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» Tropical Storm Trudy struck Mexico

» Joko Widodo sworn in as Indonesia President

» Vanita Gupta Indian-American attorney appointed temporary head of Department of Justice’s civil rights division.

» Government to import potatoes for 1st time to check rising prices

» US-based economist Arvind Subramanian appointed as Chief Economic Advisor in the Union Finance Ministry

» Mary Kom voted as India's Most Valuable Player in Asian Games 2014

» Khaled Bahah appointed as Prime Minister of Yemen

» Gautham Roy appointed as the new Managing Director of Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd CPCL

» Powerful typhoon Vongfong struck Japan

» World Bank released South Asia Economic Focus report

» Kalpana Morparia was appointed as first woman director of Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL)

» Actor Aamir Khan appointed as the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia

» Cyclonic storm named Hudhud is the deep depression over north Andaman Sea crossed the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, is expected to reach east cost of India.

» Union Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) approved the appointment of Cramer Ball as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jet Airways.

» US partially lifted 40 year ban on arm sales to Vietnam to boost defence in South China Sea

» NIIT Limited appointed Rahul Keshav Patwardhan as its next (CEO).

» Tata motors Limited appointed Mayank Pareek as president of Passenger Vehicle Division

» Legendary Indian boxer MC Mary Kom bagged her first ever Asian Games Gold Medal.

» Rajasthan became first Indian state to start Olive refinery

» Volcano Mount Ontake in Japan erupted , killing more than 30 people and injuring as many people.

» Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai sworn in as president of Afghanistan

» O Panneerselvam sworn-in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

» Justice HL Dattu sworn-in as the 42nd Chief Justice of India

» Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa held guilty in disproportionate assets case

» SBI signed 500 million dollar Line of Credit with Korea Eximbank

» Bangladesh government appointed Syed Muazzem Ali as its new Envoy to India

» India announced to contribute 12 million US dollar to UN to fight Ebola virus

» Rajat Sharma appointed as the president of News Broadcasting Association

» State Bank of India (SBI) and Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India (ICICI) on allowed kids to operate bank accounts independently.

» Researchers discovered a strange new type of brain cell that sends signals by bypassing the cell body altogether.

» Royal Mint of Britain launched its own online trading service for gold coins

» Marvan Atapattu appointed as head coach of Sri Lankan cricket team

» Hardeep Singh Puri was appointed as Secretary General of Independent Commission on Multilateralism (ICM)

» India’s Mars Orbiter Mission, Manglayan entered the Martian orbit and made India the 1st country to place the spacecraft in Mars orbit in one attempt.

» Assam Chief Minister launched Angel Fund for first generation entrepreneurs

The fund has been launched to help the first generation entrepreneurs and skilled youths to set up micro and small enterprises in Assam.

» Sardar Singh became India's flag bearer at 17th Asian Games opening

» France joins US against Islamic State over Iraq

» Infosys Ltd signed agreements with Microsoft Corp, Hitachi Data Systems and Huawei

» Lalitha Kumaramangalam appointed as chairperson of National Commission for Women

» Chinese President appointed Le Yucheng as China's New Ambassador to India

» SEBI extended deadline by six months to appoint atleast one women director on board

» RBI closed down six Urban Cooperative Banks which were suspected of being used to route illegal money.

» Tata Technologies Ltd appointed Warren Harris as MD and CEO

» Union Government launched New Payment Gateway Integrated to e-Filing System

» RBI fixed the upper age limit at 70 years for M.D. and CEO in private sector banks

» Delhi government decided to charge cess of one rupee cigarette and liquor to promote public transport

» SBI celebrated 150 years of its operations in Sri Lanka

» Union Government approved 28 road projects in Ladakh region in J & K

» Subhash Chandra Garg appointed as Executive Director of World Bank

» TN Suresh Kumar became the first Indian to visit to the stratosphere, the second layer of the Earth’s atmosphere.

» Unit 5 of the Rajasthan Atomic Power Station became the second longest running reactor in the world.<br />

» Chandrakala Padia was appointed as first women chairperson of Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS).

» V Nagarajan took over as Director (Commercial) of Indraprastha Gas Ltd.

» Al-Qaeda announced creation of a new branch of terrorist outfit named Qaedat al-Jihad to carry out militancy & raise the flag of jihad in South Asia.

» P Sathasivam appointed as the new Governor of Kerala.

» Israel announced to take over West Bank land. The area will be named as Gevaot.

» Tessy Thomas and V. Ravindranath became first Women directors in IIT council

» State Government of Andhra Pradesh proposed a Metro Rail Project for Temple Town Tirupati.

» Yohann Diniz broke 50km Walk World Record at the European Athletics Championship

» ONGC board approved 5219 crore rupees investment in Daman gas fields

» Baba Kalyani was re-nominated as the Co-Chairman of the India-Japan Business Leader’s Forum (IJBLF.)

» Union Cabinet announced to lift the restriction of one LPG cylinder per month

» Shah Rukh Khan became Ambassador of Turn Back Crime campaign of Interpol

» Recep Tayyip Erdogan sworn in as 12th President of Turkey

» President Pranab Mukherjee appointed Ch. Vidyasagar Rao as the governor of Maharashtra

» President Pranab Mukherjee appointed Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala as the governor of Karnataka

» President Pranab Mukherjee appointed Kalyan Singh as the governor of Rajasthan

» C.S.Verma elected as First President of Indian Steel Association

» Union Finance Ministry ordered forensic audit of Dena bank and Oriental Bank of Commerce

» RN Ravi appointed as new chief of Joint Intelligence Committee

» Ramesh Chand Tayal appointed as CRPF Special Director-General

» World’s Oldest metal object, Cone-shaped copper awl, found in Tel Tsaf in Israel

» The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated India's first Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST)

» Weightlifter Ragala Venkat Rahul won first medal for India at 2nd Youth Olympics

» INS Kamorta, India's first indigenously built stealth warship commissioned into Indian Navy

» Guru Hanuman Akhara chosen for 2014 Rashtritya Khel Protsahan Puraskar

» South Africa announced to evacuate 500 rhinos from Kruger National Park to curb illegal poaching

» T M Bhasin elected as Chairman of Indian Banks Association

» Thai coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha elected as Prime Minister of Thailand

» Ravi Shastri appointed as the Director of Indian Cricket Team

» Dutch teenager Max Verstappen to become youngest Formula One driver

» ICICI Bank became the first bank in India to launch EMI facility on Debit Card

» The Kurdish Peshmarga Forces have formed the frontline against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

» Flipkart opened its first brick-and-mortar store called ‘Fliptomania’ in Bangalore .

» US military aircraft have carried out 35 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq over the past three days, destroying more than 90 targets

» Tata Consultancy Services and Bharti Foundation announced a total expenditure of Rs 200 crore to construct toilets in schools

» Andhra Pradesh Government decided to make Vijayawada ad hoc capital

» Rajni Razdan became Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Chairperson

» WHO approved the use of experimental drug ZMapp to fight Ebola Virus

» Former RBI Governor Bimal Jalan to head the Expenditure Management Commission

» Reshamlal Jangade, the veteran politician and a member of the country's first Lok Sabha from undivided Madhya Pradesh, died

» SEBI issued KYC (Know-your-Client) Registration Agency (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2014

» WHO declared Ebola as Global Health Emergency

» Kapil Dev to head Arjuna Awards Selection Committee

» K.V. Chowdary appointed as new Chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes

» Haider al-Abadi named as New Iraqi Prime Minister

» Massive landslide struck Sindhupalchok district of Nepal

» Arvind Gupta, former Indian Foreign Service officer, was appointed as Deputy National Security Adviser (NSA)

» Mars Oxygen ISRU Experiment (MOXIE) will be used by NASA to generate Oxygen on Mars from Martian atmospheric CO2.

» Syndicate Bank CMD SK Jain suspended for allegedly receiving bribe

» Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Nepal

» Muzaffar Ali has been selected for Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award for his contribution towards promotion of Communal harmony, peace and goodwill

» RBI canceled the Licence of The Vasavi Co-operative Urban Bank Ltd., Hyderabad

» SS Mundra took charge as fourth RBI Deputy Governor

» Dipa Karmakar became first Indian woman gymnast to win medal in Commonwealth Games

» Heavy downpour caused landslide in Malin Village of Ambegaon Taluka killing 41 peoples.

» Supreme Court has appointed a former Justice SB Sinha commission to probe the 2006 Meerut Fire tragedy.

» Jacques Kallis announced retirement from all formats of International cricket

» Lt General Dalbir Singh Suhag took over as Chief of Army Staff

» Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha took over as the Chairman of the Chief of Staff Committee (COSC).

» The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved the sale of 10 million tonnes of wheat from the stock in the open market in order to boost domestic supply and check prices.

» Amitabh Bachchan named as Maharashtra's horticulture ambassador

» RBI has cancelled certificate of registration of six NBFCs with which they cannot be able to conduct business of non-banking financial institution

» RBI penalised 12 Banks in Deccan Chronicle Holdings case

» Veteran BJP Leader Kaptan Singh Solanki Appointed Governor Of Haryana

» Weightlifters Sukhen Dey & K Sanjita Chanu won Gold Medal on Day 1 of Commonwealth Games 2014

» Supreme Court appointed R S Cheema as special public prosecutor in coal scam

» KN Tripathi sworn in as 22nd Governor of West Bengal

» India's President inaugurated Bank and Post Office in President Estate's new buildings

» TCS became first Indian Company to achieve Market Capitalization of 5 lakh crore rupees

» Ram Naik sworn in as 27th Governor of Uttar Pradesh

» Indian tennis star Sania Mirza appointed as Brand Ambassador of Telangana

» Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo won Indonesian presidential election .

» The Union Finance Minister announced to provide 200 crore rupees to NABARD for mega food parks.

» Irishman Rory McIlroy won British Golf Open 2014

» Yellapragada Sudharshan Rao was appointed as Chairman of Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR)

» The strongest typhoon to hit southern China in four decades has killed 16 people after claiming at least 94 lives in the Philippines.

» Germany ranked number One in FIFA's world rankings

» RBI released Draft Guidelines for Licensing of Payments Banks and Small Banks

» 7th India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) summit will be held in New Delhi, India in 2015

» Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane, MH-17, was shot down over war-torn eastern Ukraine near the Russian border .

» Bashar al-Assad sworn in as President of Syria

» Former India cricket captain Rahul Dravid has been elected as the 47th member of Laureus World Sports Academy panel.

» Veteran actress Suchitra Sen’s ancestral home of Bangladesh will be converted into a museum as per the decision of Appellate Division of the Supreme Court

» B Ashok became the Chairman of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), the India’s largest oil firm.

» Om Prakash Kohli sworn in as the Governor of Gujarat

» Typhoon Rammasun smashed Philippines and killed at least five people.

» SEBI barred Satyam founder Ramalinga Raju and 4 others from accessing capital markets

» Subway metro train derailed in Moscow

» 127th edition of Durand Cup football tournament to be held in Goa

» Jayawardene announced retirement from Test Cricket

» Retail inflation fell to 30-month low of 7.31 percent in June 2014

» Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India has appointed Governors of five states, namely Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Gujarat and Nagaland.

» Railways register 9.48 percent increase in its earning

» Germany beat Argentina 1-0 to become world champions

» Highlights of the 2014-15 Union Budgets

• The tax bracket has been increased to 2.5 lakh rupees from previous 2 lakh rupees, whereas, for senior citizen it has been raised to 3 lakh rupees from previous 2.5 lakh rupees
• Tax relief for interest on housing loan rose from 1.5 lakh rupees to 2 lakh rupees
• Deduction under 80C increased from 1 lakh rupees to 1.5 lakh rupees
• 2037 crore rupees for Ganga cleaning
• 4200 crore rupees for Ganga project river connectivity from Allahabad to Haldia
• 15000 KM of additional pipeline through PPP mode to complete Gas Grid
• 37800 crore rupees proposed for NHAI and State Highways
• 3000 crore rupees for roads in North East
•1000 crore rupees for improving North East connectivity
• 1000 crore rupees for one rank one pension policy adopted by government
• 11635 crore rupees for habour projects
• 10000 crore rupees set aside for startup firms
• 1000 crore rupees proposed for Pradhanmantri Krishi Seechai Yojana to improve irrigation facility
• 30 crore rupees for setting up Hasthkala Academy for revival of handicrafts
• 14389 crore rupees announced for Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna, PMGSY
• 1785 crore rupees for road under-bridges & over-bridges
• 4000 crore rupees for National Housing Bank for flow of cheap housing finance
• 3600 crore rupees for National Rural Drinking Water programme
• 100 crore rupees has been allotted for modernization of Madarasas
• 500 crore rupees for power transmission
• 100 crore rupees allotted for Beti bachao-beti padhao yojna
• 150 crore rupees for safety of women scheme
• Minimum pension of 1000 rupees to meet the expenditure to all subscribers of EPFO scheme
• 1000 crore rupees allocated for PM Irrigation Scheme
• 200 crore rupees has been allocated for the Statue of Unity in Gujarat, Sardar Patel stands as a unity of statue
• 8000 crore rupees allocated for rural housing scheme
• 2000 crore rupees all

» India successfully test-fired BrahMos supersonic cruise missile

» Justice Arun Mishra, Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice Rohington F Nariman were appointed as Supreme Court judges.

» Emma Watson appointed as UN Goodwill Ambassador

» M S Mehta was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Reliance Infrastructure.

» Bihar Governor, DY Patil took additional charge as an interim Governor of West Bengal. He took the charge from MK Narayanan who resigned from the post.

» President Pranab Mukherjee joined Twitter

» Swamy Goud elected as Chairman of Telangana Legislative Council

» Ram Naresh Yadav sworn-in as Governor of Chhattisgarh.

» Rajasthan Government declared Camel as the State animal

» Sujit Choudhry became the first Indian-American dean of Berkeley Law School

» India became the first country to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty that will facilitate blind and visually impaired an access to published works.

» France announceed to provide 1 billion Euros credit line to India

» West Bengal Governor MK Narayanan resigned.

» Jean-Claude Juncker named as the next president of the European Commission

» Tamil Nadu Government has launched Amma Pharmacy to sell quality medicines to people at a discounted price.

» Google launched Project Android One to build ultra cheap Smartphones

» 15 people were killed and 20 injured in a blast in Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) pipeline at Nagaram Village in Andhra Pradesh.

» Indian Olympic Association announced the dates of 35th National Games. The games will be held from 31 January to 14 February 2015 in Kerala.

» The Union Government granted Navratna status to Engineers India Ltd (EIL) and National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC).

» Maharashtra government approved 16% & 5% reservation in government jobs & educational institutions for Maratha community and Muslims.

» Indian-origin judge V K Rajah was appointed as 8th Attorney-General of Singapore

» A.K. Dubey appointed as Chairman of Coal India Limited

» UP Government raised retirement age of State Election Commissioner to 68 years

» Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express derailed near Chhapra in Bihar

» Gujarat Chief Minister announced 33 percent quota for women in police force in Gujarat

» World Bank released a report on power sector reforms in India

The report reviews Indian power sector across key areas of access, utility performance, and financial sustainability. It identified electricity distribution to the end consumer as the weak link in the sector.

The report recommended freeing utilities and regulators from external interference, increasing accountability, and enhancing competition in the sector in order to move it to a higher level of service delivery.

Highlights of the Report

• India’s annual per capita power sector consumption at around 800 kWh is among the lowest levels in the world.
• Total accumulated losses in the power sector stood at 1.14 trillion rupees in 2011. These losses are overwhelmingly concentrated among distribution companies (discoms) and bundled utilities – State Electricity Boards (SEBs) and the State Power Departments.
• Due to accumulated losses, the power sector debt reached 3.5 trillion rupees in 2011, as much as 5% of India’s GDP.
• Over 60% of the sector’s accumulated losses in 2011 came from the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Jharkhand. Uttar Pradesh alone accounted for 40% of the sector’s accumulated losses.
• While grid connectivity has increased, over 200 million people without power live in electrified villages.
• It takes seven procedures and 67 days to get a power connection for a commercial establishment in India. In China it takes 28 days, in Thailand 35, and in Singapore 36 days.
• In 2010 some 87% of the domestic electricity supplied India-wide was subsidized. Over half of subsidy payments (52%) India-wide went to the richest 40% of households in the country in 2010
Factors responsible for increasing losses in the power sector
• The cost to discoms of purchasing power has risen faster than revenues
• Fuel shortages and the need for expensive fuel imports by generators and generation inefficiencies
• Rising interest expenses an

» Jitu Rai became first Indian shooter to win three medals in successive ISSF Shooting World C

» Switzerland in third week of June 2014 prepared a list of Indians suspected to have stashed un-taxed wealth in various Swiss banks.

» Tsunami warning was issued in Alaska after an earthquake measuring 8 on Richter scale struck off coast Alaska.

» RBI directed all banks and financial institutions to provide information and documents to the Special Investigation Team.

» N Srinivasan has been appointed as the chief of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association for the 14th Consecutive year.

» Railway passenger fares increased by 14.2 percent and freight charges by 6.5 percent .

» Kedarnath Singh, a noted Hindi poet has been chosen for the Jnanpith award for 2013.

He is the 10th Hindi writer to receive the honour.

» Government has reconstituted 6 Cabinet Committees of which 4 will be headed by Narendra Modi and remaining two by Rajnath Singh.

» Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry O Rogozin was on a two-day visit to India.

During this visit he met with Narendra Modi and Sushma Swaraj

» Rajeev Topno appointed as Private Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi

» SEBI issued new norms for public issuance of debt securities .

» Nita Ambani was appointed as the Director of Reliance Industries.

» Defiant Mexico hold Brazil to a goalless draw

» 40 Indians kidnapped in Iraq's Mosul

Around 40 Indians working on projects near the Iraqi city of Mosul were kidnapped by suspected ISIS militants when they were being evacuated from the area ravaged by the war between the Shia-dominated government in Baghdad and Sunni jihadis.

» DLF Home Developers Ltd received internationally recognised ISO Quality Certification.

» India’s first One Stop Crisis Centre named Gauravi launched in Bhopal

The centre is first of its kind in India for women who are victims of violence. It will provide help and assistance to rape survivors and victims of dowry harassment, domestic violence and other atrocities on women, all under one roof.
The OSCC will provide legal advice, medical aid and police assistance. Victims can call the helpline number or visit the facility centre for the assistance. It will also provide assistance in filing FIRs, providing security, rehabilitation of the victim and forensic support.

» Shaktikanta Das was appointed as the new Revenue Secretary.

» Delhi became first kerosene-free city of India.

» Lt Gen Amit Sharma appointed as Commander-in-Chief of Strategic Forces Command .

» PK Mishra was appointed as the additional Principal Secretary of Prime Minister.

He is a retired IAS officer of 1972 batch of Gujarat cadre.

» Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has decided to discontinue the following four Standing Committees of the Cabinet.

» World Bank lowered growth forecast for developing world to 4.8 percent.

» Canara Bank opened its seventh overseas branch in New York, USA after London, Leicester (UK), Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bahrain and Johannesburg.

» Vishal Sikka was appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Infosys.

» Reuven Ruby Rivlin was elected as 10th president of Israel.

» Sunil Dutt was appointed as President of Reliance Jio Infocomm.

» Sirikonda Madhusudhana Chary of the TRS became the first speaker of Telangana.

» Senior advocate Ranjit Kumar was appointed as the Solicitor General of India.

» Somasundaram conferred with Bharat Ratna JRD TATA Award for 2013

» Former army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was sworn-in as the President of Egypt in Cairo.

» Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant became India’s first nuclear plant to generate 1000 MW power.

» Petro Poroshenko was sworn-in as the President of Ukraine in Kiev.

» Sumitra Mahajan was unanimously elected as Speaker of the 16th Lok Sabha.

» New titanium dioxide tiles developed to fight against Air Pollution .

» Kamal Nath, Congress party was sworn-in as the pro tem Speaker of 16th Lok Sabha.

» Vice Admiral Anil Chopra took charge of the Western Naval Command (WNC) as Commander-in-Chief.

» Madhya Pradesh Government appointed Madhuri Dixit as the brand ambassador of maternal and child health campaign, Mamta Abhiyan.

» Sanjay Kapoor appointed as Micromax Chairman

» Central Information Commission ruled that the private schools come under the provisions of Right to Information (RTI) Act

» President Bashar al-Assad of Syria won the Presidential election for the third time for seven-year term.

» The Services sector in India expanded for the first time in 11 months. This was revealed by the HSBC Services Purchasing Managers' Index .

» Union Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde died in a road accident in Delhi.

» The US President Barack Obama proposed a 1 billion US dollar (about 730 million Euros) US security plan for Eastern Europe to finance extra US troop and military deployments to new allies in Eastern Europe

» The Central Aquaculture Pathology Laboratory (CAPL) of Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture (RGCA) became India’s first aquaculture pathology laboratory to be accredited by National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL).

» Telangana became the 29th State of India with Hyderabad as its capital .

» Peter Mutharika was sworn-in as President of Malawi.<br />

» Chandrashekhar Rao was sworn-in as the First Chief Minister of Telengana<br />

» Mahindra Group Chairman Anand G Mahindra became the first Indian to receive the prestigious Harvard Medal

» South Africa appointed Hashim Amla as test cricket captain.

» India became the second largest exporter of textiles in the world.

» India became the second largest exporter of textiles in the world.

» Ajit Doval appointed as new National Security Adviser.

» Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Kings XI Punjab to win IPL 2014 for second time .

» BG Srinivas, President and Member of the Board of Infosys resigned

» BG Srinivas, President and Member of the Board of Infosys resigned

» 13 year old Malavath Purna becomes youngest girl in the world to scale Mt. Everest

» Google overtakes Apple as the worlds top brand.

» Nripendra Misra appointed as Principal Secretary to PM Narendra Modi

» PM Narendra Modi created a new Ministry of Skill development and Entrepreneurship.

It was created recognizing the importance of skill development in India.

» Mukul Rohatgi has been appointed as the 14th Attorney-General of India

» Hiroshi Naka, Japanese national appointed as the Vice President of World Bank

» President appointed Narasimhan as common Governor of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh

» Sushma Swaraj became the first woman External Affairs Minister

» Ahmed Maitiq was sworn-in as the new Prime Minister of Libiya

» Narendra Modi to be Sworn-In as 15th Prime Minister of India Today

» Japan won AFC Women's Asian Cup title against Australia in Vietnam .

» Rajiv Mathur took over as the new Chief Information Commissioner in the Central Information Commission.

» Indian stock market became the tenth largest in the world leaving behind Australia and South Korea.

Indian Stock Market entered trillion dollar club on 20 May 2014. The combined market cap (m-cap) of Sensex and Nifty rose to 1.42 trillion US dollar

» RBI allowed banks to provide loans with tenures of up to 10 years to exporters to help them ensure capital flows to fulfill long-term contracts.

» Narendra Kumar Verma was selected as Managing Director of ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL) by Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB).

» K Rajendra Kumar appointed as new Director General of Police of Jammu and Kashmir .

» Anandiben Patel was sworn-in as the first woman Chief Minister of Gujarat .

» Reserve Bank of India (RBI) directed all banks to install disabled friendly new Automated Teller Machines (ATMs).

All the new ATMs that are to be installed after 1 July 2014 needs to provide audible instructions and Braille keypads to customers.

» Pawan Chamling sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Sikkim for record 5th term

» Naveen Patnaik was sworn-in as Chief Minister of Odisha at the Raj Bhavan, Bhubaneswar

» President of India appointed Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister of India after he was declared as leader of the BJP Parliamentary Party.

Narendra Modi, the leader of the BJP Parliamentary Party will take a formal oath of the office on 26 May 2014 at Rashtrapati Bhawan. His oath will be administered by the President.

» Andhra Pradesh assembly elections results were declared and Telugu Desam Party emerged as the largest party with 117 seats in a house of 294 seats.

» BJP emerged as the winner in the 16th Lok Sabha election by securing 282 seats of 543.

» Election Comission has declared the results of the 2014 assembly elections of Odisha in which the Biju Janata Dal emerged as the largest party by winning 117 seats.

» Manmohan Singh resigned as the Prime Minister of India after his party faced a defeat in the 16th Lok Sabha election.

» Nabam Tuki sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh

» 15th Lok Sabha has been dissolved by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee on 18 May 2014 on advice of the outgoing Union Cabinet.

» Justice BS Chauhan appointed as the Chairman of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal .

» The International Technology Law Association appointed Sajai singh as the President.

» Odisha government signed an agreement with the TiE Silicon Valley as a part of effort to develop IT hub in the state and attract US investment.

» Senior IPS Officer Archana Ramasundaram appointed as first Woman Additional Director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

» Supreme Court has ordered CBI inquiry into multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam that happened in West Bengal, Odisha and Assam.

» Pakistan Cricket Board has appointed the former fast bowler of Pakistan, Waqar Younis as the national coach of the national team of Pakistan.

» A new species of brownish pit viper (snake) named Himalayanus was discovered by the Chinese scientists.

» RBI allowed the minors of age above 10 years to open Savings bank accounts .

» Virat Kohli was ranked no 1 in ICC list of One Day International (ODI) ranking released in Dubai.

» New Element 117 which is temporarily called Uunseptium with 117 protons set to join periodic table.

» Royal Navy Submarine Service of UK for the first time appointed female submariners.

» Supreme Court upheld the constitutional validity of the Right to Education Act and said that the Act will not apply to unaided minority institutions.

» Campaigning ends for penultimate phase of Lok Sabha elections.

» World’s highest tunnel for high-speed train in northwest China at an altitude of 3607.4 metres became operational.

» Election Queue Management System introduced in India .

The Election Queue Management System, a first of its kind initiative was introduced in India. It was introduced by the District Election Authority in Burdwan district, West Bengal
The Election queue management system helped voters to find out the level of crowd in the polling booths in Burdwan district by sending an SMS with the Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC) number to 9230085005.

» City of Johannesburg agreed to allow construction of a place of worship in form of a full-fledged Gurudwara in the city.

» Indian Golfer Anirban Lahiri was ranked 67 in World Golf Ranking.

» Sharad Pawar and Motilal Vora, take oath as Rajya Sabha members .

» Rs 4.52 crore cash, liquor seized during election checks

» CNG price in Delhi hiked by Rs 2.95 a kg; piped cooking gas Re 1 per unit.

» The deadline for switching to new format bank cheques under the Cheque Truncation System (CTS).

» US Senate confirmed Manish Shah as federal judge in Illinois

» Scientists for the first time developed Solar Jet Fuel using Sunlight, water and carbon dioxide (Co2)

» India emerged as third largest economy of the World in 2011 in terms of the Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) according to the World Bank Report.

» Supreme Court reconstituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to monitor probe into the black money case under the chairmanship of retired judge MB Shah.

» President of India approved dissolution of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly and a fresh proclamation of Central Rule in the state.

» Rajeev Suri appointed as President and CEO of Nokia Corporation.

» Pope Francis declared his two predecessors, John XXIII and John Paul II, saints in St Peter's Square in Vatican City.

» The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued uniform accounting standards for Asset Reconstruction Companies (ARCs).

» Gujarat High Court has restored the RBI’s power to decide the period after which a bad loan can be called a Non-Performing Asset (NPA).

» The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued uniform accounting standards for Asset Reconstruction Companies (ARCs).

» Indian Squash Player Saurav Ghosal won Dato Alex Lee Award 2013 .

» Suresh Kumar Reddy appointed as the First ambassador to ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)

» HDFC Bank set World Record for Blood collection in a single day .

» Astronomers had discovered an Earth-sized planet in habitable zone, named Kepler-186f orbiting Kepler-186 system in the constellation Cygnus.

» SEBI has issued detailed corporate governance norms for listed companies to encourage companies to adopt best practices on governance.

» Cherrapunji regained the world record for highest rainfall in 48 hours with 2493 millimeters announced by World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

» Narendra Kothari as Chairman of the National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC).

» RK Dhowan took over as 22nd Chief of Indian Navy.

» Supreme Court recognised transgender as the third category of sex and directed the government to work for upliftment of the category.

»  A dozen people suffered injuries in a bomb blast in Ichhra, one of Lahore's densely populated localities.

» On the eve of polling for Hazaribagh Lok Sabha seat, five improvised bombs were recovered by security forces from a jungle area of the constituency in Jharkhand.

» Voting time reduced by two hours in Bihar's Naxalite-hit areas of Ara and Jehanabad Lok Sabha constituencies by Election Commission .

» SBI launched Tab banking to facilitate opening of Saving Accounts

» Legendary Poet Gulzar selected for the Dadasaheb Phalke Award 2013

» Earthquake of magnitude 8.3 on Richter Scale struck Solomon Islands.

» World Trade Organisation projected that the world trade grow by 4.7 percent in 2014

» Rahul Gandhi to file nomination papers from Amethi on 12th April



»  Tata group firm Trent Ltd reappointed Philip Auld as the chief executive officer (CEO) and manager of the company for a period of three years.

» INS Vikrant was sold to IB Commercial for 60 crore. It is India’s first aircraft carrier and played an important role during 1971 Indo-Pak war.

» Viktor Orban was re-elected as Prime Minister of Hungary for the second consecutive four-year term.

» SAP appointed Ravi Chauhan as MD for India

» Heena Sindhu clinched World’s Number One spot in 10 meters air pistol event.

» RBI to issue 10 rupees banknotes with inset letter ‘A’ in numbering panel.

Features of the notes in denomination of 10 rupee
• These notes will be in the Mahatma Gandhi Series-2005
• It will bear the rupee symbol () on the obverse and reverse sides with inset letter A in both numbering panels
• The notes will also carry year of issue 2014, which will be printed on the reverse side of the notes

» MS Dhoni won the United Kingdom’s 2014 Asian Award for outstanding achievement in Sports.

» President Barack Obama nominated Sunil Sabharwal as the next US Alternate Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

» Koyal Rana won the title of fbb Femina Miss India 2014.

» Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and the Election Commission (EC) prepared a joint charter for scrutinising the poll affidavits of candidates contesting 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

» Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) on 3 April 2014 recieved the Most Efficient Navratna Award for the year 2013.

» R Gandhi appointed as Deputy Governor of RBI.

» The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in its first bi-monthly monetary policy statement for 2014-15 directed banks not to impose financial penalty on the consumers in case of non-maintenance of minimum balance in their saving accounts.

» World Bank would nearly double its lending capacity to boost support for middle countries like India, Brazil, China, Mexico and Indonesia.

» Viswanathan Anand ranked World number 3 in the rating list released by FIDE (World Chess Federation ).

» Noel Naval Tata appointed as the chairman of retail arm Trent.

» Manuel Valls appointed as next prime minister of France.

» Repo Rate kept unchanged by RBI in First Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement 2014-15 .

» Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs notified rules for ten more chapters in the new Companies Act, 2013.

» Ambar Srivastava of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi developed the TrueHb Hemometer to test haemoglobin.

» Supreme Court had issued a notice to the Central Government seeking its response on selection process of Chairperson and members of the Lokpal.

» The Supreme Court on 30 March 2014 uphold the age of juvenile to 18 years.

» Jens Stoltenberg was appointed as the Secretary General of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).

» Sunil Gavaskar was appointed as the interim president of BCCI board.

» Charkilo named miniature planet with two rings of ice and pebbles was discovered by astronomers between Saturn and Uranus.

» Supreme Court directed all the States and Union Territories to implement Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013.

» WHO estimate says that in 2012 around 7 million people died of which 1 in 8 of total global deaths was a result of air pollution exposure.

» Army Chief of Egypt, Al-Sisi resigned from the post to contest in presidential election.

» SEBI announced to release the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) compliance norms in the fiscal year 2014-15. The FATCA compliance norms will help combat possible tax evasion by Americans through Indian entities.

FATCA is a law that aims to check and impose withholding tax on illicit activities of some wealthy individuals who use offshore accounts to evade millions of dollars in taxes.

» Rajiv Takru has been appointed as the new Revenue Secretary.

» Supreme Court directed the Centre to withdraw the instruction issued by centre for making Aadhaar card mandatory for citizens to benefit government services.<br />

» Vandana Foundation has launched AQUATM water vending machine in Mumbai. It will release 1 liter water at a price of 1 rupee.

» Bank of India (BoI) launched Instant Money Transfer (IMT) scheme in Mumbai.

IMT scheme allows customers to withdraw cash without using either debt card or credit card at Bank of India's IMT-enabled ATMs. This is the first-of-its-kind initiative launched by a public sector bank.

» Notifications were issued for Lok Sabha election to 125 constituencies across 16 states which will go to polls on April 12 and April 17.

»  A museum commemorating the September 11, 2001 attacks will open on the former site of the World Trade Center in May.

The museum, based where the Twin Towers used to stand near a permanent memorial which opened in 2011, will comprise two exhibitions, the foundation in charge of the project said.
The first exhibition — "In Memoriam" — pays tribute to the 2,977 people who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks, in addition to the six victims of a previous bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993.
The second exhibit — "Historica" — takes a more in-depth look at the events of September 11, including an analysis of the background to the attacks and a look at how the after-effects are still being felt today.

» Physicist Rajesh Gopakumar won the G D Birla award for scientific research for the year 2013.

» Government of India divested its 9 percent stake in Axis Bank.

Axis Bank is the third largest private sector bank of India in which Government of India holds 20.7 percent share by assets.

» Indian Journalist Shubranshu Choudhary won digital Activism Award 2014 .

» The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued notice to banks to take measures to counter the threat expected to arise from discontinuation of Windows XP from 8 April 2014.

» RBI extended 80:20 scheme to import gold to five private banks.

The five banks which have been allowed to import gold under the 80:20 scheme are HDFC Bank, Axis Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, IndusInd Bank and Yes Bank.

» The renowned author and journalist Khushwant Singh died on 20 March 2014 at the age of 99 in Delhi.

» Aditi Khanna became first women President of Indian Journalist's Association.

» Magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocks Chile

The quake struck at 5:16pm (2116 GMT), according to the US Geological Survey, which had originally said that two quakes rattled the area within a minute of each other. Located 61 kilometers (38 miles) northwest of the port city of Iquique, the temblor was 35 kilometers deep.

» Magnitude 4.4 earthquake rocks Los Angeles area.

The quake, initially registered as a 4.7, was centered about 6 miles (9 km) north-northwest of Westwood, California, and occurred at about 6:30am Pacific Time

» The UN Security Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) for another year.

» Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai won BNP Paribas Open 2014.

» India is the world’s largest arms importer.

A new data on international arms transfers said that India’s import of weapon systems is three times more than Pakistan and China. The report published by as Swedish Think Tank, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has claimed that India continues to be the largest buyer of arms in the world.

» The US regulator, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation filed a law-suit on 16 of the world’s largest banks.

» The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) developed its first ever cloud based open-source Web-GIS tool. The tool was developed to estimate the rooftop solar power potential for Indian cities.

» Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) sold 10 percent of government stake (for 5340 crore rupees) to the Oil India Limited (OIL) and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC).

» Competition Commission of India (CCI) on 14 March 2014 imposed a penalty of 18.38 crore rupees on Bengal Chemist and Druggist Association (BCDA) and its office bearers.

The penalty was imposed for anti-competitive practices in supply of the medicines.

» Thomas Mathew T. joined as the new Chairman of MCX-SX.

» Goldman Sachs Asset Management announced the launch of CPSE-ETF (Central Public Sector Enterprise- Exchange Trade Fund) new fund offer (NFO) .

CPSE ETF is an open-ended Index Exchange Traded Scheme NFO. It will be listed on the exchanges in the form of an Exchange Traded Fund (ETF), which tracks the Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSE) index.

» Grand jury of US indicted Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, who was accused for visa fraud and for under paying her housekeeper.

» Reserve Bank of India (RBI) hiked the trade related remittance limit from 2 lakh rupees to 5 lakh rupees per transaction with immediate effect. It also increased the number of transaction handled by exchange houses.

It also increased the number of transaction handled by exchange houses

» Rakesh Sethi was appointed as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Allahabad Bank .

» Nagaland and Assam are the two states to be issued Plastic Photo Identity Card for elections in India.

» SBI Life Insurance Company announced that it will appeal against the order of Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) to refund 275.29 crore rupees to the policy holders of Dhanaraksha Plus Limited Premium Paying Term (LPPT).

IRDA on 12 March 2014 charged SBI Life of violation of various norms by mis-selling the policy and payment of higher commission to agents.

» The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) on 12 March 2014 ordered a CBI probe into alleged fraud in four government-sponsored insurance schemes.

The schemes were sponsored by ICICI Lombard Insurance which was meant for the poor.

» Michelle Bachelet was been sworn-in as the President of Chile after winning election over her conservative rival Evelyn Matthei.

» Financial Planning Standards Board India (FPSB) appointed retired Justice BN Srikrishna as its Chairman.

» The French company Airbus launched its wholly owned subsidiary in India called Airbus India.

The move is aimed at restructuring the Airbus operations in India and consolidate it to tap the growing Indian aviation market.

» Union Finance Ministry and Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on 11 March 2014 jointly finalized the norms of investment for setting up Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSE) - Exchange Traded Fund (ETF).

Main Highlights

• Individual investors can invest for CPSE-ETF in between 5 thousand rupees to 10 lakh rupees.

• CPSE ETF is an open-ended fund and the units would have a face value of Rs.10 per unit.

• The CPSE – ETF comprised shares of 10 blue-chip companies.

• Companies listed in the ETF basket are ONGC, IOC, Coal India, GAIL, REC, Oil India, Container Corporation, Power Finance, Engineers India and Bharat Electronics Ltd.

• The ETF is expected to fetch 3000 crore rupees to the exchequer. The CPSE-ETF is an additional way to meet the target of Disinvestment of Government of India.

• Goldman Sachs is acting as the asset management company for the ETF.

• This first-of-its-kind ETF is also likely to have certain unique features like loyalty incentive and upfront discount to attract retail investors.

CPSE-ETF is made up of a basket of shares of different CPSEs that tracks an index fund. ETF will trade like a stock on the exchange. Gold ETFs dominate the market in India.

ETFs were introduced in India in 2001. At present, there are about 33 ETFs with assets under management of close to 11500 crore rupees held by 6.2 lakh investors.

» The Election Commission created a multi-agency grid of revenue and security intelligence agencies.

The aim is to curb the use of black money in Lok Sabha and assembly polls. The intelligence agency will regularly update Election Commission about suspected financial movements.

» Union Government announced to build 200 low cost airports in the next 20 years.

» The World Longest aircraft has been unveiled in Britain like a giant blimp in Bedfordshire, UK.

• The aircraft is 302 feet long and is a hybrid aircraft. That plane resembles both an airship as well as a helicopter. It is 60 feet longer than the biggest airlines, the Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-8.
• It is also almost 30ft (8m) longer than the airlift cargo aircraft Antonov An-225, which was until now the longest aircraft ever built.
• The airship is capable of flying non-stop for three weeks without refuelling and will travel across the difficult terrain throughout the world as well as deliver aid to risky areas
• The aircraft has been developed at an expense of about 60 million Euros to manufacture and will be used for communications
• The low carbon ship is about 70 per cent more environmentally friendly than a cargo plane as it is filled with inert helium
• It is capable to transport up to 50 tonnes of freight and passengers
• It will also be used for surveillance and communications
• It can land via remote control and is capable of landing on water

» Government of India (GOI) announced to provide 4500 crore rupees Assistance Package to Bhutan for its 11th Five Year Plan.<br />

» India emerged as the largest non oil trading partner for Dubai in 2013-14

Dubai Department of Economic Development marked India as the largest non oil trading partner of Dubai in 2013-14

» Virat Kohli reclaimed the number one position in the ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen by replacing South African ODI captain AB de Villers.

» Public sector general insurer New India Assurance announced an exclusive health insurance cover New India Asha Kiran for girl child .

Avaya is a leading global provider of next-generation business collaboration and communications solutions, providing unified communications, real-time video collaboration, contact center, networking and related services to companies of all sizes around the world

» Spicejet appointed R. Neelakantan new CFO .

» The Punjab Cabinet approved the Backward Class (BC) status for the Jat and Jat Sikhs of the State.

Jats and Jat Sikhs will be the 69th and 70th community respectively to be included in the category.

» North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) launched a new health scheme Stri Swasthya Suraksha Yojna for women .

The Scheme aims to bring services closer for those living in rural areas and unauthorized colonies.

» Government hiked interest rates on fixed deposit scheme offered by post offices by up to 0.2 percent and will come into effect from 1 April 2014.

» US honoured Laxmi, the person who started the movement to end acid attacks in India with the prestigious International Women of Courage Award.

» Third BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) Summit was held in Myanmar.

» Scientists in the British community discovered a way to rebuild ears and noses using stem cells from body fat.

Scientists from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and University College London discovered a way to use abdominal body fat and turn it into cartilage. The grown cartilage could be used to rebuild ears and noses.

» Sheila Dikshit appointed as the Governor of Kerala.

» Bill Gates is the World’s top richest Billionaire according to Forbes magazine’s annual World billionaires list.&lt;br /&gt;

» President of India, Pranab Mukherjee Signed the Telangana Bill to carve out Telengana state.<br />

» South Africa for the first time won the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup by defeating Pakistan by at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

» RBI has extended date for exchange of pre-2005 banknotes to 1 January 2015 and advised banks to facilitate the exchange of these notes for full value.

» Union Cabinet approved for setting up a new rail coach manufacturing unit at Kolar, Karnataka.

» National Food Security Act came into force in Madhya Pradesh and will cover overall 75 percent total population of the state.

The Act was launched by with an objective to provide food and nutritional security to people of the country. To make this food available to the people of the country, the government of India came with a scheme under which 67 percent population of India (of which 75 percent is rural and 50 percent is urban population) will have an access to adequate quantity of quality food at affordable prices. This scheme was planned to allow people to lead a life with dignity.

» Roger Federer won Dubai tennis championship .

» Union Cabinet cleared reservation for Jat community under the central list of OBC category in nine northern states.

Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs notified new Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) rules for companies.

» Gandhian environmentalist and social activist, Chandi Prasad Bhatt was selected for the Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2013.

» The largest 130-MW Solar Power Plant of India was launched at Bhagwanpur in Neemuch, Madhya Pradesh.

» Dinesh Sarraf appointed next ONGC chief.

» The Supreme Court referred the petition seeking legalization of euthanasia to a five-judge Constitution Bench .

» Sourav Kothari beat Alok Kumar to won the National billiard Championships which held in Lucknow on 26 February 2014.

» RBI issued guidelines to deal with distressed assets.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued guidelines for revitalising distressed assets on 26 February 2014. The guidelines suggested the forming of Joint Lenders Forum (JLF) and adoption of Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for operationalising the framework.

» Supreme Court ordered the arrest of the Sahara chief Subrata Roy.

» Government has constituted an expert committee to study and examine demand of a separate Bodoland state that will be carved out from Assam.

» Madan Babu, Indian scientist won the Protein Society’s Protein Science Young Investigator Award for 2014 at Cambridge.

» UP Assembly passed Water Management and Regulatory Commission Bill 2014 .

» Ibrahim Mehlib sworn in as Prime Minister of Egypt.

» Sun Edison, a US-based solar energy firm, announced to set up a solar park in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu.

» Union Government and ADB signed an agreement on improving road connectivity in Chhattisgarh.

Union Government and Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed an agreement for a 300 million US dollar loan to improve road connectivity along key corridors in the State of Chhattisgarh.

» Rural development agency NABARD announced to form a new concept called Joint Liability Group (JLG).

A Joint Liability Group (JLG) is an informal group comprising preferably of 4 to10 individuals but can be up to 20 members, coming together for the purposes of availing bank loan either singly or through the group mechanism against mutual guarantee.
The JLG members would offer a joint undertaking to the bank that enables them to avail loans. The JLG members are expected to engage in similar type of economic activities like crop production

» Chhattisgarh Government to set up a Law Commission.

Raman Singh, the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh announced that a new Law Commission will be set-up in the state to suggest changes in laws as per the geographical and social requirements of the state.

» Nokia announced to launch new series of handset with the use of Android.

Nokia will switch to Smartphone that use Google’s Android operating system rather than the Windows Phone software from Microsoft.

» Seven new airports to come up in Uttar Pradesh.

» NRI Dr. Hemant Thatte developed a 21-chemical solution named SOMAH Solution.

The solution could preserve a donated organ for up to a week before a transplant. SOMAH Solution in Sanskrit means elixir of immortality.

» Whistleblower Protection Bill was passed by Union Legislature on 21 February 2014.

The bill aims to provide a regular mechanism to encourage persons to disclose information on corruption or willful misuse of power by public servants and ministers.

The Whistleblower Bill will provide an adequate protection to persons reporting corruption or wilful misuse of discretion which causes demonstrable loss to the government or commission of a criminal offence by a public servant.The bill seeks the procedure to inquire into the disclosures and provides adequate safeguards against victimisation of the whistleblower. It will also seek to provide punishment for false or frivolous complaints.

» Matteo Renzi was sworn as Italy’s Prime Minister at the Presidential palace.

» Archaelogical Survey of India (ASI) joined hands with the Google to launch the 360 degree online view of the Indian heritage sites.

» A new leak of 100 tonnes of highly radioactive water has been discovered at Fukushima.

» 3000 Americans have renounced their citizenship in 2013 owing to become tired of dealing with intrusive US tax laws and complicated tax filings.

» Andhra Pradesh Re-organisation Bill 2014 dividing Andhra Pradesh passed in Lok Sabha.

» Parliament passed Street Vendors Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending Bill.

The Street Vendors Bill aims at protect the rights of the urban street vendors and regulating street vending activities. It also aims towards creation of a conducive atmosphere where street vendors will be eligible to carry out their business in a fair and transparent manner, without fear of eviction and harassment.

» The government may increase and merge dearness allowance (DA) with basic pay with the Union Cabinet expected to include the proposal as part of the terms of reference of the 7th pay commission.

»  State Bank of India, the country's largest lender, may go slow on recruitments during the next 2-3 years.

» World Bridge Championship for Bermuda Bowl (men) and Venice Cup (women) will be hosted by India for the first time

» Pakistan appointed Abdul Basit as Pakistan’s high commissioner to India .

» First pro-Hindi political party of Tamil Nadu was launched by Madras High Court Advocates Association in Tamil Nadu

» Peng Shuai ranked number 1 in the Women’s Tennis Association Doubles ranking

» A new layer in the human cornea was discovered by the Indian doctor Harminder Dua at The University of Nottingham in 2014.

» Purushottam Express will become the first train in India to be attached with a Braille-embedded AC coach for visually-challenged passengers.

» Vijaykumar Vinayak Dongre and Guocheng Zhang received International Gandhi Award for the year 2013 by President of India.

They were awarded for making outstanding contributions in the field of leprosy to eradicate the disease through treatment, training and research.

» Union Government raised the import tariff value on gold and silver to 421 US dollar per 10 grams and 663 US dollar per kilogram respectively.

» Japan is facing a severe snowstorm in which 19 people have died leaving more than 1600 people injured.

» President Rule has been imposed on Delhi by the President of India after accepting the resignation Arvind Kejriwal.

»  The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development has sanctioned Rs 551.20 crore under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund.

» Indian Banks Association says banks hired 3 lakh employees in four years.

State-run banks hired nearly 3 lakh personnel, including over 94,000 officers, in the last four years, according to data released by industry lobby IBA.

» China announced a plan to build the longest underwater tunnel of the World.

» Volcano Mount Kelud of Indonesia erupted after rumbling for several weeks.

» Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) board approved the new corporate governance norms.

» Justice Mukul Mudgal, former Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court, was appointed as the chief of the Broadcast Content Complaints Council (BCCC).

» Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal resigned as his government failed to introduce its ambitious Jan Lokpal Bill due to lack of majority.

» Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi named as the Chairperson and Co-Chairman respectively of the party’s 50-member Campaign Committee for 2014 elections.

» Konsam Himalaya Singh became the first Lieutenant General in the army from Manipur.

» Indian-Origin Ashok Varadhan was appointed as the co-head of the Goldman Sachs' securities division.

» The Union Ministry of Urban Development gave an in-principle approval to the Phase - I of the Pune Metro Rail Project.

» Canada announced to open a Consulate General Office in Bangalore.

» Delhi Government approved Delhi Nagar Swaraj Bill .

» Scientists discovered a new species of dolphin (Araguaian boto) in Amazon River system.

This is a first discovery of a species in almost in 100 years.

» Sikkim became the first State in India to achieve 100 percent sanitation coverage under the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyaan Scheme.

» R.K.Tiwari was appointed new chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes

» Jatinder Bir Singh was appointed Chairman and Managing Director of Punjab and Sind Bank (PSB)

» Vinod Sawhny appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Reliance Communications

» Election Commission starts drive to enrol Muzaffarnagar riot refugees in voter list.

To facilitate the enrolment of people displaced during Muzaffarnagar riots in the electoral list, the Election Commission has launched a special drive in 22 villages where the riots' victims have been rehabilitated.

» Srinivasan was elected as the new Chairman of ICC for a period of 2 years.

» Sushil Koirala was elected as the next Prime Minister of Nepal .

» Yulia Lipnitskaya won a gold medal at the Winter Olympics, Sochi, Russia

»  The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has come up with 'Panch Takht Special', a tourist train for the Sikh pilgrims.

It is launching a 9 nights/10 days package tour in Sangrur district, Punjab.

Archana Sundaram, has been appointed special director in the CBI.

The first woman officer to have been appointed special director in the country's premier investigating agency

» Union Cabinet has cleared the Telangana Bill with minimum changes and said Hyderabad will not get the status of a Union Territory.

» Abhinav Bindra won two gold medals at Inter Shoot Tri Series shooting at The Hague, Netherlands.

» RBI released draft Report on Enabling Public Key Infrastructure in Payment System Applications.

Public Key Infrastructure enabled electronic payment systems that has been introduced by the RBI are
• FOREX Clearing
• Government Securities Clearing
• Cheque Truncation System (CTS)

» Kumar Sangakkara became the second person in Cricket history to score a triple century and a century in the same test match after Graham Gooch.

» President of Israel Shimon Peres set a new Guinness World Record .

He delivered the largest online civics class in the world.

» Arunima Sinha received Amazing Indian Award.

» Cyrus Mistry interim head at Tata Motors.

» Machli, Queen Mother of tiger dynasty was found in the Ranthambhore National Park.

» The Election Commission of India added 9.7 crore new voters in the electoral list during 2009-14 period or since 2009 Lok Sabha polls.

» John Thompson was appointed as the Chairman of Microsoft

» Poonam Khetrapal Singh took charge as the Regional Director of World Health Organisation (WHO) South-East Asia Region.

» Bharat Ratna, was conferred by President on Sachin Tendulkar and Prof CNR Rao (79) at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

» Union Ministry of Communications and Information Technology launched National Cloud under MeghRaj Initiative.

» The HSBC Purchasing Manager Index (PMI) for the Indian manufacturing sector increased to 51.7

» First Paperless public Library of the World BiblioTech was opened in the USA State of Texas.

» Satya Nadella appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Internet Giant Microsoft.

» Harish Rawat was appointed as the 8th Chief Minister of Uttarakhand .

» Manoj Vaish took charge as MD & CEO of MCX.

» Michael Rogers has been nominated to be the Director of the National Security Agency by the US president Barack Obama.&lt;br /&gt;

» India’s first monorail service was inaugurated by the Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj chavan in Mumbai.&lt;br /&gt;

» Justice Askhok Kumar Mathur has been appointed as the Chairman of the 7th Pay Commission .

» United Nation appointed India based Vivek Lall as special advisor on cyber security.

» Ajoy Misra elevated as the CEO and MD of Tata Global Beverages Limited .

» Kathy Cross became the first woman to be appointed in an ICC umpires panel as an Associate and Affiliate panel of International umpires.

» India overtook Japan to become the third largest crude oil importer in the World.

» Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Vijay Bahuguna submitted his resignation to the Governor of the state.

» Union Government raised the quota of subsidised LPG cylinders to 12 cylinders per household in a year from 9.

» Vijay Zol selected as the Captain of India to lead the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.

» Delhi government withdrew the Foreign Domestic Investment (FDI) in Multibrand Retail.

» Cristiano Ronaldo won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award for 2013.

» The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched two indigenous Glucose Monitoring Device, Suchek and QuickcheQ.

» National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) reduced the refinance rates for the banks and other lending agencies by 0.20 percent.

This has been done with an aim to promote rural credit and rural infrastructure.

» An International team of 34 scientists spotted the footprints of Dinosaurs at Thaiat village in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan.

» Anu Vidyut Pariyojana launched in Fatehabad, Haryana.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh laid the foundation of 2,800 Megawatt nuclear power plant in Fatehabad district of Haryana .

» The GDP growth rate of Indian economy for 2011-12 will be revised from 6.2 to about 7 percent.

This was done to correct a miscalculation due to faulty data produced earlier.The underestimation of GDP growth rate by 7 percentage points was on account of underestimation of real factory output growth by Index of Industrial Production (IIP) data. The IIP data had significantly underestimated real factory output growth for 2011-12 at 2.9 percent.

» Nikhat Zareen won gold medal at the third Nations Cup International Boxing Tournament held in Novi Sad, Serbia.

» Sheikh Hasina was sworn-in as the Prime Minister of Bangladesh for the third time.

Sheikh Hasina along with her Cabinet of 49 Ministers was sworn-in before President Abdul Hamid at the Bangabhaban (the President’s House) .

» P.K.Goyal, Director of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) was awarded the Best CFO Award.

» Revenue Department withdrew tax benefit of four cricket bodies -- Saurashtra Cricket Association, Baroda Cricket Association, Kerala Cricket Association and Maharashtra Cricket Association -- for engaging in certain commercial activities.

» HSBC Services Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) released showing shrinking of Indian Services sector in December 2013.

HSBC in collaboration with Markit Economic Limited provides emerging market data through Purchasing Managers Index (PMI).

» Latvia became the 18th member of the euro zone.

Latvia gained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 and joined the European Union in 2004.

» Platform number one of Gorakhpur railway station of Uttar Pradesh has entered into the Limca Book of Records as longest rail platform in the world.

» Export of India has grown 3.49 percent to 26.3 billion dollars and the imports dipped 15.25 percent to 36.4 billion dollar in December 2013.

»  Manoj Kumar Garga has moved on board the Manipal Group as their Director and Global Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

» Co- Founder of Twitter, Biz Stone unveiled a new mobile service called Jelly .

» Ministry of Environment and Forest cleared the Tawang-II hydro project in Arunachal Pradesh.

» RBI relaxed Gold loan norms to lend up to 75 percent loan.

The Reserve Bank of India on 8 January 2014 allowed the Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) to lend up to 75 percent of the value of gold. With this order of the central bank, the people seeking loan against gold can now borrow more.

»  An Army trooper was killed and another was missing after an avalanche hit an army post in Kashmir's Kupwara district.

» Nirbheek, India's first gun designed for women.

Giving more power to women to defend themselves and as a tribute to December 2012 ganrape victim Nirbhaya, the Indian Ordnance Factory, Kanpur, has manufactured Nirbheek, a .32 bore light weight revolver, India's first firearm designed for women. At 500 grams, it is also the first IOF handgun made of titanium alloy.

» Uninor appointed Morten Sorby as new CEO.

»  Naxal leader and spokesperson of the Maoist party in Chhattisgarh's Dandakaranya surrendered along with his wife.

»  Karnataka Congress president G Parameshwara asked the Congress high command to consider his request for deputy chief minister's post.

» India defeated Pakistan to win 2014 Under-19 Asia Cup in the final match played at Sharjah cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

» Munish Sharda appointed as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of private insurer Future Generali India Life Insurance.

» Nine people have been killed in a fire that broke out on the Bandra-Dehradun Express near Dahanu Road Railway station in Thane district .

» RBI has allowed the Indian companies to issue non-convertible or redeemable preference shares or debentures to non-resident shareholders as bonus.

» The US Senate confirmed the name of Janet Yellen as the first woman to lead the US Federal Reserve Bank.

» The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) selected the Clearing Corporation of India Ltd (CCIL) as legal entity identifiers (LEIs) .

» Aditya Joshi, a young shuttler from Madhya Pradesh became the first male junior badminton player from India to be ranked top in the world.

» R. Chandrashekhar was appointed as President of National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM).

» Former Supreme Court Judge, Justice A K Ganguly has resigned as the Chairman of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC).

» Infosys Ltd appointed B. G. Srinivas and U.B. Pravin Rao as presidents of Infosys Ltd.&lt;br /&gt;

» MLA of Aam Aadmi Party, MS Dhir has been elected as the Speaker of the Delhi Assembly.

» Pradhyuman Singh was appointed as the pro-tem speaker of the 14th Rajasthan Assembly on 3 January 2014.

» Shri S.K. Sharma was appointed as Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL).

» India has signed a credit agreement of 160 million dollar with World Bank.

The agreement was signed for Rajasthan Road Sector Modernisation Project.

» Raj Jain and Pankaj Madan were appointed as CEO&CFO of Bharti Retail.

» Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) decided to set up the world's largest corporate learning and development centre in Thiruvananthapuram.

» Mammen Mathew, the Chief Editor of Malayala Manorma has been chosen for prestigious journalism Lokmanya Tilak National Award.

» Ronaldinho has been elected as the South American footballer of the year in the annual poll conducted by the Uruguayan daily El Pais.

» Chief of Army Staff Bikram Singh took Charge as Chiefs of Staff Committee Chairman.

» Centre has sanctioned 1080 buses to thirteen cities of seven states under its Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission scheme.

» President gave his assent to the Lokpal Bill. The assented bill provides creation of an anti-graft watchdog even to the office of the Prime Minister.

» Latvia became the 18th member of the euro zone.

Latvia gained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 and joined the European Union in 2004.

» PARAM Yuva-II India’s supercomputer rated 1st in India and 44th in the world.

»  The apex bank of the country, Reserve Bank of India, has clarified that banks will not turn away people who come with scribbled notes to its doors.

»  Life Insurance Corporation of India has outdone its peers in the private sector in most parameters used for measuring consumer friendliness.

» Finance Minister asked financial sector regulators to implement The Finance Sector Legislative Reforms Commission (FSLRC) proposals.

» Serena Williams won the Female Athlete of the Year award and LeBron James won the Male Athlete of the Year award announced by the Associated Press.

» Ashraf Jehan, first female judge sworn-in at Pakistan’s national sharia court which hears cases under the Islamic legislation.

» Five new ministers took the path of the office in the Cabinet of the Afghan President Hamid Karzai .

Zarar Ahmad Osmani appointed as Foreign Minister. Mohammad Shakir Kargar appointed as Commerce and Industries Minister. Mohammad Arif Noorzai appointed as Energy and Water Minister. Mohammad Akbar Barekzai appointed as Minister of Mines and Petroleum.
Din Mohammad Mubariz appointed as Counter-narcotics Minister .

» Sashi Tharoor named PETA’s Person of the Year for taking steps to advance animal protection .

» Light Combat Aircraft (LAC) Tejas team set new record of flying 500 sorties in 2013.

» Indonesian Government announced to build new sanctuary to save World’s rarest Javan Rhinos.

» A career diplomat Anurag Bhushan has took the charge as the Consul General of India in Dubai and Northern Emirates in the UAE.

» The congress ruled states would enact the new Lokayukta legislation by 28 February 2013.

» Pradeep Kumar has been appointed as the Managing Director (Corporate Banking) of SBI.

» Scientists discovered Phosphorus for the first time in the cosmic leftovers from the supernova-Cassiopeia A.

» Tyler Armstrong became the youngest person to reach the summit of Aconcagua, the highest mountain of America.

» Arvind Kejriwal of Aam Aadmi Party has sworned in as the Chief Minister of Delhi.

He has sworn in as the youngest Chief Minister of Delhi.

» Nanded-Bangalore express train catches fire.

About 23 passengers died in the mishap.The fire accident brought to the fore the lack of fire fighting measures including automatic water jets in Indian trains.

» Arvind Ranjan appointed New chief of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)

» J.N.Chaudhary got appointed as new head of National Security Guard (NSG).

» RBI has launched an inflation indexed saving bonds that offers protection to retail investors from price rise.

» Axis Bank Limited to increase its foreign investment to 62 percent from 49 percent.

» Ashok Lavasa was appointed the New Civil Aviation Secretary.

» Deepika Kumari won 34th National Archery Championship.

» Bayern Munich defeated Raja Casablanca 2-0 in the finals of the Third club World Cup 2013 and became the new world champions.

» Subrahmanyam Jaishankar became the Ambassador of US.

He is the successor of Nirupama Rao and his position in Beijing will be taken by Ashok k. kantha.

» Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), Hyderabad awarded the Sword of Honour for safety management in London in the second week of December 2013.

» The finance Ministry on 23 December 2013 directed public sector banks (PSBs) to act as insurance brokers from 15 January 2014.

» Kidambi Srikanth and PV Sindhu won the men’s and women’s titles at the 78th Senior National Badminton Championship at New Delhi.

» Vinod Kumar Duggal, has been appointed the new Governor of Manipur

He will replace the present Governor of the state, Ashwani Kumar.

» Sidharth Birla, Chairman of Xpro India Limited took the charge as the President of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

» National Consumers Right Day was observed across India on 24 December.

The day is being observed since the enactment of Consumer Protection Act, 1986.

» South Africa fast bowler Vernon Philander declared on the No. 1 position in the latest ICC Test rankings in bowling.

» M. Veerappa Moily appointed as the new Environment and Forests Minister .

» Usha Sangwan appointed first woman Managing Director of Life Insurance Corporation.

» Zaheer Khan became the fourth Indian bowler to claim 300 wickets in Test Cricket in Johannesburg at the Wanderers Stadium.

» The first human artificial heart implantation performed in Georges Pompidou Hospital, Paris .

» Jayanthi Natarajan resigned as the minister of state for environment and forest from the Council of Ministers .

» China opened its fourth research station, Taishan, in Antarctica to study bio-ecology of the region.

» Bolivia has launched the country’s first telecommunication satellite Tupak Katari.<br />

» P.H. Parekh elected as the President of Supreme Court Bar Association .

» Kimberlite rocks containing diamonds discovered at Mount Meredith in East Antarctica.

» Puneet Kumar has been appointed as the Secretary General of Apparel Export Promotion Council (APEC).

» Canara Bank has received license from the Board of Governors of the US Federal Reserve System to open a branch in New York

» S B Nayar appointed Chairman and Managing Director of India Infrastructure Finance Corp Limited.

» Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh resigned from the Vidisha assembly seat and retained Budhni seat.

» India won their first ever team titles in Asia-Pacific Junior Golf Championship.

» The former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court, Darmar Murugensan will be the next Chairman of the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission.

» Minorities Rights Day was observed on 18 December 2013 across the country to create awareness on rights of minorities.

» Kapil Dev selected for the BCCI’s prestigious Col. CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award for the year 2013.

» SEBI exempted the Government from making an offer to public shareholders for acquiring the shares of the Indian Overseas Bank (IOB).

» Angela Merkel was elected as the German chancellor for third term by the German Parliament- Bundestag.

» Mahesh Mangaonkar won IMET Squash Open 2013 .

» Union Ministry of Finance Approved Three Proposals to utilise Nirbhaya Fund.

» The Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India met in Kolkata .

The Central Board of Reserve Bank met at Kolkata and was chaired by the Governor of Reserve Bank of India, Raghuram G. Rajan.

» CVR Rajendran appointed CMD of Andhra Bank.

CVR Rajendran was appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director of Andhra Bank.

» Union Government appointed Harsh Kumar Bhanwala as the Chairman of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).

» Major Fire In South Mumbai Tower.

A major fire broke out on the 12th floor of the 26-storey Mont Blanc building at Kemp’s Corner on Friday evening

» Malaika and Prakash won Gold Medals at the 57th National Shooting Championship at Tughlakabad.

» Irrfan Khan has won the best actor award for his brilliant performance in his film The Lunchbox at the 10th edition of Dubai International Film Festival.

» China's first lunar rover named Jade Rabbit landed on Moon

» Indian Judokas won silver and four bronze medals in the Asian Youth and Junior Championships, which concluded in Hainan, China.

» The world's largest retailer Walmart named Krish Iyer as the chief executive of its India

» An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 hit eastern Japan .

» Eastern Army Command, Lieutenant General Dalbir Singh Suhag was designated as the Vice Chief of Army Staff.

» India won Women's Kabaddi World Cup 2013

India won the women's Kabaddi World Cup championship for the third time in a row, defeating New Zealand 49-21 in the summit clash in Jalandhar, Punjab.

» BJP leader Vasundhara Raje was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Rajasthan for the second time.

» The indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas will replace the decades-old MiG-21 FL jets which changed the course of the 1971 War.

» RBI has given the license to Doha Bank to start its banking operations in India.

It has been permitted to open a branch in Mumbai.

» The West Bengal Assembly adopted a fresh Bill to tackle illegal activities of Chit Funds in the State.

Amit Mitra, the Finance Minister of the state moved the West Bengal Protection of Interest of Depositors in Financial Establishments Bill, 2013 in the House.

» Olympic medal-winning boxer M C Kom’s autobiography, titled Unbreakable .

» The newly analysed NASA satellite data from east Antarctica shows Earth has set a new record for coldest temperature ever recorded: -94.7C.

» International Olympics Committee cleared Indian athletes to take part in 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

» The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said that India's economy would grow about 5 percent in this financial year while the current account deficit would be below 3 percent of GDP.

» After a historic win in the assembly elections, Raman Singh will be sworn in as Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh for the third consecutive time.

» Super volcano is beneath Yellowstone National Park in the US is 2.5 times bigger than previous estimations.

» The last King of the erstwhile Mysore royal family Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar died in Bangalore due to heart attack.

» 7000 times power greenhouse gas than CO2 discovered by the scientists at University of Toronto.

» The Supreme Court set aside the Delhi High Court verdict decriminalising gay sex.

» Domestic cooking gas (LPG) price was hiked by Rs 3.46 per cylinder after the government raised the commission paid to dealers by over nine percent.

» The first trajectory correction manoeuvre of India's maiden mission to Mars was carried out successfully by ISRO scientists on the spacecraft, which is presently travelling some 2.9 million kms away from earth.

» Centre sanctions Rs 7,346 crore for flood-hit Uttarakhand.

» Mid-day meal scheme of India at 12th rank among lower-middle-income countries.

India has the largest school feeding programme in the world, catering to over 114 million children. It covers almost 79 per cent of its total number of school-going children.

» Afghanistan and Iran agreed to long term cooperation Pact to counter US pressure on Afghanistan.

» General Motors product development chief Mary Barra has been named the company's new CEO, the first female head of a US car company.

» Revenue secretary Sumit Bose, an IAS officer of 1976 batch, will be the new finance secretary.

» Indian National Congress emerged as the winner in the Mizoram Assembly election by winning 33 seats in the 40 member house.

» Chitra won the bronze at the IBSF World Snooker Championship.

» Twenty-seven South Asian workers, including 24 Indians, were arrested on Monday for alleged rioting in Singapore as its PM ordered a probe into the country's worst outbreak of violence in over 40 years.

» Shivraj Singh Chouhan to take oath as Madhya Pradesh CM on 14th December.

»  Delhi may be staring at the possibility of a spell of President's rule with both the major parties BJP and AAP saying they will not stake claim to form the government as they do not have the mandate.

»  A radical group linked to al-Qaida kidnapped two Spanish journalists in Syria .

»  The BSE Sensex and the NSE Nifty soared to hit new all-time high of 21,483.74 and 6,415.25 points, respectively, on sustained fund inflows after the Bharatiya Janata Party's spectacular performance in assembly elections amid a firming overseas trend.

» Bombings across Baghdad on Sunday killed at least 22 people and wounded scores in busy commercial streets and a public square.

» Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday announced the dissolution of the House of Representatives.

» India surrender again as South Africa win ODI series.

» Narendra Modi comes closer to Delhi after the election results.

» Oxford scientists recently developed a novel new Malaria Vaccine which can protect against the deadly mosquito-borne disease.

» Sushma Singh appointed as the next Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) of India.

» The 8th Asia Gas Partnership Summit (AGPS) was held from 3 to 4 December 2013 at New Delhi.

» Bangladesh has declared a three-day state mourning from Saturday to pay tribute to former South African president Nelson Mandela, who passed away on Thursday night.

» West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday wrote another letter to President Pranab Mukherjee seeking urgent action to remove Justice Ashok Kumar.

» The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has said that it will make all efforts to ensure that trades involving bets on the rupee in overseas markets migrate to India.

»  Defense secretary Chuck Hagel is opening the door for the US to sell missile defence and other weapons systems to a group of US-friendly Gulf nations. The move is intended to help counter Iran's ballistic missiles, even as global powers ink a nuclear deal with Tehran.

» An inquiry has been ordered by the government into the shutdown of Isro activities at Indian Research Station in Antarctica allegedly due to lack of fuel at the remote site and clashes between the team leader and her subordinates.

» Sensex regains 21,000 mark, soars 439 points as exit polls predict BJP win.

» Mamata Banerjee writes to President Pranab Mukherjee for urgent action against Justice A. K. Ganguly's misconduct after SC indictment.

» The Cabinet has finally approved a Parliamentary Bill for the creation of a separate state of Telangana with 10 districts .The Cabinet also approved Hyderabad as the common capital of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

» India wins bid to host U-17 football World Cup.

Top class football action, on a scale not seen in the country before, is coming the way of Indian fans. FIFA, the international football body, awarded India the right to host the Under-17 World Cup in 2017.

» India has been ranked 98th in the Forbes list of world's best countries for doing business that has cited poverty, corruption and discrimination against girls among the challenges facing the country.

» Anna Hazare to go on indefinite fast from Dec 10 for Janlokpal Bill.

» South African anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela died aged 95 at his Johannesburg home after a prolonged lung infection.

» RBI eased Companies' Foreign Funding Norms for Infra Projects .

» German driver Nico Hulkenberg will return to Sahara Force India in the Formula One Championships next year after agreeing a multi-year deal

» India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has won this year's LG People's Choice Award, thus becoming only the second Indian cricketer to win the coveted prize after just-retired Sachin Tendulkar.

» A top US General has asserted the need to sign the bilateral security agreement (BSA) with Afghanistan, which he stressed is crucial for planning purposes and confidence of troops in the war-torn country.

» The agency, which oversees development in the San Francisco Bay in California, has begun a formal investigation into the construction of a secretive Google Inc barge, on an island in the bay.

» apanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko arrived Chennai on Wednesday on a two-day visit to city.

» The Group of Ministers (GoM) set up to look into the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday night finalized its report, which will come up before the Union Cabinet .

» Self-styled Godman Asaram's son Narayan Sai was on Wednesday allowed by a Delhi court to be taken into 24-hour custody of Gujarat Police which secured his transit remand for producing him before a court in Surat in connection with a rape case.

» Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said that there was no possibility of Pakistan winning any war against India in his "lifetime"

» 22 kg heroin recovered from Samjhauta Express

» India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also known as Mangalyaan, has crossed and gone beyond the Earth's sphere of influence.

» Cristiano Ronaldo to open museum dedicated to himself.

» India rejects WTO proposals on food security, trade facilitation.

» India's first indigenous nuclear submarine INS Arihant will finally head for the open seas for extensive trials, which will include firing of its nuclear-tipped K-15 ballistic missiles, around February-March next year.

»  A prominent US-based online publication on Tuesday removed Congress president Sonia Gandhi from its rich list of billionaires after a storm over how it arrived at the $2 billion wealth it assessed for her. The estimate ranked her as the 12th richest political leader in the world, making her wealthier than the Queen of England.

» India waits as Delhi votes in historic poll

1.2 crore voters of the city-state go to the polls on Wednesday, the only thing that's certain is the uncertainty about its outcome

» An unmanned Falcon 9 rocket developed by Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, blasted off on Tuesday to put the company's first commercial satellite into orbit.

»  Two policemen were stabbed to death by unidentifed people in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, prompting a full scale investigation into the matter, the police said in Hyderabad

» Barack Obama reveals $100 million HIV research initiative

» Election Commission notice to Jayalalithaa for violation of model code of conduct

The Election Commission (EC) today issued a notice to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for prima-facie violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) by announcing new schemes ahead of December 4 Yercaud assembly bypoll.

» The 12 days of the winter session of parliament promise some heat, with main opposition party, the BJP making it clear at an all-party meeting on Monday that it will attack the government on a number of issues.

» Mangalyaan crosses Moon's orbit on its way to Mars

ISRO's Mars Orbiter, which was placed in inter-Mars trajectory in the early hours yesterday, has crossed Moon's orbit and is travelling beyond Earth's natural satellite.

» Aam Aadmi Party installs spy cameras to check rivals from buying votes.

» The Centre has decided to redraw the boundaries of the proposed Telangana state to include two more districts, in a political decision reportedly cleared by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

» Cognizant to hire over 10,000 tech graduates

New Jersey-based Cognizant Technologies will hire over 10,000 professionals in the United States over the next three years.

» IRB urges India to offer up new highways for bidding

The chairman of India's largest road construction firm IRB Infrastructure Developers Ltd (IRBI.NS) urged the government to invite companies to bid to build and operate dozens of new highways, a step regarded as crucial to economic growth.

» Big companies clinch multiple placements at IITs

High-profile companies not just offered seriously high pay packets, they also went in for bulk hires on IIT-campus.

» Arcelor Mittal, Nippon Steel to buy US plant for $1.55 billion

» PV Sindhu wins second GP Gold crown in Kumpoo Macau Open Grand Prix Gold.

» Kapurthala lad Gaganjeet Bhullar scripted a brilliant chapter in India's golfing history, winning the Indonesia Open

» A suburban New York train derailed on Sunday, killing four people and injuring 70, including 11 critically, when all seven cars of a Metro-North train ran off the tracks on a sharp curve, officials said.

»  China launched its first ever extraterrestrial landing craft into orbit en route for the moon in the small hours of Monday, in a major milestone for its space programme.

» National Investigation Agency (NIA), is preparing to send a judicial request to Pakistan for arrest of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin.

» Paul Walker, best known as undercover agent Brian O'Connor in the 'Fast and Furious' action movies, died in a fiery car crash in California on Saturday.

» Taj Literature Festival in Agra from Dec 12

» Former world heavyweight champion Herbie Hide has been sentenced to 22 months in jail for agreeing to sell cocaine in an undercover operation by a British newspaper.

» Sethuraman and Vladislav share lead in Hyderabad International Chess.

Chennai-based Grandmaster Sethuraman S P and Ukrainian Grandmaster Vladislav Borovikov were in shared lead with four and half points each after the end of fifth round of 2nd Hyderabad International Grandmasters Chess tournament

» Helicopter crashes into roof of Glasgow pub, 'numerous' casualties

A police helicopter smashed through the roof of a crowded pub in the Scottish city of Glasgow, causing numerous casualties including probable deaths and leaving several people trapped in the rubble.

» Filmmaker to offer Rs 5 crore to Talwars for book, film on Aarushi

» 90 firms responsible for emitting two-thirds of world's deadly gases since 1751

Indian public sector companies - Coal India Limited, ONGC and Singareni Collieries Company Limited .

» CNG prices may rise by up to 50% in Mumbai

Prices of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) could go up by anything between Rs 15 and Rs 20 in Mumbai from Sunday.

» Serena Williams has warned her opponents there is more to come from her after she was named WTA player of the year for the second year running.

» 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer of Switzerland should play until he is 60 if he wants to, according to former world number one Ilie Nastase

» Earthquake near Iran nuclear plant kills 7

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake on the Gulf coast near Iran's sole nuclear power plantkilled seven people and injured 30 on Thursday,

» UAE to set up world's largest solar desalination plant

The UAE would establish world's largest solar-powered desalination plant that will process more than 22 million gallons of potable water per day

» Lakes discovered beneath Greenland ice sheet

Researchers have for the first time discovered two subglacial lakes hiding 800 metres below the Greenland Ice Sheet.
The subglacial lakes, the first to be identified in Greenland, are each roughly 8-10 square km, and at one point may have been up to three times larger than their current size.

» Relief for Andhra as cyclone Lehar weakens.

Cyclonic storm Lehar in the Bay of Bengal has weakened and is likely to weaken further before crossing Andhra Pradesh coast on Thursday afternoon, India Meteorological Department (IMD) said

» Banks violate RBI norms to deny zero-balance A/Cs

Banks have been found to use the Reserve Bank of India's norms as an excuse to avoid opening zero-balance accounts. In a sting operation conducted by a web portal, an IIT Mumbai professor sought to open a basic bank account in 19 banks without address or identity proof. In all the 19 branches, the professor was shooed away although RBI regulations require banks to open a 'small account' without address or identity proof.

» Banks violate RBI norms to deny zero-balance A/Cs

» The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is planning to reduce banks' requirement of investing in government securities (G-Secs) in a calibrated way. This will help to ensure the flow of credit to productive sectors of the economy.

» India and Vietnam signed eight agreements on 20 November 2013 in areas of defence and security, oil exploration, civil aviation and scientific research. India will also assist Vietnam in the modernization and training of the defence and security forces of Vietnam and agreed to give a 100 million dollar line of credit to Vietnam for defence purchases.

» i. The book entitled Birth of Cinema written by N. Gopal Krishna was released at ICFFI media centre by a Journalist T. Udayawarluon 18 November 2013. ii. The book comprises of details related to the advanced cinematic technologies like the 3D shootings and Voice enhancements and others, which were popularized by the Hollywood directors.

» Nirupama Rao, the former Indian Ambassador to the US, has been named as the ‘Meera and Vikram Gandhi Fellow’ with the Brown-India initiative at the Watson Institute for International Studies.

» Australia will support India’s membership of the Nuclear Supplier Group, the newly appointed Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said here on Monday.

» Top Indian industrialist Ratan Tata has returned as a board member of East West Centre, a prominent American think tank.

» German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel has been nominated for Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for the year 2013

» Bhartiya Mahila Bank, an all-women’s bank, will have a network of 25 branches by March 2014, according to Finance Minister P Chidambaram.

» Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inaugurated the first branch of Bharatiya Mahila Bank today in the iconic Air India building at Nariman Point in Mumbai with an area of 5,000 sq ft space on the ground floor.

» The World Toilet Day (WTD) was observed across the world on 19 November 2013. In the world about a third of the world’s people don’t have an access to a decent toilet.

» National Integration Day is observed every year on 19th of November all over India. It is celebrated as the birthday anniversary of the first woman prime minister of the India, Indira Gandhi.

» Yameen (54) a candidate of Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) secured 51.39 percent of votes, whereas the opposition leader and the former President Mohamed Nasheed received 48.61.

» Abdulla Yameen has been sworn in as the 6th President of the Maldives on 17 November 2013.

» Burra Gautham Sidharth, Director, B.M. Birla Science Centre, here has been chosen for the 2013 award given by the Institute for Theoretical Physics and Advanced Mathematics Einstein-Galilei (IFM), Italy.

» The world’s largest cancer database — containing 1.7 billion experimental results — has been launched, with an aim to discover future treatments for the deadly disease.

» GEW, along with Centre for Innovation, Incubation & Entrepreneurship (CIIE) run by IIM Ahmedabad be held from November 18 - 24, across 29 cities with 150 events and over 10,000 participants.

» West Bengal, the host of the 23rd All India G V Mavalankar Shooting Championship topped the medals tally on 16 November 2013. The championship concluded at the Chandmari Range in West Bengal. This is the first time that West Bengal topped the medal table of national level of shooting championship.

» In her life time she wrote more than 80 books, including poetry, two operas, short stories, plays and non-fiction. In 2007, the 88-year-old Doris Lessing became the oldest recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature. and only the 11th woman to win the award. –

» British Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing was died on 17 November 2013 at London.She was 94 years old.

» i. Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull’s team on 17 November 2013 won United States Grand Prix. France's Romain Grosjean in Lotus was second with Red Bull's Mark Webber took the third place.
ii. This was his eighth successive race of Vettel in a season. With this win he succeeded ahead of Michael Schumacher’s previous record of winning seven races in a row in the same season, which was set in 2004.
iii. This was also vettel’s 12th win of the season and if he wins the year-ender in Brazil than he will tie with Michael Schumacher Formulae one record of 13 victories in a single season.

» In the latest ICC test ranking, India moved to the second position, following the 2-0 victory over West Indies on 16 November 2013. South Africa stood at the top position with 131 points, which is followed by India with 119 ratings point. England stands at third position with 116 points.

» Rapid Metro is a metro rail system in the Indian city of Gurgaon, Haryana, linked with the Delhi Metro system's Yellow Line. Built and operated by Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon Limited (RMGL), the system is India's first fully privately financed metro.

» Rapid Metro-India's First Private Metro service started operation from Gurgaon, Haryana on 14 November 2013. Rapid Metro is India's first fully privately financed Metro system connecting NH-8 to Delhi Metro via Cyber City, Gurgaon.

» i. Malta, a Southern European country was on 17 November 2013 unanimously chosen as the host of the next Commonwealth summit in 2015.
ii. The decision was made at the retreat session of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo, Sri Lanka after Mauritius withdrew as host of the 2015 Commonwealth summit as a result of its prime minister's boycott of the Colombo summit over Sri Lanka's human rights concerns.

» German carmaker Volkswagen is the world’s top private-sector investor in research and development (R&D), followed by South Korean electronics giant Samsung, according to EU data released on Monday.

» Lord Swraj Paul, a leading NRI industrialist and educationist was presented with the International Indian of the Decade award on 15 November 2013. Swraj Paul was presented the award for his outstanding achievements in the fields of industry, education and philanthropy.

» Lord Swraj Paul, a leading NRI industrialist and educationist was presented with the International Indian of the Decade award on 15 November 2013. Swraj Paul was presented the award for his outstanding achievements in the fields of industry, education and philanthropy.

» i. The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) is held every two years to enable leaders of Commonwealth countries to come together to discuss global and Commonwealth issues, and to decide on collective policies and initiatives.
ii. Every CHOGM is jointly organized by the host country and the Commonwealth Secretariat. These biennial meetings serve as the principal policy and decision-making forum to guide the strategic direction of the association.

» ii. The theme for CHOGM 2013 is Growth with Equity; Inclusive Development.
iii. External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid is represented the India in the 22nd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
iv. This year, CHOGM in Sri Lanka, the first time an Asian country is hosting the summit in 24 years. The last CHOGM Summit (in 2011) was held at Perth, Australia.

» The 22nd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, CHOGM began in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 15 November 2013. The Summit was inaugurated by Prince Charles of England, who is representing Queen Elizabeth at the Commonwealth Summit.

» i. International Day for Tolerance was observed on 16 November 2013 across the world to educate people about the need for tolerance in society and to aware them about the dangers of intolerance.
About International Day for Tolerance International Day for Tolerance is celebrated worldwide every year on 16 November to promote the Tolerance among the public. The day was first observed in 1995.

» “He was an exceptional cricketer who earned the utmost respect of his peers, team-mates, opponents and fans all over the world through his talent, performances and fierce competitiveness,” said Richardson, who played 10 Tests and 26 ODIs against Tendulkar between 1991 and 1998.

» The cricketing legend became the first sportsperson to get the award, whose past recipients have been such dignitaries as Jawharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Sir CV Raman, Satyajit Ray, Rajendra Prasad, Mother Teresa and Indira Gandhi.

» i. In Kerala, Malayalam film actor- producer Augustine died at a private hospital in Kozhikode this morning.
ii. He was 56. Augustine, who acted in over 100 films, portrayed several characters that remain etched in the memory of film buffs.
iii. His major films include Devasuram, Sadayam, Aaram Thampuran, Nandanam, Indian Rupee, Shutter among others.

» i. In Kerala, Malayalam film actor- producer Augustine died at a private hospital in Kozhikode this morning.
ii. He was 56. Augustine, who acted in over 100 films, portrayed several characters that remain etched in the memory of film buffs.
iii. His major films include Devasuram, Sadayam, Aaram Thampuran, Nandanam, Indian Rupee, Shutter among others.

» Defence Minister A.K. Antony will induct the long-delayed aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, designed to boost India’s maritime capabilities, at a shipyard in Russia on Saturday.

» i. State Bank of India has gone back on its plan to bring one of its associate bank’s under its fold in the current fiscal.
ii. For the time being, the associate bank merger is on the backburner. Nothing is going to happen till March 31, 2014,” said S. Vishvanathan, Managing Director, Associates and Subsidiaries.
iii. Arundhati Bhattacharya, the incumbent SBI chief, said, “We need to do a little more consolidation on our side before we take that (another bank) on. It is not off the table, but at this point we need to pay attention to what we are doing in a better manner.”

» i. NASA in November 2013 released a natural-color image of Saturn from space, the first in which Saturn, its moons and rings, and Earth, Venus and Mars, all are visible.
ii. The panoramic mosaic of the majestic Saturn system was taken by Cassini Spacecraft of the NASA.

» Seeking broadening of bilateral ties, British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday said UK and India should be "partners of choice" as both the countries can effectively deal with various challenges like combating terrorism by working closely with each other.

» A postage stamp honouring Sachin Tendulkar was released before the start of the maestro's 200th Test match at the Wankhede Stadium.

» International funding agencies, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, have assured a financial assistance of USD 313 million to Odisha government for restoration and rehabilitation activities in cyclone Phailin hit areas.

» The world Diabetes day is celebrated every year on 14 November. The date was chosen because it marks the birthday of Frederick Banting, who, along with Charles Best, is credited with the discovery of insulin in 1921.

» i. India with 20 gold 20 silver and 12 bronze medals has topped the medals tally position in the 2nd Junior SAF Games that concluded today in Ranchi. ii. Sri Lanka with 10 gold, 10 silver and 14 bronze medals have secured 2nd position while Bangladesh with 3 bronze has come at the third position. iii. Pakistan with one bronze is at the fourth position.

» Justice R. Banumathi, Judge of the Madras High Court was on 12 November 2013 appointed as the Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court. She was appointed by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee.

» Retired bureaucrat Krishna Mohan Sahni was appointed Chairman of the National Multi-Commodity Exchange of India Ltd (NMCE) on 12 November 2013

» Russia on 12 November 2013 successfully launched the Proton-M rocket carrying a defense satellite, Raduga-1M from its Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Note: It is important to note that Russia restarted the launch of Proton rockets in September 2013 after a small gap in order to check why a Proton rocket launched on 2 July 2013 exploded while taking off.

» The missile is the main exhibit of the DRDO which is showcasing an array of indigenous weapons at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition (ADEX 2013).

» The missile is the main exhibit of the DRDO which is showcasing an array of indigenous weapons at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition (ADEX 2013).

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