NEWS AND EVENT— MARCH
WEEKLY G.K. For (15 FEB-15 MARCH)
India Opts out of WTO talks in Three Sectors: India has decided to opt out of negotiations for agreements between select WTO (World Trade Organisation) member countries for liberalising foreign direct investment and visa regimes in service sectors and for lowering import duty on 357 information technology products and 54 environmental goods, saying the talks were against its interest. India, the 119th Freest Country: India has been ranked as the 119th freest country in the world out of 177 in the 2013 index of economic freedom, according to a report. Among the Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) economics China, Russia were ranked below India in the index, while Brazil was above India. 100th Indian Science Congress Held at Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata: The 100th Indian Science Congress held at a budget of Rs. 3.5 crore at Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata. The Congress was held by Calcutta University in coordination with the department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Cabinet Approves Rs. 12,517 crore Capital Infusion in 10 PSU Banks: The Union cabinet approved a capital infusion package of Rs. 12,517 crore that would help improve liquidity and maintain capital adequacy ratios of about 10 public sector banks.
Diaspora must help Build Knowledge Society: President Pranab at 11th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas at Kochi: President Pranab Mukherjee on January 9, 2013 said that the record remittance of $ 67 billion from overseas Indians was a testimony to both the emotional attachment and the fulfilment in investing in India’s strong economy.
Justice Verma Submits reports on Rape Law: The Justice J.S. Verma Committee set up to propose amendments to laws relating to crime against women submitted its report. Panel wants the government to assure time-bound implementation of its report. Panel also wants that sexual assault cases must be tried by women judges and says country needs better governance not new laws. It suggests life imprisonment for the rapist and hanging only in the rarest of the rare cases. Headed by former Chief justice of India J.S. Verma, the panel has former Himachal Chief Justice Leila Seth and former Solicitor General Gopal Subramanian as its members.
President’s Address to the Nation on the eve of 64th Republic Day: President calls for turning to-day’s disadvantages into multiple engines of economic development. India Test-fires K-15 Missile successfully: India achieved a major milestone by establishing underwater missile launch capability when K-15 missile, code-named B05, was successfully test-fired off the Vishakhapatnam Coast.
Sri Lankan President Sacks Chief Justice Bandaranayake: Sri Lankan President Mahindra Rajapaksa sacked the Chief Justice by ratifying controversial parliamentary vote, defying international calls for restraint and plunging the country into constitutional crisis. Shirani Bandaranayake, the first woman to hold the office of the top judge.
Sri Lankan President Mahindra Rajapaksa appointed his cabinet’s legal adviser as the country’s new Chief Justice to succeed Shirani Bandaranayake.
Egyptian Court Orders Retrial for Ex-President Hosni Mubarak: An Egyptian court ordered a retrial for former President Hosni Mubarak after accepting an appeal against the life sentence handed him for his involvement in the death of protesters in 2011.
World’s Oldest Women Dies at 115 in Japan: A Japanese official says a woman in his town near Tokyo who became world’s oldest living female just previous month has died at 115. Koto Okubo died on January 13, 2013 at a nursing home in Kawasaki City.
Pakistan Girl Malala Top Name of 2012: Pakistani school girl Malala Yousufzai, who was shot in her head by Taliban, has become the top name of 2012, along with Apocalypse, reflecting a growing...