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Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) - The History

Here is the Complete list of Regional Rural Banks(RRB) in India by Sate wise which are participating in IBPS RRB Exam :
Andhra Pradesh Bihar Gujarat Madhya Bihar Gramin Bank Bihar Kshetriya Gramin Bank Uttar Bihar Kshetriya Gramin Bank Kosi Kshetriya Gramin Bank Samastipur Kshetriya Gramin Bank

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Chhattisgarh Gramin Bank Surguja Kshetriya Gramin Bank Durg-Rajnandgaon Gramin Bank

Dena Gujarat Gramin Bank Baroda Gujarat Gramin Bank Saurashtra Gramin Bank

Haryana

Himachal Pradesh

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Andhra Pradesh Grameena Vikas Bank Andhra Pragathi Grameena Bank Deccan Grameena Bank Chaitanya Godavari Grameena Bank Saptagiri Grameena Bank

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From a modest beginning of 6 RRBs with 17 branches covering 12 districts in December, 1975 the number of RRBs increased to 196 RRBs with 14,446 branches in 1991 operating in 518 districts across the country. After a phase of consolidation starting from September, 2005, the number of RRBs was reduced from 196 to 82. In the current phase of consolidation which began in October, 2012 by amalgamation of RRBs across sponsor banks within a State, the number of RRBs has further reduced to 61 RRBs as on date with over 18000 branches in 638 districts.

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The Narasimham Working Group (1975) conceptualized the creation of RRBs as a new set of regionally oriented rural banks, which would combine the local feel and familiarity of rural problems characteristic of cooperatives with the professionalism and large resource base of commercial banks.

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Rural banking in India started since the establishment of banking sector in India. Regional Rural Banks were set up after nationalizations of banks in 1969 when emphasis shifted to providing more credit to weaker sections. Regional Rural Banks were established under the provisions of an Ordinance promulgated on the 26th September 1975 and the RRB Act, 1976 with an objective to ensure sufficient institutional credit for agriculture and other rural sectors. Rural Banks in those days mainly focused upon the Agro Sector. Regional rural banks in India penetrated every corner of the country and extended a helping hand in the growth process of the country.

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Important Points you should know about Regional Rural Banks (RRBs)

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Harayana Gramin Bank Gurgaon Gramin Bank Punjab Himachal Gramin Bank Parvatiya Gramin Bank

Jammu & Kashmir

Jammu Gramin Bank (Merger of Jammu Rural and kamraz Rural Banks) Ellaquai Dehati Bank

Kerala

Assam

Assam Gramin Vikash Bank Langpi Dehangi Rural Bank

Narmada Malwa Gramin Bank North Malabar Gramin Bank

Tamil Nadu Jharkhand

Madhya Pradesh

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Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank Pragathi Gramin Bank Cauvery Kalpatharu Grameena Bank Krishna Grameena Bank Chikmagalur-Kodagu Grameena Bank Visveshvaraya Gramin Bank

Baroda Rajasthan Gramin Bank Marwar Ganganagar Bikaner Gramin Bank Rajasthan Gramin Bank Jaipur Thar Gramin Bank Hodoti Kshetriya Gramin Bank

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Narmada Malwa Gramin Bank Satpura Kshetriya Gramin Bank Madhya Bharath Gramin Bank Chambal-Gwalior Kshetriya Gramin Bank Rewa-Sidhi Gramin Bank Sharda Gramin Bank Ratlam- Mandsaur Kshetriya Gramin Bank Vidisha Bhopal Kshetriya Gramin Bank Mahakaushal Kshetriya Gramin Bank Jhabua Dhar Kshetriya Gramin Bank

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Maharashtra

Jharkhand Gramin Bank Vananchal Gramin Bank

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Pandyan Grama Bank Pallavan Grama Bank

Marathwada Gramin Bank Aurangabad -Jalna Gramin Bank Wainganga Kshetriya Gramin Bank Vidharbha Kshetriya Gramin Bank Solapur Gramin Bank Thane Gramin Bank Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg Gramin Bank

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Punjab Gramin Bank Faridkot-Bhatinda Kshetriya Bank Malwa Gramin Bank

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Orissa Mewar Anchalik Gramin Bank

West Bengal

Meghalaya

Arunachal Pradesh

Ka Bank Nogkyndong Ri Khasi- Jaintia

Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank

Nagaland

Manipur

Tripura

Nagaland Rural Bank

Mizoram

Tripura Gramin Bank

Uttar Pradesh

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Purvanchal Gramin Bank Kashi Gomti Samyut Gramin Bank Uttar Pradesh Gramin Bank Shreyas Gramin Bank Lucknow Kshetriya Gramin Bank Ballia Kshetriya Gramin Bank Triveni Kshetriya Gramin Bank Aryavart Gramin Bank Kisan Gramin Bank Kshetriya Kisan Gramin Bank Etawah Kshetriya Gramin Bank Rani Laxmi Bai Kshetriya Gramin Bank Baroda Western Uttar Pradesh Gramin Bank Devipatan Kshetriya Gramin Bank Prathama Bank Baroda Eastern Uttar Pradesh Gramin Bank

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Manipur Rural Bank

Mizoram Rural Bank

Uttaranchal Gramin Bank Nainital Almora Kshetriya Gramin Bank

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Kalinga Gramya Bank Utkal Gramya Bank Baitarani Gramya Bank Neelachal Gramya Bank Rushikulya Gramya Bank

Bangiya Gramin Vikash Bank Paschim Banga Gramin Bank Uttar Banga Kshetriya Gramin Bank

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Objectives of Regional Rural Banks : The importance of the rural banking in the economic development of a country cannot be overlooked. As Gandhiji said Real India lies in Villages, and village economy is the backbone of Indian economy. Without the upliftment of the rural economy as well as the rural people of our country, the objectives of economic planning cannot be achieved. In fact, the real growth of Indian economy lied in the freeing of rural masses from acute poverty, unemployment, and socio-economic backwardness.

Small and marginal farmers, Agricultural labourers, Artisans, Small entrepreneurs, Mobalise deposits from rural households

RRBs are expected to make credit available to rural households besides inspiring carefulness. Put it simple to ensure sufficient institutional credit for agriculture and other rural sectors.

The Credit Delivery System :


The Operational Area of RRB "

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Grant of credit at cheap or concessional rates Lending to individuals belonging to weaker sections without checking the viability of the activity proposed to be undertaken.

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Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) are oriented towards meeting the needs of the weaker sections of the rural population consisting of :

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The area of operation of RRBs is limited to the area as notified by GoI covering one or more districts in the State.

Ownership of RRBs :

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RRBs are jointly owned by the Government of India, the concerned State government and sponsor banks (27 scheduled commercial banks and one State Cooperative Bank); with the issued capital shared in the proportion of 60 percent, 20 percent and 20 percent (earlier it was 50%, 15% and 35%), respectively. As per the provisions of the Regional Rural Banks Act, 1976 the authorized capital of each RRB is Rs. 5 crore and the issued capital is a maximum of Rs. 1 crore.

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RBI Assistance

With a view to facilitate RRBs operations, the RBI gave RRBs direct access to refinance assistance at a concessional rate of three per cent below the bank rate. Allowed to maintain a lower level of SLR than commercial banks.

Evaluation of RRBs

The Committee constituted by the RBI in June 1977 to valuate the performance of RRBs concluded that with some modifications in their organisation and structure. The Committee to Review Arrangements for Institutional Credit for Agriculture and Rural Development which inter alia examined the role of RRBs in the rural development work, suggested the following :
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Regulatory Control RRBs are allowed up to December 31, 2000 to maintain cash reserves at 3 per cent of their demand and time liabilities. A number of measures were taken since 1995 not only to make RRBs viable but also to enable them to function effectively.

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Preference for opening bank branches than commercial banks The eligible business of commercial banks rural branches may be transferred to RRBs. The losses in initial years of RRBs may be met by shareholders and equity capital should also be raised. The various facilities provided by sponsor banks should continue for 10 yrs in each case Concessionary refinance by RBI should be continued The control, regulation, and promotional responsibilities should be transferred from the GOI to RBI or NABARD.

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Sponsor banks IDBI, NABARD, SIDBI, and other FIs are statutorily required under the RRBs Act to provide managerial and financial assistance to RRBs.

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Allowed to pay half per cent more interest on all deposits except those of three years and above.

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Important Note : With an aim to strengthen regional rural banks (RRBs), the government on 22nd April 2013 introduced a Bill in the Lok Sabha to raise their authorised capital by 100 times to Rs. 500 crore. The Regional Rural Banks (Amendment) Bill, 2013, also seeks to allow RRBs to raise capital from sources other than the central government or the state government or the sponsor bank.

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Apart from recapitalization and infusion of equity, the measures include : Deregulation of interest rates on advance and deposits of above one year maturity; rationalization of branches; and relaxation of norms relating to investments by RRBs. In 1998-99 NABARD introduced several policy measures for improving overall performance. They are :

Reform Process - RRBs

Reforms in the RRB Sector have taken place in three phases :

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RRBs started their development process on 2nd October 1975 with the formation of a single bank (Prathama Grameen Bank). As on 31 March 2006, there were 133 RRBs (post-merger) covering 525 districts with a network of 14,494 branches.

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In order to provide access to low-cost banking facilities to the poor, the Narasimham Working Group (1975) proposed the establishment of a new set of banks, as institutions which "combine the local feel and the familiarity with rural problems which the cooperatives possess and the degree of business organization, ability to mobilize deposits, access to central money markets and modernized outlook which the commercial banks have".

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Quarterly / half yearly review of RRBs especially weak ones by the sponsor banks Merger of RRBs coming under a sponsor bank and operating in contiguous areas Off-site surveillance Framing of Appointment and Promotion rules (1998) for the staff of RRBs Introduction of Kissan Credit Cards for provision of credit to farmers.

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Based on the recommendations of the Narasimham Committee Report (1992), reforms were initiated in 1993 with a view to improve the financial health and operational viability of RRBs. Various measures including recapitalization, rationalization of branch network, providing better access to non fund business, expanding avenues of investment and advances, upgrading the level of technology and taking up select RRBs for comprehensive restructuring were taken. Further, they were permitted to lend to non-target group borrowers up to 60 per cent of new loans. From January, 1995 the investment avenues for RRBs were broadened to improve the operational efficiency and profitability. In December, 1996 the investment policy was further liberalised, to accord parity with commercial banks, permitting RRBs to invest in shares and debentures of corporate and units of Mutual Funds with a ceiling upto 5% of the incremental deposits of the bank during the previous year. Prudential accounting norms of income recognition, asset

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classification, provisioning and exposure, were implemented during this period to provide durability to the reform process. In April, 2000, RRBs were allowed to apply for permission to maintain non-resident accounts in rupees. Second Phase: 2004-2010

Third Phase : 2010 onwards

Performance of RRBs Post Amalgamation:

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It can be seen from the data on performance of RRBs post amalgamation that there has been consistent progress in the operations of RRBs.
2005-06 2006-07 133 14489 96 14563 2007-08 2008-09 90 14790 86 15524 2009-10 82 15475 2010-11 82 16024 2011-12 82 16914 2012-13(P) 64 17867

No of RRBs

No of branches

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Based on the recommendations of Dr. K. Chakrabarty Committee (2010), 40 RRBs have been taken up for recapitalization to enable them to achieve and sustain a CRAR of 9%. In November, 2010 the branch licensing policy was liberalized which allowed RRBs to open branches in Tier 3 to Tier 6 centres (with population of up to 49,999 as per 2001 Census) without prior approval from the Reserve Bank, subject to certain conditions. This policy was further liberalized in August, 2013 to also include Tier 2 centres. The second phase of consolidation commenced from October, 2012 with amalgamation of RRBs across sponsor banks within a State.

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The next Phase of reforms started in 2004-05 with the structural consolidation of RRBs by amalgamation of RRBs of the same sponsor bank within a State. Capital support aggregating Rs. 1796 crore was provided during the period 2007-08 to 2009-10 as part of this process. In October, 2004, RRBs were permitted to undertake insurance business without risk participation and in May, 2007 they were allowed to take up corporate agency business for distribution of all types of insurance products without risk participation. In December, 2005, to further extend support to RRBs for accelerating the flow of credit to the rural areas, the resource base of RRBs was expanded to include lines of credit from sponsor banks; they were also permitted to access the term money markets and CBLO/Repo markets. Issuance of credit/debit cards, setting up of ATMs, opening of currency chests, undertaking government business, as subagents, were allowed to enhance business opportunities. In March, 2006, RRBs were permitted to apply for AD-Category II licence to undertake non-trade related current account transactions for certain specified purposes to further enhance the scope of business. In June, 2007 to increase their exposure to foreign exchange business they were allowed to accept FCNR deposits. RRBs were also allowed to participate in consortium lending with sponsor banks, DFIs and other banks within the area of operation. The capital adequacy standards were introduced in December, 2007 in the context of financial stability and RRBs were required to disclose the level of CRAR in their balance sheets.

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Net profit (cr) Profit/loss making RRBs Deposits (cr) Loans & Advances (cr) CD ratio (%) Share of CASA in deposits (%) Share of PSA in total Share of agri adv to total (%) Gross NPA (%) Net NPA % 617 111/22 71329 38520 55.7 59.14 81 54.2 7.3 625 81/15 83144 47326 58.3 61.21 82.2 56.6 6.55 3.46 1027 82/8 99093 57568 59.5 59.63 82.9 56.3 6.1 3.36 1335 80/6 120189 65609 56.4 58.35 83.4 55.1 4.2 1.81 1884 79/3 145035 79157 57.6 57.90 82.2 54.8 3.72 1.62 1785 75/7 166232 94715 59.51 60.35 83.5 55.7 3.75 2.05 1886 79/3 186336 113035 63.3 80 53 58.51 2384 63/1 211457 133098 66.13 57 86 63

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Source: Reports on Trend and Progress of Banking in India and NABARD

Heads of Important Organizations

International Organizations related to UN :


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Food and Agriculture Organization : Director-General - Jos Graziano da Silva, Brazil (2012present) International Atomic Energy Agency : Director-General - Yukiya Amano, Japan (2009present) International Civil Aviation Organization : President of the Council - Roberto Kobeh Gonzalez, Mexico (2006present) Secretary-General - Raymond Benjamin, France (2009present) International Labour Organization (ILO) : Director-General - Guy Ryder, UK (2012 present) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) : Director-General - Jose Graziano da Silva, USA (2012-present) International Telecommunication Union : Secretary General - Dr. Hamadoun Toure, Mali (2007-present) Universal Postal Union (UPU) : Director-General - Bishar Abdirahman Hussein, Kenya (2012-present) International Court of Justice (ICJ) : President - Peter Tomka, Slovakia (2012-present)

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Secretary-General - Ban Ki Moon, South Korea (2007present) President of the General Assembly o Vuk Jeremic (20122013) o John William Ashe (2013-2014) Security Council members o Permanent Members : China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States o Elected for 2012-13 : Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan, Togo o Elected for 2013-14 : Argentina, Australia, Republic of Korea, Luxembourg, Rwanda (elected for 20132014)

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United Nations Organizations (UNO) :

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Heads of International Organizations:


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Heads of Important Indian Government Offices


President - Pranab Mukherjee Vice-President - Mhd Hamid Ansari (Chairman of Rajya Sabha)

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Kamalesh Sharma : Secretary-General, Commonwealth of Nations Ahmed Saleem : Secretary-General, SAARC (South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation) Roberto Azevdo : Director-General, WTO (World Trade Organization) Anders Fogh Rasmussen : Secretary-General, NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) Muratbek Sansyzbayevich Imanaliyev : Secretary-General, SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) Dr. Le Luong Minh : Secretary-General, ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) Abdullah Salem el-Badri : Secretary-General, OPEC (Organization of Petrolium Exporting Countries) Christine Lagarde : Managing Director, IMF (International Monetary Fund) Jim Yong Kim : President, WB (World Bank) Takehiko Nakao : President, ADB (Asian Development Bank) Jose Angel Gurria : Secretary-General, OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development)

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Internatiional Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) : Director General - Yukiya Amano, Japan (200-present) United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) : Executive Director - Anthony Lake, United States (2010present) United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) : Director-General - Irina Bokova, Bulgaria (2009present) United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights : High Commissioner Navanethem Pillay, South Africa (2008present) United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) : High Commissioner Antnio Guterres, Portugal (2005present) United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) : Director-general Kandeh Yumkella, Sierra Leone (2005present) World Food Programme (WFP) : Executive Director - Josette Sheeran, United States (2007present) World Health Organization (WHO) : Director-General - Margaret Chan, China (acting) (2007present) World Meteorological Organization (WMO) : o President - Alexander Bedritsky, Russia (2003present) o Secretary-General - Michel Jarraud, France (2004present) World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) : o Secretary-General - Taleb Rifai, Jordan (2010present)

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Heads of Indian Organizations :


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ASSOCHAM - Rana Kapoor Attorney General of India - G.E. Vahanvati Bombay Stock Exchange - Ashish Chauhan CAG - Shashi Kant Sharma CBDT - Sudha Sharma CBI - Ranjeet Sinha CCI - Ashok Chawla Chief Economic Advisor - Raghuram Rajan (left the post after becoming RBI Governor) Chief Election Commissionor - V.S.Sampath DRDO - Avinash Chander FICCI - Naina Lal Kidwai IB - Saiyad Ashif Ibrahim IBPS - K.R. Kamath IRDA - T.S.Vijayan ISRO - Dr. K. Radhakrishnan NABARD - Prakash Bakshi NASSCOM - Krishna kumar Natrajan National Commission for women - Mamta Sharma National Innovation Commission - Sam Pitroda National Security Advisor - Shivashankar Menon National Security Council - Yakov Amridor National Stock Exchange - Chitra Ramkrishna PM Economic Advisor - C.Rangrajan Press Council of India - Marandey Katju Press Trust of India - K N Shanth Kumar RBI Raghu Ram Rajan RAW - Alok Joshi SBI - Pratip Chaudhary SEBI - U.K. Sinha SSC - Amitava Bhattacharyya TRAI - Rahul Khullar UGC - Ved Prakash UPSC - D.P. Agarwal

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Prime Minister - Dr. Manmohan Singh Defence Minister - A. K. Antony Finance Minister - P. Chidambaram Home Affairs Minister - Sushilkumar Shinde

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Heads of Indian Armed Forces


New Appointments

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1st Female MD of SBI - Arundhati Bhattacharya Chairman of Indian Banks' Association (IBA) - K R Kamath RBI Governor Raghu Ram Rajan Chairman of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) - S. K. Roy Chairman of Nasscom for the year 2013 - Krishnakumar Natarajan Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) P.J.Kurien (Chairman) CMD of Central Bank of India - Rajeev Rishi Chairperson of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) Kushal Singh Chief Minister of Meghalaya (second term) - Mukul Manda Sangma Chief Minister of Nagaland (third term) - Neiphiu Rio Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh government - Prasanna Kumar Mohanty CRPF Chief - Dilip Trivedi Deputy Mayor of a London Borough - Sunil Chopra (NRI) Director General, National Disaster Response Force and Civil Defence (NDRF&CD) - Krishna Chaudhary Director of Research Centre Imarat (RCI) - G. Satheesh Reddy Editor of the London morning daily The Independent (first non-white editor) Amol Rajan First Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court - Justice T Meena Kumari First woman elected to the FIFA executive commitee - Lydia Nsekera Governor of Arunachal Pradesh - Nirbhay Sharma Governor of Kerala. - Nikhil Kumar Head of the World Trade Organisation - Roberto Azevedo Home Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs - Anil Goswamy Italy's President - Giorgio Napolitano Lebanon new Prime Minister - Tammam Salam Member of Executive Council of WMO - Laxman Singh Rathore National Council of the Arts - Renee Ramaswamy, a Bharatanatayam exponent National Security Adviser of US President Barack Obama - Susan Elizabeth Rice New chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) - B Ashok Reddy

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Commander-in-Chief : Pranab Mukherjee (President) Chief of the Army Staff : Gen. Bikram Singh Chief of the Naval Staff : Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi Chief of the Air Staff : Norman Anil Kumar Browne Chief of Border Security Force : Subhash Joshi

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Sushmitha Banarji - Writer (Kabuliwalar Bangali Bau) V C Shukla - Veteran Congress leader Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar - Dhrupad vocalist Profulla Borua - The veteran Indian journalist (Assam) Zillur Rahman - President of Bangladesh, Ray Harryhausen - master of visual effects and stop-motion animation T M Soundararajan - Tamil playback singer Surendra Tiwari - Hindi story writer Sir David Frost - British Broadcaster Shanu Lahiri - Bengali Painter Shamshad Begum (94) - Legendary singer (one of the first few play back singers of bollywood) Shakuntala Devi - Indian Mathematician (Human Computer) Seamus Heany - Ireland's Foremost Poet (Nobel winner in 1995)

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New Chairperson of the Central Board of Direct Taxes - Sudha Sharma New Chief Justice of the AP High Court - Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta New Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India - Shashi Kant Sharma New Director General of Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) - Avinash Chander New director Oil and Natural Gas Corps (ONGC) - Narendra Kumar Verma New Editor of Time International - Bobby Ghosh New Executive Director of UBI - Rakesh Sethi New Head of Google'sAndroid division - SundarPichai New High Commissioner to Maldives - Rajeevo Shahare New president of Asian Football Confederation - Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim alKhalifa New president of Asian Football Confederation - Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim alKhalifa New President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) - Takehiko Nakao Next Chief Justice of India (CJI) - Justice P. Sathasivam Next FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) Director - James Comey Nodal officer for relief and rescue operations in the rain-ravaged Uttrakhand V.K.Duggal Pakisthan's Prime Minister - Nawaz Sharif Paraguays new President - Horacio Cartes President of Editors Guild of India - N. Ravi President of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) India - Rajan Bharti Mittal President of the industry body Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) - S. Gopalakrishnan The President of the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) for the fifth consecutive term - Maulana Syed Raabe Hasani Nadvi Union Home Secretary - Anil Goswami Venezulea's New Precident - Nicolas Maduro

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Satya Pal Dange - Veteran CPI leader Ruth Prawer Jhabvala - Oscar and Booker Prize winner Ruma Chatterjee - National Cycling Coach Rudra Prasad Shadangi - Former Minister of Bihar Roger Ebert - American film critic Zao Wou-ki - Chinese Painter Vithura Baby - Malayalam Journalist and Writer Vithal Bhai Patel - Lyricist / Congress Leader V.S. Ramadevi - Former Governor of Karnataka Robert Edwards - Master mind behind the worlds first test tube baby Rituparno Ghosh - Noted filmmaker of Bengal Ray Dolby - Founder of Dolby Labouratories Ranganath Misra - Former Chief Justice of India Ramankutty Nair - Padma Bhushan-winning Kathakali exponent Prof Veer Bhadra Mishra - Noted Environmentalist Hugo Chavez - Venezuelan President Haradhan Bandopadhyay - Bengali Actor Dr. Abdul Samad Abdullah - Maldievs Foreign Minister Dr Hilary Koprowski- Polio Vaccination Developer Douglas Engelbar - Creator of the computer Mouse Chinua Achebe - father of African literature Brajesh Mishra - First National Security Advisor of India Pandit Raghunath Panigrahi - Odisha's classical Singer and music director Pandit Raghunath Panigrahi - Classical Singer / Music Director P.Shanmugam - former CM of Puducherri Norman woodland - Bar Code Inventor Niani Nathung - Former minister of Arunachal Pradesh Mrinal Gore - Social Activist Michael Henry Denness - former England captain Mary Thom - American Journalist and feminist Margaret Thatcher - Former Prime Minister of Britain Mahasundari Devi - Madhubani painting artist & Padma Shree Awardee Lonappan Nambadan - former Member of Parliament from Kerala Leslie Claudius - Indian Hockey Player Lalgudi Jayaraman - Renowned violinist and composer Kamala Sadagopan - Tamil writer Justice JS Verma - former Chief Justice of India Julie Harris - American Actress Joy Mukherjee - Film Actor Jiroemon Kimura - World's oldest ever man (Japan) died at the aged 116 Jetti Veera Raghavulu - Telugu music director James Gandolfini - Three time Emmy Award winner J.S. Verma - former Chief Justice of India

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Heads of Constitutional and other Important Bodies


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BRICS Summits

In the context of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) meeting at Durban, South Africa, its pertinent here to discuss about its history.

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History of BRICS Summit


In Goldman Sachs report in 2001 Building Better Global economic BRICs, Jim O Neill coined the acronym BRIC for the first time by saying that these four countries could become major economies by 2030. Eventually, first BRIC summit was held at Yekaterinburg, Russia in LIKE our Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/Gr8AmbitionZ for Daily Updates

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2009. Before that foreign ministers of these countries met at New York in 2006. Later summits of these countries are Summit Participants Date Host country Host leader Location st 1 BRIC June 16, 2009 Russia Dmitry Medvedev Yekaterinburg nd 2 BRIC April 16, 2010 Brazil LuizIncio Lula da Silva Braslia 3rd BRICS April 14, 2011 China Hu Jintao Sanya th 4 BRICS March 29, 2012 India Manmohan Singh New Delhi th 5 BRICS March 2627, 2013 South Africa Jacob Zuma Durban

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The rainbow institution BRIC became more colourful with the introduction of South Africa at Sanya, China in 2011. Now it became BRICS.

Highlights of BRICS Summit 2013

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BRICS countries accepted to establish BRICS bank to fund infrastructure projects of these nations. However, countries failed to achieve consensus on quantum of seed money. China wanted it to be $100 billion which is to be contributed equally by the member nations. This issue will be resolved by the officials and ministers and will be reviewed at St.Petersburg , on the side lines of G-20 summit in September. They sought for Director General for WTO (World Trade Organisation) from developing world. To set up a $100 billion fund to guard themselves against currency fluctuations. Called for reorientation of UNCTAD (UN Conference on Trade and Development). BRICS reiterated the need for Comprehensive Convention on Terrorism. EThekwini (DURBAN) declaration dwelt more on the issue of Syria where Russia is supporting president Bashar al-Assad. Unit 1 of Kudankulam reactor (Tamil Nadu) will be operationalized next month, PM Manmohan Singh told Russian president Vladimir Putin at their meet on side lines of BRICS. PM Manmohan Singh met with Chinese president Xi Jingping. Its the first highlevel meet after the change of leadership in China.

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The BRICS Summit for the year 2013 was hosted by South Africa 26th to 27th March 2013 at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Durban (South Africa). Attended by the heads of the five member states Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. This was the Fifth summit and this completed the first cycle of BRICS summits. This meet concluded on 27 March at Durban (South Africa). Following are the issues discussed during this summit.

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2013 Dadasaheb Phalke Award - Yash Chopra and Rajesh Khanna 2013 Man Booker International Prize - Lydia Davis Arjuna Award - Virat Kohli Asia Pacific International Award - Dr. Mujeeb Athar Asom Ratna Award - Indira Goswami Asom Ratna Award for the year 2012 - Indira Goswami Cecil B Demile Award - Woody Allen Champion for Global Change Award 2013 - Malala Yousafzai First Mahathir Award for Global Peace - Nelson Mandela German Whistleblower Prize 2013 - Edward Snowden Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival - Sacro GRA (Italian Documentary) Grand Prize at Cuba's International Radio and Telivision Festival - Baraksat (Lebanese Documentary) IMPAC Dublin Literary Award - Kevin Barry INDEX Design Award - Kavitha Shukla ISRO Young Scientist Award - Jenita Mary ISRO Young Scientist Award 2013 - Jenita Mary Nongkynrih Jnanpith Award 2011 - Pratibha Ray (recently recieved this award) Jnanpith Award 2012 - Ravuri Bharadhwaja Knighthood, which is the highest honour of Britain - Anish Kapoor (sculptor) Lata Mangeshkar Samman Alankaran - Hariharan Legend of Planet' award - Bindeshwar Pathak (Sulabh movement founder) Library of Congress Gershwin Award - Carole King (first woman) Man Booker International Prize - Lydia Davis Man Booker Prize (shortlisted frm India) - Jhumpa Lahiri (for the book "The Low Land") National Literacy Award - Chattisgarh NSS Wernher von Braun Memorial Award - Abdul Kalam NTR National Literary Award - Manoj Das (a Noted Oriya writer) Sree Narayan Guru Global Secular & Peace Award 2013 (1st time) - Shashi Tharoor Presidential medal of freedom - Dr.Sally Ride (First American female astronaut) Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2013 - Adam Johnson (for the novel The Orphan Masters son) Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna - Ranjan Sodhi Rajiv Gandhi Wild Life Conservation Award, 2009 - S. P. Yadav Saraswati Samman (2013) Sugathakumari Skoch Group Award - Jharkhand Sree Narayan Guru Global Secular & Peace Award 2013 (1st time) - Shashi Tharoor Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony - Zubin Mehta Tagore Peace Prize- Shihab Ghanem (first Arab) The Palme d'Or (The top honor) at the 66th Cannes Film Festival - Blue is the Warmest Color

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Best Film- Childs Pose ( Romania ) Best Actor-NazifMujic in Life of an Iron Picker (Bosnia/France/Slovenia) Best Actress- Paulina Garcia in Gloria (Chile/Spain) Best Director- David Gordon Green for Prince Avalanche (US) Best ScreenPlay-JafarPanahi for Parde (Closed Curtain) Iran.

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The Simn Bolvar National Award of Journalism 2013 - Hugo Chavez (late Venezuelan President ) U. N. Champions of the Earth Award - V. Ramanathan UEFA Best Player in Europe Award - Franck Ribry UNs Public Service Award - Omen Chandi (Kerala CM) Unique Female Leader Award - Madeleine Albrite (former US Secratary) United Nation's Public Service Award - Oommen Chandy (Chief Minister of Kerala) US "woman of courage" award - Nirbhaya (Dehli gang rape victim) Vyas Samman (2012) Narendra Kohli Whitley award (Green Oscar) - Dr. Aparajita Datta Womens Prize for Fiction - AM Homes (for her book, May We Be Forgiven) Youngest Indian to scale the Mount Everest - Raghav Joneja Polar Music Prize 2013 o Youssou Ndour (Singer) o Kaija Saariaho (Composer) Parliamentarian Awards : o 2010 - Arun Jetly o 2011 - Karan Singh o 2012 - Sharad Yadav SAARC Literature Award 2013. o Abhay K - India o Abdul Khaliq Rashid- Afghanistan. o Daya Dissanayake - Sri Lanka o Farheen - Pakistan. o Suman Pokhrel Nepal.

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History of BAFTA Awards The British Academy Film awards hosted by BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) which was founded in 1947 as The British Film Academy. In 1958, the Academy merged with The Guild of Television Producers and Directors to form The Society of Film and

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66thBAFTA Film Awards 2013

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Television, which eventually became The British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 1976. In addition to high profile awards ceremonies BAFTA runs a year-round programme of educational events including film screenings and tribute evenings. 66th BAFTA Awards Winners List -

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The 66th British Academy Film Awards (also known as the British Oscars) took place on 10th February 2013 at The Royal Opera House in London, England. Here is the detailed list of winners. BEST FILM - Argo OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM - Skyfall OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER - Bart Layton (Director), DimitriDoganis (Producer) The Imposter FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE - Amour DOCUMENTARY - Searching For Sugar Man ANIMATED FILM - Brave DIRECTOR - Ben Affleck Argo ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY - Quentin Tarantino Django Unchained ADAPTED SCREENPLAY - David O. Russell Silver Linings Playbook LEADING ACTOR - Daniel Day-Lewis Lincoln LEADING ACTRESS - Emmanuelle Riva Amour SUPPORTING ACTOR - Christoph Waltz Django Unchained SUPPORTING ACTRESS - Anne Hathaway Les Misrables ORIGINAL MUSIC - Skyfall Thomas Newman CINEMATOGRAPHY - Life Of Pi EDITING - Argo PRODUCTION DESIGN - Les Misrables COSTUME DESIGN - Anna Karenina MAKE UP & HAIR - Les Misrables SOUND - Les Misrables SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS - Life Of Pi SHORT ANIMATION - The Making Of Longbird SHORT FILM - Swimmer THE EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public) - Juno Temple

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70th Golden Globe Awards Winners List 2013


The 70th annual Golden Globes awards ceremoney was held in Hollywood on January 13 th 2013, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler . Here is the detailed list of winners. Motion Picture

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85th Oscar Awards Winners List

The 85th Oscar Awards ceremony for the year 2013 (also known as Academy Awards) was held on 24th February 2013 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California. The ceremony was hosted by Seth MacFarlane. Here is the Complete list.

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Actor, Drama - Damian Lewis, 'Homeland.' Actress, Drama - Claire Danes, 'Homeland.' Series, Drama - 'Homeland.' Actor, Musical or Comedy -Don Cheadle, 'House of Lies.' Actress, Musical or Comedy - Lena Dunham, 'Girls.' Series, Musical or Comedy - 'Girls.' Miniseries or Movie - 'Game Change.' Actress, Miniseries or Movie - Julianne Moore, 'Game Change.' Actor, Miniseries or Movie - Kevin Costner, 'Hatfields& McCoys.' Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie - Maggie Smith, 'Downton Abbey.' Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie - Ed Harris, 'Game Change.'

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Director - Ben Affleck, 'Argo.' Actor, Drama - Daniel Day-Lewis, 'Lincoln.' Actress, Drama - Jessica Chastain, 'Zero Dark Thirty.' Actor, Musical or Comedy - Hugh Jackman, 'Les Miserables.' Actress, Musical or Comedy - Jennifer Lawrence, 'Silver Linings Playbook.' Supporting Actor -Christoph Waltz, 'Django Unchained.' Supporting Actress - Anne Hathaway, 'Les Miserables.' Foreign Language - 'Amour.' Animated Film - 'Brave.' Screenplay - Quentin Tarantino, 'Django Unchained.' Original Score -Mychael Danna, 'Life of Pi.' Original Song - 'Skyfall' (music and lyrics by Adele and Paul Epworth), 'Skyfall.'

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Best picture- "Argo" Best director-Ang Lee, " Life of Pi" Best leading actor- Daniel Day-Lewis in "Lincoln" Best leading actress- Jennifer Lawrence in "Silver Linings Playbook" Best supporting actor-Christoph Waltz in " Django Unchained" Best supporting actress- Anne Hathaway in " Les Miserables" Best foreign language film- "Amour" (Love) Best animated feature- " Brave" Best original screenplay- Quentin Tarantino, "Django Unchained" Best adapted screenplay- Chris Terrio, "Argo" Best original score- "Life of Pi" Best original song- "Skyfall," music and lyrics by Adele and Paul Epworth Best production design- "Lincoln" Best cinematography- "Life of Pi" Best costume design- " Anna Karenina" Best documentary feature- "Searching for Sugar Man" Best documentary short- "Inocente" Best film editing- "Argo" Best makeup- "Les Miserables" Best short animated film- "Paperman" Best short live action film- "Curfew" Best sound editing- "Zero Dark Thirty" Best sound mixing- "Les Miserables" Best visual effects- "Life of Pi"

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India's prestigious Film Awards, National Film Awards for the year 2012 were announced on 18th March in New Delhi in a joint Press Conference addressed by the Chairpersons of the three juries, ShriBasuChatterjee (Feature Films), Ms. ArunaRaje (Non-Feature Films) and ShriSwapanMullick (Best Writing on Cinema). Here is the detailed winners list.
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Best Actor- Irfan Khan for Pan Singh Tomar and VikramGokhale for Anumati(Marathi). Best Actress- UshaJadhav for Marathi film 'Dhag'. Best Hindi Feature Film - - Paan Singh Tomar. Best Film for Wholesome Entertainment- Vicky Donor & Ustad Hotel (Malayalam).

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Best Special Effects - Eega (Telugu) Best Non-Feature Film- Shepherd's of Paradise. Best Film on Environment- Black Forest (Malayalam). Best Telugu film - Eega 3rd Best Tamil film - Vazhakku En 18/9 Best Hindi Film - Filmistan Best Investigative Film - Inshallah Kashmir Best Playback Singer- Shankar for Bolo Na (Chittagong). Best Song- Bolo Na (Chittagong). Best Choreography -BirjuMaharaj (Viswaroopam). Best Art direction- LalgudiIlayaraja (Viswaroopam). Best Original Screenplay -SujoyGhosh (Kahaani). Best Dialogue Writer- AnjaliMenon (Ustad Hotel). Best Sound Recording- Gangs of Wasseypur. Best Direction - ShivajiLotanPatil (Dhag - Marathi Film). Best Editing- Celluloid Man (Non-feature section). Best Makeup Artist- Raja (Vazahkku En 18/9). Best Costume Designer- Poornima (Paradesi). Best Supporting Actor- AnnuKapoor (Vicky Donor'). Best Supporting Actress- DollyAhluwalia (Vicky Donor). Best Film on Social Issues- Spirit (Malayalam). Special jury mention - Parineeti Chopra (Ishaqzaade), TanishtaChatterjee (Dekh Indian Circus) and NawazuddinSiddhique (4 films).

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BEST FILM: Barfi! BEST ACTOR: Ranbir Kapoor for Barfi! BEST FEMALE ACTOR: Vidya Balan for Kahaani BEST DIRECTOR: Anurag Basu for Barfi! BEST STORY: Tani and Anurag Basu for Barfi! BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (MALE): Annu Kapoor for Vicky Donor BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (FEMALE) - Anushka Sharma for Jab Tak Hai Jaan BEST DEBUT (FEMALE): Yami Gautam for Vicky Donor BEST DEBUT (MALE): Ayushmaan Khurana for Vicky Donor

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BEST ACTOR IN A COMIC ROLE: Abhishek Bachchan for Bol Bachchan BEST ACTOR IN A NEGATIVE ROLE: Rishi Kapoor from Agneepath BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR: Gauri Shinde for English Vinglish BEST MUSIC DIRECTOR: Pritam for Barfi! BEST LYRICS: Amitabh Bhattacharya for Mujhme kahin from Agneepath BEST SINGER MALE: Sonu Nigam for Agneepath BEST SINGER FEMALE: Shreya Ghoshal for Chikni chameli from Agneepath BEST SOUND DESIGN: Shajith Koyeri for Barfi! BEST BACKGROUND SCORE: Pritam for Barfi! AUDIENCE CHOICE BEST JODI OF THE YEAR: Deepika Padukone - Ranbir Kapoor DIGITAL STAR OF THE YEAR: Shah Rukh Khan The winners in the technical awards category were (not so important) : o BEST ACTION: Shyam Kaushal for Gangs of Wasseypur Part 1 o BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS: Pankaj Khanopur, Sherry Bharda & Vishal Anand - Tata Elxsi for Ek Tha Tiger o BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: Ganesh Acharya for Chikni Chameli from Agneepath o BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Ravi Varman I.S.C for Barfi! o BEST COSTUME DESIGN: Aki Narula and Shefalina for Barfi! o BEST DIALOGUE: Zeishan Quadri, Akhilesh, Sachin Ladia & Anurag Kashyap for Gangs of Wasseypur Part 1 and Juhi Chaturvedi for Vicky Donor o BEST EDITING: Namrata Rao for Kahaani o BEST MAKEUP: Uday Serali for Barfi! o BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: Rajat Poddar for Barfi! o BEST SCREENPLAY: Anurag Basu and Tani Basu for Barfi! o BEST SOUND MIXING: Debajit Changmai for Barfi! o BEST SOUND RECORDING: Eric Pillai -Future Sound Of Bombay- for Barfi!

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58thFilmfare Awards Winners List

The 58th Film Fare awards held on 20th January at YRF Studios. Here is the Complete List of Winners.

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Sanjay Chouhan& Tigmanshu Dhulia (Paan Singh Tomar) JuhiChaturvedi (Vicky Donor) Best Story AnnuKapoor (Vicky Donor) Best Supporting Actor (Male) Best Supporting Actor (Female) Anushka Sharma (Jab TakHaiJaan) Pritam (Barfi!) Best Music Director Gulzar (Challa), Jab TakHaiJaan Best Lyrics AyushmannKhurrana (Paani Da Rang) (Vicky Donor) Best Playback (Male) ShalmaliKholgade (Pareshaan) ( Ishaqzaade) Best Playback (Female) Neeti Mohan (Jiya Re) (Jab TakHainJaan) RD Burman Award For Upcoming Talent In Music Yash Chopra Lifetime Achievement Award Sony Trendsetter Of The Year Barfi! AyushmannKhurrana (Vicky Donor) Best Debut (Male) Ileana D'Cruz (Barfi!) Best Debut (Female) GauriShinde (English Vinglish) Best Debut (Director) Best Screenplay

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The President of India Pranab Mukherjee has approved the conferment of Padma Awards for the year 2013. There are 108 Personalities from various fields have been selected for the Padma Awards. Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian award, will be given to Late actor Rajesh Khanna, Late satirist JaspalBhatti, actor Sharmila Tagore, Adi Godrej, boxing champion and Olympic bronge medal winner Mary Kom, cricketer Rahul Dravid. Here is the Complete List of Padma Award winners for the year 2013.

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Abdul Rashid Khan, Art Late Rajesh Khanna, Art Late Jaspal Singh Bhatti, Art DrRamanaiduDaggubati, Art SreeramamurthyJanaki, Art Dr (Smt) KanakRele, Art Sharmila Tagore, Art Dr (Smt) SarojaVaidyanathan, Art ShivajiraoGirdharPatil, Public Affairs DrApathukathaSivathanuPillai, Science, Engineering Dr Vijay Kumar Saraswat, Science and Engineering DrAshokeSen, Science and Engineering BN Suresh, Science and Engineering Prof Satya N Atluri, Science and Engineering Prof Jogesh Chandra Pati, Science and Engineering Padma Bhushan Ramamurthy Thyagarajan, Trade and Industry AdiBurjor Godrej, Trade and Industry DrNandkishoreShamrao Laud, Medicine MangeshPadgaonkar, Literature and Education Prof GayatriChakravortySpivak, Literature & Education Hemendra Singh Panwar, Civil Service MaharajKishanBhan, Civil Service Rahul Dravid, Sports H MangteChungneijang Mary Kom, Sports

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JaymalaShiledar, Art Suresh DattatrayTalwalkar, Art P Madhavan Nair alias Madhu, Art Apurba Kishore Bir, Art Ghanakanta Bora Borbayan, Art Hilda MitLepcha, Art SudhaMalhotra, Art Ghulam Mohammad Saznawaz, Art Ramesh Gopaldas Sippy, Art MahrukhTarapor, Art Balwant Thakur, Art Puran Das Baul, Art RajendraTikku, Art Pablo Bartholomew, Art Shri S Shakir Ali, Art SKM Maeilanandhan, Social Work Nileema Mishra, Social Work ReemaNanavati, Social Work JharnaDharaChowdhury, Social Work Late Dr Ram Krishan, Social Work Late Manju Bharat Ram, Social Work Prof MustansirBarma, Science and Engineering AvinashChander, Science and Engineering Sanjay GovindDhande, Science and Engineering Prof (Dr) Sankar Kumar Pal, Science Deepak B Phatak, Science and Engineering DrMudundi Ramakrishna Raju, Science and Engg Prof Ajay K Sood, Science and Engineering Prof KrishnaswamyVijayraghavan, Science & Engg DrManindraAgrawal, Science and Engineering DrJayaramanGowrishankar, Science & Engineering Prof SharadPandurang Kale, Science & Engineering VandanaLuthra, Trade and Industry RajshreePathy, Trade and Industry Hemendra Prasad Barooah, Trade and Industry MilindKamble, Trade and Industry KalpanaSaroj, Trade and Industry DrSudarshan K Aggarwal, Medicine Dr C Venkata S Ram alias Chitta, VenkataSundara Ram, Medicine DrRajendraAchyutBadwe, Medicine DrTaraprasad Das, Medicine Prof (Dr) T V Devarajan, Medicine Prof (Dr) SarojChooramaniGopal, Medicine DrPramod Kumar Julka, Medicine DrGulshanRaiKhatri, Medicine Dr Ganesh Kumar Mani, Medicine

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The Krishikarman awards were presented to the State Governments on 15 January by our President Pranab Mukherjee for their excellent performance in increasing the production of food grains in their respective states. Here is the Complete List
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50th Ponds Femina Miss India 2013 NavneetKaurDhillon Miss America Nina Davuluri

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Miss India Earth 2013 Shobhita Dhulipala Miss India International 2013 ZoyaAfroz Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo Miss World 2012 Wenxia Yu Miss Asia Paisific Sristhi Rana Miss India Fiji 2012 - Sheryl Kumar Miss United Continent 2013 - Purva Rana Miss Supranational - Vijaya Sharma Miss Universe India 2013 Manasi Moghe

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Committees of RBI
Head of the Committee Year S. R. Mittal 2001 Dr. N. L. Mitra 2001 M. R. Ramesh 2002 A. L. Narasimhan C. Ramachandran Dr. Barman Vepa Kamesam Smt. Usha Thorat G. Padmanabhan Tarapore N. Sadasivan A. V. Sardesai H.R. Khan C. P. Swarnkar Dr. K. C. Chakrabarty V. K. Sharma G. Srinivasan Dr. C. Rangarajan Dr. Rakesh Mohan Usha Thorat P. Vijaya Bhaskar Rao Usha Thorat Deepak Mohanty P. Vijaya Bhaskar Rao Dr. K. C. Chakrabarty V. K. Sharma 2002 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2004 2004 2005 2005 2007 2008 2008 2008 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2010

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Their Focus Area Internet Banking Legal Aspects of Bank Frauds Guidelines on STRIPS (Separately Traded Registered Interest and Principal of Securities) Payment Systems Ways and Means Advances to State Govts Cheque Truncation and E-Cheques Micro Finance Instruments of Sterilization Rupee Interest Rate Derivatives Procedures and Performance Audit on Public Services Development Financial Institutions Internal Working Group on RRBs Issues of Rural Credit and Micro Finance Procedures and Processes of Agricultural Loans Rehabilitation of Sick SMEs Interest Rate Futures Technology Up gradation of RRBs Estimation of Savings and Investment Financial Sector Assessment Procedures for Currency Distribution Review the Business Correspondent Model Review Lead Bank Scheme Benchmark Prime Lending Rate (BPLR) Branch Authorization Policy CRAR of RRBs Review of the Credit Guarantee Scheme of the Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Enterprises

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Deepak Mohanty G. Gopala Krishna Dr. K. C. Chakrabarty Deepak Monanty Shyamala Gopinath M. Damodaran K. J. Udeshi Usha THorat Y. H. Malegan G. Padmanabhan Suma Varma Balance of Payments Manual for India Information Security, Electronic Banking, Technology Risk Management, Cyber Frauds 2011-2017 Information Technology Vision Document 2011 Operating Procedure of Monetary Policy 2011 Financial Holding Company Structure in India 2011 Customer Service in Banks 2011 To Review the Facilities for FEMA Act, 1999 2011 The Issues and Concerns in the NBFC Sector 2011 Licensing of New Urban Co-operative Banks 2013 To Boost Bank Finance for Exports 2013 Working Group to Review Ombudsman Scheme 2010 2011

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o Mens Singles Novak Djokovic (Serbia)

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2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Mr. Ranjith Maheshwari (cancelled later) Ms. P.V. Sindhu Ms. Kavita Chahal Mr. Rupesh Shah Mr. Virat Kohli Mr. Abhijeet Gupta Mr. Gagan Jeet Bhullar Ms. Saba Anjum Ms. Rajkumari Rathore Ms. Joshna Chinnappa Ms. Mouma Das Ms. Neha Rathi Mr. Dharmender Dalal Mr. Amit Kumar Saroha Athletics Badminton Boxing Billiards & Snooker Cricket Chess Golf Hockey Shooting Squash Table Tennis Wrestling Wrestling

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Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar : Sl. Entity recommended for Rashtriya Category No. Khel Protsahan Puruskar, 2013 Community Identification Nurturing of Young Talent Sports Dr. U.K. Mishra, Founder and and President, National Sports Academy, Budding Allahabad for Services Sports Control Board

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Establishment and Pullela Gopichand Academy Management of Sports Badminton, Hyderabad Academies of Excellence

List of Important Ongoing programs of Government Of India


Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) Its been launched in 2006 as NREGA and renamed as MGNREGA on 2nd October 2009. Its intended to provide 100 days of employment to rural adult households as a right.

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Swarnajayanthi Gram SwarojgarYojna (SGSY) It aims at providing self-employment to the rural poor by organizing them into self -help groups (SHGs). Its been launched on April 1st 1999.

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house. Additional assistance will be provided for sanitary latrine and smokeless challah under Total Sanitation Programme (TSP)and Rajiv Gandhi GraminVidyudeekaranYojna. This scheme is operational since 1985.

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Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme This scheme is intended to provide pension of Rs. 200 to the poor above the age of 65 years. Its been revised and renamed on 19th November 2007.

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National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) Originally launched for a period of 7 years (2005-12). Its intended to provide health care facilities in rural areas. JananiSurakshaYojna is part of this programme.

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Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) Launched in 1975, to alleviate problem of mal nutrition among children of age group 6 months or below and their mothers.

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Rashtriya swasthya bima yojna (National health insurance programme) Launched in 2008, to provide health insurance facility to people of below poverty line.

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Current RBI Rates (revised on 20th September 2013)


S. No 1 2 3 4 5 6 Rates / Reserve Ratios Bank Rate Repo Rate Reverse Repo Rate Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR) Marginal Standing Facility (MSF) % 9.50 % 7.5 % 6.50% 4.00% 23% 9.50% W.e.f 20th September 2013 20th September 2013 20th September 2013 9th February 2013 11th August 2012 20th September 2013

Current FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) Limits


Civil Aviation - 49 % Defense - 26 % FM Radio - 26 % Insurance - 49 % Multi Brand - 51 % Pension - 49 % Print Media - 26 % Public Sector Banks - 49 % Private Sector Banks - 74 % Pharmaceuticals - 100 % Asset Reconstruction Companies - 100% Telecommunication - 100 % Single Brand - 100 % Tourism - 100 %

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Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission Launched to meet the challenge of climate change and to achieve sustainable energy. Its aimed to achieve 20,000 MW of solar power by 2022.

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