Current Affairs: July 21, 2011

All India Police Radio Officers Conference

28th All India Police Radio Officers Conference 2011 was inaugurated in New Delhi by the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Mr. M. Ramachandran

Conference organized by Directorate of Coordination Police Wireless, MHA

Mr. Ramachandran laid stress on a focused role for the Police Communication organizations to address various Home land security needs via converged and collaborative means
Government launches new web portal: www.parivahan,

  • Government launched new web portal :
  • A web portal for basic citizen services like driving license and vehicle registration
  • Minister for Road transport and Highways: Mr. C P Joshi
  • National Register will create a data bank of all vehicles in the country
  • The National Register created from the State Registers under the National Transport Project to act as a central repository of all crucial data
  • It will provide basic citizen centric services to people anytime and anywhere in the country
  • The portal connects 975 regional transport offices of the country 

Common Entrance Examination for all medical colleges

  • Government decided to hold a Common Entrance Examination for admission to all Medical Colleges across the country from the next academic session
  • Decision to hold a single Joint Medical Entrance Test taken at a meeting of Health Ministry Officials, the Board of Governors of the Medical Council of India and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) held in New Delhi
  • About 10 Lakh Students take the common medical entrance exam in the country annually, for admission to 330 medical colleges across the country

India’s Economic Growth Projections for 2011-12 lowered by Government to 8.6%

  • Government lowered India’s economic growth projection for 2011-12 to 8.6% from the earlier estimate of about 9%
  • Government also put that inflation will remain high till December 2011
  • The Finance Ministry held that there is a perceptible slowdown in the last two quarters’ growth of Indian economy and the outlook for 2011-12 has to be inferred from movements of past data
  • The economy grew by just 8.3% in the third quarter last fiscal and 7.8% in the January-March period, the lowest in five quarters
  • Current inflation is being mainly driven by:
  • Seasonal Effects
  • Upward Movement in Crude Oil, Manufactured and Administered Fuel Prices
  • Due to uncertain economic conditions in Europe, and other western markets and slowdown in global trade volumes, India’s exports may not sustain their high growth rate in the coming months

All Rural Development Programmes to be audited by the CAG

  • The CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General) to audit all Rural Development Programmes including MNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme), for their effective and transparent implementation
  • New Rural Development Minister: Mr. Jairam Ramesh
  • CAG: Mr. Vinod Rai
  • A panel of Chartered Accountants in each and every district across the country to do Financial Audit
  • As per Mr. Ramesh, action taken on the Audit Report is very significant and his precedence is to take a stock of the ground reality in the Naxal affected areas; to have a closer look at their problems
  • Mr. Ramesh elucidated, funds are no constraint but the actual hitch is lack of proper Administration
  • There are many complaints of delayed payment in MGNERGA

President Ms Pratibha Devisingh Patil to visit Korea, Mongolia

  • The President Ms Pratibha Devisingh Patil to visit Republic of Korea and Mongolia
  • Visit aimed at accelerating India’s cooperation with these two countries
  • In the first stage of her weeklong trip, she will leave New Delhi on the July 24, 2011 for Republic
    of Korea on the invitation of President Lee Myung-bak
  • President Lee Myung-bak
    visited India last year as Chief Guest for the Republic Day celebrations
  • In the second stage, she will visit Mongolia from July 27, 2011 at the invitation of President Elbegdorj
  • President Elbegdorj had paid a State Visit to India in September 2009
  • Ms Patil’s visit to these countries assumes importance in the backdrop of the fact that they are two important partners of India in North East Asia

Hina Rabbani Khar: New Foreign Minister of Pakistan

• Hina Rabbani Khar, 34, the youngest Foreign Minister in Pakistan’s History, beating the record of former Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, who was 35 when he took over the portfolio in the Mr. Ayub Khan’s regime

9th India-ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference

  • External Affairs Minister S M Krishna to participate in the 9th India-ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference in Bali, Indonesia
  • Mr. Krishna to join discussions in the East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers Consultations and the ASEAN Regional Forum Ministerial Meeting for two days from July 22, 2011
  • India-ASEAN Ministerial meet to Review cooperation and deliberate on its future direction
  • India-ASEAN commemorative summit to be hosted in New Delhi in December 2012
  • The Ministers to swap views on Regional and International issues of interest to both the sides
  • India and the member countries adopted a plan of action for 2010-15 during the eighth ASEAN-India summit held on October 30, 2010 at Hanoi, Vietnam.
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