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2011 January 21 Current Affairs


International


“WikiLeaks banker” arrested

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 case. He is in police detention and will be questioned 



2010 tied for warmest year on record

The warmest year on record is a three-way tie- 2010, 2005 and 1998.

So says the U.N. weather agency, providing further evidence on Thursday that the planet is slowly but surely heating up.

Average temperatures globally last year were 0.53 Celsius higher than the 1961-90 mean that is used for comparison purposes, according to World Meteorological Organisation.




National


January 25, National Voters Day

The Union Cabinet decided to observe January 25 as ‘National Voters Day' from this year as part of an exercise to get youth to participate in the election process in greater numbers.



Mobile number portability launched

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced pan-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.



Salem gets ISO-certified crematorium, abattoir

Salem Corporation has joined the elite club of a few local bodies with its environmental-friendly modern gasifier crematorium, along with its abattoir, receiving ISO 14001:2004 certificates of compliance.

The Mumbai-based International Certification Services Private Limited assessed both the infrastructure and certified them for environmental management system with silver ranking with the validity period of January 12, 2011 to January 11, 2014. The Joint Accredited System of Australia and New Zealand, has accorded the accreditations for complying with the requirements of international standards.



Awards


CRSI award

K. Sudhakar Babu, associate professor of chemistry, SKU, has been awarded Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI) National Best Teacher Award for 2011 at PG level.



Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna and Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit meet Bravery Award winners

Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna and Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday met the National Bravery Award winners and lauded their role in not only saving the lives of others by showing exemplary courage and strength but also performing their duty towards humanity.



Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for the year 2010

Noted Odissi dancer, choreographer, teacher and arts administrator Aruna Mohanty will be the recipient of the coveted Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for the year 2010.



MacArthur Foundation award

Eleven organisations based in six countries, 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 of $350,000 to $1 million each.

The organisations  missions range from protecting biodiversity to fighting poverty, analysing how tax policy impacts people to improving maternal and child health among the impoverished.



Business


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.




Kajaria joins hands with Turkish firm

Ceramic manufacturing company Kajaria Ceramics 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.

“The partnership will help in achieving the desired critical mass by leveraging our strong brand and distribution network across the country,” Kajaria Chairman and Managing Director Ashok Kajaria told reporters here.



Salora ties up with Japanese firm

Consumer electronics products company Salora International announced a tie-up with Zojirushi Corporation of Japan for marketing and distribution of a wide range of thermoware, including flasks, mugs, bottles and lunch boxes, in the domestic market. It also announced its intentions to make foray into IT and telecom segments.





Science and Technology



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. 




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