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2011 April National Issues




New IDSA team elected

Amway India vice-president (legal and corporate affairs) Yoginder Singh has been re-elected chairman of the Indian Direct Selling Association (IDSA) for 2011-12.





Nod for e-district project

The Union Cabinet's Committee on Infrastructure on Wednesday approved the rollout of the e-district mission mode project in all 640 districts of the country, including the 41 districts where pilot projects of the scheme have been initiated.

The project is part of the national e-governance plan approved by the Centre in 2006 to make all government services accessible to the common man in his locality, through common service delivery outlets, at affordable costs and in the most efficient, transparent and reliable manner.

The project is estimated to cost Rs.1,663 crore, of which the government's share is put at Rs. 1,233 crore. The States will bear Rs. 430 crore.





Bioremediation technology  project

Union Minister for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh has launched a “bioremediation technology” project to curb pollution caused by sewerage and industrial effluents in the Buddah Nallah of Ludhiana in Punjab.

The project is estimated to cost Rs. 16 crore in the initial phase and it will be borne by The National River Conservation Directorate of the Union government. It is expected to take one year for completion.





New lighting project launched in Gurgaon

The All India Citizens Alliance for Progress & Development (AICAPD) launched a new lighting project titled “Innovation Unique Jhuggi Lighting Project” (Ujala).

According to AICAPD, the project is aimed at benefitting the children of migrant labourers who live in temporary hutments which lack basic amenities including clean water, hygienic surroundings and light at night while their parents go for work.





Launch of PSLV C-16 successful

The seventeenth consecutive successful flight of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV C-16 has placed India’s latest remote sensing satellite Resourcesat-2, in a Polar Sun Synchronous orbit.

In its standard configuration, the PSLV stands 44.4 meters tall and weighs 295 tons.

The PSLV C-16 carries Advanced Mission Computers and Advanced Telemetry Systems.

The Resourcesat -2,is India’s latest remote sensing satellite weighs 1206kg at lift-off. It has three cameras for high, medium and low resolution.





Gujarat releases Braille version of RTI

A Braille version of the Right to Information Act and its rules was released by the Gujarat Information Commission for the benefit of the visually challenged.





$150-m World Bank loan for India service system

The World Bank has approved $150 million loan for India to accelerate implementation of its National e-Governance Plan (NeGP), which is aimed at transforming the service delivery system across the country.





GAIL launches integrated gas management system

Gas utility GAIL India said it has launched Asia's first integrated gas management system to track all information on transmission and distribution of natural gas in the country.

The SAP (application)-based Gas Management System, third of its kind in the world after Petrobras in Brazil and Pemex in Mexico, was launched at GAIL's corporate office in New Delhi by Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas R P N Singh





Scheme to promote project exports launched

Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma launched a long-term concessional credit scheme to help build export infrastructure in developing nations including Africa, the Gulf and neighbouring countries like Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

The ‘Buyer's Credit Under the NEIA', a new product that will enable Indian companies to be in a competitive position vis-a-vis peers from other nations in project bids.





Indian Small Wind Association formed

To promote the small wind and solar compliant systems and to represent wind and wind-solar hybrid manufacturers, system integrators and service providers, Indian Small Wind Association (INSWA) was officially formed





NABARD projects Rs. 41,085-crore credit potential for Karnataka

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has projected a credit potential of Rs. 41,085 crore for the farm and non-farm activities in the State in 2011-12. 

Focus on projects to be sanctioned under (RIDF) Rural Infrastructure Development Fund.

76 new villages in the State included under (VDP) Village Development Programme





Dhoni to join Territorial Army

Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni would soon become the latest high profile celebrity to get an honorary commission in the Territorial Army.





A dosa for the Guinness book

Hoteliers here created a new Guinness record on Saturday, dishing out a 38.2-foot-long dosa, the longest ever made.

The feat was performed in the presence of Guinness Book of World Records Adjudicator Elizabeth Smith on the sprawling ground of the Siddhartha College of Arts and Science College as part of the golden jubilee celebrations of the Vijayawada Hotel Owners' Association.





ResourceSat-2 launch scheduled for April 20

The launch of remote-sensing satellite the ResourceSat-2 has been tentatively scheduled for 10.12 a.m., April 20, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.

ResourceSat-2 has been designed for study, management of natural resources
YouthSat is a joint Indo-Russian satellite for stellar, atmospheric studies





Government to issue biometric PAN cards

The government has decided to issue biometric PAN cards to taxpayers across the country to weed out the problem of duplicate and fake ones.





Indian wins Indu Sharma Katha Samman

Indian novelist Vikas Kumar Jha has been chosen for the 2011 International Indu Sharma Katha Samman, for his novel ‘McCluskieganj ' . The award will be presented to Jha at a function in the House of Commons in London on June 27.





Mini Ratna status for Pawan Hans

Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited was conferred the Mini Ratna Category-I status by President Pratibha Patil.

It has been providing services to the paramilitary forces and support services for oil exploration.





India has highest number of stillbirths: Lancet report

India has the dubious distinction of having the highest number of stillbirths in the world.

This finding comes after the country recorded the worst female child sex ratio ever (Census 2011). India figures at the top of 10 countries that have the highest number of stillbirths, according to the Stillbirth series published in the British medical journal, The Lancet.





India in Venice Biennale for the first time in 116 years

This year finally, India will have its own national pavilion at the prestigious Biennale to be inaugurated on June 3, 2011, confirms a high-ranking official at the Lalit Kala Akademi.

India will be one of the 94 countries in this world famous art event that saw its inception in 1895.

India will find space at the centre of the venue called “Arsenal Area,” which enjoys the highest number of visitors.



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