Current Affairs Mar-May

  • Adam Johnson’s novel The Orphan Master’s son won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2013.
  • The New York Times won four Pulitzer Prizes on 15 April 2013, including the award for investigative reporting for stories.
  • As per the 16th Annual Global CEO survey, Mahatma Gandhi figured among the top three most admired leaders of the world. Winston Churchill topped the list of 10 most admired leaders, while Mahatma Gandhi figured in the third position after Steve Jobs.
  • The Allahabad high court on 15 April 2013 nullified the district status of Chatrapati Sahuji Maharaj Nagar, which at present is called Amethi.
  • Delhi-born Raj Chetty won John Bates Clark medal for 2013, also called Baby Nobel.
  • Delegations from India and Finland met to identify areas to explore Solar Energy Applications for Oil and Gas Projects.
  • Chandigarh won third North Zone Sub-Junior National Championship after defeating Punjab in the final. Haryana won the Women Title of the Championship.
  • The Union Government accorded approval of 285.75 crore rupees to Himachal Pradesh under PMGSY.
  • Adam Scott won the Augusta Masters Golf championship on 14 April 2013.
  • The Indian Tennis Players Association (ITPA) Secretary on 14 April 2013 announced that Sania Mirza became one of the Vice-Presidents of ITPA.
  • Researchers from the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, discovered that the red wood ants can sense earthquakes even before they strike.
  • Dr Hilary Koprowski, a Polish researcher who developed the first successful oral vaccination for polio died on 11 April 2013 in Philadelphia.
  • Hockey India on 7 April 2013 named South African Gregg Clark as the chief coach of the junior men’s national team.
  • Indian women won the Bangladesh Women Tour to India 2012/13 ODI cricket series against Bangladesh Women by 3-0.
  • Dada Saheb Phalke Award 2012 was given to the veteran Bollywood actor and villain of the millennium, Pran on 12 April 2013.
  • PJ Kurien appointed as the Chairman of the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on population and Development on 11 APril 2013 at Bangkok.
  • A multi-million dollar four year plan was announced by the World Bank for seven low-income Indian States.
  • As per a Government data released, retail inflation of the country declined to 10.39 % in March. This is the first decline over a period of five months.
  • GPS-GIS based Central Emergency Response System, Dial 100 was launched by Kiran Kumar Reddy, the Chief Minister of  AP in the State.
  • The Group of Eight nations includes the US, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Canada and Russia, Foreign ministers from the G8 group of nations in a meeting held in London condemned North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.
  • A scheme named Amma Hastham was launched by the State Government of Andhra Pradesh to offer essential food items to poor at subsidized rates.
  • American Serena Williams was ranked number one in an unchanged top 10 issued on 8 April 2013 by the WTA.
  • The World Trade Growth Forecast was slashed to 3.3 percent by World Trade Organization. It asked to strengthen multilateral trade system.
  • Forces of South Korea and US raised alerts vital threat before an expected North Korean missile test following the intelligence reports received.
  • National Safe Motherhood day was observed across India on 11 April 2013 to create awareness on proper healthcare and maternity facilities to pregnant woman.
  • The Union Minister of Culture Chandresh Kumari Katoch inaugurated Leadership Training Programme – II for Indian museum professionals on 10 April 2013.
  • The Food Corporation of India (FCI) raised 5000 crore Rupees by issuing taxable bonds backed by Government of India Guarantee.
  • The Madhya Pradesh government on 9 April 2013 decided to declare Malkhamb as the State Sport.
  • Yamaha on 9 April 2013 announced that it will soon roll out the cheapest motorcycle of the world in India. The price of this bike would be 500 USD or 27000 Rs.
  • Pakistan successfully test-fired the nuclear-capable Hatf-IV ballistic missile on 10 April 2013. Hatf-IV has the range of 900 km.
  • Jamjang Deru won silver in the 50 kg boys’ category at Tashkent, Uzbekistan on 8 April 2013 in the world youth weightlifting championships 2013.
  • Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn-in as the new President of Kenya on 9 April 2013. He is the fourth president of Kenya. He defeated Raila Odinga.
  • Ricoh Innovations Corporation(RIC), a subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd on 9 April 2013 launched a mobile visual search platform called Ocutag.
  • The fifth BRICS Summit from 26 to 28 March 2013 was held at the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC), South Africa.
  • A German shipyard on 5 April 2013 launched Azzam, the world’s largest private yacht, overshadowing the previous record holder Eclipse.
  • Odisha on 8 April 2013 decided to set up the first public health university in India. This university will be set up under Public-Private Partnership mode.
  • The 2013 Times of India Film Awards (TOIFA) ceremony took place in BC Place, Vancouver on 6 April 2013. The top winner of the awards was Barfi!
  • NASSCOM appointed Krishnakumar Natarajan, CEO and Director of Mindtree as its chairman and R Chandrasekaran, CEO Cognizant group as the Vice Chairman of the Executive Council for 2013-14.
  • Current women’s world No. 1 Serena Williams won the Family Circle Cup.
  • India completed a 5-0 whitewash of Indonesia in the Asia-Oceania Group I Davis Cup relegation play-off tie in Bangalore.
  • Lt Cdr Abhilash Tomy became the first Indian to Circumnavigate Globe Solo and Non-Stop on a sail boat. On return he was welcomed by the President of India.
  • Rupesh Shah, the world champion won the 12th Asian Billiards championship at Indore Tennis Club, Indore on 7 April 2013. He defeated Alok Kumar 6-4.
  • India’s largest bank SBI will discontinue a free accident insurance cover given to its home and car loan customers from July 2013.
  • The Minister of I&B, Manish Tiwari on 6 April 2013 inaugurated an Indoor Shooting Range in Govind National College in Narangwal, Ludhiana.
  • World health day was celebrated on 7 April 2013. The theme for 2013 was high blood pressure.
  • SAARC Ministerial Level Meet on Poverty concluded on 5 April 2013 in Nepal. The member nations decided on formulation of the Common Poverty Reduction Strategy.
  • India and Singapore on 2 April 2013 signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on bilateral air services arrangement.
  • SAIL on 4 April 2013 signed a MoU with KSIDC and KMML for setting up of a Titanium Project as Joint Venture. This will enhance the economy of Kerala
  • Facebook on 4 April 2013 released the software called Home, which puts the feeds from Facebook on Android phones’ home screen.
  • Hewlett-Packard or HP announced on 4 April 2013 that its chairman Raymond Lane was resigning from the office. Ralph Whitworth will be interim chairman.
  • arendra Kumar Verma on 4 April 2013 was appointed as the new director of the state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp’s (ONGC) Exploration
  • US government on 3 April 2013 announced a new research initiative called Brain (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies)
  • President appointed Justice Ajay Manikrao Khanwilkar as the Chief Justice of HP High Court in exercise of the powers conferred by Clause (1) of Article 217.
  • The state government of Gujarat on 2 April 2013 introduced a bill in the Gujarat assembly which Places restrictions on the primacy of the chief justice.
  • Infosys on 2 April 2013 signed a five-year agreement with a European Energy Trading House, RWE Supply & Trading (RWEST).
  • J&K Bank on 26 March 2013 won the prestigious FE India’s Best Banks Award-2012-13 in recognition of its strong fundamentals and dynamic growth model.
  • Dr Reddy’s Laboratories on 1 April 2013 appointed G.V. Prasad, the son-in-law of founder Anji Reddy, as the Chief Executive Officer of the company.
  • M F Farooqui on 1 April 2013 took over charge as the secretary of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT).
  • Andhra Pradesh Government on 1 April 2013 launched the AP Industrial Infrastructure Corporation’s online services for entrepreneurs and grievance redressal system.
  • The President of Egypt Mohamed Morsy visited India from 18 March 2013 to 20 March 2013 accompanying his senior ministers as well as business delegation.
  • Andy Murray and Serene Williams won the ATP Miami Masters 2013 by defeating David Ferrer
  • Gujarat Defeated Punjab to Clinch Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 Championship Title
  • India Post to Establish Third Automated Mail Processing Centre in Hyderabad
  • Rajan Bharti Mittal appointed President of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) India
  • Harmanpreet Kaur Named Captain of the Indian Women’s Cricket Team
  • Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by Talibansigned a deal for around 3 million dollars in March 2013 to publish her memoir.
  • Vineet Jain of Times Group was conferred with the Contribution to News Television Award 2013
  • Lok Sabha Member Prahlad Joshi appointed Karnataka BJP President
  • Justice Retd. Mir Hazar Khan Khoso took oath as caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan
  • Navneet Kaur Dhillon Crowned Pond’s Femina Miss India 2013
  • Union government approved a 1500 crore Rupees proposal for production of more than 2000 rockets for the Pinaka multi- barrel weapons system.
  • India and the US agreed for cooperation on future missions to the Moon and Mars after successful collaboration in Chandrayaan-1 lunar mission.
  • India defeated Australia by 6 wickets to win the Border Gavaskar Trophy, 4-0.
  • An agreement over transfer of control of the prison that houses insurgents and other dangerous inmates was reached between US and Afghanistan.
  • Nikhil Kumar on 23 March 2013 took oath of the office and secrecy as the Governor of Kerala, Earlier he was the governor of Nagaland.
  • Earth Hour was observed across the world and India on 23 March 2013. The lights across many cities of the world went off from 8:30 to 9:30 pm.
  • Number of High Courts in India has gone up to 24 from 21 after opening up of the High Courts in Tripura, Meghalaya and Manipur.
  • Arunachal Pradesh in the month of March 2013 became the first state to introduce e-GPF or electronic GPF.
  • 20 March was declared as the International Day of Happiness by United Nations
  • Kolkata’s Neha Tripathi won sixth leg of Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour 2013
  • World Water Day is celebrated across the world on 22 March every year.
  • Anil Ananthaswamy won inaugural Physics Journalism Prize for the article Hip Hip Array
  • India on 20 March 2013 successfully test fired its submarine-launched version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile of the over 290 km-range in the Bay of Bengal
  • Bhaichung Bhutia, the former India captain of the football team was appointed as the chairman of the All India Football Federation’s technical committee.
  • Rafael Nadal of Spain won Indian Wells BNP Paribas Open 2013 on 17 March 2013. Maria Sharapova won the first title of 2013 in women’s final of the tournament.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 19 March 2013 cut the repo rate by 25 basis points to 7.5.  Reverse repo rate will be 6.5 percent, bank rate 8.5 percent, Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) 4 percent.
  • S. Venkata Mohan won the National Bioscience Award for 2012
  • First indigenously-developed chopper called Rudra was given to the Indian Army
  • Madhya Pradesh on 18 March 2013 bagged two national tourism awards in the 23rd National Tourism Award ceremony.
  • Toyo Ito, the Japanese architect was declared as the winner of 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize on 18 March 2013. The Pritzker Architecture Prize is said to be the most prestigious and richest award of architecture. Often, this prize is also referred as the Nobel Prize of Architecture. 
  • Union Cabinet approved Electronic Services Bill
  • Sugathakumari, the Malayalam Poetess Selected For Saraswati Samman 2012
  • The State Bank of India (SBI) planned to start around 1200 new branches in India as well as eight overseas branches in financial year 2013-2014.
  • Australia, the World Champions won the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament title for the seventh time
  • Kimi Raikkonen, the Australian driver of Formula One team Lotus won the season-opening Australian Grand Prix 2013
  • NASA’s Swift satellite discovered one of the youngest-known supernova remnants which is believed to be less than 2500 years old – in our Milky Way galaxy.
  • B Ashok Reddy, the Infotech Enterprises President was elected as the new chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Andhra Pradesh, for 2013-14.
  • Soumitra Bhattacharya and Sandeep Kumar Maini elected as the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of CII Karnataka for 2013-14…
  • The UN Human Development Report 2013 was released on 14 March 2013, according to which India has poor Gender Inequality Index.
  • Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi was sworn-in as the new Prime Minister of Nepal on 14 March 2013
  • Tan Twan Eng on 14 March 2013 was announced as a winner of the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize for his novel The Garden of Evening Mists.
  • Xi Jinping on 14 March 2013 was appointed as the President of China, He overtook the office from Hu Jintao. Vice President of China: Li Yuanchao
  • Li Keqiang, 57, was appointed as the Prime Minister of China. He replaced Wen Jiabao
  • Laureus World Sports Awards 2013 were organised in Rio de Janeiro on 11 March 2013. Prestigious awards were won by Jessica Ennis, Andy Murray and Sebastian Coe.
  • Japan Became First Country in the World to Extract Natural Gas from Methane Hydrate
  • The UK Government on 12 March 2013 opened its first ever Mobile Biometric Clinic (MBC) in Goa.
  • The Union Government and RBI on 12 March 2013 decided to introduce one billion pieces of 10 Rupees bank notes made of plastic on a field trial basis in five cities of Kochi, Mysore, Jaipur, Bhubhaneswar and Shimla.
  • Tine Baun won the women’s singles title in the All England Open Badminton Championships 2013 at Birmingham
  • The Foreign Minister of Portugal, Paulo de Sacadura Cabral Portas visited India from 3 March 2013 to 7 March 2013.
  • India’s Deborah and Manorama Devi on 10 March 2013 won a bronze in the team sprint on the second to last day of the Hero Asian Cycling Championships in New Delhi.
  • Mauritius celebrated its 45th Independence Day on 12 March 2013. The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee was the chief guest.
  • David Beckham was named as the richest footballer of the world, according to the Goal Rich List 2013. He has a total income of 175 million pound.



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