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar will be honoured with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously.He becomes the first Indian to get the prestigious award. The decision to honour Ravi Shankar, a three-time Grammy winner, was made before his death. 52. Indian Journalists Association Honoured Sir Charles Wheeler : On 16 December Indian Journalists Association has conferred its Lifetime Achievement Award for 2012 posthumously to former BBC correspondent Sir Charles Wheeler. 53. Scientist Venkatesh Mannar honoured with Order of Canada Award : A Chennai

born scientist of Indian origin, M.G Venkatesh Mannar and President, Micronutrient Initiative, Canada was awarded with Canadas Highest Civilian Award the Order of Canada on December .US, was honoured with the award for his forty years long contribution working towards reduction of debilitating micronutrient deficiencies among the worlds most vulnerable. 54. Arunachal CM Selected for IAEWP Award : On 18 December Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has been selected by the International Association of Educators for World Peace (IAEWP) for a Lifetime Achievement Award. IAEWP is a non-governmental organization affiliated to the United Nations and engaged in the promotion of world peace. Besides the individual award he would also receive the Green State of the Year Award on behalf of the Arunachal Pradesh Government for maintaining greenery in the state. 55.Top Honour For 7-year-old South African Indian Rhino Campaigner : A seven-yearold Indian-origin girl Afeefah Patel won a prestigious a wildlife conservation award in South : Africa for writing a letter to President Jacob Zuma asking for his assistance in saving endangered rhinos. Afeefah Patel, who has just finished Grade One, became the youngest winner ever of SANParkss Corporate Contribution to Conservation Award in individual category at the 8th annual Kudu Awards. 56. P.Chidambaram received Best Administrator Award : On 20 December Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram received Best Administrator in India award instituted by K. Karunakaran Foundation.The award was presented to him by Vice President of India, M. Hamid Ansari.The award is being offered in the memory of renowned Congress leader as well as the former Kerala Chief minister K.Karunakaran. First Karunakaran Foundation Award was given to Pranab Mukherjee. 57. Archaeologist C.Govindarajanar Received Presidential Award : President Pranab Mukherjee on 21 December 2012 conferred the Presidential Awards for Classical Tamil at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan. Prof. C. Govindarajanar was conferred Tolkappiyar

Award for outstanding contribution in the field of Tamil studies. 58. Top U.S. Innovation Award For Indian-American : A renowned Indian-American inventor at IBM, Rangaswamy Srinivasan, was nominated by U.S. President Barack Obama for the prestigious National Medal of Technology and Innovation. He named the phenomenon Ablative Photo Decomposition (APD). He got this award for the discovery of APD. 59. Shihab Ghanem the First Arab to receive Indias Tagore Peace Prize : On 26 December The Asiatic society will award the Tagore Peace Prize to Emirati poet and translator Shihab Ghanem .Shihab Ghanem the first Arab to receive Indias Tagore Peace Prize.The peace prize is named after Rabindranath Tagore, a Bengali creative talent and Indias first Nobel laureate. 60. Pratibha Ray Won 2011 Jnanpith Award : Leading Oriya novelist and academician Pratibha Ray, who has over 40 novels, travelogues and short stories to her credit, was named for the prestigious Jnanpith Award for the year 2011 on 27 December 2012. 61.Astronautical Societys Aryabhatta award for Muthunayagam & Saraswat : The former secretary of the Department of Ocean Development, A.E. Muthunayagam, will received the prestigious Aryabhatta award, instituted by the Astronautical Society of India (ASI), for 2010 and V.K. Saraswat, Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister, will receive the award for 2011.They have been selected for their achievements in rocketry.For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 31 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 62.Malala won 2012 Tipperary International Peace Award : On 3 January Malala Yousafzai, the teenaged Pakistani school girl shot by a Taliban gunman last year , has been awarded the 2012 Tipperary International Peace Award from Ireland for her courage and determination to speak out in support of equal access to education for

children.Malala is the second Pakistani to get the award. In 2007, it was given to late Benazir Bhutto. 63.Malala honored with the French Simone de Beauvoir Prize : On 9 January Malala Yousafzai (15), the schoolgirl from Pakistan shot by Taliban for campaigning girls education, received Frances Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Womens Freedom in Paris. Malalas father Ziaudin Yousafzai received the honour on her behalf. he award is accompanied with 2.5 million RupeTes honorarium. 64.Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award 2013 : On 9 January Pranab Mukherjee President of India presented the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman (Awards) 2013 to 14 people, included Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi and Mauritius President Rajkeswur Purryag, He was also the Chief Guest of 11th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2013. In accordance to Tradition, Pravasi Bharatiya Samman (Awards) 2013 have been given to notable Indians living abroad. The other awardees are Prof Dr Gurusharan Singh Chhatwal of Germany for science, Dr Rasik Vihari Joshi (Mexico) for Literature, Gilbert Canabady Moutien (Reunion Island) and Mohammed Rabeeh Karuvanthodi (Saudi Arabia) for business, Patricia Maria Rozario(UK) for Music, Dr Narendra Ramakrishna Kumar (USA) for Healthcare, Subash Razdan (USA) and Islmail Ebrahim (South Afrcia) for Public service. Dr Satendra Kumar Singh (New Zealand), Australia India Society of Victoria (Australia) and Bava Pandalingal (UAE), Ashok Shambhomal Vaswani (Guinea), Indian Doctors Forum, Kuwait for community service, Tan Sri Ravindran Menon from Malaysia for Community service, are among others on the list of awardees. 65. Mamata Banerjee gets gift from PCB : Overwhelmed by the hospitality at the Eden Gardens during India-Pakistan second ODI in Kolkata, the PCB sent the gift as a silvercoated Quran to the Cricket Association of Bengal who handed it over to the CM during a function at the Netaji Indoor in Kolkata on 10 January 2013.

66.Mahaveer Golechha Bags Award for Alzheimers Drug : On 17 January The Londonbased Indian researcher Mahaveer Golechha, was selected to be felicitated for an award that includes his work on a drug that can be a potential cure of Alzheimers disease.In the study conducted by Golechha, he found discovered that naringin has essential antiAlzheimer activity. 67. 70th Golden Globe Awards 2013 : On January 13 The 70th Golden Globe Awards honored the best in film and television of 2012, was presented in California . Best Film : Argo Best Actor : Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) Best Actress : Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) Best Director - Ben Affleck (Argo) Best Musical or Comedy -: Les Miserables Best Foreign Language Film : Amour Best Animated Feature Film -: Brave 68.Krishi Karman Awards 2011- 2012 On 15 January President Pranab Mukherjee presented the Krishi Karman awards for the year 2011-12 at an award ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The awards were presented to the State Governments for their excellent performance in increasing the production of food grains in their respective states.For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 32 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in Awards in Different Segments :- The Awards for Special Contribution to Total Food Grains Production - Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Manipur and Nagaland - Award for Contribution to Production and Productivity of Rice Bihar - Award for Contribution to Production and Productivity of Wheat - Haryana - Award for Contribution to Production and Productivity of Pulses - Jharkhand

- Award for Contribution to Production and Productivity of Coarse Cereals Uttar Pradesh 69. 58th Filmfare Awards The 58th Filmfare Awards were held honoring the best films of 2012 from the Hindi-language film industry (commonly known as Bollywood). The ceremony was held on January 20, 2013 at Mumbai. Best Movie :- Barfi! Best Actor :- Ranbir Kapoor (Film -Barfi!) Best Actress :- Vidya Balan (Film Kahaani ) Best Director :- Sujoy Ghosh (Film Kahaani ) Lifetime Achievement Award :- Yash Chopra (After Death) 69.Prof C N R Rao awarded by Chinese Academy of Sciences : The Chinese Academy of Sciences was awarded Prof C N R Rao, National Research Professor and Honorary President of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCAR), the prestigious International Scientific Cooperation Award 2012. The award is designed to acknowledge outstanding scientists for their contribution to science and for promoting global networking of international science cooperation. 70.Padma Awards 2013President of India Approved the Conferment of 108 Padma Awards : On 25 January Pranab Mukherjee, the President of Union of India approved conferment of 108 Padma Awards. Four people have been conferred with Padma Vibhusan, twenty four are conferred with Padma Bhushan and 80 people would be receiving Padma Shree Awards. Out of all the awardees twenty-four are ladies and 11 people belong to categories like NRIs, PIOs, Foreigners and Posthumous awardees. Padma Vibhushan Raghunath Mohapatra, Art, Orissa S Haider Raza, Art, Delhi

Prof Yash Pal, Science and Engineering, Uttar Pradesh Prof Roddam Narasimha, Science and Engineering, Karnataka Padma Bhushan Sharmila Tagore, Art, DelhiFor All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 33 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in Dr (Smt) Saroja Vaidyanathan, Art, Delhi Late Rajesh Khanna, Art, Maharashtra Late Jaspal Singh Bhatti, Art, Punjab Adi Burjor Godrej, Trade and Industry, Maharashtra Prof Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Literature & Education USA Rahul Dravid, Sports, Karnataka H Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom, Sports, Manipur Padma Shri Hosanagara Nagarajegowda Girisha, Sports, Karnataka , Subedar Major Vijay Kumar, Sports, Himachal Pradesh Yogeshwar Dutt, Sports, Haryana B Jayashree, Art, Karnataka Sridevi Kapoor, Art, Maharashtra Ramesh Gopaldas Sippy, Art, Maharashtra 71. 359 Gallantry and Other Defence Decorations Announced : On 26 January President Pranab Mukherjee has approved awards of 359 Gallantry and other Defence decorations to Armed Forces personnel and others on the eve of the 64th Republic Day Celebrations .This includes 01 Kirti Chakra, 11 Shaurya Chakra, 56 Sena Medal (Gallantry), 01 Bar to Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry), 03 Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry), 03 Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry),

28 Param Vishisht Seva Medal, 03 Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, 06 Bar to Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, 44 Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, 12 Yudh Seva Medal, 02 Bar to Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 37 Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 01 Bar to Nao Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 07 Nao Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 14 Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 04 Bar to Vishisht Seva Medal and 116 Vishisht Seva Medal..Major Abup J Manjali of the Rashtriya Rifles was selected for the award of Kirti Chakra for his extraordinary bravery efforts in counter- terrorist operations in Jammu and Kashmir. 72.Taiwan Business Magnate Launched Tang Prize (Asian Noble Prize) On 28 January Samuel Yin , A business magnate tycoon from Taiwan has launched the Tang Prize(Asian Noble prize) for outstanding achievements in natural and social sciences.He announced that he would establish Tang Prize Foundation which would have an initial donation of 103 million dollar.Tang Prize Foundation was decided that the prizes under the Tang Prize Foundation will be awarded every alternate year to the international leaders in sustainable development, biopharmaceutical science, the rule of law as well as the study of China. SPORTS & GAMESFor All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 34 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in The 30th Olympics 2012 held at London on 27 July and ended on 12 August. This is a 17 days Festival of Five Rings. There are 204 countries and more than 10,000 athletes participated in 300 events. US secured top place in medals of acquiring 104 medals in total, 46 gold, 29 silver and 29 bronze. the next place occupied by China of 99 medals. Britain stood at 3rd place of acquiring 65 medals in total. India stood at 55th place by acquiring 6 medals in total, 2 silver and 4 bronze. India got 6 medals among 81 athletes who participated in London Olympics. The next Olympics will be host by Rio De Janeiro on 2016. The Winter Olympics 2014 will be host by Russia, Sochi.

1. The name of the Indian Medalists are : 1. Gagan Narang won the bronze Medal in the event of Mens 10m. Air Rifle shooting. 2. Vijay Kumar won the Silver Medal in the event of individual 25 metre rapid fire pistol. He was awarded Khel Ratna by the Government of India of his performance inLondon Olympics 2012. 3. Saina Nehwal won the Bronze medal in the Event of Badminton Womens Singles. 4. Mary Kom won the bronze medal in the event of Womens Fly 51kg. Boxing. 5. Yogeswar Dutt won the bronze medal in the event of Mens 60kg. Free style wrestling. He was awarded Khel Ratna by the Government of India of his performance in London Olympics 2012. 6. Sushil kumar who is an Indian Flag Bearer and also won Silver Medal in the event of Mens 66kg. Free style wrestling 2. London Olympics world Records: Name Event World Record Dong Hyun Im Archery 699 Points Rebecca Soni Swimming Breast Stroke 2:19.59 hr:mm:ss Xiaojun Weight Lifting 379 kgs Xiaojun Lu Weight Lifting 175 kg Lulu Zhou Weight Lifting 333 kg Ilya Ilyin Weight Lifting 418kg Ilya Ilyin Weight Lifting 233kg Zulfiya Chinshanlo Weight Lifting 131kg Un Guk Kim Weight Lifting 327kg Usian Bolt Runner 100m race 9.63 seconds Rudisha Runner 800m race 1:40.91 Jason Kenny Cycling (Track)Individual 9.713 seconds Sergei Martynov Shooting 50 m Rifle Prone 705.5points

Leuris Pupo Shooting 25m rapid fire pistol 34 points Jessica Rossi Trap 99 points Alexei Klimov Shooting rapid fire pistol 592 points Shiwen Ye Swimming (400m Individual Medley) 4:28:43 hr:mm:ss Missy Franklin Swimming Back stroke 2:04:06 hr:mm:ss Dana Vollmer Swimming (100m Butterfly) 55.98 secs 3. List of Countries ranking by gold Medal: Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Totla Medals 1 United 46 29 29 104For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 35 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in states of America 2 Peoples Republic of China 38 27 23 88 3 Great Britain 29 17 19 65

4 Russian federation 24 26 32 82 5 Republic of Korea 13 8 7 28 55 India 0 2 4 6 4. Highest Medals in Olympics won by Individuals: Country Athlete name Gold Silver Bronze Total USA PHELPS MICHAEL 4206 USA FRANJKLIN MISSY 4015 USA SCHMITT ALLISON 3115 Jamaica BOLT USAIN 3 0 0 3 USA FELIX ALLYSON 3003 5. Gold Medalists:

6. Andrian Clinhes Gold by a Finger Tip : Nathan Andrian clinched the Olympic 100 m free style gold by a fingertip on 1 August 2012 to become the first American to hold the title since 1988. 7. Serena Williams Wins Olympic Gold : Serena Williams secured her first ever gold medal victory in the womens singles with 6-0, 6-1 win over the Russian beauty, Maria Sharapova at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon on 4 August 2012.Serena becomes the second women to win the Olympic gold medal in addition to all four different Grand Slam titles. she also set the record of being the only female professional to attain the number one spot in both singles and doubles category. 8. Ben Ainslie Claims a Record : Britains Ben Ainslie became the most successful Olympic sailor on 5 August 2012 won a gold medal in the single handed finn class to claim a record breaking fifth consecutive medal. 9. Murray Won Olympic Gold : Britains Andy Murray demolished Roger Federer 6-2,6-1,6-4 in the mens final on 5 Aug 2012 to wins first gold medal ad avenge his Wimbledon final defeat against the world no1. Roger Federer bagged Olympic Silver , Juan Martin del potro bagged copper. 10.Serena and Venus Williams won Olympics Gold in Womens Doubles : Serena and Venus Williams teamed to win womens doubles title at the Olympics on 5 August 2012. The third time the dynamic duo taken Home the gold medal. 11. Lin Defends Olympic Badminton Gold : Chinas Lin Dan over hauled Lee Chong Wei in the final to win Olympic mens badminton singles on 5 August 2012.For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 36 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 12.Salimikordasiabi Won Olympic Gold : nrans Beh Salmi Kordasiabi won gold in the event of weightlifting competition at London to claim the title of Strongest man at the Olympics. He lifted

455 kg in total.silver for sajjad Anoushiravani. He is from Iran. Bronze for Russias Rulsan ALbegor with 448kg. 1. Sally Pearson Won 100m Hurdled Olympic Gold : Sally Pearson an Australian Won 100m hurdles Olympic Gold. She made an Olympic record time of 12.35seconds at Olympic Stadium, London. The Victory margin record time of 12.37 seconds made by Joanna Hayes of US in Athens. 2. Decathlon Gold for Ashton eaton : Decathlon is the toughest event in the Olympics. which consists of 10 events as one event.On 10 Aug America based Ashton eaton who is an Olympic Gold winner of Decathlon of total of 8,869 points m ade at London. Previously he made a World Record by acquiring 9,026 points at U.S. Olympic trials. 3. Yodisha Won Womens Wrestling Title : Japans saori Yodish won a third Olympic 55 kg womens free style Wrestling title on 9 August 2012. 4. Womens Soccer Won By America : The U. S Womens Football team won its third straight Olympic medal on 9 August 2012 by beating Japan of 2-1.The midfielder Carli Lloyd, who made critical 2 goals to Americas victory. 5. Oscar Pistorius : South African athlete Oscar Pistorius made a history when he became the first double amputee to participate in an athletics event of 400meters at the Olympics on 04 August 2012. 6. Olympic Swimming: Power Ranking Michael Phelps 18 Gold Medal Performances : Michael Phelps is an American swimmer who has won 22 Olympic medals (18 Gold, 2 Silver, & 2 Bronze). He is an Olympic legend who broke the record for most medals while participating at the London 2012 games. Michael Phelps swam in four Olympic Games. He broke 39 world records. He beat the record of Larisa Latynina Soviet Union gymnast. 7. Nicola Adams wins first ever women boxing gold : Britains Nicola Adams became the first ever Olympic womens boxing champion with a 16-7 flyweight final win over Chinas

world champion Ren Cancan on 9 August 2012. 8. Lysenko bags Gold : World champion Tatyana Lysenko of Russia added the Olympic gold to her collections with an Olympic record 78.18m in womens hammer throw at the Olympic stadium on 10 August 2012. 9. Roger Federer and Lina were Crowned the : Cincinnati Masters Tennis Championship World No.1 Tennis player Roger Federer won a record fifth Western and Southern open title (Cincinnati Masters) at Cincinnati on 19 August 2012. Federer beat second seeded Novak Djokovic 6-0, 7-6. This was the first time when top seeded mens players clashed in the final. 10. India beat Australia to win Under-19 World Cup : India won their third Under-19 World Cup title as captain Unmukt Chand saved his best for last, coming up with a crucial, unbeaten ton in the final against Australia on 26 August 2012. 11. New Heaven Open title to Czench star : Petra kvitova beat Maria Kirilenko on 25 Aug to win the New Haven Open, the Czech stars second WTA tournament title. 12. South Africas Hashim Amla becomes fasters : players to 3,000 ODI runs South Africas Hashim Amla became the fastest player to 3,000 one-day international runs during the course of his 150 that set up the Proteas 80- run win over England at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. 13.Lydia Ko won CN Canadian Womens Open LPGA Golf : Lydia Ko Won CN Canadian Womens Open LPGA Golf on 26 Aug to become the youngest winner in LPGA Tour History and only the fifth amateur championship. she is 15-year-old . 14. US PGA Golf champion is Rory Mccllroy : Rory Mallory won US PGA Golf Championship at kaiwah Island on 12 August 2012.This is his second major title with a record setting eight shot victory. The Northern Irishman,23, hit a six-under 66 to finish 13 under and return to world number one.

15. Dhoni named Castrol Indian cricketer of the year : The Castrol Awards for Cricketing Excellence are the premier cricketing awards recognizing outstanding performances by Indian cricketers past, present and future. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was declared the Castrol Indian Cricketer of the Year 2011 whilst Ajit Wadekar received the Castrol Lifetime Achievement Award and Indias For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 37 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in Under 19 World Cup winning Captain Unmukt Chand was awarded the Castrol Junior Cricketer of the Year Award. 16.V.V.S. Laxman retired from international cricket : V.V.S. Laxman retired from international cricket on 18 August 2012. He played 134 tests, amazing 8781 runs and an coverage of 45.97 and hitting 17 hundreds. He played 86 ODI for an aggregate of 2338 runs at an average of 30.76. 17.Life Long Ban on Lance Armstrong : The U.S. anti doping agency 14 years of Lance Armstrong strong career on 24 Aug , including his record of seven tour de France Titles and banned him for life from the sport. He was cyclist who retired an year ago. He would no longer challenge USDA and declined to exercise his last option by entering arbitration. He denied again that he ever took banned substances in his career, called USADAs Investigation a witch hunt without any physical evidence 18. India beat Cameroon to lift Nehru Cup for the third consecutive time : India beat Cameroon in a thrilling penalty shoot-out to lift the Nehru Cup 2012 football tournament. This is Indias third consecutive Nehru Cup title, infact they have just won the three. 19. Indias Girisha Hosanagara Nagarajegowda wins silver in London Paralympics : The Girisha Hosanagaara Nagarajegowda won Indias first medal at the London 2012 paralympic Games.The Karnataka athlete bagged the silver with a 1.74m effort in the

mens high jump F42 event on 03 September 2012. 20. India slips to 169th in world rankings : The world football governing body FIFA released the latest FIFA World Rankings on 5th September 2012 in which India has lost one spot to be now ranked 169th amongst the 209 ranked nations and territories, while within Asia India remains 32nd amongst 46 nations in the rankings. 21. USA wins third FIFA U-20 womens World Cup : United States of America beat former champion Germany 1-0 in Tokyo to claim its third FIFA U-20 womens World Cup crown on 8th September 2012. 22. Oscar Pistorius Wins Paralympics Gold In 400 Meters : The Blade Runner of South Africa ,Oscar Pistorius successfully completed 400m-T44 event in 46.68 sec in Paralympics and won the gold medal. 23. Serena clinches fourth US Open title : Serena Williams captured her 15th Grand Slam title and fourth career US Open crown with a 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 victory over World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka on 9th September 2012. 24.Andy Murray first Britisher to win Grand Slam men`s singles title in 76 years : Andy Murray has overpowered Serbias Novak Djokovic in five gruelling sets in a classic US Open final to become the first Britisher to win a Grand Slam mens singles title in 76 years. 25.Armadillo to be 2014 FIFA World Cup mascot : A rare species of armadillo is set to be the official mascot for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil on 12 September 2012.In the previous FIFA World Cup the mascots were: FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa- Zakumi the green-haired leopard FIFA 2006 World Cup in Germany- Goleo named lion 26. Dhoni named captain of ICC ODI team, Kohli, Gambhir in XI : Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been named captain of ICCs ODI Team of the Year which also includes Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir.This is for the fifth consecutive year in a row that

Dhoni has been selected in ICCs ODI Team of the Year.ICC awards are announced in Colombo on 15th September 2012. Indias Virat Kohli was on15 September 2012 rewarded with ODI Cricketer of the Year.at the ICC annual awards function in Colombo. 27. Indian Womens football defeated Nepal And Clinch 2012 SAFF Womens Championship : Defending champions India have won the SAFF(South Asian Football Federation) Womens Championship 2012 defeating Nepal in the finals played on 16th September 2012. 28. Saina signs up 40-crore deal with Rhiti Sports : The London Olympics bronzemedallist in badminton Saina Nehwal has signed up a 40-crore deal with Rhiti Sports Management company, making her the countrys highest paid sportsperson outside cricket. 29.Lifter Chandrika first Indian to win medal in Youth Worlds : Chandrika Tarafdar on 19th September 2012 became the first Indian to win a medal in Youth World Weightlifting Championships after she bagged two bronze in the girls 44kg category on the opening day at Kosice, Slovakia.Tarafdar won a bronze each in clean and jerk and total lift. She lifted 55kg in snatch, 74kg in clean and jerk for a total effort of 129kg.For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 38 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 30. Deepika Kumari won Silver at Recurve World Cup : Deepika Kumari won Silver at Recurve World Cup on 23 September 2012 in Tokyo. In the finals of the tournament, she lost against the Korean double Olympic gold medalist, Ki Bo-Bae 31. India got 3rd position in ICC T20 rankings : India got the third position in Reliance ICC T20 Championship table released by ICC on 26th September 2012 .South Africa and England got the 1st and 2nd positions respectively. 32. Indian wrestler Babita wins world championship bronze : Babita Kumari (51kg)

became the second Indian female wrestler to win a World Championships medal after she clinched a bronze in Edmonton, Canada. 33. Humpy wins Ankara Grand Prix-2012 : Grandmaster Koneru Humpy won gold medal in FIDE Grand Prix in Turkey at Ankara on 28th September 2012 34. Indian judokas win 2 silver, 3 bronze in Asian Championship : Indian judokas bagged two silver and three bronze in the Asian Youth and Junior Championships held in Chinese Taipei.In the Youth Championships, Vijay Kumar Yadav and Besto Rani Devi won a silver each in boys 60kg and girls 48kg categories respectively.Preety and Mongjam Kabita Devi won a bronze each in gilrs 40kg and 44kg respectively in the September 2830 event.Khaidem Rashi Devi bagged a bronze in 70kg category in the junior section.Indian judokas had won one gold, four silver and two bronze in the Asian Youth and Junior Championships in Lebanon last year. 35. India move up to 2nd spot in T20 rankings : India might have failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the ongoing ICC World Twenty20, but four wins out of five matches have pushed the India by one place to the second spot in the latest T20 International team rankings released on 3rd October 2012.India now trail Sri Lanka (129) by nine points and are followed by Pakistan (118) and England (118). 36. India 168th in FIFA rankings : Indian football team moved a place up to be 168th in the latest FIFA rankings, India, who last month won a hat-trick of Nehru Cup titles, have 114 points. 37.Red Bull driver Vettel wins Japanese Grand Prix : Sebastian Vettel ,the driver Red Bull won the Japanese Grand Prix 2012 on 7th Ocober 2012. 38.Australia retain womens World Twenty20 title : The Australian Women Cricket team on 7 October 2012 defeated England by four runs to retain the Women T-20 world cup title.

39.West Indies won the ICC World Twenty20 Tournament : West Indies 7th October 2012 clinched the ICC World Twenty20 crown with a comfortable 36-run victory over Sri Lanka. 40.Kaltenborn becomes first female F1 team principal : India born Monisha Kalterborn is set to become Formula 1s first woman team principal after she takes charges from founder of Sauber chief Peter Sauber on 12th October 2012. 41. Jeevan Neduncheziyan and Prerna Bhambri emerge champions : Jeevan Neduncheziyan and Prerna Bhambri emerge champions in the Fenesta Open national tennis championship at the RK Khanna Stadium in New Delhi on 13th October 2012. 42. Hat-trick for Vettel : Sebastian Vettel has claimed his third successive victory at the Korean GP on 14h October 2012.He is already won the Singapore and Japan GP titles. 43. Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray to win Shanghai Masters : Novak Djokovic beated British Tennis Player Andy Murray, on 14 October 2012 saving five match points to seal a stunning 5- 7, 7- 6 ( 13/ 11), 6- 3 victory in the Shanghai Rolex Masters final. 44.Bhullar wins Macau Open golf : Indias Gaganjeet Bhullar completed a commanding start-to-finish victory at the Venetian Macau Open golf on 14th October 2012. 45. Indias Saina Nehwal win Denmark Open Badminton Title : Indian badminton player and Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal has won the Denmark Open Super Series Premier trophy on 21st October 2012. 46.Martin Guptill wins NZ top cricket award : Opening batsman of New Zealand Cricket team Martin Guptill on 18 October 2012 claimed the top honour at the New Zealand Cricket Awards in Auckland, winning the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal for 2011-12. Martin Guptill was also named ODI and Twenty20 player of the year, based on performances between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012. 47.Anaka Alankamony clinches her second WISPA title : Asian junior gold medallist

Anaka Alankamony today claimed her second title and first one abroad in the womens professional squash tour when she beaten the top seed Kylie Lindsay of New Zealand in the final of the Ipswich Open in Queensland.For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 39 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 48.Lance Armstrong stripped of his 7 Tour de France titles, banned for life : Cyclings governing body agreed on 22nd October 2012 to strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and ban him for life, following a report from the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that accused him of leading a massive doping program on his teams. 49.Womens Indian Golf Open from November 30 : The creme-de-la-creme of Indian womens golf will be up against a strong international field, including the likes of Laura Davies and defending champion Caroline Hedwall, when the tri-sanctioned Hero Womens Golf Open tees off from November 30. 50. Sun TV Network Acquired Hyderabad IPL Franchise : Chennai based SUN TV Network acquired the Indian Premier League (IPL) Hyderabad franchise on 25 October 2012 for an enormous amount of 85.05 crore Rupees per year. 51. Sebastian Vettel won F1 Second Indian Grand Prix : Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won the Indian Grand Prix 2012 on 28 October 2012 at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) for the second time in a row extending his Formula One championship lead.This is his fourth consecutive success in this year. 52.Pankaj Advani defeats Russell, clinches seventh World Billiards Championship title : India`s Pankaj Advani won his seventh World billiards title when he outclassed defending champion Mike Russell 1,895-1,216 in the final on 28th October 2012. 53. Joshna Chinappa wins Penang Open squash title : Indias top squash player Joshna Chinappa claimed the IJM Land Penang Open, defeating top seed and local favourite Siti

Munirah Jusoh in straight games on 28th October 2012. 54. India retains third spot in ICC ODI ranking : India retains the third spot in the ICC ODI ranking after England and South Africa. England has retained the top spot in the latest ODI rankings with 121 points followed by South Africa. The latest ICC rankings were released in Dubai on 30th October 2012. 55. India lifts the Asian Cricket Council Womens Twenty-20 trophy at Guangzhou in China : Indian women lifted the title of Asian Cricket Council Womens Twenty-20 Asia Cup cricket tournament by defeatingthe Pakistan by 18 runs in the final match at Guangzhou in China. 56.Kimi Raikkonen won Abu Dhabi GP : Kimi Raikkonen won an Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on 4th November 2012. 57.Mahesh Bhupathi-Rohan Bopanna win Paris Masters : Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna clinched the Paris Masters, their second title of the year, after scoring a hardfought win over Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer in Paries on 4th November 2012. 58.Czech Republic lifted Fed Cup : The Czech Republic got the Fed Cup title after beating Serbia in the final on 4 November 2012. 59. National Anti-Doping Disciplinary panel suspendes 11 athletes for two years : The National Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (NADDP) suspended all the 11 athletes for two years, who were tested positive with methyl hexane amine (MHA) in the run-up of the last Commonwealth Games.The suspended 11 athletes are :Two athletes, Saurabh Vij and Akash Antil; Six wrestlers, all of them internationals, Arjuna awardee Rajeev Tomar, Joginder Singh, Sumit Sehrawat, Rahul Maan, Gursharanpreet Kaur and Khatri; and three swimmers, Amar Muralidharan, Jyotsana Pansare and Richa 60.Pakistan won Second Asian Kabaddi Championship 2012 : Pakistan won the Second Asian Kabaddi Championship 2012 against India on 6th November 2012.

61. Gaganjeet Bhullar, Youngest Indian on Elite Golfers League : Gaganjeet Bhullar, 24, became the youngest Indian to make it to the elite group of the worlds top-100 players in the latest rankings. 62. Hanoi to host 2019 Asian Games : Vietnams capital Hanoi will host the 2019 Asian Games. 63. India bags four medals in 14th Asian Youth (boys & girls) weightlifting championships : India won four medals on the opening day of the 14th Asian Youth (boys & girls) weightlifting championships at Yangon, Myanmar, on 8th November 2012.Santa won a bronze in snatch with a lift of 95 kg before securing a gold each in clean and jerk and total lift with efforts of 126 kg and 221 kg respectively. The other medal of the day for the Indians was won by Chandrika Tarafdar in youth girls 44 kg category. She won a silver with a total lift of 132 kg. 64.Rahul bags 3 more golds for India in Asian Youth Weightlifting : Ragala Venkat Rahul won three gold medals to help India increase their medals tally to seven on the second day of the 14th Asian Youth (Boys & Girls) Weightlifting Championships at Yangon, For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 40 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in Myanmar on 9th November 2012.Competing in the 77kg weight category, Rahul secured the yellow metals in snatch, clean and jerk and overall with a total lift of 280 kgs. 65. International news agencies boycott India-England Test series : International news agencies on 15 November 2012 decided to boycott the high-profile Test series between India and England which began in Ahmedabad to protest against the restrictions imposed by the BCCI on some photo agencies covering the tour. 66. Saina Nehwal retains 3rd place in Badminton World Federation womens rankings :London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal retained her third place in the Badminton

World Federation (BWF) womens rankings released on 16 November,2012. 67.Priyanka is Asian under-10 champion : Asian under-10 girls chess champion Nuthaki Priyanka bagged the world youth chess championship at Maribor, Slovenia on 18 November 2012. She completed with 9.5 points of 11 rounds. 68.McLarens Lewis Hamilton won United States Grand Prix 2012 : McLaren-Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the 2012 United States Grand Prix race at Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas. It was the first F1 race in United States since 2007. 69. Usain Bolt, Allyson Felix named IAAF world athletes of the year : Usain Bolt won the IAAF(International Amateur Athletic Federation) World male Athlete of the Year award for the fourth time and United States sprinter Allyson Felix won the womens World Athlete of the Year award on 24 November 2012. 70. Sebastian Vettel won third Formula One world title : Sebastian Vettel became the youngest triple champion in Formula One history on 25 November 2012.He stood sixth position in Brazilian Grand Prix with 8 points.But overall he got F1 world title for this season with 281 points. This is the third time consecutively he got the F1 title. 71. India to hold 3rd World cup Kabaddi in December : Punjab would host 3rd World Kabaddi Cup from 1 to 15 December 2012. 23 countries are participating in this world cup.The prize money for this world cup is Rs.4.54crores. 72.Lalith Babu Top in Commonwealth Chess Championship : Grandmasters M R Lalith Babu and Sergei Tiviakov scored final round victories to reached the top of the table with 9.5 points in the Commonwealth Chess Championship in Chennai on 01 December 2012. Lalith was crowned the Commonwealth Champion 2012 title. 73. Rory McIlroy named PGA Tour Player of the Year : On 2 December The PGA( Professional Golfers Association of America) Tour has announced Rory McIlroy as Tour Player of the Year after McIlroy won four times on Tour in 2012. McIlroy, becomes the

youngest player to earn Player of the Year honors since Tiger Woods in 1998. 74. Anna Ushenina is World Womens Chess Champion : Anna Ushenina of Ukraine 02 December 2012 won the womens World Championship crown, defeating Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria in the first set of tie-break games. 75. Air India Won Lal Bahadur Shastri Tournament : Air India defeated Bharat Petroleum 3-1 to emerge champion in the 23rd Lal Bahadur Shastri hockey tournament at the Shivaji Stadium New Delhi on 4 December 2012. 76. Jadeja Created History Hitting 3rd Tripleton in FC Cricket : Ravindra Jadeja became first Indian and only eighth batsman in the First-Class (FC) cricket history of world to score three triple-centuries in the unbeaten 320 runs against Railways in the Ranji Trophy Group A match on 2 December 2012 in Rajkot. 77. International Olympic Committee Suspended India : The International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended Indias national Olympic committee on 4 December 2012 because of government interference in its election process. 78. Australia Won 5th Consecutive Champions Trophy Hockey : On 8 December Australia won fifth Consective Champions Trophy Hockey after defeated Netherlands in Melbourne.The bronze medal was claimed by Pakistan after they beated India on 9 december. 79. Indian Wrestlers Won Nine Gold Medals in Copa Brasil Tournament : The Indian wrestling contingent finished with a haul of nine gold and four bronze medals in the recent Copa Brasil-2012 tournament held at Rio in December 2012. 80. Magnus Carlsen won the 4th London Chess Classic Tournament : On 10 December Norways chess ace Magnus Carlsen won the 4th London Chess Classic Tournament in London .Carlsen defeated the World Champion Viswanathan Anand in the final round and claim the winners trophy.Kramnik is second place , Adams and Hikaru Nakamura share

the third place and Viswanathan Anand fifth place.For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 41 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 81. India Won Blind Cricket T20 World Cup : India won the first T20 world cup for the Blind .In the final on 13 December 2012 India defeated the Pakistan by 29-runs.India did well to clinch the first ever blind cricket T20 World Cup on the home soil. 82. India Won the World Cup Kabaddi Tournament 2012 : India won the 3rd World Cup Kabaddi Tournament for the third consecutive time in the Mens category and second consecutive time in the Womens category on15 December 2012. Indian men defeated the Pakistan and India Women defeated the Malaysia in the finals held at the Guru Nanak Dev Stadium in Ludhiana. 83. Jeev Honoured with Asia Pacific Lifetime Achievement Award : Indian golfer Jeev Milkha Singh (in pic) won the Asia Pacific Lifetime Achievement award along with Jack Nicklaus and Colin Montgomerie on 15 December 2012. 84.China Claimed All Titles at Junior World TT Championship : On 16 December China claimed the all titles at Volkswagen 2012 World Junior Table Tennis Championship after it won girls as well as boys trophies. Girls Singles : Zhu Yuling, Girls Doubles: Gu Yuting and Zhu Yuling, Boys Singles : Fan Zhendong, Boys Doubles : Gu Ruochen and Lin Gaoyuan, Mixed Doubles : Zhendong and Liu Gaoyang. 85. Federer & Nicola named Swiss Athletes of the Year 2012 : Tennis star Roger Federer was named Swiss male athlete of the year at the 2012 Credit Suisse Sports Awards on 16 December in Zurich.Federer received the honour for the fifth time. The female Athlete of the year was Nicola Spirig, the Olympic triathlon champion of Switzerland. 86. England Won Test Series : On 17 December The last test match between India and

England of the Tournament England Tour to India ended up as a draw and with this India lost the four-test match cricket series against England .With this win England succeeded in ending a 28 year long wait of winning a test series on Indian Soil. 87. Syed Rahim Nabi Named AIFF Player of the Year 2012 : Syed Rahim Nabi has been named the AIFF (All India Football Federation) Player of the Year, 2012 on 20 December. 88. Sachin Retired From One Day Cricket : On 23 December Sachin Tendulkar announced retirement from one day cricket. Sachin scored 18426 runs in 463 one-day matches and also made 49 hundreds in the one-day format, including a double hundred which is the first in this form of cricket and 96 half centuries. He became the first cricketer to score a double century in the history of One Day international Cricket against South Africa in February 2010.Tendulkar scored his 100th international century on 16 March 2012 against Bangladesh, where he scored 114 runs. 89. Kashyap Won First Grand Prix Title : Kashyap Parupalli defeated Thailands Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk in a tight three game match to take his first Grand Prix title at the Shaheed Dr. KL Garg, Syed Modi India Grand Prix Gold 2012. 90. Apurvi Chandela Won Air Rifle Gold : On 24 December Apurvi Chandela of Rajasthan won Womens Air Rifle Gold in the Sahara 56th National Shooting Championship.Former champion and National record holder, Pournima clinched the bronze. 91. Djokovic won World Tennis Championship : On 29 December Spanish tennis player Novak Djokovic won World Tennis Championship final after defeated Nicolas Almagro in Abu Dhabi. 92.Vijay Won Gold in National Shooting Championshipfire pistol event at the 56th National Shooting Championship in New Delhi. 93. McGrath inducted into Hall of Fame : The ICC announced on 30 December 2012 that

McGrath, who took more Test wickets (563) than any other fast bowler and holds the record for most wickets in World Cups (71), will be inducted as the 68th male player in the International Cricket Councils Hall of Fame. 94.Kohli is CEAT International Cricketer of the Year : On 4 January Vice-captain of Indian Cricket team Virat Kohli was named the International Cricketer of the Year while Pakistan cricket team was named as the Best International Cricket Team in the 2011-2012 season at the CEAT cricket awards in New Delhi. Unmukt Chand, who led India to the U-19 World Cup win last year, got the inaugural Indian Youngster of the Year award.The Former Pakistan cricket captain Zaheer Abbas received the Lifetime Achievement Award. 95. Uttarakhand won 63rd National Basketball Championship : On 4 January Uttarakhand won 63rd National basketball championship mens title after defeated Punjab in the final at Ludhiana (Punjab).In the womens section, Railways won the title against by first-time finalist Tamil Nadu in the final.For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 42 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 96.Tipsarevic won Chennai Open Tennis Title : On 6 January Second-seeded Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia has won the ATP Chennai Open Title after defeated Roberto BautistaAgut of Spain in the final at Chennai.Tipsarevic won the chennai open title for the first time in his career. 97. Nicol David won World Series Squash Title : On 6 January Nicol David won the World Series Squash Finals womens title after defeated Englands Laura Massaro in the final at London.In the mens final, Egypts Amr Shabana came from behind to beat Englands Nick Matthew . 98.Australia Won Test Against Sri Lanka : Australia secured a five-wicket won in the third and final Test match against Sri Lanka on 6 January at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) . 99.Brisbane International Tennis Winners 2013 : Womens Singles :Serena Williams

(USA) won the WTA Brisbane International womens singles title on 5 January with a straight sets demolition of Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.Mens Singles : In the Mens singles Category Andy Murray from scotland won the title after defeated Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov .Womens Doubles : Sania Mirza and her partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands won the womens doubles trophy by winning against Kveta Peschke and Anna-Lena GroenefeldMens Doubles : Marcelo Melo Tommy Robredo won the doubles title after defeated Eric Butorac Paul Hanley . 100. Pakistan won the Three Match Series : On 6 January Pakistan won the threematch series by 2-1 against India.With this win over Pakistan, India lost the three matches one day series .Nasir Jamshed of Paksitan was declared as the Player of the tournament.MS Dhoni was once again chosen as the Player of the match. 101. Lionel Messi, the man of the four Golden Balls : Lionel Messi became the first four-time winner of the FIFA Player of the Year award after shattering the world record with 91 goals last year(2012) for Barcelona and Argentina.His 91 goals topped Gerd Muellers mark of 85 for Bayern Munich and Germany in 1977 102. Bangar quits first-class cricket : Former India player and Railways captain Sanjay Bangar announced his retirement from first-class cricket after guiding his team to a 122-run victory over Bengal in the final league game of the Ranji Trophy on 01 January 2013 in Kolkata.He played 165 first class matches amassing 8342 runs at an average of 33.35 and has 300 wickets to his credit. 103. National Table Tennis Championship Winners : On 11 January Soumyajit Ghosh became the youngest national champion after he defeated six-time winner Achanta Sharath Kamal in the summit clash of the 74th National Table Tennis Championship mens singles final at Raipur.Shamini Kumaresan won the womens singles title.Sourav Chakraborty and Ganeshan Sathiyan won the doubles title.In the Women doubles category K. Spoorthy and Nikhat Banu (AP) defeated Madhurika Patkar and Pooja Sahasrabudhe in

the final and got the title. 104. Haryana girls retain U-20 hockey title : Haryana defeated Uttar Pradesh 1-0 to retain their under-20 women hockey national championship at the Gachibowli Stadium on 16 January 2013. 1. Kerala won 61st National Volleyball Championship Title : On 16 January Kerala defeated Tamilnadu to retain the mens title in the 61st Senior National Volleyball Championship at the Sawai Man Singh Indoor Stadium in Jaipur.In the womens section, Railways defeated Kerala and won the title in the final. 2. Malaysian Open Badminton Championship Winners Mens Singles: Lee Chong Wei (Indonesia) won the Mens singles title after defeated Sony Dwi Kuncoro in the final at Kuala Lumpur on 20 January. Mens Doubles: Mohd Ahsan (Indonesia) -Hendra Setiawan (China) defeated Ko Sung-hyun-Lee Yong-dae (Malaysia) in the final. Womens Singles: Tai Tzu-ying (Thailand) won the womens singles title after defeated Yao Xue (Korea) Womens Doubles: In the event Bao Yixin-Tian Qing (China) won the title after defeated Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi (Japan)For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 43 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 3. Lalith Babu takes top honours : Lalith Babu defeated Swapnil Dhopade in the final round to clinch the Chennai Super Kings International Grandmaster chess tournament that concluded at the Nehru Stadium in Chennai on 23 January 2013.Lalith Babu won Rs.200,000 and the trophy after becoming the first Indian player to claim the Chennai Open 4. Australian Open Tennis Tournament 2013 Winners : Womens Singles :- Victoria

Azarenka of Belarus won the Womens Singles title of the Australian Open Tennis tournament after defeated Li Na of China in the final at Melbourne on 26 January . Mens Singles:- Novak Djokovic (Serbia) has won the mens singles title after defeating Andy Murray (Britain) in four sets. This is Djokovics fourth Australian Open and over all six Grand Slam single title. Womens Doubles:- Top seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci won the title, defeating wild cards Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua in the final. Mens Doubles : Top seeded American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan won the mens doubles title. Americans Mike and Bob Bryan won their record 13th Grand Slam doubles title, defeating the Dutch team of Robin Haase and Igor Sijsling . 5. Magnus Carlsen Won Tata Steel Chess Championship : Magnus Carlsen won Tata Steel 2013 Chess tournament title in the final at Netherlands on 27 January .In the final round tournament, he scored 10 points , winning clear first ahead of second-place finisher Aronian (Armenia).World champion Viswanathan Anand at third position. 6. Mumbai won 40th Ranji Trophy Title : On 29 January Mumbai won its 40th Ranji Trophy title against Saurashtra by an inning and 125 runs in the final at Wankhede at Mumbai .Wasim Jaffar was declared Man of the Match. Ajit Agarkar was the captain of the winning team. ECONOMY 1. Chinas millionaire number crosses million mark : The number of millionaires in China crossed a million mark for the first in the Communist nation, putting it in the elite club of the wealthy nations like US and Japan. The elite millionaires group includes 63,500 billionaires, according to Hurun Report, a Chinese event and publishing group which compiled the Chinas list of the rich.The number of Chinese worth more than 10 million yuan (USD 1.6 million) broke the million mark in 2011 for the

first time, with 1.02 million people now in this elite group. Of these million-plus wealthy individuals, 84 per cent are concentrated in the eastern, northern and southern regions of China, with Beijing home to the greatest number, at 1.79 lakh millionaires. 2. Crisil Research cuts 2012-13 GDP growth forecast to 5.5% : Crisil Research has cut Indias real GDP growth forecast for 2012-13 from 6.5 per cent to 5.5 per cent. This downward revision in GDP is due to deficient monsoon and worsening of the Euro Zone economic outlook. 3. CIBIL working on Risk Index to help banks : Credit Information Bureau (India) Ltd (CIBIL) is planning to introduce a risk index that will help the countrys banks take quicker decisions on extending loans to corporates and business houses. The index follows the credit information firms TransUnion score for individual borrowers being used by financial institutions and banks to take decisions in respect of credit cards and home loans. Any individual with over 750 score can be considered as good. 4. P.M.s Economic Panel Lowers the Indian : Growth Estimate to 6.7% for 2012-13 Prime Ministers economic advisory panel on 17 August 2012 pegged GDP growth for the current financial year to 6.7 percent. This is mainly due to poor Monsoon which will pull down the agricultureFor All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 44 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in growth rate to 0.5 percent from 2.8 percent last year. Economy will grow at 6.7 percent in 2012- 13, Prime Ministers economic Advisory council (PMEAC) chairman C.Rangarajan said that while releasing Economic outlook for 2012-13. He asked the government to open multi brand retail to foreign investment and raise diesel prices in one (or) more steps to contain the subsidy bill. India has registered 6.5% growth in the fiscal year 2011-

12. Which was the lowest in the past nine years. 5. Government Detected Rs.49,325 crore Black Money in India : Government said that Rs.49,325 crore has been detected in the country in the last three years while tax evasion of Rs.600 crore found on input from abroad under multi-prolonged efforts to heck black money menance. this information has been contained in a 13 page fact-sheet released by the Finance Ministry.The fact-sheet say the Central Board of Direct Taxes(CBDT) has detected undisclosed income of over Rs.32,000 crore besides seizing assets valued at over Rs 2,600 crores. 17,325 crore income detected in survey. Government also disclosed that under Double Avoidance agreement(DTAA), investigation of information from German and France has led to detection of tax evasion of Rs.600 crore and realization of Rs.200 crore in taxes. 6. Union Finance Minister Approved the Proposal FDI raise up to 49% : The Union Finance Minister P.Chidambaram approved the raise of FDI in Insurance and Pension sector up to 49%. Earlier the limit of FDI was up to 26%. This Proposal of 49% raise of FDI was made during the tenure of Pranab mukherjee. It was delayed because of resistance from the cronies. 7. ISC directs Sahara Group to refund Rs 17,400 crore to investors : In a major setback to the Sahara Group, the Supreme Court on 31st August 2012 directed two of its companies to refund around Rs 17,400 crore to their investors within three months with 15 percent interest.A bench of justices K S Radhakrishnan and J S Khehar directed SEBI to take action against the companies, Sahara India Real Estate Corporation and Sahara Housing Investment Corporation, if they fail to refund the money. 8. India, China joint panel to address trade concerns : India and China have agreed to establish a joint working group to address all trade-related issues, including the widening trade balance between the countries. The decision was taken at a meeting between trade

minister Anand Sharma and his Chinese counterpart Chen Deming in New Delhi on 27th August 2012.Trade between the countries was $75.4 billion in 2011-12, against $59 billion in 2010- 11. In 2011-12, exports to China stood at $17.9 billion while imports from there stood at $57.5 billion, resulting in a trade deficit of $39.6 billion. 9. Indias GDP to remain below 6% for 2012-13 : CII(Confederation of Indian Industry) survey indicated that the GDP growth during 2012-13 is expected to remain below 6 percent 10.Planning Commission for cut in 12th Plan annual GDP growth target to 8.2% : Planning Commission is proposing to lower annual average growth target for the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17) to 8.2 per cent from its earlier projection of 9 per cent in view of uncertain global environment and sluggish performance of the manufacturing sector at home. 11.CRR cut to inject Rs.17,000 crore : The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), on 17th September 2012, retained the indicative policy rates at the current level while cutting the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) by 25 basis points to 4.50 per cent, injecting a liquidity of around Rs.17,000 crore into the banking system. 12. Naveen Jindal tops executive pay chart with Rs 73.4 crore package : The Chairperson and Managing Director of Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL),Naveen Jindal has topped the executive pay charts for listed companies in the country with a package of Rs 73.42 crore for the last fiscal 2011-12, which grew by over Rs six crore from previous year. 13. Govt approves 49% FDI in insurance & pension sectors : On 4th October 2012 The Cabinet has cleared proposals to allow more Foreign Direct Investment or FDI in the insurance and pension sectors.In both the sectors government approves 49% of FDIs.

14. Govt approves 12th Five-Year Plan : On 4th October 2012 Government approved the 12th Five-Year Plan (2012-17) document that aims to achieve annual average economic growth rate of 8.2 per cent, down from 9 per cent envisaged earlier, in view of fragile global recovery. 15. HDFC Bank partners Indian Oil Corporation to offer rural banking services : HDFC Bank has partnered Indian Oil Corporation to provide banking services in the rural areas For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 45 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in where IOCs petrol pump outlets Kisan Seva Kendras will act as the business correspondents for the banks. 16. IMF cuts Indias Growth Forecast for 2012 to 4.9 Percent : The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has slashed Indias growth forecast to 4.9 per cent for 2012 due to low business confidence and sluggish structural reforms. 17. India-US trade to touch $100 bn : Bilateral trade between India and the US is expected to touch USD 100 billion in the coming years on increasing economic engagement between the countries. 18.Rangarajan lowers FY13 GDP growth forecast to 6% : Prime Ministers key advisor C Rangarajan 25th October 2012 lowered the growth projection for the current fiscal to 6 per cent from 6.7 per cent estimated earlier. 19.Rs 6,000-cr fine on Tata Steel for illegal mining : The Odisha government imposed a fine Rs 6,000 crore on Tata Steel for its alleged involvement in illegal and excess mining at its captive mines. 20. India signs loan agreement with World Bank for USD 70 million : India signed a 70-million US Dollar loan agreement with World Bank for financing the Karnataka Health Systems Development as well as Reform Project on 22 November 2012.

21.The ADB cut Indias Growth Forecast to 5.4 percent : The Asian Development Bank (ADB) cut Indias growth forecast to 5.4 per cent in 2012-13 fiscal, barely two months after it had made a projection of 5.6 per cent growth for the Asias third largest economy. Indias growth forecast is revised from 5.6 per cent to 5.4 per cent in fiscal year 2012 and from 6.7 per cent to 6.5 per cent in FY 2013. 22.Rich Gulf Families Own Wealth Worth USD 1.2 Trillion : According to the KFHResearch report said one million wealthy families in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries own investment assets worth about USD 1.2 trillion.The report about wealth and funds management said that the worlds population of high net worth individuals (HNWIs) grew by a marginal 0.8 per cent year on year to 11 million in 2011. 23. India Economy Would Dominate the Economy of the World by 2030 : US intelligence counsel was released report on 10 December 2012 declared that India would straddle international commerce and will also dominate the economy of the whole world by 2030. 24. IOC Retains Top in Fortune 500 India List : Government owned Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) is ranked as the largest company in terms of revenue, the Fortune 500 list of Indian companies for 2012 . In this list Indian Oil Corporation got the first place with a full-year revenue of Rs 4,202 billion, Reliance Industries Limited got the second place with a fullyear revenue of Rs 3,675 billion and Bharat Petroleum Corporation got the third place with a full -year revenue of Rs 2,148 billion 25. Indias Lost $123 bn in Black Money : According to the report of Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries: 20012010, released by Global Financial Integrity (GFI) India lost $123 billion in black money during 2001-2010. However Indias loss is far less than that of China, which according to the report suffered a loss of $ 2.74 trillion during the same period (2001 to 2010). India is the eighth largest victim of black money loses.

26. India Lags Several Nations in Per Capita Income : India is lagging behind several countries in per capita income due to different levels of development and various other factors, the central government was informed on 19 December. Indias per capita GDP on Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) basis was $3,403 in 2010 and is estimated at $3,662.69 in 2011 and $3,851.31 in 2012. 27.Philippines introduced sin tax : A sin tax on cigarettes and alcohol was introduced in the Philippines on 01 January 2013, as part of a government bid to boost finances.Many stores started selling tobacco and drink at inflated prices before midnight , ahead of the official implementation of the tax hikes on January 01, hitting partygoers in the pocket.Tax on cigarettes will gradually be raised to 30 pesos ($0.72) per pack by 2017, roughly doubling the current price to around 52 pesos.Duty on alcohol will also increase gradually until 2017, increasing the price of a bottle of beer by 23.50 pesos, with varying levels for other drinks including wine and spirits. 28.LIC Launched New Jeewan Nidhi & Flexi Plus Policies : The Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India launched two new Insurence policies New Jeevan Nidhi, a pension scheme, and Flexi Plus on 3 January .New Jeewan Nidhi provides the facility of insurance coverage of full amount while the insured person keeps depositing premiums.The Flexi policy is a unit linked insurance product. The plan not only provides a For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 46 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in lump sum benefit on death but also maturity benefit irrespective of survival of the policy holder 29.Mukesh Ambani 18th richest man in world : Indian business magnate Mukesh Ambani is the 18th richest person in the world with a personal wealth of $24.7 billion in 2012, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a daily ranking of the worlds 100

wealthiest individuals. Mexican telecommunications magnate Carlos Slim remained the worlds richest person last year holding a personal fortune of more than $70 billion.Microsoft founder Bill Gates and the founder of fashion retailer Zara, Amancio Ortega, got a second and third places respectively. 30. Indian Companies Top Globally in R&D Investment : According to the European Commission report Indian companies have come on the top globally when it comes to growth in their research and development (R&D) investments, leaving their counterparts in the US and Europe far behind.Indian firms rank far below when it comes to absolute R&D investments made by them and the top-ranked company from the country.These are the only 14 Indian companies present in a list of top-1500 entities worldwide in terms of their annual R&D investments.The top-ranked Indian company is Infosys at 329th place and Japanese company Toyota Motor appears at the top of the ranking in the 2012 Scoreboard. 31. IMF forecasted Indian Economic Growth Rate to be 5.9 percent in 2013 : The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on 23 January 2013 pegged Indias economic growth rate in 2013 at 5.9 per cent and projected a higher growth of 6.4 per cent next year in line with the gradual strengthening of global expansion. 32.World Banks Global Economic Prospects 2013 Report : According to the World Bank Global Economic Prospects 2013 report , Indias growth is expected to inch closer to that of China in near future, in which the economies of developing countries like India, China and Brazil are projected to be recovering and higher growth rate.The World Bank expects that by 2015, the growth rate of China would be 7.9% and that of India 7%.While the growth of the world economy growth is projected to inch up from 2.3% in 2012 to 2.4% in 2013, with the high-income countries remaining at the same level of growth of 1.3% in both 2012 and 2013, it is the emerging markets like India, China and Brazil that would show significant signs of recovery.They are expecting a recovery in India from 5.1%

growth in 2012 to 6.1% growth in 2013. 33. India 119th on Economic Freedom Index : According to the Heritage Foundation 2013 Index of Economic Freedom survey report , India has been ranked as the 119th freest country in the world and Indias economic freedom score stood at 55.2, as its institutional shortcomings continue to undermine the foundations for long-term economic development.The top ten countries in the list include Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Switzarland, canada, Chili, Mauritius, Denmark and US. 34. India second in steel production globally : India is second only to China in terms of steel production. In the last 5 years Indias production grew by 33 percent, thus making it behind China among the top 5 steel producing nation. World Steel Association (WSA) data has revealed that Chinas production grew by 39 per cent during 2008-2012, Indias by 33 percent and Indias production grew constantly in the last five years from 57.8 MT in 2008 to 63.5 MT in 2009, 69 MT in 2010, 73.6 MT in 2011 and 76.7 MT in 2012 35.RBI cuts CRR, Repo Rates : On 29 January The Reserve Bank of India slashed its key interest rates by 0.25 per cent and released 18000 crore rupees additional liquidity into the system to perk up growth through reduced cost of borrowing. RBI in its third quarter monetary policy review surprised the market by cutting short-term lending rate called repo, by 0.25 per cent to 7.75 per cent and Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) by similar margin to 4 per cent. SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY 1. SPOT6 reached to SHAR : The Satish Dawan Space Centre in Nellore district at Sriharikota will launching PSLV C-21 rocket(100th rocket) with French satellite SPOT6(800kg) and a small Japanese satellite weighing around 15kg in the month of September.This is the hundredth rocket in the 49 years of ISRO history.For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 47

For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 2. Cabinet Clears Mars mission : The Union Cabinet on 03 August 2012 cleared the Indian Space Research Organization(ISRO) mission to Mars next year November The project envisages putting a spacecraft in the red planets orbit to study its atmosphere with the help of the polar Satellite launch vehicle. India joins the United states , Russia, Europe, Japan and China in undertaking such an effort. The spacecraft will have a scientific payload of 25 kg and its proposed to be placed in an orbit of 500 x 80,000 km around the planet.The mission is estimated to cost about Rs $450 crore. 3. Curiosity Landed on Red Planet : The Robotic Explorer Curiosity blazed through the pink skies of mars, steering itself to gentle landing inside again crater for the most ambitious dig yet into the red planet. It was NASAs seventh landing on earths Neighbor.In November 2011 American Space Research Centre NASA Launched the curiosity into the space. On 6 Aug 2012 the Curiosity landed safely on the Mars.The Voyage to Mars took more than eight months and spanned 352m million miles(566 million kilometers). It sliced through Martian atmosphere ay 13,000mph(21,000kph). The first of what scientists predict will be enormous amounts of Information, Including a possible answer to whether Mars ever supported conditions for Organic life, to find evidence of life itself,alive or fossilized-its raft of 10 scientific instruments will hunt for carbon based compounds considered essential to microbial life. It stays 2 years in Mars to collect all these Information. This is the next space mission of NASA after 1970. Ashwini, Indo-American scientist involved in this mission. 4. NASA picks 3 firms to develop space taxis : NASA picks 3 firms to develop space taxis,the companies are the Boeing Co,Space Exploration Technologies called SpaceX, and

Sierra Nvada Corp. 5. A new oxidant in the atmosphere identified : Scientists have found for the first time unequivocal evidence of another oxidant playing a vital role in the formation of gaseous sulphuric acid in the atmosphere. Until now, it was thought that the combination of OH (hydroxyl radical) oxidant with sulphur dioxide (SO) was the dominant way by which gaseous sulphuric acid is formed in the atmosphere. They found the new oxidant has significant capacity to oxidise sulphur dioxide. 6. Largest 3D Map of Galaxies : Astronomers have unveiled the largest ever 3D map of the sky, encompassing massive galaxies and distance black holes, based on sloan digital sky survey III(SDSS- III). These galaxies are captures by a 2.5 meter wide -angle telescope located at the Apache Point observatory in New Mexico.The release Includes of 200 million galaxies and spectra of 1.35 million galaxies, according to a Harvardsmith soniam statement with SDSS-III. 7. Agni-II Test Fired Successfully : Surface to Surface missile Agni-II soared to a successfully test fired on 9 august 2012 at Wheeler Island of the Odisha. It have a height of 20km and weighted as 17 tonnes and have the capacity to carry a nuclear war head of weighing one ton. The missile Ranging Agni-I 700km , Agni-II 2,000 km , Agni- III3,300km. The future projects are Agni 4 andAgni 5 to launch. 8. Print High Resolution Images Without Ink aNew Technology Developed : The team of scientists with Indian origin has developed a new technology of printing high resolution images without ink. The Institute of materials research and Engineering in Singapore has demonstrated that 1,00,000 dots per inch(dpi) can produce sharp and full spectrum color images.Which can be applicable in reflect colour displays , anti-counterfeiting, and high density optical recording.Karthik Kumar says that size and spacing of the nanodots is critical to the final image quality. The closer the dots

are together and because of their small size, the higher the resolution of the image. 9. Nanotechnology for Solar panel efficiency : A University of Houston researchers has developed a nano particle coating for solar panel that makes it easier to keep them clean. This helps in keeping them efficient and cuts maintains cost. NASA spies cosmic supermom Scientists have found a cosmic supermom, a galaxy that gives birth to more stars in a day than Earths does in a year. Astronomers used NASAs Chandra X-ray telescope to spot this distant gigantic galaxy creating about 740 new stars a year. By comparison, our Milky Way Galaxy spawns just about one new star each year. 10.Prithvi-II missile test, a Success : The strategic Forces Command, which is in charge of nuclear weapons, successfully fired the surface to surface Prithvi-II missile from Chandipur in Odishas Balasore district on 25th August 2012, confirming yet again that the armed For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 48 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in forces are capable of launching nuclear missiles independently. 11.China Military test fires 14,000km range missile : The china central television(CCTV) reported that the chinas military had successfully tested the new 14,000 rang Dong feng41 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). It have the capacity to carry 10 nuclear war heads. 12.Blue moon on 31st August 2012 : When a full moon appears in the night sky for the second time in a calendar month ,it is called a blue oon.The next blue moon will occur on July 31,2015. 13. In US, Indias First C-17 transport aircraft takes shape : Now the Indian Air Force is planned to introduce a C-17 Globemaster III heavy lift military planes in place of old Cargo planes for the next year June. So India made deal with Boeing for $410 crores in the last

year.C-17 has the capacity to fill oil in the air. 14.China developing new class of guided missile destroyer : The Chinese Navy is developing a brand new class of guided-missile destroyer, a new type of naval warship with upgraded air-defence missiles, anti-ship and anti-submarine missiles.The new destroyers are equipped with two 32-unit vertical launch systems capable of launching HQ9B air-defence missiles, anti-ship and anti-submarine missiles.The new destroyer is comparable to the Aegis equipped destroyers of the US Navy which use powerful computers and radars to track and guide weapons to destroy enemy targets 15. Gliese 163C: New Earth-Like Planet Might Sustain Life : Dubbed Gliese 163C, the planet is about seven times the mass of Earth and orbits a red dwarf, or a small, relatively cool star. Gliese 163C is 49 light years away. Its thought to be composed of mostly rock and water and gets 40 percent more light from its parent star than Earth gets from the sun, making it hotter with a surface temperature of 60 degrees Celsius. 16.Air Indias first Dreamliner landing at IGI Airport : After a four-year delay and subsequent acrimony, the first of Air Indias advanced Boeing B-787 Dreamliner landing at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on 08th September 2012.It is capable of flying over 15,000 km non-stop. For AI, the plane has been configured to have 256 seats 18 fullflat business class seats and 238 in economy.Air India, which ordered 27 Dreamliners six years ago, will get two more in the next few weeks. A total of eight will arrive by March 2013. 17.PSLV-C21 delivers two satellites into their intended Orbits : The Indian Space Research Organization(ISRO) successfully put into orbit two foreign satellites( French SPOT 6(712kgs) and Japanese micro Satellite(15kgs)) marking Indian space agencys 100th mission since the launch of the first satellite,Aryabhata,in 1975 by Russian rocket. 18. ISRO to launch SARAL satellite on 12 Dec 2012 : Indo-French satellite SARAL would be launched onboard PSLV-C20 from the spaceport of Sriharikota on 12 December 2012

Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman K Radhakrishnan said at the Bangalore Space Expo 2012 on 12th September 2012. 19. U.S.-Russian space crew lands safely in Kazakhstan : A Russian Soyuz capsule landed on the Kazakh steppe on 17th September 2012, delivering a trio of astronauts from a four-month stint on the International Space Station. 20. India tests Agni-IV n-missile : India successfully tested its nuclear-capable surface-tosurface Agni-IV missile from a military base in Odisha on 19th September 2012.The new generation missile, which has the capability to hit targets at about 4,000 km. 21. India test-fires N-capable Agni-III missile successfully : India on 21st September 2012 successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable Agni-III surface-to-air missile with a strike range of over 3000 km and capable of carrying a warhead of 1.5 tonnes from the Wheeler Island off the Odisha coast. 22.China launches its first aircraft carrier : China launched its first aircraft carrier on 25th September 2012. The 60,000 tonne carrier, a former Soviet ship brought from Ukraine and later refurbished locally is named Liaoning, after a Chinese province liberated from Japanese occupation in 1945, in what can be seen as another symbolic warning to Tokyo. The 300m long Liaoning carrier has the capacity to bring 3 23. NASA says Curiosity rover finds evidence of water on Mars : NASA scientist say the Curiosity rover has found evidence of a vigorous thousand-year water flow on the surface of Mars. 24. Indias heaviest satellite, GSAT-10 launched from Kourou launch pad in French Guiana : Indias advanced communication satellite GSAT-10 was successfully launched on For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 49 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in board Ariane-5 rocket from Europes spaceport in French Guiana on 29th September

2012.This is the Indias heaviest satellite of 3,400kg weight. 25. Scientists discover bacteria that can produce 24-carat gold : Scientists have discovered a bacteria that has the ability to withstand incredible amounts of toxicity and can be the key to creating 24-carat gold.Researchers from the Michigan State University have found that the metal-tolerant bacteria Cupriavidus metallidurans can grow on massive concentrations of gold chloride or liquid gold, a toxic chemical compound found in nature. 26. India sucessfully test-fires Prithvi-II ballistic missile : On 4th October 2012 India sucessfully test-fired surface-to-surface Prithvi-II ballistic missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur of Balasore district off Odisha coast. 27. India successfully test-fires nuclear-capable Dhanush missile : A day after the launch of Prithvi-II, India successfully test-fired nuclear-capable Dhanush ballistic missile for its full range of 350 km from a naval ship off Odisha on 5th October 2012. 28.Australia launches worlds fastest radio telescope : In the remote Australian outback, scientists have launched the worlds fastest radio telescope which will exponentially increase astronomers ability to survey the universe, mapping black holes and shedding new light on the origins of galaxies.The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), located near the region of Murchison about 650 kilometres north of Perth, was officially opened 5th October 2012 by Science Minister Chris Evans. 29. Indian navy successfully test-fires BrahMos supersonic cruise missile : The Indian Navy on 7th October 2012 successfully test-fired the 290-km range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, capable of carrying a conventional warhead of 300 kg, from a warship off the Goa coast. 30.The Barcode Turns 60 Years Old : October 7, 2012 marks the 60th anniversary of the registration of the first bar code patent. The original patent for what we know today as the

modern barcode was granted on October 7, 1952 to Norman Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver, its inventors. 31. New planet discovered in Earths backyard : Astronomers have found a new planet called exoplanet in Alpha Centauri , the closest yet outside our solar system and just an astronomical stones throw away at four light years.Alpha Centauri is a three-star system consisting of two stars similar to our sun and a faint red star called Proxima Centauriand another one is the Alpha Centauri B.The Exoplanet orbits Alpha Centauri B. 32. Indian diamond fetches 16.9 million euros at auction : A 76-carat flawless diamond from Indias famous Golconda mines broke world record by fetching a whooping 16.9 million euros (Rs 1,18,16,98,700) at an auction in Geneva on 14 November 2012. 33. Scientists Created a Paper-thin material that can stop bullets : A team of mechanical engineering and materials scientists from Rice University and MIT has created special nanomaterials that were able to stop bullets in the lab. The type of material, called a structured polymer compositecan actually self-assemble into alternating glassy and rubbery layers. 34. Solar Systems largest planet discovered : A team of astrophysicists had discovered an enormous gaseous planet that is 13 times more massive than Jupiter, earning the name Super-Jupiter and is the largest planet in our own solar system. 35. India successfully test fires supersonic interceptor missile : India successfully testfired an indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile, capable of destroying a hostile ballistic missile, from a test range off the Odisha coast on 23 November 2012. 36. Drug that can halt cancer spread : Scientists was developed a new drug called Aflibercept, for stop the cancer cells from multiplying. 37.Pakistan tests nuclear-capable ballistic missile : Pakistan successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable ballistic missile called Hatf-V(Ghauri) on 28 November 2012 that can hit targets up to 1,300 km (807 miles) away.

38.Astronomers Discovered Giant black hole in tiny galaxy : Astronomers claim to have discovered the most massive black hole ever known in a small galaxy about 250 million light-years from Earth, holding a mass equivalent to 17 billion Suns.The supermassive black hole is located inside the galaxy NGC 1277 in the constellation Perseus.It makes up about 14 per cent of its host galaxys mass, compared with the 0.1 per cent a normal black hole would represent, scientists said, adding that it has a mass equivalent to 17 billion Suns 39.Canadian Scientists Created Artificial Brain : Software engineers as well as neuroscientists at University of Waterloo, Canada claimed that they have developed a For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 50 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in closest model of the functioning human brain, known as Spaun which is advanced enough for passing the basic IQ tests. This is the virtual brain which functions on the supercomputer and comprises of a digital eye, which can be used for visual input. It also has the robotic arm which can be used for drawing the response. 40.Voyager 1 Drifts Into Unknown Region of Space : NASAs Voyager 1 spacecraft has discovered a new layer of the solar system that scientists hadnt known was there, researchers announced on 4 December 2012. Voyager 1, in particular, has entered a new region of the heliosphere that scientists are calling a magnetic highway, which allows charged particles from inside the heliosphere to flow outward, and particles from the galaxy outside to come in. 41. New Anti-HIV Gel for HIV Transmission : Researchers led by Dereuddre-Bosquet from the European Combined Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Microbicides (CHAARM) Consortium describe the gels key ingredient, which are small peptides engineered to present a decoy to bind up the virus and prevent it from entering and infecting the body cells. Because this

is a gel it can be topically applied and could represent a powerful preventative agent against sexual transmission of HIV. Bosquet and colleagues engineered peptides named miniCD4s because they mimic the CD4 receptor used by HIV to gain entry into immune cells of the body. 42. NASA to Send New Rover to Mars in 2020 : NASA was announced plans to send a new robotic explorer to the the Red Planet, Mars in 2020. 43. 7 Planets Discovered In The Milky Way : New York Scientists have been discovered Seven planets in the Milky Way outside our solar system that could potentially harbour life and researchers from an ambitious project to catalogue all habitable worlds claim. 44. Russia Delivered MiG-29 Fighter Jets to India : Russia on 10 December 2012 delivered the first three upgraded MiG-29UPG fighter jets to India under a USD 900 million contract to modernise the ageing fleet of MiG-29 aircraft with the IAF. 45.Tata Group Developed new Artillery Gun : On 11 December In a step towards developing the indigenous private sector defence industry, the Tata group has created a new Artillery Gun. The 155mm 52 calibre gun developed by the Tata group is likely to have a strike range of 52 kms, which would probably be the longest in the Indian inventory. 46. India Successfully Test Fired Agni-I Ballistic Missile : India on 12 December 2012 successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable Agni-I ballistic missile with a strike range of 700 km from a test range off Odisha coast. Weighing 12 tonnes, the 15-metre-long Agni-I, which is capable of carrying payloads up to 1000 kg and destroy the targets at a distance of 700 km. 47. North Korea Launched Unha-3 Rocket : On 12 December North Korea launched a long-range rocket Unha-3 despite international opposition and growing tensions in the region successfully delivering a scientific satellite Kwangmyongsong-3 into orbit.Unha-3 is the second version of satellite Kwangmyongsong-3 which is successfully lifted off from the

Sohae Space Center by carrier rocket.The US and its allies view the launch as a disguised test of ballistic missile technology. 48. NASAs Twin Probes Crashed Successfully onto Lunar Mountain : Ebb and Flow, the gravity mapping satellites of NASA ended the successful mission to Moon by crashing on the rim of crater. Lunar surface on which Ebb and Flow crashed will be given a name after Sally Ride, the first woman of America in the space who died earlier in 2012. 49.Rocket with 3 Astronauts Takes off for ISS : A Soyuz spacecraft carrying three astronauts took off atop a towering Russian rocket on 19 December 2012, headed for the International Space Station.It launched from Russias manned-space facility in the frigid steppes of Kazakhstan. American Tom Marshburn, Russian Roman Romanenko and Canadian Chris Hadfield are travelled in capsule. 50. Prithvi-II Flight- Tested Successfully : The Strategic Forces Command (SFC) successfully flight-tested nuclear weapons-capable Prithvi-II missile from Chandipur, off the Odisha coast on 20 December 2012. The surface-to-surface ballistic missile, was fired from a road mobile launcher and tested for its full range of 350 km.The single-stage, liquid propelled missile can carry a payload of 500 kg. 51. Astra Missile Successfully Test-fired : India on December 2012 test launched its indigenously developed beyond visual range (BVR) air-to-air interceptor missile Astra at the interim test range(ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha.Astra which has the capability to intercept and destroy enemy aircraft at a supersonic speed can be fitted into any fighter aircraft. Considered as one of the best of its kind in the world, the 3.8 metre long missile which weighs about 160 kg can carry explosive loaded conventional warheads up to 15 kg.For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 51 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 52. Scientists Discovered Mini Nile River on Saturns Moon Titan : Nasa scientists had

spotted the longest extraterrestrial river system ever on Saturns moon Titan and it appears to be a miniature version of Earths Nile river. 53. Higgs Boson Tops Journal Sciences 2012 List : The discovery of the Higgs Boson, an invisible particle that explains the mystery of mass, leads a list of the top 10 scientific advances of 2012 released by the US journal Science on 22 December . 54. America Launched Reusable Rockets : US California based SpaceXs industry successfully launched Grasshopper reusable rockets.The rocket took a giant leap for commercial space flight and when it rose 131 feet and landed safely back on Earth. Grasshopper rocket rose to a height of 131 feet around ten storeys and hovered before landing safely on its launch pad using closed loop thrust vector and throttle control. : 55. Hot Spots For Worlds more Powerful Earthquakes Revealed : The locations of where the worlds largest earthquakes are most likely to take place had pinpointed with greater accuracy than ever before, by researchers from the University of Sydney.The coasts of Southern Chile and Peru, Indonesias Sumatra Island, and several regions along the eastern Eurasian coastline, are some of the regions prone to great earthquakes. 56. US approved First new Tuberculosis Drug : On 1 January The US Food and Drug administration approved a Johnson & Johnson tuberculosis drug in 40 years .This is the first new medicine to fight the deadly infection in more than four decades.The disease is rare in the US, but kills about 1.4 millionpeople a year worldwide. 57. Spiral galaxy IC 2233 : Astronomers had captured one of the flattest galaxies known in the universe, sitting like a silver needle in the haystack of space. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope produced a beautiful image of the spiral galaxy IC 2233, one of the flattest galaxies. The IC 2233 is located about 40 million light-years away from Earth. This galaxy was earlier discovered by British astronomer Isaac Roberts in 1894. 58.Immune system booster may hit cancer : Japanese research where stem cells

were used to clone and produce large numbers of a specialized type of white blood cell. These cells, known as cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs), are produced by the immune system and are able to recognize specific markers on the surface of various tumour cells, causing them to launch an attack to kill the tumour cells.The researchers are succeeded in using stem cells to mass-produce CTLs in laboratory conditions. 59.Chinese Biologists Discovered Antibiotic In Panda Blood : Chinese biologists have discovered that the blood of the endangered giant panda includes a compound called Cathelicidin-AM which acts as a natural antibiotic. The nature of the blood compound makes it an attractive treatment for so-called superbugs, those strains of disease that have become immune or resistant to traditional antibiotics. 60. India to make worlds largest solar telescope : India is likely to begin construction of the worlds largest solar telescope on the foothills of the Himalayas in Ladakh to understand the fundamental processes taking place on the Sun by year-end.A 2-metre class, state-of-the-art National Large Solar Telescope (NLST), built by Bangalore-based Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), will permit Indian scientists to carry out cutting edge research aimed to study Suns atmosphere. 61. Internet emits 830 mt of carbon dioxide annually : According to Researchers from the Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications (CEET) and Bell Labs, Internet and other components of information communication and technology (ICT) industry annually produces more than 830 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main greenhouse gas, and is expected to double by 2020 62.Lakshya Missile Successfully Tested : Indias indigenously developed, Lakshya was sucessfully tested on 7 January .It was launched from the Integrated Test Range ITR, at Odisha .25 meters in length, 100 km away from the target to the missile . 63. 17 billion Earth-sized planets in Milky Way : The Milky Way contains at least 17

billion planets the size of Earth.Astronomers using NASAs Kepler spacecraft found that about 17 percent of stars in our galaxy have a planet about the size of Earth in a close orbit.The Milky Way is known to host about 100 billion stars, meaning that about one of every six has an Earth-sized planet around it. 64.Brahmos cruise missile test fired in successfully : Supersonic cruise missile BrahMos scored once again in its 34th launch on 09 January 2013 off Visakhapatnam in the Bay of Bengal, hitting a decommissioned vessel with accuracy.As it took off vertically from a naval warship, reached an altitude of 14 km, levelled out and started cruising at three times the speed of sound, it performed a double manoeuvre in S-form and hit the decommissioned ship, about 290 km away.For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 52 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 65.Astronomers Found NGC 6872 Largest known Spiral Galaxy : A team of astronomers from the United States, Chile and Brazil has crowned it the largest-known spiral galaxy, a spectacular behemoth five times bigger than our own Milky Way, based on archival data from NASAs Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) mission.The title-holder is now NGC 6872, a barred spiral found 212 million light-years away in the southern constellation Pavo. The distance between NGC 6872s two huge spiral arms is 522,000 light-years, compared to about 100,000 light-years for the Milky Way. 66. Indian Scientists Discovered Molecule for Cancer Treatment : A team of Indian researchers, led by Dr Sathees C Raghavan of the Indian Institute of Science at Bangalore, have identified a molecule which they claim will revolutionise the cure for cancer.The molecule has been named after Sathees as SCR7 and a detailed account of it has been carried in the international scientific journal Cell".Scientists world over believe that the double strand break (DSB) of DNA is one of the most lethal form of DNA damage, resulting

in drastic consequences such as genome instability, and cancer. 67.Largest Space structure in the Universe:Large Quasar Group : An international team lead by astronomer Roger Clowes of the University of Central Lancashire in England discovered the largest known structure in the universe, a clump of active galactic cores that stretches 4 billion light-years from end to end.This is the largest Space structure in the Universe.This structure is known as a Large Quasar Group(LQG). 68. Indian Scientists Discovered Molecule for Cancer Treatment : A team of Indian researchers, led by Dr Sathees C Raghavan of the Indian Institute of Science at Bangalore, have identified a molecule which they claim will revolutionise the cure for cancer.The molecule has been named after Sathees as SCR7 and a detailed account of it has been carried in the international scientific journal Cell".Scientists world over believe that the double strand break (DSB) of DNA is one of the most lethal form of DNA damage, resulting in drastic consequences such as genome instability, and cancer. 69.Worlds First Global Renewable Energy Atlas Launched : On 13 January Abu Dhabibased International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) launched the worlds first clean energy atlas at IRENAS General Assembly , currently offers open-access information on solar and wind power throughout the world and the creators plan to expand to other renewable energy resources over the next two years.The atlas includes information on clean energy resources in 37 countries, including those which have no diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates.The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is working in partnership with the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) to build a qualitative and quantitative data framework for renewable energy in developing countries. 70.Ancient River Found on Mars : On 17 January The European Space Agency scientists have revealed a 1500 km long and 7 kilometre wide river that once ran across Mars.The images which were captured by the ESAs Mars Express showed Reull Vallis, the river-like

structure, which is believed to have formed when water ran from the surface of Mars in distant past. The structure which surprised the astronomers stretches for around 900 miles or 1500 km across the Martian surface and also shows various tributaries. These structures, it is believed, were formed somewhere around 3.5 billion years ago. 71. India Increased Rafale Fighter Jets Order : India could buy up to 189 of the Rafale fighter jets currently being used by France to bomb Islamist militants in Mali, sources close to negotiations on the multi-billion dollar deal .The possibility of an additional 63 jets being added to an expected order for 126 was raised by India .The Indian press has estimated the value of the deal for 126 Rafales at $12 billion (nine billion euros).A 50 per cent increase in the number of planes ordered would take it to around $18 billion, in a huge boost for the French defence industry. 72.Japan to replace Fukushima plant with worlds largest wind farm : In the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan had decided to build the worlds largest offshore wind farm to replace the crippled nuke plant.The country plans to build a total of 143 wind turbines on platforms 16 kilometres off the coast of Fukushima by 2020, which is home to the stricken Daiichi nuclear reactor that hit the headlines in March 2011 when it was damaged by a severe earthquake and tsunami.The wind farm will generate 1 gigawatt of power once completed, and is part of a national plan to increase renewable energy resources following the post-tsunami shutdown of the countrys 54 nuclear reactors.The wind farm will surpass the 504 megawatts generated by the 140 turbines at the Greater Gabbard farm off the coast of Suffolk, UK currently the worlds largest farm.For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 53 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 73. India, US finalise Rs 3,000 crore deal for jet engines : India and the US have finalised a Rs 3000-crore deal for supplying 99 jet engines to be used in the indigenous

Light Combat Aircraft Tejas being developed by the DRDO.Around two years ago, India had selected the American company General Electric over its rival European Eurojet 2000 for the LCA Mark II programme expected to be ready around 2014-15.The deal worth Rs 3,000 crore has been finalised with the US for procuring 99 engines for the LCA Tejas MkII.As per the contract, the order could be for 99 engines initially but India will have the option of ordering another 100 engines in the future. 74. INS Saryu Inducted into Indian Navy : On 21 January Air Marshal PK Roy, Commander-in-Chief, Andaman and Nicobar Command, commissioned INS Saryu into the Indian Navy at Goa .INS Saryu is the lead ship of the indigenous Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel (NOPV) Project designed and built by Goa Shipyard Limited, the ship aptly demonstrates the immense potential of the countrys indigenous designing and ship building capabilities.Capable of carrying a helicopter (ALH) onboard, the ships weapon and sensor outfit includes a SRGM 76.2 mm gun with an electro-optic fire control system, two 30mm guns as close in weapon systems, latest navigational and early warning radars, chaff launchers for self protection and an integrated ESM system to undertake all assigned missions. 75.MIT researchers Created Moisture Powered Polymer : MIT ( Massachusetts Institute of Technology ) researchers have created a new polymer film that can generate electricity by drawing on a ubiquitous source: water vapor.The new material changes its shape after absorbing tiny amounts of evaporated water, allowing it to repeatedly curl up and down. Harnessing this continuous motion could drive robotic limbs or generate enough electricity to power micro- and nanoelectronic devices, such as environmental sensors. 76. India Sucessfully Test Fired K-5 Ballistic Missile : On 27 January India successfully test fired medium range K-5 ballistic missile ,with a strike range of around 1500 kilometres, from an underwater platform in Bay of Bengal.K-5 is part of the family of

underwater missiles being developed by Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) for the Indian strategic forces underwater platforms. 77. Iran successfully sent monkey into space : Iran on 28 January 2013 announced that it had successfully send a monkey to the space.It also declared that the monkey come back to the Earth successfully.The rocket called Pishgam (meaning Pioneer) reached at a height of 120 km (75 miles) for a sub-orbital flight before returning its shipment intact. The first country to launch the primate into space was US PERSONS IN NEWS 1. Sushil Kumar Shinde as the new Leader in house of Lok Sabha : Sushile Kumar Shinde has been appointed as the new Leader in the House of Lok Sabha taking the place of Pranab Mukherjee who has now become the President on 3 August 2012. 2. Hyderabadi Advocate becomes a Vice-Chairman of ABA : Hyderabad based lawyer Mr.JLN Murthy has been appointed to the Vice-Chairman of the AmericanBar Association Section of International Law, Europe Committee, for the year 2012-13.The main aim of this association is to focus on several international legal issues. 3. Nasim Ahmad Zaidi is new election commissioner : Former civil aviation secretary Syed Nasim Ahmad Zaidi was 7 August 2012, appointed an election commissioner by President Pranab Mukherjee.The former EC V.S. Sampath took charge as CEC(Chief Election Commissioner. 4. Dimple Yadav and M. Raja Mohan Reddy takes oath as Lok Sabha member : Dimple Yadav, the wife of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, 8 August 2012 took oath as a Lok Sabha member from Kannauj. She had won the by-election, caused by her husbands resignation, unopposed in June.Along with Yadav, M. Raja Mohan Reddy, the newly-elected MP from Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, also took oath. Reddy is from the YSR CongressFor All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com

54 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 5. .Raghuram Rajan is chief economic advisor : The government has issued formal orders to appoint Raghuram Rajan, former International Monetary Fund chief economist, as the chief economic advisor in the finance ministry. The economist, who is currently a professor at Chicago Universitys Booth School of Business, is not expected to take charge for the next few weeks due to academic commitments. Rajan will take over at a time when the government is trying to combat a hostile economic climate. 6. Cabinet nod for Customs first-ever woman chief : The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has given its nod for Praveen Mahajan to be a full-fledged Chairperson of the Central Board of Excise and Customs(CBEC). She is the first lady ever to head the highest policy-making body on indirect taxes.Prior to this elevation, she was Member (Personnel and Vigilance) in the CBEC from August 2011. 7. Ansari takes oath for second term : Hamid Ansari became the second Vice-President of India to take oath of office for second consecutive terms in New Delhi on 11 August 2012 Ansari, a former diplomat, followed Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan who served two successive terms as Vice-President. 8. Indian origin Sanjay Reddy, appointed as the director of new York Universitys Centre : New Yorks leading University, the new school, has named an Indian-origin academician as director of its center of trans-regional study, which is focused on research on the relations between India, china and U.S. He associate Professor of Economics,has been named academic director of the new schools India, China Institute(ICI) along with Mark Frazier, Professor of Politics on 16 August 2012.

9. New Envoy to Syria is Lakhdar Brahimi : The United Nations on 17 August, 2012 confirmed that Veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi will replace the former UN Secretary general Kofi Annan as the International mediator on Syria as the 17 month old conflict slides deeper into civil war. Brahimi, who served as Algerias foreign minister from 1991 to 1993 and joined UN in 1994 and served various high profile positions until he retired in 2005. 10. P.J. Kurien is Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman : P.J. Kurien is unanimously elected as Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha on 21 August 2012. 11. Poonam Kishore Saxena appointed as Chairman of CBDT : The government appointed Dr.Poonam Kishore Saxena,a 1975 batch IRS officer as the Chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on 22nd August 2012. 12. P. M. Nair Appointed as Director General,NDRF & CD : Shri P. M. Nair, IPS has been appointed as Director General, National Disaster Response Force & Civil Defence (NDRF & CD), Ministry of Home Affairs.Shri Nair is presently working as Special Director General, Central Reserve Police Force. 13. Admiral D K Joshi takes charge as new Navy chief : Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi took over as the new Indian Navy chief on 31st August 2012.Admiral Joshi is the 21st Chief of Naval Staff of independent India and the 19th Indian to command the Indian Navy. 14. New President Of Libya is Mohammad Magarief : National Assembly of Libya elected their former Opposition leader Mohammed Magarief as its New President. Mr.Magarief seen as a Moderate Islamist, will head the 200-member congress. The 72-year-old Magarief who is the head of National front party. An economist and former Libyan ambassador to India who had lived in exile since the 1980s, Magarief was a leading figure in Libyas oldest movement opposition

movement. Magarief won 113 votes versus independent Alli zindan who secured 85 votes. 15. New Jammu Varsity Chancellor is Vohra : Jammu & Kashmir governor N.N.Vohra has been appointed the first chancellor of the Central University of Jammu. Pranab Mukharjee on his visit to that University appointed Mr. Vohra the chancellor if the University for a period of five years. 16. Gopal Goyal Kand Home Minster of Haryana Quits : Haryana Minster of state for home, Goyal Kanda resigned on 5 August 2012 night after a 23-year old farmer air hosters named him in a suicide note before hanging herself. 17. Kofi A.Annan Resigns as Syria Peace Envoy : FreeJobAlert.com Current Affairs 20 Kofi A.Annan resigned as the UN Peace envoy to Syria on 2 August 2012 by complaining the international community had not done enough to support his bid to persuade Bashar alAssad toFor All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 55 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in accept a peace plan. His term as UN peace interlocutor was set to expire on 31 August 2012. Annan was appointed the UN-Arab League Peace envoy to Syria in February 2012. 18. Indo American Fareed Zakaria resigned from Yale Government Board : After a long association with Yale University the noted Indo American Writer and and journalist Fareed Zakaria has resigned from its governing body to focus on journalistic career.Zakaria, who received his bachelors degree from the university, was associated with the Yale Corporation for past six years. The decision of Zakaria to shed some of his non-journalistic responsibilities has come close on the heels of accusations of plagiarism against him. 19. Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi Quit as Iraq communication Minister : Iraqi Communications minister Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi quit his post in 27 Aug accusing Prime Minister Nuri Maliki of Political Interference in his ministry. Allawis resignation is the

first by a cabinet member since Iraqs national unity government was formed in December 2010. 20. Contrarian Author Gore Vidal Dies : Writer Gore Vidal, who filler his novels and essays with acerbic observation on politics,sex and American culture. While carrying on feuds with bigname literary rivals,died on 1 August 2012 at home in Los angels of complications from pneumonia,age 86. His historical novels was Burr, 18762 .Lincoln,The Golden Age. 21. Vilasrao Deshmukh passes away : The Union Minister for science and Technology and Ex. chief Minister of Maharashtra Vilasrao Deshmukh ,who was suffering from sclerosis of the liver, passed away at a chennai hospital on 2012 August 14th. 22. Hindi cinematographer Ashok Mehta Passed away : The ace cinematograoher Ashok Mehta, who lost the battle with lung cancer at a mumbai hospital on 15 August 2012.The man who worked with best in the business, raging from the highly accomplished shyam benegal, Girish Karnad and shekhar Kapur, hugely populared Sunhash Ghai. He did films like Utsav, Mandi,36 chowsinghee Lane. 23. Science Friction Writer Harry Harrison Passed Away : American Author Harry Harrison has died in Britain on 16 august 2012 at 87. He was best known for hisThe Stainless Steel rat series. His 1966, Make room! Make Room!- a Science Friction take on the horrors of over population. The Other works included anthologies, collections and childrens stories-including one particularity goofs tale about an Intergalactic force of Mutant pigs. 24. Philippine Minister Jesse Robredo died in Plane Crash : The most powerful minister of Philippine died in plane crash on 19 August 2012. The Interior secretary Jesse Robredo. This crash was held at the central island of Masbate. 25. Prime Minister of Ethipio Meles Zenavi passed away : Meles Zenavi, the Ethiopian Prime Minister, passed away on 20 August 2012 following prolonged illness. He was 57

Ethiopios foreign minister will assume the change as the acting P.M. of the country. 26. US Astronaut Neil Alden Armstrong passed away : US Astronaut , Armstrong, as the commander of the Apollo 11 mission, became the first human to land on the moon on 20 July 1969,passed away on 25th August 2012. 27. Veteran actor Hangal Passed away : Actor A.K.Hangal, who had the rare ability to imbue the smallest and the most ordinary of roles with quality and dignity, passed away on 26 Aug at Mumbai followed Health complications caused by a recent hip fracture. 28. Fijian President calls on Pranab : Fijian President Ratu Epeli Nailatikaw called on his Indian counter part Pranab Mukherjiee at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on 7 August 2012 and discussed the scope for expanding trade and bilateral ties.Mr. Mukherjiee also granted Fiji for joining the Non-Alignment movement. 29. Chinese defence minister to visit India : India and China are expected to discuss ways of strengthening defence ties during the three-day visit of Chinese defence minister General Liang Guanglie starting September 2 in Mumbai. 30. Miss China Crowned Miss World : Chainas Wen Xia Yu was on 18 August 2012 crowned Miss world-2012 the competitions are conducted in China at Innar Mangolia Erina. Wales Sophie Moulds was first runner up and the second runner up position to Jessica. Kahawaty of Australia. Indian beauty Vanya Mishra on the 6th position by winning two awards in miss world competition. The multimedia award and social networking skin & beauty. 31. Student Prafull Sharma Discovers SOHO : A Delhi boy has discovered a new comet using data from NASA and European Space Agency;s Space Craft-based observatory SOHO For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 56 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in

that studies the sun. Prafull sharma, is a XII class student of Ahlcon public school, the new comet SOHO-2333 is a fragment believed to have separated from a relatively larger comet Machholz when it last came close to the sun in 2007. sharma, who has been associated with Delhi-based NGO science. Popularization Association of Communicators and educators (SPACE), ia apart of a world wide team os comet hunters. Who scour through images of the sun transmitted back to earth by Solar and Heliosphere Observatory(SOHO). 32. Zakaria suspended by CNN/TIME Magazine : Indo American Journalist and author Fareed Zakaria has been suspended by his employers and Time Magazine because he copied some Portions of an article he wrote on Gun Control for Time, from the New Yorker Magazine. He suspended for one month. 33. Ex-Prez Pratibha Patil spent 140Cr on air Travel : ccording to RIT report Indias exPresident visited 18 Countries in 10 trips from November 2008 to October 2011.Indias former president Pratibha Patil sets a new record by spending 140 Cr travel expenses alone. Patil was the most frequent flyer using IAF planes 255 times as compared to PM ManMohan(108) abd Vice President Ansari(106). As A.P.J.Abdul Kalam visited 17 Countries in 7 trips and K.R.Narayana covered 10 Countries in 6 trips. S.D.Shrama covered 16 Nations in 4 trips. 34. Himachal Hotel Gets Heritage Status : The Castel Magar, Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporations prime hotel in the picturesque, Kullu Valley was notified under the heritage status by the Union tourism ministry on 23 August 2012. Maggar was the capital of the erst while kullu state for about 1460 years. The Castle was built by Raja Sidhi Singh in the 16th century. 35. Amir Khan on the Cover Page of Time Magazine : The most successful Tv show Satyamev Jayate made Amir Khan features in the cover page of the Time Magazine.Aamir

Khan is featured on the cover of Time with the caption Khans Quest. Bollywood actors who have featured before on Time cover are Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Parveen Babi. Parveen Babi became the cover girl of Times July 1976 issue, after acting in super hit flick Deewar. The cover story was titled Asias Frenetic Film Scene.On one of 2003 issues, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was called New Face Of Film. The magazine mentioned: Aishwarya Rai leads the invasion as Bollywood goes global and becomes hip. 36. 9 IAF personnel killed in mid-air copter collision : Nine IAF personnel, including five officers, were killed when two Mi-17 medium-lift utility helicopters collided in mid-air while on a live firing exercise at the Sarmat field range near the Jamnagar airbase in Gujarat on 30 August 20112. 37. Obama appoints IIT graduate to admin post : U.S. President Barack Obama has announced to appoint eminent Indian-American, Romesh Wadhwani, to a key administration post by making him board of trustees of the prestigious John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 38. Browne is new chairman of chiefs of staff : IAF chief Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne, who has become the senior most among the three Service chiefs after Admiral Nirmal Verma retired on 31st August 2012, has taken over as the new chairman of the chiefs of staff committee (CoSC) on 1st September 2012. 39. Chief Justice of India names Justice Kabir as his successo : Chief Justice of India S H Kapadia, who retires 28th September 2012, has recommended the name of seniormost Supreme Court judge Justice Altamas Kabir as his successor, setting in motion the process of change of guard in the apex court. 40. Deveshwar appointed on RBI board : The government has appointed ITC chairman Y.C. Deveshwar as a director on the central board of directors of the Reserve Bank of India.

41. Kaushik Basu World Bank chief economist : Kaushik Basu appointed as chief economist and Senior Vice President of World Bank by World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim on 05th September 2012.He take charges from 1st October 2012. 42. Sachin Pilot commissioned as Territorial Army officer : Sachin Pilot 06th September 2012 became the first Union minister to be commissioned as a regular officer in the Territorial Army, fulfilling his desire to follow his fathers footsteps to be in the armed forces. 43. Indian-American elected to Royal Society of Canada : Ponisseril Somasundaran, an Indian American member of the faculty of Columbia University School of Engineering and For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 57 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in Applied Science, has been chosen as the sole foreign fellow of the prestigious Royal Society of Canada. 44. K N Tilak Kumar elected president of INS : K N Tilak Kumar of Deccan Herald and Prajavani was on 13th September 2012 elected president of The Indian Newspaper Society (INS) for 2012-13 at its 73rd annual general meeting held at Bangalore. He succeeds Ashish Bagga of India Today. 45. BCCI joint secretary Anurag Thakur becomes member of Asian Cricket Council : BCCI joint secretary and Hamirpur BJP MP, Anurag Thakur has been inducted as member of executive board of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC).BCCI chief N Srinivasan is also the president of ACC. 46. Mary Kom brand ambassador of Raj Kundras SFL : Actress Shilpa Shetty Monday named Olympic bronze medal-winning boxer Mary Kom as the brand ambassador of Super Fight League (SFL).Shilpas husband, Britain-based businessman Raj Kundra, has collaborated with actor Sanjay Dutt for SFL, Indias first professional Mixed Martial Arts

(MMA) event. 47. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan appointed as International Goodwill Ambassador. : The United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has appointed Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as its International Goodwill Ambassador.She will raise global awareness on protecting children from HIV infection and increasing access to antiretroviral treatment. 48. Ramesh Abhishek is FMC chairman : Ramesh Abhishek, an IAS officer of 1982 Bihar cadre, appointed as chairman of Forward Markets Commission (FMC) on 24th September 2012 49. Woman of Pakistani origin becomes minister in Norway : Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has appointed a Pakistani Muslim woman, Hadia Tajik as Norways culture minister. : 50. Sandeep Patil appointed as the Chief for BCCI Senior Selection Committee : Former Cricketer and all-rounder, Sandeep Patil was appointed as the Chairman of the five member senior selection committee of BCCI on 27 September 2012. The other four members of the committee include Saba Karim, Roger Binny, Vikram Rathour and Rajinder Singh Hans. 51. Altamas Kabir sworn in as new Chief Justice of India : Justice Altamas Kabir, seniormost Judge of the Supreme Court, was sworn in as the 39th Chief Justice of India on 29th September 2012. 52. Australian Cricketer, Matthew Hayden retired from all formats of the game : Former Australia Test opener Matthew Hayden has decided to retire from all forms of cricket, adding the Twenty20 version of the game to the Test and international one-day formats he stopped playing in 2010.Hayden played 103 Tests for Australia, hitting 30 centuries with a top score of 380 and an average of 50.73.

53. Ajit Pawar resigns as Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister : Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar resigns as Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister on 25th September 2012 due the allegations of an irrigation scam when he was the states water resource minister. 54. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, S.H. Kapadia, retired. : The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, S.H. Kapadia, retired on 28th September 2012. 55. Dr. Verghese Kurien, father of Indias White Revolution passes away : Dr. Verghese Kurien, the Father of the White Revolution, passed away on 9th September 2012 after a brief illness. Dr. Kurien was the architect of Indias White Revolution, which helped India emerge as the largest milk producer in the world. 56. Iraq vice president sentenced to death : A Baghdad court sentenced in absentia Iraqs vice president, Tariq al-Hashemi, to death on hanging for the murder of a woman lawyer and terrorism charges . 57. U.S. ambassador to Libya killed in mob attack : The ambassador of the United States to Libya, Christopher Stevens, has been killed during an armed mob attack in Benghazi on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.Mr. Stevens is the second U.S. ambassador to be killed during an outstation posting since the death of Adolph Dubs in 1979 during his tenure in Afghanistan 58..Ex-CJI Ranganath Misra passes away : Former Chief Justice of India Ranganath Mishra died at a private hospital in Bhubaneshwar on 13th September 2012.Misra, served as the Chief Justice from September 25, 1990, till November 24, 1991. He was also the first chairman of the NHRC.For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 58 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 59. Veteran actor-director Dinesh Thakur passes away : Veteran theatre actor-director

Dinesh Thakur, known for his character roles in Hindi films of the 70s, passed awayin Mumbai on 20th September 2012 after prolonged illness. 60. Freedom fighter, Telangana leader Bapuji dies : Eminent freedom fighter and a wellknown figure in the Telangana movement, Konda Lakshman Bapuji died in Hyderabad on 21st September 2012. He earned the nickname Bapuji for his participation in the Quit India Movement. 61. Popular Malayalam film actor Thilakan passes away : Thilakan, who had acted in around 200 films and had won the national award for the best actor in a supporting role, died in Thiruvananthapuram on 24th September 2012. 62. Former National Security Adviser Brajesh Mishra dead : Brajesh Mishra, the countrys first National Security Adviser who played a key role in foreign policy matters and pushed for deeper engagement with the US, died in New Delhi on 28th September 2012 following a heart ailment. 63. India, Tajikistan upgrade ties, sign four pacts : India and Tajikistan, the energy-rich Central Asian nation, 03rd September 2012 decided to upgrade their ties to the level of strategic partnership and signed four pacts in areas of education, health, sports and culture.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held talks with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon on a wide range of bilateral, regional and global issues and decided to upgrade their growing ties to the level of a strategic partnership. 64. Antony opens army hospital in Male : Defence Minister A.K. Antony, on a three-day visit to the Maldives, on 16th September 2012 opened SENAHIYA, a Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) hospital, established in Male with Indian assistance.Maldives Defence Minister Mohamed Nazim thanked India for its assistance to his country in all areas of development and said the enduring friendship between the two countries would improve and expand, irrespective of political changes. 65. Washington Post calls PM a tragic figure : Soon after Time magazine labelled Prime

Minister Manmohan Singh an Underachiever, the noted American news daily, Washington Post, has referred to him as a tragic figure.The Washington Post said Singhs image is of a dithering ineffectual bureaucrat presiding over a deeply corrupt government. 66. Sunita Williams takes over command at International Space Station : IndianAmerican astronaut Sunita Williams has taken over command of the International Space Station (ISS), yet another feather in her cap as she already holds three records for female space travellers including a new record for total cumulative spacewalk time by a female astronaut. 67. Space Triathlon Completed By Sunita Williams : Williams became the first person in history to complete a triathlon in space.Williams, who is currently aboard the International Space Station finished her half mile swim, 18 mile bike ride, and four mile run in one hour, 48 minutes, and 33 seconds. 68. Pakistani Government Relents in Judicial Standoff Over Zardari Corruption Case : Pakistans government relented on 18th September 2012 to judicial demands that it agree to write a letter to the authorities in Switzerland regarding corruption charges against President Asif Ali Zardari. 69. Nivedita Bhasin becomes first woman B-787 Dreamliner pilot : Senior Air India pilot Capt Nivedita Bhasin has become the first woman to command the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.She is presently the only women pilot for the B-787s commercial flight in the world. 70. $1,00,000 cash reward for the death of an anti-Islam film producer : A Pakistani government Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour has offered a $100,000 (61,616) reward for the death of the maker of an anti-Islam film produced in the US. 71. Congress selects Raja, Suresh Kalmadi and Kanimozhi as members of standing committee : The congress on 3 October 2012 nominated the former Union Minister, A. Raja, Kanimozhi and Suresh Kalmadi as the members of the Parliamentary Standing

Committees on Energy, Home Affairs and External Affairs respectively.Raja was arrested in the 2G scam case on February 2 last year and is on bail since 15 May 2012. Suresh Kalmadi, who was accused in the Commonwealth Games scam case, spent about nine months in jail and was released on bail on 19 January 2012. DMK MP Kanimozhi, also an accused in some cases related to the 2G spectrum allocation, was nominated to the Standing Committee on Home Affairs.For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 59 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 72. Ajit Saran Appointed as Secretary in National Commission for Women : Senior IAS officer Ajit M Sharan was appointed as Member Secretary in National Commission for Women (NCW). Ajit Sharan is a 1979 batch officer of Haryana cadre. 73. Vivek Rae appointed new MSME secretary : On 5th October 2012 the government appointed Vivek Rae as secretary, ministry of micro, small and medium enterprises. Rae, a 1978 batch IAS officer of the UT cadre, is currently director general, acquisition, defence ministry. He will take over from RK Mathur. 74. Anil Kumble appointed chairman of ICC Cricket Committee : Former India captain Anil Kumble was unanimously appointed chairman of ICC`s Cricket Committee by the game`s governing body, replacing West Indies great Clive Lloyd on 11th October 2012. 75. Jaspal Rana appointed junior pistol chief coach : Multiple Asian Games gold medallist, Jaspal Rana, has been appointed chief coach for junior pistol shooters by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) on 16th October 2012. 76. Ashok Kumar appointed Indias ambassador to Brazil : Mr. Ashok Tomar has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Brazil on 31st October 2012. 77. Michael Schumacher announces retirement from Formula One : Michael Schumacher has announced that he will retire from Formula One at the end of the

season.Schumachers announcement follows news last week that he will be replaced at Mercedes by Lewis Hamilton in 2013. 78. UP revenue minister resigns due involved in CMO abduction : UP revenue minister Vinod Singh was forced to resign on 12th October 2012 for his alleged involvement in the abduction of Gonda chief medical officer (CMO) SP Singh. 79. External Affairs Minister S M Krishna resigned : External Affairs Minister SM Krishna has resigned from his post ahead of on 28th October 2012 cabinet reshuffle. 80. Badminton Player Peter Gade Retired From International Career : Danish legend Baminton Player, Peter Gade on 30 October 2012 retired from international badminton 81. Historian Eric Hobsbawm dies, aged 95 : Eric Hobsbawm, one of Britains most eminent historians, has died at the age of 95, on 1st October 2012 at the Royal Free Hospital in London .Mr Hobsbawm, a historian in the Marxist tradition, wrote more than 30 books.He published his final book, How to Change the World, in 2011. 82. Freedom fighter, ex-Governor Satyanarayana is dead : Freedom fighter and former governor of Uttar Pradesh B Satyanarayana Reddy died at a hospital in Hyderabad on 6th October 2012. 83. Zimbabwe cricket coach Kevin Curran passes away : Kevin Curran, the former Zimbabwean all rounder and coach, has died in Mutare on 10th Ocober 2012. 84. Cambodia ex-king Sihanouk dies : Cambodias former king Norodom Sihanouk died on 15th October 2012 in China at Beijing. 85. Bandya Kakade dead : Bandya Kakade, former India football goalkeeper, passed away here on 18th October 2012 evening. Kakade and Kuppuswami Sampath (MEG, Bangalore) were the two goalkeepers of the Indian team that won the bronze medal at the 1970 Bangkok Asian Games. Kakade was also part of the Indian team 86. Yash Chopra, the King of Romance passes away : Yash Chopra, one of Bollywoods

most well-known filmmakers, died of dengue fever on 21st October 2012 87. Eminent litterateur Sunil Gangopadhyay passes away : Eminent litterateur and Sahitya Akademi President Sunil Gangopadhyay died at his South Kolkata residence on 23rd October 2012 following a massive heart attack. 1. U.S. Treasury Secretary Geithner to visit India on Oct. 9 : U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner visit India on 9th October 2012 to participate in the third annual meeting of the U.S.-India Economic and Financial Partnership with Finance Minister P. Chidambaram. 2. Australia PM Julia Gillard begins India visit : Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has begun a three-day visit to India.The two countries are expected to announce negotiations on civil nuclear co-operation during Ms Gillards visit. 3. Suu Kyi to visit India next month : After 40 years, Myanmars Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will travel to India on November 13. She will deliver the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Lecture in New Delhi on November 14. 4. Steven Joyce, Minister for Tertiary Education, New Zealand visited India : Hon. Steven Joyce, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, New Zealand visited the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi on 18th October 2012. 5. Ex-Bangladeshi PM Khaleda Zia to meet PM Manmohan Singh : Bangladeshs former prime minister and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader Begum Khaleda Zia, who For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 60 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in is on a week-long trip to India, will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singhin New Delhi on 28th October 2012. 6. Pakistan spinner Rehman hit with ban after failed drug test : Pakistans Abdur Rehman has been banned from cricket for 12 weeks after testing positive for cannabis during his recent stint with Somerset.

7. Mukesh Ambani richest Indian : The China-based research firm Hurun releases a report on 10th October 2012 declared Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani is the richest person in India. 8. Hyderabads last Nizam named all-time richest Indian : Osman Ali Khan, the last Nizam (or ruler) of Hyderabad is Indias all-time richest person.According to a new inflation-adjusted list of the worlds richest people of all time, the Nizam, who ruled Hyderabad between 1886-1967, was ranked sixth with $ 236 billion. 9. Mukesh Ambani tops Forbes India rich list : Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani is the richest Indian for the fifth year in a row with a net worth of $21 billion, according to the Forbes India rich list. 10. Manju Seth appointed as next Ambassador of India to Madagascar : Ms Manju Seth has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Madagascar.She is presently Consul General of India in Reunion Island, which is a French-administered territory in the Indian Ocean between Mauritius and Madagaskar 11. Rakesh Mohan appointed as executive director on IMF board : Former RBI Deputy Governor Rakesh Mohan appointed as executive director on the board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). 12. VK Malhotra re-elected Archery Association President : Vijay Kumar Malhotra was on 9th November 2012 re-elected as President of the Archery Association of India after beating Assam unit vice-president BVP Rao in Archery Association presidents elections. 13. Obama appoints Indian-American Rajiv Shah to head USAID : Indian-Americans won one of their highest-ever appointments in the US government when President Obama on 13 November 2012 nominated Dr Rajiv Shah as administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). 14. Anil Dev Singh appointed new chief of IOA election panel : Anil Dev Singh, retired

Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court, appointed as the new Chairman of The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on 19 November 2012. 15. Scott Flemming named Indias basketball coach : The Basketball Federation of India (BFI) had appointed Scott Flemming, who brings along with him over 30 years of collegiate and professional experience in the United States, as the head coach of the mens national team on 19 November 2012. 16. BBC appointed Tony Hall as new director general : Royal Opera House chief executive Tony Hall had appointed as director general of the BBC on 22 November 2012,replacing George Entwistle who resigned earlier this month in a burgeoning scandal over the corporations reporting of sexual abuse. 17. Ranjit Sinha appointed new CBI Director : Senior IPS officer Ranjit Sinha was appointed the Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation for two-year term on 22 November 2012. 18. Barbosa sworn in as first non-white President of Brazils Supreme Court : Joaquim Barbosa was sworn-in as Brazils Supreme Courts first non-White President on 23 November 2012 at a packed ceremony in the capital Brazilia . Barbosa, became famous in Brazil after overseeing one of the countrys biggest corruption trials involving key members of the former President Lula Da Silvas government. 19. Alok Joshi new RAW chief : The Haryana cadre IPS officer Alok Joshi was appointed head of Indias external intelligence gathering agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) on 27 November 2012. Alok Joshi will take charge from S.K. Tripathi on December 30, 2012. 20. Luiz Felipe Scolari appointed new Brazil Football team coach : Brazilian Football Confederation have appointed Luiz Felipe Scolari as the new coach for Brazil Football team on 29 November 2012.

21. Mohan re-elected as vice president of IBSF : Capt Mohan, the president of the Billiards and Snooker Federation of India, was re-elected as the vice president of the IBSF (International Billiard & Snooker Federation). The election took place at the Annual General Body meeting of International Billiards and Snooker Federation, at Sofia, Bulgaria on 29 November 2012.For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 61 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 22. American CIA Director David Petraeus resigned : American Central Intelligence Agency(CIA) Director David Petraeus resigned on 10th November 2012 due illegal affair with Broadwell that was proved by the FBI in investigation. 23. BJP suspended Ram Jethmalani from party for indiscipline : The BJP on 25 Novemebr 2012 suspended a Rajya Sabha member Ram Jethmalani from the party for gross indiscipline. He recently attacked the for for criticizing the appointment of the new CBI chief. 24. Ricky Ponting retired from international cricket : Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has announced he will retire from international cricket at the end of the third Test against South Africa.He is the second highest run scorer in Test history behind Sachin Tendulkar.Ponting has scored 13,366 runs at an average of 52.21 in his career. 25. Yeddyyurappa quits BJP, Assembly : The former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S.Yeddyurappa quits the BJP and resigned to the Legislative Assembly on 30 November 2012. He started his political career when he was elected as President of the Shikaripura Taluk erstwhile Jana Sangha in 1972. He won his first Assembly election in 1983 as BJP candidate. He became the first BJP chief minister in South India. 26. Yerram Naidu senior TDP leader dies in road accident : K. Yerran Naidu, Telugu Desam Partys senior leader and former union minister for rural development died in a car

accident in Andhra Pradeshs Srikakulam district on 2nd November 2012. 27. Cartoonist,T.Samuel passes away : Veteran cartoonist, T Samuel, a pioneer of pocket cartoons in India, passed away on 2 November 2012. He worked for the famous newspapers like Times of India ,Indian Express and Nav Bharat Times etc.. He became famous as the creator of pocket cartoon Babuji. 28. BJP leader Kailashpati Mishra passes away : Veteran BJP leader and former governor of Gujarat and Rajasthan Kailashpati Mishra died in Patna on 3rd November 2012. 29. Veteran freedom fighter V P Murthy Raju passes away : Freedom fighter and former Andhra Pradesh minister Ch V P Murthy Raju passed away in West Godavari district on 12th November 2012.Raju had been MLA for six terms and served as a minister when late P V Narasimha Rao was Chief Minister. 30. Ex-Minister KC Pant passes away : Indias former defence minister and Planning Commission deputy chairman Krishna Chandra Pant died on 15 November 2012.Pant was Indias defence minister between 1987 and 1989, when the Congress party was in power under then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. 31. Shiv Sena Chief Balasaheb Thackeray died : Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray died in Mumbai on 17 November 2012 32. Ajmal Kasab hanged, buried at Punes Yerwada Jail : Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, the only terrorist caught alive during the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai, was hanged at Punes Yerwada Jail on 21 November 2012.Two secret codes are used the government with respect to Kasab to maintain secrecy 1. Operation X:-Hanging code named Operation X. X stood for execution 2. C-7096 :-C-7096, the number by which Kasab was identified officially. 33. Nobel winner and organ transplant pioneer Joseph Murray passes away : Dr. Joseph Murray, the surgeon who carried out the first successful kidney transplant and later

won a Nobel Prize for his work in medicine and physiology, died on 26 November 2012 in Boston. 34. Indias diplomatic politician and former PM IK Gujral passes away : Former Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral passed away on 30 November 2012 in Gujral. Born on 4 December, 1919 in Jhelum.IK Gujral started as the Vice President in NDMC in the 1950s and later became a Union Minister. Later He became the Indias Ambassador to the USSR. Gujral, an intellectual who propounded the Gujral Doctrine of five principles for maintaining good neighbourly relations, left the Congress to join the Janata Dal in the late1980s. In the 1989 elections, Gujral was elected from Jalandhar parliamentary constituency in Punjab and he became Minister for External Affairs, first under V P Singh (in December 1989) and then under Deve Gowda (in June 1996). Later he became the 12th Prime Minister of India in April 1997 for one year. 35. William Hague on four day official visit to India : The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of United Kingdom, Mr. William Hague will be on a four day official visit to India from 7th November 2012.During his visit Mr. Hague will discuss bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest with External Affairs Minister, Mr Salman Khurshid in New Delhi.For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 62 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 36. Canadian Prime Minister visited India : Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, visited the India from November 3rd to 9th, during his visit India and Canada signed several agreements including Civil Nuclear Deal, Social Security Agreement, a Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation in Information Technology and electronics and an agreement to boost bilateral cooperation in Defense Science and Technology. 37. Hamid Karzai arrived to India on four day visit: Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai

arrived to India on 9th November 2012 on a four-day visit. 38. Aung San Suu Kyi met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh : Myanmars pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh In New Delhi on 14 November,2012 during her 6 day visit to India.She then visited Shantivan to pay tribute to Jawaharlal Nehru.Later in the day, she will deliver the Nehru Memorial Lecture on the occasion of the former PMs birth anniversary. 39. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh went to Cambodia for South Asian summits : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh went to Cambodian capital Phnom Penh on 18 November 2012 to attend the ASEAN and East Asia Summits. 40. Barack Obama makes first US presidential visit to Burma : Barack Obama became the first American president visited the Myanmar. He visited the Myanmar on 18 November 2012 and then went to Cambodia to attend the ASEAN and East Asia Summits. 41. Sunita Williams embarks on record 7th space walk : Indian-American Sunita Williams along with Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide on 1st November 2012 ventured out of the International Space Station, adding to her record-setting space walking sojourns, to find an ammonia leak in the vital radiator system. 42. China invites Abdul Kalam to teach at Peking University : China invited APJ Abdul Kalam to teach at Peking University 43. Irom Sharmila, the Iron Lady of Manipur completed 12 Years of Fast : Iron Lady from Manipur, Irom Sharmila on 5 November 2012 completed 12 years of her fast demanding for cancellation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 (AFSPA). She blames AFPSA as the main cause for violence in the state of Manipur and other parts of Northeastern India. 44. Life Ban on Mohammad Azharuddin Lifted by Andhra Pradesh High Court : The Andhra Pradesh High Court on 8 November 2012 lifted the life ban from playing Cricket on

Mohammad Azharuddin which was imposed by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in Year 2000. 45. Ramanujans genius Proved by US Mathematician : Ramanujans genius Proved to the world by Ken Ono of Emory University in Atlanta on the occasion 125th Birth Anniversary of Ramanujan.Ken Ono of Emory University proved the Ramanujans formula of outputs for the roots of 1 like the square root 1. 46. Cancer charity drops Armstrong name : Lance Armstrongs cancer charity removed the former cycling champion Lance Armstrongs name from its title. The Lance Armstrong Foundation now officially known as the Livestrong Foundation. 47. Burmas Suu Kyi Named New UN Ambassador : The United Nations announced Myanmars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as an ambassador to its program on HIV/AIDS. Suu Kyi accepted the invitation to head the program during a meeting with UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidib. 48. Visually-challenged Indian-American in key US post : On 1 December Obama administration was appointed a visually-challenged Indian-American Sachin Dev Pavithran as a Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board member. 49. Ajit Pawar sworn-in as Maharashtra Deputy CM : Ajith Pawar sworn-in as Maharashtra deputy chief minister on 7 December. After getting the clean chit from the government on corruption in irrigation projects. 50. Chautala Elected as IOA President : Abhay Singh Chautala was on December 2012 unanimously elected president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) while Lalit Bhanot became the new secretary general. 51. Parthasarathy Shome Appointed Adviser to Finance Minister : The government of India appointed tax expert Parthasarthi Shome as adviser to Finance Minister P Chidambaram with minister of state rank, sending a strong signal that tax reforms may

top its economic agenda in the remainder of the UPA governments second term. 52. Malalas Father Ziauddin Yousufzai Appointed UN Education Adviser : Ziauddin Yousufzai, the father of 15-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai, who was shot by the Taliban for advocating girls right to education, has been appointed as Special UN Adviser on Global Education on 10 December.For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 63 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 53. Vijay Kumar appointed Senior Security Adviser in Home Ministry : The Union government had appointed the former Director-General of the Central Reserve Police Force, K. Vijay Kumar, as Senior Security Adviser in the Home Ministry where he will advise on security and development in the Naxal-affected States. 54. Vinod Rai Re-elected as Chair of UN Auditors Panel : Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India Vinod Rai was re-elected Chair of the (UN) auditors Panel for the year 2013, while the CAG of the United Kingdom, Amyas Morse, was re-elected the vicechair of the Panel. 55. Naina Lal Kidwai Becomes First Woman President of FICCI : Country Head of HSBC India, Naina Lal Kidwai, took over as President of FICCI on 15 December 2012. She become the first woman to head the leading industry body. 56. Rita Singh Elected Federation of Indian Associations President : Rita Singh, an Indian American businesswoman from Bihar was elected the first woman president of Chicago-based Federation of Indian Associations (FIA). 57. Subhash Joshi Appointed As New BSF Chief : Subhash Joshi was appointed as the new chief of Border Security Force (BSF) on 18 December 2012. Chadha, Special Secretary was appointed as Director General of ITBP(Indo-Tibetan Border Police). 58. Obama Nominates John Kerry to be Secretary of State : The senior senator John Kerry was nominated as Americas Foreign Minister by President Barack Obama on 21

December 2012.The John Kerry, who is the senior Senator from Massachusetts, now he became the chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee. 59. Smita Singh Appointed as member of Global Development Council : On 22 December The Obama administration has appointed Indian-American Smita Singh as member of the presidents Global Development Council. 60. Virbhadra Singh Sworn in as Himachal Pradeshs Chief Minister : On 25 December Former Union Minister Virbhadra Singh was sworn-in as Himachal Pradeshs chief minister for a record sixth term in Shimla. He was Chief Minister five times between 1983 and 1985; 1985 and 1990; 1993 and 1998 and 2003 and 2007. 61. Narendra Modi Sworn in Gujarat CM for 4th time : Narendra Modi sworn in as Gujarat chief minister for the fourth consecutive time on 26 December 2012. He was sworn in along with seven ministers of Cabinet rank and nine ministers of state. 62. Cyrus Mistry took charge as Tata Group Chairman : Cyrus Mistry, the new chairman of the Tata Group, took charge of his office on 31 December.Mistry is the sixth chairman of the Tata empire. 63. Mali Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra Resigned : On 11 December Malian Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra resigned and dissolved his government after he was arrested by the army in the West African nation.He was acting Prime Minister of Mali from April 2012 64. Singapore Parliament Speaker Resigned : Singapores parliament speaker Michael Palmer announced his resignation on 12 December 2012 over an extramarital affair with a staff member of the Peoples Association, a statutory body leading efforts to reach out to members of the public. 65. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Resigned : Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman formally submitted his resignation on 16 December 2012 due to a pending indictment

against him for fraud and breach of trust. 66. Japan Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda Resigned : On 16 December Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda resigned from his post to take responsibility for his Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) defeat in Lower House Election .He was formally appointed by the Emperor on 2 September 2011. 67. Geophysicist Devendra Lal Died : Devendra Lal, geophysicist and visiting professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) of the university of california, has died on 1 December in San Diego.He was conferred with Padma Shri in 1971. Devendra Lal also won NASA Group Achievement Award. 68. Worlds Oldest Woman and Tallest Woman Both Died : Besse Cooper, the woman listed as the worlds oldest person was died on 4 December 2012 in Georgia at the age of 116. Meanwhile, a Chinese woman, Yao Defen, was certified as the tallest in the world was also died. Mrs Cooper was declared the worlds oldest person in January 2011.Chinese woman Yao Defen was listed as the worlds tallest woman by Guinness World Records in 2010.For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 64 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 69. Jazz Pianist & Composer Dave Brubeck Died : On 5 December Legendary Jazz composer and pianist Dave Brubeck died in Norwalk. He had also won various awards during his career which spanned over six decades.The Library of Congress designated him as the Living Legend. 70. British Astronomer Sir Patrick Moore Died : British astronomer and broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore on 9 December 2012 in Selsey, West Sussex.Sir Patrick presented the BBC programme The Sky At Night for over 50 years, making him the longest-running host of the same television show ever.

71. Ex-Bangladesh President Ahmed Died : Former Bangladeshi President and Bangladesh Nationalist Party(BNP) leader Iajuddin Ahmed passed away on 10 December 2012. Iajuddin Ahmed was the 13th president of Bangladeshserving from Sept. 6, 2002 until Feb. 12, 2009. 72. Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravi Shankar Died : Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravi Shankar, whose mastery over the sitar helped rejuvenate the classical instrumental tradition in India and popularise Indian music in the West through concerts and collaborations with well known artists, died in San Diego, U.S. on 11 December 2012. 73. Former Ranji Cricketer Nimbalkar Died : Former Ranji cricketer B B Nimbalkar was passes away on 11 December 2012. BB Nimbalkar, who made an unbeaten 443 runs for Maharashtra against Kathiawar in a Ranji Trophy match in 1948-49. Yet this is the Indias highest scorer in first-class cricket. 74. First CM of Uttarakhand Nityanand Swami Passed Away : The first Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Nityanand Swami died at Dehra Dun on 12 December 2012.He worked as a first Chief Minister of Uttarakhand after dividing it from Uttar Pradesh in 2000. 75. Barcode Co-inventor Woodland Died : Norman Joseph Woodland, who co-created the barcode, was died on 9 December 2012 in New Jersey at the age of 91. Woodland was the co-inventor of bar code. He as well as his partner Bernard Silver (who died in 1963) patented this idea of bar code back in 1952. 76. Guinness Worlds Oldest Person Dina Manfredini Died : Dina Manfredini (115 Years) the worlds oldest person and a resident of Iowa, has died on 17 December in Johnston .Guinness World Records identified Manfredini as the worlds oldest person on December 5, a day after the death of 116-year-old Besse Cooper of Georgia. 77. Former India Volleyball Captain Tilakam Gopal Died : Tilakam Gopal, former India captain died on 18 December 2012. Mr.Gopals achievements was being member of the

silver medal winning Indian squad in the 1962 Jakarta Asian Games and even led India in the five-Test series against the visiting Russians in 1966 which later on helped him to continue be captain in the Bangkok ASIAD in 1966 where India stood fourth. 78. Hockey Legend Leslie Claudius Died : Legendary hockey player and one of Indias greatest Olympians Leslie Claudius, passed away in Kolkata on 20 December 2012. India won the silver medal in the Asian Games in 1978 in Bangkok, when he was the team manager.He got the Padma Shree award in 1971. 79. Former England Cricket Team Captain Tony Greig Died : Tony Greig, the South Africa-born cricketer who became England cricket team captain and later continued to make his mark on the game as a revered commentator in Australia, died on 29 December 2012.He played 58 tests for England and scored 3,599 runs at an average of 40.43 and took 141 wickets at 32.20. 80. Palestinian Hamas leader Meshaal Visited Gaza : The political leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal has visited Gaza on 6 December .He attended a commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the founding of Hamas and a victory celebration .He visited southern Gaza strip through Egypts Rafah border crossing over for the first time in 45 years. 81. Ukrainian President Yanukovych Visited India : Viktor Yanukovych the President of Ukrainian visited India from 9th to 12th December. During this visit he signed 5 agreements .He met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan and the both nations discussed ways to improve bilateral relations. 82. Pak Minister Rehman Malik Visited India : Pakistans Interior Minister Rehman Malik visited India from 14th to 16th December .During the visit he met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and both nations signed on new visa agreement. 83. Russian President Putin Visited India : Russian President Vladimir Putin visited India on 24 December .During the visit he met Manmohan Singh in New Delhi and signed a

series of pacts on defense cooperation and reached consensus to develop economic and trade relations.Putin last visited India as prime minister in 2010.For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 65 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 84. China Launched First High Speed Train in Extremely Cold Areas : The worlds first high-speed train in areas with extremely low temperature started operation in China 01 December 2012.This train move with a speed of 350 Kmph in the areas of minus 40 degrees temperature. This is the fastest train world in this areas. 85. Forbes 2012 Most Powerful Persons List : On 6 December 2012 Forbes Magazine released the most powerful persons list in the world. In that list AICC President Sonia Gandhi got the 12th place and Prime Minister of India Man Mohan Singh got the 20th place. As usually this year also American President Barack Obama got 1st place. German chancellor Angela Merkel got the 2nd place. The list also includes Russian President Vladimir Putin at number three, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates (4), Richest Person in India Mukesh Ambani (37). 86. Mumbai Among Worlds Dirtiest Cities : Indias commercial capital, Mumbai, was named among the worlds dirtiest cities, ranking last in the cleanest streets category, a global survey of 40 key tourist cities has found. According to TripAdvisors Cities Survey, Tokyo grabbed the first place while Mumbai ranked last in the list of cleanest streets. 87. Jiroemon Kimura named Worlds Oldest Person : On 18 December Jiroemon Kimura (115 years) has been named the worlds oldest person after the death of his predecessor, an American woman named Dina Manfredini who died on 17 December after receiving the title of oldest person of the world.Jiroemon Kimura was born on 19 April 1897 and is just 15 days younger than the deceased Dina Manfredini. 88. Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo (USA) : Miss USA Olivia Culpo is crowned Miss

Universe 2012 on 19 December 2012, on the Las Vegas. Miss Philippines, Janine Tugonon, came in second, while Miss Venezuela, Irene Sofia Esser Quintero, placed third. 89. Obama is Times Person of the Year : President Barack Obama had been named Time magazines Person of the Year for 2012 on 19 December 2012. Obama also received the honour in 2008. 90. 8 Indians Among Worlds Best Performed CEOs Eight Indian CEOs have made it to the list of 100 best performing global chief executives, compiled by Harvard Business Review (HBR). Deveshwar was first among the Indian CEOs featured in this list, and cornered the seventh place overall.Former chairman and MD, ONGC Subir Raha (Rank 13).Chairman and CEO, Reliance Industries, Mukesh Ambani (Rank 28).Chairman and Managing Director, Larsen & Toubro, AM Naik (Rank 32). Former CMD, Bharat Heavy Electricals, AK Puri (Rank 38). Chairman, Bharti Airtel, Sunil Bharti Mittal (Rank 65). CEO, Jindal Steel & Power, Naveen Jindal (Rank 87). Former Chairman, SAIL,VS Jain (Rank 89). Former Apple CEO, Steve Jobs (Rank 1). CEO, Amazon.com CEO, Jeff Bezos (Rank 2). 1. China Launched Worlds Longest High-Speed Rail China launched service on the worlds longest high-speed railway on 26 December 2012 with trains scheduled to run 2,298 kilometres between Beijing and Guangzhou in about eight hours.Travelling at an average speed of about 300 km per hour, the service would cut the journey time from more than 20 hours by conventional trains. 1. Asif Ibrahim appointed as chief Intelligence Bureau : Indian Police Service officer SA Ibrahim appointed as chief of the Intelligence Bureau on 01 January 2013 and he becoming the first from the countrys main minority community(Muslim Community) to hold the post. Ibrahim, an IPS officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre, has taken over as from Nehchal Sandhu who retired December 31. He will hold the post for two years. 2. Urjit Patel appointed as RBI deputy governor : On 02 January 2013 Urjit Patel, a

consultant at Boston Consulting Group, had been appointed a deputy governor at the Reserve Bank of India, succeeding Subir Gokarn who was aiding the governor in shaping the monetary policy. 3. YV Reddy to head 14th Finance Commission : On 02 January 2013 former RBI governor YV Reddy was appointed chairman of the 14th finance commission to suggest principles of sharing of revenues between the Centre and the states and insulate pricing of public utilities like electricity, water and public transport from policy fluctuations.For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 66 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 4. Ami Bera and Tulsi Gabbard Sworn In As US Lawmakers : On 4 January Indian American physician from California, Ami Bera, and the young Iraq war veteran from Hawaii, Tulsi Gabbard, created history after being sworn in as new members of the US House of Representatives.Bera is only the third Indian American have ever been elected to the House of Representatives.Tulsi Gabbard is the first Hindu ever to won the Congressional election. 5. Malalas Father Appointed as Education Attache in Birmingham : On 3 January Malalas father Ziauddin Yousafzai has been appointed as the education attache at the Pakistan consulate in Birmingham, England.The job is believed to be for up to three years. 6. Indian American Srinivasan re-nominated as Federal Judge : On 4 January Srikanth Srinivasan a brilliant Indian American legal mind has been re-nominated by US President Barack Obama to serve as Federal Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit.In June 2012 he was nominated by Obama to serve on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. 7. Justice D K Jain appointed new Law Commission chief : The Union Cabinet of India on 7 January 2013 appointed Justice D K Jain as Chairman of 20th Law Commission of

India. He gives advice to the government on complex legal issues. Justice Jain, 64, will take over as the chief of the law panel on January 24 after retiring from the Supreme Court on the same day. 8. John Brennan as a CIA director : U.S. President Barack Obama announced on )7 January 2013 John Brennan wasnominated as director of the American Intelligence Agency(CIA) and Chuck Hagel as a Defense secretary. John Brennan played a key role in encounter the Osama Bin Laden. 9. Indian-origin politician to be Singapores first woman speaker : Indian-origin politician Halimah Yacob elected as the first woman Speaker of Singapores Parliament on 08 Janauary 2013.She take charges from 14 January 2013.Halimah, a former labour lawyer, is a member of Parliament from the ruling Peoples Action Party (PAP). 10. Kulwant Singh Gill Took charge as new Commandant of NDA : On 8 January Air Marshal Kulwant Singh Gill took charge as the new commandant of the National Defence Academy (NDA) at Khadakwasla, Pune.The NDA provides three-year training in defence and academics to its cadets before they move on to their respective officers training academies for another one-year course and get commissioned into the armed forces. 11. R.K. Dubey Took Charge as Canara Banks new CMD : On 11 January R.K. Dubey has assumed charge as the Chairman and Managing Director of Canara Bank .Mr. Dubey was previously worked as a Punjab National Bank General Manager in 2008 and was appointed as Executive Director of Central Bank of India in 2010. 12. Rajkumar Goyal Took Charge as Central Bank of India new ED : On 11 January Rajkumar Goyal has took charge as Executive Director (ED) of Central Bank of India (CBI).He was previously with the bank of India as the General Manager of Human Resources Department 13. Obama nominated Jack Lew as new Treasury Chief : On 11 January President Barack

Obama nominated his chief of staff, Jack Lew, to become the next Treasury secretary and succeed Timothy Geithner.Last year, Lew was named Obamas chief of staff, and before that he had served as the White House budget director. 14. First Gujarati in UK cabinet : Lord Dolar Popat has appointed a minister in the UK cabinet .He become the first Gujarati taking his place in the UK cabinet .Popat was appointed minister for business, innovation & skills and transport. 15. Mohan Pieris assumes duties as 44th Chief Justice of Sri Lanka : On 15 January 2013 ,Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed his cabinets legal advisor as the countrys new Chief Justice to succeed Shirani Bandaranayake. Rajapaksa sworn in new Chief Justice Mohan Peiris to replace Sri Lankas first woman chief justice who was impeached by the parliament in a controversial move.Peiris, a British qualified solicitor who retired in 2011 as the Attorney General was serving as the legal advisor to the Cabinet.For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 67 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 16. Ved Prakash is UGC chairman : Ved Prakash, serving as acting chairman of the University Grants Commission, had been appointed as its chairman on 18 January 2013.The chairmans post remained vacant ever since S. Thorat retired in February 2011. Since then Mr. Prakash had been the acting chairman. 17. Obama Sworn in as the US President for Second Term : On 20 January US President Barack Obama Barack Obama was sworn in as the President of the country for a second four-year term.Obama as the 44th president of the United States and also he is the third consecutive president to win two terms, after Bush and Clinton. Joe Biden sworn-in for second term as US vice-president. 18. Suchitra Ella, Founding Chairwoman of CIIs women wing : Suchitra K. Ella, Joint Managing Director, Bharat Biotech International, had been nominated as the Founding

Chairwoman of the Indian Women Network of CII. The network aims to provide a platform for working women to come together and discuss issues and opportunities and share best practices. She is currently the Chairperson of CII Andhra Pradesh State Council for 201213. She had earlier been elected to the CII Andhra Pradesh State Council. She has been awarded the International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge award 2007 by the Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona, the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and the FLO GR8 Women Achievers Award 2008 for entrepreneurial excellence. 19. Jharkhand CM Arjun Munda resigned : Political uncertainty deepened in Jharkhand on 08 January 2013, with Chief Minister Arjun Munda submitted his resignation to Governor Syed Ahmed. On 07 January 2013, the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) announced the withdrawal of its support to the BJP-led government. 20. Rajapaksa Dismissed First Woman Chief Justice of the Country : On 13 January Mahinda Rajapaksa, the President of Sri Lanka dismissed the first woman chief justice of the country, Shirani Bandarnayake after endorsing her impeachment by the Parliament that caught her guilty on the corruption charges.She appointed as a chief Justice on May 2011. 21. Violin maestro MSG passes away : M.S. Gopalakrishnan legendary violinist known for his mastery of both the Carnatic and Hindustani systems of classical music passed away on 03 January 2013 in Chennai.In his career spanning 75 years, he not only broke new ground as an accompanist, but also rose to become one of the best solo violinists in the country, along with Lalgudi G. Jayaraman and T.N. Krishnan. The three are considered the violin trinity of south Indian classical music.Despite enviable success and accolades that came in the form of national honours such as the Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri, and innumerable titles, including the Sangita Kalanidhi title awarded by The Music Academy, Chennai.

22. Pakistani singer Mehnaz Begum is no more : Renowned Pakistani singer Mehnaz Begum died on 19 January 2013.Mehnaz specialized in ghazal, thumri, dadra, khayal, drupad and reciting salam, noha and marsiya.Mehnaz was the daughter of popular subcontinental singer Kajjan Begum.She sang over 2,500 songs for radio television and films in a variety of genres like ghazal, thumri, dadra, khayal and drupad. 23. Mauritius President Rajkeswur Purryag Visited India : Mauritius President Rajkeswur Purryag visited India from 3 10 January .During the visit Purryag met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pranab Mukherjee on 4 January in New Delhi. In Bihar , he visited his ancestral village , Bojeetpore near Patna.President Purryag also the chief guest of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas .He attended the 3 days event 11th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas held in Kochi (Kerala). 24. Vice President Hamid Ansari Visited Vietnam : Vice President Hamid Ansari visited Vietnam from 14 to 17 January.During the visit Ansari met Vietnams Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh and discussed the both countries bilateral issues , signed several agreements .Ansari attended the closing ceremony of the celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of the India-Vietnam diplomatic ties.For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 68 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 25. Bhutan King Wangchuck Visited India : The King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck visited India from 23-30 January.During the visit he attended the Indias Republic Day celebrations as a Chief Guest.Wangchuck met President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and the United Progressive Alliances Chairperson, Sonia Gandhi.This is the fourth time since 1954 that a Bhutanese King will be a Chief Guest at Indias Republic Day celebrations. 26. Ex-Haryana CM Chautala, son get 10 years jail : Former Haryana chief minister Om

Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay had been sentenced to 10 years in jail in connection with a teachers recruitment scam.Special CBI Judge Vinod Kumar sentenced the Chautalas and seven others to 10 years in jail while one convict was given five years in jail and 45 others four years in jail. 27. Swaminarayan sect opens $100-million quake-proof temple near Hollywood : One of the biggest Hindu temples in the US, built at a whopping cost of $100 million near the Hollywood city in Los Angeles .The 68th Swaminarayan temple of Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) had been built using 35,000 pieces of meticulously hand carved Italian Carrara marble and Indian Pink Sandstone. 28. Premlata Conquers Summit of Mt Vinson in Antarctica : On 17 January Premlata Agrawal, the oldest woman in India to have climbed Mt. Everest, has conquered Mt. Vinson in Antarctica in pursuit of the Mountaineering Challenge of climbing the Seven Summits.She completed her Mt. Vinson expedition on January .The person successful in conquering all the seven summits is considered a member of the Hall of Fame for mountaineers.Premlata will become the first Indian woman and one of the oldest in the world to conquer all seven summits. 29. Ex-ISRO chairman Inducted in to Satellite Hall of Fame : The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced its former chairman and Department of Space secretary Prof U R Rao by inducting him as the member of the prestigious Satellite Hall of Fame , Washington.Since 1987, the SSPI Hall of Fame has been recognising the invaluable contribution of the visionaries who have transformed life on planet earth for the better through satellite technology. Members of the Hall of Fame are recognised pioneers in communications, satellite related aerospace scientific research or development and delivery of applications for business, institutions and government via satellite. 30. David Headley sentenced for 35 years for 26/11 role(Mumbai attacks) : PakistaniAmerican Lashkar-eTayiba terrorist David Headley was on 24 January 2013 sentenced to

35 years in jail by a Chicago court for his unquestionable role in the massacre of 166 people in the 2008 Mumbai attacks. 31. Forbes India Celebrity 100 List : According to the Forbes India Celebrity 100 List The Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, topped the inaugural Forbes India Celebrity 100 list.Forbes India estimates, the total earning of Shah Rukh from October 2011 and September 2012 was 202.8 crore Rupees.The ranking was given based on the popularity as well as income of the biggest entertainers of India. Second on the list was Salman Khan and MS Dhoni followed in the third position.The special edition of Forbes India judged in eight different categories directors, film actors, TV personailities, models, comedians, sports stars, authors and singers/musicians.The youngest celebrity in the list of Forbes India was Saina Nehwal, aged 23 years. 32. Switzerland best place to be born, India 66th : Switzerland has been called the best place in the world to be born in 2013 according to the The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a sister company of The Economist. The worst place for a baby to start life was violence-hit African country Nigeria. The survey included 80 nations and Australia ranked second followed by Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Singapore, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Canada and New Zealand were also ranked among top 10. India was ranked 66th place.The survey included significant parameters to judge the best country to be born and these factors included demography, geography, cultural and social characteristics, state of economy, future income per head as well as public policy.For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 69 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 33. Death toll in Irans twin earthquakes is over 250Two strong earthquakes that struck north-west Iran on 11th August 2012 killed more than 250 people and left grieving survivors buffeted by repeated aftershocks in a state of trauma.The first quake, of

magnitude 6.2, jolted the Ahar area around 1600 hours local time, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported. Almost an hour later, a quake of 6 magnitude rocked the city of Varzaqan and its surroundings in the same province.Thousands of people, rattled by at least 35 aftershocks, fled from their homes. Many families spent the night in parks, braving chilly conditions that prevail in the mountainous province. 34. Typhoon Haikui Hit East Coast China : Typhoon Haikui hit to the east coast china on 8 August 2012. By hitting hard the area around the business metropolis of shanghai with heavy wind and rain. The storms winds were at Severe typhoon. It made land fall in the Province of Zhejiang, about 225 kilometers(140 miles) south of Shanghai. The wind speed in between 150 and 184 kilometers per hour. Chinese officials had relocated 374.000 people from shanghai and 250,000 from zhejiang. 35. 37 killed in Sivakasi cracker unit blast : 37 people have been killed and at least 60 have been injured in a huge fire at a Om Siva Sakthi Crackers in Mudalipetti, near Sivakasi, in Tamil Nadu. 36. Two Same magnitude earthquake in China at Yunnan and Guizhou : 80 people were died , more than 730 people were injured,twenty thousand homes were destroyed and nearly one hundred thousand persons have been evacuated after the two earthquakes at a magnitude of 5.6 hit Yunnan and Guizhou provinces in China on 07th September 2012. 37. Shadman Chowk renamed as Bhagat Singh Chowk in Lahore : Pakistan government has finally renamed Shadman Chowk as Bhagat Singh Chowk in Lahore as a mark of respect to the martyr and an acknowledgement of his role in the struggle against British rule. 38. Mercedes-Benz rolls out M-Class luxury SUV from Pune facility : Mercedes-Benz India has rolled out its first locally manufactured M-Class luxury SUV from its facility in

Chakan, Pune. The company has also declared the start of operations of its paint shop at the same location.India is the only country outside of the USA where the German luxury car maker has begun production out of the new ML-Class. 39. 44 killed in Syrian air strikes : At least 44 people were killed in air strikes on the Syrian rebel-held town of Maaret al-Numan on 18th October 2012. 40. 5.5 magnitude earthquake hits off Taiwan : A 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck off southern Taiwan on 25th October 2012, the islands Seismology Center said, but there were no reports of any damage or casualties. 41. Earthquake in Canada triggers tsunami in Hawaii : A powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake rattled the west coast of Canada, triggering tsunami warnings for Hawaii on 28th October 2012. 42. Earthquake in Guatemala : Guatemalans hit by A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 on 8th November 2012. 43. Mumbais Sufi shrine Haji Ali Dargah bans entry of women : The management of Mumbais iconic Sufi shrine Haji Ali Dargah, which is visited by thousands of devotees every year, has restricted the entry of women. 44. Strong Earthquake strikes Myanmar : A strong earthquake with magnitude of 6.8 hit the Myanmar on 11th November 2012 . 45. North Island New Zealand volcano Mt Tongariro erupts : New Zealands Mount Tongariro volcano in the central North Island erupted on 21 November 2012. 46. Typhoon Bopha Killed Hundreds in Philippines : Bopha, the strongest typhoon hit the Philippines on 5 December 2012, was left at least 325 died. The typhoon with central winds of 115 kph and gusts of up to 145 kph was moved to west-northwest of the central Philippines on 6 December 2012.For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 70

For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 47. Powerful Earthquake in Japan : The powerful earthquake had occurred in Japan on 7 December 2012.The magnitude of this earthquake was recorded as 7.3. This earthquake had occurred in 240 km beyond the Miyagi coast in the Pacific Oceanin a depth of 10m 48. Strong Quake in Indonesia : On 22nd January A strong, shallow earthquake rocked parts of western Indonesia early killed 30 persons and panicking residents and ruining homes. Several other people were injured.Indonesias meteorology and geophysics agency put the preliminary magnitude at 6.0 and said the inland quake caused no tsunami. It was centered southwest of the city of Banda Aceh and 10 miles (6 kilometers) beneath the earths crust, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.. 49. 233 People Killed in Brazil Night Club Fire Accident : On 27 January The blaze in the university town of Santa Maria nightclub fire killed at least 233 people in southern Brazil .Most of those who died were suffocated by toxic fumes that rapidly filled the crowded club after sparks from pyrotechnics used by the band for visual effects set fire to soundproofing on the ceiling. COMMITTEES 1. Pak Prez Formed a Panel to Talk with Pak Hindus : Pakistan President Asif Ali zardari has set up a three member committee of Parliamentarians to meet and reassure Hindus in sindh of their security after their families decided to flee their homes. Zardari has taken serious notes of reports of the Sense of Insecurity among hindus families in sindh and directed authorities to address their unfair treatment and report to him. This panel consists of senator Hari Ram, National Assembly member Lal Chand and Federal Minister Moula Bakhsh Chandio. 2. Panel to Examine Western Ghats Report : Environment Ministry has constituted a high level working panel to headed by eminent space scientist and panning commission

member K Kasturirangan to examine the Western Ghats ecology expert panel report in a holistic and multidisciplinary fashion. The nine member group will examine the the Madhav Gadgil committee report released recently in a holistic and multidisciplinary fashion keeping in view the comments received from the concerned state governments, central ministries, stakeholders.It will also study the effects and challenges of climate change in the ecologically significant Western Ghats region, the implications of the UNESCO heritage site recognition of some parts of the Western Ghats and the constitutional implications of Centre-State relations regarding the conservation and sustainable development of the region. It is also expected to recommend further course of action regarding the report within two months. 3. Two Member Panel to Study on Universal Health coverage : The National Advisory council has set up a two member working group to study the report on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) prepared by the high level expert scope of the National rural health Mission(NRHM) and convert it into a National Health Mission. The Two-member group, comprising Mirai chatterjee and A.K.Shiva kumar,will work closely with the Ministry of Health and Family welfare and the planning commission to resolve any possible issues arising on health. 4. SL Committee pulled up for diluting civilnuclear Liability Rules : The subordinate legislation committee of the lok sabha has pulled up the department of atomic energy for diluting the civil. liability for clear Damage(CLND)Act. The committee monitors whether the rules tabled in parliament are in tune with the act passed by parliament. This is 15 member panel has represented from all parties. 5. Rangarajan panel for total decontrol of sugar industry : The Rangarajan panel will submit the report on decontrol of sugar industry within two weeks

6. Rangarajan panel for total decontrol of sugar industry : Rangarajan Committee has recommended deregulation of the sugar sector, by giving freedom to mills to sell sugar in For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 71 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in the open market.The Millers should sell the 10%of sugar to government below the market price,for running the ration shops ,remaining should sell in the open market. 7. Pope Benedict XVI appoints six non-European cardinals for Pope selection committee : Pope Benedict XVI has appointed six priests from non-European countries to be cardinals, at a service in the Vaticans St Peters Basilica.From India Baselios Cleemis Thottumkal, head of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church was selected as a one of the Cardinal for the pope selection committee. 8. Usha Thorat Committee for NBFCs : Indias majority of Non-Banking Finance companies (NBFCs) may be freed from the regulatory clutches provided Reserve Bank of India (RBI) implements one of the recommendations made by Usha Thorat Committee. The committee had submitted its recommendations to RBI. Currently, those recommendations are under RBIs consideration. 9. Chandrashekhar Committee to Frame Rules for Foreign Investors : On 13 December The market regulator Sebi has appointed a committee under ex-Cabinet secretary K M Chandrashekhar to frame a single set of guidelines for all types of foreign investors.The committee will suggest ways to simplify the investment process for all overseas entities like foreign institutional investors, foreign venture capital investors (FVCIs), qualified financial, institutional investors (QFIs) 10.Vijay Kelkar Committee for Fiscal Consolidation : The Vijay Kelkar Committee, which was appointed by Finance Ministry to suggest a roadmap for fiscal consolidation, has suggested immediate hike in fuel prices and complete deregulation of diesel prices by start

of 2014-15 fiscal.It also suggested raising kerosene and LPG rates.Now the Kelkar committee recommendation is still at proposal stage. 11. Justice Verma Committee Submitted Report : On 23 January The three-member committee included former Chief Justice of India, J S Verma, who headed the committee, Justice (Retd.) Leila Seth, former Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court and Gopal Subramanian, former Solicitor General of India , set up to suggest ways to make rape laws stronger in the country, has submitted its report with recommendations to enhance and amend existing laws dealing with cases of sexual crime.The Justice Verma panel recognised failure of governance as primary cause of sexual crimes.The Panel suggested Trafficking should be made punishable with imprisonment ranging from not less than 7 years to 10 years .There was a need for the separate Bill of Rights for women that will make sure that women would have their own rights for having sexual autonomy. BOOKS IN NEWS 1. Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden: A New Book released : No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden was written by a Navy SEAL under the pseudonym Mark Owen with co-author Kevin Maurer and is to be released next month on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks. This book has claimed that Abbottabad house where al-Qaeda chief lived was carved outfrom Pakistan Military Academy compound and its powerful army chief may have been briefed beforehand on the Kill Osama Mission. 2. Vice President Releases the Book Muslims in Indian Cities : Vice President after releasing the book entitled Muslims in Indian Cities edited by Laurent Gayer and Christoph Jafferlot on 10th September 2012 at New Delhi, Shri Ansari has said that Muslims have lived in Indias religiously plural society for over a thousand years, at times as rulers, at others as subjects and now as citizens. They are not homogenous in racial or

linguistic terms and bear the impact of local cultural surroundings, in manners and customs, in varying degrees. 3. 800-year-old Chinese encyclopaedia on display in Taiwan : Taiwan (AP) An 800year-old Chinese encyclopaedia is on display at a book fair in Taipei. The rare publicationwas recently purchased by a Chinese publishing house for US$33 million (S$40.5 million) at an auction in Beijing. : For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 72 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in 4. Salman Rushdie released his Book Joseph Anton : Joseph Anton the 633 page book depicts a memoir of Salman Rushdie during his 10 years long run to protect himself from the Fatwa issued by his name was released on 18 September 2012. 5. Hilary Mantel wins Booker Prize for Tudor saga : British writer Hilary Mantel won the prestigious Booker literary prize for a second time on 16th October 2012 with her bloodsoaked Tudor saga. Ms Mantel, who took the 50,000 pound ($82,000) award in 2009 for Wolf Hall, is the first British author, and the first woman, to achieve a Booker double. : 6. The Folded Earth and A Free Man won the 11th Economist Crossword Book Award : The Folded Earth written by Anuradha Roy and A Free Man by Aman Sethi won the 11th Economist Crossword Book Award that was declared at Mumbai. 7. Governor releases Ek Thhi Kusum by former Speaker : Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi on 22nd October 2012 released Ek Thhi Kusum, a short stories collection authored by former State Assembly Speaker Prakash Pant. 8. Vice President Releases Series of Books Granthavali : The Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari released a collection of writing and works -Granthavali of late Dr Dineshnandini Dalmia in New Delhi on 2nd November 2012. 9. Saina Nehwal autobiography book released by Gagan Narang : Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal , Ace shooter Gagan Narang and badminton player Parupalli Kashyap released

book autobiography of Saina Nehwal Playing to win-My life on and off the court in Hyderabad on 7 November 2012. 10.Yuvi book on Yuvraj released : The book on Indian Cricketer Yuvraj Singh named Yuvi was released in third week of November 2012. Yuvi, the book on Yuvraj Singh is published by Harper Sport and written by Makarand Waingankar. The book illustrates the brilliance of cricket shown by Yuvraj Singh in his career as a cricketer and the way he recovered from Cancer. 11.Chief of the Air Staff and Chairman COSC Air Chief Marshal Nak Browne Releases Book : Chief of the Air Staff and Chairman COSC Air Chief Marshal Nak Browne Releases Book titled VICTORY INDIA A Key to Quality Military Leadership on 20 November 2012.The book is a collection of well written contributory articles by military experts.The book focuses on the process of identification, selection and training of our dynamic youth to mould them into inspiring effective quality military leaders. 12.Amitav Ghosh, Jeet Thayil shortlisted for literature prize : Six books including River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh, Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil and The Wandering by Pakistanbased author Jamil Ahmad, have been shortlisted for the DSC South Asian Literature Prize 2013.The finalist will be announced at the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival January 2013. 13.The Peak Book Released on Sachin Tendulkar : On 2 December Indian Cricketer Yuvraj Singh was launched Sachin Tendulkars new book named The Peak which is a unique photographed story on Tendulkar by photo-journalist Suman Chattopadhyay. The book captures some rare and memorable moments of Tendulkars life through Chattopadhyays lens and the stories behind them in the masters own words 14. Pankaj, Bengals Forgotten Hero Book Released : On 3 December Senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar and former India captain Sourav Ganguly released a book on former India opener Late Pankaj Roy named Pankaj, Bengals Forgotten Hero has been written by Bengali sports journalist Gautam Bhattacharya. Pankaj Roy had played 43 Tests for India

in a span of 10 years scoring 2442 runs with five centuries. 15. My Tryst with Justice Book Released : On 12 December President Pranab Mukherjee released a book My Tryst with Justice which was written by Former Chief Justice P.N.Bhagwati .The book would be a prized possession for every Indian who wants to make a difference to the world and who aspires for a world more just, he added. 16. M.S. Subbulakshmi Queen of Carnatic Music Book Launched : The life story of carnatic music legend M.S. Subbulakshmi, the first musician to be conferred the Bharat Ratna, is now detailed in a graphic illustrated book launched on December. The story of the nightingale of carnatic music, fondly known as MS. It is being told through Amar Chitra Kathas new title M S Subbulakshmi Queen of Carnatic Music 17. Swami Vivekananda The Monk as Man Book Released : The renowned Bengali writer Shankar wrote a The Monk as Man book on Swami Vivekananda ,who spread the message of Indias spiritual heritage across the world.In the book Shankar described Vivekananda used to emphasise greatly on physical strength and is known for the shocking statement Better to play football than read the Gita. 18.McChrystal My Share of the Task: A Memoir Book Released : General Stanley McChrystal, the former American commander in Afghanistan, wrote a My Share of the For All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 73 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in Task: A Memoir, book which was released on 7 January .In the book Chrystal explained that tensions between the White House and the Pentagon were evident in the Obama administration from its opening months in office.This book is not just for aficionados of military history or for students of American foreign policy . ABBREVIATIONS EPT Environment Performance Index

NASI National Academy of Science, India SPSS Sloan Digital Sky Survey SFC Strategic Forces Command DRDO Defense Research and development Organization DTAA Double Taxation of direct Agreement CBDT Central Board of Direct Taxes SPACE Science Popularization Association of Communicators and educators SOHO Solar and HelioSpheric Observatory AITA-All India Tennis Association. IOR-ARC Indian Ocean Rim-Association for Regional Cooperation SAARC-South Asian Association For Regional Cooperation USAID-United States Agency for International Development IAAFInternational Amateur Athletic Federation. UNFCCC - United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change WCCB Wildlife Crime Control Bureau TRAI Telecom Regulatory Authority of India SCI Shipping Corporation of India NSC National Security Council OIL Oil India Limited GAAR General Anti Avoidance Rules NCHRH National Council for Human Resources in HealthFor All Government Jobs alert visit www.gurujobalert.com 74 For More details on Banking Recruitment www.ibpsexamguru.in IOA Indian Olympic Association GCC Gulf Cooperation Council

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