National Dates & Events in September 2011
1. Justice Soumitra Sen of the Calcutta High Court on 1st September, 2011 avoided the dishonour of becoming the first judge to be impeached by Parliament by tendering his resignation. He sent in his resignation to President Pratibha Patil five days before the Lok Sabha would take up an impeachment motion against him. The Rajya Sabha, has already passed the motion. The impeachment, the first time in the Rajya Sabha, and second in Parliament’s history, saw members of all parties, except the BSP holding Sen guilty of misconduct.
2. The Government on 3rd September, 2011 signed an agreement with the banned ULFA to end violence in Assam and to begin peace talks. The Suspension of Operation ( SoO )pact, signed by the representatives of central and Assam governments and ULFA, will ensure that the outfit will not carry out any subversive activities till finding a political solution to the vexed insurgency problem while the security forces will also not take any action against the ULFA cadres.
3. Army’s aerial firepower capabilities will get a boost as it is soon going to induct the attack version of indigenously – built Advanced Light Helicopter ( ALH ) ‘Rudra’. The ‘Rudra’ is the first weaponised helicopter built in the country and will be inducted into the Army Aviation Corps in the current financial year, the army said on 4th September, 2011. Rudra is an armed variant of the ALH Dhruv helicopter. It has been named 4 Rudra’, one of the names of Lord Shiva who is worshipped as the destroyer of enemies, to signify the helicopter’s firepower and capabilities.
4. The Arjun Munda – led coalition Government in Jharkhand on 2nd September, 2011 passed the Right to Service Bill in the state Assembly recently and brought the state government employees under compulsion to complete their assignments within the stipulated time. In the first phase the state government decided to bring 20 services under the right to service and in case an officer fails to complete the work within the stipulated time, he or she will have to pay fine. Some of the important services that incorporated in the right to service were : disbursement of pension, scholarship, electricity connection and issue of driving licence, passport, caste and income certificate.
5. The West Bengal Legislative Assembly on 2nd September, 2011 passed the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration Bill overruling a demand by the Opposition to send it to a select committee for further discussions. The preamble to the Bill says it will provide for establishment of a Gorkhaland Territorial Administration for the region comprising the three sub – divisions of Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Kurseong and some mouzas of Siliguri sub – division in Darjeeling district. The objective was to establish an autonomous self – governing body to administer the region.
6. A commemorative Postage Stamp on Late Surendra Nath Jauhar, noted freedom fighter, social worker, industrialist and philanthropist was released by Kapil Sibal, Minister for Communications & IT and HRD on 2nd September, 2011. Jauhar ( 1903 – 1986 ) joined the freedom struggle at the age of 16 and participated in the Quit India Movement.
7. The Education Innovation Fund for India ( EIFI ), a collaborative project between the Hewlett – P & ckard Office of Global Social Innovation and the India Council for Integral Education ( ICIE ), an initiative of the Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry, was launched in Chennai on 30th August, 2011. EIF1 has been set up to provide grants to schools, universities and organisations that support and encourage innovative projects which bring about a transformation in the field of education. A Rs.1 crore grant would be given to the ‘Most Promising Project in Educational Innovation.
8. The Standing Committee on Finance on the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority ( PFRDA ) Bill, 2011, on 1st September, 2011 recommended that subscribers to the New Pension System ( NPS ) should get an assured return on their investments. The committee suggested it should be at least equal to the interest rate given by the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPFO ) Scheme.
9. The process of land acquisition becoming more sensitive to the grievances of the owner earned a better prospect as the Land Acquisition Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill was tabled in Parliament on 7th September, 2011. The Bill has made several revisions / modifications to the draft introduced in July 2011. Following are the important points mentioned in the Bill.
10. The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services ( INCOIS ) has initiated work on multi – hazard vulnerability mapping of the country’s entire coastline to help authorities take up precautionary measures in the event of natural disasters. Once over with the multi – hazard vulnerability mapping, INCOIS will prepare ‘3D GIS’ maps to identify the most vulnerable sectors along the coast.
11. Terror struck the Capital again on 7th September, 2011 when a high – intensity blast outside the Delhi High Court claimed 11 lives and injured 76 people. The bomb, suspected to be placed in a briefcase, exploded at 10 – 14 a.m. near Gate No 5 when around 200 people were waiting to get-entry passes. The deafening explosion left a small crater at the site. In May, the High Court was targeted when a low – intensity bomb went off in the parking lot. No one was injured in that explosion.
12. The Lok Sabha on 6th September, 2011 adopted a motion for extending the term of the ‘Joint Parliamentary Committee on 2G spectrum scam’ up to the last date of budget session in 2012. PC Chacko, who heads the JPC, moved the motion in the Lower House for extension of the term of the committee.
13. India will procure over 300 Sukhoi – 30 MKI fighter jets and Tejas Light Combat Aircraft ( LCA ) at a total cost of ₹ 64,408 crore to strengthen the combat capability of the IAF ; the government said on 7th September, 2011.
14. Two months after the Supreme Court held that the deployment of Special Police Officers in the fight against Naxals was illegal, the Chhattisgarh Assembly on 9th September, 2011 passed an Act authorising an “auxiliary armed force” to “assist security forces in dealing with Maoist / Naxal violence” and legalising existing SPOs by inducting them as members. The Chhattisgarh Auxiliary Armed Police Force Act came into force with retrospective effect from July 5, the day the apex court passed its order.
15. The Lok Sabha on 5th September, 2011 dropped impeachment proceedings against Calcutta High Court Judge Soumitra Sen who had submitted his resignation to the President on 3rd September, two days before the Lower House’s scheduled debate and vote on the matter. After Law and Justice Minister Salman Khursheed informed the Lok Sabha of Justice Sen’s resignation, which was accepted by President Pratibha Patil, Speaker Meira Kumar dropped the proceedings against the judge.
16. Higher external commercial borrowings ( ECBs ) and short – term trade flows pulled up India’s external debt stock by 17.2 per cent to $305.9 billion at end – March, 2011 from $261.0 billion at the end – March, 2010. The share of ECBs in India’s total external debt increased from 19.7 per cent at end – March, 2005 to 28.9 per cent at end – March, 2011. This was largely on account of strong domestic demand and high growth rate of the economy.
17. A high – level Government Committee, headed by Planning Commission member, Saumifra Chaudhari, on 5th September, 2011 has ruled out pooling of natural gas prices, stating that domestic natural gas users could not be asked to subsidise costlier imported liquefied natural gas ( LNGJ. This is in marked contrast to its previous interim report a few months ago in which it had suggested averaging out the price or polling of prices of costlier imported LNG with cheaper domestic gas.
18. India’s output of fruits and vegetables increased by 3.7 per cent to over 213 million tonnes in 2010 – 11 on the back of an increase in the area under cultivation. The country produced 205.24 million tonnes of fruits and vegetables in the year-ago period, Minister of State for Agriculture Harish Rawat informed Lok Sabha on 6th September, 2011.
19. The Reserve Bank of India ( RBI ) has mooted the idea of lowering banks’ reserve requirements, which have remained high for the Indian banking sector. The move is aimed at making more resources available to market participants. “Currently, the cash reserve ratio and the statutory liquidity ratio amount to 30 per cent, which has come down from 65 per cent over the years.
20. The Government has accepted the recommendations made by the Group of Ministers ( GoM ) on Corruption in its First Report, aimed at fast – tracking of cases against public servants accused of corruption. The report was accepted on 6th September, 2011.
21. The Government on 16th September, 2011 announced setting up of an independent safety audit committee under Anil Kakodkar, former chairman of Atomic Energy Commission, and with E Sreedharan, architect of Konkan Railways and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, as advisor. Sanjay Dhande, Director, IIT Kanpur and G P Srivastava, director E&I Group, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, would be part of the committee. The committee would give its report in three months.
22. Union Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja on 16th September, 2011 said that the funding pattern on implementation of Rajiv Awas Yojana ( RAY ) would be 90 : 10 in the north eastern states with the Centre contributing 90 per cent of the” fund. The RAY funding pattern in the region, unlike other states where the Centre contributed 50 per cent, was decided due to the unique problems faced by the states of the north east including difficult terrain, transportation costs and others. The main objective of the RAY is to make Indian urban slum free.
23. The Gujarat Government launched its ambitious project called ‘icreate’ ( International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology ) on 14th September, 2011. The objective is to provide a suitable environment to young entrepreneurs who want to come up with new innovative ideas and products by using technology.
24. India hosted a cultural program ‘Remembering Tagore’ at UNESCC House, Paris on 12th September, 2011 to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore. The program is par of the two – day High – Level Sponsoring Committee ( HLSC ) for the Reconciled Universal for Rabindranath Tagore, Pablo Neruda and Aims Cesaire.
25. Three new judges — Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court S.J. Mukhopadhaya, Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court J.S. Khehar and Justice Ranjana Desai of the Bombay High Court — were on 13th September, 2011 sworn in as Judges of the Supreme Court by Chief Justice of India S.H. Kapadia. With the swearing – in of Justice Desai, the number of woman judges in the Supreme Court has gone up to two and the total strength to 29. Of the 29 ( the sanctioned strength is 31 ), Justice Gyan Sudha Misra is the other woman judge.
26. Abhishek Singhvi was on 15th September, 2011 reappointed chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances and Law and Justice, paving the way for early consultations over the Lokpal Bill. The 31 – member Committee is among the several Parliamentary Committees reconstituted by Speaker Meira Kumar in consultation with Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari. The Committee has been asked to give its report within three months.
27. The Government on 16th September, 2011 approved the Approach Paper for the 12th Plan ( 2012 – 17 ) which seeks to push forth the second generation economic reforms, improving governance and raise annual economic growth rate to 9 per cent during impending five – year period. The Paper would be placed before the National Development Council ( NDC ) for its final approval on October 15 – 16.
28. The northern and eastern parts of the country were jolted on 18th September, 2011 after a powerful earthquake hit the Sikkim – Nepal border with a magnitude of 6.8 at 6.10 p.m., leaving at least 17 persons dead and more than 100 injured, besides causing extensive damage to buildings and roads. The epicentre was about 69 km northwest of Gangtok, 119 km north-northwest of Siliguri and 272 km east of Kathmandu.
29. ‘Mission Poorna Shakti’ was launched by the National Mission for Empowerment of Women in Rajasthan’s Pali district on 16th September, 2011 in association with the Department of Women & Child Development, Government of Rajasthan. Minister of State for Women & Child Development ( Independent Charge ), Krishna Tirath dedicated the 4Poorna Shakti Kendra’ to the nation, terming it as a milestone towards holistic empowerment of women.
30. The Government is roping in medical experts to offer free advice to expectant mothers who will be tracked for their immunization status under the Mother and Child Tracking scheme launched in New Delhi on 18th September, 2011.
31. The Planning Commission on 20th September, 2011 told the Supreme Court that anyone spending more than 7965 per month in urban India and ₹ 81 in rural India will be deemed to be not poor Updating the poverty line cut – off figures, the commission said those spending in excess, of ₹ 32 a day in urban areas or ₹ 26 a day in villages would no longer be eligible to draw benefits of central and state government welfare schemes for those living below the poverty line. According to the suggested new criterion, if a family of four in a metro is spending over ₹ 3,860 per month on themselves, it would not be considered poor. The commission said these were provisional figures based on the Tendulkar committee report updated for current prices by taking account of the Consumer Price Index for Industrial and Agricultural workers.
32. Sachin Pilot, the Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology on 22nd September, 2011 released the CD containing Text – To – Speech system ( TTS ) in six Indian languages. These are Hindi, Marathi, Bangla, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam. He also launched web based Optical Character Recognition systems ( OCR ) for Hindi & Punjabi. Technology Development for Indian Language ( TDIL ) Program of the Department of Information Technology, under a consortium project has developed this Text – To – Speech system. Text – to – Speech is computer software which renders the machine readable text into Human Voice.
33. Janunu and Kashmir became the first State to formally launch the “My Stamp” concept on September 26 during the four – day – long Philatelic Exhibition in Srinagar. The concept was unveiled in Delhi In 2010. The customer’s picture will appear on the stamp he chooses to buy.
34. Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Shivaraj Virupanna Patil on 20th September, 2011 resigned from his post here over charges of violating co – operative housing society laws, to own two residential sites in Bangalore city. Patil, who took charge as the Lokayukta on 3rd August, is the first ombudsman to leave office without completing the term.
35. The Railways on 23rd September, 2011 decided to install Train Protection Warning System ( TPWS ) on the busy Delhi – Mumbai and Delhi – Kolkata route in the first phase. TPWS ensures automatic application of emergency brakes in case the loco pilot jumps the red signal but is estimated to cost ₹ 50 lakh per kilometre.
36. BJP won the Koppal Assembly by poll with its candidate Karadi Sanganna declared elected by a margin of over 12,000 votes in the first election in Karnataka on 29th September, 2011.
37. The Ministerial Dialogue on “Green Economy and Inclusive Growth”, hosted by Ministry of Environment and Forests and the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, was organised in New Delhi on 3rd October, 2011. The Minister of State ( Independent Charge ) for Environment and Forests, Jayanthi Natarajan released a book titled “Sustainable Development in India” on the occasion.
38. Agni II was once again launched successfully from the Wheeler bland off the coast of Odisha on 30th September, 2011. The launch was a hat – trick after successful launches of Shourya and Prithivi – II, on 24th and 26th September, 2011 respectively. The successful launch once again proved reliability of the Medium Range Surface – to – Surface Missile.
39. The Union Cabinet on 30th September, 2011 approved the proposal of Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Research and Education to accept the proposal of International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre ( CIMMYT ) to establish an international institute, namely, Borlaug Institute for South Asia ( BISA ) in India with centres at Ludhiana in Punjab, Pusa in Bihar and Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh. The establishment of BISA in India will enable India to harness the best of international science, in meeting food security challenges.
40. The Union Cabinet on 30th September, 2011 approved setting up of six new National Institutes of Pharmaceutical Education and Research ( NIPERs ) to meet the shortage of skilled manpower in the pharmaceutical sector. The new institutes will come up at Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Hajipur, Guwahati and Rae Bareli.
41. For The first time ever, researchers in India have sequenced the entire genome of neem tree ( Azadirachta Indica ) in its entirety. A team of ten researchers at Ganit Labs — an integrated genomics lab in Bangalore set up earlier this year under a public – private partnership between Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology and Strand Life Sciences, a bioinformatics company — has successfully sequenced the genome of the plant known for its medicinal properties.
42. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on 28th September, 2011 announced the formation of three new districts : Hapur, new name ‘Panchsheel Nagar‘ ; Shamli, rechristened ‘Prabudh Nagar‘ ; and Sambhal, to be known as ‘Bhim Nagar’. These will be carved out of Ghaziabad, Muzaffamagar, Moradabad and Badaun districts respectively, and are located in the western part of the State. The State will now have 74 districts.
43. United Progressive Alliance ( UPA ) chairperson Sonia Gandhi and industrialist Ratan Tata were among the world’s “50 most influential people” along with German Chancellor Angel Merkel, who was ranked No 1, according to a survey by UK – based magazine New Statesman on 25th September, 2011.
44. The Union Cabinet on 30th September, 2011 approved the proposal to introduce the Mines and Minerals ( Development and Regulation ) Bill ( MMDR Bill ), 2011, in terms of National Mineral Policy, 2008 in Parliament and also to repeal the existing Mines and Minerals ( Development and Regulation ) Act, 1957
45. The Government on 26th September, 2011 reconstituted the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council ( NMCC ) under the chairmanship of Dr. V. Krishnamurthy.
46. The 28 – member NMCC was reconstituted vide a Government Gazette Notification dated 17th August, 2011. NMCC was set up by the Government as an interdisciplinary body at the highest level to serve as a policy forum for credible and coherent policy initiatives in the manufacturing sector.
47. The Union finance Ministry on 27th September, 2011 came out with a draft National Public Private Partnership ( PPP ) policy with a view to improving transparency and promote infrastructure sector projects. In pursuance of government’s commitment to improve the level and quality of economic and social infrastructure service, the Policy proposes to expand the scope of the PPP scheme.
48. The Communication and IT Ministry on 30th September, 2011 unveiled the National Frequency Allocation Plan ( NFAP ) 2011, which gives the broad direction for future spectrum allocation to ensure its efficient and effective management. The NFAP, seeks to earmark the entire 700 Mhz band for mobile broadband services.
49. The Ministry of commerce and industry on 27th September, 2011 reconstituted the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council ( NMCC ) bringing in corporate figures like Tata group chairman Ratan Tata, and TVS Motors CMD Venu Srinivasan. The council will be function under the chairmanship of Dr V Krishnamurthy.
50. India post on 26th September, 2011 signed a Memorandum of Understanding ( MOU ) with National Stock Exchange ( NSE ) for deploying LCD TV screens in selected post offices across the country. These LCD TV screens shall be utilized for disseminating financial awareness and awareness on various postal products and services for file common public visiting post offices.
51. Kerala was on 30th September, 2011 declared the first State in the country to achieve total financial Inclusion. The achievement means that each household in the State has at least one bank account and the facility for need – based credit. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy distributed certificates to the banks that had participated in a drive to take banking services to every comer of the State.
52. YES Bank on 28th September, 2011 signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indian Army for the YES Vijay Salary Account, which has been designed exclusively to cater to the needs of the Army personnel. The agreement was signed by Rana Kapoor, Founder, Managing Director & CEO, YES Bank; and Lt. General S.R Kochhar, Signal Officer in Chief, Indian Army.
53. Bharat Chetri was on 30th September, 2011 named captain of the 22 – member team which will play in a four – nation nine – a – side international super series followed by a three nation – tournament involving Australia and Pakistan. This is the first time that 27 – year – old Chetri, with 114 International caps will lead the country.
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