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Website Addresses of Public Service Commissions in India

* Union Public Service Commission : www.upsc.gov.in
* Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission : www.apspsc.gov.in
* Arunachal Pradesh

Public Service Commission : www.apspsc.gov.in
* Assam

Public Service Commission : www.apsc.nic.in
* Bihar Public Service Commission: www.bpsc.bih.nic.in
* Chhattisgarh public service commission : www.psc.cg.gov.in
* Goa Public Service Commission : www.goapsc.gov.in
* Gujarat public service commission : www.gpsc.gujarat.gov.in
* Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission : www.hp.gov.in
* Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission :www.jkpsc.org
* Jharkhand Public Service Commission : www.jharkhandjpsc.org
* Karnataka public service commission : www.kpsc.kar.nic.in
* Kerala Public Service Commission : www.keralapsc.org
* Madhya Public Service Commission : www.mppsc.nic.in
* Maharashtra Public Service Commission : www.mpsc.maharashtra.gov.in
* Manipur Public Service Commission : www.mpscmanipur.gov.in
* Nagaland Public Service Commission : www.nagaland.nic.in
* Orissa Public Service Commission : www.opsc.nic.in
* Punjab public service commission : www.ppsc.gop.pk
* Rajasthan Public Service Commission : www.rpsc.gov.in
* Sikkim Public Service Commission : www.rpsc.gov.in
* Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission : www.tnpsc.gov.in
* Tripura public service commission : www.tripura.nic.in
* Uttarakhand Public Service Commission : www.gov.ua.nic.in/ukpsc
* U.P. Public Service Commission : www.uppsc.org.in
* West Bengal public service commission : www.pscwb.org.in

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Arjuna, Drona and Khel Ratna awardees 2010

Ace Indian shuttler and World no.2 Saina Nehwal will get the Rajiv Gandhi

Khel Ratna, the country’s highest sports award, while Indian footballer Sunil Chettri, currently playing for American club Kansas City Wizards, is among the 15 sportspersons selected for the Arjuna Award.

The award’s committee, headed by legendary athlete P.T. Usha, met here Friday to finalise the winners of this year’s national sports awards.

Arjuna Awardees: Krishna Punia (athletics), Joseph Abraham (athletics), Dinesh Kumar (boxing), Parimarjan Negi (chess), Jhulan Goswami (cricket), Deepak Mondal (football), Sunil Chettri (football), Rajiv Tomar (wrestling), Sandeep Singh (hockey), Jasjit Kaur (hockey), Jajseer Singh (paralympics), Dinesh (kabaddi), Kapil Dev (volleyball), Rehan Poncha (swimming), Sanjeev Rajput (shooting)

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Winners of the IIFA Awards 2010


List of IIFA Awards

Best Film : Vidhu Vinod Chopra – 3 Idiots
Best Performance in a Leading Role (Male) : Amitabh Bachchan – Paa
Best Performance in a Leading Role (Female) : Kareena Kapoor – 3 Idiots & Vidya Balan – Paa
Best Directer : Rajkumar Hirani – 3 Idiots
Best Performance in a Comic Role : Sanjay Dutt – All The Best
Best Performance in a Negative Role : Boman Irani – 3 Idiots
Best Performance in Supporting Role (Male) : Sharman Joshi – 3 Idiots
Best Performance in Supporting Role (Female) : Divya Dutta – Delhi 6
Best Debut of the year (Male) : Omi Vaidya – Jackie Bhagnani
Best Debut of the year (Female) : Jacqueline Fernandez – Mahie Gill
Best Playback Singer (Female): Kavita Seth – Ek Tara (Wake Up Sid)
Best Playback Singer (Male) : Shaan – Behti Hawa Sa Tha Woh (3 Idiots)
Best Music Directer : Pritam – Love Aaj Kal
Best Lyrics : Swanand Kirkire – 3 Idiots
Best Story : Abhijat Joshi, Raj Kumar Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra – 3 Idiots
Habitat For Humanity Ambassadorship : Salman Khan
IIFA outstanding contribution to Hindi Cinema (Male) : J. Om Prakash
IIFA outstanding contribution to Hindi Cinema (Female) : Zeenat Aman
Outstanding Achievement by an Indian Internationally : Anil Kapoor


IIFA Green Global Award : Vivek Oberoi

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2010 FIFA World Cup: Spain the new champs


2010 FIFA World Cup

Andres Iniesta dramatically fired Spain to World Cup glory for the first time in their history with the only goal of the game deep into extra-time in a 1-0 win over Netherlands at Soccer City.

Spain  in a 1-0 win over Netherlands at Soccer City. - 0

Mueller wins Golden Boot, best young player

Johannesburg

: Germany midfielder Thomas Mueller has won the Golden Boot award for top scorer at the World Cup and was also named best young player of the tournament.Mueller was one of four players to finish on five goals, but won by virtue of his three assists, two more than his nearest rivals- Spain`s David Villa and Wesley Sneijder of the Netherlands, who each had one assist.

Mueller, 20, has spearheaded a new generation of players that include Mesut Oezil, Sami Khedira, Jerome Boateng and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in a German team that finished third.

Uruguay`s Forlan named player of World Cup

Johannesburg: Uruguay`s Diego Forlan won the best player of the tournament award on Sunday after lighting up the World Cup with some wonderful goals that helped his team become South America`s only semi-finalist.The blond-locked striker won legions of admirers — not least among South African women — for his fantastic play on the pitch and courteous attitude off it where he always made time to sign autographs and chat with fans or journalists.

Forlan took 23.4 percent in the “Golden Ball” poll organised by world soccer body FIFA and voted for by journalists. Dutch playmaker Wesley Sneijder was second with 21.8 percent and Spain`s David Villa third on 16.9 percent.

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Jimena Navarrete-The Miss Universe 2010

Jimena Navarrete, a 22-year-old brunette from Mexico

, was named Miss Universe

in Las Vegas

on Monday.

The first runner-up was Miss Jamaica, Yendi Phillipps, while Miss Australia, Jesinta Campbell, was second runner-up.

Mexican woman wins Miss Universe contest

Navarrete, a nature enthusiast from Guadalajara, defeated favorites from Ireland, the Philippines and Venezuela to become the 59th winner of the crown in a show broadcast live around the world.

She received the crown from reigning Miss Universe Stefania Fernandez, Venezuela’s second winner in as many years. In a major shock, this year’s Miss Venezuela failed to make it past the first cut, when the 83 contestants were whittled down to 15. Miss USA, another favored contender, was also eliminated at the outset.

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Arjun Atwal became the first Indian to win on the PGA Tour

Arjun Atwal became the first Indian and just the sixth Asian-born player to win on the PGA Tour when he secured a one-stroke victory at the Wyndham Championship on Sunday.

Atwal joined Japanese trio Isao Aoki, Shigeki Maruyama and Ryuji Imada and South Koreans K.J. Choi and Y.E. Yang in an elite but growing club of champions from world’s most populous continent.

Arjun Atwal becomes first Indian to win on PGA Tour

The 37-year-old, who now lives in Florida, sank a pressure-packed seven-foot par putt at the final hole to edge American David Toms at Sedgefield.

His final round of 67 left him on 20-under 260, ignited by an opening day 61. Toms closed with a 64.

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Current Affairs

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National Technology Award, 2010
A pioneer in processing rice bran oil, A.R. Sharma, who comes from dusty town of Dhuri in Sangrur district, has been honoured with the national award by the Technology Development Board of the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Dan David Prize
Noted Indian author Amitav Ghosh has won the prestigious Dan David Prize for his remarkable reworking of the great tradition of the western novel in transnational terms.

PM’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration
Gulshan Bamra has been given the award for his initiative to involve community in the Naxal-affected areas of Madhya Pradesh.

First Indian to sail solo around the world
On May 22, 2010, Commander Dilip Donde of the Indian Navy became the first Indian ever to circumnavigate the globe solo on a sail-boat when he steered into the Mumbai harbour after his arduous effort spanning a little over nine months.

PERSONS
Kapadia, Justice Sarosh Homi

He has been appointed as the 38th Chief Justice of India. Hailing from a poor family, Justice Kapadia replaced Justice Balakrishnan.

Singh, Gen V.K.
Gen V.K. Singh is the Chief of Indian army
. A third generation officer from the Rajput regiment, Gen Singh is a graduate of the Wellington-based Defence Services Staff College as well as the Rangers Course at Fort Benning, USA and the US Army War College, Carlisle.

Commonwealth Prize, 2010
British-Indian author Rana Dasgupta (38) has won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for ‘Best Book’ on for his second book Solo. Rana won a prize of  £10,000 (Rs 8.5 lakh).

INS Shivalik—India’s first indigenous stealth warship
On April 29, 2010, India affected a generational shift in its warship-building capability by commissioning INS Shivalik—the first indigenously built stealth frigate that is the biggest in its class in the world. The ship, which is 143 metres long, can tactically fire weapons even before the enemy detects it.

SPACE RESARCH
IKAROS—First solar powered spacecraft
Japanese scientists have developed a kite-shaped ‘space yacht’ that uses only solar power for propulsion. The spacecraft—IKAROS—would be launched into the space for a six-month mission to Venus. It is the first spacecraft to use such technology.

Census 2010
The 15th national census exercise, the biggest census ever to be attempted in human history to cover India’s 1.2 billion population, began on April 1, 2010 with President Pratibha Patil being the first to be enumerated in the decennial exercise.

National Population Register
The NPR would be a register of usual residents of the country. The NPR will be a comprehensive identity database that would help in better targeting of the benefits and services under the government schemes/programmes, improve planning and help strengthen security of the country. This is being done for the first time in the country.

Unique Identification (UID) number christened Aadhaar
Aadhaar, or the 12-digit unique identification (UID) number that will identify the 1.2 billion residents of India on the basis of their biometrics, will have an additional four digits that will be hidden from the common man.

World’s smallest 3-D map
Scientists claim to have created the world’s smallest three dimensional map—a map of the Earth so small that 1,000 of them could fit on one grain of salt.

A team at computer giant IBM accomplished this through a new, breakthrough technique which uses a tiny, silicon tip with a sharp apex—1,00,000 times smaller than a sharpened pencil—to create patterns and structures as small as 15 nanometre at greatly reduced cost and complexity.

Official Song Selected for World Cup Football 2010 ( South Africa )?

World renowned Latin American pop singer, Shakira will perform the official
song of 2010 Football World Cup accompanied with the South African band
Freshlyground. Waka Waka is the official song, selected by FIFA and Sony.

Vivek Sahai takes over as chairman of Railway Board

  • Sahai, an Indian Railway Traffic Service officer, who was the Railway Board (member) traffic, has taken up the top job from S S Khurana upon his superannuation.

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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:
‘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).

Awards:
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
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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National:
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.

International:
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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Events, Happenings & Observances:
World Press Freedom Day 2010
3 May has been declared by the United Nations General Assembly as World Press Freedom Day. Read Here

National Updates:
New Education Bills moved in Lok Sabha
To regulate the education system and pave the way for foreign universities, 4 bills have been moved in the Lok Sabha.

  1. Foreign Education Institutions (Regulation of Entry And Operations) Bill, 2010: This bill aims to allow foreign institutions set up campuses in India. The bill is expected to facilitate quality education in India itself and reduce the flow of Indian students abroad.
  2. National Accreditation Regulatory Authority Bill: This bill seeks to provide framework for an umbrella body overseeing the quality of education in the country. National Accreditation Regulatory Authority Bill furthers the way for an overall regulatory authority. The function of the authority shall be to promote the development and regulate the process of accreditation of higher education institutions and to register and regulate the working of accreditation agencies.
  3. Prohibition of Unfair Practices in Technical Education Institutions Bill: Prohibition of Unfair Practices in Technical Education Institutions Bill, forbids charging of any fee other than that declared by an institution in its prospectus, or any fee taken without giving proper receipt. This clips the wings of the medial institutions charging capitation fee and donations.
  4. Education Tribunals bill: Any disputes related to educational institutions will be heard in state or national level education tribunals to be set up as per the proposed Education Tribunals bill.

Largest Buyer of India’s Iron Ore: China

  1. During 2006-07 China bought 80.16 MT of Indian iron ore, which went upto 91.98 MT in 2007-08 and 97.85 MT in 2008-09. China is the largest buyer of India’s Iron Ore.
  2. India’s total iron ore production during 2006-07 was placed at 187.70 Million Tonnes and the export during that period stood at 93.79 MT valued at Rs 18,836 crores. Iron ore production went upto 206.45 MT during 2007-08 and the export also went up to 104.27 MT which was valued at Rs 34,100 crores. The iron ore production further improved to 215.44 MT during 2008-09 and export reached 105.87 MT valued at Rs 34,036 crores. (noted from a reply of Anand Sharma, Commerce Minister in Lok Sabha)

Tamilnadu : Annual Plan
The annual plan for Tamilnadu has been fixed at Rs. 20068 crores including additional Central assistance of Rs.150 crores provided for projects of special interest to the State.

On Maulana Azad National Fellowship in 11th Plan:
Maulana Azad National Fellowship is a central sector scheme for minority students and being implemented through University Grants Commission. It provides for 756 fellowships for M.Phil/Ph.D students per year. The financial layout is Rs. 92.71 crores during the 11th Five Year Plan

Projections of Renewable / alternative Energy Sources in India’s Energy Mix:
As per the projections of Integrated Energy Policy Report of the Planning Commission , the alternative/renewable energy sources may account for 5 to 6 per cent of India’s energy mix by 2031-32.

Energy Conservation Fund
To promote the efficient use of energy and its conservation within the State. the State Energy Conservation Fund (SECF) is required to be constituted by each State under Section 16 of the Energy Conservation Act, 2001. Read Here

On 11th Plan Target of Hydro Power Generation
The 11th plan target for hydro capacity addition was 15,627 MW, consisting of 8,654 MW in Central Sector, 3,482 MW in State Sector and 3,491 MW in Private Sector. Out of this the capacity addition of 8,237 MW is likely to be achieved with a high level of certainty as per the government. Out of the above, a capacity of 3,431 MW has been commissioned so far and balance capacity is under various stages of construction.

On Fund Raising Plans of NTPC:
The National Thermal Power corporation has plans to borrow Rs.12,818 crore for its capacity addition programme during the financial year 2010-11 comprising a Rs.9,859.74 crores from domestic sources and the balance Rs.2,958.26 crores from international sources.

Number of protected Areas in India
India has 661 Protected Areas, including 100 National Parks, 514 Wildlife Sanctuaries, 43 Conservation Reserves and 4 Community Reserves. Read here
On Lockheed Martin Deal
Lockheed Martin or C-130J Super Hercules is an American four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft. It is the updated version of Lockheed C-130 Hercules. India has procured 6 C-130J – 30 transport aircraft from US Government during the last 3 years. Apart from this India has also procured 12 Dornier aircrafts. They all procured for transportation purpose.
The six C-13-J aircraft will be inducted by 2011-12.

India’s Biosphere Reserves:
India has designated 16 Biosphere Reserves. Read Here

Regional Committees for Uniformity in Minimum Wages
Government of India has set up five Regional Committees in order to reduce the regional disparities in the minimum wages of same or similar scheduled employments Read Here

What is National Floor Level Minimum Wage ?
National Floor Level Minimum Wage was mooted with an objective to have a uniform wage structure and to reduce the disparity in minimum wages across the country. he NFLMW per day has been revised from time to time primarily taking into account the increase in the Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers, which stands at Rs.100/- per day with effect
from 01.11.2009.

RGSEAG
RGSEAG or Rajiv Gandhi scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls is also known as SABLA. This scheme got birth by merging two schemes viz. Kishori Shakti Yojana (KSY) and the Nutrition Programme for Adolescent Girls (NPAG). SABLA aims to empowering adolescent girls (11-18 years) by improving their nutritional and health status, upgrading various skills like home skills, life skills and vocational skills etc. and equipping them on family welfare, health, hygiene, information and guidance on existing public services. The allocation in Union Budget 2010-11 has been kept Rs. 1000 Crores for SABLA scheme.

Sports:
2010 Kentucky Derby
Super Saver , a thoroughbred racing horse has won the race with Calvin Borel as jockey. The race took place on May 1, 2010. The race was sponsored by Yum! Brands.

World Updates
Bilout Package for Greece:
The European Union and the International Monetary Fund agree to a bailout package for Greece that will provide approximately €120 billion to end the sovereign debt crisis in that country.

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Events / Happenings & Observances:
World Laughter Day
World Laughter Day is celebrated on the first Sunday in May all over the world since 1998 when the first celebration was held on January 11, 1998, in Mumbai. The event was launched by Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement. Laughter Yoga movement has over 6000 Laughter Clubs worldwide on all 5 continents.

National Updates:
Prime Minister on legal Reforms:
National consultation for second generation reforms in legal education was inaugurated in New Delhi. Here is what our PM says on legal reforms:

  1. Prime Minister emphasizes that national legal education system should be especially sensitive to the needs of the marginalized sections of the society like women, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and the poor.
  2. Not only should these sections be adequately represented among law students, the legal education should also inculcate sensitivity towards the special needs of the under-privileged.
  3. PM stresses need for national uniform course module for legal education in the country. There is an urgent need for reforming and improving the national legal education system to meet the needs of the growing economy.

Kerala: Aaswasa Kiranam
Kerala Government announces a new pension scheme named ”Aaswasa Kiranam” meant for poor and bed-ridden patients.

Gujarat: Asiatic Lion Population:
The only home of the Asiatic Lion (biological name: Panthera leo persica) or Indian Lion in the world is the Gir Forest of Gujarat. Recently Gujarat State Government has carried out Asiatic Lion census 2010. Read Here

Manipur: Entry of T. Muivah
Manipur state government decides to prevent the entry of NSCN-IM General Secretary T. Muivah in the state as his visit may lead to communal disharmony. Muivah whose insurgent group NSCN-IM has been holding peace talks with Centre for more than ten years was to visit his hometown in Somdal in Manipur’s Ukhrul district from May 3 to 10.

On New head of National Human Rights Commission
K G Balakrishnan the outgoing Chief Justice of India may be the head of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). The post of lying vacant since June 2009, when Rajendra Babu Retired. If Justice K G Balakrishnan becomes the new head of NHRC, he will be the first dalit to be so. He is also first Dalit Chief Justice of India.

Eligibility to become head of NHRC: Former Chief Justice of India with less than 70 years of age.

Madhuri Gupta Case
Madhuri Gupta worked as a second secretary for the Indian High Commission, was arrested on April 23 in New Delhi in the presence of Ministry of External Affairs officials on charges of passing on important information to Pakistan. She came under the scanner a few months ago because of her “extra-ordinary” interest in areas beyond her role, and was called to Delhi last month on the pretext of preparing for the SAARC summit. She has been booked under the Official Secrets Act. She has charges against her for spying for Pakistan’s ISI.

On National Green Tribunal:
National Green Tribunal will be the first judicial body to deal exclusively with environmental laws. It will come in existence in next two months or so as the Lok Sabha has passed the National Green tribunal Bill. The main bench of the Tribunal will be in Bhopal.

Business & Economy:
CII Survey on India’s Growth:
The latest CII Survey has pegged Indian Economy’s growth to be around 7.5 – 8.5%. This has been revealed in the CII Business Outlook Survey based upon a response of 458 companies.

Forbes’ 500 Top Paid CEO’s of the biggest American companies
3 people from the Indian Origin have featured in the latest Forbes’ 500 Top Paid CEO’s. The list has been topped by H Lawrence Culp Jr. President, CEO & Director of Danaher Corporation, a large global company headquartered in Washington, D.C.with business in fields of design, manufacture, and marketing of industrial and consumer products.

The Indians featured in the List are:

  • 93rd Position: Indra Nooyi: Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PepsiCo Incorporated (USD 10.66 million)
  • 96th Position: Surya N Mohapatra , CEO of Quest Diagnostics (USD 10.29 million)
  • 425th Position: Shantanu Narayen, CEO of Adobe Systems (USD 1.88 million)

I-Mark
India Design Council has an ambitious plan to introduce an I-Mark, that will label and recognize good design (in terms of creativity, ethics, sustainability, environment-friendliness and competitiveness) in India .

Current affairs May1,2010


Appointments:
Yale World Fellow 2010: Subhashini Chandran
Subhashini Chandran,CEO of the Woodbriar Group and the Managing Director of the Tea Estates India Ltd, has been named of one the 15 Yale World Fellows for 2010.UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations – Atul Khare
Atul Khare a former IFS officer has been appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon as Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations.

Events / Happenings & Observances:
Gujarat & Maharastra: Golden Jubilee Celebrations
Gujarat’s Chief Minister Narendra Modi kicks off State’s Golden Jubilee celebrations. he also lays a foundation stone of Mahatma Mandir at Gandhi Nagar. Mahatma mandir is being built at the estimated cost of Rs.100 crore. It will be spread over 34 acres and will have a business centre, exhibition halls, a memorial and garden on Gandhi and a suspension bridge in memory of the Dandi march.

Fact Box: Gujarat came into existence on May1, 1960. After India’s independence, the former princely states of Gujarat were grouped in Saurastra, Kathiawad and Bombay State. in 1956 Bombay state was enlarged and Kutch, Surastra, some parts of Hyderabad and some parts of Madhya Pradesh were included in it. Since the new state had mostly the Gujarati speaking people, there were agitations. On linguistic lines Bombay state was split into new states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. The first capital of Gujarat was Ahmadabad; the capital was moved to Gandhi nagar in 1970.

The main Function of Maharastra Golden Jubilee takes place in Shivaji Park, Mumbai & Governor K. Sankaranarayanan takes salute at a police parade. On 50th Maharashtra Foundation Day, people of Maharastra also paid homage to 105 martyrs who laid down their lives for ‘Samyukta (United) Maharashtra’.International Labor Day:
International Labor Day or International Workers’ Day or May Day is observed by working people worldwide and their labor unions on May 1 every year. The event commemorates the Haymarket Massacre in Chicago in 1886, when Chicago police fired on workers during a general strike for the eight hour day. In India, first May Day celebration in India was organized in Madras by the Labor Kisan Party of Hindustan on May 1, 1923.

On the occasion of International Labor Day 2010, the Chhattisgarh government in India announced a Rs.10 lakh accident insurance scheme for the state’s more than three lakh industrial workers.

National Updates:
India’s new chief Justice: Justice Sarosh Homi Kapadia
Justice Sarosh Homi Kapadia, the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court has been appointed as the next Chief Justice of India. He will take over from incumbent Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan on the 12th of June 2010.National Green Tribunal (NGT) Bill Passed:
National Green Tribunal (NGT) Bill which paves the way for the establishment of a tribunal known as National Green Tribunal (NGT) for environmental clearance of development projects and providing relief and compensation to people affected by natural calamities has been passed by the Lok Sabha .

Under the legislation, the Central Pollution Control Board will approach NGT on behalf of affected persons for grant of relief or compensation or settlement of disputes. The NGT is meant to ensure expeditious disposal of cases on environmental protection, conservation of forests and other natural resources, thereby strengthening environmental adjudication and settlement of disputes.

Plantation Labor (Amendment) Bill Passed:
Plantation Labor (Amendment) Bill 2010 has been passed in Rajya Sabha. This bill seeks to empower the Centre to prohibit, restrict and regulate the employment of women and adolescents engaged in handling hazardous chemicals in the plantation industry.

Hike in Aviation Turbine Fuel Rates:
State-owned oil retailers raised jet fuel, or Aviation Turbine Fuel, ATF prices, by 273 rupees per kilolitre. This is the fifth straight increase since March.

International Updates:

37th member of the European Patent Organization – Albania
The European Patent Organization was created in 1977 to grant patents in Europe under the European Patent Convention (EPC) of 1973. Its headquarters are at Munich, Germany and has 36 members. Albania joins as 37th member on May 1, 2010.Belgium: Another country to ban Burqua:
29 April 2010, the lower house of parliament in Belgium has passed a bill banning any clothing that would obscure the identity of the wearer in places like parks and in the street. The proposal was passed nem con (Nemine Contradicente which means without contradiction) and now goes to the Senate.

France was among the first countries to ban Burqua in French public schools in 2004.

Latest Country to ratify Nuclear Test Ban Treaty – Indonesia
Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty bans all nuclear explosions in all environments, for military or civilian purposes. It was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 September 1996 but it has not yet entered into force. The treaty has been signed by 182 countries.

Why the treaty not came in force?
Total 182 countries have signed the treaty out of which 151 have ratified by adopting national laws to implement the treaty. However, the treaty demands ratification by all 44 countries of the world which have Nuclear Technology. 9 countries have not ratified. These 9 countries are Indonesia, China, North Korea, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan and the US.

Indonesia has now taken a decision to ratify the CTBT very soon. This statement has been made by Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa in the Indonesian parliament (Majelis Permusyawaratan Rakyat).

4 Development Projects in Bhutan:
Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh launches four development projects in Bhutan. The projects were inaugurated by the Prime Minister include two in the Hydro-power sector. The foundation stones of Mangdechhu Hydro project with a total capacity of 720 megawatts and the Punatsangchhu-two Hydro power project with a capacity of 1000 Megawatt to be completed in Seven years were laid. Both the projects will be implemented under the Inter-governmental Authority model with 70 percent loan and 30 percent grant by the government of India. Prime Minister also launched a total solutions project related to IT for making half of Bhutan’s population computer literate.

India Japan MOU on Eco Friendly Cities:
India and Japan sign four memorandum of understanding for building future cities of India. The eco friendly cities will be built in the Delhi Mumbai industrial corridor, at a cost 90 billion dollars. This is going to be the largest ever project in the world, will be completed within nine years. This comes under the Smart Community Initiative of Japan.

People in News:

Who is Ranjan Daimary?
Ranjan Daimary is the founder of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) , more commonly known as Bodo Security Force. Ranjan Daimary has been arrested and detained by Indian authorities. he was handed over to BSF in Meghalaya, from where he was taken to Assam.

Fact Box: NDBF
The NDBF is a terrorist outfit which seeks to obtain a sovereign Bodoland for the Bodo people in Assam. The ‘Bodo Security Force’ was established on October 3, 1986, and on November 25, 1994, the outfit rechristened its name to NDFB. It had entered into a ceasefire agreement with the government on May 25, 2005. In December 2008, the NDFB split into warring groups – the anti-talks faction, led by Daimary, and the pro-talks faction led by Sungthagra, alias, Dhirn Boro

Note: National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) is currently on peace talks with the Centre.

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