Monday, January 28, 2013

NEWS AND EVENTS NOV- 2012

AWARDS AND

HONOURS

·      ALTERNATIVE GALA:  Afghan human rights activist, ex-minister and burka opponent Sima Samar won the Swedish Right Livelihood Award honouring those who work to improve the lives of others. She shares the 2012 Right Livelihood Award with American political theorist Gene Sharp and a non- governmental organisation campaigning for an end to British arms exports.
·      SARASWATI SAMMAN: Union Minister Veerappa Moily presented the Rs. 7.5 lakh Saraswati Samman - 2011 to Tamil writer Dr. A.A. Manavalan for his book on Ramayan in New Delhi.

APPOINTMENTS/ELECTIONS/RESIGNATIONS

·      UN & UNAIDS GOODWILL AMBASSADOR: Bollywood Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was on September 24 appointed as the new International goodwill ambassador for UNAIDS, the joint UN programme on AIDS and HIV.
·      CHAIRMAN OF CHIEFS OF STAFF:  IAF chief Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne, has taken over as the new chairman of the chiefs of staff committee (CoSC)

ENTERTAINMENT
·      NORWEGIAN HONOUR FOR HEMA MALINI:  During the 10th Annual Bollywood Festival in Norway in September, the Norwegian government honoured Bollywood actress Hema Malini by releasing a stamp on Bollywood’s Dream girl who had gone there for a performance.

INTERNATIONAL

·      67th SESSION OF UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY :  Top leaders across the world took part in the 67th session of UN General Assembly held in New York, addressing the inaugural session of Assembly UN Secretary General Ban Ki- Moon said both the language of delegitimisation and threats of potential military action by one state against another would not be accepted.
·      GERMANY, CHINA SIGN DEALS:  German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited China on August 30. It was her second visit this year. She met Chinese premier Wen Jiabao and discussed bilateral as well as European issues- especially the euro-Zone crisis.
Both leaders signed a deal comprising $ 3.5 bn size of a deal to buy 50 A320 jets by China with European plane maker Airbus, $ 290 mn deal size by automaker Volkswagen for a production facility in Tianjin, $ 169 bn bilateral trade between Germany and China, in 2011- an 18.9% rise over 2010.
·      WORLD CONSERVATION CONGRESS: World Conservation Congress was held in Jeju Island, South Korea in September 2012, where some 8000 government officials,, NGOs , scientists and business chiefs from 170 nations gathered.
·      NEW YORK BANS LARGE SODAS:  New York became the first city in the US to ban the sale of large sodas and sugary beverages in restaurants.
·      TABETANS PM IS NOW POLITICAL LEADERS: Dr. Lobsang Sangay, the democratically-elected leader of the central Tibetan Administration (CIA), on September 27 signed the charter amendment for the change of the official title of Tibetan prime minister (Kalon tripa) to political leader (sikyong)
·      WORLD’S YOUNGEST MAYOR:  The 16-year-old Bashaer Othman became the first youngsters in Palestine to serve as a mayor of a small town in the northern West Bank, Allar.
·      ‘INOCENCE OF MULIMS’ :  a crudely made film ‘Innocence of Muslims’ which mocks the prophet Mohammed, has enraged Muslims all over the globe and has resulted in eruption of widespread Anti-American protests.
·      BIG BEN RENAMED ELIZABETH TOWER: The iconic Big Ben clock tower in Westminster has been renamed the Elizabeth Tower in honour of Queen Elizabeth who this year completed 60 years of her reign.
·      NEPAL’S ARMY CHIEF : India-educated Lt. Gen. Gaurav Shumsher Rana on September 6 formally took over the post of Nepal’s Army Chief following a farewell reception for the outgoing top commander.

NATIONAL

·      RAJAPAKSA VISIT TO INDIA : Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa was on a three-day visit to India in September 2012. During his visit to India he laid the foundation stone of the centre for Buddhist Studies at Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh.
·      INDIA-TAJIKISTAN RELATIONS:  Tajikistan President Emomali Rohmon visited India on September 3 and discussed Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on bilateral Issues including the menance of terrorism in Asian region. The two sides also inked six agreements for cooperation in the health, education, labour, sports, culture and textiles sector.
·      INDIA-PALESTINE RELATIONS: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas visited India in September 2012. In New Delhi he met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Prime Minister reassured Abbas of India’s firm support for the struggle of the Palestinian people to achieve a sovereign, independent, viable and united state of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Prime Minister announced that India would contribute $ 10 million to Palestine’s budget for this year to help address its financial requirements.
·      UN CHILD MORTALITY ESTIMATION:  According to the report published by UNICEF, India saw 16,55,000 deaths of under-five children in 2011, which translates into 4, 534 children every day and a whopping 188 every hour.
·      9TH WORLD HINDI CONFERENCE:  A three-day 9th World Hindi Conference was held in Johannesburg in September 2012.
·      6TH MEKONG-GANGA COOPERATION MEET: Sixth Mekong-Ganga Cooperation meeting was held in New Delhi on 3-4 September 2012. The Mekong- Ganga Cooperation (MGC) was established on November 10, 2000 in Vientiane, Lao Peoples Democratic Republic with a purpose of cooperation amongst India and the five Mekong region countries- Cambodia, Lao Peoples Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand. This is the first time that the Mekong- Ganga Cooperation meeting was hosted by India. India had earlier chaired the 5th MGC Ministerial Meeting on the sidelines of the ASEAN-India Meetings.
·      A.K.ANTONY VISITS MALDIVES: Defence Minister A.K. Antony during his three-day visit to the Maldives, on September 16 opened ‘SENAHIYA’ a Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) hospital, established in Male with Indian Assistance.
·      BURUNDI PRESIDENT VISITS INDIA: Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza was on a three-day visit to India in September 2012. In New Delhi he met Indian President and Prime Minister. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held a wide range of talks with Pierre Nkurunziza. India announced a $40 million line of credit to mineral-rich Burundi over the existing $80 million and signed a slew of MoUs in the areas of rural development, education and health and medicine with the east African nation.

STATES

·      FIRST CHILD-FRIENDLY COURT IN DELHI:  Taking a cue from child witness protection programmes abroad, a special courtroom to record testimonies of child witness without putting them through a rigorous and formal process was inaugurated in Karkardooma court.

BUSSINESS AND ECONOMY

·      RBI RELAXES ECB NORMS: Giving a boost to infrastructure sector funding, the Reserve Bank of India, on September 11 relaxed the external commercial borrowings (ECB) norms to help companies raise more funds from overseas markets. The RBI has allowed companies engaged in the infrastructure sector to raise bridge finance from overseas markers under the automatic route. The RBI through a separate notification has also allowed companies in the infrastructure sector to raise ECB up to a maximum period of five years for importing capital goods. Under the new norms, trade credit should not be for a period of less than 15 months and also not in the nature of short-term rollover finance.
·      POSTPONEMENT OF GAAR BY 3 YEARS: The expert committee on General Anti-Avoidance Rules (GAAR) headed by Parthasarathi Shome, on September 1 recommended postponement of the controversial tax provision b three years and abolition of capital gains tax on transfer of securities. The Committee has recommended that GAAR be applicable only if the monetary threshold of tax benefit is Rs.3 crore or more. The panel suggested that GAAR should only cover arrangements where the main purpose is to obtain a tax benefit, not those in which this is merely one of the purposes.
·      GLOBAL COMPETITIVE INDEX:  India’s ranking declined by three places to 59th position in the Global Competitiveness Index 2012-2013 of the World Economic Forum (WEF) owing to “disappointing performance” in the basic factors under-pinning competitiveness. The global list was topped by Switzerland for the fourth consecutive year, followed by Singapore in second position and Finland in third position.
·      BANKS TO GIVE UNIFORM CHEQUES: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on September 3 directed all banks to issue cheques with uniform features conforming to the Cheque Truncation System (CTS) 2010 standard by the end of the current month. The homogeneity in security features act as a deterrent against frauds, and the fixed field placement specification facilitate straight-through processing at drawee banks’ end through the use of optical or image character recognition technology.
·      NBCC GETS MINI RATNA STATUS:  The Government of India has granted Mini Ratna Status under category-I to National Buildings construction Corporation (NBCC).
·      WORLD BANK OKAYS Rs 106 MILLION NUTRITION CREDIT: The World Bank has approved a  106 – million credit, representing the first part of two-phase loan to support India’s efforts to improve the nutritional outcome for children under six , with particular focus on 0 - 3 year olds.

SPORTS SCENARIO

·      LONDON PARALYMPICS 2012 : Britain’s spectacular summer of sport ended on September 9 with the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony led by British band Coldplay as the Olympic Stadium in East London once again hosted a memorable party for athletes and fans alike.
·      US OPEN 2012 :     Men’s Singles- History-making Andy Murray ended Britain’s 76-year wait for a men’s Grand Slam Champion when he beat 2011 winner Novak Djokovic.             Women’s Singles:  Serena Williams captured her 15th Grand Slam title.          Men’s Doubles: Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan beat Leander Paes & Rodek Stepanek.      Women’s Doubles:  Sara Errani & Roberta Vinci beat Andrea Hlavackova & Lucie Hradecka.
·   ICC ODI TEAM OF THE YEAR: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been named captain of ‘ICC’s ODI Team of the Year’ which also includes Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir.
·      ICC AWARDS:        List of Winners:  
Cricketer of the Year -  Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka);     Test Cricketer of the year -  Kumar Sangkkara; ODI Cricketer of the Year -  Virat Kohli (India)     Emerging Cricketer of the Year-  Sunil Narine(West Indies);  People’s Choice Award-  Kumar Sangakkara; Umpire of the year – Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka).
·      PATIL APPOINTED CHAIRMAN: Sandeep Patil, former India all-rounder and current Operations Director at the National Cricket Academy, has been appointed chairman of the senior selection committee for a maximum term of four years to be renewed each year by the BCCI.
·      NEHRU CUP : India and Cameroon produced an exhilarating brand of football throughout the regulation and extra-time in the final of the Nehru Cup at the Jawaharlal Stadium in New Delhi .
·      ARMADILLO IS 2014 WC MASCOT: The mascot of the 2014 World Cup is a yet to be named endangered armadillo. FIFA said Brazilians will have until mid-November to choose the name from three choices- Amijubi, Fuleco and Zuzeco.
·      INDIA SLIPS TO 169TH IN WORLD RANKINGS: Notwithstanding the recent Nehru Cup triumph, India has slipped a place down to 169th in FIFA rankings, its worst in recent years. Ranked 32nd in Asia, India was placed at 168th in last month’s world rankings.
·      MATORIA VOTED IBF PRESIDENT:  Abhishek Matoria, an MLA from Rajasthan, was unanimously elected the president of the Indian Boxing Federation (IBF), at Patiala.



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