Tit-Bit Current Affairs : October 2011

  • Uttarakhand first state to covert 13% rainfed area to irrigated land:

    Uttarakhand has become the first state to convert its 13 per cent of rain-fed land area into irrigated land and the Centre has granted permission, in principle, for the second phase of World Bank supported 170 US Dollar decentralized watershed projects in the hill state.

  • Mysore gets Intelligent Transport System

    The City of Palaces Mysore will have Intelligent Transport System (ITS) introduced by the year end, KSRTC Mysore Division Controller M N Srinivas said today. Speaking to reporters here, he said all the 500 KSRTC buses plying in the city would be controlled under the ITS. The commuters woud be provided audio information about the bus routes, their arrival and departure times, the approaching bus stops and other general information in the buses, he said, adding this information would also be displayed on the digital boards to be installed at the Suburban bus stand, city bus stand and the six newly renovated main bus stands of the city.

  • Justice Shivraj Patil resigns as Karnataka Lokayukta:

    Following what he termed a malicious campaign to slur his name, former Supreme Court Judge justice Shivraj V Patil today resigned as the Lokayukta of Karnataka. Justice Patil, addressing a crowded press conference after submitting his resignation to Governor H R Bharadwaj, said though he had done nothing wrong and had legally acquired sites, a malicious campaign had been launched against him and he was pained by it. Mr Justice Patil read out a prepared statement and declined to answer to questions but said such campaign would be doing great injustice to those who were crusading against corruption in the country. Insurance for Tihar inmates

  • Insurance for Tihar Inmates:

    In a first-of-its-kind initiative in Indian jails, Tihar has decided to offer all of its inmates life insurance. The jail authorities have done this in collaboration with Max New York Life Insurance . This will provide financial security to jail inmates, many of whom are supporting families outside the jail. In many cases, the inmates are the sole “earning” members of the family and regularly send money for their sustenance. An untimely or sudden accident of a jail inmate can wipe out an entire family’s financial support.

  • HP names Whitman as President and CEO:

    Hewlett-Packard named former eBay Inc chief executive Meg Whitman its president and CEO, replacing the harshly criticized Leo Apotheker in a bid to restore investor confidence in the iconic Silicon Valley company.

  • NVEQF:

    NVEQF refers to National Vocational Education Qualification Framework, NVEQF was launched by Mr. Kapil Sibal with a vision to impart skill training to the youngsters in different industrial spheres.

  • Samajik Suvidha Sangam(SSS):

    Samajik Suvidha Sangam(SSS) is a micro-finance project launched by Delhi Government for women. The objective of the project os to offer monetary support to over 1 Lakh susceptible women in Delhi. Samajik Suvidha Sangam(SSS) will execute the project by the alliance with Delhi chapter of SEWA. Under the scheme, loans to be provided to women at a nominal interest rate of 1.5%.

  • China is Russia’s Biggest Trade Partner:

    With $50.8 bilateral trade from January to August 2011, China became Russia’s biggest trading partner.

  • Sebastian Vettel

    Sebastian Vettel, the Red Bull-Renault driver became the youngest person in Formula One History to bag two successive World Championship titles.

  • Mumbai wins Champions League:

    Mumbai Indians won the CL (Champions League) Twenty20 cricket tournament thrashing Royal Challengers Bangalore in the finale

  • India to Construct Schools in Sri Lanka:

    India to assist Sri Lanka in reconstruction of 79 Schools in the war-affected Northern Province of Sri Lanka. The cost of the project will be around 160 million Sri Lankan rupees. India inked a MoU with Sri Lanka in this regard. India will also assume the job on renovation of the Tirukoteeswaram Temple in Mannar.

  • 100% FDI in Pharma to Continue:

    In the Pharma sector India to continue to allow 100% FDI for fresh ventures. Judgment taken at a meeting chaired by PM Dr Manmohan Singh to talk about the FDI policy in drugs and pharmaceutical sector.

  • Hurricane Jova Hits Mexico

    In Mexico, Hurricane Jova was hovering over the country’s seven Pacific coastal states and intimidating to make landfall in Colima. Red alert has also been issued in many states.

  • No Polio Case in India in 200 days

    No polio case has been reported in the country for over 200 days. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative has said that Pakistan is still staggering under a polio outburst due to fast transmission of the polio virus. Subsequent the report, India has escalated the inspection at the Indo-Pak border and over 115 children aged below 5 years have been vaccinated to avert the import of virus.

  • Nobel Memorial Wall Exhibition inaugurated in Delhi:

    The Nobel Memorial Wall Exhibition collectively inaugurated by Embassy of Sweden and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, DMRC at Rajiv Chowk Metro Station, New Delhi. Idea is to spread awareness about all the Nobel Laureates from India. It will be open at the Rajiv Chowk and Huda City Centre Metro stations. Indian Nobel Laureates are being honoured as a part of the 5th edition of The Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week.

  • Lyricists Jaladi Raja Rao Passes Away

    Jaladi Raja Rao (79), renowned film lyricist who had also composed numerous plays and playlets spotlighting a variety of socio-economic problems, died.

  • Vodafone first company to penalize telemarketers

    Vodafone became the first company to penalize telemarketers for violating the regulations, and deposited Rs 50,000 collected in fine with Trai.

  • Maharastra to grant equal rights in property to women

    Maharastra government is considering introduction of a bill that grants equal rights to a married woman in property acquired and controlled by her husband.

  • China outperforms USA as EU’s key trade partner:

    China surpassed USA to become the EU largest trading partner. The China-EU trade outperformed trade b/w the US-EU for the first time. China-EU trade totalled $49.4 billion in July, 2011 i.e. nearly $1.1 billion more than the total trade b/w the US-EU during the same month.

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