Current Affairs Month of Feb 2011

Current Affairs Month of Feb 2011
International Affairs
National Affairs
Bilateral Affairs
Economic Affairs
Science and Technology
Awards
Sports
Persons


International Affairs

  • A new organisation, Anti-Corruption Citizen’s Forum (ACCF), an initiative by a group of concerned citizens including former judges and former IAS officers was formed in Hyderabad on 13 February with the objective of curbing the menace, build pressure groups and urge the government to take action. Among those in the core group that worked to form the ACCF were former Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court A. Lakshmana Rao, former Supreme Court judge B. P. Jeevan Reddy, former High Court Judge Reddappa Reddy and former Lok Ayukta Justice Ramanujam, former IAS officers K. R. Venugopal, K. Padmanabhaiah and C. Umamaheswara Rao.
  • A.P.Chief Minister, N. Kiran Kumar Reddy performed the ‘ground breaking’ ceremony for three Tata Group projects in Hyderabad on 14 February promoted Hyderabad onto the global aerospace map.Involving an investment of Rs. 1,000 crore and providing direct and indirect employment to 9,000 persons, the three aerospace manufacturing projects at Adibhatla village in Ranga Reddy district are Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructure, (joint venture between Tata Advanced Systems (TAS) and Lockheed Martin), Tata Aerospace Systems (JV of TAS and Sikorsky Aircraft) and Nova Integrated systems (Tata enterprise). They are expected to go on stream by 2011 end.
  • The A.P State Legislative Assembly has set a record of sorts by becoming the first in the country to digitise video records of all the debates in the House from 1996.The debates, digitised in DVD format, will shortly be uploaded on the Internet. Members can now take a copy of some of the historic debates or the debates in which they took part and upload it on YouTube or any other site on the Net.
  • Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) had given the conditional clearance for the 4000-MW Ultra-Mega Power Project (UMPP) at Bedabahal in Orissa.
  • Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 19 February laid the foundation stones of the country’s second National Institute of Design (NID) at Jorhat,Assam and the Assam centre of the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology (RGIPT) at Sivasagar.The first National Institute of Design was set up in Ahmedabad 50 years ago.
  • Giving in to opposition demands, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced government’s decision to set up a JPC into the 2G spectrum scam, saying the country could “ill afford” disruption of the crucial Budget session of Parliament.
  • Axis bank has formally launched the first ETM (Enywhere Teller Mechine)service in Vijayawada on15 february with the bank already tying up with over 120 merchants as POS(Point Of Sale) terminals to provide its new service to its customers. The bank has plans to extend this service all over the State by March next year by roping in nearly 500 merchants as POS terminals by that time.ETM service is more convenient as the card holder need not look for a bank’ ATM.
  • The expert group of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the task force of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) broadly agreed to settle their turf war over the jurisdiction of medical education. The National Commission for Human Resources in Health (NCHRH) will get to lay down the minimum standards of medical education, while all health-related research will come under the purview of the National Commission for Higher Education and Research (NCHER), promoted by the HRD Ministry.
  • The First Urine Bank in India has started in a village Musiri near Tiruchi,Tamil Nadu.
  • A group of naval divers on board INS Nireekshak, the Navy’s only diving support and submarine rescue vessel, set a new national record last week by diving to a depth of 233 metres in the seas off Kochi coast, bettering a record of 218 metres attained by Navy divers in March 2007.INS Nireekshak, a 3,600-tonnes ship that was commissioned into the navy in 1995, is capable of diving up to 300 metres.
  • The Centre on 18 February annulled the controversial deal between the Indian Space Research Organisation’s commercial arm Antrix Corporation and Bangalore-based Devas Multimedia.The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, paved the way for annulling the agreement by declaring that the government will not be able to provide the orbit slot in S-Band to Antrix for commercial purposes, including for its existing contractual obligations, in view of strategic requirements.
  • Japan is to extend an aid of Rs.2, 557 crore (Yen 46.401 billion) to India for three projects through its Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) programme. The projects pertain to cleaning the Yamuna in the national capital, crop diversification promotion in Himachal Pradesh and biodiversity conservation and greening in Tamil Nadu. The current aid quantum is part of the 2010 Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) ODA loan package.
  • The 71 st session of the Indian History Congress was held at the Gaur Banga University in Malda,West Bengal.
  • The two day Ministerial Conference of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) was held in New Delhi.
  • The Andhra Pradesh’s 12th annual Nandi Drama Festival got off to a colourful start at Nandyal on19 February. C. Pardhasaradhi, Commissioner, Information and Public Relations and Managing Director of AP State Film, Television and Theatre Development Corporation, formally inaugurated the festival.
  • The Supreme Court has stated in a case that -If a sessions judge passes an erroneous or patently unjustified order, the High Court concerned can suo motu question its correctness by an administrative decision.
  • Jordan’s king Abdullah II sacked his Government in the wake of street protests and asked an ex-Prime Minister Marouf-Al-Bakhit to form a new cabinet, ordering him to launch immediate political reforms. The Jordanian more follows several large protests across the country-inspired by similar demonstrations in Tunisia and Egypt, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Samir Rifai who is flamed for a rise in fuel and food prices and slowed political reforms.
  • The world’s oldest woman ‘Eunice Sanborn’ has died in Texas on (31/1/2011) aged 115,
  • King Abdullah-2 of Jordan dismissed Jordanian government on (2/2/2011).
  • India has not invited China, Pakistan and Iran for the biggest-ever airshow in this region, Aero-India 2011, which was conducted in Bangalore with official representation from as many as 60 countries.
  • In a major breakthrough that put an end to more than a month of uncertainty, India and Iran arrived at a settlement and agreed to use ‘euro’ to pay for Iranian crude oil through a german bank.
  • In a response of unrest in Egypt, the Palestinian Government in the west bank said it would hold local council elections as soon as possible.
  • India donates huge $ 2,50,000 towards the setting up of an Anti-slavery memorial which will be located in the lawn of the U.N’s head quarter in New york. This amount was handed over by India’s permanent representative to the U.N., Hardeep Puri towards the trust fund for the permanent memorial to honour the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade.
  • Ennise Sanborn (115), worlds oldest person died at Texas, United States. Since the death of Ennise Sanborn has occurred the oldest documented living person is 114 year old Besse Cooper of Georgia, U.S.A. who was born on August 26, 1896.
  • In a response to the opposition’s call seeking his immediate exit, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has agreed to quit in September this year, but on his own terms which include steering an orderly political transition in Egypt.
  • Yemeni leader Ali Abdullah Saleh under opposition pressure to stepdown, said, he would not be president for life and would stepdown in 2013.
  • Jhalanath Khanal, Chairman of the communist party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) has become a new Prime Minister for Nepal, after 7 months of uncertainity over selecting the Prime Minister post.
  • Australia’s biggest cyclone in a century named Yasi shattered entire towns, terrifying locals but causing no confirmed fatalities hit mainly in the Queensland State.
  • Thein Sein, a military general-turned-civilian leader was elected as Myanmar’s first President under its 2008 constitution on 4th February.
  • Egypt’s new military rulers have suspended the constitution, dissolved parliament and have set a six-month timeline for holding fresh parliamentary and presidential elections.
  • Gay couples in Britain are to be allowed to “marry” and given the right to hold traditional weddings under unprecedented reforms that would end the historic legal definition of marriage.
  • Burma’s parliament on 16 February agreed to form a New Supreme Court with seven members. Burma started its First Three chamber Parliament sessions simultaneously on January 31 with The House of Representatives (lower house) and the House of Nationalities (Upper House) going in to sitting in Nay Pyi Taw, Burma’s new Capital city.
  • Pro-democracy activists in Libya, inspired by democratic transitions in neighbouring Tunisia and Egypt, are facing a harsh crackdown. Around 84 people were died in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi which is said to be the epicenter of the revolution.
  • Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was detained at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi on for allegedly carrying a huge sum of undeclared foreign currency.

National Affairs

  • A.P.Chief Minister, N. Kiran Kumar Reddy performed the ‘ground breaking’ ceremony for three Tata Group projects in Hyderabad on 14 February promoted Hyderabad onto the global aerospace map.Involving an investment of Rs. 1,000 crore and providing direct and indirect employment to 9,000 persons, the three aerospace manufacturing projects at Adibhatla village in Ranga Reddy district are Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructure, (joint venture between Tata Advanced Systems (TAS) and Lockheed Martin), Tata Aerospace Systems (JV of TAS and Sikorsky Aircraft) and Nova Integrated systems (Tata enterprise). They are expected to go on stream by 2011 end.
  • The A.P State Legislative Assembly has set a record of sorts by becoming the first in the country to digitise video records of all the debates in the House from 1996.The debates, digitised in DVD format, will shortly be uploaded on the Internet. Members can now take a copy of some of the historic debates or the debates in which they took part and upload it on YouTube or any other site on the Net.
  • Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) had given the conditional clearance for the 4000-MW Ultra-Mega Power Project (UMPP) at Bedabahal in Orissa.
  • Japan is to extend an aid of Rs.2, 557 crore (Yen 46.401 billion) to India for three projects through its Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) programme. The projects pertain to cleaning the Yamuna in the national capital, crop diversification promotion in Himachal Pradesh and biodiversity conservation and greening in Tamil Nadu. The current aid quantum is part of the 2010 Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) ODA loan package.
  • The 71 st session of the Indian History Congress was held at the Gaur Banga University in Malda,West Bengal.
  • The two day Ministerial Conference of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) was held in New Delhi.
  • The Andhra Pradesh’s 12th annual Nandi Drama Festival got off to a colourful start at Nandyal on19 February. C. Pardhasaradhi, Commissioner, Information and Public Relations and Managing Director of AP State Film, Television and Theatre Development Corporation, formally inaugurated the festival.
  • The Supreme Court has stated in a case that -If a sessions judge passes an erroneous or patently unjustified order, the High Court concerned can suo motu question its correctness by an administrative decision.
  • The Gigantic Industrial exhibition ‘win-2011’ being organised at Istanbul from feb 3-6. India has been named as “Partner Country” for the exhibition over 44,000 firms and 60 other countries are taking part in the show.
  • The annual Flemingo festival on Feb 15 & 16 would be conducted to mark the arrival of migratory birds for their winter sojourn to Nelapattu Birds Sanctuary near sullurpet.
  • Orissa Cheif Minister Naveen Patnaik has inaugurated the 3-day All-India Telugu conference here Khammam (A.P.) This only district from Andhra Pradesh has been selected for the Central-sponsored ‘Bal Bandhu’ Scheme. This scheme has been introduced for-protection of children’s rights in areas of civil unrest ‘through the intervention of the community and enabling the children access education, health, nutrition and safety provisions.
  • The central government has selected 10 dt’s across five states for implementing of the scheme.
  • The Union Health Minister inaugurated the newly – constructed Central Days Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) Bhavan in Hyderabad.
  • Prime Minister inaugurated the 5-day Common Wealth Law Conference, largest event of its kind in the common law world in Hyderabad from February 5-9.
  • The one-man justice (Rt) ShivRaj Patil Committee that looked into the processes and procedures followed by the department of telecommunications in the allocation of licenses and spectrum between 2001 and 2009 has identified officially responsible for serious lapses in implementing the telecom policy transparently and fairly. Shivraj Patil submitted the report to the Union Communications Minister Kapil Sibal.
  • The annual Surajkund Mela, that highlights the finest handloom and handicraft traditions of the country has started from February 1st, at surajkund village near South Delhi. Uzbekistan is the partner country of 25th Surajkund Craft Mela-2011. The magic of vibrant Andhra Pradesh is the theme state for this year mela.
  • Magsaysay award winner and activist Sandeep Pandey has decided to return the ‘Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) Achievement Award, that was presented to him in 2009, February to the government, as no action has been taken yet in a 2009 incident in which dalit workers were beaten by the husband of a former panchayat leader when the workers had come to inspect the NREGS documents related to their wages.
  • A huge amount of foreign currency around Rs 7 cr was seized during the raids at a transit home of 17th Karmapa Ugyen Trinely Dorje at Sidhbari (Dharmasala), Himachal Pradesh.
  • The Shunglu Committee submitted its interim-report on irregularities in awarding broadcasting rights during common wealth Games. It strongly indicting the suspended Prasar Bharati CEO, B.S. Lalli and Doordarshan D-G Aruna Sharma for colluding with U.K. based broadcasting firm SIS live during the CWG’s-2010, that resulted in a loss of Rs. 135 cr to the Government, and called for strict action against them under IPC and the prevention of corruption Act.
  • United State’s renowned Duke University has decided to set up its branch in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inaugurated the Chief Minsters conference on Internal security in New Delhi and warned that serious challenges and threats to the country’s internal security still persist from left-wing extremism, cross-border terrorism and religious fundamentalism and ethnic violence.
  • The central bureau of Investigation (CBI) on 2nd February arrested the former Union communications and Information technology Minister, A. Raja and two officers who had worked under him, for their role in the grant of licenses and allocation of 2G-spectrum during 2008 in violation of establishing guidelines and procedures.
  • Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says – the centre proposes to create a Biometric data base of all workers covered under the Mahatma Gandhi NREGS. It will be used to authenticate work applications, work site attendance and wage payments.
  • The Pepperdine University of California, U.S.A., Considered one of the top-20 universities in the world has proposed to setup its campus in the Andhra Pradesh state with an investment of $ 1,000 cr.
  • Census-2011 termed as the largest peace time mobilisation in the world, will see the massive exercise of population enumeration across the country simultaneously between February 9 and 28. Registrar-General and Census Commission C.Chandramouli said that the biggest ever census attempted in the history of mankind to enumerate the country’s 1.2 billion population would be conducted across 35 states and U.T’s.
  • The exercise will mark a mile stone, as the first ever National Population Register (NPR) will also be prepared.
  • The population enumeration has already been done in the snow-based areas of Himachal Pradesh, J&K and some other parts of the country.
  • The IIM-Ahmedabad has been placed 11th in the Financial Times Global MBA ranking
    of the world’s top 100 business schools in 2011.

  • Speaking at the 11th Delhi sustainable development summit, P.M. Manmohan Singh said that – India is set to reduce the emissions intensity of our GDP by 20% etween 2005 and 2020 and India had setup a National Action Plan on Climate change which will have 8 national missions to look into different areas of sustainability and energy efficiency.
  • The department of posts announced a strategic partnership with the unique identification authority of India (UIDAI) for registration and distribution of Unique Identification (UID) cards to the citizens.
  • Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) Chairman, Nandan Nilekani who also headed the ‘Technology Advisory Group for Unique Projects’ (TAGUP) submitted the report to the Finance Minister, Pranab Mukherjee.
  • Railway Minister Mamata Benarjee announced the setting up of a wagon component Factory near Nandigram, West Bengal.
  • The Rail coach factory in Kapurtala rolled out 15 coaches of the country’s first jerk-free Duranto express train to be run on the Mumbai -Secunderabad section.
  • The United Liberation front of Assam (ULFA) said that its general council had endorsed the resolution of the Central Executive Council (CEC) to sit for talks with the centre without any pre-conditions.
  • The Indian Air Force (IAF) has inducted the tactical aircraft transport C-130J Super Hercules aircraft at the Hindon Air force station, Ghaziabad.
  • If was manufactured by Lockheed Martin, USA and it can be used for troop deployment, special operations, air-to-air refueling & disaster relief etc.
  • Notorious psychopath killer Nalla Nagender Reddy, 29, who had been on the run since May 2009, was shot dead in a police encounter in Benguluru early on (2/1/2011). A native of Subashnager in Nizamabad.
  • An Army helicopter crashed at near Nasik residential area in Maharasta on (2/2/2011), Killing pilot Major ‘Bhanu Chandar Gupta’ and co-pilot Major ‘Atul Garje’. Bhanu native of ‘Vijayanagaram’ in Andhra Pradesh. Atul Garje native of ‘Maharastra’.
  • University of Hyderabad singned a MoU with Norway’s largest and oldest public institution, University of Oslo. The thrust areas of the association include collaborative research, exchange of scholars and informaion.
  • The Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board organised a workshop as part of World ‘Wetlands Day’ It was Inaugurated by A.Surendar Raj, joint chief environment engineer.
  • Palamuru University got Guinness World Record, said by VC Gopal Reddy for the ‘largest barefoot walk’, 2500 people in various age groups participated in university campus. The existing Guinness record involving 1,141 participants was held by Infinitus Company Ltd, China.
  • Maa TV launches two new channels named ‘Maa Movies’ and ‘Maa Junior’ on Friday at Hyderabad. Film actor Ram Charan was inducted as a Director on the board of the channel network.
  • 17th Legal Conference of Common Wealth Nations started at Hi-tec Convenction Center in Hyderabad on 5/2/2011. After 40 years First Legal Conference held in India.
  • “Indian School of Business” Ranked 13th Place for Global MBA Ranking-2011.The “Financial Times” has released the Global MBA Rankings.
  • 14 youths, travelling atop Himagiri Express train, were killed when they hit against an over head bridge near the Rosa station in Shahjahanpur district of Uttar Pradesh
  • Cracker unit blast occurred at ‘Shornur’ near ‘Palakkad’ in Kerala on (1/2/2010).
  • Two sisters were killed by Lashkare Terrorists at Sopora, Baramulla District in Kashmir
  • The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, has been placed 11th in The Financial Times Global MBA Ranking of the world’s top 100 business schools in 2011.
  • The population enumeration phase of Census 2011 that is to start on February 9 and continue till February 28 will feature several “firsts” in the history of census in India. For publicising the Census 2011, the Union Home Ministry has roped in cricket star ‘Sachin Tendulkar’ and film actor ‘Priyanka Chopra’ to campaign free of cost. Deputy General Rigistar Mr. Banerjee said, the UNICEF – partner of Census 2011- has roped in the two personalities and they will be seen in ads with the slogan “You count, so we count”.
  • Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 19 February laid the foundation stones of the country’s second National Institute of Design (NID) at Jorhat,Assam and the Assam centre of the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology (RGIPT) at Sivasagar.The first National Institute of Design was set up in Ahmedabad 50 years ago.
  • Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was detained at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi on for allegedly carrying a huge sum of undeclared foreign currency.
  • A new organisation, Anti-Corruption Citizen’s Forum (ACCF), an initiative by a group of concerned citizens including former judges and former IAS officers was formed in Hyderabad on 13 February with the objective of curbing the menace, build pressure groups and urge the government to take action. Among those in the core group that worked to form the ACCF were former Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court A. Lakshmana Rao, former Supreme Court judge B. P. Jeevan Reddy, former High Court Judge Reddappa Reddy and former Lok Ayukta Justice Ramanujam, former IAS officers K. R. Venugopal, K. Padmanabhaiah and C. Umamaheswara Rao.
  • Giving in to opposition demands, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced government’s decision to set up a JPC into the 2G spectrum scam, saying the country could “ill afford” disruption of the crucial Budget session of Parliament.
  • Axis bank has formally launched the first ETM (Enywhere Teller Mechine)service in Vijayawada on15 february with the bank already tying up with over 120 merchants as POS(Point Of Sale) terminals to provide its new service to its customers. The bank has plans to extend this service all over the State by March next year by roping in nearly 500 merchants as POS terminals by that time.ETM service is more convenient as the card holder need not look for a bank’ ATM.
  • The expert group of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the task force of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) broadly agreed to settle their turf war over the jurisdiction of medical education. The National Commission for Human Resources in Health (NCHRH) will get to lay down the minimum standards of medical education, while all health-related research will come under the purview of the National Commission for Higher Education and Research (NCHER), promoted by the HRD Ministry.
  • The First Urine Bank in India has started in a village Musiri near Tiruchi, Tamil Nadu.
  • A group of naval divers on board INS Nireekshak, the Navy’s only diving support and submarine rescue vessel, set a new national record last week by diving to a depth of 233 metres in the seas off Kochi coast, bettering a record of 218 metres attained by Navy divers in March 2007.INS Nireekshak, a 3,600-tonnes ship that was commissioned into the navy in 1995, is capable of diving up to 300 metres.
  • The Centre on 18 February annulled the controversial deal between the Indian Space Research Organisation’s commercial arm Antrix Corporation and Bangalore-based Devas Multimedia.The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, paved the way for annulling the agreement by declaring that the government will not be able to provide the orbit slot in S-Band to Antrix for commercial purposes, including for its existing contractual obligations, in view of strategic requirements.

Bilateral Affairss

  • Describing the CEPA as New Delhi’s most ambitious economic pact so far, an Indian official said the country’s sensitive sectors “are fully protected.” Agriculture, fruits, spices, wheat, basmati rice, edible oils, wines and spirits and also certain categories of industrial products in the auto and auto-parts sector were cited. Significant access to the Japanese market was now possible for Indian textiles, petrochemicals, chemical products, jewellery and cement. Japan would now extend its own “national treatment” in respect of Indian generic medicines. The Indian pharmaceutical industry is set to gain in a big way with Japan, the world’s second largest market, agreeing to open up by removing import duty on generic drugs shipped from here. As part of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement signed between India and Japan on 16 February, for the first time ever Japan has committed to give the same treatment to the pharma industry here as it gives to the domestic industry.
  • India’s Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma and Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara signed the bilateral Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) in Tokyo on 16 February. In this context Mr. Sharma proposed a two-way trade target of $25 billion by 2014, a doubling of the pre-CEPA level. The economic pact will come into force after the completion of national procedures.During the meeting Japan proposed the joint exploration with India for the development of Rare Earth Minerals.Tokyo also affirmed its commitment to “the steady implementation” of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) and the related dedicated freight corridor.
  • Union commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma, and Malaysian International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Mohamed have signed the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA), at Putrajaya,the New Administrative Capital of Malaysia. The India-Malaysia trade target now was 15 billion dollar by 2015.

Economic Affairs

  • Japan’s gross domestic product fell an annualised 1.1 per cent in the fourth quarter in 2010, marking the first decline in five quarters due to a drop in exports, diminishing government stimulus programmes and weak consumer consumption, said the sources on 14 February .According to the data, Japan has now lost its position as the world’s second largest economy to China.
  • The World Bank has stated in its latest report that India can generate 68,000 MW of power, costing less than Rs.6 a unit from renewable energy sources, a step that can address the country’s energy security concerns.
  • Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Jaipal Reddy on 15 February, dedicated to the nation India’s largest naphtha cracker plant at Indian Oil Corporation’s (IOCs) Panipat Complex, Haryana.The complex has been commissioned in 46 months, which compares with the global standard for similar capacity plants and is ahead of average time taken in setting up similar units in India. With the completion of this petrochemicals complex, IOC has crossed a major milestone in realising its aspiration to emerge as an integrated and diversified company.
  • Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) ,Hyderabad has retained its number one position and has been ranked amongst the top airports in its category in the world for the second year in a row in the latest ASQ (Airport Service Quality) rankings of the Airports Council International (ACI).Besides RGIA, Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), has been ranked fourth. Both the airports are operated by the GMR group-led consortia. IGIA’s ranking was in the group of 25-40 mppa (million passengers per annum). This niche league features the world’s best airports like Incheon-Seoul; Changi-Singapore and Shanghai Pudong-China.The awards will be presented on April 7, 2011 during ACI conference at the ACI Asia Pacific Regional Conference and Exhibition to be held at New Delhi. As many as 153 airports across the globe, including six Indian airports participated in the ASQ survey in 2010.
  • World’s largest truck maker Daimler AG, which is setting up a state-of-the-art commercial vehicle facility at Oragadam near Chennai, will roll out the BharatBenz brand of trucks in 2012.Daimler will launch a range of Bharat Benz trucks from 6 to 49 tonnes, catering to different applications.
  • India on 18 February adopted the New Consumer Price Index (CPI) that will reflect the actual movement of prices at the micro-level. As per the new series, the CPI has increased to 106 in January from a base of 100 in 2010 (inflation of 6 per cent).The Central Statistics Office (CSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, has introduced the new series of consumer price indices for all-India, and States and union territories separately for rural, urban and combined for the purpose of intra temporal price comparison with effect from January, 2011, with 2010 as the base year.
  • G20 Finance Ministers meeting in Paris on 19 February reached a compromise deal to correct global economic imbalances and expressed concern over excessive commodity price volatility impacting the world food security.Pranab Mukherji attended the meeting from India.
  • India on 2nd February inked a revised tax treaty with norway for exchange of information to check tax evasion and prevent the flow of black money between the two countries. This new DTAA (Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement) will replace the existing double taxation avoidance convention (DTAC) that was signed between the two countries on decemeber 31, 1986.
  • The National Association of software & service companies (NASSCOM) on 2nd February said, the Indian IT-BPO sector was estimated to grow 19% in the current financial year to reach $ 76 billion in revenues. Exports would continue to be the main stay of the industry with estimated growth of 18.7% to $ 59 billion revenue, while the domestic market is estimated to grow 16% to aggregate Rs 78,700 Cr in 2010-11. Direct employment is expected to reach nearly 25.40 lakh, an addition of 2.40 lakh employees in 2010-11.
  • In a major breakthrough that put an end to more than a month of uncertainty. India and Iran on 3rd February arrived at a settlement and agreed to use EURO to pay for Iranian crude oil through a German bank named EIH Bank
  • Japan’s gross domestic product fell an annualised 1.1 per cent in the fourth quarter in 2010, marking the first decline in five quarters due to a drop in exports, diminishing government stimulus programmes and weak consumer consumption, said the sources on 14 February .According to the data, Japan has now lost its position as the world’s second largest economy to China.
  • The World Bank has stated in its latest report that India can generate 68,000 MW of power, costing less than Rs.6 a unit from renewable energy sources, a step that can address the country’s energy security concerns.
  • G20 Finance Ministers meeting in Paris on 19 February reached a compromise deal to correct global economic imbalances and expressed concern over excessive commodity price volatility impacting the world food security.Pranab Mukherji attended the meeting from India.
  • A ban on sale of Ayurvedic and other Herbal medicine will take effect across Europe from may 1st, following a E.U. directive, introduced as a response to growing concern over adverse effects of such alternative medicines.
  • India’s GDP (gross domestic product) growth stands revised upwards to 8 percent for 2009-10 from the 7.4 per cent expansion estimated earlier for the fiscal, mainly on the strength of better showing by sectors such as manufacturing and services.
  • The Per capita income at 2004-05 prices is estimated at Rs 33,731 for 2009-10, up from 31,801 in 2008-09, showing an increase of 6.1% Per capita income at current prices rose 14.5% to Rs 46,492 in 2009-10 compared to Rs 40,605 crore in the previous fiscal. National income or the size of the economy rose 16.1% at current prices to Rs 60,95,230 crore compared to Rs 52,49,163 crore in 2008-09.
  • United India Insurance Company has won the “Skoch Financial Inclusion Award -2010”. Company Managing Director G.Srinivasan received the Award from K.C.Chakrabarthy, Deputy Governor Reserve Bank of India at Chennai
  • Food inflation rose to 17.05 per cent for the week ended January 22, from 15.57 per cent in the previous week, driven by higher prices of vegetable, fruits and eggs.
  • India’s foreign exchange reserves fell marginally to $ 299.172 billion during the week ended from $ 299.395 billion in the previous week, said by Reserve bank of India.
  • Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Jaipal Reddy on 15 February, dedicated to the nation India’s largest naphtha cracker plant at Indian Oil Corporation’s (IOCs) Panipat Complex, Haryana.The complex has been commissioned in 46 months, which compares with the global standard for similar capacity plants and is ahead of average time taken in setting up similar units in India. With the completion of this petrochemicals complex, IOC has crossed a major milestone in realising its aspiration to emerge as an integrated and diversified company.
  • Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) ,Hyderabad has retained its number one position and has been ranked amongst the top airports in its category in the world for the second year in a row in the latest ASQ (Airport Service Quality) rankings of the Airports Council International (ACI).Besides RGIA, Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), has been ranked fourth. Both the airports are operated by the GMR group-led consortia. IGIA’s ranking was in the group of 25-40 mppa (million passengers per annum). This niche league features the world’s best airports like Incheon-Seoul; Changi-Singapore and Shanghai Pudong-China.The awards will be presented on April 7, 2011 during ACI conference at the ACI Asia Pacific Regional Conference and Exhibition to be held at New Delhi. As many as 153 airports across the globe, including six Indian airports participated in the ASQ survey in 2010.
  • World’s largest truck maker Daimler AG, which is setting up a state-of-the-art commercial vehicle facility at Oragadam near Chennai, will roll out the BharatBenz brand of trucks in 2012.Daimler will launch a range of Bharat Benz trucks from 6 to 49 tonnes, catering to different applications.
  • India on 18 February adopted the New Consumer Price Index (CPI) that will reflect the actual movement of prices at the micro-level. As per the new series, the CPI has increased to 106 in January from a base of 100 in 2010 (inflation of 6 per cent).The Central Statistics Office (CSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, has introduced the new series of consumer price indices for all-India, and States and union territories separately for rural, urban and combined for the purpose of intra temporal price comparison with effect from January, 2011, with 2010 as the base year.


Science and Technology

  • The defence research and development organization (DRDO) has launched multi-repellent wipes that will be available to the public at large, with India’s trajectory of malaria, dengue and chikungunya epidemics on the rise.

Awards

  • A project on the use of geoinformatics in the implementation of the Forest Rights Act, 2006 in Maharashtra by the Tribal Research and Training Institute (TRTI), Pune has been given the national e-governance award, 2010-11(silver) in Aurangabad.
  • Ajay Parida, Executive Director,M.S,Swaminathan Research Foundation, has been selected for the prestigious TATAinnovation fellowship of the Department of Biotechnology,Government of India.
  • The King’s Speech continued its regal progress through the awards season, winning the Best Film award at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony in London.Colin Firth(The kings Speech)and Natalie Portman(Black Swan) have bagged the Best actor and Best Actress Awards.
  • Dr. Singh presented the Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed awards to eminent journalist M.J. Akbar (the recipient for 2008) and noted Gandhian and freedom fighter Hema Bharali (for 2009) in Guwahati.
  • V. Shanta, chairperson of the Cancer Institute, Adyar, Chennai, has been selected for the Y. Nayudamma Memorial Award for 2010.Dr. Shanta has been chosen in recognition of her tireless efforts for over five decades towards bringing solace to lakhs of men, women and children, afflicted with the dreaded disease in the country,Justice N.V. Ramana of the Andhra Pradesh High Court will present her the award at a function at Tenali, Andhra pradesh on March 5.
  • A project on the use of geoinformatics in the implementation of the Forest Rights Act, 2006 in Maharashtra by Tribal Research and Training Institute (TRTI), Pune has been given the national e-governance award, 2010-11(silver) urangabad.
  • Parida cutive Director,M.S,Swaminathan Research Foundation, has been selected for prestigious TATAinnovation fellowship he Department of Biotechnology,Government of India.
  • King’s Speech nued its regal progress through the awards season, winning Best Film award e British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony in London.Colin Firth(The kings Speech)and Natalie Portman(Black Swan) have bagged the Best actor and Best Actress Awards.
  • Dr. Singh presented ,b> Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed awards to eminent journalist M.J. Akbar (the recipient for 2008) and noted Gandhian and freedom fighter Hema Bharali (for 2009) in Guwahati.
  • V. Shanta, chairperson of the Cancer Institute, Adyar, Chennai, has been selected for the Y. Nayudamma Memorial Award for 2010.Dr. Shanta has been chosen in recognition of her tireless efforts for over five decades towards bringing solace to lakhs of men, women and children, afflicted with the dreaded disease in the country,Justice N.V. Ramana of the Andhra Pradesh High Court will present her the award at a function at Tenali, Andhra pradesh on March 5.
  • Singer Yesudas gets Swathi Puraskaram, Kerala’s highest music award.
  • Actors Anushka, Thamanna and Arya have been elected for Tamil nadu Government’s prestigious – Kalaimani award for the year 2010.
  • Pakistani-American writer H.M.Naqui has been selected for the D.S.C. South Asian Literature Award. His novel ‘Home Boy’ has been selected for the award.
  • Salim’s novel ‘Kuluthunna Poola Thota’ (Telugu) on background of AIDS, was selected for the Union Governments – Sahitya Academi Award for the year-2010.

Sports

  • Virdhawal Khade of Maharashtra and b.richa b Mishrathe best swimmers in the 34th National Games held in jharkand.Khade won two golds with record time on the final day to take home eight gold medals all with record time and a silver. Richa won 11 golds, four silvers and a bronze for a total of a whooping 16 medals. Such a wonderful performance earned them the tag of best swimmers. Tamil Nadu’s teenage sensation A.V. Jayaveena won her third bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke while her elder brother Jayawant Vijaya Kumar earned a bronze in a tough field of 100m freestyle.
  • Shooter Sanjeev Rajput was on the high picking up his sixth gold medal, third individual, in the men’s 50m rifle three position.
  • Defending champion Orissa retained the football gold edging past Manipur 2-1 in the women’s football final at Jamshedpur.
  • Spain’s Alvaro Quiros won the Dubai Desert Classic Golf tournament on 13 february.Tiger Woods ended his challenge with a disappointing end in this tournament.
  • Kenyan Mugu Antony Ngudu triumphed at the SDAT Chennai Marathon 2011, comfortably outpacing Indian rival Ramsingh, as he logged just over two hours and 15 minutes in covering the 42.2 km course, on 13 February.
  • Union sports minister Ajay Maken on 13 february visited the Usha school of Athletics at Kinalur, near Kozhikode, and offered a Central assistance of Rs 5 crore to set up a synthetic track at the school.
  • Virdhawal Khade of Maharashtra and Goa’s Talasha Prabhu emerged the fastest swimmers of the 34th National Games held at Ranchi.
  • A.V. Jayaveena, a 12-year-old sensation swimmer from Tamil Nadu, was the cynosure of all eyes at the 34th National Games at Ranchi. Jayaveena, who had clinched two bronze medals earlier, emerged with her first silver in her pet event — 50m breaststroke.
  • The 10th ICC Cricket World Cup was ushered in with joy and anticipation at the Bangabandhu Stadium, Dhaka on 17 February.
  • Pakistan won the One-Day series against New zealand 3-2, second match dismissed due to the rain. Pakistan won their first one-day series since November 2008.
  • Gordon Greednidge’ received the 1979 CEAT player of the award from Sunil Gavaskar in Mumbai on 3/2/2011.
  • Former England international and Manchester United full-back ‘Gary Neville’ retired from football on 2/2/2011
  • The tainted Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir together with their agent, Mazhar Majeed have been charged with corruption offences, Egland’s prosecution service said on (4/2/2011).They were in the spot-fixing scandal that emerged last year.
  • Tamil Nadu bagged its second National Games gold, defeating Kerala 19-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-19 in the men’s volleyball final at the Haribansh Tana Bhagat Indoor Stadium at Dhaka.
  • Tamil nadu won the K.S. Subbaiah Pillai Trophy one day cricket tournament by defeating Hyderabad in Perinthalmanna,Kerala.
  • Virdhawal Khade of Maharashtra and Richa Mishra of Delhi are termed to be the best swimmers in the 34th National Games held in jharkand.Khade won two golds with record time on the final day to take home eight gold medals all with record time and a silver. Richa won 11 golds, four silvers and a bronze for a total of a whooping 16 medals. Such a wonderful performance earned them the tag of best swimmers. Tamil Nadu’s teenage sensation A.V. Jayaveena won her third bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke while her elder brother Jayawant Vijaya Kumar earned a bronze in a tough field of 100m freestyle.
  • Shooter Sanjeev Rajput on the high picking up sixth gold medal, d individual, in the men’s rifle three position.
  • Defending champion Orissa retained the ball gold g past Manipur 2-1 in women’s football final amshedpur.
  • India bagged the overall championship in the fifth Common Wealth Taekwondo Championship, which concluded in Chennai.
  • Tennis legend Andre Agassi inducted into international Hall of fame.
  • Bubba watson won the $ 5.8 million farmers insurance golf open, claimed his second career US PGA title.
  • Top Indian squash player, Dipika Pallikal, reached her career-best ranking in WISPA by rising to the 24th sport.
  • An Anti-corruption tribunal of the ICC has banned former Pakistan captain salman butt, Md. Asif and Md. Amir for 10, 7 and 5 years respectively for their role in a spot-fixing betting scan during a test match against England at Lord’s last year.
  • South zone lifted the Duleep trophy after a gap of 15 years beating north zone by 7 wickets at visakhapatnam.
  • Gaganjeet Bhullar won the PGTI players Golf Championship conducted in Kolkata.
  • Japan’s Takashi Uchiyama won the WBA super featherweight world title match against Takashi Miura in Tokyo.
  • Former Indian allrounder Robin Singh will coach the United States cricket team in the qualifying rounds (America) for the under-19 World cup.
  • Spain’s Alvaro Quiros won the Dubai Desert Classic Golf tournament on 13 february.Tiger Woods ended his challenge with a disappointing end in this tournament.
  • Kenyan Mugu Antony Ngudu triumphed at the SDAT Chennai Marathon 2011, comfortably outpacing Indian rival Ramsingh, as he logged just over two hours and 15 minutes in covering the 42.2 km course, on 13 February.
  • Union sports minister Ajay Maken on 13 february visited the Usha school of Athletics at Kinalur, near Kozhikode, and offered a Central assistance of Rs 5 crore to set up a synthetic track at the school.
  • Virdhawal Khade of Maharashtra and Goa’s Talasha Prabhu emerged the fastest swimmers of the 34th National Games held at Ranchi.
  • A.V. Jayaveena, a 12-year-old sensation swimmer from Tamil Nadu, was the cynosure of all eyes at the 34th National Games at Ranchi. Jayaveena, who had clinched two bronze medals earlier, emerged with her first silver in her pet event — 50m breaststroke.
  • The 10th ICC Cricket World Cup was ushered in with joy and anticipation at the Bangabandhu Stadium, Dhaka on 17 February.
  • Tamil Nadu bagged its second National Games gold, defeating Kerala 19-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-19 in the men’s volleyball final at the Haribansh Tana Bhagat Indoor Stadium at Dhaka.
  • Tamil nadu won the K.S. Subbaiah Pillai Trophy one day cricket tournament by defeating Hyderabad in Perinthalmanna,Kerala.

Persons

  • Kamal Nath – Union Minister for Urban Development, has been Summoned by a New york court for his alleged role in the Anti-sikh riots in 1984. The summons related to a case field by a NGO which calls itself sikhs for justice in a New york court.
  • Andre Agassi – This U.s. Tennis legend inducted into International Hall of Fame.
  • Ram Baran Yadav – Nepal President, visited Tirupathi and Salarjung museum at Hyderabad. He arrived Andhra Pradesh during his 10-day India visit.
  • The trial is scheduled to open on April 6 according to a statement released by the judiciary. The Prime Minister will be tried by a bench of three woman judges.
  • U.K. Sinha -Took charge as the Securities and Exchange Board of India’s (SEBI) Chairman from the outgoing chief, C. B. Bhave.
  • World Famous Hollywood Music Director “John Bari” died in New Yark on from heart attack. He was composed the music for Bond Movies. He was 77 Years old.

  • Marc Grossman- He was appointed as the United State’s special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
  • Silvio Berlusconi-Italian Prime Minister, he is to stand trial on charges of abuse of power and paying underage prostitutes for sex — a crime in Italy despite the fact that prostitution is legal and the age of consent is 14. The trial is scheduled to open on April 6 according to a statement released by the judiciary. The Prime Minister will be tried by a bench of three woman judges.
  • U.K. Sinha -Took charge as the Securities and Exchange Board of India’s (SEBI) Chairman from the outgoing chief, C. B. Bhave.
  • G.R.Sufi – He was appointed as the first Cheif Information Commissioner (CIC) of J&K.
  • Vivek Murthy – An Indian – American has been appointed to the Barack Obama’s advisory group on prevention, Health, promotion and Integration & Public Health.
  • Islam Siddique – An Indian-American was appointed as U.S. Presidents Chief Agricultural Negotiator.
  • Oxygen Trinley Dorje: He is Tibetan Buddhism’s third most important leader and 17th reincarnate in the centuries old succession of the karmapa lama and spiritual lead of the powerful karma-kagyu seet. A Huge amount of foreign currency of about Rs. 17 cr. has been seized from his sidhbaris (Dharmasala) Gyuto Tantric temple, H.P. by the police.

  • K.Satchidananda Murthy (87) – died at Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. Distinguished Philosopher, Prolific writer and policy maker in Higher Education. He was conferred with B.C. Roy National Award, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan (2001) Awards.
  • K.Subrahmanyam, the pre-eminent security and foreign policy thinker who played a key role in shaping government and public thinking on key issues and helped draft India’s nuclear doctrine, died at New Delhi. He was 82 years old.


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  1. shaik.khasimvali says:

    you can also publish articles,notes about national movement,the parts of freedom movement,subjects releated to polity,science and technology etc.. which may help to a diverse student community…..

  2. Danish says:

    Nice Effort. Keep it up.

  3. santosh says:

    when will be the result of sbi clerk exam held on 16 jan 2011? send urgently.

  4. GUNDALA PURNACHANDRA RAO says:

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