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  • 1. December 2013 Month Current Affairs www.currentaffiarstoday.in  First ever lunar rover mission will be launched by China in few days to create history. The mission will land an unmanned spacecraft on the lunar surface from Xichang Satellite Launch Center and is called “Chang’e-3 moon rover”. For the first time China is sending an unmanned spacecraft to land surface and will conduct survey on the moon.  USA has not included some countries along with India and China to reduce their dependence on Iranian oil as the US is leading an international effort of imposing tough sanctions on Tehran. Some countries including Republic of Korea, Turkey and Taiwan which have reduced the purchases of Iranian crude oil and have qualified for an exception to sanctions under the National Defence Authorisation Act.  Deputy Prime Minister Ziad Bahaaeeddin of Egypt and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Marie Ashton signed an agreement on children’s education and to eradicate poverty. Through the financial agreement, European Union granted Egypt worth 122 million dollar (€90 million) to reduce the financial crisis.  Haryana became the fortunate state to have India’s 1st Synthetic Rubber Plant. Union Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily inaugurated the country’s first e-SBR (styrene butadiene rubber) unit in Panipat, Haryana. Indian Synthetic Rubber Ltd (ISRL), a joint venture promoted by Indian Oil, Taiwan, and Japan Bank for International Cooperation and Mizuho Corporation Bank set up the unit. The plant with the project of worth Rs 958 crore will produce 120 kilo tonnes synthetic rubber every year. This rubber will be used in industrial units for manufacturing automobile and daily need products. The capacity of the plant to 220 KT will be increased in two years.  Belgium will open a Consulate General of Belgium in Chennai which will maintain coordinal relation with Belgium as a very good number of Chennai based people are employed in this country. Princess Astrid, Representative of the King of Belgium has launched the second Consulate General and the third diplomatic mission to expand of the bilateral ties with India. The move which will reflect the expansion in Belgium-India relations and accommodates trading of 15 billion mainly trading of diamonds between the two countries. Currently, 160 Belgium companies are working in India maximum in South India. 1 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 2.  Emperor of Japan Akihito and his wife Empress Michiko have arrived in New Delhi for their 6-days visit to India. This the first visit of the Japanese imperial couple to India and their first visit to any South Asian country since he assumed his office. Before this, the couple visited Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi just after their visit when they were young. Japanese Emperor Akihito took over as Emperor in 1990 after death of his father Emperor Hirohito. The couple will also visit Rashtrapati Bhawan for second time.  Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has finally nodded the approval of creating a Legislative Council (Vidhan Parishad) in Assam to provide "extensive" representation to the people. Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh have a Legislative Council from 2011. Rajasthan is also waiting for their Legislative Council which was introduced in Parliament and is pending with the Standing Committee till now. Assam passed a resolution bill to create state Legislative Assembly in 2005 and 2010 which has been now approved.  Maharashtra's promising batsman Vijay Zol has been selected captain of the Indian under-19 team that will compete or the ACC Asia Cup which will be held in UAE from December 28.The selectors also retained Kerala wicketkeeper Sanju Vishwanadh as vice-captain who was part of the Under-19 team for the Asia Cup in 2012. Zol hogged the limelight when he scored an unbeaten 451 during a under 19 match in 2011. Last year in the U-19 World Cup, he scored 151 runs. In this tournament, India, Pakistan, UAE, Nepal (Group A) and Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Malaysia (Group B) will compete for Asia Cup.  The fast bowler of Indian Railways Karan Thakur has set a record as he has become the first bowler to take all 10 wickets in an innings of CK Naidu Trophy. He is the fourth Indian bowler to make this record. Earlier in 1955-56, Pregmanshu Chatterjee grabbed the entire wicket in a Ranji Trophy match against Assam, Predeep Sundaram against Vidarbha and last but not the only list in 1999, Anil Kumble set this record against Pakistan. He took all 10 wickets at 28.5 over against Baroda.  To raise awareness on AIDS across the globe, World AIDS Day was observed on 1 December 2013. The theme for this year 2013 World AIDS Day focuses on preventing HIV transmission: “Getting to Zero” that means to be zero infections and zero AIDS/HIV related deaths. The first global AIDS day was observed on December 1, 1988 to draw attention towards the fight against AIDS. Till now more than 36 million people have lost their life after the discovery of this virus. As per World Health Organisation’s data, around 35.3 million people were living with HIV in 2012. Various programmes and events were held to mark World AIDS Day.  Portuguese film "Beatriz's War" bagged the Golden Peacock award for the best film at the 44th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2013 held at Panaji, Goa. This is the first 2 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 3. Punjabi film to win the prestigious IFFI award. Bety Reis and Luigi Acquisto directed the film which is the story of a woman’s conviction to remain true to the man she is in love with. The award carries a certificate, Golden Peacock and cash prize of Rs. 40 lakh, which is equally shared by the producer and director. Bengali film director Kaushik Ganguli grabbed won Best Director award for his film ‘Apur Panchali’.  The department of posts, New Delhi recently launched Express & Business Parcel service through 30 post offices in 20 cities of Delhi region. The premium service provides promoting e-Commerce market in the country by offering reliable and cost efficient service solutions through post offices. The service is accessible for retail as well as wholesale customers.  Francois Richier, the French Ambassador to India started his 3-day visit to Bihar. His trip aimed at enhancing the range of Indo-French cooperation and also to expand forwardlooking projects in various fields, especially in education, economic affairs, science and culture. Ambassador Richier will also meet the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to have discussion over the possible areas of cooperation. Later Bihar business community will have a meeting with Envoy in Patna. Till now, only a few French companies have started to connect with Bihar.  Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan appointed J.S. Saharia IAS officer of 1978 batch as the new chief secretary of Maharashtra in place of Jayant Kumar Banthia. Banthia is an IAS officer of 1977 batch. He was Maharashtra Chief Secretary since June 2012.  M.V. Tanksale, Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Central Bank of India (CBI) has become the new Chief Executive of India Banks’ Association for 2013-14. He has taken charge after present Chief Executive K. Ramakrishnan, Chairman & Managing Director of Andhra Bank, completes his term at the end of this month and was associated from 2008.  “Fast & Furious” movie fame US Actor Paul Walker Died in Car Accident in Southern California. 40 year old Paul was working on “Fast & Furious” movie when he lost his life. He is famous for playing the character named Brian O'Conner in the 'Fast & Furious' film series. When he was back from his organization's charity event, this incident happened. His last movie, a suspense drama “Hours” will be released in December 2013.  Women's Singles trophy in Macau Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton Tournament was grabbed by Indian Shuttler PV Sindhu. Sindhu has beaten seventh seed Canadian Li Michelle in straight sets of 21-15 and 21-12. After this triumph, Sindhu has clinched yet another TierIII title this season, after the Malaysia Open Grand Prix in May. Now, she has become India's first women's singles medallist at the World Championship of 2013. Since Prakash Padukone 3 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 4. won a bronze in the 1983 edition, it was India's first singles medal at the World Championships.  Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar clinched his fifth Asian Tour title after carding a steady 16under-268 for the week in Indonesia. Last week, Bhullar gave a memorable performance during the World Cup of Golf and won by firing a bogey-free 68.  India successfully test-fired nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile with a strike of its full range of 350 km from Chandipur in Odisha on Sunday. The surface-to-surface Prithvi-II was fired by the personnel of Strategic Forces Command (SFC) at around 10:05 am as part of regular training. The missile rose from from a mobile launcher in salvo mode from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range near the pre-designated target in Odisha with an accuracy of less than 15 km. The missile was developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP) as part of training exercise.  India announced to give $1 million contribution to the trust of Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons at “The Hague” for the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons. This move of India will deepen its case for inclusion in Geneva-II conference held in January. Ministry of External Affairs Salman Khursheed said India has also offered the experts’ services to help in the destruction of Damascus’ chemical weapons arsenal.  Assam Bengal Navigation Company’s ‘Brahmaputra Cruises’ has made its way as one of the top 10 Most Adventurous Cruises in the World for 2013 which was recognised by CNN International. It stood on sixth place among the cruises like the Antartica, Australia, the Amazon, the North Pole, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. What attracts and compel people to visit the Brahmaputra Cruise is its wildlife viewing, both by jeep and on elephant back, exploring towns in cycle rickshaws, village walks, barbecues on deserted river islands, visits to tea gardens and archaeological sites, dance performances, craft workshops and pilgrimage centres.  India will raise stick to the stand on Food Security in three days WTO Ministerial Conference which will begin in Bali, Indonesia. Anand Sharma Minister of Industry & Commerce talked about WTO related issues while Rob Davies, Trade Minister of South Africa discussed about sidelines of WTO Ministerial at Bali.  Indian Cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has claimed the LG People's Choice Award. Sanjay Patel, Secretary of BCCI received the award on behalf of Dhoni as he is in South Africa with the India cricket team. With this honour, Dhoni has become the second Indian cricketer to grab the prize after former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. Also he is the third cricketer to receive this award after Sachin Tendulkar and Sri Lanka's Kumar 4 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 5. Sangakkara. Dhoni was voted to the award by the general public and beat off strong competition for the award from South Africa's AB de Villiers, England's Alastair Cook, and Australia's Michael Clarke and India's Virat Kohli.  Asia Pacific Council for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (AFACT) announced Directorate General of Foreign Trade’s e-BRC project as the winner of 2013 e ASIA Award under Trade Facilitation category in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The Electronic Bank Realization Certificate (e-BRC) project automatically transmits foreign exchange realisation export based information from the particular banks to Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT).  India's first President Dr.Rajendra Prasad’s birth anniversary was celebrated across the nation on December 3. Various programmes and events were held in school, colleges and government offices to commemorate his birth anniversary. Due to his popularity, he is also called “Deshratna”. He was a freedom fighter and was the first President of the country after the Indian Constitution was framed.  Pravin Tambe is new and surprise entry in the Mumbai Ranji Trophy which will lead Jharkhand in the four-day Group A match which will be held at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai from December 6. 42 year old leg spinner Tambe is being called a surprise entrant who hogged the limelight in Champions League and T20 cricket while playing for Rajasthan Royals in IPL’s last season.  29th Junior National Athletics Championships commenced in Bangalore from December. The five-day championship will observe approximate 2,000 athletes across the globe while 125 events in eight age-group competitions, four for boys and an equal number for the girls will be held. Those athletics who will perform well in this championship will qualify for World Junior Championships at Eugene, United States and Asian Junior Championships in Chinese Taipei that will be held in 2014.  The United Nations (UN) International Day of Persons with Disabilities was observed peacefully on December 3 across the globe to raise the awareness about issues that affect people with disabilities worldwide. According to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Approximate 15 percent of the world’s population consists people with disabilities. The 21st anniversary of International Day of People with Disability was celebrated with theme “Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all”.  To raise awareness about the prevention of human trafficking and the exploitation of human being, the United Nations’ (UN) International Day for Abolition of Slavery was observed worldwide on December 2.The day is observed annually to remind people that modern 5 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 6. slavery works against human rights. To eradicate slavery, human trafficking, forced marriage and other forms of slavery, the International Labour Organization (ILO) is going to start new campaign with well-known artists, athletes and advocates.  Kabul observed the first ever India-Afghanistan Innovation Partnership Fair on 3 December 2013. The two day India-Afghanistan Innovation Partnership Fair was launched by Amar Sinha, India's Ambassador to Afghanistan has inaugurated the India-Afghanistan Innovation Partnership Fair. Around 20 Indians and 25 Afghani participants are displaying their innovations in the fair. Recently, Afghanistan and India inked a Strategic Partnership Agreement which will deepen multi-faceted relations between the two countries.  Many Indians and the Indian Navy celebrated Navy Day on December 4 to honour the country’s navy and its maritime operations during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. To commemorate this day, Indian Naval band performed at the Arabian Sea in Mumbai. Sailors also twirled rifles during these celebrations at the Arabian Sea. Navy Commandos showed their skills and performed during a rehearsal for Naval Day celebrations at the Arabian Sea during Naval Day celebrations. Thousands of people travelled to watch a range of events, including a parade and a show of naval ships.  Once again India retained its ranking in Global Corruption Perception Index 2013. India was ranked 94th out of 177 countries in Transparency International’s Global Corruption Perception Index 2013 released on 4 December 2013. In 2012, India was also ranked 94 out of 176 countries with 36 points on a scale of 0-100. Denmark and New Zealand topped the index with a score of 91. North Korea, Afghanistan and Somalia have scored very low with score 8 and ranked at the bottom of the index.  Considered as one of the biggest telecom event in South Asia, India Telecom Conference 2013 will step into its 8th edition when it will be inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh from 5th December at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The three-day international exhibition-cum-conference will be jointly organized by FICCI and Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Government of India. The event will focus on understanding the current and budding trends and technologies in telecom sector. 'Internet of People to Internet of Things - Future of Communications' is the theme of this year event. This event will address the possibilities emerging from the new world of 'Internet of Things'. India Telecom will see participation from more than 40 buyers from more than 18 countries to explore business opportunities with India's booming telecom sector.  Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh launched a 722 million dollar or Rs 4,500 crore gas pipeline project which will link Dabhol in Maharashtra's gas pipeline to that of Bangalore. 1,000 km-long gas pipeline project has been developed by the state-run Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL). The inauguration ceremony of gas pipeline project was held at the 6 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 7. opening of the 8th Asia Gas Partnership Summit organised jointly by GAIL and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). India’s PM Dr Manmohan Singh dedicated this pipeline to the country that has a capacity of 16 million standard cubic feet per day (MMSCMD) of natural gas that can produce 3,000 mega watt of clean energy. The gas pipeline connecting Dabhol to Bangalore will traverse through Belgaum, Bellary, Chitradurga, Bangalore Rural and Bangalore Urban districts. The gas pipeline will pass through 20 railway crossings, 18 National Highways, 83 cased crossings, 382 other road crossings, 276 water body and 11 major river crossings.  The Indian cricket team continued to be on top position in the latest issued International Cricket Council (ICC) ODI rankings in Dubai. Indian cricketer Virat Kohli remains highestranked ODI player while South African captain AB de Villiers stood on second place. The new entrant in this list is Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan who has made it to the top 10 in the ranking for ODI batsmen for the first time in his career. He ranked on 9th place.  India has reclaimed its second position in the ICC Test rankings. The list was released by the International Cricket Council in Dubai. R Ashwin is the highest-ranked all rounder player in the Test rankings. South Africa has topped this list with 119 points. Cheteshwar Pujara is on 6th place as the best-placed Indian batsman while Virat Kohli followed him on 20th rank.  The new Adidas official World Cup match ball “Brazuka” was presented to the world on 3 December 2013 by manufacturers Adidas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Named, “Brazuka” which is an informal local term which means "Brazilian", or is related to a Brazilian way of life. The ball is on sale now following its official unveiling. The term 'Brazuca' has been given to the ball after a public voting which involved one million football fans in the host nation Brazil. The colours and ribbon design of the ball panels represents the traditional multi-coloured wrist bracelets which is worn in the country, besides reflecting the vibrancy and fun associated with football in Brazil.  Xavier Bettel is the new Prime Minister of Luxembourg. Making the history, Luxembourg has got its first gay PM that paved the way for the introduction of social reforms such as same-sex marriage. Bettel has replaced Jean-Claude Juncker, who was the European Union's longestserving head of government with 19 years in power. Also with this new change, Etienne Schneider, Deputy PM is also a gay, is expected to pioneer other changes like replacing religious instruction in school with more general ethics classes.  To commemorate and recognize the work done by millions of volunteers who help in encouraging growth and deliver assistance to people who are in need, International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development, was observed on December 5 worldwide. The day which provides an opportunity to volunteers to work together and 7 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 8. encourage their assistance at local, national and international level was observed with the theme “YOUNG GLOBAL ACTIVE”.  A new postal stamp on the largest and most powerful aircraft carrier of Indian Navy INS Vikramaditya was released by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee. The postal stamp and first day cover on the aircraft carrier that was commissioned in the Navy was released at a function hosted by DK Joshi, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral on the occasion of Navy Day.  The Foreign Minister of Egypt, Nabil Fahmy is on a three day visit to India. He will meet Salman Khurshid External Affairs Minister of India and will discuss on a wide range of bilateral as well as regional issues. During the meeting, the two sides are expected to review bilateral ties and identify newer areas of bilateral cooperation. Besides, both countries are also expected to discuss for approving to establish a Centre of Excellence in Information Technology at the Al Azhar University in Cairo. The centre will be set up to train 500 students annually as a project under the India-Africa Forum Summit. Bilateral trade between the two countries stood at $ 5.4 billion.  The senior most Information Commissioner and Sushma Singh will be the new chief information commissioner (CIC). A high level committee comprising Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, Sushma Swaraj, leader of opposition in Lok Sabha and Kapil Sibbal, Minister of Law recommended Singh's name for the coveted assignment. Singh, a former IAS officer of the 1972 batch, retired on May 31, 2009. As chief secretary, Singh will succeed Deepak Sandhu, who completes her term and will be the second woman to become CIC after Sandhu.  A team led by a scientist of Oxford has discovered a new Malaria Vaccine. The mosquitoborne disease that causes Malaria is known to be one of the world's most rapidly spreading diseases. Malaria vaccine has been exposed to have a protective outcome through a satisfactorily high immune response involving cells called CD8 T cells.  The Metro Cash & Carry India was conferred the CII National Award for Food Safety 2031 at the 8th Food Safety and Quality Summit in New Delhi . The award was given in recognition of the company's commitment to suppliers and vendors. The award on behalf of Metro Cash & Carry was received by Srinivas Ranganathaiah, Head - Quality Assurance, Jyoti Gurung, Senior General Manager - Operations, Arun Methan - General Manager, Quality Assurance and Sudha M R - Quality Manager from the Chairman of the Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) Chandramouli.  India is crowned the Men's Kabaddi World Cup champions after beating Spain 55-27. Retaining the men’s title of the Pearls Kabaddi World Cup, Indian men registered their second win of the 2013 Kabaddi World Cup while women's team smashed Kenya by 56-21. 8 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 9.  Jordan has made its way to be chosen as a Non-Permanent Member in UN Security Council. . UN General Assembly replaced Saudi Arabia by Jordan. Earlier Saudi Arabia was chosen as a non permanent member but Saudi Arabia rejected the seat as UN council could not stop the war in Syria and took action on other Middle East issues. Jordan received 178 votes in a secret voting by 179 members of the General Assembly.  The Mahaparinirvan Divas (death anniversary) of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar was observed on December 6 nationwide. Floral tributes were paid to the father of the Indian Constitution on his 58th Mahaparinirvan Diwas. Maharashtra Government has started special trains, BEST buses and local trains to commemorate the Bharat Ratna awardee Ambedkar.  The International Civil Aviation Day was celebrated on 7th December to draw the attention towards civil aviation for social and economic development worldwide. This year’s observance of International Civil Aviation Day was held under the theme “Evolving to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century Air Transport” to focus on promoting the security and competence of air transportation.  The world cities day will be observed every year on October 31 after United Nations General Assembly committee adopted a resolution on human settlement from 2014. The resolution was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly Economic and Financial Committee.  Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü of Turkey will start his second term after his re-appointment as the new Director-General of the OPCW. He is the third person to hold office since the Organisation was established in 1997. Üzümcü was reappointed at the 18th Session of the Conference of State Parties. Üzümcü joined the organisation as Director-General in 2010 and eliminated Syria’s chemical weapons in the midst of an active war by OPCW. Also OPCW was awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize 201 3 in recognition of 16 years of achievement.  Pakistani teenage activist 15 years old Malala Yousafzai will receive United Nations Human Rights Prize 2013 in acknowledgment of her exceptional achievement in human rights. This award had been earlier given to legends like late South African icon Nelson Mandela. The UN Prize in the Field of Human Rights is awarded every five years by the General Assembly. She will receive the award at the UN headquarters in United Nations on 10th December to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).  India's economic confidence jumped sharply by 11 points to 51 per cent in the month of November compared to October, according to the 'Ipsos Economic Pulse of the World' survey. According to this global research firm, this makes India the seventh most economically confident country in the world. The survey was conducted among 18,083 people in 24 countries. 9 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 10.  Gandhi of South Africa & Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nelson Mandela alias Madiba died at 95 at his home in Johannesburg after a prolonged illness due to lung infection. South Africa's first elected black President, Mandela was the only foreigners who received India’s highest civilian and most prestigious award “Bharat Ratna” and Mahatma Gandhi peace award. The South African icon, Mandela, was imprisoned for 27 years to stop racism and to stop violence between white and black people.  India has grabbed the right to host Under-17 FIFA World Cup in 2017 by the FIFA executive committee during their meeting in Brazil. The other competing countries that were in the race to host the biggest ever football tournament includes Ireland, South Africa and Uzbekistan. for the first time in its history, India will take part in the 24-nation tournament.  United Nations Women (United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women) gets financial aid of USD 1 million from India for the financial year 2013- 2014. Asoke K Mukerji, India’s Representative to the UN has given a cheque to Phumzile MlamboNgcuka, Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women. This financial aid is the fourth instalment of India's multi-year pledge to give USD 5 million as core predictable funding to UN Women's resources.  Now this has become mandatory that now Indians will have to pay fees online through debit or credit cards or via e-wallet for British visa. The new initiative and effort has been taken by Thomas Greig, UK's Immigration Regional Director for Central and South Asia to update the visa application process and also to cut costs in the management of visa operations that will keep visa fees relatively low. From December 16, British Visa payment through cash or demand draft will be stopped. For this, applicants will have to open an e-wallet account for the online payment.  A global security summit called Manama Dialogue that drew policy makers, top military officials and senior government officials started from December 6 ended today in Manama, Bahrain. Salman Khurshid, External Affairs Minister of India participated in the three day long summit that discussed Iran nuclear talks, GCC integration and military co-operation, crisis in Syria, sectarianism and extremism. Bahrain Ministry of foreign affairs and Londonbased International Institute for Strategic Studies, IISS jointly organised the global summit. In this event, a good numbers of, defence and security officials, leaders and strategic thinkers participated to improve regional and global security.  A health card was jointly launched by Indian Bank and Apollo Hospitals. The card will provide the health services on a discount to the selected customers of the bank. The beneficiary clients will receive fees and pharma products, room charges, investigation fees and medical check up with discounts up to 20% from the Apollo Hospitals. A special card with free of cost will be rewarded to its customers. 10 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 11.  Finally Union Cabinet approved Telangana draft Bill to form the ten districts. India’s 29th state Telangana will have 10 districts while 13 districts have been allotted to Andhra Pradesh whereas the capital of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will be Hyderabad for period of 10 years. Under Article 371-D of the Constitution, both the states will get special status for equitable chances for education and employment.  The 8th Asia Gas Partnership Summit AGPS 2013, a two day international biennial event was held on December 3 and 4 2013 in New Delhi which was jointly organised by GAIL (India) Limited and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). The theme of the 8th AGPS is “Asian Gas Market: Challenges and Opportunities in the Changing Paradigm”. About 46 speakers from 16 countries and over 800 delegates including industry leaders had visited the summit.  Miss Venezuela Alyz Henrich bagged the Miss Earth title during the 13th Miss Earth coronation night at Versailles Palace, Philippines winning streak in the global competition. Henrich was crowned Miss Earth 2013, beating 87 other international delegates. She was crowned by Czech Republican Tereza Fajksova, the Miss Earth 2012. Sobhita Dhulipala who represented India in this beauty pageant could not make her way in the list of top 16 but she bagged the Miss Photogenic and the Miss Eco Beauty Title during the contest.  Men's Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 commenced in New Delhi with much enthusiasm. South African star Gregg Clark is coaching the Indian hockey team. In the beginning, India campaigned against Netherlands. In the Indian team, team captain Manpreet Singh and midfielders Kothajit Singh are central figure while one of the matches will be played at the Major Dhyand Chan National Hockey Stadium.  The much-awaited 2014 FIFA World Cup kicked off from June 12 in Sao Polo, Brazil. In the opening match of the 2014 World Cup, Brazil will play against Croatia. England will campaign against Italy who smashed them in Euro 2012, in Manaus. 32 teams will be playing in a month long tournament.  Eight export processing and industrial zones will be set up by Sri Lanka’s Board of Investment across the nation that will begin functioning in 2014. The zones will bring foreign investment and rural areas will have economic development. Vavuniya in the North will be the largest among the eight zones that will retrieve economic activities after the civil war. According to Lakshman Yapa Abeywardana, Investment Promotion Minister of Sri Lanka, the three of the economic zones will be at Hambantota in the south. Srilankan government has invested profoundly to expand the region as a commercial and industrial hub.  After securing 28 seats over 70 seats in Delhi Assembly elections that led to the eligibility criteria as a State Party, Election Commission has finally approved Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) 11 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 12. as State Party in Delhi. With 28 seats, AAP in its debut elections has emerged as the second biggest party after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). It’s worth to be mentioned, that Election Commission had registered Aam Aadmi Party as a political party in March 2013.  By making a hattrick victory in three states, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the state assembly election in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. Also, BJP emerged as the largest party in Delhi assembly while “AAP” in its debut elections have emerged as the second biggest party after BJP pushing the ruling party Congress as the third party. BJP won 49 seats in Chhattisgarh, 161 seats in Madhya Pradesh and 162 seats in Rajasthan. Presently, BJP leader Raman Singh is the Chief Minister in Chhattisgarh, BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Madhya Pradesh and Congress Party leader Ashok Gehlot is the Chief Minister of Rajasthan.  To remember the sacrifices made by Indian army to protect Indian borders, Armed Forces Flag Day was observed on December 7 nationwide. Since 1949, to salute the Indian martyrs, this day is observed every year in India. On this very day, Army officials donate and grants charity to various welfare institutions related to welfare of ex-servicemen and their families. Also Indians donate funds to distribute Indian flags to show gratefulness and admiration to the Indian military.  The Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir declared the announcement of the resignation of the Vice President of Sudan, Ali Osman Taha in Khartoum. Lieutenant General Bakri Hassan Saleh will replace Taha while Hasbo Mohamed Abdulrahman will be the newly elected second Vice President. Taha, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sudan, was the main negotiator of Comprehensive Peace Agreement of Sudan in 2005 that ended Sudanese Civil War.  Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of Delhi has resigned after Indian Congress party lost the majority votes in the Delhi Assembly polls. Lt Governor received her resignation. Arvind Kejriwal of Aam Aadmi Party thrashed Sheila Dikshit by over 5000 votes in her constituency in New Delhi. Dikshit has been Chief Minister of Delhi for three times.  Former Pakistani cricket captain Waqar Younis and former Australian wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist have made it to the ICC's Hall of Fame. Waqar is the 70th male cricketer to make it to the hall of fame, with Gilchrist as 71st male members.  A new nine-hole golf course has been launched by former India captain Kapil Dev in Pune. Paranjape Schemes (Construction) Limited has developed the course that includes 250-yard of golf academy area. The golf course has been built on 1 lakh square-feet area. Also, 3 lakes are part of this Golf Course. 12 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 13.  South Africa smashed India by 134 runs to secure ODI series. South Africa has snatched the series against India by 2-0 lead win in the second one-day in Durban, South Africa on Sunday. South Africa had scored 280/6 in the given 49 overs before crushing India out for 146 in 35.1 over.  Afghanistan and Iran inked a friendship pact for longest security, political, cultural and economic cooperation on December 10 in Iran. Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan’s President and Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran signed this bilateral friendship and security pact to strengthen the relationship between these two countries. The pact includes regional security issue where both the counries will pressurize US to withdraw 8,000 to 12,000 US troops from Afghanistan.  A ray of hope for Indian Congress Party. Congress won Mizoram polls again. After losing polls in four states, Congress secured 32 of the 40 seats in Mizoram. The four-time Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla has swept the polls in Indian State of Mizoram and is all set to continue as Chief Minister of the State for fifth term in a row. Thanhawla has won from both Serchhip and Hrangturzo seats he had contested in election.  Central government has sanctioned a special financial package of Rs 7346 crore for relief and reconstruction of the floods-affected government tourist facilities in Uttarakhand. The financial aid comes as a relief to the tourism industry in Uttarakhand which is hit by the floods. The Cabinet Committee on Uttrakhand that will be headed by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the finance will be given to centre-aided schemes and the National Disaster Relief Fund. This decision was taken during a meeting held in New Delhi.  The world celebrated International Anti-Corruption on December 9 to raise awareness to eradicate poverty and suggesting the ways to fight from corruption. This year theme is, “Act against Corruption Today”. International Anti-Corruption Day has been announced by The UN General Assembly on December 9. The step was taken to make people aware about corruption and ways to combat it  To bring in light the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Human Rights Day was observed worldwide on December 10. This year theme is, “20 Years Working for Your Rights”. This programme was organised by national Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on this Day. In 1950, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 10 December as Human Rights Day to highlight the importance of human rights and finally in 1993, the United Nations General Assembly created the High Commissioner for the encouragement and safety of all human rights. On this day, the UN Human Rights Prize is given to those people or organisations who have done work in the field of human rights. 13 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 14.  Former senior executive of Nokia, D. Shivakumar has been appointed as the Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo India region. He will deploy the Rs 33,000 crore investments in India, as per the announcement made by PepsiCo last month.  The former Foreign Secretary of India, Ranjan Mathai, has been chosen as the India's High Commissioner to the UK. 61-year old Mathai will replace Jaimini Bhagwati who retired recently from this post.  The 29th Junior National Athletics Championships has been topped by Kerala that concluded on 7 December. Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru observed the championship. Kerald won championship with a 585 score while Tamilnadu stood at the second place. Haryana was on third placed. In the 29 year old history of the event, Kerala has been the champion for 19th time. Chitra Magimairajan has grabbed the bronze medal in the IBSF World Snooker Championship held at Daugvapils, Latvia. Wendy Jans of Belgium defeated her 4-1 in the semi finals. In the final, Jans fruitfully secured her title by smashing Chunxia Shi of China 5-3. Zhou Yuelong of China crushed Zhao Xintong 8-3 in the men’s final to snatch the IBSF title. Now in November 2014, Bangalore will observe the next edition of the IBSF World Snooker Championship.  Uruguay is now all set to fully legalize Marijuana Trade. This way Uruguay has become the world’s first country for legalizing marijuana which is an illegal drug in many countries. Marijuana is a product of the hemp plant- Cannabis sativa. It works as a hallucinogen, depressant or depressant. As per the new law, citizen of Uruguay above 18 years old can will be allowed to buy up to 40 grams drug in a month but tourists have not been included. The law is being criticized in country a lot.  India’s Navratna Company Coal India Ltd is going to pay Rs 1,773 crore as penalty has been imposed by the country’s fair trade regulator for abusing its leading position. Recently the Competition Commission of India (CCI) has issued an order after customers and subsidiaries of CIL filed two complaints against CIL.  Indian central government has sanctioned a special financial package of Rs 374 million to construct embankments on 3 border rivers to control floods floods-affected area in Nepal and India. Ranjit Rae, Indian Ambassador had given the cheque to Minister for Energy, Irrigation and Science and Technology of Nepal, Umakant Jha. The financial aid is a relief to the tourism industry in Nepal which is hit by the floods. This decision was taken by the IndiaNepal Joint Committee on Inundation and Flood Management during a meeting held in Nepal. 14 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 15.  After reaching second top position in Delhi Assembly poll as a debutant, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will be soon contesting election for all 90 seats in Haryana Assembly polls in upcoming 2014 election. Issues like Health, poor education and sewerage will be raised by AAP in Haryana.  Eminent and veteran Indian social activist Anna Hazare has commenced his fast for Lokpal Bill under the auspices of his new organization, Jantantra Morcha. He sat on indefinite hunger strike near the Yadavbaba temple in the village to pass Jan Lokpal Bill that is also represented as the Citizen's Ombudsman Bill. The bill is to be passed to stop corruption and to investigate cases of corruption.  After making a mark in Rajasthan Assembly poll, Vasundhara Raje, leader of BJP will sworn in as chief minister on Dec 13. For this, she met Margaret Alva, Governor of Rajasthan to form the government in the Rajasthan. This will be her second time stint as Chief Minister of Rajasthan. Before this, she served as CM from 2003 to 2008.  Sumit Bose will be new Finance Secretary after being appointed by the Appointment Committee of Cabinet. The 1976 batch Madhya Pradesh cadre IAS officer, Bose will replace R S Gujral, 1976 batch Haryana cadre. Gujral retired last month who was also looking after the expenditure department. Now Ratan P Watal has been appointed as secretary in the expenditure department.  Mary Barra has been named the new chief executive of General Motors by the major car manufacturing company. She will be the first woman to lead the car company in the United States. 51 year old Barra will succeed Dan Akerson, Detroit-based General Motors (GM). Before this, Barra has worked as senior Vice-President in global product development since 2011. For 33 years, she has also served as General Manager in engineering, management positions and manufacturing.  Maharaja Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar Bahadur, the last King of the former Mysore royal family has passed away after heart attack in Bangalore. He was also known as Srikanta Wadeyar and was Maharaja Jayachamarajendra Wodiyar’s only son. Under Wodeyar dynasty, he was the last king of Mysore Kingdom. The Kingdom of Mysore was ruled between 1399 and 1950 by Wodeyar dynasty.  According to India’s top court Supreme Court, Homosexuality is a crime. On 11 December, Supreme Court Justice G.S Singhvi and S.J Mukhopadhaya have upheld Delhi High Court’s verdict that pronounced homosexuality is not a punishable offence. After this verdict, gay activists in all over the India looked visibly upset and criticized Supreme Court for this verdict. 15 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 16.  Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd has inked a telecom infrastructure-sharing pact with Sunil Mittal’s Bharti Airtel Ltd. After this accord, the competition between two of India’s biggest business groups ended. Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd is a unit of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) while Bharti Airtel Ltd is India’s biggest mobile phone service provider. The major tie up may lead to cost savings to a large extent. This business venture will form nation’s largest, fourth generation of mobile communication technology next year.  The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the overseas arm of stateowned Oil, ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL) and Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (ONGC) and Co-ordinating Ministry for Strategic Sectors (MICSE) of the Republic of Ecuador to assess Exploration and production (E&P) opportunities in Ecuador. The pact was signed by DK Sarraf, MD & CEO, ONGC Videsh and Rafael Poveda Bonilla on behalf of MICSE in New Delhi. According to agreement, MICSE will give information to ONGC Videsh Limited regarding the oil and gas projects in Ecuador and OVL will assess to spot the projects of its interest and it will offer participation in such projects through precise definitive agreements.  New Lokayukta of Gujarat is Justice D.P Buch. Buch sworn in as Lokayukta is a retired judge of the Gujarat High Court. In the presence of Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Assembly Speaker Vajubhai Vala, Governor Kamla Beniwal of Gujrat administered him the oath of Lokayukta at Raj Bhavan.  68 years old Azim Premji, Chairman of Wipro has been named for the Economic Times Lifetime Achievement Award 2013 for Corporate Excellence for his outstanding responsibility in creating India's third-largest software exporter. He was also identified for the remarkable scale of his philanthropy. He received ET Awards in Mumbai. A jury headed by Anshu Jain, co-CEO of Deutsche Bank decided the 2013 ET Awards that is given by the news paper Economic Times in the field of corporate and government policies, business and economies in India.  The Chairman of Tamilnadu based political party Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK), Panruti S. Ramachandran, announced his retirement from active politics. 76 year old Ramachandran will also leave the post of Member of Legislative Assembly and for that he gave his resignation to P Dhanpal, the Assembly Speaker. Ramachandran resigned from his Alandur constituency due to the health grounds.  Justice GS Singhvi, the senior most judge of Supreme Court of India was retired on December 11 after a successful tenure of 6 years as a Judge of Supreme Court of India. 65 year old Singhvi was one of the judges of Supreme Court who gave verdict against homosexuality in India on December 11. 16 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 17.  An American retired professional boxer and world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has been banned from entering Britain. The 47-year-old was not allowed to enter UK, as per the UK immigration law, it doesn’t allow anyone from entering the country who has been sentenced to more than 4 years in prison. In 1992, Tyson has been convicted of raping a teenage beauty queen. So that’s why he had to cancel the promotion of his new autobiography ‘Undisputed Truth’ in London.  Naypyitaw, the new state capital of Myanmar observed the beginning of 27th edition of South East Asian Games, the biggest sporting event in South East Asia on 11 December. The 12 days biannual multi-sport event involves altogether 34 events with involvement from 11 Countries. “Green, Clean and Friendship” is the theme for 2013 SEA Game. Winners will get more than 1500 medals in SEA Games that is scheduled from 11 to 22 December.  Apple iPhone ban case to have some products by Apple has been lost by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd in South Korea. Going back to past, in March 2012 Samsung had filed a petition which says that Apple had breached 3 patents on technology for handling and demonstrating text and messages from its Galaxy product range.  According to United Nations children's agency (UNICEF), around 230 million children under the age of five were never registered. It means those who don’t have birth registration, will not get the facility of health care, education and social security. This data globally amounts to 1 in 3 children under 5. Aouth Asia and sub-Saharan Africa has got the lowest levels of birth registration.  For the third consecutive term, Raman Singh was sworn in as Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh. 61 year old Singh, an Ayurvedic doctor-turned-politician was administered oath by Shekhar Dutt, Governor of Chhattisgarh in Raipur. Also Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the BJP leader will again sworn-in as the CM of Madhya Pradesh for the third consecutive time. Ram Naresh Yadav, the Governor of Madhya Pradesh administered him oath in Bhopal. After this victory, Chouhan has now become BJP’s third CM for the third consecutive term after Narendra Modi and Raman Singh. Meanwhile for the fifth time and a second consecutive term, Lal Thanhawla will be sworn in as Chief Minister of Mizoram after a massive victory in Mizoram Assembly polls. Governor of Mizoram Vakkom B Purushothaman will administer 71 year old Thanhawla the oath at a ceremony which will be organised at the Raj Bhavan in Aizawl.  For promotion and protection of bilateral investments, United Arab Emirates and India have inked an agreement called Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPPA) that will bring and increase fresh capital investments of UAE in India. The Minister 17 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 18. of State for Financial Affairs of UAE Obaid Humaid Al Tayer and Minister of State for Finance of India Namo Narain Meena signed the agreement. Now after this pact, India-GCC Free Trade agreement may also happen in future. With the total bilateral trade of 75 billion dollars, India and UAE are the largest trading partners of each other. About 3 billion dollar in India is being invested by UAE.  The Catholic Church's new leader Pope Francis has been named for Time magazine’s 'Person of the Year 2013. For the first time, the world spiritual and religious leader has got an award by the international media’s most prestigious award. In this voting race, the Pope has beaten out N.S.A. Leaker Edward Snowden. Also Singer Miley Cyrus, President of the United States Barack Obama, Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos, Gay rights activist Edith Windsor, President of Syria Bashar Assad, President of Iran Hassan Rouhani and Texas Senator Ted Cruz were in this year’s list.  The 2013 ESCAP-Sasakawa Award for disability-inclusive HR policy award has been grabbed by Wipro. In cooperation with The Nippon Foundation (TNF) and the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD), the award for Disability-Inclusive Business was established to identify and honour companies that have made a major breakthrough in engaging and hiring people with disabilities in their daily operations. The award has been started with the motive that shows persons with disabilities as an intact workforce. Wipro was recognised amongst all the nominations across 62 countries for its initiatives in hiring employees with disabilities.  India’s badminton player Saina Nehwal was smashed by the World No.1 and Olympic Champion Chinese Li Xuerui in the Group-B match of BWF World Super Series finals Badminton Tournament. Seemed it was bad event for Saina. First she lost match by Li with 9-21 and 14-21 then earlier in the opening match she lost to Japan's Minatsu Mitani with 2119, 22-24 and 19-21 respectively in three matches.  South Africa grabbed the ODI match series from India with 2-0. The third day match was cancelled due to heavy rain and later host South Africa was declared the winner. Though South Africa had already clinched the series, with registering victory in the first two ODIs.  Women's Kabaddi World Cup has been won by India for the third consecutive time. Indian women smashed debutant New Zealand with 49-21 in the summit clash played in Jalandhar. A first-place prize of Rs one crore will be taken by Indian women team while Anu Rani was declared the best stopper and Ram Bateri was adjudged the best raider. Both players received a Maruti Alto car.  Abdul Kader Mullah, Islamist leader of Bangladesh was hanged to death for 1971 war crimes at the Dhaka Central Jail in Bangladesh. He was convicted for genocides by Bangladesh's 18 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 19. International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) during the Bangladesh’s 1971 freedom war with Pakistan. He is the first politician of Bangladesh to be hanged for such crimes.  The Supreme Court of India has finally granted bail to Lalu Prasad, Rashtriya Janta Dal Chief who was behind the bars after being granted to a five-year jail in a fodder scam. Lalu who was in Jail for the last two months when a special CBI court of Ranchi convicted him in the fodder scam case during his regime involving fraudulent of Rs 37.7 crore from Chaibasa Treasury. Chief Justice P Sathasivam and Justice Ranjan Gogoi of Supreme Court approved his bail in the case after observing that many convicts have already been granted bail in this sort of case.  Tata Relief Committee has signed a MoU with Uttarakhand to provide financial assistance to restoration and reconstruction in the flood hit areas of Uttarakhand. As per MoU deal, the Tata Relief Committee will help in reconstruction, vocational skill training, health and creating livelihoods. Also It will assist in providing formal allocation of 9 villages. Earlier Tata relief committee had also provide medical assistance, food package, rehabilitation programmes across Bageshwar, Rudraprayag, Pithoragarh, Chamoli and Uttarkashi districts.  Devyani Khobragade, India’s Deputy Consul General for Political, Economic, Commercial and Women’s Affairs was arrested for allegedly presenting fraudulent documents of visa and was later held in US. 39 year old Khobragade presented false and fraudulent statements to the US Department of State for a visa applicationas a babysitter and housekeeper at her home in New York.  Krish Iyer has been chosen to be new President and CEO of Walmart India. He will succeed interim CEO Ramnik Narsey who will be taking over as senior vice president in Walmart International. Earlier, Iyer was Managing Director (MD) and CEO at Piramyd Retail Ltd.  Lieutenant General Dalbir Singh Suhag has been appointed as the Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCoAS). Eastern Army Command, Suhag will succeed Lieutenant General SK Singh from 31 December who will be retiring soon.  Again Bollywood King Khan Shah Rukh Khan has secured his second position in Forbes 'Celebrity List'. Forbes has named him the 'most powerful celebrity of 2013' for consecutively second time. The 48-year-old actor made it to the top 100 with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Indian cricket captain stood at third spot. Bollywood star Salman Khan, Sachin Tendulkar, Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Bollywood action star Akshay Kumar, Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor, Indian cricketer Virendra Sehwag and Indian actor Ranbir Kapoor. While Indian Cricketer Virat Kohli is the youngest celebrity to reach the top 10 this year. 19 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 20.  Budding Indian cricketer and Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has grabbed ‘Emerging Cricketer of the Year' trophy when the ICC Annual award was held in Dubai. For the first time Pujara became the second fastest Indian to get 1000 Test runs while scoring double hundred against Australia in Hyderabad. Also Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Indian cricket captain bagged ICC Annual award while Michael Clarke Australian cricket captain grabbed the Sir Garfield Sobers trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year. He was also chosen as the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year.  Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom, Olympic medal-winning boxer autobiography entitled “Unbreakable” was revealed by the Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan. The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Arjuna Awardee Mary has depicted her struggles and achievement through her autobiography. Padma Shree Awardee Mary has penned down her story to share about her personal and professional life for her fans. Mary had clinched bronze at 2012Summer Olympics held in London.  Now UNAIDS has taken a step while urging India to decriminalise gay sex in India while opposing Supreme Court verdict which has said that homosexuality is a crime and comes under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code . According to UNAIDS, in order to protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, transgender sexual and bisexual, the verdict should be repealed as its against adult consensual same sex sexual conduct. It’s worth mentioning here that few days back Indian Supreme Court had stroke down Delhi High Court’s verdict that has supported decriminalising gay sex.  Harsh Bhanwala has been appointed as new Chairman of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) by the central government. Bhanwala has replaced Prakash Bakshi who got retired as NABARD Chairman way back to three months. Earlier, Bhanwala was serving as an Executive Director in India Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd (IIFCL).  Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan has grabbed the best actor award in 10th Dubai International Film Festival for his outstanding performance in bollywood film “The Lunchbox”. He won this award for his film in the Muhr Asia Africa Feature Category. Well-known filmmaker Shekhar Kapur headed the jury at the Dubai International Film Festival. Also in the same category, the Writer-Director of the film Ritesh Batra received a special mention for screenplay for “The Lunchbox”.  Babul Phukan former Indian footballer has passed away after a prolonged illness in Guwahati, Assam. The 49-year-old Phukan had represented Assam 9 times in the Santosh trophy. The former Indian footballer had played several international matches in Italy, Germany and England. He had also represented Assam sub junior, junior and Santosh Trophy teams. 20 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 21.  Sis Ram Ola, Union Labour and Employment Minister has died after a prolonged illness in Gurgaon. Padma Shri awardee 86-year-old the Congress and Jat leader Sis Ram Ola was not in a good health for a long time due to various ailments. He has been Union Cabinet Minister of Labour and Employment, Union Cabinet Minister of Mines, Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers (Independent Charge), Union Minister of State for Water Resources (Independent Charge) and a member of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly. He used to represent the Jhunjhunu constituency of Rajasthan.  Joan Fontaine, an Academy Award-winning actress has passed away in her sleep in California. 96 year old Joan had starred in the Alfred Hitchcock’s thrillers Suspicion as a naive wife and Rebecca. Joan who also acted in Jane Eyre, The Women and Born to be bad was the only actor to receive an Academy Award for her lead part in a Hitchcock film. Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland was Joan’s real name and fellow actress Olivia de Havilland was her sister.  Prakash Nanjappa of Karnataka and Malaika Goel of Punjab have clinched Gold at the 57th National Shooting Championship which has been held in Tughlakabad in their respective categories. Prakash grabbed Gold in 50-meter free pistol whereas the 16-year-old Malaika secured the Gold in women’s 10-meter air pistol. Hogging into limelight, Malaika smashed experienced Harveen Srao by 5.3 points in the final to clinch the gold. Prior to this, she had also crushed Olympians Annu Raj Singh and Heena Sidhu to make it to the final.  Germany thrashed France while registering record of sixth world title at Hero Junior Men’s Hockey World Cup held at the floodlit Major Dhyan Chand Stadium in New Delhi. Germany retained its title by defeating France by 5-2 victory in the final. Both the teams performed outstanding to clinch the title. Germany’s five goals was rode by Wellen, Jonas Gomoll and Christopher Ruhr two in a row.  India has defeated Pakistan in the fourth World Cup Kabaddi organised at the Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana. India clinched the match with 48-39 while retaining the title consecutive fourth time. India received Rs two crore award while Pakistan bagged the runners-up trophy and Rs one crore.  Michelle Bachelet has again won presidential vote in Chile. Left wing candidate Bachelet’s grabbed 62 % of the votes which was the biggest presidential victory in eight decades. a moderate socialist Bachelet defeated her rival of the ruling conservative Evelyn Matthei who received only 37 % votes which was the worst and least votes in two decades. Bachelet has promised that she will spend a lot on education, will improve health facility and will diminish the gap between rich and poor. 21 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 22.  For the third time, German Chancellor Angela Markel has been voted as the country’s head of government. The 59-year-old Markel won the vote by parliamentarians. She will be soon of appointed by Joachim Gauck, President of Germany at the President’s official residence that is Berlin’s Bellevue Palace.  An insurance coverage for Ganga Sagar pilgrims will be soon inaugurated by the West Bengal government this year. Javed Khan, West Bengal disaster management Minister said that 5 lakh rupees will be compensated in the death of any pilgrim and for the injured Rs 50,000 each under the insurance coverage. Also during the Ganga Sagar Mela, Disaster Management department will soon open fire fighting stations at Sagar Island in middle of January.  CVR Rajendran has been appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director of Andhra Bank by Union Ministry of Finance, Government of India. He will remain on this post for a period of five years or until superannuation in April 2015. Before this, He was serving as an Executive Director of Bank of Maharashtra. He also served as of General Manager (GM) of the treasury and information technology division of Corporation Bank.  Tennis player Andy Murray has been named as BBC 'Sports Personality of the year' 2013. The tennis ace is the first British tennis player to clinch the Wimbledon in 77 years and was presented the award in Miami. He grabbed this award after his landslide victory against Novak Djokovic in July this year. Leigh Halfpenny, the Wales and Lions rugby star secured second place in this ranking while champion jockey Tony McCoy stood on third  Mumbai University has released a book titled ‘Nirbhaya: Ek Atmachintan’ to remember Nirbhaya on December 16 after a year since the brutal gang rape of the Delhi paramedical student. The varsity launched the book which has compiled thoughts, inputs and issues related to women's empowerment and their security. Several eminent and veteran writers and philosophers have contributed for this book to make awareness about women empowerment in India.  Sandeep Acharya, the Indian Idol-2 winner Sandeep Acharya has passed away at a hospital in Gurgaon on Sunday. Winner of the second season of Indian Idol, Acharya belonged to Rajasthan. The 29-year-old singer had been suffering from jaundice for fourteen days. Acharya was neglecting his health for many days and was admitted at a local hospital in Bikaner in a critical condition. Later, he was referred to Gurgaon hospital.  Atsedu Tsegay, an Ethiopian Runner is the winner of Men's Delhi Half Marathon 2013. He made record of 21.097 km within 59 minutes 10 seconds by creating a new race record. He broke Deriba Merga’s previous record of 59 minutes 15 seconds since 2008. While Kenyan Geoffrey Kipsang, a former junior world champion stood second and his compatriot Wilson Kiprop came third. From India, FG. Laxman with a timing of 1 hour 04 minutes and 44 22 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 23. seconds was the top finisher for India. Meanwhile, Kenyan athlete Florence Kiplagat with a timing of 1 hour 07 minutes and 58 seconds is the winner of Women's Delhi Half Marathon 2013. Gladys Cherono stood second while Lucy Kabuu came third. Preeja Sreedharan was the top finisher was among the Indian athletes with a timing of 1 hour 20 minutes 04 seconds.  West Indies off spinner Shane Shillingford has been suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) from bowling in international matches because of over action. His bowling arm exceeded the 15-degree level of tolerance allowed under regulations as per an independent biomechanical analysis. Also Marlon Samuels, Shillingford’s teammate and fellow-off spinner followed his quicker deliveries on similar grounds while bowling. He was found guilty during last month’s test match between India and West Indies.  A nine metre bronze statue of late Nelson Mandela, an anti-apartheid icon was unveiled in Pretoria, South Africa. The 9 metre gigantic bronze statue was revealed after Mandela was buried in his childhood village of Qunu. As part of commemorating Reconciliation Day on December 16, South African President Jacob Zuma unveiled statue amidst 21-gun salute and a fly-past by military aircraft at the Union Buildings. Union buildings is special for so many reasons, as statue of Barry Hertzog, former Prime Minister of South Africa was mounted here. Also, 90 year old Mandela was announced as South Africa's first democratically-elected President in 1994 here only. It’s worth mentioning here that the Union Buildings is marking its centenary this year.  French carmaker Renault has inked a pact for $1.3 billion joint venture agreement with China to construct a joint-venture plant costing 7.76 billion yuan ($1.28 billion) in central China. The pact has been signed with the Dongfeng Motor Group Co of China and Renault, that has an alliance with Japan’s Nissan to produce cars in the central Chinese province of Hubei. 150,000 cars will be the initial designed production capacity annually from 2016.  To present a small token of gratitude to the great leader and former Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Beant Singh, a stamp has been released by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in New Delhi. Sardar Beant Singh is remembered for providing tough and extraordinary leadership to Punjab in very troubled times. He brought normalcy in Punjab after years of terrorist violence.  Under ‘Project Udaan, an initiative of the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, about 2,200 youth from Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) are getting trained across the country by 29 corporates. Started with the aim of providing skills to 40,000 youth over a period of five years, the National Skills Development Corporation and the Ministry of Home Affairs and industry is running project Udaan that targets the youngsters of J&K , who are seeking global and local opportunities which includes post-graduates, graduates and three-year engineering diploma holders. 23 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 24.  On 18 December, the International Migrants Day was observed worldwide. In 2013, the international migrant number has reached 232 million worldwide. On 18 December 1990, the General Assembly adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all migrant workers and members of their families. The day is observed to make migration work for societies of origin, migrants and societies of destination alike.  Oscar Fernandes, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways has got additional charge of the Ministry of Labour and Employment. He has been given additional charge after the demise of Sis Ram Ola, a veteran Congress leader from Rajasthan who was the former Minister of Labour and Employment  England was thrashed by Australia to clinch Test cricket series and reclaimed Ashes t for the first time in seven years with 3-0 lead in the five-match series. The first two Tests in Brisbane and Adelaide was won by Australia easily and crushed England with a 150-run victory in the third Test in Perth.  Teen sensation and one of the fastest rising stars of Indian squash Mahesh Mangaonkar has become first Indian to clinch IMET Open in Bratislava, Slovakia. The World No.98 and the 19-year-old from Mumbai crushed defending champion Scottish Greg Lobban, who is the No.2 seed with 7-11 11-8 11-4 6-11 11-7 to secure the title.  Kerala will soon observe thefirst high altitude cricket stadium in South India which will be inaugurated in Wynad district of Kerala. The Kerala Cricket Association owns the stadium which is situated about 2800 feet above sea-level. Nikhil Kumar, Kerala Governor inaugurated the stadium can put up about 10,000 spectators amidst much pomp and show.  Yahoo, an American multinational Internet corporation is again in news to acquire content delivery network provider 'PeerCDN' in order to sort out its mail issues. Now the question is what is 'PeerCDN'. 'PeerCDN' is content delivery network provider which provides videos, images, texts and downloads through a peer-to- peer network technology of people that is currently visiting a website using WebRTC, its a real-time communication technology, rather than using an additional software. It lessens website provider’s bandwidth costs by letting visitors share the load.  After a massive rage and oppositions and fast, India is celebrating as Lokpal Bill was cleared in Lok Sabha as it was amended by the Rajya Sabha after a short discussion and later Anna Hazare ended his fast. The reason to create this bill is the key bill to create an anti-graft ombudsman which focuses to lessen corruption in country. Also CBI, Prime Minister will also come in its purview to stop the menace of corruption. 24 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 25.  India and Macedonia have inked a pact in bid to a new double taxation avoidance agreement (DTAA) that gives banking information for tax administration purposes and many other benefits related to tax. Salman Khurshid, External Affairs Minister of India and Nikola Poposki, Macedonia’s Foreign Minister have signed the agreement according to which interest, dividend, Business income, Capital gains on securities and royalty will be paid tax in the source country and tax rate will not exceed 10 percent.  India and the Arab League have signed a MoU to strengthen political, trade and cultural relations of both the countries. External Affairs Minister of India Salman Khurshid Secretary General of the League of Arab States Nabil Elaraby signed the pact during Elaraby visited India.  Kutch, Gujarat observed Rann Utsav, a cultural festival of Gujarat. Gujarat Tourism Minister Saurabh Patel inaugurated the two-month long cultural festival at Kutch. The festival draws attention of a vast number of domestic and international tourists.  The great train robber Ronnie Biggs who is known for his role in the 1963 Great Train Robbery has passed away. He died at the age of 84. Four years ago, he had been released from prison on sympathetic grounds due to ill health. He had also suffered several strokes in prison. He was involved in the gang robbery of the Glasgow-to-London Royal Mail train of worth £2.6 million.  Head of Travancore royal family, Uthradom Thirunal Marthanda Varma that ruled south Kerala before Independence has passed away after cardiac arrest. Varma was also the Chairman of the “ Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple” where a treasure worth Rs one lakh crore was discovered. 92 years old Varma was known as the younger brother Chithira Tirunal Balarama Varma , the last ruler of Travancore. He took charge as the head of the royal family after the demise of Balarama Varma.  The Poovar Island Resort has been named for the National Energy Conservation Award 2013 by the Union Ministry of Power. The resort aims to attain ‘energy-neutral’ status by protecting energy and tapping into non-conventional sources for generation. Managing Director of Poovar Island. M.R. Narayanan has received the award from Pranab Mukherjee, President of India at a ceremony held in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. For the award, above 800 industrial units and establishments were in the fray.  Famous historian Bipan Chandra has been awarded with Itihas Ratna from Asiatic Society Bihar. Chandra received this award on his 86th birthday. After this honour, he has become the fourth historian who has been awarded with the Itihas Ratna by the society. O.P. Jaiswal, the Secretary of the Asiatic Society of Bihar honoured him at the Jawaharlal Nehru 25 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 26. University (JNU) Campus, New Delhi. One of his famous books is “ The Rise and Growth of Economic Nationalism”.  The 2nd edition of Syria Donor’s conference will be hosted by Kuwait in January 2014. The event will be chaired by Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of United Nation. Nigel Fisher, Assistant Secretary-General and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator of United Nations disclosed this news in Kuwait city. About 60 - 65 governments have been invited to make their pledges next month. It’s worth mentioning here that the first Syria Donor’s conference was also hosted by Kuwait where above 1.5 billion dollars was raised for Syria.  The Gaia satellite, one of the most ambitious space missions in history will be soon launched by Europe. The 740 million-euro observatory is going to assess the exact positions and distances to more than a billion stars. This should give us the first reasonable picture of how our Milky Way galaxy is created. Gaia's remarkable sensitivity will guide also to the discovery of many thousands of previously unobserved objects, including new planets and asteroids. The European Space Agency satellite will be sent up on a Soyuz rocket.  India’s economic growth rate will remain subdued at 4.8% in 2013, says a United Nations report. India’s economy is forecast to expand at a pace of 3 % in 2014. UN has also warned that budding markets should be ready to deal with the impact of US Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing agenda. In the same way, it has trimmed the growth projection for 2014 to 5.3 %, down 1.2 % from earlier forecast. The UN expects India to develop by 5.7% in 2015. India’s growth in the first half of 2013-14 maintained at 4.6%. To achieve 5% growth in this financial year, the economy has to develop by 5.4 % in the second half.  The 52nd anniversary of liberation day of Goa was celebrated from the Portuguese yoke. On 19 December 1961, Goa was liberated from the Portuguese after a prolonged and long freedom struggle. For this, the operation Vijay was conducted by the Indian Army to liberate Goa. On this occasion, most of the people from all walks of life willingly participated in various programmes. Justice Mohit S Shah, the Chief Justice of Mumbai High Court laid the foundation stone of the new building of High Court of Bombay in Goa.  Former India captain Kapil Dev will receive the Col. C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award for 2013. Kapil, who captained India its first World Cup victory in 1983. He was unanimously selected for this honour by BCCI president N. Srinivasan, Senior Journalist Ayaz Memon and Patel. A trophy, a citation, and a cheque for Rs. 25 lakh will be included in this award. Kapil who is also called ‘Haryana Hurricane’ will receive the award at the BCCI awards ceremony for the year 2012-13.  According to the International Association of Public Transport (IAPT) study, Kolkata has topped in public transport among Indian cities. The city has been ranked 31st which is the 26 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 27. highest among the six cities in India as per the survey. The study titled Future of Urban Mobility 2.0was conducted for 84 cities worldwide in collaboration with a management consultant based in Boston called Arthur D Little. According to the study, Kolkata has been considered as the most progressive city in the country.  Career diplomat Abdul Basit will soon be appointed as Pakistan’s new High Commissioner to India. Earlier 55 years old Basit wanted to serve as Foreign Secretary but later the government made few changes in proposed appointments. Basit will succeed former Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir in New Delhi soon.  India clinched Asia-Pacific Junior Golf team titles in both boy’s and girl’s team sections held at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC). In the Asia Pacific Junior Golf Championship, it was India’s first ever victory. The team of Viraj Madappa and Manu Gandas helped India ‘A’ to clinch the team title in the boy’s category. On the other hand, the team of Aditi and Ridhima Dilawari took India ‘B’ to grab the team title in the girl’s category.  World and European champions Spain has ranked top in the final FIFA world rankings of the year 2013 for sixth time in a row. As per football world governing body’s rankings, Spain topped the ranking with an unchanged top 10. Soon Spain is going into World Cup year ahead of Germany and Argentina. The final results of recent 30 international matches were taken into consideration for the current ranking. Portugal, Colombia, Uruguay, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland and Brazil completed the leading 10.  Olympic bronze medallist Indian badminton player Saina Nehwal slipped two places to World No.8. Due to her poor form in this season, in the women’s singles rankings, she has dropped two places to No. 8 according to the Badminton World Federation (BWF). South Korean Yeon Ju Bae and Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying overtook Sania. Though, P. V. Sindhu sustained at her position No. 11. If we talk about men’s singles rankings, Parupalli Kashyap reserved the 14th position and Ajay Jayaram raised a place to 24th. Unfortunately, none Indian figures have made in to the top 25 of the men’s, women’s and mixed doubles rankings.  Recently Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a pardon decree after that Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has become a free man and flied for Germany. Khodorkovsky has already spent over 10 years in jail and walked out of the jail 8 months before his scheduled release. Khordorkovsky was former richest man in Russia and was tope political enemy of Putin. He was convicted of crimes including money laundering, theft and fraud and was arrested in 2003. 27 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 28.  Career diplomat Aizaz Chaudhry will soon be appointed as Pakistan’s new Foreign Secretary by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He was one of the key officials who handled the effect of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, as new Foreign Secretary. He will replace Current Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani who will be soon selected as Pakistan’s new Ambassador to the US. Chaudhry, earlier served as additional Foreign Secretary and Foreign Office spokesman.  Indian central government will provide financial assistance of Rs 6,600-crore for sugar mills. Government has cleared interest-free loans to deduce cane farmer arrears and also proposal on raising grain buffer stocks to government. For a combined Rs 6,600 crore of interest-free loans, Sugar mills will be eligible to pay debts to cane farmers and also to sell sugar without any quantitative restriction. A proposal in this regard was passed by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA).  By 2020, after the US and China India will soon become the 3rd largest aviation market in world. This was said by Civil Aviation Secretary KN Shrivastava. Presently, the Indian aviation market is observing 117 million domestic and 43 million international passengers. Also currently after China, India's domestic aviation market is the 2nd highest growing market at world level and it is the ninth largest civil aviation market in the world.  India's indigenously-designed Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas aircraft has received initial operation clearance (IOC-II). AK Antony, India’s defence minister has handed over Release to Service Document (RTS) to NAK Brown, chief of the Indian Air Force. This RTS will make the way for the introduction of Tejas into the Indian Air Force (IAF).  The prominent CSI Nihilent National e-Governance Award 2012-13 has been given to the Petroleum Ministry by Computer Society of India for implementing project ‘Lakshya’ which is focused at improving LPG distribution. Neeraj Mittal, Joint Secretary, Marketing, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas received the award for the Project Lakshya- Empowering Consumers: Transparent Supply Chain and Efficient Subsidy Administration in Vishakhapatnam as part of 48th Annual Convention of Computer Society of India (CSI2013).  Javed Akthar Bollywood lyricist-scriptwriter, Mridula Garg Hindi novelist and Subodh Sarkar renowned Bengali poet has been chosen for this year Sahitya Akademi Awards. Akhtar’s “Lava”, his compilation of 55 Urdu poems has been selected for this coveted award.  Sushma Singh has sworn in as the new Chief Information Commissioner of India. Singh was appointed new CIC by President Pranab Mukherjee. After Deepak Sandhu, former CIC, she is the second woman to become CIC. Earlier, she served as Panchyati Raj, the Development of the North East Region (DONER) and Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministries 28 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 29. of Information & Broadcasting. Singh was selected by Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, Law Minister Kapil Sibal and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.  Shocking news for Infosys. V. Balakrishnan has resigned from his post as Director of Infosys. This is 8th big exit from Infosys. He was earlier Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at India's second largest information technology (IT) firm Infosys and is Head of Infosys BPO, India Business Unit, Finacle and in addition to being the Chairman of Infosys Lodestone. He will work till December 31, 201. He was also in the race to become next chief executive officer (CEO) of Infosys after the current CEO S.D. Shibulal retires in 2015.  Fourth and a new research station of China, Taishan was opened in Antarctica in the southern pole. The station focuses to provide a base for research on remote satellite sensing and bio-ecology. The Supreme Court Bar Association has been in the alliance of the movement for upholding, maintaining and consolidation of the constitutional values of independence of Judiciary, rule of law and democracy from its very beginning.  First telecommunications Satellite Tupak Katari of Bolivia was launched recently. Bolivia’s first telecommunication satellite has been named upon an indigenous national hero, who fought during the 18th century Spanish colonial rule. The telecommunications satellite blasted off from a base in China. In South America, Bolivia is one of the last countries to have its own satellite.  Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed is new Prime Minister of Somalia. Somalian Parliament approved Ahmed as Prime Minister. He succeeded outgoing Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon who was expelled in November 2013 over policy differences by the Parliament following a rift with the Somali President. Nicholas Kay, the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) welcomed Abdiweli  The prestigious India Pride Award for Excellence 2013 in Central PSUs was grabbed by IRCON International Limited in India Image Enhancement. Mohan Tiwari, the CMD of IRCON received the award from M.M. Pallam Raju, the Union Minister for Human Resources Development.  Usha Sangwan has been selected as first woman Managing Director (MD) of the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) by the central Government. She has got the honour to be the first woman director of LIC in six decades of LIC’s establishment. After almost two years, LIC is set to function at its full strength of four MDs with this appointment. Usha Sangwan, Sushobhan Sarkar, S B Mainak and V K Sharma are four MDs of LIC. 29 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 30.  Senior advocate P.H. Parekh has been elected as the new President of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) for 2013-14. This is Parekh’s 6th term as SCBA President. V. Shekar has been appointed as the new Vice-President of SCBA, Vikas Bansal as new treasurer, Sandeep Singh as new assistant secretary and Rajesh Pathak as the new assistant treasurer of the SCBA.  S. Jaishankar will be the new Indian envoy to US to take charge amidst a rampant diplomatic row over the arrest of senior diplomat Devyani Khobragade on alleged visa fraud charges. Till now Jaishankar was India’s Ambassador to China when bilateral ties threaten to hit a low in more than a decade now. Jaishankar is known as one of the brightest Foreign Service officials who played a key role in the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal. His first task would be to check the relationship from getting derailed any further.  Jayanthi Natrajan has resigned as Environment and Forests Minister from the Union Cabinet. Ahead of general elections-2014, she will play a bigger role in the Congress party. As advised by the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, President Pranab Mukherjee has accepted Natrajan's resignation. M. Veerappa Moily, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas has been given additional charge of the Ministry of Environment and Forests.  On 23 December, Kisan Diwas was observed across India to celebrate the birthday of Chaudhary Charan Singh. Farmer seminars were organised at the district, divisional and block levels on this occasion. Political leaders paid tributes to Chaudhary Charan Singh, the fifth Prime Minister of India on his 11th birth anniversary.  An iPhone agreement was signed between US computer giant Apple and China Mobile. Apple signed the deal to bring its iPhone to China Mobile the world's largest carrier. Chine Mobile has 760 million customers and it will make 5s and 5c, the two largest iPhone models, available from January. China Mobile was one of three networks to be awarded with China's first 4G licences last month.  Inflation indexed saving bonds that offer security to retail investors from price rise has been launched by Indian government. The inflation indexed saving bond is open for subscription from December 23 to 31. The Rs 5000 is the minimum limit for investment and the maximum is Rs 5 lakh per applicant every year. Also, qualified investors can approach these 3 private sector banks -ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and Axis Bank and also Stock Holding Corporation of India. Consumer Price Index (CPI) has been linked with interest rate and also the principal on half-yearly basis and paid at the time of maturity.  Chairman of Xpro India Limited, Sidharth Birla has been appointed as the new President of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). He replaced Naina Lal Kidwai, former Head of HSBC India Country. Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson and Managing 30 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 31. Director (CMD) of Bharat Hotels has been elected as Senior Vice-President of FICCI, the largest and oldest apex business organization in India and Harshavardhan Neotia, Chairman of Ambuja Neotia group has been named as Vice-President of FICCI.  England cricket player Graeme Swann has declared his retirement from international and first-class cricket after England lost the coveted Ashes series. In Perth, in the third Test match England was 3-0 behind Australia in the five-test series. Australia's Ashes tormentor was Swann. He played an important role in England's run of 3 successive series winning against their arch-rivals Australia.  Famous Kannada writer, poet and researcher G.S. Shivarudrappa who was also called as Rashtrakavi has passed away at his residence in Bangalore after prolonged illness. He died at the age of 87. In 2006, Shivarudrappa was awarded with the title of Rashtrakavi by the Karnataka government in 2006. For his literary contribution, the writer has also bagged the Central Sahitya Akademi Award in 1984. He has also received several awards including the Soviet Land Nehru Award and Karnataka State Sahitya Academy.  Pran Chopra, veteran journalist has died recently. The famous and experienced journalist commenced his journalistic career in 1941 in civil and military gazette. He served All India Radio as a War Correspondent in China and Vietnam in 1940. He has written the foreword of the book “If I’m Assassinated”, a book by former Pakistan Prime Minister, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.  Michiaki Takahashi who discovered a vaccine for the chicken pox has passed away due to cardiac arrest in Osaka, Japan. He died at the age of 85. He developed chicken pox vaccine in 1972. After few years, Japan and some other countries had also begun vaccination programs. The vaccine’s work was not to treat the disease, but it driven immune systems to produce antibodies. In 1995, the Food and Drug Administration of United States (US) approved the first chickenpox vaccine.  Indian bowler, Zaheer khan has become the fourth Indian after claiming 300 wickets in Test cricket. He took his 300th wicket in international test cricket of Jacques Kallis on the 5th day of the first cricket test match against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. After this, his name has been included among those bowlers Anil Kumble, Kapil Dev and Harbhajan Singh, who has taken 300 wickets. After Wasim Akram of Pakistan and Chaminda Vaas of Sri Lanka, he also became the most successful left arm fast bowler.  Amidst nail-biting draw, t he first cricket Test of the 2-match series between India and South Africa ended in Johannesburg. Superb centuries by AB de Villiers and Faf Du Plessis succeeded in chasing nearly world record run of 458 runs. The final and second test of the series will be played from today in Durban. 31 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 32.  Election Commission of India has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Yemen when V.S. Sampath India’s Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) visited to Yemen. Yemen has sought India’s expertise in electoral roll preparations, cooperation and election management. At the invitation of President of the Supreme Commission for Elections and Referendum (SCER) of Yemen Judge Mohammed Hussain Al-Hakim, Sampath is presently on a visit to the country.  An electricity import deal with India will be inked by Pakistan for import of electricity from India to prevail over a crippling power crisis. In the beginning, about 500MW of electricity will be supplied by India and this plan could be implemented within a year by laying a transmission line. Pakistan can import 2,000-2,500MW of power from India to deal with the severe shortage. Also, the international court has allowed India to divert water from the Neelum Jhelum River for the Kishanganga Dam in Indian-controlled Kashmir.  AGNI-III the nuclear capable ballistic missile has been successfully test fired by Indian Army. AGNI-III, the surface-to-surface missile with the full range of 3000 km has been test fired from the Wheeler Island of Odisha Coast. Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Indian Army with the logistic support from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted the test fire of Agni-III missile that is powered by a two-stage solid propellant system.  To spread e-literacy, Indian government has launched e-inclusion project to spread e-literacy to make people e-literate. The project is an initiative to make at least one individual in every household e-literate. Also through this project, IT training will be imparted to economically weaker sections of the society including rural women, ST and SC. In beginning, about 45,000 people will get training under this programme.  Sword of Honour award considered to be Oscar of the Safety World has been bagged by Rajiv Gandhi International Airport of Hyderabad. With this award, the airport became the first airport in India to receive this award. The airport is operated by GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL) which received award in recognition of safety management systems from the British Safety Council for health and safety works and also for its effective implementation of occupational health at the airport. In the British Safety Council’s audit Programme, the Organization has achieved 5-star certification.  A senior IAS officer, Rajendra Kumar has been tipped to become the Principal Secreatry to Kejriwal, who may be sworn-in as Chief Minister of Delhi soon. Currently, 47-year-old Kumar is a Higher Education Secretary and an alumnus of IIT-Kharagpur. In the meantime, newly elected AAP MLAs Somnath Bharti from Malviya Nagar, Rakhi Birla from Mangolpuri constituency and Manish Sisodia from Patparganj are tipped to become Ministers. 32 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 33.  The former Home Secretary Vinod Kumar Duggal has been appointed as the new Governor of Manipur. He will succeed Ashwani Kumar, the current governor of Manipur and he was an additional charge of Manipur till Duggal appointment, while also being a Governor of Nagaland. From July 2013, Manipur Governor post was vacant when Gurbachan Singh Jagat, the former Police Chief of Jammu and Kashmir, tenure of five years had ended. Duggal will soon take the charge.  Russia's Mikhail Kalashnikov who is known as the designer of fabled AK-47 automatic rifle has died in the Udmurtia region where he used to work. He passed away at the age of 94. AK47, the designed weapon by Kalashnikov became synonymous with killing but later AK-47 was seen in the Soviet Union as a national hero and symbol of Moscow's proud military past. “Kalashnikov's Automatic” name goes for AK-47 with the year it was designed, 1947. AK-47 is used in armies and guerrilla groups around the world.  The men’s singles crown of the Senior National Badminton Championship was clinched by Srikanth by defeating M V Guru Sai Dutt with 21-13, 22-20 in the finals. PV Sindhu crushed the Junior National Champion Rituparna Das 21-17, 21-11 in the Women’s singles. The second seeded Pranav Chopra and Akshay Devalkar grabbed the men's doubles by defeating the top seeds Munnu Atri and Sumit Reddy 21-19, 21-17 to secure the title. Since 2009 Jwala Gutta and Ashwani Punnappa crushed top seeds Pradnya Gadre and Siki Reddy N 21-17 2116 to secure the women's doubles title for the first time. Aparna Balan and Arun Vishnu, defending mixed doubles champions retained the title by conquering Tarun Kona and Ashwini Ponnappa 21-10 21-17.  After the successful implementation of cash subsidy on LPG for below poverty line families, Indian government is set up to launch direct transfer of cash subsidy on kerosene. The scheme known as DTCK (direct transfer of cash subsidy on PDS kerosene) would be covered under two phases. Under the subsidy, seven districts of three states would be covered in the first phase. Initially, the scheme would be launched in north Goa, Ajmer, Udaipur, Alwar, Nandurbar, Amrawati and Wardha covering Maharashtra and Rajasthan.  Soon 1,000 and 500 rupee notes will be used in circulation in Nepal as both Nepal and India has agreed to allow circulation of Rs.500 and Rs.1, 000 denominations in Nepal. Earlier there was a ban in Nepal for over a decade to use Indian bank notes above Rs.100 within Nepalese territory but after Nepal-India Inter Governmental Committee (ICG) meeting, both countries decided to commence the circulation in Nepal of these denominations.  Focusing on to reduce rash and drunken driving during the festive season, Vodafone has launched a unique initiative called ‘Safe Drive Campaign. One of India’s leading telecommunication service providers, Vodafone’s initiative was launched in association with Motors Vehicle Department. As a part of this campaign, people will be urged two-wheeler 33 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 34. riders as well as pillion riders to wear helmets while driving. Also they will emphasize to stop using mobile phones while on wheels.  An annual convention of Bengali literary personalities of India, the 86th Nikhil Bharat Banga Sahitya Sammelan will be inaugurated in Allahabad by Pranab Mukherjee, President of India. More than 1000 dignitaries including writer, philosopher and thinker will visit the conference to share some literary thoughts related to Bengali culture.  Senior IAS officer Ashok Lavasa has been selected as Civil Aviation Secretary. Presently Lavasa is Special Secretary in Ministry of Power. The 1980 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre will succeed K N Srivastava, a 1978 batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre at the end of this year. He will start working after superannuation of incumbent Srivastava.  The current Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Marpadi Veerappa Moily is the newly appointed Environment and Forests Minister. A congress MP from the state of Karnataka Moily took this additional charge after the resignation of Jayanthi Natarajan. Earlier he has served as Chief Minister of Karnataka and Corporate Affairs and Minister of Power in the Indian government and was elected as MP of the Chickballapur district.  Senior IPS officer J N Choudhury is the newly appointed head of National Security Guard (NSG) that undertakes special counter-terror and counter-hijack operations. He will replace Arvind Ranjan as Ranjan will start serving as the full-time chief of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).  South African Vernon Philander topped the latest ICC Test rankings in bowling and batting of December. He recorded figures of four for 61 and three for 68 while Steyn managed just one wicket. After this, he became the seventh South Africa bowler to claim the number-one rank after Aubrey Faulkner, Hugh Tayfield, Peter Pollock, Allan Donald, Shaun Pollock and Dale Steyn. On rankings for Test batsmen, Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis had moved in the right direction.  South Africa's legendary all-rounder cricketer Jacques Kallis has announced his retirement from Test cricket just after the second Test against India which will start at Kingsmead on Thursday. 38 years old Kallis will now play for the shorter formats of the game.  As per the data issued by Election Commission of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan has been selected as the richest Parliamentarian. The declaration comes as he posses agriculture land of Rs 1.43 billion. He has invested over Rs 13 million. He has also Rs 126 million in 7 bank accounts. He made billions of rupees to just a few lakhs. 34 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 35.  According to a London-based economic and business research group, the Center for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), China will be the world largest economy in 2028. To become the world's largest economy, it’s expected that China will be overtaking the US in 2028 whereas India will overtake Japan for the third place. The research showed that gross domestic product (GDP) of China in dollars would leave behind the US in 2028.  Finally a big relief for Narendra Modi as he has got clean chit in Gujarat riots case. An Ahmedabad court rejected late Congress MP Ehsan Jafri’s wife Zakia Jafri’s filed petition against the closure report of Special Investigation Team (SIT) which gave BJP's prime ministerial candidate and Chief Minister of Gujarat, Modi clean chit in connection with the 2002 post-Godhra riots case. Ehsan Jafri was among those 69 people who were killed in the Gulberg Society massacre in Ahmedabad. More than thousand people were killed in 2002 Gujarat riots.  Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal has been finally sworn in as Chief Minister of Delhi. He took oath as Delhi’s seventh Chief Minister (CM) by promising a corruption-free govt and also new style of governance without arrogance of power. Kejriwal, Delhi CM also allocated portfolios to his 6 Cabinet colleagues whereas Finance, Home, Vigilance and Power departments kept with himself. He also kept Planning and Services department with himself. Manish Sisodia will handle PWD, Revenue, Education, Urban Development, Higher Local Bodies, Education and Land and Building departments while Rakhi Birla, youngest minister of Kejriwal’s Cabinet, has been given the charges of Social Welfare and Women and Child Development departments with the additional charge to invent steps for enhancing security of women.  Senior IPS officer Arvind Ranjan has been named as newly appointed full-time chief of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). He will replace J N Choudhury. Ranjan, a 1977batch officer of Kerala cadre will take over the charge of CISF from Thursday.  Animal rights campaigner PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has named Shashi Tharoor, the Union Minister of State for HRD as PETA’s coveted honour “Person of the Year” for initiating steps for animal protection. Before him, actors R Madhavan and Hema Malini were previous recipients of PETA’s India's Person of the Year award. Tharoor has motivated the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to study PETA's Central Board of Secondary Education approved-'Compassionate Citizen humane' education programme for inclusion into its textbooks.  Leader of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), Atul Sarpotdar has passed away after a brief illness. He died at the age of 51. He was admitted at Leelavati Hospital in Mumbai due to blood sugar-related problems. MNS chief Raj Thackeray’s old associate Sarpotdar was the General Secretary (GS) and Chief Coordinator of Marathwada in MNS. 35 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 36.  Farooq Sheikh, eminent and veteran bollywood actor has passes away after a cardiac arrest in Dubai. He died at the age of 65. He suffered the heart attack when he was in Dubai with his family. He worked in fims, theatre and TV as well. He is known for his performances in films like Noorie, Shatranj Ke Khiladi, Kissi Se Na Kehna, Chashme Buddoor and many more. He was last seen in film Club 60 and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, essaying the role of Ranbir Kapoor’s father.  World Cup silver medallist Deepika Kumari, a highly ranked women recurve archer has made national record in women's 50 metre archery in the 34th Senior National Archery Championship held in Jamshedpur. Breaking the previous record of 333 points held by Olympian L Bombayla Devi, Deepika shot 346 points. V Praneetha, a former Olympian ended second in the archery event with 332 points where as Reena Kumari had scored 322 to secure the bronze. Moving towards, the Men's section in the individual Olympic round, Atanau Das has come up as winner. Jayanta Talukdar and Deepika Kumari, an Olympian pair has clinched the recurve mixed team event of archery.  To prevent the risk of shutdown of the Government in January 2014, US President Barack Obama has signed a two year bipartisan federal budget bill. Both the Senate and the House of Representatives passed the legislation in November. A cross-party budget committee that was set up after 16-day government shutdown in October drafted the bill and Congressman Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray crafted the bill. The bill focuses to shave up to 23 billion dollars from the nation's 642 billion dollars annual budget deficit.  The standing committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) passed a resolution for China to ease the one child policy of the country. Now people in China can have two children if either parent is an only child. Before this, the rule was a couple may have a second child only if both parents were only children. The legislation also approved to abolish labour camps through re-education. In 1979 in order to curb the rapid population growth, the onechild policy was introduced in China.  United Nations, an intergovernmental organisation will now cut budget and staff due to the pressure from United States and other industrialized powers. Since 1945, this is the first time UN has decided to cut the staff and budget. The decision was taken as the governments of members are suffering from financial crisis.  Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal is the second IIT graduate to become Chief Minister of Delhi. Also he is the youngest Delhi CM in the age of 45. After his Goa counterpart Manohar Parrikar, Kejriwal is the second CM with an IIT background. 45-yearold Kejriwal has studied Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Khargapur and passed out in 1989 while Parrikar passed out as a metallurgical engineer from 36 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 37. IIT, Mumbai. Kejriwal’s ministerial colleagues, Saurabh Bharadwaj and Manish Sisodia also have an engineering background though not form IIT.  India and United States has signed Rs 4,000 crore deal for six more C-130J Super Hercules Special Operations aircraft for the Indian Air Force. The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has passed this proposal. Both countries inked the deal under which the US Air Force will supply the aircraft to the Indian Air Force through the Foreign Military Sales route. At a cost of around Rs 5,500 crore, the first lot of six aircraft of the IAF had acquired by India.  Guardian, a new safety application has been introduced by Microsoft India, which enables Windows phone users’ friends and family to track them in real time. The application was launched in Hyderabad which is available exclusively for Windows phone users in India. User of Guardian can take help through an international code signal of extreme distress “SOS” alert call button and can also connect to police, security agencies and hospitals easily in times of distress. For this, users need to add the names of friends, family members and security groups to the settings and then the application can be used to alert them in emergency situation via the SOS button.  Tyler Armstrong has become the youngest person to reach the summit of Aconcagua which is the highest mountain of America. With his father and Tibetan Sherpa Lhawang Dhondup, the USA based 9-year old boy climbed the mountain in the Argentine Andes. Above 100 people have died in their attempt to conquer Aconcagua that rises 6962 metres above the sea level. Prior this, he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro - Africa's highest peak in 2012. In 2008, USA’s Matthew Moniz was the youngest person to climb the mountain at the age of 10 before Tyler.  Two Indian Americans, Dr. Karunesh Ganguly of San Francisco and Dr. Hardeep Singh of Houston are among 102 scientists who grabbed the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. US President Barack Obama will give the awards at a ceremony in Washington, DC in the coming year. The award is known as the highest US honour for young professionals including scientists, researchers and engineers.  At the 34th National Archery Championships, Deepika Kumari has clinched her 6th consecutive title at JRD Tata Stadium in Jamshedpur. With this victory, she has made a record of winning the most individual titles at the national meet. Prior it was Dola Banerjee who won five national titles. With seven consecutive individual titles, Archer Krishna Ghatak has made the record of winning most individual national titles between 1975 and 1982.  The Oil India Limited (OIL), the Energy major has signed a deal with the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) to conduct a feasibility study on dairy production in two districts of Assam. As a CSR initiative, Oil India has decided to step into dairy sector. After 37 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 38. the study in the two districts Dibrugarh and Tinsukia of Assam, IRMA will prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR). The Oil India Limited (OIL) has planned to develop the project on the lines of the Amul model.  The Tamil Nadu Government has launched free Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulb scheme. The first phase of the Rs 8.77-crore project provided free CFL bulbs, an energy saving measure aimed at saving 40 MW of power to over 14 lakh hut-dwellers in Tamil Nadu. Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has also launched above Rs 500-crore worth of projects under the Energy Department through video conferencing. The scheme was launched with an objective to promote power-saving in state. Out of 14.62 lakh domestic consumers, seven lakh of the hut-dwellers will be covered under the first phase.  In order to end VIP culture, the government in Delhi Aam Admi Party (AAP) has decided that Delhi Ministers and officials will not use red beacon. During the first cabinet meeting presided by Delhi Chief Minister (CM) Arvind Kejriwal, this decision was taken. Also Ministers and officials will not get any Personal Security Officer and escort vehicles.  The new Lokayukta legislation will be enacted in the congress ruled states by 28 February 2014. This decision was taken during a meeting of the Chief Ministers of party ruled states in New Delhi. Rahul Gandhi, the Vice President of Congress chaired the meeting. The legislation act will enable the farmers to sell out the products at a place of their choice and as the prices of the products will be less, this will bring back benefits the consumers. By 15 January 2014, the Congress ruled states will start de-list fruits and vegetables from their Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee Act and to deal strictly with hoarding, black marketing and profiteering, Congress will also invoke the Essential Commodities Act.  P Pradeep Kumar has been appointed as new Managing Director (Corporate Banking) of the biggest lender of the country, State Bank of India (SBI). He will be one of the four MDs and will look after the corporate banking portfolio of SBI. He is now serving as MD and Group Executive (Corporate Banking) of SBI. He will occupy the position till the end of October 2015. Earlier, Kumar has served as Managing Director of State Bank of Travancore.  The 44-year-old seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is in critical condition as he is in coma after striking his head during France ski accident. The German Formula One champion Schumacher who retired in 2012 in the Brazilian Grand Prix was skiing in his resort and he fell and hit his head on a rock. Later he was brought to hospital from helicopter  South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis has become the third highest run-getter in Test cricket. He surpassed former Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid and made this record in his farewell match after a 115-run knock against India. Kallis is considered the best all-rounder 38 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 39. in modern cricket and he will be retiring from Test cricket at the end of the ongoing second and final game against India. He has scored 13,289 runs in the longest format, Test cricket.  Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Open Tennis tournament has commenced in Chennai. Veteran player like Italian Fabio Fognini and Russian Mikhail Youzhny is in competition with top seed Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka. India's top Singles player Yuki Bhambri, Somdev Devvarman and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan have already made it to the main draw. In the Doubles, Purav Raja, Leander Paes, Divij Sharan and Rohan Bopanna will be seen in full actions and Spanish pair of Pablo Carreno Busta and Albert Ramos will clash with the Indo-Russian duo of Saketh Myneni and Karen Khachanov. Also in the Singles first round, Czech Jiri Vesely will beat Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan.  Swiss professional tennis player Roger Federer will get training from the former Swedish tennis player Stefan Edberg who will join coaching team of Federer in 2014. Edberg will join the long-time coach Severin Luthi as part of Federer’s team before the start of Australian Open in 2014. Edberg will train Federer for a short period of time across the year and also Luthi the person who is currently training Federer for past 7 years will coach him for the most time.  Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation that poses and does marketing for the Amul brand of milk products has planned to manufacture paneer (cottage cheese), ghee (butter oil) and shrikhand (a sweet dish made of strained yogurt) in New York which will spread Brand Amul to America. In the initial phase, around 3 million Indian and many more Asian consumers will be targeted. More than Rs 35 crore of milk products is exported to the US alone. For this, the dairy major has joined hands with a New Jersey-based non-resident Indian to start the plant. Prior, Kaira (Anand) District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Ltd (Amul Dairy) has entered into an agreement with GCMMF and the NRI.  The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India has transferred above Rs 2,000 crore in direct benefit to consumers in 184 districts of India. The transfer has been made in these high-Aadhaar coverage districts where 66 million consumers have been benefited. The direct benefit scheme focuses to reduce leakages, curb black-marketing and provide subsidy to consumers in their bank accounts.  The Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas team has set another significant milestone with a new record of 500 flights in a year. Its highest achieved in a calendar year thus far which is close on the heels of attaining IOC.  B. Mahipal Reddy, a Chief Scientist and Head of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry Division at CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology has been awarded with the Best Scientist Award of Science-Tech Foundation (STF), Bangalore. Reddy has been recognised for his 39 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today
  • 40. efforts to bio-mass conversion to value-added products, develop the novel catalysts for air pollution control, synthesis of fine chemicals and solar fuels and the conversion of greenhouse gases to useful chemicals. He has written more than 220 publications in highimpact international journals and he is holder of 8 patents.  Arup Raha, Air Marshal has taken over as the Indian Air Force chief at Air Headquarters in New Delhi. An ace fighter pilot, Raha has succeeded Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne. In his 39-year-old career, Raha has held instructional appointments, various staff, command and he is expected to have tenure of 3 years as the Chief of Air Staff.  A career diplomat Anurag Bhushan has taken charge as the new Dubai Consul General of India and Northern Emirates in the UAE. Earlier taking the charge as the Consul General, Bhushan was serving as the head of the Regional passport office in New Delhi. Bhushan, the 14th Consul General of India in Dubai has succeded Sanjay Verma, who is the newly appointed ambassador of India to Ethiopia.  Chairman of Hindustan Motors Limited, Chandra Kant Birla has resigned from the board. He also left the post of director of Hindustan Motors (HM). In 18- month period, company has incurred a huge loss of 71 crore rupees as compared to a loss of 29 crore rupees in 201112. The economic loss of company has affected Hindustan Motors Limited.  South Africa smashed India by 10 wickets in the second cricket Test and clinched series with 1-0 in Durban. All-rounder Jacques Kallis made his farewell test hit with a superb 115 runs in South Africa’s first innings. AB De Villiers was adjudged Man of the Series and Dale Steyn was announced as Man of the Match.  South Africa has again strengthen its position in ICC Test Team Rankings as the numberone ranked side. South Africa after their 10-wicket victory over India in the final Test in Durban, South Africa. The victory of 1-0 series has helped South Africa gain 2 rating points to end on 133 where as India has conceded 2 ratings points to finish at 117. Meanwhile, Australia finished third in ICC Test Team Ranking. Material is DMCA Copyrighted To Current Affairs Today 40 For Daily Current Affairs Updats & Quizs Visit www.currentaffairstoday.in Online free magazines for All Competitive exams : Current Affairs Today