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2011 February International Issues

Russia launched Glonass satellite

Russia has successfully launched a next-generation navigation satellite for its Glonass global communication system. 

The Glonass-K satellite was hauled into orbit from the northern Plesetsk space centre by the upgraded Soyuz 2-1b launcher, featuring advanced digital avionics and a more powerful Fregat upper stage. 

The new satellite has a longer design life, more navigation channels and is smaller than previous Glonass-M spacecraft.

Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was detained at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi on for allegedly carrying a huge sum of undeclared foreign currency.

Jordan's king Abdullah II sacked his Government in the wake of street protests and asked an ex-Prime Minister Marouf-Al-Bakhit to form a new cabinet, ordering him to launch immediate political reforms. 

The Jordanian more follows several large protests across the country-inspired by similar demonstrations in Tunisia and Egypt, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Samir Rifai who is flamed for a rise in fuel and food prices and slowed political reforms.

U.S - Russia air transit deal

The Russian Parliament ratified an agreement with America on air transit of military cargoes to Afghanistan.

The agreement allows the U.S. Air Force to fly weapons, military property and personnel to Afghanistan via the Russian air space free of navigation charges and sets the ceiling of 4,500 flights annually.

Japan is to extend an aid of Rs.2, 557 crore (Yen 46.401 billion) to India for three projects through its Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) programme. 

The projects pertain to cleaning the Yamuna in the national capital, crop diversification promotion in Himachal Pradesh and biodiversity conservation and greening in Tamil Nadu. The current aid quantum is part of the 2010 Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) ODA loan package.

The two day Ministerial Conference of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) was held in New Delhi.

International conference on “Cities and Climate Change”

The conference is being organised jointly by the Department of Environment and Forest of Delhi Government, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability and Centre for Sustainable and Environmental Health.

They announced in the conference that Delhi, which is busy preparing its solar power policy, will soon become a city of rooftop solar energy appliances.

Australia's biggest cyclone in a century named Yasi shattered entire towns, terrifying locals but causing no confirmed fatalities hit mainly in the Queensland State.

Uganda President,Yoweri Museveni wins new term

President Yoweri Museveni won 68 per cent of votes in poll, allowing him to extend his 25-year hold on power. 

The commission said challenger Kizza Besigye took 26 per cent of the vote.

India donates huge $ 2,50,000 towards the setting up of an Anti-slavery memorial which will be located in the lawn of the U.N's head quarter in New york. 

This amount was handed over by India's permanent representative to the U.N., Hardeep Puri towards the trust fund for the permanent memorial to honour the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade.

Jhalanath Khanal, Chairman of the communist party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) has become a new Prime Minister for Nepal, after 7 months of uncertainity over selecting the Prime Minister post.

China launches its first ocean economic zone

To expand its resource base from the land to the bottom of the ocean, China has launched its first USD 38.6 billion ocean economic zone
The Shandong Peninsula Blue Economic Zone, (SPBEZ) is to be set up at coastal province of Shandong.

The economic zone covers all the offshore waters of Shandong Province with an area of 159,500 square kilometers.

It also covers 64,000 square kilometers of land that includes six cities -- Qingdao, Dongying, Yantai, Weifang, Weihai and Rizhao -- and two coastal counties in Shandong.

The programs covered agricultural technology, new energy utilisation, international logistics, tourism and culture, said Fei Yunliang, head of the construction office of the economic zone.

Thein Sein, a military general-turned-civilian leader was elected as Myanmar's first President under its 2008 constitution on 4th February.

In a response to the opposition's call seeking his immediate exit, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has agreed to quit in September this year, but on his own terms which include steering an orderly political transition in Egypt.

World Philatelic Exhibition INDIPEX 2011

The World Philatelic Exhibition began at  Pragati Maidan on February 12th. “The aim of the exhibition is to promote philately and provide a forum for interaction between philatelic stakeholders like collectors, dealers, stamp designers and printers, and postal administrations.

There are 595 collectors from 71 countries who will be participating in the exhibition, apart from 28 philatelic dealers and 31 postal administrations.

The exhibition largely focus on aero philately as India Post celebrates the centenary of the first air-mail flight which took place in the country on February 18, 1911. The ceremonial flight would take place on February 18, 2011, from Allahabad to Naini commemorating the centenary of the air-mail flight.

My Stamp

One of the most exciting feature of the exhibition is the My Stamp first time in India. Also known as ‘Personalised stamp‘, My Stamp is a wonderful way to celebrate special occassions such as engagements, birth of a baby, or to send as greetings to loved ones and friends. You can now have photographs of yourself and your loved ones on a real India Post stamp sheet.  

India and Iran arrived at a settlement and agreed to use 'euro' to pay for Iranian crude oil through a german bank.

Google to give $5 million grant to Bharti Foundation. Google said it would provide assistance worth $5 million to upgrade and support 50 Satya Elementary Schools being run by the Bharti Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises, in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

India conducted the biggest-ever airshow , Aero-India 2011, in Bangalore with official representation from as many as 60 countries.

Plan for World Trade Center in Kochi. Time is perfect for World Trade Centers (WTCs) to come up in India, with Kochi taking the lead, according to Kofi A. Boateng, Chief Operating Officer of World Trade Centers' Association (WTCA).

Jhalanath Khanal elected Nepal's PM. Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist), Jhalanath Khanal, secured the support of 368 MPs in the House of 601 to become the 34th Prime Minister

India signs tax treaty with British Virgin Islands.

At checking the growth of black money and the same being stashed abroad, India announced it had entered into a pact with the British Virgin Islands for exchange of information to check tax evasion and money laundering.

This is the third Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) — as it is known in the parlance of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development — signed by India. “India and British Virgin Islands have signed a Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) in London

The world's oldest woman named 'Eunice Sanborn' has died in Texas on January 31st,2011. She was aged 115.

A two-day International Summit on Water organised by Indian Water Works Association, Bangalore Centre, jointly with MECON Ltd., a Government of India enterprise, will commence here on February 11.

King Abdullah-2 of Jordan dismissed Jordanian government on February 2nd,2011.

Japan relinquished its position as the world's second largest economy.

Japan's gross domestic product fell an annualized 1.1 per cent in the fourth quarter in 2010, marking the first decline in five quarters due to a drop in exports, diminishing government stimulus programmes and weak consumer consumption

Japan's nominal GDP, before adjustments for prices, totalled $5.47 trillion in 2010, lower than China's figure of nearly $5.8 trillion. Japan has held the title of world's second largest economy for 42 years.



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