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January 7 - 9 days Current Affairs

Federer wins Qatar Open

World No. 2 Roger Federer began his season in formidable fashion by defeating holder Nikolay Davydenko 6-3, 6-4 to win the Qatar Open on Saturday ie: January 8th 2011.

The 16-times grand slam champion proved too much for his Russian opponent, claiming a break of serve in each set to complete victory under the floodlights at the Khalifa Tennis Complex in central Doha. 

At Brisbane, Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic beat Germany's Andrea Petkovic 6-1, 6-3 to win the women's Brisbane International tennis title .

The 20-year-old Kvitova claimed the second tournament of her career with the 71-minute win, adding to the title she won in Hobart in 2009.

Plachimada Bill

The Bill for constituting a tribunal for securing compensation for victims of environmental degradation at Plachimada is getting ready

U.P. tops in ragging

Uttar Pradesh has topped the list of States with the maximum number of ragging cases in 2010. Out of the total of 658 cases reported nationwide, 131 were from the State. 

India, Sri Lanka sign MoU on ferry  

With the signing of a memorandum of understanding, one more formality has been completed towards resuming the passenger ship liner service from Tuticorin to Colombo, the route of the Kappalottiya Tamizhan (the Tamil helmsman), V.O. Chidambaram Pillai.

VOC, as he was popularly called, launched the service to compete with the British vessels in 1906. Long after his death in 1936, the ships continued to strengthen people-to-people bonds between the two countries.

The MoU envisages putting in place ferry services between Colombo and Tuticorin and Talaimannar and Rameswaram.   

98th Indian Science Congress concludes

The 98th Indian Science Congress concluded at the SRM University, near Chennai

The 99th Indian Science Congress will be held in Bhubaneswar from January 3 to 7, 2012.

GoM on paid news setup

The Union government has set up a Group of Ministers (GoM) to examine the problem of paid news and suggest policy measures to combat it, according to informed sources. 

It will be headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee. The other members are: Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni, Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Law Minister Veerappa Moily, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and Human Resource Development Minister Kabil Sibal.

It is likely to discuss the report prepared by journalists Paranjoy Guha Thakurta and K. Srinivas Reddy for the Press Council of India (PCI)

Hygiene programme launched

As part of the Total Sanitation Campaign, the Centre has asked state governments to address the issue of menstrual hygiene among school girls. As part of this programme, United Nations International Children's Education Fund (UNICEF) has taken the initiative on School Sanitation and Health Hygiene Education (SSHE) in Krishnagiri District, Tamil Nadu

This programme is being implemented on a pilot basis in Krishnagiri for the first time in the country in association with the women self-help groups (SHGs) affiliated to Krishnagiri-based NGO Integrated Village Development Programme (IVDP). IVDP has recently signed a memorandum with 32 government and aided schools in the district to supply napkins at a concessional rate to the students.

International accreditation for Theni Collectorate (Tamil Nadu)

Three international accreditation certificates – Quality Management System (ISO 9001), Environment Management System (ISO 14001) and Occupational Health and Safety Management (ISO 18001) – were awarded to the Theni District Collectorate in recognition of its integrated management system by the Dubai Accreditation Centre after evaluating the services of district administration to public in three areas.

 The three awards were given to Collector P. Muthuveeran by Muhamed Saad, Lead Assessor and Principal Accreditation Officer, Dubai Accreditation Centre, Government of UAE

India in global top 10 in research article output

This was stated by Michiel Kolman, senior vice-president, Global Academic Relations at Elsevier, while presenting the data of the ‘SciVal country map' of India at the Indian Science Congress at Kattankulathur
(Elsevier is a company which publishes medical and scientific literature. It is a part of the Reed Elsevier group.)

Dr. Kolman said India was strong, based on leadership articles, in chemistry (35 per cent), engineering (18 per cent), mathematics and physics (11 per cent) and biology (10 per cent). 

India was in the global top 10 in article output and it was growing at an impressive 8 per cent. It, however, lagged behind China and Brazil. 

India was ranked in the top 20 in quality of articles. The most productive institutions in the country were the IITs, the IISc, and the CSIR institutions. The only university among the top 10 was the University of Delhi, Dr. Kolman noted.

Food inflation zooms to 18.32 per cent

Much to the discomfiture of the Centre and in a further jolt to the common man, food inflation zoomed to almost a year's high at 18.32 per cent for the week ended December 25, 2010, owing to a spurt in the prices of vegetables, onions and milk. The sudden spurt in the wholesale price index-based food inflation from 14.44 per cent a mere week ago — and more than double of what it was a month earlier — has not only surprised the government but also reduced it to helplessness, saying prices are not “fully” within its control.



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