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International Dates and Events in February 2011

1. Three Indian B – Schools have found place in the Global MBA Rankings 2011 of top 100 B – Schools released by Financial Times, London on 1st February, 2011. The first Graduate Programme in Management ( PGP ) of the Indian School of Business ( ISB ) has been ranked number 13 in the Global Top MBA rankings 2011. It also recorded the highest “Salary percentage increase” among all the top 100 schools. Marking a new development, two programmes from Indian institutions have entered the rankings for the first time this year – Post Graduate Programme in Management for Executives ( PGPX ) of IIM Ahmedabad ( at 11 ) and GMBA of SP Jain Center of Management, Dubai / Singapore ( at 68 )! This is the fourth successive year that the ISB has featured in the top 20.

2. Thai and Cambodian soldiers exchanged fire on 5th February, 2011 in the latest flare – up in a long – running feud over land around an 11th – century temple. The 900 – year – old temple, known as Preah Vihear in Cambodia and KhaoPhraViharn in Thailand, sits on land that forms a natural border and has been a source of tension for generations. The International Court of Justice awarded it to Cambodia in 1962 but the ruling did not determine the ownership of the scrub next to the ruins, leaving considerable scope for disagreement.

3. Some 99% of South Sudanese voted to secede from the north, according to the first results of the region’s independence referendum on 30th January, 2011. Early counting had put the outcome of the ballot beyond doubt, indicating Southern Sudan had secured a mandate to become the world’s newest nation. The poll was agreed as part of a 2005 peace deal to end two decades of war.

4. The World Wetland day was celebrated on 02nd February, 2011. 2nd February marks the date of adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2nd February, 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Capsian Sea. This year is the 40th anniversary of Ramsar convention. This year’s slogan was ‘Forests for Water and Wetlands’.

5. China has the highest installed wind power capacity in the world now. It has leapfrogged past Germany and the US to the top slot at the end of 2010. India retains its fifth position, according to details released by the Global Wind Energy Council on 2nd February, 2011. China added 16,500 MW during 2010, taking its installed capacity to 42,287 MW. India added 2,139 MW during the year, taking its toted installed capacity to 13,065 MW. General Studies Question Bank CD

6. The International Jewellery Summit “Abhushan – Design Dialogues in Jewellery” was organized by World Craft Council in New Delhi from 4th February, 2011 to 6th, February, 2011. The export of Indian handicrafts was ₹ 11,224 crore ( US $2.5 billion ) in year 2009 – 10. This year till January, 2011 export has been ₹ 8,614 crore ( US $1.8 billion approx. ) recording a growth of 18% in comparison to the same period in the fiscal year 2009 – 10.

7. Thein Sein, a Military General – turned – civilian leader, was on 4th February, 2011 elected Myanmar’s first President under its 2008 Constitution, which came into force earlier this week. His election was officially portrayed as a key step along the fined lap of the military government’s roadmap towards democracy.

8. King Abdullah of Jordan on 1st February, 2011 dismissed his cabinet and appointed a new Prime Minister amid large street protests. PM Marouf Bakhit has been charged with carrying out “true political reforms”, but the Islamist opposition rejected the appointment.

9. An Indo – Norwegian meeting titled ‘Pole to Pole’ was organised on 3rd February, 2011 in New Delhi with the objective of promoting collaborative polar research between the two countries.

10. The meeting included an exhibition and a seminar and was organised by the Ministry of Earth Sciences and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in collaboration with the Ministry’s National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research ( NCAOR ), Goa, and the Norwegian Polar Institute, Tromso. The research is expected to yield new insights into the effects of climate change. Geology, glaciology and bacteriology were identified as the key areas for future collaboration.

11. SAARC gets its first woman Secretary – General in its silver jubilee year — the former Maldivian Attorney – General, Fathimath Dhiyana Saeed, is succeeded Indian diplomat Sheef Kant Sharma, who will completed his tenure of three’ years by the end of February. Incidentally, Maldives will host the next SAARC summit in November this year. Saefed is all set to take over at a time when SAARC is focussed on women’s empowerment and is taking steps to check their exploitation. Two SAARC projects — Women’s Empowerment and Maternal Healthcare — have also got off the ground with encouraging results.

12. The 11th edition of the annual World Social Forum ( WSF ) was organised in Dakar, Senegal from 6th February, 2012 to 12th, February, 2011. Nearly 50,000 activists, grassroot workers and intellectuals from 120 different countries participated in the WSF; which began as an open space where, the people who are opposed to neo – leberalism, and a world that is dominated’ by capital or by any form of imperialism, come together to pursue their thinking and act towards the cause.

13. Yale University in February 2011 signed an agreement to return to Peru some 5,000 fnca artefacts removed from the famed Machu Picchu citadel nearly a century ago. The relics – stone tools, ceramics and human and animal bones – Will be housed in a new centre in the city of Cuzco. The deal ends a long dispute over the artefacts, which were taken from Machu Picchu by American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1912. General Studies Question Bank CD

14. NASA released the first – ever 360 – degree panoramic images of the Sun in February 2011. Two Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory ( STEREO ) satellites, launched in 2006, have arrived at points that put the Sun directly between them. The mission is studying the Sun’s great explosive events that hurl billions of tonnes of charged particles at Earth — events that can disrupt power grids and satellites. These Coronal Mass Ejections ( CMEs ) can also be hazardous to astronauts in space.

15. Indians travelling abroad for leisure are showing more interest in new destinations such as China, Maldives, Indonesia, Africa and Bangladesh at the expense of the most preferred destination Singapore, according, to a survey by the Nielsen Company. The ‘India Outbound Monitor’, a survey by the Nielsen Company and Pacific Asia Travel Association ( PATA ) based on their most recent trips taken, percentage of Indians visiting newer places such as China, Indonesia, Africa, Bangladesh and Macau has gone up to 38 per cent in 2010, up from 20per cent in 2008.

16. The G20 have reached a deal on indicators to detect economic imbalances after the meeting ended in Paris on 20th February, 2011. The world’s leading economies agreed on a compromise after “frank, sometimes tense” negotiations, French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde said. The deal was agreed after softening criteria on current account surpluses to get China on board. The aim is to co – ordinate policies more to avoid another economic crisis.

17. The United States on 18th February, 2011 vetoed a UN Security Council draft resolution that condemns Israel’s settlement activity in the Palestinian West Bank and East Jerusalem as illegal. The Palestinian – backed draft resolution came to a vote in an open meeting of the 15 – member Council, after relentless efforts by U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration to persuade Palestinian leaders to drop the action. The resolution received 14 votes in favor, but was shot down by the U.S opposition and veto power as a permanent member of the Council. The veto is the Obama Administration’s first in the powerful world body.

18. The largest 100 arms producers in the world increased their sales in 2009 despite the global recession, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute ( SIPRI ) said on 21st February, 2011. Total arms sales of the Top 100 of the world’s largest arms – producing companies increased by 14.8 billion U.S. dollars from 2008 to reach 401 billion U.S. dollars in 2009, a real increase of 8 percent.

19. China has emerged as the world’s second largest economy, surpassing neighbouring Japan, which has held on to the position for over four decades. Official data released by the Japanese Cabinet Office on 14th February, 2011 showed that the national economy shrank by 1.1 per cent in the last three months of 2010, making the country’s total GDP less than that of neighbouring China.

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20. On 17th February, 2011, Belgium broke the dubious world record of the longest period a country has gone without a government, taking over the title from Iraq. It has been 250 days since elections in Belgium failed to produce a clear winner.

21. Uganda’s incumbent President Yoweri Museveni was on 19th February, 2011 won in a landslide victory in the country’s presidential elections that were held on February 11. Results from the country’s Electoral Commission ( EC ) showed that Museveni won the election by 68.38 percent, followed by his rival Kizza fcesigye who garnered 26.01 percent of the 8.3 million votes cast. Out of the 13.9 million people who registered to vote, 8.3 million people voted, indicating a 59.29 percent voter turn out. The opposition rejected EC’s results saying that the polls were marred by massive rigging and voter intimidation.

22. The Parliamentary Forum on Children, the UNICEF and the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development, released a report “Adolescence: An Age of Opportunity” in New Delhi on 25th February, 2011. India has the highest number of adolescents ( 243 million ) in the world.

23. Russia on 26th February, 2011 launched a satellite needed to create its own global navigation system, intended to rival America’s Global Positioning System ( GPS ). The Glonass – K satellite was carried into orbit on a Soyuz rocket from a cosmodrome in northern Russia. In December, an attempt to put the final three satellites into space failed when they crashed into the sea.

24. Peru on 23rd February, 2011 suspended diplomatic ties with Libya, becoming the first nation to take .such a measure amid a bloody crackdown on the uprising against Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi. “Peru is suspending all diplomatic relations with Libya until the violence against the people ceases.

25. The Shuttle” Discovery on 25th February, 2011 blasted off on its final odyssey into orbit, marking the beginning of the end for what has been a central mission of the US space program for three decades.

26. The Integrated Forestry Association San Andres, in Fteten, region of Guatemala, on 25th February, 2011 won the Sasakawa Prize awarded by the United Nations Environment Program ( UNEP ). The prize, worth USD 2,00,000 recognises the most innovative and sustainable – based initiatives at local level in the protection of natural environment in developing countries, A UNEP statement notes that the subject considered for the granting of the award was Forests for People. Manahari Development Institute, Nepal, was also awarded for its work in improving the productivity of crops and irrigation systems and the reduction of soil erosion on hills and mountains.

27. China is to increase its defence budget in 2012, amid fears in the region that its military might is growing. Spending will increase by 12.7% to 601. Ibn yuan ( $91.5bn ) up from 532. Ibn yuan in 2010. Many analysts say China’s actual spending on defence is far higher than the government reports.

28. The US and South Korean militaries on 28th February, 2011 launched major annual land, sea and air exercises, amid North Korean threats to turn Seoul into a “sea of flames” in case of any provocation. The Key Resolve / Foal Eagle drills are the first to be held since the North’s deadly artillery attack on a South Korean border island last November.

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