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India Watch 
  • Silverine Swer, Meghalaya's first Padma Shri Awardee died
  • India’s first Mono rail inaugurated
  • Harish Rawat appointed 8th Chief Minister of Uttrakhand
  • Surajkund International crafts Mela began in Haryana
  • Karnataka defeated Maharashtra to win the Ranji Trophy 2014
  • Scottish Parliament approved the Same Sex Marriage Bill
  • Union Government hiked FRP of Sugarcane by 10 rupees per quintal for 2014-15
  • Arunima Sinha awarded Amazing Indian Award
  • Vishwanath Tripathi selected for the Vyas Samman 2013
  • Abhinav Bindra won second gold medal in Inter Shoot Tri series Shooting
  • Bindra became 1st person to win three gold medals in Tri-series shooting
  • Sikkim became first state to achieve 100 percent sanitation coverage
  • NABARD under RIDF has sanctioned loans worth over 19100 crore rupees
  • Ranjit Bhatia, Olympian distance runner died
  • Cancer awareness programme launched by Yuvraj Singh
  • South Central Railway launched HYLITES
  • Kosnam Himalaya Singh appointed as Lieutenant General
  • Ashok Varadhan appointed co-head of securities division of Goldman Sachs
  • Karnataka won Irani Cup for the fifth time
  • Three-day long Desert Festival started in Jaisalmer
  • Satellite Centre of PGIMER, Chandigarh to be established at Sangrur
  • Union Government approved Pune Metro Rail Project
  • Union Government launched HIV Salvage Therapy
  • Mars Orbiter Spacecraft, Mangalyaan, completed 100 days
  • Assam became the First State to legally ban smokeless tobacco
  • Delhi Government approved Delhi Nagar Swaraj Bill
  • Union Government approved two plants to manufacture Semiconductor chips
  • Javed Miandad, former Pakistani cricketer resigned as Director-General of countries cricket
  • Union Government raised the import tariff value on gold and silver
  • Researchers at IIT Kharagpur developed ready-to-eat food paste for malnourished children
  • ONGC and OIL signed Production Sharing Contract in two water Blocks of Bangladesh
  • Hindi writer and Jnanpith Award winner Amar Kant died
  • Carnatic music Vocalist R K Srikantan died at 94
  • Quadricycle to run from 1 Oct 2014 across the country
  • Death sentence of 3 convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case commuted to life imprisonment
  • Telengana Bill passed in Lok Sabha
  • Worldfloat introduced Citydeals, a Social plus e-Commerce feature
  • Bharti Airtel Signed an Agreement with Loop Mobile
  • Government de-allocated six Coal Blocks due to delay in production
  • Parliament passed Street Vendors Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending Bill
  • People are free to adopt children irrespective of religious background: SC
  • Vice President released a book entitled Public Issues Before Parliament
  • CCEA approved National Mission for Green India
  • Cheteshwar Pujara named as brand ambassador of Gujarat Election Commission
  • P V Sindhu ranked 9th in BWF women’s Singles ranking
  • Union Cabinet approved the setting up Equal Opportunities Commission
  • Online Shopping Portal for authentic Tribal Products launched
  • Khajuraho Dance Festival began at Khajuraho in MP
  • Cabinet approved Odia as Classical Language
  • Bezbaruah Committee Constituted for the protection of rights of North Eastern people
  • Whistleblower Protection Bill passed by Union Legislature
  • United Bank of India CMD Archana Bhargava resigned
  • India successfully test-fired Akash missile from ITR Complex in Chandipur
  • NTPC signed MoU to Develop Kajra Thermal Project of 1320 MW in Bihar
  • Coca-Cola announced to set up Accelerator Programme TARGET in India
  • Delhi Waveriders won the 2nd edition of Hockey India League cup 2014
  • National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) announces to form a new concept called Joint Liability Group (JLG).
  • Supreme Court refers the petition seeking legalization of euthanasia to a five-judge Constitution Bench.
  • Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Gulam Nabi Azad inaugurates the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), Bhubaneswar.
  • The largest 130-MW Solar Power Plant of India launched at Bhagwanpur in Neemuch, Madhya Pradesh.
  • Union Ministry of Environment & Forest approves field trials for Genetically Modified (GM) crops rice, wheat, cotton and maize.
  • Union Home Ministry constitutes G K Pillay Committee to study and examine the demand of a separate Bodoland state.
  • Chandi Prasad Bhatt, the noted Gandhian environmentalist and social activist selected for the Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2013.
  • Union Cabinet approves the Mission document on the National Mission for sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE).
  • National Science Day observed on 28 February across India to mark the discovery of the Raman Effect by Indian physicist CV Raman.
 Justice A K Ganguly resigned as chairman of WBHRC
 Government of India announced Jeevan Raksha Padak for 37 people
 Dhanu Yatra of Bargarh started in Odisha
 Reserve Bank of India selected CCIL as Legal Entity Identifier
 RBI allowed Indian companies to issue non-convertible debentures
 Prithvi II, the nuclear capable Surface-to-Surface missile, successfully test-fired
 Government launched India’s first comprehensive adolescent health programme
 Union Ministry of Human Resource Development announced Maulana Azad Taleem-e-Baligan scheme
 RBI panel recommended setting up of specialized banks to cater to low income households
 Munish Sharda appointed as MD and CEO of Future Generali Life
 Union Government introduced Know India Programme for young Overseas Indians 
 DRH issued new Guidelines to give psychological help to molestation victims
 Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards conferred by the President
 Nirbheek, India's first gun for women, launched
 Ministry of Environment and Forest approved Tawang II hydroelectric project
 World Hindi Day observed on 10 January
 CCEA approved renaming of Mill Gate Price Scheme as Yarn Supply Scheme
 Gorakhpur railway station entered Limca Book of Records as world’s longest platform
 Andhra Pradesh bagged Oil and Gas Conservation Award, 2013
 P.K.Goyal won Best CFO Award
 The Supreme Court of India directed the Government of India to place the report of Justice Shah Commission on illegal mining in Odisha and Jharkhand. 
 The Union Ministry of Rural Development decided to provide an additional wage employment of 50 days beyond the stipulated 100 days under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, MGNREGA for Scheduled Tribe (ST) households in forest areas. 
 The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) included Hong Kong and Macau in the sensitive list of countries along with Pakistan and China. 
 Union Ministry for Road Transport and Highways celebrated 25th Road Safety Week. The theme for Road Safety Week this year was when on the road, always say Pahle Aap.
 Vice President releases the book titled Sangharsh Ke Safar Ka Nayak Mulayam written by Omveer Tomar.
 Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin spiritual head of the Dawoodi Bohra community died of cardiac arrest in Mumbai. He was 102. 
 Cyrus Mistry won the DSC prize 2014 for South Asian literature for his book Chronicles of a Corpse Bearer. Mistry was awarded with a cash price of 50000 dollars at Jaipur International Literature Festival 2014. 
 Union Government of India extended the implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 to the States of Karnataka and Chhattisgarh.
 Union Cabinet granted minority status to Jain community across India 
 Union Cabinet approved to set up Rail Tariff Authority 
 Aruna Bahuguna first woman to be appointed chief of National Police Academy
 Veerappa Moily formed MOT to reassess Hydrocarbon Resources of India
 Viscera test must in death due to poisoning: SC
 Kailash Meghwal elected as the Speaker of Rajasthan Assembly 
 Sudhir Mahato, the former Deputy Chief Minister of Jharkhand died 
 Dr. Tej Vir Singh won the UNWTO Ulysses Prize
 LPG Connection Portability Scheme launched
 Currency notes issued before 2005 to be withdrawn: RBI
 Garuda Vasudha Advanced Light Helicopter of Geological Survey of India launched 
 Finance Ministry nod for 1000 rupees minimum monthly pension plan
 NALSA launched free legal service clinics across the country 
 Union Government launched National Waterway-4 project in Tamil Nadu 
 National Girl Child Day observed on 24 January
 Aviation ministry removed V.P. Agrawal from position of AAI chairman
 59th Idea Filmfare Awards 2013: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Bags Seven Awards 
 National Communal Harmony Awards 2013 won by Centre for Study of Society and Secularism 
 The Election Commission of India celebrated the 4th National voters Day: 25 January
 Pitroda Committee submit report to Information and Broadcasting Ministry
 Dhruva-3 indigenous High Performance Computing System inaugurated 
 Padma Awards for the Year 2014 announced on the Eve of 65th Republic Day of India 
 Ela Gandhi honoured with Amadelkufa in South Africa 
 Karl Slym, MD of Tata Motors died after falling from hotel building in Bangkok
 Saina won Syed Modi International India Grand Prix title 
 MS Dhoni became first captain to play in four tied ODIs
 Ela Gandhi honoured with Amadelkufa in South Africa 
 Union Civil Aviation Ministry removed restrictions on Airbus A-380 in India
 India Post to install 3000 ATM & 1.35 lakh micro-ATM by September 2015 
 EGoM approved SUC of 5 percent of annual Gross Revenue on all new airwaves 
 NIC and Union Ministry of MSME launched India Inclusive Innovation Fund
 India won gold in men's Basketball at Lusofonia Games
 Ajoy Misra elevated as the CEO and MD of Tata Global Beverages Limited
 Anand Kumar, the founder of Super30 got Ramanujan Mathematics award 
 Union Ministry of Rural Development signed MoU with Digital Green 
 TRAI released Working Guidelines for Spectrum Trading 
 RBI raised Repo Rate by 25 basis points to 8 percent 
 India ranked lowest in International Intellectual Property Index 
 Manoj Kohli appointed as MD&CEO of non telecom businesses of Bharti Enterprises 
 National Waqf Development Corporation Limited inaugurated by Prime Minister 
 EC to CEOs of States: Make standardized voting compartment at Polling station 
 Cantilever Pamban Bridge completed 100 years
 Sumit Malik stripped off gold medal for anti-doping violation 
 Tax exemption for Olympics, CWG and Asian Games winners 
 Six PSUs signed MoU to set up World’s largest Solar Power Project 
 NIT Odisha developed technology to turn Plastic into fuel
 Dhoni is 4th fastest batsman to score 8000 runs in ODIs

World Watch 
  • Olympic torch lit on Mount Elbrus, Russia's highest point
  • World Wetland Day celebrated across the globe
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Oscar-winning American actor died
  • Joshna Chinappa won Winnipeg Open title
  • First Paperless Public Library of World BiblioTech opened in USA
  • Saudi Arabia King ordered jail terms ranging 3-30 years for mercenaries fighting outside country
  • Olympic flame reached Sochi after crossing Oceans, North Pole and Space
  • Libya destroyed entire chemical arsenal
  • Danish amputee first in the world to get Bionic Hand
  • Union Ministry of Culture and Tate signed MoU
  • President of Israel Shimon Peres set a new Guinness World record
  • Sangakkara became second cricketer to hit triple century and a century in same match
  • US Navy ANM66 bomb, the largest ever WWII bomb was successfully dismantled
  • Srinivasan elected as the new Chairman of ICC from July 2014 onwards
  • Yulia Lipnitskaya is the youngest Russian to win gold medal in Winter Olympics
  • Kamar Ahmad Simon won Golden Conch Award of MIFF 2014
  • Scientists discovered new River Dolphin Species in Amazon; this is first discovery in 100 years
  • Domestic Content requirement of India’s Solar Mission challenged by US
  • India and Netherlands signed MoU on Renewable energy
  • China and Taiwan hold first official level talks since 1949
  • Volcano Mount Kelud of Indonesia erupted
  • Belgium became second country to allow Mercy Killing for Children
  • India and Kyrgyz Republic signed two agreements
  • Bubba Watson won Northern Trust Open
  • Peng Shuai of China ranked World No. 1 in WTA Doubles Ranking
  • World Bridge Championship to be hosted by India in 2015
  • Country’s first wild dog breeding centre to be created IGZP in Vizag
  • New Zealand won two-Cricket Test series against India 1-0
  • Facebook acquired WhatsApp for 19 billion dollar
  • India and Bahrain signed Agreements to expand Cooperation in Key Areas
  • WB and UNICEF launched campaign about safe drinking water and Sanitation
  • International Mother Language Day observed across the world on 21 February 2014
  • UNSC adopted resolution to boost humanitarian aid access in Syria
  • Matteo Renzi sworn-in as PM of Italy
  • Oleksandr Turchynov appointed as interim President of Ukraine
  • G-20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meet
  • The Ugandan President Yoweri-Museveni signs anti-gay bill which imposes tough penalties for homosexual acts.
  • The Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) agrees to organise Nepal-India Economic Summit every year.
  • Harold Ramis, the American actor, writer and director of classic comedy films died in Chicago.
  • Ibrahim Mahlab sworn in as new Egypt Prime Minister. He is a former member of Hosni Mubarak's political party.
  • Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor awarded with Israel’s highest civilian honour, the Israeli Presidential Medal of Distinction.
  • India and Saudi Arabia sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on defence cooperation pact to take their strategic partnership further in areas of security.
  • Turkish president Abdullah Gul approves the bill on restricting the judicial powers.
  • Legendary Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucia passes away in Mexico.
  • India and Israel signs an agreement on Cooperation in Public and Homeland security.
  • Britain unveils the world's largest aircraft. 
  • A US company Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) plans to build an Outernet - a global network of cube satellites broadcasting Internet data to all the people on the planet - for free.
  • India and Iran agree to take a decision on Chabahar Port by March 2014
 Latvia became the 18th member of the Euro zone. 
 Pakistan announced its plan to set up seven functional nuclear plants of 1100 MW each by 2030.
 India and Maldives signed 3 Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) in the field of Health, Exchange of Personnel and Human resource.
 India announced a new rule to vaccinate against polio to the travellers from Pakistan would be implemented from 14 February 2014. 
 Tropical storm One struck the east coast north of Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
 China to be become a partner in the proposed NIMZ in Andhra Pradesh
 US Senate confirmed Janet Yellen as next Chairperson of Federal Reserve
 Astronomers discovered Earth's gassy twin 200 light years away
 Malaysia invited IITs to open its centre
 Ali Larayedh, the Prime Minister of Tunisia resigned
 Exceptionally Rare Conjoined Whales discovered
 Israel’s Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon died
 71st Golden Globe Awards 2014 announced
 New eyewear system developed to give ‘superhuman’ vision
 Bank of Japan and RBI concluded an agreement to raise BSA to 50 billion dollar
 Sheikh Hasina sworn-in as Bangladesh Prime Minister
 India and Canada sign Letter of Intent (LOI) for co-operation in Iron and Steel Sector. 
 India and South Korea signed pacts in different areas to deepen economic cooperation and bolster defence engagements. 
 Hery Rajaonarimampianina, a former Finance Minister of Madagascar declared as the new President of Madagascar. 
 According to a global analysis by World Health Organisation (WHO), Peshawar in Pakistan has the largest number of polio cases in the world in 2013. 
 Silvio Berlusconi, founder head of the Forza Italia party and Matteo Renzi, leader of Democratic Party (PD) signed a deal on electoral reforms in Italy. 
 The Report Working for the Few released by Oxfam
 Bihar's turnaround analysed at London School of Economics 
 Dexter, Private Information Stealing Virus, detected in online banking transactions
 India-born Prof A J Paulraj won 2014 Marconi Prize
 Emergency rule imposed in Thailand capital Bangkok for two months 
 Chilika lagoon named Destination Flyways by UNWTO
 Indus Civilization ended due to Disease and violence 
 Richard Quest won 2013 UNWTO Lifetime Achievement Award 
 Shane Warne to mentor Australia's spinners for World T20 Tournament
 OCA recognized Russian martial art Sambo and is now a part of Asian Games 
 NASA rover Opportunity found Mars had life friendly fresh water 
 India Women Cricket team won one day series against Sri Lanka 3-0
 MS Dhoni became first captain to play in four tied ODIs
 Australia won ODI series against England by 4-1
 Stanislas Wawrinka won Australian Open Men’s title
 Australia won ODI series against England by 4-1
 Karl Slym, MD of Tata Motors died after falling from hotel building in Bangkok 
 Samsung and Google signed Global Patent Agreement
 Stanislas Wawrinka won Australian Open Men’s title
 Google purchased DeepMind Technologies of UK
 India and Japan inked MoUs to strengthen cooperation in tourism and power generation 
 Russia and China to conduct war games in the Mediterranean Sea from 1 February 
 Pete Seeger, Songwriter and Champion of Folk Music, Died
 Raymond Weil, the pioneer of Swiss watch died
 First multi-coloured 3D Printer launched
 ICC approved introduction of International Women’s Championship 
 GVK BIO and Aragen Bioscience signed Definitive Agreement to acquire Aragen Bioscience 
 Tunisia’s new government of independents headed by Mehdi Jomaa sworn in
 Indian Rupee to be a legal tender in Zimbabwe
 First online Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas launched
 Kiwi Kathy Cross is first woman in ICC Umpire's Panel
 India and Netherlands signed MoU for cooperation in field of Sports 
 India and Fiji signed Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement 
 World’s oldest flamingo died at Adelaide Zoo of Australia
 IUCN Red List has completed 50 years of its existence