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1. Centre launched mother-child health care scheme Concerned over the high maternal and infant mortality rate in the country, the Centre launched an ambitious programme to provide free services to pregnant women for deliveries and neo-natal care, if needed, up to a month after birth. The facility will be available to all women in government health institutions in both rural and urban settings, and is expected to benefit over one crore women annually. Janani-Shishu Suraksha Karyakram, a scheme sponsored by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare was launched from Mewat, a predominantly Muslim area by Sonia Gandhi, chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance . Other benefits include free drugs and consumables, diagnostics, special diet during stay in the health institution, free provision of blood, exemption from user charges of all kinds, transport to and back from health facility after 48 hours and transport between facilities in case of referral. A child will also be entitled to free treatment and transportation up to a month after birth. 2. Govt launched fisheries insurance policy Bihar became the only state in the country to launch Fisheries Insurance Policy for the fish farmers. The Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Resources minister Giriraj Singh launched the policy in the presence of officials of Oriental Insurance Company Limited. The state government has planned to make radical changes in the agriculture-animal husbandry sector. The consumption of fish in the state is more than production. Describing the insurance policy as a unique one, Minister urged the officials of Oriental Insurance Company Limited to work transparently. He also handed over a cheque of Rs 5 lakh to the chief regional manager of the company on the occasion. 3. Green loos in Lakshadweep Setting a precedent, the tiny island of Lakshadweep is all set to become the first town in the country to install nearly 12,000 ecofriendly toilets in its local buildings and those owned by the Government by March next year. The move is aimed to save the fragile ecosystem of the island, which is under severe threat due to acute sewage disposal problem caused by increasing local population and tourist flow. Lakshadweep has very porous soil so the discharge from the soak pits and the present conventional septic tanks is contaminating groundwater. Moreover, septic tanks constructed in private houses are not scientific. 4. Youth on cycle tour to spread awareness about eye donation With a mission to spread awareness about eye donation, a 22-year-old science graduate from Kolkata is on a bicycle tour of the country. Chayan Mondal plans to tour the country in 500 days to spread the message 'Vision-The most priceless gift'. With the message that "your eyes can add light to someone else's life", Mondal plans to complete the tour on April 7, 2012. Mondal covers 60 to 80 kilometres per day, addressing students in schools, colleges and people in social clubs and convinces them about the need to donate their eyes. 5. Centre revised guidelines for MPLADS As part of an effort to ensure timely and effective implementation of works proposed under the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme [MPLADS], the Centre has decided to substantially raise the amount to be released in the first instalment. The MPLADS allows MPs to suggest works to the Head of District to be taken up in their constituency. Projects implemented by government agencies would now be provided 75 per cent of the project cost as the first instalment, while those implemented by nongovernmental agencies would be provided 60 per cent. Likewise, the purchase of Microsoft Office software along with the training of two teachers per school would be now allowed as part of an effort to promote computer literacy in the country. In addition, MPs would be allowed to spend up to Rs.10 lakh a year on projects in any State or Union Territory other than the one from where they were elected. “The aim is to promote national unity and fraternity among the people at the grassroots level.” 6. Odisha's Koraput district has highest child vulnerability index Nearly 100 districts across the country have been listed as child-vulnerable areas wherein children are at a high risk of losing parental care and getting exposed to difficult circumstances, according to a new survey conducted by SOS Children's Villages of India, a non-government organisation that helps orphaned children. Koraput district in Orissa has the highest child vulnerability index followed by Balaghat district in Madhya Pradesh and Godda, Giridih and Pakur in Jharkhand. Sixty-two of the listed districts fall in the East Zone consisting Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal. The districts in the North Zone do not figure in the list.
Vulnerable children are defined as ones most likely to lose parental care and support due to reasons like poverty, social unrest, HIV/AIDS and disability.
7. Now, PDS licence only for groups in Bihar In a significant move to check corruption and malpractices in the distribution of ration through public distribution shops, the Bihar Government has decided to give licences for PDS shops only to groups of people and not to an individual. Through the PDS, the State Government distributes kerosene and foodgrains to families living below poverty line. There are 42,000 such shops in the State. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had earlier launched a coupon system to BPL families to check malpractice and encourage better service at ration shops. Bihar is the first State to introduce this scheme. 8. Iron Age burial site found near Tiruvannamalai An Iron Age megalithic burial site, dotted with cairn-circles, has been discovered near Veeranam village, at the foot of a chain of hills, in Tamil Nadu's Tiruvannamalai district. This sprawling site, spread over about three km in Tandaramapattu taluk, can be dated to 1,000 BCE-300 CE. What is interesting about the discovery is that many of the cairn-circles have dolmenoid cists on the surface within the circles. Cairncircles are rough stones arranged in a circle, and dolmenoid cists are box-like structures made of granite slabs. The cairn-circles indicate burial chambers below, with urns containing bones and pottery with paddy, beads, knives, swords and other artefacts. 9. CABE endorses education qualification framework The Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE), the highest advisory body to the Central and State Governments in the field of education, has unanimously endorsed the need for establishing a National Vocational Education Qualification Framework (NVEQF), providing for a nationally recognised document with vertical and horizontal mobility for youth to move between general and vocational education streams. This was one of the resolutions adopted by the CABE at its 58th meeting in New Delhi, chaired by Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal. 10. Mother to be considered head of family under Food Bill The Government has decided to make mothers the heads of the family in the implementation of the Food Security Bill. Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution told that his Ministry was in the process of making its draft on the Food Security Bill, after taking both the NAC’s draft and Prime Minister’s Economy Advisory Council’s recommendations into account. 11. Honoraria for anganwadi workers doubled The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved doubling the honoraria for anganwadi workers from Rs 1,500 to Rs 3,000 per month and for anganwadi helpers and workers of mini-AWCs from Rs 750 to Rs 1,500 per month under the ICDS Scheme. This doubling of honoraria would result in additional financial burden of Rs 3479.83 crore per annum of which the Centre will contribute 90 percent or an estimated Rs 3131.85 crore. The decision will benefit 11.71 lakh AWWs, including Workers of Mini-AWCs and 10.97 lakh AWHs. It will be effective from April 1, 2011 in all States and UTs. 12. NAI, C-DAC to undertake digital preservation of govt records In an important futuristic project, aimed at preserving electronic public records generated through egovernance initiatives of the Central government, the Pune-based Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), has signed a MoU with the National Archives of India (NAI), New Delhi, for development of applicable software for the purpose. This MoU has been signed as part of the project of ’Centre of Excellence for Digital Preservation’ sanctioned by the Department of Information Technology, MCIT, and Government of India. This project will be handled by Human-Centred Design and Computing (HCDC) Group of C-DAC, which specialises in digital preservation and archival, according to Dinesh Katre, Associate director, HCDC group. 13. No faith in govt, SC appoints special team to trail blackmoney The Supreme Court appointed a high-level Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by former apex court judge B P Jeevan Reddy to monitor the investigation and the steps being taken to bring back blackmoney stashed in foreign banks. Besides Justice Reddy, who would be the chairman of the SIT, the apex court also appointed its former judge, Justice M B Shah as the vice-chairman of the panel.
14. Nashik DRDO lab to focus on propellants The newly set-up DRDO laboratory in Nashik — Advanced Centre for Energetic Materials (ACEM) — is expected to benefit future missile developments. ACEM, set up with inputs from city based High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) will focus on the development of propellents for the missiles, which in turn can result in ‘miniaturisation’ of the missile systems. 15. Green Tribunal got into action The National Green Tribunal (NGT), a judicial body aimed at expediting environment-related cases, began functioning. India is the third country in the world after Australia and New Zealand to have a dedicated court to decide on “green cases”. The bench will hear cases transferred from the National Environment Appellate Authority and from various courts including the Supreme Court. With the launch of the NGT, the appellate authority has ceased to exist. The NGT is an independent body which was launched in October last with the “initial support” of the Ministry. The Tribunal is headed by former Supreme Court judge LS Panta. It also comprises retired High Court judges, A Suryanarayana Naidu and CV Ramulu assisted by environmental experts. With its headquarters in Delhi, the NGT will have four circuit branches in the four regions of the country. While the eastern bench will be at Kolkata, the western at Pune, the central unit will be at Bhopal and the southern at Chennai. The Delhi bench would eventually function as the principal bench. 16. Lafarge got nod to mine in Meghalaya The Supreme Court allowed French cement giant Lafarge to mine limestone in the forests of the East Khasi hills in Meghalaya. A special forest bench headed by the Chief Justice S H Kapadia allowed the plea of Lafarge to mine in the forests of Meghalaya. The apex court also upheld the revised environmental clearances given to Lafarge by the Ministry of Environment and Forest and said, "We are satisfied with the MOEF as it has taken a due diligence exercise." 17. E-way to have India’s second longest road tunnel The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) planned the country’s second longest tunnel on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway as part of its augmentation plans for the Expressway and National Highway 4 after a series of fatal accidents recently. The tunnel, expected to be around six to eight km, will link Khopoli and Lonavala, bypassing the dangerous ghat section, MSRDC officials said. “This will be the country’s second longest tunnel. It will also surpass Jammu and Kashmir’s Jawahar tunnel, the longest now at 2.5 km,” said a senior MSRDC official. 18. Maternal mortality rate came down Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) came down in Northern India by 67 points from 375 to 308 during 2004-09. MMR measures number of women aged 15-49 years dying due to maternal causes per 1,00,000 live births. Among the Southern States, the decline has been from 149 to 127 during 2004-09. The Other States reported decline from 174 to 149. Empowered Action Group (EAG) States comprise Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and Assam. The highest decline in MMR was observed in Assam (90 points) followed by Uttar Pradesh/Uttarakhand (81 points), Rajasthan (70 points), Madhya Pradesh/Chhattisgarh (66 points), Bihar/Jharkhand (51 points) and Odisha (45 points). In southerm states Kerala recorded MMR of 81 per lakh live births while Tamil Nadu recorded 97 per lakh live births, the RGI Bulletin said adding that Maharashtra recorded 104 per lakh live births. Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Gujarat and Haryana are in closer proximity to achieving the MDG target of 109. According to the RGI, Bihar has reported the highest TFR (3.9) while Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the lowest (1.7). 19. Phase III of FM radios got nod The Government cleared guidelines of the much-delayed FM Radio Phase III expansion that will allow private radio channels to broadcast news of All India Radio and enable revenue generation of Rs 1,733 crore from the auction of license for services in 227 cities. A meeting of the Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also approved hiking of foreign investment limit on private FM radio broadcasting company to 26 per cent from the current 20 per cent. The FM Phase-III policy extends FM radio services to about 227 new cities, in addition to the present 86 cities with a total of 839 new FM radio channels. The Phase I and Phase II policies have resulted in a total revenue accrual of about Rs 1,733 crore up to May 31, 2011 by way of one time entry fee, migration fee and annual fee among others.
20. RTI Act, 2005. The bench, comprising justice RV Raveendran and justice AK Patnaik, upheld a February 5, 2009 ruling of the Calcutta high court that examination conducting agencies were not exempted under the transparency law from disclosing the answer-sheets. The verdict will benefit lakhs of students appearing for various examinations, including those conducted by the UPSC, as it gives a student the right to inspect answersheets by just applying to the relevant university, council, board or commission. 21. 70% Indians live in rural areas: Census Nearly 70 per cent of India's 121-crore population lives in rural areas where, for the first time since Independence, the overall growth rate of population has sharply declined, according to the latest Census figures. 22. Manmohan launched a portal on rice management Prime Minister Manmohan Singh launched an exclusive, Rice Knowledge Management Portal (RKMP), developed at the city-based Directorate of Rice Research, at the ICAR foundation day celebrations at New Delhi. The rice portal has been developed with eight partners covering 15 major rice growing States under World Bank funded National Agricultural Innovation Project. It is expected to serve as an information highway for sharing rice knowledge through the latest ICT tools including mobile telephony. The portal will help agricultural departments' on-going activities in reaching out to the farmers through extension advisory services in most effective way, said B. C. Viraktamath, project director of the institute. A striking feature is providing content in local language. 23. Navy's oldest ship decommissioned The oldest commissioned ship of the Indian Navy, ‘Sharabh,' a landing ship tanker, was given a fond farewell after 35 years of service, with a guard of honour and the naval band playing the Last Post. The National Flag, the Naval Ensign and the Decommissioning Pennant were hauled down for the last time at sunset, symbolising the end of her service to the country. The decommissioning ceremony was held at the Naval Jetty by Rear Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of Staff, Andaman and Nicobar Command. 24. Patrol vessel of Coast Guard launched The Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) launched patrol vessel Rani Rashmoni for the Coast Guard, the fifth and last in the series. Union Minister of State for Defence M.M. Pallamraju said the HSL had performed worthily after the Defence Ministry acquired it. All efforts would be made to give more orders to the shipyard, but the productivity should be improved. HSL chairman and managing director Rear Admiral K.C. Sekhar said the HSL had so far launched 118 vessels from its slipways, including Rani Rashmoni, and constructed 164 vessels of various types, including 11 well-head platforms. Its turnover last year was Rs.662 crore and the profit after tax Rs.56 crore, which enabled it to start the new fiscal with a clean slate. 25. EGoM for cash transfer, food coupons in food security Bill Notwithstanding objections by many National Advisory Council (NAC) members to cash transfer-based food subsidy, the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) approved to provide for “cash transfers and food coupons”, among other options, in the proposed food security Bill. 26. Cabinet approved 50% reservation for women in Panchayats The Cabinet approved the proposal for enhancing reservation for women in Panchayats from the present 33 per cent to 50 per cent with the provision being applicable to all seats filled through direct election, office of chairpersons and of offices reserved for SC/ST. “The Cabinet approved the proposal for moving an official amendment to the Constitution (One Hundred and Tenth Amendment) Bill, 2009 for enhancing reservation for women in Panchayats at all tiers from 1/3 to at least 50 per cent,” Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni told. The Amendment Bill, which was introduced in Lok Sabha on November 26, 2009, will incorporate one change suggested by the Standing Committee on Rural Development that the word "rural" be added before the word “population” wherever it occurs in the draft legislation. 27. Cabinet approved changes in Customs Act The Cabinet approved the amendment to Customs Act, 1962, that would help the exchequer safeguard its revenues. The amendment would allow specifically recognised customs officers to assess import duty. The recognition to customs officials would be from retrospective effect, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said. The amendment bill, to be introduced in the forthcoming session of Parliament, will help the government to recover customs duty worth several thousands of crores, Soni added. “Officers of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) will alone have issued notices involving customs duty to the tune
Madhava Menon is actively considering whether there is a need for any umbrella legislation to make administrative statistics more effective. the board will advise the government auditor in matters of audit and suggest improvements in the performance and focus of audit within the framework of the Constitution and statutory mandate of the CAG. who will function in an honorary capacity are. social activist Shabana Azmi. and public finance consultant T. Centre for Policy Research President Pratap Bhanu Mehta. Rani Lakshmibai in Time's list of daredevil wives The young and fiery 19th century queen Lakshmibai of Jhansi. The panel has also been mandated to review of implementation of statistical laws at the Centre and in the States to suggest further improvements. Now.47 per cent). The board members. New Delhi figured at spot no 22 (3. 32. Shiva Kumar. info on Govt schemes through SMSes Delhiites may soon get information about various Delhi Government schemes and services through SMSes. The City Mayors Foundation went by assumed annual growth rates for cities and urban areas between 2006 and 2020 based on past growth/decline and forecasts by international and national statistics organizations. The magazine compiled its list of 10 such women following the much-talked about charge by Rupert Murdoch’s wife Wendi Dang against the man who tried to throw a pie at her husband’s face. NSC panel for umbrella legislation The committee constituted by the National Statistical Commission headed by N.R.44 per cent) and Agra at 53 (2. an international think tank on urban affairs. Mumbai. These are among the various issues being taken up by the committee constituted by the NSC to study the legislative measures in statistical matters including a bill to provide statutory status to the commission. The third fastest developing city in the list was Sana'a in Yemen (5. the former Delhi Chief Secretary Shailaja Chandra. which guarantees certain services to the citizens in a time-bound manner.00 per cent) while the fifth spot went to Kabul (4. IGNOU's Nagpur centre developed vocational courses for prisoners The world's largest open university.K. who fought the British valiantly in the 1857 war. Highlighting Government’s efforts to improve service delivery. Sheila Dikshit said use of information technology has resulted in increased accountability.of over Rs 7. Surat ranks fourth in a global study of fastest developing cities conducted by The City Mayors Foundation. 28.V. UNICEF Advisor A. JP Morgan India CEO Kalpana Morparia. Addressing a function Mrs.93 per cent). 29. Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). Kamath. With the CAG as its ex-officio Chairman. The Government was considering flow of important information to the people through SMSes as part of its egovernance scheme. was listed by the Time magazine with the likes of Michelle Obama and Sarah Palin among 10 wives who were resolute even in troubled times. responsiveness and transparency and Government was working on expanding its use in various areas. 30. Surat fourth fastest growing city in world The diamond city's glitter was noticed by the world. Republican leader Sarah Palin who was John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 Presidential election in the US. Kolkata and Chennai did not figure in the top 100. Sethumadhavan. 33. Also tax evaders will not get benefited at the expense of exchequer on a mere technical ground. Ghaziabad's growth rate was given as 5.” she said. Among others who find their names mentioned in the list are US first lady Michelle. 31.500 crore. Faridabad at no 8 (4. New audit advisory board for CAG Comptroller and Auditor-General of India Vinod Rai constituted a new 15-member audit advisory board for a two-year term. Centre for Science and Environment DirectorGeneral Sunita Narain. she pointed towards Delhi Citizen Service Delivery Act. . The course material was finally developed in collaboration with the Central Jail and two other IGNOU community colleges.20 per cent. started vocational courses for prisoners to give them employable skills upon their release. Ghaziabad was at number two after Beihai in Southern China.58 per cent for 2006 to 2020. ICICI Bank non-executive Chairman K. which had the stupendous average annual growth rate of 10.48). Arghyam Chairperson Rohini Nilekani. ancient Egyptian queen Cleopatra and Tiger Wood’s former wife Elin Nordegren. The four certificate courses was developed and designed by IGNOU 's Nagpur regional centre.
which includes its flagship schemes for rural areas. The apex court reduced the size of the sanctuary by 7274 sq kms. Rs 25. The present area of the sanctuary reduced to 1222 sq kms was as per the recommendations of rationalisation committee headed by VB Sawarkar former director Wildlife Institute of India (WII). In line with this programme. The weeklong festivities witnessed age-old culture of this 1000-year-old city at display. black buck. It will be responsible for establishing security committees at aerodromes used for civil purposes and designate an authority to coordinate implementation of security manual. Railways got Govt offer for publicising Bharat Nirman plan Government saw a partnership with Indian Railways in publicising its Bharat Nirman Programme. the Cabinet decided. and clear security manuals of stakeholders at airports across the country. melts or gels shall be deemed to be an explosive. rape and serious injury even if the perpetrators were not identified. a propaganda arm of the central government." the commerce and industry ministry said in a notification issued. audio and video campaign materials. the government notification came with a rider that its possession and use would invoke penal action only if the composition had 45% or more ammonium nitrate content. 39. SC respite for GIB sactuary The recent Supreme Court order on the drastic reduction of the size of the Great Indian Bustard (GIB) sanctuary in Maharashtra came as a big relief for the conservationists and bird experts across the country. wolves etc. it could promote healthy growth of other grassland species too as lesser floricans. which was the first in Bihar.000 for grievous hurt. The draft rules — which come almost 24 years after the organisation was set up — allow BCAS to frame a national civil aviation security programme. publicising its schemes. Indian fox. Local MLA Bal Krishan Chauhan inaugurated the fair by hoisting the "Minjar flag" amid singing of Kunjari Malhaar" (seasonal folk songs of this alpine region). the government proposed rules that empower the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) to detain an aircraft. Cabinet Department’s Principal Secretary Ravikant told. The Government is learnt to have requested country’s largest transporter to roll out special trains that could cover the length and breadth of the country. Week-long Minjar fair inaugurated The international Minjar fair of Chamba got off to a colourful start. at Chowgan in Chamba. 35. institute investigations into security mishaps.34. compensation will be paid for loss of life.000 for acid hurt. Rs 25. Compensation would be given in the event of non-identification of the perpetrators. 38. the Principal Secretary said. 1973. Loaded with printed. The festival is celebrated with fervour as it signals the harvest of staple crop of the area.000 for mental torture. has placed before the Railway Ministry an order for four new rakes (train) that could be rolled out as Bharat Nirman Express. But given the widespread use of the mixture as fertilizer. It would provide compensation of Rs one lakh for loss of life. "The central government hereby declares that ammonium nitrate or any combination containing more than 45% of ammonium nitrate by weight including emulsions. Compensation scheme sanctioned in Bihar For the first time in Bihar. This was for the first time that the Supreme Court ordered such a big reduction of size of any protected area. The Cabinet sanctioned the proposal for setting up the Bihar Victims’ Compensation Scheme 2011 under CrPC. 36.000 in the case of rape. . BCAS will clear security manuals of all aviation stakeholders and develop training courses for them. The Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity. 37. corn. Further. suspensions. Govt notified ammonium nitrate as 'explosive' Concerned over the increased use of ammonium nitrate by terror groups in making bombs. these trains would touch every nook and corner of the country highlighting UPA's achievement under its Bharat Nirman programme. the government finally declared the chemical as an "explosive". and Rs 25. Civil aviation security got a national policy In a major overhaul of the country’s aviation security. Rs 50. before the next parliamentary elections. which includes several flagships programmes of the government. The rules permit the BCAS chief to suspend or cancel the security clearance of an airport upon violation and bring the airport’s operations to a halt.
Nafis-1 is being towed to Porbandar. Students need to just sit for the single National Aptitude Test (NAT) and get admitted according to their positions. one Kenyan and one Somali — and the ship will be handed over to the local police and other investigating agencies.v. and recovered automatic weapons and arms on August 14. when the then Governor General of India. The vessel had been under continuous surveillance since then. Borrowing a leaf out of the American education system’s Scholar Aptitude Test (SAT). J&K got anti-graft panel In a bid to tackle growing concerns of corruption in Jammu and Kashmir. The Union ministry announced 600-crore Central package for Gorkhaland . BCom and BA undergraduate programmes. The funds will be released in three years — Rs. the State Government appointed two former High Court judges to revive the State Accountability Commission (SAC). Authorities suspect the vessel might have been employed for smuggling contraband. . Answer-sheets can be accessed under RTI: SC In a landmark ruling. m. The agreement was signed by representatives of the West Bengal Government and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha in the presence of Union Home Minister P. The 500tonne vessel. 44. two Tanzanians. detains crew The Indian Navy apprehended a hijacked cargo vessel.40. Lord Irwin became its first occupant. was apprehended approximately 170 nautical miles northwest of Mumbai. she is no mere showpiece At the age of 156. 43. an official release said. official sources said. Soon. SAT-like common entrance test in India The human resource development (MoHRD) is all set to revolutionise the way students get admitted to various engineering and undergraduate level courses in colleges across the country. 46. drifting for 20 days after its machinery broke down at sea. However. there would not be any joint entrance examination for the coveted IITs and other engineering courses. the MoHRD is planning a similar single entrance examination. Also the President of India recently completed four years in office. which will rank students across the country and enable them to get admission according to their rankings. the world's oldest steam locomotive showed heritage buffs in Chennai why she is no mere showpiece.600-crore economic package over the next three years to the proposed Gorkhaland Territorial Administration in Darjeeling for development activities. Chidambaram and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. A panel including Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Leader of Opposition Mehbooba Mufti selected Justice (retd) Yashpaul Nargotra as the Chairman of the SAC while Justice (retd) Hakim Imtiyaz Hussain was appointed as Member. all foreigners. three former Chief Justices — Bilal Nazki. The Center will provide a Rs. At the age of 156. The “EIR 21” coal-and-steam-powered loco hit the rails once more to turn the clock back to a bygone era during a heritage run organised by Southern Railway to mark Independence Day. The Indian Naval Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft IL 38 SD first spotted Nafis-1 on August 12 at a distance of 250 nautical miles during a surveillance mission in the East Arabian Sea. where the crew — five Yemenis. and detained nine crew members. By 2013. This would mean students could stop losing sleep over the crazy cut-off percentage system for admissions and instead try and get good rankings in the new aptitude test. Navy captured hijacked vessel. off the Mumbai coast. their Std 12 marks would continue to cast a shadow on deciding admissions. 42. President released postage stamp on Rashtrapati Bhavan President Pratibha Devisingh Patil released a commemorative postage stamp on Rashtrapati Bhavan. The nine-year-old commission had remained headless for five years following resignation of its founder chairman Justice (retired) RP Sethi who was fed up with indifference of the authorities towards the commission and its recommendations. Nafis-1.200 crore each — beginning this fiscal as part of a tripartite agreement to be signed on July 18. The postage stamp marks the 80th Anniversary of the commissioning of the building. The court held that evaluated answer-sheets were covered under the definition of “information” under the Right to Information. Bashir Ahmad Khan and VK Gupta — were in the panel but the Chief Minister preferred Nargotra to head the antigraft commission. a Supreme Court bench said students had the right to access their answer-sheets under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. This year also marks the 100th Anniversary of New Delhi. 41. A similar examination was being planned for all the BSc. Interestingly. 45.
Justice Soumitra Sen of the Calcutta High Court resigned. 53. Maha Govt plans tree credits. The ministry has developed a training manual to train doctors on tobacco cessation. Push to open 42 anti-smoking centres in 21 states The Union health ministry has put in place 19 tobacco cessation centres. . 52. which were offered to him by two little girls – Simran (a Dalit) and Ikrah (a Muslim). Ajay Mathur. The Union government is contemplating to lay special focus on energy efficiency and conservation in the 12th five-year plan. is considered to be one of the toughest in India. This is the second time in Parliament's history that a judge has been arraigned for impropriety and the first time that he has been held culpable of the charges against him.chewing gums meant to help chain-smokers kick the butt .(c) Establishment of a Lokayukta in the States. The expedition. declaring that he had only suspended his movement and not ended it. Saser Kangri IV in the Eastern Karakoram Range of Himalayas in Ladakh. India is yet to introduce NRT .' even when no consideration of cash and kind was involved in giving the candidates publicity. sent to the President with a copy to the Lok Sabha Speaker. The resignation.in these cessation centers. now being considered by Parliament. Director General. Jharkhand women scaled peak in Karakoram Range Binita Soren and Sheelarani Mahato. The new guideline would deal with advertisements taken out by candidates on television and cable channels owned by political parties or their functionaries and office-bearers. said that Maharashtra would be the first state to introduce them. The House agrees in principle on the issues of: (a) Citizens Charter. anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare broke his 12-day fast on the Lokpal issue. But after the Rajya Sabha voted in favour of his impeachment. who hail from Jharkhand. Similar centres are expected to come up in 42 district hospitals in 21 states. 12th Plan: focus on energy conservation Inaugurating the National Energy Efficiency Summit-2011. sponsored by the Tata Steel Foundation between July 10 and August 21.47. organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry. including nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). These concepts aim to improve the green cover of the state. Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) said the Centre had suggested to all States to fully implement energy conservation measures to bridge the gap between demand and supply to some extent. the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha unanimously resolved to endorse three key ideas that social activist Anna Hazare had insisted be included in the draft Lokpal Bill. marking the end of years of defiance after his conduct had come under a cloud. The Commission said this was to ensure uniformity while dealing with ‘paid news. 50. Justice Soumitra Sen resigned The Rajya Sabha approved the impeachment motion against Justice Soumitra Sen of the Calcutta High Court for corruption. Both initiatives will be implemented by the social forestry department (SFD). 48. minister for EGS and water conservation. 49. Elaborating on both concepts. The 74-year-old activist ended his fast by sipping of tender coconut water and honey. became the first women mountaineers to climb Mt. Triumph for Anna as Parliament backed key demands In a historic gesture. Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari called for a voice vote cast the die against Justice Sen and electronic voting confirmed that 189 members were in favour of the motion moved by Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury. After this. (b) Lower bureaucracy also to be under Lokpal through appropriate mechanism and. He said that it would be a big challenge for power utilities in the next five years to meet the ever-increasing demand in various sectors. 51. village forests to improve green cover The Maharashtra government will soon introduce the concepts of 'tree credit' and 'village forests' to improve green cover in the state. EC issues new norms to tackle ‘paid news' The Election Commission has asked the Chief Electoral Officers of States and Union Territories to obtain the standard advertisement rate cards of television and radio channels and the print media six months before the Lok Sabha/Assembly elections so as to check ‘paid news' and the misuse of the media by political parties. Nitin Raut. with just 17 holding the contrarian view.
which is being formed to regulate safety from nuclear radiation.54. 2010. academics. 61. Pratibha Patil mooted global tourism at Ashtamudi Lake President Pratibha Devisingh Patil has called for developing Ashtamudi Lake as an international tourism destination incorporating all principles of sustainable and responsible tourism.A.N. gives the authority sweeping powers to carry out inspection or inquiry as may be necessary. Members of the rebel group will be put in special camps which will be called “nabanirman kendras. Bengaluru to host World Water Summit in February Leading water innovators. Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board (KUWS&DB) and the Indian Water Works Association (IWWA) from February 1 to 3. The JD(U) plans to enrol 50 lakh new members to plant an equal number of trees across the State.000 colleges in the country had been accredited by the NAAC. the Bill seeks to make it mandatory for every higher educational institution to be accredited by an independent accreditation agency. 60. Prof. H. 59. The President said Ashtamudi Lake was one of the largest wetland ecosystems that had been included on the list of wetlands of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.” 55. catalysts. 56. . with wide-ranging powers to conduct investigations. The ULFA had earlier agreed to abjure violence and find a solution to the problems as perceived by the outfit through peaceful negotiations with the Union government and the Assam government. investors. Total literacy by 2013 The State Government of Andhra Pradesh will formulate an action plan to achieve total literacy by 2013 in addition to the Sakshara Bharathi scheme launched by the Centre to improve the literacy rate in the State. Tripartite agreement signed with ULFA In the first step towards finding ways for ushering in permanent peace in Assam. protection. technocrats and entrepreneurs from across the globe will congregate in Bengaluru for three days in February to discuss the future of innovation in the water sector. inspect. the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB). The NSRA Bill 2011. an autonomous institution of the University Grants Commission. the Assam government and the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA).” 57. Green Bihar campaign Chief Minister Nitish Kumar hands over a cheque. The decision to form a powerful NSRA — with a chairperson. They will participate in the first ‘Bangalore World Water Summit' organised jointly by the Centre for Sustainable Development (CSD). and sustainable utilisation. two fulltime members and four part-timers — was taken by the union cabinet. The authority will replace the existing Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) and is in line with the government’s commitment to create an “independent” regulator in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The Bill is now before Parliament. The meeting deliberated in detail on various aspects of the ground rules of the SoO and how to maintain peace in Assam. a tripartite agreement for Suspension of Operations (SoO) was signed among the Centre. Nuclear regulator will check radiation safety and n-theft The government has decided to empower the Nuclear Safety Regulatory Authority (NSRA). and enter any building or place where the inquiry may lead to. equal to a month's salary. policy makers. To maintain academic quality. Centre has drafted Bill to regulate higher education' Director of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). to JD(U) State president B. Singh for the Green Bihar campaign launched in Patna. Ranganath said that at present. Ranganath said that the Centre has drafted the National Accreditation Regulatory Authority for Higher Educational Institutions Bill. Centre to consider Kakodkar panel suggestions on IITs: PM Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that the government would consider recommendations of the Anil Kakodkar committee on the functioning of IITs after a council of the premier institutes looks into them. 162 universities and 5. “This makes the lake an important global heritage spot and for the people of Kollam it means that they have a responsibility to give full attention to its conservation. search and seize documents and objects from the sources of such radiation. 58. She was launching the maiden President's Trophy Boat Race on Ashtamudi Lake. researchers. thinkers.
constitutional. 64.200-megawatt hydro-power project in the upper reaches of the Teesta river. Making cities. Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling said in Gangtok adding that the State would ask the Centre for a special package once the assessment was finalised. Karnataka will be the second State to implement such an initiative. and even billing. over 60 km from Gangtok near the Sikkim-Nepal border. 63. ban hoardings on pedestrian walkways and cut down the taxes on buses and other public transport vehicles as part of measures to make cities and towns more socially and environmentally sustainable. the Karnataka Government has decided to set up a business process outsourcing centre to handle all applications. set up by the Ministry for Urban development. With his smiling face. has been awarded to CMC Ltd. won the national e-governance award for “outstanding performance in citizen service delivery”. following Bihar which introduced ‘Jankaari' in 2007. He was appointed Supreme Court judge in April 2006 and during his tenure spanning a little over 5 years. The epicentre was at Mangan and Sakyong areas.62. formed to work out the parameters for the urban transport segment under the recently launched National Mission on Sustainable Habitat. The contract for the project. The report said that cardiovascular diseases. Premature deaths by non-communicable disease high in India: WHO India ranks very high among the nations struck by the rising wave of “premature deaths” caused by noncommunicable diseases. which will be executed through a public-private partnership. which also brings in the code of conduct. Green signal for rail coach factory The hurdles to the setting up of a rail coach factory (RCF) announced for Palakkad four years ago in the Union Railway Budget have been cleared. an IT solutions firm. and located about 10 km below the surface. which is a subsidiary of Tata Consultancy Services. and human rights issues. blood pressure and diabetes are an offshoot of growing affluence of the middle classes as well as worsening health conditions among people below poverty line. towns more socially and environmentally sustainable The panel. Streamlining the entire process through a website and a call centre. he has rendered several landmark judgments on various branches of law. he endeared himself to members of the Bar and the Bench. The Sikkim government's preliminary assessment of the loss and damage suffered in the September 18 earthquake near the State's border with Nepal suggested that the figure would not be less than Rs. On the coach and wagon component factory at Cherthala announced in the 2007 Railway Budget. Such a ban currently comes into force with the announcement of elections. mainly heart and blood ailments. this project. EC wanted to ban govt ads 6 months prior to polls In its continuing efforts to ensure a level playing field for political parties. in particular criminal jurisprudence.. the Chief Justice of the Madras and Delhi High Courts. 67. has been moderately successful and has managed to simplify the process of applying. Adding a “smart” layer to the process of applying for information. 65. before being elevated to the Supreme Court. The project. the WHO said in its latest report. the Election Commission intended to ban publication or broadcast of government advertisements from six months prior to the expiry of Parliament or legislative assemblies. . cancer.8 on the Richter Scale rocked Sikkim and other parts of north and east India. which is pending Cabinet approval. Justice Katju was a judge of the Allahabad High Court. has come out with a strong call to increase the excise duty and registration costs on diesel-powered private vehicles. will simplify the current application process where people are required to visit individual departments to procure information. enquiries. Justice Katju retired after an eventful innings Justice Markandey Katju retired as Judge of the Supreme Court on his attaining the age of superannuation. The State of Tamilnadu wanted the proposed RCF to remain as a PSU and agreed to the salient features of the project subject to the condition that land value would be treated as equity of the State government if the unit was converted into a joint venture in future. in 2008-09. the Railway Minister said RITES that had been asked to look into the product-mix and suggest an alternative business plan for manufacturing components for LHB coaches and other new generation rolling stock was expected to submit its report by October 15. 1 lakh crore. Quake rocked northeast A powerful earthquake measuring 6. Information under RTI on phone Seeking information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act is all set to get easier. 66. The earthquake has caused massive damage to some structures at two of the five project sites of the 1. 68. which. chronic respiratory problems.
the Institute for Science and International Security said an image that it noticed from February 28. as the customer's picture will appear on the stamp he chooses to buy. Tata. dubbed as “Metal Head”. India uranium enrichment activity revealed by Google Earth A DC-based think tank has used evidence of construction activity visible on freely available Google Earth satellite images to argue that India's uranium enrichment programme is being expanding. CIC shield to protect RTI crusaders Central Information Commission (CIC) came out with a landmark resolution to combat unending assaults on right to information (RTI) activists. according to a survey by UKbased New Statesman. Ratan Tata. 76. This scheme is a novel method to emotionally connect with people. Sinha had admitted that India was “building a new uranium enrichment facility” but it was unclear whether Mr. it will examine pending RTI applications of the victim and order the departments to publish the requested information suo motu on their websites.02 lakh households benefited from the scheme in Tamil Nadu. The resolution was mooted by information commissioner Shailesh Gandhi at a meeting of the CIC in midSeptember and its minutes were made public. 74. 2011 that provides for mining companies to keep aside 26 per cent of their net profits for a Mineral Development Fund to be used for development and rehabilitation of project-affected people in the tribal areas of the country. under the leadership of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. 70. if the commission receives a complaint regarding an assault on or murder of an information-seeker. The Department of Posts is coming up with some novel ideas to reestablish connection with the people. The Bill is likely to be introduced in the winter session of Parliament. was hailed as a symbol of “India’s emergence as an international powerhouse”. along with German chancellor Angela Merkel. Lagaan on all-time best sports films' list Lagaan. The Cabinet. For the non-coal companies. Sinha was referencing the RMP site or a planned new enrichment facility near the town of Chitradurga. Bhubaneswar in the Indian Science Congress from January 3 to 7.69. Sonia among 50 ‘most influential’ UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and industrialist Ratan Tata were among the world’s “50 most influential people”. 75.K. . More than 11. 2011 suggests the new facility under construction is roughly 210 meters by 150 meters. 72. also approved measures to tackle illegal mining and appointed a regulatory body for overseeing the functioning of the mining sector. which has suffered during the 21 years of turmoil. J&K became first State to launch “my stamp” Jammu and Kashmir became the first State to formally launch the “My Stamp” concept on September 26 at a four-day-long Philatelic Exhibition. conducted the first Rastriya Vigyan Chalachitra Mela and Competition during 98th session of Indian Science Congress held at SRM University Chennai in January 2011. according to ISIS. Releasing satellite imagery of the Rare Materials Plant (RMP) near Mysore. finds a place in the all-time 25 best sports movies list of Time. The MMDR Bill will replace a 54-year-old legislation governing the sector. A report in Nuclear Intelligence Weekly earlier this month additionally noted that Bhabha Atomic Research Centre Director R. who was ranked No 1. 71. Vigyan Prasar. According to the resolution. It is in the 14th spot. the amount will be equivalent to the royalty they pay. National science film fete in January The second Rastriya Vigyan Chalachitra Mela and competition will be held at KIIT. It will coincide with organization of the 99th session of Indian Science Congress in the capital city. a national institute under the Department of Science and Technology. Cabinet approved Bill to share mining profits The Union Cabinet has approved the landmark the Mines and Mineral Development and Regulation (MMDR) Bill. which won an Oscar nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category. 73. Job scheme: Tamil Nadu topped the list Tamil Nadu topped the list of States that provided jobs to rural households for 100 days as per the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) at the end of the second quarter of the financial year 2011-12.
where the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiment was conducted recently. Walia who directed all government-run hospitals to take effective measures to contain the spread of the virus and rationalize use of antibiotics. India is thus becoming part of a global transition towards digitalization. Ms. with the government deciding to promulgate an ordinance to make the digitalization of cable services mandatory by 2014. commonly known as CERN. Ms. An inquisitive Ms. Patil took a round of the centre and went 70 metres underground to get a first-hand look at the 27-km-long tunnel. a high-level meeting was called by Delhi Health Minister A . NDM1 virus develops immunity in a patient to use of antibiotics. the Delhi Government has admitted to the presence of deadly superbug NDM1 in several leading local hospitals but downplayed concerns over the infection. The ordinance aims at complete digitalization of cable television in the four metros by March 31.77. left CERN's Director General Rolf-Dieter Heuer pondering for answers on many occasions. Patil. 78. . Amid rising concerns over prevalence of the virus.S. Patil. 2012. China has given itself a deadline of 2015 to phase out analogue transmission. The next target will be cities with over 10 lakh population. the entire country is expected to have phased out analogue cable TV. where she patted Indian scientists for their contributions to cutting edge-research work. Lab of the Big Bang experiment left Pratibha Patil mesmerised President Pratibha Patil visited the lab of the prestigious France-based European Organisation for Nuclear Research. completed its shift in 2009. who was mesmerised by the lab known for its cutting-edge research work in physics. The Union Cabinet approved the Information and Broadcasting Ministry's proposal to promulgate the Digitalization of Analogue Cable Systems Ordinance. By the end of 2014.K. who was on a State visit to Switzerland. 79. While the U. Cabinet approved ordinance to phase out analogue cable TV by 2014 Analogue cable television would become obsolete in India in three years time. drove to the CERN lab that is situated just minutes away from the Swiss border. Delhi Government finally admitted to Superbug For the first time. saying the situation was “not alarming”.
China Sri Lanka invited Russia and China to partner in a slew of new development projects. The expression of interest (EOI) will be an online process for skilled migration to Australia. it will also reduce processing time and facilitate fast movement of skilled workers down south. “Scotia Princeâ” a 1. which was disrupted by insurgency.5 billion in 2010 and is projected to grow to $20 billion by 2015. Sri Lanka wants Gazprom to prospect in the Gulf of Mannar. By comparison. Soviet era losses. India will be treated by Germany just like any other EU country. Lithuania compensated Jews for Nazi. China is already Russia's biggest trading partner. with bilateral trade soaring 50 per cent last year. the ferry would initially operate twice a week with the journey taking about 10 hours each way. which still has to be signed into the law by the president. India's trade with Russia stood at $8. snapped due to ethnic conflict on the island. 3. While the new model will filter applicants fulfilling the country's requirement. kicking off on July 1. Now. the Russia-based Gazprom. as it seeks to transform itself into an economic powerhouse over the next decade. details of work experience and level of English language ability on the online form. The Chinese leader is paying a two-day visit to Russia after attending a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Kazakhstan. India has been removed from the list of countries subject to national export control restrictions. 7. The two countries will strive to boost two-way trade to $100 billion by 2015 and to $200 billion by 2020. China-Russia energy tied sans gas deal Russia and China have agreed to increase bilateral trade to $200 billion by 2020 and vowed to build “strategic” ties in energy even as they continue to wrangle over the price of Russian gas. Gazprom was very positive. The United States and world Jewish organizations have long called on the Lithuanian government to reach a settlement. 2012. though some property has already been returned. They will be here soon for discussions. China will begin work on the second phase of the Hambantota Port soon. Sri Lanka partnered with Russia. 2. Lithuania's parliament passed a long-awaited bill to compensate the Jewish community for communal property taken during the Nazi and Soviet occupations of the country. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has invited one of the largest energy companies in the world. sell LNG to Sri Lanka and set up a refinery so that Sri Lanka can conserve precious foreign exchange. China . Australia unveiled new migration model Looking to tap the best of minds and skilled workforce from India and other countries. 5. Nepal hosted Asia’s first public lesbian wedding A lawyer and a college professor from the United States celebrated Nepal’s first public lesbian wedding ceremony in the Himalayan nation that recently began recognising gay rights and drafting laws to end sexual discrimination.93 million) between 2013 and 2023 to a special fund. Germany eased norms to aid India's N-plants Germany announced easing of export control laws to allow India access to dual use items. Under the bill. said Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga. to $59 billion. 6.044 capacity ferry with nine decks docked into Colombo harbour signalling the resumption of sea travel between the two nations. the northeastern town until 1983 when they came to an abrupt halt due to threats from the LTTE. A cap on the number of migrants will be put in each occupation under the programme. marking a major development that will benefit the expanding nuclear energy sector. Australia announced a new migration programme based on 'expression of interest' model and revisions in skilled migration point system.International issues 1. 4. Lanka-India ferry services restarted Passenger ferry services restarted between Sri Lanka and India after a gap of 28 years. Prospective applicants will provide basic biographical and other information such as occupation. to partner in achieving self-sufficiency in petroleum products. said a joint statement signed by Presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Hu Jintao to commemorate the 10th anniversary of a friendship treaty. Ferry services operated between Rameswaram in India to Mannar. the government would pay 125 million litas ($51. The first ferry carrying some 200 passengers steamed into the port to mark an official ceremony on the occasion.
the vast Y-shaped bridge connects the booming Northern port city of Qingdao with an airport built on a nearby island and the industrial suburb of Huangdao. Obama announced Afghan troop withdrawal U. Nathan. 2001 attacks no longer represented a terrorist threat to the United States. Singapore to host South Asian Diaspora Convention The South Asian Diaspora Convention. Russia and France.S. China would also take up work on the nearly 130-km southern railway track from Matara to the pilgrimage town of Katargama. 15. He said the drawdown would continue “at a steady pace”. troops in an acknowledgment of the shifting threat in the region and the fast-changing political and economic landscape in a war-weary America. the project was an exercise in translating into reality a proposal by the City-State's President. China opened world's longest sea bridge China has opened the world’s longest sea bridge. programmed from July 21 to 23. until the United States handed over security to the Afghan authorities in 2014. . besides narrowing divergences and building convergences on Jammu and Kashmir. 9. the Missile Technology Control Regime. 13. the Australia Group and the Wassenaar Group and had received public backing from several countries.R. for a month the drive will be free. will be “the first of its kind anywhere in the world. The Indian Embassy in Moscow. have started issuing one-year instead of six-month business visas and sixmonth instead of three-month tourist visas. The first motorists to roll onto the bridge’s six-lane.S.80) for the crossing.K. highway halved their journey time to the other side of the bay to just 30 minutes. railways and ports.000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year. tourists India has unilaterally eased the visa regime for Russian businessmen and tourists in an effort to promote exchanges between the two countries. Stretching across the wide blue waters of Jiaozhou bay. US cleared sale of anti-submarine torpedoes to Indian Navy The United States has cleared the potential sale of anti-submarine torpedoes Mk-54 for the eight P-8I maritime surveillance aircraft of the Indian Navy. setting in motion a substantial withdrawal of U.000 troops from the 2009 “surge” of forces would leave by next summer. S.000 troops now in the country. including America.” According to Gopinath Pillai. or half the time of conventional rail. 110ft-wide. President Barack Obama declared that the United States had largely achieved its goals in Afghanistan. Petersburg and Vladivostok. as well as Indian Consulates in St. 14. amid controversies over its high speed and high cost. India. India and Pakistan agreed to build a constituency for peace at home through cessation of hostile propaganda and strengthening cooperation on counter-terrorism. Obama declared the “tide of war is receding”. Asserting that the country that served as a base for the September 11. India wants to join the Nuclear Suppliers' Group. 10.318-kilometer long rail and would take about five hours. 11. Business visas now allow for triple or multiple entries instead of single or double entry earlier and tourist visas provide for triple or multiple entries instead of single or double entry. The remaining 20. India eased visa norms for Russian businessmen. Mr. amounting to about a third of the 100. While the bridge will eventually charge cars 50 yuan (£4. Mindful of the historical baggage and the internal political dynamics of both countries. China conducted test-run of bullet train China conducted a test-run of its ambitious bullet train between Beijing and Shanghai. including roads. Mr. Pakistan to take steps to reduce trust deficit Incrementally inching towards dismantling six decades of trust deficit. a 26. to back India's membership of export control regimes Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao was assured British support for India's bid for full membership of the four multilateral export control regimes. 12. all aspects of mutual concern — from Jammu and Kashmir to the Mumbai terror attack and the Samjhauta Express blasts — were discussed at the two-day engagement between the Foreign Secretaries. Obama announced plans to withdraw 10.is working on many infrastructure projects. the embassy said in its press release. for “linking the Diaspora” of the sub-continent for meaningful interactions. U. Chairman of the Singapore-based Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS).4 mile-long structure that could easily span the English Channel. It is a 1. 8.
The new rules. recently decided to appoint an inter-ministerial team of director-generals to prepare an operative plan of action to bring all Bnei Menashe members. Israel got ready for immigration of Jews from north-east India Israel is again ready to welcome Jews from north-eastern India. Calling it Merkel's Waterloo. the Predator and the Global Hawk. to Israel. a U-turn by Chancellor Angela Merkel driven by Japan's Fukushima crisis and described by anti-nuclear opponents as a victory. Israel’s Ministerial Committee on Immigrant Absorption. following hiring conditions imposed by the Asian countries.16. led by foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. aim to pick up the “best and the brightest” from the pool of applicants. It has reached an “in principle” decision to resume the process and the plan is likely to be brought to the government’s approval this month. Some 1. which it plans to sell to countries like Pakistan. Philippines Saudi Arabia announced that it would stop granting work permits to domestic workers from Indonesia and the Philippines. eyes Pak. India. to become this Southeast Asian kingdom’s first female prime minister. commonly referred to as Bnei Menashe. but the process was halted in 2007 after questions were raised on their “Jewishness”. which has spearheaded the independence movement since 1983. according to Australian officials. The vote paves the way for 44-year-old Yingluck Shinawatra. has recognised the world’s 196th and Africa’s 54th country. . Australia enforced new.” according to a statement carried by state news agency SPA. 20. by building equivalents to the leading US combat and surveillance models. took oath as the first president in capital Juba in a ceremony attended by tens of thousands of citizens and scores of dignitaries from across the world. jet-propelled unmanned planes. 19. due to the terms of recruitment announced by the two countries. General Salva Kiir Mayardit. and have been criticised by Indian groups. who has never held office. tighter immigration rules Australia's new immigration rules that focus on higher qualification and advance English language skills as requirements for those wanting to migrate to this country. Merkel mocked for Waterloo Germany's parliament looked set to approve an exit from nuclear energy by 2022. China making armed drones. hope. Landslide victory for Thaksin’s sister The sister of exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra swept to victory in fractious Thailand’s elections. 21. The ministry of labour said it would “stop issuing work visas to bring domestic workers from Indonesia and the Philippines. a top leader of Sudan Peoples Liberation Army. including the monarchy and the army.700 Bnei Menashe have already immigrated to Israel. heralding an extraordinary political turnaround five tumultuous years after her fugitive billionaire brother was toppled in an army coup. the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) and Greens said the nuclear phase-out vindicated three decades of bitter opposition to nuclear power in Germany 18. The recognition was accorded through a letter by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to South Sudan’s new President General Salva Kiir Mayardit. living in parts of Manipur and Mizoram. A large mandate to govern could help the new government navigate a way out of out of the crisis that has plagued Thailand since Thaksin’s 2006 overthrow. 22. the world’s youngest country which split away from Khartoum-ruled north after decades of brutal war that claimed nearly two million lives. came into effect. a new nation is born President Omar al-Bashir gracefully ceded control over Sudan’s southern part. Saudi banned domestic workers from Indonesia. after a ministerial committee on immigrant absorption decided “in principle” to let them in to undo the “historical injustice” suffered by them. 17. like several other nations including the US. heralding the birth of a new country. would accept the result. Arab states for sales China has ramped up its research in drone technology and is in the process of building armed. Amid joy. Germany voted on nuclear exit. shortly after he assumed power at the Independence Day function. However. The Australian government announced changes to its independent skilled migration points test. introducing the new immigration point system to put more emphasis on work experience and high-level educational qualification with higher English language proficiency. Ynetnews reported. the Republic of South Sudan. But the question remains whether the nation’s elite power brokers. but also that its desire to sell this technology abroad. Though much of this work remains secret. India became one of the first nations to accord diplomatic recognition to South Sudan. the large number of drones at recent exhibitions underlines not only China's determination to catch up in that sector.
The Navy has deployed women on surface ships for over 20 years. however. A leaked memo. Luanda world's most expensive city: Study Angola's capital Luanda retained the unenviable title of the world's most expensive city for expatriates. British Navy to let women serve on submarines for first time It has emerged that British women will soon be allowed to serve on the country’s Royal Navy submarines for the first time. Recent peace talks with the Palestinians were derailed over the issue of continued building in settlements. The southern African nation's domestic production lags behind its neighbours due to the effects of a 27-year-long civil war on its infrastructure. After failed attempts to delay debate. Paris dropped 10 places to 27th while London dropped one place to 18th. At the other end of the scale. was placed third with Moscow fourth and Geneva fifth. It follows several Israeli calls to boycott institutions or individuals linked to Jewish settlements on occupied Palestinian land. the Mercer group's study named the Pakistani port Karachi as the least expensive city.23. Israeli lawmakers passed West Bank settlement boycott law The Israeli parliament passed a controversial law that will punish any Israeli individual or organisation boycotting West Bank settlements. Oil-rich Angola is a magnet for foreign workers who push up already high prices inflated by a reliance on imports. although Israel disputes this. The settlements are deemed illegal under international law. Another African city. the Chadian capital N'Djamena. narrowly edging out Tokyo. New York at 32nd was named as the most expensive metropolis in the United States. The Palestinians want the West Bank as part of a future state. . revealed that military bosses have dismissed these concerns and are planning to lift the ban. it was voted through 47-36. Rights groups say the legislation stifles freedom of speech and compromises Israeli democracy. according to a survey published. with living around three times cheaper than in Luanda. but they remain banned from submarines for health reasons. 24. 25.
British police chief quit amid phone-hacking scandal Britain’s senior-most police officer. Earlier Rebekah Brooks. India. court for Rwanda sentenced Pauline Nyiramasuhuko to life in prison for genocide. resigned as a result of allegations over Scotland Yard’s links to the Rupert Murdoch newspaper at the centre of the phone-hacking scandal.and anti-whaling members. the organiser of the India festival. India amended tax treaty with Singapore India and Singapore amended their Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) to enable more effective mutual exchange of banking and tax related information. made by a tailor from Porbandar. blocking a proposal to vote on a whaling sanctuary in the southern Atlantic and forcing the issue to be put off until next year. 31. defence exchanges between the two sides were suspended but they resumed recently when an Army delegation under a Kashmir-based Major General went to China. 30. who was Northern Army commander. Under the DTAA amendment protocol.” Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar said. on the ground that he came from the “sensitive” Jammu and Kashmir. conspiracy to commit genocide and rape. unfurled the flag in the festival at majestic Sears Center Arena to showcase the cultural richness of India and as a symbol of peace and harmony. Nevertheless. After a ninehour adjournment.26. saying the move hurts the momentum of dialogue between pro. Japan walked out at IWC stalls whaling sanctuary Japan and 20 other pro-whaling nations staged a walk-out at the International Whaling Commission. The 153-feet long tricolour. Gujarat garba. Former Rwandan Minister is first woman guilty of genocide A former Rwandan Minister for women's empowerment became the first woman to be found guilty of genocide and incitement to rape by an international tribunal. Chhotalal S Shingdia. showcasing the rich heritage and history of Gujarat and Rajasthan. a Japanese Fisheries Agency official said. World's largest tricolour unfurled in US The world’s largest Indian flag weighing 250 kg was unfurled at the ‘Vibrant India Festival’. the IWC decided to put off the issue for discussion at the start of next year’s meeting to be held in Panama.N. which had suffered a setback a year ago after Beijing denied visa to a Jammu and Kashmir-based Army commander. . two days after she resigned as chief executive of the British arm of Murdoch’s News International. China to hold defence dialogue soon India and China are all set to resume their defence secretary-level dialogue. which will be held this year. the flag will be flown back to Navsari in Gujarat and would be used in other events in different States. 28. which began recently in USA. Sir Paul Stephenson. 29. After the visa row erupted. which was signed by Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) Chairman Prakash Chandra and Singapore's High Commissioner to India Karen Anne Tan Ping Ming on behalf of the two countries. found place in Limca Book of Records this year. With less than the required majority of member nations present. After the event. Judges at the U. raas and performances by Bollywood actors and singers. Indian-American Monty Saiyed. there would be Rajasthani folk dance. 27. The proposal would likely have been rejected even if the vote had been held. was arrested by police investigating allegations of phone hacking at the now-defunct News of the World. Nyiramasuhuko was found guilty on seven of the 11 genocide charges she faced for atrocities committed in Rwanda's southern Butare region in 1994. “We are in the process of finalising dates for the Annual Defence Dialogue. the former chief executive of News International. India had called off defence exchanges in July 2010 after China refused visa to Lt Gen BS Jaswal. Japan voiced its intention to walk out of the talks before the meeting gave the green light for the voting. The walkout en masse on the final day of this year’s IWC annual meeting was likely the first of its kind. the two nations have adopted the internationally agreed standard for exchange of information in tax matters. the vote was not held. During the two-day festival.
IAF to match top guns in Nevada IAF may have ejected US fighters from its $10. 34.S. The U. held at Nellis US Air Force base in Nevada.4-billion project to acquire 126 jets. Mongolia. The agreement. The other countries are the US. according to specialists. the Red Flag. Hina Rabbani Khar sworn in as first Pak woman foreign minister Pakistan appointed its first woman and youngest foreign minister within weeks of important talks with India. 37. is undergoing tests and will become operational by December 1. The S-400 system boasts more advanced jamming resistance features. The only time IAF had participated in Red Flag was in 2008. She will then travel to India to meet Indian counterpart S M Krishna for talks under a formal peace dialogue. more target engagement channels and enhanced capabilities to hit high-speed targets than its predecessor. Solar-powered boat visited Philippines. the ministry said. South Korea has now become the ninth country. which features S-300 and S-400 long-range antimissiles. paving the way for the possibility of Seoul exporting its atomic power plants. The diplomatic recognition of the council means that the US will be able to fund the opposition with some of the more than $30 billion in Gaddafi-regime assets that are frozen in American banks. By 2015 the air-and-space command will begin inducting a new missile system. where most of the industry is located. India. 35. Hina Rabbani Khar. US recognised Libyan rebels as legitimate Govt The Obama Administration formally recognised Libya’s Transitional National Council (TNC) as the country’s legitimate Government. provides legal ground for South Korea’s participation in atomic power plant construction projects in India. which had signed nuclear agreement with India after it got the waiver from the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG) in 2008. Hurricane Dora reached Category 4 off Mexico Hurricane Dora rapidly grew into a Category 4 storm off Mexico’s Pacific coast while keeping out to sea and threatening coastal areas only with rain and tropical storm-strength winds. The missile defence system. 36. with eight . S-300. National Hurricane Center in Miami said that the storm’s top sustained winds had reached 135 mph (215 kph). Kazakhstan. It said Dora’s center was about 220 miles (355 kilometers) south-southwest of Lazaro Cardenas and moving west-northwest at 15 mph (24 kph). It is a fifth-generation surface-to-air missile capable of intercepting hypersonic ballistic targets flying in near space at a speed of 5 km per second. giving foes of Muammar Gaddafi a major financial and credibility boost. The new system will provide protection against missile attacks on Moscow and central Russia. 33. 34. signed after summit talks between President Pratibha Devisingh Patil and her South Korean counterpart Lee Myungbak. Argentina and Namibia. France. The German-built MS Turanor PlanetSolar was welcomed in Manila by Vice President Jejomar Binay. promotes renewable energy The world’s largest solar-powered boat visited the Philippines.32. South Korea inked civil nuclear deal India signed a “historic” civil nuclear cooperation agreement with South Korea. who hailed the voyage for raising awareness about the benefits of renewable energy and the need for more investment and research into the sector. 38. but is eager for its fighter pilots to match their combat skills with American top guns. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that Washington accepts the Transitional National Council as the legitimate governing authority of the Libyan people. the first stop in Asia in its 50. is expected to meet US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on the sidelines of an ASEAN meeting in Indonesia in her new role. The air force took the initiative to take part in the "mother" of all air combat exercises. Canada. Russia. Russia built missile shield Russia built a missile defence shield covering two-thirds of the country.000kilometre expedition around the world to promote the use of renewable energy resources. S500.
India inked border deal Bangladesh and India signed an important border management agreement to reduce incidents of killings and crime along the common frontier. Maritime Week to be celebrated India will organise ‘Maritime Week' in January next year that will bring together national and international business leaders. The deal was signed by Maj. The China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association announced the country has obtained approval to explore a 10. Krishna and Hina Rabbani Khar met at the Hyderabad House. Mohandas unveiling the logo of the event. Italian MPs’ panel approved burqa ban An Italian parliamentary commission approved a draft law banning women from wearing veils that cover their faces in public. Director General of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Raman Srivastava. But the move is bound to draw close scrutiny from India. with the hope that this would further enhance the quality of border management. Gen. 39. said Union Shipping Secretary K. something it has been unsuccessfully seeking through alliances with Myanmar and Sri Lanka. Ex-Tunisian president Ben Ali given 16 years for corruption A court sentenced Tunisia's exiled former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to 16 years in prison for corruption and property fraud. They agreed to hold separate expertlevel meetings in Islamabad after a few months to finalise conventional and nuclear CBMs. policymakers. Director General of the Border Security Force (BSF). Anwar Hussain. who fled to Saudi Arabia last January after a popular revolt against his 23-year regime. Kashmir-centric CBMs highlight of ministerial talks India and Pakistan eschewed rhetoric while opting for a gradual approach to take forward the broad-based dialogue process aimed at improving ties. naqib or any other garb that covers the face in such . in the latest sentence handed to the ex-President. While finalising the CBMs for cross-Line of Control (LoC) travel and trade. China got first-ever chance to enter Indian Ocean for exploration China is stepping into the Indian Ocean for the first time. 44.M. Foreign Secretaries Nirupama Rao and Salman Bashir said the intention behind this interaction was to demonstrate the political will to craft a new relationship that became unhinged after the 2008 Mumbai attacks.000-square-km polymetallic sulphide ore deposit in an international seabed region of the southwest Indian Ocean.frontline Sukhoi-30MKI fighters. 91 officers and 156 other ranks. KPMG and Krishnapatnam Port. has already been sentenced in his absence to a total of more than 50 years in two separate trials. 42. The Coordinated Border Management Plan (CBMP) was signed in the presence of Home Minister P. 43. Maritime Gateway. Speaking to journalists after Foreign Ministers S. which is worried about China's military goals in the area. Chidambaram and his Bangladesh counterpart Shahara Khatoon. entrepreneurs. the agreement said. Bangladesh. strategists. The draft passed by the constitutional affairs commission would prohibit women from wearing a burqa. The Ministers announced the enhancement of confidence-building measures (CBMs) to improve trade and movement of people across the two Kashmirs. the association said. Ben Ali. adding. advisors and users to one platform to discuss the current market scenario and find solutions. 41. Its application for prospecting the region was recently approved by the International Seabed Authority. two IL-78 mid-air refuellers. The border guards of the two countries would exchange information on vulnerable areas to ensure joint patrolling in a coordinated manner. none of the troops would cross the border during patrol. It is doing it for mineral exploration. they decided to adopt the IT mode for considering application forms and put a processing time limit of 45 days. an IL-76 heavy-lift aircraft. The Ministers plan to meet in Islamabad in the first half of next year to review the progress of the dialogue process after the second round of post-Mumbai line Ministry talks. The event is being jointly organised by the Shipping Ministry. 40. investors.
the Japanese government requested the Diet to approve civil nuclear accords with Jordan. Nepal banned smoking in public places Nepal. except those studying at religious schools. dry bulk and container ports in the area.00. 50. .000 residents as it braced itself for a powerful typhoon that could be the worst in the area in years. however. are banned from worshipping in the Central Asian nation's mosques. New Zealand banned synthetic cannabis products A 12-month ban of synthetic cannabis products came into effect in New Zealand. in power since 1992. India's quest for a nuclear pact with Japan found no mention in a detailed Japanese government response to a question by the Opposition Liberal Democratic Party. and a mostly male crew of 185. Typhoon Muifa is expected to land in Zhejiang late evening. But consumers of the products say the ban will force them to buy recreational drugs on the black market. Rakhmon. New Delhi and Tokyo chalked up a series of high-level engagements to firm up their strategic ties. which has been a legal alternative to marijuana for several years. News of the typhoon prompted the suspension of operations at several oil. question effective implementation of the law in absence of necessary mechanism. China's Zhejiang province evacuated 200. After this Act coming into effect. according to diplomatic sources.000 as a fine. In a statement. the provincial government said. including causing heart problems. The introduction of the Act is a huge stride towards curbing smoking in public places and controlling unscrupulous sales of tobacco products.000 for Typhoon Muifa China's eastern Zhejiang province evacuated more than 200. hotels. Italy is the latest European country to act against the burqa. He said tough measures are needed to stop the spread of religious fundamentalism in his country of 7. signed the bill on parental responsibility. 45. corporations. In what could be a disappointment for South Block. libraries. India. 46. restaurants and eateries. banned smoking in public places in an attempt to reduce its harmful effects on health of public. sell and distribute tobacco-related products at public places may have to pay Rs100 to Rs 1. said the law which came into force recently. Russia. Tajikistan banned Muslim youths from praying in mosques Tajik President Imomali Rakhmon banned youths from praying in mosques and churches. The public places include the government bodies.circumstances. whose civil nuclear talks with Japan have not resumed since November last year. those people who smoke. South Korea and Vietnam. prompting a local Muslim leader to call the move a gruesome gift for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Among the prohibited substances is a popular brand known as Kronic. 98 per cent of whom are Muslim. one of the countries having high tobacco consumption rate. All people under 18. Japan to firm up strategic ties despite nuclear stalemate Despite stalemated talks on a civil nuclear agreement and political uncertainty surrounding the continuation of Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan. Woman to command warship for first time in UK Naval history A British woman will command a front line warship for the first time in the 500-year history of the country’s Royal Navy. They. especially in the security and economic spheres.5 million people. The Tobacco Control and Regulation Act-2068 came into effect. according to observers. Typhoon Muifa was due to hit China's eastern seaboard with winds up to 45 metres a second (100 mph). Thirty-nine-year-old Lieutenant Commander Sarah West will take control of the Type 23 frigate HMS Portland. Even though its name found no mention. 48. educational institutions. airports. France and Belgium have banned the wearing of burqa in public. India. churches or other religious sites. could find some cheer in Tokyo's affirmation to continue exporting nuclear power plants despite the crisis at the tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant. 49. offices. 47. The government says the 43 artificial cannabis products can harm health.
China Began Sea Trials of Its First Aircraft Carrier China’s first aircraft carrier began sea trials. China poised to launch first satellite for Pakistan For the first time. 56. following her release from prison after almost a decade-long incarceration by the military junta government. its northeast China port. once known as the Varyag. The new satellite was expected to replace PAKSAT-1. the Long March-3B carrier rocket. The Chinese carrier. The move capped two days of whipsaw trading that saw French banks' market value fall and rise by billions of euros. China will be launching a communication satellite for close ally Pakistan.51. 54. The satellite. The emergency laws allow suspects to be detained indefinitely and without any charge. he said. the state-run Xinhua news service reported. Italy. which was acquired by Pakistan in 2002 from the US-based Hughes Space and Communications Company after Indonesia had given it up due to power problems. Both the satellite and rocket are currently in good condition. 55. The satellite named PAKSAT-1R will be launched at an “appropriate time” in the coming days. Prime Minister D M Jayaratne said the proposals would be presented to the parliament shortly. The European Union's markets supervisor. 52. a trader hopes to make a profit by betting on the decline in the price of a share. most of the clauses in the Public Security Ordinance have been abolished. a move that will mark “a new beginning” in bilateral space collaboration. the official said. launched by a Yamunanagar-based documentary maker. Short-selling banned in 4 European countries France. which was made in China. The last phase of emergency laws were reintroduced and remained in force continually since 2005 after the assassination of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels. The satellite would be launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in southwest Sichuan Province by China’s space work horse. would provide a variety of benefits. besides strategic defence applications. pledging to get Americans working again and slamming Barack Obama as a failed President who has heaped “economic disaster” on America. Rick Perry announced his 2012 White House bid Texas Governor Rick Perry plunged headlong into the 2012 White House race. State-run Xinhua news agency quoted an unnamed official as saying. Foreign military analysts say it could be a decade or more before the Chinese can deploy and operate a true fleet of carriers. Sri Lanka to abolish emergency laws Sri Lankan Government said it would soon lift the draconian emergency laws in force in the country for most of the past 30 years. In his announcement — first online and then minutes later in a speech before hundreds of supporters and conservative conference attendees in South Carolina . Myanmarese Nobel laureate supports Haryana's Save Stupa campaign Haryana's "Save Stupa" campaign. In a short sale. including high-power communication and weather monitoring facilities. The Prime Minister said since the end of the war against the LTTE in May 2009. Spain and Belgium banned short-selling on select stocks amid efforts to calm market turmoil that has sent bank shares gyrating wildly and aggravated worries about Europe's huge debts. a highly symbolic step in what is certain to be an effort of many years to create a carrier presence in the Pacific waters off its coast. 53. the most costly and complex weapons systems in any nation’s arsenal. has gone global with Myanmarese Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi agreeing to be a patron of the organization running the campaign. under construction in Dalian. for what analysts said would be a test of its rudder. The Chinese Defense Ministry said that the carrier would be used largely for scientific research and training. The carrier. The practice has been blamed for contributing to market volatility. the ESMA. announced the move after boosting surveillance of stormy markets earlier in the day. Suu Kyi met documentary maker Sidhhartha Gauri when the latter visited her in Yangon in July. propulsion system and other basics. left Dalian. in April.
62. with Phase I to be ready for operation by early 2013. an effort was made in 1986. We can't keep allowing them to take it away. Mahmoud Abbas. Palestinians plan U. political and historical responsibility to recognise Palestine and “to put an end to the Israeli occupation”. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon before the U.N. a joint IndiaPakistan survey was conducted. got 235 votes. Bangladesh sign comprehensive agreement The signing of the agreement was followed by a protocol on land boundary. despite strong U. 60. China to upgrade Colombo terminal Sri Lanka has preferred to sign up with a Chinese company for a $500-million upgrade of its second container terminal in Colombo Port. Mr. Mr. 58. General Assembly opens on September 20. then the Pakistan government initiated the preparation of the map and the effort continued till 1960. Chavez to nationalise Venezuela gold industry Hugo Chavez has announced that he will nationalise Venezuela's gold industry to boost the country's reserves. an alliance of five Madhesi parties.." The biggest gold miner is Rusoro. "We're going to nationalise gold. a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on renewable energy. a MoU on conservation of the Sundarbans and a MoU on conservation of Royal Bengal Tigers". will personally present the application to U. Bhattarai. "The area is run by the mafia. Khanal submitted the resignation to the President. Bangladesh and India signed joint border maps.200 metres and a depot land area of 58 hectares. Baburam Bhattarai. who have "prolonged our national misery. It has entered into a BOT agreement with China Merchants Holdings (International) Company. Abbas is to travel to Lebanon to discuss the plan 59. The Maoists were supported by the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF).N.— Mr. helping him secure a simple majority. opposition amid warnings that such a move would jeopardise peace talks. The project is expected to take two phases. . This also did not work. After Bangladesh's independence from Pakistan in 1971. legal. has the moral. Lumbini project: An initiative of china A Chinese foundation's plans to build a $3-billion “special development zone” to transform the town of Lumbini into a Buddhist “Mecca” have been cast in further doubt after a United Nations agency. said the Sri Lankan government. The NC was supported by the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist). a Canadian-listed company controlled by the Russian Agapov family. Perry said he would issue a “pink slip” to the present occupiers of the White House. In 1952. stressed it had no involvement in the plan. statehood bid Palestinian leaders have said they will formally request recognition of their state and full membership of the U. said Ryad Malki. In 1967. 61. in accordance with the five-point agreement signed among the top political parties in May. Palestinian Foreign Minister. Palestinian President. one of the largest port operators in the region. Nepali Congress Parliamentary Party leader Ram Chandra Poudel.N. The move comes after Rusoro and others complained that Caracas prevents them from selling enough gold abroad. A JNU scholar becomes Nepal's Prime Minister Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal resigned on August 14. not alleviated it.N. The entire facility will be ready in five years.156 km-long frontiers between the neighbours. finalising the 4. 575 members participated in the election and around 340 voted for Dr. thought to be backing the project. a 57-year-old scholar who has done his doctorate in Jawaharlal Nehru University.N. He was in office for a little more than seven months. In the House of 594 MPs.” 57. new Prime Minister." he said. Vice-Chairman of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist). and is expected to explain his position in Parliament. an addendum to facilitate overland transit to Nepal. 2011. but without much progress. India. After this Nepal's legislature-parliament elected. with water depth of 18 metres. The other candidate. The U. The signing was seen as a historic event. for a terminal that comprises a total quay length of 1.S. The final success was seen after two countries undertook a joint move recently.
where wide swaths of agricultural land were flooded and some 8. Tony Tan elected Singapore President Seasoned politician Tony Tan. Gerlinde reached the summit of K2. bases in range Iran unveiled a new cruise missile which it said has the capability to strike at warships at a range of 200 km. The storm skirted Taiwan's southwest. 65. The missile designed for sea targets was put on display at a ‘defence marine show’ inaugurated by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. including U. and find funds to rebuild from the March 11 tsunami at a time when huge public debt has already triggered a credit downgrade. fired from submarine. Its intensity had already diminished after pummeling the Philippines. Noda. or 0.5 meter.S. including exchange of banking information and supplying of information without recourse to domestic interest. a fiscal hawk. the state run TV said. her team announced. there were no immediate reports of casualties.000-metre summits without artificial oxygen today. The final two bills cleared the parliament. a former Soviet Republic located south of Russia. well below the 60 per cent garnered by the ruling People's Action Party (PAP) in general elections in May. claims U. forge a new energy policy while ending the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. It also provides for sharing information with other agencies with the consent of the supplying state. effectively ending his tenure as leader of the country. that Mr. 67. Kaltenbrunner. an outcome likely to please investors worried about a bulging public debt. provides for taxing business profits in the source state if the activities of an enterprise constitute a permanent establishment (PE) there. The decision was widely expected because in June. The 71-year-old banker took just over 35 per cent of the vote. Now. Austrian is first woman to scale 14 peaks without oxygen Austrian climber Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner became the first woman to conquer all 14 8. 64. However. of rain in southern Taiwan. Kan had promised to quit once lawmakers passed three key pieces of legislation. is the third woman only to climb all 14 highest summits but the first to do so without artificial oxygen. It said. Kan said he was stepping down as chief of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan. Iranian TV reported. disruption to everyday life was extensive. Nanmadol hit Taiwan & China Typhoon Nanmadol headed to southeastern China after dumping more than 20 inches. has become Japan's sixth Prime Minister in five years after winning a ruling party vote.63. of the ruling People's Action Party. Both the weapon systems were tested successfully. India inked tax treaty with Georgia India and Georgia signed a double taxation avoidance agreement (DTAA) for exchange of banking information and to prevent tax evasion. when the party had its worst showing of 52 years in power. Mr. Ahmadinejad also made public a new torpedo system called “Valfair”. . "Summit reached!! At 6:18 pm local time. 66.000 people evacuated. The DTAA with Georgia. Mr. 54. Iran unveiled new cruise missiles.” a Finance Ministry statement said. In Taiwan. when she reached the top of the K2. who defeated Trade Minister Banri Kaieda in a run-off vote. bases in the Persian Gulf region. where at least 16 people died and eight were missing.S. Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda. The missile called “Qader” (Able) is built indigenously by Iranian scientists and has a high destructive ability against coastal targets and warships. 40. “The agreement incorporates provisions for effective exchange of information between tax authorities of the two countries in line with best international standards. remaining over the island for only a few hours. Yoshihiko Noda has become Japan's PM Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced that he was resigning after almost 15 months in office amid plunging approval ratings over his government’s handling of the tsunami disaster and nuclear crisis. must cope with a resurgent yen that threatens exports." Kaltenbrunner's husband and frequent climbing partner Ralf Dujmovits said in an update on her website. was elected Singapore's President. 68.
Mandarin to be mandatory in Sindh schools from 2013 Pakistan's Sindh province has decided to make Mandarin (a Chinese language) a compulsory subject from Class VI in all schools from 2013. Typhoon Talas left fatalities and destruction in Japan Typhoon Talas. The decision is part of the various socio-cultural and people-to-people initiatives being undertaken to mark the 60th year of bilateral relations. near St.220-kilometre pipeline built across the Baltic Sea to Germany. Russia pumped “technical” gas into undersea pipeline Russia pumped the first “technical” gas into a new undersea pipeline to Germany that will increase Europe's dependence on Russian natural gas and drastically cut Moscow's reliance on transit countries. on the Volga River about 240 km northeast of Moscow. The plane was carrying the Lokomotiv ice hockey team from Yaroslavl to Minsk. Belarus. lashed coastal areas with destructive winds and rain before moving offshore into the Sea of Japan. Pak-China discuss rail line to connect PoK with Xinjiang Pakistan and China have started discussion on building a cross-border railway linking northern areas of Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (POK) with Kashgar. the starting point of the $12. south-west of Tokyo and hundreds of miles from the north-eastern coast. The Yak-42 plane crashed immediately after taking off from an airport near the city of Yaroslavl.69. in the first such reported encounter between the two navies in the South China Sea. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin pressed the “start” button to launch the filling of the Nord Stream pipeline at a ceremony in Vyborg. which bore the brunt of the effects of the earthquake and tsunami. are calling the “Year of Friendship. but said it had no information about the incident. 76.5 billion 1. Crash wiped out Russia ice hockey team A Russian passenger jet carrying a top ice hockey team crashed during takeoff in western Russia. Pakistan and China. killing 43 people and leaving two critically injured. an amphibious assault vessel. storm Lee lashed US Tropical Storm Lee crawled onto southern Louisiana's coast as New Orleans prepared for one of the biggest tests of its flood defences since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005.” 74. which currently carries 80 per cent of Russian gas to Europe through Soviet-era pipelines. An India-China naval ‘encounter’ on high seas A Chinese warship confronted an Indian navy vessel shortly after it left Vietnamese waters in late July. Nord Stream is the first Russian export pipeline that bypasses transit countries. which both countries. The pipeline will greatly reduce Russia's dependence on Ukraine. Lokomotiv is one of Russia's best hockey team. Vietnam’s foreign ministry acknowledged that the INS Airavat visited the country from July 19-22. After Irene. identify itself and explain its presence in international waters shortly after it completed a scheduled port call in Vietnam. The National Hurricane Center said Lee's center was about 200 km west-southwest of New Orleans. for the opening game of the season. which placed third last year in the championship of the Continental Hockey League (KHL) of former Soviet states. Petersburg. which was later downgraded to a tropical storm. 72. 75. 70. with maximum sustained winds of 72 kph. 71. . 73. The typhoon was believed to be the worst to hit Japan since 2004. The unidentified Chinese warship demanded that the INS Airavat. Turkey to approach The Hague Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan vowed to carry his country's spat with Israel over last year's killing of Turkish nationals aboard Gaza flotilla ship the Mavi Marmara to the International Court of Justice in The Hague. an old Chinese Silk road town in the restive northwestern Xinjiang province. This is the fifth air crash in Russia this year. It caused most damage on the Kii peninsula in central Japan.
atomic agency's 35-nation board adopted an action plan to strengthen global nuclear safety in the wake of Japan's Fukushima accident. 81. It asks countries to improve nuclear safety by conducting stress tests. 83. The riots. Bradford-born Mr. 80. Sikh social worker to head inquiry into London riots A well-known Sikh social worker Darra Singh is to head a four-member panel appointed to inquire into the riots that shook London and other British cities causing several deaths and damage to property worth millions of pounds. who will sit as Independent. Singh. which killed one person and injured four. China secured projects in Libya. which was not prepared for the massive tsunami and earthquake that hit in March. made it clear that he did not intend to be a “token Sikh. quickly spread to other areas London and then to several cities. which were sparked by the death of an Afro-Caribbean youth in a police shoot-out in the north London suburb of Tottenham. France faced a blast in nuclear plant France went into damage-limitation mode following a blast at a nuclear re-processing plant. He was given the UK Templeton Award for promoting religious understanding in 1989. despite criticism from several states that the proposals had been watered down. recognising rebels China became the last of the United Nations Security Council’s five permanent members to officially recognise the Libyan National Transitional Council as the country’s ruling authority. Iran to give $100 mn aid to Pakistan Iran will donate USD 100 million to Pakistan to help rehabilitate its flood affected people in the country's Sindh province. 79.77. Darra Singh. Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najar made the announcement during a meeting with visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. signed with the ousted Qadhafi regime. The 35 countries represented on the IAEA board governors unanimously adopted the document after what one diplomat called a tough debate. Lords to have first turbaned Sikh peer A leader of Britain's Sikh community is to become the first turbaned member of the House of Lords. director of the Network of Sikh Organisations. 79. who is also vice-chairman of the Inter Faith Network UK that promotes inter-faith understanding. The plan was based on a first analysis of the nuclear accident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi power station. Indarjit Singh. and by updating international safety benchmarks. India decided to extend support to the Libyan rebels' Transitional National Council (TNC) led by Mustafa Abdel Jalil. Pak sought Indian assistance in procuring dengue medicines Pakistan formally sought India’s assistance in procuring dengue medicines from across the border at the earliest to help deal with the growing incidence of the fever across the country particularly in Punjab. 84. became the first Sikh to address a major conference at the Vatican in 2008. IAEA members approved controversial nuclear safety plan An action plan to increase nuclear safety in the wake of the Fukushima disaster was adopted at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna. France is one of the world's leading exporters of nuclear technology and authorities were quick to minimise the seriousness of the explosion. 78. IAEA states adopted nuclear safety action plan The U. taking into account massive natural disasters like those in Japan. Chinese officials said that the rebel-led transitional authority had assured Beijing that its $18 billion worth of contracts in the country. 82. With Russia and China deserting the BRICS grouping in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).N. would be honoured. The governing board approved by consensus the document put forward by Director General Yukiya Amano of the International Atomic Energy Agency ( IAEA). It also .” Dr. amid criticism from several countries that the actions are only voluntary. currently chief executive of the government employment agency JobCentre Plus. setting out a series of measures aimed at enhancing standards worldwide.
The Harmony Centre. which wrongly showed Pakistan-occupied Kashmir shaded in the same colour as that of Pakistan. the second typhoon to hit Japan this month. will be expanded in a major way with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. received 28. Russia upgraded ties with N. a party committed to upholding the rights of the discriminated Russian minority in Latvia.5 per cent of the vote in the snap parliamentary poll about eight per cent more than the next best contestant. which has reached out to about 23. rather than "M" or "F". made landfall in Hamamatsu. India joined hands to teach English in schools Sri Lanka and India came together in a major initiative to expand teaching English in schools in this country. announcing plans to revive defence ties between the two countries and to write off Pyongyang’s multibillion-dollar debt.” which was aimed at enhancing interoperability. 91. Though launched in 2009 after President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared ‘English as a Life Skill. 93.000 teachers. 92. Permanent works on Kishenganga dam stayed In a setback to India in its dispute with Pakistan over the Kishenganga project in Jammu and Kashmir. 88. 86. India. those of indeterminate sex may be able to use an "X" to denote their gender on passports. technology collaborations and marketing tieups. Deadly Typhoon Roke moved across Japan The storm. Publisher Random House recalled all advance copies of the book in India and delayed its release due to errors in a map of the two countries at the time of the Partition. which had taken . Sri Lanka conducted naval exercises The Indian Navy gained from the Sri Lankan experience with low intensity conflict. The Russia and North Korean military will hold their first joint drill next year. 87. which caused winds of 162km/h (100mph). 85. passed near the capital Tokyo and the damaged nuclear power plant at Fukushima. Pakistan. Under the proposals. Roke. while the Sri Lankan Navy learnt to operate more effectively in a multi-force environment on the conclusion of the biggest-ever exercise between the two Navies.aims to increase the number of IAEA inspections and to improve transparency about accidents and safety problems. Imran Khan's book recalled in India for “errors” in map Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan's new book became the latest publication to trip over the cartographic tangle of the India-Pakistan border. the Court of Arbitration restrained New Delhi from undertaking any permanent dam works on or above the river bed that might inhibit the flow of the river. Britain mulled making its passports gender-free Britain could introduce a third gender category to British passports allowing citizens of indeterminate sex to opt out of standard male and female identification. Pro-Russian party won in Latvia An ethnic Russian party won parliamentary elections in Latvia for the first time in the post-Soviet history of the Baltic state dominated by anti-Russian politicians. small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector through joint ventures.6 billion in 2010-11. Korea Russia moved to upgrade its relations with North Korea. An Identity and Passport Service (IPS) is considering the gender options available to customers in the British passport.' the joint initiative. Sri Lanka. S Africa to strengthen ties in MSME sector India and South Africa agreed to strengthen cooperation in the medium. India. 90. The trade between the two countries was $10. 89. The exercise “SLINEX II.
One-fifth of the world’s energy supplies now travel across the Indian Ocean. agreed to enhance maritime security cooperation India and the U. Therefore both agreed to enhance their maritime security cooperation. 98.S. Sharma said construction of the Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport Project comprising a waterway component and a roadway component by 2013 would completely transform the trade between North-East India and the rest of the world. or Heavenly Palace. Maritime trade routes in the Indian Ocean are vital for international commerce and global energy security and both have a shared interest in combating threats such as piracy. Mr.5-tonne Tiangong-1. This was decided at fourth meeting of Joint Trade Commission which was attended by the Union Commerce Minister. launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in north-western China. both countries agreed to work out modalities to open trade in the petroleum sector. to assemble its own space station by 2020. India. energy and commodities as well as opening up of the banking sector and cross-border investments. Thirty-five people. and the Myanmar's Minister of Commerce. U. most of them fishermen. 95. The unmanned module. Ophelia had maximum sustained winds of about 60 mph (95 kph). a key first step in its objective of becoming only the third country. Anand Sharma. Shenzhou-8 after orbiting the earth for about a month. Nesat slammed into the north-eastern Philippines with maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometres per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 170 kph. Pakistan keen to grant MFN status to India With Pakistan favourably inclined to give the most favoured nation (MFN) status to India. 96. will dock with a spacecraft. were missing. the typhoon’s effect was felt in the entire northern region of Luzon and some parts of the eastern region of Bicol.5 billion. agreed to enhance their maritime security cooperation. The 8. had sought full moratorium on the entire 330 MW Kishenganga project under construction in Baramulla district. 94. Speaking at the India-Pakistan Business conclave organised by FICCI. 97. Ophelia caused flooding on Dominica. providing an alternative route for transportation of goods to North-East India. 100. U. The safety of the sea lanes of communication which criss-cross the Indian Ocean is crucial for the economic growth not just for India and the U. India and Myanmar agreed to set a $3 billion trade target to be achieved by 2015 from the existing $1. laboratory module has a 15 cubic metre space where two or three astronauts can work and live. Union Commerce and . With a diameter of 600 kilometres.the matter to the court. China launched space lab module China successfully launched its first space laboratory module. Saudi women got voting right Saudi King Abdullah announced that the nation's women would gain the right to vote and run as candidates in local elections to be held in 2015 in a major advancement for the rights of women in the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom.S. moved away Tropical Storm Ophelia caused flooding and cut off several communities on this eastern Caribbean island but the storm stayed in the open Atlantic and moved away from the Leeward Islands. but for the entire region. 99. The cost of the project is $120 million and it envisages a direct trade corridor between Indian ports on the Eastern seaboard and Sittwe Port in Myanmar and then through river transport and by road to Mizoram. Myanmar to double bilateral trade to $3 billion Seeking to expand their economic cooperation and broad-base their trade basket. India.S. Win Myint. Typhoon death toll hit 23 in Philippines The death toll in Typhoon Nesat’s onslaught in the Philippines rose to 23 as the country began to clean up the destruction left behind by the powerful cyclone. after Russia and the United States. asserting safety of sea lanes of communication across the Indian Ocean is crucial for the economic growth for the entire region.
India to train Afghan forces In a major development. Nepal Telecom's deal with Chinese firms worried India The Indian security establishment is watching with unease Nepal Telecom's decision to award the contract for the next generation telecom network in the Himalayan country to two Chinese firms. According to details. India and Indonesia launched CECA negotiations India and Indonesia formally launched the negotiations for a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) that would cover economic cooperation. 105. It has also sought permission to reopen a hospital at Farkhor on the Afghan border. trade in goods and services and investment. Speaking at the Indonesia-India Biennial Trade Ministers' Forum (BTMF) in Jakarta. Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma. The reappearance of the US cultural activity in Kashmir was marked by interaction of US astronaut and two-time space traveller. ZTE Corporation and Huawei. the UAE. The proposal to train the Afghan National Security Forces was included in the first-ever Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) signed by Mr. India has started stepping up its exposure to the security scenario in Afghanistan by operationalising an airbase in Tajikistan. His demise has put the Nobel Committee in a fix because the prize cannot be awarded posthumously. 2011 organised a cultural event in Kashmir after a gap of nearly 22 years to promote people-to-people exchanges. India agreed to mentor the Afghan security forces as they gear up to deal with the drawdown of foreign forces by 2014. US organised cultural event in Kashmir after 22 years The United States government on October 5. The proposal has been on the drawing board for six years since Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai first suggested it. Nobel Committee not to name substitute winner Within a few hours of the announcement by the Nobel Prize Committee that Canadian scientist Ralph Steinman would share the prize in Physiology / Medicine with Bruce A Beutler and Jules Hoffmann. but was not implemented as Pakistan was uncomfortable with the idea of India-trained forces on both its flanks. ZTE would install the equipment for NGN in Kathmandu Valley while Huawei would do so in the rest of Nepal.Industry Minister Anand Sharma said he had accepted the invitation extended by Pakistan's Trade Minister Makhdoom Muhammed Amin Fahim and a high-level business delegation led by him would be visiting Pakistan in November this year to give a fillip to the economic relations and cooperation. with students at the Kothibagh girls' higher secondary school where she shared her experiences about the space travel with the students. including Malaysia. The US government had issued travel advisories for Jammu and Kashmir and limited its activities in the state in early1990s after eruption of militancy. given its long term security implications. the two companies would complete the project. . Nepal Telecom. Russia and Jordan. awarded the contract for installing the Next Generation Network (NGN) in August to two Chinese telecom firms. unless death has occurred after the announcement of the prize. Germany. Marry Ellen Weber. 101. 102. 103. it became known that Mr. the government-controlled telecom monopoly. There is apprehension about the step. estimated at $19 million. Karzai and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during their third extensive meeting this year. One official argued that the decision could mean a virtual free run for Chinese companies that have links to the Chinese establishment on the communication network of Nepal. India's contention is that we have FMD-free zones. which has since been used to strike at the top leadership of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. Steinman had passed away three days ago. the Philippines. Saudi Arabia. At present India exports buffalo meat to more than 60 countries. in six months time. Indonesia continues to impose ban on import of Indian buffalo meat citing that India is not free from Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD). 104. said: “we have launched our bilateral CECA negotiations.
which. while India is Iran's second-biggest crude buyer after China.K. Iran agreed on payment mechanism for trade In a significant development indicating a breakthrough in resolving the India-Iran payment crisis for import of oil as well as exports. including the first three in a row. It is under consideration. pledging greater investment. “We are analysing the report. 108. Iran is second only to Saudi Arabia as an oil supplier to India. . were successful. accounting for about 20 per cent of its exports. both sides agreed on the mechanism to be put in place for the purpose. the Cameron government had taken since assuming office in 2010. India has so far conducted six interceptor missile tests as part of its quest to establish a credible shield against ballistic missiles launched from adversarial countries. Setting out several measures. fiscal subsidies and measures to accelerate connecting the border region to Pakistan through railway lines and air routes. India and Bangladesh launched joint exercise Indian and Bangladeshi forces launched a joint exercise in the northeastern Sylhet as part of efforts to deepen military ties and cooperation in counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations. Saraswat. or Chinese cabinet. immigration rules allow non-EU professionals to settle in Britain indefinitely after working for five years.” he said after the successful launch of the Agni-II ballistic missile from the Wheeler Island on the Orissa coast. 110. The State Council. five interceptor tests. detailed Beijing's already announced ambitious plans to set up two economic development zones in the frontier cities of Kashgar and Korgas. India studying NATO offer on joining missile programme The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation's (NATO) invitation to India in the first week of September to be a partner in its ballistic missile defence (BMD) programme is being analyzed. Of these. Although Iran has continued to supply crude oil to India . 109. The issue of payment for oil had been hanging in fire for the last nine months with the Indian side grappling for a solution on the issue. Currently. respectively located near China's borders with disputed Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Kazakhstan. Scientific Adviser to the Defense Minister. New rules to stop Indian workers settling in UK The UK announced that Indian and other non-EU professionals would have to return to their countries of origin after their work visa expires instead of being allowed to settle in UK after working for five years. India. outlined the measures in a policy document released. for the first time. The first interceptor missile test took place in November 2006. Although the statement did not indicate but this would also include payments made by India for buying Iranian crude oil. According to the Finance Ministry. China planned new economic zones near western border China unveiled new plans to speed up the construction of two economic development zones in far-western Xinjiang. Iran supplies 12 per cent of total oil needs of India.106. it had threatened to stop supplies if a mechanism to pay for imports is not found quickly. 107. both countries agreed to set up a payment mechanism to facilitate bilateral trade. including for the payment to Indian exporters and project exporters. according to V. This provision is likely to be soon scrapped under the David Cameron government’s plans to cut immigration.
“No NBFC shall open subsidiaries/joint ventures/ representative office abroad or shall make investment in any foreign entities without obtaining prior approval in writing from the Reserve Bank of India. and require governments to ensure they understood their rights. The new convention would ensure domestic workers enjoyed conditions “not less favourable” than other workers. are expected to be completed in the XII Plan (2012-17). considered as hot money. Reserve Bank nodded must for NBFCs to open subsidiaries abroad With an aim to regulate the credit system to the advantage of the country. 5. the government is looking to introduce a completely new class of investors. Foreign individuals may be allowed to invest $10 bn in MFs India is likely to allow foreign individuals to invest in mutual funds but with a cumulative cap of $10 billion. called Qualified Foreign Investors (QFIs). which means MFs will purchase more equity and other schemes as a result of which it will help in fighting volatility.40 billion). which would be awarded through the tariff-based competitive bidding process. These projects. QFIs registered with depository participants can invest in the mutual funds directly and also through a mechanism -. a foreign investor can go to depositories in his home country and place orders on custodian banks in India. 3. and prevents them being compelled to remain with an employer's household during their annual leave or rest days. Centre planned five power transmission lines The Central Government is planning to set up five new power transmission lines with private sector participation at an estimated cost of Rs. Power to get 35% of $1 trillion infra investment in 12th plan Power sector will be get major share of investment in infrastructure during the 12th five year plan period (2012-2017). These planned transmission lines would help power evacuation from the proposed coastal generation projects in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. This will increase corpus in MF holdings. so that dependence on FIIs funds. preferably through written contracts.Business & Economy 1. the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) cannot open subsidiaries or enter into joint ventures abroad without its permission.6.Unit Confirmation Receipt (UCR) system. These lines would help in evacuating power from projects in Nagapattanam and Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu as well as from gas-based generation projects in Vemagiri and Rajamundry areas in Andhra Pradesh. Union Minister of state for planning Ashwini Kumar told that over the five years. The custodian banks will look into the MFs and issue UCRs against the underlying MFs. 2. For allowing foreigners in the segments.485 crore (worth over $1. The detailed guidelines are being worked out jointly by the finance ministry. At present. 4. It was aimed at broad-basing the flow of foreign investment in the Indian stock market.485 crore.6 million domestic workers across the world. " the Government is planning to invest $1 trillion in physical infrastructure sector and around 35 per cent of this would be infused into power sector. only FIIs and sub-accounts registered with the market regulator Sebi and NRIs are allowed to invest in mutual fund schemes in the country. It said investments will be permitted only in those entities having their core activity regulated by a financial sector regulator in the host jurisdiction or country.” the central bank said in a notification." The plan panel had an internal . which takes place due to FII outflows. The document also offers domestic workers a full rest day every week. Besides. Landmark ILO treaty to protect domestic workers The International Labour Organisation passed a landmark treaty giving protection to an estimated 52. the aggregate overseas investment by NBFCs should not exceed 100 per cent of their net owned funds (NOF). RBI and Sebi. is reduced. Under the proposed UCR approach. The total cost for setting up these lines would be Rs.6.
The Oberoi Group (16th). According to a senior revenue official in the Ministry of Finance. Salaried class with income up to Rs. The list of top 20 firms was peppered with Indian brands including Larsen & Toubro (5th). wherein the companies do not satisfy this criteria.300 crore in the same period last fiscal and Rs 77.” In all cases. Power has been a major concern as the sector is way behind in achieving its 11th plan targets. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (14th). The objective of the public issue could be to augment solvency requirement and general corporate purposes. the Central Government launched a scheme under which assesses having annual income up to Rs. Plan panel is targeting to add 100. in a new index. the insurance company should take a “formal approval” from the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA).000. 8.000 MW. 5 lakh exempted from IT return In a move that stands to benefit about 85 lakh salaried taxpayers. Infy. showing consistent increase in revenue generation. 7. The scheme is aimed at avoiding duplication of available information in such cases where there are no other sources of income.200 crore in the comparative period of 2009-10. The collection was Rs 82. HDFC Bank (17th). It was Rs 49.100 crore from Rs 54. Plan panel had targeted to add 78. the scheme would cover those salaried taxpayers whose interest income per annum is up to Rs. in the mid-term review the panel had reduced the target to 62. seven out of the top ten brands in India were indigenous firms. State Bank of India (7th). Presently securities of companies are to be traded in normal segment. 6.500 crore in April-June 2009. Dematerialise promoters' shareholding fully The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) stipulated that all companies should achieve 100 per cent dematerialisation in promoters and promoter group's shareholding by the quarter ended September 2011.600 crore in the first quarter of current financial year.5 lakh through salary and bank interest will not be required to file income-tax returns for assessment year 2011-12. the company has achieved at least 50 per cent non-promoter shareholding in dematerialised form and maintained the same on a continuous basis. total corporate tax collections increased by 23 per cent in the first quarter of the fiscal to Rs 67. Life Insurance Corporation of India (12th).10. According to Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) Chairman Prakash Chandra. “if and only if. Bharti Airtel (13th). trading in securities of such companies shall take place in trade for trade segment. the direct tax collection (personal income tax and corporate tax) grew by 23 per cent to Rs 101. Aditya Birla Group (15th). Dr Reddy's Laboratories (18th) and Ranbaxy Laboratories (19th). For approval. 10. Tata emerged as top brands in India IT giant Infosys and salt-to-software conglomerate Tata emerged as the Top 2 brands in India. beating global majors like Google. But due to shortage of fuel linkages (coal and gas) and environmental clearance issues.meeting to give final shape to Approach Paper to the 12th plan. IRDA issued draft guidelines for life insurers' IPO Insurance companies which have completed 10 years of operations are now eligible to go for initial public offer (IPO).577 MW capacity in the 11th plan. the insurer should have maintained a satisfactory regulatory record in the draft guidelines on Issues of Capital and Disclosure Requirements (ICDR) for life insurance companies announced. 9. Nokia and Facebook.000 Mw to India's power-generation capacity during the 12th plan.600 crore in the same period a year ago. According to TLG's Index of emerging market 'Thought Leaders'. Direct tax collections crossed Rs 1 lakh crore in Q1 Belying fears of moderation in economic activities. . Prior to filing of the draft document for issue of share capital or making public offer with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).
The share of manufacturing sector in real gross domestic product (GDP) has risen over the years. Govt cleared Cairn stake sale The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved the Cairn-Vedanta deal on the condition that Vedanta agree to participate in paying royalty and cess on crude oil from the Rajasthan block by including it as block expense. 13. currently pays the entire royalty.660 MW. This is in line with the Group of Ministers’ recommendation that the share transfer be allowed only if Cairn or its successor agrees to bear royalty and cess equal to their participating interest in the Rajasthan block. Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia had stated: “Manufacturing growth in India is much below than what it should be. With riders for Vedanta.accounting for 34% of Dubai's total direct trade with the world. it will not come down”. 12. However. According to the order. securing the highest position in the Middle East ahead of even the world's two largest emerging economies China (29) and India (62). 14. Oil and Natural Gas Corp.11.com and already provided services to around 1. However. with bilateral transactions between the two sides amounting to over USD 44. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is likely to control the demand side pressures by tightening liquidity in the system. Qatar ranked above India. HDFC to buy 12% stake in nation’s first e-hospital HDFC has invested around Rs 2. If we can't achieve 12 per cent growth. prepared jointly by business school INSEAD and few other institutions. NTPC commissioned 660 MW supercritical unit The first supercritical 660 mw unit of NTPC has been commissioned at Sipat. said that Qatar improved its world ranking by nine places vis-a-vis its 2010 position. China in innovation index Qatar has been ranked 26th in the Global Innovation Index. The report. This also points to ineffectiveness or failure of fiscal measures in containing inflation.mediangels. NSE has to stop subsidising its currency derivatives operations and refrain from pursuing any anti-competitive practices. 16.3 billion . C. the Competition Commission is believed to have penalised NSE for abusing its dominant market position. Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh. Europe and many other locations. sources said. The Navi Mumbai-based e-hospital has kicked off operations through the site www. Chakrabarty reportedly said after the recent rate hike by the central bank that “Instead of saying that RBI should bring down inflation. the present economic situation is an end-result of a wrong fiscal policy adopted over the years. . India is Dubai's largest trading partner India remained Dubai's largest direct trade partner . With this NTPC's installed capacity has risen to 34. All blamed it on higher prices of commodities and a generalised inflation where demand outstrips supply. Paying a heavy price for ignoring the manufacturing sector India's growth is slowing down while inflation is going up.4 crore for acquiring approximately 12 per cent stake in the first e-hospital — MediAngels — in the country. which holds 30 percent in the field.854 MW and total operational capacity of NTPC Sipat to 1. we must increase productivity and bring down the cost of services and that will only bring down inflation. Otherwise. CCI penalised NSE for abusing dominant market position In the long-running tussle between the National Stock Exchange (NSE) and its younger rival MCX-SX. this increase has not matched the expectations for two main reasons.500 patients who have received expert opinion from specialists based in the United States. 17. NSE has been asked to pay five per cent of its average annual turnover and also "cease and desist" of unfair trade practices in the currency derivative trading. then we would not be able to create large employment”. 15. As a penalty. RBI Deputy Governor K.
Assam. Finally. Each 14. private carrier Jet Airways has placed orders for ten of these planes. including interest rate and fee. LPG and Fertiliser. To begin with. Govt proposed margin. Oil Ministry referred Reliance-BP deal to CCEA More then four months after UK’s BP Plc agreed to buy a 30 per cent stake in Reliance Industries’ oil and gas blocks. The proposed legislation follows furore in various parts of the country.2 billion deal is the single largest foreign direct investment in the country and Reliance had on February 25 made a formal application to the Oil Ministry for approval of the transfer of stake to Europe’s second biggest oil company. Boeing 787 to join Air India fleet by fouth quarter The wait for Boeing 787. sources privy to the development said. for building applications. generating several jobs in a country facing recession and major job losses. "Among the high growth markets. battling financial hardships. Rajasthan and Orissa -. Delhi. The limited supply of subsidised LPG would be for those who own a car. such as restaurants and dhabas and as auto fuel. which will be the common regulator for the business. 20. It was disclosed by Boeing India President Dinesh Keskar. over the high rates charged by MFIs that cater largely to the needs of the unbanked population. charged by micro-finance institutions as well as their margins under a new law. in addition to those related to fund-raising tools. An example of India's growing investment in Britain is Tata Steel and Australia's Dyesol's recently announced expansion of their 11 million pounds collaborative R&D project in Flintshire to develop the world's first continuously manufactured dye-sensitised photovoltaic product on steel. EGoM on LPG An Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is likely to consider limiting supply of subsidised domestic LPG cylinders to 4-6 per household in a year. RBI will specify net worth and other norms. records of LPG distributors of public sector companies shows that a vast number of households are taking as many as 20 to 30 cylinders per household each year. State-owned Air India.18. including the prize eastern offshore KG-D6 gas fields. 21. the ministry decided to refer the deal to the CCEA. Seven states -. The $7. . seems to be getting over gradually.2 billion deal to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) for approval.Tamil Nadu. such as those for creation of reserves . India third largest investor and generate more jobs in UK India was the third largest investor in Britain during 2010-11 with 97 new projects. house or figure in the income-tax list.2kg bottle of LPG normally lasts a household 45-60 days and based on this calculation a maximum of six cylinders are considered enough to see a family through the year. The EGoM may approve launch of pilot projects to test direct transfer of cash subsidy to the targeted populations in few states. While Air India has ordered 27 B 787-8s. and particularly in Andhra Pradesh . However. The EGoM meeting is slated to consider recommendation of the Task Force on Direct Transfer of Subsidies on Kerosene. after a delay of nearly three years. Haryana." an official report titled by 'UK Inward Investment Report 2010-2011' released by the UK Trade and Investment said. rate cap for microlenders The government proposed to restrict the annual percentage rate. the Dreamliner is scheduled to land at the IGI Airport in the capital on a test flight next week and Air India pilots would start getting trained to fly this latest plane from August. 22. the Oil Ministry has referred the $7. also named as `Dreamliner'. Currently. Maharashtra. India and China are still the two principal sources of inward investment by project numbers.have been identified for launch of the pilot projects from October. according to the road map suggested by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). the bill has proposed that all entities involved in micro-finance activity register with the Reserve Bank of India. These entities have also been accused of following unfair recovery practices and granting loans which are for consumption needs of the poor as opposed to their productive needs. is all set to receive the first ultra long haul passenger jetliner in the fourth quarter of 2011. This suggests that large scale diversion of subsidised cooking gas is taking place for use in commercial establishments. Although the Oil Ministry has the authority to decide on Reliance selling 30 per cent interest to BP in 23 exploration blocks. two-wheeler. 19.
The matter relates to an 18 per cent stake purchase by DE Shaw in Amar Ujala in 2007. Govt lifted ban on wheat export Reeling under storage space crunch. but need to produce more: PM Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced a record foodgrain production of 241 million tonnes (MT) in 2010-11. who holds additional charge of the Textiles Ministry. Wheat exports are allowed. four others shortlisted to manage EPFO corpus EPFO's advisory body FIC today shortlisted five entities – ICICI Securities. SBI. (SIS). The suggestions of the FIC is usually accepted by the Employees Provident Fund Organisation's (EPFO) highest decision making body CBT which is headed by Labour Minister. 24. he suggested that growth in foodgrain production alone will not be sufficient to contain food inflation without sufficient growth in the agriculture sector — comprising horticulture. In this context. 28. In the aftermath of the financial crisis that engulfed the West after the collapse of Lehman Bank in the United States in 2008.5 billion in 2010 as against the $1. Gujarat and Karnataka. which possesses investigation and adjudication powers under FEMA (Foreign Exchange Management Act). 29. expressed apprehensions over viability of wheat exports citing the prevailing low global wheat prices. said 25 new SITPs would be constituted with each unit costing Rs.5 trillion figure projected by some political parties and non-governmental organisations. Mr. launched the first of its kind Voice & Video Telephony (VVOIP) over internet protocol . sources said. The recommendation of the EPFO's Financial Advisory Committee (FIC) will be placed before the Central Board of Trustees (CBT) for final approval later in the day. but the Indian print media company later accused the US-based company of indulging in fraudulent practices in this deal. Subsequently. 27. RBI has written to the Finance Ministry that the matter can be referred to ED. had suffered huge losses. Centre plans 25 new integrated textile parks The Central Government has drawn up plans to set up 25 new textile parks across the country. BSNL launched Voice & Video Telephony over Internet Protocol in India India’s largest integrated telecom service provider BSNL along with Sai Infosystem (India) Ltd. 25. Prime Minister differentiated the improvement in the production of food grains (cereals and pulses) from the growth in the agriculture sector as a whole and blamed below-target agriculture sector growth in the 11th plan period for “unacceptable levels of food price inflation” in recent years. “Yes. However. Swiss banks owe Indian holders over $2bn: Swiss Central Bank The Swiss Central Bank estimated the total liabilities of Swiss banks toward Indian account holders at about $2.” Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar told on the sidelines of an ICAR function. Swiss private banks. particularly their largest bank UBS.23. there is no ban. the government lifted the ban on wheat export that had been in place since early 2007. HSBC Asset Management Company (AMC). Pawar. animal husbandry. RBI suggested ED probe into DE Shaw deal Reserve Bank of India has asked the Government to consider a probe by Enforcement Directorate into alleged violations of foreign exchange regulations by global private equity major DE Shaw in a Rs 117-crore deal. Mr. Sharma also announced that the government planned to introduce the Cotton Development Bill in the winter session of Parliament to establish a Directorate General of Textile Intelligence and to give a new thrust to the cotton sector. Reliance Capital. 26. Record foodgrain output. SBI and ICICI Prudential – for managing its corpus of Rs 3. dairy and fisheries. Four integrated textile parks would be inaugurated in Maharashtra and Gujarat shortly. Mr. Sharma said three new mills of NTC would be opened soon in Maharashtra. Seeking to revive the National Textiles Corporation (NTC).40 crore. he added.5 lakh crore. however. Anand Sharma. After looking into the complaints of alleged violation of foreign investment norms in the deal. there were substantial withdrawals of funds from Swiss banks.
The LOCs have supported export of items like .6 per cent this year over 2010-11 levels of 8.50 million. is a wholly owned subsidiary of State Bank of India (SBI) and functions as a private sector bank offering an array of financial products and services. BHEL commissioned India’s first 525 MW set at Maithon BHEL commissioned India’s first thermal set of 525 MW rating at Maithon Right Bank Thermal Power Project in Jharkhand. mobile or IP phone anywhere in the world. the 99. India could see global retail giants such as WalMart. 35. there was a “perceptible slowdown” in terms of quarterly growth rates in the last two quarters. 30. reinforcing BHEL’s leadership status in the execution of thermal power projects involving supply of state-of-the-art equipment. 33. provided the investment is not less than $100 million. Cabinet cleared merger of SBICI and SBI The government approved merger of State Bank of India Commercial and International Bank Ltd (SBICI) with its parent bank SBI. Carrefour. she said. SBICI was set up in 1994 after taking over the Indian operations of the erstwhile Bank of Credit & Commerce International Ltd (BCCI). was merged with SAIL. SBICI. which went into liquidation in 1991. It had won the order for the 2x525 MW greenfield power project outbidding a leading Chinese equipment supplier under International Competitive Bidding (ICB). The process of merger of MEL with SAIL was started in April 2006 and culminated with the receipt of the final order from the Ministry of Corporate Affairs on June 14. If cleared by the Union Cabinet. “Growth is estimated to be marginally higher at 8. Tesco and Metro AG entering the high-potential retail market. The main highlight of this service is that any customer can make audio and video calls at will on any landline. with two branches. 2011. she said. Panel for 51 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail The Union government took yet step another towards the opening of multi-brand retail. recommended that the global retailers should ensure that at least half the amount invested by them goes in the back-end supply chain. the number of clients of SBICI will have access to the bigger network of SBI. The VVOIP technology uses the packet switching technology and makes communication possible over IP networks such as Internet. as well as higher frequency proxy economic indicators. 31. Notably.6 per cent from the earlier estimate of about 9 per cent in view of a likely moderation in industrial output. While no present beneficiary of its parent SBI would be affected. suited to Indian coal and Indian conditions. the current rules allow 51 per cent FDI in the single-brand retail. The proposed merger will help in maintaining the administrative structure of SBICI as both its branches in Mumbai will be easily absorbed in the operations of the parent entity. While annual indicators of real GDP growth remained positive in 2010-11. 32. from Maithon Power Limited (MPL). with the Committee of Secretaries recommending that 51 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) be allowed in the sector. Seth. MEL merges with SAIL Maharashtra Elektrosmelt Ltd (MEL).” the Finance Ministry said. Export-Import Bank of India extended a Line of Credit (LOC) of $168 million to the DR Congo for financing Ketende Hydro-electric Project in the African country. Exim Bank extended $168 mn LOC to Congo India would be financing the construction of a hydro-electric project in the Democratic Republic of Congo.6% Government lowered its GDP forecast for 2011-12 to 8.services in India.12 per cent subsidiary of SAIL. 34.5 per cent. headed by Cabinet Secretary A.K. The committee. the outlook for 2011-12 has to be inferred from movements of past data. The ministry added that as first quarter growth figures for the current fiscal are still to be released. while 100 per cent is allowed in the cash-and-carry format that is for small shop-owners and enterprises and not for retail customers. This is the fourth Line of Credit extended by Exim Bank to Congo at the behest of Government of India. which is valued at $600 billion. Govt lowered FY'12 GDP forecast to 8. taking the total value of LOCs extended to $ 268. a joint venture company of Tata Power & DVC. provided that both the ends have requisite video phone equipment.
SEBI announced steps to attract retail investors to mkt In order to attract more retail investors to the market. the WPI measures a total of 676 items against 435 earlier. to 5. Kerala (53. The move to revise WPI data would help in narrowing the gap between the provisional and final data and provide more updated inputs necessary for formulation of policies. changed the base year for calculating Wholesale Price Index (WPI) from 1993-94 to 200405 to give a better indication of changes in prices of commodities. 2011. adding most of the additions could be in the manufactured products category.setting up a cement plant. followed by Madhya Pradesh (22. 2010. 36. in its board meeting. The investor form for the Initial Public Offer (IPO) henceforth be short and simple. computer stationary. which would provide a more realistic picture of price rise and its impact on people. in September 2010. DIPP mulled to further revise WPI base year Amid concerns expressed by the RBI over wide variation in provisional and final data.000 in Mutual Fund to incentivise them to sell MF schemes to investors.5 per cent of the inhabited villages in the country had village public telephone (VPT) connections as of the end of the quarter ended March 31. as per the Trai report. dish antennas. regulator Sebi announced a host of steps. must act fast The Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC) blamed the government for having “lost time” in getting its act together despite the combined momentum of stability after the May 2009 general election and the successful navigation through the global crisis. 98. the Industry Ministry is looking at revising base year to 2010-11 for computation of inflation index with a view to present more realistic picture of the price situation. 2011. PM’s economic council sent out SOS: Govt has lost momentum.81 lakh in December. refrigerators. The new items added include readymade food. Presenting the Economic Outlook for 2011-12. James Murdoch confirmed as BSkyB chairman James Murdoch was unanimously confirmed as chairman by BSkyB's board. with 2010-11. The Government. winning a reprieve from a phone-hacking scandal that threatens to draw him into multiple investigations. is expected to have new items. installation of hand pumps and submersible pumps. Haryana (51. drop a $12 billion bid for BSkyB and offer up James and his father Rupert to answer questions in the UK parliament. The number of VPTs increased from 5.731 inhabited villages in India as per the Census 2001. In the primary article group. crude petroleum and computers. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). execution of Kakobola Hydroelectric Power Project in Congo. including simpler IPO forms and greater disclosures by companies.25). followed by Punjab (56. besides modifying takeover norms.23 (connections per 100 people). an arm of industry ministry brings out the inflation data. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).23) and Tamil Nadu (48. 2011. the C Rangarajan-chaired council said overconfidence in both the government and business. The regulator also announced the guidelines for Infrastructure Debt Fund (IDF) and simplified the Know Your Customer (KYC) registration process for investors in different segments of the financial market. At the end of March. the number of pages in the form will now come down by 50 per cent. 38. .92). 98% of villages have public phones: TRAI New data released by telecom regulator Trai shows that 98. 40.92). Meeting of the BSkyB board was its first since the crisis forced News Corp to close the News of the World newspaper.92. There are 5. disinclination to roll back fiscal and monetary stimulus quickly. The new index. the official said.93.86. Sebi chairman UK Sinha said. Currently. including Chennai). 37.5 per cent of the total inhabited villages in India were connected to phone networks through VPTs.85 lakh as of the quarter ended March. corruption-related controversies in the last one year and loss of focus on policy initiatives marred the country’s return to the path of high rate of asset creation and economic growth. adding. Bihar continues to have the lowest rural teledensity of 21. has also decided to impose a transaction fee of Rs 100-150 on investments of Rs 10. acquisition of buses and acquisition of equipment for Societé Miniere de Bakwanga (MIBA). few products were being added. Himachal Pradesh has the highest rural teledensity of 70. VCDs. 39.
44. where the accounts are frozen.” said the report on Customer Service in Banks chaired by M. out of which it owes over $ 4.5 trillion to foreign countries holding the US government debt securities. which is worried about China's military goals in the area. Its application for prospecting the region was recently approved by the International Seabed Authority. China got first-ever chance to enter Indian Ocean for exploration China is stepping into the Indian Ocean for the first time. “In case of sick banks. India plans own 90-seater aircraft series by 2017 In a move that is seen as more strategic than just commercial. as per the US Treasury Department. SEBI. Announcing the unprecedented move of downgrading the long-term sovereign credit rating of the US a notch lower from ‘AAA’ to ‘AA+’. India stands at 14th position with $ 41 billion (about Rs 1. “While the commercial viability of the project has been confirmed. 43. 45. something it has been unsuccessfully seeking through alliances with Myanmar and Sri Lanka.higher than the money America owes to countries like France and Australia. Standard and Poor’s downgraded sovereign rating of the US from the top-most ‘AAA’ level for the first time in history — a move that could make the debt-ridden nation’s borrowings costlier. Having received an in-principle approval from the Planning Commission. India's exposure to the United States' ballooning debts is estimated at $ 41 billion -. the design and development phase — estimated to cost Rs 4. avionics and control systems — drawn up.000-square-km polymetallic sulphide ore deposit in an international seabed region of the southwest Indian Ocean. which has been using the Integrated Market Surveillance System (IMSS) . India faced Rs 1. But the move is bound to draw close scrutiny from India. India plans to rope in a private sector player to manufacture 90-seater passenger aircraft over the next five years. S&P striped US off top-grade credit rating Raising concerns over the creditworthiness of the world’s largest economy.41. SEBI to upgrade manipulator-detecting system The capital market watchdog Sebi is planning a major upgradation of its key surveillance system through which it monitors data from stock exchange and depositories for identifying the manipulation activities. RBI panel mooted customer-centric approach by banks The Reserve Bank of India panel recommended an increased deposit insurance cover of Rs. The overall national debt of the US is moving nearer to $ 15 trillion. While China is the single-largest holder of the US treasury securities with $ 1. the Department of Science and Technology will soon move a Cabinet note proposing series production of the aircraft at a total cost of Rs 7.83 lakh crore exposure to US debt As one of the 15-largest foreign creditors to the US. 42. the rating agency major said it considers the efforts being made by the administration to tackle soaring debt levels as inadequate. a possibility to enable customers to immediately avail themselves of a part of their insured deposits before the final fate of sick banks is decided may be explored.83 lakh crore).5 lakh so as to encourage individuals to keep all their deposits in banks. The China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association announced the country has obtained approval to explore a 10. The move would help the regulator in its efforts towards a better. 46.500 crore over three years beginning January 2012 — is proposed to be fully funded by the government.”.” it added.15 trillion.555 crore. continuous monitoring of manipulation attempts in the stock market and analysis of daily transaction data. It is doing it for mineral exploration. The overall configuration of the aircraft has been finalised and specifications of the three major sub-systems — engine. former Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). Damodaran. “A possibility may be explored to enable full insurance cover for bank deposits by making necessary amendments in the relevant Acts. the association said.
FDI went up by a massive 133 per cent to $13.38 billion. 51. Google to acquire Motorola Mobility business for $12. Exxon has held the top spot since 2005. 49. because of stimulus packages and anaemic economic growth. into a full-fledged cell phone manufacturer.83 billion. Jobs borrowed $150 million from Bill Gates to turn around the loss-making Apple with a series of overhauls. 2011. In just the past two years. public debt has grown by $9. The platform. “We had projected 9. Android has become an increasingly important platform for Google. it said. The acquisition would turn Google.7% in the 12th Plan period (2012-17) against an earlier 9.66 billion. FDI in India shoot up 310% Reinstating investors’ confidence in the Indian economy. especially in the developed world. “Public debt outstanding (measured as marketable government debt securities) stood at $41. In June. the cell phone business that was split from Motorola. which makes the Android mobile operating system. Apple had market capitalization of $337 billion ahead of Exxon's $337 billion. have resorted to massive stimulus measures to bolster their economies since the 2008 global financial meltdown. the commission predicted. launched in 2007. But it would be difficult to achieve that.5%. In the April-June period of the current fiscal. the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) witnessed the highest monthly inflow in last 11 financial years to a whopping 310 per cent increase in June to $5. a jump of 111 per cent vis-a-vis the same period last year. in direct competition with Apple. with the country receiving foreign investment worth $4.5% growth for the 12th Plan and then scaled it down to 9%.44 billion from $5. is now used in more than 150 million devices.77 billion in the corresponding period last year.since December 2006 for market surveillance purposes and identifying the suspicious transactions. says a report. FDI increased by 57 per cent year-on-year to $16. Planning Commission lowered 5-year GDP forecast by 100 bps A worsening global economic situation has forced the Planning Commission to tone down its growth projections for India by almost 100 basis points. GDP will now grow between 8. accounting for 69 per cent of the global GDP. to take this title. the minister of state for planning. 48. with 39 manufacturers. The Cupertino-based technology giant surpassed the global leader Exxon Mobile Corp.5-8. an increase of nearly $25 trillion since 2000. “This was the equivalent of 69 per cent of global GDP. Govts debt crossed $41 trillion globally in 2010 The total amount of debt incurred by governments across the world jumped to a staggering $41. or $12. 47. Apple has come a long way.Started in 1976 with borrowed money from an Intel executive by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.10 trillion at the end of 2010.10 trillion last year.1 company From a start-up launched with borrowed money to becoming the world's most valuable company. 23 percentage points higher than in 2000.7%.” said Ashwani Kumar. 50. as global smartphone adoption accelerates.5 billion. I think we will grow at 8.” global consultancy McKinsey said. .65 billion.5 b In a bid to strengthen its mobile business.4 trillion — or 13 percentage points of GDP. has now decided to further upgrade the IT infrastructure of the system. Motorola manufactures phones that run on Google's Android software. Apple became world's No. During the first six months of the 2011 calendar year. Google announced that it would acquire Motorola Mobility Holdings. for $40 a share in cash. FDI flows were also very high in May. FDI inflows into the country amounted to $1. Apple's steep rise to the top began with the return of Jobs to the Cupertino-based company in 1997. At the close of markets. Many governments.5-8. 2010. The offer by far Google's largest ever for an acquisition is 63 per cent above the closing price of Motorola Mobility shares last.
296 crore. Corporates got entry into banking with riders The Reserve Bank of India has allowed private sector groups to seek banking licences through a wholly-owned non-operative holding company (NOHC) to be registered with the RBI as a nonbanking finance company. announced he will be replaced by COO and longtime heir apparent Tim Cook. if implemented.51. Norway.52. we will discuss this issue with the government. will reduce the gap between NBFCs and banks and curb the regulatory arbitrage between them. ending billionaire Mukesh Ambani-led corporate giant's over four-year rein at the top of the market valuation charts. 54. NMDC and RINL stitched together a consortium with private sector biggies Tata Steel. This fund raising tool was so far limited to companies in the infrastructure sector. 58. RBI panel proposed tough guidelines for NBFCs Recommending a tough regulatory environment for non-banking finance companies (NBFCs). Apple shares dived as much as 7 percent in after-hours trade after the pancreatic cancer survivor and industry icon. RBI agreed to dip into forex for energy fund Keen to ensure energy security as it strives for double-digit growth.000 crore more than that of private sector energy giant Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL). a Reserve Bank of India panel has proposed a host of tough measures such as asset classification and provisioning norms similar to banks. Consortium for Afghanistan mine in trouble. saying the experience of such a split in the private sector had been satisfactory. the public sector coal giant achieved a market value of Rs 2. In its draft guidelines for licencing of new banks in the private sector unveiled recently. “Given our own positive experience. Tatas pulled out Barely days after state-owned companies SAIL. the government finally decided to take forward its long pending plan to set up a sovereign wealth fund. Sajjan Jindal-promoted JSW Steel and Navin Jindal’s Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) to bid for the Hajigak mines in Afghanistan. the RBI has pegged the minimum capital requirement for a new bank at Rs 500 .” 57. as well as the global endorsement for this position (of separation of these posts). who has been on medical leave for an undisclosed condition since Jan. Stating that the central bank was in discussion with the government to split the posts of chairmen and managing directors of state-run banks. SEBI allowed infra finance firms to float long-term bonds The Securities and Exchange Board of India allowed infrastructure finance companies to raise funds overseas through long-term corporate bonds. Singapore. It has been decided that non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) categorised as infrastructure finance companies (IFCs) by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) shall also now be considered eligible issuers for the purposes of FII investment under the corporate debt long-term infra category. Most valued company: Coal India beats RIL State-run Coal India toppled Reliance Industries as the country's most valued company. 53. RBI favoured splitting post of chairmen and MD in PSU banks Reserve Bank of India Governor D. With an over two per cent gain in its share price. though government sources indicated that its size could be reviewed in view of the soaring global crude oil prices. The fund is likely to have a corpus of $10 billion. Kuwait and Russia. 59. The proposals. 56. Tim Cook took over Silicon Valley legend Steve Jobs resigned as chief executive of Apple Inc in a stunning move that ended his 14-year reign at the technology giant he co-founded in a garage. which was over Rs 4. 17. the governor said.. Saudi Arabia. the Tatas have pulled out. Apple CEO Steve Jobs resigned. 55. A sovereign wealth fund (SWF) is a stateowned vehicle which is used to invest in assets abroad and have been set up by a number of countries including China. Subbarao favoured bifurcation of the posts of chairman and managing director in state-run banks. and a hike in Tier-I capital adequacy ratio in a phased manner..
the per capita steel consumption in rural India is estimated at only 9. 62.Asian Alliance Insurance. “The government will disinvest 5 per cent equity in the company. 64. SAIL initiative to increase presence in rural areas In a bid to penetrate into the rural pockets and increase its presence in the rural parts of India.000 new dealers.72 per cent through book building process in the domestic market. Cabinet approved 5 % stake sale in BHEL The Union Government approved disinvestment of 5 per cent of its stake in power equipment maker BHEL that could fetch it about Rs.” the panel said in its recommendations on the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) Bill.320 crore. 66. in regulatory parlance. which builds agricultural tractors. Disinvestments of stake in power equipment major BHEL was approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA). the apex financial institution for the micro. 63. but it listed several conditions. Market making liquidity enhancement scheme. and software company Netsol Technologies. Indian cos in Forbes Asia's 'Best Under a Billion' list Thirty-five Indian companies are ranked among the top 200 Asia-Pacific corporations in Forbes Asia's 'Best Under a Billion' list for this year. based on its benchmark Sensex and the underlying 30 stocks. small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).crore. The exchange has earmarked a total of Rs 107 crore for the scheme that will be in force for six months. As per the present data. CEB to set up power plant in Sri Lanka The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and NTPC signed a joint venture and shareholder agreement to set up a 500-MW (2 x 250 MW) coal-based power plant at Sampur in East Sri Lanka at an investment of $700 million. Sri Lanka has four companies on the list -. Panel for assured returns on new pension system A parliamentary panel has recommended that subscribers to the New Pension System (NPS) should get an assured return on their investments.78 kg as compared to around 140 kg in urban areas. SIDBI to launch two new products Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI). namely Millat Tractors. A joint venture company will be incorporated in Sri Lanka with equal equity (50:50) contributions by NTPC and CEB for implementation of the project. it will offer incentives to these dealerships irrespective of the quantities sold. The number of Indian companies was second only to the 65 firms from both China and Hong Kong that found a place in the list. Significantly. “The committee notes that foreign investment in the pension sector may be capped at 26 per cent. This will be NTPC's first overseas venture. 4. 65. Kantha. is essentially a . out of its share holding of 67. 2011. Ceylon Investment. In order to create mass awareness about its rural presence. The agreement was signed by NTPC Chairman and Managing Director Arup Roy Choudhury and CEB Chairman Wimaladharama Abeywickreme in the presence of Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Ashok K. that is. NTPC. to provide equity / quasi-equity to MSMEs and Flexible Assistance for Capital Expenditure (FACE) with multiple repayment schedules. Renuka Holdings and chicken processing company Bairaha Farm. 60. The steel major has decided to extend attractive financial terms and conditions and incentives to popularise its newly launched rural dealership scheme. The Standing Committee on Finance headed by Yashwant Sinha has also suggested imposing a 26 per cent cap on foreign direct investment (FDI) in pension programmes. BSE launched market making scheme for derivatives The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) has launched a market making scheme to generate more investor interest in derivatives. 61. Pakistan has two companies on the list. at least equal to the interest rate given by the Employees' Provident Fund Scheme. will launch two schemes: Growth Capital and Equity assistance for MSMEs (GEMs).” an official release said. state-owned Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) has announced that it would soon appoint 1. the RBI’s draft norms have not specifically barred industry houses from promoting new banks.
spanning six States.320 MW power Plant in . The financial leaders of the world’s most developed economies ignored calls for a stronger unified response to Europe’s debt crisis. Audit. (HAL) would begin the process of disinvesting with the government deciding to offload 10 per cent of its holding in the next five years. with a total capacity of 6. It will comprise seven new cities. France. Haryana. The States covered by the project include Uttar Pradesh. 70.000-MW plants would include setting up of a 1. 69. Gujarat. Britain. Rajasthan. while Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services has 41 per cent and Infrastructure Development Finance Company 10 per cent.67 lakh during January-August 2010 .000 MW power plants Sahara India Power Corp said the company along with South Korean entity Korea East-West Power Co would set up power plants with a total capacity of 6. The project. compared to 34.483 km high-speed rail and road line will be developed as a trading hub. The G7 economies — US. six airports and a 1. allowed bourses to introduce such schemes for equity derivatives and any new instruments to be launched. The project aims to create a strong economic base with a globally competitive environment and state-of-the-art infrastructure to activate local commerce.000 MW. Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. The government has 49 per cent stake in the DMIC project. The proposed 6. to carry out joint activities that will benefit the Indian Banking and Financial Sector. in June. Canada. nine industrial parks. three ports. insisting that each country should tread its own path back to growth amid concerns of a global slowdown. the ‘Incredible India' campaign has attracted more than four lakh foreign tourists last month. was conceived some five years ago and envisages setting up of industrial corridor along the Delhi-Mumbai stretch. Foreign tourist arrivals up by 5. will seek to create a business model out of urbanisation. the international body that promotes and cultivates expertise in the area of Information Systems Control.000 MW in the country. create employment opportunities. established by Reserve Bank of India. The project. Sahara India Power is part of the diversified Sahara group.19 lakh foreign tourists visited the country during January-August 2011 with a growth of 10. global growth The finance ministers and central bank chiefs of the Group of Seven (G7) leading industrialized countries were set to discuss ways of preserving the tenuous global recovery at a meeting in the French city of Marseille. signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).2 per cent. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi). enhance exports and attain sustainable development. Sahara India Power. 74. IDRBT and ISACA signed MoU for benifit of Indianbanking and Financial Sector The Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT). marking an increase of 5. The debt crises in the eurozone and United States and concerns about the health of European banks were also expected to dominate the meeting. 71. being implemented in collaboration with Japan. Cabinet note moved on $90 billion DMIC project The Commerce and Industry Ministry has moved the Cabinet note for the $90 billion DelhiMumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) project for the approval of Union Council of Ministers. enhance foreign investment. 68.3 per cent over the same period in 2010. Centre to divest 10 % in HAL Defence public sector undertaking Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. Japan.way in which an exchange can reward entities that generate a certain amount of volume in a segment. Korean firm to set up 6. the premier Institute of Banking Technology in India. Italy and Germany — are facing a similar challenge. In further development. 67. Security and Governance. and ISACA (formerly the Information Systems Audit and Control Association). Both Sahara India Power and Korea EastWest Power have entered into a pact for developing power plants. A total of 38. G7 finance ministers meet to discuss debt crisis.3% in a year Continuing with the growth trajectory.
renewed financial instability and an uneven post-recession expansion. a joint venture working group between Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. will take over as chairman on Jan. This will provide a national platform to showcase and market outreach to the State's produce and services through Big Bazaar stores across the country.70 crore in developing the infrastructure. which is scheduled to be published next September. John Mack to step down as Morgan Stanley's chairman Morgan Stanley Chairman John J. 75. 76. Gorman. Mack is Morgan Stanley’s former chief executive officer. would be developed with an investment of about `8. who is currently the bank’s chief executive officer. Ojhar airport commenced cargo services HALCON. announced the commencement of air cargo services at the Ojhar airport in Nashik in Maharashtra. The partnership was launched in New Delhi by Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and Future Group CEO Kishore Biyani in shape of ‘HimachalYatra'. Morgan Stanley's board voted James P. the New York Times said. There is a growing concern over the likely adverse impact of climate change and recognition of the fact that effective steps are needed to be taken for reduction of green house gas emission. Sahara Power India said in a statement. based on supercritical technology. Buildings are responsible for at least 40 per cent of energy use in most countries and are major contributors to global emissions. 77. 79.8 per cent in 2011 and 7. and will not permit any agreement or memorandum of understanding (MoU) arrangements between the incumbents and private players. which stressed upon the need for developing “a comprehensive policy that can be used by the Centre and the state governments in further developing Public-Private Partnerships”.000 families in the State.5-7. aimed at developing various source-to-market initiatives and facilitate for creating livelihood for over 25. Mack will retire from his full-time role and become a senior advisor to the firm. He is currently working on a book about leaders and his years on Wall Street. The airport is owned by HAL.75 % growth for India The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said that India would have a year-on-year projected growth rate of 7. which has invested around Rs. 2012. This plant. Releasing its semi-annual World Economic Outlook report in Washington.Titlagarh. even as it warned of overall slowing global activity. The PPP Policy. (HAL) and Container Corporation of India (Concor) along with terminal operator Clarion Solutions. LIC and IDFC in the presence of Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherje to provide Takeout Finance for infrastructure projects. This will now be used for export and import activities by facilitating air cargo . IMF projects 7. Future Group to promote ‘Brand Himachal' The Future Group joined hands with the Himachal Pradesh Government for a strategic partnership to promote ‘Brand Himachal'. TERI signed MoU with HUDCO The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) to encourage energy conservation in urban areas/cities. This move is in line with the Budget 2011-12 announcement. The MoU between IIFCL and LIC and IDFC will provide for takeout up to 50 per cent of the total project cost in the ratio of 20:20:10 by these institutions respectively. New PPP policy ruled out state MoUs with private sector The finance ministry prepared a detailed Private-Public Partnership Policy that will define PPPs for all formal use and will lay down principles for implementation and monitoring of projects. the company said. Three institutions signed MoU for Takeout Finance scheme A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between IIFCL. 1.000 crore.5 per cent in 2012. Mack is stepping down from his role at the end of the year. will also prescribe the modes of bidding projects for the Centre and states. 81. 80. 78. 2012. Orissa.
Chief General Manager of NABARD P. 4 GB internal memory with expandable memory up to 32 GB and a 5MP camera with flash and video recording. BlackBerry Curve 9360 with a 2.88 mscmd as planned for the current year. BP hoped to combine its sub-surface exploration skills with project management capability of RIL to get reverse the sagging output.90. Exporter Earners' Foreign Currency (EEFC) and Residents' Foreign Currency (RFC) accounts. industrial sector and infrastructure sector to $750 million or equivalent against the present limit of $500 million. namely. runway and air traffic control (ATC) will be managed by HAL.47 crore annually for the next seven years. The limit for eligible borrowers to avail of ECB under the automatic route per financial year was enhanced for corporates in real sector. . Individual residents in India are now permitted to include non-resident close relative(s) as joint holder(s) in their resident bank accounts. Mohanaiah stated that the RIDF loan was sanctioned to provide irrigation facility to 4. 399. RIL has submitted a plan to invest over $1. New BlackBerry from RIM Research In Motion (RIM) introduced new BlackBerry handset and tied up with Bharti Airtel to exclusively market it in India. 85. ground handling operator and regulated agent. According to BP chief gas output from KG-D6 is to rise by 2014 Britain based BP said the output from the KG-D6 gas fields.029 acres land in 16. RBI okayed hike in ECB limit The Reserve Bank of India okayed the proposal to further liberalise the external commercial borrowing (ECB) policy.990. On his first visit to India after the approval of the $7. which is assigned terminal operator. Priced at Rs. 875 crore in 22 districts and the remaining amount is met from MGNREGS. The project is being implemented with a cost of Rs. Delhi Metro got UN certification The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation was certified by the United Nations as the first metro rail and rail-based system in the world to get “carbon credits for reducing green house gas emissions” and helping in reducing pollution levels in the city by 6. While the airport. With this certification.22 crore to the State government under RIDF-XVII for ‘Indira Jala Prabha' project.2-billion BP-RIL deal.472 villages. state-run NMDC announced the 50 per cent stake purchase in Australia-based Legacy Iron Ore as cornerstone investor for nearly 19 million Australian dollar. 82. the cargo complex is managed by Clarion Solutions. There were more fields around the currently producing Dhirubhai-1 and 3 (D1 and D3) fields in block KG-DWN-98/3. which needed to be brought to production. Blackberry Curve 9360 smartphone is powered by the new ‘BlackBerry 7' operating system and runs on an 800 Mhz single core processor. on ‘former or survivor' basis. RBI relaxed forex facilities for individuals The Reserve Bank of India further liberalised the foreign exchange facilities for individuals under the Foreign Exchange Management Act. (FEMA). 83. savings (SB).5 billion in developing four satellite fields around D1 and D3 to produce up to 10 mscmd of gas by 2016.services from Nashik.44 inch touch screen is equipped with 512 MB of RAM. 88. (RIL). echoing the similar views expressed by Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Industries Ltd. 84. or KG-D6. could rise only in 2014 after the new fields in the area were brought into production.19. in which it has a 30 per cent stake.5 mscmd from 54 mscmd in March last year instead of rising to 61. 1999. 86. the Delhi Metro has earned carbon credits worth about Rs. NMDC to buy stake in Legacy Iron Ore Marking its first ever PSU acquisition. NABARD loan for ‘Indira Jala Prabha' The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) sanctioned Rs.3 lakh tonne every year. 87. D1 and D3 have seen output drop to 36.
89. 92. a NASDAQ-listed company based in Houston. The vendor will provide its energy-efficient base stations to expand network coverage to under-served areas.200 gross acres. (wholly-owned subsidiary of the company) in Wimco. including the U.S. Consequently. through its wholly-owned U. NIIT. NSDC will hold the remaining 27 per cent stake.S. Wimco became a direct subsidiary of the company with effect from September 29. The partnership between India Post and MoneyGram will increase transactions from key remitter countries. where Cairn Lanka has a 100 per cent participating interest. ITC bought out Russell's stake in Wimco ITC has informed the Bombay Stock Exchange that it acquired the entire shareholding of Russell Credit Ltd. Initially.3 million of the Houston-based firm's future costs to develop the area in the Eagle Ford deposits in Texas. will invest $300 million over the next five years in the lucrative Eagle Ford shale assets. While Future Learning. “A gross 25m hydrocarbon column in sandstone between the depths of 3043. the U. The gas utility. Australia and Saudi Arabia. The subsidiary company has executed definitive agreements with Carrizo. will help crores of Indians living abroad to swiftly transfer money back home. Texas. GAIL will consider expanding its business portfolio in the North American market by pursuing various upstream and midstream opportunities. which is world's largest postal network. The company. UAE. will hold 73 per cent stake in the joint venture. designing and implementing the 2G and 3G networks for Airtel. out of which the GAIL subsidiary will have 4. GAIL will pay $63. C. to enter into an unincorporated joint venture. to be named Future Sharp. The emphasis would be to . 91. Canada. NSDC formed venture Kishore Biyani promoted Future Group announced joining hands with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to achieve the aim of training seven million Indians in varied industries in the services sector during the next ten years.000 post offices across India.8 and 3068. the first hydrocarbon find in the country. According to GAIL Chairman and Managing Director B. Nokia Siemens tied up to expand African operations Bharti Airtel has said it had entered into an agreement with Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to expand its 2G (GSM/EDGE) networks and deploy 3G networks in seven African countries. The CLPL-Dorado-91H/1z well. Tripathi. GAIL made first acquisition in the U.040 net acres spread over four counties in Texas. Under the agreement. 93. subsidiary GAIL Global (USA) Inc. the service will be available in 100 post offices in Delhi.” 95. “India Post. The two partners have earmarked Rs.. The joint venture will have 20. Further drilling would be required to establish the commerciality of the discovery.K. India Post tied up with MoneyGram The Department of Posts (DoP) tied up with U. including smaller towns and villages in the seven countries. Future Group. including planning. Under the deal. for $95 million. drilled in early August in a depth of 1354 metres.S. a wholly owned subsidiary of Cairn India Limited. the training and learning arm of Future Group. Bharti. including LNG exports to India. Punjab and Tamil Nadu circles offering instant inward money transfer services and by 2014 it would be extended to 5. is located in the block SL 2007-01-001. 94.S GAIL (India) announced its decision to buy 20 per cent stake in a shale gas area operated by Carrizo Oil and Gas Inc in the U.S..-based MoneyGram International to offer money transfer solutions to Indians living abroad. Cairn Lanka struck gas in Mannar basin Cairn Lanka struck gas in the first well in the Mannar basin in Sri Lanka.7 million in cash to Carrizo and bear $31. NSDC formed joint venture NIIT entered into a public-private partnership with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to enhance skills and employability for youth across India.7m MD was interpreted from log and MDT data to be predominantly gasbearing with some additional liquid hydrocarbon potential. 90. notified the Sri Lankan government of the gas discovery. NSN will manage end-to-end network operations.58 crore for the next ten years for the joint venture.
Singh and S.). 97. distributors and financial advisors to transact mutual fund schemes across all AMCs. Minister of Oil and Gas of Kazakhstan at Astana. Gujarat (Rs. N. . N. at the 16th annual meeting of The Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI) said a separate group was working on creating a front-end portal called ‘MF Utility' to facilitate efficient and cost-effective transaction processing. Draft IT policy targets $200 b exports by 2020 Communications and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal has unveiled the draft National Policy on Information Technology 2011 that envisages taking the overall revenue from the sector from $89 billion as of today to $300 billion by 2020. AMFI to launch ‘MF Utility' H. the steel ministry demanded a complete ban on its exports. 98.7. the overseas arm of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation. 99. its disbursements stood at Rs. The agreement papers were inked in the presence of Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural gas. OVL paid $13 million as a signing amount to Kazakhstan. which expired in March this year. Since India has barely 1 per cent of the world’s total medium and high grade chrome ore reserves. at one place. He also hinted that once the Direct Taxes Code (DTC) was in place. the Centre might extend tax holiday under the Software Technology Park of India (SPTI) scheme. 02. ‘MF Utility' is planned to commence operations by first week of April 2012. it cannot afford to lose the mineral. NABARD's loan disbursement crossed Rs.offer job oriented training in semi-urban and rural areas to applicants mainly from low and middle income households.7984 cr. Chief Executive. Mynbaev.1 lakh crore marks. This is the fourth among the States that have availed of substantial financial support from NABARD. the ministry said.6. This facility will help customers. OVL to take 25 % stake in Kazakh oil block ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL).844 crore as on September 30 this year.9.1 lakh crore marks Loans disbursed to State Governments by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) for creating rural infrastructure crossed the Rs. Sinor. Of that Rs. Uttar Pradesh (Rs. subject to clearances from SEBI. According to a NABARD release. P. R. The other three are Andhra Pradesh (Rs. While OVL had on April 16 signed a joint operating agreement and participation share agreement/assignment agreement with Kazakhstan's KazMunaiGas Exploration Production to buy a quarter of the Satpayev block.711 cr. 96. 100. this agreement makes the Kazakh government to formally become a part of the concession.).). besides creating additional one-crore jobs.324 cr. signed an agreement to take a 25 per cent stake in Kazakhstan's Satpayev offshore exploration block. The ministry warned that the country may soon run out of the costly steelmaking input if it failed to plug exports. besides giving incentives to small and medium enterprises engaged in the IT sector. Steel ministry demanded total ban on chrome ore exports Concerned over the depleting reserves of chrome ore.1. 523 crore had been disbursed in Tamil Nadu.
Ten new planets discovered An international team. The awesome spectacle of the moon being eclipsed was visible all over the country. Girjapuri and Gairwa the population of black bucks was found to be 73. and two Neptune-sized planets orbiting the same star. Country witnessed century's longest and darkest lunar eclipse Moon's bright white glow turned crimson brick red when it delved into the dark centre of the Earth's shadow during the century's longest and darkest lunar eclipse. The Ghats also represents two Global 200 priority eco-regions not represented in the World Heritage List. Amongst them is one orbiting a star perhaps only a few tens of million years old. This was the century's longest and darkest total lunar eclipse as the Moon immersed deeply inside the umbral (darker) shadow of the Earth. which assessed the sites. Population of black bucks rising at Katarnia range The population of a rare species of black buck is increasing at Katarnia forest range under Katarniaghat wildlife sanctuary. The last eclipse to exceed this duration was in July 2000. which would give unprecedented detail on scanners. these “living lasers” could be produced inside live animals. They have grown in numbers considerably in the past two years with more males than females. Most of them inhabit in the forest areas of Bichhiya. Girjapuri and Gairwa river blocks. and a rare Saturn-like world. Earlier. in future. 5. The country has been campaigning for the status for 39 sites of the Ghats and the Paris session of the World Heritage Committee will decide on the list. 228 freshwater fish. 2. Mechanism of proposed Western Ghats serial sites to be enhanced The proposed Western Ghats Natural Heritage Conservation Authority (WGNHCA) will likely strengthen the management of the serial sites nominated for the Unesco's World Heritage List. including the national capital. 508 birds. The counting of black bucks was carried out between May 16.000 vascular plant species. According to the researchers. the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). which could one day be used to activate drugs inside the human body. This caused a green laser to be beamed out of the other end that was visible to the human eye. Under three blocks of the rang Bichhiya. 3. Out of the ten new exoplanets (CoRoT-16b through to 24b and c).” The technical evaluation team of the IUCN had reported on the species richness and diversity of the Ghats. 157 reptiles. and one is in orbit around an unusually young star. Rotation and Transits) space telescope. has discovered 10 new planets. and 139 mammals. 2011 which was quite astonishing. 4. The next such eclipse will only take place in 2141. seven are hot Jupiters some of which are unusually dense and/or on unusually elongated orbits. 179 amphibians. The planets were detected using the CoRoT (Convection. operated by the French space agency CNES. including scientists from the University of Oxford. The full moon appeared much dimmer than usual. The announcement also includes a planet slightly smaller than Saturn. The total phase of the eclipse lasted 100 minutes. A large number of them were endemic too. The whole region included some 5. 2011 and May 23.Science & Technology 1. twin Neptune-sized planets. Scientists develop world's first 'living laser' Scientists have created what they say is the world's first "living laser" capable of producing a laser beam. The penumbral lunar eclipse began at 22:54:34 IST and will end at 04:30:45 IST. but sunlight passing through the Earth's atmosphere gave the lunar surface a deep reddish hue. had observed that “there was no overarching management plan for the nominated property. . Researchers at the Wellman Centre for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in the US used a cell from a human kidney and genetically engineered it to produce light in the same way as a jellyfish and flooded it with blue light.
Indian elephants and Great One-Horned Rhino. . including tigers.200 km from the Antarctic coast. Sukhna sanctuary’s first ever census revealed 9 mammal. 63 bird species The first ever census of the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary revealed that the sanctuary is one of the important wildlife and biodiversity conservation areas. The sanctuary was inscribed with the World Heritage Site status in 1985. two species are in Schedule I. Indian Pangolian. the first time in 44 years the aquatic bird has been sighted in the wild in the South Pacific country. which has reached 250 knots. Interestingly.S. wherein it was enlisted in 1992. This removal follows significant improvement in wildlife conservation. The lost emperor penguin has been sighted A young Emperor penguin took a rare wrong turn from the Antarctic and ended up stranded on a New Zealand beach. rear-mounted engine. Colin Miskelly. noted that the outstanding universal value for which the property was inscribed on the World Heritage list was recovering from damages sustained during ethnic unrest in the site. The sanctuary was inscribed on the danger list in 1992. Manas off danger list Manas Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam has been removed from the Endangered List of World Heritage Sites. the committee removed Assam's Manas Wildlife Sanctuary from the ‘world heritage in danger' list after taking into account the significant improvements made for its preservation. presently holding its 35th session in Paris. a curator at Te Papa. particularly increasing the population of key species. which requires enough prey for its sustenance. The World Heritage Committee. two in Schedule II. the Committee decided to inscribe the 39 serial sites of the Ghats next year. wild boar.B. Western Ghats to be inscribed in world heritage list next year The serial sites of Western Ghats will be inscribed in the World Heritage List next year. 7. who is part of the Indian delegation canvassing for the heritage status. which owns Eurocopter. Coming soon: Winged helicopter and electric plane Eurocopter is set to debut the aerial prowess of its X3 rotocraft at the upcoming Paris Air Show. Golden Jackal and Grey Langur. Current design calls for liquid nitrogen tanks that would be used to cool a superconducting. Dean of the Wildlife Institute of India. The Voltair is an all-electric. Other threats such as illegal logging and wildlife poaching in the Pambari Range have declined significantly and the park infrastructure has improved.98 mph) in test flights.-made Sikorsky. stated that the presence of predators such as the leopard. 8. said the bird was likely born during the last Antarctic winter. chital. Mathur. the Museum of New Zealand. the X3 could be more cost-effective. The nine species of mammals include leopard. Although not as fast as the U. An independent review on the status was done by the IUCN to apprise the World Heritage Committee on the present situation in Manas. The X3 has the vertical take-off and manueverability of a copter but the high-speed capabilities of a plane. V. It may have been searching for squid and krill when it took a wrong turn and landed about 3. suggests the importance of Sukhna and its rich biodiversity. The 36th session of the World Heritage Committee of Unesco in Bangkok will make the announcement.6. three in Schedule III and one in the Schedule IV category. Incidentally. given the fact that nine species of mammals and 63 species of birds have been found during the survey period from the sanctuary. The plane is designed to make short trips carrying just 50 to 70 passengers 10. Mathur. has also recently proposed another futuristic aircraft that is still in the conceptual stages. sambar. said Dr. Though the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) wanted the inscription to be postponed for three years at the current session being held in Paris. which was released recently. 9. Indian Porcupine. The aircraft is essentially a helicopter with wings that has already clocked speeds of 232 knots (266. lightweight craft powered by lithium air batteries. EADS. seven years after Unesco declared it a world heritage site. Blacknaped hare. Wildlife hale & hearty. Emperor penguins are the tallest and largest species of penguin and can grow up to 122 cm high and weigh more than 34 kg. Conservation experts say the penguin is about 10 months old and stands about 80 cm high. The census report.
India. India exports half of its annual produ . did not object to listing of the pesticide. Endosulfan listed under Rotterdam Convention The Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention.11. This makes prior informed consent of importing countries necessary for export of the pesticide. decided to list endosulfan under annex III to the Convention. an exporter. meeting in Geneva.
It will begin a prolonged encounter with the asteroid Vesta.000 years after Neanderthals. the experimental test has a solid basis: Alzheimer’s is known to cause changes in the eyes. not just the brain. which compared the genomes of more than 6.000 to 750. the spaceship lifted off. but scientists with the IWC say they need to do more. is present in about nine per cent of people from outside of Africa. Japan feast on tiny land snails. simple eye test may give clues to Alzheimer’s Scientists in Australia are reporting encouraging early results from a simple eye test they hope will give a noninvasive way to detect signs of Alzheimer’s disease. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is set to enter an asteroid’s orbit on July 15.000 modern humans with that of the hominids. thundering away on the 135th shuttle mission 30 years and three months after the very first flight 19. according to scientists. Other scientists in the US also are working on an eye test for detecting the disease. probably interbred with the physically stronger hominids. Dawn will study Vesta for one year. An international team. Researchers found that 15% of the snails eaten survived digestion and were found alive in the birds' droppings. who left Africa some 300. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft to enter asteroid’s orbit For the first time ever. But sceptics of man-made climate change said the researchers “tweak an out-of-date climate computer model and cherrypick the outcome to get their desired result”. . Now. found that a small part of the human X chromosome. The critically endangered western population of gray whales spends its summer feeding around Sakhalin island. and so this final journey of the shuttle era packed in crowds and roused emotions on a scale not seen since the Apollo moon shots. Whales 'at risk' from oil surveys Oil and gas exploration in the Russian Far East continues to threaten whales. Japanese white-eyes on the island of Hahajima. 22. 18. The main asteroid belt lies between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. NASA's last space shuttle blasted into history Atlantis and four astronauts rocketed into orbit on NASA's last space shuttle voyage.refine Chinese coal boilers will cause temperatures to rise significantly. and observations will help scientists understand the earliest chapter of our solar system’s history. making the mission the first to enter orbit around a main-belt asteroid. delegates at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting have warned. Tiny snails survive digestion by birds Snails are able to survive intact after being eaten by birds. Although it has been tried on just a small number of people. After days of gloomy forecasts full of rain and heavy cloud cover. 21. This evidence suggests that bird predation could be a key factor in how snail populations spread. Surprising new evidence has also emerged on the whales' migration. which originates from Neanderthals. Companies using seismic guns to find oil and gas in the area do take steps to reduce the impact. It will be at least three years — possibly five or more — before astronauts launch again from US soil. dodging bad weather and delighting hundreds of thousands of spectators on hand to witness the end of an era. 'Neanderthals interbred with early humans' Scientists claim to have found new evidence which confirms that early modern humans. which are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s. 20. 23. A separate study found that falls might be an early warning sign of Alzheimer’s. People who seemed to have healthy minds but who were discovered to have hidden plaques clogging their brains were five times more likely to fall during the study than those without these brain deposits.
684 km. 28. But researchers have discovered human-like footprints dating back almost 3. The discovery and application of the enzymes could release untapped energy in waste plant products to make fuel. First Lufthansa commercial biofuel flight took off Lufthansa became the first airline to use biofuels on regular commercial flights in a six month trial that it estimates will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 1. in one engine of an Airbus plane on daily flights between Frankfurt and Hamburg. launched onboard PSLV-C17. The Aaranyak under its Wildlife Genetics Programme will work with an Indonesian counterpart to initiate non-invasive DNA-based research to estimate the population size. Guwahati institute to assist Indonesian rhino project Aaranyak.715 km and an orbital inclination of 0. 27. Until now it was believed that the ability to walk upright on two legs evolved around 1. 26. . A pact signed last month with biofuel producers and the EU Commission aims to produce 2 million tonnes of biofuel for aviation by 2020. life sciences company Ingenza and Professor John Wallace from the Rowett Institute in Aberdeen. European airlines are pressing ahead with biofuel plans in order to cut use of regular jet fuel. Largest distant water reservoir in universe ‘discovered’ Astronomers have discovered what they claim is the largest and farthest reservoir of water ever detected in the universe. a team at California Institute of Technology has found a mass of water vapour that’s at least 140 trillion times that of all the water in the world’s oceans combined. Quasar is one of the brightest and most violent objects in the cosmos. Critical manoeuvres to raise GSAT-12 Satellite into geosynchronous orbit were performed by firing the 440 Newton Liquid Apogee Motor (LAM) of the spacecraft for about 80 minutes in five spells during July 16-20. a wildlife research and bio-diversity conservation organisation based in Guwahati will assist Indonesian authorities to undertake non-invasive genetics research on two critically endangered species — the Javan and the Sumatran rhinos — in Indonesia. Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C17) injected GSAT-12 into an elliptical transfer orbit of 281 km perigee (closest point to Earth) and 21. could be used industrially to break down the tough structures of plant and tree matter. 29. male-female-calf ratio. has been successfully placed in geosynchronous orbit with a perigee of 35. They are investigating how enzymes found in the stomachs of cattle and other ruminants. rhino density and also study the issue of genetic bottleneck and inbreeding of the rhinos.9 million years ago. renewable’ fuel Edinburgh scientists have revealed that the stomach of a cow could hold the key to creating more environmentally friendly versions of petrol and diesel. and 100. The global population of the Javan rhino is less than 50 and found only in Ujung Kulon National Park (NP) cum World Heritage Site in West Java. On July 15. animals which “chew cud”. How cows may be key to ‘sustainable.24. Humans walked upright 'far earlier than previously thought' Humans walked upright on two legs far earlier than previously thought. says a new study. GSAT-12 communication satellite placed in geosynchronous orbit The GSAT-12 communication satellite. Looking from a distance of 30 billion trillion miles away into a quasar. preserved in rock sediment in Laetoli. The 11 prints. a primitive early human that may be a direct ancestor of everyone living today 25. display a gait more like that of modern humans than the awkward upright walking posture adopted by chimpanzees. The study is being carried out by ARK-Genomics at Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute. The footprints are thought to have been left by Australopithecus afarensis. orangutans and gorillas.9 deg. apogee of 35. Lufthansa is using a mix of regular fuel and biofuel made by Neste Oil from jatropha and camelina crops and animal fats. and orbital inclination of 17.7 million years.17 deg with respect to the equatorial plane.027 km apogee (farthest point to earth).500 tonnes during the period. Tanzania.000 times more massive than the sun.
powerful magnetic field and auroras. the discreet Shadowhawk UAV is proving an effective crime-fighting solution for both police forces and private companies. which will arrive at Jupiter in 2016. The unprecedented $1. the evidence gathered by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter would be the first discovery of active liquid water in the ground on the red planet.7 billion-mile pioneering voyage. Google+ is fastest site to reach 25 mln visitors.000mph. The US space agency said the orbiter circling Mars since 2006 had monitored numerous instances of what appeared to be water flows occuring in several locations during the Martian spring and summer. French town makes Mediterranean beach smoke free A small town in Provence is attracting more holidaying families by turning a stretch of sundrenched Mediterranean seafront into what it calls the first non-smoking beach in France. but new theory In a spectacle that might have beguiled poets. was to learn more about how the solar system was created and unlock many of it secrets that have remained a mystery until now. Once it reaches its target it will be the furthest-travelled solar-powered probe and the fastest man-made object in history after travelling at 160. lovers and songwriters if only they had been around to see it. The smoking ban came into effect earlier this summer. is being used to track pirates off the Horn of Africa and enforce law on the streets in the US. which can fire tasers. . Earth once had two moons. comes complete with computer model runs showing how it might have happened and an illustration that looks like the bigger moon getting a pie in the face.'' The result: Our planet was left with a single bulked-up and ever-so-slightly lopsided moon. Scientists said the spacecraft. Twitter took much longer to reach that size. But the smaller one smashed into the other in what is being called the ``big splat. The astronomers came up with the scenario to explain why the moon's far side is so much more hilly than the one that is always facing Earth. NASA reports first evidence of flowing water on Mars NASA scientists announced that they had found the first evidence of flowing water on Mars. will study the planet's core. and compliance among the public at the packed beach has surprised even the city official who came up with the idea. Miniature spy helicopter used to hunt pirates A remote-controlled mini-helicopter.1 billion (£674m) “Juno” mission is set to blast off from Cape Canaveral. Earth's two moons. grenades and shotgun shells. Time-sequence imagery of the Newton crater in the southern mid-latitude region showed finger-like markings spreading along several steep slopes and then fading again once colder temperatures move in. 34. Beachcombers who arrive at the "Plage Lumiere" beach pass under a large sign reminding them that smoking is off limits. If confirmed. deputy mayor for the environment. 35. outlined Wednesday in the journal Nature. bars and restaurants are gradually undoing what was once a notoriously laissez-faire attitude to smoking. The theory. on a five-year mission to the heart of the “King of the Planets”. in Florida. Juno: Nasa's $1. 31. 32. and two cigarette-shaped ashtrays attached to the sign invite them to stub out their butts before they put on the sun cream. Able to reach speeds of 70mph and to record and broadcast footage in real time. astronomers now think. making it the fastest website to reach that audience size. 33. according to data released by comScore. Noel Collura. Facebook. It was awarded a multi-million dollar contract in April to conduct anti-piracy operations off the coast of East Africa for from an oil and gas exploration company. atmosphere. Nasa said the aim of the 1. Similar limits on smoking in French cafés.1bn probe to Jupiter to 'unlock solar system secrets It is one of the space agency’s most ambitious missions and will attempt to discover the secrets behind the largest planet in the solar system.30.It's not lunacy. Google+ became fastest site to 25 mn visitors: comScore Google Inc's new social network has attracted 25 million users. American company Vanguard Defense Industries spent three years developing the spy craft.
36. Gagarin microsatellite launched from ISS on second try Russian cosmonauts carried out a fraught six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk, releasing a student satellite commemorating Yuri Gagarin's first manned mission to space. The Kedr satellite will send greetings to radio enthusiasts in 15 languages, as well as photos and pressure data. Its release was delayed when cosmonauts saw it was missing one of two antennas. The cosmonauts intended also to move a crane, but that was postponed to the next scheduled spacewalk in February. 37. Anti-matter around Earth 'discovered' Planetary scientists claim to have for the first time spotted a thin band of anti-matter particles, called anti-protons, enveloping the Earth. The find, published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, confirms theoretical work that predicted the Earth’s magnetic field could trap antimatter, according to a team led by the University of Bari. The astronomers say that a small number of anti-protons lie between the Van Allen belts of trapped “normal” matter. The anti-protons were spotted by the Pamela satellite launched in 2006 to study the nature of high-energy particles from the Sun and from beyond our Solar System — so-called cosmic rays 38. King cobra bred in captivity at Karnataka biological park For the first time in the country, an endangered king cobra was bred in captivity at the Shivaram Karanth Biological Park at the Pilikula Nisarga Dhama in coastal town of Mangalore in Karnataka. Forty-five eggs have hatched so far, while many more are likely to do so in the coming days. The park, the only one in the country which has a project on captive breeding of the king cobra since 2008, has now succeeded with two-day old juveniles creeping around. The captive breeding of the king cobra is a proud moment for the conservation efforts of the park. The park, with permission from the Central Zoo Authority, has created an artificial atmosphere at the breeding area. 39. Climate change impact is visible in the Arctic Arctic scientists are working for evolving models for future sustainable management of the Arctic ecosystems. The efforts attain significance in the wake of glaring signals of melting of glaciers and climate change in the Arctic region, said Bijoy Nandan, Associate Professor (Marine Biology), Cochin University of Science and Technology, who was member of a recent Indian contingent to Arctic. The team came back last week after a summer expedition to the region. 40. New Pacific eel is a 'living fossil', scientists say A new type of eel that inhabits an undersea cave in the Pacific Ocean has been dubbed a "living fossil" because of its primitive features. It is so distinct, scientists created a new taxonomic family to describe its relationship to other eels. The US-Palauan-Japanese team say the eel's features suggest it has a long and independent evolutionary history stretching back 200m years. Details appear in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The animal used as the basis for the new study was an 18cm-long female, collected by one of the researchers during a dive at a 35mdeep cave in the Republic of Palau. 41. Darkest exoplanet spotted by astronomers A dark alien world, blacker than coal, has been spotted by astronomers. The Jupiter-sized planet is orbiting its star at a distance of just five million km, and is likely to be at a temperature of some 1200C. The planet may be too hot to support reflective clouds like those we see in our own Solar System, but even that would not explain why it is so dark. The research will be published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The planet, called TrES-2b, is so named because it was first spotted by the Trans-Atlantic Exoplanet Survey in 2006. It is about 750 light-years away, in the Draco constellation.
42. Sukhoi PAK FA(T-50) has been shown in Mascow Air-show The Sukhoi fifth-generation stealth fighter, which Russia is jointly developing with India, made its public debut at a Moscow airshow.It is India's biggest-ever defence project and it is largest
defence deal with Russia India and Russia are jointly designing two versions of the plane — a single-seater for the Russian Air Force and a two-seat version for the IAF. India will contribute about 30 per cent of the total design in the project, including composite components with the stealth function and some avionics, electronic warfare systems and cockpit displays. The total cost of the project is estimated at $10 billion. 43. LHC slowly closing in on existence of 'God particle' Scientists are hoping that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will finally nail Higgs boson — the “God particle” which theoretically endowed every other particle with mass, but has proved elusive to date. The discovery of Higgs boson is one of the chief goals of the LHC, the most powerful particle accelerator on Earth and perhaps the most complex scientific endeavour ever attempted. 44. Benefits of radiation outweigh risks Pushparaja, a scientist and former head of the Radiation Hazards Control Section, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai, said that the benefits of the use of radiation and radioactive material under controlled conditions greatly outweighed the risks. He said that radiation had been a part of the natural environment. The effects of radiation were better known and the regulations and safety measures adopted to protect people were now advanced. The use of radioisotopes was regulated. People used cooking gas and electricity, whose usage carried an element of risk. But people used them because the advantages were far more than the disadvantages. The Indian Association for Radiation Protection, founded in 1969, had been conducting programmes for making the public aware of the hazards of radiation. 45. TCS targeted SMBs through ‘iON' Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) introduced ‘iON', its integrated information technology solution for small and medium businesses (SMBs) that works on pay-per-use model, in Delhi and its surrounding cities. TCS Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director N. Chandrasekaran, who is also Chief Architect of ‘iON’, told that ‘iON’ provides best-in-class, on-demand business solutions using the latest in scalable cloud computing technology. It removes the need for SMBs to invest in IT assets or retain scarce IT talent. 46. Technology to improve bio-safety of GM crops Eucalyptus gall disease spreads in Punjab A research group in the Madurai Kamaraj University here has successfully developed a technology to improve the bio-safety of Genetically Modified (GM) crops. The novel technology was first developed in rice plants and it can be readily applied for all other crops also so that it would have ‘enormous impact' in improving the bio-safety value. The university's research group has, through its research initiatives, now developed ‘Selectable Marker Elimination' technology and it was successful in coming out with marker-free GM rice with sheath blight disease resistance. 47. Eucalyptus gall disease spreads in Punjab Forest Research Institute (FRI), Dehradun, is for the past one year, trying to find a way to control the gall disease that has affected almost 50 per cent of the eucalyptus trees being grown in the North’s forest region as well as those grown by private persons. More than three lakh trees in Kandi area of Punjab alone are under the attack of Leptocybe Invasa, a gall insect, which causes swelling in the veins of the leaves of young trees and hampers their growth. 48. Earth 'home to 8.7 million species' Earth is a home to 8.7 million species, but 90 per cent of them are yet to be discovered, according to new estimates. Previous guesses had put the total number of different types of plant and animal on earth at anywhere between three million and 100 million. Now, a new calculation, based on the way in which life forms are classified, puts the estimate at 8.7 million. 49. River found 13,000 ft beneath the Amazon Scientists led by an Indian-origin researcher have discovered a huge underground river which, they believe, is flowing some 13,000 feet beneath the mighty Amazon River in Brazil. The
researchers at Brazil's National Observatory (BNO) believe the subterranean river is about 6,000km long, about the same length as the Amazon on the surface. The finding came from studying temperature variations at 241 inactive oil wells drilled in the 1970s by Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras. The researchers have named the river ‘Hamza', after team supervisor Valiya Hamza, an Indian-origin scientist who has been studying the region for over four decades. 50. World’s Smallest Electric Motor Is 1 Nanometer Across Tufts University researchers have developed world’s smallest electric motor. Guinness book lists a 200 nm wide motor as the world’s smallest, but now the new molecular electric motor will replace it. 51. ‘Rudra' to join Army soon The Army's aerial firepower capabilities will get a boost, with the induction soon of the attack version of indigenously built Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) ‘Rudra’. The ‘Rudra' is the first weaponised chopper built in the country and will be inducted into the Army Aviation Corps in the current financial year. ‘Rudra' is an armed variant of ALH Dhruva chopper. 52. The lion-tailed macaque faces habitat destruction Nelliampathy, the second biggest abode of the most endangered lion-tailed macaque after the famous Silent Valley National Park, is facing destruction of its habitat due to “unregulated plantation activities, fragmentation and conversion of forest land.” A recent study on “ecology and behaviour of the arboreal mammals of Nelliampathy” found a total of 13 lion-tailed macaque troops with 200 individuals in the area. Thus it is the second biggest population of one of the most endangered primates. The Silent Valley has 250 members of the species 53. First black child diagnosed with ageing disease The elfin child with the big personality and bright smile calls herself “the first lady”. Doctors say 12-year-old Ontlametse Phalatse has only another couple of years to live. Ontlametse is the first black child diagnosed with progeria, a rare, fatal genetic condition that accelerates the aging process, the Progeria Research Foundation said. 54. Pipavav to build warships with Mazagon Dock In the first public-private participation in the defence sector, Nikhil Gandhi-owned Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering Company, (earlier Pipavav Shipyard) has entered into a joint venture with Mazagon Dock to build warships for the Indian Navy. 55. Two new species of fish found in Arunachal Scientists at the GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development have discovered two new species of fish in rivers of Arunachal Pradesh. The discovery of two new species of catfish - Erethistoides Senkhiensis and Glyptothorax Dikrongensis was made by the institute's staffers Lakpa Tamang and Shivaji Chaudhry at Senkhi stream and Dikrong River in Papum Pare district. 56. Vultures flourish in Sathyamangalam forest There is good news for bird lovers and environmentalists. While the country has lost more than 90 per cent of its vultures, the small population of these scavenger birds in Moyar river valley in Sathyamangalam forest remains healthy and stable. Recent studies and field observation made by the Forest Department reveal that the white-rumped and long-billed vulture birds are seen in Moyar River in Thengumarada and Bhavanisagar forest areas. 57. Manali to get modern monal breeding centre Former state bird of Himachal, monal (impeyan pheasant), an endangered species, will soon get an advanced breeding centre in Manali. The Central Zoo Authority (CZA) has approved the proposal for it and design for the centre been finalized. At present, the Manali centre has 5 pairs of monal while Himachal has about 5,000.
58. NASA unveiled design for new giant rocket The design for NASA’s newest behemoth of a rocket harkens back to the giant workhorse liquid rockets that propelled men to the moon. But this time the destinations will be much farther and the rocket even more powerful. The size, shape and heavier reliance on liquid fuel as opposed to solid rocket boosters is much closer to Apollo than the recently retired space shuttles, which were winged, reusable ships that sat on top of a giant liquid fuel tank, with twin solid rocket boosters providing most of the power. It’s also a shift in emphasis from the moon-based, solid-rocketoriented plans proposed by the George W. Bush administration. 59. Sriharikota to be an assembling hub The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is drawing up plans to develop the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota into a centre for assembling satellites and rockets in the near future. 60. BrahMos airborne launcher prototype undergoing tests The BrahMos Aerospace Thiruvananthapuram Limited (BATL) had been contracted to build five prototype airborne launchers of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile with its first flight test on a Su-30 MKI aircraft slated to take place by the end of 2012. Designed by BrahMos engineers and approved by the Sukhoi Design Bureau, original makers of Sukhoi, the launcher was indigenously developed by BATL. Fabricated using high strength aluminium, the 6-metre-long airborne launcher — the largest in the world — weighs 350 kg. 61. Frog with blue eyes found in Arunachal A new frog species with blue eyes was discovered in the Eagle Nest Wildlife Sanctuary at Sessa in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. Dehra Dun-based naturalist Sanjay Sondhi, during a survey conducted as part of the Eagle Nest Biodiversity Project with the support of the State Forest Department, discovered the amphibian species early this year. The frog, named Bompu after the locality in the sanctuary where it was found, is native to the forest streams at an altitude of 2,000 metres and lives under leaf litter and rotting logs. 62. Nagpur to get international wildlife park Spread over 28.37 hectare, the Gondwana forest near Nagpur will soon be transformed into an international wild life park, on the lines of the Singapore zoo. The decision, taken in the state cabinet meeting, looks at this park as an initiative to boost state tourism, since Nagpur is the state tiger capital. The state forest department decided to set aside Rs720 crore for the project. It appointed Bernard Harrison and Friends Ltd, the company that conceptualised the Singapore zoological gardens and maintained them from 1983 to 2002. 63. China to launch lunar probe around 2013 National authorities said that China would launch the Chang'e-3 around 2013, marking the first time for a Chinese spacecraft to land on the surface of an extraterrestrial body. The mission will also mark the first step of the second stage of China's ambitious three-phase lunar exploration program, although a timetable for a manned moon landing has yet to be announced. 64. Delhi Metro got UN certification The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation was certified by the United Nations as the first metro rail and rail-based system in the world to get “carbon credits for reducing green house gas emissions” and helping in reducing pollution levels in the city by 6.3 lakh tonne every year. With this certification, the Delhi Metro earned carbon credits worth about Rs.47 crore annually for the next seven years. 65. Swarna Sub1: flood resistant rice variety The Swarna Sub 1 variety is similar to Swarna rice variety grown in eastern parts of the country in all characteristic features except submergence tolerance. Popularization of Swarna Sub1 cum seed distribution campaigns were organized during July 2011 through the Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) of Thanjavur (Needamangalam) and Namakkal (Sikkal) districts. Seeds of Swarna Sub1
2. created by researchers in Tomsk. conducted the launch. Orissa. named Aakash. to devise a portable operating system on cloud. The missile rose from a launcher on a railway track from the Wheeler Island on the Orissa coast.were distributed to around 100 farmers who cultivate rice in flood prone conditions. was launched and it would be available at around half this price to students as part of the government's programme to expand education through information technology. The dressing stops bleeding. The two-stages of the surface-to-surface missile worked with precision. HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said while unveiling the 7-inch touch screen device.000 degrees' Celsius. Agni-II soared in success The launch of Agni-II was a big success. The missile weighs 17 tonnes and is 20 metres long.” This was the third successful missile launch in seven days for the DRDO. It calls the missile “the pride of India's strategic arsenal. cut an arc of 2000 km. Siberia.276. raced to a height of 220 km. 67. the gnawing problem of clinical medicine. World's cheapest tablet PC launched The world's cheapest tablet PC. It has the high rate of the submerged tolerance. which can carry a one-tonne nuclear warhead. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) designed and developed Agni-II. “The price includes taxes and cost of transportation. which can solve many problems of travelling professionals. The missile. Russian miracle dressing cures without drugs Russian scientists have developed a drug-free method of healing wounds that may prove as revolutionary as the discovery of penicillin. 276. An initial order of one lakh devices has been placed with device maker Datawind. The Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the armed forces. performed a manoeuvre as it plunged into the atmosphere amidst a searing temperature of 3. VitaVallis. The size is limited to 100MB — that makes the distribution of the package easier. It does not get stuck to the wound and heals burns. who seek access to secure computers. will cost the government Rs. eliminates swellings and stimulates skin regeneration. which has won laurels in nationwide tech fests. to the RAM which then dynamically expands. Deepak John calls it a live OS that does not require installation but allows you to access the files stored in the system and perform various file management functions. 68. cuts and any septic and infected wounds two to three times faster than traditional methods do. The most remarkable thing about VitaVallis is that it contains no antibiotics and is therefore effective against drug-resistant bacteria. The Agni-II triumph caps the successful missions of Shourya and Prithvi-II from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur.2. . 69. with the missile traversing 2000 km across the sky in nine minutes of flawless mission. boots from a pen drive. It also helps kill pain and remove foul wound odour. The MICROS (Mobile In-Curred Revolutionised Operating System). ends inflammation. 66. a second-year engineering student. The tablet PC. The miracle nano-dressing. It will be given to students after subsidizing the price by up to 50 per cent. reentered the earth's atmosphere and impacted on the targeted area in the Bay of Bengal with an accuracy of some metres. A new Indian OS on cloud A system crash one year ago forced Deepak John. which handles nuclear-weapons delivery systems. costing Rs. helps clean up wounds of all known types of toxic bacteria.
Kvitova was playing in her first major final. For Commonwealth Games double gold medallist Deepika. 4. at any time. anywhere. 2. including twice to get broken to 4-2 in the first set. Djokovic on Top of the World Novak Djokovic carried all before him . Korea (2. As Mauritius does not have capital gain tax. 3. 1 silver. having won a silver and bronze. According to the DTAA. but it was three-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova that showed her nerves. Kvitova. 0) took the top three spots. Samir was adjudged the most valuable player for his consistent performance through the tournament that saw him score 23 goals. Deepika Kumari and Chekrovolu Swuro won a bronze medal in the recurve team event of the Archery World Cup Stage II in Antalya. who use the DTAA for saving capital gains tax. this was the second medal of the tournament. currently has 63246. With this performance. according to government. India-Mauritius DTAA review not to impact FDI inflow Review of India’s three-decade old double tax avoidance agreement (DTAA) with Mauritius will not impact foreign direct investment inflows to the country in the long run. 1 and enjoying what has to be the best six months of tennis by anyone. 2.Sports 1. 5. having won silver in the mixed pair event along with Jayanta Talukdar. 6.5778 points in her kitty. becoming the first Serb to win the Wimbledon singles title. The World Cup polo will be staged in Argentina in October 2011. Saina slipped to world No 6 A series of inconsistent performance has taken a toll on Saina Nehwal's ranking as the Indian badminton ace slipped to number six from four in the latest rankings. 7. With Bindra's qualification. India has taken its tally to eight quota places in shooting for London Olympics. who failed to defend her Singapore and Indonesia Super Series title this month. 1 bronze). 2) and Iran (1. Nina Mylchenko and Lidia Sichenikova 206-197 in the bronze medal play-off. a dream maiden Petra Kvitova won her first Grand Slam title by beating Maria Sharapova 6-3 6-4 in the Wimbledon final. Though Bindra finished eighth eventually. Saina. Bindra qualified for Olympics World and Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra qualified for the London Olympics as he won one of the three quota places on offer in the men's air rifle in a strong field of 128 in the shooting World Cup in Munich. The 2004 Wimbledon winner double-faulted six times. finishing with an ace and dropping to her knees in disbelief. Nearly 42 per cent of FDI into India is routed through Mauritius. The Indian trio defeated Ukraine's Victoriya Koval. Turkey. capital gains from sale of shares by residents of Mauritius in India would be liable to tax only in that country. The 24-year-old. endorsing his position as the new world No. Half-way through the year. Likewise about 40 per cent of the FII fund flow into the country is believed to be routed through the island nation. win bronze The Indian women's team of Laishram Bombayla Devi. India won qualifier for polo WC Samir Suhag hammered in five goals to help India defeat Pakistan 12-9 in the final of the Zonal play-off for the World Cup polo at the Royal Selangor Polo Club. In the last six months. A large majority of them are third country investors. USA (5 gold. Indian women beat Ukraine. 2. India finished fourth. he had to go through a tricky shoot-off for three spots in the final in a group of nine on being tied at 596 after qualification. there is no burden on investors routing money to India through circuitous route. the 21-year-old has just one title — Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold —and two runner-up finish to her name. in Malaysia. Saina's defeats against lowerranked players have brought to the fore the inadequacies in her game. who learned the game on the slopes .
8. 6-1. thus booking a London 2012 berth. Deepika Kumari and Chekrovolu Swuro today earned three Olympic quota places by beating France 216-213 in the first round of the team event of the World Archery Championship at Turin. thus a total of four berths have already been confirmed for the archers. A four-week window in August next year has been identified as the best time to host the event. Talukdar earned Olympic berth Jayanta Talukdar earned an Olympic quota place from the men's individual recurve event of the Archery World Championship at Turin. as they had a one-point lead at halfway stage but eventually lost 207-210. 1-6. The decision to postpone the league. Tarundeep Rai and Jayanta Talukdar lost by just a point. Mr. SLPL postponed to 2012 In troubled waters ever since Indian players were denied permission by the BCCI to participate in it. Doping scandal: Sports Ministry fired athletics coach India’s Ukrainian track and field coach has been fired after eight prominent athletes were suspended within a week for failing doping tests. Somerset Entertainment Ventures. Maken says he advised the national athletics federation to remove any other foreign coaches suspected of encouraging the use of performance-enhancing substances. 13. in Italy. playing their first final at this level. 6-3. the defending champion and the player he has usurped at the top of the ATP Tour ranking list. men lose Indian recurve women’s team of Laishram Bombayla Devi. Women archers made it to 2012 Olympics. The Indians had the best round . 6-4. Italy. the inaugural edition of the Sri Lanka Premier League has been postponed to August 2012. It was heartbreak for the Indian trio. Laishram Bombayla Devi and Chekrovolu Swuro settled for a silver medal after losing the recurve event final to their Italian opponents in the Archery World Championship at Turin. The fourth seeded Indo-Russian pair lost 3-6 2-6 to their ninth seeded opponents in a 51-minute summit clash at the center court. the reigning world cadet individual champion. all of them women’s 400-meter runners. Austrian Melzer and Czech Republic's Benesova. Seeded fifth in the elimination round. Talukdar got a bye to reach round three where he beat 28th ranked Antti Tekoniemi (Finland) 6-4. Ogorodonik coached six of the eight athletes who tested positive. which was scheduled to start on July 19. 9. was taken at a meeting between the Cricket Sri Lanka's new committee and the league's organisers. Bhupathi lost Final Indian tennis ace Mahesh Bhupathi failed to notch up his third Wimbledon mixed doubles title as he and his partner Elena Vesnina were outplayed by Jurgen Melzer and Iveta Benesova in straight sets in the final. The Indian women's trio of Deepika Kumari. Talukdar was one of the eight individuals to win a quota place in the men's section. The force is with him. Unfortunately. The Italians turned the table on their rivals with a fine round of 55 that gave them four-point cushion that stood the team well. Laishram Bombayla Devi and Chekrovolu Swuro have already earned three quota places. 12. but that will not involve any foreign players. were the dominant pair for most part of the final match with better serve and returns. The former world champions took charge as the Indians succumbed to the pressure. 10. Sri Lanka will have a domestic Twenty20 league in its place featuring five teams. 215-216 against the Chinese team. Deepika & Co go down fighting The Indian trio of Deepika Kumari. In normal course.near his parents' pizza restaurant in Belgrade—they wanted him to become a skier—defeated Rafael Nadal. Mr. who have not lost a single set on their way to the title. Sports minister Ajay Maken announced that Yuri Ogorodonik had been dismissed. 11. reported ‘ESPNcricinfo'. Olympic Games’ host Great Britain also qualified defeating Chinese Taipei. The presence of Deepika. Indian men’s team comprising of Rahul Banerjee. did not inspire the Indians as they shot a very poor third end for a score of 50 points out of 60. Indian men would have been out of contention for Olympic berths but as luck would have it. according to information received here.
14. no Indian player has found a place in the shortlist for the slot of wicketkeepers and fast bowlers. The Red Devils are worth a mind-boggling 1. The assessment of United's worth takes in the value of the team. and lifting the trophy for the first time. which also has the likes of former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar. Ambika won Canadian Junior World tennis championship Ambika Pande became the first Indian ever to win the Canadian U-18 ITF Junior World Ranking Championship when she defeated local challenger Gloria Liang in the final of the event in Vancouver. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has hailed Randhir Singh's election as the Secretary-General of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) 17. Sehwag nominated for ICC's all-time greatest Test team Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar and opener Virender Sehwag are among the list of players nominated for an online poll to select the greatest team of all-time on the occasion of Test cricket's 2. While Sehwag has found a place in the list of openers. The historic match will take place between India and England at Lord's from July 21 to 25. Women's World Cup final broke record The culmination of the Women’s World Cup final between Japan and the United States set a new record for tweets per second. Other spikes include bin Laden’s death (5.166 and is now second on the list. 15.196 tweets per second. Japan twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with the US after extra time before winning a penalty shootout in Frankfurt. However.000th match. Paraguay’s penalty shootout win over Brazil in a Copa America quarterfinal later the same day came close to beating it with 7. India beat Brazil in the Snooker World Cup India rounded off their league engagements in Snooker World Cup by registering a 4-1 victory over Brazil in the last group 'C' match at Bangkok Convention Centre in Thailand.939 was set just after midnight in Japan on New Year’s Day. India failed to qualify for the quarterfinals. eclipsing recent news events such as the wedding of Prince William and Kate and the death of Osama bin Laden. stadium. Ambika had earlier defeated local girl Tracy Dong 7-6(5) 6-4 in the semifinals while she blew away the challenge of another local challenger Laurence Guevremont 6-4 6-0 in the last-eight stage.106 per second) and the Super Bowl in February (4. Man named most valuable sports team in the world Manchester United was named the most valuable sports team in the world. Legendary Bishan Singh Bedi and Anil Kumble have been shortlisted for the spinner's role in the dream team.of 54 in the final end yet the team fell short by three points as the Italians celebrated the world title. However. and the ICC has called on supporters from across the globe to select the greatest team of all-time. Sachin. while the 1983 World Cup winning Indian team captain Kapil Dev is in the reckoning as an all-rounder. The previous record of 6. 16. 18. 19. The exciting climax drew 7. Germany. finishing third in the group with nine points ahead of Belgium (8) and Brazil (6). according to Twitter. The 15-year-old fourth seed Ambika overcame stiff challenge from third seed Liang to emerge 6-4 4-6 7-6(5) winner. Randhir Singh re-elected Randhir Singh was re-elected Secretary-General of the Olympic Council of Asia for the sixth consecutive term at the General Assembly meeting of the OCA held in Tokyo. despite the win.064). .165 billion pounds eclipsing giant American franchises like the Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees. income and sponsorship deals it attracts. Randhir is also a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Secretary-General of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). Tendulkar has been short-listed for the middleorder batsman's slot. This is the first win ever by an Indian junior player at this prestigious tournament.
Other plans include a torch run from Kanyakumari to Kashmir featuring Indian sports achievers. The former India skipper. 22. lifter Renubala returned CWG gold Double Commonwealth Games gold medallist Renubala Chanu announced that she was giving back her medals after being ignored for this year's Arjuna awards. “From the first World Cup that I played (in 1958) I've been doing this. music and cultural events and farewell dinner for Indian contingent. Koneru Humpy is the only other Indian to have achieved this. Maken said. having scored 14. Pele named honorary ambassador for 2014 World Cup Football legend Pele accepted an invitation from Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to act as an honorary ambassador for the 2014 World Cup. The initiative is in tune with the countdown for the London Games 2012 exactly a year away and is aimed at creating an awareness across India about the multi-sport event. Autonomy for NIS Patiala Sports Minister Ajay Maken announced the decision to demerge National Institute of Sports (NIS).363 runs in 152 games. fashion shows involving athletes. Patiala. has 32 hundreds and 60 fifties before this match. Renubala.40 before coming into the match. who interestingly made his Test debut against the same opponents at the same venue in 1996. The institute has been at the centre of the controversy since the doping scandal broke out. but more importantly crossed the crucial Elo 2600-mark to earn the coveted GM title in the men's section. 25. surpassed Ponting who has scored 12. 5 World and European champion Spain stayed top in the latest FIFA rankings and Copa America winner Uruguay rose to its highest place in fifth spot. Dravid surpassed Ponting Rahul Dravid went past Australian Ricky Ponting to become the second highest run getter in Test cricket during the historic first Test between India and England at Lord's. “The primary role for NIS would be producing world class and qualified coaches for various sporting disciplines rather than the currently prevalent. dominant role of holding training camps for athletes. 24. Announcing the decision that could be a right step ahead in producing good Indian coaches.20. The Indian girl drew her final round game to finish second overall with 5.5 points. It's a very big responsibility and I could not turn down the invitation. Harika realised one of her dreams Dronavalli Harika reached another significant milestone in her chess career by becoming only the second woman chess player from India to win the Grandmaster title in men's category when she drew with Anna Zatonskih of the United States in the Women's Grandmasters tournament in China. Spain. boxer Vikas Krishan. paddlers Sharath Kamal and Madhurika Patkar launched the ‘Go for Gold' campaign across the nation by Percept. the Netherlands and Germany lead the . 26. who coached six out of eight Indian athletes caught in the doping scandal. I defend and promote Brazil. The latest monthly standings will be used to help decide seeding in World Cup qualifying draw. said the committee overlooked all her achievements. who won India's first gold medal in weightlifting at the Delhi Games. Uruguay up to No.” said Pele.692 runs in177 Tests before this match. Dravid achieved the milestone when he flicked Graeme Swann through midwicket for a boundary in the fourth ball of the 49th over.314 runs from 153 Tests at an average of 52. from the Sports Authority of India (SAI). Now two Indians are at the top of the most prolific Test batsmen's chart. The 70-year-old Brazilian said it was an honour that he could not turn down. Spain topped FIFA rankings. 21. The 38-year-old Dravid. Snubbed" for Arjuna Award. Maken said that the NIS Patiala will now be made an autonomous ‘Institution of National Importance’ with the aim of producing world class and qualified coaches for various sporting disciplines and reducing the dependence on foreign experts like the Ukrainian Yuri Ogorodnik. who had 12. 23. 'Go for Gold' campaign launched Rower Bajrang Lal Takhar. Dravid's team-mate Sachin Tendulkar is the highest run scorer.
Sun was more than two seconds off Hackett’s pace with four laps to go. Olympic countdown clock unveiled by Abhinav Bindra and Mary Kom Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra was uncharacteristically excited about the prospect of competing in London. in a short video clip that captured his training base back home. Chennai set for World junior championship For the first time in seven years. Sanjeev Rathore (50m 3 position) and Vijay Kumar (20m rapid fire pistol) — are all ranked ninth in their respective disciplines. Vettori honoured Daniel Vettori has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to cricket on the occasion of Queen's Birthday.14 seconds. Bindra recalled his 'unbelievable' last shot 10. Yang broke oldest swimming world record The swimming world championships ended with a bang day when emerging Chinese standout Sun Yang broke the oldest world record in the sport — Australian great Grant Hackett’s 10-yearold mark in the 1. who has been in the national scene for over 15 years and on his maiden national final. 29. improving on Hackett’s mark of 14:34. along with five-time World champion Mary Kom. 27. at the British High Commissioner's residence. remained a spectator from his chair for larger period of the match as 26-year-old Advani had his measure of comfort after losing the first frame. 32. 8 Italy both fall two places but are assured of top seeding in their qualifying groups. improving by a tenth of a second on the mark he set at Rome two years ago when the high-tech suits were still allowed.56 set at the 2001 worlds in Fukuoka. who did not get a place in the Indian team in the Beijing Olympics despite being in blazing form those days. They were banned at the start of 2010. is the only Indian to be placed among top five shooters in any event in the latest rankings. Lochte finished in 54. to mark the celebration of ‘one year to go' for Olympics. Japan. The World champion who went on to become the first individual Olympic champion for India at the Beijing Games in 2008. Sodhi. who is now training at Italy’s Marcello Dradi range under Serafino Carlini. 33. 30. but accelerated on the final two laps to finish in 14 minutes. It will be sponsored by the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu and the Ramco Group. Ronjan chased London goal Ronjan Sodhi became the world’s No. Arumbakkam and the games will be played from August 215 with a free day on August 8. Sodhi.500 meters. and finishing 20th. breaking his own mark in winning the 200-meter individual medley at the world championships.8 that clinched him the gold. Sixth-place England and No.way. . 1 double trap shooter as per the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) rankings released. The golden jubilee edition has been given to the home of World champion Viswanathan Anand — Chennai.'' as he unveiled the count-down clock. said he was now preparing to win a medal in the London Olympics next year. Giving an insight into the sport of shooting. Pankaj Advani won national billiards title World champion Pankaj Advani (PSPB) won his fifth national billiards title with a commanding 5-1 win over Balachandra Bhaskar of Bangalore. the World junior chess championship will be held in India. Bindra said that the difference between the gold. 28.00 seconds. “a multi-cultural city. 34. Bhaskar. with Brazil rising one place to fourth despite only reaching the Copa America quarterfinals. Three others — Gagan Narang (10m air rifle). Ryan Lochte set world record in 200m IM at worlds American Ryan Lochte set the first world record since high-tech body suits were banned in swimming. very special with its spirit and fantastic energy. The venue is Hotel Vijay Park. could be a matter of two millimetres. 31.
a mark that Poonia and the other leading discus thrower in the country. 40. the Sunshine Coast and Townsville hosting teams. She had registered her previous season best of 56.S. Fiji. NBA: Rodman. Mullin enshrined in Hall of Fame Dennis Rodman. Queensland to host 2012 U19 World Cup The Australian state of Queensland will host cricket's Under-19 World Cup in 2012.88 metres. Korea. which in recent times has been struggling to find good talents.50m. U. Japan. It was Bolt's second gold of the World championships after winning the 200m crown. Rodman. with a season best 58. The controversial 'Blade Runner'. from August 27 to September 4. But Bolt has got his chance in 200m sprint. 36. 37. The Indian cricket side's performance in England this summer ranks as their worst in England after the 5-0 whitewash in 1959 ." Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland said. The ‘qualification' standard is 59. "The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup is the showcase event for best young cricketers in the world and is where the next Cameron White or Yuvraj Singh gets their first real taste of top-level cricket. 2011 An eight-member Indian team have participated in the World athletics championships. with Brisbane. It will be the second time the event has been held in Australia. winning in the fourth fastest time ever run — 19. 38. who runs with carbon fibre prosthetic running blades and was the first amputee to compete at the worlds. The International Table Tennis Federation's website dubbed her win against Ishikawa as “the one of biggest upsets of the year”. And he also brought the World athletics championships to a thrilling climax as his Jamaican team smashed the 4x100m relay World record in Daegu. Manika won a host of international junior titles to become the only Indian in the top 100 of the world junior (u-18) and youth (u-21) sections. after the inaugural tournament in 1988.which included three innings defeats and others by 171 runs and eight wickets. held in Daegu. In this meet Jamaica's Yohan Blake won the World championships 100m final after red hot favourite and defending champ1. last month. 35. The expectations about Manika's abilities have been on the ascendance ever since she downed top seed and World No. who once wore a wedding dress to one of his book . The 25-year-old Jamaican defending champion and World record-holder crushed the field in the 200m. India won team medal at Nomura Cup after 18 years A brilliant performance by teenager Khalin Joshi helped the Indian golf team to end a 18-year long medal drought with a bronze in the team championships of the Asia-Pacific Golf championships for Nomura Cup at Denarau. should be capable of achieving. Harwant Kaur. New records in World athletics championship. 4 in the under-21 category. Chris Mullin and Tex Winter were enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame as part of a 10-strong intake. Poonia is training in Portland under the guidance of former Olympic champion Mac Wilkins. Krishna Poonia won discus title Commonwealth Games gold medallist Krishna Poonia won the discus title in the Portland annual athletics meet in Portland. to reach the title round in Chile late last week. K ion Usain Bolt was sensationally disqualified after a false start and Oscar Pistorius' history-making participation at the world championships is at an end after the South African double amputee failed to make the 4x400m relay team for final. India's worst defeat in England since 1959 India's horror run in the Test series against England came to a tame end at The Oval as England completed a 4-0 whitewash by taking seven wickets in the post-Lunch session on day five to beat the visitors by an innings and eight runs.40 seconds at the world championships in Daegu. finished last in his semifinal heat in the individual 400m..23m while finishing fourth in the Asian championships in Kobe. Manika Batra: the new hope of the nation Manika Batra is a name emerging fast in the sphere of women's table tennis.34. Kasumi Ishikawa of Japan. 39. Australia won the Nomura Cup for a record ninth time.
Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan in ICC Test Team of the Year Indian cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan earned a place in the ICC Test Team of the Year.B. India beat Pakistan. Graeme Swann (Eng). 12th man: Zaheer Khan (Ind). 48. Argentina piped a fighting Venezuela The world's best striker Lionel Messi accomplished his responsibility as the captain helping Argentina down its Latin American cousin Venezuela by a solitary goal in a FIFA international friendly in the giant Salt Lake Stadium. Rajpal Singh. Sachin Tendulkar (Ind). 6-1 to win the US Open men's final at Flushing Meadows. 42. Deepika. Dhoni got Spirit of Cricket Award & Trott is cricketer of the year The Indian skipper M. de Villiers (SA). Messi beat his Barcelona teammate Xavi Hernandez and Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid in a poll of journalists from across Europe. 17. was well known for his antics off the court but he did find time to win several National Basketball Association championships on Michael Jordan-led teams. 44. Jonathan Trott (Eng). This is for the first time an Indian archer is winning a back-to-back world title. wicketkeeper/captain). He received the Sir Garfield Sobers . the ICC's top accolade.The former skipper was already Test cricket's most successful captain with 48 wins. 45. K. Stuart Broad (Eng). Dhoni won the ‘Spirit of Cricket Award' at the annual International Cricket Council (ICC) awards function in London. 41. Kolkata. James Anderson (Eng). Hashim Amla (SA). Mullin becomes the 11th member of the famed 1992 US Olympic Team to be enshrined on their own merit. A. Deepika won gold India's Deepika Kumari won the junior recurve individual women's gold medal getting the better of South Korean top seed Kim Minjung 6-2 in the final at Legnica in Poland. Jacques Kallis (SA). having appeared in the ICC World Test Team of the Year in 2009 and 2010. Lionel Messi won UEFA Best Player in Europe award Lionel Messi has won the inaugural UEFA Best Player in Europe award for the 2010-11 season. 46.S. Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal to win US Open Top-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia beat defending champion and second seed Rafael Nadal of Spain 6-2. Rodman was raised by his single-parent mother while growing up in a poverty-plagued and crime-ridden American inner city neighbourhood. takes trophy in inaugural Asian Champions Hockey Tournament India defeated Pakistan 4-2 in the penalty shootout in a nerve-wrecking final to clinch the inaugural Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament in Ordos (China). 6-4. Jonathan Trott. 6-7 (3-7). chosen by a specially appointed selection panel headed by West Indian legend Clive Lloyd. ICC Test Team of the Year: Alastair Cook (Eng). Dale Steyn (SA). has been named the Cricketer of the Year for 2011. Tendulkar made the side for the third year in a row. Indian women won gold The Indian women's recurve archery team took sweet revenge over World champion Italy with a 215-204 victory in the final of the World Cup (Stage IV) meet at Shanghai 47. 49. Ponting celebrated 100 Test wins Ricky Ponting became the first cricketer to play in 100 Test wins after Australia defeated Sri Lanka by 125 runs in the first Test in Galle . had won the cadet recurve individual crown in 2009 at Ogden (US). Sangakkara (SL. Yuvraj Walmiki and Sarvanjit Singh scored for India in the penalty shootout while Muhammad Rizwan and Waseem Ahmed sounded the board for Pakistan after both the sides were locked goalless in the regular and extra time. the England batsman.signings. Argentina forward Messi scored 53 goals as he and Xavi led Barcelona to the Champions League and Spanish titles. 43. Danish Mujtaba.
51. after his team-mate Alastair Cook had won the Test Cricketer of the Year award. Sachin suggested for split-innings ODIs In a letter to ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat. The 26-year-old defending champion smashed the old mark of 2hr 03:59 set by Ethiopian legend Haile Gebrselassie in the same race in 2008. Four more inducted into Hall of Fame The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced its latest inductees into its Hall of Fame. finalised over the years. saying the two players were given "a last chance" to make amends for their mistakes. Indian goal-scorers were Kamala Devi (25th minute). on the verge of his 100th international century. Sachin Tendulkar had suggested radical changes to the ODI format. Curtly Ambrose and the late Frederick Spofforth joined the earlier list of 64. 56. Indian women won series Indian women won the three-match football series against Bahrain 2-1 in Bahrain. The Indian batting icon. who was also defending his World title in 66kg. But finally Japan took its place in the World. 3-6. clean bowling action”.trophy at the annual ceremony in London. Gebrselassie disappoints Kenya's Patrick Makau set a new World record in the Berlin Marathon in an official time of 2hr 03min 38sec. Sushil failed to defend World Wrestling Championship crown India finished its campaign in the World wrestling championships in Istanbul. Belinda Clark. 55. SAFF Cup in Delhi The SAFF Cup football tournament will be held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium from December 2 to 12. was shocked 5:3 by Ukraine's Andriy Stadnik. on a disappointing note with none of its wrestlers being able to earn either a medal or an Olympic qualification berth. Turkey. Sandeep. In letter to ICC. Sushil. had spoken about this concept in television interviews in the past. Divinity that “coincided with Tiger Pataudi's leadership” ensured that Bishan Singh Bedi would play for India and end up as one of its finest spin bowlers of all time. India won the third and deciding game 3-1 after the teams shared the honours in the first two games. 53. but went down 0-2 in the second. That was how the man himself described his classic . Alan Davidson. this year. Pinky Bompal Magar (28th) and Parmeshori Devi (42nd). Makau set new World record. and that each 25-over block contain only two powerplays at the behest of the batting side. 50. The All India Football Federation (AIFF) took the decision at its executive committee meeting. 52. 7-6(3) win over Yuichi Sugita and Tatsuma Ito in the marathon doubles rubber in the play-off tie against Japan. 6-3. Tendulkar’s letter also proposed that powerplays be made mandatory. Vishnu Vardhan made an impressive Davis Cup debut but failed to win as an injury-hit India was relegated to the Asia/Oceania Zone Group I after losing the World Group play-off tie 1-4 to Japan. Tendulkar also suggested that four bowlers should be allowed up to 12 overs each. Bedi's biography released Divinity ordained that he be blessed with a “nice. India had defeated Bahrain 2-1 in the opening match. Japan took its place in the World India had kept alive its hopes of staying in the elite Davis Cup World Group as Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna scored a hard-fought 7-5. 54. with thetwo 50-over innings split into four alternating 25-over blocks. 58. The biggest shock for the country was the failure of Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar. 57. Sardara got lifeline as Hockey India lifts ban on duo Ace drag-flicker Sandeep Singh and star midfielder Sardara Singh were handed a lifeline after Hockey India decided to lift the two-year ban imposed on them for indiscipline.
written by journalist Suresh Menon.2 million). Indians bagged 15 medals India bagged 15 medals. 62. The Indian won in the tiebreaker to claim the "most prestigious competition" for a shooter in a non-Olympic year. as he released his biography. With a total of 185. Cuban pugilists gathered two titles. Jai Bhagwan (60kg) and Vikas Krishan (69kg) ensured their berths in the London Olympics by entering the quarterfinals of the World boxing championships at Baku. In the 48kg youth competition. over 80 facilities under the Sports Authority of India (SAI) became accessible for use by school children.he successfully defended his prestigious World Cup Final title. The scheme launched by Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken and Union Minister for Social Justices and Empowerment Mukul Wasnik also offered free use of the facilities to those below the poverty line and at one-third of the rates to the students from Government schools. Russia. clean and jerk. Russia's Vitaly Fokeev won the bronze. L.bowling action and his Test baptism in Calcutta. Sodhi came up with a score of 45 in the thrilling final for a total of 187 which put him at par with Chinese Binyuan Hu. back in 1966-67against the West Indies. Come-and-Play scheme launched With the launch of the nationwide “Come and Play” scheme. and total lift in the senior women's 48kg category. Ukraine boxers claimed four gold medals Ukrainian boxers captured four gold medals in the World boxing championships which concluded at Baku. . The Delhi-based double trap marksman held his nerve in a "roller-coaster" of a final to clinch the gold in Al Ain (UAE) to cap a fine year during which he touched the pinnacle in world ranking. Minati Das won three golds in the 44kg youth competition with a total lift of 100kg. under Pataudi. Sanjitha Chanu won three silvers. She lifted a total of 174kg. with the winners of both the men's and women's singles to pocket $2. In the junior women's 48kg category. at the Kovalam Literary Festival at the India International Centre. But Manoj Kumar (64kg). Devendro Singh (49kg). South Africa. She lifted 165kg in total. 61. After qualifying for the final in the second position with 142 points in the preliminaries. India managed a bronze medal through Vikas Krishan (69kg). but Bedi described the attempt as “bringing out an Egyptian mummy alive”. 63. Azerbaijan. including six golds.3 million (USD 2. Commonwealth Games silver medallist Soniya Chanu fetched a gold each in snatch. Ronjan Sodhi created history. Organisers announced that a total of $26 million will be paid out in next January's event. clean and jerk. defended his World title Shotgun shooter Ronjan Sodhi did what no Indian had done before him . to begin its campaign on an impressive note in the Commonwealth Weightlifting championships in Cape Town. Record prize money for Australian Open Next year's Australian Open will be the richest tournament in Grand Slam tennis history. Brazil and Azerbaijan claimed gold each. and total lift. one each in snatch. In ‘Bishan. Menon brings to life one of the most colourful personalities of Indian cricket. 60. Joti Mal and Purnima Chanu won three silvers and three bronzes respectively. while boxers from China. 59. students and other sports enthusiasts. Portrait of a Cricketer”. Azerbaijan.
Swaminathan — winner of the first WFP award. The Kerala-based magician heads a Magic Academy in Thiruvanthapuram. John Agyekum Kufuor. Indian magician got top honour from US society Climbing a rope suspended in air or conjuring up a tree out of his hat is mere child's play for ace magician Gopinath Muthukad who has won this year's International Merlin Award. while the best actor and director awards went to Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar for My Name is Khan. while Abhinav Kashyap and Dilip Shukla bagged the best screenplay award. The Foundation chose the former President of Ghana. or the magicians' Oscar. Staff Sgt Salvatore Giunta. which runs certificate courses recognised by the University of Kerala and boasts of high-profile students like superstar Mohanlal among others. The two leaders were picked for the prize. Previously. and to social entrepreneurs such as Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh's Grameen Bank. P C Sorkar Jr had received the award. since it was instituted in 1987. The master illusionist and stunt performer is the second Indian to be chosen to receive the Merlin Award for outstanding contributions to magic in 2011 conferred by the USbased International Magicians Society. always gone to agricultural scientists such as M. He composed the melody for the Maldivian national anthem along with Ananda Samarakoon (author of the Sri Lankan national anthem) and composer-musician Sunil Santha. The award recognises his "gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty". The award has.S. Anushka Sharma won her maiden best actress award for Band Baja Baraat. Afghanistan veteran Leroy Petry given US Medal of Honor A US Army ranger has been awarded the Medal of Honor. in creating and implementing government policies to alleviate hunger and poverty in their countries”. Dabangg. Dabangg. World Food Prize for Brazil's da Silva. while Sonu Sood grabbed the best negative role trophy.Awards 1. respectively. India honoured doyen of modern Sinhala music The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka organised an evening with musician and Magsaysay award winner Pandit Amaradeva at India House to celebrate his six decades of excellence in music and to underline the deep cultural and civilisational links the two countries share. for leading a drastic reduction of hunger and poverty in their respective countries. bagged the best music direction award for their chartbusting numbers in the film. Sgt Petry is just the second active US military member to receive the award. 4. with the Salman Khan starrer Dabangg scooping up six trophies in the popular category. “for their personal commitment and visionary leadership while serving as the presidents of Ghana and of Brazil. My Name is Khan won awards Dabangg and My Name is Khan won top honours at the 12th International Indian Film Academy awards. 2. Sonakshi Sinha won the best debut female award for her performance in Dabangg. received his award in November 2010. Ghana's Kufuor While the rest of the world has spent the last few years worrying about double-dip recessions and West Asia. In a 2008 battle in Paktia province. The first recipient. America's highest military medal. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. 3. the borderless nation of the hungry has continued to suffer in silence. was adjudged the best film of 2010. . for his actions in a firefight in Afghanistan. which was the highest grosser last year. Pandit Amaradeva (earlier known as Albert Perera) was awarded the Padma Shri in 2002. instituted by Nobel Peace Prize winner and Green Revolution champion Norman Borlaug. Sajid-Wajid. They are regarded as the founding fathers of the modern Sinhala music. Staff Sgt Leroy Petry of New Mexico was shot in both legs and lost a hand while trying to toss away an enemy grenade. along with Lalit Pandit. 5. and the former President of Brazil.
but also to the quality of life provided for the most backward among society. The highest honour of Akademi fellowship.000 ($16. Zimbabwe's NoViolet Bulawayo won Caine writing prize Zimbabwean writer NoViolet Bulawayo won this year's Caine Prize for African Writing. Prem Bhatia award for TOI scribe Mid-Day crime editor Jyotirmoy Dey. dance and theatre at a ceremony in the presence of Union Culture Minister Kumari Selja. Mercy Ravi award was given away to Sheila Dikshit Minister for Defence A. was conferred on distinguished vocalist Girija Devi. The chair of judges said the gang of "poor and violated" children were "reminiscent of Clockwork Orange".President Barack Obama placed the medal around Sgt Petry's neck at a ceremony at the WhiteHouse. 8. Murthy.K. Rajasthan. Dey shares the award. e-governance award for NIC Rajasthan The National Informatics Centre (NIC). The eminent representatives of music. an abundant agricultural waste product found throughout India's rice belt. Sangeet Natak Akademi fellowship for Girija Devi. This was the first time since its inception 15 years ago that the Prem Bhatia Award for excellence in political reporting and analysis as well as brilliance in environmental reporting are being shared by two journalists. renowned dance guru Nataraja Ramakrishna. Union Information Technology Secretary R. 6. Ms. 11.000) prize was given for her story Hitting Budapest about hungry children from a shantytown who steal guavas from an upmarket suburb. Chief Minister of Delhi. 9. 7.K. Antony presented the first Mercy Ravi Award for Woman of Substance to Sheila Dikshit. Husk Power Systems (HPS) is a rural electrification company in Bihar which generates electricity through the gasification of rice husk. The fellowship of the Akademi is a rare honour bestowed on a limited number of artists and scholars at a given time. Joseph was chosen for his consistent scoops exposing the scandals in the 2-G case and the Commonwealth Games and Adarsh Housing Society scams. Antony said it was a rare occasion when an award in the name of a woman who had made her mark in every area she had touched was being presented to another woman who had conquered the minds of million of people. T. bagged an award for its e-district initiative and e-governance in rural areas at the e-World Forum 2011 organised in New Delhi by the Centre for Science Development and Media Studies (CSDMS). not only with regard to the infrastructure development.K. 10. Chandrashekhar gave away the award to NIC-Rajasthan's Senior Technical Director and State . The £10. regarded as Africa's leading literary award. for his work in exposing Mumbai's underworld and corruption in police and bureaucracy. India and Pakistan for a prize money of over £120. dance and theatre honoured with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for 2010 received cash awards of Rs. who was gunned down by alleged underworld goons in Mumbai.000 as Ashden continued its 10 years old tradition of stealing the spotlight on the most effective innovations in sustainable energy across the world. The prestigious award was given at an official ceremony in London. an angavastram and tamrapatra.1 lakh each. Speaking on the occasion. Akademi Ratna Sadasyata. Dikshit has made Delhi one of the best cities in the world. Husk won international award for clean energy Husk Power Systems have won this year's International Ashden award for sustainable energy. Dhrupad maestro Rahim Fahimuddin Dagar and mridangam exponent T. especially women. Murthy. Mr. Dagar Vice-President Hamid Ansari presented the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi fellowships and awards for the year 2010 to four eminent personalities and 38 artistes and scholars from the disciplines of music. The company competed with seven other finalists from Africa. According to him. and Times of India's Josy Joseph were the joint winners of the Prem Bhatia Award for excellence in political reporting. They received a cash award of Rs. 3 lakh each besides an angavastram and a tamrapatra . posthumously.
D'souza (Kannada). The awards. Gupta as saying that the e-World Forum 2011 had selected the NIC-Rajasthan for the award on the basis of the single window software developed for all the 33 districts and 247 tehsil headquarters as well as the rural connectivity project evolved by it. He has won the World Cup gold twice as well as the gold in the World Cup Finals. won yet another accolade — the GMR Express TravelWorld Awards 2010-2011 for Lifetime Achievement for his vision and commitment to the hospitality industry. Darshan Singh Asht (Punjabi). Ramesh Parekh (Gujarati). Hundraj Balwani (Sindhi). Siddhartha Sarma (English). loaded with the World championship bronze medal apart from a clutch of Commonwealth Games gold medals and the Asian Games silver. a season-ending competition for top performers. around 400 kilometers from Liberia's national capital Monrovia. will be presented in November. 15. Abhiraj Rajendra Mishra (Sanskrit). Excel 2007. Shyam Dutt Parag (Dogri). Bhoopal Reddy (Telugu). Harikrishna Devsare (Hindi) and Maheswar Mohanty (Oriya). recovery and reconstruction of Liberia after civil war which ravaged the entire nation. Harish B. An official release quoted Ms.L.000 and a copper plaque. dared to operate the only five-star property in Srinagar. Indian consul general awarded Knight Grand Commander in Liberia Sardar Upjit Singh Sachdeva. even at the height of militancy in Kashmir. who became the first Indian in African history to have been awarded the highest award by a sitting Liberian President since Liberia declared her independence 164 years ago on July 26. 13. was left disappointed last year after his strong case for the Khel Ratna was overlooked. Shantibala Devi (Manipuri) has been chosen for her book of folk tales and plays. She beat 78 students in the final round. Dileep Prabhavalkar (Marathi). The winners of the awards for poetry include Gh. Novelists selected for the awards are Bandita Phukan (Assamese). The award was presented to him by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Nuhum Hembram (Santali). won the race for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. Gajanan Jog (Konkani) and K. Sharma (Rajasthani) and M. Snehalata Rai (Nepali). as the Union Sports Ministry convened meetings of eminent sportspersons to decide the Arjuna and Dronacharya awards for the year 2010. stalwarts of the Indian travel and hospitality sector who had packed the Taj Palace Hotel for the ceremony gave a standing ovation. 14.000 competitors from 57 countries. Nabi Aatash (Kashmiri). the 28-year-old Hyderabad lad. Competitors were required to perform timed tests to demonstrate their skill at making spreadsheets. Khel Ratna for Gagan Narang Double world record holder. rifle shooter Gagan Narang. Narang. Sachdeva. president of the Republic of Liberia. UK student won Microsoft Excel World Championship UK student Rebecca Rickwood won a global competition to find the best user of Microsoft's spreadsheet software. a pioneering hotelier who. Lofa County. . and their son received the statuette.Informatics Officer Indu Gupta at a function in the national Capital. Liberia's highest award during the 164th Independence Day celebrations in northern city of Voinjama. 12. was conferred with the Knight Grand Commander. each comprising a prize purse of Rs. Jyotsna Suri. who is 15. The short-story writers selected are Maheswar Narzary (Bodo). 1847. for his outstanding contribution to the cause of the socio-economic development . 16. 50. belongs to Punjab's Jalandhar town. As his wife. was one of 228. M. the present honorary consul general of India in Liberia. Pappootty (Malayalam). N. Five win children's literature awards Five writers have been chosen for the 2011 Kendra Sahitya Akademi's Bala Sahitya Puraskar for lifetime contribution to children's literature: Sailen Ghosh (Bengali). Express Travel World Awards celebrated innovators of the industry The late Lalit Suri. Mayanath Jha (Maithili). Thangappa (Tamil) and Aasil Aseer Dehlavi (Urdu). Rebecca.
Sethi Award-2010 for their analysis of herbs using high-performance thin-layer chromatography. which carries a cash prize of Rs. doyen of Tamil cinema. The Appan Menon Memorial Trust presents the award. The study has helped detect elite types from 60 varieties of the plant collected from South India and the Andaman islands. 21. Top China honour for Indian China has conferred its highest literary award on Prof B R Deepak for his translation of classical Chinese poems into Hindi. Govinde Gowda honoured Chief Minister of Karnataka D. JNU.G. K. who is from Centre of Chinese and Southeast Asian Studies. US. was honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award by President Pratibha Patil at the 58th edition of National Film Awards 2010 function at Vigyan Bhawan. The award comprises a purse of Rs. TBGRI scientists won Sethi award A team of researchers from the Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (TBGRI) have won the Dr. The award has been instituted to showcase the region's emerging entrepreneurs and their innovative business concepts and the event is being organised in association with The Hindu Business Line.D. Enterprises in southern States with a minimum turnover of Rs. on the occasion of the 96th birth anniversary of the late Chief Minister. a citation and a robe of honour. 30 crore that registered a compounded annual growth rate of 30 per cent in the last three years are eligible to participate in the competition. 23. 22. Southern sweep at the National Film Award K.The award comprises a cash prize of Rs.17. Balachander. Govinde Gowda.000. 25. is the first Indian to receive the ‘Special Book Award’ for his contribution to Chinese studies and culture. for his outstanding contribution to Urdu language and literature 20. Shrilal Shukla. Govinde Gowda for his contribution in various fields. 24. also known as “Malnad Gandhi”.51. Centella asiatica. It was a southern sweep as Malayalam film Adaminte Makan Abu bagged the Swarna Kalam for the best feature film. 1 lakh and a citation. Shahryar has been honoured with the Sir Syed Lifetime Achievement Award by the Aligarh Alumni Association. commonly known as Indian Pennywort (Kodangan in Malayalam). P. Appan Menon award for EPW journalist This year’s Appan Menon Award for young journalists covering international affairs was given to Srinivasan Ramani. Sadananda Gowda conferred the D. The selection board chaired by noted writer and Jnanpith . Lifetime award for Shahryar Eminent Urdu poet. Deepak. 18. senior assistant editor of the Economic and Political Weekly for his coverage of the emergence of a new constitutional republic in Nepal and India’s role in that process. New York Tristate. Devaraj Urs Award on the former Primary and Secondary Education Minister H. versatile Malayalam actor Salim Kumar collected the Rajat Kamal. The work has been done on an Indian medicinal plant. The award was given to Mr. Kambar Eminent Hindi authors Amar Kant and Shrilal Shukla were chosen for India's highest literary honour Jnanpith Award for the year 2009 while renowned Kannada litterateur Chandrasekhar Kambar won it for the year 2010. Sahitya award for Kashmiri author Noted Kashmiri writer and poet Gulam Nabi Aatish's book Nov Kehtsha Mentsha has bagged the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award in the children's literature category. 1 lakh. Jnanpith for Amar Kant. M. 19.V. CII institutes emerging entrepreneur award The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) southern region has announced the launch of the Emerging Entrepreneurs Award. academician and Hindi film lyricist A. For the same film.
4 million) went to a single scientist: Dan Shechtman (70). literary web journal for Indian English writing. democracy and gender equality. won the Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2010.was out. is a leading author whose famous novel 'Inhin Hathiyaron Se' earned him Sahitya Akademi Award in 2007. most anticipated business awards --. but this year's chemistry prize and the accompanying 10 million Swedish kronor ($1.” Since 1901.The Economic Times Awards for Corporate Excellence 2011 -. 27. The new Entrepreneur of the Year was Rahul Bhatia. Tomas Transtromer won literature Nobel Tomas Transtromer. Kerala. The winners were Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Africa's first elected woman President her compatriot. a professor of materials science at TechnionIsrael Institute of Technology in Haifa. who has successfully steered his organization back from the brink after the crises that hit the American financial sector. 'Dopahar ka Bhojan' and 'Diptee Kalaktari' have found place in the syllabi of several universities. His short stories like 'Hatiyare'. 29. (Malayalam non-fiction). who died last month. Chanda Kochhar first woman got ET Biz Leader Award The list of recipients of India's biggest. best known as the owner of IndiGo. and decision seemed designed to give impetus to the cause for women's rights around the world. Recent Nobel prizes have generally split credit for scientific advances among two or three people. 103 Nobel Prizes in Literature was awarded. has announced its awards for best poetry and prose in English and Malayalam. Most of the recipients in the award's 110-year history have been men. ET's Global Indian Award was gone Vikram Pandit. many of which have been translated into English and 60 other languages. Chemistry Nobel for Dan Shechtman An Israeli scientist won this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering quasicrystals. isolation and identity. Scent of Grangipani (English poetry) by Nanathara. The Emerging Company of the Year Award was gone to Shree Renuka Sugars. Transtromer “a metaphysical visionary poet. good is good (English fiction) by Amit Upadhyay (Delhi). . Transtromer. Israel. Unmathathakalude Crash Landingukal (Malayalam poetry) by Rajesh Chithira and Fernhill by Sulfikkar. Group Managing Director. The award-winning works are: Evil is evil. 30. peace activist Leymah Gbowee and Tawakul Karman of Yemen. 28. democracy and gender equality The Nobel Peace Prize for 2011 was awarded to three campaigning women from Africa and the Arab world in acknowledgment of their non-violent role in promoting peace. the country's largest private sector lender. 26. InterGlobe Enterprises.award winner Dr Sitakant Mahapatra made the selections for the 45th and 46th Jnanpith awards. managing director of ICICI Bank.S. has written more than 15 collections of poetry. Mr. Nobel for promoting peace. The Asian Power Awards are aimed at recognising the broad spectrum of Asia's power supply industry and acknowledging the vital input from all elements of the industry. the editor of Bloodaxe Books in Britain. NDPL won award North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL) has won “Power Utility of the Year-2011” award at the Asian Power Awards ceremony held at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. CEO of Citigroup Inc. won the 2011 Nobel Prize in literature. the Swedish poet whose sometimes bleak but powerful work explores themes of nature. whose managing director. Kant. Narendra Murkhumbi. Chanda Kochhar. a pro-democracy campaigner. Web journal announced literary awards Indian Ruminations. called Mr. 86. They were the first women to win the prize since Kenya's Wangari Maathai. a material in which atoms were packed together in a well-defined pattern that never repeats. was named as the laureate in 2004. was named Business Leader of the Year. an airline that managed to maintain its upward trajectory even in the roughest of weather. Neil Astley. 80. and Angineyoru maampazhakkaalam by Ajoy Kumar M. 31.
Kalidas Samman for Anupam Kher Veteran actor Aupam Kher is to be honoured with the Kalidas Samman for his contribution in the field of theatre. which currently runs the Vanrai NGO in Pune. It is given annually to young scientists below the age of 45 who have made outstanding contributions in any field of science and technology. Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess of the United States and U. Indira Gandhi award for Mohan Dharia Environmentalist. An expert in the highly specialised field of geometric topology. the Supernova Cosmology Project and High-z Supernova Search Team looked at the “redshift” from these ultra-bright stars. The 86-year-old Padma Vibhushan awardee.S-Australian Brian Schmidt won the paramount award for using ancient stars that flare in dramatic death throes to measure distance on a cosmic scale. K.32. The Kalidas Samman is a prestigious award presented annually by the government of Madhya Pradesh. 37. Indira Gandhi award for Mohan Dharia Environmentalist. Kher. Sundaram of the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research. The other winners were Palash Sarkar of the Indian Statistical Institute. Mohan Dharia. 35. the more the wavelength stretches deeper into the red zone. The winners were announced at a function to mark the foundation day of CSIR. was selected as the winner of the 26th Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration. The award will be presented by Union Communications and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal to Azim Premji. These so-called type 1a supernovae were used by their teams as “standard candles” whose distance could be measured. before moonlight obliterates the faint light of stars. The 86-year-old Padma Vibhushan . The prize comprises a cash component of Rs. Balaji and U. the founder of the Foundation. The two images are then compared in the hope of spotting a new dot of light that could be the flare of a distant supernova.5 lakh and a citation. 56. Sastry of the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology and B. Working in competing groups. Bhatnagar Prize for monk. Nobel winners swept away cosy view of Universe Three astronomers earned the Nobel Physics Prize. Mohan Dharia. A. 10 others A monk was among the 11 scientists who had been selected for the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR) prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize this year. Rajiv Gandhi prize for Azim Premji Foundation Indira Gandhi National Open University will confer the Rajiv Gandhi International Prize for Technology in Education on Azim Premji Foundation. 5 lakh. Ramamurthy of the Indian Institute of Science. The technique entailed looking at the sky just after the new Moon and again three weeks later. Mahan Maharaj got the award for his “outstanding contribution” in the area of mathematical sciences. G. Redshift is a measurement of a star's redness in the light spectrum. 36.P. R.N. lawyer and former Union Minister. Shiraz Minwalla of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. The award is named after Kalidas—the renowned classical Sanskrit writer of ancient India— widely regarded as the greatest poet and dramatist in the Sanskrit language with his ‘ Meghadutam ' and ‘ Abhigyan Shakuntalam'. 34.N. lawyer and former Union Minister. 5 lakh. Shankaranarayan of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology. becoming a yardstick of how far light has traveled. The farther the distance. Shirshendu De of IIT-Kharagpur. The prize is named after the founder-Director of CSIR and carries a cash component of Rs. which carries a citation and cash prize of Rs. like beacons in the night. was selected for the 2010 award. was selected as the winner of the 26th Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration. he heads the School of Mathematical Sciences at the Ramakrishna Mission's Vivekananda University located at the famous Belur Math near Kolkata. The award is given to an individual or an institution that has made significant contributions to education. Sharma of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. 33. began his career with theatre after graduating from the National School of Drama and later also became the Chairperson of the institute.
which carries a citation and cash prize of Rs. Delhi and Chandigarh. 41. were the awardees till the last edition of the coaches workshop. Akhtar Ali. Rama Rao got Dilip Bose award Coach Kawaljeet Singh who had trained the 16-year-old Sunil Kumar to win the National men's tennis title in 1999 was presented the Dilip Bose ‘lifetime achievement award' by the All India Tennis Association during the sixth National coaches workshop in Goa. one being the most innovative and futuristically designed building in India and the other for being one of the best environmental friendly developments (runners-up). T. Krishna Bhupathi. It will be presented by award committee chair and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on October 31. best cinematographer and best background score. Honour for Jaipur-based paediatrician Jaipur-based paediatrician Dr. was selected for the 2010 award. The awards were the initiative of Zee Business and Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. He has been training juniors at his Practennis Academy for many years. . Enrico Piperno and Aditya Sachdeva. The film had bagged three other national awards for best actor. Dilip Bose award was instituted by AITA in 2002. has been nominated as India's official entry for the Oscar Academy Awards. Adaminte Makan Abu for Oscar Adaminte Makan Abu . Coach Rama Rao of Mumbai was also selected for the award. Kawaljeet had helped numerous players realise their potential. and Karan Rastogi was one of the notable trainees. Olympia Tech Park bagged awards Olympia Technology Park was conferred two awards. Ashok Gupta invited to join a three-member jury to judge the best research awards at the ninth International Congress of Tropical Paediatrics being held in Bangkok in Thailand. national award-winning Malayalam film. 39. which currently runs the Vanrai NGO in Pune. 38. 5 lakh. Kawaljeet. Chandrasekaran.awardee. the anniversary of Indira Gandhi's death. says a release. Nandan Bal. during his stints in Assam. 40.
IIT alumnus named head of MIT's top lab The prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has named Indian academician Anant Agarwal as director of its Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). Home Minister P. The 192-member General Assembly made the appointment after the UN Security Council recommended Ban for a second term.000 by the end of 2012. the U. who retires as Defence Secretary on July 31. 4. Agarwal succeeds Victor Zue.N. The Senate approval of Panetta nomination came on the eve of Obama plan to announce the start of a phased withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. Brazil's Graziano elected FAO chief Jose Graziano da Silva of Brazil has been elected Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation. Mahajan is professor of mechanical engineering and engineering science and mechanics in the College of Engineering and director of the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science at Virginia Tech. who served four years as CSAIL's director. Roop Mahajan named Lewis Hester Chair in Engineering Indian American Roop Mahajan. . 5. Though no official announcement has been made yet. Graziano. 2. 6. Obama was expected to restrict the pullout to 10. The Lewis Hester Chair in Engineering was established in 1989 to recognise excellence in the field of engineering. With Master degrees from Punjab Engineering College.000 troops this year and another 20. who succeeded Kofi Annan four years ago. currently FAO's regional representative for Latin America and the Caribbean. Senate approved Panetta as US Defence Secretary The US Senate unanimously confirmed President Barack Obama nomination of CIA director Leon Panetta to succeed Robert Gates as the next Defence Secretary. Thomas to the post. No other candidates were running against the 67-year-old former South Korean foreign minister. He beat out Miguel Angel Moratinos of Spain and four other candidates to replace Jacques Diouf of Senegal. agency with an annual budget of about $1 billion. starting next year. sources said Mr. and PhD from Cornell University. 3. The professorship is for a five-year period. four months after the Supreme Court had quashed the appointment of P. It has faced longstanding calls from top donors like the United States for reform and budget cuts. the largest academic department in the institute. won on the second ballot with 92 of the 180 votes of FAO member states. an internationally known researcher with expertise ranging from nanotechnology to bio-micro-electro-mechanical systems. The key appointment comes days after MIT named another Indian-origin professor Anantha Chandrakasan to lead the department of electrical engineering and computer science.N. Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar is new CVC Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar was unanimously chosen the next Central Vigilance Commissioner. whose 18-year tenure prompted a change in the agency's rules to set term limits. was chosen by consensus by a panel comprising Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. a former Congressman and White House Chief of Staff under Bill Clinton. will be succeeded at the CIA by the US top commander in Afghanistan General David Petraeus. According to the latest indications. agency tasked with reducing world hunger at a time of record high food prices. Mr. A professor in the department of electrical engineering and computer science. The Romebased FAO is the largest U. the institute's largest interdisciplinary lab. Ban appointed as UN chief for 2nd term The UN General Assembly has re-appointed Ban Ki-Moon as the UN Secretary-General for a second five-year term. has been named the Lewis Hester Chair in Engineering by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. The 72-year-old Panetta.Appointment 1. Chidambaram and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj. Chandigarh.J. Pradeep Kumar.
a prominent Indian-origin human rights activist was named by British Prime Minister David Cameron among six independent experts who will form a panel to examine British . Rao's appointment to succeed Shankar was cleared by the Government a few weeks ago. D J Narain took over as FTII director Dharmendra Jai Narain. Justice Shivaraj Patil appointed new Karnataka Lokayukta Former Supreme Court judge. Jadhav's three-year term was to end in May 2012. 11. 2010. 8. “She is expected to take up her assignment shortly. formally notifying the appointment of Rohit Nandan. Petraeus handed over Afghan command US General David Petraeus. a joint secretary in the Civil Aviation Ministry. which finds itself deep in huge financial losses. 71-year-old Patil. Mr. 13. Nirupma Roa appointed as US Ambassador Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao was officially named as the next envoy of India to the United States. TV section dean Iftekar Ahmed was the interim director. Narain follows Pankaj Rag in the post. but his failure on all parameters and lacklustre performance only hurried his exit from the airline. A 1973 batch Indian Foreign service topper. Mr. 9. 12. A 1990 Indian Information Services officer. a former Supreme Court judge who completes his term on August 2. an Uttar Pradesh cadre IAS officer of 1982 batch. Indian-origin activist on British media panel Shami Chakrabarti. to the post. took over in Afghanistan on July 4. and is to now take over as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. a day after a tentative start was made to a gradual process of transferring security to Afghan forces. handed over command of US and NATO-led troops in Afghanistan. who had earlier served as Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court as well as Acting Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission. Rao will be India's second woman ambassador to America after Meera Shankar. credited with reversing a spiral towards civil war in Iraq. Gopal Subramaniam had resigned to protest the move by Kapil Sibal to field Nariman to represent him in the Supreme Court in the 2Gspectrum allocation case. New IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde appointed Zhu Min to a newly created deputy managing director post. Rohinton Nariman appointed as new solicitor general Senior advocate Rohinton Nariman was appointed as the new solicitor-general.7. replaces Hegde. Petraeus. Rao in July 2009 became the second woman after Chokila Iyer to hold the post of Indian Foreign Secretary. His appointement follows the resignation of Gopal Subramaniam. took over as the director of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). The apex court threw out Nariman successfully argued the case and the application at the admission stage. Mr Zhu is a former deputy governor of the People's Bank of China and has been a special adviser to the IMF. popularly known as D J Narain. Last week. Washington’s new intelligence chief. Ironically. Governor H R Bhardwaj cleared the name of Patil. 10. 14. Nandan. She also said White House aide David Lipton would succeed John Lipsky as her top deputy at the end of August. was appointed the new Lokayukta of Karnataka to succeed Santosh Hegde. replaced senior IAS officer Arvind Jadhav.” a release by MEA said. with the government.Troubled Air India got a new Chief Air India got a new Chairman-cum-Managing Director (CMD). Justice Shivaraj V Patil. who was given the marching orders and repatriated to his parent cadre in Karnataka. Her tenure as Foreign Secretary ends on July 31. who hails from Karnataka. Ms Lagarde said she would go ahead with reforms to give emerging markets greater sway at the lender. IMF named first Chinese deputy managing director China secured its first top-level post at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in recognition of its growing power in the global economy.
Lobsang Sangay. The decision comes barely a month before his original three-year term was to end on September 5.gained support from 296 members of the lower house out of a potential 500 – reflecting the majority enjoyed by her party and its allies. chemistry. 42. 16. has taken over as Vice-Chancellor of the Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT). Rakesh Sood new envoy to France India's Ambassador to Nepal Rakesh Sood was appointed Ambassador to France. 18. formally took oath as the prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile before Ngawang Phelgyal. Shinawatra confirmed as Thailand's first female PM Yingluck Shinawatra became politically turbulent Thailand's first female prime minister after parliament endorsed her crushing election victory. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Lobsang Sangay to be sworn in The central courtyard of Tsuglakhang temple. The DIAT is an autonomous organisation fully funded by the DRDO. A political novice. in the presence of the Dalai Lama at McLeodganj. the Prime Minister's Office put out a statement announcing that Subbarao.the sister of ousted former leader Thaksin Shinawatra -. Naik. the chief justice commissioner. Breaking from tradition. 21.E. mathematics and material science. Its areas of academic studies and research cover aerospace. applied physics. D Subbarao got 2-yr extension as RBI governor Reserve Bank of India governor D Subbarao was given a two-year extension at a time when the government and the central bank are trying to limit the impact of the US rating downgrade and the slowdown in debt-ridden European economies. 2013.V. Yingluck's Puea Thai party and its partners command a three-fifths parliamentary majority after a resounding victory in the July 3 election over the pro-establishment Democrats. Prahlada. mechanical engineering. a former finance secretary would now retire on September 4. 17. The Institute became a deemed-to-be university in 2000. Chakrabarti. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has hailed Randhir Singh's election as the Secretary-General of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). Browne to take over as IAF Chief Air Marshal Norman Anil Kumar Browne. Prahlada took over as DIAT Vice-Chancellor The Chief Controller of Aero Programmes. with just a day to go for the swearing-in ceremony of the new Kalon Tripa (prime minister). Pune University had recognised in 1980 eight courses in M. On the basis of accreditation by the All-India Council of Technical Education. He took the oath exactly at 9 minutes and 9 seconds after 9 am. The country's 28th prime minister can expect royal endorsement within days to formalise her position. . 20. Ministry of Defence. Yingluck -. opposite the office of the Dalai Lama. electronics engineering. will take over as Chief of the Indian Air Force from Air Chief Marshal P. which earned the sobriquet of 'Mini Lhasa'. who was elected to office earlier this year.100 hours of flying a slew of fighter aircraft.media practices in the wake of the raging phone-hacking scandal. Randhir Singh re-elected Randhir Singh was re-elected Secretary-General of the Olympic Council of Asia for the sixth consecutive term at the General Assembly meeting of the OCA held in Tokyo. remained abuzz with hectic activity. offered by the DIAT. Randhir is also a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Secretary-General of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). who logged 3. a deemed-to-be university situated at Pune. computer science. 19. is a barrister and director of the London-based human rights group Liberty. 15. The panel of independent experts will help Lord Justice Leveson examine media practices in the wake of the phone hacking scandal and is expected to report within 12 months.
who retired in July.B.J. 27.N. K. He will also have tenure of about seven years in the Supreme Court. New Police Chief for Uttar Pradesh Special Director General of Police (Law & Order) Brij Lal. Supreme Court judges sworn in President Pratibha Patil has appointed the Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court. Jasti Chelameswar. after Rangnath Misra and G. Syed Ahmed. and the Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court. Khehar. has been appointed Jharkhand Governor. Supreme Court got two new judges President Pratibha Patil has appointed the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.22. J. including the Lucknow bench. The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister. Justice Misra. He will have tenure of about seven years. 29. Mr. Allahabad High Court got 9 new judges Nine judicial officers. 23. He is among four new Governors. an Indian Police Service officer of the 1977 batch took over as the new Director General of Police of Uttar Pradesh. Shankaran is the secretary-general of the Society. Ram Naresh Yadav (83). K. 58. 28. Ravindra Kumar ( The Statesman ) vice-president and Rakesh Sharma ( Aaj Samaj ) honorary treasurer.S. Rosaiah. who will complete 58 years of age this month. Vakkom Purushothaman. Outperforming her male counterparts in the physical tests. Chief Justice of India S. as the Tamil Nadu Governor. but has been working with a depleted staff. representing Andhra Pradesh. 26. He was appointed the Chief Justice of the Patna High Court in December 2009 and transferred to the Delhi High Court as Chief Justice in May 2010. the Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court. Ashish Bagga. he will be the third judge from Orissa to adorn the highest judicial office. Khanduri to replace Mr. Kapadia swore them in on September 13 in his court hall. Four new Governors appointed The Union government formally announced the appointment of the former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister. Mukhopadhaya.H. S. 25. whose appointments were announced by the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Dipak Misra. has been named as the Governor of Mizoram. The high court. new INS president Ashish Bagga of India Today had elected president of The Indian Newspaper Society for the year 2011-12 at its 72nd annual general meeting. Tilak Kumar ( Prajavani ) has elected deputy president. In that event. has a sanctioned strength of 160 judges. Pokhriyal as Chief Minister of the hill State. Justice Gyan Sudha Misra is the only woman judge now. as Supreme Court judges. The State legislature party is to meet in Dehradun to elect B. He succeeds Kundan R Vyas of the Janmabhoomi Group. Shanti Tigga became first woman jawan Another barrier was broken in the Army with a mother of two becoming the first woman jawan.C. Patnaik. mostly from the district courts. will fill the place of Justice B. According to a senior army . Khanduri replaced Pokhriyal as Uttarakhand Chief Minister Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has been asked by the Bharatiya Janata Party high command to put in his papers. a former Maharashtra Minister. In its sanctioned strength of 31 judges. was appointed the Madhya Pradesh Governor and the former Kerala Assembly Speaker. have been promoted as judges to the Allahabad High Court. and an opportunity to become the Chief Justice of India (CJI). 35-year-old Sapper Shanti Tigga joined the 969 Railway Engineer Regiment of Territorial Army (TA). and Justice Ranjana Desai of the Bombay High Court as Supreme Court Judges. Justice Desai is the second woman Judge in the Supreme Court. 24. Sudershan Reddy. He was appointed the Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court in May 2007 and then shifted as the Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court in March 2010. V. They will take oath following which the total number of judges in the high court will go up to 71. Justice Chelameswar. represents Orissa.
3 million strong defence forces. Sudhir Vasudeva new CMD of ONGC Prime Minister Manmohan Singh cleared the appointment of Sudhir Vasudeva as the Chairman and Managing Director of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC). Vasudeva's appointment after the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) gave final clearance on all complaints received against him. 57. Chelameswar sworn in Supreme Court judges Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court Dipak Mishra and Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court Jasti Chelameswar were sworn in as judges of the Supreme Court. Vasudeva will head ONGC till his retirement on January 31.officer. who was selected by government appointed Public Enterprise Selection Board (PESB) in interviews on October 19 last year. Dipak Mishra. President Pratibha Patil honored her. Vasudeva. a member of the Territorial Army. the total strength of the Supreme Court has gone up to 28 as against the sanctioned strength of 31. Vasudeva. is now Director (Offshore) in ONGC. for her “innate ability” to inspire others towards leadership. were issued by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry. Dutch honour for Bedi Former IPS officer and activist Kiran Bedi was selected for the Avicenna Leadership Award. Mr. 33.K. women are allowed to join the armed forces only as officers in the non-combat units. 2014. The Prime Minister gave his approval to Mr. She had been selected for the award for leading Indian women. With the swearing-in of these judges. A 1974 Uttar Pradesh cadre officer. She performed exceedingly well in all the physical tests. Mr. Chatterjee replaces T. The formal orders for appointment of Mr. Chief Justice of India S. Mr. 32. Kapadia administered them the oath of office at a brief function held in his court hall. Pulok Chatterjee took over as Principal Secretary to Manmohan Senior IAS officer Pulok Chatterjee. who has been associated with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh since 2004. constituted by a Dutch institute. at Rashtrapati Bhavan . Nair. But Tigga has earned the unique distinction of being the first lady jawan in the 1. as well as her contributions to the Tihar Jail as its head. took charge as Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister.A. 30. . officials in the Ministry said.H. 31.
He began his career in 1969. eminent economist. Ex-US first lady Betty Ford. arranger. which ran from 1964 to 1967. his wife. creator of popular US television shows Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch. 45 years. Virginia. former Presidents George Bush. and Nancy Reagan. died. are seen as an iconic and enduring part of American popular culture. In his report submitted in November 2009 as Chairman of an expert group on the methodology for estimation of poverty constituted by the Planning Commission. fired by his intelligence and attentiveness and his suspicion of method. had at its heart a willful. who died on July 20. He was 82. In a statement expressing sadness at Mr. played with Basie Frank Foster. unnerving. a jazz saxophonist who played with the Count Basie Orchestra and composed the band’s hit. attractive family formed by the marriage of a widow and widower and their six children. Foster died at his home in Chesapeake. one of the pioneers of arthouse Indian cinema. Tendulkar's pioneering contribution was his extensive work on poverty and estimation of people below poverty line (BPL). Indian filmmaker Mani Kaul died after long illness Leading Indian filmmaker Mani Kaul died in the capital. the outspoken and much-admired wife of President Gerald R. Ford who overcame alcoholism and an addiction to pills and helped found one of the best-known rehabilitation centers in the nation. Saxophonist Frank Foster died. penetrating gaze was part of his weaponry. Foster’s death. . Siddheshwari. and went on to make a number of films. Gilligan's Island. in 1989. 5. NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman called him “an extraordinary saxophonist. of complications from kidney failure. Cy Twombly died at 83 Famed American painter Cy Twombly. Delhi. Mr Twombly also painted a ceiling in the Louvre museum in Paris in 2010. 3. died in Palm Springs. pencil and crayon to create repetitive lines and scribbles on canvas. but his art addressed the lives of individuals. her biographer. died Betty Ford. The sexually loaded. George W Bush and Jimmy Carter. Mr. 2011. “Shiny Stockings. he estimated that every third Indian is living in poverty and the number of the poor has shot up by nearly 10 per cent to over 37 per cent. whether life models or royalty. the nation’s highest jazz honour. Her death was confirmed by Chris Chase. aged 88. He died at home after he was discharged from hospital. California. The news of her death brought statements of condolence from President Obama. a profile in courage.” died recently. Suresh Tendulkar. Prof. aged 66. 2. the former first lady. Lucian Freud was one of the greatest realist painters of the post-war era The original. She was 93. aged 94. 6. bandleader. The two shows. according to Cecilia Foster. passed away With the demise of Suresh Tendulkar at the age of 72 following a cardiac arrest in Pune the country has lost yet another eminent economist who played a significant part in moulding the government's economic policy making. winning a national award for a documentary. has died in Rome aged 83. with delicacy and disturbing corporeality. composer.Obituary 1. never wanting to risk doing the same thing twice. was about seven travellers marooned on a Pacific island. while panned by critics. 4. Foster was recognized in 2002 by the National Endowment for the Arts as a Jazz Master. restless personality. The Brady Bunch (1969 to 1974) was about a clean-cut. who first found the limelight with his calligraphic paintings in the late 1950s. Brady Bunch writer Sherwood Schwartz died Sherwood Schwartz. Mr. and educator. Mr Kaul. sustained artistic achievement of Lucian Freud. was ailing for some time. 7. The US artist was widely known for abstract works that used oil paint.
Pioneer at National Institutes of Health Dr. The actress. eminent industrial economist. 15. then headed by V. Economist D. who also starred in TV series Gunsmoke and The Bionic Woman. passed away. which she had battled for 13 years. Valluvar Kottam in Chennai and the Kannagi and Madhavi statue in Poompuhar. CPI(M) leader M. A leading light in the State's industrial history. 12. the first woman to lead the National Institutes of Health and the first physician to lead the American Red Cross until she was forced out in a storm of criticism over flawed responses to the Sept. Bernadine P. A first generation entrepreneur.U. Jehangir Sabavala passed away Well-known painter Jehangir Sabavala. has died at the age of 63. He was 84. who played Cha Cha DiGregorio. Floyd D. died. 9. She continued acting into the late eighties. died at her home in Gates Mills. Harischandra Prasad was born in an agricultural family in 1921. He then moved to the Institute of Economic Growth in Delhi. She was 67.S.Shilpi Speaks — was made on the shilpaic tradition as enunciated by him and won the President's Award for the best documentary in 1992.K. Sharma was the founding Chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research in 1972 and he served as President of the Indian History Congress in 1975. Pandhe passed away In the passing away of veteran trade unionist and CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Madhukar Kashinath Pandhe. Grease actress Annette Charles died at 63 Actress Annette Charles. A measure of success came recently when the Congress-backed Indian National Trade Union Congress joined hands with other organisations to pressure the government to secure the rights of workers and highlight common issues like price rise. Ohio. the party has lost one of its foremost leaders who worked for the welfare of the working class for more than seven decades. According to reports. she memorably stole the limelight dancing the hand jive with Danny (John Travolta) at the school dance competition. He was 81.U. in 1961.8.V. she had only recently been diagnosed with cancer . but latterly moved into teaching near her home in California. her husband. passed away. A documentary — The Living Tradition . Prasad ventured into the sugar industry by setting Andhra Sugars in 1947 in Tanuku to help sugarcane growers. 10. As Cha Cha. Ganapati Sthapati dead V. 11 terrorist attacks. 86. Healy. in the hit film Grease. He was a winner of various awards including the Padma Bhushan. a doyen of industry in Andhra Pradesh. Sastry. Sastry passed away D. was suffering from cancer. 89. Rao. . the architect of modern-day wonders such as the 133-foot Thiruvalluvar statue in Kanyakumari.R. Ganapati Sthapati. Professor Sastry's career started with a short stint at the Indian Institute of Economics in Hyderabad. Sharma passed away Eminent Marxist historian and Indologist Ram Sharan Sharma. Loop.and died from complications linked to the disease. Bernadine P. One of the central themes of his work was to bring about unity among various trade unions and among other Left organisations. Dr. 11. passed away. 14. Dr. Harischandra Prasad dead Mullapudi Harischandra Prasad (91). known for his trenchant observations on institutions in ancient Indian society and his report on the Bihar-Bengal boundary dispute. Veteran trade unionist. 13. passed away . He had been suffering from lung cancer for the past two years. said. Historian R. Healy Died at 67. named as ‘Andhra Birla' of yesteryears.K. He was 92. The cause was recurring brain cancer.
89. In 1949. she was 51. her brother said. and was guided by great musicians such as T. Pataudi was the youngest Test captain. He led India in 40 Tests and had a successful career despite impaired vision in the right eye. Mr. The 70-year-old cricketer. former India cue sports player. Mr. Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said the company was “planning a celebration of Steve's extraordinary life” for staff. Former Afghan President Rabbani killed in suicide bomb attack Burhanuddin Rabbani. Azad's son. 22. and much of his advanced music training under the legendary Musiri Subramania Iyer. Chennai. Bhagwat Jha Azad. 19. former President of Afghanistan and Chairman of the High Peace Council — leading the year-old Afghan effort to negotiate with the Taliban — was killed in a bomb blast at his residence in the centre of Kabul's high-security diplomatic district.K. Bhagwat Jha Azad passed away The former Bihar Chief Minister and six-time Lok Sabha member. Mr. . according to a media report. musicologist and revered guru T. passed away after a prolonged illness. He scored 2. Brinda.16. A veteran Congressman. 21. 20. Scholarly musician Govinda Rao passed away Veteran Carnatic musician. Syed reached the semifinals of the National billiards championships twice in 1987 and ‘88. The 56-yearold iconic technocrat was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer in 2004 and underwent a liver transplant in 2009. Azad was Chief Minister from February 14. a record that stood until 2004. one of India's early superstars and who was known as ‘Tiger' in the cricket fraternity. 1988 to March 10. In a letter to Apple's employees. Private funeral held for Steve Jobs A private funeral for Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. 17. who died after a seven-year battle with pancreatic cancer. he joined the Central College of Music. former cricketer Kirti Azad is a BJP MP from Darbhanga.793 runs in 46 Tests at an average of just under 35 and made six centuries. Syed Habib passed away Syed Habib. 1989. He joined the BJP recently but was hardly active due to ill health. Govinda Rao received his initial training under Chembai Vaidhyanatha Bhagavathar. Apple has said no public services have been planned as yet for Jobs. He also captained Sussex and Oxford University. Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi passed away Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi passed away after battling a lung infection for the last few months. 18. A highly regarded musician. The 71-year-old was India No. the oldest child of the late Senator Edward Kennedy. which was damaged in a car accident. died at a Washington health club. was suffering from interstitial lung disease. Govinda Rao passed away after a brief illness.2 in snooker for three years from 1980. Kara Kennedy dead Kara Kennedy. the biggest of which was an unbeaten 203 against England in Delhi in 1964. passed away after a brief illness. was held.
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