Chennai and Kolkata amongst Indian cities in overall global quality of living index,
according to a Mercer 2012 Quality of Living Survey.Bangalore’s overall quality of living
rank went up from 141 in 2011 to 139 in 2012 and is highest amongst other Indian cities.
tied for the first place in watchdog Transparency International’s 2012 index of the least
corrupt countries. India is on 94th position in the Corruption Perceptions Index. Most
corrupted nations are Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia in 174th positions.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has extended exemptions to India, China ,South Korea,
Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Taiwan from Iranian Sanctions
Act mainly because of their significant reduction in oil import from Iran.The 9 countries
have again qualified for an exception to sanctions outlined in Section 1245 of the National
Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2012, based on additional reductions in
the volume of their crude oil purchases from Iran.This is for the second time that countries
including India has received waiver from US under the Iranian sanctions act.
Indian projects have placed in the new york’s Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum “Top
100 Strategic Global Infrastructure Projects “ list. GIFT city (Gujarat International Financial
Tech city), Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail project (Maharashtra) and the Hyderabad
Metro Rail (HMR) project (Andhra Pradesh).
71. India, Ukraine Signed on Five Agreements : India and Ukraine on 10 December 2012
signed on five agreements in New Delhi to enhance cooperation including in areas of
defence, Nuclear, Science and Technology and also to remove barriers in trade and
2011 Britain population census record Indians are the largest ethnic minority group in the
UK.With 1.5 percent of the Hindu religion became a third-largest religion in the nation’s.
The Christian population in the country is also a drop in the statistics.. The Muslim
community population in the country’s fastest growing increased by 3 percent to 4.8.
73. India& Pak Signed on New Visa Agreement : The new Visa Agreement between India
and Pakistan on 14th December, 2012 at New Delhi. However, the Visa-on-Arrival will
come into effect from 15th January, 2013. Shri Sushilkumar Shinde, Home Minister of
India and Mr. A. Rehman Malik, Pakistan Interior Minister singed on the agreement.
International Telecommunications Communication Union (ITU) to be designed and released
Information Society 2012 – Observe report on 11 December. According to the report
number of cell phone connections exceeding the world’s population by 2014. Now 6 billion
(hundreds of millions) cell phone connections they will reach 730 Millions by 2014 .Then
the world’s population is 700 crore.Already in Russia 1.8 times cell phone accounts more
than 25 million people.
75. Indians now Live Longer but in Poor Health in Old Age : According to the the
prestigious British medical journal, ‘The Lancet ‘ report the life expectancy (LE) at birth of
an average Indian male has gone up by 15 years between 1970 and 2010. An average
Chinese male is living 10 years longer than an Indian male, while a Chinese woman is
living 11.5 years longer than her Indian counterpart. An average American lives nearly 13
years longer than an Indian.
the country most affected by malaria in the South East Asian Region, is projected to see a
decrease of 50-75 per cent in malaria case incidence by 2015.In South East Asia Region,
Bhutan, Korea, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand have registered decreases of 75 per cent or
more in the incidence of microscopically confirmed malaria incidence rates between 2000
report Hinduism is the third largest religion of the world after Christianity , Islam and 97
per cent of all Hindus live in the world’s three Hindu-majority countries (India, Mauritius
and Nepal), and nearly nine-in-ten Christians (87 per cent) are found in the world’s 157
Christian majority countries.In the total world population 2.2 billion Christians (32 per cent
of the world’s population), 1.6 billion Muslims (23 per cent) around the world as of 2010.
defence deals worth around Rs. 22,000 crore ($4 billion) on 24 December. According to
this pact Russia will sell India 71 military helicopters for $1.3 billion and technological kits
to assemble 42 Sukhoi jet fighters for $1.6 billion.
exchanged their nuclear units’ lists , as it is customary since 20 years. The list which
contains the names of nuclear units of two countries, are exchanged between India and
Pakistan as a custom and part of an agreement which prevents them from aiming the
nuclear installations of each others’ nations.
80. Thousands of illegal Indian Migrants in UK : According to a 2012 UK Home Office
report, India has been named along with Pakistan, China, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh,
Afghanistan, Vietnam, Brazil and Iran as the main sources of illegal immigration to
Britain.What the report does not mention is how many of the 863,000 illegal migrants that
it says are living in the UK are students. This is a contentious area because critics of the
coalition government claim it is counting students among overall immigrants.
Forum (WEF) report , India ranks lowest among the world’s major economies for its
preparedness to tackle global environmental risks and second-lowest for economic
risks.Switzerland is best placed among the world’s 10 major economies for adapting to or
recovering from global economic and environmental risks.While India is ranked 9th in
terms of its ability to tackle global economic risks, it comes last at 10th position for
environmental risks.However, India fared relatively better at 6th position in terms of the
government’s risk management effectiveness.The US and China were ranked fourth and
82. Indians Top the List of Working in Dream Jobs : According to survey conducted by
networking website LinkedIn,Indians have emerged at the top of the list of people working
in their dream job.The dream job league table:1. India – 44 percent 2. Indonesia – 42
percent 3. United Arab Emirates – 35.7 percent 4. Germany – 33 percent 5. Brazil – 32
percent 6. Austria – 31 percent 7. Switzerland – 30 percent 8. USA – 29 percent 9. France,
Canada, Sweden, South Africa – 28 percent 13. Singapore, Hong Kong – 27 percent 15.
Australia – 26 percent 16. New Zealand – 25 percent 17. UK – 21 percent
83. India – Vietnam Signed on Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises : On 15 January
India and Vietnam signed an MoU aimed at building capacity for developing institutional
framework and identifying thrust areas and opportunities for micro, small and medium
enterprises in this country.The MoU was signed here between the Ministry of Planning and
Investments of Vietnam and Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) of
India and Sri Lanka signed two separate agreements on combating international terrorism
and avoidance of double taxation, eyeing elevation of “robust” bilateral ties to building of
a special economic partnership.The two key accords were signed after the 8th India-Sri
Lanka Joint Commission meeting held at New Delhi , both countries discussed enhanced
cooperation in a range of areas including civil nuclear energy.At the meeting, the Indian
side was led by External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid while the Lankans were led by
his counterpart G.L. Peiris.During the meet, both the parties also decided setting up of the
Special Economic Zone at Trincomali and a textile and pharmaceutical cluster in Sri Lanka.
85. International Tea Producers Forum formed : On 22 January India, along with five
other tea producing countries, has formed the International Tea Producers Forum (ITPF) at
Colombo.Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry D Purandesari signed the
joint communique on behalf of India along with representatives of Kenya, Sri Lanka,
Indonesia, Rwanda and Malawi in Colombo.The ITPF will initially be an independent body
but in future may get affiliated to Food & Agriculture Organisation of United Nations.
Bangladesh and India signed an extradition treaty and struck a deal to relax business visa
restrictions between the neighbouring countries. However, refusal provisions were
incorporated into the extradition treaty.Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde signed the
agreement with his Bangladeshi counterpart Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir at the end of their
Without Borders India has dropped nine places to the 140th rank in the list of 179
countries in the latest World Press Freedom Index.China (173rd, +1) shows no sign of
improving. Its prisons still hold many journalists and netizens, while increasingly unpopular
Internet censorship continues to be a major obstacle to access information.As last year,
the list is topped by three European countries – Finland, Netherlands and
Norway.Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea continue to be at the bottom of the list as
has been in the last three years
Centre on Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), which has links with Pakistan-based
terrorist outfits including Lashkar-e-Taiba and its front, Indian Mujahideen. The Home
Ministry on February 3 extended the ban on SIMI by two more years.
mobile phone user with over 900 million users in the world said Union Health Minister
Ghulam Nabi Azad in London on 03 August 2012. Telecom Regulatory Authority of India
(TRAI) announced that the mobile users in India are increased to 93.4 crore.
as the 14th Vice President of India.He received 490 votes in his favour.His rival,
BJP nominee Jaswant Singh polled 238 voted.He became the only person after
Dr.Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan to get a second term.
Committee on Commerce (PSCC) headed by BJP Rajya Sabha member Shanta Kumar has
recommended declaration of tea as a ‘national drink‘.Stating this at Palampur on Friday,
Kumar said the 102nd report of the Committee on the Tea Industry had placed in both
houses of the Parliament that 96 percent to 99 percent people in both Urban and Rural
areas of the country consume tea and as such it has already acquired the status of a
5. NRHM to be expanded to towns also : The government will expand the scope of the
NRHM(National Rural Health Mission) to all towns and cities, by converting it into a
National Health Mission(NHM).
6. Mobile base Station radiation limit will be cut from September 1 : The Union
government has told parliament that exposure limit of radio frequency fields(base station
emissions) will be brought down to one-tenth of the existing level from 1st September
2012,because they receive petitions in High Courts and Supreme Court on fears of health
hazards like cancer from mobile tower radiations.RF signals produced by base stations are
caused for short and long term health effects.
28th August 2012 approved a proposal for amending the Child Labour (Prohibition and
Regulation) Act, 1986, to ban employment of children aged up to 14 in any form of
industry. It will be an offence to employ such children not only in factories or industries but
also in homes or on farms, if their labour is meant to serve any commercial interest.
8. Supreme court upholds death sentence for Kasab : The Supreme court has upheld
the death sentence for pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab in the 26/11/2008 Mumbai terror
9. 2% Reservation to Sports Persons : Youth Services and Sports – Sports Policy -
Incentives to Sports Persons – Extension of Sports Reservation to Two (2%) to meritorious
sports persons in direct recruitment in Government Departments / Undertaking / Grant –
in – Aid Institutions at all levels – Instructions and Guidelines – Notification Orders Issued.
planning to soon offer its investor website in as many as 13 Indian languages, besides the
existing one in English, to spread awareness among investors and to help resolve their
lifts ban on iron ore mining in Karnataka on 3rd September 2012, on the basis of the
recommendations of the Central Empowered Committee (CEC). CEC divides the leases of
iron ore mines in three categories A,B,C.marginal irregularities and no irregularities of
leases come under A category, most irregularities in leases come under C
category,moderate irregularities come under B category.The Supreme Court has lifted the
banwould only be effective in 18 category A mines, subject to their compliance with
statutory clearances.The ban will continued on the remaining leases.
3rd September 2012 They are 1.Sexual harassment may mean loss of business
licence:Non-compliance with the provisions of the law will be punishable with a fine of up
to Rs 50,000. Repeated violations may lead to higher penalties and cancellation of licence
or registration to do business.2.National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) expansion bill
rock Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir on 4th September 2012 afternoon. However, it
was not felt in the Kashmir valley.Its epicentre was in Southern Xinjiang China, located at
a distance of 327 km from Leh.
Ministers(EGoM) on drought headed by Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar decided to
increase the number of guaranteed work days under Mahatama Gandhi National Rural
Employment Guarantee (MGNREGA) to 150 days and cut interest rates on crop loans to 7
percent for one year for the farmers in drought-affected states.
15. Women and Child Development Ministry launched a Web Portal named Track
Child : The Union Women and Child Development Ministry on 18 September 2012 decided
to launch a web portal named Track Child, which will serve as a central database of all
those children who have gone missing in different parts of the country. The portal will act
as a coordination mechanism between child homes, police departments and state
16. Govt launches Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme : The Finance Minister P
Chidambaram on 21st September 2012 cut withholding tax on overseas borrowings to 5
percent from 20 percent and approved the Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme
(RGESS).While the RGESS is aimed at encouraging first time retail investors to invest in
stock markets through tax concessions, the cut in withholding tax to 5 percent seeks to
lower the cost of foreign borrowings by the Indian companies.The RGESS will give tax
benefits to new investors who invest up to Rs 50,000 and whose annual income is below
Rs 10 lakh.
Highways C P Joshi has been assigned the additional charge of the Ministry of Railways in
place of Mr Mukul Roy, who was among the six Ministers who resigned from the United
Progressive Alliance (UPA) government 22nd September 2012.
Election Commission of India (ECI) on 26th September 2012 issued an order banning the
use of animals and birds by political parties during campaigns. People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals (PETA) India said that following repeated requests by animal activist,
the Election Commission asked political parties and candidates to refrain from using
animals for their campaigns.
Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) has urged the Union ministry of commerce
and industry to ban bauxite exports fearing closure of alumina refineries for shortage of
the key raw material required to produce alumina.
The Supreme Court on 3rd October 2012 directed all schools across the country to provide
basic infrastructure facilities like drinking water and toilets to school children within six
months and failure to implement will be viewed seriously. The order was passed on a
petition filed by an NGO Environmental and Consumer Protection Foundation.
21. Kejriwal forms political party, promises to change the system : Social activist
Arvind Kejriwal added a new dimension to his movement against corruption as he formally
launched his political party and said it belonged to the people of the nation. :
22. Ministry of Rural Development Launched Nirmal Bharat Yatra : Ministry of rural
development on 3 October 2012 started a campaign named Nirmal Bharat Yatra which
focuses on making the country free from open defecation.The yatra will begin from Wardha
District of Maharashtra from 3 october 2012 and will go through Indore, Kota, Gwalior, and
Gorakhpur and end up in Bettiah district of Bihar on November 17, covering about 2000
km of distance.
October 2012 directed all states and Union Territories to conduct fresh surveys to identify
bonded labour problems in the country and regretted that a large number of children
continue to work as domestic help even after the enactment of the Right to Education Act.
enabled system for direct cash transfer to beneficiaries under social schemes such as
MNREGA and pension will be launched on 19th October 2012 by PM Manmohan Singh at
by three points from 47 to 44 deaths per 1,000 live births during 2011.
has signed a tripartite agreement with 16 states and union territories and a special
purpose vehicle Bharat Broadband Network Ltd (BBNL) has been launched to expedite the
mission of connecting every gram panchayat with broadband network.
M. Veeerappa Moily Petroleum & Natural Gas
S. Jaipal Reddy Science & Technology and Earth Science
Kamal Nath Urban Development & Parliamentary Affairs
Vayalar Ravi Overseas Indian Affairs
Kapil Sibal Communications & Information Technology
C.P. Joshi Road Transport & Highways
Kumar Selja Social Justice & Empowerment
Pawan Kumar Bansal Railways
Salman Khursheed External Affairs
Jairam Ramesh Rural Development
K. Rahman Khan Minority Affairs
Dinsha J. Patel Mines
Ajay Maken Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation
M.M. Pallam Raju Human Resource Development
Ashwani Kumar Law & Justice
Harish Rawat Water Resources
Chandresh Kumar Katoch Culture
Jyotiraditya Madharao Scindia Power
K.H. Muniappa Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises
Sachin Pilot Corporate Affairs
Jitendra Singh Youth Affairs & Sports
Manish Tewari Information & Broadcasting
K. Chiranjeevi Tourism
Ministers of State Portfolio
E. Ahamed External Affairs
D. Purandeswari Commerce & Industry
Jitin Prasada Defence & Human Resource Development
S. Jagathrakshakan New & Renewable Energy
R.P.N. Singh Home
K.C. Venugopal Civil Aviation
Rajeev Shukla Parliamentary Affairs & Planning
Shashi Tharoor Human Resource Development
Kodikunni Suresh Labour & Employment
Tariq Anwar Agriculture & Food Processing Industries
K.J. Surya Prakash Reddy Railways
Ranee Narah Tribal Affairs
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury Railways
A.H. Khan Choudhury Health & Family Welfare
Sarvey Sathyanarayana Road Transport & Highways
Ninong Ering Minority Affairs
Deepa Dasmunsi Urban Development
Porika Balram Naik Social Justice & Empowerment
Kruparani Killi Communication & Inforamtion Technology
Lalchand Kataria Defence