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The State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) said
the country(China) aims to close another 625 small coal mines this year in an
attempt to reduce the number of deadly accidents, as the death toll in latest
coal mine explosion mounted to 43, raising concerns over safety
Smita Shah first Indian-American
to serve as DNC parliamentarian
Smita Shah a close supporter of US President Barack
Obama, is vice-chair of the Chicago Plan Commission, become the first
Indian-American to serve as a Democratic National Convention parliamentarian on
5th September 2012.As per the publically available documents, Smita has been an
applauded donor to the campaign of the Democratic Party and Obama.
US strikes Nepal Maoists from
On 06th September 2012 US has lifted sanctions and
removed the Communist party of Nepal(Maoists) Organization of Nepal from the
list of designated terrorist organisation,years after the rebels abandoned
their named struggle and entered open politics and signed a peace treaty.
U.S. designates Haqqani network a
The United States said on 7th September 2012 it is
designating the Pakistan-based Haqqani network a terrorist organization,
triggering sanctions against a group American officials blame for high-profile
attacks in Afghanistan, and which they say has ties to the Pakistani state.
Army in Egypt reports 32 deaths
in Sinai crackdown
Egyptian armed forces have killed 32 “criminal
elements” since launching an operation against Islamist militants in Sinai on
8th September 2012.
Canada cuts diplomatic ties with
John Baird,Foreign minister Canada said: “[Iran] is
among the world’s worst violators of human rights; and it shelters and
materially supports terrorist groups, requiring the government of Canada to
formally list Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism under the Justice for
Victims of Terrorism Act.Canada cuts diplomatic ties with Iran.So, Canada has
closed its embassy in Tehran and ordered the expulsion of Iranian diplomats
from Ottawa, partly because of the country’s backing of the Syrian regime.
Somalia gets a new president
Somalia’s parliament elected Hassan Sheikh Mohamud
as the new leader for the African nation on 10th September 2012.
Japan to buy disputed East China
The uninhabited islands, known as Senkaku in Japan
and Diaoyu in China, have long been a source of friction. Japan and China have
competing territorial claims to the islets and surrounding fishing areas and
potentially rich gas deposits.The Japanese government will buy the islets for
2.05 billion yen ($26.15 million) and the owners will sign a contract soon.
Biggest Fire Accident in Karachi
290 Members Die
At least 290 people have been confirmed dead in a
fire that broke out in a garment factory in Karachi on 11th September 2012
Worldwide protests against the
film “Innocence of Muslims”
The attacks will be continued on 14th September
2012 also in several countries, including Egypt, Iran, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia
due the release of the film Innocence of Muslims.UN Secretary General Ban
Ki-moon has denounced as “hateful” an anti-Islam movie produced in the United
Russia to mine super hard
Russia has declassified a huge deposit of unique
super hard diamonds that dwarf the global reserves of the precious stone and
can meet the worldwide demand for another 3,000 years.The deposit, located in
an asteroid crater 120 km in diameter, has been kept under wraps for nearly 40
decades as the Soviet Union mined enough diamonds elsewhere and also produced
Bill Gates remains the richest in
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has retained his
position as the richest person in America for the 19th year in a row this year,
according to Forbes’ annual ranking of the nation’s 400 super rich people who
have a combined net worth of $1.7 trillion.Five Indian-Americans, including
Silicon Valley venture capitalist Vinod Khosla and founder of IT major Syntel,
Bharat Desai (ranked 239),Founder and Chairman of the Symphony Technology Group
Romesh Wadhwani(ranked 250), Google board member and shareholder Kavitark Ram
Shriram (ranked 298),Founder and CEO of the popular energy drink ‘5-hour
energy’ Manoj Bhargava(ranked 311).
Zardari, Hillary discuss
India-Pak trade ties
Improving trade ties between Pakistan and India,
terrorism and violent anti-U.S. protests were among a host of issues that
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari discussed with U.S. Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton when they met NewYork on the sidelines of the U.N. General
Assembly session on 25th September 2012.
Buddhist temples attacked in
Thousands of Bangladeshi Muslims set fire to at
least 10 Buddhist temples and 40 homes in Ramu town and its adjoining villages
— some 350 km from Dhaka in anger over a Facebook photo of a burned Quran on
30th September 2012.
32 killed in blasts across Iraq
A wave of bombings and shootings in Iraq on 30th
September 2012 killed at least 32 people and wounded 104 .The violence was
centred in Baghdad and the surrounding areas of Taji, Madain and Tarmiyah.
INDIA & WORLD
America Court Summons to Parkash Singh Badal
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who was
served summons by a US court last month in a case of alleged custodial torture
and extra judicial killings of Sikhs, has sought dismissal of the motion
against him or additional time of 90 days to defend the charges.The US District
Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin had issued Summons against Badal on
August 8 when he was in Wisconsin on a private visit to attend a marriage
No mobile connection for more
than 3 months to any foreign tourist: Government
To check misuse of SIM cards, the government has
asked Telecom Service Providers not to provide mobile connection for more than
three months to any foreign tourist visiting India.According to the fresh
guidelines, which have come into effect recently, the Department of Telecom
(DoT) has told the service providers that the proof for issuance of a mobile
connection to any foreigner would be the passport having a valid visa.
India, Pakistan to ink 3 pacts to
boost economic activity
Hoping that the forthcoming visit of External
Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna would lead to a liberal visa regime agreement,
Commerce and Industry Minister, Anand Sharma, on 04th September 2012, said
India and Pakistan would soon ink three agreements in the areas of customs
co-operation, mutual recognition of standards and redressal of trade issues to
give a fillip to economic activity.
India, China to resume joint
India and China announced on 04th September 2012
they would resume joint military exercises after a four-year gap, a move
designed to build trust in the often prickly relationship between the world’s
two most populous nations.
Five Indian firms in Forbes list
of world’s most innovative companies
Five Indian companies including Larsen &
Toubro, Hindustan Unilever and Infosys are ranked on Forbes magazine’s list of
“The World’s Most Innovative Companies” topped by four US companies.Larsen
& Toubro got the ninth rank,Hindustan Unilever got the 12th rank, Infosys
got 19th rank,Tata Consultancy Services got 29th rank and Sun Pharmaceutical
Industries got 38th rank.Four US companies- Cloud computing king
Salesforce.com, drug major Alexion Pharmaceuticals, internet retail giant
Amazon.com and open source software leader Red Hat took the top four places.
India, Pakistan ink visa
Pakistan and India have announced on 8th September
2012 that they will ease tough visa restrictions, an important step forward in
improving relations between the nuclear armed neighbours.
ECIL to supply converters to international
Public sector electronic manufacturing firm,
Electronic Corporation of India Limited (ECIL), has been selected to supply
power converters to the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR), an
international science centre at Darmstadt near Frankfurt in Germany.ECIL signed
a bilateral contract for supply of convertors with Bose Institute, designated
nodal agency to coordinate between various departments involved in the
project.Accordingly, ECIL would be involved in design, development,
manufacturing and supply of around 500 ultra stable power converters that cost
around 7.5 million Euros (about Rs. 50 crore) of the total Indian contribution
of around 36 million Euros.
Onno Ruhl appointed World Bank
country director for India
The World Bank has appointed Onno Ruhl as the
country director for India. He will replace Roberto Zagha, who retires in
October. Ruhl, a Dutch national, was previously the director for operation
services and quality in the South Asia region of the World Bank, the
multi-lateral funding agency.
Saudi Arabia, India hold talks on
The first meeting of the India-Saudi Arabia joint
committee on defence cooperation was held on 10th September 2012 at New Delhi
and both sides discussed proposals for exchange of high-level visits, training
and functional exchanges in various areas.
India pledges $10-million for
The Prime Minister Manmohan 11th September 2012
announced to an assistance of $10 million to Palestine’s budget for this year
to help address its financial requirements.Prime Minister made this
announcement after signing three bilateral pacts – the areas of information and
communication technology, vocational training and education with Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas, who is at present in New Delhi for his three-day long
India, Pakistan trade bodies sign
Memorandum of Understanding(MoU)
The Islamabad Women’s Chamber of Commerce and
Industry(IWCCI)and the Punjab, Haryana and Delhi Chamber of Commerce and
Industry (PHDCCI) on 12th September 2012 signed an MoU to promote trade and
investment and improve linkages between business communities of the two
Highest under-5 deaths in India
Child Mortality Estimates Report 2012 published by United Nations Children’s Fund
(UNICEF), India was placed at the top position in the chart of 10 countries
that topped on the chart. The other countries with their names on the chart are
Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, China, Pakistan, Indonesia,
Ethiopia, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
Delhi, Mumbai among least expensive cities around
released Friday by the Swiss bank UBS, covering 72 cities in 58 countries
Capital Delhi and financial hub Mumbai are the least expensive cities and Tokyo
is the most expensive city for food in the world.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation won work in Jakarta
Metro Rail Project
Metro has bagged the work of Management Consulting Services for building the
Phase- I of Jakarta Mass Rapid System in Indonesia.This is the first time that Delhi
Metro has got a project outside the country since its inception in 1997.
Afghanistan, US, India hold first trilateral
Afghanistan and the US held their first trilateral meeting in New York on 25th
September 2012.The major point of discussion was on the situation in
Afghanistan along with the issue of terrorism.
India ranks lower than China in global food
been ranked 66, much lower than neighbouring China, in the 2012 Global Food
Security Index released by the American chemical company DuPont on 26th
September 2012.India is ranked 66 , China (ranked 39) , Sri Lanka (ranked
62),Pakistan (ranked 75) and Bangladesh ( ranked 81) in the list of 105
Sebi plans investor website in 13 Indian languages
Market regulator Sebi is planning to soon offer its
investor website in as many as 13 Indian languages, besides the existing one in
English, to spread awareness among investors and to help resolve their
Supreme Court lifts ban on iron
ore mining in Karnataka
Supreme Court partially lifts ban on iron ore
mining in Karnataka on 3rd September 2012, on the basis of the recommendations
of the Central Empowered Committee (CEC). CEC divides the leases of iron ore
mines in three categories A,B,C.marginal irregularities and no irregularities
of leases come under A category, most irregularities in leases come under C
category,moderate irregularities come under B category.The Supreme Court has
lifted the banwould only be effective in 18 category A mines, subject to their
compliance with statutory clearances.The ban will continued on the remaining leases.
Lok Sabha passed two Bills on 3rd
Lok Sabha passed two bills on 3rd September 2012
They are 1.Sexual harassment may mean loss of business licence:Non-compliance
with the provisions of the law will be punishable with a fine of up to Rs
50,000. Repeated violations may lead to higher penalties and cancellation of
licence or registration to do business.2.National Highways Authority of India
(NHAI) expansion bill passed
4.6 magnitude quake rocks Ladakh,
no impact in Kashmir
A 4.6 magnitude quake rock Ladakh region in Jammu
and Kashmir on 4th September 2012 afternoon. However, it was not felt in the
Kashmir valley.Its epicentre was in Southern Xinjiang China, located at a
distance of 327 km from Leh.
MGNREGA work days raised to 150,
crop loans cut to 7%
Empowered Group of Ministers(EGoM) on drought
headed by Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar decided to increase the number of
guaranteed work days under Mahatama Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee
(MGNREGA) to 150 days and cut interest rates on crop loans to 7 percent for one
year for the farmers in drought-affected states.
Women and Child Development
Ministry launched a Web Portal named Track Child
The Union Women and Child Development Ministry on
18 September 2012 decided to launch a web portal named Track Child, which will
serve as a central database of all those children who have gone missing in
different parts of the country. The portal will act as a coordination mechanism
between child homes, police departments and state governments.
Govt launches Rajiv Gandhi Equity
The Finance Minister P Chidambaram on 21st
September 2012 cut withholding tax on overseas borrowings to 5 percent from 20
percent and approved the Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme (RGESS).While the
RGESS is aimed at encouraging first time retail investors to invest in stock
markets through tax concessions, the cut in withholding tax to 5 percent seeks
to lower the cost of foreign borrowings by the Indian companies.The RGESS will
give tax benefits to new investors who invest up to Rs 50,000 and whose annual
income is below Rs 10 lakh.
C P Joshi given additional charge
Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways C P
Joshi has been assigned the additional charge of the Ministry of Railways in
place of Mr Mukul Roy, who was among the six Ministers who resigned from the
United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government 22nd September 2012.
Election Commission Ban the usage
of animal and birds in poll campaign
The Election Commission of India (ECI) on 26th
September 2012 issued an order banning the use of animals and birds by
political parties during campaigns. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
(PETA) India said that following repeated requests by animal activist, the
Election Commission asked political parties and candidates to refrain from
using animals for their campaigns.
HC(High Court) fixes quota in
local bodies at 50 percent
The AP High Court on 04 September 2012 ruled that
the combined reservations for Backward Classes, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled
Tribes in the Panchayat Raj local bodies should not exceed the upper ceiling of
50 per cent.The court directed the state to cut the quota for BCs and bring the
cumulative figure down to 50 per cent.
Bill for special status for six
districts in Hyderabad-Karnataka region introduced
In the Lok Sabha on 7th September 2012 ,Home
Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde introduced a Bill to amend the Constitution and
thus provide a special status to the Hyderabad-Karnataka region , under a new
Article 371(J).Once it is approved by Parliament the Hyderabad-Karnataka region
covering six backwards districts – Bidar, Gulbarga, Koppal, Yadgir, Raichur and
Bellary – will get more central funds for development and will be on par with
the Telananga region of Andhra Pradesh. Besides, there will be reservation in
jobs and education for the locals.
Supreme Court issues notice to
Tamil Nadu government on 69 per cent reservation
The Supreme Court 10th September 2012 issued a
notice to Tamil Nadu government on a petition challenging the constitutional
validity of the 69 per cent reservation by the state government in employment
and educational institutions. The petition, filed by students, challenged the
government’s decision to exceed the 50 per cent limit in reservation mandated
by the Mandal Commission judgement.The ten student petitioners from Tamil Nadu
had approached the Court after failing to secure admission to the Medical
College despite having secured 198/200.
Punjab government amends Canal
and Drainage Act
The offence of “theft of canal water” can now attract
both fine and 6 months imprisonment after an amendment in the law relating to
canals and drainage.Punjab Irrigation Minister, Janmeja Singh Sekhon informed
that the Punjab government has amended section 70 of the Act for this.
NHRC issues notice to Maharashtra
over farm suicides
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has
sought a reply from the Maharashtra government over seven farm suicides that
took place last week within a span of 72 hours in the state’s Vidarbha region.A
total of 528 farmers have committed suicide in the Vidarbha region between Jan
1 and Sep 2 this year.
Ban on gutka in Delhi comes into
A blanket ban on manufacturing, sale, storage and
display of all gutka products in the national capital came into effect from
13th September 2012. States like Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Kerala, Punjab, Madhya
Pradesh and Bihar have already announced ban on gutka products. A similar
comprehensive ban came into effect in Gujarat from 12th September 2012.
Haryana government institute
awards for women
Haryana government has instituted four state-level
awards to felicitate women who have done outstanding work in different fields.
These are 1.Indira Gandhi Mahila Shakti Award(given to those engaged in
promoting self help groups or women empowerment initiatives, established their
own business or industry and have contributed to development of women besides
entrepreneurship and done exemplary work in public service.) 2.Kalpna Chawla
Shaurya Award(who perform acts of bravery and meritorious services) 3.Bahin
Shano Devi Panchayti Raj Award(exemplary work in promoting female literacy,
health and nutrition, universalisation of education, sanitation, water, hygiene
and other health determinants) and 4.Life time Achievers Award( given to woman
of 60 years of age or above, who has excelled in administrative skills, career
or profession, leadership quality, courage and creative work) and Women
Outstanding Achievers Award(women who have done commendable work in their
APEC Russia 2012 Summit
The APEC Russia 2012 Summit is the 24th annual
gathering of APEC leaders of 21 countries.Leaders from the member economics are
currently meeting on Russky Island off the Coast of Vladivostok, Russia from
September 2-9 ,2012 . Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation(APEC) is a forum for
Rim Countries(formally member Economics) that seeks to promote free trade and
Economics throughout the Asia-Pecific region established in 1989.
Indian National Science Academy
In the last day of the summit conducted from 7th to
9th September 2012 in New Delhi,Scientists across South Asia decided to work
closely in research initiatives and advise decision makers in offering
solutions to problems ranging from healthcare to energy security.The three-day
meeting saw participation from the Science Academies of Afghanistan,
Bangladesh, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, Mauritius and Sri Lanka.
Emerging Kerala investment meet
to see 51 nations taking part
51 countries with 2,500 registered delegates and
around 300 VIPs comprising ambassadors, high commissioners and ministers have
confirmed their participation in the “Emerging Kerala 2012″ investment meet to
be held in Kochi from Sep 12-14.KSIDC is the nodal agency for the event which
will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.The main aim of this event
is highlight investment opportunities available in Kerala and advertise to the
the world its state of readiness to receive the investors.
9th World Hindi Conference To
held in Johannesburg
The 9th World Hindi Conference to be held in Johannesburg
,South Africa from 22-24 September 2012.The first world Hindi Conference was
held in Nagapur from 10-12 January 1975 under aegis of
RashtrabhashaPracharaSamiti ,Wardha.The main theme of the conference is ’Bhasha
Ki Asmita Aur Hindi Ka Vaishvik Sandarbh’.
AWARDS & HONOURS
Dr. M.V. Reddy get the Bharat Jyoti Award
The Director, Department of Animal Husbandry,Dr.
M.V.Reddy got the Bharat Jyoti Award .This award was presented by the India
International Friendship Society.
Three National awards for State
the Andhra Pradesh State Literacy Mission Authority
(SLMA) has received awards for its work in Vizianagaram district and one gram
panchayat P Yeleru of Anantapur district. Andhra Pradesh is the only State
which received the Saakshar Bharat Award in the entire Country. The Awards
comprising a trophy and a certificate which will be given by the Vice-President
of India Hamid Ansari on the occasion of International Literacy Day to be
celebrated on September 8 at Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh.
Apollo Hospitals bags 4 awards
The Apollo Hospitals Group has bagged the Asian
Hospital Management Awards ( AHMA) 2012 in four categories.It received awards
for customer service, corporate social responsibility, cost reduction and
patient safety. AHMA 2012 garnered 363 entries representing 89 hospitals from
Aung San Suu Kyi Receives US
Congressional Gold Medal
Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has
received the Congressional Gold Medal – the highest honor Congress can bestow,
at a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on 19th September 2012. Members of
the U.S. Congress from both chambers and both major political parties gathered
to pay tribute to Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was first
awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2008, while she was under 15 years of
house arrest in Burma.
Barfi! makes it to the Oscars
Ranbir Kapoor starrer Barfi! has been nominated as
India’s entry to the Oscars next year in the foreign film category.
Iran to boycott 2013 Oscars in
wake of anti-Islam film
The Iran government will boycott the 2013 Oscars in
the wake of the anti-Islam video made in the United States that denigrates the
T.S. Subramanian among winners of
nuclear society’s awards
T.S. Subramanian, Associate Editor, Frontline,
Chennai, and R.K. Singh, Head, Media Relations and Public Awareness Section,
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, have been selected for the Indian
Nuclear Society’s “INS Outstanding Service Award” for 2011 for Science
Communication.The awards will be presented on November 7 during the inaugural
function of the 23 annual conference of the INS to be held in Mumbai.
Waheeda Rehman to get lifetime
Veteran actress Waheeda Rehman will receive the
Lifetime Achievement Award at the forthcoming 14th Mumbai Film Festival, which
starts on October 18. Mumbai Academy of Moving Image(MAMI) is organising the
Ebrahim Alkazi awarded top French
Ebrahim Alkazi, the grand old man of Indian theatre
has been conferred France’s highest cultural award for his contribution in
nurturing and presenting modern theatre in India and preserving the treasures
of photography and other art forms for posterity.Alkazi, was awarded Knight of
the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres)
on 29th September 2012.
DRDO scientist G. Satheesh Reddy
received IETE Award
G. Satheesh Reddy, outstanding scientist and
associate director, Research Centre Imarat, a premier laboratory of the Defence
Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO) Missile complex, was given IETE
B.V. Baliga Memorial Award on 30th September 2012 at Bangalore.
SPORTS & GAMES
India beat Cameroon to lift Nehru Cup for the third
India beat Cameroon in a thrilling penalty
shoot-out to lift the Nehru Cup 2012 football tournament. This is India’s third
consecutive Nehru Cup title, infact they have just won the three.
India’s Girisha Hosanagara
Nagarajegowda wins silver in London Paralympics
The Girisha Hosanagaara Nagarajegowda won India’s
first medal at the London 2012 paralympic Games.The Karnataka athlete bagged
the silver with a 1.74m effort in the men’s high jump F42 event on 03 September
India slips to 169th in world
The world football governing body FIFA released the
latest FIFA World Rankings on 5th September 2012 in which India has lost one
spot to be now ranked 169th amongst the 209 ranked nations and territories,
while within Asia India remains 32nd amongst 46 nations in the rankings.
USA wins third FIFA U-20 women’s
United States of America beat former champion
Germany 1-0 in Tokyo to claim its third FIFA U-20 women’s World Cup crown on
8th September 2012.
Oscar Pistorius Wins Paralympics
Gold In 400 Meters
The ‘Blade Runner’ of South Africa ,Oscar Pistorius
successfully completed 400m-T44 event in 46.68 sec in Paralympics and won the
Serena clinches fourth US Open
Serena Williams captured her 15th Grand Slam title
and fourth career US Open crown with a 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 victory over World No. 1
Victoria Azarenka on 9th September 2012.
Andy Murray first Britisher to
win Grand Slam men`s singles title in 76 years
Andy Murray has overpowered Serbia’s Novak Djokovic
in five gruelling sets in a classic US Open final to become the first Britisher
to win a Grand Slam men’s singles title in 76 years.
Armadillo to be 2014 FIFA World
A rare species of armadillo is set to be the
official mascot for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil on 12 September 2012.In
the previous FIFA World Cup the mascots were:
• FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa- Zakumi the green-haired leopard
• FIFA 2006 World Cup in Germany- Goleo named lion
Dhoni named captain of ICC ODI
team, Kohli, Gambhir in XI
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been named
captain of ICC’s ‘ODI Team of the Year’ which also includes Virat Kohli and
Gautam Gambhir.This is for the fifth consecutive year in a row that Dhoni has
been selected in ICC’s ‘ODI Team of the Year’.ICC awards are announced in
Colombo on 15th September 2012.
Virat Kohli named ICC ODI
Cricketer of the Year
India’s Virat Kohli was on15 September 2012
rewarded with ‘ODI Cricketer of the Year’.at the ICC annual awards function in
Indian Women’s football defeated
Nepal And Clinch 2012 SAFF Women’s Championship
Defending champions India have won the SAFF(South
Asian Football Federation) Women’s Championship 2012 defeating Nepal in the
finals played on 16th September 2012.
Saina signs up 40-crore deal with
The London Olympics bronze-medallist in badminton
Saina Nehwal has signed up a 40-crore deal with Rhiti Sports Management
company, making her the country’s highest paid sportsperson outside cricket.
Lifter Chandrika first Indian to
win medal in Youth Worlds
Chandrika Tarafdar on 19th September 2012 became
the first Indian to win a medal in Youth World Weightlifting Championships
after she bagged two bronze in the girls’ 44kg category on the opening day at
Kosice, Slovakia.Tarafdar won a bronze each in clean and jerk and total lift.
She lifted 55kg in snatch, 74kg in clean and jerk for a total effort of 129kg.
Deepika Kumari won Silver at
Recurve World Cup
Deepika Kumari won Silver at Recurve World Cup on
23 September 2012 in Tokyo. In the finals of the tournament, she lost against
the Korean double Olympic gold medalist, Ki Bo-Bae.
India got 3rd position in ICC T20
India got the third position in Reliance ICC T20
Championship table released by ICC on 26th September 2012 .South Africa and
England got the 1st and 2nd positions respectively.
Indian wrestler Babita wins world
Babita Kumari (51kg) became the second Indian
female wrestler to win a World Championships medal after she clinched a bronze
in Edmonton, Canada.
Humpy wins Ankara Grand Prix-2012
Grandmaster Koneru Humpy won gold medal in FIDE
Grand Prix in Turkey at Ankara on 28th September 2012
India’s GDP to remain below 6%
CII(Confederation of Indian Industry) survey
indicated that the GDP growth during 2012-13 is expected to remain below 6
Planning Commission for cut in
12th Plan annual GDP growth target to 8.2%
Planning Commission is proposing to lower annual
average growth target for the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17) to 8.2 per cent
from its earlier projection of 9 per cent in view of uncertain global
environment and sluggish performance of the manufacturing sector at home.
CRR cut to inject Rs.17,000 crore
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), on 17th September
2012, retained the indicative policy rates at the current level while cutting
the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) by 25 basis points to 4.50 per cent, injecting a
liquidity of around Rs.17,000 crore into the banking system.
The Chairperson and Managing Director of Jindal
Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL),Naveen Jindal has topped the executive pay charts
for listed companies in the country with a package of Rs 73.42 crore for the
last fiscal 2011-12, which grew by over Rs six crore from previous year.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
China developing new class of
guided missile destroyer’
The Chinese Navy is developing a brand new class of
guided-missile destroyer, a “new type” of naval warship with upgraded
air-defence missiles, anti-ship and anti-submarine missiles.The new destroyers
are equipped with two 32-unit vertical launch systems capable of launching
HQ-9B air-defence missiles, anti-ship and anti-submarine missiles.The new
destroyer is comparable to the “Aegis” equipped destroyers of the US Navy which
use powerful computers and radars to track and guide weapons to destroy enemy
Gliese 163C: New Earth-Like Planet
Might Sustain Life
Dubbed Gliese 163C, the planet is about seven times
the mass of Earth and orbits a red dwarf, or a small, relatively cool star.
Gliese 163C is 49 light years away. It’s thought to be composed of mostly rock
and water and gets 40 percent more light from its parent star than Earth gets
from the sun, making it hotter with a surface temperature of 60 degrees
Air India’s first Dreamliner
landing at IGI Airport
After a four-year delay and subsequent acrimony,
the first of Air India’s advanced Boeing B-787 Dreamliner landing at the Indira
Gandhi International Airport on 08th September 2012.It is capable of flying
over 15,000 km non-stop. For AI, the plane has been configured to have 256
seats — 18 full-flat business class seats and 238 in economy.Air India, which
ordered 27 Dreamliners six years ago, will get two more in the next few weeks.
A total of eight will arrive by March 2013.
PSLV-C21 delivers two satellites
into their intended Orbits
The Indian Space Research Organization(ISRO)
successfully put into orbit two foreign satellites( French SPOT 6(712kgs) and
Japanese micro Satellite(15kgs)) marking Indian space agency’s 100th mission
since the launch of the first satellite,Aryabhata,in 1975 by Russian rocket.
ISRO to launch SARAL satellite on
12 Dec 2012
Indo-French satellite “SARAL” would be launched
onboard PSLV-C20 from the spaceport of Sriharikota on 12 December 2012 Indian
Space Research Organisation Chairman K Radhakrishnan said at the Bangalore
Space Expo 2012 on 12th September 2012.
U.S.-Russian space crew lands
safely in Kazakhstan
A Russian Soyuz capsule landed on the Kazakh steppe
on 17th September 2012, delivering a trio of astronauts from a four-month stint
on the International Space Station.
India tests Agni-IV n-missile
India successfully tested its nuclear-capable
surface-to-surface Agni-IV missile from a military base in Odisha on 19th
September 2012.The new generation missile, which has the capability to hit
targets at about 4,000 km.
India test-fires N-capable
Agni-III missile successfully
India on 21st September 2012 successfully
test-fired its nuclear-capable Agni-III surface-to-air missile with a strike
range of over 3000 km and capable of carrying a warhead of 1.5 tonnes from the
Wheeler Island off the Odisha coast.
China launches its first aircraft
China launched its first aircraft carrier on 25th
September 2012. The 60,000 tonne carrier, a former Soviet ship brought from
Ukraine and later refurbished locally is named ‘Liaoning’, after a Chinese
province liberated from Japanese occupation in 1945, in what can be seen as
another symbolic warning to Tokyo. The 300m long Liaoning carrier has the
capacity to bring 33 airoplanes.
NASA says Curiosity rover finds
evidence of water on Mars
NASA scientist say the Curiosity rover has found
evidence of a “vigorous” thousand-year water flow on the surface of Mars.
India’s heaviest satellite,
GSAT-10 launched from Kourou launch pad in French Guiana
India’s advanced communication satellite GSAT-10
was successfully launched on board Ariane-5 rocket from Europe’s spaceport in
French Guiana on 29th September 2012.This is the India’s heaviest satellite of
PERSONS IN NEWS
Obama appoints IIT graduate to
U.S. President Barack Obama has announced to
appoint eminent Indian-American, Romesh Wadhwani, to a key administration post
by making him board of trustees of the prestigious John F Kennedy Center for
the Performing Arts.
Browne is new chairman of chiefs
IAF chief Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne, who has
become the senior most among the three Service chiefs after Admiral Nirmal
Verma retired on 31st August 2012, has taken over as the new chairman of the
chiefs of staff committee (CoSC) on 1st September 2012.
Chief Justice of India names Justice
Kabir as his successor
Chief Justice of India S H Kapadia, who retires
28th September 2012, has recommended the name of seniormost Supreme Court judge
Justice Altamas Kabir as his successor, setting in motion the process of change
of guard in the apex court.
Deveshwar appointed on RBI board
The government has appointed ITC chairman Y.C.
Deveshwar as a director on the central board of directors of the Reserve Bank
Kaushik Basu World Bank chief
Basu appointed as chief economist and Senior Vice President of World Bank by
World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim on 05th September 2012.He take charges
from 1st October 2012.
Sachin Pilot commissioned as Territorial Army
Pilot 06th September 2012 became the first Union minister to be commissioned as
a regular officer in the Territorial Army, fulfilling his desire to follow his
father’s footsteps to be in the armed forces.
Indian-American elected to Royal Society of Canada
Somasundaran, an Indian American member of the faculty of Columbia University
School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been chosen as the sole foreign
fellow of the prestigious Royal Society of Canada.
K N Tilak Kumar elected president of INS
K N Tilak
Kumar of Deccan Herald and Prajavani was on 13th September 2012 elected
president of The Indian Newspaper Society (INS) for 2012-13 at its 73rd annual
general meeting held at Bangalore. He succeeds Ashish Bagga of India Today.
BCCI joint secretary Anurag Thakur becomes member
of Asian Cricket Council
joint secretary and Hamirpur BJP MP, Anurag Thakur has been inducted as member
of executive board of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC).BCCI chief N Srinivasan
is also the president of ACC.
Mary Kom brand ambassador of Raj Kundra’s SFL
Shilpa Shetty Monday named Olympic bronze medal-winning boxer Mary Kom as the
brand ambassador of Super Fight League (SFL).Shilpa’s husband, Britain-based
businessman Raj Kundra, has collaborated with actor Sanjay Dutt for SFL,
India’s first professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan appointed as International
United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has appointed Bollywood actress
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as its International Goodwill Ambassador.She will raise
global awareness on protecting children from HIV infection and increasing
access to antiretroviral treatment.
Ramesh Abhishek is FMC chairman
Abhishek, an IAS officer of 1982 Bihar cadre, appointed as chairman of Forward
Markets Commission (FMC) on 24th September 2012
Woman of Pakistani origin becomes minister in
Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has appointed a Pakistani Muslim woman, Hadia
Tajik as Norway’s culture minister.
Sandeep Patil appointed as the Chief for BCCI
Senior Selection Committee
Cricketer and all-rounder, Sandeep Patil was appointed as the Chairman of the
five member senior selection committee of BCCI on 27 September 2012. The other
four members of the committee include Saba Karim, Roger Binny, Vikram Rathour
and Rajinder Singh Hans.
Altamas Kabir sworn in as new Chief Justice of
Altamas Kabir, seniormost Judge of the Supreme Court, was sworn in as the 39th
Chief Justice of India on 29th September 2012.
Australian Cricketer, Matthew
Hayden retired from all formats of the game
Former Australia Test opener Matthew Hayden has
decided to retire from all forms of cricket, adding the Twenty20 version of the
game to the Test and international one-day formats he stopped playing in
2010.Hayden played 103 Tests for Australia, hitting 30 centuries with a top
score of 380 and an average of 50.73.
Ajit Pawar resigns as Maharashtra
Deputy Chief Minister
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar
resigns as Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister on 25th September 2012 due the
allegations of an irrigation scam when he was the state’s water resource
The Chief Justice of the Supreme
Court, S.H. Kapadia, retired.
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, S.H.
Kapadia, retired on 28th September 2012.
Dr. Verghese Kurien, father of
India’s White Revolution passes away
Dr. Verghese Kurien, the Father of the White
Revolution, passed away on 9th September 2012 after a brief illness. Dr. Kurien
was the architect of India’s White Revolution, which helped India emerge as the
largest milk producer in the world.
Iraq vice president sentenced to
A Baghdad court sentenced in absentia Iraq’s vice
president, Tariq al-Hashemi, to death on hanging for the murder of a woman
lawyer and terrorism charges .
U.S. ambassador to Libya killed
in mob attack
The ambassador of the United States to Libya,
Christopher Stevens, has been killed during an armed mob attack in Benghazi on
the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.Mr. Stevens is the second U.S.
ambassador to be killed during an outstation posting since the death of Adolph
Dubs in 1979 during his tenure in Afghanistan.
Ex-CJI Ranganath Misra passes
Former Chief Justice of India Ranganath Mishra died
at a private hospital in Bhubaneshwar on 13th September 2012.Misra, served as
the Chief Justice from September 25, 1990, till November 24, 1991. He was also
the first chairman of the NHRC.
Veteran actor-director Dinesh
Thakur passes away
Veteran theatre actor-director Dinesh Thakur, known
for his character roles in Hindi films of the 70s, passed awayin Mumbai on 20th
September 2012 after prolonged illness.
Freedom fighter, Telangana leader
Eminent freedom fighter and a well-known figure in
the Telangana movement, Konda Lakshman Bapuji died in Hyderabad on 21st
September 2012. He earned the nickname Bapuji for his participation in the Quit
Popular Malayalam film actor
Thilakan passes away
Thilakan, who had acted in around 200 films and had
won the national award for the best actor in a supporting role, died in
Thiruvananthapuram on 24th September 2012.
Former National Security Adviser
Brajesh Mishra dead
Brajesh Mishra, the country’s first National
Security Adviser who played a key role in foreign policy matters and pushed for
deeper engagement with the US, died in New Delhi on 28th September 2012
following a heart ailment.
India, Tajikistan upgrade ties,
sign four pacts
India and Tajikistan, the energy-rich Central Asian
nation, 03rd September 2012 decided to upgrade their ties to the level of
strategic partnership and signed four pacts in areas of education, health,
sports and culture.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held talks with Tajik
President Emomali Rahmon on a wide range of bilateral, regional and global
issues and decided to upgrade their growing ties to the level of a strategic
Antony opens army hospital in
Defence Minister A.K. Antony, on a three-day visit
to the Maldives, on 16th September 2012 opened ‘SENAHIYA,’ a Maldives National
Defence Force (MNDF) hospital, established in Male with Indian
assistance.Maldives Defence Minister Mohamed Nazim thanked India for its
assistance to his country in all areas of development and said the enduring
friendship between the two countries would improve and expand, irrespective of
Washington Post calls PM a
Soon after Time magazine labelled Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh an ‘Underachiever’, the noted American news daily, Washington
Post, has referred to him as a “tragic figure”.The Washington Post said Singh’s
image is of a “dithering ineffectual bureaucrat presiding over a deeply corrupt
Sunita Williams takes over
command at International Space Station
Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams has taken
over command of the International Space Station (ISS), yet another feather in
her cap as she already holds three records for female space travellers
including a new record for total cumulative spacewalk time by a female
Space Triathlon Completed By
Williams became the first person in history to
complete a triathlon in space.Williams, who is currently aboard the
International Space Station finished her half mile swim, 18 mile bike ride, and
four mile run in one hour, 48 minutes, and 33 seconds.
Pakistani Government Relents in
Judicial Standoff Over Zardari Corruption Case
Pakistan’s government relented on 18th September
2012 to judicial demands that it agree to write a letter to the authorities in
Switzerland regarding corruption charges against President Asif Ali Zardari.
Nivedita Bhasin becomes first
woman B-787 Dreamliner pilot
Senior Air India pilot Capt Nivedita Bhasin has
become the first woman to command the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.She is
presently the only women pilot for the B-787′s commercial flight in the world.
$1,00,000 cash reward for the
death of an anti-Islam film producer
A Pakistani government Railways Minister Ghulam
Ahmad Bilour has offered a $100,000 (£61,616) reward for the death of the maker
of an anti-Islam film produced in the US.
PLACES IN NEWS
37 killed in Sivakasi cracker
37 people have been killed and at least 60 have
been injured in a huge fire at a Om Siva Sakthi Crackers in Mudalipetti, near
Sivakasi, in Tamil Nadu.
Two Same magnitude earthquake in
China at Yunnan and Guizhou
80 people were died , more than 730 people were
injured,twenty thousand homes were destroyed and nearly one hundred thousand
persons have been evacuated after the two earthquakes at a magnitude of 5.6 hit
Yunnan and Guizhou provinces in China on 07th September 2012.
ABBREVIATIONS IN NEWS
Information Technology Exhibition
Abbreviate CTS(hint Cheque)
Abbreviate DCGI(hint Drug)
Controller General of India
Abbreviation of FIFA
Federation of Football Association.
Abbreviation of WEF
Abbreviation of APEC
Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee
Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Haryana and Delhi Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Abbreviation of UNICEF
Nations Children’s Fund
BOOKS IN NEWS
Vice President Releases the Book
‘Muslims in Indian Cities’
Vice President after releasing the book entitled
“Muslims in Indian Cities” edited by Laurent Gayer and Christoph Jafferlot on
10th September 2012 at New Delhi, Shri Ansari has said that Muslims have lived
in India’s religiously plural society for over a thousand years, at times as
rulers, at others as subjects and now as citizens. They are not homogenous in
racial or linguistic terms and bear the impact of local cultural surroundings,
in manners and customs, in varying degrees.
encyclopaedia on display in Taiwan
Taiwan (AP) – An 800-year-old Chinese encyclopaedia
is on display at a book fair in Taipei. The rare publication was recently
purchased by a Chinese publishing house for US$33 million (S$40.5 million) at
an auction in Beijing.
Salman Rushdie released his Book
Joseph Anton the 633 page book depicts a memoir of
Salman Rushdie during his 10 years long run to protect himself from the Fatwa
issued by his name was released on 18 September 2012.
COMMITTEES IN NEWS
Rangarajan panel for total decontrol of sugar
Rangarajan panel will submit the report on decontrol of sugar industry within
DAYS & DATES
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan recites Om
Shanti to convey message of peace at United Nations
On the eve of International Day of Peace Aishwarya
Rai Bachchan recited the Sanskrit mantra ‘Om Shanti’ to convey her message of
peace at the United Nations, where she addressed students and urged them to set
aside their egos and individual desires to find peace within themselves.