Sunday, May 2, 2010

GK UPDATE 1-04-2009

News in brief: India

R. C. Deka was appointed Director of the New Delhi based All-India Institute of

Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

A special unit of trained commandos from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)

will protect to protect top diplomats of the Indian Embassy in Pakistan. Currently the

Embassy security was looked after by the Pakistan government.

The Congress has entered into a seat-sharing arrangement with Mamata Banerjee's

Trinamool Congress in West Bengal. The Congress will contest 14 of the 42 Lok Sabha

seats leaving the remaining 28 to Trinamool Congress.

Air Marshal D.C. Kumaria was appointed as the first-ever Director-General Operations

at Air Headquarters in New Delhi.

The Yashpal Committee on higher education has asked the government to change its

definition of university to free it from the hands of bureaucracy and make it autonomous.

The committee has recommended the creation of a single higher education commission,

which is as powerful as the Election Commission and replaces agencies like the

University Grants Commission (UGC) and Indian Medical Council.

United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon was conferred with the Sustainable

Development Leadership Award at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit.

Professor Shekhar Chaudhuri, Director, IIM-Kolkata, has been awarded the Bharat

Asmita Acharya Shrestha Award for 2009. The award carries an inscribed certificate, a

prize of Rs 1.25 lakh and a memento.

Scientists at ISRO are in an advanced stage of designing a spacecraft named "Aditya" to

study the outermost region of the sun called corona.

Scientists at the Karnal-based National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) announced the

birth of the world's first cloned buffalo calf. The calf, however, managed to survive for

a few days and died.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has constituted the Ganga River Basin Authority

along with the Ganga basin States of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and

West Bengal. The objective is to jointly develop plans for harnessing the river instead of

taking up projects in a fragmented manner.



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Publisher Vivek Garg of Manas Publications, who along

with a former RAW (Research & Analysis Wing) officer

and author Major-General (retired) V.K. Singh was

accused of disclosing classified information through "India's

External Intelligence: Secrets of RAW"–a book on the

working of the country's external intelligence agency, was

granted bail by a court in New Delhi.

Four of Maharashtra's premier universities would soon be

bifurcated to set up four new universities. Institutions like

the University of Mumbai, Pune University, University of

Nagpur and Amravati University have over 1,800 colleges and institutions affiliated to

them because of which, there is a lot of burden on them which has prompted the

government of Maharashtra take this step.

The Indo-Russian

supersonic cruise

missile BrahMos

will be

commissioned by

the Indian Air Force

in 2012, informed

chief executive officer, Sivathanu Pillai. The sea-based and

land-based versions have already been put into service with

the Indian Army and Navy.

BrahMos Aerospace was set up in 1998 as a joint venture

between India's DRDO and Russia's NPO Mashinostroeyenia to produce and sell the

missiles domestically and internationally.

The foundation for the first major post-Independence military memorial that will be a

two-storey high egg shaped granite monument called 'warrior's stone' was laid in

Bangalore recently. The memorial is the brainchild of independent MP and former BPL

Mobile CEO Rajeev Chandrasekhar.

The first Indian-made aircraft carrier will be commissioned by 2014. The ship is being

built at the Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) for the Indian Navy. Designed by the

Directorate of Naval Design, the carrier will be completed in two phases and can

accommodate 30 aircraft. The ship will be 260 metre long and 60 metre wide.

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