national - 2013 OCTOBER

October 1

The Maharashtra Cabinet approved a policy for senior citizens which is aimed at ensuring access to healthcare, housing, financial security and enabling them to lead a dignified life. According to the policy, people attaining 65 years will be considered as senior citizens.

October 2

India is building strategic oil storage facility,the first such storage facility is expected to be commissioned in January 2014 at Vishakhapatnam. The facilities are being built by state owned firm India Strategic Petroleum Reserves Ltd (ISPRL).

Special CBI court in Ranchi has sentenced RJD Chief and former chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav to 5 years of jail in fodder scam case. The court also imposed a fine of 25 lakh rupees on him.

Lalu Prasad

Former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra sentenced to 4 years of jail and a fine of 4 lakh rupees in the fodder scam.

Tata Power said that it has commenced construction work for the first phase of its joint venture 400-MW hydro power project in Georgia.The hydel project would be jointly developed by Tata Power along with Clean Energy Invest AS, Norway (Clean Energy) and IFC InfraVentures.
* Tata Power is India’s largest private power producer.

Rahul Gandhi

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s strong disapproval, the Union Cabinet has decided to withdraw the controversial ordinance on convicted lawmakers, as well as the Bill that sought to amend the Representation of the People Act on which it was based.

October 3

The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development announced to constitute a Council of National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research. It will facilitate better coordination between the four NITTTRs located at Chandigarh, Bhopal, Calcutta and Chennai.
The Union Cabinet approved the proposal to establish a Central Armed Police Forces Institute of Medical Sciences, along with a 500-bed General Hospital, a 300-bed Super Specialty Hospital, a Nursing College and a School of Paramedics.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the Rashtriya Ucchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) for reforming the state higher education system.

Chattisgarh becomes the first country to have the provision of negative voting for its electorate, as announced by the Election Commission.

* It will therefore become the first state where the option of negative voting will be introduced.

* Under this option a voter can opt to give his/her vote to none of the candidates featuring in the poll.

October 4

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the gross budgetary support of 8632.77 crore Rupees for implementation of the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) Phase-IV by the Department of AIDS Control, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
* Minister of health and family welfare: Ghulam Nabi Azad.

The Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad launched the indigenously produced Japanese Encephalitis (JE) vaccine JENVAC in New Delhi.

The vaccine has been jointly developed by scientists of National Institute of Virology (NIV) Pune, Indian Council of Medical Research and Bharat Biotech Limited- Hyderabad.

The Election Commission announced the dates of holding the General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of five states of India- Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Delhi.

October 6

The Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh announced that Bihar's food subsidy will increase from 5500 crore Rupees to 11500 crore Rupees, under the National Food Security Act. This means that the allocation of foodgrain will increase from 28 lakh tonnes to 56 lakh tonnes.

Jairam Ramesh

India test-fired another modified version of surface-to-surface missile Prithvi-II from the launch complex 3 of Integrated Test Range (ITR) with a strike range of 350km from a test range at Chandipur, Odisha. Prithvi is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheads and is thrusted by liquid propulsion twine engines.

October 7

The Supreme Court of India proposed a three-member panel headed by former Punjab and Haryana Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal to examine the IPL spot-fixing scandal.
LG announced that it would start the mass production of world's first flexible OLED (organic light-emitting diode) panel for the smartphones.

Bangladesh Cabinet signed an extradition treaty with India to enable the handing over of suspects and convicted prisoners between the two countries.
Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi and Birmingham Airport, UK signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise a working relationship and commit to developing links between the two cities (Birmingham and Delhi).

India and Japan signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to undertake a joint feasibility study of High Speed Railway system on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route.

October 8

Charan Das

Dr. Charan Das Mahant (Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing, Government of India) laid the foundation stone for establishment of Shaktiman mega Food Park (the first in the north India) in Jagdishpur of Amethi district in Uttar Pradesh.

The Union Cabinet of India approved the National Identification Authority of India Bill that will give statutory status to the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).

The Union Government reconstituted the Group of Ministers (GoM) on Telangana, reducing it from ten to six.

The HRD(human resource development )Ministry announced that it will launch 50 DTH educational channels soon. All these channels will be different from the existing programmes.

The Supreme Court of India directed the Election Commission of India to introduce Vote Verifier Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) system in EVMs in phased manner for the next general elections in 2014. The VVPAT was successfully and satisfactorily utilised at 21 polling stations in Nagaland during the Assembly elections in February 2013.

Tata Motors launched a bi-fuel variant of Nano, which has dual fuel option of petrol and CNG.

The Karnataka government approved the implementation for the second phase of the Karnataka Sustainable Forest Management and Biodiversity Conservation Project (KSFMBC). The project will cost around 1899.72 crore rupees.

The Union Cabinet approved a notification for issuing Presidential order to establish a separate development board for Hyderabad-Karnataka region in Karnataka.

P. Sathasivam

The Chief Justice of India P. Sathasivam directed the Union and all state governments to provide 3 percent job reservation to disabled persons in all their departments, companies and institutions.
Minister of External Affairs of India Salman Khurshid visited Sri Lanka. The main issues discussed in the meeting were process for solving the problems of the minority Tamil community, the issue of detention of Indian fishermen etc.

Salman Khurshid

All-India Association of Industries (AIAI) announced that it entered into an agreement with the Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) in order to promote the trade between India and Pakistan.

The Supreme Court decided to appoint former Delhi High Court Chief Justice A.P. Shah to head a committee which has been deliberating on broad guidelines for protection of good Samaritans rendering assistance to accident victims.

The cabinet committe on economic affairs (CCEA) has approved implementation of the national mission on oilseeds and oil palm (NMOOP) during the 12th plan period and has allocated Rs. 3,507 crore for this purpose.

October 10

Ministry of Science and Technology launched a new project of Electronic Management of INSPIRE Award Scheme (E-MIAS) for the future Innovation in Science Pursuit for inspired Research (INSPIRE) Awards.

Government of India signed agreements at East Asian Summit, with seven countries Australia, Cambodia, Singapore, Brunei, New Zealand, Lao PDR and Myanmar,who pledged their commitment to the Nalanda University project in Bihar.

An oil spill was reported at Mumbai-Uran Trunk oil pipeline, Environment and Forests Ministry constituted a team headed by member secretary of the Central Pollution Control Board J.S. Kamyotra, to inspect the oil spill.

October 11

The India Post launched instant electronic money transfer service called Instant Cash in partnership with Wall Street Exchange(a company of UAE's Emirates Post Group) in New Delhi.

* Instant Cash is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Emirates Post Group, and its services are available in 59 countries through more than 60000 locations.
* United Arab Emirates (UAE) President: Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
* Capital: Abu Dhabi.
* Currency: UAE Dirham.

October 12

Seventeen persons were killed as the very severe cyclonic storm Phailin, hit the Odisha coast near Gopalpur in Ganjam district. More than 1.26 crore people were hit by the cyclone that damaged lakhs of thatched and kutcha houses in the coastal districts.

October 13

In a temple stampede more than 115 people were killed at the Ratangarh Mata Temple in Datia district of Madhya Pradesh. This incident happened on a bridge on river Sind which is at 1.5 kilometers from the temple.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is planning to provide sustainable livelihood opportunities to tribal people of central India in the five Maoists affected States of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odessa, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.

The Election Commission of India ordered the Chief Electoral Officers of all States and Union territories to provide for None of the Above option (NOTA) in electronic voting machines (EVMs) and ballot papers.

* Chief Election Commissioner(CEC): V.S. Sampth.

October 14

The IMF estimates the Indian economy to grow by just 3.8 per cent. International Monetary Fund (IMF) lowered its forecast growth rate of India for this financial year to 3.8 percent from its previous projection of 5.6 present.
* IMF Headquarter: Washington DC.
* Managing Director: Christine Lagarde (French).


ONGC Videsh Ltd, the overseas arm of state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has won two on-land oil blocks in Myanmar. Myanmar gave away 13 onshore blocks to various companies, with OVL, Italy’s Eni, Pakistan’s Petroleum Exploration (PVT) and Canada’s Pacific Hunt Energy Corp each winning contracts to operate two blocks each.

October 15

The Supreme Court of India ruled that co-operative societies do not fall within the ambit of Right to Information (RTI). The Supreme Court has said while quashing a Kerala government circular to bring all such societies within the scope of the transparency law.

The Enviornment ministry decided to turn approximately 60000 square kilometres of the Western Ghats into an Ecologically Sensitive Area, banning mining, quarrying, thermal power plants and polluting industries over the entire range.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) lodged a case against industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla and former coal secretary P.C. Parekh on charges of criminal conspiracy and corruption in connection with alleged irregularities in allocation of coal blocks eight years back.

The Ministry of Tourism partnered with Genesys International to create a Walking Tours platform, first such initiatives to be undertaken in any country. Walking Tours is a unique and exciting product that will enable users to navigate and route their way through cities based on a number of interesting themes.
* Union Tourism Minister: K. Chiranjeevi.
The Ministry of Railways took measures in order to prevent the misuse of Izzat Monthly Season Ticket aimed at the person belonging to BPL.

* The passenger should first obtain income certificate from local government officials like SDM/ SDO/ BDO/ Tahsildar and thereafter obtain income certificates from Member of Parliament of Lok Sabha.

October 17

Niira Radia

The Supreme Court ordered a CBI probe into the tapes of former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia. The first stage in the CBI's investigation process, concern the dealings of industrial houses of Tatas, Reliance, Unitech and senior bureaucrats.

Cabinet Commssion for Economic Affairs headed by prime minister Manmohan Singh enhanced the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of wheat by 50 rupees per quintal to 1400.

The Union cabinet of India approved the appointment of a three-member supervisory committee headed by a representative of the Central Water Commission on construction of Babhli Barrage issue.The other two members Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.

The Union Cabinet of India approved the setting up of six additional benches of the Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT). The main function of CESTAT is to provide an independent and impartial forum to hear the appeal against orders and decisions passed by the Commissioners of Customs and Excise.

The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) changed the investment guidelines for pension fund.Investments in debt securities by pension funds should have residual tenure of not less than three years.

Nagaland home minister G Kaito Aye laid stress on the need to modernize the state police department with the help of the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and System (CCTNS).

October 18

Meira Kumar

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar rejected the resignation of 13 Seemandhra Lok Sabha MPs (Member of Parliament).
India’s tallest air traffic control(ATC) tower with 84 metre structure inagurated in Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai.

October 19

Five Gujarat-based brands have featured among India’s most attractive brand list.
Amul,Arvind Mills,Ajantha Clocks,Nirma and Balaji have been featured in the list of India’s Top 200 most attractive brands.

The Union government approved construction of roads and bridges worth 354 crore rupees in different parts of Maharashtra under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana(PMGSY).

October 20

The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh proposed site of a nuclear power plant at Haripur in West Bengal, protests by political parties started gathering steam in the state.

India and Russia have made substantial progress in reaching an agreement on units 3 and 4 for the Kudankulam nuclear power plant, and deliberations between the Nuclear Power Corporation of India and Rosatom are currently in the final phase.

Ten regional parties of North East India formed The North East Regional Political Front (NERPF). Neiphiu Rio, the Nagaland chief minister is appointed as NERPF convener and Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, Asom Gana Parishad President is appointed as NERPF’s chief advisor.

October 21

The President of India Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent to the Uttarakhand Lokayukta Bill. The Lokayukta Act is aimed at curbing corruption in the Uttarakhand state.
* Chief Minister, ministers, MLAs and government servants, including IAS and IPS officers, will come under the ambit of the Lokayukta Act.

Pranab Mukharjee

The Union Cabinet has given nod to the proposal for construction of a 14-km all-weather tunnel at Zojila pass in Ladakh region.The project would require Rs. 9000 crore investment to ensure undisrupted round-the-year connectivity between Ladakh and Srinagar.

India’s atomic power plant Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) generated 160 MW power at its first unit in Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP).

Govt. of India will launch its ambitious pension scheme, the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana, for over five million overseas workers in Dubai.

October 22

A 17-member expert panel has been constituted by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to investigate whether the environmental degradation caused by hydro-electric projects on Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers led to Uttarakhand floods.
* The head of the panel was Prof. Ravi Chopra.

A new system of conduction examinations, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has told schools across the country to implement open book examinations from March 2014 and has also released study material for the same.

Bangalore has ranked as top in the country’s top business destination in a survey conducted by Global Initiative for Restucting Environment and Management (GIREM), followed by Chennai, Mumbai and Pune in terms of infrastructure, human capital, city culture and basic quality of living.

Sushil kumar Shinde visited the sites of recent twin terror strikes and conducted an aerial survey of the area near the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir as part of his visit to the state to review the situation there in the wake of increasing cases of ceasefire violations by Pakistan.

Sushil Kumar

Three Indian-Americans have been elected members of the prestigious Inistitute of Medicine (IOM), including Subra Suresh, who has become the only current university president to be elected to all three US national academies.

India Post on 22nd October 2013 released a commemorative postage stamp on the 50th anniversary of Bhakra Dam by union minister of water sources, on Golden Jubilee of Bhakra Dam. It is the first structure in India which will have two commemorative postal stamps in its name.
* Union minister of water sources: Harish Rawat.

October 23

Former Delhi health minister Harsh Vardhan will be the BJP’s Chief Minister candidate for Delhi election. An ear,nose and throat(ENT) specialist Vardan entered into the politics in 1993 and was elected from Krishna Nagar constituency in east Delhi.

The Maharashtra cabinet has implemented new mining rules on 23rd October, which is aimed at ensuring planned and scientific exploitation of the state’s mineral wealth. According to the Maharashtra Minor Minerals (Development and Regulation) Rules 2013, would ensure checks in the mining of minor minerals such as sand, stones, gravel and clay, which are used in construction and other sectors.

Gas Cooperation Agreement (GCA) with the Department of Industries, GAIL India Ltd signed an agreement for development of natural gas infrastructure and city gas network in Bihar, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and GAIL Chairman and Managing Director B.C. Tripathi in Patna.

19 Chinese surveillance satellites are monitoring the Indian waters as the region is emerging as one of the world's most strategic areas in the 21st century, revealed secretary to defense minister and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) director-general Avinash Chander .

India’s long wait for the World’s biggest commercial aircraft, the double decker Airbus A-380, to fly regularly may come to an end if the government is able to strike a balance between the interests of flyers and desi airlines.

October 24

On 24th October 2013, EC regulates poll advertisements, campaign on Net, social media and made social media campaign is accountable. Contents of the advertisements issued by parties/candidates in such websites should be pre-certified by the appropriate authorities and all expenditure made towards such campaign/ advertisement would be included in the election expenditure accounts of candidates/ parties.

The Union Environment Ministry has ordered to the Goa state not to permit Mining within one km of national parks and sanctuaries of Goa.

October 25

The Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) has given license to Singapore Airlines (SIA) to set up a full service airline in India in joint partnership with the Tata Group. This project said to be entail an initial FDI (Foreign direct investment) of sum equal to 49 USD.
* Tata Sons will be the majority partner in the venture with 51 per cent stake, while Singapore Airlines will hold 49 per cent.
Signaling the Defense Research and Development Organization’s (DRDO) strong intent to export military products to friendly nations, its chief and Scientific Adviser to the Defense Minister Avinash Chander said DRDO-made sonar’s would soon be exported to Myanmar in a groundbreaking initiative.

India was on 25th October ranked at a low 101st position on a global Gender Gap Index and also lowest among BRICS nations given by Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF). Among 136 countries top-four positions on the global have been retained by Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The worst performing countries are Yemen (136), Pakistan (135) and Chad (134).
GAIL (India) and Paradip Port Trust , signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for setting up an offshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at Paradip Port at an estimated cost of Rs. 3,108 crore.

* Pardip Port: It is an artificial, deep-water port on the Mahanadi River in the East coast of India.

October 26

Himachal Pradesh introduced Union National Vocational Qualitative Framework (NVQF) has become the second state after Haryana Qualitative Framework (NVQF) on 26th October.
* The scheme was implemented by the All India Technical Education Council and the National Skill Development Council and the National Skill Development Council. As per the scheme, 70 skill development councils will be established and each council will be given specific trades. The scheme was being implemented for students of Class IX to Class XI and every student has to clear four levels to get the certificate.

October 27

Five people were killed with seven low intensity serial blasts in Patna of which six bombs went off in and around the venue of Narendra Modi's mega rally at Gandhi Maidan. A total of 83 people were also injured in the bomb explosions.

Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana (MGPSY), a pension and life insurance fund scheme for blue-collar Indian workers in UAE was launched by the Union Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs, Vyalar Ravi in Dubai.

About Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana
* Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana (MGPSY), a special social security scheme for overseas Indian workers on temporary work permit in 17 Emigration Check Required (ECR) countries.
* The MGPSY is aimed at helping the workers to save money for their retirement, their return to India and resettlement and provides life insurance cover against natural death during the period of coverage.
* It provides home and a life insurance cover for 1 Lakh rupees during their work abroad.
* The Government of India will contribute up to 2000 rupees every year for male workers and 3000 rupees every year to women workers for up to either five years or until the worker returns home, whichever is earlier.
* It will be added to the Pension and Life Insurance (PLIF) account of each eligible subscriber.
* The workers have to contribute between 1000 rupees and 12000 rupees per annum towards the pension fund and 4000 rupees towards the return and resettlement fund. They will derive corresponding benefits when they go back home and during their old age.
* Indian Workers Resource Centre or IWRC is the support center for Indian workers in the UAE while Bank of Baroda is the official banking partner of the scheme to enroll the workers.

October 28

Nalanda University plan moves a step further as India inks MoUs with 7 nations. In a recent international development, India inked MoUs with seven countries towards realization of the concept of revival of Nalanda University in Bihar. The MoU was inked between India and seven other nations namely Australia, Cambodia, Singapore, Brunei, New Zealand, Laos PDR and Myanmar. The agreements were signed during India’s participation in the ASEAN-India Summit and the East Asia Summit (EAS) held in Brunei.

* Capital: Bandar Seri Begawan.
* Currency: Brunei dollar.
* Sultan: Hassanal Bolkiah.

National Vocational Qualitative Framework (NVQF) Scheme is introduced in Himachal Pradesh, it is the second state to implement these Schemes after Haryana.

* The scheme is being implemented by the All India Technical Education Council and the National Skill Development Council, under this scheme, 70 skill development councils would be set up and each council would be given specific trades.

The Election Commission of India clarified that if the number of electors who had utilized the NOTA (None Of The Above candidates) option in the EVM or Ballot paper exceeded the votes polled by any of the candidates, the candidate with the highest number of votes would be declared winner.

World’s first under water rail link which connects Asia and Europe is opened by Turkey. The length of the rail link is 13 kilometers and is about 60 meters below the Bosphorus Strait. Named Marmaray tunnel is the first world’s subway to connect two continents. The Tunnel is engineered to withstand the earthquakes.

Hamid Ansari


Vice President Hamid Ansari has launched the Indian Chambers of Commerce (INCHAM) in Lima to facilitate Indian trade and industry in doing business in Peru and other Latin American countries.

* Currency: Peruvian Nuevo sol.
* Capital: LIMA.
* President: Ollanta Humala.

October 29

UIDAI Chairman Nandan Nilekani expressed hope that the target of issuing 60 crore Aadhaar numbers would be met by 2014, saying so far 47 crore people have already received them.

Nandan Nilekani

The Centre has constituted a high-level committee headed by former CRPF Chief,
K. Vijay Kumar, to look at the division of assets and the administrative framework which would be required when Telangana is created upon bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

October 30

Vice President Hamid Ansari had an 35 minute-long meeting with Cuban revolutionary hero Fidel Castro, reflecting the warmth in the relationship between India and Cuba, two of the founding members of the Non Aligned Movement (NAM).

A.K. Antony

Defense Minister A.K Antony blamed the Pakistani establishment for what he called an unusual increase in ceasefire violations and infiltration attempts by terrorists from across the border in Jammu and Kashmir.
Infosys has agreed to pay a penalty of $34 million to the United States government for making errors in 1-9 paper work and other visa related matters.

October 31

The Statue of iron man Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel laid the foundation stone on his 138th birth anniversary at Sardar Sarovar Dam site by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in Bharuch district in Gujarat. It is 182 meters tall statue (World’s largest statue).
* The Statue of Unity will be double of the height of the Statue of Liberty (93 meters) in the USA.

The Supreme Court of India directed the Government of India and the States to pass order within three months on giving the fixed tenure to civil servants. The Supreme Court has also directed to constitute a Civil Services Board at nation and state levels for management of the transfers, posting, reward, inquiries and process of promotion, punishment and disciplinary matters of bureaucracy.

Former chief of Indian Youth Congress (IYC) and chairman of All India Anti-Terrorist Front (AIATF) MS Bitta termed the security arrangements in Gujarat as the best in the country and chided the Nitish government for not doing anything for the security of his own people.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee ordered Bengal borders sealed to stop the movement of vegetables, onion and potato out of the state in a desperate step to curb prices.

Mamata Benarjee

The world's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions increased at a slower rate in 2012 at 1.1 per cent compared to a 2.9 per cent annual increase over the past decade.

India’s first integrated National Transport Portal “” launched. The portal "" is now the largest online bus ticketing system in the world.