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Newly Discovered Colourful Species of Fish Named After US President Barack Obama.
Anna Ushenina of Ukraine on 1 December 2012 won the Women’s World Championship Crown of Chess.
Ravindra Jadeja became first Indian and only eighth batsman in the first-class cricket history of world to score three triple-centuries.
Kuwait on 2 December 2012 Elected Its New Parliament.
The Competent Authority on 3 December 2012 approved appointment of S. A. Ibrahim next Director for Intelligence Bureau for a next two years from the date he acquires his charge or till the next order that is is further sent.
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland Won World Challenge. Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland ended his two-year wait of winning the tournament on 2 December 2012 with his three-shot victory in World Challenge which was hosted by Tiger Woods.
The Cricketer and Former Captain of the Australian Cricket team, Ricky Ponting on 3 December 2012 announced his retirement from International Test Cricket.
Air India emerged champion against Bharat Petroleum in the 23rd Lal Bahadur Shastri hockey tournament at the Shivaji Stadium on 4 December 2012.
Uttar Pradesh Government decided to issue Golden Cards to Industrialists.
Google India Partnered With E-Commerce Sites to Bring Cyber Monday to India. On December 12, 2012 (12-12-12) Google Great Online Shopping Festival begins for 24 hrs.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 4 December 2012 signed a three year Bilateral Swap Arrangement (BSA) with the Bank of Japan for swapping of the local currencies to address short-term liquidity problems. The BSA will be effective from 5 December 2012.
IOC suspended IOA; India facing ban from Olympics. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on 4 December 2012 suspended the India Olympic Association (IOA). IOC suspended IOA because India was following the Sports Code of government in the IOA elections, which is against the Olympic Charter.
Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were named in the list of top 20 most powerful people in the world by the Forbes Magazine in annual power rankings which were declared on 5 December 2012. US President Barrack Obama ranked no 1, Manmohan Sign was ranked at number 19. Sonia Gandhi dropped to number 12 in 2012.
India ranked 94th in 2012 Corruption Perception Index released by Transparency Int.
Typhoon Bopha is the strongest ever tropical cyclone which hit Philippines.
Parthasarathi Shome Appointed As the Adviser to Finance Minister of India. The Union government of India appointed Parthasarathi Shome, the tax expert, as the adviser to finance minister P Chidambaram.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on 5 December 2012 that four 2004 Athens Olympic medalists had their medals taken away because the re-tested samples, which were stored for 8 years, proved positive.
England Cricket team captain Alastair Cook on 6 December 2012 claimed his place among the cricketing greats when he set an England record for the most Test centuries and became the youngest player in the long history of the game to pass 7000 runs.
New Version of Internet Addresses – IPVM6 Made Available in India.
Devendra Lal, the Renowned Geophysicist Died At 83.
Former Chief Minister of Karnataka, B S Yeddyurappa formally launched Karnataka Janatha Party (KJP) on 9 December 2012. KJP was launched in Haveri.
The 2nd meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs was held in New Delhi on 29-30 November, 2012.
Lionel Messi on December 9, 2012 set the record for most goals in a calendar year by scoring his 86th goal of 2012.
Union Government Introduced Bill to Amend Competition Act.
The Union Government of India on 10 December 2012 introduced a bill in Parliament to amend the Competition Act which, among other things, will require the Competition Commission to decide on corporate mergers within 180 days.
India Successfully test fired Agni I Ballistic Missile
India on 12 December 2012 successfully test-fired it’s indigenously developed nuclear capable Agni-I ballistic missile with a strike range of 700 km from a test range off Odisha coast.
BB Nimbalkar, India’s Highest Scorer in First class cricket Passed away.
Uttarakhand’s First Chief Minister Nityanand Swami Passed Away. The first chief minister of Uttarakhand, Nityanand Swami, passed away on 12 December 2012. He was 84 years old and belonged to the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP).
Infosys Ltd, India’s second-largest IT services provider on 12 December 2012 announced that its American Depositary Shares (ADS) have started trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol INFY.
India’s Foreign Trade in November 2012, Exports valued at 22299.63 Million Dollars.
Pandit Ravi Shankar to be Honoured with Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award 2013. Organizers of the Recording Academy announced on 13 December 2012 that Pandit Ravi Shankar, the sitar maestro would be honoured with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously. Pandit Ravi Shankar would become first Indian to receive the prestigious award. The award would be presented at 55th Grammy Awards ceremony on 10 February 2013 in Los Angeles. Pandit Ravi Shankar is a three-time Grammy Award winner.
Shahrukh Khan honoured with BrandLaureate Legendary Award in Malaysia. Bollywood Actor Shah Rukh Khan on 13 December 2012 awarded with the prestigious BrandLaureate Legendary Award in Malaysia.
Global Telecom Treaty without Net Control Signed by Eighty Nine Nations. A controversial new global treaty on telecom regulations was signed in Dubai on 14 December 2012 by 89 International Telecommunication Union member states out of a possible 144 Countries regardless of US objections to prospective regulation of the Internet.
The Central Zoo Authority of India Approved Exchanging White Tigress against Puma Pair from Russia
Tamil version of the book, Still Counting the Dead- Survivors of Sri Lanka’s Hidden War authored by Frances Harrison was released on 15 December 2012.
Junior World TT Championship: China Claimed All Titles
China got the clean sweep of titles at Volkswagen 2012 World Junior Table Tennis Championship after it won girls as well as boys trophies on 16 December 2012.
Roger Federer Named Swiss Male Athlete of the Year 2012. 31-year-old Roger Federer, the No. 2 of the world and 17 times Grand Slam champion, was named Swiss Male Athlete of the Year on 16 December 2012. Federer received the honor for the fifth time.
Sardar Singh Commanded the Best Price in Hockey India League Auction at New Delhi on 16 December 2012.
India Lost the Test Series by 1-2 after Nagpur Test ended as a Draw. The last test match between India and England of the Tournament England Tour to India ended up as a draw and with this India lost the four-test match cricket series against England by 1-2 on 17 December 2012. With this win England succeeded in ending a 28 year long wait of winning a test series on Indian Soil. Before this the English side under the captaincy of David Gower won the test series in India 1984-85.
Constitution Amendment Bill passed by Huge Majority in Rajya Sabha. The Constitution Amendment Bill that provides quotas for SCs and STs in Government Job Promotions was approved in Rajya Sabha on 17 December 2012 by an overwhelming majority.
The All India Football Federation appointed A.K. Ganguly as the one-man committee for probing into and make a decision about the fate of the abandoned 10th round I-League match between the Mohun Bagan and East Bengal.
CII Held a conference on Driving South Asia Economic Integration in New Delhi on on 17 December 2012.
The Government of India on 17 December decided to set up 113 Real Time Water Quality Monitoring Stations along the river Ganga.
General Motors India on 17 December 2012 appointed Rajesh Singh as the new Vice President-Sales, Marketing and After sales.
India retained their Number Five Position as per the Latest ICC Test Ranking
Bollywood Actress Hema Malini Selected for the prestigious Bharat Muni Samman of year 2012 for her outstanding contribution to the field of art and culture.
National Commission for Minorities celebrated Minorities Rights Day on 18 December 2012. Minorities Rights Day is celebrated on 18th December every year.
On 18 December 2012, Queen Elizabeth became first peacetime British ruler ever since 1781, who attended the cabinet meeting.
Lok Sabha passed the Companies Bill 2011 aimed at Improving Corporate Governance. Lok Sabha on 18 December 2012 passed the Companies Bill 2011. The Bill is aimed at improving corporate governance. It contains provisions to strengthen regulations for corporate as well as auditing firms. Once enacted as law, it will replace the Companies Act 1956.
New cases of HIV decreased by 57 percent in India: Union Health Minister. Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on 18 December 2012 declared that India was witnessing a steep decline in fresh cases of HIV. The health minister announced that the fresh cases of HIV have dropped down to 57 percent.
Samsung Defeated Nokia to become the world’s leading top mobile brand for the year 2012
Jiroemon Kimura, a Japanese Became the World’s Oldest Person at 115 Years of Age
Ratan Tata Conferred with the Title of Chairman Emeritus for Tata Group.
UN Slashed World Growth Forecast to 2.4 Percent for year 2013. United Nations (UN) on 18 December 2012 slashed its global growth predictions to 2.4 percent for 2013 and 3.2 percent for the following year and warned of a lasting employment crisis for western countries.
Lok Sabha Passed the banking bill Clearing way for New Corporate Licenses. The Lok Sabha, the lower house of India Parliament, on 18 December 2012 passed the Banking (Amendment) Bill, which majorily focuses on attracting more foreign investment into the banking industry and cleared a major obstacle and paved the way for the Reserve Bank of India to issue new bank licenses.
Ireland on 18 December 2012 announced that it will legalise abortions when the mother’s life is at risk, weeks after the death of Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar who died after being refused an abortion in the European country.
Bhanu Athaiya, First Indian to Win Oscar decided to Return Her Trophy. Bhanu Athaiya, the first Indian to win an Oscar for costume design in the movie Gandhi decided to return her award to the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in December 2012. Bhanu Athaiya fears that she might lose her trophy as the government might not be able to protect it.
Union Government of India Constituted a Commission to suggest measures for Safety of Women.
Apurvi Chandela won Women’s Air Rifle Gold in the Sahara National Shooting Championship.
India and Russia signed pacts on Economic Ties for 2 billion dollar Investment Fund.
Union Government exempted Service Tax for Janashree and Aam Aadmi Bima Yojana.
Pakistan Government Recognized Republic of Kosovo as an Independent State. Government of Pakistan on December 24, 2012 officially recognized Kosovo as an independent state, almost five years after it declared independence from Serbia on 17 February 2008.
Shinzo Abe elected as the prime minister of Japan by lower house of the Parliament on 26 December 2012.
High-Level Committee Shortlisted Nominees for Padma Awards 2013.
The Government of India on December 26, 2012 approved selling 12.5 percent stake in Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers (RCF).
The Minimum Support Price of Wheat was Increased to 1350 Rupees per Quintal.
Narendra Modi on 26 December 2012 was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Gujarat for the fourth consecutive term.
China inaugurated World’s Longest High-speed Rail Route linking Beijing with Guangzhou. China on 26 December 2012 inaugurated world’s longest high-speed rail route linking its capital Beijing with the southern metropolis of Guangzhou, covering a distance of 2298 kms.
Union Government Withdrew Z-Plus Security Cover for Ex-Army Chief, Gen V K Singh. The government on December 26, 2012 has stripped former Army chief General VK Singh of his Z-Plus security cover. The former Army chief, who waged a messy battle while in office with the defence ministry over his age, is now actively taking part in protests over corruption, the Delhi gang rape and other issues.
MS Sahoo appointed as Secretary of Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI). MS Sahoo, the former member of SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India) on 27 December 2012 had been appointed secretary of the Institute of Company Secretaries.
4th World Telgu Conference Inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee in Tirupati. President Pranab Mukherjee on 27 December 2012 declared open the 4th World Telugu Conference in the presence of thousands of Telugu-speaking people from across the world in the temple town of Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh.
Security and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) appointed S Raman as Whole Time Member. SEBI on 28 December 2012 appointed S. Raman as Whole-time Member of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).
National Shooting Championship 2012
Mahaveer Singh of Rajasthan, Amanpreet Singh of ONGC, Sarjeet Singh of Army and Tejaswini Sawant of Maharashtra won gold medals on December 28, 2012 in National Shooting Championship.
In the category called standard-pistol, Mahaveer Singh shot 569 to get hold of the prestigious prize ahead of Pemba Tamang (567) who belongs to Army as well as Samaresh Jung (563) belonging to CISF at Karni Singh Shooting Ranges.
ONGC’s Amanpreet Singh shot 580 + 99.5 to secure gold in the men’s air pistol. The silver was grabbed by Army’s Jitu Rai scoring 579 + 100. Karnataka’s P N Prakash was the one to win bronze with 580 + 98.4 score.
In 3-position women’s event, Tejaswini Sawant shot 581 + 98.2 for the gold. Army’s Raj Chaudhary grabbed silver with 579 + 98.5 score while the bronze was grabbed by Lajja Gujarat’s Gauswami who scored 578 + 96.6.
In the category of air pistol junior, Army’s Sarjeet Singh claimed gold medal by scoring 573.
Mohun Bagan banned from I-League for two years by All India Football Federation (AIFF) for abandoning their violence-marred I-League match against East Bengal on 9 December 2012.
Australian Cricketer Michael Hussey Announced Retirement from Test Cricket.
Novak Djokovic won World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi. Novak Djokovic on 29 December 2012 won World Tennis Championship final against Spanish tennis player Nicolas Almagro. Novak Djokovic beat Nicolas Almagro to clinch the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition tournament held in Dubai.
Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram Unveiled Cash Transfer Rollout Plan. The Government of India is going to roll out its ambitious direct cash transfer scheme to beneficiaries of select schemes in 20 districts on 1 January 2013, but food, fertiliser and fuel subsidies will not be covered in the initial phase. As per the roll-out plan, more and more districts and schemes would be covered under the scheme during the course of 2013.