Sunday, November 6, 2011

Current Affairs - I (Sept 2011 - Oct 2011)

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Awards & Honours


  • ·        Shooter Gagan Narang Awarded Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award (30th Aug 2011).
  • ·        This years Appan Menon award for young journalists covering international affairs has been given to Srinivasan Ramani senior assistant editor of economic and political weekly.
  • ·        Kannada Writer Chandrasekhar Kambar has been conferred the Jnanpith award for 2010, the highest literary honour in the country for his overall contribution to literature. Hindi authors Amar Kant and Shilal Shukla for 2009.
  • ·        Shanti Tigga is the first woman jawan in Indian army to outperform her male counter parts.
  • ·        Abishek Sighvi reappointed as the chairman of parliamentary standing committee on personnel , public grievances and law and justice.
  • ·        China has conferred its highest literary award to Prof B R Deepak for his book which is a translation of 88 classical Chinese poems from 11th to 14th century BC into hindi. The first Indian to receive Special Book Award for his contribution to Chinese studies,translation , publication of Chinese book and cultural exchange.
  • ·        CAG of India has been appointed as external auditor of IAEA and WIPO (are 2 major UN org).

Science and Technology


  • ·        Agni-II India’s Intermediate range ballistic Missile was tested from Wheeler Island on Aug 29th The missile has been designed and developed by advanced systems laboratory at Hyderabad and it is a two stage solid propellant on both stages. Its range is 2500 km also the Agni-V is slated for Dec 2011 with three stage solid propellants can take nuclear warhead and target 5000 km.
  • ·        Shourya – nuclear capable surface to surface missile 750km range.
  • ·        One of the world’s largest Uranium Reserves Discovered at Tummalapalle in Andrapradesh.
  • ·        Neutrinos, a sub-atomic particle are traveling faster than the fastest speed ie the speed of light. Faster than light by 60 nanoseconds or 0.0025% faster.
  • ·        Nerpa is a Nuclear capable submarine from Russia also known as Akula or Shark.
  • ·        Quasor is the most brightest and violent object in Universe.

National & International


  • ·        International day of older persons = 1st October
  • ·        2011 International year of chemistry
  • ·        Orissa was officially changed to odisha and that of its language from oriya to Odia following presidential assent granted on Friday(4th Nov).
  • ·        Pakistan gave India MFN (most favoured nation) status whereas India gave MFN status to Pakistan in 1996.
  • ·        India Signed the convention on mutual administrative assistance in tax matters, developed jointly by the council of Europe and the organisation for economic co-operation (OECD). All G20 members have now become signatories. Convention provides for exchange of information, safeguards.
  • ·        World Economic Forum’s latest competitiveness report shows India fell 5 notches to 56th rank among 142 countries. Switzerland stand at 1st rank whereas China, Pakistan and Bangladesh stands at 25th, 123rd and 107th Rank respectively.
  • ·        Thailand’s 1st Women prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra (44 yrs)
  • ·        World’s Highest Railway Bridge at Chenab River 359 m over Chenab Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail link project on 73 km Katra- Dharan Section. It is 5 times higher than Qutub minar and 35 m taller than Eiffel tower.
  • ·        Former Afghan president Rabbani killed in Suicide bomb attack (21 sept)
  • ·        Ranjana Prakash desai recently appointed as women judge of SC after sitting women judge Gyan Sudha Mishra
  • ·        Bhuwan Chandra khanduri sworn in as the sixth CM of Uttarakhand.

Sports


  • ·        Novak Djokovic (24 yrs)  won US open 3rd grand slam in 2011.
  • ·        8th international abilympics, a vocational skill competition among the person with disability to be held at seoul sept 25-30 2011
  • ·        Kenya’s Patrick Makau set a world record in the berlin marathon in an official time of 02:03:38 hours while smashing old record of 02:03:59 by Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia.