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2011 April 14 to 15 Current Affairs




Mini Ratna status for Pawan Hans

Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited was conferred the Mini Ratna Category-I status by President Pratibha Patil.

It has been providing services to the paramilitary forces and support services for oil exploration.



India has highest number of stillbirths: Lancet report

India has the dubious distinction of having the highest number of stillbirths in the world.

This finding comes after the country recorded the worst female child sex ratio ever (Census 2011). India figures at the top of 10 countries that have the highest number of stillbirths, according to the Stillbirth series published in the British medical journal, The Lancet.



India in Venice Biennale for the first time in 116 years

This year finally, India will have its own national pavilion at the prestigious Biennale to be inaugurated on June 3, 2011, confirms a high-ranking official at the Lalit Kala Akademi.

India will be one of the 94 countries in this world famous art event that saw its inception in 1895.

India will find space at the centre of the venue called “Arsenal Area,” which enjoys the highest number of visitors.



India to sign pact with Kazakh oil field

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will reach Astana, the Capital of Kazakhstan on April 15, to sign an agreement, which will give India 25 per cent stake in the Satpayev oil field on the Caspian Sea.

The deal, being negotiated by ONGC Videsh Ltd. (OVL), is expected to cost around $400 million (about Rs.1,800 crore). The deal will be signed during Dr. Singh's three-day visit for a bilateral summit between India and Kazakhstan.



Gebran Tueni Prize for Moroccan journalist

Aboubakr Jamaï, co-founder and former managing director of the weekly newspaper Le Journal Hebdomadaire, was presented the 2010 Gebran Tueni Award in Beirut on April 12.



Mysore division gets efficiency award

The Mysore division of the South Western Railway (SWR) bagged the “Overall Efficiency Shield” for the year 2010-11, by registering best performances in most of the departments.



Legendary archaeologist Lewis Binford passes away

Lewis Binford, founder of the New Archaeology movement and one of the seniormost figures in world archaeology, has passed away at the age of 80.



Alok Kumar wins Asian billiards title

Alok Kumar outwitted former world champion Praput Chaithanasukan of Thailand 6-0 to clinch the Asian billiards championship title at the Olympic Stadium in Kish Island, Iran.




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