Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Current Events February 2007 -I

Raghavan Committee on Ragging

Pursuant to an order of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India dated November 27, 2006, the Ministry of Human Resource Development has constituted a Committee under the Chairmanship of Dr. R.K. Raghavan (former Director, CBI) to look into the issue of ragging and suggest means of prevention in educational institutions
Mittal and HPCL

HPCL is entering into a joint venture with Mittal Investments, Luxemborg for 9 MMTPA Guru Gobind Singh Refinery project and allied facilities at Bathinda. HPCL and Mittal Investments will hold 49% equity each in the project.

Cleanliness Year’

Presenting the Railway Budget for 2007-08 in Lok Sabha today, Union Minister for Railways, Shri Lalu Prasad announced that the year 2007-08 will be observed as ‘Cleanliness Year’ by the Indian Railways. He said, during this year, special campaign will be launched to ensure cleanliness and hygiene at station premises, in passenger trains, railway lines and waiting rooms etc.


Department of Land Resources has brought out an initiative called Haryali with an objective of empowering PRI’s both financially and administratively in implementation of Watershed Development Prorammes. Under this initiative, all ongoing area development programmes namely, Integrated Wastelands Development Programme (IWDP), Drought Prone Areas Programmes (DPAP) and Desert Development Programme (DDP) are to be implemented through the PRIs. New projects under the aforesaid area development programmes are being implemented in accordance with the Guidelines for Haryali from April 1, 2003.

Garib Rath

“Garib Rath”, a train with air-conditioned coaches at an affordable rate for low and middle-income long distance passengers.
All the State Capitals would now be linked with Garib Rath trains in the coming years. This was announced by the Railway Minister Shri Lalu Prasad in his Budget speech on Feb 26th, 2007. He informed the House that the following new Garib Rath trains will be introduced during the year.
1. Secunderabad-Yesvantpur Garib Rath Express (3 days in a week)
2. Jaipur-Bandra (Terminus) via Ahmedabad Garib Rath (3 days in a week)
3. Kolkata-Patna Garib Rath Express (3 days in a week)
4. Bhubaneswar-Ranchi Garib Rath Express (3 days in a week)
5. Thiruvananthapuram-Lokmanya Tilak (Terminus) Garib Rath Express (2 days in a week)
6. Kolkata-Guwahati Garib Rath Express (2 days in a week)
7. New Delhi-Dehradun Garib Rath Express (3 days in a week)
8. Raipur-Lucknow Jn. Garib Rath Express (2 days in a week)

SAARC observers

SAARC decided to accord observer status to People's Republic of China and Japan also considered the application of South Korea, EU and United States of America for observer status.

Indo-Pak Agreement

An Agreement was signed between India and Pakistan on ‘Reducing the Risk from Accidents Relating to Nuclear Weapons’ . The External Affairs Minister of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee and the Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Khurshid M. Kasuri, were present on this occasion. The Agreement was signed by Shri K.C. Singh, Additional Secretary (International Organizations) in the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India and Mr. Tariq Osman Hyder, Additional Secretary (UN & EC), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.The Agreement enters into force with immediate effect.(Feb 21)

4 th International Conference on Federalism

It will be held in New Delhi from 5 - 7 November this year. The earlier conferences were held in Canada in 1999, Switzerland in 2002 and Belgium in 2005.

Phase out of CST(Which Artcile of the Indian Constitution and why should it be phased out?)

The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for initiating the process of phasing out CST with reduction in the CST rate from 4% to 3% from April 2007, taking necessary non-monetary and monetary measures for the purpose and making the necessary amendments to the Central Sales Tax Act, 1956, and the Additional Duties of Excise (Goods of Special Importance) Act, 1957. This will mark the beginning of the process of a very significant tax reform measure, which is critical for success of VAT and for introduction of GST in future. This will facilitate the process of developing a National Common Market. A Bill, namely the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2007 will be introduced in the coming session of the Parliament.

'Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar'

Sangeet Natak Akademi, the National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama, which is an Autonomous Body of Government of India and apex institution of performing arts in the country, is introducing for the first time awards for young artists from the year 2006. The award is being launched in the name of Ustad Bismillah Khan, Bharat Ratan and Fellow of the Akademi, who passed away in 2006 and will be known as 'Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar'. The objective of introducing the new award is to identify and encourage outstanding young talents in diverse fields of performing arts and give them a national recognition early in life so that they may work with greater commitment and dedication in life long pursuit of their chosen form of art. The Yuva Puraskar is being given to artists below the age of 35.The Yuva Puraskar carries a purse money of Rs. 25,000/-.

Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Bill 2006

The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for introduction of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Bill 2006 in Parliament. The proposed Bill will provide effective care and protection to the senior citizens and will provide speedy and inexpensive legal framework to grant maintenance to them.

Senior citizen is one who is 60 years above.

Fifth Schedule

The Union Cabinet gave its approval for inclusion of additional areas to be declared as Scheduled Areas in respect of State of Jharkhand under the provisions of Fifth Schedule to the Constitution. Find out what is 6th Schedule.


The President, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam inaugurated the Golden Jubilee Celebration of The South India Textile Research Association (SITRA) in Coimbatore.

Mrs. Shanta Sinha, a Ramon Magasaysay Awardee has been appointed the Chairperson of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights.

What did you read in school, children??

The technology-led developments in agriculture have made India self-sufficient in foodgrains and a leading producer of several commodities in the world. The

  • green revolution in crops,
  • yellow revolution in oilseeds,
  • white revolution in milk production,
  • blue revolution in fish production and
  • golden revolution in horticulture
  • bear it out.

  • Rainbow revolution encompassing an all-round growth in the production of foodgrains, edible oils, fruits, vegetables and animal and fish products and

  • evergreen revolution in agriculture through diversified agriculture, precision farming, resource conservation and value addition to provide in real sense, the required food, nutrition and environmental security are the hopes of the future

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