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National Dates & Events in July 2011

1. The Navy on 1st July, 2011 inducted its first batch of three Fast Interceptor Crafts adding strength to its nascent Sagar Prahari Bal ( sea protection force ) tasked to protect naval assets and bases on both the East and West coasts and island territories of the – country.

2. In a project, aimed at preserving. Electronic public records generated through e  – governance initiatives of the Central government, Pune – based Centre for Development of Advanced Computing ( C – DAC ), on 2nd July, 2011 signed a MoU with the National Archives of India ( NAI ), New Delhi, for development of software for the purpose. This MoU has been signed as part of the project of ‘Centre of Excellence for Digital Preservation’ ( CEDP ) sanctioned by the Department of Information Technology, MCIT, Government of India.

3. The Committee appointed by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, to draft a New Legislation replacing the existing Persons with Disabilities ( Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation ) Act, 1995, presented the final draft of the new law, “The Rights of Persons with Disabilities BUI, 2011.

4. A new Indian Coast Guard region with Kolkata as its headquarters would become operational before the end of this year. The new Coast Guard North East Region, being set up in Kolkata, will become operational by the end of 2011. Presently, the Indian Coast Guard has four regions – North West, West, East and Andaman and Nicobar headquartered in Gandhinagar, Mumbai, Chennai and Port Blair, respectively.

5. The Railways plan to high – speed trains connecting small towns of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to the national capital New Delhi under the proposed Regional Rapid Transport System ( RRTS ) to reduce travel time to just about an hour.

6. Wildlife Crime Control Bureau ( WCCB ), India on 28th June, 2011 launched its ‘Friends of the Wild Initiative’ calling for enrolment of volunteers from all walks of life above the age of 21. The objective of the initiative is to conserve the country’s rich flora & fauna.

7. A 15 – member House Committee comprising members of the ruling coalition as well as the Opposition was constituted on 29th June, 2011 to discuss the proposed Legislative Council for West Bengal on which a resolution was moved by the State Government in the Assembly on 28th June. The proposal to revive the West Bengal Legislative Council after 42 years was referred to the Committee for further discussions following reservations expressed by the Opposition. The Committee would be headed by Partha Chatterjee .

8. In a significant move that could lead to higher and stable foreign inflows, the government has allowed a new class of foreign investors — that would include individuals and bodies such as pension funds — to invest up to $10 billion in domestic mutual funds from 1st August.

9. Currently, only foreign institutional investors ( FIIs ) and sub – accounts registered with the market regulator SEBI and non-resident Indians are allowed to invest in mutual fund schemes in the country.

10. India was tanked 62nd in the 2011 edition of the Global Innovation Index rankings from being 56th in 2010 and 41st in 2009 issued on 1st July, 2011 by the leading international business school INSEAD and its knowledge partners, Alcatel – Lucent, Booz  & Company, CII and the World Intellectual Property Organisation ( WIPO ).
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11. Despite a 7 per cent hike in its output, India slipped by a step to be the fourth largest steel producer in the world in 2010, according to World Steel Association on 30th June, 2011. India produced 68.3 million tonnes of steel in 2010 as against 63.5 million tonnes in 2009. The US, which produced 80.5 million tonnes as against 58.2 million tonnes in the previous year, overtook India and Russia to emerge as the third largest producer in 2010. China with an output of 626.7 million tonnes ( 573.6 mt in 2009 ) and Japan with an output of 109 million tonnes ( 87.5 mt ) remained the top two producers of steel in 2010. Toted globed steel output stood at 1,413.5 mt, up from 1230.9 mt in 2009′.

12. The Supreme Court on 5th July, 2011 declared the appointment of Sedwa Judum and special police officials ( SPOs ) from among locals to counter Maoists in difficult terrain as unconstitutional. It ordered that the practice be stopped and such SPOs and units disarmed and disbanded.

13. The Union Cabinet on 7th July, 2011 approved the proposed to increase the annued allocation under MPLAD Scheme from₹ 2 crore to ₹ 5 crore to each Member of Parliament with effect from the Financial Year 2011 – 12. The enhanced annual allocation involves a total annual expenditure of ₹ 3950 crore i.e. an enhancement of ₹ .2370 crore per annum from the earlier ₹ 1580 crore per annum.

14. India has impressively brought down its maternal and infant mortality rates, an indication that it is close to achieving the Millennium Development Goals ( MDGs ) set by the United Nations though the toted fertility rate ( TFR ) has remained static after showing a decline during the past few years.The maternal mortality ratio ( MMR ) came down to 212 ( 2007 – 09 ) from 254 in 2004-06. The MDG target for India is to bring down maternal deaths to 109 by 2015.

15. The West Benged government and the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha ( GJM ) on 8th July, 2011 signed a draft of Memorandum of Agreement ( MoA ) that will be forwarded to New Delhi for tripartite talks been the state government, GJM and the Union government.

16. The Government of India and World Bank on 5th July, 2011 signed a US$200 million. agreement to strengthen the capacity of gram panchayats and municipalities in Kerala in Thiruvananthapuram. The Kerala Local Government and Service Delivery Project will fund improvements in local infrastructure to help Kerala usher in greater decentralization at the local level.

17. The Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, inaugurated the North East Craft Museum at Guwahati. This is the only Handicrafts Museum in the North East which has artifacts from all the North Eastern States.

18. Cho – Lhamu Lake, located over 18,000 feet above sea level in Sikkim, has been declared the highest lake in the country after a survey conducted by the Central Government. The Wetland Atlas prepared by the Union Ministry of Environment & Forests has stated that Cho – Lhamu is the highest lake in the country and the sixth highest in the world, State Tourism Minister Bhim Dhungel said in Gangtok on 7th July, 2011.

19. Delhi government on 7th July, 2011 won the United Nations Public Service Award for its Mission Convergence programme in the field of improving the delivery of public services. The program, initiated in 2008 and implemented by Samajik Suvidha Sangam, seeks to address urban poverty. Meanwhile Swanchetan, an NGO, has been conferred the United Nations Public Service Award for gender category in 2011, making it the first civil society organisation from India to be chosen for the prestigious award.

20. The committee set up to revive the New Pension System ( NPS ) has suggested sweeping changes in its architecture. It has proposed bringing in the postal department, telecom companies, pension fund managers, fast moving consumer goods ( FMCG ) companies and third – party corporate agents for selling the product. The committee, chaired by former SEBI Chairman G N Bajpai.

21. Indian Railways is all set to roll out its own e – ticketing service, which will have no room for travel agents and will be reserved for individual users. Unlike the e – ticketing service of IRCTC, the new service by Indian Railway will have no role of travel agents and commercial organisations. Only individual users will be allowed to book on the ported. Travel agents in the IRCTC service have been accused, of blocking tickets to sell them at a premium. Under the new railway e – ticketing service, individual customers would need to register themselves for the first tune for availing the services. The number of transactions per user ID will be limited to 8 per month. On offer is also a service for booking tickets on the mobile platform.

22. The Rural Urban Distribution of Population of the Census 2011 was released by Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh on 15th July, 2011. The first figures of Census 2011, released on 31st March, 2011, had shown that India’s overall population had increased from 1.02 billion to 1.21 billion, but for the first time, the growth during the past decade had been actually lower than the preceding 10 years.
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23. Three bomb explosions in 15 minutes. Eighteen dead and more than a hundred injured on 13th July, 2011. The biggest explosion occurred at the Opera House business district in the south of the city, in an area known as a hub for diamond traders.

24. Another blast, described by the authorities as low intensity, hit the Zaveri Bazaar, an area with many jewellery shops, also in the city’s south. The third hit the Dadar district in the city centre. None of the bombs had been triggered remotely. Police said they were made with ammonium nitrate, an ingredient for fertiliser.

25. The United Liberation Front of Asom ( ULFA ) on 12th July, 2011 declared a unilateral indefinite ceasefire to ensure that the ongoing political negotiation between the insurgent outfit and the Centre can continue in a peaceful atmosphere.

26. India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle proved its versatility and reliability once again when the PSLV – C17 put the communication satellite GSAT – 12 in a perfect orbit on 15th July, 2011. The lift – off took { dace on schedule at 4.48 pm from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, SHAR, Sriharikota, 90 km from Nellore. GSAT – 12 weighs 1, 310 – kg and is the latest communication satellite built by ISRO.

27. The Ministry of Communications & Information Technology observed 16th July, 2011 as the first Common Service Centre Diwas. July 16 will now be observed as Common Service Centre ( CSC ) Diwas every year. This day has been chosen as CSC Day to mark the incorporation of CSC e – Governance Services India Ltd on this day in 2009. The CSCs are overseen by 22 Service Centre Agencies ( SCAs ) across the country.

28. The Government on 11th July, 2011 decided to set up a Task Force to review the existing processes, procedures and practices in the national security system and suggest measures where necessary for strengthening of the national security apparatus and in non – conventional areas having a bearing on the overall security situation. The Task Force has been set Up under the chairmanship of Naresh Chandra, former Cabinet Secretary.

29. The Navy’s ninth fast attack craft INS Koswari was commissioned at Visakhapatnam in Eastern Naval Command on 12th July, 2011. Conceived, designed and built indigenously at the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers ( GRSE ) Ltd. of Kolkata, the ship is named after an island off Tuticorin.

30. Hindustan Shipyard Ltd ( HSL ) launched a patrol vessel, Rani Rashmoni, for the Indian Coast Guard at Visakhapatnam on 15th July, 2011. The company had so far launched 118 vessels from its slipways, including Rani Rashmoni, and it had built 164 vessels of various types including 11 well – head platforms. It had achieved turnover of ₹ 662 crore and profit’ after tax of ₹ 56 crore.

31. The Chairman, National Commission for Schedule Tribes, Dr. Rameshwar Oran along with other members presented the Fifth Report of the Commission to the President, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Pat &  at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on 13th July, 2011.

32. Congress leader Ahmed Patel was on 16th July, 2011 declared elected unopposed for the fourth time to the Rajya Sabha while BJP’s actor – turned politician Smriti Irani also made it to the upper house of Parliament for the first time, without any contest. BJP’s another candidate Dilip Pandya was also declared elected unopposed to the thirq feat for the upper house from Gujarat. The three leaders were elected unopposed as no other candidate had filled the form to challenge them for tpe three Rajya Sabha seats.
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33. The foundation stone of the Amartya Sen Research Centre, a fesearch wing of the Pratichi Institute, set up by Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, was laid in Kolkata on 14th July, 2011. The Nobel Laureate wat present on the occasion. The Pratichi Institute, which has been conducting empirical research in primary education and health, has been set up by the Pratichi foundation from the Nobel Prize money won by Sen. Making it mandatory for India Inc to disclose its CSR activities to stakeholders, the Government 8th July, 2011 released a set of guidelines for all businesses – including MNCs. Observance of these would be voluntary. The Ministry of Corporate Affairs also renamed CSR as Responsible Business ( RB ).

34. The Reserve Bank of India ( RBI ) on 15th July, 2011 directed all the foreign entities, including non – government organisations ( NGOs ) and news, agencies, operating in the country through branch offices to obtain clearance from it within three months under the FEMA Act. The Government on 16th July, 2011 decided to lift the over four – year – old ban on wheat exports, even as shipment of the grain is not viable at current global prices. The government had banned wheat exports since early 2007 to boost domestic supply and contain inflation. A tripartite agreement on the Darjeeling hills was on 19th July, 2011 signed between the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha ( GJM ) and the centred and West Bengal governments for creating the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration ( GTA ), aimed at restoring peace in the hills after two nearly decades of uncertainty. The accord was signed by Home Secretary G D Gautama, GJM general secretary Roshan Giri and K. K. Pathak, joint secretary from the Ministry of Home Affairs.

35. The Union Cabinet on 21st July, 2011 decided to move an official amendment to the Constitution ( One hundred and Tenth Amendment ) Bill, 2009, for enhancing reservation for women in panchayats at all tiers from 33 per cent to 50 per cent to ensure better demographic representation to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. DRDO successfully flight tested its latest surface to surface Missile TRAHAAR’ from Launch Complex III, off Chandipur Coast, ITR, Balasore, Odisha on 21st July, 2011. The Missile with a range of 150 kms, comparable to ATACMS Missile of United States of America, fills the vital gap between Multi Barrel Rockets and Medium Range Ballistic Missiles. Prahaar is capable of carrying different types of warheads, operates as battle field support system to the Indian Army.

36. The Supreme Court on 21st July, 2011 appointed two committees — one with five members and the other with three — which wilt decide on the security, inventory, preservation and opening of kallara ( secret vault ) B in the Padmanabhaswamy tempie in Thiruvananthapuram. The five – member panel would be headed by C.V. Ananda Bose, Director – General of the National Museum.

37. India on 19th July, 2011 began construction of its 25th atomic power plant and announced to build four more indigenous 700 MW units than planned earlier. The first pour of concrete for the 700 MW indigenous Pressurised Heavy Water Reactor ( PHWR ), the seventh nuclear plant at the Rajasthan Atomic Power Station ( RAPS ), took place at Rawatbhata about 65 km from Kora. The ceremony, which signals the beginning of the construction of a nuclear plant, was attended by Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Srikumar Banerjee and Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) CMD Shreyans Kumar Jain.

38. A study by Global Intelligence Review, an independent Mumbai – based think tank, on 21st July, 2011 placed India at the fourth place in the bi – annual Geopolitical Power Index ( GPI ) for the second half of 2011, down one notch from the January to June period. The survey said the operation to eliminate top al – Qaeda terrorists, including Osama bin Laden, underscoring Washington’s ability to project hard power across geographies, the US remained the most influential nation on the index. India’s image suffered a jolt due to the Union government’s timid foreign-policy leadership and ineffective counter – terrorism strategy.

39. Sam Pitroda, advisor to the Prime Minister on public information infrastructure and innovations, was on 17th July, 2011 appointed advisor to the Mamata Banerjee government on ‘Resurgent Bengal’. ‘Resurgent Bengal’ is to be the dossier for the state’s development to be followed by the Mamata Banerjee – led Trinamool Congress government. To this end, Pitroda will assist Banerjee and her team in creating a knowledge city in Kolkata, the state’s capital.

40. The Union Cabinet on 21st July, 2011 approved the proposal for the enactment of a new legislation in the form of the Benami Transactions ( Prohibition ) Bill, 2011 to replace the existing Benami Transactions ( Prohibition ) Act, 1988 and for its introduction in Parliament.

41. The Union Cabinet on 28th July, 2011 approved the proposal for the enactment of a new legislation in the form of the Lokpal Bill, 2011. The Bill provides for the establishment of the institution of Lokpal to inquire into allegations of corruption against certain public functionaries and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. The Bill keeps outside its purview a serving Prime Minister, the higher judiciary and the conduct of MPs inside Parliament.

42. National Institute Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development ( NIESBUD ) a premier Institute under the Ministry of MSME ( Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises ) on 28th July, 2011, launched a major project for Entrepreneurship and Skill Development of 35,000 youth of the country by December 2011 in the states of West Bengal, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Punjab, J  &K, Gujarat and Union Territory of Chandigarh.

43. The Government on 29th July, 2011 unveiled a new draft bill putting in place a transparent, legal framework aimed at giving adequate compensation to land owners and ensuring rehabilitation of those displaced. The Draft National Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation & Resettlement BUI, 2011 ( LARR 11 ) will undergo revisions based on the feedback received from stakeholders and is likely to be introduced in the ongoing session of the Parliament.

General Studies Question Bank CD44. The Union Cabinet on 30th July, 2011 gave’ its approval for inclusion of the more Ministries in the Governing Council and Executive Committee of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan ( SSA ), as well as in Executive Committee of Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan ( RMSA ) respectively.

45. India registered a 20 per cent increase in tiger population last year, says a report, ‘Status of tigers, co – predators and prey in India – 2010,’ released by Jagdish Kishwan, Additional Director – General ( Wildlife ), Ministry of Environment and Forests in New Delhi on July 28, 2011. There are 1571 to 1875 tigers in India today which constitutes about 60 to 65% tiger population of the world.

46. The Government on 26th July, 2011 unveiling a pilot project the database by National Academy Depository would facilitate online verification of academic awards issued by boards and universities, thereby identifying attempts made to use fake and forged academic certificates.

47. Four years after the Indian security establishment first admitted the large – scale diversion and theft of ammonium nitrate which has been frequently used in bomb blasts since 2006 — the government on 28th July, 2011 declared “ammonium nitrate or any combination containing more than 45 pet cent of ammonium nitrate” as an explosive substance under the Explosive Act 1884, thereby curtailing its sale.

48. Pragya, a Class XII student, and Aparajita Aggarwal of Class XI of Bal Bharati School in New Delhi, have been credited with the discovery of asteroid 2011 – MV 9 — a find confirmed by the Minor Planets Centre in USA in July 2011.

49. The Union Human Resource Development Ministry on 29th July, 2011 clarified that madrasas are protected under Article 29 and 30 of the Constitution, and hence the Right of the Children to Free and Compulsory Education ( RTE ) Act does not come in the way of continuance of such institutions or the rights of children enrolled there. Madrasas imparting religious instruction do not fall under the ambit of schools as defined under section 2 ( n ) of the RTE Act.

50. The Medical Council of India on 25th July, 2011 informed the Supreme Court of its proposal to hold a national eligibility-cum-entrance test ( NEET ) for MBBS admissions from 2012 – 13, and that the core syllabus for NEET – UG ( undergraduation ) had been put on its website.

51. National Institute Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development ( NIESBUD ) a premier Institute under the Ministry of MSME ( Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises ) on 28th July, 2011, launched a major project for Entrepreneurship and Skill Development of 35,000 youth of the country by December 2011 in the states of West Bengal, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Punjab, J  & K, Gujarat and Union Territory of Chandigarh.

52. The Bar Council of India on 27th July, 2011 elected senior advocate Ashok K. Parija from Odisha as its chairman to succeed the former Solicitor – General, Gopal Subramaniam. Senior advocate and Bar Council member from Madhya Pradesh, Zafar Ahmed Khan has been elected as vice – chairman. The Bar Council of India is a statutory body that regulates and represents the Indian bar.

53. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed on 29th July, 2011 between Society of Integrated Coastal Management ( SICOM ) and M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation ( MSSRF ) for the conservation and development of Vedaranyam Coastal Zone project in Tamil Nadu. The cost of the project is around ₹ 10 crores for a period of three years. The project is being undertaken under the World Bank assisted Integrated Coastal Zone Management project.

54. Securities and Exchange Board of India ( SEBI ) Chairman U. K. Sinha on 28th July, 2011 announced key changes in the Takeover Code governing mergers and acquisitions of companies in the country. It has raised the ownership trigger for a mandatory open offer in a company to 25 per cent from 15 per cent. These changes are based on the recommendations of the Takeover Regulations Advisory Committee ( TRAC ) under the chairmanship of C Achuthan.

55. The Union Cabinet on 28th July, 2011 approved the constitution and operation of a National Social Security Rind for unorganised workers with an initial allocation of ₹ 1,000 crore. The fund will support schemes for weavers, toddy tappers, rickshaw pullers, beedi workers etc.

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