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May 2013 Current Affairs Complete notes
INTERNATIONAL
Every year 2,70,000 Pedestrains are died in the World
On May 2 , World Health Organization (WHO) announced that
every year 2,70,000 pedestrains are died in road accidents. In
case of pedestrains protection is ignored by goverments.So,every
week 5 thousands of pedestrains are died.

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Maryland became the First southern US state to Abolish


Death Penalty

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Maryland, the U.S. state located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the


United States, on 2 May 2013 became the first southern US state
to abolish the death penalty.The measure on it was signed by
Democratic Governor Martin OMalley on 2 May 2013.The person
who was attended was former Maryland death row inmate Kirk
Bloodsworth.He will be the first person in the country freed from
death penalty because of DNA evidence after being convicted in a
death penalty case.On the global level, Maryland is the 18th state
to abolish the death penalty.

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UN Food and Agriculture Organisation


Somalia Famine Conditions Report

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On 3 May According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation


(FAO) study report, nearly 260,000 people died during the famine
that hit Somalia from 2010 to 2012.Half of them were children
under the age of five.The number of deaths was higher than the
estimated 220,000 people who died during the 1992 famine.An
estimated 4.6% of the total population and 10% of children under
five died in southern and central Somalia.In Lower Shabelle, 18%
of children under five died and in Mogadishu 17%.Somalia was
worst hit by the extreme drought in 2011 that affected more than
13 million people across the Horn of Africa.Tens of thousands of
people fled their homes in search of food.

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Japan UAE signed Nuclear Agreement


On 3 May Japan and the United Arab Emirates signed on the
transfer of nuclear cooperation agreement .It was the first

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bilateral nuclear agreement signed by Japan since the 2011
Fukushima nuclear crisis triggered by the devastating
earthquake and tsunami.The agreements was signed by
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and UAE Vice President and
Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Amazonian
Countries
Cooperation Agreement

Signed

Strengthen

Regional

On 4 May The representatives of the member countries of the


Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) agreed to widen
and strengthen regional cooperation to promote the integral
development of those territories.Foreign ministers and
representatives of Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, Venezuela,
Guyana, Surinam and Ecuador signed the Coca Declaration, by
which they agreed to support initiatives as that presented by
Ecuador and the establishment of the Regional Observatory for
the Amazon.The countries that signed the document also intend
to facilitate the coordination between OTCA, the Community of
Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac), the Union of South
American Nations (UNASUR), the Andean Community (CAN), the
Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR) and the Caribbean
Community (CARICOM).

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Malaysias Barisan Nasional wins parliamentary election

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The National Front coalition or Barisan Nasional (BN) led by


Prime Minister Najib Razak triumphed in Malaysias general
parliamentary election on 05 May 2013. The BN won 133 seats in
the 222-seat parliament, taking 60% of the votes, while the
opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) party secured 89 seats.80% of
Malaysias 13.3 million voters cast their ballots in what is being
called the closest race ever in Malaysia.

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Russia and U.S. Agreed on Syria Peace Process

On 7 May Russia and the United States agreed to work together


to bring the warring sides in Syria to the negotiating table raising
hopes for an end to carnage in the war-torn country and a thaw
in frosty relations between Moscow and Washington.U.S.
Secretary of State John Kerry met Russian President Vladimir
Putin and bid to narrow the differences between Moscow and
Washington on the conflict.

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73 Million Youth Will Be Unemployed By 2013
On 8 May According to the International Labour Organisation
(ILO) Global Unemployment Trends 2007-13 report , more than
73 million young people are unemployed around the world .The
situation is particularly grim in the European Union, West Asia
and North Africa.73.4 million people aged between 15 and 24
would be out of work at the end of the year an increase of 3.5
million since 2007.The youth unemployment rate in South Asia
decreased in 2011 by 0.4 percentage points to reach 9.2 per cent,
but increased to 9.3 per cent in 2012.The current jobless rate for
the young of 12.6% was expected to keep swelling to 12.8% by
2018, when more than two million more youths would likely be
out of work

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Brazil, Argentina
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Nuclear

On 8 May Brazil and Argentina have agreed to extend their


nuclear cooperation by jointly commission will jointly build two
research reactors.The agreement, signed by the Brazilian
National Commission for Nuclear Energy (CNEN) and the
National Commission of Atomic Energy (CNEA), is centred on the
construction of two reactors.

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Argentine Passed Judicial Reform Bill

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On 8 May Argentinas Senate passed a Judicial Reform Law, by


38 votes in favor to 30.According to Argentine President Cristina
Fernandez it aims at democratizing the judiciary.

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Nawaz Sharif Re-elected for Third term as Pakistan PM

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On 14 May Two time former Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz


Sharif re-elected as Pakistan Prime Minister for the third time
after won the general elections with a thumping majority.The
Election Commission of Pakistan announced results of 272
National Assembly seats, with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz
heading the count with 126 seats, followed by the Pakistan
Peoples Party with 31 seats.The Sharif, belongs to Pakistan
Muslim League Nawaz (N) party. Pakistan Muslim League-N
attained an overpowering lead with 130 seats. The first runner up
is Imran Khan`s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) with 37 seats and

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the last is Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) with 31 seats.Nawaz
Sharif previously having been Pakistans 12th and 14th Prime
Minister for two non-consecutive terms from November 1990 to
July 1993 and from February 1997 to October 1999. Sharif is the
President of Pakistan Muslim League-N, one of Pakistans largest
political parties.

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France became the 14th Country in the World to legalise Gay


Marriage

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In France now onwards allow same-sex couples to marry.


Frances President Francois Hollande on 17 May 2013 signed into
law a controversial bill to legalise gay marriage. It makes France
the ninth in Europe and 14th in the world to do so.

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Zimbabwes President Signed New Constitution Into Law

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On 22 Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe signed Zimbabwes


new constitution into law. The new constitution was approved
overwhelmingly in a referendum in March 2013.The constitution
cut short the powers of the president, limits presidential tenures
to two five-year terms and does away with the post of prime
minister.

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Afghanistan Parliament Approved new Election Law

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On 22 May The Lower House of the Afghan Parliament


approved two new Election laws , that will take effect in the
elections next spring. The law contains 79 articles and 16
chapters.

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EU Lifted Arms Embargo on Syrian Rebels

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On 27 May European foreign ministers have lifted an arms


embargo on Syria,, paving the way for individual EU member
states to provide weapons to the Syrian rebels.After long and
continuous hour of talk EU governments failed to agree on
extending the arms embargo, which effectively ends the EUs ban
on supplying arms to the rebels.Some other restrictive measures
against Syria , which include financing restrictions, travel bans
and asset freezes is also supposed to be extended for a year, as
there is a fear that the entire sanctions regime could fall over a
failure to agree on the arms issue.

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Australia the worlds happiest nation: OECD
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
released its Better Life Index, which ranks the worlds most
developed economies on jobs, income environment and health.
Australia got first place for the third consecutive year.Sweden,
Canada, Norway , Switzerland,United States, Denmark, The
Netherland Iceland and United Kingdom were also in the top
ten.In Australia 84 percent of the people accepted that their life is
happy.So,Australia got the first place in Better Life Index.

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INDIA & WORLD

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US, India and Japan hold trilateral cooperation talks

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On May 2 ,India, the United States and Japan held their fourth
trilateral dialogue at the State Department in Washington,
exchanging views on a wide range of regional and global issues of
mutual interest.These discussions focused on the prospect of
greater Indo-Pacific commercial connectivity and regional and
maritime security, and cooperation in multilateral fora.The
Indian delegation was headed by External Affairs Ministry joint
secretaries D.B. Venkatesh Varma and Vikram Doraiswami.The
group agreed to meet again in autumn in Tokyo to continue their
deliberations.

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17th India-Iran Joint Commission Meeting

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The 17th Session of the India-Iran Joint Commission was held in


Tehran on May 4, 2013.The Session was co-chaired by Dr. Ali
Akbar Salehi, Foreign Minister of Islamic Republic of Iran and by
Salman Khurshid, External Affairs Minister of India.The two
sides discussed bilateral and regional issues of mutual
interest.Both countries agreed to study the prospects of joint
investment in both countries.The two sides also signed on MOU
between the Government of India and the Government of Iran on
cooperation in the field of water resources management.

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India Tops Born to Die same Day List

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On 7 May According to the humanitarian organization Save the
Children charity in an annual report entitled State of the Worlds
Mothers ,India tops the list of babies that die on the day they are
born.India has the dubious distinction of recording the most
first-day deaths of children.Every year, 3,09,000 children die on
the day they are born in India. It accounts for 29% of all the firstday deaths globally, the highest for any country.India is followed
on this grim list by Nigeria (89,700 deaths, or 9 percent);
Pakistan (59,800, or 6 percent); China (50,600, or 5 percent); and
Democratic Republic of Congo (48,400, or 5 percent).

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Finland Top Ranked in World To Be a Mother

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On 8 May According to the annual report called State of Worlds


Mothers 2013 was issued by an international NGO Save the
Children , Finland has topped the list of countries where
mothers enjoy the best conditions in the world, while India ranks
a low 142nd, below China and Pakistan.The US places 30th this
year while Pakistan was 139th on the list. China ranked at the
68th place.The top ten countries attained very high scores for
mothers and childrens health, educational, economic and
political status.The report was featured by a ranking list of
Mothers index, showing the conditions of mothers in 176
countries .Among the reviewed countries, Finland was ranked the
best country for being mothers followed by Sweden, Norway,
Iceland while Democratic Republic of Congo was considered to be
the toughest place.

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Karnataka, Israel Signed Bilateral Agreement

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On 8 May Israel and the Indian state of Karnataka have signed


an R&D cooperation agreement. This is the first-ever such
agreement between Israel and an Indian state. The agreement
aims to further bilateral business, technology, and economic
relations and sees Israel benefiting from Karnatakas human
resources and the Indian state benefitting from Israels
innovations.

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India Tops Cervical Cancer Deaths


On 10 May According to the Cervical Cancer Global Crisis Card
report released by the Cervical Cancer-Free Coalition, with nearly
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cervical cancer deaths .India represents 26.4 per cent of all
women dying of cervical cancer globally, with China, Bangladesh,
Pakistan, Indonesia and Thailand also showing high death
incidence.The cervical cancer kills an estimated 275,000 women
every year .Cancer Registry Programme (NCRP) report in 2009 the
number of cervical cancer cases were 101938 which has
increased to 107690 in 2012.It is being estimated that the
number of cervical cancer cases and deaths are estimated to
increase by 2025 to 203,757 and 115,171, respectively.

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Britain launched Super Priority Visa Service for Travellers


from India

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On 12 May 2013, Britain launched super priority same-day visa


service for urgent travellers from India. Britain launched this
kind of service first time for India only . The super priority visa
service was announced by British Prime Minister David Cameron
during his visit to India in February 2013.

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Google signs MoU to train engineering students in Andhra


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On May 14,Google India Private Limited signed a Memorandum of


Understanding (MoU) with the Andhra Pradesh government to
train engineering students of Jawahar Knowledge Centres (JKC)
in latest technologies like mobile and cloud computing.The MoU
was signed between the IT minister and Nelson Mattos, vice
president (Europe & Emerging Markets), Google Hyderabad.
Google will also train the trainers/mentors of AP Society for
Knowledge Networks (APSFKNW) and provide required software,
services and training material free of cost.

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India and Netherlands Signed MoU on Urban Planning

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On 14 May India and Netherlands signed on a Memorandum of


Understanding (MoU) for Technical Cooperation in the field of
Spatial Planning, Water Management, and Mobility Management
.The agreement was signed by Kamal Nath, Minister for Urban
Development & Parliamentary Affairs, and Ms Melanie Schultz
van Haegen, Minister for Infrastructure and Environment,
Netherlands
UN General Assembly Approved Syria Resolution

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On 15 May The U.N. General Assembly approved an Arab-backed
resolution calling for a political transition in Syria and
condemning President Bashar al-Assad Government for its
increasing use of heavy weapons. A majority of 107 states voted
to adopt the resolution. There were 12 votes against and 59
abstentions.Russia was fiercely opposed to the resolution, termed
it as unbalanced and inadequate to address adequately atrocities
allegedly committed by rebel groups.The resolution was drafted
by Arab states who have supported the rebels.India abstained
from voting on the non-binding resolution on Syria.Pakistan
voted in favour of the resolution.

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India Granted Observer Status in Arctic Council

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On 15 May India granted observer status in the Arctic Council


was successful along with that of five other countries, China,
Italy, Japan, South Korea and Singapore at a meeting in Kiruna,
Sweden.The council is made up of the eight Arctic nations are
Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden
and the United States.This membership will give India chances of
navigation and oil and gas exploration.The European Union also
applied as an observer, but its final status remained unresolved
pending resolution of a dispute with Canada over trade in seal
products.

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India, UK Signed Agreement on Health Sector

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technological
development.The agreement was signed by Union Minister of
Health & Family Welfare India, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Secretary
of State for Health, UK, Jeremy Richard Hunt.

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Indians Largest Foreign Born Group in London

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On 20 May According to the Oxford Universitys Migration


Observatory latest study report , Indians have become the largest
foreign-born group in London, followed by residents born in
Poland and Ireland.Migration Observatory, 262,247 persons born
in India were living in London in 2011, which represents 8.8 per
cent of all foreign-born residents in London.This accounts for
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in England and Wales in 2011.Other important foreign-born
groups in London, with more than 100,000 residents, include
those born in Ireland (129,807), Nigeria (114,718), Pakistan
(112,457) and Bangladesh (109,948).
India China Signed 8 Agreements
On 20 May India and Chine signed eight important agreements
covering a wide range of issues like trade, culture and water
resources. The agreements were finalised after delegation-level
talks between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and
Chinese counterpart Le Keqiang.

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(i) Protocol between Indias external affairs ministry and Chinas


foreign affairs ministry on Indian Official Pilgrimage (the Kailash
Mansoarovar Yatra) to the Tibet Autonomous Region of China.

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(ii) Work Programmes of the Three Working Groups under Joint


Economic Group (JEG) between Indias commerce and industry
ministry and Chinas commerce ministry.

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(iii) MoU on Buffalo meat, fishery products and Agreement on


feed and feed ingredients between Indiss Agricultural and
Processed Food Products Export Development Authority and The
Marine Products Export Development Authority and Export
Inspection Council and Chinas General Administration of Quality
Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).

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(iv) MoU between Indias urban development ministry and Chinas


National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) on
cooperation in sewage treatment.

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(v) MoU between Indias water resources ministry and NDRC on


cooperation in water-efficient irrigation.
(vi) MoU between the external affairs ministry and Chinas State
Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television
(SAPPRFT) on cooperation in mutual translation and publication
of works, both classic and contemporary.

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(vii) MoU between the water resources ministries of both
countries for provision of hydrological information by China to
india on the Yaluzangbu/Brahmaputra River during the flood
season.
(viii) MoU between the foreign ministries of both countries to
promote cooperation and linkages between the cities and
states/provinces of the two countries.
Visa on Arrival facility to passengers travelling through RGIA

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The central government has extended Visa-On-Arrival facility to


international passengers travelling through Rajiv Gandhi
International Airport (RGIA) in Hyderabad managed by the GMR
Group.Visitors from 11 countries will be eligible to get a VoA from
May 31 at RGIA.The Centre had introduced an Indian tourist VoA
scheme on January 1, 2010 at certain airports which was
initiated for citizens of five countries. Subsequently, a year later,
the facility was extended to a total of 11 countries viz Finland,
Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Singapore, Cambodia, Laos,
Vietnam, Philippines, Myanmar and Indonesia.

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US Senate Committee Approves Immigration Reform Bill

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On 22 May The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a


massive immigration reform bill that grants 11 million
undocumented immigrants currently living in the country an
earned path to citizenship.The legislation was passed by a vote of
13 to 5 with three Republicans joining 10 Democrats to approve
it.The bill, which requires major advances in border security and
expansion of a comprehensive e-verify system for employers
before any undocumented worker is allowed to pursue
citizenship, will need 60 votes to pass the 100-seat Senate.

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US and India Pledge To Collaborate on Combating Terrorism

On 22 May The US has pledged to collaborate with India on


developing global approach to combat increasing terror threats
and asked international community to take effective steps to
eliminate
sanctuaries and infrastructure
that
support
terrorism.After talks between Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde
and US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, a joint
communique said the two countries also agreed to enhance

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bilateral co-operation to combat terror financing and currency
counterfeiting.
India, Japan to speed up talks on civil nuclear deal
On 29 May 2013,Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his
Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe decided to speed up talks on a
civil nuclear deal to allow Japan to export nuclear reactors to
India and to bolster maritime security cooperation at a time when
Chinas postures in the seas of the regional have caused
concerns.A joint statement issued at the end of exhaustive talks
between Singh and Abe said the two Prime Ministers reaffirmed
the importance of civil nuclear cooperation between the two
countries, while recognising that nuclear safety is a priority for
both governments.In this context, they directed their officials to
accelerate the negotiations of an Agreement for Cooperation in
the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy towards an early conclusion

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India and Thailand sign extradition treaty

On 30 May 2013,in a major boost to bilateral security


cooperation, India and Thailand signed the much awaited
extradition treaty after 20 years of negotiations.The MoU was
signed by External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and Thai
Deputy
Premier
and
Foreign
Minister
Surapong
Tovichakchaikul.The treaty was signed in the presence of Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh and his Thai counterpart Yingluck
Shinawatra.The treaty provides the legal framework for seeking
extradition of fugitive offenders, including those involved in
terrorism, transnational crimes and economic offences among
others.The two countries totally signed on seven pacts. They are
extradition, education,financial intelligence mapping , geospatial
technology applications , investigation of persons suspected of
money laundering and criminal activity related to money
laundering and terrorism financing.

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UNESCO Declares Nicobar Islands as World Biosphere Reserve

On 31 May The United Nations Educational, Scientific and


Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has declared and designated
the Nicobar Islands in India as a world biosphere reserve .The
International Coordinating Council of UNESCOs Man and the
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eleven other sites which are designated as world biosphere
reserves.Great Nicobar now 9th Indian reserve in Unesco world
network.Member countries establish such reserves. UNESCO
recognizes them under the programme to promote sustainable
development based on local community efforts and sound
science.

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NATIONAL
National Urban Health Mission Approved By Cabinet

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On 1 May The Union Cabinet approved the launch of the National


Urban Health Mission (NUHM) to reduce rates of infant mortality,
maternal mortality and for universal access to reproductive
health care.The cost of the National Urban Health Mission for 5
years is 22507 crore rupees and the Central government will
share 16955 crore rupees.The mission will be implemented in
779 cities and towns each with the population of more than
50,000 has expected to cover about 7.75 crore people.The
Cabinet also gave its nod to a bill which provides for confiscating
property illegally acquired by corrupt public servants.

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19.57 lakh Hectares of Forest Land Encroached

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On 1 May According to the latest figures compiled by the Ministry


of Environment and Forests reveal that unchecked encroachment
on forest land is on the rise.According to the figures, over 19.57
lakh hectares of forest land is under encroachment in various
parts of the country.Madhya Pradesh tops the list with 4.87 lakh
hectares under encroachment. Followed by Assam (3.30 lakh ha),
Andhra Pradesh (2.57 lakh ha) and Maharashtra (1.83 lakh ha).

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Mobile subscribers largest in Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu

The countrys most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, accounts for


the largest number of mobile subscribers in the country followed
by Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar, which
together account for almost half of the total wireless
connections.India, which is the worlds second largest mobile
phone market in terms of subscribers, had a total of 861.66
million mobile connections as on February 2013, data from

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telecom regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)
showed.Uttar Pradesh has a total of 121.60 million mobile phone
connections, while, Tamil Nadu has 71.81 million subscribers,
according to the TRAI data.Maharashtra is at the third position,
with a subscriber base of 67.73 million followed by Andhra
Pradesh and Bihar at 64.12 million and 60.73 million,
respectively.
Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant got Approval for Operations
by the Supreme Court of India

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On 06 May, the Supreme Court of India directed that the


Kudankulam nuclear plant situated in Tamil Nadu could start its
operations now. A bench of Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan and
Dipak Misra issued the directions to the government on safety as
well as security of the plant, along with its operations.

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Govt Sets Up 39 Special NIA Courts Across The Country

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On 7 May Minister of State for Home R P N Singh announced in


the Parliament that under the National Investigation Agency (NIA)
Act, the central government has set up the 39 special courts to
take up terror-related cases.

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Cabinet Approved Gandhi Heritage Sites Mission

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On 16 May The Union Cabinet approved the establishment of the


Gandhi Heritage Sites Mission with the objective of conserving
and restoring the heritage sites associated with Father of the
Nation.Gandhi Heritage Sites Mission will be assigned with the
identification, collation and assessment of the information on
Gandhi Heritage material, its management and deployment.

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Indias First Yoga University in Gujarat

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On 23 May Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated


the countrys first yoga university in Ahmedabad.Lakulish Yoga
University, established by Life Mission Trust of Gujarat, is
claimed to be the first ever such private sector self-financed
institution in the country.

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STATES
Congress Won in Karnataka Assembly Elections
On 8 May Congress has won 121 seats of the 223 seats on which
polls were contested in Karnataka Assembly Elections , the
elections were held on 5 May 2013. The ruling BJP and the JD-S
won 40 seats each.The Karnataka Janata Party led by former
Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa bagged a mere six seats.The
assembly has 224 elected and one nominated members. The
election took place for 223 seats.

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Tamil Nadu Bans Gutka Products

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On 8 May The Tamil Nadu government banned the production,


possession, distribution and sale of tobacco products such as
pan masala and gutka in the state.Tamilnadu Government had
constituted a separate department Tamil Nadu Food Safety and
Medical Administration, after the Centre announced the Food
Safety and Standards Act.

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Cabinet Approved 2 Major Ports in West Bengal, Andhra


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On 9 May the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved


the proposal of the Ministry of Shipping for setting up of two
major ports.The ports will come up in West Bengal and Andhra
Pradesh each, through a Public-Private-Partnership mode. As per
the proposal, one port will be developed at Dugarajapatnam,
Nellore district, in Andhra Pradesh and second port will come up
at Sagar Island in West Bengal.

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CONFERENCES

ADBs 46th Annual Meeting Held in New Delhi


46th Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Board of Governors, held in Delhi, India, from 2 to 5 May
2013.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh , Finance Minister P.
Chidambaram and ADB member board of directors and related
financial institutions were attended the meeting.Asian

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Development Bank (ADB) announced that it is going to provide
about 6 billion dollars loan to India over the next three years
which was decided at the concluding day of the 46th annual
meeting of the funding agency.

AWARDS & HONOURS


Indian Wildlife Biologist Aparajita Datta Honoured with the
Whitley Award 2013

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On 2 May An Indian wildlife biologist Dr. Aparajita Datta was


honoured with the Whitley award, also known as Green Oscar, in
London . Aparajita Datta, the Indian wildlife biologist was
conferred with the award by Princess Anne, daughter of Queen
Elizabeth, at the Royal Geographical Society in London for her
efforts in order to save the endangered hornbills in Eastern
Himalayas.Aparajita Datta is the head of the program for
conservation of the hornbills in dense tropical forests of
Arunachal Pradesh, at Nature Conservation Foundation. The
tropical forests of Arunachal Pradesh are an abode to five hornbill
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has been awarded with the prestigious Judy Wilkenfeld Award for
International Tobacco Control Excellence for his innovative efforts
in reducing tobacco consumption in India.He received the award
by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids on at a function in
Washington.

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On 17 May An Indian police unit in the Democratic Republic of


Congo has received the United Nations Peacekeeping Medal.The
135 Indian Formed Police Unit-2 (FPU) was honoured with the
medal as an appreciation for their service in Goma/North Kivu.
Malala Yousufzai Selected For Prestigious Global Leadership
Award

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On 20 May Teenager Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, who was
shot at last year by the Taliban for advocating education of girls,
has been selected for the prestigious Global Leadership Award
this year.Malala will receive the award for her role as a global
activist in advocating for educating and empowering girls
worldwide.She was targeted for her outspoken views and
advocacy on behalf of girls education.
Indian-American Girl Won Americas Top Young Scientist
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On 20 May An Indian-American girl has invented a supercapacitor device that could potentially charge a cellphone in less
than 20 seconds. The California teen has attracted the attention
of tech giants Google for her potentially revolutionary invention
which charges a phone in 20 seconds flat.The super-fast charging
device has been dubbed a supercapacitor by 18-year-old Esha
Khare, of Saratoga as she took home $50,000 from the Intel
International Science and Engineering Fair.

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American Writer Lydia Davis won 2013 Man Booker


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On 22 May American writer Lydia Davis won 2013 Man Booker


International Prize for her innovative and influential writing.This
was the fifth Man Booker International Prize.Lydia Davis is a
professor of creative writing at the University of Albany. She is
also an accomplished translator. Her works include The End of
the Story and Varieties of Disturbance.The Man Booker
International Prize recognises one writer for his or her
achievement in fiction.Worth 60000 ponds, the prize is awarded
every two years to a living author who has published fiction
either originally in English or whose work is generally available in
translation in the English language.

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Carole King Became the First Woman to Receive Gershwin


Prize
US singer-songwriter Carole King became the first woman to
receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular
Song.The President of America, Barack Obama conferred upon
her, the Gershwin Prize that is given as a lifetime achievement in
popular music.

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APJ Abdul Kalam Received Wernher Von Braun Memorial
Award
On 24 May United States based National Space Societys (NSS)
has conferred Wrenher von Braun Memorial Award upon former
president APJ Abdul Kalam in San Diego .The award was
conferred upon Kalam at International Space Development
Conference. It was instituted by NSS, a non-profit organization
and is dedicated to the creation of spacefaring civilization.The
honour is given to recognize excellence in management and
leadership in a space-related project, where the project holds
significance.

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Biological clock scientists share Shaw Prize

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On 28 May ,three scientists whose groundbreaking studies using


fruit flies helped to uncover the workings of the human biological
clock were named the winners of the $1 million Shaw Prize .US
scientists Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael Young
received the award for their discovery of molecular mechanisms
underlying circadian rhythms.Biological rhythms govern
behaviour in plants, animals and humans, from flowers opening
during the day and closing at night, to sleep patterns and the
effect of jet lag.

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PV Sindhu won Malaysian Badminton Grand Prix Title

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On 4 May,Indias shuttler PV Sindhu won Malaysian Badminton


Grand Prix title after winning Malaysia Open womens final
match.In the final, top seed Sindhu defeated lower seed, Gu Juan
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Aamir Won Asian Squash Championship Title

On 5 May Pakistan`s top seeded player, Aamir Atlas Khan won


the Asian Squash individual championship for the first time in 14
years after he defeated Kuwait`s Abdullah Al Mezayan in straight
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in 1998, but since then has only been able to win the Asian team
title in the last Asiad.
Ronnie OSullivan Won World Snooker Championship
On 7 May Ronnie OSullivan claimed his fifth World Snooker
Championship crown after defeated Barry Hawkins at the
Crucible in Sheffield.OSullivan is now a five-time Crucible
champion after his wins in 2001, 2004, 2008 and 2012 to move
within one of Steve Davis and Ray Reardon and two behind
Stephen Hendry in the all-time list.

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India Bagged 2 Silver and 7 Bronze Medals in Commonwealth


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India on 10 May 2013 finished their candidature in the


tournament with a record haul of 2 Silver and 7 Bronze in the
19th Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships that
concluded in New Delhi.

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Mens Singles :- Zhan Jian (Singapore) won the title after defeated
Li Hu from Singapore in the final at New Delhi

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Womens Singles :- Mo Zhang (Canada) won the Womens Singles


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Alonso Won Spanish Grand Prix Title

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On 12 May Fernando Alonso of Spain won the Spanish Grand


Prix in Barcelona .Kimi Raikkonen second, Felipe Massa secured
third position.It was Alonsos second win in Barcelona ,the first
coming in 2006 and his seventh career podium on the Circuit de
Catalunya.

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Madrid Open Tennis Tournament 2013 Winners

Womens Singles :- On 12 May Serena Williams of the United


States bagged her 50th career Singles title.In the final She
defeated Russian Maria Sharapova and got the title .
Mens Singles :-Rafael Nadal from Spain won the Mens Singles
title after defeated Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in the final.

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Womens Doubles:-Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova ,Lucie Safarova
won the Womens Doubles title.
Mens Doubles : Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan won their fifth
Mutua Madrid Open doubles title . It was their 87th career
trophy and fifth crown of the 2013 ATP World Tour season.
Barcelona Won Spanish League Title
On 12 May Barcelona won the Spanish league title (football) for
the 22nd time after closest rivals Real Madrid could only manage
a 1-1 draw with Espanyol.The title is Barcas fourth in five
seasons and the 22nd of their history. The last team other than
Barcelona or Madrid to win the title was Valencia in
2004.Barcelonas Lionel Messi finished the Spanish League as
the top-scorer.He has already 46 goals, 12 clear of Cristiano
Ronaldo, who finished second.

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Rome Masters Tennis Tournament 2013 Winners

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Womens Singles :- On 19 May Serena Williams (USA) won her


fourth consecutive title of the year after defeated Victoria
Azarenka from Belarus in the Rome Masters final.This is the
second Rome Open title won by Serena, before this Serena won
the Rome title 11 years ago in 2002.

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Mens Singles :- Rafael Nadal from spain claimed his seventh


Rome Masters title after defeated Roger Federar (Switzerland ) in
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On 26 May Mumbai Indians won the Indian Premier League title


for the first time , after defeated Chennai Super Kings by 23 runs
in the final at Eden Gardens.

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* Man-of-the-Match Kieron Pollard (Mumbai Indians)


* Most Valuable Player Shane Watson (Rajasthan Royals)
* Orange Cap ( (Highest Run Getters) Michael Hussey (Chennai)
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* Purple Cap (Highest Wicket Takers) Dwayne Bravo (Chennai) :
32 Wickets
* Best Youngest Player Sanju Samson (Rajasthan Royals)
* Fair Play Award Chennai Super Kings
* Best catch of the season Gurkeerat Mann Singh (Kings Eleven
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Rosberg Won Monaco Grand Prix Title

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On 26 May The Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg won the Monaco


Grand Prix title.Rosbergs team-mate Lewis Hamilton dropped
from second to fourth after losing out through the safety
car.Force Indias Adrian Sutil took fifth from McLarens Jenson
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China Won Sudirman Cup In Badminton

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On 26 May China won their fifth consecutive Sudirman Cup and


ninth overall, after defeated South Korea.At the Putra Stadium
Chinas World No. 1 Xu Chen and Ma Jin defeated their South
Korean opponents Ko Sung Hyun and Kim Ha Na in straight
games in the mixed doubles.In mens singles, Chinas Chen Long
defeated South Korean Lee Dong Keun .In mens doubles Chinese
Liu Xiaolong and Qiu Zihan defeated South Korean players Ko
Sung Hyun and Lee Yong Dae.Huser Ayla, of Switzerland won the
Womens Singles after defeated Rankin Anna, from New Zealand
Sudirman Cup is the world mixed team badminton championship
which takes place every two years.

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RBI Cuts Repo Rate By 25 Basis Points

On 3 May The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) reduced the policy


repo rate under the liquidity adjustment facility (LAF) by 25 basis
points, from 7.5 percent to 7.25 per cent with immediate effect as
part of its annual monetary policy statement 2013-14.The reverse
repo rate under the LAF also stands adjusted to 6.25 per cent.
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cash reserve ratio (CRR) of scheduled banks has however been
retained at 4 per cent of their net demand and time liabilities.
Asian Development Bank (ADB) to provide about 6 billion
dollars loan to India
Asian Development Bank (ADB) on 5 May 2013 announced that it
is going to provide about 6 billion dollars loan to India over the
next three years which was decided at the concluding day of the
46th annual meeting of the funding agency. The bank is working
on partnership strategy and is planning to maintain the level of
lending to India.It is important here to note that India is the
biggest borrower of ADB and ADB had extended a 2.4 billion
dollars loan to India in 2012 across sectors like transport,
energy, commerce, industry, trade and finance.

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Delhi Tops in the Creative Index Report 2013

On 6 May According to the Creative Index Report 2013 report


,Delhi has been ranked as the most creative state in India with
the greatest potential for success in todays creative economy.
The ranking is based on the population of creative class. This
class is of individuals are often engaged in either complex
problem solving or in the generation of new ideas, new
technology, and new creative content.Chandigarh, Punjab,
Kerala, Goa, Mizoram, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Puducherry,
and Maharashtra round out the top nine.

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Mobile Phones To Out Number Human Population By 2014

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On 12 May According to the International Telecoms Unions (ITU)


report ,The number of mobile phone subscriptions are set to
outnumber the worlds population by the end of 2014.Mobile
phone subscriptions will pass a whopping seven billion early in
2014.Currently, there are 6.8 billion mobile phone subscriptions
while the worlds population is 7.1 billion. More than a third of
the global population are online, the ITU World in 2013 report
also found. The Commonwealth of Independent States, the
alliance of countries formerly in the Soviet Union, is believed to
have the highest mobile penetration with 1.7 subscriptions for
every person.Africa has the least, with 63 subscriptions per 100
people.The report also found that 2.7 billion people, almost 40
per cent of the worlds population, are online.

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Government Raises OBC Creamy Layer Income Limit to Rs 6
Lakh
On 16 May The Union Cabinet gave its approval for increase in
the present income criterion of Rs. 4.5 lakh per annum for
applying the Creamy Layer restriction throughout the country, to
avail benefits of reservations in government jobs and admissions
to central educational institutions.The decision came up in a view
to increase the income limits in tune with the increase of the
consumer price index. This would enable more people to take an
advantage of reservation benefits that are extended to OBCs.
Creamy layer is the income limit beyond which OBCs are not
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Gujarat Tops in Port Development Projects

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On 24 May According to the Associated Chambers of Commerce


and Industry of India (Assocham) Ports Development in India
report ,While 21 PPP projects in the port sector worth over
Rs.43,000 crore are under construction, eight projects worth
about Rs.14,000 crore are under bidding.Gujarat gets first place ,
accounting for more than 50 per cent of the port projects
completed in India during the last Plan. It has wrapped up 12
projects valued at Rs 12,453 crore, consolidating its presence in
the Indian maritime map.Gujarat is followed by Odisha (2nd
place) and Maharashtra (3rd place ), which account for a share of
16.9 per cent and 15.3 per cent respectively in the completed
projects.Odisha saw two projects worth Rs 4,169 crore getting
completed, while Maharashtra finished five projects worth Rs
3,772 crore.Andhra Pradesh (4th place) and Tamil Nadu (5th
place) each with three projects under operation have garnered a
share between 5-6 percent followed by Kerala (2.8 percent).

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Biocon Chief Kiran Mazumdar Shaw in Forbes Philanthropy


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On 30 May According to the Forbes Asia magazines list of AsiaPacifics most remarkable givers" , Biocon chief Kiran
Mazumdar-Shaw, P N C Menon, Vineet Nayar and Ronnie
Screwvala named in 2013 year list of Asia-Pacifics most
remarkable givers.The annual list of Heroes of Philanthropy is
compiled by Forbes Asia magazine. It features a total of 48
persons from the Asia-Pacific region which includes countries like

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China, Singapore, Hong Kong and Indonesia.Keeping into view
Kiran Mazumdars work on improving cancer care and her pledge
to give away 75 per cent of wealth she was listed as one of the
major Philanthropist.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

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China Launched Zhongxing-11 Satellite

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On 2 May China successfully launched a communications


satellite called Zhongxing-11 from Xichang Satellite Launch
Center in southwest Sichuan province. The satellite was
launched into its present orbit from Long March-3B rocket.

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Worlds First 3D Printed Gun Successfully Fired

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On 4 May The worlds first gun made with 3D printer technology


has been successfully fired in the US.The anti-gun campaigners
criticised this project, while the law enforcement of Europe is
monitoring the developments of this project.All 16 parts of the
controversial gun, called the Liberator, are made from a tough,
heat-resistant plastic used in products such as musical
instruments, kitchen appliances and vehicle bumper bars.

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The new Navy patrol ship Rani Avantibayi

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Indian Coast Guard Ship Rani Avantibai, the second Inshore


Patrol Vessel (IPV) built by the Hindustan Shipyard Ltd for the
Coast Guard. This was commissioned into Indian Navy in
Visakhapatnam on 9 May 2013 by Minister of State for Defence
Jitendra Singh in the presence of Director-General of Indian
Coast Guard Vice-Admiral Anurag G. Viranari Rani Avantibayi
is the inshore patrol vessels (IPV) in Madhya Pradesh for
Ramgadh Coast Guard.This is used in Tracking thieves, coastal
conservation, marine disaster relief efforts.This is the first in the
series of five inshore patrol vessels (IPV) built by the Hindustan
Shipyard Limited for the Coast Guard.

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MiG-29K fighter planes commissions into Navy

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On May 11,Defence Minister AK Antony commissioned warfare
aircraft MiG-29K Black Panther squadron into the Indian
Navy.The commissioning was held at INS Hansa which would be
the base for Black Panther squadron along with other fighter
aircraft squadrons of Indian Navy. The squadron initially
comprising 16 aircraft would be known as IANS 303.

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U.S. Launched First Unmanned Aircraft From Carrier Flight


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The United States Navy launched an unmanned aircraft from a


modern carrier flight deck for the first time ever on 14 May.The
unmanned aircraft was the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System
demonstrator, and its first-ever launch from a modern aircraft
carrier represents how manned and unmanned aircraft on carrier
flight decks will be merged in the future.A mission operator
aboard the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) controlled X-47B,
showing off how well it works within a carrier environment. It
landed back at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland.

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Rotavirus Vaccine Developed in India

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India developed a Rotavac Vaccine to eradicate the Rotavirus


diarrhoea in infants.The Government of Indias Department of
Biotechnology (DBT) and Bharat Biotech announced positive
results from a Phase III clinical trial of a rotavirus vaccine.

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First Boeing P-8I Aircraft joins Indian Navy


Indian Naval Aviation received a major fillip with the arrival of the
first of eight Boeing P-8I Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance
and Anti Submarine Warfare aircraft at Naval Air Station Rajali,
Arakkonam, Tamil Nadu on 15 May 13. The P-8I aircraft, based
on the Boeing 737-800(NG) airframe, is the Indian Naval variant
of the P-8A Poseidon of the US Navy. The aircraft is equipped
with both foreign as well as indigenous sensors for Maritime
Reconnaissance, Anti Submarine operations and for Electronic
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Scientists Converted Human Skin Cells Into Embryonic Stem


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On 15 May In a major medical breakthrough, researchers at the
Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) have for the
first time ever successfully converted human skin cells into
embryonic stem cells , via a technique called nuclear
transfer.Scientists for the first time converted human skin cells
into embryonic stem cells.These embryonic stem cells are capable
of transforming into any other cell type in the human body.This
technique involves transplanting the nucleus of one cell,
containing an individuals DNA, into an egg cell that has had its
genetic material removed.
BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile Successfully Test Fired

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On 22 May India successfully test fired the 290-km range


BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from Russian-built INS
Tarkash off the coast of Goa.The launch was carried out by the
Navy as part of Acceptance Test Firing (ATF) of the ship.INS
Tarkash, which is an advanced Talwar Class frigate, was
commissioned on 9th November, last year.The BrahMos missile
jointly developed by India and Russia.

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Indian Air Force Inducted Trainer AirCraft Pilatus PC-7

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On 31 May Pilatus, PC 7 Mk II aircraft was formally inducted into


the IAF by Jitendra Singh MoS, Defence at IAFs premier
Academy located at Dundigal, Hyderabad.This marked the first
formal flight of the Basic Trainer Aircraft over the skies at the Air
Force Academy in Hyderabad.The induction of PC-7Mk II as
Basic Trainer Aircraft in Indian Air Force is a very important
landmark in our nations quest to modernise its Armed Forces.

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PERSONS IN NEWS

A) APPOINTMENTS
Sheikh Salman is New AFC President
On 2 May Bahrains Sheikh Salman Ebrahim Al-Khalifa was
elected as the new president of Asian Football Confederation
(AFC). He replaced disgraced ex-leader Mohamed Hammam.

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Najib sworn in Malaysias PM
Najib Razak was sworn in as Malaysias Prime Minister for a
second term on 06 May 2013 after his Barisan Nasional (BN,
National Front) coalition won 133 of the 222 Parliament seats in
2013 election.Najib Razak became the sixth Prime Minister of
Malaysia in year 2009.

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Roberto Azevedo Appointed as WTO new Director General

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On 8 May Brazils Roberto Azevedo has been named as the new


Director General of the World Trade Organisation, the first Latin
American to hold the post.He will take charge of his office from
Pascal Lamy of France in the Geneva-based Body in September
2013.

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Siddaramaiah Sworn in as Chief Minister of Karnataka


On 13 May Congress leader Siddaramaiah was sworn in as the
22nd chief minister of Karnataka by the Governor H R
Bharadwaj.In year 1992 Siddaramaiah was appointed as
Secretary General of Janata Dal.In Year 1994 became the
Minister for Finance in the Janata Dal government headed by
Deve Gowda.He served as a Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka
twice, first in 1996 when JH Patel became Chief Minister and
again in 2004 when JDS formed a coalition government with
Dharam Singh.

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Nirbhay Sharma Appointed Governor of Arunachal Pradesh

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On 16 May Lieutenant General (retd) Nirbhay Sharma has been


appointed as Governor of Arunachal Pradesh as the term of
present incumbent Gen (retd) J J Singh ended in January 2013.
He was appointed as Member of UPSC in May 2008 and after
completion of his five year stint .He was also a part of the
Airborne Assault Group, the first Indian Army Unit to enter
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Shashi Kant Sharma is the new CAG


On 21 May Defence Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma was
appointed as the new Comptroller & Auditor General (CAG)
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batch of Bihar cadre, has earlier assumed various important
offices during his tenure as Secretary in the Department of
Financial Services and has spent over 10 years in the Defence
Ministry in various capacities.The CAG is appointed for a term of
six years or till the incumbent attains the age of 65 years,
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Indian Origin Srinivasan Appointed as Top US Court Judge


On 23 May The United States Senate voted 97-0 to appoint
Srikanth Srinivasan as a Judge of the prestigious US Court of
Appeals.It is the highest judicial appointment to an Indian American . Srinivasan has become the first Indian-American to
be appointed to the court.He is the Principle Deputy Solicitor
General and defends the policies of US President Barack Obama
before the Supreme Court

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Radha Krishna Mathur is new Defence Secretary

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On 25 May Senior IAS officer Radha Krishna Mathur has been


appointed as new Defence Secretary.He succeeds Shashikant
Sharma who has taken over as Comptroller and Auditor General
(CAG). A 1977-batch IAS officer of Manipur-Tripura cadre,
Mathur was serving as Secretary (Defence Production) in the
Defence Ministry.

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Justice Raveendran is new NBSA Chief

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On 25 May Former Supreme Court judge Justice R V


Raveendran has been appointed as the new Chairman of the
News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) , the self
regulatory initiative of the News Broadcasters Association
(NBA).He succeeds justice (Retd.) J.S. Verma, chairperson of the
NBSA, who passed away on 2013 April.NBSA is an independent
redressal body set up by the News Broadcasters Association
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Kushal Singh Appointed as the Chairperson of NCPCR


On 27 May Mrs. Kushal Singh has been appointed as the
Chairperson of National Commission for Protection of Child
Rights (NCPCR), by the Ministry of Women and Child
Development.Mrs. Kushal Singh has held several high level posts

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in the Government of Rajasthan and the Central Government.She
was the Chief Secretary, Government of Rajasthan.
PM Manmohan Singh elected to Rajya Sabha
On 30 May 2013 ,Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was elected to
Rajya Sabha from Assam for fifth consecutive term.Dr Singh got
49 first preference votes, while the second Congress candidate
bagged 45 votes and All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF)s
Aminul Islam, who polled 18 votes, lost in the 126-member state
Assembly.

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Union Railway Minister and Law Minister of India Resigned


On 10 May Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and
Union Law Minister of India Ashwani Kumar resigned from their
posts.Railway Minister PK Bansal resigned from his office since
his nephew Vijay Singla was arrested for his alleged involvement
of bribery of 90 lakh rupees from the Railway Board Member,
with a promise of promotion. Ashwani Kumar the Union Law
Minister submitted his resignation after being into attack by the
opposition and the CBI affidavit submitted to Supreme Court for
vetting up the CBI report in the Coal Block allocation scam.

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ATP chairman Brad Drewett died

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Brad Drewett(54), the former tour player who led the ATP as
executive chairman and president since January 2012 died on 3
May 2013 . He helped in increasing the prize money at Grand
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Giulio Andreotti, the former Italian Prime Minister died

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On 6th May, the former Italian Prime Minister ,Giulio


Andreott(94) was dies in Rome.He was one of the most powerful
figures in the politics of the country after World War II.
Islamic scholar Asghar Ali Engineer Died

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On May 14,Leading Islamic scholar, author and activist Asghar
Ali Engineer, 74, died at his Santacruz home in Mumbai. He was
born in 1940 and completed his BSc in civil engineering from
Vikram University.From 1980, he edited the journal named the
Islamic Perspective and during 1980s he published a series of
books on Islam and communal violence in India. His books were
based on his investigations in the post-independent India. The
USA International Student Assembly and the USA Indian Student
Assembly honoured him with Distinguished Service Award in
1987.

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Bengali filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh dead

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On 30 May 2013,Award-winning Indian film director Rituparno


Ghosh was died from a heart attack in the city of Calcutta.Ghosh
directed 18 films in that 12 films got national awards.Ghosh
began his remarkable journey by directing a childrens film Hirer
Angti (Diamond Ring) in 1994, which won him an immediate
recognition. He shot to fame after his next film Unishe April (19
April) won the national award in 1995.His other award-winning
films include Dahan, Asukh, Chokher Bali, Raincoat,
Bariwali,
Antarmahal,
Noukadubi,
Abohoman,
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On 30 May 2013,Noted academic and a leading figure of Indias


womens movement, Dr Vina Mazumdar, died in New Delhi.Born
in 1927 in a middle-class Bengali household in Kolkata, she did
her schooling in the city and studied in Banaras Hindu
University and Calcutta University, before going to Oxford in
1947, soon after independence. She went back to Oxford
University later and received her D.Phil in 1962.

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D)VISITORS

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China Prime Minister Li Keqiang Visited India


Chinas new Prime Minister Li Keqiangs visited India on his first
foreign trip to India from 19th to 21st May 2013 since taking his
office in March 2013. During the visit he met Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh and discussed India-China border issues ,
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both countries signed on 8 agreements.The Chinese have also
agreed to provide greater facilitation to Indian pilgrims on the
Kailash Manasarovar Yatra.
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai Visited India
Hamid Karzai , President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
visited India from 20-22 May, 2013.During the visit Hamid Karzai
was on 20 May conferred an honorary doctorate degree by
President Pranab Mukherjee at a professional university in
Phagwara.He met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at New Delhi
and discussed on various key bilateral and regional issues , the
situation in the region in the backdrop of Afghanistans keenness
to enhance defence cooperation with India and get supply of
lethal and non-lethal weapons.

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E)MISCELLANEOUS

First Woman Named To FBIs Most Wanted Terrorist List

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On 3 May Joanne Chesimard (also known as Assata Shakur), a


member of the Black Liberation Army who killed a New Jersey
state trooper 40 years ago and has since fled to Cuba,has been
named as one of the FBIs most wanted terrorists, making her the
first woman ever to make the list.Chesimard was convicted for
killing Foerster and sentenced to life in prison. In 1979 she
escaped with the help of the Black Army Liberation and has been
on the run ever since.The U.S. Justice Department announced a
doubling of the reward for her capture to $2 million.

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Ritankar Das is Centurys Youngest California University


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On 10 May An 18-year-old Indian-American has become the


youngest graduate topper of the prestigious University of
California in more than a century.Kolkata-born Ritankar Das,
has been named as the University Medalist, the prize which is
given to the years top graduating senior.Das has taken just three
years to complete his studies with a double major in
bioengineering and chemical biology and a minor in creative
writing from the University of California, Berkeley.Further he is
the first student from the College of Chemistry in 58 years, and
the first ever from the Department of Bioengineering.

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Sreesanth,Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were arrested
S Sreesanth and two of his Rajasthan Royals teammates Ajit
Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were arrested by the Delhi police on
charges of spot fixing in the ongoing Indian Premier League.
First Saudi Woman Ever Climbs Mount Everest
On 18 May Raha Moharrak has become the first Saudi Arabian
woman to climb Mount Everest. Moharrak also became the
youngest Arab to reach the 8,850-meter peak (29,035 feet). She
was part of a group that included the first Qatari man and the
first Palestinian man to reach the summit.

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Indian Sisters First Twins To Climb Mount Everest

On 19 May Two Indian girls have scripted history by becoming


the first twins ever to climb Mount Everest together.Tashi and
Nancy Malik from Dehra Dun achieved this feat by successfully
reaching the worlds highest mountain peak at 8,848 meters.The
duo were among other record-makers including the first women
from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan who climbed the Everest on 18
May.

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Arunima Becomes First Indian Amputee To Scale Mt Everest

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On 21 May Arunima Sinha, a former national level volleyball


player who had lost one of her legs after being thrown off a
moving train by, created history by becoming the first Indian
amputee to conquer Mount Everest. Sinha reached the 8,848
metre-high summit of the worlds highest peak as a member of
the Eco Everest Expedition from the Tata Group.Sinha, a resident
of Ambedkar Nagar in Uttar Pradesh.Arunima successfully scaled
the 6,622-metre-high Mount Chhamser Kangri of Ladakh last
year, but her ultimate goal was to climb Mount Everest.

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Yuichiro Miura, Became Oldest Man to Climb Mount Everest

Yuichiro Miura, the 80-year old mountaineer from Japan reached


Mount Everests summit on 23 May 2013. With this, he became
the oldest man to climb the highest mountain peak of the world.
Yuichiro Miura climbed the Everest at the age of 70 and 75 as
well.

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Indian-origin Boy Won National Geographic Bee Contest
On 23 May Sathwik Karnik, a 12-year-old Indian-American boy,
has won the prestigious National Geographic Bee 2013 after
gruelling rounds testing his geographic knowledge about lions in
Botswana, mountain ranges in Asia and port cities in England.To
clinch the title, Karnik, 12, correctly named Chimborazo as the
mountain in Ecuador that represents the farthest point from the
Earths center.US.Karnik took home the spoils of the Bee prize
that include a USD 25,000 college scholarship, an all-expenses
paid trip to the Galapagos Islands, and a lifetime membership to
the National Geographic Society.

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Jiroemon Kimura Becomes Last Living Man Born in 19th


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The oldest person in the world, Japanese Jiroemon Kimura,116


years Japanese man became the last male of the 19th century in
the world. Jiroemon Kimura was given the title of last male alive
to be born in the 19th century after the death of Barbados in the
month of May 2013 at the age of 113 years and 90
days.Gerontolgy Research Group at University of California, Los
Angeles found out that as far as female were concerned, there are
in all 21 women born before 1 January 1901 and they are still
alive.But amongst the male, Jiroemon Kimura is the only alive
person of 19th century.Jiroemon Kimura was born on 19 April
1897.

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Premlata becomes the first Indian woman to complete seven


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Asian woman mountaineer Premlata Agrawal has become the


first Indian woman mountaineer to scale the seven continental
peaks after climbing Alaskas McKinley Peak.With this, she
became the first Indian woman mountaineer to step on the
highest peak of North America.

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Arvind Mahankali Won National Spelling Bee 2013


On 31 May Arvind Mahankali, a 13-year old Indian-American
won the Scripps National Spelling Bee contest, as children from
the community scripted history by dominating the prestigious
competition for the sixth year in a row, grabbing top three slots

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this year.Arvind, from New York, won the contest by correctly
spelling the German word knaidel which means a small mass of
leavened dough, overcoming his fear of German-derived words
during his past four appearances at the contest.This is the sixth
consecutive year that an Indian-American has won the contest,
which was watched live by millions of people in the United States.

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PLACES IN NEWS

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Cyclonic Storm Mahasen Hits Bangladesh

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On 16 May The cyclonic storm Mahasen hit Bangladeshs


southern Patuakhali coast with wind speed up to 90 kilometers
per hour.More than 48 persons were killed as inflated waters
coupled with gusts started ravaging parts of Patuakhali alongside
the other areas adjacent to the Bay of Bengal in the region.The
system is now located in the west-central bay and is likely to
intensify further, move in northeast direction and cross the
Bangladesh coast close to Chittagong.

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ABBREVIATIONS

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NESAC - North Eastern Space Applications Centre

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ACTO Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization


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International Labour Organization

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CNEA - National Commission of Atomic Energy

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IPV Inshore Patrol Vessel

BWF - Badminton World Federation

BOOKS IN NEWS

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Understanding Bhagat Singh by Prof. Chamanlal released
Understanding Bhagat Singh a book by Prof. Chamanlal was
released in the on 3 May 2013.Professor Randhir Singh, Eminent
Thinker released the book at School of Social Sciences (SSS- I)
Auditorium, JNU in New Delhi.The book Understanding Bhagat
Singh has tried to explain the soul or spirit of Bhagat Singh like
his principle of achieving objectives with dignity, honesty and
fearlessness.
Gandhis Outstanding Leadership Book Released

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On 27 May Gandhis Outstanding Leadership , written by


former Indian diplomat-turned-Gandhian Pascal Alan Nazareth,
was released at the Peking Universitys Centre.Prof Shang
Quanyu, a history professor with the South China Normal
University, translated the book into Madarin.

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G Padmanabhan Committee on Services for the Exporters

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On 6 May A Reserve Bank of India (RBI) committee recommended


setting up of the Indian Bill Payment System (IBPS) in the
country.The committee chaired by G. Padmanabhan, Executive
Director, RBI, has recommended a cap on interest margins
charged by banks lending to exporters.The committee also
recommended that export credit be allowed to be a part of priority
sector lending (PSL) for all commercial banks, including foreign
banks, for a period of three to five years.

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IMPORTANT DAYS AND DATES

National Technology Day was Observed on 11 May 2013


National Technology Day was celebrated on 11 May 2013 as a
symbol of quest for scientific inquiry, technological creativity and
the translation of that quest in the integration of Science, Society
and Industry. This day is also celebrated to honour technological

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innovations and their successful commercialization which makes
fruits of research reach people at large.

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