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January 13 Current Affairs


INTERNATIONAL  ISSUES

Indian scientists traverse shortest path to South Pole

India's first scientific expedition team to the South Pole took a different but short route to reach the earth's southernmost point — in just eight days.

The path has never been tried before by any other country, the scientists said.

The team led by Rasik Ravindra, director of the National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR), had left Maitri, India's second permanent research station on the Antarctica, on Nov 13, 2010 and planted the Indian flag at South Pole on Nov 22.

The eight-member team travelled 2,350 km distance (one side) between Maitri, and South Pole in arctic trucks braving the difficult weather conditions and traversing the tough terrain with snow-capped sharp razor-edged hills of 1-2 metre height.


NATIONAL ISSUES

World Bank aid for Bihar

Coping with floods: World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick addresses journalists in Patna after
signing a $220-million agreement with the Bihar government for the Kosi Recovery Project to rebuild areas affected by the 2008 floods



Industrialist A. Sivasailam passes away

A. Sivasailam, Chairman and Managing Director of the Amalgamations Group, passed away in Manipal

He was the past president of the Association of Indian Automobile Manufacturers and ASSOCHAM and had served in committees, advisory boards and councils on trade, export and industrial development set up by the governments of Tamil Nadu and India.


Awards

National Jewellery Awards 2011

Joy Alukkas has won two awards at the ‘National Jewellery Awards 2011' organised by the All-India Gems and Jewellery Trade Federation (GJF)

The Joy Alukkas showroom in Chennai won the award for the ‘Best Single Retail Store of the Year.' This apart, Joy Alukkas won the award for the ‘Best Retail Jewellery Chain of the Year.'







Apsara awards

Dabangg, the highest grosser of 2010, has emerged the biggest winner at this year's Apsara awards, bagging the Best Film, Best Actor and Best Music trophies.

Dabangg's female lead Sonakshi Sinha took home the Best Debut—Female trophy. The film also won the Best Dialogue award and fetched Sonu Sood the Best Performance in a Negative Role trophy and singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan the Best Male Singer trophy for ‘Tere Mast Mast Do Nain.'

The Best Actor—Female award --- Vidya Balan for Ishqiya  and
Anushka Sharma for Band Baaja Baaraat.

The Best Lyrics trophy went to Gulzar for ‘ Dil to Bachcha Hai Ji' from Ishqiya.

Farah Khan won the Best Choreography Song for ‘Sheila Ki Jawani' from her directorial Tees Maar Khan.

Ranveer Singh won the Best Debut—Male trophy for Band Baaja Baaraat

Maneesh Sharma bagged the Best Debut—Director award for the same film.

Mamata Sharma and Sunidhi Chauhan shared the Best Female Singer award for their respective item song ‘Munni Badnaam Hui' ( Dabangg) and ‘Sheila Ki Jawani'

Arjun Rampal's role in Raajneeti got him the Best Actor in a Supporting Role—Male award

Prachi Desai won the trophy in the female category for her turn in Once Upon a Time in Mumbai.

Actors Amitabh Bachchan and Vidya Balan were handed special honours for their roles in Paa, as was Rajkumar Hirani for directing 3 Idiots.

The Best Performance in a Comic Role award -- Paresh Rawal for the film Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge


Business 

IndiGo orders 180 Airbus A320s worth $15.6 billion

Airbus General Director Fabrice Bregier at a press conference in the Airbus lobby on Wednesday in Colomiers, south western France, after Airbus signed a $15.6-billion deal to sell planes to Indian airline IndiGo.




SBI, Airtel join hands for banking services

State Bank of India (SBI) and Bharti Airtel decided to join hands to form a joint venture to make available banking services to the uncovered population of the country.

A new entity will be floated with an investment of Rs.100 crore to add value to the banking and financial services sector.




IDBI Bank signs MoU with UIDAI

IDBI Bank has become a Registrar for Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). 

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by the bank and UIDAI at a function held at New Delhi on January 

As a Registrar, the bank will enrol residents in the UID Project and assist the Authority in the various stages.



SAFA gets new President

A.N. Raman, Council Member of The Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India has been appointed as the President of South Asian Federation of Accountants (SAFA), an apex body of SAARC, for the year 2011 with effect from January 1, 2011 at its 72nd Assembly meeting held here on January 9.



China launches yuan trading in U.S.

Ahead of the state visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao to the U.S., China has launched yuan trading in New York as part of efforts to make its currency ‘fully convertible' and a global competitor to the dollar



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