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General awareness --feb 2013

1)      Malala Yousafzai nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
2)      Chiranjeevi to attend global tourism trade fair in Spain
With an aim of attracting more foreign visitors,
During the six-day visit, he will inaugurate India Tourism Pavilion in FITUR, an international tourism trade fair, and hold discussions with his Spanish counterpart Jose Manuel Soria Lopez exploring future cooperation in the tourism sector.
3)      Government grants Maharatna status to BHEL, GAIL
4)      Per capita Monthly Income Growth Eases to 14% in 2011-12
5)      L. N. Tallur won Skoda Art Prize 2012 (Prize money Rs 1 million )
6)      India – Malaysia Double Taxation Agreement in Force
7)      Leander Paes, Jaideep Mukherjee Honoured with ” Davis Cup Commitment ” Award
8)      “Khushwantnama: The Lessons of My Life” Book Released

9)      Sania Mirza AutoBiography Book “Against All Odds”

13th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS)
The theme of the summit is ‘The Global Challenge of Resource Efficient Growth and Development

10)  Sustainable Development Leadership Award :- The Seychelles President, Mr James Michel has been awarded the Sustainable Development Leadership Award at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit
11)  Padmanabhan Committee To Help Boost Bank Finance For Exports
12)  OIC summit held in Cairo Organization of the Islamic Conference 12th summit
13)  Mumbai shares the title of the world’s cheapest city with Karachi, in Pakistan, according to the “Worldwide Cost of Living 2013”
14)  According to the report, the five most expensive cities in the world are Tokyo and Osaka in Japan, Sydney, Oslo and Melbourne.
15)  India Pledges $100m For Mali Reconstruction
16)  Cabinet Approved Rs.38500 cr Rural Road Development Plan
17)  Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma visit to Britain
18)  Hyderabad to host World Agriculture Forum Congress (“Re−shaping agriculture for a sustainable future of small and marginal farmers
19)  The first indigenously built Weapon System Integrated Advanced Light Helicopter, ” Rudra
20)  Bhutan Prime Minister Jigmi Y. Thinley visited India
21)  A South Sudan’s Bishop Emeritus Paride Taban has won a coveted 2013 UN peace prize
22)  ” Aero India 2013 ” Held in Bangalore
23)  Rest of India won Irani Cup (Rest of India, who clinched the title for the 26th time in the tournament’s 51st year)
24)  Ranchi Rhinos defeated Delhi Waveriders to won the first Hero Hockey India League (HIL)
25)  Afzal Guru’s hanging code named ‘Operation Three Star’
26)  National e-Governance award for Madhya Pradesh
27)  Pakistan successfully test fires nuclear-capable Hatf-IX missile
28)  Ravi Shankar wins best music album award “55 Grammy award for his album ‘The Living Room Sessions Part 1’
29)  India and Japan to Strengthen Cooperation in Tourism Sector
30)  North Korea conducts third nuclear test
31)  Wrestling Dropped From 2020 Olympic Games List
32)  Queen Elizabeth II has been named the most powerful woman in Britain
33)  93 per cent polling in Tripura Assembly elections
34)  FICCI chooses Sushil as best sportsperson of the year
35)  France’s President Francois Hollande Visited India discussed the sale of Rafale fighter jets , after signed the both nations on several agreements
36)  Mohan Parasaran appointed as new solicitor general
37)  World’s Tallest Mahatma Gandhi Bronze Statue in Patna
38)  Pakistan successfully tests nuclear-capable Hatf-II missile
39)  Amartya Sen honoured with France’s highest civilian award
40)  Australia win ICC Women’s World Cup
41)  World tourism conference in Hyderabad
42)  Rafael Correa re-elected for 3rd term as Ecuador’s President
43)  India’s First Geothermal Plant in Chhattisgarh
44)  CBI probe Ordered into Rs 3600 crore Italian Chopper Deal Scam
45)  World’s Highest Railway Bridge in Jammu Kashmir
46)  Ela Bhatt honoured with Indira Gandhi Peace Prize
47)  Victoria Azarenka won Qatar Open Tennis Title
48)  Rafael Nadal won Brazil Open Tennis Title
49)  India, Britain discuss bilateral Civil Nuclear pact
50)  Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali submitted his resignation to President Moncef Marzouki
51)  T. S. Vijayan Took over as IRDA new Chairman
52)  Ratan Tata receives E&Y lifetime award
53)  India 19th largest exporter in world
54)  Credit Suisse lowers India’s GDP forecast to 5.3% for Fiscal Year 2013
55)  Nicos Anastasiades Elected as Cyprus new President
56)  Park Geun-hye sworn-in as the first woman President of South Korea
57)  Indira Gandhi Airport wins international health, safety award

Oscars 2013
85th Oscar awards presentation ceremony was inagurated in Los Angels on 25 February 2013.In this ceremoney Life of Pi cinema got a 4 Oscar awards.
Best Picture: Argo
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz(Django Unchained)
Best Supporting Actress:Anne Hathaway(Les Misérables)
Best Directing: Ang Lee(Life of Pi)
Best Adapted Screenplay:Chris Terrio( Argo)
Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino(Django Unchained)
Best Documentary Feature: Searching for Sugar Man
Best Original Song: Skyfall” from Skyfall, music and lyrics by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
Best Original Score: Life of Pi
Best Animated Feature: Brave
Best Cinematography:Life of Pi
Best Costume Design: Anna Karenina
Best Documentary Short Subject:Inocente
Best Film Editing:Argo
Best Foreign Language Film:Amour (Austria)
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Les Misérables
Best Production Design:Lincoln
Best Short Film (Live Action): Curfew 
Best Sound Editing: Skyfall (TIE), Zero Dark Thirty (TIE)
Best Sound Mixing: Les Misérables
Best Visual Effects: Life of Pi

thanks to Gajapati Kartik.

General awareness --feb 2013 Reviewed by sambasivan srinivasan on 9:11:00 PM Rating: 5

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