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2011 February National Issues



 
Nation's first Titanium sponge plant (TSP)

Defence Minister A.K. Antony inaugurated the country's first titanium sponge plant (TSP) on the Chavara complex of the public sector Kerala Minerals and Metals Limited (KMML)

The TSP is a joint venture of KMML, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) and the Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory. The VSSC has fully funded the Rs.147-crore TSP project.

With the inauguration of TSP, India becomes the 7th country in the world having the technology for producing titanium sponge, which is the raw material for titanium metal.





Air India Express (AIE) headquarters opened in Kochi

Union Minister for Civil Aviation and Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi inaugurated the headquarters of Air India Express (AIE). 

The airline will now function from Kochi.





Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 19 February laid the foundation stones of the country's second National Institute of Design (NID) at Jorhat,Assam and the Assam centre of the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology (RGIPT) at Sivasagar.The first National Institute of Design was set up in Ahmedabad 50 years ago.





‘India Agri Award 2011' for Action Fraterna Ecology Centre

Action Fraterna Ecology Centre, Anantapur, was presented the ‘India Agri Award 2011' by the Mahindra and Mahindra Group of Companies at New Delhi for its outstanding contribution to the cause of agriculture development.





The Rail coach factory in Kapurtala rolled out 15 coaches of the country's first jerk-free Duranto express train to be run on the Mumbai -Secunderabad section.





27500 crore rupee Annual Plan for Rajasthan

The Planning Commission finalized 27500 crore rupee Annual Plan for Rajasthan for the year 2011-12.

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting held in New Delhi between Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia and the Chief Minister Mr Ashok Gehlot.





Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) Chairman, Nandan Nilekani who also headed the 'Technology Advisory Group for Unique Projects' (TAGUP) submitted the report to the Finance Minister, Pranab Mukherjee.





150-rupee coin coming soon

For the first time in the country's minting history, the Union Government will issue coins of Rs. 150 denomination, marking the number of years of taxation in India.

The special coins, to be released by Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee before his Budget speech, will also be brought out in five-rupee denomination on completion of 150 years, from 1860 to 2010, of the Income Tax department.





The Shunglu Committee submitted its interim-report on irregularities in awarding broadcasting rights during common wealth Games. 

It strongly indicting the suspended Prasar Bharati CEO, B.S. Lalli and Doordarshan D-G Aruna Sharma for colluding with U.K. based broadcasting firm SIS live during the CWG's-2010, that resulted in a loss of Rs. 135 cr to the Government, and called for strict action against them under IPC and the prevention of corruption Act.





New policy announced for connecting coal, iron ore mining belts by rail network

Railway Ministry has announced a new policy to speed up the process of connecting coal and iron ore mining belts by the rail network.





“Saving Asia's Vultures from Extinction” (SAVE) launched

The second phase of ongoing vulture conservation efforts in the country, a new consortium, “Saving Asia's Vultures from Extinction” (SAVE), was launched.

The first phase of the programme has been successfully completed by breeding in captivity vultures of three critically endangered species.





Next Chairman of Indian Oil Corporation

ONGC Videsh Ltd. (OVL) Managing Director R. S. Butola will be the next Chairman of Indian Oil Corporation.

The file of apppointment is sent to the cabinet and yet to be approved.





RAPS-1 reactor not decommissioned

The first reactor at the Rajasthan Atomic Power Station, the RAPS-1 at Rawatbhatta, near Kota, has been shut down permanently since October 2004. The natural uranium fuel has been taken out of the reactor, and the heavy water, which acted as both coolant and moderator, drained from it. The 100 MWe reactor has not been decommissioned though.

The reactor has had a chequered history since it started generating commercial electricity in December 1973.





Centre allocates 6,000crore under Rajiv Awas Yojana to make cities slum-free

The funds to be given under the Government's Rajiv Awas Yojana, RAY, will be used for construction of over two lakh houses.

Under the scheme 50 per cent of the cost of construction will be borne by the Centre and the rest will be borne by the state government, the urban local body and the beneficiary.





Nayudamma award for Dr. Shanta

V. Shanta, chairperson of the Cancer Institute, Adyar, Chennai, has been selected for the Y. Nayudamma Memorial Award for 2010.





The department of posts announced a strategic partnership with the unique identification authority of India (UIDAI) for registration and distribution of Unique Identification (UID) cards to the citizens.





The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has granted special consultative status to Banswara-based Vaagdhara, a non-governmental organisation working for empowerment of impoverished and vulnerable groups among farmers, tribal population, women and children in southern Rajasthan by creating capacity-building opportunities for them.

Established in 1986-87, Vaagdhara is among 17 NGOs from across the world and three from India to be chosen by ECOSOC.





New SEBI Chairman,U. K. Sinha

Upendra Kumar Sinha took charge as the Securities and Exchange Board of India's Chairman from the outgoing chief, C. B. Bhave.





Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inaugurated the Chief Minsters conference on Internal security in New Delhi and warned that serious challenges and threats to the country's internal security still persist from left-wing extremism, cross-border terrorism and religious fundamentalism and ethnic violence.





Speaking at the 11th Delhi sustainable development summit, P.M. Manmohan Singh said that - India is set to reduce the emissions intensity of our GDP by 20% etween 2005 and 2020 and India had setup a National Action Plan on Climate change which will have 8 national missions to look into different areas of sustainability and energy efficiency.





MGNREGS to get biometric database

The Centre proposes to create a biometric database of all workers covered under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. 

It will be used to authenticate work applications, work-site attendance and wage payments, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said.





Mahindra Satyam gets CMMI Level 5

Mahindra Satyam on Tuesday announced that its development centres in Bangalore, Chennai and Pune were assessed at Level 5 for the CMMI Version 1.2-Development model by KPMG





IIM-A ranked 11th among global business schools

The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, has been placed 11th in The Financial Times Global MBA Ranking of the world's top 100 business schools in 2011.





The central bureau of Investigation (CBI) on 2nd February arrested the former Union communications and Information technology Minister, A. Raja and two officers who had worked under him, for their role in the grant of licenses and allocation of 2G-spectrum during 2008 in violation of establishing guidelines and procedures.





India donates $250,000 for anti-slavery memorial

India, the largest donor towards the setting up of an anti-slavery memorial. Its contribution of $250,000 was towards the Trust Fund for the Permanent Memorial to honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.





The Union Health Minister inaugurated the newly - constructed Central Days Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) Bhavan in Hyderabad.





Prime Minister inaugurated the 5-day Common Wealth Law Conference, largest event of its kind in the common law world in Hyderabad from February 5-9.




 
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has inducted the tactical aircraft transport C-130J Super Hercules aircraft at the Hindon Air force station, Ghaziabad.





The First Urine Bank in India has started in a village Musiri near Tiruchi,Tamil Nadu.





The Centre on 18 February annulled the controversial deal between the Indian Space Research Organisation's commercial arm Antrix Corporation and Bangalore-based Devas Multimedia.

The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, paved the way for annulling the agreement by declaring that the government will not be able to provide the orbit slot in S-Band to Antrix for commercial purposes, including for its existing contractual obligations, in view of strategic requirements.





SAARC to have first woman Secretary-General

SAARC will get its first woman Secretary-General in its silver jubilee year — the former Maldivian Attorney-General, Fathimath Dhiyana Saeed, is all set to succeed Indian diplomat Sheel Kant Sharma, who will complete his tenure of three years





The Gigantic Industrial exhibition 'win-2011' being organised at Istanbul from feb 3-6. 

India has been named as "Partner Country" for the exhibition over 44,000 firms and 60 other countries are taking part in the show.





Magsaysay award winner and activist Sandeep Pandey has decided to return the 'Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) Achievement Award, that was presented to him in 2009, February to the government, as no action has been taken yet in a 2009 incident in which dalit workers were beaten by the husband of a former panchayat leader when the workers had come to inspect the NREGS documents related to their wages.





The annual Flemingo festival on Feb 15 and 16 conducted to mark the arrival of migratory birds for their winter sojourn to Nelapattu Birds Sanctuary near sullurpet.





MMRCA contract may be signed by September

Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) is expected to be taken next month and the contract could be signed by September this year. Outlining the roadmap for the acquisition of 126 planes, Chief of Air Staff P.V. Naik said





Orissa Cheif Minister Naveen Patnaik has inaugurated the 3-day All-India Telugu conference here Khammam (A.P.)

This only district from Andhra Pradesh has been selected for the Central-sponsored 'Bal Bandhu' Scheme

This scheme has been introduced for-protection of children's rights in areas of civil unrest 'through the intervention of the community and enabling the children access education, health, nutrition and safety provisions. 

The central government has selected 10 dt's across five states for implementing of the scheme.





The 71 st session of the Indian History Congress was held at the Gaur Banga University in Malda,West Bengal.





The one-man justice (Rt) ShivRaj Patil Committee that looked into the processes and procedures followed by the department of telecommunications in the allocation of licenses and spectrum between 2001 and 2009 has identified officially responsible for serious lapses in implementing the telecom policy transparently and fairly. Shivraj Patil submitted the report to the Union Communications Minister Kapil Sibal.





The annual Surajkund Mela, that highlights the finest handloom and handicraft traditions of the country has started from February 1st, at surajkund village near South Delhi. Uzbekistan is the partner country of 25th Surajkund Craft Mela-2011. The magic of vibrant Andhra Pradesh is the theme state for this year mela.





Padmaraj commission

The constitution of the Justice B. Padmaraj Commission of Inquiry to go into cases of illegal allotment of land and sites and denotification of land in Karnataka.





Axis bank has formally launched the first ETM (Enywhere Teller Mechine)service in Vijayawada on15 february with the bank already tying up with over 120 merchants as POS(Point Of Sale) terminals to provide its new service to its customers. 

The bank has plans to extend this service all over the State by March next year by roping in nearly 500 merchants as POS terminals by that time.ETM service is more convenient as the card holder need not look for a bank' ATM.





A new organisation, Anti-Corruption Citizen's Forum (ACCF), an initiative by a group of concerned citizens including former judges and former IAS officers was formed in Hyderabad on 13 February with the objective of curbing the menace, build pressure groups and urge the government to take action. 

Among those in the core group that worked to form the ACCF were former Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court A. Lakshmana Rao, former Supreme Court judge B. P. Jeevan Reddy, former High Court Judge Reddappa Reddy and former Lok Ayukta Justice Ramanujam, former IAS officers K. R. Venugopal, K. Padmanabhaiah and C. Umamaheswara Rao.





The A.P State Legislative Assembly has set a record of sorts by becoming the first in the country to digitise video records of all the debates in the House from 1996.The debates, digitised in DVD format, will shortly be uploaded on the Internet. 

Members can now take a copy of some of the historic debates or the debates in which they took part and upload it on YouTube or any other site on the Net.



 
 
The Union Cabinet approved capital infusion of Rs.1,100 crore for regional rural banks (RRBs) for improving their capital adequacy ratio.

“The share of the Central Government, that is, Rs.1,100 crore, will be released as per provisions made by the Department of Expenditure in 2010-11 and 2011-12,'' Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni told.





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





MGNREGS to get biometric database

The Centre proposes to create a biometric database of all workers covered under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. It will be used to authenticate work applications, work-site attendance and wage payments, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said.





The Financial Times Global MBA Rankings

The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, has been placed 11th in the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking of the world's top 100 business schools in 2011.

"Indian School of Business" Ranked 13th Place for Global MBA Ranking-2011.






India donates $250,000 for anti-slavery memorial

India, the largest donor towards the setting up of an anti-slavery memorial. Its contribution of $250,000 was towards the Trust Fund for the Permanent Memorial to honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.





After 40 years First Legal Conference of Common Wealth Nations held in India. 17th Legal Conference of Common Wealth Nations started at Hi-tec Convenction Center in Hyderabad on February 2,2011.





SAARC to have first woman Secretary-General

SAARC will get its first woman Secretary-General in its silver jubilee year — the former Maldivian Attorney-General, Fathimath Dhiyana Saeed, is all set to succeed Indian diplomat Sheel Kant Sharma, who will complete his tenure of three years





Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) is expected to be taken  March and the contract could be signed by September this year. Outlining the roadmap for the acquisition of 126 planes, Chief of Air Staff P.V. Naik said





Padmaraj commission

The constitution of the Justice B. Padmaraj Commission of Inquiry to go into cases of illegal allotment of land and sites and denotification of land in Karnataka.





Population enumeration phase of Census 2011 is started on February 9 and continue till February 28.

For publicity, cricket star 'Sachin Tendulkar' and film actor 'Priyanka Chopra' campaigned for free of cost and they will be seen in ads with the slogan “You count, so we count”.





Panel for revamping crop data collection

The Vaidyanathan Committee of Experts on Agricultural Statistics has recommended restructuring of the methodology for collection of farm statistics in a phased manner to ensure objective, reliable and timely estimates of crop areas and yields.

It has suggested setting up of a National Crop Statistics Centre (NCSC) as the nodal agency to undertake the work in collaboration with the Departments of Agriculture and Space.





Palamuru University got Guinness World Record, for the 'largest barefoot walk', 2500 people in various age groups participated in university campus.

The existing Guinness record involving 1,141 participants was held by Infinitus Company Ltd, China.





Centre evolves new educational methodology for rural development

To ensure proper use of its Rs. 86,553 crore annual rural spending, an ambitious curriculum to train and educate all those involved in the execution of the programmes concerned is on the anvil. This mass-based decentralised capacity building process, the first of its kind among developing countries, intends to develop skills of 40 lakh hands annually.

To achieve this, the Centre has evolved a new educational and training methodology for rural development and improving the livelihoods of the rural folk under a Central Training Authority to be set up under a new law currently under consideration.

The Union Ministry of Rural Development has come up with the draft National Rural Development Training Authorities Bill, 2011 which has received the approval of both the Law Ministry and Expenditure Ministry. It has been circulated for public opinion before its introduction in Parliament for ratification.





DRDO crosses Rs.1 lakh crore-mark in production value

The production value of weapons and systems developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) had crossed Rs.1 lakh crore during the six years



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