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National Current Affairs 2010

National Current Affairs 2010

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National Current Affairs 2010Current Affairs
[March 2010]
Govt launched National Mission for Empowerment of Women aimed at inter-sectoralconvergence of all pro- women programmes.
Constitution 108th Amendment Bill 2008 commonly known as women’s reservation billwas passed by Rajya Sabha by 186 in favour 1 against 39 abstained (Current strength of Rajya Sabha is 233). The bill seeks to reserve a third of the seats on the Lok Sabha andstate assemblies for 15 years on a rotational basis. It was first introduced in 1996. SharadJoshi, an independent MP is the only MP which cast vote against the bill. In the presentLok Sabha, there are 59 women MPs out of 543 MPs. Total MLAs in 29 state assembliesin India are 4093.
Yamunanagar (Haryana) and Vishakhapatnam (AP) are choosen for a pilot project onsaving household energy by replacing incandescent lamps with CFLs (CompactFluorescent Lamps).
Earth Hour 2010 has been celebrated on 27 March organized by World Wide Fund for Nature, India. Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru are official Earth Hour Cities among 15Indian cities.
Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of Russia visit India in March 2010.
Supreme Court allowed religion based 4 % reservations in Govt jobs & educationalinstitutes in Andhra Pradesh. It extended the benefit to 14 OBC in muslims in the state.The matter is further referred to Constitutional bench of Supreme Court.
’Bold Kurushetra’ a joint armour exercise between India and Singapore was held atJhansi(UP).
Prohibition of unfair practices in technical, medical educational institutions & universitiesBill is passed by Govt. It provided for 3 year imprisonment and a fine of upto Rs 50 lakhfor higher education providers guilty of misleading students.
Govt approved Foreign Educational Institution (Regulation of Entry & Operation) Bill2010. It provides foreign universities to set up campuses in India.
Govt amends Anti Hijacking Act 1982. It now provides for death sentence to thehijackers.
Govt starts the scheme for creation of the National Population Register (NPR) of Indianresidents. The project will cover an estimated 1.2 billion people and total cost of theproject will be Rs. 3539.24 crore.
India became 1st country in the world to have a ‘manoeuvrable’ supersonic cruisemissile, when it successfully test fired 290 km range Brahmos missile.
Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu visit India in March 2010.
Current Affairs
[February 2010]
Kirit Parikh committee , set up to review petro pricing regime, submit its recommendation.Its major recommendation are to deregulate the prices of petrol & diesel as per marketprices, reduce the subsidy on LPG.
India signed a Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement with the UK, which became the 8thcountry to enter into such a pact, since the lifting of atomic trade embargo in 2008.
Govt set up a panel under the Chairmanship of former Justice B N Srikrishna whichwould consider the demand for splitting Andhra Pradesh.
India and Denmark signed a social security pact which will relieve their workers fromdouble taxation and provide for cooperation in areas of labour market expansion andorderly migration.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visits Saudi Arabia in Feb 2010. He was the first IndianPM in 28 years to visit the gulf country. Saudi Arabia is India’s largest supplier of crude oil( 23 %) followed by Iran ( 17 %) and Nigeria ( 11 %). India is offering upto 10 % equity to
 
Saudi petroleum firm Saudi Aramco in a refinery being built in Orissa. PM addressed theShoura council of Saudi Arabia.
Constitution 111th Amendment – Proposes to incorporate a new Part ( Part IX B) in theConstitution so as to provide for legal framework to regulate the functioning of cooperative societies. A new Article ( Article 43 B) is also proposed to be inserted in PartIV of the Constitution (Directive Principles of State Policy) for the States to promotevoluntary formation, autonomous functioning of cooperative societies.
Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill 2009 commonly known as Nuclear Liability Bill willbe introduced by Govt in Parliament in Winter session 2010. The draft bill aims at limitingthe liability of a nuclear plant operator to Rs. 300 crore in the eventuality of an accident.The bill provides for the penalty to be paid by the operator and not the supplier companies which would mainly be American in this case. India has entered into civilnuclear cooperation agreement with eight countries so far.
Current Affairs
[January 2010]
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visit India in Jan 2010. She belongs to AwamiLeague Party. The two countries signed five agreements – on mutual legal assistance incriminal matters, on transfer of sentenced persons and on combating internationalterrorism, organized crime & illicit drug trafficking besides MOU on cooperation in thepower sector and on cultural exchanges. India give Bangladesh a $ 1 billion line of credit,the biggest it has given to any country so far.
South Korea President Lee Myung Bak visit India in Jan 2010. The two countries decidedto double the bilateral trade to $ 30 billion by 2014. Four facts were signed between twocountries – cooperation in peaceful use of outer space, IT, science & technology for theyear 2010-12 and transfer of sentenced persons. South Korean President was also thechief guest at 2010 Republic Day Parade.
Gujarat Local Authorities Law (amendment) Bill 2009- The Bill makes it the duty of aqualified voter to vote during elections to local bodies. Voting is compulsory, but the Billallows voters to cast their vote in favour of none of the candidates. Election officers willdeclare those who fail to vote defaulter, and serve them a notice.
India and China has decided to start joint military exercise from 2011.
Najib Razak, Malaysia Prime Minister visit India in Jan 2010.
Govt launched Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission. Key highlights of the missionare :
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To create an enabling policy framework for the deployment of 20,000 MW of solar power by 2020.
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To create favourable conditions for solar manufacturing capability for indigenousproduction and market leadership.
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To promote programmes for off grid applications, reaching 1000 MW by 2017and 2000 MW by 2022.
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To achieve 15 million sq. meters solar thermal collector area by 2017 and 20million by 2022.
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To deploy 20 million solar lighting systems for rural areas by 2022.
New Governors appointed : a) M K Narayanan – West Bengal, b)Shivraj Patil – Punjab,c) Mohsina Kidwai – Jharkhand, d) Shekhar Dutt – Chhattisgarh, e) E S L Narasimhan –Andhra Pradesh.
Govt plans to create a National Gas Highway Development Authority. The present GasPipeline Density in India is 3.29 Km per 1000 Sq.Km.
Govt plans to set up a National Green Tribunal to control Carbon Emissions andpollution. It will be responsible for implementing the low carbon roadmap to be set forth inthe 12th Five Year Plan.
National Current Affairs 2009
 
Sheikh Hasina chosen for Indira Gandhi Peace Prize
(19th Nov 2009)Bangladesh PrimeMinister Sheikh Hasina has been chosen for the prestigious Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace,Disarmament and Development this year for her "outstanding contribution to the promotion of democracy and pluralism". After her re-election in December last year, Hasina embarked onher "Vision 2021", aimed at transforming Bangladesh into a middle-income country by 2021, byeliminating poverty and inequity, the Trust said. The award, which carries a cash prize of Rs.25 lakh and a citation, would be presented to her at a function to be held at a later date.
India retains 84th position among the world’s most corrupt nations
(17th Nov 2009)Transparency International has released their annual corruption index, and has ranked Chinaas 79th and India 84th out of 180 countries. The evaluation of the extent of corruption is basedon opinion from country experts – resident and non-residents – and business leaders. Thecorruption index measures perceived levels of public sector corruption in a country. NewZealand, Denmark, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland are the top five least corrupt nations.
India second worst terror-hit country, says NGO
(14th Nov 2009)India is the second worstterrorism-afflicted country - behind only war-ravaged Iraq - facing eight terror attacks in 2008alone and losing over 3,500 lives in the last few years. Quoting a recent United States (US)report, city-based NGO "Bombay First", said India follows Iraq in the number of lives lost interror attacks last year.
K.R. Narayanan Award for the Hindu Chief Editor N. Ram
(13th Nov 2009)N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief of Hindu has been chosen for this year’s K.R. Narayanan Award for his outstandingcontribution to journalism in India. Instituted by the K.R. Narayanan Foundation in memory of the late President, the award is to honor individuals who have excelled in various fields. Itcarries a statuette, citation and a ‘ponnada.’
Madhu Koda discharged, summoned by ED
(9th November 2009) Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda was discharged from a hospital and will bequestioned by the Income Tax department in a money laundering case on Nov 10 while theEnforcement Directorate summoned him to appear before Nov 13 who is in the Rs 2,000 crorealleged Hawala and illegal investments case.
India, Sweden to sign MOU on environment
(5th November 2009) India and Sweden are expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) onenvironment as Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeld visits India on Thursday for the 10thIndia-EU summit.The MoU will cover climate change, clean technology, clean developmentmechanisms, environmental protection, environmental governance and air-water quality.
Brave Rukhsana appointed as special cop
(2nd November 2009) Rukhsana, the valiant and determined Jammu and Kashmir girl, who took on Lashkar-e-Toibaterrorists who barged into her house in September, has been appointed special police officer (SPO), a temporary job which will fetch her Rs 3,000 a month. Rukhsana is currently in Delhi.Her brother, Aijaz, too has been appointed SPO
Radhakrishnan takes over as new ISRO chief 
(31st October 2009) Radhakrishnan, one of the key persons behind India’s Chandrayaan-1 mission, on Saturdaytook over as the Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation. Dr Radhakrishnan,also director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, succeeds Dr G Madhavan Nair. Dr KRadhakrishnan is an accomplished technocrat with a distinguished career of more than 38years in the fields of space technology, applications and space programme management.
Dorjee Khandu became new chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh
(25th October 2009) Dorjee Khandu, who led the Congress to a two-thirds majority in the Arunachal PradeshAssembly elections, was sworn in as the fifth Chief Minister of the state. All the newly-electedMLAs were present at the oath-taking ceremony. Khandu, a former army intelligence officer 

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