Current Affairs : National: 20.6.09

June18, 2009 : Centre returns Gujarat’s anti-terror bill
June18, 2009 :First private University in Karnataka approved
June18, 2009 :Delhi infant mortality rate doubles in 3 years
June18, 2009 :Delhi getting richer faster than the country
June19, 2009 : CG govt formulates Cybercrime Act
June19, 2009 : Tripura power project gets central nod
June19, 2009 : Punjab to improve buffalo breeds for higher milk yield

June18, 2009 : Centre returns Gujarat’s anti-terror bill
Home Minister P Chidambaram has said the Cabinet has decided to recommend to the President that the GUJCOCA (Gujarat Control of Organised Crime) Bill be returned to the state government for making three amendments. One of the amendments being suggested to the state government is that the provision that confession before a police officer will be admissible should be dropped. The changes should be made to bring it in line with the Unlawful Activities Prevention of Terrorism Act passed by Parliament in 2008.

June18, 2009 :First private University in Karnataka approved
The State Government has approved the first private university in the State to be set up by the Azim Premji Foundation under an Act of the Karnataka legislature. The university will promote quality education management programmes and training for teaching staff. The Chairman of Wipro, who has been extending support to the Government in improving educational facilities in several districts of the Hyderabad Karnatak region over the past decade, had approached Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and Minister for Higher Education Aravind Limbavali to set up a private university.

June18, 2009 :Delhi infant mortality rate doubles in 3 years
Figures show that infant mortality rate in the capital has doubled in three years between 2005-07. The fact comes in the wake of claims that per capita expenditure on health in Delhi was Rs 685–nearly thrice of the national average of Rs 260. Figures shown in the ‘Economic Survey of Delhi 2008-09’, released in the Vidhan Sabha yesterday, reveal that while infant mortality per thousand in 2005 was 12.89, it shot up to 25.44 in 2007. The figure for 2006 was 18.05 per thousand. According to the report, the death rate in 2007 shot up to 6.07 from 5.99 in 2005, which was slightly less that 6.11 in 2006.

June18, 2009 :Delhi getting richer faster than the country
Delhi’s per capita income more than doubled the national average to stand at Rs.60,189, an increase of 5.6 percent over the previous corresponding period, according to the Economic Survey of Delhi (2008-09). The gross state domestic product (GSDP) rose 12.5 percent to Rs.109,201 crore against an all India average of nine percent. Though the national capital increased its literacy rate to 82 percent, it added only about 97,000 students to its schools during the period under review. The national literacy average stood at 65 percent.

June19, 2009 : CG govt formulates Cybercrime Act
The Raman Singh government has formulated ”Chhattisgarh Cyber Cafe Act-2009” to effectively curb criminal activities in the cyberspace. The act formulated under the Information Technology Act 2000, would be effective exactly thirty days after its publication in the official gazette. While banning dissemination of obscene materials, including pornography and other indecent exposure in cyber cafe, the act had given ample power to the police to conduct raids on cyber cafe at any time on the basis of complaints. It had also made ID proof compulsory for all customers of cyber cafe and directed the owners to get photographs of women through web camera for use of internet without Identity Card.

June19, 2009 : Tripura power project gets central nod
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) Friday gave go-ahead to the 100-MW Tripura gas-based power project, to be developed by the state-run North Eastern Electric Power Corp (Neepco). The estimated cost of the project is Rs.421.01 crore.

June19, 2009 : Punjab to improve buffalo breeds for higher milk yield
On the recommendations of the Punjab State Farmers Commission, the Punjab Government would soon undertake an intensive Buffalo Breed Improvement and Management Programme under Rashtriya Krishi Vigyan Yojana (RKVY). This scheme will be implemented by Milkfed with technical support and expertise from the state Animal Husbandry department and in close association with key private players/NGOs in buffalo breeding. The programme is aimed at supplementing the income of small farmers and rural landless workers in the state. Under the programme, 600 Integrated Buffalo Development Centers (IBDCs) covering 3000 villages would be set in the areas of Kandi, Bet, Border and trans-Ghaggar areas at a cost of Rs 60 crore under RKVY over five years involving 2 NGOs– J K Trust and BAIF, which had already been successfully implementing breed development programme in other states of the country.

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