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India and Switzerland Signed the Revised Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement

Nov 26, 2010
India and Switzerland signed the protocol amending the existing Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement on 30th August 2010 at New Delhi.

India is Top Exporter of Petro Products in Asia

Nov 26, 2010
India is now the largest exporter of petroleum products in Asia, overtaking South Korea.

Russia Opened the Sea Route from Europe to Asia

Nov 26, 2010
Russia opened a shortcut sea route on 26 August 2010 from Europe to Asia across the Arctic Ocean when its sea vessel Baltica became the first vessel

Kenya Adopted New Constitution

Nov 26, 2010
Kenya on 27 August 2010 adopted a new constitution when its President Mwai Kibaki signed the new constitution of Kenya in Nairobi, Kenya.

Supreme Court Termed Marriages Dissolved by Panchayats Illegal

Nov 26, 2010
Supreme Court on 25 August 2010 ruled that a divorce granted by the Panchayat according to the local customs of a particular community would not be recognised by any court of law.

Lok Sabha Passed Civil Nuclear Liability Bill

Nov 26, 2010
The Lok Sabha on 26 August 2010 passed the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damages Bill, 2010 with the amendment to Clause 17(b).

First Ever Cloned Male Buffalo Calf Born at NDRI

Nov 26, 2010
The world’s first ever cloned male buffalo calf named Shrestha was born on 26 August 2010 at the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI). The calf was born through hand- guided cloning technique.

Government Rejected Vedanta Mining Plans in Orissa

Nov 26, 2010
The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests on 24 August 2010 rejected the Vedanta’s proposal to mine bauxite in Niyamgiri hills of Orissa.

Rajya Sabha Approved Nalanda University Bill

Nov 26, 2010
The Rajya Sabha on 21 August 2010 passed the Nalanda University Bill, which aims to restore the 5th century educational institution

Land Owner Cannot Claim Back His Land Once Acquired by the State

Nov 26, 2010
Supreme Court in its judgment on 16 August 2010 said that once the state acquires the land through legal means, the land owner from whom land is acquired can’t claim back his land

Twenty Six Percent of Mining Profits for Tribal

Nov 26, 2010
The Union Ministry of mines on 16 August 2010 made a statement in Rajya Sabha that it planned to develop a system so that the person affected from mining project could get 26% share from mining profits.

China Second Largest Economy in the World

Nov 26, 2010
China exceeded Japan to become the second largest economy in the world. The Japanese Cabinet Office on 16 August 2010 released the data

Rajya Sabha Passed Trade Marks Bill

Nov 26, 2010
The Rajya Sabha on 10 August 2010 passed the Trade Marks (Amendment) Bill, 2009. The Trade Marks (Amendment) Bill permits any enterprise or a person to get registration or trade mark

Border Security Bill Became Law in US

Nov 26, 2010
US President Barack Obama signed into law a border security Bill on 13 August 2010. The objective of the border security bill is to strengthen the security along with theUS- Mexico border.

Delhi Released Industrial Policy

Nov 26, 2010
Delhi state government on 4 August 2010 released new industrial policy for Delhi 2010-21.

Lok Sabha Passed the Bill on Foreign Funds

Nov 25, 2010
Lok Sabha gave its approval to the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Bill, 2010 on 27 August 2010. The objective of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Bill is to regulate the way individuals or associations or companies accept and utilise foreign funds.

India and South Korea Signed Defence Agreements

Nov 25, 2010
India and South Korea on 3rd September 2010 signed two defence MoUs during the 3-day visit of Indian Defnce Minister AK Antony to South Korea.

Sochi Summit against Terrorism

Nov 25, 2010
Four nations, Russia, Tajikistan, Pakistan and Afghanistan on 18 August 2010 agreed on a pact against terrorism and narcotics at the second one-day

Union Cabinet Approved Whistleblowers Act

Oct 23, 2010
On 10 August 2010 the Union Cabinet of India approved Public Interest Disclosure and Protection to Persons Making the Disclosure Bill, 2010, also known as Whistleblowers act to provide protection to Whistleblowers and punishing those who expose identity of Whistleblowers.

Lok Sabha Cleared Amendments to Foreign Trade Act

Oct 23, 2010
The Lok Sabha on 12th August 2010 approved amendments to the Foreign Trade (Development and Regulations) Act of 1992.

Semi-annual Report of U.N. Assistance Mission

Oct 12, 2010
The U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan in its semi-annual report released on 10 August 2010 mentioned that number of civilians killed in Afghan conflict increased to 31% in the first six months of 2010. The deaths were the result of insurgents fighting the government and the U.S.-led coalition.

Vinay Deolalikar

Oct 12, 2010
Vinay Deolalikar, an Indian scientist working at HP Labs in California, recently proposed a solution to the problem which is being referred by mathematicians as ‘Is P=NP?,'. He provided the solution in a paper published online.

Priyanka Chopra

Oct 12, 2010
Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra on 10 August 2010 was appointed as UNICEF National Ambassador for promoting child rights and adolescence. Before her actors like Amitabh Bachchan and Sharmila Tagore had supported UNICEF's work in India and abroad.

Jairam Ramesh

Oct 12, 2010
Union Environment Minister of India Jairam Ramesh was selected on 9 August 2010 as one of the 21 members of the high-level panel on global sustainability set up by United Nations Secretary General Ban ki-Moon. The panel was set up with the objective to formulating a new vision for sustainable growth and prosperity, along with the mechanisms for achieving it.

J S Khehar

Oct 12, 2010
J S Khehar took charge as the new Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court on 9 August 2010. Prior to this Khehar, who was chief justice of the Uttarakhand High Court.

Superbug Traced to India

Oct 12, 2010
In a study published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases Journal on 11 August 2010, a team of researchers reported a new gene or superbug called New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase, or NDM-1. According to the researchers the superbug makes bacteria resistant to all antibiotics including the most powerful carbapenms.

State-of-the-art Video-conferencing Introduced

Oct 12, 2010
The Assam Forest Department on 11 August 2010 introduced a state-of-the-art video-conferencing facility to help cut down travel cost, improve use of executive time and speed up decision making. The facility was launched by Assam Environment and Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain.

Scheme of National Film Awards Restructured

Oct 12, 2010
The entire scheme of National Film Awards was re-structured on 12 August 2010 by the Indian Government. The following are the salient features of the re-vamped National Film Awards:


Oct 12, 2010
Cresp is the first generic darbepoetin alfa drug in the world used for the treatment of anaemia cuased by chronic kidney disease and anaemia caused by chemotherapy.

SEBI to Decide on MCX-SX Plea

Oct 12, 2010
In response to MCX-SX's writ petition, the Bombay High Court Chief Justice Mohit Shah, and Justice S.C. Dharmadhikari on 10 August 2010 ordered SEBI to decide on the MCX-SX plea by 30 September 2010. MCX-SX had filed a writ petition against SEBI for delaying permission to launch new products on its platform although it had complied to all the regulations.

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