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A compilation of all the important topics and events of the week is given here. Update your Current Affairs Weekly with our World This Week. 20 June • Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in an address at the Damascus University proposed holding of a national dialogue that will recommend sweeping reforms. • • • FIFA’s vice-president Jack Warner resigned. Tunisian court sentenced former president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in absentia to 35 years in jail. Fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention opened in Geneva.

21 June • United Nations General Assembly appointed former South Korean foreign minister Ban Ki-moon to a second consecutive term as the Secretary-General. • United Nations launched a drive, Sustainable sanitation: The Five-Year-Drive to 2015 to make basic sanitation accessible to everyone by 2015. 22 June • Asian Development Bank committed to work closely with the Government of Nepal 23 June • • India Pakistan Foreign Secretary-level talks began in Islamabad. US President Barack Obama set in motion a substantial withdrawal of American troops and decided to hand

over security to Afghan authorities by 2014. 24 June • International ministerial conference in Vienna concluded. • Former Rwandan Minister for women's empowerment, Pauline Nyiramasuhuko became the first woman to be found guilty of genocide and incitement to rape 25 June • France Pushed for the First Ever Meeting of G20 Agriculture Ministers

26 June • China's most prominent human rights activist, Hu Jia was released from jail after serving three-and-a-halfyears in jail on subversion charges. • Red Bull's Formula One World champion Sebastian Vettel of Germany on 26 June 2011 won the European Grand Prix. • Defending champion Saina Nehwal failed to complete the hat-trick of titles at the Indonesian Open Super Series after losing to Chinese World No. 3 Wang Yihan in the final. 18 July • Paul Stephenson and another senior officer John Yates of Scotland Yard resigned on 18 July 2011 over the News Of The World (NoW) phone-hacking scandal. • The International Cricket Council (ICC) released the list of Alltime Greatest Test team. • India and the USA Agreed to Increase Science and Technology Coordination.

19 July • Hina Rabbani Khar from Pakistan People’s Party (PP) became Pakistan’s first woman foreign minister. • Female Pakistani DMG officer, Amna Imran Khan was on 19 July 2011 awarded the Ordre National du Merite by President Nicholas Sarkozy of France. • India and USA Signed Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA).

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20 July • Russia’s Natalia Ishchenko won her third gold at the Shanghai world championships with victory in the solo free. • Kerala High Court ordered Air India to pay Rs 75 lakh compensation to the families of victims of the 2010 Mangalore air crash. • India and Sri Lanka signed a MoU to develop the Kankesanthurai port.

21 July • India accepted international norms for the prevention of air pollution emanating from ships. 22 July • Britain Announced a New Visa Category to Attract Best Talents from India. 23 July • British singer and song writer Amy Winehouse whose self-destructive habits overshadowed a distinctive musical talent was found dead in London. • India and Bangladesh opened their first border ‘haat,' or a common marketplace, at Kalaichar in Meghalaya, reviving the traditional border trade after nearly 40 years. 24 July • Uruguay won the Copa América for a record 15th time by defeating Paraguay, 3-0, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. • Lewis Hamilton of McLaren secured a brilliant victory in the German Grand Prix. 25 July • Vietnam’s lawmaking National Assembly appointed Truong Tan Sang as the communist country’s new president following Vietnam’s 13th National Assembly election. • Germany revised an advisory that had cautioned against trips to Kashmir.

26 July • World Investment Report 2011 was released by UNCTAD. • • The longlist for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction - the Man Booker Dozen announced. India Signed Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement with Lithuania.

• India and Britain confirmed trade deals worth billions of Pounds during the Economic and Financial dialogue between the two countries. 27 July • • • Six winners selected for Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2011. India and European Union Finalised an Interim Settlement on Generic Drugs. India and Pakistan Agreed to Simplify Travel procedures for People of the Divided Jammu & Kashmir.

28 July • India and Mongolia Signed Three Agreements Including Pact on Defence. 29 July • At least 10 people were killed and dozens injured following violence in China's far-western Silk Road city of Kashgar, in the latest incidence of violence to hit the frontier Xinjiang region. 30 July • Armed forces of Syria launched a heavy assault to crush anti-government protests.

31 July • McLaren's Jenson Button won the Hungarian Grand Prix.8 August 2011

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• Australian Nancy Wake, who worked as a spy and had gone on to become the Allies’ most decorated servicewomen for her role in the French resistance during World War II, died. • Lobsang Sangay Took Oath as the Kalon Tripa of Tibetans in Exile. 9 August 2011 • A Probe launched by ISAF to determine the cause of the chopper crash in Afghanistan. 10 August 2011 • India's under-16 football team coached by India coach Thomas Joseph was defeated by Pakistan 1-2 in the title clash of the SAFF Championship. • China Launched its First Aircraft Carrier on Maiden Sea Trial. 11 August 2011 • Russia defeated top-ranked Argentina to win the FIVB World junior volleyball title in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. • Palaeontologists found the fossilized remains of a giant bird that lived in Central Asia. 12 August 2011 • Scientists developed cells that can destroy leukemia within three weeks. 13 August 2011 • Astronomers discovered that the planet named TrES-2b is blacker than coal or any planet or moon in our solar system. 14 August 2011 • Novak Djokovic defeated American Mardy Fish to win the Montreal Masters • In Afghanistan, sixteen people killed as militants storm the provincial Governor's compound in Parwan.

22 August 2011 • The UN Human Rights Council ordered an investigation into violations committed by the Syrian regime during its crackdown on popular protests. 23 August 2011 • North Korea Seized All South Korean Assets at a Jointly Run Resort. • • An earthquake of magnitude 5.9 and centered in Virginia shook much of Washington, D.C. USA. Sexual-assault case against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was dismissed by Justice Michael J.

Obus of State Supreme Court in Manhattan. 24 August 2011 • India Signed Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) with Georgia. • • North Korea Agreed to Start International Talks on Denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. Senegal's Lamine Diack was reelected unopposed as president of the International Association of Athletics

Federation (IAAF). 25 August 2011 • Saudi Arabia Offered Additional 10000 seats for Haj 2011 to India. 26 August 2011 • • The Australian and British Geologists Found Evidence of the Oldest Known Fossils of Life on Earth. Prime Minister of Japan Naoto Kan announced his resignation after almost 15 months in office.

27 August 2011 • Scientists Discovered a Cheap and Effective Way to Prevent Transmission of Dengue Fever.

28 August 2011

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• A group of researchers from Canada’s Dalhousie University estimated that 8.7 million species exist on Earth. • Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull returned to the highest step of the podium for the first time in four races after he won the Belgian Grand Prix. • Maoists Vice-Chairman Baburam Bhattarai was elected Nepal's 35th prime minister.

29 August 2011 • The Japanese parliament's lower house voted in Yoshihiko Noda as the nation's sixth prime minister in five years. • Former Brazilian football star Zico was appointed as the new coach of Iraq's national football team by the Iraq Football Federation. 30 August 2011 • In Nepal, the Term of the Constituent Assembly was Extended by Three Months. 31 August 2011 • Scientists achieved a major breakthrough in the fight against Type 1 diabetes by developing a treatment which would save the sufferers from a lifetime of insulin injections. • Top 200 Asia-Pacific corporations in Forbes Asia's 'Best Under a Billion' list for 2011 released

1 September 2011 • In Libya, rebels closed in on Muammar Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte from both east and west. • Rare haul of picks, flakes and hand axes from ancient sediments recovered in Kenya.

2 September 2011 • The German city of Bonn introduced sex tax metres for street prostitutes with the objective of taxing the world’s oldest profession. 3 September 2011 • A group of Russian and US scientists launched an expedition to study unprecedented emission of methane gas in the eastern Arctic. 4 September 2011 • Planetary scientists have discovered the closest young star to Earth, named AP Columbae. • Jamaica's Usain Bolt won the Men's 4x100 Relay final and set a world record at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea. 5 September 2011 • India and Israel decided to enhance tourism cooperation 6 September 2011 • Alliance formed at Bonn Meet to deal with climate change • • UNCTAD's Trade and Development Report 2011 was launched in New Delhi American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, singer, director, and musician, Eddie Murphy was chosen to host

the 84th Academy Awards/ Oscars in February 2012 7 September 2011 • ADB approved 500 Million Dollar Loan to help India Improve Rail Services 8 September 2011 • • • India Signed Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement with Uruguay European Union announced a ban on oil imports from Syria Brazilian scientists located an underground river below the Amazon river

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• United Nations' (UN) International Literacy Day obseved

9 September 2011 • NTPC and Ceylon Electricity Board Sealed a Deal for Setting up a Power Plant in Sri Lanka

10 September 2011 • Internet search titan Google acquired restaurant review firm Zagat 11 September 2011 • • The total volume of Arctic sea ice fell to a record low in 2010, according to a new study India defeated Pakistan 4-2 in the penalty shoot-out in a nerve-wrecking final to clinch the inaugural Asian

Champions Trophy hockey tournament • Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel won the Italian Grand Prix • Australia’s Samantha Stosur on 11 September 2011 defeated Serena Williams to win the US Open crown and her first grand slam singles title 12 September • Explosion occurred at the Marcoule nuclear reprocessing plant in southern France resulting in the death of one person and injury of three others. • LG ICC Awards 2011 were presented in association with FICA taking into account performances by players and officials in the period between 11 August 2010 to 3 August 2011. • • Novak Djokovic defeated Nadal to win his first career US Open crown and fourth Grand Slam title. Leila Lopes from Angola crowned Miss Universe in Sau Paulo, Brazil.

• The head of Libya's National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, delivered his first public speech in Tripoli, the capital of Libya. • India and Turkey agreed for future cooperation in coal related areas.

13 September • Scientists discovered fossilised remains of a large predatory fish. 14 September • NASA Scientists discovered invisible Alien Planet, Kepler 19-C.

15 September • USA declared Indian Mujahideen foreign terrorist organisation. • Helle Thorning-Schmidt elected Denmark’s first female Prime Minister

16 September • Twenty-Second World Mining Congress and Expo concluded at Istanbul, Turkey. 17 September • India announced recognition for the new regime in Libya.

18 September • Scientists Discovered a Plant in Brazil that Sows its Own Seeds. • • H M Amla from South Africa topped the latest ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen. 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony was organised at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los

Angeles, California. 19 September • India signed DTAA and a pact on ITC with Estonia. • NASA'S WISE Mission captured black hole's wildly flaring jet.

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20 September • Australia under the captaincy of skipper Michael Clarke won the Test series against Sri Lanka 1-0 with the the conclusion of the second test match. • Former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani was killed by a suicide bomber killed in Kabul. • Scientists stated that the two powerful collisions with a dwarf galaxy in the past two billion years was the cause of the spiral arm structure of the Milky Way. 21 September • India-Zimbabwe agreed to expedite the ratification process of BIPA.

22 September • DDB bagged the Network of the Year trophy at the Spikes Asia Advertising Festival in Singapore. • • Former England all-rounder cricketer Dominic Cork announced his retirement from cricket at the age of 40. WikiLeaks founder founder Julian Assange’s unauthorised autobiography was released by publishers

Canongate. • India South Africa agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the MSME. 23 September • India and Nepal resumed dialogue after a gap of four years in Kathmandu.

24 September • India renewed its support to the Palestine bid for the UN membership. 25 September • Kenyan Patrick shattered the world men's marathon record by 21 seconds when he clocked two hours three minutes 38 seconds in Berlin course. • • Kenyan environmentalist & Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai died. Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany won the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix on the Marina Bay

City Circuit in Singapore

You can read compilation of all the important topics and events of the week. Update your Current Affairs Weekly with our India This Week. 26 September • Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on its Foundation Day presented the CSIR Young Scientist Awards 2011 & the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology. • Of a Certain Age: Twenty Life Sketches penned by former West Bengal governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi released. • Union Government reconstituted the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (NMCC) under the chairmanship of V. Krishnamurthy. • • Surface to surface strategic PRITHVI (P-II) Missile developed by DRDO was successfully flight tested. India Post Signed MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with National Stock Exchange for financial

awareness. • Assam Government launched an initiative to benefit construction workers. 27 September • • • Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) legislator and veteran party leader Teklal Mahato died finance ministry released the draft national public-private partnership (PPP) policy. The Gujarat Assembly Passed the Bill to Check Cow Slaughter in Gujarat.

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28 September • Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) got an approval to set up an exchange for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) from SEBI. • Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) conferred the Rajiv Gandhi International Prize for Technology in Education and Development on the Azim Premji Foundation. • Leading Punjabi playwright and theatre personality Gursharan Singh popularly known as bhajji died. Uttar Pradesh government announced the creation of three more districts. • • The Calcutta High Court held the Singur Act constitutional and valid. National Commission for Safai Karamcharis Presented Tenth Annual Report to Government.

29 September • Boeing's first long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft P-8I for the Indian Navy completed its initial flight in Seattle. • Salgaocar defeated East Bengal 3-1 in the final of the 33rd Federation Cup at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata. • PMEAC lowered its forecast for GDP growth to around 8 per cent in 2011-12, from its earlier estimate of 8.2 per cent. • France Identified the Cities of Bhopal and Maheshwar in Madhya Pradesh for Conservation of their Rich Heritages. 30 September • • Union government increased the foreign direct investment limit for FM radio from 20 per cent to 26 per cent Supreme Court of India allowed the export of more than one million tons of controversial insecticide

Endosulfan. 1 October • For the first time in India, the genome and coding parts of neem plant was Sequenced and Analysed. 2 October • The Assam Government Launched the Social Auditing Programme of Gram Panchayats on 2 October 2011.

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