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  1. 1. GENERAL AWARENESS 1. Croatia becomes 28th EU (European Union) member state. 2. Tajikistan has become 159th member of the World Trade Organization. 3. ONGC to look after six monuments : The Tourism Ministry has roped in ONGC to maintain cleanliness and hygiene at six tourist destinations across the country, as part of its Clean India campaign. ONGC will adopt the following six monuments – 1. Taj Mahal at Agra, 2. Ellora Caves and 3. Elephanta Caves in Maharashtra, 4. Red Fort in Delhi, 5. Golkonda Fort in Hyderabad 6. Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu. 4. Up to 5 per cent of world GDP lost due to malnutrition: UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Up to five percent of global economic output may be lost due to malnutrition. 5. "IRNSS-1A, India's first ever dedicated navigation satellite launched blasted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. 6. India to be world's most populous country by 2028: UN 7. Nicobar Islands declared world biosphere reserve. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) has declared and designated the Nicobar Islands in India as a world biosphere reserve under its Man and the Biosphere Programme 1. IMF has revised Economic outlook for India. It said, growth rate in India will be around 5.6 percent in 2013 which is down 0.2 percent. 2. The Bank Internasional Indonesia (BII) launched its operations in India on Wednesday by opening a branch in Mumbai. 3. India and Tanzania have signed agreements on bilateral cooperation in several sectors including agriculture, health and education, mines and minerals. The agreements were signed between the Minister of State for External Affairs Mrs Preneet Kaur and the Tanzanian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Bernard K. Membe at Dar es Salaam yesterday. 4. Noted Maestro Zubin Mehta has been named for the Tagore Award For Cultural Harmony for the year 2013 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to cultural harmony. 5. Hazem El-Beblawi was named as the new Prime Minister of Egypt by the Interim President Adly Mansour. 1. The Reserve Bank of India hiked short term rates in the first strong measure to support the Indian rupee. 2. The Reserve Bank opened a special borrowing window of Rs 25,000 crore to help the crisis-ridden mutual funds tide over liquidity problems. 3. The Supreme Court of India on 17 July 2013 refused to reduce the age of juvenile from 18 to 16 years and dismissed a plea that minors involved in heinous crimes should not be protected under the law. 4. A special meeting of the UN General Assembly will mark the Nelson Mandela International Day on 18th July. 5. The second International Crimes Tribunal today sentenced war crime indicted Ali Mohammed Mujaheed,General Secretary of Jamaat e Islami to death. 6. The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav, launched a state-wide campaign to improve family health across 75 districts of the state.HAUSLA (meaning “spirit” or “determination”),the campaign’stwin goals include galvanizing state health systems to deliver high-quality, accessible health programs and services. 7. Dr Nirmalya Kumar, Professor of Marketing at the London Business School, will join Tata Sons as
  2. 2. Member – Group Executive Council reporting to the Chairman, Cyrus P. Mistry. 8. The government has approved a proposal to amend Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Act for providing more powers to the market regulator to crack down on ponzi schemes. The decision will also give Sebi powers to conduct search and seizure operations and access call data records. 9. In the biggest foreign investment pullout, world's largeststeel maker ArcelorMittal scrapped its USD 12 billion (Rs 50,000 crore) steel plant in Odisha over inordinate delays, problems in acquiring land and securing iron ore linkages. 10. Engineering and construction major Larsen & Toubro (L&T) wona Rs 2,085 crore overseas order from Oman government for construction of Al Batinah Expressway. 11. Real Madrid has been named asthe most valuable club in the list of the world’s 50 most valuable sports teams released by Forbes yesterday. Justice P Sathasivam sworn in as 40th Chief Justice of India Etawah college girl, who was gangraped and set afire, dies of injuries Mahendra Singh Dhoni's finishing act, the magic and the math Bihar mid-day meal tragedy: Parents raise question on role of principal, husband The Supreme Court judgments on convicted MPs, MLAs, then & now Back from Pak jail after 12 yrs, UP man can't find way home Niyamgiri: First of 12-village vote rejects Vedanta mining Assam's 'people's party', beaten by the voter, now battered from within CBSE letter behind JEE percentile calculation goof-up Murli Manohar Joshi will lead BJP’s panel on poll manifesto Uddhav Thackeray in Delhi, set to meet L K Advani 64-yr-old held in Rajasthan for raping daughters for years Clash in Deoband, police deployed SC rejects common medical entry exam Congress dismisses Bihar govt's conspiracy angle in mid-day meal tragedy From social media to logistics, 11 panels to power BJP's 2014 Lok Sabha bid L K Advani's 'rebellion' forces Narendra Modi to appease 'guru' Air India pilots offer seat in cockpit to actress, get sacked For want of school toilet, class II kid drowns in pond 2G scam: Niira Radia says spoke to A Raja on behalf of Ratan Tata Husband arrested for sexually starving wife for dowry Mid-day meal case: Bihar minister attacked, parents turn school into graveyard
  3. 3. Samsung Galaxy Tablet 3 series launched in India with a Rs 17,745 price tag Artists come together with giant paintings to celebrate Nelson Mandela's birthday New CJI hits back over collegium row: No secrecy in appointments Moody's warns rupee fall may negatively impact India's sovereign rating Indian father struggles to solve mysterious death of daughter in UK Supreme Court quashes common entrance test undertaken by Medical Council of India Mountain strike corps along the Chinese border pragmatic, says Salman Khurshid Narendra Modi and Congress are brothers: Mamata Banerjee US citizen asked to leave India for meeting ISI agent in Darjeeling jail Supreme Court asks states to regulate retail sale of acid to check attacks Judiciary's duty to protect constitutional rights, says outgoing CJI Altamas Kabir BSE Sensex jumps 180 pts, reclaims 20K mark, ONGC, HDFC Bank shares soar Digvijay Singh takes a dig at BJP over Rs 5 fee for Modi's meeting Saradha chit fund: SC notice to Centre and WB for CBI probe Boost to Army: CCS clears 50,000-strong strike corps for China border Cabinet nod to women's share in husband's ancestral property No ambulance for them, villagers carried their dead on motorcycles Next-gen Google Nexus tablets to be launched next week Rupee down 40 paise against dollar in early trade Body of missing British born Indian actor Paul Bhattacharjee found Who's better - Sachin Tendulkar or Brian Lara? Ex-DGP writes to Pranab Mukherjee over 'IB men's intervention' in Ishrat case Long goodbye for Michael Nobbs Narendra Modi, Rajnath Singh discuss poll panels 1. China Saturday successfully launched three satellites for scientific experiments, authorities said. The Chuangxin-3, Shiyan-7 and Shijian-15 satellites were boosted by a Long March-4C carrier rocket, according to the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China's Shanxi province. 2. The Group of 20 nations put growth ahead of austerity as it seeks to rebalance a multi-speed global economy, pledging to shift policy carefully so that recovery is not derailed by volatile financial markets. Finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in Moscow on Saturday will put the finishing touches to a joint communique that delegates said was not changed after they met for dinner on Friday night.
  4. 4. 3. Leading automaker Nissan India has entered into a 10-year agreement with Ennore Port Ltd for export of its vehicles. Ennore Port CMD M A Bhaskarachar and Kenichiro Yomura, President of Nissan's India operations and MD and CEO of Nissan Motor India pvt Ltd, signed the agreement in the presence of Union Shipping Minister G K Vasan. 4. India has emerged as the second largest investor in the city of London with Indian companies led by software major Infosys wooed by the investment fervour generated by the 2012 Olympic Games in the British capital. 5. President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed Nagaland Governor Dr. Ashwani kumar as Governor of Manipur, (with additional charge) when the incumbent, Gurbachan Jagat, Governor of Manipur, completes his tenure. 6. Khurshed Alam Khan, a former Union Minister and father of External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, died on Saturday at the age of 95. 7. American swimmer Haley Anderson won the 5km open water race on Saturday to take the first gold medal of the swimming world championships.A nderson edged Poliana Okimoto of Brazil in a sprint finish in the city’s harbour. 8. Tiger Woods will start the British Open golf Championship on Saturday perfectly placed to mount a strong challenge for his 15th major title. The world number one trails overnight leader Miguel Angel Jimenez by one shot after battling his way to a level-par 71 on Friday to finish on two under, one behind Spaniard Jimenez. 9. Trinidad and Tobago`s Jehue Gordon won the men’s 400 metres hurdles at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Diamond League Herculis meeting here. 10. Sports Ministry has recommended hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand's name for India's highest civillian honour -- the Bharat Ratna. Who is appointed as coach of Lucknow Warriors owned by Sahara India for Indian Badminton League? Muhammad Hafiz Hashim of Malaysia Which country celebrated its national day on 21st July and who was sworn in as 7th king? Belgium, Prince Philippe Who became the first Caribbean sports personality to be named brand ambassador of BMW? Darren Sammy Name the motorcyclist who died in an accident at the World Supersport Championship race in Moscow. Andrea Antonelli Who is appointed as permanent representative by Singapore to the United Nations? Karen Tan 0
  5. 5. South Filmfare Awards 2013 winners list,Eega,Sangolli Rayanna,Priyamani,Imman South Filmfare Awards 2013 winners list Best Film Eega (Telugu) Vazhakku Enn 18/9 (Tamil) Ayalum Njanum Thammil (Malayalam) Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna (Kannada) Best Director SS Rajamoulli (Eega) (Telugu) Balaji Sakthivel (Vazhakku Enn 18/9) (Tamil) Lal Jose (Ayalum Njanum Thammil) (Malayalam) Vijayorasad (Sidlingu) (Kannada) Best Actor (Male) Pawan Kalyan (Pawan Kalyans Gabbar Singh) (Telugu) Dhanush (3) (Tamil) Fahad Fazil (22 Female Kottayam) (Malayalam) Darshan (Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna) (Kannada) Best Actor (Female) Samantha (Eega) (Telugu) Samantha (Neethane En Ponvasanthan) (Tamil) Rima Kalingall (22 Female Kottayam) (Malayalam) Priyamani (Charulatha) (Kannada) Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Male) Sudeep (Eega) (Telugu)
  6. 6. Thambiramaiah (Kumki) (Tamil) Biju Menon (Ordinary) (Malayalam) Atul Kulkarni (Edegarike) (Kannada) Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Female) Amala Akkineni (Life Is Beautiful) (Telugu) Saranya Ponvannan (Neer Paravai) (Tamil) Gauthami Nair (Diamond Necklace) (Malayalam) Suman Ranganathan (Sidlingu) (Kannada) Best Music Devi Sri Prasad (Pawan Kalyan’s Gabbar Singh) (Telugu) D Imman (Kumki) (Tamil) Vidyasagar (Diamond Necklace) (Malayalam) V Harikrishna (Drama) (Kannada) Best Lyrics Anantha Shreeram (Yedhi yedhi) (Yeto Vellipoindhi Manasu) (Tamil) Yugabarathy (Solithaley) (Kumki) (Tamil) Rafeeq Ahmed (Maranamethunna nerathu) (Spirit) (Malayalam) Yograj Bhat (Bombe adsonu) (Drama) (Kannada) Best Playback Singer (Male) Vaddepalli Srinivas (Pilla) (Pawan Kalyan’s Gabbar Singh) (Telugu) Dhanush (Why this kolaveri di) (3) (Tamil) Vijay Yesudas (Mazhakondumathiram) (Spirit) (Malayalam) Avinash Chebri (Elle llo oduva manase) (Sidlingu) (Kannada) Best Playback Singer (Female) Suchitra (Sarocharu) (Businessman) (Telugu)
  7. 7. NSK Ramya (Satru munbu) (Neethane En Ponvasantham) (Tamil) Shwetha (Shyama hare) (Arike) (Malayalam) Indu Nagaraj (Pyaaarge aagbuttaithe) (Govindayanamahe) (Kannada) Technical Awards Best Cinematographer – Chota K Naidu (Dhamarukam) Best Choreographer – Jani (Dillaku dillaku) (Racha) Best VFX – Eega Lifetime Achievement Award – Vani Jairam Lifetime Achievement Award – Bapu Debut Awards Best Debut (Male) – Dulquer Salman (Second Show) (Malayalam) Best Debut (Male) – Udhayanidhi Stalin (Oru Kal Oru Kannadi) (OKOK) (Tamil) Best Debut (Female) – Shweta Shrivastav (Cyber Yugadol Nava Yuva) (Kannada) Best Debut (Female) – Lakshmi Menon (Sundarapandian) (Tamil) 0 World Book Capitals 2013 list of countries and cities World Book Capitals 2001 to 2015 list of countries and cities Madrid, Spain in 2001 Alexandria, Egypt in 2002 New Delhi, India in 2003 Antwerp, Belgium in 2004 Montreal, Canada in 2005 Turin, Italy in 2006 Bogota, Colombia in 2007 Amsterdam, Netherlands 2008
  8. 8. Beirut, Lebanon in 2009 Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2010 Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2011 Yerevan, Armenia in 2012 Bangkok, Thailand in 2013 Port Harcourt, Nigeria in 2014 Incheon, South Korea in 2015 0 Under-19s Youth test and ODI july 2013: India vs Sri Lanka schedule 1st Youth Test – 23rd to 26th July 2013 Sri Lanka Under-19s v India Under-19s Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, 10:00 IST 2nd Youth Test - 29th July to 1st August 2013 Sri Lanka Under-19s v India Under-19s Welagedara Stadium, Kurunegala, 10:00 IST 1st Youth ODI – 4th August 2013 Sri Lanka Under-19s v India Under-19s Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, 10:00 IST 2nd Youth ODI – 6th August 2013 Sri Lanka Under-19s v India Under-19s Welagedara Stadium, Kurunegala, 10:00 IST 3rd Youth ODI – 8th August 2013 Sri Lanka Under-19s v India Under-19s Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, 10:00 IST