Bolt & Fraser-Pryce Crowned World Athletes Of 2013

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.Usain Bolt

Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce have been crowned the Male and Female World Athletes of the Year, 2013. This was done by the sport's governing body IAAF at a ceremony in Monaco on November 16. Bolt, 27, previously the World Athlete of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012, successfully regained his 100m title and won the 200m … [Read more...]

SCs, STs Closing The Literacy Gap

Census 2011

According to the primary Census abstract for the total population of SCs and STs released by the Office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner on October 29, the SCs and STs are fast closing the literacy gap with the national average and the gender gap within their own communities. Data released recently shows a 14.6 percentage point increase in … [Read more...]

CHOGM 2013

CHOGM 2013 logo

The Tamil Nadu Assembly on November 12 adopted a resolution against India’s participation in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which is being held in Colombo. The House, in the resolution expressed its deep regret over the decision of the Central government to send the External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid to the CHOGM. The … [Read more...]

CBI Declared As Unconstitutional

Guwahati High Court

A division bench of Gauhati High Court comprising Justice IA Ansari and Justice Indira Shah on November 8, ruled that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was legally not a police force and stripped it of its powers to investigate crimes, arrest suspects and file charge-sheets. "We hereby...set aside and quash the impugned Resolution, dated … [Read more...]

Woman Health Worker Bags Global UN Award

Martha Dodrey

The United Nations has conferred the 'UN Frontline Workers Global Leadership Award' on Martha Dodray, an Auxiliary Nurse & Midwife (ANM) from Darbhanga district of Bihar. She represented the worldwide Polio frontline workers, whose contribution to the cause of global health has been recognised and awarded by the United Nations Foundation this … [Read more...]

World’s Most Powerful People

Most Powerful People

Russian President Vladimir Putin (No. 1) has taken the top spot on Forbes’ fifth annual ranking of “The World’s Most Powerful People” , as he "continues to solidify control over Russia and the international stage". President Barack Obama (No. 2) dropped from the number one spot, followed by General Secretary, Communist Party of China Xi Jinping (No. … [Read more...]

Global Commission On Ageing In Developing Countries

Ageing Population

The Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, Shri GhulamNabi Azad chaired the session for launching of the “Global Commission on Ageing in Developing Countries” at Beijing, China on October 24. The goal of the Commission is to enable gender, equity and rights based policies and programming that will improve the quality of life of the ageing … [Read more...]

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Manna Dey Passes Away

Manna Dey

Singer Manna Dey passed away after a prolonged illness in a Bangalore hospital on October 24. He was 94. Born in Kolkata in May 1919 as Prabodh Chandra Dey, he had trained to be a wrestler as a college student, but struggled with the sport owing to worsening eyesight. His popular tracks include 'Poocho Na Kaise Maine' (Meri Surat Teri Aankhen), 'Ae Meri … [Read more...]

Composite Development Index Of States

Underdevelopment Index 2

The level of development of a state is likely to be the consequence of a complex set of historical, cultural, and sociological factors. An explicit government objective was to have a more egalitarian society, coupled with balanced development of different regions. Despite taking a number of steps to reduce the regional disparities, substantial differences in … [Read more...]

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OPCW Wins Nobel Peace Prize 2013


The global chemical weapons watchdog working to eliminate chemical arms stockpiles around the battlefields of Syria's civil war won the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), a relatively small organisation with a modest budget, dispatched experts to Syria after a sarin gas attack killed more than 1,400 … [Read more...]