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1st December
December 1st is observed as World AIDs Day.

 Ireland won the ICC World Twenty20 qualifier title for the 3rd time in four appearances with a 68 run victory over Afghanistan in final on 1st December in Dubai.

Gaganjeet Bhullar bagged his 5th career title on the Asian Tour as he completed a start to finish win at the Indonesia Open in final round in Jakarta.

Uganda’s Ismail Ssenyange won his 2nd full marathon in as many years by clocking a time of 2hrs 32mins and 21sec at the Wipro Chennai Marathon in Chennai  and Getinet Chala Dessie of UAE finished second in the time of 2hrs 43mins and 21sec while Murugan of India came third in 2hrs 51mins and 18sec in Chennai on 1st December 2013.

A record 72.49% turnout was registered in the Rajasthan Assembly election on 1st December 2013.

2nd December

Sonia Gandhi Launches FM Rainbow Channel, roads and over a dozen bank branches.

The Hyderabad Public School (HPS) emerged victor in The Hindu Young World Quiz 2013 in Mumbai by winning margin of 83 points.

Private Insurer Apollo Munich rolled out an insurance product aimed at people with diabetics.
Domestic Car sales drop in November 2013.

3rd December

The Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Army successfully test-fired the surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile from the Integrated test Range Balasore, Odisha on 3rd December 2013.

Canara Bank lowered the fixed deposit rates by up to one percentage point on select maturities. The bank has slashed the interest rates by 100 basis points from 8.75% to 7.75% on 3rd December 2013.

The Global transaction services organization SWIFT said Yuan is the second most used currency in trade finance. China’s Yuan currency overtook the Euro in October
P. V. Sindhu won the Macau Open Grand Prix title. She is the new star in women’s badminton.

Andhra Pradesh’s Yedla Kushal and Rithika Bazar won the under-14 boys and girls titles in the AITA Championship series at the Nadal Tennis Academy in Anantapur.

M. S. Dhoni has won the ICC’s LG People’s Choice Award for 2013. He is the 2nd Indian to win this award after Sachin Tendulkar.

4th December

Rashtriya Ispat Nigam’s (RINL) current Finance Director P. Madhusudan assumed to take charge as the chairman and managing director of RINL from 1st January 2014, the Public Enterprises Selection Board had recommended his name for the top post in RINL in June.

Wipro has decided to shut down its manufacturing of computers and servers due to the changing market scenario and consumer preferences.

5th December

Union Cabinet approved a bill for the creation of Telagana state as 29th state of India with 10 districts on December 5th 2013. The bill will go to President Panab Mukherjee on 6th 0r 7th December 2013.

U. S economy grew 3.6% annual rate from July-September, the fastest since early 2012.

Gross collection from direct taxes, that include personal income tax, corporate taxes and wealth tax, rose by 13.18% to Rs. 3.69 Lakh crore in the April-November period of this fiscal.

SAIL announced that it had achieved total sales of 9.7 Lakh tones in November, a growth of 10% over same month last year.

FIFA World Cup 2014 will be held in Brazil.

Mahashri Baloda won the girl’s U-14 Shot Put event in 29th junior National athletics championships at the sree kanteerava stadium, Bangalore.

Aditya Joshi and Rituparna Das won the National Junior Badminton championship Under-19 boy’s and girl’s titles.

6th December

Nelson Mandela, the famous personality of Africa’s struggle for freedom and also a hero to millions of people around the world, has died on 6th December 2013. He was 95.

Jai Menon, Bharati Group’s director for innovation and IT, has quit from the company. He said he had quit to pursue research and innovation in technology from January.

7th December

Top seeded Magda Linette beat 18 year old Kamila Karimbayeva of Kazakhstan in the final of the NECC $25,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament at the Deccan Gymkhana on 7th December 2013.

Rally driver Gaurav Gill, who recently became the first Indian to win Asia Pacific Rally championship (APRC), was honoured at the Federation Internationale del Automobile (FIA) gala awards in Paris on 7th December 2013.

8th December

India won the boy’s and girl’s team titles in the Asia-Pacific golf Championship at the RCGC , Kolkata on 8th December . Aditi Ashok lifted the individual title in girl’s category.

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) met the deadline of the international Olympic Committee (IOC) as it amended its constitution to keep out the charge-framed officials, in a special general body meeting, expressly convened for the purpose in New Delhi on 8th December 2013.

BJP won the majority of seats in all 4 states (Delhi, Rajastan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh). In Delhi it emerged as the single largest party, five short of clear majority. Aam aadmi Party (AAP) made a stunning debut, winning 28 seats in National capital.

9th December

The Congress has retained its power in Mizoram with a landslide victory in the Assembly elections held on 25th November, the results of which were declared on 9th December 2013.

A global report by the World Food Project (WFP) for 2013 on 169 countries has said that India has largest school feeding programme in the world, catering to over 114 million children, but stands 12th among 35 lower-middle-income countries covering 79% of its school going children.

D. Shivakumar, former senior executive with the Finnish handset maker Nokia, is the new chairman and chief executive officer of PepsiCo for the Indian region.

Venus Remedies said on 9th December it had has inked an exclusive out-licensing pact with Austell Laboratories of South Africa for its antibiotic product Elores.

Star India Private Limited won the Indian cricket side’s “Team Sponsorship” rights for the period 1st January 2014 to 31st March 2017 during Board marketing Panel meeting.

10th December

International Press Institute-India Award to television anchor Karan Thapar presented by Union Science and Technology Minister S. Jaipal Reddy.

Mary Barra to be the first female CEO of General Motors, would succeed Dan Akerson.

 11th December

Retired Judge D. P. Buch took oath as the Lokayukta of Gujarat after post remained vacant as much as a decade.

Lal Thanhawla will become the Chief Minister of Mizoram for a record 5th term.

Exports slipped to $24.61 billion in November from $27.27 billion in October.

Sony Music Entertainment India and Warner Music Group have inked a strategic license deal.

12th December

Retail inflation grew continuously for the third straight month in November. On the back of rising food prices, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) grew at the rate of 11.24% last month.

Malay Mukherjee is the new managing director and CEO of IFCI.

The 11th edition of the Chennai International Film Festival got off to a glittering start at a star studded event in Chennai on 12th December 2013.

13th December

Steve Mollenkopf will take over as the CEO of chipmaker Qualcomm, replacing Paul Jacobs.
U. S retail gaint Walmart announced the appointment of Krish Iyer as the President and CEO of its India Unit.

C. V. R. Rajendran is the new Chairman and Managing Director of Andhra Bank. Prior to this he was Executive Director of Bank of Maharashtra.

Polaris Financial Technology has appointed S. Swaminathan as its Chief Financial Officer.

Prakash Nanjappa won the 50m free pistol gold in the 57th National Shooting Championship, at the Dr. Karni Singh range, Tughlakabad.

The International Cricket Council inducted Australia’s legendary Wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist into its Hall of Fame during the tea interval of the ongoing third Ashes Test at the WACA.

Cheteshwar Pujara bagged the “Emerging Cricketer” of the year Trophy as India had to be content with just two winners in the ICC annual awards announced on 13th December.Australia Captain Michael Clarke was announced as the winner of the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC cricketer of the year and was also named as the ICC Test Cricketer of the year.

14th December

Shivraj Chouhan, leader of BJP, was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh on 14th December 2013.

Olympic Silver medalist Vijay Kumar showing his fighting qualities to beat Junior champion akshay Suhas Ashtaputre in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol event in the 57th national Shooting championship at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad.

Sri Lanka retained its status as the world’s top Twenty20 team by beating Pakistan by 24 runs in a thrilling finish to the second game in Dubai.

15th December

Union Labour minister Sis Ram Ola died on 15th December 2013. He was 86.

India beat Pakistan to emerge champion in the 4th World Cup Kabaddi in Ludhiana on 15th December 2013.

Army’s Raj Chaudhary clinched the women’s rifle prone gold with a total of 620.7 points in 57th National Shooting championship at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad.

Sourabh Varma won the men’s single title in the Tata Open India International challenge badminton tourment at the CCI indoor courts, Mumbai.

16th December
Stage and Screen star Peter O’Toole has died in a London Hospital. He was 81.

The rate of growth of wholesale prices inflation rose to 7.5% in November from 7% in October.

Anand Selvakesari has been appointed as the head of consumer banking, ASEAN, with Immediate effect.

Bhubaneswar will host the 35th edition of the Champions Trophy men’s Hockey tournament to be held from December 13-21 next year.
17th December

M. Lakshmi Kantam, Director, Indian institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) has been conferred with Smt. Chandaben Mohanbhai Patel Industrial Research Award for Women for 2011.

Edward C. Forst is the new President and CEO of Global real estate consultant Cushman & Wakefield Inc.

18th December

The Historic Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill 2013 passed in Lok Sabha on 18th December 2013. This Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill 2013 paves the way for establishment of an ombudsman to fight corruption in public offices and ensure accountability on the part of public officials, including PM but with some safeguards.

The RBI kept the Indiacative policy rates (Repo) and Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) unchanged. The repo rate is 7.75% and CRR is 4%.

Biotechnology major Biocon inked a pact with Quark Pharmaceuticals Inc to develop a range of small interfering RNA based novel therapeutics.

Harsh Kumar Bhanwala took charge as the new chairman of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD). He succeeds Prakash Bakshi.

Kothari Sugar’s and Chemicals Ltd plant won the National Energy Coservation Award for 2013 from the Union Power Ministry.

Graham Mackay, chairman of SABMiller and one of the best known figures in the global beer industry, died on 18th December 2013 from cancer. He was 64.

Former India captain Kapil Dev selected for the Col. C. K. Nayudu Life Time Achievement Award for 2013, Sanjay Patel, secretary of BCCI said in a press release on 18th December 2013.

19th December

Former IAS Officer Sushma Singh took oath of office as the chief Information Commissioner at the Rashtrapathi Bhawan on 19th December 2013.

The Cabinet approved a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in trade and Services with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved Higher gas Price for Reliance Industries Ltd from April.

SBI and HDFC Reduced the Home loan rates announced on 19th December 2013. This will effect from 20th December 2013.

Mahesh Kodumudi president and Managing Director of Volkswagen India Pvt. Ltd has taken over additional responsibility as a Head of Volkswagen Group sales India Pvt. Ltd.

20th December
Adil Zainulbhai appointed as an independent director on the board of Reliance Industries Ltd on 20th December 2013. He is former chairman of McKinsey India.

Naomi Ishii is the new Managing Director of Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM). The formal appointment of the new managing Director will be made at the meeting of the board of directors of TKM.

V. Balakrishnan, director of Infosys quit from the company on 20th December 2013.

Tennis Champions Rafael Nadal and Sarena Williams have been named as Sportsman and Sportswoman of the year by French sports daily L’Equipe.

Rakesh Manpat won the men’s free rifle prone gold in the 57th National Shooting Championship and defeated Joydeep Karmakar and Gagan Narang on 20th December 2013 at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, new Delhi.

21st December

Net direct tax Collections from April to 20th December of this fiscal were up 13.7% at Rs. 4.13 lakh crore, according to an official release.

Sidharth Birlan took charge as the President of FICCI succeeding HSBC India country head Naina Lal Kidwai.

Samaresh Jung won the standard pistol gold ahead of defending champion Mahavir Singh in the 57th National shooting championship at the Dr. Karni singh Range, Tughlakabad on 21st December 2013.

22nd December

Graeme Swann, Cricketer of England has announced his retirement from international and first class cricket with immediate effect from 22nd December 2013.

Veteran Journalist and the former editor of The Statesman, Pran Chopra died on 22nd December 2013. He was 92.

23rd December

Ronjan Sodhi won gold in men’s  double trap in the 57th National Shooting Championship on 23rd December 2013.

Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of the assault rifle that has killed more people than any other fire-arm in the world died on 23rd December 2013. He was 94.

G. S. Shivarudrappa, Kannada Poet, writer and researcher popularly known as Prof. GSS passed away on 23rd December 2013. He was 87.

Vinod Kumar Duggal is the new governor of Manipur and succeeded Ashwani Kumar.

24th December

The director general of Military Operations (DGMO) of India and Pakistan reiterated the resolve and commitment of both sides to continue efforts for ensuring ceasefire, peace and tranquility on the Line of Control (LOC) on 24th December 2013.

25th December

Jacques Kallis, cricketer of South Africa announced about his retirement from test Cricket at the end of the test against India in current year. But he is available for South African team in ODIs.

Deepika Kumari won her sixth straight individual women’s recurve title in the 34th senior national archery championship at JRD Tata sports comlex.

26th December

The 6th edition of the Bengaluru International Film Festival (BIFF) inaugurated by actor Kamal Hassan on 26th December 2013.

Arun Tiwari is the new Chairman and Managing Director of Union Bank of India.

27th December

HCL Technologies has announced that Vineet Nayar has stepped down from the board of the software services firm. He has been a director of the company since 2008.

Parikshit Somani and Sumit Pal Singh of India won Asian Junior Under-14 Tennis Championship over Hong Kong in Doha.

28th December

Aam Admi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal took charge as the Chief Minister (CM) of Delhi on 28th December 2013. Six Cabinet Colleagues were also administered the Oath of Office by Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung at the historic Ramlila Maidan in Delhi.

C. K. Birla has decided to step down as the chairman of Hindustan Motors and also relinquish his directorship.

Calicut University’s R. Anu won the women’s 200m gold in 74th National Inter-University athletics Championship at the Punjabi University in Patiala.

29th December

Tamil Nadu won the men’s title in the 62nd National Volleyball Championship and defeated Uttarakhand.

Railways Women won the Women’s title in the 62nd National Volleyball Championship and defeated Kerala.

30th December

Canara Bank hikes its base rate by 0.25% to 10.20% and prime lending rate to 14.45% from 14.20%.

Army  Chief General Bikram Singh took over as the chairman of Chief of Staff Committee (COSC) on 30th December 2013.

31st December

Arup Raha took charge as the chief of Indian Air Force (IAF) on 31st December 2013.

T. C. Narendran, internationally known insect taxonomist and recipient of the E. K. Janaki Ammal National Award of the ministry of Environment and Forests, died on 31st December 2013. He was 69.

P. Madhusudan is the new chairman and Managing Director of Rastriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL). He was appointed on 31st December 2013.

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