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National Committee on Direct Cash Transfers started roll-out of the Direct Cash Benefits from January 1, 2013 in 43 identified districts of the country.
Y V Reddy appointed Chairman of 14th Finance Commission. Union Government on 2 January 2013 constituted the 14th Finance Commission under former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Yaga Venugopal Reddy.
Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir inaugurated the first fast-track court in Saket Court Complex, Delhi on January 2, 2013 for dealing with the crime against females.
The Bloomberg Billionaires Index revealed that Mukesh Ambani, the chairman and MD of Reliance Industries is the 18th richest man in the world.
Justice Amitava Roy on 2 January 2013 was sworn in as the Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court.
Union Science and Technology Minister S. Jaipal Reddy on 4 January 2013 declared that the Centre’s allocation for the science and technology and earth sciences ministry had been doubled for the 12th Plan period.
Gerda Lerner, the leader in women’s history and the founding member of National Organization for Woman died on 2 January 2013 at Wisconsin at the age of 92 yrs.
RBI set up Working Group to review Banking Ombudsman Scheme.
China launched its Postage Stamp on Year of Snake.
Sunmeet Kaur became the first woman to win 5 Crore Rupees on Kaun Banega Crorepati Game Show.
Justice D.K. Jain has been appointed as the Chairman of the 20th Law Commission of India by the Union Government of India.
Pandit Ram Sanehi Shukla a follower of Mahatma Gandhi and a freedom fighter died at the age of 98 on 3 January 2013 after surviving a brief illness.
One of the biggest Hindu temples in United States of America, which is built at a cost of 100 million dollar near Hollywood, was opened on 3 January 2013.
The Violinist M.S. Gopalakrishnan and the recipient of both Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri died on 3 January 2013.
Tipperary International Peace Prize for 2012 was awarded to Malala Yousafzai on 3 January 2013 for her courage and determination.
National Data Centre of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is being developed at Gurgaon. The centre is being developed as a green data centre
Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on 4 January 2013 launched Pilot Project of Crime and Criminal Tracking Systems.
Vice-captain of Indian Cricket team Virat Kohli on 4 January 2013 was named the International Cricketer of the Year while Pakistan cricket team bagged the top honours for the best team at the CEAT Cricket Awards 2011-12 in New Delhi.
Allahabad bank signed a MoU with Chamber of Indian Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (CIMSME) in Kolkata on 4 Jan 2013 to support priority sector lending.
Haradhan Bandopadhyay, the veteran Bengali actor passed away on 5 January 2013 in Kolkata following an illness. He was 86 years of age.
Former South Africa fast bowler, Neil Adcock died on 6 January 2013 at the age of 81 in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. He had pneumonia and was also suffering from cancer for a long period of time
The three-day 11th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) kicked off in Kochi on 7 January 2013.
Lionel Messi on 7 January 2013 won the FIFA Ballon d’Or Award for fourth time.
Air Marshal Kulwant Singh Gill is the new commandant of National Defence Academy. He took the office from outgoing Lt. Gen Ashok Singh on 8 January 2013.
The Arjun Munda Ministry in Jharkhand on 8 January 2013 resigned and recommended dissolution of the two-year-old Assembly to the governor in Ranchi.
Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the male and female Athlete of the Year awards respectively on 8 January 2013 at JAAA Golden Cleats Awards ceremony.
Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi on 8 January 2013 inaugurated the biennial (held every second year) Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors meet by throwing open a mega trade exhibition that has over one thousand firms from as many as 16 countries displaying their products.
The Ministry of External Affairs on 8 January 2013 decided and consequently advised all Passport Issuing Authorities to accept Aadhaar letter as Proof of Address and Photo identity.
Rajiv Takru , the Senior IAS officer on 9 January 2013 promoted and appointed as Secretary of Financial Services in the Finance Ministry.
The state of Arunachal Pradesh on 9 January 2013 entered into an agreement with signing of MoU with National Securities Depository Ltd (NSDL), permitting it to work as a Central Record Keeping Agency (CRA) for adoption of the National Pension System (NPS).
Brij Bihari Lal Butail was unanimously elected as the new speaker of Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly on 9 January 2013. Butail is the five-time MLA.
Kevin Pietersen on 9 January 2013 signed the full-central agreement with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
Chandrakanta Rawat, the 37-year-old Uttrakhand woman became the first complete body donor in January 2013 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
Barrack Obama, signed into law the Former Presidents Protection Act of 2012 which extends life-time protection to the former American presidents and family.
Renault Duster was awarded the Car of the Year Award 2013 by the automotive magazine Autocar India on 9 January 2013 in Mumbai.
The Union Cabinet on 10 January 2013 approved a proposal of infusing 12517 crores rupees in public sector banks so that bank could enhance the lending activity and meet the capital adequacy norms.
GAIL India announced successful commissioning of 5 million tonne capacity Dabhol LNG terminal on 10 January 2013 at Ratnagiri in Maharashtra.
Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir on 10 January 2013 set up a Special Bench of Justices of A.K. Patnaik and Gyan Sudha Misra to hear cases of crime against women.
Manpreet Kaur Won Maiden National Title in National Weightlifting Championship 2013. Manpreet Kaur claimed the women’s +75kg gold medal in National weightlifting championship on 10 Jan 2013. Himanshu Kumar Chang won in men’s +105kg category.
The Union Cabinet on 10 January 2013 approved the Ministry of Rural Development’s proposal to increase the unit cost under Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY), keeping under consideration the sharp increase in the cost of materials.
Malala Yousafzai Honoured with France’s Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women’s Freedom.
Microsoft in the Month of January 2013 announced plans to shut down its Messenger service which is formerly known by Windows Live Messenger/MSN Messenger.
Commemorative Postage Stamp on Silk Letter Movement was released by Pranab Muherjee, the President of India on 11 January 2013.
Simon Taufel would become the first umpire to deliver, the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture scheduled to be delivered on 24 July 2013.
Aaron Awartz, co-founder of Reditt committed suicide on 11 January 2013. He was facing federal criminal charges in cases of fraud and hacking allegations.
The oldest surviving woman of the world, Koto Okubo died at the age of 115 years in a town near Tokyo, Japan on 12 Jan. 2012.
India for the Second Year reported No Fresh Polio Cases.
International Paralympic Committee Decided to Launch International GP Circuit for Disabled.
Rusi Framroze Surti, the former all-rounder of India from Surat died on 13 January 2013 in Mumbai. Surti was aged 76 years.
Health Ministers of BRICS decided to set up Technical Working Group (TWG).
The President of Sri Lanka, on 13 January 2013 removed the first woman chief justice of the country, Shirani Bandarnayake on corruption charges.
Halimah Yacob Became First Woman Speaker of the Singapore Parliament
Indian-origin Halimah Yacob (58) became the first woman and the 9th Speaker of the Singapore. Parliament on 14 January 2013. She replaced Michael Palmer.
The Visa-Free Entry to the Pakistani senior citizens was put on hold by on 15 Jan 2013. The decision came up in wake of the beheading of two Indian Soldiers.
The Bombay Stock Exchange Sensex for second time in a row on 15 January 2013 touched 2-years high. The Nifty, on the other hand, increased to 0.54 percent or 32.55 points, ending at 6056.60.
Krishi Karman Awards for the year 2011-2012 presented by the President of India.
India and Vietnam on 15 January 2013 signed (MoU) which directly meant for building capacity and developing institutional framework for MSMEs in Vietnam.
Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered Arrest of Prime Minister the Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on charges of corruption linked to him.
Kamal Nath Elected As the Leader of Indian Delegation for World Economic Forum 2013.
The implementation of General Anti Avoidance Rules (GAAR) was deferred by two years by the government of India. It will now come into force from 1 April 2016.
Chinese President Hu Jintao on 16 January 2013 appointed the career diplomat and its current envoy to Singapore Wei Wei as its new Ambassador to India. Wei Wei would be the successor of Zhang Yan in India.
World Bank slashed the Global Growth Forecast to 2.4 percent on 15 January 2013. In June 2012 it made a forecast of gaining 3 percent growth.
Air India on 17 January 2013 grounded all six Boeing 787 dreamliners after US federal agency asked its airlines to ground the Boeing 787 due to safety hazard.
The Central government on 17 January 2013 imposed a 2.5 per cent import duty on crude edible oil with keeping the duties unchanged on refined cooking oil.
Union Government of India hiked the cap on subsidized cylinders from 6 to 9. The decisions will come into effect from 1 April 2013.
China’s Travel Attractions a book by Chinese Author Zhao Jiang in Tamil is to be released in India in the ongoing Chennai Book fair in Jan 2013.
Mahaveer Golechha, the Indian researcher was selected to be felicitated with the Young Investigator Scholarship Award for his work on Alzheimer’s drug.
Government Telecom Service Provider MTNL on 17 January 2013 launched its video telephony service in Delhi and Mumbai.
Jet Airways, in the month of January 2013 entered into a partnership with Centrum Direct to offer Foreign Exchange Services to guests traveling abroad.
The Union Government on 17 January 2013 approved a 50 per cent reduction in the reserve price of spectrum used by CDMA mobile operators.
The Dutch Coach Roelant Oltmans is appointed as the High Performance Director for Indian Hockey Team.
The Union Home Ministry in India issued stricter guidelines for those visas which are used by the foreign nationals interested in surrogacy.
Lance Armstrong was asked to return the Sydney Olympics Bronze Medal by the International Olympics Committee.
China’s economy, the 2nd largest economy of the world grew just 7.8 percent in 2012, which is the 13-year low.
President’s Rule was imposed on Jharkhand on 18 January 2013 after the Union Cabinet approved its imposition.
Supreme Court of India on 18 January 2012 asked the Union Government to set-up a Special Court for trial of the Italian Marines. Duo is convicted of shooting two fishermen.
IBM,Signed a MoU with University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES), Dehradun in order to create a unique opportunity for students and faculty to learn new skill sets on IBM software.
Rahul Gandhi, on 19 January 2013 was declared the new vice-president of Indian National Congress after the decision made by the Congress Working Committee.
Barack Obama on 20 Jan. 2013 took oath as the President of America for the second term. Justice John Roberts made him to take the oath.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 20 January, 2013 inaugurated Ghat Ki Guni tunnel at Jaipur. The tunnel connects Jaipur with NH-11.
The centenary year celebration of the National Test House, Kolkata was inaugurated by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee on 20 January 2013.
Government of India declared 3.5 core of the MGNREGA linked Post Office Accounts would be used under the Direct Cash Transfer Scheme.
The Government of India has increased the import duty on platinum and gold from 4 percent to 6 percent.
The Supreme Court of India on 21 January 2013 banned the tourists to pass from Andaman Nicobar Trunk Road which passes through an area which is Jarawas habitat.
Indian Navy Commissioned INS Saryu near Andaman and Nicobar Island.
The National Mission for Empowerment of Women (NMEW) held the Sixth National Conference on 21 January 2013.
World’s largest optical telescope would be developed by the scientists of a five nation consortium namely, India, Japan, China, Canada and the US.
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Ancestral House to get a Heritage Status, West Bengal Government declared it on 22 January 2013.
Nitin Gadkari resigned from his post as the BJP President on 22 January 2013. After his resignation, Rajnath Singh was elected as the party chief.
K V Singhdeo on 22 January 2013 resigned from Organising Committee of the Women Cricket World Cup matches in Cuttack, protesting against Pakistani players.
Two agreements were signed between India and Sri Lanka on Combating International Terrorism and Illegal Drug and Human Trafficking on 22 January 2013.
A team at Intel created a device which is said to allow Stephen Hawking, the renowned physicist of the world to communicate faster than before.
Bhutan King to be the Chief Guest at India’s Republic Day for the Year 2013. Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is to be the chief guest at the Republic Day parade for the year 2013.
Virat Kohli became the quickest Indian to score 4000 runs. At world level he is the second quickest and follows Viv Richards, the cricketer from West Indies.
Hanako, the third oldest elephant of the world, celebrated its 66th birthday at the Inokashira Park Zoo of Japan. Hanako is also the oldest elephant of Japan.
International Monetary Fund (IMF) on 23 January 2013 projected that the global economic growth rate would be 3.5 percent in 2013
Fauja Singh, the Oldest Marathon Runner of the World Announced Retirement. Fauja Singh, 101, the oldest marathon runner of the world decided to stop running in the competitions after Hong Kong marathon which will be held in Feb 2013.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on 23 January 2013 projected that the economic growth rate of India in 2013 would be 5.9 percent
Uddhav Thackeray appointed as the Party President of Shiv Sena.
The Justice Verma panel, created to review the laws for sexual crimes submitted the report to the Government of India on 23 January 2013.
Rajnath Singh on 23 January 2013 was appointed as the National President of BJP and he replaced outgoing President Nitin Gadkari to be at the post.
The Government of India banned two Pakistani diplomats from participating in the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) 2013, which began on 24 January 2013.
The Women and Child Development Ministry observed National Girl Child Day on 24 January 2013 to create consciousness of the society towards the girl child.
ING departed the insurance business in India by selling off 26 percent stake of ING Vysya Life Insurance to the Exide Industries.
Milos Zeman became Czech Republic’s first directly elected President as per the Czech Republic Presidential election results declared on 25 January 2013.
Deutsche Bank was appointed as the depository bank for Global Depository Receipt (GDR) of Indiabulls Infrastructure and Power Limited (IIPL).
Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) made revisions in the norms of Offer for Sale on 25 January 2013.
The Election Commission of India celebrated the 3rd National Voters’ Day across the country on 25 January 2013.
Philips Electronics Sold Audio and Video Business to Funai Electric.
SpiceJet decided to launch its flights to Guangzhou in the first week of February 2013. SpiceJet became the only Indian private airline to fly China.
Shah Rukh Khan, the Bollywood superstar topped the inaugural Forbes India Celebrity 100 list.
Second was Salman Khan and MS Dhoni followed in the 3rd position.
Major Abup J Manjali of the Rashtriya Rifles was selected for Kirti Chakra for his extraordinary bravery efforts in counter- terrorist operations in J&K.
Vulture Population Estimation-2013 was conducted in Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh by the State Government. 867 vultures were found in the reserve.
37 officials of the Customs & Central Excise and ED were selected for Presidential Award of Appreciation Certificate for 2013.
Sreeramamurthy Janaki Refused to Accept Padma Bhushan on R-Day. Sreeramamurthy Janaki, 75, the renowned playback singer, on 26 January 2013 refused to accept the prestigious Padma Bhushan.
India celebrated its 64th Republic Day on 26 January 2013, Showcased Military Prowess and Cultural Heritage.
India won the ODI series against England 3-2; England won the Fifth and the last ODI played at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamshala on 27 January 2013.
President Mohamed Morsi announced a month-long emergency in three cities of Egypt on 27 January 2013. These cities are Suez, Ismailia and Port Said.
India and Australia on 28 January 2013 agreed to concentrate on priority areas like energy and food security for mutual benefit of the two countries.
Aircel on 28 January 2013 launched Free Roaming Service for Voice, SMS and Data.
India and Bangladesh on 28 January 2013 signed two landmark agreements on extradition of criminals and terrorists and liberalising the visa regime.
The Union Minister for Commerce on 28 January 2013 launched an eBiz portal at the CII Partnership Summit in Agra.
Toyota Motor acclaimed the title of top selling automaker of the world in 2012, recording the highest sales and beating its rivals Volkswagen and GM.
Iran on 28 January 2013 announced that it had successfully sent into space a monkey. The first country to launch the primate into space was US in 1948.
Mumbai won its 40th Ranji trophy at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on 28 Jan 2013.
Taiwan’s business tycoon declared on 28 January 2013 that he was funding the Asia’s Nobel Prizes for outstanding achievements in natural and social sciences.
Novak Djokovic won Australian Open 2013, defeated Andy Murray in Final.
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus won Australian Open 2013 in the Women’s Category.
Tiger Woods on 29 January 2013 won his 75th PGA Tour title in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.
The Reserve Bank of India on 29 January 2013 slashed its key interest rates by 0.25 per cent and released 18000 crore rupees.
The Information and Broadcasting Ministry on 29 January 2013 constituted a seven-member expert committee to review the institutional framework of Prasar Bharti.
India announced an assistance of 2.5 million US dollars to Syria on 30 January 2013 at the High-level International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria.
Research In Motion (RIM) on 30 January 2013 announced that it will formally be called Blackberry now. It launched its own new operating system called Blackberry 10.
India and USA inaugurated the First Triangular India-US-Africa Partnership at Hyderabad.
Vishwaroopam which was originally slated to be released on 25 January 2013 was once again banned by the Madras High Court on 30 January 2013.
World anti Leprosy Day was observed on 30 January 2013 to focus attention and create awareness about the air-borne disease.
NASA on 31 January 2013 launched a new communication satellite TDRS to stay in touch with its space station astronauts.
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