Current Affairs February 11, 2010

Awards & Honors:
Lokmat-Darda awards
The Lokmat Newspaper Group awards were given to Sahara Group Chief Editor and Chief Executive Sanjiv Srivastava(for 2004-05), ETV Rajashan News Coordinator Anil Lodha(for 2005-06), Manohar Prabhakar(2007-08) and freedom fighter and veteran Journalist Rajendra Kumar “Ajaye” (for 2008-09).

National Updates:
Rural Business Hubs
Rural Business Hubs is an initiative by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India and the Confederation of Indian Industry started in 2007
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Devendra Pandey Committee on Forest Rights Act
Devendra Pandey Committee has been constituted jointly by two ministries of Government of India
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Andhra Pradesh : India’s First Big Budget 2D animation Movie – Lava Kush- The warrior Twins
Lava Kush- The warrior Twins is India’s first big budget 2D animation movie which has been launched by Hyderabad based-Rayudu Group. Produced as Rayudu Vision Media (RVML Animation) studio, Hyderabad, at the cost of USD five million.

Chandigarh : Expansion of PGIMER
Government of India has enacted the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act, 2006 for reservation in seats for Other Backward Classes (OBCs). In this context, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) is a premier medical institute of India located in Chandigarh sought a government nod for expansion and creating new sets for implementation of 27% reservation for OBC class, so that the number of unreserved seats does not affect.

On February 11, 2010, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs gives nod for this expansion. Please note that with the introduction of 27 percent reservation for OBCs in all institutes under the Central Government, the total percentage of reservation will go up from the present level of
22.5 percent to 49.5 percent.

Andhra Pradesh : Report on YSR death: Committee submits its report
A two member committee comprising M R Reddy & H S Kola was constituted by Andhra Pradesh Government to probe the September 2 helicopter crash in which former Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and four others were killed. The committee submits its report to the government.

M R Reddy is a retired IPS officer with expertise in providing VIP security and H S Kola is former head of the Director General of Civil Aviation.

West Bengal : Jyoti Basu is now a subject of Jatra!
Jatra is a popular folk-theatre form of Bengali theatre which is famous more prominently in West Bengal and less prominently in Bihar, Assam, Orissa and Tripura. Jatra derives its meaning from Yatra. The Jatras mostly feature mythological and epic figures. Now Jyoti Basu, the Marxist patriarch and one of the tallest political figures of India is now a subject of Jatra as some jatra companies decide to portrait life of Basu in their theatres.

Kerala: India’s first ‘total electrified district’ Palakkad
Palakkad in Kerala is India’s first “total electrified district” as declared by Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde at February 16, 2010. Kerala Government and Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB), with the assistance of MP fund, MLA fund, SC/ST fund and the funds provided by the local governments like panchayats and municipalities, have electrified “whole houses” in the 11 assembly constituencies in the district to make Palakkad the first total electrified district in the country.
Lok Karmis:
Government of India is considering to appoint an educated person from scheduled castes and scheduled tribes or minority communities in each panchayat as Lok Karmi to help villagers. This Lok karmi will be an educated person and will help the illiterate people. A draft proposal has been prepared which envisages that NGO’s will be designated by ministry as Lok Sewaks, who would in turn appoint and guide Lok Karmis in their territorial jurisdiction, which would not be more than four blocks in a district.

The Lok karmis would be a women preferably.

Business & Economy:
Eco-friendly Wipro Greenware desktops
IT Giant Wipro claims that It is the first Indian company to build a 100 percent recyclable and toxin-free computer, and joins a small group of manufacturers worldwide who have developed toxic-free electronics. Company says that eco-friendly Wipro Greenware desktops are completely free from harmful chemicals such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and brominated flame retardants (BFRs). Greenware Intel Core 2 Duo processor PCs can be easily recycled once their technology becomes obsolete and they pass their ‘shelf life’. The other global consumer electronics manufacturers which are in the in the struggle to develop toxin-free electronics are Apple, HP and Nokia.

Read Past Article : The Menace of E-wastes

Indian Oil Companies in Venezuela:
Venezuela has the largest conventional oil reserves and the second-largest natural gas reserves in the Western Hemisphere. Recently ONGC and and partners Indian Oil Corporation and Oil India Ltd won a bid to develop a major crude oil block Carabobo-1 in Venezuela’s Orinoco Belt with Spain’s Repsol YPF SA and Malaysia’s Petroliam National Bdh. Total spending on the block over 25 years would be $19 billion.

This has been dubbed as first major overseas success of Indian Oil Companies since Imperial Energy Plc acquisition in 2008.

Please note that Imperial Energy Corporation plc (HQ. Leeds ) is a leading British-based oil exploration and production business operating in Siberia was acquired by ONGC for $2.1 billion in January 2009. Its now an ONGC subsidiary.

International Updates
Daniel Pearl Internship – Devin Banerjee
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1 Comment

  1. Anonymous

    February 20, 2010 at 6:39 am

    could you please post the current affairs updates for the month of december 2009 and november 2009

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