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  9. August 2010 Current Affairs

ICAO recommended a Departure Levy

Oct 11, 2010
Air travelers might have to pay a safety fee of Rs 12 per head to fly safely outside from and to India under the watchful eye of an effective aviation regulatory agency. The agency would replace Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

Free Travel for the Physically Challenged

Oct 11, 2010
Haryana Finance Minister Ajay Singh Yadav declared on 8 August 2010 declared that hundred per cent physically challenged persons would now be able to travel free in Haryana Roadways buses to Delhi and Chandigarh for treatment at hospitals. The attendant, who would accompany such physically challenged persons, would also be entitled to free travel in the State Roadways buses.

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

Oct 11, 2010
Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal on 30 July 2010 was selected for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. Nehwal was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2009 and was recently chosen as one of six-brand ambassadors for the Commonwealth Games to be held from 3-14 October 2010. She won three consecutive titles in June 2010 which gave her the number 2 position in the world ranking.

MSC Chitra Spilled Oil into the Arabian Sea

Oct 11, 2010
MSC Chitra collided with another vessel MV Khalijia III in the Arabian sea off the coast of Mumbai and spilled oil into the sea on 7 August 2010. 400 tonnes of oil is expected to have leaked into the water and spread over a radius of 5 km. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) however sought to calm fears by claiming that the quantity of oil that had spilled was not large enough to cause major harm.

Flash floods in Leh

Oct 11, 2010
Cloudbursts triggering torrential rain, leading to flash floods and mud slides, struck Leh town in Ladakh on 6 August 2010. The floods that took place at a height of 11500 feet above sea level, washed away hundreds of houses and left 150 dead and 400 missing.

UTV New Media Signed Up with Globosport

Oct 11, 2010
UTV New Media declared on 4 August 2010 that it signed up with tennis ace Mahesh Bhupathi's celebrity management company, Globosport with an objective to develop applications and interactive services for mobile and Web platforms. Also UTV would create digital content for celebrities represented by Globosport.

Tata Capital Pte Entered into Liability Partnership with Mizuho

Oct 11, 2010
Tata Capital's wholly-owned subsidiary, Tata Capital Pte Singapore entered into a limited liability partnership with Mizuho Securities Co Ltd. The partnership would raise private equity funds of half a billion dollars across Asia.

Rcom Entered into Agreement with Universal Music

Oct 11, 2010
Reliance Communications (Rcom) that had won the licence to offer Third Generation (3G) mobile telephony services in India announced recently that the 3G services on its network could be offered by the end of the 2010 or early 2011. The company also announced on 4 August 2010 that it had entered into an agreement with Universal Music to make preperation for the 3G launch. 

Qualcomm Sold Stake to Tulip and Global Holdings

Oct 11, 2010
On 30 July 2010 Qualcomm, US-based mobile chip maker sold 26 per cent stake in its Indian broadband unit to Tulip Telecom and Global Holdings for $57.72 million. Telecom networking firm Tulip Telecom and Global Holdings which is the owner of GTL Ltd and GTL Infra, bought 13 per cent each for a combined value of $57.72 million.

New Gas Price Allotted

Oct 11, 2010
The joint venture between Cairn India, ONGC, Videocon Industries and Ravva Oil would be allotted a new price of $4.2/mBtu for gas produced from its East Coast Ravva Fields as against $4.75/mBtu that the joint venture sought. Untill the notification of the new price the old one would continue to exist.

Mastek Technology Partner of Foresters

Oct 11, 2010
A unit of IT solutions company Mastek was selected on 3 August 2010 to be a technology partner for life insurance provider Foresters. The purpose of the move is to leverage US-based MajescoMastek's insurance technology solutions in three major areas of business transformation namely- new business and underwriting, policy administration, and producer portal.

Mahindra Satyam in an Agreement with Sybase Software

Oct 11, 2010
Mahindra Satyam recently signed an agreement with Sybase Software (India) Private Ltd which is a subsidiary of the US-based enterprise and mobility software firm Sybase Inc. The objective of the agreement is to provide secured enterprise mobility solutions to customers across the globe.

International Service Providers Can Monitor Services from Abroad

Oct 11, 2010
The Department of Telecom (DoT) on 5 August 2010 agreed to allow foreign international long distance service providers including AT&T, BT and Orange Business Services to monitor their services in India from locations abroad. The operators would be enabled to transfer user information of their clients to locations outside India.

Integrated Plant Inaugurated at Sreerampuram

Oct 11, 2010
The Rs 300 crore integrated steel plant established by Steel Exchange India Ltd at Sreerampuram village, Kerela was inaugurated on 8 August 2010 by the Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development. Steel Exchange Group had acquired GSAL, a sick unit for Rs 150 crore and then invested another Rs 150 crore to set up an integrated steel plant.

First Photovoltaic Laboratory in India

Oct 11, 2010
TUV Rheinland a provider of technical, safety and certification services, on 4 August 2010 inaugurated its first photovoltaic laboratory in Bangalore. The lab was established with an investment of euro 2 million (Rs.12.20 crore).

Eco-friendly Rickshaw launched in New Delhi

Oct 10, 2010
On 10 August 2010 Carwale Teamretweet3 Vodafone Essar in association with Eco Activate launched an eco-Friendly E-Rick to provide pollution free transportation in New Delhi.

MCC-Murugappa Hockey Tournament

Oct 10, 2010
  Winner: ONGC

General Than Shwe

Oct 10, 2010
Myanmar’s military ruler General Than Shwe was on a five-day visit to India from 25 July to 29 July 2010. Shwe visited Jamshedpur in Jharkhand on 28 July 2010.

David Cameron

Oct 10, 2010
British Prime Minister, David Cameron was a on a three-day visit in India from 27 July to 29 July 2010. Cameron’s visit was meant for discussion on security provisions for Common Wealth Games.

Kaing Guek Eav

Oct 10, 2010
The Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on 26 July 2010 convicted Kaing Guek Eav who was a part of the Cambodia's Khmer Rouge that conducted genocide in 1970s.
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