Current Affairs: September 21, 2011

Alzheimer’s Day being observed all over the globe

  • Alzheimer’s Day is being observed all over the world
  • Alzheimer’s Disease: Most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental function. Unusual modifications in the brain deteriorate in due course, ultimately interfering with a lot of aspects of brain task. Memory loss is one of the initial symptoms, along with a steady decline of cognitive function and changes in personality. In the advanced phase of the Alzheimer’s disease, the patients become completely dependent on others.

Iodine Deficiency Disorder Prevention Day being observed world over

  • September 21, 2011: Iodine Deficiency Disorder Prevention Day observed across the globe
  • India has set a goal to lessen the IDD (Iodine Deficiency Disorder) to less than 10% by 2012 and to bring it below 5% by 2017
  • At present 263 endemic districts are there all over the nation i.e. the incidence of IDD in these districts is more than 10%
  • Govt has taken quite a lot of initiatives to make sure 100% consumption of sufficient iodated salt at the household and community level
  • Consumption of sufficient quantity of iodized salt is necessary for appropriate development of the body

Union Govt removed the Ban on Export of Onions

  • The Union Government removed the ban on export of onions with instant effect
  • Decision taken by the EGoM headed by Finance Minister
  • This was done owing to the protests by onion farmers in Maharashtra and Karnataka who had held demonstrations against the ban following a dip in prices

 

NCW submits Report on Bhatta-Parsaul

  • NCW: The National Commission of Women submitted its final report to the Union Ministry of State for Women and Child Development on Bhatta-Parsaul

  • Bhatta-Parsaul are the 2 villages in Noida (Gautam Buddha Nagar, UP), where farmers alleged police heinousness, and mentioned the complaints of 7 women alleging they were raped by policemen
  • The twin villages of Bhatta-Parsaul had in May 2011 witnessed violent clashes between the police and farmers, who protested against the land acquisition policies of the Uttar Pradesh Government.
  • NCW in its concluding report observed that police officials positioned in the twin villages of UP had raped and beaten women during a farmers’ protest
  • Mamta Sharma, NCW chairperson observed that women were frightened as the police put pressure on them. A committee of female members was thus set up to verify their testimonies
  • The concluding report of NCW controvert the National Human Rights Commission’s report, which had stated that no mayhem were reported, but validated Congress party General Secretary Rahul Gandhi’s charge that women were indeed beaten and raped by policemen

 

Former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani killed by Suicide Bomber

  • Burhanuddin Rabbani, Former Afghan President killed by a suicide bomber in Kabul
  • As head of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, Rabbani shouldered responsibility to find a political solution to the 10-year war with the Taliban
  • Burhanuddin Rabbani (1940 – 20 September 2011) was President of Afghanistan from 1992 to 1996 and for a second term in 2001. He was forced to leave Kabul because of the Taliban takeover of the city
  • He also served as the political head of the United Islamic Front for the Salvation of Afghanistan (UIFSA), an alliance of various political groups who fought against Taliban rule in Afghanistan
  • Rabbani regained political prominence almost a decade later, when he was named head of President Hamid Karzai’s peace council in October of 2010

 

Australia won Test Series against Sri Lanka

  • Under the captaincy of Michael Clarke, Australia won the Test series against Sri Lanka 1-0
  • This was Clarke’s first Test tour as captain

 

$80 mn loan approved by ADB for enhancement in Kathmandu water

  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) permitted a loan of $80 mn dollars to Nepal for water distribution improvements in Kathmandu
  • The loan expected to profit more than 2.72 million individuals in the Kathmandu Valley
  • This will develop piped water access to a lot of additional households
  • The Kathmandu Valley Water Supply Improvement Project is likely to offer improved class water for additional hours and at elevated pressure and diminish water losses in the distribution system


 

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