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2011 January 22 Current Affairs


NASA to launch Earth-observing satellite mission

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced on January 20 that its newest Earth-observing research mission is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on February 23. The “Glory mission,” which will improve understanding of how 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.

It will join a fleet called the Afternoon Constellation or “A-train” of satellites. This group of other Earth-observing satellites, including NASA's Aqua and Aura spacecraft, flies in tight formation.

It marks the first satellite launch under U.S. President Barack Obama's climate initiative that will advance the U.S.' contribution to cutting-edge and policy-relevant climate change science.


A. K. Singh to head Allahabad University

A.K. Singh, of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, has been appointed as the new Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the historic Allahabad University. His name was approved by the President Pratibha Patil in her capacity as Visitor of all Central Universities. A formal notification has been issued by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.


Award for Collector

District Collector P.B. Salim has been selected for the Election Commission's national excellence award. Dr. Salim, who is also the district election officer, was selected for the award based on a presentation regarding the latest methods of handling electoral rolls.

Dr. Salim made the presentation during a national-level symposium organised by the Election Commission in Bangalore on May 12, 2010.

Four bank managers get awards for promoting solar energy

Four bank managers have won awards instituted by USAID, WINROCK International India, and the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy for promoting solar energy. These officers extended maximum financial assistance for installing solar lighting systems in rural areas.

Rama Shankar Dubey, manager of Balamau branch of Aryavart Grameena Bank in Uttar Pradesh, bagged first prize in Zone I comprising eight States in northern and western India.

Raj Pal Verma, manager of Gondwa branch of the same bank in Uttar Pradesh, bagged the second prize.

M.V. Nilanjanmath, manager of Jainapur branch of Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank in Bijapur district, and A.B. Torvi, manager of Telsang branch of the same bank in Belgaum district, won the first and second prize, respectively, in Zone II comprising seven States in South and East India. The award includes a cash prize and a citation

A programme was launched seven years ago to provide solar lighting to rural homes in various parts of the country.

Endeavour Executive Award-2010

Chief of Nuclear Medicine, Care Hospitals, Banjara Hills, Dr. N. Subramanayam has been selected for the Endeavour Executive Award-2010 by the Australian Government. The award is a scholarship to undertake study and research.


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).”


Former Union Minister passes away

Former Union Minister and a political stalwart of erstwhile Circar districts Bulusu Prabhakara Butchi Krishna -- SBPBK Satyanarayana Rao-- (90) died

He severed as Minister of State for Agriculture in the Vajpayee government for two years between 1999 and 2001. He was MP from Rajahmundry constituency till 2004

Honour for Research Centre Imarat scientist, G. Satheesh Reddy

G. Satheesh Reddy, Director, Inertial Systems, 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.


Record win for Federer

Defending champion Roger Federer enjoyed a record 57th win at the Australian Open as former winner Justine Henin was condemned to her worst Grand Slam in five years.

Men's third seed Novak Djokovic, women's number one Caroline Wozniacki and Russian Maria Sharapova also reached the last 16 as temperatures soared at Melbourne Park.



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