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The Union government of India on 1 March 2012 sanctioned a special package of 130 crore Rupees for Arunachal Pradesh for the modernisation of the police forces in troubled Tirap and Changlang districts of the state 2. Advisory group on asset reconstruction firms favoured $20 billion limit for investments by foreign institutional investors in SRs issued by securitisation firms 3. A survey compiled by Fortune India and global management consultancy Hay Group which was released on 13 March 2012 4. In Syria, President Bashar al-Assad set 7 May 2012 as the date for parliamentary elections. This would be the third election for parliament since President Bashar Al Assad became the President of Syria 5. Rupert Murdoch-led News Corp on 12 March 2012, sold its entire 17.3 per cent stake in Hathway Cable & Datacom for 358 crore Rupees 6. The apex decision-making body of the communications ministry cleared the proposal to enable the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to act like a civil court 7. Report of the probe by the income-tax department into the allegations labeled against justice KG Balakrishnan was submitted to the Supreme Court 8. As per data released by the Commerce Ministry, India's merchandise exports in February grew only by 4.3 per cent to $24.6 billion 9. Indias leading tyre manufacturer CEAT, on 12 March 2012, appointed Anant Goenka as its new Managing Director 10. Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh announced national award for sanitation & water in name of Maharashtrian saint Sant Gadge Baba 11. As per the data released by the ministry of statistics and programme implementation on 12 March 2012, Indian industrial sector registered a growth of 6.8 per cent

12. Researchers in the second week of March 2012 invented fibre-optic technology, under a project called Sardana to run ultra-fast Internet 13. India and Colombia on 12 March 2012 signed a Cultural Exchange Programme (CEP) in New Delhi for the Years 2012-2016 14. RBI reduced the CRR from 5.50 per cent to 4.75 per cent of deposits to ease the liquidity crunch being faced by banks 15. Foreign direct investment (FDI) in India went up by 31 per cent to 27.5 billion US Dollars in 2011 despite uncertain global economic slowdown 16. Task force, appointed by the steel ministry to provide the basis for the new steel policy recommended underground mining in the Western Ghats

17. Reliance Communications on 12 March 2012 unveiled Indias first CDMA network technology driven tablet computers 18. The Assam government inked an agreement with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on 9 March 2012 19. The Nagaland government on 9 March 2012 signed a Memorandum of Understanding with NABARD 20. Indias ace Badminton player Saina Nehwal suffered a straight-game defeat in the women's singles quarterfinals of the All England Championship 21. BJP-MGP combine emerged victorious in the Goa assembly elections 2012 the alliance pocketed 26 seats 22. Engineering and construction giant Larsen & Toubro(L&T) on 9 March 2012 elevated Shailendra Roy as a whole-time director of the company

23. Indias largest engineering and construction company Larsen and Toubro Ltd (L&T) on 9 March 2012 appointed director and board member K.Venkataramanan 24. Kolkata based Hindustan Motors on 11 March 2012 launched the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport SUV in India 25. Indian batting maestro and former captain Rahul Dravid, on 9 March 2012, announced his retirement from international cricket 26. The Congress party emerged as the single largest party in Uttarakhand Assembly Election 2012 27. Scientists claimed to find the treatment for Glaucoma in rats, which could lead to an effective treatment for blindness in humans 28. The alliance of Shiromani Akali Dal and Bhartiya Janata Party emerged victorious in Punjab Assembly Polls 2012 29. The Assam government introduced the Mamoni scheme in the state under the National Rural Health Mission. The aim of the scheme is to reduce Maternal Mortality Ratio 30. PE investors in February 2012 offloaded stakes worth $751.45 million across eight open market transactions 31. Mulayam Singh Yadav led Samajwadi Party recorded a landslide victory in Uttar Pradesh Assembly Polls 2012 32. Bollywood Actress Vidya Balan named Best Actress at the 59th National Film Awards 33. State-owned Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) on 8 March 2012 resumed oil supplies to Kingfisher Airlines after the airline agreed to pay for daily fuel off-take

34. The incumbent Prime Minister Vladimir Putin won the Russian Presidential Election with 63.75 percent of votes as per the result declared by the Russian Central Election Commission (CEC) on 5 March 2012 35. Corporate Current Affairs 2012. Indian Power giant Tata Power on 5 March 2012, joined hand with South African firm Exxaro to explore opportunities in South African electricity generation market 36. Corporate Current Affairs 2012. Hyundai Motor India on 5 March 2012 appointed Bo Shin Seo as the new managing director of company 37. Sports Current Affairs 2012. Veteran Anjum Chopra was slated to captain the Indian women's cricket team in the limited-over series against Australia 38. India Current Affairs 2012. Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) on 5 March 2012 hiked the selling price of CNG by 1.70 Rupees per kg in Delhi 39. Corporate Current Affairs 2012. Indias largest private sector lender ICICI Bank along with Bank of Baroda, Citicorp Finance India Ltd, Life Insurance Corporation launched India's first infrastructure debt fund 40. India Current Affairs 2012. The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) on 4 March 2012 released guidelines to eliminate physical punishment and to discipline schools. The NCPCR survey disclosed that the use of physical punishments is common in Indian schools 41. India Current Affairs 2012. UP, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Goa recorded the highest ever voting percentage in their history in the recently concluded Assembly elections 42. Sports Current Affairs 2012. Indian national women Kabaddi team clinched maiden women World Cup Kabaddi championship title on 4 March 2012

43. Sports Current Affairs 2012. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) appointed Dav Whatmore as its national team coach on 4 March 2012 44. Sports Current Affairs 2012. South Africa made a 3-0 clean sweep against New Zealand 45. Sports Current Affairs 2012. Indian Tennis pair of Mahesh Bhupati and Rohan Bopanna won the doubles title of Dubai Open on 3 March 2012 46. Sports Current Affairs 2012. World no. 2 Roger Federar defeated third seeded Andy Murray in the singles final of Dubai Open on 4 March 2012 47. Corporate Current Affairs 2012. Uninor and Sistema Shyam filed a petition on 2 March 2012 seeking review of Supreme Court's order to cancel their 2G licences 48. India Current Affairs 2012. The Union government on 1 March 2012 sanctioned a special package of 130 crore Rupees for the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh 49. India Current Affairs 2012. Uttarakhand government on 2 March 2012 introduced estamping in the state, which would ensure a secure way of paying non-judicial stamp duty to the government 50. India Current Affairs 2012. Uttarakhand government on 2 March 2012 introduced estamping in the state, which would ensure a secure way of paying non-judicial stamp duty to the government 51. Corporate Current Affairs 2012. A Supreme Court Bench comprising Justices justices H L Dattu and C K Prasad on 2 March 2012 recused itself from hearing a Public Interest Litigation 52. Corporate Current Affairs 2012. RK Tyagi took charge as Chairman of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the defence enterprise of the government of India

53. Corporate Current Affairs 2012. The Company Law Board (CLB) on 1 March 2012 returned the petitions of Telenor and Unitech for technical errors 54. India Current Affairs 2012. The Delhi high court on 1 March 2012 quashed petitions filed by 12 Delhi councillors in which they had challenged the notification issued by state election commission 55. Environment & Ecology Current Affairs 2012. Current Affairs 2012. The Supreme Court of India ruled that the states and Union Territories could now grant leases for mining minor minerals in less than 5 hectares and to renew them they needs prior approval from the Union Environment Ministry 56. Corporate Current Affairs 2012. Sesa Goa Limited, a majority-owned subsidiary of Vedanta Resources on 1 March 2012 acquired Goa Energy Private Limited from Videocon 57. International Current Affairs 2012. India and China decided to have maritime cooperation to build confidence. This was decided during the talks between the External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi in New Delhi 58. India Current Affairs 2012. The Supreme Court of India on 2 March 2012 appointed its former judge, Justice H S Bedi as the chairman of the monitoring authority. He will investigate the case of 22 alleged fake encounter killings in Gujarat between 2002 and 2006 59. Corporate Current Affairs 2012. Asia Pacific's leading media technology company, Komli Media acquired South East Asia's largest digital media network Admax Network on 29 February

60. International Current Affairs 2012. A US (United States) federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed against the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The lawsuit alleged that the human rights abuses occurred during the civil war in Sri Lanka 61. Economy Current Affairs 2012. Department of Disinvestment listed eight CPSEs whose cash surpluses amount to more than Rs 55580 crore for the purpose of buy back under disinvestment norms 62. Internatioanl Current Affairs 2012. India handed over 20 million Dollars standby loan to Maldives in view of the difficult financial situation 63. Corporate Current Affairs 2012. MindTree Limited on 29 February 2012 appointed Subroto Bagchi as its chairman. Bagchi who is also the co-founder of Mindtree

64. India Current Affairs 2012. The Union cabinet of India approved the proposed changes in the Motor Vehicle Act 1988, which includes longer jail terms and higher fines for repeat traffic violations 65. Economy Current Affairs 2012. As per the data released by CSO, Indias economic growth rate dipped to 6.1% in the third quarter (October-December) of 2011-12 66. India Current Affairs 2012. Union government on 29 February 2012 gave its approval to the long-pending drainage basin flood control project 67. Corporate Current Affairs 2012. Varun Berry, Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo India Food resigned from the company on 29 February 2012 68. India Current Affairs 2012. The National Tourism Awards 2010-11 were conferred by the President of India Pratibha Devisingh Patil on 29 February 2012 in New Delhi 69. International Current Affairs 2012. As per Unicefs State of the Worlds Children Report 2012, 18% of those below 15 years and 47% of those below 18 years are married in India

70. Corporate Current Affairs 2012. James Murdoch on 29 February 2012 stepped down as Executive Chairman of News International, UK news paper arm of News Corporation 71. India Current Affairs 2012. In National Tourism Awards 2010-11, which was conferred on 29 February 2012, Madhya Pradesh emerged victorious by bagging maximum number of awards 72. Economy Current Affairs 2012. union government decided to boost public spending in the health sector to 2.5 per cent of GDP from the current 1.4 per cent over five years 73. International Current Affairs 2012. North Korea agreed to suspend its nuclear and uranium enrichment programme in return for US food aid. USA had promised North Korea 240000 tonnes of nutritional assistance and food aid 74. Economy Current Affairs 2012. As per the data released by CAG, fiscal deficit stood at Rs 4.34 lakh crore, or 105% of the total annual target in April-January period of 2011-12 75. Corporate Current Affairs 2012. Public sector lender Syndicate Bank on 29 February 2012 appointed Madhukant Girdharlal Sanghvi as its new Chairman

International Current Affairs 2012. India and ADB Signed the third and last tranche of loan agreement to support electricity transmission and distribution capacity in Assam India Current Affairs 2012. Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry on 28 February 2012 launched a web portal for implementation of the National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education (NSIGSE) in New Delhi International Current Affairs 2012. India on 29 February 2012 took over the chair of assembly and governing board of Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (ASOSAI) Corporate Current Affairs 2012. Indian IT major Tata Consultancy Services on 28 February 2012 joined hand with US based business application software services firm Infor Corporate Current Affairs 2012. Fujitsu India, Indian subsidiary of Japanese IT equipment and services company Fujitsu, launched its new notebook series on 28 February 2012 India Current Affairs 2012. Sushil Kumar Modi, the deputy chief minister and the finance minister of Bihar, on 23 February 2012, presented the budget of state for the year 2012-13 Corporate Current Affairs 2012. Kotak Securities, the stock broking and distribution body of the Kotak Mahindra Group, on 28 February 2012 unveiled a ready to trade kit India Current Affairs 2012. A four member expert panel on Kudankulam nuclear plant project headed by S. Iniyan submitted its report on 28 February 2012 Corporate Current Affairs 2012. Tata Capital on 28 February 2012 joined hand with private sector lender Axis Bank to launch a travel card

Economy Current Affairs 2012. According to data released by the ministry of commerce and industry, output of eight core segments of manufacturing sector dipped to 0.5% in January 2012 International Current Affairs 2012. The UN Human Rights Council asked Syria to immediately stop the attacks on civilians by the security forces India Current Affairs 2012. 1977 batch IAS officer and additional chief secretary (finance) CK Mathew was named be the Chief Secretary of Rajasthan on 28 February 2012 International Current Affairs 2012. USA refused to change its Afghanistan strategy in view of the recent violence India Current Affairs 2012. The marines of Italian ship Enrica Lexie Latore Massimiliano and Salvatore Girone on 15 February 2012 allegedly killed two Kerala fishermen Corporate Current Affairs 2012. Online shopping major Flipkart on 27 February 2012 unveiled its digital music store Flyte Corporate Current Affairs 2012. Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd, a Navratna company owned by the government, on 28 February 2012 appointed R.P. Singh as the Director NourishCo Beverages, a joint venture between Pepsi co and Tata Global Beverages appointed Pratik Pota as its new CEO on 27 February 2012 Corporate Current Affairs 2012. Indias largest bank, State Bank of India on 27 February 2012, announced to reduce its interest rate on education loan by 1 percent India Current Affairs 2012. Delhi government on 28 February 2012 hiked the reservation for OBC [Other Backward Classes] in higher education institutions from 21 percent to 27 percent

Corporate Current Affairs 2012. Norwegian Telecom company Telenor and its Indian joint venture partner Unitech on 27 February 2012 moved a fresh petition before Company Law Board Corporate Current Affairs 2012. Indias leading telecom company Airtel on 28 February 2012 joined hand with IT major Infosys for its Mobile Wallet service across the country International Current Affairs 2012. The 84th Academy Awards ceremony/Oscars was hosted by the AMPAS at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood on 26 February 2012 India Current Affairs 2012. JKLF chief Yasin Malik was charged by a local court under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (Pota) for allegedly raising funds to strengthen armed activity India Current Affairs 2012. Indian soccer legend Sailendra Nath Manna, popularly known as Sailen Manna, died in Kolkata on 27 February 2012 Economy Current Affairs 2012. Trade unions rejected Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's appeal to call off the all-India strike called on 28 February 2012 International Current Affairs 2012. United Nations (UN) on 23 February 2012, appointed former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan as the joint United Nations-Arab League envoy to Syria Science & Technology Current Affairs 2012. A new research into bird flu suggests that the disease may be far less deadly to humans than previously thought Corporate Current Affairs 2012. US banking major Citi group on 25 February 2012 sold its 9.85 percent stake in HDFC, Indias biggest mortgage lender, for around 1.9 billion dollar Sports Current Affairs 2012. South African Women Hockey team on 25 February 2012, defeated Indian Women Hockey Team to qualify for the London Olympics 2012

Corporate Current Affairs 2012. The mining giant Vedanta on 25 February 2012 merged its Indian subsidiaries, Sterlite Industries into sister concern and iron ore miner Sesa Goa