March 2013 Current Affairs Monthly


Current Affairs March 2013: Read Important monthly current affairs and major events of March 2013 related to India (National) and World (International) for SSC, Banking PO, IBPS, Indian Railways, UPSC, RPSC, State PSC and other upcoming competitive Examinations. It covered all latest current affairs topics like Politics, Appointments, Sports and Players, Awards and Honours, Important Days, Obituaries, Reports, Business, Government Schemes, Education, Books and Authors, Economy, Science and Technology, Geography, Agreements, Conference and Entertainment.

Top Appointment Current Affairs
  • Former Mrs. India International Richa Sharma was named global brand ambassador of the pageant, which will kick off this year with the interview round in the US' Atlanta city on May 17.
Top Awards Current Affairs
  • Paan Singh Tomar' which had got critical acclaim was named the best feature film of 2012 in the 60th National Film Awards. The Tigmanshu Dhulia-directorial venture even won the best actor's trophy for Irrfan, who portrayed the role of a national level athlete who transforms into one of the most dreaded dacoits of Chambal Valley. 
  • India’s Saina Nehwal was nominated for the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Female Player of the Year award for 2012. World No.1 Li Xuerui of China is also nominated for the award. If they both win, they will have to share the annual award. In 2012, Saina won the Indonesia Open Super Series Premier, Denmark Open Super Series Premier, Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold, and the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold to add to the bronze medal she won at the London Olympics.
Top Business Current Affairs
  • Wipro Ltd has got the acclaim for the second year as one of the world's most ethical firms by top business ethics think-tank Ethisphere Institute. The company stated this was in recognition to its commitment for ethical leadership, compliance practices and corporate citizenship.Wipro chief sustainability officer Anurag Behar stated that integrity and ethics have been the focal point of the way the company thinks and acts and the aim was to excel in the same with the stakeholders, including employees, customers, suppliers and investors.
  • Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal again acquired the second spot in women's singles rankings while Parupalli Kashyap moved up two places in men's singles to attain a career-best No.7 in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released on Thursday. Saina got the No.2 ranking by edging past current World Champion Yihan Wang of China to third as she trails though she is behind World No.1 and Olympic champion Li Xuerui by quite a margin.
  • Bharti Airtel, the country's largest mobile phone company has been asked by the government to stop providing third-generation (3G) services in Kolkata, Maharashtra, Gujarat and four other regions by Monday.
  • Andhra Pradesh is the leading e-commerce destination in India, recording the highest number of ecommerce hubs but at the same time is at seventh place in terms of transactions, as per study by eBay India, the leading ecommerce company.Andhra has 565 ecommerce hubs in a total of 4,306 in 28 states and seven union territories.
  • The government gave its approval for six proposals of foreign direct investment (FDI) amounting to Rs.732.77 crore.The Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) led by Economic Affairs Secretary Arvind Mayaram had given clearance to the FDI proposals at a meeting held on March 6. The highest amount of overseas funds will be going to a Hyderabad-based infrastructure firm Navayuga Road Projects.
  • The Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corp (DSIIDC)allocated 127 industrial plots in the national capital.DSIIDC stated they were allotted under a relocation policy aimed at moving industries to specified areas.The plots are of 100 sq meters, 150 sq meters and 250 sq meters area, and one is of 27.75 sq meters.
Top Education Current Affairs
  • Acer, the Taiwanese personal computer plans to open new outlets in 2,000 small Indian towns in 2013 through its 'outreach programme' as informed by a top company executive. Harish K. Kohli, managing director, Acer India Pvt. Ltd. stated that branches will be opened in all those places which had a population of more than five lakhs.


Top India Current Affairs
  • In 2012 India made an average of 13 requests a day to Google to get access to personal web details of web users thus making it evident that internet snooping by the authorities has increased. Interestingly India is only second to the US in terms of this kind of request which made 45 requests a day on an average, that is the highest for any country.
  • Himachal Pradesh's loan liability will stand by the end of this fiscal (2012-13) over Rs.28,513 crore, and the government aims to slash 'wasteful expenditure' to better the financial health of the state as per Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. He said the government's focus in the next five years would be on education, health, infrastructure like roads and agriculture. Virbhadra Singh stated that the state's loan liability increased by Rs.7,272 crore in the past five years.
Top Miscellaneous Current Affairs
  • In an initiative to bring the Budget 2013-14 to the people, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram will answer questions on its proposals in a multi-party online video conference on Google+ Hangout. This is the first time when a cabinet minister will use the internet to interact with citizens and reply to queries on the union budget as per a finance ministry release.
  • A high level delegation of IT experts and administrators will participate in the digital industry's biggest event - CeBIT - that is organized annually at the world's largest fairgrounds in Hannover. The five-day event which starts on March 5 is  one of the leading information and communications technology (ICT) events in the world, a platform where the companies from around the world showcase their products and services
  • The drought situation in Maharashtra has gone worse with more villages requiring water supply through tankers. The number of such villages and hamlets has gone up to 7,075 from 6,488 last Monday. The number of tankers which are pressed into action for water supply on daily basis had increased to 2,408 from 2,280 last week.
  • Indian American astronaut Sunita Williams, the world record holder for the longest spaceflight by a female astronaut, will begin her India trip on April 1 from Delhi.Williams will visit the National Science Centre (NSC) on April 1 and talk with students and teachers.
Top Person Current Affairs
  • Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal stated that the national free roaming for customers may be started before October this year. As Trai had floated a consultation paper on national free roaming in December once its recommendations come then the process of free roaming can start before October.
  • The director and chief operations officer of an online shopping portal www.timtara.com were arrested for duping several customers by not providing them the goods they bought in spite of payment of money in advance. Arindam Bose, 47, the director on online shopping portal 'timtara.com', and his associate Harish Ahluwalia, 35, got arrested from Sector-63 in Uttar Pradesh's Noida based on over 200 complaints filed against them from all across the country.
Top Politics Current Affairs
  • Lok Sabha passed a resolution which dismissed a motion of the Pakistan national assembly charging the hanging of Afzal Guru, the parliament attack convict. Speaker Meira Kumar read out the resolution.The resolution also specifies that Jammu and Kashmir, 'including the (Pakistan) occupied territories, were an integral part of India'.
Top Science Current Affairs
  • Top Indian space scientist U.R. Rao has been included into the Satellite Hall of Fame in Washington DC by the Society of Satellite Professionals International, in the US. This makes him the first Indian space scientist to be inducted into the Satellite Hall of Fame and he is now part of  the select group of about 50 members, that has Arthur C. Clarke, Van Allen, Harold Rosen, Peter Jackson and Robert Berry, among others.
Top Social Current Affairs
  • Google Play store has now books for people in India, and there are thousands of Indian titles from new releases to classics to choose from. The collection includes books by Indian authors such as Amish Tripathi, Devdutt Pattanaik and APJ Abdul Kalam as well as international bestsellers from the world’s largest ebookstore.
  • Facebook Inc. informed about its agreement with Microsoft Corp. to acquire its Atlas Advertiser Suite. This will enable marketers and agencies to utilize more out of their online advertising.
Top Sports Current Affairs
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni is now the most successful Indian Test captain; edging over Sourav Ganguly’s records after India won the second cricket Test against Australia by an innings and 135 runs on Tuesday. The 31-year-old Dhoni, who has two World Cup wins (2007-T20, 2011-ODI) to his credit has now 22 Test wins that is one more than Ganguly. Mohammed Azharuddin is on the third position with 14 wins while Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi and Sunil Gavaskar are on fourth with nine wins each.
  • The Indian men's compound team that includes Sandeep Kumar, Abhishek Verma, Jignas Chittibomma won the gold medal in the Asian Archery Grand Prix in Bangkok on Tuesday. The Indian trio won over Vietnam 226-218 in four sets (60, 53, 56, 57 versus 53, 53, 55, 57). India was leading over Vietnam in first, third and fourth round and there was a tie in second.
  • India's Somdev Devvarman bounced back from a set down to move ahead to the second round of the ATP Miami Masters tennis tournament at Miami. Somdev defeated Russia's Evgeny Donskoy 4-7, 7-6 (5), 6-2 on Wednesday. 
  • England's Jonathan Trott broke Indian batsman Vijay Manjrekar record in scoring the most number of runs in Test matches without a six.The England top order batsman surpassed Manjrekar at the Eden Park in Auckland when he scored 27 before being bowled out by New Zealand pacer Trent Boult in the third and final Test.
  • It was sweet revenge for India when they won the series 4-0 against Australia and for Australia this was only the second time they lost the series 0-4, the last time it was in 1970 when Bill Lawry took them to South Africa. The fourth test was won by six wickets and two days to spare for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the Ferozeshah Kotla here Sunday.
  • It was a disappointing day for Indian tennis as Somdev Devvarman, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi all went out of the ATP Miami Masters as they lost their respective singles and doubles matches. Somdev went suffered defeat  6-2, 6-4 to two-time defending champion and World No.1 Novak Djokovic in only 68 minutes in their third-round clash on Sunday night.
Top Summit Current Affairs
  • Set to get elected next week as China's new President, Xi Jinping will hold his first bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the BRICS summit to be held later this month in South Africa.
Top Technology Current Affairs
  • India will finally have something to speak of regarding the state of internet when there will be a city that provides free Wi-Fi hotspots. Bangalore will get the coveted role to offer free Wi-Fi hotspot to people at M.G Road and Brigade road. This is the vision of Mohandas Pai, a former executive at Infosys.
  • BlackBerry 10?s app store, the BlackBerry World has now over 100,000 apps prior to its US launch. After the launch of the BlackBerry 10 devices in January, over 30,000 applications were added to its new platform. The names include-Amazon’s Kindle, OpenTable, and The Wall Street Journal.
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