Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi (Japan)
round to clinch the Chennai Super Kings International Grandmaster chess tournament that
concluded at the Nehru Stadium in Chennai on 23 January 2013.Lalith Babu won
Rs.200,000 and the trophy after becoming the first Indian player to claim the Chennai
4. Australian Open Tennis Tournament – 2013 Winners : Womens Single’s :- Victoria
Azarenka of Belarus won the Women’s Singles title of the Australian Open Tennis
tournament after defeated Li Na of China in the final at Melbourne on 26 January .
Men’s Singles:- Novak Djokovic (Serbia) has won the men’s singles title after defeating Andy
Murray (Britain) in four sets. This is Djokovic’s fourth Australian Open and over all six Grand Slam
Women’s Doubles:- Top seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci won the title, defeating wild cards
Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua in the final.
Americans Mike and Bob Bryan won their record 13th Grand Slam doubles title, defeating the
Dutch team of Robin Haase and Igor Sijsling .
5. Magnus Carlsen Won Tata Steel Chess Championship : Magnus Carlsen won Tata
Steel 2013 Chess tournament title in the final at Netherlands on 27 January .In the final
round tournament, he scored 10 points , winning clear first ahead of second-place finisher
Aronian (Armenia).World champion Viswanathan Anand at third position.
Trophy title against Saurashtra by an inning and 125 runs in the final at Wankhede at
Mumbai .Wasim Jaffar was declared Man of the Match. Ajit Agarkar was the captain of the
China crossed a million mark for the first in the Communist nation, putting it in the elite
club of the wealthy nations like US and Japan. The elite millionaires group includes 63,500
billionaires, according to Hurun Report, a Chinese event and publishing group which
compiled the China’s list of the rich.The number of Chinese
worth more than 10 million yuan (USD 1.6 million) broke the million mark in 2011 for the
first time, with 1.02 million people now in this elite group. Of these million-plus wealthy
individuals, 84 per cent are concentrated in the eastern, northern and southern regions of
China, with Beijing home to the greatest number, at 1.79 lakh millionaires.
2. Crisil Research cuts 2012-13 GDP growth forecast to 5.5% : Crisil Research has cut
India’s real GDP growth forecast for 2012-13 from 6.5 per cent to 5.5 per cent. This
downward revision in GDP is due to deficient monsoon and worsening of the Euro Zone
(CIBIL) is planning to introduce a risk index that will help the country’s banks take quicker
decisions on extending loans to corporates and business houses. The index follows the
credit information firm’s TransUnion score for individual borrowers being used by financial
institutions and banks to take decisions in respect
of credit cards and home loans. “Any individual with over 750 score can be considered as
4. P.M.’s Economic Panel Lowers the Indian : Growth Estimate to 6.7% for 2012-13
Prime Minister’s economic advisory panel on 17 August 2012 pegged GDP growth for the
current financial year to 6.7 percent. This is mainly due to poor Monsoon which will pull
down the agriculture
growth rate to 0.5 percent from 2.8 percent last year. “Economy will grow at 6.7 percent
in 2012- 13, Prime Minister’s economic Advisory council (PMEAC) chairman C.Rangarajan
said that while releasing “Economic outlook for 2012-13”. He asked the government to
open multi – brand retail to foreign investment and raise diesel prices in one (or) more
steps to contain the subsidy bill. India has registered 6.5% growth in the fiscal year 2011-
12. Which was the lowest in the past nine years.
Rs.49,325 crore has been detected in the country in the last three years while tax evasion
of Rs.600 crore found on input from abroad under multi-prolonged efforts to heck black
money menance. this information has been contained in a 13 page fact-sheet released by
the Finance Ministry.The fact-sheet say the Central Board of Direct Taxes(CBDT) has
detected undisclosed income of over Rs.32,000 crore besides seizing assets valued at over
Rs 2,600 crores. 17,325 crore income detected in survey. Government also disclosed that
under Double Avoidance agreement(DTAA), investigation of information from German and
France has led to detection of tax evasion of Rs.600 crore and realization of Rs.200 crore
Finance Minister P.Chidambaram approved the raise of FDI in Insurance and Pension
sector up to 49%. Earlier the limit of FDI was up to 26%. This Proposal of 49% raise of
FDI was made during the tenure of Pranab mukherjee. It was delayed because of
resistance from the cronies.
7. ISC directs Sahara Group to refund Rs 17,400 crore to investors : In a major
setback to the Sahara Group, the Supreme Court on 31st August 2012 directed two of its
companies to refund around Rs 17,400 crore to their investors within three months with 15
percent interest.A bench of justices K S Radhakrishnan and J S Khehar directed SEBI to
take action against the companies, Sahara India Real Estate Corporation
and Sahara Housing Investment Corporation, if they fail to refund the money.
establish a joint working group to address all trade-related issues, including the widening
trade balance between the countries. The decision was taken at a meeting between trade
minister Anand Sharma and his
Chinese counterpart Chen Deming in New Delhi on 27th August 2012.Trade between the
countries was $75.4 billion in 2011-12, against $59 billion in 2010- 11. In 2011-12,
exports to China stood at $17.9 billion while imports from there stood at $57.5 billion,
resulting in a trade deficit of $39.6 billion.
survey indicated that the GDP growth during 2012-13 is expected to remain below 6
10. Planning Commission for cut in 12th Plan annual GDP growth target to 8.2% :
Planning Commission is proposing to lower annual average growth target for the 12th Five
Year Plan (2012-17) to 8.2 per cent from its earlier projection of 9 per cent in view of
uncertain global environment and sluggish performance of the manufacturing sector at
11. CRR cut to inject Rs.17,000 crore : The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), on 17th
September 2012, retained the indicative policy rates at the current level while cutting the
Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) by 25 basis points to 4.50 per cent, injecting a liquidity of
around Rs.17,000 crore into the banking system.
Chairperson and Managing Director of Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL),Naveen Jindal has
topped the executive pay charts for listed companies in the country with a package of Rs
73.42 crore for the last fiscal 2011-12, which grew by over Rs six crore from previous
13. Govt approves 49% FDI in insurance & pension sectors : On 4th October 2012 The
Cabinet has cleared proposals to allow more Foreign Direct Investment or FDI in the
insurance and pension sectors.In both the sectors government approves 49% of FDI’s.
14. Govt approves 12th Five-Year Plan : On 4th October 2012 Government approved the
12th Five-Year Plan (2012-17) document that aims to achieve annual average economic
growth rate of 8.2 per cent, down from 9 per cent envisaged earlier, in view of fragile
15. HDFC Bank partners Indian Oil Corporation to offer rural banking services : HDFC
Bank has partnered Indian Oil Corporation to provide banking services in the rural areas
where IOC’s petrol pump outlets Kisan Seva Kendras will act as the business
correspondents for the banks.
Monetary Fund (IMF) has slashed India’s growth forecast to 4.9 per cent for 2012 due to
low business confidence and “sluggish structural reforms”.
17. India-US trade to touch $100 bn : Bilateral trade between India and the US is expected
to touch USD 100 billion in the coming years on increasing economic engagement between
18. Rangarajan lowers FY13 GDP growth forecast to 6% : Prime Minister’s key advisor C
Rangarajan 25th October 2012 lowered the growth projection for the current fiscal to 6 per
cent from 6.7 per cent estimated earlier.
19. Rs 6,000-cr fine on Tata Steel for illegal mining : The Odisha government imposed a
fine Rs 6,000 crore on Tata Steel for its alleged involvement in “illegal and excess
mining” at its captive mines.
20. India signs loan agreement with World Bank for USD 70 million : India signed a
70-million US Dollar loan agreement with World Bank for financing the Karnataka Health
Systems Development as well as Reform Project on 22 November 2012.
21. The ADB cut India’s Growth Forecast to 5.4 percent : The Asian Development Bank
(ADB) cut India’s growth forecast to 5.4 per cent in 2012-13 fiscal, barely two months
after it had made a projection of 5.6 per cent growth for the Asia’s third largest economy.
India’s growth forecast is revised from 5.6 per cent to 5.4 per cent in fiscal year 2012 and
from 6.7 per cent to 6.5 per cent in FY 2013.
22. Rich Gulf Families Own Wealth Worth USD 1.2 Trillion : According to the ‘KFHResearch’
report said one million wealthy families in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
countries own investment assets worth about USD 1.2 trillion.The report about wealth and
funds management said that the world’s population of high net worth individuals (HNWIs)
grew by a marginal 0.8 per cent year on year to 11 million in 2011.
23. India Economy Would Dominate the Economy of the World by 2030 : US
intelligence counsel was released report on 10 December 2012 declared that India would
straddle international commerce and will also dominate the economy of the whole world by
(IOC) is ranked as the largest company in terms of revenue, the Fortune 500 list of Indian
companies for 2012 . In this list Indian Oil Corporation got the first place with a full-year
revenue of Rs 4,202 billion, Reliance Industries Limited got the second place with a fullyear
revenue of Rs 3,675 billion and Bharat Petroleum Corporation got the third place with
a full -year revenue of Rs 2,148 billion
Flows from Developing Countries: 2001—2010,’ released by Global Financial Integrity
(GFI) India lost $123 billion in black money during 2001-2010. However India’s loss is far
less than that of China, which according to the report suffered a loss of $ 2.74 trillion
during the same period (2001 to 2010). India is the eighth largest victim of black money
countries in per capita income due to different levels of development and various other
factors, the central government was informed on 19 December. India’s per capita GDP on
Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) basis was $3,403 in 2010 and is estimated at $3,662.69 in
2011 and $3,851.31 in 2012.
27. Philippines introduced ‘sin tax’ : A “sin tax” on cigarettes and alcohol was introduced in
the Philippines on 01 January 2013, as part of a government bid to boost finances.Many
stores started selling tobacco and drink at inflated prices before midnight , ahead of the
official implementation of the tax hikes on January 01, hitting partygoers in the pocket.Tax
on cigarettes will gradually be raised to 30 pesos ($0.72) per pack by 2017, roughly
doubling the current price to around 52 pesos.Duty on alcohol will also increase gradually
until 2017, increasing the price of a bottle of beer by 23.50 pesos, with varying levels for
other drinks including wine and spirits.
Corporation (LIC) of India launched two new Insurence policies New Jeevan Nidhi, a
pension scheme, and Flexi Plus on 3 January .New Jeewan Nidhi provides the facility of
insurance coverage of full amount while the insured person keeps depositing
premiums.The Flexi policy is a unit linked insurance product. The plan not only provides a
lump sum benefit on death but also maturity benefit irrespective of survival of the policy
29. Mukesh Ambani 18th richest man in world : Indian business magnate Mukesh
Ambani is the 18th richest person in the world with a personal wealth of $24.7 billion in
2012, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a daily ranking of the world’s 100
wealthiest individuals. Mexican telecommunications magnate Carlos Slim remained the
world’s richest person last year holding a personal fortune of more than $70
billion.Microsoft founder Bill Gates and the founder of fashion retailer Zara, Amancio
Ortega, got a second and third places respectively.
30. Indian Companies Top Globally in R&D Investment : According to the European
Commission report Indian companies have come on the top globally when it comes to
growth in their research and development (R&D) investments, leaving their counterparts in
the US and Europe far behind.Indian firms rank far below when it comes to absolute R&D
investments made by them and the top-ranked company from the country.These are the
only 14 Indian companies present in a list of top-1500 entities worldwide in terms of their
annual R&D investments.The top-ranked Indian company is Infosys at 329th place and
Japanese company Toyota Motor appears at the top of the ranking in the 2012 Scoreboard.
International Monetary Fund (IMF) on 23 January 2013 pegged India’s economic growth
rate in 2013 at 5.9 per cent and projected a higher growth of 6.4 per cent next year in line
with the gradual strengthening of global expansion.
Bank “Global Economic Prospects 2013″ report , India’s growth is expected to inch closer
to that of China in near future, in which the economies of developing countries like India,
China and Brazil are projected to be recovering and higher growth rate.The World Bank
expects that by 2015, the growth rate of China would be 7.9% and that of India 7%.While
the growth of the world economy growth is projected to inch up from 2.3% in 2012 to
2.4% in 2013, with the high-income countries remaining at the same level of growth of
1.3% in both 2012 and 2013, it is the emerging markets like India, China and Brazil that
would show significant signs of recovery.They are expecting a recovery in India from 5.1%
growth in 2012 to 6.1% growth in 2013.
2013 Index of Economic Freedom survey report , India has been ranked as the 119th
freest country in the world and India’s economic freedom score stood at 55.2, as its
institutional shortcomings continue to undermine the foundations for long-term economic
development.The top ten countries in the list include Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia,
New Zealand, Switzarland, canada, Chili, Mauritius, Denmark and US.
steel production. In the last 5 years India’s production grew by 33 percent, thus making it
behind China among the top 5 steel producing nation. World Steel Association (WSA) data
has revealed that China’s production grew by 39 per cent during 2008-2012, India’s by 33
percent and India’s production grew constantly in the last five years from 57.8 MT in 2008
to 63.5 MT in 2009, 69 MT in 2010, 73.6 MT in 2011 and 76.7 MT in 2012
interest rates by 0.25 per cent and released 18000 crore rupees additional liquidity into
the system to perk up growth through reduced cost of borrowing. RBI in its third quarter
monetary policy review surprised the market by cutting short-term lending rate called
repo, by 0.25 per cent to 7.75 per cent and Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) by similar margin to
4 per cent.
Sriharikota will launching PSLV C-21 rocket(100th rocket) with French satellite
SPOT6(800kg) and a small Japanese satellite weighing around 15kg in the month of
September.This is the hundredth rocket in the 49 years of ISRO history.
Space Research Organization(ISRO) mission to Mars next year November The project
envisages putting a spacecraft in the red planet’s orbit to study its atmosphere with the
help of the polar Satellite launch vehicle. India joins the United states , Russia, Europe,
Japan and China in undertaking such an
effort. The spacecraft will have a scientific payload of 25 kg and its proposed to be placed
in an orbit of 500 x 80,000 km around the planet.The mission is estimated to cost about
Rs $450 crore.
pink skies of mars, steering itself to gentle landing inside again crater for the most
ambitious dig yet into the red planet. It was NASA’s seventh landing on earth’s
Neighbor.In November 2011 American Space Research Centre NASA Launched the
curiosity into the space. On 6 Aug 2012 the Curiosity landed safely on the Mars.The
Voyage to Mars took more than eight months and spanned 352m million miles(566 million
kilometers). It sliced through Martian atmosphere ay 13,000mph(21,000kph). The first of
what scientists predict will be enormous
amounts of Information, Including a possible answer to whether Mars ever supported
conditions for Organic life, to find evidence of life itself,alive or fossilized-its raft of 10
scientific instruments will hunt for carbon based compounds considered essential
to microbial life. It stays 2 years in Mars to collect all these Information. This is the next
space mission of NASA after 1970. Ashwini, Indo-American scientist involved in this
taxis,the companies are the Boeing Co,Space Exploration Technologies called SpaceX, and
Sierra Nvada Corp.
5. A new oxidant in the atmosphere identified : Scientists have found for the first time
unequivocal evidence of another oxidant playing a vital role in the formation of gaseous
sulphuric acid in the atmosphere. Until now, it was thought that the combination of OH
(hydroxyl radical) oxidant with sulphur dioxide (SO) was the dominant way by which
gaseous sulphuric acid is formed in the atmosphere. They found the new oxidant has
“significant capacity” to oxidise sulphur dioxide.
sky, encompassing massive galaxies and distance black holes, based on sloan digital sky
survey III(SDSS- III). These galaxies are captures by a 2.5 meter wide -angle telescope
located at the Apache Point observatory in New Mexico.The release Includes of 200 million
galaxies and spectra of 1.35 million galaxies, according to a Harvardsmith soniam
statement with SDSS-III.
successfully test fired on 9 august 2012 at Wheeler Island of the Odisha. It have a height
of 20km and weighted as 17 tonnes and have the capacity to carry a nuclear war head of
weighing one ton. The missile Ranging Agni-I 700km , Agni-II 2,000 km , Agni- III-
3,300km. The future projects are Agni 4 andAgni 5 to launch.
8. Print High Resolution Images Without Ink aNew Technology Developed : The team
of scientists with Indian origin has developed a new technology of printing high resolution
images without ink. The Institute of materials research and Engineering in Singapore has
demonstrated that 1,00,000 dots per inch(dpi) can
produce sharp and full spectrum color images.Which can be applicable in reflect colour
displays , anti-counterfeiting, and high density optical recording.Karthik Kumar says that
size and spacing of the nanodots is critical to the final image quality. “The closer the dots
are together and because of their small size, the higher the resolution of the image.
developed a nano particle coating for solar panel that makes it easier to keep them clean.
This helps in keeping them efficient and cuts maintains cost. NASA spies cosmic supermom
Scientists have found a cosmic supermom, a galaxy that gives birth to more stars in a day
than Earth’s does in a year. Astronomers used NASA’s Chandra X-ray telescope to spot
this distant gigantic galaxy creating about 740 new stars a year. By comparison,
our Milky Way Galaxy spawns just about one new star each year.