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

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  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 Persons in News 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

PMOfcourse everyone knows: Mohan. But in Jun 2013, He took oath as Rajya Sabha MP from Assam (five times in a row).
CJIP.Sathashivam replaced Altamas Kabir.
CAGShashikant Sharma replaced Vinod Rai. And Vinod Rai became UN Audit panel Chief.
CECV. S. Sampath replaced SY Qureshi
CVCPradeep Kumar
CICDeepak Sandhu. First lady CIC, replaced Satyanand Mishra.She served in Indian information services.
UPSCChairman DP Aggarwal. Been on this post since 2008. Hope he retires soon.Ex.CBI director AP Singh became new member.
Attorney GeneralGoolam Vahanvati
Solicitor GeneralMohan 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’Brian1st 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 PresidentT.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.GovernorNajib Jung replaced Tejinder Khanna.
Gujarat lokayuktaJustice R.A Mehta .Refused to accept the job.
CM TripuraManik Sarkar
CM NagalandNeiphiu Rio
NDDBAmrita Patel, National dairy Development board. Been in news for she wants to resign.

National commissions

Human rightsJustice KG Balkrishnan
WomenMamta Sharma
MinoritiesWajahat Habibullah the former CIC
SCP.L. Punia
STRameshwar Uraon,
OBCJustice Vangala Eswariah replaced Justice M.N.Rao
ChildrenKushal Singh

Service Chiefs

NavyAdmiral Devendra Joshi replaced Nirmal Verma
AirforceAir Marshal N.A.K. Browne replaced Pradeep Vasant Naik
ArmyGen. Bikram Singh. He replaced VK Singh, who remains in news for controversy related to Destabilizing JK government

Security/Space/Strategic related

ISROK. Radhakrishnan
Atomic Energy commissionRatan Kumar Sinha
CRPFDG Dilip Trivedi
First woman special DG in CRPF=Aruna Bahuguna
BSFSubhash Joshi
CBIRanjit Sinha
IBS.A. Ibrahim. (First Muslim chief of IB)- Important for ACIO interview.
NIASharad kumar
RAWFounder:B.Raman,Dead.Current chief: Alok Joshi.
DRDONew Chief Avinash Chander
National Disaster Response ForceKrishna Chaudhari
Senior security advisor in home ministry
  1. Vijaykumar.For anti-Naxal operations.

Secretary

Foreign AffairsSujatha Singh (IFS). She is the third woman foreign Secretary of India.
HomeAnil Goswami
DefenseR.K.Mathur.
FinanceRajiv Takru

Diplomatic

High Commissioner to PakistanTCA Raghavan.
India’s permanent representative to UNAsoke Kumar Mukerji. He replaced Hardeep Singh.
To USAS. Jaishankar
To ChinaAshok K Kantha

Education/Arts related

UGCVed Prakash replaced Yogendra yadav, who was removed for his joining AAP.
News Broadcasting standards authorityJustice RV Ravindran
Lalit Kala AcademyKalyan Kumar Chakravarty
Sangeet Natak AcademyLeela Samson. Was in controversy after she said 90 per cent of Censor board members are “uneducated” and an “embarrassment”.
IGNOU Vice ChancellorM.Aslam

Committees Commissions Task forces

7th Pay CommissionTo revise salary of 80 lakh workers and pensioners. Its recommendations will be effective from January 2016.6th PC was formed in 2006.
Adi GodrejCorporate governance
Arvind Mayaram
  • FDI relaxation
  • to Define FDI and FII
Bimal JalanTo scrutinize application for New Bank Licenses
BK ChaturvediRevamping power sector
Restructuring of centrally sponsored schemes
ChinduGoM for CBI autonomy
Cyrus Mistry, Anil AmbaniAdvisory group for electricity sector. For power ministry
Dr. SarojIllegal sand mining by MoEF
JS MathurTo review the rate revisions of newspaper advertisements. By Ministry of information and broadcasting
Justice Bilal NazakiFunctioning 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 Jain20th Law commission of India
Justice JS VermaDelhi 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 GandhiBy JK government for Kishtwar Communal riots
Justice Santosh HegdeJudicial Commission on Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA)  by SC
Justice Usha MehraFor probing lapses in Delhi Gangrape.
K RatnaprabhaIndecent Representation of Women in Media
K. Vijay RaghavanEvaluation of Research And Rankings of higher edu. Institutes
KK VohraBy RBI for loan products
MBN RaoFor setting up All-women’s bank
MudgalFor reviewing Cinematograph Act 1952. By Ministry of information and broadcasting
Nachiketi MorRBI Committee for FINANCIAL INCLUSION (financial services to small business)
Parthasarathi ShomeTax administration reform commission.
Raghuram PanelTo 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 RoychaudhariClinical trials, drug bans.
Sam PitrodaFor restructuring Prasar Bharti. By Ministry of information and broadcasting
Sanjay DhandeFor National Testing Agency (NTA) by HRD
SK RoongtaBy planning commission. For reforms in Central PSUs
Srikant MalteDhule 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 SinhaParliamentary Standing Committee on Finance-Report on Guidelines of new banking licenses
YV Reddy14th 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 Panthersfirst fighter squadron for navy with MiG29
Aadesh Fast petrol Indian vessel for indian coast Guard.
Abhilash tommyNavy officer first indian to circum navigate the globe in 150 days.
C-154New interceptor boat for Coast guard. For Maharashtra coast.
Cheetal Helicopterlight 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 guardC402: Interceptor boat for coastguard.H191: air cushion vehicle. For helping small boats in distress at sea
Daulat Beg oldi / Raki Nalain Ladakh. Chinese troops made intrusions here in Apr’13.
Dornier 228Maritime Surveillance aircraft. Indian donated them to Seychelles.
DRDONew Chief Avinash Chander
Ekuverin2012Joint army exercise: India and Maldives @Belgaum
GSAT7For Navy, by ISROSent to space via Ariane 5 rocket, from French Guiana (S.America)
Haft-4Nuke capable Paki Missile. 900km range
INS SindhurakshakSubmarine. Sunk because of accident.
INS TrikhandBy Russia. Stealth frigate for Indian navy
INS VikramadityaRussia’s Admiral Gorshkov carrier.Likely to join by 2013 end.
INS Vikrant1961: 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 2013Exercise in Pokharan by Indian Airforce.
IzumoJapan’s biggest ever naval warship since WW2.
Jamaran-2Iran’s destroyer ship with guided missile. Deployed in Caspian sea.
July 26Kargil Victory day
K15Submarine launched missile. Range 1500km
Machhalipattnam, AndhraDRDO setting up new missile testing range here.
MIRVMultiple independently targetable vehicles by DRDO.
NCTCWill function under IB.
NirbhaySurface to Surface subsonic cruise missile
NirbhayDRDO’s long range sub sonic missile. 1000km range.
Nomadic ElephantJoint training exercise between Indian and Mongolian army
NorwayBecomes the first NATO country to make military service compulsory for both men and women
Operation three starCodename for Afzal guru’s hanging.
OSA AK-MSurface to air missile for Indian airforce.
PAC-3Japan’s Anti-Missile Air Defense Units Deployed After North-Korea warned South-Koreans for a War in April-2013.
Prithvi IINuke capable, Surface to SurfaceRange 350kmsBy DRDO under Integrated guided missile Development program
Qaher F313Iran’s indigenous stealth fighter jet
Raj-rathanInshore petrol vessel for coast guard.
Rudra helicopterFirst Indigenous Attack heli. With missiles. They’re weaponized version of Dhruva helicopter by HAL Bangalore.
S-3002Russia will sell these anti-aircraft missiles to Iran
Unha-3N.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 councilIndia gets observer status
ASEAN human rights declarationIn 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 changeChennai
BRICS 2013At 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 islandsVoted for British rule
First Arctic SummitOslo, Norway
G20 summit2013: St.Petersburg, Russia2013: Finance ministers meeting held in Moscow, Russia2012: Los Cabos.
G8Lough Erne, N.Ireland. Theme: tax evasion and transparency
Global Arms trade treaty of UNIndia abstained from voting.
High seas conferenceParis
IBSA resolution for women empowermentIndia signed this.
Indian chapter of World Economic Forum sumitWill be held in Kochi, Kerala.
Indian ocean rimUSA became dialouge partner.
Indian ocean rimFirst economic and business conference held in Mauritius
IPCCIts fifth assessment report will come in 2014.
Mekong-Ganga SummitDelhi, Dec12
Minamata Mercury treatyIn 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-governanceJaipur
NATOGeneral Joeseph Dunford (USA)Afghani forces tookover the security ops from NATO in June 2013.
Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas 2013Kochi, Kerala
Silk road festivalBamiyan, Afghanistan
Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2013Organized by Haryana government in Surajkund, Faridabad district. This year focus was Karnataka state.
Tokyo Summit’12In Tokyo for rebuilding of Afghanistan.
UN resolution on Death Penalty banIndia 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 LankaCondemning Sri Lanka for violation against Tamil minorities. India voted against Sri Lanka.
WCIT-2012World Conference on International telecommunication @Dubai
WHO SEAROInternational 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 congressPresident Jacob Zuma
African UnionNkosazana Zuma, first woman
Asian forum of parliamentariansRajyasabha Dy.Chairman PJ Kurien became its President
AustraliaPM Tony Abbott (liberal) defeated Kelvin Rudd (Labour)
BangladeshPresident 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 GhoshNew editor of TIME international.
BrazilDilma Rousseff
Central African RepublicPresident Michel Djotodia belonging to Seleka rebels.
ChinaPrez Xi Jinping replaced Hu JintaoPremeir Li Kequiang replaced Wen Jiabao. Li also got Pakistan’s highest civilian award “Nishan-e-Pakistan”.
CongoMade peace agreement with M23 rebels.
CubaPrez Raul Castro Replaced Fidel Castro
Czech RepublicPM Milos Zeman. Capital Prague
EcuadorPresident Rafel Correa. Capital Quito
EgyptAdil Mansour interim prez after army threw out Mohd.MorsiMohd. El Baradei became VPPM: Hazem Al BeblawiTamarod campaign:Anti-Morsey campaign, massive street demonstration.
EUHerman Van Rompuy
FijiPresident Ratu Epeli NailatikauNew Constitution
FrancePresident Francois Hollander replaced Sarkozy
GermanyChancellor Angela Markel won again.
IOC, International olymic CommitteeThomas Batch (Germany) repalced Jacques Rogge.
IranPresident 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.
ItalyPresident Giorgio NapolitanoEnrica Lexie: name of the ship from which two Italian marines killed Indian fishermen.
JapanPM 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.
JordanKing Abdulla II setup parliament for his country.
KenyaPrez Uhuru Kenyatta
LiberiaPresident Ellen Johnson, had came to India
MalaysiaPM Najib Razak
MaldivesPresident Nasheed N Waheed replaced Nasheed after coup
MaliIbrahim Keita new President.Problem: Tuareg rebels.
MexicoEnrique 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.KoreaKim Jong-Un
NepalKhil Raj Regmi
PakistanPrez 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.
PalestinePres. Mahmud AbbasPM Salam Fayyad resigned.Became Observer state in UN
ParaguayPresident Horacio Cartes.Country admitted back in UNASUR
PopeBennedict XVI, German, Resigned.New Pope: Francis I, (Jorge Mario Bergoglio) first South American pope. He is from Argentina
Ramsar ConventionChristopher Briggs became the new Secretary-General
S.KoreaPresident Park Geun-Hye replaced Lee myung Bak. First Lady prez.
ScotlandWill hold referendum in 2014 to decide whether Scotland should get independence from rest of United Kingdom.
SrilankaMahinda Rajpakshe. He threw out CJI Shiran Bandaranyake. Gen.Sarath Fonseca was Ex-Was jailed after power struggle with President.
SyriaPrez Bashar Al AsadPM Wael Nader al-Halqi
ThailandYingluck Shinawatra, first lady PM
TunisiaPM Hamadi Jebali resigned after protests. Capital Tunis
UKPM David Cameron (Conservative)DyPM Nick Clegg (liberal democrats)Ex-PM Margaret Thatcher,Dead.Conservative Party. Known as Iron Lady.
UNSecretary General Ban ki Moon.
President for 68th session: John Ashe of Antigua.
Head of UN Women: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka From south Africa.
VenezuelaPrez Nicolas Maduro after Huge Chavez died.
ZimbabwePresident 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 BeraCalifornia, House of representative.
Amol RajanEditor of The Independent, in Britain
Anil AnanthaswamiUK, won Physics journalism prize.
Autar KawUS professor of the year. Teaches Mechanical engg.
Bobby JindalLouisiana Governer, USA, Indian origin, Republican party
CNR RaoGot Chinese award for international cooperation in Science.
Gayatri Chakravorty SpivakEducationist, Literary critic. Won Kyoto Prize – Japanese equivalent of Nobel.
Halimah YacobFirst woman speaker of Singapore.
Jawaharlal DardaIndian Freedom fighter from Maharashtra. Britain’s house of commons gave him lifetime achievement award.
Kamla HarrisFirst Indian American to become attorney general in USA.
Kamla Persad BissessarPM of Trinidad and Tobago. Chief Guest of PBD-2012.
Kiran Mazmudar ShawFounder of Biocon. She is selected as trustee in United States Pharmacopeia convention.
Krishna AroraWon Order of Australia medal for her community service
Lisa SthalekarAustralian woman cricketer, retired.
Natwar GandhiCFO of Washington DC. Resigned.
Nikki HaleyGovernor of South Carolina state in US(republican party)
Nisha Desai BiswalUS Asst.Sec. South and Central Asia
Patricia Maria RozarioUK Musician. Won PBD 2013.
Perilla Bhandari SwatzOnly Indian woman captian in US Marines. Cease from Sikkim.
Rajkeswur PurryagPresident of Mauritius. Chief guest of Pravasi bharatiya divas-2013
Rangaswami SrinivasanCofounder of LASIK Eye surgery. Given national medal for tech and innovation in USA.
Rasu RamachandranWon award in Singapore for Development of Libraries.
Sangeet ChowflaNew President of GMAC- this non profit body conducts GMAT exam.
Sardar Ramesh Singh AroraFirst Sikh to be elected in Punjab provincial assembly of Pakistan
Savita HalappanavarDentist, Died in Ireland during pregnancy. After her death, Ireland made law to permit woman have abortion in case of life danger/abnormality.
Shanti GandhiGreat grandson of Gandhi.Won Kansas state assembly election.
Sri SrinivasJudge of US court of appeals in DC circuit.
Srinivasan VenkatakrishnanNew CEO of Anglogold-Ashanti ltd – one of the largest producers of Gold.
Sunetra GuptaIndian born scientist now joined prestigious royal society of London.
Sunil R KulkarniState judge in N. California
Sundar PichaiHead of Google’s Android business. From IIT-K
Sunil KulkarniFirst Indian judge in N.Carolina
Tulsi Gabbard1st 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 GandhiUAE’s business excellance award for her nursery education chain Orchard nursery.
Vince Girdhari chhabariaAppointed judge in California.
Venkatesh MannarScientists got highest civilian award in Canada. His work in Micronutrient deficiency.
Vijay SinghIndian-American professor.Won top US environment award.

Persons in News -first-woman-leader-officer

Economy: Regulators/Top Bodies

IMFChristine Lagarde
World BankJim Yong Kim. (For whom UPSC admitted setting Wrong MCQ)
WTORoberto Azevedo (Brazil) replaced Pascal Lamy.
ADBTakehiko 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.
SEBIUK Sinha replaced C. B. Bhave
CCIAshok Chawla
NABARDSnehlata Shrivastava
IRDATS Vijayan replaced J Hari Narayan
PFRDAYogesh Agarwal
Forward Market commissionRamesh Abhishek
GST PanelAbdul 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 BankSubhalakshmi PAnse
Axis BankShikha Sharma
Bank of America- India headKaku Nakhate
Bank of IndiaVR Iyer
Bank of IndiaVijayalakshmi Iyer
Canara BankRK Dubey
Central BankRajeev Rishi
HDFCRenu KArnad
HSBC IndiaNAina Lal Kidwai
ICICIToo cliched. Chanda Kochher
IDBICMD MS Raghvan
IDFCRajiv Lall
IFCICEO and MD Santosh B Nayar
JP Morgan IndiaKalpana Morparia
Royal Bank of Scotland-Indian operatisMeera Sanyal
SBIArundhati Bhattacharya replaced Pratip Chaudhari and became 1st woman to head SBI
State Bank of Bikaner and JaipurB.Sriram
United Bank of IndiaChairman and MD Archana Bhargava
UTI asset  ManagementLeo Puri

Companies, Associations

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

Air AsiaJoint venture of Tata Sons Malaysian LCC and Telestra.CEO: Mittu ChandaliyaChairman: SK Ramadoli
ASSOCHAMRana Kapoor of Yes Bank became the new President
BALCO, under VedantaRamesh Nair
BBCTony Hall
Berlshire HathawayWarren Buffett
Bharat ForgeBaba Kalyani
Bharat PetroleumS.Varadarajan
BSEAshish Kumar Chauhan
CIIS.Gopalkrishnan.Co-founder of Infosys.
Dr.Reddy’sGV Prasad
Editors GuildN.Ravi of the Hindu.
General Electronics IndiaBanmali Agrawala
Hindustan uniliverSanjiv Mehta
IMF executive director from IndiaRakesh Mohan
InfosysNarayan Murthy returns as Executive chairman of the board, and KV Kamath (former-ICICI) steps down.
International chamber of commerceSunil Bharti became Vice President
International coffee councilJaved Akhtar new chairman.
LICSK Roy replaced DK Malhotra
Maruti Suzuki IndiaKenichi Ayikawa
NALCOCMD Anshuman Das
NASSCOMKrishnakumar Natarajan of Mindtree
Nestle IndiaEtienne Benet
Procter & GambleAG Lafley
Ranbaxy LaboratoriesMalvinder Singh. Keeps getting notices/penalties in USA
TVS AutomobilesSanjay Nigam
TwitterJack 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

categorywhowhy?
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.
LiteratureAlice 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.
PeaceOrganization 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

CategoryWho?Why?
ChemistryLefkowitz, KobilkaProtein receptors that let body cell respond to signals.
EconomicsRoth, Shapley.Stable allocation + market design.
Litt.Mo YanFirst Chinese writer to get this award.
MedicineGurdon, YamanakaRegenerative medicine. Cure disease by growing tissues in lab.
PeaceEULolz
PhysicsHaroche, WinelandMeasure 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 integration2012: 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 TuTuSouth African peace icon . Supporter of gay’s right.
G.D. AgarwalFormer professor of IIT. Fasting for to stop construction along ganga.
Lokmanya tilak award 2013Metro man E. Shreedharan
Legend of the planet Award, FranceBindeshwar Pathak for his ecofriendly toilets “Sulabh Sauchalayas”.
Liberation of war honorGiven 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 reconciliationBrigalia 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 2011-12given in 2013 by President.

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

  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 reportingShalini Singh of The Hindu
Pritzker awardRichest award in Architecture.
Pulitzer prizes 2013No award given in ‘fiction’ category, just like 2012. New York times won 4 awards
Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavna award 2013Sarod maestro ustad amjad ali khan. Given on august 20 on Rajiv’s Birthday.
Tagore Award 2013Zubin Mehta for cultural harmony. Jury included prime minister. Zubin had done music concert in Sri Nagar. Organized by German Embassy.
TED PrizeFor 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 awardRazia Sultana, UP for helping child labourers.
Whitney awardsConsidered 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 2012Pran.
Golden bear awardGiven in Berlin film festival.
National film award 2012Best 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 2014Indian entry : The Good Road, by Gyan Correa (Gujarati)
SAARC film festivalHeld in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Paan Singh Tomar won best film award.

[Awards] Academic/Arts

Abel PrizeConsidered Noble for maths. Given to Belgaian Mathematician Pierre Deligne.
Chameli Devi Jain PurasarkarFor Outstanding Woman Mediaperson.Alka Dhupkar of IBN’s Marathi channel won it.
Dan David PrizeFor one field each in three time dimensions: past, present and future. For science, arts and humanities.
Education Nobel PrizeDr.Madhav Chawan. @Doha
Giving pledgeStarted 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 prizeConsidered oscars for environment movements / green nobel.
Highest IQLauren Marbe, 16yo schoolgirl from UK. Has IQ Higher than Einstein.Neha Ramu: another UK girl of Indian origina has IQ 162.
Life Science breakthru prizeStarted by Mark Zuckerberg (facebook) and Sergey Brin (google)
National bioscience awardAlso called N-BIOS prize. Given to scientists below 45 age. Venkat Mohan got it.
Sand artistsSudarshan Patnayak. Has won Russian award for sand art competition in Russia.
Sangeet Natak Academy awardsawards 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 prizeGiven for astronomy, medicine and maths.
Yuri Milner awardRichest 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 NamesNoViolet Bulawayo
The LuminariesEleanor Catton
HarvestJim Crace
The LowlandJhumpa Lahiri
A Tale for the Time BeingRuth Ozeki
The Testament of MaryColm 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 RatnaIndira 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 literatureJeet Thayil for his novel Narcopolis.
Hindu Literary prizeJerry Pinto’s novel “Em and the Big hoom”.
Jnanpith 2012Ravuri Bharadwaj, Telugu writer.
SAARC literature award@Agra in 2013. Indian poet-diplomat Abhay K. won. His books; Seduction of Delhi, Enigmatic love etc.
Saraswati sammanGiven by KK Birla foundationSugathakumari, Malyalam poetess for 2012
Surjit hansIndian professor won award in london for translating Shakespeare’s work into Punjabi.
Walter Scott PrizeFor historical fiction, UK

[Books] List of Books and Authors

A garland of memoriesRuskin Bond
Ambedkar’s World: The Making of Babasaheb and Dalit MovementEleanor Zelliot
An uncertain Glory: India and its contradictionsJean dreze,Amrathya Sen
Ash in the Belly- India’s unfinished battle against HungerHarsh Mander
Bangladesh: The Prize of freedomBy noted photographer Rahu Rai
Breakout Nations: In pursuit of the next economic miracleRuchir Sharma. Won Tata lit. award for first book.
Calcutta: Two years in the cityAmit Chaudhuri
Cuckoo’s CallingJK Rowling (Harry Potter fame) she wrote this novel with a pseudonym “Robert Galbraith”. Her previous novel Casual vacancy.
Dare to Do! For the new GenerationFormer IPS Kiran Bedi
Daughter of EmpirePamela Hicks
Dear LifeAlice Munro, Canada
DurbarTavleen Singh
Earth SongsWB CM Mamata Benerjee
Economic Policies and India’s reform agendaYV Reddy
Em and the Big hoomJerry Pinto’s novel. Won Hindu Literary prize.
FIFTH ESTATEBiopic on JULIAN ASSANGE (Wikileaks founder)
Fractured Times: Culture and society in 20th CenturyEric Hobsbawn
Freethinker’s prayerbookKhushwant Singh
Grammatica GrandonicaSanskrit grammar book written by a Jesuit Missionary For.Hanxlenden. Restored after 300 years.
Hilary MantelWon two man booker prizes. This time for book “Bring up the bodies”.
How not to make moneyRaj Kundra (Shilpa Shetty’s husband) and allegedly involved in IPL spot fixing 2013.
Impossible Indian: Gandhi and Temptation of violanceFaisal Devji
Indignez VousBook by Stephane Hessel. Had inspired Occupy wallstreet movement. Author is dead.
InfernoDan Brown (he wrote Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, Lost Symbol)
Inside OutAutobiography of Paki cricketer Mustaq Mohammad
Jesus of Nazaeth: the Infancy narrativesPope 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 riversSanjeev sanyal
Law’s EmpireRonald Dworkin. Dead
Life of PiYann Martel. Made into movie by Ang Lee. Suraj Sharma played hero.
My father, our fraternitySarod Maestro Amjal Ali Khan
My journey: transforming dreams into actionsAPJ Kalam
My tryst with justiceJustice PN Bhagwati
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and GermanyBy his daughter Prof Ania Pfaff
New Market TalesJayant Kriplani
Pataudi-Nawab of CricketSuresh Menon
Patriots and PartitionRamchandra Guha
Samudra Mantha: Sino-Indian rivalry in the Indo PacificC.Raja Mohan.
Sanjay storyVinod Mehta
SethjiShobha De
Sounding OffResul Pookutty- he had won Oscar for soundtrack in Slumdog Millionaire
Sunshine LencePrasun Joshi, Noted lyricist.
The games Indians play why we are the way we are.V Raghunathan.
The Great GatsbyP.Scott Fitzerland
The LowlandJhumpa Lahiri. shortlisted for Booker 2013 for fiction.
The NaMo storyKingshuk Nag
The Prabhakaran SagaS Murari
The Race of my life-an autobiographyMilkha Singh
The Sea of innocenceKishwar Desai. About rape of Scarlet Jones in Goa.
The test of my life: from cricket to cancer and backYuvaraj Singh
The WildlingsNilanjan Roy
Untold story of people of Azad KashmirChristopher Snedden
Walking the lions: Tales from a diplomatic pastNatwar Singh

Sports

Football

Australiabecame a member of ASEAN’s football federation.
David BeckhamRetired. Played for Manchester united.
Durand CupIndia’s oldest football tournament. The prize money increased from 20 lakh to 50 lakh. Kolkata’s Mohammedan Sporting defeated defeated ONGC
FIFA 2014will 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 2012Lionel Messi.
Praful PatelPresident of all India Football Federation.
SAFFSouth Asian football championship. Afghanistan defeated India.
Santosh TrophyServices won against Kerala.

Cricket

Ashes series 2013England won Against Australia
ICC Champions Trophy 2013India Won against England at Birmingham.
ICC Women’s World CupAustralia defeated West Indies at Mumbai.
IPL-2013Mumbai Indians defeated Chennai
Parvez Rasool AsgarFirst person from J/K in Indian cricket team.
Ranji Trophy 2013Mumbai defeated Suarashtra.
T-20 World CupEngland defeated New Zealand at Auckland.
Thirush KaminiIndia’s woman opening batsman. First Indian player to hit century in women’s world cup 2012.
Vijay Hazare TrophyDelhi 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 HokeyHeld @Ipoh, Malayasia.South Korea defeated India.India’s VR Raghunath=Player of the tournament.
Hockey India LeagueRanchi Rhinos won.
Indian Hockey FederationPresident V.Dinesh Reddy
Leslic ClaudiusTriple Olympic Gold Medalist from India.Dead.
New coach for IndiaMaharaj Kishan Kaushik
Sultan Azlan ShahAustralia defeated Malaysia

Tennis Tournaments 2013

NameWonLost
Australia openMan: 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 OpenNadalNot important.
Dubai OpenMen’s Doubles BhupathiWomen’s Doubles Sania MizraNot important.
French OpenNadal. Became first player to win eight singles at the same grand slam tournament.David Ferrer.
Serena Williams, USSharapova.
WimbledonAnde Murray. First Briton to win after 1936.Djokovic
Marion Bartoli. Her first grand slam single, FrenchSabine Lisicki
US OpenNadal, SpainDjokovic, Serbia
Serena Williams, USVicoria Azarenka, Belarus.
Doubles: Leander Paes and Stepanek (Czech)Paes’ Grandslams: 8 doubles, 14 overall.Some players from brazil and Australia
Cincinnati MastersNadal, SpainSome unseeded player, hence name not important.
Azarenka (Belarus)Serena Williams (USA)

Davis Cup Commitment award: to Leander Paes and Jaidip Mukherji

Badminton

Indian Badminton LeagueIndian Badminton league: similar to IPL.Lee Chong Wei costliest player went to mumbaiSaina Nehwal’s “Hyderabad hotshots” won it.
Indian openRatchano, ThailandLee Chong in Men
Malaysian grand prixPV Sindhu defeated Singapore’s Juan Gu
Thomas cup & Uber CupWill be hosted in India in 2014
World Badminton championshipin 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 NarangBronze. 10 air-rifle
Krishna Pooniadiscus throw. Did not win
Mary KomBronze. Women flywt. Boxing
Saina NehwalBronze. Single badminton
Sushil KumarSilver Wrestle 66kg. He was flag-bearer. He got bronze in 2008 Beijing.
Vijay KumarSilver. 25 rapid fire pistol. Rajiv G.Khel ratna
Yogeshwar duttBronze. 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 2008Fuwa (good-luck dolls)
Cricket World Cup 2011Stumpy, the elephant.
CWG, 2011Shera, the tiger.
Kabbadi world cup 2012, IndiaJAANBAZ, the eagle.
London Olympics 2012Wenlock + Mandeville. They symbolize Britain’s industrial revolution.
FIFA 2014Armadillo 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 2013Usain Bolt (male) and Jessica Ennis (Female) for their Olympic 2013 records.

Arjun Awards 2013

Mr. Abhijeet GuptaChess
Mr. Amit Kumar SarohaAthletics (Para)
Mr. Dharmender DalalWrestling
Mr. Gagan Jeet BhullarGolf
Mr. Ranjith MaheshwariAthletics
Mr. Rupesh ShahBilliards & Snooker
Mr. Virat KohliCricket
Ms. Chekrovolu SwuroArchery
Ms. Joshna ChinnappaSquash
Ms. Kavita ChahalBoxing
Ms. Mouma DasTable Tennis
Ms. Neha RathiWrestling
Ms. P.V. SindhuBadminton
Ms. Rajkumari RathoreShooting
Ms. Saba AnjumHockey

Dronacharya 2013 Award for Coaches

K.P. ThomasAthletics
Mahavir SinghBoxing
Narinder Singh SainiHockey
Poornima MahatoArchery
Raj SinghWrestling

Places in News

AhmedabadFirst city in South Asia to have a comprehensive heat action plan
Arunanchal PradeshNew wild banana species found-Musa Velutina
Bangalore International airportrenamed after Hiriya Kempegowda. He was a ruler under the Vijayanagar empire
BetulIn Gawilgarh hills, MP. ASI has found 12000 year old paintings from here.
Bushehr ProvinceIran earthquake in april
Cyclone PhailinOdisha and Andhra
Daocheng Yadingworld’s highest civilian airport, China.
Hanumangarhaa major trade hub during Harappa period
Jaisalmer FortFirst inhabited world heritage monument under UNESCOOther five forts that got world heritage statute: Amber, Chittorgarh, Gangron, Kumbhalgarh.
Javadi HillsVellore district TN. Neolithic bedrocks found. They were used for sharpning axes and stone tools.
Kalimantan forestIn Borneo island, Indonesia. World’s largest project for REDD+
Kshripra river, UjjainGold coins of vikram aditya found belonging to first century Bc.
KutchIndia’s first marine eco sensitive zone by MoEF
Maenam Wildlife Sanctury, SikkimFirst wild life sanctury to have a skywalk and 22km ropeway
Malayalam languageUnion cabinet gives it classical status, along with Tamil, Kannada and Telugu.
MauratiaAncient 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, JapanWorld Heritage status under UNESCOIn Honhu Island
Mukundra HillsThird Tiger reserve in Rajasthan. Other two are Sariska and Ranthambhore
Nyoma, LehHighest Krishi Vigyan kendra
Palacole, AndhraNepoleaon era french gold coins found
Popocatépetl volcanoMexico
Praneshwara Temple, Shimoga district, KarnatakaAncient copper plates from Kalachurya dynasty.
Samoa AirlineFirst airline to charge passengers based on their weight
SerbiaAgreed to cede some areas to its former province Kosovo.Under EU accord.Serbia-Capital BelgradeKosovo-Capital Pristina-Uses Euro as Currency.
ShanghaiStarted visa-free transit scheme with Beijing.
Shenzhen ProvinceChina Launched its first carbon trading scheme here
Sichuan ProvinceChina earthquake of ritchers scale-7.
Typhoon NariPhilippines, Oct2013
Typhoon WiphaJapan, Oct2013
UKBanned sale of non-native aquatic plants to prevent entry of invasive species.
Uttarakhand DisasterCovered here: click me
Wayanand, KeralaPre historic rock art found in Edakkal caves in Ambukuthy hills.
XishaDisputed 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 swartzHelped creating early version of RSS and Internet.
Afzal GuruIn Feb’13. Hanged for parliament attack on 13/12/2001.Operation three star=codename for his hanging.
AhalyachariEducationist. Associated with NCERT
Ajmal KasabHanged for 26/11/2008 terrorist attack.
AK NarayanHistorian and archaeologist
Amar G. BoseFounder of Bose corp- Radios, speakers and audio systems
Arun DeyHistorian, Kolkata
Asgar Ali EngineerIslamic scholar. Dawoodi Bohra movement.
Batindra Nath MukharjiAncient Indian historian
Bruce ReynoldCarried the Great Train robbery in Britain.
Chinua Achebefather of modern African Literature.
C.P. SrivastavaHe was the  Secretary general of IMO (international maritime org). Elected for four consecutive terms. Longest serving secretary general of IMO. Ex IAS.
Doctor Hilary KoprowskiFirst successful oral vaccine for polio.
Douglas EngelbartFather of Computer mouse.
Ganesh PynePainter. W.Bengal.
H.A.B. ParpiaFood Scientist and former director of central food research institute. Hold post in FAO and UN.
Henry Rebelloathlete from India, participated in London Olympics’48. Dead.
Hiroshi YamauchiCreator of Mario and Donkey Kong games. Nintendo Company
HS SinghaniaPresident of JK Singhania group.
Ieng SaryFounder of Cambodia’s notorious Khmer Rouge movement.
Jia DagarDrupad Singer.
John E KarlinInventor of phone keypad.
Kallam Anji ReddyFounder of Dr.Reddy’s lab.
KP BhaskarIndian classical dancer in Singapore.
Mahasundari DeviSujani craft, Mithila painting
MS GopalKrishnan.Violin maestro
N.SeshagiriFounder DG of NIC.
Ottavio QuattrocchiBofors scandal.
Narendra DabholkarAnti superstition activist. murdered for his campaigning. Recently Maharastra govt passed a anti superstition bill for that Dabolkar was campaigning for.
N. Rangbashyameminent surgeon. He started first M.Ch. degree course in India.
Obaid Siddiquibiologist and professor @ national centre for biological science. He setup molecular biology unit in tata institute of fundamental research.
Pandit Ram Sneezehi ShuklaFreedom fighter. Gandhi’s follower.
PV IndresanEducationist. Ex-Director of IIT Madras
Raghunath PanigrahiClassical singer. Jaydev’s Git Govind.
Ramankutty NairKathakali maestro. Autobiography “Thiranottam”
Ray DolbyDolby sound.
Rituparno GhoshFilmmaker. Chokher Bali, Raincoat, Last Lear etc.
Robert EdwardFather of IVF technology. Won noble for
Rochus MischHitler’s bodyguard. Dead
Ronald CoaseCoase theorm. Noble prize for economics. Dead.
RP GoenkaCEAT, Saregama, Philips carbon black etc.
Sagar SinghPart of Azad Hind Fauj during freedom struggle.
Sakar khanKamicha 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 Singhattacked in Lahor Jail in Pakistan, died.
Shakuntala DeviMaths Genius, wrote many books on puzzles.
Shanu LahiriPainter from Bengal school
Sushmita BangerjeeBengali author. “Kabuliwala’s Bengali wife”. Killed by Talibans.
Vidarbha MishraEnvironment activist. Cleaning ganga through his Sankan Mochan foundation.
Vinod RainaEducationist. Brain behind Right to education act.
VS RamadeviFirst woman Chief election Commissioner of India
Lt. Col Yograj puridied- Founder of first sainik school
Zafar FutehallyOrnithologist

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

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

  2. sahil

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

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  4. Devansh S Tiwari

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

  5. Devansh S Tiwari

    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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