Current Affairs : September 9, 2011

26 climatic zones to turn into beneficial tourist spots

  • 26 climatic zones all over the country to be changed into beneficial tourist spots for improved tourist influx by the Government
  • Tourism ministry is looking for 0.5% of the world tourists to be deviated to India
  • Infrastructure being developed in PPP

Air Taxi Services in Madhya Pradesh

  • MP becomes the foremost state in India to offer air taxi services
  • CM of MP, Shivraj Singh Chouhan inaugurated the air taxi service at Bhopal’s Raja Bhoj Airport
  • Maiden flight of this service took off from Bhopal to Gwalior
  • Air service to be b/w Indore-Gwalior, Indore-Jabalpur, Bhopal-Indore, Bhopal-Gwalior and Bhopal-Jabalpur in the morning and evening for the initial phase

Underground River underneath the Amazon River traced by the Brazilian Scientists


  • An underground river traced by the Brazilian Scientists, projected 4000 m beneath the Amazon River
  • Hamza River (named after the head of the research team that located the river) stretches an estimated 6000 Km, discharging into the Atlantic Ocean
  • The underground river, akin it’s over the ground counterpart, is supposed to flow from west to east, but at a much sluggish speed than the Amazon
  • It is now believed that the discovery of this underground river might explain the low salinity of the Amazon

US confirms to veto any Palestinian bid for statehood recognition in the UNSC

  • USA confirmed it will veto any bid by the Palestinians to seek statehood recognition in the U.N. Security Council
  • In the lack of action in the UNSC due to a U.S. veto, Palestinians can ask the General Assembly to lift their U.N. status from an observer to a “non-state member”
  • USA has no veto in the General Assembly and thus, a Palestinian measure there would likely be approved by a large majority

Petition challenging govt move to exempt CBI from RTI Act’s scope dismissed

  • Madras High Court dismissed petition challenging latest Govt move to exempt the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) from the scope of RTI (Right to Information Act), 2005
  • Chief Justice of the Madras High Court in his judgement marked that the notice issued by the Centre exempting CBI from RTI is valid on the grounds of national security and intelligence
  • The Court saw no justification in interfering in the matter
  • On June 9, 2011, Govt had brought the CBI, National Investigation Agency and NATGRID under second schedule of section 24 of the RTI Act which exempts security and intelligence organisations from the jurisdiction of RTI Act

Supreme Court declines to hold back BCCI secretary as board President

Supreme Court has refused to hold back BCCI secretary N Srinivasan from taking over as president of the Board

Asian Champions Trophy (Hockey): India vs Pak ends in 2-2 draw

  • India and Pakistan managed to draw their final group match of the hockey Asian Champions Trophy by 2-2

“Onam” celebrated by Keralites

  • Thiruonam celebrated all over world by Keralites
  • The festival observes the prosperity and harmony that dominated during the rule of the mythological king Mahabali, who is considered to visit Kerala on Thiruvonam day 
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