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1. Somalia Assembly Passes the Endorses Draft Constitution :Somalia Constitution on
1 august 2012 endorsed a draft constitution billed a key step to ending the decades of the
civil war. The Horn of Africa country’s outgoing government hailed the end of an eight-year
interim period. Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali expressed happy and announced that
Somalia has from now, left the transitional period. The special assembly chosen by
traditional elders in a U.N.-backed process took eight days to debate and vote on the new
Constitution, as the graft-riddled government approaches the end of its mandate on
2. Myanmar abolished Direct Media Censorship : Myanmar on 20 august 2012 he latest
dramatic reform by its quasi-civilian regime, but journalists face other formidable
restrictions including a ban on private daily newspapers and a pervasive culture of selfcensorship.
Under the new acts journalists no longer have to submit reports to state
censors before publication, ending a practice strictly enforced during nearly half a century
of military rule that ended in March last year. Previously, every song, book, cartoon, news
report and planned piece of art required approval by teams of censors rooting out political
messages and criticisms of one of Asia’s most repressive governments.
3. China to shut hundreds of coal mines this year : 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
4. Pakistan Supreme Court annulled New Law Protecting the Prime Minister:
Supreme Court of Pakistan on 3 August 2012 annulled the new law called Contempt of
Court Act 2012(COCA 2012). Pakistan’s Supreme Court 3 August 2012 struck down a law
designed to protect the new prime minister from being charged with contempt and thrown
out of office like his predecessor. The court ousted the previous prime minister, Yousuf
Raza Gilani, from office in June by charging him with contempt of court for failing to
reopen corruption proceedings against President Asif Zardari.
5. OIC suspended Syria: The Organisation Islamic Cooperation(OIC) suspended Syria on
16th August 2012 saying the Muslim world can no longer accept a government that
“massacres its people”,further isolating the embattled regime.
6. Senkaku Islands became the Bone of Contention between China and Japan : Ten
Japanese on 23 August 2012, made an unauthorized landing on Uotsuri, which is known in
Japan as the Senkaku Islands and in China as the Diaoyu Islands. The uninhabited islands
surrounded by rich fishing grounds are controlled by Japan but also claimed by China and
Taiwan.The Senkaku Islands dispute engulfs in itself a territorial dispute on a group of
uninhabited islands. Of the ten Japanese people who visited the island, five were
apparently conservative local assembly members.The Senkaku Islands are located in the
East China Sea between Japan, and the Republic of China. The archipelago contains five
7. 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
8. US strikes Nepal Maoists from terror blacklist : 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.
9. U.S. designates Haqqani network a terrorist group : 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.
10. 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.
11. Canada cuts diplomatic ties with Iran : 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
12. Somalia gets a new president : Somalia’s parliament elected Hassan Sheikh Mohamud
as the new leader for the African nation on 10th September 2012.
13. Japan to buy disputed East China Sea islands : 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.
14. 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
15. Bill Gates remains the richest in U.S.: Forbes : 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).
16. 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
17. Buddhist temples attacked in Bangladesh: 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
18. 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.
19. 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
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 synthetic diamonds.
21. Imran Khan on anti-drone ‘peace march’ to tribal belt : Imran Khan on 6th October
2012 set off on a motorcade “peace march” to the terrorists-riddled South Waziristan to
protest US drone strikes in the tribal belt.
22. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Re-Elected for fourth term : Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez has been re-elected for the third term. Mr Chavez defeated
opposition leader Henrique Capriles. Mr Chavez garnered 54.42 per cent of the vote while
his rival bagged 44 per cent votes.
23. Pakistani youth support Malala Yousufzai : Pakistani teenaged rights campaigner,
Malala Yousafzai, who was on 14th October 2012 shot by the Taliban for publicly opposing
them against the girl education.She got the support from all over the world.
24. Ali Zidan elected Libya PM : Libya’s 200-member General National Congress has elected
a former congressman and human rights lawyer Ali Zidan as the country’s new Prime
Minister on 14th October 2012.
25. Austrian skydiver breaks sound barrier : Austrian national Felix Baumgartner, who
jumped from a height of 39 km, became the first skydiver to record the highest ever
freefall and also the first human to go faster than the speed of sound.
26. Five New Non-Permanent Member Countries Elected to UN Security Council : UN
General Assembly elected five new non-permanent members to the Security Council. The
New Members are South Korea, Luxembourg, Argentina, Australia and Rwanda.
27. Iran bans export of 50 basic foods to preserve supplies : Iran has banned the export
of around 50 basic goods in order to preserve supplies of essential items in the wake of
tightening Western sanctions
28. Barack Obama re-elected as President of US : Barack Obama re-elected as President
of US with a clear victory over Republican challenger Mitt Romney on 7th November 2012.
29. Hindu-American elected to US Congress for the first time : Tulsi Gabbard is the first
Hindu-American elected as the US House of Representative from Hawaii in November
30. Nepal elected to UN ECOSOC board : Nepal elected a board member of the United
Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for a three-year term starting in January
2013. Nepal along with 17 other countries were elected board members of ECOSOC 8th
November 2012 by the UN General Assembly.
31. Israel fires into Syria : Israel was drawn into the fighting in neighboring Syria for the
first time on 11th November 2012, firing warning shots across the border after an errant
mortar shell landed near an Israeli military installation in the Golan Heights.
32. China’s Communist Party selects new leadership : China elects the new President as
Xi Jinping and Prime Minister as Li Keqiang on 14 November 2012.
33. Japan to go to polls on 16 December 2012 : Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda dissolved
the Lower House of Parliament on 16 November 2012 ,paving the way for elections in
which his ruling party will likely give way to a weak coalition government divided over how
to solve Japan’s myriad problems. Elections were set for 16 December 2012.
34. U.N. approves Palestinian ‘observer state’ bid : The United Nations General Assembly
on 30 November 2012 endorsed an upgraded U.N. status for the Palestinian Authority,
despite intense opposition from the United States and Israel.The vote was 138 delegates in
favor of the measure including India, nine against including America, Brazil and Canada
and 41 abstentions including Britain.
35. Mahama Re-elected as Ghana’s President : On 10 December Ghana’s incumbent
President John Dramani Mahama of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) has
won the country’s presidential election.Mahama took 50.70 percent of the total valid votes
cast, while his closest challenger, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic
Party (NPP) obtained 47.74 percent.With his re-election, Mahama becomes the fourth
president to be elected under the Forth Republic.He had served as Ghana’s vice president
36. UN, Pakistan Launched ‘Malala Fund’ : Pakistan joined forces with the United Nations
on 10 December 2012 to launch a fund aimed at boosting girls’ education throughout the
world.The fund is named for Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani girl. Pakistan’s
President Asif Ali Zardari also announced a $10-million donation for a global war chest to
educate all girls by 2015 set up in the name of Malala Yousafzai for campaigning for girls’
37. Shinzo Abe Elected As Japan’s New PM : The former Prime Minister and the Leader of
LDP Shinzo Abe elected as a Prime Minister with a clear victory over the Prime Minister
and leader of the Democratic Party of Japan(DPJ) Yoshihiko Noda in the Parliamentary
Elections on 26 December 2012.The lawmakers in Japan voted in favour of Abe by 328
votes. Opponent Banri Kaieda, the newly chosen leader of DPJ received merely 57 votes.
38. Jacob Zuma re-elected as South Africa’s President : South Africa’s ruling African
National Congress on 18 December 2012 re-elected President Jacob Zuma as the party
chief with a thumping majority. Mr.Zuma received the support of over 75 per cent of the
total voting delegates at the ANC National Conference held in Bloemfontein. Juma was
Deputy President of South Africa from 1999 to 2005
39. Park elected South Korean President : Park Guen-hye, the daughter of former military
dictator Park Chung-hee, beat her opponent on 19 December 2012 in the South Korean
presidential elections. Park is the country’s first woman President. She is the former head
of the ruling Conservative Saenuri Party, had secured the necessary votes and defeated
Moon Jae-in, of the Democratic United Party.
40. Pak Cleared Anti-terror Bill : On 20 December Pakistan’s National Assembly passed a
bill that will give intelligence and security agencies sweeping powers to conduct
surveillance and collect data from SMS’s and emails.The National Assembly or lower house
of parliament approved the “”Fair Trial Bill 2012 “” after incorporating amendments
proposed by the main opposition PML-N and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, which is part
of the ruling coalition led by the Pakistan People’s Party.
41. U.S. House Passed Defense Bill : On 20 December US (United States) House of
Representatives passed the Defence Authorization Act of 2013. The bill authorizing 633.3
billion – dollar in defense spending for 2013, easing limits on satellite exports and
providing more Marines for embassy security.
42. Napolitano Dissolved Italian Parliament : On 22 December Italian President Giorgio
Napolitano dissolved Parliament following the resignation of Prime Minister Mario Monti.
Italian Government under the leadership of Mario Monti brought forward a series of
austerity reforms backed by EU and business leaders.
43. Morsi signed on Egypt’s New Constitution : On 25 December Egyptian President
Mohamed Morsi signed into law a new Islamist-drafted constitution. He signed a
declaration enforcing the charter late after the official announcement of the result of a
referendum approving the basic law. Two-thirds of the members of the 270-seat council
were elected earlier this year in a vote in which only 12 per cent of registered voters
participated. The remaining 90 were appointed by Mohamed Morsi, the Islamist president.
44. Pakistan Recognised the Republic of Kosovo : On 26 December Pakistan Government
officially recognised Kosovo as an independent state, almost five years after it declared
independence from Serbia on 17 February 2008. Pakistan is the 98th country among the
93 U.N-member states to recognise Kosovo .Kosovo is a small south east European state
lies between Albania, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro.
45. Palestinian Authority to be Named ‘State of Palestine’ : On 7 January Palestinian
Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has signed a decree changing the name of the
Palestinian Authority to the “”State of Palestine,”" according to the organization’s official
46. Pakistani Supreme Court Orders Arrest of Prime Minister : On 15 January 2013
Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered the arrest of the prime minister in connection with a
corruption case linked to power projects. The Supreme Court gave authorities 24 hours to
arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and 16 others.This is the first in the history of
Pakistan to arrest a Prime Minister. The orders of the Court came following the allegations
in connection with a corruption case linked to power projects, done during his office of the
Water and Power Minister.
47. Obama Signed 23 Executive Orders on Gun Safety : On 16 January President Barack
Obama announced 23 executive actions on gun control laws, making them stricter,which
would come into effect immediately after his signatures. One of these measures include
requiring the target shooters to keep their guns locked and also to ban military-style
assault weapons, high capacity magazine as well as to make the background check
mandatory.Obama announced that this was his attempt to keep children safe, keeping in
view the massacre of Newtown where 20 first grade children along with six adults were
nations have agreed on the first legally binding treaty to curb mercury pollution.Delegates
at UN discussed in Geneva approved measures to control the use of the highly toxic metal,
which is widely used in chemical production and small-scale mining, in order to limit
mercury emissions.The governments agreed to ban the production, export and import of a
range of products containing mercury by 2020.The treaty has been discussed for four
years, but it is only now that the negotiators agreed over the final version of the
document. The treaty, known as the Minamata Convention on Mercury, provides controls
and reductions across a range of products and processes where mercury is used, released
49. Milos Zeman Elected as Czech Republic new President : On 25 January A leftist
candidate Milos Zeman won the Czech Republic’s first presidential election decided by
direct vote.Milos Zeman, a former prime minister and head of the Citizens’ Rights Party,
won with 54.8% of the vote.He defeated Karel Schwarzenberg, an aristocratic foreign
minister with the TOP09 party, who garnered 45.2%.Zeman replaces Vaclav Klaus, who
must step down after serving the maximum of two terms.
01 August 2012 signed an MoU with its South Korean counterpart to help each other in
strengthening the electoral processes and political culture. The Memorandum of
Understanding was signed by Chief
Election Commissioner of India V S Sampath on behalf of the poll panel and by Justice
Nung Hwan Kim of the Republic of Korea at a brief ceremony. This is the 13th MoU signed
by ECI with other countries and international election panels.
2. India-Israel Sign MoU on research programme : India and Israel on 02 August 2012
entered into a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for launching a programme that
would promote collaborative research across a wide range of disciplines from medical and
information technology to social sciences, humanities and arts. The programme, which will
run for five years will provide support up to $1,00,000 a research project for three years
.The MoU was signed by Chairman of the Israel science Foundation professor Benjamin
Geiger and Chairman of University Grants Commission ved Prakash.
3. India, Monaco ink tax information exchange agreement :Tata Communications’
payment solutions providing arm has bagged an exclusive order to install and manage
nearly 14,000 ATMs for all public sector banks in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West
Bengal,Puducherry and Andaman and Nicobar Islands by 2013—14.”Government of India
and Government of Principality of Monaco have signed a Tax
Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) on 02.August 2012″.
Iran and Afghanistan have moved one step closer to expand their trade and economic ties.
At a trilateral meeting in Teheran, they agreed to work for expanding trade, investment
and transit cooperation through Chabahar port in Iran. A joint working group consisting of
the representatives of the three countries will meet within the next three months in
Chabahar to expedite the process.
economic zone to manufacture auto components in Trincomaee, commerce minister Anand
Sharma said in colombo on 03 August 2012. The SEZ would promote exports to the
production chains in India.
identified the landing site of the ‘Curiosity’ rover on Mars on 6August 2012 described the
Spot as “very exciting and holding “great promise”.
7. Pakistan asked India to register Oil Marketing: Companies (OMCs) with Pakistan
State Oil In the wake of New Delhi’s decision to allow pakistani investments, Islamabad
has asked India to register its oil marketing companies(OMCs) with Pakistani State Oil to
take part in spot tenders for
supply of petroleum products such as petrol,diesel, furnace oil and petcoke.