11 February 2013 Current Affairs

Chief Southern Army Command

Lt Gen K SurendraNath took over as the chief of staff of the Army Southern Command on 11 February 2013.He has held a number of challenging command appointments in western, northern and eastern sectors, such as command of an independent armoured brigade, an infantry division in counter-insurgency environment and a corps deployed along the international borders along the Tibet administrative region.Surendra Nath has been awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM), Bar to AVSM and a Vishisht Seva Medal for his meritorious service.

Afzal Guru’s hanging code named ‘Operation Three Star’

‘Operation Three Star’ was the code name of the entire top secret plan in which Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist Afzal Guru was hanged in the high-security Tihar Jail on 9 February 2013.The operation had started on February 4, a day after President Pranab Mukherjee rejected the mercy petition of the Parliament attack convict paving the way for his execution.

National e-Governance award for Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh had been conferred upon the prestigious National e-Governance Gold Award for 2012-13, for its ‘Sparsh Abhiyan’ aimed towards the disabled and the aged.

Ravi Shankar wins best music album award

On 10th February 2013 Sitar legend Ravi Shankar was posthumously awarded the best world music album trophy at the 55th Grammys, beating his daughter Anoushka Shankar, a day after being honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award by The Recording Academy.He got “55 Grammy award for his album ‘The Living Room Sessions Part 1’ .

Pakistan successfully test fires nuclear-capable Hatf-IX missile

On 11 February 2013 Pakistan successfully tested the nuclear-capable Hatf-IX tactical missile with a range of 60 km, designed to defeat all known anti-tactical missile defence systems.The Hatf-IX or Nasr, which has “inflight manoeuver capability”, can carry “nuclear warheads of appropriate yield with high accuracy”.

India – France Bilateral Trade Touches Euro 7.6 billion

The India-France bilateral trade had grown by 6 per cent to Euro 7.46 billion.The European country is the 9th largest foreign investor in India with a cumulative investment of approximately $3 billion during the period April 2000 to June 2012.

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