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India Current Affairs January 2012

The Gujarat high court has said that Hindi is a foreign language for Gujaratis. Even the state government-run primary schools teach in Gujarati, the court said. — Jan 01, Times of India

An Indian diplomat was assaulted by a large group of Chinese traders in a court, as he tried to secure the release of two Indians who were held hostage by locals. — Jan 02, Times of India

Appointment of judges in Chhattisgarh’s subordinate judiciary has come under the Supreme Court’s scanner. — Jan 03, Hindustan Times

Andhra Pradesh DGP V Dinesh Reddy, who landed in a controversy for his remarks linking women’s fashionable dresses to increase in rape cases, today said he did not mean to degrade women and had only mentioned a “social study”. — Jan 04, Hindustan Times

The procedure of appointment of judges and any proposal for its modification should be in public domain, the central information commission (CIC) has held. — Jan 05, Hindustan Times

The decision of Kerala’s Congress-led UDF government to agree for joint control of the proposed new dam at Mullaperiyar seems to have jeopardised political consensus on the issue in the state with the opposition LDF coming out strongly against the proposal. — Jan 06, Hindustan Times

A new entity—ominously called Totally Drug-Resistant TB (TDR-TB )—has been isolated in the fluid samples of 12 TB patients in the past three months alone at Hinduja Hospital at Mahim . — Jan 07, Times of India

Fulfilling a long-standing demand of its diaspora, India on Sunday said it would allow NRIs to vote and participate in the election process. — Jan 08, Times of India

Former Gujarat Home minister Amit Shah, considered a close aide of chief minister Narendra Modi, has been called to Delhi for questioning by the CBI in connection with the 2006 fake encounter of Tulsiram Prajapati, a key witness to the killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kausarbi. — Jan 09, Hindustan Times

Kerala high court on Jan 10,2012 disposed of a batch of petitions raising concern over safety of the Mullaperiyar Dam after some petitioners expressed satisfaction over measures taken by the state government. — Jan 10, Hindustan Times

A 40-year-old Dalit widow was beaten for two hours and paraded semi-naked at Mulgaon village in Patan taluka of Satara district on Monday noon by members of an upper caste family who suspected that her son had eloped with their daughter. — Jan 12, Hindustan Times

DMK chief M Karunanidhi has asked the Centre to redraw state borders to end the Mullaperiyar Dam row between Kerala and Tamil Nadu. — Jan 13, Times of India

The EC has written to RBI to instruct the two large private banks, for which the ATM vans were transporting the cash, to produce bank scrolls explaining the cash movement. — Jan 14, 2012, Times of India

The United States has offered the air-to-air version of its famous Stinger missile to India as part of the weapons package proposed for the 22 attack helicopter deal of the Indian Air Force (IAF). — Jan 15, Hindustan Times

The Kashmir Valley remained cut off from the rest of the country for the third day today even as snowfall has stopped after 60 hours. — Jan17, Hindustan Times

Over 130 people have been evacuated from the snow-hit areas of Jammu and Kashmir following reports of trapped people and damaged houses due to heavy snowfall in upper reaches of the region. — Jan18, Hindustan Times

Delhi High Court granted bail to ex-Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi and VK Verma, who are accused in the CWG scam. — Jan 19, Times of India

With over 3,100 vehicles, mostly trucks and tankers, stranded on the 300-km-long Jammu-Srinagar National Highway due to snowfall and landslides, state authorities are trying to clear them before allowing fresh traffic on the arterial road. — Jan 21, Hindustan Times

Despite wielding the sword, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has not given up her prolific pen. — Jan 23, Hindustan Times

The RBI left interest rates on hold on Tuesday but cut the cash reserve ratio for banks by 50 basis points, a move that eases tight liquidity in the banking system. — Jan 24, Times of India

Katju, chairman of Press Council of India, criticised admirers of India-born author based in Britain, saying they suffered from “colonial inferiority complex — Jan 25, Times of India

A display of armour and unmanned aerial vehicles added to India’s military prowess that was on full display at the 63rd Republic Day parade. — Jan 26, Times of India

Chasing a massive 500-run target, India lost Sachin Tendulkar (13) and Rahul Dravid (25) early in the last session on Day 4 of the fourth Test in Adelaide. — Jan 27, Times of India

In Uttar Pradesh, FIRs have been lodged against 11 aspiring candidates belonging to different political parties for seeking money from the corporate houses for elections. The cases have been filed by the District Returning Officers of Ghaziabad, Prabuddha Nagar, Bijnore, Pilibhit, Moradabad, Saharanpur and Jyotiba Phule Nagar. Our Lucknow correspondent takes a look at the other election related activities in the state. — Jan 28, January 2012

Urging India to move ahead with economic reforms to benefit from the changing global dynamics, top banker Uday Kotak has said it is time for the country to go for a tighter fiscal policy and ease its monetary policy stance. — Jan 29, Hindustan Times

Years after an overdrive to enroll children in schools, the government suspects that a number of these children may not exist and higher enrollment may have been shown to claim more funds from the Central government.A school survey in nine districts of Bihar has revealed 4.37 lakh fakeadmissions. In Jharkhand, names of 7.6 lakh students have been stuck off the rolls on suspicion of being non-existent. In Uttar Pradesh, the number of students enrolled in upper primary level has dropped by over four lakh in a year. A drop in enrollment has also been observed in Chhattisgarh. — Jan 30, Hindustan Times

In Punjab, about 77 percent polling was recorded in yesterday’s state Assembly elections. Chief Electoral Officer of Punjab Kusumjit Sidhu said in a press note in Chandigarh that this is the maximum percentage of polling since 1967. — Jan 31, News On AIR

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