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    • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • The Union Cabinet approved infusion of Rs. 12,517 crore in about 10 public sector banks in 2012-13 fiscal. French telecom company Alcatel-Lucent has announced to enter into a 8-year contract with Reliance Communications. The contract is of $1 billion. Union Cabinet has approved to impose President’s rule in Jharkhand state. Ved Prakash has been appointed as the Chairman of the University Grant Commission (UGC). The Repo rate has been cut by 25 percentage points from 8 percent to 7.75 percent by RBI. RBI also cuts the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) by 25 percentage points from 4.25% to 4 %. GDP growth downs to 6.2 percent for the fiscal year 2011-12. The 2001 Indian Parliament attack case victim, Afzal Guru was hanged inside the Tihar Jail, New Delhi. Indian President Pranab Mukherjee was conferred Bangladesh’s Liberation War Honour for his contribution in 1971 independent war. Mohan Parasaran has been appointed as the Solicitor General of India succeeding Rohinton Nariman. India’s new stock exchange, MCX-SX has started trading shares into Indian stock market. The President of France, Francios Hollande visited to India. India has been allowed by the Court of Arbitration at Hagueto go ahead with the construction of the Rs.3600 crore Kishenganga hydroelectric project in North Kashmir. This project was postponed due to Pakistan’s plea demanding that it was a violation of the 1960 Indus Water treaty. Tata Group and Malaysia’s AirAsia have joined hands to enter the aviation sector as a joint entity. Wipro chairman Mr. Azim Premji has donated Rs.12300 crore to charity. Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has launched six artificial satellites and one Indo-French ‘SARAL’ from Sriharikota spaceport using PSLV-C20 rockets. The six satellites were- SAPPHIRE, NEOSSAT, AAUSAT, BRITE, Uni-BRITE and STRand. Neiphiu Rio, Manik Sarkar, Dr. Mukul Sangma have been re-elected as the Chief Minister of Nagaland, Tripura and Meghalaya respectively. The first women’s Government Medical College of Independent India at Khanpur Kalan in Sonepat, Haryana inaugurated by Mrs. Sonia Gandhi. Hon’ble President Pranab Mukherjee appointed former CBI Director Ashwani Kumar and senior Congress leader S.C. Jamir as Governors of Nagaland and Orisha respectively. Around 60 lakh pilgrims coverage at the Maha Kumbh Mela, Allahabad held every 12 years. Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano visited to India praised Indian civil nuclear program and tightening of laws to check nuclear proliferation.
    • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Supreme Court put ban on Italian Ambassador Daniele Mancini from leaving India for failing to honour his commitment to bring back the two accused Italian marines. Union Cabinet gave approval to a diluted version of Anti-rape Bill. The maiden flight of the submarine variant of the Indo-Russian Supersonic cruise missile, BraMos was successful from pontoon in the Bay of Bengal. Maulana Sayed Raabe Hasani Nadvi has been elected as the President of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) for the 5th consecutive term. The third Anti-submarine warfare (ASW) corvette named INS Kiltan has been launched in Kolkata. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully conducted an ignition test of an indigenous cryogenic engine. The test boosted the prospect of success of the GSLV-D5 launch which will be carried out in July 2013. Hon’ble President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent to the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013. Karnataka-based Manipal University has entered into a first of its kind pact with Beijing Institute Of Technology, China. S. Gopalkrishnan, the co-founder and co-Chairman of Infosys, took over as the President of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for 2013-14 succeeded Godrej Group Chairman Adi Godrej. The Agni-II ballistic missile has been successfully test-fired from the Wheeler Island of the Orisha coast. Lt. Cdr. Abhilash Tomy of the Indian Navy became the first Indian to circumnavigate the globe non-assisted. He took 150 days of continuous sailing abroad INSV Mhadei to achieve the milestone. The 46th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian development Bank (ADB) was held in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh. Krishnakumar Natarajan took over as the Nasscom Chairmen for the year 20132014. The Supreme Court orders Gujarat government for the reintroduction of the Asiatic lions from Gir forests, Gujarat to Kuno sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh in order to save it from extinction due to catastrophes. Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon and visiting India’s Vice-Prsident Hamid Ansari agree to elevate their strategic partnership to a new level. The United Nation’s Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) projects recovery of sorts in India’s growth to 6.4% in 2013-2014. Shakuntala Devi, who solved complex mathematical equations mentally and defeated computers, has been died after a heart attack in Bengaluru. Mr. Jagdish Sharan Verma, former Chief Justice of India has been passed away in New Delhi. Indian carrier Jet Airways agreed to sell a 24 percent stake to Etihad Airways of UAE at a cost of $379 million (Rs. 2058 crore).
    • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • An India-Saudi Arabia joint working group has been formed to help minimize the fall out of the Kingdom’s Nitaqat policy on Indian. This policy reserves a certain percentage of total workforce in commercial establishments for Saudi nationals. Sarabjit Singh, the Indian prisoner in Pakistan, died after being attacked by fellow inmates. The Reserve Bank of India cut the repo rate by 25 basis points from 7.50 percent to 7.25 percent. Central Government has launched a placement-oriented skill development scheme, named ‘Roshni’. This scheme will target 50000 rural youth in the country’s 24 most Naxalism-affected districts. In Karnataka Legislative Assembly election, Congress won with 121 seats out of 224 seats. Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang visited India. India and China signed MoUs covering such area as pharmaceutical, buffalo meat and fisheries. Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal and Union Surface Transport Minister C.P. Joshi got additional charge of LAW and Railway portfolio respectively after resigning of Ashwani Kumar and Pawan Bansal. K. Siddaramaih has been appointed as the new Chief Minister of Karnataka by the Governor H.R. Bhardwaj. India got the observer status in the Arctic Council along with that of five other countries – China, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Singapore. The Ventral Government revised the guidelines of Indira Awas Yojana (IAY) and made it mandatory to have a toilet for all houses constructed under this scheme. Only 21 percent IAY houses have toilets. The Union Cabinet gave approval for increasing the creamy layer income criterion from Rs. 4.5 lakh to Rs. 6 lakh per annum for OBC. Ms. Arunima Sinha has become India’s first amputee to conquer Mount Everest on a prosthetic leg. Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh lays the foundation stone of the Indian National Defence University which is the country’s first defence university in Gurgaon, Haryana. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the proposal for the implementation of the National AIDS Contro Support Project (NACSP) at a cost of Rs. 2550 crore. Shashi Kant Sharma has been appointed as the Comptroller and Auditor General of India. Maoist attacked on the Congress workers and leaders in the hilly areas of Darbha while returning from Sukma near Raipur in Chhattisgarh. Reserve Bank of India ruled out a ban on sale of gold coins by banks. India and Thailand signed a long awaited extradition treaty. A delegation from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) has visited India. India’s GDP growth fell to 4.8 percent in the fourth quarter of the 2012-13 financial year.
    • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Jagmohan Dalmia has been made in-charge of the Board’s working group for looking into day-today affairs after the IPL-6 spot-fixing controversy. India and Australia agreed to hold a joint naval exercise in 2015 to raise their defence cooperation to a higher level. The Chief Ministers’ Conference on Internal Security held in New Delhi to set up the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC). Lt. General (Retd.) Mr. Nirbhay Sharma has been appointed as the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh. Dr. Avinash Chander has been appointed as the Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister and Director General of DRDO. Premlata Agarwal became the first Indian woman to scale the top peaks of the seven continents which are popularly known as ‘Seven Summits’. West Bengal Forest Department has announced that there are 103 tigers at the Sundarban Tiger Reserve. Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) appointed Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the chairman of the National Election Campaign Committee. Defence Minister A.K. Antony visited China in June. India and China decided to initiate trust-building such as expanding direct contact between the two militaries. Mr. L.K. Advani of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) announced his resignation from all party posts. According to the United Nations, Kerala is the only state in India which remains in the very high human development index (HDI) with respect to education, health and incomes. The rank of India is at 141 in 2013 Global Page Index (GPI) out of 162 countries. India’s first technical university for women has been inaugurated by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. The wholesale price index (WPI) based inflation fell down to 4.7 percent in May 2013. The Union Cabinet has cleared the mental Health Care Bill, 2013. Cloudbursts broke over the Kedar Dome, the mountain north-west of Kedarnath Temple, Uttarakhand. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced a financial assistance of Rs. 1000 crore from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) to Uttarakhand for disaster. According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Kerala is on top in crime rate followed by Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Union Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge has been elevated as Railway Miniter. Janata Dal United (JDU) broke their 17 year-old alliance with BJP in Bihar. According to Swiss National Bank’s report, India has slipped to the 70th position in terms of money lying in Swiss Banks. Six hill forts of Rajasthan – Jaisalmer Fort, Kumbhalgarh Fort, Gagaron Fort, Chittorgarh Fort, Amer Fort and Ranthambhore Fort were included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List in the 37th Meeting of the World Heritage Committee in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
    • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh lays the foundation stone of the 850 MW Ratle Power project on the river Chenab in Kashmir. The foreign direct investment (FDI) into India has been declined by 29 percent. The current account deficit (CAD) of India fell to 3.6 percent of GDP in the quarter January-March, 2013. P Sathasivam has been named the next Chief Justice of India succeeding Justice Altamas Kabir. The Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia Najeeb Jung has been appointed as the new Lieutenant-Government of Delhi. K.K. Paul and A.K. Singh have been appointed as the Governors of Meghalaya and Andaman & Nicobar Island respectively. Prime Minister Mr. Manmohan Singh has inaugurated the 17.7 km-long BanihalQazigund section of the ambitious mountain railway. Dr. Singh flagged off the first train which will run across the 11.2 km tunnel, the longest in the country. India has placed successfully the IRNSS-1 A, country’s first dedicated navigation satellite in orbit with the help of PSLV-C22 rocket. Union Cabinet approved a proposal for an ordinance on the National Food Security Bill. Bodh Gaya temple faced the serial blasts. Two were injured. The rupee falls to a historic low of 61.21 against the dollar. Hon’ble President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent to the National Food Security Ordinance. India’s Telegram service has stopped its working bringing the curtain down on its glorious 163-year old history. Legendary Bollywood actor Pran passed away in Mumbai at the age of 93. He was a Dada Saheb Pjalke Award and Padma Bhushan recipient. Reserve Bank of India has banned banks from doing any proprietary trading in the currency futures and exchange-traded currency options market. Pakistani army personnel have crossed the Indo-Pakistan border in Kashmir and killed five Indian jawans on 6th August. Kundankulam Nuclear Power Plant’s first unit has attained critically in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu. According to National Sample Survey Organization (NSSO), the poverty level across India has been decreased by 15 percent. 23 schoolchildren were died in Chapra, Bihar after eating poisonous food served under mid-day meal scheme of Central Government. World’s largest steelmaker Arcelor-Mittal scrapped its steel plant of about 12billion dollar in Odisha over inordinate delay. Mr. Hemant Soren of JMM has been sworn in as the Chief Minister of Jharkhand after winning the trust vote in Jharkhand Assembly. Us Vice-president Joe Biden visited to India and held talks with Prime Minister Monmahan Singh. USA has expressed its willingness to partner India in shale gas technology and joint Indo-US military exercise.
    • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • The Central Textiles Ministry has announced that the Government will soon launch a modified Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (TUFS). INSAT-3D, the metrological satellite of India, has been launched abroad a European rocket from the spaceport at Kourou, French Guiana. India has offered a 100 million dollar credit line to Vietnam for purchasing military equipment. UPA Coordination Committee has agreed to the division of the Andhra Pradesh state. New state Telangana will be the India’s 29th state in about 4-5 months. The capital of both states will be Hyderabad for a period of 10 years. Global biotechnology company Life Technologies has launched India’s first private DNA forensic laboratory in Gurgaon, Haryana. The Union Cabinet has approved the draft amendments to the Right to Information (RTI) Act. This amendment will nullify an order of the Central Information Commission (CIC) which sought to bring 6 national political parties under the act. The Central Government has rejected the demand of complete autonomy by CBI in the Supreme Court. Arundhati Bhattacharya has been appointed as the Managing Director of the State of Bank of India (SBI). The Chief Economic Advisor of India, Raghuram Rajan has been appointed as the new Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. He succeeded Dr. D. Subbarao. An IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh Durga Shakti Nagpal has been suspended after overseeing drive against illegal sand mining in Gautam Budh, UP. Raghuram G. Rajan has been appointed as the new Governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) succeeding Dr. D. Subbarao. Mr. Rajan was formerly the Chief Economic Advisor of Indian Finance Ministry. The Rajya Sabha has rectified the Companies Bill, 2012 which was passed by the Lok Sabha few months ago. Report published that the NET Direct Tax collections went up by 10.37 percent during the April-July period of the current fiscal year (2013-14). Communal violence took place in Kishtwar region of Jammu & Kashmir. The Lok Sabha passed the Food Security Bill. Under this program, 67 percent population of India will get subsidised food grains every month. After a week, the Rajya Sabha has also passed the Bill by voice vote. Prime Minister Monmahan Singh and PM of Bhutan, Tshering Tobgay made talks in New Delhi. India announced a financial package worth Rs. 5000 crore for Bhutan. The largest blast furnace of India, Durga became operational at its Rourkela Steel Plant, Odisha. India’s first indigenous, INS Vikrant floats out at Coachin Shipyard. Indian submarine, INS Sindhurakshak rocked by serial explosions and sinked at the Naval dockyard. INS Sindhurakshak was one of the India’s 10 Russian Kiloclass diesel-electric submarines. Deepak Sandhu became the first woman Chief Information Commissioner of India.
    • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • RBI gave clearance Kerala Government to launch a financial institution following the principles of Islamic finance. Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation will float the Cheraman Financial Services Limited (CFSL) to function as a nonbanking finance company. India and Iraq signed four important MoUs in New Delhi including crucial agreement in the field of energy and water resources. These MoUs have been signed in the Presence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Iran’s PM Nouri al-Maliki. Co-founder and master mind of banned Indian Mujahidden (IM) has been arrested from India-Nepal border. Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettle Bill has been passed by the Lok Sabha. India’s first full-fledged military communications satellite, GSAT-7 has been launched from the Kourou spaceport of French Guiana, South America. According to latest report, India’s external debt has touched 390 billion dollar at the end of March 2013. The Union Government has referred an Amendment Bill on the Right to Information (RTI) Act. India’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth has been slipped further to 4.4 percent in the first quarter (April-June) of 2013-14. Data released that India’s Trade Deficit decreased to 10 billion dollar in August 2013. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited USA. During his visit, India and US has sealed their first commercial nuclear power pact. The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Bill, 2013 has been passed by the Parliament. Reports revealed that the industrial production of India has been increased of 2.6 percent in July, 2013. The Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Agni-V has been successfully testfired from Wheeler Island, Odisha. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) increased the Repo rate by 25 basis points to 7.50 percent. India will build a 4000 MW solar project which is the world’s largest in Rajasthan. The Supreme Court said that Andhar card is voluntary but not mandatory. RBI has instructed all the banks and merchant establishments to stop offering zero percent interest EMI schemes for the purchase of consumer goods. The Union Government has announced the constitution of Seventh (7th) Pay Commission. The Supreme Court gave voters the right to negative voting and instructed the Election Commission to provide ‘None of the Above’ button in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). 68th Sessions of United Nations General Assembly was held in New Delhi. RBI has released that current account deficit (CAD) of India has been increased to 4.9 percent from 4 percent for the first quarter of 2013-14.
    • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Iran has rejected the plea of India for full rupee payment for oil import. Congress MP Rashid Masood has been given a four-year jail term by a Delhi Court in a corruption case. He became the first lawmaker to lose his seat after the Supreme Court judgment of removing immunity for convicted MPs and MLAs. Union Cabinet has cleared Telangana by giving approval to divide Andhra Pradesh. Telangana will cover 10 of 23 districts of undivided Andhra Pradesh. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has cleared the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA). Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has reported that malnutrition is rampant in Gujarat. Around 6.13 lakh children in 14 districts including Ahmedabad have been malnourished. Prithvi-II, the nuclear weapons-capable surface-to-surface missile has been successfully test-fired from Chandipur, Odisha. RBI has announced a 0.50 percentage point rate cut in its Marginal Standing Facility (MSF). Ms. Arundhati Bhattacharya has been appointed as the first woman chairperson of the Satte Bank of India (SBI). 12-year old Rohan Kokane of Belgaum, Karnataka has entered the 2014 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records for being the lowest limbo skater. Justice Vangala Eswaraiah, the former acting Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court, has become the new Chairperson of the National Commission for Backward Classes by succeeding Justice M.N. Rao. The Supreme Court of India has appointed a panel headed by Justice Mukul Mudgal to probe IPL fixing. The Union Cabinet has cleared the UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) Bill. Mangalayaan, India’s first Mars Orbiter Mission had been successfully launched from Satish Dhawan Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. Bharti Enterprises and US retail giant Wal-Mart have announced to terminate their joint venture, ending a six-year old relationship. A committee, headed by Mukul Mudgal, has proposed a Bill to replace The Cinematograph Act, 1952 in its report submitted to the Information & Broadcast Ministry. Cyclone Phailin with a speed of 200 km/h hits coasts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. Arunendra Kumar has been appointed as the new Chairman of Railway Board of India. Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) put allegation against Aditya Birla and former secretary P.C. Parekh. India has refused to sign the first ever global resolution led by the UN against child-marriage. World Bank cut the growth estimate of India from 6.1 percent to 4.7 percent. Indian Coast Guard has detained an armed foreign vessel named MV Seaman Guard Ohio Ship at Tuticorin Port, Tamil Nadu.
    • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • The Indo-Russian joint military exercise named ‘INDRA 2013’ has been organized to improve capabilities for carrying out anti-terrorist activities in Thar Desert of Rajasthan. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has started the biggest gold-digging exercise under the fort of Raja Rao Ram Baksh Singh in the village Daundiya Kheda in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh. It is predicted that around 1000 tonnes of gold are to be lying under the fort. The Finance Ministry has announced to infuse Rs. 14000 crores capital in various banks within this fiscal. First Indonesian bank branch in India, Bank International Indonesia (BII) was opened in Mumbai. Lok Sabha Secretary-General S. Bal Sekhar and RJD’s Lalu Prasad Yadav have been disqualified from the Lok Sabha for nearly 11 years. Prime Ministerter Dr. Manmohan Singh visited to China. On his visit, Dr. Singh and China Prime Minister Li Keqiang signed a Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA). Noted playback singer Manna Dey has passed away in a Bengaluru hospital at the age of 94. India has resumed military aid to Nepal after nine years of suspension. Air Marshal Arup Raha has been sworn as the New Chief of Indian Air Force (IAF). He will take over from present Chief N.K. Brown on 31st December, 2013. Vice-President of India Hamid Ansari has launched Indian Chamber of Commerce (INCHAM) in Peru on his visit to this country. According Geneva-based World Economic Forum, the rank of India is 101 out of 136 nations on a global gender gap index. The Indian Air Force has received its fourth Boeing C-17 Globemaster III from the USA. World Bank has approved aid of 250 million dollar to Uttarakhand. Report revealed by National Sample Survey Organization (NSSO), Patna became the city with highest unemployment rate among men (11.3%) and women (18.2%) in the year 2009-10. Reserve Bank of India has lowered GDP rate from 5.7 percent to 4.8 percent for the current fiscal. SENSEX has reached to its all time high of 21294 points due to aggressive buying by the foreign institutional investors with access to low-cost funds in the USA. The Supreme Court has issued a direction to the Centre and the States to set up a Civil Services Board (CSB) that will regulate the postings and other related matters of IAS, IPS officers. According to World Billionaire Census 2013, world’s 6th largest numbers of billionaires are in India. 19th Kolkata International Film Festival has begun on 10th November, 2013. According to Union Ministry for Rural Development, Kerala’s Kannur became the first zero-landless district in India.
    • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Current Account Deficit (CAD) dips to 1.2 percent of GDP at 5.2 billion-dollar in second quarter. The 11th Asia-Europe Meet (ASEM) of Foreign Ministers took place in Gurgaon. General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Nguyen Phu Trong visited to India to boost bilateral ties in the field of energy, defence and economy. The two nations signed 8 agreements. Indian Army successfully test-fired an advanced version of the 290-km BrahMos supersonic cruise missile in Pokhran, Rajasthan. The 18th International Children’s Film Festival of India began in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. India’s largest warship, 45400-tonne INS Vikramaditya has been commissioned into Indian Navy. INS Vikramaditya was formerly known as Admiral Gorshkov. Assam Government has decided to accord the status of official State-Anthem to the song “O Mor Aponar Desh” which has been composed by Sahityarthu Lakshminath Bezbaroa in 1910. The 44th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) has begun in Goa. The Supreme Court accepted the amended RP Act and allowed people in lawful custody in criminal cases. Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh inaugurated the India’s first Women’s Commercial Bank, The Bhartiya Mahila Bank, in Mumbai. Prof. CNR Rao, who has been awarded Bharat Ratna in 2013, became the first Indian to be elected as an honorary foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Science. India has successfully test-fired the surface-to-surface ballistic missile, Dhanush, a naval variant of the Prithvi missile. It is capable of carrying conventional as well nuclear weapons of 500 kg-1000 kg. According to the global consultancy firm, Ernst & Young, has listed India as the most attractive investment destination. Sachin Tendulkar has been appointed as the UNICEF’s ambassador of South Asia to promote sanitization in the region. The first unit of Punjab’s largest thermal power plant, Talwandi Sabo Plant Limited has been inaugurated. It has a capacity to generate 1980MW electricity. Cyclone Helen, the 2nd major storm to hit Andhra Pradesh in four weeks. Emperor of Japan, Akihito and Empress Michiko has arrived in New Delhi for a five-day visit. The Indian Army successfully test-fired the surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile in Balasore, Odisha. Nelson Mandela has been passed away at the age of 95. The first heritage transport museum of India has been opened near Gurgaon which will showcase history of transportation in India. The journey of MiG-21 has come to an end after five decades. Cabinet has approved Telengana with 10 districts where Greater Hyderabad area will be the common capital for up to 10 years.
    • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • India’s first heritage transport museum has been opened near Gurgaon which will showcase history of transportation in India. Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has dedicated GAIL India Ltd.’s 1000 km long Dabhol-Bengaluru gas pipeline to the nation in the 8th Asia Gas Partnership Summit. World Apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has been passed away in Johannesburg, South Africa at the age of 95. Raman Singh has been sworn as the Chief Minister of Chattisgarh for the third consecutive term. Vasundhara Raje Sindhiya has taken oath as the Chief Minister of Rajasthan for the second time. Lal Thanhawla has taken over as the Chief Minister of Mizoram. Shivraj Singh Chouhan has been sworn as the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh for the third time. The Andhra Pradesh Re-organization Bill 2013 has been introduced in both houses of Andhra Pradesh legislature. Union Cabinet has approved the Prevention of Communal Violence Bill. Rajya Sabha has passed the historic Lokpal Bill by a voice vote. According to the latest official data, Net Direct Tax Collections from April to December 2013 are up by 14 percent and revenue from corporate tax by 10 percent. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has finally announced to form government. RTI activist and Ramon Magsaysay Award recipient, Arvind Kejriwal has taken oath as the Delhi Chief Minister. He has become the youngest and 7th Chief Minister of Delhi. Former Union Minister V.K. Duggal has been sworn as the new Governor of Manipur. Army Chief General Bikram Singh has taken over from IAF Chief Marshal N.K. Browne as the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee (CoSC). Hon’ble President Pranab Mukherjee has given assent to Lokpal and Lokayukta Bill, 2013. AAP leader M.S. Dhir has been elected as the Speaker of Delhi Assembly. A committee appointed by the Reserve Bank of India has recommended a Universal Electronic Bank Accounts for every Indian resident above 18 years of age by January 1, 2016.