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February 14 to 15 Current Affairs


International


Japan has now relinquished its position as the world's second largest economy to China.

Japan's gross domestic product fell an annualised 1.1 per cent in the fourth quarter in 2010, marking the first decline in five quarters due to a drop in exports, diminishing government stimulus programmes and weak consumer consumption

Japan has now relinquished its position as the world's second largest economy to China.

Japan's nominal GDP, before adjustments for prices, totalled $5.47 trillion in 2010, lower than China's figure of nearly $5.8 trillion. Japan has held the title of world's second largest economy for 42 years.



National



New educational methodology for rural development

To ensure proper use of its Rs. 86,553 crore annual rural spending, an ambitious curriculum to train and educate all those involved in the execution of the programmes concerned is on the anvil. This mass-based decentralised capacity building process, the first of its kind among developing countries, intends to develop skills of 40 lakh hands annually.

To achieve this, the Centre has evolved a new educational and training methodology for rural development and improving the livelihoods of the rural folk under a Central Training Authority to be set up under a new law currently under consideration.

The Union Ministry of Rural Development has come up with the draft National Rural Development Training Authorities Bill, 2011 which has received the approval of both the Law Ministry and Expenditure Ministry. It has been circulated for public opinion before its introduction in Parliament for ratification.



DRDO crosses Rs.1 lakh crore-mark in production value

The production value of weapons and systems developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) had crossed Rs.1 lakh crore during the six years



Persons


New ICAI President

G. Ramaswamy has been elected President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) for 2011-12. Jaydeep Narendra Shah is the Vice-President.



Awards



Tamil Nadu AGRISNET, has won a national gold award

The Tamil Nadu Agriculture Department's portal, AGRISNET, has won a national gold award for e-governance in the Focus Sector category. The focus for the Specific Sector Award for 2010-11 was on agriculture.

Silver and bronze awards had gone to ‘e-Krishi', a Kerala government portal, and the Tea Board's e-auction portal respectively.



Tribal institute bags e-governance award 2010-11

A project on the use of geoinformatics in the implementation of the Forest Rights Act, 2006 in Maharashtra by the Tribal Research and Training Institute (TRTI), Pune has been given the National e-Governance award, 2010-11 (Silver) in Aurangabad


Pushkin Gold Medal to Professor Arun Mohanty

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has awarded the prestigious Pushkin Gold Medal to Professor Arun Mohanty of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) for his contribution to studies on Russia and promotion of bilateral cultural ties and friendship.



Sports



V.V.S. Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar won ESPNcricinfo awards

V.V.S. Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar won the awards for best batting performances in Tests and ODIs respectively, while Dale Steyn bagged the top prize in Test bowling in the fourth annual ESPNcricinfo Awards, here on Monday.


India's first cricket mentoring portal launched

India's first cricket mentoring portal — CricketMentor.tv — was launched in the hallowed presence of India's World Cup squad



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