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 AUGUST, 2010 PART-II

 Single entrance test for MBBS and MD from 2011


Come 2011 and there will be only one common entrance test each for over 30,000 MBBS seats and over 11,000 MD seats in all government and medical colleges in the country.
This important decision, taken by the Medical Council of India and accepted by the Union ministry of health, was conveyed to the Supreme Court on 13.08.2010 bringing huge relief to lakhs of aspiring doctors.
Earlier, students wanting to take up courses in medicine had to appear in at least five to six entrance tests for various colleges and worry about attendant problems like clash of exam dates as well as travel to distant places for counselling for allotment of seats.
But from 2011, there will be just one entrance test each for MBBS and MD courses offered by all 271 medical colleges, 138 government-run and 133 under private management. These colleges together offer over 31,000 seats for MBBS courses and another 11,000 for PG.

Need to probe if 'ulterior' motives behind superbug claim:Govt


Incensed by reports that a drug resistant superbug has been traced to India, Government on Friday  said there was a need to find out whether some "ulterior motives" were behind the claim.
"We are all concerned about it. Superbug is a global phenomenon. It is not area or country specific. I can tell you this with all the responsibility under my command," Minister of State for Health Dinesh Trivedi told reporters outside Parliament.
 
Par passes Bill to make clinical registration must

Parliament on Tuesday passed a bill making it binding on all clinical establishments in four states and Union Territories to register themselves with the government.
"The law seeks to fill up the gaps for time-bound and quality medical treatment," Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said in the Rajya Sabha in his reply to the debate on the Bill on Tuesday.
Later, the Rajya Sabha passed the 'Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Bill,2010. The Lok Sabha has already passed the draft legislation.
Initially, the Bill after it becomes a law, will be applicable in Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim and all UTs.
Since Parliament has no power to make laws relating to the state subjects, it is doing so at the behest of these four states.
 
 
B'desh to hounour Indira Gandhi for her support in 1971 war

Bangladesh will confer a special honour on late Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for her "immense" support in its struggle for liberation on the country's 40th Independence Day next year.
Gandhi will be honoured as part of a government plan to acknowledge the role of foreign nationals in the 1971 Liberation War against Pakistani forces, an official said.
 
"Some 100 foreign nationals of different categories are expected to be ceremonially awarded coinciding with our 40th Independence Day on 26th March next year in Dhaka. But Mrs. Gandhi would conferred with a special honour," Secretary of the Liberation War Ministry Uzzal Bikash Dutta told Indian media.
 
Urdu scholar chosen for Pakistani civilian honour

An Allahabad-based Urdu litterateur has been chosen by Pakistan for one of its highest civilian awards "Sitaara-e-Imtiyaz".
"I was pleasantly surprised when I received a call on August 15 from Iftikhar Arif, noted Urdu poet and Pakistani scholar who also heads the National Language Authority which is a body devoted to promote the cause of Urdu
 
PM tops Newsweek's list of 10 world leaders

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tops Newsweek Magazine's list of 10 world leaders who have won respect and is described as "the leader other leaders love" though India figures at 78th place in the list of 100 best countries.
77-year-old Singh, who is into his seventh year in office, has played a "key role in India's emergence as one of the rising powers of the 21st century."
In an article titled "The Leader Other Leaders Love", the magazine said the economist-turned-politician Singh, engineered the transition "from stagnant socialism to a spectacular takeoff in the global economy."
 
Ansari confers 1st national photo awards to 4 photojournalists

Vice President Hamid Ansari on Thursday conferred four eminent photojournalists, including India's first lady photojournalist Homai Vyarwalla, with Life-Time Achievement awards.
Homai Vyarawalla and Delhi-based S Paul won the lifetime achievement awards by Photojournalists while Benu Sen, author of the famous publication 'Art of Photography', and K G Maheshwari from Mumbai bagged the honours in the Pictorialists category.
 
Dasmunshi, Joshi, Mohan Singh conferred best Parliamentarian award

With disruptions apparently weighing heavily on her mind, President Pratibha Patil on Wednesday said the functioning of Parliament must meet "exacting standard" to set an example for the rest of the world.
Noting that the people's faith in democratic institutions rest upon how effectively the elected representatives perform and how attentive they are to issues that impact public welfare, she said "this is an enormous responsibility and Parliamentarians must work to meet the expectations of the people".
 
Harvard tops U.S New College Rankings

Harvard University has occupied the numero uno rank among national universities across the US, beating its Ivy League rival Princeton University by a single point on US News and World Report's influential Best Colleges 2011 rankings
 
Major who died fighting terrorist in Kabul gets Ashok Chakra

Major Laishram Jyotin Singh, who fought bare-handed with a heavily-armed terrorist and saved 10 colleagues during an attack on Indians in Kabul in February, has been posthumously given the Ashok Chakra, the highest peacetime gallantry award.
 
Nagasaki remembers A-bomb after 65 years

The Japanese city of Nagasaki commemorated the 65th anniversary of its atomic bombing on Monday amid a mounting momentum to seek a world without nuclear arms.
Nagasaki was destroyed in an atomic inferno three days after Hiroshima, in twin nuclear attacks that made Japan the only country that has ever been hit with atomic weapons.

India to launch dedicated forest satellite in 2013: Govt

India will launch a dedicated forest satellite in 2013 which will monitor the country's forest cover on a daily basis, Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh informed Rajya Sabha on Monday.
 
India set to ratify international convention on child labour

Accelerating its fight against child labour, India is now preparing a roadmap for ratification of an international convention that prohibits child labour in hazardous occupations. 
The Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Act 1986 prohibits employment of children below 14 years of age in certain occupations and processes considered hazardous but remains silent on the agriculture sector where the majority, or 70 per cent, of the working children are engaged.
 
Priyanka Chopra to promote child and adolescent rights

Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra will support UNICEF in promoting child and adolescent rights.
The signing ceremony in this regard will be held in New Delhi on 10th August, UNICEF Representative to India, Karin Hulshof, said in a statement issued in Mumbai on Friday.
UNICEF Ambassadors are celebrities with a commitment to improving the lives of children.
 
Tejaswini Sawant won a gold at the World Championships

Tejaswini Sawant, won Gold at World Championships and has created history as she is the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold medal at the World Championships. Tejaswini Sawant has won Gold in 50m Rifle Prone event with a world-record equalling score at Munich, Germany where the World Championships are being held.
Tejaswini Sawant (born: 12 September 1980) is an Indian shooter from the Maharashtrian city of Kolhapur.
 
Tadatoshi Akiba and 6 others win Ramon Magsaysay award, 2010

The mayor of Hiroshima, in Japan, and a Chinese photographer who has documented pollution in the face of official harassment are among the winners of this year's Ramon Magsaysay prize.
The award, named after an ex-president of the Philippines, is widely seen as Asia's version of the Nobel prize.
Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba, a survivor of the WWII nuclear bomb, has led a global campaign for nuclear disarmament.
Photographer Huo Daishan has publicised the poisoning of the Huai river.
Two other Chinese environmental campaigners were also chosen for the award - a vice minister of environmental protection and a village leader.
Other recipients include a husband and wife team of science teachers in the Philippines and a Bangladeshi entrepreneur.
The awards are named after President Magsaysay, a Philippine leader who was revered for his commitment to democracy and to improving the life of ordinary people.
Tadatoshi Akiba was just three years old when an atomic bomb hit his home in Hiroshima. Now in his third term as mayor, he's developed the Japanese city into a centre for promoting world peace.
 
E.C.G. Sudarshan shares Dirac Medal with Italian

 An Indian-American professor at the University of Texas, Austin, has won the prestigious Dirac Medal for his contribution to the understanding of theoretical physics.
Ennackal Chandy George Sudarshan, 78, shares the Dirac 2010 with Italian physicist Nicola Cabibbo. Professor Sudarshan's contributions to theoretical physics include the discovery of the V-A theory of weak interactions, which opened the way for full description of the unified electroweak theory.
 
China overtakes Japan to become Number 2 World Economic Power

After three decades of spectacular growth, China passed Japan in the second quarter to become the world's second-largest economy behind the United States, according to government figures released early on 16.08.2010.
The milestone, though anticipated for some time, is the most striking evidence yet that China's ascendance is for real and that the rest of the world will have to reckon with a new economic superpower.
The milestone was reached early on 16.08.2010, when Tokyo said that in the second quarter, the Japanese economy was valued at about $1.28 trillion, slightly below China's figure of $1.33 trillion. The gross domestic product of the United States was roughly $14 trillion in 2009. Japan's economy grew 0.4 per cent in the second quarter, Tokyo said, substantially less than forecast.
 
Indian economy moving fast towards $2 trillion mark

The Indian economy would grow to USD 1.72 trillion in 2011-12, moving closer towards the USD 2 trillion mark, according to an assessment by the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC).
The country's gross domestic product (GDP) at the market and current prices was measured at USD 1.31 trillion in 2009-10 and is estimated to be USD 1.52 trillion in the current fiscal, the PMEAC said in its latest economic outlook.
 
 
Army opens to permanent Commission for women

Women officers got a shot in the arm on 3.08.2010 with the government telling the Supreme Court that it was willing to consider them for permanent commission in the Indian Army, at least in some branches.
In the face of SC's incisive questioning on apparent prima facie discrimination against women short service commission (SSC) officers, the Centre hurriedly agreed to consider permanent commission for them in its legal and education wings, with retrospective effect.
 

AUGUST, 2010 PART-I

New India-UK Joint Healthcare Research Programme


A 45 million Pound partnership between Department of Bio-Technology, Government of India and Welcome Trust, UK has been announced to support the development of innovative healthcare products at affordable costs. Two other new India-UK joint research projects – “Bridging the rural/urban divide” to provide technological solutions to improve the quality of life of rural inhabitants in both countries and multi disciplinary research partnerships to develop the next generation of environmentally friendly fuel cell technologies were also discussed when Sh. Prithviraj Chavan, Minister for Science and Technology met David Willets, Minister of State for Universities and Science, UK, in New Delhi.
 
National Mission on Monsoon

Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) has mooted a proposal to take up a National Mission on Monsoon to develop most representative and advanced dynamic model framework for India for forecasting monsoon rainfall and its variability in various space and time scales. A National level consultation meeting was organized with experts working in the atmospheric and oceanic modeling alongside the MoES units, viz.
India Meteorological Department (IMD), Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF), Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad etc., will prepare of the Detailed Project Report (DPR). National level implementation mechanism is being worked out. A steering committee shall be constituted for overseeing the Mission implementation.
Currently, IMD uses statistical models for the prediction of seasonal monsoon rainfall over India. However, the National Mission on Monsoon envisages developing India specific dynamical model framework that would outperform the existing suite of models available today.
 
India and USA sign agreement on reprocessing spent nuclear fuel

India and the U.S. on 30.07.2010 signed the much-debated agreement on modalities for reprocessing spent nuclear fuel, under the civilian nuclear deal between the two countries. The agreement on arrangements and procedures for reprocessing was signed at a State Department ceremony by Indian ambassador Meera Shankar and U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns.
Pursuant to Article 6(iii) of the bilateral ‘123 Agreement' on civilian nuclear cooperation, the agreement was hailed by the Indian embassy here as “a significant step which highlights the strong relationship and growing cooperation between India and the U.S.” Upon entry into force, it will enable reprocessing by India of United States-obligated nuclear material under International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards.
 
Saina Nehwal to get Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

India's ace shuttler Saina Nehwal was on 30.07.2010 selected for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the country's sporting honour, for her outstanding achievements on the badminton court. National sports awards (Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna and Dhyan Chand) selection committee headed by P T Usha met on 30.07.2010 and decided to bestow the Khel Ratna on Saina after considering her brilliant performance in the last one year.
The World number two Indian has been in red-hot form in the last one year, where she reached the semifinals of the All England Super Series in March before winning three successive titles in June.
Saina was awarded the Arjuna Award last year and recently she was chosen as one of the six brand ambassador for the Commonwealth Games which will be held from October 3-14.
 
Shahabuddin Yaqoob Quraishi is the new Chief Election Commissioner of India

President Pratibha Patil on 27.07.2010 appointed Election Commissioner (EC) Shahabuddin Yaqoob Quraishi as the next Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) under Clause 2 of the Article 324 of the Constitution. Mr. Quraishi assumed office on July 30, 2010 as the incumbent, Navin Chawla, demited office on 29.07.2010.
As there would be one vacancy of EC following Mr. Quraishi's elevation, the government is in the process filling that post and the exercise is expected to be completed soon. The other EC is V.S. Sampath.
Mr. Quraishi, an IAS officer of the 1971 batch from the Haryana cadre, will be in charge of holding the Assembly elections in Bihar in 2010 and in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala, Puducherry and Assam in 2011.
Mr. Quraishi became EC on June 30, 2006. Prior to that, he was Union Secretary, Youth Affairs and Sports. He also served as Director-General, Doordarshan (National Television Network), and Power Secretary of the Haryana government.
 
India’s launch of Interceptor missile is successful

India took one more step towards establishing a ballistic missile defence shield when it successfully intercepted on 26.07.2010 an “enemy” ballistic missile at an altitude of 15 km and pulverised it. While the “enemy” that is, the target missile lifted off from the launch pad P-3 at the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, near Balasore, Orissa, the interceptor took off from the Wheeler Island, off Damra village on the Orissa coast, waylaid the target missile by scoring a direct hit. The interception took place at 10.05 a.m. in what is called the endo-atmosphere, that is, below an altitude of 50 km. Both the target and the interceptor missiles were developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
 
INDIAN Rupee to have its own symbol

   
 
The jury has given its verdict and the Indian rupee will have its own symbol, a mix of the Devanagri 'Ra' and Roman 'R', to become the fifth currency in
the world to have a distinct identity. The five-member panel on Thursday approved the new symbol, designed by IIT post-graduate D Uday Kumar.The rupee will join the elite club of US dollar, British pound-sterling, Euro and Japanese yen to have its own symbol.
 
Jnanpith Award presented to Ravindra Kelekar

Noted Konkani writer Ravindra Kelekar has been presented the coveted Jnanpith Award for his contribution to the world of literature.
 

The UN General Assembly has recognised access to clean water and sanitation as a human right.
 

Bhutan has issued two postage stamps in honour of Sikkim's Nyima Lhamu Bhutia's audio-visual album "Drayang from Yuksam" from rural West Sikkim.
 

India-born head of PepsiCo, Indra Nooyi and author Arundhati Roy have been named by Forbes among the world's 30 most inspiring women, a list that also features Mother Teresa, Oprah Winfrey and Hillary Clinton.
 

Mahatma Gandhi's diary written during the year of Indian Independence and held till recently under private possession will soon be open for public viewing at the National Archives in New Delhi.

 

 

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IAS PRELIMS

(KHABIR, 2010-08-19 17:13)

CIVIL SERVICES PRELIMS RESULT HAS BEEN DECLARED BY UPSC TODAY CONGRATS TO ALL OF THOSE WHO MADE IT TO MAINS IT IS REQUESTED TO KSC MANAGEMENT TO PLEASE START THE BLOG AGAIN

IAS PRELIMS

(KHABIR, 2010-08-19 17:12)

CIVIL SERVICES PRELIMS RESULT HAS BEEN DECLARED BY UPSC TODAY CONGRATS TO ALL OF THOSE WHO MADE IT TO MAINS IT IS REQUESTED TO KSC MANAGEMENT TO PLEASE START THE BLOG AGAIN

IAS PRELIMS

(KHABIR, 2010-08-19 17:11)

CIVIL SERVICES PRELIMS RESULT HAS BEEN DECLARED BY UPSC TODAY CONGRATS TO ALL OF THOSE WHO MADE IT TO MAINS IT IS REQUESTED TO KSC MANAGEMENT TO PLEASE START THE BLOG AGAIN

plz open the ias/kas 2009 blog

(kas aspirant, 2010-08-18 10:58)

it is my request to the management of ksc that plz open the blog again.it is very helpful for the students to remain in touch with each other and share information

KASHMIR ON TERROR

(DAR MANZOOR AHMAD, 2010-08-17 11:43)

INNOCENT KASHMIR YOUTH ARE DIEING DAY BY DAY

progress by leaps and bounds

(sajad ahmad najaar, 2010-08-05 12:03)

i felt my heartest gratitude that you have done excellent work to train the hidden talents of our youths. may Allaha give you lot more confidence to touch the skywith flying colours. Ameen

please start the ias/ kas 2009 blog

(kas aspirants, 2010-07-11 08:11)

im requesting the team of ksc to again start the blog.through this blog we were sharing our views with each other also through this blog ksc is gaining popularity among students all over india connected with state.so once again plz apen the blog for comments

great work

(ias dropee, 2010-07-11 08:08)

u r doing the great work as a team i hope one day ksc will become one of the best institute for civil services.but sir please again start the ias/kas 2009 blog

Brilliant Approach

(khalil banday, 2010-07-06 05:26)

AAh...Its very helpful and needs to be carry forwarded................
May ALLAH reward U best for this..
<Msc Computer Science>

to all

(Hamid, 2010-07-04 17:02)

What is the latest about results Anybody having idea please reply

Jazakum-ALLAH

(Dr Bashir, BVSc , 2010-07-01 20:09)

A great endeavour! May Allah keep u people steadfast on ds right intension of urs! It is quite helpful for d students like us.

nice approach

(imran chowdary, 2010-07-01 08:43)

dear sir,
its a very nice approach which u have initiated for the people like us u have a dream to be a part of civil services.i wish to become a part of this work.if i can do any sort of help to you please let me know.
imran chowdary
mob:9796000183
email:imran_info1983@yahoo.com

update

(showkat, 2009-12-17 19:14)

update please and maintain an archive....

Toughest thing

(SHEIKHSHOWKAT24@Gmail.com, 2009-12-14 22:46)

it is resplendent initiative but the toughest thing about this is that you have to keep on being a success.......May God bless your team!!!!!!

wonderful work

(sameena, 2009-09-13 13:09)

Great Job is being done by KSC,i must salute and congratlate them for all.This is coz of great leadership qualities by the director who is not only a great adminstrator only but a sweet human being also i wish Mr jalil and co luck and great sucess ahead in future endevoures.

AMYZING

(azhar, 2009-09-12 07:08)

I didn't believe at first instance that such initiative has been stated in our valley, but this would have been impossible without you & your team , alhamdulilla there is someone who cares.
you people have taken a hard mission for good cause of ours & society as a whole . May Allah keeps you among those whom he choose to show right path.
we have many expectations from you sir, please keep
updating this site.
With high respect & regards to you.

Good

(KAS aspirant, 2009-09-06 17:02)

It is always difficult to catch up with current affairs topic and compile the facts, u have helped us with this too. Keep up the good work and keep updating this column.
regards.

Keep it up

(Asiya bashir, 2009-09-04 11:04)

It is for the ist tym that any inst in kashmir is realy working in true sense fr civil services aspirants.current affairs section is realy commendable.gudluck

great

(Sahibzada Abid , 2009-08-23 13:20)

it feels good to see that your inst. in compiling a current affairs section,it is very helpful...Best of luck and move on