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GENERAL AWARENESS FOR SBI PO RECRUITMENT 2013

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General Awareness for SBI PO 2013

General Awareness for SBI PO 2013 Page 2 PREFACE

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PREFACE

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Reasoning

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General English

Practice Set

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General Awareness for SBI PO 2013 Page 3 TABLE OF CONTENTS

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface

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Money & Banking

49

Money, Banking and Finance

49

Definition of Money

49

Functions of Money

49

Kinds of Money

49

Measures of Money Supply

50

Credit and the Financial System

50

Financial System

52

Reserve Bank of India

52

Functions of rbi

52

Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR)

53

Cash Reserve Requirement (CRR)

53

Bank Rate

54

Selective Credit Control

54

Banking Regulation Act 1949

54

Commercial Banks

56

Nationalisation of Banks

56

Functions of Banks

57

Classification

58

Basel-II Norms

58

Basel-II Accord

58

What is an NPA?

59

Regional Rural Banks (RRBs)

59

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General Awareness for SBI PO 2013 Page 4 Main features of RRBs 60 Co-operative Banks

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Main features of RRBs

60

Co-operative Banks

60

Features of Co-operative Banks

60

State Cooperative Banks

60

Central Co-operative Banks

61

Primary Co-operative Banks (PCBs)

61

NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development)

62

Development Banks

62

Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI)

62

Basic Functions of IDBI

63

State Financial Corporation’s (SFCs)

63

Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI)

64

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

64

International Development Association (IDA)

65

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

65

Asian Development Bank

66

Functions and Objectives of ADB

66

World Trade Organization (WTO)

67

South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC)

67

Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)

67

Group of Seven Developed Countries G-7 (Now known as G-8)

68

G-15

68

G-24

68

Group of Twenty (G-20)

68

Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC)

69

G-77

69

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General Awareness for SBI PO 2013 Page 5 Banking Terminology 71 Bank 71 Universal Banking

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Banking Terminology

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Bank

71

Universal Banking

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Types of Banking

72

Accounts

74

Loan Account or Advances of Bank

74

Priority Sector Lending *PSL’S+

75

Key Interest Rates (as ON 15 TH March 2013)

75

Deficit Financing

76

The Banking Market Terminology

77

Self Help Group

77

Kisan Credit Card

77

Kisan Gold Card

77

Microcredit Or Microfinance

77

Mutual Fund

78

Bullion Market

78

Stock Market

78

Bull

78

Bear

78

Stag

79

ADR (American Depository Receipts)

79

GDR (Global Depository Receipt)

79

SDR (Special Drawing Rights)

79

Money Market

79

Capital Market

79

Call Money

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General Awareness for SBI PO 2013 Page 6 ICOR (Incremental Capital Output Ratio) 80 Debit

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ICOR (Incremental Capital Output Ratio)

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Debit Card

80

Credit Card

80

Smart Card

80

Master Card

80

KYC (Know Your Customers)

80

RTGS

81

NEFT

81

CBS

81

Financial Inclusion

81

LIBOR

81

MIBOR

81

MIBID

81

Sarfaesi Act

82

Bond

82

Debentures

82

Camels

82

Recent Development On Financial Inclusion

82

Financial Inclusion Technology Fund

82

EFT- Electronic Fund Transfer

83

Sub Prime Crisis

83

Mortgage

83

Reverse Mortgage

83

ECONOMY

85

Economic Terms

85

Absolute Poverty

85

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General Awareness for SBI PO 2013 Page 7 Accelerator, Investment 85 Allocative Efficiency 85 Automatic

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Accelerator, Investment

85

Allocative Efficiency

85

Automatic Stabilizers

85

Balanced Budget

85

Balanced Budget Amendment

85

Banking Cycle

86

Bank

86

Barter Exchange

86

Bond

86

Capital

86

Capital Adequacy

86

Capital Flight

87

Capital Gain

87

Capitalism

87

Capitalist Class

87

Central Bank

87

Centrally Planned Economic System

87

Commodity

87

Competition

88

Consumer Price Index

88

Consumption

88

Corporation:

88

Credit

88

Credit Squeeze

88

Debt

88

Deficit

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General Awareness for SBI PO 2013 Page 8 Deflation 89 Depreciation 89 Depression 89 Derivatives

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Deflation

89

Depreciation

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Depression

89

Derivatives

89

Development

89

Dividend

89

Economies of Scale

89

Employment

90

Equilibrium Price

90

Equity

90

Exchange Rate

90

Explicit Cost

90

Factors Cost

90

Financial Market

90

Final Products

90

Fiscal Policy

91

Fixed Cost

91

Foreign Direct Investment

91

Fractional Reserve System

91

Free Trade Agreements

91

Full Employment

91

Goods

91

Giffen Goods

91

Gross Domestic Product

92

Hedge

92

Human Capital

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General Awareness for SBI PO 2013 Page 9 Hyper-Inflation 92 Industrial Policy 92 Inflation 92

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Hyper-Inflation

92

Industrial Policy

92

Inflation

92

Intermediate Products

92

International Monetary Fund

92

Investment

92

Joint Stock Company

93

Labor Force

93

Loan Capital

93

Liquidity Trap

93

Marginal Cost

93

Macroeconomics

93

Microeconomics

93

Monetary Policy

93

Money

94

Mortgage

94

Multiplier

94

Monopoly

94

National Income

94

Near Money

94

Nominal Value

95

Oligopoly

95

Payroll Tax

95

Perfect Competition

95

Poverty Line

95

Preference Share

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General Awareness for SBI PO 2013 Page 10 Private Company 95 Producer Goods 95 Profit

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Private Company

95

Producer Goods

95

Profit

95

Progressive Tax

96

Public Investment

96

Rate of Interest

96

Rate of Return

96

Recession

96

Return on Equity

96

Risk Capital

96

Sales Tax

96

Shares

97

Speculation

97

Subsidy

97

Surtax

97

Supply

97

Surplus

97

Tariff

97

Tax Burden

97

Terms of Trade

97

Transfer Payments

98

Unemployment

98

Utility

98

Value Added Tax

98

Variable Cost

98

Wholesale Banking

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General Awareness for SBI PO 2013 Page 11 Wealth Tax 98 Classification of Taxes in

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Wealth Tax

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Classification of Taxes in Union Budget-

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There are 5 types of direct taxes in these year union budget

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NASDAQ

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NCDEX

99

GST

99

INDIRECT TAXES

99

Fiscal Deficit

99

Inflation

99

Economic Scenario in Current Perspective

102

HPCL and Government of Rajasthan Signed a MoU for Setting up Refinery

102

Economic Survey of India 2012-13:

102

Socio-Economic Profile of States and Inter-State Comparisons

102

Union Government granted an aid of 41 Crore Rupees to protect Pashmina Goats

104

Coal India signed Fuel Supply Pacts with 56 Power Plants

104

Union Government to launch 10 Rupees Plastic Notes in 5 Cities

105

World Bank estimated a growth of over 6 percent for the Indian Economy during 2013-14

 

105

Indian Financial Regulators signed pact to Monitor Conglomerates

105

Union Budget 2013-14

106

Allocation of Funds to the Defence Sector

107

Tax Proposals at a Glance

107

Allocation of Funds to the Social Sector

108

MOU signed for Setting up of Memu Coaches Manufacturing Facility at Bhilwara

108

New Plans and Schemes rolled out in the Union Budget 2013-14

108

RBI announced Guidelines for Licensing of New Banks in Private Sector

110

The Union Government Cancelled Bond Auction Worth 12000 Crore Rupees

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SEBI ordered freezing of accounts and attachment of properties of two companies of Sahara

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Exports of India Increased By 0.8 Per Cent in January 2013

111

Comfort Letter issued by Finance Ministry for sanction of 25000 crore Subsidy

111

TRAI: Teledensity declined by 25.97 Million to 895.51 Million in December 2012

111

CCEA approved increase of MSP of Copra for 2013 season by 150 Rupees per Quintal

112

Economic Growth of India Estimated to Fall To 5 Percent in 2012-2013 FY

112

Authorized Capital of NABARD raised from 5000 crore rupees to 20000 crore rupees

112

Net Direct Tax Collection Grew 12 Percent in April-January in FY 2012-2013

113

CCEA gave its nod to Price Pooling Mechanism on Coal to Control Prices of Coal

113

ED Slapped 98.5 Crore Rupees Penalty Notice on Rajasthan Royals

113

BHEL and GAIL Granted Maharatna Status by the Union Government of India

114

Union Ministry for Commerce launched e Biz Portal to Provide one Stop Shop for all Investment

114

Reserve Bank of India slashed Repo Rate to 7.75 Percent and CRR to 4 Percent

114

Securities and Exchange Board of India revised the Mechanism of Offer for Sale

115

Union Commerce Ministry claimed that India has crossed One Billion Mark in Tea Production

115

FDI Inflow Decreased to Two-Year Low in November 2012

115

IMF forecasted Indian Economic Growth Rate to be 5.9 percent in 2013

115

Union Cabinet Approved 50 Percent Reduction in the Reserve Prices for CDMA Spectrum

 

116

Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the Continuation of JNNURM

116

CCEA approved Defreeze in the Tariff Value of Edible Oils as per International Market

116

Union Government Approved Open Policy and lifted ban on Export of Processed Food

117

Union Government raised LPG Cap to Nine Subsidised Cylinders per Year

117

Union Government Imposed 2.5 Percent Import Duty on Crude Edible Oil

117

World Bank slashed the Global Growth Forecast to 2.4 Percent

118

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The Implementation of GAAR deferred by 2 Years, to Come into Force from 1April 2016118

Krishi Karman Awards for the year 2011-2012 presented by the President of India

118

Union Government approved Ten Percent Stake Sale in Engineers India Ltd (EIL)

119

RBI set up Working Group to review Banking Ombudsman Scheme

119

Manufacturing Sector Displayed Six-Month Highest Growth in December 2012: Survey. 119

Rollout of Direct Benefits Transfers started on 1 January 2013

120

FII Investment in the Indian stock market surpassed more than 24000 crore Rupees in December 2012

120

Union Government Announced More Incentives to Exporters Hit By Global Meltdown

121

Indirect Tax Collection Increased at 16.8 Percent to 2.92 Lakh Crore Rupees in April- November 2012

121

UN Slashed World Growth Forecast to 2.4 Percent for year 2013

121

Foreign Investments through P-Notes Increased to 8-Month Highest

121

Union Government of India lowered the Growth Projection for Current Fiscal to 5.7 Percent

122

Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the Setting up of CCI

122

Retail Inflation Increased to 9.90 Percent in November 2012

122

Indian Economy Would Dominate the Economy of the World by 2030: US Intelligence Community Report

123

Security and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) allowed 12 more Alternative Investment Funds

 

124

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) signed Currency Swap Agreement with Bank of Japan

124

Core Sectors of Indian Economy Grew By 6.5 Percent in October 2012

124

Economic Growth Declined in July-September Quarter of Fiscal Year 2012-2013

124

National Cancer Institute and a National Cardio Care Centre to be developed at Jhajjar . 125

India signed 70 million US Dollar loan agreement with World Bank

125

Reserve Bank of India asked Banks not to Provide Loans for Purchase of Gold

125

Income Ceiling for LIG raised by Union Government of India

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Union Cabinet of India cleared Proposal for Spectrum Sharing

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Civil Aviation Ministry approved New Traffic Rights to Indian Carriers

126

South African Government Rolled Out Nelson Mandela Bank Notes

126

Government decided to digitize Cable TV Network in Thirty Eight Cities

127

GAIL and RSPCL signed an Agreement of Joint Venture on Gas Supply Pipeline Project

127

Northern Railways introduced Pink Coloured Tatkal Forms

127

RBI Expanded the Lending Norms on Priority Sectors

127

Civil Aviation Ministry announced omission of Airport Development Fee from January 2013

 

128

Pilot Projects for development of People Friendly Roads approved

128

U.S. Treasury Secretary Discussed Economy and Trade Barriers with India

128

Security Deposit on New connection of LPG Cylinder increased

128

IMF Slashed India’s growth forecast for 2012 to 4.9 Percent

128

To enhance surveillance 400 CCTV cameras installed at 10 railway stations in Delhi, NCR

 

129

Union Government approved 14 FDI proposals worth 113.35 crore Rupees

129

Website for SMS alerts and Rail passenger enquiry launched by Railways

130

12th five-year plan focused on improvement of health, education and sanitation

130

CCEA approved 1.90 crore lakh package on debt restructuring for the SEBs

130

Foreign Investment cap hiked to 74 percent for Broadcasting Services

130

GAAR Report submitted by the Shome Committee to the Finance Ministry

131

Finance Ministry demanded the Bank details of Coal Mining Firms

132

RBI’s data related to sectoral deployment of credit states

132

Trial to make Maharaja Express affordable for domestic tourists

133

Shimla Municipal Corporation introduced Green Tax on vehicles entering Shimla

133

Chidambaram pitched for Prime Minister led National Investment Board

133

IRCTC introduced Interbank Mobile Payment System

133

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Proposal for 51 percent FDI in multi-brand retail and 49 percent in Aviation passed

134

EGOM cut down the loan interest rate to 7 percent in the drought affected areas

135

Report: Indian external debts are within manageable limits

136

Cabinet gave a nod to two subsidiaries of Air India: AIESL and AITSL

136

Government cleared Rs 808 crore FDI proposal by Cloverdell

136

Government approved 14000 Crore Rupees Fund to spur Production of Hybrid and Electrical Vehicl

136

SEBI allowed Partial Flexibility in IDRs for Investors

137

Public Accounts Committee (PAC) called for Deterrent Penal Provisions against Units in SEZs

137

India eased External Overseas Borrowing Rules to enable Easier Access to Cheap Dollar Funds

137

Union Finance Ministry approved 49 Percent FDI in Insurance and Pension Sector

138

Air India losses pegged at 28046 Crore Rupees

138

RBI stipulated the Norms for Securitisation of Loans by NBFCs

138

India's Marine Exports to Grow by over 28% to USD 4.5 billion in 2012-13 Fiscal

138

Regulator SEBI permitted seven Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) to start Operation in

India

139

CAG pegged Public Exchequer’s Loss at 1.86 Lakh Crore in Coal Blocks Allocation Scam . 139

PMEAC pegged India’s Growth at 6.7 Percent in the Fiscal Year 2012-13

140

Inter-ministerial group recommended Linking Patented Drug Prices to Per-capita Income

 

140

India’s Exports declined to 22.4 Billion Dollar in July 2012

140

Moody’s cut India’s Growth Forecast to 5.5 Percent

140

India’s Industrial Output declined to 1.8 Percent in June 2012

141

Fitch Ratings revised the Indian Retail Sector Outlook for the second half 2012-13 to Negative

141

RBI permitted Banks to lend to Telecom Companies for the Upcoming Auction for Spectrum

141

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India’s NSE became the World’s Largest Bourse in Equity Segment as per WFE’s Global Ranking

142

Union Cabinet sets Base Price for Auction of 2G Spectrum at 14000 Crore Rupees

142

RBI directed NBFCs to maintain Net-owned Funds (NOF) at Rs 3 crore by 31 March 2013

 

142

India’s Fiscal Deficit reached 37 Percent of the Budget Estimate

143

RBI signed MOU with Financial Regulators of 9 Countries to promote Sharing of Information

143

India’s Exports slipped by 5.45 Percent in June 2012

143

Corporate Affairs in Current Scenario

145

Bharat Heavy Plate & Vessels Ltd. (BHPV) Merged With BHEL

145

NTPC Signed 250 Million US Dollars Loan Agreement with Banks

145

TRAI Released Pre-Consultation Paper on Country-Wide Mobile Number Portability

145

Dabur India roped in Irrfan Khan to Endorse Babool Salt Toothpaste

146

NTPL Signed Agreement with a Group of Banks for 1000-MW Power Project

146

Telecom Operator Uninor closed its Operations in Mumbai following SC Order

146

AMR Sealed 11 Billion US Dollars Merger with US Airways

146

Reckitt Benckiser signed a Global Partnership Deal with Save the Children

146

Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) Acquired Stake of Navistar International Corporation

147

Parle-G Became the First Indian FMCG Brand to Cross 5000 Crore Rupees Mark

147

MCX-SX, the Third National Stock Exchange Made its Debut in India

147

Thomas Cook India acquired Ikya, the Human Resource Staffing Solutions Company

147

Mukund Govind Rajan Appointed As Group Spokesperson and Brand Custodian of Tata 148

Times Television Network Tied Up With MSM Discovery Pvt

148

Flight safety International Entered India through Agreement with Aviators India

148

ICICI Partnered With Aircel to Launch Mobile Banking Service, Mobile Money

148

Thirty Software Companies Separated From NASSCOM, Formed a New Association

149

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General Awareness for SBI PO 2013 Page 17 Bharti Airtel Launched Emergency Alert Service for

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Bharti Airtel Launched Emergency Alert Service for Women Subscribers

149

Zovi, the Online Fashion Retailer Acquired Rival Inkfruit

149

RIM Changed to Blackberry; Launched New Blackberry 10 Operating System

149

Spice Jet to Launch Flights to Guangzhou in South China

149

Aircel launched Free Roaming Service for Voice, SMS and Data

150

Philips Electronics Sold Audio and Video Business to Funai Electric

150

Deutsche Bank Appointed As the Depository Bank for GDR of IIPL

150

Toyota Regained the Title of Top Selling Automaker of the World

150

ING Left Insurance Business in India; Sold 26 Percent Stake to Exide

150

Spice Global Entered Healthcare Sector in India; Announced Investing Over 1400 Crore Rupees

150

Reliance Industries Shut 8th Well in KG-D6; Gas Output Fell to All-Time Low

151

Volkswagen launched its new ad Campaign, Fast Start

151

Google-GETIT Entered into Partnership to Roll Out Digital Marketing for SMEs

151

Hindalco finalized Arrangements to acquire Bauxite Mines and Alumina Refirnery from Novelis

151

IBM signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UPES Dehradun

151

Union Government approved the Partial De-notification of RIL SEZ

152

Snapdeal.com tied up with Mahindra for selling of Two-Wheelers

152

Jet Airways Partnered with CentrumDirect for Forex Services

152

Air India directed by DGCA to Ground All Six Boeing 787 Dreamliners on Safety Concerns

 

152

Mahindra Satyam Tied up with Japanese Firm TechMatrix for Healthcare Services

152

TCS Net Profit Climbs to Unexpected 26.7 Percent in Q3

153

Microsoft to shut down Windows Live Messenger Service from 15 March 2013

153

GAIL India Commissioned Dabhol Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal

153

PR Fonroche inaugurated First Solar Plant under National Solar Mission Batch II

153

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General Awareness for SBI PO 2013 Supreme Court rejected Sahara Petition on Refund of 24000

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Supreme Court rejected Sahara Petition on Refund of 24000 crore Rupees

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Allahabad Bank Signed MoU with Chamber of Indian Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

 

154

Sodexo Announced Acquiring Chennai-Based MacLellan India

154

Income Tax Surveyed Nokia’s Chennai Plant to Check Tax Evasion

154

I-T and Vodafone Dispute

154

Versace 19.69 Tied Up With Majgenta Fashions for India Ventures

154

Union Government Decided to disinvest Stakes in Oil India, NTPC

154

National Aluminium Co Ltd (Nalco) Commissioned its First Wind Power Project

155

Nasscom signed Pact with NIIT to Train One Lakh Students in next Three years

155

Nestle won its Trademark Battle over KitKat Bar from Cadbury

155

Godrej UK-Based Subsidiary Acquired Colgate-Palmolive Brand, Soft and Gentle in UK

155

Suven Life Sciences won Patents on three Products for CNS Molecules

155

Instagram Faced First Class Action Lawsuit over Its Terms of Service

156

JLR Chinese Subsidiary Decided to Recall Cars for Fixing Steering Boxes and Brakes

156

Japanese Multinational Bought Marginal Stake in Guardian Lifecare

156

Blackberry Smartphone maker Research-In-Motion (RIM) signed in Ranbir Kapoor as its Brand Ambassador

156

NYSE Agreed Selling Itself as a Part of 8.2 Billion Dollar Takeover by IntercontinentalExchange

156

China named Infosys in Key Service outsourcing Company list

157

DLF Sold Luxury Hotel Chain Aman Resorts for 300 Million Dollar

157

Board Members of Tata Sons conferred the Title of Chairman Emeritus on Ratan Tata

157

Cyrus Pallonji Mistry Appointed as Chairman of Tata Sons

157

Samsung Defeated Nokia to become the world’s leading top mobile brand for the year

2012

158

Tata Steel Developed a New Kind of Anti-Ballistic Steel Super Bainite

158

KG-D6, Gas Producing Fields Reached Lowest Gas Output Level Since Inception

158

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General Awareness for SBI PO 2013 Page 19 HCL Infosystems announced Distribution of Latest Models

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HCL Infosystems announced Distribution of Latest Models of Toshiba e-STUDIO

158

Fortis Healthcare Announced to Divest Stake to Bupa

158

REpower Systems SE won a Contract of supplying Wind Turbines in Canada

159

PetroChina agreed to buy Stake in Encana Natural Gas Project

159

Levi Strauss & Co Appointed Harmit Singh as the New Chief Financial Officer

159

Marks & Spencer Added Anti-Bribery Clause in All Indian Contracts

159

ICICI Bank Opened 101 Gramin Branches across Villages in Six States

159

Reliance Group signed an agreement with China’s Dalian Wanda Group

159

Telecom Commission approved 1500 crore Rupees subsidy for BSNL

160

Sutherland Global Services Signed Agreements for Acquisition of Apollo Health Street

160

Lodha Developer Acquired the Mumbai’s Washington House for 342 Crore Rupees

160

US based Food Producer Cargill India acquired Wipro's Sunflower Vanaspati brand

160

Bharti Infratel Raised 652 Crore Rupees from 18 Anchor Investors before Public Offer

160

Yahoo and NBC Sports came Together to Provide Sports Content

161

Car Sales Dipped by 8.25 Percent in November 2012

161

Google and Apple Partnered for Kodak Patents

161

Lobby Bill of Wal-Mart Hit Around 125 Crore Rupees to Seek Entry into India

161

Tata Motors Slashed Car Price upto 1.5 Lakh rupees by Offering Discounts and Cash Benefits

162

Wipro Bought Singapore Based FMCG Company LD Waxson

162

Suresh Vaswani, the Former Co-CEO of Wipro Appointed As the Dell Services President 162

Adani Group completed Australia’s Largest Coal Mining Project in a Record Time

163

Citigroup Planned Cutting Down 11000 Jobs to Save Over 1 Billion Dollar Annual Expenses

 

163

SBI Announced Expectation of 4000 crore Rupees Equity From the Government

163

Google India Partnered With E-Commerce Sites to Bring Cyber Monday to India

164

Nokia Agreed Selling Headquarter Building for 222 Million US Dollar

164

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News Corp Decided to Split Into Two, Indian to be the CFO of the Proposed Publishing Company

164

Corporate Frauds Rising in India: KPMG Survey

164

Kingfisher Airlines Sent Eviction Notice by Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd

165

Infosys Decided Shifting Its American Shares From Nasdaq to NYSE

165

PVR announced acquiring 69 percent stake in Cinemax to expand its presence

165

AstraZeneca’s petition plea on cancer drug dismissed by IPAB

166

IOC to Upgrade its Refineries and Increase Production Capacity to 100 million tonnes

166

Rating Agency Fitch downgraded the Debt Rating of Sony Corp. and Panasonic

166

PepsiCo Coughed Up Double Amount than DLF to Be Next 5 Years IPL Sponsor

167

Nokia India Introduced Rebranded Map Service named HERE

167

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories launched Sildenafil Tablets in the U.S. Market

167

Airtel Completed Largest Network Transformation in Africa

167

Maldivian Airlines Signed Pact with Apollo Hospital

168

Disa Holdings a part of Disa A/S Group to sell its Shares in Indian Arm

168

Goldman Named 16 Indians as MDs and 3 as Partners

168

Micro Blogging Site Twitter Launched New Email sharing Feature for Tweets

168

Volvo Group to Invest Two Thousand Crore Rupees in India

169

Lacoste Acquired by Swiss Company Maus Freres

169

Himalaya Drug Company won its Trademark Battle against Homeopathic Pharma SBL Limited

169

Karishma Kapoor Appointed Brand Ambassador of McCain Food

170

Barista Lavazza and Penguin Books Tied up for Book Releases

170

Vodafone India tied up with ICICI Bank for Mobile Money Services

170

BAE Systems inked an Agreement with Smile Foundation for Health Care and Primary Education

170

Online Travel Agency MakeMyTrip Acquired Hotel Travel Group

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Gov. of Odisha Slapped 6000 crore Rupees fine on Tata Steel for Illegal Mining

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ONGC sold 26 percent Stakes to Japan’s Inpex Corp

171

Master card and Thomas Cook Came up Together for Travel Prepaid Cards

171

Discovery Communication launched kids Channel in State of Andhra Pradesh

172

World Space Radio Re launched and Brought BacK on Airtel Digital TV

172

Indira Gandhi International Airport got International Certification

172

Microsoft Unveiled Windows 8 in India

172

Rescue Package of €7 Billion to the Struggling Car Firm Peugeot Citrogen

172

Dow Chemical Co. Announced Closure of 20 Plants

173

IBS Software Services Acquired US Hotel Booking Solution

173

SEBI Asked Government to set up Special Court for Speedy Trial

173

BHEL Deployed Solar Panel on GSAT 10 Satellite

173

Nokia India signed deal with FC Barcelona

174

Bharti Airtel Became World’s Fourth Largest Mobile Operator

174

DGCA suspended the license of Kingfisher Airlines

174

Tata Starbuck Opened its First Store in India

174

Tea Board of India Joined hand with European Tea Committee to Protect Darjeeling Tea

 

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IOC signed MoU with Korea Gas Corporation to Jointly explore and produce Gas

175

Antiplatelet Drug Brilinta launched by Astrazeneca Pharma

175

Polaris Signed a Pact for Strengthening Market Solutions with Pyxis

175

Petroleum Ministry’s Non Approval to RIL’s Investment Plans

175

Vikram Pandit, the CEO of Citigroup resigned

176

Mahindra Satyam Tied up with University of Petroleum and Energy Studies

176

ZEE Launched Edutaintment Channel Zee Q for Children

176

ICICI Bank Signed an Agreement with Eco Bank of Africa

176

L&T Finance Acquired Indo-Pacific Housing

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Google launched Free SMS on Gmail in India

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Toyota Moto Corps recalled 7.4 million on road vehicles for rectification

177

GVK Power Secured Green Nod for Port Development in Australia

178

Kingfisher Airlines was asked to stop booking the tickets by DGCA

178

HDFC Bank and Indian Oil came Together to Provide Banking Services in Rural Areas

178

Oil India and Indian Oil, together Bought 30% stake in Carrizo Shale Assets

178

Dalmia Cement Bharat acquired Meghalaya based Adhunik Cement

179

Tata Group got an extension to manage the Taj Mansingh for another year

179

Cairn Energy sold 8 percent stake in Cairn India

179

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation won work in Jakarta Metro Rail Project

179

Naveen Jindal, placed at the top in Executives Pay Chart

179

HCL Tech signed Multi-million dollar deal with Freescale

180

Ex-COO and MD of Reebok India held for Rs 870 Crore Fraud

180

Tata Steel won a high-speed Rail Contract of Value Rs 315.15 Crore in France

180

Indigo Airlines emerged to be the top ranked carrier for consecutive second month

180

Schroder Singapore acquired 25 percent stake of Axis Asset Management Company

181

Top-level appointments announced by Tata Motors

181

HDFC Bank announced the Launch of Credit Card for Teachers

181

HDFC Bank Commissioned its 10001st ATM at Kovalam

181

ITC launched Grand Chola a luxury five Star hotel in Chennai

182

Tech Mahindra acquired 51% stake in Comviva Technologies

182

DMRC started its 17-week training program to train the recruits of Rapid Metrorail

182

Larsen and Turbo restructured its Engineering and InfoTech services

182

Supreme Court asked Essar Oil to pay the sales tax dues in phases

183

NIIT and Microsoft came together for Cloud Training

183

Production Sharing Contract inked in between BHP Billiton and BG Group

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Welspun finds the lenders for its 50 MW solar Project in Rajasthan

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Infosys acquired Switzerland based firm Lodestone

183

TCS signed in an agreement of 103 crore to provide ICT Solution for MGNREGS in West Bengal

184

Partnership in between Alstom Grid and Toshiba Corp

184

ICICI Bank to extend its net banking services through social media platform ‘Facebook’. 184

Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Thales entered into a joint venture

184

Cargotec tied up with Tata Communication to improve productivity and operational efficiency

185

Jindal Steel & Power acquired Canadian firm CIC for Rs 650 cr

185

Tech Mahindra Acquired Hutchinson Global Services

185

Industry Leader Deepak Parekh Nominated to Competition Commission of India

185

The Bhilai Steel Plant won the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the 10th Time

186

IDBI Bank Ltd entered into a MoU with SMERA to evaluate its MSME

186

Antony Jenkins appointed as the New Group Chief Executive of Barclays

186

McNally Bharat won 122 crore Rupees Contract from SAIL

186

HSBC sold its Entire Stake in Federal Bank for 341 Crore Rupees

186

Jammu and Kashmir Bank was Awarded Best Banker Prize

187

GAIL signed pact with French Energy Giant GDF Suez to import LNG

187

Apple won Patent Infringement Case against Samsung

187

SpiceJet announced launch of Two Daily Flights to Jabalpur from Delhi and Mumbai

187

Bharti Group sold its Stake in Centum Learning to Everonn Education

188

Relaxo Footwear signed Bollywood Actor Katrina Kaif as its Brand Ambassador

188

Arvind Saxena appointed the Managing Director of Volkswagen India

188

Philippe Divry appointed as the Managing Director of Volvo India

188

M&M signed MoU with Oriental Bank for Personal and Commercial Vehicle Financing

188

Hoppr launched its Service in Chennai to allow Users explore Rewards and Offers

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Keshub Mahindra stepped down as the Chairman of Mahindra & Mahindra

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Jet Airways Tied Up With HDFC Bank and Launched Credit Cards

189

Siemens India Bagged 290 Million Euro NMDC Deal

189

KNR Constructions bagged the Tollway Road Project

189

German logistics Deutsche Bahn tied up with Moser Baer for Clean Energy Project

189

Geojit BNP launched Android OS Flip Me; first mobile trading solution on NSE & BSE

190

Micro Technologies India introduced Micro Call Blocker for unsolicited Calls & SMS

190

National Housing Bank cut Interest Rate by up to 1 percent for Urban Low Income Group

190

High Court of AP approved Conditional bail to Koneru Prasad: EMMAR Properties Case 190

Gilead Sciences signed with 3 Indian companies for low-cost HIV drugs

191

Hero MotoCorp invested 20 million dollar in US based Erik Buell for R&D

191

Karnataka Bank signed MoU with NABCONS for Bank customer’s consultancy services

191

Star Health launched Star Comprehensive and Star Family Delite Insurance Policy

192

The Sahara Group acquired landmark Plaza Hotel of New York

192

NDTV filed Lawsuit against Audience Measurement Company TAM India

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Union Cabinet cleared Bill to Tackle Crimes against Women

194

India’s First All Women Post Office Inaugurated by Kapil Sibal

194

Cabinet Committee on Security approved Flexible Use of Airspace

194

Patiala House Court framed Charges against Irom Sharmila for Attempting Suicide

194

Electronics Project Proposal System e-PPS launched by Kapil Sibal

195

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Sanctioned Remote Village Electrification for 6033

Villages

195

President of India Pranab Mukherjee Gave Assent to the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2013

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Panel to Examine issues of Certification under Cinematograph Act 1952 Constituted

196

SC directed Government to notify Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal Award

196

I&B Ministry Constituted Expert Committee to Review Functioning of Prasar Bharti

196

Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram launched in Thane, Maharashtra

196

Union Cabinet of India gave its nod to decrease head counts in areas covered under PMGSY

197

I&B Ministry launched My India Initiative-A Digital Volunteer Programme to reach Citizens

 

197

The Union Government directed all States to Review Cases of Under-Trial

198

Priority Sector Lending (PSL) to Minorities Crossed 15 Percent Mark in 2012-2013

198

SC ordered Seizure of operations of Unsuccessful Bidders of Auction of 2G Spectrum

198

NACO signed MoU with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to Highlight Issues related

to AIDS

198

CBI Registered Case against Airtel and Tata Communications for Violating DoT Norms

199

The Centre resolved the Issue of CST Compensation with the States

199

Special Consultative Status with UN Accorded to Six Indian NGOs

199

India celebrated its 64th Republic Day; Showcased Military Prowess and Cultural Heritage

 

199

Broadcasting Content Complaints Council Sought Reviewing Rules for TV Licensing

200

Justice JS Verma Panel Report Submitted to the Government: Recommendations on the

Sexual Crimes

200

India and Sri Lanka signed two agreements on Terrorism and Drug Trafficking

200

Supreme Court Banned Tourists’ Entry in Jarawa Tribe Habitat of Andamans

200

Government of India declared use of MGNREGA linked Post Office Accounts for Direct Cash Transfer

201

Supreme Court of India Banned Construction of Religious Structures and Statues on Public

Land

201

Pranab Mukherjee imposed President’s rule on Jharkhand

201

Union Home Ministry Issued Strict Guidelines for Regulating Surrogacy in India

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Parliamentary Standing Committee recommended Entitlement of Food for 67 percent Population

202

First Space Weather Reading Centre of India Scheduled to be opened by mid 2013

202

India for the Second Year reported No Fresh Polio Cases

202

Election Commission announced Date of Election and By-Elections in 10 States

202

Money Laundering and Banking Bills 2012 turned into Law with Presidents Assent

202

Cochin Shipyard launched Aadesh, the First Fast Patrol Vessel for Coast Guard

203

Aadhaar card to be accepted as proof to get passport: Ministry of external Affairs

203

National Data Centre for UIDAI to come up in Gurgaon

203

Empowered Group of Ministers decided to Auction four Telecom Circles in 1800 MHz Band

204

News Broadcasting Standards Association Issued Guidelines for Reporting of Sexual Crimes

 

204

India’s First Successful Intestinal Transplant Performed on a Software Engineer

204

Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde launched Pilot Project of Crime and Criminal Tracking System

204

Foreign Tourists Not Allowed To Work as Journalists on Tourist Visa: MHA

205

Union Government constituted the 14th Finance Commission under Former RBI Governor

YV Reddy

205

Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram Unveiled Cash Transfer Rollout Plan

205

Bihar became the Fastest Growing Indian State between 2006 and 2010

206

Union Government Approved Selling 12.5 Percent Stake in Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers

206

Union Government exempted Service Tax for Janashree and Aam Aadmi Bima Yojana

206

Lok Sabha passed the Companies Bill 2011 aimed at Improving Corporate Governance . 207

Minorities Rights Day Celebrated By the National Commission for Minorities

207

Govt. of India to set up Real Time Water Quality Monitoring stations along River Ganga 207

India Developed Indigenous Japanese Encephalitis (JE) Vaccine

207

Union Government launched Government Calendar Featuring Flagship Schemes

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Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2011 Cleared By the Union Cabinet

209

Bhatinda Srinagar Gas Pipeline Project to be completed by July 2014

209

India to sign Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty in criminal matters with four other nations 210

Karnataka to Provide Tamil Nadu with 12 TMC feet of Cauvery water: CMC

210

Union Government of India cleared Decks for Ambedkar Memorial

210

Global Terrorism Index Revealed: India Ranked Among Top Five Terror-Hit Nations

210

S.A. Ibrahim's Appointment as Director for Intelligence Bureau Approved

211

EPFO (Employees Provident Fund Organisation) launched its e-Passbook Portal

211

Costal Chain of Static Sensors Positioned along the Coast of Andhra Pradesh

211

Union Minister of Finance P Chidambaram Finalised GAAR Amendment

211

The Coal Ministry issued Order for Deduction of Bank Guarantees and de-allocation of Coal

Blocks

212

President Pranab Mukherjee Launched Low Cost Aakash Tablet 2

212

Union Cabinet Cleared Setting up of 21 Textile Parks

212

TRAI issued a CAP of 100 SMSs on Concession Rates

212

Union Government Body CCEA lifted Export Ban on Some Milk Products

213

Broadband Network Pact Signed with 16 States and UT Government

213

Cabinet Reshuffle in India

213

IGMRI and CWC Signed MoU for Post Harvest Management of Foodgrains

216

Prime Minister Launched Aadhar Based Transfer System

216

Election Commission Banned Broadcast of Opinion Polls during Assembly Election in Gujarat and HP

216

Union Cabinet Approved setting up of National Automotive Board

217

SC: All States and UTs to conduct Fresh Surveys to identify Bonded Labour Problems

217

Union Cabinet Approved Amendment of Indecent Representation of Women Act

217

Election Commission issued Stricter Guidelines to Curb the Practice of Paid News

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Rail Radar, Website launched by the Railways to track the position of train

218

MoS was signed to provide Autonomy for the Hills Council in Assam

218

Supreme Court directed Centre to present fresh guidelines on Tiger Reserves within a week

219

Postal Department of India Increased Speed post rate by 56 Percent

219

SC: Refused to restrain Center from providing training to Sri Lankan armed Forces

219

Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal Launched Hockey and Cricket League

219

India and World Bank Signed 500 Million Dollar Deal for Shiksha Abhyan

220

Passive Euthanasia Supported by the Law Panel

220

Supreme Court directed Government to provide Basic Infrastructure in School

220

Ministry of Rural Development Launched Nirmal Bharat Yatra

221

India and China agreed to boost the Defence Ties

221

India and Austria signed an MoU to strengthen bilateral cooperation on Rail and Road . 222

Altamas Kabir sworn-in as 39th Chief Justice of India

222

Jaideep Sarkar appointed as the new envoy to Israel

222

Former Navy Chief Nirmal Verma appointed as Indian envoy to Canada

222

Election Commission prohibited use of animals in Election Campaigns

223

SC: There are alternative ways for allocation of Natural Resources

223

Service Tax on high-end class travel, freight and auxiliary service rail fares

223

Union Cabinet of India approved the Demands of Ex-servicemen for One Rank One Pension

 

223

SC: Land belonging to Scheduled Castes or Tribes cannot be bought by Non Dalits

224

New measures announced for the welfare of overseas Indians

224

Government reduced Interest Rates on rescheduled Crop Loans from 12 to 7 Percent

225

Rashtriya Aarogya Nidhi Scheme was launched in Arunachal Pradesh

225

Environment clearance of 99 Mines in Goa suspended

225

Government reduced Interest Rates on rescheduled Crop Loans from 12 to 7 Percent

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Supreme Court: media can be restrained from pressing trials during proceedings

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Jal Satyagraha came to an end after 17 days demonstration on a victory note

226

Supreme Courts Notice to Tamil Nadu on the petition that challenged 69% quota in the state

227

Supreme Court granted two weeks time to the centre to take a call on Abu Salem

227

Union cabinet approved interest subsidy for farmer loans

227

The Government approved a Complete Ban on Employment of Children

228

Supreme Court refused to lift Ban on Mining Activities in Karnataka

228

The Union Government issued an Ultimatum to Social Networking Site Twitter

228

The Government extended the Ban on Import of Milk and Milk Products from China

228

Government of India enacted Prohibition of Child Marriage Act 2006

229

Supreme Court of India ordered Better Healthcare for Bhopal Gas Tragedy Victims

229

BCCC asked TV Channels to be Extra-cautious while Showing Violence against Women

229

Delhi High Court approved the Guidelines for Media Reporting on Children

229

Bimal Gurung sworn in as the Head of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration

230

Union Cabinet approved the Launch of Satellite to study Mars

230

Union Government approved 492 Crore Rupees to set up Central Academy for Police Training in Bhopal

230

Special Tribunal approved MHA Move to declare SIMI as an Unlawful Organisation

231

Union Government approved Relaxation in Policies Related to Transfer of Government Land

231

One Thousand Nine Hundred Crore Rupees Allocated to Rain Deficient States

231

Power Tripped in Northern, Eastern and North Eastern Grids: India’s Biggest Power Blackout

232

International Current Affairs (1 st Aug 12 15 th March 13)

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Eurozone and IMF Agreed For 10 Billion Euros Cyprus Bailout Deal

234

India and Britain signed Pact to Support Research and Development Projects

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Khil Raj Regmi to Head the Interim Government of Nepal; Sworn-In As the Prime Minister

 

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Iran and Pakistan launched Gas Pipeline Project

234

45th Independence Day of Mauritius Celebrated; Pranab Mukherjee Was the Chief Guest

 

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India and Bhutan signed Currency Swap Agreement worth 100 million Dollars

235

China Unveiled Government Restructuring Plan; Ministry Of Railways to Be Dissolved

235

US and South Korea Started Joint Annual Military Drills

235

Pakistan Parliament passed Counter Terrorism Authority Bill

236

Kenya Election: Uhuru Kenyatta won Kenya Presidency

236

India Proposed Hydrocarbon Pipeline from Kazakhstan

236

Pranab Mukherjee and Sheikh Hasina Inaugurated Freight Train to Bangladesh

236

India and Republic of Portugal Signed a Social Security Agreement

236

India-United Kingdom Summit 2013: Issues Discussed and Agreed Upon

237

India and UK Signed MOU on Strengthening Co-Operation in Earth Sciences

237

India and USA inaugurated the First Triangular India-US-Africa Partnership at Hyderabad

 

237

Nicos Anastasiades Won Cyprus Presidential Elections With 57.5 Percent Votes

237

African Leaders signed UN-Brokered Accord in DR Congo

238

Trade Deficit of Japan Hit Record in January 2013 as Yen Weakened

238

World’s First Mercury Treaty adopted by 140 Countries at Geneva

238

India and Sri Lanka Signed Agreements On Combating Terrorism and Avoiding Double- Taxation

238

India and the UAE agreed to take their Trade Relations to another Level

238

Court of Arbitration, The Hague gave a go ahead to India on Kishanganga Project

239

India-US Joint Working Group held its 10th Meeting in Washington

239

First India-Japan Maritime Affairs Dialogue was held in New Delhi

239

India and France agreed to strengthen Cooperation on Counter Terrorism

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North Korea conducted its third Nuclear Test and defied UN Regulations for World Peace

 

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India and Japan held talks to Strengthen Cooperation in Tourism Sector

240

Iran called on for destruction and end of the Nuclear Weapons of the World

240

Seventeen Indian Prisoners on Death Row in Sharjah Jail Released

241

Pakistan approved the Deal which Handed over Gwadar Port to China

241

Ahmadinejad is the first Iranian President to visit Egypt since 1979 Islamic Revolution

241

India and Austria signed a Social Security Pact

241

United States of America filed a Civil Lawsuit against Standard and Poor's

242

Mo

Yan and Jackie Chan Selected As Members of Chinese Parliament

242

India dropped to 140th Rank in the Latest World Press Freedom Index

242

India Pledged Humanitarian Assistance of 2.5 Million US Dollars to Syria

243

India and Australia agreed to Concentrate on Energy and Food Security

243

India and Bangladesh signed Agreements on Extradition and Visa Regime

243

Milos Zeman won the Czech Republic Presidential Election 2013

243

War Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh pronounced its First Verdict of Death Sentence

244

Barack Obama Sworn In As the US President for Second Term

244

China’s Economy Grew 7.8 Percent in 2012, Hits 13-Year Low

244

Indians asked to avoid Violence Prone Areas in Nigeria

244

MV

Amina, Iranian Cargo Ship fled from Sri Lankan Waters and defied orders of its High

Court

245

Pakistan Anti-Corruption Body Refused Arresting PM

245

India and Pakistan agreed not to allow Tension along LoC to Escalate

245

China appointed Wei Wei, a Career Diplomat as Ambasador to India

245

India and Bangladesh Decided Increasing Rail Link Projects

245

India, Vietnam signed MoU to Strengthen Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises

245

China launched its Postage Stamp on Year of Snake

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The Oldest Bank of Switzerland to Pay 58 Million Dollar to US in Tax Evasion Case

246

South Korea Became First Country in Asia to Order Chemical Castration of Child Rapist . 246

Beijing was 14th Safest City In China, Lhasa was the 1st : China Academy Of Social Sciences

 

246

The United States evacuated its Embassy in the Central African Republic

246

President Mohamed Morsi signed Egypt's Controversial Constitution

247

Pakistan Government Recognised Republic of Kosovo as an Independent State

247

India and Russia signed pacts on Economic Ties for 2 billion dollar Investment Fund

247

Moscow Authorities Announced Demolishing Only Hindu Temple by January 2013

247

European Union imposed Stiff Sanctions on Trade with Iran

248

David Cameroon announced that Britain would Pull Half of its Troops from Afghanistan 248

Park Geun-Hye Elected As the First Woman President of South Korea

248

Ireland to legalise Abortions when the Mother’s Life is at Risk

248

Queen Elizabeth Became First Peacetime British Ruler to Attend Cabinet Meeting

248

WHO approved Vaccine Manufacturing Practices adopted by Indian Pharmaceutical Companies

249

UK Planned to Replace Paper Money with Plastic Banknotes

249

Constitution Amendment Bill passed by Huge Majority in Rajya Sabha

249

India and Pakistan Jointly operaionalized New Visa Agreement in

249

North Korea Launched Long Range Unha-3 Rocket amid International Opposition

249

Global Telecom Treaty without Net Control Signed by Eighty Nine Nations

250

Vinod Rai Re-Elected As Chairman of UN Panel of External Auditors

250

Maldives took over Charge of Male Airport scrapping Agreement with GMR

250

China Held largest Air Force Drill involving 100 Fighter planes

250

Iran Declared Extracting Complete Data from the Captured US Drone

250

Eleventh Meeting of India-Canada JWG on Counter Terrorism held in New Delhi

251

Immigration to Britain Witnessed Biggest Fall in 20 Years

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Parliament of Egypt Passed Draft of the New Constitution

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India and Japan Signed Two Agreements in Tokyo

251

India and Sweden Signed Social Security Agreement in New Delhi

251

UN (United Nations) Panel passed N Korea Resolution by Consensus

252

Eurozone, International Monetary Fund Agreed to New Greek Debt Deal

252

The 2nd India-China Strategic economic Dialogue held in New Delhi

252

Tenth ASEAN-India Summit Concluded at Peace Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

253

New Secretary General for ASEAN

253

The Seventh East Asia Summit concluded in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

254

India Voted Against UN General Assembly’s Resolution to Ban Death Penalties

254

India Added 22 New Items to promote Indo-Myanmar Border Trade

254

RBI and the State Bank of Vietnam signed a Memorandum of Understanding

255

China State Broadcaster Auctioned Prime Time Slot at a Record Price

255

Bangladesh Opted out of D-8 Summit Scheduled to be Held in Pakistan

255

US Lifted the Ban Imposed on Imports from Myanmar, before President Obama’s Visit to

the Nati

255

India and Japan Signed Earths Pact on Rare Earth Minerals

256

IEA: US would become world’s largest oil producer by 2017

256

India and Afghanistan Signed Four Cooperation Pacts

256

Nepal Elected as a Board Member of the ECOSOC

257

The Review Meeting of the E-9 Countries concluded in New Delhi

257

India, Britain decided to enhance Cooperation in Cyber Security

257

Noor Inayat Khan’s Bust to be Unveiled at London by Princess Anne

257

India-Canada finalised a Mechanism for Shipping of Canadian Uranium to India

258

India-Japan-US Trilateral Dialogue held in New Delhi

258

India and UK Amended pact on Avoidance of Double Taxation

258

India, US and Japan held Trilateral meet and Talked on Cooperation

258

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Australian Schools would Teach Hindi

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Website of New York Times blocked in China

259

India, Spain Signed Agreement on Defence Cooperation

259

The 2nd India-Japan 2+2 Dialogue held in Tokyo

259

Japan Lifted Travel Advisory on Jammu and Kashmir

260

India-Australia Announced Nuclear Deal Negotiation

260

India and New Zealand signed Five MoUs to cooperate in Education

260

Five New Non-Permanent Member Countries Elected to UN Security Council

260

India and Pakistan Discussed TAPI Gas Project

260

UK and Scotland signed an Agreement to hold a Referendum on Scottish Independence261

UN warned of price hike in food products and a decline in global cereal production

261

Arabic made its debut as official language at Vatican

261

Japan and India Launched Research Project to Study LNG Pricing

261

India and France signed an Agreement in the Field of Urban Development

262

India and Austria tied up for development of Smart Cities in India

262

US, India and Afghanistan held its First Trilateral Discussion

262

India and Burundi signed 3 Major Agreements and issued a Joint Statement

263

New Nuclear Safety Agency launched in Japan

263

India signed a memorandum of understanding with Egypt

263

India Offered Telecom Support to Turkmenistan

264

China signed 16 new Agreements with Sri Lanka

264

US and Japan agreed to deploy advanced missile defense system

264

India topped the chart of registered largest number of under five deaths in 2011

264

India and Saudi Arabia held their first talk on defence ties

264

India, Myanmar and Thailand decided to implement Trilateral Connectivity Project by 2016

 

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Differences grew in between China and Japan over the disputed Diayo Islands

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India and Tajikistan went ahead on strategic partnership and signed six agreements

265

Sixth MekongGanga Cooperation meeting held in New Delhi

266

India established Diplomatic Relations with Niue

266

The 16th NAM (Non-Aligned Movement) Summit was held in Tehran

266

USA slapped Sanctions on Laskar-e-Toiba’s Top Eight Commanders

267

India and Iran decided to expand Trade and Economic Cooperation

267

International Atomic Energy Agency set up Special Task Force for Iran

267

India, Afghanistan and Iran to set up Joint Working Group to spur Trade

267

India China agreed to set up Joint Working Group on Trade and Investments

268

Russia formally became a Member of the World Trade Organisation

268

Myanmar abolished Censorship of the Country's Media

268

India to cut Import Duties on 234 Items from Pakistan

268

Ecuador Granted Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Political Asylum

268

China signed Economic Agreements with North Korea which includes the Development of

SEZs

269

Libya's NTC Handed Power to Newly Appointed National Assembly

269

Sudan signed a Deal with South Sudan over Oil Payments

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India and Belgium signed Agreement for the Modernisation of Indian Railways

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India and Israel signed Collaborative Academic Research Programme Agreement

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US Senate passed Bill to label Haqqani Network as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation