Nobel Prizes 2013: Full list of Nobel Prize Winners 2013

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Here’s a look at the achievements being honored by this year’s Nobel Prizes, the $1.2 million awards handed out since 1901 by committees in Stockholm and Oslo.

Nobel Peace Prize 2013
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons wins the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.

Nobel Prize in Literature 2013
The literature prize was given to Canada’s Alice Munro, hailed by the award-giving Swedish Academy as a “master of the contemporary short story.” The 82-year-old author is often called “Canada’s Chekhov” for her astute, unflinching and compassionate depiction of seemingly unremarkable lives. She is the author of a series of story collections chronicling the lives of girls and women before and after the 1960s social revolution, including “The Moons of Jupiter,” ‘The Progress of Love” and “Runaway.” Continue reading


Miss Philippines Megan Young crowned Miss World 2013


New Miss World Megan Young, center, of the Philippines holds hands with first runner-up Marine Lorphelin of France , left, and second runner-up Carranzar Naa Okailey of Ghana after winning the crown over 126 contestants on the island of Bali, Indonesia. The pageant was held amid tight security following weeks of hard-line Muslim protests, which resulted in the event being moved from Jakarta, Indonesia’s largest city.

Megan Young from Philippines was crowned Miss World 2013 here Saturday. The second place went to Miss France Marine Lorphelin and third to Miss Ghana Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter.

The 23-year-old defeated 126 contestants including Miss India Navneet Kaur Dhillon, who could only make her way to top 20, to clinch the crown.

The 63rd edition of the beauty pageant was judged by prominent faces like British television executive producer and director Ken Warwick and chairman of Miss World organisation Julia Morley. Vineet Jain, managing director of India`s media group Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd., was also part of the panel.

Born in the US, Young moved to Philippines when she was 10. She is currently studying digital film making and has starred in films and TV shows.

Young said that her mother is a big influence in her life. She wants to show the world that people of Philippines are hard working and no matter what crisis they go through they are willing to help people.

She was crowned by Miss World 2012 Wenxia Yu.

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Libearal Party won the Parliamentary elections in Australia

Australian Liberal Party on 8 September 2013 won the 44th Parliamentary elections. Liberal Party defeated the in-power Labor Party in the general elections held on 7 September 2013 to return back in power as the Liberal-National coalition for the first time in six years.

With this win, Tony Abbott the leader of the Liberal-National Coalition will become the Prime Minister of the Country and successor of Kevin Rudd of the Labor Party. Continue reading

Serena Williams defeated Victoria Azarenka to win 5th US Open Title 2013

Serena Williams on 8 September 2013 won the Women’s Single Title at US Open 2013 and the pair of Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek secured the Men’s Doubles Title 2013 at the same tournament.

Serena Williams on 8 September 2013 emerged as the winner of the US Open Tennis Tournament 2013 by defeating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during the women’s singles final at New York. Serena defeated the second seeded, Azarenka with 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-1 points. Continue reading

Raghuram Rajan takes over as 23rd governor of RBI

23rd governor of the Reserve Bank of India

23rd governor of the Reserve Bank of India

Rajan took over the charge as the 23rd Governor of Reserve Bank of India on 4 August 2013 as a successor of outgoing Governor of RBI, Dr. Subbarao. Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India on 4 August 2013 approved the appointment of Raghuram Rajan (50) as the new Governor of Reserve Bank of India for next three years.

An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi, the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rajan was the youngest economic-counsellor and chief economist at the IMF from October 2003 to December 2006.

About Raghuram Rajan
• He has served as the Chief economist at the International Monetary Fund
• Raghuram Govind Rajan was born on 3 February 1963
• He is the youngest person to become the Governor of the RBI
• He is credited as a person, who predicted the economic crisis of 2008
• He is an alumnus of IIT-Delhi and IIM-Ahmedabad. He received his Doctorate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
• He is the visiting professor for Swedish Parliamentary Commission, World Bank and Federal Reserve Board.
• He also served as the president of the American Finance Association

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India’s first defence satellite GSAT-7 launched successfully

India’s advanced multi-band communication satellite GSAT-7, launched from Kourou, French Guiana on 30 August 2013, was successfully placed in the Geosynchronous Orbit with an altitude of about 36000 km above Earth’s surface on 3 September 2013. French Guiana is an overseas region of France on the North Atlantic coast of South America.

GSAT-7 was placed in the Geosynchronous Orbit after successfully completing the last of the three orbit-raising manoeuvres commanded from ISRO’s Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan. Later, on the same day, the communication antennae of GSAT-7, including the UHF Helix antenna, were deployed successfully. Thereafter, the GSAT-7 was put in its final orbital configuration, stabilised on its three-axis by the momentum wheels.

The GSAT-7 Satellite would reach its assigned orbital slot of 74 degree East longitude in the Geostationary Orbit within the next 10 days. It is planned that on 14 September 2013, the communication transponders in UHF, S, C and Ku bands will be switched on.

The GSLV Vehicle assembly and checkout would be completed at the Vehicle Assembly Building by the first week of December 2013 and the launch would take place by December 2013.

About GSAT–7

• It is an advanced communication satellite that will help by providing low bit rate voice to high bit rate data communication.
• Payload of the GSAT–7 is designed to provide communication capabilities to users in distant oceanic regions.
• Its solar arrays generate 2900 W of electrical power.

What is Geosynchronous Orbit?

Geosynchronous Orbit is also abbreviated as GSO. It is the orbit around Earth which has the orbital period of one sidereal day or around 23 hours 56 minutes and 4 seconds. This sidereal day matches the Earth’s sidereal rotation period.

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Zubin Mehta conferred Tagore cultural harmony award 2013

President of India Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi on 6 September 2013 conferred Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony, 2013 on Maestro Zubin Mehta. The award carries an amount of One Crore Rupees, a citation in a scroll, a plaque as well as an exquisite traditional handicraft/handloom item. Zubin Mehta is an Indian Parsi conductor of western classical music. The Government of India previously had honoured Zubin Mehta with the Padma Bhushan and with India’s second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan.

The annual award was instituted by the Government of India during the commemoration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore. The award is open to all persons regardless of nationality, race, language, caste, creed or sex. The first Tagore Award was conferred on Pt. Ravi Shankar, the Indian Sitar Maestro in 2012.

A High-level Jury under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and comprising the Chief Justice of India, Justice Altamas Kabir, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Smt. Sushma Swaraj and Shri Gopalkrishna Gandhi after detailed discussions on 4 July, 2013, unanimously decided to select Zubin Mehta to be the second recipient of the Tagore Award, 2013 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to cultural harmony.

Zubin Mehta: A Fact-Sheet
• Zubin Mehta was born on 29 April 1936 in Bombay, India
• Zubin Mehta left Mumbai, India almost sixty years ago to study music in Europe, by the age of twenty-five
• He conducted three of the best-known symphony orchestras in the world: the Vienna, Berlin, and Israel Philharmonic
• A rapid succession of appointments then followed, as Music Director with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (1961–67), the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (1962–78), and the New York Philharmonic (1978–91)
• He was appointed Music Adviser of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (1969), then its Music Director (1977), and was finally titled its Music Director for Life (1981)
• Debuting as opera conductor in Montreal (1963), he has conducted at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Vienna State Opera, the Royal Opera House in London, La Scala in Milan, and the opera houses of Chicago and Florence
• He was the conductor of the historic production of Puccini’s Tosca in Rome (1992), enacted in the specific settings and time mentioned in the score of the opera
• He has conducted at the prestigious Salzburg Festival, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia among other venues
• He was Music Director of the Bavarian Opera (1998–2006), and is President of the annual Festival del Mediterrani in Valencia (2006–)
• To raise funds for war victims and in remembrance of those who perished in the Yugoslav wars, he played the Mozart Requiem at the ruins of Sarajevo’s National Library with the Sarajevo Symphony Orchestra and Choir (1994)
• A year after the tsunami in the Indian Ocean, he conducted the Bavarian State Orchestra in a memorial concert in Chennai (2005)
• In Israel, he gives free concerts in Arab-inhabited towns and leads the Mifneh (‘Change’) programme teaching Western classical music to young Arab Israelis
• In Tel Aviv, at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, and in his native Mumbai under the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation, named after his father, Zubin Mehta is closely involved in nurturing young talent in western classical music
• He is a bold experimenter at the frontiers of his art, recording with Ravi Shankar the latter’s Sitar Concerto No. 2 played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, on the one hand, and working with the Chinese film director Zhang Yimou on the stupendous production of Puccini’s opera Turandot (1997–98).

सामान्य ज्ञान, करेन्ट अफेयर व सरकारी नौकरी के अपडेट लगातार हासिल करने के लिए हमें फेसबुक पर ज्वॉइन करें