Monday, January 28, 2013


 7THEAST ASIA SUMMIT: The 7th East Asia Summit (EAS) was held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on November20, it was opened with the presence of leaders from 10 ASEAN member states and eight dialogue partners as well as heads of some international financial institutions.

INDIAN  OCEAN  RIM  ASSN  MEET: A 20-nation Indian  Ocean Rim ASSN was held at Gurgaon, a newly-emerged cyber city in India in November 2012. 

 HONOUR FOR ‘SPY PRINCESS’ NOOR INAYAT KHAN: A bronze bust of Noor Inayat, hailed as a heroine of the World  War  II  for  her  role  in  a  dangerous  secret  mission  against  the  Nazis,  was  unveiled  in  London  by Princess Anne on November 8, marking the culmination of a long campaign by her biographer Shrabani Basu.

CHINA  LAUNVHES  FIRST  LANKAN  SATELLITE:   Srilanka’s first satellite was launched into space  from western China on November 27.

 INDIA  TOPS  PNEUMONIA  CHILD  DEATHS:    According  to  the  third  annual  International  Vaccine  Access Centre’s (IVAC) Pneumonia Progress Report 2012 almost 1,088 children under five years of age die every day in India,an increase of 6.7per cent from 2008.The WHO and UNICEF have  further put India in the red spot over progress on the Global Action Plan for Prevention and control of Pneumonia (GAPP).

INDIAN, AMONG 5 OTHER CARDINALS: Pope Benedict  made  six  non-European  prelates  Roman  Catholic Cardinals on November 24. The new cardinals, ranging in age from 53 to 72, are from the United States, India (Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal), Nigeria, the Philippines, Lebanon and Colombia. 

INDIA 4 IN MARKET POTENTIAL FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY: According to a report published by Ernst & Young,  India  has  emerged  as  the  fourth  most  attractive  place  globally  in  terms  of  its  market  potential  for renewable energy after China, the US and Germany.

                          BUSINESS & ECONOMY:

WIPRO TOPS GREEN FIRMS’ LIST:  Indian technology giant Wipro’s electronics division has been ranked as the  best  by  Greenpeace  in  its  green  ranking.  Wipro  tops  the  latest  edition  of  the  guide  due  to  its  embrace  of renewable energy and advocacy for greener energy policies in India.

                        AWARDS & HONOURS:

  INFOSYS PRIZE: The Infosys Foundation in November announced the winners of the fourth Infosys Prize for research,  across  six  categories,  including  one  in  Humanities, introduced  for  the  first  time.  The  winners  are-Satyajit Mayor for Life Sciences, Sanjay Subrahmanyam for History, Amit Chaudhuri for Literary Studies, Ashish Lele for Engineering and Computer Science, Manjul Bhargava for Mathematics, Ayyappanpillai Ajayaghosh for Physical Sciences, Prof. Arunava Sen for Social Sciences.

Great  Cross  of  Civil  Merit: The Government of Spain  has conferred the Great Cross of Civil Merit on Dr. Farooq  Abdullah,Minister of New and Renewable Energy. Dr.Abdullah  has  been  honoured  for  his  efforts  to promote sustainable economic development through the promotion of renewable energy.

 Man  Booker  Prize: British  novelist  Hilary  Mantel  made  history  by  becoming  the  first  women  and  first  British author to become a two time winner of the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction for her book ‘Bring up the Bodies’. She first won the prize in 2009 for the novel WolfHall. Only two writers Australian author Peter Carey, who won in 1988 and 2001, and a South African J M Coetzee in 1983 and 1999, have achieved this feat.

 Hoover Medal: Founder of IT giant Infosys,  V. Narayan Murthy has been honoured  with the Hoover Medal at the Global Humanitarian Technology Conference in Seattle in Washington. The Hoover medal was established in 1930 to  recognize  great,  unselfish,  non-technical  services  by  engineers  to  humanity.  Previous  awardees include former US Presidents Herbert Hoover, Dwight D. Eisenhower and James Earl Carter.

  Honorary  Doctorate: Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore  has  been  given  an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Edinburgh Napier University for her outstanding contribution to Indian cinema.

Indira Gandhi National Integration Award: Congress President Sonia Gandhi awarded the 27th Indira Gandhi national Integration Award to well-known poet, lyricist and film director Gulzar. The award was given to mark the 28th death anniversary of the late Prime Minister, who was assassinated on Oct 31, 184.

 Bundesverdienstkreuz Award: Novelist Kiran Nagarkar and businessman Babasaheb Kalyani were conferred the prestigious ‘Bundesverdienstkreuz’, Germany’s Cross of the Order of Merit, for their contributions to Indo-German relations.


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