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Migratory bird Whooper Swan, which was spotted in Pong Dam lake of Himachal Pradesh's picturesque Kangra valley after a hiatus of 113 years, is a national bird of- Finland
·         Recently, people across China welcomed the arrival of the
New Year which is celebrated as - Year of the Snake
·         Google announced its first mapping competition in India, which is open to anybody who lives in India. It is called - Nlapathon 2013
·         Asia's largest and one of the most important military aviation exhibitions in the world, Aero India - 2013, was held at - Bengaluru
·         As a part of plan to attract foreign tourists to India, the Govt of India will take the "Incredible India" campaign through road shows in - Japan
·         Recently, a project of Z1,300 crore has been chalked out, at the 3rd International River Festival at Bandrabhan in Hoshangabad to purify - River Naramada
·         Starbucks coffee company has come into India with a 50-50 partnership with - Tata Global beverages
·         The underwater missile which was launched recently was codenamed - B05
·         Jaipur literature Festival 2013 was devoted to - Legacy of Buddhism
·         Scottish government unveiled a transition plan recently, which would see the country formally independent in - March 2016
·         Government and the World Bank signed a 60 million USD credit agreement to further improve watershed planning and management in various districts of the state of- Karnataka
·         The Centre has constituted three new High Courts in the north­eastern states of Meghalaya, Manipur and Tripura, taking the total number of high Courts in the country to -24
·         The Union Government recently signed an agreement for a $100-million loan as the second tranche of Uttarakhand's urban sector development investment programme with the - Asian Development Bank (ADB)
·         16th National Conference on e-Governance was held in Jaipur
with the theme of - "towards an open Government".
·         The state which won the prestigious National e-Governance Gold Award for 2012-13, for its `Sparsh Abhiyan' aimed at the disabled and the aged - Madhya Pradesh
·         MS Dhoni became the first Indian cricketer to launch his line of fragrances named - 7 By MS Dhoni'
·         The state/ UT which is the first in the country to introduce e- court fee in all its district courts - Delhi
·         The Pakistan government approved the transfer of the management of one of its strategic ports from Singapore to China - The port is Gwadar deep sea port
·         The town Mani Majra, which became famous after the release of the international film "Zero Dark Thirty," which was shot here is near - Chandigarh
·         Recently, the Archaeological Survey of India, has discovered pre-historic caves with rock paintings dating back to 12,000 years on the - Satpura mountain range
·         30 Indian software product companies broken away with Nasscom, have decided to form a new association —"iSpirt"
·         India's first Government-to-Business (G2B) portal, eBiz, which aims at transforming and developing a conducive business environment in the country, has been launched by - Ministry of Commerce and Industry
·         The head of the committee formed to look into the issues regarding certification under the Cinematograph Act - Mu ku I Mudgal
·         Ranchi Rhinos won the inaugural Hockey India League (HIL) by beating - Delhi Waveriders
·         In order to check black money and tax evasion, an online data bank is being setup by the Finance Ministry. The online system is called - 'Virtual Office'
·         The rank of India in the list of 179 countries in the latest World Press Freedom Index - 140'h
·         A Bank which has recently launched two new savings account variants, called "SB Super" and "SB Signature" -Corporation Bank
·         Government of India recently approved enhancing the authorised capital of NABARD from `5,000 to - `20,000 crore
·         Hindustani vocalist Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan (105) has become the oldest person to be conferred a - Padma award
·         The country which surpassed the US to become the world's biggest trading nation last year - China
·         The power ministry has set up a mega advisory panel to thrash out issues hurting reforms in the sector, headed by - Jyotiraditya Scindia
·         According to the `Open Budget Survey 2012' released recently, India is ranked 14th among 100 countries. The survey has been released by - International Budget Partnership
·         An exclusive monthly hi-lingual (Hindi & English) inflight magazine of Air India, recently released by civil aviation ministry - Shubh Yatra
·         France has bestowed its highest decoration 'Commandeur de la Legion d' Honneur' (Legion of Honour) on Indian economist - Amartya Sen
·         The country which decided to slaughter about half a million chicken due to bird flu after an outbreak of H7N3 influenza in its central state - Mexico
·         American Airlines and US Airways have agreed to merge in an $11-billion deal that would create the world's biggest airline, under the name - American Airlines
·         India's first geothermal power plant is going to be established in the newly formed Balrampur district of- Chhattisgarli
·         The name of bureaucrat who has been appointed as the next Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations - Asoke Kumar Mukerji
·         The first Indian FMCG brand to cross the `5,000-crore mark in retail sales in a year - Pane-G
·         The country which has banned large-calibre arms after experiencing a surge in elephant poaching in its national parks - Gabon
·         The Software services major which will get listed on NYSE Euronext London and Paris markets becoming the first Indian company to be admitted to trade on the leading global bourse - Infosys

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