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Dilma Rousseff 2Nov Brazilians celebrated the election of their first-ever woman President, Dilma Rousseff, who pledged to extend policies implemented by popular outgoing leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Lula's tireless backing of Rousseff delivered her 56 per cent of the ballots in a runoff against opposition challenger Jose Serra, the former Governor of Sao Paulo state who scored 44 per cent. Rousseff an economist who served as Lula's Cabinet chief before he handpicked her as his successor, swore she would make eradication of poverty her priority in government as she sought to “honour the trust” voters had shown her. She also lambasted the world's leading economies for devaluing their monies in a “currency war” that was threatening the exports of Brazil and other countries, but promised she would not put up more protectionist barriers around Latin America's biggest country. Her biggest challenge will be preparing the country to host the 2014 football World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, both awarded under Mr. Lula's deft lobbying. She does not have the same solid support within the Workers Party that Lula had, presaging possible legislative troubles ahead. Lula himself has not said what he plans to do. He is retiring with a popularity rating above 80 per cent and a high global profile. “There is no possibility of an ex-President participating in a government,” said Mr. Lula on Sunday when he voted on Sao

Paulo's outskirts, where he started out as a factory metalworker and union leader. Sergei Ivanov 4Nov Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov has been appointed to head the Russian part of the Indo-Russian Inter-Governmental Commission (IRIGC) for trade, economic, scientific-technical and cultural cooperation. Ivanov was replacing the former Deputy Prime Minister, Sergei Sobyanin, who last month became the Mayor of Moscow. Ivanov's appointment is good news for the defence establishments both in India and Russia. As Russia's Defence Minister in 2001-2007, he co-chaired the IRIGC for militarytechnical cooperation and helped formulate Russia's arms export strategy, which calls for the supply of the most cutting-edge defence technologies to India, while exercising extreme discretion in selling weapons to China. Anand Sinha 10Nov Anand Sinha, Executive Director, Reserve Bank of India, is likely to be elevated as the new Deputy Governor following Usha Thorat, Deputy Governor. The portfolios (Legal Department, Department of Currency Management, Rural Planning & Credit Department, Urban Banks' Department, Department of Banking Operations, Department of Expenditure & Budgetary Control, Department of Banking Supervision, Premises and Central Security Cell) handled by Thorat will be temporarily looked after by the Deputy Governor, Shyamala Gopinath. Prithviraj Chavan 10Nov Union minister Prithviraj Chavan will be the next chief minister of Maharashtra succeeding Ashok Chavan who resigned in

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the wake of the Adarsh Housing Society scam. The announcement was made by Pranab Mukherjee, a day after Chavan's resignation. Congress president Sonia Gandhi has chosen Prithviraj Chavan as the Maharashtra Congress Legislature Party leader. Ajit Pawar 11Nov Union Agriculture minister Sharad Pawar’s nephew Ajit Pawar will be deputy of newly elected Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chauhan. Ajit Pawar will replace deputy chief minister Chaggan Bhujbal in the office. The decision was taken in the NCP meet. Shyamoli Gupta 13Nov The Ninth National Conference of the AllIndia Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) came to a close with the election of 101 Central Executive Committee members from among the delegates. In keeping with the three-term policy for office-bearers, Subhashini Ali was relieved from the post of President and Shyamoli Gupta from West Bengal was elected in her place. Sudha Sundararaman will continue as general secretary for another three-year term. Alpha Conde 16Nov In Guinea, Alpha Conde has won the presidential election. The National Independent Electoral Commission said in Conakry of Guinea that the preliminary results show Conde received 53.5 per cent of the 2.89 million ballots cast and his opponent, Cellou Dalein Diallo, got 47.5 per cent of the votes. A total of 4.2 million citizens had registered to vote. Mahindra Rajapaksa 19Nov Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa

was sworn in for a second term .The ceremony took place at the Presidential Secretariat before Chief Justice Ashoka de Silva. Rajapaksa opted for early elections in January 2010 - two years before his term was due to end - and received 57.81 per cent of the votes. He then delayed being sworn in for his second term by nine months, enabling him to gain the maximum period in power. R. Varadarajan 24Nov The Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, has appointed R. Varadarajan as the Managing Director of Repco Bank, a Government of India enterprise established for the rehabilitation of repatriates. Varadarajan is a Post-Graduate in Agriculture with CAIIB and Diploma in Management. He was earlier holding the post of Executive Director in the Bank for over four years and General Manager for six years. Kiran Kumar Reddy 25Nov N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, Speaker of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, will be the new Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. The 50-year-old Kiran Kumar from Chittoor district of the Rayalaseema region will be sworn in as the 16th Chief Minister of the State by the A.P. Governor, E.S.L Narasimham at the Raj Bhavan. Nitish Kumar 26Nov Nitish Kumar and Sushil Kumar Modi were unanimously elected leaders of JD(U) and BJP legislature parties in Bihar, a day after NDA notched up a landslide victory. Kumar will be sworn-in as the chief minister with Modi as his deputy. Governor Devanand Konwar would administer oath of office and secrecy. V.K. Sharma 26Nov

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LIC Chairman T S Vijayan today said that V K Sharma will take over as the CEO of its housing finance arm. V K Sharma has been appointed as LIC Housing Finance CEO. Sharma is currently in charge of LIC's South Zone operations. LIC had convened an urgent board meeting yesterday in the wake of the arrest of Nair and the insurer's Secretary (Investment) Naresh K Chopra. S K Lal 29 Nov S K Lal has assumed charge as Chief General Manager of State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH). He had earlier held various assignments in State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Indore and SBH. The bank has also got a new General Manager, Jyoti Ghosh, who has also assumed charge. Nehchal Sandhu 30Nov Bihar-cadre IPS officer of 1973 batch Nehchal Sandhu will take over as new Intelligence Bureau chief on January 1 for a period of two years. Sandhu, currently special director, Intelligence Bureau has been appointed as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the IB with effect from December 1. He will take over as director, IB for a period of two years with effect from January 1, 2011. Sandhu will succeed Rajiv Mathur, an IPS officer of 1972 batch, who will retire on December 31.

co-founders of Aajeevika Bureau, have been awarded the Indian Social Entrepreneur award for the year 2010, by the Schwab Foundation and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation. Schwab Foundation said Kapil Sibal, Minister of Human Resource Development, Science and Technology of India, handed the award to the winners in New Delhi. Rajiv Khandelwal was honoured at the opening of the World Economic Forum's India Economic Summit. Aajeevika Bureau has introduced a unique photo identification card for inter-state migrants, allowing them to access banking, mobile telephone and other government services and citizenship entitlements. In addition, the organization offers skills training, job placement, legal aid and counselling. Banking Excellence Award 16Nov Andhra Bank, South Indian Bank and YES Bank have been adjudged the best banks in the respective categories of public sector banks, old private sector banks and private new generation banks in the country at the Banking Excellence Award instituted by the State Forum of Bankers' Clubs, Kerala. Among the public sector banks, Corporation Bank and Canara Bank stood at the second and third places respectively. Karur Vysya Bank was the second best private sector bank. Jammu & Kashmir Bank stood third in this category. Among new generation banks, IndusInd Bank bagged the second position; HDFC Bank and Axis Bank sharing the third slot. Union Bank of India Kalamassery Branch was adjudged as the best public sector branch in the State. Corporate Hotelier 16Nov

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Oberoi Group Chairman P R S Oberoi was awarded the '2010 Corporate Hotelier of the World' award by HOTELS magazine in New York. In its 29th year, the annual 'Hotelier of the World' award winner is selected on the basis of votes cast by readers of the magazine in more than 150 countries. The cover story of the November edition of HOTELS magazine refers to Oberoi as "the founder father of modern luxury hospitality in India" and credits him with growing the company "into one of the world's most prestigious luxury hotel groups". Oberoi is credited with placing Oberoi hotels on international luxury travelers' map with the opening of several new luxury hotels in the Mauritius, Indonesia and Egypt, besides important tourist destinations in India, such as Jaipur, Agra, Udaipur, Ranthambhore and Mashobra in the Himalayas. Recently, The Oberoi Vanyavilas hotel at Ranthambhore was ranked the best hotel in the world in Travel + Leisure magazine's 2010 World's Best Awards readers' poll. Global Vision Award 18Nov Billionaire businessman and Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani has received the Global Vision Award instituted by the Asia Society for helping to promote understanding between Asians and Americans. Ambani said that India has come a long way from being a third world county in the 1980s to become the world's third most important economy. General Electric's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt received the Global Leadership Award. Indira Gandhi Prize 19Nov

Outgoing Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will get the prestigious Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2010. Lula has been selected by an international jury chaired by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. A statement from Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust said the prestigious prize will be given to Lula for his outstanding contribution to the cause of eliminating hunger and promoting inclusive growth in his country. Aga Khan Award 25Nov Projects as diverse as a textile factory in Turkey, a school built on a bridge in China and a wetlands project in Saudi Arabia are among the winners of the 2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture. India too figured in this year's list of nominees for the 11th cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture which were given at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar. The entry from India, ‘Palmyra House' in Alibag, near Mumbai, owned by industrialist Anand and Anuradha Mahindra, and designed by Mumbai-based architect Bijoy Jain, is included in the 19 nominees from across the world. The winning five projects are Wadi Hanifa Wetlands, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the Revitalisation of the Hypercentre of Tunis, Tunisia, the Madinat Al-Zahra Museum, Cordoba, Spain, the Ipekyol Textile Factory, Edirne, Turkey and the Bridge School, Xiashi, Fujian, China. His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser joined His Highness the Aga Khan in presiding over the ceremony. The winning projects were selected by an independent Master Jury from a shortlist of 19 projects announced in May 2010. A total

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social housing. who used to be a fierce liberal opponent of Chernomyrdin. As Prime Minister. Chernomyrdin made his career in the gas industry. having started as a peasant uprising. “Chernomyrdin saved the country from total collapse. and area conservation. He was appointed India's Ambassador to the Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. causing a rift within his party's ranks and leadership. Prizes totalling up to $500. encompassing concerns as varied as contemporary design. restoration. he appointed Mr. annual inflation measured in thousands of percentage points and whole industries were grinding to a halt. After Vladimir Putin became President. died. The Aga Khan Award for Architecture was established in 1977 by His Highness the Aga Khan. Chernomyrdin resisted pressure from liberal radicals to split Gazprom. He served as West Bengal's Chief Minister between 1972 and 1977 during the Naxal movement.” said the former Deputy Prime Minister. to enhance the understanding and appreciation of Islamic culture as expressed through architecture. who steered the Russian economy through its stormy transition from Communism to capitalism in the 1990s. Viktor Chernomyrdin 4Nov The former Prime Minister. community improvement and development. Chernomyrdin as Ambassador to Ukraine in 2001 and he remained in this post until last year. Siddhartha Shankar Ray 7Nov Former West Bengal Chief Minister Siddhartha Shankar Ray passed away.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. the natural gas monopoly. Chernomyrdin displayed his superior leadership and political skills during a hostage crisis in 1995. as well as landscaping and environmental issues. negotiating over the telephone in front of TV cameras the release of 1.S. The Award is organised on the basis of a three-year cycle and is governed by a Steering Committee chaired by the Aga Khan.500 people held captive by Chechen rebels in Budyonnovsk in south Russia. President Boris Yeltsin appointed Chernomyrdin as Prime Minister at the end of 1992 and he stayed in the post till 1998. Ray was a stalwart of the Congress Party. rising from a machine operator to the Oil and Gas Minister under Mikhail Gorbachev. Ray was Governor of Punjab during the State's turbulent period in the 1990s. Viktor Chernomyrdin.000 constituting the largest architectural award in the world are presented every three years to projects. Boris Nemtsov. took the route of annihilation. reuse. . Its method is to seek out and recognise examples of architectural excellence. turning it into Russia's most powerful weapon in relations with the West. State finances were in disarray as oil plunged to $9 per barrel.COM of 401 projects were presented for consideration for the 2010 Award. becoming the longest serving head of government in post-Soviet Russia. He also served as a Union Minister and as India's Ambassador to the U. He is credited with having quelled the movement which. All Rights Reserved. He took charge of the economy when it was in a nosedive triggered by incompetent “shock therapy” at the hands of radical reformers led by Yegor Gaidar.

Nielsen appeared in more than 100 films.S. Indigenous AWACS 2Nov India is in the process of developing nine home-grown. Defence Electronics Research Laboratory.10. The last years of his life were spent in documenting some of the struggles he had been associated with in a book called Civil Disobedience. commentator and activist. The DRDO received the sanction for developing the six AWACS costing Rs. He worked at a number of stations including ESD Urdu. where he served from 1989 to 1990.COM U. Nielsen. has died. Military aerostats Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master.C. Kabeer Ahmed 22Nov The former Station Director of AIR Hyderabad Kabeer Ahmed died in Hyderabad. state-of-the-art versions and the first of Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) is expected to be flighttested by the end of next year. Jain spent more than six decades of his life as an impassioned crusader for what Mahatma Gandhi called India's second freedom struggle the fight against socioeconomic oppression. in 1992. which will be released on December 13. All Rights Reserved. the aircraft on which the remaining six AWACS would be mounted was yet to be decided. guiding and illuminating his responses. New Delhi and AIR Srinagar. Known as a fierce opponent of overwhelming state control and an ardent advocate for social action. his efforts to keep alive the legacy of the freedom struggle through the intervention of civil society led to him being awarded the Magsaysay Award in 1988. Five frontline laboratories of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) are working to develop the system which would be 85 per cent indigenous. Leslie Nielsen 30Nov The Hollywood comic actor Leslie Nielsen. He was above 70 years. Jain passed away following prolonged illness. Jain 15Nov Well-known Gandhian and Magsaysay Award winner L. Defence Electronics Application Laboratory and Electronics and Radar Development Establishment are involved in the prestigious project. L. had a 60-year long career in television and film drama. who was born in Canada. It was this association that led him to accept one of his few forays into official life. as High Commissioner to South Africa. but it was Gandhi who remained a beacon throughout his career. He was being treated for pneumonia. organiser. . An economist. Jain subsequently became a member of the Planning Commission. where he was plunged into that country's own struggles to build an inclusive society. While three of the systems would be integrated on board the Brazilian Embraer EMB 145 jet and delivered by 2014.000 crore.C. star of Airplane and The Naked Gun. The Centre for Airborne Systems. Defence Avionics Research Establishment.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. Much of the first phase of his entry into public life was spent working on cherished Nehruvian projects. They would be used for air defence. surveillance and network-centric operations. The delivery of these AWACS to the IAF would begin from 2015.

for the South Pole on November 8 and return by the middle of December.500-horsepower (HP) indigenous engine. with the Army. The TTI is a multi-donor programme dedicated to strengthening independent policy research institutions in the developing world. has awarded $21 million in grants to 16 independent policy research institutions in South Asia. The FMBT will weigh only 50 tonnes compared to Arjun-Mark II's 62 tonnes.S. and the Institute of Economic Growth and Centre for the Study of Developing Societies from India. the indigenous engine and transmission will together be called Bharat Power Pack and it will meet the FMBT's mobility requirements. Research Institutes 2Nov The Think Tank Initiative (TTI). Rasik Ravindra.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. the DRDO would be making two types of military aerostats the first type to carry military payloads up to an altitude of 1. The DRDO is launching a project to develop the transmission for the tank. The first prototype of the indigenous engine would be ready in four to five years. Public Affairs Centre. Institute of Rural Management. nine of them from India. Center for Study of Science. .000-metre aerostat would have coverage of 150 km. Scientific Expedition 2Nov The scientific establishment is all set to add one more feather to its cap with the Union Science and Technology Minister Prithviraj Chavan launching the first Indian scientific expedition to the magical South Pole. The volume occupied by the electronics package in the FMBT will be Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master.000-metre aerostat was afloat and its functions were demonstrated to both the Army and Air Force. Ajeva 5Nov The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is working on India's future main battle tank (FMBT) with a 1. Students from about 25 schools participated in the march past. release of Kannada books and similar cultural events across the city marked the Rajyotsava celebrations. State's Birthday 2Nov Colourful processions. jamming of electronic systems. Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability.' the Indian station on the Antarctica.000-metre one would be up to 200 to 250 km. This tank will replace beyond 2020 the imported T-72 tanks.000 metres and the second up to a height of 5. is to leave ‘Maitri. Already a 1. a partnership of major donors. Technology and Policy. The aerostats would be used for surveillance. National Council of Applied Economic Research. renamed Ajeya. An eight-member team led by the Director of National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research. Yeddyurappa inaugurated the official celebrations this morning. cultural programmes. The DRDO is simultaneously working on ArjunMark II.COM With the three services requiring several aerostats.000 metres. All Rights Reserved. Various specifications for the FMBT have been finalised. while that of the 5. intelligence data gathering and for communication relay. Students from about 125 schools in the city put up a magnificent and colourful cultural show at the Kanteerava stadium where Chief Minister B. The radar of the 1. These include the Indian Institute of Dalit Studies. Centre for Policy Research.

CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. An Ilyushin-76 cargo aircraft was modified as a flying-test bed for the trial. The flight-test took place at the Gromov Flight Research Institute (GFRI) in Moscow. But we can prevent top attack and side attack. electrical and fuel systems. the first batch of around 30 tanks will go out. . with all the 93 improvements. By 2013-14. including the missile firing capability and the commander's panoramic sight with night vision. but all round it as well.5. especially Light Combat Aircraft Tejas. The engine ran right from the take-off to the landing of the aircraft. but will generate 1. The Arjun-Mk II tank will have a number of upgrades compared with Arjun-Mk I.400 HP. The modifications in the aircraft included instrumentation and integration of its mechanical.5 tonnes to the tank's weight. they will explode and retard the energy of the projectile. Another upgrade will see the introduction of an explosive reactive armour panel which will comprise explosives in metallic brick form. The fourth upgrade is that Arjun Mk-II will have an automatic target tracking system which will add to the accuracy when firing on a moving target. The CVRDE and the HVF are situated in Avadi.000 crores. Missiles can be fired from the former to destroy long-range targets and bring down attack helicopters. with the Kaveri engine replacing one of its four engines. In phase I. Arjun-Mk-II would have a total of 93 upgrades. the remaining 79 tanks. The data generated was transmitted to Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. These bricks will be mounted not only on the front slope of Arjun-Mk-II tank. Improvements in material. fuel injection and filtration technologies will contribute to the reduction in the engine size without compromising on power. A number of taxiing trials were done with the engine integrated with the aircraft before the flight. When the enemy ammunition hits these bricks.6 Mach. The immediate task for the CVRDE [Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment] is to develop the Arjun-Mk II tank and demonstrate it to the user and go for the production of 124 numbers in the HVF (Heavy Vehicles Factory]. It flew for about an hour up to an altitude of 6. The penalty for using these bricks is that they will add 1. The FMBT's engine will be two-thirds the size of Arjun-Mark I's. 45 tanks will roll out with 56 upgrades. was successfully flight-tested.000 metres at a speed of 0. These 124 Arjun-Mk II tanks would cost Rs. All Rights Reserved.COM less. In phase II. Kaveri Engine 5Nov Indigenously designed and developed Kaveri engine that will power fighter aircraft. will come off the assembly line. The Army had placed an indent for production of 124 Arjun-Mk II tanks. The engine is being developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The tank's commander will have a panoramic sight with night vision. . including the advanced air defence gun system for firing at attack helicopters. near Chennai.500 HP compared to Arjun-Mark I's 1. We can add to the tank's protection from missiles and rocket-propelled grenades. which then cannot penetrate the tank's armour.

All Rights Reserved. The Bill provides for an effective complaints and redressal mechanism. to be introduced in Parliament in the coming session beginning next week. The Complaint Committees are required to complete the enquiry within 90 days and a period of 60 days has been given to the employer/District Officer for implementation of the recommendations of the Committee. Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. Under the proposed Bill. academic institutions and industries. or in ad hoc capacity. both in the public and private sectors. have access to a redressal mechanism. in the organised and unorganised sectors. The Bill. 2005) in the country have less than 10 workers for whom it may not be feasible to set up an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC). been kept out of the purview of the proposed law that also proposes a fine of Rs. Domestic help have.2 million out of 41. . it recognises the promise or threat to a woman's employment prospects or creation of hostile work environment as ‘sexual harassment' at workplace and seeks to prohibit such acts. as the need be. apprentice. that ensures a safe environment for women at work place. performance and health during the flight were found to be excellent. The sense of security will improve women's participation in work. every employer is required to constitute an Internal Complaints Committee. Students. The Bill provides for safeguards in the case of false or malicious complaint of sexual harassment. the woman may be subjected to threat and aggression. however. it has crossed a milestone in its development programme.83 million as per Economic Census.COM the ground station by telemetry.000 if found violating the provisions of the law. it provides for setting up of Local Complaints Committee (LCC) to be constituted by the designated District Officer at the district or sub-district levels. The move will contribute to realisation of their right to gender equality. This twin mechanism would ensure that women in any workplace. irrespective of its size or nature. as laid down by the Supreme Court in Vishaka vs State of Rajasthan (1997). 50. 2010. resulting in their economic empowerment and inclusive growth. life and liberty. Bill for Women 5Nov The Union Cabinet has approved the Protection of Women against Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill. a DRDO laboratory in Bangalore. daily wageworker. research scholars in colleges/universities and patients in hospitals have also been covered. will help in achieving gender empowerment and equality. The engine's control. Since a large number of the establishments (41. It provides protection not only to women who are employed but also to any woman who enters the workplace as a client. and equality in working conditions everywhere. Since there is a possibility that during the pendency of the enquiry. with support from other DRDO laboratories. she has been given the option to seek interim relief in the form of transfer either of her own or the respondent or seek leave from work.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. The engine is being developed at the Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE). Additionally. With this test. The LCCs will enquire into the complaints of sexual harassment and recommend action to the employer or District Officer. customer. The Bill proposes a definition of sexual harassment.

It is primarily a matter of U. has an impeccable non-proliferation record. And there are only four left.000 crore) have been reached between India and the U. has passed its own export control laws and increasingly meets with international standards….S. Several landmark deals have been done shortly.S.” observed Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs Mike Froman. has been positive to our argument that the older restrictions be changed now that India adheres to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) guidelines. The export control reform package being announced is that we will remove India's defence and space-related entities from the U.000 jobs back in the U.400 MW plants from GE for $2 billion.8 billion from Boeing and the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group purchased power equipment for 2.COM However. the four subordinates under the Indian Space and Research Organisation [ISRO]. owned. Removing these entities from the list will allow for greater trade and cooperation in civilian space and defence. Among the deals. And today we will be announcing a removal of three. All Rights Reserved.S. Implementation of the Bill will be the responsibility of the Central government in case of its own undertakings/establishments and of the State governments in respect of every workplace established.We have made considerable progress in that.S. mere inability to substantiate the complaint or provide adequate proof would not make the complainant liable for punishment.' own regime and systems being adjusted to reflect the contemporary reality. entity list. and Bharat Dynamics Limited [BDL]. trade relations to new territory.S. U. I believe. 220 Indian entities on it.A.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. controlled or wholly or substantially financed by it as well as of private sector establishments falling within their territory. India's Space Entities 7Nov The declaration of an export control reform package made by a senior United States official accompanying U. President Barack Obama would lead to greater exchanges in high-tech trade and dual-use items. every employer has the primary duty to implement the provisions of law within his/her establishment while the State and Central governments have been made responsible for overseeing and ensuring overall implementation of the law. 7Nov Taking India-U. President Barack Obama had announced that deals worth $10 billion (nearly Rs. and enable our governments to focus on other outstanding barriers that hinder the expansion of bilateral high-tech trade.. It would also bring to a virtual close a five-year-long process that began with the formation of the High Technology Cooperation Group (HTCG).000 jobs in the U.S. The list at one point had.” said President Obama while addressing the U.S.. They are the organisations under Defence Research and Development Organisation [DRDO]. Through this implementation mechanism. SpiceJet has purchased 30 737-800 aircraft with a total cost of $2. Boeing is going to sell dozens of planes to India and GE is going to sell hundreds of electric engines. The deals are worth $10 billion and will create more than 50. And this is a very significant step forward.S-India Business and Entrepreneurship Summit. Deal with U. . for creating more than 50. Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master.44.S. The U.S.S.

Trade with India is less than with the Netherlands. Known as the Kalam-National Space Society initiative. The agreement. was signed between the directors of the NCDC and the CDC. To make it economical. It would also facilitate advanced training in the fields of epidemiology. India. The project is led by former president of India A P J Abdul Kalam. Solar Power 8Nov India and USA teamed up on a space-based energy initiative aimed at turning both countries into net energy exporters. President Obama hoped that the trade between the two countries would be doubled in five years. Atlanta.-India Business Council. is still untapped.S.000 a kg. Kalam said both were concerned leaders ''interested in energy-related issues and energy independence''. Alex is the project's principal investigator from India. All Rights Reserved. Kalam said it was a 15-yearproject. a non-profit US-based space organization with chapters all over the world including India. the cost of launching a spacecraft. who was once a staunch critic of the US. for five years. wherever required.S. The summit was jointly organised by U. the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). The CDC's Global Disease Detection Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. 48 hours before US President Barack Obama landed in India. Saying that economic relationship between India and the U. The initiative was announced has at Washington's National Press Club where Kalam and Isro Satellite Centre director T K Alex were present. and India is a “win-win situation for both nations. the mission envisages harvesting solar power in space for use on earth. He said Isro chairman K Radhakrishnan asked him to take the idea forward after a discussing the project. Kalam told the US media that a team from Isro has been formed to carry out a feasibility study for this project. President Obama said. and National Space Society (NSS).'s largest trade partner instead of 12th”. . The main challenge is to evolve methods to transmit solar power from space to earth and its distribution. and the health and mentoring of public health professionals internationally.S. The agreement will facilitate the development of human resources.S. The MoU also aims to build laboratory capacity in India for the diagnosis of emerging infectious diseases using well characterised reference material and advanced technology transfer. surveillance for emerging infectious diseases. “India can be U. whose population and size is less than Mumbai. Referring to the Manmohan Singh-Obama summit in New Delhi. Global Diseases Detection 9Nov The United States and India had signed a Memorandum of Understanding on establishing and operationalising a Global Diseases Detection Centre. “There is no reason why India can't be our top trading partner. has to be slashed to $2.000 a kg. currently $20.COM Increase in trade between the U. The MoU would be implemented through an agreed plan between the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. both in epidemiology and research. enable sharing of best practices for detection of and response to emerging infections.

It is mandated to mitigate the consequences of a catastrophic public health event. who have the requisite knowledge and expertise of undertaking first-rate programmes. the two countries would each contribute $5 million every year for supporting collaborative R&D projects involving academics and private sectors of both nations. The treaty that was slated to be signed during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Tokyo last month but the formal singing could not take place as both sides were not able to sort out their differences on some issues. second generation bio-fuels and energy efficiency of buildings. Grant for Indian Students 10Nov Eight Canadian universities had announced a series of scholarships worth four million Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. Formally the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) will be signed in a month or so. development and deployment in the area of clean energy technologies. The pact will initially be valid for 10 years and can be renewed for blocks of five years at a time.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. Each consortium will comprise entities or individuals from national laboratories. the focus will be on solar energy. This would be a move in the right direction for enhancing trade ties and reduce/eliminate tariffs on over 90 per cent of the goods traded between the two countries. Under the pact. India will host the seventh centre. The consortia are expected to bring together top talent and leverage existing resources and infrastructure to generate key technological advancements that can be deployed rapidly to have the greatest impact on the economy and society. and other stakeholders. The focus of the GDD is to establish and expand its regional centres that build broadbased public health capacity in sync with International Health Regulations (IHR). It will work in the consortia mode. China. Thailand. These are at Guatemala. Initially. CEPA 10Nov India and Japan will ink a comprehensive market opening pact within a month. and zoonotic disease research and containment at the human-animal interface. . The free trade agreement is likely to boost bilateral trade. which stood at around $11 billion in 2009-10. There are currently six regional centres across the world with varying capacity levels. academic institutions. non-governmental organisations. Each consortium will be responsible for establishing its own internal governance structure. training in field epidemiology and laboratory methods in addition to pandemic influenza preparedness and response. Egypt and Kenya. whether the cause is an intentional act of terrorism or the natural emergence or reemergence of a deadly infectious disease. amid indications that both sides had sorted out differences on contentious issues.COM (GDD) programme is comprised of both headquarters and field-based components in the host country to develop core capacities in emerging infectious disease detection and response. Kazakhstan. All Rights Reserved. Clean Technologies 9Nov India and the United States has signed an agreement to establish a virtual centre to promote research. the private sector. The GDD programme was established in 2004 to rapidly detect and contain emerging health threats.

which involves undergraduate engineering students spending time at each others' institutions. The scholarships were announced by Stephen J Toope.940 km of its single lane highway proposed to be upgraded to 2 lane``.COM Canadian dollars for Indian students. in the areas of public health and toxicology. Ludhiana.622 km under the scheme. president and vicechancellor of the University of British Columbia. Guru Angad Dev University has also committed an equal amount for the project.000 crore) assistance from the World Bank for converting 3. The Singh-Obama statement said India and the US will seek ways to colloborate in future lunar missions.770 km of single lane national highways into double lanes. Six memoranda of understanding were also signed between Canadian and Indian educational institutes. These included one is the University of British Columbia to renew a long-standing student mobility agreement with IIT Delhi. The tentative time for completion of these stretches is up to year 2014. The investments include the new Globalink Canada-India Graduate Fellowship. Both the sides will contribute $100. Arunachal Pradesh will be the biggest beneficiary with 1.5 million Canadian dollars for Indian students who have participated in the MITACS Globalink program in 2010.738 km will be converted into double lane followed by Madhya Pradesh. which will see conversion of 1. Six MoUs were also signed. Pact on ISS Bolt 10Nov The joint statement issued by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President Barack Obama states that India will join 17-member US-led International Space Station (ISS).000 from its international partnership fund to establish a new partnership between the UofS and Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University. Peter McKinnon of the University of Saskatchewan (UofS) announced the inaugural disbursement of $150. Orissa and Rajasthan will also benefit under the plan as the Ministry has identified 1.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. All Rights Reserved.255 km and 1. The Road Transport and Highways Ministry has identified 33 such single-lane stretches to be widened in the next four years. Govt to Widen Roads 10Nov The government said it has sought $2.200 km Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. Another MoU was between the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Amal Jyothi College of Engineering to jointly offer a Bachelor of Applied Science in Nuclear Power degree.000 each to train six scientists and offer scholarships. Uttarakhand. international space station and human space flight. David Barnard of the University of Manitoba announced a new partnership with Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology and the ministry of food processing industries. The Globalink Canada-India Graduate Fellowship Program will give up to 51 scholarships valued at more than 3. 1.437 km. in the presence of HRD minister Kapil Sibal and Canada's minister of state for science and technology Gary Goodyear. "Under this plan. . The eight Canadian universities will provide graduate fellowships for top Indian students who wish to pursue a masters or PhD in Canada.96 billion (over Rs 13. The other states which would benefit the most from the scheme include Bihar where 1.

the US Ambassador to India. All Rights Reserved. The projects. Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. development of proliferation-resistant reactors. National Maritime Policy 12Nov The government has come up with an answer to the delay in projects under the National Maritime Development Programme (NMDP). accelerator driven systems. The shipping ministry will carry forward the pending work under NMDP in its new decade-long project.COM highways in the respective states for upgradation to double lanes. India had announced at the Nuclear Security Summit in April in Washington to set up the Centre as part of its efforts to promote nonproliferation. which is expected to come up at Bahadurgarh in Haryana. The programme modules will encompass reactor systems and applications. Global N-Centre 10Nov The US had joined hands with India to set up a Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership for research and development of secure and proliferation resistant reactor systems. security technologies and the effects of radiation exposure. Major ports have been able to complete only one-fifth of the 276 projects that were to be completed by 2012. would be undertaken under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) phase IV where the government has already identified 19. Nuclear Security. . emergency planning and management and sustainability parameters assessment. fuel cycle studies. secure. The projects which are yet to be completed under NMDP will be included in the Perspective 2020. security. The Centre will facilitate deliberation and discussions of international experts on various issues including innovation in nuclear reactors and the nuclear fuel cycle. It will conduct research and development of design systems that are intrinsically safe. Secretary. It will consist of four schools dealing with Advanced Nuclear Energy System Studies. A brand new programme – Perspective 2020 – will replace the existing plan. The Centre. The objective of the School of Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems Studies would be to pursue design studies and analysis of advanced nuclear energy systems with features to achieve intrinsically enhanced safety. proliferation resistance and sustainability. and cooperating in programmes for capacity building of interested states. A Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in building the Centre was signed by Srikumar Banerjee. risk assessment studies. proliferation resistant and sustainable. agriculture and food.702 km of single lane highways. as per information. is visualised to be a state-of-the-art facility based on international participation from IAEA and other interested foreign partners.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. both India and the US would like to promote cooperation on initiatives aimed at strengthening global nuclear security and addressing threats of nuclear terrorism. Radiation Safety and application of Radioisotopes and Radiation Technology in areas of healthcare. Department of Atomic Energy and Timothy Roemer. As countries having advanced nuclear technology. The Centre would also host short-term training courses for international nuclear experts in the field of nuclear security.

The Government has introduced India's Youth Tiger Ambassadors who will represent the country at the International Youth Summit being held alongside the high-level government meeting on tiger conservation. The new plan would cover not just major ports but also state controlled non-major ports.00. The national tiger census report should also be available in within the next 15 days.000. of which eight projects have been completed in the current financial year. The Forum will commit conservation and rehabilitation of tigers to global action. In Karnataka. The beneficiary will get 30 per cent subsidy and 50 per cent as loan from the commercial banks and RRBs at 5 per cent rate of interest. Uttar Pradesh. WWFIndia has selected students Anusha Shankar and Devanshu Sood to represent India at the summit. The 2012 deadline for NMDP was only for award of contracts and not completion.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. Under the programme. The youth ambassadors will visit Siberian tiger trails and get a first-hand account of the state of wild tiger populations in Russia and measures being taken for their conservation.000 and Rs 60. The Youth Summit will take place from November 19 to 24 at Vladivostok. besides Karnataka. Besides. Nabard will support the initiative by providing refinance to banks at an interest rate of 2 per cent. The new reserves would include one in the Satyamangalam forests in Tamil Nadu. Total investment involved under the programme was Rs1. Madhya Pradesh and Orissa. . the perspective 2020 would list target for the shipping sector. All Rights Reserved. RRBs and commercial banks have already performed well in popularising Solar Energy Scheme. Tiger Reserves 13Nov The Government is looking at setting up eight more reserves as part of the tiger conservation efforts. With more incentives for banks and beneficiary from Nabard. 276 projects were to be taken up for ‘implementation’ but only 56 projects have been implemented so far. it is Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master.339 crore. The involvement of youth at this important meeting is aimed at drawing attention to the importance of tiger conservation. store and retrieve solar power. NMDP was formulated for the period 200512. Solar Home Lighting Scheme 13Nov National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) will disburse about Rs 200 crore under the solar home lighting system and thermal application devices (solar water heaters) to commercial banks and regional rural banks. which can be much more than our curent power requirement. the ministry identified eleven pre-approved models with the per unit indicative cost between Rs 3. They will be part of a delegation comprising representatives from all tiger ranges countries. Initially.COM Former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee had announced the programme in his independence day speech on August 15. Maharashtra. The Maritime Policy will also be part of the new plan. there is a huge potential to tap. The balance 20 per cent will be contributed by the beneficiary. With over 300 sunny days available annually in our country. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has introduced this scheme recently. 2003. home to the Amur Tiger.

The ILSS can be customised to suit MiG-29. Subramanyam. Padaki said the contraption has a novel electronic control unit which ensures proper OBOGS functioning with changing altitude. Padaki said. which keeps the pilot's oxygen status at sea-level despite flying at high altitudes. All Rights Reserved. The DEBEL.C. Selvamurthy handed over the ILSS prototype to P. Centre for Military Airworthiness & Certification (CEMILAC) in Bangalore. Dr. Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas will be equipped with the ILSS from February 2011. developed the ILSS. Tamilmani. free from the burden of re-charging the oxygen cylinders. remove the nitrogen and administer the oxygen to fighter aircraft pilots on long missions. the National Flight Test Centre. Monsoon Forecasts 14Nov India's monsoon forecasting is expected to Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. Aeronautical Development Agency in Bangalore for fitment into Tejas and for trials. along with L&T as development-cum-production partner. Dr.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. Others who contributed to the ILSS' development include the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. An important constituent of the ILSS is the onboard oxygen generation system (OBOGS). Sukhoi-30 and Mirage-2000 for their long-duration flights. a laboratory under the Defence Research and Development Organisation. thus obviating the need to carry oxygen cylinders. A team of DEBEL scientists. Dr. which will administer required quantities of oxygen at varying altitudes to pilots of fighter aircraft on long missions and protect them from losing consciousness due to severe gravity (G) forces. will manufacture the ILSS. Director. was assisted by K. the DirectorateGeneral and Aeronautical Quality Assurance. DRDO Chief Controller (Life Sciences) W. After the United States. Padaki. the Institute of Aerospace Medicine and the CEMILAC.COM expected that the new scheme will gain much more popularity during the current fiscal. Dr. India is the fourth country to possess this technology. The OBOGS in the ILSS will process the atmospheric air. Selvamurthy explained that the atmosphere contains 79 per cent nitrogen and 20 per cent oxygen. Russia and France. The DEBEL. Selvamurthy added. The ILSS design caters to both single and dual-pilot operations. monitors the ILSS and activates the back-up system in case of failure. Life Support System 14Nov An integrated life support system (ILSS). Recently. The ILSS has another system called the Demand Oxygen Regulator (DOR) which will ensure that the breathing gas is delivered to the pilot as per the altitude requirements and also during anti-G straining manoeuvres that the pilot will undertake during combat missions. Chief Executive.S. It will provide 100 per cent oxygen to pilots in case of ejection from the fighter aircraft. It can be used in military hospitals in forward areas and at rarefied heights. led by its director V. The OBOGS enables the aircraft to undertake long-endurance missions. . has been developed by the Defence Bioengineering and Electromedical Laboratory (DEBEL) in Bangalore.

The Monsoon Agreement. The agreement between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and India's Ministry of Earth Sciences is part of a series of food security agreements formalised during President Barack Obama's visit. In addition to the regional impacts. The Northampton University already has offices in India and recruits some 250 students every year. All Rights Reserved. But it is difficult to predict when the monsoon will begin. It also has links with the Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI) a part of Anna University in Chennai and the University of Mumbai. U. At the end of their studies. These links would be developed further as India liberalised its policy on foreign universities. holds great potential to improve the wellbeing of the people of India. Under the agreement. Playing down the hype that British universities would rush to set up campuses in India once the “market” opened up. Although the course would be delivered by teachers from both universities. . by striving to improve long-range monsoon prediction.K’s. V. pointing out that it was a model that other British Universities were also likely to follow. typically resulting in six months of rain beginning in early June. India experiences monsoon weather. while also benefitting the United States and other nations through improvements in their own seasonal climate forecasts. A MoU was signed to this effect in New Delhi. Maryland. transporting energy between the northern and southern hemispheres and impacting weather and climate throughout the world. students will achieve an MSc in International Environmental Management from the University of Northampton. will create a monsoon forecast desk at the National Centres for Environmental Prediction. The Northampton University is to launch a master's degree in Environmental Technology at Madras University in February next year under a joint U. Professor Petford said most institutions were likely to build on their existing links with their Indian counterparts rather than having their own independent infrastructure. Addressing media after signing the pact. the U. Minister of State for Agriculture K.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. how strong it will be or when it will end information that can help plan for seasonal crops and project surface water supplies. India and Germany 16Nov India and Germany have decided to intensify their cooperation in the area of environment and sustainable development.K. Thomas said that one of the components of this cooperation is in the area of consumer Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master.-India programme aimed at promoting research links between the two countries. the final degree would be awarded by the University of Northampton. the Indian Ocean-Asia monsoon system represents one of the largest weather and climate features in the world. part of NOAA's National Weather Service in Camp Springs. Degree 14Nov As India prepares to open its doors to foreign universities.S.COM improve with its entering into a new agreement with the United States. at least one British university already has a foot in the door through a joint venture with the University of Madras and several other Indian institutions.

both countries will benefit from the CECA and the gains for Indian and Canada will be of the order of 39 to 62 per cent. He said that one of the criticisms in the past has been that US sometimes regarded India more as a target than a partner in non-proliferation. The 1. education and mining. Sonnagar. foreign companies along with Indian companies can bid for these projects in the Major Ports under PPP Mode. Robert Blake told in Washington that India had an important role in strengthening the regime to check the spread of nuclear weapons. Canada's International Trade Minister. The gains which are projected in the report were between $6 to $12 billion for the Indian GDP. He said the US looks forward to working with India in new areas like nuclear smuggling. the eastern dedicated freight corridor will bring about an “industrial revolution” in West Bengal. He said the scope of the joint working group has now been extended which include the subject of consumer protection also. Anand Sharma said that as per a joint study group report. Non-proliferation Efforts 16Nov The United States said. IT. At the beginning of the financial year 201011. CECA. Russia 19Nov The high-level meeting to prepare for next month's summit meeting between Prime Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. The steps President Obama announced in the course of his recent visit showed definitely that America now sees India as a partner in the global non-proliferation space not only in terms of the actions. Khurja and Saharanpur. Peter Van Laon. He said that India's GDP is likely to benefit by around 10 billion US dollar from the proposed free trade pact. Dhanbad. All Rights Reserved. the Ministry of Shipping has fixed a target of 21 projects under public private partnership (PPP) for the major ports. Port Projects 17Nov The government has awarded two projects at the Tuticorin Port and the Ennore Port under the public-private-partnership mode and aims to award 19 more such project this year. The US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia. of which two projects have been awarded so far at Tuticorin Port and Ennore Port. It is being designed for a maximum train speed of 100 kmph. India.806-km eastern corridor will extend from Dankuni to Ludhiana and pass through several mining and industrial towns such as Asansol. said bilateral trade between both the countries will increase to 15 billion US dollar in the next five years. The targeted private investment through these projects is expected to be approximately Rs 14. India and Canada 16Nov India and Canada formally launched negotiations for a Comprehensive Economic and Cooperation Agreement. but also in terms of our growing efforts in the nuclear area.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed at the inauguration of the work on the project. . As per the current policy guidelines for PPP.000 crore during the current financial year. There are huge opportunities for Indian businesses in Canada in sectors like energy.COM protection. to boost bilateral trade. it sees India as a partner in its global non-proliferation efforts and no more as a target. Eastern Freight Corridor 17Nov Once completed.

Pharmaceuticals. Technical. Both sides also touched on the military Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft project for which a Cabinet note is being considered by the Central Ministries concerned. Federal Drug Agency should suffice. Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister. “the idea is to reach $20 billions in trade by 2015. Saraswat. which could help offset the trade balance in future due to increasing imports of Russian oil. . the presence of top Russian officials from the atomic energy and space sectors enabled talks on these aspects as well to tie up the loose ends before the summit meeting. went up to an altitude of 8 km and achieved a speed of Mach 0. However. In petroleum. including fly-by-wire systems and communication. Economic. India and Russia have identified pharmaceuticals. diamonds.8. told that the aircraft flew for about an hour. He said the multirole fighter would be inducted into the Air Force early next year. Economic and Cultural Cooperation. to become a prominent stakeholder in this asset. Called the Inter-governmental Commission on Trade. Agri Help 20Nov India has pledged to provide a grant Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. V.M. Scientific. space and strategic spheres. This year the figure will almost touch $10 billions. India is in concurrence with Russia's vision document up to the year 2020 under which Moscow plans to reduce its import dependence from the present 80 per cent to 50 per cent through joint ventures. Its internal studies have shown that Russian stand of Indian companies having to conduct clinical trials may not be correct and Moscow could be persuaded to waive this requirement provided it is in conformity with the existing laws. accentuated by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's interest.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER.K.COM Minister Manmohan Singh and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev saw progress in the expansion of ties beyond the traditional military. Krishna and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov. has seen concrete discussions over the past few months. a promising area for Indian exports. who is also the Director-General of Defence Research and Development Organisation. All Rights Reserved. Dr. IT and petroleum that are prime for cooperation. avoided naming the ill-fated Orissa Titanium project that is embroiled in court cases. India is aiming for a fast track registration process and argues that existing permissions to its companies by the U. India was also hoping to participate in the development of Russia's recently openend strategic reserves in Timan-Pechora province Trebs and Titov oil deposits but suffered a setback. made an announcement about the successful flight at the ongoing aviation conclave. Thursday's session It was chaired by External Affairs Minister S. It was equipped with state-of-theart of technologies.S. Besides the civilian aircraft project. the ONGC Videsh is poised to invest five per cent equity in the bidding for gas in Yamal Peninsula and India hopes to use the political goodwill. Tejas 20Nov The fifth limited series production Tejas Light Combat Aircraft successfully completed its first flight near Bangalore. As Ivanov said during the signing of a protocol by the two sides.” While mentioning a new project civil aircraft the protocol. Saraswat.

Shallow Tube Wells being developed with India's assistance would provide all season irrigation facility to over 1. Down south. Technology and Development Studies (NISTDS).35 per cent rise in global functional roles that came to India. India's advantage is that a large number of skilled professionals are available at very Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. Though agriculture is the largest sector of the Nepalese economy with 39% contribution to country's GDP.2 million hectares has irrigation facilities. University of Pune is now placed one step down at the fifth position. Many state universities. The University of Panjab has slipped from the third position to the fourth (tied with Jadavpur). In last two-three years. Delhi. The improved Hindex scores indicate that quality of research pursued in many Indian universities has improved. Earlier. out of total 2. H-index is a parameter used to assess performance of researchers and institutions based on number of times published research paper has been cited by peers or other researchers.6 million hectares of cultivable land available. Wide availability of talent and cost advantage has helped India emerge as a "skill hub" not only for back-office jobs but also global functional roles. says an international recruitment firm. an executive search firm. there was a 25. Top Varsities 22Nov Most of the top 50 Indian universities have remarkably improved their H-index scores in latest ranking by Delhi's National Institute of Science. one of the Eastern Terai Districts. In the latest H-index (provisional) sent by NISTDS to the DST in October. is facing acute problem of irrigation due to low rainfall in the area.000 hectares of land and would uplift the socio-economic status of farmers by augmenting production of wheat. All Rights Reserved. Siraha. rice and seasonal fruits and vegetables. According to GlobalHunt. The University of Hyderabad which occupied the second position with an H-index score of 54 has now secured 62 points against Delhi's 61. the University of Madras has retained its seventh rank but significantly improved its H-index from 37 to 44. . the Delhi University boasted of an H-index of 56. as opposed to its earlier fifth rank. Global Functional Jobs 22Nov Wide availability of talent and cost advantage has helped India emerge as a "skill hub" not only for back-office jobs but also global functional roles. Banaras Hindu University has climbed up from sixth position to the third with an H-index of 58. can now look forward to higher grants from the department of science and technology (DST) under its flagship Promotion of University Research and Scientific Excellence (PURSE) programme. which the latter held in 2008. Kolkata. An MoU was signed for providing the grant assistance under India-Nepal Economic Cooperation Programme. Universities were able to improve their Hindex scores because of increased citations by peers/research scholars. including some of the well-established ones in Hyderabad.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. while Jadavpur University is ranked fourth. Chennai and Pune.COM assistance of Rs 1.619 crore to Nepal for construction of 350 tube-wells in the southern region of the country. the University of Hyderabad has unseated the Delhi University from the number one position. only about 1.

The UAE was invited to participate in upstream and downstream activities in the petroleum sector to strengthen India's energy security. BrahMos has become the only supersonic cruise missile possessing this advanced capability in the world. sign an agreement on security cooperation. Besides. she said. it is 21 metres tall and capable of carrying a payload of one tonne. All Rights Reserved. We all are hopeful of test launching the missiles successfully. India's defence scientists are going to show more fire power at the country's best test facilities at Chandipur and Wheeler Island off the Odisha coast. The lab authorization committee of the ministry of defence (MoD) has given necessary green signal for the proposed test-firings. was taken in the course of wide-ranging talks between President Pratibha Patil currently on a tour of the Middle East and UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan earlier in the day. About 20 per cent of companies have given India as 'region status' and India is no longer a part of Asia Pacific for them. The missile. Next month there will be tests of BrahMos and Agni-II. including in the Railways. 15–20 per cent of global workforces are reporting to Indian counterparts at various functions and hierarchy levels. It has strike range of nearly 2000 km. which had failed to deliver desired results consecutively twice last year.COM competitive cost. The missile can travel at thrice the speed of sound and carry a conventional warhead weighing 200 kg to 300 kg. This is for the first time that altogether five missiles have been lined up to be test-fired within next two months. On September 5 last India created history by flight testing Brahmos cruise missile.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. for the first time in the world. The decision. The two leaders also agreed that specific proposals relating to enhancing the strategic relationship by focussing on education. Their skills are global in nature and they are best in technology and analytics. as well as in the infrastructure sector.3-meter diameter. addressing issues specially relating to counter-terrorism and maritime security. . science and technology and regional security be taken up at the coming meeting in Abu Dhabi of the Joint Commission which is headed by the Foreign Ministers. The launching complexes at both the places have been readied for the first ever synchronized test in the recent times. The 8.4-meter long missile can hit a target at a distance up to 290 km. in the near future. After the scheduled test this version will be ready for induction. According to the sources at the integrated test range (ITR). was successfully tested in May this year. Range integration has been completed. Missile Tests 25Nov In a step forward to attain the minimum credible nuclear deterrence. at a supersonic speed in a steep-dive mode. Similarly. Security Cooperation Agreement 23Nov India and the United Arab Emirates will. Having about 1. the DRDO has planned to test-fire at least five sophisticated long range missiles within next two months. Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. Secretary (East) Latha Reddy announced. the two-stage solid-propelled Agni-II is one of the key weapon systems of the country's nuclear deterrence doctrine and had been inducted into the armed forces.

The decision to provide 50 per cent quota for women in the panchayat system and bring OBCs under reservation had been taken earlier. up from 33 pc at present. Communication Satellite 25Nov India would launch a new communication satellite from its spaceport of Sriharikota next month to augment capacity and services in the field. Reservation for Women 25Nov In a bid to woo the fairer gender and backward classes ahead of the next year's state elections. would be launched by geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F06). Agni-1 was first test-fired on January 25. This missile.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. All Rights Reserved.10am. Agni-I has a strike range of 700-900 kms. the W Bengal cabinet had approved 50 pc quota for women in the panchayat system.COM Meanwhile. 2004 respectively from the same launching site. 2003 and July 4. A bill to amend the West Bengal Panchayat Act-1973 would be placed before the Assembly in the next session. The Indian Space research Organisation said top space scientists would meet on December 10 to conduct a mission-readiness review and give the final go-ahead for the launch on December 20.5 km per second. a part of the Agni series. will bridge the gap between its longrange missiles Agni-II (2000 km) and AgniIII (3500 km). After a vertical lift-off from the launch pad at the ITR. The satellite. It can blast off from both road and rail mobile launchers. the missile rose into the sky leaving behind a ribbon of smokes. An exclusive C-band spacecraft. monitored the course of the missile. and also brought OBCs under reservation for the first time. GSAT-5P Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. Of the four interceptor missile tests so far. Its second and third tests were conducted on January 9. The DRDO will test the Advanced Air Defence (AAD) missile to shoot down an incoming "enemy missile" as pa rt of its efforts to build a credible ballistic missile defence shield. . which imparts it a speed of 2. GSAT-5 Prime. It is powered by both solid and liquid propellants. Agni-I Missile 25Nov India had test-fired an upgraded version of the nuclear-capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile Agni-I from a defence base off the east coast. The missile with better re-entry technology and manoeuvrability was fired by the armed forces from a mobile launcher at the launching complex . telemetry stations and naval ships. 2002.IV of the Integrated Test Range in Wheeler's Island at about 10. The last one in March this year was a failure. positioned close to the intended impact point." informed the scientist. its height is just 15 metres and diameter is one meter. the first three were successful. This test was its eighth test. The test was to reconfirm the technical parameters set for the user associated launch. Ground radars. Compared to its longer-range cousins. we have developed Agni-II+ missile which is completely a new missile having a strike range between 2750 km and 3000 km. It got the cabinet's approval. It has several advanced technologies in comparison to its previous missile. Weighing less but having the same thrust.

Sudan and United Arab Emirates. which is being developed by Defence Avionics Research Establishment and Defence Electronics Research Laboratory. Arab League Trade 25Nov The two-way commerce between India and the 22 League of Arab Nations is expected to reach $240 billion by 2014 on account of increasing cooperation in areas like infrastructure and real estate. EW systems are tested in the IAF range in Gwalior in a limited way. R&D (Ae & SI). some 200 km from here. some 135 km from Hyderabad. It said that there is a huge potential for both the sides to cooperate in areas like oil and gas. Qatar. Electronic Warfare is becoming a very important area because. you are as good as useless. Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. real estate. you cannot win a war. especially in sectors such as telecom and infrastructure. At present. Bahrain. said Prahlada. They would be integrated with MiG-29 fighters and the light combat aircraft next year. Security. Egypt.also explores new horizons of collaboration to harness investment and trade between India and the countries in the Arab region. Jordan. seen to be vital in war scenarios. and the 8. defence and education are new areas of interest which will forge the relationship ahead. Oman.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. . In 2012 India would fly a fourthgenerational EW system. which would test "noncommunication" and "communication" EW systems. exhibiting significant improvement in two-way trade and is expected to reach $120 billion by 2010–11 and $240 billion by 2014. Once you have it you have to test it. Electronic Warfare Systems 25Nov India would build two ranges for testing radar-based electronic warfare systems as it seeks to strengthen its capability in the field. He said the present EW systems have been integrated with MiG-27 fighters and operational flights are slated next year. Without electronic warfare. These two would be part of the 4. Saudi Arabia. Defence Research and Development Organisation. You may have all weapons but if somebody jams you (the weapons). Iraq."India & League of Arab States. Chief Controller. you are already decimated. India and the Arab Nations will soon become major trading partners. infrastructure and food processing. Lebanon. The report . One range would come up in Chitradurga in Karnataka and another in Tandur in Andhra Pradesh. Once the two new testing ranges (in Chitradurga and Tandur) are operational in 2012-13. Investments from the region into India have been on a continuous upswing. Somalia. Before firing the missile. Libya. experimental and R&D tests can be conducted. All Rights Reserved.Exploring New Horizons" . India. Speaking at the India National Electronic Warfare Workshop (EWWI-2010). you can't wait for a war to test it. Morocco. Palestine.000-acre aeronautical test range in Chitradurga.000-acre one in Tandur. The Arab League was founded in Cairo in 1945 and its members include Algeria. GSAT5P has a designed mission life of 12 years. he said an investment of Rs 200 crore each is expected in the two test ranges.COM carries 24 normal C-band and 12 Extended C-band transponders to augment communication services in areas like television broadcasting and telecom. chemicals. Kuwait.

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DRDO now can source raw materials, software packages, testing equipment, components and manufacturing process machinery, which was a difficult exercise when sanctions were in place. During times of sanctions, it was also difficult to source such items from even countries such as UK and Germany because they were "aligned" with the US, resulting in some of the DRDO projects being delayed. DRDO was expecting a budget of Rs 9,000 crore in 2011-12 in the area of strategic systems and tactical defence. BrahMos Unit 27Nov BrahMos Aerospace Thiruvananthapuram Limited (BATL), which caters to the product requirements of the country's defence, aerospace and nuclear industries, is set to bag key orders that will fuel the company's bid to become an industry major in these sectors. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), it is reliably learnt, is contemplating making the BATL its next work centre for production of cryogenic and semi-cryogenic engines. Presently, the cryogenic as well as liquid engines for the ISRO are made by a consortium comprising Godrej and MTAR Technologies. Technical collaboration would be a lot easier with the BATL taking up the job as the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre [VSSC] and the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre, which have designed and developed the engine, are located within four and 30 kilometres from it. BrahMos Thiruvananthapuram has been asked by the ISRO to produce some components of the cryogenic engine, but to execute it in full, it requires the Rotary Vacuum Brazing facility. A request to set it up at the BATL is

being pursued with the ISRO. The BATL had earlier purchased equipment worth Rs.25 crore on a grant from the ISRO. The company is sparing no effort to deliver before March next a BrahMos cruise missile container (canister), ordered as a trial piece. We have secured a crucial order to manufacture 135 BrahMos containers, each costing about Rs.30 lakh to Rs.35 lakh. Already under fabrication at the BATL are the liquid Vikas engines for the ISRO and the firm has so far been able to deliver 16 of them. In addition, an order for 12 more has come. Material for six engines is available and four would be realised this year itself. The BATL makes the full engine in-house. And, the complicated friction ring of the engine is manufactured only by it. The first set of subsystems of the BrahMos missile such as the FDU (front docking unit), shutter assembly and cable separator together called ‘metallic airframe components' delivered by the BATL is undergoing quality and acceptance tests and the company is positive about getting a fresh order for 200 such sets. This would require us to set up a separate production line and the process is well under way. The machining capability of the BATL spans products with diameters ranging from 0.5 millimetres to 2.5 metres (for L-40 propellant tank cages). With the process of acquisition of nearby land for the second phase development of the company facing delays, a modest complex for the integration of the cruise missile has now been carved out within the existing campus with assistance from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Also in place is a facility for meteorology for the

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accommodation of fresh equipment. India and Syria 27Nov After concluding a five-day goodwill tour of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates, President Pratibha Patil touched down at the historic city of Damascus. The Syria visit, first by an Indian President, will focus on bilateral issues political, economic and cultural and exploration of investment opportunities in both countries. On the regional and international fronts, the Middle East Peace Process (MEPP) and Syria's relations with its neighbours will figure in the President's discussions. An IT centre is coming up in Syria with Indian assistance and will be functional soon. MECON is giving final shape to its feasibility study on utilisation of phosphatic resources of Syria; a power project awarded to Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. is partially funded by India through a $240-million line of credit; and Apollo International of India is upgrading a steel plant in Hama, for which also India has extended a line of credit of $25 million. Unlike with the UAE, the two-way trade level with Syria stands at a modest $530 million. The Indo-Syrian Joint Commission, which met in June this year, has decided to work towards doubling trade shortly. The President's visit is expected to boost economic relations, identify areas of mutually beneficial cooperation and register Indian interest in sourcing phosphates, which will help in achieving food security. Duty on Power Equipment 27Nov The Union Cabinet is expected to take a call on the issue of imposition of duty on import of power equipment, especially heavy equipment, from China which is hurting the domestic industry badly and putting them at

a disadvantage due to cheap imports. According to the Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited B. P. Rao. ISRO’s Satellite 27Nov An advanced communication satellite called Highly Adaptable Satellite or HYLAS, built by ISRO was successfully launched by the European Ariane-5 V198 launch vehicle. The satellite was built on commercial basis in partnership with EADS-Astrium of Europe. The launch took place from the Guyana Space Centre at Kourou in French Guyana. ISRO's Master Control Facility at Hassan in Karnataka successfully received radio signals transmitted by HYLAS and the satellite's health is said to be normal. HYLAS satellite developed for Avanti Communications of UK consists of ten high power transponders. The satellite is designed to deliver high-speed broadband services through its spot beams over Europe. ISRO won the contract to build the satellite in the year 2006 after competing along with other leading manufacturers of USA and Europe through the strategic alliance worked out between Antrix, commercial arm of ISRO and M/s. EADS Astrium of France. The alliance was formed to jointly develop communication satellites with ISRO platforms and Astrium payloads and market them internationally. Antrix provided the satellite bus and performed the satellite integration and testing at ISRO's facility in Bangalore. HYLAS satellite weighing 2541 kg at lift-off is the heaviest satellite built by ISRO. It is capable of operating for over 15 years mission life as demanded by the customer. Power Plant 27Nov

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India's 20th nuclear power plant became operational at Kaiga in Karnataka taking the total installed atomic power capacity in the country to 4780 MW. The indigenously-developed 220 MW capacity Unit 4 of the Kaiga Atomic Power Station attained criticality at 8.07.22 am making India the sixth country in the world to have 20 or more nuclear power plants in operation. A nuclear reactor is said to have attained criticality when it is ready to maintain stability of the chain reaction indicating that the unit is has achieved a steady output of power. The Kaiga-4 was built a few years ago but was unable to start power production for want of fuel. India's exemption from the Nuclear Suppliers' Group guidelines in 2008 that facilitated its return to global nuclear trade made the access to fuel possible. The Kaiga Unit 4 will now undergo a series of checks from the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) before being synchronised with the grid. The commercial production will begin thereafter. The entire processes from criticality to commercial production will take about two months. Three units of 220 MW each are already generating electricity at the Kaiga nuclear station at about 60 per cent of their capacity. Kaiga is NPCIL's sixth nuclear power plant site. The third unit at Kaiga attained criticality in February 2007 in less than five years of first pouring of concrete. Kaiga 1 and 2 had attained criticality in 2000. Kaiga 4 has raised the installed capacity at the power station here to 880 MW, the third largest site of NPCIL after Tarapur and

Rawatbhata. Presently, India produces 568 billion units of electricity and of that 23 per cent is from hydro-power, 64 per cent from thermal power, 10 per cent by nonconventional methods and only three per cent by the nuclear power. Development Plan 27Nov With an aim of tackling naxalism through development, the government has unveiled a special Rs 3300 crore action plan in 60 affected tribal and backward districts across nine states. The Integrated Action Plan (IAP) is intended to provide immediate redressal to problems of the people in tribal and backward districts in the sector like healthcare, drinking water, education and roads. The IAP would be given as an additional central assistance scheme on 100 percent grant basis to be implemented in two years.In the current year (2010-11), a block grant of Rs 25 crore will be made available to each of the 60 districts for which the schemes will be decided by a committee headed by the distrcit collector with district SP and district forest officer as members. The projects would have to be completed by March in a "concrete" and "visible" manner, he said. The works would be taken up by district collectors by 1st December, he said, adding the block amount of Rs 25 crore will have to be utilised in the remaining four months of the current fiscal. According to an estimate, about 40,000 sq km areas in Naxal-affected states are under the control of Maoists. Rural Poor 27Nov Oil Minister Murli Deora said the government would offer Rs 1,400 subsidy per LPG connection to BPL families in rural

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areas as part of its effort to increase the reach of cooking fuel among the poor. The proposed subsidy will be available to the new connections being offered under the Rajiv Gandhi Rural LPG Distribution Scheme. Significantly, the Minister refused to take any question on the Cairn-Vedanta deal. The British energy major Cairn and domestic firm Vedanta are waiting for the government nod for their USD 9 billion sale agreement inked in mid-August. Deora said the country will have to import 3.9 million tonnes or 32 percent more cooking gas this fiscal to meet the growing demand and pointed out that the number of LPG connection has grown nearly three times since 1999 when there were only 3.81 crore consumers, to 12.2 crore now. While domestic production of the cooking fuel has gone up to 10.2 million tonnes last fiscal, up from 7.6 mt in FY06, demand has gone up much faster and is projected to reach 13.96 mt this fiscal, and added that "LPG demand is projected to touch 19.2 mt by the turn of 2015. Sex Ratio 30Nov Gujarat is promising a safe cradle for girls to be born. The latest civil registration system (CRS) data released by the government said the sex ratio has gone up to 905 girls per 1,000 boys as per births registered in 2009. This is the first time that the number of girls in the 0-6 year age group has raised above the 900 mark in the past decade. The issue was first brought into focus by Times Of India through the 'Save the girl child' campaign. Its reports were based on the 2001 census data which showed only 883 girls per 1,000 boys in the state, leading to a severe shortage of brides in certain

communities who reportedly practised female foeticide. The economically progressive state had the fifth lowest girl child ratio in the country. In 2001, the CRS figures too put the sex ratio at 834. To correct the skewed sex ratio, the state government launched its own 'beti bachao' campaign. India and Russia 30Nov India and Russia have finalized several pacts in Trade, Investment, Energy including Nuclear Energy and High Technology trade after delegation level talks between External Affairs Minister, S. M. Krishna and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in New Delhi. These agreements will be signed during the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev summit level talks with the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in Delhi next month. The Russian President will be on a two-day official visit to India on 21st and 22nd of next month. The two countries have also agreed to implement projects in the areas of economy, science and technology and military cooperation. The two countries signed a protocol to intensify strategic cooperation between the two countries. Talking to reporters after talks, S. M. Krishna said that regional and global issues also figured in the talks. He said, talks on purchase of fifth generation aircraft are being held. Adult Literacy 30Nov Government says that adult literacy will empower the people and create better employment opportunities for them. The Minister of State for Human Resource Development D. Purandeswari said this while speaking at the interactive meeting

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A similar announcement by the Obama administration.and short-range ballistic missiles and 350 ground-launched cruise missiles.-China Economic and Security Review Commission concludes.and medium-range ballistic missiles and 350 ground-launched cruise missiles. China can destroy five out of six US bases in Asia with a wave of missiles. a goal that will require the gradual transfer of responsibility for security operations to Afghan forces over the next 18 to 24 months. Vocational Education and Continuing Education.000 men.S. now holding a stronger hand of cards after a sweeping victory in the House of Representatives earlier this month." The US bases vulnerable to Chinese missile attack include two in South Korea.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. These bases are between 840 and 1. government has growing concerns over what the report says are "China's improving capabilities to challenge the U. these local forces comprise approximately 264. military operations in the region." a late draft of the report by the U. In addition to missiles.000 by 2013. military's freedom of access in East Asia. The main implication of China's improved air and conventional missile capabilities is a dramatic increase in the [People's Liberation Army's] ability to inhibit U. Each could be destroyed with attacks by 480 short. and the goal is to raise this number to 350. in western Pacific Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. The bases are some 380-640 km from China. All Rights Reserved. The possibility of a 2014 handover appeared to be a hit with President Barack Obama's Republican opposition. In Japan. .S. Misawa and Yokota could be knocked out with 80 medium. Osan and Kunsan air bases. The U. The report says that in the event of a conflict. Afghan Mission 16Nov The United States government is set to announce a plan to end its combat mission in Afghanistan by 2014. came in for a barrage of criticism on the grounds that it could strengthen the hands of militants who might regroup. Chinese Missiles 16Nov In the event of a military confrontation. According to reports. the Chinese military build-up includes major deployments and upgrades of Chinese jets that have increased ranges and better weapons as well as greatly improved air defences. Guam.COM with State Literacy Mission authority and Zila Lok Shiksha Samities on implementation of Saakshar Bharat in New Delhi today.000 km from China. Saakshar Bharat programme aims to impart functional literacy to 70 million non-literates in 15 plus age group in 365 low female literacy districts. US bases at Kadena. to begin a troop drawdown in Afghanistan by July 2011. the programme will focus on Basic Education. The meeting has been convened to meet and discuss with the stake holders about the implementation of Saakshar Bharat programme and to seek their cooperation for its effective implementation.S. Besides Basic Literacy. A phased four-year plan to wind down American and allied fighting in Afghanistan will be presented at a NATO summit meeting in Lisbon later this week.S. She underlined the importance of Saakshar Bharat keeping in context the fact that India is among the countries with the largest number of illiterates.

China is also extending their range. In addition to increasing the number of missiles. The meeting was co-chaired by Satish C Mehta. 687. where the sixth US Air Force base is located. These climatic hotspots are the Himalayan.800 km from China.regional Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. The project will be implemented in three phases and envisages to construct over 1.150 shortrange missiles with ranges between 280 and 600 km and 115 medium-range missiles with ranges between 1. Joint Secretary. according to an Indian Embassy release in Kathmandu.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER.600 and 2. improving their accuracy. Nepal's Ministry of Physical Planning & Works.900 km. The project would be funded totally by the Government of India under the Nepal-India Cooperation Programme and will be constructed at an estimated cost of nearly Rs. This was decided in Kathmandu at the first meeting of the Project Steering Committee for the strengthening of road infrastructure of the Terai area of Nepal committee. 'Not only would US bases be threatened in the event of a conflict with China but so too would US deployed aircraft. is the only exception because it is 2. including forests and water in the country's climatic regions like the Himalayas and the north east. Ramesh was of the opinion that the understanding of the implications of climate change at the regional and sub.450 kms of black topped all weather roads in the Terai area of Nepal adjoining India. means the 'PLA Air Force's bomber fleet soon could allow it to target Guam. INCAA was set up last year by Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh as a mechanism to evolve institutions as well as engage other agencies already working in the area of climate change. the Western Ghats and the coastal plains and the four sectors under study are agriculture. the north east. Nepal Road 16Nov India will provide nearly Rs 700 crores to Nepal for road projects in the Terai region. India will release its first assessment report on the impact of global warming on four key sectors. on which work is expected to start by next month. Prepared by Indian Network of Climate Change Assessment (INCAA). and increasing their payload. with the addition of new submarines and bombers and spy aircraft. the assessment report will address the concerns about climate change on the natural resources and livelihoods of the people in the four identified regions. and Kamal Raj Pande. includes 19 roads totaling 605 kms. The committee agreed that work should be completed in a time bound manner due to the special importance the two countries attach to the project. RITES is working as consultant for the project from the Indian side. health and forests. China's growing long-range bomber arsenal. All Rights Reserved. MEA. water. China is thought to have 1.5 crores. Report on Climate Change 16Nov Ahead of the UN meet on climate change in Mexico. Guam is the site of a major US military buildup in Asia. Joint Secretary (North). . however.COM Ocean. close to its border in an attempt to help improve transport infrastructure. Phase-I.

All Rights Reserved.75 million Indians constitute the largest expatriate community in the UAE." Study of climate change in north-eastern region is most important as it has the country's 25 percent of forest cover and will be most severely affected by global warming. accelerate plans for high-speed rail links with Myanmar. The resource centre will provide a 24-hour helpline and counselling service to Indian workers in distress. an ambitious commitment to protect against possible Iranian attack while demonstrating the alliance's continuing relevance.but at the risk of further aggravating Russia. the Ministry of Railways also sent a team to Thailand to explore investing in a $ 25. That end date is three years beyond the time that Obama had said he would start withdrawing US troops. Ramesh had recently said that in view of a serious threat of climate change.COM levels is rather inadequate and there is a need to have domestic studies on the issue. Thailand and Laos. S-E Asia Rail Links 23Nov China will. one of China's leading railway consultants. and not wait for reports that are predicting for 2050 or later. as part of a wider effort to deepen engagement with its Southeast Asian neighbours. The Wang Mengshu. is part of a larger effort to expand economic and Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master.6-billion. In two months. INCAA had almost six months ago prepared the country's greenhouse gas (GHG) emission data "India: Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2007" which said the country's emissions grew by 58 percent during 1994 to 2007. NATO to Erect Missile 20Nov President Barack Obama won NATO summit agreement to build a missile shield over Europe. like by 2030. The government is also likely to release some additional funds for the distressed expatriates. India has become the first developing nation to publish such updated statistics which reflects its strong domestic actions and is likely to strengthen the country's negotiating positions at the climate change meet at Cancun in Mexico in the month-end. In August. By announcing the latest emission data. Talking to All India Radio. analysts say. West Asia expert Professor Mustaba Khan of the Jamia Milia Islamia University said about 1. in coming months. the official China Daily. Comprising about 220 scientists from 120 research institutions across the country. work will begin on a 1. Laos and Vietnam. 240-km high-speed railway and rail network.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. . with trains running at over 200 km/h. Cambodia. Obama and the allies are expected to announce plans to begin handing off security responsibility in Afghanistan to local forces next year and to complete the transition by the end of 2014.920km high-speed rail line connecting southwestern Yunnan province with Yangon in Myanmar. On another major issue. but they often find it difficult to get help in time of distress. Resource Centre 22Nov The government will launch an Indian Workers Resource Centre for its expatriates in the UAE during the President's visit. "we need to know what would be the impact of such changes in the middle term. Beijing's increased infrastructure investment in Southeast Asia. as saying studies were also under way to link Yunnan's capital Kunming with Cambodia.

The central bank said that by the Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. The national network will reach 120. In the west. Iran's Atomic Chief Ali Akbar Salehi said they sealed the cover of the reactor without any propaganda and fuss and that all the fuel rods are in the core of the reactor. has led to strains in commercial relationships with many ASEAN countries. He said the electricity produced at the Bushehr plant will be connected to the national grid in a month or two. Russia will operate the facility and will both supply the nuclear fuel and remove the nuclear waste.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. Iran has repeatedly claimed its atomic programme is entirely peaceful and merely to produce energy. The changes will be applicable from November 15.COM strategic influence in the region. The trade deficit grew to $21. which have historically lagged the coastal east on most development indicators. In recent years. which is already the world’s biggest. banks could levy Rs 25 service charge on RTGS transactions above Rs 1 lakh.000 km by 2020. beyond its western and southern border. so far. All Rights Reserved. . banks can levy Rs 25 as service charge for transactions from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh and a service charge of Rs 50 can be charged for transactions exceeding Rs 5 lakh. A number of countries have also voiced concern over the pattern of Chinese investments. While China became the first country to ratify an ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Currently. in part fuelled by the flooding of the ASEAN market with Chinese goods. Nuclear Plant 27Nov Iran's first nuclear power plant in the southern port city of Bushehr has started operations. The RBI has also introduced a new value band for NEFT transactions. This has been done to encourage more customers to avail themselves of the NEFT facility. The Bushehr nuclear reactor represents a key milestone in Iran's efforts to produce nuclear energy. China has increasingly begun to explore expanding its domestic high-speed rail network. which have generally targeted resources such as oil and minerals. According to the revised rates. and 60 per cent of the railway lines will be located in China's western regions. China has also recently proposed a $15billion fund for infrastructure-building in ASEAN countries. a fast-widening trade imbalance in China's favour. China has. reached agreements to build railway lines from its Xinjiang region to Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. The service charge on transactions of Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2 lakh will only be Rs 15 as against Rs 25 at present. China signed a deal to support $350-million financing for trade and investments in Indonesia. RTGS Transfer Limit 4Nov The Reserve Bank of India has raised the threshold limit for real time gross settlement (RTGS) transactions from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2 lakh and introduced a new value band for National Electronic Fund Transfer (NEFT) in order to promote electronic transactions amongst customers. Beijing hopes the investment will also ease anxieties among its ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) neighbours over the impact of China's rising economic influence.6 billion last year.

The roll out of the next generation system has started and will take two years for completion. bank credit increased by Rs 7. Bond Trade 6Nov The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has banned Standard Chartered.06 crore to Rs 48.254. The ban follows an investigation into socalled circular trading in government bonds.620 crore has been transferred. to strengthen the economic ties between the two nations. ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank has submitted its report for the implementation of the next generation RTGS system. However. The banks can appeal the ban and can also continue to participate in other bond market operations in India. including primary auctions.335 crore to Rs 15.69 crore. Britain and France.707. the move elevates China above European members such as Germany. altering the shares of voting power.75.80 crore.94 crore. giving China and several other countries more power in decision-making.68. Bank credit 4Nov According to the scheduled banks' statement of position released by the RBI.COM end-July 2010. The data showed that investments by banks in Government and other approved securities rose by Rs 26. The volume of transactions on the NEFT system reached around 9.86 crore in the fortnight ended October 22 to Rs 34. buyback offers from the government. The transactions on the RTGS system though continue to be much higher.3 per cent of the US trade and there is substantial potential to increase the bilateral trade.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. Societe Generale and Credit Agricole CIB from proprietary trading in government bonds for six months.000 branches of 98 banks had participated in the NEFT system. The United States and Japan are the largest shareholders.133. On a year-on-year basis. A Working Group comprising of representatives from the RBI and select commercial banks including State Bank of India. . IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss- Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master.76. All Rights Reserved.02.35 crore. Assocham President Swati Piramal said that India accounts for a merely 1. bank credit had increased by Rs 46. and CBLO (collateralised borrowing and lending obligation) operations. and makes China the thirdlargest shareholder. where securities change hands at off-market prices to hide losses. No 3 6Nov The International Monetary Fund has announced that it has approved measures that will overhaul the governance of the organization. Deposits collections were up Rs 86. credit has grown at more than 21 per cent till date. In the fortnight ending October 8. The change.62 crore to Rs 34. The value of transactions on the RTGS system in September 2010 stood at Rs 41 lakh crore.132.945.83 million in September 2010 and in value terms Rs 61. Trade Target 6Nov India and the US should aim at achieving the bilateral trade target of 220 billion US Dollars in the next 10 years.031. open market operations conducted by the RBI. Punjab National Bank.998. close to 70. lessens the controlling interest the United States and European countries had in the organization. bankers do not expect to achieve 20 per cent credit growth by the fiscal end.

where an investor could not get the benefit of a five percent discount reserved for retail investors. according to the “Doing Business 2011: Making a Difference for Entrepreneurs” report. once categorised as HNIs these investors had only 15 percent of the shares at their disposal. Many of the reforms focused on technologyimplementing electronic business registration. This helps investors invest over Rs 1 lakh in an initial public offer (IPO). In the non-institutional investor category. Besides. SEBI had observed that the limit of Rs 1 lakh to define a retail individual investor needs to be enhanced. one rung higher than last year's 135. . Till now. including ensuring exchange rate stability and encouraging member countries to refrain from practices that hinder trade. All Rights Reserved. SEBI. according to a new World Bank report. Since 2005. SEBI had issued a discussion paper for proposed changes to SEBI (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations 2009. France. Italy and Russia. and online submission of customs forms and payments. in public offers. creating more opportunities for local firms. Usually. as against 35 percent reserved for the retail players. The other 177 countries in the IMF share 14 seats on the board. proposing the increase in the limit to Rs 2 lakhs. They join Britain. Most Improved Economies 7Nov India is one of the 40 “most-improved economies” that made significant changes in business regulation at a steady pace in 2009 to make it easier for firms to operate. Japan and the United States in the top ten of the 24-member board. India has implemented 18 business regulation reforms in seven areas. the HNI and institutional parts are subscribed much more that the retail part. applications above Rs 1 lakh were categorised under the high net worth individual (HNI) segment. This suggests that retail individual investors who have the Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. China.000 to Rs 1 lakh.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. It had been observed that in the recent public offerings. so the chances of getting allotment if one applies under the retail category is much higher than in the other two. IPO Limit 7Nov The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has doubled the limit for maximum application for individual investors from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2 lakhs across all public issues. the number of applications in the size of less than Rs 5 lakhs is negligible. India. India comes in at number 134 out of the 183. electronic filing for taxes. The IMF was created after the Great Depression and World War II to encourage global economic cooperation and international assistance when individual nations’ economies faltered. there is no increase in the percentage allocation. However. approximately 75 percent of applications in the retail individual investor category have come in the size of Rs 80. the report notes. Some time ago. Germany. The institution was charged with overseeing the international monetary system.COM Kahn told that the top level of the IMF governing board has been expanded to include Brazil. has permitted all investors who apply in public offers for shares worth Rs 2 lakhs or less to be treated as retail investors. The market regulator. The remaining 50 percent is set aside for institutional investors.

would have created a bigger impact. the RBI has been elaborating its monetary stance to include other related objectives such as financial stability. This move was widely anticipated and as the stock markets' muted reaction to the policy announcement showed.000 crores . Besides.COM capacity and appetite to apply for securities worth above Rs 1 lakh were constrained from doing so because of the Rs 1 lakh limit. its forecast of GDP growth is widely watched. Another argument in favor of the upward revision is that the rate of inflation has also more than doubled since 2005.000. the RBI's detailed analysis of the monetary policy encompasses overlapping areas of the macro economy. a higher 50-basis point hike in the repo rate. its policy statement of November 2 is a mine of information on not just the monetary policy. The policy stance This time. output and financial stability and (c) actively Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master.the limit of Rs 1 lakh would mean the issue has to receive a minimum of 1. The new enhanced limit will allow more investors to enter the market as retail players and thus avail the price discount for the segment.000 to 70. . The earlier policy statements highlighted its role in combating inflation. All Rights Reserved. They could not make an application under the non-institutional investor category because the allocation there is limited to 15 percent as against 35 percent for retail individual investor category. Recently. when the rate was around four percent. This will also lead to broader retail investor base for companies. (b) maintain an interest rate regime consistent with price. The traditional monetary policy dilemma of meeting the credit needs of the real economy while simultaneously maintaining price stability has been in evidence. RBI 8Nov The Reserve Bank of India's unrelenting focus on inflation was once again in evidence and not merely because it hiked the two short-term policy rates by 0.5-2 lakh applications from retail individual investors to fill in the 35 percent allocation.000 crores to Rs 6. the policy stance is intended to (a) contain inflation and anchor inflationary expectations while being prepared to respond to any further build up of inflationary pressures. since 35 percent of the public issue is to be allocated to retail individual investors. Retail investors will get to double their chances in initial public offerings. even if the RBI did not spring a surprise. From now on all investors applying for shares worth up to Rs 2 lakhs will be eligible to get shares at up to five percent discount. This is the first revision in five years.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. However. The present move will have several positive outcomes for public offers. say. Under the ICDR Regulations. the chances of the retail part in an offer getting over-subscribed could also go up. The central bank's preoccupation with price stability is not new. In addition. As always.25 percentage-point each. This could be a daunting task considering that in case of well oversubscribed issues. in a largesized public issue .for an issue size of Rs 4. attempting to keep pace with the eroding value of the rupee. the number of applications received from retail individual investors was in the range of 35. any other policy action.

(a) Although there has been some moderation recently. 2011.6 per cent in September.5 per cent for March 2011. the RBI has increased the number of its policy statements to eight. 8. All Rights Reserved. However.COM manage liquidity to ensure that it remains broadly in balance. the risks of inflation spilling over to other sectors is real. (e) The loose monetary policies pursued by the developed countries will flood emerging markets like India with surplus liquidity. As with monetary projections. Two relevant points are: (a) Transmission of policy measures from policy rates to lending rates though improving is still dependent on some factors such as liquidity conditions. organised industry. in such a situation. (b) Bank depositors seldom get a fair deal in policy statements probably because unlike. remains significantly above the target level of 5. Yet the policy statement is subject to numerous caveats. (d) Global commodity prices. food prices have not moderated. These factors tend to heighten inflationary expectations. deposits with banks are not growing the way they should. It Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. (c) With the economy growing close to the target. Tight liquidity improves transmission. (b) Despite a satisfactory monsoon. points to the existence of structural factors that cannot be tackled by monetary measures alone. . Since the modest 0. Excess liquidity will hinder transmission of monetary signals while a serious shortage will hurt credit offtake and financial markets.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. Besides. which is entirely in line with most other forecasts. there may not be an immediate move by banks to increase their lending rates. Persistently high inflation. The recently introduced base rate mechanism imparts transparency to the process of determining lending rates by banks. The next mid-quarter review of monetary policy will be announced on December 16 and the third quarter review on January 25. The third objective — of managing liquidity — is new to this policy statement. the growth estimates are subject to risks that are similar. However. interest signals operate with a lag.25 percentage-point increase each in the repo and reverse repo rates was widely anticipated. The first objective captures the resolve of the RBI to focus on inflation while the second takes note of the fact that monetary policy cannot lose sight of other objectives. even for a brief period. already high despite a weak recovery in the advanced countries. say. The RBI has retained its forecast of GDP growth at 8. may rise further on the back of strong demand from the fast growing developing countries. the Wholesale Price Index-based inflation.5 per cent for 2010-11. The scope for announcing new measures in between two scheduled statement dates is limited.'' This has been interpreted to mean that the RBI has come to the end of the current interest rate cycle. they do not have anyone who will lobby for their cause. There are several reasons explaining why inflation is such a major concern. mostly because they are giving negative returns. Interest rates Too much has been read into the policy statement that “the likelihood of further rate actions in the immediate future is low. There can obviously be no commitment from the central bank to halt interest rate hikes.

At a CII Insurance Conference in Mumbai two months ago. Liquidity Pressure 10Nov To ease the persistent funds crunch the banking system is facing.674 crore in the fortnight ended October 22) have all contributed to the cash crunch in the financial markets. Hari Narayan. for many categories of savers. LAF window Banks are expected to become liquid to the tune of Rs 50.COM is also fairly certain that household savings are being deployed in a wide range of nonmonetary assets such as gold and real estate. The RBI had announced these measures on October 29 for a three-day period. the Reserve Bank of India had reintroduced measures that were announced late last month. The two companies in question are Reliance General Insurance and Royal Sundaram General Insurance Company.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. and credit picking up gradually (non-food credit offtake was Rs 9. Hence. All Rights Reserved. Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. .700 crore in October 2010 and a peak injection of Rs 1. What this means is that banks can temporarily maintain SLR of 24 per cent instead of 25 per cent of deposits. He had said then that M & A norms would be announced soon and that a committee was studying the issue.000 crore in September and Rs 61. according to the IRDA Chairman. However. In fact. The RBI has allowed banks to temporarily maintain lower statutory liquidity ratio (a percentage of deposits that have to be compulsorily invested in government securities).31.260 crore on October 29.000 crore as the RBI has allowed them to use additional liquidity support under the LAF to the extent of 1 per cent of their deposits. It is time banking policy recognises this crucial role of deposits and not view them as something whose costs determine the lending rates. slow growth in deposits in view of the thriving equity market and initial public offers by public sector companies. the liquidity injected by the RBI through its LAF widow on an average was about Rs 113. it extended the measures up to November 4. Finding no improvement in the liquidity situation. J. Contributory factors Significant increase in government cash balances (implying that the government is not spending) with the RBI. on October 31. the IRDA Chairman had said that the regulator was in discussion with the companies about some issues regarding the merger.000 crore during November 89. That banks are facing funds shortage is underscored by the fact that the RBI's LAF window has remained in injection mode since September 9. which stood at Rs 77. government securities equivalent to 1per cent of their deposits can be placed with the RBI's repo window to borrow funds. bank deposits remain the safest option.736 crore as on October 30. The latest round of liquidity-easing measures will be in force till December 16. IRDA Studying Merger 10Nov The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority is examining merger and acquisition proposals from two non-life companies. It also decided to open a second window daily for banks to borrow funds for over a month. with an average daily net injection of around Rs 24.

According to the RBI data. healthcare and food and restaurants. four in Bangladesh (SBI). The bank has applied to the RBI and is waiting for approval. This should help ease the liquidity pressure in the market and cool short-term interest rates. India is ready with all the approvals. besides enhanced cooperation on protection of intellectual property. trade in services and movement of professionals. Allahabad Bank also has a representative office in Shenzhen. textile. Japanese FDI in the country was only $4. 11 public sector banks and three private banks in the country account for about 138 overseas branches as on March 31.2 billion out of cumulative $121 billion since 2000. Shanghai and Dhaka are likely to be operational in six to 12 months. marine products will be benefited more. Bank of Baroda and Canara Bank). four in China (one each of SBI. as the two countries are set to sign the free trade agreement (FTA) in January. Overseas business could account for 5-7 per cent of the bank's business in three years.COM The liquidity-easing measures announced last time were only for a week. investment. foreign direct inflows (FDI) inflows from Japan remained small. China. India-Japan FTA 11Nov India's garment exports. However. project imports and transport equipment. it (FTA) will be signed. Divestment 11Nov Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. The capital required to set up a branch will be close to $30 million. which they will get soon.5 million. which are mostly directed towards the US and Europe may get big market in Japan. the capital requirement will be less as this is our second branch and we have a good rating there so it will work out to about $5-10 million. There are about 15 branches of various Indian banks in Hong Kong. while in Dhaka it is about $12. . The Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) is expected to come into force from April.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. India would like increased investments from Japan and easy access for its professionals in areas like IT. In January. While the bank plans to set up full-fledged branches at Kowloon in Hong Kong and Shanghai. The overseas expansion would entail an investment of about $50 million. 2009. All Rights Reserved. As the pact is all encompassing. In Hong Kong. The CEPA relaxes barriers on trade in goods. the RBI data says. Indian exporters from the sector like cotton. Bank of India. While India has emerged as one of the favoured destination for foreign investors. Japan needs an approval from Diet (Parliament) Committee of Legislation for the agreement. The CEPA will reduce or eliminate tariffs on over 90 per cent of the $10. while Japanese exporters would gain in areas such as electronics. it plans to open a representative office in Dhaka.4 billion bilateral trade in merchandise. competition and improvement of the business environment by both sides. India has already operationalised comprehensive pacts with South Korea and Singapore and in final stage of negotiations with the European Union. this time around it stretches over a month. Overseas Branches 11Nov All the three overseas branches of Allahabad Bank in Hong Kong. readymade garments.

One of the biggest exporters to India in this sector was Dead Sea Works. mainly fertilisers. It will reach the target (mopping up Rs 40. 10 per cent dilution in government stake in IOC and five per cent in SAIL would be the "major contributors" for meeting the target. as the Jewish state focusses on tapping potential in the Asian markets. All Rights Reserved. Of this. Israeli exports to India of metals and metal products also increased from $21 million to $130 million. with current trends projecting a close to $5 billion mark this year a real possibility. Earlier in the fiscal. an increase of 102 per cent compared to last year. Electronics equipment.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. As per the figures provided by Israel's Export and International Cooperation Institute. Israeli exports to India in the first half of this year equalled $990 million. Elbit Systems and Rafael.000odd crore and with Power Grid (follow-on share offer). minerals and quarrying sector. Indian Oil Corporation and Steel Authority of India. a sharp increase of 524 per cent. it will be coming to Rs 21. . exports to India grew from less than $10 million in the first half of last year to $160 million this year. India and Israel have registered a phenomenal growth in bilateral trade. We have already collected about Rs 17. Major exporters in this sector included ECI Telecom and Comverse.000 crore in the current fiscal).500 crore. The reason for this sharp jump was a 63 per cent leap in exports by Israel's mining.000 crore. TowerJazz. Largest Export Destination 11Nov India has become Israel's second largest export destination after the United States. to the subcontinent. Union Bank 12Nov Public sector lender Union Bank of India said that it is going to raise $175-200 million (or around Rs 900 crore) from overseas market in the coming month through medium-term notes. The bank plans to raise another $175-200 Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. Strengthening cooperation in the field of agriculture. The bank had raised $400 million and $175 million in two tranches in the last four months from overseas markets. Shipping Corporation of India.000 crore target by fiscal year-end. including warfare systems.000 crore through disinvestment in the current financial year and is on course to achieve the Rs 40. a subsidiary of Israel Chemicals. which exported $228 million worth of products. India jumped from the eighth position to second as the favoured destination for Israeli exports in the first half of 2010. The government last month raised Rs 15. it had raised Rs 1. India would also be opening several centres of excellence to replicate Israeli model of success in the field.000 crore each from share sale of SJVN and Engineers India. followed by Hindustan Copper. The bank also said it expects the Government to increase its holding in it from the present 55 per cent to 60 per cent soon through a capital infusion to the tune of Rs 1.200 crore by selling 10 per cent stake in Coal India. starting from humble figures of $200 million in 1992 when diplomatic relations were established between the two countries. Next in the line for disinvestment in the current fiscal is Manganese Ore India.COM The government has already mopped up more than Rs 17.

5 per cent in the second quarter. Task Force 12Nov A task force has been set up by the Confederation of Indian Industry and the India-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry to study investment prospects in India and Bangladesh and to increase trade between the two countries. But in crisis-hit Greece. The Seoul Action Plan. compared with 1. currently valued at three billion dollars. MFIs may also not be permitted to lend to an individual who has an outstanding loan. Germany. The G20 leaders agreed a new programme for the world economy. GDP grew by 0. .3 per cent it reported in the previous three months. World leaders have vowed to address the trade imbalances that are destabilising the world economy. All Rights Reserved. has seen a sharp slowdown in the third quarter. They may no longer be allowed to indulge in “multiple borrowing” from the same MFI or from more than one. CII principal advisor Sushanta Sen said that a 10-member task force would submit its report and recommendations to the prime ministers of the two countries in the next six months.1 per cent.COM million in the next one month through medium term notes. Europe's largest economy. These funds are to be used to finance its overseas business. Similarly. could be doubled by next year if proper infrastructure is put in place. called for moving towards more market-determined exchange rates. Economic Recovery 12Nov According to official estimates. the pace of economic recovery has slowed in Europe's major economies. The 16 eurozone members grew 0.7 per cent.” G20 Summit 12Nov At the end of the G20 Summit in Seoul. called the "Seoul Action Plan".7 per cent in the previous quarter. Italy also saw its rate of recovery decline. The declaration comes amid a currency war between the US and China.7 per cent compared with the record expansion of 2.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. In France. down from 1 percent growth before. Sen said the trade between the two countries. to 0. The Government is likely to tackle this issue through the Micro Finance Bill by Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master.4 percent on average.4 percent between July and September.500 crores as far as tier-II bonds are concerned and that its Capital Adequacy Ratio is “very good. with growth of 0. The bank has headroom of Rs 4. It included a promise to "strengthen multilateral cooperation to promote external sustainability and pursue the full range of policies conducive to reducing excessive imbalances and maintaining current account imbalances at sustainable levels. Global leaders pledged to refrain from competitive devaluation of their currencies and to take steps to mitigate risks arising from excessive capital flows to emerging markets like India. agreed at the end of the two-day Summit of the G-20 leaders including Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. compared with growth of 0.2 per cent from 0. which also had ramifications for India and several other countries in terms of their exports becoming uncompetitive. Microfinance Bill 13Nov Borrowers taking loans from microfinance institutions (MFIs) may have to pay back one loan before taking another. the economy contracted at a slower rate of 1.

A benchmark bond is typically upwards of €500 million or more. SBI is also looking to bring out another tranche of its retail bond issue. The Ministry has observed that owing to competition. However. The size of the issue is likely to be between €500 million and €750 million. Standard Chartered and UBS AG are acting as the lead managers. The MoU was signed by Ajai Kumar.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. . The bank's maiden retail bond issue of Rs 1. All Rights Reserved. SBI’s Bond Issue 13Nov State Bank of India is planning to launch a five-year euro-denominated bond issue. We have a significant pipeline of existing customers who require euros. It has noted cases where persons have taken advantage of the differential rates of interest offered by different institutions and used the loan amount from one to pay the other. The Ministry has learnt of instances where people have taken more than one loan from MFIs under different or bogus names. This is the first time that the bank is raising such a huge amount in euro denominated bonds. ICICI Bank had raised €500 million through a two-year floating rate bond in March 2007. Barclays Capital PLC. Registrar for UID Project 13Nov UCO Bank has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). MFIs allegedly resort to such practices in a bid to grow fast. The tenor of the bond will be five years. instead of defaulting. It is expecting to raise a benchmark-size euro bond. Bhatt said the retail bond issue will be around the same size as the earlier one. increase profits and investments and even to go in for initial public offers. governance. he did not disclose at what rate the bank plans to raise the fund. In this regard.000 crore in October had received good response from retail investors. BNP Paribas SA. anti-coercive practices and training of field workers. which is in the pipeline. with Ashok Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master.000 and practicing within 30 days the Sa-dhan code of conduct on transparency. We will try to raise it at the best possible level in the industry. The Bill. Sa-dhan members have decided to move towards reducing loan size per household to a limit of Rs 50. The bank is planning a road show in Europe to meet potential investors between November 17 and 19. But the exercise is yet to take off as MFIs have not furnished details. Credit Agricole SA. some MFIs have resorted to multiple-lending without looking at the repayment ability of their customers. aims to regulate MFIs. MFIs would be soon forced to write-off loans in the multiple-lending category.COM incorporating provisions that will help identify wrong-doers and discourage these practices. There have also been instances of ‘ever-greening' of loans by MFIs where they have provided fresh loans to borrowers to help them repay the old ones. Executive Director of the bank. Sadhan the country's largest umbrella body of MFIs had attempted to create a national database of district-level MFI operations to prevent an overlap of more than one MFI operating in the same area and instances of multiple-lending. Deutsche Bank AG. the Ministry is holding talks with the Unique Identification Authority of India to evolve a system to identify persons availing themselves of multiple loans so that they will not be eligible for loans if they do not repay.

15. credible and effective IMF. While doubling its quota the IMF Board has also decided to shift 6 per cent shares in voting rights to emerging economies as part of governance reforms. IMF Quota 14Nov India will have to contribute upto Rs. which ended in Seoul.000 crore (about more than USD 3 billion) to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) following the decision of the Fund to double its quota. Deputy Director General of UIDAI. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also hailed the IMF reforms saying the grouping has succeeded in several areas since the Summit Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master.COM Pal Singh. approved the decision of the Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors at the meeting of Gyeongju last month and the subsequent decision by the IMF on a comprehensive package of IMF quota and governance reforms. The Seoul Summit said going beyond what was decided in the Pittsburgh and Toronto Summits the IMF reforms include shifts in quota shares to dynamic emerging market and developing countires and to underrepresented countries of over 6 per cent. and securing the IMF's status as a quota-based institution with sufficient resources to support members' needs. Banks must disclose ‘all in cost' inclusive of all such charges involved in processing/sanction of loan application in a transparent manner to enable the customer to compare the rates/charges with other sources of finance.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. . The MoU would enable the bank to act as one of the registrars for UID projects and leverage its existing infrastructure for implementation of UID projects. In addition. the IMF quota will go up from the present 214 SDR (Special Drawing Rights) to 428 SDR. The RBI has asked banks to disclose information such as fees payable for processing the loan application. The Summit of G-20 leaders. The reforms are an important step towards a more legitimate. The information should also be displayed in the Web site of the banks for all categories of loan products. With the doubling decision. banks have been asked to disclose the conversion charges for switching loan from fixed to floating rates or vice versa. The bank has already drawn its financial inclusion plan for providing banking services to around 9. the amount of fees refundable if loan amount is not sanctioned or disbursed. All Rights Reserved. Loan Processing Charges 13Nov The Reserve Bank of India has asked banks to disclose all charges involved in processing and sanction of loan applications in a transparent manner. the leaders said in the Seoul Summit Document said.800 unbanked villages in the country. pre-payment options and charges and penalty for delayed repayments. India will have to contribute about more than USD 3 billion to the increased quota. by ensuring that quotas and Executive Board composition are more reflective of new global economic realities. India and China are major beneficiaries of this decision with New Delhi's position climbing to 8th place above China in the IMF Board from its present 22nd position. existence of any interest reset clause and any other matter which affects the interest of the borrower. The RBI has asked banks to ensure that all such charges and fees are non-discriminatory.

21. outpacing the country's real gross domestic product (GDP) by 6 per cent. Gold jewellery demand in India. the value of gold demand in India has increased at an average rate of 13 per cent a year. The sources said the current reforms of the IMF are a big step forward in the organisation which was born out of the Bretton Woods conference in the post-war situation. internal audit. Another major decision of the G 20 is the Mutual Assessment Process (MAP) by which policy coordination will be done among the countries in restoring economic balance in which the IMF will be involved in a big way. “Lot of insurance companies are waiting for norms on outsourcing to come through… now it is good for them to know what they can outsource and what they can't. Indian authorities have made it clear that Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. Global Gold Market 15Nov The Indian consumer's affinity and appetite for gold has continued over the years and statistics from a report published by the World Gold Council (WGC) indicate that in 2009 Indian demand accounted for 15 per cent of the global gold market. it will deter Indian back office companies from moving up the value chain as they remain stuck with low-end processing-related work. HR services.460 (Rs. Core functions such as product design. rose 67 per cent year-on-year in the first-half of 2010.97. the average domestic gold price surged to almost Rs. addresses recent developments in the market in the context of the revival of Indian demand for gold in 2010. Over the past ten years. claims. . However. the world's largest gold jewellery market. A working Group comprising India and Canada has been formed for the MAP. Web site management.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. which accounts for 15 per cent of the global gold market.625 per 10 gram) before hitting a new high of Rs.52. Over the same period. data entry.60. IT support and policy servicing were functions that could not be outsourced. The report indicates that in 2009.325 per 10 gram) on October 15. In its draft guidelines on outsourcing. inflation by 8 per cent and population by 12 per cent. telemarketing and call centre for outbound calling among others. total Indian gold demand reached $19 billion (Rs. The WGC report. 2010. medical check-ups. All Rights Reserved.18.COM in Washington in 2008 till the Seoul Summit. Non-core functions include house keeping. I expect the new guidelines to open up the market in the medium term. payroll management. The MAP will evolve decisions by broad agreement but it will be for the leaders to accept or not.800 an ounce (Rs. Capital Flows 15Nov Asian Development Bank (ADB) has endorsed the Indian policy makers' current wait-and-watch approach on placing any restrictions on capital inflows. IRDA had defined the processes that could be outsourced and those that should be done inhouse.400 crore). IRDA's Guidelines 15Nov The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority's (IRDA) recent norms on outsourcing may prompt insurers to increase the quantum of back office work they give out to third party vendors in the medium term. titled “India: Heart of Gold”.

Authorities have to now watch it more closely. Indian households have traditionally preferred safety of bank deposits and government saving schemes. the adding inorganic growth route is easier and quicker way of expansion. I don't think they (capital flows) are cause of great concern. Canada and Mauritius at the end of March 2010. Evidence is far from conclusive that capital control works in the long run. SBI currently has a subsidiary in Indonesia called PT Bank SBI Indonesia with a network of six branches.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. We are not in favour of giving cash more than $100 million." Assocham President Swati A Piramal said in a statement. It was logical to expect greater flows into India in the aftermath of QE2 as funds are going to look for returns. India can certainly absorb these flows given its current account deficit and reserves position. All Rights Reserved. USA. The acquirer has takeover only those banks where owner or majority holders should completely exit of the acquired bank and the entity is merged. the name of PT Bank IndoMonex was changed to PT Bank SBI Indonesia. Currently. Bank Acquisition 15Nov To expand its operations in Southeast Asia. but they certainly need to be watched. State Bank of India is on a look out for acquisition of a bank in Indonesia in cash deal not exceeding $100 million (about Rs 450 crore). Since increasing of branch network would take time. Indonesian market provides high growth potential and SBI has identified 2-3 banks for possible acquisition. "The household savings rate of 33.4 per cent would translate into incremental savings of $5 trillion over the next decade with growing incomes of Indian households. debenture and Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master.COM they are not looking at any capital control measures for now even as the recent QE2 (second round of quantitative easing by the US) could portend greater inflows into emerging markets such as India. . You can reasonably expect that greater flows would come into India. He said that policymakers should look at capital controls as one option and ensure that they don't introduce distortions. Last year. has 125 foreign offices spread across 23 countries including Singapore. touching the $5 trillion mark. the size of Indian household savings is over $330 billion. Interest rate spreads are in favour of emerging markets. Any restrictions on capital flows could have implications in terms of “law of unintended consequences. Surge in capital inflows are a vote of confidence on India and that people perceive it as a good destination. an entity cannot run two banks simultaneously. SBI. Indians' Savings 15Nov India may takeover the US in terms of households savings by 2020. as the growing economy would boost incomes of people. according to a study jointly done by Assocham and PricehWaterhouse Coopers. Less than 10 per cent of their investments are in other financial assets like shares. India has received record capital inflows of about $35 billion (both foreign direct investment and portfolio flows into equities) so far this year. The country largest bank. As per the Indonesian law.

Indian economy's size is about $1 trillion with the savings rate of Indian households of 33. Justifying its views to calibrate the opening of FDI in multi-brand retail.4 per cent. who would be at the mercy these global retailers. Currently FDI in multibrand retail is prohibited in India. the MSME ministry said India should learn from other global markets where few super market players have established monopoly. while in 51 per cent is allowed in mono-brand retail and 100 per cent in cash and carry. it should be less than 18 per cent. The ministry suggested that even if FDI is allowed. close competition of kirana stores among each other will go. the Micro.COM mutual funds which is low as compared to some of the developed economies. the next decade will be an opportunity of a lifetime for Indian capital markets. "India should tread cautiously by opening the sector. It also said that malls housing multi-brand retail stores should be "at least two kilometers outside the precincts of the town or city area" to minimise competition to small retailers. Mumbai. who will be able to influence prices.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. Concerted efforts of the government and the regulators supported by a long-term vision and a clarity in action can significantly help in fostering a climate that is conducive to growth and investments. the impact of these multi-brand retail stores will be felt faster and deeper because of lesser number of local retail stores. if at all. In July DIPP had sought comments from various stakeholders on opening of FDI in multi-brand retail. Given the quantum of savings. Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) ministry has said even if FDI in multi-brand retail has to be allowed. In the beginning FDI less than 18 per cent may be thought of. Currently. while cautioning that entry of global retailers could harm interests of kirana stores. All Rights Reserved. FDI-backed multi-brand retailers should be allowed to open stores initially only in six metros -. . The multi-brand retailer will take over the market as per its will because there cannot be as many retail outlets in each locality as the present kirana stores. five major chains accounted for more than 50 per cent of the retail sales in Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. Thus in practical terms competition will go and monopoly will be established. small farmers and consumers. It may harm the interest of small farmers as well as consumers. Kolkata." the ministry's reply to comments sought by DIPP said. conditions should be put that "50 per cent of the investment should be in fixed capital. gradual and analysing the impact before opening it more. FDI in Retail 15Nov The MSME ministry has proposed allowing only up to 18 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail. In 2007. In its reply to the comments sought by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). Once multi-brand retail FDI is allowed. Chennai. the need to mobilise savings into productive channels and the opportunity for financial intermediation.Delhi. which is expected to grow further at an average rate of 8 per cent annually. Bangalore and Hyderabad. including facilities for supply chain infrastructure. processing and storage. "If allowed in cities or town having lesser population.

a hub for science and innovation and gateway to EU. To protect interest of the small and medium enterprises. * Declared that 2011 is "a critically important window of opportunity" to conclude the round and directed their officials to negotiate with "a sense urgency in the end game". including the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations and "ASEAN + 3". an ambitious but achievable target. They will enhance exchange rate flexibility to reflect underlying economic fundamentals and will refrain from competitive devaluation of currencies. "Advanced economies. a Ficci-Grant Thornton survey said. China and South Korea in an East Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. including those with reserve currencies. sciences and IT. * APEC Leaders pledged to move toward more market-determined exchange rate systems. In 2009-10. Indian companies already provide employment to 90. Even in Thailand expansion of organised retail caused dislocation to traditional supply chains in 1997-98 Asian Financial Crisis. the ministry said in case FDI is allowed. In order to keep uniformity across the country. which includes Japan. will continue to remain an attractive place to do business for Indian companies. will be vigilant against excess volatility and disorderly movements in exchange rates. . India seeks to double its bilateral trade with UK to $24 billion in the next five years.000 people in the UK.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. All Rights Reserved. * This may be done by building upon ongoing regional undertakings. the trade was valued at $10. India. APEC Summit 15Nov Here are the main points from the AsiaPacific Economic Cooperation's joint declaration following the conclusion of the 21-member grouping's summit. * Extended a 2008 freeze on any new barriers to investment or to trade in goods and services for another three years to 2013. The MSMSE ministry also proposed setting up of 'Retailers Regulatory Authority' and enact 'Regulation and Conduct for Retailers' (Act) to check exploitation of local kirana stores and unfair practices by multi-brand retailers." Doha round and Protectionism * Affirmed their "strong commitment" to bring the Doha Round of world trade talks "to a prompt and successful conclusion". The Tata Group is the largest manufacturing employer there and more than 180 Indian companies have invested in the IT sector. Free trade area * APEC will take "concrete steps" toward eventually forging a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP).COM most of the European Union countries. UK Trade 15Nov India and the UK can more than double their bilateral commerce to $24 billion in the next five years by increasing trade and investment cooperation in sectors like energy.6 billion. it should be made mandatory for retailers to source 40 per cent of the manufactured products should be sourced from MSMEs. The UK being the world's sixth largest manufacturer. even as much as 70-80 per cent of the retail market in Denmark and Finland. the ministry also proposed creation of a central agency Retail Trade enforcement Organisation. These actions will help mitigate the risk of excessive volatility in capital flows facing some emerging market economies.

OIL. inclusive. sustainable." * Further improve supply-chain connectivity by 10 per cent in terms of time. Definitely some opportunities are being evaluated and we are hopeful that something should click very soone. services. * The FTAAP may also be pursued through sectoral initiatives initially in areas such as investment. This is also known as the "Bogor Goals" because it was agreed at the 1994 summit in Bogor Indonesia. trading across borders. the state-run oil and gas giant had a change of heart after R S Sharma took over as Chairman and Managing Director of the company in 2006 and has been demanding fiscal concessions from the state government before it embarks on the project. * The strategy focuses on "five desired attributes" of balanced. and human security. aimed at simplifying trade rules and customs procedures.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. Oil India 16Nov State-run Oil India said it hopes to seal an estimated $1 billion deal for acquisition of producing oil assets in Australia. However. * An Action Plan to do that deals with structural reform. The leaders pledged to * Strive toward an aspirational target of a 25 per cent improvement by 2015 in the five priority areas of: starting a business. The Rajasthan government has been pressing for a 9-12 million tonnes per annum refinery at Barmer ever since Cairn India found 6. getting credit.COM Asia community. All Rights Reserved. Barmer Refinery 16Nov The Rajasthan government plans to take a 26 per cent stake in a refinery proposed to be set up in the state by Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC). Regional economic integration The regional economic integration initiative aims to work toward the goal of having all APEC economies achieve free and open trade and investment by 2020. The Barmer field can add 240. is looking to acquire Advent Energy of the Australia. and making it easier for business executives to move across borders. innovative and secure growth. human resource and entrepreneurship development. "This will make it cheaper. which owns a 30 per cent stake in the Cairn oilfield. New growth strategy * APEC is undertaking a collective growth strategy for the first time. cost and uncertainty by addressing identified "chokepoints". ONGC has informed that the government of Rajasthan has indicated to take up 26 per cent equity stake in the proposed refinery. Another building block will be the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership that is being negotiated among nine countries. and dealing with permits. The proposal for a wellhead refinery in Rajasthan was originally floated by ONGC.5 billion barrels of oil reserves in the Thar desert. faster. * APEC aims to implement the strategy by 2015. and trade facilitation. enforcing contracts.000 barrels per day (12 million tonnes per year) to the country's total oil production once plateau output is achieved. green growth knowledge-based economy. South America and Africa in the near future. along with GAIL and ONGC. and easier to do business in the Asia-Pacific region. . * Continue an APEC programme of structural reform to their economies. Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master.

The previous two super cycles were 18701913 (led by the US) and 1946-1973 (led by Japan). StanChart expects the country to grow at an annual rate of 9. confirming to theories of its growth being a bubble.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. citing the findings of the 'Super-Cycle Report'.COM The state government is also in consultations with Indian Oil Corp (IOC) and Bharat Petroleum Corp (BPCL) for the sale of petro-products from the refinery.3 per cent for the next two decades and the per capita income of Indians will shoot up to $7. a global study by British banking giant Standard Chartered said. ONGC is not keen on the project unless the state government defers local sales tax or extends an interest-free loan of Rs 1.. The 4. Capital Inflows 16Nov Amid a debate on curbing foreign capital due to surge in their inflows into India. are a collapse of China. For India. Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) proposes to set up coal fired power plants of 2.000 crore. China would be at a comfortable number one position. the biggest positive would be the conducive demographics and the country will continue to grow on the domestic demand front rather than being an export hub like some of its Asian peers. All Rights Reserved.000 MW capacity each in Orissa and Uttar Pradesh. . while China's will be 24 per cent. World's Fastest Economy 16Nov India is set to become the fastest growing major economy in the world by 2012 and the third largest by GDP-size in the next two decades. The biggest risks for the expectations to not come true. All three projects are yet to be approved by respective state governments. as it Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master.300 crore per year for 16 years. exempts crude oil from entry tax/cess/octroi and waives central sales tax for 16 years. and India and China will be the biggest beneficiaries from the current cycle. Samiran Chakraborty said. India would have overtaken Japan and will be trailing the US by a slim margin by 2030.000 acre of land and the wind power project would need an area of 100 acres." StanChart's Head of India Research. The country's contribution to global GDP will go up to 10 per cent of the total pie of approximately $600 trillion. Details of land and households will be known only after the state governments approvals have been obtained for setting up of the power plants. behind China and the USA.And is also setting up a 50 MW wind power plant at Trinelveli district (Tamil Nadu) at the cost of Rs 313 crore..000. Industry observers say that the coal-fired power plants could cost the mini-ratna company as much as Rs 20.000 by 2030 from the current $1. the US going into a 10-year moratorium like Japan and protectionism gaining currency. the 33-nation OECD said the country has the potential to absorb the overseas funds. gives free land and water.000 MW coal-based power plants in the states of Orissa and Uttar Pradesh while a wind mill in Tamil Nadu.000 MW power plants require as much as 2. The world is currently growing through the third super cycle a period of sustained high economic growth driven by a particular country which will go till 2030. Power Plants 16Nov State-owned Neyveli Lignite Corp has proposed to set up 4.

. may lead to further surge in capital inflows into India. Pointing out that the current account deficit (CAD) was likely to be 3 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) this fiscal. UK. He said India and other emerging economies are driving the global growth story. (India) can also accommodate comfortably upto $20 billion as additional reserves. Japan. The additional expenditure required by Ministry of Consumer Affairs. All Rights Reserved. Boucher said the steps taken by advanced countries...'' OECD Deputy Secretary General Richard Boucher told on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum.000 crore on imported decontrolled fertilisers and Rs 4. "This will mean something like $45-50 billion. The recovery process in other parts of the world are slowing and easing money supply is essential to return to high growth. Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council Chairman C Rangarajan had said time for curbing capital inflows has not yet come. since the country has the capacity to absorb $70 billion during the year without any problem. comprising rich nations like US.000 crore for indigenous decontrolled fertilisers. Rangarajan had said.52 crore during the current fiscal.812.000 crore. like the United States. Also. the huge demand in India's infrastructure and other social projects would keep the money supply balanced. The proposal involves net cash outgo of Rs 19. Proposals involving net cash outgo will not result in any significant variation in deficient projected in budget estimates 2010-11. to ease the monetary situation in the country could trigger capital flows to emerging economies.COM along with other emerging economies. If by easing the money supply US returns to high growth that would benefit India also. of which fertilisers subsidy alone would account for Rs 5. Earlier. The government has sought extra subsidy of Rs 1.000 crore. Globally emeging economies are driving the growth moemntum." Gross Additional Expense 17Nov The government had sought approval from Parliament for gross additional expenditure of Rs 44. While foreign investors have put in $28 billion in stocks. Other big expenditure heads include Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. Asia is leading the pack.945. A huge foreign fund has come into Indian equities and debt market so far this year. account for more than 60 per cent of the global output. capital inflows into the country up to $70 billion should not pose any problem. Therefore. There is a huge potential in Indian market to absorb the money that is flowing in. Food and Public Distribution for payment of food subsidy was in excess of Rs 5. will continue to drive the global growth momentum. with India and China on high growth trajectory. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries. The momentum would continue.37 crore. in debt instruments the amount is $9 billion. Germany and France. US central bank's decision to buy $600billion worth of government securities.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. The supplementary demands for grants for 2010-11 were presented in Lok Sabha by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee amidst din over demand of a joint parliamentary committee probe by opposition in the spectrum allocation issue.

rapid scaling Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. We are delighted at the prospect of combining forces with Enam Securities.000 crore and Ministry of Rural Development Rs 3. Manish Chokhani would be the Managing Director and CEO of the newly proposed entity.067 crore. The proposed transaction would create one of India's leading financial services powerhouses combining the investment banking and equities franchise of Enam Securities with the dominant debt capital markets and commercial banking franchise of Axis Bank.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. Enam shareholders will receive shares of Axis Bank in the ratio of 5. With the Axis Bank's distribution platform of almost 1. This merger is in line with Axis Bank's strategy of continuously expanding its product and service offerings to its customers to deepen its relationships and value differentiators. efficient administration. the combined entity will have an unparalleled opportunity to build a dominant retail franchise as well. institutional and individual clients that will enhance the ability of the combined entity to better serve client needs in a seamless manner across product categories and geographies. The proposed scheme is subject to approvals from the respective shareholders and approval from the authorities such as the Reserve Bank of India. retail equities and related businesses such as distribution of financial products. All Rights Reserved. NBFC and the like to a wholly-owned subsidiary of Axis Bank pursuant to a scheme of arrangement. a pre-eminent name in the investment banking and advisory field. It is proposed that Enam Securities will demerge its investment banking.COM Ministry of Home Affairs Rs 2.7 shares of Axis Bank for every one share held in Enam. to create an Indian financial services powerhouse at a time when India has occupied the world's centrestage and is poised for years of rapid growth. The board of Axis Bank proposes to induct Vallabh Bhansali. SKDRDP has been recognised for its low operational costs. as an independent director.100 branches and the Enam's retail network. The strategic objective is to create a complete bouquet of financial products and services for corporate. Axis Bank will also demerge its investment banking business into the wholly-owned subsidiary.3 per cent equity stake of Axis Bank on enlarged capital. while Jagdish Master will continue to provide guidance as a board member of the wholly-owned subsidiary. At a time when the microfinance sector is debating governance issues.2. Co-founder and Chairman of Enam. Microfinance Award 18Nov The Dakshina Kannada-based nongovernmental organisation Shri Kshethra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project (SKDRDP) has been awarded the Microfinance India Award 2010 by the Hong Kong-based HSBC Bank and Access Development Services. Pursuant to the scheme. resulting into about 3. . institutional equities. Axis Bank 18Nov Axis Bank has announced the acquisition of the investment banking arm of Enam Securities for around Rs. subject to approval from Axis Bank's shareholders and the RBI. the Securities and Exchange Board of India and the high courts of Gujarat and Mumbai.000 crore.

resulting in a great deal of speculation and glib talk around the subject. which Kar says is the most comprehensive one yet on illicit financial flows from India. The government. A new study by an international watchdog on the illicit flight of money from the country. a lead economist with the US-based Global Financial Integrity. a former senior economist with the International Monetary Fund. debunking a popular notion that economic reforms that began nearly two decades ago had tempered the creation and stashing away of black money overseas.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. is at pains to say it is doing all it can to track down the illegal stash. the government signed an agreement with Switzerland its banks top a list of usual suspects that will enable exchange of information on tax evaders. will be made public on Thursday. for its part. Black money the popular moniker given to the billions seeded by dirty deals and whisked away abroad from the taxman's prying eyes has received much attention in recent years. Nearly 50% of the total illegal outflows occurred since 1991. Despite the cacophony. Mr Kar. Finally. Outflows accelerated after reforms If capital outflows were a child of the independence era.556.848. The organisation had an outstanding portfolio of Rs 850 crore as on September 30.17 lakh. and nearly 12 times the size of the estimated loss to the government because of the 2G spectrum scam. Dharmadhikari of Shri Kshethra Dharmasthala. Black Money 18Nov In a season of swindles.COM up. New Delhi is also in talks with at least 20 tax havens.000. SKDRDP started microfinance operations in 1995. the problem came of age in the years after the reforms kicked in. perhaps the first ever attempt at shedding light on a subject steeped in secrecy.000 or over Rs 20 lakh crore) between 1948 and 2008. here is some more on the mother of them all. to extract similar information. concludes that India has been drained of $462 billion (Rs 20. particularly Mauritius. a non-profit research body that has long crusaded against illegal capital flight. At present. In late August. His report comes amid a renewed government push in recent months to pursue black money stashed abroad. .5% a year. SKDRDP operates in nine districts of Karnataka with client outreach of 12 lakh families and a self-help group base of 1. Around a third of the money exited the country between 2000 and 2008. The amount is nearly 40% of India's gross domestic product. some help is at hand. The study. whose study titled 'The Drivers and Dynamics of Illicit Financial Flows from India: 1948-2008' sifts through piles of data on the issue over a period of 61 years." says Kar. kickbacks and scams. an estimate of the scads of black money in secret bank vaults overseas has long been one big unknown. All Rights Reserved. The government is also attempting to gain a Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. says illicit financial flows out of India have grown at 11. Promoted by Dr D. Veerendra Heggade. social services and concern for poverty alleviation through microcredit. "It shows that reforms seem to have accelerated the transfer of black money abroad. The opposition never tires of screaming foul at the government. The study has been authored by Dev Kar.

received praise from Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. hailed India's efforts to crack down on tax evasion and sign information exchange agreements earlier this year." says Prakash Karat. after the formal launch of e-payment system for commercial taxes in Andhra Pradesh. OECD. This is a new concept and the idea is to project SBI as a bank for youth too. New tax havens will spring forth when pressure mounts on existing ones. say experts. particularly Thailand.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. with the BJP harping on the issue throughout its campaign. Mr Advani recently urged the government to publish a white paper on the issue. general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). pinpointing the journey's end of the bulk of India's black money is tenuous at best. Asian countries. While Mr Advani was unavailable for comment. the government's detractors on this issue say there is more talk than action to address this issue. If these indicators were counted. Branch for Youth 19Nov It's an exclusive ‘youth branch' to be set up by State Bank of India in Andhra Pradesh in a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country. which has hampered research. That is not to say there are only a few tax havens out there. It also admits to gaps in available statistics. The proposed branch. Its leader LK Advani has been the most vocal critic of the government on this issue. Deputy Managing Director. GFI acknowledges as much. too are emerging as new destinations for parking illicit funds. All Rights Reserved. adding that an overhaul in the global financial system is central to a lasting solution. . Black money turned into an election issue during the 2009 general elections. But M Govinda Rao. India's total illicit outflows would well be half a trillion dollars. Besides Switzerland and Mauritius.4 trillion that the BJP claims is the illegal stash.COM measure of the total unaccounted money circulating in the economy. director of the institute." he says.'' Shiv Kumar. to be set up in about Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. at least 91 such hotspots flourish across the globe. The GFI study gives a measure of the amount of money that the government is chasing. The finance ministry last week approached the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy to get a fix on such money. however. but it is only a fraction of the $1. Indeed. which has been at the forefront of the fight against tax evasion. "A study on this subject is a huge challenge because one is dealing with a very big problem that covers hordes of money from many sectors. Singapore. "Everybody knows about the gravity of the problem. saying its figure is conservative and hasn't taken into account smuggling and certain types of trade mischief. time and again questioning the government's resolve to chase illegal funds. Indian money is also said to end up in Seychelles and Macau. Due to the illicit nature of these deposits. but the government has not shown the political will to bring the money back to India. lamenting the lack of data on the consolidated fiscal balance with the government. The government has. These are but short-lived answers. says his think-tank is yet to decide on going ahead with the exercise because it is not an easy task. whose relentless offensive is largely credited with lifting the veil of secrecy over umpteen tax havens. SBI. Hong Kong and Macau.

SBI now believes that a segmented approach to cater to different types of customers is the way to go. Thiruvananthapuram Circle. flood protection and building of rural roads in the state among others. Canara Bank 19Nov Canara Bank plans to set up 105 branches and 105 ATMs on November 19. Canara Bank. A Financial Literacy cum Credit Counselling Centre will be opened at Thrissur Collectorate campus with a view to giving impetus to the financial literacy campaign and counselling of the needy poor. While customers can pay commercial tax round-the-clock from home or office. its 105th Founder's Day. The ‘crorepati' branch (with a minimum balance of Rs 1 crore to open an account) called Kohinoor Banjara launched in Hyderabad recently is doing very well. The amount sanctioned would be utilised towards minor irrigation. it reduces work for us at the bank. With a view to helping its retail and corporate customers to pay commercial taxes. Of the 105 new branches. All Rights Reserved. Kolencherry and at Thiruvananthapuram (a specialised branch for micro-finance).076 minor structures (river lift irrigation and shallow tube wells). may have criteria such as age for opening accounts.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. Smart cards will be issued to customers at Chelakkara and Kottayam. Nabard has sanctioned an amount of Rs 74 crore for 21 flood and soil erosion prevention projects in four districts of the State. The project would help create non-recurring employment of about 39. snapping a declining trend in FDI inflows for three successive months. Nearly 43 per cent of the state's geographical area is flood prone posing a constant threat to agricultural land and human habitats. The current FDI inflow is an increase of about 40 per cent over that in the same month last year. FDI 19Nov India had received foreign direct investment in India worth of 2.700 per year. The amount sanctioned will aim to achieve flood protection and prevention of soil erosion in the four districts of Murshidabad.80 lakh mandays and recurring employment of about 15. “We were working on deciding an age bracket something below 35 years of age. The apex bank for agriculture has sanctioned funds to the tune of Rs 108 crore for minor irrigation for installation of 3. This provides a win-win situation for everybody. SBI has launched an e-payment platform. The functions at Chelakkara and Thrissur will be presided over by T. The State Government will have the advantage of taxes credited to its account on real-time basis. The nature of branding/naming of the branch is also being discussed. Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. Sreekanthan. General Manager. Nabard Sanctions 20Nov The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) has sanctioned a sum of Rs 206 crore under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) to West Bengal. . three are located in the Thiruvananthapuram Circle at Perumbavoor.COM three months. It had a Rs 90-crore business in just three months. Jalpaiguri.11 billion US dollar in September.

Nabard has also sanctioned an amount of Rs 14 crore for improving rural connectivity in Uttar Dinajpur district.700 per year. NTPC Ltd.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER.234 hectares. the third entrant in the nuclear sector. up from the 26 per cent stake offered at the outset. In the first phase. All Rights Reserved. Nabard has sanctioned Rs 616 crore to the state government so far during the current fiscal.600 crore. This is 8 million tons more than the production made in the corresponding period last year. With this. Coal Production 20Nov Coal production has increased to 253 million tons during the current financial year till 15th of this month. which are to come up by 2016. Funds have also been sanctioned for infrastructure support of six Industrial Training Institutes in four districts of the state for supporting the manpower need of booming unorganised manufacturing enterprises as well as to divert the surplus rural labor to other sectors. This is being done as an Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. IOC will invest about Rs 960 crore for a 26 per cent stake for setting up the two 700 MWe units. NPCIL had signed a memorandum of understanding with both IOC and Nalco in November 2009. . IOC has communicated to us that it will eventually acquire 49 per cent stake in the proposed venture (RAPS 7 and 8) entailing an outlay of Rs 12. A total road length of 32. NTPC and Nalco are being roped into the nuclear sector as part of the Centre's strategy to tide over the paucity of funds and ramp up execution capability for new atomic units by roping in cash-rich public sector undertakings. Nalco was keen to start with 49 per cent in the two KAPS units and that a 49:51 equity structure. With NTPC Ltd.80 km was expected to be created under these projects and would benefit 86 villages.COM Coochbehar and Paschim Medinipur and will aim to protect 14. Nonrecurring employment generation was expected to be 31 lakh mandays and recurring employment was estimated to be 9. NPCIL has already signed an agreement in April for incorporating a joint venture firm to set up nuclear projects in the country. could be decided for Nalco as well. IOC is slated to partner NPCIL in setting up the proposed seventh and eight RAPS (Rajasthan Atomic Power Station) units of 700 MWe each. is already set to pick up 49 per cent equity in its joint venture projects with NPCIL. Nuclear Power 22Nov Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Nalco can each have up to 49 per cent equity in atomic projects proposed to be set up in partnership with Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL). While the venture with NTPC could take up greenfield sites either in Madhya Pradesh or Haryana. IOC. on the lines of the NTPC venture. These projects will aim to protect existing banks of river with proper side slopes to protect the occurrence of floods. The final joint venture agreements are expected to be signed by NPCIL with the two public sector firms shortly. the possibility of roping in the thermal power major for the imported Light Water Reactor-based Jaitapur project in Maharashtra could also be possibly considered. Nalco is being roped in as a partner for NPCIL's third and fourth KAPS (Kakrapar Atomic Power Station) units of 700 MWe each that are slated to be commissioned in 2015.

78 per euro. the Philippines.1 per cent and 6. followed by Tonga (28 per cent) and Lesotho (25 per cent). by resorting to borrowings without prior approval of the central bank.45 per dollar and Rs 61. 1949. according to the latest estimates put together by the World Bank. . Howrah.000 MWe target for 2020. Remittances to South Asia as a whole are estimated to have grown by 10.560 MWe. remittances have provided a lifeline to poor countries. Germany and Bangladesh. There are recipient countries where the share of remittances in GDP is more than 25 per cent with Tajikistan topping the list with 35 per cent. but are expected to grow at relatively slower rates of 5. as against Rs 45. respectively. The penalty was imposed after issuing a show-cause notice and examining its written reply. The top migrant country is the US. for violating the provisions of Section 35A of the Banking Regulation Act. up from $307 billion last year. says the ‘Migration and Remittances Factbook 2011' brought out by the World Bank. Reference Rates 22Nov The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had fixed the reference rate for the US dollar at Rs 45. the UAE (70 per cent) and Kuwait (69 per cent). Saudi Arabia. The top remittances sending countries in 2009 were the US. Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master.COM alternative to letting private sector players into nuclear plant operations.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER.000 MWe through its own financial resources. Other leading recipient countries include Mexico. as against Rs 45. RBI Penalties 22Nov Reserve Bank of India has imposed a penalty of Rs 1 lakh on Kasundia Cooperative Bank Ltd. It is pointed out that in the backdrop of the massive decline in private capital outflows touched off by the global financial crisis. “Of the 20. All Rights Reserved.26 per dollar and the euro at Rs 61. remittances are projected to reach $440 billion by the end of the year.45 per dollar and Rs 61. Germany. Worldwide. According to the Factbook. remittances flows to India grew robustly in the last quarter of 2009 and the first quarter of 2010. Saudi Arabia and Canada. the growth in remittance flows may slow down with many migrant-receiving countries being prompted to tighten immigration quotas in the context of high unemployment rates they are faced with. Russia and Germany. but appear to have levelled off in the second quarter of 2010. NPCIL now operates 19 reactors with a generation capacity of 4. Remittances to developing countries are expected to reach $325 billion in 2010.80 per euro. NPCIL which has a surplus of Rs 12.000 crore. including cash reserves can manage only about 10. Monaco (72 per cent).26 per dollar and the euro at Rs 61. France. followed by Russia.80 per euro. Recipient of Remittances 22Nov India has retained its position as the top remittances recipient country. However. Switzerland. India has recorded remittances of $55 billion so far in 2010. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) fixed the reference rate for the US dollar at Rs 45.3 per cent in 2010. The top immigration countries relative to population are Qatar (87 per cent). followed by China with $51 billion.78 per euro.3 per cent in 2011 and 2012.

The reference rate is based on the noon rates of select banks in Mumbai and the SDRRupee rate would be based on this rate.000 bighas has been earmarked at Sanspur terrace. The committee recommended Anand Sinha and HR Khan’s name to the government. However. In the interim. Industrial Areas 22NoV Himachal Pradesh will soon set up ten new industrial areas equipped with state-of-theart infrastructure at a cost of Rs 3.000 bighas of land at six new locations in Nalagarh area to industrial houses. RBI’s Top Deck 22Nov The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has started the process to re-shuffle the portfolios of deputy governors following vacancy arising out of the retirement of Usha Thorat. It is also not clear if RBI will reallocate portfolios among the three deputy governors if the government delays the appointment or wait till the appointment is made. Kandrori and Indora in Kangra district for the expansion of industrial estates. the senior-most ED. This was stated by state industries minister Kishan Kapoor on the occasion of ‘Himachal Utsav’ at the India International Trade Fair-2010 in New Delhi. Milwan. and KC Chakrabarty took charge as V Leeladhar’s replacement both happened almost during the same time portfolios were re-allocated among the three deputy governors.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. respectively. except three departments. a search committee was formed to select Thorat’s successor. Shyamala Gopinath is looking after 19 departments (including nine of Usha Thorat) while Subir Gokarn and KC Chakrabarty are handling seven and four departments. should have been considered for the job. . respectively. based on the reference rate of the US dollar and cross currency quotes at noon. All Rights Reserved. Six EDs were interviewed. RBI took half the portfolios of Chakrabarty and distributed among the other three. including the all-important monetary policy department.25 per 100 yen. In September. The skewed distribution is mainly because in early August. Thorat was in charge of banking operations and development. There is possibility of a delay as a section in the government feels that VK Sharma. The interviews were held earlier this month. Portfolios of some executive directors (EDs) will also be re-distributed after a new ED is selected. and expenditure and budgetary control. RBI was not sure when the government would appoint a new deputy governor. In 2009. banking supervision. The central bank has asked deputy governors to give their choice.COM The exchange rate of the pound and yen against the rupee were quoted at R s 72. An ED will be promoted as deputy governor to take the place vacated by Thorat. it is not clear when will the re-allocation be done.000 crore in different parts of the hill state. after deputy governor Rakesh Mohan quit RBI.6016 per pound and Rs 54. Another large chunk of land measuring over 12. Shyamala Gopinath is looking after Thorat’s departments. The process is underway to provide around 5. among others. Governor D Subbarao took charge of the three departments till Subir Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. Among the three deputy governors. currency management.

The step is in line with the government assigning ‘high priority’ status to creation of physical infrastructure for sustaining the overall growth momentum. Subir Gokarn. he heads the National Transport Development Policy Committee that will set a multi-modal strategy to meet the country’s transport needs for the next 20 years. the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority. The committee. All Rights Reserved. including fostering of appropriate institutional arrangements.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. public sector undertakings (PSUs) and the private sector in the 10 physical infrastructure sectors during the Twelfth Five Year Plan (2012-17). joined only in November. the state governments. Similarly. Currently. When V Leeladhar retired in December from the deputy governor’s post. In recent past too. half is expected to come from the private sector and a significant portion from PSUs through market borrowings. Of the total investment in the Twelfth Plan. Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (Irda) and Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC). Earlier this year. Its function will also include examining the role of international capital flows in infrastructure financing and development. assessing the nature of projects likely to receive such capital and consider the level of financing that can be obtained in a sustainable manner.5 lakh crore in the ongoing Eleventh Plan period. For the Twelfth Plan. Mohan earlier headed a committee that recommended in 1996 that the sector get a prioritised focus. The committee had suggested amendments in existing laws to enable tapping of longterm pension funds.000-crore infrastructure debt fund to meet the longterm needs of projects implemented by public-private partnerships. the Planning Commission had constituted a committee under Deepak Parekh to review the proposal to set up Rs 50. . will sketch the government’s role in developing the capital markets for channelling long-term savings for projects. The committee will also identify any regulatory or legal impediments constraining private investment in infrastructure and make specific recommendations to facilitate their removal. there have been instances of delays. Infra Finance Committee 22Nov Recognising the need for a policy to enable flow of resources for infrastructure. The 16-member committee will have representatives from banks. Chakrabarty came in place of Leeladhar in June 2009. the government took more than six months to fill the vacancy. serviced by the Planning Commission and the Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC). among others. The committee will assess the investment to be made by the Centre. Default Swaps 22Nov Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. He also chaired a committee on railway financing.COM Gokarn joined as Mohan’s replacement. the Centre has constituted a High-Level Committee on Financing of Infrastructure under former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) deputy governor Rakesh Mohan. Rakesh Mohan quit RBI in June 2009 and his replacement. the likely target for infrastructure investment will be Rs 41 lakh crore compared to Rs 20. Mohan will be given the status of a minister of state in an honourary capacity.

which has now seven banks. rising an average eight per cent from an year earlier. will act as the settlement agency between banks and deliver the back-end support for the system to be operational. according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The risk of a loan delinquency blow-out in India is very low.000 crore. ICICI Bank. provided he has the receiver's MMID and mobile phone number. Retail Payment 23Nov The mobile remittance service.COM The risk of default by the State Bank of India (SBI) is falling more than similar BRIC nation benchmarks as the company. The bank installs a special application on his mobile phone from where the remitting will be done. even as concerns that Ireland’s banking industry needs a further bailout pushes up global yields. A bank account holder will have to get his Mobile Money ID (MMID) from the bank which will be his ID for mobile-commerce transactions. . from Rs 6. whose banks have no similar swaps. In case of Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. All Rights Reserved. as of March 31. sells debt in Europe for the first time in five years. The Reserve Bank of India had said in a report on November 8 the non-performing assets of the nation’s banks. a proxy for the government in the global bond market. the largest in China. according to UBS AG. Improved corporate earnings in the September quarter. Stronger-than-forecast earnings in India are bolstering investor appetite for ¤SBI’s 500 million ($680 million) bond sale. from Rs 6. That outpaced the 27 bps decline for the Bank of China.000 crore ($440 million). including State Bank of India on board.1 per cent of the total. after deducting bad-loan provisions. This is the first-of-a-kind system in the country and the real power will be when it starts delivering in the rural areas. Credit-default swaps on SBI. the bank account holder can remit money to anyone. data compiled by Bloomberg show. Launching the Interbank Mobile Payment Service (IMPS). said last month the secondquarter profit climbed 19 per cent. Net income of 17 of the 30 companies on the Sensex exceeded analyst estimates in the quarter ended September 30. which has done wonders in other emerging market economies such as Kenya and the Philippines. India’s secondbiggest lender. the total profit for the Sensex companies rebounded last quarter. Bond risk for sovereign debt in Brazil. which met analysts’ expectations.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. Once the process is complete. after declining 1. the nation’s largest lender. Russia’s largest. SBI has reduced debt due this year to about Rs 2. was launched for the first time in India that allowed seamless and real-time fund transfer from one person's bank account to another. data compiled by Bloomberg show.8 per cent from an year earlier. In the three months to June 30. fell 23 bps. dropped 32 basis points (bps) over the past six months. National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). It increased borrowings maturing in 2015 to Rs 11.000 crore. instill confidence in investors to buy Indian debt. as loans rose for the first time in two years.000 crore on March 31. Reserve Bank of India Deputy Governor Shyamala Gopinath said it had the potential to change the retail payment landscape that boasted 600 million mobile subscribers and 300 million bank accounts. and compares with a 14 bps increase for Sberbank. which has been promoted by ten banks. were 1.

Six of these MFIs have ratings that are in the `BB' category or below.” said Jairam Ramesh. asset quality. Equitas Microfinance.000 a day. The provisions of building the airport can start today. merchants and mobile phone companies should work together for greater integration which will help address the twin challenge of reducing the use of cash and encouraging the use of mobile wallets. Crisil’s Debt Papers 23Nov Rating agency Crisil has placed its outstanding ratings on the debt instruments of 12 microfinance institutions (MFIs) on `Rating Watch with Negative Implications'. She said stakeholders in the scheme banks. Formally.000 direct jobs and equal number of indirect jobs. following the Andhra Pradesh Government's Ordinance. the implementation of the Andhra Pradesh Ordinance has triggered a chain of events that can permanently damage the business models of MFIs. The RBI is encouraging the bank-led model for m-commerce which allows for the offering of the complete gamut of banking services such as deposits. The Andhra Pradesh Government Ordinance has been highly unfavourable for the Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. Spandana Sphoorty Finance and Ujjivan Financial Services. Navi Mumbai Airport 23Nov Decks have been cleared for the take-off of Navi Mumbai International Airport after the Environment Ministry gave its clearance for the project that will ultimately be able to handle 60 million passengers annually by 2030. The bidding process for the airport will be completed and contracts awarded in the next 12 months. its first year of operations. and capitalraising ability. the user is charged a fee of Rs.COM a lower-end phone where the application cannot be installed money can be transferred through SMS. replanting of mangroves and rehabilitation of around 3. Environment Minister. withdrawals and remittances rather than the less secure nonbank-led model. profitability. stating that his Ministry's concerns have been met 100 per cent. In case the SMS-based remittance is being done. All Rights Reserved. by when it is expected to create some 25.2 an SMS which NPCI is trying to get waived-off by talking to mobile phone operators. The airport is expected to handle 10 million passengers by 2015. The conditional clearance was granted after the Civil Aviation Ministry and the City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) arrived at a compromise with the Environment Ministry on issues such as diversion of one of the two rivers. Among the MFIs whose ratings have been put under watch are Bhartiya Samruddhi Finance Ltd. By 2030. According to a report issued by Crisil. the airport would eventually create about one lakh direct jobs. the environmental clearance for this project has been accorded. . SKS Microfinance. To start with.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER.50. by impairing their growth. Gopinath said the launch of such a service would help in financial inclusion because of the success of mobile telephony in the country. when the fourth phase is complete. RBI regulations cap the maximum amount to be remitted at Rs. the entire service comes free for the account holder with banks bearing the cost of 25 paise a transaction.000 families to be affected by the proposed airport.

As loans from banks and financial institutions have dropped materially. in Kottur. The rating actions follow Crisil's credit alert. Veerappan said that the bank had initiated activities for social and economic upliftment of the people of the village. have been affected. Sri Lanka. M Bhasin. A formal function to announce the adoption of Kottur village was held last week. he indicated that PNB would be opening a branch in Devakottai soon.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. and KotturNainarvayal near Karaikudi. the liquidity position and growth prospects of many MFIs. . from nearly 99 per cent prior to the Ordinance. Fisheries and Dairy. Consequently. as part of its CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) activity. Develop Banking 23Nov Punjab National Bank is in the process of adopting 116 villages across the country. For instance. T. selected two villages for adoption in Tamil Nadu Anangur near Villupuram. prevailing prices of various commodities and so on. Chairman and Managing Director of Indian Bank. We select villages with a population of 2000 and less and strive to bring the people into banking fold. especially those operating in Andhra Pradesh. Indian Bank's Colombo branch expects to double its balance sheet of Sri Lankan Rs 5 Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. Another risk is that other States may initiate State-level legislation similar to the Andhra Pradesh Ordinance. PNB's Deputy General Manager and Trichy Circle Head S. Fresh disbursements in the State have been negligible over the past few weeks. While stating that the bank would be extending financial assistance to the nearby villages in that belt through its Pillaiyarpatti and Karaikudi branches. apart from engaging ourselves in other CSR activities. This could lead to a sharp increase in delinquencies for MFIs that have significant exposure in the State. issued on October 25. Branch in Sri Lanka 23Nov Indian Bank has got approval from the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to open a branch at Jaffna in Sri Lanka Indian Bank expects to add two branches in Batticola and Triconamalee. the flow of funding to the sector from the banking system has been severely constrained. Sivaganga district. and a subsequent assessment of the collections and funding position of the rated MFIs. we initiated the work of cleaning the village tank under the rain water harvesting scheme. including those operating outside Andhra Pradesh. said that the new branch would adopt a different model to its Jaffna operations by forming and lending to Self Help Groups in sectors such as Agriculture. The bank has.M. in the first phase. Collections in Andhra Pradesh have plummeted below 20 per cent. provided a system with Internet connection to a school to enable the villagers get up to date information on cropping pattern. but can also have a cascading effect on their growth and asset quality in the near term. it not only limits MFIs' fresh disbursements. weather. All Rights Reserved.COM industry resulting in a drop in the collection efficiency and profitability of MFIs. during his recent visit to Srilanka. Further. in a year's time apart from opening a branch in Jaffna shortly.

The bank intends to replicate a similar model in Jaffna. which has crossed the Rs 50. has said there is a "potential liquidity" available in the system. Reserve Bank Governor Duvvuri Subbarao has opined that there is no easy replacement for the American dollar as the global reserve currency. Indian Bank has played a pivotal role in the formation of more than 4. It would launch 100 such branches across India by the end of this financial year. had recently indicated the central bank is concerned over the excess deficit in liquidity.5 billion. The Bank will also play a major role in the rebuilding and rehabilitation process in Jaffna and financing the houses that are planned to be built for the displaced persons. India's third largest private bank. The Bank would deploy deposits garnered from Jaffna . It is not easy to replace the US dollar as the global reserve currency because of the sheer size of the American economy and its dominant share in global trade". When pointed out that banks are drawing over Rs one trillion everyday for around a month from the Reserve Bank as compared to the usual Rs 700 billion and are not using the SLR facility. The branch had a capital of Sri Lankan Rs 3. Shyamala Gopinath. had launched its rural banking strategy in Gujarat with the inauguration of a branch at Rajula in Amreli district. said the bank would open five more branches under the strategy in Gujarat in the next seven days. All Rights Reserved." Gopinath further said that the RBI has been monitoring the liquidity situation. Admitting that the emerging economies in particular and all those economies which have the American greenback as their reserve currency. Subir Gokarn. The central bank's recent liquidity infusion moves like the second LAF (Liquidity Adjustment Facility) and the second one percent below SLR (Statutory Liquidity Ratio) have given confidence to market participants. Shriniwas Dandekar. she said. in Jaffna itself to improve the economic development and to upgrade the lives of the people there. are suffering from currency volatilities.000 crore comfort zone which it has set for itself. who opened the branch. Recession and Uneven Recovery' by former RBI Governor Yaga Venugopal Reddy. Axis Bank had already launched similar branches in Punjab and Tamil Nadu.5 lakh SHGs and financing them through its 29 exclusive microstate branches in India. RBI Deputy Governor. Senior Vice-President of the bank. Axis Bank 23Nov Axis Bank. . such a singular dependence on a single currency is creating many a vulnerability to these economies in Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master.COM billion in two years. Reserve Bank of India Deputy Governor.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. which was higher than the mandatory requirement fixed by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to open a branch at Sri Lankan Rs 3 billion. the Governor said at the launch of a book entitled 'Global Crisis. it means that there is potential liquidity available in the system for the banks to draw if they require it. "if they have not drawn from the one per cent SLR as you say. Potential Liquidity 23Nov In the wake of recent concerns over a liquidity crunch in the system.

the promoters hold close to 20 per cent stake in CIC. serial entrepreneur Warren Newfield. thermal coal. almost two years after concluding a MoU with the Hyderabad-based developer Navayuga on 12th December.42/share (US$7. share and transfer) basis." Navayuga's managing director Chinta Sridhar said after signing the agreement. Dhamra and Kirtania. While Gopalpur port has already been operational. dredging would be done up to 15. Within the next three to four years. Though the initial capacity of the port will be 25 MTPA. it is expected that around 24 million tonnes can be extracted yearly.6 billion tonnes of high-thermal coal. The state government signed the concession agreement. Port 23Nov Orissa government has signed a concession agreement with Navayuga Engineering Company to set up a port with a capacity of 25 MTPA. would have service corridor of 90-km long rail and road. Dhamra Port would be ready in next few months. operate.895 crore).2/share on the Toronto exchange at the time of going to press. sources said. at an investment of Rs 6. mostly above 6. The detailed project report (DPR) will be ready within a year. The port would carter to ultimate vessel size of 1. signing a definitive agreement with the management of CIC Energy to buy them out and take control of the Toronto-listed company.200-Mw. Currently. . coke and break bulk cargo. Astaranga Port project. There is also a proposed 1. own.75 lakh DWT (dead weight tonnage). coal-fired power unit and a coal-tohydrocarbons project. commerce and transport department secretary G B Dhal said. The field there is estimated to have 2. which would generate a large number of direct and indirect employment.5 meters which could reach further to 20 meters. JSW’s offer comes at a 43 per cent premium to the market price of CIC.000 Kcal/kg of calorific value. CIC Energy has an ‘A-grade’ mining-cumpower complex called the Mmamabula Energy Complex in Botswana. The rest is with public shareholders. The agreement between JSW Energy and CIC’s management led by its chairman and CEO. says JSW will pay C$7. CIC’s promoters are expected to approach Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. which was trading at C$5. The port would be operational within four years of land acquisition. Deal for African Coal 24Nov Sajjan Jindal’s JSW Energy moved a step closer to securing its coal requirements. In the initial phase.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER.28) to buy a minimum 66 per cent and up to the entire stake in the company. 2008. it would reach 70 MTPA to export cargo like iron ore. The port will be developed at Astarang in Puri district.500 crore in Puri district. The state government has already signed concession agreements with three other companies to develop port facilities at Gopalpur. coking coal. Africa. Astaranga Port would be full-fledged all weather multi-user port on BOOST (build. The total acquisition cost will come to around $418 million (Rs1. Motilal Oswal was CIC’s advisor for the deal. All Rights Reserved. The promoters and institutions together have close to 85 per cent.COM particular and the global economy and its still fragile recovery in general.

This project will generate 500 direct jobs besides creating indirect employment opportunities for 200 others. 2010. RBI as the monetary authority has increased monitoring. They are looking for feedback on why liquidity continues to be tight. JSW Energy has 995 Mw of operational generating capacity and is adding another 2. This plant will offer direct jobs to 309 people. This includes examining if some banks are routing overnight money for lending in the busy season. Deposits shrunk about Rs 65.490 crore.125 crore with RBI’s reverse repo facility in two sessions. Net borrowing by banks rose to a record Rs 1. All Rights Reserved. Britannia Industries Ltd has got the nod to set up a biscuit manufacturing unit at Khurda on 12 acres of land at a cost ofRs 51 crore. gross borrowings at the repo window were Rs 1. Everest Industries Ltd has got the approval for setting up a unit for manufacturing asbestos cement corrugated sheets and cement flat sheets at Somanthpur Industrial Estate in Balasore district at an investment of Rs 69 crore.COM the company’s board with JSW’s offer within a few weeks and the deal is likely to get completed by end-February.145 Mw. 658 Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master.4 mtpa at a cost of Rs 320 crore.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. Some banks parked Rs 2.390 Mw. By 2015. Credit rose by 54. The treasury head of a public sector bank said. Orissa government told.615 crore. Chariot Steel & Power Ltd which operates a cement plant at the Kalinga Industrial Estate in Sundergarh district has proposed to scale up its capacity from 0. Similarly. principal secretary (industries).48. which relies predominantly on imported coal. What they insist is that overnight borrowed funds should not be used to fund long-term credit needs. The Central bank is keen to see that such funds are not diverted for lending purposes. 24Nov Reserve Bank of India has stepped up checks on the use of funds borrowed from its liquidity window. The coal linkage will help JSW mitigate its raw material risks for its power portfolio. presently in various stages of implementation. JSW Energy plans to have a combined installed capacity of 11. Fund for Credit .” The concern has arisen due to sluggish growth in deposits while the credit off-take has been in line with the RBI projection of 20 per cent for 2010-11. “RBI is in talks with us.000 crore in the fortnight ended November 05. The Single Window Clearance Authority has cleared five projects while five other proposals have been referred to the High Level Clearance Authority”. According to RBI data.2 million tonne per annum (mtpa) to 1.50. Five Projects 24Nov The State Level Single Window Clearance Authority (SLSWCA) had cleared five projects worth Rs 1340 crore. T Ramachandru. Dealers said bank borrowing has been rising despite measures by RBI to ease liquidity. .

All Rights Reserved. And. Call rates closed at 6. indicating stability in the money market and the absence of panic. India’s savings rate has increased substantially in recent years.000 crore in bank deposits. RBI had recently said resources should not constrain the growing demand of industry and hamper economic growth. according to Clearing Corporation of India data.COM crore in the same fortnight. Less than half of household savings is invested in financial assets. the growth in deposits was 15.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. About half of international financial advisors are located in the top five cities. above RBI’s repo rate of 6. to be then given to the government and financial sector regulators.227 crore.10. while credit off take is one with the central bank’s projection of 20 per cent. They hovered between 6. according to Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. RBI Deputy Governor Shyamala Gopinath had said the central bank was monitoring the situation and there was so much potential liquidity in the system. respectively. Till November 5. as compared with five per cent in Brazil and 15 per cent in China. The figures for Britain and the US were two and one per cent. Indian households save more than other emerging markets. Bankers have agreed to form a steering committee to take the finding of the report forward. beyond the top 10 cities. it has given a road map of how the physical assets could be turned into financial ones. Then.80 per cent. there is very low participation in direct equities. About 35 per cent of the savings are in real estate. there will be an addition of Rs 60. Usage of plastic money is also limited beyond 10 cities.25 per cent and 7 per cent. The consulting firm has prepared a report. shared with the finance ministry and bankers. The rise in liquidity strains didn’t have much impact on overnight call rates. financial assets constitute 41 per cent of household savings in 2008. Even banks can convert at least five per cent of the physical assets into financial assets. The steering committee will work with McKinsey to firm up recommendations.25 per cent. FACTS AND FIGURES Household savings in Household savings in physical assets (59%) financial assets (41%) Provident and i) Real estate 35 i) 6 pension fund ii ii) Gold 5 Insurance 12 ) iii) Currency 7 Shares and 7 iii debentures ) (including MF) iv) Others 12 iv Deposit 18 (including ) equipment and machinery) v) Govt claims -2 Note: Govt claims include investment in government securities and investment in small savings Source: McKinsey. China or Brazil. Household savings were 25 per cent of India’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2008. The McKinsey suggestions come when deposit growth has been far below the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI’s) projection of 18 per cent for 2010-11. as well as mutual funds. . According to data compiled by consulting firm McKinsey. with an outstanding deposit base of Rs 48.2 per cent. Year 2007-08 More. and the figure has remained the same over the past four years. McKinsey Report 24Nov Firm offers time-bound road map for getting more of public savings into financial assets.

Indian Bank will open its third overseas branch in Jaffna. such as new products like gold accumulated funds and real estate index derivatives. McKinsey has drawn a short to mediumterm road map and suggested actions needed to convert 10 per cent of physical assets to financial assets over the next three to five years. which would take up our network strength to about 85.COM RBI data. The Bank is eyeing a total business of Rs 2.900 crore.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. One-time amnesty schemes to bring in the stock of physical assets and providing guaranteed returns to a broader range of financial products are other suggestions. Sri Lanka after Singapore and Colombo. grew by 22.70. including advances and deposits of Rs 74. Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said the government would take “appropriate measures in consultation with RBI.250. Microfinance Sector 24Nov The government plans to introduce the Microfinance (Development & Regulation) Bill. which has almost two-thirds of its branch network based in southern India. the Bank is targeting to add one million new accounts to reach 25 million customer base by March 2011. primarily Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. RBI had formed a sub-committee in October to look into the functioning of microfinance institutions (MFIs). after a Reserve Bank of India (RBI)-appointed panel submits its recommendations on the sector within three months. 2010. The Chennai-based Bank has licences to open 175 new branches to add to its current tally of over 1. Total business of the Bank is about Rs 1. According to industry sources. Rules for New Bourses 24Nov In a move that could make it difficult for corporate entities to set up stock exchanges.000 crore respectively. MFIs which mostly lend to the unorganised sector came under the scanner for charging high interest rates and using strong-arm tactics for recovery of loans. the recommendations would make things difficult for FTIL group-founded new bourse MCX-SX. Bank credit. a Securities and Exchange Board of India committee had recommended that only banks and public financial institutions could be anchor investors in bourses and stopping them from listing or making huge profits. . Pan-India. on the other hand. All Rights Reserved. It suggests various actions by the government and regulators over the next 1218 months.” on MFIs. will now expand footprint in the northern parts of the country. We will open 19 more branches in the two states in the current financial year. It also points to the importance of increasing the reach and penetration of financial intermediaries. Indian Bank would increase its ATM strength to 1. such as business correspondents. which would materialise in 12 months.800. Indian Bank 24Nov Public sector Indian Bank. Indian Bank has a dedicated focus on self help groups (SHG) and has a credit disbursement portfolio of over Rs 1. which is allowed to trade Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master.000 crore and Rs 96.1 per cent in the 12 months ended November 5. The Bank is also on an expansion spree in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and a new circle office in western Uttar Pradesh. Mukherjee also said some companies had offered to cut their rates to 20 per cent from the current 30-40 per cent.000 crore.800 crore in the region.

any downward movement in its share prices may lead to a loss of credibity and this may be detrimental to the market as a whole. Therefore. In August last. for an estimated Rs. that entity would have to seek prior nod of SEBI. the Committee is not in favour of permitting listing of MIIs. the committee has suggested a minimum Rs. . Market infrastructure institutions (MIIs) being public institutions.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. The senior unsecured bond maturing on November 30. Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. the country's largest bank. The committee also suggested disallowing the stock exchanges to list themselves. a part of state-run Dubai Holdings.COM only in currency futures. which submitted its proposals after months of deliberations.601 per cent. The committee suggested that the stock exchanges should be allowed to make only ‘reasonable' profits. has raised €750 million through a fiveyear bond. SEBI has invited comments from the public by December 31. The bond offers a yield of 4. For anchor investors also. also said that disclosure and corporate governance norms for market institutions should be the same as that applicable for listed entities. All Rights Reserved. In case of companies wherein stock exchanges hold 24 per cent or more. Soros' Quantum hedge fund bought the stake from Dubai Financial. Deutsche Boerse AG and Singapore Exchange acquired 4. SBI 24Nov State Bank of India. will offer a fixed annual coupon of 4. The recommendation of the Bimal Jalan Committee. and its plea for trading in equity and other segments has already been rejected by SEBI on noncompliance with shareholding and other norms. 2015. the largest ever euro denominated bond issue by an Indian company. These anchor investors would need to be identified in the application itself by any entity seeking permission. Foreign investors now hold 30 per cent stake in BSE. if accepted. billionaire investor George Soros had picked up a 4 per cent stake in BSE for $35 million. The high profits of larger bourse NSE has been a subject matter of sharp criticism by the newer entrant MCX-SX. although it stopped short of recommending any clear-cut cap on profitability and left it for SEBI to monitor and act against any super-profits that are made.50 per cent.1.000 crore net worth. The Jalan committee.98 per cent each of BSE's stake at the time when the exchange was demutualised. The panel suggested a minimum net worth of Rs.380 per share. Foreign investors 24Nov Many foreign investors had picked up equity in the country's oldest stock exchange BSE in the hope that its shares would be listed on stock markets. lower than the permissible limit of 49 per cent. In FebruaryMarch 2007. But the disclosures and corporate governance requirements of the listing agreement would still be applicable on the bourses.100 crore for the stock exchanges and allowing only banks and public financial institutions as the anchor or main investors. although it recognised the benefits of listing in terms of providing investors an exit route. would derail the plans of the country's two premier bourses the BSE and the NSE to go public.

IRDA also said that from now. should not be more than 27. if any. The pricing of the issue is good and will offer attractive returns to the investors. IRDA said that the maximum expense. All Rights Reserved. It also said that the sum assured under these policies should be at least ten times the annual premium. The acquisition is likely to be wrapped up by February-March on approval of a revised corporate rehabilitation plan from creditors in January.3 billion in orders from 180 investors. European investors accounted for most of the demand for the issue and were allocated 93 per cent of the bonds. The issue is rated Baa2 by Moody's Investors Service and BBB by Standard & Poor's. Ssangyong has been under restructuring since February 2009 when global recession hit car sales. In Europe. including commission.100 crore). M&M said it will buy 70% in Ssangyong by issuing new shares worth $378 million while purchasing $85 million of Ssangyong's bonds. UK accounted for 21 per cent. The deal was stuck through the bank's London office.5% Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. all such products will be named variable insurance products (VIPs) and have a lock-in period of at least three years. The remaining 7 per cent was subscribed by Asian investors. Single premium or limited premium structures are also not be allowed for VIPs. The proceeds from the issue will be used for funding the bank's euro-denominated assets and for general corporate purposes. Banks and asset managers constituted the bulk of investors. BNP Paribas SA. Credit Agricole SA. . Ssangyong Deal 24Nov Homegrown utility vehicle major Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) moved closer to acquire Korean SUV maker Ssangyong and signed a definitive agreement to buy the company for $463 million (around Rs 2. as applicable. Barclays Capital PLC. As of now. The bank held a road show in Europe to meet investors between November 17 and 19. Standard Chartered and UBS AG were the lead managers to the issue.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. Deutsche Bank AG. The regulator prescribed that all VIPs should provide death benefits equal to the guaranteed sum assured plus the balance in the policy account while the maturity benefit should equal the balance in the policy account together with a terminal bonus. M&M is optimistic on the deal and has said the deal would drive in "immediate synergies" and help fulfil its ambition of becoming a global player in SUVs. a new kind of insurance which entered India recently and gives greater flexibility to customers. will not have any unit-linked component in them. The coming together of Mahindra and Ssangyong will result in a competitive global utility vehicle player. Specifiying on the cost structure.COM This is the single largest issuance by the bank. which had earlier raised $1 billion through a bond issue in July. IRDA Norms 24Nov Insurance regulator IRDA said that all universal life products. no group insurance is allowed by IRDA to operate under these policies. France accounted for 15 per cent and Netherlands and Switzerland accounted for 11 per cent each. The response to the issue was good and generated €1. investors from Germany were allocated 24 per cent of the bonds.

followed by Rajasthan. The talks on the joint projects were held by Rosatom CEO Sergei Kiriyenko in New Delhi with the Uranium Corporation of India Ltd.01. the 13 countries will need about USD 350 million in outside funding in the first five years of the 12-year plan. (UCIL) during the 16th session of IndoRussian Inter-Governmental Commission last week.79 crore households across the country have been provided employment under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) this year. He said Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master.04. Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. while for the second and the third year.792 families in Rajasthan.Petersburg. . constituted by the National Commission on Population. Tiger Habitat 24Nov Officials from the 13 countries where tigers live in the wild signed a declaration in St.559 households in Andhra Pradesh have benefited from the scheme. The number of tigers worldwide has plunged some 95 per cent over the past century.72 crore in 2020 and it will continue to be second most populous country in the world. The declaration aimed at saving the iconic big cats from extinction. Ghulam Nabi Azad said as per the revised projections by the United Nations. a total of 179. According to the sate-wise data presented by the Minister.5%. the population of India will be 136. this will be capped at 7. All Rights Reserved.189 families in the country have been provided employment under MGNREGS.50 families in Uttar Pradesh were given job opportunities this year. The Global Tiger Recovery Program estimates.055.89 in West Bengal and 19. India's Population 24Nov India's population is expected to touch the 132 crore mark by March 2020 as against the over 117 crore now. West Bengal. Jobs under NREGA 24Nov More than 1. The new accord stipulates that the nations will strive to double the tiger population by 2022. 25. The population projections are contained in a report of the Technical Group. In Elkon project in Russia's South Yakutia. Andhra Pradesh tops the list of states where most number of families were given employment this year. 22.COM of the premium. the expense is capped at 5%. We have offered the Indians participation in the uranium mining projects in the Russian Federation and thirds countries. Uranium Mining 24Nov Russia has offered joint ventures in exploration and exploitation of uranium mining within its territory and third countries. From the fourth year onward. Russia. The Health and Family Welfare Minister. As of 30th June.959. The national population policy adopted by India provides for a holistic approach for achieving population stabilization. The regulator also said that the minimum policy and premium payment term shall be five years. as part of moves to ease shortage of fuel for India's nuclear power plants.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. The controlling stake in the joint projects must remain with Rosatom and the partners could get up to 49 per cent share in the projects inside Russia. the Indian stake would be less than 49 per cent as there were already some foreign stakeholders. crack down on poaching and illicit trade in tiger pelts and body parts. While a total of 48.43.

All Rights Reserved.000-22. REC and NTPC.000 crore. with Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal launching the service in Haryana. The initial authorised share capital of the company will be Rs. The rest of India would get to use MNP from January 20. implementation had to be deferred several times owing to reasons ranging from lack of preparedness of operators to delay in appointment of an agency to oversee MNP execution. SCO Summit 25Nov The Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde is going to Dushanbe.000 crore for the current fiscal. so we will surely achieve what we are supposed to in terms of raising Rs 40. In 2009-10. MNP from Haryana 25Nov India ushered in Mobile Number Portability that will allow cellphone users to switch operators without changing numbers. The government had already mopped up around Rs 21. Engineers India. the government had raised Rs 25. Divestment Target 25Nov Buoyed by the strong response to its PSUs shares sales. .238 crore through initial sale of shares in Manganese Ore India Ltd. The govt fixed a price band of Rs 340-375 a share for raising up to Rs 1. while ADB and Kyuden International will contribute 25 per cent each towards the equity share capital of the company.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. while Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra governments will shed 5 percent each through the public offer that will open on 26th November and close on 1st December. All these public issues were oversubscribed.000 crore.1 crore. issues of ONGC and SAIL lined up. SCO Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master.50 crore and the paidup share capital will be Rs. Under the joint venture agreement. So far in 2010-11.000 crore through stake sale in Oil India. NTPC will be the leader of the joint venture with a 50 per cent stake. Then we have next. the government exuded confidence that it would meet the disinvestment target of Rs 40. which open this month. the Tajik capital. The consumer friendly service was mooted over two years ago and was planned to be implemented by end of 2009.6. which will become the fifth state-run company to face government disinvestment this fiscal.COM the policy affirms the commitment of the government towards voluntary and informed choice and consent of citizens while availing of reproductive health care services and continuation of the target free approach in administering family planning services. NMDC. for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. However. the government has already diluted its stake in Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam.000 crore in the current fiscal and the public issues of MOIL (formerly known as Manganese Ore India Limited) and Shipping Corporation of India. The Centre will dilute 10 percent stake in the country's largest manganese manufacturer MOIL. Coal India Ltd and Power Grid Cooperation of India Ltd. NTPC with ADB 25Nov NTPC had inked a pact with Asian Development Bank and Japan's Kyuden International Corporation to jointly develop 500 MW of renewable energy projects across India over the next three years. would take the disinvestment amount to over Rs 23. next year. NTPC and its partners will set up a new company to develop wind power and small hydroelectric power projects.

Its gross realisation on crude oil sold (pre-subsidy discount) was $79. For the full fiscal. The company has provided a total assistance of Rs 96. research firm The Nielsen Company said.367 crore in revenue on selling fuel below cost.535 crore during the period between 2003-04 and 2009-10. Ministry of Finance has confirmed a budgetary support of Rs 13. through price discounts to oil marketing companies.456 crore was made up by upstream firms ONGC. diesel. despite its high popularity among people.246 crore since 200304 to subsidise auto and cooking fuels. 2010. India attaches considerable importance to its association with the SCO.COM summit. While 19 per cent of the respondents said they would definitely adopt 3G. The budgetary support was less than the Rs 15. Oil India and GAIL India through price discounts on crude oil and products. Despite high degree of awareness about 3G mobile services and its capability to deliver high speed internet.85 per litre on diesel. and April-September 2010 respectively. This will provide New Delhi a great opportunity to boost its strategic and economic ties with the six-nation SCO. oil marketing companies lost Rs 31. ONGC has been subsidising petrol. Rs 16. . According to the study.000 crore. domestic LPG and kerosene by giving discounts on crude oil (raw material for producing fuel) it sells to state retailers. it may take as long as 810 years before a majority of mobile users are on a 3G plan. consumers seem tentative about their disposition to embrace the technology. IOC.94 per 14. Besides. Rs 10.683. Petrol price has been freed from government control since June 26 but other three products continue to be subsidised. nearly 70 per cent of the urban mobile respondents said they are aware of 3G services.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER.21 per barrel. Subsidise on Fuel 25Nov Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has paid a phenomenal Rs 105. 43 per cent Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. The retailers now lose Rs 3. Of this. While service providers have succeeded in popularising the concept of 3G and articulating its promises clearly.30 crore that the oil ministry had sought to cover for the public sector oil companies' revenue losses in the first half of the current fiscal. Within the existing participatory mechanisms open to the observer countries. which has emerged as an active and dynamic regional grouping. ONGC sold crude at $62. said a study by the company. Mobile Users 25Nov Only one out of five urban mobile subscribers in India is expected to opt for 3G services initially.75 a barrel after giving subsidy discounts.634 crore in revenues on fuel sales. All Rights Reserved. During July-September quater. State retailers Indian Oil Corp.50 per litre on kerosene and Rs 209.2-kg domestic LPG cylinder. India has demonstrated its strong commitment to the SCO by engaging actively in several areas related to development and security.711 crore and Rs 8. Since 2003-04. Bharat Petroleum Corp and Hindustan Petroleum Corp sold fuel below imported cost on government dictat aimed at controlling inflation. During April-September. BPCL and HPCL are projected to lose Rs 61.

Dr Yaga Venugopal Reddy.75 per cent per annum for commercial banks. is routed through cooperative sector.79 billion in the same period last fiscal. RRBs and commercial banks. All Rights Reserved. exports of textiles and clothing products. Exceeding 3 per cent is likely now. respectively in the current fiscal. micro finance and fisheries etc. Another 5 per cent said they will not adopt the new technology. The government has set an overall target of $24. Former Chief Economic Advisor to the Finance Ministry. Dr Reddy's concern on CAD assumes added significance in the wake of a recent report from Goldman Sachs that predicted CAD of 4 per cent for India in 2010-11 and even higher 4. RBI had hiked key short-term lending and borrowing rates by 25 basis points each as part of steps to rein in inflation. including handicrafts. With the revision in interest rate. state cooperative banks. . given to farmers in Punjab.000 crore for the country.41 billion in the last fiscal. had also in September forecast a record CAD of 4 per cent of GDP or higher for 2010-11. NABARD is aiming to disburse money to the tune of Rs 1.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. He was in the Capital for the launch of his book ‘Global Crisis Recession and Uneven Recovery'. 2010.4 billion. farm mechanisation. Stating that India has only “less cushion” to Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. Current Account Deficit 26Nov Former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor.COM said they may or may not adopt the service. disbursed to farmers through cooperative structure and RRBs is given for dairy development. compared to $22.000 crore. horticulture. the new interest rate on refinance for cooperative sector is pegged at 8. Dr Shankar Acharya. RRBs and commercial banks will disburse Rs 550 crore. Textiles Export Target 25Nov Buoyed by the surge in outward shipments of textiles in recent months.48 billion for exports of textiles and clothing products for the current financial year. 9 per cent more than the previous fiscal. Of Rs 1.3 per cent for 2011-12. The long term finance is primarily given for capital formation in farm sector. The long term finance. During April-July. has voiced qualified concern over the current account deficit (CAD) exceeding 3 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 201011 on the back of higher commodity prices and crude oil prices. had increased by 11. the government had fixed the export target for textiles in FY'11 at $24. Rs 150 crore and Rs 300 crore. The handicraft and handloom sectors together provide livelihood to 12 million people and generate foreign exchange worth more than Rs 10.000 crore through refinance window in Punjab in 2010-11 against Rs 704 crore disbursed in 2009-10.5 per cent to $7.25 per cent per annum and 8. A major chunk of credit. poultry.57 billion from $6. Refinance Interest Rate 25Nov Long term finance to farmers through cooperative and regional rural banks (RRB) has turned costly with National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) raising interest rate on refinance by 50 basis points. The rate (interest rate) has been revised upward in the wake of monetary police review undertaken by Reserve Bank of India this month.

The ICIS is a global information provider for the chemical and energy industries. referring to the failed attempt by the Indian company to acquire global petrochemicals major LyondellBasell. lifted banks' required reserve ratios twice. Dr Reddy noted that the big risk is the country's oil bill going up. up from 3 per cent this year.7 billion. The companies were ranked on the basis of their annual sales figures in the annual list released by ICIS Chemical Business magazine. While RIL is the only Indian company in the top 20. while top-ranked BASF had sales of $72. leading to higher CAD.5 trillion yuan. Reliance is a candidate for major acquisition. ExxonMobil and Sinopec. aiming for more balanced growth. Dow Chemical. Dr Reddy said that he entirely agreed with the RBI Governor. IMF Chief 29Nov Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia figures among the probables to succeed Dominique StraussKahn as the next chief of International Monetary Fund (IMF. although it has failed to consummate deals recently. . Subbarao's stance that India should be comfortable if CAD is anywhere near 3 per cent.3 billion last year.05 trillion) from 7. another Indian company.” the ICIS said. LyondellBasell was among the only 16 companies in the Top 100 to report a net loss last fiscal.COM face any oil price shocks at the current level of CAD. the report said the two companies could take top rankings soon. Noting that the clout and role of the international lender has increased substantially in the emerging markets.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. It underwent Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection during the whole of 2009 and emerged from the exercise in April. At next month's annual economic working conference. LyondellBasell has been ranked fifth in the list after BASF. 2010. but not above it. and imposed price curbs on certain daily necessities to fight inflation that accelerated to 4. China will focus on controlling inflation and restructuring its economy. The report noted that the global chemical industry went through a year of turmoil in 2009. Beijing will also set next year's inflation target at around 4 per cent. Incidentally. At the same time. The RIL was ranked 20th on the basis of sales worth $12. Dr D. but RIL figured among the few companies on the list that bucked the trend. Chemical Firms 29Nov Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has been ranked globally at the 20th position on the ICIS Top 100 Chemicals Companies list. has been ranked at 115th in a separate list of companies titled ‘Bubbling Under that did not make it into the Top 100. while cutting 2011's loan target to 7 trillion yuan ($1. China has in the past few weeks raised interest rates. Tata Chemical. The RIL has been also named as the 8th biggest gainer in terms of operating profits. Next year. German major BASF topped the list. the New York Times reported that someone Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. All Rights Reserved.4 percent in October. China’s Monetary Policy 26Nov China will shift its monetary policy to "stable" from "relatively loose" next year while conducting an active fiscal policy to maintain economic growth of at least 8 per cent in 2011. Terming RIL and Chinese major PetroChina among the major climbers on the list over the past decade.

headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee. among others. Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board and Director Finance. arising out of the frictional liquidity pressure. Ahluwalia has also served at the IMF and its sister institution. and Arminio Fraga and Guillermo Ortiz.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER.COM from the developing world was likely to succeed IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn. the Oil Ministry has asked Planning Commission to set up a committee to suggest a mechanism to average out price of costlier imported LNG with cheaper domestic gas. Capital Infusion 29Nov A decision to infuse Rs 1. of 6. Secretary. After this the market should not expect anything more from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).000 crore to the airline. his successor is likely to be someone from the developing world. The proposal was examined by the Committee of Secretaries. in a proposal several months ago. The only issue for banks would be that availing funds under LAF would entail a cost up to the extent of the repo rate. while a CRR cut would instead have meant zero cost. It said it will conduct the second liquidity adjustment facility (LAF) auctions until January 28. Oil Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master.200 crore as equity in the ailing Air India is likely to be considered by a Group of Ministers soon. According to Oil Secretary S Sundareshan. Petronet LNG Ltd. Liquidity has been tight in the banking system following the government's inadequate spending since October and traders expect the situation to get worse when corporates make advance tax payments in mid-December. According to the sources. we have suggested to the Planning Commission that a committee be formed on 'Pooled Pricing' of gas. Frequently mentioned names include Mohamed A El-Erian. or the central bank's key lending rate. given the critical financial health of the airline. the American-born son of an Egyptian diplomat and an economist who leads the giant bond investor Pimco.25 per cent. Gas Price 30Nov In an effort to make prices uniform for consumers. . extending the previously announced end date of December 16. former heads of the central banks of Brazil and Mexico respectively. Expectations of a cash reserve ratio cut will no longer be there after these steps. He said the panel may be headed by Advisor (Energy). a senior Indian planning official.000 crore. Managing Director and CEO. It also added that banks can now avail additional funds of up to 2 per cent of deposits under the LAF on these days as against the previously announced 1 per cent. RBI Extends Liquidity 30Nov The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had extended the ongoing measures to provide liquidity comfort to banks. the national carrier had sought the infusion of Rs 10. Planning Commission and may include Chairman. Gail (India) Ltd. the World Bank. India's Finance Secretary and Commerce Secretary. were cognizant of the fact that the issue needed to be addressed in an expeditious manner. Members of the GoM. led by Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrasekhar. All Rights Reserved. and it was decided to provide Rs 2. In his illustrious career. Whatever he (Strauss-Kahn) decides. Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

The Oil Ministry had earlier commissioned a study by Spanish consultant Mercados International on the feasibility of pooling of over a dozen different rates at which natural gas produced from different fields in the country is sold. designed to prop up the country's battered banking sector and to help service its sovereign debt. is priced at $4. A pooled price or averaging out of difference rates. has contracted 1. "Funding will now be available to Ireland at a cheaper interest rate than if we had borrowed in the financial markets.52 per mmBtu. Bailout Package 30Nov The European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had unveiled a 85 billion euro ($113 billion) bailout package for heavily indebted Ireland. for natural gas may be necessary in view of the limited domestic gas availability and increasing reliance on imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) to feed the demand. Others in the Committee could be representatives of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.2 per mmBtu. The price for domestic natural gas ranges from $2. Power. Fertiliser and Finance at the level of the Additional Secretary. Planning Commission has been requesting an Inter-Ministerial Committee under the Chairmanship of its Advisor (Energy). All Rights Reserved. six months after Greece was rescued from bankruptcy. ten times more than the level permitted to the EU countries.92 per mmBtu and from spot market at close to $8. this year. raked up a staggering budget deficit of 32 per cent of the GDP. The three-year package. India's largest importer of liquefied natural gas. These loans will provide money which we already plan to borrow in the financial markets. which was set up by the EU and the IMF in the aftermath of the Greek debt crisis in May. which together account for over 80 per cent of gas in the country. to support other Eurozone nations facing a liquidity crisis.73 per million British thermal unit. Petronet LNG Ltd." A total of 50 billion euros has been earmarked to support the state budget while the remainder will be used to stabilise the banking sector. The natural gas produced by state-owned ONGC and Reliance Industries. to formulate a policy for pooling of natural gas prices and devise pool operating guidelines to make the policy operational. Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master.71 to $5. . Ireland is the first country to receive funds from the 750 billion-euro (nearly $1 trillion) financial rescue fund for the Eurozone.COM and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC)." he said. The need for pooling of domestic gas price with imported LNG has arisen because LNG from Australia will cost almost $14 per mmBtu when it lands at Kochi in Kerala in 2014. Mercados has suggested separate pools for fertiliser and power sector and involved several complex inter-ministerial issues. was sealed by the finance ministers of the 27-EU nations at an emergency meeting in Brussels. while LNG on long term contract is currently imported at $6. The country needed a bailout as in the aftermath of the global banking crisis.5 million tons a year of LNG from Australia for delivery at its under-construction Kochi terminal in Kerala from end 2014. the government.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Citigroup Inc. USD 43. Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master.1 billion IPO in July and underscored the strong demand for the taxpayer-rescued automaker's stock. the country's low corporate tax. Several member-nations. The rescue plan for the "Celtic Tiger" is also intended to stabilise the 16-nation euro area by calming down the financial markets.91 million respectively.8 per cent. During 2006-07.15 million.5 per cent.1 billion after underwriters swiftly took up additional shares following last week's IPO.7 million common shares worth $2. 2008-09 and 2009-10. Door Step Banking 27Nov Taking banking services to customers' homes. set by the EU Growth and stability Pact by 2014. The Irish government in return has pledged to save 15 billion euros through tough spending cuts and tax increases to get its deficit below the 3 per cent limit. exercised their full option on an additional 71. will entail a representative going to the customer's address for picking-up and delivering cash through an arrangement with a service provider. will remain unchanged at 12.11 million. They also exercised an option to purchase 13 million preferred shares for $650 million. GM IPO 27Nov General Motors Co's initial public offering became the world's biggest at $23. which has been a bone of contention with its EU partners.2 per cent paid by Greece for its bailout. slightly higher than 5.37 billion. Ireland will pay an interest rate of 5. JPMorgan Chase & Co. Wind energy is the fastest growing renewable energy sector and the FDI inflow in the sector has been increasing over the years. The service. Underwriters had 30 days from the IPO to exercise the options. FDI in Renewable Energy 30Nov The government said Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in renewable energy sector has shown an upward trend and investment in the sector in 2009-10 has been very attractive. which have became jittery for past weeks over speculation that Portugal may be next in line for a bailout. USD 85.COM Greece was bailed out with a separate 110 billion-euro financial assistance from the EU and the IMF. Abdullah said his Ministry has already announced a Generation Based Incentives (GBI) scheme for grid connected wind power projects with the objective of broadening the investors' base by attracting FDI and independent power producers. On whether the government proposes to modify the policy regarding foreign investment in the wind energy sector. The FDI in renewable sector has been growing rapidly. All Rights Reserved. 2007-08. the investment to the sector was USD 2. The added shares vaulted GM past Agricultural Bank of China's $22.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. GM said that underwriters led by Morgan Stanley. named Door Step Banking.27 million and USD 497. However. have been arguing that Ireland's corporate tax give the country an unfair advantage in attracting foreign investments. especially France and Germany. . public sector lender Central Bank of India launched a service through which a bank's representative will visit customers for carrying transactions and collecting cheques and drafts.

A farmer. Nyan Win. said “no conditions” were imposed for her new freedom. Several of the people on this list have no more than an elementary school education. "India's villages have become a hot bed of innovation. the State Peace and Development Council. Mansukhbhai Jagani. Mansukhbhai Patel. .CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. are among Forbes' list of seven most powerful rural Indian entrepreneurs Mansukhbhai Jagani. are among Forbes' list of seven most powerful rural Indian entrepreneurs. invented a clay non-stick pan that costs Rs 100 and a clay refrigerator that runs without electricity for those who cannot afford a fridge or their electricity and maintenance costs. as its rural poor develop inventions out of necessity. a potter. Mansukhbhai Prajapati and Madanlal Kumawat. Walking free on Saturday evening. There was no confirmation of this by the junta. Mansukhbhai Patel. Mansukhbhai Prajapati and Madanlal Kumawat. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations expressed relief over member-state Myanmar's action of setting Suu Kyi free at least now. Suu Kyi's lawyer and close political associate. Myanmar's celebrated pro-democracy leader and a political prisoner of global stature. was set free from house arrest in Yangon. whose "inventions are changing lives" of the people across the country. All Rights Reserved. Powerful Rural Indians 15Nov Mansukhbhai Jagani. are among Forbes' list of seven most powerful rural Indian entrepreneurs. IIM-Ahmedabad professor and founder of India's Honeybee Network Anil Gupta has selected the seven most powerful rural Indian entrepreneurs for a compilation in Forbes magazine. which was ordered before the junta could transfer power to an ostensibly “civilian” government following the November 7 general election. Patel invented a cotton stripping machine that has significantly cut the cost of cotton farming and revolutionised India's cotton industry. which she still leads. upon the completion of her latest term of house arrest. since 1989. Jagani developed a motorcycle-based tractor for India's poor farmers. Suu Kyi's release was greeted by cheering supporters who gathered outside her house in a show of defiance against Myanmar's military government. Suu Kyi covered the distance from her old lakeside bungalow to the gate to acknowledge the greetings of her supporters. The 65-year-old Ms. for the first time since 2003. Mansukhbhai Patel. Myanmar's military establishments have subjected Suu Kyi to four terms of house arrest and at least two spells in prison. Hundreds of other supporters waited for her at the Yangon headquarters of the recentlyderecognised National League for Democracy (NLD). Mansukhbhai Prajapati and Madanlal Kumawat. Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master.COM Aung San Suu Kyi 14Nov Aung San Suu Kyi. She led the NLD to a landslide victory in the country's free elections in 1990 but was not allowed to lead a civilian government. for about 15 years in all. World leaders hailed her in comments on the release. which is both cost effective-costing roughly USD 318-and fuel efficient (it can plow an acre of land in 30 minutes with two liters of fuel). rajapati.

Gupta collects 30 tonnes of cloth every month and distributes it across 20 states. Coming in next is social entrepreneur Anshu Gupta who founded GOONJ. HMT is now grown all over India. on some 100. Gupta said his last pick Chintakindi Mallesham. a grassroots innovator with no more than a fourth-grade education. media." Powerful Economists 16Nov Renowned Indian-origin academician Raghuram Rajan has been named alongside US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Nobel laureate Paul Krugman among the seven most powerful economists in the world. multi-crop thresher that yields cleaner grains. picked the world's most powerful economists." Biyani's company operates about three million square feet of retail space in 25 Indian cities. a strong and most articulate defender of Keynesian policies. and "no human effort is required beyond placing thread on the machine and removing the material after the process is complete. adding Troikka Pharmaceuticals MD Ketan Patel is "India's pain-killer. According to a compilation in Forbes magazine by economist Nouriel Roubini. developed a fuel-efficient. feminists and fashion. energy. All Rights Reserved. inventor of the Laxmi Asu Machine. designers. a simple network and excellent supply chain management. the most powerful central banker in the world and New York Times columnist Krugman. . Bernanke." Patel's business focuses on developing painless solutions for medical procedures. In the feminist category. a system that transfers used clothing and household goods from India's rich to its poorest communities.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER." Mallesham's machine can make six saris worth of material in one day. philanthropists. whose views are always very influential. which helps alleviate acute pain and inflammation. He has an amazing reach. Called the "Sam Walton of India. where he was responsible for setting up the finance and investment function along with cost control and other Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. He developed the world's first painless iclofenac injection. Hollywood. Kumar was earlier with Universal Sompo. "ignited a revolution in India's weaving community. regardless of whether or not he is in government. bloggers. a highly successful rice variety which yielded 80 per cent more rice than the conventional variety. which can be bagged directly and eliminates the cost of cleaning. Roubini. economists. New CFO 18 Nov Bharti AXA General Insurance has appointed Sampath Kumar as the new Chief Financial Officer and Manoj Nair as its new Zonal Head South. Indian environmentalist Vandana Shiva has been named as one of the seven most powerful feminists in the world. who invented the HMT rice. Harvard alumnus and New York University professor who predicted the global financial crisis.000 acres in five states.COM Next on the list is Future Group Chairman Kishore Biyani. Also on Gupta's list is Dadaji Ramaji Khobragade. they asked a group of experts to pick seven influential individuals each from the world's nearly seven billion people for fields such as education. His list of seven includes US President Barack Obama's chief economic adviser Lawrence Summers. Madanlal Kumawat. entrepreneurs.

Lamy. ICICI Bank and Infrastructure Development Finance Company. who will spend three days in India. had sought huge investment by U. Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority Chairman and Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Chairperson. Other members would include Uday Kotak of Kotak Mahindra Bank. will submit its report within 18 months. The committee. The high-level panel will include secretaries of the Department of Economic Affairs and the Department of Financial Services. Differences between rich and developing nations have been a stumbling block in this regard and efforts are on to reach an agreement under the Doha Round of WTO by 2011. petroleum and natural gas. GVK Group Managing Director Sanjay Reddy and Goldman Sachs Country Head Madhav Dhar. telecommunications. WTO Chief 19Nov In a bid to expedite the much delayed multilateral trade opening agreement. Power Finance Corporation. public sector undertakings (PSUs) and the private sector in ten major physical infrastructure sector projects. M. to be headed by former Reserve Bank of India Deputy Governor Rakesh Mohan. the panel will include the RBI Deputy Governor and chief executives of State Bank of India. .CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. The convener of the panel will be Gajendra Haldea. Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. he worked with GE as VicePresident . Adviser to Planning Commission Deputy Chairman. Railway Board Chairman. GMR Group Chairman G. Singh. Nair would be overlooking the sales and operations of the southern region. The XII Plan envisages investment of around Rs. It is expected that half of the investment target would come from the private sector and the balance from PSUs. Life Insurance Corporation.Strategic Initiatives and Sales. urban development. Panel on Infrastructure 19Nov The Centre had announced setting up of a high-level committee on financing of infrastructure. water resources will be special invitees to the committee.COM key aspects of the business. The committee would suggest steps for improving capital markets for garnering long-term savings and facilitating foreign investment flow. companies in infrastructure in India and has been pitching for the same during his recent tours abroad. All Rights Reserved. during the recent visit of U. World Trade Organization (WTO) chief Pascal Lamy is arriving to hold consultations with the Centre and industry to remove irritants. The panel will assess the investments required to be made by the Central and State governments. India is aiming to double its investment in infrastructure to about $1 trillion during the XII Plan (2012-17) from an estimated $500 billion in the current Plan. Dr. Secretary to Chief Economic Advisor in the Ministry of Finance and secretaries in the ministries of power. The panel will also identify the regulatory or legal impediments constraining private investment in infrastructure and make specific recommendations to facilitate their removal. Rao.S. will hold bilateral meeting with Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma.S. President Barak Obama.41 lakh crore for the infrastructure sector. Prior to joining Bharti AXA GI. road transport and highways. Besides.

India along with Brazil. The book contains perspective and analysis that Dr. written at a time of multiple challenges for the Indian economy.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. 16th Asian Games 13Nov China painted a memorable canvas on the sky. The present book.V. Subbarao launched the book. as lithe girls danced on water and strong men jumped around high in the air. Recession and Uneven Recovery. presented in lucid style and non-technical language from an oracle who has already demonstrated how clearly he sees the future. Reddy has not published before. Y. White horses galloped across it and eventually it turned into the stage for the athletes to march. On a day when Vijay Kumar came up with a Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. Reddy's bestselling work. First Gold 15Nov Pankaj Advani unleashed his best in the climax in billiards to clasp India's first gold in the Asian Games. successful conclusion of Doha talks could boost global trade by up to $200 billion in a year. in front of four huge sail-boat screens that towered above the arena to mark the opening ceremony of the 16th Asian Games. Reddy's Book 23Nov The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor D. China and South Africa is espousing the cause of developing countries in the WTO negotiations. The book is a sequel to Dr. Gagan Narang carried the flag for India and the contingent was almost in strength to imbibe the energy of the electrifying atmosphere. Silver Medal 15Nov The gold continued to elude Indian shooters as the women's air pistol team fell one point short of the top score in the Asian Games. The WTO Director General will hold a meeting with members of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and academicians to ascertain views of Indian industry and the civil society on certain vexed issues that are holding breakthrough in the global trade talks that were launched in 2001. the stage turned into a platform. The city was lit up beautifully the Canton tower stood majestically on one side and the skyscrapers with colourful lighting formations provided a brilliant backdrop. Global Crisis. provides a thinker and experienced policy-makers' understanding of the genesis. All Rights Reserved. From an arena on the Pearl River that had speed boats whizzing past. . at the Asian Games Town Gymnasium.COM The two leaders are likely to discuss the progress of the Doha Round of Talks. India and the global financial crisis: managing money and finance. and of the lessons it offered. According to WTO estimate. in which his opponent Oo Oo Nay Thway of Myanmar had bridged the gap to be teasingly close to him. progression and impact of the financial crisis. In a dramatic final. spraying water all around and fountains rising into the sky. Advani came up with an unfinished break of 36 from 64-45 to clinch a thriller and the gold along with it. India and other developing nations have been defending their agricultural market to protect millions of subsistence farmers from easy imports that may result from the multilateral agreement.

as he warded off a late surge from Ming Hui Wang of Chinese Taipei with a touch of assurance to win by a length. Santosh Kumar (64kg) and Manpreet Singh (91kg). India maintained their supremacy at the top of ICC rankings for Test teams after winning the three-Test series against Kiwis. to win by a four-point margin over Shaikh Almaktoum of UAE. going into the final. Indian Kabaddi team has also stormed into Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. Vijender now meets Abbos Atoev of Uzbekistan for the gold medal fight tomorrow. while South Africa and Sri Lanka remained static on second and third position respectively. . Khazan Singh had won the last swimming medal for India. to clinch India's second gold medal. in the 100m freestyle. It was a moment that Indian rowing had been awaiting for four years. With this. Viredhawal Khade 17Nov Virdhawal Khade declared that he was a star swimmer in the making as he won the bronze medal in the 50m butterfly event at the Asian Games. The other four who have made it to the title round are teen sensation Vikas Krishan (60kg). Pan Qiang of China.COM surprise bronze medal. World number one Indian Boxer Vijender Singh along with four other compatriots have stormed into the gold medal round in their respective categories. a point ahead of China. Men’s Hockey 25Nov In the 16th Asian Games at Guangzhou in China. The only gold for Indian swimming had come through Sachin Nag in the inaugural edition of the Asiad in Delhi in 1951. Ranked No. All Rights Reserved. ever since the team had won two silver medals and a bronze. he silenced everyone with a spectacular performance. 44 and 48. in the last Asian Games in Doha. in the Asian Games. with an overwhelming performance in the double trap final. at the Guangzhou Shotgun Centre. shooting 47 out of 50. ICC Ranking 25Nov India have clinched the three-match Cricket test series 1-0 against New Zealand registering an innings and 198-run victory at Nagpur. the trio of Heena Sidhu. India has so far got 7 Gold. Yet. with the best performance among the eight finalists after being eighth at the end of qualification series in men's air pistol that is not his main event.31s to land India's first medal in swimming after a gap of 24 years in the Asian Games. Dinesh Kumar (81kg). Bajrang Lal was the undisputed hero of the day. Indian Hockey Team has bagged a bronze medal in Men's section by defeating South Korea one-nil. Ronjan Sodhi 22Nov Ronjan Sodhi asserted his class yet again. 13 Silver and 27 Bronze medals in its kitty. In other events. with a total of 139 following a series of 47. Annuraj Singh and Sonia Rai lost the gold to Korea but hung on to the silver. The 19-year-old Khade clocked 24. Second Gold 20Nov Bajrang Lal Takhar led from start to finish in the men's single sculls event.3 in the world. the best in the field that had five top-10 shooters that included the three Chinese. With this bronze. Sodhi had the handicap of being four points behind the leader. a silver in the 200m butterfly at the 1986 Asian Games in Seoul. and the first ever gold in rowing.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. as he clinched the elusive gold in shooting in the Asian Games.

This takes the Indian gold count to eleven. Bahrain's Mimi Belete Gebgregeiorges clinched the gold medal with a timing of 15:15. India is hoping for a top-five finish. taking its overall tally to a record 64 medals. foot-tapping music and a cultural extravaganza at the Haixinsha Island on the Pearl River at Guangzhou. 17 Silver and 33 Bronze for an overall tally of 64. South Korea and Japan occupy the second and third positions. returned a timing of 15:15. They beat Thailand 2814 in a dominating performance to clinch the inaugural women's kabaddi gold of the Asian Games. Forbes' List 5Nov Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master.54 to win the bronze. India have now won 14 gold.COM the final by beating Japan. Sreedharan Gets Silver 26Nov Preeja Sreedharan and Kavita Raut clocked their personal bests to clinch the silver and bronze respectively in the women's 5000m final of the Asian Games. could not get past Sreedharan yet again but managed a personal best of 15:16. The Games saw India record their best-ever medal haul till date. which was achieved at the inaugural Delhi Games in 1951. Indian Women’s Kabaddi 26Nov The Indian women's kabaddi team completed a memorable Asian Games debut by clinching the gold medal with a comprehensive win over Thailand in the finals in Guangzhou. Raut. Asian Games 29Nov The sky lit-up with dazzling fireworks as an emotional China brought the curtains down on the biggest Asian Games in a riot of colours. Indian Women's 27Nov The women's 4x400 metres relay team brought home the last gold for the country from the Guangdong Olympic Stadium while Preeja Sreedharan and Kavita Raut added a silver and a bronze each to the collection. . With the men's kabaddi teams keeping themselves on course for the coveted gold and star pugilist Vijender Singh and two other boxers eying gold medals. India's previous best haul was 57. Four Golds 27Nov Vijender Singh's 7-0 win over Uzbekistan's Abbos Atoev for the men's 75-kg boxing title capped a productive day for India at the Guangzhou Asian Games. 17 silver and 33 bronze. India finished sixth on the medal rostrum with a record 14 Gold. China maintained their supremacy atop the medals table. Sreedharan. garnered at the 1982 Delhi Asiad.000m. The victory took India's gold haul to 14. which was incidentally her personal best as well. just four short of the highest haul of 15 Gold in the first Asian Games. All Rights Reserved. who earlier clinched the 10. India Shine 27Nov India won eleven more medals and created history by recording their best-ever medal haul of 64 medals in the Asian Games. eclipsing their earlier record of 57 medals in the 1982 Asian Games in Delhi. one shy of its all-time best of 15.59.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER.89.000m gold. The country won four gold medals. India has now moved to seventh spot in the overall standings. Meanwhile. who bagged silver in 10.

who comes in at second place. Just on the outskirts of this erstwhile summer capital of the British raj. Tallest Hanuman 5Nov Religiosity in India is scaling new heights. it would not be out of place to say that monkeys will be omnipresent in this famous tourist destination which already has a large monkey population. Given its gigantism. . Tata. comes in at the 61st position in the list of the world's most powerful people. Forbes said. Deemed to be world's tallest statue at 108 feet at the highest altitude of over 8100 feet and constructed at a cost of Rs 1. Ship Wrecks 7Nov India has decided to join the Nairobi International Convention on Removal of Wrecks and adopt international norms in shipping. chairman of the world's largest steel company ArcelorMittal. who certainly likes to live like a king. out of the 6. comes in at the 34th spot. Forbes' list picks 68 who matter. Incidentally. major religious figures.7 billion. 1958. Adopted by 64 countries.8 billion people on the planet. they bend the world to their will. The 53-year-old “business maharaja” is Asia's richest person. who has a net worth of $29 billion. Occupying the 44th spot is Lakshmi Mittal. she was not featured in Forbes' recent list of the world's most powerful women. His ranking too improved from his last year's 44th place. in various ways. The 60-year-old steel magnate has a net worth of $28.” India's business tycoons Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani and steel giant ArcelorMittal Chairman Lakshmi Mittal also make this year's list.” Gandhi debuts at the 9th spot in this year's list of the world's most powerful people. The heads of state. All Rights Reserved. apart from aiming at improving navigational safety and Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master.COM Congress president Sonia Gandhi. it surpasses the current tallest statue of 'Christ the Redeemer'. The Union Cabinet had cleared the path by approving amendments to the Merchant Shipping Act. entrepreneurs and outlaws on the second annual list were chosen “because. having dropped two notches from last year.” For the top spot. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Tata Sons Chairman Ratan Tata are among the five Indians named among the most powerful people in the world in Forbes' list this year of 68 people “who matter. Brazil. Ambani. Hu pipped United States President Barack Obama. Chinese President Hu Jintao has topped the 2010 Forbes list of the “World's Most Powerful People. These amendments which have become necessary consequent to India's accession of the Nairobi Convention would seek to address problems arising from the increasing number of wrecks and remove discrepancies in the existing rules and regulations so as to bring them in line with developments in international shipping.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. which measures at 98 feet and stands at an altitude of 2296 feet in Rio de Janeiro.5 crores. overlooking the entire city. which proposes to enable a more purposeful approach towards removal of wrecks and salvage. a giant 108 feet high idol of Hanuman (the Monkey God) was unveiled at Jakhoo Hanuman temple. the convention lays out a firm jurisdictional basis for dealing with hazardous wrecks.

and will see the participation of academicians and private players. All Rights Reserved.000-crore by 2013. President Barack Obama. India has over 50-million Internet users. In the wake of intense opposition by human rights organisations and several other Western countries Iran lost its bid to East Timor. thus boosting the online advertising.200 crore hoping to help the tribals to exploit their talent and potential.S. Cooperation in the field of education sector holds great promise because no two other countries are better equipped to be partners in building the knowledge economy of the future. It said the 3G roll-out would give a substantial boost to the segment. seeking this entertainment. whose candidacy was also Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. which made the election competitive and Iran lost. This is the first-ever pure talk net radio in India. which will work excellently with the growing populace seeking entertainment on the Internet. BIG Digital is looking at capitalising on the growing Internet user-base. .COM maritime security. "Internet radio is poised to increase even as Bollywood. The talk Internet radio has been christened as BIG Net Radio. a late entrant to the contest. Higher Education Summit 9Nov India had announced the holding of a higher education summit next year. which constitute the UN Economic and Social Council that voted. Talk Internet Radio 11Nov Anil Ambani-led Reliance Broadcast Network's (RBNL) digital vertical Big Digital had launched the country's first-ever talk Internet radio.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. Iran was initially running uncontested for 10 Asian seats but then East Timor decided to join in the fray. Meanwhile. The announcement was made by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in his opening remarks during a joint press conference with the U. 1. Through this initiative. The summit is likely to be held in India. Iran received just 19 votes and East Timor got 36 from the 54 nations. both in India as well as the global Indian diaspora. UN Women's Board 11Nov India along with 40 other countries have been elected to the board of the new UN agency to promote equality for women but Iran lost its bid due to strong opposition from the United States and human rights groups. mostly in the age group between 18-30years and is growing. which is expected to grow at 32 per cent to touch Rs 2. Saudi Arabia. which won seats in the donor nation’s category. UN Women is the amalgamation of different United Nations bodies focused on women. spirituality and humour are the pegs that work excellently with Indian audiences and the company is working towards providing 24-hour seamless entertainment to the audience. in a vote at the UN General Assembly. the Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure approved the upgradation of a 600-km stretch of road in the Left Wing Extremism-affected region of Orissa at an estimated cost of Rs. It was created this year to look exclusively at gender equality and empowerment of women. The 41-member executive board also includes United States and Britain.

The CEOs from various parts of the world will deliberate on the strides made by the Indian economy.COM criticised. The main theme of the summit will be “Implementing India. Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Jyotirditya Scindia and Minister of State for Telecom. Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani. P. India Economic Summit 12Nov The three-day India Economic Summit. Others on the political and government side of the summit would include Road and Transport Minister Kamal Nath. Director General of CII. beginning November 14.8 per cent estimated by the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) in 2007. ICICI Bank Managing Director and CEO Chanda Kochhar and Bharti Enterprises Chairman and Group CEO Sunil Bharti Mittal will be among the leading CEOs participating in the annual event which has been organised here for the past 25 years. Sachin Pilot.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. done for 2009-2010 and scheming the 'usual status' approach. Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda would also attend a session on agricultural reforms. it needs to get from words to action by keeping up with crucial reforms and addressing the country's poor infrastructure. Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee. conducted by the Labour Bureau. got an automatic seat. “This conference will focus on networking and learning and also on the implementation process of the new reforms being unleashed in the Indian economy.” WEF Director and Head of Asia Sushant Palakurthi Rao said. This will provide a road from Delhi to Davos to take the country on a new economic trajectory.” said Chandrajit Banerjee. implies that about 40 million people are jobless. organised by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF). The survey. Home Minister P. which is a partner of the WEF. All Rights Reserved. Unemployment 12Nov The first household-based unemployment survey in the country. Several countries in the world are resorting to protectionist measures even as the global economy is grappling with a fragile recovery. The Labour Bureau comes under the Union Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. to 45 per cent from the 67 per cent reported in the 2007 one. inclusive growth and protectionism. the bottlenecks and the solutions required to keep the economic pot boiling. Bhatt. has found jobless rates as high as 9. Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia. will witness the assembly of over 700 top national and international corporate honchos along with stalwarts of the UPA-II regime and focus on the Indian economy and deal with issues like infrastructure.4 per cent. . The new survey also points to a significant drop in the share of the agricultural sector in total employment. State Bank of India Chairman O. compared to the 10 million estimated in the 2007 survey. compared to the 2. He said the summit would also take up for discussion the burning issue of protectionism. Chidambaram and Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma will be among the political leaders who will be interacting with the captains of the Indian and global industry.” “While India has tremendous potential to sustain the high growth and inclusive economy.

weak to gain a trade advantage. A law the United States passed in 1930 that raised tariffs on imports is widely thought to have deepened the Great Depression by stifling trade. The real dispute is over Washington's allegations that Beijing resorts to "competitive undervaluation" . the Labour Bureau has said that while recession was to blame for the job losses reported. Such a statement is of little consequence since countries usually only devalue their currencies in extreme situations like a severe financial crisis. While the ministry says the Survey's unemployment data could be an aberration caused by recession. They see that move as a reckless and selfish scheme to flood markets with dollars. the yuan.COM labour ministry and will conduct such surveys every year. the jump was also a reflection of a more comprehensive job done by the survey. At the end of their two-day summit. keeping alive a dispute that has raised the specter of a global trade war. G20 13Nov Leaders of 20 major economies had refused to endorse a US push to get China to let its currency rise. The 'usual status' approach looked at a person’s employment status over the past six months. Although directed against China. The dispute over whether China and the United States are manipulating their currencies is threatening to resurrect destructive protectionist policies like those that worsened the Great Depression in the 1930s.artificially keeping its currency.including President Barack Obama and China's Hu Jintao issued a watered-down statement that only said they agreed to refrain from "competitive devaluation" of currencies. the statement leaves significant room for interpretation since the language is vague and does not impose any timeframe for enforcing a market-determined exchange rate. driving down the value of the US currency and giving American exporters an advantage." which was a reference to China's currency policy that had been inserted into a draft of the statement by officials during pre-summit negotiations. Some critics warn that US interest rates kept Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. NSSO got a 2. which is on track this year to match its 2008 record of $268 billion. The US says a higher-valued yuan would make Chinese exports costlier abroad and make US imports cheaper for the Chinese to buy. But the US position itself has been undermined by its own recent policy of printing money to boost a sluggish economy. Other countries are irate over the Federal Reserve's plans to pump $600 billion into the sluggish American economy. The joint statement avoided the words "competitive undervaluation.8 per cent unemployment rate using this method. the leaders of the Group of 20 rich and developing economies .CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. All Rights Reserved. and encourage Chinese companies to sell more to their own consumers rather than rely so much on the US and others to buy lowpriced Chinese goods. . The biggest fear is that trade barriers will send the global economy back into recession. It would shrink the US trade deficit with China. The G20 leaders pledged to move toward more market-determined exchange rate systems and enhance exchange rate flexibility. which is weakening the dollar.

The initiative was launched as a part of the bank's corporate social responsibility in 2007 under the scheme ‘Bitiya ke sapne SBI ke apne'. and the Kalbelia folk songs and dances of Rajasthan in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. a tradition from eastern India. But they've also produced enormous trade gaps for the US because Americans consume far more in foreign goods and services than they sell abroad. is more than 250 years old. UNESCO's Heritage List 17Nov The UNESCO (United Nations Educational. masks made of areca nut fronds and playing of drums. What was once well patronised. cost of books and accessories. which are characterised by movements and music that evoke serpents. according to a press statement issued by the bank. now has only three traditional families of regular performers. . an extensive survey by the Sangeet Natak Akademi reveals. has had a negative impact on the artists of the Chhau and their art. Bengal Circle. unlike the World Heritage list that focuses on monuments and natural sites. Friday's statement is unlikely to immediately resolve the most vexing problem facing the G20 members: how to fix a global economy that's long been nourished by huge US trade deficits with China. Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. are affected and are in need of support. their songs and dances. The Chhau dance. spotlights performing art forms of outstanding value and are vulnerable due to lack of support. tuition fee and transportation costs among others within the range of Rs 3. Under the scheme the bank bears the educational expenses. The economic backwardness of the area. the Mudiyettu. the ritual dance drama annually performed after the harvest of summer crops in Kerala. has adopted about 944 girl children in coordination with NGOs such as SOS Children's Village. Such emerging markets could be left vulnerable to a crash if investors later decide to pull out and move their money elsewhere. Scientific and Cultural Organisation) inscribes three Indian performing-art forms. SBI-Bengal 15Nov State Bank of India. is prevalent in the tribal parts of Orissa.000 per year per girl child within the age group of six-to-fourteen years. including school fee. Jharkhand and West Bengal. the Kalbeli communities of snake charmers from Rajasthan are also impacted. The Mudiyettu.000-5. This art form involves elaborate drawings on floors. All Rights Reserved. would provide better visibility for such intangible heritage. the UNESCO expects. stocks and other assets. known for its crafted masks and mock combat movements. This annual list. Exports to the United States powered those countries' economies for years. Similarly. a ritual theatre of Kerala. As a result. Bharat Sevashram Sangha. Developing countries like Thailand and Indonesia fear that falling yields on US government bonds will send money flooding their way in search of higher returns. Germany and Japan.COM too low for too long could inflate new bubbles in the prices of commodities. the Chhau dance. This inscription. help improve the awareness of their significance and offer international assistance to promote and preserve them. Pranab Kanya Sangha and Ramakrishna Sarada Math among others under the ‘Girl Child Adoption Scheme'.

after reviewing them advised seven nominations to be withdrawn. separate nominations are also sent for inscribing in the Urgent Safeguarding List. UNIDO Guide 18Nov The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) on private standards has launched a guide to help exporters in the developing countries like India to deal with a maze of standards on environment and social issues. Empower Elected Women 19Nov India and United Nations had launched a programme to empower elected women representatives in South Asia. more and more companies in developing countries are becoming global producers. that is under way in Nairobi. including legal and financial. garments and furniture sectors. footwear and furniture sectors. they will probably find themselves excluded from certain exporting channels. So far. accepted this recommendation. The producer of the developing country has to comply with these standards to get access into international markets. one was rejected and three were recommended for inscription. the UNESCO received 54 nominations for the Representative List. Six nominations were received for the Urgent Safeguarding List of which two were withdrawn. This year. Faced with this scenario. safety and environmental issues and are required by brand producers and retailers when they source their products. In addition. The subsidiary body. Every year various governments forward nominations for inscribing in the Representative List. The liberalisation of consumer markets provides these companies with opportunities for exporting their products to global markets.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. The guide helps the exporters to understand the procedures to follow the standards. All Rights Reserved. are undertaken to safeguard them. provide financial assistance and extend support for studies. provision of experts. The Fifth Session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. to ensure that necessary measures. who wish to sell to major retailers and brands. The guidebook will help exporters in the developing countries in areas like garments.COM It makes it obligatory on the various governments (132 of them) who have ratified the UNESCO's Convention for Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and who nominate heritage elements. . training and creation of infrastructure. the UNESCO would facilitate international cooperation. This list focuses on art forms “whose continuous recreation and transmission” are threatened and are in need of immediate support.C P Joshi Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. Private standards essentially focus on social. have been inscribed in the representative list. the Guide aims to provide producers in the leather. All the three nominations proposed by India for the Representative List were recommended. The programme was jointly launched by the Minister for Panchayati Raj Dr. Today. if exporting companies fail to comply. rejected one and recommended the rest for the inscription. including these three. However. about eight Indian heritage elements. On its part. where they are increasingly required to comply with 'private standards' a phenomenon on the rise. with information on the complex landscape of private standards.

The list of 25 also includes Marie Curie. Most Valued Firm 22Nov State-run Coal India has become the third most powerful Indian company with a total market capitalisation (m-cap) of Rs 2. a TIME cover line had read. the petite nun made her way to India in 1929. Golda Meir. All Rights Reserved. Those steady hands went on to steer India. building her start-up missionary community of 13 members in Kolkata into a global network of more than 4." the Time magazine said. Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master. She was the nation's daughter.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER. Gandhi was the world's longest-serving woman prime minister. When Gandhi was elected prime minister in 1966. for much of the next two decades through recession. Oprah Winfrey and Virginia Woolf. the country's most valuable firm. he asserted promoting women's political leadership and governance is essential for holistic growth and development of India and South Asia. 'Troubled India in a Woman's Hands'.COM and his Norwegian counterpart Erik Solheim at a function in New Delhi.09. The coal behemoth added another feather to its cap last week when it replaced IT giant Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to become the country's third most coveted firm." the Time said. a distinction she holds to this day. witnessed a wealth erosion of Rs 21.57 crore and is only lagging behind RIL and ONGC. who was India's first Prime Minister after decades of British rule. Hailing India's track record in this area. social and physical security. and her country. not without controversy. who was the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. . Eleanor Roosevelt. Madonna. brought up under the close watch of both her father Jawaharlal Nehru. the detonation of the nation's first atomic bomb. The objective of the programme is to address second generation issues of democracy to pave the way for women to play more effective role as leader without facing discrimination in all areas of governance. Margaret Thatcher. The Norwegian minister Erik Solheim said this is an important collaboration between India and Norway. under her guidance. The list of '25 Most Powerful Women of the Past Century' is topped by Jane Addams.47 crore. RIL. led to the creation of a new state. an outspoken advocate for women's suffrage.270. a corruption scandal and a civil war in neighbouring Pakistan that. Time's list 22Nov Indira Gandhi and Mother Teresa have figured in the list of 25 Most Powerful Women of the Past Century by Time magazine.000 sisters running orphanages and AIDS hospices". the magazine said: "Born Agnes Bojaxhiu to Albanian parents living under the Ottoman Empire. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is ranked sixth on the list. She served three consecutive terms from 1966 to 1977 and was in the middle of her fourth term from 1980 when she was assassinated in 1984. Bangladesh.671. Indira Gandhi has been placed at 9th position and Mother Teresa is ranked 22nd in the list. By the time she was assassinated. Angela Merkel. It also aims to focus their concerns of economic. On Mother Teresa. famine.

272.26 crore from their cumulative market valuations.32 crore.70. The main focus could be on forestry issues and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) plus where significant progress could be made. It is aimed at enhancing the processing of different waste materials and their incorporation to productive cycles avoiding their final disposal. The m-cap of SBI and ICICI stood at Rs 1. The m-cap of ONGC was Rs 2.207 crore this weekend.World Cancer Awareness Day Nov 9. All Rights Reserved. . in compliance with its obligations as host of the Sixteenth Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP16) and the Sixth Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties of the Kyoto Protocol (CMP6).000 delegates are expected to attend the deliberations.641.611. A residual waste management programme will operate during the conference.Pravasiya Bharatiya Divas Nov 26.70. the mechanism of REDD has not been implemented and there are several issues related to ownership of forests. Besides. the country's top two lenders SBI and ICICI Bank together shed Rs 8. Climate Change Conference 29Nov The United Nations Climate Change Conference that gets under way in Cancun may not result in much in terms of emission reduction agreements. REDD plus aims to reward the developing nations for protecting. forest rights and protection. The CIFOR said $ 4.99. Principal climate change scientist at the CIFOR Louis Verchot said that among the key issues likely to be addressed was whether to include REDD plus as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). TCS's m-cap was at Rs 1. Similarly. the Mexican government is committed to ensuring that participants' mobilisation and energy consumption during the conference results in the smallest environmental impact. much of it from Norway in bilateral agreements but money was not the sole consideration. respectively. restoring and sustainably managing forests and it offers one of the cheapest options for cutting global greenhouse gases. two of the top IT firms TCS and Infosys Technologies together witnessed a loss of Rs 9.286 crore. it still maintained its top rank in the top-10 companies as per their valuations.976. In India.31 crore and Rs 1.92 crore.5 billion was promised so far. other locations within Cancun.89.12 crore from their combined valuations. A major breakthrough would be needed in the UNFCC negotiations. Similarly. ONGC.COM Yet with a market capitalisation (m-cap) of Rs 3.26.31.555. According to the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) the response to the conference is lukewarm but no less than 15. another energy major.National Law Day Copyright © 2010 Current Affairs Master.865. The programme includes the placing of recycle bins in the official meeting areas of COP16/CMP6 events.CURRENTAFFAIRSMASTER.61 crore from its market valuation. while that of Infosys was at Rs 1. Meanwhile.11 crore. suffered a loss of Rs 8.912. Nov 7 .

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