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WORLD NEWS
Multilateral
• The UN has asked Israel to withdraw from its decision to include
two religious sites (tomb of biblical patriarch Abraham in
Hebron and tomb biblical matriarch Rachel in Bethlehem)
in the West Bank on its list of national heritage sites, as it will
escalate tension in the region.
• India has expressed concern on the manner in which UN peace
keeping operations are conducted, saying such missions are
given "unrealistic and confusing mandates." The Indian
envoy to the UN, Hardeep Singh Puri asked the Security
Council to devise clear and achievable goals for missions serving
in post-conflict areas around the world and provide greater
resources for their implementation.
• Nepal's coalition government has locked horns once again
with the UN, stung by the world body's refusal to provide
"confidential data" about Maoist soldiers on the ground that it
would compromise its obligations and
impartiality.
• Japan and Australia pledged to help countries
with atomic energy programmes to stay clear of
the nuclear-weapons pat. They decided to assist
such countries in the realm of "3S.¨ The "3S"
relate to nuclear non-proliferation-related
safeguards, safety and security.
• Latin American and Caribbean nations backed
Argentina's claim of sovereignty to the
Falkland Islands in a growing dispute with
Britain over plans to drill for oil off the islands in
the Atlantic.
• Officials from the Group of 20 developed and
emerging economies wrapped up a two-day forum
on the global economy in Seoul, South Korea.
The forum was the first in a series of preparatory
get-togethers ahead of this year's G20 summits,
in Toronto in June and Seoul in November.
• A spokesman for the European Union Naval
Force said that Somali pirates freed a
Singaporean- flagged chemical tanker (Pramoni),
having 24 crew members including Indians, after a
ransom was delivered by parachute.
• US-led forces in Afghanistan will launch a new military operation later this year to get full
control of Kandahar, the former "capital city" of the Taliban.
Bilateral
• The Pentagon has approved $150 million in military assistance to Yemen, the country
where al-Qaida linked militants planned the failed Christmas Day attack on an
American passenger jet over Detroit.

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• The US has categorically told Pakistan that it would not get any atomic power plant or
civilian nuclear deal on the lines of the one signed with India.
• US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked American lawmakers to approve the Obama
administration's proposal of $3.2 billion civil and military aid to Islamabad for the
fiscal year 2011.
• According to Congressional documents, post 9/11, Pakistan has received nearly $18
billion as aid from the United States, including $11.5 billion as military assistance.
• Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Russia will not support
"crippling¨ sanctions against Iran and will supply S-300 Patriot class air defence
missiles to Iran after some 'technical' issues are sorted out in the deal that is objected
to by the US and Israel.
• French President Nicholas Sarkozy has admitted the mistakes made by France during
the 1994 genocide in Rwanda as he became the first French leader to visit the African
country since the shocking massacre.
• Australia summoned the Israeli ambassador and delivered a stark warning on ties after
three Australian passports were used by suspected Mossad assassins who murdered a
top Hamas commander (Mahmud al-Mabhuh).
Miscellaneous
• Arizona Dog "Giant George" all 43 inches (1.09 meters) tall was named the world's
Tallest Living Dog and Tallest Dog Ever by Guinness World Records.
• UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown apologised for past British policies of shipping
thousands of poor children abroad, mostly without their parents' knowledge, to
former colonies where many suffered abuse.
• Suggestive anti-smoking ad sparks row in France: An anti-smoking campaign
showing teenagers in a pose suggesting fellatio with a cigarette has caused an uproar in
France, with critics arguing it plays down sexual abuse and distracts from real health
threats.
• In the backdrop of increased international pressure on its banking secrecy practices,
Switzerland said it will prevent the flow of undeclared funds from foreign countries into
the Swiss banks.
• Danish daily Politiken apologised to Muslims for possibly offending them by reproducing
cartoons of the prophet Mohammed in 2008, but said it did not regret publishing the
drawings.
• A Turkish court freed two of the seniormost suspects (former heads of Turkey's navy
and air force, Ozden Ornek and Ibrahim Firtina) in an alleged 2003 military coup plot,
hours after the army chief (Chief of Staff Ilker Basbug) and civilian leadership (President
Abdullah Gul, and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan) pledged to resolve tensions
sparked by the probe.
• China's new ethics code for partymen: The latest ethics code has a 52-point check
list, which would make it extremely difficult for vast numbers of party officials to prove
themselves to be totally untainted. Two potent diktats: party members connected to
business enterprises and real estate deals will be punished. The Communist Party of
China Central Committee has amended the ethics code 13 years after it was first
established in 1997. The change comes within days of the government prosecutor
formally charging Huang Guangyu, who was the richest man in China until 2008, with
insider trading and illegal business practices.
• A South Korean court has ruled that the death penalty does not violate the nation's
constitution.
• Days after beheading of two abducted Sikhs (Mahal Singh and Jaspal Singh) by Taliban
in the restive tribal belt, a Pakistani Hindu man (Robin Singh) has been reportedly
kidnapped from Peshawar and his abductors have demanded Rs 10 million for his
release.

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• Nepal sacks 1st minister for graft: The govt of Nepal was forced to sack its education
and sports minister (Ram Chandra Kushwa) after he was said to have been involved in
a massive scam that caused major donors like the World Bank and ADB decide to freeze
education funds. Ram Chandra Kushwa, who belonged to the Terai Madhes Loktantrik
Party, the fourth-largest in parliament, was recalled by his party and a new successor,
Sarbendra Nath Shukla from the same party, was appointed.
• Curfew was reimposed as ethnic violence (clashes began between Muslim settlers and the
Buddhist tribals) in Khagrachhari in Bangladesh resumed.
• The groundbreaking study, led by Zahi Hawass of Egypt's Supreme Council of
Antiquities, shows that King Tutankhamen (1351-1334 BC) death at the age of 19 was
probably a result of malaria (complicated by a degenerative bone condition) and not
murder. Genetic fingerprinting has established a plausible pedigree that spans five
generations. The study suggests his parents were the 'heretic' Pharaoh Akhenaten and
one of his sisters, his great grandparents were Yuva and Thuya, and the two stillborn
foetuses found in his tomb were likely to be his children. Tut was a relatively minor
Pharaoh in ancient Egypt's history. His present fame is linked to the wonderful treasures
retrieved from his tomb, which was discovered by archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922.
Yet it was under the rule of Tut, aided by powerful advisers such as Ay, that the
traditional priesthoods and gods, banished under the iconoclastic Akhenaten, were
restored.
• The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been ranked as the country with the best quality
of life in the Middle East and North African region. UAE was ranked as the 15th best in
the world, out of 160 countries or regions evaluated by the EIU, a London-based
Economist Group.
• Vancouver (Canada) continues to top the Economist Intelligence Unit's global liveability
survey. The ongoing social and economic crisis in Zimbabwe ensures that Harare is still
the worst of the 140 cities surveyed.

INDIA AND THE WORLD
• The Government of India has decided to send a group of Assam Rifles soldiers as part
of a police unit to Haiti under the aegis of the United Nations mission.
• India and the ten-member ASEAN block will hold parleys on ways to conclude talks
before the August 2010 deadline to widen the scope of Free Trade Agreement (FTA)
to include services and investment. The market opening trade pact in goods was
already operationalised on January 1, 2010. New Delhi and ASEAN aim to increase their
$44-billion trade to $50 billion by the end of 2010. Negotiations taking place on a
request-offer basis. The services sector is of key interest to New Delhi as it contributes
over 55 per cent to the country´s gross domestic product (GDP). The ASEAN market is
important for India as the region is a net importer of services and imported over $180
billion worth of services in 2008.
• India- Saudi Arabia-Dr. Manmohan Singh is the first Indian Prime Minister in the
past 28 years to visit Saudi Arabia. Indira Gandhi visited the Kingdom in 1982. King
Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz was the chief guest at the Republic Day parade in 2006.
• Setting aside protocol, King Abdullah's brother and defence minister Crown Prince
Sultan bin Abdul Aziz and the entire Saudi cabinet received Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh when he arrived in Riyadh on a three- day visit. When King Abdullah
was in New Delhi in 2006 on a State Visit, Prime Minister Singh had received him at the
airport.
• India, Saudi Arabia set to sign 10 pacts- India and Saudi Arabia today finalised 10 pacts,
including an Extradition Treaty, Agreement on Transfer of Sentenced Prisoners and
Agreement on setting up Joint Investment Fund. and agreements in the economic
sphere.

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• India- Afghanistan: No safety over Kabul skies: AI pilots- Air India is the only
Indian-registered International Air Transport Association member (carrier) that operates a
service from India (New Delhi) to Afghanistan (Kabul). NATO and Afghan forces scaling
up anti-Taliban air/drone offensive through Operation Moshtarak.
• India strongly condemned terrorist attacks in Kabul on Feb 26, 2010 that killed six
Indians and 11 others.
• India-China: India unveiled a green pavilion in Shanghai World Expo. The design
was inspired by Sanchi Stupa, made up of bamboo. The design was conceived by D.R.
Naidu of Design C. Zhao Yue Ting got the contract to build India´s pavilion at the
Shanghai Expo. Simon Velez from Colombia, one of the world´s premier bamboo
experts, was roped in. The bamboo has been brought from Anji, in the Zhejiang
province, China's bamboo capital. Riva Ganguly Das is India´s Consul-General in
Shanghai.
• The Chinese Foreign Ministry said that it had "no information¨ on the status of 21
Indian traders who have been kept in detention in Shenzhen for 50 days. The traders
were among 33 foreigners detained in a raid on January 8. They are accused of
smuggling diamonds worth $7.3 million (around Rs. 34 crore) from Hong Kong.
• India-Pakistan: India and Pakistan restarted the dialogue during a meeting between
Foreign Secretaries (Nirupama Rao (India) & Salman Bashir (Pakistan)) of both
countries in New Delhi on Feb 25, 2010. Besides focussing on terror and the need to
successfully prosecute those arrested by Islamabad for the Mumbai blasts, India
submitted three dossiers which Pakistan assured it would seriously examine. One
dossier provides information on some individuals associated with the Mumbai
attacks, the second was a list of Indian fugitives sheltered in Pakistan and the third
on Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed's anti-India statements. Pakistan touched
upon India´s involvement in supplying weapons and money to insurgents in
Baluchistan which India said was a "baseless allegation.¨ On terrorism, Pakistan
suggested a comprehensive security concept which included intelligence sharing,
temperance in the induction of military systems and greater restraint in statements from
both sides. With both sides being nuclear powers, Pakistan sought a strategic restraint
regime that addressed the issue of nuclear tipped missiles.
• India asked Pakistan to hand over 33 terrorists including two serving Pakistan army
officers, Major Iqbal and Major Samir Ali.
• Pakistani authorities have cut short the visit of Indian pilgrims to Gurdwara Panja Sahib
in Hasanabdal city of Punjab province due to the security situation.
• Pakistan joined 52 other Asian states to endorse India's candidature for non-
permanent membership of the UN Security Council.

NATIONAL AFFAIRS
Policies, Legislations, Commissions, Committees and Executive Orders
• 13
th
Finance Commission Report & Action Taken in UTKRIST EXPOSITION Vol. 1
No. 4.
• Major Budget Highlight in UTKRIST EXPOSITION Vol. 1 No. 5.
• The Union Cabinet approved the Women's Reservation Bill, 2008, that seeks to
reserve 33 per cent seats for women in the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies. The
Parliamentary Standing Committee has approved the 108th Constitutional
Amendment Bill in its original form with minor changes.
• White goods to become dearer: FM is rolling back the 2 per cent rate reduction in
excise duty and taking it back to 10 per cent coupled with hike in diesel prices, home
appliances, beauty products and other household items are all set to become dearer.
However, it will only be microwave ovens and mobile accessories that will see some drop
in prices. Increase in excise duty and fuel price will have an impact on costs.

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• The government has decided to increase the outlay for the Minority Affairs Ministry by
nearly 50 per cent from Rs. 1,740 crore in the present fiscal to Rs. 2,600 crore in the
2010-11.
• The union government quietly secured Cabinet approval for a new agreement with the
United States that aims, inter alia, at promoting the privatisation of agricultural
extension services and facilitating collaborations between American agribusiness and
the Indian farm sector. The proposed Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. on
`Agriculture Cooperation and Food Security' was approved.
• The UPA II Government has cancelled its export order of 10,000 tonnes of white sugar
to the European Union (EU). The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), which
comes under the Commerce Ministry, in a notification said "allocation of 10,000 tonnes
of white sugar for export to the European Union for 2009-10 stands withdrawn.¨
• The Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC) has forecast a 12 per cent
growth at USD 88 billion in India's exports in the second half of the current fiscal. The
exports were valued at USD 81 billion in the first six months of the current fiscal.
• HRD minister Kapil Sibal lamented that private sector is not showing much eagerness to
be involved in the expansion of elementary education in the country, especially in the
rural areas.
• Initiating a debate on the issue in the Lok Sabha under Rule 193, Leader of the
Opposition Sushma Swaraj demanded a probe by a joint parliamentary committee (JPC)
into "scams¨ in essential commodities such as wheat, rice, pulses and sugar that
caused price rise.
• The Left parties would raise a demand to scrap the "archaic¨ Land Acquisition Act,
1884, as it facilitated land acquisition by big corporates, who took advantage of the acute
distress of farmers.
• Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee is "unhappy" over the decision to hike fuel prices and
raise Rs 800 crore through service tax from railways.
• The Vijay Kelkar-headed 13th Finance Commission has hiked the share of the States
in Central taxes from the existing 30.5% to 32% while making a strong pitch for greater
fiscal discipline both at the Centre and in the states. The commission also made a case for
disinvestment and privatisation of State public sector units (PSUs), saying non-working
ones should be closed down by 2011.
• Reserve Bank Deputy Governor, Usha Thorat, said abolishing the practice of levying
pre-payment penalty on loans could prompt lenders to hike interest rates to pass on
their burden to customers.
• Privacy will be protected under the Unique Identity (UID) project and personal data will
not be accessible to everybody, insists Nandan Nilekani, chairperson of the Unique
Identification Authority.

STATES
• Goa mining proposals clearance put on hold: Responding to complaints from within
and outside the State government about how illegal mining operations are stripping Goa,
the Union government has put on hold all environmental clearances for mining proposals
in the State.
• The implementation of the Scheduled Tribes and Traditional Forest Dwellers
(Recognition of Forest Rights) Act in Maharashtra has dismayed Adivasis and activists
alike. The Centre has given the State a "very poor¨ rating. Even the State government is
painfully aware of its slow progress. With only 1.19 per cent of the 2,39,542 total claims
under the Act received till May 2009 being disposed of. The number of claims jumped to
3, 03,960 by the end of January, while only 2,453 titles have so far been distributed.
• The Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC), under the State
Industries Department, plans to take up work on an industrial corridor from Kochi to
Coimbatore at an estimated cost of Rs.220 crore.

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• The first phase of Bangalore Metro will be ready by December 2010, and the
Karnataka Government has given an assurance that the entire metro project will be
commissioned by March 2013. The Karnataka Government , for the first time in the
country, has initiated GIS-based property assessment programmes in five cities on
public-private partnership basis.
• The AIADMK, main opposition party in the Tamil Nadu Assembly, sought the
disqualification of two of its legislators, L. Radhakrishnan and K. Rajendran, on
grounds of defection. AIADMK argued that both Mr. Radhakrishnan and Mr. Rajendran
had attracted disqualification in terms of 2 (1) (a) of the Tenth Schedule of the
Constitution of India by voluntarily giving up the membership of the AIADMK.
• Urban transport infrastructure of Chennai is set for a radical change. A slew of
measures including two additional metro lines, four Monorail/Light Rail Transit (LRT)
routes, three Bus Rapid Transport corridors (BRT) and 37 grade separators, requiring a
total investment of Rs.72,727 crore have been recommended by the Comprehensive
Transportation Study of the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA).
• 99 per cent of the work at the upcoming desalination plant at Minjur had been
completed. The plant was expected to be commissioned by March-end or April this year.
• Chennai Metrowater Managing Director Shiv Das Meena said that the 100-MLD (million
litres per day) capacity desalination plant at Nemmeli on East Coast Road will be
commissioned by December 2011. VA Tech Wabag Limited in consortium with IDE
Technologies, Israel, would construct the plant. Larsen & Toubro Limited would lay the
pipeline and build underground sumps. Mecon Limited along with Adeco Technologies,
Switzerland are consultants.
• Many striking employees in Manipur report for duty following Okram Ibobi's
announcement that officials in the departments of essential services (health, power and
water supply) would be arrested if they joined the cease work strike. All Manipur
Trade Unions Council and the All Manipur Government Employees' Organisation
went on strike demanding an enhanced pay scale and allowances with retrospective effect
from January 2006.
• The only State where an urban employment guarantee scheme for the urban poor
was implemented is in Tripura, but its impact was affected by the limited resources
available.
• Nitish reaches out to Maha Dalits & urged them to stay united and vigilant against
`divisive´ forces.` Vikas Mitras' appointed to oversee development of Maha Dalits. As of
now 21 Backward Castes, with the exception of the Paswan community, have been
included in the Maha Dalit caste list.
• Allegations by a senior official of the Eastern Frontier Rifles (EFR) that the local police
administration refused to heed his warnings that the location of the security camp at
Silda in West Bengal's Paschim Medinipur district was unsuitable has created ripples
in the West Bengal State administration.
• The West Bengal government announced the setting up of a three-member committee
to inquire into the Maoist attack on the camp at Silda in Paschim Medinipur district on
February 15, in which 24 Eastern Frontier Rifles (EFR) personnel were killed. The
committee will be headed by State Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen and will submit its
report within two months. It will ascertain, among other things, possible lapses in security
and the role of the police in the events leading to the carnage.
• Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra said the Omar Abdullah-led government was
committed to zero tolerance on human rights violations in the State, though militancy
would be fought with a heavy hand. He said that the Empowered Committee system in
J&K was made fully functional during 2009, which made it possible to consider the
recommendations made by the State Human Rights Commission [SHRC] during the year
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Judicial Pronouncements
• The Supreme Court ruled that when the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act says
that subject to the consent by the State, the CBI can take up investigation in relation
to the crime that was otherwise within the jurisdiction of the State police, the court
could also exercise its constitutional power of judicial review and direct the CBI
to take up the investigation within the jurisdiction of the State. The Bench held
that the power of the High Court under Article 226 could not be taken away, curtailed
or diluted by Section 6 of the DSPE Act. Irrespective of there being any statutory
provision acting as a restriction on the powers of the courts, the restriction imposed by
Section 6 of the Act on the powers of the Union could not be read as restriction on the
powers of the constitutional courts. Such powers are vested with the apex court and High
courts to ensure protection of fundamental rights of citizens under Article 21 of the
Constitution.
• With the Andhra Pradesh government asserting that Maoists had infiltrated the Osmania
University campus as students, the Supreme Court directed the State to produce
reported intelligence inputs to support the claim. The Supreme Court asked the Andhra
Pradesh government to file an affidavit explaining why it deployed the elite anti-naxalite
force `Grey Hounds' inside the Osmania University campus to deal with the student
agitation. A Bench consisting of Justices G.S. Singhvi and A.K. Ganguly also constituted a
three-member committee comprising the State Home Secretary, the Hyderabad Police
Commissioner and the Vice-Chancellor of the University to review the law and order
situation on the campus and around it on a day-to-day basis and accordingly decide on
deployment of forces.
• A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court issued notice to the Union and State
governments, the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) and the Canada-based SNC-
Lavalin Energy Control Systems (ECS) on a writ petition against empanelling SNC-
Lavalin ECS on the list of implementation agencies for the Union Power Ministry's Re-
structured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (R-APDRP).
The Bench of Acting Chief Justice P.R. Raman and Justice C.N. Ramachandran Nair issued
notice on a petition filed by K.R. Unnithan of Alappuzha, a former executive engineer
of the KSEB. According to him, SNC-Lavalin ECS, a subsidiary of the SNC-Lavalin group,
has been empanelled for the Union Power Ministry´s flagship scheme, the Rs.50,000-
crore R-APDRP. The petitioner said the company had drawn flak from the Principal
Accountant General (Audit) for its implementation of the renovation and modernisation of
the Kuttiyadi, Palllivasal, Sengulam and Panniyar projects. SNC-Lavalin had been charge-
sheeted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for corruption in the implementation
of those projects.
• Montblanc International GmbH, Germany, gave an undertaking before a Division
Bench of the Kerala High Court that its "Mahatma Gandhi Limited Edition 241¨ and
"Mahatma Gandhi Limited Edition 3000¨ luxury pens would not be sold in the country until
further orders from the court. The petition was filed by Dijo Kappen, managing trustee,
Centre for Consumer Education, Kottayam. In an affidavit, the pen company and the
distributor said they tendered an unconditional apology if the sentiments of any of the
citizens were hurt.
• Ejaz Naqvi, advocate for the 26/11 accused Sabahuddin Ahmed, moved an
application before the special sessions court, seeking to make S.C. Sinha (DG, National
Investigation Agency), Rahul Bhatt (filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt´s son), Vilas Varak (a
trainer at the Moksha gym which American terror suspect David Headley frequented) &
S.S. Khandwawala (Director-General of Police, Gujarat) witnesses. Mr. Naqvi argued
that statements of these witnesses were important to establish Headley´s key role in
carrying out a reconnaissance of various targets, and thus had a bearing on Sabahuddin´s
case.

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• A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court, brought down from two years to one the
minimum period of separate living, as contemplated under Section 10(A) of the
Divorce Act, before Christian couples can file a petition seeking dissolution of marriage
by mutual consent before a district court. The Bench, comprising Justice R. Basant and
Justice M.C. Hari Rani, while dealing with a divorce petition filed by Saumya Ann
Thomas of Thiruvananthapuram, held unconstitutional the prescription of two years as
it offended Articles 14 (equality before law) and 21 (right to life) of the
Constitution. The court pointed out that no such long period was prescribed in other
laws relating to the divorce of other communities. The Divorce Act is applicable to
Christians. Besides, laws of other religions (the Special Marriage Act, the Hindu
Marriage Act and the Parsi Marriage and Divorce Act) prescribe a period of one-year
separate living before filing a petition seeking divorce by mutual consent. The ruling
was given in conformity with the provisions of other divorce laws.

Defence, Nuclear, Science and Technology
• The Indian Coast Guard received the first of the new class of offshore patrol vessel
(OPV) indigenously designed in house and built by Goa Shipyard limited (GSL). The
ship named ICGS Vishwast was the first of the new class of three OPVs being built by
the shipyard for the Indian Coast Guard. Propelled by two engines, the new OPV is
capable of operating Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH).
• BSF Director General's office received a mysterious parcel with pieces of detonators in it.
One person has been arrested.

Miscellaneous
• Hair reveals our past- In less than 10 years after the human genome from a living
individual was first sequenced, scientists have successfully sequenced a complete ancient
human genome (only partial ancient human genomes and mitochondrial DNA have been
sequenced in the past). The study was published recently in Nature. The sample studied
was one of the four excellently preserved human tufts from a male paleo-Eskimo
obtained from about 4,000-year-old permafrost at Qeqertasussuk, Greenland. The
ancient human's mitochondrial DNA sequenced in 2008 helped in identifying him as
belonging to Saqqaq culture of East Siberia. Tracing the route of migration from East
Siberia to Greenland through Alaska and Canada also became possible by comparing the
ancient human genome with modern genome data; Saqqaqs had split from Chukchis,
their closest relatives, some 5,500 years ago. Sequencing the nuclear DNA and
comparing the functional single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) with modern
human genome data helped in identifying appearance and roots.

Business and Indian Economy
World
• Internet infrastructure services provider VeriSign Inc said that worldwide, the Internet
domain name industry closed the year 2009 with more than 192 million
registrations across all top level domain names, a rise of 15 million since the close of
2008.
• Toyota president Akio Toyoda formally apologized to US lawmakers for deadly auto
defects that drove the world's top carmaker into crisis, and vowed to work hard to rebuild
shattered faith in the firm.
• US insurance giant American International Group (AIG) has accepted a deal to sell its
Asian arm, AIA, to British insurer Prudential for around 35 billion dollars.
• The BBC will shut part of its website and close two radio stations in order to sharply
reduce spending.

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• A Milan court convicted three Google Inc executives for violating the privacy of an
Italian boy with Down's syndrome by letting a video of him being bullied be posted on the
site in 2006.
• Hummer, the off-road vehicle from the stable of General Motors Co. that once
symbolised America's love for hulking Sports Utility Vehicles, faces a shutdown after its
sale to a Chinese heavy equipment maker (Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial
Machines Co ) collapsed after Tengzhong failed to get clearance from Chinese regulators
within the proposed time-frame for the sale. GM said it will continue to honour existing
Hummer warranties.

Agencies & Bodies
• India has now become the 10th largest gold-holding nation in the world. It has
also emerged as the fourth-largest foreign exchange reserves holder only after
China, Japan and Russia, says the Economic Survey 2009-10. With gold purchase
from IMF, gold holdings in the country's foreign exchange reserves have increased from
357.7 tonnes to 557.7 tonnes, which is about 6 per cent of the reserves. India is
ranked fourth in terms of foreign exchange reserves at $283.5 billion, only behind China
($2,399.2 billion), Japan ($1,049.4 billion) and Russia ($439 billion), says the Economic
Survey.
• The Economic Survey 2009-10 argues for a gradual rollback of stimulus measures
while projecting a robust GDP expansion of up to 8.75 per cent in 2010-11 on the
back of a "remarkable recovery¨ growth expected at 7.2 per cent for the current fiscal
(2009-1010).
• Cheques will have more security features like water marks and invisible logo
with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) deciding to ask banks to take additional measures to
prevent forgeries and frauds.
• RBI is framing guidelines telling banks not to declare someone a defaulter if the
person has settled his or her account with the bank after paying the negotiated
amount. At present, even if a card holder pays the negotiated amount, the client is
continued to be treated as a defaulter in the bank's records. Because of this, the name
features in the defaulters list prepared by Credit Information Bureau of India Ltd
(CIBIL), which depends on the information provided by banks for the purpose. This
makes most loans off-limits for the 'blacklisted' person - be it a personal or house loan
- from any bank or finance company. Left with no choice, the customer has to settle the
new bill raised by the bank, which is the 'balance amount' from the earlier settlement plus
penalties and interest.
• Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) said that with high paced growth in
industrial sector, India will need at least 50,000 company secretaries (CS) by 2020.
• CBI Director Ashwini Kumar said that the banking sector has lost a whooping Rs 5,517
crore due to frauds in the last four fiscals. The highest loss in the last four fiscals was Rs
1,883 crore in 2008-2009.

PSU/PSE/Private
• After Delhi, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu, the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing
Federation of India (NAFED) has decided to extend its `Farm Gate to Home Gate'
campaign (the sale of essential commodities at low prices) to more States to help hold
the price line of essential commodities. NAFED has placed orders for pulses from
Myanmar and edible oil from Malaysia.
• Recently NTPC equity issue comprising 41.23 crore shares of Rs.10 each got concluded.
The floor price was eventually set at Rs.201 a share. Between the NTPC's IPO (October
2004) and the FPO (February 2010), its valuation has gone up more than three times.
In 2004, the share issue was priced at Rs.62, at the higher end of a Rs.52-62 price band.
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the follow-on offer. French auction method- Institutions could bid and be allotted
shares at different price points above the floor price. The French auction is suitable for
companies with low floating stock. While it maximises realisation by the government -
allotment is made at different bid prices - the method does not ensure widespread
shareholding.
• The follow-on public offer of Rural Electrification Corporation got subscribed 3.12
times at the end of the final day. The REC issue received bids for over 53.52 crore shares
against 17.17 crore shares on offer, garnering a demand of 3.12 times the shares on
offer. While the issue was almost fully subscribed (16.58 crore shares) at Rs. 206 a piece,
it was over subscribed (23.26 crore) at Rs. 205 per share.
• Vijay Mallya-led Kingfisher Airlines has announced that it will be joining the global
airline grouping oneworld that would enable it to offer passengers an enhanced choice
of routes serviced by member airlines and vice-versa. Kingfisher will become the first
Indian carrier in the alliance that includes American Airlines, British Airways and Finnair.
• In the largest cross-border acquisition by an Indian company in the sugar industry,
Shree Renuka Sugars has entered into definitive agreements with Grupo Equipav S.A.
of Brazil to acquire a 50.8 per cent stake in it for $329 million (Rs.1,530 crore) or Reais
600 million.
• Nokia, a world leader in mobile phones, has conferred "best organised trade
partner" award on UniverCell, a leading mobile retail chain.

Environment
World
• China, India adding to e-waste timebomb: UN said that mountains of discarded
computers and mobile phones could soon pose serious threats to public health and the
environment in developing countries without swift action.
• India has caught out an American attempt to go back on an agreement not to push for
international "scrutiny" of voluntary attempts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,
negotiated between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, U.S. President Barack Obama and
the heads of government of China, Brazil and South Africa at the UN climate change talks
in Copenhagen in 2009. The U.S. quickly changed tack when India protested. Todd
Stern is the head of the American negotiating team. World leaders had discussed, in a
marathon bargaining session, how to describe the international monitoring of voluntary
mitigation actions by developing countries, which were not funded by outside sources.
The leaders of Brazil, South Africa, India and China had objected to the terms suggested
by Mr. Obama: "scrutiny," "review," "assess," "examine." Finally, Mr. Obama and
European leaders had agreed to use the term "consultations and analysis."
• IPCC sets up independent review: The IPCC has faced a barrage of accusations in the
last few weeks, after its claim that the Himalayan glaciers would disappear by 2035 was
debunked. Other parts of its Fourth Assessment Report have also been questioned.
Meanwhile, the IPCC statement reiterated that it stands "firmly behind the rigour and
robustness of the 4th Assessment Report´s conclusions.¨
• Indian scientist R K Pachauri-led UN panel on climate change will face an independent
international review after a series of allegations of errors in its report on global warming
hit its credibility.
• Australian and French scientists has said that an iceberg (B9B) about the size of
Luxembourg, which struck the Mertz Glacier Tongue off Antarctica, could lower
oxygen levels in the world´s oceans.
• An oil leak from an abandoned Lombardi Petroli refinery in Villasanta near the
town of Monza, Italy that fouled a small Lambro river in northern Italy has reached
the Po River (Italy's longest and most important river). It raised fears of contamination
of specialised farm products such as Parma cheese, ham or the famous arborio rice used
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valley, which extends 71,000 sq. km. across several northern regions, produces a third of
Italy's agricultural output and represents 40 per cent of the GDP. Legambiente is Italy
largest environmental organisation.
• The US Environmental Protection Agency said it was considering reducing the number
of big industrial plants that would be required to get permits showing they were using the
best technology to fight climate change.
• Florida (USA): Despite calls to free or destroy the animal, SeaWorld said it would keep
the killer whale (Tilikum) that drowned its trainer (Dawn Brancheau), but would
suspend all orca shows while it decides whether to change the way handlers work with
the behemoths.
• Komsomolskaya Pravda, a Russian daily said, that frequent "treats" by visitors made a
zoo inmate, Zhora the chimp, in Rostov, an alcoholic and nicotine addict.
• The 8.8 degree earthquake that hit Chile morning has left more than 700 people dead
and at least 2 million people homeless. Many of the businesses of Indian nationals have
been badly affected.
• Tsunami waves of up to 1.5 metres hit far-flung Pacific regions from the Russian Far
East and Japan to New Zealand's Chatham Islands after a powerful earthquake struck
Chile, but there were no reports of injuries or serious damage.

India
• The government proposed a one-time grant of Rs 200 crore to Tamil Nadu for
installation of a zero liquid discharge system at Affluent Treatment Plant at textile
export hub Tirupur. Tirupur is located on the banks of Noyyal River in Tamil Nadu.
• Government proposed to levy a cess on coal to support research in clean energy
technology and made it clear that the principle of "polluter pays" remains the basic
guiding criteria for pollution management. The cess on coal produced in India would be
levied at a rate of Rs 50 per tonne to build the corpus fund for National Clean Energy
Fund (NCEF). This cess will also apply to imported coal. To encourage the use of bio-
degradable materials, FM proposed to exempt the import of compostable polymer
from basic customs duty.
• Rs.15,000 crore for environment grants to States. The money will be split equally among
three projects over the next five years: to protect forests, to incentivise the
generation of grid electricity from renewable energy sources, and to encourage
maintenance of irrigation networks and an independent regulatory mechanism
for the water sector.
• The budget has doubled the annual funding for the National Ganga River Basin
Authority to Rs. 500 crore.
• Goa, celebrating its golden jubilee this year, will get a special package of Rs.200 crore
to preserve its natural resources by restoring erosion-prone beaches and increasing
green cover through sustainable forestry.
• The excise duty on LED lights has been halved, while concessions have been given
to electric car makers. The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research's
innovative "soleckshaw,¨ a solar battery-powered rickshaw, is also being given duty
concessions.
• The WWF has warned that days are numbered for much of the sensitive Sunderbans
eco-system and in 60 years vast tracts of the rare mangrove forests, home to the
Bengal tiger, will be inundated by the rising sea.
• Proposed Nilgiris elephant corridor runs into resistance: Tension is simmering over
a proposed elephant corridor in the Ooty foothills. While conservationists say this is
essential to restore the man-nature balance, farmers and property owners are
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• Chhattisgarh State assembly said that the State has a total of 24-30 tigers while a
count could not be held at Indravati tiger reserve for some years because Maoists were
active in the area.
• The BSF would assist forest authorities to check poaching of wildlife at Kaziranga
National Park in Assam, which has witnessed unprecedented killing of the famed one-
horned rhinos by poachers in recent months.
• The first phase of the tiger population census in West Bengal's Buxa Tiger Reserve
has started. A Wildlife Institute of India estimate suggests that there may be just 10
tigers left in the reserve. The National Tiger Conservation Authority has identified the
reserve as one of the seven reserves, where the tiger density is critically low.
• A leopard ate her own cub in an enclosure of the Nandankanan Zoo in Orissa,
hampering the captive breeding efforts of the zoo authorities.
• An estimated 1.8 lakh female Olive Ridley turtles have so far arrived en-masse to lay
eggs, a unique natural phenomenon, at Gahirmatha marine sanctuary in Kendrapara
district (Orissa).
• A new study by Oxfam India and the Centre for Budget and Government
Accountability (CBGA) has called for a National Adaptation Fund to provide
dedicated financial resources to sectors vulnerable to climate change.
• Applauding the Jawaharlal Nehru Solar Mission 2022 initiative launched by India to
unleash 20,000 MW of power during the next decade, Ernest Moniz, Director of US-
based Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has expressed its strong desire to be
associated with the Indian Government, industry and academia to research and develop
clean energy green technology in the post-Copenhagen scenario.MIT Director, Ernest
Moniz has also been named to the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear
Future.

Awards
• The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) awarded an Sasakawa Prize worth
$200,000 each to two companies, named Trees, Water and People (TWP) and Nuru
Design that managed to produce environmental-friendly products while at the same time
having capability to improve livelihood for poor people. Nuru Design has brought
rechargeable lights to villages in Rwanda, Kenya and India while TWP is an organisation
that collaborates with local NGOs in distributing fuel-efficient cook stoves to communities
in Honduras, Guatemala, El Savador, Nicaragua and Haiti.
• Eminent journalist Sanjoy Hazarika has been awarded the Dr. Jean Mayer Award for
Global Citizenship by the U.S.-based Tufts University for his contribution to the
north-east of India, initiatives in health and governance, besides advocacy of issues. The
previous awardees include Nobel laureates Amartya Sen and Desmond Tutu.
• W. Selvamurthy, Chief Controller (Life Sciences and Human Resource), Defence
Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), has been chosen for the DRDO's
Technology Leadership Award for 2008 instituted by the DRDO. Dr. Selvamurthy
path-breaking research - application of nitric oxide and oxygen for treating high altitude
pulmonary oedema, has saved more than 500 soldiers´ lives. He developed a new
prophylactic method of using carbozen gas for protection against noise-induced loss of
hearing among the crew of battleships and battle tanks.
• Social worker Ela Bhatt has been chosen for the 2010 Niwano Peace Prize for her
contribution to the uplift of poor women in India. She will receive the award in Tokyo on
May 13, 2010. The award, recognises the significant contribution of an individual to inter-
religious understanding and cooperation leading to world peace, comes with a certificate,
a medal and prize money worth ¥20 million. Ela Bhatt had set up the Self-Employed
Women's Association (SEWA), a trade union, in 1972. Now, it has over 1.2 million
members. In 1974, she established the SEWA cooperative bank, which now reaches out
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• U.S. President Barack Obama honoured actor and director Clint Eastwood and singer
Bob Dylan with arts awards. Obama praises their contribution to the national cultural
identity. Soprano Jessye Norman was recognised for "broadening contemporary
operatic repertoire.¨ Maya Lin earned a medal for her architecture while John Williams
for music featured in films such as the Star Wars series and the soundtrack to the
Olympics.

Person in News-World
Political
• Thailand's Supreme Court ruled that nearly $1.4 billion worth of frozen assets belonging
to the deposed Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinwatra, would now "become property of the
State¨.
• Barack Obama selects campaign adviser as social secretary: Julianna Smoot, who was
chief of staff to US trade representative Ron Kirk, takes over at the White House for
Desiree Rogers. Smoot was finance director for Barack Obama's presidential campaign.
Rogers, stepping down announcement came three months after an uninvited couple
crashed the Obama administration's first state dinner.
• Kishore Kumar, a prominent Hindu legislator elected to the Pakistan's North-West
Frontier Province Assembly as a candidate of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal
religious alliance, appealed to the Pakistani government to provide adequate protection
to members of minority communities.
Business
• Edwards E. Whitacre, chief of General Motors, will receive an annual compensation of
$9 million. GM received billions of dollars worth Federal funds.
Social and Cultural
• Sex-offence accused director Roman Polanski wins Berlin Film Festival prize.
Others
• Abdolmalek Rigi, leader of a high-profile anti-Iran militant group (Jundallah) based
in Pakistan, was arrested in Dubai.
• After spending more than two decades in a vegetative state, Rom Houben, a Belgian
man in his mid-40s, was suddenly able to communicate. It was heralded as a medical
miracle.

Person in News- India
Judicial, Political and Administrative
• Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court P.D. Dinakaran is facing allegations of land
grabbing. Other complaints too were levelled against him by Bar members of Chennai and
Bangalore. Advocates opposed to Mr. Justice Dinakaran said that they would wait for
some more time for the Survey of India to file a report before taking any further
decision. However, the Karnataka chapter of the Forum for Judicial Accountability
said it would demand a CBI probe against him.
• Sushma Swaraj formally took over as Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha.
The seat was hitherto held by senior BJP leader L. K. Advani. Ms. Swaraj, who represents
Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh, has been the Chief Minister of Delhi and a Union Minister
during the NDA regime.
• Former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje submitted her resignation as Leader
of the Opposition in the Rajasthan Assembly.
• Neeva Konwar, member of the National Commission for Women (NCW), has resigned
from her post. Chairperson Girija Vyas has forwarded her letter of resignation, to the
Ministry of Women and Child Development.
• Sangh Parivar veteran and former Rajya Sabha member Nanaji Deshmukh passed
away. As per Mr. Deshmukh´s wish, his body will be donated to AIIMS for medical
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• Ruling JD(U) MLA Abhay Singh, who was elected from Jamui, shot his six-month-old
daughter and wife dead with a gun before killing himself after a quarrel.
• Additional Director General of Police (Home Guards) Neelmani will be the next DGP of
Bihar.
• Lt. Gen. Avadesh Prakash got relief from the Armed Forces Tribunal, which quashed the
Court of Inquiry proceedings against him in the Sukna land scam and ordered a de novo
probe into it.
• Lt Gen P K Rath, former commander of 33 Corps of the Army, withdrew his petition
against his court martial in the Sukna land scam from the Armed Forces Tribunal.
NRI
• K R Sridhar is principal scientist-CEO of Bloom Energy. His power plant-in-a-box
may change the world's energy paradigm. He is a former NASA advisor, has devised a
fuel cell contraption that combines oxygen and fossil fuel (like natural gas) to create
electricity. The contraption can be the size of a loaf of bread (which can power a single
home) or it can be scaled to the size of a refrigerator (to power, say, a large office
building). It can be installed in garage or back yard, independent of the larger
transmission grid. Several such boxes are working in Google, eBay and other well-
known US firms to much acclaim and minimum problems. Sridhar reckons it will be
another five to ten years before the Bloom Box can be sized to residential requirements to
cost around $ 3000.
• Britain's leading NRI hotelier Joginder Sangar has been presented the Community
Award in recognition of his outstanding philanthropic work in the UK. Sangar is now
Chairman of Mast Craft Ltd. He also played a key role in raising funds for constructing
the largest Hindu temple in the UK for Lord Venkateswara (Balaji) in Tividale near
Birmingham.
• Indian-origin Kamla Persad-Bissessar has became the first woman Leader of the
Opposition in the Trinidad and Tobago parliament, ousting former premier Basdeo
Panday from the post.
• The office of a Tamil newspaper Uthayan in Toronto, Canada was vandalised and its
publisher and editor Logan Logendralingan was intimidated in retaliation for a recent
Canadian business delegation´s visit to Sri Lanka.
• Indian national Gursewak Dhillon, accused in the death of three-year-old Gurshan
Singh Channa, has reportedly told Australian police that he accidentally knocked the
toddler down when he opened the house door.
Business
• Rajan Bharti Mittal, the Vice- Chairman and Managing Director of Bharti Enterprises, a
diversified group dominant in telecom, insurance and retail, took over as the President
of industry chamber FICCI.
• Rajesh Adani, MD of Adani Enterprises, has been arrested on charges of evading
customs duty to the tune of Rs 80 lakh. The anti-corruption branch of CBI Goa has
registered a case against him and 9 customs officials.
Social and Cultural
• The Department of Posts released a commemorative stamp in honour of P. C. Sorcar
(Senior), the man who "took the magic of India to the rest of the world.¨
• M. F. Husain (aged around 95 years), living under forced exile since 2006, when the
Hindutva hate campaign against him escalated has accepted Qatar nationality. Criminal
cases are pending against him, filed in far-flung places, which alleged that his paintings of
Hindu deities done in the 1970s had hurt the feelings of Hindus.
• Noted Bengali theatre personality Kumar Roy passed away.
Others
• Major Jotin Laishram, a gifted doctor from Manipur had been killed in the bomb blast in
Kabul along with other Indians.
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• Mahadevan Iyer, 48, an engineer working at the BARC was found dead in his
apartment at Breach Candy, south Mumbai.
• The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested Manjit Singh Bali, Chief
Postmaster-General, Maharashtra and Goa, General Post Office, Mumbai, for allegedly
accepting a bribe of Rs. 1.25 crore.
• Officials of the Central Bureau of Investigation arrested General Manager P.
Kirupanandan of the Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) on charges of taking bribe from a
civil contractor.
• Protesting against the CBI filing a case of murder of sect manager Faqir Chand in 1991
against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, sect supporters went on
the rampage.
• 64-year-old Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras who was Chairman of the Department of
Modern Indian Languages in AMU was suspended for being a homosexual. He was due to
retire this September.
• Sharp shooter of the Abu Salem gang, Deepak Singh alias Deepu, who had murdered
Ajit Dewani, former secretary to actress Manisha Koirala, in 2001 has been killed in a
police encounter in Uttar Pradesh.

Places in News
• A livelihood generation model, financed through micro-credit released by women´s self-
help groups (SHGs) in the dusty Rajput-dominated Jhund village of Jaipur district, has
impressed representatives of Commonwealth countries who are now keen to replicate it in
regions where the social milieu and economic conditions are identical.
• A few shops were damaged when the curfew, imposed in the Batala (Punjab) after
violence over the publication of a picture of Jesus Christ in an allegedly objectionable
manner.
• The unfortunate fire accident in Bangalore's Carlton Towers has extracted a tragic toll.

Books & Authors
• Two Indian writers and another of Indian origin feature in the shortlist for the
Commonwealth Best Book prize for the South Asia and Europe region. The entries that
made it include Keki N. Daruwalla's For Pepper and Christ: A Novel, Amit Chaudhary's
The Immortals, and Rana Dasgupta's Solo. However, in the Best First Book list, which
is dominated by British authors with four out of six nominations going to them, there is
only one Indian title - Chandrahas Choudhury's Arzee the Dwarf. Pakistani writers
feature in both lists with Aamer Hussein's Another Gulmohar Tree nominated for Best
Book and Daniyal Mueenuddin's In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, for the Best First Book.
Winners are likely to be declared in the beginning of March 2010.
• Novelist Salman Rushdie plans to write a book about his decade in hiding under a death
threat from the Iranian government using a digital archive of his personal papers housed
at Emory University. Rushdie's novel "Midnight's Children" won Britain's Booker Prize
in 1981, and was awarded the "Booker of Bookers" Prize and the best all-time prize
winners in 1993 and 2008 to celebrate the Booker Prize 25th and 40th anniversary.
He was knighted in 2007 by Queen Elizabeth II of England. His latest novel is The
Enchantress of Florence, published in June 2008.
• The British Library says it's creating an archive of the country's defunct websites to
preserve snapshots of the ever-changing internet for posterity. The library is already
charged with keeping a copy of every published work distributed in Britain and Ireland.
In 2003 that remit was extended to electronic materials such as compact discs
and online publications.
Sports
• Sachin Tendulkar stroked unbeaten 200 runs in One Day International cricket
match against South Africa at the Roop Singh Stadium in Gwalior. S. Tendulkar (not

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out) 200 (147b, 25x4, 3x6). Sachin has 93 international centuries. He is the leading
run-scorer and century maker in Test and One Day International cricket.
• US swimmer Michael Phelps has become the first ambassador for the IOC's Youth
Olympics as it seeks to raise the profile of its inaugural event in Singapore.
• Balbir Singh Sr. is a triple gold medallist at the Olympics and was the chief coach of the
Indian Hockey team that won the 1975 World Cup.
• Onkar Singh, the lone Mumbai-based member of the 1975 World Cup-winning
Indian hockey squad, is to be honoured by the Mumbai Hockey Association.
• Narain Karthikeyan, Parthiva Sureshwaran, Ashwin Sundar and Team NK Racing
submitted their views at a hearing before the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of
India (FMSCI) in Chennai. This was in response to a show cause notice served on them
for the alleged breach of Article 151 (c). The FMSCI, in its show cause notice, had
questioned their making allegations against the FMSCI officials and their conduct "in an
attempt to prejudice the competition and the interest of motor sport in general.¨
• Karun Chandhok is the second Indian to drive in F1 & he currently drives for the
Hispania Racing F1 Team in Formula One, in 2010. Narain Karthikeyan was the first
Indian to drive in Formula One in 2005 when he signed for Jordan.
• India won three gold medals to finish third in the medals standings in the Asian idoor
athletics championships that concluded in Teheran, Iran. Bibin Mathew (400m),
Satyendra Kumar Singh (shot put) and the women's 4x400m relay teams were the
gold medal winners for India.
• Mumbai's Parth Sanghvi has become the youngest scuba open water diver when he
plunged 40 feet underwater near Grande Island in Goa.
• Saina Nehwal and Trupti Murgunde won their respective singles matches but India still
could not get past formidable Japan and settled for the fourth place in the Uber Cup Asia
Zone qualifiers in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. Jwala Gutta, Ashwini
Ponnappa, Sayali Gokhale and Aparna Balan are Indian women badminton players.
• China could be stripped of their 2000 Olympics women's gymnastics team event
bronze medal after one of its athletes Dong Fangxiao was found to be under age.
• Commonwealth Games:
• The Union Government has removed the duty on all sports goods and equipment to
be imported by the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee and national sports
federations. The exemption from import duty has also been extended to arms and
ammunition for shooting events, broadcasting equipment by Prasar Bharti and doping
control equipment.
• Manavjit set a new Commonwealth Games record in the men's trap individual event
scoring 146 points, which is also his personal best, to pocket the gold.
• Gagan Narang, Gurpreet Singh, Joydeep Karmakar, Shweta Chaudhary, Annuraj
Singh, Pushpanjali Rana and Samaresh Jung won medals for India in the
Commonwealth shooting championship at the Karni Singh Range in Tughlakabad, Delhi.
• Birendeep Sodhi, Anirudh Singh, Neha Sapte Arozepal Singh, Mairaj Khan and
Priya Aggarwal are Indian shooters.
• Indian shooters swept 2010 Commonwealth Championship to finish on top of the tally
with a whopping 49 medals with 23 gold, 17 silver and 9 bronze medals and after adding
the consolation badges given to the third shooter in a team event, the hosts' tally swells
to 74. England finished a distant second with 31 medals and badges, while Wales ended
third on the table after winning 13 medals and badges.

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