- The Indian National Food Security Act, 2013 (also Right to Food Act), was signed into law on September 12, 2013.
- Currency – Country: Dinar – Iraq, Von – Korea, Peso – Phillippines, Rouble – Russia.
- Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) – 1948.
- European Social Charter – 1961.
- American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man – 1948.
- International Covenant Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) – 1966.
- N.M.R. Subbaraman, the freedom fighter, was called as Madurai Gandhi.
- If the radius of a circle is increased by 25% then its area is increased by 56.25%.
- In a mixture of 28 liters, the ratio of milk and water is 5:2. If 2 litres of water is added to the mixture, the ratio of milk and water in the new mixture – 2:1.
- CHOGM Stands for Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
- The Green House Rural Housing Scheme of Tamil Nadu is powered by Solar energy.
- Hwang-Ho River Empties into Yellow sea.
- Niger River Empties into Gulf of Guinea.
- Volga River Empties into Caspian Sea.
- Mackenzie River Empties into Beaufort sea.
- The aim of Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) is to make the country Slum free.
- The Chairman of the 14th Finance Commission – Y.V. Reddy.
- Author of “Phantoms In the Brain” – Vilayanur S. Ramachandran.
- First recipient of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award – Viswanathan Anand.
- Which Indian social activist is best known for her role in Narmada Bachao Andolan – Medha Patkar.
- Deficiency of proteins in Children causes – Marasmus.
- The first Individual Sathyagrahi was Vinoba Bhave.
- 10th Congress session (1894) was presided over by by Irish member Alfred web.
- Sugathakumari was selected for Saraswati Samman (2012) in March 2013. She belongs to Kerala.
- The Measurement standards laboratory on India is National Physical Laboratory.
- 114th Amendment Bill, 2010 is an amendment that seeks to increases the retirement age of high court Judges from 62 to 65 years.
- Miss World 2013 – Ms. Megan Young (Philippines).
- Prime Minister of Australia in October 2013 – Tony Abbott.
- Cultural centres in India with the zonal head quarters: Southern Zone – Thanjavur, Northern Zone – Patiala, Eastern Zone – Kolkata, Western Zone – Udaipur.
- A table is sold for Rs. 414 at a profit of 15%. How much did it cost? – Rs. 360.
- Rs. 800 amounts to Rs. 920 in 3 years at simple interest. If the interest rate is increased by 3%, it would amount to Rs. 992.
- National Commission for Women was set up in 1992.
- Rule of Law – England.
- Judicial of Review – America (U.S.A).
- Idea of concurrent subjects – Australia.
- Directive Principles of State Policy – Ireland.
- Toba – caldera.
- Mariana – Trench.
- Mawsynram – World Wettest Place.
- Titicaca – Deepest Lake.
- The launch vehicle which placed the Mars Orbiter into its earth orbit on November 2013 is PSLV-C25.
- The Paralympic games involves Athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities.
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The jute industry is concerned mainly with the production of gunny bags or sacks, gunny cloth, coarse carpets, rugs, waterproof covers, tarpaulins and canvas. The first jute mill in India was established at ‘Rishra‘ near Kolkata in 1855 by the English men George Aukland. Before 1947 India enjoyed a monopoly in the production of raw jute as well as manufactured jute. In 1947, the country was partitioned and jute mills remained in India where as the major jute growing areas were partitioned to Bangladesh (East Pakistan). At present the country has self sufficiency in the production of raw Jute. Most of the Jute mills of India are centralised in ‘Hooghly Basin’ of the West Bengal.
In addition to West Bengal, Jute mills are also located in Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa. India exports jute products to Australia, U.K., Thailand, U.S.A., Canada, Argentina, East Africa, New Zealand and Indonesia.
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CHENNAI: World Chess Championship 2013 – 22-year-old Magnus Carlsen (Norway) became the new world chess champion as he defeated defending champion Viswanathan Anand.
Five-time title-holder Viswanathan Anand’s reign as the world champion came to a heart-breaking end on Friday with Norway’s Magnus Carlsen taking the crown after a hard-fought draw in the 10th game of the World Chess Championship match, which ended on Friday (November 22, 2013).
Carlsen, who will be 23 years on 30th November, closed the championship with two games to spare by taking his tally to required 6.5 points out of a possible ten, winning three and drawing seven games.
Viswanathan Anand had won the world championship title five times – 2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 – but ironically was dethroned in his home town of Chennai. Anand said he is “disappointed” and said sorry to his fans. “I was simply not able to execute my strategy,” he added.
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INS Vikramaditya was formally commissioned on 16 November, 2013 at a ceremony held at Severodvinsk, Russia.
INS Vikramaditya is a Kiev class aircraft carrier which was commissioned by Russian Navy in 1987 under the name Baku. It was later renamed as Admiral Gorshkov and last sailed in 1995 in Russia, before being offered to India. The ship has been renamed in honour of Vikramaditya, a legendary 1st century BC emperor of Ujjain, India, famed for his wisdom, valour and magnanimity.
INS Vikramaditya, the floating airfield has an overall length of about 284 meters and a maximum beam of about 60 meters, stretching as much as three football fields put together. Standing about 20 storeys tall from keel to the highest point, the sheer sight of this 44,500 tonne mega structure of steel is awe inspiring. The ship has a total of 22 decks. The ship has the ability to carry over 30 aircraft comprising an assortment of MiG 29K/Sea Harrier, Kamov 31, Kamov 28, Sea King, ALH-Dhruv and Chetak helicopters.
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Sachin Tendulkar becomes the first sportsperson to receive the country’s highest civilian honour (Bharat Ratna). Sachin Tendulkar has inspired millions across the globe. During the last 24 years, since the young age of 16 years, Sachin has played cricket across the world and won laurels for India.
Bharat Ratna will also be conferred on eminent scientist Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao. C.N.R. Rao is an Indian chemist who has worked mainly in solid-state and structural chemistry. He currently serves as the Head of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India.
Prof. Rao has published over 1,400 research papers and 45 books. Prof. Rao’s contributions have been recognized by most major scientific academies around the world through conferment of memberships and fellowships. He has been honoured with several national and international awards.
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