Justice Altamas Kabir on 29 th September, 2012 was sworn-in as the new Chief Justice of India by President Pranab Mukherjee. He took over the office from Justice Sarosh Homi Kapadia.
The first National Security Advisor of India, Brajesh Mishra died on 28 th September, 2012 at New Delhi. Mishra (84) played a pivotal role in making of the foreign policies during the NDA regime of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and was a trouble shooter to him.
Former Cricketer and all-rounder, Sandeep Patil was appointed as the Chairman of the five member senior selection committee of BCCI on 27 th September, 2012. He also served the Kenyan national team as a coach currently serving the National Cricket Academy as its director. The other four members of the committee include Saba Karim, Roger Binny, Vikram Rathour and Rajinder Singh Hans.
Justice Darmar Murugesan, former Judge of the Madras High Court, was on 26 th September, 2012 sworn in as Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court. He replaced the acting Chief Justice A.K. Sikri, who was elevated as the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
S. Viswanathan on 8 th October, 2012 was appointed as a Managing Director of State Bank of India.
Citigroup Inc. announced the resignation of Vikram Pandit as CEO and as a member of the Board. The Board also announced that it had unanimously elected Michael Corbat as CEO and a Director of the Board. Mr Corbat previously served as Citigroup's CEO of Europe, Middle East and Africa.
R Lakshmipathy, the publisher of Tamil daily Dinamalar, was elected as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Press Trust of India (PTI) on 24 th September, 2012.
On the eve of the 67 th United Nations General Assembly, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has appointed global Indian icon Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as International Goodwill Ambassador.
Road Transport and Highways Minister C.P. Joshi took additional charge of the Railway Ministry following the exit of Trinamool Congress' Mukul Roy.
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma became the first woman to take office as the Chairperson of the African Union Commission.
Places in News
The Chhattisgarh government in the first week of October 2012 established a Livelihood College in Dantewada to fight unemployment in the Naxal affected areas of the State.
The Shadman Chowk in the eastern city of Lahore (Pakistan) on 29 th September, 2012 was re-named as Bhagat Singh Chowk on the 105 th birth anniversary of the revolutionary freedom fighter and martyr, Bhagat Singh.
The Union Cabinet approved the proposal to establish the Central Academy for Police Training (CAPT) at Bhopal in the State of Madhya Pradesh.
The annual survey of 72 cities by Swiss bank UBS found that Oslo is the most expensive city in the world, ahead of Zurich and Tokyo.
On 1 st July, 2013, Croatia will officially join the European Union.
Awards in News
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2012 is to be awarded to the European Union (EU) . The Union and its forerunners have for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.
Chinese writer Mo Yan won the 2012 Nobel prize for Literature, for works which combine "hallucinatory realism" with folk tales, history and contemporary life in China.
British researcher John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka of Japan won this year's Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovering that mature, specialized cells of the body can be reprogrammed into stem cells - a discovery that scientists hope to turn into new treatments.
Americans Robert J Lefkowitz and Brian K Kobilka have won this year's Chemistry Nobel for their work on G-protein-coupled receptors, which allow cells to sense light, flavour, odour and receive signals from hormones and neurotransmitters.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has announced that Serge Haroche and David Wineland have won the Nobel prizes in Physics for their work on quantum optics.
Two Americans, Alvin E. Roth and Lloyd S. Shapley, were awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science for their work on market design and matching theory, which relate to how people and companies find and select one another in everything from marriage to school choice to jobs to organ donations.
Hilary Mantel has won this year's £50,000 Man Booker Prize for her historical novel Bring up the Bodies chalking up a raft of "firsts''--the first ever woman and the first living British novelist to win the prize twice.
Iconic cricketer Sachin Tendulkar is all set to become the first Indian sportsperson to be conferred with the Membership of the Order of Australia, an honour "rarely" bestowed on non-Australians. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard made this announcement.
Reliance Industries Ltd's Jamnagar Refinery will be conferred with the British Safety Council's 'Globe of Honor Award' for excellence in Environmental management.
The Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi received the US Congress highest Civilian Honour at a ceremony organized in the Capitol Rotunda on 19 th September, 2012 before her meet with the US President Barack Obama.
Waheeda Rehman, the veteran actress of Bollywood has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to Indian Cinema at the 14 th Mumbai Film Festival.
The boxing champion, Muhammad Ali who retired from the game in the year 1981 was honoured with Liberty Medal in Philadelphia on 13 th September, 2012.
Renowned poet and film-maker Gulzar has been nominated for the 27 th Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration in recognition of his yeoman work in promoting and preserving spirit of national integration in the country.
Books in News
Salman Rushdie's latest book, " Joseph Anton ," is a memoir of living under threat of death for writing the novel, " The Satanic Verses ," in which Rushdie used narrative elements from Islam.
J.K. Rowling's adult novel " The Casual Vacancy " has sold 6,00,000 units in all formats in North America in its first three weeks.
Beyond the Lines: An Autobiography by Kuldip Nayar.
Saina Nehwal, An Inspirational Biography , authored by TS Sudhir.
Pax Indica: India and the World of the 21st Century by author, human rights activist and member of the Indian Parliament Dr. Shashi Tharoor.
Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's " Turning Points " takes up from where " Wings of Fire " had left off.
Rahul Dravid: Timeless Steel is an anthological biography about Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid.
National and International Events
The 18 th Commonwealth Law Conference (CLC 2013) will take place in Cape Town, South Africa from 14-18 April, 2013. The Conference will highlight the legal, socio-economic and commercial challenges faced by the legal profession in Commonwealth jurisdictions.
The United Nations on 11 th October, 2012 marked the first International Day of the Girl Child by calling for an end to child marriage and stressing education as one of the best strategies for protecting girls against this harmful practice.
The 5+5 summit, which brings together five European nations and five North African states - Tunisia, Libya, Mauritania, Algeria and Morocco along with Mediterranean Sea called for closer co-operation between the member nations.
China on 25 th September, 2012 launched its first aircraft carrier giving a push to its fast expanding navy's blue-water capability beyond its territorial waters.
The report on Global Hunger Index for seventh year was released on 11 th October, 2012 by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Welthungerhilfe, and Concern Worldwide. The basic theme of the report for the 2012 Global Hunger Index - The Challenge of Hunger: Ensuring Sustainable Food Security under Land, Water, and Energy Stresses.
The Union Cabinet on 4 th October, 2012 approved the 12th five-year plan with its aim to renew Indian economy and use the funds from government in improving the facilities of education, sanitation and health.
The United Nations designated 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation and the International Year of Quinoa.
French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has published a series of cartoons mocking Mohammed depicting the Muslim prophet.
Tata Steel won a contract worth ` 315.15 crore with French, Eiffage Rail on 19 th September, 2012 for the supply of high quality rails for the 182 kilometer high speed line.
AIIMS is setting up a second campus at Jhajjar in Haryana.
Four-member committee headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice D. M. Dharmadhikari -submitted its report on integration of thousands of employees after the merger of two State-owned carriers - Air India and Indian Airlines.
Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner became the first man to break the sound barrier in a record-shattering, death-defying freefall jump from the edge of space. The 43-year-old leapt from a capsule more than 24 miles (39 kilometers) above the Earth, reaching a top speed of 833.9 miles (1,342 kilometers) per hour, or 1.24 times the speed of sound.
Michael Schumacher, the German Formula one driver and the seven times World Champion on 4 th October, 2012 announced his retirement from Formula one Race.
Indian Golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar won the Venetian Macau Open Golf.
The official slogan of Russia's first Winter Olympics is ' Hot. Cool. Yours' .
Former Indian Test captain and legendary spinner Anil Kumble has been appointed as the new Chairman of International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket Committee. He will replace West Indian legend Clive Lloyd.
Australian all-Rounder Shane Watson has been named Player of the Year.
India's badminton queen Saina Nehwal has signed up a 40-crore deal with Rhiti Sports Management company, making her the country's highest paid sportsperson outside cricket.