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Current Affairs of 01 February 2010
- The Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) Limited will spend Rs 26,000-crore on capital expenditure in the next financial year, ONGC Chairman and Managing Director R S Sharma said.
- Top US officials have come to a definitive conclusion of the slaying of Tehrik-i-Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud and said his death would set off a new power struggle as al-Qaeda would find it hard to replace him with a commander of their choice.
- Chinese state media blasted the United States on Monday for a planned $6.4 billion arms package for Taiwan, while a US official said Washington was committed to helping the island defend itself.
Current Affairs of 02 February 2010
- The Ahmedabad-based National Multi Commodity Exchange (NMCE) has signed an agreement with the Punjab National Bank and the Federal Bank for offering Warehouse Receipt finance for those clients who are in need of financial assistance against their stock stored in the Central Warehousing Corporation.
- Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi launched his Mission Bihar today by declaring that Biharis were in several ways “running the country”, and reminding the Shiv Sena and Raj Thackeray that the battle for Mumbai on 26/11 was fought and won by commandos from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
- The Navy will formally induct the Russian-made MiG-29K naval fighter jets for deployment on Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier on February 19 in Goa. The first four of the 16 MiG-29Ks that India had bought from Russia in 2004 along with Gorshkov were delivered at the INS Hansa naval base in Goa on December 4 last.
Current Affairs of 03 February 2010
- India has handed over five million dollars to Haiti’s UN envoy Leo Merores, as aid for the victims of the devastating earthquake that hit the Caribbean nation in January.
- The banned Assam-based militant outfit ULFA on Wednesday rejected Union Home Minister P Chidambaram’s offer for peace talks echoing their Chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa’s stand ‘no peace talks with ULFA leaders in jail’.
- Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s much-awaited film ‘My Name Is Khan’ will see its world premiere in Abu Dhabi next week.
- The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a fresh FIR in connection with the alleged murder of Sohrabuddin Shaikh and his wife Kausar Bi in a fake encounter.
Current Affairs of 04 February 2010
- British Airways PLC said Friday that its cost-cutting drive has put the airline on the right course but won’t save it from posting record losses in the current year.
- A swift and small ‘spy fidayeen bomb’ developed by border guarding BSF may soon become a nightmare for terrorists in any seize situation as it can stealthily enter into enemy territory for surveillance and explode itself to eliminate the militants.
- The CBI has registered two cases against eight public servants including a professor each from JNU and Delhi University for violation of AICTE norms.
- The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has recently demanded Rs 1,400 crore more from the Centre under the restructured Accelerated Power Development Resource Programme (APDRP).
Current Affairs of 05 February 2010
- The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) standing committee has scrapped the property tax hike proposal of the municipal commissioner in the budget for fiscal 2010-11.
- Calcutta High Court on Friday upheld the death sentence of Aftab Ansari and Jamiluddin Nasir but commuted the capital punishment awarded to three others to seven years imprisonment in the case of January 2002 attack on the American Centre here.
- ‘Harry Potter’ star Emma Watson has emerged as the highest paid actress in Hollywood in a new list compiled by a magazine.
- acking R K Pachauri, who has come under flak for IPCC’s goof up on melting of Himalayan glaciers, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said he has earned well deserved respect and international acclaim for his contribution in meeting challenges of climate change.
Current Affairs of 06 February 2010
- West Zone created a world record in first class cricket by successfully chasing down a mammoth 536-run target to clinch the Duleep Trophy with a dramatic three-wicket victory, riding on Yusuf Pathan’s scintillating double century.
- Sania Mirza and veteran Rushmi Charavarthy registered contrasting singles victories as India blanked Kyrgyzstan 3-0 in the play-off tie to win back their place in the Asia/Oceania Group I of the Fed Cup tennis tournament here today.
- Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday had a spat during the Chief Ministers’ conference on food prices here after the former accused Mr. Modi of politicising the issue of the election promise made by the Congress to provide Rs.3 per kg wheat or rice to the poor.
- The Income Tax department raids on the premises of top government and private officials in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, that led to the suspension of an IAS couple on Friday, seems to have let the cat among the pigeons.
- A Yemeni state security court sentenced the elder brother of a Shiite rebel leader to 15 years in prison on Saturday for supporting the Shiite rebellion in north-western Yemen.
Current Affairs of 07 February 2010
- A special Chinese envoy held discussions with North Korean officials on Sunday, state media reported, amid international efforts to persuade the North to rejoin nuclear disarmament talks.
- As sugar prices rise, Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar’s NCP on Sunday offered a recipe — consume less of the sweetener as “no one dies due to not eating sugar“.
- The launch of Agni-III, the missile with the longest range in India’s arsenal, from the Wheeler Island off Orissa on Sunday was a complete success.
- A suspected Hizbul Mujahideen militant was arrested in Pulwama district of south Kashmir on Sunday.
Current Affairs of 08 February 2010
- ISRO Chairman K. Radhakrishnan on Monday said the flight- testing of the indigenous cryogenic stage of the Geo Stationary Launch Vehicle D3 would be conducted in April.
- The Left Front government in West Bengal has stolen a march over the United Progressive Alliance government at the Centre on the implementation of the Ranganath Mishra Commission’s recommendations by deciding to reserve 10 per cent of government jobs for the economically, educationally and socially backward sections among Muslims.
- The All-India Bar Association has expressed shock and concern over the ‘life-threatening’ phone call received by its vice-chairman S. Prabhakaran and has sought the immediate intervention of President Pratibha Patil and the Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan to ensure the advocate’s safety.
- Former Pakistan Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed was injured and four others were killed on Monday when unidentified gunmen attacked his election office in the garrison city of Rawalpindi.
Current Affairs of 09 February 2010
- Nasdaq-listed Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation has reported that its revenue for the fourth quarter ended December 2009 rose to $902.7 million, up 20 per cent from $753.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2008.
- The Centre has set in motion the process to appoint Lok Karmis and Lok Sevaks for the proper implementation of Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment guarantee Act (MGREGA).
- North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has told visiting Chinese officials that his country remains committed to denuclearization through six-nation talks, Chinese state media reported on Tuesday.
- A Pakistani court on Tuesday directed the federal government to provide medical care and other facilities to disgraced nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan after he complained that authorities had placed a “ban on water and medical supplies” to him under the garb of a court order.
- More than 70 per cent of India’s exim trade will come from Foreign Trade Agreement (FTA) in the next two to three years as over 12 countries will be collaborating with India.
Current Affairs of 10 February 2010
- World’s largest manufacturer and marketer of fertilizers in the cooperative sector, Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative on Wednesday announced a strategic alliance with Canadian company GrowMax Agri Corp to make its foray into potash project and oil and gas exploration.
- Election authorities have rejected around 13,000 claims for inclusion in the electoral roll for Pennagaram Assembly constituency, where by-election has been postponed.
- Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting S. Jagathratchagan on Wednesday said he would issue orders for organising poetry reading sessions in all the radio stations across the country.
- Pakistan appears to have decided to accept New Delhi’s offer of Foreign Secretary talks after thrashing it out at a meeting of domestic “stakeholders” on Wednesday and may suggest February 25 as the date, but has not said so yet officially.
Current Affairs of 11 February 2010
- U.S. automaker General Motors will repay the federal loans, which it received to come out of bankruptcy, to the American and Canadian governments by June this year, a top executive of the company has said.
- Defending his move to initiate disciplinary action against former Military Secretary Lt. Gen. Avadesh Prakash in the Sukna land scam, Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor said it was the “best course of action” after analysing the facts of the case and on the advice of Defence Minister A. K. Antony.
- Putting Naga peace talks on fast forward mode, the government on Thursday appointed the former Secretary in the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry R.S. Pandey as the new interlocutor for holding dialogue with the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah).
- An Indonesian judge found the country’s former anti-graft chief guilty on Thursday of masterminding the murder of a state businessman, but spared him the death penalty prosecutors had sought.
Current Affairs of 12 February 2010
- The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday issued a notification introducing a new category of Non-Banking Finance Companies (NBFCs) as “Infrastructure Finance Companies (IFCs)”.
- Indian-American Suresh Kumar was among 27 nominees of the Obama Administration who were confirmed on Friday by the United States Senate.
- Television channels have appealed to the government to intervene in the stand-off with the Indian Premier League over match coverage guidelines.
- The Trinamool Congress and West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee (WBPCC) on Thursday declared that they wanted the development of the hilly areas in the northern part of West Bengal, but while keeping the State undivided.
Current Affairs of 13 February 2010
- India’s locally developed farming techniques look set to take their place on the world heritage map alongside the country’s national parks of outstanding beauty and its grand monuments to culture.
- All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary Jayalalithaa, leading a demonstration here to highlight the problems of sugarcane farmers, alleged that sugarcane cultivation in Tamil Nadu was facing an uncertain future owing to the anti-farmer policies of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam government.
- The U.K. announced a partial lifting of the ban on student visas in north India, sending a wave of relief among thousands of genuine students who are at an advanced stage of enrolling at British universities.
- The BSF has constituted an internal inquiry into the killing of a Kashmiri youth after a constable of the paramilitary force was found to be involved “prima facie.”
Current Affairs of 14 February 2010
- Pune city Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh expressed confidence that German Bakery blast case would be solved soon, but did not rule out the possibility of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen’s role in the attack.
- The United States and Britain have asked their citizens in India to be on alert after a terror attack in a Pune eatery frequented by foreign nationals killed nine people.
- To make it easy for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) to file RTI applications, the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs has asked government departments to provide a link on their websites for receiving online applications and appeals.
- The Pakistan People’s Party-led government and the Supreme Court on Saturday appeared headed for a showdown after an apex court bench suspended the appointment of two judges by President Asif Ali Zardari.
- Iceland intends to become a bastion for global press freedom under a package of laws proposed by opposition MPs to defend freedom of speech, protect sources and fight libel tourism.
Current Affairs of 15 February 2010
- Wholesale price-based inflation rose to 8.56 per cent in January, shooting past the RBI’s forecast of 8.5 percent for this fiscal end, as food items such as sugar, potatoes and pulses turned costlier.
- The West Bengal Governor and former National Security Adviser, M.K. Narayanan, said on Sunday that the country must be on constant vigil against terror.
- American former Olympians Peggy Fleming and Vonetta Flowers suffered minor injuries in a car crash Sunday while riding in U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s motorcade at the Vancouver Games.
Current Affairs of 16 February 2010
- European Union Member States have decided to temporarily withdraw with effect from August preferential tariff benefits known as GSP+ granted to Sri Lanka under a special incentive arrangement for sustainable development and good governance on the ground that there were `significant shortcomings’ in implementation of three UN human rights conventions by the island nation.
- Iran has hit back against U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s warning that the Islamic republic is becoming a military dictatorship.
- Government has extended by one year the visa for controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen who has also moved for permanent residency in India.
- For every one degree rise in temperature, 6 million tonnes of wheat will be lost in India, the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the UN estimates.
- Anand G. Mahindra, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of Mahindra Group, has been named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year 2009. The Lifetime Achievement Award has gone to N. Vaghul for his unparalleled contribution to the Indian financial sector.
Current Affairs of 17 February 2010
- The government is likely to consider infusion of Rs 800 crore as equity in the cash-strapped Air India tomorrow, but wants the airline to take “extraordinary” measures to achieve a financial turnaround.
- The Mullaperiyar dam case took a new twist on Wednesday with the Supreme Court constituting a high-level empowered committee to go into all issues, including the safety aspects of the dam, raising the water level beyond 136 ft as also Kerala’s demand for a new dam.
- The Council of Boards of School Education (COBSE) on Tuesday took a “unanimous” decision to adopt a core curriculum for physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics at the senior secondary level.
- Pakistani intelligence officials say a U.S. missile strike has killed at least three people near the Afghan border.
Current Affairs of 18 February 2010
- The Centre on Thursday approved the proposal for release of equity infusion of Rs.800 crore in two equal monthly instalments to National Aviation Company of India Ltd (NACIL), the holding company of Air India.
- Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Wednesday urged agricultural scientists to double their efforts to remove all misgivings on genetically modified (GM) crops from the minds of policy makers and the public.
- A team of civil nuclear experts from India is in South Korea to explore avenues of “broad-based cooperation” in the sensitive domain, according to diplomatic sources.
Current Affairs of 19 February 2010
- Indian scientists will try to distinguish individual whale sharks off the Gujarat coast, using a technique employed by NASA to identify galaxies.
- HDFC Bank on Friday increased the fixed deposit rates by up to 150 basis points across maturities, a move that follows the Cash Reserve Ratio hike of 75 basis points by the Reserve Bank of India last month.
- An Indian-origin man was shot dead in South Africa by unidentified assailants, driving his distressed wife to commit suicide by using her husband’s gun.
- The Pakistani Air Force on Thursday inducted the first squadron of JF-17 Thunder multi-role combat aircraft it jointly developed with China as part of its efforts to maintain a “balance” of conventional forces in the region.
Current Affairs of 20 February 2010
- An international team of scientists has taken a significant step closer to unlocking the secrets of photosynthesis, and possibly to cleaner fuels.
- The Rajasthan Government’s specialised agency for computers, RajCOMP, signed a memorandum of understanding with One World Foundation-India for a large scale roll-out of e-SANCHAR, an innovative e-governance application, for the benefit of citizens under various beneficiary programmes here over the week-end.
- Dinesh Mallam, an Indian-American who narrowly escaped after he nearly drove into the plane that smashed into the U.S. federal building in Austin, thanks his stars for being alive and kicking.
Current Affairs of 21 February 2010
- In its efforts to augment the strength of the Border Security Force (BSF), the Centre has approved raising of 29 battalions, comprising around 30,000 personnel, for the country’s frontier guarding force.
- The Uttar Pradesh Government today ordered an inquiry into allegations levelled by an executive engineer against a BSP legislator of threatening him with dire consequences, a government spokesman said here.
- The Madras High Court has dismissed a petition by a District Judge seeking to call for the records relating to the proceedings by the Registrar-General, High Court, against him and quash them.
- A Myanmar company has planned to open the country’s first information technology shopping mall in Yangon in the first week of April to mainly sell IT and communication products, according to one of its share holders Sunday.
Current Affairs of 22 February 2010
- The Supreme Court on Monday slammed the Chattisgarh government for raising the “bogey” of Naxalism to discredit those raising issues of human rights violations even as the Centre said it has evolved a Rs 7,300 crore package to develop Naxal-affected regions of the country.
- Issues of security and combating extremism in the region are likely to dominate parleys between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and leaders of Saudi Arabia, who are also expected to sign an extradition treaty during the former’s three-day visit to this country later this week.
- For the first time ever, the Indian Air Force will showcase its prowess and capability of precision strikes during day, dusk and night at the fire power demonstration (FPD) at the Pokhran ranges in Rajasthan on February 28.
- Hundreds of royal supporters paralysed the capital today in protest against the abolition of the monarchy and demanded a referendum on restoring the centuries—old institution and Nepal’s status as a Hindu state.
Current Affairs of 23 February 2010
- Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday formally took over as Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha. The seat was hitherto held by senior BJP leader L. K. Advani.
- The Australian Cricketers’ Association today briefed its Indian Premier League-bound players about the security threat to the event and demanded specific assurance on their safety from the organisers.
- The West Bengal government announced on Monday the setting up of a three-member committee to inquire into the Maoist attack on the camp at Silda in Paschim Medinipur district on February 15, in which 24 Eastern Frontier Rifles (EFR) personnel were killed.
- The commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan took his apology for a weekend airstrike that killed civilians directly to the Afghan people on Tuesday, with a video in which he pledged to work to regain their trust as NATO continues a mass offensive against the Taliban in the south.
Current Affairs of 24 February 2010
- The first flight testing of GSLV MK-III rocket, which will put heavier satellites in space, is likely to be carried out in April, the ISRO said on Wednesday.
- His heart larger than frame, Sachin Tendulkar lifted his arms in triumph. At 36, he had become the first man to conjure a double hundred in One-Day Internationals.
- The world’s largest chip maker Intel and 24 major venture capital firms announced the launch of a $3.5-billion ‘Invest in America’ alliance to fund startup companies in the U.S. in the wake of stiff competition in areas of innovation and education from India and China.
- The CPI(M) on Wednesday alleged that Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee was going ahead with “wholesale privatisation” of the railways and privatising “cream” projects which would substantially reduce earnings and “halt” their progress.
Current Affairs of 25 February 2010
- A missile which could have been test fired by the Indian Air Force from its Suryalanka Air Force Station fell in a civilian area in the Chirala town of Prakasam district on Thursday night.
- As Indo-Pak Foreign Secretaries met in Delhi for talks aimed at ending the chill in bilateral ties, Pakistan on Thursday claimed “Indian networks” were behind the terror attacks in Mumbai and on the Samjhauta Express and Indian Parliament.
- The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the Women’s Reservation Bill, 2008, that seeks to reserve 33 per cent seats for women in the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies.
- The U.S. government warned its citizens on Wednesday against travelling to a northern Mexico border state where shootouts killed 19 people the previous three days.
Current Affairs of 26 February 2010
- The government on Friday hiked excise duties by 2 per cent to 10 per cent on all non-oil products as part of withdrawal of stimulus measures with Finance Minster Pranab Mukherjee saying the economy was on the recovery path.
- A U.K. court has ordered disclosure of information critical of the MI5 spy agency in the case of alleged torture against a Guantanamo Bay detainee.
- Iraq says 20,000 Saddam Hussein era army officers will rejoin the military after being dismissed from their posts after the 2003 U.S.led invasion for serving under the former dictator.
- Government on Friday said the Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan represented an “encouraging step” towards restoring dialogue and better communication but made it clear that the engagement would depend on response to India’s core concern on terrorism.
- Petrol, diesel prices to go up by Rs 2.67/l and Rs 2.58/l respectively in Delhi from midnight tonight.
Current Affairs of 27 February 2010
- NATO commanders in Afghanistan have begun travelling to Pakistan to share plans for military operations for the first time, a senior US official has said.
- Canada barely survived a late push in beating Slovakia 3-2 in Friday’s semi-finals in the Olympic men’s Ice hockey, setting up a Super Sunday rematch against U.S. for the gold medal.
- Gurpreet Singh and Shweta Chaudhary added a couple of more golds as Indian shooters swept the Commonwealth Championship’s final day to finish on top of the tally with a whopping 49 medals at the Karni Singh Range here.
- The U.S. has categorically told Pakistan that it would not get any atomic power plant or civilian nuclear deal on the lines of the one signed with India.
- World champion Dani Samuels of Australia has set a personal best to win the women’s discus competition at the Sydney Track Classic at Olympic Park.
Current Affairs of 28 February 2010
- India has caught out an American attempt to go back on an agreement not to push for international “scrutiny” of voluntary attempts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, negotiated between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, U.S. President Barack Obama and the heads of government of China, Brazil and South Africa at the UN climate change talks in Copenhagen last December.
- Even on Chinese New Year’s day, when all of the country comes to a standstill, the hammering does not stop along the banks of the Huangpu river.
- President Barack Obama called his Chilean counterpart Michelle Bachelet to express condolence in the aftermath of the massive earthquake in the country in which hundreds are feared dead, even as he said that US is ready to provide assistance in relief efforts.
- Ace drag-flicker Sandeep Singh rose to the occasion and converted two penalty corners as hosts India outplayed Pakistan in a thrilling Pool B match of the Hero Honda FIH World Cup at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here on Sunday.