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  • The Lokpal bill and Lokayuktas Bill, 2013, Which was passed by Parliament, got President Pranad Mukherjee's assent.
  • With the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 replacing the vintage Land Acquisition Act, 1984 as many as 13 existing central pieces of legislation will have to be amended within the year to bring their R & R and compensation provisions at par with those of the new regime on buying land across the country.


  • Former chief national coach of Indian Shooting, Prof. Sunny Thomas passed away in Melbourne.
  • Indian Overseas Bank, launched "Connect Card", a new ATM - cum - debit card in association with VISA that can be used e-commerce across five lakh merchant outlets.


  • Moolam Tirunal Rama Varma was installed as the new head of the royal family of erstwhile Travancore and custodian of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Trivandrum, Kerala.
  • Phil Everly, half of the 1950s and 60s pop duo - the Everly Brothers - who influenced The Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel, died.


  • The French government has bestowed the prestigious award of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) on Indian actor - director Rahul Vohra for his contribution to cinema and theatre.
  • With regulatory and enforcement agencies clamping down on Bitcoin operators in India, leading international legal and taxation expert Nishith Desai has given this cryptographic digital product a clean chit stating that Bitcoins per se are not illegal in India.
  • World No.1 Serena Williams won the season - opening WTA Brisbane International tennis tournament when she beat second seed Victoria Azarenka.


  • Isro successfully launches GSLV-D5 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. GSLV-D5 is carrying 1980 kg GSAT-14 communication satellite. The GSLV is designed to inject its passenger spacecraft into the intended Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit with a combination of solid, earth-storable liquid and cryogenic propellants in its first, second and third stages, respectively.
  • Portugal football legend Eusebio, who was top-scorer at the 1966 World Cup, has died from a heart attack at the age of 71.
  • K.P Udayabhanu, musician, died.He won several awards including the Padma Shri in 2009.
  • Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka win over Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France in the final of the Aircel Chennai Open ATP tennis tournament at the SDAT-Stadium.
  • Lleyton Hewitt cracked the elite game of long time friend and rival Roger Federer as the Australian won a battle of tennis icons 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 to claim the trophy at the Brisbane International.
  • Swami Nityananda Maharaj, founder-secretary of Ramakrishna Vivekananda Mission in Barrackpore in North 24 Parganas, passed away.


  • Smartphone and tablet maker Micromax continued its quest for international recognition at the International Consumer Electronic Show, where it showed off to the world a dual-boot Windows and Android tablet. Micromax, unveiled its latest tablet 'LapTab' which will run on both Windows 8 and Android JellyBean operating system.


  • A committee appointed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday recommended a Universal Electronic Bank Account (UEBA) for every Indian resident above 18 years of age by January 1, 2016. The account would provide citizens with access to credit and investment options.


  • The Union Cabinet cleared a comprehensive regulatory frame work proposed by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry (I&B) for television rating agencies that includes procedures for registration, eligibility norms, limits on cross-holdings, methodology for audience measurement, sale and use of ratings and a complaint redress mechanism.
  • The Election Commission turned down the proposal of the U.S based internet search engine Google have an "electoral look up services for citizens".


  • The Reserve Bank of India's committee on comprehensive financial services for small businesses and low-income households headed by Nachiket Mor said that the Aadhaar process was adequate to enable every Indian to get bank account by January 1, 2016.


  • Microsoft founder Bill Gates has been named as the most admired person on the planet with cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar fifth on a list of 30 people compiled after a poll in 13 countries, including India.
  • American Hustle won big at the 71st annual Golden Globes, while historical drama film 12 years a Slave took the coveted best drama prize, fuelling buzz ahead of the Academy Awards slated for March 2.


  • Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad declared India polio-free, pointing out not a single case of wild polio had been reported from any part of the country in the past three years.
  • Veteran actor Anjali Devi - who defined conventional film industry wisdom that married woman cannot be leading stars on screen as early as the 1940s - died of cardiac arrest in a city hospital at chennai. She was 86. Her first film "Gollabhama" by director C.Pulliah created a bit of a stir.
  • Kerala-based writer Anees Salim won The Hindu prize for Best Fiction 2013 for his second novel, Vanity Bagh for consistent writing, humour and imagination.
  • Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and United Arab Emirates' investment firm Mubadala have decided to jointly invest in upstream projects.
  • Anju Bobby George has been upgraded to gold status in the 2005 World Athletics Final in Monte Carlo following the disqualification of Tatyana Kotova of Russia by the International Association of Athletics Federations, following the recent re-testing of the latter's sample collected at the 2005 World Championship in Helsinki.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo is awarded the prize for the FIFA Men's player of the year 2013 at the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 gala. Cristiano Ronaldo ended the four-year dominance of Lionel Messi when he was awarded the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or in Zurich.


  • Drawing a parallel between Thiruvalluvar and Confucius, the Chinese scholar and philosopher, Yu Si, the Taiwanese poet who translated Thirukural in Mandarin.


  • Noted Marathi poet and one of the founders of Dalit Panthers, Padma Shri Namdeo Dhasal died after a long battle against illness that included colorectal cancer.



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