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1 November 2013 Current Affairs
India’s CAG wins Election To United Nations Board Of Auditors

India on 1 November won a crucial election to the UN Board of Auditors with its nominee Shashi Kant Sharma, the Comptroller and Auditor General, garnering the largest number of votes.Sharma won 124 votes out of the total 186 cast in the General Assembly’s Fifth Committee on Administrative and Budgetary questions.India won by a comfortable margin against its closest contender the 
Philippines, which got 62 votes.Having obtained the required majority and the largest number of votes, Shashi Kant Sharma will be appointed to the UN Board of Auditors for a six year term beginning on 1 July 2014.

G. K. Pillai Appointed as the Chairman of MCX-SX
G.K. Pillai, the former Union Home Secretary on 1 November was appointed as the Chairman of the MCX-SX. Thomas Mathew T, the former acting chairman of the Life Insurance Corporation has also been appointed as the Vice President of the bourse.MCX-SX (MCX Stock Exchange Limited) is a new stock exchange of India.

2 November 2013 Current Affairs
IRCON for its performance won two top Infrastructure Awards 
IRCON won Dun and Bradstreet Infra Awards 2013 for delivering exemplary performance under the category construction infrastructure development.

Indian men's hockey team on 3 November 2013 officially qualified for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014.

Kannur Declared First Zero Landless District in the Country 

Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh on 1 November 2013 declared Kannur in Kerala as the first zero-landless district in the country.

Piramal Enterprises acquired Caladryl from Valeant Pharma
Piramal Enterprises has acquired Caladryl from Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc in India.

Syria Chemical Weapons Equipment Destroyed
The Joint OPCW-UN Mission on 31 October 2013 confirmed that Syria has completed the “functional destruction” of all critical equipment.

Jignesh Shah resigned from MCX Board 
Jignesh Shah, founder, vice-chairman and a Director of Multi-Commodity Exchange (MCX), resigned from the board on 31 October 2013.

IRCON won Two Awards at Dun & Bradstreet Infra Awards 2013 
IRCON International Limited was selected as the Top Infrastructure Company at the third edition of Dun and Bradstreet Infra Awards 2013

India won election to United Nations Board of Auditors 
India on 1 November 2013 won a crucial election to the UN Board of Auditors with its nominee Shashi Kant Sharma, the Comptroller and Auditor General.

India and Vietnam signed Treaty on the Transfer of Sentenced Prisoners 
India and Vietnam signed a treaty on transfer of sentenced prisoners in the in jails in the two countries.
3 November 2013 Current Affairs
Indian Men's hockey team qualified for Hockey World Cup 2014.
Novak Djokovic won BNP Paribas Masters Tennis Tournament 2013.

4 November 2013 Current Affairs
Virat Kohli became Number 1 ranked ODI Batsman 
Virat Kohli topped the batting charts in the ICC’s latest ODI ranking. He achieved it after India won the series against Australia by 3-2.

IIMC Signed International Cooperation Agreement with Queensland University of Technology 
IIMC and Queensland University of Technology, Australia signed the International Cooperation Agreement on 4 November 2013.

Sebastian Vettel won Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix 2013 
Formula One racing driver, Sebastian Vettel on 3 November 2013 won the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit.

Russia and Japan agreed to expand their Defence Ties 
Russia and Japan held their first joint Defence and Foreign Ministers meeting. The two countries agreed to expand their defense and security cooperation.

Europe's cargo-carrier, the ATV-4 accomplished its Mission 
ESA’s 4th ATV cargo ship, Albert Einstein, completed its five-month mission to the ISS by reentering the atmosphere and burning up safely.

Rohit Sharma Became Third Cricketer in the World to Score a Double Hundred in ODI 
Rohit Sharma, the Indian batsman on 2 November 2013 became the third cricketer in the world to score a double hundred in an ODI match.

Novak Djokovic won BNP Paribas Masters Tennis Tournament 2013
Novak Djokovic of Serbia on 3 November 2013 won the BNP Paribas Masters Tennis tournament at Paris, France.

Nitish Sengupta, the former Member of Parliament Died
The former Lok Sabha and Revenue Secretary, Nitish Sengupta died due to the cardiac arrest. Now he is survived by two daughters.

India successfully launched its Maiden Mars Mission from Sriharikota
ISRO on 5 November 2013 successfully launched its historic mission to Mars from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota

5 November 2013 Current Affairs
IICT, Hyderabad received samples for detection of Chemical Weapons from OPCW 
IICT, Hyd recently received over 50 samples for detection of chemical weapons from the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

FDI inflows into the Service Sector declined by 47.5 Percent
FDI inflows into the service sector declined by 47.5 percent to 1.19 billion US dollars during the April-August 2013 period

Abraham K Techi Appointed International Weightlifting Referee 
Indian Weightlifting Federation Joint Secretary Abraham K Techi on 4 November 2013 appointed as an international Weightlifting referee.

Yuki Bhambri won the Traralgon title 
Yuki Bhambri won the ATP men’s singles title of Taralgon event in Australia after defeating Bradely Klahn.

Government decided to extend the sale of 5 kg LPG cylinders at petrol pumps 
The Government has decided to extend the sale of the non-subsidized 5 kg LPG cylinders at petrol pumps across India.

India defeated Australia 3-2 in the seven ODI series 
India defeated Australia 3-2 in the seven ODI series and retained its 1st Ranking in the ODI playing nations.
The 12th edition of Pravasi Bhartiya Divas will be held in New Delhi from 7th to 9th of January 2014

Pakistan Successfully Test Fired Surface-to-Surface Missile Hatf IX (Nasr) 
Pakistan on 5 November 2013 successfully test-fired Hatf IX (Nasr) missile, a surface-to-surface missile with a range of 60 km.

UTV Motion Pictures Announced to Distribute Five Malayalam Films 
UTV Motion Pictures on 5 November 2013 announced that it will handle the India theatrical distribution rights of five films in Malayalam.

6 November 2013 Current Affairs
Mark Schwarzer, Australia Goalkeeper Retired from International Football 
Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer on 6 November 2013 announced his retirement from international football.

Dr. Reddy to launch an anti-blood clot drug in Canada 
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories is set up to launch generic drug Fondaparinux sodium injection in Canada and two other countries.

India and China have resumed 3rd Joint Military Exercises after five years 

SBI increased Lending Rates by 0.20 Percent
India’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) on 6 November 2013 increased its lending rates by 0.20 percent with effect from 7 November 2013

HUDCO Signed MoU with School of Planning and Architecture 
HUDCO on 29 October 2013 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi.

Paralympic Powerlifter Ali Jawad won Gold at the Asian Open Championships 
British Paralympic powerlifter Ali Jawad on 5 November 2013 won gold at the Asian Open Championships with a world-record lift

BCCI launched 'Thank You Sachin' campaign on Twitter 
BCCI on 6 November 2013 launched Thank you Sachin campaign on social networking site Twitter to honour Sachin on his retirement.

Ishwar Das Rohani, the Speaker of Madhya Pradesh Assembly, died 
The speaker of the Madhya Pradesh Assembly, Iswardas Rohani died due to cardiac arrest in Jabalpur.

Assamese Music Director Sher Choudhury Passed away 
Assamese music director Sher Choudhury passed away on 6 November 2013 at B. Baruah Cancer Institute in Guwahati, Assam.

Mahatma Gandhi's Charkha was sold for £110000 at UK Auction 
The Charkha of Mahatma Gandhi was sold at £110000. He used the charkha in Yerwada Jail during the Quit India Movement.

Ministry of External Affairs’ mPassport Seva Mobile App for iOS and Windows Phone Platforms 
The Ministry of External Affairs launched the mPassport Seva mobile app for iOS and Windows Phone platforms.

7 November 2013 Current Affairs

Indian Men's Hockey Team qualified for Hockey World Cup 2014 

First Ever Dual Cab Freight Diesel Locomotive Vijay Flagged Off by the Minister of Railways 
Scientists discovered a Black Hole in Ophiuchus Star Constellation Published on: 07-NOV-2013
Scientists discovered a black hole in a collection of stars in the constellation Ophiuchus, which is about 22000 light years from Earth

Assam Government Announced High Security Measures Against Poachers at Kaziranga National Park 
The Assam government announced on the high security measures against poachers of the world heritage site Kaziranga National Park.

Sunita Sharma Appointed as the MD and CEO of the LIC Housing Finance 
Sunita Sharma was on 6 November 2013 appointed as the managing director and chief executive director of the LIC Housing Finance.

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare reconstituted the Medical Council of India 

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India has reconstituted the Medical Council of India with 68 members.

HUDCO Signed MoU with School of Planning and Architecture 

HUDCO signed an MoU with School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi in the last week of October 2013.

National Conference on the Wakf (Amendment) Act, 2013 Inaugurated 

K Rahman Khan inaugurated the National Conference on the Wakf (Amendment) Act, 2013 in New Delhi on 6 November 2013.

8 November 2013 Current Affairs
Pakistan Appoints New Ambassador To The US
Pakistan on 8 November appointed its top diplomat Jalil Abbas Jilani as the country’s new ambassador to the US.

Nuclear-capable Agni-I missile Test Fired Successfully
India successfully test-fired nuclear weapons-capable, surface-to-surface Agni-1 missile for its full range of 700 km from Wheeler Island, off the Odisha coast on 8 November.It was the 11th launch of Agni-1, and the on-board computer and the inertial navigation system steered the missile towards its target.Agni-1 was developed by DRDO missile technologists in a short span of 15 months after the need for it was perceived by the defence services following the Kargil conflict.

9 November 2013 Current Affairs

India Wins Silver Medal At The 3rd Women’s Asian Champions Trophy 2013
The Indian Women Hockey Team won the Silver Medal, losing 0-1 to the hosts Japan in the final of the 3rd Women Asian Champions Trophy played at Kakamigahara in Japan on 9 November
Miss Venezuela Gabriela Isler Won ‘ Miss Universe 2013 ‘ 

10 November 2013 Current Affairs

Mohammed Siddikur Won Indian Open Golf Tournament 2013
Mohammed Siddikur of Bangladesh won the 50th edition of Indian Open golf tournament on 10 November at the Delhi Golf Club (DGC), New Delhi.

Manmohan Singh Ranked World’s Most Powerful Sikh
According to the first edition of the annual ‘Sikh 100′ released in London on 9 November , Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been listed as the world’s most powerful, influential and contemporary Sikh.Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia ranks as the second most powerful Sikh on the list.

11 November 2013 Current Affairs
Hamid Ansari Released ‘Momentous Times’
The Vice President of India, M. Hamid Ansari released a book entitled “Momentous Times” on the ‘175 years of Times of India’ at a function in New Delhi on 11 November.

RGIA wins Best Cargo Airport Award
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) being managed by GMR Group has been adjudged the ‘Best Cargo Airport of The Year’ at the recently concluded 40th Annual Convention of Air Cargo Agents Association of India (ACAAI) held at Jaipur.This is the second year in a row that RGIA has won the accolade for its cargo operations.

12 November 2013 Current Affairs

India Declared Free From Bird Flu
India has on 12 November declared itself free from Notifiable Avian Influenza (H5N1), commonly called bird flu, and notified the same to World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).I
Miss Venezuela Gabriela Isler won the coveted Miss Universe 2013 crown on 9 November, beating 85 other contenders from around the world at a glittering ceremony held in Crocus City Hall, Moscow, Russia.

T.P. Seetharam is new Envoy To UAE
T.P. Seetharam, currently India’s High Commissioner to Mauritius, has been appointed as the next ambassador to the United Arab Emirates on 12 November.An Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of 1980 batch, Seetharam is expected to take up his assignment shortly.

14November 2013 Current Affairs

The Union Government of India on 13 November 2013 gave its nod to the Union Health Ministry to go ahead with the scheme aimed at creation of the mid-level rural health cadre of professionals. 

IAF Flagged in White Water Rafting Expedition Called IAF Aqua Scullers 
Air Marshal HB Rajaram on 13 November 2013 flagged in IAF (Indian Air Force) Aqua Scullers on the successful completion of their white water rafting expedition on the Ganges from Gangotri (at an altitude of 3049 mtrs) to Ganga Sagar in West Bengal.

World Diabetes Day observed on 14 November
World Diabetes Day was observed on 14 November 2013 across the world to raise awareness of diabetes-a chronic disease.
World Diabetes Day is an annual campaign, led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and its member associations. It engages millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness. 

Book Entitled Indian Railway Track-Design, Construction and Maintenance Released
Indian Railway Track-Design, Construction and Maintenance (Ruby Jubilee-40th Year Edition) by M.M. Agarwal
The Minister of Railways Mallikarjun Kharge released a Ruby Jubilee-40th Year Edition of the book titled Indian Railway Track-Design, Construction and Maintenance (Ruby Jubilee-40th Year Edition) on 13 November 2013 

Children's Day Observed Across India on 14 November
Children's Day was celebrated in India on 14 November 2013 in order to commemorate the birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru (14 November 1889 – 27 May 1964), the first Prime Minister of India after Independence. The day is celebrated to commemorate the affection of Jawaharlal Nehru towards children.

15November 2013 Current Affairs
Krishna Tirath gave away National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement 
Krishna Tirath, the union Minister for Women and Child Development on 14 November 2013 gave away the National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement to 22 children on Children’s Day during the opening ceremony of Vatsalya Mela at Dilli Haat.

Fourth Biennial Conference of Asian Society on International Law Inaugurated
The Vice President of India M. Hamid Ansari inaugurated the Fourth Biennial Conference of Asian Society of International Law on Asia and International Law in the Twenty-First Century: New Horizons on 14 November 2013. The Conference is hosted by the Indian Society of International Law (ISIL)
16 November 2013 Current Affairs
Prof. CNR Rao and Sachin Tendulkar Selected for Bharat Ratna Award

Government on 16 November 2013 decided to confer, Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award on eminent scientist Prof CNR Rao & Sachin Tendulkar.

22nd Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting (CHOGM) began in Colombo, Sri Lanka
The 22nd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, CHOGM began in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 15 November 2013.

Lord Swraj Paul presented with International Indian of the Decade Award
Lord Swraj Paul presented with the International Indian of the Decade Award for his achievements in the fields of industry, education and philanthropy.

International Day for Tolerance observed on 16 November
International Day for Tolerance was observed on 16 November 2013 across the world to educate people about the need for tolerance.

33rd India International Trade Fair opened at New Delhi
The 33rd India International Trade Fair began at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi on 14 November 2013.

Boeing delivered P-8I aircraft to India to double its long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare capabilities.
18th International Children's Film Festival of India Inaugurated at Hyderabad
The 18th International Children Film Festival of India (ICFFI) was inaugurated on 14 November 2013 at Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

Ram Kripalu Tripathi, Popularly Known as Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj, Died
Ram Kripalu Tripathi, popularly known as Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj passed away on 15 November 2013 at New Delhi.

17 November 2013 Current Affairs

Waheeda Rehman to receive first Centenary film award at IFFI
Waheeda Rehman will receive the inaugural Centenary Award for the Indian Film Personality of 2013. The award is instituted by Government of India.

Abdullah Yameen won Maldives Presidential Polls
Abdulla Yameen of Progressive Party of Maldives defeated the former premier Mohammed Nasheed to win the Maldivian Presidential elections.

INS Vikramaditya commissioned in Indian Navy
INS Vikramaditya inducted in the Indian Navy by AK Antony at Sevmash Shipyard in Russia. It will boost the India’s maritime warfare capabilities.

18 November 2013 Current Affairs

India successfully Test Fired Advanced Version of BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile
India on 18 November 2013 successfully test-fired the advanced version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from the Pokhran, Rajasthan.

National Press Day observed on 16 November
National Press Day is celebrated across the country on 16 November 2013. The day is symbolic of a free and responsible press in India.

Doris Lessing, Nobel Prize-Winning Author, Died at 94
British Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing was died on 17 November 2013 at London. She was 94 years old.

22nd CHOGM Summit ended with adoption of three declarations
The 22nd CHOGM ended in Sri Lanka with the adoption of the independent declarations - on Youth, International Trade and Inclusive Development.

19 November 2013 Current Affairs
Mangalore University Presented with Indira Gandhi NSS Best University Award 2012-13

German Chancellor Gets Indira Peace Prize
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was selected for Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for the year 2013.The International Jury for the Prize was chaired by the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, which made this announcement on 19 November 2013 on the birth anniversary of Indira Gandhi

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Inaugurates First Bharatiya Mahila Bank In Mumbai

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inaugurated the first branch of Bharatiya Mahila Bank on 19 November 2013 in the iconic Air India building at Nariman Point in Mumbai.Coinciding with the 96th birthday of late Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inaugurated the first of its seven branches at a function in Mumbai in the presence of United Progressive Alliance Chairperson Sonia Gandhi. Bhartiya Mahila Bank, an all-women’s bank, will have a network of 25 branches by March 2014, according to Finance Minister P Chidambaram.

President Pranab Mukherjee on 19 November 2013 presented Indira Gandhi National Service Scheme Best University Award 2012-13 to Mangalore University.
Angela Merkel, German Chancellor selected for Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace 2013

Angela Merkel, German Chancellor on 19 November 2013 selected for Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for the year 2013.
Birth of Cinema authored by N. Gopal Krishna Released

A book entitled Birth of Cinema was released by T. Udayawarluon at ICFFI media centre. The book is written by N. Gopal Krishna.

World Toilet Day observed on 19 November
The World Toilet Day was observed on 19 November 2013. About one third of the world’s people don’t have an access to a decent toilet.

National Integration Day observed on 19 November
National Integration Day is observed on 19 November 2013 all over India on the birth anniversary of Indira Gandi.

20 November 2013 Current Affairs
The 44th International Film Festival of India (IFFI)began at Panaji in Goa on 20 Novemebr 2013 with great fanfare.
Anjolie Ela Menon awarded with Dayawati Modi Award
Published on: 20-NOV-2013

Anjolie Ela Menon, a contemporary artist was awarded with Dayawati Modi Award for Art and Culture and Education by Dayawati Foundation
SPMCIL conferred with Engineering Excellence Award 2013
Published on: 20-NOV-2013

SPMCIL was conferred the Engineering Excellence Award 2013. The second Best Engineering Marvel for project to Modernisation of Ink Factory Project.

21 November 2013 Current Affairs
The Vice President of India released a book entitled Maimaar-E-Qaun-Dr. A. R. Kidwai edited by Mufti Ataur Rahman Ansari.
Frederick Sanger the two time Chemistry Nobel Prize winner died

A British biochemist, Frederick Sanger died. He is the only person to win the Nobel Prize two times for Chemistry.
Malala Yousafzai Received EU's Sakharov Human Rights Prize 2013

Malala Yousafzai on 20 November 2013 received the EU's Sakharov human rights prize for her brave crusade for the right of the children to education.
3rd BRICS International Competition Conference inaugurated by Prime Minister of India

PM Manmohan Singh on 21 November 2013 inaugurated the 3rd BRICS International Competition Conference in New Delhi.
Kauwboy won the Golden Elephant Award in International Children's Film Festival

Kauwboy directed by Boudewijn Koole won the Golden Elephant Award for best film in the 'International Live Action' category in ICFF.
44th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) began at Panaji, Goa

22 November 2013 Current Affairs
Five Information Commissioners are appointed to the Central Information Commission (CIC) on 22 November 2013.
Prof CNR Rao Elected to Chinese Academy of Sciences

Eminent Scientist and Bharat Ratna Awardee Prof CNR Rao was on 4 November 2013 elected as honorary foreign member of Chinese Academy of Science.
Justice Ajit Prakash Shah appointed as Chairman of Law Commission of India

Union Government on 22 November 2013 appointed Justice Ajit Prakash Shah as the new Chairman of the 20th Law Commission of India.
IAF's Sukhoi 30 to be platform for supersonic Brahmos missiles

Sukhoi-30 fighter jet has been selected by the Indian Air Force as the platform to mount the supersonic BrahMos missiles.
Hamid Ansari released book entitled Maimaar-E-Qaun-Dr A.R. Kidwai

23 November 2013 Current Affairs
All India Football Federation on 20 November 2013 reappointed Kushal Das as AIFF General Secretary for a second term of another three years.
India successfully test fired Nuclear capable Dhanush Ballistic Missile

India on 23 November 2013 successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable Dhanush ballistic missile from a naval ship off Odisha coast.
Nisha Desai Biswal sworn in as US Asst. Secretary of State for South and Central Asia

Nisha Desai Biswal was on 21 November 2013 sworn in as the US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia.
9th North East Business Summit Began in Assam

The North East Business summit began on 22 November 2013 at Dibrugarh in Assam.
Five Central Information Commissioners Appointed to CIC