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January 18 to 19 Current Affairs

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INTERNATIONAL


Former Swiss banker hands over data to WikiLeaks ( Important bit in exams)

An offshore banking whistleblower  personally handed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange two CDs reportedly containing the names of 2,000 bank clients who may have been evading taxes.

Swiss banker Rudolf Elmer, who worked for eight years in the Cayman Islands, a British overseas territory in the Caribbean, said he wanted the world to know the truth about money concealed in offshore accounts.

Mr. Elmer handed over the data at the Frontline Club in London — WikiLeaks' British HQ


USAID for replicating Sulabh sanitation model in Pakistan

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) called for replicating Sulabh International's low-cost sanitation model in Pakistan, as being implemented in other countries, particularly Africa. USAID is the US Government's agency primarily responsible for administering civilian foreign aid.



NATIONAL


New Centre of Excellence for Vegetables opened in Haryana


A new Centre of Excellence for Vegetables,a joint India-Israel project, set up in collaboration with Israel, at Gharaunda in Karnal district


Bilateral


India, Japan close to nuclear accord


The former Japanese Prime Minister, Yukio Hatoyama said India and Japan were close to finalising a civil nuclear cooperation agreement.

Mr. Hatoyama said after announcing the India-Japan Global Partnership Summit 2011, which will be held from September 5 to 7 in Tokyo this year, aiming to expand people-to-people bilateral relationship.



Persons


Actor Gita De passes away

Celebrated actor Gita De, popular for playing character roles in nearly 200 Bengali films and dramas, died


Anand Sinha to take over as RBI Deputy Governor

The Centre cleared the appointment of Anand Sinha as Reserve Bank of India Deputy Governor in place of Usha Thorat, who retired in November last


New Chief Executive for ZTE Telecom

ZTE Telecom India Pvt. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of ZTE Corporation, has appointed Cui Liangjun as the new Chief Executive. Incumbent CEO Huang Dabin will continue working with ZTE at its headquarters in Shenzhen, China. Prior to his new role, Mr. Cui was the Vice-General Manager and Chief Technology Officer of ZTE Telecom India. Mr. Liangjun will be responsible for leading the ZTE India executive team.



Business



Amway to invest Rs.400 cr in India

U.S.-based direct selling company Amway said it would make an investment of Rs.400 crore for setting up a greenfield manufacturing unit in India besides upgrading its infrastructure and opening more brand centres.

“The new plant, to be owned and operated by us, will cater to our future needs as we see our sales growing fast in India,” Amway India Managing Director and CEO William Pinckney



Sports



Cash awards sanctioned to 286 sports persons

The Union Sports Ministry has sanctioned cash awards worth Rs. 22.57 crore to 286 sportspersons who won medals in the Delhi Commonwealth Games and the Guangzhou Asian Games.

The cash awards have been given under the scheme for special awards to medal winners in international sporting events.

The gold medallists have been sanctioned Rs. 20 lakh each, while the silver and bronze winners have been allotted Rs. 10 lakh and Rs. 6 lakh respectively. Medal winners in team events have been given not less than 50 per cent of the individual award money.


Gopinath clinches title

H.S. Gopinath of JWGC returned with a card of six -over 76 and clinched the coveted Stroke Play gross title in the Veer Mohen Cup golf tournament conducted by Jayachamaraja Wadiyar Golf Club


India's chess wonderkid - Aditya

Six-year-old M. Aditya (1492) has become the youngest rated Indian chess player, according to the January 2011 list released by FIDE, the international chess body.

Initiated into the sport at the age of two, Aditya has shown considerable progress in quick time. Aditya, who is the reigning Chennai District under-7 champion, trains at T. Nagar Chess Academy.


Honour for Former India leg-spinner M.V. Narasimha Rao

M.V. Narasimha Rao achieved a rare honour when he was awarded the prestigious Member of the Order of British Empire (MBE) for his contribution to cricket and humanity in Ireland. The Award will be presented later this year.


Awards



2011 Golden Globe Awards

The Golden Globe Awards are sponsored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to recognise excellence in film, television both domestic and foreign

The Social Network, a film about Harvard-graduate Mark Zuckerberg's ultra-popular Facebook website, swept up four awards at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards

Mr. Rahman, who was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the Original Score for “If I Rise”, from director Danny Boyle's 127 Hours

Other notable winners included 

The Social Network, for Best Motion Picture
Colin Firth for best performance by an actor in The King's Speech; 
Natalie Portman for best performance by an actress in The Black Swan; 
The Kids are Alright, for best comedy or musical and Christian Bale for best actor in a supporting role in The Fighter. 
Paul Giamatti scooped up the laurel for Best Actor in a comedy film for his role in Barney's Version.


Indology Award

Soka Gakkai International general director Yoshitaka Oba receives the first Motilal Banarsidass Indology Award on behalf of SGI president Daisaku Ikeda from Union Culture Secretary Jawhar Sircar in New Delhi over the weekend. Dr. Ikeda has been honoured for his contribution in the field of Indic Research and Oriental Wisdom


FABA Special Awards announced

Davinder S. Brar, chairman, GVK Biosciences Pvt. Ltd, and Roger L. Williams, CEO, United States Pharmacopeia (USP), have been selected for Federation of Asian Biotech Associations (FABA) Special Awards 2011.

The awards will be presented at the inaugural function of Bio-Asia-2011 on February 22 here. The first FABA special award was conferred upon Ajit Shetty, director, Johnson & Johnson Ltd.


Moortidevi Award for Akkitham

Renowned poet Akkitham Achuthan Namboodiri being chosen for the prestigious Moortidevi Award of the Bharatiya Jnanpith for 2009. O.N.V. Kurup had been chosen for the Jnanpith Award late last year and the award is to be presented to him here on February 11. 

Achuthan Namboodiri, known by his nom-de-plume Akkitham, has been chosen for the award for his selected poems. The award carries a cash prize of Rs.2 lakh, citation and a statuette of Goddess Saraswati.


Science and Technology


Hitech facility opened at IICT

A Rs.17-crore National Mol Bank (NMB), the first of its kind facility in the country to rapidly screen millions of chemical compounds and aid in drug discovery, was inaugurated at the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) here by CSIR Director-General Samir K. Brahmachari



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