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Important News: India & World

  1. According to the annual Doing Business report released on 29 October 2013 by World Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC): India Ranked 134th Spot in the Ease of Doing Business List: WB.

Note: The top ten nations in the Ease of Doing Business ranking are Singapore (1), Hong Kong (2), New Zealand (3), United States (4), Denmark (5), Malaysia (6), Korea (7), Georgia (8), Norway (9) and the United Kingdom (10).
As per the World Bank’s ease of doing business, New Delhi is the best place within India to do business.

  1. Rapid Metro-India's First Private Metro service started operation from Gurgaon, Haryana.
  2. India declares itself free from bird flu.
  3. India ranks second in the list of countries that approached Google with requests, seeking information on users. While the US topped the list with 10,918 requests, India followed with 2,691 during the January-June period this year.
  4. Sachin Tendulkar postage stamp released on honour of the Little Master before 200th Test.
  5. President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurate the nuclear waste immobilization plant (WIP) of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) at Kalpakkam
  6. US, Israel lose UNESCO voting right: U.S. automatically lost voting rights at UNESCO, after missing a crucial deadline to repay its debt to the world’s cultural agency. Note: i. The U.S. hasn’t paid its dues to the UNESCO in protest over the decision by world governments to make Palestine a UNESCO member in 2011. Israel suspended its dues at the same time.
  7. Jordan will replace Saudi Arabia on the Security Council for a two-year term.

Note: The UN General Assembly, which voted on Oct. 17 to give Saudi Arabia the seat traditionally reserved for an Arab nation on the council, will have to formally approve Jordan as a replacement. 

  1. U N Security Council Elected 5 New Non-Permanent Members: Chad, Chile, Lithuania, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia elected to seats as non-permanent members by the United Nations Security Council in the 15-member Council on 17 October 2013.
  • These members have been elected for two-year term which would start from January 2014.
  • The New Council members will replace Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan and Togo.
  • India had served as a non-permanent member at the council in 2011-2012.
  1. Australia on 29 October 2013 announced the winding down of its military mission in Afghanistan with the withdrawal of most of its troops by the end of 2014.
  2. Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor is a mega infra-structure project of USD 90 billion with the financial & technical aids from Japan,
  3. United Nations General Assembly Voted against US ban on Cuba: For the 22nd consecutive year at the United Nations, the United Nations General Assembly on 29 October 2013 adopted a resolution calling for an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba.
  • One hundred and eighty-eight countries voted for the non-binding resolution and only the United States and Israel voted against the resolution.
  • Three countries abstained from voting (Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau).
  • The US imposed the embargo on Cuba in 1960, shortly after Fidel Castro took power and seized US-owned assets on the island.
  1. Haryana Launched its First Food Bank at Gurgaon with Support from global food major  Cargill and India Food Banking Network (IFBN).
  2. A Bangladeshi court on 5 November 2013 sentenced to death 152 soldiers for their role in a 2009 revolt.
  3. Bangladesh approved the commercial cultivation of transgenic Bt brinjal. With this decision Bangladesh became the first country in South Asia to cultivate the genetically modified food crop.
  4. India's second international-standard multi-use Integrated Check Post (ICP) and the first along the Bangladesh border will be opened to people at Akhaurah in Tripura on November 17, 
  5. Scenic Sikkim has been named as the best region to visit in 2014 by a leading global travel guide, with Brazil emerging as the top destination in terms of countries.
  6. Bharti Airtel on 5 November 2013 entered into an agreement with the Warid Group to acquire its Congo operations with the objective of strengthening its stronghold in the African market.
  7. Note: At present, Airtel is the second largest operator in African country with over 1.6 million customers, while Warid is the third largest with around one million customers.
  8. India and Australia are to hold the third round of negotiations to finalise a civil nuclear agreement that could enable the sale of Australian uranium to India, in Delhi
  9. US software company Microsoft recently developed a new cost-effective sign language translator that converts signs into spoken and written language.
  10.   Swedish Embassy celebrates 100 years of Tagore’s Nobel Prize on 6th Nov.
  11. Charkha of Mahatma Gandhi that he used in Yerwada Jail during the Quit India Movement was auctioned in UK on 5 November 2013 for £110000 (1.1 crore rupees approximately) at England.
  12. Amitabh Bachchan to deliver this year's Penguin Lecture.
  13. Super Typhoon Haiyan batters central Philippines.
  14. SC Stays Gauhati HC verdict terming CBI as 'unconstitutional'.
  15.   Delhi to celebrate 150th birth anniversary of Assam's literature icon Lakshminath Bezbaruah.
  16. Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) signed a roadmap agreement to allow inspectors broader access to nuclear sites.
  17. Bharti Airtel has signed a managed Value Added Services (VAS) agreement with Mahindra Comviva for its Bangladesh operations. 
  18. United Nations named Sigrid Kaag to lead the UN's joint mission with the chemical weapons watchdog tasked with eliminating Syria's arsenal, diplomats . The UN Security Council, has formally approved Kaag's in a first joint mission with the Nobel Peace Prize-winning (OPCW) Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. 
  19. Kannur Declared First Zero Landless District in the Country. Kannur District is one of the 14 districts in the state of Kerala
  20. Russia and Japan on 2 November 2013 held their first joint Defence and agreed to expand their defense and security cooperation. 
  21. ING Vysya Bank has entered into a business tie-up with Indian Railways’ IRCTC to offer online train ticketing services to its customers.
  22. National Housing Bank (NHB) has joined hands with UK Government's Department for International Development (DFID) to launch an affordable housing project that will operate in eight low-income States.
  23. ONGC Videsh Ltd, the overseas arm of state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp, has won two onland oil blocks in Myanmar, strengthening its presence in the south-east Asian nation.
  24. High prices of vegetables push retail inflation up to 9.84% in Sept
  25. Powerful Typhoon Wipha caused destruction in Japan.
  26. Canada offer honorary citizenship to Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai. 
  27. Union Cabinet Approved A Committee on Babhli Barrage Project: the appointment of a three-member supervisory committee headed by a representative of the Central Water Commission on construction of Babhli Barrage issue.


  • The Babhli project / barrage is a controversial reservoir project being constructed by Maharashtra state across the river Godavari.
  • The project brought dispute between Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra states.
  1. Brazil and India will work together to devise internet regulations in order to protect online privacy from snooping by other countries.
  2. India and Hungary Signed MoU for Promotion of Traditional Systems of Medicine
  3. Micromax’s new brand ambassdor is Hugh Jackman
  4. ONGC Videsh wins two oil blocks in Myanmar
  5. The Largest Air Traffic Control Tower of India Inaugurated at Mumbai Airport
  6. Bangalore, known as India’s silicon city, has been ranked as the country’s top business destination, followed by Chennai, Mumbai and Pune
  7. Tata Steel on 21 October 2013 won a new contract to supply Britain's Network Rail with more than 95 percent of its rails for at least five years. 
  8. Tata SIA Airlines, name approved for TATA-Singapore airlines joint Airline venture:
  9. India Post Released Postage Stamp on the Golden Jubilee of Bhakra Dam
  10. Internet giant Google has emerged as the world’s best multinational company to work for, followed by software developer SAS Institute and network storage provider NetApp in the second and third place, respectively.
  11. Ethiopia banned its Citizens from Travelling Abroad for Work to avoid illegal human trafficking.
  12. Government sanctioned a new Plastic Park for Odisha. A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) called Paradeep Plastic Park Limited would set up the Plastic Park. 
  13. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was conferred an Honorary Doctorate by the prestigious (Russia) Moscow State Institute of International Relations.
  14. Railways Minister Mallikarjun Kharge on 29 October 2013 launched the High Speed Rail Corporation of India Ltd (HSRC), a subsidiary of Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd. (RVNL).
  15. Telecom services provider Vodafone India in association with ICICI Bank has launched M-Pesa, its trademarked mobile money transfer and payment service in Maharashtra.
  16. A special CBI court in Ranchi pronounced all 45 accused, including Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and MP Lalu Prasad, guilty in the Chaibasa treasury case of the Rs. 950-crore fodder scam.
  17. China and the European Union signed a 350 billion yuan (euro 45 billion) currency swap agreement, a major step in pushing international use of the Chinese currency yuan.
  18. Gambia withdraws from the Commonwealth of Nations. Gambian, a West African country joined the Commonwealth of Nations in 1965. 
  1. President of Gambia: Yahya Jammeh
  2. Capital of Gambia: Banjul. Currency - Dalasi
  3. The last country to be withdrawn from the Commonwealth group was Zimbabwe in 2003.
  4. The Commonwealth of Nations is a voluntary association of 54 countries, many of them former territories of the British Empire. It was established in 1949.


  1. The Republic of Latvia will start its embassy in New Delhi from Jan 1,2014. the day when the nation will enter the Euro zone.
  2. The European Union approved Latvia as the 18th member out of 28 member,  the euro zone, which uses the bloc’s common currency. Latvia will adopt the euro on January 1, 2014.
  3. Latvia capital: Riga. Currency: Lats. President: Andris Berzins. PM: Valdis Dombrovskis
  4. India unveils (JENVAC ) 1st indigenously developed vaccine for treating Japanese Encephalitis, a mosquito-borne viral disease that affects the brain. The vaccine which is presently being imported from China.
  5. Iraq become the latest country to approve “Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty”.  Now number of countries fully adhered to the treaty rose to 161.
  6. All-women Sharia Court starts functioning in Pune: Set up by Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), the first all-women Sharia Court will deal with various family issues, including marital discord, divorce as well as property related disputes.
  7. The United Nations (UN) has declared 2013 as the International Year of the Quinoa (IYQ) and the International Year of Water Cooperation. Note: The Year of Quinoa aims to focus world attention on the “nutritional, economic, environmental and cultural value of quinoa,” a seed originally cultivated for food in the Andes, primarily in Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador.
  8. Government of India declared 2013 as the Water Conservation Year 2013
  9.  India and China has declared to observe 2014 as the “Year of Friendly Exchanges”.
  10. The Union Cabinet has given nod to the proposal to divest 10% government stake in Indian Oil Corporation (IOC).
  11. Assembly elections will be held in 5 states: Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram and Chhattisgarh from 11th November. Delhi and Mizoram will go to polls on 4th December, Madhya Pradesh on 25th November and Rajasthan on 1st December.  Note: For the first time, voters will have an option of “None of the above” (NOTA) in these polls where they can decide not to vote any of the candidates in the fray. 
  12. India was re-elected in the new Council of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as one of the states making the largest contribution to the provision of facilities for international civil air navigation.

Note: The 38th session of the Assembly of ICAO completed the election of the Council in Montreal on 1October 2013. ICAO has 36 members.

  1. India and the US, a prominent body of Indian-American physicians has joined hands with a leading NGO fostering cardiac care in US. The aim of this collaboration is to work closely with Indian Physicians to address the lack of adequate training of Emergency Room Physicians and to provide a uniform curriculum for Emergency Care Education in the Medical Colleges. The American Heart Association (AHA) Liaison Committee, chaired by Vemuri S Murthy
  2. Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi and Birmingham Airport, UK on 7 October 2013 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalise a working relationship and commit to developing links between the two cities (Birmingham and Delhi). The MoU will allow the sharing information and best practice to enhance links between Birmingham and Delhi and promote tourism and business opportunities at both ends of the route. 
  3. Sankalp breaks own Guinness World record; prepares 53-ft-long dosa: The Ahmedabad-based Sankalp Group, which twice entered Guinness Book of World Records by making 25 and 32-feet-long dosas in 1997 and 2006, respectively, has broken its own record by preparing a 53-feet-long dosa. .
  4. Avahan India project prevented over 6 lakh HIV infections. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Avahan programme may have prevented over 6 lakh HIV infections in India over 10 years, according to a report in Lancet Global Health.
  5. Rahul Gandhi lays foundation of Mega Food Park in Amethi (UP)
  6. Sun Pharmaceutical Industries India's biggest drug maker by market capital and USA based Intrexon Corporation, a leading player in synthetic biology announced on 2 October 2013 to establish a joint venture to develop controllable gene-based therapies for the treatment of eye diseases.
  7. Ratan Tata to be inducted into National Academy of Engineering in the US for his "outstanding contributions" to industrial development in India and the world over. 
  8.  Bihar to get double food subsidy and food grain allocation under National Food Security Act
  9. Tata Power started construction work for the first phase of its joint venture 400-MW Shaukhevi hydroelectric project in Georgia.
  10. Italy Became 5th Country To Ratify Istanbul Convention which aims to combat violence against women. The other countries that have ratified the Istanbul Convention are EU candidate countries Turkey and Montenegro, and EU potential candidate country Albania.
  11. Croatia becomes 28th EU (European Union) member state.
  12. Tajikistan has become 159th member of the World Trade Organisation
    • ONGC to look after six monuments : The Tourism Ministry has roped in ONGC to maintain cleanliness and hygiene at six tourist destinations across the country, as part of its Clean India campaign.
    • ONGC will adopt six monuments – 
    • Taj Mahal at Agra,  
    • Ellora Caves and  
    • Elephanta Caves in Maharashtra,
    • Red Fort in Delhi,
    • Golkonda Fort in Hyderabad
    • Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu.
  13. All-India Association of Industries, AIAI said it has entered into an agreement with the Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry to promote trade between the two countries.
  14. Dubai to have world’s largest crystalline man-made lagoon: A multinational company plans to launch the world’s largest man-made lagoon costing a whopping $7 billion.
  15. Supreme Court gets dedicated customized pin code (110 201) allotted by Department of Post.
  16. Balaji Motion Pictures ( film production unit of Balaji Telefilms, ) buys film adaptation rights of Japanese detective novel: The Devotion of Suspect X.

Note: i. The Devotion of Suspect X by Japanese author Keigo Higashino, is the third of the cult ‘Detective Galileo’ series.


  1. SC directs 3% reservation for disabled in all govt institutions
  2. The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has again been named the world's top university by the Times Higher Education Global Ranking.
  3. Google introduces new ‘Hummingbird’ search algorithm.
  4. India to build its first strategic oil storage at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and Mangalore and Padur in Karnataka to store about 5.33 million tonnes of crude oil by January 2014
  5. Formula One: Indian Grand Prix to start from October 25 to be held at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida . The 5.14 km long circuit has been designed by world-renowned German architect and racetrack designer, Hermann Tilke
  6. Vice President of India released a commemorative postage stamp of Baba Jumdev. Jumdev was a prominent spiritual leader and revered social activist.
  7. Sonia Gandhi Unveiled the Statue of R Sankar, the First Congress Chief Minister of Kerala
  8. Olympic torch to be carried on spacewalk by Russian Soyuz rocket.
  9. Mumbai named world's second-most honest city: Reader's Digest survey. Finland capital Helsinki bagged the top spot for the world's most honest city in the survey, while Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, proved to be the least honest
  10. The 18th International Children's Film Festival (ICFFI), popularly known as 'The Golden Elephant', will be held in Hyderabad from November 14-20. Filmmaker Amole Gupte, is the Chairman of the Children's Film Society
  11. AirAsia gets NOC from Aviation Ministry: AirAsia India, is a three way joint venture between AirAsia, the Malaysia-based low-cost airline, Tata Sons and Telestra Tradeplace which was formed to start a new low-cost domestic airline.
  12. Contemporary western wear brand AND has unveiled its first exclusive boutique in Vadodara
  13. Wipro in partnership with Qatar Airways announced the launch of a range of information technology products for the aviation industry.
  14. India's TCS, GE launch female BPO centre in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
  15. Air New Zealand to fly planes to Antarctica
  16. Russia hand over 1,000 megawatt Bushehr nuclear reactor to Iran: Under the deal, Moscow also agreed to provide its fuel for 10 years and Teheran would return the spent fuel, amid Western concerns over its controversial uranium enrichment program
  17. World’s largest solar project and Refinery project to be set up in Rajasthan.
  • The Heavy Industries Ministry is planning to set up an ‘Ultra Mega Green Solar Power Project’ in Sambhar Salts Ltd.
  • Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) for setting up 9-million-tonne-per-annum (mmtpa) Greenfield refinery-cum-petrochemical complex in Barmer District in Rajasthan.
  1. Gorakhpur in UP is set to make on world map with the longest railway platform (1,355 metre). As of now, Kharagpur in West Bengal has the longest platform at 1,072 metres, followed by State street subway station Chicago. Once it becomes operational the platform will be able to accommodate two trains of 26 coaches each at a time.
  2. Tourism Ministry launched the “777” days of Incredible Himalayas Campaign to promote the virgin peak of Himalayas and attract tourist.
  3. G- 4 Nations include: India, Brazil Germany, and Japan
  4. Fairfax financial holdings ltd. has decided to acquire Blackberry for $4.7 billion. Founder of FairFax: Prem Watsa
  5. Indian rollerskater Rohan Kokane entered into Guinness Book 2014 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records
  6. Postal Dept to bring RTI stamp soon:  “Under orders of the Central Information Commission, the Department will issue RTI stamps in the denomination of Rs 10.
  7. Human papillomavirous (HPV) is a DNA virus from the papillomavirous family that is capable of infecting humans.
  8. Google has reportedly acquired file-sharing app developer Bump.
  9. Airtel bagged 9th rank on the list beating Japanese car Honda among the Top 10 most admired global brands in Africa. Survey conducted by African Business Awards. Coca cola top the list.
  10. New Zealand opens embassy in Myanmar
  11. PM inaugurate Seepat Super Thermal Power Plant of the National Thermal Power Corporation, NTPC, in Bilaspur district of Chhattisgarh. The Seepat Power Plant of the NTPC is the first project of the NTPC using Super Critical Technology
  12. China opens world's highest civilian airport in Sichuan. Daocheng Yading Airport replaces the previous champion, Bangda Airport in the Tibet Autonomous Region
  13. All India Students Association (AISA) sweeps JNU students' union polls. Akbar Chaudhary was elected the president.
  14. Kanoon Lugat, the First Urdu Law Dictionary Released in Mumbai. Supreme Court advocate Muhammad Irshad Hanif authored the translation of this dictionary.  The Urdu legal dictionary has a foreword written by former Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir. 
  15. Premlata Agrawal, first Indian woman mountaineer to scale 7 continental peaks
  16. Raghav Joneja youngest Indian to climb Everest
  17. Arunima Sinha became India’s first woman to conquer Mt. Everest on a prosthetic leg
  18. Yuichiro Miura, a Japanese mountaineer, became the oldest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest at the age of 80.
  19. Typhoon Man-yi (cyclone) hits Japan.
  20. Narendra Modi (CM of Gujarat) named BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha election.
  21. Delhi is the richest state in the country: govt statistical data
  22.  Russian Embassy in Libya evacuated after attack.
  23.  Information Technology Investment Region (ITIR) to be set up in Hyderabad.
  24. Germany has committed financial and technical assistance to India for the Green Energy Corridor.
  25. Tatapani power project which is nation’s first geo-thermal power project is to be establish in Balrampur-Ramanujganj district of Chattisgarh.
  26. Chhattisgarh has been selected for this year's prestigious National Literacy Award for the first time since its formation in November 2000.
  27. Nagaland became the first state to use the high-tech voter recording system 'Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail' (VVPAT) with Electronic Voting Machines for the by-elections to Noksen Assembly constituency.
  28. Nicobar Islands declared world biosphere reserve. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) has declared and designated the Nicobar Islands in India as a world biosphere reserve under its Man and the Biosphere Programme.
  29. US imposes sanctions on Iran's petrochemical industry.
  30. World's highest wind tunnel (InFlight) to open in Dubai
  31. Taj Mahal: ranked 3rd among top landmarks in the world: The top two places were Machu Picchu Peru and Angkor Wat in Cambodia respectively.
  32. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 30 May 2013 was elected to the Rajya Sabha for the fifth time from Assam.
  33. Oprah Winfrey was named the most powerful celebrity by Forbes, heading the 6 women and four men who make up the top 10
  34. Rampur becomes the first city of North India where ATM facility will be available for people maintaining accounts in co-operative banks. 
  35. Country's highest Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) will be set up at Nyoma, Leh district of Jammu and Kashmir at a height of about 14 thousand feet.
  36. Reliance Power said its 45-MW wind power project at Vashpet in Maharashtra has commenced operations.
  37. President inaugurated Rs 9000 crores’ first Gas-based Power Plant powered by ONGC—Tripura Power Corporation (OTPC) at Palatana in Tripura, which would produce 363.3 MW in the first phase.
  38. Paradip Port was conferred with the Major Port of the Year award for its excellent performance in the year 2012-13.
  39. Runa Laila, the SAARC Goodwill Ambassador for HIV/AIDS visited India from and the objective of the visit was to extend support to the cause of HIV/AIDS especially on the issues of Stigma and Discrimination related to People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV).
  40. Second all-woman employees post office inaugurated at the Delhi.
  41. Myanmar President Thein Sein becomes the first leader of his country to visit the White House in nearly half a century.
  42. Central Detective Training School (CDTS) will be set up in Ghaziabad.
  43. Arunachal Pradesh became the First State to Introduce e-GPF.
  44. MP leads in growth rate with Gross State Domestic Product for 2012-13 is likely to be 14.28 % and agriculture growth rate about 10.02%.
  45. Tripura, Manipur and Meghalaya got their own High Courts. Mr. Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre is the first Chief Justice of the new Manipur High Court, Justice T Meena Kumari has become the first Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court, justice Deepak Gupta took over as the new Tripura High Court's Chief Justice.
  46. Haryana bags ‘Krishi Karman Award’ for highest wheat production.
  47. India to be world's most populous country by 2028: UN
  48. First all-women police station opened in Arunachal.
  49. India proposed China to be principal guest country at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2014.
  50. The world’s tallest twisted tower “Infinity Tower” was launched in Dubai Marina
  51. India Proposed Hydrocarbon Pipeline from Kazakhstan like TAPI.
  52. Mangalam village became the first village in India where all households were provided banking facilities, it is situated in Pondicherry.
  53. Wi-Fi, internet facility in Howrah Rajdhani launched.
  54. Param Yuva II - India's fastest supercomputer and the 62nd fastest supercomputer in the world.
  55. London became no.1 Fashion City of the world (earlier it was Paris)
  56. South Korea Became first country in Asia to Order Chemical Castration of Child Rapist.
  57. Iran and Pakistan launched Gas Pipeline Project of 7.5 billion dollar gas pipeline project which will link Iran's gas pipeline to that of Pakistan.
  58. Japan Became First Country in the World to Extract Natural Gas from Methane Hydrate by March 2013.
  59. United Arab Emirates (UAE) Inaugurated World’s Largest Solar Power Plant of cost 600-million dollar project named “Shams 1” at Madinat Zayed
  60. The Union Cabinet approved setting up of two National level universities, The Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University and Indira Gandhi National University for Women, IGNUW, will be set up in Rae Bareli district.
  61. The city of Incheon in South Korea has been named World Book Capital for the year 2015 by an international committee of experts representing the book industry and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
  62. Ford Motor Company became First Automaker to Participate in the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Programme in India. Voluntary reporting enables a complete transparency in terms of the carbon dioxide emissions. 
  63. Note: The Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan.
  64. For the first time, the Election Commission used the paper trail system along with the Electronic Voting Machines in the Nagaland by-election. The system, called the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail system (VVPAT), will accompany the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM). 
  65. Tata Steel was adjudged the Best Performing Integrated Steel Plant in the country for the year 2011-12
  66. Yahoo beats Google in US with 197 million visitors in July.
  67. Odisha became the 1st Indian state to commence e-payment facility for government employees.
  68. Asia’s first hydro electric power plant is located in - Sivasamudram   
  69. Karnataka has emerged top performer in the country in management of rural drinking water schemes and devolution of powers to panchayat raj institutions (PRIs) in 2012-13
  70. Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Guarantee Act (MNREGA),2005 ensures 150 days of employment in a drought-affected states.
  71. Indian Telecom Sector Became the Second Largest Telephone Network in the World. China has the largest Telephone Network in the World.

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