13-JUL-2013Current Affairs

Vice President Released a Book titled Smritiyan authored by Garima Sanjay
Smritiyan a book authored by Garima Sanjay was released by Hamid Ansari. The book highlights how a man blames the luck or someone for his failures.

Maharaj Krishan Kaushik appointed Coach of Indian Men’s Hockey Team
Krishan Kaushik was appointed Coach of Indian Men’s Hockey Senior Team. He replaced Michael Nobbs who was shacked from the position on 9 July.

Visa on Arrival Scheme registered 22.9 % Growth in June 2013
India witnessed a rise of 22.9 % growth in Visa on Arrival Scheme in June 2013 as compared to June 2012. Japanese Tourists’ availed maximum facility.

Hemant Soren sworn in as Ninth Chief Minister of Jharkhand
Hemant Soren was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Jharkhand. Syed Ahmed, the Governor administered him the oath to the office.

New Horizons Spacecraft spotted the largest moon of Pluto Charon
NASA Pluto Mission, the New Horizons spotted Charon the largest Moon of Pluto. Charon orbits Pluto at a distance of more than 19000 kilometer.

Typhoon Soulik stuck Taiwan, Killed one and injured 21
Typhoon Soulik on 12 July 2013 struck Taiwan. This is the first Typhoon of 2013 to hit Taiwan.

Pranab Mukherjee revoked President's Rule from Jharkhand
Following provision of Article 356 (Section 2), President revoked his rule from Jharkhand. The decision will pave way for Hemant Soren to assume office of CM.

Veteran actor Pran died due to prolonged Illness
Pran, the legendary actor died on 12 July 2013. He was a proud recipient of Dada Saheb Phalke Award and Padma Bhushan Award.

Malala Day observed across the World on 12 July
World observed Malala Day on 12 July. Indian girl, Razia Sultana won United Nations' Special Envoy for Global Education's Youth Courage Award for Education.

CCEA approved Modified Industrial Infrastructure Upgradation Scheme
The government on 12 July 2013 approved the Modified Industrial Infrastructure Upgradation Scheme (MIIUS) with an outlay of 1030 crore Rupees.

NASA’s Hubble discovered Blue Planet 63 light-years Away
Scientists from NASA in July 2013 have discovered a blue planet that possibly rains glass, orbiting a star 63 light-years away.

United Nations Secretary General warned Myanmar to end Buddhist attacks on Rohingyas
Ban-Ki-Moon appealed Myanmar to end Buddhist attacks on Rohingya Muslims. He also asked Myanmar to grant them citizenship.

India has Right to Pursue Exploration and Exploitation Work in South China Sea: Vietnam

Vietnam affirmed India’s right to pursue exploration and exploitation work in South China Sea. The two sides also signed 19.5 million US $ line of credit.

France and Switzerland signed New Inheritance Tax Deal
France and Switzerland on 11 July 2013 have signed an agreement on inheritance taxes as per which Paris will help it bringing in more money.

Union Cabinet gave its approval for Repeal of Rent Act in Delhi
The Union Cabinet on 11 July 2013 gave in-principle approval to withdraw the controversial Rent Act of 1958.

India won West Indies Tri-Nation Series Final by defeating Sri Lanka
India won the West Indies Tri-Nation Series by one wicket. The final was played between India and Sri Lanka at Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain.

Person in Jail or Police Custody cannot Contest Elections: Supreme Court
SC in its landmark Judgement barred people in Jail or Police Custody from contesting elections. This will help to clean the Parliament and State Assemblies.

Global cereal output to reach all time high in 2013: UNFAO
United Nations FAO estimated on 11 July 2013 that World cereal production is set to increase by 7 per cent in year 2013.

Cabinet Committee constituted to oversee reconstruction in Uttarakhand

Government constituted a Cabinet Committee to oversee reconstruction and rehabilitation work in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand.

Jammu & Kashmir Plan for 2013-14 finalized by Planning Commission of India
7300 crore Annual Plan was finalized for J&K by PCI. The state aims at achieving modest and realistic growth rate of 7.5% during the 12th Plan Period.

President of Portugal approved Reshuffled Government
Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva on 10 July 2013 approved a reshuffled ruling coalition Government, ending a 10-day crisis.

Jewellers decided to suspend Sale of Gold Coins for Six Months
Jewellery retailers across India on 10 July 2013 decided to suspend sale of gold coins and bars for six months.

LG to unveil the World's slimmest Full HD LCD Panel for Smartphones
LG Display on 11 July 2013 announced that it would unveil the world's slimmest Full HD LCD panel for smartphones.

U.S. Navy landed First Unmanned Aircraft Carrier in Atlantic Ocean
The U.S. Navy on 10 July 2013 successfully landed a drone the size of a fighter jet aboard an aircraft carrier for the first time.

Europe reached an agreement on Fisheries Reform: Common Fisheries Policy
Agreement on Common Fisheries Policy reached in Europe. The policy promises reversal of decades of excessive overfishing by the European Fleets.

Union Government approved Proposal to replace DGCA with New Regulator
The Union government on 11 July 2013 approved a proposal to replace DGCA with a new aviation regulator with full operational and financial autonomy.

Allahabad High Court put a Ban on Caste-based Rallies in UP
The Allahabad high court on 10 July 2013 put a stay on caste-based rallies throughout Uttar Pradesh.

UN General Assembly formed UN Forum to Boost Sustainable Development Efforts
UN general Assembly constituted a High-Level Political Forum to Boost Sustainable Development Efforts. It will replace UNCSD.

Shane Warne to be Inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame
ICC on 11 July 2013 announced that Shane Warne would be inducted into the ICC cricket hall of fame.

CCEA approved Disinvestment of government stake in State Trading Corporation and ITDCThe Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on 11 July 2013 approved the disinvestment of government stake in State Trading Corporation and ITDC.A