Monday, April 18, 2011

Recent Appointments and News – India and the World


News Bullets
The parliament of this country has, in a new law, given its authority to the Supreme court – Britain
The new Secretary General of NATO – Anders Fogh Rasmussen
The re-elected President of Kyrgyztan – Kurmanbek Bakiyev
The former RBI governor, who has been reappointed as the chairman of the PM economic advisory panel –C. Rangarajan
The critically acclaimed film actor, who has been appointed chairperson of children’s film society of India (CFSI) – Nandita Das
The newly appointed chairman of the central board of excise and customs (CBEC) – V Sridhar
The newly appointed Navy Vice-Chief – Vice Admiral DK Dewan
Banker TS Narayanasami has been appointed as the Managing Director and CEO of – United Stock Exchange (USE)
The first Hispanic Judge in the US Supreme Court – Sonia Sotomayor
The alumnus of Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, who has been appointed head of the Nepal Army – Lt Gen Chhatraman Singh Gurung
The Nobel Prize winning South Korean President, who died recently – Kim Dae Jung
_, who swept away a dictator with a ‘people power’ revolt in Philippines and then sustained democracy by fighting off seven coup attempts in six years – Corazon Aquino
The brave recipients of this year’s Ashok Chakra – Major Mohit Shrma, Major D Sreeram Kumar
Recipients of this year’s Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna – MC Mary Kom, Vijendra Singh and Sushil Kumar
Pakistan has conferred its Sitara-i-Imtiaz, one of its highest civilian honours, to this late Gandhian –Nirmala Deshpande
Khabar Lahariya, a newspaper produced entirely by women in rural India, has won this coveted UNESCO prize – King Sejong Literacy Prize
International freedom award has been conferred on – Dalai Lama
The P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance (LRMR) aircraft is being manufactured by this company –Boeing
India is going to buy quick-reaction surface-to-air missile (QR-SAM) system SpyDer from – Israel
India is going to conduct ‘Yudh-Abhyas’ and ‘Cope-India’ wargames with – US
The indigenous Kaveri engine, which has failed to pass muster even after two decades of development, has been fitted into – Tejas fighter plane
United Nations has declared 2010 as – International year for the Rapprochement of Cultures
Daniel Vettori of New Zealand has become the _ player to achieve the 300 wickets 3000 runs double in test cricket – Eighth
The present world champion in men’s single badminton is – Lin Dan
Yang Yong-Eun, the first Asian to capture a major golf championship, belongs to – South Korea
Tiger Woods won the 2009 Bridgestone Invitational golf. The victory was hit _ in 30 world golf championship events – 16th
The Compton-Miller Medal-2009, which goes to the player who has had the biggest impact on the Ashes series, went to – Andrew Strauss
The Zimbabwean batsman who smashed 194 not out against Bangladesh to equal the record individual score in a one-day international of Pakistan’s Saeed Anwar – Charles Coventry
The new sport which is to be included for the first time in London 2012 Olympic Games – Women’s Boxing
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has recently approved Rs 25 crore for this sports – Football
The name of the desi version of Google Earth, launched by ISRO recently – Bhuvan
The agency which played a lead role in designing and developing ‘Bhuvan’ – National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA)
Scientists have recently decoded the entire genetic structure of HIV-1 the main cause of AIDS in humans. HIV carries its genetic information as _ rather than double-stranded DNA – single-stranded RNA
The 400 billion euro project to power Europe with sunlight from the Sahara has been named – Desertec
Scientists have shown that electrons, which are indivisible in isolation, can divide into two new particles called _ and a _ when crowded into in a narrow wire – spinons, holons
In a new way to time events in the early Solar System, _ can now offer precise timing of events 4.5 billion years ago – Aluminium Radioisotopes
The new search engine of Google, which the company claims will be faster and more relevant than ever before, has been dubbed – Caffeine
According to the 2007 World Development Indicators figures of the World Bank, energy sector contributed _ of total emissions in India – 61 percent
The new car unveiled by General Motors, which claims to give up to 100 km per litre in city driving – Chevy Volt
The first dry powder inhalable vaccine for measles will be tested next year in this country – India
Cassini-Huygens mission has revealed that this ‘moon’ of Saturn is quite like Earth in the way that weather and geology shape its terrain – Titan
This NATO country ended its troop presence in Iraq on July 31, concluding six years of military involvement in the country – Britain
_ is the largest Asian oil and gas company – Petro China
The massive Gorgon gas field is being developed off the northwestern coast of – Australia
_ launched its first satellite recently, although this country had launched 11 satellites, but all on foreign-made rockets sent from overseas sites – South Korea
Russia and – are planning to create a missile monitoring centre, possibly in Moscow, to avoid accidents or misunderstandings on missile launches – US
The country which has sent maximum number of rockets with payloads in space since 1999 – Russia
_ has topped Forbes magazine’s new list of powerful women – Angela Markel
Pakistan has begun its first international freight train service from Islamabad to _ – Istanbul
_ has been re-elected as president of Iraq’s autonomous region of Kurdistan – Massud Barzani
Cuba has recently signed agreement with this country to search for oil in the Gulf of Mexico – Russia
This EU country has adopted a new method of ‘probationary citizenship’ to replace the existing automatic citizenship right for non-EU citizens – UK
This international body has asked its Secretary General to further expand the ‘list of shame’ to cover recruitment and use of minors during war – UN security council
The powerful typhoon which killed people and devastated vast areas in the South East Asia was named –Typhoon Kiko
Governments of this region have agreed to ban all open burning in anticipation of the El Nino hot weather conditions exacerbating in the last quarter of the year – South East Asia


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