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Zia Fariduddin Dagar (15 June 1932 - 8 May 2013) was an Indian classical vocalist in the Dhrupad, the oldest existing form of north Indian classical music (Hindustani classical music) and part of the Dagar family of musicians. Padma Shri- India's fourth highest civilian honor been conferred upon him in year 2012 – but he turned it down, saying the government did not care about his seniority as he was chosen for it after much younger Dhrupad singers were conferred the honour. He was awarded the 1994 Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in Hindustani music-Vocal by Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama.

James Comey sworn in as new FBI director. Comey, 52, replaced Robert Mueller, who has led the bureau since shortly before the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

Rs. 14,000 cr. For capital infusion in public sector banks, in union budget 2013-14

Eminent poet, lyricist and director Sampooran Singh Kalra, popularly known by his pen name Gulzar, has taken over as the new chancellor of Assam University, Silchar. Gulzar (79) replaced Prof M S Swaminathan, an Indian geneticist and chairman of MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, after his five-year tenure ended last week. (apr,2013)

The operations of the 160-year-old telegram discontinued on July 14, 2013. The decision to stop the telegram services was taken after Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) decided to discontinue with the services.

Commonwealth Chess Championship won by Abhijeet Gupta. (July 15, 2013)

“The End of The Story” by Lydia Davis (first novel)

Bank International Indonesia (BII) has commenced the operations of its Mumbai branch effective today. The Bank, headquartered in Indonesia, is a subsidiary of the Maybank Group, one of the largest bank in ASEAN by total assets and market capitalization with head quarter in Malaysia.

Eminent Hindi litterateur Narendra Kohli has been selected for the prestigious Vyas Samman for 2012 for his historical novel ‘ Na Bhooto Na Bhavishyati based on Swami Vivekananda and the era he belonged to.

NRI hotelier Joginder Sangar has been conferred with the prestigious 'Pride of India' award for his outstanding contributions towards promoting art and culture of India in the UK.

The Puducherry administration has launched a central government-sponsored scheme to promote dairy activities and enhance socio-economic status of the farmers in the Union Territory. (May, 2013).

Bangladesh got its first woman Speaker with the election of Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury by the Jatiya Sangsad on Tuesday. She was the lone candidate. She will succeed Abdul Hamid who assumed presidency last week following the death of President Md. Zillur Rahman. (May, 2013)

Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) is a multidisciplinary organisation to investigate  serious financial frauds. The organization is having experts from financial sector, capital market, accountancy, forensic audit, taxation, law, information technology, company law, customs and investigation.

The Cabinet is likely to consider the proposal for sale of 10 per cent of government's stake in Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOC), which may fetch over Rs 3,840 crore to the exchequer at the current market price. The Disinvestment Department has already selected five merchant bankers -- Citibank, HSBC, UBS Securities, SBI Capital and J M Financial -- to manage the stake sale of the oil major. At present, the government holds a 78.92 per cent stake in IOC. (August 2, 2013)



The disinvestment target through PSU stake sales in the current financial year is Rs 40,000 crore. So far, it has raised Rs 828 crore through stake sale in MMTC and Hindustan Copper.

Japan recently unveiled its biggest warship since World War II, called “IZUMO”. (August 8, 2013)

The World Bank and ADB will provide $ 400 Million for reconstruction and rehabilitation of disaster hit UTTRAKHAND.

Arundhati Bhattacharya is the new CFO and MD of SBI succeeding DIWAKAR GUPTA. (August 02, 2013)



Union Bank of India Chairman and Managing Director D. Sarkar was awarded Banker of the Year award by Skoch Consultancy Services as a part of their Financial Inclusion Awards 2013.

Rajeev Rishi, took over as the Chairman and Managing Director of Central Bank of India. (August, 2013)

A robot astronaut called Kirobo has made world history by becoming the first robot ever to speak in space.The 13-inch tall Japanese humanoid has been aboard the International Space Station since 10 August and made the broadcast via video link. It was created by Tomotaka Takahashi in collaboration with the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo, Robo Garage and Toyota. (August 21, 2013)

The intercontinental ballistic missile AGNI-V is developed by DRDO (not ISRO).

The Saraswati Samman was instituted in 1991 by the K. K. Birla Foundation. The award consists of Rs 10 lakh, a citation and a plaque.

2011- A.A. Manavalan (Tamil) for Irama Kathaiyum Iramayakalum

2012- Sugathakumari (Malyalam) for the collection of her poems, titled 'Manalezhuthu

Special National Investment Fund (SNIF) approved by CCEA


The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs(CCEA) on 2 August 2013 approved creation of the Special National Investment Fund (SNIF) for the specific objective of meeting the minimum public shareholding of 10 percent requirement in the following six Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs).

i) Andrew Yule & Company Ltd.


(ii) Fertilizers & Chemicals (Travancore) Ltd.
(iii) Hindustan Photo Films Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
(iv) HMT Ltd.
(v) ITI Ltd.
(vi) Scooters India Ltd.

Since these Companies were not financially sound, it was found difficult to meet the minimum public shareholding by following SEBI approved methods. However, Government was keen to comply with the requirement in all Government Companies. The Department of Disinvestment discussed the matter with SEBI and has proposed to meet the minimum public shareholding in the above six Companies.

The salient features of the Fund are:

(i) The number of shares that is required to make the six Companies compliant with the minimum public shareholding will be transferred to the Special National Investment Fund out of Government of India shareholding on irrevocable basis without any consideration.

(ii) The Fund will be managed by independent professional Fund Managers.

(iii) The Fund will sell the shares within a period of 5 years.

(iv) The funds realized from the sale of shares would be used for social sector schemes of the Government.

(v) The modalities of the sale of shares in the Fund would be decided by the existing EGoM.

Vide Securities Contracts.(Regulations) (Second Amendment) Rules, 2010 dated 09th August, 2010 all Government Companies are required to have at least 10% public shareholding and where public shareholding is less than 10%, the Companies were required to comply with this condition within a period of 3 years by following methods permitted by SEBI for this purpose.


Dadra and Nagar Haveli were small Portuguese overseas territories, part of Portuguese India from 1779 until 1954. The territories were enclaves, without any access to the sea, administered by the Portuguese Governor of the Daman district. The territories were subsequently merged into the Indian Union in 1961. August 2, 2013 60th liberation day was celebrated.

An Agenda for India’s Growth: Essays in Honour of P. Chidambaram (July, 2013)

India’s FOREX reserves include:


  • SDRs

  • Gold

  • Foreign Currency Assets

  • Reserve Tranche Position in IMF

Foreign Exchange Rate is also referred as Flexible Exchange Rate (Exchange rate is decided by market forces, supply and demand).

IRDA is the regulatory body of insurance sector in India, IRDA was incorporated in April, 2000. At present its chairman is T.S. Vijayan, and there are 24 general insurance companies including ECGC and Agriculture Insurance Corporation of India and 23 Life Insurance companies in the country.

The government had set up a five-member panel, headed by former Canara Bank chairman M.B.N. Rao, to prepare a blueprint for the all-women bank. (July 5, 2013)

The Tourism Ministry has roped in ONGC to maintain cleanliness and hygiene at 6 tourist destinations of India as a part of its “Clean India” campaign.

TAJMAHAL


ELLORA CAVES

ELEPHANTA CAVES (MAHARASHTRA)

RED FORT (DELHI)

GOLKUNDA FORT (HYDERABAD)

MAHABALIPURAM (TAMILNADU)

The 39th G8 summit was held on 17–18 June 2013 at the Lough Erne Resort, a five-star hotel and golf resort on the shore of Lough Erne in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.[1] It was the sixth G8 summit to be held in the United Kingdom. The earlier G8 summits hosted by the United Kingdom were held at London (1977, 1984, 1991), Birmingham (1998) and Gleneagles (2005).



The official theme of the summit was tax evasion and transparency. However, the Syrian civil war dominated the discussions. A seven-point plan on Syria was agreed after much debate.

Core G8 members
Host state and leader are shown in bold text.

Member

Represented by

Title



Canada

Stephen Harper

Prime Minister



France

François Hollande

President



Germany

Angela Merkel

Chancellor



Italy

Enrico Letta

Prime Minister



Japan

Shinzō Abe

Prime Minister



Russia

Vladimir Putin

President



United Kingdom

David Cameron

Prime Minister



United States

Barack Obama

President



European Union

José Manuel Barroso

Commission President

Herman Van Rompuy

Council President

The Salary of The President of India is increased to 1.5 lakh rupees per month in 2008, from 50,000 rupees in 1998.

Escheat is a property of a person who dies without leaving a legal heir of his assets.

The theme of the 12th FYP is “Faster, more inclusive and sustainable growth”.

The original idea of 12th FYP was annual GDP growth at 9% but the government said that it is beyond our capacity and changed it to 8.2%. Also, annual manufacturing sector growth should be 10%.

Nirbhay is a sub sonic missile with the operational range of 1000 k.m.s, being developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), a department of DRDO.

Prasar Bharati and the Australian Network on 30 July 2013 signed an agreement to strengthen the partnership between the two public broadcasters. The accord was signed by Prasar Bharti CEO Jawahar Sircar and ABC International CEO Lynley Marshall in New Delhi. With the agreement, ABC International will be available on DD Direct plus from 1 November 2013.  It will allow the channel to be shown along with 59 other channels on Doordarshan's DTH platform.

India won under-16 SAFF football cup defeating Pakistan by 2-1.



The National Teeka Express was launched by Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare in the presence of Shri Jitendra Singh, Minister of State (IC) for Youth Affairs & Sports at Alwar, Rajasthan. It has been launched to protect children from life-threatening childhood diseases

Sujatha Singh assumed charge as India’s next foreign secretary on August, 2013. (formerly India’s High Commissioner in Germany)

“How to minimize the Capital Risk” is not included in “Financial Literacy”.

The Vodafone and ICICI bank’s M-Pesa service has so far been rolled out in Delhi, Mumbai, Uttar Pradesh (East), Kolkata, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Rajasthan. It’s worth noting that M-Pesa is bank linked (with ICICI Bank), and will allow consumers to deposit and withdraw cash from outlets, transfer money to any mobile phone in India, and remit money to any bank account in the country. Apart from transferring money, there are consumer payment services as well, allowing mobile account recharges, utility bill payments, and apparently even shopping at select shops.


Countries currently using the dinar or similar


Countries

Currency

ISO 4217 code

 Algeria

Algerian dinar

DZD

 Bahrain

Bahraini dinar

BHD

 Iraq

Iraqi dinar

IQD

 Jordan

Jordanian dinar

JOD

 Kuwait

Kuwaiti dinar

KWD

 Libya

Libyan dinar

LYD

 Macedonia

Macedonian denar

MKN (1992–1993)
MKD (1993− )

 Serbia

Serbian dinar

RSD

 Tunisia

Tunisian Dinar

TND

LIRA is the currency of ITALY.

GrandMaster Parimarjan Negi won the 2013 Politiken Cup in Copenhagen, Denamark.

Devendra Jhajharia is India's second gold medalist at the Paralympics. India's first gold medal came from Murlikant Petkar. Devendra is a one-armed javelin thrower from Rajasthan. He won gold medal in the javelin throw at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens. He set up a new world record with 62.15m eclipsing the old one of 59.77m. He also won the gold medal in the 8th FESPIC Games in Korea, 2002. He is trained by Dronacharya Awardee coach R.D. Singh. He hails from Churu District in Rajasthan. He received India's prestigious Padma Shree Award in March 2012 from the President Of India. He is the first Paralympion (Paralympic Sports Person) of India to get the Padma Shree Award.

Venkateswaran Dakshinmoorthy, was a famous Malayalam music director , died recently.

The maximum period for accepting domestic term deposits by banks is 10 years.

World hepatitis day – 28th July.



The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri, (is among the 6 nominees for booker price) It is her fourth novel. Her first The Interpreter of Maladies (1999) won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Her second novel, The Namesake (2003) was made into a popular film. She also wrote Unaccustomed Earth (2008).


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