March, 2013

5th Summit of BRICS countries

The 5th Summit of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) wraps up in Durban, South Africa, Brazil’s President Ms. Dilma Rousseff, Russian President Mr. Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Chinese President Mr. Xi Jinping and South African President Mr. Jacob Zuma take part at the summit. At the Summit, the decision to set up a BRICS development bank is reached. Exports say that the bank, which will mainly focus on infrastructure financing, would liberate the BRICS nations from the total dependency on the US dollar.

ISRO successfully conducts an ignition test

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully conducts an ignition test of an indigenous cryogenic engine, in conditions simulating the high-altitude atmosphere. The test boosts the prospects of success of the GSLV-D5 launch to be carried out in July 2013.

Arab League summit in Qatar

Syrian opposition representatives take the country’s seat for the first time at an Arab League summit held in Qatar. It comes as a substantial diplomatic boost for the forces fighting the Syrian regime led by President Mr. Bashar al-Assad.

INS Kiltan is launched

The third anti-submarine warfare (ASW) corvertte named INS Kiltan is launched in Kolkata. The corvette has been designed under the ambitious Project-28 (P-28) by the Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design.

Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia’s joint venture

Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia’s joint venture with the Tatas and Telstra group for a domestic airline moves a step closer to take-off, with the Centre according the formal goahead to the proposal.

Miss India 2013

Ms. Navneet Kaur Dhillon (20) from Patiala is crowned Miss India 2013 at the pageant held in Mumbai. Ms. Sobhita Dhulipala (20) from Visakhapatnam and Ms. Zoya Afroz (18) from Lucknow are adjudged the first and the second runner-up, respectively.

Cyprus will be infused with a 10-billion euro rescue fund

Eurozone member Cyptus reaches a last-minute deal with international lenders, which will help it avoid a dreaded financial meltdown. Under the deal, the troubled economy of Cyprus will be infused with a 10-billion euro rescue fund.

Test Series drawn between New Zealand and England

The Third Test between hosts New Zealand and England ends in a draw in Auckland. With this, the three-match series ends in a 1-1 draw.

South Africa win ODI series against Pakistan

Hosts South Africa beat Pakistan by six wickets in the fifth and final ODI in Benoni, thus taking the series 3-2.

India sweep the series against Australia

Hosts India beat Australia by six wickets in the fourth and final Test in New Delhi, thereby sweeping the series 4-0. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is named the Man of the Match while off-spinner R. Ashwin is adjudged the Man of the Series. This is the first time that India clinch a Test series 4-0.Malaysian Grand Prix Formula One title win Sepastian Vettel.German world champion Sebastian Vettel of Team Red Bull wins the Malaysian Grand Prix Formula One title in Sepang, Malaysia. His Australian teammate Mark Webber finishes second.