News Today Notes: June 1, 2010
India’s First Smoke Free State
On May 31, 2010, (World No Tobacco Day) Sikkim has become India’s First state to be declared as “Smoke Free State” in India.
New DGP of Maharastra?
D. Sivanandan takes charge as Maharashtra’s new Director General of Police (DGP), taking over from A.N. Roy, who was retired.
New Chairman of Railway Board:
Vivek Sahai has been appointed as new Railway Board Chairman, he replaced SS Khurana.
Updates on National Advisory Council:
Ms Rita Sharma, IAS has been appointed as Secretary, National Advisory Council (NAC).
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appoints 14 members to the National Advisory Council in consulation with its chairman Sonia Gandhi. The members are Aruna Roy, Jean Dreze, N C Saxena, A K Shiva Kumar, M S Swaminathan, V Krishnamurthy, Narendra Jadhav, Mirai Chatterjee,Farah Naqvi,Pramod Tandon,Harsh Mander, Ram Dayal Munda,, Anu Aga, Madhav Gadgil,
Sahara retains Indian Cricket Team Sponsoship
As per a BCCI announcement, Sahara India has retained the sponsorship rights of the Indian cricket team for a whopping Rs.30.34 million per match (ODI and Twenty20 matches) for the next three years till 2013.
Fastest Super Computer of China:
“Xingyun” is the name of the fastest super computer of China which runs at more than one quadrillion (one thousand million million) calculations per second. Tianhe-1″ was the previous fastest machine in China. and Xingyun works at a speed double than its speed.
India Food Bank:
India Food Bank is a new project of Sam Pitroda, the current advisor to the prime minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations. It may be put in place by end of this year in collaboration with Chicago-based international organization, Global Food banking Network, a Stanford University think-tank that provides food aid to 30 nations
The revised GDP data have been released by the CSO and Indian Economy has grown 7.4% for 2009-10. Indian Economy grew by 8.6% during the quarter ended March 31, 2010. The economy had registered a 6.1 percent growth in the first quarter, 7.9 percent in the second, but dropped to a modest 6 percent in the third.
IAEA votes sanctions against Iran
In the International Atomic Energy Agency’s report before the United Nations Security Council votes on sanctions against Iran, international nuclear inspectors state that Iran has now produced a stockpile of nuclear fuel that would be enough, with further enrichment, to make two nuclear weapons, and it appears to bolster the Obama administration’s case for a fourth round of economic sanctions against Iran.
25th EU Russia Summit:
The 25th EU-Russia summit begins in Rostov-on-Don with talks on industrial and trade links, human rights and a visa-free regime.
Pakistan: Ban of Facebook Lifted:
A court in Pakistan lifts a ban on Facebook imposed two weeks ago after an “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” group appeared on the site
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