Current Affairs Updates : National : October 2009

October 13, 2009: World’s fastest growing telecom market is India
According to a latest report by Moodys India is the fastest growing telecom market of the world, leaving behind China. India’s net additions of 10 million (subscribers) per month have far outpaced China’s monthly rate of increase, now below eight million.

October 12, 2009: Mines and Minerals Development Regulation Act. , 1957 will be replaced:
With an aim to introduce competitive bidding for allocation of coal blocks and benefit consuming industries, Indian government will soon replace the Mines and Minerals Development Regulation Act, 1957. The draft bill will be placed in the cabinet very soon.

October 10, 2009: Ujjain selected for development of Knowledge City Under DMIC
Ujjain district would be one of the four investment regions where knowledge cities would be established under the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC). This knowledge city will have educational institutions, and residential, commercial and social infrastructure.
The knowledge city in Ujjain district would be set up through a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV). This company would be jointly formed by the Madhya Pradesh Trade and Investment Facilitation Corporation (TRIFAC) and Audyogik Kendra Vikas Nigam (AKVN).
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October 8, 2009: Official Delegation comes from Uganda
An official delegation led by his Ugandan counterpart, Rwamirama K. Bright, came to India on october 8, 2009 to discuss better cooperation with India in Agriculture & Fisheries Sector. India and Uganda had inked an agreement on agriculture in 2007, however the agreed matters could not be taken forward vigorously.Now the two countries have agreed on a full-fledged implementation of the 2007 agreement.

October 8, 2009: World Bank assigns IGNOU to boost eco-friendly farming
The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has bagged a World Bank project worth over Rs.10 million to train agricultural researchers to boost eco-friendly farm productivity. IGNOU’s School of Agriculture has got a research grant of Rs.1.04 crore to undertake the prestigious project on ‘Innovations in Technology Mediated Learning’. This project will help enhance crop production and economic gains for poor farmers while minimising adverse impact on the environment.

October 7, 2009: National Fibre pPolicy by the end of 2009
Government of India has has constituted a working group to formulate a comprehensive National Fibre Policy (NFP) by the end of the year. NFP will provide a level playing field to all the textile industry players.
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October 5, 2009: UNAIDS top head Michel Sidibe visited India
Michel Sidibe, the head of UNAIDS was on his maiden trip to India in the first week of Octobe to emphasize India’s continued support against HIV and AIDS.

AIDS in India:
India has the world’s third largest population suffering from AIDS, after South Africa and Nigeria. Approximately 5.2 million people in South Africa and 2.6 million in Nigeria suffer from HIV/AIDS, followed by 2.3 million in India.

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UNAIDS:
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS, or UNAIDS, is the main advocate for accelerated, comprehensive and coordinated global action on the HIV epidemic.
UNAIDS’ mission is to lead, strengthen and support an expanded response to HIV and AIDS that includes :

  • Preventing transmission of HIV
  • Providing care and support to those already living with the virus
  • Reducing the vulnerability of individuals and communities to HIV
  • Alleviating the impact of the epidemic.

Purpose of Visit:
The visit was to recognize and support the achievements of Indias AIDS response aprt from discussing progress made towards achieving the goal of universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support as well as the Millennium Development Goals in India.

Notes:

  1. Oscar Fernandes heads the Parliamentarians Forum on HIV/AIDS.
  2. According to UNAIDS, there were around 33 million HIV positive people globally, while there were 2.7 million new infections and 2.0 million deaths from AIDS in 2007.

UNAIDS works closely with the Indian government, NGOs, community groups and people living with HIV to increase access to HIV prevention and treatment services, with a special focus on those most at risk.
October 5,2009:First Conference of State ministers of food processing industry
Recently first Conference of State Ministers of Food Processing Industries, was held in New Delhi. The key issues discussed are Government Policies and Procedures, inadequate infrastructure along the value chain, diversification of Product Portfolio and Commercialisation, enabling Policy Structure for Food Processing Sector and schemes for Infrastructure Development.

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