Current Affairs: December 10, 2011

‘Oldest’ Indian man dies in Madhya Pradesh

  • Parasram Gurjar (125 Years), who claimed to be oldest man alive passed away in Bhopal. Madhya Pradesh Government had conferred him with the Shatayu Samman on October 1, 2011 on the occasion of the World Elder’s Day.

Public hearing for 800 mega watt Kol Dam project on Jan 12

  • Himachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board has fixed the public hearing of 800 mega watt Kol Dam Hydroelectric Project on January 12, 2012 as this project is coming up in 273.11 Bighas of Kanaid and Chowk area of Sundernagar Tehsil in Mandi district. On October 2010, the Standing Committee on National Wildlife Board of the Ministry of Environment and Forests had refused to give environment clearance to the 800-MW Kol Dam project asking the state government and the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) to come up with a modified proposal.

Akkineni Award-2011 for Hema Malini

  • Bollywood actress Hema Malini, selected for the prestigious National Akkineni Award -2011. The award was instituted in the year 2005 by the Akkineni International Foundation as an Award for Excellence to those who dedicated their life towards service to the film industry. Akkineni Nageswara Rao, populaly known as ANR, is a living legend of the Telugu film industry.

90 die in Kolkata AMRI hospital fire

  • More than 90 people killed in a fire that ravaged the building of the Advanced Medical Research Institute (AMRI) Hospitals in Kolkata.
  • There were non-existent or unenforced regulations, violations of safety norms and the lack of fire-fighting equipment. Most of the victims died of suffocation.
  • This wasn’t the first major incidence of fire at AMRI — there was an earlier one in 2008 — but this tragedy is as much urban India’s classic nightmare scenario as it is an over-familiar Kolkata story. Only a few months ago, the fire service department had asked the hospital, a joint venture of two large industrial houses and the West Bengal government, to clear the encroachments in the basement and upgrade its fire safety mechanism. The directive was not followed, and the flammable material stored in the basement has now turned out to be the cause of the horrific accident. In the same hospital, there was a serious fire accident in 2008.
  • Kolkata the eastern metropolis is a textbook case of urban mess, where what was built more than a century ago has been built upon without an eye to the foundation, where the city has sprawled outwards and inwards without any anticipation of civic needs, or in complete disregard of the same. It is a case of a space constraint and a “time-pressure”.

National programme to control encephalitis soon

The Group of Ministers (GoM) constituted to look into incidents of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) will recommend a National Programme for Control and Prevention of the disease. The national programme, most likely to be announced in the next general budget, will be along the lines of the national malaria control programme, national TB control programme and other such ongoing prevention programmes.

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