PERSONS IN NEWS
Nicolas Maduro was sworn in as Venezuela's Acting President after President Hugo Chavez died on 5 th March, 2013, two years after long fight against cancer.
Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi was sworn-in as Nepal's new Prime Minister to head an interim government that will hold elections in three months, ending a long political deadlock in the country.
Xi Jinping took over as China's new President and head of the military succeeding Hu Jintao, completing a generational transition of power in the world's most populous country.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio "Francis" has been elected on March 14, 2013 as the new Pope of the Catholic Church.
Neiphiu Rio took oath as the Chief Minister of Nagaland for the third consecutive term.
Mukul Sangma of Congress was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Meghalaya for the second term on 5 th March, 2013.
Mukesh Ambani retained his title as the richest person of India according to the latest rankings published by Forbes. The richest man in the world is Mexican business tycoon Carlos Slim with a net worth of 73 billion US Dollars.
New Governors- Ashwani Kumar - Nagaland; Nikhil Kumar- Kerala, D Y Patil - Bihar, Devanand Konwar -Tripura, S C Jamir - Odhisa.
Uhuru Kenyatta became the fourth President of Kenya, would become the second African country after Sudan to have a sitting president indicted by the ICC.
Vice-Admiral Anurag G Thapliyal took over as the new Director-General of the Coast Guard, the youngest and smallest of the four armed forces .
PLACES IN NEWS
Airports of Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad are among the top five airports in the world providing international standard services.
China has taken control of Pakistan's Gwadar Port located at the mouth of the Persian Gulf just outside the strategically important Strait of Hormuz. Previously, the control of the port was with Port of Singapore Authority (PSA) which was recently transferred to the China Overseas Port Holding Company.
Mauritius celebrated its 45th Independence Day on 12 th March 2013 . The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee was the chief guest.
AWARDS IN NEWS
The Parliamentary Award Committee selected Arun Jaitley -2010; Karan Singh -2011, Sharad Yadav - 2012 for the Best Parlimentarian Award.
'International Women of Courage Award' to Delhi victim- United States to honour the 23-year-old Delhi braveheart with the International Women of Courage Award. The first lady Michelle Obama and the Secretary of State John Kerry will present the award.
The President of India , Pranab Mukherjee was conferred with the Liberation War Honour Award by the President of Bangladesh, Zillur Rahman.
Hilary Mantel is awarded the 2013 David Cohen Prize.
Former Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata has been honoured with 'Ernst & Young Life Time Achievement Award' 2013 for 'asserting a greater role for Indian entrepreneurs on the global business landscape'. Godrej Group Chairman Adi Godrej has been given the 'Entrepreneur of the year (2012)' award.
BOOKS IN NEWS
' Walking with Lions: Tales from a Diplomatic Past' -Natwar Singh
SPORTS IN NEWS
In the final of the 67th Santosh Trophy, Services won the soccer contest by defeating Kerala 4-3 in Kochi.
World chess champion Viswanathan Anand scored an emphatic victory over German Arkadij Naiditsch to clinch the Grenke Chess Classic trophy.
David Beckham was named as the richest footballer of the world, according to the Goal Rich List 2013 leaving behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL EVENTS
The Union Government and RBI decided to introduce one billion pieces of 10 Rupees bank notes made of plastic on a field trial basis in five cities of Kochi, Mysore, Jaipur, Bhubhaneswar and Shimla with varied geographical locations and climatic conditions.
India's First All Women Post Office was inaugurated at Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi. This office is a 'Project Arrow' Office.