[PIN 2013] Persons in News, Committees, Summits, Awards, Books, Authors, Sports, Places, current compilation for IBPS-PO/MT,CAPF,CDS,SSC

MK Pandey Fast track to objective arithmetic
  1. Prologue
  2. [PIN] Indian Politics, Constitutional, Statutory, Bureaucrats
    1. National commissions
    2. Committees Commissions Task forces
  3. Defense
  4. International Relations (IR)
    1. [IR] Summits/Treaties 2013
    2. [IR-PIN] Prez/PM of Foreign countries
    3. [IR-PIN] Diaspora/ Indians awarded abroad
  5. Economy: Regulators/Top Bodies
    1. [News] Economy related
    2. [News] Infra related
    3. Schemes
    4. [News]Polity
  6. Civilian Awards/Achievements
    1. [Awards] Nobel 2013
    2. [Awards] Public service/media/Courage
    3. [Awards] Movies/Beauty
    4. [Awards] Academic/Arts
  7. Books in News
    1. [Books] Non-Booker Awards
    2. [Books] List of Books and Authors
  8. Sports
    1. Football
    2. Cricket
    3. Hockey
    4. Tennis 2013
    5. Badminton
    6. Olympics
    7. Sport Mascots
  9. Places in News
  10. Dead
  11. Stamps in News
  12. Space/Sci-Tech related

Prologue

  • The present article is PIN 2013. Dealing from Jan2013 upto 13th Oct2013. Mainly keeping IBPS PO/MT/Clerk, UPSC’s CAPF-CDS-IFOS and other upcoming State PCS, PSU, SSC exams in mind.
  • For optimum results: copy paste this data in MS word (or separate excel spreadsheets or onenote), then keep updating these tables from magazines and newspapers until you get selected in your dream job. Otherwise ‘firefighting” style of preparation e.g. once IBPS is over I’ll not prepare current affairs until I get some interview call letter/ some other exam notification=#epicfail.
  • If there are any additions, corrections, do post them in comments.
  • By the way RAS Prelim exam halltickets have been uploaded click me (Sarkari servers always slow so try during non-office hours.)

[PIN] Indian Politics, Constitutional, Statutory, Bureaucrats

PM Ofcourse everyone knows: Mohan. But in Jun 2013, He took oath as Rajya Sabha MP from Assam (five times in a row).
CJI P.Sathashivam replaced Altamas Kabir.
CAG Shashikant Sharma replaced Vinod Rai. And Vinod Rai became UN Audit panel Chief.
CEC V. S. Sampath replaced SY Qureshi
CVC Pradeep Kumar
CIC Deepak Sandhu. First lady CIC, replaced Satyanand Mishra.She served in Indian information services.
UPSC Chairman DP Aggarwal. Been on this post since 2008. Hope he retires soon.Ex.CBI director AP Singh became new member.
Attorney General Goolam Vahanvati
Solicitor General Mohan ParasaranResigned: Rohinton Nariman, for difference with law minister. Law Minister Ashwini Kumar also resigned for vetting a CBI report on its coal block investigations thus cycle of Karma is complete.
Derek O’Brian 1st Anglo Indian MP (Rajya Sabha) to vote in Presidential Elections (of Pranab).Note that Anglo-Indian “nominated” MPs cannot vote in Presidential elections. But Derek is not “nominated” he is elected from West Bengal as Rajya Sabha MP.The two nominated Anglo Indian MPs in 15th LS areDr. Charles Dias (Kerala) and Mrs.Ingrid Mcleod (Chhattisgarh).
Advisor to President T.K. vishwanathan. Lok sabha secretary, recently retired . Now became advisor to the president of india on constitutional matters. This is the newly created post.Selection by collegium of speaker,leader of house and leader of opposition.
Delhi LT.Governor Najib Jung replaced Tejinder Khanna.
Gujarat lokayukta Justice R.A Mehta .Refused to accept the job.
CM Tripura Manik Sarkar
CM Nagaland Neiphiu Rio
NDDB Amrita Patel, National dairy Development board. Been in news for she wants to resign.

National commissions

Human rights Justice KG Balkrishnan
Women Mamta Sharma
Minorities Wajahat Habibullah the former CIC
SC P.L. Punia
ST Rameshwar Uraon,
OBC Justice Vangala Eswariah replaced Justice M.N.Rao
Children Kushal Singh

Service Chiefs

Navy Admiral Devendra Joshi replaced Nirmal Verma
Airforce Air Marshal N.A.K. Browne replaced Pradeep Vasant Naik
Army Gen. Bikram Singh. He replaced VK Singh, who remains in news for controversy related to Destabilizing JK government

Security/Space/Strategic related

ISRO K. Radhakrishnan
Atomic Energy commission Ratan Kumar Sinha
CRPF DG Dilip Trivedi
First woman special DG in CRPF=Aruna Bahuguna
BSF Subhash Joshi
CBI Ranjit Sinha
IB S.A. Ibrahim. (First Muslim chief of IB)- Important for ACIO interview.
NIA Sharad kumar
RAW Founder:B.Raman,Dead.Current chief: Alok Joshi.
DRDO New Chief Avinash Chander
National Disaster Response Force Krishna Chaudhari
Senior security advisor in home ministry
  1. Vijaykumar.For anti-Naxal operations.

Secretary

Foreign Affairs Sujatha Singh (IFS). She is the third woman foreign Secretary of India.
Home Anil Goswami
Defense R.K.Mathur.
Finance Rajiv Takru

Diplomatic

High Commissioner to Pakistan TCA Raghavan.
India’s permanent representative to UN Asoke Kumar Mukerji. He replaced Hardeep Singh.
To USA S. Jaishankar
To China Ashok K Kantha

Education/Arts related

UGC Ved Prakash replaced Yogendra yadav, who was removed for his joining AAP.
News Broadcasting standards authority Justice RV Ravindran
Lalit Kala Academy Kalyan Kumar Chakravarty
Sangeet Natak Academy Leela Samson. Was in controversy after she said 90 per cent of Censor board members are “uneducated” and an “embarrassment”.
IGNOU Vice Chancellor M.Aslam

Committees Commissions Task forces

7th Pay Commission To revise salary of 80 lakh workers and pensioners. Its recommendations will be effective from January 2016.6th PC was formed in 2006.
Adi Godrej Corporate governance
Arvind Mayaram
  • FDI relaxation
  • to Define FDI and FII
Bimal Jalan To scrutinize application for New Bank Licenses
BK Chaturvedi Revamping power sector
Restructuring of centrally sponsored schemes
Chindu GoM for CBI autonomy
Cyrus Mistry, Anil Ambani Advisory group for electricity sector. For power ministry
Dr. Saroj Illegal sand mining by MoEF
JS Mathur To review the rate revisions of newspaper advertisements. By Ministry of information and broadcasting
Justice Bilal Nazaki Functioning of Haj Committee
Justice BN SriKrisha
  • Telengana
  • Financial sector legislative reform commission: to get the need of unifying SEBI, IRDA, PPFRDA and FMC into a single regulator
Justice DK Jain 20th Law commission of India
Justice JS Verma Delhi Gangrape.Dead. was a part of the nine-judge bench in 1994 which gave the landmark verdict in the S R Bommai case relating to proclamation of President’s Rule under Article 356 of the Constitution in Karnataka. Presidential rule can be invoked only after parliament approval.Chief Justice of India,he was also a former Chairman of National Human Rights Commission. and the 1st Chairperson of News Broadcasting Standards Authority.
Justice Mukul Mudgal
  • IPL Spot fixing. Formed by SC
  • Walmart Lobbying, by Corporate Min.
Justice RC Gandhi By JK government for Kishtwar Communal riots
Justice Santosh Hegde Judicial Commission on Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA)  by SC
Justice Usha Mehra For probing lapses in Delhi Gangrape.
K Ratnaprabha Indecent Representation of Women in Media
K. Vijay Raghavan Evaluation of Research And Rankings of higher edu. Institutes
KK Vohra By RBI for loan products
MBN Rao For setting up All-women’s bank
Mudgal For reviewing Cinematograph Act 1952. By Ministry of information and broadcasting
Nachiketi Mor RBI Committee for FINANCIAL INCLUSION (financial services to small business)
Parthasarathi Shome Tax administration reform commission.
Raghuram Panel To determine a new index of backwardness to see which states need special assistance. Most Developed: GOA,KERALALeast developed: ODHISSA,BIHAR.
Rangarajan
  • Gas princing, LNG imports
  • Sugar pricing
Ranjit Roychaudhari Clinical trials, drug bans.
Sam Pitroda For restructuring Prasar Bharti. By Ministry of information and broadcasting
Sanjay Dhande For National Testing Agency (NTA) by HRD
SK Roongta By planning commission. For reforms in Central PSUs
Srikant Malte Dhule Riots in Maharashtra
Vijay Kelkar
  • Fiscal consolidation
  • Energy security. By Natural Gas ministry
Virginius Xaxa
  • He is NAC member
  • Earlier Sacchar Committee was made for muslims, same way this Xaxa Committee is for tribals.
Yashwant Sinha Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance-Report on Guidelines of new banking licenses
YV Reddy 14th Finance commission. Under Art280. He was ex-gov. of RBI

Defense

The core compilation article is here:

http://mrunal.org/2013/03/defense-current-affairs-compilation-2012-13-missiles-joint-exercises-operations-organizations.html

Most of the missiles, fighter jets etc remain one and same. Here are some new developments

303 Black Panthers first fighter squadron for navy with MiG29
Aadesh Fast petrol Indian vessel for indian coast Guard.
Abhilash tommy Navy officer first indian to circum navigate the globe in 150 days.
C-154 New interceptor boat for Coast guard. For Maharashtra coast.
Cheetal Helicopter light utility, multi-role helicopter is a variant of the Cheetah helicopter being manufactured by HAL, which is already operational in the high altitude regions.
Coast guard C402: Interceptor boat for coastguard.H191: air cushion vehicle. For helping small boats in distress at sea
Daulat Beg oldi / Raki Nala in Ladakh. Chinese troops made intrusions here in Apr’13.
Dornier 228 Maritime Surveillance aircraft. Indian donated them to Seychelles.
DRDO New Chief Avinash Chander
Ekuverin2012 Joint army exercise: India and Maldives @Belgaum
GSAT7 For Navy, by ISROSent to space via Ariane 5 rocket, from French Guiana (S.America)
Haft-4 Nuke capable Paki Missile. 900km range
INS Sindhurakshak Submarine. Sunk because of accident.
INS Trikhand By Russia. Stealth frigate for Indian navy
INS Vikramaditya Russia’s Admiral Gorshkov carrier.Likely to join by 2013 end.
INS Vikrant 1961: we bought first aircraft carrier INS vikrant1997: it was decommissionedAug’13: New INS Vikrant launched. India’s first Indigenous aircraft carrier. Will join active navy duty from 2018
Iron Fist 2013 Exercise in Pokharan by Indian Airforce.
Izumo Japan’s biggest ever naval warship since WW2.
Jamaran-2 Iran’s destroyer ship with guided missile. Deployed in Caspian sea.
July 26 Kargil Victory day
K15 Submarine launched missile. Range 1500km
Machhalipattnam, Andhra DRDO setting up new missile testing range here.
MIRV Multiple independently targetable vehicles by DRDO.
NCTC Will function under IB.
Nirbhay Surface to Surface subsonic cruise missile
Nirbhay DRDO’s long range sub sonic missile. 1000km range.
Nomadic Elephant Joint training exercise between Indian and Mongolian army
Norway Becomes the first NATO country to make military service compulsory for both men and women
Operation three star Codename for Afzal guru’s hanging.
OSA AK-M Surface to air missile for Indian airforce.
PAC-3 Japan’s Anti-Missile Air Defense Units Deployed After North-Korea warned South-Koreans for a War in April-2013.
Prithvi II Nuke capable, Surface to SurfaceRange 350kmsBy DRDO under Integrated guided missile Development program
Qaher F313 Iran’s indigenous stealth fighter jet
Raj-rathan Inshore petrol vessel for coast guard.
Rudra helicopter First Indigenous Attack heli. With missiles. They’re weaponized version of Dhruva helicopter by HAL Bangalore.
S-3002 Russia will sell these anti-aircraft missiles to Iran
Unha-3 N.Korea, Long range rocket with 3000km range.

International Relations (IR)

CDS and CAPF examiners are fond of setting MCQs on International current affairs.

[IR] Summits/Treaties 2013/Controversies

Arctic council India gets observer status
ASEAN human rights declaration In Phnom Penh, Cambodia 2012
ASEAN summit
  • 2012: 21st ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh Combodia with theme:“ASEAN: One Community, One Destiny”
  • 2012: ASEAN – India Commemorative Summit 2012. To mark the 20th year anniversary of the ASEAN – India dialogue. Theme: ASEAN-India Partnership for Peace, Progress and Shared Prosperity.
  • 2013: 22nd ASEAN summit in Brunei, theme: Our People, Our Future Together.
BASIC ministerial meeting on climate change Chennai
BRICS 2013 At Durban, S.Africa (5th Summit)Theme: BRICS and Africa: Partnership for development, Integration and industralizationeThekwini DeclarationDiscussed to create an infrastructure focused “development bank”
Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) Conference of Parties (COP)11th Summit in Hyderabad (2012)12th Summit in PyeongChang, S.Korea (theme = Biodiversity forSustainable Development)
Falkland islands Voted for British rule
First Arctic Summit Oslo, Norway
G20 summit 2013: St.Petersburg, Russia2013: Finance ministers meeting held in Moscow, Russia2012: Los Cabos.
G8 Lough Erne, N.Ireland. Theme: tax evasion and transparency
Global Arms trade treaty of UN India abstained from voting.
High seas conference Paris
IBSA resolution for women empowerment India signed this.
Indian chapter of World Economic Forum sumit Will be held in Kochi, Kerala.
Indian ocean rim USA became dialouge partner.
Indian ocean rim First economic and business conference held in Mauritius
IPCC Its fifth assessment report will come in 2014.
Mekong-Ganga Summit Delhi, Dec12
Minamata Mercury treaty In Minamata city of Japan, to sign the world’s first legally binding treaty on mercury pollution under United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
National conference on E-governance Jaipur
NATO General Joeseph Dunford (USA)Afghani forces tookover the security ops from NATO in June 2013.
Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas 2013 Kochi, Kerala
Silk road festival Bamiyan, Afghanistan
Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2013 Organized by Haryana government in Surajkund, Faridabad district. This year focus was Karnataka state.
Tokyo Summit’12 In Tokyo for rebuilding of Afghanistan.
UN resolution on Death Penalty ban India voted against
UN Resolution on Syria
  • 2012: new sanctions against President Bashar Al Assad’s regime= India voted favour of this.
  • 2013: for rapid progress on a political transition in Syria= India abstained from voting.
UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka Condemning Sri Lanka for violation against Tamil minorities. India voted against Sri Lanka.
WCIT-2012 World Conference on International telecommunication @Dubai
WHO SEARO International conference for traditional medicine in south-east Asia was held in Delhi. Led to Delhi declaration.

Visits to India

  1. US Vice Prez Biden
  2. French President Hollande
  3. UK PM David Cameroon
  4. Egyptian President Morsi
  5. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang
  6. Liberian President Ellen Johnson
  7. Afghani President Hamid Karzai

Visits from India

  1. Pranab to Mauritius
  2. Mohan to Japan, Thailand, Germany
  3. Mohan to 68th Session of UN general assembly + Met Paki PM Sharif in Sep’13.
  4. AK Antony to Singapore, China

[IR-PIN] Prez/PM of Foreign countries

Some carried forward from 2012’s news items:

African national congress President Jacob Zuma
African Union Nkosazana Zuma, first woman
Asian forum of parliamentarians Rajyasabha Dy.Chairman PJ Kurien became its President
Australia PM Tony Abbott (liberal) defeated Kelvin Rudd (Labour)
Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid.PM Sheikh Hasina (Awami League party)Speaker: Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury. First lady speaker in Bangladesh
Bhutan
  • King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck: was chief guest at 26th Jan parade in 2013.
  • PM Tshering Tobgay
  • Elections in Jul’13. India had provided EVM.
  • India stopped kerosense and LPG subsidy=bitterness
  • Bhutan has became first country of the world to ban pesticides and herbicide sale to become a 100% organic food growing country .
  • Currency swap agreement with India.
Boby Ghosh New editor of TIME international.
Brazil Dilma Rousseff
Central African Republic President Michel Djotodia belonging to Seleka rebels.
China Prez Xi Jinping replaced Hu JintaoPremeir Li Kequiang replaced Wen Jiabao. Li also got Pakistan’s highest civilian award “Nishan-e-Pakistan”.
Congo Made peace agreement with M23 rebels.
Cuba Prez Raul Castro Replaced Fidel Castro
Czech Republic PM Milos Zeman. Capital Prague
Ecuador President Rafel Correa. Capital Quito
Egypt Adil Mansour interim prez after army threw out Mohd.MorsiMohd. El Baradei became VPPM: Hazem Al BeblawiTamarod campaign:Anti-Morsey campaign, massive street demonstration.
EU Herman Van Rompuy
Fiji President Ratu Epeli NailatikauNew Constitution
France President Francois Hollander replaced Sarkozy
Germany Chancellor Angela Markel won again.
IOC, International olymic Committee Thomas Batch (Germany) repalced Jacques Rogge.
Iran President Hassan Rouhani. He replaced Ahmadinejad.Iran’s supreme leader: Ayatollah Khamenei.
Israel
  • Prez. Simon Peres
  • PM. Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Their parliament is called Knesset.
  • Stephen Hawkings boycotted academic conference in Israel to protest for Palestine.
Italy President Giorgio NapolitanoEnrica Lexie: name of the ship from which two Italian marines killed Indian fishermen.
Japan PM Shinzo Abe. DyPM Taro Aso. Their parliament is called Diet
Japan has shut down all her nuke powerplant in Sep’13, because of the Fukushima disaster.
Jordan King Abdulla II setup parliament for his country.
Kenya Prez Uhuru Kenyatta
Liberia President Ellen Johnson, had came to India
Malaysia PM Najib Razak
Maldives President Nasheed N Waheed replaced Nasheed after coup
Mali Ibrahim Keita new President.Problem: Tuareg rebels.
Mexico Enrique Nieto
Myanmar
  • President Thein Sein
  • Government Signed peace treaty with Wa rebels
  • Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (National league for democracy)
  • Ceasefire with Kanchi rebels
N.Korea Kim Jong-Un
Nepal Khil Raj Regmi
Pakistan Prez Mamnoon Hussain replaced Zardari.PM: Nawaz Sharif (PML-N) party replaced Mir Hazar Khan Khoso
Fair trial bill 2012 in Pakistan. It allows intelligence agency to collect electronic data of citizens.
Mohhammed sarwar: Pakistani- Britain’s first muslim lawmaker. Served 3 terms as MP of Glasgow. Now Punjab province (Pakistan)Governor.
Palestine Pres. Mahmud AbbasPM Salam Fayyad resigned.Became Observer state in UN
Paraguay President Horacio Cartes.Country admitted back in UNASUR
Pope Bennedict XVI, German, Resigned.New Pope: Francis I, (Jorge Mario Bergoglio) first South American pope. He is from Argentina
Ramsar Convention Christopher Briggs became the new Secretary-General
S.Korea President Park Geun-Hye replaced Lee myung Bak. First Lady prez.
Scotland Will hold referendum in 2014 to decide whether Scotland should get independence from rest of United Kingdom.
Srilanka Mahinda Rajpakshe. He threw out CJI Shiran Bandaranyake. Gen.Sarath Fonseca was Ex-Was jailed after power struggle with President.
Syria Prez Bashar Al AsadPM Wael Nader al-Halqi
Thailand Yingluck Shinawatra, first lady PM
Tunisia PM Hamadi Jebali resigned after protests. Capital Tunis
UK PM David Cameron (Conservative)DyPM Nick Clegg (liberal democrats)Ex-PM Margaret Thatcher,Dead.Conservative Party. Known as Iron Lady.
UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon.
President for 68th session: John Ashe of Antigua.
Head of UN Women: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka From south Africa.
Venezuela Prez Nicolas Maduro after Huge Chavez died.
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe won again. New Constitution approved. Now President can be elected for two 5-year terms only.

USA Related

Edward Snowden: Exposed NSA’s project PRISM. Given temporary asylum in Russia. For more on PRISM project, click me

Private Bradley Manning: American Soldier, leaked confidential cables to wikileaks. Jailed. Later went through sex-change. New name is Chelsea Manning.

  • President Obama (Democratic party). Defeated Mitt Romney (Republican) Term ends in 2017.
  • VP Joe Biden
  • Secretary of state:John Kerry, replaced Hilary Clinton.
  • FBI: James Comey.
  • CIA: John Brennan
  • NSA: Susan Rice
  • Federal reserves: Janet Yallen will replace Ben S Bernanke
  • FDA: Gave permission to anti-HIV drug TRUVADA.
  • US Envoy to UN: Samantha Power

[IR-PIN] Diaspora/ Indians awarded abroad

Ami Bera California, House of representative.
Amol Rajan Editor of The Independent, in Britain
Anil Ananthaswami UK, won Physics journalism prize.
Autar Kaw US professor of the year. Teaches Mechanical engg.
Bobby Jindal Louisiana Governer, USA, Indian origin, Republican party
CNR Rao Got Chinese award for international cooperation in Science.
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak Educationist, Literary critic. Won Kyoto Prize – Japanese equivalent of Nobel.
Halimah Yacob First woman speaker of Singapore.
Jawaharlal Darda Indian Freedom fighter from Maharashtra. Britain’s house of commons gave him lifetime achievement award.
Kamla Harris First Indian American to become attorney general in USA.
Kamla Persad Bissessar PM of Trinidad and Tobago. Chief Guest of PBD-2012.
Kiran Mazmudar Shaw Founder of Biocon. She is selected as trustee in United States Pharmacopeia convention.
Krishna Arora Won Order of Australia medal for her community service
Lisa Sthalekar Australian woman cricketer, retired.
Natwar Gandhi CFO of Washington DC. Resigned.
Nikki Haley Governor of South Carolina state in US(republican party)
Nisha Desai Biswal US Asst.Sec. South and Central Asia
Patricia Maria Rozario UK Musician. Won PBD 2013.
Perilla Bhandari Swatz Only Indian woman captian in US Marines. Cease from Sikkim.
Rajkeswur Purryag President of Mauritius. Chief guest of Pravasi bharatiya divas-2013
Rangaswami Srinivasan Cofounder of LASIK Eye surgery. Given national medal for tech and innovation in USA.
Rasu Ramachandran Won award in Singapore for Development of Libraries.
Sangeet Chowfla New President of GMAC- this non profit body conducts GMAT exam.
Sardar Ramesh Singh Arora First Sikh to be elected in Punjab provincial assembly of Pakistan
Savita Halappanavar Dentist, Died in Ireland during pregnancy. After her death, Ireland made law to permit woman have abortion in case of life danger/abnormality.
Shanti Gandhi Great grandson of Gandhi.Won Kansas state assembly election.
Sri Srinivas Judge of US court of appeals in DC circuit.
Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan New CEO of Anglogold-Ashanti ltd – one of the largest producers of Gold.
Sunetra Gupta Indian born scientist now joined prestigious royal society of London.
Sunil R Kulkarni State judge in N. California
Sundar Pichai Head of Google’s Android business. From IIT-K
Sunil Kulkarni First Indian judge in N.Carolina
Tulsi Gabbard 1st Hindu in US House of Representatives (their Lok Sabha). Elected from Hawai State.Party:Democrat.She took oath on Gita, Served in US army, was deployed in Iraq.
Vandana Gandhi UAE’s business excellance award for her nursery education chain Orchard nursery.
Vince Girdhari chhabaria Appointed judge in California.
Venkatesh Mannar Scientists got highest civilian award in Canada. His work in Micronutrient deficiency.
Vijay Singh Indian-American professor.Won top US environment award.

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Economy: Regulators/Top Bodies

IMF Christine Lagarde
World Bank Jim Yong Kim. (For whom UPSC admitted setting Wrong MCQ)
WTO Roberto Azevedo (Brazil) replaced Pascal Lamy.
ADB Takehiko Nakao, Japan
RBI
  • Raghuram Rajan replaced D.Subbarao as 23rd Governor of RBI
  • Studied @IIT Delhi, IIM-A
  • Was youngest ever chief economist @IMF
  • Served as chief economic advisor to Finance minister
  • Book: Fault Lines: How hidden fractures still threaten the world economy.
SEBI UK Sinha replaced C. B. Bhave
CCI Ashok Chawla
NABARD Snehlata Shrivastava
IRDA TS Vijayan replaced J Hari Narayan
PFRDA Yogesh Agarwal
Forward Market commission Ramesh Abhishek
GST Panel Abdul Rahim Rather replaced Sushil Modi.
ICAI (Chartered accountants) Subordinate dh Kumar Agrawal

Banks/Public-NBFC/PSUs

only covering those who were in news for 2013. Otherwise it’ll be a mile long list.

Allahabad Bank Subhalakshmi PAnse
Axis Bank Shikha Sharma
Bank of America- India head Kaku Nakhate
Bank of India VR Iyer
Bank of India Vijayalakshmi Iyer
Canara Bank RK Dubey
Central Bank Rajeev Rishi
HDFC Renu KArnad
HSBC India NAina Lal Kidwai
ICICI Too cliched. Chanda Kochher
IDBI CMD MS Raghvan
IDFC Rajiv Lall
IFCI CEO and MD Santosh B Nayar
JP Morgan India Kalpana Morparia
Royal Bank of Scotland-Indian operatis Meera Sanyal
SBI Arundhati Bhattacharya replaced Pratip Chaudhari and became 1st woman to head SBI
State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur B.Sriram
United Bank of India Chairman and MD Archana Bhargava
UTI asset  Management Leo Puri

Companies, Associations

Only covering those who were in news for 2013. Otherwise it’ll be a mile long list.

Air Asia Joint venture of Tata Sons Malaysian LCC and Telestra.CEO: Mittu ChandaliyaChairman: SK Ramadoli
ASSOCHAM Rana Kapoor of Yes Bank became the new President
BALCO, under Vedanta Ramesh Nair
BBC Tony Hall
Berlshire Hathaway Warren Buffett
Bharat Forge Baba Kalyani
Bharat Petroleum S.Varadarajan
BSE Ashish Kumar Chauhan
CII S.Gopalkrishnan.Co-founder of Infosys.
Dr.Reddy’s GV Prasad
Editors Guild N.Ravi of the Hindu.
General Electronics India Banmali Agrawala
Hindustan uniliver Sanjiv Mehta
IMF executive director from India Rakesh Mohan
Infosys Narayan Murthy returns as Executive chairman of the board, and KV Kamath (former-ICICI) steps down.
International chamber of commerce Sunil Bharti became Vice President
International coffee council Javed Akhtar new chairman.
LIC SK Roy replaced DK Malhotra
Maruti Suzuki India Kenichi Ayikawa
NALCO CMD Anshuman Das
NASSCOM Krishnakumar Natarajan of Mindtree
Nestle India Etienne Benet
Procter & Gamble AG Lafley
Ranbaxy Laboratories Malvinder Singh. Keeps getting notices/penalties in USA
TVS Automobiles Sanjay Nigam
Twitter Jack Dorsey is chairman, Evan Williams is founder. Planning for $1 billion IPO

[News] Economy related

For White label ATM, NSEL crisis etc read the articles in this google folder:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B0DPgaYAtDgmQUNCLXgtYzR6VUU/edit?usp=sharing

Here are some more news: I’m not going into details but you should prepare for MCQs/ interviews:

  1. Global competitiveness  Index 2013, by World Economic Forum: Switzerland on 1st, India on 60th rank
  2. Only public sector companies will be allowed to explore shale gas
  3. GAAR Rules will implemented from 1st Apr 2016
  4. Non-Agri trade cannot be done on Saturdays: notifies FMC
  5. Company Bill passed in parliament
  6. NABARD act amended to increase cap to 20k crore.
  7. Custom duty on gold, silver, platinum hiked
  8. Our Forex reserves slips down below $280 billion.
  9. RBI’s Q1 review
  10. RBI: Unique Customer Identification Code (UCIC). For strengthening Know Your Customer (KYC)/Anti-Money Laundering (AML)/Combating of Financing of Terrorism (CFT).
  11. RBI’s KK Vohra panel for loan products
  12. RBI’s CDS norms for corporate bonds
  13. SEBI: Gold ETF permission
  14. RBI penalized 6 banks for flouting KYC norms after sting operation from Cobrapost.
  15. RBI and gold import curbs
  16. National Housing bank to get $ 100 million loan from World Bank
  17. Green Banking: attempts to reduce paper wastage/Carbon footprints in banking. Example using net banking instead of cheque-book
  18. Rupee downfall. Import duty on gold
  19. Foreign investment limit in government securities (G-sec) : $ 5 billion
  20. Chindu’s 10 points action plan to strengthen economy.
  21. 5 PSUs come up with 4000MW solar projects
  22. Committee: Parthasarathi Shome commission for Tax administration reform.
  23. Sovereign Wealth funds
  24. Disinvestment cleared for STC and ITDC
  25. Banking licenses. Winners to be announced by 2014.
  26. Cement cos get fined for cartelization
  27. Civil Aviation regulation authority
  28. Mittal exits Odisha steel project.
  29. FDI norms relaxed in Aug
  30. Urea investment policy
  31. Money laundering bill
  32. Tax information exchange agreement (TIEA) with Liechtenstein.
  33. Human development report 2013
  34. EU imposed anti-dumping duty on Indian steel
  35. Russia became the 156th member of WTO
  36. Maharatna status for BHEL and GAIL
  37. RRB act Amendment bill.
  38. Inflation indexed bonds
  39. Universal commodity exchange
  40. MCX-SX: third online shock exchange after BSE and NSE.
  41. SEZ norms liberalized.
  42. EPFO to give 8.5% interest
  43. Saxo Bank Denmark, entered India.
  44. Sugar price decontrol after Rangarajan Panel.
  45. SARADHA groups scam, West Bengal.
  46. Debt Waiver scheme: launched in 2008. CAG report talks about scam in this.
  47. Forward market commission’s Administrative control:
    1. Before: Department of consumer affairs under Agro min
    2. Now: under Chindu (Finance ministry)
    3. FMC statutory body. This move done because of NSEL scam
    4. RBI asks Banks to end Zero interest EMF(Equated Monthly interest ) Scheme
    5. SBI to expand CASH DEPOSIT MACHINES(CDM) to tap portion of currency within people
    6. SEBI debarred DSQ software from entering capital market for 7 years
    7. SEBI merges FIIs and QFIs into new FPIs category
    8. INDIA BANK launches Combo loan(Home, Vehicle & Consumer Durables loan @ 10.2%)

[News] Infrastructure related

Transport/Communication

  1. Double decker trains between Chennai to Bangalore.
  2. Mumbai’s eastern Free way
  3. Benihal Qazigunz rail link
  4. World’s highest railbridge @River Chinab- will connect Baramulla & Srinagar to Jammu.
  5. Andaman Grand Trunk Road: SC Banned Tourists to protect jarva tribe
  6. Ghat ki guni Tunnel-Links jaipur with agra via NH-11
  7. Kishan Ganga Hydro Project, Gurez valley North Kashmir. Court of Arbitration permitted India to go ahead under Indus-Water Treaty 1960
  8. Biotoilets in all trains by 2019
  9. Metro rail= Already in Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Banglore. New plans for Lucknow (2014), Raipur, Cochi, Hyd, Mumbai.
  10. Pir Panjal tunnel: connect Jammu’s Banihal with Kashmir’s Kazigund. (railways). This will be Asia’s 2nd longest railway tunnel.
  11. Jawahar Tunnel or Banihal Tunnel: connecting between Banihal and Qazigund on NH 1A (Highway).
  12. SMS based railway ticket booking: 139 or 5676714
  13. DIESEL LOCOMOTOIVE engines roll out India’s most powerful engine -5500 CC(WGD5 prototype)
  14. Cabinet gave approval to setup ports @Sagar, WB. And @Andhra
  15. Gobalpur port, Odisha: new all-weather port.
  16. Telegram service permanently stopped. 1850: first telegram was between Kolkata and Diamond Harbour
  17. Mukesh will use Anil’s optical fiber network to laydown 1.2 lakh km national fiber network for his Reliance Jio Infocomm. This will help in 4G broadband.
  18. National internet registry for managing IP addresses.
  19. SISTEMA SHYAM TELESERVICES(MTS BRAND) become the 1st company to get Unified License from Gov.

Economy related IR

  1. Gwadar Port: Pakistan handed over to china
  2. Colombo port Project: China developing this.
  3. Chabahar port, Iran: India helping to develop this.
  4. Sri Lanka’s Northern Railway project: Indian railministry’s IRCON financed this.
  5. India’s Currency swap agreements with Japan and Bhutan.
  6. Social security agreement with Portugal, Austria.
  7. Tax information exchange agreement with Gibraltar.
  8. Teesta water treaty with Bangladesh
  9. Double taxation avoidance treaty/convention/treaty (DTAC) with Latvia, Albania, Sweden, South Korea, UK
  10. Indo-Japan pact on rare earths.

Power/Energy/Environment/Science

  1. India’s first Geo-thermal power Plant: at Tatapani, Balrampur, Chattisgarh by NTPC.
  2. Okhla Compost Plant, Delhi: India’s first plant to receive carbon credit under UNFCC.
  3. Rashtriya Adarsha Vidhyalaya by Union government + Indian corporates via PPP
  4. Kundankulam Nucl plant, TN, by NPCIL. SC gave it permission
  5. Asia’s largest solar project @Jodhpur Rajasthan by Welspun energy.
  6. Tawang Hydel project: Tawang chu river in Arunanchal.
  7. 4000MW Ultra Mega green solar power project @Sambhar lake, Rajasthan
  8. Barmer, Rajasthan: Cairn India found oil in Rageshwari Block.
  9. Bureau of water use efficiency=>National watermission=>National action plan on climate change.
  10. National plan for aquatic ecosystems by merging Lake conversation and Wetland conservation programs.
  11. GM trials for castor oil, maize and wheat cleared by MoEF’s GEAC.
  12. Karnataka watershed project gets $60 million loan from world bank
  13. E-business portal, designed by Infosys for Commerce Ministry to promote government to business connectivity.
  14. Coal gate, missing files.
  15. RTS,S Vaccine by GlaxoSmithKline for Malaria trial successful
  16. JENVAC- India’s Indigenous Vaccine to prevent Japanese Encephalitis(Mosquito born)-Produced by PPP mode (Bharat Biotech & Indian council of Medical Research)

Schemes

  1. Education schemes: Click ME
  2. SC/ST/OBC/PH related: Click ME
  3. Women related: Click ME
  4. Public Health/ maternity / childcare: Click ME
  5. E-Governance related: Click ME

Some new Schemes/initiatives:

  1. Zero Landless project: started in Kerala
  2. Teleradiology service: started in Guwahati by Health ministry. It’ll help sending x-ray / CT scans from regional hospitals to speciality hospitals across India.
  3. All women University @Rae Bareli in UP
  4. Urban Health mission 2013
  5. National skill development agency, autonomous body.
  6. Roshni skill development project for Naxal hit areas
  7. First public health university in India: at Bhuveneshwar Orissa.via PPP.
  8. Rashtriya Bal Swastha Karyakram launched from Thane.
  9. MyIndia Initiative- Digital Volunteer Programme. By Ministry of Info and Broadcasting, to talk about Government schemes and programmes on different social media platforms
  10. Adhar/UIDAI unnecessary for government scheme benefits- Government tells SC

[News]Polity

list definitely not exhaustive.

Bills/ Acts

  1. India became the first country in South Asia to ban cosmetic product testing on animals. Guilty will be punished under drugs and cosmetics act
  2. Himachal Pradesh becomes the first smoke-free state in the country under the cigarettes and other tobacco products at 2003
  3. Kerala: Liquor purchase age is increased from 18 to 21
  4. Tamil Nadu’s new litigation policy
  5. National water framework bill
  6. Sexual harassment bill
  7. Land acquisition bill
  8. Electronic delivery of services bill
  9. Ordinance/bill to protect convicted MPs.
  10. Manual scavenging bill
  11. Judicial appointment bill
  12. Pension bill
  13. SEBI amendment bill
  14. Banking Amendment
  15. Criminal law (Amendment) bill 2013 against rape, Anti-Rape ordinance
  16. Juvenile Justice Act & Delhi rape case.
  17. Citizen’s charter bill
  18. Food security bill/ordinance
  19. Real Estate regulation bill
  20. Telengana the 29th State
  21. CIC’s order on Political parties coming Right to information act vs Government trying to amend RTI act to counter it.
  22. National Integration council meet in New Delhi.

SC Decisions

  1. Disqualifying Convicted legislators (vs Governments ordinance/bill to counter it)
  2. Voters get NOTA (none of the above) choice. Allied topic: VVAP: Voter verified paper audit trail
  3. Andaman Grand Trunk Road: SC Banned Tourists to protect jarva tribe
  4. CBI autonomy
  5. Cauvery Water dispute tribunal
  6. Passport doesn’t prove Indian citizenship

Civilian Awards/Achievements

[Awards] Nobel 2013

category who why?
Chemistry
  1. Martin Karplus
  2. Michael Levitt
  3. Arieh Warshel
  • Developing computer models that can predict chemical reactions for use in creating new drugs and other tasks.
Economics
  1. Eugene F. Fama
  2. Robert J. Shiller
  3. Lars Peter Hansen
Research on how the market prices of assets/stocks move.
Literature Alice Munro (Canada)
  • Master of the contemporary short story.
  • often called “Canada’s Chekhov”
  • Notable books: “The Moons of Jupiter,” ”The Progress of Love” and “Runaway.”
  • 2009 Man Booker International Prize for her lifetime body of work
Medicine
  1. James E. Rothman
  2. Randy W. Schekman
  3. Thomas C. Sudhof
  • in understanding how key substances move within a cell.
  • They developed better understanding of vesicles, tiny bubbles that deliver their cargo within a cell to the right place at the right time.
  • Disturbances in that delivery system can lead to neurological diseases, diabetes or immunological disorders.
Peace Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. (OPCW)
  • 190 nations signed its treaty.
  • deploys teams worldwide to find chemical weapons and their manufacturing sites.
  • Currently planning the destruction of chemical weapons stockpiles and facilities in Syria.
  • HQ: Hague, Netherlands
  • Chief: Ahmet Uzumcu
Physics
  1. Peter Higgs
  2. Francois Englert
  • Theory about how subatomic particles get their mass.
  • Their theory made headlines last year when the CERN laboratory in Geneva confirmed it by discovering the so-called Higgs particle.

Nobel 2012

Category Who? Why?
Chemistry Lefkowitz, Kobilka Protein receptors that let body cell respond to signals.
Economics Roth, Shapley. Stable allocation + market design.
Litt. Mo Yan First Chinese writer to get this award.
Medicine Gurdon, Yamanaka Regenerative medicine. Cure disease by growing tissues in lab.
Peace EU Lolz
Physics Haroche, Wineland Measure quantum particles, without destroying them.

Nobel: Indian

  1. Venkatarama Ramakrishnan
Chemistry
  1. Amartya Sen
Economics
  1. Tagore
Litt.
  1. Rudyard Kipling
Litt.
  1. VS Naipaul
Litt.
  1. Dr. Hargobind Khorana
Medicine
  1. Mother Teresa
Peace
  1. S. Chandrasekhar
Physics

Nobel Facts

  1. Nobel prize recipients are called laureates. started in 1901
  2. The award consists of a medal, a personal diploma, and a cash prize (8-million Swedish kroner (SEK) – almost $1.2 million U.S. dollars as of September 2013). Money comes from fund created by Swedish inventor of Dynamite Alfred Nobel.
  3. The Economics medal has no inscription.
  4. Nobel prizes are announced in advance but awarded on December 10, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death.
  5. The Nobel Prizes for Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature and Economics are awarded at a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden.
  6. The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded at its own ceremony in Oslo, Norway. Periodically, no prize has been awarded. This happened most recently in 1972.
  7. The number of winners is limited to three per category.
  8. A person must be alive to be nominated. If they die during the consideration period, their name will be removed. Only if a person is announced as a winner and dies prior to the ceremony, will a posthumous award be given.

[Awards] Public service/media/Courage

Indira Gandhi award for National integration 2012: Gulzar2013: Agro Scientist MS Swaminathan
Indira Gandhi peace prize
  • 2011: Ela Ramesh Bhatt. SEWA founder. Actually won for in 2011, but was awarded that prize in 2013. SEWA= Self Employed Women’s Association
  • 2012: Liberian President Ellen Sirleaf
Desmond TuTu South African peace icon . Supporter of gay’s right.
G.D. Agarwal Former professor of IIT. Fasting for to stop construction along ganga.
Lokmanya tilak award 2013 Metro man E. Shreedharan
Legend of the planet Award, France Bindeshwar Pathak for his ecofriendly toilets “Sulabh Sauchalayas”.
Liberation of war honor Given to Pranab. By Bangladeshis for his contribution in 1971
Magsaysay award 2013
  • 2012: Kulandei Francis (India) for Microenterprises in TN. but for 2013 No Indian selected.
  1. Habiba Sarabi,Afghanistan’s first and only female governor.
  2. Ernesto Domingo, from the Philippines.
  3. Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi (Corruption Eradication Commission),
  4. Lahpai Seng Raw, from Myanmar,
  5. Shakti Samuha (“Power Group”), from Nepal
Mahatma Gandhi international award for peace reconciliation Brigalia Bam for 2013. for her work in human rights
Malala Yousafzai
  • Youngest nominee for noble peace prize.
  • Addressed UN assembly in Jul 13.
  • UN declared 12 July as Malala Day.
Mountaineering
  1. First Amputee to scale Everest: Arunima Sinha, UP.
  2. First Paki woman to scale Everest: Samina Baig.
  3. First Saudi woman to Everest: Raha Moharrak
  4. Youngest to climb Mt.Kilimanjaro in Africa: Aaryan Balaji.
National Communal harmony awards 2011-12 given in 2013 by President.

  • Khamliana, Mizoram
  • Mohd.Abdul Bari, Odisha
  • Foundation for Amity and National solidarity, Delhi (org.)
National Florence Nightingale award By Health ministry for Nursing professionals
National Youth Icons Selected by election Commission of India, to attract young voters: Mary Kom, Saina, Dhoni and Kalam.
Nomura Award Kiran Bedi for her public service.
Outstanding parliamentarian 2012 JDU MP Sharad Yadav. This selection by parliamentary award Committee.
Padma awards Vibhushan

  1. Raghunath Mohapatra, Sculpture, Orissa
  2. S Haider Raza, Painter, Delhi
  3. Prof Yash Pal, Science and Engineering, Uttar Pradesh
  4. Prof Roddam Narasimha, Science and Engineering, Karnataka

Padma Bhushan=24, Shri=80=list is not worth the ‘majoori’.

Prem Bhati awards for political reporting Shalini Singh of The Hindu
Pritzker award Richest award in Architecture.
Pulitzer prizes 2013 No award given in ‘fiction’ category, just like 2012. New York times won 4 awards
Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavna award 2013 Sarod maestro ustad amjad ali khan. Given on august 20 on Rajiv’s Birthday.
Tagore Award 2013 Zubin Mehta for cultural harmony. Jury included prime minister. Zubin had done music concert in Sri Nagar. Organized by German Embassy.
TED Prize For individual with great vision to change world. 2013′s award went to Prof. Sugata Mitra, an educationist.
UN Public service awards
  1. Kerala’s mass contact program
  2. Swavalamban of Dhanbad district
  3. MP’s Graamin Haat.
UN Youth courage award Razia Sultana, UP for helping child labourers.
Whitney awards Considered green oscars. Indian wildlife biologist Aparajita Datta for protection of Hornbill in Arunanchal.

[Awards] Movies/Beauty

Beauty
  1. Miss India 2013: Navneet Kaur Dhillon
  2. Miss America 2014: Nina Davuluri. Subjected to racist remarks on Twitter.
  3. Miss India Worldwide: Nehal Bhogaita, deaf and mute.
  4. Miss World 2013: Megan Young, Philippines. Venue: Bali, Indonesia
  5. Miss universe 2013: Yet to be decide because contest in Nov 2013. Venue: Moscow.
Dada Saheb Phalke award 2012 Pran.
Golden bear award Given in Berlin film festival.
National film award 2012 Best film: Paan Singh Tomar
Oscar 2013
  1. Argo: best film
  2. Life of pie: best visual effects, direction etc.
  3. Indian entry: Barfi by Anurag Basu (Hindi)
Oscar 2014 Indian entry : The Good Road, by Gyan Correa (Gujarati)
SAARC film festival Held in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Paan Singh Tomar won best film award.

[Awards] Academic/Arts

Abel Prize Considered Noble for maths. Given to Belgaian Mathematician Pierre Deligne.
Chameli Devi Jain Purasarkar For Outstanding Woman Mediaperson.Alka Dhupkar of IBN’s Marathi channel won it.
Dan David Prize For one field each in three time dimensions: past, present and future. For science, arts and humanities.
Education Nobel Prize Dr.Madhav Chawan. @Doha
Giving pledge Started by Bill Gates + Warren Buffet. To encourage rich people to give part of their wealth for charity. Azim Premji first Indian to sign up.
Goldman prize Considered oscars for environment movements / green nobel.
Highest IQ Lauren Marbe, 16yo schoolgirl from UK. Has IQ Higher than Einstein.Neha Ramu: another UK girl of Indian origina has IQ 162.
Life Science breakthru prize Started by Mark Zuckerberg (facebook) and Sergey Brin (google)
National bioscience award Also called N-BIOS prize. Given to scientists below 45 age. Venkat Mohan got it.
Sand artists Sudarshan Patnayak. Has won Russian award for sand art competition in Russia.
Sangeet Natak Academy awards awards started in 2006 in memory of shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan.2013: more than 30 people given this award hence list is not worth the ‘majoori’.
Shaw prize Given for astronomy, medicine and maths.
Yuri Milner award Richest academic prize for medicine and biology: 3 million USD each.

[Books in News]

PIN-literature

Man Booker Fiction 2012

  • Hilary Mantel’s Bring up the bodies. She has won this prize twice.
  • Jeet Thayil’s Narcopolis-Tale of mumbai’s opimioum addiction. Booker price shortlisted but did not win.

Man Booker Fiction Shortlisted for 2013

We Need New Names NoViolet Bulawayo
The Luminaries Eleanor Catton
Harvest Jim Crace
The Lowland Jhumpa Lahiri
A Tale for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki
The Testament of Mary Colm Tóibín

Man Booker International 2013

  • American writer Lydia Davis.
  • Given every two year, to a living author.
  • Work in English or translated in English.
  • Indian author UR Ananthamurty was also nominated for his book novel “Samskara”

[Books] Non-Booker Awards

Asom Ratna Indira Goswami, Literature.
Commonwealth book prize 2013
  • Death of Bees, Lisa O’Donnell
  • Island of a Thousand Mirrors, Nayomi Munaweera (Sri Lanka)
  • Sterile Sky, E.E. Sule (Nigeria)
DSC Prize for South Asian literature Jeet Thayil for his novel Narcopolis.
Hindu Literary prize Jerry Pinto’s novel “Em and the Big hoom”.
Jnanpith 2012 Ravuri Bharadwaj, Telugu writer.
SAARC literature award @Agra in 2013. Indian poet-diplomat Abhay K. won. His books; Seduction of Delhi, Enigmatic love etc.
Saraswati samman Given by KK Birla foundationSugathakumari, Malyalam poetess for 2012
Surjit hans Indian professor won award in london for translating Shakespeare’s work into Punjabi.
Walter Scott Prize For historical fiction, UK

[Books] List of Books and Authors

A garland of memories Ruskin Bond
Ambedkar’s World: The Making of Babasaheb and Dalit Movement Eleanor Zelliot
An uncertain Glory: India and its contradictions Jean dreze,Amrathya Sen
Ash in the Belly- India’s unfinished battle against Hunger Harsh Mander
Bangladesh: The Prize of freedom By noted photographer Rahu Rai
Breakout Nations: In pursuit of the next economic miracle Ruchir Sharma. Won Tata lit. award for first book.
Calcutta: Two years in the city Amit Chaudhuri
Cuckoo’s Calling JK Rowling (Harry Potter fame) she wrote this novel with a pseudonym “Robert Galbraith”. Her previous novel Casual vacancy.
Dare to Do! For the new Generation Former IPS Kiran Bedi
Daughter of Empire Pamela Hicks
Dear Life Alice Munro, Canada
Durbar Tavleen Singh
Earth Songs WB CM Mamata Benerjee
Economic Policies and India’s reform agenda YV Reddy
Em and the Big hoom Jerry Pinto’s novel. Won Hindu Literary prize.
FIFTH ESTATE Biopic on JULIAN ASSANGE (Wikileaks founder)
Fractured Times: Culture and society in 20th Century Eric Hobsbawn
Freethinker’s prayerbook Khushwant Singh
Grammatica Grandonica Sanskrit grammar book written by a Jesuit Missionary For.Hanxlenden. Restored after 300 years.
Hilary Mantel Won two man booker prizes. This time for book “Bring up the bodies”.
How not to make money Raj Kundra (Shilpa Shetty’s husband) and allegedly involved in IPL spot fixing 2013.
Impossible Indian: Gandhi and Temptation of violance Faisal Devji
Indignez Vous Book by Stephane Hessel. Had inspired Occupy wallstreet movement. Author is dead.
Inferno Dan Brown (he wrote Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, Lost Symbol)
Inside Out Autobiography of Paki cricketer Mustaq Mohammad
Jesus of Nazaeth: the Infancy narratives Pope Benedict XVI
Kabuliwala’s Bengali Wife. By Sushmita Bangerjee. It details her escape from Taliban ruled Afghanistan in 1995. She was recently murdered by Talibans.
Land of seven rivers Sanjeev sanyal
Law’s Empire Ronald Dworkin. Dead
Life of Pi Yann Martel. Made into movie by Ang Lee. Suraj Sharma played hero.
My father, our fraternity Sarod Maestro Amjal Ali Khan
My journey: transforming dreams into actions APJ Kalam
My tryst with justice Justice PN Bhagwati
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Germany By his daughter Prof Ania Pfaff
New Market Tales Jayant Kriplani
Pataudi-Nawab of Cricket Suresh Menon
Patriots and Partition Ramchandra Guha
Samudra Mantha: Sino-Indian rivalry in the Indo Pacific C.Raja Mohan.
Sanjay story Vinod Mehta
Sethji Shobha De
Sounding Off Resul Pookutty- he had won Oscar for soundtrack in Slumdog Millionaire
Sunshine Lence Prasun Joshi, Noted lyricist.
The games Indians play why we are the way we are. V Raghunathan.
The Great Gatsby P.Scott Fitzerland
The Lowland Jhumpa Lahiri. shortlisted for Booker 2013 for fiction.
The NaMo story Kingshuk Nag
The Prabhakaran Saga S Murari
The Race of my life-an autobiography Milkha Singh
The Sea of innocence Kishwar Desai. About rape of Scarlet Jones in Goa.
The test of my life: from cricket to cancer and back Yuvaraj Singh
The Wildlings Nilanjan Roy
Untold story of people of Azad Kashmir Christopher Snedden
Walking the lions: Tales from a diplomatic past Natwar Singh

Sports

Football

Australia became a member of ASEAN’s football federation.
David Beckham Retired. Played for Manchester united.
Durand Cup India’s oldest football tournament. The prize money increased from 20 lakh to 50 lakh. Kolkata’s Mohammedan Sporting defeated defeated ONGC
FIFA 2014 will use Goal line technology to determine ball had passed through goal line or not.. Will be Hosted in Brazil. Mascot: Armadillo called “Fuleco”.Lydia Nsekera, Burundi, First women in FIFA executive committee
Golden Boot 2012 Lionel Messi.
Praful Patel President of all India Football Federation.
SAFF South Asian football championship. Afghanistan defeated India.
Santosh Trophy Services won against Kerala.

Cricket

Ashes series 2013 England won Against Australia
ICC Champions Trophy 2013 India Won against England at Birmingham.
ICC Women’s World Cup Australia defeated West Indies at Mumbai.
IPL-2013 Mumbai Indians defeated Chennai
Parvez Rasool Asgar First person from J/K in Indian cricket team.
Ranji Trophy 2013 Mumbai defeated Suarashtra.
T-20 World Cup England defeated New Zealand at Auckland.
Thirush Kamini India’s woman opening batsman. First Indian player to hit century in women’s world cup 2012.
Vijay Hazare Trophy Delhi Won.
World Cup 2015
  • Jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand in February 2015.
  • Two groups of Seven Teams
  • Both India and Pakistan are in pool-B.

Hockey

Asia Cup Hokey Held @Ipoh, Malayasia.South Korea defeated India.India’s VR Raghunath=Player of the tournament.
Hockey India League Ranchi Rhinos won.
Indian Hockey Federation President V.Dinesh Reddy
Leslic Claudius Triple Olympic Gold Medalist from India.Dead.
New coach for India Maharaj Kishan Kaushik
Sultan Azlan Shah Australia defeated Malaysia

Tennis Tournaments 2013

Name Won Lost
Australia open Man: Djokovic, Serbia 1st man to win this tournament three times in a row. Man: Andy Murray, UK
Woman: Vicoria Azarenka, Belarus. Woman: Li Na
Brazil Open, Madrid Open, Italian Open Nadal Not important.
Dubai Open Men’s Doubles BhupathiWomen’s Doubles Sania Mizra Not important.
French Open Nadal. Became first player to win eight singles at the same grand slam tournament. David Ferrer.
Serena Williams, US Sharapova.
Wimbledon Ande Murray. First Briton to win after 1936. Djokovic
Marion Bartoli. Her first grand slam single, French Sabine Lisicki
US Open Nadal, Spain Djokovic, Serbia
Serena Williams, US Vicoria Azarenka, Belarus.
Doubles: Leander Paes and Stepanek (Czech)Paes’ Grandslams: 8 doubles, 14 overall. Some players from brazil and Australia
Cincinnati Masters Nadal, Spain Some unseeded player, hence name not important.
Azarenka (Belarus) Serena Williams (USA)

Davis Cup Commitment award: to Leander Paes and Jaidip Mukherji

Badminton

Indian Badminton League Indian Badminton league: similar to IPL.Lee Chong Wei costliest player went to mumbaiSaina Nehwal’s “Hyderabad hotshots” won it.
Indian open Ratchano, ThailandLee Chong in Men
Malaysian grand prix PV Sindhu defeated Singapore’s Juan Gu
Thomas cup & Uber Cup Will be hosted in India in 2014
World Badminton championship in Guangzhou, ChinaGold: Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand) female. Lin Dan (China) Man.Silver: not important.Bronze: PV Sindhu (India)

Olympics

  • IOC, International Olympic Committee: Thomas Batch (Germany) replaced Jacques Rogge.
  • 2020 (Summer) Olympics will be held in Tokyo, Japan. Motto: Discover Tomorrow. and Wrestling is included.
  • Special Olympics for disabled. India won 46 medals @Pyhongchang China.
  • Olympics for Mentally disabled. Held in S.Korea

Indians @London Olympic 2012

Gagan Narang Bronze. 10 air-rifle
Krishna Poonia discus throw. Did not win
Mary Kom Bronze. Women flywt. Boxing
Saina Nehwal Bronze. Single badminton
Sushil Kumar Silver Wrestle 66kg. He was flag-bearer. He got bronze in 2008 Beijing.
Vijay Kumar Silver. 25 rapid fire pistol. Rajiv G.Khel ratna
Yogeshwar dutt Bronze. 60kg wrestle. Rajiv G.Khel ratna.

Chess

fifa-2014-mascot

  • These Indians won some foreign tournaments: Parimarajan Negi, P.Harikrishna.
  • Widith Gujrathi: 30th Grandmaster
  • Abijit Gupta: Commonwealth Chess Championship
  • K.Jennitha: World chess championship for disabled.
  • Grenke Chess classic 2013: Anand won

Miscellaneous

  • Rupesh Shah: Asian Billiards
  • Ronnie O’Sullivan: World Snooker-Became champion for the fifth time
  • PGA 2013 Tigerwoods.
  • Australian Grand prix 2013: Kimmy Raikkonel.
  • Malkhamb: Madhya Pradesh declared it as state’s sport
  • Henry Rebello: athlete from India, participated in London Olympics’48. Dead.
  • Anand Shetty (Flying Bunt): Sprinter. Dead
  • World cup for shooting: Rahi Sarnobat -1st Indian woman to win gold in pistol shooting.
  • Archery World cup @Shanghai: Bronze by Indian women’s team.
  • National Archery Championship at Raipur Chhattisgarh. Assam won.
  • Swarn Singh Virk: won gold in Asian Rowing championship, China.

Sport Mascots

Beijing Olympics 2008 Fuwa (good-luck dolls)
Cricket World Cup 2011 Stumpy, the elephant.
CWG, 2011 Shera, the tiger.
Kabbadi world cup 2012, India JAANBAZ, the eagle.
London Olympics 2012 Wenlock + Mandeville. They symbolize Britain’s industrial revolution.
FIFA 2014 Armadillo named “Fuleco”

Sports Awards

RG Khel Ratna
  • Shooter Ronjan Sodhi. He had also won ISSF shooting world cup: (silver, double trap).
  • Before him Khel Ratna was given to Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt.
Laureus Awards 2013 Usain Bolt (male) and Jessica Ennis (Female) for their Olympic 2013 records.

Arjun Awards 2013

Mr. Abhijeet Gupta Chess
Mr. Amit Kumar Saroha Athletics (Para)
Mr. Dharmender Dalal Wrestling
Mr. Gagan Jeet Bhullar Golf
Mr. Ranjith Maheshwari Athletics
Mr. Rupesh Shah Billiards & Snooker
Mr. Virat Kohli Cricket
Ms. Chekrovolu Swuro Archery
Ms. Joshna Chinnappa Squash
Ms. Kavita Chahal Boxing
Ms. Mouma Das Table Tennis
Ms. Neha Rathi Wrestling
Ms. P.V. Sindhu Badminton
Ms. Rajkumari Rathore Shooting
Ms. Saba Anjum Hockey

Dronacharya 2013 Award for Coaches

K.P. Thomas Athletics
Mahavir Singh Boxing
Narinder Singh Saini Hockey
Poornima Mahato Archery
Raj Singh Wrestling

Places in News

Ahmedabad First city in South Asia to have a comprehensive heat action plan
Arunanchal Pradesh New wild banana species found-Musa Velutina
Bangalore International airport renamed after Hiriya Kempegowda. He was a ruler under the Vijayanagar empire
Betul In Gawilgarh hills, MP. ASI has found 12000 year old paintings from here.
Bushehr Province Iran earthquake in april
Cyclone Phailin Odisha and Andhra
Daocheng Yading world’s highest civilian airport, China.
Hanumangarha a major trade hub during Harappa period
Jaisalmer Fort First inhabited world heritage monument under UNESCOOther five forts that got world heritage statute: Amber, Chittorgarh, Gangron, Kumbhalgarh.
Javadi Hills Vellore district TN. Neolithic bedrocks found. They were used for sharpning axes and stone tools.
Kalimantan forest In Borneo island, Indonesia. World’s largest project for REDD+
Kshripra river, Ujjain Gold coins of vikram aditya found belonging to first century Bc.
Kutch India’s first marine eco sensitive zone by MoEF
Maenam Wildlife Sanctury, Sikkim First wild life sanctury to have a skywalk and 22km ropeway
Malayalam language Union cabinet gives it classical status, along with Tamil, Kannada and Telugu.
Mauratia Ancient Microcontinent. Its evidence found in W.Indian ocean.
Meghalaya, Tripura, Manipur. Got their own high courts.Total HC (before) =21. After =24.This was done via amending North Eastern areas reorganisation act 1971
Mount Fuji, Japan World Heritage status under UNESCOIn Honhu Island
Mukundra Hills Third Tiger reserve in Rajasthan. Other two are Sariska and Ranthambhore
Nyoma, Leh Highest Krishi Vigyan kendra
Palacole, Andhra Nepoleaon era french gold coins found
Popocatépetl volcano Mexico
Praneshwara Temple, Shimoga district, Karnataka Ancient copper plates from Kalachurya dynasty.
Samoa Airline First airline to charge passengers based on their weight
Serbia Agreed to cede some areas to its former province Kosovo.Under EU accord.Serbia-Capital BelgradeKosovo-Capital Pristina-Uses Euro as Currency.
Shanghai Started visa-free transit scheme with Beijing.
Shenzhen Province China Launched its first carbon trading scheme here
Sichuan Province China earthquake of ritchers scale-7.
Typhoon Nari Philippines, Oct2013
Typhoon Wipha Japan, Oct2013
UK Banned sale of non-native aquatic plants to prevent entry of invasive species.
Uttarakhand Disaster Covered here: click me
Wayanand, Kerala Pre historic rock art found in Edakkal caves in Ambukuthy hills.
Xisha Disputed islands in South China sea. China is offering tourists rides while Vietnam opposes.

Dead

Only covering import ones, else this will be a mile long list.

Aaron swartz Helped creating early version of RSS and Internet.
Afzal Guru In Feb’13. Hanged for parliament attack on 13/12/2001.Operation three star=codename for his hanging.
Ahalyachari Educationist. Associated with NCERT
Ajmal Kasab Hanged for 26/11/2008 terrorist attack.
AK Narayan Historian and archaeologist
Amar G. Bose Founder of Bose corp- Radios, speakers and audio systems
Arun Dey Historian, Kolkata
Asgar Ali Engineer Islamic scholar. Dawoodi Bohra movement.
Batindra Nath Mukharji Ancient Indian historian
Bruce Reynold Carried the Great Train robbery in Britain.
Chinua Achebe father of modern African Literature.
C.P. Srivastava He was the  Secretary general of IMO (international maritime org). Elected for four consecutive terms. Longest serving secretary general of IMO. Ex IAS.
Doctor Hilary Koprowski First successful oral vaccine for polio.
Douglas Engelbart Father of Computer mouse.
Ganesh Pyne Painter. W.Bengal.
H.A.B. Parpia Food Scientist and former director of central food research institute. Hold post in FAO and UN.
Henry Rebello athlete from India, participated in London Olympics’48. Dead.
Hiroshi Yamauchi Creator of Mario and Donkey Kong games. Nintendo Company
HS Singhania President of JK Singhania group.
Ieng Sary Founder of Cambodia’s notorious Khmer Rouge movement.
Jia Dagar Drupad Singer.
John E Karlin Inventor of phone keypad.
Kallam Anji Reddy Founder of Dr.Reddy’s lab.
KP Bhaskar Indian classical dancer in Singapore.
Mahasundari Devi Sujani craft, Mithila painting
MS GopalKrishnan. Violin maestro
N.Seshagiri Founder DG of NIC.
Ottavio Quattrocchi Bofors scandal.
Narendra Dabholkar Anti superstition activist. murdered for his campaigning. Recently Maharastra govt passed a anti superstition bill for that Dabolkar was campaigning for.
N. Rangbashyam eminent surgeon. He started first M.Ch. degree course in India.
Obaid Siddiqui biologist and professor @ national centre for biological science. He setup molecular biology unit in tata institute of fundamental research.
Pandit Ram Sneezehi Shukla Freedom fighter. Gandhi’s follower.
PV Indresan Educationist. Ex-Director of IIT Madras
Raghunath Panigrahi Classical singer. Jaydev’s Git Govind.
Ramankutty Nair Kathakali maestro. Autobiography “Thiranottam”
Ray Dolby Dolby sound.
Rituparno Ghosh Filmmaker. Chokher Bali, Raincoat, Last Lear etc.
Robert Edward Father of IVF technology. Won noble for
Rochus Misch Hitler’s bodyguard. Dead
Ronald Coase Coase theorm. Noble prize for economics. Dead.
RP Goenka CEAT, Saregama, Philips carbon black etc.
Sagar Singh Part of Azad Hind Fauj during freedom struggle.
Sakar khan Kamicha maestro of rajasthan.Belong to manganiyar folk musician community of rajasthan . Born in jaislmer. Padma shree, tulsi samman by Mp govt., Sangeet natak akadmi award. Died. Imp for RPSC pre
Sarabjit Singh attacked in Lahor Jail in Pakistan, died.
Shakuntala Devi Maths Genius, wrote many books on puzzles.
Shanu Lahiri Painter from Bengal school
Sushmita Bangerjee Bengali author. “Kabuliwala’s Bengali wife”. Killed by Talibans.
Vidarbha Mishra Environment activist. Cleaning ganga through his Sankan Mochan foundation.
Vinod Raina Educationist. Brain behind Right to education act.
VS Ramadevi First woman Chief election Commissioner of India
Lt. Col Yograj puri died- Founder of first sainik school
Zafar Futehally Ornithologist

Stamps in News

Separate collection given on following page covers all postal stamps to be launched till December 2013:

http://mrunal.org/2013/05/stamps-biodiversity-painting-freedom-struggle-culture-religion-places-2012-2013.html

Space/Sci-Tech related

Hardly asked in IBPS/Banking exams, but if you’re in CAPF/CDS/IFoS/SSC/state PSC game then goto following page for the monthly and yearly compilations from The Hindu

http://mrunal.org/snt

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  1. Ruthambharaa says:

    Thank you sir, I am not an aspirant for Govt services but for MBA exams, the GK and economy part is tooo good.

  2. Rohit says:

    Super work sir/
    Thank you very much.

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    Miss Universe 2013 winner is Miss Venezuela, Gabriela Isler

  4. sahil says:

    The 2013 Booker Prize for Fiction was awarded on 15 October 2013 to Eleanor Catton for her novel The Luminaries.

  5. lalit bansal says:

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  6. lalit bansal says:

    sushma singh new cic and nabard bank chairman harsh

  7. henna says:

    Gabriela ISler is the new miss universe

  8. Manju says:

    thank you sir.its useful for all aspirants…

  9. pallavi says:

    sir , cn u plz upload current affairs from nov. to jan …
    @ above till oct . gvn …. plz rly

  10. Tamojyoti Bose says:

    Airforce: Air Marshal Arup Raha replaced N.A.K. Browne
    NSG DG: Jayanata Narayan Choudhury, IPS

  11. pallavi says:

    plz provide me current affairs of nov dec and jan ……
    if anybdy hv plz rly here

  12. KUMARA G says:

    Thank you sir.its useful for all indians……

  13. joshi says:

    please give a new PIN mrunal ji

  14. REHNA says:

    while applying ssc cgl through internet explorer, my internet explorer shows a msg box that “Netscape is not supported, use IE or opera”.. how to recover this problem? pls rply..

  15. Dhiraj says:

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  16. amit says:

    please update the list sir

  17. Suparna Das says:

    Thank you sooo much sir…
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  18. pallavi says:

    sir no updates for latest current affairs ….. plz update it …..v. good job …

  19. Devansh S Tiwari says:

    Sir now new chairman of minority commission is Naseem Ahmad. So pls change this in PIN 2013 article.

  20. Devansh S Tiwari says:

    New Service chiefs
    Navy – Admiral R K Dhowan
    Airforce - Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha
    Army – army chief is also going to change & new chief may be Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag, but it will be announced after may 1.. so pls change the details

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