Wednesday, February 13, 2013



 Syrian  Opposition  in  Unity  Deal:  Syrian  opposition  groups  meeting  in  Qatar,  Doha  inked  a  hard-won  unity deal and agreed to form a national coalition to fight against President Bashar al-Assad, delegates said.

 Pakistan Launcehes Education Plan for Children with Focus on Girls: As the world heeded to U.N. Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown’s call to observe November 10 as ‘Global Action Day for Malala Yousufzai’, Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari warned that attack on Ms. Yousufzai was an attack on the future
of the region as a whole, as the terrorists would not stop at Pakistan. It may be called that Ms. Yousufzai was shot  at  and  grievously  injured  by  the  Tehreek-e-Taliban  Pakistan  on  October  9,  2012  while  on  her  way  back from school in Mingora in Swat Valley.

 Obama  Gets  four  more  years: US  President  Barack  Obama  on  November  6,  2012  won  a  second  term  and
immediately  promised  to  unify  a  country  bitterly  divided  along  political  lines,  exacerbated  by  a  hard  fought campaign.  The  Republican  Party  retained  control  of  the  House  of Representatives  in  Parallel  congressional elections and democrats held on to the Senate.

 Xi Jinping to Head both Party and Military in China: Xi Jinping, the 59-year-old ‘princeling’ son of a former politburo  member,  was  on  November  15,  2012,  pronounced  the  General  Secretary  of  the  communist  Party  of China (CPC) and the head of the party’s Central Military Committee, marketing an end to a once-in-a  decade leadership transition process. Mr. Xi and six other leaders to constitute the Party’s highest body-The  Politburo standing Committee (PBSC) –were presented as the faces of the next generation of leaders as outgoing leader Hu Jintao relinquished his posts as Head of the CPC and chairman of the military.

 With Bulgaria Joining, South steam Gas Pipeline Clears Last Hurdle: Bulgaria has formally agreed to join the South Stream Gas pipeline project, the last hurdle that needed to be cleared to deliver Russian gas to large parts  of  Europe. The South Stream  pipeline- funded by Gazprom, Italy’s Eni, France’s EdF and Germany’s Winter-shall-is  due  to  start  operating  in  2015,  bringing  up  to  63  billion  cubic  meters  of  gas  annually  to the
Balkans, Austria and Italy.

 Southeast  Asian  Leaders  Sign  Human  Rights  Declaration: Southeast  Asian  Leaders  in  Phnom  Penh,Cambodia endorsed a controversial human rights pact on November 18, 2012 during an annual summit in which they  also  focussed  on  bruising  territorial  rows  and  deadly  unrest  in  Myanmar.  Heads  of  the  10-member 3 Association  of  Southeast  Asian  Nations (ASEAN)  hailed  their  declaration  on  human  rights  as  a  landmark
agreement that would help protect the region’s 600 million people.

 UN Recognizes State of Palestine: The United Nations General Assembly has voted to recognize Palestinians as an ‘ observer state’ , a largely symbolic upgrade in status that drew criticism and potential financial penalties from the US and Israel .

 Ernest Koroma Back in Power in Sierra Leone: The African country Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Koroma swept to a second term with 58 % of votes in a poll.Sierra Leone is rich in mineral resources and massive iron-ore  deposits  are  expected  to  add  21%  growth  this  year  to  its  $  2.2  billion  Gross  Domestic  Product,  the International Monetary Fund estimates.

 Pakistan Tests N-Capable Hatf-V Missile:  Pakistan announce  the successful training  launch of the Medium Range Ballistic Missile, Haft-V (Ghauri) which can carry both conventional and nuclear war heads to a distance of 1,300 km.


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