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2011 April 21 to 25 Current Affairs

Nod for e-district project

The Union Cabinet's Committee on Infrastructure approved the rollout of the e-district mission mode project in all 640 districts of the country, including the 41 districts where pilot projects of the scheme have been initiated.

The project is part of the national e-governance plan approved by the Centre in 2006 to make all government services accessible to the common man in his locality, through common service delivery outlets, at affordable costs and in the most efficient, transparent and reliable manner.

The project is estimated to cost Rs.1,663 crore, of which the government's share is put at Rs. 1,233 crore. The States will bear Rs. 430 crore.

Bioremediation technology project

Union Minister for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh has launched a “bioremediation technology” project to curb pollution caused by sewerage and industrial effluents in the Buddah Nallah of Ludhiana in Punjab.

The project is estimated to cost Rs. 16 crore in the initial phase and it will be borne by The National River Conservation Directorate of the Union government. It is expected to take one year for completion.

New lighting project launched in Gurgaon

The All India Citizens Alliance for Progress & Development (AICAPD) launched a new lighting project titled “Innovation Unique Jhuggi Lighting Project” (Ujala).

According to AICAPD, the project is aimed at benefitting the children of migrant labourers who live in temporary hutments which lack basic amenities including clean water, hygienic surroundings and light at night while their parents go for work.

Michel Martelly, declared winner of Haiti's presidential election

Popular singer-turned-politician Michel Martelly was declared winner of Haiti's presidential election. 

Mr. Martelly took 67.57 per cent of the vote in the March 20 run-off, confirming preliminary results in which he trounced his rival, the former First Lady, Mirlande Manigat.

Sathya Sai Baba passes away

Iconic spiritual leader Sri Sathya Sai Baba passed away at Puttaparthi in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, leaving behind millions of mourning devotees in India and abroad, and a sprawling system of educational, medical and philanthropic services that has huge resources at its command. He was 85.

Nawang Gombu passes away

Nawang Gombu, the first man to scale Mt. Everest twice, died at his home in Darjeeling after a brief illness. He was 79.

Diamond Retail Benchmark launched

The All India Gems and Jewellery Trade Federation (GJF) announced the launch of the Diamond Retail Benchmark (DRB), a price chart for retail buyers of diamonds.

The new index, developed by IDEX Online, an Israeli company, would ensure greater transparency in the pricing of cut diamonds in the country, depending on the quality and various other parameters.

IDEX Online Managing Director Yaron Barzilay said the new index would ensure that sellers did not overcharge diamond customers.

Haats at India-Bangladesh border to open in June

Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma has said that the India-Bangladesh border haats (markets) will be inaugurated in June this year that would boost bilateral trade.

$3.5 b private sector investment is in the pipeline. Countervailing duties on jute exports from Bangladesh lifted

NHPC awarded Gentle Giants Award

NHPC, the country's premier hydro-power company, has been conferred the “Gentle Giants Award” under the Non-Manufacturing Mini Ratna category by Dalal Street Investment Journal.

NHPC Chairman and Managing Director A.B.L. Srivastava received the award from Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde at the PSU Awards-2011 ceremony

South Korean award for Binayak Sen

Rights activist Binayak Sen, who was freed on bail by the Supreme Court in a case of sedition, has been chosen for the South Korean Gwangju Award for human rights for 2011.

HMRI bags NASSCOM award

The Health Management and Research Institute (HMRI) has bagged National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) and KPMG “Healthcare IT Awards 2011” under the best technology solution for healthcare inclusion category for its telemedicine project.

VA Tech Wabag bags award

VA Tech Wabag, water and wastewater management solutions provider, has received GWI Global Water Award, recognising the significant contribution made in the international water arena. The award was presented by Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations, at function in Berlin on April 18.

ISRO to build orbiter for NASA

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has asked the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to build an orbiter that will provide the communication between the soil samples collected from the far side of the moon and the earth, according to ISRO Chairman K. Radhakrishnan.

This joint venture between the ISRO and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, would be part of the Moonrise missions planned by the NASA. 



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