second in education queries on Google.After the US, Indian people from IIT Delhi and IIM
Ahmadabad were the most searched in their respective categories. India was Ranked 8th
in 2008, at present it is behind only to the US.
to UK for more than six months will be screened for tuberculosis before they are given a
visa under a pre-entry TB screening programme extended to India. However, the
screening will not be required for those travelling for six months or less.The Home Office
announced that all such applicants would be required to submit a certificate from a local
clinic approved by the British Government to show that they are “TB-free’’. There will be a
fee of Rs 1500 for screening, to be borne by the applicant.
10. India gets first Embraer jet with Indian airborne radar tech : India, with taking the
delivery of the first Embraer 145 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) in Brazil on
17 August 2012, moved one more step ahead in aerial security.India and Brazil signed a
deal reportedly worth $ 210 million for the supply of three aircraft by 2014. This includes a
comprehensive logistic package that entails training, technical support, supply of spare
parts and ground support equipment.
Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has recommended the extension of the
ban till June 2013 or until further orders.The banned milk products include chocolate,
chocolate products, candies, confectionery, food preparations with milk or milk solids as
12. Sonia is Sixth in Forbes list of 100 most powerful Women : The Forbes magazine on
22nd August 2012 ranked united progressive Alliance(UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi the
sixth most powerful woman in the world in the list of 100women.Germany Chancellor
Angela Merkel got the first place. United States Secretary Hillary Clinton got the second
place and Michelle Obama got the 7th Place.
13. Ranking by World Bank : As per the World Bank Report, India has been ranked at 132
amongst the sample 183 Countries.Recognising the need for Reforming the Regulatory
Environment for doing business in India, a Committee under the Chairmanship of Shri.
M.Damodaran has been constituted on 23 August 2012 by this ministry to extensively
examine different areas
of root functioning such as financial reforms, governance reforms, liberalized policy
framework,process reforms etc, and to suggest a roadmap for improving business climate
decision to allow Pakistani Foreign Direct Investment, saying the move will create goodwill
and give a boost to efforts to normalise bilateral relations. Foreign Office spokesman
Moazzam Khan welcomed the Indian government’s decision to allow Pakistani investments
in all areas except defence, space and atomic energy. Pakistan can explore sectors like
cement, textiles and sports for investments in India. Besides, the FDI proposals from
Pakistan need to be cleared from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB).
15. America Court Summons to Parkash Singh Badal : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash
Singh Badal, who was served summons by a US court last month in a case of alleged
custodial torture and extra judicial killings of Sikhs, has sought dismissal of the motion
against him or additional time of 90 days to defend the charges.The US District Court for
the Eastern District of Wisconsin had issued Summons against Badal on August 8 when he
was in Wisconsin on a private visit to attend a marriage ceremony.
to provide mobile connection for more than three months to any foreign tourist visiting
India.According to the fresh guidelines, which have come into effect recently, the
Department of Telecom (DoT) has told the service providers that the proof for issuance of
a mobile connection to any foreigner would be the passport having a valid visa.
17. India, Pakistan to ink 3 pacts to boost economic activity :Hoping that the
forthcoming visit of External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna would lead to a liberal visa
regime agreement, Commerce and Industry Minister, Anand Sharma, on 04th September
2012, said India and Pakistan would soon ink three agreements in the areas of customs
co-operation, mutual recognition of standards and redressal of trade issues to give a fillip
to economic activity.
September 2012 they would resume joint military exercises after a four-year gap, a move
designed to build trust in the often prickly relationship between the world’s two most
companies including Larsen & Toubro, Hindustan Unilever and Infosys are ranked on
Forbes magazine’s list of “The World’s Most Innovative Companies” topped by four US
companies.Larsen & Toubro got the ninth rank,Hindustan Unilever got the 12th rank,
Infosys got 19th rank,Tata Consultancy Services got 29th rank and Sun Pharmaceutical
Industries got 38th rank.Four US companies- Cloud computing king Salesforce.com, drug
major Alexion Pharmaceuticals, internet retail giant Amazon.com and open source software
leader Red Hat took the top four places.
September 2012 that they will ease tough visa restrictions, an important step forward in
improving relations between the nuclear armed neighbours.
21. ECIL to supply converters to international science centre : Public sector electronic
manufacturing firm, Electronic Corporation of India Limited (ECIL), has been selected to
supply power converters to the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR), an
international science centre at Darmstadt near Frankfurt in Germany.ECIL signed a
bilateral contract for supply of convertors with Bose Institute, designated nodal agency to
coordinate between various departments involved in the project.Accordingly, ECIL would
be involved in design, development, manufacturing and supply of around 500 ultra stable
power converters that cost around 7.5 million Euros (about Rs. 50 crore) of the total
Indian contribution of around 36 million Euros.
22. Onno Ruhl appointed World Bank country director for India : The World Bank has
appointed Onno Ruhl as the country director for India. He will replace Roberto Zagha, who
retires in October. Ruhl, a Dutch national, was previously the director for operation
services and quality in the South Asia region of the World Bank, the multi-lateral funding
23. Saudi Arabia, India hold talks on defence ties : The first meeting of the India-Saudi
Arabia joint committee on defence cooperation was held on 10th September 2012 at New
Delhi and both sides discussed proposals for exchange of high-level visits, training and
functional exchanges in various areas.
September 2012 announced to an assistance of $10 million to Palestine’s budget for this
year to help address its financial requirements.Prime Minister made this announcement
after signing three bilateral pacts – the areas of information and communication
technology, vocational training and education with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas,
who is at present in New Delhi for his three-day long state visit.
Islamabad Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry(IWCCI)and the Punjab, Haryana
and Delhi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) on 12th September 2012 signed
an MoU to promote trade and investment and improve linkages between business
communities of the two countries.
26. Highest under-5 deaths in India : In the Child Mortality Estimates Report 2012
published by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), India was placed at the top position
in the chart of 10 countries that topped on the chart. The other countries with their names
on the chart are Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, China, Pakistan, Indonesia,
Ethiopia, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
27. Delhi, Mumbai among least expensive cities around world : A report released Friday
by the Swiss bank UBS, covering 72 cities in 58 countries Capital Delhi and financial hub
Mumbai are the least expensive cities and Tokyo is the most expensive city for food in the
has bagged the work of Management Consulting Services for building the Phase- I of
Jakarta Mass Rapid System in Indonesia.This is the first time that Delhi Metro has got a
project outside the country since its inception in 1997.
held their first trilateral meeting in New York on 25th September 2012.The major point of
discussion was on the situation in Afghanistan along with the issue of terrorism.
30. India ranks lower than China in global food security index : India has been ranked
66, much lower than neighbouring China, in the 2012 Global Food Security Index released
by the American chemical company DuPont on 26th September 2012.India is ranked 66 ,
China (ranked 39) , Sri Lanka (ranked 62),Pakistan (ranked 75) and Bangladesh ( ranked
81) in the list of 105 countries.
31. India, Australia signs MoU to strengthen bilateral cooperation : India and Austrlia
has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 1st October 2012 for strengthening
long-term relationship and bilateral Cooperation on Road and Rail Infrastructure.The
agreement was signed between the Minister of Railways and Road Transport and
Highways, Dr. C.P.Joshi and visiting Federal Minister of Transport, Innovation and
Technology of Austrlia, Mrs. Doris Burse in New Delhi.
two “smart cities” in all states with a host of modern features like intelligent transport and
carbon neutral status in each of the states in the second phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru
National Urban Renewal mission.Initially half a million to one million population cities will
be developed as smart cities with the help of Austrian Institute of Technology who is
expertise in this field.
multilateral lending agency, and the government of India 5th October signed a loan
agreement worth $ 500 million for Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) in the
neighbouring China, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in reducing hunger level, says the 2012 Global
Hunger Index (GHI) released by US-based International Food Policy and Research
Institute.India is ranked 65th out of 79 countries in GHI, behind China at 2nd place,
Pakistan at 57 and Sri Lanka at 37.
35. IOC signs MoU with Korea Gas : Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), on 17th October 2012,
entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Korea Gas Corporation (Kogas)
for jointly exploring opportunities in exploration of oil and gas and LNG business.
36. Cabinet clears Rs 8,000cr missile purchase for armed forces : Proposals worth over
Rs 8,000 crore for procuring around 10,000 ‘Invar’ missiles from Russia for the Army’s T-
90 tanks and over 200 air-launched versions of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles for
the IAF were cleared on 18th October 2012 by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS).
agreed to expand cooperation in security and Defence including fight against
terrorism.They also agreed to begin negotiations for an agreement on Civil Nuclear Energy
Cooperation which will precede actual cooperation. Both the countries also signed four
agreements in the field of space science technology and education, cooperation in student
mobility and welfare, skill development and textiles.
Pakistan to sort out issues related to the proposed Indo-Iran gas pipeline, even as it
committed itself to complete its part of 800 km of gas pipeline to India till Irani boundaries
by the end of this year.
New Zealand signed five Memoranda of Understanding in the different fields of education
on 19th October 2012.
40. India, Switzerland to cooperate in Transport sector : India and Switzerland on 19th
October 2012 discussed ways and means for enhancing cooperation in the field of
Transport sector including roads and Railways.
41. India & Pakistan may introduce a common currency called “Papee” : After taking
into consideration the decade long success of Euro, and due to increasing demands of
businessmen of India (and terrorists of Pakistan), both countries’ ruling leaders (i.e.
India’s UPA, and Pakistan’s Military) are thinking about introducing a common currency for
India and Pakistan.The name with the highest votes , is a word derived by adding “pa”
from ‘Pa’kistan and “pee” from Indian Ru’pee’ i.e. “Papee”
one of the best cities in the world to visit in 2013 by travel guide book Lonely Planet
published on 22nd October 2012.The top 10 cities according to Lonely Planet to visit in
2013 are San Francisco, Amsterdam, Hyderabad, Derry/Londonderry, Beijing,
Christchurch, Hobart, Montreal, Addis Ababa and Puerto Iguazu.
43. India, Japan focus on expanding defence cooperation : India and Japan on 22nd
October 2012 discussed ways to expand their security and defence cooperation at a
meeting of their foreign and defence secretaries in Tokyo.
44. ‘Super 30’ ties up with Tokyo University : The ‘Super 30’ programme for training
students of the backward sections for the IIT-JEE tied up on 24th October 2012 with the
University of Tokyo, which will sponsor study of its students in Japan.This agreement is a
follow-up of the Japanese Government Program named Global 30, of engagement with
Super 30 for increasing the flow of Indian Students to Japan.
45. 7th SAFF begins in Goa: The Seventh South Asia Film Festival (SAFF)-2012 held at
Panaji in Goa from.
maritime dispute and South China Sea will be among the issues to be discussed during the
3rd round of India-US-Japan Trilateral dialogue in New Delhi on 29th October 2012. The
meet will also focus on finding areas of cooperation between the three countries.
assistance of four crore and thirty-three lakh Nepali rupees for Palpa District in Western
Nepal on 31st October 2012.
48. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) lift export ban on some milk
products: Amid surplus availability of milk powder in the country, the government is likely
to decide on 1st November 2012 on lifting ban on export of milk products, especially
whole milk powder, dairy whitener and infant milk foods.
49. US included as dialogue partner of Indian Ocean countries:The US was inducted as
a sixth dialogue partner in the 20-nation Indian Ocean Rim-Association for Regional
Cooperation (IOR-ARC) grouping on 3rd November 2012.The ministers of countries which
are members of IOR-ARC decided unanimously to give the US the same status that they
had earlier accorded to the United Kingdom, France, Egypt and Japan.
50. Agreement with World Bank for Assam road project:India has signed a 320-million
dollar loan agreement with the World Bank for road projects in Assam on 5th November
51. Canada to allow civil nuclear trade with India : India and Canada signed an
agreement on 6th November 2012 in New Delhi for bilateral Cooperation in civil nuclear
trade. So, India imports Uranium from canada for civil nuclear reactors.
52. DRDO ties up with York University, Canada : Defence Research and Development
Organisation and York University, Canada signed a memorandum of understanding for
doing collaborative defence research in the areas of advanced materials, nanotechnology,
life sciences, bio-informatics, chemical and biological defence, sensors, and others.
tablet Aakash, Suneet Singh Tuli and Massachusettes Institute of Technology professor
Anant Agarwal named by Forbes magazine among the 15 “classroom revolutionaries” who
are using innovative technologies to reinvent education for students and teachers globally.
grandson Shanti Gandhi elected to a State Assembly in the United States from Kansas’s
52nd Assembly District as a Republican Party candidate during the general elections held
on 6 November 2012.
agreements to cooperate in areas of social welfare, fertilizer, coal mining and youth affairs
on 12th November 2012.
56. Dr Ami Bera is the third Indian-American elected to the US House of
Representatives : An Indian-American physician from California became only the third
person of Indian-origin to be elected to the US House of Representatives by defeating
Republican Dan Lungren with just 184 votes lead.
57. Japan signs pact to import rare earths from India : India and Japan on 16 November
2012 inked a strategic agreement on ”Tokyo to import rare earth minerals from India”.
November 2012 had signed a pact with the Chennai-headquartered Apollo Hospitals to
give discounts to each others’ clients. For example, Apollo Hospitals will give a discount on
its service charges for those who fly the airline, and the airline will give similar discounts to
the hospital’s patients on the airfare.
59. India adds 22 items in the list of border trade with Myanmar : India had notified 22
additional items including agricultural tools, bicycles, coal and garments in the list of items
for border trade with Myanmar.According to a study conducted by Confederation of Indian
Industry (CII), bilateral trade between India and Myanmar is expected to double by 2015
from $1.3 billion, on the back of free trade agreement between New Delhi and ASEAN
countries that voted against a UN General Assembly draft resolution which called for
abolishing the death penalty, saying every nation had the “sovereign right” to determine
its own legal system.
Strategic Economic Dialogue was held in New Delhi on 26 November 2012. In this meeting
China and India discussed several topics including greater cooperation at the global level,
strengthening communication on macroeconomic policies, deepening and expanding trade
and investment and promoting bilateral cooperation in the financial and infrastructure
sectors. The bilateral trade between these two countries enhanced from $74 billion to $100
62. India- Maldives joint military training exercises held at Belgaum : The fourth joint
military training exercises between the Indian Army and the Maldives National Defence
Force (MNDF) – EKUVERIN 2012 – was held in Belgaum from 12 to 25 November 2012.
63. Nitish Kumar, Hazare, Malala Among “The Top 100 Global Thinkers” List : On 2
December According to the United States-based Foreign Policy magazine has released its
list of the “100 Top Global Thinkers” from 2012. The magazine has placed the Indians in
the list include Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who features way below at the 77th
place, Anna Hazare who has been placed at the 37th position for his anti-corruption
crusade in the country. 15-year-old Pakistani child rights activist Malala Yousafzai at 6th
position, Aung San Suu Kyi is ranked first in list.
64. Bangladesh Agreed on Zero Line Fencing along Tripura Border : On 2 December
Bangladesh had agreed to set up barbed wire fencing along zero line in nine stretches on
the Indo-Bangladesh border in Tripura. According to the MHA communique, fencing along
zero line was to be allowed in 9 areas.
arrangement (BSA) with the Bank of Japan to swap their local currencies for an amount of
$15 billion for a three year period on 4 December 2012.The BSA will effect from 5
Global Terrorism Index (GTI) on 4 December 2012, according to this GTI, India, Pakistan
and Afghanistan were among the nations most impacted by terrorism in 2011. In 2011,
the Middle East, India, Pakistan and Russia were the areas most impacted by terrorism.
India’s GTI rank was 4 out of the 159 countries surveyed. While Iraq stood at number1,
Pakistan at number 2, Afghanistan at number 3 and Yemen was number 5.