Current Affairs : January 10, 2010

Events / Happenings:
Chennai Samagam – 2010

4th edition of Chennai Samagam , the annual cultural events inaugurated in Chennai. This is the longest and biggest Open Festival of India presented by Tamil Maiyam and Department of Tourism and Culture and will finish on January 16. The theme of the inaugural show was “Pirappokkum”, which is also the official theme of the World Classical Tamil Conference to be held in Coimbatore in 2010.

Awards & Honours:
Best Jodi Big A & Big B
Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek were honoured with the best jodi award for their chemistry in “Paa” at the STAR Screen Awards.

National Affairs:
Why Chamarajanagara should be a tourist Hub?
Chamarajanagara district in Karnataka, is also known as ‘Silk City’ or Reshme Nagari. Close to the vicinity of district headquarters are B R Hills, M M Hills, Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta, Bharachukki Falls, Bedaguli Forest Areas, Madhyaranga, Karivaradaraja Hills and Hogenekkal Falls, Bandipur National Park, the Biligirirangana Temple, Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuaries, Male Mahadeshwara Hills, Himavad Gopalaswamy Hills ,these all places are of immense tourism potential and so the MP from the area R Dhruvanarayan meets Kumari Selja regarding the development and soon the state govt. creates a Draft Blue Print for promotion of tourism, in the area.

Easy Kit Scheme of NAFED
National Agricultural Co-operative Marketing Federation of India Limited is going to distribute 6 crore easy Kits which would contain 20 essential commodities and given to both APL and BPL families once a month through State-controlled or Central agencies. This is a scheme to curb the price rise of essential commodities. Scheme is being launched in New Delhi and Kochi as Pilot Project and would be later expanded Pan India.

What is Padma Sambhav Mahavihara?
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UP is the first state in India to launch a power transmission sub stations and transmission lines project on PPP
Uttar Pradesh will become the first state in the country to launch the power transmission sub stations and transmission lines projects on Public-Praivate Parternership (PPP) model, as on Janaury 15, 2010 it commissions several projects of power transmission sub stations and transmission lines project. January 15 is Mayawati’s B’Day. A toal of 18 projects including 2 bigger ones (sub-stations of765 KV at Unnao and Anpara D) will be launched on this date.

China Devoured our Substantial Land
As per the reports , we have lost substantial amount of land to China along the LAC (Line of Actual Control) in last 20-25 years. It was accpted oficially for the first time in a meeting attended by officials from the Jammu and Kashmir government, Ministry of Home Affairs and Army that India has been withdrawing from LAC which was called to ensure proper protection to nomads who move with their cattle to Dokbug area of Nyoma sector in Leh District of J & K during the winter months every year.

The reasons quoted is “there is a lack of institutional memory in various agencies as well as clear policy on this issue, which in long run has resulted in loss of territory by the India in favour of China”

In December 2008, Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had damaged their tents and threatened them to vacate the land. This has been happening over years and Chinse has been following their old quote ” better do in Inches than in Yards” Chinese had had taken Nag Tsang area opposite to Phuktse airfield in 1984, Nakung in 1991 and Lungma-Serding in 1992 in a simialr fashion. In 2009 Chinese troops had entered nearly 1.5 km into the Indian territory on July 31 near Mount Gya, recognised as International border by India and China, and painted boulders and rocks with “China” and “Chin9” in red spray paint.

The 22,420 ft Mount Gya, also known as “fair princess of snow” by Army, is located at the tri-junction of Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir, Spiti in Himachal Pradesh , and Tibet . Its boundary was marked during the British era and regarded as International border by the two countries.

This certainly indicates a foulplay. Are our Leaders listening ?

Global Affairs:
Who was Taharqa?
Taharqa was a pharaoh (title of ancient Egyptian Kings) of Egypt and the Kingdom of Kush reigning from 690 BC to 664 BC. It was 25th dynasty of Egypt and his empire stretched from Sudan to the Levant. A massive one ton statue of the Egyptian pharaoh Taharqa has been found by deep in Sudan by a team of archeologists on January 9, 2010. In addition to Taharqa’s statue, those of two of his successors – Senkamanisken and Aspelta – were found alongside. Dr. Julie Anderson of the British Museum, who is the co-director for the Dangeil excavations, confirmed that no statue of a pharaoh has ever been found further south of Egypt than this one. (Independent)

Business & Economy:
Highest Taxpaying Sportsperson : Sachin
Sachin is the highest taxpayer among sportspersons in the country for the last quarter of 2009. Sachin is on 115 number among Individual highest taxpayers of the country.

Who is the highest individual taxpayer ?
Mr. Mahesh Gordhandas Garodia is highest tax payer of India. He has paid a tax of Rs 20 crore in fiscal 2009.

Pepsi to bring $ 200 million more
Union Cabinet approves the proposal Pepsico Holdings Pvt. Ltd. to inject additional equity of $200 million (around Rs.930 crore) into its Indian arm within three years. It would take Pepsico’s total FDI into the country to $655 million. Right now Pepsico has 43 soft drinks plants in India. It has three plants for the snacks business.

World’s Largest Exporter is China
The Dragon has outplaced Germany and has become world’s largest exporter. China’s total exports for 2009 were $1.2tn and shwon a growth of 17.7% . This is a indication and will be confirmed when Germany’s official figures are published in February.

Science & Technology:
What is Multiprotocol Label Switching & which University is Testing for the first time?
New Aerobics Merathon Record : Dinaz Vertvawala

Fitness trainer Dinaz Vertvawala , who had launched Hyderabad’s first and exclusive fitness studio for women in 1993 has set a new world record in aerobics by performing uninterruptedly for 26 hours. The Previous Guinness World record for continuous Aerobic world was held by a Colombian, Duberney Trujillo , who had performed continuously for 24 hours at the Olimpica Mall, Dosquebradas, on February 26-27, 2005.

2010: Chennai Open Tournament: Results
15th edition of the Chennai Open which was part of the 250 series of the 2010 ATP World Tour, was the 2010 Aircel Chennai Open took place in SDAT Tennis Stadium in Chennai, from January 4 to January 10, 2010.
The results are as follows:

  • Singles:
    Marin Čilić from Croatia retains the tile for singles for a second consecutive year defeating Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland
  • Doubles:
    Marcel Granollers / Santiago Ventura Both from Spain won the doubles title defeating Lu Yen-hsun / Janko Tipsarević from Chinese Taipei and Serbia respectively. Eric Butorac and Rajeev Ram were the defending champions, but lost in the first round to Yves Allegro and Stanislas Wawrinka.

Africa Cup of Nations: Togo Withdraws
The 2010 Africa Cup of Nations or Orange Africa Cup of Nations is the 27th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the biennial football championship of Africa . It is being held in Angola from January 10, 2010 and will last till January 31, 2010. Out of 15 nations Togo has withdrawn from the tournament after a terrorist attack on their bus upon arriving for the tournament.

2011 Cricket World Cup : Countdown begins
The countdown for the 2011 Cricket World Cup has begun officially with the unveiling of the trophy at a ceremony in the Bangabandhu Conference Centre in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Sharad Pawar who is the chairman of the 2011 Cricket World Cup Central Organising Committee, formally hands over the trophy to the presidents of the relevant cricket boards: AHM Mustafa Kamal of Bangladesh; Shashank Manohar of India; and Somachandra de Silva of Sri Lanka. The tournament begins on February 17, 2011. India will host 29, Sri Lanka 12 & Bangladesh will host 8 games. It will be a 14 nation game.

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