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ABM: Anti Ballistic Missiles
ABVP: Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad
AC: Alternating Current; Ashoka Chakra
ACU: Asian Currency Union
AD: anno Domini; in the year of Lord Christ
ADB: Asian Development Bank
ADC: Aide-de-Camp; Access Deficit Charge
ADF: Asian Development Fund
ADS: Air Defence Ship
AJT: Advanced Jet Trainer
AG: Accountant General; Adjutant General
AI: Air India
AIDS: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
AIIMS: All India Institute of Medical Sciences
AIR: All India Radio; Annual Information Report
AITUC: All India Trade Union Congress
AJT: Advanced Jet Trainer
ALH: Advanced Light Helicopter
AM: ante meridiem; before noon
AMC: Army Medical Corps; Asset Management Companies
AME: Associate Member of the Institute of Engineers
APC: Agricultural Prices Commission
APEC: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
APPLE: Ariane Passenger Payload Experiment
APPU: Asian Pacific Postal Union
ARC: Asset Reconstruction Company
ARDR: Agricultural and Rural Debt Relief
ASAT: Anti-Satellite weapon
ASC: Army Service Corps
ASCI: Advanced Strategic Computing Initiative
ASCII: American Standard Code for Information
ASEAN: Association of South-East Asian Nations
ASEM: Asia-Europe Meeting
ASIMO: Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility
ASLV: Augmented Satellite Launch Vehicle
ASMA: Antarctica Specially Managed Area
ASSOCHAM: Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry
ATA: Air Time Authority; Allen Telescope Array
ATC: Air Traffic Controller
ATM: Automatic Teller Machine
ATR: Action Taken Report
ATV: Automatic Transfer Vehicle
AUM: Assets Under Management
AVC: Army Veterinary Corps
AVM: Additional Volatility Margin
AWACS: Airborne Warning and Control System

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Radhika Plakkot-Winner of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Posted by admin on June 22nd, 2010

Radhika Plakkot, an Indian American science teacher has been named among one of the 103 mathematics and science teachers for the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching by the United States President Barak Obama.

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General Awareness/Computer Knowledge Questions

1. Balmiki Prasad Singh has taken over as Governor of _____

(A) Goa

(B) Bihar

(C) Meghalaya

(D) Sikkim

(E) None of these

Ans (D)

2. The Paralympic Games in September 2008 were held at _____

(A) Tokyo

(B) New York

(C) Madrid

(D) Stckholm

(E) Beijing

Ans (E)

3. Which of the folowing is/are True about the National Rainfed Area Authority (NRAA) which was in news recently?

(1) The NRAA was set-up in 1955 at the initiative of the then Prime Minister J.L.Nehru

(2) NRAA was established to co-ordinate the work of five ministries associated with the development of rainfed areas

(3) NRAA is now converted into a Corporation of the same name

(A) Only 1

(B) Only 2

(C) Only 3

(D) All 1 , 2 & 3

(E) None of these

Ans (B)

4. Dalichi Sankyo has recently taken over which of the following Companies/Corporation of Indian base /

(A) Jet Airways

(B) Ranbaxy

(C) Bhilai Steel Plant

(D) National Textiles Corporation

(E) None of these

Ans (B)

5. The recent report on Global Development Finance released by the World Bank has projected India’s GDP growth rate at which of the following levels?

(A) 5 %

(B) 6 %

(C) 7 %

(D) 8 %

(E) 9 %

Ans (C)

6. which of the following cities is placed at the top of the list of cities found suitable for “Global Commerce” compiled by the master cards? (Result of the survey were published in various financial newspaper)

(A) London

(B) New York

(C) Tokyo

(D) Beijing

(E) Mumbai

Ans (D)

7. The New Capital Adequacy Framework prescribed for banks in commonly known as ___

(A) Credit Policy

(B) Monetary Policy

(C) KYC Norms

(D) Basel Accord

(E) None of these

Ans (D)

8. As we all know Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) in the percentage of the deposit banks keep in reserve with them . This ratio is also known as ___

(A) Repo Rate

(B) Reserve Repo Rate


(D) Liquidity Ratio

(E) None of these

Ans (E)

9. The sudden turn of events in the economic environmental globally , in the last four to five month have resulted in slowing down of India’s economic growth. Which of the following is/are the event(s) which has/have put their impact on Indian economy?

(1) Turmoil in US Credit market

(2) Large scale increase in the prices of crude oil and foodgrains

(3) Adoption of Basel II norms by the banks

(A) Only 1

(B) Only 2

(C) Only 3

(D) Both 1 & 2 only

(E) All 1,2 & 3

Ans (D)

10. Which of the following is India’s Tax

GDP ratio ?

(A) 5 %

(B) 15 %

(C) 25 %

(D) 30 %

(E) None of these

Ans (B)

11. Which of the following is known as ‘Himadri’ ?

(A) It is India’s Space Craft launched to study the moon

(B) It is India’s first Research Station in Arctic Region

(C) It is new battle tank produced by India

(D) It is new warship inducted in the Indian Navy recently

(E) None of these

Ans (B)

12. The Govt. of India recently announced a subsidized pricing policy based on nutrients in it of which of the following to protect the interest of the farmers ?

(A) Seeds

(B) Pesticides

(C) Fertilizers

(D) Organic Manure

(E) None of these

Ans (D)

13. The next Non-Aligned Movement SAummit 2009 is scheduled to be held in ___

(A) India

(B) Egypt

(C) Brazil

(D) South Africa

(E) None of these

Ans (B)

15. Ghulam Nabi Azad was in the news recently as he has resigned from the post of the ___

(A) Governor, Jammu & Kashmir

(B) Chief Minister , Jammu & Kashmir

(C) Governor , Jharkhand

(D) Chief Minister, Jharkhand

(E) Governor, Manipur

Ans (B)

15. When the growth of GDP in a country slows down suddenly,people start losing their jobs and the situation continues for several weeks,what name is given to this state of economy (A big was in this state recently.) ?

(A) Inflation

(B) Recession

(C) Deflation

(D) Economic Boom

(E) None of these

Ans (B)

16. “Lisbon Treaty” is the treaty accepted/adopted by the members of which of the following organizations recently ?



(C) European Union

(D) Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG)

(E) None of these

Ans (C)

17. When a corporate entity wishes to raise money from the market it can do that by issuing ___

(A) Treasury Bill

(B) Momerandom of Association

(C) Kisan Vikas Patra

(D) National Saving Certificate

(E) Commercial Papers

Ans (E)

18. Russia has recently made a ceasefire Agreement with which of the following nations ?

(A) Ukraine

(B) Kazakhastan

(C) Croatia

(D) Georgia

(E) None of these

Ans (D)

19. The Govt. of India has decided to build a Nuclear Power Plant in which of the following North Eastern States ?

(A) Manipur

(B) Assam

(C) Meghalaya

(D) Arunachal Pradesh

(E) None of these

Ans (E)

20.India won it’s individual Gold Medal in Beijing Olympic 2008 in which of the following events ?

(A) Hockey

(B) Football

(C) Lawn Tennis

(D) Swimming

(E) Rifle Shooting

Ans (E)

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Saina Nehwal clinches Singapore Open Super Series

Singapore, Jun 20 (PTI) Indian badminton

ace Saina Nehwal put behind a nervy start to clinch the second Super Series title of her career by winning the Singapore Open with a straight-game triumph over qualifier Tzu Ying Tai in the finals here today. Top seed Saina took just 33 minutes to beat Chinese Taipei’s Tai 21-18 21-15 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium here. The world number six, who was the lone Indian left if fray after others crashed out by the semifinal stage, had bagged her maiden Super Series title in June last year when she claimed the top honours at the Indonesian Open. “I never expected to reach the finals as there were two good Chinese players in the draw but I believed in myself and got the result I wanted,” the jubilant 20-year-old said.

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Current Affairs

Q+A: Global Peace Index 2010
The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) is a global non-profit research organization headquartered in Sydney, Australia with a branch in Washington, D.C.India ranks 128. Read Here

Mad Cow Disease : India is among safest countries
The Mad cow disease known technically as Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) is a fatal, neurodegenerative disease in cattle. This disease causes a spongy degeneration in the brain and spinal cord. Q+A Read Here
Smriti Manjusha – The Time Capsule of Gujrat
On June 7, 2010, the Chief Minister of Gujrat Narendra Modi seals a 90-kg Time Capsule called “Kaal Sanduk” or Smriti Manjusha”. Read Here

Technical Advisory Group for Unique Projects (TAGUP)
On June 7, 2010, the Ministry of Finance, Government of India has announced the constitution of a Technical Advisory Group for Unique Projects (TAGUP). Read Here

UGC’s Notice to stop Distance learning in Physiotherapy
Recently the Delhi High Court order had banned the distance learning courses in physiotherapy running without approval or prior consent of the approved statutory bodies. . Following this, the University Grants Commission (UGC) starts sending notices to universities asking them to stop such courses. Read Here

Garuda IV
‘Garuda-IV’ is the name of an Air Forces Exercise scheduled from June 14-25 at Istres Air Base, France. Read Here
Update: Bhopal Gas Tragedy Verdict
The justice got buried on June 7, 2010. A city court in Bhopal held seven officials of Union Carbide plant and the company itself guilty of criminal negligence for the 1984 gas disaster and the guilty were bailed out within minutes. Read here

New Chief of National Human Rights Commission:
On June 7, 2010, Former Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan formally took charge as the chairperson of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). Justice Balakrishnan will hold the post for a period of five years. He retired from the post of the Chief Justice of India on May 12 and was succeeded by Sarosh Homi Kapadia.

Tura: Winter Capital of Meghalaya:
Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul M Sangma announces that state would have Raj Bhavan Annexe at Tura, while hinting that Tura, the headquarter of West Garo Hills district, would also be declared as the winter capital of Meghalaya.

Infosys GIT MOU
Infosys Technologies signs a MOU with Georgia Institute of Technology for potential research and educational opportunities.

‘AMIR’ is the name of India’s first art market review quarterly. It has been launched by non profit organisation IACEI Council for Indian Arts, Culture, Education and its Infrastructure (IACEI) and Osian’s.

Zain Deal Closed
On June 7, 2010 Bharti Airtel has announced the completion of acquisition of Kuwait-based Zain Group’s mobile operations in 15 countries across Africa for 10.7 billion dollars, making it the world’s fifth largest telecom firm.

Ranbir Kapoor.
Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor has been appointed the brand ambassador of Nissan Motor India Private Ltd (NMIPL).

IATA – Most Improved Airport
Toronto’s Pearson International Airport has been rated the 2010 IATA Eagle Award for Most Improved Airport. It is Canada’s busiest airport, the Pearson International Airport handles more than 30 million passengers annually, with 74 international airlines operating from here.

Radhika Plakkot
Radhika Plakkot, an Indian American science teacher has been named among one of the 103 mathematics and science teachers for the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching by the United States President Barak Obama.

Bangladesh Observer Closes Down
One of the oldest newspaper of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Observer has closed down after a prolonged dispute between the owners and employees. Founded in 1949 as Pakistan Observer, it was renamed Bangladesh Observer in 1972.

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Current Affairs:-Events / Happenings / Awards

India’s First Mobile Adalat in Andhra Pradesh
State Government of Andhra Pradesh comes up with India’s first Mobile Adalat. Read Here

First of 6 Bamboo Bazaars launched at Chennai
The Handicrafts Development Wing of the Union Textile Ministry has planned to organize 6 “Bamboo Bazaars” in various parts of the country in this year. These Bazaars provide an opportunity for artisans to display their talent. On June 4, 2010, the first in this series was launched at Valluvar Kootam, Chennai by Union Textile Minister Dayanidhi Maran. 1.

It is a 10 day exhibition and artists from North East States are participating who have been trained by experts from Indonesia. The remaining 5 Bamboo Bazaars will be conduced in other state capitals. The bazaar will continue till June 15 and a sales target of Rs. One crore is expected to be achieved during the ten-day Bazar.

World Environment Day
Notes from Dr A P J Abdul Kalam,speech on World Environment Day
Here are some notes from speech of Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, on World Environment Day Read Here

Project Green Hands
On the occassion of World Environment Day, Sadhguru J Vasudev of Isha Foundation, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu,was awarded Indira Gandhi Pariavaran Puraskar for the year 2008 in recognition of Isha Foundation’s massive ecological initiative, called ‘Project Green Hands’ to prevent and reverse environmental degradation and to enable sustainable living.Under this project, over 300,000 Isha volunteers have raised 8.2 million trees for plantation in the last 5 years across Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry. Project Green Hands is a massive people’s movement to raise the green cover of Tamil Nadu by 10%.He received prize money of Rs. 5,00,000/-,along with a silver lotus trophy and a citation.

Young Environmentalist of the Year Award 2010
Ishita Vishnoi from Delhi has been decorated with the title of “Young Environmentalist of the Year Award 2010”.

Environmentalist of the Year Award
National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), an institution devoted to environmental education under the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests gave ‘Environmentalist of the Year Award’ (YEYA), at national level every year to the best-performing teenager in the age group of 13 – 16 years. NMNH also celebrated its 32nd Foundation Day This year the YEYA was selected through a Written Quiz Contest held all over the country. The theme chosen for the contest was “Our Biodiversity”.

E.K. Janaki Ammal National Award for Taxonomy-2008
E.K. Janaki Ammal National Award for Taxonomy-2008 were also given on the occasion of World Environment Day in two categories, plant taxonomy and animal taxonomy to encourage work of excellence in taxonomy and also to motivate researchers to work in this Science. This National Award in Taxonomy has been instituted by India’s Environement Ministry. Dr. V.J. Nair received the award for Plant Taxonomy is an outstanding grass taxonomist in the country and one of the best in the world. Dr. Ramakrishna who has been selected for animal taxonomy award has done outstanding work on taxonomy and conservation of land and fresh water Indian molluscs. This award carries a cash prize (Rs. 1,00,000), a medallion and acitation.

Late Prof. Janaki Ammal did taxonomic work of outstanding merit and excellence particularly in the area of cytotaxonomy and was a source of inspiration to many young scientists. She devoted her entire life to taxonomic work. She was associated with the Botanical Survey of India also in the capacity of Director, Central Botanical Laboratory, BSI, Allahabad.

Pollution Control Acts, Rules and Notifications
Pollution Control Acts, Rules and Notifications is the title of the book whose latest edition was released on world Environement Day 2010. This edition compiles the arious Acts and Rules concerning protection and improvement of Environment notified by the Ministry of Environment & Forests as well as the Central Pollution Control Board. The first edition was brought out in 1989. This 6th edition incorporates all Amendments and Notifications issued till March 2010. It is also regarded as an authenticated reference book on Environmental issues and is brought out under CPCB’s Pollution Control Law Series (PCLS). This volume provides an updated industry specific standards for effluents & emissions under Schedule I of the Environment (Protection) Act 1986. The amendments under the various Waste Rules namely – Hazardous Wastes (Management, Handling and Trans-boundary Movement) Rules, 2008, Biomedical Waste Rules 1998, Municipal Waste Rules 2000, Battery Rules 2001, and Plastic Rules 2003 have also been incorporated.

The book also contains the Amendments of the Environment Impact Assessment, 2006, constitution of the National Ganga River Basin Authority, Notifications relating to Eco-sensitive Zone of Matheran and Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra, Mount Abu in Rajasthan, Sultanpur National Park in Haryana, amendments to the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000. For the first time CPCB is releasing its E-BOOK version (CD) along with the printed version.
Pay for Plastic : Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh has become the first state in the country to to pay for the procurement of plastic waste and use the same for construction activities like road mettling. This was announced by the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh in the National Convention on Good Governance of BJP Governments in various states of the country organised at Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini, Mumbai on June 4, 2010.

The government has decided to purchase plastic waste at the rate of Rs 3 per kg from anyone while one additional rupee was being paid to local bodies as handling charges. A complete ban has been imposed on use of plastic bags in the state and the people of the state had also voluntarily stopped the use of plastic bags.

State of Environment report for Delhi, 2010
On world environement day the State of Environment Report for Delhi, 2010 was released by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. Some Points Here
Update on Museum of Moving Images (MoMI), Mumbai
MoMi or Museum of Moving Images was planned by the Government of India to be set up in Mumbai on a 25 acre campus. Here

Anamika Veeramani wins National Spelling Bee
For the third consecutive year, an Indian American has won the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in United States. This year’s winner is Anamika Veeramani, 14, an eighth grader from Incarnate Word Academy in Parma Heights, Ohio.

South African President’s India Visit
On June 2, 2010, South African President Jacob Zuma arrived in India to begin his three-day state visit. The Agreements signed and a factbox on India-South Africa Relationships. Read Here

International Centre for Automotive Technology : New Campus at Manesar
On June 4, 2010, India’s Union Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises liad the foundation stone of a new campus of iCAT at Manesar, Near Gurgaon, Haryana Read Here

Green Hiker campaign and Responsible Tourism
Green Hiker campaign is the name of a new compaign by World Wide Fund for Nature-India (WWF-India) launched on June 04, 2010 in New Delhi. Read here
Punjab: 3037 e-gram Suvidha centres
The state government of Punjab comes up with a decision to set up 3037 e-gram Suvidha centres in the villages across the state at a cost of Rs 90 crore. The government has given approval to implement the scheme within a stipulated time frame and within a year. These e-grams centres would ensure the delivery of basic people friendly services viz delivery of old-age pension, registration of pension for handicapped and widows and disabled persons with an easy access.
Haryana: New Technique to identify sex of Date Palm at Nursery Stage
In Date Palm the fruit is borne by female plants only which cannot be identified upto four to five years till the date palm trees bloom for the first time. A new technique has been developed by HAU to identify the sex at Nursery stage. Read Here
Elite Panel of ICC Umpires for 2010-11 – None from India
Elite Panel of ICC Umpires for 2010-11 consists of 13 members but none is from India. Read Here

BHEL: 40% Growth in a Year
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has recorded an all-time high growth of 40 per cent over the previous year. Out of the total order booking of Rs 59,031 crore by BHEL in 2009-10, its Industry business segment contributed an order inflow of Rs 14,366 crore

Maharastra: Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayi Yojana
Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayi Yojana is a new version of existing Jeevandayi Yojana. Jeevandayi Yojana is for BPL families only while the new scheme is for all families whose annual income is up to Rs one lakh. The scheme will be launched in August 2010 (probably on August 15) and will be launched in six districts, Dhule, Gadchiroli, Raigad, Amravati, Solapur and Nanded. The scheme is a family mediclaim insurance scheme and will benefit 2.4 crore families of the state.

EDI Center in Kazhakhastan
The Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDI),Ahamedabad is autonomous body and not-for-profit institution, set up in 1983, is sponsored by IDBI Bank Ltd, IFCI Ltd. ICICI Ltd and State Bank of India (SBI). It is a national institute which promotes entrepreneurship through Education, Research, Training and Institution Building.

The EDI is setting up a new centre at Almaty, the capital of khazhakhastan on a turnkey basis which shall promote entrepreneurship in the central asian Country. The project was sponosred by the external affairs ministry and Damu Fund of Kazakhstan is expected to invest $1.7 billion in the venture.

Uddhav Thackeray in NIC
Uddhav Thackeray, Executive President, Shivsena has also been nominated to the reconstituted NIC in the category ‘Leaders of Regional Political Parties’. The 103-member NIC was constituted after a gap of 12 years having held its last meeting in 1992.

There are 11 Cabinet Ministers, and leaders of all major political parties like Sonia Gandhi (Congress), Harkishan Singh Surjit (Communist Party of India-Marxist), A.B. Bardhan (CPI), Mayawati (BSP), L.K. Advani, (BJP) and Sharad Pawar (NCP).

Leaders of regional political are: M. Karunanidhi (DMK), Dr. Farooq Abdullah (National Conference), Zoramthanga (Mizo National Front), Ajit Singh, (Rashtriya Lok Dal), Prakash Singh Badal (Shiromani Akali Dal), and N. Chandrabau Naidu (Telugu Desam Party). Uddhav Thackeray (Shiv Sena)

McDonald’s recalls ‘Shrek’ glasses
12 million drinking glasses which were part of a campaign of Fast-food giant McDonald’s to promote the movie “Shrek Forever After, were found to be tainted with cadmium and now the Fast-food giant McDonald’s is recalling these glasses.

Shivraj Patil Panel to preserve Chandigarh architectural heritage
The union Government has set up an expert committee under the Chandigarh Administrator and Punjab Governor Shibvraj Patil , to preserve the architectural heritage of Chandigarh. Read Here

Government Bans Indian Mujahedeen
On June 4, 2010, the government declares the group as a terrorist organization and banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act Read Here

New Prime Minister of Japan
One June 4, 2010, Naoto Kan has been designated as Prime Minister of japan by the Diet. The Constitution of Japan provides that Prime Minister shall be designated from among the members of the Diet by a resolution of the Diet, and that the Emperor shall appoint the Prime Minister as designated by the Diet. Kan is expected to be appointed as Japan’s 94th Prime Minister by Emperor Akihito. Mr. Naoto Kan replaces Yukio Hatoyama. ( Note: Mega Quiz September 2009, Quiz 222 & Quiz 378 which mention Mr. Yukio Hatoyama as primeMinister of Japan have been updated).

Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar 2008 – Isha Foundation
Isha Foundation is an NGO, founded by Sadhguru J Vasudev, whose “Project Green Hands” is a movement to raise the green cover of Tamil Nadu by 10 per cent. In the last 5 years, over 300,000 Isha volunteers across Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have raised 8.2 million trees for plantation. The foundation has been selected for prestigious ‘Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar’ 2008.

Instituted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests in 1987, the award called ‘Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar’ is given to those who make or has the potentialto make measurable and major impact in the protection of environment.

National Updates:
Air Marshal (Retd.) Bhushan Nilkanth Gokhale Court of Inquiry
Government of India has appointed Court of Inquiry into air crash of the Air India Express Boeing 737-800 aircraft VT-AXV which occurred near the Bajpe Airport, Mangalore on 22 May, 2010 while operating a scheduled flight IX-812 from Dubai to Mangalore resulting in the death of 158 passengers. For this purpose thegovernment appoints Air Marshal (Retd.) Bhushan Nilkanth Gokhale to hold the investigation. Headquarters of this court will be at New Delhi. The Court will complete its investigation and submit the report to theGovernment by 31 August 2010.

Civil Aviation Safety Advisory Council (CASAC) -First meeting
Praful Patel, Minister of Civil Aviation inaugurated the first meeting of the Civil Aviation Safety Advisory Council (CASAC)

Civil Aviation Safety Advisory Council (CASAC) was set up under the Chairmanship of Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on May 29, 2010. It consists of 28 members drawn from various aviation sub-sectors such as airlines (both public and private), flight operations, air worthiness, operations etc has been constituted for a period of one year. The Council is advisory in nature and will advise DGCA in areas of operations of aircraft – (commercial and general aviation), aerodromes and Heliports, air-navigation services, air operator certification, airworthiness of aircraft including maintenance, certification of aeronautical products, and human performance and training.

The council will review the existing regulatory framework and give recommendations to further strengthen the aviation safety. It will also develop, examine and recommend incorporation of best regulatory practices, recommend short, medium and long term measures for safety enhancement and reflect public views onaviation safety matters.

In the first meeting the DGCA was directed to institutionalize the CASAC, organize regular meetings of the Council and act upon all its suggestions to increase its effectiveness. He also called upon all airlines, airport operators and others associated in the sector to be equally responsible for the safety of the sector.

Kerala: Goodwill Ambassador of khadi- Mohan Lal
Malayalam matinee idol ”Padmasri” Mohanlal was honored by the state government with the ”Goodwill Ambassador” title for the promotion of handloom-khadi industry in the State.

Mizoram: 26th Sainik School
Ministry of DONER (development of North Eastern Region) has sanctioned Rs. Rs.8,289 lakh for construction of a Sainik School at Chhingchhip in Serchhip district of Mizoram. This is first of Mizoram, fourth of North East India and 26th of India’s Sainik Schools.

Sainik Schools
Sainik Schools were conceived in 1961 by then defence minister V.K. Krishna Menon to rectify the regional and class imbalance amongst the officer cadre of the military and prepare students for entry into the National Defence Academy (NDA) and the Indian Naval Academy.

Kerala : Forest Development Agency
To co-ordinate activities of Participatory Forest Management (PFM) institutions — Vana Samrakshana Smithies (VSS) and Eco-development Committees(EDC) — at Forest Division level, the Kerala Government inaugurates the State Forest Development Agency on June 3, 2010. Participatory Forest Management (PFM) institutions seek to improve the livelihood of forest-dependent communities (Adivasis) and as a strategy for ensuring their participation in forest conservation efforts.

Business & Economy:
Reserve Bank of India: Application Tracking System
The Reserve Bank of India has launched the application tracking system to track applications made to the various departments of the RBI. The applicant can then submit an online application, attach related documents, view it and track its movement. The system can not be used for complaints made under Banking Ombudsman Scheme.

Reserve Bank of India: Damodaran Committee
Reserve Bank of India has constituted a committee under the chairmanship of M. Damodaran, former chairman of SEBI, to look into banking services rendered to retail and small customers, including pensioners. This is a 7 member committee and will look into the grievance redressal mechanism prevalent in banks, its structure and efficacy and suggest measures for expeditious resolution of complaints.

India-South Africa CEOs Forum
India-South Africa CEOs Forum was launched by South African President Jacob Zuma and India’s Minister of Commerce & Industry Anand Sharma. The forum is headed by Ratan Tata from the Indian side and Mr. Patrice Motsepe, Executive Chairman, Africa Rainbow Minerals from the South African side.

India South Africa Trade
India is South Africa’s largest trading partner in South and South-East Asia and one of South Africa’s top ten trading partners globally. Bilateral trade which was valued at only US $ 1.3 billion in 2000-01 crossed US $ 7 billion mark in 2008-09. It is expected to touch US $ 10 billion by 2012.

Wipro- hydraulic cylinders facility in China
Wipro Infrastructure Engineering (WIE) which is a part of Wipro Ltd announces that it has signed an agreement with Chinese Wujin Hi-tech Industrial Zone (WIZ) to set up a facility to manufacturehydraulic cylinders at Changzhou. This is Wipro’s first global manufacturing location in China and 9th in the world.

World Bank: Microfinance Project Loan for India
The world bank has approved a loan of $300 million for the Scaling up Sustainable and Responsible Microfinance project. This funding for the microfinance project will be used by Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) for on-lending to Indian microfinance institutions and to support responsible finance initiatives such as the establishment of a microfinance information platform and promotion of adherence to a code of conduct for MFIs (microfinance institutions)

World Bank : Loan to strengthen the statistical sector
The world Bank has also approved a loan of $ 107 million to support Indian government’s plan for institutional and policy-based reform of state statistical systems within a national policy framework. The project will enable states to work towards “common national standards relating to key statistical activities and to improve the credibility, timeliness and accuracy of these and other statistics at both central and the state level.

Latest WTO stats on World Exports
In the first quarter of 2010 (January -March) , the global merchandise exports grew by a healthy 27 per cent as per the latest international trade statistics report by WTO. This growth was driven by significant increase in exports from China, Japan, India and other Asian countries. India’s exports during the period increased by a robust 33 per cent while that of Japan and China surged 48 per cent and 29 per cent.

On Michael Jackson Museum
Gary, Indiana, United states is the place where the Michael Jackson museum is coming up. Father of the pop legend, Joe has signed a deal to create a $300 million worth museum dedicated to his late son. (Femalefirst.co.uk)

International Congress of Mathematicians
International Congress of Mathematicians will be held in India in Hyderabad from august 19-27, 2010. This will be for the first time that ICM will be held in India and only third time in an Asian Country. The 1990 Congress was held in Kyoto and the 2002 Congress in Beijing.

First Official peace Talks: Centre and NSCN-IM
Centre and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland, Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) faction held the first official peace talks in the last 13 years of ceasefire in New Delhi.

Israeli attack in Gaza
Gaza Freedom Flotilla was an aid flotilla of six ships carrying 663 activists from 37 nation and the activists were planning to break through the Israeli Egyptian blockade of Gaza and deliver humanitarian supplies. The Israel had said that the flotilla has to change the course to the port of Ashdod where the Israeli Government would inspect the aid and deliver the items that were not banned by Israel in Gaza. The activists refused. In the Israeli raid about 16 people were reportedly killed and more than 30 injured when Israeli commandos stormed a six-ship flotilla carrying about 10,000 tonnes of aid and 600 human rights activists to the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. The United Nations demanded a full explanation for the attack while the EU and Russia demanded an inquiry. Israeli Ambassadors to many countries were summoned to the Foreign Ministries in those countries and demanded explanation for the attack. India also joins the protests.

Seychelles President in India:
Seychelles President James Alix Michel arrives in India on a three-day visit to hold delegation -level talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on several matters of bilateral, regional and global concern. It is a very important country of the Indian Ocean threatened by piracy…They want wider collaboration (with India) against piracy

NHRC Chairman: Justice K G Balakrishnan
Former Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan has been appointed as the Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission.He was the first Dalit Chief Justice of India and will be the first Dalit heading NHRC.NHRC was headless for over a year.

President’s Rule in Jharkhand:
Union Cabinet today recommended the president to clamp President’s rule in Jharkhand and keep the state assembly under suspended animation. Prior to this, Chief Minister Shibu Soren resigned without facing the trust vote in the state assembly. SorenGovernment was reduced to minority on May 24 when BJP with 18 MLAs and JD(U) with 2 MLAs withdrew support to the Soren’s government whose party Jharkhand Mukti Morcha had 18 MLAs and was also enjoying the support of seven other legislators in the 82-member House. The BJP was cut up with Mr Soren ever since he voted with UPA in the Lok Sabha during voting on cut motions on April 27.

Burkina Faso’s First Call center: Courtsey India
India’s Export-Import (Exim) Bank has given a loan of $5 million to Burkina Faso to start its first call center with 400 positions. Burkina Faso is also part of India’s flagship project – Pan African e-network project. Previously, India also approved the setting up of a tomato processing factory through a line of credit of $15 million in Burkina Faso.

Maruti Suzuki: Highest Monthly sales
Maruti Suzuki Tuesday reports a 27.9 % jump in sales for May at 102,175 units compared to 79,872 vehicles it sold in the year-ago period.For the first time the company has ever sold over 100,000 units in a month, its previous highest monthly sale figure being 96,650 units in February 2010. Domestic sales for Hyundai Motor India sped up 13% to more than 27,000. And Tata Motors sold 38% more vehicles this May, a total of nearly 53,000 cars, trucks and other vehicles.

Two-wheeler sales stayed on the fast lane as well. Hero Honda’s increased to 436,000 units, an increase of 14%. And Bajaj Auto’s India sales accelerated 63% to nearly 270,000 two-wheelers.

UAE’s airline Emirates has earned $1.1 billion net profit in 2009-10 despite the global slowdown and largest chunk of this profit comes from India. India and West Asia contributed to the 12.6% of the total revenues.

What is Trafigura?
Trafigura is a Swiss-based multinational company, which was named in the Iraq Oil-for-Food Scandal. Oil-for-Food Programme, which was established by theUnited Nations in 1995 and was terminated in late 2003. It was established with the stated intent to allow Iraq to sell oil on the world market in exchange for food, medicine, and other humanitarian needs for ordinary Iraqi citizens without allowing Iraq to boost its military capabilities. The company was reported to be behind the Côte d’Ivoire toxic waste dump in 2006. The dump was a health crisis in Côte d’Ivoire in which a ship registered in Panama, the Probo Koala, chartered Trafigura Beheer BV, disposed of toxic waste in the Ivorian port of Abidjan.It was more than 500 tonnes of a mixture of fuel, caustic soda, and hydrogen sulfide transported from Europe as toxic waste. The Dutch prosecutors haveaccused Trafigura of illegally exporting hazardous waste to Ivory Coast in 2006. the prosecuters say that “the waste is thrown over the fence, dumped in a third world country”. On June 1, 2010, The trial of Trafigura for illegally exporting hazardous waste to Ivory Coast in 2006 begins in Amsterdam. (BBC)

Kohinoor & Sultanganj Buddha:
Kohinoor diamond and the Sultanganj Buddha are only a few examples of our priceless artifacts taken away during British rule. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) Director-General Gautam Sengupta says that there is a need for a “diplomatic and legal campaign” for their restitution from institutions, including the British Museum, the Royal Collection and the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. In this context, India looks for joining a campaign with the support of UNESCO, and other countries with longstanding complaints about the foreign ownership of their artistic riches, including Egypt and Greece. (Times of India)

Waverock is an IT park located in the Nanakramguda IT special economic zone (SEZ) in Andhra Pardesh being developed by New York-based real estate developer Tishman Speyer. The state government had entered an MOU in 2006 with the company. The park is being inaugurated on June 2, 2010. The park will be completed in 5 years.
Number of Poors:
India’s Planning Commission estimates the country’s BPL population at 62.5 million. But the rural development ministry says that number is more like 107 million. The ministry set up a panel to resolve the conflicting numbers. Now the government is coming up with a process to start the process of identifying families below the poverty line. Pilot projects are going to start next month in 260 villages across the country. Results of the pilot projects expected to come by March of next year. Its full-scale survey of below the poverty line families will then begin in April 2011.

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Gk Questions this week

GK Question This Week

Q. What is Khetri in Rajasthan famous for?
1 Copper mines
2 Mica mines
3 Bauxite mines
4 Limestone mines

Q. “Nature does not drive man along a particular road, but it offers a number of opportunities from among which man is free to select”. This statement implies-
1 Deterministic approach
2 Possibilistic approach
3 Deterministic and possibilistic both approach
4 Probabilistic approach

Q. The book ‘COSMOS’ of Alexander Von Humboldt was based on his travel to one of the following continents-
1 Asia
2 North America
3 Europe
4 South America

Q. Which one of the following is Taiga biome?
1 Sub-Arctic biome
2 Sub-Saharan biome
3 Savanna grass
4 None of the above

Q. In which of the following States the Chipco movement was started?
1 Madhya Pradesh
2 Jharkhand
3 Uttaranchal
4 Rajasthan

Q. Which of the following is a coral island?
1 Tasmania
2 Lakshadweep
3 Maldives
4 Rameswaram

Q. Eustatic changes in the sea levels are caused by-
1 Ice ages
2 Epirogenic movements
3 Orogenic movements
4 Isostatic changes

Q. Who had used the concept of evapo transpiration in climate classification?
1 Thornthwaite
2 Koppen
3 Kendrew
4 Austin Miller

Q. Surface inversion of temperature is a phenomenon related to-
1 Increase in temperature with increase in elevation
2 Decrease in temperature with increasing elevation
3 Decrease in temperature with decreasing elevation
4 Increase in temperature with decreasing elevation

Q. What is the point of origin of an earthquake called?
1 Quake centre
2 Epicentre
3 Seismic focus
4 Tectonic point

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The FIFA World Cup, also called the Football World Cup or the Soccer World Cup, but usually referred to simply as the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the men’s national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport’s global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the first tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not contested because of World War II.

The current format of the tournament involves 32 teams competing for the title at venues within the host nation(s) over a period of about a month – this phase is often called the World Cup Finals. A qualification phase, which currently takes place over the preceding three years, is used to determine which teams qualify for the tournament together with the host nation(s).

Winners List

Here are the full list of winners of the previous FIFA World Cups. Click on the highlighted text for more information about each host city and participating country. Are you looking for results for South Africa 2010?

Year Host Country Winner Score
1930 Uruguay Uruguay Uruguay 4-2 Argentina
1934 Italy Italy Italy 2-1 Czechoslovakia
1938 France Italy Italy 4-2 Hungary
1942 not held
1946 not held
1950 Brazil Uruguay Uruguay 2-1 Brazil
1954 Switzerland Germany Germany 3-2 Hungary
1958 Sweden Brazil Brazil 5-2 Sweden
1962 Chile Brazil Brazil 3-1 Czechoslovakia
1966 England England England 4-2 Germany
1970 Mexico Brazil Brazil 4-1 Italy
1974 Germany Germany Germany 2-1 Holland
1978 Argentina Argentina Argentina 3-1 Holland
1982 Spain Italy Italy 3-1 Germany
1986 Mexico Argentina Argentina 3-2 Germany
1990 Italy Germany Germany 1-0 Argentina
1994 US Brazil Brazil 3-2 Italy
1998 France France France 3-0 Brazil
2002 Japan / S. Korea Brazil Brazil 2-0 Germany
2006 Germany Italy Italy 1-1 (5-3) France
2010 South Africa


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Current Affairs:-

Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill 2010
Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill 2010 is passed in Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. Thus, the parliament has approved the enhancing of gratuity limit for employees from Rs 3.5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh as also the exemption threshold from income tax on it. The bill also provides that the income tax exemption limit has commensurately been increased to Rs 10 lakh from Rs 3.5 lakh earlier. The bill was brought following demands from trade unions and others to remove the ceiling or increase the maximum payable amount, which was fixed in 1997.

Karnataka: CRYSTAL
The Karnataka state government has launched the CRYSTAL, an E-waste disposal programme & in this context, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between e-waste Agency (EWA), Umicore (Precious Metal Refining) of Belgium and E-Parisaraa Pvt Ltd, Bangalore.

Tamilnadu Legislative Council Bill, 2010
Rajya Sabha has approved the Tamilnadu Legislative Council Bill, 2010 by voice vote. This have cleared the way for creation of Tamilnadu Legislative Council.

Tamilnadu Legislative Council was abolished in the state in 1986 by former chief minister M.G. Ramnachandran.

Shivaji Park is Silence Zone:
Shivaji Park in Mumbai has been declared silence zone by Bombay High Court. This has virtually banned noisy political rallies. The interim order was delivered over a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by city-based Veckom Trust and Dadar residents Sharad Dixit and J.D. Udeshi.

Sikkim Biodiversity Conservation and Forest Management Project
Sikkim Biodiversity Conservation and Forest Management Project is being assisted by the JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) with a loan amount of Rs 330.57 crore. It will be implemented within the time frame of 10 years.

5th World Telecommunication Development Conference
Hyderabad is the host of fifth World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-10) to be held from May 24 to June 4.

RTI plea by Bhopal Gas Tragedy:
Victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy have filed a Right to Information petition with the prime minister’s office in New Delhi. The plea wants to know whether the Central government took into consideration the disaster of gas leak at the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal in 1984 while drafting the Civil Nuclear Liability Bill with the United States.

Doctorate for Sam:
Chicago’s University of Illinois has selected, Indian entrepreneur and Advisor to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations, Satyanarayan Pitroda, popularly known as Sam Pitroda for an honorary doctorate degree.

Kanshiram Award:
The Uttar Pradesh government renames the awards for the small scale and medium industries and handicraftsmen in the name of Dalit leader and BSP mentor Kanshiram.

Business & Economy:
Mid-Day merging with Jagran Prakashan:
Mid-Day Multimedia , publisher of Mid Day, most popular evening daily of Mumbai announces that it’s publishing business will be merging with Jagran Prakashan Limited (JPL), publishers of ‘Dainik Jagran’.

India’s Tallest Commercial Building in Chandigarh:
Omaxe, a real estate firm launches the tallest commercial edifice of Punjab to be called as ‘India Trade Tower’ in Mullapur, Chandigarh. This building is a part of proposed Global Business Park, a business hub spread over 26 acres of land.

Tax Notice to HP India:
Computer-maker HP India, is slapped a tax notice of Rs 1,450 crore for allegedly evading Customs duty. The charge was refuted by the company. The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) charged that HP India Sales Pvt Ltd undervalued components and spare parts imported from countries like Singapore and the US and thus evaded Customs duty.

RBI allowed UCB’s to open ATM at places other than branches:
Reserve Bank allows the well-managed urban cooperative banks (UCBs) to open ATMs at places other than their branches without its prior approval.These banks have to meet criteria like continuous net profit for the last three years and net non-performing assets should be under 5 per cent.

Danik Jagran is India’s Largest Selling Daily:
Dainik Jagran is India’s leading overall daily as well as Hindi daily as per the quarterly Indian Readership Survey by the Media Research Users Council (MRUC). IRS Q1 2010 has ranked Dainik Jagran No. 1 among the dailies with a Total Readership (TR) of 54,254,000. Following is list of India’s Top 10 Newspapers:
1. Dainik Jagaran
2. Dainik Bhaskar
3. Hindustan
4. Amar Ujala
5. Lok Mat (Marathi Daily)
6. Daily Thanthi (Tamil Daily)
7. Dinakaran (Tamil Daily)
8. Ananda Bazar Patrika (Bengali Daily)
9. Eenadu (Telugu Daily)
10. Rajasthan Patrika (Hindi Daily)
11. Times of India (Number 1 English Daily)
12. Hidustan Times (English Daily)
13. The Hindu (English Daily)
14. the Telegraph
15. Deccan Chronicle

Limit of Forex Increased for Travelers:
As per the latest notification by Reserve Bank of India, Indians traveling abroad can carry $3,000 worth foreign exchange in cash. The previous limit was $2,000.

Secretary General of UNASUR: Néstor Kirchner
Former Argentine President Néstor Kirchner is unanimously elected the first Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur).

Times square car bombing: Faisal Shahzad arrested:
Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan is arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in connection with the attempted car bombing in Times Square.

Most expensive Art of the History: Nude, Green Leaves and Bust
Nude, Green Leaves and Bust, a 1932 painting by Pablo Picasso, featuring his mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter, is one of a series of portraits that Picasso painted of his mistress and muse Marie-Thérèse Walter from 1932.On May 4, the painting gets sold at Christie’s in New York City. It was sold for US$106 million thus, becoming the most expensive work of art sold at auction.

Nuclear free Middle East
Egypt leads a proposal for a nuclear arms free Middle East. The proposal receives support from the United States, Russia, Britain, France, and China. The only country, which has nuclear weapons in Middle East is said to be Israel.

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Current affairs : May 4,2010

  • Election Commission recommends to the president that former minister P.C. Thomas be barred from contesting any election for the next three years as he had violated the model code of conduct during the 2004 Lok Sabha polls.
  • India lifts the ban on grant of emigration clearance for Indians wishing to travel to Iraq. However, added a cautionary advisory that they take care of their personal security while working or visiting Iraq. India had warned its citizens notto travel to the conflict-ridden Gulf country months after the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.
  • The Lok Sabha passes the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (Amendment) 2009 Bill. The National Minority Educational Bill amends the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions Act 2004. The National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions was established through the promulgation of an Ordinance dated November 11, 2004. The Act provided for constitution of the Commission. The key objective is to ensure that the true amplitude of the educational rights enshrined in Article 30(1) of the Constitution is made available to the members of the notified religious minority communities.
  • Lok Sabha Passes the Energy Conservation Amendment Bill. Energy Conservation Amendment Bill seeks to empower the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) to fix the criteria and procedures for accreditation of energy auditors and appoint its officers and staff to accredit energy auditors, a job presently being done by government officials. It also empowers the Central government to prescribe, by rules, the procedure for issue of energy saving certificate to designated consumers and the value of metric ton of oil equivalent of energy consumed. It levies additional penalty for failure to comply with the legal provisions.
  • 98th Indian Science Congress 2011 will be held at the SRM University, Chennai and preparations are in full swing as the ”Indian Science Congress 2011” Website (www.isc2011.in) has been launched. Focal theme of the India of the Indian Science Congress 2011 is ”Quality Education and Excellence in Scientific Research in Indian Universities”. Over 8,000 delegates from several Universities, different institutions andnational laboratories across the country and abroad, including a few Nobel Laureates, will be participating in the Indian Science Congress 2011 during January 3-7, 2011.
  • A new Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers(PwC) on the global Aerospace and Defense (A&D)industry says that Asia-Pacific market, led by India and China, will grow more than 70 per cent, making it the largest market in the world for new aircraft.
  • Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh is the chairman of a Panel of 35 members which has been set up to frame guidelines to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore that falls May 7 . The committee will decide the various activities to take place to mark the event.
  • Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal launches N-LIST ( National Library and Information Services Infrastructure for Scholarly Content) , a facility to give Indian scholars online access to academic materials– journals and books. The project covers more than 2,100 electronic journals and 51,000 electronic books.
  • US-based Indian WWE Wrestler the Great Khali alias Daleep Singh Rana announces to establish a Wrestling Stadium in Himachal Pradesh.
  • In the 4th Asian Youth Judo Championships & 11th Asian Junior Judo Championships held in Bangkok, Thailand, India has bagged a total 5 (two silver and three bronze) medals.
  • 2010 Review Conference for the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) is being held at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 3 to 28 May 2010. President of the Review Conference is Ambassador Libran N. Cabactulan of the Philippines. India has made it clear there is no change in its position that the NPT was discriminatory.
  • Women magicians from Kerala and different parts of the country and abroad would be exhibiting their skills at the world’s first Convention of Women Magicians to be held in Thiruvananthapuram on May 30.
  • According to a revelation by Pentagon, United States have a total of 5,113 nuclear warheads in its stockpile as of September 30, 2009. This classified info is a part of America’s effort to increase the transparency of global nuclear stockpiles: a step which it thinks is important to nonproliferation efforts. The latest number represents 84 per cent reduction from the stockpile’s maximum (31,255) at the end of fiscal year 1967, and over a 75 per cent reduction from its level (22,217) when the Berlin Wall fell in late 1989.
  • World Bank has blacklisted the Indian company for three years, ending January 11, 2013. The bank has accused Venugopal Dhoot-led Videocon of indulging in fraud and corrupt practices in dealings with it.
  • The number of Internet frauds rose from 102 in 2007 to 113 in the following year and 269 in 2009, involving an amount of Rs 2.51 crore (Rs 25.1 million), Rs 5.53 crore (Rs 55.3 million) and Rs 5.90 crore (Rs 59 million) – Minister of State for Finance Namo Narain Meena

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