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Megan Young of Philippines on 28 September 2013 was crowned Miss World 2013

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare announced Rahul Dravid as Brand ambassador for National Tobacco Control Campaign

Rajnath Singh, the BJP President Became the campaign committee chief for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls on 29 September 2013

Grandmaster Vidit Gujrathi Won the Bronze Medal in the World Junior Chess Championship

University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Law presented Anna Hazare with the Inaugural Allard Prize for International Integrity

Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan was awarded with the Fifth Deutsche Bank Prize for Financial Economics 2013

Navneet Kaur Dhillon won the Multimedia Award at the Miss World 2013

Former South African President Nelson Mandela Honoured with Humanitarian achievement award on 22 September 2013

Veteran athletic coach A K Kutty passes away at the age of 75

Freedom Fighter Ranjit Singh Passed away at the age of 97

India Environmentalist Bunker Roy and Pakistan’s Teenage Education Activist Malala Yousafzai Selected for Clinton Global Citizens Awards for the year 2013

Award Winning Colombian Writer Alvaro Mutis Jaramillo, Died at 90

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on 21 September 2013 Laid the Foundation stone for a New Airport at Kishangarh, Rajasthan.

UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi laid the Foundation stone of HPCL Refinery-Petro chemical Complex in Rajasthan on 22 September 2013

Mohan Singh, the Veteran Samajwadi Party politician passed away at the age of 68

Hiroshi Yamauchi, the Third president of Nintendo Passes away at the age of 85

Former BCCI Secretary Jaywant Lele passed away at the age of 75

Indian Freedom Fighter Jawaharlal Darda was posthumously Conferred a Lifetime Achievement Award at UK’s House of Commons on 12 September 2013

Ken Norton, the Former Heavyweight champion Died at 70

Miss Nigeria, Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola won the Miss Muslimah World 2013 Title

Ratan Tata Nominated as Board member of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on 18 September 2013P.

Sudhakar took over as the Chairman & Managing Director of the Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) on 16 September 2013

Tony Abbott was sworn in as Australia’s New Prime Minister on 18 September 2013

The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the First Engineers Conclave-2013 on 17 September 2013

Former Toyota Motor Corp President and Chairman Eiji Toyoda, a key figure in Toyota’s Rise Dies at the age of 100

World’s Oldest Man Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez died at the Age of 112

The President of the Republic of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf visited India

Bollywood actor John Abraham was Honoured with the Pride of the Nation award

The Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), Filippo Grandi visited India

The First Democratically Elected Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was conferred with the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development

The Prime Minister of Bhutan Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay visited India

The Vice President of India M. Hamid Ansari presented the First Sree Narayan Guru Global Secular & Peace Award 2013 to Dr. Shashi Tharoor

Manomohan Singh released a Postage Stamp in the memory of the Freedom fighter and Former Member of Parliament, Lala Jagat Narayan on 9 September 2013

Rochus Misch, the Former Bodyguard of the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler died at the age of 96

Zubin Mehta to be Honoured with Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony, 2013

Ronald H. Coase, The winner of Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science passed away at the age of 102

Tommy Morrison, the Former heavy weight champion died

British broadcaster and writer David Frost died at 74

Gandhi Heritage Portal was launched by Prime Minister of India on 2 September 2013

The Union Minister for Culture ‘Chandresh Kumari Katoch’ Inaugurated exhibition on Indian Embroideries- named ‘Resurgence’
Nobel Literature Laureate Seamus Heaney passed away at the age of 74


August 2013


The Former South African President Nelson Mandela on 27 August 2013 won the inaugural Mahathir Award for Global Peace

Kapil Parakh (Person of Indian Origin), selected for the prestigious White House Fellowship for the year 2013-14

Former Indian Athlete Henry Rebello Passed away

Former Rajya Sabha Member and Veteran journalist D C Prashant Passed away at 96

Indian-Origin Beverly Singh Became a Part of the Team oF Specialist Engineers Building the Fastest car of the world in the UK

Pandit Raghunath Panigrahi, the Eminent Indian Classical Singer Passed Away at the age of 80 years

Julie Harris, the US actress known for record Tony Award wins, passed away at 87

Taukelina Finikaso, the Foreign Minister of Tuvalu visited India

India and Iraq signed MoUs during the visit of Nouri al-Maliki Prime Minister of Iraq to India

On 22 August 2013 Nishi Vasudeva Became the First Woman to be Selected as the Head of Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL)

Desh Prem Azad, the Former Coach of Cricketer Kapil Dev, Died at 75

Former Bengal Cricketer and Coach Kalyan Mitter passed away

Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won Mali’s Presidential elections on 12 August 2013

Renowned Kamaicha player Sakar Khan passed away

Zafar Futehally, India’s best known naturalist and ornithologist passed away at the age of 93 years

Colin Michael Foale, the First British to perform a space walk, retired from NASA

Hassan Rouhani sworn in as the new President of Iran

Venkateswaran Dakshinamoorthy, the Veteran Music Director Passed away at the age of 94

Hemendra Prasad Barooah, the Noted Assam Tea Planter Passed Away at 87

Bhim Sain Bassi, the 1977-Batch IPS officer of AGMU Cadre ,Took Charge as the 20th Delhi Police Commissioner

Sujatha Singh, an IFS officer of the 1976 batch, took charge as the New Foreign Secretary


July 2013


The Senate of US Approved James Comey as the Next Director of FBI

The Union Minister of State for Tourism K. Chiranjeevi launched the Clean India campaign at world heritage site Taj Mahal, Agra.

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton gave birth to a baby boy

Arvind Sharma, the Chairman and CEO of Leo Burnett re-elected as the President of Advertising Agencies Association of India

Devendra Jhajharia won Gold at IPC Athletics World Championships

Santosh Lal inventor of Dhoni’s Helicopter shot ,Passed away

SN Hanumantha Rao, the Former Indian Test Umpire Passed Away at 83

India-born Mamnoon Hussain elected as 12th Pakistani president

Arun Nehru, the Former Union Minister and Close Aide of Rajiv Gandhi, Died at 69

Suresh Chandra Mohanty Elected as the New President of ICAI

Abdul Rahim Rather, the Finance Minister of Jammu and Kashmir on 21 July 2013 appointed as the new Chairman of GST Panel

Prince Philippe was sworn-in as the new king of Belgium on 21 July 2013

Manjula Vijayakumar, the South Indian Actress passed away at the Age of 59

Prof. Oommen Mathew, Former Kuttanad MLA and Chairman of the Kerala State Farming Corporation, Passed away

Khurshed Alam Khan, former Union Minister Passed away.

L Brojeshori Devi, the Olympian judo player passed away at 32 years of age

On 19 July 2013 Justice Palanisamy Sathasivam Sworn in as the Chief Justice of India (CJI)

Samar Mukherjee, the Freedom Fighter as well as the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Passed away at 100 Years

Justice Altamas Kabir Retired from the office of Chief Justice of India on 18 July 2013

82 Years old Veteran Tamil film lyricist Vaali passed away

World leaders hail Nelson Mandela as he celebrates his 95th birthday.

Britain honoured Krishna Menon by placing Blue plaque on his First Home in London

Lt Gen (Retd) AK Singh took over as the new Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Dr. H.A.B. Parpia, the former Director of the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) died.

Padma Shree Awardee Madhubani Painting artist Mahasundari Devi died at the Age of 92

Douglas Engelbart, the Father of the computer mouse died at age of 88

Vandana Gandhi became the first ever Indian woman to receive prestigious Emirates Woman Award for business excellence

Anil Chait Took over as Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC)


June 2013


Prime Minister of India Flagged Off Banihal- Qazigund Rail Link in J&K

Kevin Rudd sworn in as new Australian Prime Minister

Oprah Winfrey was named the most powerful celebrity by Forbes on 26 June 2013

Nik Wallenda Became First Man To successfully completed walking the 2-inch thick cable across Little Colorado River Gorge near the

Grand Canyon on 23 June 2013

Amol Rajan the 29-year-year-old Indian-Origin Became First Non-White Editor of the Independent

Tamil Actor-director Manivannan passed away

Bahukutumbi Raman, One of the Founders of RAW, Died at 77

Sneha Singh is the first Indian-American girl from Avon School to get admission in United States Military Academy at West Point

Sreesanth, Ankeet and 17 others accused in IPL Spot-Fixing case were granted bail by a Delhi Court

Esther Williams, the Competitive Swimmer and Movie Actress Died at 91

Indian Skipper MS Dhoni received the ICC ODI Championship Shield

At The age of 15 Raghav Joneja became the youngest Indian to scale the Mount Everest

Jiah Khan, the 25-year old Bollywood actress died


May 2013


Indian-American, Arvind Mahankali 13  wins spelling bee contest

Thirteen-year-old Indian-American Arvind Mahankali won the Scripps National Spelling Bee contest. The seven-letter word “knaidel” crowned Arvind Mahankali, of Bayside Hills, N.Y., champion of the 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee, with spelling words of German origin.


Mexican climber David Liano Gonzalez sets Mount Everest record

A Mexican climber has been recognized as the first person to scale Mount Everest from both the north and south sides in the same climbing season. David Liano Gonzalez, 33, of Mexico City, was issued a certificate by the Guinness World Records.Gonzalez received the certificate from International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation chief Frits Vrijlandt at a ceremony in Katmandu


Bengali cinema’s new wave pioneer Rituparno Ghosh passed away

Rituparno Ghosh (1963 – 2013) -a Bengali film director. He has won 12 National Film Awards in India and several awards at international film festivals abroad. He began directing in advertising. In 1992, he made a low-key film debut with a children’s feature titled Hirer Angti (The Diamond Ring). His second movie Unishe April (19 April), won the 1995 National Film Award Since then, Ghosh has directed Dahan, Utsab, Chokher Bali,Asukh, Bariwali, Antarmahal and Raincoat (in Hindi). He won the National Award for best direction for his bengali film “Abohoman” starring Jishu Sengupta, Ananya Chatterjee, Dipankar Dey and Mamata Shankar in India in 2010.


Indian-origin boy sathwik karnik won national geographic bee Prize

Sathwik Karnik, a 12-year-old Indian-American boy, has won the prestigious National Geographic Bee contest after getting all five questions right as the children of community members continue to dominate the geography bee and the spelling bee competitions in the US.


Lydia Davis wins the Man Booker International Prize 2013

Lydia Davis, an American writer of short stories —some of them just a single line long — has won the £60,000 ($93,230 Cdn) Man Booker International Prize.


Iconic Tamil singer TM Soundararajan died at 91

Veteran singer TM Soundararajan passed away on Saturday (May 26) at his residence following a brief illness.


Vinod Rai retired from CAG’s role

Mr.Vinod Rai  Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) retired on May 22. Shashi Kant Sharma has taken over as the new Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG)


Sonia Gandhi, Indra Nooyi among 10 most powerful women globally: Forbes

Congress President Sonia Gandhi and India-born PepsiCo Chief Indra Nooyi figure among the top 10 in the global list of most powerful women compiled by Forbes magazine for 2013.

Gandhi is ranked ninth while Nooyi is at the 10th place in the global list of World’s 100 most powerful women.


Sachin Tendulkar retired from IPL

The Veteran  Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar retired from IPL. Tendulkar, who played 78 IPL matches accumulating 2334 runs at an average of 34.83.


Giulio Andreotti: Ex-Italian prime minister died at 94

Giulio Andreotti, one of the most prominent political figures of post-war Italy, has died aged 94. Mr Andreotti was Italian prime minister seven times between 1972 and 1992. He led the Christian Democrat party, which dominated Italian politics for decades.


Former Argentine dictator Videla dies in prison at age 87

Jorge Rafael Videla, an austere former army commander who led Argentina during the bloodiest period of a “dirty war” dictatorship and was unrepentant about kidnappings and murders ordered by the state, died on 17th May, at age 87. Videla was the first president to head the military junta that “disappeared” thousands of suspected leftists from 1976 to 1983, and he spent his final years behind bars for human rights crimes including the systematic theft of babies born to political prisoners in secret torture centers.


April 2013

Nicolas Maduro was declared the Winner of Venezuela’s Presidential Election

Nicolas Maduro was declared the winner of Venezuela’s presidential election on 14 April 2013.
Nicolás Maduro Moros is a Venezuelan politician who is the current President of Venezuela. He was previously the Vice President of Venezuela and the Minister of Foreign Affairs under President Hugo Chávez


Website launched on Babu Jagjivan Ram on his 106th Birth Anniversary

A website on Babu Jagjibvan Ram was launched by the Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment on 5 April 2013, his 106th Birth Anniversary.  Babu Jagjivan Ram, known popularly as Babuji, was a freedom fighter and a social reformer hailing from the scheduled castes of Bihar in India.


February 2013 Important Events

Ayesha Haroon, the Renowned Pakistani Journalist Died of Cancer

Ayesha Haroon, the renowned Pakistani journalist died on 2 February 2013 in New York following 4-year long fight with cancer. She was 46 years old. She was former Lahore Resident Editor for The News International.


Noted Bengali painter Shanu Lahiri passes away at 85

Shanu Lahiri, a well known painter of Bengal School, died after a brief illness at her 85 years old. She received President’s Gold Medal. She was the first one to receive this honour at her University.


January 2013 Important Events

Aaron Swartz commits suicide

Computer activist Aaron H. Swartz committed suicide in New York City. Aaron Swartz is the founder of Demand Progress, which launched the campaign against the Internet censorship bills (SOPA/PIPA) and now has over a million members. He is also a Contributing Editor to The Baffler and on the Council of Advisors to The Rules.


Rusi Framroze Surti, Former Test Cricketer Died At 76

Rusi Framroze Surti, the former all-rounder of India from Surat died on 13 January 2013 in Mumbai. Surti was aged 76 years. Surti was often also called poor man’s Garry Sobers and played 26 Test matches for India from the time period of 1960 to 1969. He played for Rajasthan as well as Gujarat in Ranji Trophy. In Sheffield Shield, he represented Queensland 35 times.


Koto Okubo, World’s Oldest Living Female died at 115

Koto Okubo, the lady who received the title of world’s oldest lady alive after the death of Dina Manfredini of United States, died on 12 January 2013. The 115 years old Okubo was born on 24 December 1897 in a town near Tokyo, Japan.


Neil Adcock : Former South African Bowler passed away

Former South Africa fast bowler Neil Adcock has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 81.


Haradhan Bandopadhyay : Renowned Bengali Actor Passed Away

His recent performance was in Anurag Basu film- Barfi . ‘Bibhushan award’ on 2012 by the government of West Bengal


Gerda Lerner (1920–2013) a Feminist and Historian, Dies at 92

Gerda Lerner, the leader in women’s history as well as the founding member of National Organization for Woman died on 2 January 2013 at Wisconsin.


2012 Padma Bhushan winner & Violin Maestro M.S. Gopalakrishnan passed away

M.S. Gopalakrishnan — legendary violinist known for his mastery of both the Carnatic and Hindustani systems of classical music — passed away early on 3 January 2012 after a brief illness. He was 82.


Freedom fighter Pandit Ram Sanehi Shukla passed away

Pandit Ram Sanehi Shukla, the veteran freedom fighter and follower of Mahatma Gandhi, died at the age of 98 at Sahebpur Village in Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh.on 3 January 2013.


December 2012 Important Events

Tony Greig, Former Captain of England Cricket Team and Commentator Died

Tony Greig, 66, the former captain of England cricket team and renowned commentator passed away in Sydney on 29 December 2012 following lung cancer. Greig was diagnosed with the ailment in October 2012.


Norman Schwarzkopf, the U.S. General who led Operation Desert Storm Died

Norman Schwarzkopf – the retired US General and a person who led the U.S. Forces for a Victory in the first Gulf War in Operation Desert Strom in 1991 died at Florida on 27 December 2012.



Leslie Claudius the Legendary Hockey Player from India Died

The legendary hockey player Leslie Claudius, India’s triple Olympic Gold Medallist died after a prolonged illness on 20 December 2012.


Norman Woodland, the inventor of bar code died at 91

Norman Woodland, the inventor of bar code, which revolutionalised retail in 70s, died at 91 on 8 December 2012 at New Jersey. Woodland was the co-inventor of bar code; the zebra pattern which stores information about the products.

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