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February 18 and 19 Current Affairs


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The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has granted special consultative status to Banswara-based Vaagdhara, a non-governmental organisation working for empowerment of impoverished and vulnerable groups among farmers, tribal population, women and children in southern Rajasthan by creating capacity-building opportunities for them.

Established in 1986-87, Vaagdhara is among 17 NGOs from across the world and three from India to be chosen by ECOSOC.



Persons



New SEBI Chairman, U. K. Sinha

Upendra Kumar Sinha took charge as the Securities and Exchange Board of India's Chairman from the outgoing chief, C. B. Bhave.



Shankar Vanavarayar,has been elected National chairman of Young Indians (Yi) for 2011-12.



Business



New series of consumer price indices to reflect prices at macro-level

India adopted the new Consumer Price Index (CPI) that will reflect the actual movement of prices at the micro-level.

As per the new series, the CPI has increased to 106 in January from a base of 100 in 2010 (inflation of 6 per cent), but the government has chosen not to mention the inflation figure, pointing out that the exact level could be arrived only next year.

The Central Statistics Office (CSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, has introduced the new series of consumer price indices for all-India, and States and union territories separately for rural, urban and combined for the purpose of intra temporal price comparison with effect from January, 2011, with 2010 as the base year.



Abbreviations



PHFI - Public Health Foundation of India.


HPV - Human Papilloma Viru.



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