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2013 - November 1 to 10 - Current Affairs

International Affairs 

The Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad will attend the third BRICS Health Ministers Meeting from 6th to 7th November at Cape Town, South Africa. The Health Ministers from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa will attend the meeting. The BRICS Meeting will deliberate the issues of Governance Reform including Risk and Accountability, Finance and Human Resources; Programmatic and Finance Reform including support to Member States; and a Progress Report on the Delhi Action Plans. 

The discussions will be on the key thematic areas focusing on strengthening health surveillance systems ; reducing NCD risk factors through prevention and health promotion; Universal Health Coverage ;strategic health technologies, with a focus on communicable and non-communicable diseases ; medical technologies ; and drug discovery and development. 

These thematic areas of work were identified in respect of each country on the sidelines of World Health Assembly (WHA) held at Geneva in May 2012 and were to be carried forward by the Technical Group. 

The first BRICS Health Ministers Meeting was held at Beijing, China in July, 2011 where the Beijing Declaration was adopted. It emphasized the importance and the need of technology transfer as a means to empower developing countries; the important role of generic medicines in the realization of the right to health and to establish priorities in research and development as well as cooperation among BRICS countries including support to transfer of technologies and innovation in a sustainable way to foster cooperation among BRICS countries to make available and improve technology. 

The 2nd BRICS Health Ministers Meetings was held in New Delhi in January 2013, joint action plans were agreed upon for the thematic areas and a joint Delhi CommuniquĂ© was released. 

Tajikistan’s President Imomali Rakhmon has won re-election by a landslide on 6 November, extending his 20-year-long rule by another seven years. Rakhmon received 83.1 per cent of the votes, the Central Election Commission announced. Several opposition parties, including the popular Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan, boycotted the election, accusing the government of campaign violations and intimidation.

Rakhmon has ruled Tajikistan since 1992 and is credited with winning a five-year civil war against Islamic militants relying on Russia’s support. Rakhmon’s new presidential term must be his last under the Constitution, which has been changed twice to enable him to prolong his stay in power. 

Tajikistan is one of the poorest states in the former Soviet Union, with more than one million Tajiks earning a living in Russia. India helped Tajikistan refurbish an air base at Ayni in the past decade in the hope of securing a bridgehead in the strategically located region. 

One of the strongest typhoons ever to make landfall devastated the central Philippines on 8 November, killing more than 1,000 people in Tacloban city alone and 200 in another province, the Red Cross estimated on 9 November, as reports of high casualties began to emerge. A day after Typhoon Haiyan churned through the Philippine archipelago in a straight line from east to west, rescue teams struggled to reach far-flung regions, hampered by washed out roads, many choked with debris and fallen trees.

Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) held its 13th Council of Ministers meeting in Perth, Australia on 1 November 2013. On the occasion, India handed over the chair of the IORA to Australia. India chaired the IORA, since 2011. The Perth reviewed the process made by IORA since 2012 meeting in Gurgaon, India. The future directions and initiatives to advance were considered then for the interests of the IORA and its members. 

The thirteenth Council of Ministers' Meeting was attended by the member states Foreign Ministers namely Australia, Bangladesh, Comoros, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Oman, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. 

The meet reiterated that IORA is the apex pan-regional organisation for the Indian Ocean and recalled the six priority areas of cooperation agreed at the eleventh COMM (Council of Ministers' Meeting) in Bengaluru, namely: 
  • Maritime Safety and Security; 
  • Trade and Investment Facilitation; 
  • Fisheries Management; 
  • Disaster Risk Management; 
  • Academic and Science and Technology Cooperation; and 
  • Tourism and Cultural Exchanges. 
It is committed to promote cooperation and collaboration between IORA and other Indian Ocean regional stakeholders including Dialogue Partner States and other regional and international forums. Recognising that the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans and their resources and plays a vital role in maintaining peaceful cooperation and stability across the Indian Ocean. 

The IOR-ARC was formally launched at the first Ministerial Meeting in Mauritius on 6 – 7 March 1997. This meeting adopted the IOR-ARC Charter, and determined a number of administrative and procedural matters. IORA was formerly known as IOR-ARC (Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation). 

European Union (EU) member states could cut their plastic bag use by 80 per cent, the European commission (EC) has said on 6 November, by charging for bags or even banning them. Plastic bags are a major cause of seaborne pollution, which is a serious hazard for marine life, and some regions have already moved to cut their use through charging. 

The UK Deputy-Prime Minister Nick Clegg has pledged to bring forward charges in England that will affect single-use bags given out by supermarkets. Bag use was cut dramatically by the Republic of Ireland after charges were introduced, a similar charge has recently come into force in Northern Ireland, and supermarkets in Wales reported a drop in use of up to 96 per cent after a charging scheme was brought in two years ago. Scotland is bringing in a 5p charge next year. 

The EC is proposing a new directive that would require member states to choose between three methods of reducing the waste from bags: charges, national reduction targets, or an outright ban. 

Janez Potocnik, environment commissioner for the EU, said: “We’re taking action to solve a very serious and highly visible environmental problems. Every year, more than eight billion plastic bags end up as litter in Europe, causing enormous environmental damage. Some member states have already achieved great results in reducing their use of plastic bags. Critics said the EC’s proposals did not go far enough and allowed member states too much leeway by allowing them to set their own targets rather than EU-wide goals or clear measures that would cut bag use. 

When plastic bags, or pieces of them, find their way into the seas, they are a major hazard to marine life. A whale found dead on the southern Spanish coast was found to have swallowed 17 kg of plastic waste, including plastic bags. Fish, seabirds and mammals can all ingest plastic, which they cannot digest and which can clog up their guts or cause choking. The first moves to legislation at an EU level were made in 2011, and the new announcement is likely to take at least two years to put into practice. According to the most recent estimates, from 2008, the EU produces 3.4 million tones of plastic bags in a year. 

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has pledged US $220 million for development projects in Afghanistan, officials in the ministry of finance of Afghanistan said on 9 November. Afghan finance minister, Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal said the amount will be spent for the construction Dara-e-Suf and Yakawlang highway. 

The agreement for the provision of funds was signed between the ADB and Afghan Finance Ministry on 9 November. Zakhilwal said Dara-e-Suf and Yakawlang highway is having a length of 178 kilometers. He said the funds will also be used for the preliminary works of Gardan Dewar-Cheghcharan highway and the other rings of the country. 

Lack of highways and ring roads to interlink the main cities and provinces of Afghanistan has been one of the main challenges for the Afghan traders. The construction of the new highways and ring roads are expected to reduce the issues of local traders and residents in the central provinces of Afghanistan. 

National Affairs

India on 1 November won a crucial election to the UN Board of Auditors with its nominee Shashi Kant Sharma, the Comptroller and Auditor General, garnering the largest number of votes. Sharma won 124 votes out of the total 186 cast in the General Assembly's Fifth Committee on Administrative and Budgetary questions. India won by a comfortable margin against its closest contender the Philippines, which got 62 votes. With this, Sharma will be appointed to the UN Board of Auditors for a six year term beginning July 1, 2014. 

The General Assembly had established the UN Board of Auditors to audit of the accounts of the United Nations organization and its funds and programmes and to report its findings and recommendations to the Assembly through the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions. The Auditors-Generals of UN member states are elected to the Board. India had last sat on the board in 1993 for six years. 

The Vice President of India, M. Hamid Ansari on 7 November released the book “India’s Nuclear Energy Programme: Future Plans, Prospects and Concerns” edited by Prof. R. Rajaraman at a function organized by Indian National Science Academy (INSA) in New Delhi. 

Addressing on the occasion he said that given the population and economy of our country, we are and will remain short in energy. Today, nuclear energy is contributing to a very small segment and by 2032, it will be around 10%. The real question is to focus on can we do without this 10%. Our energy requirement is a serious one. He opined that the book is very useful and will surely help in creating a public opinion on nuclear energy. The book contains state-of-the art discussions by top experts of a whole range of diverse issues that constitute this complex subject. It brings together expert contributions both from apex leaders of the Indian nuclear programme and from those who have serious reservations about the programme. 

The Union Cabinet on 7 November 2013 approved the visa waiver agreements with Poland, Slovenia and Lithuania. This move will help the Indians with diplomatic passports to visit the three countries. The agreements would be signed very soon. 

The CCEA (Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs) cleared a proposal to disinvest 17 percent of paid up capital for Follow on Public Offering (FPO) of the state owned power grid corporation of India. As per the Power Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, 13 percent of fresh equity by the Public Sector Company and 4 percent stake sale by the government includes under the FPO. 

A similar agreement was cleared with Cuba in first week of November 2013.By now India has similar agreements with about 50 countries that include Japan, Russia and Israel. 

The Gauhati High Court has quashed the Union Home Ministry resolution by which the Central Bureau of Investigation was constituted way back in 1963. The court held that the CBI was neither an organ nor part of the Delhi Special Police Establishment and thus could not be treated as a “police force” constituted under the DSPE Act. 

In their 89-page judgment, Justices I.A. Ansari and Indira Shah said on 6 November. “While we decline to hold and declare that the DSPE Act, 1946 is not a valid piece of legislation, we do hold that the CBI is neither an organ nor part of the DSPE and the CBI cannot be treated as a police force constituted under the DSPE Act, 1946.” Though the Division Bench had directed the respondents to produce the original records on creation of the CBI, they just submitted a certified copy of the records from the National Archive. 

“However, even a perusal of the entire records makes it clear that the Resolution, dated April 1, 1963, was neither produced before the President, nor did it ever receive the assent of the President. Hence, strictly speaking, the Resolution cannot even be termed the decision of the Government of India. That apart, it is apparent from the records that the CBI is a newly constituted body and not the same as DSPE.” 

The Centre has proposed four Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects (UMPPs) with generation capacity ranging between 2,000 MW and 5,000 MW. These projects are planned in Rajasthan (4000 MW), Gujarat (4,000 MW), Kargil (2,000 MW) and Ladakh (5,000 MW). These projects to be developed in phases entail an investment of Rs 90,000 crore. Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary, Ministry Of New And Renewable Energy told reporters on 10 November, at the sidelines of Inter Solar conference that the per megawatt capital cost for proposed UMPPs has been estimated at Rs 6 crore against the existing cost of Rs 7-7.5 crore while the per unit tariff at Rs 5.50. 

''The UMPP in Rajasthan will be developed on engineering procurement and construction (EPC) basis. Six public undertakings including BHEL (26%), Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (22%), Power Grid Corporation, Hindustan Salt and Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (16% each) and Rajasthan Electronics & Instruments Ltd (3%) will form a joint venture company (JVC) to develop UMPP in Rajathan. As far as Gujarat UMPP is concerned, it will be developed with five to six companies. However, Kapoor said the Centre has yet to finalise details in this regard. Further, a lot of private developers have desired to develop 1,000 MW to 3,000 MW on their own. However, it won't be possible as the project will be tendered, he added. According to Kapoor, transmission is a major issue for the development of Kargil and Ladakh UMPPs. 

Giving a big boost to the disinvestment programme to raise Rs.40,000 crore this fiscal, the Cabinet, on 7 November, gave its approval for the follow-on public offer of Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) to raise about Rs.7,500 crore.“The 17 per cent follow-on public offer of PGCIL has been cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA). This includes 13 per cent fresh equity and 4 per cent stake sale by the government,’’ Minister of State for Power (Independent charge) Jyotiraditya Scindia said after the meeting. 

The government will sell 18.51 crore shares in the public sector company. The company will issue fresh 60.18 crore shares through the offer. Out of these fresh shares, about 2.4 per cent would be reserved for employees. At current market valuations, the FPO is likely to fetch close to Rs.7,500 crore. Post-FPO, the government stake in the company will come down to 57.89 per cent from 69.42 per cent. The company may garner close to Rs.5,700 crore while the government will get an estimated Rs.1,700 crore. This would be the second follow-on offering from Power Grid, which sold a 10 per cent stake along with a similar stake divested by the government in November 2010 at an issue price of Rs.90 a share. 

The Government of India on 4 November 2013 decided to extend the sale of the non-subsidized 5 kg cooking gas (LPG) cylinders at petrol pumps across the country. The proposal to extend the scope of the scheme was approved by M. Veerappa Moily, the Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas. Earlier, the scheme was in operation in Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Bengaluru. 

The scheme was launched on 5 October 2013 by Moily in Bangalore for sale in selected company owned and company operated petrol pumps in the four cities. The cylinders will be sold at market rates. The scheme has allowed to sale the 5 kg LPG cylinders with just proof of Identity through Petrol Stations to students, IT professional, BPO employees and people with odd duty timings. As per the decision, the sale of the cylinders would be done with or without regulator for the first.

Bilateral Issues 

The Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Minister of Public Security of Vietnam Mr. Tran Dai Quang signed in New Delhi a treaty on transfer of sentenced prisoners on 1 November. The Treaty will help the Indian prisoners imprisoned in Vietnam or vice-versa to be near their families for serving remaining part of their sentence. This would facilitate the process of their social rehabilitation. 

The Government of India has so far signed such Agreements with the Governments of U.K., Mauritius, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Egypt, France, Bangladesh, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Sri Lanka, UAE, Maldives, Thailand, Turkey, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel and Russia. Negotiations have also been concluded with the Government of Canada, Hong Kong, Brazil, and Spain. 

These treaties have helped in repatriation of 43 Indian prisoners from Sri Lanka, Mauritius and UK. Similarly 7 prisoners of UK and France where repatriated to their respective countries. The Seventh United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders adopted the Model Agreement on the Transfer of Foreign Prisoners in 1985 and since then many countries have arrived at bilateral and multilateral treaties. The Repatriation of Prisoners Act, 2003 was enacted for achieving the above purpose. 

For achieving the objectives of the Act, a treaty is required to be signed with countries having mutual interest on this matter. In addition to the above, the two Ministers also held bilateral talks on security matters, issues of training, capacity building, cyber security, cyber crime, trans-national crime, terrorism and disaster management. They reiterated the resolve of both the countries of working together on different issues of mutual interest. 

India and Trinidad and Tobago will formulate a new agreement to enhance cultural ties between the two countries. India will also help the Caribbean nation set up a sugar museum at its capital, Port of Spain, Union Culture Minister Chandresh Kumar Katoch said in a statement in New Delhi on 4 November. She said both countries had also discussed a roadmap for enhanced cooperation. 

"A new cultural agreement between the two countries will be formulated to replace the 1987 agreement so that it can best capture the modern developments in the culture sector," the Minister said recently during a tour of the island nation. 

Also, based on the proposed cultural agreement, the two countries would plan a cultural exchange programme for 2014-16. She invited Trinidad and Tobago Culture Minister Lincoln Douglas to visit India at a mutually convenient date along with a delegation of performing artistes to discuss the contours of the collaboration and sign the agreement. 

Under the roadmap, India has also offered to collaborate with Trinidad and Tobago authorities on archive maintenance. "I will be taking up the request of the authorities of Trinidad and Tobago for collaboration in film development with the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the construction of a cultural centre in Divali Nagar with the Union Ministry of External Affairs," she added. 

Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi, and Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia have signed an International Cooperation Agreement to collaborate in academic programmes and in frontier areas of research in Media and Communication. The agreement was signed by Bimal Julka, IIMC Chairman and Secretary I&B Ministry and Prof. Peter Coaldrake, Vice Chancellor, Queensland University of Technology in New Delhi on 4 November. 

The agreement envisages bringing ICT in academic programmes in a significant way. Both the institutes have agreed for the development of joint venture projects and also for opening avenues for developing a collaborative doctoral programme to benefit students and faculty. 

The bilateral cooperation agreement also envisages organization of joint academic and scientific activities, such as courses, conferences, seminars, symposia or lectures, exchange of staff and students and exchange of materials and publications of common interest. One of the core areas of the agreement is to facilitate Training of senior and mid-level Indian Information Service officers at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), especially in use of modern technology and social media for providing information about government policies to stakeholders. 

The objective is to ensure skill development of IIS officers in critical areas of the changing media landscape. This is the first agreement signed by IIMC seeking international collaboration and partnership with a foreign university. The agreement aims to facilitate a two-way value added training and capacity building programme in the field of Mass Media and Communication. 

India and Japan proposes to strengthen their cooperation in the shipping sector. In this connection a delegation under the leadership of Union Minister of Shipping G.K. Vasan, is visiting Japan from 7 November, till the 12th this month on an invitation from Mr. Akihiro Ohta, the Hon’ble Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Government of Japan. 

The visiting delegation will have discussions with the Japanese Government for better coordination between two countries and to further enable various Japanese companies to utilize facilities at Indian Ports, more particular of Ennore and Chennai Ports. Vasan will also lead discussions for obtaining funding from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the Outer Harbour project of VOC Port, Thuthikoodi. The Government of Japan had earlier shown interest in developing Chennai Bengaluru Industrial Corridor as part of Penninsular Region Industrial Development corridor (PRIDe) of India. Ennore Port has been identified as one of the main logistic hub in this industrial corridor development. 

JICA has already commenced a study for the purpose. Japanese automobile manufacturing companies like Toyota, Mitsubushi, Isuzu, Nissan and Toshiba have been using Chennai Port for importing automobile components through containers for their factories located in Chennai. The Japanese Company M/s Metal One (Mitshubishi group) is importing steel coils used for automobile through Chennai Port in the break bulk form. Around 240 Japanese companies have developed businesses in and around Chennai in the last decade. 


The Reserve Bank of India has signed cooperation agreement with central banks of Australia and New Zealand for exchange of information. The MoUs provide a formal, yet legally non-binding, channel for information exchange between the supervisors, the RBI said in a statement on 7 November. With this, the Reserve Bank has signed such MoUs with 18 supervisors, it said. 

The Reserve Bank of India on 6 November 2013 permitted the Wholly Owned -Subsidiaries (WOS) of the foreign banks to acquire the domestic private sector banks. RBI also permitted the banks to set up branches anywhere in the country. 

As per the permission given by RBI, the foreign banks will have to seek permission of RBI to open branches in certain sensitive locations. The foreign bank subsidiaries have also been allowed to list on the local stock exchanges. 

Although, they will not be allowed to hold more than 74 percent in the private banks they may acquire. The order of the RBI also stated that the foreign banks that commenced banking business in India before August 2010 will be given an opportunity to convert into a wholly owned subsidiary. 

Science and Technology 

The Minister of Railways Mallikarjun Kharge flagged off the first ever Dual Cab 4500 HP Freight Diesel locomotive called Vijay from Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW), Varanasi, a production unit of Indian Railways, on 6 November 2013. 

At the same time, the Minister announced to stop the Swatantrata Senani Express at Bhulanpur Railway Station, Sub-way at DLW administration. It is important to note that the DLW has not only increased its production in large but also developed latest state-of-the-art technologies. 

Building of this WDG4D High Horse Power freight locomotive is a breakthrough for DLW as well as for the Indian Railways. Vijay, the dual cab freight WDG4D is a trailblazer. It is the first dual cab diesel electric freight locomotive to be built by Indian Railways. 

India has developed a new tactical surface-to-surface missile 'Pragati' with a range between 60-170 km and will offer it to friendly countries. The new missile, now on display at a defence exhibition in South Korea, is based on the Prahaar missile developed by the DRDO for the Army and can be termed as its export variant with minor differences, said a DRDO official on 28 October. 

The government has approved that it may be offered to friendly countries if anyone shows interest in it, he said. The missile is the main exhibit of the DRDO which is showcasing an array of indigenous weapons at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition (ADEX 2013). 

This is the first time ever that an array of latest defence equipment developed by the DRDO, will be unveiled internationally at such a scale. DRDO chief Avinash Chander is leading the Indian delegation at the show. ADEX 2013 is expected to host more than 300 companies from 33 countries. DRDO's participation also commemorates the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and South Korea. 

India's space agency, ISRO, on 5 November 2013 successfully launched its historic mission to Mars from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, about 100km from Chennai. It was India’s first mission to the red planet. The mission follows India’s successful 2008-2009 Chandrayaan-1 moon probe, which discovered water molecules in the lunar soil. The total cost of the Mars mission is US $ 73 million. 

The main objective of the mission is to develop the technologies required for design, planning, management and operations of an interplanetary mission. 

The main objective of the mission is to explore Mars surface features, morphology, mineralogy and search for methane in the Martian atmosphere using indigenous scientific instruments. 

The satellite carries instruments such as Lyman Alpha Photometer, a methane sensor, a composition analyser, a camera and an imaging spectrometer for studying the atmosphere, particle environment and surface imaging. The satellite is scheduled to reach the Mars orbit in September 2014 and is designed to circle the Red Planet in an elliptical orbit of 366 km X 80000 km. 


Information and Broadcasting Ministry has instituted a new centenary award to honour personalities for contribution to Indian Cinema. The minister for Information and Broadcasting, Manish Tewari has announced the institution of a special award in the series of initiatives undertaken to commemorate the 100 years of Indian Cinema. 

The centenary award would be given every year to an outstanding Indian film personality "A Film Icon" for his/her contribution to Indian Cinema at IFFI. Speaking on the occasion in Bangalore on 7 November, Tewari said that the award reiterated the rich legacy of Indian Cinema where eminent personalities had contributed to its growth through different stages of its evolution. 

The award is the second in the series instituted by the Government to commemorate the centenary celebrations. He said that the ministry had taken initiatives to promote the growth of the film industry. It had tried to review the statutory architecture under the films paradigm by instituting the Mudgal Committee to review the provisions of the Cinematography Act. The recommendations of the committee were under consideration and the opinions have been invited as the report had been placed on the website of the ministry, he added. 

Martha Dodray, a health worker from Bihar on 6 November 2013 won the global UN Award for her commitment and dedication to eradicate Polio in India. United Nation has conferred the UN Frontline Workers Global Leadership Award to Martha Dodray. The award was given in recognition of the roles to individuals, organizations, and corporations played in supporting the work of the United Nations’ to advance global peace, justice, and prosperity. 

The United Nations Foundation and the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) honored recipients of the 2013 Global Leadership Awards at the annual Global Leadership Dinner in New York City. Martha Dodray is an Auxiliary Nurse and Midwife (ANM) from Darbhanga district of Bihar. She represented the worldwide polio frontline workers. Her contribution cause was recognized by United Nations Foundation in 2013 and awarded.

An Indian-origin doctor has been selected for prestigious "Outstanding American by Choice" award for his valuable contribution to US health sector.

Eminent transplant surgeon and philanthropist, Rahul Jindal, will be honoured by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on November 13.The initiative recognizes naturalized citizens who have made significant contributions to both their community and their adopted country.

Jindal, who recently received the Leadership Award by the International Leadership Foundation, was recently appointed as Commissioner on Service and Volunteerism. He obtained his MD from BJ Medical College, Ahmedabad, and then studied in Britain where he and earned an FRCS from the Royal College of Edinburgh. Known for his philanthropy and community services, Jindal is the director of the National Blood and Bone marrow Drive Campaign which was sponsored by about 600 Hindu temples throughout North America. 


The Indian Women Hockey Team on 9 November 2013 won the Silver Medal, losing 0-1 to the hosts Japan in the final of the 3rd Women Asian Champions Trophy played at Kakamigahara in Japan. Indian goalkeeper Rajni Etimarpu was adjudged Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament and Indian Women Team won Fair Play Award in the tournament. 

Japan won the gold, while India and Malaysia bagged the silver and bronze medals respectively in the four-team event. Malaysia defeated China 3-1 in the bronze-medal play-off match. 

India was selected by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) on 7 November 2013 to host the Men’s World Cup of Hockey in 2018. The finals will be played from 1 to 16 December 2018. Also, England will host the Women’s World Cup of hockey from 7-21 July, 2018. This was announced by Leandro Negre, the President of FIH at Lausanne during the special ceremony. 

Hockey's World Cup is held every four years and is second only to the Olympics in significance. India hosted the world cup in 2010 at New Delhi. The 2014 edition of Hockey World Cup would be played in The Hague, Netherlands. 

Yuki Bhambri on 4 November 2013 won the ATP men’s singles title of Traralgon event in Australia. He defeated Bradely Klahn of America in the summit clash that was hit by rain. This is the second win of his career.

Yuki, the 21 years old Indian defeated higher ranking Bradely by 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 in the finals in a match played on two days due to rain. This is the third straight win of Yuki over a higher ranked opponent in this tournament. 

The 277 ranked Yuki earlier defeated, Tatsuma of Japan ranked 191 and the James Duckworth of Australia ranked 147 in the tournament to reach the finals. 

Rohit Sharma, the Indian batsman on 2 November 2013 became the third cricketer in the world to score a double hundred in a one-day international (ODI) match. He scored 209 runs off 158 balls against Australia in seventh and final ODI match at Bangalore's M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. His runs included 12 fours and 16 sixes, which also means that he re-wrote the record of highest number of sixes in an ODI match. He out-beat Shane Watson’s record of 15 sixes in the ODI which he hit in the match against Bangladesh. It is worth noticing that all the three batsmen who scored double hundred in one day match are Indians. 

The milestone was at first achieved by Sachin Tendulkar who scored 200 runs against South Africa in the year 2010. The second one to do so was Virendra Sehwag who scored 219 against West Indies in the year 2011 and the third one is Rohit Sharma to score 209 runs against Australia in 2013. The records broken by Rohit Sharma are - the highest scorer against Australia, highest number of sixes in the ODI innings, second highest ODI score (209) after Virendra Sehwag (219). 


Veteran Sri Lankan economist Gamani Corea — one of the chief architects of Sri Lanka’s first national plan in the late 1950s passed away in Colombo on 3 November. A highly regarded economist, Dr. Corea was also a seasoned diplomat, who held key positions such as Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1974 to 1984. 

The Institute of Policy Studies appointed Dr. Corea its first chairman, he said. In his vibrant career serving different capacities, Dr. Corea worked closely with leading economists of the world, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. 

Legendary Pakistani folk singer Reshma passed away in Lahore on 3 November 2013 after a long battle with throat cancer. She was 66. She is known for her popular songs such as Lambi Ju dai and Dama Dam Mast Kalandar. Reshma was born in 1947 in Bikaner, Rajasthan, in a Banjara family. She has no formal education in music, but at the age of just 12 years, she was seen singing at the Shahbaz Qalander's shrine. 

Thereafter, her iconic song Laal Meri was recorded on the state-run Pakistan Radio. With this, she became the most popular folk singer of Pakistan. She won various national awards such as Sitara-i-Imtiaz as well as Legends of Pakistan, by the President of Pakistan. 

Gabriela Isler from Venezuela won Miss Universe 2013 title on 9 November 2013 held in Moscow, Russia. Patricia Yurena Rodriguez from Spain and Constanza Baez from Ecuador finished as the first and second runner-ups. Manasi Moghe from India had been shortlisted for the top 10 finalists of Miss Universe 2013 but failed to win the crown. Gabriela Isler is the third Miss Universe from Venezuela in 6 years. 

The former Union Home Secretary G.K. Pillai was appointed as the Chairman of the MCX-SX on 1 November 2013. Thomas Mathew .T, the former acting chairman of the Life Insurance Corporation has been appointed as the Vice President of the bourse. 

The appointments were cleared by the board of directors on 24 October 2013 and have been also cleared by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). 

In October 2013, SEBI had also renewed the license of the exchange after extensively exam the same. MCX-SX (MCX Stock Exchange Limited) is a new stock exchange of India. It is recognized by the Securities and Exchange Board of India under Section 4 of Securities Contracts (Regulation) Act, 1956. 

MCX-SX became the recognized stock exchange by the Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs on 21 December 2012, under Section 2(39) of the Companies Act, 1956.



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