Showing posts with label Current Affairs 2013. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Current Affairs 2013. Show all posts

Monday, 30 December 2013

Current Affairs Update December 28, 2013

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Rashtriya Smriti

  • Government has planned to construct Rashtriya Smriti as a permanent place for performing last rites for key personalities approved by government such as President, Vice President, Prime Minister etc...on the banks of river Yamuna.

  • The proposed construction will be built such that large public audience can witness the happenings in it.

  • By the year 2000, government has decided not to construct separate Samadhis for departed national leaders.

Sulfur dioxide emission on the rise

  • According to the recent report from NASA (utilising satellite data), Sulfur dioxide emission in India has increased by 60 percent from 2005- 12.

  • Sulfur dioxide is an important air pollutant and  a main ingredient for producing acid rain.

  • The main sources of sulfur dioxide are burning of fossil fuels, vehicular exhaust, volcanic eruptions etc...


  • A car bomb exploded in Beirut  extending the Syrian crisis to Lebanon soil.A influential member opposing the Syrian regime was killed in the attack.

  • Iran has called for a direct talk with U.S officials in addition to the ongoing  discussions with P5+1 group.

China's lends satellite service to attract its neighbors

  • China announced its willingness to operate its home built Satellite Navigation System for free of charge to its neighbors.

  • Sri Lanka was the first country to sign such an agreement with China.

  • Bangladesh, Thailand,Sri lanka have also expressed their willingness to utilize the service of Beidou satellite network.

  • BeiDou satellite navigation system will serve as an alternative to American GPS system.

  • China plans to create a navigation system for  the entire earth with a set of 35 satellites by 2020.

  • BeiDou literally means Norther Dipper, a name given to the constellation consisting of seven stars, Ursa Major.


SEBI plans for new pension fund source

  • SEBI has proposals for allowing mutual fund companies to offer pension plans to help elderly tap the high -risk-high- return equity market.

  • There is also demand from SEBI for government to extend the tax breaks available to retirement savings to the new mutual fund run pension scheme.

  • The new scheme will allow the  retirement savers to choose from a mix of  fixed income and equity investment options.

  • The NPS schemes has got many restrictions( Compulsory for government employees,can't invest more than 8% in equity market ,provides only three options for investments)compared to the new proposal from SEBI.


  • Mirabai and Harshdeep has set national records in the ongoing National weightlifting championship.


Friday, 15 November 2013

Current Affair Updates: 14th November 2013

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International Affairs:
• Russia launched a Proton-M carrier rocket with defense satellite from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan. The most popular rocket of Russia carries Raduga-1M satellite is a third-generation defense satellite with multichannel transponder equipment.

• The 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate change (UNFCCC) and the 9th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol has commenced from November 11 and continued until November 22 in Warsaw, Poland. More than 190 countries participating in this conference will discuss about Global Climate Fund (GCF), global climate change issues, plans and solutions.

• To create awareness among the public about the need for maintaining a healthy lifestyle in order to avoid diabetes, World Diabetes Day was observed on November 14 across the world. Various programs to mark this annual event were organized by hospitals and health clubs. The theme for 2009-13 is Education and Prevention.

• Bulgarian diplomat Irina Bokova has been re-elected as Director General of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). 61 years old Bokova will work with UNESCO for the second 4 year term.

National Affairs
• Retired IAS officer Krishna Mohan has been appointed as new chairman of the National Multi-Commodity Exchange of India. His appointment has been approved by the Forward Markets Commission for NMCE, country’s first demutualised commodity exchange of India.

• A new judge has been appointed for Jharkhand high court. President Pratibha Patil has appointed the Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court, R. Banumathi. She was working as district judge in Madras High Court when her name was shortlisted and recommended for her elevation as chief justice in Jharkhand high court.

• Prasar Bharati, India's public broadcaster has signed an agreement with Radio-Television of Slovenia (RTV-SLO) to show each other's content to their audiences and also cooperates in other areas of programming. The agreement was signed between the international department of RTV SLO head, Suzana Vidas Karoli and Prasar Bharati member personnel, VAM Hussain. The agreement will strengthen friendly relations between the two countries.

• To commemorate the birth anniversary of India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, National Children’s Day was observed on November 14 across India. Various programs and events were held in schools to mark this day. The day is celebrated every year to honor Jawaharlal Nehru’s affection towards children.

• Mahindra & Mahindra an Indian multinational automobile manufacturing corporation hired V S Parthasarathy to replace - Bharat Doshi as chief financial officer. Parthasarathy’s appointment approved after the Executive Director & Group Chief Financial Officer - Bharat Doshi leave the post voluntarily.

• To make India hunger free completely by the year 2020, Haryana has declared the launch of its first Food Bank as part of the India Food Banking Network (IFBN). Global food major Cargill and India Food Banking Network (IFBN) is supporting the food bank to eliminate poverty and provide food nearby the areas of Gurgaon.

• Micro- blogging site Twitter has appointed Parminder Singh as its new Managing Director of India, Asia and North Africa. Prior to joining Twitter, he was in Google working as a Managing Director in Display Solution Sales for Asia Pacific Region. With his joining, he has become the third person to switch from Google to Twitter within a year.


Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Current Affair Updates: 12th November 2013

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International Affairs

• The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Afghanistan signed an agreement in Kabul for US $ 220 million loan to upgrade road network in Afghanistan. The loan agreement was signed by Afghan Finance Minister Dr. Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal and the ADB Director Joji Tokeshi.

• An agreement has been signed between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Tehran to allow United Nations officials access to some of its nuclear sites except some sensitive sites. The pact called “road map” shows that the long-standing dispute between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency has somehow resolved.

• World Science Day for Peace and Development was celebrated across the world on November 10. UNESCO announced that the theme of this year’s Day is ‘Science for Water Cooperation: Sharing Data, Knowledge and Innovations’. This annual event is observed to spread knowledge about the role and importance of science in the development of sustainable societies. The day is also known as World Science Day.

• World Pneumonia Day was celebrated across the world to spread awareness of pneumonia as a public health issue and to prevent the millions of avoidable child deaths from pneumonia. The United Nations (UN) announced that this year theme will focus on innovation- highlighting innovative solutions to end childhood pneumonia. UN is observing this day across the world on November 12 since the year 2009 to raise awareness of pneumonia.

National Affairs

• The National Education Day of India was celebrated in Gangtok, Sikkim to mark the birth anniversary of the first education minister of independent India, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.
The celebration was organised jointly by the Ministry of Human Resource Development in collaboration with NCERT on November 11.
Azad is also a great freedom fighter and an eminent educationist. The day is celebrated across India on November 11 since the year 2008 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.
The President of India Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the 40th Jawaharlal Nehru National Science, Mathematics and Environment exhibition on this day.

• The two day International Conference on Comprehensive Cleft Care (ICCCC) held in Guwahati, Assam with good note to support Assam to take the global role for cleft care delivery in the world. Operation Smile India in collaboration with the Government of Assam jointly organised the international conference. ‘Think Big: Partnerships Involved in the Delivery of Comprehensive Cleft Care’ was theme of this conference.

• A Nobel memorial wall has been unveiled at Rajiv Chowk metro station, Delhi to spread awareness about the Nobel laureates of India. The unique wall was jointly unveiled by Mangu Singh, Managing Director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and Harald Sandberg, the Ambassador of Sweden. The wall which is a part of celebrations of Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week has a bust of Nobel laureate poet Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore. Altogether, the wall has portraits of the seven Indian Nobel laureates which include Rabindranath Tagore, CV Raman, Dr Hargobind Khorana, Mother Teresa, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Amartya Sen and Venkatraman Ramakrishnan.

• Senior IAS officer Ratan P Watal will be soon appointed as the new secretary of department of expenditure in the union ministry of finance. Watal, a 1978 batch IAS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre, is presently serving as the secretary in the ministry of new and renewable energy and also an Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the department of expenditure. His appointment will come follow the retirement of RS Gujral, 1979 batch officer of Haryana cadre on November 30.

• The Union Government of India, the Tamil Nadu government and the Puducherry government has signed a financing and project agreements with World Bank (IDA) for US $ 236 million loan for Tamil Nadu-Puducherry Coastal Disaster Risk Reduction Project (CDRRP). The financing loan agreement was signed by Nilaya Mitash, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs and Onno Ruhl, Country Director, World Bank in New Delhi.

Awards and Honours

• Renowned ecologist and environmental scientist Madhav Gadgil received V.C. Padmanabhan Memorial Award 2013 for Ecology and Environment Conservation in Thrissur.
He received a cash prize of Rs one lakh, a bronze plaque and a citation with this award.

• Indian government has launched a web portal on Maulana Abul Kalam Azad to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of first education minister of independent India, Azad. The portal was launched by Union Minister of Minority Affairs K Rahman Khan.
The national portal consists information about Azad’s personal and professional life. His rare pictures, videos, books and other works are also available on this portal.


• Novak Djokovic smashed number one, Rafael Nadal to secure his third Barclays ATP World Tour Finals title in London. The Serbian tennis player has grabbed the same title in the year 2008 and 2012. The second seed Djokovic defeated top seed Rafael Nadal with 6-3, 6-4. Last year Djokovic crushed six-time champion Roger Federer 7-6(6), 7-5 in two hours and 15 minutes in ATP World Tour Finals. With this victory, Djokovic has now become the seventh player to win the year-end championship at least three times with Roger Federer (six titles).


Monday, 11 November 2013

Current Affair Updates: 10th November 2013

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National Affairs
• Senior IRS officer Parvinder Sohi Behuria has been appointed as the new secretary general in National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). Behuria, a 1977 batch IRS (Income Tax) officer, is presently member (Revenue) in Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) under the Department of Revenue. Her appointment came following retirement of Ashok Sahu, a 1975 batch officer of Indian Economic Service.

• Rapid Action Force academy of Public Order (RAPO) has been inaugurated by Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh.
The academy is India’s first police academy for public administration, riot control, crowd management, disaster management, human rights, media management and public order management. Paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) will run this academy in its 108th battalion campus of the Rapid Action Force (RAF).

• A broad range of bilateral issues were discussed during the seventh India- Republic of Korea Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) in New Delhi.
The meeting observed the strategic partnership agreed upon by Indian external affairs minister, Salman Khurshid and Republic of Korea (ROK) foreign minister Yun Byung-se.
These issues include matters pertaining to political, security, trade, and investment, scientific and cultural spheres, as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest.

• India and Japan signed a pact for strengthening cooperation in the maritime sector. The agreement was signed on between Union Shipping Minister G K Vasan and his Japanese counterpart Akihiro Ohta , Minister of land, Industries and Transport and Tourism, Government of Japan during Vasan’s visit to Japan. Vasan and Ohta discussed issues related port-to-port exchanges, ports security and safety, shipping, ship-building and repair.

• Kolkata International Film Festival commenced from today only. The 19th eight day long carnival will screen 189 films from 63 countries at 13 venues. Late Bollywod director Rituparno Ghosh’s film will be premiered at festival. Also late legendary singer Manna Dey’s lyrics from his cult hit ‘Jibone Ki Paabo Na’ from a Bengali film has been taken as theme song for this festival.
This year’s festival focus is on South-East Asian films. Films from Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, China, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand will compete for the award.

Awards and Honours
• Venezuela’s Gabriela Isler has been crowned as 2013’s Miss Universe. The 62nd edition of the beauty pageant was held in Moscow, Russia. 25 year old Gabriela is the third Miss Universe from Venezuela. Manasi Moghe from India made her way into the top 10 final but could not reach the crown.

• The Indian postal department has decided to release a stamp on cricket legend master blaster Sachin Tendulkar on November 14.
The special commemorative stamp will be released on the same day when the God of cricket will play his last 200th match at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
According to the set of rules, the stamps are not released on living personalities but considering Sachin’s contribution to cricket world, the department has decided to release a stamp for the second time for a living icon. The fist stamp of this kind was earlier released for Mother Teresa in 1980.

• Bollywood movie ‘Paheli’ based noted Rajasthani short folk story writer Vijaydan Detha, died at Borunda village in Jodhpur district of Rajasthan.
‘Paheli’ movie based on his story ‘Duvidha’, was the last film based on his work. Many films have been made on his folk stories. 87 year old Padma Shri and Sahitya Akademi awardee Detha was popularly known as Bijji. He has written more than 800 short stories.
He was also nominated for the Nobel Prize for his contribution for giving a modern touch to folk tales of Rajasthan.

• Hyderabad-based writer Anees Ayesha’s book on the introduction to Urdu poetry was released at the Singapore Writers Festival. The book has been written in English. Zafar Anjum translated the book into English. Hyderabad-based 70 year old Ayesha is concerned to promote the Urdu language and appreciate its contribution to world literature.

• Former Army Chief General V K Singh’s autobiography has been released in New Delhi. The first trained commando to be promoted general and the first serving Indian military chief’s honest and remarkable autobiography entitled ‘Courage and Convictions’ has talked about his predecessor J.J. Singh who created his age controversy to disrupt his work in army.


Sunday, 10 November 2013

Current Affair Updates: 9th November 2013

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International Affairs

• At least three people were killed on Friday as a fierce typhoon Haiyan hit central Philippines, causing mass disruption. Meteorologists state that this is world’s strongest storm of the year 2013. The typhoon sustained winds of 315 kph (195 mph) and gusts were as strong as 380 kph (235 mph). Due to the typhoon, more than 1, 00,000 people took shelter in different migration centres.

• Saudi Arabia is soon going to be replaced by Jordan on the UN Security Council seat. Reason behind this replacement as Saudi Arabia has rejected the position in protest at UN's failure to end the Syria war. It’s worth mentioning here that last month UN General Assembly had elected Saudi Arabia for a two-year term to the Security Council.

• United States and Israel has lost their voting right at UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) an agency of the United Nations which protects the cultures of the world via its Heritage sites.
As per UNESCO set of laws, US missed a critical deadline to repay its debt to UNESCO and automatically lost its voting rights. Israel also didn’t pay its dues at the same time and was ousted from UNESCO voting right.

National Affairs

• 33rd edition of the India International Trade Fair is going to commence from November 14 in New Delhi. The theme of this 14 day long trade fair is inclusive growth.

• National conference on intellectual disability was held in Secunderabad .
Kumari Selja, Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment inaugurated this national conference.

• As many as five pacts were signed between India and Kuwait to strengthen bilateral cooperation. The countries made agreement in the areas of culture, education, investment, trade and security, and joint ventures in the energy sector. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh discussed the agreement during the visit of Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah here in India.

Awards and Honours

• For the third consecutive year, ICICI Bank MD and CEO Chanda Kochhar has topped as the most powerful businesswoman in India by Fortune Magazine. Fortune India had issued the list of India's ‘50 Most Powerful Women in Business’.
The other women who made their place in the top 10 include Shikha Sharma of Axis Bank and Aruna Jayanthi of Capgemini; Preetha Reddy, Managing Director of Apollo Hospital Enterprises; Mallika Srinivasan, CEO of Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited (TAFE); Shobhana Bhartia, Chairperson, HT Media; Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Chairperson and MD, Biocon; Vinita Bali, MD, Britannia Industries and Naina Lal Kidwai, Country Head, HSBC India.

• Martha Dodray, an Indian polio worker has been conferred an honour with a prestigious UN Foundation award for her incessant effort in saving children from polio disease. Dodray, who belongs to Darbhanga, Bihar has been honoured at the Global Leadership Awards Dinner 2013 in New York,USA. The function was hosted by the UN Foundation and the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA). Another achievement for Martha is that she shared stage with Pakistan girls’ education activist Malala Yousafzai.

• The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has selected an Indian-American doctor Rahul Jindal for the 2013 Outstanding American by Choice Award.
According to USCIS, the Outstanding American by Choice award identifies the outstanding achievements of naturalized U.S. citizens. Renowned transplant surgeon and philanthropist, Rahul Jindal will be awarded for his valuable contribution to the US health sector in Virginia on November 13.

• To commemorate the 100 years of Indian Cinema, the Ministry for Information & Broadcasting has come up with a special new award called the Centenary award.
The award will be given every year to an eminent Indian film personality as an honor for their contribution to Indian Cinema.


• Indian Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari released a book on nuclear energy. The book entitled India’s Nuclear Energy Programme: Future Plans, Prospects and Concerns was edited by Prof. R. Rajaraman.


Saturday, 9 November 2013

Current Affair Updates: 8th November 2013

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International Affairs
• Young Indian-American and Democratic Party nominee Raj Mukherji has come up with an emerging victory after winning the State Assembly polls in New Jersey. After this election 29 year old Mukherji has become one of the youngest members of State Assembly. Kolkata-born Mukherji, who is a former Jersey City Deputy Mayor, has also become the first-ever Bengali state legislator in the US.

• Following the footsteps of the biggest social networking site Facebook, Twitter, a wildly popular micro-blogging social network has chosen to sell its share. Twitter’s share was listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Thursday. Its shares opened at $45.10 a share which is around 73 percent above its USD26 per-share initial offering price. Last year Facebook has issued its share so Twitter will have to give tough competition to Facebook. After listing in NYSE, company issued seven crore share for its investors.

National Affairs
• According to the Wealth-X-UBS billionaire census report 2013, India has 103 billionaires. It’s worth to be noted that India’s billionaire population has decreased by 5.5 per cent while the net worth of an average billionaire in India is USD 1.7 billion. On the same note, India’s financial capital Mumbai has 30 billionaires.

• The Indian military has successfully test fired its indigenously developed nuclear-capable Agni-I ballistic missile. The surface-to-surface and single-stage missile with a strike range of 700 km was test fired from (Balasore) Odisha coast. The missile was launched by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC).

Awards and Honours
• Bollywood king Shahrukh Khan has won the title of India’s Most Attractive Man, according to a survey conducted by Trust Research Advisory (TRA). The research survey was conducted by TRA in 16 cities of India to find out ‘India's Most Attractive Personality’. Second, third and fourth position was followed by bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni and bollywood actor Aamir Khan respectively.

• Another achievement for Oscar-winning Indian composer AR Rahman as a street has been named after him. (Allah-Rakha Rahman Street) which is named after Rahman is in Markham, Ontario, Canada.

• India defeated West Indies by an innings and 51 runs in the first test match at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on day three. Now India takes lead in the two test match series with 1-0. India made 453 runs in their first inning while West Indies team was trailing behind 219 runs. In the series, Mohammad Shami made a record by taking nine wickets, the most by an India fast bowler on debut.

• India got the opportunity to host Men’s hockey world cup which will be held in 2018 while the 2018 women's World Cup will be held in England. The news was declared by the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

Economy and Finance
• Tata Coffee, subsidiary of Tata Global Beverages under the leadership of Cyrus Mistry faced net loss of 12.88 crore at the second quarter ended on September.
The company faces loss after making provisions for diminishing value of its investment in US. It’s also worth to be noted that company had gained profit of Rs 36.84 crore in the July-September quarter of last fiscal, 2012-13.

• Global rating agency Standard & Poor’s has warned by stating if the newly elected government fails to come up with an incredible plan to increase the economy, then the country’s sovereign rating may lower down.
S&P has stated that new rating will be given post elections in 2014 when the government will announce its new policies. With the negative outlook, the agency has rated ‘BBB (-)’. This rating is supposed as a lower level of rating for investment purpose. If a country goes a notch below, then the country will be rated in junk category which can hurt foreign investment flow, while it will become difficult for Indian corporate to borrow from abroad.

• Central Bank of India has opened its one more representative branch in Hong Kong. The third largest public sector lender has opened its liaison office to cover huge business potential in the city.


Friday, 8 November 2013

Current Affair Updates: 7th November 2013

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International Affairs
• China was rocked by a series of bomb explosion occurred outside a provincial office of the ruling Communist Party in northern China. Chinese bombings were a series of 7 bomb explosions that took place in Taiyuan in Shanxi province’s top party committee leaving one person dead and 8 injured.

• Regional development bank Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide loan of $10 billion to India. ADB will give loan assistance of $2 billion yearly to India for continuous five years. India and ADB are agreed on this loan assistance starting from 2013 to 2017. This Multilateral lending agency is providing loan to create jobs, enhance investment reforms, and improve infrastructure.

• Russia made a worldwide history by launching an Olympic torch into space. The torch name is 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic torch. Due to the safety of its crew and to avoid wasting precious oxygen, the torch can’t be lit in space. Also it will not be burnt inside the International Space Station.

• Emomali Rakhmon has again won the election of the President of Tajikistan. Central Election Commission (CEC) announced that Rakhmon, who is from People's Democratic Party of Tajikistan (PDPT), has been re-elected as President by popular vote. However this will be his last presidential term under the Constitution rules.

National Affairs
• Telecom firm Uninor Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Yogesh Malik has resigned from the Norwegian telecom giant Telenor’s India unit due to some personal reasons. The reasons for the same have not been disclosed by Malik yet. The telecom firm is in search of it new CEO.

• Prem Narain is the new secretary of Overseas Indian Affairs Ministry. The Indian government appointed Prem in place of Rajiv Mehrishi, an IAS officer, who has been made new Secretary in Department of Fertilisers.

• “'MALABAR 2013”, a four day joint naval exercise between US and India began in Bay of Bengal. This multilateral exercise includes various activities starting from fighter combat operations, aircraft carriers, through Maritime Interdiction Operations Exercises. This naval exercise improves multinational maritime relationship and security issues between countries. For the first time, a missile-guided destroyer USS MCCampbell has been used by the Indian Navy in this joint exercise.

• The fourth generation advanced jet trainer aircraft Hawk 132 has been introduced in Indian Nevy. The sophisticated aircraft was inducted into the navy at the Naval Air Station INS Dega in Visakhapatnam. Hawk 132 has been jointly built by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and British Aerospace, UK.

• Renowned cooking expert, Tarla Dalal who is also called India’s recipe queen breathed her last following a cardiac arrest in Mumbai. 77 year old well known cookbook writer was author of over 100 cooking books. The Padma Shri awardee Tarla Dalal has also hosted famous cookery show based on her recipes “Cook it up with Tarla Dalal” and “Tarla Dalal show”. One of the first celebrity chefs of India, Dalal’s books “Delicious Diabetic Recipes: Low Calorie Cooking” and “The Pleasures of Vegetarian Cooking” have been her best selling cooking books.

• The 53rd World FIDE Chess Championship started on a high note in Chennai. The championship match between the defending world champion and the title holder Vishwanathan Anand and challenger Norwegian grand master Magnus Carlsen was formally inaugurated by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium. The prize money of this battle is Rs.14 Crores.