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May 12th Current Affairs

National Issues

New lists of BPL families of all the states will be ready by September 2012. The survey has already begun. Rural Development Jai Ram Ramesh said, he expects the survey will be more realistic this time.

The Uttar Pradesh Government has decided to give Rs 1,000 per month as unemployment allowance to the youth between 30 and 40 years of age. It has been decided by the State Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

For the implementation of the much-publicised scheme, the Government has fixed Class 10 as the minimum qualification to be eligible for the allowance.

The Government has said about 10 lakh unemployed would be able to benefit from the scheme and over Rs 1,200 crore would be spent every year under the Uttar Pradesh Berozgari Bhatta Yojna (unemployment allowance), 2012. The allowance would be given to the eligible youth on a quarterly basis.

Union Water Resources Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal has said the Centre was ready to consider intra-state river-linking project on a priority basis as water security was intricately linked with full security.

Sh Jairam Ramesh, Union Minister for Rural Development, Drinking Water & Sanitation announced that the Rural Development Ministry would be providing separate funds under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) for enhancing road connectivity in the six border districts of Punjab i.e Amristsar, Gurdaspur, Ferozepur, Fazilka, Taran Taran and Pathankot.

The Minister said this while addressing a gathering of Ministers, MLAs, Deputy Commissioners and other senior functionaries of the Government of Punjab at the Seminar on Rural Development Policies & Programmes

Bilateral Issues

India and Germany are to increase cooperation in science and technology and education. They also discussed ways to increase cooperation in vocational training, trade and economic links between the countries. An official statement said Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma met the First Mayor of Hamburg Olaf Scholz during his 5 day visit and discussed bilateral issues including increasing trade and economic links.

Sharma also participated in the inaugural event of 'Days of India in Germany', commemorating the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the countries.

A statement of CII said that businessmen of both the countries also emphasised the increase cooperation in areas of infrastructure, ports, life sciences, IT and waste water management. CII took a large business delegation with Sharma. Currently, the bilateral trade between the two countries stands at 24 billion dollars.

The Union Minister for Commerce, Industry and Textiles Shri Anand Sharma represented the Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh at the 823rd Harbour Birthday Celebrations of Hamburg Port on 11 May, also the inaugural event of ‘Days of India in Germany’, commemorating the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The Indian Minister, along with First Mayor Mr. Olaf Scholz then proceeded to launch the official opening ceremony of the Hamburg Port Festival in front of 1.5 million visitors on the German Ship ‘Rickmer Rickmers’, by ringing the bell. The sight of Indian frigate INS Teg, which is on its maiden voyage parading alongwith the German Frigate Mecklenberg Vorprommen was a sight to remember. INS Teg, which was recently commissioned in April 2012, made its first port of call in Hamburg.

The Minister accompanied by Minister Frank Horch inaugurated the India Festival at the India Pavilion by lighting the ceremonial lamp. The India Pavilion presented the rich culture of India which included stalls from EPCH, NCDPD, Ayush, Ministry of Shipping & India Tourism. 

India assured Norway that foreign investments will be protected. Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal told the Norwegian Trade and Industry Minister, Trond Giske, that New Delhi will make sure that not just Telenor, but all foreign investors have a robust roadmap ahead.

Giske is the representative of Norwegian government on the board of Telenor, which holds 67.25 per cent stake in the telecom operator, Uninor. The balance is held by Unitech.

Uninor's 22 licences were among the 122 licences cancelled by the Supreme Court on February 2, issued during the tenure of the then telecom minister A Raja. Uninor has permit to operate till September 7. The Scandinavian nation was saying it apprehends political implications if Telenor suffered losses due to adverse telecom developments in this country.

India-Kuwait partnership is witnessing a robust growth as a result of increased cooperation between the two countries in various fields.

The bilateral trade has crossed $12-billion mark. The two countries are poised to further cement their ties with the involvement of expatriate Indian community in Kuwait.

Visiting Advisor to the Prime Minister TKA Nair expressed these views at a community reception in his honour at the Indian embassy in Kuwait. He lauded the contribution of NRIs in the development of their homeland as well as the host country.

In his opening remarks earlier, Indian Ambassador Satish C Mehta said the Indian community, the largest expatriate community in Kuwait numbering over 6,00,000, has enhanced India’s image in every walk of life in Kuwait. Nair felicitated Dr Mariam Chifti on winning the Bharatiya Pravasi Diwas Award in 2004. Dr Chifti is an Indian doctor working in Kuwait for the last 40 years.

Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), inked a major agreement with Mongolian Government for the allocation of coking coal mines, exploring opportunity for setting up mineral processing units for iron ore and coal, besides steel making units there.

The MoU was signed between SAIL and Ministry of Mineral Resource and Energy (MMRE), Government of Mongolia, at Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. SAIL Chairman C. S. Verma and MMRE Vice-Minister T. Garamajav were present on the occasion.


Chennai-based health equipment company Perfint Healthcare Corporation has won the Department of Biotechnology's Biotech Product and Process Development and Commercialisation award for this year.

The award was presented by the former President, Abdul Kalam, on the occasion of National Technology Day.

Mr. Kalam also presented the Department of Science and Technology's national award for Technology Business Incubators for 2011 to the SIDBI (Small Industries Development Bank of India)  Innovation and Incubation Centre at IIT, Kanpur.

The 24-year-old Kalakkad – Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve (KMTR), spread over 895 square kilometres on the southern tip of the Western Ghats with rich biodiversity, has bagged the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) award in the ‘Best coexistence and buffer zone management' category.

Nirlon Knowledge Park, the office and commercial complex being developed by Nirlon Limited, has won the International Property Awards Asia-Pacific 2012-13 for Commercial Redevelopment. The award was presented at a function in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Former Test wicketkeeper David Richardson is set to succeed fellow South African Haroon Lorgat as the new chief executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC). 

Richardson's name will go forward for approval by the ICC annual conference at its meeting in Kuala Lumpur on June 28 after being chosen by the ICC board.



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