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2011 January 23 Current Affairs


International


Samalkot on international map

The sleepy Samalkot town in East Godavari district  of Andhra Pradesh has gained international recognition, thanks to the upcoming gas-based power project in the area.

None less than United States President Barack Obama acknowledged the contribution of this small town, located about 10 km from Kakinada, that will support more than 1,200 manufacturing jobs and over 400 engineering jobs in his country. “Most of you hadn't heard of Samalkot, but now you need to know about it because you're going to be selling to Samalkot,” Mr. Obama said.

The US President was referring to his successful visit to India where GE entered into a deal with Reliance Power for building a 2,400 MW gas-based power project at Samalkot in Andhra Pradesh and other agreements for exporting US $ 10 billion in goods and services to India leading to 50,000 jobs in the United States.




National



President to launch National Voters Day


President Pratibha Patil will wind up the diamond-jubilee celebrations of the Election Commission and launch the “National Voters Day”  on January 25.

She will felicitate fresh voters, release a commemorative film on the Indian elections and present awards for the best electoral practices.



Six-year post-MBBS course is back


The National Board of Examination (NBE) has re-introduced the direct six-year, post-MBBS super speciality programme. The courses will be conducted in neuro surgery, plastic surgery, cardio-thoracic surgery and paediatric surgery. A Speciality Advisory Board in the respective specialities is looking into the existing curriculum and assessment scheme for the direct course.

Introduced on the recommendations of the M.K. Bhan Committee, the students will have to qualify the Central Entrance Test (CET) conducted by the NBE to enter the programme. The results of this academic year's CET were declared a few days ago and the admission process is under way.



Gandhi Memorial in Singapore restored

Singapore's historic Mahatma Gandhi Memorial, now housed in its restored building, was declared open by the City-State's President, S. R. Nathan, on Saturday. Hailing Gandhiji's “timeless” message, Mr. Nathan traced its “special significance” to this day.

The Memorial was first proposed at a meeting of the Women's Section of the Regional Indian Congress in Singapore just one day after Gandhiji was assassinated. Jawaharlal Nehru laid the foundation-stone on June 18, 1950, at the Memorial's present site in Singapore's Little India. The building was opened on April 25, 1953, by the then Commissioner General for United Kingdom in Southeast Asia, Malcolm MacDonald, who commended the “free, friendly, civilised way of international life in which Gandhi believed.”

Built on a World War II bomb-hit site, the Memorial, inclusive of a library, was in active use until the 1990s. Restoration work was undertaken in 2009 by the Hindi Society (Singapore).




Sports



Anand wins

World Champion Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand scored an impressive victory over Jan Smeets of Holland to jump to sole lead after the end of the fifth round of the ‘A’ group in the 73rd Tata Steel Chess tournament.




Business



SBI profit up 14 % at Rs.2,828 crore in Q3

State Bank of India (SBI) recorded a net profit of Rs.2,828 crore for the third quarter ended December 31, 2010, up 14.08 per cent over Rs.2,479 crore in the corresponding period in the previous year despite increase in provisions by Rs.1,797 crore (84.02 per cent).




Awards



Music Forum presents media excellence award to N. Murali

N. Murali, Senior Managing Director of Kasturi and Sons Limited, was presented the Music Forum award for media excellence instituted by the International Foundation for the Fine Arts.

Mr. Murali is President of the Music Academy, Chennai.

The award carries a citation and a cheque for Rs. 10,000. It was presented at a function at the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) by Anand Nayak, executive vice-president, corporate human resources, ITC Limited.



Bravery Awards presented

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh honoured 23 children with the Bravery Awards. Their acts of courage were a source of inspiration for everyone



‘Man of the Decade' Award presented to Manoj Abraham

Police Commissioner Manoj Abraham who is known for his apolitical approach to issues and decision making, Minister of State for Food and Consumer Affairs K.V. Thomas said. He was speaking after presenting the ‘Man of the Decade' award instituted by the People's Forum of Kochi to Mr. Abraham



Andhra Pradesh State Level Oil Coordinator bagged the first prize

The Andhra Pradesh State Level Oil Coordinator bagged the first prize for its overall performance during the Oil and Gas Conservation fortnight special programme held at New Delhi.

The award was presented by former Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Murali Deora along with Mr. Jitin Prasada to Sai Kumar Suri, State-level coordinator for Andhra Pradesh of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited.




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