S.M. Krishna External Affairs
Ambika Soni Information and Broadcasting
Mukul Wasnik Tourism
Mahadev Khandela Minister of State Justice and Empowerment
27. President Pranab Mukherjee released a commemorative postage stamp on late
Ramgopal Maheshwari : President Pranab Mukherjee released a commemorative
postage stamp on late Ramgopal Maheshwari on 20 November 2012.
his newly launched party as “Aam Admi Party” on 24 November 2012 in New Delhi.
Bangalore was rated among top polluted megacities in the world, claims a new study,
using data collected by NASA’s high-tech satellites.Scientists at Tel Aviv University tracked
pollution trends for 189 megacities, including Mumbai, New York City and Tokyo, by
analysing eight years’ worth of data from three of NASA’s high-tech aerosol monitoring
Law (Amendment) Bill, replacing the word ‘rape’ by the phrase ‘sexual assault’ and seeking
to widen the scope of the offence passed by Lok Sabha on 4 December. Both men and
women could soon be able to invoke the provisions of a criminal law in case of sexual
assault .The amendment bill expands the definition so that cases of sexual assault where
victims were male would fall under the same law along with cases where victims were
31. Cabinet Approved Naval Base Phase II of Project “Seabird “ : On 7 December The
Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) cleared a Rs 13,500 crore major expansion plan of
the strategic Karwar naval base Phase II Alpha of the project “Seabird “in Karnataka is set
to become the country’s biggest Naval base by 2025. The Karwar naval base is India’s
third major naval base after Mumbai and Visakhapatnam on the east coast.
32. Over 7 Crore Unemployed Youth in India : According to the National Sample Survey
Office (NSSO) report an approximate 7 crore youth people in India are either unemployed
or under-employed. The figures were revealed by Labour and Employment Minister
Mallikarjun Kharge in Rajya Sabha.”As per results of the latest survey conducted by NSSO
during 2009-10, the number of unemployed or under-employed persons on usual status
basis in the country was 95 lakhs and about six crore respectively.
for quota for SCs and STs in government job promotions was on December 17 passed by
34. Unlawful Activities Amendment Bill Passed by Rajya Sabha : On 20 December
Parliament passed a bill that makes economic offences, including circulation of high
quality counterfeit currency, a terrorist act.The Rajya Sabha passed Unlawful Activities
(Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2012 by voice vote while several parties. The bill was
already passed by Lok Sabha.
35. LokSabha Approved Company Bill 2011 : On 18 December Lok Sabha passed the
Companies Bill 2011 paving the way for a new modern company law.The Bill is aimed at
improving corporate governance. It contains provisions to strengthen regulations for
corporate as well as auditing firms.
been passed in the Lok Sabha on 20 December .The amendments pave the way for the
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to issue new bank licences, and also opens door for more
foreign investment into the sector.
physiotherapy intern student Nirbhaya beaten and gang raped in Delhi on 16 December
and died on 29 December while undergoing emergency treatment in Singapore for brain
and gastrointestinal damage from the assault.The government has formed a committee of
enquiry under justice Usha Mehra to reconstruct the events leading to the incident identify
lapses by police and other agencies and fix responsibility for the crime.
Pvt. Ltd had launched 14 Microsoft Innovation Centres (MICs) in India. It has signed
agreements with leading academic institutions across four States.As part of the global
programme, which currently has 75 MICs, Microsoft aims to launch a 100 such centres in
India in the next two years.
39. Govt Launched Direct Cash Transfer Scheme in 20 Districts : On 1 January 2013
The government launched its scaled down Cash Transfer Benefit (CBT) in 20 districts,but
food, fertiliser and fuel subsidies will not be covered in the initial phase. All 26 schemes are
ready for rollout. On 1 January 2013 the seven schemes in which payout is due in the (20
selected) districts, the money will be transferred through the direct benefit transfer system
using the UIDAI platform.The scheme is going to be rolled out in 43 districts by 1 March
2013, 20 districts from January 1, 11 districts from February 1 and 12 districts from March
1. By end of 2013, the direct cash benefit transfer will be rolled out in all the districts of
40. PA Sangma launched National People’s Party : PA Sangma, who broke away with
the NCP in 2012 to contest the presidential elections, though unsuccessfully, on 05
January 2013 launched National People’s Party (NPP), and chosen a book as its symbol.
Sangma has chosen to align his party with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
Shri Pranab Mukherjee released the Commemorative Postage Stamps, at the
Commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, in New Delhi .
42. Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2012 : On 17 January According to the
Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2012 report has found that learning levels have
dipped to an all-time low. So, almost half the 6-7 year-olds (Class I) in India cannot read
even one letter in any language, over 57% cannot read any English while almost 40%
cannot recognize numbers between 1 and 9.The 12.8% children between Class I and V
could not read a single letter while 10.7% could not recognize numbers 1 to 9. The
number of children in Class V who could read Class II text fell from 53.7% in 2010 to
46.8% in 2012. In 2010, seven out of 10 children could solve a two-digit subtraction
problem with borrowing. This has come down to five out of 10 in 2012.
1. Orissa is the first state to provide e-payment : facility for government employees
Orissa became the First Indian state to provide epayment facility for government
employees from 1 August 2012.Now, the government employees in the state will receive
their salaries and pensions
through the online Portal of Reserve Bank of India.Employees received their salaries and
pensions directly to their bank account.
Gujarat, Keshubhai Patel launched Gujarat Parivartan (GPP) Party on 6 August 2012.
Keshubhai Patel and the former union textile minister Kanshiram Rana resigned from
Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) on 4 August 2012. This Party would contest all the 182 seats in
Gujarat assembly elections which will be held by the end of 2012.
3. Himachal Bagged top slot in Environment Index :Environment Performance
Index(EPI)-2012 compiled on July Month.According to the Survey Report conducted across
all 28 states and 7 Union territories, the EPI is an Indication of the “ Environmental wellbeing
of a state”. Himachal
bagged first and Andhra Pradesh bagged Second. The rankings, the report added, have
been decided based on five broad parameters: air pollution, forests, water quality, waste
management and climate change.
4. MJP merges with Keshubhai party : The anti-Narendra Modi factions in the Bharatiya
Janata Party(BJP)in Gujarat under one umbrella, the Mahagujarat Janata Party(MJP),
formed five years ago, was on 8 August 2012 merged with the Gujarat Parivartan
Party(GPP) formed by the former Chief Minister and Mr. Modi’s arch rival Keshubhai Patel.
and distribution of the genetically modified Bt cotton seeds of Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds
Company (Mahyco), a partner of US multinational Monsanto, in the state with immediate
effect for supplying inferior quality seeds. “The government has banned the Mahyco
company with immediate effect,”
agriculture commissioner Umakant Dangat told IANS(Indo-Asia News Service) 9 August
when asked about the canceling of the company’s license.
government will impose a complete banon food articles containing nicotine and tobacco
from 2012 August 15.
7. House Sparrow declared “State Bird of Delhi” : The good old house sparrow, which is
becoming rarer by the day, has been declared “State Bird of Delhi” by Chief Minister Sheila
Dikshit as part of a new campaign to save the species and enhance awareness about their
life and habitat.High court imposed a fine of Rs.5000 rupees to State Government for the
appointment of DGP
8. The State Government challenged the Central : Administrative Tribunal(CAT) order in
the High Court. Ironically for the State, the High Court imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on the
government, while declaring the appointment of Dinesh Reddy in the post of DGP as
Drug Controller General of India Maharastra has recorded the maximum deaths number of
deaths due to serious adverse events (SAEs) during drug trials, while Madhya Pradesh saw
the least number of such deaths.During the 49 months period (January 2008 to January
2012) , the country had recorded the 2,061 drug trial related deaths. while maharastra
recorded maximum number of deaths 268 deaths to stand first among top five states.It is
followed by Andhra Pradesh (153), Delhi/National Capital Region (97), Gujarat (87) and
Karnataka (78). The number of deaths in Maharashtra was over 10 times that of Madhya
Pradesh, which is the lowest among the top 10 States. :
10. Delhi launched the Kerosene-free Delhi scheme : Delhi Government set to launch an
ambitious scheme(Kerosene-free Delhi scheme ) on 21st August 2012 under which 3.56
lakh households will get LPG cylinder and a gas stove free of cost.
11. Punjab Approves Rs.93crore Milk Production Scheme : The Punjab Government has
started a special programme to increase the milk production in the state by spending
Rs.93crore during 2012-13. This was announced by Dairy Development Minister Gulzar
Singh Ranike. Punjab government has bought 3 lakh doses of foreign semen from America
and Canada for improvement of cow breeds in the state.
12. Uttarakhand Cabinet increases age limit for jobs : Uttarakhand Cabinet the maximum
age limit for government jobs had been increased from 35 to 40 years for general category
candidates from 21 August 2012 onwords.Candidates belonging to other categories would
also get the benefit of the decision accordingly.
value of investments from foreign direct investment (FDI) proposals filed in 2011-12,
followed by Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.Odisha garnered 27 per cent of the total
investments (worth about Rs 49,527 crore), though barely 17 FDI proposals were filed
for the State. Andhra Pradesh ranked second with a share of about 19 per cent through
about 70 proposals, attracting investment worth about Rs 33,936 crore.Gujarat, which
received 131 FDI proposals, ranked third with a share of over 11 per cent attracting
proposed investment worth Rs 20,258 crore.
launched a scheme aimed at making the young non-resident Indians(NRIs) familiar, with
the culture and traditions of the state under the ‘ Jaane Apna Rajasthan’(Know your
Rjasthan)scheme announced by the chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. According to this scheme
the NRIs who visit Rajasthan will be taken around” historical places, tourist
attractions,sanctuaries,famous educational institutions, ancestral villages and major
Industrial projects” will be shown to them . :
15. HC(High Court) fixes quota in local bodies at 50 percent : The AP High Court on 04
September 2012 ruled that the combined reservations for Backward Classes, Scheduled
Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the Panchayat Raj local bodies should not exceed the
upper ceiling of 50 per cent.The court directed the state to cut the quota for BCs and bring
the cumulative figure down to 50 per cent. :
16. Bill for special status for six districts in Hyderabad-Karnataka region introduced :
In the Lok Sabha on 7th September 2012 ,Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde introduced
a Bill to amend the Constitution and thus provide a special status to the Hyderabad-
Karnataka region , under a new Article 371(J).Once it is approved by Parliament the
Hyderabad-Karnataka region covering six backwards districts – Bidar, Gulbarga, Koppal,
Yadgir, Raichur and Bellary – will get more central funds for development and will be on
par with the Telananga region of Andhra Pradesh. Besides, there will be reservation in jobs
and education for the locals. :
government on a petition challenging the constitutional validity of the 69 per cent
reservation by the state government in employment and educational institutions. The
petition, filed by students, challenged the government’s decision to exceed the 50 per cent
limit in reservation mandated by the Mandal Commission judgement.The ten student
petitioners from Tamil Nadu had approached the Court after failing to secure admission to
the Medical College despite having secured 198/200.
18. Punjab government amends Canal and Drainage Act : The offence of “theft of canal
water” can now attract both fine and 6 months imprisonment after an amendment in the
law relating to canals and drainage.Punjab Irrigation Minister, Janmeja Singh Sekhon
informed that the Punjab government has amended section 70 of the Act for this. :
Commission (NHRC) has sought a reply from the Maharashtra government over seven
farm suicides that took place last week within a span of 72 hours in the state’s Vidarbha
region.A total of 528 farmers have committed suicide in the Vidarbha region between Jan 1
and Sep 2 this year.
20. Ban on gutka in Delhi comes into effect : A blanket ban on manufacturing, sale,
storage and display of all gutka products in the national capital came into effect from 13th
September 2012. States like Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Kerala, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and
Bihar have already announced ban on gutka products. A similar comprehensive ban came
into effect in Gujarat from 12th September 2012.
21. Haryana government institute awards for women : Haryana government has
instituted four state-level awards to felicitate women who have done outstanding work in
different fields. These are 1.Indira Gandhi Mahila Shakti Award(given to those engaged in
promoting self help groups or women empowerment initiatives, established their own
business or industry and have contributed to development of women besides
entrepreneurship and done exemplary work in public service.) 2.Kalpna Chawla Shaurya
Award(who perform acts of bravery and meritorious services) 3.Bahin Shano Devi
Panchayti Raj Award(exemplary work in promoting female literacy, health and nutrition,
universalisation of education, sanitation, water, hygiene and other health determinants)
and 4.Life time Achievers Award( given to woman of 60 years of age or above, who has
excelled in administrative skills, career or profession, leadership quality, courage and
creative work) and Women Outstanding Achievers Award(women who have done
commendable work in their respective fields)
22. Door-to-door cancer campaign in Punjab : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal
sanctioned the “biggest ever” door-to-door campaign for a symptoms-based early
detection and awareness about cancer.At least 50,000 personnel and volunteers would
visit 54 lakh households in 12,603 villages and 217 census towns, for the exercise that
begins in Faridkot district on October 2.
23. In Goa Housewives with family income less than Rs 3 lakh to get Rs 1000 to fight
inflation : Housewives in Goa just got a breather from rising inflation, the Bharatiya
Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition government on 2nd October 2012 launched a scheme to
provide an allowance of Rs 1,000 a month to housewives in households whose annual
incomes are less than Rs 3 lakh.
Election Commission on 3rd October 2012 announced dates for Gujarat and Himachal
Pradesh Assembly elections. While Gujarat will have elections in two phases – December
13 and 17, Himachal Pradesh will vote on November 4. The counting for both the assembly
elections will take place on December 20.
25. UP government announces ban on gutka industry from April 2013 : On 3rd October
2012 Uttar Pradesh government decided to impose a ban on gutka industry in the state
with effect from April 2013.
26. Supreme Court bans mining activities in Goa : In Goa, the Supreme Court imposed a
complete ban on the mining activities as well as transportation of iron and manganese ore
on 5th October 2012.
27. Arvind Kejriwal launches ‘bijli-paani satyagraha’ in Delhi : Activist Arvind Kejriwal
on 6th Octomber 2012 launched a ‘bijli-paani satyagraha’ in Delhi to protest against
“inflated” power and water bills and hike in tariffs by restoring electricity connection to the
household of a labourer which was disconnected for non-payment of bills.
stopped the BJP government in Himachal Pradesh from distributing free PDS bags carrying
photographs of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
29. Maharashtra tribals demand ban on alcohol : Tribal women from Maharashtra’s
Chandrapur have sent 80,000 postcards to Chief Miniter Prithviraj Chavan asking to make
the district liquor-free.
30. UPRVUNL, NLC to set up thermal plant at Ghatampur : The UP Rajya Vidyut Utpadan
Nigam Ltd (UPRVUNL) and the central government PSU Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd
(NLCL) signed a joint venture agreement (JVA) to set up a 2,000 MW thermal power plant
at Ghatampur (Kanpur) on 7th October 2012 .
Cauvery River Authority was ruled out by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 8
October 2012. The Prime Minister ordered Karnataka to release 9000 cusecs of water to
Tamil Nadu every day, till 20 October 2012.
division of Northern Railway authorities have completed the installation of 400 CCTVs at
10 stations with Rs. 20 crore to ensure better security and mobility at its stations.Only in
the New Delhi Railway station they installed more than 100 CCTV cameras as part of an
integrated security system (ISS).
33. President’s son Abhijit Mukherjee wins Jangipur Lok Sabha by-poll : Abhijit
Mukherjee, son of President Pranab Mukherjee and Congress candidate, on 13th October
2012 won the Jangipur Lok Sabha by-election by 2,536 votes defeating the CPI-M rival
Muzaffar Hussain. :
Union Power Minister Veerapa Moily on 17 October 2012 announced the implementation of
Islanding Scheme for Delhi by January 2013 to protect it from massive disruptions caused
due to grid failures in power supply. The scheme of Delhi is different to that of the existing
ones in cities like Mumbai and Kolkata because the transmission lines of different states is
routed through Delhi.
has announced on 20th October 2012 that it will give Rs.11,000 to each newly wedding
couple at a mass marriage.
36. Uttarakhand Named best Performing States in terms of Environmental standards
: The state of Uttarakhand on 29 October 2012 tops the Environmental Performance Index
(EPI) list of being best-performing States and Union territories in terms of environmental
well-being released by Planning Commission.
37. 50% reservation for women in Assam Panchayat Elections : The Assam State
Election Commission has announced 50 per cent reservation of seats for women in the
forthcoming panchayat polls as stated by State Election Commissioner Biren Dutta on 9th
Minister of State for Defence Jitendra Kumar inaugurated a chain of static sensors
positioned along the coast of Andhra Pradesh at a programme organised at the Coast
Guard district headquarters Visakhapatnam on 23 November 2012.This will improve
surveillance along coast.