Dr. Vijaykumar Vinayak Dongre (VV Dongre) and Prof. Guocheng Zhang Won the International Gandhi Award for the Year 2013

  1. Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India presented the International Gandhi Award for the year 2013 to Dr. Vijaykumar Vinayak Dongre (VV Dongre) and Prof. Guocheng Zhang at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi. They were awarded for making outstanding contributions in the field of leprosy to eradicate the disease through treatment, training and research.
  2. World Bridge Championship for Bermuda Bowl (men) and Venice Cup (women) will be hosted by India for the first time in October 2015. This was announced by the World Bridge Federation (WBF).
  3. Purushottam Express will become the first train in India to be attached with a Braille-embedded AC coach for visually-challenged passengers by the end of February 2014. Purushottam Express is a superfast train running between Delhi and Puri.
  4. President of India imposed President’s Rule in Delhi after accepting the resignation of Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi.
  5. Union Government raised the import tariff value on gold and silver. The gold tariff has been raised to 421 US dollar per 10 grams and silver is 663 US dollar per kilogram considering the global prices.
  6. Erlan Abdyldaev, the Foreign Minister of Kyrgyz Republic was on an official visit to India from 13 to 15 February 2014. During this India visit of Abdyldaev, the two sides also exchanged documents to make functional a bilateral treaty on mutual legal assistance and an agreement on visa free travel for diplomatic, official and service passport holders.
  7. To promote clean and green living, a green foundation named Green CircleRWITC Foundation was launched in Mumbai. The organisation will promote its goal through social, cultural and public programmes. The foundation has been set up by Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) along with the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).
  8. Italy has agreed to develop biggest cargo airport in Afghanistan on Herat airport that is located in Western part of the country. To help Afghanistan, Italy will provide a financial assistance of 200 million dollar to Afghanistan. To this effect an agreement was signed between Italy and Afghanistan in Kabul.
  9. Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie broke Sergei Bubka’s 21-year-old indoor pole vault world record at the same Donetsk meeting where the Ukrainian great set the old mark in 1993.
  10. Shot putter Om Prakash Singh Karhana won the gold in the 6th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships at Hangzhou, China.