Mohinder Singh and N Radhakrishnan was Awarded by National Communal Harmony Awards 2013

  1. Centre for Study of Society and Secularism (CSSS), Mumbai was selected for the National Communal Harmony Awards 2013 in the organisation category. In the individual category award, Mohinder Singh of Delhi and N Radhakrishnan of Kerala were selected.
  2. India launched a Gandhi Portal named Search for Gandhi in London. With this India aims to popularize Mahatma Gandhi among children of British Indians settled in UK. The portal is meant for children aged 6 to 15 and will use audios, videos, creatively integrated facts, games and quizzes.
  3. India Post announced to install as many as 3000 Automated Teller Machine (ATM) and 1.35 lakh micro-ATMs by September 2015. The facility will be available for savings account holders of post offices across the country.
  4. Union Government raised the quota of subsidised LPG cylinders to 12 cylinders per household in a year.The hike will be effective from April 2014. Union government had also decided to put on hold linking the Aadhaar platform to the Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG (DBTL) scheme.
  5. Organisers of Oscars withdrew the song Alone Yet Not Alone from the Best Song Nomination category. The rare and historical move came following the composer Bruce Broughton emailing voting members to highlight his candidacy, which is strictly banned for Academy executives.
  6. The Environmental Performance Index (EPI) 2014 was released. As per the Index, India was ranked 155 out of 178 countries with an index score of 31.23 points in its efforts to address environmental challenges.
  7. The Union Cabinet approved the second phase of Bangalore Metro Rail Project to improve public transport system and provide additional public transport infrastructure in the city. It is named as Namma Metro and will cover a distance of 72 kilometer in the second phase.
  8. Russia and China will conduct their first ever naval war games in the Mediterranean Sea from 1 February 2014. The joint naval drill, involves Russia’s heavy nuclear missile cruiser Peter the Great and Chinese frigate Yancheng.
  9. A team of scientists have created Water-Jet printer. The printer was created by the team of scientists at Jilin University of China. These new water-jet printer use water instead of ink. The used paper fades back to white within a day, which enables it to be reused.
  10. MS Dhoni became the first captain to be involved in four tied One Day International matches. Indian cricket team captain achieved this feat in Auckland, while playing third ODI match against New Zealand.

Gopal Vittal : MD & CEO of Bharti Enterprises

  1. Bharti Enterprises announced organisational changes. Bharti Airtel is the India‘s largest mobile phone operator and the world’s fourth largest by subscribers. Manoj Kohli has been appointed as MD of Bharti Enterprises. Akhil Gupta has been designated as chairman and vice chairman of Bharti Enterprises and will serve on Bharti boards. DS Rawat has been appointed as MD and CEO of Bharti Infratel. Gopal Vittal has been designed as MD& CEO of India and South Asia including Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
  2. First cantilever bridge of India, Pamban Railway Bridge, completed its 100 years. On this occasion former President of India A. P. J Abdul Kalam inaugurated the centenary celebrations of the Pamban Bridge.
  3. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) announced Indian rupee as a legal tender. RBZ was adding Indian Rupee and three other Asian currencies to the basket of currencies to be circulated in the country. These include China, Japan and Australia.
  4. Ministry of Women and Child Development launched the Multi Sectoral Nutrition Programme (MSNP) and Nutrition Resource Platform (NRP).
  5. The Union Government decided to amend the rules governing IAS, IPS and Indian Forest Service (IFoS) officers to assure them at least two years in a given posting.
  6. Raymond Weil, the founder of the watch brand of his name died at the age of 87. He is considered as one of the great innovators of the Swiss watch industry.
  7. The Union Ministry of Rural Development signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Digital Green. The MoU was signed to exchange the relevant livelihood practices among rural communities under the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM). Digital Green is an international, non-profit development organization and it is supported by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ford Foundation and Government of India.
  8. US Chamber of Commerce released the International Intellectual Property (IP) Index. In the IP Index, India has scored a low seven point out of maximum 30 points. India continues to have the weakest IP environment of all countries included in the GIPC Index for the second consecutive year.
  9. Google Inc and Samsung Electronics Co signed an agreement to cross-licence their global patents. This agreement was signed to reduce the risk of costly legal disputes over intellectual property.
  10. Sumit Malik, the 400 meter gold medal winner in the men’s 400 meter race in Lusofonia Games 2014 has been stripped off from his medal. He was stripped for violating anti-doping rules and illegally participating in the Lusofonia Games in lieu of a provisional suspension imposed on him by National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).

H C Meena : Secretary Security in the Cabinet Secretariat

  1. H C Meena has been appointed as the Secretary Security in the Cabinet Secretariat. Meena an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1976 batch has served as the director general in Rajasthan.
  2. State Bank of India (SBI) launched its channel on Youtube. SBI aim to strengthened its social media presence with this launch.
  3. Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India inaugurated National Waqf Development Corporation Limited (NAWADCO) that is a new Central Public Sector Enterprise in New Delhi. It will be remain under the Ministry of Minority Affairs.
  4. The Sindh government in Pakistan employed three transgendered persons in different departments. This is for the first time that three transgenders have been employed in Pakistan.
  5. Rapper-turned-actress Queen Latifah won the 2014 Matrix Award. New York Women in Communications presented the 2014 Matrix Awards to honor seven remarkable women who have changed the world, through their work in the communications industry.
  6. Ulises Estrada, the Cuban revolutionary, who during 1960s aided Ernesto Che Guevara during his campaign in Africa, died. He died at the age of 79 years.
  7. National Institute of Technology (NIT), Odisha, developed a commercially viable technology for efficiently rendering common polymer, low-density polyethylene (LDPE) into a liquid fuel. LDPE is used to make container, medical and laboratory equipment, computer components and plastic bags.
  8. Union Cabinet gave its approval for making amendments in the Central List of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in 13 states and three Union Territories. The amendments have been done by way of inclusion/correction/deletion of castes/communities as per the advices received from the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC).
  9. World’s first 3D-printer Objet500 Connex3 was launched. The printer was manufactured by the USA based company Stratasys, the owner of the MarkBot range of printers.
  10. India won the basketball gold in the men’s section at the Lusofonia Games by defeating Angola 77-70 at the Shyam Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium in Taleigao  in Goa.