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8. India Ranked Second in Search Queries for Education on Google :Indian Ranked

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.



9. TB screening for Indians seeking UK visa :From August 16, Indians planning to travel

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.



11. Government extends ban on import of milk, milk products from China :The Food

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

ingredient.

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

in India.



14. Pak hails India’s move to allow FDI : Pakistan 01 August 2012 welcomed India’s

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.



16. No mobile connection for more than 3 months to any foreign tourist: Government

: To check misuse of SIM cards, the government has asked Telecom Service Providers not

to provide mobile connection for more than three months to any foreign tourist visiting

India.According to the fresh guidelines, which have come into effect recently, the

Department of Telecom (DoT) has told the service providers that the proof for issuance of

a mobile connection to any foreigner would be the passport having a valid visa.

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.



18. India, China to resume joint military exercises : India and China announced on 04th

September 2012 they would resume joint military exercises after a four-year gap, a move

designed to build trust in the often prickly relationship between the world’s two most

populous nations.



19. Five Indian firms in Forbes list of world’s most innovative companies : Five Indian

companies including Larsen & Toubro, Hindustan Unilever and Infosys are ranked on

Forbes magazine’s list of “The World’s Most Innovative Companies” topped by four US

companies.Larsen & Toubro got the ninth rank,Hindustan Unilever got the 12th rank,

Infosys got 19th rank,Tata Consultancy Services got 29th rank and Sun Pharmaceutical

Industries got 38th rank.Four US companies- Cloud computing king Salesforce.com, drug

major Alexion Pharmaceuticals, internet retail giant Amazon.com and open source software

leader Red Hat took the top four places.



20. India, Pakistan ink visa agreement : Pakistan and India have announced on 8th

September 2012 that they will ease tough visa restrictions, an important step forward in

improving relations between the nuclear armed neighbours.

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

agency.

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.



24. India pledges $10-million for Palestine : The Prime Minister Manmohan 11th

September 2012 announced to an assistance of $10 million to Palestine’s budget for this

year to help address its financial requirements.Prime Minister made this announcement

after signing three bilateral pacts – the areas of information and communication

technology, vocational training and education with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas,

who is at present in New Delhi for his three-day long state visit.



25. India, Pakistan trade bodies sign Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) : The

Islamabad Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry(IWCCI)and the Punjab, Haryana

and Delhi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) on 12th September 2012 signed

an MoU to promote trade and investment and improve linkages between business

communities of the two 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

world.


28. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation won work in Jakarta Metro Rail Project : Delhi Metro

has bagged the work of Management Consulting Services for building the Phase- I of

Jakarta Mass Rapid System in Indonesia.This is the first time that Delhi Metro has got a

project outside the country since its inception in 1997.



29. Afghanistan, US, India hold first trilateral meeting : India, Afghanistan and the US

held their first trilateral meeting in New York on 25th September 2012.The major point of

discussion was on the situation in Afghanistan along with the issue of terrorism.

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.



32. India, Austrlia tie up to develop ‘smart cities’ : India tie up with Austrlia to develop

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.



33. India gets $500 mn World Bank fund for secondary education : World Bank, the

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

country.


34. India lags behind China, Pak in reducing hunger level :India lags behind

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).



37. India and Australia Sign Four Agreements of Cooperation : India and Australia

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.



38. Iran to complete gas pipeline work by year-end : Iran has said it was for India and

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.



39. India, New Zealand sign five pacts to cooperate in field of education : India and

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”



42. Hyderabad is world’s 3rd best city to visit in 2013 : Hyderabad has been named as

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.



46. India-US-Japan trilateral meet : The US’ ‘pivot-to-Asia’ policy, Iran, China-Japan

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.



47. India to give financial assistance to Nepal’s Palpa District :India is to provide an

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

2012.

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.



53. Indian-origin CEO of Datawind and MIT professor among Forbes’ top 15

education innovators list :Indian-origin CEO of Datawind, the maker of India’s low-cost

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.



54. Mahatma Gandhi Grandson elected to Kansas State Assembly : Mahatma Gandhi

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.



55. India and Afghanistan signed four agreements : India and Afghanistan signed four

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”.



58. Maldivian Airlines inks pact with Apollo Hospitals : Maldivian Airlines on 19

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

region.


60. India votes against UN resolution on death penalty ban : India was among the 39

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.



61. India, China joint economic strategy held at New Delhi : The Second India-China

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

billion.

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.



65. India & Japan Signed Currency Swap Agreement : India signed a bilateral swap

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

December 2012.



66. India is Among Top Five Terror-Hit Nations : The Australian think tank released The

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.




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