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recognition, to the upcoming gas-based power
project in the area.
INTERNATIONAL
ISRO to implement regional navigation
ISSUES January 2011 satellite system

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)


plans to implement the Indian Regional Navigation
World’s first hack-proof software
Satellite System (IRNSS) to provide India and
developed
neighboring countries with the Position Navigation
Scientists have developed what they claim is the and Timing (PNT) service, S.V. Kibe,
world’s first hack-free software which can protect Brahmprakash Professor in the ISRO Headquarters,
systems from failure or malicious attacks. Bangalore, said.

The seL4 microkernel has been developed by a At present, two space navigation systems operate in
team led by Australia’s ICT Research Centre of the world — the U.S. Global Positioning System
Excellence’s spinout company — Open Kernel (GPS) and the Russian Global Navigation Satellite
Labs. It is a small operating system (OS) kernel that System (GLONASS). ;The Galileo of Europe and
regulates access to a computer’s hardware. China's COMPASS (Beidou) are likely to start
working in five to 10 years.

China developed stealth JET using American


technology India joins UNSC as non-permanent member

A new high-tech stealth fighter, built by China After a gap of 19 years, India has joined the United
which could threaten American air supremacy may Nations Security Council as its non-permanent
well have been built with US technology. member for a two-year term, hoping that the seat at
the high table will not only cement its place as a key
Nighthawks were the world’s first stealth fighters global player but also pave the way for becoming a
— planes hard for radars to detect. But on March permanent member of the powerful wing of the
27, 1999, during Nato’s aerial bombing of Serbia in world body.
the Kosovo war, a Serbian anti-aircraft missile shot
one of the Nighthawks down. On January 1, India, along with Germany, Portugal,
South Africa and Columbia, became a non-
It was the first time one of the “invisible” fighters permanent member of this 15-member body.
had ever been hit. The Pentagon believed clever
tactics and sheer luck with a Soviet-built SA-3
missile did the trick. The wreckage was strewn over
flat farmlands, and civilians collected the parts —
“WikiLeaks banker” arrested
some the size of small cars — as souvenirs. Rudolf Elmer was arrested shortly after a Zurich
court found him guilty of coercion and breaking
Switzerland's strict bank secrecy laws in an earlier
The Samalkot town in East Godavari district of case. He is in police detention and will be
Andhra Pradesh has gained international questioned.
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India in global top 10 in research article Prince Charles' ‘green utopia' for 15,000
output poor Indians
This was stated by Michiel Kolman, senior vice- The Prince of Wales is planning to build a shanty
president, Global Academic Relations at Elsevier, town for 15,000 poor people living in India,
while presenting the data of the ‘SciVal country inspired by the one he saw in the Oscar-winning
map' of India at the Indian Science Congress at movie Slum dog Millionaire.
Kattankulathur
As a part of the plan, schools, shops and 3,000
(Elsevier is a company which publishes medical and homes will be built.
scientific literature. It is a part of the Reed Elsevier
group.)

Dr. Kolman said India was strong, based on Russia, U.S. enact nuclear pact
leadership articles, in chemistry (35 per cent),
Russia and the United States have enacted a historic
engineering (18 per cent), mathematics and physics
nuclear cooperation pact that will enable the two
(11 per cent) and biology (10 per cent).
countries to collaborate in atomic technologies for
India was in the global top 10 in article output and it the first time in the history of their relations.
was growing at an impressive 8 per cent. It,
The agreement entered into force after Russian
however, lagged behind China and Brazil.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and U.S.
India was ranked in the top 20 in quality of articles. Ambassador John Beyrle exchanged respective
The most productive institutions in the country were diplomatic notes in Moscow.
the IITs, the IISc, and the CSIR institutions. The
only university among the top 10 was the University
of Delhi, Dr. Kolman noted. Indian scientists traverse shortest path to
South Pole

India's first scientific expedition team to the South


NABARD ties up with Reuters for providing
Pole took a different but short route to reach the
market information to farmers
earth's southernmost point — in just eight days.The
The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural path has never been tried before by any other
Development (NABARD) has entered into a tie-up country, the scientists said.
with the international news agency Thompson
Reuters' Indian subsidiary to provide market The team led by Rasik Ravindra, director of the
information to farmers. National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research
The one year programme is being introduced in (NCAOR), had left Maitri, India's second
Tamil Nadu from January as a pilot project by permanent research station on the Antarctica, on
NABARD with Reuters Market Light (RML), a unit Nov 13, 2010 and planted the Indian flag at South
of Thomson Reuters India, contracted to provide Pole on Nov 22.
information to farmers through Short Message The eight-member team travelled 2,350 km distance
Service (SMS), R. Shankar Narayan, NABARD (one side) between Maitri, and South Pole in arctic
Assistant General Manager, told trucks braving the difficult weather conditions and
traversing the tough terrain with snow-capped sharp
razor-edged hills of 1-2 metre height.
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Brazilian first woman president Instant remittance product ‘FED FLASH,'
launched
Newly sworn-in Brazilian first woman president
Dilma Rousseff took charge in Brasilia on 2/1/2011 Federal Bank and UAE Exchange have jointly
who beat opposition candidate Jose Serra in a run- launched a new product ‘FED FLASH,' a real-time
off election last October with 56% of votes. account-credit product, which significantly reduces
lead time by taking on conventional methods of
remittance.
Wikipedia to setup office in India The product was unveiled here recently in the
presence of Shyam Srinivasan, MD & CEO of
Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, is set to open
its first overseas office outside of the United States Federal Bank, and Sudhir Kumar Shetty, COO,
in India, which will focus on expanding its database Global operations, UAE Exchange, among others.
in Hindi and all other official languages of the
country.

Former Swiss banker Mr. Elmer hands over


Nikki Haley (Indian) sworn in Governor of data to WikiLeaks
South Carolina
An offshore banking whistleblower on Monday
The daughter of Sikh immigrants from Punjab, personally handed WikiLeaks founder Julian
Indian-American Namrata “Nikki” Randhawa Assange two CDs reportedly containing the names
Haley proudly recollected her Indian heritage while of 2,000 bank clients who may have been evading
being sworn in as the first woman and non-white taxes.
Governor of South Carolina.
Swiss banker Rudolf Elmer, who worked for eight
years in the Cayman Islands, a British overseas
territory in the Caribbean, said he wanted the world
Russia begins New START ratification to know the truth about money concealed in
The Russian Parliament moved closer to endorsing offshore accounts.
the New START nuclear arms treaty with the Mr. Elmer handed over the data at the Frontline
United States, voting in second reading a Club in London — WikiLeaks' British HQ
ratification Bill that counters the strings the U.S.
Senate attached to its ratification of the landmark
pact.
World's largest gold factory
The draft Bill, approved by the State Duma Lower
House in a 341-to-nil vote, affirms Russia's right to Saudi Arabia, the top oil exporter is planning to
withdraw from the New START if the U.S. or “any host the World's largest gold factory by the end of
other state or a group of states” deploy missile 2011
defences “capable of substantially reducing the
Alexander Lukashenko was sworn in
effectiveness of Russia's strategic nuclear forces”.
Belarussian president, for a fourth term.
Holly wood Actor Arnold schwarzenegger
resigned for California Governoar Post.

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USAID for replicating Sulabh sanitation NASA to launch Earth-observing satellite
model in Pakistan mission
The US Agency for International Development The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space
(USAID) called for replicating Sulabh Administration (NASA) announced on January 20
International's low-cost sanitation model in that its newest Earth-observing research mission is
Pakistan, as being implemented in other countries, scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force
particularly Africa. USAID is the US Government's Base in California on February 23. The “Glory
agency primarily responsible for administering mission,” which will improve understanding of how
civilian foreign aid. the sun and tiny atmospheric particles called
aerosols affect the Earth's climate, will also extend a
legacy of long-term solar measurements needed to
address key uncertainties about climate change.
Vietnam’s new General Secretary
It will join a fleet called the Afternoon Constellation
The governing Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV)
or “A-train” of satellites. This group of other Earth-
elected Nguyen Phu Trong as the new General
observing satellites, including NASA's Aqua and
Secretary in succession to Nong Duc Manh. Mr.
Aura spacecraft, flies in tight formation.
Trong, Chairman of Vietnam's National Assembly
until now, was chosen the party's highest It marks the first satellite launch under U.S.
functionary for a five-year term. President Barack Obama's climate initiative that
will advance the U.S.' contribution to cutting-edge
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung is expected to
and policy-relevant climate change science.
retain his position at the helm of government
following his inclusion as a prominent member of
the party's new 14-strong Politburo.
New Miss America-2011
Miss "Nebraska Teresa Scanlan" Selected for the
2010 tied for warmest year on record new Miss America-2011 at the Planet Hollywood
Resort &Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The warmest year on record is a three-way tie-
2010, 2005 and 1998 says the U.N. weather agency,
providing further evidence that the planet is slowly
but surely heating up. Lawmakers in Britain's lower house of
Parliament were banned using the Twitter micro
Average temperatures globally last year were 0.53 blogging website while sitting in the chamber.
Celsius higher than the 1961-90 mean that is used The ban on Twitter was a result of complaint
for comparison purposes, according to World from Opposition Labour MP, Kevin Brennan.
Meteorological Organisation.

35th International Circus Festival Held at Monte


Carlo.

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The Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in India
National Issues
The Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in India has come
down to 50 (deaths per 1,000 live births) from 53,
January 2011
showing a reduction of three points as compared to
2008, and eight points since 2005, when the
national average was 58.
MoU rating of “Excellent” for Dredging The latest data released by the Registrar-General of
Corporation of India Ltd India (RGI) in its Sample Registration System for
the calendar year of 2009 shows a nine-point
Dredging Corporation of India Ltd, a Schedule B
decline in rural IMR during 2005-2009 compared to
Company and a mini Ratna Category-I public sector
six points in cities and towns.
undertaking, has achieved the MoU rating of
“Excellent” for 2009-10. The profit after tax of the The IMR is the lowest in Goa at 11, though it was
company is Rs.70 crores for the year as against 10 in 2008, followed by Kerala at 12.
Rs.46 crores for 2008-09.

Nation celebrates its 62nd Republic Day


DRDO plans another test-firing of the K-15 This year’s Chief Guest at the parade is president of
missile Indonesia Dr. Haji Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono .
The parade will be commanded by Major General
The Defence Research and Development
Manvender Singh, General Officer Commanding
Organisation (DRDO) plans another test-firing of
Delhi area.
the K-15 missile from a pontoon off the coast of
Visakhapatnam.

Developed under the Sagarika project, the K-15 has Recommendations of the M.K. Bhan
been test-fired several times from submerged
Committee
pontoons off Visakhapatnam.
The National Board of Examination (NBE) has re-
introduced the direct six-year, post-MBBS super
The India Annual Conference of Association speciality programme. The courses will be
conducted in neuro surgery, plastic surgery, cardio-
for Computing Machinery
thoracic surgery and paediatric surgery. A
The India Annual Conference of Association for Speciality Advisory Board in the respective
Computing Machinery (ACM) held at Hyderabad specialities is looking into the existing curriculum
on January 28 and 29. Computing professionals, and assessment scheme for the direct course.
academics and students will discuss current science
Introduced on the recommendations of the M.K.
and technology trends. It is the first time the
Bhan Committee, the students will have to qualify
Hyderabad chapter of ACM is organising the event
the Central Entrance Test (CET) conducted by the
Experts like Eric A. Brewer, Charles P. Thacker,
NBE to enter the programme. The results of this
Alain Chesnais participated.
academic year's CET were declared a few days ago
and the admission process is under way.

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Central government award for remarkable The Muziris Heritage Project
implementation of the MGNREGP
The Muziris Heritage Project, a unique tourism and
Nedumgandam grama panchayat in Idukki and heritage conservation project linking monuments in
Kottukal in Thiruvananthapuram have won the the area surrounding the bygone 2,000-year-old
Central government award for remarkable Muziris port.
implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National
Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac, the prime
Rural Employment Guarantee Programme
mover of the project, told that the site would be
(MGNREGP).
opened on February 18 by Union Tourism Minister
Selja.

New Google India head Rajan Anandan

Google said that Rajan Anandan, the former Qatar to supply more LNG to India
Managing Director of Microsoft, has joined the
Qatar agreed to increase supply of liquefied natural
company as Vice-President (Sales and Operations)
gas (LNG) to meet India's requirements and also
and Head of India region.
facilitate participation of Indian companies in the
oil and gas sector. The Gulf nation has also shown
interest in cooperation in the area of banking
CIRUS, a 50-year-old research reactor shut supervision and exchange of information to combat
down permanently money laundering and terror financing.

CIRUS, a 50-year-old research reactor and India's “In the hydrocarbon sector, Qatar conveyed
symbol of the civil and military nuclear programme, readiness to increase supply of LNG to meet India's
was shut down permanently as per India's requirements and to facilitate the participation of
commitment under its civil nuclear deal with the Indian companies in the oil and gas sector in Qatar,”
United States. said an official statement issued after discussions of
the India-Qatar High Level Monitoring Mechanism
(HLMM), co-chaired by T.K.A Nair, Principal
Secretary to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and
"PlachImada Bill"
Khalid Bin Mohammad Al-Attiyah, Minister of
The Bill, "Plachimada Bill" for constituting a State for International Cooperation of the State of
tribunal for securing compensation for victims of Qatar.
environmental degradation at Plachimada is getting
ready
Jain International Trade Organisation
(JITO) Global Summit-2011
Uttar Pradesh tops in ragging
The Union government is working out a formula for
Uttar Pradesh has topped the list of States with the ensuring national minority status for the Jain
maximum number of ragging cases in 2010. Out of community, Union Law Minister M.Veerappa
the total of 658 cases reported nationwide, 131 were Moily Speaking at the inaugural function of Jain
from the State. International Trade Organisation (JITO) Global
Summit-2011.
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A joint India-Israel project for Vegetables January 25, National Voters Day

A new Centre of Excellence for Vegetables,a joint The Union Cabinet decided to observe January 25
India-Israel project, set up in collaboration with as ‘National Voters Day' from this year as part of an
Israel, at Gharaunda in Karnal district of Haryana. exercise to get youth to participate in the election
process in greater numbers.

World Sanskrit Book Fair-2011


Mobile number portability (MNP) launched
Bangalore hosted the World Sanskrit Book Fair-
2011 from January 7 to 10 organised for the first Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced pan-
time in 300 years. India rollout of mobile number portability (MNP),
which will allow mobile subscribers to change their
service providers, within a telecom circle, while
retaining their numbers.
Nuclear reactor connected to power grid

The fourth unit of the 220 MW Kaiga Generating


Station (KGS-4), located in Uttar Kannada district Salem Corporation has joined the elite club
of Karnataka, was connected to the southern power
grid, after the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board Salem Corporation has joined the elite club of a few
(AERB) granted clearance to it. local bodies with its environmental-friendly modern
gasifier crematorium, along with its abattoir,
KGS-4, which achieved first criticality on receiving ISO 14001:2004 certificates of
November 27 last, was “synchronised with the compliance.
southern grid at 01:56 hours,” General Manager
(Corporate Communication) R.R. Kakde of the The Mumbai-based International Certification
Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited Services Private Limited assessed both the
(NPCIL) said. infrastructure and certified them for environmental
management system with silver ranking with the
With this, the country's nuclear power capacity has validity period of January 12, 2011 to January 11,
gone up to 4,780 MW, with 20 reactors in 2014. The Joint Accredited System of Australia and
operation. New Zealand, has accorded the accreditations for
complying with the requirements of international
standards.
The Wage Boards recommendations on pay
hike

The Wage Boards for Working Journalists and Non- The All India Women lawyers Conference-
journalists and other newspaper employees 2011
submitted its recommendation to Labour Secretary
The All India Women lawyers Conference-2011
of Government of India. Justice GR Majithia,
was held at Hyderabad. Conference was organized
Chairman of the Wage Board recommended 2.5
by All India Federation of Women Lawyers.
times pay hike to employees.

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World Bank aid for Bihar Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's 115th birth
anniversary
Coping with floods: World Bank President Robert
B. Zoellick addresses journalists in Patna Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's 115th birth
aftersigning a $220-million agreement with the anniversary held at the Parliament House in New
Bihar government for the Kosi Recovery Project to Delhi. PM Manmohan Singh, senior BJP leader
rebuild areas affected by the 2008 floods L.K.Advani Participated in that.

A fire broke out on 'INS Vindhyagiri'


P.M expanded his Council of Ministers
A fire broke out on 'INS Vindhyagiri' after it
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expanded his
collided with a foreign merchant vessel at the
harbour. It was carrying family members of the Council of Ministers by introducing three new faces
and upgrading five Ministers. Beni Prasad Verma,
naval personnel, who were celebrating 'Day at Sea'.
Ashwani Kumar and K C Venugopal were entered
newly into the Cabinet.

"Geospatial World Fourm - 2011"

Union minister of science and technology and Supreme Court talk on black money
human resource development, Kapil Sibal, was
inaugurated a "Geospatial World Fourm-2011" at The Supreme Court described the black money
matter as "pure and simple theft of national money".
Hyderabad International Convention Centre.
A list of 26 names who had accounts with
Liechtenstein Bank was provided to Supreme Court
by Solicitor-General Gopal Subramaniam.
The Brand Trust Report 2011

The Brand Trust Report, India Study 2011 survey


conducted by Trust Research Advisory (TRA) in
Mumbai lists Nokia as the most trusted brand in
India. Tata, Sony, L & G and Samsung
occupied the rest of top five positions.

"International English Language Teaching


and Development Conference"

"International English Language Teaching and


Development Conference" Started at Hyderabad. It
was three days conference, conducted by the British
Council and EFLU.

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a Secretary-level meeting of the Indo-Bangladesh
Bilateral Issues Joint River Commission (JRC).

January 2011 The agreement is expected to be signed during


Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Dhaka
this year, said Sheikh Wahid-uz-Zaman,
Bangladesh Water Resources Secretary, who led the
India & Indonesia signed Extradition Treaty talks with the Indian delegation headed by his
counterpart, Dhruv Vijai Singh.
India and Indonesia signed 29 agreements including
Extradition Treaty. These include agreements in the Both Secretaries said the discussions included
field of oil and natural gas, science and technology, formulation of a working plan on the sharing of the
legal assistance, media, Micro, small and medium waters of five other common rivers — Dharla,
enterprises and education, mining, infrastructure Dudhkumar, Manu, Khowai, Gumti and Muhuri.
and manufacturing. The business deals are worth
15.1 billion US Dollars.
Qatar to supply more LNG to India

India and Sri Lanka sign MoU on ferry Qatar agreed to increase supply of liquefied natural
gas (LNG) to meet India's requirements and also
With the signing of a memorandum of facilitate participation of Indian companies in the
understanding, one more formality has been oil and gas sector. The Gulf nation has also shown
completed towards resuming the passenger ship interest in cooperation in the area of banking
liner service from Tuticorin to Colombo, the route supervision and exchange of information to combat
of the Kappalottiya Tamizhan (the Tamil money laundering and terror financing.
helmsman), V.O. Chidambaram Pillai.
“In the hydrocarbon sector, Qatar conveyed
VOC, as he was popularly called, launched the readiness to increase supply of LNG to meet India's
service to compete with the British vessels in 1906. requirements and to facilitate the participation of
Long after his death in 1936, the ships continued to Indian companies in the oil and gas sector in Qatar,”
strengthen people-to-people bonds between the two said an official statement issued after discussions of
countries. the India-Qatar High Level Monitoring Mechanism
(HLMM), co-chaired by T.K.A Nair, Principal
The MoU envisages putting in place ferry services
Secretary to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and
between Colombo and Tuticorin and Talaimannar
Khalid Bin Mohammad Al-Attiyah, Minister of
and Rameswaram.
State for International Cooperation of the State of
Qatar.

India, Bangladesh finalise deal on Teesta,


Feni river waters

As a major development in India-Bangladesh


relations, New Delhi and Dhaka have agreed to sign
a 15-year interim accord on sharing the waters of
common rivers Teesta and Feni.This was decided at

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India and Japan close to nuclear accord

The former Japanese Prime Minister, Yukio


Hatoyama said India and Japan were close to
finalising a civil nuclear cooperation agreement.

Mr. Hatoyama said after announcing the India-


Japan Global Partnership Summit 2011, which will
be held from September 5 to 7 in Tokyo this year,
aiming to expand people-to-people bilateral
relationship.

India - South Korea set $30 billion trade


target by 2014

The India-South Korea trade ties to a new level,


both countries on Thursday agreed to set a $30
billion bilateral trade turnover target to be achieved
by 2014.

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), both


Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand
Sharma and the visiting South Korean Trade
Minister, Kim Jong-Hoon, said that huge business
opportunities were available for Indian and Korean
companies in each other's region.

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NMDC plans to set up its second steel plant
Economic Issues
NMDC plans to set up its second steel plant with an
January 2011 investment of Rs.10,000 crore in Chhattisgarh and
announce its partner for this joint venture by March.

“Distinguished Water Company” award SBI recorded a net profit of Rs.2,828 crore
for the third quarter
Ramky Infrastructure Limited has bagged the
“Distinguished Water Company” award for 2010-11 State Bank of India (SBI) recorded a net profit of
given by Water Digest, a water magazine. The Rs.2,828 crore for the third quarter ended December
award, which was presented to the company on at 31, 2010, up 14.08 per cent over Rs.2,479 crore in
New Delhi, is supported by UNESCO and the the corresponding period in the previous year
Ministry of Water Resources with a focus on despite increase in provisions by Rs.1,797 crore
people, innovation and processes that contribute to (84.02 per cent).
sustainability of water resource.

IndiGo orders 180 Airbus A320 worth $15.6


Bilateral trade between India and China billion
Bilateral trade between India and China exceeded Airbus General Director Fabrice Bregier at a press
the two countries' $60 billion target last year, driven conference in the Airbus lobby on Wednesday in
largely by rising Indian imports of Chinese Colomiers, south western France, after Airbus
machinery that have left a record trade imbalance of signed a $15.6-billion deal to sell planes to Indian
$20 billion in China's favour. airline IndiGo.
Figures released for last year showed that bilateral
trade in 2010 reached $61.7 billion, with Chinese
exports to India touching $40.8 billion. SBI and Airtel joined hands for banking
services
State Bank of India (SBI) and Bharti Airtel decided
Award for the corporate-level business plan to join hands to form a joint venture to make
Artin Dynamics, a Technopark-based company, has available banking services to the uncovered
bagged the Magnitude 2011 Award for the population of the country.
corporate-level business plan competition for the A new entity will be floated with an investment of
best start-up at Technopark. Rs.100 crore to add value to the banking and
financial services sector.

IMF said that Global economy to grow 4.4%


and India to grow at 8.4% in 2011 IDBI Bank signs MoU with UIDAI

IDBI Bank has become a Registrar for Unique


Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). A
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memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed L&T ships first nuclear equipment to U.S
by the bank and UIDAI at a function held at New
Delhi on January Larsen & Toubro delivered the first four dry
shielded canisters for Transnuclear Inc. of the U.S.,
As a Registrar, the bank will enrol residents in the an Areva company. These canisters form a part of
UID Project and assist the Authority in the various orders of 50 such units for three leading American
stages. nuclear power plant operators to be manufactured in
accordance with the U.S. code of Federal
Regulations and Nuclear Safety Class I standards.
SAFA gets new President A.N. Raman

SAFA gets new President A.N. Raman, Council


Aircel partners Facebook
Member of The Institute of Cost and Works
Accountants of India has been appointed as the Aircel introduced an innovative way through the
President of South Asian Federation of Accountants new Facebook Voice Updates on Aircel which lets
(SAFA), an apex body of SAARC, for the year people connect to its users' family and friends on
2011 with effect from January 1, 2011 at its 72nd Facebook in their own voice, even without internet
Assembly meeting held on January 9. access on their mobile phones, which makes it an
easy access for a large audience anytime anywhere.

China launches yuan trading in U.S


MARG joins hands with Ireland firm
Ahead of the state visit of Chinese President Hu
Jintao to the U.S., China has launched yuan trading MARG has signed a memorandum of understanding
in New York as part of efforts to make its currency with Ireland-based construction major Lagan
‘fully convertible' and a global competitor to the Construction. Both the companies will collaborate
dollar with each other to strengthen the development of
construction of roads, airports, water and sewage
treatment plants in India.
Shriram Life ties up with TN coop bank

Shriram Life Insurance Co. Ltd. (SLIC), a joint


Amway to invest Rs.400 cr in India
venture between Shriram Group and Sanlam Group
of South Africa, has inked a memorandum of U.S.-based direct selling company Amway said it
understanding (MOU) with Tamil Nadu Co- would make an investment of Rs.400 crore for
operative State Agriculture and Rural setting up a greenfield manufacturing unit in India
Development Bank Limited. besides upgrading its infrastructure and opening
more brand centres.
The objective is to jointly promote, market and
distribute life insurance products to all their “The new plant, to be owned and operated by us,
customers. will cater to our future needs as we see our sales
growing fast in India,” Amway India Managing
Director and CEO William Pinckney.

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SAIL signs MoU with Hindustan Prefab Ltd. strenthening chemical business. Pharmaessense
currently has lab facilities to house 55 scientists.
Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) signed a
memorandum of understanding (MoU) with
Hindustan Prefab Ltd. (HPL) for jointly exploring
the techno-economic viability of carrying out the
The gems & jewelry exports posted 39%
business of prefabricated structures in steel and growth
cement. The gems and jewelry exports posted 39% growth
The MoU was signed in the presence of SAIL at around $23.5 billion in the first three quarters of
Chairman C. S. Verma and HPL Chairman and this fiscal. These were $14.46 billion in the
Managing Director Jaiveer Srivastava and Directors corresponding period in the previous year,
and senior executives of both companies. The MoU according to data given by the Gem and Jewelry
is the first step by SAIL and HPL towards jointly Export Promotion Council (GJEPC)
participating in projects using prefabricated
structures in steel and cement.
India-South Korea set $30 billion trade
target by 2014
World Bank agreement with the Bihar govt
The India-South Korea trade ties to a new level,
World Bank President Robert B.Zoellick signed a both countries on Thursday agreed to set a $30
$220-million agreement with the Bihar government billion bilateral trade turnover target to be achieved
for “the Kosi Recovery Project to rebuild areas by 2014.
affected by the 2008 floods".
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), both
Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand
Sharma and the visiting South Korean Trade
HCL Infosystems to sell HCL Infinet to Minister, Kim Jong-Hoon, said that huge business
Tikona opportunities were available for Indian and Korean
companies in each other's region.
IT hardware maker HCL Infosystems will sell its
wholly owned subsidiary HCL Infinet to internet
services provider Tikona Digital Networks.
Kajaria joins hands with Turkish firm
The sale of shares is subject to and shall be effective
post necessary regulatory approvals, HCL Ceramic manufacturing company Kajaria Ceramics
Infosystems. announced its entry into sanitaryware and bath
fittings business and entered into a pact with
Turkey-based Eczacibasi for marketing and selling
VitrA brand products in India.
Amrutanjan and Austin Chemicals form
joint venture “The partnership will help in achieving the desired
critical mass by leveraging our strong brand and
Amrutanjan and Austin Chemicals of the U.S. have distribution network across the country,” Kajaria
signed a memorandum of understanding to form a Chairman and Managing Director Ashok Kajaria
joint venture, Amrutanjan Pharmaessense Ltd, for said.

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Salora ties up with Japanese firm ONGC founds natural gas reserves in India

Consumer electronics products company Salora ONGC said it had struck natural gas reserves in its
International announced a tie-up with Zojirushi maiden well drilled to tap shale gas in West Bengal.
Corporation of Japan for marketing and distribution This is the first time gas has been discovered in
of a wide range of thermoware, including flasks, sedimentary shale gas rocks outside the U.S.and
mugs, bottles and lunch boxes, in the domestic Canada.
market. It also announced its intentions to make
foray into IT and telecom segments.

RBI suggests chip-based ATMs to check


fraud

Concerned over rising incidents of cyber frauds, the


Reserve Bank of India will soon ask banks to shift
to chip-based ATM cards from the existing
magnetic strips and upgrade the currency vending
machines.

Airbus arm to supply mid-air refuelling


aircraft to IAF

Airbus Military, the military aircraft-producing


wing of Airbus, which is a consortium supported by
several governments in Europe, has announced that
is in the race to supply six mid-air refuelling
transport aircraft to the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Didier Vernet, Head, Market Development, Airbus


Military, said, “We are in competition with the
Russian-made IL-78 to supply the Airbus A330
multi-role tanker transport (MRTT).”

Y H Malegam committee report on MFIs

Y H Malegam committee constituted by Reserve


Bank of India (RBI) in October 2010 to recommend
the practices of Microfinance Institutions (MFIs)
submitted its report and proposes the maximum
interest rates as 24 percent.

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N. Murali received Music Forum award for
Persons in News media excellence
January 2011 N. Murali, Senior Managing Director of Kasturi and
Sons Limited, was presented the Music Forum
award for media excellence instituted by the
International Foundation for the Fine Arts
K.V. Raman awarded “Bharat Jyoti Award”
Mr. Murali is President of the Music Academy,
Agricultural scientist K.V. Raman has been Chennai.
awarded the prestigious Bharat Jyoti Award of the
India International Friendship Society for his
contributions to science, technology &
‘Man of the Decade' award to Manoj
development.
Abraham

Police Commissioner Manoj Abraham was


presented the ‘Man of the Decade' award instituted
New Economic Affairs Secretary, R. Gopalan by the People's Forum of Kochi, who is known for
his apolitical approach to issues and decision
The government appointed R. Gopalan, a 1976-
making.
batch IAS officer of the Tamil Nadu cadre,
Economic Affairs Secretary in the Finance
Ministry.
Suchitra Mitra passes away
Suchitra Mitra, legendary exponent of Rabindra
A.R. Rahman honoured with the Crystal Sangeet (Rabindranath Tagore's songs), died in her
Award South Kolkata residence after protracted illness. She
was 86.
Internationally renowned music composer A.R.
Rahman was honoured with the Crystal Award of
the World Economic Forum (WEF) at the opening
ceremony of its annual meet being attended by A.K. Singh to head Southern Command
2,500 global leaders from the fields of business,
Lt. Gen. A.K. Singh, General Officer Commanding
government, art, culture and religion.
of the prestigious Strike Corps on the Western Front
Mr. Rahman, 44, received the award, given to has been promoted as the Army Commander and re
outstanding artists who use their talent for social designated as General Officer Commanding-in-
and charitable work. Chief.

Lt. Gen. Singh, is scheduled to take over as the


Chief of the Southern Command.
Pandit Bhimsen Joshi passes away

Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, the doyen of Hindustani


classical music passes away. The 88-year-old Sailaja Suman was appointed as new
Bharat Ratna awardee. Director of Doordarshan.

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New President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff Browne takes charge as IAF Vice-Chief

Dilma Rousseff takes charge in BrazilBrazilian Air Marshal N.A.K. Browne assumed charge as
President Dilma Rousseff began her first full day in Vice-Chief of the Indian Air Force. He succeeds Air
office after pledging to build on the policies of her Marshal P.K. Barbora, who retired.
hugely popular predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da
Silva.
New Google India head, Rajan Anandan

Google said that Rajan Anandan, the former


Former Lok Sabha Speaker Baliram Bhagat
Managing Director of Microsoft, has joined the
passes away
company as Vice-President (Sales and Operations)
The veteran Congress leader served as Speaker of and Head of India region.
the fifth Lok Sabha for about a year during the
Emergency after his election to the post on January
6, 1976. K. Rajagopal passes away
Apart from holding several posts in the Union He was the chairman of Southern India Mills'
Cabinet, Mr. Bhagat also served as Governor of Association (SIMA) from 1975 to 1977 and again
Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan from 1993-98. from 1992 to 1994. He was the chairman of the
Indian Cotton Mills' Federation (ICMF) from 1980
to 1982 and was also a committee member of the
Parnaik takes charge as head of Northern Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and
Command Industry (1980 to 1982).

Lieutenant-General K.T. Parnaik took over


command of the prestigious Northern Command at
Actor Gita De passes away
Udhampur. He succeeds Lieutenant-General B.S.
Jaiswal. Celebrated actor Gita De, popular for playing
character roles in nearly 200 Bengali films and
dramas, died.
Baldev Raj, New president of the INAE

Baldev Raj, Director of the Indira Gandhi Centre


Pakistan’s Governor was assassinated
for Atomic Research (IGCAR) in Kalpakkam has
been elected president of the Indian National The Pakistan Punjab's liberal Governor, Mr. Salman
Academy of Engineering (INAE). Taseer, was assassinated by his security guard. Iran
Prince Ali Raja Pahalavi died at Bostan in USA.
T.Ashok Babu, scientist, Advanced Systems
Laboratory (DRDO), Hyderabad, has been
elected as vice-president of the Indian
Association of Special Libraries and Information BJP chief Nitin Gadkari released a book,
Centres, Kolkata, for 2011-13. 'Secrets of RSS', authored by Ratan Sharda.

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Anand Sinha in New RBI Deputy Governor Cui Liangjun, New Chief Executive for ZTE
Telecom
The Centre cleared the appointment of Anand Sinha
as Reserve Bank of India Deputy Governor in place ZTE Telecom India Pvt. Ltd., a wholly-owned
of Usha Thorat, who retired in November last. subsidiary of ZTE Corporation, has appointed Cui
Liangjun as the new Chief Executive. Incumbent
CEO Huang Dabin will continue working with ZTE
Oscar-nominated British director Peter at its headquarters in Shenzhen, China. Prior to his
new role, Mr. Cui was the Vice-General Manager
Yates died
and Chief Technology Officer of ZTE Telecom
He was nominated in the best director and best India. Mr. Liangjun will be responsible for leading
picture categories both for cycling story 'Breaking the ZTE India executive team.
Away' and backstage drama 'The Dresser'.

Surinder Jakhar, IFFCO chairman died


Honour for Research Centre Imarat
Surinder Jakhar, IFFCO chairman and son of
scientist, G. Satheesh Reddy
Balaram Jakhar, died of injuries he sustained when
G. Satheesh Reddy, Director, Inertial Systems, his pistol allegedly went off accidentally at Abohar.
Research Centre Imarat (RCI), a premier laboratory
of Defence Research and Development
Organisation's missile complex here, has been
conferred with the prestigious INAE (Indian
National Academy of Engineering) fellowship.

The fellowship was conferred in recognition of his


contributions to aerospace engineering and for
spearheading the indigenous design, development
and technology transfer and production of core
critical navigation systems and sub-systems for
missiles, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs),
fighter aircraft and other applications for strategic
needs of the country.

Hemalatha in Guinness book of records

Mohiniyattam performer, Hemalatha of Kerala


enters the Guinness book of records for her 123
hours and 15 minutes long dance marathon. By this
Hemalatha broke the record of Vettikotta Yadagiri
of Hyderabad.

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Gandhi Award for journalism
Awards S. Rajkumar, Kairali TV reporter in Kollam, has
been selected for this year's Gandhi Award for
January 2011 journalism.

Best destination award for Kerala Tourism K. Janardhanan Pillai Endowment Award
The award was decided by a survey conducted by P.K. Madhavan Nambiar, veteran Sarvodaya worker
noted global consumer-research company Nielsen, and president of the Gandhi Smaraka Grama Seva
among the readers of the magazine, Outlook Kendram, Karadukka, Kasaragod, has been selected
Traveller. They were polled through the magazine for the K. Janardhanan Pillai Endowment Award for
and the magazine's website. The awards were the Best Constructive Gandhian Worker 2010.
announced in 17 categories.

‘Man of the Decade' award


CII Environmental Best Practices Award-
2011 Police Commissioner Manoj Abraham who is
known for his apolitical approach to issues and
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) decision making, was given the ‘Man of the
presented its first CII Environmental Best Practices Decade' award instituted by the People's Forum of
Award-2011 in three categories. Kochi to Mr. Abraham.
In all, 34 projects were chosen for the awards
presented by Chairman of CII-Andhra Pradesh
chapter Shakti Sagar. Bravery Awards to 23 children

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh honoured 23


children with the Bravery Awards. Their acts of
Crystal Award of the World Economic courage were a source of inspiration for everyone
Forum

Internationally renowned music composer A.R.


Rahman was honoured with the Crystal Award of Music Forum award for media excellence
the World Economic Forum (WEF) at the opening
N. Murali, Senior Managing Director of Kasturi and
ceremony of its annual meet being attended by
Sons Limited, was presented the Music Forum
2,500 global leaders from the fields of business,
award for media excellence instituted by the
government, art, culture and religion.
International Foundation for the Fine Arts.
Mr. Rahman, 44, received the award, given to
outstanding artists who use their talent for social SAIL Chairman C.S.Verma received "ICWAI's
and charitable work. Icon of the year award" as part of 52nd National
Convention of ICWAI in Chennai.

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Bharat Jyoti Award for K.V. Raman 'Spellbrain India spelling championship
award'
Agricultural scientist K.V. Raman has been
awarded the prestigious Bharat Jyoti Award of the G.V.Vishwanath won the 'Spellbrain India spelling
India International Friendship Society for his championship award' in Hyderabad. He is a tenth
contributions to science, technology and standard student. He has spelled 21 words correctly
development. in two-and-half minutes.

A former Chairman of the Agricultural Scientists


Recruitment Board under the Indian Council of
Agricultural Research, Dr. Raman was also Director National Jewellery Awards 2011
of the B.V. Rao Centre for Sustainable Food
Joy Alukkas has won two awards at the ‘National
Security at the Chennai-based M.S. Swaminathan
Jewellery Awards 2011' organised by the All-India
Research Foundation.
Gems and Jewellery Trade Federation (GJF)
The former Election Commissioner, G.V.G.
The Joy Alukkas showroom in Chennai won the
Krishnamurthy, presented the award to Dr. Raman.
award for the ‘Best Single Retail Store of the Year.'
This apart, Joy Alukkas won the award for the ‘Best
Retail Jewellery Chain of the Year.'
Sri Lankan industrialist honoured with
Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award

President Pratibha Patil presents the Pravasi UK's prestigious Costa First Novel Award
Bharatiya Samman Award 2011 to Sri Lankan 2010
industrialist Mano Selvanathan at the Pravai
The London-bassed Indian writer, Ms Kishwar
Bharatiya Divas in New Delhi
Desai has won UK's prestigious Costa First Novel
Apart from chairing Sri Lanka's largest chamber of Award 2010 for her book "Witness by Night" which
commerce, he was Founder-Chairman of the Indo- addresses issues like unwanted girl child, gender
Lanka Chamber of Commerce and Industry. prejudices and bias and men-woman equality.

Dr.Y. Nayudamma Memorial Award for the "Youth Icon Award" to Vivek Oberai
year 2011
Bollywood actor Vivek Oberai received the "Youth
Eminent Malaya, Kaula Lumpur University Vice- Icon Award" from Art of living founder Sri Sri
Chancelor Acharya Gowth Jasmok has been Ravishankar as part of the Vivekananda birth
selected for the prestigious Dr.Y. Nayudamma anniversary celebrations on 12/1/2011.
Memorial Award for the year 2011, for his
contribution to science and technology, according to
A.Jagadeesh, Director of Dr Y Nayudamma center Suprasannacharya Selected for the "Hussain sha
for Devolopment Alternatives. kavi Puraskar" Award. This award has been given
from 2001 year.

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A.R. Rahman wins Critics' Choice award Winners of the reality show 'Bigboss-4'

Music composer A.R. Rahman bagged the best TV actress Swetha Tiwari won the reality show
original song trophy at the 16th Critics' Choice 'Bigboss-4' at Lonavana. Swetha received winner's
Awards for his number “If I Rise” in Danny Boyle's trophy and 1 crore rupees. She became the first
film 127 Hours. Written by Rollo Armstrong and women to win the title of the Big Boss.
American artiste Dido, the song was performed by
Rahman and Dido. It is also expected to get The others are: Kali 2nd place, Ashmit Patel 3rd
Rahman his second Golden Globe this year. place in Big Boss-4.

Boyle, who went on to score eight Oscars with his


Slumdog Millionaire, collaborated with Rahman
FABA Special Awards announced
again for 127 Hours, a biopic on the life of
mountain climber Aron Ralston. Davinder S. Brar, chairman, GVK Biosciences Pvt.
Ltd, and Roger L. Williams, CEO, United States
Pharmacopeia (USP), have been selected for
Darla Nageswara Rao, entered Global World Federation of Asian Biotech Associations (FABA)
Special Awards 2011.
Records
The awards will be presented at the inaugural
Darla Nageswara Rao working in A.P.Govt. Central
function of Bio-Asia-2011 on February 22. The first
Press, invented a new concept of Replica art of
FABA special award was conferred upon Ajit
newspapers. He entered Global World Records. He
Shetty, director, Johnson & Johnson Ltd.
has entered the Limca Book of World Records in
2006,2008,2009,2010.

He replicated newspapers of five Indian languages Moortidevi Award for Akkitham


with the same dimensions and two years later, he
repeated the feat in 13 languages, including Arabic Renowned poet Akkitham Achuthan Namboodiri
and Assamese. being chosen for the prestigious Moortidevi Award
of the Bharatiya Jnanpith for 2009. O.N.V. Kurup
had been chosen for the Jnanpith Award late last
year and the award is to be presented to him here on
Motilal Banarsidass Indology Award
February 11.
Soka Gakkai International general director
Achuthan Namboodiri, known by his nom-de-plume
Yoshitaka Oba receives the first Motilal
Akkitham, has been chosen for the award for his
Banarsidass Indology Award on behalf of SGI
selected poems. The award carries a cash prize of
president Daisaku Ikeda from Union Culture
Rs.2 lakh, citation and a statuette of Goddess
Secretary Jawhar Sircar in New Delhi over the
Saraswati.
weekend. Dr. Ikeda has been honoured for his
contribution in the field of Indic Research and
Oriental Wisdom
Tarun Tejpal, Editor of Tehelka, received the
"Award for Excellence in Journalism for 2010"
from Union Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily in
New Delhi.
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"Udyog Rattan Award" Bravery Awards to Lieutenant-Governor
Tejendra Khanna and Chief Minister Sheila
The Institute of Economic Studies, New Delhi, one
Dikshit
of the country's premier research institutes, has
announced the "Udyog Rattan Award" to Vishal Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna and
Manchala, Founder Director CEO of Vast Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit met the National
Technologies Private Limited. Bravery Award winners and lauded their role in not
only saving the lives of others by showing
Also the company has been awarded the
exemplary courage and strength but also performing
"Excellence Award" for the year 2010. His
their duty towards humanity.
Excellency Mr. Korn Dabbransi, former Prime
Minister of Thailand presented the award at the
seminar on "Indo-Thai Economic cooperation" in
Bangkok, Thailand. Special recognition award for innovative
products

The National Institute of Rural Development


Rajiv Gandhi National Quality Award 2009 (NIRD) has bagged the special recognition award
Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation has for innovative products, like cost-effective housing,
bagged the “Rajiv Gandhi National Quality Award at the recent 98th Indian Science Congress in
Chennai.
2009” instituted by the Union Government.
KSRTC's Director (Personnel and Environment)
(Security and Vigilance) Maaz Ahmed Shariff
received the award in New Delhi. "NTR Lalitha Kala Award" for 2010-11
Year

Film Director Bapu, Poet Mullapudi Venkata


Guptan Nair award to G. Balakrishnan Nair Ramana, both were selected "NTR Lalitha Kala
Teacher and Vedanta scholar G. Balakrishnan Nair Award" for 2010-11 Year. NTR Vignan Trust will
has been selected for this year's Prof. S. Guptan give this award.
Nair Award, which is given to scholars who have
made significant contributions to the cultural sector.
The award, which consists of a plaque, a citation Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for the year
and a purse of Rs.10,000 will be presented to him at 2010
a function being held in connection with the fifth
death anniversary of Prof. Guptan Nair Noted Odissi dancer, choreographer, teacher and
arts administrator Aruna Mohanty is the recipient of
the coveted Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for the
year 2010.
CRSI award for SKU teacher
Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, Hyderabad, bagged
K. Sudhakar Babu, associate professor of chemistry,
the First prize in the 'Best Suggestor Award'
SKU, has been awarded Chemical Research Society
category at the 21st Inssan National Convention
of India (CRSI) National Best Teacher Award for
held in Pune.
2011 at PG level.

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MacArthur Foundation award second prize, respectively, in Zone II comprising
seven States in South and East India. The award
Eleven organisations based in six countries, includes a cash prize and a citation.
including one in India, will receive the MacArthur
Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, the
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
has announced in Chicago. These constitute grants Endeavour Executive Award - 2010
of $350,000 to $1 million each. Chief of Nuclear Medicine, Care Hospitals
The organisations' missions range from protecting Hyderabad named Dr. N. Subramanayam has been
biodiversity to fighting poverty, analysing how tax selected for the Endeavour Executive Award-2010
policy impacts people to improving maternal and by the Australian Government. The award is a
child health among the impoverished. scholarship to undertake study and research.

Chevrolet Apsara Awards " American Riviera Award "

Actor Salman Khan's blockbuster entertainer Annette Bening' received the "American Riviera
'Dabangg' made its presence felt at the Chevrolet Award" from 'Kevin Costner' at the 2011 Santa
Apsara Awards by bagging eight awards in different Barbara International Film Festival in California
categories. The largest prostate gland weighing 650 grams was
removed from a human body by Urologist Dr
Rajendra Punjabi, has been recognised by the
Four bank managers get awards for "Guinness World Records" at Roberts Nursing
promoting solar energy Home, Indore, India.

Four bank managers have won awards instituted by


USAID, WINROCK International India, and the
Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy for The living legend and doyen of Indian Statistics,
promoting solar energy. These officers extended 91years old Padmavibhushan "Prof C.S. Rao" is
maximum financial assistance for installing solar designated for Guy Medal in Gold of the Royal
lighting systems in rural areas. Statistical Society, UK. IN the 115 years history of
Royal Statistical Society he is 34th receipient of the
Rama Shankar Dubey, manager of Balamau branch award. He is the first Asian, first non European and
of Aryavart Grameena Bank in Uttar Pradesh, first non American to receive the award
bagged first prize in Zone I comprising eight States
in northern and western India.

Raj Pal Verma, manager of Gondwa branch of the "Swamy Vivekananda National Award-
same bank in Uttar Pradesh, bagged the second 2010"
prize.
Godavari Palimars Private Limited Director Dr. C.
M.V. Nilanjanmath, manager of Jainapur branch of Rajendra Kumar Received the "Swamy
Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank in Bijapur district, Vivekananda National Award-2010" from Central
and A.B. Torvi, manager of Telsang branch of the Minister Ambika Soni at Delhi Siriport Auditorium.
same bank in Belgaum district, won the first and
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Saeed Saleem Selected for "Central Literature the rural market by its plan called 'Sarve/Swayam
Academy Award-2010" for his novel of Shakti Suraksha (SSS).
"Kaluthunna Pulatota”.

Nine girls and 14 boys have been selected for the


Dr.C.V.Subbanna Satavadhani selected for the National Bravery Awards-2010. The children
LokNayak Foundation Award. Former CM Rosaiah received the awards from Prime Minister of India.
was presented the award at Kalabharathi The youngest award winner this year is six-year-old
Auditorium, Visaka. Shrawan Kumar from Rajasthan. He rescued a one-
year-old girl and her two-and-half-year-old sister
from a burning hut in Sarneshwar village.
Union Minister of Science and Technology Kapil
Sibal presented the Lifetime Achievement Award of
Geospatial World Forum to the former chairman of
the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), K
Kasturirangan.

Raveendranath received the "President Award"


from Finance Minister Pranb Mukarji in Delhi .He
is working as an Inspector in Enforcement
Directorate.

Deepak Lalwani, a London-based NRI investment


consultant specialising on India, has been presented
with an "Order of British Empire" (OBE) honour.
Prince Charles conferred the honour on Lalwani at
Buckingham Palace, in recognition of his
contributions to the financial services'' industry.

Natalie Portman, who won the best actress Golden


Glob for "Black Swan", 'Colin Firth' chosen best
actor for his role in "The King”, at an awards party
in Beverly Hills, California

Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance has been awarded the


SKOCH Financial Inclusion Award 2011 in
recognition of its micro-insurance product catering

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Bhagwat is Champion of Champions
Sports Sanjeev Rajput and Samaresh Jung won their
second individual gold medals in contrasting style,
January 2011 even as Anjali Bhagwat crowned herself the
‘Champion of Champions' among rifle shooters
with a brilliant fare, as the curtains came down on
the Sahara National shooting championship at the
Japan wins Asian Cup
Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad.
Tadanari Lee scored an extra-time winner as Japan
edged Australia 1-0 to win a pulsating Asian Cup
final and become the most successful team in the Federer wins Qatar Open
history of the competition.
World No. 2 Roger Federer began his season in
formidable fashion by defeating holder Nikolay
Davydenko 6-3, 6-4 to win the Qatar Open on
New National selection policy announced
January 8th 2011.
As per the new policy — which talks about Moving
Average System and the Point Based Ranking
System — a shooter will require scores from four At Brisbane, Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic
competitions to be eligible for selection to the beat Germany's Andrea Petkovic 6-1, 6-3 to win the
National squad. women's Brisbane International tennis title .

Rafael Nadal won the World Tennis


Belgium's Kim Clijsters won Australian Championship Exhibition Trophy in Abu Dhabi
Open by defeating Roger Federer.

Belgium's Kim Clijsters rallied to beat Li Na 3-6, 6-


3, 6-3 in the Australian Open final, dashing Chinese Lionel Messi and Marta were awarded for the
hopes of a historic first Grand Slam singles title. 'World's best Foot-Ball players'

After a shaky first set, Clijsters, a three-time US India's chess wonderkid - Aditya
Open champion, fought her way back to overhaul Li
in a thrilling final in front of 15,000 fans at Rod Six-year-old M. Aditya (1492) has become the
Laver Arena. She became the first Asian player to youngest rated Indian chess player, according to the
win a Grand Slam. January 2011 list released by FIDE, the
international chess body.

Initiated into the sport at the age of two, Aditya has


World Champion Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand shown considerable progress in quick time. Aditya,
scored an impressive victory over Jan Smeets of who is the reigning Chennai District under-7
Holland to jump to sole lead after the end of the champion, trains at T. Nagar Chess Academy.
fifth round of the ‘A’ group in the 73rd Tata Steel
Chess tournament.

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Cash awards sanctioned to 286 sportspersons Honour for Former India leg-spinner M.V.
Narasimha Rao
The Union Sports Ministry has sanctioned cash
awards worth Rs. 22.57 crore to 286 sportspersons M.V. Narasimha Rao achieved a rare honour when
who won medals in the Delhi Commonwealth he was awarded the prestigious Member of the
Games and the Guangzhou Asian Games. Order of British Empire (MBE) for his contribution
to cricket and humanity in Ireland. The Award will
The cash awards have been given under the scheme
be presented later this year.
for special awards to medal winners in international
sporting events.

The gold medallists have been sanctioned Rs. 20 Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka won the Chennai
lakh each, while the silver and bronze winners have Open Title with 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 over Belgian Xavier
been allotted Rs. 10 lakh and Rs. 6 lakh Malisse.
respectively. Medal winners in team events have
been given not less than 50 per cent of the
individual award money.
Samaresh Jung clinched the standard pistolgold in
the 54th National shooting championship at the
Dr.Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad.
The 16th National Scouts and Guides jamboree
concluded at Shankarpally in Hyderabad. Andhra
Pradesh hosted a jamboree after a gap of 57 years.
Rajasthan Cricket Team won the "Ranji Trophy"
against Baroda in Vadodara It won the Ranji
Trophy for the first time in 77 years after getting the
Gopinath clinches title in golf tournament better of Baroda on first innings lead.

H.S. Gopinath of JWGC returned with a card of six


-over 76 and clinched the coveted Stroke Play gross
title in the Veer Mohen Cup golf tournament Pakistan has won the series against New Zealand by
conducted by Jayachamaraja Wadiyar Golf Club. drawing the second test at Basin Reserve. This is
the first time that Pakistan has won the test series
during the last four years. Pakistan has won their
last test match against West Indies by 2-0 in 2006-
Leander paes and Mahesh Bhupathi won the
07.
Chennai Open Doubles Title. They won over
Robin Haase and David Martine in the Chennai
Open final. They won their first title together in
over six years. India beat West Indies by 57 runs in the fifth
women's One Day International (ODI) in Rajkot.
India won the series against West Indies by 3-2 win.

England won the Ashes Test Series 3-1 against


Australia at Sydney. England Claims the series in
Australia after a gap of 24 Years. England opener Sachin Tendulkar is Newly appointed as a Brand
Alastair cook awarded 'Man of the Mach' and 'Man Ambassador of Coco-cola, Company.
of the Series'

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Pandicherry University announced the Honour Thired seed "Novak Djokoveic" won the Australian
Degree for the Indian Master Blaster Sachin Open against Britain's "Andy Murray" in
Tendulkar. Melbourne with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 in the final.

Belgian 'Kim Clijesters' won her first Australian Indian made history at the Ratmalana courts in
Open crown with a 3-6, 6-3, 63 win over China's 'Li Colombo by clinching the boys title for the first
Na' at Melbourne Park. The title is Clijesters' fourth time, beating defending champion Pakistan 2-1 in
Grand Slam overall, an exciting final of the "Asia junior squash
championship"

Castrol Awards given for following Cricketers –


Belgian Star Player 'Justine Henin' announced that
Indian Captain M.S.Dhoni was declared the she had been forced to retire from professional
"Castrol ODI Cricketer of the year", tennis once again because of an elbow injury .Henin
Virendhra Sehwag "Castrol batsman of the year" made a return to the WTA in early 2010, losing the
and final of the Australian Open in only her 2nd
tournament back.
Harbhajan Singh "Castrol bowler of the year".

Mohinder Amarnath was given the "Lifetime


Achievement award” at the Castrol award function Indian business man 'Ahsan Ali Syed' purchased
in Mumbai. (248 Crore) "Racing Santander ". It was a Spain
Foot ball Club. Ahsan Ali Syed is the founder and
chairman of western Gulf Advisory.

American twins "Bob and Milke Bryan" won the


'Australian Open' against Indian Stars "Mahesh
Bhupathi and Leander paes" with a 6-3,6-4 victory
in the final.

South Africa won by 33 runs against India as part of


5th and final one day international mach at
Centurian. Man-of the-Mach "Hashim Amla".
South Africa clinched the dramatic five-mach ODI
series 3-2.

French Open champion Francesca Schiavone edged


Svetlana Kuznetsova 4-6,6-1,16-14 in a four-hour
and 44 minute marathon that shattered the women's
record for the longest match at a grand slam in the
open era.
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The 98th Indian Science Congress opened at
Science and Kattankulathur near Chennai. Dr.Manmohan Singh
presented awards of the Indian Science Congress
Technology Association (ISCA) to 21 persons.

January 2011 Five Nobel laureates-Martine Chalfie, R.Timothy


Hunt, Thomas Steitz, Venkata Ramakrishna, and
AdaE.Yonath participated in the science congress.

Australia's first adult stem cells from skin


The 99th Indian Science Congress will be held in
Scientists of University of Melbourne and Monash
Bhubaneswar from January 3 to 7, 2012.
University have developed Australia's first adult
induced pluripotent stem cell lines using skin
biopsies from patients with the rare genetic disease
Friedreich's ataxia (FA). Air temperatures of minus 61.2 degrees Celsius
were reported in the settlement of Oimyakon in
Russia's republic of Yakutia, known as the cold
pole. The record low air temperatures of minus 67.7
In a groundbreaking achievement that could help degrees Celsius were registered in Oimyakon in
scientists "build" new biological systems, Princeton 1933. In the 21st century, the lowest temperature
University (USA) scientists have constructed for the was 64.5 degrees below zero. It was registered in
first time artificial proteins that enable the 2002.
growth of living cells.

Hitech facility first in India opened at IICT


India's first indigenously designed and developed
Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) 'Tejas', Twenty- A Rs.17-crore National Mol Bank (NMB), the first
seven years after it was conceived, the LCA project of its kind facility in the country to rapidly screen
progressed further, with Union Defence Minister millions of chemical compounds and aid in drug
A.K.Antony handing over the 'Certficate of Release discovery, was inaugurated at the Indian Institute of
to Service' to the Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Chemical Technology (IICT) here by CSIR
Marshal P.V.Naik. Director-General Samir K. Brahmachari

GSLV failure is snapping: ISRO The first Partial Solar Eclipse of the year occured
on January 4 from 12:10 a.m. to 4:31 p.m. The
A Preliminary Failure Analysis Team constituted to maximum phase of the eclipse was at 2:21 p.m. The
study the flight data of GSLV-F06, which crashed eclipse is visible in the north-western States.
seconds after its launch on December 25, said that
the primary cause of the failure was “the untimely
International conference on 'Recent Trends in
and inadvertent” snapping of a group of 10
Renewable energy Resources' (ICR2ER-2011)
connectors located at the base of the Russian
conducted by Indo-German Nachkontakt
Cryogenic stage.
Association at Indian Institute of Chemical
Technology in Hyderabad.

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India successfully flight-tested the indigenously
developed micro-light Pilotless Target Aircraft
'Lakshya' from Test Range at the Gopalapur Air
Defence Guided missiles (ADGM) College campus.

Cosmic rays contribute 40% to global


warming: study
Physicist and the former ISRO chairman, U.R. Rao,
has calculated that cosmic rays — which, unlike
carbon emissions, cannot be controlled by human
activity — have a much larger impact on climate
change than The Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC) claims.

In fact, the contribution of decreasing cosmic ray


activity to climate change is almost 40 per cent,
argues Dr. Rao in a paper which has been accepted
for publication in Current Science, the preeminent
Indian science journal. The IPCC model, on the
other hand, says that the contribution of carbon
emissions is over 90 per cent.

INS Deepak, an Italian-built fleet tanker, was


commissioned into the Navy by Defence Minister A
K Antony.

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Best Film (Critics): Udaan
Best Actor Female
Vidya Balan (Ishqiya)
56th FILMFARE (Critics):
Best Actor Male Rishi Kapoor (Do Dooni
AWARDS 2010 (Critics): Chaar)
Best Actor in a
Leading Role Kajol (My Name Is Khan)
Best Action: Vijayan Master (Dabangg) (Female):
Best Production Mukund Gupta (Do Dooni Best Actor in a
Shah Rukh Khan (My
Design: Char) Leading Role
Name Is Khan)
Best Background (Male):
Amit Trivedi (Udaan) Karan Johar (My Name Is
Score: Best Director:
Khan)
Farah Khan (Sheila ki
Best Choreography: Best Film: Dabangg
jawani - Tees Maar Khan)
Best
Mahendra Shetty (Udaan)
Cinematography:
Varsha Shilpa (Do Dooni
Best Costumes:
Char)
Namrata Rao (Love Sex
Best Editing:
Aur Dhokha)
Kunal Sharma (Udaan) &
Best Sound Design: Pritam Das (Love Sex Aur
Dhokha)
Mamta Sharma (Munni
Best Playback badnaam hui, Dabangg) &
Singer (Female): Sunidhi Chauhan (Sheila
ki jawani, Tees Maar Khan)
Best Playback Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (Dil
Singer (Male) : toh baccha hai ji, Ishqiya)
Sajid-Wajid & Lalit Pandit
Best Music
(Dabangg)
Gulzar (Dil toh baccha hai
Best Lyrics
ji, Ishqiya)
Anurag Kashyap &
Best Story: Vikramaditya Motwane
(Udaan)
Vikramaditya Motwane &
Best Screenplay:
Anurag Kashyap (Udaan)
Habib Faisal (Do Dooni
Best Dialogue:
Char)
Best Supporting Kareena Kapoor (We Are
Actor (Female): Family)
Best Supporting
Ronit Roy (Udaan)
Actor (Male):
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